Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Jolly Holiday and Peaceful Season

I love the simplicity of this card.   I had seen THIS card and decided to change it a bit for Judy and I to make.  I added some ribbon and a few coloured rhinestones.  Judy had told me that the Basic Rhinestones could be coloured using Sharpie markers.  I love them.

This is one of the cards Judy and I made yesterday afternoon.

Stamps - Four the Holidays; Peaceful Season
Cardstock - Old Olive; Very Vanilla; Cherry Cobbler; Jolly Holiday DSP
Ink - Old Olive
Other - corner rounder; scallop trim border punch; cherry cobbler seam binding; basic rhinestones (coloured with red sharpie); paper piercer and mat pack

Monday, November 29, 2010

Holiday Stamp Camp - 7

This is another one of the projects from the Holiday Stamp Camp - it's a snowglobe!  I love snowglobes and am glad I finally made this card.  I hope to make a few more.  That is water in there and it doesn't leak!  You can see the glitter puddled like a snowbank under the snowman.  It really swirls around like a blizzard when the card is shaken.

Stamps - A Cute Christmas
Cardstock - Whisper White; Baja Breeze; Candy Cane Christmas DSP
Ink - Jet Black Sazon; various markers
Other - Circle Sweet Treats cups; Northern Frost decorative strip; rhinestones; dazzling diamonds; medium acetate sheet; silver tinsel trim

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Inspired by Andrea Walford

Judy and I had seen THIS card posted by Andrea Walford and really liked the colours and the layout.  Unfortunately neither one of us is very fond of cutting out shapes - we love our punches!  I sat down one morning and taking Andrea's layout made a card that was similar but used a punch.  I was pleased with the result so used it as the third card for my play date with Judy last Tuesday.
We did two versions - one using Old Olive satin ribbon and one with Pear Pizzazz stitched poly ribbon.

Here it is with the Old Olive ribbon

This one uses the Pear Pizzazz ribbon.

Stamps - Four the Holidays
Ink - Cherry Cobbler
Cardstock - Pear Pizzazz; Very Vanilla; Old Olive; Jolly Holiday DSP
Other - Ornament Punch; Scallop Trim Border Punch; Ribbon; Dimensionals

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Holiday Stamp Camp - 6

I can't believe that I have still not completed all of the projects from the Holiday Stamp Camp hosted by Sherida Giddings and Trina St. Michael in September.  I made this card with Judy on Tuesday. 

The original had several spirals of snowflakes on the inside - we decided not to do that and just stamped a few snowflakes on the inside layer.  This card really sparkles!

The vellum layer was embossed with the Northern Flurry embossing folder and was adhered to the base card with mini glue dots.  We used the largest rhinestones to cover where the glue dots showed through.  The "tag" is multi-layered.  We used the decorative label punch and punched out one label from Whisper White and one from cardstock vellum.  The vellum label was embossed using the Northern Flurry folder.

Stamps - Holiday Happiness
Ink - Marina Mist
Cardstock - Marina Mist; Whisper White; Vellum Cardstock
Other - Basic Rhinestones; Marina Mist 5/8" Satin Ribbon; Northern Flurry Embossing Folder; Decorative Label Punch; Large Oval Punch;Scallop Oval Punch; Mini Glue Dots

Friday, November 26, 2010

Toolbox Gift Card Holder

Last week I saw a very unique giftcard holder while I was browsing the internet.  It looks like a toolbox!  I need something to package a gift card for my Dad's birthday so I decided that would be the one.  I purchased the tutorial and started crafting.

Is it not the cutest thing!

Here is the view of the inside. 

You can see the original by clicking HERE.

Card Stock - Real Red, Basic Black
Other - Clips Assortment, Basic Black Brads

Thursday, November 25, 2010


My niece's fiancĂ© will be celebrating a birthday soon so I decided to make him a card using the Motorcycle stamp from the SU Summer Mini catalogue.  Too bad it did not carry over to the main catalogue.

The motorcycle was stamped using black craft ink and then heat embossed with black embossing powder.  Before stamping the image I sponged the background using Poppy Parade, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight and Pear Pizzazz.  The black panel was put through the big shot and the lattice embossing folder to add a little texture.

