Wednesday, December 16, 2009

I know I have been completely out of it lately. Thank you for your patience! It is Wednesday again. I just don't know where the week goes. Anyhoo..... we have a color challenge to work with this week. Such pretty colors. Over at LNS Stampers, our challenge was to make a Christmas card using nontraditional Christmas colors. So, being behind - as I usually am - I decided to try to combine the two. It really came together once I got going, but was difficult to start since I haven't stamped in so long! (gasp!)

I used the Patterned Pines Level I Hostess set. These poor trees have never seen ink before this morning. I simply colored the trees with markers and stamped directly on the White cardstock. But, then decided to stamp again and cut out the tree images without the trunk to make them stand out a little bit more. The ribbon is layered - Rich Razzleberry grosgrain on the bottom and 1/4" Rose Red grosgrain on top.

Take a few minutes to peruse the Diva blog. We have some amazing design team creators over there!


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Thursday, December 3, 2009


Back to a Christmas theme, though this image could fit a multitude of situations / themes with the right color changes. Very versatile! For the middle, I simply cut a circle to fit over part of the image and stamped my sentiment on top of that.

Supplies~
Stamps: Sincere Salutations, Medallion
Ink: Always Artichoke, Real Red
Cardstock: Always Artichoke, Real Red, Whisper White
Accessories: 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, circle cutter

Easy Peasy! This card can be made very quickly in the event you have a large number to make - such as for Christmas / Holiday cards.


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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

DIVA Color Challenge, #156

It's a color challenge this week! Such pretty colors to work with as the weather here starts to get a little colder! I am not a big fan of the cold, having grown up on the northeast coast, so I was happy to stay in and stamp. :) I need a birthday card this week, so this card will do double duty.

Supplies~
Stamps: Sincere Salutations, Thoughts and Prayers
Cardstock: Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Basic Gray
Ink: Bermuda Bay marker, Melon Mambo marker
Accessories: Gray taffeta ribbon, Photo Corners punch, Big Shot, Finial Press embossing folder

Grab some coffee and stroll on over to the Diva blog. You will find lots of inspiration from the other Divas over there with links to their blogsites. While you are at it, why don't you play along with us? You know you want to! Plus, you have a chance to be a featured artist on the blog if your submission wins! Fun!

Have a great day!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Mail is Here!

This adorable mailbox was made by my sweet friend / downline, Jan. She did a great job! Stuff with candy or any other holiday goody, and you have one more great handmade gift to give! These mailboxes are fun to make! Thanks, Jan!

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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Need to make a handful of little gifts for the classroom? Look no further! Simply run the Bag with Scallops die through your Big Shot with some designer series paper. They are so quick and easy to put together. Add some candies or kisses with a tag and you have the perfect little something to give!
Again, your designer paper can be changed to fit the occasion - making this die very versatile. Use for any holiday, shower favors, children's' gifts, party favors, etc.

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Friday, November 27, 2009

Who Doesn't Love Chocolate?

Who wouldn't be delighted to receive such a special chocolate gift? I know it wouldn't last long around me! These little tins of chocolate make adorable teacher's gifts or just a quick gift to have on hand should a situation arise where you need something extra! The Hershey Nuggets are simply covered with a piece of designer series paper and 12 fit into a tin. Add a holiday bow and tag and - voila! You have an inexpensive, yet adorable gift!

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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I took a break from the Christmas theme for today's post and put up a card of thanks. This card uses Pocket Silhouettes.

Supplies~
Stamps: Pocket Silhouettes, Kind and Caring Thoughts (sentiment)
Ink: Really Rust, Soft Suede
Cardstock: Soft Suede, Really Rust, So Saffron, Vanilla
Accessories: Scallop circle punch, 1-3/8" circle punch, 1-1/4" circle punch, gold cording

Don't forget~ When you sit down to relax, check out the Holiday Extravaganza with includes special product and product bundles up to 50% off through November 30th only. Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Diva Sketch Challenge #155

Wednesdays seem to come around so fast! This week, the Divas have a sketch challenge for you to play along with. Fun!

