Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Year Calendar

My magnetic refrigerator calendar for the coming year. These will be sent out with my Christmas thank you cards. I used the new Vintage Vogue set, the Embrace Life sentiment, retired Blue Bayou and Soft Sky cardstocks and the retired Parisian Breeze that I have been saving since it is one of my favorites and I wanted something that I really loved a lot since it will be up all year long :)
Magnet strips on back (from Michael's).
Mini calendars from Impress.

Best wishes to you all in the coming New Year! May your life be filled with many blessings, good health, and happiness. Thanks for stopping by to visit me, I hope in some small way I can inspire you.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Garden From The Heart - Occasions Mini -

Cottage Wall dp with new garden From The Heart set from SU Occasions mini. The pots were made from the tag punch cut in half out of Really Rust cardstock with some linen thread bows.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

I {heart} Hearts Sneak Peek

Here are some samples with the new I {heart} Hearts set from the Occasions mini from Stampin' Up.
The first card starts with a Melon Mambo base with the Sending love specialty paper and some Real Red matting. Melon polka dot ribbon and sentiment from Well Scripted set also used.
The second card was inspired by a sample on the current cover of Paper Crafts magazine. The base is Kraft, three heart stamp done in craft white. Red polks dot ribbon was reversed, sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes. The red paper is from the holiday mini so will not be available in the new one but I loved the way it looked with the Valentine theme.

Vintage Vogue- Sneak Peek!

Card base is Basic Gray with Dusty Durango over top that was stamped with matching ink with the flower and vine stamp from this new Occasions Mini set. The bit of designer paper is from the level 3 hostess pack Lovely Lines or flowers? Durango ribbon with a rhinestone brad to embellish.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Van Gogh Technique

Van Gogh, along with Monet and Renoir are my absolute favorite artists. I wanted to try this Van Gogh technique today so I found a painting of irises and tried to use similar colors. Various markers, re-inkers and watercolor crayons were used for the flowers and background.
Bloomin' Beautiful set with the sentiment from Dreams du Jour.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Good Neighbors Sneak Peek

One of my favorite places in the US is Charleston, South Carolina. It is where my husband and I spent our honeymoon. I really loved the colorful houses on Rainbow Row and this new Stampin' Up set reminded me a lot of that.
Bashful Blue, Burgundy, and Whisper White cardstocks, various inks and markers.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Fine Flourish Sneak Peek

This is the new Fine Flourish single stamp available in the upcoming Occasions Mini on January 1st. I sponged in some color of Bermuda Bay, Celery, and Brocade Blue with some sprayed on Old Olive re-inker mixed with water on Whisper White cardstock. Create sentiment is from the Charming set by Stampin' Up.
Card base is Brushed Copper.
This card is for today's Featured Stamper, a case of Smilin' Stephanie Severin. Enjoy your day, Stef!!

My Matryoshka

All supplies are Stampin' Up. New Sending Love paper with My Matryoshka stamp set in the upcoming Occasions mini. I used a template from the Sew Pretty Christmas Homestyle book for the doll and made my own "ribbon" from the stamp set.

Dream A Little

My card on the bottom was inspired by the top picture from our Inspiration Challenge today from the Posh Kids website where they have so many gorgeous items for sale. Oh my.
Paper is DCWV Once Upon A Time, carriage is by Me & Carrie Lou embossed in gold, colored with Groovy Guava ink and olive marker. Dream A Little sentiment (Stampin' Up) embossed in gold with gold photo corners. Hope you like it!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a New Year filled with many blessings, much happiness and good health. Thanks for stopping by to visit my blog, it means a lot to me.
All the best always,

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Last Minute Christmas Card Ideas

Here are a few I had made before :)

My Happy Place

I haven't had too much time to stamp the past week, there is still the baking, wrapping and cleaning left to do. Thought I would share a few pics of my space with you...
Well, this room still needs a lot of organizing but I will save that for one of my New Year's resolutions. This is my happy place, even when it is a disorganized mess :)

Monday, December 21, 2009

Well Scripted Sneak Peek

All supplies are Stampin' Up: Sending Love specialty paper (you are going to love this!) and Well Scripted stamp set in the upcoming Occasions mini with red satin ribbon and chipboard circle. The large sparkly flower was cut from the designer paper and popped up on dimensionals.


