**2017 Occasions & Sale-a-bration Catalog Sneak Peek**

I know we’re all getting ready for the holidays and preparing for cozy, warm evenings by the fireplace, but I had to share my AMAZING experience at the Stampin’ Up! regional meeting in Madison last weekend!

What an amazing  company to be a part of!

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Here I am winning a prize patrol – which means a FREE stamp set!

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These were just some of the goodies we got as participants.

However, the most exciting part was to be able to preview the upcoming 2017 Occasions and Sale-a-bration catalogs, to go live in January!!

As a demonstrator who attended I was able to pre-order some of these amazing new and ADORABLE products.

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Here is a sample of the Life Me Up bundle, with coordinating designer series paper from the Sale-a-bration catalog!

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I cannot wait to play with the other products, and I will be hosting classes and parties to share these projects with you!

For now, back to our holiday Occasions catalog and those projects… come back to see some fun Thanksgiving and holiday season creations….

~Paola

 

Happy Halloween!!

Are you ready for Halloween?!?!

I have been busy making treats for today —

For the wee ones, play-doh is always a big hit.  Using the spooky fun stamp set and coordinating Halloween scene edgelits, along with the Halloween night washi tape and designer series paper, I created some fun bag toppers.img_6435-v3

Another big hit with the elementary school kids are PENCILS.  Here are some spooky pencil treat bags.

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These treat bags also used the cookie cutter Halloween stamp set and coordinating cookie cutter builder punch.

Are you scared yet!?!?!

If not, check out these Dove chocolate treat bags…

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These treat bags use the 2 x 8 cello bags.

Now, these are my FAVORITE treats I put together using the clear tiny treat boxes.

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Turns out you can fit 4 York peppermint patties or 3 Reeses peanut butter cups in these perfectly-sized 2 x 2 boxes.

Hope you have a spooky, scary, and happy halloween!!!

Halloween Treat Boxes

Are you getting ready for Halloween treats and decorations?!?!  I have been quite busy with some fun decorated treat ideas.img_6263-v4

Today I will share a treat box that fits 3 Hershey’s chocolate nuggets.  The boxes were created using the Halloween Night specialty designer series paper.

Cut cardstock to 5.75″ x 5.75″, then score as shown in image below.img_6355-v3

Once scored, fold cardstock at crease lines to make box easier to assemble.  As seen in the image, trim cardstock by cutting off corners.  The strips that will fold in on the sides were cut diagonally for a better fit.  Once folded in I adhered them with a glue dot to hold in place.  Then fold the 1/2″ flap over adhering with tear and tape adhesive.  Lastly fold over the third (inside the front of the box) 1/2″ flap and adhere with tear and tape adhesive.

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Decorate the chocolates with designer series paper and other fun embellishments (shown is the bat from the Halloween Scenes edgelits in pumpkin pie glimmer paper).

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Decorate the outside of your boxes with similar embellishments, and your recipients will love their spooky and yummy treats!!

 

Gifts for Baby

I had the pleasure of making some fun baby gifts for my former college roommate, who just had a little girl…

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One of my favorite things to make is Name Art.

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The letters were created using the Big Shot, and the images were a combination of stamped and punched images.

The next essential item for moms of little girls is a bow holder — you will have a lot of them, and you will want to keep them in an easy-access single location.

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I used the pyramid pals thinlits and coordinating playful pals stamp set to create the adorable, bow-wearing elephant.

Lastly, I created a set of ten thank you cards for the new mom.

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The elephant is from a retired set, but that image can easily be replaced with any of Stampin’ Up’s current baby-themed stamp sets.  I was keeping to an elephant theme, as you can see from the pictures.

Hope I’ve inspired you to get out there and create!

~Paola

 

Color Fusers Blog Hop: September 2016 – Part 2

Here we are again!

September Color Fusers

To showcase this month’s beautiful array of colors I have used the Made with Love stamp set and the gift bag punch board.

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I recently used the gift bag punch board for treat bags for my daughters’ birthday party, and it was so easy to use.  It inspired me to make these adorable baby shower treat bags.

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The bags are crumb cake and cut at 10″ x 4″.  I used the Baby’s First Framelits Dies to cut out the onesie.

Next up, I created a card combining the Made with Love set and Baby’s First Framelits.

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Here are the other amazing demonstrators in this blog hop:

Jason Loucks

Paola Phillips   <<< you are here!

Jo Anne Hewins

Melissa Kerman

Robin Messenheimer

Pat Ertman

Thank you for stopping by!

Color Fusers Blog Hop: September 2016 – Part 1

Hello!  Welcome back to the awesome and amazing Color Fusers Blog Hop!!

September Color Fusers

This month we will be featuring Flirty Flamingo, Mint Macaron, Rich Razzleberry & Sweet Sugarplum.

