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My First “We Create Blog Hop!” Step it Up!

We Create 2015


Hello there Stampin’ Friends, how are you?? I am so thrilled to be invited to participate in an awesome monthly blog hop with the “We Create Blog Hop” team! (pinch me, I must be dreaming!) I have admired these ladies work for some time, and on a whim I emailed one of them when I saw they were looking for some new demos to join the hop. Thank you Jeanna and Julie for this amazing opportunity!

So the way this blog hop works, is each month we’ll design a card using Stampin’ Up! products and then “step it up a notch” showcasing more advanced techniques and/or more products. Isn’t that a great idea? Well since today is the release of the brand new 2015 Holiday Catalog, I decided to show you a special card that I used for a both a swap I participated in by mail, and then I also used another version for my monthly Christmas Stamp-a-Stack last night.



So it started when I wanted to put the black cat on the new window framelit and thought about what would the inside wall look like to be looking outside at a cozy scene? That’s when I thought of an interior brick wall, and out came the new brick textured impression embossing folder. I then played around with both the chalker marker and the uniball white gel pen to see what look more realistic. what do you think? Soft suede ink was sponged on in a few places to give the bricks an aged look.

So here is the simple version of my card:

step it up

I love how the little village looks through the window, don’t you? The Home For Christmas Designer Series paper is a real wow! I love every piece in this collection and am going to stock up on this paper for all my Christmas cards and home decor, I love it!


©Stampin’ Up! Created by Lynn Streifert http://www.Lynnzcrafters.com 2015 Holiday Catalog



But to create a “Stepped Up” version of this card, I decided to use some new Real Red Pom-Pom trim (I’m seriously in love with this stuff and think we should have it in EVERY color- who’s with me??) and the new Real Red 1/8″ stripped ribbon and our awesome gold sequin trim is stapled on to the little Note Tag punch. I think this tag “steps up” the card, don’t you?



So here are the swap cards before going out in the mail.


This was a little “teaser” I posted on my Facebook business page to get people excited about the new Holiday Catalog… it worked (I hope).

The funny thing was that I was pet sitting at my sister’s while I was creating these swaps and the cards for this blog hop, and I also made our new witches hat. Here’s a picture of that:


As you can see we love little black cats in our family. This is Louie, it took me a long time to get a nice picture of him next to the hat. (He’s not a cat you can just pick up and put where you want him, it took two hours of waiting for him to come up on the counter- oops… shouldn’t let the cat out of the bag that I encouraged him up there, don’t tell my sister- okay??  thanks!)


Thanks so much for stopping by my blog, are you ready to go visit Julie’s blog and see what she came up with? click the “Next blog” icon below: (I have more news below about new Holiday Catalog, clearance rack and Weekly deals, keep reading if you’re not ready to leave my page).

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For those of you local to Schenectady, New York, don’t forget my team and I have our Third BOGO Sale tonight (Buy One Get One Free Event)- it’s located at 2810 Curry Road, Schenectady NY 12303, come around to the back of the building, the entrance is in the back. We have a ton of retired stamps, inks, dies, sizzix, paper, and much more! For each dollar you spend on our retired merchandise- you’ll get to pick out the same value in new Holiday Catalog (or Annual Catalog) products plus tax and shipping- it’s a WIN-WIN (you get a two-fer and we get rid of our retired things). thanks, hope to see you tonight. The sale is just 6-8:30 pm.

Here is a supply list of the items used in these cards:


According to Stampin’ Up! some items are expected to possibly go on back-order, here is their prediction- of course it all depends what people actually buy:

Products That Will Likely Go on Backorder
Spiderweb Paper Doilies (item 139622)

Products That Are at Risk of Going on Backorder
Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper (item 139592)
Red Foil Sheets (item 139607)
Into the Woods 3/8″ Cotton Ribbon (item 139612)
Reindeer Paper Clips (item 139643)
Fine-Tip Glue Pen (item 138309)

So if you’d like any of these items, I suggest ordering them first!

you can click the “shop now” button at the left side toolbar of this blog, then when you get to my online store and click “Shop Now”  at the top and then click “Holiday 2015” tab on the left. When you checkout- please use this hostess code: YCQVVKZB

Or let me know what you need- I’m putting in an order tonight!


Thanks so much for visiting me today, and please leave me a comment, I’d love to hear from you! Have a wonderful day!


I really appreciate all of your support, thanks so much! (Don’t forget our monthly craft kit in the mail – called Paper Pumpkin- is still 1/2 off until September 10th!)

I hope you have a nice day!


~Lynn Streifert

Independent Demonstrator, Stampin’ Up!

Shop my Online Store 24/7 on my website: http://LynnStreifert.stampinup.net

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11 thoughts on “My First “We Create Blog Hop!” Step it Up!”

  1. Love how you accented the brick with your white gel pen. Makes the whole card pop. I also love the the black kitty by the hat. makes the hat even more Witchy 🙂

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