Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Hello Stampers and crafters,

I am so sorry I have not posted anything through out the Holidays but, as most of you know, I have been very busy with my husband and his recent surgeries and convalescents.

Thank you all for all your cards, prayers and comments of concern during this time.  A special thanks to all of you that provided us with delicious dinners.  It was so appreciated and I, we, are ever so grateful.

Right now we have in home nurses, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapist, and nurses aids to help us get him back to doing most of what he could do before the surgery.  Slow but sure.

Wow, I guess I never realized how much Jack did around the house until I had to do it all myself.  I can really appreciate those who are single parents, or partners without a spouse and do this on a regular basis.

Hopefully, It won’t be long before I can start creating again, and get back to posting, to help inspire you in your crafting and stamping.  Hugs, Patti

We Wish You A Hygge Christmas!

Valerie Moody Corp Post Image 1

So, it’s mid-November. The leaves are falling, we’ve turned back the clocks, and the nights are drawing in. I personally love this time of year! It’s an excuse to get cozy at home with my family and enjoy those warming comforts we all love. Perhaps a roaring fire, a warm blanket, or a mug of hot chocolate? The Danish call this state of warm, cozy happiness hygge (pronounced “hooga”).

Typically at this time of year our thoughts turn to the upcoming holidays, and I wanted to incorporate this hygge feeling into my gifts this year. Stampin’ Up! has a wide variety of products in their catalogs to help us create warm and happy gifts for our friends and family, and I thought I’d share my hot chocolate gift creation with you today.

Valerie Moody Corp Post Image 2

I created my own “gift crate” to present my selection of hot chocolate goodies. I made a simple rectangular box from Basic Gray Cardstock (item 121044) stamped with the Hardwood Background Stamp (item 133035). I then added Copper Foil Sheet (item 142020) strips to the corners to give more of a “crate” feel (while reinforcing the corners at the same time).

Valerie Moody Corp Post Image 3

Another great range of products Stampin’ Up! offers is their assortment of packaging options. I’ve used several in my project for my various hot chocolate ingredients. I used a Petite Café Gift Bag (item 135826) for my hot chocolate mix, a Clear Tiny Treat Box (item 141699) for my chocolate chips, a 2″ x 8″ Cellophane Bag (item 141703) for my chocolate spoons, and a 6″ x 17″ Gusseted Cellophane Bag (item 142001) for the marshmallows (you always need lots of marshmallows)!

Valerie Moody Corp Post Image 4

To serve the hot chocolate, I also provided some cups. I took standard hot drink cups and removed the brown sleeve. I then used the sleeve as a template to create my own using Blushing Bride Cardstock (item 131198), which I then embossed with the Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (item 143537) before wrapping it back around the cup. I mean—you can’t get more warm and cozy than with knitting, can you?

Valerie Moody Corp Post Image 5

Finally, I finished all my items off with tags created using the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies (item 145372) cut from Basic Black Cardstock (item 121045) and tied with Blushing Bride Solid Baker’s Twine (item 141683). I added sentiments from the Candy Cane Christmas Stamp Set (item 142040) and heat embossed the tags using White Stampin’ Emboss Powder  (item 109132). The sentiment for my crate is from the Wonderful Year Stamp Set (item 142158). I created the rectangular tag using the largest square from the Stitched Shape Framelit Dies and the partial die cutting technique.

Do you love the Danish idea of hygge, of creating a warm and cozy atmosphere this season surrounded by good friends, good food, and fun times? I sure do, and I wish you all a “Hygge Christmas”!
Valerie Moody
Rugby, UK
Artisan Design Team 2015–16

Itty Bitty Ornaments

Decorating for the holidays is always a time I treasure. I enjoy dressing up our mantle while my husband sets up the tree, and then we decorate the tree together. It’s a really special time for us. This year I’ll be adding some adorable itty bitty ornaments to our tree that I’ve made using the Big Shot and several of the Thinlits and Framelits Dies from Stampin’ Up!