Stamp set is Homemade by Papertrey, roof punch is Martha Stewart, cardstock of Garden Green, More Mustard, and Real Red, inks by Stampin' Up.
The template for this house can be found on Splitcoast today under the technique lover's challenge forum.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Sizzix Sleigh in Bella Toile

Sizzix 3-D sleigh done in Stampin' Up's Brushed Gold and Brushed Silver cardstocks that were embossed in matching inks with the Bella Toile stamp set. Added 3-D Santa embellishment and pearls.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Homemade Happiness

This fabulous little house template by Lauren Meader for Papertrey will be filled with gingerbread cookies for a holiday gift.
I used the Martha Stewart punch for the roof "tiles" Stampin' Up inks and Creamy Caramel cardstock, Homemade stamp set and template by Papertrey.

Recipe by Paula Deen for rolled Gingerbread Cookies that are delicious y'all!

2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 c. molasses
3 3/4 c. all purpose flour
2 large eggs
1 stick butter or margarine, softened
3/4 c. packed dark brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 tsp. salt

1 c. confectioner's sugar
1-2 tbsp. milk

Bake at 350 for 10 minutes.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009


These will be made into larger Valentines when it gets closer to February. The mini ones could be used with the Love Notes envelopes also.
Supplies are Stampin' Up: Pretty In Pink and Chocolate Chip cardstocks with Sending Love specialty paper and the new Occasions set love Bandit. The little treat box is a Sizzix die (not SU's). These cute little boxes are just big enough for a Hershey's Kiss and a Hug.

Vintage Vogue- Sneak Peek!

All Stampin' Up supplies: Vintage Vogue stamp set with Night and Day paper, Basic Black and Whisper White cardstocks, white taffeta ribbon and rhinestone brad.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Sneak Peek Garden From The Heart

Supplies by Stampin' Up.
Today's challenges were colors of So Saffron, Mellow Moss, and Melon Mambo combined with our Doubledog Dare challenge to also use polka dots.
Paper is hostess level 3 Lovely Flowers, image from upcoming Occasions mini by SU colored in markers with moss taffeta ribbon.

Monday, December 14, 2009

My Matryoshka

I made this an apron card (fold is at the top), Basic Black and Whisper White cardstocks, copic markers, My Matryoshka stamp set ( sneak peek from SU Occasions Mini), used red eyelets, grosgrain and satin ribbons.
I googled apron template on the web and found one with this rounded shape that I re-sized and adjusted, changing the neckline to a heart shape. There are so many cute patterns available out there, it was so hard to choose. For the border I used my small scallop edged scissors and then punched holes along the edges with a small hole punch.
Most supplies are Stampin' Up.

Sending Love Specialty Paper

I love this new Sending Love specialty paper by Stampin' Up with the bit of sparkle running all through it. The designs in this pack are mostly pinks and reds but work for more than just Valentine's Day cards and projects. Can't wait to try out some more of this! This will be available very soon in the Occasions mini catalog.
There is a great tutorial in the techniques section of Splitcoaststampers for this cute beanie gift card holder by Carolina Buchting.
All supplies are SU although the organdy pink ribbon is retired. Pretties Kit beads and pearls, pink taffeta and white satin ribbon also used.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Vintage Vogue

This card was made for today's Featured Stamper on SCS, Pam124. Congrats!!
I used the new Occasions mini set (available January 1) Vintage Vogue and stamped the flower in Brocade Blue and rock and rolled it in Not Quite Navy, cut it out and added rhinestone brad and mounted it to NQN circle with dimensionals.
For the quilt I cut a piece of cardstock 3 3/4" x 5 and added 1 1/4" square punches of Bella Bleu designer paper. You may want to play around with adjusting the pattern you want before you tape it down. After all of the squares are taped down, center it on your Top Note die and then run it through the Big Shot. So easy!
The background is En Francais script stamped in Not Quite Navy on matching cardstock.
All supplies are Stampin' Up.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Heaven And Nature

All supplies are Stampin' Up except markers.
I used the retired SU set Heaven and Nature and colored it with Copic markers. The designer paper is Autumn Meadows with a Whisper White base and Soft Subtles Bashful blue brads.

Gingerbread Gift Set

This is a little hostess gift I put together from various items I have made. The house is filled with fruit gem gumdrops, the ornament is a plaster one that I painted, the 6"x6" recipe card with apron pocket contains a recipe for homemade gingerbread and if all else fails I included a mix.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Peaceful Wishes

A simple Christmas card using the Peaceful Wishes and Tree Trimmings sets, Ruby Red, Whisper White, and Old Olive cardstocks.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

My Matryoshka

These are two new sets and designer paper from the upcoming Occasions Mini from SU.
My Matryoshka colored in markers, rose embellishment (colored, cut out, and popped up on dimensionals) with Sizzlits Little Leaves. Sentiment from the Well Scripted set, paper is called Sending Love.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

NEW SU! Vintage Vogue

I used the new upcoming set from Stampin' Up called Vintage Vogue (clear mounted stamps that are totally awesome and so easy to place perfectly!)

