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.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Gently Falling Emboss Resist

I made another batch of Thanksgiving cards yesterday.  In case you're counting (ok, you probably aren't but I am), that's 3 consecutive days.
For this card, I used some leftover dsp from the same pack that I used on yesterday's card.  I had done a collage workshop using this paper; some designs I have only scraps left and others I have full sheets.  But I also think this card would be pretty with the current Comfort Cafe dsp and fabric.
First, I stamped the Very Vanilla card stock with the French Script background stamp and Soft Suede ink.  Then I stamped the leaf from Gently Falling stamp set with VersaMark ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  I sponged over the embossed leaf with Soft Suede and Pool Party inks.
As I was running my snail adhesive on the back of the pool party dsp, I thought the back side would also look good on the card.  So for the next card, I flipped it.  I didn't care for so much Early Espresso directly on Soft Suede so I added a Very Vanilla mat.  That looked much better.  And as usual, I couldn't decide which card I liked better so I made 4 each way. 

CASEd from here.

Stamp Sets:  En Francais, Gently Falling, Seasonal Sayings (inside)
Card Stock:  soft suede, pool party, very vanilla, autumn spice (retired)
Stamp Pads:  versamark, soft suede, pool party
Other:  clear embossing powder, heat tool, dimensionals, autumn spice fabric (NOT retired)

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Gate Fold Thanksgiving Card with Gently Falling

I was so wound up about the elections yesterday (please pray for our nation) that I didn't think I would be able to stamp.  But I did - I actually made 8 of these cards.  (Yay for having leftover retired dsp)
I CASEd this card from Dawn's Stamping Thoughts.  She has a video on how to do this fold and technique with the scallop.  It really is simple.  I actually found an easier way to adhere the frame and stamped oval than what was shown.
I did gently spray my card front with a mixture of champagne shimmer paint and alcohol.  It has a nice subtle glimmer, but I couldn't capture it in the photos.

Stamp Sets:  Gently Falling, Pursuit of Happiness, Thankful For (retired)
Card Stock:  early espresso, very vanilla, autumn spice dsp (I think that's the name - retired)
Stamp Pads:  early espresso, more mustard, cajun craze (for sponging the edges of the fussy cut leaves)
Other:  stampin' sponges, dimensionals, simply scored, scallop frame oval die (retired), champagne shimmer paint (and alcohol and spray bottle), basic pearls.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Wonderfall Thanksgiving

My Christmas cards have been finished for a couple of months and my Halloween cards were finished a week or two early.  And here I am just starting Thanksgiving cards that need to be mailed next week (30 of them!).   I'm not super crazy about mass producing - 8 is about my limit so I will probably be making 4 different designs.  Here's my first.  I love it!
I used lots of goodies from the Holiday Catalog:  Wonderfall Stamp Set, Autumn Accents Die, Orchard Harvest dsp, Brushed Bronze designer button and Natural 7/8" cotton ribbon.

CASEd from this card.
Stamp Sets:  Wonderfall, Day of Gratitude, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Card Stock:  crumb cake, always artichoke, very vanilla, first edition dsp, orchard harvest dsp
Stamp Pads:  always artichoke, cajun craze, crumb cake
Other:  autumn accents die, bitty banners framelits, big shot, bronze button, cotton ribbon, always artichoke seam binding ribbon, linen thread, dimensionals, glue dots.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Elements of Style Thank You Cards

I'm a little slow in getting these made and mailed out this week, but these are my November Thank You cards.
After I stamped the vine stamp, I scored a border; stopping at the stamped images.  I wanted the raised embossed line to be on the outside, so I had to flip it upside down to score.  Therefore, this technique is a lot easier when dark ink is used.

CASEd from this card on Splitcoast.
Stamp Sets:  Elements of Style, Curly Cute
Card Stock:  whisper white, not quite navy
Stamp Pads:  not quite navy, old olive
Other:  simply scored, basic pearls, dimensionals, apothecary accents framelits, big shot.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Stamping, Halloween Crafts and Crocheting

Add quilting to the title and that's what I have been up to this week.  I made several different cards for the upcoming card buffet, but they aren't quite ready to be shared yet.
Here are a few other things I've done:
A few weeks ago, I received my November copy of Stampin' Success (a publication for demonstrators) and the cover had these cute ornaments on it.  I made a few in a matter of minutes (good thing since I was supposed to be getting ready to go to a workshop).  I gave them away but thought to snap a picture with my phone first.  All of the strips of designer papre are 3/4" wide.  The lengths are 1 at 4", 2 at 4.5", 2 at 5" and 2 at 5.5".  The photo on the magazine showed another "layer" so those should be cut at 6".  See a pattern there?  I pierced each end of all strips at the same time and attached with a min brad.  Quick and easy.

This is the extent of our pumpkin carving for this year.  Actually, it's more than we have done since our kids grew up.  Aren't they cute?!  They are the little bitty pumpkins.  Jeff cut the holes and scooped out the goop and inserted the toy vampire teeth that I had picked up at the grocery store.  I used red brads for the eyes.  Simple!

I made a few special treats for Halloween to give to our grandkids and the friendly people that work at Wendy's.  They're s'mores kits; each has 2 graham cracker squares, a chocolate bar and marshmallow peeps. The sample I had seen (on Pinterest, of course) had shown a white ghost peep.  Well, this is the only pack I could find anywhere.  And just one pack - so I could only make 12 treats.  I heard Big Lots has Christmas peeps out already.  I guess I'll be heading there soon.  {ugh!}

I recently shared that I have been receiving requests to make owl hats.  I made both of these hats this week.  They are newborn size for a baby due in December.  It was requested that one be brown and pink, she asked if I had seen the ones with sleeping eyes and she also mentioned that she likes flowers.  She insisted that she is not picky, but I took that question and comment as hints and incorporated them into one hat.  The grandma-to-be picked them up a few minutes ago and loves them.  Yay!  I finished last night which was sooner than she had anticipated; she'll be giving them at a shower today.  I love it when things work out like that!

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