Thursday, 1 December 2016

Reason for the Season

Hello, Crafters.

Today, Stampin Up! released the Year-End Closeouts:-

It's always liberating to have a good clear-out at the end of the year, don't you find? It creates room for creativity and new things to come, and you can make other people happy with the things you're throwing out. Stampin’ Up! has been doing its own little year-end cleaning, and we’ve got some great deals to offer you! 

Our Year-End Closeouts will include autumn/winter catalogue retiring products, Clearance Rack items, and current high-inventory annual catalogue products. 

Please headover to my 24/7 Online Stampin' Up! Shop for a complete list. If you're one of customers, or would like to be, I'm very happy to send you a copy of the list as an EXCEL sortable file. Please email me if you would like a copy!

The new Hostess Code for December is AKEM2BKZ. Don’t forget this is for orders up to £150.00 only. If your order is over £150.00, and you quote the Hostess Code, you will lose the Stampin’ Rewards you will have earned on your order.
Today's card uses one of last year's stamp sets, Reason for the Season. I love this 3/4" Real Red Stitched Edge Ribbonribbon but I think this is the first time I've used it!

I started my card with a base of Whisper White Cardstock (CS), with a layer of Real Red CS, and a top layer of Whisper White CS. 

Once again, when I went to my DVD box called Layers 2, I chose to use one of the layers that has already been dry embossed - this one has been embossed with the Softly Falling Embossing Folder and I've used the debossed side. 

Using Tombow I adhered this layer to Real Red layer. 

I cut a length of the ribbon and put SNAIL on the back of it so it adhered to the top layer as well as the back where I tucked it under. 

Then I adhered these two layers to the card base.

Using Real Red ink, I stamped the sentiment on to a piece of Whisper White CS and die cut it using a straight cut Layering Squares Framelits Die. 

I then die cut a Real Red scalloped square using another die from the same set. 

I adhered the two layers together and adhered it in the top right hand corner using Dimensionals.

I stamped the three step stamping poinsettia on a piece of Whisper White CS three times - first in Basic Black Archival Ink, the leaves in Pear Pizzaz Ink stamped off once, and then the actual flower using Real Read Ink. 

For the first layer, I fussy cut the complete flower, including the green leaves. 

Then I cut the second image which was all the red flower and the third image was the centre seven red petals, five small and two large. 

Using Dimensionals, I adhered the three layers together and then onto the card base, making sure that I didn't allow any Dimensionals to adhere on to the ribbon.

Another simple card, but it I love it! 

Although it was -4°  yesterday, it was a beautiful sunny day, so after my hospital appointment, I decided to pop into Croydon to do some shopping. I used to be a shopaholic but now I'm a crafter, when I have to go shopping, I get as much done in one go as possible. 

As I was wrapped up well against the cold, I decided to leave my car where I had parked it and walked into the shopping centre. I had my list and I knew exactly what I was after. 

All went well until I went into Poundland, which is like the Dollar Store in the US. I found my hair conditioner, shampoo, tissues, muesli bars and crisps - all my regular brands, so I stocked up!

I also found eleven of the display folders with the clear covers that I use for my new recruits - I send them a hardcopy of the Compensation Plan - so I bought those, too!
It wasn't until I was outside the shop that I realised my car wasn't in it's usual place! 

So I had to grin and bear it and carry my three bags of shopping back to my car! As I still had more shopping to do, I drove my car to the normal "shopping" car park so I could complete this chore I had started!

By the way, before I go, one funny note about my shopping yesterday!

I popped into my two favourite high street clothes shops - Next and Marks & Spencers - and found myself checking the sleeves on the sweaters and jumpers, wonderering what they'd look like in my videos! LOL! 

On that light note, after lunch today, I'm off to the Pavilion Cafe  in Beddington Park, for my last Christmas Fair for this year. 

Until tomorrow, happy crafting. 


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