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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

A Gorgeous Grunge Get Well Masking Tape Technique

Gorgeous Grunge is one of my favorite stamp sets this year.  I've had a lot of fun playing with it and I've seen lots of beautiful and fun cards made using it too. This card was made by Nancy from Terri's down line.   

The instructions for the Masking Tape Technique can be found here.  It's an easy technique to do but a bit messy.  I should wear rubber gloves but I don't!!!  Just be mindful that your fingers may have ink on them before touching your work.

We have no big plans for New Year's eve.  A pretty mellow night for the two of us.  I have plans on sitting on the couch and spending some time with my computer doing a little bit of work and then surfing Pinterest till the new year is rung in!!!  I can spend hours upon hours on Pinterest.  I should really be spending some time playing with the things I find on there!!!  Maybe in 2014!

I wish you all a VERY Happy New Year and stop back in 2014!

Monday, December 30, 2013

Masculine Card Using Starburst Technique

Today's card came from a swap I participated in at Terri's last Technique Night.  Tanya is the creator of this beautiful card.  One can never have enough masculine cards!

This is a very fun technique to do but only if you are making a few cards.  It gets to be long and tedious when you have to make a lot of them but in the long run they are SO worth it.

You can find the instructions for this technique here.  

This post is short and sweet today!!  I don't know much about the materials made to bring this card into being, sorry!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Gift of Kindness Masking Tape Technique

This is a card made by Shelly from Terri's down line.  I had gotten in on the "Masking Tape Technique" swap and had a great time doing it.  You can see the card I made for the swap here.   I love it when I have time to get in on these swaps.  There is a multitude of talents in that group!  And a very friendly group too!  I love going there!

Ok, today's card is made by using the "Gift of Kindness" set.  This set was on my wishlist but only because I LOVED all the words that went with it, not so much the flower.  

The base of the card is made using Old Olive.  The decorative paper is from the "Season of Style" Designer Series Paper Stack. Cherry Cobbler was used for the Framelit part and Whisper White was used for the focal piece.  

My photo didn't turn out so well, the bottom masking tape color is Soft Suede, here it looks like a dirty olive color.  Then Old Olive was used and the top strip it looks like it's Crumb Cake.  Though I think you could get by "stamping off" using the Soft Suede strip again.  

It's such a pretty and cheery looking card!  

Now I'm off to warm my hands up and do some of my own stamping!  It's -7 here in Minnesota and I'm freezing!!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Wetlands Masculine Card

Today I am going to share a masculine card I just made.  This card didn't go in the direction I had first planned but I do like how it turned out.  I tried to stay away from buttons and bows and yet make it look nice.  I think I accomplished that.

First I used the Soft Sky ink pad and the Aqua painter.  Then I used the Soft Suede ink pad and the Aqua painter on Whisper White card stock.  Once it dried I stamped the birds from the "Wetlands" set using black StazOn.

I used the decorative papers from the Designer packs.  Those packs have a lot of paper in them and I've hardly put a dent in them!!!

I cut the back panels 4" x 1-3/4" and the Chocolate Chip layer behind them is cut 1/8" larger.  The bird panel is cut 3" x 2-1/8" and the Chocolate Chip layer is cut 1/8" larger.  It is set in place on top of the two other layers using Dimensionals.  It's a pretty easy and quick card to make.  I think it could be used not only for a Birthday Card but also for a Father's Day card and even a masculine Get Well card.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Friday, December 27, 2013

Blooming with Kindness Birthday Card

With Christmas behind me, I thought I would try to get a jump on my birthday and misc. cards I am going to need throughout 2014.  Doesn't that sound funny?  2014???  WOW!  

Today I just thought I would make a simple card.  And believe me, this was simple.  I used Real Red, Basic Black and Whisper White card stock.  

I used Real Red ink for the flower.  And the words were printed from my computer.  I like to run off a page of them to have on hand for when I am in a pinch and want to make a quick card.  You can buy the download for those words plus 9 other greetings.  You can print out as many as you like, though there are 24 greetings on each page, so one page will last a while.  And they can be punched out with the 1-1/4" circle punch or the oval punch.  

I actually tore the Basic Black card stock just under the word part.  I have not made a card with torn paper in a very long time.  

I used the Dotted folder on the Real Red card stock to give the bottom panel some texture.  Wouldn't this be a pretty Valentine's Day card too?  

One card down MANY more to go.  I need some masculine ones for January!  

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Sir Windchill Beaded Pin

Today I am going to share with you the beaded snowman I designed.  I had a lot of fun making him and he is not that hard to make.  It does help to know how to do a Cubic Right Angle Weave (CRAW).  You have to really think 3-D when you are doing it but once you get the hang of it it goes really fast.  

I had made about a dozen of these for the craft sale.  And I've made a few more since.  I have a few finished ones I will be putting in the web store too but today it's just the pattern for sale.  You can purchase it in my web store.  The snowman measures approximately 1-3/4" tall by 7/8" wide (at the bottom body part).

