DESIGNS BY LUCIA

Stampin’ Blends

Stampin’ Blends are BRAND NEW alcohol markers available only from Stampin’ Up!  Some features include …

  • Add just the right amount of color where you need it with the brush tip or fine-point.
  • Each color (except Ivory and Bronze) has a light and dark shade marker, available individually or in a combo pack.
  • Press fit seal prevents air from entering the barrel and causing evaporation.
  • The nestable lids are easy to keep track of and have a tight fit for long-lasting color.

Check out this video…

 

Until Next time …

Share and Enjoy:
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Print
  • LinkedIn
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Yahoo! Buzz
  • Digg
  • StumbleUpon
  • del.icio.us

Holiday Random Acts of Kindness

Seasons Greetings!!

Don't you LOVE this time of the year!  I do … the weather starts to turn cooler and our spirits are brighter, hopeful, full of family and friends, and full of love for all people.

While thinking about what I could share with you today, I stumbled upon this article, Holiday Random Acts of Kindness, on Stampin' Up!'s website by Cathy Caines, a member of the 2017 Artisan Design Team.  Her idea embodies what I believe makes this time of the year so special – The Spirit of Christmas .  I think it's a GREAT idea and hope to incorporate some of her ideas this season.  Maybe you will as well.

Enjoy!!

———————————————————————————————————————

Holiday Random Acts of Kindness

1

 

 

You can feel the crisp chill in the air here on the East Coast of Canada. As I put on my mittens, you can almost hear the jingle bells in the distance. Honestly, it makes me a little bit giddy inside. I truly feel the magic every single year.

Every year, I vow to get organized early. Typically one of the first items on my agenda is to get our advent calendars ready. The tradition in our family is to select a wrapped holiday book every evening as well as a Lego advent calendar for each child in the mornings. However, this year my kids are now seven and five. It’s a great age to begin some Random Acts of Kindness. This Holiday List works the same way as a typical countdown to Christmas where my children will select a note each day.

2
 

The Trim Your Stocking Thinlits Dies (144682) is a perfect product to hold the twenty-four pieces of rolled-up paper containing the Random Act of Kindness.

To begin this project, I cut out 25 stockings using the Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper (144621) and the Merry Little Christmas 12" x 12" Cardstock Pack (144622). Carefully I pieced each holiday stocking together and placed a number made out of Real Red Cardstock (102482) and the Large Numbers Framelits Dies (140622). Finally, I attached each stocking with Real Red 1/8" Solid Ribbon (144631) and hung it on a large decorative frame using the Jute Twine (144625). If you don’t have a large frame, you could quite easily use a three-foot Christmas tree to hang these stockings.
3
 

The Trim Your Stocking Thinlits Dies also come with a pillow box-shaped die, which fits a gift card perfectly. It allowed me to have a pocket on each holiday stocking where I could place a rolled-up Random Act of Kindness. Since my children are young, I selected Random Acts of Kindness that did not take a great deal of time and would not be a financial burden. While I researched online for some ideas, it was easy to select 24 acts. I encourage you to tailor your own family’s Random Acts of Kindness list to what best works for you.

Here’s the Caines Family Holiday Random Acts of Kindness List:

  1. Send a card to a stranger, such as an overseas service member.
  2. Donate new toys to the Happy Tree.
  3. “Sock” a friend by putting a treat in a holiday stocking on someone’s doorknob with a special note.
  4. Make five sticky note messages and place them on a mirror or door. A drawing or a note like “You are beautiful” would be perfect.
  5. Bring a joke to school to read to your class.
  6. Donate food to the food bank.
  7. Help Nanny put away the dirty dishes.
  8. Draw a picture for your teacher and give it to her along with a treat.
  9. Shovel for a neighbor or clear off their cars before they wake up.
  10. Donate 10 books you no longer need.
  11. Help clean the neighborhood on a walk. Be sure to wear your gloves and bring a garbage bag.
  12. Go through old towels and blankets to donate to the animal shelter.
  13. Drop by a senior’s home and bring a poinsettia. Be sure to say hello!
  14. Donate some cards to Ronald McDonald House.
  15. Write a list of five things you are thankful for
  16. Pay for someone’s coffee.
  17. Donate some money to a charity.
  18. Leave candy canes on someone’s windshield.
  19. Put a treat in the mailbox for the mail carrier.
  20. Call both your grandmas just to say hello.
  21. Bring coloring books to the doctor’s waiting room and the gymnastics viewing room.
  22. Decorate rocks using paint and place them around the neighborhood for strangers to find (“kindness rocks”).
  23. Be a helper by picking up 10 things off the floor each day.
  24. Give five people a compliment. Or more!
  25. Merry Christmas!
     

