This is the project I made during my Facebook Live video this week. You can watch the replay on YouTube or Facebook. Go follow my Nancy's Nifty Notes Facebook Page and get notified when I go Live every Wednesday at 10:00 am AET.
It was fun to break open the new Corner Bouquet stamp set for this video. It is one of the new Level 1 Sale-A-Bration (SAB) items you can earn with a qualified purchase beginning 5 January.
I began by using a Blending Brush (p. 70, January - June 2021 Mini Catalogue) to swirl on layers of Mango Melody, Flirty Flamingo and Calypso Coral inks. Then I used an Embossing Buddy anti-static pouch before stamping the large Corner Bouquet image in Versamark ink and sprinkling it with Black Stampin’ Emboss Powder. After I heated the powder to set it, I repeated the process with the sentiment from the Best Year set.
I think the Embossing Buddy anti-static pouch and the Adhesive Eraser are 2 must-have tools and it’s a shame Stampin’ Up! has stopped carrying them. I have a few that I’ve sourced and am selling at cost + postage, so if you’re needing one let me know.
Also, if you are in Australia I’d be happy to send you your very own copies of the January - June 2021 Mini Catalogue and Sale-A-Bration Brochure. Just drop me a note and I’ll get them right out to you. (If you regularly order with another demonstrator and don’t plan to order from me, please request these from her/him, thank you.)
These are the cards I made on my Facebook Live this week. You can watch the replay on YouTube or Facebook.
I found this layout online, posted by Yvonne Simmons, a demonstrator from British Columbia, Canada.
This is the cardstock/Designer Series Paper combination that Yvette used: Cinnamon Cider, Very Vanilla, Early Espresso and Gilded Autumn DSP.
This one uses Night of Navy, Very Vanilla and Boho Indigo Product Medley.
And this one uses the Flower & Field DSP, which is a free offering with a qualifying purchase during the upcoming Sale-A-Bration which runs 5 January - 28 February.
Centimetres: 29.7 x 10.5 scored at 14.9. On score line cut down 5 cm. Turn lengthwise and cut at the 5 cm mark to the score line.
Inches: : 4 ¼” x 11” scored at 5 1/2”. On score line cut down 2”. Turn lengthwise and cut at the 2” mark to the score line.
Centimetres: 14.4 x 10 cm, and 14.4 x 5 cm
Inches: 4”x 5 1/4” and 1- 2”x 5/14”
Mat for Sentiment:
Centimetres. 3.3 x 8.3 cm
Inches: 1 ¼” x 3¼”.
Designer Series Paper:
Centimetres: 4.3 x 5.5 cm and 4.3 x 4.5 cm
Inches: 1 ½” x 3 ½” cut in half to 1 ¾”.
Are you like me and needing a stash of small gifts for people in your life? Hairdressers, building staff, host gifts (maybe not so much this year), etc.? I've made 2 versions of this gift pack that holds 8 Merci chocolates.
I found boxes of the Merci chocolates at Aldi here in Australia. I know I've seen them in the USA, too, Here's what they look like:
I CASE'd the design from Janet Blaauw. Here are measurements and directions:
Cardstock: (1) piece 22 x 15 cm, (2) pieces 7 x 11 cm, (1) piece 29.7 x 4 cm
DSP: (4) pieces 9.5 x 14.5 cm, (2) pieces 1.5 x 14.5 cm, (2) pieces 6.8 x 4.8 cm
Decorative pieces as desired.
Happy Winter Solstice today, Northern Hemisphere!
Do I need to repeat my mini-rant from last week? That all December holidays are really just about bringing the light into the darkest days in the Northern Hemisphere? Didn't think so.
But you may need an explanation of the Winter Solstice theme...my parents, brother and I are non-religious, but still did a present exchange in December when all of the other families did. When I was in early primary school this was questioned by my schoolmates, which made me go home and ask my parent. So we discussed it at the dinner table and we decided that we didn't want to give up the practice just because we didn't observe one of the "standard" holidays, so we designated our holiday as Winter Solstice (see philosophical statement above) and gift giving as a family appreciation practice. Thus, my Winter Solstice cards for this year:
These are very much like the other Feels Like Frost DSP and Evergreen Forest cards I showed here, but instead of a straight cut I used. my favourite Curvy die once again. In fact, I used it twice, since I also cut a bit of Misty Moonlight cardstock to layer between the DSP and Seaside Spray cardstock. One has the Misty Moonlight In Color ribbon, and the other has the Flowers For Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack twine. I printed the sentiment from my computer (let me know if you ever want the codes to match SU! colours!) and cut them with the Stitched Rectangles dies.
