Monday, December 31, 2007

Twinkle Toes

Even elephants like a little pampering... well, at least mine does. I just couldn't resist coloring the toenails red and adding a bit of glitter... she's all ready to party! Not me, I bailed on my friends and am instead staying home with my box of Kleenex. We have a very close relationship at the moment and cannot be parted. And if we get bored with each other there is always Chloraseptic Lozenges and Cold Eeze to keep us company... they tell the best stories, didn't ya know?!

Quick notes: Card base is a 5 1/4" x 10 1/2" piece of Regal Rose folded in half. Round the edges of the Rose Red Prints paper and add paper piercing to the edges before layering on Always Artichoke. On top of this layer add a piece of Always Artichoke Prints Designer paper (which was matted on Always Artichocke cardstock) with Stampin' dimensionals. Around these layers knot a couple pieces of pink ribbon.

Stamp elephant from Happy Heart Day on Shimmery White cardstock and watercolor with a Blender Pen and Watercolor Wonder Crayons before matting on Regal Rose cardstock. Stamp flower on a scrap piece of Shimmery White cardstock and also color, punch out with 1 1/4" circle punch, paper pierce the edges and layer on a 1 3/8" circle of Always Artichoke with dimensionals. Apply Crystal Effects to flower center and the elephant's toenails and flower, while wet dust with Dazzling Diamonds glitter. Once the Crystal Effects is dry adhere images to decorated card base with more dimensionals.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Stamps: Happy Heart Day. Paper: Regal Rose, Always Artichoke, Shimmery White, Rose Red Prints Designer, Always Artichoke Prints Designer. Ink: Black StazOn. Other: Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Blender Pen, mat pack, paper piercer, Crystal Effects, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Stampin' dimensionals, Pretty in Pink grosgrain ribbon, May Arts pink textured ribbon.

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Let the good times roll...

Unlike my last box, this one is filled with chocolate... lots of yummy chocolate! And I know this because I had to sample some of it first... one for me, one for you, two for me, one for you... and so on. :)

Quick notes: stamp swirl from priceless on Perfect Plum with Elegant Eggplant Classic ink, paper pierce edges and layer on Elegant Eggplant cardstock. Stamp good times from Celebrate Everything on Mellow Moss, punch out with small oval punch and adhere to main image with vintage brads. Next stamp a flower in Mellow Moss Classic ink on Whisper White cardstock, trim and adhere to main layer with Stampin' dimensionals. Assemble box (that is an easy step!). Cut a piece of Kraft taffeta ribbon to fit around the box with enough length to knot. Adhere to box... I just glued where it would be covered by the purple layer. Finally adhere the purple layered image thingy to the first flap of the box with dimensionals, but only along the top edge. This way the other flap of the box can be tucked between the first flap and the purple layer.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Stamps: Priceless, Celebrate Everything. Paper: Elegant Eggplant, Perfect Plum, Mellow Moss, Whisper White. Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Black StazOn, Mellow Moss. Other: small oval punch, vintage brads, kraft taffeta ribbon, paper piercer, mat pack, Stampin' dimensionals, diecut box from K&A Die Cuts.

In other news... (breath calmly, don't shout!)... I'm the Featured Stamper over at SplitCoastStampers! How freakin' exciting is that? And what a fabulous surprise it was today to finally get out of bed (bad cold!) and turn on my 'puter and see all these emails in my inbox congratulating me on the good news. So to everyone who has sent me an email, PM, or left a nice comment on my blog, the challenge thread, or SCS gallery... Thank You! You all made my day fabulous and I appreciate it so much!!!

Friday, December 28, 2007

Feel Good Box

I must have jinxed myself! So I made this cute little box a couple days ago, with the intention of filling it with Cold-Eeze lozenges and giving it to whomever became sick next. The jinx? I'M SICK! I've come done with a stinky icky yucky cold and I just know it is going to get worse before getting better... they always do! Regardless... I still like the box... and I'll try not to sneeze on it.