Stamps - Motorcycle, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Card Stock - Poppy Parade, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Love Letters DSP
Ink - Basic Black Craft, Basic Black Classic
Other - Black Embossing Powder, Designer Label Punch, 1" Circle Punch, Word Window Punch, Dimensionals, Basic Black Brads, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Stampin' Sponges

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


I have seen a lot of snowman cards this season, but this one really caught my attention.  You can see the original HERE.

I changed the background from Crumbcake to Bajja Breeze and rather than using the Snowflake punch I used the Snowflake #12 sizzlit.  Other than that it is all the same.

This is one of the cards Judy and I made on Tuesday when we got together for our weekly "play date".

Stamp Set - Four the Holidays, Serene Snowflakes
Card Stock - Baja Breeze, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie
Ink - Baja Breeze, Night of Navy, Basic Black marker, Whisper White Craft
Other - Ribbon (retired), 2 1/2", 1 3/4" and 1 1/4" circle punches, Basic Black Brads, Dimensionals, Snowflake #12 Sizzlit

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Candy Cane Christmas

A couple of weeks ago Becky Roberts posted a photo of projects from her Candy Cane Christmas Stamp Camp HERE. The card with the ornaments caught my attention and I decided to CASE it. I actually ended up making twelve of them! So many little bows and knots!

Stamp Set - Tags til Christmas, Christmas Greetings
Card Stock - Baja Breeze, Real Red, Whisper White, Candy Cane Christmas DSP
Ink - Real Red
Punches - Ornament, Dotted Ribbon
Other - Silver Elastic Cord (retired), Basic Rhinestones, Tasteful Trim for the Big Shot, 1/4" Whisper White Grosgrain Ribbon, Dimensionals

Monday, November 22, 2010

Deck the Halls - Day 7

This is the last of my posts (for now anyway) using the Deck the Halls DSP.  I am still thinking of ordering more and maybe more of the musical cards.

Stamps - Bells and Boughs
Ink - Cherry Cobbler, Gold Encore
Card Stock - Cherry Cobbler, Brushed Gold, Very Vanilla, Deck the Halls DSP
Other - Very Vanilla Seam Binding, Basic Pearls, Dimensionals, Scallop Oval punch

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Deck the Halls - Day 6

Hope you are not tired of seeing the Deck the Halls DSP!  This is the second standard sized card I made using papers from the Deck the Halls package.  I love the pearls in the corners!

Stamps - Bells and Boughs
Ink - Cherry Cobbler, Gold Encore
Card Stock - Cherry Cobbler, Brushed Gold, Very Vanilla, Deck the Halls DSP
Other - Always Artichoke Seam Binding, Basic Pearls, Decorative Label punch, dimensionals

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Deck the Halls - Day 4

I was so enjoying covering the musical cards with the Deck the Halls DSP I decided to make a few standard cards with it.  The photo below is at a funny angle but that is the only way I could get the glitter in the centre of the flowers to show up. 

Stamps - Bells and Boughs
Ink - Always Artichoke, Encore Gold
Card Stock - Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla
Other - Scallop Oval punch, Stickles

Friday, November 19, 2010

Deck the Halls - Day 3

Now I am back on track - I just noticed that when I pre-posted Day 1 and 2 they were out of order. 

This is another of the musical cards - I made a total of five - using the Deck the Halls DSP.

Stamps - All Holidays
Ink - Cherry Cobbler
Card Stock - Cherry Cobbler, Brushed Gold, Deck the Halls DSP, Very Vanilla
Other - Always Artichoke Seam Binding, Basic Rhinestones, Dimensionals

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Deck the Halls - Day 1

When I first saw the Deck the Halls Designer Series Paper in the Holiday Mini Catalogue I ordered it right away.  Then when it arrived I didn't know what I was going to do with it.  I have seen several projects through my daily blog surfing and on Stampin' Connection and have now used almost the whole package and may have to order more!

The next several days will showcase cards I have made using that DSP.  Some of them are the musical cards available in the Holiday Mini - I chose the ones that are already recorded with an instrumental version of We Wish You a Merry Christmas.  I have previously posted one of the musical cards and it used this same paper.  You can see that card HERE.


