Sunday, November 30, 2008

More Holiday Decor!

Joy is in the air! Time for Christmas lights everywhere! Is that a chance of snow I hear?
Here is another idea for a card. I used all materials from the Country Living kit. I stamped the stars and cut red paper to go around them.
For this star, I used a leftover from another project to create another picture frame ornament. I just put white paper behind it to make sure the picture would be protected on the back.

This ornament has a circle suspended in the center. If you want to do this with your kit, only put the paper on ONE side of the ornament. Then, use some glue dots to adhere the silver elastic cording to the chipboard. Create a loop and adhere this to the top of the ornament. THEN cover this side with your paper.

Well, it looks a little blurry, but this is another hanging ornament I made with stars from the Star Bright kit and pieces of chipboard from the Country Living kit. I just poked a little hole at the top and bottom of each piece and tied a piece of elastic cord.
Last one - a gift bag using chipboard and pieces of cutouts from the Country Living kit. This is great to put homemade candy in. Yummy!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Jingle all the way!

Well, here is a one of a kind, decoration you can make for less than $10! That's my kind of deal! I took a lovely gold plate (the color in the picture doesn't do it justice!) from Michaels and a few sprigs of pine, a few bells, and the easy to use Decor Element from SU to make this in about 10 minutes. It's too cute and makes a great accent to complement our gold theme in our living room. The best part- is the vinyl cling on saying only cost $3.95 and took about 2 minutes maximum to apply to the plate! I love it!

Now, as for this item...paper trees seem to be all the rage lately, so I've been just waiting to make one of these! It was actually very easy, also. I used the paper strips from the Star Bright kit to put onto a foam cone with straight pins. I used the large stars for the top and added a few flowers I punched out and accented with a sparkling brad to give it just a touch of bling. Even Toby liked it! Yeah!

Christmas time is here!

Okay, here is the first of a few projects I made for the Holiday Extravaganza class. This is just a plain white gift bag that I stamped to decorate.
This is an ornament I made that was inspired by another blogger, jackietopa from Addicted to Stamping. I used a transparency sheet and stamped snowflakes using glue and sprinkled a little glitter on them. Then I hung a few stars from the center and used the paper globes for the top and bottom. The only problem was I forgot to think about how I would close the transparency sheet! A little got glue did the trick.

And here is yet another ornament I made for the class that I completely CASED (Copy and Steal Everything)! Barb Mullikin had this great 3-dimensional ornament. I actually hung my ornament inside a red berry wreath hanging on the wall.

Finally, here is a card that was very simple to make. It is just a white card with riding hood red paper, whisper white ink, old olive ribbon and one of the wonderful cutouts from the Holiday Collection! I love things that are easy to make. Check back soon for some more easy to create Christmas decorations!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

The first man a girl falls in love with is her daddy!

While looking at one of Angela Ashley's outstanding photography books she made of my friend, I decided that the next page I needed to make needed to center on my daughter's love for her daddy. I couldn't resist using that saying for the title of the page. I always remember my own dad being like a superhero to me and fortunately, I have my very own superhero for a husband. It is only natural for me to try to convey that same love to my darling daughter. You can't see underneath the title, but I used some of my flower stamps from the Fresh Cuts set to stamp a border for a journaling pullout. That way Halleigh can pull out the journaling to see my thoughts about how much I love her Poppy and how I hope she will always love her daddy as much as I do!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Happy Turkey Day!

Just in time for Thanksgiving, a project which can be used for anything! I'm thinking this could be used for a placecard at your table, a Thanksgiving card, or even an embellishment on your next Thanksgiving layout.
Almost all of the parts of the turkey are made from punches or brads. I used the airbrush tool to add just a little of color around the edges of my white piece of paper. The eyes and buttons are just brads. So simple and cute!


Well, I've been gone for a while on a professional development trip for school, so here is a scrapbook page that I made with the Urban Garden set of designer paper from SU. I loved these pictures of Halleigh that my friend Jennifer Abner took this spring and wanted to use this paper to bring out the blue of the bluebells in the background and foreground. The stamp set is an old set I have had since 1998! Can you believe that?

Anyway, if you ever need a good photographer, just call Jennifer - she's terrific!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

I Wish - Scrapbook in a Night - Part 1

Here are the first few pages for my Scrapbook in a Night class. Since I really did design and complete this scrapbook in less than a day, I know you really CAN do this in one night! That's exciting - this would make a terrific gift to give someone for Christmas. Or you can also use an album like this to add one picture each year and make an album that you add to as your child or family grows.
The last page shown here has a journaling block that pulls out for you to add writing to. I used the snow swirled stamp set to add all of the accents. I love the Simply Scrappin' kits - they make scrapbooking so quick and easy! You will too! Try one today!

Scrapbook in a night - part2!

Okay, it looks like 5 pictures at a time is my limit, so I am going to do this upload in a couple of different tries. This is the final set of pages for my scrapbook in a night class. I used the I Wish Simply Scrappin' set to create this. On the second picture I used the Air brush tool and a Chocolate chip marker to brush the sides of the image you'll be putting your picture on.