The Home Sweet Home Thinlits Dies (item 140279) are perfect for creating a shadowbox house ornament. Just be sure you don’t add the front piece so you can decorate the inside. I used the Outdoor Adventure Framelits Dies (item 141480) to create a miniature mountain scene and then added some stamped images from the Mountain Adventure Stamp Set (item 142194). Isn’t the little ski chalet perfect?


You can see just how little these ornaments are when placed beside a small decorative tree. The house only measures just over 3″ tall!


The base of this mountain ornament is made with the Pyramid Pals Thinlits Dies (item 140618). These Thinlits are SO versatile, and although they make darling animals, they have the potential for so much more!


With a peek inside you can see that I’ve used the Outdoor Adventure Framelits and the coordinating stamp set, Always an Adventure (item 142726), to create my scene. The stamp set and die coordination makes the creative process so much easier for a project like this.


This last ornament uses the Hearth & Home Thinlits Dies (item 139666) for a snowy view out a window. To create the little box that sits on the back of the window, cut a piece of 4″ x 4-1/2” Whisper White Cardstock (item 100730) and score 1/4″ and 3/4″ on every side. Fill the little box with your scene—like trees from the Outdoor Adventure Framelits Dies and a large mountain from the Mountain Adventure Stamp Set—before gluing the box to the window frame.


A generous application of Mica Flakes (item 141998) to all of your ornaments will make these winter wonderlands even more authentic. And just check out all that sparkle!

I hope you’ll try creating some of your own itty bitty ornaments using your Big Shot, dies, and stamp sets from Stampin’ Up!

Allison Okamitsu
2015–2016 Artisan Design Team

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Stitched from the heart

Item Description Retail Price Sale Price
145372 Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies—set of 12 dies
which includes four circles, ovals, and squares $30.00 No Discount

 Holiday Catalog / Annual Catalog  coordinating stamp sets 25% off     November 1-30:

142069 (p. 11) Greetings From Santa Wood-mount Stamp Set                      $27.00 $20.25
143269 (p. 11) Greetings From Santa Clear-mount Stamp Set                        $19.00 $14.25
142114 (p. 15) Hang Your Stocking Photopolymer Stamp Set                          $21.00 $15.75
142049 (p. 19) Christmas Pines Photopolymer Stamp Set                                $35.00 $26.25
142142 (p. 23) Merry Mice Wood-mount Stamp Set                                          $23.00 $17.25
142145 (p. 23) Merry Mice Clear-mount Stamp Set                                           $17.00 $12.75
142180 (p. 33) Tin of Tags Photopolymer Stamp Set                                         $21.00 $15.75
142206 (p. 43) Suite Season Wood-mount Stamp Set                                       $28.00 $21.00
142209 (p. 43) Suite Season Clear-mount Stamp Set                                        $20.00 $15.00
140386 (p. 31) Oh, What Fun Photopolymer Stamp Set                                   $21.00 $15.75
141859 (p. 61) Baby Bear Photopolymer Stamp Set                                           $26.00 $19.50
141784 (p. 139) Blooms & Wishes Photopolymer Stamp Set                           $21.00 $15.75


On November 1, we’re releasing our Stitched Shapes Framelits™ Dies ahead of their scheduled debut in June 2017!  Not only are stitches a classic trend, giving a stitched gift
illustrates the extra care you’ve taken and how much you value that relationship. With Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies you can turn any project into one that is stitched from the heart.   Stamp sets also available in French.

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Do you love a great sale? If so, we’ve got one for you! From November 21-28 you can save up to 40% on select products during Online Extravaganza. To make things even better, there will be 24-hour sales on the first and last day of the promotion, featuring special products available for that day only. Check out all the great products you can get at a discount, including several that are on the holiday catalog retiring list. Make sure to get everything you want before it’s gone!