4
 

I am so excited to share these adventures with my children and I truly believe that these little gestures will make a big difference in our small community. 

I’m wishing you all the best in your holiday preparations!

Cathy Caines
2017 Artisan Design Team

Share and Enjoy:
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Print
  • LinkedIn
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Yahoo! Buzz
  • Digg
  • StumbleUpon
  • del.icio.us

World Card Making Day – OCTOBER 7, 2017

HAPPY CARDMAKING DAY!!

We didn’t come up with World Card Making Day, but we are thrilled that it’s a thing! It’s a day dedicated to doing what you love most—making handmade cards! It celebrates the creativity and personal connection handmade cards create between loved ones, and it’s a great time to offer your customers a chance to make their own cards to send to their family and friends.

This year the world celebrates the day on October 7, but one day wasn’t enough for us. For ten days (October 1–10), you and your customers get 15% off Notecards & Envelopes and select stamp sets. These items will help you and your customers celebrate the best hobby of all—cardmaking!

To check out the sale, click here.

Rubber Hugs!

 

Share and Enjoy:
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Print
  • LinkedIn
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Yahoo! Buzz
  • Digg
  • StumbleUpon
  • del.icio.us

Falling Leaves….

Happy October, Everybody!!

What does October mean to you?  To me … it means cooler weather and family as we celebrate Halloween and the arrival of Fall Festivals.  I love this time of the year.  The pace seams to slow down a little, the leaves change colors … well, not in Coastal Georgia (where I live), but it does in the mountains.  I grew up in the mountains of North Carolina (Waynesville) so … I love cooler weather.  If it could stay in the 70's during the day all year long, I'd be perfectly happy.  Well, 'nough of that … Today I want to share with you a card we made in my monthly  card class.  I call it Falling Leaves and … well, it is.

See … it is "falling leaves. Let me tell you how I made it.  I used a couple of different stamping techniques — sponging, brayering, and using a texture impressions embossing folder with Stampin' Up!'s Big Shot Die Cutting Machine.  (NOTE:  All my supplies are from Stampin' Up! and can be found on the Shopping Tab on this page.)  The supplies I used to made the card are…

STAMPS:   Vintage Leaves

INKS:  Soft Suede, Always Artichoke, Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, Crushed Curry

PAPER (with dimensions):  Cajun Craze (8 1/2" x 5 1/2"), Early Espresso (5" x 3 3/4"), Sahara Sand (4 3/4" x 3 1/2"), Whisper White (8 1/2" x 5 1/2"), Copper Foil (scraps)

ACCESSORIES:  Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, Woodland Texture Impressions Embossing Folder (TIEF), Leaflets Framelits, Brayer, Stampin' Sponges, 1/4" Copper Trim, Linen Tread, Fast Fuse  Adhesive (or your adhesive of choice), Mini Glue Dots

I used a couple of techniques on the card. 

  1. The first technique I used was coloring the embossing folder – to do this I used a brayer.  You can use any of our inks to do this – I'd stay away from the archival inks, though.  They are permanent.  The color comes right off of the embossing folder with water.  Just add color with your brayer and run it through the Big Shot. 
  2. The second technique is sponging.  I stamped the leaves on Crushed Curry cardstock using the images from the Vintage Leaves stamp set with Always Artichoke ink.  Then I sponged then with Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, Crushed Curry and Sahara Sand inks. 
  3. The final step is cutting out the leaves with your Big Shot using the Leaflets Framelits.  Then … put your card together.  I chose to make a bunch of leaves and hold them together with some Linen Thread.  My husband held the leaves while I tied the string.  I did add a couple of Mini Glue Dots to hold them in place.

I hope you all enjoy the card and have a WONDERFUL FALL!!

Rubber Hugs!!

 

 

 

Share and Enjoy:
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Print
  • LinkedIn
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Yahoo! Buzz
  • Digg
  • StumbleUpon
  • del.icio.us

WEBSITE UNDER RE-CONSTRUCTION

Thank you so much for visiting me today.  Currently, my website is under reconstruction. I am revamping my site to make it more pleasing to you, my visitors and new friends.

