Friday, December 26, 2008

Christmas Cards

I'm afraid that I am late at sending out my Christmas cards again this year. I had most of them done, but we decided to do a Christmas letter also. We just finished the letter on Christmas Eve. So, I will be sending them out next week. I made a few cards this year. I can't do just one design as I get bored quickly making the same card. Here is a glimpse this year's versions.

I used Christmas Montage, one of my favorite Stampin' Up! Christmas stamp sets, for this card. The design on the base of the card is made with a stamp from BoBunny. I used Very Vanilla, Perfect Plum cardstock, Very Vanilla and Perfect Plum ink, vanilla satin ribbon and Martha Stewart's lace border punch.

I finally used my Fluffles stamp from Stampendous! for this card. The tree is from Studio G. I watercolored the image. I also embossed the base of the card with the snowflake embossing folder from Cuttlebug.

This is my first clear card. I really had fun making it! The snowflake image on the clear base is a stamp from Stampendous! The snowman is from TAC. I colored the snowman with ink and blender pen. I popped the buttons up and added lots of glitter.

This cute reindeer is from TAC. I paper pieced him from patterned paper. This was another fun card to make.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and wish you a relaxing New Year!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


For some reason I am loving poinsettias this year. I found another poinsettia that I don't think I ever used in a retired Stampin' Up! set called Holiday Minis. I made this card for my Stampers' 10 swap. In my mind this card was a simple and quick card, but as usual, I kept adding elements that made it a more time-consuming card. But, I enjoyed making it! I was inspired by Anna Wight's card on her fantastic blog:

I love the red and kraft paper together and the layout. For my card I stamped the snowflakes on kraft paper with Whisper White. The poinsettia is embossed with gold on the kraft card stock and painted with inks. When everything was put together, I added white opal liquid pearls to the poinsettia and the middle of the snowflakes. The word Peace is also from the Holiday Minis set. I hope this card puts you in the holiday spirit!
Stamps: Holiday Minis and Lace Snowflakes from Stampin' Up!
Paper: Riding Hood Red, Kraft, Always Artichoke (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Whisper White craft, VersaMark, Riding Hood Red and Always Artichoke
Accessories: Gold Embossing Powder, gold mini brads, curved clip, Riding Hood Red Tafetta Ribbon, white opal Liquid Pearls

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Christmas Owl

I used to participate in Mary Jo Price-Williams' Lunchtime Sketch Challenge quite a bit. But, lately, I just haven't been able to participate like I would like to. Here is the link to her fabulous blog: I am definitely late in submitting my card, but better late than never, I guess. Especially considering my track record!

I used one of my new Christmas stamp sets from Hero Arts called Owl Christmas. I just love this owl in a sweater! I need to use the other owls in this set, but I can't seem to get enough of this cute guy. I paper pieced the sweater with patterned paper from DCWV. The plaid paper on the card base has been embossed with Cuttlebug's snowflake embossing folder. I stamped the star with gold Encore ink and embossed with - you guessed it - Iridescent Ice embossing powder to give it a shimmer. There is red glitter on the berries on the branch. The snowflake embellishments are punched out with a retired snowflake punch from Stampin' Up! with added glitter. Do you get the idea that I like sparkle? The owl is colored with Prisma colored pencils blended with Goo-be-gone.
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Stamp Set: Owl Christmas-Hero Arts
Paper: Close to Cocoa, Bliss Blue, Whisper White, patterned paper from DCWV
Ink: Always Artichoke, Basic Black, Encore gold
Accessories: Iridescent Ice embossing powder, red glitter, clear glitter, snowflake Cuttlebug embossing folder, Prisma colored pencils

Red, White & Blue Challenge

I signed up for a red/white/blue challenge because it would be just that for me...a challenge. I have a thing about this color combo. Probably dates back to when I was a kid and women would wear this color combination a lot. Anything other than our flag with these colors together gives me the shivers. Anyway, this is my card.

I used a 2-step stamp set from Stampin' Up! - Happiness Always. I stamped the flower images on white cardstock and the saying is stamped on vellum cardstock. I needed the vellum to soften the colors. I also sponged Soft Sky on the white cardstock. The base of the butterfly is stamped with Baha Breeze (one of this year's in-colors from Stampin' Up!) and I stamped the detail stamp with Whisper White craft ink and embossed it with Iridescent ice embossing powder. The butterfly is attached to the vellum with a glue dot. This card is on its way to Laura Lipe. I hope she likes it!
Stamp Set: Happiness Always - level 3 hostess set from Stampin' up!
Paper: Baha Breeze, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White
Ink: Baha Breeze, Riding Hood Red, Soft Sky
Accessories: Riding Hood Red ribbon, Iridescent Ice embossing powder, silver mini brads, glue dot

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Let's Try This Again!

I thought I was ready to blog when I created this blog, but I guess I was wrong. I have been stamping more lately, so I feel ready to give this another try. I have started making my Christmas cards. Here are a couple of cards I made.

I was at a scrapbook/stamping weekend in WI recently and bought this beautiful poinsettia stamp from The Angel Company. I thought it would look nice cut and layered as I did here. After making this card, I don't think I will be mass producing this card. My fingers won't be able to handle all that cutting!

Supplies: Poinsettia from TAC; Whisper White, Riding Hood Red, Always Artichoke cardstock; VersaMark & Encore Gold ink; gold embossing powder, gold ribbon, snowflake Cuttlebug embossing folder, Martha Stewart border punch.

This card uses a cute polar bear stamp from Gina K...isn't he darling? Again, I used the snowflake embossing folder (what did I do before Cuttlebug embossing folders?). Before running the background cardstock through the embossing folder, I stamped it a snowflake stamp with Whisper White craft ink and embossed with Iridenscent Ice embossing powder. The snowflake embellishment is a foam snowflake I purchased at Michael's with glitter added. I colored the polar bear with reinkers. Unfortunately, it doesn't show up well in this photo.

Supplies: Lace Snowflakes from Stampin' Up!, polar bear from Gina K; Baha Breeze, Soft Sky, Basic Gray, Whisper White cardstock; Basic Gray ink and various reinkers for coloring; Iridescent Ice embossing powder, Baha Breeze striped ribbon, snowflake Cuttlebug embossing folder, Martha Stewart border punch, foam snowflake, glitter.

I would love to hear any feedback from you on my postings! Thank you for checking in!


Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Taking the plunge!

After resisting for a long time, I have decided to try my hand in blogging. I am not comfortable writing, so most of my posts will be my creations. Please let me know what you think and what I could do to improve my blog. Thank you for visiting!