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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Love the Shimmer Paint!

Hi All, I really like the simplicity of this card - however, it wasn't that simple ;-) Not so much hard, just a little time consuming, and YES, those of you who check my blog, this IS one of the Stamp-a-stack cards we will be making on Dec 5th.

You can't tell how 'shimmery' it is in the photo but trust me, it is. I used the new Stampin' UP! Frost Shimmer paint mixed in alcohol (and yes, that's 'rubbing alcohol' ;-), spritzed onto the green card stock then used the heat tool to dry it. Then I ran it through the BigShot using a texture plate. Next I used versamark for the pine trees and white embossing powder. Make sure to press down hard since you are stamping on a textured/dry embossed cardstock.

To make the ornament punch out I stamped the image on white cardstock, then patted my versamark pad over the image, applied Irridescent ice embossing powder and set it with the heat tool.  After it cooled off I used the ornament punch to punch it out. LOVE IT. It's much cuter in person ;-)

Materials Used:
Stamp Sets: Patterned Pines, Holiday Best (both are hostess sets -sorry)
Paper: Real Red, Whisper White, Glorious Green
Accessories used: Ticket Corner punch, Big Shot, Texture Plate, Frost Shimmer Paint, Heat tool, Versamark, White embossing powder, Ornament punch, Irridescent Ice embossing powder, 1" Real Red stiched grosgrain ribbon

Dasher Holiday Card

Hi Everyone. Ok, I have cased a card a time or two, however, never this bad - ha. I generally change it up quite a bit. Well, this one is from a Stampin' UP! Wow DVD that is available to demonstrators. I think the Demonstrator's name on the video is Mary Ellis (I will double check when I get my DVD out again). The technique I was learning was how to make the sun and the snow mound for the reindeer to stand on.

To make the sun, simply punch out a 1 3/8" circle in a post-it note. Place the post-it note with the circle punched out of it on your card. Use a dauber and apply More Mustard ink in circular motions around the inside of the circle making sure to make the ink a little darker on the bottom for shading.

To make the snow mound for the reindeer to stand on simply tear a regular piece of paper and place it at the hooves of the reindeer. (you will need to 'mask' the sun, so using the circle that was punched out of the post-it note earlier place that circle over the sun to cover it. You can use a little dotto to help hold the circle in place.)  Next, using a sponge (not a dauber) dab the sponge in Bashful Blue ink and in circular motion go over the entire sky area clear down to the torn paper that will be making the mound. As you get lower to the ground (paper mound) make the ink a little darker) When you pull the paper away you will have a white mound. I then took my two-way glue and traced the outline top of the mound then sprinkled it with Dazzling Diamonds. This is really EASY. Just practice a couple of times. And for those of you attending my Holiday Stamp-a-Stack on Dec 5th, this is not one of the cards we'll be making. I wasn't sure it was what you all would want to make several of. If you want me to show you how to do it on the 5th I would be more than happy to.
Happy Stamping!!!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Christmas Card for Stamp-a-Stack

Hi All, Hopefully everyone is "stuffed" and has enjoyed a day with family, food, and friends. After my 2 hour nap ;-)  I was totally in the mood to work on cards for my upcoming Holiday Stamp-a-Stack. I normally don't show people ahead of time but I have 5 designs and will only show one or two of them before the event, which is coming up - Dec 5th. I'm quite excited. I always love this time of year and getting together with my stamping friends.

Materials used:
Stamp Sets: Berry Christmas, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Cardstock: Whisper white, Old Olive, Read Red
Ink: Old Olive, Real Red
Accessories: Snowflake embossing folder (from cuttlebug), BigShot, Ornament Punch, Word Window Punch, Modern Label Punch, brads, ribbon.
Card base - standard size
Old Olive: 5-3/8 x 4- 1/8
White: 5-1/4 x 4 (this is the layer I embossed)
White: 4-3/4 x 2-7/8
Red: 4-5/8 x 2-3/4

Monday, November 23, 2009

Extravaganza SALE

WOW - Great Deals this week up to 50% off. Visit my Stampin' UP! Website for more details.

