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BLOG HOP: Holiday Home with the Pals September Hop

Welcome to the September Pals Blog Hop. This month we are showing off our favorite new products from the new Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog. We hope you enjoy our projects!

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from #4, Sue Becker at RnR Stamping on the Pals Hop. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all of the amazing creations.

One of my favorite things about stamping is gathering with friends to be creative. That’s the heart of what I do– after all, I am The Social Stamper! To facilitate these gatherings, I hold classes the third Saturday of each month in my local area. (If you’re anywhere near Goldsboro, NC I would love to see you at one of my events!) My upcoming class on September 20th will feature a variety of projects, all using the Holiday Home stamp set out of the new Holiday Catalog. Here is an exclusive Pals Hop look at my class projects!

September Pals Blog Hop-- Stampin' Up! Holiday Home project by Becky Gifford www.thesocialstamper.com

September Pals Blog Hop-- Stampin' Up! Holiday Home project by Becky Gifford www.thesocialstamper.com

See those spooky windows with the shadowy visitors? Simply stamp the house image on a piece of scrap Whisper White card stock, then stamp the spooky images so they fit how you would like in the windows. Use Paper Snips to cut out the windows, then adhere to a second stamped house that you have cut out for your card front.

 

September Pals Blog Hop-- Stampin' Up! Holiday Home project by Becky Gifford www.thesocialstamper.com

September Pals Blog Hop-- Stampin' Up! Holiday Home project by Becky Gifford www.thesocialstamper.com

The autumn wreath is my favorite part of this fall-themed card. It’s not an image that’s included in the Holiday Home stamp set, but it’s easy to replicate by repeated stamping in a circle shape of the oak leaf image using Cajun Craze ink. I added some extra depth by filling in Crushed Curry colored leaves around the leafy circle.

 

September Pals Blog Hop-- Stampin' Up! Holiday Home project by Becky Gifford www.thesocialstamper.com

I started this super-simple tag by punching out a 2-1/2″ Circle Punch shape in Whisper White card stock. Then I added a hole using a hole punch toward the top edge before stamping the image and greeting with Cherry Cobbler ink. You could make dozens of these very quickly since the Holiday Home set is photopolymer– you can see exactly where you’re stamping for precise image placement.

September Pals Blog Hop-- Stampin' Up! Holiday Home project by Becky Gifford www.thesocialstamper.com

Want to jazz up the simple tag? Try out the “moonlighting” technique, something I learned from Dawn Olchefsky awhile back. TIP! Use a 3/4″ Circle Punch to punch out a circle from the sticky part of a Post-It note. Use the sticky circle to mask off your project where you’d like the moon to be placed. Then, sponge Pool Party ink closest to the moon and Island Indigo ink moving toward the outer edge. You’ll end up with a glowing moonlit sky!

 

September Pals Blog Hop-- Stampin' Up! Holiday Home project by Becky Gifford www.thesocialstamper.com

September Pals Blog Hop-- Stampin' Up! Holiday Home project by Becky Gifford www.thesocialstamper.com

One of my favorite colors to use in stamping projects is gold. At least one project for my class had to have some golden shimmer! With the Metallic Gold Encore Pad it’s easier than ever to glam up your stamp images. It is a little “slippery” to stamp with sometimes, so be extra careful to use a steady hand.

 

September Pals Blog Hop-- Stampin' Up! Holiday Home project by Becky Gifford www.thesocialstamper.com

September Pals Blog Hop-- Stampin' Up! Holiday Home project by Becky Gifford www.thesocialstamper.com

This scrapbook layout is versatile because it can display one 4×6 photo, plus there is space for 3 additional 2″x2″ photos or some journaling. Can I just say that I’m loving the new Decorative Masks?? What a great way to create a custom subtle (or bold!) background for your projects.

Is there anything you’re inspired to try out? If so, let me know in the comments below! I’d love to hear from you. Want to see more from The Social Stamper? Subscribe for a weekly digest of posts sent to your email.

Happy Stamping,

Shop Now Signature Becky Gifford The Social Stamper

 

 

 

The next stop is Susan Itell at Simple Stampin, #6 on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting and  I hope to see you next month.

