Thursday, December 31, 2009

More of the Same - On a Pedestal



Two days ago, I mentioned that I made 4 different cards with the same color combination (found here). This is the 2nd one. I think this one is cute - it's the quickest of the 4 and would be a good one to mass produce.
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Recipe: Stamp Sets: On a Pedestal, Short & Sweet (outside greeting), On Your Birthday (inside greeting). Card Stock: chocolate chip, regal rose, whisper white. Stamp Pad: chocolate chip. Markers: crushed curry, regal rose. Accessories: spiral clip (non SU), 1/4" chocolate chip grosgrain ribbon, dimensionals, texturz plate. Tool: big shot.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

On a Pedestal Tent Card


Here's another card made with the borrowed "On a Pedestal" stamp set. This is pretty much an original. I used a few of my own ideas and a few borrowed from different places. I like it and hope you do, too.
Recipe: Stamp Sets: On a Pedestal, Garden Greetings (outside greeting), On Your Birthday (inside greeting). Card Stock: chocolate chip, whisper white, tempting turquoise. Ink: so saffron, real red, chocolate chip. Markers: chocolate chip, tempting turquoise, real red. Accessories: real red striped 1/2" ribbon, accessories. Tools: big shot, cuttle bug swiss dot embossing folder, large oval punch, scallop oval punch, scallop border punch.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

On a Pedestal #1

My mom bought the stamp set "On a Pedestal" a couple of months ago. She hadn't used it and didn't have ideas. So I offered to ink it up for her and make some samples for her before she heads south for the winter. This set was not on my list of favorites because I hadn't seen much done with it that I liked. Well, after searching online and bonding with her set, I've changed my mind. I love some of the cards I've made and will be ordering my own stamp set. Come back each day to see what I've made - I bet you'll want it, too. :0)
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For this card, I found one creative and generous stamper that created a set of cards using the same color combinations. It's so pretty! I duplicated all of her cards and will be sharing them with you.
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Recipe: Stamp Sets: On a Pedestal, Short & Sweet, On Your Birthday. Card Stock: chocolate chip, regal rose, so saffron, whisper white. Ink: chocolate chip, crushed curry & regal rose markers. Accessories: 1/4" chocolate chip grosgrain ribbon, dimensionals. Tools: eyelet border punch, modern label punch, big shot, texturz plate, movers & shaper punch window die.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Our 2009 Christmas Card


This was our Christmas card for this year. It has lots of layers and details. Below the ribbon, there's a strip of swiss dot dry embossing. And I put clear rhinestones or glitter domes in the center of the swirls on the Christmas tree.
I mailed our cards (all 97) on Tuesday, December 15. I know one couple in Cincinnati (less than an hour away) received theirs the following Monday, my brother in Indiana (1+ hour away) received his from his neighbor on Christmas Eve, and our daughter (15 minutes away) still hasn't received theirs. That's kind of frustrating. Next year, I'm mailing earlier. Well, at least that's my plan for now ...
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Recipe: Stamp Set: Snow Swirled. Card Stock: mellow moss, always artichoke, whisper white. Ink: mellow moss, always artichoke. Accessories: mellow moss taffeta ribbon, dimensionals, rhinestones (non SU). Tools: ticket corner punch, big shot, cuttle bug swiss dot border embossing folder .

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Katie's 2009 Christmas Card

This is the card that our daughter, Katie, made for Christmas. She loves quilts and was drawn to one I had made. She wanted to adapt it to Christmas. Cutting and placing the 1-1/4" squares was tedious, but worth it. The card is really pretty!
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Click {here} to see other quilt cards.
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Recipe: Stamp Set: Christmas Punches. Card Stock: garden green, real red, very vanilla, merry moments dsp. Ink: garden green. Accessories: dimensionals, real red polka-dot grosgrain ribbon. Tools: big shot, top note die, cuttlebug harlequin embossing folder.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Post-It Note Holders

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My friend, Jo, gave these post-it note holders to our Stamp Club for Christmas. I just love mine! It's so handy to have in my purse, plus it's just really cute! The covers are made from coasters and covered with Stampin' Up! designer paper.

Right away, I knew I wanted to make some for gifts for a couple of friends and ladies that I serve with at church. So first off, I needed to by a Zutter Bind-It-All. I live 25 minutes from the closest craft stores, so I don't get to them very often. Jo gave me this tablet on a Saturday. The following Monday, I printed 40% off coupons and dragged my mom to Hobby Lobby.

As it so happened, Jo and I had scheduled a stamping play-date for the next day, Tuesday. Without me asking, she brought her Zutter and some coasters for me to play with. She just knew ...

Here are a few that I made, using retired designer papers: Delicate Dots, Cutie Pie and Raspberry Fizz.
I also decorated matching pens to match the post-it note holders. I've seen them several places and they are easy to make. I bought Pentel pens and screwed off the bottom piece which also removed the ink cartridge. I cut a piece of paper apprx 3-1/4" x 7/8". I ran it over my bone folder to break it down to roll more smoothly. I rolled it, inserted it in the pen barrel and reinserted the ink.

To make the post-it holders, watch {this} video on Chicnscratch blog. I've linked there before - she has lot of really good video tutorials. I ordered coasters from her and got them in under a week.

Recipe: Stamp Set: Lovely Letters. Card Stock: various dsp and coordinating cardstocks, whisper white. Ink: to match. Tools: 1-1/4" circle punch, 1-3/8" circle punch, scallop circle punch, paper piercer, zutter, 3-1/2 square coasters, ribbons.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Erica's 2009 Christmas Card

This is the card that my elder daughter, Erica, chose to send this year. It's very clean and classic.
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Recipe: Stamp Sets: Tree Trimmings, Grateful Greetings. Card Stock: whisper white, brushed silver. Ink: basic black, bordering blue, brocade blue. Accessories: silver half beads (non SU), basic black marker, dimensionals.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Peace Keeper Cards


I wanted to make gifts for some of the men that I serve with at church. There aren't too many paper crafts that I think would appeal to men. Several months ago, I read on {this} blog that she was putting together packs of cards for guys. She called them something like Survival Packs.

Using that idea, I put packs of 6 cards together and called them "Peace Keeper Cards". I used clear plastic boxes that I found online that are perfect size for A2 cards. I included 6 different cards: birthday, anniversary, mother's day, valentine's day, just because, and I'm sorry. On the computer, I typed a card-sized note explaining, explaining that these cards could be used throughout the year to help them maintain marital bliss (keep the peace).

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Sparkling Snowflakes

Another oldie but goodie that I've been saving for winter to show. I used this card for Christmas Thank You notes last year. You can kind of see that I added glitter to the snowflakes. The idea came from Petal Pusher's gallery {here}.
Recipe: Stamp Set: Best Wishes & More. Card Stock: baja breeze, riding hood red, whisper white, ski slope dsp. Ink: baja blue, riding hood red. Accessories: baja blue 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon, silver brads, dimensionals, glue pen, dazzling diamonds.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Many Thanks with Snowflakes


This is another one of those lost cards (saved then forgotten). One thing think I've noticed from it, is I've gotten a whole lot better at tying knots in ribbon this past year! {Here's} my inspiration.
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Recipe: Stamp Sets: Lots of Thoughts, Best Wishes & More. Card Stock: whisper white, chocolate chip, old olive, old olive dsp. Ink: chocolate chip. Accessories: 5/8" chocolate chip ribbon, gold brads. Tools: scallop circle punch, 1-1/4" circle punch, 1-3/8" circle punch, paper piercer, mat pack.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Let it Snow Red Bird


Decorating done? Check! Cards Mailed? Check! Shopping done? Check! Gifts wrapped? Check! Blog updated? Oops!
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I've been so caught up in Christmas activities. Almost the only stamping I've done lately are gifts which I'm not ready to show (don't want to spoil surprises). Then I caught a glimpse of a few pictures of cards on the slide show on my desktop and had an "Ah-Ha" moment. A long time ago, I showed a few cards made with the Best Wishes & More Stamp Set. I had a few more to show, but since they were winter, I decided to save them. Gee - I forgot. It seems like being organized is kind of wasted when I can't remember that I did it. :0)
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Anyway, here's one of those "save for later" cards. (note: this photo was downloaded with my old software). I actually made it for me friends' stamp club last year and still really like it a lot! I found it from {this} stampers gallery.
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Recipe: Stamp Set: Best Wishes & More. Card Stock: bashful blue, ballet blue, whisper white, night of navy. Ink: bashful blue, ballet blue, night of navy, riding hood red. Accessories: riding hood red taffeta ribbon, dimensionals. Tools: nestabilities, big shot.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Best Wishes Snowflakes


