Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Welcome back Season of Joy!

This stamp set has been in the catalog forever! Sometimes I pass over my older sets in favor of newer unused options...but not today! But to keep things fresh I've paired it with some newer products and guess what? Its like a whole new stamp set!
And Of course instead of just making a boring card, there is also a matching tag!

Did you spot the new-ish stuff?
Mostly its just the silver glimmer paper. You really only need a little of this stuff to add a perfect amount of shine! And to stick with the glimmer theme, I added a basic rhinestone to each of my trees and TA DA! A perfectly jolly Christmas card!

And here's the wee little tag:

I need more of these!

... and I also need to think of some presents, order them, wrap them, ship them...AH!!!

I used:
* Season of Joy stamp set
* Real Red and Whisper White card stock
* Real Red and Wild Wasabi ink
* Real Red designer paper
* Silver Glimmer Paper
*Basic Rhinestones
* Scallop edge punch, tag corner edge punch
* Real Red 1/4" grosgrain ribbon

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Give Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!!

With so much to be thankful for I'm not even sure where to start. Mostly I'm grateful for a loving Father in Heaven who has blessed me with so much. For my family, for perfect children, for a selfless husband, for a job, for a roof over our heads, for food in the cupboards, for good friends and neighbors, for the fun things in life like stamping and for the things that make life easier, like the internet and my cell phone.
Life is good.
I'm thankful for it.

I used:
* Lovely Letters alphabet stamp set
* Soft Suede ink
* very Vanilla, More Mustard and Soft Suede card stocks
* Autumn Spice Designer Paper
* Color Spritzer Tool and Soft Suede Marker
* Perfect Pennants die
* 1 1/4", 1 3/8", 1 3/4" scallop circle punches

Friday, November 18, 2011

Hooo is Merry and Wise and Plaid all over???

Christmas Owl!!!

I know, he's pretty much identical to "fart" owl, except he seems to be past his little problem...and he's plaid!
Here's another great example of why I LOVE the Frostwood Lodge designer paper. It's so easy to use!

Here's a shot of the inside. I love the Petite Pairs stamp set! It's so nice to have sets of greetings that go on the inside and outside!

I used:
* Woodgrain and Petite Pairs stamp sets
* Early Espresso ink
* Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Basic Black and Whisper White card stock
* Frostwood Lodge Designer Paper
* Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border, Scallop Oval, Large Oval, Owl Builder and Bird Builder Punches
* Color Spritzer Tool and Early Espresso Marker

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Card Box Christmas Gift

Anyone need a Christmas Gift?

Decorated Card Box with 12 Cards

This lovely box is perfect for that person who you NEVER know what to give.
If you're interested in purchasing one (or ten), just let me know in the next couple weeks and I'll take care of the rest!
Here is a link to my For Sale page with a few more deltails for purchasing this box.
Keep checking back for more to be added!

Or if you'd like to make you own, I can help with that too!

I used a Stampin' Card Keeper from the holiday Mini Catalog, and a few sheets of card stock but you could go all kinds of crazy adding ribbons and flowers and tags and all kinds of stuff. The possibilities are endless!

The box comes unassembled but is really easy to whip together, (covering it in paper was a small nightmare, but that might have just been me) it comes with 6 dividers and will hold up to about 25 cards depending on how thick they are.

Cute right?

I'll be making one for my Grandmother for sure...even if she still doesn't believe I make the cards myself:)

Monday, November 14, 2011

Christmas Card Class 2011!!!

Christmas Card Class 

November 19th
Open house 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Cost is $20
Price includes:
12 Handmade cards (all supplies provided)
Games and Prizes

Reserve your spot today!

Here are the 3 cards we'll be making!
( 4 of each of them!)


If you'd like the cards but can't make it to the class I'm happy to stamp the cards for you and mail them to you!

Finished box of cards: $22.00
(Plus shipping!)

Christmas Trees:
I got the idea for this fabulous little card here!
So cute right?

Well its also so quick and easy!

Holly and Pines:

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Christmas Lodge

Can't love it 'til you try it!

Now that I've tried it...I LOVE IT!!!

I love this stamp set and I love the designer paper even more!
The images are big and beautiful. Easy to use too! And the greetings are classy and vintage.

And did I mention the paper? The Plaids!!! There are so many of them and they're all lovely and warm and just so darn great. I want to put this paper on everything! Actually, in the next few weeks you'll see that I actually am putting this paper on everything. Just you wait and see!
I used the new Dazzling Details (glitter glue) on the snowy parts of the house to add some shimmer. For the greeting I inked only the words with an Early Espresso Marker and then stamped them on. So versatile! Oh, and of course I distressed this card a bit too with my color spritzer tool. Which I also love.

