YouStamp YouShare

YouStamp YouShare with Connie - www.SimplySimpleStamping.comI have some more wonderful cards to share with you.  These were created by some Stampin’ Up demonstrator friends of mine.  Absolutely fabulous, aren’t they?
YouStamp YouShare - created by Becky Roberts - shared by www.SimplySimpleStamping.com YouStamp YouShare - created by Laurie Krauss - shared by www.SimplySimpleStamping.com YouStamp YouShare - created by Jill Hillard - shared by www.SimplySimpleStamping.com YouStamp YouShare - created by Kelly Acheson - shared by www.SimplySimpleStamping.com YouStamp YouShare - created by Barb Mullikin - shared by www.SimplySimpleStamping.com I also received some great gifts from Stampin’ Up demonstrator friends!  Look at these adorable projects!
YouStamp YouShare - created by Linda Bauwin - shared by www.SimplySimpleStamping.com YouStamp YouShare - created by Sherri Peters - shared by www.SimplySimpleStamping.com The “Santa-tizer” just cracks me up.  And do you recognize what’s inside the snowman?  Rolos.  Chocolate and caramel.  Does life get any better?  Guess what the hat is?  The fingers of a black glove. These can be found at the dollar store and with 10 finger tips, you can make a lot of these for very little money.
Nutty or Nice - check it out!  The mustache turns! - Created by Brenda McBride, shared on www.SimplySimpleStamping.com Nutty or Nice - check it out!  The mustache turns! - Created by Brenda McBride, shared on www.SimplySimpleStamping.com Are these just fabulous or what?  I love the spinning mustache on the nutcracker.  Hmmm, I think technique is something I have to figure out!  It’s just fantastic!

THANK YOU to my demonstrator friends for sharing their art with me.  We are just one big happy family.

Well, today is the last day of school.  Ginny is so excited to get a couple weeks off.  Christina is also done with college finals (got an A- in Italian!  Wahoo!) and to celebrate completing her first semester of school, she is spending a few days in Chicago with her boyfriend and his family.  Let me just say that I am SOOO jealous of her.  She is taunting me with these picture.  Recognize those pretty blue boxes?  Yep!  She’s at Tiffany’s & Co.  Cruel, that’s what she is.

I must say, I LOVE this tree though!

Christmas at Tiffany's in ChicagoChristmas at Tiffany's in Chicago - Christina looks quite at homeI have a FUN FUN FUN thing to share with you tomorrow so be sure to come back.  I know, I don’t usually post on the weekend but I have a special surprise for you.  See you then!

YouStamp YouShare

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Today is a great day to share what YOU guys have been up to!  I received some beautiful cards lately and I wanted to share them with you.
YouStamp YouShare - created by Kara Rhodes - shared by www.SimplySimpleStamping.com I love the beautiful snowscape that KARA RHODES created on her JOY card.  Isn’t it just stunning?  Kara, I’m sure your fingers were a rich color of Navy by the time you were done sponging this.  Thank you for creating it for me!
YouStamp YouShare - created by Gayle Enouen - shared by www.SimplySimpleStamping.com Gayle Enouen is a dear, dear friend and a stamper that I have admired for many years.  Her work is always stunning!  I received this beautiful card from her and I can’t wait to recreate it myself.  I love this “screen style” card but I have never tried it.  I plan to!!!
YouStamp YouShare - created by Samantha Ramey - shared by www.SimplySimpleStamping.com This card was designed by Samantha Ramey, who is actually a demonstrator in my downline.  She was so sweet to send it to me.  I love that Christmas Bauble stamp (and now I really regret not purchasing it).  That splash of holly just makes this card a WOW!

Thank you so much, my friends, for sharing your art with me and allowing me to share it with everyone!  I hope that their beautiful artwork inspires you the way it did me!

Have a great Thursday everyone!  See ya back here tomorrow!

