Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
Need I say more?! You get the idea! Hoping to have time to really "play" tomorrow! I'm in the mood to stamp something, ready to start scrapbooking and browsing some blogs!
Of course, I still haven't sent out my Christmas cards so I SHOULD make that a priority, we'll see. I generally don't fret too much if they go out near New Year's. I figure happy mail is still happy, regardless of when it arrives! I have an excuse, they are hand made and include a picture and include a handwritten note specific to each recipient. That's a good enough excuse right??
OK, off to bed. Thanks for checking back to see if perhaps I've possibly posted something interesting and easy on the eyes. I'll try not to disappoint tomorrow.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
The build-a-brads were fun- hadn't used those in a while, and I like them layered with the felt snowflaked behind them. The origami tree was not too hard, but I don't think I'd do it for a workshop or class. At this point I don't have directions for it, but if I find them I will link them. Sorry!
Thanks for taking a moment to stop by. I'd love to hear from you so jot me a quick hello if you'd like! I'd love it even more if you'd play along with this (or any/all of the DCBD challenges) challenge and then link your card to my blog so I can find it!
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
This bundle is adorable and perfect not only for Valentine's projects, but also for any occasion you need to show a little love! It includes an awesome 3 heart punch as well as the 12x12 designer papers called Candy Lane, as well as the stamp set Love You Much all for only $41.48. That's 20% off the retail value.
If you'd like to see samples made with this bundle see my last two posts or click this link to see an entire gallery on Splitcoast Stampers. I will also link the flyer to the sidebar in my blog so you can see each individual element in this kit!
Thanks for stopping by today. I'm busy doing some painting for my FIL- an early Christmas present. I hope you are all done with your holiday bustle and ready to sit back, relax and enjoy it all!
I'll be back tomorrow with my Christmas Eve post for the DCBD weekly challenge (I actually got it done yesterday!). See ya then!
Monday, December 22, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Today's DCBD challenge, compliments of Dannie Graves, is for us to use the gorgeous color combination of Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip, Baha Breeze and one of either Kiwi Kiss (which I used) or Tangerine Tango.
Not being a huge fan of Tangerine Tango I decided immediately that I'd go with Kiwi Kiss! I also wanted to use this sketch, which is from the Splitcoast Stampers Dare to Get Dirty Challenge they have each month. If you are not a "Fan Club Member" on Splitcoast, I highly recommend joining. I believe the rate is reduced right now during the holidays (I could be wrong though). As a member you get rights to view the exclusive and amazing gallery of the "Dirty Girls" or the Dirty Dozen. They are among the most talented stampers out there and do awesome work. An added bonus is that you may upload any day of the week to SCS (non members are not permitted to upload on Sundays) and you don't have to wait for approval to upload. This significantly cuts the time it takes to see your uploaded pictures in the gallery.
Anyway, I used the hostess set called Live Like you Mean It. I love that sentiment and the set is very pretty and versatile too! Plus it's a level one so it's easy to earn. The white cardstock used here is all Glossy White so there is a pretty shine to it that may not show in the picture.
The flowers in this image I inked up with ink from the lid of the ink pads and a blender pen. This is why the Riding Hood Red isn't very vivid. At first I was disappointed, but then the softness grew on me. The flower at the bottom right was originally in a white square which I decided after it was all glued down that I wanted it to be a circle instead. It's a little worse for the wear, but works much better now. Trust me.
Did you notice the background on the Kiwi paper? I haven't done this in a while since my first instinct is always a background stamp, but this time I used the words from the sentiment and stamped them over and over in Kiwi ink. I love how this looks and plan to do it again soon.
Stamps: Live like you mean it, Think Happy Thoughts (for the dotted circle), Canvas (on the Blue strip)
Paper: Glossy White, Kiwi Kiss, Chocolate Chip, Baha Breeze
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Baha Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Chocolate chip
Accessories: Baha Grosgrain, Circle Punch, Square scallop punch, Antique Brass jumbo eyelet, antique brass brad.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Ooh, thought I should add that Stampin' Up! has announced FREE SHIPPING now through December 23rd! Don't miss out on this rare opportunity. Also, they posted the Retiring Stamps list on Tuesday and are offering 10% off all stamp sets on that list. I'll post a link to the list later, but you can always go to www.stampinup.com to check it out (although currently the site is experiencing technical difficulties it looks like). Don't forget you are welcome to order on my website linked at the right!
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
If you'd like to make this, start with a sheet of whisper white cardstock ("4 x 8.5") then score at 1 1/4" & 4 7/8". You may need to experiment with this some, but those are the measurements mine worked out to. Then the bottom flap can be folded in and adhered on the edges to make a little pocket. The hat brim is 1"x 4 1/4" so it fits neatly into a standard envelope. The top part of the hat is 3 1/8" wide, by 2 1/4" or so. This part will overlap under the brim but be sure the entire length of the card ends at 5 1/2" so it fits in that envelope!
Sunday, December 7, 2008
The patterned paper is from the pack called Holiday Treasures in the regular catalog. I love its funky colors and designs- festive and Christmasy but with a twist!
Stay tuned tomorrow, for an easy, snowy gift card holder!