I wanted to share my creation with you.  It's a little break from stamping.  Sometimes we ju

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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to you and yours!  As I usually do for my Christmas day post I share with you the card I sent out.  I had a wonderful photo opportunity last March during a huge wet heavy snowfall.  I went out the next beautifully bright morning and took some photos of the heavy laden snow.  I have a pretty solar powered candle on a shepherd's hook that just caught my eye.  I had taken several photos and when I saw them on my computer I knew that this was the card I wanted to use for our yearly Christmas card.  I normally make a snowman card but the beauty of the snow on everything in this photo convinced me that the snowman can wait a year!  I'm sure we'll get more wet snowman snow!  It usually comes at the end of winter here in Minnesota.

I wish you all a VERY Merry Christmas.  Have a wonderful holiday filled with fond memories (to scrap!).

Merry Christmas,

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Snow Day Winter Card

This is one of those cards you don't define as a Christmas card.  It's more of a "winter" card.  It can be used throughout the month of January as a thank you, a thinking of you or a birthday card.  And of course you can use it as a Christmas card in December!  Or a belated Christmas card!!! LOL

I more or less copied this card from Connie at Inkspired Treasures.  I tend to stalk her blog a lot.  Perhaps it's because I signed up for her emails and I get to see the new items as she posts them!!  There's a few changes to the card but the most of it is very similar to hers.

It's Christmas Eve and I'm off to get a few things done before the afternoon and evening festivities begin.

Have a fun and safe Christmas Eve,

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Starburst Technique

Isn't this card pretty?  Terri made it.  This was the card she used in her demo on the technique. I just LOVE black and white cards.   You can find the directions to this fun technique here.

I just wanted to share a quick card with you today. It's such a busy time of the year.  I'm scrambling to get things done.  Gifts to wrap, baking to do, cleaning and then the snow.  That can stop anytime now.  As much as I LOVE winter, I'm tired of all of this snow!!!  LOL

Okay, I'm off to put a dent in my To Do list!

Have a great day and thank you SO much for visiting today,

Friday, December 20, 2013

Winter Frost Decorative Paper Starburst Technique

Today I am going to share with you the card I made for Tuesday's technique swap.  The swap was to make a card using the "Starburst" technique.

You cut your card stock 4" x 5-1/4" and score one end at 1-3/4".  Then you cut your designer papers at 4" x 1-1/2" and then cut that strip on the diagonal.  Turn one half of that diagonal cut over and you now have 2 different designs for your card.  Repeat that with 3 other designs for a total of 8 different designs.  

Next you will apply adhesive to the entire card above the score mark.  Start in the center and add your wedges.  Work the wedges all around the piece.  Pieces will stick over the edges, it's ok, you will be trimming them off.  

Once you are done, trim the edges around the card.  Add your border, ribbon, embellishments, etc.  

This is a fun and pretty easy technique to do too.  I shouldn't say "pretty easy"  it was easy, I had made 11 of them and after half way through I wasn't having as much fun as I was when I made the first ones.  But I managed to make 11 of them and was SO glad when I had finished them!!  I did like how it turned out though!!

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Mini Elf Kisses

I had made Elf Kisses last year and I spent a little time using punches to make the elves.  I didn't have that kind of time this year so I cheated.  I found a printable one and went with it!!  You can find that here.  

I was able to print out 6 per sheet.  And as far as those mini kisses go.  Well, they are just chocolate chips wrapped up in foil.  Don't use regular foil though, it's too thick to work with. Use the foil that you get in the candy section at Michael's or JoAnn's.  It even looks nicer too.

I just thought little kisses would be cute for a change.  I didn't have to make a lot of these and personally I don't think it would be fun making a lot of them.  I made enough for 6 bags and that was it.  By the time I was done with them I was sick of looking at them!!! LOL  But once I got them bagged and the topper on I was happy again and actually glad I did make them!  They make very fun gifts for the kiddies!

And you can see the elf kisses I made last year.  You could combine the two if you want.  Make your elves by hand and add the tiny kisses!!!  Be creative!! Click here to view the last years elf kisses.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Snow Day Christmas Ornament

Ok, I know you've been sitting on pins and needles waiting to see what I had put in the snowflake box I made yesterday!  

Some of the gals at the Technique Night check in on my blog from time to time and I didn't want to reveal what I had made until after the exchange so I waited to post it.

So here it is!  Everything on this ornament is made using Stampin' Up! products.  

I have composed a list of all of the materials.  This was a fun ornament to make.  It's got LOTS and LOTS of layers but it was SO worth it!  You can click on the photo for a closer view.

Here is the materials list for this ornament:  Snow Day set, Festive Flurry Set & Die, Frosted Finishes Embellishment, Christmas Messages set, Silver Glitter paper, Candy Dots - colored with a black Sharpie because I didn't have any black ones.  Whisper White and Basic Black card stock, Soft Sky, Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red and White Craft ink.  Natural Composition DSP, White embossing powder.  Thick cardboard from the back of the Winter Frost Specialty DSP.  And some linen thread for hanging.  And you will need a paper punch to make the holes to hang the ornament.  I did use a sponge with the White Craft on it to get the chalkboard effect on the black card stock.

I used 3 layers of the thick cardboard packaging material.  As far as the card stock layers go I used 4 layers and they were all glued, not taped.  You will need to press the glued pieces as you make them so they don't curl up.  It's not as bad as it sounds.  I first cut out my snowman after he was embossed.  Then I glued him to a piece of Whisper White card stock and cut him out again.  I repeated this for a total of 4 layers.  I did the same with the hat and arms.  Each time I finished doing one item I stuck it under a book to press it while I moved on to another part.  For the snowflake I glued two pieces together before I cut them out.  That way I had less gluing to do.  The only card stock that didn't have more than one layer was the Natural Composition paper that looks like wood and the Basic Black card stock.  

