Halloween Break!

It’s a Halloween Break!

It’s already past midnight on Halloween night here on Guam, but for many of you your Halloween day is just starting so I still consider myself on time with today’s Halloween Break!

I had a customer order for some Halloween Favors. I had been wanting to make some of the Haunted House version of Stampin’ Up!’s Home Sweet Home, so that is exactly what I made. Twenty four of them: 12 in Basic Gray and 12 in Smoky Slate!

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I used the Home Sweet Home Bundle from the Holiday catalog. It includes the Sweet Home Stamp set and the Home Sweet Home Thinlits Dies. Buying them together saves you 10%!

I wanted an easier way for people to access the candy, so I adapted the roof. To make my adaptation you will need to (once the main two pieces of the house are assembled):

  •  Glue the roof flap on the right side (the side with the ghost) closed, but leave the other flap unglued.
  • Cut a 3″ x 2-1/4″ piece of Basic Black cardstock and scored it down the middle (at 1-1/2″).
  • Glue the right side of the roof too the right side roof flap with Multipurpose Liquid Glue. (I find it holds the best in our climate.).
  • Fill the house with treats and then close the left side roof flap.
  • Add a Glue Dot to the top left edge, then attach the left half of the roof piece… and you are done.

It’s a Haunted House that they can open without destroying the house in the process! YAY!

Here is a bonus share: a Haunted House card I made a for a recent card swap with some of my stamping friends.

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Click here to see the rest of the Halloween cards from the card swap!

3D Fall Christmas Trees Projects!

3D Fall Christmas Trees Projects!

I continue my Fall Christmas Trees collection with a couple of 3D Fall Christmas Trees projects that are easy to find the time to create during the busy holiday season. Both use the Stitched with Cheer and Paisleys & Posies stamp sets, and the same fall colors as my previous Fall Christmas Trees project.

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Everyone can use a Post-It Holder for those quick lists or notes to one’s self! They are another quick & easy project, making them another nice gift to have on hand year round! The scallop circle focal point was created using the Layering Circles Framelits. I started by stamping the “THANKFUL” portion of the saying (from Paisleys & Posies) on the lower center portion of the Very Vanilla cardstock circle using Early Espresso ink. I stamped the tree outline image (from Stitched with Cheer) on Tangerine Tango, Cajun Craze and Delightful Dijon cardstockalso in Early Espresso ink. Then I cut them out by hand (after all they are just straight lines!) and used Multipurpose Liquid Glue to glue them to the Very Vanilla circle. (Tip: Glue the middle tree in place first, using a ruler to help you space the trees and to glue them in a straight line.) The ribbon is one of three in the 3/8″ Ribbon Trio Pack and the Petals & Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper (3″ x 6-3/4″) are both from Stampin’ Up!’s Holiday catalog.

Who doesn’t like chocolate!?! Especially this time of year when you can find lots of special flavors for the holiday season! Somemores, Candy Corn and Peanut Butter! I love the image the “May your SEASON be cozy” (from Stitched with Cheer) conjures up…. sitting in front of the fireplace drinking hot chocolate and eating M&Ms.

Don’t like chocolate? Fill the bags with baked goods, coffee beans, candles, specialty shaped soaps or whatever else your heart desires.

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Additional supplies you will need to create the 3D Fall Christmas Trees projects shown today are:

Fall Christmas Trees!

Fall Christmas Trees!

I shared the Stitched with Cheer Project kit and stamp set in yesterday’s post, with the promise of sharing alternate uses for the stamp set that were NOT Christmas. I am doing just that today with the beginning of my Fall Christmas Trees collection! I have mentioned before how much I miss all the lovely colors of fall now that I am living in the tropics. My Fall Christmas Trees collection gave me the opportunity to play with those colors while reminiscing about those days.

I begin my Fall Christmas Trees collection with a special “thank you” card. It’s perfect to have on hand when you need something for that person who goes out of their way to help you or was there to support you in your time of need.

Fall Christmas Trees

Today’s quick & easy card uses the Stitched with Cheer and Paisleys & Posies (*see note) stamp sets from Stampin’ Up!’s Holiday catalog. I love how well they work together! (Tip: I found it easiest to line up and properly space the trees by stamping the outline first and then the inside image, but try both ways to see which works best for you.)

*Note: Paisleys & Posies is available as a bundle! You can purchase the stamp set and the coordinating Paisley Framelits Dies together for a savings of 10%!

