Sunday, November 30, 2008

From Our Home to Yours

Hi Stampers! Just a really cute & quick card to share today. I saw this card done on Chris Twing's Blog HERE. I couldn't resist re-creating her card. She also posted recipe for this card which you can download for yourself. Be sure to check out her other designs. They are adorable.

Happy Stamping~

Stamp set: To You & Yours, Season of Joy
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip
Card stock: Handsome Hunter, Riding Hood Red, Creamy Carmel
Other: Stampin' Write Markers, Chocolate Chip Ribbon, Oval Punch, Sponges

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Quick and Easy Holiday Ornaments

Hi Stampers! I thought I would take break from cards today to show you a really cute project you can make with your kids. These are some ornaments I made using circle chipboard coasters, designer series paper and some chipboard snowflakes I already had on hand. (I was unable to find mine from Stampin' Up! in the Something Seasonal pack) I started out by dipping my snowflake pieces in versamark ink. Then added Iridescent Ice embossing powder and heated with my heat tool. They turned out so sparkly and shiny. They would have been cute just one thier own, but I wasn't going to stop there. :0)

Next, I took the circle chipboard coasters and traced them onto the backside of the designer series paper I wanted to use. Had I been able to find my Coulzzel it would have been much easier, but no- I like to do things the hard way! I then attached the designer series paper to the coaster and sanded the edges with the sanding blocks. I did this to both sides of the coaster so when it hangs on the tree it can be seen from either side. Then I added my snowflake on one side of the coaster. I was going to add another on the other side when I had an idea. (I know, I know- hard to believe!!*lol*) I am putting pictures of the boys on the back side to send to family up north. I will also stamp the year on the back so everyone can remember what the boys looked like at this age. The other ones I plan to stamp a "To: & From:" on the back and use as gift tags.

To finish off the ornaments and make them actually "look" like Christmas ornaments, I punched out scraps of matching card stock using my Round Tab punch. I attached this to the top portion of the coaster and punched a small hole to loop the silver cording through.

I love how the different designer series papers look on these. Each one is unique and beautiful.

Happy Stamping~
Stamp set: None
Ink: Versamark
Card stock: Various Designer Series Paper, Various scrap card stock
Other: Chipboard coasters, Chipboard snowflake pieces, Iridescent Ice embossing powder, heat tool, Round Tab punch, Silver Cord, 1/16" Circle Punch, Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive

Friday, November 28, 2008

Happy Holidays

Hi Stampers! Have you survived the masses out before the crack of dawn today? Every year I decide to hit the stores starting at 5am. I know- some of you think I am crazy, others can relate to the adrenaline rush that happens. The good thing is I am usually about 80% done with shopping by the time I get home. I have developed my strategy over the years. I have my route planned out and I even know the right places to park. It's been mostly due to trial and error, but I now have a master plan and I stick to it every year and I am home resting with my feet up by 11am. :0)

Today's card is yet another Christmas card. It's not one of my favorites. In reality- I really don';t care for it, but thought I would post it anyway so you can see that things don't always turn out how you want them to. I think it is the DSP I used. I love most of the designer series papers we carry, but every once in awhile there is just one style that does not suit my taste, but I push myself to use it anyway. This is such the case. I don't know what it is about these flowers but they are just NOT my thing. Perhaps it's the colors? I don't know, but rather than use the other side which I really like - I forced myself to try to think out of the box a little bit. (Obviously I didn't think outside hard enough to create something nice *lol*) Anyway- the card base is old olive with doodle dots made with the white gel pen randomly. Then the layer of DSP was applied with a piece of Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon wrapped around it. The image is from the Big on Christmas set layered on Riding Hood Red and Chocolate Chip.

Happy Stamping~

Stamp set: Big on Christmas
Ink: Basic Black
Card stock: Old Olive, Holiday Treasure DSP, Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip
Other: Stampin' Write Markers, Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon, White Gel Pen

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Let it Snow with a Big Shot

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!! I really should have made a Thanksgiving card or in the very least a fall card, but I have been on such a roll with my Christmas cards that I didn't want to ruin the creative juices. Hope you and your family have a wonderful turkey day with all the fixings. :0)

I fell in love with this card when I saw another demo make it and decided I had to try it out for myself. (unfortunately I do not know who was the original creator of this design, but if it was you please let me know so I can give proper credit- I saw it on SCS) This card allowed me to use several of my favorite items- designer series paper and my Big Shot. Put those 2 things together and how can you not have fun?

