Monday, December 31, 2012

Make a Mitten Trio

This is the first card I made after my little holiday stamping break and I love it!  Starting back with such a fun and cute card definitely made me want to keep stamping.  I made several of these to use as Christmas thank you note cards.
The Make-a-Mitten stamp set and Mitten Builder Punch are only available through January 2.

CASEd from this card.

Stamp Set:  Make-a-Mitten
Card Stock:  riding hood red, crumb cake, very vanilla
Stamp Pads:  riding hood red, crumb cake, illuminate glimmer watermark (rubbed over embossed snowflakes)
Other:  northern flurry ef, big shot, basic pearls, mitten builder punch, cherry cobbler baker's twine, glue dots, dimensionals.

Since you are visiting my blog, I figure you are a personal friend and/or a craft person and you might like to see some of the things I made over the holidays.  I'll try to remember to share things over the next few posts:
I wanted to make one of these wreaths from Pinterest.  The frame I got was too small and looked lost on our front door, but I found the perfect spot in our powder bath (not where it was photographed).
This is the wreath we (wonderfully hubby and I) made for our front door.  I had tried to get ornaments on sale after Christmas last year but had no luck.  So I got these early at Target.  This wasn't quite as easy as the tutorials looked.  Here's one and here's another.  We had to go back for more ornaments and we still had little holes that bugged me.  So we ("we" meaning my Mr. Wonderful) cut up an old piece of garland and stuck the pieces in the holes.  All better!  Fortunately the glue held through the cold and none of the glass ornaments fell off.  I will store it in the house as opposed to the attic.
And finally, Emma (my 9 year old granddaughter) made these adorable little wreaths and tied them on Christmas gifts that she gave.  So sweet!  They are made from plastic shower curtain rings and yarn scraps.   Here's the tutorial.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Scentsational Season - Warmest Wishes with a Cup of Cocoa

These stamp and framelit sets were the first things to really catch my eye when I received my Holiday Catalog back in July.  My only regret with them is that I didn't use them more.  One of my annual stamping goals is to have my personal Christmas cards finished before the rush of the season - so I didn't need too many cards when I ordered these goodies.  But that's ok, because I am ready to start my 2013 Christmas cards and I'm sure I will be using (and sharing) Scentsational Season more.
I think the cup of cocoa image takes this stamp set beyond Christmas and to the whole winter season.  It pairs great with the "Warmest Wishes on your birthday" sentiment from the Blooming with Kindness stamp set.
Check the supply list below - bold items will only be available to order through January 2.
With a few changes, I CASEd this card.
Stamp Sets:  Scentsational Season, Blooming with Kindness
Card Stock:  early espresso, very vanilla, festival of prints designer paper stack
Stamp Pad:  early espresso
Other:  labels collection framelits, holiday collection framelits, snowburst ef (retired), big shot, festive paper piercing pack, piercing tool and mat, dimensionals.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Glimmery Snowflake Thank You Card

Hi there.  I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! 
As much as I love to stamp, I certainly enjoyed my time off doing other things the past few weeks.  But I finally did make it back into my stampin' room a couple of days ago and have been getting lots of cards made.  My granddaughter is spending quite a bit of time with me during her school break.  I normally don't like to sit down at my PC and blog while she's here, but I've used some things that will only be available for a few more days and thought I better hurry and share. Soon-to-be-gone goodies are in bold on the supply list below.
 FYI, the Holiday Catalog ends January 2.  A list of items that will carry over from the Holiday Catalog can be found on page 36 of the new Spring Catalog that begins January 3.

With a few minor changes, I CASEd this card.  It is much prettier in real life!! 
Stamp Set:  Lacy & Lovely, Snow Swirled (inside)
Card Stock:  basic black, baja breeze, whisper white (inside), silver glimmer, snow festival dsp
Stamp Pads: black stazon, baja breeze (inside)
Other:  snow flurry die, snow burst ef (already retired), big shot, white organza ribbon, glue dot, dimensional.

I took this picture out of our dining room window a couple of days ago.  The center of our pool freezes last and that's the last place snow accumulates.  I thought it was funny that it looks like the Stampin' Up scallop oval frame die.


