Christmas

Making Merry Monday #7

I have been starting to think about the projects for Christmas in July!

I love that so many of last year's popular Holiday Catalogue stamp sets have carried over so we can still buy them! Including : Hang Your Stocking Stamp Set and the Christmas Stocking Framelits.

Hang Your Stocking

I am really looking forward to having a play with these - the old Christmas stocking stamp set and punch were so popular, and these are even prettier!

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Did you buy this stamp set last year? What did you make with it?
I will be back soon with some sneak peeks of my Hang Your Stocking Stamp-a-stack for Christmas in July! Look out for it.


Making Merry Monday #6

BE MERRY SUITE

I just love how many Christmas products there are in the new Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue - a good mix of cute new ones, but also, delightfully, a lot of last year's favourites carried over, which means we get to enjoy them for longer! This makes me happy!

And, I have all sorts of ideas for Christmas in July swirling around in my head!

This year there is a return to traditional red and green. I know a few people who will be very happy with that, and to celebrate, I am offering product shares of the beautiful traditional papers, ribbon and embellishments on pages 112 & 113 of the catalogue - from the BE MERRY SUITE.

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I will be using all of these products during my Christmas in July events, so you will get lots of inspiration, and if you order a bundle now, you will have your own stamp set to use at the events.

There are several options for these product shares. 

First Option, there's the I Want It All Bundle which consists of full packs of all the products in the product suite:

Your order will include:

Merry Mistletoe Stamp set, in either woodmount $47 or clear mount $33
Be Merry Designer Series Paper 12 sheets, 12"x 12"  $19.25, Boxwood Wreaths x 12 $10.50, Be Merry A4 Cardstock Pack - 24 sheets, Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green & Thick Whisper White $14.00,  Metallic Enamel Shapes 100 pieces in silver and gold, $12.25, Cherry Cobbler Double Stitched 1/4" ribbon $12.25
Total bundle Woodmount $115.25 + postage or Clear Mount $101.25 + postage

Be Merry DSP

Second Option - Half share
Your order will include the Merry Mistletoe Stamp set in either Woodmount $47 or Clearmount $33

And half share of all other products in the suite:   Be Merry Designer Series Paper (6 full sheets) $9.65, Boxwood Wreaths x 6 $5.25, Be Merry A4 Cardstock x 12 sheets $7.00, Metallic Enamel shapes x 50 $6.15, Cherry Cobbler Double Stitched Ribbon x 1/2 roll (4.55m) $6.15
Total : Woodmount $81.20 + postage or Clear mount $67.20 + postage

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Third option - 1/4 share
Your order will include the Merry Mistletoe Stamp set in either Woodmount $47 or Clearmount $33

And a one quarter share of all other products in the suite : Be Merry Designer Series Paper (6 sheets, 12"x 6") $4.85, Boxwood Wreaths x 3 $2.65, Be Merry A4 Cardstock x 6 sheets $3.50, Metallic Enamel shapes x 25 $3.10, Cherry Cobbler Double Stitched Ribbon x 1/4 roll (2.25cm) $3.10
Total : Woodmount $64.20 + post or Clearmount $50.20+ post.

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I just love the quirky stamp set images and the gorgeous traditional colours of this product suite, teamed with such awesome embellishments. I can't wait to start showing you some project inspiration at my Christmas in July events. If you want to start getting prepared, you can order Option 1 - The I Want It All Option by clicking here and ordering online.

If you would like to order one of the half or quarter share bundles, phone or email me with your order as I will have to divide up the paper, ribbon and embellishments for you. Payment accepted via cash drop off, Direct Debit or Credit Card.

NOTE: If you don't live locally to me, there may also be a postage cost from my place to your's after I cut and sort the shares. This is normally $8.50 in a red satchel but with the stamp set, may be extra and will need to be weighed and cost confirmed at time of posting.

Be Merry Products


Making Merry Monday #5

Hey there!

How are you going? If you are like me in Melbourne today, you are probably rugged up inside with the heating cranked up, two jackets and a beanie on, as well as thick socks and slippers, and I'm still freezing!!

