A Very Coaster Christmas

Back in November, Super-Stamper Melanie Robson taught us PhillyInkers* how to stamp on marble tiles to make coasters. I absolutely loved this project, so I decided to make a whole bunch of coasters to sell at the Circle of Hope Art Shop in early December. After much success with the coasters at the Art Shop, I decided to make coasters for people on our Christmas list. After all, I had signed the Buy Handmade pledge, saying that I would give handmade gifts this year.

If you are interested in purchasing some coasters or learning how to make your own coasters, please e-mail me at alison@shilohstamps.com.

* = The PhillyInkers are a fantabulous group of Stampin' Up demonstrators based in the Philadelphia region. We are all part of Claire Lawrence's downline. Every month we get together to share business ideas and do some stamping together. You can find links to many PhillyInkers blogs in the Favorite Stampin' Links list at the right. Let me know if you would like to sit in on one of our meetings sometime. Our next meeting is January 14th, and it will be in NJ.


Last Day for 20% off retiring stamp sets and accessories

Since I'm flying to TX tomorrow, today is the last day of my 20% off Retiring Stamp Sets and Accessories special. Let me know asap if you would like to place an order.

Here's a link to Retiring Stamp Sets in alphabetical order.
Here's a link to Retiring Stamp Sets in catalog page order.

Below is a list of Retiring Accessories, including wheels. S0ld Out items are in red.

Accents & Elements Borders & Blossoms
Accents & Elements Little Reminders 2
Accents & Elements Tagged
Album Leather Post Black 8-1/2x11
Album Linen Post Mellow Moss 8-1/2x11
Album Linen Post Natural 8-1/2x11
Album Linen Post Navy 8-1/2x11 - SOLD OUT
Album Linen Post Real Red 8-1/2x11 - SOLD OUT
Album Linen Ring Mellow Moss 8-1/2x11 - SOLD OUT
Album Linen Ring Natural 8-1/2x11 - SOLD OUT
Album Linen Ring Navy 8-1/2x11 - SOLD OUT
Album Linen Ring Real Red 8-1/2x11 - SOLD OUT
Boxes & Tags Pockets & Pieces Assortment I
Boxes & Tags Pockets & Pieces Assortment II - SOLD OUT
Boxes & Tags Tiny Takeout Confetti White
Boxes & Tags Tiny Takeout Kraft
Boxes Stamp & Supply Extra Large
Boxes Stamp & Supply Extra Large Divided
Boxes Stamp & Supply Extra Small
Boxes Stamp & Supply Jumbo
Boxes Stamp & Supply Large
Boxes Stamp & Supply Medium
Boxes Stamp & Supply Small
Brayer Attachment Foam - SOLD OUT
Cards & Envelopes Greeting Very Vanilla Medium
Designer Series Paper Brocade Background
Designer Series Paper Cerise
Designer Series Paper Charbon
Designer Series Paper Creepy Crawley
Designer Series Paper Darling Doodles - SOLD OUT
Designer Series Paper Dashing - SOLD OUT
Designer Series Paper Petals & Paisleys
Designer Series Paper Linen Prints
Designer Series Paper Notations No. 2
Designer Series Paper Outlaw - SOLD OUT
Designer Series Paper Uptown
Designer Series Paper Wintergreen - SOLD OUT
Envelopes Open End Very Vanilla Large
Envelopes Open End Whisper White Large
Envelopes Shimmery White Medium - SOLD OUT
Envelopes Square Vellum Large
Envelopes Square Very Vanilla Mini - SOLD OUT
Envelopes Vellum Medium
Envelopes Very Vanilla Large
Envelopes Whisper White Large
Eyelet Tool Kit - SOLD OUT
Eyelets Bold Brights II - SOLD OUT
Eyelets Silver
Eyelets Soft Subtles II - SOLD OUT
Fancy Fibers Bella
Fancy Fibers Elizabeth
Stampin' Glitter Romantic Red
Stampin' Glitter Silver Shine
Greeting Glue
Liquid Glue - SOLD OUT
Page Protectors Post 8-1/2x11 - SOLD OUT
Page Protectors Ring 8-1/2x11 - SOLD OUT
Paper Vellum 12x12 - SOLD OUT
Pastel Refills Bold Brights - SOLD OUT
Pastel Refills Earth Elements - SOLD OUT
Pastel Refills Neutrals - SOLD OUT
Pastel Refills Rich Regals - SOLD OUT
Pastel Refills Soft Subtles - SOLD OUT
Perfect Layers Tool
Post Extenders - SOLD OUT
Punch Spring Bouquet Flower - SOLD OUT
Simply Scrappin' Out & About
Simply Scrappin' Primary Colors
Simply Scrappin' Round Up
Simply Scrappin' Secret Garden
Simply Scrappin' Winter Bright
Simply Sent Friendship Shapes
Simply Sent Happy Day
Spectrum Pad Blue Frost - SOLD OUT
Spectrum Pad Celebration - SOLD OUT
Spectrum Pad Cotton Candy - SOLD OUT
Spectrum Pad Pumpkin PatchSpectrum Pad Un-inked - SOLD OUT
Stamp-a-ma-jig Imaging Sheets Refill
Stampin' Around Cartridge & Ink Refill Clear Embossing - SOLD OUT
Stampin' Around Cartridge & Ink Refill Whisper White
Stampin' Around Ink Refill Clear Embossing - SOLD OUT
Stampin' Around Ink Refill Whisper White - SOLD OUT
Stampin' Emboss Powder Hologram Highlights - SOLD OUT
Stampin' Kids Pad Bear Brown - SOLD OUT
Stampin' Kids Pad Beetle Black - SOLD OUT
Stampin' Kids Pad Boxcar Blue - SOLD OUT
Stampin' Kids Pad Gumball Green - SOLD OUT
Stampin' Kids Pad Poppin' Purple - SOLD OUT
Stampin' Kids Pad Princess Pink - SOLD OUT
Stampin' Kids Pad Robin Red - SOLD OUT
Stampin' Kids Pad Yahoo Yellow - SOLD OUT
Stampin' Pastel Applicators - SOLD OUT
Stampin' Pastel Erasers - SOLD OUT
Stampin' Write Marker Going Gray
StazOn Ink Refill Timber Brown - SOLD OUT
StazOn Pad Timber Brown
Tag Sheets Bold Brights
Tag Sheets Confetti White & Kraft
Tag Sheets Earth ElementsTag Sheets Kraft
Tag Sheets Rich Regals
Tag Sheets Soft Subtles - SOLD OUT
Watercolor Brush Flat
Watercolor Brush Medium
Watercolor Brush Small
Wire Works Metallic
Wrapping Paper Whisper White - SOLD OUT

