Let's start with the eye candy!
So here are the rest of the decorations:
There's a closer view of the centerpieces. We wrapped old jars and bottles with Beau Chateau paper and ribbon and filled them with flowers. We set them on extra sheets of the same paper and layed a few butterflies around.
These buffet labels were fast and easy to put together with die cuts from the Big Shot. Want to know how to get a FREE Big Shot?! See this post!
We had these butterfly picks everywhere. They were in flower arrangements, centerpieces, stuck here and there, and I was just thinking they would have been cool lining the sidewalk up to the door as well. :)
We used a lot of die cuts so, even though there was a lot of detail, it didn't take long to put together. We used the Beau Chateau paper in almost everything so it all went together well!
Remember that you can get any of these things from my website.
From now until October 31 I will automatically send you a cute little package of four different hand stamped cards from my personal card stash with every online order! That's right, any order from my Stampin' Up! website, no matter how small, will get you four hand stamped cards, covering a range of occassions, straight from me!
And while you're there, check out the clearance section! It rocks with some great deals that would brighten any upcoming holiday project!
Every year I get people asking me to make their cards for them. This year I decided to get organized and say yes! I have listed several types of cards in my Etsy shop for sale.
Here's a sneak peek:
You can see a few of them (but not all of them ) in my right side bar here on the blog.
If you're interested in purchasing cards, visit my Etsy shop to look at more details.
I will tell you now that the order cut off date is October 10th. I want to have time to make them right and get them to you in time for you to address the envelopes and have them ready for mailing the day after Thanksgiving.
What are you waiting for? Get on over there and place your order today! Then sit back and enjoy sending out handmade Christmas cards, just like old days, without you having to make them yourself!
It is! And I'm so excited! I LOVE encouraging others! Mostly because I know how much it's affected me when others have gone to a little bit of effort to encourage me. :) Never underestimate how much a simple card in the mail, or small, inexpensive hand stamped gift can cheer someone up, make their day run smoother, or generally improve their physical and mental health.
In honor of the roll stamping plays in encouraging others (both through giving and receiving cards, etc.. and through encouraging women to success in a business of their own) I am offering a mini mystery grab bag on all online orders through my Stampin' Up! website before September 12th! For each order (no minimums) I will automatically send you 4 cards from my personal stamping and swapping stash. If you order $100 or more I will send you a box of 25 cards!
So go ahead! I ENCOURAGE you to place your order today for those projects you've been planning, or that item you've been wanting for a while now. Get supplied to encourage others!
***Fine print- no minimum, all online orders qualify so long as they are placed before September 12th. Orders must be placed through Alicia Christian's website and only online orders qualify.
I don't normally post Christmas so early, but I've had a lot of inquiries. Soon I'll be posting some stuff (intersprinkled with fall ideas) that you can make, buy, or come to a class for. For now, I thought I'd start with some of my favoirte ideas from convention.
This is a game that Sarah Douglas made using our Letters To Santa Designer Series Paper. It has pages that look like Bingo cards as part of the set, so she turned it into a Christmas Bingo game that folds up nicely, with a small cello bag tucked inside with the cute Bingo markers. Adorable! And each pack of DSP makes at least 8 games!...up to ten if ou want to not cut a few pages up for accent strips.
I was thinking this would make a great travel game for holiday travel, and a great small gift for all the nieces and nephews and grandkids, etc...They're easy enough to make that I'm going to have my 6 year old make some for his friends.
And don't forget that the DSP is on sale for a few more days!
I can't forget to show you the advent calendar. This one is made with the Big Shot Matchbox Die. They're just stacked together and wrapped with cardstock and DSP. This is last year's DSP but it'd be great with this year's paper. Love this idea! What a great and inexpensive way to make a unique advent calendar!
And I LOVE this simple box. The kraft box is from our new Holiday Mini that will be out September 1. Let me know if you need one sent to you. The box is stamped and embossed with the Hello Doily stamp and has a bit of glimmer on it too. So simple yet elegant and fabulous!
The angel is simple a folded circle and scallop circle. So clever! I love those people that can create with punches. Simple sponging makes that sky and the set itself is hard to not make something beautiful with!
I love the elegant style of the tree card too.
Don't forget you have just a few more days to get your Designer Series Paper in the buy three get one free special! Stock up now for Christmas and holidays! You can get them in my online shop.
My friend, Christy, is having her fourth baby...and very first girl! We're so excited to be planning a pink shower!
She married a guy a from England and they both love tea. She also likes to decorate kind of shabby chic style so we decided to go with a soft theme of "cupcakes and tea for the mommy to be."
Here are the shower invites I made:
I used the new Beau Chateau paper. LOVE that stuff!
I also used the butterfly embosslit in my Big Shot. I love that it cuts and embosses at the same time! And when you do that with designer paper, it gives a lot of depth to the look.