Terrific weather for stamping - if you can get your frozen fingers to work!

I have had a busy month or so in the lead up to our Stamping Retreat last weekend, so I'm pleased to be finally back with another Making Merry Monday post.

This past week or so, a customer has been asking me all about the Envelope Punch Board. It's a great tool, and you don't just make envelopes with it!

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Apart from making SIXTY SIX different size envelopes, did you know you could also make Christmas Bon Bons with the Envelope Punch Board?

You can make them in various different sizes, and we always have some on display at our Christmas in July events that are coming up soon. If the bon bon in this photo looks familiar to you - I made this one in December 2013 when I was in Tasmania with my sister after a tragic accident took the life of her partner. The funeral was only a few days before Christmas, and we took some time out to make some thank you cards for the well-wishers, and I was asked to show them how to make the bon bon.

Did you notice the matching card has the punched out pieces (the leftover scraps) from the envelope punch board, arranged as Christmas baubles? So clever!

That year we also used the Envelope Punch Board to create cute little snow-men gifts / placeholders.

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See how the indent punch from the punch board shapes the snowman's neck as well as the hat? And the leftover pieces have become his big happy smile.

These hold one Ferrero Rocher each - a very cute treat to decorate your Christmas in July table!

I'm so pleased after all these years that Stampin' Up! still has the Envelope Punch Board in their range and carrying over into the new annual catalogue.

BUT . . . did you know . . .

We also have two other punch boards and one of those is retiring and won't be available after Wednesday when the current catalogue finishes.

Gift Box Punch Board

That's right, the Gift Box Punch Board, which makes boxes up to 4" square will no longer be available after this Wednesday, 31st May.

You can see it, plus all the other retiring products in my online store here.

We are really coming to the end of a great annual catalogue now - just a couple more days to go and some of my favourite stamping items will no longer be available. If you have been sitting on the fence holding off from buying something that's retiring, please don't be the person to email me on Thursday and ask me if you can order one of these or one of those? Or a Gift Box Punch Board. If they are not sold out before, their item code will be switched off at midnight on Wednesday and they will be gone forever.

Check the retiring list here to make sure you don't miss any favourites.

I'll be back with a reminder on Wednesday for those who are happy to order online.


Making Merry Monday #4

The retiring products list has thrown everyone into a spin, but there are some great Christmas sets that are carrying over from our current catalogue into the new one, and on top of that, some of the favourites from our Holiday Catalogue are reappearing too. This is so good for our advance planning!

Here's a couple of projects I did using a non-Christmas set, and just decorating them with a few bits to make them for the Festive Season.

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The cute racoon is from Foxy Friends stamp set which will be in the new catalogue.

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See how I have popped the "Hardwood" layer up with dimensionals to make it look like a frame and the little raccoon's head is on the inside, but his body is outside.

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This is the inside of the card. The vine leaves are also from Foxy Friends stamp set.

I'm looking forward to seeing what new Christmas paper we get in the new catalogue but in the meantime I'll be happy to use bits and pieces like this!

Have you started yet? Comment below and let us know what you are making.

 


Making Merry Monday #3

Hello Again!

Just back from a busy, busy weekend (and exciting - did I tell you how exciting??) weekend in Sydney with all my Stampin' Up! buddies, and it's time for Making Merry Monday #3!

Last week I promised to give you the links for my Christmas Pinterest boards. Are you a Pinterest user? Luckily, I don't think you need an account to look at the boards. But the good news if you don't have an account is, a) it's free, and b) you can use your Facebook account to login so you don't have to remember another password!

Here is my CHRISTMAS PROJECTS board.

Here's a little board where I have started collecting cute Packaging Ideas.

And here's a few happy snaps from my 2016 Christmas in July event.  Look out for the 2017 event - details will be coming out soon!


Making Merry Monday #2

Hi there, on a gorgeous sunny (freezing cold) Melbourne morning.

