Monday, December 7, 2009
I only made one card with this stamp from the Wandering Words set because frankly, I LOVE this card and I'm not sure why anyone would want to make anything else with it. I love the saying, I love the Santa, I love his eight tiny reindeer, I LOVE "The Night Before Christmas" and everything about it. This might be my Christmas card this year. Unless I end up sending out all my one-of originals. We'll see.
I own a few copies of the book, but my favorite is this old one I bought at a used book sale a few years ago. Here's a link to Amzon.com where they are selling it for $6.95. You'll love it!
The illustrations are beautiful, (cool and quilty looking) and it has the correct "Happy Christmas" line at the end instead "Merry Christmas" (boooo!) which is what many of the newer additions are coming out with these days. What is wrong with people?
Anywho, here is a picture of the cover and what I tried to copy into card form:
*Wandering Words and Christmas Punch (for the snow flakes) stamp sets
*Night of Navy and Whisper White card stock
*Night of Navy, Bashful Blue, Crushed Curry, and White Craft inks
*Top Note Bigz die, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, 1 3/8" Circle punch
Tip: I punched out a circle of scrap paper and held it tight to the white die cut sheet while I sponged around with Bashful Blue and then over that with Night of Navy trying to make a graded dark to light look from the top to bottom. Then I took a larger piece of paper with the same sized circle punched out, laid it over my blank moon and added some Crushed Curry to a clean sponge and made it a nice warm yellow.
And here's a shot of the cute inside. When I use a dark color like this for the card base, I try to line the inside with white so it's easier to write in and since its there I figure I might as well stamp it. Right?
Sunday, December 6, 2009
I was feeling so lame about the last post only having one project that tonight I was determined to make up for it.
This first project was inspired by Lisa Mekeel at http://creativecucina.com/?p=1125
I'm a sucker for window cards! Here's the inside:
This next card was SOOOO fun to make. I've been loving the holly pattern paper all season and I finally found a perfect use for it. I mimicked the paper pattern for the red-on-red background as well as the punched out image. So fun and so easy!
The inspiration for this next project did not come from a blog. It came from Lowe's. Strange, I know. So here is the outside and inside of their cute gift card holder thingy.
Saturday, December 5, 2009
I spent all night playing with this set and guess what? I made one card. That's right, ONE card! Granted, its a pretty complex one, but still, I feel a little lame.
Here's a great tutorial on how to make this Tri-Shutter card:
And so you don't feel too sad about my one project, I thought I'd post a card I made last year using the baby wipe swipe/striped wipe technique. Its fun and works perfect with solid image stamps like the ones in this set.
And for your viewing pleasure, here are some more shots of the Tri-Shutter card. Remember, if you're going to make one of these, make sure you REALLY like the person you're giving it to.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Well, I should be making 8 pies right now but, I just couldn't resist. My sister in law, Jenny, ordered this set to make some cute cookie swap invites and I asked if I could play around with it before taking it over to her this afternoon. Yay! Thanks Jenny!
And here is a close up of one of the tags I made:
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
For this card I used the Little Leaves Sizzlits die to make a stencil with acetate and then I used a sponge dauber in Always Artichoke ink to make the leaf images in varying shades of green. The only other thing I used on this card is another Sizzlits Die (Joyful) some real red grosgrain ribbon and coordinating card stock. This card is almost completely flat so I know the post man will like this one!
Here's a close up:
I made this quick easy 5 minute card a while ago and it's sort of been growing on me ever since.
This one is pretty simple too actually but it uses the die in a little bit of a different way. Instead of popping the leaves out and using them to embellish the card, I used the card stock that was left once the leaves were gone. I had to try this a few times to get the leaves in the right place and going in the right direction.
The last card I made is a bookmark holder. To make this, just cut a sheet of card stock in half lengthwise at 4 1/4", fold in half then trim 2" off of one side. Add a little glue and some brads and you have a nice little pocket card. The Bookmark inside is 2 1/2" x 5 1/4" but you could use any size.
