Thursday, November 29, 2007

Sneak Peek and a Gift Tag

I've been busy the last week or two working on sample cards for an upcoming class, but I'm in a sharing mood so here is one of projects that everyone who attends will be making. Of course I couldn't resist using a couple of my favorite products on this card: Big On Christmas stamp set, Wintergreen Designer Paper and double-stitched ribbon. :)

The Noel image was stamped twice; the first time on Whisper White cardstock and then again on Soft Sky cardstock. The ornament was cut out from the Soft Sky, colored with some marker and adhered to the first image. I'll leave the details at that.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Stamp sets: Big On Christmas. Ink: Black StazOn, Sage Shadow Marker. Paper: Basic Grey, Sage Shadow, Whisper White, Soft Sky, Wintergreen Designer. Other: Silver Copic Atyou Glitter Pen, Stampin' Dimensionals, Blue Bayou double-stitched ribbon, silver brads.

I can only spend so much time working on class samples before I need to take a break and just work on something fun. This time I decided to play with my Cuttlebug and make some gift tags. But I didn't end up using the machine very much. Just a couple of passes to cut out some tags (Red Tag Sale Alphabet die set) from thick white cardstock (the white stuff from Stampin' Up!'s Designer Paper packs) and I was done playing with my little green bug. Maybe I'll pull out some embossing folders and play more this weekend or maybe I'll just go Christmas shopping... ;)

Quick notes: I covered the die cut tags in Holiday Harmony Designer paper and trimmed the excess (just the corners mostly). I used my Crop-a-Dile to punch a hole and set an Antique Brass Jumbo eyelet. There was already a hole from using the die but it wasn't quite large enough so I had to punch a bigger one. Added a sentiment from Holidays & Wishes and the cute snowman from Merry and Bright. The snowmen were colored with markers and then coated with Frosted Lace Stickles.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Stamp sets: Merry and Bright, Holidays and Wishes. Ink: Black StazOn, Chocolate Chip Classic. Markers: Bashful Blue, Brocade Blue and Pumpkin Pie. Paper: Holiday Harmony Designer, Naturals Ivory, Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue, Brocade Blue. Other: Antique Brass jumbo eyelets, scallop circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, ticket corner punch, vintage brads, Frosted Lace Stickles, mat pack, paper piercer, CuttleBug, Red Tag Sale Alphabet die set, Chocolate Grosgrain ribbon, Scotch Foam mounting tape ('cause I'm out of dimensionals!).

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Some super-duper happy news

Just had to post some non-stamping news... 'cause I just have to tell everyone. I'm DONE wearing BRACES! Yippee! I went to the orthodontist this morning and he said it was time to take 'em off. Woo hoo! Happy, happy, joy, joy!!!

Oh and my orthodontist gives out goody bags full of candy after they take off the braces. Which I thought was nice but also slightly odd. Yea, NO braces! Okay, I'm done jumping up and down with joy... at least for now. :)

While I am Waiting

I am so ready for Stampin' Up!'s new catalog and getting a bunch of new stamps to play with. :) But since that is still over a month away and I was craving new stamps I just had to order some of the oh-so-cute Elzybells NA stamps. They are a little pricey but I just couldn't resist them any longer. Hopefully these will tide me over until I can order new stamps from the preview catalog in December... yippee! Just one of the reasons I love being a demonstrator. :)

Quick notes: image was stamped in Black StazOn on watercolor paper and then colored with Watercolor Wonder crayons and an AquaPainter. A glittery sheen was added to the girls' boots, mitts and head gear with the Sakura Clear Stardust glitter pen. I then added White Liquid Applique to the image and puffed it up with the Heat Tool (this stuff is really fun!). The card is actually quite simple but has lots and lots of color!

Images copyright Hero Arts and Stamps used: sentiment from Joys of the Season stamp set by Hero Arts, Girls with Tree by Elzybells NA. Paper: Brenda Walton Peppermint Twist by K & Company, Bravo Burgundy, Pretty in Pink, River Rock, Garden Green, watercolor. Inks: Black StazOn. Other: Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Sakura Clear Stardust Glitter pen, White Liquid Appliqué, vintage brads, Wild Wasabi double-stitched ribbon, Elegant Eggplant Grosgrain ribbon, Burgundy satin ribbon by May Arts, Heat Tool, AquaPainter, Stampin' Dimensionals.

