Pals Blog Hop: Bundled up for the Holidays

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Welcome to InKing Royalty’s August Blog Hop. Stampin’ Up!’s 2015 Holiday Catalog is just around the corner (it’s live on September 1) – and this amazing book is filled to the brim with incredible bundles at discounted prices. Who doesn’t love to save with bundles?!? Today we are Bundled Up for the Holidays as we celebrate these amazing stamp set bundles from the Holiday Catalog. After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

I have fallen in love with the Happy Scenes / Home & Hearth Thinlits bundle. In the new Holiday Catalog, there is a tip about using Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter to “create a snowy scene”. I couldn’t wait to try that out:

Tips & Tricks:

Building the Window: There are four layers to the window holding the glitter: Whisper White cardstock cut with the window thinlit; a 2 1/2″ x 3 1/4″ piece from one of our Window Sheets; fun foam cut with the window thinlit (with the inside dividers snipped out); and a 2 1/2″ x 3 1/4″ of our Watercolor Paper. I found that building the window from front to back worked best for me, but there are as many ways to do it as there are crafters. I turned my WW window face down and used the Multi Purpose Liquid Glue (very sparingly!) to adhere the Window Sheet to the back of the WW window. Then I peeled off the sticky back from the fun foam and carefully placed that on the Window Sheet. If it sticks out of the sides, it can easily be trimmed down to fit. I filled the window with about 1/2 teaspon of our Dazzling Diamonds Glitter and applied Multi Purpose Liquid Glue to the fun foam. I finished the window by placing the stamped scene (face down) on the fun foam.

Building the Window Box: I tried several different ideas to create the shaker window box holding the glitter. My favorite border is the edge of one of our Stampin’ Dimensionals sheets. Cut the long strips surrounding the full dimensionals to the size needed, and use those on the back of the acetate sheet to create the box. But when you are making lots of cards, this method requires lots of sheets of dimensionals, and I needed an alternative so that we could make this card at an upcoming club. I tried the double stick foam strips from a local craft store, but they were really difficult to cut lengthwise–they got stuck to my scissors and generally made a big mess. My next try was a white fun foam sheet. The sheet I purchased was sticky on one side, and that kept the Window Sheet nice and neat because there was no glue to escape and smudge or attract excess glitter. My club will use the fun foam, but if you are making one for yourself, I still recommend the edge of the Stampin’ Dimensional sheets.

Winter Wonderland Embellishments: Don’t overlook all of the wonderful embellishments in the new Holiday Catalog! The book is so chock full of products that it’s easy to miss some! I love these little rhinestone snowflakes–they add quick and easy bling!

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!

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