Designs By Lucia is a place where you can go to find all kinds of paper crafting ideas.  I am updating my gallery and offer a tutorial each month to my subscribers.

While the website is "Under Re-Construction", you will still be able to join my mailing list and will receive the most current project tutorial.  

In addition, to my mailing list, I also want to invite you to my classes.  I know most of you do not live in the Savannah, Georgia vicinity.  So … I'm in the process of developing a monthly virtual class.  You would purchase the supplies and can participate online.  Be sure and let me know if you're interested in this option.

Thanks again and … excuse the mess.  We're reconstructing this website … JUST FOR YOU!!

Rubber Hugs!!

Share and Enjoy:
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Print
  • LinkedIn
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Yahoo! Buzz
  • Digg
  • StumbleUpon
  • del.icio.us

ONLY 4 HOURS UNTIL THE 12 WEEKS OF CHRISTMAS BEGNS…

twelve-weeks-of-christmas-banner

It's only 4 hours until the 12 Weeks of Christmas Email goes out.  This is your last chance to get on the email list.  If you're not on the list, you won't receive the email.  To add your name to the email list, simply sign up in the box on the right side this page.  All I need is your name and email address.   Once you submit, all you need to do is confirm the email address.

Thanks — I hope to see you on the Emails.  I really would hate you to miss out on these amazing projects.  For more information, please see the previous post (September 29, 2016).

Have a wonderful day!!

Rubber Hugs!!

gammonsiggy

Share and Enjoy:
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Print
  • LinkedIn
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Yahoo! Buzz
  • Digg
  • StumbleUpon
  • del.icio.us

Celebrating World Card Making Day – SU Style

Card makrs are special people indeed so … it seems only right that we have a day to celebrate our craft.  World Cardmaking Day is typically the first Saturday in October. 

To celbrate our special day, this year Stampin' Up! wanted to get in on the FUN!!!  Stampin' Up! is introducing 2 AMAZING SPECIALS!!  The first special runs for a limited time … OCTOBER 1-5, while the second special lasts all month.  Let me tell you about them.

world-card-making-day-2016

For the next 3 days, Stampin' Up! is helping us celebrate World Card Making Day by offering you discounts on some of your favorite card making staples.  WOW!!

world-card-making-day-2016-specials

Three of my favorites are …

Envelope Punch Board
Envelope Punch Board
Designer Tin of Cards
Designer Tin of Cards
Fast Fuse
Fast Fuse


ON TO THE NEXT PROMOTION:

dsp-sale-2016

During the whole month of October, you can earn a FREE pack of select Designer Series Paper when you buy three packs of select papers.  To see the papers that are available for this promotion, click on the picture below.

dsp-sale-items-2016

What a GREAT deal!!!  Add these papers to an order to earn Stampin' Rewards or add them to a Hostess Code – 74G9DP23.

Thanks for stopping by!

gammonsiggy

Share and Enjoy:
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Print
  • LinkedIn
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Yahoo! Buzz
  • Digg
  • StumbleUpon
  • del.icio.us

12 WEEKS OF CHRISTMAS NEWSLETTER … Begins October 5, 2016

twelve-weeks-of-christmas-banner

IT'S ALMOST … THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR!!  ARE YOU READY??

I am very happy to announce that beginning one week from today (yesterday, actually), on October 5th, I will be launching my very first annual 12 Weeks of Christmas email campaign.

Every week you will receive, via email, a Christmas project plan from start to finish. 

     Weeks 1-5 Different card project every week
     Weeks 6-9 Gift Project
     Weeks 10-12 Bag, Tag or Wrapping Project

By the end of the 12 Weeks of Christmas Campaign you will have 12 AMAZING projects that you can complete (including instructions and a list of supplies for the project).

HERE'S THE THING – The only people who will receive these 12 amazing holiday projects are the people who are subscribed to my MAILING LIST. If you have not subscribed to my mailing list by WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5, AT 1:00 p.m., you are not going to receive these great projects. So make sure you are subscribed by following these instructions.

To subscribe to my mailing list — on the right side of this page is a mailing list box – just put your name and email address, then click submit.  You will be asked to confirm your email address and … YOU'RE IN!!   (NOTE:  You will be taken to a One Time Offer Page — that's under construction)

I hope to see you there.

