Backstage @ Home 2.0

241045442_10223386510268592_1586041258636802827_nI wanted to make sure that I didn't forget to tell you a little more about last weekend's virtual Stampin' Up! 'convention'.  I think that I mentioned that one of our keynote speakers was Carey D. Lohrenz who is the Navy's first female F-14 FIGHTER PILOT!  So impressive!  

240845514_10226608700422640_3922942172387367500_n (2)One of the things that she talked about in her presentation was our obsession with 'perfect' and the time we take to strive for 'perfection' and that 80% IS ENOUGH!!!!  Perfection is not necessary!  I pass this on because I think if we remind ourselves of this on a daily basis our life will be easier, more fun and less stressful.  What do you think?


CUTE Halloween!

You can find all of Stampin' Up!'s CUTE, not scary, Halloween products on page 50 in the Holiday Mini Catalog.  This Halloween Treat Box is easy peasy with the Tombstone Treat Boxes (156486) on page 51.  The boxes go together easily ~ the adhesive is on the box so you don't have to worry ~ it will stay together.  And, it is a nice size for some chocolate treats ~ I wrapped HERSHEY'S miniatures with a little of the Cute Halloween DSP.  I put six in my box but you may be able to get more!

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Download Cutest Halloween.Treat Box


Butterfly Shadow Box

This is the Butterfly Shadow Box that I made yesterday.

IMG_5953 (2)I used one of the sheets of designer series paper ( 6" x 6", Butterfly Bijou, #156824), the one that the design matches the die.  I also cut a piece of Basic Black cardstock 6 1/2" x 6 1/2".

IMG_5956 (2)This die ( one of twelve dies in the Brilliant Wings Dies), fits the paper perfectly and cuts out the six butterflies with one pass through the new Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine (#149653).

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One little butterfly remains on the paper ~ held by a small piece of washi tape to secure the die.

I took each one of the butterflies and curled their wings with my bone folder.  Then I added a Dimensional under the body &  added some Wink of Stella.  I glued the DSP that I cut with the die to my Basic Black square using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (#110755) which allows some movement to get your margins just right.  The easy peasy part is matching each butterfly to it's previous location and adhering with the Dimensionals.  Done.  Easy Peasy.  Questions?

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Easy Peasy Shadow Box

I found a brand new shadow box in my craft closet this afternoon.  I have no idea when I bought it, or where, but it turned out to be purrrfect to use to create with the new Designer Series Paper that coordinates with the Butterfly Bouquet Bundle.  This DSP, Butterfly Bijou, is 6" x 6" and is available "while supplies last".  There are 48 sheets of paper ~ 8 each of 6 double sided designs.  I used the matching die to make the design below.  Check in tomorrow for a little more information on my new shadow box!

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Butterfly Bijou DSP (156824)
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Brilliant Wings Dies (155523)

DSP ~ it's for more than cards!

GIFT

I love to wrap gifts and I love to use Stampin' Up!'s Designer Series Paper for gift wrap!  This particular paper is the Heartwarming Hugs DSP (153492) on page 9 in the Mini Catalog.  The beautiful ribbon is one of two in a Combo Pack ~ Wonder of the Season Ribbon Combo Pack (153537) on page 31 and it is 50% off the price in the catty ~ $4.50!  Be sure to check out the current SALE and the CLEARANCE RACK!  I made the card using the early release products in CURVY CELEBRATIONS.  I will post those directions soon!

 


Project Sheet Tuesday ~ gifty!

The dies for this cute project are part of the COMING HOME BUNDLE on page 26 in the Fall Mini Catalog.  And, do you have to stamp & color this cute house?  NO ~ you can find the house on the Designer Series Paper!  And, do you have to fussy cut the house (Abby)?  NO, the die does all the work.  Well, you could make tons of these cute little candy holders!  It holds 5 Andes Mints perfectly.

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Download Trimming the Town mint holder


Tuesday Project Sheet

You might assume that I choose this card because of the cute little kitty who is watching the bird on the garden gate.  But, it so happens this card can be a 3-D card with the garden gate swinging open at will ~ so clever!  You can find this stamp set, GRACE'S GARDEN, bundled with the GARDEN GATEWAY DIES on page 13 in Stampin' Up!'s Spring Mini Catalog.  The Project Sheet will print out on the front and back of your sheet of paper so be sure you get all the directions!  Enjoy!

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Download Grace's Garden Project Sheet


Wrap it up!

It's almost time and we all want to be ready to wrap it up!  Stampin' Up! is helping us this year with the TOILE TIDINGS GIFT WRAP on page 7 in the Holiday Catalog.  The gift wrap is pretty (Real Red and Very Vanilla) and large enough to wrap a very big gift (24" x 36").  There are two different designs ~ the stripe in the picture below and the Toile design on the gift I wrapped for my friend Laurie.  You get two sheets of each design.  Tie up your packages with the Real Red Ruched Ribbon on the same page ~ so pretty!

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Lynne Henderson's Project Kit

Lynne is an enthusiastic Stampin' Up! demonstrator on my team.  She stopped by one afternoon this week to show me the Project Kit that she had been working on.  It is the Advent Calendar Project Kit on page 38 in the Holiday Catalog.  Here's Lynne's finished kit and a video from Stampin' Up! showing you the parts of the project and how easily it goes together.

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Christmas Countdown Project Kit, #150703, $30.00