Christmas Bellas for Everyone!

Meet Christmatini. Cute, huh? I often wished I was having as much fun over the holidays as she appearred to be having! I made my stepmother a gift set of ten cards usings Cosmobella and gave them to her Christmas Eve. She loved them! I’ve really taken a shine to the Bold Brights colors paired with black and white dp on a neutral base. I made several people sets similar to this.

My card base is Confetti White, and my Bold Bright cardstock layer is Green Galore. My b/w dp is from a Hobby Lobby slab by Scrapworks. I ticket punched the corners of the panel with Christmatini (aka Cosmobella) on it. She is colored with Bold Bright SU Markers, and I sponged Pixie Pink around the edges. I added bold colored Primas, anchored by SU black brads. On the opposite side, I used the large and small oval punches to add a sentiment from one of the All Year Cheer sets (II, maybe??). The black oval is Bazzill textured cardstock.

Here she is on different background dp. I think the two cards have a totally different feel – probably because on dp is a darker one, and the other is lighter (I’m a genius, I know!). I kind of like the darker one better, but that’s just my humble opinion. The nifty hot pink organdy ribbon with black polka dots does show up better on this version, though. And the black large oval, too.  So it does have it merits! Here is the fine print for both of these cards:
Stamps: Cosmobella, AYC
Paper: Confetti White, Green Galore, Scrapworks dp
Ink: Black Stazon, Pixie Pink
Accessories: organdy ribbon, ticket corner punch, large and small oval punches,primas, black brads, sponge, su markers
Techniques: sponging

And finally for today, I’ll share the bella cards I made for my mom. For her I used Winobella, since she is a wine drinker (I know you are nodding your head in agreement, Mom – even though you are laid up with a broken wrist!! Hope you are feeling better!). Same concept and colors as the other cards, but no primas or sentiment. I liked these just the way they were, and resisted the urge to keep adding. All of the fine print for these cards is exactly the same as listed above – just minus a couple of things!

Wanna go fishin’?

This card is all my friend Helen’s fault, although she doesn’t know it. You see, she was bold enough to use YoYo Yellow on this fabo card she posted on her blog, All Things Stampy. And whoa did I ever think the card was awesome, which shocked me because I HATE YoYo Yellow. So I decided to “respond” to the challenge she doesn’t even know she issued (haha) by taking another look at that awful yellow.

I wasn’t brave enough to make the base out of yellow, so I just did one layer. But paired with this cheery dp I found in my stash and some Green Galore, it isn’t so bad! I colored her boots and overalls with a Marvelous Marker (YoYo Yellow) and trimmed it with Green Galore.

This set of cards (12 in all) is for my mom, who has taken up fishing. She will love the cheery colors. And since she likes to have personalized cards, I used my Round Tab Punch to add the first letter of her last name to the card. This card was a cinch to put together – super simple layout, threw on a piece of yellow ribbon, stapled on the tab…and voila! A gift set!

Stamps: Staceyfishabella, whimsical alpha upper (SU)
Paper: confetti cream, yoyo yellow, green galore, random dp
Ink: black stazon, green galore
Accessories: su markers, round tab punch, staples, ribbon,

Coasters were everywhere…and I found a SALE!!!

I made about a zillion of these for Christmas gifts, and managed to give them all away except these last ten before I remembered to take a picture. Go figure! Each set had 20 coasters, and there were four *edge* colors – Only Orange, Pink Passion, Green Galore, and YoYo Yellow. Here, I just have 10 of the Pink Passion ones. The coasters are just the plain chipboard coasters – designed with the idea of being disposable. To help with the after-gathering clean up!

I stamped the $1 margarita stamp on the coaster with Black Stazon, and colored it with my SU markers. I used Stampin Spots to do the edges. This was totally I super simple project – I even took them into work and worked on them during my lunch hour.

Happily, they were a smashing success. DH took a set to use for his office *Greedy Santa*, and the coasters were fought over! I’m so flattered!!
I also gave a set to a friend that just bought a houseboat, so she thought they were great. Both of my SIL’s got a set, as did my stepmother and future SIL. My mom got a set using stamps from Do the Hula and Beautiful Beach, but I forgot to take pics.

I made these for a friend of my husband’s. I stamped the cup in Timber Brown Stazon, the steam in Jet Black Stazon, and the bean and sentiment are in the brown stazon. The coasters are edged in Close to Cocoa and Creamy Caramel. I love love this Like it a Latte set — I think I will make some “New Year’s Happy Wishes” cards with them. It is such a fun set! I’ll probably do some Valentine’s Day cards with them too.

I did treat myself to some Lizzie Anne Designs and Inkadinkadoo stamps today, which I am planning to use for Valentine’s too. Want to know where I go them? Lindsey, aka Jacksonbelle, is having a sale over at her store, Jacksonbelle’s Embellishments. Almost everything is on sale — go get some stuff!

