Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Worth the Wait

I decided the Flirtatious DSP was just perfect for this page about my daughter waiting to meet Rapunzel this summer!  I used a sketch from Sketches in Thyme to get all the pictures on the page without crowding it.  I loved that they used a two page sketch this time!
Here's a closeup of the left side - you can see the Tasteful Trims die cut at the bottom in Wisteria Wonder.  I added some Daffodil Delight pom pom trim across that paper strip, also.  The rhinestones were from Recollections by Michaels.  The doilies are just cut from the die cut paper that comes in the pack.  I swear if they sold just the die cut papers, I would buy 50 sheets of it!  I love those doilies!
Here's mostly more of the same.  You probably can't see the journaling, but it basically says that we had to wait a long time in the hot Florida sun to see Rapunzel, but when we got into the courtyard, Halleigh got to color a picture, do a little dance to the music from Tangled, and finally meet Rapunzel, so it was all Worth the Wait. 
Those letters are actually chipboard thickers, but I colored them with my Wisteria Wonder Stampin' Write marker and then coated that with the Illuminate top coat Smooch polish.  I just love that stuff, too! 

Ink:  Wisteria Wonder
Paper:  Daffodil Delight, Wisteria Wonder, Flirtatious Specialty DSP
Accessories:  pom pom trim, tasteful trims die cut, illuminate top coat smooch, paper hole punch 1/8",  rhinestones (recollections), thickers (american crafts)

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A favorite of Tags 'Til Christmas

I got the overall idea for this card from Andrea Walford.  She used this design on a different card, but it was full of buttons and very bulky.  I didn't want the bulk, so I decided to use the baby wipe stamp pad instead.  I loved the result! 
I inked my baby wipe with Soft Suede, Real Red, and Crumb Cake re-inkers and stamped away for those ornaments.  I covered them with VersaMark and heated with Irridescent Ice EP.  I love the shimmer you see on the ornaments.  And it really didn't take that long!  Even better, I know.

Stamps:  Tags 'Til Christmas, Christmas Greetings, Tree Trimmings
Ink:  Soft Suede, Real Red, and Crumb Cake, VersaMark
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Real Red, Whisper White
Accessories:  Perfect dots embossing folder, irridescent ice EP, ornament punch, scallop trim border punch

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Perfect Poinsettia card

This was a really simple card to make with a striking effect.  I started with a Riding hood red background with a crumb cake mat.  I stamped the word joy in Riding Hood Red.  For the accent, I used the Designer Frames embossing folder.  It comes with an oval and a rectangle shape - they are two smaller, separate folders rather than one large one.  I finished it off with my poinsettia.  I punched a few 5 flower punches I crumpled and peeled the flowers in two to make faux suede.  To make the final shimmer, I spritzed gold smooch spritz and put a white glimmer brad in the center. 

Stamps:  The Sounding Joy
Ink:  Riding Hood Red
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Riding Hood Red
Accessories:  Designer Frames embossing folder, glimmer brads, gold smooch spritz, 5 petal punch

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Snow Swirled in a vibrant color combo!

Here is a card a made a few multiples of recently.  I used a new, vibrant color combo - Lucky Limeade, Marina Mist, and Real Red.  It's flashy, but not too much!  I combined that with Snow Swirled and a few rhinestones for a fantastically quick card!

Stamps:  Snow Swirled
Ink:  Lucky Limeade, Marina Mist, and Real Red
Paper:  Lucky Limeade, Marina Mist, and Whisper White
Accessories:  Basic Rhinestones

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Online Extravaganza coming and The Sounding Joy card

