Thursday, December 22, 2011

Stocking Builder Punch Not Being Carried Over!

Be sure to scroll down for Christmas card posts!

In my almost 4 years as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I have never seen a punch be introduced in a mini catalogue and not carried over into the next, but I guess there is a first for everything! Stampin' Up! recently announced that the stocking builder punch from the Holiday Mini catalogue will not be carried over. If you were wanting this punch be sure to order it soon (and don't forget the fabulous coordinating Stitched Stockings stamp set)! The following statement was issued by Stampin' Up!

Stocking Builder Punch
December 20, 2011

Our occasion-specific mini catalogues allow us the opportunity to share the latest seasonal products with you and your customers, and we often carry over products from our mini catalogues into the following Idea Book & Catalogue. This time, however, we have decided not to carry over the Stocking Builder Punch (item 124095) from the 2011 Holiday Mini Catalogue into the next Idea Book & Catalogue. Instead we will offer other great designs in its place--not to mention a trendy, new design planned for next holiday season.

Once the current inventory of this punch has been depleted, it will no longer be available for purchase. We hope many Stampin' Up! stockings will adorn cards and brighten holiday projects this season and look forward to seeing what you create with the next seasonal design.

I am so sad this isn't carrying over because I love this punch and it was quickly becoming one of my favourites for Christmas cards!

Rudolph Christmas

It's the last post of my Christmas cards from class (I apparently forgot to photograph one of the cards - if I get a chance I'll try to get one - it uses the set Holiday Lineup and features the mica flakes from the holiday mini). Be sure to scroll down for two other posts from today of other cards from the class.
This final card was definitely the hardest of the cards to make, but is one of my favourites. It was inspired by Mary's card here and uses her tutorial for creating the punch template in the same post. Rudolph's nose is coloured in with a real red marker and covered with a dab of Crystal effects for dimension.

Stamp: SU Jolly Bingo Bits, Heard from the Heart
Ink: SU chocolate chip, real red
Paper: SU ww, real red, chocolate chip
Ribbon: SU 5/8" chocolate chip satin, 1/8" real red taffeta
Punch: SU 1 1/4" square punch
Misc: SU crystal effects, dimensionals, dotto adhesive

Snowflake Happy Holidays

Scroll down for other posts today of cards from my Christmas card class.
I always love the look of three panels down a card so I had to make one with snowflakes - you'll see a different take on the three panels in the upcoming post. It's hard to tell in the photo, but all the green snowflakes were coloured with my 2-way glue pen and covered with dazzling diamonds. The girls in class all chose various sentiments to use in place of the Happy Holidays from the Four the Holidays stamp set.

Stamps: SU Snow Swirled, Four the Holidays
Ink: SU real red, old olive
Paper: SU ww, real red, old olive dsp from brights stack
Punch: SU corner counder, scallop edge
Misc: SU dazzling diamonds, 2-way glue pen

In Colour Ornament Card

Here's another one of the Christmas cards from class.
This is a take on Jen's card here. I didn't change too much about it because I loved the colour combo and hints of silver!

Stamps: SU Delightful Decorations, Snow Swirled
Ink: SU basic gray, island indigo, pool party
Paper: SU ww, pool party, island indigo, silver glimmer
Punch: SU ornament punch
Brad: SU 3/8" jumbo silver brad
Embossing Folder: SU Snowburst
Misc: SU dimensionals

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Festive Stitched Stockings

Last post for today! Scroll down for 3 other Christmas card posts! I'll hopefully get around to sharing the remainder of the cards sometime over the weekend.
The stitched stocking stamp set and punch were must-haves for me when the Holiday Mini catalogue came out so of course I had to make a card for the class using it! The girls loved it. Each person used a different stocking image and I have to admit I liked the look of snowflake and argyle stockings better than mine - I went with the polka dots since I thought it would compliment the old olive polka dotted paper!

Despite loving the jingle bells, this was the only card I made for class that used them because they do cost more to mail and I didn't want the girls to have to worry about all of their cards costing too much to send!
TIP: Use a floss threader to thread the baker's twine through the bell!

Stamps: SU Stitched Stockings
Ink: SU real red, old olive
Paper: SU whisper white, real red, old olive, old olive dsp from brights pack
Ribbon: SU white baker's twine
Punch: SU stocking builder punch
Misc: SU mini jingle bell, dimensionals

Northern Frost Snowflake CASE

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As soon as I saw this stunning card by Mary, I knew I would have to CASE it. I swapped the striped embossing for polka dots and changed up the brads, but mostly left everything else the same! I love this shade of blue for Christmas! It was great to see such variety in the cards the girls made just by changing which snowflakes they cut and changing their placement!

Stamps: SU Petite Pairs
Ink: SU Versamark
Paper: SU whisper white, silver glimmer, pool party
Ribbon: SU 3/8" ruffled pool party
Embossing Folder: SU perfect polka dots
Die cut: SU Northern Frost
Embossing Powder: SU silver
Brads: SU silver mini brads, 5/16" silver jumbo brads

Silver Sparkle Dasher

Be sure to scroll down for other new Christmas card posts!
This photo really doesn't do this card justice, but I think it is one of my favourites that I made for this class. You really have to picture the contrast of the stark white against the shiny silver.

Stamp: SU Dasher
Ink: SU versamark
Paper: SU whisper white, brushed silver
Ribbon: SU silver elastic cord (retired)
Embossing Folder: SU Snow Burst
Misc: SU dimesionals

Joyful CASE

I've been totally ignoring my blog lately. First, I didn't want to share the Christmas cards I made because they were for a class, then I wasn't felt great, and then we've had Christmas parties, shopping, etc., the list goes on and on and as a result getting photos of the cards just got pushed further and further down the list. So here starts the posts of the cards we made in a Christmas card class for my husband's coworkers - you'll have to excuse the not so great photography!
This first card was a CASE of this card from Jill. I modified it ever so slightly and love both versions. The ladies at the class love to heat emboss so I added it to 3 of the 8 cards that we made!

Stamps: SU Sounding Joy
Ink: SU Crumb Cake, Versamark
Paper: SU crumb cake, very vanilla, cherry cobbler
Embossing Folder: SU Snow Burst
Ribbon: SU cherry cobbler seam binding
Embossing Powder: SU cherry cobbler