Today is my monthly Stamp Club day with my mom and 2 other friends. We each prepare a project to share. This is the card I'm sharing. It's kind of whimsical, yet pretty. I used the same snowflake for all of the circles. It's interesting how punching them different sizes gave them a different look. Of course, I had to add glitter to the center of each snowflake. I CASEd this card from page 64 of the SU 2009-2010 Idea Book and Catalog. I use this stamp set (Best Wishes & More) quite a bit. You can check out other projects {here}. I just remembered more that I made and haven't posted. You'll need to stop back to see them :0)
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I probably should take a break from all of the "snow" cards I've been making. If we get a blizzard, I might get blamed.
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Recipe: Stamp Set: Best Wishes & More. Card Stock: bashful blue, certainly celery, whisper white. Ink: bashful blue, certainly celery. Accessories: 1/4" bashful blue grosgrain ribbon, dimensionals. Tools: paper pierce and mat pack. Circle Punches: 1-3/4", 1-3/8", 1-1/4", 1" 3/4".



Friday, December 11, 2009

Snowy Window



Oh my - I just love this card! I know it's similar to {this} card I posted a couple of days ago, but it's stepped up a couple of notches. I found this great card {here} at the Lord Have Mercy blog. When I made my own, it turned out even better than I thought it would. I think I captured it in the photos pretty well.
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The card base is acetate. I actually used 1/2 sheet of a transparency sheet that I bought at an office supply store several years ago. I stamped the snowflakes directly on the acetate with my Whisper White craft stamp pad. The stamp pad is juicey, plus the acetate is slippery. To prevent smearing, you need to stamp carefully and allow plenty of time for drying. It was worth it.
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On the top panel, I used white embossing powder and heat embossed the snowflakes. It makes them brighter, plus adds a little more texture to the card. I cut the inside and outside panels to the same dimensions and lined them up when adhering to the card base.
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Have a great day. Stay warm!
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Recipe: Stamp Set: Season of Friendship. Card Stock: acetate, riding hood red, sahara sand, whisper white. Ink: riding hood red, chocolate chip, whisper white craft. Accessories: riding hood red 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon, dimensionals.


Stampin' Up!s 12 Days of Holiday Sales starts today, December 11 and runs through December 22. Why fight the cold and crowds? Shop {here} at my online store. Please order by December 15 for Christmas delivery. The sale includes many dies for your Big Shot plus more. It's a great time to stock on supplies for winter projects. I know I plan to do a lot of paper crafting during the long, cold winter months. How about you?

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Prayers in Greens (December Stack-A-Stack #4)



This is a soft and soothing card we made at the December Stamp-A-Stack. I hope they stay in everyone's stash for a long time. {This} is the card I CASEd.

I just love the tree in the Thoughts and Prayers stamp set. So much so, we put a decor elements on the wall in my stamping area. You'll have to come see it.

Recipe: Stamp Set: Thoughts & Prayers. Card Stock: whisper white, mellow moss, always artichoke. Ink: mellow moss, always artichoke. Accessories: mellow moss taffeta ribbon. Tools: mat pack, paper piercer.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Winter Friendship (December Stamp-A-Stack #3)



This is a stamp set that I had to have last fall. And this is the first card I made with it. It includes stamps to use the tree for all seasons (flowers, leaves). I guess it was worth the wait because I really like this card. It would make a nice Christmas Thank-You card or just to cheer up a friend during the blah winter. I love combining khaki and red for clothing and decorating - may as well extend it to cards, right? {Here's} my inspiration.