P.S. I only have one dimensional left... I've gone a little crazy using them the last few weeks and I am now down to just one lonely little dimensional. Luckily I tacked a few packages on to an order and will get more of them on Monday... although that is still a long time away. Might have to make an emergency stop at the local scrapbooking store or JoAnn's. He he he. :)

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Meander Book

Over the past two weeks oodles of Holiday project tutorials have been posted to SplitCoastStampers. I finally had a chance to sit down and make one of them. Of course I just had to pick the one that uses a Bind-It-All: the Meander Book by Beate. I will say that it is a very interesting and neat way to make pages for a mini book, although it did take me a moment or two to figure which way was up!

Quick notes: the inner pages and pockets are one sheet of Fall Flowers Designer paper scored, cut and folded according to the tutorial. On the pocket pages I created tags from Wild Wasabi cardstock. For a couple of the other pages I turned back a corner and held it in place with a clear crystal brad. For the cover a flower from the Big Flowers stamp set was stamped in Blue Bayou Classic ink and then cut out with a 1 3/8" circle punch (it's a perfect fit!). It was layered on River Rock which was stamped with the Sanded background in Soft Sky Classic and then again on Wild Wasabi. The corners were rounded and the edges sponged with Wild Wasabi ink. Of course I had to add some ribbon and paper piercing. For the binding of the book I used my Bind-it-All and 1" silver O-wire. Note: do not adhere pages together until after punching the binding. My pages were too thick to cut in one pass so I needed to un-glue two pages and punch twice.

Note that the pages are all connected together... they are not separated at the seam. Which means that as you turn one page the next one begins to turn also.

Now the book is ready for some little pictures and some handwritten notes... most likely on the tags. Or I could just give it to someone else as a gift... which is highly likely to happen since I can't quit using my Bind-it-All to make fun little books!

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Stamps: Big Flowers, Fundamental Phrases, Sanded. Paper: Wild Wasabi, River Rock, Soft Sky, Whisper White, Fall Flowers Designer. Ink: Wild Wasabi, Soft Sky, Blue Bayou, Black StazOn. Other: Soft Sky double stitched ribbon, mat pack, paper piercer, Stampin' dimensionals, clear crystal brads, chipboard, Zyron, Bind-it-All, 1" circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Christmas Joy

There is snow on the ground! Just a couple inches but enough to put me in the Christmas mood and I have just the card to go with it! It is probably one of the most distressed cards that I have ever made... but I love how it turned out! And it has oodles of texture which was really fun to work with! :) Sorry the picture is at such a weird angle... but I took a half dozen and this one is the best. I was having a bad camera moment when I took these (sorta like a bad hair day... ha ha!).

Notes: Real Red cardstock was wheeled with the So Swirly Jumbo wheel in Real Red Classic ink. It was also stamped with the Sanded Background in Bravo Burgundy Classic ink and the edges sponged with Chocolate Chip. The next layer is a piece of Figgy Pudding (edges sponged with Always Artichoke) layered on Always Artichoke cardstock. A piece of brown striped May Arts ribbon was knotted around this piece and three vintage brads were added to the upper right corner. The main layer is a piece of Mellow Moss cardstock wheeled with So Swirly in Mellow Moss Classic ink. The corners were rounded, edges were sponged with Always Artichoke and "Christmas" from Everyday Flexible Phrases was stamped in the upper left corner in Chocolate Chip Classic ink. The piece was layered on Always Artichoke (edges sponged in Chocolate Chip) with Stampin' dimensionals. For the main sentiment three letters from the On Board Lots of Letters chipboard set were sponged with Real Red Classic ink, coated with VersaMark and Heat n' Stick powder, heated with a heat tool, coated a second time with Dazzling Diamonds glitter and then given a final quick set with the heat tool.