Stampin’ Gals Gone Wild Wednesday – Choose Happiness Screen Card

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Hey everyone!  I am thrilled to be sharing today for Stampin’ Gals Gone Wild Wednesday!  The final Stampin’ Gals Gone Wild Wednesday for 2014.  Over the weekend I received a Christmas card created by my friend Gayle Enouen.  It was a beautiful screen card and I wanted to create it myself but thought I would change it to an “any occasion” card.
Stampin' Gals Gone Wild Wednesday Free video - Choose Happiness Screen Card - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com I used only one stamp set, Choose Happiness, and the results were so elegant!
Stampin' Gals Gone Wild Wednesday Free video - Choose Happiness Screen Card - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com Stampin' Gals Gone Wild Wednesday Free video - Choose Happiness Screen Card - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com It may look like a difficult card but it’s actually very simple.  Let me share today’s video…

If you are unable to view the video, CLICK HERE to view it online.

Here are some measurements in case you missed them:
  • Crumb Cake cardstock – 11″ x 5 1/2″, score at 2 3/4″, 5 1/2″, and 8 1/4″
  • Color Me Autumn Designer Paper – (4) pieces 4 1/4″ x 2 1/2″
  • Very Vanilla cardstock – (4) pieces 4″ x 2 1/4″
  • Very Vanilla cardstock – (4) pieces 3 1/2″ x 3/4
  • Marina Mist cardstock – 4″ x 1″
Here are the supplies I used on my card today.  Use what you have, ORDER what you need.  Just click the picture below to go directly to my Online Store. 


Remember, if you place an order of $20 or more and use the December Hostess Code you’ll receive the SIX Exclusive videos and tutorials that we have created for December.  They are OVER THE TOP fabulous projects so be sure to order and use that hostess code! This will be the last month to get your hands on these awesome tutorials!  If your order is $150 or more, don’t use the hostess code so you can receive the Stampin’ Rewards.  Rewards start at $25!

In the USA? Order HERE from CONNIE and use the December Hostess Code: CPTSWAGZ (USA)

In CANADA? Order 
HERE from JOSEE and use the December Hostess Code: 2793SE2R (CAN)

Hope you guys have the most wonderful Wednesday!  See ya back here tomorrow!

2-Minute Tuesday Tip Video – Classic Ink Pads – Open, Close, Store and Repair

2-Minute Tuesday Tips by Connie Stewart - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com Today we are going to talk about a few basic tips on Stampin’ Up ink pads – how to open and close them without wearing the ink, how to store them, AND how to repair an ink pad that has separated from the base (it happens occasionally).

Here is today’s 2-Minute Tuesday Tip Video…

If you unable to view the video, CLICK HERE to view it online.

I hope that today’s video will be useful.  Maybe not today but when your ink pad and base separate, you will know what to do.  :)

Some of you have asked how Roxie is doing.  She is on the mend!  Yay!  She has a horrible week last week and needed a lot of TLC.  She was in a lot of pain from a HUGE hot spot (pretty common in Golden Retrievers) and the pain was keeping her from sleeping.  She is doing MUCH better now and actually wants to play again.  That’s a good sign!  Roxie wants to play all the time but she didn’t bring me a toy once last week.  She is sleeping a lot (she has a lot of sleep to catch up on) but it’s nice to have my happy puppy back.  

Thanks so much for tuning in today!  Have a wonderful Tuesday!  See you back here tomorrow for Stampin’ Gals Gone Wild Wednesday!  

Here are this week’s WEEKLY DEALS!  
December 16-22, 2014
Be sure to use December’s Hostess Code CPTSWAGZ
on your order of $20 or more!

YouStamp YouShare

YouStamp YouShare with Connie - www.SimplySimpleStamping.comSaturday was our annual Stampin’ Up demonstrators Christmas Party and Gift Exchange.  I look forward to our get-togethers every month BUT the December Gift Exchange is a NEVER miss event!  We play “Dirty Santa” for our exchange and all the gifts are created with Stampin’ Up products.