Here are the details for both sets of coasters:

Stamps: Like it a Latte; Mike’s $1 Margarita stamp
Ink: Timber Brown and Jet Black Stazon; Pink Passion

Figgy Gift Cards

Sorry for the delay in posting – it’s been crazy getting ready for the holidays! DH and I went on a gift card buying spree this weekend, to send to family members that are spread all over the country. I knew I wanted to put them in some sort of cute little holder. Well, when I saw this , by MaryAnnDOLN, in the gallery, I just knew I had to case it!! I just love the idea of little criss-cross cards for holding gift cards! How genius is she???? Thanks for letting borrow your inspiration, Mary Ann!

My cards were done using the criss-cross tutorial on SCS, I just shrunk my measurements to about 3″ x 4″ for the “pocket” part. So instead of a piece that was 4 .25″ x 11 for the long panel, mine were 3″ x 8″. I scored it at 4″. I’ve never done these cards before, but I’ve been drooling over them forever. They are super easy, and the end result is phenomenal!!

I didn’t do the belly band for them, because we lost power the afternoon that I was working on them, and my toddler got antsy. So my crafting time was cut a bit short (at least I got it, though!) But I love love love love this Figgy Pudding dp, so leaving them off wasn’t a terrible decision, imo 🙂

These are so fun! I’ll definitely be making more from now on!

Dazzling Diamond Dust

What fun! I’m guest hosting the Try a New Technique challenge for Beth today on SCS. I still have some holiday cards left to make, so I wanted to do something that would help me on that quest. And Dazzling Diamond Dust fit perfectly!

If you could see this card up close and personal, you would be drooling over all the glitter and shimmer on it! It was overcast, rainy, and super windy all weekend at my house, so I just could not get the right light to make it shine — but I tried (I must have taken a million pictures, I swear).

Beate did an aweosme tutorial for this – but aren’t her tutorials always fantabulous? It is super easy to follow, the pics are great. I went kind of crazy on this card – I used the technique on my huge main panel, the popped up star, and the small oval sentiment, too. I wasn’t exaggerating when I said I loved some glitter and sparkle!

I hand stitched my large panel on using a combination of three colors of thread – an olive color, a dark brown, and a goldish yellow for an accent. My dp is Figgy Pudding by Basic Grey. Yum, yum, yum. I cannot get enough of all things Basic Grey lately. They come out with the most delicious patterns!

If you have a chance, make a card for the challenge! I’d love to see it!

Here are the details of my card:

Stamps: Solemn Stillness, Happy Holidays (LAD)
Paper: Cranberry Crisp, True Thyme, Glossy White, Basic Grey Figgy Pudding
Ink: True Thyme, Cranberry Crisp, So Saffron, Versamark
Accessories: Iridescent Ice ep, small & large ocal punches, thread, paper piercer/mat pack, ticket corner punch
Techniques: Dazzling Diamond Dust, handstitching

A Monochromatic Challenge

Today’s Ways to Use It Challenge, hosted by Julia S, is to make a card using a monchromatic color scheme. I so love to do this!! I’m also rather overwhelmed making gifts for people for the holidays, so I thought I would take this opportunity to sit down, relax, and break out a brand new set of stamps. This one is called Embrace Life, and it will be in the new catalog that Stampin’ Up is releasing January 1st.

I really tried hard to go back to the basics with this card, and focus on the paper, the stamps, and the ink. Not so much the embellishments and glitzy stuff. Rarely do I absolutely love one of my cards, by I truly *heart* this one!! So simple and lovely, I think!

I chose the warm reds as my monochromatic scheme. My image panels are both Confetti Cream – I ran the larger one through the Cuttlebug and then ran my Cameo Coral ink pad over the raised parts. Then I sponged some Cranberry Crisp on it. I also sponged the life out of all the other pieces!!It is hard to tell in the picture, but there is tons of depth to this card.

As a bonus (for me) this card also uses this week’s Sketch Challenge, which was posted yesterday. I love to combine challenges! The fine print for this card is listed below. Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Embrace Life
Paper: Cranberry Crisp, Ruby Red, cameo Coral, Confetti Cream
Ink: Ruby Red, Cranberry Crisp, Cameo Coral
Accessories: thread, paper piercer/mat pack, cuttlebug, large oval punch, aquapainter, WWC
Techniques: dtp, sponging, handstitching

Fun Holiday Projects

As the holidays get closer, I always find myself out of everything – time, money, gift bags — all of it! I’m constantly searching for fun new ideas that are easy and heartfelt. You know, things I can do on the cheap(er), but are filled with love and care!

Well, ya’ll just have to check this out: the gals at Lizzie Anne Designs have put up the CUTEST holiday projects! This one, a Hot Cocoa kit, is featured on Tricia’s blog, Letters from Lizzie, today. I’m planning to cheat a bit and put some Godiva Cocoa mix in mine, instead of homemade. I’m betting people won’t mind too much, lol!

Go over to their website and check out the other holiday projects — they are so cute!!