Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year!

This card is very sparkly, but I just cannot photograph it in such a way that it shows the sparkle and glimmer. At any rate, Silver Glimmer paper against black cardstock and black satin ribbon looks very rich in real life! I stamped the sentiments in Versamark and then embossed with silver embossing powder. The Happy New Year stamp is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes set and the Celebrate stamp is from the Outlined Occasions set in the SAB cattie. My hope is that you will be able to celebrate many wonderful things in 2012, including good health, unlimited happiness and success in all your endeavors. Have a Happy New Year and stay safe.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Cricut "LOVE"

My Cricut, Sure Cuts A Lot and SU Framelits & Everyday Enchantment DSP all worked together to create this elegant card. I also threw in a scrap of Poppy Parade DSP for the larger of the two hearts and used punches for the decorative edge and corner. The next time I make this card, the "love" will be cut a little smaller as I feel it is a little over-powering. Have I mentioned that I really like the Everyday Enchantment DSP? I am sure I have, but isn't this a pretty pattern? And not only is this a great valentine, but if I hadn't stamped the "be mine" sentiment, this would make a nice wedding or anniversary card, too. Speaking of nice, hope you are having a nice evening.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Calypso Coral Thinking of You

When I first saw Calypso Coral, I thought the color was way too bright and I surely would not be using it. Once again, I was wrong--lol! It seems that with the help of the Everyday Enchantment DSP, I am using it very often. To change things a little, I used Domestic Goddess DSP which is in the IB&C. The stamped flower image is one of the images in the Sprinkled Expressions set in the SAB cattie and works with the flower print DSP. Now that I am looking at the card, I am going to add a punched Pool Party little flower or two to the cascading flowers on the stamped Coral flower image. The Calypso Coral baker's twine is a nice little finishing touch. I find myself using the twine more and more and I just might be adding to my limited baker's twine collection. Have a great day and find yourself a little stampin' time!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Everyday Enchantment DSP

We had a wonderful Christmas with our family and friends and today I spent some productive time in my scraproom. The Everyday Enchantment DSP in the SAB cattie is so pretty--at least most of it is! As with any DSP paper packs I buy, whether from SU or any place, there is always a pattern or two in a pack that I do not care for at all. Needless to say, you will not be seeing many of my creastions using those papers. This card includes a DSP pattern (I like) and a stamped image from the coordinating stamp set, Fresh Vintage, also in the SAB cattie and free with a $50 purchase during Sale-a-bration. The stamped image was colored with Pool Party, Lucky Limeade and Poppy Parade SU markers. I even used butterflies from my Beautiful Wings Embosslit and they aren't on the card to hide little mistakes! They go along with the butterflies in the DSP! Have a great last week of 2011!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas

A Joyous and Merry Christmas to all!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Granddaughter's Valentine

When I went downstairs last night, I found some time to play with my new SU stuff. The embossed heart is thanks to one of the Heart Framelits being placed cutting side up on the Big Shot sandwich. I chose this particular sized heart as "granddaughter" (from the Loved Ones set in the new Mini Occasions catalog) fit perfectly. The "love you" is from the Three Little Words stamp set in the IB&C. The stamp actually says, "I love you" but since I did not want to use the entire phrase, "love you" was inked with a marker. And here is where I will admit that I should have used Pretty in Pink cardstock to match the ribbon, but I had an "oops" moment. The good thing~~Sydney will love it just because it is pink! Have a great day and don't get too frazzled doing all the last minute things that need doing.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Hearts & More

I am officially done with Christmas cards, gift tags and favors. Last night as I was going thru all of the Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers doing a last minute "what do I still need to get" check, I got distracted by my SU stuff. I decided that it is time to plan my next class which will be held on January 7th from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. At that class we will definitely be making a love/heart-themed card, similar to the one on the right, in addition to using some of the new items in both the Occasions Mini and the Sale-a-bration catties. (I understand that people are receiving their mini catties in the mail--yeah!) So mark your calendars for the 7th and enjoy today.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmas Cookies

We had a fun-filled couple of days with our granddaughter. We frosted and baked cookies and here's a photo of some of them. We played "Stampin' Up" and she was the Stampin' Up teacher. She helped John wrap presents and played beach, fair and so many other things. Sydney is back home with her Mommy and Daddy this afternoon and now it is time for me to get things ready for Christmas. Hope you are having a great day and enjoying every moment of this happy time of year!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Remember the Baby Card. . .

