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diy thanksgiving place cards

Can you believe it is almost Thanksgiving??? Where does the time go?

Today I have a really fun and easy diy place cards tutorial for you featuring the Mama Elephant Calli Letters Stamp Set. I love this stamp set and how easy it is to get a beautifully scripty font without having to have good penmanship. Because I have just about the worst handwriting ever :0calli-letters_grande

In the video below I talk about some of the great features of this stamp set. For example, there are multiples of some letters. This will allow you to use them at the beginning, middle or end of the word. They really thought of everything with this set.

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Onto the place cards … these are so fun and easy to make. Please watch the video below for step by step instructions. Also, see the product links and keep in mind that www.scrapbook.com has a huge stamp and die sale going on right now and www.simonsaysstamp.com has a coupon code valid thru November 27, 2016 for $5.00 off your order. The code is HARVEST.

Thanks so much for watching and using the affiliate links, I really do appreciate it.

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right at home stamps

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Hey friends!!! I cannot believe we are even thinking about Christmas already … where did the time go? While it is my favorite time I get super excited to see all the new holiday products and collections. Most of you know that I started my crafty journey with stamping and cardmaking, I love documenting all of life’s moments but there is something so satisfying about making a card and sharing it with a friend or loved one.

I recently discovered a company new to me called Right At Home Stamps and the sweet Nicole was kind enough to send me some of her new holiday release to play with. I want to take a minute to introduce the stamp sets and show you some projects I made with them.

They are so stinkin’ cute I think you will love them.

First I will share the part of the release that I don’t have examples for …

Holiday Ribbons:

Magic of the Season:

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Holly Jolly Christmas:

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Christmas Foliage:

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Gingham Background:

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Christmas Sentiments:

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And lastly, probably my favorite is …

Bits and Pieces Winter: At first sight this stamp set might be a bit confusing … there is a great stamping guide that you can download from Right At Home to help.

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Thanks so much for stopping by and I do hope you check out Right At Home stamps!!! The website offers lots of other goodies as well as their own stamps. They are great quality photopolymer and stamp like a dream.

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update & christmas collections

I can’t believe how long it has been since I posted on my blog and youtube channel … So here is what has been going one (the short version) …

1. We moved.

2. It took me forever to get my craft room set up … finally got the lighting right after much trial and error.

3. I have two classes live on Big Picture Classes, which I am super excited about. You can check them out here.

4. I will be posting more videos on youtube very soon.

For today I have a video sharing the new Crate Paper Snow & Cocoa collection and the Illustrated CHRISTmas. They are both super cute and I can’t wait to work with them.

I also have some projects coming up featuring Right At Home stamps. They are so fun and I am excited to share the new holiday release.

Here are the products I mention in the video below. Thanks so much for stopping by and I will be posting more regularly from now on!!!

open box: hallmark scrapbook

I recently discovered Hallmark Scrapbook and placed my first order. Below are the links to the products and a video showing them, and what I plan to do with them, in detail. I always enjoy finding new places online, especially because I do not have any local stores that sell these products.

I wanted to share my overall thoughts on the experience of ordering from Hallmark Scrapbook:

The website is super user friendly and aesthetically pleasing.

They have great prices.

Many of the newest cardmaking products.

They have an affiliate program, which is awesome.

It seems to be more focused on cardmaking which is interesting given the name is Hallmark Scrapbook. I noticed very little scrapbooking supplies, and minimal if any 12×12 paper.

This is not a store for the embellishment shopper, they mainly carry, in my opinion, stamps, dies, tools, cardstock. That being said, they have a wonderful selection of those items and I loved that I could get the latest Lawn Fawn releases and the Neenah Desert Storm cardstock I needed. Most of the time those items would have to come from different places.

I did notice many of the new products were sold out fairly quickly, specifically the newest Altenew and WPlus9 releases. My suggestion would be to get to their website quickly after new releases so as not to miss them.

Shipping is $9.99 or free for order over $99.00, I found that to be a but high but most if not all of the products on their site are discounted so I would imagine it works out to be about retail in the end. Note: the free shipping option is USPS or FedEx and shipped very quickly.

All in all I would definitely recommend checking out Hallmark Scrapbook especially for you cardmakers or stampers. I have not had to deal with their customer service but I will keep you posted if and when I ever need to.

Thanks so much for stopping by and please check out the products linked below and the video.

 

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DIY holiday Gift Wrap & Home decor

One of my most favorite things about the holidays is fun DIY projects. This includes everything from home decor to custom gift wrap. I never realized how super simple (and inexpensive) it is to stamp on regular postal kraft paper and turn it into something beautiful. For this box, I used a layered wreath stamp set. I find that stamps set like this one make the gift wrap look very finished and professional. They are several different companies that make layered stamp sets both for the holidays and all year around. I would recommend using pigment ink when stamping on kraft paper because it sits on top of the paper and doesn’t soak into the paper like dye ink, I have found in my experience that the colors stay more vibrant and true. I especially like the pigment inks from Avery Elle and Colorbox Pigment Petals. I have also used some StazOn to stamp on a simple white gift bag and Hero Arts Unicorn White Pigment Ink to stamp on a kraft bag. Make sure to watch the video below to see just how I created these projects.

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Next up are some 2 minute pillow boxes perfect for gift cards. Simply pick your favorite pattern paper, run through your die cutting machine, and add some simple embellishment. For these I used a Lawn Fawn die, Sizzix Big Shot, and paper from American Crafts.

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Lastly, I wanted a fun canvas to add to our mantel this year and decided to make it using a cut file and the Silhouette Cameo. I picked two images and paired them together then cut using some gold foil card stock. I also cut the images from vinyl and preferred those results and would recommend that instead of card stock because you don’t have to add glue to vinyl! Huge bonus! 🙂 Once adhered to a plain 12×12 canvas, you end up with this adorable addition to your holiday home decor.

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I hope you have enjoyed a look at some of my holiday projects. There is a video and links to some of the products used below. Thanks so much for stopping by!

 

top dog dies october release

Hey guys! It’s time for another fabulous release from Top Dog Dies! This month features some great new dies to get you jump started on your holiday projects.

First up is a great set for pocketed scrapbooking, card making, or any seriously cute projects. I just love these little deer.

Pocket Page Winter Die Set:

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This die is perfect for any snowy background.

Snowflake Mosaic:

How adorable are these little penguin friends?

Penguin:

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Wanna build a snowman? (I couldn’t resist …)

Snowman:

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Polar Bear:

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And last but not lease are these really festive Cardinals and holly.

Cardinal:

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Here are a few sample projects I made using these fun new dies. I hope you will check them out and share your holiday projects!!!

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