Stampin’ Up! 2017 and Stamparatus!

Hello!

I hope you have fully enjoying Christmas with good food and family. 2018 is right on the doorstep and 2017 has been a busy year for me. I bet it has been busy for most. Me and my fiancé have renovated a three bedroom cottage and been planning our 2018 wedding!

2017 has been an amazing Stampin’ Up! year – my first as a demonstrator! I think the highlights of this year have been the surprise launch of the Stamping’ Blends, alcohol markers, and the announcement of the Stamparatus, a stamping tool similar to the Misti or Stamp platform from Tim Holz, but has more options!
I remember the 2017 Spring Catalogue being really great with the Up & Away stamp and die set which made it to the 2017-18 Annual Catalogue and the Special Reason stamp and die set which surprisingly didn’t make it. I still keep it in my collection as the dies are to.. die for.. – get it? He he he..

Then there was the Daisy delight stamp and punch set which sold out so fast after the launch of the Annual Catalogue that we had to wait over a month for it to get back in stock!
Even Stampin’ Up! had a few surprises; the launch of the Blends was so popular that the warehouse barely could keep up with the delivery times and the first Stamparatus booking window closed within 10 minutes after it had been opened! 2017 has indeed been a year full of surprises for everybody.

Stamparatus by stamping up

Stamparatus will be a part of the 2018 Annual Catalogue (launching 1st June 2018) but you are able to get hands on it before. The Stamparatus is available by reservation only at the moment (this closes 31st December). It will be shipping from the end of March. The reservation works this way: Stampin’ Up! will send you an email when the Stamparatus has arrived in the warehouse and it will then be automatically added to your stamping up shopping cart linked to your login details. It’s only then when checked out you will pay for the Stamparatus, not at the time of reservation.

On a personal note, I also had a great Stamping’ Up! year. I held my first stamping party and it was a huge success. I would also like to dedicate more time to posting inspiring projects on my blog in 2018 and I really recommend that you subscribe to my blog and so I will be able to keep you updated on projects, relevant news about new products and upcoming sales from Stampin’ Up!

Many thanks and have a Happy New Years Eve,
See you soon and don’t forget to subscribe now! 🙂
~ Christina

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Lovely Christmas Reindeer Card

Hello ho ho,

Today is the last day showcasing the Scandinavian Christmas inspired card series using the Cookie-Cutter Christmas Stamp Set.

cookie cutter christmas card by stampin up

Today I’m writing from Denmark. I’m here with with my fiancé and we will be celebrating Christmas tonight with my family, tomorrow we will be travelling home to UK – tell me about how difficult it is to get a flight in Christmas day! Boxing Day we celebrate with English family so the priority when we get home is getting the gammon boiled!

Christmas is always celebrated on Christmas Eve in Denmark. We will be picking up family and going to my sisters house late this afternoon. We will have pork roast with crackling at dinner followed by rice pudding. After a break we will be singing Danish Christmas carols while joining hands and dancing around the Christmas tree – Christmas tree is normally placed or pulled out in the centre of the room for this to work best! And then we have presents along with biscuits, cake and sweets – cause we need more food right?! How is your Christmas going to be?

cookie cutter christmas card by stampin up

For this card I used the inlay technique and used the lovely heart thinlits die to cut background and the heart stamped background. Then I used the negative heart stamped pieces to put in the holes on the white background. I used the heart border die from Birthday Blooms Stamp Set to make the festive background paper. I die cut a couple of extra ‘lovely’ word scripts. I just used scissors to cut them out and then glued them on top. I used stampin Blends to colour the Reindeer. I used a light Smoky Slate blend to make some shadows and I added some glaze on nose and eyes with the Fine-Tip Glue Pen – remember to leave it to dry for a couple of hours.

Supplies list:

Cookie-Cutter stamp set

Birthday Blooms Stamp Set

Better Together stamp set

Cookie-Cutter Punch

Whisper White card stock

Basic Black card stock

Cherry Cobbler card stock

Memento ink pad

Cherry Cobbler ink pad

Versamark ink pad

White embossing powder

Gold Sequins

Fine-Tip Glue Pen

Stampin Blends: Bronze, Smoky Slate, Ivory and Pink Pirouette

I hope you enjoyed this project and stories from my childhood and current Christmas. Have a very merry festive season and please subscribe to my blog for more projects and exciting news from Stampin up.