Stampin' Around Wheels:
All about Birthdays - SOLD OUT
All about Christmas - SOLD OUT
All about Gratitude - SOLD OUT
Autumn Dots
Butterflies & Blossoms
Happy Jacks
Ho Ho Ho
Hot to Dot
Leaf Prints
Leaves Awash
Rough around the Edges - SOLD OUT
Snowman Fun - SOLD OUT
Speckled - SOLD OUT
Spooky Skyline
True Hearts
Wings & Things


Box of Gift Tags

I made this little box of gift tags for our friends Steve and Julie. They hosted a party last week, after returning from several weeks in India. They had lots of people over to look at their pictures, sample some Chai and curry, and welcome them home. It was lots of fun hearing about their travels.

These tags use the frame from Holy Triptych, sentiments from Star-Studded Season, and Holiday Harmony designer series paper. I also used Purely Pomegranate and Chocolate Chip paper as backgrounds. The tags are tied with gold elastic cord. I love how the satin ribbon gives these tags an elegant touch. Although these stamp sets are no longer available, the ribbon is for sale Buy One Get One as part of the Wrapping Up the Holidays promotion, which has been extended until December 31.


Wrapping Up the Holidays Extended!

Stampin' Up announced today that due to demand, they will be extending the Wrapping Up the Holidays promotion. That means that Purely Pomegranate Satin Ribbon I used to wrap Tiffany's gift is still Buy One, Get One free until the end of December! Here are all the products featured in this promotion.
  • 112409 Holiday Tag Bundle $4.95

  • 110380 Tags for All Stamp Set*(20% off) $24.76

  • 110264 Designer Gift cards* (30% off) $4.55

  • 109862 Chocolate Chip satin ribbon* Buy 1, get 1 free!**

  • 109863 Purely Pomegranate satin ribbon* Buy 1, get 1 free!**

  • 112410 Tin 3-Pack $9.95110147 Celebration wrapping paper* $17.95

  • 110228 Hand Selected Accents & Elements (25% off) $8.21

Click here for the full-size flyer.


