Saturday, October 30, 2010

Something Old, Something New

Another for the challenge going on at SCS.
For the something old~ Yuletide Montage Santa
something new~ Deck The Halls designer paper and Cherry Cobbler ribbon.
Cardstock Cherry and Espresso.
All supplies are Stampin' Up.

Season Of Joy

A color challenge card for the Hope You Can Cling To cards for cancer card drive. I had hoped to participate in all of the challenges but the days of October really got away from me.
This card uses all Stampin' Up supplies~ Candy Cane Christmas paper with the Season Of Joy stamp set, white taffeta ribbon, and pinking hearts border punch. I used Cool Caribbean cardstock but you could swap it out for Baja Breeze if you want to stay with current products. The challenge called for aqua so this choice worked better for me. I added a bit of fine green glitter to the tree. The sentiment Celebrate seems to work better with a bit of sparkle :)

Friday, October 29, 2010

Poinsettia Ornament

This week our Speedy's Friends challenge at Mark's Finest Papers is to make a holiday card. I used the set Seasonal Poinsettia and the Mojo sketch for this week for my layout. Hope you can caome and join us, the holidays will be here before you know it!

Northern Hearts

Supplies by Stampin' Up. I used the retired felt snowflake along with their new holiday mini hostess set Northern Hearts and the Candy Cane Christmas designer paper.
Sentiment from Occasional Quotes. A quick and easy card. Measure 5"x5".
Christmas Countdown project #10.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Shaker Framed Cardinal

Christmas Coundown project #9!
I started with a frame cut from a rectangle scallop Nestability and then decided to make it into a shaker card filled with clear microbeads.
The cardinal image is from the set Greetings Of The Season by Mark's Finest Papers colored in Copic markers and shaded with chalk pastels.
The paper is by SU Deck The Halls. Cherry Cobbler ribbon with a double bow.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Well Balanced

Supplies by Stampin' Up: Kimono Kids stamp set, retired designer paper, Close To Cocoa cardstock, pearls, pinking hearts border punch.
Non SU: Copics, gold outline pen, Nestabilities oval and scallop frames.

Monday, October 25, 2010

My first SCS Color Challenge!

I am so happy to be hosting my first ever Color Challenge at Splitcoast. The colors for today are Baja Breeze, Blushing Bride, and Crumb Cake. You can use your neutral of choice and the dessert option is pearls or lace. I hope you can come and play in the challenge today!
All supplies for my sample are Stampin' Up. Elegant Soiree designer paper, Chantilly lace, and pearls. Stamp sets Elements Of Style and Style Beautiful.

Sweet Treat Snowman

The Sweet Treat cup by Stampin' Up is filled with snow (by Martha Stewart). The snowman is a Sizzix die, the snowflake on his hat is from the SU holiday mini Northern Flurries die.

Ornament Punch

A quick and easy tree decoration using the ornament punch with some Stampin' Up red designer paper, silver cording, chunky glitter, and baubles from Michael's. Simply punch 6 ornaments, fold in half and adhere to each other, making sure to insert your cording loop before adhering that last ornament half to close.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Cookies For Santa

or Santa cookies...
I used an old stamp by Comotion, colored in Copic markers with some Dazzling Diamonds added to beard and Liquid Applique added to trim. The striped paper is by Lasting Impressions, the sentiment is from Stampin' Up Sweet Holidays on Riding Hood Red cardstock. This is for today's Featured Stamper challenge on SCS.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Colors of Autumn

For the challenge to use twine, the stamp set is A Walk In The Woods by Mark's Finest Papers. Tree covered in Citrus Crush and green Flower Soft. Cardstock and leaf wheel is Stampin' Up.

