Friday, December 13, 2019

Using Up the Bits and Pieces to Make Christmas Tags


There has been a massive amount of Christmas stamping in Nicole's Stamping Cottage!  It's all I've been making for weeks.  And I love it!  Christmas cards to mail out, gift card packaging for Santa to tuck into stockings, card boxes to gift card sets....paper scraps and bits and baubles cover my desk and floor.

I gathered up those scraps and bits and baubles, piled them on my desk in front of me, and said, "Nicole, you are not leaving until you use every last item!"  I sounded so stern that I was afraid to disobey.  So I made a stack of tags!


Christmas tags using Pine Tree Punch and bits and pieces on my desk | Nicole Steele, Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


You'll notice all the punched pine trees.  My Wrapped In Plaid paper is down to nothing, so I used the Pine Tree Punch to quickly make a stack in various patterns.  Then I used the Wrapped In Plaid scraps in whatever size I had to create the tag bases (that's why they are different sizes and shapes).

Christmas tags using Pine Tree Punch and bits and pieces on my desk | Nicole Steele, Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


Another thing I did was to pull out some older Stampin' Up! Sweater Trim (it's been years since we've carried it) because the spools were left with just a few inches and I wanted to them up, too.  An excellent match to the Sweater Trim is the Real Red Curly Ribbon Trim.





I had a couple punched pine trees from the Let It Snow paper pack so I added them to a Pool Party cardstock tag.  The snowflakes were stamped in Pool Party ink and are from the adorable Let It Snow stamp set.  The itty bitty greeting is from - well - Itty Bitty Greetings!  

Christmas tags using Pine Tree Punch and bits and pieces on my desk

This is one project you do not want to overthink.  Let's get real - it's a tag.  All they are is eye candy for gifts.  Which is why tags are PERFECT for the project leftovers on your desk.  Go crazy with them!  Besides, they are so cute and fun to make!  What can you make from what's on your desk right now?

The January - June 2020 Mini and 2020 Sale-A-Bration catalogs are being sent now to my current customers!
Stampin' Up! January-June 2020 Mini Catalog - Request one from Nicole Steele

 If you'd like a catalog package at no charge and you aren't already working with a demonstrator you love, fill out the request form or email me at [email protected]
Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration 2020 Catalog - Request one from Nicole Steele

Thank you for choosing me as your demonstrator!  Merry Christmas!




  



Thursday, December 12, 2019

Facebook Live Unboxing of Mini Catalog and Sale-A-Bration items

Did you catch my Facebook Live this past Tuesday?  I unboxed my pre-order of Mini Catalog and Sale-A-Bration items!  It was an unexpected unboxing.  I had a project planned for my weekly Happy (Half) Hour, but THEN the Man In Brown  arrived.  Thinking it was Christmas packages, I didn't bring them in until a few minutes before I was set to go live.  And there, sitting on my front porch with a halo of light from heaven shining around it, was my Stampin' Up! order - 2 days early!  Plans for The Happy (Half) Hour were changed!

Please extend some grace, though, with this particular Live.  It's the first one I did where the camera is pointing down at my desk and that threw me.  I've heard most people say they prefer not to be on camera, but I'm the opposite.  I feel more comfortable in front of it because it feels like I'm talking to you.  Also, I am still working on how to stop the camera from autofocusing so I apologize for the "popping".  The new products are SOOO pretty, though!


Click image to go to the unboxing video
Click image to go to Stampin' Up! Mini Catalog and Sale-A-Bration unboxing video

If you watched the video, I hope you heard the excitement in my voice!

My current customers are having catalog packages mailed to them this week.

January - June 2020 Mini Catalog 
Stampin' Up! January-June 2020 Mini Catalog Cover

2020 Sale-A-Bration Catalog
Sale-A-Bration 2020 Catalog Cover

If you aren't a current customer of mine but would like a catalog package at no charge, fill out the request form.  You can also email me at [email protected].  I appreciate the opportunity to earn your business!


Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Free Shipping Happens Now for 24 Hours Only! Plus Bonus Offer!


Ready, set shop!

In my 11 years as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I can remember just twice Stampin' Up! offering free shipping, so this is truly BIG news! 

Are Clearance Rack items included?  Yes!

What about Year-End Closeout retiring and discounted product?  Yes!


Everything is included!  As long as your order hits $50 before tax, it ships for free!  Keep reading for a bonus offer from me.


Stampin' Up! Year-End Closeout Sale| December 3 - January 2 | Shop with Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper
  


Free Shipping on orders over $50 before tax and coupon codes |December 11| shop with Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper

Bonus: Use Host Code B422JZJ2 for orders $50-$149 and receive a pack of handmade Christmas cards from me!  Orders $150 or more do not use host code - you get Stampin' Rewards (free product of your choosing) plus the handmade Christmas cards!  