Quick notes: the box is actually a set of die cuts that Donna from K & A Die Cuts sent me to play with. Yup, this isn't the only little box that I have been decorating! But back to the instructions. Stamp the umbrella from A Little Birdie Told Me on Whisper White card stock and again on a scrap of Ginger Blossom Designer paper. Trim the second image and adhere to the Whisper White piece. Add the first part of the sentiment next to the umbrella and the second part on Creamy Caramel cardstock. Paper pierce the Creamy Caramel layer and add black grosgrain ribbon. Mat the Whisper White layer on Real Red and adhere to the Creamy Caramel with dimensionals. Cut a strip of Ginger Blossom Designer paper and adhere around box before adding main image. From one side of the cover punch an opening with the 1/2" circle punch (just a little peekaboo opening). Super-duper easy!

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Stamps: A Little Birdie Told Me. Paper: Creamy Caramel, Real Red, Whisper White, Ginger Blossum Designer. Ink: Black StazOn. Other: die cut box by K & A Die Cuts, Black Grosgrain ribbon, Stampin' dimensionals, paper piercer, mat pack, 1/2" circle punch.

Templates for the Hot Cocoa Holder

I had a few minutes to play with Microsoft Publisher and drew up these diagrams for my Hot Cocoa Holder... definitely easier to follow them the tiny little diagrams that I hand drew! :)

The first template makes the assumption that you have a 12" x 12" piece of cardstock to work from.

However, if you are like me you have a limited number of sheets of 12" x 12" cardstock and not a one of them in the color that you want to use. So I drew up a couple of templates that use 8 1/2" x 11" sheets of cardstock (which is what I actually used). You'll have to glue the two pieces together at the binding but that's not a big deal if you have some super sticky tape like Sticky Strip or Terrific Tape.

Hopefully this will answer any questions that you might have (I've already gotten a couple). If not, just let me know. :)

P.S. I affix the marshmallows and hot cocoa packets to the inside of the holder with glue dots so that they do not fall out.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Cocoa for a Cold Day!

Earlier in the week when I took my dad to Wal-mart to do some shopping I found these individual sized packs of mini marshmallows and I just had to buy 'em. I HAD too! I mean, who could resist? Then I had to play and make a holder for them. It took a bit of measuring, some cutting and quite a bit of scoring but this is what I came up with. Totally cute, isn't it? :)

You are probably wondering what measurements I used... and hopefully at some point I will draw some neat diagrams but at the moment they are just little chicken scratch drawings on some tiny scraps of paper. But I can tell you that the overall dimensions are 5 1/2" tall, 4 1/4" wide and 1" deep.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Stamps: Punch Pals. Paper: Blue Bayou, Creamy Caramel, Soft Sky, Whisper White, Blue Bayou Prints Designer. Ink: Blue Bayou. Other: Scallop circle punch, Antique Brass Build-a-Brad, 1/2" circle punch, May Arts Light Blue/White striped ribbon, Terrific Tape, Stampin' dimensionals, marshmallow, hot cocoa mix.

P.S. Those ARE chocolate flavored marshmallows... yum...

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Friends and Flowers

Whew! I'm finally done driving for the Holidays! Now I just need to put everything away, do the laundry and clean the house... but that can wait until after I post another card that I made while staying at my mom's house.

Quick notes: layer a piece of Bali Breeze Designer paper on a 4 1/4" Creamy Caramel card base. Using Black Stazon stamp sentiment from Time Well Spent on Soft Sky cardstock. Color flowers using a Blender Pen and Turquoise ink and then use a marker to fill in the letters. Stamp flower from Little Flowers on Whisper White cardstock using Tempting Turquoise Classic ink. Punch flower with 1/2" circle punch and sandwich in an Antique Brass Build-a-Brad. Insert brad in Soft Sky paper and add ribbon before matting on creamy Caramel with Stampin' dimensionals. Adhere the main image to the card base. Super easy, but oh-so-pretty!

