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Christmas Comes Early!

Christmas Comes Early!

header Carols Xmas Aug 2017

Hiya Stampin’ NUTS!


Stampin’ Up! has released one of their stamp sets with coordinating thinlit die sets from the 2017 Holiday Catalog for sale ONE MONTH EARLY!! This means you can order this stamp set and the matching thinlits today, which they are offering in a bundle — YAASSS!! (Who doesn’t wanna save 10% on something you know you’re going to buy anyways?!?). The rest of the Holiday Catalog is not available for ordering until September  1st, 2017, a whole 31 days away!!!

Card Front Builder Thinlits 144674
Carols of Christmas 144804 (Clear)

The set available for purchase is Carols of Christmas Stamp Set (144804) and the Card Builder Thinlits Dies. (144674) If you know you are going to buy both, there is a bundle offered (146037). I always suggest buying the bundle when it is offered, if it is something you are able to do because it does save you 10% than if you were to buy the items separately. I love a deal!!

Clear Stamp and Thinlet Bundle
Carols of Christmas Bundle 146037 (Clear)

The set is offered in both clear and wood mount options. As usual, I referenced the clear mount item numbers.  For those interested in the wood mount options, I have posted them in the list below.


As always you can shop online anytime at my store or you may order simply by contacting me with your order via e-mail or contacting me through the form below!! Either way I know you’ll love creating with this set and I hope you’ll share it with me!!

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New Catty NUTS!

HOORAY!! Our first order from the NEW Stampin’ UP! Catalog came today!! It’s all so pretty!

It has arrived!!

It has arrived!!You can see I ordered some of the things I mentioned in a previous post, “Drum Roll, Please” talking about some of my favorites in the new catty. The Chalk Talk bundle, which I can’t wait to try the Framelits with the Tag It set. I also got some great Candy Buttons in Brights. And no first order from the new Idea Book is complete with out getting some NEW In Colors! Mom and I took advantage of the In Color! Bundle because we get the ink pads and cardstock for the 5 new colors! I took the opportunity to order some Whisper White Envelopes as well as some Clear Envelopes too!

Also, In that blog post I talked about how excited I was to take advantage of some new clear cases for my wood mount stamps. Well, there was a mis-communication between me and mom! It’s funny let me tell you what happened. Mom asked what I wanted to order first, and I immediately told her I wanted a set of the clear cases for the wood mount stamps and a set of the regular clear cases. (I needed a clear case for a couple sets and also a cool project I’ve seen online!-more on that another day…) Mom asked how many sets of cases we needed to order. I told her that I only needed 1 set of each for now and then whatever she needed. Well, I guess figuring out how many she needed was just too much for her, because she didn’t order any, of either size, LOL! I was so excited about the cases and when the Stampin’ Up! package arrived, I thought the box looked pretty small. That’s because they don’t ship the stuff you want, just what you order, LOL! I wish it was the other way around. 🙂

Nutters, even woke up to see what we got!
Nutters, even woke up to see what we got!

Return from Stamp Camp

Stamp Camp with Brandy Cox was phenomenal!!! We made 16 fabulous cards, 4 each of 4 designs. This was my first time having the pleasure of attending a stamp camp with Brandy. Brandy was a great host and had all of our supplies ready to go for all of us. Our card stock was all pre-cut to the correct size, along with pieces used for matting, it was nice to be able to just stamp and assemble! I also made some great new friends. Mom and I sat with Wendy and Dorothy and we had so much fun stamping and laughing together. I learned some great new ideas using some “out-of-the-box thinking” with envelopes, tearing and hair gel. The icing on the stamp camp cake was getting my copy of the new 2013-2014 Stampin’ Up Idea Book!!

Our wonderful stamp camp group! I'm in the top right, sitting beside my lovely mother in blue.
Our wonderful stamp camp group!
I’m in the top right, sitting beside my lovely mother in blue.


The first card we made at Brandy’s was using the Stampin’ Up! stamp set “Secret Garden”.

Secret Garden crimp envelop card
Secret Garden Crimp Envelope Card

We used card envelopes for 3 of our 4 cards. This one was probably the most difficult (for me) of the 4. We began with a sealed card envelope (A4 envelope size) Brandy had already cut for us.  The envelope was cut about an inch from the top, horizontally. The top piece was like our card “hat”.  The bottom, larger, piece was also trimmed about a quarter to half inch. This way the card will fit inside a standard A4 envelope when we are finished. Let’s make the “hat” first. After we cut the top off, we glued a piece of card stock inside the envelope.  The card stock needs to be about a 1/2 inch longer than the top of the envelope piece.  Make sure when you glue the card stock to the envelope you glue it to the front side of the envelope (the sealed flap should be on the back). We then tore the bottom of the card stock to give it some texture. Then we decorated with a metal flower cut using Stampin’ Up!’s Fun Flowers Bigz L die (item #121812) and the Big Shot. We also got to use the NEW Stampin’ Up! “A Round Array” stamp set with the coordinating 7/8″ scallop circle punch! (Get the bundle using item# 133899)

Now moving on the body of the card. We used one of my favorite stamping techniques, making back ground paper! We stamped 2 flowers and the leaf stem to cover the envelope. I used the NEW Stampin’ Up! In Color “Coastal Cabana” for the smaller flower. After stamping the envelop and having a nice stamp coverage – like Stampin’ Up! made it that way to begin with, we ran the envelope through a paper crimper. The envelope will go into the crimper sideways, the sealed envelope seam will be lined up with the crimper. By crimping the paper it makes the envelope skinnier, otherwise it wouldn’t fit inside the outer,mailing envelope. Next, I added SU! Rhinestone Basic Jewels (item #119246)  to accent the center of my flowers. I love these rhinestones because you get 3 different sized on 1 sheet.

The final step on this card was gluing a piece of white card stock to “Gumball Green” card stock for the inside of our card. I’ve noticed Brandy almost always a piece of white card stock matted on the inside to clearly write or stamp an image. If my card base is from a light colored card stock I usually just write or stamp directly on it, but I love the white card stock insert.  I think it spices up the inside of the card even if you don’t add stamped accents, like we did on this particular card. Congrats! You can make you’re own “Secret Garden’ Crimped Envelope Card” (hopefully)!

This is just the first of the Stamp Camp cards I’ll be posting. See ya soon!