Sunday, December 25, 2011

12 Days of Christmas Stockings - Day 12

Merry Christmas!  What a fabulous day, we've spent the day at home spending time together and playing with all our new toys, Aidan has been going none stop.  I hope you've had a great day as well.  So I'm a little late in posting the last stocking of the series since I haven't been on the computer what I wanted to pop on to share this stocking with you since it turned out so well.  The stocking was cut from the Frostwood Lodge designer paper and the cuff, heel, and toe are Early Espresso and was embossed with the houndstooth embossing folder.  Then I added strings of pearls around the edges to make it really shine.  The tree  is Wild Wasabi and was cut with the Stocking accent die and then I used Dazzling Details to highlight the edge of the tree.  The greeting is from the Christmas Lodge stamp set and was stamped with Cherry Cobbler ink and the edges were sponged with Early Espresso ink.  I had a scrap piece of another pattern of DSP that was 1/2" wide and had already been scored with the Simply Scored every 1/4" inch (from another project) so I cut it down to 6" long and created a tiny lolly to add behind a Wild Wasabi button.  I used Early Espresso baker's twine to tie a bow on the front of the button.  This stocking is definately one of my favorite but I couldn't stop adding things to it.

I hope you enjoy the rest of your Christmas, I think I'm going to have an early night tonight since I need to go shopping tomorrow morning (can't believe I've depleted by stash of wrapping paper, etc) before our family arrives tomorrow, definately another fun day ahead.

Take care,

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Saturday, December 24, 2011

12 Days of Christmas Stockings - Day 11

Happy Christmas Eve!  I hope you are enjoying time with you're family, we're just relaxing today and finishing up last minute details for tomorrow.  Today's stocking is a fun one, I thought it would be clever to decorate a stocking with a stocking, haha!  The stocking was cut with the Silver Glimmer Paper and the cuff, heel, and toe are Cherry Cobbler cardstock that was embossed with the Snowburst Embossing folder.   The letters are cut with the Timeless Type Junior Alphabet die and Silver Glimmer paper.  The stocking accent was a breeze with the Stocking Builder punch and Early Espresso cardstock.  The cuff, heel, and toe were cut with the same punch and the Frostwood Forest designer paper.  This stocking is so cute and easy to make, Aidan had a blast using this punch.  The sad news is that Stampin' Up! announced this week that they will NOT be carrying over this punch to the next catalog so the punch is only available while supplies last so make sure to get yours now, before you miss out.  I know this punch will definately be staying in the studio, I love it!

Enjoy the rest of your day and have a Merry Christmas!

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Friday, December 23, 2011

12 Days of Christmas Stockings - Day 10

Friday has finally arrived, which means it's my last day of work for the year, yeah!!!  My company has it's Christmas lunch today and Chris and Aidan will be coming in and joining me.  Aidan has been looking forward to the party for weeks, he loves looking at the planes in the hanger and kites in the atrium.  Today's stocking is another fun one, it's started with Early Espresso cardstock that was embossed with the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder and the cuff, heel, and toe are from the Holly Berry Bouquet Speciality Designer paper.  I added a trim of scallops along the cuff with Red Glimmer paper.  Next I used the Stocking accent die to cut out the candy cane and cut out two pieces, one in Whisper White, and another in Red Glimmer Paper.  There are perforated lines on the candy cane so I cut the strips from the Red Glimmer paper piece and glued them to the white candy cane to create the stripes.  The final touch is a bow made from Old Olive 1/8" taffeta ribbon.    Another fun one, I can't seem to stop making these, only two more days to go.  See you tomorrow!
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Thursday, December 22, 2011

