Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Why Stitched with Cheer is a great project kit from Stampin' Up!






Sale ends November 30th to get your Stitched Shapes before the release of the new Annual Catalog in the spring of 2017. promotional information here: http://www.needsaribbon.com/2016/11/stitched-from-heart-new-stitch-products.html?m=1

As you will see in the video why I have come to love the Stitched with Cheer kit from the 2016 Holiday catalog from Stampin' Up! Seriously, so much in the catalog coordinates with the kit and stamp set, I am not sure what the count on coordinating products are, you will just have to watch the video to find out.

And needing tips on this kit? See this post for more information: http://www.needsaribbon.com/2016/11/stitched-with-cheer-project-kit-help.html?m=1

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A Great Stamp set - Heartfelt Sympathy




This is one of those stamp sets you do not want to have to need but you know you do. Heartfelt Sympathy on page 51 of the 2016-17 annual catalog with item 138764 in photopolymer. 

For some reason I prefer to cut this greeting out with the layering ovals framelits. The background is the new petal burst embossing folder, item 141493. The decorative paper is retired, it was English Garden from the previous years annual catalog, but any matching paper will get you the same look.

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Follow the Stars this Christmas Season



Creating yet another card from the Merry Medley background stamp in the Holiday 2016 catalog. See, I am going to get to you to need to buy this set yet. It is so versatile and easy to use. 

I added just a pop of the pumpkin glitter paper from the same catalog. It really gives it a pop and makes the greeting come alive. 

The stars background was made using stamp from the Stitched with Cheer stamp set in the same catalog.

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Follow the Star this Christmas


Here is another sample of the cards I created using the cut apart Merry Medley background clear mount stamp from the Stampin' Up! Holiday 2016 catalog.

The star strand is from the Tin of Tags stamp set in the same catalog. 142180 is the item number.

The simplicity of this card needs no more decoration. This would make a great mass producible Christmas card. 

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Love Joy Peace at Christmas

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In a previous post I talked about cutting apart the Merry Medley stamp set in clear mount from the Stampin' Up! Holiday 2016 catalog.

I colored the Love Joy and Peace new greeting with a marker to get each word a different color. The holly is from the Berry Builder Punch and the stamp set are all products you can find in the Holiday 2016 catalog. The Holly background is from the 2016-17 annual catalog item 141634.

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Silent Night from Merry Medley Stamp





As I have showed in a previous post my friend Jeny cut apart one of her Merry Medley background stamps in clear mount.

I had a chance to play with a few of the now separated greetings. Here is one of the simple but stately cards I created using the Silent Night greeting. 

I used the clear Wink of Stella to color each start. They now twinkle brightly in the Night of Navy sky.

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Rustic Cabin Gift Card Holder for a Wedding


link to video:  
I apologize for some of the video being sideways, I didn't want to edit it since I have been trying to post this for more than 15 months.

I was tasked with creating a box for gift cards for my nieces wedding in August of 2015. Her wedding was at the base of a mountain in NM and was themed with natural greens and a pop of dark purple and the couple loves the outdoors and camping and cabin life.

My problem happened as I was traveling and couldn't find what I wanted locally to make it ahead of time, and i was limited on what tools I could bring because of baggage restrictions. By the time we landed I was getting pretty stressed about this project. I could have done the easy route and just simply decorated a paper mache box, but that is just not Sandy's way of doing things!

The night before it was due I was running from store to store looking for a birdhouse. Thats really what the bride wanted. Home Depot to Michaels to every store in between. i finally went to Hobby Lobby and felt like I hit the jackpot. This project went way over budget but II love how it turned out. 

Some fun notes related to this project: I did this on the breakfast bar of our Staybridge Hotel. The hay and moss made a huge mess. I cleaned up every piece of mess. It was completed in about 4 hours once I got started. The scotch tape you see was removed after the glue was set. Those brass antlers I glued on were quite heavy, they were meant as a wall hook.

Here are some project details, in case you want to make something similar:

By the way, I did "bring my own adhesives" with me on the trip, and snips and a few other basic tools.

The base is 3 glued together cardboard cake bases. Knowing that the glass house would be heavy, I wanted to make sure that the base was sturdy enough to handle the job. 

I pre laid out my ideas before i started trimming the items to fit. 

Start by building some of the base items. I cut my stream and mounted it, and other paper I used to cover the cardboard base.

Next glue on the cabin house. I used E6000, and a lot of it. That house wasn't going to slide down the mountain in a mudslide on my watch.

Fill the inside of the cabin next, because if you do it last you run the risk of ruining your outside landscaping,

I glued some green card stock to the inside of the cabin that I had brought from home. 

The couple love balanced rock sculptures. I added 3 sculptures, but mine were glued in place for transport reasons.

I used spanish moss and a mixed bag of moss types.

The river is a cut up piece of 12x12 scrapbook paper that looks like flowing water. 

The trees were found in the Christmas decorations section of the store. Kind of tough to find pine boughs in the middle of the summer in NM.

Glues used - E6000, Tombo Green Glue, and scotch tape.

Feel free to ask questions. I really am proud of how this turned out. I am not sure what became of it after the wedding, but I would love to make something in our style for our house someday. Right now we just have no surface to put such a thing on. We are actually thinking of starting a Fairy Garden instead. 

Thank you for stopping by and seeing this non Stamping Up! project (there is card stock in there).

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Forest Friend Mr Fox


When my friend Jeny was over recently for an epic crafting session, she was playing around with ideas for her Christmas card, and just playing around with the fox stamp and punch from Stampin' up!

For the trees she used the Perfect Pines framelits on page 192 of the 2016 Annual Catalog. The pines are item number 139665. I love how the tousling and the brick background help the trees and fox pop!

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Have You Been Under the Weather?


My friend Jeny made this cute get well card for a fellow demonstrator. The umbrella is from the My Hero stamp set on page 209 of the 2016 Annual Catalog and support RMHC Ronald McDonald House Charities. 


Here are some more samples using that stamp set. 

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What is Fox doing for Christmas


Recently when my friend (and downline) Jeny was over for an epic crafting session, she was working on prototypes for her Christmas card. She knew she wanted to use the fox punch, and she wanted Night of Navy, Mint Macaron and Watermelon Wonder as the colors. Oh, and she wanted to incorporate the Merry Medley background stamp from the Holiday 2016 catalog into her card.  Sounds like a pretty tall order incorporating all those elements, right?

Here is one of her versions for her card. The mint behind the cajun really makes Mr Fox pop off the navy background. And his nose is a small pearl colored with a black marker. 

This may, or may not, have been the final draft of her card. 

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Even a Dude Can


Recently I have been ruminating over a growing problem. Why don't more males scrapbook or do something with the pictures they take on their phones? Manu of them take just as many photos as their female counterparts, if not more. I do not look at picture taking as a gender thing at all. I am sure there are statistics, but whatever.

Last February my husband came home and was rather proud of the photos he had taken during his walk. I asked him, what are you going to do with those photos? He said "don't really know, look at them i guess". Asked "do you like them enough you would like to save them, more than just backed up to a cloud somewhere?" Answer: "yes, I guess i do." And so began the discussion of why and how he could do more than just have them on his phone. He then started to realize the "why" of scrapbooking. Yippeeeee! 

I had him download the Project Life app for his iPhone. Let's face it, most men won't haul out tons of card stock and pretty papers and such and make a page. KISS Keep It Simple (for the) Spouses. The physical Project Life products are easy enough to use, but he is more of a, if its in my face I will use it, kind of guy.

He was able to figure out the app pretty quickly, he is a tech genius after all, but still, the app is so darn easy to use. After he was done, and he did a fine job if I may say so, he said it was actually kind of fun. And makes the pictures have meaning. By George, I think he is getting it! 

Repeat after me: why do you keep taking pictures if they are only going to sit on your phone for all eternity, or worse, in the cloud!

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Most Wonderful Time of the Year


This card was created by my friend Jeny when she was over in my studio recently. She was playing around with ideas for her Christmas card. I love the gold layered over the Cajun Craze as an alternate to red for a Christmas card. 

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What If you had no family photos?

