Category Archives: Holiday Catalog

Happy Monday – Eat Cake

Hey everyone!  Happy Monday…  Hopefully it’s going well for everyone!

In a previous post I mentioned new catalogs… yep, NEW catalogs. I had the pleasure of going to the Stampin’ Up! Catalog Kickoff last week and it was so much fun!  We got to hang out with fellow stampers, see both the new Occasions Catalog AND the new Sale-a-Bration Catalog that will be coming out in a few weeks. AND, we all got a FREE stamp set from the new catalog!  How neat is that? Some lucky door prize winners even got another stamp set!!

With all that excitement, I wanted to share a quick and simple card that I made using that new set:  One Tag Fits All. It coordinates with the Note Tag Punch, which is also in the catalog!

I think this little cake slice is so cute. I landed on this idea for the first post out of the new sets, because if you take out the candle, it kinda looks like the piece of cheesecake I had before the Catalog Kickoff!!  mmmmm… cheesecake…..but mine was red, not blue!
For this card, I used the new set and stamped the cake all over the Baked Brown Sugar paper, then added a layer of vellum over it. The DSP with the little stars all over it is from the Holiday Catalog, Motley Monsters. The Note Tag Punch cuts out what you see in white. I stamped the tag again on Bermuda Bay then fussy cut it so I had a layered look.  The cake and the sentiment are actually one stamp and they fit in the tag… but I wanted to use them separately. It’s like 3 stamps in one!
The sentiment is stamped in Black Memento ink, then I sprinkled Clear embossing powder over it and heated it up.. to give it shine.  Add some more shine with Rhinestones and Dazzling Details, and your easy card is done!
Stay tuned for more new samples this week!

Items used:
Stamps: One Tag Fits All (available in Occasions catalog soon)
Paper: Crisp Cantaloupe, Baked Brown Sugar, Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Motley Monsters DSP, Vellum
Inks: Bermuda Bay, Memento Black, Baked Brown Sugar
Others: Rhinestones, Glue Dots, Clear EP, Heat tool,  Dimensionals, Dazzling Details, Crisp Cantaloupe and Coastal Cabana Markers, Silver Baker’s Twine, Blender Pen (for shading under cake), Note Tag Punch

Stay tuned for more this week – and make sure to check back next Monday where I get to answer some questions for my first Blog Hop!  I was nominated by my wonderful upline Linda Bauwin, so welcome from her site!
Mak

Quick Snow Card – PP224 Tic Tac Toe Challenge

I have a quick card that I came up with for PP224: Jaydee’s Tic Tac Toe Challenge:

I used the White – Snowflake – Glitter option, because after I wanted to use my trees, I did not want to add anything between them… so, no transport and yay glitter!

I’m not sure why the picture is so dark… my ongoing camera issues I assume… If I get a better pic I will replace it. 🙂

Edit:  added a different pic here:
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I think this came out pretty cute.  Super simple, quick, sparklie, and very do-able!  I actually combined two of my stamp sets, because I like the snowflakes in one better than the other! The trees and sentiment are from the White Christmas set, and the little snowflakes are in the Holiday Home set. You can mix and match!
Smokey Slate and Soft Sky give you the subtle look I was going for layered on multiple white layers.

Behind the scenes:  To give it a different layered look, I cut out the middle of the Soft Sky paper and put the white behind it, instead of on top of it. It makes it look like more of a picture frame effect.

Items used:
Stamps: White Christmas and Holiday Home
Paper: Whisper White and Soft Sky
Inks: Soft Sky and Smokey Slate
Others: Stylish Stripes embossing folder, Dazzling Details, blender pen

I hope you like it,
Mak

PPA218 Clean and Simple Silver Merry

Here’s a challenge I was excited to see, since I love silver.. and immediately thought of pairing it with Night of Navy and using it for Christmas!
Coincidentally, those were also my wedding colors way back in the day… brings back memories of gluing little silver and blue ribbons onto ivy bowls for centerpieces… what was I thinking??  BTW, hot glue melts when you put a lit candle in the bowl!!   Anyway, back to the current world..

