Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Sweet Stems

Pirouette Pink and Pretty In Pink cardstocks with Prints Pack patterned paper.
(Say that fast 3 times, hehe). I used the Cute and Curly stamp set with the sentiment masked off and stamped the Sweet Stems flower inside. Colored with markers.
Pink grosgrain and gingham ribbons used across Top Note die cut shapes. I used the pink rhinestone brads to hold the ribbon down on the sides.

Like It A Latte

Card base is Rose Red with Pink Pirouette that was stamped with Paisley in matching ink. Raspberry tart paper, very vanilla hodgepodge hardware frame, Latte steam was clear embossed, foam was done with Liquid Applique that had some Dazzling Diamonds and pink microbeads added before heat setting.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Just Buzzin' By Again

Colors of So Saffron, Bravo Burgundy, and Handsome Hunter with Naturals White stamped in saffron with Itty Bitty backgrounds and All Scallops in hunter. 3/4" square and circle punch and Rich Regals brads.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Just Buzzin' By the Cookies

This is my inspiration challenge for today inspired by the box of cookies from Trader Joes. (very delicious I might add) Come and play!!

Chocolate Chip card base with My Mind's Eye paper. Frame is Frames With A Flourish stamped in Rose Red craft ink on Real Red and clear embossed. Bees colored in markers, sentiment embossed in white.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Just Buzzin' By

For today's Featured Stamper challenge on SCS, I loved the layout on this card and the other beautiful components:;ppuser=13584

I used Parisian Summer d.p. with Pretty In Pink base. Pretties Kit stick pin and pale pink organdy ribbon. Sweet Stems stamped on Old Olive in Bravo Burgundy.

Dreams du Jour

Inspired by the photograph found here for the Holiday Challenge Extravaganza: 9

Whisper White, Pirouette and Pretty In Pinks cs
Branch shadow stamped in Pirouette Pink and Versamark, embossed in white. Dazzling Diamonds added along with Pretties Kit pearls.

Flourishes Tree

Used a variety of SU buttons tied with linen thread, Kraft, Hunter, and Burgundy cardstock. Sentiment embossed in black, tree image shaded with chalk pastels.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Elegant Thank You

Super quick and easy card for the 2009 Christmas Card Challenge for January, I made 10 thank you cards with the new sneak peek SU stamp Elegant Thank You. Ski Slope paper with Riding Hood Red, Whisper White, and Old Olive cardstock.
This is also for a challenge I do with my stamping friend Anne where each month we challenge each other to use our unloved stamping purchases. This was to dust off the brass stencils, stylus, and light box and do some old fashioned dry embossing. No cheating with an embossing folder! My borders are on the top and bottom of each sentiment.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Owl Together Now

Time to start in on the Valentine's!
I used the stamp set Owl Together Now colored in markers.
Cardstock is Pretty in Pink, matted with Bravo Burgundy with a new Christmas present Cuttlebug border embellished with pearls. Pink grosgrain ribbon tied in a knot with ends secured to back. I think the polka dot paper is from the Berry Bliss d.p. pack.
Pretties Kit flowers with center ones dyed Blush.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas To All!!

This was my favorite of all of the cards I made this season. (Click on pic for a larger view).
I wish you all a very Merry Christmas filled with Love, Joy, and many blessings for a very Happy and Healthy New Year!

Just Buzzin' By Hive

More Mustard, Whisper White and black cardstocks.
Stamps: Fine Lace, Just Buzzin' By.
Colored in markers, added white gel pen dots and piercing.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Raspberry Tart Sweet Stems

Mostly using the Raspberry Tart designer paper, new in the upcoming Stampin' Up catalog, with a bit of Orchid Opulence and So Saffron. The image was punched with the large oval and colored with Coral, Saffron, and Olive markers. The other oval was cut using a Coluzzle. White grosgrain ribbon and silver brads.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Winter Post Scrapling

Scraplings are the strip have left after you create a square card that was cut at 4.25 x 5.50 and then cut again to make a square card of 4.25. These are cool!! The measurement is 1.25" x 4.25" and makes a great gift tag.
Winter Post deer stamped in Chocolate and tag stamped in Riding Hood Red, background was stamped in Old Olive using the Beautiful Borders set. Silver hodgepodge hardware tag, white organdy ribbon, silver stretch cording to embellish.

Snow Day

This is the reason I feel the need to make warm sunny spring cards today :-)
This is the view from our kitchen door on the upper deck.