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/jun/11/what-if-you-had-no-family-photographs

Very interesting. My own mother wanted nothing to do with the few photos that were available of her pre family life until her last remaining years. She wanted the photos but never looked at them. Certainly never explained them to me. Leaving  me with a lot more questions than answers. This is part of what drives me to scrapbook. So my own children are not left with questions. And they love the retelling of stories. Yes, they do fuss and grumble when I stop for a picture, but when they look at the scrapbook, smiles happen. 

I still say if you have no pictures, there are stories to tell. Anything recorded is better than nothing at all. In fact I have a page I did two years ago, had to pull stock photos off the web, but it told a strong summer memory I had that I wanted preserved outside my very own mind. Means nothing to anyone else. But what if I get dementia and those stories help? 

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Always Wear a Crown


Stand Tall and Wear a Crown!

Pineapples are everywhere! Check out this cute card with a pop of pink and the Pineapple background stamp set. 141746 clear mount 141743 wood mount. You can see more of it on page 124 of the 2016-17 annual catalog.

Yes I did fussy cut out the pineapple.. They are fairly straight cuts so it goes pretty quick. 

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Merry Medley Stamp Set Versatility


Item 142152 clear mount $15
Item 142148 wood mount $20


Merry Medley is a very useful stamp set. My friend Jeny ordered her stamp set in clear mount (actually she ordered two and cut one version apart) so that all the different greetings could be separate mounted on a clear block. The way she cut it apart gave her 10 different holiday greetings for the price of the $15 stamp set. 

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Stitched With Cheer Project Kit Help Sheet





I love this kit! Here is a sheet I created to help you with your kit assembly. The link below will provide you with a downloadable .PDF or you can just read the information in this post.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B2l8yj0AktWDTDBOOHJYSlktQTg


STITCHED WITH CHEER PROJECT KIT
142012 Item Holiday Catalog  ***  Makes 18 cards & envelopes

My Tips for You from Sandy McManus www.needsaribbon.com

This is a fun and easy to put together kit. It looks like you spent hours and hours assembling. The stitching really is quite quick. You will have lots and lots of leftover pieces to create your own things.

Stamper Level: Beginner to Expert

Time needed: as a group, plan on 3-4 hours, less for experienced crafters. Short on time? Do a step a day, such as stitch all of one card per day. Stamp one day. Envelopes one day.

Stamp Set: Stitched with Cheer 142182 item Holiday Catalog
Supply Items: add scotch tape

Greetings - two choices for each card style

Pieces to Stamp
·       STAMP FIRST. Set aside to dry.
·       Leave pieces on sheets to stamp, then punch out.
·       Sparkles, in both sizes, on Peace & Happiness cards
·       Leaves in 2 sizes for Christmas Joy (12 total)
·       Greetings on all cards (18 total)

Envelopes
·       Complete all liners at once using Tear Tape.
·       Use 2 2 inch pieces of Tear Tape for each envelope at the flap point.
·       Crease the flaps after adhering liner.
·       Don’t forget to stamp your envelopes!

Stitching
·       Do punch out stitch holes ahead of time. Erin on video says you do not need to do it. It makes it difficult to see where you need to stitch next if you do not punch them out.
·       Thread needle with the needle threader provided.
·       Scotch tape is your best friend for anchoring ends of thread.

Christmas Joy Card
·       Use 3 dimensionals for adhering the star.
·       I like the plaid star at a diagonal because this card has such strong horizontal and vertical lines.
·       Do not split the thread. This thread unthreads from needle easily.
·       Star accent is thin paper, do not pull!
·       Attach greeting with tear tape.
·       Attach holly leaves with glue dots.
Holly Jolly Card
·       Stitch middle tree last so it sits above side trees better.
·       1 twine strand does all three trees.

Peace & Happiness Card
·       Use half of all gold twine.




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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Online Flash Sale Monday Only November 28th!



Monday November 28th Only a sale so good 
you just can't pass on these deals.

 I know I will be taking advantage of them! 




both get you to the same place!

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Online Sale 24 Hour Flash Sale Extravaganza




S
tarting Monday November 21st a sale so good 
you just can't pass on these deals.