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  1. Kim Czenszak at LiveLoveStamp
  2. Natalie Bradley at Natalie Bradley Events
  3. Susan Lankford at Stamp and Create With Susan
  4. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  5. Becky Gifford at The Social Stamper
  6. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  7. Kelly DeTommaso at Kelly’s Creative Corner
  8. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  9. Katy McGloin at Just fun Stamping
  10. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  11. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  12. Shannon Jaramillo at www.EZPeasyCards.com
  13. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine
  14. Jane Knudsen at see jane stamp
  15. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  16. Katie Ferguson at Cottage Paper
  17. Beth Beard at My little craft blog
  18. Amy Hoptay at Inking of You!
  19. Amanda Merrill at Inkflair
  20. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  21. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  22. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  23. Amy Williams at Stamps and Spice
  24. Rae Harper-Burnet at WildWestPaperArts.com
  25. Diane Roberts at Score at Four and a Quarter
  26. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  27. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin Space
  28. Kerry Willard Bray at Peonies and Paper Chains
  29. September Gray at SeptemberGray.com
  30. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  31. Debbie Crowley at expressivelydeb…
  32. Angie Valle-Peters at Paperluxuries
  33. Peggy Noe at prettypapercards
  34. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  35. Lynn Kolcun at Stamping with Avery’s Owlery

SPECIALS: Week of September 9th

New Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals!

New deals are released every Tuesday. Be sure to subscribe to my blog if you haven’t already so you can stay on top of the very best sales and offers! Here are the discounted products for September 9th-15th (click to view and order current weekly deals in my online store):

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deals 9/9/14-9/15/14 brought to you by Becky Gifford www.thesocialstamper.com

Additional News and Specials

 

My Paper Pumpkin New Subscriber Deal– DEADLINE ALERT!!

Photo: Paper Pumpkin 50% off promotion through September 10, 2014

  • Paper Pumpkin is a crafty subscription box– the perfect way to build supplies over time and get a quick creative escape each month. Now is the perfect time to try it out! New subscribers get 50% off their first 2 boxes if you sign up before September 10, 2014. That’s around $10 per box for your first 2 shipments! Click the photo above to sign up.

 

FREE Good Greetings Stamp Set with a $300 order or party!

Stampin' Up! Good Greetings Stamp Set FREE with $300 order or party. www.thesocialstamper.com

 

  • I personally LOVE the Good Greetings stamp set. It’s got plenty of holiday sentiments, but still many greetings that can be used throughout the year. The price of the set is $17 (clear-mount) or $22 (wood-mount), but you can get it for FREE when your online order or party total reaches $300 before tax and shipping. That’s in addition to everyday host benefits! Not in my local area? No problem! Contact me and we’ll come up with a party plan that works for you! I do virtual parties on Facebook as well as a new Kit Party option that is a hybrid of a virtual and in-person party. This promotion ends on October 31st, so make sure to book your party no later than mid-October (or place your $300 order) before the 31st.

 

Clearance Rack- save up to 80% off of retail prices!

  • Shop from the clearance rack for doorbuster deals every day! New products are added frequently and products are only available while supplies last. Get retired favorites before they’re gone forever!

 

Happy sale shopping!

Shop Now Signature Becky Gifford The Social Stamper

 

 

 

P.S. Did you know the Stampin’ Pretty Pals September Blog Hop is happening Wednesday, September 10th? I’m stop #5, so be sure to visit my blog tomorrow for a fun way to see LOADS of Holiday Catalog inspiration!

I did it!

Recently, Stampin’ Up! has started “testing” local events scattered across the country. These events are called Unite & Excite… bet you can guess what the purpose is! Here’s what I found exciting: the event was just over an hour away from me! In the past, Stampin’ Up! events have been something I would have to travel long distances for, stay in hotels, etc. I’m not saying that those events wouldn’t be worth it, but obviously it would be a bigger challenge than driving a short distance. Add in the chance to meet and connect with other demonstrators from the area, stamp and laugh together, and I knew I couldn’t miss this opportunity.