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Stamps: Time Well Spent (hostess), Little Flowers. Paper: Creamy Caramel, Soft Sky, Whisper White, Bali Breeze Designer. Ink: Tempting Turquoise (Classic and marker), Black StazOn. Other: Antique Brass Build-a-Brad, May Arts Turquoise w/Brown dots organdy ribbon, Blender pen, Stampin' dimensionals, 1/2" circle punch.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas!

To celebrate this wonderful day I'm posting a super simple card using the new Celebrate Everything stamp set (seems appropriate)!

Quick notes: Mat a piece of Ginger Blossom Deisgner paper on Creamy Caramel and then add a piece of Kraft Taffeta ribbon. Using a Stamp-a-ma-jig for perfect placement stamp the celebrate in Chocolate Chip Classic ink on Whisper White cardstock. Again using the SAMJ (for short) and Chocolate Chip stamp the your day. Using Ruby Red Classic ink stamp a flower from the Big Flowers stamp set, cut out, adhere to sentiment with a dimensional and add a vintage brad to the center. Mat main image on Real Red cardstock, adhere to Ginger Blossom layer with dimensionals and then add the who she-bang to a Blush Blossom card base.

Have a great day! Enjoy your time with family and friends!

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Stamps: Celebrate Everything, Big Flowers. Paper: Blush Blossom, Creamy Caramel, Real Red, Whisper White, Ginger Blossum Designer. Ink: Chocolate Chip, Ruby Red. Other: Kraft Taffeta Ribbon, Vintage Brads, Stampin' dimensionals.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Chocolate overdose

Well, I'm taking a break from eating chocolate to post a card... I think I've overdosed on chocolate. I didn't think it was possible, but I cannot eat another bite of it! :) If you are wondering... there is the chocolate fudge (yum), a little chocolate milk (my mom always gets this when I visit) and finally Kahlua cake (aka Death by Chocolate). At this point I don't know if I will be dreaming about chocolate tonight, or having nightmares! :)

But enough about the all important big C and on to the card! I used the Priceless stamp set to make this card today. Nope, I don't own this set... but my mom does and when I had a few minutes today I went through her Closet o' Crafts and picked out some sets to play with. This is what I came up with.

First I stamped the flourishes in Sage Shadow Classic ink on Whisper White cardstock, followed up by the butterflies in Really Rust. I then stamped the butterflies a second time on scrap pieces of Whisper White cardstock, cut them out and then adhered them over the first ones with dimensionals to add a little "pop".

For the next layer I matted a piece of Outlaw Designer paper on Always Artichoke cardstock. I then paper pierced the edges using my mat pack and handy dandy paper piercer (I exercise this tool a lot!). I then added three brads from the Antique Brass hodgepodge hardware set to the lower left corner (another big find in my mom's closet).

Next I pulled out a piece of Brown/White striped ribbon by May Arts and knotted this around the Outlaw layer. Finally the sentiment was stamped in Chocolate Chip on Creamy Caramel and matted on Always Artichoke. All layers were adhered together and the card was finished. Quite cute I think, especially considering I had very limited supplies to work with! ;)

P.S. I wish you all the best this Christmas!!!

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Stamps: Priceless. Paper: Creamy Caramel, Always Artichoke, Sage Shadow, Whisper White, Outlaw Designer. Ink: Sage Shadow, Really Rust, Chocolate Chip. Other: Antique Brass Hodgepodge Hardware, mat pack, paper piercer, May Arts Brown/White grosgrain striped ribbon, Stampin' dimensionals.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Eek! It's a Mouse!

I've been playing with some of my new stamp sets and this is one of the cards I came up with! It seems like forever since I have made a card that was not Winter or Christmas themed... just forever... okay, maybe only a week or two :).

Quick notes: Stamp mouse image in Black StazOn on Whisper White cardstock and color with Watercolor Wonder Crayons, using a Blender Pen to blend. Add a small clear crystal brad to the flower for a touch of sparkle. Stamp the sentiment twice, once on River Rock and again on Pretty in Pink. Cut the "heart!" portion from the Pretty in Pink cardstock and adhere over the same on the River Rock cardstock with dimensionals for a little pop.