Here is a close up of the Really Red glittery letters. They look more pink in the full card but that is just my camera's fault (or operator error... he he). You can also see the So Swirly a little better on the Real Red layer in this picture... it shows up much better on the actual card then it does in the pictures I took.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Stamps: Everyday Flexible Phrases, Sanded, So Swirly Jumbo Wheel. Paper: Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Always Artichoke, Mellow Moss, Figgy Pudding Designer paper by Basic Grey. Ink: Chocolate Chip, Bravo Burgundy, Always Artichoke, Real Red, Mellow Mess, VersaMark. Other: On Board Lots of Letters chipboard, vintage brads, Brown Striped ribbon by May Arts, Heat n' Stick powder, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, corner rounder punch, mat pack, paper piercer, Stampin' dimensionals, sponge.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Make a Wish... a Big Pink One

Yum... I think this cupcake looks good enough to eat (lots of fluffy pink frosting!). Luckily it is just paper and not a real cupcake because it would be a goner! :) I have to laugh while writing this because I created this card while visiting my mom's this weekend.. why is that funny? Because it took me longer to decide which stamping supplies to take with me then packing everything else I needed for the five day weekend in the Sault. He he... but I must have picked good stuff 'cause I'm loving how this card turned out! :)

Quick notes: stamped cupcake base in Close to Cocoa Classic ink, stamped frosting in Pretty in Pink Classic, Candles in Regal Rose and Apricot Appeal Classic. I used a marker to fill in the flames since they were only outlined and I wanted a more solid look to them . Added some glitter and the cupcake was finished. Stamped the "make a wish" sentiment twice so that it was in two lines instead of just one. Punched the sentiment out with the large oval punch and then added a Pretty in Pink flower. Looped May Arts Textured ribbon through both holes in the oval frame and tied off with Rose Grosgrain ribbon. The ends were just glued behind the Rose Red panel. Added some additional Pewter Hodgepodge pieces and some paper piercing to the layers to complete the card.

A close up of the frosting and candles which shows the glitter. A little note on the paper piercing: when piercing around a ticked corner I do the sides using the mat pack guide for placement and then freehand poke the hole over the arch in the ticked notch.

I cut the May Arts textured ribbon so that the ends look like little pennants instead of my normal one-snip angled edge. The "make a wish" sentiment and hardware were adhered to the card with Stampin' dimensionals.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Stamps: Big Bold Birthday stamp set. Paper: Chocolate Chip, Rose Red, Regal Rose Textured, Whisper White. Ink: Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Apricot Appeal (Classic and Marker). Other: Ticket corner punch, Pewter Hodgepodge Hardware, mat pack, paper piercer, large oval punch, Rose grosgrain ribbon (retired), May Arts Gold/Antique Gold Two Tone Texture ribbon, Stampin' dimensionals, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Sakura Quickie Glue Pen.

Friday, November 23, 2007

A Wow Class Project

I just love these clear little pails by Stampendous. They were super quick and easy to decorate and they make the perfect packaging for a small gift. Or the pail can be used as a neat tealight holder (make sure to put the tealight in a glass votive though). This was one of three projects that I had my ladies make at my last class.

Quick notes: two pieces of 4 5/8" wide designer paper are cut. One 8 3/4" long and the other 6" long. Take the 6" piece and use the coluzzle and an oval template to cut a window; this piece will cover the front of the can. On the 9" piece use the 3/4" circle punch to make a couple of holes for the handles (I used one of those flexible measuring tapes to determine were the holes should be and how far apart). For the lid I used the coluzzle and the circle template to cut a piece of coordinating paper to cover it. After that the paper was adhered to the can with sticky strip and embellishments were added. Make sure to use double-sided paper so that you can see a different pattern when looking inside the can.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Stamps: Party Punch hostess set. Paper: Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Soft Sky, Always Artichoke, Holiday Harmony Designer, Wintergreen designer. Ink: Blue Bayou, Always Artichoke. Other: Stampendous small paint cans, Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon, Very Vanilla Taffeta ribbon, silver brads, Stampin' Dimensionals, Designer Label punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, 3/4" circle punch, coluzzle cutting system with oval and circle templates.

Here is the fourth and final pail that was made at the class. This one uses paper from the Flurries and Frost Collection by Deja View. Jennifer kindly let me take a photo of the can she made since I did not have enough of this pretty paper to make one in this color for myself. :)

Supplies used: same as above except the paper is by Deja View and Bashful Blue classic ink was used to stamp the Merry Christmas label from the Party Punch stamp set.

*ETA: Fixed some weird font sizing issues.

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Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! To celebrate I made a card using the fun Stampendous Fluffles Turkey stamp. I love this naughty little kitty! :) The ribbon is by May Arts and is not only very pretty but has a great feel to it... can you tell that I'm loving it?