Then I got… the call. An upbeat call from the upbeat event organizer (a fellow NC demonstrator), asking me if I would be willing to be a speaker at the event. Gulp. BIG GULP! I really do well in front of crowds, after all I was a college cheerleader back-in-the-day, but public speaking is just plain intimidating. Nod your head with me so I don’t feel alone! It is intimidating, right? Before I even had much time to process the request, a reply sprung from my mouth. “Of course, I’d love to!” I might have problems telling people “no.” Or maybe I was compelled to do it somehow. And maybe in the few seconds afterward I was questioning myself up one side and down the other. But I’m a woman of my word, so a speaker I became. I did it! Woot!

Becky Gifford www.thesocialstamper.com speaking at Stampin' Up! Unite & Excite NC 2014

When all was said and done, I had a really great time. I even enjoyed the speaking part! Stampin’ Up! events are always jam packed with awesome ideas, so of course there were display boards galore. I won a free stamp set from Prize Patrol (Freaky Friends from the new Holiday Catalog), everyone received a free Everyday Occasions Kit (score!), and I was graciously given a Merry Everything set from Stampin’ Up! and a special little treat from the event organizer for speaking. It pays to step out when you get free stamps and treats! The best part of course was meeting new stamping friends. You can never have enough of those. Here are some photos from the event, enjoy!

Stampin' Up! Unite and Excite NC 2014 www.thesocialstamper.com

Stampin' Up! Unite and Excite NC 2014 www.thesocialstamper.com

Stampin' Up! Unite and Excite NC 2014 www.thesocialstamper.com

Stampin' Up! Unite and Excite NC 2014 www.thesocialstamper.com

Stampin' Up! Unite and Excite NC 2014 www.thesocialstamper.com

Stampin' Up! Unite and Excite NC 2014 www.thesocialstamper.com

Stampin' Up! Unite and Excite NC 2014 www.thesocialstamper.com

Stampin' Up! Unite and Excite NC 2014 www.thesocialstamper.com

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing what fun opportunities we have as Stampin’ Up! demonstrators. The really good news is that you don’t have to stand on the sidelines and watch everyone else having all the fun. I would like to invite you to be a part of all the excitement and take a test drive to see if Stampin’ Up! really is everything I’ve said and more. I am a very inclusive person who loves making people feel special, and I want to help you be a part of something absolutely amazing if you’re willing :o)

Cheers to stepping out of a comfort zone!

 

Shop Now Signature Becky Gifford The Social Stamper

 

 

CHALLENGE: “With Sympathy” Card

Are you looking for card making inspiration? Check out Pals Paper Arts, a fun way to get inspired, show off your creations, and possibly win some recognition as a Pals Paper Arts Pick! New PPA challenges are released the 1st-4th Thursday of every month, and if you’re wanting to upload a card for the contest, entries are due by the following Tuesday. Today is the start of a color challenge, PPA 218. PPA218 on www.thesocialstamper.com

Recently I’ve been in need of several sympathy cards. My husband’s friend and coworker lost his mom, my dad’s wife lost her father, and another friend lost her grandmother unexpectedly. They say bad news comes in three’s, so I’m praying my circle of friends gets a little break from experiencing loss.

This string of difficult news has prompted some pretty deep conversations with my 4-year old. Interestingly, it comes around the same time that he’s started noticing and inquiring about cemeteries. We’ve talked a lot about how dying and being buried is a lot like a seed being planted in the ground. 1 Corinthians 15 teaches us, “when you sow a seed in the ground, it does not sprout to life unless it dies. And what you sow is a bare seed, perhaps a grain of wheat or some other grain, not the full-bodied plant that will later grow up… This is how it will be when the dead are raised to life. When the body is buried, it is mortal; when raised, it will be immortal. When buried, it is ugly and weak; when raised, it will be beautiful and strong. When buried it is a physical body; when raised it will be a spiritual body.” (Verses 35-37 & 42-44, Good News Bible)

Oh, how thankful I am for the knowledge of the resurrection! To have full assurance that this life is a mere vapor, and everything amazing about this life and our incredible bodies will pale in comparison to what is ahead– like an unimpressive apple seed compared to a vibrant, fruitful tree. My husband laughs at me, but I’ve told him before that I want my gravestone to read, “Merely Planted.” What more can I say about the place my body is laid to rest? It’s not a final resting place, nor is it just a memorial of my life, but it’s the place that my physical body awaits the moment when God causes life to burst forth from my dry bones as only He can. What a glorious event!