Just Buzzin' By

Just a quick post as I have presents to wrap and cookies to bake and shopping to do if I can get out of the hose with all of the snow we have here. Next year I am going to be done everything by Thanksgiving, I swear!
Paper is Parisian Summer with Certainly Celery. Bees colored in markers, sentiment on tag is from Hugs & Wishes.
Bee joyful!!!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Sweet Stems

Flower pot made from really Rust cardstock and round tab punch, cut in half. Image stamped in Old Olive and colored with banana, apricot, and blush markers. Background is Sprinkles set stamped in craft white, embossed with white powder. Celery cardstock, linen thread, and vanilla wide grosgrain also used.

Just Buzzin' By

New from the upcoming Spring/Summer SU catalog.
I used the Prints Pack paper in More Mustard because this pattern reminded me of a honeycomb. The scallop is in the polka dot paper, white taffeta ribbon. Image colored in markers.

Snowflake Spot

For the Holiday Challenge Extravaganza found here, come and play!

I started with the Snow Angels colored in markers, card base was Sahara Sand stamped with snowflakes from Snowflake Spot and Cat Dancing Designs, some were embossed in Iridescent Ice and white or stamped in Baja Breeze. Pacific Point also used.
I used the Big Shot snowflake die for cutting the flake in Whisper White but I kept the negative part for the card on the left. I can't seem to ever throw anything away.
Embossed Snow Flurries in white on inside of snowflake points on the Pacific Point.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Gift Tins

This is a super quick project that I got from Capture The Moment by Nichole Heady. The tins are from Papertrey Ink.
The strip of cardstock is 1 1/2" stamped with sentiment and embossed with white snowflakes. Wrap around tin secured with Terrifically Tacky Tape to hold. Embellish as desired. I will fill these with Hershey kisses for quick teacher gifts.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

To You & Yours

I made a set using the Baja Breeze designer paper, To You & Yours set, stamped in Baja and highlighted with Dazzling Diamonds. The paper for the box was wheeled with Bold Snowflake jumbo wheel in Versamark and embossed with white.
The template for this quick box can be found at this Papertrey website by Nichole Heady:

Dreams du Jour

What a fun morning, I woke up to find us snowed in and to find one of my cards on Stampers Showcase. Woohoo for Billy too getting to stay home again from school, he has his sled all ready to go.
This card was made using the Bella Rose paper, image stamped in black and colored in with markers. Button Bouquet with a bit of white taffeta ribbon. A pretty quick and easy card to demonstrate.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Sweet Stems New SU!!

**The latest word from Stampin' Up demonstrator support is that it is okay to post samples from the upcoming products available shortly in January.
These are some of the new goodies from SU that will be out in the Spring/Summer catalog. The paper is really pretty and is called Raspberry Tart, the set of 4 stamps is called Sweet Stems.
I'm going to use this as one of my 3 samples for a swap I am in for this set. What do you think?

I made a double pinwheel out of the d.p. and used a build-a-brad in brass with the flower image inside. Brads and photo corner punch also used.

Thomas Kinkade

This lovely Kinkade image was sent by our challenge hostess Julia (artystamper).
I colored this with Prismacolor pencils and used River Rock, Old Olive, and Rose Red cardstocks. My color combination came from my ribbon and I went from there. Floral background was stamped in Old Olive on the River Rock for the card base, brass photo corners unknown, and ribbon is from May Arts.

Billy & Bella

Billy and Bella wish everyone a Merry Christmas with much joy and laughter, many blessings and a Happy, Healthy New Year!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Tag Star Punch

There is a wonderful tutorial on Splitcoaststampers in the Resources section to make this star with vellum, cardstock, and the small and large tag punches. This is the first time I've tried this and it was much easier than I thought it would be, nothing to be scared of at all!
I used a floral patterned vellum and Riding Hood Red and Whisper White. Very Vanilla taffeta ribbon {I used this to match the pearl in the center of my vintage button which is from my collection}. Mini jingle bellls tied to ribbon and Joy sentiment is from the set Glad Tidings embossed in white. Pierced and dotted edges and used scallop edge punch for border.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Cheers To You!

Early for a New Year card, I know.
Cheers To You colored in markers and accented with some bling.Glad Tidings set stamped with the trusty Stamp-a-majig in Riding Hood Red and Kiwi Kiss. Sweet Stars wheel rolled with Versamark in Iridescent Ice filled in with Dazzling Diamonds. Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss cardstocks.

