Snow Angel

This is also part of the batch of cards I made to give to my mother-in-law. I made six of these. Why six, you ask? Because that is exactly how much of the fabulous Basic Grey Fruitcake paper I had (this particular design is called Snowed In). Isn’t it fabulous? My friend Karen sells it over at her store, Paper Manor. She has the best stash of Basic Grey goodies!

I’m a huge fan of this color combination. It never occured to me until I laid eyes on the paper, and it just looked so perfect! It’s a bit nontraditional for Christmas – which is part of the appeal for me. But I can see lots of possibilities for it (and shall continue to operate under my delusion that I am a genius, and the first person to ever dream up this combo!)

This card was pretty easy, and quick, to make. I know the picture is awful, so I’ll just go ahead and tell you that there are Stickles on her wings, to add some sparkle. I colored her with Stampin’ Spots and a blender pen (because in my experience, it is impossible to watercolor on Very Vanilla paper. Or Whisper White for that matter!) I used my Marvy Giga Scalloped Oval punch to punch out the image, my Coluzzle to cut out the large oval, and my Cuttlebug (texture folder) to add some pizzaz to the Very Vanilla layer.

Here are the rest of the details:

Stamps: Holy Triptych, Small Script
Paper: Sage Shadow, Very Vanilla, So Saffron, Basic Grey dp
Ink: Timber Brown Stazon, Sage Shadow, So Saffron, Blush Blossom
Accessories: Cuttlebug (texture folder), blender pen, Stickles, scallop oval punch, coluzzle,paper piercer

Flowers, Boxes, and Crayons!

I stayed home with my daughter, who had a fever. It was a dreary, foggy, damp day — perfect for stamping, right?! You got it!! I started out by checking out Beth’s (aka showmestamper) Try a New Technique Challenge. Sometimes I’m intimidated by them, but today’s seemed easy enough – make a nugget box with a clear sleeve, to display the goodies inside. I’ve never made one before, but Beth shared great links and the super-helpful tutorial, so I figured I’d dive right in. They are always so cute when other people make them!!

Keep in mind that this is my first ever nugget box – so bear with me! I seem to be completely inept at measuring correctly to score the folds for the sleeve. To help cover my goofs, I ran the acetate through my Cuttlebug (which is hard to see in the picture). I can’t hide the fact that I am so silly I put my belly band on the wrong way — duh. Oh well! It is hard to tell in this picture, but I stamped the Lizzie Anne Designs  – Snowflake on the Pretty in Pink cardstock (both sides) before I folded it up into the box shape.

Instead of the suggested Hershey’s Nuggets as filler for my boxes, I used small Primas. Less fattening, less tempting for me to snack on, and longer lasting than chocolate!

I broke out my Glossy Paper for the card. I had forgotten how fun and easy the Crayon Resist Technique is!! Once I made one card, I had to do another! Stamp, highlight, sponge – done! I’ll post the other one I did later in the week!

More details on this card and box:

Stamps: LAD Season’s Greetings, Snowflake
Paper: Pretty in Pink, Garden Green Whisper White, Glossy White, Acetate
Ink: Black Stazon, Garden Green
Accessories: Cuttlebug, word window punch, cricut, pink organdy ribbon, white offray ribbon, pretty in pink eyelets, sponge, white crayon, giga scalloped oval punch, dimensionals
Techniques: nugget box, crayon resist, sponging

More Holiday Cards!

I’ve been meaning to make some Christmas cards for my mother-in-law to send out this year. Today seemed like a good day – since they do need to go in the mail soon! Nothing like leaving things until the last minute, huh?

I’ve been pretty good about working on  mine throughout the year, although I do still have quite a few to make. My little holiday card list has grown quite a bit this year! I’m not complaining – don’t get me wrong. I love to make cards to send to my friends.

I started with five of this card, at right. I stamped one background (French Flair), heat embossed another (French Script), watercolored the image with an aquapainter and Watercolor Wonder Crayons, and heat embossed the tag “frame”. I also did some sponging around the main image layer. The little tag that says “joy” has its own background stamped on it (Linen).

The second set of five I made for her (shown at left) today is essentially exactly the same card. I just used a different image from the Holy Triptych set. Every other detail is just like the other one. 

Here are the details about my supplies:

Stamps: Holy Triptych, French Script, French Flair, Small Script, Linen
Paper: Cranberry Crisp, True Thyme, Sahara Sand, Naturals White
Ink: Cranberry Crisp, True Thyme, Black Stazon
Accessories: silver ep, wwc, aquapainters, key tag punch
Techniques: heat embossing, sponging

Who Doesn’t Love a Quickie?

