The Legend of the Candy Cane

By | December 5, 2016

The Legend of the Candy Cane

Okay folks, apparently there are stories to Candy Canes that I was totally in the dark about!  Have you heard any?  As I was crafting today and looking through my designer series paper, I had one with Candy Canes on it.  I wanted to create a beautiful Christmas card but also wanted it to have some meaning.  As I browsed “The Google” as my kids call it, I came across stories about Candy Canes.  I was intrigued to keep reading.

To completely abbreviate the story I liked, Candy Canes were designed to remind folks what Christmas is really all about.  (Besides shopping and stuff) According to legend, this candy was designed back in the 18th century where in Europe, it was forbidden to show any signs of Christianity.  A Candy Maker wanted to make a candy as a way to teach children the real meaning of Christmas without getting in trouble and that’s how he came up with the Candy Cane.

Whether you are Christian or not, whether you believe the story or not- it’s still very interesting so I wanted to share how the Candy Maker supposedly came up with the Candy Cane.

  • The shape is supposed to look like a Shepherd’s staff- Jesus was a shepherd. It’s also in the form of the letter “J”.  (for the man himself)
  • Jesus is a rock- so the candy is hard to remind the children that “Jesus is their rock”
  • The stripes- White for purity and holiness, red for the crucifixion.
  • Peppermint was chosen because it was very similar to “hyssop” which was used for sacrifice and purification in the Old Testament.
  • It’s to be given as a gift- representing the love of Jesus when he gave us the gift of salvation.

Isn’t it interesting?  I hope you enjoyed my little research project today.  And that brings us to today’s card, which has Candy Canes on it 🙂 I decided to use the Tin of Tags Project Kit and the matching stamp set ‘cuz they’re so stinking cute!

Tin of Tags

The Legend of the Candy Cane

The Legend of the Candy Cane
I hope you enjoyed this project and will come and visit me again!

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Class
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Deadline to Register – December 7th!
$28
Your class fee includes the supplies to make 6 cards, envelopes, 2 Treat Boxes and as always- a step by step PDF Tutorial.
You will need to supply your own ink and stamps for this class.  If you need any of the ink’s or supplies, there is a link to purchase those below.
All Class kits will ship together on or possibly before December 14th. They will all ship flat rate and you should receive them in about 3 days.

Stampin Up Sale Year End Closeout

By | December 1, 2016

You are not going to want to miss this! Stampin Up is having a sale of up to 60% products while supplies last. It’s the year end closeout!  Check out the details below.

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Here is the link to the clearance items in the store!

Here is a list of the retiring holiday products!

PLUS, when you shop with me and use the hostess code for December, you’ll grab a package of rhinestones for free!

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Promotion period: December 1, 2016 – January 3, 2017
• All products (and discounts, if any) can be found in the Year-End Closeouts category of the online store.
• Clearance Rack items are only available while supplies last.
Following the Year-End Closeouts promotion, some products may remain on the Clearance Rack; other items may be removed from the Clearance Rack to be added at another undetermined time.
• High-inventory items will only be discounted through January 3; beginning January 4, they will still be available, but at regular price.
Retiring item availability will follow standard retiring item rules:
        • Retiring stamp sets are guaranteed available until December 21,
          after which they will be only available while supplies last.
        • Retiring accessories will only be available while supplies last.
         Retiring items will only be available while supplies last. All retiring items
          will be discontinued after January 3.

• No minimum purchase is required to participate in Year-End Closeouts.
• Year-End Closeouts are eligible for Stampin’ Rewards with qualifying orders.
• Items and discounts may vary by market depending on inventory levels.

 

Square Christmas Card

By | November 28, 2016

Square Christmas Card

I want to show you how to create this super cute embellishment for your cards!  It’s crazy easy to do as you will see in the short video below.  So, let’s get started with how to make a square Christmas card!

Square Christmas Card

To start out with this card measures 5″ x 5″.  I began by cutting my cardstock to  5″ x 10″ and folding it in half.  Next, I embossed the Vanilla cardstock layer using my Big Shot and an embossing folder.  There are pictures below to all of the products I used- and you can even click on them to order if you like.