This is a pretty simple sketch this week and so my card came together pretty fast. I am not crazy about the sentiment I used, but I didn't have another small holiday sentiment to substitute in its place. Add that to my list.... LOL!
Supplies~
Stamps: Patterned Pines, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Old Olive, Real Red and Soft Suede markers
Cardstock: Soft Suede, Old Olive, Real Red, Vanilla, Christmas Cocoa Specialty DSP
Accessories: Vintage brads

Fairly quick and simple! Don't forget to check out the amazing bundles and deals Stampin' Up! is offering this week during the Holiday Extravaganza. You don't want to miss this opportunity to get some deep discounts! You can fit these deals into some of your holiday shopping this year - or, simply treat yourself. You deserve it!

Take a quick hop over to the Diva blog and see what the rest of our awesome design team have come up with for your inspiration! Play along with us! Have a great day!

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA - YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS THIS!

Stampin' Up! has an amazing Holiday Extravaganza going on for this week only! Check out these specials!

Item

Description

Regular Price

Discounted Price

120280

Framed with Love Bundle

  • Framed with Love stamp set
  • Full Heart punch

$43.90

$21.95

120281

Thank You Kindly Bundle

  • Thank You Kindly stamp set
  • Scallop Edge punch

$29.90

$14.95

120976

Thank You Kindly Bundle (French)

  • Tous mes remerciements stamp set
  • Scallop Edge punch

$29.90

$14.95

120282

Animal Crackers Bundle

  • Animal Crackers stamp set
  • Star Designer brads

$25.90

$12.95

120283

Corduroy Button Bundle

  • Kraft Corduroy buttons
  • Pumpkin Pie Corduroy buttons
  • Summer Sun Corduroy buttons
  • Basic Gray Corduroy buttons
  • Chocolate Chip Corduroy buttons

$49.75

$24.88

120284

Game Night Bundle

  • Card Games stamp set
  • Game Night stamp set

$40.90

$20.45

120285

Four Square Bundle

  • Four Square stamp set
  • Scallop Square punch

$30.90

$15.45

120286

Heart to Heart Bundle

  • Love You Much stamp set
  • Heart to Heart punch
  • Pretty in Pink 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon

$49.85

$24.93

120310

Heart to Heart Bundle (Spanish)

  • Te Quiero Mucho stamp set
  • Heart to Heart punch
  • Pretty in Pink 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon

$49.85

$24.93

120311

Heart to Heart Bundle (French)

  • J't'aime beaucoup stamp set
  • Heart to Heart punch
  • Pretty in Pink 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon

$49.85

$24.93

120287

Chipboard Letter Bundle

  • On Board Timeless Type
  • On Board Loads of Letters

$25.90

$12.95

120288

Double-Stitched Ribbon Bundle

  • Bashful Blue 1" double-stitched grosgrain ribbon
  • Rose Red 1" double-stitched grosgrain ribbon

$17.90

$10.74

120289

Ultimate Stampers' Starter Bundle*

  • Best Wishes & More stamp set
  • Eight Great Greetings stamp set
  • On a Pedestal stamp set
  • Earth Elements Stampin' Spots
  • Earth Elements assorted card stock (8-1/2" x 11")
  • Whisper White card stock (8-1/2" x 11")
  • Old Olive 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon
  • Flower Designer brads

$127.70

$76.62

120290

Build-A-Brad Bundle

  • Calendar Alphabet stamp set
  • Pewter Build-A-Brad
  • Antique Brass Build-A-Brad

$40.85

$24.51

120291

Enjoy Every Moment Bundle

  • Enjoy Every Moment stamp set
  • Circle Designer brads
  • Flower Designer brads

$43.85

$26.31

120312

Enjoy Every Moment Bundle (French)

  • Profiter de chaque instant stamp set
  • Circle Designer brads
  • Flower Designer brads

$43.85

$26.31

120292

Cheep Talk Bundle

  • Cheep Talk stamp set
  • Note cards
  • Pumpkin Pie Corduroy buttons

$42.85

$25.71

120293

Sock Monkey Bundle

  • Sock Monkey stamp set
  • Sock Monkey Accessories stamp set
  • Chocolate Chip Corduroy buttons