Quick notes: stamped the Fluffles in Black StazOn on watercolor paper and colored with Watercolor Wonder Crayons and an AquaPainter. Punched an oval from Soft Sky cardstock and adhered to the lower right corner and added a brad (this was originally added to cover a smudge... oops!). The rest is pretty obvious but if you have any quesions, let me know!

All images copyright Stampin' Up! and Stampendous. Stamps: Stampendous Fluffles Turkey, Holidays & Wishes stamp set. Ink: Black StazOn. Paper: Chocolate Chip, Close To Cocoa, Taken With Teal, Soft Sky, watercolor, Tempting Turquoise Prints. Other: Watercolor Wonder Crayons, AquaPainter, small oval punch, vintage brads, May Arts striped ribbon, ticket corner punch, mat pack, paper piercer, Stampin' dimensionals.

I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving holiday!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Keepin' it simple

Just a quick Christmas card using some cool turquoise colors, although I am tempted to add more to this card. We'll see :)

Quick notes: layered a piece of Tempting Turquoise Prints designer paper over a taller piece of Tempting Turquoise card stock. Added paper piercing to the top and some Mellow Moss Gingham ribbon before adhering to a Soft Sky card base. The happy holidays stamp from Big On Christmas was stamped on Whisper White with Black StazOn before coloring with Watercolor Wonder Crayons. A little glitter was added to the tree. The image was layered on Always Artichoke cardstock and then adhered to the card with Stampin' dimensionals. Easy Peasy!

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Stamp sets: Big On Christmas. Ink: Black StazOn. Paper: Soft Sky, Tempting Turquoise, Always Artichoke, Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise Designer. Other: Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Sakura Quickie Glue Pen, Blender Pen, Mellow Moss Gingham ribbon, mat pack, paper piercer, Stampin' dimensionals.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

New rubbah in the mail!

More goodies in the mailbox today! This time it is the Time Well Spent stamp set that Stampin' Up! sent to all demonstrators for free as a token of appreciation. Woo hoo... gotta love that! This stamp set will be one of the Level 3 hostess sets in the new catalog that comes out in January.

Quick notes: stamped the large flower and the butterfly on watercolor paper and then colored with Watercolor Wonder Crayons and an AquaPainter. After that I trimmed the images, covered them with VersaMark ink, coated with Iridescent Ice embossing powder and heat set the images. They are very sparkly! I also stamped some of the smaller flowers on vellum cardstock with White StazOn ink and then layered this on top of the Pretty in Pink card base.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Stamps: Time Well Spent hostess (sneak peek!). Paper: Pretty in Pink and Certainly Celery cardstock, watercolor paper, vellum cardstock, Certainly Celery Prints Designer paper. Ink: Noir Palette Hyrbrid, White StazOn ink, VersaMark. Other: Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Iridescent Ice embossing Powder, Rich Regal brads, Apricot Appeal Grosgrain Ribbon. Tools: AquaPainter, Heat Tool.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

A good mail day

Yesterday I received a lot of great things in the mail! First there was the Shrek 3 dvd that I ordered. Woo hoo! Just in time for my trip home for Thanksgiving. Then there were the awesome Bind-it-All swaps... everybody made the coolest little books. I loved them all! Finally there was my small order from All That Scraps which included a pad of the Basic Grey Figgy Pudding paper. It is beautiful so I had to sit down and make a card with it after my class was over and my chores were done.

It was also the perfect opportunity to play and make a card for Beate's Weekend Sketch Callenge #28. Well, I'm off to do some chores and work on a couple of projects. Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: In the Spotlight stamp set; Small Sayings stamp set (retired); Sanded background stamp; Taken with Teal, Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Soft Sky and Whisper White cardstock; Basic Grey Figgy Pudding paper; Tempting Turquoise, Chocolate Chip and Bravo Burgundy Classic ink; Clear crystal brads; silver brads; Tempting Turquoise grosgrain ribbon; May Arts textured ribbon; Stampin' dimensionals. Tools used: Ticket corner punch, scallop circle punch; 3/4" circle punch.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Mmmmm... Chocolate!