Jolliest Foursome

I used the adorable Stampin' Up set Jolliest Time of The Year and the new holiday mini paper Candy Cane Christmas. From one sheet of Real Red cardstock, I cut two 4x4" square cards and with the leftover piece I had enough to make two tags. For the tags I used the Perfect Punches set and the reverse side of the polka dot paper. New glitter brads and red taffeta ribbon. All supplies are Stampin' Up.
Project #5 in my daily goal!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Seasonal Poinsettia

This is for Speedy's Friends challenge to use a die cut (Nestabilities frame) on your card and also to celebrate Speedy's Friends six month anniversary. Mark's Finest Papers stamp set is Seasonal Poinsettia which was embossed in gold and then shaded with chalk pastels, card was spritzed with vanilla and gold Smooch Spritz for a lot of shimmer. Cardstock and snowflake charm are also from MFP.
Project #4 on my Countdown to Christmas!

Santa Suit

My card folds are the flaps on each side, and one on the inside that you can see from the second picture :)
Real Red, Black, Brushed Silver, and Whisper White cardstock. Martha Stewart punch for center. The inside is Blush Blossom with the Fruit Of The Looms in Whisper White with Bashful Blue stitching and a handprinted sentiment. I saw this idea for the inside on a Cardcraft magazine and adapted it for a gift card holder and changed it up a little bit with the sentiment and details.
This is project #3 on my Christmas Countdown!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Challenge Cards

These are for the Hope You Can Cling To challenges presented this month at Splitcoast to support breast cancer awareness and for patients and their families. See the details on SCS and they have prizes available too!
My first card here is for a challenge to not use any sentiment on the front of your card. I also used a sketch from Paper Players. Stamp set is our Daily Bread Designs with Basic Grey Cappella paer.
The second card uses the same paper and the retired SU stamp set Fashion Statements. The challenge is to be inspired by lingerie.

Embossed Holly

My second project in my Christmas Countdown is a card. I embossed the holly sprig from Bells & Boughs in gold and colored with markers. I used the Petals-A-Plenty embossing folder and inked it with gold ink before running it through the Big Shot to get some additional color. Card base is Brushed Gold and the ribbon is retired, all from Stampin' Up.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Christmas Countdown

I will be posting an ornament, decoration, card or some type of Christmas project frequently from now until the big day. I am trying for a new idea to show every single day so I hope you will stop by often to see what I have made.
My first little ornament was made using the new holiday mini designer paper Candy Cane Christmas and a Real Red corduroy button by Stampin' Up.

Thanksgiving Girl

All supplies are from Mark's Finest papers. The stamp set is called Thankful For You, colored in Copic markers. For her apron I pierced a bunch of dots and then added white gel pen highlights in the holes to make it look like an embroidered pinafore. For her dress I added fine red lines as a pattern.
Designer paper is Indian Summer by Basic Grey.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Color Challenge

I am happy to announce that I will be on the Splitcoast Color Challenge design team from now until January as one of their sample makers! Today's colors are Concord Crush, Cherry Cobbler, and Old Olive. The added "dessert" option is to use argyle also if you choose.
All supplies are Stampin' Up. New Bells & Boughs set with olive satin ribbon, punches are regular and scallop oval and heart border punch.

Autumn Splendor

I love the colors of fall. For this I chose this lovely Indian Summer designer paper by Basic Grey and available at Mark's Finest Papers. The stamp set is the new release also by MFP called A Walk In The Woods for the tree, the leaves are from the set Autumn Fun. Both were embossed in copper and I added some Blushing Caramel Twinkling H2O's to the leaves for additional shimmer.

Shimmery Snowman

This is for today's shimmer technique on Splitcoast, the first time I've used my box of Pearl Ex jars, this was silver on the snowman body and trees. I also added some Dazzling Diamonds glitter to hat band and Martha Stewart snow to tree. Stamp set is Snowman Country from Mark's Finest Papers, sketch is Mojo Monday. Designer paper and cardstock are SU.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Northern Hearts Flurry

All supplies are Stampin' Up. I used Marina Mist and Real Red cardstocks with the sentiment from Bells & Boughs. Frame is the new Champagne Glass glitter from the holiday mini. I used the sticky strip all around the main image and then covered it with the glitter. Very easy!
Heart Punch & embosslits heart for ornament with Lots of Tags for sentiment. Also used the Northern Flurry embossing folder. This is for today's SCS Featured Stamper challenge, a cased variation of the original.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Snowman Country

