Wednesday, February 29, 2012

February Christmas Cards

As I did last year, I joined a group on Stampin' Addicts to help me get my Christmas cards done before they need to be mailed in December! Each month we have committed to making a certain amount of cards so that we have them all done and ready to be mailed come the Christmas season. We do this for 11 months and December we mail/give out all the wonderful creations that we made throughout the year.

Here are my February cards. This is the group picture of the 10 that I made. Last year I made 16 each month and had WAY more than I needed, so I cut back a little bit.

And a close up of one of the cards.

Stamps: Tidings of  Joy, Woodgrain
Ink: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Soft Suede
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Victoria Crochet trim, Soft Suede taffeta ribbon, 
2-way glue, Dazzling Diamonds, sponges, aqua painter

Just in case you are wondering, I did my cards in January too! I had several cards that were cut and leftover from classes in November and December so I just put them together. You have already seen these cards on previous posts! You can join us with getting your cards done early! Come over to Stampin' Addicts and join in!

Happy Stampin'!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Vintage Thank You!

I had several workshops and online orders in January. I decided to make some Thank you notes for my customers. I made 30 of these and could use several more! What a blessing to have that many orders! 

This card uses several items from Sale-a-bration. The paper is that GORGEOUS Everyday Enchantment DSP that you can earn for free! The image that is stamped in Poppy Parade is from the stamp set Fresh Vintage. This stamp set is also a Sale-a-bration exclusive. That means that you can only get it with a $50 order from Stampin' Up! You can go to my website and order HERE if you don't have a demo.

Stamps: Fresh Vintage, Thank You Kindly
Ink: Basic Black, Poppy Parade
Cardstock: Whisper White
Accessories: Poppy Parade ribbon, Everyday Enchantment DSP

 Keep watching! I will be sharing more with this paper, stamp set and the other items that you can get for FREE! I still have some dates available for a Girls Night Out! Let's book your night to get together with your friends!

Happy Stampin'!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Wedding Shower Gift

I had been invited to a bridal shower in January. I wasn't sure what to get as I don't know the bride or groom very well. I wanted to give something that they could use but was different at the same time. Besides, everything they registered for was soooo boring! You know, towels, sheets, kitchen dishes, silverware, boring stuff!! I went on the hunt for something different. I found this Date Night can on Pinterest and made my own! Here's mine. I did use retired DSP but you get the idea!

Stamps: Empire Alphabet Upper
Ink: Rich Razzleberry
Cardstock: Whisper White
Accessories: Blossoms punch, Scallop Trim border punch, Circle Scissors plus, 
Bright Flower Brads, dimensionals and Razzleberry Lemonade DSP

I used an old formula can that someone had given to me. You can use what ever you have around your house. Inside the can I put slips of paper that had several different date ideas. Most of the ideas are inexpensive. I put this can with several of the items that they will need to go out on their dates.

I've been married for over 17 years and I think the thing I miss the most from dating is dating! My husband and I see and talk to each other all the time but very rarely do we have time just the 2 of us. I guess that should be expected when you have 4 kids! I think I need to make another for me and my hubby! Now, do I have another can...

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Wedding Shower Favors

I'm not sure you remember, but my brother got married in December. I had made the invitations for his wedding and you can see them HERE.

In November, my mom gave my new sister-in-law a bridal shower and she asked me to make some favors to give to the attendees. I used the candy wrapper die and cut out 35 Basic Black wrappers. I then punched Very Vanilla with the lace punch a length that would wrap around the boxes. I punched a scallop oval from Cherry Cobbler and stamped and punched more Very Vanilla with the Best Wishes

I love the way these turned out! They were so elegant and yet very easy to make. I glued the boxes while watching TV one night and the rest went very fast. 

Stamps: Oval All
Ink: Basic Black
Cardstock: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler
Accessories: Lace punch, Scallop oval punch, oval 
punch, candy wrapper die, Tombo glue, dimensionals

We filled these boxes with Hershey's Kisses. I was surprised by how many kisses fit in each one. I think I got 8 into them! I have to tell you that we had a few left over. I brought them home and my dog, Patches, got into them! I had paper every where! Now before you get worried, my dog was find. There weren't that many left over, so the chocolate didn't make her sick!

Here's a picture of Patches

She's a 13 year old Australian Shepherd. Too smart for her own good!!

Happy Stampin'!

Friday, February 10, 2012

He is Risen!

When I saw this single stamp in the new mini, I knew that I just had to have it! I used it for a swap right away. I went with white for the purity of Christ and the gold for royalty. The dove has been colored in with white shimmer paint and a blender pen. I don't know if you can see it but the one layer of white has been run through the Big Shot with Finial Press embossing folder.