Thanks,

~ Christina

Scandinavian Merry Christmas Reindeer Card

Hello

Christmas is fast approaching and I hope you’ve got time to read about the third card of four Scandinavian Christmas inspired cards using the Cookie-Cutter Christmas Stamp Set.

stampin up card using cookie cutter christmas stamp set

One of the final steps of my mum’s Christmas prepping happened on the 23rd of December when she cooked a huge portion of ‘rice porridge‘. Rice porridge is what Christmas elves eat in case you didn’t know. It’s normally served with a lump of butter and cinnamon sugar on top with a bottle of elf beer. Leftovers of rice porridge are then turned into rice pudding on Christmas Eve by adding vanilla, whipped cream and chopped almonds. It’s served on Christmas Eve for pudding with warm cherry sauce and it will contain a single or several whole almonds. Whoever finds a whole almond usually wins a present. In my family whoever got the almond would hide it and make everyone else eat more and more!

cookie cutter christmas stamp set by stampin up

For this card I coloured the reindeer with stampin Blends and added some googly eyes. I love how the Cookie-Cutter Punch is able to cut out the reindeer as well. I used the knitted embossing folder to give it some texture and dimension. I like how the heart border stamp from the Birthday Blooms Stamp Set makes the most perfect Christmassy background paper. A very simple card where I cheated again and coloured a strip of whisper white paper with a gold pebeo marker.

Supplies list:

Cookie-Cutter Christmas Stamp Set

Birthday Blooms Stamp Set

Better Together stamp set

Cookie-Cutter Punch

Knitted cable embossing folder

Whisper White card stock

Basic Black card stock

Cherry Cobbler card stock

Cherry Cobbler ink pad

Memento ink pad

Versamark ink pad

White embossing powder

White bakers Twine

Stampin’ Blends: Bronze, Smoky Slate (for shadows), Cherry Cobbler and Ivory

Gold pebeo marker – from amazon

I hope you enjoyed this project and please stay tuned for the last Scandinavian inspired card project which will be posted tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping by,

~ Christina

Scandinavian Christmas Hugs Card Using Cookie-Cutter Christmas Stamp Set

Hello,

I hope you are having a festive time. I just popped on to show you the second card out of four Scandinavian inspired Christmas cards using the Cookie-Cutter Christmas Stamp Set. The full list of products are listed further down this post.

stampin up cookie cutter christmas card

All my Scandinavian cards are inspired by my Danish childhood. My mum would buy a Norman pine tree in the beginning of December every year sourced by the local scout club. It would stay outside the house, still in the net until around the 20th or 21st where we would bring it inside and decorate it with lights and every branch would have a bauble, heart, Santa, elf, drum or angel on it. On the top we put a star. Then some silver tinsel and some danish flags. At this stage Christmas decorations would take up 85% of the space in the house leaving my dad incredibly grumpy.

Cookie cutter christmas card stampin up

For this card I made a little tag out of the card stock I stamped with the heart border stamp from the Birthday Blooms Stamp Set. I die cut three hugs word scripts with the lovely thinlits dies and glued them together to make it more dimensional. I then dumped it on a versamark ink pad, covered it in gold embossing powder and heat set it. To be honest I didn’t have any gold card stock and I used a pebeo gold marker to colour the edges of a piece of whisper white card stock. That’s what’s great about having the stampin Blends as well. If you don’t have card stock in the colour you need – just use Blends to colour whisper white with.

Supplies list:

Cookie-Cutter Christmas Stamp Set

Birthday Blooms Stamp Set

Better Together stamp set

Cookie-Cutter Punch

Scalloped Tag topper punch

Lovely Words thinlits dies

Whisper white card stock

Cherry Cobbler card stock

Cherry Cobbler ink pad

Memento ink pad

Versamark ink pad

Gold embossing powder

White embossing powder

White Bakers Twine

Stampin Blends: Cherry Cobbler, Smoky Slate, Bronze, Ivory, Pink Pirouette and Daffodil Delight

Pebeo gold marker – from amazon

I hope you enjoyed this project and if you would like to get an email when I post a new project or stampin up news then please subscribe to my blog.

