Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
The big day is over and I hope that everyone survived the holiday without too much stress! I am here in my craft room once again after such a nice, relaxing day it was almost scary! Something I'm not used to at all...LOL. We have my niece and nephew for a week or so as of today, and that is our best Christmas gift we could ask for. We haven't seen them since they lived with us 1.5 years ago (and they only live 25 minutes away) due to a social services order and my kids were just pumped today! It's a long story, and one that I won't get into today - just know that we are so excited to have them for the week and my kids have just been jumping for joy all day and giddy with excitement and happiness! :o) I cried and told them I missed them so much and man oh man, have they grown!!! Crazy!
Today I decided to CASE these cards from Dawn at Dawn's Stamping Studio. Please be sure to check out her wonderful tutorials she posts...she's a great source for help and techniques! Thanks, Dawn - these cards are so easy and soooo pretty! I am going to do the same as Dawn and make them in Burgundy, Artichoke and Hunter next....then I will have my Christmas cards all done for January in Splitcoaststampers Christmas Card Challenge! Yay me!!!
Stamps: Lovely As a Tree, Winter Post, Best Yet
Paper: Night of Navy, Whisper White
Ink: Night of Navy
Accessories: Photo corner punch, large oval punch, dimensionals, glue pen, dazzling diamonds, sponge dauber, dotto (repositional adhesive), scissors
Thursday, December 25, 2008
I thought I would sneak in the craft room and just see what I could pump out - I found this card somewhere on SCS and I'm not sure who the credit goes to so I'm sorry as I can't find it again. I decided to make 4 of them since I am trying to get a stash of thank you cards built up for a lady in town. Thanks for poppin' over on Christmas Day! Have a good one....
Stamps: Wow Flowers
Paper: Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Kiwi Kiss, Bella Rose DP
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Accessories: choc chip ribbon, gold brads, gemstone, scallop edge punch, scallop circle punch, 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" circle punches, dimensionals
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Awww..I thoroughly enjoyed making this card! When I saw this style in the box of pre-embossed cards from Michael's, I knew I had to do something from Pun Fun! That set is so versatile...luv it! :o)
I stamped the cutie pie hippo in Black Staz On and colored her in with my Going Gray ink pad and blender pen. I also used Pink Pirouette and added red glitter with a glue pen to the balloon and her toe nails! Too cute! I added some Pink Pirouette ribbon and it still looked a bit stark up top, so my daughter, Kim, suggested putting some "bling" on some of the circles! What a girl she is sometimes...her and I were crafting together tonight and that was fun....so there ya have it - a VERY simple card in a matter of minutes....
We're off for now - the kids are wanting to open their Christmas Eve present and then it's time to get things ready for the big guy to come. This will be the final year that we keep it "secret." Calvin knows there isn't a Santa, but Kim is on the fence LOL...she's not sure. Still will keep the tradition going, but just won't be a secret anymore (the presents will be though *wink*) I guess that's all part of growing up :o(
Here's wishing you a very magical, peaceful, blissful night. Remember the reason for the season and be grateful for all you have in your life. Love and hugs. Merry Christmas!
I specifically ordered Bold Brights Craft Stampin' Spots this month so that I could do this technique that I saw Laura do on Scrapnextras. I CASE'd her card except changed which snowflakes I used, the ribbon and my sentiment. I used a variety of snowflake stamps from multiple sets since I don't own Snowburst and I embossed using Irridescent Ice embossing powder. Laura is right, this technique is FUN! Glad you stopped in.....stay warm!!!
Stamps: Snowflake Spot, Snow Flurries, Seasonal Icons, Snowflakes, Season of Joy
Ink: Pixie Pink, Green Galore, Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, Pink Passion craft inks
Paper: Real Red, Pixie Pink, Green Galore, Naturals White
Accessories: pink gingham ribbon, heat tool, irridescent ice EP, ticket corner punch, designer label punch, circle punch, curly punch, dimensionals
Isn't she just the CUUUUTEST???!!! I love the images from Stamping Bella and today I decided it was time I got them inky! This one is Bikerbabeabella and I had a lot of fun coloring her with my ink pads and blender pen. And of course, a bella has to have SOME bling on her so I added a gem to the wheel and the gas tank! I dug through my *stash* of designer paper and found this coordinating paper to go with her. The main card is an already embossed card from Michael's (5.5 x 5.5") in a box I have been storing away in my cupboard....thanks for looking!!
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
"Rubber calls... are you listening?
Glitter falls ... bright and glistening.. .
We're happy tonight,
Our future is bright...
Wading through our Rubber Wonderland.I
n the scrap room we can stamp a snow card,
Send it through the mail to a friend;
They'll say did you make it, we'll say "Yeah, and...
You can stamp one too, yes, you can!"
Later on, we'll conspire,
As we sit by the fire,
To face unafraid the mess that we made
Wading through our Rubber Wonderland."
'Twas the night before Christmas, I'm glued to the tree.
I'm wondering what Santa brought just for me.
Could it be cardstock or chipboard or maybe some lace?
"Or a Cricut?" I said, with a smile on my face.
And that's when I heard him, "Hi Santa, " I said
"You know....good little girls should be in their beds."
"I know I should Santa, and now I've got caught.
But I was just so excited to see what you brought."