12 Days of Christmas Stockings - Day 9

Happy Thursday!  Today is the last day of school for Aidan and he's so excited.  I'm just popping in for a quick post to share todays stocking which is nice and simple.  I used Real Red cardstock for the stocking and embossed it with the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder (yes, I am addicted to embossing, love it!).  The cuff, heel, and toe were cut out of the Holly Berry Bouquet Speciality Designer paper and I love this print since the polka dots are glittered.  The ribbon bow is made with the fabulous Very Vanilla velvet ribbon and I used the Northern Frost decorative strip to cut out a Marina Mist snowflake.  A nice, simple rhinestone was added to the center of the snowflake for a little sparkle.  Enjoy!
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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

12 Days of Christmas Stockings - Day 8

Cheerful good morning greetings!  Only 4 more days to Christmas, I can't wait for some quality family time.  Today's stocking definitely reminds me of pictures I remember seeing as a kid and has lots of layers and texture.  The main stocking is Very Vanilla and embossed with the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder and the cuff, heel, and toe are cut out of Red Glimmer paper (it's no secret how much I love glitter!).  For the decoration I started with a piece of Basic Black cardstock that I ran through the Big Shot with the Decorative Frames oval embossing folder and then cut around the oval with Paper Snips.  The next layer is a piece of Crumb Cake designer paper that was punched out with the decorative label punch.  Then I used the large oval punch to punch out another piece of Red Glimmer paper.  The little boy image was cut out of the Timeless Portrait designer paper and then sponged around the edges with Crumb Cake ink.
The snowflake was cut out with the Northern Frost decorative strip die and sponged with Crumb Cake ink before adding a small Black circle to the center and one of the new extra large halfback pearls (that will be available in January).  I got the idea for this stocking from a gift tag I received from Rufina Ebersol at a retreat I went to in October, I loved it so much check it out here.  Hope you enjoy and see you tomorrow!
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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

12 Days of Christmas Stockings - Day 7

Good evening!  I'm a little late posting today but it's been nonstop all day.  Today's stocking is full of bling and glitz which I love.  I cut the stocking out of Early Espresso Cardstock and the cuff, toe, and heel out of Garden Green Cardstock that was embossed with the Snow Burst embossing folder.   My go-to die for letters, the Timeless Type Junior Alphabet die was used cut the word "Cheer" out of Red Glimmer paper.  The final touch was to add rhinestones to the edges of the cuff, toe, and heel, bling is always a good thing.  Enjoy!
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Monday, December 19, 2011

12 Days of Christmas Stockings - Day 6

Happy Monday!  It's the last work week of the year (I love that my company shuts down the week between Christmas and New Years so we have some fun family time planned).  Today's stocking was a lot of fun to make.  I cut the stocking out of Very Vanilla Cardstock.  Then I used my brayer to apply Cherry Cobbler ink to the inside of my Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, that way, when I ran it through the Big Shot the raised image stayed Vanilla while the rest of cardstock was antiqued with the ink.  The cuff, heel, and toe are Early Espresso and embossed with the Snow Burst embossing folder.   Just like the stocking on Day 1 I cut out the NOEL letters with the Timeless Type Junior Alphabet die, this time using Cherry Cobbler cardstock.  This stocking is so elegant and also is one of my favorite color combinations, especially this time of year.  This is a great technique that can be used on cards, scrapbook papers, 3D items, etc.  Enjoy!
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Sunday, December 18, 2011

12 Days of Christmas Stockings - Day 5

I'm back today with another simple stocking.  This one uses the same Frostwood Lodge designer series paper as yesterday, just another pattern.  This time I used the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing folder with Garden Green cardstock.  The ribbon is Cherry Cobbler 3/8" quilted satin ribbon (I love the feel of this ribbon and will feel sad when it goes away when the Holiday mini catalog ends, I may have to stock up.  I'm really looking forward to hanging out with the boys today and just relaxing and can't believe Christmas is one week from day.  Hope you enjoy your day as well!
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Saturday, December 17, 2011

