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It is a great time to join Stampin Up as a new demonstrator. Choose one of the following limited time Sale-A-Bration offers when you join from now till March 31, 2015.

Please don't let this offer go buy. Click on the Join picture in the left hand column and read all about being a Stampin Up demonstrator. I celebrate my 15th year this March - sticking with something that long has got to be good!

New Catalog and SALE-A-BRATION

I know I have been missing in action. I hope I still have readers left, and that you weren't too worried about me. Since my last post, my sweet dad had a heart attack. He is okay, but it was a very long recovery. He got a new stint and pacemaker for the new year, and I am happy to report he is just about back to is adorable self. Then just this past week my dear mom-in-law ended up in the ER. She has been sick for about a week, and we feared the worst, the flu. But thank the Lord she didn't have it, and is much better.

So I can say I officially have a new full time job... Nursing home director!  That is my lot in life and I couldn't ask for a better job - caring for my parents. I am so thankful I am well enough and can stay at home to be here for them.

Now on to a much happier note.....

I am always excited to see a new catalog, and this new Occasions Catalog is something to get excited about. Click HERE to see all the wonderful new products. If you want a paper copy of this amazing catalog, send me a message and I will be happy to get you one in the  mail.....

Oh and it is SALE-A-BRATION time!
Click HERE  to see all the free items you can choose from with every $50 order from the Occasions Catalog and the Annual Catalog.

Mixing Techniques

Mixing Techniques

Stamping, inking, cutting, layering . . . we all have our favorite techniques! But have you ever thought about combining techniques—and maybe even going a little crazy with them?
Try this. First, moisten a piece of Watercolor Paper with your Aqua Painter and water—no ink. Then, apply a color glaze using the Aqua Painter and Classic Stampin’ Ink Refills. When you add the ink—depending on how long you allow it to dry—you’ll create fun effects!



Then adhere All Is Calm Specialty Designer Series Paper strips. (Tip: set your Paper Trimmer aside and use your Paper Snips, instead—for a less "perfect" look.) Then use a Sponge Dauber to cover everything with a little Whisper White Craft ink.
Our card background is ready! Let's add the finishing touches!
Using images from the Letterpress Winter Stamp Set, stamp the snowflake in Marina Mist ink. If you stamp the image multiple times without reinking, it will give depth to your project. A few spots and popped-out accents round out the look.
Repeat these steps to get varying results—depending on the shapes you feel like exploring. Check out these watercolor circles and their little bit of silver embossing.


I hope you'll try this out—and that you’ll make beautiful discoveries while you mix techniques!
Hélène Legrand
2014–2015 Artisan Design Team

Note: to see this article in its original French, please click here.

Supply List
Watercolor Paper (item # 122959)
All Is Calm Specialty Designer Series Paper (item # 135823)
Aqua Painter (item # 103954)

Sponge Daubers (item # 133773)
Marina Mist Classic Stampin’ Pad (item # 126962)
Whisper White Craft Stampin’ Ink Refill (item # 101780)
Letterpress Winter Stamp Set (English) (item # 135143)
Letterpress Winter Stamp Set (French) (item # 136897)

Love some more snowmen

You could also put these snowmen to work as cute package toppers or place card holders for table settings. Or gather together your kids or grand kids together for a fun little party making snowmen families to decorate your home.
Create the hat using a 2-1/4" circle, a 1-1/2" circle, and 1-1/2" x 5" strip of cardstock or Designer Series Paper. Make the snowman’s body using 2-3/4", 2-1/4", and 1-7/8" circles (or whatever size you wish)! Use the Owl Punch for eyes and the Bird Punch to make the nose and mouth. Easy!
by Cindy B.
Sr. Staff Writer

Supply List
Early Espresso Cardstock (item # 119686)
Kraft Cardstock (item # 133674)
Pumpkin Pie Cardstock (item # 105117)
Whisper White Cardstock (item # 100730)
Nordic Noel Designer Series Paper (item # 135822)
Gold Foil Sheets (item # 132622)
Red Glimmer Paper (item # 121790)
Real Red 3/8" Satin Woven Ribbon (item # 135840)
Frosted Sequins (item # 135835)
Bird Punch (item # 117191)
Owl Punch (item # 118074)
Circles Collection Framelits Dies (item # 130911)
Wonderful Wreath Framelits Dies (item # 135851

A Joyful Heat

How is this for an adorable card. This was shared on the Stampin Up website - there are great ideas there. When you have some down time, check it out.

Love Peace and Joy

Love Peace and Joy it's over! Now for the clean up to begin. This stitched card came from a long time friend from California Who now lives in North Dakota. When I was a kid I used to play with there kids, and since mom has passed I keep up on sending Christmas cards from Dad to their friends. This one really inspired me because it is stitched on an embroidery sewing machine. I just got one for myself and so excited to try my hand at a few machine embroidered cards too!
Merry day after Christmas - here comes the new year! Wow 2015 - good golly the time flies fast.

A Merry Christmas to You

Judi Birt never misses a holiday where she doesn't send me a card. It is so nice to see all of her beautiful creations, not to mention how sweet it is to know she is thinking of me so many times of the year. Thanks Judi for this beautiful card. I love how you mixed some of the new and retired products to come up with this beautiful card.

May you have a wonderful Christmas full of blessings and love.