When I assembled the ornament I used glue to hold it all together.  I didn't want any lose pieces.  Taping the small arms on the embossed body wasn't going to stick.  So glue is the way to go.  

A tip or two to remember when you are making this.  Once you cut out your thick cardboard pieces, set your snowman and snowflake on top so you can see where to punch the holes.  Punch your holes in the thick cardboard packing material as you layer them.   And I think that about covers it!  Have fun making this.  I sure did!

Thank you for visiting today,

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Envelope Punch Board Festive Flurries Christmas Gift Box

Last night I participated in a Christmas ornament exchange at Terri's Tuesday Technique Night.  I made my ornament and it needed a box.  I was just going to hunt for one around the house when I remembered that I could make one using the "Envelope Punch Board".  I found a great tutorial on how to make a box on the internet.  You can view it here.  I found it a bit confusing at first but only because I keep thinking square.  The paper is cut square but when it's scored it becomes rectangle!  So once I got past that square thing I was able to make my box.  

For my box I used Whisper White card stock.  Then I just decorated it.  The card stock alone was too flimsy to be a sturdy enough box.  But once I embellished it with all sorts of stuff it was pretty firm.  I started out with a Silver Foil Sheet cut down to fit the front as a layer.  Then I added a piece of Whisper White card stock that I had stamped with the largest image from the "Fabulous Flourishes" set.  I used the new Smoky Slate ink and stamped off once.  Then I added 3 snowflakes that were made using the Smoky Slate ink, the silver glitter paper and Dimensionals.  Then I punched out 3 different size circles using the silver glitter paper and put them in the center of the snowflakes and all over the front.  

For the thin sides of the box I just added a little strip of the Silver Foil paper.  On the back I cut triangles of the Silver Foil paper and layered a piece of Whisper White (cut in a triangle as well) on top of that.  

For the closure on the back I just made another snowflake like I did in the front and placed it on the back so the tip of the envelope looking part of the box could be kept in place allowing the box to stay closed.  

Now you will have to tune in tomorrow to see what went inside the box!!!  

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Monday, December 16, 2013

Baby's 1st Christmas

Today I am going to share with you an ornament I made for my granddaughter.  I had found an ornament much like this on the internet a while back and I had saved it for this very moment.  I'm not sure if the ornament I found was from last year or a couple of years ago.  I don't have a link to it and I don't know who is the original designer of it.  I do think though that it was a manufactured ornament.  I LOVED it and saved the image.

So I made this for my granddaughter and I thought I would share it with you.

The pea pod is made using polymer clay.  I poked a hole in the end with a wire so I could add beads to a longer wire and insert it in the clay once it was baked.  For me, that was the most difficult part of the ornament because I had trouble getting the wire into the clay without the beads getting gaps in them.  There was nothing to grab onto to hold the wire and I couldn't use a tool because the wire was too thin and it would bend and crimp.  That was not a good thing.  But I finally managed to get it into place and all was well with that part of it.

The baby face is also made from polymer clay.  I tried sculpting it but I am not great at sculpting realistic looking things so after several hours and many attempts I opted for a more whimsical look.  The hat and the blanket are pieces of a knitted glove.  The body part was filled in with some fiberfill and everything was glued into place.  

On the ribbon (and of course it doesn't show in this photo) I ironed on the words "Baby's 1st Christmas".  I used some iron on paper that you can put in your printer.  You print in mirror format so it's backwards on the paper but once it's ironed on it's correct.  I trimmed it very close to the words so I could get it all on the ribbon.  I tied the ribbon on and it was all done.  I did forget to mention that the polymer clay is baked.  I have a toaster oven that is used only for polymer clay.  I'm sure there is years of polymer clay film in that oven.  It can only be used for the clay.  Clay bakes at 257 F and most foods cook higher than that.  When the clay is baked at 275 F it is non toxic but at higher temperatures it isn't.  So that also includes the film inside the oven.  So it's just best to bake only the clay in this oven.  It's a designated oven!!

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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Festive Flurries and Frosted Finishes

Today I thought I would make a Christmas card for my mom.  I wanted to make one using the Frosted Finishes.  I just LOVE those embellishments.  

I wasn't sure where I was going with this card.  I knew what colors I wanted to use and what stamps but I wasn't clear on what was going to happen from there.

My colors here are Marina Mist, Coastal Cabana and Bermuda Bay.  

I took each one of those colors and wet paint brush and swiped it across the center part of my card stock to get a little splash of each one.  While it was drying I worked on the snowflake.  I first cut out a piece of the glitter paper.  Then I stamped the next snowflake using the Marina Mist ink pad but stamping off once.  And with the smaller snowflake I just stamped it directly from the ink pad. I used the dies and cut each one of those out too.

I assembled them using Dimensionals.  After I assembled them I thought the ink on the 3 color splashes was dry enough so I stamped the "Christmas Greetings" from the "Warmth and Wonder" set.  I layered the pieces and that was it.  Now I need to find some verbiage for the inside and it will be ready to give to my mom!

This was a super easy card to make.  I may try to incorporate it into a Valentine's Day card in the near future.