Stamps - Bells and Boughs
Ink - Cherry Cobbler
Card Stock - Cherry Cobbler, Brushed Gold, Very Vanilla, Deck the Halls DSP
Other - Very Vanilla 5/8" Satin Ribbon, Dimensionals, Decorative Label Punch, Antique Brads, SU pre-recorded Musical card

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Deck the Halls - Day 2

This is another of the musical cards I made using the Deck the Halls DSP.  I made two of these that are pretty much identical.  On the second one I changed the position of the sentiment and used a different brad.

Stamps - Bells and Boughs, Encore Gold
Ink - Cherry Cobbler
Card Stock - Cherry Cobbler, Brushed Gold, Very Vanilla, Deck the Halls DSP
Other - SU pre-recorded Musical card, 5/8" Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon, Antique Brad, Scallop Oval Punch

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Crafting with Judy

Yesterday afternoon Judy and I had a pretty busy time crafting.  We made 2 cards each of three different designs.

The first one is a CASE from the current Stampin' Up! Hoiday Mini Catalogue - page 15.  Although we both have Tags til Christmas we used Delightful Decorations for the focal image and used a greeting from the Level 2 Hostess Set Peaceful Season (page 5 of the mini).


Stamps - Delightful Decorations, Peaceful Season
Card Stock - Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla
Ink - Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso
Other - Basic Rhinestones, Stampin' Dimensionals, Scallop Squares Duo die for the Big Shot, Ornament Punch, Decorative Label Punch, Polka Dots Embossing Folder

The next card was inspired by Heather Summers' post HERE.   I do like Heather's sample, but I decided to simplify the ribbon treatment a little bit and I am very pleased with the result.  Instead of using the Very Vintage wheel to create the backgroud we used the snowflake stamp from Winter Post. 


Stamps - Winter Post, Christmas Greetings
Card Stock - Crumb Cake, Riding Hood Red
Ink - Chocolate Chip
Other - Linen Thread, Chocolate Chip Wide Striped Ribbonn (retired), Chocolate Chip button (retired), Scallops Squares Duo die for the Big Shot, Stampin' Dimensionals

For the last card I was inspired by a card posted by Sandi McDonald on Stampin' Connection.  Unfortunately there was no website listed so I cannot direct you to the original.  Our version is pretty close although we did use a different selection of DSP from the Deck the Halls package and changed the stamps used for the ornament and the sentiment. 


Stamp Set - Delightful Decorations, Contempo Christmas, Lovely as a Tree
Card Stock - Crumb Cake, Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler
Ink - Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler
Other - Ornament Punch, Scallop Border Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, Basic Pearls

Monday, November 15, 2010

Inspired by Heather Summers

Last week I went over to my sister's place to do some die cuts for her to do crafts with her 4 year old grand daughter and another little girl - she is the daycare provider for both of the girls.

We cut out a blizzard of snowflakes using the Northern Frost Decorative strip and the Snowflake # 2 die.  We also cut out a forest of Christmas Trees using the Sizzix Tree die.  We did stars as well as the little bird from the birds and blooms sizzlits set.  We also punched out a bunch of ornaments.

Although I didn't take a photo we also cut out enough snowflakes from aluminimum roof flashing to make 10 really cute candle holders.

After we put the big shot away we started making some cards - it was a very busy afternoon!  A few of the cards we made are ones I had posted before but I don't think I have posted this one.   It was inspired by THIS post on Heather Summers' blog. 

Stamps - Jolly Old Saint Nick
Card Stock - Garden Green, Real Red, Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Blushing Bride, Candy Cane Christmas DSP
Ink - Jet Black Stazon
Markers - Basic Black, Real Red, Baja Breeze, Pumpkin Pie, Garden Green
Other - Scallop Trim Border punch, Blender Pens, Dimensionals, Real Red 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Candy Cane Christmas Designer buttons, Glue Dots

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Makin' My Lists

Every year around this time I start to make lists and often it is just on little bits of paper on my desk that end up getting lost (tossed in the trash!).  This year Judy found the cutest idea for altering an inexpensive note pad that you can find at an office supply store or one of the big box stores so I decided to make a couple for myself.  You can find the inspiration by clicking HERE.  It is the third photo on that day's post. 

