Sunday, November 28, 2010

Clean and simple Christmas greetings

I saw a similar card to this on Ilina Crouse's blog recently.  So, I thought I'd take a try at a clean and simple card with what I had on hand.  I used the ornaments from the Cute Christmas stamp set and colored them with watercolor pencils and blender pens.  I added just a touch of Smooch to the center lines to add a little bit of shimmer.  Next I added a greeting and little red ribbon bow.  That's it!  you can't get much simpler than that!  Christmas will be here soon!

Stamps:  Cute Christmas, Many Merry Messages
Ink:  Real Red, StazOn
Paper :  Whisper White
Accessories:  Watercolor pencils, blender pens, real red polka dot grosgrain ribbon, smooch

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Glittery snowman card

Here is another card you have the option to make in the create your own stamp-a-stack I'm holding next Sunday, December 5.  It was so simple to make!  I just used the snowflake sizzlit diecut to make plenty of snowflakes.  I arranged them to look like snow falling from the sky - notice the smaller ones at the top and the larger ones at the bottom.  I colored the snowman image from the Tags 'Til Christmas with Marina Mist and punched it out with the 1 3/4" circle punch.   I added a bit of glitter where the tag part is supposed to go (make sure you do NOT color the to/from part!).  Next, I stamped Merry Christmas in Whisper White and embossed it with Irridescent Ice.  For a final touch of glimmer, I put dabs of Crystal Effects in the middle of snowflakes and poured chunky light blue glitter all over it.  Sparkly and sweet!

Stamps:  Tags 'Til Christmas
Ink:  Marina Mist, Whisper White
Paper:  Not Quite Navy, Whisper White
Accessories:  Snowflake die sizzlit, 1 3/4" circle punch, Dazzling Diamonds, Irridescent Ice EP, Chunky blue glitter, crystal effects

Friday, November 26, 2010

Bitty Box of Christmas Tags

When I was trying to decide what to make for my club projects the other day, I ended up noticing that I had the Bitty Box and Envelope die cut and had never even used it!  Don't you just hate it when that happens?  On the other hand, I get really excited because it is a new toy to play with!
So, here is the result of my playing...
I made a Bitty Box out of Sahara Sand and stamp snowflakes on it from the Serene Snowflakes stamp set.  I also stamped a few snowflakes lightly onto my watercolor paper.  On the watercolor paper I stamped the little girl from the Greeting Card Kids stamp set.  I colored her with Always Artichoke, Pink Pirouette, and Sahara Sand.  After distressing the edges and inking them with more Sahara Sand, I put a tiny heart and some clear tinsel in the corner to finish the image. 
I wanted the recipient to be able to use this box again, so I used some wide Pink Pirouette ribbon to make a belly band for the little box. 
 Now, when you open the box, here is what you find! 4 little tags from the Tags 'Til Christmas stamp set.  I punched out several little ornaments and the Do not open until Christmas image and threaded them together.  A rather adorable little ensemble - especially if you do secret Santa! 

Stamps:  Greeting Card Kids, Serene Snowflakes, Tags 'Til Christmas
Ink:  Always Artichoke, Pink Pirouette, Sahara Sand
Paper: Pink Pirouette, Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla. watercolor paper
Accessories:  Bitty Box and Envelope die cut, Ornament punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, Heart to Heart punch, gold threading, pearls, clear tinsel, blender pens

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Elegant medallion Christmas card

Here is one of my favorite cards I recently made.  I used the Medallion stamp in Always Artichoke for the background.  Next, I stamped the large snowflake from the Snow Swirled stamp set in Cherry Cobbler and punched it out with the 1 3/4" circle punch.  I continued the little red dots from the snow flake by coloring in the small dots on the medallion with my Cherry Cobbler marker.  The final touches were the Season's Greetings stamp and the Cherry Cobbler seam binding ribbon between the top and bottom layers.    I really love how this card turned out!

Stamps:  Medallion Background stamp, Snow Swirled
Ink:  Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler
Paper:  Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla
Accessories:  Cherry Cobbler seam binding ribbon, 1 3/4" circle punch, stampin' dimensionals, pearl

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Simple and easy card for Christmas

Here is a card I'm using for the create your own Stamp a Stack class this Friday and again on Sunday, December 5.  (If you live near Somerset, KY and you want to come, let me know!)  I was trying to come up with a different color combo, so on the SU projects on my website, I found this color combo:  Bravo Burgundy, Bashful Blue, Wild Wasabi.  It's definitely different!  I am not sure if I like it just yet....but I like the idea of this card!  I may keep toying with the final card!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Vintage Santa scrapbook page

Did you miss out on my scrapbook club today?  This is one of the projects we made during our club meeting.  I really love the way this page turned out. 
I used a 6X6 basic black background and a photo mat using the Newsprint DSP.   The pleated trim was made using a 3/4" X 8 1/2" strip of real red.  I scallop punch the edge and then crunched it up.  Next I used my distressing tool to peel apart the layers and then pleated it.  Finally, I layered Vintage lace to cover the seam between the two layers.
For Santa, I stamped the Santa face from the Jolly Old St. Nick stamp with StazOn ink on Very Vanilla.  I used my markers to color directly on the image.  I used Sahara Sand to highlight the shadows of the beard and Real Red to color his lips.  I colored his face with Blush Blossom and highlighted his cheeks with Blushing Bride.   As a glimmering finish, I put Dazzling Diamonds on the white trim of his hat and chunky red glitter for the main part of his hat.  I find that if I use Crystal Effects to put the chunky glitter on, it stays much better. 