Saturday, December 8, 2012

Coral and Crumb - Mixed Bunch

I was thinking how I really like this color combo, but then again, I like just about anything paired with Crumb Cake.  It's kind of like khaki pants - they go with everything.

CASEd from here.

Stamp Sets:  Mixed Bunch, Petite Pair
Card Stock:  crumb cake, calypso coral, very vanilla, first edition dsp
Stamp Pads:  calypso coral, early espresso, crumb cake
Other:  blossom punch, 1" circle punch, itty bitty punch pack, basic pearls, dimensionals, scallop edge punch, stampin' sponge.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Betsy's Blossom

Here's another card from the November/December buffet.  We used Teeny Tiny Wishes and Itty Bitty Banners stamp sets for different sentiments.

 The inside:
CASEd from this card.

Stamp Sets:  Betsy's Blossom, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Card Stock:  riding hood red, basic black, whisper white, pool party
Stamp Pads:  riding hood red, lucky limeade, pool party, black stazon
Other:  2-1/2" circle punch, black brad, paper piercing tool and mat, tasteful trims die, big shot, basic black 3/8" taffeta ribbon, glue dot, dimensionals, rhinestone.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

An Apple a Day ...

Usually, get well cards are flowery and cheerful (for a good reason), but when I saw Mary Fish's card, I linked the Get Well sentiment and apple on the card to the old expression, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away".  I'm not sure if that was her intention or not, but I went with it and have this card on the menu for the November and December card buffets.  Now, as I think about it, it kind of sounds like "if you ate an apple a day, you wouldn't be sick.".  Certainly NOT my intention.  Have you ever noticed that I tend to over think things?  Haha!

Stamp Sets:  Perfectly Preserved, Delightful Dozen
Card Stock:  early espresso, crumb cake, very vanilla
Stamp Pads:  early espresso, riding hood red
Other:  argyle ef, cannery framelits, scallop rectangle clearlit, big shot, gold brad, paper piercing tool and mat, riding hood red 3/8" satin ribbon, dimensionals.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Simple Make a Mitten

Like the card I shared yesterday, this one could be used for Christmas or just about any occasion during the winter - just change the greeting.  This was the first time I used my new Make a Mitten stamp set and Mitten Builder Punch; both only available through January 2, 2013.

Stamp Sets:  Make a Mitten, Short & Sweet (retired)
Card Stock:  gumball green, whisper white
Stamp Pad:  gumball green
Other:  delicate designs embossing folder, perfect polka dots ef, big shot, 1-3/4" circle punch, 2-3/8" scallop circle punch, mitten builder punch, whisper white 3/8" taffeta ribbon, glue dot, dimensional.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Snow Swirled Triple Layer Card

Happy December!
I think December 1 is a great day to share a beautiful snowy Christmas card.  Don't you?
This summer, we made this card at my buffets using the Triple Layer Technique and Creative Elements stamp set.  It was a big hit and I heard several comments like, "I love this.  I hope you do more like it."  So last month, I added this pretty card to the buffet.  It was very popular again.  I thought some stampers might be finished with Christmas cards and this card would be great for any occasion this winter, so I offered alternative sentiment stamps.  But I think most stuck with Christmas.

CASEd from here.

Stamp Set:  Snow Swirled
Card Stock:  midnight muse, whisper white
Stamp Pads:  midnight muse, marina mist
Other:  midnight muse stitched satin ribbon

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Scentsational Season Christmas Gift Card Holder

These are the cute little gift card holders we're making at the Card Buffet next week.

CASEd from here.

Stamp Sets:  Fabulous Phrases, Scentsational Season
Card Stock:  crumb cake, cherry cobbler, very vanilla, champagne glitter paper, be of good cheer dsp
Stamp Pads:  early espresso, gumball green
Other:  1-3/4" circle punch, gumball green stitched satin ribbon, cherry cobbler bakers twine, holiday collection framelits, two tags die, big shot, dimensionals.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Bold and Bright Printed Petals

When I was making my October card buffet prototypes, I was down to the last one and I needed something bright.  I also wanted to used a stamp set that I had for a long time that had never met a stamp pad (shame!).  So this is what I came up with.  I just love it. Much prettier in real life!

I CASEd a card from last year's catalog but had to change some colors due to retirements.

