Friday, December 31, 2010

Filled With Love Promotion

Valentine's Day is just around the corner, so get a jump start on your projects with the Filled with Love Bundle.  This bundle includes the Filled with Love stamp set, the exclusive Love Patterns Designer Series Paper Pack (12 sheets total in Pretty in Pink and Real Red) and a FREE package of Bitty Buttons!

Filled with Love Bundle
Wood mount 124380 ($40.45)/Clear mount 12438 ($33.45)

Promotion runs from December 17, 2010 through January 24, 2011.

Merry Christmas...a few days late!

Well in traditional Chatland/Desjardins manner, this household has been sick over the holidays (actually more like the whole month of December!)

Although it's December 31st, I want to wish all my customers and family a wonderful Holiday Season.  Hope your Christmas was filled with joy and laughter. 

All the best for the New Year! I know I can't wait for a healthy 2011 :)

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Santa Treat Bag

The Top Note truly is one of the most versatile Big Shot dies around. It's no wonder that it is one the biggest selling dies! Here's another great use for the Top Note, a little bag perfect for a gift card or holiday treats. A variation on this can easily be adapted for birthdays or a party favour.

Stampin' Up Supply List
  • Stamps: Jolly Old Saint Nick (W121711/C121321), Bell and Boughs (W120831/C121142), Christmas Collage (121179)
  • Ink: Crumb Cake (121030), Cherry Cobbler (119669) and Early Espresso (119670) Classic, Real Red (100052), Regal Rose (105018) and Blush Blossom (100037) Stampin' Write Markers
  • Paper: Crumb Cake (120953), Very Vanilla (101650)
  • Accessories: Early Espresso Striped Grosgrain Ribbon (119961), SNAIL (104332), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Lunch Sacks (121031), Sticky Strip (104294)
  • Tools: Big Shot Die Cutting System (113439), Top Note Bigz Die (113463), Wide Oval Punch (119859), Small Oval Punch (119855)
Step by Step Directions
  1. Cut two Top Notes out of Crumb Cake cardstock.
  2. Stamp Christmas Collage in Crumb Cake classic ink on Crumb Cake cardstock.
  3. Cut paper sack down to 2.5 inches.
  4. Take top note and punch small oval on the first top note to create a handle. Line up the first one on top of the second one and punch the second handle.
  5. Adhere the two top notes to the treat sac with Sticky Strip. Trim off pointy parts of top note on the bottom.
  6. Stamp greeting in Cherry Cobbler on Very Vanilla cardstock and punch out with the Wide Oval. Attach to the bag with Stampin' Dimensionals.
  7. Stamp Santa in Early Espresso classic on Very Vanilla. Cut out and then color hat with Real Red marker, tongue with Regal Rose and skin with Blush Blossom. Attach Santa to the bag with Stampin' Dimensionals.

These bags make an affordable stocking stuffer or teacher's gift, so get out that Big Shot and some treat sacs to create some handmade gifts from the heart!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Technique of the Week: Watercolor Crayons


Stampin' Up recent announced that Watercolor Crayons are now available. These are a great coloring medium as they add texture and are easy to work with.

Stampin' Up Supply List
  • Stamps: Greeting Card Kids (W119887/C120633), Teeny Tiny Wishes (115370)
  • Ink: Early Espresso (119670), Crumb Cake (121030) and Garden Green (102272) Classic Ink, Regals (119803), Subtles (119802) and Neutrals (119805) Watercolor Wonder Crayons
  • Paper: Real Red (102482), Very Vanilla (101650), Crumb Cake (120953)
  • Accessories: Twill Tape (119970), Jumbo Pewter Eyelets (108432), SNAIL (104332), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), 2-Way Glue Pen (100425), Dazzling Diamonds Glitter (102023), Sponges (101610)

  • Tools: Big Shot Die Cutting System (113439), Scallop Square Duo Bigz Die (120903), Top Note (113463), Crop-A-Dile (108362), Modern Label Punch (119849), 2 ½ Circle Punch (120906), Blender Pen (102845)
Cardstock Dimensions for this Project
  • Real Red
    • 4.25 x 5.5 for card base
  • Crumb Cake
    • 4 x 4
  • Very Vanilla
    • 4.25 x 5.5 for stamped images
  1. Stamp image in desired ink.

  2. Color with Blender Pen and Watercolor Wonder Crayons.
Tips and Tricks: To keep your crayons fresh and extend their life, take the color from the flat end of the crayon using your blender pen and apply to your project. For larger images, you can color using the chisel tip and then disburse the color using the blender pen.
Finishing Touches
  1. Cut Top Note out of Real Red using the Big Shot.
  2. Cut larger of the Scallop Squares out of Crumb Cake using the Big Shot.
  3. Stamp image in Early Espresso on Very Vanilla and then punch out with circle punch.
  4. Color image in with crayons and blender pen.
  5. Sponge edges with Crumb Cake Classic Ink for a vintage feel.
  6. Attach Scallop Square to the Top Note using SNAIL. Layer colored image on top using Stampin' Dimensionals.
  7. Stamp greeting in Garden Green Classic on Very Vanilla cardstock, punch with Modern Label and then attach to project using Stampin' Dimensionals.
  8. Set eyelet using Crop-A-Dile and tie knot with twill tape.
  9. Add glitter underneath the girl using the 2-Way Glue Pen.
Watercolor Wonder Crayons are a great tool to have on hand. They are sold by color family so they coordinate with your cardstock, ribbon and more. To order your crayons today, visit my online store.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Project of the Week: Gift Tins

Affordable tins can quickly become great packaging for smaller holiday gifts. These are magnetic spice tins repurposed for gift packing with a few little embellishments.

Stampin' Up Supply List
  • Paper: Baja Breeze Cardstock (111352), Cane Candy Christmas Designer Series Paper (No longer available – any other paper will do!)
  • Accessories: Glue Dots (103683), Sticky Strip (104294), Basic Rhinestones (119246), Victoria Crochet Trim (118481)
  • Tools: Big Shot Die Cutting System (113439), Northern Frost Decorative Strip (120901), Snowflake Punch (119852)
  • Other: Magnetic Spice Tin (from Big Box Store)
Step by Step Directions
Both of these tins had a magnet on the bottom which was quickly removed with some scissors.
Tin #1
  1. Using Big Shot create snowflake from Baja Breeze cardstock.
  2. Attach to top of tin with glue dot and top off with rhinestone.
  3. Tie crochet trim around lid of tin.
Tin #2
  1. Cut strip of Designer Series paper to fit on tin. Attach using sticky strip.
  2. Punch snowflake from Baja Breeze, attach to lid with glue dot. Top off with a rhinestone.
Household items can quickly be turned into packaging that is cute and affordable! To order any of these items, please visit my online store and shop 24/7 in your PJs!