Friday, November 28, 2008

A Christmas Thank You!

Here are some simple little baby jars that I decorated and filled with hershey kisses for the ladies who attended my all day card making workshop last week. They were fairly easy to make...the tough part was making the paper stick all the way around the jars. Even with sticky strip the cardstock was trying to pop off. But, none the less the ladies each chose a jar and went home happy!

Have a great day!
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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

A Sunny Spot on A Winter Day!

Here is my attempt to brighten the day and melt the snow! Monday night while my son was in the tub, I went across the hallway to create a card for my blog...And, the next thing that I know I have a master piece!

I have loved this set since the catalog came out. I am always pleased with the results. And, again you see the use of the Big Shot!

I hope that you all have a great Thanksgiving and don't eat too much turkey!!!

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Finally, I am going to be an Aunt!

A couple of weeks ago, I found out that I am going to be an Aunt for the first time. My brother and his wife are due with their first child in June. They are not going to find out if it is a boy or a girl.

So, I tried to make a card that was neutral. I have a terrible time with this! Give me pink or blue and let me go....I can handle it. But, when it comes to neutal I struggle a bit.

Here is the simple card that I came up with for them. I will work on the shower card and hopefully come up with something a whole lot more creative. But, this is what I have for now!

And, now if June would only get here!! We would have a baby and beautiful weather! This snow and cold is getting old all ready! I better hang tight and learn to be patient!

Happy Day!
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Monday, November 24, 2008

A Simple Big Shot Card

A quick kids card using the large scallop from the Big Shot. It is really simple to make a card like this. Place your folded paper over the die but, leave part of the edge exposed so that you have a fold. I wasn't sure what to do with it once I cut it out, but then decided that the scallop would make a great kids card! I have been amazed at what a hit the Big Shot has been with my ladies. I did not think that I would sell a single one...guess what? I just placed the order for the second one...the ladies are loving it. I can not wait until the new catalog comes out and I see what other dies they have to offer!!!

Enjoy the evening!
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Sunday, November 23, 2008

A Child's Birthday Card!

Here we have a bright birthday card! I love to do birthday cards for kids because they can be so bright and cheery. I have found that I tend to grab my more muted colors unless, I am doing a kid card!

I am spending the day relaxing today as I had a very busy Friday and Saturday...hopefully, you get a chance to relax too!

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Friday, November 21, 2008

Excellent Use of the 5 Petal Punch.

When it first came out I had to have the 5 Petal Punch from SU! Actually what do they come out with that I don't need? Well, I found that it just sat on my punch rack and didn't get used that often.

As I was looking at blogs one day, I found a technique on Dannie Graves website that had a beautiful use for the punch. She also shows exactly how to make this 3-D flower on her site. You can click on the link at the left to see her site.

My card is not nearly as beautiful as hers is, but for the first attempt, I didn't think that it turned out too badly. The middle row of petals should have been distressed just a little more! But, alas, there you have it!

Good luck staying warm today!
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Thursday, November 20, 2008

A Little Voila!

Here is a card that is made with the Voila stamp set. I just traded for it. It will probably be retired in December. That is just how my luck goes. Wait and wait to get something and then retire it! It is a very versatile set. If I can get my hands on the accessory set that goes along with it, I could make cards for any occassion!

For this card I used some retired DSP and my water color crayons to add a little color!

Have a good one!
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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

A Christmas Ornament That Will Make Everyone Smile.

Here is a Christmas Ornament that I have recently made. A good friend (you can check her blog out Krafty clicking on the link to the left) sent me a link: I thought that these were extremely cute, easy to make and would make excellent Christmas gifts. So, I just happened to be going to AC Moore that day, with a 40% off coupon. I purchased the tins and came home to see what I could do. And, there you have it! I really have to get going to make many more of these!

Have a great day!

The Last Workshop Card For This Month.

Well, considering that my monthly workshop is this Friday I had to get the third card prepared. This is what we are going to do. Many of my ladies love the blue/brown combination. So, this should fit the bill. And, this card will also get their hands on the Big Shot!

I was actually able to get upstairs and work in the stamping room! Which around here and with my schedule is no small feat! So, be prepared for some fun posting over the next couple of days!!

Thanks for checking in!
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Monday, November 17, 2008

A Blast from the Past.

About a year ago, a good friend was due with her first little baby boy. I had seen a frame similar to this one on SCS. So, I got my stamps and paper and got to work. It was fun to keep adding elements until I thought that it was "finished."

Today, I have to get some new stamping done, so that I can show you some current work. It has been a crazy weekend, and I haven't gotten to the stamping room lately! But, today will be a different story!!
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Sunday, November 16, 2008

A Basic Card.

...Basic Gray that is! We made this card a while back at a workshop. It is fun to come up with a quick and easily reproducible card! Here, I used Basic Gray ink, riboon, paper and DSP.

Have a great Sunday!
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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Back to a Christmas idea.

I made this card with some SU! DSP and the Top Note Die! Have I said that I love that die? It does so much for the cards! I was relieved to get mine after a lengthy backorder. I hope that SU! has that all under control now!