Of course, with different sentiments (or none at all) these would be great for many occasions. Here's what I used to make them...click on any picture to go to my online store.
These are the projects I made during this week's Facebook Live. You can watch the video replay on YouTube or Facebook. On either platform you'll find options to select to know when I go live or publish a new video...why not go ahead and take advantage of them?
This week I had my first dive into the Ice Cream Corner Suite, featured on pp. 48-49 of the January-June 2021 Mini Catalogue. I had won the Sweet Ice Cream stamp set during the #OnstageAtHome event in November, so of course I had to order the rest of the suite when it became available to demonstrators at the start of December.
If you like what you see of this suite be sure to sign up for my newsletter because I will be sharing more projects, some of which will be exclusive for my newsletter subscribers!
I'm really digging the bright colours and yummy images and sentiments of this suite, which are really cheerful and appropriate for anyone. I go through all the Designer Series Paper patterns on the video, and you can see 8 out of 12 of them on my 3 cards in this post!
On this card you will see that I'm using one of the new Blending Brushes to add some Bermuda Bay and Pool Party ink to the DSP to make a subtle ombré effect before mounting it on a mat of Bermuda Bay.. Then I punched 3 scoops of ice cream and 1 cone from different sheets of DSP. I stamped the sentiment on white cardstock in Bermuda Bay ink and flagged both ends with the Banners Pick A Punch. After mounting all the layers on a white card base I added a few Rhinestone Basic Jewels.
I can't take credit for thinking up making the ice cream cone into a bear, but this is my take on the concept. I used a sentiment from the also brand-new Art Gallery stamp set. I think the bear would be great on a 3" x 3" gift enclosure, but as I say in the video, I don't seem to actually use those, so I made this a 10.5 x 10.5 cm (4 ¼" x 4 ¼") square instead. I've already got some more ideas of how use this bear concept on some different card bases.
The popsicles/icy poles/ice lollies are a 2-step stamping image, and as you saw on the video need to be hand-cut if you want them popped up. But they and their sticks are simple shapes and so are quick and easy to do. The camera was able to capture the sparkle of the Wink of Stella Glitter Pen on them, though it might just look like white specks to you. Thanks to Paula's suggestion in the comments I added the Blackberry Bliss Striped Ribbon to the centre treat.
Gift Cards Available
A gentle reminder that I have gift cards available in several formats for you to give or to request others give to you! Happy to sort out bemused partners and family on your behalf! Just contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0424 968 039.
Nancy's Nifty Notes Blog
Just a heads-up that I will be cutting back on my blogging for the next few weeks. I've got a few posts scheduled and I'm sure I'll have some more things to share with you between now and New Year's. But I'm taking some time to do some planning for next year as well as some holiday prep in other areas of my life (a bit of shopping, a bit of baking...). I know my blog isn't the centre of your universe, but I didn't want you to worry that something is wrong if you go a few days without seeing a post from me.
December Monthly Class
There are just 2 places left for my class this Saturday, 19 December at 1:00. We'll be making a couple of projects perfect for last-minute gifts or stocking fillers, plus some cards featuring new product from the January - June Mini Catalogue.
RSVP to email@example.com by Thursday, 16 December. $35.00.
Year End Closeout Continues
Items are selling out quickly - be sure to get what you want while you can!
Also, the Clearance Rack was recently updated - there's good stuff there, too!
Whisper White Cardstock is Retiring
Whisper White has been a Stampin’ Up! staple for so long. We love it and we know you love it, too. We are sad to announce that the supplier’s mill producing our Whisper White cardstock has permanently closed due to impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, we weren’t given much notice on this closure. This means that the technology unique to this particular supplier is now unavailable to us and we can no longer offer our Whisper White cardstock and related products, such as Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes. Please note that this won’t affect any of our other cardstocks, this only affects Whisper White.
Below is a list of all products that will be replaced with our new Basic White cardstock. These items are now available while supplies last with an order limit of 2 per item per order.
Each year I make at least a few gift card holders, and I try to change up the design. I found this one on Pinterest by Rosanne Mulhern and adapted the measurements for A4 cardstock.