Would you like to see more non-Christmas projects that use the Stitched with Cheer stamp set? Then be sure to check me out on Facebook: Stamping with Mia… and be sure to come back tomorrow.

Additional products needed for today’s project:

Christmas Crafting Time!

Christmas Crafting Time!

It’s Christmas crafting time! It has actually been Christmas Crafting Time for a couple months already, but I have been so busy creating projects for custom orders and classes that I completely forgot to share some ideas and information with you, my reader. I’m back now… and plan to post more regularly from now on.

Have you seen Stampin’ Up!’s Holiday catalog? If not, then you are missing out on a lot of wonderful papers, stamp sets, embellishments, etc! There are several products available as bundles, for a savings of 10%. More on those over the weekend.

Today I am featuring the Stitched with Cheer Project Kit. It was, and is, my first “must have” from the Holiday catalog!

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The kit contains the card bases, envelopes, envelope liners, card front backers, kraft circles and banners, gold baker’s twine, gold and white bakers’s twine, metallic gold thread, gold adhesive backed enamel dots, burlap ribbon, printed die-cut images, red and white adhesive pearls, gold foil doilies, two needles and one needle threader so you can create 18 cards; 6 each of 3 different designs (all shown in the photo above). You will also need the following products in order to complete the cards:

 

The Stitched with Cheer Project Kit and stamp set are intended for Christmas, but there are lots of other ways to use the stamp set that are NOT Christmas. Be watching my future posts for some of those ideas.

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My Stitched with Cheer Tutorial featuring five additional projects you can create using the Stitched with Cheer stamp set once you have completed the cards in the kit.

Meanwhile, Happy stamping!

12 Weeks of Christmas Craft Countdown!

12 Weeks of Christmas Craft Countdown Launching Soon!

Christmas Craft Countdown

Time is running out for you to sign up for my first annual 12 Weeks of Christmas Craft Countdown! I will be launching my first annual 12 Weeks of Christmas email campaign at 1:00pm today, Guam time. That is only 1-1/2 hours from now!

Every week you are going to receive, via email, a holiday project plan from start to finish. From weeks 1-5 you are going to receive a different card project every week; weeks 6-9 you will receive a different gift project; and weeks 10-12 you will receive a bag, tag or wrapping project.By the end of the 12 weeks you will have an amazing collection of holiday projects you can complete.

Here’s the thing, to receive these emails you must sign up for my mailing list BEFORE 1:00pm today, Guam time! To do that, simply go to the sign form in the upper right corner of your screen and follow the directions.

If you have any problems signing up then please contact me at: maria@stampingwithmia.com

12 Weeks of Christmas Countdown!

12 Weeks of Christmas Countdown!

Christmas Countdown

Where has the time gone?!? It seems like I just blinked my eyes and a whole month has gone by! To make up for that, I am launching my 12 Weeks of Christmas Craft Countdown tomorrow afternoon. The countdown will include 12 weekly mailings, all of which will include fabulous Christmas themed projects you can create yourself using products from Stampin’ Up! You are not going to want to miss out on these holiday projects! They are only available to those who sign up for my newsletter before 1:00pm tomorrow (Guam time), and they will never be offered again!

To sign up for my newsletter, simply go to my sign up logo in the sidebar now and follow the directions. Please let me know if you have problems signing up because I don’t want you to miss out on all these wonderful cards, tags, bags, gifts and gift wraps!

It’s Time for Fall Stamping!

It’s Time for Fall Stamping!

It’s “Back to School” time which means it is also time for fall stamping! With that in mind I created several card samples using the Thoughtful Branches Bundle that is this month’s special promotion stamp set and coordinating thinlits. I am featuring one here today. You can find another one on my Facebook page.

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I love (and miss) the fall season so cards like this are easy and fun for me to create. I love how the dots of colors on the trees look so much like the trees I used to see while driving on the country roads in Maryland.

I started by stamping the tee trunk image from Thoughtful Branches multiple times on Whisper White card stock using Early Espresso ink. Then I lightly inked the bottom portion using Soft Suede ink and Stampin’ Up!’s NEW Sponge Brayer. (Loving it!) I stamped the “hills” using Soft Suede and filled in the grass using a combination of Soft Suede and Wild Wasabi ink.I then added the colorful “leaves” first with Crushed Curry, then followed with Pumpkin Pie and Cajun Craze. I felt it needed a bit more color so added a layer of Wild Wasabi “leaves” as well. I finished the card by adding some Clear Wink of Stella highlights and then layering it on Pumpkin Pie before attaching it to an Early Espresso card base. I cut the card front a bit shorter and added a pop of Pumpkin Pie card stock to the bottom of the inside of the card.