The Online Extravaganza, our annual sale to kick off the holiday shopping season, begins Monday, November 21, 2011, and continues through Wednesday, November 30, 2011.
Savings include...FREE digital downloads valued at $40 when you buy My Digital Studio Express, 60 percent off select Designer Fabrics, and 30 percent off an exclusive ribbon bundle!
And...there will be two items on sale for 24 hours only (November 21, 12:01 AM - 11:59 PM [MT]) - so make sure you don't miss the first 24 hours of the Online Extravaganza!
These deals are available online, with customer and workshop orders.  To see them all and take advantage of the savings...
Log in on Monday, November 21, to my Online Store, look around, find out what the two special items are and then place your Holiday Online Extravaganza order!
Note: When you place your qualifying order on my Demonstrator Business Website you will be eligible for all the usual hostess benefits.
And now...on to the card!  This is one of my favorite cards I made for the Christmas Card Stamp-a-Stack this weekend.  I used my favorite Christmas stamp set from the holiday mini - The Sounding Joy.  I love this religious based stamp set - it is so elegant and simple at the same time.  I was inspired by the card in the holiday mini, but I didn't want to copy it exactly.  For one, I didn't have any Cherry Cobbler seam binding ribbon!  I decided to switch to Whisper White taffeta ribbon and make a bow with pleats cascading down the rest of the card.  What do you think?

Stamps:  The Sounding Joy
Ink:  So Saffron, Cherry Cobbler, VersaMark
Paper:  Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Wild Wasabi
Accessories:  Whisper White taffeta ribbon, Pewter Embossing Powder, Backgrounds 1 Texturz Plates, Dotted scallop ribbon border punch

Just a reminder - if you still need to make some handmade Christmas cards, I have two times coming up this weekend during which you can knock out some gorgeous cards!  Friday at 11:00 a.m. and Saturday at 1:00 p.m.

***Here’s how it works: I create several Christmas card designs. You choose which designs you like the best and tell me how many cards of each you would like to make. I will do the prep, the work, the cutting, the designing, and your friends show up to just assemble and stamp!   

Cost: $2 per card (envelopes included) - Please indicate the name of the card(s) you would like to make as well as the number of cards you would like to make of each design chosen.
You can see a pdf of all the cards here
Let me know if you would like to sign up!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Serene Season Greetings

Here's another simple card - it's really pretty in person.  It looks a little drab here, I think.  I liked the natural look with just a splash of color in the Bashful Blue.

Stamps:  Serene Snowflakes, Many Merry Messages
Ink:  Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Bashful Blue
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Bashful Blue
Accessories:  Crumb Cake taffeta ribbon

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Stitched Stocking cards

Here are a few more Christmas cards I made.  I broke down and purchased the Stitched Stocking stamp set and the stocking builder punch finally.  I've been eyeing them for quite a while, I just wasn't fure if I'd like them.   Let me just say...I don't like them....I LOVE them!  Good buy!  So easy to use and what a great impact they make with so little effort!  My favorite combination!  :)
I got the ideas for these from a tutorial I saw from Andrea Walford.  I just made my own version of the card sketches.  They were both pretty simple.  3X6 cards are always great for money, too!  ;)

Stamps:  Teeny Tiny Wishes, Stitched Stockings
Ink:  Real Red, Old Olive, VersaMark, Garden Green
Paper:  Real Red, Old Olive, Whisper White, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Blushing Bride, Garden Green, Retired DSP
Accessories:  Stocking builder, large oval, decorative label, 2 3/8" scallop circle, 2 1/2" circle punches,pennant die, basic rhinestones, irridescent ice EP, Polka dots embossing folder

Monday, November 14, 2011

Snowman card

I don't know what it is about this card, but I just absolutely adore it!  I don't know if it's the snowman or the snowflake in the corner, but it just strikes me.  It is simple, but sweet at the same time.  My color combo is simple - White, black, and cherry cobbler.

Stamps:  Punch Pals, Christmas Greetings
Ink:  StazOn Black Ink, Cherry Cobbler
Paper:  Whisper White, Chery Cobbler
Accessories:  Stampin' Write markers, Snowflake sizzlits die cut, northern flurry embossing folder, Dazzling Diamonds, Glimmer Brads

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Elegant Christmas Greeting card

I still love this color combo I found last year - Always Artichoke and Cherry Cobbler.  It has a vintage and elegant look to it.  Therefore, I thought the vintage wallpaper embossing folder and the pleated ribbon were perfect additions to this card. 