Yes, that is a Nancy's Nifty Notes gift card peeking out from that pocket!
Purchase yourself for crafty friends and family, or pass on my contact information to anyone who needs a hint what to get for you! firstname.lastname@example.org or 0424 968 039
Gift Card Holder Measurements:
Cardstock Base: 14.9 x 10.5 cm
DSP Layer: 14.4 x 10 cm
Tri-Fold Cardstock: 24 x 10.5 cm, scored at 8 & 16 cm
DSP & Cardstock Layers: 10 x 7.5 cm
Gift Card Pocket Cardstock: 10.6 x 6 cm
DSP Layer: 10 x 5.5 cm
I'm going to let you in on a little secret...as much as I like paper crafting, I am TERRIBLE when it comes to regular gift-wrapping. The paper rips, I can't get things lined up and square, or neat enough. I've tried cheap wrapping paper, expensive wrapping paper, doing Japanese-style (which does tend to work better for me), but I'd much rather throw things in a gift bag, a box or an envelope and call it done!
So, when I needed to package 5 identical, flat gifts this week, I decided to pull out my retired Stampin' Up! Envelope Punch Board. I used a variety of 12 x 12 papers trimmed to 11 x 11" for these envelopes, including Brightly Gleaming, Poinsettia Place, Gilded Autumn and long-retired Real Red Envelope Paper.
It was fun to go through the small collection of unused elements on my craft desk and put some to good use decorating the packages.
I like how neat and professional the envelopes look!
Good thing these worked out because Plan B was a plain mailing satchel, LOL!
Do you use your paper crafting supplies and tools for gift wrap? Show me your examples via email or on my Facebook Page!
This is the project I made on this week's Facebook Live video. You can watch the replay on YouTube or Facebook, and you can sign up on either platform to get notified when I go live or post a new video.
I CASE'd this card from my friend, Tatiana Tobin. As I mentioned in my video, this morning was a bit hectic with Glenn going into meetings at 7:30, a grocery delivery at 7:45, and an HVAC technician just past 8:00. So my video shows me doing the entire process.
The only change I made on this card from Tania's is the centre embellishment. I love the Beaded Pearls that are part of the Poinsettia Place Suite, but I also find that these Toile Tidings Glitter Enamel Dots work really nicely, too. I mention in the video that we have some very similar embellishments in the current Mini Catalogue, too, Wonderful Gems, which are Real Red and Clear with gold glitter. Happily, they will be carrying over to next year's July - December Mini Catalogue, so feel free to stock up knowing they'll be around to use with the Poinsettia bundle that will also be back in the 2021-22 Annual Catalogue.
If you watched the video you will have seen that I made an error the first time I tried to cut and score the card base (I scored on the wrong edge of the cardstock and wound up with a smaller card than intended). After I ended the video I went back and scaled down the Garden Green and DSP layers and made a second card.
Can you spot the one change I made to this one (besides scaling down 1 cm on the length)?
I used a different die to cut the sentiment.
Thanks, Tania, for a fun card to recreate!
Card Base:21 x 19.8 cm, Score at 9.9 cm
Card Front: 19 x 7.9 cm
DSP:18.5 x 7.4 cm
Card Base 8-1/2″ x 7″, Score at 3-1/2″
Card Front: 7-3/4″ x 2-3/4″
DSP: 7-1/4″ x 2-½″
Here's what I used to make these cards - click on any picture to go to my online store!:
For November's Monthly Card Class Kit I cut letters in multiple colours to spell out "Thanks" for one of the projects. I laid out my cardstock in equal strips on Adhesive Foam Sheets, and was left with the "negatives" of the die cuts. They sat on my desk for a while until I figured out exactly how I wanted to use them.
This is an oversize card, at 10.5 x 19.3 cm. I had to cut the Curvy Die twice to get the length I needed, but it was pretty easy to line it up. I did a tiny amount of clean-up with my paper snips, and have hidden the one imperfection under a flower.
Speaking of flowers, I pulled out my long-neglected Perennial Flower Punch to make them out of the Artistry Blooms DSP. For not having planned coordination between these colours and my letters I think it worked out pretty well, LOL!
Here's what I used on this card:
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I've been paper-crafting since 2006, and an Independent Stampin' Up! demonstrator since 2010. I love sharing my craft with others, either through classes or by creating special cards and gifts that meet their needs. Join me in creating fun!