Well, I survived Fair Oaks mall yesterday.
Actually, Fair Oaks mall and Potomac Mills mall and Wal-Mart.
And a near rear-end accident (again!) on a wet road.
(note to other drivers - I do NOT need yet another new bumper for Christmas!)
And driving to skating practice and a Christmas Party.
And sorting and wrapping presents.
I am a tad tired today.
I have also decided that if it's not bought by now, it's not gonna be. Things were going so well when I "thought" I had 99.9% of my Christmas shopping done before Thanksgiving. There I go thinking again! Ha!
So, to take my mind off Christmas - at least for the moment, you should see the pile of gifts still to wrap - I'm sharing a little sneak peek of some new Occasions Mini catalog products with you today!
It's a sweet, simple card, but I LOVE it! And I hope you will too!
I started with Whisper White cardstock and embossed it with my Big Shot and the hearts from the NEW Adorning Accents Embossing Folders. They are 5 1/2" long so they will cover a whole card front! Isn't that cool? And there are 3 designs in one pack - awesome!
The greeting is stamped with Real Red ink and comes from the NEW Sweet Cake stamp set. I loved how the retro feel of this greeting complimented the silhouette image so well. Speaking of the silhouette image - it's NEW too! It's from the Take It to Heart stamp set which has 4 different heart images and a sweet banner image.
And if you're wondering how I cut out that heart shape, well..........
Stampin' Up! has NEW Framelits! They are wafer thin dies that work with our Big Shot to perfectly cut out a stamped image. The Hearts Collection has 6 different sizes in one package! You simply stamp your image then lay it on the Big Shot with the platform and cutting pads. Select the size die you need and lay it in place over the area you want to cut out. Awesome and EASY!
For this card, I added some Dazzling Diamonds glitter to the edge of the heart before mounting it on Stampin' Dimensionals over a wrapped piece of Real Red Satin Ribbon.
Don't you love it?!!
I know, you are dying to see the new products I've used and talked about here. Has your Mini Catalog come in the mail yet? If not, and you don't already have a local demonstrator, please let me know and I'll send you one in the mail! You NEED it! Trust me.
And if you'd like to try out some of these new products for FREE - just RSVP for either of my Thank You Open Houses on Thursday, December 29th. Choose 10 am - Noon OR 7 pm - 9 pm. Come see the new products, make a couple of projects and enjoy some special treats and offers too! All the details are on my Events Page on my Stampin' Up! Website. I'd love to have you in the studio and say Thank YOU in person for supporting me and my business.
So, I know that things are a bit crazy being just 3 days before Christmas and all, I know they are here for me too. BUT, in all the craziness, all the rushing and madness and losing my mindness remember, God is still God. He is still on His throne. He is holding us tight and loving us every minute of every day. His son Jesus is who we celebrate during this special season and He came not only to bring us salvation, but peace and joy!
I have a fantastic, pick-me-up song video to share with you today. It's not a Christmas song - I'll have one of those for you on Christmas Day - but it's one of my favorites when I seem to lose sight of the TRUTH in my life that I've just shared with you.
It's upbeat, jazzy and will have you dancing around a little bit as you get on with your wrapping or shopping or baking or whatever still needs to be done. What I really hope is that it will BLESS you.
Have a beautiful day my friends!