Saturday, November 26, 2016
10 – 12:30PM

994 Governors Road
Snee Farm – Mount Pleasant

Registration fee: $25 or
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(Registration fee includes all supplies. Snacks & Beverages will be provided)

We will be doing 3 cards and a 3D item
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More stitched

Make the cutest elements for any project with the new Stitched Shapes Framelits. This sample also features the Oh, What Fun stamp set. Both are on sale now! #stampinup #stitchedwithlove


Design Team Member project

Stitched Shapes Made Simple

I have been stamping and paper crafting for seventeen years, so believe me when I tell you that the new Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies (item 145372) are destined to be an essential item in your die cutting arsenal.  So how could something so simple be so amazing?  Because they are so simple! The set includes four sizes of three fundamental shapes (circles, squares, and rectangles). You use them just like you would any other circle, square, or rectangle die. The stitching on the edges adds so much interest to your basic shapes that you will want to use them on practically every project you create. Let me show you some things I made using this incredible die set.


The sentiment on this card was stamped using the Tin of Tags Stamp Set (item 142180) and die cut using one of the circles in the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies. Then I placed it on a scalloped circle from the Layering Circles Framelits (item 141705) before attaching it to my card. Notice how the Layering Circles, Layering Squares (item 141708), and Layering Ovals (item 141706) Framelits Dies work perfectly with the Stitched Shapes Framelits.


They also look great when you add them to our other products. The box on the left was made using the White Gift Boxes (item 142000).


Notice how I paired them with the Birthday Banners Stamp Set (item 141506) and the Bunch of Banners Framelits Dies (item 141488). I love how the stitching on the banner coordinates with the stitching on the dies. The box on the right was made from the clear acetate sleeves that come with the boxes. I just made a bottom and top from cardstock and then decorated it using the Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack (item 141991). I also used the Number of Years Stamp Set (item 140653) along with the Large Numbers Framelits Dies (item 140622) to turn them into great Advent gift boxes.

Here’s a project you can make just using the squares from the Stitched Framelits and a few additional supplies. Isn’t this little Christmas tree adorable?


Here is how I made this fun holiday décor piece.


I started by using hot glue to add a 6″ skewer to a vintage thread spool.


Then I cut four squares of each size, marked the centers, then punched holes in the centers. Next, I turned them over and added some distressing to the edges with Early Espresso ink (item 126974) and a Stamping Sponge (item 141337).


Then it was just a matter of sliding on the squares from largest to smallest and tying pieces of ribbon between each layer. I cut two stars with the Stars Framelits Dies (item 133723) to cover the pointed tip of the skewer. Streamers made with Linen Thread (item 104199) add a nice touch. Finally, I added a stitched circle to the base for stability and a Delicate White Doily (item 141701) as a tree skirt. Mica Flakes (item 141998) make great snowy accents when sprinkled on top and around the base.


Order your Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies today! I know you’re going to love them as much as I do!

Connie Collins
Artisan Design Team 2015–2016


Santa’s here!

This set you can bundle and save 10% on the cost.  It is called Santa’s Sleigh and Thinlits Dies, page 24 of the HC.  There are actually 15 stamps and 12 different thinlits in this bundle so it is certainly worth the money.  You will enjoy using this for your holiday cards.  I also used the Washi tape Warmth and Cheer, page 13.  The sentiment if from Oh, What Fun, page 31 of the AC.


Cookie Cutter Christmas

Another card created with this set found on page 6 of the HC.  I used the stamp set, Goulish Grunge, page 52 of the HC, to make the Igloo and cut it out with our oval layered dies, page 193 of the AC.  I used our Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper for the snow and the background is with our DSP Subtles collection, page 171 of the AC.



So Stinkin’ Cute!

I love this stamp set with these cute little mice.  You can find the Merry Mice on page 23 of the Holiday catalog.  The background paper, This Christmas Secialty DSP is from the AC, page 172.  I used our new stitched oval die for the image.  The stitched rectangle die, I am sorry to say is contraband.  However, I am hoping that SU will come out with one of those for us soon.