The gifts this year were AMAZING and I couldn’t wait to share them with you today!  I hope you enjoy them.  :)

INK Demos Christmas Gift Exchange - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com These snow globe ornaments are the gift I fought for.  So cute!

INK Demos Christmas Gift Exchange - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com
INK Demos Christmas Gift Exchange - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com These two projects were made with the Many Merry Stars Simply Created kit!  STUNNING!

INK Demos Christmas Gift Exchange - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com INK Demos Christmas Gift Exchange - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com It was double-sided so it can be used for TWO holidays!  Brilliant!

INK Demos Christmas Gift Exchange - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com It’s hard to see but this was a hanging ornament and the boxes were “dangling”.  So cool!

INK Demos Christmas Gift Exchange - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com Created with chipboard.  It was a HUGE wall hanging ornament created with the November My Paper Pumpkin kit!

INK Demos Christmas Gift Exchange - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com Battery operated candle with bling!

INK Demos Christmas Gift Exchange - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com I had my hands on this tree once but lost it to my friend Gayle.  What a beautiful paper tree!

INK Demos Christmas Gift Exchange - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com Loved this framed art in gold.  Wowza!

Well, that’s a lot of inspiration for one day!  I hope that you enjoyed looking at the projects created by some of my demonstrator friends!  There were more projects but I didn’t get pictures of them.  If I come across them, I will post them later on.  They were all SO pretty that I don’t want to miss sharing any of them!

It was a really busy weekend but I think we are all in the Christmas spirit now!  Friday night we attended Christina’s Oklahoma City University’s annual Christmas Vespers.  I have no words.  It was just the most beautiful night ever!  Keep in mind that OCU is one of the nation’s top university’s in vocal performance.  To hear these students sing Christmas carols in different languages, with harmonies that were off the charts, well, it was just a moving night that I am so glad I attended.  Check out this beautiful church!  Oh wow!  I walked in and my jaw hit the ground.  There’s just something about those old churches with great big wooden beams…but them you decorate it for Christmas and it just takes your breath away!
Oklahoma City University - Christmas Vespers - December 12, 2014Sunday afternoon we attended OCU’s production of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life Radio Show”.  What a wonderful production it was!  Again, this is a performing arts university so it was nothing short of amazing!  Not sure if you can see it there on the right side, but there were 2 tables filled with “sound effect” props, all very 1940’s.  

There were  11 actors and they all played more than 1 role, changing their voices for each character.  It was just fantastic!

“Teacher says every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings.”  Yep, I cried!
Oklahoma City University - "It's a Wonderful Life Radio Show" - December 12, 2014
I hope that your weekend was filled with Christmas spirit as well!  If you’re not quite there yet, go get a hot chocolate and watch a good Christmas movie.  Here’s my list of

TOP 10 CHRISTMAS MOVIES THAT I MUST WATCH EVERY DECEMBER

  1. Elf – I just like smiling.  Smiling’s my favorite!
  2. Miracle on 34th Street – the 1947 and NOT the colorized version!  That’s just WRONG!
  3. The Santa Claus
  4. Charlie Brown Christmas – no Christmas is complete without Linus reading from Luke 2
  5. It’s a Wonderful Life – Jimmy Stewart was pure talent!
  6. Christmas Story – inspires me to each Chinese food every Christmas
  7. The Grinch – thank you Dr. Seuss!
  8. Holiday Inn – Aahh, Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby.  You gotta have BING at Christmas!
  9. While You Were Sleeping – love this movie!  I had such a crush on Bill Pullman (still do – don’t tell Mr. Awesome!)
  10. Miracle on 34th Street – the 1994 version.  Richard Attenborough was the best Santa!
What’s your favorite????

See you all back here tomorrow for 2-MINUTE TUESDAY TIPS!