Stamp Sets:  Printed Petals, Perfectly Penned, Netting Background
Card Stock:  melon mambo, whisper white, lucky limeade
Stamp Pads:  melon mambo, wisteria wonder, calypso coral, lucky limeade. early espresso
Other:  scallop square duo die, houndstooth ef, big shot, 1-3/4" scallop circle punch, itty bitty punch pack, dimensionals.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Create a Cupcake

Nearly every time I try to make a gender neutral birthday card, it winds up with a rhinestone {sigh}. 

CASEd from this card.
Stamp Set:  Create a Cupcake
Card Stock:  crumb cake, whisper white, baja breeze, old olive, real red
Stamp Pads:  soft suede, baja breeze
Other:  cupcake builder punch, owl builder punch, scallop edge punch, perfect polka dots ef, big shot, basic rhinestone, dimensionals, old olive 1/8" taffeta ribbon.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Bird Punch with Itty Bitty Banners

This card was on my buffet October & November.  Since it's kind of an all occasion card, sentiments were chosen from Teeny Tiny Wishes and Itty Bitty Banners.  We used up dsp leftover from the last Sale-a-Bration.

CASEd from this card.

Stamp Set:  Itty Bitty Banners
Card Stock:  very vanilla, crumb cake, everyday enchantment dsp
Stamp Pad:  crumb cake
Other:  bird builder punch, bitty banners framelits, big shot, basic rhinestone, dimensionals, paper piercing tool & mat, essentials paper piercing pack, crumb cake 3/8" taffeta ribbon.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Thoughts and Prayers

This card combines an older stamp set Thoughts and Prayers with a brand new set Papillon Potpourri.  I like that the card is bold and clean but still tranquil. 
This is an October/November card buffet card.  It has been very popular, as I expected.  My stamping friends tend to make a lot of the 'thinking of you' and 'sympathy' cards.  It's not because they surround themselves with sad situations, but because they themselves are so caring and they reach out to others in tough times.  Sometimes card buffets wear me out and can get frustrating, and then when I see/hear effects of the outreach, I come back around.

CASEd (and slightly tweaked) from this card.
Stamp Sets:  Thoughts and Prayers, Papillon Potpourri
Card Stock:  elegant eggplant, whisper white
Stamp Pad:  elegant eggplant
Other:  lacy brocade ef, big shot, dimensionals, basic pearls, elegant butterfly punch.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Joy to the World and a Santa's Hat Card

Christmas cards have been a big hit at my Card Buffets the past few months.  And with 12 cards to choose from, there's still plenty room for other occasion cards. 
I try to mix up the style of cards so last month I added in a whimsical card.  I had seen this card and had some of the dsp leftover from 2 years ago.  So decided to give it a try.  I only had enough paper for 24 cards, but if needed, I had enough of another pattern from the same pack to make an additional 24. I didn't think pink would be too popular for Christmas cards so I thought I had enough for 2 months.  They were all made in one weekend!  Goes to show what I know. 

Stamp Set:  Word Play
Card Stock:  pink pirouette, whisper white, real red, red glimmer, candy lane dsp
Stamp Pad:  black stazon
Other:  2-3/8" scallop circle punch, 1-3/4" circle punch, dimensionals, pink pirouette & real red markers.

I added this whimsical Santa hat card to replace the other one for its second/final month on the buffet.

Stamp Set:  More Merry Messages
Card Stock:  real red, whisper white
Stamp Pad:  real red
Other:  dimensionals, small oval punch (retired), itty bitty punch pack, word window, scallop oval and xl oval punches.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Moving Forward

This cheerful card was quite popular at my October card buffet.  It will wrap up at the November card buffet this coming weekend. 
The words and bicycle image came as one stamp within the set Moving Forward.  For this card, I cut them apart so they could be used separately.  If I want to use them together again (like on this card), I can simply put them on the acrylic block together - kind of like putting a puzzle together. 

CASEd from here.
Stamp Set:  Moving Forward
Card Stock:  whisper white, daffodil delight, basic gray, polka dot parade dsp
Stamp Pad:  basic gray
Other:  fancy fan ef, labels collection framelits, big shot, itty bitty punch pack, word window punch, basic pearls, dimensionals.

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