Hubby doing better

I wanted to keep all of you up to date on my husband’s condition.  He has been transferred from the hospital to  Sandpiper Rehab here in Mount Pleasant.  They have Physical Therapists working with him on walking and he is progressing slow but steady.  However, he is not out of the woods yet.

They may still have to remove more toes but we are praying that does not happen.  Would love to have y’all continue to pray for him, we appreciate all your prayers, they really do help.

Jack says the food is great at Sandpiper and he likes his room and all of the nurses and staff that are helping him.  Not quite sure how long he will have to stay before he is released to come home, but I do know he will have to master the stairs before that happens.

Thanks for all your cards, well wishes and prayers.  I love you my dear friends and family.  You keep me going.

More Stitching!

Use the Stitched Shapes Framelits with the Tin of Tags stamp set and make your Christmas cards and tags one of a kind. #stampinup #stichedwithlove | Pinterest

Use the Stitched Shapes Framelits with the Tin of Tags stamp set and make your Christmas cards and tags one of a kind. #stampinup #stichedwithlove | Pinterest

Use the Stitched Shapes Framelits with the Tin of Tags stamp set and make your Christmas cards and tags one of a kind. #stampinup #stichedwithlove

Pretty Little Pumpkins

For my second “wow” project as a Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team member, I decided to do something seasonal—and thought I’d go with pumpkins! They’re easy to make, are quite versatile, and they can be used for many occasions. Think: fall, Halloween, or all year round if the color matches your décor.


Here’s how to make them: Just cut eight identical circles using the Big Shot (item 143263) and one of the circle dies from the Layering Circles Framelits Dies (item 141705).


Now fold them in half and adhere them together using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (item 110755).


To make it look like a pumpkin, cut the bottom of the circles.


For the stem, cut a small strip from Kraft Cardstock (item 133674).


Coil the strip from the wide side, twist it, then push it into the top of the pumpkin.


Next, make the curly vine. Cut a small strip from Whisper White Cardstock (item 100730) and wrap it around a pen to curl it.


Now adhere the vine to the stem using Mini Glue Dots (item 103683). Our pumpkin is done!


You can, of course, create this pumpkin in different sizes or shapes—such as ovals, for example, using the Layering Ovals Framelits dies (item 141706). You could also make apples; just use small leaves instead of a curly vine.

I hope you liked this little tutorial and that you’ll have fun using it!

Steffi Helmschrott
Artisan Design Team 2015–2016

*Steffi Helmschrott, from Germany, is one of our talented Artisan Design Team members.

Create Projects Stitched From the Heart


Not only are stitches a classic trend, they illustrate the quality, precision, and extra care taken when creating a piece. When you give a stitched gift it shows just how much you value that relationship. Starting November 1, you can purchase Stitched Shapes Framelits ahead of their official release in the 2017-2018 annual catalog! With Stitched Shapes Framelits you can make thoughtful paper stitches in seconds, turning any project into one that is stitched from the heart. And during the month of November, coordinating stamp sets are 25% off! But don’t worry…Stitched Shapes Framelits will still be available for purchase after November 30.