I have been wanting to make one of these tins filled with chocolate for quite some time but there were two little roadblocks: acquiring the tins and not eating the chocolate! The tin part was easy, I purchased them from The chocolate was a little more challenging. I ate the first bag (although I did share) and then just before Halloween I quit eating chocolate! Yup, been candy free since then and no it hasn't been easy. However, tonight I picked up some candy for my fellow stampers who will be coming over for a class tomorrow and remembered to pick up a bag of these Nuggets. Yippee, I finally had chocolate for my tin and I must say it turned out really cute! In case you are wondering... I did not eat any of the chocolate, but I will be eating one of the Peanut Butter Blossom cookies that I will be making. Nothing like a cookie fresh and warm from the oven :).

Quick notes: I stamped snowflakes from Snow Burst and celebrate from Everyday Flexible Phrases on mailing labels and then wrapped them around the chocolates. This is super easy! After that all I needed to do was make a belly band to wrap around the tin and I was done.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Snow Burst stamp set; Everyday Flexible Phrases stamp set; Going Gray, Bravo Burgundy, Soft Sky and Whisper White cardstock; Wintergreen Designer Series paper; Going Gray, Bravo Burgundy and Soft Sky Classic ink; Chocolate Chip 5/8" wide grosgrain ribbon; Silver elastic cord; Stampin' dimensionals. Tools used: scallop, 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" circle punches; 1/8" circle handheld punch. Other items: mailing labels, Hershey's Nuggets, clear top hinged tin.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Pretty in Pink Embossed Card

I've been wondering for a while how people apply ink to embossed images so perfectly, without having the ink end up everywhere. I finally had a light bulb moment last night... use a brayer! Of course that was followed by the "duh, why didn't I think of that before" moment. :)

Here is how to achieve the white on pink embossed cardstock look I used for my Pretty in Pink card:
1.) Emboss the cardstock. For this card I used the CuttleBug machine and the Spots and Dots embossing Folder.
2.) Inked up my brayer (used the rubber attachment) with Whisper White Craft ink.
3.) Brayered the embossed cardstock.

Yes, it was easy as that! Since I used craft ink I made sure to immediately wash off my brayer. I also heat set the inked cardstock before I had a chance to smudge it (well, any more than I already had). :)

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Be Happy stamp set; See You Around jumbo wheel; CuttleBug Embossing Folder Spots and Dots; Pretty in Pink, Bravo Burgundy, Regal Rose, Naturals Ivory and Whisper White cardstock; Rose Red Prints Designer paper; Whisper White Craft ink; Regal Rose and Pretty in Pink Classic ink; Very Vanilla Taffeta ribbon; Antique Brass jumbo eyelets; Vintage brads; Stampin' Dimensionals. Tools used: CuttleBug; Crop-a-Dile; mat pack; paper piercer; brayer.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Oodles of Cards Part II

I'm currently working on a couple of projects that are not ready to be posted. Translated: they are not cooperating and I'm not totally happy with the results! Instead, I thought I would post the rest of the samples from my big October stamp camp. I really did make those ladies work hard to complete all of these projects :). The first five projects are in this post: Oodles of cards.

Number six: I'm not sure a snowman would choose to say "warm wishes"... but it works for this card :).

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Snow Play stamp set; Hugs & Wishes stamp set; So Swirly jumbo wheel; Brocade Blue, Basic Black, Bashful Blue and Shimmery White cardstock. Bashful Blue. Close to Cocoa, Pumpkin Pie and Basic Black Classic ink; Bashful Blue marker; Clear crystal brads; Stampin' Dimensionals; Very Vanilla Taffeta ribbon. Tools used: Ticket corner punch.

Number seven: Guess what? It's a tree card!

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Merry & Bright stamp set; So Many Sayings hostess stamp set; Naturals White, Real Red, Soft Sky, Certainly Celery and Whisper White cardstock; Basic Black Classic ink; Garden Green and Certainly Celery markers; Soft Sky double-stitched ribbon; Stampin' dimensionals. Tools used: mat pack and paper piercer.

Number eight: A quick and easy card!

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Merry & Bright stamp set; Snow Burst stamp set; Creamy Caramel, Night of Navy, Brocade Blue, Always Artichoke and Whisper White cardstock; Night of Navy, Ballet Blue, Brocade Blue, Bordering Blue and Basic Black Classic ink; Brocade Blue and Mellow Moss markers; Old Olive Wide Organdy ribbon (retired); Stampin' dimensionals.

Number nine: This one is very similar to card I posted before. I just changed the colors a little.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Season of Joy stamp set; River Rock, Blue Bayou, Soft Sky and Whisper White cardstock; Blue Bayou and Soft Sky Classic ink; Wintergreen Designer paper; gold brads; Wild Wasabi double-stitched ribbon; Stampin' dimensionals.