$58.85

$35.31

120313

Sock Monkey Bundle (French)

  • Sing-chaussette stamp set
  • Sock Monkey Accessories stamp set
  • Chocolate Chip Corduroy buttons

$58.85

$35.31

120294

Alphabet Bundle

  • Jayne's Type Alphabet stamp set
  • Lovely Letters stamp set

$87.90

$52.74

120295

Simply Said Bundle

  • Simply Said stamp set
  • Old Olive 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon
  • Full Heart punch

$52.85

$31.71

120314

Simply Said Bundle (French)

  • Amitié stamp set
  • Old Olive 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon
  • Full Heart punch

$52.85

$31.71

120296

On Board Bundle

  • On Board So Tweet
  • On Board Batch of Blooms
  • On Board Essentials

$42.85

$25.71

120927

Christmas Décor Bundle #1

  • Holly Berry Wreath Décor Elements (Kraft, Real Red)
  • Small Real Red Vintage Ornaments Décor Elements
  • Small Chocolate Vintage Ornaments Décor Elements

$74.85

$44.91

120298

Christmas Décor Bundle #2

  • Holly Berry Wreath Décor Elements (Chocolate, Real Red)
  • Small Real Red Vintage Ornaments Décor Elements
  • Small Chocolate Vintage Ornaments Décor Elements

$74.85

$44.91

120299

Christmas Décor Bundle #3

  • Holly Berry Wreath Décor Elements (Old Olive, Real Red)
  • Small Real Red Vintage Ornaments Décor Elements
  • Small Chocolate Vintage Ornaments Décor Elements

$74.85

$44.91

120300

For All You Do Bundle

  • For All You Do stamp set
  • 5/16" Neutrals Jumbo brads

$36.90

$25.83

120315

For All You Do Bundle (French)

  • Merci pour tout stamp set
  • 5/16" Neutrals Jumbo brads

$36.90

$25.83

120316

For All You Do Bundle (Spanish)

  • Por todo lo que haces stamp set
  • 5/16" Neutrals Jumbo brads

$36.90

$25.83

120301

Striped Ribbon Bundle

  • Bashful Blue 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon
  • Pumpkin Pie 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon
  • Old Olive 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon
  • Pretty in Pink 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon
  • So Saffron 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon
  • Real Red 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon

$47.73

$33.41

120302

Bling Bundle

  • Sticky Pages
  • Sticky Cuts Sweet
  • Fine Supernova Stampin' Glitter
  • Fine Galaxy Stampin' Glitter

$43.80

$30.66

120303

Fresh-Cut Bundle

  • Fresh Cuts stamp set
  • Fresh-Cut Notes
  • 5/8" Neutrals Jumbo brads

$37.85

$26.50

120317

Fresh-Cut Bundle (French)

  • Fraicheur exuise stamp set
  • Fresh-Cut Notes
  • 5/8" Neutrals Jumbo brads

$37.85

$26.50

120304

Pendant Note Bundle

  • Pendant Park stamp set
  • Pendant notes
  • 5/8" Neutrals Jumbo brads

$39.85

$27.90

120318

Pendant Note Bundle (French)

  • Adorable parc stamp set
  • Pendant notes
  • 5/8" Neutrals Jumbo brads

$39.85

$27.90

120319

Pendant Note Bundle (Spanish)

  • Un dia en el parque stamp set
  • Pendant notes
  • 5/8" Neutrals Jumbo brads

$39.85

$27.90

120305

Sporting Bundle #1

  • Large Night of Navy Sporting Décor Elements
  • Night of Navy Just Sports Décor Elements

$67.90

$47.54

120306

Sporting Bundle #2

  • Large Chocolate Sporting Décor Elements
  • Chocolate Just Sports Décor Elements