*Large oval, oval scallop and corner rounder punches
If you've been admiring the pretty glass votives in this post, they are called glassybaby and they are all hand blown in Seattle. Aside from stamps, they are my favorite things to obsess over. Check it out! http://www.glassybaby.com/
Friday, November 13, 2009
Well, my card class is only days away and I still have some openings! The class will include one of those adorable boxes (with typed instructions inside) as well as four of each of the three cards you see (12 total) AND a chance to win a stamp set.
Did I mention the cost is only $17? And I have pre-stamped kits available for only $22!
Don't miss out!
Saturday, November 7, 2009
The class will be held at my home on two separate dates. The cost of the class is $17.00 and includes 12 cards, (4 each of the 3 designs pictured above) envelopes, door prizes, snacks and a day out!
The dates of the class are:
* Saturday November 14th, 2:00 pm, and
* Thursday November 19th at 6:00 pm
Some of the supplies you see above are limited so please sign up quickly to reserve your spot. If there are any supplies left over, I will be selling pre-stamped kits for $22.00 (plus shipping).
As always, friends are welcome!
To sign up, or request a kit, leave a comment or email me at
Hope to see you soon!
Monday, November 2, 2009
I've been meaning to submit something to the Pals Paper Arts for a while now but this week was so fun and for such a great cause that I couldn't resist any longer. So here they are, my pink, breast cancer cards. Yes, they're still Christmas, and yes, they're pretty similar to some cards I made a few posts ago. What can I say?
You may not be able to tell from the picture but these two cards are covered in glittery embossing...and pink-ness. If I were a princess these would totally be my Christmas cards!
Both cards use the same supplies and techniques, just arranged a little differently on each one. To see a great tutorial on how this technique works , click here:
Saturday, October 31, 2009
And the next thing I LOVE is this fun technique I found at splitcoaststampers called Retiform. I don't know what that word means, but if you'd like to see a tutorial, click here:
And here is the 5 minute card that I made with this set. So quick and easy! No coloring, cutting, sponging, measuring...etc. Just stamp it, punch it and stick it together. (Ok, I did use markers on the greeting and I inked around the edges of the Vanilla and Olive card stock rectangles, but still, super easy.) Josh hates it, but I think the Nutcrackers are charming. I can just imagine them on the back of my Mother's piano staring out at all the gifts under the tree.
Monday, October 26, 2009
For this first card I used the embossing resist technique with iridescent ice embossing powder and Not Quite Navy ink on a sponge. Its a fun technique to try but it does take a couple tries to get it just right. Here's a great tutorial if you'd like more info:
*Snow Swirled stamp set
*Not Quite Navy, Kraft and Whisper White card stock
*Not Quite Navy ink
*Top Note Bigz Die
*Kraft taffeta ribbon, Iridescent Ice embossing powder, stamping sponges
For this next adorable card I used chalk. Yep, no ink at all...Well, except Versamark. For a tutorial on this technique, check this out:
*Snow Swirled stamp set
*Real Red, Garden Green and Whisper White card Stock
*White satin ribbon, Versamark ink, corner rounder punch, Stampin' Pastels and sponge daubers
Next up...Glitter! (This one's for you Baby!) I was at a craft store the other day and saw the prettiest wreath made of turquoise and brown glittery jingle bells (sorry there's no picture) and I thought, hmmm, I bet that would make a cute card. So here it is. What the picture doesn't show well is that there is glitter on the tree as well.
*Snow Swirled stamp set
*Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip and Whisper White card stock
*Tempting Turquoise and Versamark ink
*Top Note Bigz die, Tempting Turquoise 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, Tombo liquid glue and Dazzling Diamonds glitter
And last up is a card copied from page 4 of the Holiday Mini catalog except with different stamp set. It measures 6 1/2" x 3 1/4" and fits in a long open end envelope. Its a fun size, especially if you're going to put money inside!
*Snow Swirled stamp set
*Real Red and Whisper White card stock
*Real Red, Old Olive, and Chocolate Chip ink
*1 1/4"circle punch, rhinestone brads, Old Olive 1/4" grosgrain ribbon