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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Come to Bethlehem

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I've been busy decorating the house for Christmas, thus my absence, but I stopped today to make a Christmas card. I used Come to Bethlehem- love this set! I stamped my background first with En Francais in Crumb Cake, stamped off once. The edges of my image are aged with Soft Suede and a sponge dauber. I ink up my dauber first and then stamp off on a scrap of paper before applying to my image. It gives it a softer look.
 My poinsettia is done with the Five Petal punch, punched twice, petals curled with a chop stick, then layered. The center of my poinsettia is one of the flowers from the Boho Blossoms punch. Sponged the outer edges with Cajun Craze and then lined it up in the Snow Burst embossing folder.
 The inside is double matted and stamped in Cherry Cobbler with two more holly leaves to match the front of my card.
The card base is 5.5". The Marina Mist frame is 4.5 and the inside Night of Navy frame is 4 3/8". I cut the Very Vanilla 4 3/8" square. The inside mats are: Night of Navy- 5.25" square, Marina Mist- 5" square, and Very Vanilla is cut 3.5" square. Have a GREAT day everyone!!!!


Paper: Bashful Blue, Marina Mist, Night of Navy, Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive
Classic Stampin' Ink: Garden Green, Night of Navy, Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler
Stamps: Come to Bethlehem, En Francais
Punches: Five Petal, Boho Blossoms, 1/4" circle
Dies: Stocking Accents
Other: Snow Burst embossing folder, glue dots, Stampin' Dimensionals, gem

Friday, November 25, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope everyone had a wonderfully blessed day yesterday! I have been busy in the kitchen for the last three days, so have not been able to stamp. Hoping to fix that today :).


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Christmas List Organizer

I saw this beyond brilliant idea on Artful Imagination's blog! She made a Christmas List Organizer! Every year I have several Christmas lists with me when I do my Christmas shopping, all written out on separate sheets of lined paper. You can imagine how much fun it is trying to switch between all those sheets of paper while shopping. With this little organizer you have all your Christmas lists handy in one conveniently sized little organizer, and it's pretty too! Many thanks to Artful Imagination for coming up with this fantastic organizer and sharing it! You have made my Christmas shopping so much easier!!!!

Back to the organizer :). She made inserts for the inside of her organizer, so I made my own inserts as well, using Word. I also made my organizer slightly different, in that I put a piece of Designer Series Paper at the top of mine to hide the top of my list sheets. I think that I'll make another one for next year and laminate my covers, so that all I have to do is print out new lists each year to add to the organizer. (Sigh) Hindsight is often better than foresight.

Have you started your Thanksgiving preparations yet? I'm off to start on mine now! I do a lot of baking for the holidays and it's so much easier to make up the pie crusts and freeze them a couple of days before I need them :). Have a great day today!


Paper: Baja Breeze, Marina Mist, Wild Wasabi, Real Red, Whisper White, Designer Series Paper (retired)
Classic Stampin' Ink: Garden Green, Melon Mambo, Wild Wasabi, Real Red
Stamps: Dear Santa, Sweets for the Sweet
Punches: 1" Circle, Decorative Label
Dies: Tasteful Trim, Stocking Accents, Northern Frost
Other: 1" Prong Fasterner

Saturday, November 19, 2011

My Daughter's Card

My daughter stamped a card for me recently :). She doesn't stamp often, but I thought her ideas for this card were cute. She used the Build a Bear dies to make a gingerbread girl. Ahhh, a child after my own heart ;-). Yeah, she totally owns it, lol!
 She used a Sizzix embossing folder and embossed the background and colored it in with Stampin' Write markers. A white gel pen added the frosting to the ginger girl.

On the inside of the card, she used the zig zag from the Tasteful Trim die and added stamped candies at the corners carrying the gingerbread theme to the inside. She stamped her sentiment and punched it out, then popped it up on Dimensionals.
Her card definitely expresses a warm and cozy Christmas. I can almost smell the gingerbread baking :-). Have a great weekend!