I love a  card you can make in next to no time – and one layer ones are always the easiest! And now, when I have no fewer than a zillion cards to crank out for the holidays, I really really love a quickie!

I stamped this last night while DH and I watched tv. Cut my Confetti White base in half, used my stamp-a-ma-jig to line up the stamps from the Peace on Earth set, and stamped them in Black Stazon. I watercolred the main image with Bordering Blue and Old Olive reinkers (and a touch of Ruby Red at the top); on the sentiment I colored over the words “a wish”. The whole sentiment reads “starlight, starbright – a wish for peace on earth tonight.” It is one of my all time favorite stamps.

I used a Creamy Caramel ink pad, with the ink pooled in the lid, and an aquapainter to color around the globe. I used a slot punch at the top, and tied a piece of burgundy grosgrain ribbon through it. Oh, and rounded the top corners.

And that is about it! It took me longer to take a picture (not even a great one – sorry!!) and upload it than it did to make it! I have another one similar to this, using a different image. I’ll share it later! 

Happy Thanksgiving (ok, I’m late!)

For those of you that celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope you had a wonderful, relaxing one. My family has one more dinner to attend – tomorrow night.  So here’s to more yumminess, more leftovers, and more food-induced naps!

It’ll be back to cards tomorrow (or maybe Sunday), I promise!!

Holiday Cards are Coming!

Sunday was my 29th birthday. *sob* — my last year in my 20’s! I joke, though. I think I am taking getting older fairly well. My darling DH let me sleep in (well, DD only put up with that until 8:15, and then she HAD to bring me breakfast in bed, which was a slice of plastic pizza she “baked” in her kitchen), and then told me I could spend some time stamping, and he’d do potty-training/pull-up duty! I love you, honey – you are a great husband!

I started my day-of-stamping with the Featured Stamper challenge on SCS. The featured stamper was Shelly, aka papermoon04, who happens to be an incredible stamper! Because I was in the mood to make some holiday cards, I chose her Tre Triptych Wishes card to case. I was just bowled over by her gorgeous original!

I stamped the French Flair background tone-on-tone on the Bordering Blue card base before I used Silver EP to emboss the french Script background. It is kind of hard to see in the picture, but it makes for a really neat effect. And although the embossing looks gold, I assure you it is silver!

I really love the color combo I ended up choosing – Bordering Blue, Vintage Violet, and Elegant Eggplant. The silver accents it so well, and while here it makes for a great holiday card I can see using it for other occasions, like springtime cards. The watercoloring didn’t take too long because the image is fairly simple. Honestly, tying those darn grosgrain ribbons is what took me the longest! I fiddled and faddled until I finally got it right. I settled on tying the different colors together – the knots look so neat!

The deets:

Stamps: French Flair, French Script, Holy Triptych, Baroque Motifs, AYC
Paper: Bordering Blue, Vintage Violet, Elegant Eggplant, Naturals White
Ink: Versamark, Bordering Blue, Black Stazon
Accessories: WWC, Aquapainter, Silver EP, Sakura Glitter Pen (gold), distresser, gg ribbons
Techniques: heat embossing, watercoloring, distressing

Cozy Little Rosy Stockings

Ok, I admit it. I love stockings. They are just so darn cute and iconic! And Lizzie Anne Designs came through in a big way when they created this cute little stamp!! And have I mentioned I love Lizzie Anne Designs stamps???

I am way behind on challenges, so I thought I’d combine the Sketch Challenge and the Color Combination Challenge from this past week to make this cute little card. And shockingly, my DH has been falling all over this one! He really loves it!! (I hope ya’ll can tell how darn proud that makes me!!!!!!!)

It may be hard to see in this picture, but I stamped the Snowflake stamp in Rose Red on the Rose Red cardstock, and then used the Stampin’ Spot to edge that panel. I like the edged effect so much I did it to all the other panels! I colored the stockings with my Rose Red marker. The middle one I drew a plaid design on after I colored it — it is too cute irl. I did something a little different with the sentiment oval. I stamped “Happy Holidays” once in Rose Red, and then off centered it a bit and stamped it again in Black Stazon.

Thanks for stopping by — I hope you have a wonderful day!

The Deets:

Stamps: LAD Happy Holidays, Snowflake
Paper: Kraft, Rose Red, Whisper White, Basic Grey – Figgy Pudding
Ink: Black Stazon
Accessories: Rose Red marker, Black brads, sponge, small and large oval punches
Techniques: sponging

New Stamps…For Free!!!