Stamps:  Jolly Old St. Nick
Ink:  Black StazOn, Charcoal (from Distressing kit)
Paper:  Newsprint DSP, Basic Black, Real Red, Very Vanilla
Accessories:  Stampin' Write markers, Dazzling Diamonds, Chunky Essentials red glitter, Distressing Kit, Victoria Crochet Trim

Thursday, November 18, 2010

November club card

Here's the card we are going to make at our November club meeting on Sunday.  I just love the fabric in the mini catalogue, and even though I'm not a great seamstress, I love the cozy look it gives cards.  Plus, I get really proud of myself when my bows actually look pretty, so I just have to use them on a beautiful card!  Now, in our club meeting, I'm SURE that it will take me 20 tries to make my bow look pretty, it never works the first time when people are watching! 

Stamps:  Cute Christmas
Ink:  Basic Black, Garden Green, Baja Breeze, Real Red
Paper:  Candy Cane Christmas DSP, Real Red, Baja Breeze, Whisper White
Accessories:  Candy Cane Christmas fabric, Candy Cane Designer Buttons, Glimmer brads, hemp

Monday, November 15, 2010

Inspired by Chic 'N Scratch

I recently saw a similar card to this in Early Espresso and Old Olive on the Chic 'N Scratch website.  I loved the simple layout and design, but when I made it, it was just a little too, all my glitteriffic friends out there know that just a smidgen of glitter makes all cards better! 
Therefore, out came the crystal effects and the silver glass glitter and the card was perfected!  Nice and simple!

Stamps:  Tags 'Til Christmas
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, Soft Suede
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Always Artichoke, Deck the Halls DSP
Accessories:  Sponge Daubers, Decorative Label punch, crystal effects, silver glass glitter

Friday, November 12, 2010

Sweet Little Lamb

I finally got to sit down and scrapbook this week.  Now, this layout took several sessions to complete....not because it was difficult, it has just been a week with little playtime!  I found another great challenge site:
Crop Suey !   With a great November challenge and a Hippity Hop Blog Hop going on right now.

Anyway, tonight I finished everything except the journaling (again....).  I had 5 of my gals come over and make Christmas cards tonight, so between all of the card making and chatting, I put the lamb together and finished up this layout. 

The color combo is Wild Wasabi and Melon Mambo.  I took some white pearl acrylic paint and melon mambo ink refill to dry brush the edges.  The letters are all stickers - I'm a sucker for cute letters!  The lamb and the layout design are both inspired by Andrea Walford.

Friday, November 5, 2010

CASED Northern Flurry card

This card is much prettier than what it looks like scanned!  It is simple and snazzy, as Kimberly Joy, from whom I cased says.  It is the Northern Flurry embossing folder with snowflakes dabbed with Versamark. 
I put Heat and Stick powder on, heated it up to make it sticky and sprinkled some irridescent chunky glitter on top.  The greeting is from Peaceful Season - I stamped it with Silver Encore ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder.  While the Silver ink is no longer sold by SU, you could just as easily stamp in VersaMark and emboss with silver powder. 

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Another Sassy Sketch

Here is the card sketch from 10/14 at Sassy 'Lil Sketches.  I decided to cut off the edge of my card and put some DP on the inside of the card so it peeks out from below the scalloped edge.  I originally sponged the edges in Baja Breeze, but I decided I liked the contrast of Riding Hood Red.  I used the Peace on Earth stamp set from the mini and the leaf from the bird punch so the dove had somewhere to land.  I just used a few little red rhinestones from Kaisercraft to create some berries.  Another simple Christmas card.  I can't decide if I'll use it for the stamp-a-stack.  What do you think?

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

A CASED card from SC

I just saw this awesome card on SC by Jennifer Rowlee.  Her card was pink and used different stamps, but I knew I could case this card in about 15 minutes or less!  Therefore, I thought....hey, this is another great stamp-a-stack card!  My card uses Marina Mist and Bashful Blue.  I used Serene Snowflakes for the stamp set and Many Merry Messages for my greeting.  Quick...easy...cute....what more can a girl ask for?

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Funny Bunny page

Yes, I know....I'm always scrapbooking pages out of season!  My opinion long as I'm getting pages done, I don't care what season they are in!'s my latest page.  An Easter page inspired by Andrea Walford and Sophia Landry's scrapbook class.  I love the diagonal layout for this.  It is reminiscent of a movie reel!  I have left the journaling open for now - I will add that later. 
I used Pretty in Pink and Melon Mambo for the accent ink.  The DSP is all leftover Spring paper from the spring mini catalogue earlier this year.  I only liked it at first, but then when I started playing with it, I fell in love with it!  I just adore the color combos for Easter pages!  The stamp set is Eggcoutrements.  The chipboard letters are sponged with Melon Mambo ink and then spritzed with Gold Smooch Spritz. 

Monday, November 1, 2010

Delightful Decorations

I cased this card from mcdonahue on to create yet another super easy and simple Christmas card.  I have decided I will have a Stamp-a-Stack on Friday, November 12 at 6:00 p.m.  I'm going to  be showing samples all week that I will be doing that evening.  My idea for this stamp-a-stack is to let the participants decide which cards they would like to create and how many cards they want.  I have purposely made all of the cards simple and elegant so that you can make plenty of cards for $1 each.  Thus, it will be completely participant choice - which cards you make and how much your class costs! If you live around Somerset, Kentucky and would like to come, leave a comment with your email and I'll get back to you.  I'll send a list of all of the cards and you can make your selections ahead of time so I can pre-cut your supplies. 

Stamps:  Delightful Decorations, Many Little Messages
Ink:  Garden Green, Pear Pizzaz
Paper:  Whisper White