Supplies used:
Paper: Garden Green, Real Red, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip
Classic Stampin' Ink: Garden Green, Real Red
Stamps: Sweets for the Sweet, sentiment from a retired set
Dies: Build a Bear- Bear, Beary Dressy, Tasteful Trim
Punches: 1" Circle, Decorative Label

Friday, November 18, 2011

Birthday Card

Here's a quick birthday card I made using four different stamp sets. I often like to combine more than one stamp set to achieve my final result :). It's amazing how many stamp sets compliment each other! This card is another 5x7 card. I seem to need the bigger size a lot more lately! I used the Petite Pennants punch for the smaller pennants and the Perfect Pennants Bigz die for the larger pennant. The punch and the die go nicely together, don't ya' think? To make the embellishment in the center of my larger pennant, I stamped the candy from Sweets for the Sweet and punched out the center using a 1/2" circle punch. Then I punched the outer part of the stamped candy with a 1" circle punch. I stamped my little 'wish big' sentiment onto Whisper White and punched it out with the 1" circle punch and layered them. I popped it up on a Dimensional as well.

The little sentiment banner on my card was made with the banner on the Petal Cone die. I simply die cut the banner and then trimmed it closer to the length I wanted my banner to be and laid it on top of the banner on the die and ran it through my Big Shot again. Easy Peasy! 

For the inside, I stamped more candies in matching colors to the card front and layered two of the candies in the corner. Tomorrow I'm going to share a card that my daughter made for me. She doesn't stamp often, but when she does, she comes up with cute ideas :). See you then! Have a GREAT weekend!


Paper: Old Olive, So Saffron, Whisper White, Melon Mambo,  Marina Mist, Pumpkin Pie, Pear Pizzazz DSP
Stamps: Sweets for the Sweet, Pennant Parade, Create a Cupcake, So Happy for You (retired)
Classic Stampin' Ink: Melon Mambo, Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive
Punches: 1/2" Circle, 1" Circle, Petite Pennants
Dies: Petal Cone, Perfect Pennants
Other: Snow Burst Textured Impressions embossing folder, Stampin' Dimensionals, white crochet thread

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Other Part of My Life :)

No card today :). I am using today to study my other favorite thing to do... photography. My husband is so sweet. He knew that I wanted a good camera that I can really play with, so he got me a Canon EOS 7D :D. Can I say that I LOVE my camera?!!!!

In the world of paper crafting blogging, we rarely find out about the other sides of our favorite bloggers, so I just wanted to give you a little peek into my other world today, while I study things to do with photography :). I will be back tomorrow with a card or a project, but for now, here are a few shots from two very recent photo shoots that I did with two of my favorite subjects :). I'm just an amateur for now, but I hope to change that someday :)....

Don't you just love little kids walking barefoot?

They dressed up as Princesses for this shoot

Isn't she a little cutie?!
I don't edit my photos. My goal is to learn to take pictures without having to edit them. Uh huh, I have PS and I love it, but for now, I'm trying to learn photography, so I'm staying pure, lol! My daughter also dabbles in photography, and yeah, she uses my camera. Maybe I'll post some of her photos sometime- it's eerie how she will go out and photograph the exact same things I was thinking about and from the exact same vantage points I was thinking about. We are so connected that we often, and I do mean often, say the exact same thing at the exact same time. Or we will be thinking something and say it out loud and the other of us will say "I was just thinking that!" It's actually pretty cool :). Hope you don't mind me pursuing my other passion today! See you tomorrow!!!


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Christmas Collage

I've had this background stamp since it was introduced and have never inked it up until this weekend. I stamped the image with VersaMark and heat embossed in gold. I used my Watercolor Wonder Crayons to color in parts of the image. In case you want to use this image whole, the dimensions of the image are 4.5 x 5.75. My card is a 5x7 card.
After I had all the layers adhered down and finished my card, I decided that I should have inked the edges in Soft Suede for a more vintage look. Oh well, maybe I'll make another one :). Have a great day!


Paper: Very Vanilla, Real Red, Always Artichoke, Basic Black, gold glitter paper, gold metallic card stock
Classic Stampin' Ink: Cherry Cobbler
Stamps" Christmas Collage, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Dies: Stocking Accents, Timeless Type
Punches: Word Window, 1.75 Circle, Scallop Edge Border
Embossing Folder: Square Lattice
Other: VersaMark, gold embossing powder, Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Blender pens, Stampin' Dimensionals

