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Caroling Mice Card Ideas

carolingmicestampinupcandyrattrayCaroling Mice is such a cute stamp set, and I took it 2 very different directions for today's cards to showcase its awesome versatility.  The artwork is truly outstanding and perfect for those who enjoy a bit of coloring.

I like that you can take Caroling Mice to the cutesy side or to the elegant side.  There are no greetings in Caroling Mice, so just grab what you have to make the perfect wintry card or Christmas card.

Caroling Mice is a host exclusive stamp set in the July-December Mini Catalog.  Read about host rewards aka Stampin' Rewards here.  They begin with a $150 order--placed on your own or as a gathering of friends.

I featured both these designs at a local, in-person Christmas Card Class.  in fact, the class was an add-on class at my Creative Escape Summer Retreat. Creative Escape Retreats occur 4 times per year in San Antonio, TX at the Drury Inn Plaza Hotel, Stone Oak.  Check out details of my Creative Escape Winter Retreat here.  

The pink mouse card was designed by one of my very talented team members Elaine Nigh.  Although Elaine doesn't hold classes and such, she is one of my Studio Helpers and an integral part of my Creative Escape Retreats.  I think her card is adorable and I was thrilled to add it my class lineup!

Please follow me on https://www.youtube.com/@Sweetstamper and Facebook.com/sweetstamper for weekly live demonstrations and plenty of crafty inspiration!

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Craft Retreat in San Antonio

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Join us for a whole weekend of crafting fun. Your retreat hosts, Candy Rattray and Cheryl Peery, bring all our stamps, inks, and tools so you can travel light.  We will spoil you all weekend with goodies, gifts, and TLC.  Our positive creative environment will fill your cup to overflowing!

$50 non-refundable deposit holds your place.  Early Bird Pricing ends Dec. 10th.  Tickets must be paid in full by that date for the $195 price. Regular pricing:  $220  

  1. Thursday Option:  Add an extra day and make it a 4-day weekend!
  2. New Option:  Saturday only day ticket, 8AM-8PM
  3. Option:  Retreat in a Box

 All Inclusive Friday-Sunday Ticket Includes:

  • Awesome goodie bag ($50 value!)
  • Daily spoiling gifts:)
  • Make & Takes
  • Exclusive Retreat Bag
  • Use of all our stamps and ink pads
  • Punch Station with a wide selection of punches
  • Die-Cutting station with 2 Die-Cutting machines plus lots of dies and folders
  • Scraps station with free scraps
  • Table space:  6-foot table for each person.  
  •  All activities are optional--but they are popular!
  •  Daily Challenge with prizes
  •  Prize Patrol all weekend
  •  Bingo on Saturday night!
  • Optional add-on classes for a deluxe weekend experience.
  • pdf tutorials for all the classes are sent to all retreat attendees:)
  •  Wi-Fi

Click here for complete information and plan to join us!  Creative Escape Winter Retreat is the perfect way to reward yourself after the busy holiday season!  Our retreat guests work on a wide range of crafts like diamond art, scrapbooking, needlework, junk journaling, and more.  Creative Escape offers you time and space to do what you love for a whole weekend in our positive, creative environment.  Try us out and discover why so many make these must-do events all year.  They are perfect mental health boosts!

Mark these dates for all my Creative Escape Retreat in 2023:

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Book Binding Fun Fold Cards

Blog Hop-Trip Achievers

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Welcome to the November issue of the Trip Achievers Blog Hop where demonstrators from across the globe connect and collaborate to inspire YOU with loads of creativity!

One of my favorite ways to design cards is to create a "this or that" where I make the same card more than once with slight changes.  This design style is the foundation of my monthly Twist Club/Class.  (Details of the Twist Club are here.)

Fitting Florets Collection (the gold swirls are already sold out:( is truly gorgeous in every way and super versatile.  I love, love, love the DSP!

Here are a few details of today's book binding fun fold cards:

  • I chose small patterns of DSP for both the larger piece (4" x 4") and the smaller piece (4" x 1") for maximum DSP viewing:)
  • I employed Stampin' Blends for the blue card--on the iridescent pearls as well as the green card--on the DSP
  • With DSP this gorgeous, I made it the star of the show!  A small greeting, a few die-cuts with Rose Gold Foil, a bit of ribbon, and a few pearls gave me a bit of nice detail without overpowering the main attraction.

That's it for today.  Please follow me on https://www.youtube.com/@Sweetstamper and Facebook.com/sweetstamper for weekly live demonstrations and plenty of crafty inspiration!  Now hop on to the next blog for more awesome creative inspiration!

 

 


Candy Cane Christmas Cards

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I had so much fun playing with the Sweet Candy Canes bundle for my weekly Facebook Live (7PM CT).  Once again, I showcased the Dots & Spots Die which is a must-have IMHO for versatility.  I wanted to share both a soft and sweet candy cane Christmas card as well as a traditional red and green one.  The polka dot background via Dots & Spots Die works perfectly with the striped candy canes!

