Saturday, December 27, 2014

My Favorite Week of the Year {12 Weeks of Christmas}

I hope your Christmas was lovely and that this holiday season has been everything you'd hoped it would be.

I love how quiet this week is, after the fervor of my (always!) last-minute preparations.  I still have cards to send out (despite my well-intentioned Mise en Place posts)! I read somewhere that in the throes of a busy season of preparing for the holidays, to only hold on to what {really} matters to your enjoyment of the holidays. Caught in a time crunch this year (it's not like Easter and the date moves around), I had to let some things slide until after Christmas.

One of those things was posting.  I'm not too worried about it, though, as I've got lots of lovely things to share and you can pin them for next year or better, spend some quiet time making and tucking away things to be ahead of the game in '15!

Here's how it looks around here on this gorgeous, quiet morning:

The rain has abated a bit and the birds are chirping.  An Anna's Hummingbird just came to the feeder (I love living in the PNW)!

Our mantle:

Our tree, in a rare moment when the cats aren't in it (!)...

A mix of greens (blown down in a recent windstorm and rescued from the backyard), Christmasy potpourri and some glass balls (since nothing went in the tree this year, thanks to the cats):

Thanks for your patronage this year, Studio Visitors! I'll be starting 2015 with a major purge and re-working of my Studio, so stay tuned for lots of Mise en Place posts!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Product Focus: Gift Box Punch Board {12 Weeks of Christmas}

One of the undeniably most versatile pieces of equipment in my crafting arsenal is my Gift Box Punch Board, released by Stampin' Up! in this year's Holiday Catalog.  I love the variety of boxes I can make from card stock and DSP alike!

I wanted to capture these boxes surrounded by some rare Pacific Northwest snow.  Unfortunately, it wasn't until I uploaded them days later and that I saw that the afternoon light wasn't that great.  Please forgive the blueish tinge to the pictures!

Studio Suggestions:
  • Dress up your box with a "belly band" and some ribbon.  Simple and sweet!

  • These gorgeous tags are adorned with snowflakes made from Silver Glimmer Paper cut with the Snowflake Card Thinlits die! Not only can you make a super-cute card (see a post all about it {HERE}), but it comes with great pieces to use in all of your projects, including two sizes of snowflakes!

Christmas Break begins for my Crazy3 today and we couldn't be more excited.  I've got to get a few last-minute things done for them before they're home, so I'm bustin' a move today.  Have you received your 2015 Occasions and Sale-a-Bration catalogs in the mail yet?  If not, please contact me and I'll shoot one your way! 

Friday, December 5, 2014

Year-End Closeouts from Stampin' Up! Are Here! Save up to 80%!

New Year-End Closeouts have just been released from Stampin' Up! There are

  • former In Colors items (card stocks, inks, accessories),
  •  winter and holiday items (stamp sets, gift bag accessories, etc), 
  • Big Shot dies, 
  • project kits, 
  • ribbon, and more!

Click {HERE} to shop!

Items are vanishing quickly, so don't delay if you see something you want.  Use the Hostess Code EMTFN3V2 to be entered in the drawing for Mystery Hostess benefits!

Monday, December 1, 2014

{12 Weeks of Christmas}: New Doorbusters for Online Extravaganza

The second set of Doorbusters for the annual Online Extravaganza from Stampin' Up! are here and believe it or not, the Blendabilities deal has already sold out (word has it that it happened within 30 minutes, at 12:30 AM, MST).  

Click {HERE} to shop these deals.  There are still lots of other discounts from 20 -- 50 percent off! 

Today's Doorbusters are available until the discounts run out or at 11:59 PM tonight (MST).  The rest of the Online Extravaganza savings end tomorrow at 11:59 (MST).

There are also great Weekly Deals this week (available through today).  Click {HERE} to shop those!

Happy December, Stampers!