12 Days of Christmas Stockings - Day 4

Welcome back and I hope you're enjoying the start to your weekend.  I'm so proud of Aidan after his belt test last night, it's always amazing that I seem to more stressed out than he is when he tests.  We're back with another stocking today and this time I used Real Red cardstock for the main part of the stocking that I embossed with the Snow Burst Embossing folder.  The cuff, toe, and heel are made with the Frostwood Lodge designer paper.  The "Joy" letters are cut with Red Glimmer paper (can't get enough of this stuff) with the Timeless Type Junior Alphabet die.  Nice and simple today.  See you again tomorrow!
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Friday, December 16, 2011

12 Days of Christmas Stockings - Day 3

Happy Friday!  I don't know about you but I'm definately glad the work week is almost over.  I'm looking forward to a fun family weekend we have Aidan's belt test tonight, a couple of Christmas parties, and holiday baking which is sure to be fun.  Today's stocking is a classic, it uses the Holly Berry Bouquet Speciality Designer paper and the great thing about this paper is that two prints, including the polka dots is that it's glittery and so pretty in person.  I used the Houndstooth embossing folder on the cuff, toe, and heal.  The holly pieces were cut with the coordinating Stocking Accents Originals Die with Garden Green and Real Red cardstock.  The bow is made with the fabulous Early Espresso 3/8" quilted satin ribbon and a clear rhinestone brad.

I love how this stocking turned out it has lots of layers of texture which really makes it pop.  What will be in store'll have to come back to see.

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

12 Days of Christmas Stockings - Day 2

Welcome back!  What a great day yesterday, Aidan's class had a last minute field trip to ICE!  at the Gaylord National.  He was so excited and couldn't stop talking about all the great ice sculptures to Merry Madagascar.  This field trip was great because he had decided not to go this year and I felt bad since I knew how much fun Aidan had so it was great he got to experience it this year with his friends.  Today's stocking uses the Frostwood Lodge designer paper and Real Red cardstock. The Real Red cuff, heel, and toe were embossed with the Snow Burst embossing folder. I love the embellishments on this stocking, first there are lots of Rhinestones on the edges (who doesn't love a little bling!)  The Wild Wasabi button is from the Holly Bouquet designer buttons and Whisper White baker's twine is threaded through the button holes and tied in a bow.  On each of the bow tails I tied mini jingle bells which are soo cute!

This stocking is so classic but dressed up a notch.  Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you tomorrow.
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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

12 Days of Christmas Stockings - Day 1

Good morning!  When I first saw the holiday mini catalog at convention this summer one of the first things that I saw and knew I had to have was the stocking die for the Big Shot.  I knew I wanted to make lots of stockings to decorate the studio show off how easy these were.  I cut lots of these stockings before we headed to the beach on vacation with every intention of assembling and decorating the stockings at the beach, that was before the hurricane and our evacuation.  I didn't get all the stockings made and am still working on them.    I decided to hold a 12 Days of Christmas stocking event starting today so you'll get to see a new stocking every day.

Today's stocking uses the Holly Bouquet Speciality designer paper, Wild Wasabi cardstock, and Red Glimmer paper.  The Wild Wasabi cuff, heel, and toe were embossed with the Snow Burst embossing folder and the Red Glimmer paper was punched with the Scallop Edge punch.  The letters were cut out of Early Espresso cardstock with the Timeless Type Junior Alphabet die.

I love how easy these stockings come together, there wasn't even stamping.  An added bonus that when I glue a second stocking to the back it creates pocket, perfect for gift cards and small treats.  I hope you enjoyed today's stocking and check back each day for a new stocking.
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Monday, December 12, 2011

Hand-Penned Holidays - Sketch Challenge

Good evening!  I simply can not believe how quickly this month is going, Christmas is less than two weeks away and my to do list seems to be growing faster than I can check things off.  I must admit that with all the Chrismas projects I've been working I was very excited to take a break to try out items from my Occasions mini catalog preorder items and make this beautiful Valentine's day card for this weeks Stamping 411 challenge

The stamp set for this weeks card is Hand-penned Holidays from the mini catalog but I used lots of goodies from the upcoming mini catalog, including:  Twitterpatted designer series paper, Twitterpated designer buttons, Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine, Fashionable Hearts Embosslit die, the fabulous Adorning Accents edgelit dies, and the Adorning Accents textured embossing folders

These edgelits were so fun, first I used the edgelit and ran it through the Big Shot to cut the paper, then I used the coordinating embossing folder to emboss the mirror cut along the edge, so fun and easy!