The stamp set is the new release from Mark's Finest Papers called Snowman Country. I tucked the little snowman into his "quilt" of designer paper squares cut from a Top Note die for Speedy's Friends challenge this week to use real or faux stitching on your card.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Mark's Finest Paper Blog Hop Day 4

Today's featured set is Snowman Country.
I used a new container filled with Hershey's Cocoa and some Christmas designer paper, image was colored in Copic markers.
Check here for the Blog Hop Winner!
Mark’s Finest Papers

Creative Embellishing

Today's challenge was to use embellishments to create something a little different. I used these white cotton fabric yo yo's to make a snowman body and Martha Stewart fern punch for the arms. Cardstock and paper are Stampin' Up. Stamp maker is unknown.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Mark's Finest Papers Blog Hop Day 3

Today's featured set is Thankful For You. I used the little girl image, colored in Copics and stamped the stalks in a mustard color. Sentiment is stamped in dark brown. Background was sponged on inks for field and sky. I drew some stripes in the gown with a fine lined ruby color marker.
My second project was a snap, our Thanksgiving placecards. This is a great little project to get all of the kids in on. The background stamping of the leaves (from Autumn Fun) was stamped on yellow cardstock in various ink colors. The label is a Sizzix die with the oval tag stamped with the wheat from this Thankful set and the sentiment was done in a dark orange and personalized with a matching marker. These measure 2 1/4" x 2 3/4" and are folded in half. On the inside we write either a blessing, prayer, or things we are thankful for.
Check here for today's blog links and information:
Mark’s Finest Papers

Northern Hearts

All supplies are Stampin' Up from the current holiday mini. Northern Hearts set with Deck The Halls paper, Cherry Cobbler ribbon and cardstock.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Mark's Finest Papers Blog Hop Day 2

Today's featured sets are A Walk In The Woods and Greetings Of The Season.
My first card is a birdhouse using the cardinal image and the Winter Wishes sentiment, both from Greetings Of The Season. Love this beautiful bird!
My second card uses one of the trees from A Walk In The Woods stamped in dark green and colored with an olive Copic marker and shaded with various inks.
For links and blog hop info for today please check here:
Mark’s Finest Papers

Trick Or Treaters

For Teapot Tuesday's challenge I made a little group of trick or treaters. Can you tell they are the Peanuts Gang? My favorite of all Halloween specials, I never miss the Great Pumpkin :)
Hand built house on Bordering Blue with Ruby Red roof and Mustard chimney. Window Dressing set by Stampin' Up, Broom Rides set by Mark's Finest Papers, and Snoopy by Stampendous.

Xyron Projects

Xyron puts the ease in adhesive!!
I was so happy to have been given the Xyron Create A Sticker to review. I love this gadget! Just insert your paper, cut out, or ribbon and it is perfectly covered in adhesive on the one side. It goes on so smoothly without any lumps or spreading like you would get with a glue product. My favorite uses are for ribbon and alphabets. I always found it so challenging to get the narrow pieces of the letters adhered with a tape dispenser. This solves all of those issues. Check out some of the cards I made with the Xyron!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Seasonal Poinsettia and A Time To Chill

Two fun new sets from Mark's Finest Papers today!
The first card is a pop up stage card that uses the new set Time To Chill. I cut out all of the critters and added them to the base with tabs. Snow and drippy punch are by Martha Stewart.
The second card is Seasonal Poinsettia. I colored the image with Copic markers and embossed the sentiment in gold. Paper is by Memory Box.
For a list of the blog links for today and the details of the hop please check here:

Mark’s Finest Papers

Northern Hearts

I combined a few challenges and techniques for this card. I used the technique challenge of wet stamping on the watercolor paper by stamping the Northern Hearts flake in Baja and then Bermuda. I spritzed it with Vanilla and Splash Smooch Spritz over everything. I then silver embossed the flakes and sentiment (from Mark's Finest Papers new set Time To Chill).
The CAS challenge was for a crinkle which is my background for the sparkled flake from the Northen Flurries Sizzlits die from SU. I used the Xyron sticker maker for the ribbon, snowflake, and sentiment, a great source for adhesive. Love this little gem!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Time To Chill