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

A Sweet Gift Box

As a demonstrator, I have access to a lot of wonderful ideas and projects, not only through Stampin' Connection (an online community for demonstrators only), but also through the Stampin' Up! site for demonstrators. We have access to online videos showing projects made with Stampin' Up! products. The gift box below was one of the video projects. I used different stamps to make mine and different ribbon and a different tag, but the box idea came from Stampin' Up! To make the box itself, you simply die cut two Fancy Favor boxes, stamp them, and then slip one box into the other. The result is a box that is closed on both ends, but easy to open :). 
For my box I used Real Red, Very Vanilla, and Always Artichoke. Those are great colors to use for Christmas projects! My tag is made with the Ovals die and the Designer Frames embossing folders. I used the medium oval for the tag and embossed it inside the Designer Frames folder. For the center of the tag, I die cut the smallest oval and embossed it with the Square Lattice embossing folder. I finished off the tag with a stamped image from Winter Post. Adhere some seam binding ribbon and add a bow and you have a pretty box for a gift or for special treats. I may add home baked Christmas cookies to mine- this is ideal packaging for a few Christmas cookies :). I hope your day is wonderful today! See you tomorrow!


Paper: Real Red, Very Vanilla, Always Artichoke
Classic Stampin' Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Soft Suede, Always Artichoke
Stamps: Winter Post
Dies: Fancy Favor, Ovals
Embossing Folders: Designer Frames, Square Lattice
Other: Always Artichoke Seam Binding ribbon, gold crochet thread, 1/8 Circle punch

Monday, November 14, 2011

Gently Falling Leaves

Sorry I'm late on my post today, had to take my daughter to the Dr. this morning. I don't have much time for chat today since I need to take her this afternoon for a test.

I used two stamps sets on the card below... Gently Falling and Falling Leaves. The leaves from Gently Falling (background leaves) were stamped in Old Olive and Cajun Craze. The leaves on the three circles are from Falling Leaves and I stamped them in Cajun Craze.
 This inside is simple... Very Vanilla matted on Crumb Cake and stamped in Old Olive with one of the leaves from the Gently Falling stamp set. Quick and easy :).
Have a great day today everyone! See you all tomorrow! Please see the supply list below :).


Paper: Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Cajun Craze
Classic Stampin' Ink: Cajun Craze, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip
Stamps: Gently Falling, Falling Leaves, Thank You Kindly
Punches: 1" Circle, 1 1/4" Circle
Other: Square Lattice Textured Impressions embossing folder

Friday, November 11, 2011

Polar Party

This is a very 'non-traditional color' Christmas card. I used Melon Mambo and Pacific Point along with Very Vanilla. I also had a difficult time photographing this one! Please forgive the photos, and hopefully you can get the idea of how this card looks in real life :). The trees and the penguins with their stacks of gifts were stamped on watercolor paper with StazOn Jet Black ink. You will want to use a permanent ink instead of a dye based ink for water coloring. I used my Watercolor Wonder Crayons and a blender pen to color my images. There is actually a lot of sparkle on this card. I used Dazzling Details to highlight the snow and the Christmas Trees and the snowflakes are die cut from white glitter paper. I love these little penguins- they are just soooooo cute!!!!!
For the inside of this card, I layered two snowflakes and both are die cut from more glitter paper. I used a scrap that I had leftover from my card front to 'hang' the snowflake from :). The Northern Frost snowflakes are so pretty and detailed and they layer together beautifully! 

It's getting colder where I live- brrrr! Dropping down into the low 30's at night. The leaves are almost completely off the trees now too. Time for the land to rest until Spring :). I hope you all have a wonderful autumn weekend!


Paper: Melon Mambo, Pacific Point, Very Vanilla, watercolor paper, glitter paper
Stamps: Polar Party, inside sentiment from a retired set
Classic Stampin' Ink: Melon Mambo, Pacific Point
Other Ink" StazOn Jet Black
Dies: Northern Frost
Other: Watercolor Wonder Crayons, gems
Textured Impressions Embossing Folders: Snow Burst

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Make Your Own Stamps :)

After adding the labels to one of my clear mount stamp sets, I had a big chunk of blank rubber left over. I was looking at it and thinking it was such a shame to waste that big chunk of rubber, lol! So I die cut the chunk of rubber with my Big Shot and my Stocking Accents die :D. The background paper you see on the card below was stamped with my new die cut stamps, except for the stars. Pretty nifty, huh? After I stamped the background, I ran the card stock through my Big Shot in the Square Lattice embossing folder to add some texture. I also ran my Cherry Cobbler faux ribbon (card stock) through my Big Shot in the Petals-a-Plenty embossing folder. This was a really quick card to make!