I love how this card turned out it's absolutely beautiful!  It was also very refreshing to change things up a little.  Hope you enjoy and just think, you can get your hands on the items in the new mini catalog in three weeks!


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Thursday, December 8, 2011

December Stamp-a-Stack

Good morning!  I'm so excited to share with you some of the cards for this months stamp-a-stack class.  To change things up we're going to do a One Sheet Wonder class where we use on sheet of paper with the same design and colors to create 8 different cards.  The great thing about this is the veratility to create cards for any occasion.

There's still time to register for this Sunday's class so I hope to see you there.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Petite Pairs - Sketch Challenge

Good evening friends.  I don't know about you but this week has definately gotten away from me.  We have activities everynight and on top of that I've had some really hot items at work.  Despite all of this I really enjoy participating in the Stamping 411 challenges each week and I loved this weeks sketch since it was clean and simple and a great opportunity to spotlight some of our great designer paper.  This card uses the Berry Blossoms DSP which is bright and cheery and great break from all the Christmas projects I've been working on.   

This card also uses three of the new fabulous in colors:  Lucky Limeade, Wisteria Wonder, and Calypso Coral, as well as the fun new ruffled ribbon.  This card is really straight forward, the greeting is from the Petite Pairs stamp set and uses the small oval punch (retired) and oval punch.
This card is so bright and cheery it will definately brighten someone's day. I hope you enjoy the card and feel free to have fun playing with this sketch yourself.

Happy stamping,

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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Bells and Boughs - Sketch Challenge

Good evening!  I hope you all had an enjoyable holiday weekend.  We had a fantastic time visiting friends and Aidan had a great time playing with his "cousins" and was sad when it was time to go.  We were also able to be out for Black Friday shopping and had a great time nabbing some great deals in the middle of the night.  I was very excited when I saw this weeks Stamping 411 challenge, not only is it pretty simple, but I'm known for keeping my designs pretty straight and inline and this card was fun to be a little "off kilter." 

This card uses the Holly Berry Bouquet Speciality DSP as the focal point and to draw all the colors used.  I also used the new Houndstooth embossing folder with the Big Shot on the Early Espresso layer for texture.  The greeting is from the Bells and Boughs stamp set.  I also used the Pines and Poinsettias stamp set and Wild Wasabi ink to stamp the background on the tag before punching it out with the Decorative Label punch.  I used the Modern Label punch and the same DSP to punch out the backup tag and cut in half so I could extend them to show behind the greeting.  The final touch is a small bow with the Real Red 1/8" taffeta ribbon.

This card is so pretty and simple that it would be great to make multiples and show off some of our fabulous designer series paper.  I hope you enjoy and have a great week.

Happy stamping,

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Gently Falling - Sketch Challenge

Good evening!  I hope you had a good weekend.  I had a great time at a team meeting on Saturday and stamp class today as well as starting to put up Christmas decorations (I'm happy to report our tree is up, decorated, and beautiful).  I saw a sample of this emboss resist technique at my meeting yesterday and knew it would be perfect for this weeks Stamping 411 challenge once I saw the sketch. 

The card base is Crumb Cake with a piece of Spice Cake designer paper.  The main focal image started with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  I used the En Francis stamp set and Crumb Cake ink to stamp the background words.  Then I stamped the solid leaf image from the Gently Falling stamp set with Versamark ink and embossed it with Whisper White embossing powder.  Then I used a stamping sponge to add Pear Pizzaz and Early Espresso ink around the leaf.  I also sponged the edges with Crumb Cake ink. 
The finished image was matted on an Early Espresso scallop square piece that I cut out with the Scallop Square Duo die and the Big Shot.  The ribbon is Crumb Cake 3/8" taffeta ribbon and I used one of the Antique Brads in the center.  The greeting is from the Petite Pairs stamp set, which is quickly becoming one of my new favorite greeting sets,that was punched out with the oval punch and sponged with Pear Pizzaz ink.