This offer is only for the 24 hours of Stampin' Up!'s free shipping flash sale.  I will mail them out Thursday, December 12 so that you should have them in time to send out this year (ultimately, that depends on the USPS of course)!

Shop my online store here

Thank you for choosing me as your demonstrator and Merry Christmas!



Tuesday, December 10, 2019

The Joyful Stamper Stampin' News - Free Shipping, Ideas for Snowfall Accents Puff Paint, & More!

Stampin' News with Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper | get the latest Stampin' Up! news, sales, specials, new product announcements, host codes, and more

Free Shipping on December 11 with $50 or more order (before tax and coupon codes) | Shop with Nicole Steele

Stampin' Up! and I had the same idea - free shipping!  They are offering it for one day only - December 11 - and at a lower order minimum.  If you've been thinking of ordering, tomorrow is THE day to do it!  Free shipping is on everything - clearance rack, year-end sale, prepaid Paper Pumpkin subscriptions, the new paper trimmer, and more.  Shop my online store here.

BONUS: Shop with Host Code B422JZJ2 and get a pack of handmade Christmas cards from me!


Stampin' Up! Year-End Closeout Sale | December 3 - January 2 | Shop with Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper


Ideas for Snowfall Accents Puff Paint

This stuff is magic and I have several fun ways to use it.  Just click the picture to go to its original post.

Snowballs!
Ideas for Snowfall Accents Puff Paint - snowballs with Snowman Season set

Add Ice Stampin' Glitter for a sparkly snowy border!
Ideas for Snowfall Accents Puff Paint - glittered snowy border with Snowman Season set

Beautiful snow beneath pine trees!
Ideas for Snowfall Accents Puff Paint - snow under the Perfectly Plaid set pine trees

Last Day for December's Paper Pumpkin Kit

Wouldn't it be nice to have a card for the right occasion, just when you need it?  Click the picture to subscribe.
December's Something for Everything Paper Pumpkin kit | Subscribe with Nicole Steele

Kits take just 30 minutes to assemble.  Perfect for a busy, on-the-go stamper!
December's Something for Everything Paper Pumpkin kit contents and colors | Subscribe with Nicole Steele


Missing Purple Posy?  You Can Get the Look!

Stampin' Up! Purple Posy 2019-2021 In Color color swatch

It may be gone, but you can still get the pretty, soft look of Purple Posy ink. We're creative people, after all, right?  Try these techniques:
See Stampin' Up! 2019-2021 In Color Purple Posy products | Shop with Nicole Steele

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Monday, December 9, 2019

Splitcoaststampers Sketch Challenge 778

Emma and I saw A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood last weekend at our small-town theatre.  The movie's a big deal here in Pittsburgh, of course, since this is where Mr. Rogers and his show were from.  The storyline is captivating - Lloyd's transformation epitomizes Mr. Rogers' ability to relate to people at a deep, soul-winning level.  And I need to say how much I love living in a small town.  When we sat down in the theatre, the woman next to us recognized Emma from her job, even though my daughter hasn't been at work since early August because of college.  I didn't know her and Emma didn't remember her, but this kind woman said she remembered Emma because she was struck by how kind and friendly she was!  *sigh* Can I thank God for that for a moment?

On to today's project!  It was made with last week's Splitcoaststampers Sketch.  

Splitcoaststampers Sketch Challenge 778



I'm still in Christmas mode.  I have no idea how many Christmas cards I'll need each year; I just crank them out until I get tired of making them  There's usually far more than needed, so the extras get donated to a local assisted care facility at which my mom volunteers.  They sell them and use the proceeds for resident activities.  It's a perfect arrangement because there is nothing stopping me from being a card-making machine - I mail them, gift them, donate them - everyone wins!

God's Peace Christmas card for Splitcoaststampers Sketch Challenege 778

Don't you love the deep, rich colors of this card?  The background is a 4" x 5-1/2" Shaded Spruce panel stamped repeatedly in Shaded Spruce ink with the Bible verse from the God's Peace stamp set.  Then I took a Gold Encore pad (which, sadly, Stampin' Up! no longer carries) and dragged it across the panel in different directions.  A Bone Folder was used to rough up the edges before gluing to the card base.

God's Peace Christmas card for Splitcoaststampers Sketch Challenege 778


It's all in the details: three of the smallest Gold Faceted Gems; using Stampin' Write Markers to get a multi-colored sentimentl; tearing the bottoms of the Wrapped In Plaid paper.

God's Peace Christmas card for Splitcoaststampers Sketch Challenege 778

The glow around the candle flames was achieved with a Sponge Dauber and Daffodil Delight ink.  