Her baby's room is decorated with butterflies, hence the butterfly add ons. I can't wait to get with the other girls and do the rest of our decorations and such. We're putting butterflies everywhere! And with the Big Shot, it's so easy and fast to cut out a ton of butterflies and stick them all over with glue dots.
Remember that you can get any of these supplies in my online shop here.
And don't forget, there are only a few days left of the August Designer Series Paper promotion, buy 3 packs and get 1 free!
It's Friday, August 26th, from 6-9 pm! I'm going to be ordering supplies for this event later this week so reserve your spot now!
I'm reposting my flyer to remind you of important info. You can also read this post. At the bottom there's a Paypal button if you prefer to pay your $2 minimum fee that way. Remember you pay for the rest of what you make that night.
Everyone needs birthday cards! Not everyone wants to pay $5 a card at Hallmark for one that half of America is getting!
Introducing a new event, the card buffet!
What would you say to coming over and making some pre-designed, pre-cut, prepped and ready to stamp cards for all types of recipients?
Here's how it works:
-You RSVP to come by August 18th (e-mail or in person is fine), so I know can estimate the amount of cards to prep.
-You do not have to decide how many you're going to make when you RSVP! There's a $2 minimum (meaning at least 2 cards), but you can come, take your time and enjoy yourself, and make whatever you're in the mood for that night. You pay when you're done stamping. Count your cards, that's how many dollars you owe me.
-There will be boxes with all the supplies for a card in it. You walk to the table of boxes, pick out the card you want to make, take that box to your assigned area, then make as many as you want of that design. When you are done, put the box back for someone else, take another box of a different design, repeat as desired.
-I take cash or checks (post dated up to two weeks is fine) that night. (Sorry, I only take credit cards for catalog product).
-Show up, have fun, leave with a stash of cards ready to give away as needed! No more frantic running to a store for a card at the last minute!
-If you see a card on the flyer that you really really want to make a lot of, and you want to make sure there's a certain amount of supplies to ensure you can make them and not hinder everyone else's ability to make it as well, you can reserve a personal supply by letting me know which card it is and pre paying me for those cards. I'll have those supplies ready and set aside for you separate from the general supplies. It's still just $1 per card to reserve your personal supply.
RSVP today by e-mailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling my cell 951-334-5424, or RSVP with me in person.
I LOVE the new hostess benefits! They allow for more spending $$$! And who doesn't love a catalog shopping spree!!!
The way Stampin' Up! has changed hostess benefits this year allows for you to be more flexible with your spending money. There are still great stamp sets that are exclusive only to hostesses, but you can choose to either spend your free money on those (at a discounted price of course) or you can skip that selection all together and spend all your hostess bucks elsewhere in the catalog. And there aren't levels any more! You can pick from any hostess set or sets regardless of your party total!
Here two great samples using hostess sets, stamped by other demonstrators:
Remember, these are two of the many set available only to hostesses!
In addition to choosing whether or not you want stamp sets that are only available for hostesses, the minimum amount of money you get has gone up! It used to be $15 of free stuff, but now it's $25!
You can spend that $25 or more dollars anywhere in the catalog! And your $400 party has gone up to $65 in hostess bucks plus any one half off item!!
That's right, you can get the Big Shot for half off! The only limitation for half off item is that you can't use it on printing services for My Digital Studio, and that's just because it's ordered/billed in a separate place.
So let me recap this for you, have a $400 party, get $65 shopping spree to spend anywhere in the catalog, and get the Big Shot half off!
So, who's going to book an August or September party with me today?! E-mail me at email@example.com if you want to set yours up!
I decided to use the Strength and Hope stamp set from the Summer Mini catalog for my August birthday and anniversary cards. Remember that this set (and the matching digital download) are fundraisers for breast cancer research.
In this one I used regal rose for the background, early espresso for the the next layer, and the collaged layer is on sahara sand.
I stamped the words from the set all over the sahara sand in, guess what? sahara sand! Doing the monochrome thing adds a collage looking layer that is more vintage in style and less busy looking. Then I stamped the flourish from the set in regal rose. I stamped off (stamped on another sheet first) when I did this so that the regal rose would be a little more subtle.
The fiber across the bottom is chantilly crochet trim. I stamped the butterfly in regal rose on vellum cardstock and trimmed it out to put on the card.
These are slightly more plain than I normally do, but I have several different types of events to send cards for next month, and I wanted something generic enough to send one design to all of them.
To get that collage look on the envelope I stamped off. Both the flourish background and the hope stamp are in regal rose; however, the flourish was stamped first after stamping off so that it's softer. Then the hope stamp is put on in full color.
Remember that the summer mini, and therefore your chance to order the Strength and Hope set, expire August 31st! Order your set or digital download today!