 I know I will be taking advantage of them! 




both get you to the same place!

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Saturday, November 19, 2016

43 cards from Scraps in 5 hours video







I am returning to making videos for you. It is something I do enjoy. I think part of it is learning new software (iMovie) and it is another creative outlet. It is also another way for me to share, in this case, a large number of projects with you without you having to view a verrrrry long blog post.

Enjoy the movie! I explain in the description on YouTube the learning process and problems I do know exist with this video. I used this one as more of a test to learn the process.

If you want more information on supplies used, please comment below. Can you imagine how long a blog post this would be if I posted all the supplies used? It would be a never to be read novel!

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Stitched From the Heart - New Stitch Products and Promotion



For the month of November Stampin' Up! is early releasing their new Stitched framelits. The Stitched framelits come in 3 shapes each in 4 sizes - circles, squares and ovals. These framelits add a stitched look to your project giving it the perfect finish touch.

The Stitched Shapes framelits are available at their regular price. But the coordinating stamp sets are available at 25% off!

But wait - there's more! To continue the stitching trend Stampin' Up! has several more products that coordinate with the Stitched Shapes, creating endless possibilities of creative ideas.
ITEMDESCRIPTIONRETAIL PRICESALE PRICE
145372Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies-Set Of 12 Dies Which Includes Four Circles, Ovals, And Squares$30 USD/$40 CADNo Discount
142069 (HC P. 11)Greetings From Santa Wood-Mount Stamp Set$27 USD/$35 CAD$20.25 USD/$26.25 CAD
143269 (HC P. 11)Greetings From Santa Clear-Mount Stamp Set$19 USD/$25 CAD$14.25 USD/$18.75 CAD
142114 (HC P. 15)Hang Your Stocking Photopolymer Stamp Set$21 USD/$26 CAD$15.75 USD/$19.50 CAD
142049 (HC P. 19)Christmas Pines Photopolymer Stamp Set$35 USD/$43 CAD$26.25 USD/$32.25 CAD
142142 (HC P. 23)Merry Mice Wood-Mount Stamp Set$23 USD/$30 CAD$17.25 USD/$22.50 CAD
142145 (HC P. 23)Merry Mice Clear-Mount Stamp Set$17 USD/$22 CAD$12.75 USD/$16.50 CAD
142180 (HC P. 33)Tin Of Tags Photopolymer Stamp Set$21 USD/$26 CAD$15.75 USD/$19.50 CAD
142206 (HC P. 43)Suite Season Wood-Mount Stamp Set$28 USD/$36 CAD$21 USD/$27 CAD
142209 (HC P. 43)Suite Season Clear-Mount Stamp Set$20 USD/$27 CAD$15 USD/$20.25 CAD
140386 (AC P. 31)Oh, What Fun Photopolymer Stamp Set$21 USD/$26 CAD$15.75 USD/$19.50 CAD
141859 (AC P. 61)Baby Bear Photopolymer Stamp Set$26 USD/$32 CAD$19.50 USD/$24 CAD
141784 (AC P. 139)Blooms & Wishes Photopolymer Stamp Set$21 USD/$26 CAD$15.75 USD/$19.50 CAD

AC refers to the annual catalog; HC refers to the holiday catalog.
On page 16 of the Holiday Catalog HC the Festive Seasons Stamp set and Festive Stitching Thinlits coordinate beautifully with the new Stitched Shape Framelits. Bundle them together and save! Item 143527.

On page 34 HC we have the Stitched with Cheer Project Kit 142012and Stitched with Cheer stamp set 142182. 

And at the Holly Berry Happiness Stamp set and coordinating Holly Berry Builder punch bundle coordinates with the Stitched with Cheer stamp set and kit. Item 143505.


And of course Stampin' Up! has embellishments and papers and do-dads to add a little pizzaz to your finished projects. 

That is a lot of products that all work well together. You will never run out of creative ideas. 

Be sure to get your Stitched Shapes and coordinating products while you can this November. They won't be available to purchase for quite a while after December 1st. 

Thank you for stopping by today. I enjoy sharing my creative ideas with you. Happy Stamping, Sandy

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