The Vanilla layer measures 4 3/4″ x 4 3/4″.

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I created this bow using the bow builder punch.  It really makes bows pretty easy, especially if you’re not a fan of tying ribbon!

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Finally, this is the inside of the card.  I added a layer of the Designer Series paper to the inside.  I cut that to 4 3/4″ square.

The Vanilla layer is 4 1/2″ square.  Because this stamp is rubber and not see-through, I used my “Stamp-A-Majig” to make sure I  stamped exactly where I needed to.
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Class
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Your class fee includes the supplies to make 6 cards, envelopes, 2 Treat Boxes and as always- a step by step PDF Tutorial.
You will need to supply your own ink and stamps for this class.  If you need any of the ink’s or supplies, there is a link to purchase those below.
All Class kits will ship together on or possibly before December 14th. They will all ship flat rate and you should receive them in about 3 days.

Candy Cane Lane

By | November 21, 2016

Candy Cane Lane

This paper is just too cute!  It’s Monday- I am in my happy place and this is the cutey patootie card I’ve got for you today.  It all started with a sketch that you can find here, and then I decided to delve into the Candy Cane Lane cardstock that I hadn’t really used yet.

It is super cute and I love the warm colors together.

Candy Cane Lane

Candy Cane Lane

The colors look great together!  Real Red, Early Espresso and Crumb Cake.  Of course, there’s always going to be some Whisper White in there.  You know, I was surprised at how little people know about our Whisper White cardstock?  It’s the best around!  SERIOUSLY.  It not only is super sturdy at 80lbs. but if you stamped this same image on a lesser quality paper, the ink wouldn’t look as bright and it might bleed a bit.  I can’t recommend the Whisper White cardstock enough folks.  Don’t waste your precious pennies on the crappy stuff- you want your cards to look crisp and fresh!

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Your class fee includes the supplies to make 6 cards, envelopes, 2 Treat Boxes and as always- a step by step PDF Tutorial.
You will need to supply your own ink and stamps for this class.  If you need any of the ink’s or supplies, there is a link to purchase those below.
All Class kits will ship together on or possibly before December 14th. They will all ship flat rate and you should receive them in about 3 days.

Jolly Friends Stamp Set

By | November 15, 2016

Welcome!  This week I want to share a card with you that I think is so cute. The funny part about it is, I didn’t like this paper at all when I first saw it. The word HATE is a strong word, so we’ll just stick with…I really didn’t like it. But I decided to start my week with another challenge and these colors were part of it. I also had broken out my “Jolly Friends” stamp set yet and I thought- what the heck… let’s use up some of this paper!!!Jolly Friends

Jolly FriendsWell, wasn’t I surprised!!!!  Okay, like I said I started with a challenge. I took a sketch from here and a color challenge from here. I realized that lately I haven’t been thinking outside the box as far as different folds for my cards so I’m going to start trying to do that. Rather than cut the card base at the usual 8 1/2″ long, I trimmed it down to 8″. I still made the score line 4 1/4″. That way it left a little bit of space on the right-hand side. Just for a different effect.

Jolly FriendsI gathered up all my awesome tools and got to work. The first thing I knew I absolutely had to start with was the Stitched Shapes Framelits. OH my Lord!  These are the best things Stampin’ Up! has come out with in years. Am not kidding. I absolutely love these things to death. Look at how flipping cute the stitching is? Love love love love it.  All you do is run it through the Big Shot machine in the same way you do with all the other framelits and it puts the stitching on there for you.  LOVE!

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Now I’ve got to talk to a little bit about the sentiment. I have a love/hate relationship with the White Craft Ink. I love that we can stamp white on a darker cardstock. I don’t love how long it takes to dry. So because I have zero patience, I threw some white embossing powder over it and used my heat tool. This made sure to capture any of the ink that was still wet and then heat-set it so that it was dry to the touch. That’s why the sentiment looks brighter in some parts and shinier and others. It’s a pretty cool effect don’tcha think? Now if I wanted it all to be uniform, for lack of a better word, I could’ve let this dry or just kept heating it with the heat tool. Like I told you earlier, mama doesn’t have any patience.

