Sunday, November 29, 2009

Stamp-A-Stack Gift Card Holder #2

This is the final project from the November Stamp-A-Stack. It is another gift card holder. You slide off the band shown in the first photo. then open a card that features a pocket holding a gift card. There's room for a greeting on the top flap. Like the other gift card holder, this pattern could be adapted to any occasion.
Recipe: Stamp Set: Berry Christmas, Christmas Greetings. Card Stock: whisper white, real red, brushed gold. Ink: real red, gold encore. Accessories: dimensionals. Punches: 1-3/8" circle, 1-1/4" circle, scallop circle.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Stamp-A-Stack Gift Card Holder #1

This is a gift card holder that we made at my November Stamp-A-Stack. It's a fun design that I found last year. I have used it for several different occasions. It fits in the long, narrow Stampin' Up! envelopes.
I decorated the gift card holder after {this} design that I had found on SCS.
Recipe: Stamp Sets: Dasher, Berry Christmas (sentiment), Christmas Punches. Card Stock: kraft, old olive, close to cocoa, whisper white. Ink: close to cocoa. Accessories: 1/2" old olive striped grosgrain ribbon, 1/4" old olive grosgrain ribbon, dimensionals. Punches: word window, 1" circle.
Happy shopping, decorating, relaxing or whatever else you have planned for this weekend!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Stamp-A-Stack Gift Box

At the November Stamp-A-Stack, everyone got to make 2 of these little gift bags/boxes. They're a great size to hold a gift card, jewelry, candies, etc. It's also cute to punch a shape in the side, creating a window, and either back it with acetate or just put candies in a clear bag inside.
Recipe: Stamp Set: Berry Christmas. Card Stock: kraft 12x12, whisper white. Ink: whisper white craft. Accessories: hemp twine, 1-1/4" chocolate chip striped grosgrain ribbon, sticky strip. Tools: snowflake punch, fancy box die, big shot.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

Recipe: Stamp Sets: Autumn Days, Teeny Tiny Wishes. Card Stock: chocolate chip, more mustard, whisper white. Ink: chocolate chip, more mustard. Accessories: 5/8" chocolate chip ribbon, silver brads, dimensionals. Tools: modern label punch, movers & shapers, big shot.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Huge Holiday Savings

Give the gift of creativity this Christmas. And avoid the traffic!

Now, through November 30, Stampin' Up! if offering up to 50% off select products.

You can order through my on line store {here} or by clicking on the above picture. Or, if you prefer, you can call or email an order to me and I will place it for you.

While you're checking out the sale items, don't forget about the Gift Giving Holiday Extravaganza. Not only has Stampin' Up!made giving giving more affordable, they've also made it easier. They have put together a gift-giving guide to help you choose gifts for every person on your list. And with every $50 purchased from this list, you may choose a free Decor Element ($16.95). Click {here} for the Gift Giving Guide in my website. Or click for the photo below to see the guide as a printable pdf.

Stamp-A-Stack Gift Tags

These are the 4 different gifts tags we made at my November Stamp-A-Stack. Every one made 2 of each design, plus other projects that I will share over the next few days.

Recipe: Stamp Sets: Delightful Decorations, Christmas Punches. Card Stock: real red, whisper white, old olive dsp, basic black, pumpkin pie, garden green. Ink: real red, basic black, whisper white craft. Accessories: silver cord, jute (non SU), jumbo pewter eyelet, green brad, 1/4 white grosgrain ribbon, 1/2" striped real red grosgrain ribbon, black sharpie marker, top note die, petals a plenty embossing folder. Punches: ornament, 1-3/8" circle, 1-1/4" square, word window, flower trio. Tools: crop-a-dile, big shot.

Recipe: Stamp Set: Delightful Decorations. Card Stock: whisper white, basic black, kraft. Ink: silver encore, brocade blue, real red. Accessories: silver cord, gold cord, 1/4" white grosgrain ribbon, dimensionals. Punches: 1/8" hole, 3/4" circle, ornament.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Hostess Thank-You

We were invited to friends' home for dinner. After some arm twisting, our hostess only relented to let me bake cookies for the kids. Since she is getting hooked on stamping and card making, I decided to put a little hostess gift together for her.
I found this gift on {here}. Becky Roberts is amazing with 3D projects. So much so that she sells patterns and tutorials. (This one was a freebie). This is an exact copy - why mess with such a great design? I am not so great at 3D projects, but I think this turned out pretty well. I do need more practice working with acetate, however - it's so hard to see the score lines.
The box and divider are separate pieces and they slide into an acetate sleeve. There are 2 each of 2 different 3x3 gift cards. The center holds 3 Hershey Nuggets candies wrapped in designer paper.
Recipe: Stamp Set: Delightful Decorations. Card Stock: real red, soft suede, whisper white, Christmas Cocoa dsp. Ink: real red, soft suede. Accessories: red gingham ribbon, white organdy ribbon, dimensionals, silver cord, 1/2 pearls (non SU). Tools: ornament punch, scor-pal.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Way to Go, Josh!

I was blog surfing this morning and found {this} card on one of my favorite blogs. Shortly after that, Kyle (my son), sent me a text about his friend, Josh.
Josh enlisted in the army and moved to Texas this past February. We miss him, but are happy for him. He has been doing really well in his training and in his classes. He graduated yesterday at the top of his class and has been receiving compliments from his superior officers. Josh always likes receiving cards, so I just had to send one for his graduation. This is it.
I like Jen's card and color combo better, but I think these colors are more appropriate for the occasion.
Recipe: Stamp Sets: Seeing Stars, Starring You. Card Stock: whisper white, real red, ballet blue. Ink: ballet blue. Accessories: mini silver brads, jumbo silver brads, dimensionals. Tools: star punch, large star punch, sponge.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Hey There Owl

Finally! I've been wanting to make {this} cute little card and, for some reason, I just never got around to it. It was actually the first time I inked up this stamp set. Owls are so "in", but I usually don't care for them. However, I think this image is super cute. There's also a deer stamp in the set that reminds me of Bambi.
The stamp images and color are a little retro to me. They take me back to avocado and gold appliances. Remember those? And shelf liner paper with polka dot mushrooms? Yuck! I sure hope that stuff doesn't make a comeback!
Recipe: Stamp Sets: Forest Friends, Really Retro. Card Stock: chocolate
chip, old olive, whisper white, Good Morning Sunshine dsp. Ink: chocolate chip, old olive. Accessories: dimensionals, chocolate chip marker. Tools: scallop edge punch.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Seeing Stars

I made a card with stars and it is not a man's birthday card. That's a little unusual! I had seen {this} card on a blog and loved everything about it; the colors, layout, simplicity, ....
My Seeing Stars stamp set is so fun and easy to use because the stamps are designed to fit perfectly in the large and small star punches. What a smart company - Stampin' Up!.
Recipe: Stamp Sets: Seeing Stars, Really Retro. Card Stock: bashful blue, so saffron, dusty durango, whisper white. Ink: so saffron, dusty durango, bashful blue, basic gray. Accessories: yellow brad (non SU!), dimensionals, dusty durang0 1/2" polka-dot grosgrain ribbon. Punches: large and small stars.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Taken with Teal Ornament

Taken Teal is not a color I would normally reach for to make a Christmas card, but I like this one. The Holiday Lounge Designer Paper is pretty retro and features a lot of prints with teal. It has inspired a lot of neat cards out in blogland like {this} one. Sometimes, different is fun! Don't you think?
I wasn't paying close enough attention when taking a picture of this card and I didn't capture the texture in the white background. I used one of the Stampin' Up! texture plates and it added just the right touch to a simple card.
Recipe: Stamp Sets: Delightful Decorations, Four Christmas. Card Stock: whisper white, taken with teal, holiday lounge dsp. Ink: taken with teal. Accessories: silver cord, dimensionals, silver brad, texture plate. Tools: big shot.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Simple Christmas Pine

I'm sorry for my long absence. But, as I warned, I did get 25 more Christmas cards made (they are pretty involved). That's 100 finished and just 25 more to do! Last night, I started our Thanksgiving cards. I also designed all my of projects for my Stamp-A-Stack coming up this weekend and started on the December Stamp-A-Stack. And I've done a little rearranging in my stamping area. I finally got up the nerve to try a decor element. Once I order it, wait for it and apply it, I will post pictures.
Today's card is similar to {this} Halloween card I posted a few weeks ago. I saw both of them on {this} blog. It is so simple, but soooo pretty. I know I've said it before, but this ribbon is great to work with!
Recipe: Stamp Sets: Autumn Days, Teeny Tiny Wishes. Card Stock: very vanilla. Ink: chocolate chip. Markers: chocolate chip, old olive. Accessories: dimensionals, 1-1/4" striped grosgrain old olive ribbon. Punch: 1-1/2" circle.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

CPC Auction Donation

The Middletown Crisis Pregnancy Center is holding its annual Celebrate Life Banquet on November 21. A friend of mine, who graciously volunteers at the center, asked if I would donate some of my cards for their silent auction. I was more than happy to put my obsessive hobby to good for such a worthwhile organization.
I picked out 36 different cards/envelopes - that was no problem. It's a large variety; all occasions. Instead of sealing them in a big, pretty basket with shrink wrap, I wanted people to be able to look through them. I finally decided to slide each one into a clear envelope and then put them in this shower basket I found at Target. I have to admit, in person, it does look pretty nice. What do you think? If you're in the area - go to the Manchester and place a generous bid ($50 minimum). It's a great cause! For more info, call the CPC at 513-424-2229.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Christmas Red Bird

This is the second card I prepared for my stamping group on Saturday. I had seen in on {this} amazing blog, Chic'nScratch. If you are looking for 3D projects, she makes great video tutorials!

I just noticed that I took a picture of my first sample. I later added a bronze brad to the center of the snowflake. Please, just pretend it's there and know that it looks nice.

Recipe: Stamp Sets: Serene Snowflakes, Grateful Greetings. Card Stock: whisper white, soft suede real red. Ink: soft suede. Accessories. bronze brad (non SU), dimensionals, 1/2" soft suede polka-dot grosgrain ribbon. Tools: big shot, merry details sizzlet.
Edit: No more need for pretending. Here's a new photo. It's funny how just one little brad can add just the right touch to a simple card.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

CAS Prayers

Saturday was my monthly stamping day with my friends. We always have so much fun. I had seen this card on SCS and thought it was so pretty and peaceful. It's one that I made for Saturday. My mom was out of town and so that our time wouldn't go too quickly, I made 2 projects to share. (I wasn't the only one with that idea). I thought they were both quick and easy, but I did hear a little groaning about coloring the stamp on this card. :0)
Because of the angle of the card, the picture doesn't show that the bottom right corner of the top panel is also pierced.
Recipe: Stamp Set: Thoughts & Prayers. Card Stock: whisper white, old olive. Ink: basic gray. Markers: old olive, rose red. Accessories: dimensionals. Tools: mat pack, paper piercer.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Winter Thanks

I hope you had a great weekend. If Jeff had been off work, mine would have been better, but I did get stamping time in (with friends and alone). Plus Emma stayed the weekend and she was very good. And I finished another 25 of our Christmas cards. That's 75 done and 50 to go. So not too bad at all.

Can you believe I've barely begun my Christmas shopping, yet I've made 2 different Christmas Thank You cards? I love to make wintery cards to send after Christmas. Here's one of them. It's pretty clean and simple. The snowflake texture on the blue and white cardstock really add a wintry feel to the card.
Recipe: Stamp Sets: A Tree for All Seasons, Short & Sweet. Card Stock: kraft, bashful blue, whisper white. Ink: black staz-on, riding hood red. Markers: creamy caramel, real red, bashful blue. Accessories: dimensionals, riding hood red taffeta ribbon. Tools: snowflake embossing folder (non SU), big shot.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Smiling Jack-O-Lanterns

I'm sorry I am so late in posting this card. After I mailed them all out, I realized that I had forgotten to take a picture. Erica was kind enough to mail theirs back to me. On the inside, I stamped a tall jack-o-lantern (on white cardstock), added a strip of black cardstock and stamped a sentiment.
I thought this card was so cute. It makes me think of someone in one of those amusement park or mall photo booths making faces at the camera and then walking out with a strip of photos.
Recipe: Stamp Sets: Carved & Candlelit, Sanded, Be Happy (all retired). Card Stock: old olive, basic black, whisper white. Ink: old olive, pumpkin pie, basic black. Accessories: dimensionals. Punches: 1-1/4" circle, 1-3/8 circle, spiral.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Thanksgiving Pumpkin

One more Thanksgiving card for you. This is a really fun way to use punches. The pumpkin is made using 3 wide ovals. I lightly sponged the edges with chocolate chip ink to add depth and definition. The stem is made from the word window punch. And the leaves are punched from the five-petal flower and then run through the crimper.
Recipe: Stamp Sets: Holiday Best, Priceless. Card Stock: kiwi kiss, chocolate chip, whisper white, pumpkin pie. Ink: chocolate chip. Accessories: 5/8" kiwi kiss grosgrain ribbon, dimensionals. Punches: wide oval, word window, 5-petal flower. Tools: sponge wedge, crimper.
*Note* I hope to keep up with my regular stamping. But since I have 75+ Christmas cards to make and it's already November, I'm not too sure how that will work out. But please check back daily for projects - - you just never know.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Thanksgiving Acorn

Here's another simple Thanksgiving card. It's very similar to a card that I had seen {here}.
Recipe: Stamp Sets: Bright Blessings Jumbo Wheel, The More the Merrier. Card Stock: pumpkin pie, old olive, chocolate chip, whisper white. Ink: versamark, old olive, chocolate chip. Accessories: 5/8" old olive ribbon, linen thread, dimensionals, brown watercolor pencil. Punches: 7/8" circle, 1" circle, 1-1/4" circle, 1-3/8" circle, circle scallop, 1/16" hole. Tools: jumbo wheel handle.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Thinking Thanksgiving

Hello and Happy November!

Now that Halloween is over, it's time to start thinking about Thanksgiving cards. I made a few last week as samples. Here's the first one.

Have a super week!

Recipe: Stamp Sets: Falling Leaves, Polka Dot Background, Teeny Tiny Wishes. Card Stock: soft suede, dusty durango, crushed curry, very vanilla. Ink: crushed curry, dusty durango, soft suede. Accessories: gold brads, dusty durango 1/2" polka-dot grosgrain ribbon, linen thread, dimensionals. Punches: slot, word window, modern label.

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