Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Button Buddies

I'm not sure where I saw this card - as soon as I figure that out I will post the link.

This is another fairly quick and easy card using the snowman image from the Button Buddies stamp set.

Here is a closeup of the focal image so you can see the embossed oval surrounding the snowman.

Stamp Set - Button Buddies, Snow Much Fun
Ink - Jet Black StazOn, Real Red Classic
Card Stock - Whisper White, Old Olive
Other - Old Olive 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Brights Buttons (Old Olive), Stampin' Dimensionals

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Bells & Boughs - Card 3

This is the third card I made inspired by Wendy Weixler HERE

As with yesterday's card I used the snowflake embossing folder. This time though I decided to make the card as a 5 1/2" by 4 1/4". I also used the stamp set Christmas Greetings.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Bells & Boughs - Card 2

This is the second of the cards I made that were inspired by Wendy Weixler HERE

This time I used the snowflake embossing folder.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Bells & Boughs

While I was blog hopping last weekend I visited the blogs of stampers participating in the November Control Freaks Blog Hop. This months theme was KISS (Keep it Simple Stamper). One of the projects posted by Wendy Weixler HERE really caught my eye and I decided to make a few. This is the first one that I did.

I used the stripes embossing folder instead of the Houndstooth and rather than colouring in the holly berries and adding Dazzling Details I coloured some of our rhinestones with a permanent marker. I also used the Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon in place of the quilted Early Espresso Ribbon that Wendy used.

Hope you like it.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Happy Birthday Nan!

Today is my mother in law's 89th birthday. We'll be having a family dinner this evening to celebrate. I made a card from the whole family but forgot to take a photo before giving it to my brother in law so he could sign it.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Quick and Easy Card

I am always on the lookout for cards that are quick and easy but have a bit of a wow factor.

I saw THIS card on Angela McKay's blog one day and used it as inspiration for my card today.

I decided to use Real Red for my card base. I punched a snowflake in my Whisper White panel and then put a piece of Stampin' Up!'s wonderful red glimmer behind it. I stamped the greeting, adhered the ribbon and the stuck the whole layer to my card base. Added a rhinestone and I was done! Truly a less than five minute card.

Hope you like it.

It is hard to see the glimmer paper so here is a close up - I think you can see it a bit better.

Stamp - Four the Holidays
Ink - Real Red Classic Ink
Card Stock - Real Red, Whisper White, Red Glimmer
Other - Snowflake Punch, Real Red Satin Ribbon

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Tags til Christmas

Judy and I made this card a couple of weeks ago. I had seen it on Monica Gale's blog HERE. You will have to scroll down a bit - there are two cards in that post and I Case'd the second one.

I decided to use Riding Hood Red cardstock and some retired ribbon. I also made my Crumb Cake border a little smaller. Hope you like it.

Stamps - Tags til Christmas, Delightful Dozen
Ink - Chocolate Chip
Card Stock - Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Other - Dotted Ribbon border punch, Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon (retired), Stampin' Dimensionals.

This card could be easily "stepped up" by adding some of the Stampin' Up! rhinestone or pearl jewels and some shimmer spray.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Christmas Lodge

When I first saw this stamp set in the Holiday Mini catalogue I had decided not to get it - I purchased the digital download for My Digital Studio. I liked it so much I decided to buy the stamp set as well.

This card that Judy and I made recently is a CASE of one posted by Julie Leblanc HERE

Stamp Set - Christmas Lodge; Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink - Crumb Cake; Cherry Cobbler
Card Stock - Very Vanilla; Cherry Cobbler; Early Espresso
Other - Basic Jewels - Pearls

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

"Telescoping" Snowman

Over the past many months I have seen samples of "telescoping" cards and although intrigued never sat down to make one. Recently I have seen a number of these cards that have really piqued my interest - they are snowmen. I finally made one and am thrilled with the results.

Here he is closed

Here he is opened

Don't you just love him!

I pretty much followed the instructions posted by Becky Roberts HERE

My supplies
Large Scallop Circle die - Silver Glimmer Paper
3 1/2" Circle die - Whisper White (edges sponged with Baja Breeze)
3" Circle die - Silver Glimmer Paper
Snowflake Punch - Early Espresso (arms)
2 1/2" Circle punch - Whisper White (embossed with Northern Flurries embossing folder and edges sponged with Baja Breeze)
2" Circle (from circles #2 die - Silver Glimmer Paper
1 3/4" Circle punch - Whisper White (edges sponged with Baja Breeze); mouth drawn on; Blushing Bride cheek
Owl Punch - Basic Black (eyes and buttons)
1 1/4" Square Punch (Hat) - Basic Black; corner rounder punch; Sponged with Whisper White craft ink
Word Window Punch - (Hat Brim)- Basic Black; sponged with Whisper White craft ink
Large Star punch (retired)- (nose) - Pumpkin Pie sponged with Cajun Craze. Cherry Cobbler Quilted Ribbon - for hat and scarf
Tiny Silver Brads
Filigree Brad
Clear Rhinestone Brad

Monday, November 21, 2011

Judy and I made this card together last week. The minute I saw it on Stampin' Connection I knew I would have to add it to our list of projects.

It was posted by a fellow demonstrator whose name is Karen Gibson. You can see her card HERE.