See what I mean about classy!?! This card is actually really simple but looks like a lot of work!
This features the Woodgrain stamp in the background but I could have easily used a piece of designer paper instead...but I'm saving them all for the plaid sides! Oh and a bit of Log Cabin Smooch Spritz.

This last card is the quickest and easiest of the bunch but you wouldn't know it by it's looks.
I stamped the tree image off once before stamping the card so it would be a little less than full strength. That and tiny bit of quick distressing and this card was a snap!
I used:
* Christmas Lodge and Woodgrain stamp sets
* Early Espresso and Garden Green inks
* Frostwood Lodge Designer Paper
* Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso and Whisper White card stocks
* Early Espresso marker and Color Spritzer tool
* Cherry Cobbler and Early Espresso Quilted Satin Ribbons
* Basic Rhinestones
* Log Cabin Smooch Spritz
* Dazzling Details


Sunday, November 6, 2011

Mr. Dasher, welcome back.

Its time for Dasher Again!!!
Happy Dance! Happy Dance!
I love him so much.

This week's challenge at the Pals Paper Arts is all about the browns. As soon as I saw these colors I knew what to do. Dasher was made for this!

Don't they look good on him?
Ok, well he'd look good in anything but still, Soft Suede brings out the elegance of his sparkly antlers like no color I've ever seen :)

Here's one last view. Hopefully you can see how the paper is a bit shiny around the edges and on the stamped images?
 I used a bit of Champagne Mist mist shimmer paint (of COURSE he goes for the Champagne. He's so classy!) on a sponge dauber over the inked up stamp for the images. On the edges I used a clean dauber to add some subtle sparkle for the overall shimmery effect.

And I've been holding on to these Mini Vintage Tags forEVER. I should have known my muse would be Dasher!

I used:
* Dasher, Many Merry Messages and Snow Swirled stamp sets
* Soft Suede ink
* Champagne Shimmer Mist and sponge daubers
* Very vanilla, Soft Suede and Early Espresso card stock
* Mocha Morning Designer Paper
* Mini Vintage Tags
* Chantilly Crochet Trim

Pines and Poinsettias

I love when everything comes together to make a perfectly simple, mailable, reproducible pretty card. I can see myself making 80 of these without getting burned out or sick of them. There's nothing too fussy, expensive or bulky about it and its great. I know that not all cards can be this low maintenance but I sure like when they are!
I saw this lovely card at Julie's Stamping Spot and it really was just too great to pass up. Easy and cute!

I used this holly pattern from the Holy Berry Bouquet paper pack but I think any of the patterns would do just fine.
The card uses the 1 3/4" circle punch paired with the 2 3/8" scallop circle punch.

And there's a tag to match! Woot!
The tag uses the 1 3/8" circle punch paired with the 1 3/4" scallop circle punch.
I know. Its a lot of punches but its better than a lot of cutting!

I used:
* Pines and Poinsettias stamp set
* Crumb Cake and Chocolate Chip ink
* Chocolate Chip, Pear Pizazz ( I don't have Wild Wasabi) and Cherry Cobbler markers
* Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla card stocks
* Holly Berry Bouquet designer paper
* Crop-o-dile, 1 3/8", 1 3/4" circle punches, 1 3/4" and 2 3/8" scallop circle punches
* Two tags Bigz Die
* Paper Piercing tool
* Cherry Cobbler quilted ribbon

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Stocking Tag

This is a pretty quick and easy "neighbor" gift idea. It's a box of Christmas Treats wrapped as a nice festive gift. It could be fancy cookies, a small nativity, Mickey salt shakers...anything. And wouldn't it be a great gift to hand out to neighbors, friends, teachers and those spur of the moment carolers that pop by out of nowhere? I love cookies as much as the next neighbor but I seem to get way overloaded around Christmas, so instead of giving the baked goods, I might give out a pretty holiday plate, or vintage cookie cutters instead. Who knows?
And who doesn't love opening a present?

I used the Holiday Stocking Die with the Holly Berry Bouquet designer paper (both from the Holiday Mini) to whip this tag together. So easy and fun. I LOVE this die!

I used:
* Dear Santa stamp set
* Early Espresso ink
* Wild Wasabi card stock
* Holly Berry Bouquet designer paper
* Holiday Stocking Bigz L Die
* Early Espresso 1/4" grosgrain ribbon
* Hemp Twine
* Crop-o-Dile