Month: August 2020

This is a photo of a greeting card made with Stampin' Up's Ornamental Envelopes Bundle.

Ornamental Envelopes Bundle

The new Ornamental Envelopes Bundle and some of our Note Cards will be my choice to create a few quick and easy Christmas cards today. This bundle is unlike any other that Stampin’ Up is offering at this time. The Ornamental stamp set has stamps for Christmas and stamps for everyday use. The Envelopes Dies are AMAZING!

A notecard with an envelope liner made with the Ornamental Envelopes Bundle by Stampin' Up.

I’m An Addict…

I am a stationary junkie! I always have been. My Mother is to blame. She loved cards too. She always insisted that the clerk at the Hallmark store give us those big, round gold seals for the back of the envelopes. And it was my job to put them on. From getting that brand new tablet on the first day of school, to hoarding planner supplies, and needing to purchase everything that Stampin’ Up has to offer exposes my addiction! And notice I haven’t even made mention of my pen and marker stash! Therapy. I might need therapy. These dies are going to put my obsession over the edge!

A simple and classic holiday card made with the Ornamental Envelopes Bundle by Stampin' Up.

Ornamental Envelopes Dies

My stationary obsession always kicks into high gear when a get an invitation or an announcement in the mail. The layers, the textures, the colors, and all of the fonts. But most of all the envelope liners! I was always intimidated at the thought of making one. However, the Ornamental Envelopes Dies makes beautiful liners in a snap! The dies offer SO many possibilities for decorating both the inside and outside of your envelopes. As a result, once you start creating with them, you just cannot stop!

Fast And Affordable

By using our Note Cards and Envelopes, you can skip straight to the designing and creating process. I chose to go with a very traditional Christmas color theme but you could use any Designer Series Paper or any of our inks to fit the occassion that you want. Not only do our Note Cards and Envelopes offer a quick ticket to the fun, but they are super affordable. They come in both the Very Vanilla and Whisper White. There are 20 cards and 20 envelopes in each pack for only $7.

A greeting card made using the Ornamental Envelopes Bundle by Stampin' Up.

Making your own handmade cards is so much fun and people that receive them appreciate your effort. You are able to make their card with them in mind and use the colors and elements that fit their personalities. Most importantly, they are happy that you thought of them and cared enough about them to send a card.

As always, be kind, send a card, and do something creative.

Sally

Supplies Needed:

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Card Measurements:

  • Whisper White Cardstock- A piece large enough for the greeting of your choice
  • Coordinating Cardstock- 3 1/2″ x 5″ (If you want to cover the entire front)
  • DSP- 3 1/4″ x 4 3/4″ (If you want a second layer)
  • One of our Note Cards and Envelopes
  • DSP- Scraps for Decoration
  • DSP- For Note Card Liner- 5″ x 5 1/4″

Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine

The Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine is FINALLY here! If you are like me, you have been waiting and waiting for what seems like forever! The Big Shot was sold through Stampin’ Up for many years. It was and is a great machine. However, there were a few areas that needed to be improved. As a result, Stampin’ Up sought out a manufacturer to design exactly what they wanted.

Here Are Some Of The Improvements:

  • We now have the correct plates and “sandwich” combinations to accommodate our new thickness of embossing folders.
  • Each plate is numbered.
  • The base has the combinations listed for all of the appropriate “sandwiches” needed for each task.
  • Though the release date has not been announced, we will have a new magnetic plate that can be purchased separately . From the catalog, “Thin, fully magnetic sheet with self-healing cutting surface. Magnetic Cutting Plate (Plate 5) holds dies securely in place, even nested dies. This slim, portable sheet replaces a Cutting Plate in your sandwich, making it easier to take with you. Use with the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine.” No more die jumping!
  • I am excited to learn more about this– The release date is yet unknown but we will also be offering a set of impression mats that we can purchase additionally! The catalog says that “Our favorite dies can do more when paired with the Impression Mats. Use with dies that have decorative ejection holes for detailed embossing. Or use with cutting dies to emboss instead of cut. Includes 1 thick Impression Mat and 1 thin Impression Mat. Use with the Stampin Cut & Emboss Machine.” This sounds SO fun! I can’t wait until we can purchase these.

Here Is Today’s Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Video:

Here Are Some Specifications For The Machine:

  • The new machine will be available for customer purchase on September 1, 2020.
  • This machine has a wide 6″ (15.2 cm) platform that works with all Stampin’ Up! dies and embossing folders. Includes 1 Base Plate (Plate 1), 1 Die Plate (Plate 2), 2 Cutting Plates (Plate 3), and 1 Specialty Plate (Plate 4).
  • This machine is exclusive to Stampin’ Up!
  • The machine will have a three-year limited warranty. To prevent damage to the machines, use as directed and use only with compatible Stampin’ Up! products. 
  • It weighs approximately 8.1 lbs.
This is a picture of the Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine (Item #149653) by Stampin' Up.

Do You Need It Now?

