Bermuda Star of Light

When I ask my customers what color they think a Christmas card should be many of them tell me "red and green".  

But, does it have to be red and green?

Absolutely not!   

For instance, who about a beautiful snowflake card with a blue color scheme? Or, a beautiful reindeer card in gold foil and black?  Or, how about a Bermuda Bay and Cherry Cobbler combination?

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When I made this card initially I didn't like it. I didn't like the fact that it didn't look "Christmas-y".  I almost threw it away. 

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That was when Boo stepped into the room.  She took one look at it and said "well, it's not traditional but I like it!".  There you have it - saved from the trash can!  

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The Star of Light Bundle includes fabulous images.  I've been playing around with different ideas on how to use them.  You know me, they've got to be 'out of the box' ideas because I like utilizing a stamp set beyond the "obvious".  The greetings in this set are fantastic!  Christmas is about the celebration of Jesus' birth and this set definitely represents that!

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I used Silver foil to play up the rich color of the Cherry Cobbler.  I used the 3/4" Circle Punch to create decorative corners which I laid over the vellum cardstock die cut image.  The silver metallic thread works nicely to compliment the shimmer.

And, like I've always said, "do not buy the just the stamp set or just the framelits. Buy the bundle!" I've scolded myself one too many times over the years when I purchased just one without the other.  

Did you know that your $35 online product order invites you join me in my private "Live with Lisa" event?  The next one is on Sunday, October 16th at 8pm EST.  The live demonstrations, project tutorials and prize patrol are available on the closed group page even after the event has aired.  You won't want to miss it! I'll be demonstrating projects using the Merry Mice stamp set and the Greeting from Santa/Detailed Santa Thinlits Bundle!  You can place your online order to join us HERE.  

Leave me a comment and tell me what your favorite Christmas color combination is!   

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Tomorrow is the FINAL DAY to order your October Studio Stamps in the Mail (SSITM) packet!

Get all the details by clicking on the image below. 

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Paper Pumpkin with Boo - September 2016

When our monthly Paper Pumpkin kit arrives we like to open it together.  When we opened this month's box we both said the exact same thing, "Yeah!!!!".  

We've discussed making test tube 3D favors for the longest time. Our dilemma was finding decent quality plastic tubes in a realistic quantity.  Well, HELLO PAPER PUMPKIN!  This month's kit is perfect - 16 plastic tubes with all the trimmings.  For those of you that are subscribers, be watching for this kit refill in the coming days.  I can guarantee they will sell out quickly.  You can check the inventory on refills HERE

It didn't take Boo long to decide exactly what she was going to do with the tubes and the remainder of the kit.  You're going to love what she's come up with!

Since many of you wrote and told us that you enjoyed the bloopers, Boo decided to include our outtakes from this month's filming.  Ohhh, this filming stuff looks easier than it is - trust me! 

 I've included pictures, cutting dimensions and a supply list below.

Don't forget, right now is the perfect time to try Paper Pumpkin.  The BOGO sales is good through October 10th.  Buy one month at $19.95, get the second month for FREE!  A recent call with my demonstrator support agent confirms that the next kits are AMAZING!  You won't want to miss out!  If you don't know about Paper Pumpkin's monthly craft subscription you can read about it HERE

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PLUS, all our Paper Pumpkin subscribers also receive our Paper Pumpkin Parade - a collection of 7 different project ideas using that month's kit.  This is a free PDF tutorial that you can download or print and provides additional inspiration.  It's our way of saying 'thank you' for your subscription.  You can view sneak peek's of our past Paper Pumpkin Parade projects by clicking on the image below.

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Here's a fun collage of Boo's projects - perfect for pinning to your Pinterest board! 