You can place your order online, or give me a call/email and I will place it for you. You will find TONS of great deals. Stampin' Up! has even put some special BUNDLE packages together.

Look at all the deals by clicking on the icon - link to the left.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

I CAN'T WAIT for you to KNOW.....

OMG....Just Wait!!! I can't tell you yet, but I can guarantee you are going to LOVE the new products from Stampin' UP! I'm not allowed to tell yet, but I was soooo excited to see them. The Occassions Mini, which starts in January, and the Sale-a-Bration promotion (everyone's FAVORITE time of year to host a workshop!!!) are BOTH Fantastic!  Last year I was a little disappointed in the Sale-a-Bration catalog, not the case this year - WOW....Watch for more details because as soon as I'm allowed to post the information you will find it here. Just know, if it wasn't great, I wouldn't be mentioning it. Stampin' UP! has some incredible new products and awesome promotions for 2010....STAY TUNED

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Holiday Gift Card Holder

Hi Everyone. It has been way too long since I've been out here with stampin' news! Well, today I made a fun Holiday Gift Card Holder. Everyone gives gift cards these days, I know I love them !, and this is a cute fun way to give them. They're easy to make. Inside I include a mini 3x3 notecard on one side and the gift card on the other.
Start with a 10" x 6" piece of designer paper. (I've used the Holiday Lounge DSP - I love this paper!)

Score 2" up from the bottom; fold the 2" up to make the pocket on the inside.

Supplies used:
Holiday Lounge DSP
Delightful Decorations stamp set
Ornament Punch.
Modern Label Punch
Word Window Punch
Corner Rounder Punch
Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set
Iridescent Ice embossing powder
Silver Elastic cord (found in the Holiday Mini)
White Taffeta Ribbon

If you have any questions please feel free to leave a post or email me.
Enjoy and Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Just saying HOWDY and introducing my new granddaughter

Wow I haven't been to my blog in DAYS...I've been busy with crafting events. Last Friday night I had a techniques class. This coming Saturday I'm in a craft show so I've been quite busy trying to prepare for that. I'll take pics while I'm there and post them.
But the best news is my new granddaughter, Gabriella, she's a doll. She was born in Colorado on Nov 6th. She joins two grandsons that I have, Timothy & Johnny. My daughter Tiffany is pregnant with her second child. Soon I will be a grandma of 4. They add up quick ;-)

Its true what they say, grandkids get away with stuff that their parents never did - ha. My two grandsons, Timothy is 3 and Johnny is 18mos and they definitely get to do things that I would never have let their moms ;-)

I will need to start her scrapbook soon.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Supposed to be getting ready for Techniques class

Hi Stampers, well, I am supposed to be getting ready for a Techniques class I'm having on Friday. I got side-tracked! I made some way cute Fancy Favor boxes - crud - I should have taken a picture of them. I will tomorrow. I put up all my camera stuff. But in addition to playing with some fun new Big Shot dies I was in the mood to make a couple of cards. I made one "Sharing in Your Sorrow" and one "Thanksgiving" card. I am going to be in a craft show in my town on Nov 14th so I'm sure these two cards will end up at the craft show.

Also, I know we are taught "oh it's ok to leave the inside of the cards blank. That gives people a place to write" well, I'm finding that isn't necessarily true. I have a few things in a shop in Illinois and the owner was getting feedback that I needed to put something on the inside of the card as well as the outside. So, I spent a great deal of time pre-cutting a bunch of Whisper White and Very Vanilla cardstock down to fit the inside of a bunch of cards I made. You know, it DOES look MUCH better and gives a much better appearance. Thanks Barbara and Jo - you two ROCK.

I did decorate the inside of this card but the picture didn't turn out so great so I didn't post it.  Surprisingly I used several stamp sets on this card. Harvest Home, Autumn Harvest, Autumn Splendor, and Falling Leaves. I stamped the images in black and then used the Pastels to color.