Sometimes I love getting mail...

Hello stampers! I hope you enjoyed yesterday's blog hop. There were some amazing projects, weren't there? Amazing what can be done with one stamp set!

Before I share this week's deal, check out what I got in the mail yesterday. I love it when this happens!

Now, let's not forget that it's Tuesday - the day that Stampin' Up! releases their new Weekly Deal. Simply click to check out this week's discounts! The link will also direct you to the page where you can access the Year-End Closeout items. And if kits are your thing, well then I invite you to visit My Paper Pumpkin for more information and to subscribe. (Psst! For those of you still looking for Christmas gifts to share, be sure to check out the subscriptions available in 3, 6 and 12 month allotments!)

Thanks for reading today's post! I'll be back tomorrow with a beautiful card made by a friend. See you then!
Adriana B.


The Stamp Review Crew Mixed Bunch Edition

It's time for another "lets see how you can use it" with the Stamp Review Crew! This week, we're challenged to use Mixed Bunch and I believe you'll be happy with the ideas. Whether you are starting here or have just landed from Beth Beard's blog, welcome to my little page on the internet! I hope you will enjoy the projects I share here :)

For my first project, I thought I'd share a little gift idea. Whether you need teacher gifts or a little something for a co-worker or neighbor, this might do the trick.

To decorate this Tag a Bag Gift Box, I created a belly-band out of card stock and used a card sketch from Deconstructed Sketch to help me decorate. Although you can barely see it, one of the large flower-like images from this set was stamped onto the tissue paper holding the candles in the box. It was also used on a scrap of white card stock and punched out with a circle punch, creating the starburst looking image behind the ribbon knot.

This simple card uses one of the smaller images in the set. I stamped it with Basic Gray on the tag - stamping off once onto scrap paper before stamping on the tag. Then I stamped and heat embossed the same image on a scrap of paper and punched it out using our 1" Circle Punch. Along with the Silver Embossing Powder, a 1/8" Mini Brad adds a little sparkle. Need more sparkle? Check out the 1/8" Silver Taffeta ribbon at the top of the tag :)

Here's the completed set:

I thank you for your visit today and hope you enjoyed the projects! For a supply list of products used, please see the bottom of this post. To continue along the hop, simply click one of the buttons below.

Reading "from the back of the magazine to the front"? :)

Products used today: 

Stamps: Mixed Bunch, Yippee Skippee (sentiment on card)
Project Colors: Basic Gray, Whisper White, Hello Honey
Tools: Stampin' Trimmer,  Circle Punches, Scallop Tag Topper punch, Heat Tool, Project Life Corner Punch
Embellishments: Moonlight Designer Series Paper stack, Silver Foil Sheet, Hello Honey 38" Stitched Satin Ribbon, 1/8" Silver Taffeta ribbon, 1/8 Mini Silver Brad, Color Me Autumn Designer Washi Tape,
My favorite adhesives: Stampin' Dimensionals, Fast Fuse Adhesive
Non-Stampin' Up!: tea light candles, tissue paper


Stampin' Up! New Photopolymer Set & Weekly Deals

It's Tuesday... and that means I have some updates for you regarding Stampin' Up!'s weekly deals and promotions! Today, we even have a new stamp set - check it out:

Snuggles & Smooches Photopolymer Stamp Set (item# 140326)

Along with this week's deals, don't forget we still have the Year End Closeout sale going on where you can save money on all sorts of different supplies. Some of these items - like the paper stacks, washi tape and Hexagon Punch below would make great stocking stuffers for the crafter in your family. Especially if that crafter is you ;)

Thanks for reading today's post!

Adriana B.


Embossing Folder and Die Cut storage idea

Are you looking for an easy way to store your Big Shot (or other die cutting machine) tools? Here's an easy solution that will allow you to keep the tools in their original packaging. I like this option since it allows me to keep the original paperwork and the handy envelope packaging for our Framelits, in particular.

First, here's a peek at my worktable where I keep my Big Shot and accompanying supplies:

Yes, I still have our guillotine cutter and use it ALL the time…. but let's move on…
The top box holds my embossing folders. Lookie:

And the larger box holds my die cutting sets. 

In case you are interested, I found these boxes at a TJMaxx, but I have seen them at other discount retail stores and no-no stores (craft stores). And for those of you who rarely weed items out of your tool boxes, yes - they are available in larger sizes :)

Thanks for reading today's post! I hope you found it helpful!
Adriana B.


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Stampin' Up! Making Spirits Bright Tags

Want to make some cute tags with just a little fuss? Here's an idea using our fun seasonal stamp set Making Spirits Bright.

If you're making a bunch, I encourage you to stamp all of your images first, leaving space around each for die cutting, trimming or punching out. Then color them all and they'll be ready to cut and assemble. Tip: This is a great time to use those scraps of neutral and colored card stock you have stockpiled!

Stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink; colored in with Blendabilities

Die cut your image; Oval Framelits used here.

The Real Red layer in the background was die cut using the next larger size. For extra flair, use a different shape for the back layer!

Use a variety of colors to personalize your tags… and use up those scraps ;)

Add some ribbons for decor and to help tie your tags onto bags. 
I used a variety of ribbon pieces and my favorite embellishment, Jewel Basic Rhinestones to finish off the tags. Here's the first finished one:
I think this will be a good use for sequins… how about you?

Products used today: 

Stamps: Making Spirits Bright, Project Colors: Whisper White, Brights
Tools: Stampin' Trimmer, Big Shot, Framelits - Ovals, Blendabilities Markers
Embellishments: Organza Ribbon, Taffeta Ribbon in Old Olive, Baker's Twine in Cherry Cobbler
My favorite adhesives: Stampin' Dimensionals, Fast Fuse Adhesive

Thanks for reading today's post!
Adriana B.


Stampin' Up! Get Your Santa On

In class today, we're playing with a fun set from our Holiday Catalog - Get Your Santa On. This card is based on one by fellow-demonstrator Sarah Wills.

Products used today: 

Stamps: Get Your Santa On
Project Colors: Real Red, Whisper White, Basic Gray, Baked Brown Sugar, Wild Wasabi
Tools: Stampin' Trimmer, Scallop Tag Topper Punch, Word Window Punch, Big Shot, Lucky Stars Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Embellishments: Real Red Cotton Ribbon, Early Espresso Baker's Twine
My favorite adhesives: Stampin' Dimensionals, Fast Fuse Adhesive


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