Gift Wrapping Fun

My satin ribbon arrived the other day, and I think it's so elegant! Here's a gift I wrapped for new demonstrator Tiffany King, using the Purely Pomegranate satin ribbon, the On Board trimmings snowflake as a gift tag/ornament, and the Holiday Harmony paper as a belly band around the gift. Isn't it lovely? This didn't take very long to make, either. Us PhillyInkers are having a brunch over at Claire's tomorrow, so I'm hoping to bring some special gifts along. Here's the first one!

On Sunday, I'm having a Gift-Tag Making Drop-In. We'll drink egg nog, make some creative gift tags, and play with some stamps from the catalog. If you stop by, you'll also receive a voucher for a Spring-Summer Collection catalog when I receive them. Hope to see you Sunday!


Christmas Shopping

Have you started your holiday shopping yet? Are you distributing a wish list to your friends and family? I've been collecting wish list from my family, but I have to confess that I haven't bought any presents yet! Now I took the Buy Handmade Pledge, so I plan to give everyone on my list a handmade gift this year. I plan to do some shopping at Circle of Hope Art Show this weekend.

If you have crafters on your gift list, you may want to check out Stampin' Up's 5 Fantastic Gifts Under $25. I personally would love to have Paper Trimmer they feature in this lift of suggested gifts. If you would like to receive some Stampin' Up products this year, e-mail me at alison@shilohstamps.com for a Stampin' Wish List to pass on to the Santas in your life. In order to receive Stampin' gifts in time for Christmas, be sure to order no later than December 14.

Are you planning on special gift wrap and tags this year? Stampin' Up is Wrapping Up the Holidays with a special holiday promotion. The Satin ribbon from the Holiday Mini is Buy One, Get One free throught this promotion. I ordered a roll of Purely Pomegranate and a roll of Chocolate Chip. You can also buy empty Accents and Elements tins. People are enjoying making special gift card holders by 'altering' these tins. Click here for some ideas using the products in this promotion.

Also, don't forget that I'm offering 20% off all the retiring stamp sets. Now might be a good time to make sure you get those sets before they are no longer available.


Tree Trimming fun

On Friday afternoon, my new recruit Tiffany King led her first Stampin' party, a Tree Trimming for the staff at Eastern University's Campolo School for Social Change. (Tiffany's an alum of Eastern's MA in Community Development program; I went to Palmer Seminary, part of Eastern U.) Here's Tiffany and I with some of the ornaments we created. Each of the 15 party attendees received a bag of supplies that they used to make ornaments, cards, and gift tags. We especially enjoyed using the On Board Trimmings from the Holiday Mini, Designer Series paper, and embossing with the heat tool.

Friday evening, I hosted another Trim-a-Tree class at my home. Participants received a craft keeper full of supplies to make 20 ornaments. They also used the On Board Trimmings set, Designer Series paper, dazzling diamonds glitter, and some grosgrain ribbon.

I will also be selling some of these ornaments at the Circle of Hope Art Shop this weekend. Stop by and do some holiday shopping!

Jon and I are finally going to get our tree this weekend, and I look forward to decorating a full-size, live tree together. For our first 3 Christmases together, we lived in a little 1BR apartment and our small fake tree took over our "dining room". It will be fun to have the smell of pine in our Living Room!


Make way for the Spring-Summer Collection - Retiring Stamp Sets are 20% off

Stampin' Up just announced the List of Retiring stamp sets from the Fall-Winter Collection. Follow the link for the list in alphabetical order or listed by page number. I will be offering 20% off any retiring stamp sets until December 23. Stamp sets make great Christmas gifts! If you have stamp sets on your holiday wish list, fill out a Shiloh Stamps Wish List. Your loved ones can then contact me to place an order. Contact me at alison@shilohstamps.com if you would like to start a wish list or place an order.