Hope everyone has a great weekend and doesn't end up trampled in the crowds at Wal-Mart when you make a quick stop to pick up a few odds and ends. Yes, I am making a trip to Wal-mart with my dad and I'm so dreading it! The crowds... oh the crowds of frantic last minute grouchy shoppers... It's not going to be pretty. Maybe I can hide in the Jeep... maybe... :)

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Stamps: Happy Heart Day. Paper: Regal Rose, Old Olive, Rose Red, Whisper White, Pretty in Pink, River Rock, Ginger Blossum Designer. Ink: Black StazOn. Other: clear crystal brads, Pretty in Pink grosgrain ribbon, Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Blender Pen, Stampin' dimensionals .

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Oh so Manly Gift Card Holders

I needed a couple of gift card holders so I whipped these up as quickly as possible (can you say "last minute project!"). I tried to make them as manly as possible but couldn't resist adding a big of glitter, some ribbon (albeit chocolaty ribbon!) and a scalloped edge.

These are not full sized cards, instead I made them small enough to fit in some 3 5/8" x 5 1/8" envelopes I had lying around.

So you want some measurements? Well, start with a 4 7/8" by 8 1/2" piece of Close to Cocoa cardstock. Score at 2" and 5 1/2" and fold smaller piece in and adhered with a strong adhesive such as Sticky Strip or Terrific Tape. This creates the pocket to hold the gift card.

For the cover I scalloped the edge and added a bit of paper piercing for extra oomph. After that it was just a matter of stamping a focal image (reindeer from Merry & Bright), coloring it and then matting on more cardstock before adhering it to the cover with Stampin' dimensionals. Of course I just had to add some glitter and brads to bling it up a bit. To keep the holder closed I used a velcro dot... it's cheap and gets the job done, however it does add a bit of bulk to the project.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Stamps: Merry & Bright, Cute Converse. Paper: Close to Cocoa, Whisper White, Blue Bayou, Soft Sky, Close to Cocoa Prints Designer. Ink: Black StazOn. Other: Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Blender Pen, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Sakura Quickie Glue Pen, Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon, small corner rounder, paper piercer, mat pack, silver brads, Stampin' dimensionals, velcro dot.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

FS45: A little late

I meant to post this card last night but was side-tracked. What could possibly keep me from posting a card with a couple of cute pink birdies on it? Wait for it... wait... the new Stampin' Up! catalog!!! I'm sorry but I just couldn't tear myself away from the catalog long enough to even take a picture of this card. However, now that I have made a couple of wish lists I think I can take the few minutes to share my latest card with you. I even pulled out the stops and used a couple of tricks while creating this card. I'll try to give detailed explanations, but leave a comment if you need more clarification.

First off I just want to say that the layout for this card was heavily influenced by the latest Featured Stamper on Splitcoaststampers.com: lzappa. You can see the challenge thread here and the card I cased here. It was difficult to pick just one card to case but I managed! :)

Main image: is composed of the same bird stamped twice on a sheet of acetate (aka transparency sheet). Stamp the bird once with Black StazOn and allow to dry. Flip the acetate over and stamp the bird a second time on the backside. I used a stamp-a-ma-jig for perfect placement. To color the birds, I used a marker on the acetate and while wet layered on Whisper White cardstock and rubbed the image to transfer the ink from the acetate to the paper. I then removed the acetate and filled in the smudge with the marker to get an even coloring. For the shadow around the birds feet I used a piece of vellum cardstock with a small oval cutout as a guide while sponging River Rock classic ink. To attach the acetate image to the card I used Pretty in Pink Brads (only the Whisper White layer had it's corners ticked with the Ticket Corner punch).

Sentiment: the saying was stamped on River Rock with Black StazOn and then punched out with the 1 1/4" circle punch. It was layered on a 1 3/8" circle of Purely Pomegranate after which the slot punch was used to create an opening through which the ribbon could be added. Instead of knotting the ribbon I used linen thread to hold it in place.

