Welcome to Kylie Bertucci’s International Highlights for December 2018. The theme this month is “thankfulness and gratitude.” Clicking the “vote” button will take you to the gallery where YOU can participate by voting for your favorite projects. I’m #10 in the gallery, where you can click on the heart to register your vote.
I was really excited to begin this project, because my new Stampin’ Up! order was just delivered to my doorstep. Because I didn’t attend the Stampin’ Up! OnStage Convention in Orlando last month, this was the first time I would see the new Occasions and Sale-A-Bration products in person. I told myself I needed to finish addressing my Christmas cards first, but could I wait? No!
I couldn’t wait to see the Well Said stamp set, and Well Written die set, because I knew this bundle would have the perfect words for my card, expressing thankfulness and gratitude. The first thing I cut was the word “thanks,” closely followed by this fabulous foliage, both from the Well Written die set. Don’t they look pretty in Soft Sea Foam?
Then, I used my Stampin’ Trimmer to cut a rectangle of Mint Macaron cardstock for placing the “thanks” and foliage. I would have used one of my Rectangle Stitched dies, but I hadn’t opened it……..yet! To give the Mint Macaron some texture, I used the Subtle Textured embossing folder.
Ahhh, the Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper; it’s GORGEOUS! And, to think it’s FREE with a 50.00 order! Of course, I had ordered the Butterfly Duet Punch, and punched out three of the most beautiful, Balmy Blue butterflies. They were, conveniently, right on the edge of the DSP, and are now fluttering around atop Mini-Dimensionals.
I duplicated the colors with a Mint Macaron card base, topped with a layer of Soft Sea Foam, embossed by Layered Leaves. The Very Vanilla envelope flap is decorated with a strip of the the wonderful, Botanical Butterfly DSP, 2 1/4″ X 5 3/4″, and trimmed to fit.
For the inside, I opened my new Rectangle Stitched Dies, and cut a piece of Soft Sea Foam for the sentiment. “My life is better because you’re in it,” is perfect for expressing my gratitude to this loved one. And, there’s still room for a personal note.
The floral sprig is also in the Well Written die set, which I cut from a scrap of Balmy Blue, Tranquil Textures DSP.
I was inspired by the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches:
And, the colors at TGIF:
I’m looking forward to sharing numerous projects with you from Occasions and Sale-A-Bration 2019. Demonstrators can order now, and customers can order Jan. 3rd. You can take a closer look at the supplies I used today in my Product List.
Thanks so much for visiting, and I really appreciate your vote!
What Will You Stamp? is featuring the Making Christmas Bright stamp set this week. It happens to have a twin stamp set, Making Every Day Bright, that expands the use of the fabulous Christmas Bulb Builder Punch.
I first stamped three bulbs in Real Red ink, and two in Garden Green ink on Whisper White cardstock, and then had the fun of punching them out. To make them extra “bright,” I stamped them in Versamark, sprinkled them with Clear Embossing Powder, and shot them with my Heat Tool. Can you see how they sparkle?
The bulbs needed a pretty place to hang, so I found this great branch in the Night Owl die set. I used Wood Textures DSP, and layered the branch with cardstock to give it thickness. Then, I arranged the bulbs, and glued them to the back of the branch.
For the background, I chose a piece of Under the Mistletoe Designer Series Paper, and ran it through the Big Shot with the Corrugated embossing folder.
The sentiment, “Sending warm wishes your way,” is from the Still Night stamp set, and cut with a Night Owl die.
Challenges are great for inspiration, so I’m sharing one of my last Christmas cards of the season with Paper Players and Festive Friday.
I hope you enjoyed my Christmas Bulbs card. Thank you for stopping by. Now, it’s your turn to add your Making Christmas Bright project to our gallery. Clicking on this picture of the stamp set will take you there. Have fun!
Christmas is around the corner, so today the Kre8tors Blog Hop is all about Christmas. I’m sharing some small gift packaging that is “quick & easy.” These are Mini Pizza Boxes, which come flat, 8 in a package. All you have to do is fold them together. You’ll find them in my Stampin’ Up! Product List at the bottom of this post.
Mini Pizza Boxes
Who doesn’t like pizza? Actually, the boxes are too small for pizza; at least for the amount I like to eat. But the size, 3 1/2″ X 3 1/2,” is perfect for small gifts, and can be decorated as your heart desires.
For decorating, I chose 3 patterns of Dash Along Designer Series Paper, cutting the top piece (3 1/4″ X 3 1/4″) and four sides 3 1/4″ X 3/4″.
Then, I cut three deer (Detailed Deer die) from Wood Textures Designer Series Paper, and layered them with Gray Granite cardstock for thickness.
After gluing the DSP and deer to the three boxes, all that remained was ribbon to keep the recipients from peeking. I selected three different ties: Polka Dot Tulle, Garden Green & White Baker’s Twine, and Braided Linen Trim.
How will I use my Mini Pizza Boxes? Since I love Essential Oils, I enjoy giving Young Living oils as gifts. Valor was the first oil I used four years ago, and remains one of my favorites. Not only does it have a fabulous fragrance, it gives me confidence on the tennis court. This little box is the perfect size for holding it!
Because my Product List is short, I pictured the Stampin’ Trimmer, which I use every, single day. It’s lightweight and easy to use, making measuring and cutting a breeze. It doesn’t fit in the Mini Pizza Box, but it would make a great gift for someone.
Thanks so much for checking out my blog at this very busy time of year. Now, continue hopping to see all of the fun, Christmas projects the Kre8tors want to share with you. Just click the “next” button to go to Cheryl Hamilton’s blog. You can also see the name list below. Merry Christmas!
December Christmas Inspiration for Kre8tors Blog Hop
Tracy Marie Lewis
Laura Kate Mackie