**Be sure to check out links to the rest of the team’s amazing creations at end of this post!!**

To showcase this charming collection of colors, I will be using the  Jar of Love photopolymer bundle.  I had so much fun making my cards!

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Perhaps slightly influenced by celebrating my 9th wedding anniversary over the weekend, I had love on the mind…

The first card features the shaker card technique.  I used the confetti hearts punch to fill my jar with hearts and the fine tip glue pen to adhere the overflowing hearts on the outside of the jar.  The jar cap was created using the embossing technique with copper embossing powder.  Here is a closer look at the card –

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The second card continues with the love theme.  However, I filled the jar, which was stamped using the rich razzleberry ombre stamp pad, with hearts using the Everyday Jars framelits from the bundle.  The cover features the reverse embossing technique, using the white embossing powder and flirty flamingo applied with the sponge brayer.

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I hope my creations have filled your day with some heart-filled joy.

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Here are the links to the rest of the Color Fusers Blog Hop team:

Patty Bennett

Heather Osborne

Nicole Tugrul

Paola Phillips << you are here

Jo Anne Hewins

Melissa Kerman

Robin Messenheimer

Pat Ertman

Below are the supplies used in these projects:

 

 

 

 

Easy Handmade Notebooks

A day late on this…. sorry!!

Here are the instructions for the notebooks I made for the goody bags, as mentioned in my previous post.

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Cardstock is cut at 5.5″ by 8.5″, scored in half (4.25″).

The white paper is just regular computer paper.  I cut it to 5.5″ by 8.25″, scored at 4.125″ — this helps the pages not show past the cardstock cover.  Each notebook contains 10 sheets of the cut computer paper, giving you 20 pages to write on.

Using stamps from the Painter’s Palette set, I added a cute image to the corner.

I used Basic Black Baker’s Twine to tie it all together.  I found fun colored pens at Target, that matched each of the notebooks too.

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Not available in the Stampin’ Up catalog, but HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, I have a 2 1/2 year old assistant that did a fabulous job cleaning up my scraps!!

My seven year olds love the notebooks!  They are always asking me for paper and stuff to write with, so now they have their own, handmade notebook.

Thanks for stopping by!

Fiesta Birthday Goody Bags

Today I will be providing a tutorial on how to create the Fiesta Birthday Goody Bags I posted a picture of yesterday.

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Trim a full piece of cardstock to 8″ x 11″ and the designer series paper to 6″ x 12″.

Using the gift bag punch, following directions (included in packaging) for the medium size bag.   This will yield a bag 3 1/8″ wide by 2″ deep.  The height will be about 7″.  The 8″ paper will hang slight over the bag punch and will not be scored, but this did not affect the quality or appearance of the gift bag at all.  Only score the cardstock at this point.

Overlay the designer series paper over the scored cardstock and mark where the scored lines are.  Then score the designer series paper with your paper trimmer, including the triangular score marks.

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**I found this to be more accurate than measuring the designer series paper and scoring without comparing to the scored cardstock.

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Adhere the designer series paper to the cardstock (I used the multipurpose liquid glue) before assembling and let the glue dry for several minutes.  It’s good to do these in batches, so you’re continually in production.

Assemble the bag according to the provided instructions, add ribbon, and embellish with the Fiesta Birthday stamp set and the Fiesta Time Framelits.

**When assembling you will see the designer series paper is longer by about an inch.  Cut the extra strip with the paper trimmer.  Alternatively, you can cut the DSP to 11″ prior to adhering to the cardstock.  However, as with the scoring, I found the method of cutting after aligns the two papers more accurately.

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Hope you have found this tutorial useful.

Come back tomorrow to find out how to make the goodies found inside these goody bags!

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Happy mail share and more…

You know when you order something online and then you look forward to opening your mailbox EVERY SINGLE DAY until the package arrives!?!?!

That. Just. Happened.

I ordered a handmade stamp from Holly Burns at Burns Nest Designs on Etsy.

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She did a FANTASTIC job!!  I absolutely love the way it turned out.

Even the package it came in is fancy…

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Here is how it stamps:

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Perfect right?

I can’t wait to start using it on my projects!

Onto other news — I have been quite busy with back to school prep and birthday parties.  I created some awesome and fun goody bags for the girls’ birthday using the Stampin’ Up Birthday Fiesta bundle and other coordinating products.

Here is a sneak peek.  I will be blogging this week about these projects with tutorials.

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Have a great day!

Thoughtful Branches Stationery

Life has been busy lately, that is for sure!

The kiddos started school today and their birthday is tomorrow… and their birthday party is Saturday…. oof da!

Over the summer they tutored with a wonderful teacher from their school, so I made her some personalized stationery using the Thoughtful Branches stamp set.

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I used the 2016-2017 In Colors, with coordinating ribbon.  I even stamped the envelopes to match the note cards.  The letter “B” is from a retired Big Shot die.  However, the same effect can be created with any of our alphabet stamp sets.

Have a wonderful day!!