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Friday, December 13, 2013

Holiday Frame Gift

You will need to click on the photo to see a closer view of this beautiful frame stamped art!   Terri designed this and had a class on it last week and I was able to attend it.  I was SO thrilled that I was able to make one of these beautiful frames!  

I can't begin to list all of the Stampin' Up! products that are used to make this frame.  

The background is the silver metallic sheet.  Then the card stock layered piece went on top of that.  There is a piece of the silver glitter paper on top of that and then the squares were added.  

Terri had stations set up and you just went to each one and made your squares.  Then you went to another table to assemble it all.  It was SO fun.  My favorite square is the on the bottom left, the snowman made using buttons.  And then the top center one with the snowflake.  The rest are a tie for 3rd place!!!  I just love the whole frame.  What a wonderful holiday gift, isn't it?

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Calm Christmas

Here is another card from Terri's fun Stamp a Stack.  I did change it just a little bit but it was more for convenience.  

We stamped the dove using Night of Navy ink on top of a piece of Very Vanilla that was cut using the Top Note die.  

Then we stamped the words on a small piece of Very Vanilla using Night of Navy ink and punched them out using the large Oval punch.  I sponged the oval but forgot to sponge the dove piece before I taped it in place.  It sure would have looked nicer if it had been sponged!.  But being the forgetful person I am, ok not so much forgetful but not very observant!  I still like the look of it though!

It's a simple card, easy to make and you can whip up a lot of them in no time if you are making them for your Christmas cards this year.  Speaking of which, I need to get going on mine.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Color Me Christmas Fries

Yup, you read that right.  "Color Me Christmas Fries!".  There's lots of fun things you can do with a fry box!  I saw one someone had posted that had the Christmas Sixlets in them.  How cute was that?  They stood up like fries would in a box.  Though you'd either have to have a smaller fry box or a whole bag of Sixlets to get them to all stand up and not have the box look like you skimped on them.  I just find it easier to fill a sandwich bag with candy and tie it closed.  Then set it in the fry box and allow the candy to settle in the bag and box at the same time.  And this is what you get!  

You can get your free pattern to the fry box right here. It's from Split Coast Stampers so you know it's a pattern you can trust.  It's been tested a lot of times by many stampers!

I made my fry box using Cherry Cobbler card stock.  I found a sample of this fry box at Pink Buckaroo Designs.  

Once the box was put together I added a piece of decorative paper from the "Season of Style" DSP stack.  Because the paper isn't long enough to go around the whole box, I cut it off at the back edge of the sides of the box.  Who looks at the back of the box anyway?  All the fun stuff is on the front!  I glued the DSP on and set it aside to setup while I worked on the tree.

The tree is from the "Color Me Christmas" set.  I stamped the tree using StazOn ink and then colored it in with markers.  I used Old Olive for the tree, Crumb Cake for the trunk and Daffodil Delight for the star.  I didn't color the bulbs in because I was going to use the Candy Dots for the lights.  Before I put the lights on I used the oval die and cut out the tree.  I also glued the oval in place.  I wanted to make sure it wouldn't lift off.  If I had taped it, it may have lifted off because the fry box is not flat.  Once the oval was set up I filled a sandwich bag with candies and I tied the bag off using Baker's Twine and it was all placed inside the box.  As simple as that.  I would LOVE to have the time to make a whole bunch of these for the family for Christmas eve but I need 17 of them!!!  So I think I will be shelving that idea until next year or the year after!!!  LOL

This was a fun project to make.  It's quick too.  But then again I was only making one!

Thank you every so much for visiting today,

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Color Me Christmas Circle Card

Ok, for starters Blogger is giving me a bit of trouble today.  I can not get my images to line up under each other.  And I'm curious as to what this is going to look like once I hit the "publish" icon!  But the main thing is that I got the card done and posted, right?  

Today's card comes to you again from Jenn at  I had found this card by doing a Google search of the "Color Me Christmas" set.  I didn't find it on her blog so that may be why I can't locate it very easy.

And once again I did change the card a bit. I used different decorative paper.  I used what I had on hand.  My paper came from the "Season of Style" DSP stack.  I still have a lot of it left and need to start using it up!

I also added Washi tape to my card.  I also made my card an extended length one too.  I added a piece of Whisper White card stock to the inside panel that I stamped on (before taping it in place).  After the piece was set in place then I added the Washi tape across the inside.  I've used it SO much and still have lots left!!!  That stuff goes a long way! 

The "Deck the Halls" and inside words are from the "Christmas Messages" set. I had not gotten a new Christmas word set in a very long time.  I was due!!!  I used Cherry Cobbler for the words and the card stock is Crumb Cake.  

The reindeer was colored in using markers.

Oh and I added a little silver glitter paper piece to the front with a rhinestone in the center of it.  I used the little flower punch.  I thought it could pass for a tiny snowflake if I put a rhinestone in the center of the glitter paper.  It worked, right?  LOL  Well, it worked for me!

I thought this was a very fun card to make.  I had not played with that die in a long time.  I'm hoping to find more of my stamp images that will fit in that space.  I LOVE making those cards.  It's a nice change.

This was a fun and easy card to make.  