Thanks,

~ Christina

Lovely Merry Christmas Card Using Cookie-Cutter Christmas Stamp Set

Hello

This Scandinavian inspired lovely merry Christmas card was made by using the Cookie-Cutter Christmas Stamp Set and Blends. The full product list is listed at the bottom.

stampin up cookie cutter christmas card

During my childhood (growing up in Denmark) I remember my mum always decorating the house with Santas, elves, hearts and angels wherever possible. I’m sure our house shrank 75% in size inside, dad had to share the sofa with multiple home-knitted elf families, even in the bathroom we had several elves staring at you – but at the same time all the Christmas elves helped insulating the house making it warmer and cosier. It helped making Christmas a magical time of the year with or without snow.

The main colours of the Christmas decorations were red, white and gold which is what inspired me when making this card. In fact I made a few and they will all be a part of my Scandinavian inspired Christmas card series which consists of four cards posted over the next four days.

I used the heart border stamp from the Birthday Blooms stamp set to make my own Christmas background paper and I coloured the Santa with the amazing Blends. They are so easy and effortless to use. I just can’t recommend them enough.

Cookie-cutter christmas stampin up card

I chose to die cut a circle out of the white background and pop my heart circle into the hole but you could also just layer it on top. I wanted the die cut ‘Lovely’ to stand out more and die cut three ‘Lovely’ word scripts and glued them together to make it more dimensional. I white heat embossed the greeting and added some gold sequins.

Supply list:

Cookie-Cutter Christmas Stamp Set

Better Together stamp set

Birthday Blooms Stamp Set

Cookie-Cutter Punch

Lovely Word thinlits dies

Stitched Framelits dies

Memento ink pad

Cherry Cobbler ink pad

Cherry Cobbler card stock

Whisper White card stock

Basic Black card stock

Versamark ink pad

White embossing powder

Embossing buddy

Gold sequins

Stampin Blends: Cherry Cobbler, Smokey Slate, Bronze, Ivory, Pink Pirouette and Daffodil Delight

I hope you enjoyed this project and please sign up to my blog if you would like to be notified by email when I publish new projects or news from stampin up.

Thanks,

~ Christina

Update of Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack!

Hello 😀

I thought I would quickly let you know Stampin’ Up! has just updated their Clearance Rack on their website. Follow this link to get a good deal!

These products are discounted up to 70% off and will go fast! So stock up now. Maybe you need some Blushing Bride baker’s twine or sequins trim? I know I do!

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Remember if you order now it’s not guaranteed to arrive before Christmas. It’s more likely it may arrive between Christmas and New Years.
The best thing about Stampin’ Up! is they use UPS to deliver all their parcels and you can manage your online UPS account and let them know if you prefer them to drop the parcel at a safe place or a neighbor if you are not home. UPS will email you one day in advance to let know a parcel will be delivered next day. I always get my parcels delivered to a safe place because I’m rarely home when they come around. I have never had any issues.

Back to work for me.

Have a great day,
Christina

PS I only have today and tomorrow before my Christmas holiday starts! 😀

 

 

New Catalogs coming soon. Let me know if you need one!

year end sales 2017

Hello!

January is fast approaching. It will be here before you are able to say “I look forward to Christmas holidays to begin”. January means Stampin’ Up! is releasing new catalogs. I will be uploading catalog PDF’s on the 3rd of January but if you live in the UK, I would love to send you a Spring 2018 catalog along with the amazing Sale-a-bration catalog – it’s really good this year! I will be putting them in the post between Christmas and New Years together with a wishlist you can use and write down your favorite stamp sets on.

Please request your free catalog  here.

I order every month from Stampin’ Up! and if you live in or near Reading and would like to save postage then we can easily combine orders and you can pick it up from my house or I can bring it to you 🙂

Don’t forget that many stamp sets from the current Holiday catalog will retire on the 2nd of January. Check out the End of Year sales to get some of these stamp sets on special offer before they retire. Also check out other stamp sets here which will also be retiring.

Also if you need to get something before Christmas tomorrow, the 14th December is the last day to be guaranteed delivery in time for Christmas!

Happy shopping!

~ Christina