Tuesday, November 29, 2011

One more day for the Online Extravaganza Sale


We have snow!!  At least a couple of inches of thick, wet, heavy snow has fallen in the last few hours.
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This is the first snow that our teacup miniature Schnauzer has seen.  She's inside now trying to chew off all of the "snowballs" that stuck to the fur on her legs.  I didn't get a picture of that, but here's a recent picture of her looking adorable.  (Not that I'm biased at all!)

I have some great cards to show you today from our Chalk-a-holics meeting earlier this month.  This first one was made by Diane Kipp.  She always has such great cards to swap with us!  The snowman is from Snow Much Fun.  She also used the Frostwood Lodge DSP and the saying is from the hostess stamp set - Warmest of Wishes.
This was Sara Bolz's swap card.  She has four frames cut from the Peekaboo Frames Die in Chocolate Chip.  This picture shows the little frames open so you can see the "goodies" underneath.  The little stamps are from Jolly Bingo Bits.  There are 24 different winter-themed stamps in that set.  So cute and such a great pairing with the Peekaboo Frames Die.  Hey, Sara also used some of the Frostwood Lodge DSP.  If you haven't gotten this yet, you should order it.  It's so versatile and can be used so many ways!
This was my card for the swap.  I showed you one very similar that was a twisted easel card on THIS post.  This card just opens "normally".  And would you believe that I ran out of Silver Glimmer Paper?  I ordered another couple of packages right away.  This paper makes diamonds look boring!  (Really!)

So how are you coming on getting your Christmas cards done?  Would you believe I haven't even started yet?  Maybe the snow will get me in the mood.  As long as I don't have to be the one doing this:
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Until next time...
Jayne Stenstrom

Monday, November 28, 2011

Telescoping Snowman Stair Step Card

Whew!  Did you get all of that in the title?  I saw this absolutely adorable snowman card recently and I knew I wanted to make it!  I got the idea from Cindy Hall at Pretty Impact.  I have a link below so you can go to her blog if you want instructions too.

Here he is!  (This is my card opened, but lying flat on my counter.  I was having a hard time getting a good picture.)
  He definitely has the bling factor going on!  I changed a few things because I didn't have the same stamps (gasp!), but it's basically the same card that Cindy made.  If you'd like to see her post on this card you can go HERE

Here is the card with the snowman folded down.  Did you realize he did that?  That way he fits in one of our standard-sized envelopes.
And standing up:
From the side:
Since I didn't come up with this card idea on my own I don't feel right giving dimensions or supplies.  But if you like this little guy, be sure to go to Cindy's blog to get your instructions!

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Until next time...
Jayne Stenstrom

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Flip Card with Holly Berry Bouquet Specialty Designer Series Paper

Today's card is a special fold called a "flip card" or I've heard it referred to as a pop-up card or pull-up card.  Whatever you call it, it's very cool!  I've seen this type of card for quite awhile, but this is the first time I've made one.  It was so much fun to see it come together!

I used the Holly Berry Bouquet Specialty DSP from the Holiday Mini Catalog and the Pines & Poinsettias stamp set from the same catalog.  This first picture shows the front of the card closed.  I punched a square of Chocolate Chip cardstock with the Scallop Trim Border punch and the size I had cut just worked out to perfectly create a one-of-a-kind frame.  (I say one-of-a-kind because the chances of this happening again are slim!) 
Here it is with the tag pulled up.  When you pull on the tag, it reveals the saying underneath.  The saying on the tag is from Delightful Dozen (pg. 167 IB&C).  The Peace, Love, Joy is from a retired Stampin' Up! set.
Here is another view of the opened card so you can see the image on the front a little better.
Here is what it looks like from the side.
My friend and down-line Emily was stamping with me on the day I made this card, and here is what she made.  The Dasher image is stamped with Vanilla Craft Ink and Shimmer Paint onto Chocolate Chip cardstock.  I wish the picture showed the bling of the snowflake better.  It really pops on the card!
Would you like to make one of these cards?  This would be something I would do in a "Wow Cards Class".  Let me know what you think! 

Until next time...
Jayne Stenstrom 

Friday, November 25, 2011

Another Pop-Up Cake Card

Here is another version of the birthday cake pop-up card.  My other one was done in primary colors and used the Pennant Parade stamp set, so I wanted to come up with something different.
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Here it is - what do you think?
Using the Delicate Doilies stamp set, I started with Wisteria Wonder cardstock and dye ink, stamping an overall background on the front.  I made the little "medallion" by stamping the doily onto Whisper White cardstock and punching it out with the 1-1/4" Circle Punch.  The 1-3/8" Circle Punch was used to punch some Pretty in Pink cardstock, and then the 1-3/4" Scallop Circle Punch was used with So Saffron cardstock.  The finishing touch was using a Designer Printed Brad in Wisteria Wonder in the center.
The cake is made with Designer Series Paper from the Flirtatious Specialty pack.  The candles are from the Cupcake Builder Punch.  In this picture it's easier to see the score lines on the top flap.  Those were scored with the Simply Scored Scoring Tool (love this!) in each indentation that was made by the Scallop Edge Border Punch.  The saying on the top flap is from Curly Cute.  After it was stamped, I made the "banner edges" by turning the 1-1/4" Square Punch on the side and punching off a triangle.  I layered it onto Pretty in Pink cardstock and just free-hand cut for the banner ends, following the triangle on the Whisper White.

