Monday, December 17, 2012

Clearance Rack Blitz!

Get Up to 80% off Retail While Supplies Last!
The Clearance Rack has been updated with over 300 new items!  Check it out today.  Just shop at my Clearance Rack Online Store and receive discounts of up to 80% off retail prices!  And for the first time ever, STAMPS are included at up to 40% off! 

  • Feel free to order both Clearance Rack and non-Clearance Rack items on the same order-we're flexible like that.

  • There's no minimum purchase required to participate in this special offer.

  • Qualifying Clearance Rack orders are eligible for hostess benefits/Stampin' Rewards. Bonus!

  • Clearance Rack Blitz items are only available while supplies last-so don't wait! And sorry, but there are no refunds or exchanges on Clearance Rack items.
  • Sunday, December 2, 2012

    Christmas Craft Fair

    On Friday I participated with my downline Ethel DeTemple in a Christmas Craft Fair at our local hospital.  The Craft Fair was a fund raiser for the United Way Campaign and was quite a lot of fun with lots of different types of vendors and activities going on for the hospital staff and customers. 

    When Ethel invited me to participate I thought why not, this could be fun.  Little did I know how difficult it would be to prepare for this event with only a week lead time.  I had a lot of things on my plate and had to fit working on my projects in between all the other tasks I had on the go.  Running out of 
    creative time and energy I was very thankful for all the great craft item samples on Late Night Stampers, Pinterest, Stampin' Connection and Split Coast Stampers.  I was able to find some simple and fun ideas to case.  
    My Table Set Up:

    I had a small table, thank goodness, so all my merchandise managed to cover it.  It wasn't until I began to unpack my things that I realized I'd forgotten a container that held my table cloth, price tags, scissors and other accessories and display stands.  It was too late to go home and get it, so I just went ahead and set up, and even though it wasn't a pretty setup, life went on and it still worked.  I've filed that oversight under "lessons learned" ..what happens when you rush!  LOL!
    Snowmen Treats:
    I made several bags of these snowmen and they were a big hit.  In fact I sold them faster than I expected.  These little stocking stuffers were super fast to assemble. Just click on this great video by Diane Marie Chianelli to see how quick and easy they are to make. 

    The snowman shape is accomplished by punching out 6 scallop circles using the 1 3/8" scallop punch from bashful blue cardstock.  These were adhered to a wrapped peppermint pattie with glue dots.  Because I didn't have the stamp set Diane used to create the Snowman's face, I changed mine up by using Basic Rhinestones coloured with a Sharpie Marker for the eyes and mouth, and I cut out a nose from Pumpkin Pie card stock using my old large star punch (retired).  They were so cute!  
    Snow Flake Pictures:
    I used picture frames to show case the lovely new Bigz Snow Flurry Die Cut.  These simple black and white  frames were purchased from the local Dollar Store and were a great design.  I cut a 5 x 5 square of Shimmery White Card stock for the opening,embossed it with the Fancy Fan Embossing folder and then mounted a layered snowflake that was cut from Champagne and Silver Glimmer Paper.  I used large clear faceted buttons with a pearl mounted in the center for the center accent piece.  For stability I assembled all pieces using my glue gun. 
     Gingerbread Treat Jars
    When I was at Cheryl Lefore's Stamp Club in November I spotted a cute little treat jar made by Martha Gusman for a gift exchange.  It was so dang cute, I just had to CASE it.  I changed up a few things on this one too, just to make it mine. 
    I was lucky to find the same jars at the Dollar Store.  They were 2 for $1.25.  I filled mine with  Christmas M&Ms and Jelly Beans. The cute little mug is double cut and mounted with dimensionals, and the Gingerbread Man is from the Scentsational Season Bundle stamp set and cut out with the matching framelits. I embossed my Gingerbread Man with the Early Espresso Embossing Powder and it turned out really cute.  The mug is stamped in Real Red ink and then  embossed with Clear Embossing Powder.   The cute little Christmas Stocking is from the "Snow Much Fun" stamp set and is fussy cut by hand and coloured with Real Red and Olive Green markers.  A little glitter was added with the cherry cobbler and dazzling details glimmer adhesive. These little jars were very cute and easy to make

    The original by Martha Gusman. 

    Two Tag Snowman Candy Holder:

    These super cute snowmen were made using the Bigz Two Tag Die Cut from Stampin' Up.  Cut two 3 x 4" pieces of Whisper White Card Stock, layer them on the tag die and run through the Big shot Machine.  Score 1/2" from the bottom of each tag and fold.  Add a small strip of sticky strip on the inside fold of one tag and then adhere the second tag fold over top of that.  The hat was made by punching out Basic Black cardstock with the Curly and Modern Label punches.  Some Whisper White ink was sponged around the Hat to give it some dimension and a small flower punched from Red Glimmer paper was added for some fun.  The eyes and belly stones are Basic Rhinestones coloured with a Black Sharpie Marker. 
    Side View of the Chocolate Santa nestled between the two tags. 
     I also sold a number of retired stamp sets and All Occasion and Christmas Cards. 

    Saturday, December 1, 2012

    Holiday Packaging Bundles - November 29 to Jan 2

    Holiday Packaging Bundles-All the Cuteness Without All the Work

    Around the holidays, people are always looking for cute ways to package little treats and gifts for co-workers, teachers, neighbours, and friends. How about pre-packaged gift wrapping bundles.  They will save you time and money and take the stress out of last minute

    Between November 29 and January 2nd, Stampin' Up! is offering two Holiday packaging offers at 20% savings.  Such a treat!  These cute little holiday packaging bundles are an affordable and adorable solution.

    Simply add a treat or gift and assemble. And, because holiday packaging bundles don't require any stamping, cutting, or creating, they give you the perfect reason to reach out to everyone who's giving gifts this holiday season-even if they are NOT papercrafters.


    Available November 29-January 2

    Trimmings & Tags Bundle
    Item 132769
    $17.50 (a $21.95 value)
    Gusseted Cellophane Bags (25 bags; 5" x 3" x 11-1/2")
    Snow Festival Designer Printed Tags (25 double-sided tags; 4-1/2" x 3-1/8")
    Cherry Cobbler 1/4" Sweater Trim (10 yards)
    Petite Treats Bundle
    Item 132770
    $18.25 (a $22.95 value)
    Glassine Bags with die-cut edges (10 bags; 3" x 5" x 1-1/2")
    • Handmade Holidays Stitched Felt (8 pieces)
    • Gumball Green 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon (10 yards)

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