Even in light of the resurrection, death of loved ones still causes such a deep pain. I am drawn to the phrase, “with sympathy,” because it shows the person that you are sympathizing with their grief, that you are in the trenches of heartache with them to offer help and comfort. That’s the sentiment I chose from the Stampin’ Up! set Teeny Tiny Wishes, which is a long-time workhorse in my stamp collection. This is a little longer post than I normally write, but without further ado, here is my PPA218 inspired card.

PPA218 inspired card by Becky Gifford www.thesocialstamper.com. This card uses the Stampin' Up! sets Everything Eleanor, Gorgeous Grunge, and Teeny Tiny Wishes.

My friend and customer, Missy, inspired me recently to stamp on vellum. In this case, I stamped the Dictionary background stamp with Crumb Cake ink onto my vellum paper and dried it with a heat tool just to make sure the image didn’t smear. Considering what I just wrote about the resurrection, I kind of like the symbolism of the opaque paper; like there’s something more that’s being partially hidden from view. Here’s a helpful tip for assembling this project: to adhere the vellum over top of the splatters, I used Snail adhesive. I wouldn’t recommend a liquid glue because it will cause the vellum to wrinkle and might even show through the opaque paper.

These cards were an extra labor of love with all the fussy-cutting. That’s a term I’ve heard, and I feel it accurately describes cutting a stamp image out with scissors vs. a punch or Big Shot die. It’s a little high-maintenance, but never disappoints. I fussy-cut the flowers from Everything Eleanor and the angled stripe image from Gorgeous Grunge, which I think was totally worth the effort. Pop up the big flower with a few Stampin’ Dimensionals and it makes a gorgeous focal point!

PPA218-inspired card (details shown) by Becky Gifford www.thesocialstamper.com. This card uses the Stampin' Up! sets Everything Eleanor, Gorgeous Grunge, and Teeny Tiny Wishes.

You may not have noticed, but I strayed a little from the color combo in the challenge. It called for Hello Honey and Blackberry Bliss, but I substituted So Saffron and Rich Razzleberry. It’s a lovely color combo, maybe even one of my all-time favorites! I think the recipients will enjoy the splash of color, don’t you?

If you’re motivated by showing others you care and you love to be creative, I know for certain you would love to be a part of my Stampin’ Up! demonstrator group, Team Social Stampers. In addition to being embraced into my group, you’ll be a part of the Stampin’ Pretty Pals group as well, which is where the PPA challenges originate. The Pals are some of the most supportive and enthusiastic stampers around! If you’d like to learn more, here are links to visit my Becoming a Demonstrator FAQs page and an informative Opportunity page.

Praying your days are filled with love, and I’ll see you next week for a fresh Pals Paper Arts challenge!

Shop Now Signature Becky Gifford The Social Stamper

 

KITS: August Paper Pumpkin

Sometimes I like to be creative. Okay, maybe all the time I like to be creative. But sometimes I like to be extra-creative, you know? I see this trait in my oldest son. He takes things that absolutely aren’t meant for a certain purpose, and makes them work for whatever he desires. Sometimes that desire creates frustration, like when he wants his toy airplane to stand on end so that it’s more like a rocket ship. But, the airplane is bottom heavy so it keeps falling over.

Airplane Problem Solved www.thesocialstamper.com

What’s a creative mom to do? Tape pennies to the top, of course! “Problem solved, the problem is solved, we solved the problem, problem solved!” (Peg + Cat song, for those of you who don’t watch PBS Kids. It’s catchy!)

When I got my Stampin’ Up! Paper Pumpkin kit in August, I had fun making some of the cards as-is. Who wouldn’t? They’re adorable! Plus I needed a couple thank-you cards to send in some online party prize packages, so that worked out perfectly. Here is a video showing what came in the kit:

Then, I felt the itch. I saw those star frames and I was compelled to make them even more frame-like by cutting them out with paper snips. “Cute,” I thought to myself. Here’s project sneak peek #1 with one of my star frames.

Stampin' Up! August 2014 Paper Pumpkin Kit alternative project details by Becky Gifford www.thesocialstamper.com

Then I thought, “Why not flip over the sentiment banner to the plain side and use my little dot stamp (included in the kit) to make a faux-scalloped border?” So I did that, too. Here’s project sneak peek #2.