Little flowers: where punched out with the Three For You punch and each petal and flower center was pierced with the paper piercer. For each flower a piece of linen thread was knotted and threaded through the center to add even more detail.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Stamps: A Little Birdie Told Me. Paper: Purely Pomegranate, Groovy Guava, Whisper White, River Rock, Ginger Blossum Designer. Ink: River Rock Classic, Groovy Guava Classic, Black StazOn, Regal Rose Marker. Other: Three For You punch, Ticket Corner punch, Slot punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, small oval punch, Soft Subtles brads, River Rock and Purely Pomegranate double-stitched ribbon, linen thread, sponge, paper piercer, acetate.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

The project: Ornaments for the Tree

It's time... to reveal the rather time consuming project that I have been working on for the last week whenever I had a few minutes. Or more appropriately the 24 little Christmas tree ornaments that added up to one big project :). So without further ado, here they are:

I made two sets of twelve blocks, the first of which uses Bravo Burgundy cardstock and Holiday Harmony paper for a vintage look.

How to make these ornaments, step by step:
1.) Acquire wood blocks: "Hey dad, got any scraps of wood lying around?" and "Can you cut me a bunch of little cubes?" works quite well. May require a bribe such as Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies.

2.) Lightly sand wood blocks as edges are razor sharp. This will reduce risk of injury when I drop one of these on my toes... I drop everything, why would these be different?

3.) Paint the wood blocks: change that, let's use the Varathane wood stain (Read Oak color) that I bought for another project that I never got around to doing. Sacrifice one old t-shirt to use as a stain rag. Commence staining... and more staining... realize plastic gloves would have been a good idea... scrub fingers and fingernails thoroughly when done.

4.) Decorate blocks with paper and four letter words... not those kind of words! Use winter/holiday words like: snow (very appropriate considering todays weather), Noel ('tis the season and all that), xmas (christmas was too many letters), joy* (the asterisk is a snow flake), gift (wonder what I am getting for Christmas), tree (beginning to run out of four letter words), star (really stretching at this point), wish (I was done, fingers are getting sore!).

5.) Screw an eye screw into the top and hang on tree. Just a note: hard wood can be difficult to screw. Hey, get your mind out of the gutter... talking about the wood from a tree here! Heh heh heh.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Stamps: Holiday Blitz, Typeset Lowercase Alphabet. Paper: Bravo Burgundy, Naturals White, Holiday Harmony Designer. Ink: Chocolate Chip, Always Artichoke, Bravo Burgundy. Other: small clear crystal brads, wood blocks, Stampin' dimensionals, small screw eyes, 1/16" circle handheld punch, 1" circle punch, 1 1/4" square punch, 1 3/8" square punch, wood stain.

Where did I get the idea for these cute ornaments? Gotta give credit to AJ at AJ's Willow Garden, she posted the cutest little ornament a while back that was my inspiration.

For the second set of ornaments I wheeled a sheet of Soft Sky with the So Swirly wheel in VersaMark ink and then heat embossed with Iridescent Ice embossing powder. Used the 1 1/4" square punch to cut oodles of squares which were then layered on 1 3/8" squares of Blue Bayou cardstock before being glued to the block. Again I used the Typeset alphabet to spell out a bunch of 3 and 4 letter words which were punched out with the 1" circle punch, sponged with Blue Bayou and then adhered to the wood blocks with dimensionals. Can't decide which set of ornaments I like best, so they are both going on the tree! :)

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Stamps: Holiday Blitz, Typeset Lowercase Alphabet, So Swirly Jumbo wheel. Paper: Blue Bayou, Soft Sky, Naturals White. Ink: Chocolate Chip, Blue Bayou, VersMark. Other: Iridescent Ice embossing powder, Heat tool, small clear crystal brads, wood blocks, Stampin' dimensionals, small screw eyes, 1/16" circle handheld punch, 1" circle punch, 1 1/4" square punch, 1 3/8" square punch, wood stain.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Where, Oh Where Have I Been?