The sunrise this morning was stunning - but at 5 degrees in the Yarra Valley, it needed to be! It looks like an awesome gardening day, and I definitely have gardening to do, but it may not be very high up my list of priorities this morning considering my hubby arrives back from Tassie off the boat this morning, and I go to Sydney for Stampin' Up!'s On Stage event on Thursday . . . poor garden might have to wait!

However! 

I did make a promise to myself that Christmas Card making wouldn't be put off until November this year! So welcome to my second Making Merry Monday post to get us inspired and revved up!

I had a team stamping day on Friday and one of my savvy team members was productively colouring a stack of "Merry Mice" images she had stamped in preparation for her Christmas Card production line. Merry Mice was a super cute stamp set that was available in the 2016 Holiday Catalogue. You can't buy them anymore, but did you know there is a massive stack of other products from the Holiday Catalogue still available on the Stampin' Up! Website!

Here are some of them.

Product List

I love that some of these favourites are still available to buy now, because I know what I was like last year, and I really need to get a good start now on making Christmas cards for 2017. Next Monday I'll share with you the links to my Christmas Project boards on Pinterest to get you inspired, but in the meantime, please let me know if you have started creating your cards for 2017 and what products you are working with.

And if you haven't started, perhaps take a second look at the cute stamp sets and cutting tools that are still available and see if some of them inspire you! Clicking on any of the images above will take you direct to my online shop where you can order them for yourself.

Happy creating!


Making Merry Monday #1

A few years back, one of my lovely stamping friends Judy May was a feature designer on the Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge Blog.

It was a time when I was still working in the construction industry and commuting for up to (and sometimes in excess of) 3 hours a day for work, so I wasn't really blog surfing at the time or looking for design challenges to fill in my day.

However, I loved the idea of committing to make one or two Christmas Cards every single week, so that when you get to November / December, there is no panic.

Last November was one of those "bad years" when I joked several times about having to go to K-mart and buy a box of Christmas cards to send out, because the production line had just gotten away from me. And it was when we were away in Busselton in early December that I remembered about Judy doing Merry Monday and thought to myself, that would be a good thing to kick off again this year!

So, before we get too much later into the year, I think it's time!

Welcome to Making Merry Monday!

I'm not going to run this as a challenge per se, but intend each Monday for it just to be  a little reminder for you and for me, that we need to make a couple of Christmas cards this week, to take the pressure off later in the year!

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I have cheated a little bit - you have to do what you have to do!! When the Holiday Catalogue was finishing, these gorgeous Stitched Greeting Card Kits were on sale and 50% off, so I grabbed a couple to get me underway.

I love the idea of the kits because I can keep all the supplies in one plastic tub that I can take with me wherever I am on a Monday and just progress my production line!

Who wants to play along? Will you make one or two Christmas cards each Monday and store them up for the year?

Leave a comment below and let me know you are keen!


Father Christmas Cardmaking Ideas

I know what you are thinking!!

I know that we never want to see Christmas again . . . until December! 

I know you are wondering why on earth I would start sharing Christmas projects in February when we are still in Christmas overload, having created Christmas cards and home decor items for the last 6 months of last year, from Christmas in July, all the way through our bleak winter, rainy spring and into the frantic lead-up to December 25th.

I know that I suffered Christmas burnout! And that's why I need to post this now. Because a few people asked me about water-colouring the Father Christmas stamp and wanted to see how I did most of my Christmas cards.

And I did take step-by step photos at the time, but it was just too busy a time to keep banging on about it! And since the Father Christmas stamp set is still available to buy in the Holiday Catalogue Carryover List, I thought now would be a good time to show you those step by step photos! Just in case you loved it so much, you wanted to use it to start creating your own Christmas cards for the 2017 season - good idea to start now! 

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So, I started with Thick Whisper White Card, and the Archival Basic Black Ink Pad. Make sure you allow time for it to dry properly. Next step was using the blender pen and Delightful Dijon Ink Pad. Don't you love how that Dijon takes on a gorgeous gold look in this application?

The tree is coloured with Garden Green Ink Pad and Blender Pen.

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How do I use the blender pen with the ink pad?