I love how this card turned out!  It has so much dimension and texture.

I hope you enjoy and happy stamping!

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Online Extravaganza - STARTS TOMORROW!!

Online Extravaganza, Stampin' Up!'s annual sale to kick off the holiday shopping season, will begin TOMORROW, Monday, November 21, 2011, and run through Wednesday, November 30, 2011.  You may place orders either through my Online Store or by e-mailing me directly at

You'll want to be sure to log in to my Online Store on
Monday, November 21
, to take advantage of great savings!

-FREE digital downloads valued at $40 when you buy My Digital Studio Express,
-60 percent off select Designer Fabrics,
-30 percent off an exclusive ribbon bundle!

And WOW - look at this!
There will be two items on sale for 24 hours only (November 21, 12:01 AM - 11:59 PM [MT]) That's 2:01 AM - 1:59 PM EST
-so make sure you don't miss the first 24 hours of Online Extravaganza!

I know I'll be setting my alarm for early tomorrow to make sure to check out this great sale!

Please let me know if you have any questions or need assistance.
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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Christmas Stamp-a-Stack

Good afternoon!  I wanted to drop by to share with you the projects for this weekends Stamp-a-Stack.  You are going to LOVE this class, there are so many fun techniques, folds, accessories, and stamp sets and I can't wait to share them with you.  Since this is a Christmas class we still have the add on option but will be making three everyday cards (they use the Spice Cake fabric which is so beautiful).  Check them out below....

There's still time to register, but contact me soon to reserve your spot.!

Hope to see you Sunday,

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Friday, November 11, 2011

Gently Falling and Spice Cake Thanksgiving Creations

Good morning.  As I've shared with you previously I have absolutely fallen in love with the new Gently Falling Stamp set and Spice Cake DSP.    Today I have two things to share with you.  The first is a thanksgiving card.  I stamped the Very Vanilla cardstock with the different leaf images.  Then I stamped the greeting from the Hand-Penned Holidays stamp set on a piece of vellum paper that I tore along the bottom.  The final touch was a strip of Spice Cake DSP and then an Early Espresso 1/8" Taffeta ribbon bow.  I made a whole batch of these cards so we're all set to send thanksgiving greetings.

The second project I have to share is a box I decorated for a thanksgiving gift using the Kraft boxes and Spice Cake DSP.  I cut several pieces of DSP and mounted them on Soft Suede cardstock and added them to the sides and top of the box.  Then I took a 2" x 12" strip of DSP and used the Simply Scored tool to create a lolly rosette.  On top of that is a small scallop circle punched out of DSP and added a ribbon with a Very Vanilla 1/8" Very Vanilla taffeta ribbon knot.

These  boxes are so easy and pretty I've made several other's for christmas gifts to be prepared for those last minute christmas gifts (the great thing is that the small Bath and Body Works candles fit perfectly in the box (easy peasy!)

Hope you enjoy,

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps

Good morning!  So I wrote this weekend that we used Stampin' Up's new Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps this weekend and thought I would share some pictures and tips.

I used the Sugar Cookie receipe that was included with the stamp set.  In the first batch (pictured below) I split the dough and colored half blue for the snowflakes.  I stamped the dough balls right after making them.  Making them this way they tended to spread more and have cracked edges.

This next picture is of a package I created with the cookies just to show a simple way to present them as gifts.

Saturday morning I made a second batch of dough and refridgerated the individual dough balls so the kids to stamp them during class.  We also used a biscuit cutter to trim the edges to make them smooth.  Both versions turned out great and taste great, like shortbread cookies.