This is a sneak peek of the new set called Time To Chill from Mark's Finest Papers due out this coming Tuesday. I used some dp from a large paper pack that I got from Costco with a felt snowflake and rhinestomes from Stampin' Up to embellish. This is also for our challenge this week at Speedy's Friends to include stripes in our card designs along with the SCS Inspiration challenge.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Tissue Paper DP

The challenge for today was to use tissue paper in some way. This is not at all what I intended at first but I'm happy with the end result. I went looking for some plain white tissue to make a flower with and came across this old fashioned Santa tissue paper. I adhered a piece to the Kraft piece and mounted to a Cherry Cobbler base. For the flower I cut about 15 of the scallop circles from the same paper and made a paper rose (a small store bought rose is in the very center). The stamp set is SU's Bells & Boughs from the current holiday mini.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Deck The Halls Cardinal

My mission this week is to use up some of my massive collection of designer paper. I was amazed and a little alarmed at just how much of this stuff I have managed to accumulate! Geez Louise, I may need some therapy. This card uses the new Deck The Halls paper from Stampin' Up with a Cherry Cobbler base. Also by SU are the clear buttons with the Itty Bitty Bits flower and matching punch. The cardinal image is a sneak peek from the new set by Mark's Finest Papers called Greetings of The Season due out next week. It feels good to get another Christmas card done, I'd love to finish at least 3 a week to get a good headstart on the holiday season.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Day Of Gratitude

Another for today's yummy color challenge of So Saffron, Rich Razzleberry, and Tangerine Tango. I used more of the Raspberry Tart paper with the ink colors listed above, some pearls and Dusty Durango grosgrain ribbon. The sketch is for this week's Mojo Monday. Stamp set is Day Of Gratitude, all supplies are Stampin' Up.

Thankful For You

This is a sneak peek of one of the fabulous new sets available next week from Mark's Finest Papers. This lovely autumn set is called Thankful For You. I used some retired Stampin' Up designer paper (Raspberry Tart) with today's colors of So Saffron, Tangerine Tango, and Rich Razzleberry.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Embossed Backgrounds

The embossing folders make such quick and easy backgrounds, I love the texture and depth they give to your card. For the first card I combined French Foliage with Elements of Style by Stampin' Up. Challenges combined are CAS faux Letterpress and Split image technique on SCS today. Embossing folder and all supplies are by Stampin' Up. Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie.

The second card is a sneak peek of Mark's Finest Papers new holiday set called Seasonal Poinsettia, available next week. I wanted to use it in a non-traditional way so I went with blues. I embossed the flower and sentiment in silver and colored in the image in various blues. The embossing folder is by Stampin' Up with Marina Mist cardstock, white satin ribbon is by MFP.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Flight Of The Butterfly

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month so I made this for the Hope You Can Cling To challenge to mix some brown in with your pink card. This is for the M D Anderson Cancer Card Drive.
Here is the address if you would like to send a card:
The Department of Volunteer Services – Unit 115
Attn: Maggi Suttles
UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
1515 Holcombe Boulevard
Houston, TX 77030
Made a Top Note quilt, paper is retired Stampin' Up with the current sets of Flight Of The Butterfly and Upsy Daisy done in pinks and browns.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Forever Flowers

I used the Forever Flowers wheel in Old Olive, colored in Copics.Embosslits Beautiful Wings and Occasional Quotes stamp set by SU. This was for the Queen For The Day Friday challenge at SCS, casing a card by Holly (Kopy Kat).


Happy First Anniversary to Mark's Finest Papers! Please join Speedy's Friends this week as we celebrate by creating a card with buttons and bows. I used the Tweet Blessings set with Basic Grey Scarlet's Letter paper for my card today.