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11/16/2010

BLESSED IS THE SEASON STAMP

ROYAL BLOG TOUR PROJECT 5 of 6 (Recap)

"Blessed is the Season"

Blessed Season 

HERE'S HOW:

Purchase the Mini Note Cards for this easy project...

Mini note 

I love the Concord Crush (Patterns Designer Series Paper Stack)

with the Bashful Blue Textured Card Stock...

Concord 

Four cards make up this mini kit...

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Simply emboss the envelope flaps...

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The designer folder makes a statement... 

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It's so stunning and very easy to make...

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The one-sheet Designer Folder directions are here... 

(Located on right sidebar - just click on button)

Demo button 

Make the folder, then tie it up with a pretty, silky ribbon...

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To make the designer snowflakes, see below...

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Download this flyer by clicking on same "Demo" button.

(I need to change the button to say Downloads.)

Snowflakes 

Supplies & Accessories:  Stamp Set #116511 Grateful Greetings; Card Stock and Envelopes #107311 Note Cards; Textured Card Stock #121075 Bashful Blue; Patterns Designer Series Paper Stack #117158 In Colors Concord Crush; Stampin' Pad #102977 Night of Navy; Tools #116631 Paper-Piercing Tool, #105826 Mat Pack, #120902 Northern Flurry Textured Impression Embossing Folder; Punch #119852 Snowflake; Embellishments #114319 Organza Ribbon, #119247 Basic Pearls, Adhesive #104294 Sticky Strip.

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Linda Aarhus, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

www.polkadotsandpaper.net

11/15/2010

CHRISTMAS GREETINGS STAMP

ROYAL BLOG TOUR PROJECT 4 of 6 (Recap)

"Christmas Greetings"

Christmas Greetings 

HERE'S HOW:

Purchase a Design-a-House Decor Accent.  It's only $5.95!!120911L[1] 
I chose the Red Gingham Paper from B-A-B Pawsitively Prints II

to decorate my house...

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Trace house outline on the Designer Series Paper and cut.

To make it quick and easy, cut through windows...

Cutting1 

Use an Anywhere Glue Stick to apply adhesive directly onto house...

Glue1 

Smooth any lumps of glue with your finger...

Glue2 

Then place Designer Series Paper directly on house,

smoothing as you go.  (The cut seams will disappear.)

Cover1 

After all covered and smoothed, score fold lines...

Score1 

Next step is to apply Sticky Strip adhesive as shown on pattern...

Sticky 

Join two sides...

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As you can see, the pictorial directions that come with the kit

are very simple and complete...

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Now for the roof.  I covered mine in Chocolate Chip Card Stock...

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...using Sticky Strip adhesive where needed...

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Now the roof is ready for shingles...

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These shingles are made with Chocolate Chip Card Stock

and a 1" Circle Punch.  (Roll around pencil to get rounded shape.)

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The cracks between the shingles don't show up too much

with the same color paper underneath...

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 Decorate as desired with wreaths and ribbons.  This one is made with

the Scallop Circle Punch and the Boho Blossom Punch...

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After snipping as shown above, add berries (1/8" punched circles) below...

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Bend and sprinkle with Dazzling Diamonds before attaching to house.

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NOTES:  I turned the chimney into a welcome pedestal... Simple circle wreaths were punched and hung above windows... The Jewelry Tag Punch was used to make the front door handle... The 3/4" Circle Punch was used to make the rocked walkway.  Dazzling Diamonds added the magic!

USE YOUR IMAGINATION - AND GET CARRIED AWAY WITH CREATIVITY! 

