Saturday, November 26, 2016

Small Business Saturday, Coupon Codes!

Don't forget when you're cyber shopping this weekend or brick and mortar store shopping, that it's Small Business Saturday today. Please support your local businesses in your area.

We have new coupon codes today and will have another for Cyber Monday. Today's is SBSaturday2016 and will earn you 25% off your entire order before shipping on both etsy shops, Tangled Moons and The Irresistible Ewe. Please read the shop info for Holiday Shipping times.

I have recently begun working with the company Stampin' Up, which features wonderful stamps, thinklets, paper and punches, etc. You can win free merchandise credits for all purchases over $150.00. For purchases of $50.00 or under, use the hostess code: 9RT4MVGY. Added bonus through Christmas: $10.00 coupon for etsy shop Tangled Moons for all purchases of $50.00 or more. Check out our sales going on through Monday!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Thanksgiving Card

This is my first Stampin' Up! project using my new stamps. The list of materials used is below:

Very Vanilla Cardstock:
Presents and Pinecones Designer Series Paper
Vintage Leaves Photopolymer Stamps
Chocolate Chip Ink Pad
Delightful Dijon Ink Pad

Dark Brown Paper

Fall & Halloween Corrugate Stack

Prisma Colors Colored Pencils

Bronze brads
chip, then attached with brads to a torn piece of corrugated paper, attached to the card using Stampin' Dimensionals.
I stamped the leaves onto Very Vanilla and various scrap pieces of metallic card stock. I left the Very Vanilla leaves plain and shaded the metallic leaves using Prisma colored pencils. The plain leaves were directly glued to the card and the metallic leaves raised slightly with the Dimensionals.
For the inside of the card, I stamped one leaf fully inked with Chocolate Chip, then stamped again twice, but without re-inking to create shadow leaves.
I hope you enjoy the card and are having fun making your own.
You can order the Stampin' Up! products from my Stampin' Up! page. Please use the hostess code: 9RT4MVGY if your order is under $150.00. Happy Stampin'!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

The Honey Bees and the Christmas Stockings

Okay, so I didn't make to Nano this year, but was trying to get some rest this morning and my ear kept popping so that I couldn't sleep. I decided to mentally plan a card for my upcoming event. One thought led to another as I tried to connect the stamps I had on hand to work with for this project. I have stockings and also a honeybee kind of set with a slider die cut thingy. This story came to mind, kind of a Christmas legend, although I just made it up. I was wondering if anyone would like to read it and give honest feedback. It is very quickly and roughly put together, called The Honeybees and the Christmas Stockings. Anyone game? Here is the story:

The Honeybees and the Christmas Stockings

On a cold and snowy Christmas Eve night, a pine branch fell onto a beehive. The branch, being large and heavy, cracked the top of the beehive, and the snow blew into the hive, making the bees shiver and shake.
The queen bee said to her workers, “Let us fly tonight and find ourselves a place to keep warm. So, they flew to the nearest home and down the chimney where they found two large stockings filled with sweet meats and presents.
The bees snuggled into the soft wool of the stockings and were soon buzzing softly in their sleep over the cracking fire.
Before long, the lady in the house heard the buzzing and said to her husband, “What is that noise over the fireplace?”
“Hmm,” he answered and rose from his rocker to look.
Spying the honeybees nestled in their stockings, he grew angry and snatched the stockings from their pegs on the mantle. He shook his stocking until the bees, now warm, awoke and began buzzing angrily around his head.
Alarmed, his wife ran to the fireplace and grabbed her stocking. She swung the stocking around and around her head until the bees in her stocking were also buzzing and angry.
The man and his wife began swatting at the bees, angry that the bees had ruined their Christmas Eve.
The bees, afraid for their lives, flew out of the chimney and toward the next home. There was smoke coming from that chimney and sounds of singing.
The queen led the bees down through the chimney where they found four stockings filled with fruit and cloth-wrapped gifts. They dove into the stockings and snuggled into the wool stitches and were soon buzzing softly in their sleep.
A small girl stood on the brick ledge in front of the fireplace. She cocked one small ear toward her stocking and called out to her mother, “My stocking is singing!”
Her mother leaned over the stocking, peaked in and smiled.
“Your stocking has guests,” she said.
The mother crooked a finger at her husband who also gazed in wonder at the tiny sleeping bees. He held his finger up to his lips and they tiptoed away.
The father strode through the forest to the bees’ nest he had seen the week before in the woods. The snow was heavy on top of the nest now and the crack was widening from the weight of the pine branch.
He lifted the branch, then shook off the snow. Placing the beehive onto the sled he had brought with him, he pulled it back to his home and into his workshop.
While the bees slumbered, the man removed the cracked top of the beehive and replaced it with a new board, thicker and heavier than the last. When it was finished, he pulled it on the sled to their home and set it beside the fireplace.
Singing softly, the mother and father, the small girl and her little brother stood around the fire until the bees awoke and peered out of the stockings.
The queen bee led the way, flying into her new beehive, while her worker bees followed. They snuggled into their bee places, now dry and warm from the fireplace and dreamt of flowers and spring days.
The family smiled and hugged and tucked into their own beds, dreaming of sled rides and pumpkin pie on Christmas Day.
In the morning, the father carried the happy bees to a shelter by the side of the house where the chimney rose tall and warm. They would be safe here until warm days and flowers bursting with pollen would again call them from their nest for happy adventures. 

Friday, November 11, 2016

Stampin' Up!

I have recently joined the company, Stampin' Up!, based on so many custom order requests for my explosion boxes that I sell on my etsy shop, Tangled Moons. I have more and more customers who want to tweak the boxes and to add personalized tags or embellishments. I feel like their beautiful stamps and dies are a perfect match to add that personal touch.  I am really excited about the first custom box I've started working on.
I've completed the outside of the box and will give further details later along with a video for using these tools as soon as this cold gets better.
For any Stampin' Up! orders under $150.00, use the code: 9RT4MVGY. For all orders of $50.00 and over a coupon code for a free explosion box (up to $10.00 in value) from Tangled Moons on Etsy will be sent to the buyer.