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Monday, December 09, 2013

Color Me Christmas

I have hardly used this "Color Me Christmas" set.  I thought it was so cute (and it is) but I have not played with it much at all.  I've been SO busy playing with all the other sets I have.  And speaking of busy, I haven't even started my Christmas cards!  UGH!  In years past I've usually had them done by now and mailed by the 1st of December.  As the years go on I get later and later and later with them!  Edited 12-10-13: I found the gal who originally made this card.  Her name is Jenn and she has a blog StampwithJen.  But I searched back quite a few posts and didn't find this card on there.  I made it through sometime in her October posts.  But anyway, it came from her blog and I just wanted to share that with you.  

Enough about that.  Today's card comes to you from the internet (of course).  I found the card here.  The original card has a red tag behind the green oval.  I didn't have that die or punch so I had to omit it, which is ok because the card is still cute without it.  

I added a few of the Candy Dots embellishments to the upper right corner.  I just thought that corner could use a little something.

The Washi tape seems to fill the background nicely.  I'm just amazed at how far those rolls of tape go!  I've used them on a lot of cards and some of my stampers have used them too and yet there is still some left on the roll!  I want to use it up before Christmas though.  It would be a first if I do!!!  Wish me luck on that endeavor!  LOL

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Sunday, December 08, 2013

Santa's List Christmas Card

I found this layout on the internet somewhere and I had to reboot my computer and lost the place where I had found it.  So if you know the designer of this card, please let me know.  

I did change the bottom right corner.  The words were from the set and done in an oval along with a scalloped oval.  When I stamped some images of this Santa from my sister's set I didn't stamp any words at all.  Silly me!  I think I was just more interested in stamping the Santa in a few colors that  I would use.

I do like this card and that Santa is just adorable.

The words I used here were from the "Petite Pairs" set.  I used the decorative paper from the "Season of Style" pack.  The Dotted folder was used on the Whisper White background.  

The colors of card stock used here are Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake and Whisper White.  Cherry Cobbler ink was used for Santa and the words.  It's just as simple as that!

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Saturday, December 07, 2013

Wetlands Masculine Card with the Painters Tape Technique

My card today was created by one of the gals in Terri's Technique Night group.  She forgot to add her name to the inside of the card.  Oops!  So I can't give her credit at this time.

She used the Painter's Tape technique for this card.  You can click here to be taken to the post where I have the instructions to do this fun and unique technique.  

The goose image is from the "Wetlands" set.  One of my favorite masculine sets.

The base of this card is Early Espresso and the next layer is a texture piece of Basic Gray.  If you look at the left of the card you can see that I ruined it by touching it right after putting hand lotion on.  UGH!  I may just take my VersaMark pad and add some long grass to the gray card stock to help that mark blend in.  I will wait until tomorrow just in case it soaks in and goes away.  

This is such a pretty card and I hope I find out who made it!

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Friday, December 06, 2013

Frosted Finishes Embellishments Necklace and Earrings

I saw these somewhere on the internet and decided to make a pair for a sweet friend Terri.  I work at The Garden of Beads in Anoka and I bought a couple of feet of chain before I left work on Wednesday.  When I got home I added a jump ring to the Embellishment and put it on the chain.  Then I added jump rings to the ends of the chain and a clasp.

For the earrings I added jump rings to the Embellishment and and attached it to a pair of pierced stud earrings.  I didn't want to do ear wires because I wasn't sure that Terri wore wires. Either way the earrings would be pretty!  After getting it all put together and on the display bust for a photo I wanted to keep them myself!  I still have some embellishments left (I'm a bit of a hoarder when it comes to stuff like that - BUT I'm trying hard to use up my stuff now.  So another pair of earrings and necklace would help use up 3 more pieces!!! LOL  I could probably make one more pair and sell them at next year's craft fair!  That would leave me with one embellishment left!  Hmmm, maybe I can come up with a card for it between now and Christmas!  

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Thursday, December 05, 2013

Warmth & Wonder Christmas Pocket Card

 Today's card was inspired by a card I saw by Wendy at WeeBeeStampin4Fun.  I changed mine a bit.  I didn't have the snowman nor the wording so I found some words in the "Christmas Messages" set and I used the tree from the "Warmth & Wonder" set.  And the words are from the "Petite Pairs" set.

The card stock is Coastal Cabana, Whisper White and Bermuda Bay.

The tree was stamped using Coastal Cabana and Strawberry Slush for the bulbs.  

The wording in the circle was punched out using the 1-1/4" punch.

Then the Coastal Cabana layer was punched out using the 1-3/8" punch and then the Bermuda Bay was punched out with the Circle Scallop punch.

The words on the inside are from the "Christmas Messages" set.  The words on this card are all done using black StazOn.  

I have never made one of these pocket cards before and I though it was a lot of fun!

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Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Joyful Christmas

Today I'm going to share with you another card from Terri's extremely fabulous Stamp A Stack.  

The stamps used here are "Joyful Christmas" and "Music Notes" wheel.

The flower was stamped using black StazOn on Real Red card stock and then cut out.  The leaf was stamped using black StazOn on Garden Green card stock and it was cut out too.

The "Oval Accent" die was used and then the "Music Notes" wheel was used on top of it.  I think my music got a little crooked but the flower hides most of it!  I added 7 pearls in the center of the flower.  

This was a very quick card to make.  Cutting out the flower didn't take very long at all. But I don't think I would make a bunch of these.  I'm SO spoiled by the dies now that I am not a big fan of cutting anymore!

