Friday, December 19, 2014

Sneaky Santa Gift Exchange

Every year we create projects and stocking stuffer treats (using Stampin' Up supplies, of course) for the Sneaky Santa gift exchange during our annual Christmas party.  And, with this group of ladies, there's no hesitation when it comes to stealing!  These ladies are so talented and I wish I could have "stolen" and brought home everything!!

What could be inside all the boxes and bags??

Just look at this amazing canvas Marilyn created!
(Love the sentiment on this!)

Deli created an amazing clock!  Yee-Haw!!  (Notice who keeps opening all the gifts??)

The banner on this blue canvas is just adorable!  Kristi did a great job on this cute wall hanging!

Vicki created this adorable set of candles using the Bright and Beautiful stamp set.

Erica is holding another adorable wall hanging with birds.  (I don't recall who made this adorable project, though.)

Cindy created this adorable fuzzy wreath!  It's so fun and festive!

Don't you love this shadow box?  Erica made it and filled it with jingle bells!  Too cute!

I just love this wall clock / note keeper and the resin Stampin' Up! paper weight that Betty made.

What a fun way to make a dry erase board.  So quick and simple and makes a great gift!  Sharon made this cute gift!

Another creative way to make a dry erase board!  Melody created this adorable project.

Didn't I tell you this was a creative and crafty group?  Our annual Christmas party is always a blast and to see these "over the top" gifts is just the highlight of the evening!!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Time for a Christmas Party

One of the things the Cowtown Crafters love to do is get together and party (and eat, stamp, and eat some more etc.)!!  This year's Christmas party was a hit!  Not only did we do a lot of eating, we also passed out little stocking stuffer treats and played Sneaky Santa (complete with lots of stealing!).

 Our amazing group!!

Janet even decorated and brought a picture frame to create some cute photos!  Loved the idea!

It's always a great time when we get together!  These ladies that I met through Stampin' Up! have become some of my most cherished friends!  What a blessing to be a part of this amazing group!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Christmas Treat Bags

I don't know what it is about the Petite Cafe Gift Bags but I just love how cute and sturdy they are.  Did you know that these little bags are lined inside?  That means you can put in food items or popcorn (yum!) and the oils won't seep through!  I love it!  And, since I had the Under the Tree Tag a Bag Accessory Kit, making tags to hang on the front of the bags was a snap!

What do you think??  I'm so excited about the way they turned out! 

Are you wondering what I put inside each bag?  This year I've gone out of my comfort zone and made my very own Orange Kiss lip balm and Gingerbread shaped lotion bars (in peppermint!)!  Of course it was something I saw on Pinterest that I just had to try and amazingly enough, they turned out great!

If you'd like the recipe I used for the lotion bars, you can find it here

If you'd like the recipe I used for the lip balm, you can find it here.

Supplies Used for the Bags:
However you send your treats and goodies to your friends and neighbors, Stampin' Up! has so many ways to wrap it all up for you!  Have a very blessed Christmas!

Happy stamping!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Catalog Kick Off Event - More Sneak Peeks

Ready to see some more samples and fun ideas from the Catalog Kick Off event?  Here they are:

This is a picture frame with the words "The Adventure Begins" stamped with Staz On on the glass and the paper behind it is from an amazing paper stack called Adventure Bound.  The Adventure Bound paper is created with realistic pictures of nature and they are amazing!

The flowers on the envelope flap are from a beautiful background stamp called Something Lacy.  So pretty!

I don't think I've ever seen butterflies like this!  This beautiful butterfly is made using the new Butterflies Thinlits Dies (with the Big Shot Die Cutting Machine) and they are stunning!

The Sheltering Tree stamp set is gorgeous!  It's so versatile for all sorts of all occasion cards.

The Catalog Kick Off Event was tons of fun with friends!  If you've been looking for an amazing stamping group to be a part of, why not consider being a Cowtown Crafter?  It all begins with the simple purchase of the Starter Kit!  That's it!  With so many benefits and perks, you'll be glad you did!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Stampin' Up! Catalog Kick Off Event & Sneak Peeks

Any time to get together with friends is a good time but any time there's also stamping involved, it's a great time!  This past week a group of us attended the Stampin' Up! Catalog Kick Off event in Plano to unveil the Occasions Catalog and the Sale-a-Bration catalog!  What a fun night with these amazing ladies!  (Would you like to be a part of the fun, too?  It's just one of many perks when your purchase the Starter Kit.)

Our evening began with dinner at Chuy's and then off to the theater for the unveiling of the catalogs.

At the theater anxiously awaiting to see all the new products and samples!

And now, without further ado, samples and new products!!  Would you like your own copy of the Occasions Catalog and/or the Sale-a-Bration catalog?  Shoot me an email with your mailing address and I'd be happy to drop them in the mail for you!  (Both catalogs go live on January 6th.)

Notice that nice bouquet on the table?  That is a Simply Created kit that is coming!  It's hard to believe it's made with paper and there's also going to be a Big Shot die so you can cut and make more flowers!

The samples below were created with products from the Sale-a-Bration brochure.  Have you ever heard of Sale-a-Bration?  It's Stampin' Up!'s biggest sale of the year!  With every $50 purchase, you can select 1 free item from the Sale-a-Bration catalog.  It's the only way you can get your hands on these products!

Below are a few samples made from products from the Occasions Catalog.

Have I whet your appetite for these new products yet?  There's still so many samples I'd like to share but I thought I'd continue the sneak peeks in another post.  So, be sure to check back for more!

Contact me to receive your own copy of the Occasions and Sale-a-Bration Catalogs!