These were fun to make and the kids had a blast.  I preferred the cookies using the refrigerated dough and will definately be making them again.

Don't miss out on getting your cookie stamps, perfect for the upcoming holidays!


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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Easy Events - Sketch Challenge

What a beautiful weekend!  I had a great class Saturday morning for kid's and had a great time making holiday gifts and cards (I think the chocolate was one of the highlights).  We also got to make cookies with the new cookie stamps and have them for snack, yummy!  I decided to carry on with the kids theme for this weeks Stamping 411 challenge  and since we have two friends who had babies recently I thought baby cards would be perfect.
This card uses the Easy Events and Baby Bundle (greeting) stamp sets.  The designer paper is Nursery Nest and I used it to get the color combination.  The card is pretty straight forward, I used the 2 1/2" circle punch for the accent circle and Marina Mist 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon for the bow.  Now check out the sketch we were provided...

Since I needed both a girl and a boy baby card I made two cards, and here's the boy version.  These cards cards turned out so cute, I know the families will really enjoy them.
Hope you enjoy and have a great week!

Happy stamping,

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Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween Treats

Happy Halloween!  I wanted to share with you two of the treats we made for the kids this Halloween.  The first is a "smore" kit that has graham crackers, chocolate bars, and ghost Peeps.  The toppers were quick and easy using the Warmest of Wishes and Teenie Tiny Wishes stamp set and the owl and moder label punches.  The designer paper is Frightful Nights.  These are going to be handed out to some of our neighbor friends.

The next treat is what we made for Aidan's classmates.  The idea came from Monika Davis, see hers here.  It recycles the brown packing paper that comes in our Stampin' Up shipping boxes and the clear scallop square die and Big Shot to create an envelope.  After gluing the sides I ran each side through the crimper and then punched out the moon and bat.  The owl is from the Warmest of Wishes stamp set and is then punched out with the owl punch.  The final touch is the greeting from the Teenie Tiny Wishes stamp set.  There's plenty of room in the packet for an eraser, pencil, and a couple pieces of candy (sure to have something for everyone to enjoy!)

Hope you have a fun and safe day!

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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Wicked Cool - Sketch Challenge

Good evening!  We had another weekend packed with family fun which included a rare October snow on Saturday (thankfully it didn't stick around but boy was it cold!)  Tonight I had to finish up the last minute Halloween projects for tomorrow so I thought I would use this weeks Stamping 411 challenge for the last card I needed.  This sketch is nice and easy which makes it easy to make multiple cards quickly and can be adapted for any occassion. 

This card uses the Wicked Cool stamp set, Frightful Sight DSP, Basic Rhinestones, Old Olive 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Basic Black 3/8" Polka Dot Scallop Ribbon (using the reverse side), 1 3/8" circle punch, and the scallop circle punch.

Hope you enjoy and have a happy Halloween tomorrow!

Happy stamping,

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Fun Little Spider Halloween Greetings

Good morning!  We're just a couple of days away from halloween, where has this month gone?  Today I want to show you another halloween card I made for our family.  When the new catalog was released in July I immediately knew I had to have the Kidoodles stamp set.  The images are so cute and perfect for little ones and this spider in particular makes me giggle everytime I see it. 
This card is pretty straight forward, here's a list of items I used:

Kidoodles Stamp Set
Big Shot
Spider Web Embossing Folder
Frightful Sights DSP
Whisper White, Cajun Craze, Old Olive, and Cherry Cobbler Cardstock
Basic Black 3/8" Polka Dot Scallop Grosgrain Ribbon

This card is sure to please.  Hope you enjoy!

Happy Stamping,

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Fun Little Spooky Bingo Bits

Today's an exciting day, Aidan has his first 1st grade field trip and is heading to Belvedere Plantation to learn the life cycle of pumpkins.  The funny thing is that I think he's just as excited to the bus to the plantation than the field trip itself (he told me this morning the bus is really cool because it has a bathroom, I guess it's the little things!)  Anyway, today I wanted to share the card I make to give my little pumpkin on Halloween.  Aidan loves getting handmade cards and is so appreciative of the effort people go through to make him something (soo sweet!) and I knew he would love some of the cute images from the new Spooky Bingo Bits stamp set.