Here’s the challenge that got me wandering down memory lane:  PPA218 Sandy’s Clean and Simple Challenge.
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Here’s the creation I came up with for it:

A few things to note on this….  fussy cutting brushed silver cardstock is not as easy as I thought it would be! I think I may need more practice if I was going to do this one again…   Aside from that, this was pretty easy to do.
I used the Night of Navy and Silver inks with sponge daubers to ink up the stamp. I love the rhinestone in the snowflake – I colored it with the Night of Navy Blendabilites marker and placed it right in the middle. I threaded the silver ribbon right through the little hole to hang it, and only put the sequins at the top of the card, so the snowflake would be the focus on the bottom.
I hope you like it as much as I did!

Behind the scenes:  This has NOTHING to do with stamping, other than this card color scheme made me think of it!!  Since my wedding was pretty much pre-digital-camera-age, I flipped through some old scanned files and found this… wed1Talk about a blast! And my bridesmaid only hates me a little for her dress. 🙂  (Her dress is navy, but you can’t tell from the pic, and hubby’s vest is silver.)

Enjoy your day!
Mak

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PPA224 Sketch with Fall Foliage

I try not to go back into my stash of favorite retired stamps (or inks, or retired anything really) for posting up here…  but, I must say my favorite leaf set has still got to be French Foliage <edited to be the correct name, oops>. So, when this challenge came up and an idea of fall colors and leaves popped into my head, I had no choice! You get those moments too, right??  You just can’t make something go away? So, I made a card with retired items! The horror!!!! 🙂  ok, enough with the drama….
Here is the challenge that inspired me, Pals Paper Arts PPA224 Sketch Challenge:

And, here is the card I came up with:

I am completely confident this could be made with substituted stamps, or inks… but ya know what?  I like this one for today!
Aside from the stamp set, I dug up my old Stampin’ Up! Spectrum pad (Late November). Yep, remember those?? And guess what, it was still inked! Holy cow these things rock.
The only reason I did this is out of sheer laziness. I could have just used all the individual ink pads, one by one, and layered the colors… but, well. I didn’t want to. I will save that for another day when there isn’t an idea stuck in my head. 🙂

I think the idea is simple, and used the rainbow effect as my background, instead of cutting out separate layers of paper. That was my interpretation anyway.

I matched up some of the older colors with the new ones – like the Crushed Curry instead of More Mustard and Night of Navy instead of Not Quite Navy, so I could use the paper and candy dots, and it was perfect.  I hope everyone likes it!

Behind the scenes:  I stamped the main leaf using the ink pad, then decided it needed more shine! So, I stamped it again, just in Versamark this time! Then, I embossed it with clear EP right over it, and poof!  shiny leaf!

Enjoy!
Mak

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PP216 and PPA223: Halloween Colors

Time to get back to the challenges!!   Here are two more, that worked perfectly together!  The Paper Players #216 Jaydee’s Halloween Theme Challenge and Pals Paper Arts #223 A Spooky Color Combination.
Here’s the theme inspiration:

and here’s the color inspiration:

So, combining the two, this is what I came up with:

I used Versamark ink and clear embossing powder for the webs (and the sneaky little bugger hanging in the middle of the wreath). The bat is from the Freaky Friends set in the Holiday Catalog, as well as the coordinating Ghoulish Greeting word set. There are so many monsters to choose from! I almost wanted to cover the wreath in the spooky eyes, but that’s a little too much fussy cutting for even me! Maybe I’ll go back and add them to the background…
Instead of using black on the wreath, I actually used Blackberry Bliss, since I think the dark purple color goes nicely with the Tangelo Twist, and wanted to add in a bit more color.
I once again offset an additional layer of the wreath so it stands out more against the black background. Add a few rhinestones, and dimensionals and we’re all done!

Behind the scenes:  When you don’t have embossing powder in the color you want (Tangelo Twist in this case), use the regular ink and immediately put the clear embossing powder on it – it will stick!  Emboss as regular, and voila! now the ghoulish greetings is embossed.

Some items used:

Hope you like it!
Mak