Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Go Wild... Go Gold!

Today's featured card is the Go Wild... Go Gold 50th Birthday Card. I created this card using both the Go Wild 6x6 paper stack and Gold Glimmer paper. Both of those are part of our Weekly Deals this week and they go together so nicely, don't you think?

The Holiday catalog includes lots of gold items to pair with the Gold Glimmer paper including the Winter Wonderland holiday line on page 23 which includes a vellum stack, a 12x12 paper pack, and coordinating washi tape. In addition, there’s gold cording, really cool Reindeer Paper Clips, Gold and White Glitter Ribbon, and even the Hello December 2015 Project Life accessory pack.

Be sure to grab your Holiday Gold before it retires on January 4th.

Grab the Holiday Gold!

In addition to the first two items I used on the Go Wild... Go Gold card, there are some other great products on the deals this week. The mint macaron classic stampin' pad is one of our 5 newest in-colors. You can see some of the coordinating in-color products in Mint Macaron on my card - the cardstock and lace trim are both Mint Macaron. Its such a lovely soft color, and yet its still has a masculine feel. 

Also, in the next few months, Valentine's day will be coming... get a head start now by picking up the awesome hearts embossing folder at a discounted price. You may not get it this cheap again.

Shop the Weekly Deals!

Also, don't forget about these other great deals and opportunities.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Weekly Deals plus Savings up to 50%!

Brand new Weekly Deals are available!  This weeks savings include two awesome Holiday stamp sets, Winter Wonderland Designer Vellum stack and our fabulous Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper! You won't want to miss any of these!

In addition to our Weekly Deals, save up to 50% on even more items by shopping our Online Extravaganza!  

November 23-30, save up to 50 percent on select products during our week-long Online Extravaganza! To make it even better, there will be a flash sale that last 24 hours on November 30, the last days of Online Extravaganza - only specific items will be available on that day. Remember our Online Extravaganza savings are only available while supplies last, so get them today, while you still can!

This pdf updates daily, so bookmark this post and download the most recent version before you place your order. When you see something marked off, that means the quantity dedicated to the sale ran out already.

A sample of cards, tags,and goodies from my own collection of Paper Pumpkin kits -
each of these are included in the Online Extravaganza this week - no subscription required!
Curious about Paper Pumpkin but too afraid to subscribe? Now you can try a past kit, no strings attached! But only during our Online Extravaganza. Select past Paper Pumpkin kits and kit refills in Online Extravaganza are available for purchase by both subscribers and non-subscribers at up to 50% OFF. 

Try the Sew You Paper Pumpkin full kit at 40% off or try the Thanks a Latte Paper Pumpkin kit for 30% off plus you can also pick up refills for the Thanks a Latte Paper Pumpkin kit.

Both of these kits and more are available through November 30th while supplies last! Give Paper Pumpkin a try with NO worries about cancelling later AND at a HUGE discount... and when you love what you see, consider a monthly subscription plus get special Shack perks when you subscribe with me!

Remember, quantities are limited! Get them today and don't miss out!

Also, don't forget about these other great deals and opportunities.
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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Weekly Deals and More!

Weekly Deals for November 17-23

The deals for November 17-23 include some great holiday items that you can pick up with extra savings! There were two items in the weekly deals this week that are Shack Scraps favorites - the Season of Cheer Cardstock Pack and the Jolly Christmas stamp set.
I just love the cardstock packs that are now being offered.  Its a great way to get just enough coordinating cardstock to use with your designer series paper packs. The wonderful Season of Cheer Cardstock Pack is, in my opinion, one of the BEST ways to sample the extra thick Whisper White cardstock that was introduced with our new catalog. If you haven't already tried it out, you should right now!  With the pack you get 8 full sheets of 100-lb, perfect for card bases, along with 8 sheets of both Cherry Cobbler and Pear Pizzazz. Great colors for Holiday cards plus it coordinates with the Season of Cheer DSP pack and matching washi tape.  See the Season of Cheer line on page 28 and 29 of the Holiday catalog.


The awesome Jolly Christmas wood block set is another great value this week. While I mostly buy clear and photopolymer sets, I do enjoy the wood blocks - especially when I am sharing my stamps with friends who don't stamp all that often - which is especially useful for holiday stamps when I have Christmas Card parties.  This set is extra special though because I am in love with the jumping reindeer and those awesome stick figure snow flakes (at least that's what I call them).. they remind me of the counter top we had when I was growing up. The cards shown above are out of the holiday catalog using Jolly Christmas. I just love the simple designs Stampin' Up! shares in the catalog.  They are easy to CASE (copy and share everything).  Below is my version of the Stampin' Up! designs from page 27. 