Enjoy your day!
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Friday, November 14, 2008

An idea from SCS...and a great one at that!

Good morning! Here is an idea that I recently found on SCS. I have loved this set since it was introduced, and this made me love it even more. I knew that it was a good card when I gave a similar one to my Brother in Law for his birthday, and even he loved it!

If anyone is ever experiencing "stampers block" SCS is the place to be! I am always amazed at the ideas and creativity that appears over there! There is a link over on my sidebar for those of you who haven't been to SCS. But, be prepared to be extremely inspired when you click on the link!

Have a great day!
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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Continuing with the Fall theme.

Here is a quick page that I recently completed a scrapbooking get together. Fall is beautiful, ecspecially in Central New York. Every year, the boys look forward to raking and playing in the leaves! I hope that they never grow out of it!!

You will notice that I have used the Big Shot to cut some leaves for the layout. This machine is really growing on me and I am sure that you will be seeing more of it soon!

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Season of Friendship!

Isn't every season a "Season of Friendship?" Here is a frame that I made up with this new set! I love the simplicity of it. The fall colors are so easy to incorporate! And, I need to hold onto Fall as long as I can, because I know exactly what follows closely behind it!

Happy Stamping!
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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Felt Flurries to go with our snow flurries.

Here we have another workshop card. I really wanted to show off the potential of the big felt flurries! So, I simply used some DSP with some Kiwi Kiss paper. Then I added the snowflake which I adhered with a build a brad.

Can you tell that Christmas is in the air? I have been working on Christmas cards and ornaments. And, to top it off I am headed out to do some Christmas shopping today! I certainly hope, you all enjoy your holidays! I promise that tomorrow I will take a step back and leave the Christmas stuff alone for a while!

Do something creative today!
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Monday, November 10, 2008

How to make a Christmas Ornament...

First, gather your supplies...rubbing alcohol, a clear glass bulb, dazzling diamonds glitter, powder pal, re-inker (here I used Baja Breeze) and ribbon to decorate. You may also choose to use latex gloves to keep the ink off of your fingers.

Step 1: Add about 2 teaspoons of alcohol to your bulb. Cover the hole with your thumb and swirl the bulb around. It is difficult to know when you have covered the entire inside of the bulb, so the more swirling, the better.

Step 2: Add about 15 drops of re-inker to the bulb. Again, swirl until the entire bulb is stained with the ink.

The bulb will be lightly tinted with the chosen color of re-inker. At this point, you need to drain the ink out of the bulb. You can do this into a small container (such a film canister, if you can find one). Or, you can just do it onto a paper towel. If you save the ink/alcohol mixture you can use it for another ornament.

Let the ornament drain for about 10 minutes. After the 10 minutes, I gently blow into the ornament to dry it just a little more. This also help to eliminate streaks of ink in the ornament. If your ornament has streaks it needs to drain some more. The streaks will cause the glitter to clump and creates an unattractive design.

Then using the powder pal, I add about 2 teaspoons of dazzling diamonds glitter. Again, cover the hole with your finger and swirl the glitter around. The glitter will adhere to the sides of the bulb. You may need to add a little more glitter to get an even coat. Tap out the extra glitter onto the powder pal. This glitter can be used for another bulb or you can use tinted dazzling diamonds on your next project!

Now, you have a beautiful, dazzling bulb that is ready to be embellished! Simply put the top back into the bulb and decorate.

Wa-La! A beautiful ornament ready for the tree or gift giving! Good luck making your ornaments and don't forget to let me know how they turn out!!!

Have a great day!

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Sunday, November 9, 2008

A workshop card.

This is a card that we will be making at my upcoming workshop. It is a small gift card. The envelope is made by cutting down a medium envelope to fit a 4 X 4 card. It is a quick and simple way to get some DSP used!
For the frosting, I used crystal effects and some chunky glitter. It looks really cool in real life!

Enjoy your Sunday!
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Saturday, November 8, 2008

Are you ready for Christmas?

Very soon, it will be here! I have begun making some Christmas cards. This is one that I came up with while playing with my new Big Shot! I embossed the snowflakes with Irridescent Ice embossing powder. This one is just to show off to the ladies at the workshop. Although I like it, I won't spend the extra money on postage. Can you say cheap???
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A Couple of Frames.

Well, good Saturday morning! After a week of lovely Fall weather we are experiencing a rainy day. Just in time for the weekend. Isn't that the way it goes. I have a long list of outside chores to accomplish and the day that I can do it, it rains!
Anyway, here are a couple of frames that I made after being inspired by the one in the current SU! catalog. They are so fun to make! And, really not difficult at all!
Enjoy your day!

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Friday, November 7, 2008

Have you missed me?

Have you checked in on me, only to find that I have disappeared? Well, let's try this again. I have a ton of pictures to share and I am going to try to share them on a daily basis. Here is a scrapbook page that I made using SU! Christmas scrapbooking kit. I usually don't use them, but this one called my name. I even copied the layout, which again, I usually don't do! I can't believe that Christmas is upon us again! I guess that I should start making my lists and checking them twice! Enjoy ! And, see you tomorrow with more work!
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