Rubber Hugs!!

gammonsiggy

Share and Enjoy:
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Print
  • LinkedIn
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Yahoo! Buzz
  • Digg
  • StumbleUpon
  • del.icio.us

BOGO BLAST

paper-pumpkin-bogo-fb

 

For the FIRST time ever…

FIRST-time Paper Pumpkin subscribers can buy their FIRST month and get their second month completely FREE!

All you have to do is sign up here – Be sure to use promo code BOGO.


Now … let me tell you some of the benefits:

  • Every kit comes with an exclusive stamp set to use over and over.
  • We also send at least one Classic Stampin' Spot with every kit.  The colors don't repeat in a 12-month period so … it's easy to build a collection of colorful ink.
  • Every new subscriber receives a clear block (size D) with their first kit to help you get started and use throughout your subscription and beyond.
  • In addition to the stamp set and ink spots, the rest of the kit is an incredible value.  The kit is packed with many supplies – everything you need to make awesome projects like cards, home decor, gift packaging, and more.  For example, our card kits (6+ times a year) come with 8 cards – at least!
  • It's flexible – you can suspend (for a month or longer) or you can cancel at any time.
  • I'll send you a video each month to show you just how easy it is and …
  • I even have a class so we can put the kits together … together (once a month).
  • And … SO MUCH MORE!

REMEMBER:  The deadline to sign up is … OCTOBER 10

(HINT:  If you sign up now, they still won't bill your account until October 10.)

Rubber Hugs!!

gammonsiggy

Share and Enjoy:
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Print
  • LinkedIn
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Yahoo! Buzz
  • Digg
  • StumbleUpon
  • del.icio.us

Birthday Swap … All for ME!!

WP_20140517_002My Birthday was Thursday and I got to share it with two of my Stampin' groups.  The more experience group, shall I say, all made Birthday cards for me.  I told them it was like a swap all for me.  While they all were beautiful cards … the inside of these cards was priceless.  For me, one of the BEST parts of having a Stampin' Up! business is the friends you make.  It has given me the opportunity to grow my circle of close friends.  Most of them I have known for a while (they are members of my church) but others are brand new friends.  Whether old or new, friendship and relationships are what Stampin' Up! is all about.  The cards we make together … that's just a bonus.

The ladies who made these cards are partialy responsible for helping me to achieve status of RISING STAR in 2010.  That is the highest honor in the company for a brand new demonstrator.  I'm so proud to call each of them my customers, but more importantly … MY BUDDIES!!!

Thanks for stopping by.

gammonsiggy

 

.

Share and Enjoy:
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Print
  • LinkedIn
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Yahoo! Buzz
  • Digg
  • StumbleUpon
  • del.icio.us

THE FINAL THANK YOU THURSDAY!!!

THE FINAL THANK YOU THURSDAY!

We hope you have enjoyed the last month of our Thank You Thursday's, we sure have loved saying thank you! For this last one, we wanted to put a pretty little bow to wrap up them up and we thought what better way then with our Chevron Ribbon! Below you will find a few of our favorite colors.

Basic Black 3/4" Chevron Ribbon 
Item # 130010 

Regular Price: $8.95 US/$12.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $6.71 US/$9.37 CAN

Calypso Coral 3/4" Chevron Ribbon
Item #130018

Regular Price: $8.95 US/$12.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $6.71 US/$9.37 CAN

Crushed Curry 3/4" Chevron Ribbon
Item # 130019

Regular Price: $8.95 US/$12.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $6.71 US/$9.37 CAN

Island Indigo 3/4" Chevron Ribbon
Item # 131151

Regular Price: $8.95 US/$12.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $6.71 US/$9.37 CAN

Smoky Slate 3/4" Chevron Ribbon
Item # 131152

Regular Price: $8.95 US/$12.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $6.71 US/$9.37 CAN

Share and Enjoy:
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Print
  • LinkedIn
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Yahoo! Buzz
  • Digg
  • StumbleUpon
  • del.icio.us

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!

BooI just wanted to take this opportunity to wish you all the TREATS your heart desires tomorrow!!  And … I thought this might be the perfect opportunity to share this card with you.  I received it from one of friends, Jackie Ledford, who is also one of my customers.  Isn't she creative.

And … BOO TO YOU!!

 

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!

 

Share and Enjoy:
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Print
  • LinkedIn
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Yahoo! Buzz
  • Digg
  • StumbleUpon
  • del.icio.us

WEEKLY DEALS

WEEKLY DEALS!     october 29, 2013 – november 4, 2013

Great news! During this festive week, there are no tricks here, only treats! Make sure you head over to the store to get your deals before they run out.  

