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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