Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thank You #3

I used the teacup from Fun and Fast Notes and just stamped repeatedly.  Colored with aquapainters and used the eyelet border punch.  Hilary suggested the flower brad and it finishes off the card nicely.  Happy Thanksgiving!  I'll be back on the weekend.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Thank You #2

I used the teacup from Fun and Fast Notes and just stamped repeatedly. Colored with aquapainters and used the eyelet border punch. Hilary suggested the flower brad and it finishes off the card nicely. Happy Thanksgiving! I'll be back on the weekend.


Monday, November 23, 2009

Thank You #1

PhotobucketNow for the birthday thank you cards.  Hilary loves the Kaleidascope designer paper and she helped design, stamp and assemble her cards.  Enjoy!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Partridge in a Pear Tree - PPA 17

Ok, I was stumped for a stamp set to use on  the Pals Paper Art sketch.  I had been using Cheep Talk earlier in the day and it was still out, and then it hit me, a partridge in a pear tree (with some snowflakes of course).  The pears are inked in Summer Sun and rolled in Sahara Sand.  The bird is inked in Real Red and rolled in Basic Brown.  Happy Holidays!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Spa Birthday Party

No stamping over the last two days.  When you turn 11 on a Wednesday, sometimes your birthday just lasts for a few days.  Hilary's spa party was tonight and into tomorrow morning and everyone is watching a movie at the moment.  So, a few pictures.  We decorated flip flops, made bath salts, did the cucumber on the eyes, painted nail and decorated picture frames.  By far, the girls giggled the most with the cucumbers, but waiting to have their nails painted was quite fun too.  I have been saving all the ad catalogs like Oriental Trading, American Girl mags and the jewelry ads.  The girls were a hoot to listen to as they waited patiently to get their nails done.  And let's just say that I stamp better than I decorate cakes, LOL!


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Hilary's Birthday and Mojo113

Today is my baby's birthday and she is now 11.  Don't know where the time goes.  But I was in a pinch for time today, so I used the wonderful Mojo Monday 113 sketch.  I like using the sketches for one of a kind cards since it makes it much quicker.  I made the eleven from the candle on the cupcake in Crazy for Cupcakes, lovin' the Tea Party designer paper, and you can't turn eleven without some dazzling diamonds!!!


Sunday, November 15, 2009

Mojo 112 - Merry Moments

Using the Mojo 112 Challenge and the Sweet Treat Cups, I created this little tasty Christmas Cheer.  The sentiment is from the Chit Chat Rub-ons.  The Ribbon is from the Mistle Toe collection.  The Sweet Treat cups are the perfect size for a peppermint patty.

My 11 year old is always concerned about having to tear the card up to get the treat.  So I made a small pocket and inserted a rectangluar piece to keep the candy inside.Enjoy!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Frosty the Snowman

It's that time of year and Hilary is learning some holiday songs for the season. Her first choice was Frosty the Snowman. This snowman is from Punch Pals. Add a Pretties Kit hat pin and some 5/8" brocade blue grosgrain ribbon and you have the perfect card to accompany any gift or to simply say thank you. This is the perfect card for younger stampers to help out with. The punching of your main image can be punched at any angle and the card is still cute.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Treat Boxes

PhotobucketThis darling Treat Box was one of the make and takes at convention last August.  They come in packs of 5 and are the perfect presentation for that homemade fudge or zero calorie gift card.  Just add an adorable tag and some cute ribbon and you are good to go....

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Birthday Pary Invitations

Hilary's birthday party is right around the corner, so into my studio we went. Hilary has her own stash of Stampin' Up! stamp sets. She always goes through my retiring sets and picks out one or two sets she likes and keeps them for occassions such as these. This year we are hosting a spa sleepover. You've probably seen this template several places on my blog. It is easy to duplicate and assemble, so it's great when you need to mass produce. It's also good for using up the lovely designer paper that is retired. The Kaleidoscope designer paper is 4" x 4".