As I said, I LOVE fall, so I always create a lot of fall themed cards. You will be seeing more of them this week as I continue to focus on this month’s special Thoughtful Branches Bundle. I will also be sharing some winter themed Thoughtful Branches cards so be sure to come back and see how versatile the set is.
Oh, don’t forget to redeem your Bonus Days coupons!
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August Stamping Specials!

Stampin’ Up! has a couple August Stamping Specials!

Did you know that Stampin’ Up! has a couple August Stamping Specials?

One of the August stamping specials is a NEW photopolymer stamp set and Thinllits Dies bundleThoughtful Branches – that is only available this month… or while supplies last.

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The Thoughtful Branches stamp set includes 13 images and 9 sayings. The Beautiful Branches Thinlits Dies contains 9 different shapes for cutting out your stamped images and so much more. I have been playing with it and have been amazed with how versatile they are. You can create cards for any theme or season.

Here is one of the first cards I created using the bundle. Sympathy cards are always hard for me to create, but the Thoughtful Branches Bundle has made it easy!

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I wanted to keep this card quick and easy (Q&E) while also keeping it clean and simple (CAS) so I started off with a Thick Whisper White card stock card base. I stamped the “You’re in my Thoughts” sentiment using Basic Gray archival ink. I used Flirty Flamingo the ink and card stock for the flowers, stamping first and then cutting out with the coordinating Beautiful Branches Thinlits Dies. The stem and leaves were cut from Wild Wasabi card stock using one of the images from the Beautiful Branches Thinlits Dies. Both were attached to the card front using the Fine-Tip Glue Pen.

August Stamping Special _Redeem Coupons

I stated at the beginning of the post that there were a couple of August Stamping Specials. The other one is the redemption period for Bonus coupons you earned during the month of July! You might want to use those coupons on the Thoughtful Branches Bundle before the supply runs out. While you are there be sure to check out the rest of the items needed to create today’s card.

It’s an August Christmas!

It’s an August Christmas!

My Holiday Catalog preorder arrived a few days ago making me exclaim, “It’s an August Christmas!” I felt that way not only because it truly felt like I had received some wonderful gifts, but also because it meant I could start planning my Holiday Catalog events.

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As you can see from the sneak peek photo, there are loads of fun new stamp sets, designer series papers, embellishments, kits and cutting tools that will be available to you September 1st, 2016! I am looking forward to making and sharing some fun holiday projects with you through my blog and Facebook posts, and also through my classes.

I have already scheduled 2 Christmas card classes. I don’t have photos of the class projects for you yet, but you can find the other details about the classes here. I am also working on plans for my Holiday Catalog Open House so please watch for information about that within the next couple of weeks.

Watercoloring Technique: “Making it Yours!”

Today’s watercoloring technique: “Making it Yours!”

Today’s featured watercoloring technique: “Making it Yours” card is the final in my Pretty Kitty series of cards… for now at least.

How did I “Make it Mine!”? I had a calico kitten as my first pet and the memory of it has stayed with me throughout the years, so I just had to create a calico version of the Pretty Kitty by watercoloring the image using my inks and Aqua Painter. Since I am a yarn crafter, the image of the kitty all tangled up in the yarn was the perfect image to end the series with.

Watercoloring Technique: PrettyKitty_CalicoDoily

For today’s card I continued with my theme of matted circle shapes, but added one of our Delicate White Doilies for added texture and interest. It also gives the card a more cozy look. The Designer Series Paper in the background is from the Blooms & Bliss collection. I love the abstract look of what could easily be a field of grass and flowers! Of course, in this case it is the carpeting of one’s craft room or living room.

The image and saying are both from the Pretty Kitty stamp set. They are stamped using Jet Black StazOn ink on Whisper White. As stated earlier, I watercolored the Pretty Kitty image using my Aqua Painter and the ink colors shown below. The Pretty Kitty image and Night of Navy mat were cut using the Layering Circles Framelits. The Night of Navy mat for  “Life is messy” was cut using the Project Life Cards & Labels Framelits and mounted to the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals. The enamel Island Indigo dots are from the Regal collection of Enamel Shapes.

Here is the complete list of products used: