Monday, 31 December 2012

Swallowtail Sympathy Sneak Peak

Hey Stampers,

The last day of 2012 ! Crazy. I am working today, but we close at 3pm so thats good ! Going to my aunts tonight for a party. Should be fun ! I can't wait !! On a sadder note, a lovely family friend passed away this past weekend. Her funeral was yesterday, and I am particularly close to 3 members of her family (a neighbour and 2 good friends).  Their mother/grandmother was such a lovely woman. She would always knit socks for my Jackson and give him little treat bags at halloween and everything. Such a sweet woman, and I will miss her. So I made 3 different cards for them, and I will share one of them with you today. This one uses the brand new Swallowtail background stamp that will be available on January 3rd from the Spring Catalogue. It is SO beautiful, and I though the symbol of a butterfly was nice for a sympathy card. Here it is, what do you think ??


I think this card turned out beautifully. I first embossed the image (this is a little more than half of the stamp ... it is a huge one! ) with Early Espresso embossing powder onto Very Vanilla cardstock. Then I sponged the image with Rose Red, Regal Rose and Pretty in Pink inks. Love the graduation of color from the darkest in the middle, to the lightest at the edges of the wing. This made quite a mess on the cardstock, all the inks everywhere, so I then fussy cut the butterfly out with my Paper Snips. Wans't too hard to do, but had to be careful around his antennae. The other bit of stamping was the beautiful sentiment from the Petite Pairs stamp set. I stamped it in Early Espresso ink onto Very Vanilla, and punched it out with my Large Oval punch. This was then layered onto a Scallop Oval punch in Rose Red. I find that simple can be so nice with a sympathy card.

My 3-7'8" x 5-1/5" Very Vanilla background layer was embossed with the stunning Fancy Fan embossing folder. Such a beautiful texture, and I though ti kind of looked like butterfly wings ! This was then layered onto a piece of Pretty in Pink that measured 4" x 5-1/4". I like the look of the very thin 1/8" border of the pink. I wrapped a piece of 3/8 Pretty in Pink Taffeta Ribbon (retired) down the side and then attached the layer to a Rose Red card base. Its hard to tell from the picture, but the butterfly is attached in a fun way. I used snail to attach the body, then a layer of dimensionals at the middle of the wing and a double layer at the edge! So it looks like its really a 3D look, with such a sweeping dimension. Very cool. I then added the sentiment with some dimensionals and a coupe Basic Pearls and it was all done! I really think this is a beautiful card and could be changed up for lots of different occasions with lots of different color combos.

I hope you like my card today !! Have a great time tonight if you are going out to a party for New Years Eve and "see you next year" !! Happy Stamping !! 

Recipe:

Stamp Sets: Swallowtail* (wood #129213, clear #129216), Petite Pairs (wood #122495, clear #122497)

Ink: VersaMark #102283, Rose Red Classic Stampin' Pad #126954, Regal Rose Classic Stampin' Pad #126957,  Pretty In Pink Classic Stampin' Pad # 126995, Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Pad #126974

Paper: Very Vanilla #101650, Pretty In Pink #100459, Rose Red #102544

Accessories: Early Espresso Stampin' Emboss Powder #128980, Fancy Fan Embossing Folder #127751, Large Oval Punch #119855, Scallop Oval Punch #119856, Stamping Sponges #101610, Basic Pearls #119247, 3/8" Pretty In Pink Taffeta Ribbon (Retired)

* Available January 3rd, 2013 in the 2013 Spring Catalogue

Saturday, 29 December 2012

Blue Ribbon Birthday

Hey Stampers,

Hows everyone today ?? I can't believe there are only a couple of days left to 2012 !! This year has flown by, but I am excited to see what 2013 has in store for me ! Jackson was at a birthday party just before Christmas, for a little girl that turned 1. I thought the sweet Blue Ribbon stamp set would be PERFECT for that, so I paired it with the awesome Patio Party DSP to make a card and matching gift bag. Here is what I came up with !!


Isn't that cute ?? I love that ribbon image. I stamped it once in Primrose Petals onto Whisper White cardstock, and that got punched out with the co-ordinating 2-3/8" Scalloped Circle punch. Then I stamped the ribbon tails image onto the cute Baja Breeze Heart patterned paper in Midnight Muse ink. Then I cut them out with my Paper Snips and attached them to the scalloped image. For my centre "1" image, I stamped it in Summer Starfruit ink and punched it out with the 1-1/4" Circle Punch. I layered it on a piece of Baja Breeze that I had punched with the 1-3/8" Circle punch and attached it to the ribbon with a dimensional. Sweet ! Perfect for a little girl turning 1 !! I also stamped the Happy Birthday image in Baja Breeze and punched it out with the 1-3/8" Circle punch, and then layered it onto a Midnight Muse Curly Label punch. This was it for my stamping.

I ran a piece of Whisper White measuring 3-3/4" x 5" through my Big Shot with the Chevron Embossing Folder. Then I had some strips of the Patio Party DSP in varying widths (all 5" long) and stuck them towards the right of the card. I also tucked in a skinny piece of Summer Starfruit cardstock that I had punched with the Dotted Scalloped Ribbon Border punch. Love how those little scallops break up the patterns and add a great punch of color. I also added a piece of the Summer Starfruit Stitched Satin ribbon to anchor my birthday sentiment. Love that delicious ribbon !! A layer of Primrose Petals was added to the back of the Whisper White and this was all put onto a Midnight Muse card base.


Here is a picture of the matching gift bag that I made. I love having these plain brown paper bags around that I can jazz up for any occasion. This banners pattern of DSP is almost too busy for a card, but it looks great on this bag !! I added a couple strips of cardstock to the bottom, and some fun scallops to the top that I die cut with the Tasteful Trim Bigz Die. Love that die !! A bow of Primrose Petals Stitched Satin Ribbon on the bag handle finishes off this sweet project. Love when I can have the card and bag match !! So fun.

Well, thanks for dropping by today !! Have a great weekend and Happy Stamping !!

Recipe:

Stamp Set: Blue Ribbon (wood #125979, clear #125981)

Ink: Summer Starfruit Classic Stampin' Pad #126991, Primrose Petals Classic Stampin' Pad #126858, Midnight Muse Classic Stampin' Pad #126860, Baja Breeze Classic Stampin' Pad #126960

Paper: Midnight Muse #126843, Primrose Petals #126841, Summer Starfruit #126839, Baja Breeze #111352, Whisper White #100730, Patio Party DSP #126916

Accessories: 2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punch #118874, 1-3/8" Circle Punch #119860, 1-1/4" Circle Punch #119861, Curly Label Punch #119851, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch #119275, Tasteful Trim Bigz Die #120893, Chevron Embossing Folder #127749, 3/8" Summer Starfruit Stitched Satin Ribbon #126846, 3/8" Primrose Petals Stitched Satin Ribbon #126844



Friday, 28 December 2012

Tea for Two, Me and You ...

Hey Stampers,

Do you ever find that sometimes there are stamp sets that are on your wish list for AGES and you just never get around to buying them ?? Thats the story with me and the Tea Shoppe stamp set. This set was in the Occasions Mini last year, and I thought it was SO cute! Tea is pretty big for lots of members of my family, so I knew it was a stamp set I needed to get. But the Occasions Mini came and went, and I never managed to get it. And then, lo and behold, it was brought back in the main catalogue in June !! So back on my Wish List it went. But, I STILL hadn't got around to getting it until this month !! But I am so glad that I did. What a great set !! Sweet tea cups and images, but also a few really nice sentiments !! I am so glad that I got this set !! And my Aunt Dianne came home for Christmas this year, and a bigger tea junkie you never did see, so I made this sweet card to welcome her home !! Take a look and tell me what you think !!


Isn't that sweet ? And I really love this color combo of Basic Gray, Wisteria Wonder and Primrose Petals. Very subtle and soft. I stamped the big Tea Cut in Wisteria Wonder onto Whisper White cardstock and then cut it out. How did I do so well next to the handle you ask !?! The wing from the Bird Punch fits in there PERFECTLY !! I just needed to do a tiny bit of trimming on the bottom part, but essentially that whole piece just punched right out !! LOVE that !! My "tea bag" is a piece of Whisper White that I punched with the Large Tag Punch (retired, but the Extra Large one is still around) and I sponged it with Soft Suede and Basic Gray ink to make it look like tea. I then used White Bakers Twine and my 1/16" Handheld Circle Punch to attach my little sentiment. So sweet. My last piece of stamping with the beautiful "tea for two" sentiment. I colored that with my Stampin' Write Markers and die cut it with the Labels Collection Framelits. 

The Primrose Petals layer measures 3-3/4" by 5" and I embossed it using the beautify Lacy Brocade embossing folder. I then used a piece of the Basic Gray DSP from the Neutrals Patterns stack that I die cut with the Adorning Accents scalloped edgelit. This got layered with a second piece of patterned DSP, this time the Wisteria Wonder stripes. Love using a bunch of these different patterns on one project. The designs are so subtle that they can be mixed and match easily without looking too busy. Some 1/4" Basic Gray Stitched Grosgrain ribbon and a pretty bow finished off this sweet card. I am addicted to that ribbon, I only have a couple more colors to get and then I have them all !! And at $6.75 for 10 yards it is SO affordable !! So great !!

Well, thats my project for today. I hope you liked it and if you have friends or family that like tea as much as mine do, why not get this stamp set for yourself as well !! Thanks for dropping by today and Happy Stamping !!

Recipe:

Stamp Set: Tea Shoppe (wood #125545, clear #125547)

Ink: Wisteria Wonder Classic Stampin' Pad #126985, Primrose Petals Classic Stampin' Pad #126858, Basic Gray Classic Stampin' Pad #126981, Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Pad #126978, Primrose Petals Marker (2012-2014 In Color Stampin' Write Markers Collection #126856), Wisteria Wonder Marker (2011-2013 In Color Stampin' Write Markers Collection #123002), Basic Gray Marker (Neutrals Stampin' Marker Markers Collection #119703)

Paper: Primrose Petals #126841, Wisteria Wonder #122922, Whisper White #100730, Neutrals Patterns DSP Stack #117157, 2011-2013 In Colors Patterns DSP Stack #122384

Accessories: Labels Collection Framelits #125598, Bird Punch #117191, Adorning Accents Edgelits #125595, Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder #127819, Large Tag Punch (Retired), 1/16" Handheld Circle Punch #101227, White Bakers Twine #124262, 1/4" Basic Gray Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon #126879, Basic Rhinestones #119246, Stamping Sponges #101610

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Hearts a Flutter Sneak Peak

Hey Stampers,

Merry Christmas !! I hope you all had a great day yesterday. We had a lovely day; opening presents, having a yummy breakfast (one I found on pinterest, Overnight Strata ... it was delish), visiting family, having family visit us, and cooking a great big turkey for supper. A fabulous day if I do say so myself ! But today will be all about relaxing. My mom goes back home today, so after she leaves I will try to fit in a bit of stamping maybe ! The card I have to show you today is another sneak peak from the Spring Catalogue. I really love the new More Amore Suite from this catalogue. I used the DSP as a color inspiration for this card, but I didn't actually use any of the paper LOL. I really love the combo of Real Red, Pool Party, Primrose Petals, Pink Pirouette and Basic Black that they use in the DSP. I did use the great Hearts a Flutter Bundle though ! The stamp set and matching framelits are SO great. And when you buy them as a bundle, you get a savings of 15% !! Awesome !! Why don't you take a look for yourself !?!


Isn't that so nice ?? Those 3 banner images are from the Hearts a Flutter stamp set and matching framelits. I see LOTS of great banner projects in my future !! They are so easy to use and beautiful. I stamped the banners and the Primrose Petals heart on scraps of coloured cardstock and ran them through my Big Shot. I then took a piece of 3-3/4" by 5" Very Vanilla cardstock and stamped the beautiful sentiment from the Feel Goods stamp set (also new and FULL of beautiful verses) in Primrose Petals ink. I also stamped that fun sketched look heart in Jet Black StazOn ink. Then I layered the Very Vanilla onto a piece of Pool Party. I love they way these banners look draped across the corner of the card. I popped up all of the pieces on Dimensionals and then used some black and white bakers twine (non SU) for the bows in the corners. They got attached with some mini Glue Dots. Then it was just to embellish ! 

See that GREAT BIG rhinestone on the Pink Pirouette banner ?? Thats also a sneak peek from the Spring Catalogue. Isn't it delicious ?? Mega bling !! I also used the Vintage Faceted Buttons, Brights Designer Buttons and Subtles Designer Buttons. A Basic Rhinestone in the middle of each of them adds the perfect sparkly touch, don't you think ?? A card base of Primrose Petals finishes off this stunning card. I really like how it turned out ! Perfect card for a birthday or just thinking of you. And changing up the sentiment would make it a great Valentine's Day card as well !!

Thats it for today !! Thanks a lot for dropping by today. I am off to enjoy Boxing Day with my family !! Have a great day and Happy Stamping !!

Recipe:

Stamp Sets: Hearts a Flutter* (wood #129249, clear #129252), Feel Goods* (wood #129681, clear #129684)

Ink: Primrose Petals Classic Stampin' Pad #126858, Real Red Classic Stampin' Pad #126949, Pool Party Classic Stampin' Pad #126982, Pink Pirouette Classic Stampin' Pad #126956, Jet Black StazOn #101406

Paper: Primrose Petals #126841, Pool Party #122924, Real Red #102482, Pink Pirouette #111351, Very Vanilla #101650

Accessories: Hearts a Flutter Framelits* #130159, Vintage Faceted Buttons #127555, Brights Designer Buttons #119747, Subtles Designer Buttons #119745, Large Rhinestones #129324, Basic Rhinestones #119246



Monday, 24 December 2012

Daydream Medallions Wreath Wine Bottle Tag

Hey Stampers !!

Merry Christmas Eve !! It is snowing here today ... really puts you in the Christmas mood ! I can't believe that tomorrow is Christmas Day. December has really flown by, don't you think ?? We had our traditional Fish Family Dinner last night at my dad's house. We usually have it on Christmas Eve, but it's always such a rush to get to church on time we decided to push it up to the 23rd. So tonight is church and then snacks here at our house ! Can't wait !! My project today is another take on the tag you saw here, only this is a bigger one used for a wine bottle !! I really love how it turned out. Such a festive way to dress up a simple gift ! Have a look !! 


Here is a picture of the full wine bottle. I made the tag nice and long, so I had lots of room to decorate. Really really pretty !! I have a more close up picture of the tag below.


The main wreath image is from the Daydream Medallions stamp set. I inked it up in Garden Green and stamped it onto a Very Vanilla piece of cardstock measuring 3-1/4" square. I then stamped one of the star images from the Merry Minis stamp set in Cherry Cobbler, More Mustard and Not Quite Navy ink 3 times each onto scrap Very Vanilla. Then I punched them out with the matching punch. I made a little bow using 3/8" Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon and attached it to the wreath using Mini Glue Dots. Then I attached all of the cute little stars using cut up pieces of Dimensionals. This whole piece got layered onto a piece of Not Quite Navy that measured 3-1/2" square. 

The tag itself is a piece of Garden Green that measures 2-1/2" wide by around 8" long. I scored the top where I wanted the tag to start hanging down, and used my 1-3/8" Circle Punch to make the hole for the neck of the bottle to come up through. I then cut the bottom edge of the tag with the Large Scallop Edgelit; a scrap of More Mustard was cut as well and then embossed with one of the patterns from the Delicate Designs embossing folder set. This then got layered onto the tag. Love how it fancies up the bottom, don't you ?? Then a strip of DSP from the Be of Good Cheer paper got layered onto the tag. A banner with Merry Christmas (from the More Merry Messages stamp set) was put on the bottom. I curled it up using my bone folder, and fancied up the whole tag with a smattering of Basic Pearls. LOVE how it turned out !! 

Thanks so much for dropping by today !! Have a very Merry Christmas and I will see you soon !! Happy Stamping !!

Recipe:

Stamp Sets: Daydream Medallions (wood #126465, clear #126467), Merry Minis (wood #127916, clear #127919), More Merry Messages (wood #126400, clear #126402)

Ink: Garden Green Classic Stampin' Pad #126973, Not Quite Navy Classic Stampin' Pad #126971, Cherry Cobbler Classic Stampin' Pad #126966, More Mustard Classic Stampin' Pad #126964

Paper: Garden Green #102584, Not Quite Navy #101722, More Mustard #100946, Very Vanilla #101650, Be of Good Cheer DSP #126896

Accessories: Merry Minis Punch Pack #126882, Large Scallop Edgelit #127019, Delicate Designs Embossing Folders #127023, 1-3/8" Circle Punch #119860, 3/8" Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon #122988, Basic Pearls #119247 

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Just Thinking Sneak Peak

Hey Stampers,

Merry Christmas Eve Eve !! LOL Since I am SUPER organized (hahaha) and all of my Christmas stuff is ready, I got some time yesterday to play with my Spring Preorder stuff !! It was SO hard trying to narrow down what I wanted to play with first !! This card is chock full of preorder items, but the "msin event" os the beautiful Just Thinking single stamp ... as soon as I saw that one in the Spring Catty I knew I had to have it !! And the fact that it co-ordinates with the Window Frames Framelits is a super bonus !! Take a look at what I came up with !


Isn't that beautiful !! I am REALLY proud of how this card turned out !! First, I picked out my color combo. I decided I wanted to use this awesome pattern from the Sycamore Street DSP (which you can get for FREE during Salebration when you spend $60, starting on January 22nd), and I decided to the colors Summer Starfruit, Tangerine Tango, Island Indigo and Sahara Sand. Definitely not a color combo I would have thought of myself, but I really love how they look together !! I stamped my Just Thinking stamp 3 times, once in Summer Starfruit onto Summer Starfruit cardstock (which I die cut with the Window Frames Framelits), once in Island Indigo onto Whisper White cardstock (I fussy cut that circle using my Paper Snips) and once in Tangerine Tango onto Tangerine Tango cardstock (I fussy cut that little strip with my Snips as well).I layered the circle onto the Summer Starfruit piece with some Dimensionals, and added the little Tangerine Tango strip with my 2 Way Glue Pen. I used my Blender Pen to color in the little flower at the top, and then my focal piece was finished !! So gorgeous.

I took a piece of Sahara Sand measuring 3-3/4" by 5" and ran it through my Big Shot with the brand new Honeycomb embossing folder. LOVE that beautiful texture !! I then cut a 1-1/2" strip of the Sycamore Street DSP, layered a piece of Island Indigo that I had punched with the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch behind it, and adhered it to my embossed piece. I still felt like there was something missing, so I decided to to break in my new Bitty Butterfly punch !! This brand new punch matches the small butterflies from the Papillon Potpourri stamp set. I took the realistic looking butterfly from that set and stamped it in Tangerine Tango, Island Indigo and Summer Starfruit onto Very Vanilla cardstock. I punched them with the punch, and adhered them to my card with some Mini Glue Dots. LOVE them !! 

Well, thats my card for today !! Start making your wish list for the Spring Catalogue now, because it will be going live on January 2nd !! Thanks for stopping by today and Happy Stamping !!


Recipe:

Stamp Sets: Just Thinking* (wood only #129940), Papillon Potpourri (wood #123757, clear #123759)

Ink: Summer Starfruit Classic Stampin' Pad #126991, Tangerine Tango Classic Stampin' Pad #126946, Island Indigo Classic Stampin' Pad #126986

Paper: Tangerine Tango #111349, Summer Starfruit #126839, Sahara Sand #121043, Island Indigo #122923, Very Vanilla #101650, Sycamore Street DSP** #127540

Accessories: Window Frames Framelits #129021, Bitty Butterfly Punch* #129406, Honeycomb Embossing Folder* #129378, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch #119275, Blender Pens #102845

* Spring Mini Sneak Peak, Available January 2nd, 2013
** Salebration Sneak Peak, Available January 22nd, 2013

Saturday, 22 December 2012

Labels Collection Christmas Ornaments

Hey Stampers,

My Christmas Holidays have started !! I only get 5 days, but its better than nothing right ?? LOL And I have everything done ... all of my wrapping, all of my gift buying ... everything !! Its a great feeling. I am hoping to get a bit more stamping in if I can. Play with my new Spring Preorder goodies that have been WAY too neglected since I received them. Hahaha. My project today are some cute Christmas Tree ornaments that I made for my grandmother. I got the idea for these from Stampin' Success, the demonstrator only magazine. Mine are a lot different than the version in there, but I loved the idea so much I had to come up with my own version !! Take a look !!


Aren't they cute !?! And I don't just mean the kids. LOL I used pictures of my cousin's son, my boy Jackson and my uncles new baby. I printed them using the antique setting on my computer, so the pictures would match the tones of the Champagne Glimmer paper. I then cut the pictures and the Glimmer Paper using my Big Shot and the Labels Collection Framelits. I attached the picture to the Glimmer Paper using Mini Glue Dots; then used a standard hole punch to punch the hole for my ribbon. A 1/2" Circle Punch (also punched with a standard hole punch) was then layered around the punch for some extra stability and some color. I used Not Quite Navy, Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green for my colors here. Very rich and beautiful with the glimmer paper. I used the 1/4" Early Espresso Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon for the ornament loops. After adding them, all that was left was to embellish them !!


I used the 3 smallest ornaments from the Ornament Keepsakes stamp set. I stamped them onto Very Vanilla cardstock and die cut them with the Holiday Ornaments Framelits. The Merry Christmas sentiment (which was stamped in Early Espresso ink) is from the Family Reunion stamp set, and that was die cut with the largest banner from the Bitty Banners Framelits. I then adhered that banner to a scrap of coloured cardstock, and cut around it with my Paper Snips so I could leave a small coloured border. I then used my Bone Folder to curve the banner, so it would have some dimension. The 2 layers of cardstock really helped here in keeping the shape. So great ! I then attached the banners to the stamped ornaments using a dimensional. This all was added to the main ornament with Glue Dots. Actually really simple but also stunning. A bunch of Basic Pearls really made these pop. Love them !!

I really think these ornaments are gorgeous. Wouldn't they look beautiful on your tree with pictures of you family ?? Thanks a lot for stopping by today and Happy Stamping !!

Recipe:

Stamp Sets: Ornament Keepsakes (wood #128048, clear #128051), Family Reunion (wood #122710, clear #122712)

Ink: Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Pad #126974, Cherry Cobbler Classic Stampin' Pad #126966, Not Quite Navy Classic Stampin' Pad #126971, Garden Green Classic Stampin' Pad #126973

Paper: Very Vanilla #101650, Cherry Cobbler #119685, Not Quite Navy #101722, Garden Green #126840, Champagne Glimmer Paper #127885

Accessories: Labels Collection Framelits #125598, Bitty Banners Framelits #129267, Holiday Ornaments Framelits #127816, 1/2" Circle Punch #119869, 1/4" Early Espresso Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon #126871, Basic Pearls #119247 

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Bold Snowflake Hand Soap with Gift Tag

Hey Stampers,

I have another gift idea for you today ! I used this for the hostess gift for my Stamp Club this month, but  it would be a great gift for the host of a Christmas Party, a co-worker, a neighbour or anyone special ! These awesome hand soaps are from Bath and Body Works, and usually go on sale for 6 for $15 or something like that, so it would be easy to stock up on them for gifts. You could also modify the size of the tag and use it as a tag for a wine bottle ! Well, here is my project !! What do you think ??


I cased this idea from Anna Keyes's You Tube channel, Little Bay Stampin'. Loved the idea so much I had to try one myself !! The tag itself is a piece of Baja Breeze card stock (I can't really remember the measurements as I just eyeballed where I wanted it to be on the bottle ... sorry !!) that I stamped with a snowflake from the Snowflake Soiree stamp set, also in Baja Breeze ink. I scored the cardstock near the top where I wanted the tag to hang down, and used my 1-1/4" Circle Punch to punch a hole for the soap pump to come up though. So easy !! I cut a small piece of the snowflake DSP from the Snow Festival pack, and layered it onto a piece of Not Quite Navy cardstock. Then it was time for embellishments !!

The "snowflake flower" uses the Bold Snowflake single stamp. I stamped the image in Not Quite Navy ink onto Baja breeze cardstock 3 times and punched them out with the Blossom Punch. I then crinkled them all up and attached them in layers with dimensionals. Then in the middle I added a small Boho Blossom punched out of the Silver Glimmer paper with one of the beautiful Vintage Faceted Buttons with some White Bakers Twine in a little bow on top. So Sweet !! its hard to see in the picture, but that bit of Silver Glimmer paper looks so nice through the Vintage button !! My little Happy Christmas is from the More Merry Messages stamp set, I stamped it in Not Quite Navy ink onto a strip of Whisper White that I cut with little flagged ends. SO cute !! 

I love how this turned out !! I would totally leave this tag on while using the soap as well, would really dress up a counter in a bathroom or a kitchen, don't you think ?? Thanks a lot for dropping by today and Happy Stamping !!

Recipe:

Stamp Sets: Bold Snowflake (clear only #132338), More Merry Messages (wood #126400, clear #126402), Snowflake Soiree (wood #127922, clear #127925)

Ink: Not Quite Navy Classic Stampin' Pad #126971, Baja Breeze Classic Stampin' Pad #126960

Paper: Baja Breeze #111352, Not Quite Navy #101722, Whisper White #100730, Snow Festival DSP #126908, Silver Glimmer Paper #124005

Accessories: Blossom Punch #125603, 1-1/4" Circle Punch #119861, Boho Blossoms Punch #119858, Vintage Faceted Buttons #127555, White Bakers Twine #124262

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Scentsational Season Hot Cocoa Gift Jars

Hey Stampers,

Sometimes it seems like there is a never ending line of people you need to give some sort of little Christmas gift too. Something small and fun, for co-workers or neighbours or the mail man. This year I decided to do something a bit different than the usual Christmas cookies ... some homemade Hot Cocoa mix !! It is pretty easy to make (the recipe I used is here) and all it needs are some fun candies and marshmallows to fill up the jar. I had found these ADORABLE Gingerbread Man and Peppermint marshmallows, so I decided to go with that as the "theme" for my jars. I love how they turned out !! Take a look !!


Here are my Gingerbread Hot Cocoa. In these mason jars; I put the mix, some milk chocolate chips, some mini marshmallows and some gingerbread flavoured (and shaped) marshmallows. So of course, I had to use the sweet mug and gingerbread man from the Scentsational Season set !! I stamped the gingerbread in Soft Suede ink, and cut him out with the matching Holiday Framelits. I then stamped the mug in either Gumball Green, Cherry Cobbler or Baja Breeze and stamped it on Whisper White. Before I stamped it though, I used a blender pen to remove the ink from the cocoa part, and coloured that in with my Soft Suede marker ... it's not good to have Gumball Green cocoa right ?? LOL This got punched out with the 2-1/2" Circle Punch, and then I made a slit in the "cocoa" part to slide in some of the gingerbread man. Cute right !?!? I then layered the circle onto a die cut from the Delicate Doilies Sizzlit die. Some bakers twine hung it from the ribbon around the jar cover, and that was it !! I think they are SO adorable !!


Here are my Candy Cane ones ! Same make up really. Inside these jars I have the mix, little peppermint flavoured white chocolate chips (with cute red and green sprinkles on the bottom), white mini marshmallows and peppermint marshmallows !! Love love love it !! I think the candy cane sticking up out of the mug is so sweet, don't you ??


And here is how I decorated the tops of the jars. I used the 2-1/2" Circle Punch to punch out a piece of DSP (I used both the Snow Festival and Be of Good Cheer packs), then a 1-3/4" Circle of cardstock, a 1-1/4" Scallop Circle of another color of cardstock and a tiny strip of Whisper White or Very Vanilla with the "Happy Christmas" stamped on them ! That sentiment is from the More Merry Messages stamp set, one of my absolute favourites. And if you think that Satin Pleated ribbon is just delicious, they have it in 4 colors on the clearance rack !! Can't get any better than that !!

Well, thats my project for today !! I can't wait to give these cuties out to some of those special people on my Christmas list !! Thanks a lot for stopping by today and Happy Stamping !!

Recipe:

Stamp Sets: Scentsational Season (wood #121026, clear #121190), More Merry Messages (wood #126400, clear #126402)

Ink: Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Pad #126978, Gumball Green Classic Stampin' Pad #126861, Cherry Cobbler Classic Stampin' Pad #126966, Baja Breeze Classic Stampin' Pad #126960, Soft Suede Marker (Neutrals Collection Stampin' Write Markers #119703)

Paper: Gumball Green #126840, Cherry Cobbler #119685, Baja Breeze #111352, Whisper White #100730, Very Vanilla #101650, Be of Good Cheer DSP #126896, Snow Festival DSP #126908

Accessories: Holiday Collection Framelits #127814, Delicate Doilies Sizzlit #126999, 2-1/2" Circle Punch #120906, 1-3/4" Circle Punch #119850, 1-1/4" Scallop Circle Punch #127811, 1/2" Cherry Cobbler Scallop Dots Ribbon #124138, 1/2" Chocolate Chip Scallop Dots Ribbon #124142, 3/8" Gumball Green Stitched Satin Ribbon #126848, Baja Breeze 3/8" Pleated Satin Ribbon #125571, Basic Rhinestones #119246, Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine #123125, Early Espresso Bakers Twine #123124

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Henry Says Sneak Peak

Hey Stampers,

Good Day !! I had a GREAT day yesterday. My Spring Catalogue preorder came !! WOO HOO !! So much fun new stuff !! I was super busy last night, but I did have a few spare moments to put all my stuff away AND do a tiny bit of playing !! One of my favorite stamp sets from the new catalogue (which goes live on January 3rd) is the beyond adorable Henry Says. its the cutest little elephant, and a bunch of his accessories. Little hats, and things that hang off his trunk (or come out of his trunk) and some sentiments. I am IN LOVE with his cuteness !! Since he comes with some little Christmas stamps, I thought to make a Christmas card with this set would be perfect for this time of year !! Take a look at what I came up with !!


OK, tell me thats NOT adorable !! I had the same Be of Good Cheer DSP still on my desk from my December Thank You cards, so I decided to use it here as well !! I stamped Henry the Elephant in some Early Espresso ink onto the polka dot dsp and cut him out with my Paper Snips. Then I took my brand new (also sneak peak) Ovals Framelits and cut out a Very Vanilla one and a Gumball Green one.  I used a bit of Dotto to temporarily attach Henry to the Vanilla oval, so I could stamp my little string of ornaments. I stamped them in early Espresso and then colored them in with my So Saffron, Baja Breeze, Gumball Green and Cherry Cobbler markers. I also stamped the little santa hat and the sentiment in Cherry Cobbler ink, cut out the hat and punched the Merry Christmas with my Word Window Punch. It was pretty easy to assemble my little scene. I put dimensionals behind the body of the elephant for some dimension, but stuck down the trunk with Snail so the ornaments would look right. I also snailed on the hat to his head. I took a bit of Sahara Sand marker to add shadow beneath him, so it didn't look like he was just floating there. The sentiment got a Baja Breeze Modern Label Punch background, and adhered to the oval. I then attached the Vanilla oval to the Gumball Green oval. LOVE these Ovals !! Such a great shape for lots of things !!

My card base is a piece of Cherry Cobbler. I added a layer of the pretty snowflake DSP from Be of Good Cheer, I will be so sad when I have none of that paper left !! I felt the card needed something else to dress up the background, so I added some of the 1/4" Early Espresso Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon in a simple knot, and that was perfect !! Love this sweet card !! I can't wait to use this stamp set to make some Valentines and Birthday stuff too !! YAY !! Love new product !!

Thanks so much for stopping by today !! If you would like one of the 2013 Spring Catalogues, let me know and I would be happy to send one to you !! Have a great day and Happy Stamping !!

Recipe:

Stamp Set: Henry Says* (wood #128090, clear #128093)

Ink: Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Pad #126974, Cherry Cobbler Classic Stampin' Pad #126966, Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Write Marker #119861, Baja Breeze and So Saffron Markers (Subtles Collection Stampin' Write Markers #119700), Gumball Green Marker (2012-2014 In Color Stampin' Write Markers Collection #126856), Sahara Sand Marker (Neutrals Collection Stampin' Write Markers #119703)

Paper: Very Vanilla #101650, Gumball Green #126840, Cherry Cobbler #119685, Baja Breeze #111352, Be of Good Cheer DSP #126896

Accessories: Ovals Collection Framelit Dies* #129381, Word Window Punch #119857, Modern Label Punch #119849, 1/4" Early Espresso Stitched Grosgrain #126871

* items from 2013 Spring Catalogue; Available January 3rd, 2013

Monday, 17 December 2012

December Thank You Cards

Hey Stampers !!

Well, we are in the home stretch now. Only 8 more sleeps !! This time next week will be Christmas Eve, my favorite day of the year. I always liked Christmas Ever more than actual Christmas Day. Something about the anticipation, and going to church in the evening, and then all my family (aunts, uncles, in laws) all come up to our house after church for some snacks and drinks. SO fun !! Can't wait for that !! Anyways, on to business !! The card I am sharing with you guys today is the one I am using for my December Thank You Cards ! If you place an order through me during the month, either online or if you contact me to place it for you, you get one of these cute cards !! Have a look !! Wouldn't you love to recieve one of these sweet cards in the mail from me !?!


I really love how this card turned out. And it all started with the combo (in my head) of the Bold Snowflake stamp and this polka dot paper from the be of Good Cheer DSP. I knew I wanted to use this awesome single stamp. Don't you love it ?? And even better, it coordinates with the fab Blossom Punch. For only $7.95 its a super must have for me, and if you think so too get it now !! It's available only until January 2nd !! This DSP I also love. The Be of Good Cheer DSP only says it coordinated with Cherry Cobbler and Gumball Green, but the polka dot pattern (and the snowflake patterns I used as well) have some Pinks and Blues in there as well. Really pretty !! So I decided to use Baja Breeze and Primrose Petals along with the Gumball Green. Love that color combo !!

My main layer took a bit of fiddling, but I think it was totally worth it. I used the Tasteful Trim Die to die cut my Gumball Green scallops, and then attached it to a piece of Very Vanilla (mine measured 4" x 5-1/4"). Then a 3" x 4" piece of the polka dot DSP got layered over the edge of the scallop. This whole piece got run through the Big Shot with the Top Note Die. Speaking of must haves, the Top note is HIGH on my list. The shape and size is so perfect for card layers, and that stitching ?!? Beyond adorable. Then I stamped the Happy Christmas from the More Merry Messages set in Primrose Petals, stamped the Bold Snowflake in Baja Breeze onto a scrap of Very Vanilla and punched it out with the Blossom Punch. I used my Bone Folder to curl up the snowflake and popped it up with a dimensional. A sparkly Rhinestone to the centre, and my main layer panel was done !

My card base of Baja Breeze seemed a little flat, so I added a 1-1/2" strip of the snowflake DSP that I had punched with the Scallop Border Punch. A piece of the 3/8" Primrose Petals Stitched Satin Ribbon added the second punch of pink that I wanted, and helped to break up the "vanilla on vanilla" thing I had going. Added the perfect touch, I think !!

Well, thanks for stopping by today !! If you would like to get one of these cards in the mail from me, drop by my online store ! The Clearance Rack Blitz is still going on, so there are some great deals to be had !! Have a great day and Happy Stamping !!

Recipe:

Stamp Sets: Bold Snowflake (clear only #132338), More Merry Messages (wood #126400, clear #126402)

Ink: Baja Breeze Classic Stampin' Pad #126960, Primrose Petals Classic Stampin' Pad #126858

Paper: Baja Breeze #111352, Gumball Green #126840, Very Vanilla #101650, Be of Good Cheer DSP #126896

Accessories: Blossom Punch #125603, Top Note Bigz Die #113463, Tasteful Trim Bigz Die #120893, 3/8" Primrose Petals Stitched Satin Ribbon #126844, Basic Rhinestones #119246

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Happy Hour Christmas

Hey Stampers,

Happy Saturday !! My work Christmas Party is tonight, so we are looking forward to that. I love a good Christmas party, don't you ?? Should be fun ! And it's only 9 more sleeps until Christmas !! It's coming SO fast this year, don't you think ?? But, you still have a bit of time to get out some last minute Christmas cards ! My card today is a simple one, so it would be easy to make a bunch of them in a short amount of time. it uses the fun Happy hour stamp set, which has a couple Christmas stamps in it ... don't forget to look though your "all occasion" sets for some inspiration as well !! Have a look.


Cute, right ?? This would be a great card to give to a host or hostess for one of the Christmas parties you will be going to this year. I stamped the fun drinking glass onto Very Vanilla cardstock in Cherry Cobbler ink, and added the holly spring that I coloured with my Cherry Cobbler and Gumball Green markers. Sweet !! This got punched out with the 1-3/4" Circle Punch and layered onto the 2nd smallest Window Frame Framelit. A quick and easy focal point !! I then took 3 different patterns from the Be of Good Cheer DSP and made some banners to run out from the drink image. Love this easy layout !!

My background layer of Very Vanilla got stamped with the cute Christmas sentiment from this stamp set. I used my Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green and Early Espresso markers. I love using markers to make certain words pop on a sentiment. I then ran the piece through my Big Shot with the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder. To add a bit more color to the left corner, I tied a knot in some 1/2" Cherry Cobbler Scalloped Dots Ribbon and wrapped the ribbon around the corner. A cleaner look than a bow, and a lot easier to mail ! This all got stuck onto an Early Espresso card base. Quick and simple !!

Well, thats my card for today. I really like how it turned out ! Thanks for stopping by today and Happy Stamping !!

Recipe:

Stamp Set: Happy hour (wood #126640, clear #126642)

Ink: Cherry Cobbler Classic Stampin' Pad #126966, Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Write Marker #119681, Early Espresso Stampin' Write Marker #119680, Gumball Green Marker (2012-2014 In Color Stampin' Write Marker Collection #126856)

Paper: Early Espresso #119686, Very Vanilla #101650, Gumball Green #126840, Be of Good Cheer DSP #126896

Accessories: 1-3/4" Circle Punch #119850, Window Frames Framelits #129021, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder #117335, 1/2" Cherry Cobbler Scallop Dots Ribbon #124138 

Friday, 14 December 2012

Holy Clearance Rack Batman !!

Hey Stampers !!

Just a quick not today, to let you know that Stampin' Up! has added nearly 300 products to the Clearance Rack in the awesome Clearance Rack Blitz !!!


Seriously, RUN don't walk ... there are some awesome products on here !! Including Stamp Sets (I have never seen stamp sets on the clearance rack before ... so cool!!) If you want to place an order, head on over to my online store !! The link it at the right of this post.

Have a great one !!

Thursday, 13 December 2012

3D Star Christmas Ornaments

Hey Stampers, 

We had such a great time at Stamp Club last night !! Nothing like taking a bit of time during this busy season to stamp and create with some friends. As a small "thank you" to my stamp club girls for a great 2012, I made them each one of these fun 3D Star Christmas Ornaments !! I am SO addicted to making them, and they are so quick and easy !! Take a look and tell me what you think !!


Aren't they so fun ?? I used the awesome Festival of Prints DSP to make them, and this is just a small sample of the ones I made. My tree in the family room is going to be covered with these cuties !! There is a PDF template that Stampin' Up! has provided for these stars (you can find it here). I made the smaller star of the two, but I bet the bigger one would be great as well !! Let mw give you more more in-depth instructions !!


I printed the PDF out on some computer paper, and cut out the star. I then adhered my template to the Festival of Prints DSP with a tiny bit of repositionable adhesive, and just cut around with my Paper Snips. So easy ! And I have been using the same template over and over. I just stick it inside my Festival of Prints stack and its good to go for the next time!


Here is what the star looks like when its all cut out. Then I take it over to my Simply Scored ...


Here is where the magic happens !! I scored down the middle first, and then scored from the point of each "arm" into the centre. These folds became the mountains (folded up). In between these mountains, the inside orders were folded into valleys (folded down). This makes the star into its cool 3D shape !! Easy hey ?? I love it !!

After I did all my folding, it was on to the decorating. I added a Glimmer Brad (or any large brad, like the In Color Printed Brads) to the middle of the stars and then used some Dazzling Details (in Silver, Cherry Cobbler or Diamond) all around the edges to give a bit of sparkle. I can't wait to see how t shimmers with the Christmas Tree lights !! Then using my 1/16" Handheld Circle Punch I added a small hole to the top and used some Bakers Twine as my ornament hanger. Worked perfectly !!

Well, thats my project for today !! I hope you liked it. Why don't you try and make some for yourself !! They would also look great hanging off of presents !! Thanks for stopping by today and Happy Stamping !!

Recipe:

Stamp Set: None

Ink: None

Paper: Festival of Prints DSP Stack #126904

Accessories: Simply Scored #122334, Basic Glimmer Brads #121003, Brights Glimmer Brads #121006, Dazzling Details #124117, Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details #125585, Silver Sparkle Dazzling Details #127845, 1/16" Handheld Circle Punch #101227, Early Espresso Bakers Twine #123124, White Bakers Twine #124262, Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine #123125

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Snow Flurry & Snowflake Soiree

Hey Stampers,

I am SO excited, because my December Stamp Club is tonight !! The last one for 2012. We have had SUCH fun this year ! Wouldn't you love to join us in January ?? Maybe your New Years Resolution is to be more creative or to take more time for yourself ?? Stamping would be the answer !! I already posted the other card we are making last week, so today I will show you the second one. I am REALLY proud of this card. I think it is SO beautiful !! It is a semi CASE from Karen Cumming (www.kcpaperlady.blogspot.com). Her card is uses lots of different things from mine, but thats where I got the idea !! Here is my version of her beautiful card ... what do you think ??


Don't you just LOVE it ?? I am obsessed with it. Hahaha. I hope my ladies like it too !! There are lots of steps to this card, but I think its totally worth it !! First I took the Crumb Cake layer and heat embossed the snowflakes from the Snowflake Soiree stamp set with White Embossing Powder and adhered it to an Early Espresso card base. I then die cut a Scallop Circle Bigz Die in Cherry Cobbler card stock, and embossed it with the beautiful Lacy Brocade embossing folder. I attached the scallop hanging off the card, and trimmed off the extra with my Paper Snips. I took a strip of Whisper White cardstock and stamped the smallest snowflake from the Snowflake Soiree set in Pool Party ink. Then I added the Believe sentiment (also from that set) in Early Espresso ink. Some flagged ends finished this piece off before it was added to the card with some Dimensionals. 

Then was time for my much loved Snow Flurry Bigz Die !! I made 2 medium sized die cute with Pool Party cardstock and 2 of the small one in Silver Glimmer Paper. They got adhered together with some Glue Dots and a 1/2" Circle of Glimmer paper was added to the middle. A couple of Silver Glimmer stars, punched with the Merry Mini Punch Pack, added even more sparkly goodness. Love how blinged out this card is !!