Number ten: Another tree? Like I said, I really really like trees. :)

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supples used: Festive Favorites stamp set; Warm Words stamp set; Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Brocade Blue and Whisper White cardstock; Wintergreen Designer Paper; Basic Black Classic ink; Old Olive, So Saffron and Sage Shadow markers, Always Artichoke grosgrain ribbon; Stampin' dimensionals. Tools used: 1 3/8" square punch.

Number 11: The last of the tree cards and this one is a fun pocket card.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Wishing You Cheer stamp set; Sage Shadow, Basic Gray, River Rock and Whisper White cardstock; Holiday Harmony Designer Paper; Basic Black and Sage Shadow classic ink; Apricot Appeal, Sage Shadow and Close to Cocoa markers; Dazzling Diamonds Glitter; Sakura Quickie Glue Pen; vintage brads; twill tape; Mellow Moss gingham ribbon; Stampin' dimensionals; sticky strip. Tools used: Round tab punch.

Here is a view of card with the tag taken out of the pocket.

There were two more projects but I had already posted them a while ago. They are the Peekaboo Snowman and Chocolate-y Christmas.

Monday, November 12, 2007

I'm addicted to glitter

Hello, my name is Danielle and I am addicted to glitter! :) If it doesn't already have glitter on it then I have to add some!

Quick notes: Snowman from It's Snow Time was colored with markers. A light wash of Bashful Blue Classic ink was applied to the snowman with an AquaPainter. A touch of Dazzling Diamonds glitter was applied to the white portions of the hat, gift and snow.

Images copyright Stampin' Up! and Studio G. Supplies used: Merry Christmas stamp by Studio G; It's Snow Time stamp set; So Saffron, Cranberry Crisp (retired), Old Olive and Whisper White Cardstock; Candy Cane Lane designer paper by Imaginisce; Black StazOn ink; Bashful Blue Classic ink; Bashful Blue, Brocade Blue, Real Red, Certainly Celery, Pumpkin Pie and More Mustard markers; light green ribbon from Michael's; light yellow sheer premium ribbon from American Crafts; gold brads; Dazzling Diamonds Glitter; Stampin' dimensionals; Sakura Quickie glue pen. Tools used: AquaPainter.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

WSC27 : The holiday turkeys hate!

Over the past month several people have tagged me and well I've been procrastinating a bit. In some cases a lot, for which I apologize! Who are the wonderful stampers/bloggers who tagged me? Julie of Rubber Room Ramblings, Sue of and Ann of Ann's Creative Nook.

I am very honored to be tagged by these ladies! However I decided to be creative with the tag rules a bit (he he... I feel like such a rule breaker) and do something a little more in sync with the season. Here goes: seven (make that six, I couldn't think of a seventh) things you may not know about me... Thanksgiving style!

1.) Favorite Thanksgiving food? Mashed potatoes and gravy. Actually... I think it is the gravy... I pour it over everything except the green beans!
2.) Apple or Pumpkin pie? Most definitely apple! Just throw it in the microwave for a minute and I am a happy girl. I don't even need ice cream or cool whip. :)
3.) Where? I head home to celebrate with the family... white knuckled 'cause it is usually snowing and it is a long drive (5 hours). Unless I am carpooling with my brother... then I try not to pay attention to his driving because it can be enough to turn one's hair white!
4.) Post turkey plans? What? Do something after eating all of that food? Nope, I plan on just plopping on the couch to concentrate on digesting and talking the talk with the family.
5.) Will I go shopping on Black Friday? Not if I can avoid it... maybe do some stuff on the internet but I'd rather sleep in and avoid the crowds. I get a little claustrophobic in big crowds... especially big crowds of cranky sleep deprived aggressive shoppers .
6.) and the big one: What am I thankful for this year? Lots of things but especially that my other brother (not the crazy driver) found out what is wrong with him (medically speaking that is... I could make a whole list on his faults but we won't go there.. ha ha). The diagnosis isn't the greatest but can be treated and it is a lot better than what it could have been, which makes me very thankful!