 On the inside, I added my sentiment (retired stamp set) in Cherry Cobbler, and die cut the holly leaves from Wild Wasabi and added a little punched heart in Cherry Cobbler- done!
Wishing you a wonderful day today!


Paper: Cherry Cobbler textured, Very Vanilla, Wild Wasabi
Classic Stampin' Ink: Wild Wasabi, Cherry Cobbler, More Mustard
Stamps: Perfect Punches, my own stamps made with the Stocking Accents die :D, inside sentiment (retired set)
Punches: 1 3/8" Circle, 1 3/4" Scallop Circle, Small Heart
Dies: Stocking Accents
Other: Square Lattice embossing folder, Petals-a-Plenty embossing folder

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Snow Much Fun

Did I ever mention that I love snowmen? I have a whole section of my home dedicated to snowmen when I decorate for Christmas :). What's not to love about snowmen? I love the snowman images in Snow Much Fun, so I pulled that set out last night and water colored it with my Watercolor Wonder Crayons and my blender pens. I love to water color! It's so relaxing! There is a lot of sparkle on this card, but unfortunately, the camera didn't pick it up when I photographed it (rainy day here so drab and dreary out and no bright sunlight). I added Dazzling Details glitter glue to the snowman and the little Christmas Tree, and of course, to the snow :). The snowflake is die cut from glitter card stock. I stamped a few buttons from the Button, Button stamp set. I punched the center holes of the button with a 1/16" circle punch and the circle punch from Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack.
 I added a few buttons to the inside that I made with punches that were inspired by the Button, Button stamp set. Are these buttons not the cutest thing?!
 To make the button, punch the little flower out from the Boho Blossoms punch, ink around the edge, and then punch a 3/4" circle and ink around the edge again. Glue the flower to the circle. Mark the center to punch the holes (1/16" circle punch) for the button, (I used a stamped button from Button, Button for a template to mark where the holes should go), and viola! Cute buttons!
Have a GREAT day today!!


Paper: Marina Mist, Pear Pizzazz, So Sffron, Very Vanilla, water color paper, Designer Series Paper Hostess  Pack (retired- but you can purchase the new Pear Pizzazz Designer Series Paper)
Classic Stampin' Ink: Cherry Cobbler, More Mustard, Marina Mist, Pear Pizzazz
Stamps: Snow Much Fun, Button, Button, Teeny Tiny Wishes, inside sentiment from a retired set
Dies: Northern Frost
Punches: Modern Label, Word Window, Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack, 3/4" Circle, Boho Blossoms
Other: Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Dazzling Details glitter glue, Snow Burst embossing folder, Stampin' Dimensionals

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Christmas Stocking Banner

THIS is the project that started with my creative spark from visiting the flea markets and antique malls over the weekend. I was so happy to be feeling creative that I stayed up all night on Saturday evening! I was tired on Sunday, but it was so much fun to be in the creative flow again, that I didn't want to stop :). I made a banner using the Stocking die in the Holiday Mini. If you don't have this die yet, you really should get it! I did individual photos of each stocking for you, with the full banner at the end. I plan to attach them together with seam binding ribbon, but I'm torn between Baja Breeze and Cherry Cobbler. Hmmmm, maybe Always Artichoke seam binding ribbon? I can't decide (sigh). My stocking banner spells out 'Merry' and I plan to use this in my Christmas decorating this year. I die cut the stockings and the cuffs from acid/lignin free mat board so that it would be sturdier and hold up for a few years :). I covered the stocking with Marina Mist, the cuffs with embossed Whisper White, and the little stocking toe and heel is die cut from Frostwood Lodge Designer Series paper in the Holiday Mini. A few of the elements in the stockings are die cut from mat board and covered with card stock or Designer Series Paper as well. If you make one of these, use your own judgement as to what elements you die cut from mat board. Timeless Type die cut letters were used for each stocking. The first stocking is the M in Merry. I used the holly leaves die cut from the Stocking Accents die in the Holiday Mini and added a jingle bell punch. The jingle bell is punched from More Mustard, backed with Basic Black, and the top of the bell only has been embossed with the Snow Burst folder (Holiday Mini). The bell was also inked with More Mustard ink. I stamped the little candy bag on vellum and adhered my Cherry Cobbler stamped candy to the back.
 Next up is the E stocking. I added a little note to Santa ;-). I stamped 'Dear Santa' in Cherry Cobbler and inked the edges with Crumb Cake ink. Crinkle up the paper a bit :-). I added a button die cut with the Sweet Buttons embosslit and tied with the Cherry Cobbler and White bakers twine.
 On to R... I used the Stocking Accents die to die cut the little Christmas Tree- covered with Snow Burst embossed Old Olive, the candy cane, and added a little package to the back. The package is just a rectangle of Designer Series Paper and the bow was made with the Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer punch.
 The other R... I was trying to think of things that go inside stockings and decided that a little spin top and a little elf doll were just the things to add to this stocking :). The elf is made using the Build a Bear dies (you really do need the Build a Bear dies :D !) and the top is made from the ornament on the Stocking Accents die. I covered the mat board ornament with some wood paper from Frostwood Lodge Designer Series Paper, which was also inked around the edges and over the paper to lessen the white shock of the paper ;-)   I tied Cherry Cobbler and White bakers twine around the top of the top and added a Jewelry Tag punch under the twine. The tag says "Super Spin Top". The elf's little sign says, "Wish Big".