This card came together really easy with the new 1" square punch and coordinating postage stamp punch.  In addition this card uses the Frightful Sight DSP, Old Olive Satin Ribbon, and the ruffle is made with Cajun Craze cardstock that was punched with the eyelet border punch and then I ran it through the crimper a couple of times to help break down the fibers.  Then I just folded the cardstock over to make the pleats.  The final touch was a greeting from the Wicked Cool stamp set.

I love how cute this card turned out and can't wait to see Aidan's reaction.

Hope you enjoy and happy stamping!


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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Welcome Christmas - Sketch Challenge

Happy Sunday!  I had a great crafting weekend.  I spent the last three days at the RemARKable Hot Retreat hosted by Janet Wakeland and loved spending time with some fabulously creative women and getting lots done (and very little sleep).  One of the things I had to do was make my card for this weeks Stamping 411 challange and what better thing than having the option to use a stamp set that I don't own for this challenge, in this case Welcome Christmas.   

The main image is stamped in early espresso, then I stamped the "Joy" saying over top with Wild Wasabi ink (which was stamped off first) to create a subtle effect.  The DSP is Holly Berry Bouquet and I used some of the yummy Early Espresso 3/8" Quilted Satin Ribbon.  The greeting is from the Perfect Punches stamp set and is punched out with the scallop circle punch.  For the accent behind the greeting I punched out a snowflake using the snowflake punch and red glimmer paper.  I had to cut apart the snowflake and attached the individual pieces behind the scallop circle so it would show up.

I love this card, very classic and so pretty in person with all the texture.

Hope you have a great week.

Happy stamping,

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Merry & Type - Sketch Challenge

Good evening!  Where has the week gone?  We have been running non-stop and Chris has been in California this week so we're really excited for him to get home tomorrow night.  I've spent so much time making fall cards lately I was determined to make something different for this weeks Stamping 411 challenge.   I loved the new Merry and Type stamp set since the July and I just received it in my last order and have been anxious to break it in.
I got the color scheme for the card from the Letters to Santa DSP (love it!) which includes Marina Mist, Old Olive, and Early Espresso. I also used the Big Shot to emboss the DSP strips into the Old Olive cardstock with the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder.

I also used Marina Mist 1/8" taffeta ribbon and the Basic Pearls to accent the greeting. The greeting uses the Petite Pairs stamp set and the decorative label punch to cut out the cute greeting tag. I saw this great technique on Patty Bennett's website check her video out HERE! What a fun way to use this punch!
This card is very pretty in person, love it!

Happy stamping,

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Kid's Holiday Class - There's Still Time to Sign Up!

This is a reminder that there is still time to sign up for the upcoming Kid's Holiday class.  Check out the flyer below for all the details and contact me soon to reserve your spot!

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Fall Picture Frame - Simply Scored Style

 One of the great new items that Stampin' Up! released with the Holiday Mini catalog was the Simply Scored Board.  Now I will admit I have a score board from a competitor but never really used it since it didn't seem to work quite right.  After seeing Stampin' Ups board at convention this summer I new I had to give this one a try and I have to admit, I love it!  It seems like everywhere you look people are making wreaths with these pleated circles (called lollies) so I set out to make one of my own to get used to the board.  After making about a dozen of these, which were a breeze I decided to make something different, so I decorated a picture frame which will match the grapevine pumpkins I made, check them out HERE!

Here are some close ups of the lollies and decorations (lots of buttons and ribbons!)

Here's a closeup of the greeting (uses the Day of Gratitude and Gently Falling Stamp sets, along with the decorative label punch).

I love how this frame turned out, now it's time to find the perfect picture.



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