Well, actually I haven't gone anywhere... well, except for almost every home improvement store in town! My brother and dad made the trek down to my house to install some cabinets in my garage and to shop for gifts and tools (and more tools). Which meant I had to clean my garage, wrap Christmas gifts (no peeking!), grocery shop and blah blah blah before they arrived on Friday afternoon. So I've been a busy bee getting all those tasks done and haven't had hardly any time to craft. But, I have some fun pictures of my new garage cabinets to share (and soon I'll have some pics of a crafty project that is in the works!).

Some assembly required: my dad and big bro Jon actually built these cabinets from scratch. Ain't it nice having a couple of woodworkers in the family? Btw, these cabinets are quite a bit larger than they look in the pictures. For some reason my garage makes 'em look small.

All together, but not quite level: the cabinets are actually all screwed together... they are not going anywhere. There are four cabinets in total, two with drawers and two with just doors. The middle section is just a piece of countertop and the opening underneath is where the kitty litter boxes go (ewww... stinky poo, so must stay out in the garage). The final shimming and leveling of the cabinets had to wait until we'd done some shopping and picked up a bigger level. Apparently my little torpedo level wasn't big (aka manly) enough to do the job.

Still need more storage space?: well let's add a ledge that runs the full length of the back wall. Also good for kitties to sunbath on during the summer. Note the organization of my garage stuff... I didn't do that. Yup, they were quite proud of the shelf (which they should be) and had to put some stuff on it to display their craftiness (err... I actually meant "handiwork"). he he

Wait, there is more!: the one side of the garage was looking quite bare so we had to pick up some pegboard and put that up. I got a big 4' x 8' sheet, a piece of which has been cut and set aside for the future remodeling of my craft room (can't wait). They (again my brother and dad) had to decorate the "tree" and hang some items on the new pegboard wall. Oh course while they were decorating their tree I finally got around to decorating my tree. It has been up for a couple of weeks with only the lights on... it's prelit too (he he he).

Well, I am off to do some more work on my current project. Talk to you all later! Oh, and have a great weekend... the weather forecast is calling for 6-12 inches of snow for my area... ick!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

A Little Birdie...

Something you might not know about me: I don't usually design cards with a purpose or person in mind (unless I am making samples for a class). Which is probably why I have a huge (I mean really really humongous) pile of cards that I am currently hoarding... uhhh... saving for the right occasion. However I not only sat down and made a card with my new preview stamps but I planned who I was making this card for. So I'm actually going to mail this card to someone... soon... if I don't forget! :)

But enough about me and my not-so-secret stash of cards. I used the new A Little Birdie Told Me set for the main image and sentiment. I stamped the big bird in Black StazOn on Whisper White and watercolored with the crayons and a blender pen. Of course the birdie was looking a little naked so I had to add a bit of Dazzling Diamonds Glitter. The bird was layered on River Rock and Always Artichoke card stock.

I then layered a piece of Le Jardin Designer paper on River Rock cardstock and added a contrasting strip of designer paper from the same set. A piece of Kraft Taffeta ribbon was knotted around this layer. A sentiment from the A Little Birdie Told Me set (so need an acronym for this set) was stamped on River Rock and then punched out with the Small Oval. The 1/16th inch handheld punch was used to poke a hole in the tag. A piece of linen thread was threaded through the oval cutout and then knotted around the Kraft Taffeta Ribbon. I used a Stampin' dimensional to permanently affix the cutout in place so it wouldn't wander. Brads were added to the corners of the panel and then it was adhered to the Always Artichoke card base with more Stampin' dimensionals.

Guess what? I really like how this card turned out. Which means I want to keep it for myself instead of mailing it! Bad Danielle! I must resist this impulse and mail the card... maybe it will be easier if I actually address the envelope? Maybe...

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Stamps: A Little Birdie Told Me. Paper: Always Artichoke, River Rock, Whisper White, Le Jardin Designer. Ink: Black StazOn. Other: Watercolor Wonder Crayons (Night of Navy and Pumpkin Pie), Blender Pen, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Sakura Quickie Glue Pen, Small Oval Punch, Kraft Taffeta Ribbon, silver brads, Stampin' dimensionals.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Glittery Snowflakes

Another snow related card. What can I say? The white stuff is on my mind lately! :) This is also the last of the cards that I designed for my stamp camp.