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Recipe: Stamp Set: Season of Friendship. Card Stock: kraft, real red, whisper white. Ink: real red, chocolate chip, whisper white. Accessories: dimensionals, white embossing powder. Tool: heat tool.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Way To Go (December Stamp-A-Stack #2)


This is a really bright and fun card! I like it as a congratulations card, but I also offered the "let's celebrate" stamp from the On Your Birthday stamp set. I found it {here} on one of my favorite blogs; Simple and Sincere.
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The Seeing Stars Stamp Set is fun because it has several star images that fit perfectly in the Star and Large Star punches. It makes the punched cardstock stars have more interest.
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Recipe: Stamp Set: Starring You, Seeing Stars. Card Stock: bermuda bay, melon mambo, crushed curry, whisper white. Ink: bermuda bay, crushed curry, melon mambo. Accessories: 1/2" bermuda bay polka-dot grosgrain ribbon, dimensionals, silver brad. Tools: mat pack, paper piercer, top note die, big shot.



Saturday, December 5, 2009

Suspended Snowflake (December Stamp-A-Stack #1)

Everyone attending my December SAS was able to make 2 of these cards. I think suspension cards are so fun! The little snowflake spins around - it's 2 sided. {This} is the card that inspired me.
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Recipe: Stamp Set: Serene Snowflakes. Card Stock: kraft, brocade blue, sahara sand, whisper white. Ink: whisper white, soft suede. brocade blue. Accessories: 5/8" brocade blue grosgrain ribbon, rhinestone (non SU), dental floss. Circle Punches: 1-1/4", 1-3/8", 1-1/2".

Friday, December 4, 2009

Ornament Balls


This is a fast and easy card that is cute, too. It's 3" x 6" and fits in the Stampin' Up! open ended envelope. Like the Santa mini card I posted a couple of days ago, it's a creative way to use punches. It's also a good way to stretch out the designer paper (or use up scraps). Credit goes to {this} stamper/blogger.
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Recipe: Stamp Set: Short & Sweet. Card Stock: chocolate chip, old olive, whisper white, brushed silver, Merry Moments dsp. Ink: basic black. Accessories: 1/4" real red grosgrain ribbon, black sharpie. Punches: scallop edge, 1-3/4" circle.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Winter Thank You



This is a card I made for a workshop Monday. It's a snowflake Thank You card - perfect for after Christmas. The one on the top (bashful blue and soft suede) is the one we made at the workshop.
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The two on the left show color options; pretty in pink and chocolate chip.
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Recipe: Stamp Sets: Serene Snowflakes, Short & Sweet. Card Stock: soft suede, bashful blue, very vanilla. Ink: soft suede, bashful blue. Accessory: 1/4" bashful blue grosgrain ribbon.


Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Punch Art Santa


Just another little gift card I made. Isn't he adorable?! Oh, the things you can do with punches! :0)
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Recipe: Stamp Sets: Snow Swirled, Teeny Tiny Wishes: Card Stock: whisper white, real red, blush blossom, basic black, bashful blue. Ink: bashful blue, basic black. Accessories: red gingham ribbon, dimensionals. Punches: scallop square, scallop circle, 1-3/8" circle, word window, 1/4" circle, 1/2" circle.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Delightful Ornament

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. I know I had blog posts since then, but they were scheduled. So this is my first "live" post in a while. In the past week, besides Thanksgiving, Christmas shopping and decorating and lots of family time, I got 2 new computers (a desktop and an adorable red, mini notebook. With new operating systems, Internet browser and software, I have much to learn! I did install the Stampin' Up! My Digital Software in hopes of making new blog banners. We'll see .... I'm not much of a computer geek, but fortunately I have a good friend that is.
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OK, on with the card. More Christmas. I go back and forth between traditional and non-traditional. I like them both. I found this card {here} at artfeltimpressions - great blog. I made it for a workshop, but wound up not using it.
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Recipe: Stamp Sets: Delightful Decorations, Teeny Tiny Wishes. Card Stock: chocolate chip, real red, old olive, whisper white. Ink: old olive, chocolate chip, real red. Accessories: chocolate chip taffeta ribbon, silver brad, dimensionals. Tools: ornament punch.
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