. . .I posted a few days ago? I changed my mind--lol! Our healthy great niece was born on Friday and her name is Adeline, named after her daddy's grandmother. Since Adeline is not a name that you will find too often on personalized items, I wanted to send a card with her name on it. I used my Cricut and the SCAL program and between the colors, the font, the stamped sentiment and pretty pink ribbon, I am pleased with the way it turned out. While I was making cards, I then stamped a card for her Grandpa & Grandma--the first grandchild for them. I used Pink Pirouette and Chocolate Chip cardstock, ink and ribbon. The "Congratulations" is from the Curly Cute set and the words "grandma" and "grandpa" are from the Loved Ones set in the new Mini Occasions. New babies are such a beautiful blessing and I so enjoy making baby cards. Actually, I so enjoy new babies! Have a great day!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Picture Perfect

I mentioned in yesterday's post that we had our first measurable snowfall of the season, albeit not much to measure. As I was letting our chocolate lab outside, I noticed that the feeder my husband built and installed a few years ago really looked like something from a picture postcard. The little berries (a Clematis plant given to me by my friend, Regina soon after John installed his feeder) are much more abundant this winter than in past winters. So I ran in for my little Nikon Coolpix camera and snapped a few photos. As I looked at the photos, my thought was--this would be a great Christmas card. Maybe next year! Have a wonderful Sunday!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Hershey Mini Holder

Woke up to snow-covered grass today--the first real snow of the season. And at that, it is only an inch or so. Of course it is going to be 40 degrees tomorrow, so it surely won't last, but not complaining!! These are some of the little table favors our guests on Christmas Eve. I made a variety of these using the Two Tags die and different papers. The favor on the right was made using Real Red cardstock and the Northern Flurry embossing folder. The ribbon used for these favors is not SU, but I have so much ribbon I decided it was a good time to use, I added whatever I thought would look festive on the table. Inside is a Hershey Miniature chocolate candy which is wrapped in a Christmas DSP. The sentiment is from the Tags Til Christmas stamp set in the IB&C. These were fun and very easy to make. It's a little late to order this die for Christmas, but how cute would these favors be as little Valentines for your kids' classmates or your co-workers? I will be back with a couple of those soon! Have a great weekend and if possible, find yourself a little stampin' time!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Santa Suit Matchbox

So I think this is a really cute idea and easy, too! Once the matchbox is put together, add a strip of white cardstock down the center front. Cut a strip of black cardstock that will fit around the whole box. Cut a square using black glitter paper larger than the black cardstock strip. On the back of the square mark how long you need to make two slits to run the cardstock strip through and cut using your exacto knife. Feed the strip through the glitter square and center it over the white. Adhere the black strip in the back. Punch out a few black glitter circles for buttons and adhere to white strip. Wrap nuggets with Christmas paper and someone will have a festive little surprise. Hope you are having a great day!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

One More Thing!

When you go to the Clearance Rack, where it says View, change that to All. Otherwise, you see 10 pages of items, but there are more then 10 pages. If you get to page 10, keep clicking on the little arrow so you can see other products included in the sale rack.

SU Clearance Rack Blitz

SU announced today that they will be offering a number of new items on the Clearance Rack from today thru January 5th, or while supplies last. There are discontinued punches (old style), Big Shot dies, ribbon, paper packs and even 12x12 Real Red Cardstock for only $2.99! These items can only be purchased thru online orders. To see items that are being offered at special prices, click on the SU logo on the right and you will go directly to my store. Then click clearance rack and start shopping.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Two Tags Kiss Favor

Do you have the Two Tags die from Stampin' Up? Until recently I held off purchasing this die as as I thought it was not very versatile. But as I look at our SU demo pages, I see book marks, cards, favors and more made with this die. Here are photos of a favor I made. This particular favor needs two cuts of the same tag. Stamp the image of your choice and embellish as desired. I used Dazzling Details in the centers of my snowflakes. Cut off a portion of the bottom of both tags, fold at the score line and then adhere the bottoms together. Add three Hershey kisses (adhere using glue dots), bring together at the top and tie with ribbon. Need a place setting card for your holiday table? Write names on little tags and tie to bows of each favor. Have a great day!