Guess who got free goodies in the mail this week?? Me, that’s who! Ok, so did every other Stampin Up demo…but I’m still thrilled! It was so nice of them to send us all new stamps for free. The set, called “Time Well Spent” will be a Level Three hostess set in the new catalog, which will be released January 1, 2008.  Can’t wait!

I used Beate’s always fabulous Weekend Sketch Challenge for this card. I’m still not sure I’m totally in love with the way it turned out, but I do like it.

My dp is Daisy D’s – I ran it through my Cuttlebug (used the textured folder) and then sanded it. To darken the bright white result, I sponged it with Close to Cocoa. The flower was stamped twice on Confetti Cream and watercolored using an aquapainter and Watercolor Wonder Crayons. The flower center is a creamy brown teeny tiny button, tied on with linen thread.

More interesting details:

Stamps: Time Well Spent, $1 acrylic stamp sentiment
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Ruby Red, Creamy Caramel, Confetti Cream, Daisy D’s dp
Ink: Timber Brown Stazon, Old Olive
Accessories: wwc, aquapainter, button ,linen thread, small and large oval punches

A Mini Vacation!!

I’m off to a conference this morning, and am dragging DH with me. DD is staying with his mom, so it is like a min-vacation! We are so excited!!! I just got my laptop back a little bit ago, so I was unable to post a new card or stamp set sale update – but I will as soon as I return this weekend! Everyone take care, and check back in soon!!!

Keep an eye out…

For more stamp sets on sale! I’m planning to update the list tomorrow morning. I would do it tonight, but my silly power cord to my laptop has died a horrible death. I’m not sure I have enough battery power to do it!

Popcorn and Flowers

I have not stamped in TWO WEEKS!! Yes, you read that right – two whole long weeks. Work has been beyond busy, poor little DD has been so sick with sinus nasties, we had to squeeze some trick-or-treating in there….it’s just been one thing after another. I was thrilled to get some time this weekend to be with my craft room! But of course, when I sat down, there were no creative thoughts – go figure! I checked out Saturday’s Insipiration Challenge  over at SCS to help get me going. Karen always unearths the coolest stuff!

I strayed kind of far from the inspiration piece, I think. But that’s ok – I love the simple little card I ended up with! My focal images are covered in 2 coats of Clear EP; I heated them enough to get the WW to turn up a bit, and only put one dimensional in the center of them – that way they curl slightly like petals of a flower. On the textured white panle, I used my mat pack and paper piercer to punch little holes, and then faux-stitched with a marker.  Too easy!

I stamped images from the Big Pieces set all over the dp (Popcorn Balls by Basic Grey), to add even more chaos to it!

While I worked on this card, DD was busy sharing popcorn with me and coloring pictures of Shrek. We had a lovely afternoon doing crafty things together!

A bit more info on this card:

Stamps: Baroque Motifs, Big Pieces
Paper: Bordering Blue, Ruby Red, Bazzill textured white, Whisper White, Basic Grey Popcorn Balls dp
Ink: Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel
Accessories: SU Markers – Old Olive, Ruby Red, So Saffron, Brocade Blue, Close to Cocoa; clear ep, silver brads, paper piercer & mat pack; corner rounder; dimensionals

Live and Laugh!

Sorry for the lack of updates – it has been just plain crazy busy lately, and it hasn’t left me much time for stamping. Hopefully I can get all caught up this weekend!!!

I made this card a couple of weeks ago. I based it on the Sketch Challenge. I was excited that I remembered to bust out a PapertreyInk set that I never use — the new organizational redo of my craft room is really working for me!!

I used DCWV Far East dp, and my Butterfly Kisses set from Papertrey Ink. The butterfly was done in several steps: 1. Stamped outline in Timber Brown Stazon 2. Inked up the solid middle stamp and kissed it to another one, resulting in a *lined* effect 3. Stamped the small swirls butterfly in another color 4. Colored with my Sakura glitter pen to bring out color an highlighted the *lined* effect. I used my bone folder to curl the wings, and just adhered the middle to the panel.

Here are some details about it:
Stamps: Butterfly Kisses – PTI; $1 clear stamps
Paper: Always Artichoke, Naturals Ivory, Mellow Moss, Kraft, DCWV Far East DP
Ink: Timber Brown Stazon, Bravo Burgundy, Always Artichoke, Close to Cocoa
Accessories: Sakura glitter pen, Word Window Punch, Primas, SU brads, corner slot punch