Sunday, October 23, 2011

NC SU Demonstrators Holiday Blog Hop 2011

I'm so excited to be part of the very first North Carolina Demonstrator's Blog Hop!  Follow the links to see an assortment of projects created by several talented Stampin' Up demonstrators, using products from the current Holiday Mini Catalog and this year's Idea Book and Catalog.

Both of my projects use the Bigz L Holiday Stocking Die.

The first project is a gift card holder.  The picture on the left shows the stocking with the gift card tucked away completely.  This allows the gift to be a secret until it is removed.  The picture on the right shows the stocking hanging from a hook on my hearth with the gift card sticking out - also a fun way to present a gift card.

I used the Big Shot to cut two stockings in Whisper White and the other pieces in Real Red.  The stockings were texturized using the Square lattice Embossing Folder.  You can see it better in the left picture, but I think it makes the stocking look quilted.  I added the red accents to each stocking and then used a thin bead of Tombow adhesive to attach the outer edges of the stockings to each other, leaving the top open.  This made the pocket to add the gift card (or cash or any other thin item) to.

The holly leaves were made with the Large Oval Punch, which I folded in half.  I then used the 1 1/4" Circle Punch and Paper Snips to shape the leaves.  The berries were punched with the circle punch from the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack.  I added the Whisper White 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon so the stocking could be hung.  How cute would they be hung on a Christmas tree?

My second project is a Christmas card.  I folded the card stock in half and lined it up just inside the top cut of the stocking die.  This left one long piece that folds over to make the card.  I made the cuff the same way, but made the cuff narrower.  This not only fit the card better since the cuff needed to line up with the top of the card, but by modifying the size the card can now fit in a Medium Square Envelope (p. 182 of the IB&C).

I used the Textured Impressions Designer Frames Embossing Folders Set to add the oval the card.  I stamped the image from Word Play and then punched it out using the Extra Large Oval Punch, which fit perfectly in the embossed oval.

This die is so full of possibilities.  Imagine making the gift card holder with Frostwood Lodge Designer Series Paper.  Or make fabric stockings with felt or Designer Fabric.  Fill with a little candy and you have a cute gift for a teacher or classmates.

This die isn't limited to Christmas, either.  What about a baby bootie?  How cute would that be at a baby shower?  I'll try to get some other ideas posted over the next couple of weeks.  Be sure to check back to see what I come up with.

I hope you've enjoyed this stop on the NCSU Demo Holiday Blog Hop.  Thanks for stopping by!  Click on the link above to go to the next blog to see more great projects (Tiffanie Doyle) or the link below to go back to see the variety of projects at the previous blog (Sharon Maranich).
Happy Stamping!

Friday, October 21, 2011

NC Demos Blog Hop

First off, let me apologize for neglecting my blog for so long.  I have been struggling with some health issues which have prevented me not only from keeping up my blog but from even being able to do much stamping.  As much as I love stamping and hate not being able to do it, even worse, I have had to miss family events and my kids' activities.  And anyone who knows me knows how hard that's been.  I appreciate my customers who have stood by me during this difficult time and hope that those of you who have followed my blog in the past will continue to do so.  Hopefully after the first of the year things will be a little more back to normal.  Until then, I'll try to post as I am able.

Now, for some exciting news....

On Sunday, October 23, I will be participating in the first ever NC Demos Blog Hop.  This will be an exciting opportunity to see the creative work of several demonstrators from North Carolina.  They will be sharing projects usings products from the current Holiday Mini Catalog and this year's Idea Book and Catalog.  You won't want to miss it!


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