Quick to Make

Christmas is less than two weeks away and I am happy to say that my cards are mailed--YEAH! But if you are a little behind and haven't made your cards yet, here is one that you can create in no time at all. I used the Christmas stamp from the Easy Events set. I colored in the mistletoe, punched the corners and added retired Old Olive ribbon. If you do not have the Easy Events stamp set, how about stamping a snowflake--or cutting one out on your Cricut or using a Big Shot die--and then stamping Merry Christmas using the stamp from Teeny Tiny Wishes set?Add a ribbon that coordinates with the colors you are using and you end up with a pretty holiday card that you can be proud to call handmade. Have a wonderful day!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Baby Girl Card

As we await the arrival of a new great niece, I wanted to share the card I made for her. The colors are Pink Pirouette, Very Vanilla and Early Espresso. I used my favorite texture plate for the lower portion of the card and added the quilted Early Espresso ribbon. The sentiment (from the Petite Pairs set) fit perfectly in one of the images from the Four Frames stamp set. As I am looking at the photo of the card, I am thinking that it needs couple of little pearls in the upper right hand corner--which I will take care of right now. Have a great day!

Friday, December 9, 2011

My Stampin' Up Online Store

Today has been very troublesome as far as my SU website is concerned. For the time being, you will be unable to see my SU website, but the following link will take you to the "store" portion of my website: You can also click on the Stampin' Up logo in the right-hand column to get to my store. And if you are having any problems, you can always call me or shoot me an email. Thanks for your patience while the website problem is being cleared up!

Old Paper, New Ribbon

One of my very favorite papers ever was that which I used on this card. And when I say very favorite paper ever, I mean of all paper, not just SU. The paper came out back when Baja Breeze was an In-color and I bought everything Baja Breeze. So here I am a few years later still buying everything Baja Breeze--LOL! This pleated ribbon is in the new Occasions mini and comes in Pear Pizzazz, Riding Hood Red, Blushing Bride and Baja Breeze. The sentiment is from the Curly Cute set in the IB&C on page 168 and the snowflake is from a retired stamp set. Have a great day and find yourself a little stampin' time!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

90th Birthday

This month my mother-in-law celebrates her 90th birthday. All of her children and grandchildren celebrated with her in October when we traveled to the Phoenix, Arizona area. But now that her "real" birthday is right around the corner, I wanted to make her a card. The pattern paper is just one of the many designs in the Everyday Enchantment DSP which is a paper pack that will be available in the Sale-a-bration catalog. This particular pack of paper has a combination of beautiful colors: Poppy Parade, Pool Party, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla--just to name a few. It has a vintage look to it~~perfect for a 90th birthday! The "mom" is from the Loved Ones set which is available in the new Occasions Mini beginning January 4th. The hearts were cut using the framelits. I first stamped the sentiments and then I centered the framelit over that before running it thru the Big Shot. And speaking of birthdays, today is my Mom's 81st birthday! Happy Birthday, Mom! Love you very much and wish you a beautiful day! Talk to you a little later. love, me

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Just A Reminder

Just wanted to share with you that December 14th is the last day on which you can place a Stampin' Up order and receive it in time for Christmas gift giving. And don't forget that you can always direct your favorite person to me if you have a SU wish list that he or she needs help with or he/she can shop directly from my SU website:

Two More!

When I make my Christmas cards, I usually make the majority of cards similar. But since I also had the pretty Holly Berry DSP, I wanted to make some cards using that, too. So here are two samples, one with a Real Red card base and one with a Wild Wasabi card base. I also made a few that are Chocolate Chip bases and the Real Red satin ribbon looks gorgeous on those cards. In addition to the DSP, I embossed the Very Vanilla cardstock to add some texture. The sentiment is from the Short & Sweet set which was one of the first stamp sets I ever purchased and continues to be one of my "go-to" sets. Have a great day and find yourself a little stampin' time!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Mini Occasions Sneak Peek

