Sunday, December 30, 2012

More Upscale Swap cards

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As promised, here are the rest of the cards from the last round of the Upscale Swap group.

 Judy DiScipio - Watercolor Winter, (stockings from Open Sleigh in the 2012-2013 IB&C)

Laura Barto - Ornament Keepsakes, Holiday Ornament Framelits

 Lisa Horton - Winter Memories (words from Christmas Lodge from 2012-2013 IB&C), Early Espresso Core'dinations Card Stock

 Neida Salazar - Snow Festival Designer Series Paper

Yvette DuBord - Snowflake Soiree, Snowflake Party Builder Wheel

Deb Currier - nothing used from the Holiday Mini, but such a great card!  She made it with the Bells & Boughs stamp set from the 2012-2013 IB&C.

I wish you all a safe and happy new year.  We will be spending another exciting evening at home, watching television and heading to bed early.  Hey, it's what we do!
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Until next year...
Jayne Stenstrom 

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Friday, December 28, 2012

Upscale Swap Cards from the Holiday Catalog

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More items have just been added to the Clearance Rack Blitz!  Fifteen more things have been added.  These additional products are only available while supplies last in the Clearance Rack.  See the list of newly added products below:
  • Neutrals Flower Brads
  • Regals Flower Brads
  • Subtles Flower Brads
  • Pretty in Pink 5/8" Satin Ribbon
  • Bashful Blue 5/8" Satin Ribbon
  • Chantilly 1/2" Crochet Trim
  • Artichoke 3/8" Denim Jean Ribbon
  • 2010-2012 In Color Stampin' Write Markers
  • 2011-2013 In Color 12" x 12" Textured Cardstock
  • Timeless Portrait Designer Series Paper
  • Beau Chateau Designer Series Paper
  • Well Worn Designer Series Paper
  • Beau Chateau Side Notes
  • Sweetest Stem Embosslits Dies
  • Flower Burst Embosslits Dies
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There's less than a week left for you to get items from the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog.  January 2, 2013 is the LAST DAY to order products from that catalog.  I don't want you to wake up next Thursday morning like this...
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So while there are a few days left, I have some samples from our last USS - many of which use products from the Holiday Catalog.  I've listed the creator of the card and any items that were used that are in the Holiday Catalog and due to retire in less than a week.

 Candy Leggett - Snow Flurry Bigz Die, Candlelight Christmas Specialty DSP, Brushed Bronze Designer Buttons

 Carla Schultz - Snowflake Soiree, Candlelight Christmas DSP

 Carmen Ramirez - Snowflake Soiree, Crumb Cake 3-1/2" Scalloped Tulle Ribbon

Jayne Stenstrom - Scentsational Season

 Judi Cayton - Winter Memories

I have some additional cards to show you from the swap.  I'll be back in a day or so with those.  If you have any questions on anything you see here, don't hesitate to contact me!

Until next time...
 Jayne Stenstrom 
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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Instructions for Double Pocket Treat Holder

Last weekend during the blog hop, I showed a Double Pocket Treat Holder and mentioned that I would be back with instructions.  It took me a little longer than I anticipated, but here are the step-by-step instructions for making these.

Here is the finished project.
Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper, Tags til Christmas stamp set, Simply Scored tool, Real Red 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Lucky Limeade dye ink pad, 3/8" Brights Glimmer Brads, Scallop Square punch, and 1/16" Circle Handheld Punch.

For this holder, I started with a piece of 6x6" DSP.  Fold it in half into a triangle.

Put the folded edge to the left side of the Simply Scored tool and score a line at 3/4".

Rotate fold to the top of the Simply Scored tool and score two lines - one at 2-3/4" and one at 5-3/4".  Using a Bone Folder, fold and crease on all score lines well.

Here is what your DSP should look like (black lines indicate where the scores are).

Fold in the two triangles on the left and right.

Fold your DSP up on the center scored line.