I used two stamp sets from the annual catalog, Santas Gifts and Lots of Joy, to create these cards. When I CASE a card, I try not to copy it exactly, down to the stamp set, etc.  I try to change up the stamp sets, sentiments, and embellishments. The only thing I try to keep pretty close to the same is the layout or SKETCH.  I'd love to see what you can come up with when you play with these layouts.

Holiday Catalog Retiring Lists

Hey Stampers, as Christmas draws nearer, our holiday catalog is preparing to come to a close. For the first time ever, Stampin' Up! is releasing a retiring list for the Holiday catalog. What that means is that from now until January 4 is your LAST CHANCE to get some of these great products. Remember, these retiring items are only available WHILE SUPPLIES LAST! Get yours before they are gone.  Linked below is the list, in both PDF and sortable Excel files, it will be updated daily as the supply runs out so check back often.
I usually take my list and highlight all the retiring products in my personal catalog - that way I can see quickly the items that will be leaving - so if I want them, I can pick them up quickly before they are gone for good.  This time though, I highlighted those items that WILL carry over into the Occasions catalog and possibly beyond as I know that list is much smaller than the retiring list, making it easier to see in my catalog.

To get your orders by December 24

Phone: Order by December 17, 6:40 PM (MT)/7:40 PM (CT)Online: Order by Dec. 17, 11:50 PM (MT) /  Dec. 18, 12:50 AM (CT)

Holiday Ordering & Shipping Info

The festive season is a busy time of year for sending and receiving packages, so naturally shipping times may slow down. Also, delivery times vary depending on where you live; if your personal experience indicates that it takes longer for packages to reach you, you should allow a little extra time for shipping during the holidays. As you know, we cannot control delivery times. Holiday mail volumes are high, and our delivery services encourage customers to ship as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

In addition, please keep in mind that 3-day shipping does NOT include expedited handling. The 3-day shipping time begins once the order has been processed and fulfilled in the order it was received--not from the date of the order.

And a final reminder: if ordering gifts that will be shipped directly to the recipient, remember that the recipient will receive a confirmation email. We don't want you to spoil your surprise!

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Joyful Tidings

Joyful Tidings - Masking Technique

Today's card was inspired by my Paper Pumpkin stamps from October. I wanted to show that while the stamps may be designed for a specific purpose in the Paper Pumpkin kits, it still has plenty of mileage left for many other awesome projects. The October flower stamp looks so closely like a poinsettia flower outline. I used a blender pen to color the flowers and leaves in and give a bit of depth by subtle shading. Blender pens work like magic!

My chosen colors are Mossy Meadow, Cherry Cobbler, Gold and Whisper White.  The ribbon I used is NOT Stampin' Up! but it goes so nicely with the Mossy Meadow cardstock I just HAD to use it. Its Celebrate It 5/8" satin ribbon from Michaels that I have had in my stock for several years now. I also used a metallic gel Pentel pen called Sunburst to trace the stamen on the flowers. The sentiment is from Christmas Messages stamp set from last year. The gold ink as well as the sentiment, is from last year's holiday catalog - Encore Gold from Tsukineko. I put a sliver of gold glitter paper behind the sentiment which was cut to a 1 1/4" strip with the ends punched using the retired artisan label punch - just about any label punch will let you flag the ends of a strip of paper.  I also used the gold sequin - circle shaped for the centers of the flowers.  

How to Create a Mask

The flowers were stamped using a layering affect called masking.  Basically, just stamp the image you want to layer onto thin post-it notes or typing paper, cut it out carefully by hand, following the lines, cover the back side with the 2-way glue pen and let it dry. This piece is now your mask. Stamp your image on your background paper and cover with the mask. Now you can stamp another image on top and to the side to give the effect of layering. Make multiple masks and cover your stamped images to create many different layers giving your collage of images a sense of depth.

What is a Paper Pumpkin Kit?

Paper Pumpkin is a monthly subscription you can receive that gives you everything you need to create awesome paper crafting projects for only $19.95 per month (including shipping). Its great for the beginning stamper as it provides projects that are already pre-designed with easy to follow instructions. It lets you slowly build a stamp collection that is both exclusive and extremely affordable. The stamp sets are very versatile and can be used over and over again. Its also great for the advanced stamper as it gives you a jumping off point to spark your creativity. 

The kit also includes all the paper, ink, and embellishments you need to complete the pre-designed projects. Stampin' Up! also posts an easy to follow video showing how to assemble the projects right on Youtube. About the only thing you may need is a bit of adhesive and  maybe 30 minutes to sit down. Although, most times the adhesive is already included.  

Read more about the Paper Pumpkin kit by clicking on the Paper Pumpkin tab above.

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