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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