Here are a few details of my candy cane Christmas cards:

  1. Both sets of candy canes are die cuts from the Sweetest Christmas Designer Series Paper!
  2. Cross your candy canes more narrow or wide for the look you like best.
  3. Stack rhinestones on top of sequins for a glam look:)

All Stampin' Up! supplies are listed and linked below for your convenience. Please follow me on www.youtube.com/@Sweetstamperand Facebook.com/sweetstamper for weekly live demonstrations and plenty of crafty inspiration!

 

 


Perched in a Tree for Versatility

Winter holiday blog hopWelcome to the Winter Holiday Blog Hop where a few of us have joined together to inspire YOU with beautiful winter projects to share with your world--who ALL need happy mail!  I absolutely love every image and greeting in Perched in a Tree stamp set (and the dies are amazing, too!) for versatility.  Honestly, this stamp set is for every season, and it's really useful for ALL the winter holidays.  Whether you and your loved ones/friends celebrate

  • Christmas
  • Hanukkah
  • St. Nicholas Day
  • St. Stephen's Day

or other holidays, Perched in a Tree is perfect for you.  Today's card share showcases the beauty of our Designer Series Paper, my favorite design tool to pair with our fabulous Stampin' Up! stamps.

perchedinatreestampinupcandyrattrayIn actuality, this winter card is perfect for MANY occasions or even just to reach out to someone you care about during this season.

Listed and linked below are all the products used in my winter card.  This is for your reference and convenience.

Be sure to click on the links below to hop on to the other awesome projects linked.  You will be inspired!

 


Leaf Fall Embossing Folder Card Ideas

Kylie & Bruno's Blog Hop
I'm so proud to be part of Kylie & Bruno's Demonstrator Training Group.  If you are a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator looking for help to build a business (at any level you wish), I highly recommend this super practical training.  Kylie and Bruno have assembled an awesome group of top demonstrators to share their tips and tricks alongside the fabulous things that Kylie & Bruno provide.  Great value, highly recommended.  Now, let's get onto my project for this hop which is one of the many perks of belonging to this group!

I'm sharing a card I have made as both a thank you and a thinking of you.  With a soft color palette and the gorgeous Leaf Fall Embossing folder, I achieved a soothing, peaceful look that is versatile enough for several situations.

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Blog hop thanksYou can catch my demonstration of this card where I focused on embossing folders during one of my weekly Facebook Lives.  Just click here for my YouTube link.  Thank you and Thinking of you are such important thoughts to share.  Make a stack of these cards and send out some gratitude and grace to those in your world!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and be sure to hop onto the next blog on this hope for more creative inspiration on the theme of thanks.

 

 


Gift Bags for Christmas with Window Wishes Bundle

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Everyone loves homemade/handmade at Christmas.  Give the gift of handmade and you will spread love, kindness, and joy to the world!

For today's Christmas gift bag project I used Window Wishes Bundle (all Stampin' Up! supplies are listed and linked below for your convenience).  This is one of 12 free project tutorials being gifted to my email news subscribers.  If you are not yet a subscriber, click here to keep up with all my classes and news as well as free tutorials: http://bit.ly/sweetstampernews

Although we are in Week 7, and subscribers receive one free tutorial per week, I'll be sharing them all on the last week so that my newer subscribers still get in on all the awesome free projects!

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Christmas Cards with Dots & Spots Die

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I had so much fun creating these quick and easy Christmas cards with very different looks using the same Dots & Spots die.  It's incredibly versatile!  Although at first look the Dots & Spots Die speaks of baby cards or birthday cards, I'm in a Christmas mood so I made a fun Christmas card and an elegant Christmas card to showcase versatility:)

My first card, the fun one, began with the gorgeous Scalloped Rectangle die.  From there it was just a matter of adding a layer with the awesome Dots & Spots Die and a few other bits and bobs.

For my elegant Christmas card I used a super soft color combo to achiever the elegant look still using the Dots & Spots Die.  Quick, easy, elegant--yeah.  This makes for a great Christmas card to make by the dozen:)

dotsandspotsdiestampinupcandyrattrayBe sure to click on the video below (recording of my weekly Facebook Live) to see tips and tricks for using the Dots & Spots Die as well as my creative process for these very different cards using the same versatile die.

Please follow me on YouTube and Facebook for twice weekly live demonstrations and plenty of crafty inspiration!

 




Fitting Florets Card Ideas

 

Fitting Florets Blog Hop
What a beautiful, versatile collection Stampin' Up! has given us with Fitting Florets!  I'm in love with every element, and the Fitting Florets Designer Paper is like a breath of fresh air in the midst of the holiday season.  For those of us who have been creating for Christmas since July, these papers are AMAZING!

Welcome to the Fitting Florets blog hop hosted by the awesome duo of Kylie & Bruno Bertucci in conjunction with their Demonstrator Training Group.  You will find a bevy of demonstrators participating from across the globe, so be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom of this post to get more creative inspiration Fitting Florets card ideas.

I chose Fitting Florets as the feature for my Twist Club/monthly card class. Check out all EIGHT cards here.  Then scroll down for details of one of my faves:)  Click here for details of my Twist Class.  to see details of my popular monthly class by mail.Click here for details of my Twist Club.to read all about the way to get MORE from my monthly card class by mail!