Monday, November 29, 2010

Today's SCS Color Challenge

The Splitcoast colors for Tuesday's challenge are Old Olive, River Rock, and Real Red with the neutral of your choice. The dessert option is to make it a Christmas card which should be easy to do with these colors. I made two samples, my first one uses all Stampin' Up. The stamp set is The World Over with some retired designer paper.
The second uses Mark's Finest Papers Greetings Of The Season with a bit of a different color cardinal than the traditional red. I did it in this color so I could fit in with Mothermark's gold finch in the teapot challenge also. More SU designer paper and the Merry Christmas tag sentiment is from the set Holiday Best by SU.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Pick A Petal Medallion

I love combining stamp sets. For this Clean and Simple challenge today, the mission was to do a 3D flower birthday card. I embossed the Medallion stamp in white on the Very Vanilla cardstock, Pick A Petal flower on Creamy Caramel also white embossed and cut out and layered. The center is a vintage brad. Matting is Crumb Cake with the base of Very Vanilla. Birthday sentiment is from Teeny Tiny wishes. All supplies are Stampin' Up.

More Valentines for OWH

Most of the supplies here are Stampin' Up. Stamp sets: Season Of Friendship, Forest Friends, Things That I Love, and Owl Together Now. Dp is Sweet Nothings on Rose Red. Added some little red half pearls to the bottom of the frame (a Sizzix scallop square) and added some striped baker's twine. This stuff is awesome and very inexpensive. You can find it at most craft stores in with the candy/cupcake decorating baking supplies.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Christmas Card Blog Hop

I hope you enjoy our blog hop of Christmas cards! The big day will be here for you know it so I hope you can check in on everyone here on the hop for some wonderful ideas!
For your next stop along the hop, please check and see what
has made!

My first card uses all Stampin' Up supplies. Riding Hood Red cardstock embossed with Petals a Plenty. Stamp sets are Tree Trimmings, Delightful Decorations, and Peaceful Wishes with Lovely As A Tree for branches.
My second card uses the retired Santa image from Yuletide Montage and the postage stamp from Mark's Finest Papers. Cardstock is Blush Blossom, River Rock, and Very Vanilla (with matching seam binding ribbon). Designer paper is by Webster's Pages, the Waiting For Santa collection.

Thanks to the Crafty Card Gallery for organizing the hop!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Wine Topper

This is inspired by the Tuesday Trigger snowflake at Moxie Fab World and also combined with the wine topper inspiration from The Country Porch, on SCS. All supplies are Stampin' Up: Trim The Tree and Northern Hearts stamp sets along with Sizzix snowflake dies (large flake and Northern Flurries strip die that is new in the holiday mini.)

Nuts About You

This is another Valentine I've made to go into my shipment of cards to Operation Write Home's cards for the troops. I used the set Autumn Fun by Mark's Finest Papers with some K & Company paper, turning a fall set into a Valentine. This card was made for Speedy's Friends challenge this week at MFP, to add a bow to your card.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Gingerbread scrapbook page

A quick page that I will add some of this year's smaller Christmas pictures to. Sizzix gingerbread man on Webster's pages dp, sentiment by Su (retired Sweet Holiday Memories). Red satin ribbon by Stampin' Up also.

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope you have a wonderful day filled with many blessings and are sharing it with those you love! Stay safe in your travels.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Chocolate Cherry Crumb Cake

This week it is my turn to host the SCS Color Challenge, hope you can join in! Our colors are Chocolate Chip, Cherry Cobbler, and Crumb Cake. Doesn't that sound delicious? For the dessert option if you so desire add some glaze. (Glassy Glaze, Crystal Effects, clear embossing, Stickles, anything shiny!
I used all Stampin' Up for my card, some old and some new. Yuletide Montage angel that I made into a cracked glass panel, some retired Christmas paper, Cherry Cobbler ribbon and vintage brad.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

and Warm Glitter Mittens

I used retired SU paper Ski Slope, textured Whisper White cardstock and the sentiment from It's Snow Time in Real Red. Mittens and baker's twine from Impress. Pinking Hearts border punch by Stampin' Up. A clean and simple 10 minute card.

Friday, November 19, 2010

More Christmas stuff!

For this pinecone I discovered the use of the Stampin' Up photo corner punch and it made this a cinch to make. Much easier than my first where I folded all of those square into points! Start with the smaller corner size around the bottom of the styrofoam egg and continue layering and overlapping all of the way around with the slightly larger corners and finish at the top with the smaller ones again. These are all secured with pins. Embellish top as desired.
My second ornament was very inexpensive (about a dollar) to make and really looks gorgeous on the tree where the light reflects off of all of those gold beads. Clear acrylic ornament from Michael's filled with a gold bead garland that I scored at Goodwill today. I got a huge bag filled with garlands, baubles, and beads for $2. This will keep me happily crafting for a while. The poinsettia is from K&Co.
The third is a card I made for Speedy's Friends challenge this week for a circle on your card. I used the Seasonal Poinsettias from Mark's Finest Papers and Memory Box paper, Santa charm is also from MFP. Faith has the cutest embellishments!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Paper Pinecone Ornament

My first attempt at a paper pinecone ornament with a tutorial I came across at The Hybrid Chick website. You start with a styrofoam egg and layer your folded paper in rows. I'm sure my following efforts will be neater and I will make my points a bit smaller but I'm happy with my starter. Designer paper is retired SU. This is a great way to use up some of that dp you have in storage! Poinsettias are silk Primas.

Thankful Thursday

It's hard to believe that next Thursday will be Thanksgiving already! Just enough time to get some cards mailed back home to the East Coast. All supplies for this card are Stampin' Up. For todays SCS challenge to use brown and for the CAS sketch.
Day Of Gratitude stamp set colored with markers of Saffron, Pumpkin, Riding Hood Red, and Celery. Sentiment is embossed in Copper, vintage brad used for medallion center. Rub on from Autumn Harvest.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

A Claus For Christmas

I loved today's SCS sketch and made two more holiday cards. I'll have to flip the sketch, I think it would be really pretty going the other way also.
For my first card I used all Stampin' Up supplies. The owl punch was used for Mr. and Mrs. Claus and the hat is from the retired Cold Play set. Sentiment from Holiday Sampler. Paper is retired, cardstocks used were Old Olive, Real Red, and Very Vanilla.
The second card uses Mark's Finest Papers and the sets Greetings Of The Season and Flourishes and Frames.
Projects 31 qnd 32 toward my Christmas goal.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Plum Poinsettias

This week's Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers is to use Perfect Plum, Pear Pizzazz, and Baja Breeze with your choice of a neutral. The dessert option is to add a pennant/banner if that is something you would like to try.
My card used Stampin' Up supplies of the above cardstocks with the holly bough stamped in matching ink on the Plum, retired Autumn something paper, white taffeta ribbon and coloring in markers. I don't know if there is such a thing as purple poinsettias but I wanted to make a Christmas card with something current for this challenge. Pear frame is the Lacy Square Nestabilities.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Christmas Ideas

Some more Christmas ideas using mostly Stampin' Up supplies.
The first one is a fun way to give a little gift of chocolates. A tp roll covered in woodgrain paper (Autumn Harvest?), the "knot hole" is a large oval punch in Early Espresso. The owl punch was made into a Santa owl with the hat from the retired Cold Play. The band was embellished with Polar White Flower Soft, added a pompom to cap. Added some branches using the Two Step bird punch. Filled plastic bag with Christmas chocolate mints and tied with olive taffeta ribbon.
The second used the little fairy from the Little Bit Of Magic set. I added a sparkly Santa hat by Jolee's and some Dazzling Diamonds to wings. Fo the sentiment I used the same sentiment that I used on the third card shown here. It seemed to go so perfectly with the one on the front of the card. This card is much more sparkly in real life.
The third is a tag fold accordion style card in Pacific Point using the retired mini hostess set Snow Buddies from last season.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Valentine Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to Operation Write Home's Valentine Blog Hop! We would love to have you join us in making Valentines and other cards for our troops to send home. Valentines must be in to Operation Write Home by January 7th to arrive back home in plenty of time. Click on the Valentine Blog Button on the side of this page and it will take you right to the main website for all of the details and upcoming events.
Please join us here on our fun hop where you will find many ideas to get your creativity flowing! You have probably arrived here from Yvonne's blog and your next stop will be with Veronica. Enjoy!

My first project uses all Stampin' Up supplies. 3"x3" Valentines in Cranberry Crisp, Pretty In Pink and Very Vanilla with matching envelopes. The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes and the heart is from Punch Potpourri colored in markers and shaded in chalk pastels.

My card uses all Stampin' Up supplies. Regal Rose cardstock, stamp sets Baroque Motifs and Always stamped in white and Regal Rose. Card is an accordion fold tag card and measures 4 1/4 x 11".

Friday, November 12, 2010

Christmas Chocolate Packaging

This week's challenge at Speedy's Friends was to incorporate a snowflake somewhere on your card or project. I used the set Time To Chill since it had a penguin to compliment my chocolate one. Designer paper dressed up the packaging and I added some glitter to the iceberg.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Mark's Finest Paper Blog Hop Day 4

My first project using the Musical Holiday set is a Christmas CD filled with my favorite holiday songs. I stamped the musical score on white, masking to stamp more images around it. Sponged with an apricot ink and then Smooch Spritzed over in gold. Cut to fit CD and used Modge Podge to adhere. You don't want to have the stamped layer too thick on the CD so it doesn't interfere with play. I decorated the CD sleeve with additional images from this set and adorned with a red satin bow.
For my second project I used a Sizzix ornament die to create my card, Copic markers with some gold Smooch pearlized accent ink also available at MFP. The horn really shimmers with this lovely ink.

Check here for more info and a list of the prize winners Saturday morning!
Mark’s Finest Papers

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Mark's Finest Papers Blog Hop Day 3

Today's featured set is the lovely Welcome Home. I made a stand up window style card with my home and lighthouse image colored in Copic markers. Flower is from a Sizzix die, cardstock is MFP.
Check here for more info and a list of all of today's links:
Mark’s Finest Papers

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Mark's Finest Papers Blog Hop Day 2

Today's featured sets are Christmas Postage and Bold & Free.
For my first sample I used the Santa postage stamp. Isn't he the cutest?
For my second sample I made a "postage sheet of stamps" with the Nutcracker, colored in different colors of Copic markers and highlighted with gold and silver glitter Smooch accent ink.
My third is an easel card using all MFP supplies (except for punches). The silhouette image was stamped in a dark brown on a brayered and sponged color background. The tag features the sentiment and the wheat grass image. Designer paper is Indian Summer by Basic Grey.
Check out this link for blog hop info and a list of the links:
Mark’s Finest Papers

Bella Toile Christmas

Today's color challenge calls for Poppy Parade, Tempting Turquoise, and White. I gold embossed the Bella Toile image and colored it with these colors and a bit of lime green. Dry embossed the Poppy panel with the Elegant Line folder, embossed sentiment from Bells & Boughs in gold. The ornament is from this week's Holiday Blitz to make a magnet (Technique is in Resources section). I embossed this in gold, colored it with Copics, added Dazzling Diamonds and Crystal Effects. My ornament can be removed from the card and used as an ornament and also has a magnet on the back. Added turquoise grosgrain ribbon, gold cording and mini pearls to frame. Sketch is Mojo164.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Brick Wall and Bells On Bobtail

Todays featured new sets from Mark's Finest Papers are Bells On Bobtail and Brick Wall.
For my first project I made gift tags using all MFP supplies and stored them in a little organdy bag.
My second is a card with the shimmery pink card base by MFP that was embossed with the bell image in an Iridescent Ice powder. The sleigh and sentiment were embossed in silver. Lace is new in the store also. Added some mini silver bells & cording.
My third card features the wonderful and versatile set called Brick Wall, all supplies by MFP.

Check out what the MFP designers have in store for you today. For all of today's links and blog hop info check here and enjoy the hop!
Mark’s Finest Papers

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Snowflake Sparkle and a Nutcracker

Two more projects toward my Christmas Countdown. The first is easy but a little messy with all of the glitter. I cut the large Sizzix snowflake and some of the new Northern Flurries Sizzix die and covered them in various colors of SU glitter. Center is an Ice rhinestone brad. An ornament or I may use it as my tree topper for my stamp room tree.
The second project is a sneak peek of a darling set due out on Tuesday from Mark's Fines Papers called Christmas Postage. I used the nutcracker stamp image and colored it in Copics and highlighted it in various places with the Stardust gelly roll pen by Sakura and a gold Spica marker. Basic Grey Figgy designer paper on a white base.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Brick Wall

I hope you can join us at Speedy's Friends where our challenge is to add piercing to your card. This is a new sneak peek from Mark's Finest Papers due out in a few days called Brick Wall for the wall, flowering vine and sentiment.
Also for the Hope You Can Cling To Challenge to show something you may see while out on a walk.

Ornament Magnets

These can be used as magnets or hung as ornaments. I used the technique spotlight tutorial to make these using a CTMH set called Elegant Ornament with Crystal Effects, Dazzling Diamonds and gold and silver embossing and cording by SU.
Project #16 in my Christmas Countdown.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Vintage Bells & Boughs

For a vintage looking Christmas card I used the new Deck The Halls paper and Bells & Boughs stamp set by Stampin' Up. Shaded image in chalk pastels.
Artichoke (card base) and True Thyme was used for the Music Notes wheel and the shaded edges. Riding Hood Red for matting. Chantilly Lace and half pearl for embellishing. All supplies are Stampin' Up.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Brick Wall Flowers

This is a sneak peek of a set due out next week from Mark's Finest Papers called Brick Wall. I used the flower vine image and the sentiment in this set and paired it with SU's Parisian Breeze papers, pearls and vanilla seam binding ribbon.
Colors used were Sahara Sand, Cocoa, and Vanilla.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Color Challenge

Today's SCS Color Challenge is Peach Parfait, Early Espresso, and Cajun Craze. I embossed the Espresso base with the Forever Flowers wheel in gold. For the side image panel I used today's colors with the French Foliage set and then used gold Smooch Spritz over top. The pheasant is from Autumn Days, the sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes. Embellished with gold cording and beads.
Most supplies are Stampin' Up.

Double Inlay Embossing

This is a great technique for a quick wow. Stamp your main image (script works beautifully) and then clear emboss the whole panel. Stamp another image with Versamark over top of this and then emboss in a different color of embossing powder, the image seems to blend into the bottom embossed layer. My gold doesn't show up so much in the photograpgh but it is really pretty in real life.
Card info: This is a sneak peek of a new set coming out next week from Mark's Finest Papers called Musical Holiday. I first embossed the musical score in clear and then embossed the French horn and treble clef images in gold over top. The sweet little Santa charm is also available at MFP. The sentiment is also embossed in gold.
Paper is SU Deck The Halls on Brushed Gold base with pearl accents and gold cording.
Project #14 in my Christmas Countdown.