$67.90

$47.54

120307

Sporting Bundle #3

  • Large Black Sporting Décor Elements
  • Black Just Sports Décor Elements

$67.90

$47.54

114864

Ginormous Flowers I Décor Elements

$39.95

$27.97

114863

Ginormous Flowers II Décor Elements

$39.95

$27.97

112534

5/16" Neutrals Jumbo brads

$7.95

$5.57

112533

5/8" Neutrals Jumbo brads

$6.95

$4.87

112081

Scallop Square punch

$15.95

$11.17

113693

Full Heart punch

$15.95

$11.17

113694

Heart to Heart punch

$15.95

$11.17

112091

Scallop Edge punch

$15.95

$11.17

112571

Circle Designer brads

$5.95

$4.17

112579

Flower Designer brads

$5.95

$4.17

112572

Star Designer brads

$5.95

$4.17

114785

Small Wonderful Flowers Décor Elements

$39.95

$27.97

114786

Medium Wonderful Flowers Décor Elements

$69.95

$48.97

114791

Small Wonderful Leaves Décor Elements

$39.95

$27.97

114792

Medium Wonderful Leaves Décor Elements

$64.95

$45.47

*This bundle is only available while supplies last.


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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

DIVA Challenge


It's time for another DIVA challenge! We have a color challenge this week. I absolutely love these colors together. Not sure I picked the right card, though. But, I will definitely be playing around with these colors some more! They are so stunning together in real life!
Inspiration from my card came from a poster on Splitcoast, minapier. She had a beautiful square card in gorgeous colors using this set. It is hard to tell from my picture, but the base of the card is Sage Shadow, as well as one of the scallops under the circle.

Supplies~
Stamps: Simple Friendship
Ink: Night of Navy, Real Red
Cardstock: Sage Shadow, Whisper White, Night of navy, Bordering Blue
Accessories: 1-3/4" circle punch, Circles 2 die, Big Shot, 5/8" grosgrain Real Red Ribbon, rhinestone brad from the Pretties Kit

Swing by the DIVA blog and see what gorgeous creations the other DIVA's have come up with for your inspiration! Why don't you play along with us? Simply link your creation using Mr. Linky. Thanks for stopping by!
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Sunday, November 15, 2009

So simple and elegant, this card could easily fit a number of occasions just by changing the sentiment. The original card I saw by Silke Ledlow I believe was a Christmas card, but it has been a while and I can't quite remember. This piece of DSP has some flocking on it and is very striking in person!

Supplies~
Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes, Friends 24/7
Ink: Real Red
Cardstock: Real Red, Whisper White, Christmas Cocoa Specialty DSP
Accessories: Modern Label Punch, Word Window punch, Scallop border punch, Real Red 5/8" grosgrain ribbon

Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy your Sunday!

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Saturday, November 14, 2009

I saw a version of this card out there in the blog world, but can't quite seem to remember where. Her card (another demo) was so pretty, though, and mine just doesn't do it justice. But, it is another holiday card idea for you just the same.

Supplies~
Stamps: Many Merry Messages
Ink: Real Red
Cardstock: Whisper White, Real Red
Accessories: Old Olive 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, 5-petal punch, Dazzling Diamonds, Eyelet border punch

The "poinsettia" flowers are two punched images from the 5-petal punch, one on top of the other. I put a dab - more like a blob - of Crystal Effects in the middle and then some Dazzling Diamonds glitter. I guess I need to work on that technique! LOL! I tried to distress the leaf edges a bit and sponged them with some Real Red ink to make them a little darker in certain places.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Happy Friday! Hope you have had a good week. This is just a real quick card to bring you into the weekend. I used the Dasher stamp which can be found on page 208 of the Idea Book and Catalog, on the "under $10" page. He is a cutie!

Supplies~
Stamps: Dasher, Snow Swirled
Ink: Soft Suede
Cardstock: Soft Suede, Whisper White, Christmas Cocoa Specialty DSP
Accessories: Soft Suede grosgrain ribbon

There really isn't much to this card and it looks pretty self-explanatory, but if you need some help, don't hesitate to ask. Hope you call have a wonderful weekend!

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Another Christmas card! This beautiful card was inspired by Lisa Freeman and, once again, uses the Big Shot. The corner of the Whisper White main layer is embossed with the Elegant Bouquet embossing folder and the punched out ornament is embossed with the Finial Press embossing folder. For the centers of the flowers, I added some color with a Real Red marker.