Item Description Retail Price Sale Price
145372 Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies—set of 12 dies which includes four circles, ovals, and squares $30 USD/ $40 CAD No discount
142069 (HC p. 11) Greetings From Santa Wood-mount Stamp Set $27 USD/ $35 CAD $20.25 USD/ $26.25 CAD
143269 (HC p. 11) Greetings From Santa Clear-mount Stamp Set $19 USD/ $25 CAD $14.25 USD/ $18.75 CAD
142114 (HC p. 15) Hang Your Stocking Photopolymer Stamp Set $21 USD/ $26 CAD $15.75 USD/ $19.50 CAD
142049 (HC p. 19) Christmas Pines Photopolymer Stamp Set $35 USD/ $43 CAD $26.25 USD/ $32.25 CAD
142142 (HC p. 23) Merry Mice Wood-mount Stamp Set $23 USD/ $30 CAD $17.25 USD/ $22.50 CAD
142145 (HC p. 23) Merry Mice Clear-mount Stamp Set $17 USD/ $22 CAD $12.75 USD/ $16.50 CAD
142180 (HC p. 33) Tin of Tags Photopolymer Stamp Set $21 USD/ $26 CAD $15.75 USD/ $19.50 CAD
142206 (HC p. 43) Suite Season Wood-mount Stamp Set $28 USD/ $36 CAD $21 USD/ $27 CAD
142209 (HC p. 43) Suite Season Clear-mount Stamp Set $20 USD/ $27 CAD $15 USD/ $20.25 CAD
140386 (AC p. 31) Oh, What Fun Photopolymer Stamp Set $21 USD/ $26 CAD $15.75 USD/ $19.50 CAD
141859 (AC p. 61) Baby Bear Photopolymer Stamp Set $26 USD/ $32 CAD $19.50 USD/ $24 CAD
141784 (AC p. 139) Blooms & Wishes Photopolymer Stamp Set $21 USD/ $26 CAD $15.75 USD/ $19.50 CAD

*AC refers to the annual catalog; HC refers to the holiday catalog.


  • Stitched Shapes Framelits available beginning November 1, 2016
  • November 1-30, 2016: select stamp sets 25% off
  • Stamp sets also available in French
  • Ordering Deadline (25% off stamp sets): November 30, 2016, by 11:50 PM (MT)

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From Co-Founder Shelli

If you’re looking for a few cool thank you cards, look no more! And these are perfect for the men in your life…or a great gift for the men in your life to send.

Día de los Muertos Party Décor

Hello, friends! Autumn is here—leaves are changing, there’s a chill in the air, and Halloween (a favorite at our house!) is just around the corner. And if you happen to be looking for a different look this Halloween, I’ve got you covered! November 1 is the first day of a Mexican holiday known as Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead (celebrated to honor loved ones who have passed) and the colors associated with it are bright and festive.


In fact, sugar skulls—a traditional symbol of Día de los Muertos—have taken over Halloween decorations in the last year or two, and since the holiday catalog’s Mr. Funny Bones Stamp Set (item 142245) includes a teeny tiny sugar skull—it got my gears turning. I decided to whip up a party theme based around Day of the Dead décor—the bright colors, the bold sugar skulls—and it’s so much fun! Halloween doesn’t have to be dark and spooky; why not make it bright and colorful?


I started with a color pallet, and for me, there’s no better way to go bright than with one of my all-time favorite color combinations: Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, and Bermuda Bay. A few touches of silver and black—with Basic Black Metallic Thread (item 141695), Silver 3/8″ Glitter Ribbon (item 142015), and Silver Glimmer Paper (item 135314)—added some bling. (Because no party is complete without bling!) And all of my stamps are from the fabulous Mr. Funny Bones Stamp Set; that tiny sugar skull stamp inspired it all!


One of my favorite ways to add texture and dimension to a project is with decorative masks—and this fabulous teardrop design from Seasonal Decorative Masks (item 141848) is perfect for Halloween. Doesn’t it remind you of ghosts?


The Layering Circle Framelits Dies (item 141705) were integral in creating each of the items featured here—I used them for every single project! The tiny scalloped edge in a contrasting color makes for such a sharp frame, and these Framelits make them perfectly in a variety of sizes.


I’ve used another of my favorite tricks throughout this collection as well—custom-made black embossing powder. Simply stamp your image in Basic Black Archival ink (item 140931), cover with Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder (item 109130), shake off the excess, and heat set. Voilà! A bright, shiny, crisp black image.


Thank you so much for joining me today. I hope Mr. Funny Bones has inspired YOU to change up your Halloween party décor this year!


Shannon Lane
Artisan Design Team 2015–2016