I decided to use some of the products from the Holiday mini - Candy Cane Christmas DSP, Glimmer Brads, Silver Tinsel and the Tasteful Trim die for the Big Shot.  I created the little label with My Digital Studio and punched it out with the Modern Label punch.  I thought about tying bits of ribbon on the coils, but decided I was fine with the way they look.

Hope you like them. 

Card Stock - Real Red, Blushing Whisper White, Cane Christmas DSP
Punches - 1 3/8" Circle, Scallop Circle, 1 1/4" Square, Word Window, Modern Label, 1/4" Circle
Other - Tasteful Trim Die for the Big Shot, Glimmer Brads, Silver Tinsel, 1/4" Whisper White Grosgrain Ribbon, My Digital Studio

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Heather Summers' Fundraiser - Final Project

The card today features a stamp from A Cute Christmas along with the Holiday Happiness set.  The card is so cute with the little stockings hanging on the tree, but I sure wish SU had a coordinating punch!  Cutting is definitely not my strong suit and these stockings were small and then there was the star and the ornament! All the cutouts are adhered with dimensionals.  Lots of layering and paper piercing.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Heather Summers' Fundraiser - 4

One of the designs included in Heather's fundraiser was a gift card holder.  So cute - it is like a matchbook.

Here it is closed -

And here is the inside

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Thank you to all the brave men and women who have served our country (now and in the past).

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Heather Summer' Fundraiser - 3

This is another of the cards included in Heather's fundraiser kit.  When I made the second one (I mentioned before that the kit had supplies to make 2 each of all the designs) I reversed everything so the ribbon treatment was on the left.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Deck the Halls Picture Frame

Using Jo-Ann Pullen's beautiful Deck the Halls Picture Frame HERE as inspiration I made my own version . It is a hybrid project. I used the Deck the Halls DSP for the left side of the frame but used My Digital Studio to create the image for the right hand side. I chose an 8 1/2 x 11 page and whisper white background. I then chose the Christmas Collage stamp and used Soft Suede ink at 73% opacity. The stamp did not fill the entire space so I copied and pasted to ensure the whole page was covered.

I printed it out onto Very Vanilla cardstock and then coloured in the holly, berries, bells and poinsettias with my markers and blender pens. Using the Merry Christmas stamp from Bells and Boughs I stamped the greeting with Cherry Cobbler ink in the space at the top of the image.  I stamped it off once so I would get a fainter image.  I used the Tea Stain ink from the distressing kit on all the edges before spritzing the entire project with a solution of Isopropyl alcohol and Champagne Mist shimmer spray.  I applied the Chantilly ribbon trim over the seam between the DSP and the "stamped" image.  I also applied the same lace to the outside of the frame to cover the raw wood.  Tied a double bow, added an antique brad and it was done.  I also covvered the back with a piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock.  I applied stickles to the holly berries and the centre of the poinsettias.

Stamps - Bells and Boughs
Card Stock - Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Deck the Halls SP
Ink - Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke, Sahara Sand
Other - Antique Brads, Chantilly crochet trim, blender pens, Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint, My Digital Studio, Frame (nonSU)

Monday, November 8, 2010

Snowflakes on Brushed Gold

This is one of the projects I have ready for Judy and I to make today.  I saw it on THIS BLOG one day when I was roaming around on the internet.

Although very elegant looking, it is a pretty simple card to make.  I love the brushed gold cardstock and it has been ages since I had my gold ink pad out.  I almost forgot I had it!

This card uses two embossing folders.  I ran it through the Big Shot with the Perfect Polka Dots folder and then with the Northern Flurries folder.  Add a few rhinestones and a bit of ribbon and you are done!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Holiday Stamp Camp - 5

I a slowly getting the projects fromm September's Holiday Stamp Camp (hosted by Sherida Giddings and Trina St. Michael) finished.  This one is a hot chocolate holder.  Inside there is a pocket to hold a packet of hot chocolate and on the other side a place to write a little greeting.