Well, thats my card for today. Can't wait to make it again tonight in Stamp Club !! Thanks for dropping by and Happy Stamping !!

Recipe:

Stamp Set: Snowflake Soiree (wood #127922, clear #127925)

Ink: Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Pad #126974, Pool Party Classic Stampin' Pad #126982, VersaMark Pad #102283

Paper: Early Espresso #119686, Crumb Cake #120953, Whisper White #100730, Cherry Cobbler #119685, Pool Party #122924, Silver Glimmer Paper #124005

Accessories: Heat Tool #129053, White Stampin' Emboss Powder #109132, Scallop Circle Bigz Die #113468, Snow Flurry Bigz Die #127813, Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder #127819, 1/2" Circle Punch #119869, Merry Mini Punch Pack #126882

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Mixed Medley Christmas

Hey Stampers,

It has happened. Of course, right before Christmas, my house has caught a cold. Stuffed up noses, sneezing, watery eyes, over tired, coughs ... the whole 9 yards. So, not a lot of energy to do any stamping or the other million things I have to do to prepare for Christmas ! Luckily I have some projects on my computer that I haven't shown you yet, so that is what I am choosing from today !! My project today is a CASE of a card by Amy O'Neill (www.amyoneillblog.com). I loved the card SO much I just had to make one of my own !! Have a look !! 


Isn't that so pretty !?! For some reason, I love when pink is used on Christmas cards ! LOL This color combo is Raspberry Ripple, Pretty in Pink, Baja Breeze and Gumball Green. Don't they look so nice together ?? A great combo for anytime of year ! The cute snowflakes are from the Hostess set Mixed Medley. They were the punched out with the 1-1/4" Scallop Circle Punch. They then got layer onto a 1-3/8" Circle of Silver Slimmer paper. I love how a little bit of that stuff still makes a BIG impact ! The DSP layer is from the Snow Festival paper pack. Love all of those snowflakes !! My sentiment is from the essential More Merry Messages stamp set, and was stamped in Gumball Green onto a strip of Whisper White. I then put a Dotted Scallop Border punch in Raspberry Ripple on each edge. That punch is so great to add a bit something extra. And of course, the delicious 3/8" Gumball Green Stitched Satin ribbon is the perfect ribbon for this card ! Love that stuff !!

Well, I hope you enjoyed my card today !! Thanks a lot for dropping by and Happy Stamping !!

Recipe:

Stamp Sets: Mixed Medley (Hostess Set; wood #128054, clear #128057), More Merry Messages (wood #126400, clear #126402)

Ink: Gumball Green Classic Stampin' Pad #126861, Raspberry Ripple Classic Stampin' Pad #126859, Baja Breeze Classic Stampin' Pad #126960, Pretty In Pink Classic Stampin' Pad #126955

Paper: Pretty In Pink #100459, Raspberry Ripple #126842, Whisper White #100730, Silver Glimmer Paper #124005, Snow Festival DSP #126908

Accessories: 1-1/4" Scallop Circle Punch #127811, 1-3/8" Circle Punch #119860, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch #119275, 3/8" Gumball Green Stitched Satin Ribbon #126848, Basic Rhinestones #119246

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Snow Flurry Candle Holders

Hey Stampers,

Happy Sunday !! Isn't Sunday just a GREAT day !?! I know it can be depressing cause it means that tomorrow is Monday (haha), but I find Sundays are always a great day for relaxing and hanging out with the family. We have been having a pretty busy weekend. Yesterday we had TWO breakfasts to go to! One at our local Lion's Club with Santa Claus and the other at the Roman Catholic Parish, where there was also a bake sale ... yay ! I also got to do some stamping yesterday ! Todays project is one I have had on my mind to do for a few weeks. If you are anything like me, you LOVE candles. I have them all over my house ! Some of my favorites are the yummy Bath and Body Works ones. I saw a cute pin on Pinterest on how to reuse the awesome glass jars that those candles come in, so I knew I had to give it a try ! All you do is add boiling water to the jar!! The wax will all melt and rise to the top of the jar. When the wax hardens and cool, you can just pop it out !! SO easy !! I had a bunch of pretty empty candles lying around and I really wanted to make them into something beautiful. It worked great !! So here is what I came up with !


Don't you just LOVE that !?! I am obsessed with them LOL. I took a piece of Vellum, cut to the width that I wanted, and stamped it with the Snowflake Soiree stamp set in Not Quite Navy, Marina Mist and Baja Breeze. I actually needed 2 strips for the larger candle because the 11" length of the paper wasn't long enough to wrap all the way around. While I let the stamping dry (the ink takes a few minutes to dry on the slippery vellum) I made up my snowflakes. I knew I needed to have some type of die cut to decorate, so I could cover up the seam the vellum was going to leave. I used the Snow Flurry die and some punches to make these gorgeous snowflakes, along with some Not Quite Navy, Marina Mist and Baja Breeze cardstock and the Silver Glimmer Paper. 

When my vellum was dry, it was time to attach it to the glass jar. I used sticky strip on the short ends and wrapped the vellum around. The paper didn't match up exactly on the small one (the jar must taper a bit instead of being perfectly straight), but when I covered the seam with the snowflake you couldn't even tell! ANd luckily if you mess up a tiny bit, the Sticky Strip can be peeled up and moved on the slick glass so that helped a lot. The bigger jar was more tricky. Where the vellum wasn't long enough, i wrapped one piece around first and stuck it down. Then I could see how much more vellum I needed to fill in the gap (I needed about 2-1/2"). I then put Sticky Strip on both of those short ends and covered up the remaining empty space. This leads to even more seams to cover, but the nice big snowflake made that not a problem. And even in these close up pics, you can hardly see them ! Check out the pic below of them with a tea light inside. Don't they look beautiful lit up !! Love it !


Well thanks for dropping by today !! Maybe you can make something beautiful like this for your home with some old jars YOU have lying around !! Have a great day and Happy Stamping !!

Recipe:

Stamp Set: Snowflake Soiree (wood #127922, clear #127925)

Ink: Not Quite Navy Classic Stampin' Pad #126971, Marina Mist Classic Stampin' Pad #126962, Baja Breeze Classic Stampin' Pad #126960

Paper: Vellum #101856, Not Quite Navy #101722, Marina Mist #119682, Baja Breeze #111352, Silver Glimmer Paper #124005

Accessories: Snow Flurry Bigz Die #127813, 1-3/4" Scallop Circle Punch #119854, 1-3/8" Circle Punch #119860, 1/2" Circle Punch #119869, 1-1/4" Scallop Circle Punch #127811, 1" Circle Punch #119868, Sticky Strip #104294

Friday, 7 December 2012

Retirement Rewind #6: Merry Winter

Hey Stampers,

It's been a while since I did a Retirement Rewind post, so I decided to show you today my Door Prize for my December Stamp Club. The prize is ACTUALLY a stack of the awesome Frostwood Lodge DSP from last years Holiday Mini, which I am showcasing on this card as well. But the stamp set I decided to use is also a retired one, called Merry Winter (which I am not quite ready to part with yet haha). You know me and snowmen !! They are my kryptonite LOL. So, have a look at the cute card that my door prize recipient will recieve, along with a bunch of yummy Frostwood Lodge DSP !!