Christmas Cheer Gift Card Holder – Video Tutorial

Cheerful Christmas Gift Card Holder - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com Hey friends!  I’m so glad you could stop by the blog today.  I have the most simple gift card holder for you.  You’re just going to love it!  It has everything you need to give a gift card – it has bright colors, it has an envelope, it has a tag, it has bling, it has ribbon.  It’s nothing short of fabulousness!
Cheerful Christmas Gift Card Holder - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com  Cheerful Christmas Gift Card Holder - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com
Let me share the video on how easy this gift card holder is…

If you are unable to see the video, CLICK HERE to view it online.

Here are some measurements in case you missed them:
  • Whisper White cardstock – (2) 3 5/8″ x 2 3/8″
  • Cherry Cobbler cardstock – (2) 3 3/4″ x 2 1/2″
  • Island Indigo cardstock – 6″ x 6 1/2″
  • Cherry Cobbler Striped Ribbon – 2″
  • Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine – 8″
Here are the products that I used on today’s gift card.  You know my theory.  Use what you already have and order what you need.  Just click on a photo to go right to my store!

Remember, if you use the December Hostess Code CPTSWAGZ on your order of $20 or more, you will receive the (6) Exclusive videos we have for you this month.  There  are some great gift ideas waiting for you!!! If your order is over $150, don’t use the Hostess Code so that you can collect your Stampin’ Rewards.  Rewards start at $25!



I hope that you enjoyed today’s video and that your wheels are spinning with ideas on how you can use the stamps you already have to create it!  If you don’t have the Gift Card Envelope Thinlits, they are amazing!  You won’t regret ordering those.

Don’t forget about this week’s WEEKLY DEALS!  Good through Monday, December 15, 2014.  A good friend never let’s a good friend miss a GREAT sale!

Dear Santa….

The PERFECT gift!  Gift Cards from www.SimplySimpleStamping.com
Dear Santa,

I’m going to make it easy for you this year.  All I want for Christmas is STAMPING TOYS!  I want glitter, I want rubber, and I want LOTS of paper!  Not a bathrobe, not perfume, and not a foot massager.  Forget that stuff… nobody really wants it anyway.

Since shopping for stamps, ink and paper is a “personal” thing, how about a Gift Card from Simply Simple Stamping?  I absolutely adore shopping there and with the new Occasions catalog and Sale-a-Bration starting January 5, 2015, your gift will be the best gift under the tree.

I love you Santa, and I know how busy you are, so just click a gift card below.  Connie will even mail the gift card to you, all tucked nicely in a pretty Christmas card!  

Please Santa?  Pretty Please????  I have been EXTRA good this year and you know I will put my new stamping toys to good use!

I love you Santa!

Simply Simple Stamping Gift Cards – Click the drop down menu for more options

Available in the USA only

STAMPIN’ GALS GONE WILD WEDNESDAY – CHRISTMAS CRACKER – Take Two

Today Josee has a different take on the Christmas Cracker that I created last month.  Her cracker is a little bigger so if your gift is larger, we’ve got you covered!  And that Santa tag is just darling!!!Stampin' Gals Gone Wild Wednesday Video - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com
Stampin' Gals Gone Wild Christmas Cracker - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com

Hey everyone!  Thanks for stopping by the blog today :) Can you believe it’s only 15 days till Christmas….are you ready yet?

We have most of our shopping done, but, still have to go get some last-minute gifts and a tree. I hope you are more organized than I am…hee, hee. 

It still feels like I’ll never be done. Oh well, somehow, we managed to pull it together each year…so I should just have faith, right?!

Ready to get on to this week’s project…

I’m sure some of you can appreciate that sometimes big things come in small packages ;) Sometimes though it’s nice to dress up those small gifts and make them a bit more special on the outside too!  I thought a Christmas Cracker packaging would make any small gift extra special! You can add in some jewelry wrapped in tissue paper, some chocolates or candy in cellophane, some crayons for the kids or any other little item you want to make a special present. They are easy enough to make too, to dress up your holiday table with little gifts at each place setting!
Stampin' Gals Gone Wild Christmas Cracker - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com Stampin' Gals Gone Wild Christmas Cracker - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com
Let me share the video with you:

If you are unable to view the video, CLICK HERE to view it online.