Winter Post Gift Tags

Recycling Christmas ornaments into gift tags. The nylon string is still on it so they can be used as ornaments after the present is opened. I have a glue dot holding it on to the card but they will come off very easily.
Kraft cardstock with Winter Post flake in Caramel and small flake from Snow Flurries in Craft White. Sentiments in Chocolate Chip are from To You & Yours and Winter Post. White organdy ribbon and gold brad embellishments. I snuck a little of the retired True Thyme in on two of them, I love how it looked with the Kraft.
Enjoy your day and weekend. Lots of folks in Washington are getting snow today but not us. Yay!!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Scandinavian Season

This card is one of the samples on Stampin' Up's website today on the demo side. I'm not sure what happened to the bow and the image shifted and is crooked in the picture there, but this is what it looked like before the mailing.
I embossed the tree in silver with Veramark and shaded with Baja Breeze re-inker. Added some Ice square rhinestone brads and mounted to Going Gray and Basic Gray panels. Ski Slope paper, filigree brad, and white taffeta ribbon also used.
Can you tell I love this set? And I don't have a drop of Scandinavian blood in me, I'm mostly an Irish girl!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Tres Chic

For today's challenge to use half of the stamped image, I made two from the same Inkadinkado Santa image. Tres Chic on Cranberry Crisp in matching ink, lined edges with Zig painty pen. Gold organdy ribbon and some gold filigree jewelry findings with pearls in center. I got the gold filigree thingies in the jewelry making aisle at Michaels. They have a lot of cool things there that can be used as card embellishments and I really can't let those 40% off coupons go unused...

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Simple Delights

Simply Sent Kit Simple Delights was used for the very first time, I forgot that I had it since it wasn't on the shelf with my other stamps.
I stamped the medallion in Versamark and then copper powder, cut with 1 1/4" punch and mounted to Brushed Copper 1 3/8" punch. Very Vanilla background strip was stamped with Blush using the Floral (soon to retire), card base stamped with Blush on Blush using fleur-de-lis stamp in set. Beachfront ribbon and retired copper cording and brads as accessories. River Rock cardstock was also used, I really liked this combination of colors, it is soft and elegant.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Scandinavian Season

Tree was stamped in Versamark ink and embossed with white powder. Colored in image with Teal, blue, and red. Sponged Baja Breeze and Taken With Teal around the edges of the Baja cardstock. Embossed Scandinavian wheel with clear e.p. Taffeta white ribbon and Ice rhinestone brads were also used along with Ski Slope paper.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Eastern Blooms Vellum Votive

I cut the bottom of the vellum cardstock with scalloped edge scissors and added some decorative trim. Stamped flower from Eastern Blooms in white and added pearls. Pierced around top and bottom edges on reverse sides.

Deer Friends

This is one of the cards featured on Stampers Showcase today (which is on the demonstrator's side of the Stampin' Up website). Cardstock was Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip (it looks more black in pic), Whisper White, and Bella Rose paper. Punches were scallop circle, 1 1/4", 1 3/8" circles, small and large ovals. Inks: Chocolate, Caramel, Real Red, Blush Blossom marker for Santa's face.

Sunday, December 7, 2008


I used the Stampscapes stamps with some black organdy ribbon, sentiment from Nature's Silhouette and hodgepodge hardware frame. Colors used in sponging were Blush, Pretty in Pink, Riding Hood Red, Amethyst, and Chocolate. Highlighted area with tiny white gel pen dots. This is the first time I used this set and I am so happy I checked Anna's (annascreations on SCS) gallery and got the courage to try it out.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Cardinal Christmas

Paper is SU I Wish with Chocolate, White and Hunter Green branch punches (Martha Stewart). White snowflakes (Marvy) with Pretties pearls and All Holidays sentiment. I glued some beads from the red bead duos on for berries.
Thanks for looking!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Lace Snowflakes

My favorite color combination for this season is any light shade of blue with Real Red. For this one I dug out some Cool Caribbean. I used the old retired SU set Lace Snowflakes. I love it and will never part with it, no way, no how. I embossed background flakes in Iridescent Ice and larger one in white. Made a glitter window by punching a circle, covering with tape and sprinkling with Dazzling Diamonds. Behind this round window is a large flake from the set in Carribean ink. Added a Fire rhinestone brad and mounted this panel up on dimensionals. Red satin ribbon unknown. Cool Caribbean, Real Red, and Whisper White cs. Much more sparkly in real life!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

I Wish Scrappin' Kit

I can't say enough good things about this SU scrappin' kit, it's really a great deal. I made all of these things and still have half of the kit left.
In pic there are eight 6x6" scrapbook pages (One is covered up) all ready for photos, cards, gift card and treat holders, regular cards, and a tag.
I also used the Winter Post stamp set and Best Yet sentiment.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Snow Burst