The DSP is from the Candy Cane Christmas Specialty paper pack.  Can you see the glitter on the red stripes - it was already on the paper!  The stamp used is from Perfect Punches.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Heather Summers' Fundraiser - 2

Today I decided to post the tags I made from Heather's fundraiser kit.  These are made using the Two Tags die.  Pretty quick and easy.  I used gold cord instead of the included ribbon on the left hand tag because I stamped the tree and greeting too high up on the tag.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Heather Summers' Fundraiser Projects - 1

Last month Heather Summers held her annual fundraiser supporting GI Cancer in honour of her dad.  I signed up for the kit to go.  For the registration fee I received the stamp set Holiday Happiness and the supplies to make 2 each of the six projects.  So I ended up with 6 cards, 2 gift card holders and 4 tags.

All of the designs used the Holiday Happiness Stamp Set as well as the Jolly Holiday DSP.

This is the first card I made - I probably should have used my Stamp a Mig!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Musical Cards

In the Holiday Mini Catalogue, Stampin' Up! is offering cards with sound.  There are two options - one allows you to record your own greeting (up to 10 seconds) and the other is a pre-recorded card that plays and instrumental version of We Wish You a Merry Christmas.  The cards are plain white so that they can be decorated and embellished.

I have purchased several of the cards and hopefully will have them all decorated and ready to mail in time for Christmas.  This one was very easy.  I covered the card with Cherry Cobbler card stock and then layered on some DSP from the Deck the Halls package.  Before adhering that layer to the card, I created a double bow and adhered it to the DSP.  I stamped the greeting onto Very Vanilla card stock and punched it out with the Decorative Label punch.  I also made a mat by punching out two of the Decorative Labels in Cherry Cobbler and then trimming and layering them.  I saw a video on Angela McKay's blog HERE showing how to do this.

Stamp Set - All Holidays
Card Stock - Cherry Cobbler; Very Vanilla; Deck the Halls DSP
Ink - Cherry Cobbler
Other - Stampin' Sound Pre-recorded card; dimensionals; Always Artichoke 1/2" Seam binding

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Gift Card Holder - updated

When Judy and I attended the Holiday Hoopla event one of the projects was a cute little gift card holder.  I recently saw a very similar one (same colours but different punch and stamp set) that added a little bit of ribbon.  I had to try it so I added some Very Vanilla  1/4" grosgrain ribbon to the gift card holder I had made.  I really like that little addition.  It adds just a little something to the overall look of the holder.

You can see the project without the ribbon in THIS post.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Christmas Card and Gift Card Holder

Yesterday Judy and I did a couple of projects - one was a card and the other was a gift card holder.  We did two of each.

I had previously posted photo of the card - it was one of the ones I did with my sister when we got together for our birthdays. 

Stamp Set - Tree Trimmings; Christmas Greetings
Card Stock - Always Artichoke; Early Espresso; Crumb Cake; Very Vanilla; Deck the Halls DSP
Ink - Early Espresso; Cherry Cobbler; Old Olive
Other - Two Tags Die for the Big Shot; Very Vanilla 1/2" Seam Binding; Scallop Border Punch; Basic Rhinestones; Dimensionals; Mini Glue Dots

The second project we did is a gift card holder that Heather Summers showed on her blog HERE.  We made it exactly the same as Heather's but it could be changed up very easily using any colour card stock and coordinating DSP.  There are so many of the Stampin' Up! punches with coordinating stamps that could be used to suit any occasion.

This is the gift card holder closed

And here is the inside with the little slot to hold the gift card.

Supplies -
Stamp Set - Tags til Christmas; Teeny Tiny Wishes
Card Stock - Crumb Cake; Very Vanilla; Deck the Halls DSP
Ink - Cherry Cobbler
Other - Ornament Punch; Word Window Punch; Basic Pearls; Chantilly Crochet Trim

Monday, November 1, 2010

Contempo Christmas meets Deck the Halls

Although I have lots of plans, I still haven't made many Christmas cards this year.  I guess the time has come to stop planning and get to it.

A while back I had seen a card on Diana Gibbs' blog and made a note of it thinking it would be a great card to CASE.  For this card I copied her card using the Deck the Halls DSP.  I do plan to make some using the Candy Cane Christmas DSP - like I said lots of plans.

You can visit Diana's blog HERE to get the details for this card.