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Boo's Test Tube Holder 

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Cutting Dimensions:

  • Basic Black cardstock is cut 3" x 7"
  • Whisper White cardstock is cut 2 1/2"x 2 3/4" 
  • Tangerine Tango cardstock is cut 2 1/2" x 2 3/4"

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Decorating tips:

  • Stampin' Up! cardstock is 2-ply. Breaking down the fibers of the paper will allow you to separate the layers and use it for wrapping, like Boo did for this project.  
  • Here's how you can break down the fibers. 1) If you own a Crimper, crimp the paper numerous times in different directions.  Gently work from the corner and begin separating the two layers.  2) Use your Bone Folder repeatedly on a thin strip of cardstock.  Run the Bone Folder through the paper like you would with scissors to curl ribbon. Repeat on each side of the cardstock several times.  Gently work from the corner of one end and begin to separate the layers.  
  • Wiggly eyes come in all different sizes. We purchased ours at Wal-Mart in the craft section.  They are easily attached with Glue Dots included in this month's kit. 

Sunflower Test Tube Favor

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Pumpkin Note Card and Envelope

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Happy Hello Card 

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Cutting Dimensions

    • Whisper White cardstock base is cut 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
    • Whisper White cardstock layer is cut 1 1/2" x 5 1/2" 
    • Watermelon Wonder cardstock layer is cut 1 3/4" x 5 1/2"
    • Gold Foil Sheets were used to create the thin border across the bottom of the card and were cut 1/4" x 5 1/2"
    • Old Olive cardstock layer is cut 2 1/2" x 5 1/2".  The Lovely Lace embossing folder was used to create texture to this layer.  
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Christmas Pines Noel

 We are just 92 days away from Christmas!   

For some of you that makes you nervous. For others, like myself, you're super excited.  Christmas is my favorite holiday of the year.  

I love the decorations, the music, church services, buying and wrapping gifts, baking and spending time with family and friends.  It's the one time a year that I feel peaceful.  

Part of the reason I enjoy the holidays so much is that I begin to prepare well in advance.  This year we will be spending Thanksgiving with my Mom and step Dad in Las Vegas. My typical Black Friday is spent decorating our home and six (yes, I said 6!) Christmas trees.  Since we won't be here I'll be starting early.  I started my shopping early, too.  All three of my great nephews gifts are bought.  I've even gotten a few things for Boo's stocking.   

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With only 93 days to go I thought you would enjoy a free tutorial to create this beautiful Noel card.  It features the new red and green metallic thread and the Real Red Glitter Embossing Powder. This picture doesn't capture the shimmer but it's stunning! 

And, for those of you wanting to make your Christmas cards this year let me give you a little free, unsolicited advice.  

  1. Keep it simple.  Cards just like this one are beautiful because of the little things like the metallic thread and embossed background.  You certainly don't have to heat emboss if you're making 100 cards - if you don't want to.  
  2. Start NOW!  If you cram to get them finished you won't enjoy the process.  
  3. If you're like me, making 100 of the same card gets monotonous so I mix it up.  Consider making 20 of one card, 25 of another, etc.  

And, above all else, remember that YOUR handmade card DOES make a difference when it's received.  I promise!  

Happy 92 days to go!

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Quick Crafting Tip - 4 Different Uses for the Classic Label Punch

My Big Shot is my favorite paper crafting tool.  My punches are my second favorite.  The best part of owning a punch is finding additional ways to use it. 

The Classic Label Punch was added to the Stampin' Up! annual catalog in June.  This punch coordinates with the Thoughtful Banners stamp set (page 73).  If you've been following my blog you will know that I've used this stamp set over and over again since it's release.  The greetings can be used individually or grouped together to make phrases.  There are 53 different images which makes it incredibly versatile.

While I've enjoyed using this punch for its intended purpose, I've found several other ways to enjoy it and thought you would, too.  

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Clearance Rack product collage with my info

Have you checked the Clearance Rack? Be sure to check out the savings which include accessories for only $2, stamp sets for $7 and much more.  

Spend $25 in product in my online store and receive a free bundle of project tutorials plus Frequent Buyer Points as my thank you.  Spend $35 and receive all that PLUS my next Live with Lisa private event - filled with demonstrations, project ideas, free tutorials and Prize Patrol. Read about Live with Lisa HERE.

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