Tip: Use a very light touch and go in a circular motion when applying the ink to avoid obvious circles from the dauber.  Start off lighter than you think you need to - you can always add color!

Christmas mode will end soon.  Why?  Because there's HUGE box of new stamping toys heading to my home!  As a demonstrator, I got to order a month early from the January - June 2020 Mini Catalog AND earn free Sale-A-Bration goodies!  Did you know you can sign up now and add product from these catalogs to your Starter Kit?  And did you know you can pick $126 of product for just $99?  And that it ships for free?  Yes!  It's the best deal and there's no pressure to sell or hold events.  Most join for the discount they receive and ability to earn Stampin' Rewards on their own orders.  Find out more here.  I would LOVE to welcome you to my team of My Joyful Stampers!

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Friday, December 6, 2019

5 Days of Christmas | Gift Card Holders | Day 5

Welcome back to Day 5 of the 5 Days of Christmas!  I'm showing creative ways to give gift cards!  Did you miss any?  See them here:

5 Days of Christmas | Gift Card Holders | Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper

This holder is my favorite!!  It might be because of the big bright Real Red Ruched ribbon.  Or it might be because of the lovely layers of designer series paper and stamped images.

pop up gift card holder | stampin' up!'s toile tidings suite | 5 days of Christmas

I used Stampin' Blends in Dark Real Red and Dark Shaded Spruce to color the branch and bits of the sentiment banner.  **Note: there are dies available to cut out these images and others in the Toile Tidings set.  I don't have them, though, so I used Paper Snips to do the job.**
When the holder is untied and opened, a little slot for a gift card pops up!  I stamped and cut out a greeting to glue to the inside.
  
pop up gift card holder | stampin' up!'s toile tidings suite | 5 days of Christmas

Photo Tutorial for Pop-Up Gift Card Holder


Cut your cardstock to 9" x 4".  Score at 1-3/4", 4-1/2", 5-3/4", and 7".  Place your paper so that the pattern you want on the outside is facing down.  
pop up gift card holder photo tutorial by Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper

Fold the 5-3/4" score line so that it is a mountain fold and the patterned paper is pressed together there.  Use a circle punch (any size) to punch a half-circle notch.  Use scissors to cut a slit on the left and right sides of the half-circle notch to within a 1/4" of the paper edge (see template above).  The photo below shows the inside of the gift card holder.
pop up gift card holder photo tutorial by Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper

Turn the paper over so that the pattern you want showing on the outside of the holder is facing up.  Add Tear 'N Tape at the spot shown in the photo below.  Peel off the liner and adhere the sections between the 4-1/2" and 7" score lines together.  This creates a space to hold the gift card.  
pop up gift card holder photo tutorial by Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper

From there, wrap ribbon around the folded holder and tie shut.  Decorate the front of the holder.

pop up gift card holder | stampin' up!'s toile tidings suite | 5 days of Christmas

Tip: Use SNAIL to adhere ribbon to the holder.  Glue the decorative pieces on top of the ribbon with Stampin' Dimensionals so that when the recipient opens the holder, the ribbon stays put and can be easily retied.

You Can Make This!

Don't forget about this big Stampin' Up! sale going on now PLUS another special from me!
Stampin' Up! Year-End Closeout Sale| December 3 - January 2 | Shop with Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper
  
Click here for the full sale list.

Click here to shop Retiring items.  These are available while supplies last.

Click here to shop Discounted items.  These are available while supplies last.

Click here for Holiday Catalog items that are carrying over.  Starred items will be available again in the 2020 Holiday Catalog.  Unstarred items will be in the 2020-2021 Annual Catalog in June.

Free Shipping on orders over $70 before tax and shipping | December 3-15 | only with Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper

  • Orders must be placed with Nicole Steele at my online store between Tuesday, December 3 and Sunday, December 15.
  • Free shipping applies to orders of $70 or more (before shipping and tax)
  • Shipping will be refunded by a check mailed to you from me, Nicole Steele.  Checks will be mailed by December 15.
  • Orders must use the Host Code B422JZJ2 if between $70 - $149.  
  • Orders $150 or greater do not need to use the host code - I want you to receive your Stampin' Rewards and you will still get free shipping from me, Nicole Steele.
  • Questions?  Ask me at [email protected].