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Gobble Gobble #2

I love the Autumn Traditions designer paper, but decided I needed a more muted look to complement the turkey image, hence the vellum.  Similar to Gobble gobble #2, I used the Rock N Roll technique to ink the turkey.  I used the horizontal slot punch several times to create a slot to pull up the striped ribbon.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Gobble Gobble #1

Gobble, Gobble  is a terrific single stamp in the Holiday Mini.  And it's just the right size to sandwich one of the few leftover peppermint patties I used in my Halloween spiders.  When I mounted this stamp, I cut off the words and mounted the words on the side of the wood block.  The turkey is mounted as usual.  I started off by using markers to color in the turkey, and though that provides a lovely turkey, it is very fast.  So, I initially inked the turkey in More Mustard, used the Rock N Roll technique in Ruby Red.  Using a somewhat dry aquapainter, I quickly removed the color from the body and used a soft suede marker to just color in the body of the turkey.  Much more my speed.  Guess I'll have to buy 2 more bags of peppermint patties just to make 10 or so of the turkeys...make one, eat one...make one, eat one...


Monday, November 9, 2009

PPA 15 Ruby Red, Taken with Teal and Basic Gray

I couldn't resist playing in the Pals Paper Arts Challenge this week.  I love the colors of the Holiday Lounge designer paper and had a sketch I wanted to try.  You see, the one thing about the lovely designer paper I don't like, is that you usually don't get to see both sides at the same time.  But designer paper is one of my all time favorite card elements.  The silver cardstock went through the Big Shot with a Texturz plate, the greeting and snowman images are from The More the Merrier Hostess set.  And I couldn't resist the extra sparkle with some dazzling diamonds.  Happy Stampin'!

Update:  I am so excited to be named a Pals Paper Artist's Pick for this challenge.  Thanks PPA!


Sunday, November 8, 2009

Patterned Pines in Bermuda Bay

This cute hostess set, Patterned Pines, is a level 1 hostess set in the current Holiday Mini Catalog.  My inspiration came from the cover of The Taste of Home magazine.  I can't believe I bought a cooking magazine to use as stamping inspiration, but the recipes look pretty good too...


Saturday, November 7, 2009

Wandering Words and Hearts

Today, I had just a few minutes to create and wanted to send my daughter a card.  And I actually came up with this all by myself.  There are so many nice projects, magazines, and blogs for inspiration, but I was in a hurry to get this card done and in the mail.  It would make a nice Valentine card also.  It was quick to ink the image with markers and use the Kaleidoscope designer paper.  Avery loves the bold bright colors and I hope she enjoys the card for her special occassion.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Cute Matchbook Birthday Gift

Many of Hilary's friends have late fall and early winter birthdays.  Most of her friends own the SU! tattoo kits from previous birthdays and now most are getting gift cards.  I know that's not the most original idea, but the packaging makes the gift, right?  It at least gives me more time to creat the cute packaging, lol.  PhotobucketAndrea Walford's blog, always has cute and smart ideas, so I watched her video and set out to make about 5 of these darling matchbooks.   Enjoy!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Wandering Words Fall

I used watercolor paper, markers and aquapainters for the main image background.  It's super easy to do and love how it looks different each time.  Andrea Walford has a great video tutorial for creating the watercolor wash and her site is full of beautiful projects.  My husband and I blew, raked and cleaned up the yard last Friday, just in time for Halloween.  And today, you can't tell, oh well, that's what I love about this image.  It's way more fun to stamp than do leaves, lol.....

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Wandering Words Mojo Monday (mojo111)

Well I had to try my hand at the Mojo Monday Sketch.  And I wanted a fresh idea for using my new Wandering Words set.  It's hard to see, but I applied some of the new Champagne Mist to both images.  My card uses Sahara Sand cardstock and Holiday Lounge Designer paper.  Watch for 2 additional cards using Wandering Words later this week.  Happy November!

Dasher and the Bride Specialty Paper

Dasher is one of the best selling stamps this year.  And with the Bride Specialty Paper (the embossing on the paper resists the classic ink), you get a really cool look.  The swirls certainly match the Dasher motif.  Dasher is found on page 208 ( the very last page) of the catalog. 


Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Pop-up Card Animal Stories Style

Even though I like to make cards for special occassions,  I still am not always on time.  So it's good to have a few belated birthday cards in the stash.  The special surprise is the pop-up inside the card.  Super easy to do with a word window punch.  This card is 11 x 4 1/4 inches.  Fold the card base in half.  Next, using the word window punch upside down, line up the center notch on the fold of the card and make sure the cardstock is all the way into the punch.  Do this on both sides of the card to create the pop-up stand.

Happy Stampin'!
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