Stamps:  Tree Trimmings, Christmas Greetings
Ink:  Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler
Paper:  Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla
Accessories:  Cherry Cobbler baker's twine, buttons, Chocolate Chip satin ribbon, vintage wallpaper embossing folder

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Dasher card

And for the next Christmas card, I have a card I made with the Dasher stamp.  I have wanted this stamp for a long while, so finally this past year I got it as a free stamp during Sale-a-Bration.  I tried to stay simple with this one - just a little Riding Hood Red Marker and Smooch are added to the image.
Stamps:  Dasher, Snow Swirled
Ink:  Early Espresso, Riding Hood Red
Paper:  Early Espresso, Very Vanilla
Accessories:  Riding Hood Red grosgrain ribbon, linen thread, Stampin' Write marker, Smooch
And for the not so simple....Here is where a gazillion glue dots went last week!  My daughter had a project from her kindergarten to make a turkey, so I pretty much let her loose with some of my old supplies.  She certainly made a unique looking turkey!  It was definitely all of her ideas - I just helped out a little bit.  Here are a few things I loved:
the flower bow on the head
the letter stamps on each feather
the heart *rhinestones* pumping blood to the organs
the belly"button"
the necklace

Oh, what fun we have together!  A good way to use up some of those old supplies you don't use anymore! 

Friday, November 11, 2011

Delicate Doily Christmas

I love the way this card turned out.  i used the Delicate Doily stamp set along with the dec. 25 from theTags 'Til Christmas stamp set.  For the color combo, I used Cherry Cobbler, Lucky Limeade, and Crumb Cake.  I like that this is Christmasy, but the color combo gives it a fresh, new look.

Stamps:  Delicate Doilies, Tags 'Til Christmas
Ink:    Cherry Cobbler, Lucky Limeade, and Crumb Cake
Paper:  Cherry Cobbler, Lucky Limeade, Whisper White, and Crumb Cake
Accessories:  Decorative Label punch

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Delightful Decorations card

My Christmas card stamp-a-stacks are starting up this weekend.  Here is one of the cards I'm going to make.  I used the Delightful Decorations stamp set on this card and some retired Christmas paper from last year.

Stamps:  Delightful Decorations
Ink:  Garden Green, Blushing Bride, Real Red
Paper:  Garden Green, Blushing Bride, Real Red, retired DSP
Accessories:  Glimmer brad, corner rounder punch

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

A Unicorn Birthday Celebration

Where in the world have I been?  Getting ready for my daughter's unicorn birthday party.  She was in charge of nearly everything....she wanted it all a certain way!  For instance, she wanted a unicorn and a 5 on her birthday cake.  Pink icing...polka dots....
And a rainbow on the inside.  This is 1 1/2 cake mixes made into 3 round circle cakes.  I won't tell you how much frosting!  It was yummy, though! 
Here was her original invitation - I watercolored the Pony Party unicorn and added some Smooch to the hearts.  It was just perfect.  That sample was.....
And then I colored 16 more.....and added smooch....expecting the same results.....but the smooch ran and spread everywhere.  It was a disaster!  I had to re-color every single pony except the original! 
So on the second try...I went with a known success - dazzling diamonds.  Always a winner!

Stamps:  Pony Party, French Filigree
Ink:  Pretty in Pink, Pool Party, Wisteria Wonder, StazOn
Paper:  Watercolor Paper, Pretty in Pink, Pool Party, Wisteria Wonder
Accessories:  Pretty in Pink grosgrain ribbon and satin ribbon, Tasteful Trims die,  Polka dot Embossing folder, dazzling diamonds, aqua painter

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Christmas Card Stamp-a-Stack

I know it's not Christmas yet...BUT, it's a perfect time to MAKE your Christmas cards!! One of the best blessings of paper crafting, is handmaking your Holiday cards! This class was a big hit last year! I think we made over 100 cards in this create-your-own card class!

Saturday, November 12, at 11:00 a.m.

Friday, November 25 at 11:00 a.m.

Saturday, November 26 at 1:00 p.m.

***Here’s how it works: I create several Christmas card designs. You choose which designs you like the best and tell me how many cards of each you would like to make. I will do the prep, the work, the cutting, the designing, and your friends show up to just assemble and stamp!   

Designs are shown below

Cost: $2 per card (envelopes included) - Please indicate the name of the card(s) you would like to make as well as the number of cards you would like to make of each design chosen.
See the PDF document of all the cards from which you can choose here.