Supplies & Accessories:  Stamp Set #116511 Grateful Greetings; Design Accent #120911 Design-a-House; Designer Series Paper #117396 B-A-B Workshop Pawsitively Prints II; Textured Card Stock #121077 Real Red, #121075 Wild Wasabi; Card Stock #102128 Chocolate Chip, #100730 Whisper White; Stampin' Pad #101179 Basic Black; Punches #119854 Scallop Circle, 119858 Boho Blossom, #119869 1/2" Circle, #119868 1" Circle, #119873 3/4" Circle,  #117190 Jewelry Tag, #119861 1-1/4" Circle, #119860 1-3/8" Circle, #119871 3/16" Corner Rounder; Embellishments #109034 1/4" Real Red Grosgrain, #119246 Basic Rhinestones, #102023 Dazzling Diamonds, #119736 Early Espresso Neutral Brad; Adhesives #104294 Sticky Strip, #104045 Anywhere Glue Stick, #103683 Glue Dots, #104430 Stampin' Dimensionals.

Linda Aarhus, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

www.polkadotsandpaper.net

 

11/13/2010

RELAXING...

Cannon Beach 

My oldest daughter, Lynelle, is speaking at a women's retreat this weekend and I joined her.  I'm looking forward to becoming acquainted with the ladies from the Pleasant View Church of the Nazarene while we relax and refresh at the Cannon Beach Christian Conference Center.  Ahhhh........

 

11/12/2010

THANKFUL THOUGHTS STAMP

ROYAL BLOG TOUR PROJECT 3 of 6 (Recap)

"Thankful Thoughts"

Thankful Thoughts 

HERE'S HOW:

I used the Candy Cane Christmas fabric.

(The Deck the Halls fabric would look nice as a vintage ornament!)

Fabric 

Start with these three things...

Fabric - Ice Cream Cone - Styrofoam Ball

1 

Gather the fabric around the ball and secure with a rubber band.

Cut off the excess fabric tail...

2 

Spread a generous amount of liquid glue around the edge...

3 

Insert ball and gently press in place while glue adheres...

4 

Use the Scallop Edge Border Punch on Real Red Card Stock.

Victoria Crochet Trim will top it off.

Both get lined with Sticky Strip adhesive...

5 

Red goes on first, with seam positioned on center back,

followed by layer of lace, carefully matching seams...

6 

Cut ordinary paper clip as shown...

(I used my hubby's wire cutters.)

7 

Avoid snagging the fabric by using the tip of your

Paper-Piercing Tool to make two little holes.

Then insert the "paper clip" ornament loop... 

8 

It's not something you'd want to eat - - -

but it is something you'd want to hang on your Christmas tree!

9 

Last year I put little teddy bears on my family room tree,

but this year, I'm using ICE CREAM CONES!

10 

When you have more time to see pictures of my home

decorated for Christmas last year, click on my right sidebar button...

Button 

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Linda Aarhus, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

www.polkadotsandpaper.net

 

FYI:  The ICE CREAM CONES were my most popular (and talked about) project on the Royal Blog Tour.  I truly appreciate all your nice comments.  I have such THANKFUL THOUGHTS of you!

AND ONE MORE THING:  I'm leaving for a little weekend beach trip (pictured on tomorrow's post).  But on Monday, you'll see the details of my MERRY CHRISTMAS HOUSE project!

11/11/2010

MAKE MERRY STAMP

ROYAL BLOG TOUR PROJECT 2 of 6 (Recap)

"Make Merry"

Make Merry 

HERE'S HOW:

(It's all about the supplies & accessories)

3 Ing 

 These little guys are so cute!  (As cute as a button!)

Little boxes 

They're sweet even without candy!

Little and big 


The little ones are fun and the big ones are funner!

(I know that's not a real word!)

3 stacked 

Ummmm... The paper is scrumptious and totally made this project!

Big end 

Buttons 


Speaking of buttons...  OH GLORY BE...

If you like sewing and buttons and stitching and patterns...

I have something amazing to show you!!!

(Later)

Make merry 

The little boxes are FAST and FUN

when made with the Big Shot Machine and Candy Wrapper Die!

3buttons 

The big boxes take more effort and patience...

Instructions 
 

Here's a thumbnail size shot...

Big Box 

Fill and embell 

Tomorrow:  ICE CREAM CONES.  Need I say more?

