Saturday, December 26, 2009

Make, Take and Donate (to Oasis)

I have been watching Liz's idea for a Make, Take and Donate class for quite a few months now. I finally decided to do my own class using this same idea. I will be starting a class with the same idea at our church's outreach program, Oasis, on Saturday, January 9 at 2:00 p.m. The class will be $5 and participants will make 3 cards. Each participant will keep 2 cards and donate 1 of their choice to Oasis for the thrift store. The entire $5 will all benefit the Oasis program as we are hoping to start an outreach program soon!So, here are the cards we will be making - they are all 3 made using the Animal Crackers stamp set. The one above says, "Reach for the stars," so I added lots of star punches to the side of the image. In addition, I added some gold ultra-fine glitter to the star in the image.
All of the cards use Bashful Blue, So Saffron, Soft Suede, and Night of Navy in the color schemes.
I liked this little image here - "I'm nuts about you!" I doodled around the image with my marker and added some glitter to the nut. I watercolored the squirrel and finished off the tail with a mixture of heat and stick powder and chocolate embossing powder. I did NOT heat it, though, I just added it with glue like you would any other glitter.
Going with the "Have an ice day" idea in this image, I decided to try and make an ice cube with melted water surrounding it. To acheive this look, I first watercolored the image with bashful blue. Next, I added some dazzling diamonds to the puddle. I made "ice" by adhering a thin layer of crystal effects to the ice cube. I finished off the image by sponging around the edges with bashful blue. At the bottom, I cut off a 1/2" strip and scalloped the edge - then I sponged night of navy on the bottom layer of the card and all the way around the top 4 edges of the card base.
If you would like to make these 3 cards, join me at the Oasis building off the 914 bypass in Somerset, Kentucky on Saturday, January 9 at 2:00 - the cost is only $5 and all proceeds benefit Oasis!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Hand-made reindeer

Now, this is literally a hand made reindeer! This is a sweet little gift for loved ones - whether family or friends who need a darling little present your little one can help make! I traced Halleigh's hands on chocolate chip and one foot on creamy caramel to make this reindeer. We used a couple of the smallest chocolate chip corduroy buttons for the eyes and punched a 3/4" circle for a nose. Halleigh decided we needed lots of glitter to make Rudolph's nose glow, so we used the chunky red glitter for his nose. Finally, we matted everything on some of the beautiful Christmas Cocoa paper and spritzed it with some of the ever popular homemade shimmer mist (frost white shimmer paint and rubbing alcohol) to add the final shine to the project. Finishing it off in a 12X12 gold frame it makes a perfectly darling and elegant gift from a preschooler!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Sparkle on a scrapbook page

Well, a little more of this Merry Moments paper and I have a quick and easy scrapbook page. I used a Very Vanilla background with two strip of Merry Moments paper. I used 2 chocolate chip swirls from a sizzlits die and a tag from another sizzlits die cut for the sparkle title. Next, a Real Red photo mat and a Real Red snowflake from the elegant Snow Swirled set. I finished it off with more shimmer mist - this time I added a little bit of Sahara Sand re-inker into my shimmer mist and you could really see it this time! I'm going to miss the Frost White shimmer paint!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Snow buddies

Here is another one of my re-creations from Andrea Walford's designs. I have had this adorable Snow Buddies set for a few weeks and hadn't even used it - I just needed a good, simple design to use it on! I used Garden Green, Real Red, Sahara Sand and Merry Moments designer paper. Now that I have a total of 14 Christmas cards made....I'd better get back to work!!!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Gift bag

Well, I absolutely love Andrea Walford's simple and elegant style. I like the fact that you can create beautiful products without spending too much time! Here, I just used her idea for a gift bag and the supplies that I had on hand. I stamped the starry little symbol on the bag with Silver Encore ink and stamped my ornaments in Bermuda Bay, Kiwi Kiss, and Regal Rose. I sponged the Bermuda with Night of Navy, the Kiwi with Always Artichoke, and the Regal Rose with Rose Red. For the swirly image from the Baroque stamp set, I stamped it in VersaMark and used Heat and Stick powder and Silver ultra-fine glitter to make it really shimmery. I also learned very quickly to stop forgetting to use my embossing buddy before using ultra-fine glitter!!!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Christmas card set

I made two sets of these cards last night while I was watching tv. Both of the card sets use the same color schemes. I used Kiwi Kiss, Tempting Turquoise, and Real Red. I used a little patterned paper that had a nice quilted star look to it and I alternated between the Merry and Bright stamp set and the Delightful Decorations stamp sets.
I used the Word Window, Modern Label, and 3 flower punches on the top card and the Ornament punch on the bottom card. I'm looking forward to some new punches in our new Occasions catalogue!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Thanks beary much

Can you tell we have a 3 year old daughter who loves this stamp set? I didn't think I would be crazy about this little Build a Bear set until I turned my 3 year old loose with it. She just loves to color the images and look at the finished product.
I know what you're didn't color this bear! I used this card to send thank you notes from all of her loads of birthday presents! I stayed with the same colors from the party and added a touch of glitter (which you can't see, of course!!!) for a cute and simple birthday thank you.