We put up our Christmas tree yesterday and the living room looks so pretty. But when am I posting today? A Valentine! I know I still need to finish up my Crhistmas cards, but I had to share with you. The layered hearts were cut using the new heart framelits that will be available to you beginning January 4th. And the little hearts--those are from the new heart embosslits die! I am so excited about the heart embosslit. I can see myself using it all of the time. As you know, I oftentimes use the butterfly embosslits to cover little mistakes. Well, these little hearts are not covering mistakes--at least for this card! And did I mention Sale-a-bration? Well, beginning Janaury 24th once again for every $50 you spend you will get a free stamp set from a select group. The stamped "Love" image is from one of the free sets (Outlined Occasions) in the Sale-a-bration catalog. I will continue to post sneak peeks so check back often. In the meantime, if you are one of my customers, you will receive your copies of the new Mini Occasions and Sale-a-bration catties in the mail. And so you know, the SAB cattie has a new look: it is tall and has a matte finish, so don't throw it away by mistake!

Friday, December 2, 2011

My Christmas Cards

I have had a truly productive few days. Not only did I do the majority of my shopping and present wrapping, I also addressed about 40 Christmas cards--all of which I made over the past couple of weeks. For these cards I used the same stamp sets, but placed the images differently on the card. (This is where I will tell you how much I "really like" my stamp-a-ma-jig.) Each ornament is a single image and the string holding the ornament is a separate image, so I put my SAMJ to very good use this Christmas!! The cards were made using either Early Espresso, Rich Razzleberry, Cherry Cobbler or Night of Navy. The cards are all very pretty, but the Early Espresso cards are my very favorite. Once the cards were stamped, I then used my metallic pens and added some gold and silver highlights to the images. The stamp sets I used are from the Idea Book & Catalog: Tree Trimmings (pg. 34); Four the Holidays (pg. 168); and Short & Sweet (pg. 166). If you like the look of the three ornaments but do not want to go thru the trouble of stamping each separately, there is a set on page 31 of the IB&C, Merry & Type, that had I not previously purchased the sets I used on my cards, I most definitely would have purchased Merry & Type. Using Merry & Type would have saved me a whole lot of stamping--lol!!! Have a great weekend!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Fancy Favor Treats

I have been spending the last couple of days shopping, sorting and wrapping Christmas presents. But this afternoon I decided to take a break and make another favor using the Fancy Favor Big Shot die and the Holly Berry DSP that is in the holiday mini. The completed box holds a lot of candy, so I would be sure to use a good strong adhesive when putting it together. I am using the red sticky tape. Another suggestion~~before adding candy, fill the bag with crinkly paper or raffia. If you don't you will go thru an awful lot of Hershey Hugs & Kisses! The Hugs in this bag are peppermint and the perfect color to coordinate with the Holly Berry DSP, as are the candy canes. By the way, the candy cane stamp is not an SU stamp, but it looked cute on the sweet treat tag I stamped and punched. Have a quiet evening and keep warm!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Christmas Cards for Kids

We have a number of great nieces and great nephews and I enjoy sending them little gifts and Christmas cards. I used various Sizzix embossing folders on each of the cards. I punched the stockings using the Stampin' Up stocking punch. The candy cane was cut using a Sizzix die. Actually, the candy cane was cut twice--once in white and once in Melon Mambo. I then had to cut the pink candy cane apart and adhere pink sections to the white candy cane base. So here are a few of my cute cards for cute kids! Have a good day and find yourself a little stampin' time.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Beach Birthday Theme

A special little baby will be celebrating his 1st birthday soon. His room is all about surfboards and his party invitation is, too. I wish I could show the entire invite as it is just about the cutest invite I have ever received, but since it has photos of the baby and personal info, I have hidden most of it. I did leave enough of the invite so that you can see where my idea came from for his birthday card. Between my Cricut and Stampin' Up I was able to create a really cute birthday card--if I say so myself! I went to my scrap room to work on Christmas cards, but as usual, I got sidetracked. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. We had a great Thanksgiving celebrating with our family. Sydney was the cutest pilgrim ever. And now we are on to Christmas. Have a great week!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Have a wonderful day as you celebrate the blessings in your life!