Thursday, December 5, 2019

5 Days of Christmas | Gift Card Holders | Day 4

Welcome back to Day 4 of the 5 Days of Christmas!  I'm showing creative ways to give gift cards!  Did you miss any?  See them here:

5 Days of Christmas | Gift Card Holders | Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper

If you're a regular reader of my site, you know that I love Splitcoaststampers.  There's community and fun stamping events like Virtual Stamp Night.  As I was browsing there a couple weeks ago, I found a tutorial for Twin Pocket Purses.  They were so cute that I had to make a couple and share!

twin pocket purse gift card holder | holds 2 gift cards or tea bags

The Toile Tidings Designer Series Paper has a fantastic vintage feel with its old-time images and classic Christmas colors on a Very Vanilla base.  A bit of sponging with Soft Suede ink really adds to that, as do the Clear and Gold Faceted Gems on the purse clasps.

twin pocket purse gift card holder | holds 2 gift cards or tea bags

A Velcro dot (from the Dollar Tree) keeps the purse closed.  And did you catch that it's a TWIN pocket purse?  That means you can place two gift cards in each purse, or one gift card and a tea bag, or a gift card and a Ghiradelli chocolate.


twin pocket purse gift card holder | holds 2 gift cards or tea bags

I would be so excited to get a gift like this!  Tea is my love language and the ritual of making it makes me feel like all is right in the world.  My favorite teas are from Twinings and David's Tea.


Made with Garden Green cardstock

Made with Real Red cardstock

What I used to make both purses:

Additional supplies for Garden Green purse:




Don't forget about this big Stampin' Up! sale going on now PLUS another special from me!
Stampin' Up! Year-End Closeout Sale| December 3 - January 2 | Shop with Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper
  
Click here for the full sale list.

Click here to shop Retiring items.  These are available while supplies last.

Click here to shop Discounted items.  These are available while supplies last.

Click here for Holiday Catalog items that are carrying over.  Starred items will be available again in the 2020 Holiday Catalog.  Unstarred items will be in the 2020-2021 Annual Catalog in June.

Free Shipping on orders over $70 before tax and shipping | December 3-15 | only with Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper

  • Orders must be placed with Nicole Steele at my online store between Tuesday, December 3 and Sunday, December 15.
  • Free shipping applies to orders of $70 or more (before shipping and tax)
  • Shipping will be refunded by a check mailed to you from me, Nicole Steele.  Checks will be mailed by December 15.
  • Orders must use the Host Code B422JZJ2 if between $70 - $149.  
  • Orders $150 or greater do not need to use the host code - I want you to receive your Stampin' Rewards and you will still get free shipping from me, Nicole Steele.
  • Questions?  Ask me at [email protected].


Wednesday, December 4, 2019

5 Days of Christmas | Gift Card Holders | Day 3

Welcome back to Day 3 of the 5 Days of Christmas!  I'm showing creative ways to give gift cards!  Did you miss any?  See them here:

5 Days of Christmas | Gift Card Holders | Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper

Today's idea was made by my friend and fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Lori Brausen of Duchess of Design.  I met her in Las Vegas when we were there for OnStage.  I've known her for years on Facebook, so I was thrilled to finally give her a hug!  Her beautifully kind and generous soul was even more heart-warming in person.  

Stampin' Up! gold pizza box gift card holder | made by Lori Brausen Duchess of Design

The Gold Pizza Boxes are 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" and come flat in the package.  You just need to fold to assemble.  The shiny gold make these super fancy.  



Lori used the following to make these:
Tip from Lori: punch the sentiment from the center of the Whisper White square piece to save paper.  The negative space will be covered by the Wrapped In Plaid DSP.  So smart!



The Gold Pizza Boxes easily fit a gift card.  I added shredded Shaded Spruce cardstock for a festive nest.  Lori had some other ideas for what to put in the pizza box: a fancy decorated cookie; Ghiradelli chocolates; or a set of 3" x 3" mini note cards and envelopes.  So versatile for gift giving!


Don't forget about this big Stampin' Up! sale going on now PLUS another special from me!
Stampin' Up! Year-End Closeout Sale| December 3 - January 2 | Shop with Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper
  
Click here for the full sale list.

Click here to shop Retiring items.  These are available while supplies last.

Click here to shop Discounted items.  These are available while supplies last.

Click here for Holiday Catalog items that are carrying over.  Starred items will be available again in the 2020 Holiday Catalog.  Unstarred items will be in the 2020-2021 Annual Catalog in June.

Free Shipping on orders over $70 before tax and shipping | December 3-15 | only with Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper

  • Orders must be placed with Nicole Steele at my online store between Tuesday, December 3 and Sunday, December 15.
  • Free shipping applies to orders of $70 or more (before shipping and tax)
  • Shipping will be refunded by a check mailed to you from me, Nicole Steele.  Checks will be mailed by December 15.
  • Orders must use the Host Code B422JZJ2 if between $70 - $149.  
  • Orders $150 or greater do not need to use the host code - I want you to receive your Stampin' Rewards and you will still get free shipping from me, Nicole Steele.
  • Questions?  Ask me at [email protected].






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