I squeeze the lid of the ink pad (when it's closed) to force some of the ink into the lid, which I then use like a paint pallet. I pick up the ink with the blender pen, and be sure to always have some scrap paper nearby to take any excess off in case you want to colour a little lighter.

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There were plenty of little details in the Santa image to turn to gold - just like Midas!

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The next step was using the Real Red Ink Pad, and I'm sorry I don't seem to have taken a close up photo, but you can see I applied the colour more intensely where shadows would fall naturally, and allowed it to be lighter on the top of the sleeve and facing panels of his coat where light might fall.

The final step in the colouring was applying very small amounts of Soft Sky ink onto the fur trim and his beard, and in the shadow on the ground, because even though we know these items are white, they can still have shadows which may take on a blue effect.

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The background layers were Whisper White embossed with the Holly Textured Impressions Embossing Folder on page 27 of the Annual Catalogue, and Real Red card cut with Layering Ovals Framelits.

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So then the coloured Father Christmas images had to be cut with the ovals too.

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The layering was a good task to do at Chirnside Park Shopping Centre casual kiosk - especially when our favourite ladies from Gloria Jeans make great coffee like this to keep us going!

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For a bit of variety and interest, I mounted the cards as a mixture of portrait and landscape, and used two different greetings.

I also did a couple of variations with the backgrounds using other stamps from the set.

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At the end I had some left over card bases and Real Red Scallop ovals, so I made a couple of extra cards using some of the pieces I had previously cut from the Candy Cane Designer Series Paper.

Candy Lane Christmas Cards (1)

Candy Lane Christmas Cards (2)

The Father Christmas Stamp Set is available to order through my online shop. Click on the picture to see it.

Father Christmas


Hey Chick Paper Piecing Video

 

On the 29th of November I posted some Paper Piecing ideas using the delicious Warmth and Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack which was in the Holiday Catalogue and was discounted heavily in the Year End Clearance. I encouraged all those I came in contact with to buy the paper stack ASAP so they could do this project (See it here).

A couple of people commented on my blog post, requesting a video of how to do it, and since the Christmas Holidays and that busy December period are now over, I finally had some time yesterday to do a Facebook Live recording, showing you how I cut and coloured the cute hens from Hey Chick Sale-a-bration stamp set. 

Click on the video below to learn how quick and simple this technique is! 

Hey Chick Paper Piecing

Posted by Katlo Designs - Independent Stampin' Up Demonstrator on Monday, January 9, 2017

The Hey Chick stamp set is one of the FREE Sale-a-bration stamp sets you can select with each $90 product order, between now and March 31st.

There are lots of other exciting products to choose from too. If you'd like to see the new Occasions Catalogue online, click here. If you would like a hard copy in the mail, please let me know via email so I can see if I still have your current snail mail address.

Email me at : kathryn@katlodesigns.com

See you soon!

 


Warmth & Cheer Card Making Ideas

When I saw the Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack, my first thought was kind of along the lines of what am I ever going to do with daggy old knitted tartan print patterns??

Well, if you saw my Angel cards using the Wonder of Christmas stamp set a couple of months back, you will know I soon got over that negative thought! I had olde worlde patchwork quilt patterns popping up every where!

But that wasn't the end of it!

No way!

Because then we went to Stampin' Up!s famous global get together - On Stage Live, in Brisbane and saw the amazing products that are coming in Sale-a-bration in January and one of the stamp sets sang to my heart, and to my Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack!

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Oh My Gosh!

How beyond cute are these fat hens from the "Hey Chick" stamp set which is one of the stamp sets you can receive free with your qualifying order in January through March! You can't buy this set, but you can receive it as a gift.

I just love, love, love it!

And of course, the paper stack is available to purchase now - in fact, if you want to recreate these cards, you will need to order the paper stack now because it's in the Holiday Catalogue and won't be available to purchase after January 3rd.

Warmth & Cheer paper

Click on the picture of the paper to go to the Online shop - and don't forget to check out the other retiring Christmas and Holiday Catalogue products while you are there!