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Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Caught in Crystal Technique Zoo Review

At the last Technique Night that Terri had the group of gals have a card swap from the techniques taught the prior month.  The two techniques last month were the "Caught in Crystal" and the "Painter's Tape".  I actually had time to participate in the swap.  You can see my card here.  I came home with some fabulous cards.  Only one of the gals played with the Caught in Crystal technique.  All of the rest, me included did the Painter's Tape one. 

This card was done by Mary.  Thank you Mary for letting me post your fabulous card on my blog.  It's a bit hard to see but there is Dazzling Diamonds caught in the crystal too.  It's such a pretty card, my photo doesn't do it justice.

This is a fun technique to do.  A bit messy but fun!

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Sunday, December 01, 2013

Festive Flurry Stamps and Die Plus Frosted Finishes Embellishments

WOW, isn't this a beauty?  I found it at the blog of Glenda Calkins.  I did change the bottom word part.  I didn't have the same words she used but in using what I had I made it work!

This card caught my eye on Pinterest and I knew I just had to make it.  I got to play with my silver foil paper and the glitter paper too!  Oh and also the "Frosted Finishes" embellishments.  I also saw somewhere on the net that someone made earrings and a necklace using these embellishments.  I think I'm going to give that a try too (as soon as I find my spool of neck chain!!).  

This was a very fun card to make and it's SO pretty too.

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Friday, November 29, 2013

Warmth & Wonder Festive Flurry

Today I had fun making this wintry card.  I used the snowflake folder, an oval die, the Festive Flurry stamp set and die and the tree from the "Warmth & Wonder" set

The base of my card is Soft Sky.  I think it's such a pretty soft blue color.  It helps me not miss Bashful Blue as much!  I stamped the tree and the snowflake in the Soft Sky too.  

This card was a bit tricky but not too bad.  You need to get the tree lined up in the oval.  The best way to do that is to trace the oval after you have embossed the piece and cut it out.  You can use your Stamp-a-ma-jig to line the tree up inside the oval or just eye it. I eyed it and did pretty well.  

Once the tree was stamped I used some Crystal Effects on a toothpick and dotted it all over the tree.  Then I used Dazzling Diamonds so the tree had some glitz and glam to it!  Then I set the tree part behind the embossed piece. I used Dimensionals to hold it in place and give it a window look.

The snowflake was added using Dimensionals as well.  And I also added some rhinestones to the snowflake so it didn't look so plain.  It's got some sparkle to it now!  

This was fun to make and very easy too!

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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Festive Flurries and Season's of Style Washi Tape

First of all I would like to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving.  I am pre-posting this so I could take the day off to cook and bake and enjoy my family.  I am very thankful for my family and friends.  I'm thankful for all I have.  And I'm thankful for all of you who take your time to stop by and read my ramblings!  Have a wonderful day!

Today I played with the "Festive Flurries" stamp set and die.  I hope this isn't inviting snow to my area!!!  It's cold here but no snow yet.  I LOVE snow but I'm just not ready for it yet.

I used the "Petals a Plenty" embossing folder for the background texture.  Then I added 3 strips of the Christmas "Season of Style" Washi Tape.  I wished I would have added them to the other side of the card.  I think having them on the right makes the card look like it's upside down!!!

Next I stamped the snowflake and used the die to cut it out.  Those dies are wonderful, it sure beats cutting these little guys out by hand.  If I had to do that I would only make one (ever!!!).  The ink color I used here is Pear Pizzazz.  

It's a very simple card to make and colorful too!  I would make more but next time I would put my Washi tape on the left side.  Don't you think it looks like it's upside down?  LOL

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Chock Full of Cheer Christmas Card

Today's card was found at Ruth's Craft with Ruth dot com.

This is a great use of the Washi tape!!  So simple and every so quick too.

The words are from the "Chock Full of Cheer" set.  And the base of the card stock and ink are Cherry Cobbler.

And that is it!  Wow, huh?

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Santa's List Christmas Card

Here is another card from Terri's extremely fun and fabulous Stamp A Stack.  

This is the card that made me fall in love with that stamp set (Santa's List) and it obviously made my sister fall in love with it too because she bought it!  

This was a very easy card to make.  The 3-1/2" circle punch was used on a small piece of Cherry Cobbler card stock.  The Santa was cut out using the 2-1/2" circle die.  He was stamped using Cherry Cobbler ink.  The paper is from the "Seasons of Style" 12" x 12" pack in the mini catalog.

And a Cherry Cobbler 1" ribbon was tied in a knot and set in place using a Dimensional.  And it was all attached to a folded half sheet of Whisper White card stock.

Simple and pretty too!

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Santa's List Christmas Card

My sister came over last night to play in my workroom and she brought her new stamps sets with her!!!  Lucky day for me!!!  I wanted this Santa stamp but I didn't order it.  I had too many other new ones that I will hardly play with.  So as she was doing the things she came over to do I was stamping some Santa images to play with later.  Then it dawned on me that I should look for some samples that I would like to make and see what color of ink I should use on the set.  And then I ran into this card!  I just LOVED it.  I think it's the half doily that really caught my eye.  Well, actually the whole card is wonderful but there are parts of the card that caught my attention the most.  The half doily is one and the dotted paper is the other.  And once it's all put together you get an adorable card!