If you do, join my team! This machine can be added to your Starter Kit. That doesn’t mean you need to start a business (unless you want to) or do videos like I do. If you don’t make the quarterly minimums, you just come back to being my customer! A Starter Kit is $99 and you choose $125 in product.

You can join my team here: http://www.thepolkadotlife.com/join-my-team/

After September 1, 2020 you can purchase a machine here:http://www.thepolkadotlife.com/shop/

And as always…Be kind, send a card, and do something creative!

Sally

Wishes & Wonder by Stampin’ Up

It’s the season for Wishes & Wonder! The virus may have stolen a lot of things this year, but it cannot steal my love for Christmas! In fact, being at home most of the time has given me the opportunity to work on some holiday cards and projects and not feel rushed. The process has been so enjoyable and relaxing.

Do you have a particular style when it comes to decorating for Christmas? I am a very traditional gal. Red and green are my usual choices. But I enjoy other color combinations as well. I think that is one thing about our cards, gift wrap, and craft projects is that we are not committed to just one theme. We can go in whatever direction our creativity takes us. And I love that. That was my mindset for this particular project. Adding black to a color palette can change the “vibe” a little and make the other colors in the palette stand out. Sometimes adding black makes your project look more formal. Sometimes it makes it feel more on the earthy side.

Stampin' Up Wishes & Wonder image of sleigh

Did You Know?

The Wishes & Wonder stamp set is part of the Wonder of the Season Suite of products offered by Stampin’ Up this season. The North Pole Wonder Dies are bundled with the stamp set. Did you know that when you purchase our stamp set/cutting tool bundles you save 10% vs. purchasing them separately? And if you love all of the products in the suite, you can just enter #155112 and order everything in the collection all at once. (I have also used a few items that are not part of the suite as well.)

Today’s Project Featuring Wishes & Wonder

This pocket card looks very complicated to make. But, this card is actually very simple to put together. Today’s video will show you how.

Stampin' Up Wishes & Wonder images

Even More Wishes & Wonder Cards and Creations

Once I started playing with the Wishes & Wonder stamp set, I just couldn’t stop!

Wishes & Wonder stamp set images from Stampin' Up
Gold embossed image of a deer using the Wished & Wonder stamp set by Stampin' Up
Wishes & Wonder by Stampin' Up images
Image to show card measurements
  • Very Vanilla 6″ x 9 1/4″ (You could also use DSP here)
  • Basic Black 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″
  • Very Vanilla 3 3/4″ x 5″
  • Basic Black 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″
  • Very Vanilla-Whole Sheet to stamp with Buffalo Check. Then cut a strip 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ for inside layer. Die cut on remaining portion.
  • Very Vanilla Scrap for Sentiment
  • Gold Foil Scrap
  • Ribbon Bow
  • Red Rhinestone Basic Jewels

Supplies Needed

Thank you so much for taking time to read my blog today! As always, “Be kind, Send A Card, and Do Something Creative!”

Sally

A Warm & Toasty Christmas

I am so excited to be able to start sharing holiday cards and projects with you! The Mini Catalog offers so many new card ideas, stamp sets, embossing folders, dies, embellishments, and punches. Oh my! The Warm & Toasty stamp set was my husband’s number one choice. And that is funny because he usually has no opinion. Ha! My wish list grew so quickly. It was just like looking at the Sears catalog when I was a kid! Did any of you do that? It was so exciting when that catalog would hit our mailbox. We would all huddle around and gush over everything. And when the catalog was finished, we would cut up the catalog and make paper dolls. We stored them in a shoebox and played with them often.

Do you have a copy of the new August-December 2020 Mini Catalog? Don’t forget that if you are not already working with a Stampin’ Up Demonstrator, you can request one right here on my website? I would love to be your demonstrator and help you with any questions. If your wishlist from the catalog is a long one you should take advantage of the best offering I have! Join my team of discount shoppers! This does not mean that you need to run a business or hold workshops. It just means that you purchase your starter kit for $99 and YOU get to CHOOSE $125 of product!!! There is a quarterly minimum but if you don’t make enough purchases to meet that then you just return to being my customer. No Stampin’ Up police will show up looking for you! 🙂 I promise. Here is the link to join my team: http://www.thepolkadotlife.com/join-my-team/

Today’s Video

Today’s cards feature the Warm & Toasty stamp set by Stampin’ Up. The images are simple and whimsical and easily spark your creativity! This set is not part of a suite or bundle but there are endless possibilities of mixing and matching! I used punches and dies from other sets to cut my images, but you could easily fussy cut these as well. These tiny creatures are sure to make your Christmas Merry!

Here are my samples:

Aren’t these little friends cute? Which card is your favorite?

  • Whisper White Thick: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″
  • Coastal Cabana: 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • DSP: 3 7/8″ X 5 1/8″
  • Whisper White: 1″ x 4″
  • Whisper White: 4″ X 5 1/4″

Supplies:

WARM & TOASTY CLING STAMP SET

SNOWFLAKE SPLENDOR DESIGNER SERIES PAPER

Thank you so much for spending some time with me today. As always, remember to be kind, send a card, and do something creative.

Sally

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