Stampin' Up! August 2014 Paper Pumpkin Kit alternative project details by Becky Gifford www.thesocialstamper.com

So what on earth did I set out to create? A tri-fold card that opens up to surprise the recipient with a mini memory book. Ta-da!

Stampin' Up! August 2014 Paper Pumpkin Kit alternative project by Becky Gifford www.thesocialstamper.com

The tri-fold card actually ends up as a standard card size at 4-1/4″x 5-1/2″ so it will fit in a standard Medium Envelope or one of the included kit envelopes! Start with a 12″x12″ piece of Designer Series Paper (I used a Soft Sky colored paper from the Subtles Backgrounds DSP Stack) and cut at 4-1/4″. Now you have a 4=1/4″x12″ piece of paper. Then, score at 3-1/4″ from each edge. When folded, the edges of the tri-fold card will overlap some. That’s perfect if you want to use the circle+brad closure included with the kit! I could also see making an embellished belly-band style closure that slips on and off. What an excellent way to personalize the outside of the card to match the personalized interior! My husband says this is one of his favorite projects ever, probably because it has pictures of his sweet boys and it’s a gift for his mom to say thank you for hosting our lively family for ten days recently. I have the best in-laws on the planet, and they sure do love their grandkids! The least I can do is fuel their obsession, right?

As an extra touch, I decided to use the included Hello Honey stamp pad and sponge ink around the edges of the outside panels. It gives just a little bit of extra definition and echos the color of the stamped confetti dots on the center panel. TIP! Fold the outside panels backward while sponging ink along the scored edge to give crisp definition from the center panel.

Well, that’s my extra-creative moment for this week, what’s yours? Leave a comment, I’d love to learn more about my fabulous readers! Let’s be friends, okay?

If you’d like to get your own surprise Paper Pumpkin kit in the mail each month, you can sign up at my Paper Pumpkin site. Right now if you use the promo code HALFOFF2, your first 2 months are 50% off. That makes the first two months of fabulous stamping boxes around $10 each!! I call that too good to pass up. The deal ends on September 10th, so take a moment to sign up today!

Happy Stamping,

Shop Now Signature Becky Gifford The Social Stamper

 

 

SPECIALS: Week of September 2nd

New Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals!

New deals are released every Tuesday. Be sure to subscribe to my blog if you haven’t already so you can stay on top of the very best sales and offers! Here are the discounted products for September 2nd-8th (click to view and order current weekly deals in my online store):

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deals brought to you by Becky Gifford www.thesocialstamper.com

Additional News and Specials

 

My Paper Pumpkin New Subscriber Deal

Photo: Paper Pumpkin 50% off promotion through September 10, 2014

  • Paper Pumpkin is a crafty subscription box– the perfect way to build supplies over time and get a quick creative escape each month. Now is the perfect time to try it out! New subscribers get 50% off their first 2 boxes if you sign up before September 10, 2014. That’s around $10 per box for your first 2 shipments! Click the photo above to sign up.

 

FREE Good Greetings Stamp Set with a $300 order or party!

Stampin' Up! Good Greetings Stamp Set FREE with $300 order or party. www.thesocialstamper.com

 

  • I personally LOVE the Good Greetings stamp set. It’s got plenty of holiday sentiments, but still many greetings that can be used throughout the year. The price of the set is $17 (clear-mount) or $22 (wood-mount), but you can get it for FREE when your online order or party total reaches $300 before tax and shipping. That’s in addition to everyday host benefits! Not in my local area? No problem! Contact me and we’ll come up with a party plan that works for you! I do virtual parties on Facebook as well as a new Kit Party that is a hybrid of a virtual and in-person party. This promotion ends on October 31st, so make sure to book your party no later than mid-October or place your order before the 31st.

 

Clearance Rack- save up to 80% off of retail prices!

  • Shop from the clearance rack for doorbuster deals every day! New products are added frequently and products are only available while supplies last. Get retired favorites before they’re gone forever!

 

Happy sale shopping!

Shop Now Signature Becky Gifford The Social Stamper

 

 

 

 

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