Saturday, December 6, 2008
I believe I used a different color of red, inadvertently, and may just change that since I think hers is just perfection! The white paper I embossed on is our Shimmery White cardstock and adds a lovely sheen in person! I hope my ladies like it as much as I do!
Thanks for stopping by!
Friday, December 5, 2008
If you are looking for some last minute Christmas cards to make, look no further. For the next several days I am going to feature Christmas cards that I will be presenting at a Private Stamp Camp this weekend! This first one is a FAVORITE and the horse theme was requested by my hostess.
Normally I search far and wide for inspiration -pulling a bit from this and a bit from that. However, for this first card I found a card saved to a folder on my computer entitled "Cards to CASE!". Although a few tiny details are different, I have kept it almost identical, which is kind of rare for me. Here is the original, in all its glory, by Heather Nichols (AKA Pinefeather on SCS). I have had this card saved to my favorites for two years!
Anyway, here is my version. My green layer is Always Artichoke as opposed to True Thyme, and obviously I used the horse image from Wanted instead of the snowflake. Not that I don't like the snowflake- I DO!- but I am using snowflakes on two other cards and wanted to incorporate the horse that was requested.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Be back later with my Diva Coffee Break Design Challenge!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
So I've been experimenting with some holiday project ideas for my daughter's first grade class. I looked long and hard before finally deciding to design something on my own. Nothing seemed just right as far as difficulty level and time. During my search I tried many things. Obviously Frosty won, but here are the rest of them.
The middle two (Frosty and Santa) are both bookmarks. The santa on the left is a Sour Cream Container what you can fill with goodies (Hershey Kisses preferred) then hang on a tree. The one on the right is called a Triangle Box which can be made in many sizes and also hold kisses or other various chocolates (yes, I suppose diamond earrings could fit as well!). He also has cord tied through the top so he can hang as well.
Both of these treat boxes are pretty easy (if you can measure, cut and score which I realize not everyone can) but they involved sticky strip and lots of parts which I didn't think would be ideal for first graders. Actually, I'm sure they could handle it, I'm just not sure I could handle helping 21 6 & 7 year olds do them.
Anyway, check out the tutorials I linked if you want to try one. Here are a list of punches I've used for these:
For the Santas: 1 3/8" circle, 1/2" circle, 1/4" circle, scallop circle, scallop square, word window, 5 petal flower, 3/4" square, 1/4" square. Spring Bouquet.
For Frosty: 1/4" circle, 1/2" circle, large tag, Spring Bouquet, small star. Also used red gingham ribbon and sponge dauber (formerly used with red ink), black marker.
Thanks for stopping by again!
Editing to add: The bookmarks are made with an 1/8 sheet of paper (2 1/8"x5 1/2"). That way you can get 8 out of one sheet of paper! Leave it to me to be economical. HTH!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Well, I think the only reason it works on this card is because of the row of hats. The large scallop is from the Circle Scallop #2 die for the Big Shot. In fact, I used both sizes- see the smaller one peaking out from behind the large circle?
Anyway, the other things
Anyway, that's enough details probably. Thanks for stopping by!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Last but not least- At the Beach! For this page I used some of the last remnants of a very old Simply Scrappin' Kit called Island Blossoms. I only used the papers, none of the stickers for this page because they all had pink in them and I was avoiding pink since this is my son's book. The only thing that is not SU on this layout is the title. Those letters were on a single sheet, in squares that have to be cut (or punched in this case) out to use. I don't remember who they are by but they are very old, and yes, maybe a bit dated as well... but that's one way I challenge myself- to use up OLD stuff and try to find a way to like it again! It's fun and a way to be resourceful instead of wasteful- try it!
Friday, November 14, 2008
Stamps: Whale Wishes, Full of Life, Itty Bitty Backgrounds
Paper: Pacific Point, Certaily Celery, Basic Gray, Whisper White
Ink: Certainly Celery, Pacific point, Whisper White
Accessories: square punch, 1/2" circle punch, scallop edge punch, basic gray taffeta ribbon
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Here's another card for you today! I made this with leftovers laying on my desk from the card I made yesterday... designing seems to happen for me that way- by accident!
The black accents, flower & punched sentiment piece, are both embossed with black so they really stand out. This looks so much sharper in person. The flower panel is on dimensionals so the dimension shows more in person too.
The blush blossom piece is wheeled with the matching wheel to this set in Sahara Sand ink, then scalloped and pierced.
To get that same blush blossom color in the flower I decided to scribble inside the lines with my Watercolor Crayon (isn't it nice that those crayons come in SU's colors?!) then blend it with the aquapainter. I love the sheen it has IRL- very cool.
This is one of those cards that took me longer than it should have. I had ideas, then changed them, then didn't like it and had to keep working at it until I finally ended up with something I like. Anyway, thanks for stopping by. I hope you like it too!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
In order, these are Jumbo Paperclip Bookmarks which I sold all but one, 2x2" square tiles (sold several of these- not sure of exact count- maybe 10-15), Bag Tags- sold very few of these, and a Birthday Thank You Note Kit- only made one and sold it. This turned out to be a good idea and I wished I'd made more. The cupcake stamp was on sale last month and there are lots of cute ways to use it. For this kit I made one cupcake up, and the rest I just stamped on white cardstock then left them blank so the child could color them and fill out the details.