Jolly Friends

Jolly Friends

Jolly Friends

I stamped the envelope too!

Everything else is pretty self-explanatory. If you want to check out what I’m talking about for the new framelits, scroll down below. This is an early bird special. This means that they are available in the month of November and then won’t be available again until the new catalog comes out in June. So if you are as in love with them as I am, don’t wait. Grab them now.

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Designer Series Paper

By | November 8, 2016

Designer Series Paper


Let me tell you why Mondays are my favorite day of the week. My kids go to school and my husband goes to work. I go into my craft room and design cards and projects for whatever is coming up in the next week or two. If you are here on my website, then I assume you are a fan of making crafts yourself. It is my release, my mental health break, my walk on the beach, my yoga class, my glass of wine, my ice cream. You see where I’m going with this don’t you? I love it. I absolutely love it. So I logged into my computer this week after spending a wonderful weekend in New York City with all my fellow Stampin’ Up! demonstrators and decided to start this week with a challenge. I found a challenge and got to creating. I wanted to feature one of the amazing packs of designer series paper that Stampin’ Up! offers. I settled on Petals and Paisley’s and an autumn theme and got down to business.Designer Series Paper

Designer Series PaperHave any of you been in New England or New York City in the fall? It’s absolutely breathtaking and stunning and I wanted to capture those colors in this card. The main focus I decided, was going to be on the Petals and Paisley’s designer series pack of paper and to the Vanilla and Polka Dotted Paper.  It’s gorgeous.File Nov 08, 1 18 31 PM

One of the awesome demonstrators at our event this past weekend talked about how we should add a little extra to our cards by embossing our designer series paper. It’s a very quick and easy step adds a lot of the wow factor. Couldn’t agree more so I had to try it. I took the birch tree embossing folder and embossed this paper. Just wow is all I can say.

Designer Series PaperThe stamped images came from the September 2016 paper pumpkin. If you don’t know what paper pumpkin is, click here. I love getting my surprise in the mail every month with gorgeous products that coordinate and I don’t have to think about anything. Just sit and create. Happy place!

The oval cut outs came from the layering oval framelits that are used on the big shot machine. The pumpkin I cut out using paper snips and then added some metallic thread and a piece of brand-new ribbon that is coming out this spring.  As demonstrators, we get a sneak peek at all the new products coming out in the spring. Which is crazy to think about considering we haven’t even a Christmas. Right?

Petals and PaisleysI hope you enjoyed this project.  You can scroll down below to see all the products I used except for the paper pumpkin stamp set – which is no longer available. If you are interested in signing up for this gorgeous kit every month, make sure you do it by November 10 to get the special holiday edition coming soon.

Thanks for tuning in today & have a great day!


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Stitched Shapes Framelits

By | November 1, 2016

Hi Friends!  Well, another year of Trick or Treating is in the bag (so to speak).  We had a fantastic night- our town goes all out and it’s one of my favorite nights of the year!  My kids dressed as a T-Rex dinosaur and a Sumo Wrestler.  It was hilarious!

So now that Halloween is over… folks are going to switch into Christmas mode!  Oh no!  Don’t worry- I’ve got lots to share to help you out.

One of the the items I’m most excited to use are the new framelits that were made available today.  I am in love.  BIG LOVE.  I have been wanting the stitched effect for my framelits for years!!!  This set will come out in the next catalog, but you can order it early in the month of November!

The only thing that could make this fantastic early bird sale better is a sale on coordinating stamps!  OH- but wait… THERE IS!

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NOVEMBER SALE

25% Off!


You can see all the stamps on sale and framelits here.

Below are the upcoming deadlines for November classes.


Tin of Tags Class

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Tin of Tags Class November 17th 10 AM to 12 PM or 6 PM to 8 PM
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Deadline to Register – November 9th
$30.00

We will work together to create these gorgeous gift tags.  Tags are a must-have for gift-giving and treat-taking.  This kit includes enough supplies for 30 tags, 3 each of 10 designs. Complete the kit using the Tin of Tags Stamp Set (item 142180). The adorable red tin comes with this class!  Stamps, ink, and adhesive sold separately.