The finishing touches were made using the Tasteful Trim Bigz XL Die and also adding a bow tied with the 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon in Wisteria Wonder.  It looks totally different from THIS CARD, don't you think?  Much more feminine.  Smiley from millan.net

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving - are you enjoying the leftovers today?  I'm enjoying ours!  Until next time...
Smiley from millan.net

Jayne Stenstrom 

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

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I hope by the time you're reading this that you've had a wonderful day and are relaxing and enjoying yourself.  I'm sure I will be exhausted after dinner and guests, but I love it and wouldn't have it any other way.

To extend my Thanksgiving thoughts to you, I have a card to share today that I received from Laura Kurtyak in one of our recent swaps.

I love the sentiment on the insert --
The truest measure of our thanksgiving is how we use the blessings for which we give thanks.

STAMPS:  Hand-Penned Holidays, Lovely as a Tree, Grateful Greetings
CARD STOCK:  Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, More Mustard
INKS:  Pear Pizzazz, Chocolate Chip
ACCESSORIES:  Spice Cake DSP, 5/8" Organza Ribbon, Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Circle Punch

Smiley from millan.net
I give thanks for all of you!  You have been a blessing and encouragement in my life and I appreciate you!

Jayne Stenstrom 

Monday, November 21, 2011

Online Extravaganza Sale and Card Share

Don't forget about the online extravaganza sale going on now through Wednesday, November 23!    I just finished placing my order and I'm so excited about the great deals that Stampin' Up! is offering!  To place your order, just go to my demonstrator website at http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/jaynestamps/ and click on the Shop Now button in the top right-hand corner.  You will be able to see the items in the online extravaganza by following the links.  And you can also order other items that are not in the "sale" - so if you need more cardstock or SNAIL adhesive to finish your Christmas cards, you can easily add that to your order.  But you've only got until midnight Wednesday, so don't delay!

I also have a beautiful card to show you today.  This is another one that Lou Ann had, so I don't know the creator of it.  Isn't it gorgeous?

And it uses the adorable Peekaboo Frames Bigz L Die, so here's a little surprise under the Merry Christmas!
The background is stamped with the Parlor Prints stamp in white on the Cherry Cobbler and in Cherry Cobbler on the Whisper White (I love how this looks here!)  She also embossed the Hello, Doily stamp with white emboss powder and cut around it.  There's some Always Artichoke cardstock cut with the Top Note die behind that. The Cherry Cobbler 3/8" Quilted Satin Ribbon tied around the middle looks gorgeous!  The sayings are from Petite Pairs and the Merry Christmas was stamped and then punched out with the Curly Label Punch to coordinate with the Peekaboo Frame she used.

Simple cards can be beautiful, but sometimes you might want to take it up a notch and add some extras like this stamper did.  I think this card came out beautifully!  Hope you enjoy!
Smiley from millan.net

Jayne Stenstrom

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Stampin' Up! Online Extravaganza Sale - Monday November 21

Stampin' Up!'s Online Extravaganza, our annual sale to kick off the holiday shopping season, starts Monday, November 21, 2011 and runs through Wednesday November 30, 2011 AND there are two items on sale for 24 HOURS ONLY starting Monday morning!

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Log in to my demonstrator website Online Store HERE starting Monday morning to take advantage of great savings, like 60% off select Designer Fabrics, 30% off an exclusive ribbon bundle, and FREE digital downloads valued at $40 when you buy My Digital Studio Express!!!

In addition, there will be two items on sale for 24 HOURS ONLY (November 21, 12:01 AM - 11:59 PM [MT])-so make sure you don't miss the first 24 hours of Online Extravaganza!

 Smiley from millan.net
I can't wait to see what items are on sale!  But remember, to get the BEST price, you must go through my Demonstrator Website at http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/jaynestamps/.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact me!  I know I'll be shopping early tomorrow - how about you??

Jayne Stenstrom 

Friday, November 18, 2011

Gift Giving Ideas Blog Hop

Welcome to the SU Stars Blog Hop on Gift Giving Ideas!  You should have come here from Jane Hignite's blog at www.stampwithjane.com.  If you get lost or you want to make sure you've seen all the projects, you can always go to the start of this blog hop by going HERE.

I'm sure you've been getting some great ideas from all of the stampers on this hop!  I had a lot of fun coming up with my projects to share with you.  I have three for you!  Are you ready to see?
I repeated a lot of the same elements on these projects including Holly Berry Bouquet Designer Series Paper, Red Glimmer Paper, and the Top Note Die.  I have instructions below if you're interested.  Just be forewarned that there are a LOT of pictures here!