The card base is old olive with a layer of real red. A piece of Holiday Treasures paper was adhered to the red layer. Using the Snowflake #2 die with my Big shot machine I cut the snowflake out of Shimmery White card stock and added it to the card base. It adds some nice sparkle to the card with out being overpowering. I stamped the "Let it Snow" image from the Big on Christmas set and colored it in with Stampin' Write Markers. Then layered it onto a piece of old olive card stock. Since the right hand of the panel looked bare I punched out a 1-3/8" circle from an old olive scrap and a folded it over the layered image panel. I added my real red brad and attached the entire panel over the snowflake. Such a cute card!

Happy Stamping~

Stamp set: Big on Christmas
Ink: Basic Black
Card stock: Old Olive, Real Red, Holiday Treasures DSP, WW, Shimmery White
Other: Real Red Brad, 1-3/8" Circle Punch, Big Shot, Snowflake #2 die

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Christmas Elves

Hi Stampers! Today's card features one of the newer sets to the catalog called Holiday Lineup. The set comes with 3 stamps. One has a group of snowmen. One has a group of naughty looking reindeer and the last one has a group of elves. Aren't they cute? I colored them in with my Stampin' Write Markers. (real red, blush blossom and old olive) The designer papers are from the pack called Holiday Treasures.

Happy Stamping~

Stamps: Holiday Lineup
Ink: Basic Black, Stampin' Write Markers
Card stock: Riding Hood Red, Holiday Treasures DSP, Chocolate Chip
Other: Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Let it Snow...

Hi Stampers! Here is another adorable card. This card features the set Big on Christmas set in the catalog. I paired the stamp set up with some of the Frosty Day DSP from the Holiday Mini Catalog. I love the colors of this paper and couldn't resist carrying them over into the the stamped image. I colored in the image using my Stampin' Write Markers. This is a very easy card to make. It is just a lot of layering. I am guessing that these will require a little more postage when mailing because of all the layers. This is another one of the cards I had packaged up and was selling at the craft fairs. They are packaged in a pack of 6 with envelopes for $15 + shipping. Please email me if you are interested in purchasing some.

Happy Stamping~

Stamps: Big on Christmas
Ink: Black Staz On, Bashful Blue
Card stock: Bashful Blue, Kiwi Kiss, Tangerine Tango, Close to Cocoa, Frosty Day DSP, WW
Other: N/A

Monday, November 24, 2008

Magic Reindeer Food

Here is another cute idea to give the little ones in your life around the holiday season. I remember having something similar to this when I was younger. We lived up in snowy Wisconsin at the time and I remember sprinkling the Magic Reindeer Food in the snow and watching out the window to see if the reindeer would come to eat it. This was another one of the things I sold at the craft fairs.

The poem says "Sprinkle on the lawn at night
The moon will make it sparkle bright
As Santa's reindeer fly and roam
This will guide them to your home. "

Inside the cello bag is a mixture of oatmeal and red sprinkles. I still have a few of these left. They are $2.00 + shipping.

Happy Stamping~

Stamp set: Deer Friends (Level 2 Hostess Set)
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Card stock: Chocolate Chip, Riding Hood Red, Very Vanilla
Other: Oatmeal, Red Sprinkles, Top Notch Die, Big Shot, Circle Punches, Scallop Punch, Computer

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Snowman Soup

Today's project is another quick and easy stocking stuffer item or a great item to give co-workers just to let them know you are thinking about then this holiday season. Inside the cello bag is the making of "Snowman Soup". There is a hot cocoa packet, some mini marshmallows, Hershey Kisses and a peppermint stirring stick. I typed up the poem and printed it out on my computer. The cute little poem says:
"Was told you've been real good this year
Always glad to hear it
With freezing weather drawing near
You'll need to warm the spirit
So here's a little Snowman Soup
Complete with stirring stick
Add hot water, sip it slow
It's sure to do the trick!"

I got the idea to make these from the various ones of them posted on SCS. I made these even easier by using the Top Notch Die and my Big Shot to make the topper. I LOVE that machine!!! I still have an handful of these left over from the craft fairs. They are $3.00 + shipping.

