Monday, December 21, 2009

Charming Box of Cards

In recent years it has become increasingly difficult to buy gifts for my mother-in-law.  She is a very healthy 87 year old lady who really does not need or want anything.  I had been buying her gift certificates for her favourite shopping malls only to find out recently that she forgets she has them and they are not being used.  For Christmas this year I have purchased a gift certificate to one of her favourite restaurants and have also made a box of 8 assorted greeting cards with envelopes.  The cards are identical except for the greetings.  All of those are from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set.  I packaged the cards in a clear acetate box and tied it with the wonderful Old Olive wide striped ribbon. 

I stamped the pale plum base card with the En Francais background stamp using pale plum classic ink.  I used the same stamp and ink on the whisper white image panel before stamping the floral image.   I coloured the floral image using my markers - Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry.  I also did a few rows of piercing to add a bit of visual interest.  On some of the cards I left the polka dot side of the ribbon showing and on the others I reversed it so the ribbon shows the solid colour.  I stamped the small butterfly image from the Charming stamp set in the bottom corner of the envelope as well as on the back flap.

This is one of the cards from the box:

The image panel and the greeting are raised up with dimensionals.   I left the inside of the card blank so there is plenty of room to write a personal note.

Stamps Sets - Charming, Teeny Tiny Wishes, French Script
Card Stock - Pale Plum, Old Olive, Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry, Cottage Wall DSP
Ink - Pale Plum, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive
Other - Word Window Punch, Rich Razzleberry Polka Dot Ribbon, Dimensionals, Acetate Card Box

All products used are Stampin' Up! except for the acetate box.

Thursday, December 17, 2009


I made another clock following the directions given by Heather Summers in her Simply Holidays 2009 online class.  This one is for my sister and I can show it now that I have given it to her (she peaks in on my blog so I couldn't post it before now).   She loved it!

Supplies used were posted HERE

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Gift Card Holders

Yesterday Judy and I made some cute little gift card holders.  We followed the instructions from week 7 of Andrea Walford's 12 Weeks of Christmas.  Quite quick and easy but oh so cute!   We made one little change - Andrea had stamped the greeting right on the "cuff" of the stocking but we decided to make a little panel so the greeting would stand out a little more.

It is hard to see in the photo, but we used the Perfect Details texturz plate to add some detail to the stocking.

Stamp Set - Four the Holidays
Ink - Chocolate Chip
Card Stock - Real Red, Very Vanilla, Merry Moments DSP
Other - Real Red 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, Vintage Brads, Antique Brass Jumbo Eyelet

Have a great day!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Monday's Projects

I got distracted and forgot to post the cards Judy and I made on Monday. 

I had posted this card before, but Monday was the first chance we had to make it together. 

Stamps - Snow Buddies (Level II Hostess), Winter Post
Card Stock - Real Red, Soft Suede, Whisper White
Ink - Real Red, Jet Black StazOn
Markers - Only Orange, Real Red, White Signo Gel Pen, Sakura Gelly Roll Pens (Stardust and Metallic Black)
Other - Real Red 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Paper Piercer, SU Mat Pack
We also did an easel card - similar to the one I had posted before, but I changed up the DSP a bit.  I am liking it a lot more than the previous card I had made.

Stamp Set - Christmas Punch (Level 2 Hostess); The More the Merrier (Level 3 Hostess)
Card Stock - Real Red; Old Olive; Merry Moments DSP
Ink - Jet Black StazOn; Real Red (craft and classic); various markers
Other - Wide Oval punch; dimensionals; 5/8" Real Red grosgrain ribbon; clear embossing powder; glitter glue

The third card we did was one I had seenn on Sandi McIver's blog.  She had posted THIS CARD and later posted a tutorial which I purchased.  On her card Sandi had "whacked" her Finial Post embossing folder.  I was tempted to do so as well, but finally decided not to.  Instead of embossing the Real Red card stock we gave it a quick spray with a mixture of isopropyl alcohol and Frost White shimmer paint.  A very pretty effect with no scissors involved!  You can't really see the beautiful shimmer on the card stock in the photo, but rest assured it is very pretty in real life.

Stamp Sets - Leaf Lines, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Card Stock - Real Red, Old Olive, Shimmery White
Ink - Real Red, Old Olive, Encore Gold
Other - Gold Embossing Powder, Orament Punch, Mistletoe Ribbon (Holiday Mini), Glitter Glue,  Mini Glue Dots, dimensionals
Have a great day! 

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Easel Card

I decided to try another easel card - this time with a Christmas theme.   Overall, I am quite pleased with the way it turned out and I plan to make more (it will be one of the projects we do at Judy`s tomorrow).  I am changing some of the DSP though.  A little bit too much green for me on this one.  Maybe I should have used the pine bough paper on the 'platform' of the card instead of repeating the olive green snowflake pattern.   For the ones we do tomorrow, I plan to use the striped paper from the Merry Moments package instead of the pine boughs.  In addition, we will use the striped design on the `platform`. 

Stamp Set - Christmas Punch (Level 2 Hostess); The More the Merrier (Level 3 Hostess)
Card Stock - Real Red; Old Olive; Merry Moments DSP
Ink - Jet Black StazOn; Real Red (craft and classic);  various markers
Other - Wide Oval punch; dimensionals; 5/8" Real Red grosgrain ribbon; clear embossing powder; glitter glue

Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

More Christmas Cards - Part 2

The camera battery is charged so I was able to get pictures of the rest of the cards Judy and I made on Monday.   These are the other two cards from Heather Summers' group of three.  All of the stamps, card stock, etc. are the same as posted on Monday.  Hope you like them.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

More Christmas Cards

Judy and I got together on Friday as well as yesterday to make some more cards.  On Friday, we only made one card instead of the usual three because I had brought my laptop to give her an overview of My Digital Studio.

On Friday we had intended to do all three of the cards Heather Summers had posted HERE.  I really liked that there were three cards that were basically the same but a little bit different.  The dimensions of each the card stock layers for all three cards is identical.  The same stamp set is used for all three cards.  Different embellishments are used on Heather's samples.  We used nonSU snowflake brads in their place.

Here is the card we did on Friday


Stamps - Snow Buddies (Level II Hostess Set - Holidy Mini); Teeny Tiny Wishes
Card Stock - Soft Suede, Bravo Burgundy, Creamy Caramel, Very Vanilla
Ink - Soft Suede, Creamy Caramel, Timber Brown StazOn (non SU)
Markers - Pumpkin Pie, Creamy Caramel, Bravo Burgundy
Other - Snowflake Brad (non SU), Scallop Border Punch, Modern Label Punch, Dimensionals

Yesterday we made the other two cards from Heather's group of three.  I will post pictures later in the week - I have to charge the battery in the camera first.  In the meantime, the third card we did yesterday was one we had seen on Patty Bennett's blog HERE.   I had made a sample on Sunday so did get a picture.

We made one change - instead of using the red gingham ribbon that Patty used, we used 1/4" Whisper White grosgrain.  What a lovely way to showcase the beautiful flocked paper from the Christmas Cocoa Specialty paper pack.

Stamps - Grateful Greetings
Card Stock - Whisper White, Real Red, Soft Suede, Christmas Cocoa Specialty DSP
Ink - Soft Suede
Other - Ornament Punch, Dimensionals

Have a great day!