Quick notes: the fun Glitter Window technique was used to create the glittery snowflake windows. The slot punch was used to creating an opening in which two pieces of grosgrain ribbon was knotted. The rest of the card was simply a matter of cutting cardstock, ticking the corners of the main layer, adding brads and adhering everything together.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Stamps: Holiday Blitz, Flannel background, Hugs & Wishes. Paper: River Rock, Always Artichoke, Mellow Moss, Brocade Blue, Bashful Blue, Whisper White. Ink: Brocade Blue, Bashful Blue, Black StazOn. Other: Always Artichoke grosgrain ribbon, Bluebird (retired) grosgrain ribbon, sliver brads, ticket corner punch, packing tape, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, 1 1/4" circle punch, slot punch.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

The weather outside...

Yeesh... so no snow today but a light freezing/misting rain which I think is worse! My driveway is a miniature skating rink and I just about killed (slight exaggeration) myself a couple of times while scraping the ice from my Jeep's windows (blech!). But happily I am back home in the almost-warmth of my house (heat set to 68 degrees) with laundry whirling around in the dryer and a cup of hot chocolate in my near future (yum!)... and a card ready to share!

I used one of my favorite (and retiring) stamp sets, It's Snow Time, to make this sweet card. I was in the mood to distress so I used the little distressor tool and went crazy distressing all layers of the card (except the Whisper White). Of course after that I had to add a little sponging (but I left the Whisper White alone again). I used markers to color the snowman and added a couple of brads and ribbon to complete the card. Rather plain, but I like it!

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Stamps: It's Snow Time. Paper: Creamy Caramel, Bordering Blue, Chcolate Chip, Old Olive, Certainly Celery, Whisper White. Ink: Black StazOn, Old Olive, Bordering Blue. Markers: Bravo Burgundy, Bordering Blue, Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive. Other: black brads, Bashful Blue Grosgrain ribbon, distressing tool, Stampin' dimensionals.

BTW... I did pour a liberal amount of salt on my driveway and porch so the ice would melt. 'Cause Mr. UPS Man is showing up tomorrow with my latest order of SU! stamps (preview sets!) and he mustn't get hurt or he might not deliver my orders in the future (which would be very sad, oh and it wouldn't be cool if he got hurt). Well, I better get the laundry done, so I can play tomorrow night. He he... :)

Saturday, December 8, 2007

A Joyful Day

It has been a beautiful day outside (I even *gasp* shoveled my steps)... although as I write this it has now become a tad overcast. So to celebrate the beautiful day I am going to post a snowflake card... yup here comes some snowman droppings... just for you! :)

Quick notes: Card base is a 8 1/2" x 4 1/4" piece of Night of Navy cardstock folded in half. Stamp snowflake from Snowflake Spot on Blue Bayou, coat with Winter White embossing powder and heat set with Heat Tool. Sponge Blue Bayou Classic ink over the snowflake to make it pop and along the edges of the cardstock. Add a large clear crystal brad to the center. Stamp Joy in Black StazOn on Whisper White and punch out with 1 1/4" circle punch, layer on 1 3/8" circle of Night of Navy, add a small clear crystal brad and adhere to snowflake layer. I punched a hole in the snowflake layer and threaded a piece Very Vanilla Taffeta ribbon through it and around the Bashful Blue layer before knotting.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Stamps: The Snowflake Spot. Paper: Night of Navy, Bashful Blue, Blue Bayou, Whisper White. Ink: VersaMark, Black StazOn, Blue Bayou. Other: Winter White Embossing powder, Clear crystal brads, Very Vanilla Taffeta ribbon, Stampin' dimensionals, sponge, Heat tool, 1 1/4" circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, rectangle handheld punch.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Another Sneak Peek