The only change we made was to use the holly leaves from the Winter Wishes stitched felt.

So here is my card

Sunday, November 20, 2011

My card today is CASE'd from a card I saw in the Stampin' Up! Idea Book & Catalogue - page 43. It's one of the cards Judy and I made last week.

Stamp Set - Bells & Boughs; Christmas Greetings
Card Stock - Cherry Cobbler; Very Vanilla
Ink - Always Artichoke; Cherry Cobbler
Other - Top Note Die for the Big Shot; Crochet Trim Ribbon; Basic Pearls

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Bookmark November 21 for the Stampin' Up! Online Extravaganza!!!!!

Online Extravaganza, Stampin' Up!'s annual sale to kick off the holiday shopping season, will begin Monday, November 21, 2011, and run through Wednesday, November 30, 2011. Amongst the deals will be FREE digital downloads when you purchase My Digital Studio Express; 60 percent savings on select Designer Fabrics and 30% off an exclusive ribbon bundle.

In addition, there will be two items on sale for 24 hours only (November 21, 12:01 AM - 11:59 PM [MT]).

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Hershey Nugget Holder

In September Patty Bennett posted a punch art Santa Bag Topper that I have kept thinking about. Click HERE to see her post. She shows all of the punched pieces that are used to create the little guy.

I decided to make the Santa but to use it as the embellishment on a little Hershey Nugget holder made with die cuts from the Two Tags die. One change I made was to use Silver Glimmer for the "hat band". The other was to use the Holly & Berries from the Winter Wishes stitched felt to embellish Santa's hat.

I think this will be a great table favour at Christmas!


Card Stock - Whisper White, Real Red, Basic Black, Blush Blossom (retired), Silver Glimmer Paper, Candy Cane Lane DSP (retired)
Punches - Extra Large Oval, Large Oval, Ornament, Bird Builder, Owl Builder, Two Tags Die
Other - Winter Wishes Stitched Felt, Clear Tinsel (retired), Signo White Gel pen, Hershey Nuggets

Have a great day!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Stitched Felt - Wreath

While blog surfing last weekend I came across THIS card posted by Debbie Currier and quickly realized that it would be a perfect card to use with the wreath from the Winter Wishes stitched felt package.

I first made it using the same cardstock as the original - Crumb Cake and Real Red.

While working on the card I kept thinking about the red glimmer paper sitting on my shelf. I wanted a project to take with me to Judy's this week so I decided to make the card using Naturals Ivory card stock and the sparkly red paper. I loved it!

Stamp - Heard from the Heart
Ink - Early Espresso
Card Stock version 1 - Crumb Cake, Real Red
Card Stock version 2 - Naturals Ivory, Red Glimmer Paper
Other - Winter Wishes Stitched Felt; Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon

Have a great day.

Friday, November 11, 2011

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

John McCrae

Monday, November 7, 2011

Quick and Easy Card

In early November Heather Summers posted THIS card along with a video.

I really liked the card and loved that it used the little mittens from the Winter Wishes stitched felt. I wanted to make quite a few of these cards, but only had six of the mittens. I decided that for the balance of the cards I would use pairs of stockings. I stamped the stockings with the Stitched Stockings stamp set and punched them out with the Stocking Builder punch.

Heather's card and the two cards featured in my photo are both embossed using the Snowburst embossing folder - both on the card base and for the oval surrounding the sentiment. I decided not to emboss the base card for the additional cards that I made. If I were to do more of these cards I would alter the size of the focal panel to 5 x 3 3/4 in order to see more of the embossing.

Hope you like them and thanks for stopping by.

Stamp Set - Delightful Dozen; Winter Post; Stitched Stockings
Ink - Soft Suede; Cherry Cobbler; Whisper White (craft)
Card Stock - Crumb Cake; Whisper White
Other - Snowburst Embossing Folder; Stocking Builder Punch; Sponge Dauber; Stampin' Dimensionals; Brads - Crumb Cake and Cherry Cobbler; Winter Wishes stitched felt; Linen Thread

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Christmas Lodge

I saw THIS CARD on Diana Gibbs' blog and knew I would have to use it as one of the cards to make with Judy. At the time I only had the Christmas Lodge download for My Digital Studio so I used that for my focal image and the greeting. I had to resize them - the digital images are quite large. I printed them and cut them to the sizes I wanted.

Diana ruffled her ribbon but on this card I just used a simple knot.

Stamp Set - Serene Snowflakes
Ink - Early Espresso
Card Stock - Very Vanilla; Cherry Cobbler
Other - Early Espresso Quited Ribbon; My Digital Studio (Christmas Lodge download)

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Make sure to check in on the site between November 4 and 7. There will be four brand new, never seen before downloads for My Digital Studio and they are FREE. All you have to do is complete a short survey and the downloads can be yours!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps

Take your love of stamping into the kitchen! Create fun and tasty stamped cookies for any occasion. Fit a silicone stamp over the bottom of the wooden handle and press into dough—it's that easy!

Food-safe, easy-to-clean and dishwasher safe. Each set includes 3 silicone stamps, 1 handle, and 2 great cookie recipes.

You can use your own favourite sugar cookie or shortbread recipe as well. Note the stamps work best with recipes that have no leavening agents.