On the fourth image, the trees and birds were masked from an old stencil that I had from the first years of my scrapbooking (about 10 years ago!). I simply took a sponge and sponged old olive, real red and chocolate chip to color the images. It was very quick!

Check out my Stampin' Up website to order this Simply Scrappin' kit or to find the date and times to create this scrapbook in one night! What a great gift!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

So blessed decoration

Here is another project we will be doing at our November club meeting. This is a 3-dimensional pumpkin that I created out of 1-inch strips of Pumpkin Pie paper and ink. I used the Stampin' Around wheel with the Baroque Border and pumpkin pie ink to decorate the pumpkin itself. The Old Olive paper was cut using my sizzlits machine and a cuttlebug die cut. The old olive ribbon was wrapped around a dowel rod and baked in the oven for 20 minutes to make it curly. The tag uses a retired set called, So Very. I think it looks right at home with my baskets and real pumpkins!

Halleigh's birthday card

Well, after the birthday cake took 2 1/2 hours to bake...I gave up on waiting on it to cool down enough to ice after 40 minutes! I decided

to make Halleigh's birthday card instead. It's funny - I'm using the silver cording and Dazzling Diamonds glitter out of the Holiday Collection...again! I liked the idea of making a little banner out of the hats, so I dazzled them up and added a few stampin' dimensionals to make them stand out. Just another card out of scraps! Happy birthday, darling!

Thursday, November 6, 2008 like you mean it

Everyday life with my favorite little darling. As you can see, there is never a dull moment with Halleigh! Using the new hostess set Live Like You Mean It, made stamping really simple. I like the way the 2 step stamping doesn't have to be perfect, but it looks really good together. I'm going to use the white block on the left for journaling. I love how the Bella Rose DS paper looks so pretty together. I heat embossed the saying on the right page so it would stand out on the red floral paper.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Color me happy!

Finally, a little time to do some scrapping! I loved these pictures I took of Halleigh. My favorite part is the second page - for once, I captured the essence of what I wanted. The crayons in the foreground and Halleigh in the background. That way it focused on how much she just loves to color (on everything - including the couch!). I made my own little brown crayon to anchor Halleigh's attempt at writing her name with my word window punch.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Sweet ornaments!

Is this not just a sweet little ornament? This is the first ornament I have made from the Country Living Holiday Collection. ALL of the materials were included - even the glue, glitter, and ribbon! The papers are cut, so all you have to do is put it together - yes - another project you can put together in less than 15 minutes! I love it! Plus, since the colors are light blue, you can simply hang it on your tree at Christmas and just transfer it to the refrigerator when you're done - it's beautiful year round! Click on shop now at Stampin' Up to order your kit today!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Mirror for your purse

If you're looking for a cute project that is terrifically easy to make for your coworkers or friends for Christmas, this is the project for you! This took me about 15 minutes total to create! And look how cute and useful this compact mirror is for your purse! You can even color coordinate it with the color of your purse! The image above is the outside of the compact. The image below is what it looks like when you open it up. I got the mirrors from Michael's. Otherwise, it is Old Olive paper and Chocolate Chip ribbon and ink. There are rub-ons used on the mirror and the flowers on the outside are from the Fresh Cuts stamp set. The other set used on this project is the hostess set Live Like You Mean It.

The best part of it all is - rub-ons are on sale for 20% off when you purchase $20 or more this month! Remember - if you are a club member, you get to make one of these pretty mirrors at our November 21 club meeting!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Simple gift bag

Creating a perfect gift bag doesn't have to be complicated. All you need is a brown paper bag and a scallop edge punch to add an elegant touch. Fold the top over and poke holes in it. Thread ribbon through and tie a handmade ribbon on and ta-da! You're done! A perfectly simple gift bag.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Holiday Wishes

This is the last card we are making at my Stamp a Stack class. I used the Country Living Holiday Collection stamp set to create the card. I went with the white/turquoise/red/brown color combo - not a common Christmas color selection, but I think it works okay. I thought it was a little plain, so I spiced it up with a little glitter on the star!

Christmas Blessings

I borrowed my mom's Baby Jesus is Born set to create this card. Since we are doing this in our Stamp a Stack class, I tried to make it quick and easy. Rather than coloring and blending the image, I stamped it in VersaMark and heat embossed it in Chocolate Chip. Then I used Creamy Caramel to sponge on top of the image using a circle mask I created using my Coluzzle. You can't really see it, but the chocolate chip base for the sentiment has little circle paper piercings.

Peace be unto you

I just love this square medallion that you can make using the new scallop edge punch. I cut my square to 2 3/4" and just centered each edge against the scallop punch. To make the dove white, I used my VersaMark marker to color all around the dove, then I used a sponge paintbrush to brush chalk over the image. The VersaMark ink picks up the chalk and leaves the image of the dove white, signifying peace. I used some of the hostess paper for the bottom part of the card and used a Word Window punch to peek inside the card.