I found this card here.  And I knew I just HAD to make it.  We didn't have the same word stamp that was used on the original card so my sister suggested we use the one from her new word set.  I don't know the name of that set.  But I do know that Santa came from the "Santa's List" set.  

The base of this card is Chocolate Chip, as well as the ink used.  The Real Red piece is cut 3" x 4-1/4".  The dotted paper is from the "Season of Style" paper pack and was cut at 1-1/4"x 3-3/4".  I clipped from the edge to the center to form the ribbon look.  The paper doily was cut in half and placed behind the red piece.  The Santa was cut out using the 3-1/4" circle die.  The circle was sponged and then taped in place.  Such an easy card to make.  

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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Warmth & Wonder Christmas Card

My card does not come from Pinterest today!  Shocker, I know!!! LOL  I actually thought of one on my own!  And I got to play with the Washi tape again! I just LOVE that stuff.  I hope Stampin' Up! comes out with some for Valentine's Day!

I used the new Gumball Green for the base of my card and the Raspberry Ripple for the accent color.

The first think I did was cut my card stock.  The white measures 3-5/8" x 4-7/8".  Then I added the Washi tape.  The images were stamped on next and that was it.  It's a super easy and quick card to make.

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Flowering Flourishes Festive Flurry Snowflake Card

Today I found a fun and beautiful snowflake card.  I thought it was just stunning.  You can see the original card here.  I was at Terri's Stamp-a-Stack and it was on her display boards from swaps that she had participated in.  

You need a piece of the silver foil paper.  It's so shiny!  And you will need some Whisper White card stock.  

The Flowering Flourishes set was used to make the beautiful Flourish which was stamped using the Smok Slate ink pad and stamped off once.  Straight from the pad is just too dark.

Then the snowflakes were done using the Festive Furry set and the dies.  You also need a piece of the silver glitter paper.  I am not overly fond of the star in the center and I wish I would have just laid it on the center of the snowflake first so I could see how it looked before setting it in place (crooked).  I think I would have added a larger glittered circle instead.  

The layered piece was set in place using Dimensionals  Oh and that piece measures 4-1/4" x 3"  (the white piece).  

The glittered circles are 3/8" circles.

The top snowflake is the second largest in the set.  And the die that is used to cut it out is also the same die used to cut a piece out of the silver glitter paper.  Then the next largest snowflake was used, using the ink directly from the pad.  Unlike the smaller snowflake that used the ink stamped off once.  It's just too dark to use it right from the pad.  I tried that.  Not so pretty!!  

The greetings are from the new  "Endless Wishes" Photopolymer Stamp set.  Those are such fun sets.  Lots of pieces to them and not a lot of money!! Plus you can see where you are stamping it.  

That about covers it all.  So if you are going to make one, try setting a 1/2" glittered circle in the center of the snowflake instead of the star.  

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Friday, November 22, 2013

Winter Frost Designer Bag Weekend Project

I found this fun bag while surfing on Pinterest.  I have spent WAY more time on that site than I planned to!!!  And I know I'm not the only one who can say that!!  But there are fun things on there and I have learned stuff too.  So I guess that makes being on there ok, right?  Can you see that I'm trying to get some allies to help me justify the time I spend on Pinterest?  LOL 

This bag was actually very simple to make.  And when I go to make more of them I am going to change the pattern just a little bit.  I am going to make a score line in the middle of the sides and an upside down "V" from corner to corner, meeting in the middle.  I don't care much for bags that sort of form the fold line on the sides.  I like the crisp lines and I like my bag to fold with the score lines.  It has a much cleaner and neater look.  Ok, with that said I will continue!  I added a bit of bling to the bottom corner.  I had made these scored circle things a while back for a card swap and I had an extra one that was just sitting on my counter.  It must have been sitting there for this very reason!!!  See, this is why I never throw out stuff!!  

To close the top of the bag, you punch a couple of holes and tie a bow.  There's lots of other ways you can close the bag too.  I am thinking that my next one may close with Velcro.  That way I could move the rosette looking thing up to the tip of the flap.  Or move the rosette thing down a little below the tip of the bag so that tip fits behind the rosette thing and stays closed that way.  LOTS of options for the closure on the bag.

One tip on the bag.  Watch the video carefully.  You are directed well on the scores and the first cutting but when it comes to cutting the sides you have to remember to leave a little paper on each side so you have something to glue the sides to.  And use glue!  Snail won't stick for long and Sticky Strip is difficult to work with when you are doing long strips.  I don't have a lot of luck with taping long sides of bags like that.  Glue is my fixative of choice here.  Okay, I think that is it!!!  You can find the instructions to make this bag here.  

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Christmas Collectibles Christmas Bulb Card

I was SO excited to share with you this fun bulb card that I had made at Terri's FABULOUS Stamp-a-Stack earlier last week.  We had some VERY fun and pretty cards to make. I had a great time and I'm going to share with you the cards I made.  I posted one on the 15th.  We made 5 different cards (3 of each).  This is the second one I made.

I LOVE Washi tape.  The Season of Style Washi Tape is SO festive.  This tape is extremely easy to use too.  You just cut or rip it off and stick it to your card stock.  It doesn't get much easier than that! 