 If you need any of the supplies not included in the kit, you can click on the pictures below to order.


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Stamp -A- Stack Card Class
To Go
Deadline to Register – November 15th!
$28
Get going on your Christmas Card making with this class!
Your class fee includes the supplies to make 8 cards (2 each of 4 designs), envelopes, and as always- a step by step PDF Tutorial.
You will need to supply your own ink and stamps for this class.  If you need any of the ink’s or supplies, there is a link to purchase those below.
All Class kits will ship together on or possibly before November 23rd. They will all ship flat rate and you should receive them in about 3 days.

Paper Pumpkin Posse!

Pumpkin Posse

November 18th 11 AM to 1 PM Applebee’s in Sturbridge

Deadline to Register is November 10th

 This is a great time to grab your friends, your Paper Pumpkin Kit and have lunch while we work on our kits together!

Starting in October, I am hosting a monthly lunch called “The Paper Pumpkin Posse” !

We will meet at Applebee’s in Sturbridge for lunch (11-1) and work on our kits.  It doesn’t have to be the current kit, you can bring whatever kit you have!

If you just want to try it out or bring a friend, just RSVP by emailing me- by the 10th of the month!  The charge is $20.

If you are a current subscriber, it’s free!  Don’t want lunch? No problem- just order a drink!

Make sure you RSVP by the 10th of the month.  See you there!

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Christmas Card Class

By | October 27, 2016

 Christmas Class

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Christmas Card Class November 12th 11 AM to 1 PM
Southbridge Savings Bank, Sturbridge, MA
Deadline to register – November 1st!
6 beautiful cards with envelopes for just $35!
You also will receive your own brand new pack of “Warmth & Cheer” Cardstock from the Stampin Up 2016 Holiday Catalog.
 This class is perfect for beginners to advanced stampers.
 This class generally fills up quickly, because we are making Christmas Cards. An additional date will be added if all spaces are filled.
 

Halloween Treat Box

By | October 23, 2016

Halloween Treat Box


You are never gonna guess how I made this Halloween Treat Box!!!  Ready?  I used the envelope punch board!!!!  I know- you’re saying NO WAY- Get OUTTA here.. but it’s true.  It was a snap to put together!

Halloween Treat Box

Halloween Treat Box

Directions:

To begin with, you need a piece of 6″ x 6″ piece of paper and duh- an envelope punch board.  🙂

Line up the left edge to the 1 3/8″ mark and punch.

Without moving the paper, place the tip of the scoring tool that comes with the punch board inside the opening.  Touching the side of the little plastic pointer thing, press down and score along the entire length of the paper following the diagonal groove on the punch board.

Next, slide the paper so the left edge is at the 4″ mark.  Score along the score line again without moving the paper.

You should have TWO punches on one side of the paper.  Rotate your paper to the left.

Line up the first score line on your paper to the little plastic pointy thing at the top of the punch board.  (We are not worried about the ruler anymore)

With the pointer lined up to the previously made score groove in the paper, punch.

Score it again.

Slide the paper to the left so that the pointer is lined up with the next score line and repeat the process.

Do this on all 4 sides.

Use the built-in corner rounder punch on the board to round all of the corners.

You are now going to cut on the top and bottom of your soon-to-be box.

Cut up the left score line next to the wide triangle.  (Choose any side to start)  Stop cutting when you come to the intersecting score line.

Repeat cutting on the  right side of that square and cut up to the intersecting score line again.

Repeat this process on the OPPOSITE side of the paper (but not on all sides).

Fold on all of the score lines.

Use a 1″ Circle punch to punch out a handle on the top of those tabs you just cut.

Place adhesive on one flap and fold it on the score line.

You will see that it will cross in front of the box.

Place more adhesive in the corner of the other flap- attach it to the other flap so they cross over one another.

Fold the remaining tab out for a contrasting look or tuck it in to the inside if you don’t want it to show.

 

That’s it, you’re done!  I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial and stop by again soon!  Take care.