Here are some measurements in case you missed them:

  • All is Calm Designer Series Paper 8″x 6 1/2″
  • Score on short side: 1 1/2″, 3″, 4 1/2″, and 6″
  • Score on long side: 1 1/2″, 2″, 2 1/2″, 5 1/2″, 6″, 6 1/2″
  • Notch along each long side folded line at 2″

Here is a list of the supplies I used on my project today. Use what you have, ORDER what you need!

Remember, if you place an order of $20 or more and use the December Hostess Code you’ll receive the SIX Exclusive videos and tutorials that we have created for December.   They are OVER THE TOP fabulous projects so be sure to order and use that hostess code! This will be the last month to get your hands on these awesome tutorials!

In the USA? Order HERE from CONNIE and use the December Hostess Code:  CPTSWAGZ (USA)

In CANADA? Order 
HERE from JOSEE and use the December Hostess Code: 2793SE2R (CAN)


TO ORDER, JUST CLICK A PICTURE BELOW! 
  

Here is what you need to make the Christmas Cracker:


Here is what you need to make the cute Santa tag:


Hope you guys have the most wonderful Wednesday!  

2-Minute Tuesday Tip Video – Trimming Around a Rubber Stamp

Thank you all for your sweet comments yesterday about my technology issues.  After the fear of seeing the dreaded “white screen of death”, I thought the worst but was FINALLY able to breath life back into my computer.  Wahoo!  I am so happy to back and just in time for today’s 2-Minute Tuesday Tip video!2-Minute Tuesday Tips by Connie Stewart - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com Has this happened to you?  You’re stamping away, making beautiful hand-made works of art and then, disaster hits.  As you’re stamping, you get the dreaded “edge” mark. You know that mark. That mark where the ink hit the outer edge of the stamp itself? Well, today’s video tip is how to trim that excess rubber off your stamps to help you avoid that mark.

BE CAREFUL NOT TO CUT INTO THE STAMP IMAGE! Stampin’ Up will not replace stamps that were damaged using this trimming method so please, please, please… pay close attention to your cutting.  I want no damaged stamps in the trimming process.  I love you guys too much to let that happen to you.

Let’s get going with today’s video tip…


Want to add the Paper Snips onto your order?  Click on the photo below to go to the Online Store!

Remember, if you use the December Hostess Code CPTSWAGZ on your order of $20 or more, you will receive the (6) Exclusive videos we have for you this month.  There  are some great gift ideas waiting for you!!!

If your order is over $150, don’t use the Hostess Code so that you can collect your Stampin’ Rewards.  Rewards start at $25!

And as I do every Tuesday, here are this week’s….

WEEKLY DEALS – DECEMBER 9 – 15, 2014

Please Stand By. We are Experiencing Technical Difficulties.

sssWell, technology is having a Monday.  My computer is totally frozen.  I can’t get it to do anything at the moment.  I can’t even get it to turn off!  It’s so frustrating!  I’m working on my iPad today and I’m not able to do as much on my blog as I would like.  I’m bummed because I have a really great video to show you.  Guess it will have to wait until later this week. 

I do hope to be up and running soon so I can share a 2-Minute Tuesday Tip video with you tomorrow.

Keep your fingers crossed!  I can’t tell you how much I LOATH my computer when it freezes up like this.

In the meantime, maybe scroll through December 2013 and check out some fun ideas from last year?

CLICK HERE TO GO TO DECEMBER 2113

Thank you for your patience as I go into the depths of “computer hell” to fix my computer issues.   Hope to see you all tomorrow!  (Oh how I hope to be back tomorrow)