My first project is a gift card holder.  
I started with a piece of Wild Wasabi cardstock cut 4-1/4" by 10-1/2".  I then scored it at 3", 4-1/4", 5-1/2", and 8-1/2".
The cardstock was then folded on the 4-1/4" mark and cut out with the Top Note Die.  Below is a picture as to how you place the fold of the cardstock on the die.
When you open the cardstock back up, this is what you should have.  Run a piece of Sticky Strip just inside the fold line where you cut the opening with the Top Note.  Stick together with the Sticky Strip.  You can also tape that smaller section together  before you cut it with the Top Note die.
Decorate the front and the inside with Holly Berry Bouquet DSP.  Front closed:
Top open:
Inside fully opened.  (If you look under the second section, you can see the part that was cut with the Top Note Die sticking up.)
With a gift card slipped in the holder:
Notice the little extra bling I added on the saying?  I just used my 1/2" Circle Punch with the Red Glimmer Paper to add some more sparkle!

My next project is a little gift box using the Top Note die for the top and bottom of the box.  Cut two pieces of chipboard or heavy cardboard to 4" x 5".  Cut FOUR pieces of Holly Berry Bouquet DSP the same size.  Using the Anywhere Glue Stick or Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive, glue the DSP to BOTH sides of the chipboard.  Set aside to dry well. 

Meanwhile, cut cardstock for your box to 8-1/2" x 9-3/4".  Score on all four sides at 1-1/2" and 3".
Cut on the score lines as shown below and apply Sticky Strip as shown.  The box will go together easier if the flaps being folded in are trimmed on an angle.  Fold in the small flaps first, then fold in the long flaps. 
This makes your box.  Add some Sticky Strip if you need to hold down the inside edge.
For the lid, cut your cardstock to 3-5/8" x 4-7/8".  Score in 1/2" on all edges.

On the long sides, cut in 1/2" to the fold.  Place Sticky Strip on the small 1/2" square flaps.  Fold together to create box lid.
Take the pieces of chipboard that you glued the DSP to and run them through the Big Shot with the Top Note die.  Place Sticky Strip on the bottom of the BOX and the top of the LID
Remove the Sticky Strip from the box and lid and attach your Top Note chipboard pieces.
Decorate your box as desired.  My poinsettia was made with the 5-Petal Flower Punch, Real Red and Wild Wasabi cardstock, and a Circle Fire Rhinestone Brad in the center.  To add a little more shimmer, I punched out three petals with Silver Glimmer Paper using the Blossom Petals Builder Punch and tucked them behind my poinsettia.  The You're Sweet sentiment is from You're Cherished (pg. 193 IB&C).
Finish off by tying Real Red 5/8" Satin Ribbon around the box.

And my last project for this hop is another gift card holder, but this one is made with the Holiday Stocking die, the Stocking Accents die, and the Petite Pocket Bigz XL die.

Cut out one of the Petite Pockets from the die.  In the picture below, the top one shows the Petite Pocket as it is originally cut.  For this project, you will need to cut off the bottom section except for about 1/2" piece and then cut away the corners.
Fold in the edges of the Petite Pocket.  Put Sticky Strip on the two long flaps and across the bottom. Cut out stocking images with the Holiday Stocking die.  I used the Holly Berry Bouquet DSP for the main part of the stocking and the Red Glimmer Paper for the top, toes, and heel.  Punch a half circle in the top of the stocking and stick the Petite Pocket to the back side of the stocking with the fold for the pocket at the top of the stocking.
Fold the top flap of the Petite Pocket to the front of the stocking and adhere the stocking top to this part of the Petite Pocket.  This is what it looks like from the inside (with a gift card inside).
Decorate your stocking with holly leaves from the Stocking Accents, a snowflake cut from the Northern Frost Sizzlits Strip with Silver Glimmer Paper, topped with a Real Red Holly Berry Bouquet Designer Button with White Baker's Twine tied through the holes.  I used the Real Red 5/8" Satin Ribbon to create a looped holder for my stocking.  I attached it with Sticky Strip, but then went back and inserted a brad through the edge of the stocking and the ribbon to help hold it securely.  (You can see the brad in the previous picture.)
And here it is all done!
I hope you've enjoyed my glimmering and shimmering projects!  Feel free to leave me any comments or questions below.  If you have a question and would like an answer, please include your e-mail address in your comment.  Otherwise I don't have any way to contact you.  Comments are always appreciated!!
Smiley from millan.net

Be sure to check out the next (and last) stop on our hop at Shari Dudek's blog at
http://sharisstamppad.blogspot.com/2011/11/sustars-blog-hop-november-2011-gift.html.  She's made some adorable items that hold CHOCOLATE!!! 

Until next time...
Jayne Stenstrom