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Linda Aarhus, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

www.polkadotsandpaper.net

 

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11/10/2010

GRATEFUL GREETINGS STAMP SET

ROYAL BLOG TOUR PROJECT 1 of 6 (Recap)

"Grateful Greetings"

Grateful Greetings 
 

HERE'S HOW:

1 

Since beautiful LEAVES are the epitome of fall, make lots of them.  Die cut, using a variety of different papers and colors.  Emboss some.  Put eyelets in others.  Then shape them by rolling around a pencil.

2 

There's nothing unusual about this card... No special techniques or new tricks.  The layers, textures and colors give it appeal.  The punched border, pierced holes and eyelets add interest.  Curly leaves top it off to be a card anyone could make and everyone will love!

 4

Wrap Hemp Twine around a jar filled with baked goods and tie on some leaves.  It's such a simple gift, but homemade and handcrafted are a winning combination.

3 

One more little thing... Make a mini card to match!

5 

Now... Slip the card, mini card and a few leaves into an envelope... (People love receiving handmade cards, but surprise them with a few extra blessings!)

6 

And if the recipient is anything like me, she'll save it all and add it to a fall arrangement in a special place at her home.

7 

"The truest measure of our thanksgiving

is how we use the blessings for which we give thanks."

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 Stamp Set

This is such a versatile stamp set... (It includes Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine's Day and even some Everyday greetings!)

Supplies & Accessories:

Supplies

Top to bottom and left to right... Stamp Set #116511 Grateful Greetings; Textured Card Stock #121076 Cajun Craze, Elegant Eggplant, More Mustard, Garden Green; Card Stock #101650 Very Vanilla; Patterns Designer Series Paper Stack #117158 In Color Peach Parfait; Big Shot #113439 Die Cutting Machine, #113459 Original Die Leaves #2, Textured Embossing Folder #117335 Perfect Polka Dots; Stampin' Pad #119671 Cajun Craze; Punch #117649 Pinking Hearts Border; Tools #116631 Paper-Piercing Tool, #105826 Mat Pack, #108362 Crop-A-Dile; Embellishments #105319 Metallic Copper Eyelets, #100982 Natural Hemp Twine.

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Come back tomorrow to see MAKE MERRY!

Linda Aarhus, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

www.polkadotsandpaper.net

11/09/2010

BLOG CANDY WINNERS!

The Winners!

Blog candy 
 
THANKS TO EVERYONE for visiting Polka Dots and Paper during the Royal Blog Tour! These six names were picked at random and will each receive all three VIRTUAL CARD KITS via email.  Congratulations - and thanks again to all of you for dropping in! 

 

Cathleen Garcia - Denver, CO

Cindy Marchant - Stevenson, WA

Kathy McCloskey - Black Diamond, WA

Kelly Collins - Oswego, NY

Teri Couture - Middletown, CT

Ola Jaggers - Bedford, IN

 

TOMORROW... Return to Polka Dots and Paper to see additional photos, design details and a list of supplies used for Project #1 (Grateful Greetings). Projects #2 through #6 will be featured on November 11, 12, 15, 16 and 17 respectively.  I truly appreciate your enthusiasm and support!

 

Linda Aarhus, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

www.polkadotsandpaper.net

11/04/2010

THE ROYAL BLOG TOUR...

Thank you for accepting the invitation to visit all the castles on the Royal Blog Tour.  As you travel by carriage on this fun and fancy journey, you'll notice that each Honorary Queen and all the Princesses are highlighting one particular stamp set.  My projects are made with the versatile Grateful Greetings Set.   Again, I welcome you!

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Grateful Greetings 

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Make Merry 

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Thankful Thoughts 

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Christmas Greetings 

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Blessed Season 

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Valentine Greetings 

Grrr 

 
Blog Candy 1 
 
Blog Candy 2 

Blog Candy 3 

 

Linda Aarhus, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

www.polkadotsandpaper.net

 



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