Supplies~
Stamps: Many Merry Messages
Ink: Real Red - pad and marker
Cardstock: Real Red, Whisper White
Accessories: Silver cord, Ornament punch, Finial Press and Elegant Bouquet embossing folders, Big Shot

Super easy and quick!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

I love to make Christmas cards, though I am not so good at sending them. This one has some nontraditional Christmas colors, which I think makes it more interesting! What do you think?

Supplies~
Stamps: Serene Snowflakes, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Soft Suede, Not Quite Navy
Cardstock: Soft Suede, Not Quite Navy, Whisper White
Accessories: Modern Label punch, Word Window punch, white organza ribbon, circle rhinestone brad, dimensionals
Don't forget to dress up your insides!

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Monday, November 9, 2009

Happy Monday to you all! I have gotten so caught up in my personal circus lately that I just have not had a chance to blog. But, I do have a bunch to show you over the next couple of days to make up for it. I have had some time here and there to create a little bit. Our challenge this week over at Late Night Stampers Group is to make some handmade gifts and while I have a great handmade gift in mind, it is not quite complete yet. So, we are going to start with some gift tags. These are so pretty in person and were inspired by Becky Roberts. I thought they were going to fit into one of those little tins, but they are just a hair too big. I am going to have to create a little box for them, but will work on that a little later. They are, of course, made with the Big Shot and Top Note die, along with an embossing folder and the ornament punch. Finish off with some silver cord and gorgeous organza ribbon - I would love to receive these pretty tags as a gift!

Supplies~
Stamps: Delightful Decorations
Ink: Soft Suede
Cardstock: Real Red, Whisper White, Christmas Cocoa Specialty DSP
Accessories: Large eyelet, Crop-A-Dile, silver cord, ornament punch, white organza ribbon, Top Note die, Big Shot, Petals-A-Plenty embossing folder

Monday, November 2, 2009


Guess What?!? When you order $50 in product from this gift-giving guide, you will receive a FREE Decor Elements piece (valued at up to $16.95)! Another amazing offer from Stampin' Up!

Browse through this Decor Elements catalog to chose your FREE piece (valued up to $16.95).
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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween to you all! Another special Halloween treat! Who wouldn't want to receive this goodie? Little Hershey Nuggets wrapped in some designer series paper - all decorated for the holiday! Add a tag and some gorgeous Stampin' Up! ribbon and you are set to go! The tin holds 12 Nuggets. The strips of DSP are 3" x 1" and are adhered with just a little piece of Sticky Strip. Easy Peasy! I made these for some special Christmas gifts, but thought it would make a cute Halloween gift too for a grandchild or special little someone.

Supplies~
Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Basic Black
Cardstock: Whisper White, Old Olive, Basic Black (all for the tag), Cast-A-Spell designer series paper
Accessories: Old Olive striped grosgrain ribbon (Just Gorgeous!!), Modern Label punch, Word Window punch, Silver cord, Sticky Strip

Any little box will do for packaging! See how creative you can be! Happy Halloween!

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Friday, October 30, 2009

My kids think I have lost a marble or two, watching me get so excited over these bears - or any Stampin' Up! products in general. They just don't understand. Oh well. My two little bears got to embellish some little candy bags - a special treat for the little ones when they least expect it. The bag itself is made from a piece of 6-1/2" x 12" piece of cardstock, scored at 1-1/4" length-wise and 5-1/4" width-wise. After inserting the end of the ribbon through the holes on the side, I placed either Chocolate Chip corduroy brads to hold it in place or the brown 5/8" brads. The corduroy ones are a little bit more top heavy and so a glue dot would be needed to hold them in place. These little boxes could be decorated with designer paper or any type of
Sizzix die or even stamps / wheels. They are quite versatile as far as changing theme / occasion. Supplies~
Stamps: None
Ink: None
Cardstock: Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Close to Cocoa, Kraft
Accessories: Pumpkin Pie striped grosgrain ribbon, Old Olive striped grosgrain ribbon, Kooky Spooky die, Stampin' Up! Bear die, Big Shot, 2-way glue pen
Just fill with your favorite candy! No one will be able to resist this special gift!

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