Stamps: He is Risen
Ink: VersaMark
Cardstock: Whisper White, Brushed Gold
Accessories: Finial Press embossing folder, White shimmer paint, blender pen, Very Vanilla 
satin ribbon, Ticket corner punch, 1 3/4' circle punch, Circles #2 die, dimensionals

If you haven't seen the Occasions Mini, let me know and I'll get one out in the mail or drop one off by you today! Be one the lookout for more from this stamp. I have several ideas on how to use it, I just need to take the time to do them!

Happy Stampin'!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Blue Butterfly

I know, I know, where have I been? Life is really crazy right now. I am starting to get into the swing of the new routine but I'm not completely there yet. It's easiest for me to let my  blog slide a little. Not fair to you but it's what I have to do to keep my sanity! I am working on scheduling some posts. I think I can work on these over the weekends and get them ready to go for the week. Basketball is also coming to an end so there will be more free time without practices and games to run to.

This card was another card that I made for a swap that was due before Christmas. It highlights the Designer Frames embossing folders that you can get free with a $50 order! I LOVE Sale-a-bration!!! I used Creative Elements for this card too. It was one of the first stamp sets that I just had to have when the catalog went live in July but I haven't used it very much. I really need to give it some more lovin'!

Stamps: Creative Elements
Cardstock: Pink Pirouette, Soft Suede, Whisper White
Ink: Soft Suede, Not Quite Navy
Accessories: Designer Frames embossing folders, corner rounder punch, 
Extra-Large oval punch, Chantilly trim, Neutrals DSP, Pearls, dimensionals

Happy Stampin'

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Blog Hop Follow Up

I hope you enjoyed the blog hop this past weekend! There were some FABULOUS ideas and now I NEED so many more goodies! I don't think that my husband will like that too much. I just love how much everyone is willing to share their ideas and creations.

Now I know that I said I'd be back on Monday and then I let you down! Well, I took another part-time job and I started this job on Monday. I now have 4 jobs! That on top of my 4 kids and all the other activities that I'm involved in. Time just gets away from me.

Anyway, I promised that I would give you the recipes for my cards from the blog hop as well as the directions for the box in a bag. So here goes!
Here's the first card. I got lots of compliments on this little beauty! I stamped En Francis on Very Vanilla  with Sahara Sand ink. The frame was stamped with Early Espresso right on top. The words were stamped on a separate piece of cardstock and punched with the curly label punch and then placed in the frame with dimensionals.

Stamps: Elementary Elegance, En Francis
Cardstock: Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Baja Breeze
Ink: Sahara Sand, Early Espresso
Accessories: Baja Breeze seam binding ribbon, Curly Label
punch, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, pearls, dimensionals

This next card was one that I did because I really wanted to use different colors than what is in the Everyday Enchantment. I pulled out Daffodil Delight, Basic Gray and Rose Red. The 3 colors were run through the Big Shot with the Perfect Polka dot embossing folder and then I took the ink pads and run them over the dots to highlight the dots. I did fussy cut the frame. It wasn't as difficult as I thought it might. 

Stamps: Elementary Elegance
Cardstock: Basic Gray, Whisper White, Rose Red, Daffodil Delight
Ink: Basic Gray, Rose Red, Daffodil Delight
Accessories: Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, sponges, Rose
Red grosgrain ribbon, rhinestones, dimensionals

I think this is my favorite card that I made for the hop. I really love the color purple so this was lots of fun to make. I used the center piece from the frame to create the images on this one.

 Stamps: Elementary Elegance
Ink: Wisteria Wonder, Perfect Plum, Rich Razzleberry, Elegant Eggplant, Concord Crush
Cardstock: Concord Crush, Whisper White
Accessories: Wisteria Wonder ribbon

The last project was my box in a bag. These have been around for a while and I'm not sure who first created them. You can find lots of directions on the Internet for them. I cut a piece of cardstock to 4 1/2" square and scored it on all sides at 1". Cut the tabs and then adhere the tabs to the sides to create a box. Cut your DSP to 5 1/2" by 11". Place sticky strip on one of the long sides and one of the short sides. Remove the red liner from the sticky strip on the long edge.  Roll the box along the sticky strip to adhere the DSP to the box, starting in the middle of one of the sides of the box. When you get almost to the end, remove the red liner from the short side and adhere the short side to the other side of the DSP.

Clear as mud, right? Just ask your questions! I'm happy to answer. There are also several videos on You Tube that show you the step by step of this box in a bag!

Stamps: Elementary Elegance
Ink: Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red, Island Indigo
Cardstock: Island Indigo, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White
Accessories: Twitterpated DSP, Scallop border punch, corner rounder, Round tab punch, Whisper White grosgrain ribbon, Whisper White baker's twine, Crop-a-dile, dimensionals, Simply Scored

Thanks again for taking a look at the hop and my projects. 

Happy Stampin'!