Isn't that just the sweetest !?!? There is lots of cool stuff going on in this card, but I am going to talk about the stamped image first. I used my Cherry Cobbler and Early Espresso markers to ink up my sleigh, then the little snowmen were stamped in Early Espresso. I then stamped them a few more times onto scrap Whisper White in the Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green and Marina Mist so I could cut out their  scarves and hats. These pieces were then attached with some 2 Way Glue. Simple and sweet !! I also stamped the cute heart on a scrap piece of Whisper White and punched it out with the 3/8" Circle from the Itty Bitty Punch Pack. I didn't want to screw up with the heart so decided it was easier to punch it and add it after LOL. This whole little scene was punched out with the 2-1/2" Circle Punch and layered onto a Garden Green scallop die cut from the Perfect Pennants Bigz Die with some Dimensionals. I sure do love the way that scallop works with the big circle punch. Just the perfect amount of cute little scallops peeking out !! LOL The little sentiment also comes from this stamp set, and that was punched out with the Large Oval Punch and layered onto the Scalloped Oval Punch. A few Rhinestones, and the stamped images were done !!

The background layer took a bit of work, but I think it turned out fantastic !! I embossed a piece of Whisper White with the (also sadly retired) Snowburst Embossing Folder. Then I took 6 strips of the Frostwood Lodge DSP cut at 1/2" wide and weaved them in a lattice pattern. It took a little bit of fiddling but I think it was totally worth it !! I made the lattice pattern before I stuck anything to the card, so when I was satisfied with the papers I stuck down the middle Birch Bark patterned piece, and then adhered the rest one at a time so the spacing was right. Don't you think it looks super cool !?!? I love it LOL

Well, thats my project for today !! Hope you enjoyed it, thanks a lot for dropping by today and Happy Stamping !!

Recipe:

Stamp Set: Merry Winter (Retired)

Ink: Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Pad #126974, Cherry Cobbler Classic Stampin' Pad #126966, Marina Mist Classic Stampin' Pad #126962, Garden Green Classic Stampin' Pad #126973, Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Write Marker #119681, Early Espresso Stampin' Write Marker #119680

Paper: Early Espresso #119686, Garden Green #102584, Marina Mist #119682, Whisper White #100730, Frostwood Lodge DSP (Retired)

Accessories: 2-1/2" Circle Punch #120906, Perfect Pennants Bigz Die #123126, Large Oval Punch #119855, Scallop Oval Punch #119856, Itty Bitty Punch Pack #118309, Snowburst Embossing Folder (Retired), Basic Rhinestones #119246

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Christmas Printers Tray

Hey Stampers !!

My Printer's Tray posts seem to be pretty popular. If you haven't seen them, this is my Hallowe'en one and here is my Fall version. I LOVE making these things! So, of course, we all knew a Christmas one was going to make an appearance !! I tried to make all of the bits and pieces of this one REALLY Christmas. As in, no snowmen (gasp!) or snowflakes (say it ain't so!!). My reasons being, I will be doing a Winter one for January-March, so I want to save all the snowy goodness until then LOL. So, without further adieu, here is my Christmas Printer's Tray !!


What do you think !?! The hardest thing about this tray was deciding which stamp sets "made the cut" and which didn't !! I used a bunch of different colors and styles here as well. And some retired gems that I still LOVE (*cough*Dasher*cough*). I really love how it turned out, don't you !! I am going to do a semi-recipe at the end of the post, mostly saying which stamps and DSP I used, instead of the endless line of punches, cardstock and ink colors. If you have any questions about any of the products that I used though please don't hesitate to ask !!

Thanks a lot for dropping by today and Happy Stamping !!

Recipe:

Stamp Sets (Top Row, Left to Right): Ornament Keespsakes, Lovely as a Tree, Petite Pairs, Tags Til Christmas, Gift Givers (Retired), More Merry Messages, Bright Hopes (Retired)

Stamp Sets (Middle Row, Left to Right): Bright Hopes (Retired), Word Play, Merry & Type, Dasher (Retired), More Merry Messages

Stamp Sets) Bottom Row, Left to Right): Delightful Decorations, Scentsational Season, Tiny Tags, Mixed Medley, Everything Eleanor, Jolly Bingo Bits

DSP: Be of Good Cheer, Snow Festival, First Edition

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Happy Frosty Friends

Hey Stampers,

Even with all the hustle and bustle of getting prepared for Christmas, I STILL have to prep Stamp Club this month !! I had some "free time" (well, no time is free ... but you know what I mean LOL) and I decided I would be semi on the ball, and create one of the projects for this month !! I knew I wanted to have a "winter" theme this month. Not necessarily Christmas, but some of the fun winter stamps that will be retiring on January 3rd when the Holiday Catalogue is over (boo hoo). I knew that one project HAD to feature the fabulous Frost Friends single stamp. There is not much I like more than Snowmen, they are SO cute and during the winter my house is filled with them. So this sweet stamp was a must have for me this season. Have a look at what I created with it !!


Isn't that fun !?! I LOVE this color combo as well. Basic Grey, Whisper White, Marina Mist and Real Red. Seems very winter to me !! I stamped the snowmen with Jet Black StazOn ink and then watercolored them with my Blender Pens. So easy to watercolor snowmen ... they are mostly white anyway !! So this step goes by pretty quickly. Then I stamped the Happy Christmas from the More Merry Messages in Real Red ink. This then got die cut with the Labela Collection Framelits. This die cut was then layered onto the largest framelit from the Apothecary Accents collection in MArina Mist. Love how those 2 shapes go together !!

My Basic Grey card base was ran through my Big Shot with the Northern Flurry embossing folder. After adding my die cuts, I took a piece of Real red cardstock that had been punched with the Scallop Dotted Ribbon Border Punch, adhered a thin strip of Silver Glimmer paper to it and stuck it on the bottom for my card. Just the perfect amount of sparkle, don't you think !! A few DSP banners added some color to the top left corner; the gray came from the Howlstooth and Scaringbone DSP (Yes Hallowe'en !!), the red came from the Summer Smooches DSP (summer too !! awesome !!) and the blue was from the Subtles Patterns DSP Stack. Cute or what !?!? Love it !! I made the flagged ends of the banners using the 1" Square Punch ... really easy and fool proof.

Well, I really hope you liked my card today. Can't wait for my Club Girls to make it next week !! Thanks a lot for stopping by and Happy Stamping !!

Recipe:

Stamp Sets: Frosty Friends (wood only #128117), More Merry Messages (wood #126400, clear #126402

Ink: Jet Black StazOn #101406, Basic Gray Classic Stampin' Pad #126981, Real Red Classic Stampin' Pad #126949, Marina Mist Classic Stampin' Pad #126962

Paper: Basic Gray #121044, Marina Mist #119682, Real Red #102482, Whisper White #100730, Howlstooth and Scaringbone DSP #126906, Summer Smooches DSP #125409, Subtles Patterns DSP Stack #117152, Silver Glimmer Paper #124005

Accessories: Labels Collection Framelits #125598, Apothecary Accents Framelits #127003, Northern Flurry Embossing Folder #120902, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch #119275, 1" Square Punch #124094, Blender Pens #102845