Now, back to the scheduled programming (aka card details): The layout is Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge #27. I just love the sketches that she comes up with! The card base is a 5 1/4" x 10 1/2" piece of Always Artichoke cardstock folded in half. On top of that is a layer of Really Rust cardstock and then a layer of Fall Flowers Designer Paper. I ticked the corners of the Fall Flowers layer and added some Rich Regals brads to three of the corners and stamped the Happy Thanksgiving Sentiment in Black StazOn.

For the main image I die cut the Always Artichoke layer with the Nesting Flowers by Quickutz and then used a paper piercer to poke some holes along the edges. I then used my Coluzzle cutting system and the circle template to cut a slightly larger circle out of Mellow Moss cardstock. I sponged the edges of the circle with Always Artichoke Classic ink. I punched a slit in the side with the slot punch and knotted a couple pieces of ribbon (black gingham and Always Artichoke grosgrain). I then stamped a bunch of gourds (I think pumpkins fall into this category but not sure) and leaves from Autumn Harvest on watercolor paper with Noir Black Palette Hybrid ink and then watercolored them with Earth Elements Watercolor Wonder Crayons and an AquaPainter. I cut the watercolored images out and added some Dazzling Diamonds glitter before adhereing them to the Always Artichoke layer.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Autumn Harvest stamp set; Holidays & Wishes stamp set; Always Artichoke, Really Rust and Mellow Moss cardstock; watercolor paper; Fall Flowers Designer paper; Black StazOn; Noir Black Palette Hybrid ink; Earth Elements Watercolor Wonder Crayons; Dazzling Diamonds glitter; Black Gingham ribbon; Always Artichoke Grosgrain ribbon; Stampin' dimensionals; Rich Regals brads. Tools used: Quickutz Nesting Flowers dies; Cuttlebug; Coluzzle Cutting system and circle template; ticket corner punch; paper piercer; mat pack.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Blue Flowers

I used my much neglected Looks Like Spring stamp set and a scrap of Holiday Harmony as the inspiration for this card. Of course I just had to add some glitter and one of the Antique Brass Build a Brads that I just received. :)

Somewhat quick notes: The card base is a 4 1/4" x 11" piece of Soft Sky cardstock that was wheeled with the So Swirly jumbo wheel in Soft Sky Classic ink before being folded in half. Using the Coluzzle and an oval template an oval was cut from Holiday Harmony Designer paper and another (1 size larger) from Always Artichoke cardstock. Both ovals were distressed with the distressing tool from the cutter kit. The edges of the Always Artichoke oval and the Blue Bayou 1 1/4" circle were paper pierced. The flower from Looks Like Spring was stamped two times. The first was inked with Soft Sky and then the edges of the stamp rolled on a Blue Bayou pad before being stamped. The second flower is just inked in Blue Bayou. The flowers were cut out and then Dazzling Diamonds glitter was added to the edges of the first flower with the Sakura Quickie Glue Pen. The flowere were then layered together with Stampin' Dimensionals and an Antique Brass Build A Brad was added (the center is a 1/2" circle of Wintergreen Designer Paper). The slot punch was used to make a slit in the ovals and Blue Bayou double-stitched ribbon was threaded through before adhering the ovals to the cardbase. The ribbon was then looped through the inside of the card and knotted. The flower and sentiment were attached with more dimensionals.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Looks Like Spring stamp set; Circle of Friendship stamp set; So Swirly jumbo wheel; Soft Sky, Always Artichoke, Blue Bayou and Whisper White cardstock; Wintergreen Designer Paper (small 1/2" circle) and Holiday Harmony Designer Paper (striped background); Soft Sky and Blue Bayou Classic ink; Black StazOn; Blue Bayou double-stitched ribbon; Antique Brass Build a Brad. Tools used: Coluzzle cutting system and oval template, 1/2" circle punch, 1" circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, mat pack, paper piercer, distressing tool.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Oodles of cards

I have not stamped anything new tonight (boo hoo). Instead I have been busy prepping supplies for a Jaycees Card Making project for tomorrow night. It will be oodles of fun but means that some of my favorite tools have been packed away... and I just cannot function without my handy paper piercer and mat pack :). But never fear, nope Batman is not here, rather I still have some projects that have never been posted to my blog to share with you! These are a handful of the cards that were made at my last class in October. Hold onto your socks 'cause this is going to be a long post. :)

Numero uno: Not a Christmas card per say, but can be used for that or even a winter birthday.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Season of Joy stamp set; Short & Sweet stamp set; Soft Sky, Tempting Turquoise, Real Red, Naturals White cardstock; Soft Sky Prints designer paper; Tempting Turquoise and Basic Black Classic ink; Stampin' dimensionals; Red grosgrain ribbon. Tools used: scallop, 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" circle punches.