The bulb is from the "Christmas Collectibles" set.  I stamped the image 3 times.  You punch them out and fold each one in half.  Then you glue or tape the bulbs together.  Then you tape it to the front of the card, just below the last row of Washi tape.  Tie a piece of ribbon and tape that in place above the bulb.  Stamp the words and you are done!  So simple, so quick and SO SO cute!

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Warmth & Wonder Christmas Card

I have made SO many Christmas cards over the years for samples that I think I could actually remove them all from my stash and send them out without having to make an additional card this year!!!  But I won't because I just can't part with them!!! LOL  And besides, I usually make a snowman, take a photo and use that as our Christmas cards.  Which, by the way, I need to get started on!  I don't want to be stuck at the last minute making our cards!  

Today's card comes to you from Sandy at Stamp with Sandy. I had run across this card while looking for something else and I had to add it to my Pinterest board.  I thought it was a fun card.  I did change the background paper because I didn't have the same kind that Sandy used.  Mine came from the "Season of Style" decorative paper stack.  I had a scrap piece sitting on my worktable so I thought I would use it.  It was a bit narrow but it worked and it looks great on this card.  I also changed the Crumb Cake background. I stamped the snowflakes on using Crumb Cake ink instead of VersaMark.  

This was a super easy card to make and it's also cute!

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Envelope Maker Party Popper Weekend Project

I actually accidentally ran across this fun Party Popper while surfing for the Santa card I made yesterday.  I thought I would give this a whirl.  I did like to play with the party popper die that Stampin' Up! use to sell but this is a great replacement.  I get to use the envelope punch.  I want to wear that thing out before it retires!!! LOL

I used Soft Sky paper on mine and I used the snowflake paper from the "Winter Frost" paper stack.  And I did layer that decorative paper on top of a piece of Basic Gray card stock.  I had cut the card stock 1-7/8" x 1-3/8" and I cut the decorative paper 1/8" less on two sides.  I added some pearls all around the piece and I called it done!  My plan was to put a die cut snowflake on it but I just went with the pearls instead.  

You can find the directions for this fun party popper here at LibbyStamps.   There is a video and written instructions.  I much prefer the written instructions.  I find that the videos tend to waste more time.  I don't care much for watching people cut or score or even embellish.  Just show me the finished product, the instructions with measurements and let me play!  I can cut and score and embellish without having to see that being done!  Just the basics is all I really need in a video.  So when I see that the designer has written instructions too I tend to go there instead!  Anyway, have fun making these!

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Color Me Christmas Christmas Card

I'm not sure why I bought this stamp set.  Maybe because it had a cutesie look to it!  I'm not sure.  But I have it and I need to make some cards with it.  

While surfing for some inspiration I ran a cross a card that looked much like this!  I say "much like this" because I had to change a couple of things on it because I didn't have the items.  I changed the ribbon and I changed the words.  The circle is also different. I used a circle punch and the original one was done using the Framelets Circle dies.  I don't have those yet.  I do have an older set of them but they are not Stampin' Up! and they don't have any of the same sizes in them.  So odd!  

I do like how the card turned out.  It's festive and fun!

The original card was made by Wendy Aungst.  I could not find her web site to link to it.  I did find the card in the page of cards here if that helps you to see the original!

I could see myself making a bunch of these cards.  As long as the decorative paper from the "Season of Style" pack holds out!!

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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Snow Day Snowman Card

Today's card comes to you from "Stamp with Amy K's" blog.  I bought this set because I LOVE snowmen.  I mean I REALLY do LOVE snowmen!  As many of you know I make at least one every year (providing we have the wet sticky snow to make one - though one very cold year I did bring the snow in the house to warm it up and I made a small snowman - now tell me that isn't LOVE!!! LOL).

Anyway, I am not having as much fun with this set as I thought I would.  So I decided to go on the net for some inspiration.  I did find a card that I totally liked so I thought I would copy it. 

I did change the words at the bottom but for the most part it's exactly like the original card.

The snowman is stamped using Soft Sky and the card stock used here is Soft Sky as well.  And the stamping is done on Whisper White.  I used Cherry Cobbler for the red parts and black StazOn for the darker parts.  The hat was colored in using a marker.  I didn't have the Soft Sky marker (I don't know why I am missing that marker) so I stamped the hat using the Soft Sky ink pad and used a blender pen to remove the ink I didn't want and colored in those areas with the Cherry Cobbler marker.  Missing marker problem solved on this card.

It's an easy card to make and  now I'm off to look for more snowman inspiration.

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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Color Me Christmas Christmas Tree Card

I though it was now time to post some Christmas cards.  I was going to wait a bit longer but I realized that people are starting to look for ideas for their Christmas cards.  I realized that when I was surfing for some Christmas card ideas myself.  

I had run across a card by Amy O'Neill.  I took part of her layout on the background and that was about it.

I liked the embossed "X"'s. I didn't have the same decorative paper she used so I used a piece from the"Season of Style" paper pack. I didn't have the same stamp set she used so I used the tree from the "Color Me Christmas" set.  I didn't have the same color ribbon so I used some red taffeta that I had.  Other than the embossed edges this card doesn't look much like Amy's card at all.  That just proves that you can find inspiration in any card you see.  Pick a part you like from one card (or several cards) and put a card together to create an original card!!  The best of the best!!!

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