All supplies used are Stampin' Up: Autumn Traditions paper, Artichoke, Razzleberry, Banana, and Whisper White cardstocks and coordinating inks, white taffeta ribbon, Fire circle rhinestone brads.

Monday, December 7, 2009

NEW SU!! My Matryoshka

I just received my preorder for the new Occasions mini yesterday so will be sharing lots of new stuff with you this week. I have always loved these little nesting dolls and was so happy when I saw this new set from Stampin' Up. I tried to make the main image look like one of the beautiful buildings you see in Moscow by using the ornament punch. The paper is from the new Occasions mini, the image was colored in markers, the ribbon is also new, some yummy red satin. LOVE the new stuff, especially all of the ribbon.

I used retired Stampin' Up holiday d.p. with a Chocolate Chip cardstock base, Riding Hood Red taffeta ribbon, retired jumbo white eyelets, lace trim, and a silk poinsettia I stole from the garland on my fireplace mantel.
The tutorial for the shipping tag holder is on Splitcoast today.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Season Of Joy

I used SU's Merry Moments paper with Real Red card base, Season of Joy stamp set and red, white and gingerbread brads (non SU brads).

On A Pedestal

I cased this idea from the birthday card Hallmark sent to me, changing a lot of details to make it different. I loved the idea of the "streamers" across the design and tried to make mine with some narrow organdy ribbon. I used Stampin' Up's On A Pedestal embossing the cake plate in silver and the cake in Rose Red craft and clear e.p. The teeny tiny silver flowers are negatives from a floral border punch (I have a hard time throwing anything away). The silver embossed sentiment is from the retired set It's Your Birthday. Cardstocks used were Whisper White, Pretty In Pink, and Brushed Silver.

Warm Winter Welcome

The paper for this is Autumn Meadows by Stampin' Up with a Chocolate Chip base. Silver brad doorknob by Making Memories, wreath made with Martha Stewart branch punch and a small sunburst punch, embellished with mini jingle bells. The sentiment sticker is by Christine Adolph, the tinsel garland I had in my craft and ribbon stash, maker unknown. I tore a piece of Whisper White cardstock for the "snowdrift" at the bottom of the door and covered the top in Dazzling Diamonds glitter.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Nature Silhouettes

This card is for my Dad who is recovering from knee replacement surgery to cheer him up. He lives on a beautiful river in South Jersey with the state forest right across the river and this reminded me of that area. Very peaceful.
The card base is Basic Black with Autumn Meadows paper, Very Vanilla, and Soft Suede. I also used the pine branch from the Autumn Days set with Soft Suede polka dot grosgrain ribbon and gold photo corners. All supplies are Stampin' Up except the photo corners.

Baby's First Christmas Shoe Ornament

Shoe template from made into an ornament for my niece's new son. Whisper White cardstock, gold jingle bells and cording, sentiment done on computer and affixed to shoe with an acrylic circle .

Yuletide Montage Angel

I love this Stampin' Up retired Christmas set, Yuletide Montage. It is one of my favorites. I used Whisper White and Pirouette Pink cardstocks. Embossed the angel in silver and added some pink Stampin' pastels to cheeks. Elegant Bouquet embossing folder was used for the background, the dots were highlighted with markers and I added Dazzling Diamonds. White organza ribbon and Pretties Kit stick pin to complete.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Sizzix Gift Tag Ornament

This is a gift tag made for today's challenge that can be hung on the tree after the present is opened. Sizzix Snowman die, shovel made from key punch tag on Brushed Silver, embossed Billy's name in silver.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


I was inspired by a card on the Martha Stewart website, changing it with stamps, glitter, sentiment, and colors. All supplies used were Stampin' Up except for mini pearls and cranberry texture paint for berries.
Card base is Mellow Moss with Sahara Sand and Bravo Burgundy. I embossed Dasher with Chocolate Chip craft and clear embossing powder. The Lovely As A Tree image was stamped with a glue pad and then Fine Cosmo glitter in Celery was added. Sentiment in burgundy is from To You & Yours set.