Fancy Favor Gift Box

An elegant box for a little gift, this was made with the Sizzix Fancy Favor box die. A while back, the local scrapbook store had their glitter paper on sale. I bought a couple of sheets and now I wish I would have purchased more as this box is perfect for a gift card or jewelry. I could see making a number of these and tying them each with a different color ribbon and ornament. Anyway, you can get two of these boxes from a 12x12 sheet of paper/cardstock. The finished dimensions are approximately 3 1/2 x 3 x 2 1/4. I stamped the ornament using a gold ink pad I had, cut it out and then added a little rhinestone in the center. The gold ribbon was purchased at M's last year or the year before even. This glitter cardstock is quite thick, so I did need my crop-a-dile to punch the holes thru the layers. And because of the thickness I would also suggest using the red sticky strip when assembling the box. Today is going to be a busy day, so I better get started. My cutest little helper is coming this morning so that she can help with the Thanksgiving preparations. Have a great day and enjoy!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Thanksgiving Sunflower

As you know, I try to make a little favor for the ladies who attend our Cricut group monthly get together. This past Sunday's favor was this pretty little brown bag. The flower was cut using my Cricut as was the leaves stem. The first thing I did was stamp the bags with a retired canvas background stamp. I ran the flower centers thru the Big Shot to add some dimension and sponged the edges. I filled the bags with M&Ms and tied it up with the SU twine. These little bags I get at Michael's. They come in a variety of colors and are rather inexpensive--something like $2.99 for 25 bags. And sometimes when I am at M's and cannot find anything to use my 40% of coupon on, I use it for a pack of these little bags. I know I will use the bags and I hate to waste 40% off something--lol! The bags measure approximately 3 1/2" by 4 1/4" and can be filled with a variety of items. Today is going to be spent getting ready for our Thanksgiving celebration, but I am sure I will find myself a little stampin' time in between it all. Have a great day!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Stampin' Up Online Extravaganza Click on this link to see the wonderful list of items SU has on sale for a limited time. Two items are on sale today only--the Simply Scored and Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps. The remainder are on sale thru November 30th. In order to take advantage of this sale, you can shop directly from my SU website (click on the link in the right-hand column) or contact me with the items you would like together with your credit card info. I will be back later with a new post. Hope you are having a great day!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Top Note Christmas Purse

So how cute is this little candy purse? A while ago I had seen something similar, but this is the first chance I had to make one myself. Once again, that Top Note die makes for a cute little item. And I found an immediate use for my red, white & green mint M&Ms! I made my little purse with a Christmas theme, but I am sure this would be perfect for a bachelorette party or bridal shower or any get-together with the girls. I will say that the candies you put in the cellophane bag cannot be too thick. I first tried Hershey Nuggets, but two in the bag were way thick and one in the bag looked pretty chincy. Life savers will work as will the red and white starlight mints. When the bag is too thick, the purse flap doesn't lay nicely at all. I used a retired flower punch to make the poinsettia and the little toe part of the stocking builder punch for the leaves which was just the right size for the pointsettia. Have a good weekend and stay warm!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Our Thanksgiving Table Favors

After the big hunt prior to Halloween for the candy corn-flavored M&M's, I purchased the Harvest M&M's the day I saw them. I wasn't going to take a chance on missing out on those--lol! I knew that I would use those Harvest M&M's to fill the 1x8 cellophane bags that SU sells together with the Sizzix peek-a-boo frames die for my Thanksgiving favors. I am glad that I did get those M&M'swhen I did as they were nowhere to be found when I went shopping earlier this week. And here is where I will admit that the stamped turkey on the front and the sentiment inside are not from any Stampin' Up sets, but I was getting a little tired of leaves!!! So here is where I used a retired CTMH set. And the ribbon--not SU either. I had it in my Thanksgiving box and it was so festive that I had to use it. But the cardstock is SU--of course. By the way, I saw red, white & green mint flavored M&M's, so I purchased a bag--just in case! Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Instant Coffee Favor

I visited Starbucks earlier today and while I was waiting for my decaf grande to brew, I was checking out their Christmas gifts. There was a box of 12 individual packs of their instant Christmas Blend coffee. It was $11.95 for the box, which is a little on the expensive side. However, I already knew in my mind that individually I would have 12 really cute little favors/stocking stuffers. The colors of the packaging matched really well with Stampin' Up's Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso and Chocolate Chip. This particular favor measures 5 1/4" x 4 1/4" and will fit perfectly in one of our medium envelopes. Had I been thinking, I would have just cut the Chocolate Chip cardstock at 5 1/2" rather than 5 1/4". I used some shimmery paper as one of the layers, for the snowflakes and for the sentiment oval. I think that a little Dazzling Details on the snowflakes would really add to the festive feel. I ran the Cherry Cobbler thru the Big Shot using the diamond texture plate and attached the coffee packet to the favor using the Espresso quilted ribbon. And now I am going to go taste-test one of the little packets of this instant Christmas Blend coffee. Have a nice evening!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Turkey Tag

My friend, Nikki, gave me a Create-a-critters Cricut cartridge the other day. It is one that I think is so cute but I never bought--thank you Nikki! Now that I own this cartridge I am wondering why I didn't add it to my Cricut library sooner! And it is not just cute little critters. For example there is a poodle dog. One key is the poodle and the shift is a cupcake; accessory layer is a purse and the shift is a little heart; layer 2 is the fluffy ears and such with the shift being cupcake frosting; layer 3 is the bows for the poodle and the shift is a cherry for the cupcake; the phrase is Merci; and the last option is the shadow for the poodle and shift for the cupcake shadow. The cute little penguin comes with a fish and an igloo. Since Thanksgiving is next week, I made a wine bottle tag using the turkey. I cut everything at 2" but next time I will try 2 1/2". In addition to the turkey there is a pumpkin, a leaf and the phrase is gobble. If you have this cartridge, hope you are reminded of the possibilities. If you are on the fence about getting this one, find a good price and go for it. Hope you are having a great day

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Clean & Simple Christmas Card

Can't get much easier than this! Very similar to last year's card, this is a great card to make if you are short on time but want to make your Christmas and holiday cards. I embossed a white card base with the Northern Flurry embossing folder, stamped this sentiment from the Four the Holidays stamp set on page 168 of the Idea Book & Catalog in Night of Navy and then tied it with a pretty navy sheer ribbon I had in my ribbon collection. There are little hints of Dazzling Details on the embossed snowflakes to complete the card. Now it is time for me to get to work on the Christmas card I will be sending this year! Have wonderful Sunday and find yourself a little stampin' time!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Christmas door

Diane Marie, a Stampin' Up demonstrator, posted this card on our SU website. I thought it was very pretty and had to make my version of the card. The Boho Blossoms punch was used for the wreath and Cherry Cobbler seam binding for the bow. The greeting is from one of my "go-to stamp sets", Teeny Tiny Wishes. And here is where I will again say that if you want a "get your money's worth" all-occasion stamp set, Teeny Tiny Wishes has just about every occasion covered. The cost is $36.95 plus tax and shipping, which equals expensive in my opinion. However, you get 24 stamps and I know that I have made more than a few dozen cards using this set. The stamped sentiments coordinate perfectly with a variety of punches and the stamps include a variety of fonts. Maybe this stamp set can be added to your Wish List! And speaking of Wish Lists, if your significant other or a family member or friend asks for Christmas/Holiday gift suggestions, let them know what Stampin' Up products you would love to have and have them contact me. I will be more than happy to assist them with their Stampin' Up shopping. Have a great day!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Center step card

Not my usual Christmas colors, I saw this black and white pattern paper at my local scrapbook store and I had to buy it! I used my SU snowflakes die and as you can see,the snowflakes are very pretty. I used white glitter card stock for the snowflakes and had to punch out the little shapes in each snowflake. It took longer to do that than it took to make the card. I can safely say that this will not be my annual Christmas card! And now it is time to go back to getting things ready for Saturday's card classes. Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Fun Thanksgiving Card

A fellow Stampin' Up demonstrator had posted a "pumpkin pie" card and I thought it was so cute--I had to make a similar one. The Very Vanilla pie plate, a sponged Crumb Cake crust and Pumpkin Pie filling is only missing a little whipped topping! And the best thing about it--no calories--lol!! I went shopping today and there was so much Christmas stuff on the shelves that I realized that either I am behind schedule or the retailers are pushing for an early Christmas selling season. I will vote for the retailers as I still have not made my Thanksgiving menu much less purchase Christmas foods! So I will think about pumpkin pie while I work on the Thanksgiving menu and worry about Christmas later. Have a nice weekend and find yourself a little stampin' time.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Nursery Nest Scrap Pages

It's been a while since I posted scrapbook pages, but here is a two-page layout I created using the Nursery Nest DSP. I originally purchased this paper with a specific project in mind, but the paper wasn't quite right. Since babies aren't in our lives, I needed to create a layout that is more generic. And I was able to do just that! This layout can be used to scrap a variety of special occasions: Easter, Mother's Day or numerous other wonderful days you want to remember. Or like me, I will be using this layout to scrap photos of some of the feathered friends who enjoyed feasting and bathing in our back yard. Sometimes you just have to think out of the box to use the stamp and scrap supplies you purchase. Then you don't feel so guilty when you buy more!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Magnet Calendar

I purchased some rectangular coasters and mini calendars so that I would have them for a
future class. Even though I should be preparing for November 12th classes, I had to use these products to make a calendar for myself and here it is! For this calendar I used paper from the Cheerful Treat hostess DSP and the sentiment from the Flight of the Butterfly set was perfect. I will work on improving the calendar, but in the meantime, it's a pretty addition to my bulletin board.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Simple Hello

Another iPad photo and post test! I need to get some cards to Operation Write Home so I am making some clean and simple cards that can be duplicated easily and used for any occasion. The ribbon on this card is discontinued which is too bad, but it might be available on SU's clearance rack. I have not checked the clearance rack for a while, but there are usually some good bargains to be had. Have a great day and find yourself a little stampin' time!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Gift bag

I came across these Kraft bags which are perfect for wine/liquor bottle gifts. A little DSP, ribbon and a coordinating gift card dresses up the bag and let's your host or hostess know you appreciate his/her hospitality. This is one of the items we will be making during one of the November 12th classes.
I am posting from my new iPad and there is definitely a learning curve here! I have to figure out how to add a photo and blog just as I am able to do from my computer. I am not able to size the photo and place it where I want using the iPad. So if you don't hear from me for a while, it is because I am reading the iPad User's Guide and trying to figure this out--LOL!!!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Back Home From Phoenix

I spent the last week in Phoenix visiting family and enjoying the warm weather and sunshine. As much as I like taking vacations, it sure is nice to get back home and in my scrap room. Knowing that tomorrow is Halloween, I should be posting a Halloween card, but to be honest, I am "Halloweened-out", if there is such a thing--LOL! This afternoon I used two patterns from the Well Worn DSP to make this card together with Cajun Craze, Early Espresso and Crumb Cake cardstock. A little tearing of the DSP and cardstock strips added texture. When tearing the DSP, the edges were white, so I sponged those edges with Soft Suede ink. I am not sure if I mentioend this before, but when I open my packages of DSP, I write the colors that coordinate in each particular pack on the cardboard insert that is included. This way I have that information at hand and know just what colors of cardstock and ink to pull when I am creating projects using a particular DSP pack. That information is included on the DSP pages in both the Idea Book & Catalog and in mini catalogs when a new DSP series is released. And now that I have had a little fun in my scrap room, it is time to head off to the laundry room--ugh! Enjoy the rest of your day!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Wedding Card

My little brother got married recently and I needed a wedding card. I used my favorite retired wedding stamp set, Blissful Bride. As his bride wore a dark blue dress, I decided the card would be white with Night of Navy. I used a silver gel pen to fill in the flowers after the cake image was stamped with Night of Navy ink. I should have used my Dazzling Details, but I wasn't thinking at the time!! Punched the two corners with my scallop trim border punch, wrapped the card with some pretty Navy ribbon I had and there you go~~an elegant card for the happy couple.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Pink Thank You Cards

I wanted to make a little gift for a special someone who is undergoing breast cancer treatment. So the other day I thought about thank you cards. I am sure she has people helping her out, so thank you cards would be useful. And then I knew pink would be the perfect color. After embossing Pink Pirouette using the Elegant Bouquet embossing folder, I adhered it to a white card base. The thank you sentiment is from my Short & Sweet stamp set and stamped on white cardstock. I punched that using my large oval punch and adhered it to a punched Pink Pirouette scallop oval. In order for the sentiment to stand out a bit, I adhered it to the card front using dimensionals. The card was very pretty, but needed a little something more. And that little something was a little white butterfly. I included eight cards and envelopes in the cellophane bag and tied it with a pretty pink ribbon. I hope that Tina enjoys receiving this little gift which I made with love just for her.