 

Secret Garden Framelits Dies 
Item #129372 

Regular Price: $24.95 US/$30.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $18.71 US/$23.21 CAN
Stampin' Pierce Mat Item # 126199
Regular Price: $4.95 US/$5.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $3.71 US/$4.12 CAN
7/8" Scallop Circle Punch Item # 129404
Regular Price: $12.95 US/$15.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $9.71 US/$11.96 CAN
Ovals Collection Framelits Dies 
Item #129381

Regular Price: $26.95 US/$32.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $20.21 US/$24.71 CAN
Paper Snips Item # 103579
Regular Price: $9.95 US/$14.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $7.46 US/$11.21 CAN
Baker's Twine Island Indigo Item # 125575
Regular Price: $2.95 US/$3.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $2.21 US/$2.96 CAN
Blossom Petals XL Punch Item # 121808
Regular Price: $6.79 US/$9.19 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.09 US/$6.89 CAN
Keep This Memory Photobook Template
Item # 129879

Regular Price: $19.95 US/$21.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $9.98 US/$10.97 CAN
Share and Enjoy:
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Print
  • LinkedIn
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Yahoo! Buzz
  • Digg
  • StumbleUpon
  • del.icio.us

SCARY-FUN HALLOWEEN TEACHER GIFTS

I found this on the Stampin' Up! Blog — Aren't they GREAT ideas for Halloween.


Need to scare up a Halloween teacher gift? We’ve got a few that might just do the trick.

 

 

Our Witchy Whittled Wands, for instance, would charm even the most forbidding defense against the dark arts professor. Just empty a water bottle, fill it with sharpened pencils (or licorice!) wrap it with Designer Series Paper (NA/CA), decorate the cap with Witches’ Brew Designer Washi Tape1-1/4" Burlap Ribbon, and Linen Thread – then adhere our label (made using MDS).
 

It’s a snap to transform a white craft pumpkin into a spellbinding teacher gift. Wrap it with our Witches’ Brew Designer Washi Tape—then deliver it with a drearily delicious goodie. Easy as A,B, C!

Know a teacher who loves a good laugh . . . er . . . cackle? Give her a reversible The Witch Is In/The Witch Is Out sign for her desk. I bought a 99 cent frame from IKEA, spray-painted it gold, and created the signs in MDS. The components are listed here.


A simple craft witch hat (around $4.00) spray-painted gold makes a heinous teacher gift. Embellish it with a bow made using the Big Shot (NA/CA), our new Gift Bow Bigz L Die, and Sweater Weather Designer Series Paper.


 

Love that creepy bag of gruesome gumdrops? It was made using Witches’ Brew Designer Series Paper, Sweater Weather Designer Series Paper, and a folded Tea Lace Paper Doily. The witch silhouette was created in MDS using theSophisticated Spooks Punch. And the gumdrops are enclosed in a Medium Cellophane Bag. Wondering about the chalkboard tag? It was cut from this very handy sheet of Witches’ Brew Designer Series Paper.

Think of all of the teacher gifts you could make with this sheet of paper alone! For more ideas, see the Robyn’s fun and fancy Halloween table on display in the Concept Art Team’s most recent blog post.
 

I couldn’t resist making a witch hat display with the “Witches Candy Shoppe” image (above) and Tag a Bag Gift Bags. And then I thought: what a fun class activity this could be! Ask the students to bring a bag of candy from home, then set up a Witches Candy Shoppe! Kids must pay for the candies with witchy paper money—in the correct denominations, of course.

Last but not least, “specimen jars” make great Halloween gifts for fifth or sixth grade teachers. Find miniature critters at toy, craft, or party stores.  I made the specimen tags in MDS and adhered them to Natural Composition Specialty Designer Series Paper cards. (And if you’re wondering about the plastic snake—I added a drop or two of Old Olive Classic Ink Refill to the water.)

Got any fun ideas for Halloween teacher gifts? We’d love to hear about them!

Cindy B.
St. Staff Writer

P.S. Many thanks to my kind friend, Selma G., of the Events department for helping me make the flag, bow, and flowers. (For the latter, she used the Blossomand Pansy Punches.)

 

Have a FANTASTIC day!!

Share and Enjoy:
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Print
  • LinkedIn
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Yahoo! Buzz
  • Digg
  • StumbleUpon
  • del.icio.us
Scroll To Top