Numero dos: I used non-traditional colors for this card on purpose: A.) Because I only have so many red, green and blue stamp pads and B.) so that it too can double as a birthday card. Oddly enough, not everyone needs much less wants dozens of Xmas cards.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Holiday Blitz stamp set; Purely Pomegranate, Creamy Caramel, Perfect Plum and Whisper White cardstock; Purely Pomegranate and Perfect Plum Classic ink; Purely Pomegranate double-stitched ribbon; Stampin' dimensionals. Tools used: ticket corner, 1 1/4" circle, 1 3/8" circle punches.

Numero tres: The first of the Christmas tree cards. I really dig trees, so my class attendees were forced to make several cards using tree stamps. :)

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Sidekick Sayings hostess stamp set; Soft Sky, Purely Pomegranate and Whisper White cardstock; Basic Black Classic ink; Watercolor Pencils; Dazzling Diamonds Glitter; Sakura Quickie Glue Pen; Stampin' Dimensionals; Chocolate Grosgrain ribbon (retired). Tools used: Blender Pen.

Numero cuatro: this one is not a card but a cool Genie Bag. For my bigger classes (10+ projects) I tend to keep the cards simpler so that everyone has enough time to finish all of the projects. However I do throw in a couple of more complicated or technique projects such as a Genie bag.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Season of Joy stamp set; Christmas Chatter jumbo wheel; Bravo Burgundy, Creamy Caramel, Always Artichoke and Whisper White cardstock; Bravo Burgundy and Always Artichoke Classic ink; 2# small white craft bag; silver brads; sticky strip and Stampin' dimensionals. Tools used: paper crimper and ticket corner punch.

Numero cinco: my one and only vintage card for this class. Some people loved it... and some didn't. :)

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Sleigh Bells stamp set; Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip, Bordering Blue and Naturals White cardstock; Holiday Harmony designer series paper; Black StazOn; Watercolor Wonder Crayons; Diamond shaped brads (retired); Sakura Stardust clear glitter pen to highlight the snow; Chocolate Chip satin ribbon; Stampin' dimensionals.

Those are all of the cards that I am going to post tonight. I'll save the rest for another day. Heh heh... you'll just have to keep checking back for the rest.

For those of you who attended the class, now that I have posted the pics here you can bookmark this page and quit hoarding the cards that you made. Wait... what am I talking about! I'm the worst when it comes to hoarding cards...

P.S. I couldn't resist adding some emoticons to this post... I found them at if you are curious. Oh, and another note... I numbered my cards in Spanish. I couldn't figure out how to do an accent over the "u" in "numero", so if you know how to do that, leave me a comment!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Thinking Warmer Thoughts: Bluebirds and Flowers

Brr... it is another cold night and another cup of hot chocolate sounds good. I am so not ready for winter!!!

Quick notes: Birds from Zoofari were stamped on watercolor paper and colored with markers. Simple, huh? Stamp the big flower thing from In the Spotlight on Whisper White in Night of Navy Classic ink and then punch out with the scallop circle punch. Sponge the edges with Night of Navy Classic ink and use the paper piercer to poke a hole in each petal. On another scrap of Whisper White stamp the hello stamp in Bashful Blue Classic ink and then punch out with the 1/2" circle punch. I layered this hello punch out in one of the Antique Brass build a brads, which made a perfect center for the flower (I'm loving these brads). I think the rest is pretty self-explanatory but shoot me an email if you need more details! :)

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: In the Spotlight hostess stamp set; Zoofari stamp set; Brocade Blue, Certainly Celery, Night of Navy and Whisper White cardstock; watercolor paper; Cutie Pie Designer Paper; Black StazOn; Night of Navy, Bashful Blue and Certainly Celery Classic ink; Bashful Blue, Brocade Blue and Only Orange markers; Bashful Blue and Night of Navy Grosgrain Ribbon; Antique Brass Build a Brad; Vintage Brads; Stampin' Dimensional. Tools used: 1/2" circle punch; scallop circle punch; mat pack; paper piercer; ticket corner punch.