It’s Preview week over at Create with Connie & Julie,  and I hope that you have been over there to see the preview projects that have been posted.  There have been some cute Valentine Projects already shared by our wonderful team!  So go check it out if you haven’t already.  Connie has a new project posted on the Create site today and I have my own project to share with you here today since it is my turn to give away a FREE Pass to the Create with Connie & Julie class.  How exciting is that?!?  Read below for all of the details on how to enter for your chance to win, and then you can see more pictures and the supplies I used to create this project at the bottom of the post.

The Occasions Edition site will run from January 3 – March 6. Each week we will focus on a different collection of products that can be found in the Occasions Mini Catalog or Sale-A-Bration brochure. Our goal is to show you some new and unique ways to use Stampin’ Up!’s fabulous products. Every day there will be a new project posted and each week there will be at least two tutorials available for you to download. Our exclusive projects will include cards, scrapbook pages and 3D items, the quick and easy ones and the more complex larger projects.


To find out more about the site and to order a subscription, please visit us at Create with Connie & Julie.

Would you like to win a subscription to the Create with Connie and Julie site? Each of the team members will be giving away subscriptions on their blogs this week. To enter to win, all you have to do is leave a comment on our team members’ blog on the day that we are featuring them. It’s MY turn today to give away a free subscription, so leave a comment here on my blog (click on Comments right at the bottom of this post!).  All the winners will be announced on Friday January 8!  If you’ve already joined, we will refund your subscription price!

The free subscription give away has ended – thanks to all of those that participated.

And now more about my cute little project – I had something different in mind and when I started with my first idea things just started heading in a different direction. I ended up with this cute little Hugs & Kisses holder using some new Stampin’ Up! products from the Occasions Mini Catalog instead.

Are you wondering where the “hugs & kisses” phrase came from on the little tag?  It’s on the I {Love} Love Jumbo Wheel.  I just used a Real Red Stampin’ Write marker to color just that part of the wheel – wheeled it on Whisper White card stock and punched it out with the large oval punch.  Cute isn’t it?  You have a whole bunch of different ways to say “Love” using the parts of that jumbo wheel.

To make the little holder I cut a Scallop Square using my Big Shot and the clear die.  Then I used my paper trimmer with the scoring blade to score in between every three scallops in both directions – it creates a tic-tac-toe board.  Then on the four corners make a diagonal score from the outside corner to the inside corner.  Now fold on all the score lines – punch holes in the four diagonals and pull a piece of ribbon through to tie it shut.

Stampin’ Up! Supplies:

Stamps: I {Heart} Hearts, I {Love} Love Jumbo Wheel

Ink: Real Red ink & Stampin’ Write marker, Chocolate Chip ink

Card Stock: Real Red, Whisper White

Accessories: Sending Love Specialty Designer Series Paper, Big Shot die Cut Machine, Scallop Square Clear Bigz Die,  Red Gingham Ribbon, Stampin’ Sponge, Paper Trimmer w/Scoring Blade, 1/8″ hand held punch, Heart to Heart Punch, Small Heart Punch, Large Oval Punch, Scalloped Oval Punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you like it!  We will be making this project at my January I {Heart} Hearts class.

Leave me a comment today for a chance to win a Free Pass to the Create with Connie & Julie class – good luck!