Where Do I Get My Inspiration From?….and A Little Blog Candy

Where do I get my inspiration from?! Today’s post addresses that burning question. Many people ask me, “How do you do it?!”  I simply answer, “By looking around at nature that catches my eye.”  I guess you could say, I look at colors from a Stampin’ Up! point of view.  The picture below was taken of a simple tissue box that I came across at work in the nurse’s office of all places!

As I found myself daydreaming about the things that I needed to check off on my To Do List…the tissue box was staring me straight in the face.


I looked at the leaves pondering the Summer Silhouettes leaf image and decided I must stamp something with it.  After all, the box design was essentially done for me.

Using Smoky Slate and Crumb Cake, I went about using a stamping technique called stamping off  to make a background paper.

Stamping Off Technique:  Ink up your stamp and stamp your image.  Do NOT re-ink.  Stamp again in a different spot on your cardstock.

Summer Silhouettes

Your Stamping Teacher Tips:

  • Always stamp on your Grid Paper.  After all, if you are not happy with the outcome, you haven’t wasted our precious Whisper White cardstock on a miss-stamp.
  • Keep your focal point simple so that you don’t overwhelm the overall theme.
  • Be sure to stamp off the edges of the cardstock for a finished look.

Summer Silhouettes close up

Stampin’ Supplies:

Stamps:  Summer Silhouettes 126447,   Love & Laughter 125477
Cardstock: Whisper White  100730,   Smoky Slate 131202
Ink: Smoky Slate 131179,   Crumb Cake 126975,   Basic Black 126980
Accessories: Stampin’ Dimensionals 104430

Now, let’s get to the point of why you came…..

Generosity marks this holiday season!  So, to show my appreciation to each and every one of you, let’s start with a little Blog Candy!


To be entered to win the blog candy package, simply tell me if you have finished your Christmas shopping yet, just about done, or have not started!

Blog Candy

Easy Peasy!  Winner will be randomly selected on Wednesday night at 8 pm and will be announced on my blog on Thursday morning.  Winner must be in the US.   Anyone is welcome to leave a comment but I’m only able to ship the blog candy to addresses within the United States.  Thanks for your understanding.


Don’t forget to leave a comment and if you have questions, please feel free to contact me

Now go and find your inspiration…


How To Make Holly and Berry Embellishments!

I am a BIG fan of using Stampin’ Up! punches in my projects!  So it goes without saying that if I can find a way to use them so that I don’t have to cut something out by hand, I am going to jump on it.

Why not make your own holly and berry embellishment using just two punches.  The small oval punch and the 3/8″ circle punch from the Merry Mini Punch Pack Trio.

Holly and Berry

This card can go together very quickly and easily using your Season Of Style Designer Washi Tape, Merry Christmas from More Merry Messages, and a holly and berry embellishment.

Holly and Berry 1

How did I make the holly and berry embellishment you ask?!

Supplies Needed:


1.  Punch two small ovals with Old Olive cardstock.

Small Oval Punch

2.  Score down the center of each.


 3.  Using your 3/8″ circle punch from the Merry Mini Punch Pack, nip along both sides of each oval.

Small Oval Punch 1


4.  Punch out one 3/8″ circle with Cherry Cobbler cardstock.

Circle Punch

5.  Using your Stampin’ Glue Dots, adhere all the pieces together as shown to form the holly and berry embellishment.

Holly and Berry 2


Finished Holly and Berry

 Stampin’ Supplies Used:

Stamps:    More Merry Messages (126402)
Cardstock:     Whisper White (100730), Cherry Cobbler (119685), Old Olive (100702)
Accessories:    Season Of Style Washi Tape (132155),  Small Oval Punch (120908),  Merry Mini Punch Pack (126882)

***Your Stamping Teacher Note:  Merry Mini Punch Pack and the More Merry Messages stamp set are carryover items from last year’s Holiday Catalog and can only be found in my ONLINE STORE. 


Last Chance For Holiday Sale

Ends tonight, Dec 2nd.

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Huge selection of Stampin’ Up! Products discounted up to 50%

Stampin’ Up’s! Cyber Monday Sale

Cyber Monday

Holiday Sale Products

Now go and punch a holly and berry embellishment for your papercrafting projects….





Black Friday thru Cyber Monday Special!


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All orders of $25 or more placed with me in my Online Store www.christinepyrch.stampinup.net that use hostess code HYRJNC9E will receive a refund of 20%!!  This includes the Holiday Sale, Cyber Monday Sale, Clearance Rack items, A Whole Lot of Love Promotion (starts December 1st)…..anything in the Online Store counts.

Hostess Code

You MUST use the hostess code HYRJNC9E to get the refund, no exceptions.  The refunds will be paid via paypal.  However, if you do not use paypal, contact me for an alternative method.   Orders that are emailed to me or placed over the phone will not qualify for the 20% discount.

In addition, to your order placed, I will send you a  four card sample of my latest Christmas Card Class!

 Holiday Sampler

Now go and shop for something….


Christmas Tags Galore, Holiday Sale and Weekly Deals

Make holiday presents stand out by adorning them with homemade gift tags created in My Digital Studio.  A couple of weeks ago, I showed you step-by-step on how to do it here!  While I showed you a basic generic tag, you can even personalized them for that special recipient.  The possibilities are endless!

Christimas Tags

You will find that I made a few bottle tags, small oval package tags for those gifts such as a package of homemade cookies and larger square and rectangle tags for that special  gift box.  Your packages will be all dressed up and ready to go by adding coordinating cardstock and ribbon.

 Your Stamping Teacher Tip:  Get My Digital Studio for FREE for 30 days!

Let your imagination run wild when you create your very own gift tags.  Need more than one page of gift tags?!  Print as many as you need on your printer and just cut them out.


The Holiday Sale Continues

Holiday Sale BannerThe doorbuster items are over, however the Holiday Sale continues until December 2nd.

Be sure to treat yourself to the goodies you want at discounted prices!

View the Flyer Here


And on another note….


Weekly Deals for November 26th-December 2

Weekly Deals Nov 26

When placing any order in my ONLINE STORE, be sure to use the current hostess code for November!


Thank you to all who joined my Facebook page!  We have LOTS of new followers and I want to welcome each and every one of you..

To end it for now…go and create something….




Stampin’ Up! Holiday Sale

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Save up to 50% off on select Stampin’ Up Products!

November 20- December 2


24 Hour Doorbuster

Wednesday, November 20

One Day Only


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Whether you are a seasoned crafter or just starting out, you will want to be sure to stock up on these fabulous sale products! 

Be sure to check out additional products during this two week sale!

Added specials from November 20-December 2

Holiday Sale Flyer with additional products

Save 25%-50%


Now go and shop, save and stamp….