Happy Stamping~

Stamp set: Deer Friends (Level 2 Hostess set)
Ink: Baja Breeze
Card stock: Baja Breeze, Pacific Point, WW
Other: Cello Bags, Goodies for Inside, Circle Punches, Scallop Punch, Top Notch Die and Big Shot

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Chipboard Post It Notes

Surprise! Today's post is not a card featuring Mr. Twigster! *lol* I know you are all probably heart broken, but I'm sure he'll be back before the year is over. *wink*

This is one of the cute little items I had for sale at my craft fairs. It is a chipboard coaster covered in designer series paper (in the photo here I used the new Snowy Day DSP in the Holiday Mini catalog). The edges are then sanded and the post-it notes are stuck on the front. Then a binder clip is embellished with matching DSP and some ribbon. Aren't these cute? I have a ton of these left over from the sale in various designer papers. If you're interested they are $3.00 + shipping

Happy Stamping~

Stamp set: None
Ink: None
Card stock: Snowy Day DSP
Other: Chipboard Coaster, Binder Clip, Various Ribbon, Post It Notes, Sanding Blocks

Friday, November 21, 2008

Another Mr. Twigster

TaDa! Yup- another card featuring Mr. Twigster and the Ski Slope DSP. You guessed it as well. This is yet another of the cards we will be making at my up coming Holiday Stamp-a-Stack. I love the colors of the Ski Slope paper. The card base of this card is Baja Breeze accented with Riding Hood Red and Kiwi Kiss. I think the scallop edge makes this card all come together.

Happy Stamping~

Stamp set: Mr. Twigster, Holidays & Wishes
Ink: Staz On Black,
Card stock: Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss, Ski Slope DSP, WW
Other: Stampin' Write Markers, Scallop Edge Punch

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Loveable Mr. Twigster

Here is another card that we will be making at my upcoming Holiday Stamp-a-Stack class. Isn't it cute? This card uses the Ski Slope DSP from the Holiday Mini Catalog with Kiwi Kiss and Riding Hood Red card stock. I also dug out my new square scallop punch and then layered the circles on them. This is a quick and easy card to make for the Holidays. This is one of the cards I mass-produced for the craft fairs. I still have several of the packs of 6 cards and envelopes for sale if you are interested. They are $15 + shipping.

Happy Stamping~

Stamp set: Mr. Twigster, To You & Yours
Ink: Staz On Black, Kiwi Kiss
Card stock: Kiwi Kiss, Riding Hood Red, Ski Slope DSP, WW
Other: Stampin' Write Markers, Scallop Square Punch, Circle Punch

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Mr. Twigster

Oh My! I am such a baaaaaaaaaaddddd blogger! Has it really been that long since I last posted? I really don't have any excuse other than the usual life and events getting in the way of my stamping time. *sigh* I have also been so busy creating items for the 3 craft fairs I have done the past few weekends. I can not say that I will do any others. They were not a success. I don't think I even sold enough to cover my booth space expenses. I was not alone though, it seemed like everyone was having a difficult time and all sales were down this year. Now I have a huge stash of items on hand. I will be posting some of the items over the next few days along with pricing if any of you are interested.

Now...let's get on with the real reason why you stopped by! I bet you would like to see something I made (well maybe not but I am going to show you anyway! *lol*) Here is one of the cards we will be making at my upcoming Holiday Stamp-a-Stack class. This class features the Mr. Twigster stamp set in the holiday mini catalog. I think this has become my favorite holiday stamp set of all time. I find myself reaching for it when I need to make a holiday card this year.

The card base is riding hood red with a layer of Ski Slope DSP and a piece of striped riding hood red ribbon wrapped around it. The main image is Mr. Twigster (isn't he just the cutest???) stamped in Staz On ink and cut out using my Coluzzle I added some doodling on the outer edges with my Stampin' Write Marker and also colored in his nose and scarf. I punched a piece of Riding Hood Red CS with my Marvy scallop punch and layered the image piece on it. This was added to the card base with dimensionals and the "Merry Christmas" sentiment was stamped in the lower right hand corner.

Happy Stamping~

Stamp set: Mr. Twigster, Holidays & Wishes
Ink: Staz On Black
Card stock: Riding Hood Red, Whisper White, Ski Slope DSP
Other: Marvy Scallop Punch, Coluzzle, Stampin' Write Markers, Striped Riding Hood Red Ribbon, Dimensionals