"Well, let's take a look in this room where you work.
He shook his head quickly, and left with a jerk.
I heard him exclaim as he put it in gear.
"You've got enough crap, I'll see you next year!"
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
For the final touch, I used my photo corner punch and added the smaller piece of the 2 punched out corners and added some half-back pearls from the Pretties Kit and added a knot in the ribbon on the bottom right hand corner. Walllaaa! What do you think?
Today I spent the day doing "other" paper work and getting my house tidied up...so I was due for a sit down at my craft table :o) I hope you are able to find some crafting time amongst all the rush and stress of the holidays....please let me know what you've been working on!! I'd love to hear from you. Night, night!!
Monday, December 15, 2008
Sympathy cards are ones that I don't make very often, so tonight I decided that I would tackle one or two. I made 2 of the same card tonight so that I would have some on hand. I found an idea on Paper Craft Planet but cannot remember whose gallery it was. Sorry! My DH left today for up north so I will be muckin' around in the craft room for a bit yet tonight....I *might* make one more card and post it tonight - stay tuned! :o)
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
I couldn't decide what to work on this evening, so my good friend, Leanne, told me to go and grab a set, any set, and we' d make a card together online...she's about 3.5 hours away from me. So...I took out A Touch of Nature (retired) and can you believe that I have NEVER inked this set up?!? *GASP!* I know....crazy. I enjoy all the images in it. I saw the idea in a gallery on SCS somewhere (I'm sorry, I don' t know who's - if you recognize the card, please let me know so I can give you credit!) and I knew I just had to make one...very pretty! Thanks for stopping by....
Stamps: Touch of Nature (retired), En Francais, Thank You Kindly
Paper: Perfect Plum, So Saffron, Mellow Moss, Very Vanilla
Ink: Perfect Plum, So Saffron, Mellow Moss, Basic Black
Accessories: purple ribbon, cuttlebug folder, big shot, ticket corner punch, sponge dauber, nestabilities
PS...50 MINUTES UNTIL THE RETIRED LIST COMES OUT!!!!!
and this is my creation using the above sketch:
In the photo, the tree looks really red, but it's not - it's a mahogoney brown embossing powder. I really like it...looks better in person! LOL...
Stamps: Lovely As A Tree from SU!, Thankful Blossoms from Verve Stamps
Paper: Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze
Ink: Chocolate Chip, VersaMark
Accessories: Mahogoney Embossing Powder, heat gun, Martha Stewart border punch, dimensionals, baja breeze ribbon, swiss dots cuttlebug embossing folder
Thanks for looking! I'm off to fold some more laundry...I'll try and come back later to complete a few more challenges! Toodles!
Sunday, December 7, 2008
And this is Kim's gingerbread house....
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Isn't it CUTE!?! I really am loving this new set, Ornamental Christmas from Verve Stamps! They are so easy to use and you can mix and match your circles to have different styles of ornaments....wheeee! I think I could stamp Christmas cards all year round! :o)
Stamps: Ornamental Christmas by Verve Stamps
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Riding Hood Red, Holiday Treasures DP
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: scallop edge punch, rub on's, paper piercer, stickles
Friday, December 5, 2008
Yep....today is Taylor's Cupcake Challenge! She gave this sketch and this is what I came up with....if you click on the image, you will see the glitter more up close:
Stamps: Crazy for Cupcakes
Paper: Riding Hood Red, Mellow Moss, Berry Bliss DP, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: markers, riding hood red ribbon, swiss dots cuttlebug folder, oval and scalloped oval nestabilities, big shot, dimensionals, glue pen, glitter, brads
Thanks for looking!
Stamps: Ornamental Christmas by Verve Stamps
Paper: Kraft, Chocolate Chip, Wassail by Basic Grey
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel
Accessories: sponge dauber, riding hood red taffeta ribbon, martha stewart glitter, glue pen, old Olive marker
Loretta and Raylean....in the midst of "stealing" and laughing during the Chinese Gift Exchange....
Aunty Sharon quite happy with her "loot!"
Miss Nancy and Melissa, who, by the way, is very good at avoiding eye contact when you're trying to steal her gift!!! :o)
Poor, poor Melissa......the look of defeat...and pouting....she lost her gift for the 2nd time! LMAO!!
Kari, Dawn Marie and Anita....poor Anita couldn't decide if she wanted to steal the gift bag that was on the floor by her partner, or pick a new gift! LOL....such fun!!!
On a more serious note...I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of my customers this past year. I could not have been so crazy busy without you! Even though some weeks were "trying and stressful" for me, I did enjoy every minute of it....really!! I am so blessed to have such an awesome customer base to "stamp and serve!" :o)
Here's to another stampendous year of craftivity ahead!!!
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
I apologize for not posting anything crafty the past few days, but I've been busy getting presents made and wrapped, the craft room and house tidied up, and today the tree went up! I just finished putting the lights and garland on - now the rest is up to the kids. They love to put all the ornaments on...fine by me! I will do a check tomorrow to make sure they don't have 4 ornaments on one branch and all will be good! HEE!!!
Do you have a lot of Christmas parties to attend this year? Let me know about them and some of the traditions that come along with them....it's always neat to hear different stories about the holidays!
Take care...try not to stress...it's over faster than you know it!