Then flip it over and fold up each side.  The front and the back should look like this (they should be the same):

This is what it should look like from the side.  Notice how the bottom looks like a "W"?  That's how you know you did it correctly.

Bring the top two pieces together and fasten together with a brad.  You could also punch a larger hole and thread ribbon through and tie.

Decorate the front as desired and insert candy!  (Chocolate, of course!)

Here is a slight view from the side.

Really very easy - and super adorable!  You can also use a larger piece of DSP - just be sure that it is square.  You will have to adjust the score lines accordingly.  (And aren't you impressed that I still have chocolate around to put in it for the pictures?)
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Just because I used Christmas paper doesn't mean you are limited to that, though.  Think how cute this would be with Valentine's DSP or actually any kind of paper you'd like.  It makes a terrific little treat to let someone know that you are thinking of them.  If you have any questions on how to make these, feel free to contact me.  I'll be happy to help however I can.
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Until next time...

Jayne Stenstrom 
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Monday, December 17, 2012

Christmas Samples

This is what I've been feeling like for the past few days...
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And I'm still not really "with it", so I'm just going to plop a bunch of card samples here for you to see.  You will have to wait for my witty repartee on another post.

 Heart of Christmas stamp set

Instead of cutting out ornaments with the framelits, use the card stock that the image was cut from to make an adorable card!

Another cute idea - put various ribbons behind the framelit cut-outs.

How cute is this "No Peeking" stamp set?

Bright colors, red glimmer paper, what more could you want?

Okay, that's it.  I need to go lie down.  Be back soon.  Until next time...

 Jayne Stenstrom 
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Friday, December 14, 2012

SU Stars December Blog Hop

Welcome to the next stop on the SU Stars December Blog Hop showcasing Holiday/Winter ideas.  I hope you've been inspired by some of the ideas you've seen so far.  I haven't seen them all, so I'm looking forward to "hopping" along myself!
 From Millan.Net
If you've been going around the blog, you should have come from Jackie Watson's blog HERE.  Wasn't her easel card just adorable?  I love that little girl image!  If you're just starting at my blog, that's not a problem, you can just continue to hop from here and make it all the way around. 

I have some samples to show you that we made at my downline meeting this month.  It's always so much fun to get together and stamp with friends!  Food, friends, and stamping - what could be better?
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First up is a treat that I made for everyone that came.  It's a jar filled with M&M's (one of my favorites!) and decorated with the Snow Festival Designer Printed Tags and the Handmade Holidays Stitched Felt.  I actually made a "belly band" with the tag so that it could slide off the jar and be used for something else.  Although I guess that would require eating the M&M's inside...

Next is a  Double Pocket Treat Holder.  You can do a Google search and find instructions on how to make these, but I will be posting step-by-step instructions in a few days.
We used the Candlelight Christmas Designer Series Paper and the Mixed Medley stamp set for these.

 Here's a close-up picture.  They have Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark Squares in each side.  Yum!
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My first card is a matchbook card.  The top folds down and tucks into the bottom.  The card shape is made by cutting a piece of cardstock in half the long ways (4-1/2" x 11").  Then you score at 1-1/2" and 6-3/4".  I used the Make a Mitten stamp set and coordinating Mitten Builder Punch.  This also uses the Candlelight Christmas DSP.  There are so many great looks you can get from this one pack of DSP!
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And our last project was a Twisted Greeting Card.  These cards are great for tucking a gift card or gift certificate inside.  My friend Cindy W came up with this design, which I promptly CASE-d!

We used the Early Espresso Core'dinations Card Stock, the Lacy Brocade TIEF, Snow Flurry Bigz Die, Champagne Glimmer Paper, and a Basic Pearl for the center of the snowflake.  The picture doesn't really do this card justice - the Glimmer Paper has such great shimmer in real life.

Now you'll want to head on over to Loni's blog at to see what ideas she has to share.  Hope you've enjoyed hopping along with us!

Until next time...

 Jayne Stenstrom 
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