The Year End clearance sale at Stampin’ Up! continues through January 4, 2016. There are some really amazing deals here with select items up to 60% off. Be sure to check it out at my online store. If you click on “Year End Sale” on the left hand side, you can see all the clearance items. They include both current items from the Annual and Holiday Catalogs as well as retired products. But, don’t wait too long because items are only available while supplies last.
Stampin’ Up! announced the following new Weekly Deals today, including the Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper Stack one of my personal favorites! It’s normally a bargain a $8, but this week you can snap it up for only $6!
Digital Printing Update:
I wanted to give you an update on digital printing. The last time I talked about this, I had placed an order with My Memories Suite to have my 2016 desktop calendars printed and I wasn’t totally satisfied with my prints. My Memories Suite had inadvertently printed the calendars on double sided paper, and the paper was very thin like scrapbook paper.
Well, I subsequently contacted My Memories Suite to express my concerns, and I have to say that they were very responsive. Originally, they offered to re-print the calendars on single sided paper. (The paper quality issue was my mistake for not ordering the correct weight.) However, when they offered to do the reprints, I asked if I could upgrade the paper to cardstock. The adviser working with me said he’d look into it. A week went by and I hadn’t heard anything, so I contacted the adviser again. He explained that the printers were behind due to holiday orders, which is understandable this time of year, so I decided I really couldn’t wait and I cancelled my order so I could use my local Office Depot instead. My Memories Suite was very accommodating and provided me a full refund. Then, two days later, I received my entire order printed on cardstock! Not only did I not have to pay extra for the paper upgrade, I didn’t pay anything at all, and they sent me the order via overnight mail. I was very impressed that they went out of their way to send me the prints after I had cancelled. I thought it was important to give this update, because I think they tried hard to correct the error and were more than fair. Also, I used My Memories Suite to print my big 12 X 12 Maui photobook and it turned out beautiful. I would definitely use them again.
I’m happy to say that I’ve finished all my Christmas cards and mailed them out, but I still have three more to make for my nephews. I usually give them money for Christmas, so I like to make a personalized card for each one. I’ll show you the first of the three cards today. This one is for my oldest nephew, Michael. He grew up in Mammoth Lakes and is a big skier.
I thought a Winter snow scene with skies would be perfect for him. I started by using the Woodland Textured Impression Embossing Folder (TIEF) with a piece of Smoky Slate cardstock for the background. Then, I used sponge daubers to add color to the sky (Marina Mist, Bermuda Bay, and Night of Navy) and the trees (Smoky Slate and Basic Gray.) Then, I drew snow on the trees with a White Signo Uni-Ball Gel Pen.
As a side note, I’m pleased to report that Stampin’ Up! is not retiring the Woodland TIEF as originally indicated. It will be in the next Annual Catalog.
Next, I ripped some Whisper White paper for the “snow” and sponged on some very light color.
I stamped the Winter Wishes skis with Basic Gray Archival ink on Whisper White paper and then used a Blender Pen to color them with Crumb Cake and Smoky Slate ink. Then, to make the skis look like they were stuck in the snow, I used a Blender Pen to draw shadows at the bottom.
I added a greeting inside using the Oh, What Fun photopolymer stamp set.
The “JOY” on the card front is from the Wonderful Wreath Framelits Dies. I still love that old set and those pretty words. While I was tempted to use a little glitter (Glimmer Paper) or something shiny, I refrained considering that this is going to a 28 year old young man. Glitter or not, I think he’ll like it a lot.
I read about another technique using this TIEF, so I’ll have to test it out and show you later this week!
Supplies used on my card:
Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog