Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year!

Cardinals definitely brighten the cold winters here in Atlanta. You will look out your window or be driving along and see a flash of red and it is a cardinal. I am so glad they stick around in the winter! Anyway, I already had this whisper white embossed and looked and thought the tree would fit in and it did so I added a red cardinal that I popped up and made it a new years card. Very simple. The photo does not really show it but the layers under the white are Early Expresso and the card is Real Red.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

One Final Christmas post for 2011

In case you did not get one of these, this was the Christmas card I made and sent out to 30 friends far and near. It is very monochromatic and surprisingly has no glitter (I have a lot of kids with trachs). Plus, with having to make so many I wanted to keep it simple. This features 4 different stamp sets: Elements of Style, Bells and Boughs and Welcome Christmas and Hand Penned Holidays on the inside. I just love the vintage feel of it.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Are you ready to say Goodbye to Christmas?

Are you ready to say Goodbye to neither. I have a couple of more posts for you and then I promise to move on the New Years and then to the promised Techniques. Remember I said we would finish them all at once after the holidays. Any way, here is another Pines & Poinsettias card. The colors used are Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla and Soft Suede. The sentiment is form the set Bells and Boughs. Another simple, understated elegant card.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Another little Christmas Goodie Box

This was a quick and easy triangle box that I saw on a blog here. It was for Halloween so I changed it to be for Christmas. It was so cute with little chocolate candies in it and since it used only 6x6 pieces of paper it did not cost much for a little 3-D gift for friends. Bookmark this one for upcoming holidays or events.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Snow Much Fun

I saw this card on stampercampers blog and had to copy it! It is so cute and I had not used this little snowman yet from that set. I water colored the snow man and the rest was stamped using Crumb Cake and Real Red. The hardest part was cutting out the snowman!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

French Doors for Christmas

No, I didn't get french doors for Christmas and I don't have french doors but I saw this card on Stampin' Connection and immediately set out to make one like it. The card is standard sized 5 1/2 x 4 1/4. I scored it at 2 1/8" from either end. The folded it and the door met in the middle. I set about cutting the panels and I sponged around the middle one to add depth. The top panel is on a dimensional. The wreaths are made using Garden Green and I punched a 1" circle and them punched again using the scallop circle punch. The red berries are the smallest pearls colored with a red sharpie marker. the door knobs are the gold basic glimmer brads. I am showing it open and closed for you today.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Present Time

Merry Christmas! I hope you got all that your heart desired for the holiday of gift giving. If you missed anything Stampin' Up! and it was on your must have list, you can always get it here! Plus, Sale-a-Bration is coming when you can get more stuff for FREE! Hang in there for all the details.
This little card was made with the one of the new colors, Lucky Limeade, Whisper White and the glittery red and silver papers. I just live glitter and sparkly stuff. I wish my whole tree could have presents as sparkly as these. (It is much prettier in real life!) The sentiment is for the set Hand-Penned Holidays. Again, I wish you a Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 23, 2011

A Pretty Snowflake Ornament

This very pretty ornament was made by a Stampin' Up! demonstrator in Stampin' Success


Day of Gratitude Set
Whisper White Card Stock
Marina Mist Classic Stampin' Pad
Accessories & Tools
Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter
Marina Mist 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon
Square Ice Rhinestone Brads
Mat Pack
Paper-Piercing Tool
Snowflake Punch

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Welcome Christmas card


Greeting Card Kids Set
Heard from the Heart Set
Always Artichoke Card Stock
Cherry Cobbler Card Stock
Crumb Cake Card Stock
Deck the Halls Designer Series Paper (retired, but the fabric could be used)
Watercolor Paper
Always Artichoke Classic Stampin' Pad
Cherry Cobbler Classic Stampin' Pad
Crumb Cake Classic Stampin' Pad
Daffodil Delight Classic Stampin' Pad
Jet Black StazOn Pad
Accessories & Tools
Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter
Victoria 5/8" Crochet Trim
Stampin' Dimensionals
Scallop Trim Border Punch

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Playing with CCMC180

I am actually using an older post for this challenge as I have been swamped and we are still in school here in Cobb County! One more day because they generously "furloghed" us without pay on Friday. Anyway, I knew I had a card that would fit the challenge even if it uses retired stuff.

Peace on Earth frame and trees

Wow! Isn't she a beauty?

Four the Holidays Set
Parlor Prints Background Stamp
Shimmery White Card Stock
Silver Glimmer Paper
Baja Breeze Classic Stampin' Pad
VersaMark Pad
Accessories & Tools
Iridescent Ice Stampin' Emboss Powder
Neutrals Designer Buttons
Fleurettes II
Pearl Basic Jewels
Stampin' Dimensionals
Blossom Petals Punch
Boho Blossoms Punch
Doily Punch
Fancy Flower Punch
Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack
Big Shot
Fun Flowers Bigz L Die
Flower Folds Bigz XL Die
Blossom Party Originals Die
Snow Burst Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Foam cones
Hot glue gun
Straight pins


To create trees

1.Emboss several pieces of Shimmery White Card Stock using the Big Shot and the Snow Burst Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

2.Stamp Parlor Prints background image in VersaMark ink on several pieces of Shimmery White Card Stock. Cover with Iridescent Ice Stampin' Emboss Powder and heat emboss.

3.Cut flowers from Silver Glimmer Paper and both sets of embossed Shimmery White Card Stock using punches and the Big Shot with the Fun Flowers Bigz L, Flower Folds Bigz XL, and the Blossom Party Originals Dies.

4.Layer and attach flowers to foam cones using straight pins.

5.Adhere pearls, buttons, and Fleurettes to flower centers.

To create frame

1.Emboss Shimmery White Card Stock using the Big Shot and the Snow Burst Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Place inside frame.

2.Stamp sentiment in Baja Breeze ink on Shimmery White Card Stock and cut into pennant.

3.Cut flowers from Shimmery White Card Stock using the Big Shot and the Blossom Party Originals Die. Punch image from Silver Glimmer Paper using Doily Punch. Layer flowers, doily, and pennant using Stampin' Dimensionals. Adhere pearl to center of doily. Adhere to frame using Stampin' Dimensionals.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas Gifts Stampin' Up! Style

Hand-Penned Holidays Set
Distressed Dots Background Stamp
Contempo Stampin' Around Wheel
Cherry Cobbler Card Stock
Whisper White Card Stock
Letters to Santa Designer Series Paper
Cherry Cobbler Classic Stampin' Pad
Basic Black Craft Stampin' Pad
VersaMark Pad
Accessories & Tools
Black Stampin' Emboss Powder
Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter
Old Olive 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon
Cherry Cobbler 1-1/4" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon
Rhinestone Basic Jewels
Stampin' Dimensionals
Scallop Trim Border Punch
Simply Scored


To create hat box:

1.Stamp Distressed Dots Background image in VersaMark ink on hat box. Apply Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter.

2.Wheel Contempo image in Cherry Cobbler ink on Whisper White Card Stock. Cut out and adhere around edge of hat box top. Adhere Rhinestone Basic Jewels to Old Olive 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon at 1/2" intervals. Adhere over Contempo wheel image.

3.Punch one edge of Cherry Cobbler Card Stock using Scallop Trim Border Punch.

4.Score punched Cherry Cobbler Card Stock and piece of Letters to Santa Designer Series Paper every 1/4" using Simply Scored. Create rosettes. (See page 22 of the November 2011 Stampin' Success for more details on how to create a rosette.)

5.Layer rosettes and adhere to hat box using Stampin' Dimensionals.

6.Stamp "Merry Christmas" in VersaMark ink on Whisper White Card Stock. Cover with Black Stampin' Emboss Powder and heat emboss. Cut into pennant (1-3/8" x 8"). Cut strip of Cherry Cobbler Card Stock into pennant (1-1/2" x 8-1/4"). Adhere pennants together. Score 1" from each end of pennant; score again 1/4" from previous score mark. Fold at score lines to give pennant dimension. Adhere over rosettes.

To create bottom box:

1.Wrap box in Letters to Santa Designer Series Paper.

2.Tie Cherry Cobbler 1-1/4" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon around both gifts.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Merry and Bright Card


Merry & Type Set
Very Vanilla Card Stock
Letters to Santa Designer Series Paper
Cherry Cobbler Classic Stampin' Pad
Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Pad
Old Olive Classic Stampin' Pad
Accessories & Tools
Old Olive 1/2" Scallop Dots Ribbon
Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine
Rhinestone Basic Jewels
Stampin' Dimensionals
Blender Pens
1" Circle Punch

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Peace on Earth Tag


Merry & Type Set
Cherry Cobbler Card Stock
Old Olive Card Stock
Very Vanilla Card Stock
Letters to Santa Designer Series Paper
Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Pad
Accessories & Tools
Chocolate Chip 5/8" Satin Ribbon
Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine
Decorative Label Punch
1/2" Circle Punch
Big Shot
Two Tags Bigz Die

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Snow Banner

I think little banners like this one seen in our Stampin' Success magazine make great quick little gifts for friends and neighbors that they can use for years. In fact, I think I will make one for my neighbor now!

StampsSnow Much Fun Set
Lucky Limeade Card Stock
Not Quite Navy Card Stock
Pool Part Card Stock
Soft Suede Card Stock
Very Vanilla Card Stock
Watercolor Paper
Not Quite Navy Classic Stampin' Pad
Pink Pirouette Classic Stampin' Pad
Pool Party Classic Stampin' Pad
Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Pad
Jet Black StazOn Pad
Pumpkin Pie Stampin' Write Marker
Frost White Shimmer Paint
Accessories & Tools
Dazzling Details
Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter
Not Quite Navy 1-1/4" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon
Not Quite Navy 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon
Filigree Designer Brads
Basics Glimmer Brads
Silver Mini Brads
Stampin' Dimensionals
Blender Pens
Modern Label Punch
Big Shot
Scallop Square Bigz Clear Die
Serif Essentials Alphabet Bigz Die
Snow Burst Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

Friday, December 16, 2011

Merry and Bright

Maybe I am sentimental at heart but I love these old looking ornaments. When we were kids we had lots of these old ornaments that disappeared over the years. I am sure that we broke them just to get new ones. It really makes me sad now especially when I see what people are selling them for in antique booths.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Clearance Blitz Now!

Dates: December 15, 2011-January 5, 2012
Nearly 200 new Clearance Rack items are being added to the Online Store at discounts up to 80 percent off retail--while supplies last!
Things to Remember
  • Only demonstrator and online orders qualify for this promotion. Orders can include non-Clearance Rack items, as well.
  • The Clearance Rack Blitz includes old-body style punches.
  • There is no minimum purchase required to participate in this promotion.
  • Qualifying Clearance Rack orders are eligible for hostess benefits/Stampin' Rewards.
  • Demonstrators will receive instant income on all Clearance Rack purchases made through the Online Store: DBWS subscribers will receive 20 percent and non-DBWS subscribers will receive 10 percent.
  • Following the Clearance Rack Blitz sales period, some blitz items may remain in the clearance rack; others may be removed and reappear at an undesignated time in the future.
  • Clearance Rack Blitz items are only available while supplies last. There are no refunds or exchanges on Clearance Rack items.
  • You may view Clearance Rack Blitz items in my personal website by clicking here.

Snow Much Fun

Speaking of snow, how about this cute little snowman card! It was so simple to make and really a no layer project. Easy to make, fits in a regular envelope and just enought glitter to give it the Wow! factor. Enjoy.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Let it Snow!

Well, we rarely ever get a white Christmas here in Atlanta. I hear we got one last year but alas, I missed it! I say bring on the snow and leave the ice alone. This card has a giant snowflake on it for a little inspiration.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Come to Bethlehem

It is still not too late to get those cards in the mail. I am posting another of my Christmas in July class cards today. It is pretty simple and easily duplicated. Don't have the supplies? Leave me a message and we can make them together here.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Dasher card

If you think you are seeing double...well, I am re-posting the cards we made at my Christmas in July card class. Since they are all Christmas and seeing as I need to get ahead so I can move on to shopping, wrapping, planning, cooking, mailing etc...I am going to show these 5 cards again. Please forgive me and get over it. (LOL)

This one took the most time with all of the layering, sponging, cutting aligning etc.. Everyone also loved it.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Joy Banner

This one practically bounces off the page with all the glimmer papers on it. I wanted something that would be eye catching but not too overwhelming and this is it. It is a simple and oh so pretty banner. Not too hard, I did it by starting with the letters that I handcut and then layered it all from there. Of course, I had to do more of the beautiful poinsettias.

A Christmas Memory Book

Front Cover

A look at the pages all together

Pages 1 & 2

Pages 3 & 4

Pages 5 & 6

A quick glimpse of the pull-outs
Ok, so I saw this idea last year on 1/8 to be exact and saved it for such a time as this. The original can be seen by clicking here. She offers a tutorial but I just kind of looked at it and made my own. I used some retired DSP and some current and retired embellishments to make the book. Each page has a 2 sided pull-out. I hope my pictures help you understand how I did it.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Create with Connie and Mary CCMC 179

I am playing for blog candy! Oh yeah! Well, I love the challenges and a little candy can't hurt. Anyway, this week is a color challenge. I was stumped for a few days but finally got a handle on it. I pulled out the sewing machine (even though the light is out) and put a few touches on the card. The colors are:
I used the Snow Much Fun set and some of the 6x6 DSP that is in the In Colors stack for 2010-2011 on the background. It sort of reminded me of snowflakes. I used the cute chubby snowman and colored him in using the Many Marvelous Markers.

Another Goody Box

I have said it before and I am sure I will say it again, but you can never have too many little gifts handy for this time of year and who wants to spend $$$$$. Why not make your little gifts for your friends and neighbors? They will surely appreciate them even more than some cheesy thing you happened to pick up at the Dollar store.

I made this box in minutes, literally. I think it took me about 20 minutes to make but if I were making more I would surely do them in assembly line style. Why not make them up for teacher gifts. This box has 2 pockets for holding little goodies. I put the yummy Coldstone Creamery hot chocolate packs in this one but you could put anything in them. Be creative!  Contact me if you want to dimensions for this box.

Friday, December 9, 2011

A Candy Treat

I love having little gifts laying around to share with co-workers or friends and this one hits the spot for anyone. It is a little box filled with chocolates. Some are wrapped in DSP and some are wrapped in stickers that I stamped using the It's a Wrap Holidays stamp set. I finished it off with dsp wrap and another poinsettia and a little tag from Tags til Christmas set.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Come to Bethlehem

I love the simplicity of this set and the simple way our Lord came to earth...he made himself a little lower than the angels so that we could have salvation! Praise him now and forever more. That is what Christmas is about is it not? This card says it all... Oh, come let us adore Him...

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Pines & Poinsettias

Don't you love the paper bow that is featured on this card? You can see the tutorial by clicking here. It was fun and easy to make. I used some of the designer paper from the Christmas Lane Simply Scrappin' kit. What a fun and pretty card when it all came together.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Create with Connie and Mary CCMC 178

Sorry, it is not a Christmas post. Note, no red or green type. But I had to play with Connie and Mary for a chance at that blog candy. See their post here. I used Early Expresso, Blushig Bride, Pear Pizazz and Whisper White for my card. The set used is called Circle Circus a very fun circle set. See you tomorrow for another Christmas all the Way post.

Snowflakes or Doilies?

I was struck with how cool these doilies would look as snowflakes and made a card showing just that. It is simple in Basic Black and Whisper White. I embossed the snowflakes in silver to make them shine a bit kind of like looking out the window at night while it is snowing.

Monday, December 5, 2011

A Standing Z-fold Card


open & standing
I was inspired by ????? Sorry, I can't remember right now. Anyway, I saw her card and decided to make mine similar to hers. I used the beautiful Letters to Santa DSP for my inspiration along with the Merry and Bright stamp set. I love the vintage look of the paper as well as the ornaments. The card is Crumb Cake and other supplies used were: Early Expresso & Whisper White card stocks. The inks are Cherry Cobbler and Marina Mist. I added a touch of dazzling diamonds to make it sparkle a bit. I think it turned out lovely!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Butterflies for Christmas?

I don't know about you, but down in the south we don't usually decorate our Christmas trees with butterflies but last year I was out of the country on Christmas. While we were in Curacao and Bonaire we saw lots of trees that were decorated using butterflies. A bit different but just as pretty as ours. That inspired me to make a butterfly Christmas card. I kept it simple: Whisper White and Real Red card stock. The only ink was versamark and I embossed the Hand Penned Holiday sentiment with silver. Then I used my Big Shot and the butterfly sizzlit to make these little butterflies.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Sour Cream Containers - A Tutorial

It has been a really long time since I made these little sour cream containers. I guess they got their name because they look like the sour cream containers some fast foods use. Any way, I had some retired DSP and I decided to use it for these. I have decided to fill them with goodies (like cash) and hang them on the tree for the kids to find! They are really simple to make and I am sharing a quick tutorial here for you.

Cut a 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 sheet of designer paper.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Pretty Poinsettia

I saw this card posted on Robin Merriman's site in October and quickly followed her tutorial to make the beautiful poinsettia shown on this card. As you can see, I have also attached the tutorial for you. I used Shimmery White, Garden Green and Red Glitter card stock. I also used an antique brad for the center and lots of stampin' dimensionals. The Merry Christmas is from the set Four the Holidays. I embossed it with the silver embossing powder. Doesn't this make a special wow card?