Can you say "Chocolate covered strawberries"? That is all I can think of when I look at this card... yummy! Although now I am a bit hungry... I must quit thinking about chocolate. :)

This is one of the cards that my ladies will be making at the card making class I will be hosting tomorrow... I'm thinking that they will like it. It is actually super simple and easy to make. For the main image stamp the present from Holiday Blitz three times on Whisper White using Real Red Classic ink. Then punch out with the 1 1/4" circle punch and adhere to a Real Red layer. To the bottom of this layer adhere a piece of Wintergreen Designer paper and then stamp Be Merry from Warm Words in Black StazOn ink. Tie a piece of wide Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon around this layer and then adhere to a piece of Chocolate Chip cardstock with dimensionals. Next stamp the Sanded background in Close to Cocoa on Close to Cocoa cardstock and adhere this to a Chocolate Chip cardbase. Adhere the main image to this layer with more dimensionals... and now it is time for a yummy snack (preferably chocolate).

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Stamps: Holiday Blitz, Warm Words, Sanded. Paper: Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Real Red, Whisper White, Wintergreen Designer. Ink: Real Red, Close to Cocoa, Black StazOn. Other: Chocolate Chip Wide Grosgrain Ribbon, 1" circle punch, Stampin' Dimensionals.

I'd like to stick around and chat for a while but I need to clean the toilet and vacuum the floor. The house is a bit messy and that may be a mild understatement.... he he he.

*Edited: Oops! The gifts were actually punched out with the 1" circle punch, not the 1 1/4" one.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Gettin' Figgy with It!

I think this card is pretty self-explanatory so I won't go into the nitty gritty, but if you need more info just let me know! :) The main image was watercolored with Watercolor Wonder Crayons and blender pens... one of my favorite methods of coloring! The designer paper is Figgy Puddy... again! I know I am so stuck on using this paper, but the colors are so gorgeous! However I will restrain myself and use some different colors in my next couple of posts... maybe. :)

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Stamps used: It's Snow Time, So Many Sayings hostess. Paper: Old Olive, Bravo Burgundy, Always Artichoke, Whisper White, Basic Grey Figgy Pudding 6"x6" pad. Ink: Black StazOn. Other: Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Blender Pen, Chocolate Chip Wide Grosgrain Ribbon, Silver Brads.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

ElzyBells on a Box

I'm betting that you all thought I forgot about those cute ElzyBells stamps I bought a couple of weeks ago... well, I didn't! I pulled them out to decorate these cute little treat boxes that I made.

I started with an 8 1/4" x 8 1/4" piece of Close to Cocoa cardstock and scored each side at 2 3/4". Then each corner was scored diagonally. See diagram to left for score lines (it's a little rough around the edges but it does the job). After the scoring was done the sides were folded up and the corners folded out and then crossed over each other and held in place with a Jumbo Eyelet (brads or sticky strip would also work).

After the boxes were made it was just a matter of decorating them. I stamped a couple of ElzyBells stamps on Whisper White cardstock in Black StazOn and then colored the images with Watercolor Wonder Crayons and a Blender Pen. A little Dazzling Diamonds glitter was added to the fur of the little girl's coat and hat (she's so cute!). Then sentiments from the retired Cute Converse set by Stampin' Up! were stamped on Brocade Blue cardstock and cute out with the Round Tab Punch. The round tabs were adhered to a Chocolate Chip mat before adding the main images and then the whole piece was adhered to the box with Foam mounting tape (normally I would use dimensionals but I was all out). All in all, it took less time to make the box then it did to watercolor the images. :) But they did turn out stinkin' cute and were so worth the effort!

Images copyright ElzyBellsNA and Stampin' Up!. Stamps used: Reindeer Star and A Winter Song stamps by ElzyBellsNA, Cute Converse (retired). Paper: Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Brocade Blue, Whisper White. Ink: Black StazOn. Other: Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Antique Brass Jumbo Eyelets, Vintage brads, Rounded Tab Punch, Blender Pen, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Sakura Quickie Glue Pen, foam mounting tape, Crop-a-Dile.