 Last, the Y. The last stocking is a mirror of the first stocking, so it would be made exactly the same, just reversing the elements to the right side.
 And here they are all together in a row. Until I decide which seam binding ribbon to use, you'll just have to visualize that the ribbon is there :D.

See you tomorrow! Have a wonderful day!


Paper: Marina Mist, Whisper White, Old Olive, Real Red, More Mustard, Basic Black, vellum, Frostwood Lodge Designer Series Paper
Classic Stampin' Ink: More Mustard, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Old Olive
Stamps: Dear Santa, Sweets for the Sweet, Pennant Parade, Tagtastic
Dies: Holiday Stocking, Stocking Accents, Sweet Buttons embosslit, Timeless Type alpha, Build a Bear Bear,  Beary Essentials
Other: Snow Burst embossing folder, Jewelry Tag punch, 1" Circle punch, Curly Label punch, white gel pen, red gems

Monday, November 7, 2011

Cute Little Elves

I've been gone from my blog for a while again, but if you come visit here, you already know that :). For the last few months I've had ZERO mojo. I tried to create, but it just wasn't really working- I was doing, not really creating- and I had lost the joy in creating in the process of just doing. My husband, our youngest daughter, and I went around to several flea markets over the weekend and for some crazy reason, that sparked the creative side in me. Odd, right? While out visiting the flea markets and antique shops around town, I found a few retired Stampin' Up! sets that I LOVED! Today's card is made with one of those sets... 'Santa's Helpers'. I just fell in love with the cute little elves! I used Pear Pizzazz, Regal Rose, Very Vanilla, and So Saffron as my color choices. They totally work together! My little elf is colored with Stampin' Write markers, a blender pen, and the So Saffron Watercolor Wonder crayon. I prefer to use the Watercolor Wonder crayons to cover large areas on my stamped images :). 
 The sweet little candies are stamped and punched out with the 3/4" circle punch. Makes them just a little bit smaller than the actual stamp from 'Sweets for the Sweet' stamp set in the Idea Book and Catalog. The Very Vanilla background is embossed with a snowflake embossing folder, but it's a shallow emboss so it didn't really show up very well in the photo.
Both the card front and the inside sentiments are stamped in Cherry Cobbler, plus I added three stamped candies, but punched them out in various sizes of punches. The Daffodil Delight candy on the left is the full sized stamp, punched with the 1" circle punch, followed by the 3/4" circle punch in Regal Rose, and last, the 1/2" circle punch on the right.

I have posts scheduled each day for the whole week, so please be sure to come back by :). You won't want to miss the project I did with the Stocking die ;-). Hopefully, my creative spark will remain in place now :). Thanks so much for sticking with me while my mojo was on vacation! Have a GREAT day!!


Paper: Pear Pizzazz, Regal Rose, Very Vanilla, So Saffron, Pear Pizzazz Designer Series Paper from the Hostess pack (retired)
Classic Stampin' Ink: So Saffron, Cherry Cobbler, Regal Rose
Stamps: Sweets for the Sweet, Santa's Helpers (retired)
Other: Stampin' Write markers, Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Sizzix embossing folder, Nestabilities