Anniversary Card

By | October 20, 2016

Anniversary Card


Hey- thanks for stopping by today friend! I’m going to show you how I re-created a Halloween card to make an Anniversary Card for my hubby.  I used the same template, just different paper and stamps!  Rather than type it all out for you, I’ve created a quick 5 minute video to show you what I’m talking about!

Mr. Angela’s Ink Link and I just celebrated 17 years!!  HOLY MOLY!  We were lucky and had some awesome friends take our kiddo’s for the night so we could drive down to Providence, RI for the night to enjoy some fine food and a night on the town.  We had a great time and I’m pretty sure he liked his card 😉

Enjoy!

Anniversary Card

Anniversary Card

Anniversary Card

Anniversary Card

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Cookie Cutter Christmas

By | October 12, 2016

Cookie Cutter Christmas

Card Class To Go Cookie Cutter Christmas

Deadline to purchase this class to go: October 19th.

All Class Kits will ship together on or before October 26th, priority mail.

Cost: $31 with stamp $45 for Bundle, plus $7 shipping

Cookie Cutter Christmas Photopolymer Stamp Set

Cookie Cutter Builder Punch

This awesome class kit contains the stamp set “Cookie Cutter Christmas” along with the supplies needed to create 4 of these cards with matching Crumb Cake envelopes! A color PDF Tutorial is included.
 
 
Or, you can save yourself the hassle of cutting the reindeer out and order the bundle- which includes the punch!  And, when you order the bundle package you save 15%. You will need to provide your own ink.  

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Join My Mailing List

By | October 10, 2016

If you’re not signed up for my mailing list, you’ve missed a lot of awesome content that I don’t share anywhere else.  Take a peak at some past project tutorials!

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Cookie Cutter Halloween

By | October 7, 2016

I am in love with this little dude.  How cute is he? The Cookie Cutter Halloween stamp set is too cute for words.  I especially love the little reindeer face that you can also cut out using the matching punch.Cookie Cutter Halloween

Now you may be wondering where that sentiment came from?  It’s not in the stamp set.  Well, if you are a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, it will look familiar!  It came in the October 2016 Paper Pumpkin kit.

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I heat embossed the little dude.  I used White Embossing Powder on Black paper.  The bats with the cute little faces are from the same stamp set and the twine is a piece I pulled off of the Burlap Ribbon.  I just twisted a 10″ piece around my fingers and attached it with Fast Fuse.

 

 

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The 12 Weeks of Christmas is About To Start

By | October 4, 2016

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What is the 12 Weeks of Christmas you ask? 

Put simply, it’s a 12 week newsletter full of fabulous holiday ideas and inspiration.  I will send out a special newsletter each Wednesday starting October 5th with a holiday project.  These projects will include cards, gift ideas, decorating ideas and packaging ideas for you to create and share with your family and friends during the holidays.

I will list all the supplies for each project and any directions that may be needed.  If you don’t have the supplies listed, you can always substitute for what you have on hand.

So if you are not already on my newsletter list, sign up to receive my newsletter and look for the first installment on October 5th.

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October 2016 Paper Pumpkin

By | October 4, 2016

Did you guys happen to catch me working on this kit “live: on Facebook?  No need to feel bad if you missed it, you can watch it again by scrolling down below.  It’s the October 2016 Paper Pumpkin kit.  

I literally squealed with delight when I opened this kit because I have been wanting to create some treats using test tubes for awhile and it just so happens that I was on Amazon a few days prior, looking for test tubes.  

That Paper Pumpkin fairy really knows how to steal a girls heart.  If you are new to Paper Pumpkin and want to learn more, click here.October 2016 Paper PumpkinIf you are already a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, there is nothing more for you to do except wait for your awesome package to arrive in your mailbox this month.  

If you aren’t already signed up… WHY NOT?  For only $19.95, (and that INCLUDES shipping) it’s such a great deal! I mean, you would normally pay that just for the stamp set!

As a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I get to play with lots of really cool crafts.  But when this kit was announced, I was SO excited and the fact that I keep getting these awesome craft kit’s as a surprise every month is still exciting!

Don’t wait to get started today.  As a bonus, if you sign up by October 10th, your December kit will be FREE!!!!

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