This K & Co paper was made for the SU Snow Burst set. The small snowflake in this set is almost an exact match for the one on the paper but I couldn't fit it into my design. This is for today's SCS sketch challenge, thanks Rox and Christine. Also for our Doubledog Dare Challenge this week hosted by Beverly (beestamper) who sent an awesome package of goodies that we chose two items from for our Christmas themed card. Thanks Beverly, you rock!
I chose the K & Co paper and I stamped the sentiment Wishing You A Merry One over and over as my background for the Snow Burst flake. It took a while to adhere all of the pearls to the scallop, thank goodness for my granny magnifying glasses. Purely Pomegranate card base and satin ribbon. White gel dots all around edges.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Tres Chic Scandinavian Season

I had to use the Tres Chic stamp somehow today, I bought it over a year ago and only used it once. I embossed this with silver on Sahara Sand. The tree was embossed on Very Vanilla and I highlighted some of the areas with Dazzling Diamonds and added a rhinestone brad to flower. The star was from the Scandinavian set embossed on Sahara and punched with small star. Silver stretch cording with Pretties Kit baubles also added. Card base is Basic Black.

Monday, December 1, 2008

I Punched Santa's Face!

He asked me to sit on his lap and then called me a ho three times. The nerve!
Sorry, I just couldn't help myself, heeheehee.
Scallop edge, large scallop die cut, Three Flower, and 1/4" circle punch. Ski Slope paper with Black and Whisper White, black grosgrain ribbon, styled silver hodgepodge hardware and Pretties Kit pearl. Highlighted with Dazzling Diamonds.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Winter Post Accordion Card

I cut the Real Red cardstock at 4 1/4" and scored at every 3 1/4" on both long pieces.Cut off excess. Silver embossed Baroque Motifs swirl, sentiment, and snowflakes. Also stamped Scandinavian Season in Riding Hood Red (stamped off once) and the Snow Burst flake in Pink Pirouette. Card is held closed with silver stretch cording tied in a bow.

Bella Christmas Fairy

These Bella fairies are my favorite! I changed the flower she was holding into a layered paper poinsettia. Colored the image in Copic markers (Lipstick Red is one of my most used colors and very recommended!). Paper is Figgy by Basic Grey and some Crafty Secrets for the red gingham. I managed to make myself use some Glorious (gak) Green mixed with some Real Red. Not too bad if you use it in small doses...
Wings must be glittered in my humble opinion so I used Star Dust Stickles, finished off with some retired SU wide organdy ribbon.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Trim The Tree

I was inspired by the really neat-o gift wrap at Whimsy Press found here:

I knew I had to dig out Trim The Tree to mimic the row of trees. Thank goodness for the stamp-a-majig, it's a must for that set (and the Merry & Bright sentiment which was from To You & Yours). Tree stamped in celery and then two step part done in old Olive with some Garden Green markered in to some of the circles. Ornament brads were also added. Star is SU but from an unknown set, it was loose in the basket on my desk. Note to self: Put things away when you are through...

Friday, November 28, 2008

A Little Birdie Told Me

Retired SU Berry Bliss paper with Close To Cocoa and Whisper White cardstock. Images from A Little Birdie Told Me colored in Copic markers Blush, Light Pink, Cashmere, Toner Gray, and Cool Shadow.
Doodlebug Designs paper flower strip embellishments were adhered over Cocoa strip that was punched with SU Scallop punch. Ribbon is by May Arts (slits to secure ribbon are under scallop strips).

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

Many blessings to you all today for a wonderful Thanksgiving. I thank God with a humble and grateful heart for all of the many blessings in my life, too numerous to count.

I love making pinwheels, they are super quick and easy. I layered mine here with two and snipped off the points for the bottom one. I've attached a pic of the cutting lines, you can use any size square you like. Cut where shown on dotted lines then take the points to the center of the square and adhere. Try decorative edged scissors for another great look.
All supplies are current SU: Autumn Vine paper, Naturals buttons, In Everything Give Thanks stamp set.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Embrace Life Curly Label

This is for our Doubledog Dare challenge this week hosted by Anne to be inspired by Ugg boots. I chose this pair:

Retired SU paper, can't remember name with Embrace Life, Curly Label, 5 petal flower punch and build a brad. Sketch challenge 204 on SCS.

Monday, November 24, 2008

To You & Yours

Gift Card Holder using the I Wish scrappin' kit, felt snowflake and half pearls. The tutorial (very easy) for this can be found here: