Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Just a note...

I am getting ready for something that is going to be alot of fun! My sweet friend Amy owns Amelia Beadelias, a super fab beading shop in town!  She has asked me come down for Third Thursday and sell my cards in her shop! I am SO excited!! Right now I am working on some more "trendy" cards so I have a variety of styles to take with me!

Here is a CAS, somewhat trendy card for you today...

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I am head over heels for this Dear Lizzy ribbon! I knew when it first came out I had to have it! Now I need more! :)

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The green ribbon comes in the same package as the rose ribbon! I thought it looked like a fun color combo in itself!  And I am a huge fan of the white layered cards with just a splash of color! 

And yes I have a new blog header.  And yes I know it is not December yet.  BUT my tree is up.  The lights are on.  The fireplace is nice and toasty.  So yes....it's close enough for Merry Christmas!  (Even though today's card is kinda springy!)  :)


So that is it for today!  Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, November 29, 2010

2 Sketches 4 You-Kazan's Sketch

Happy Monday!  (That's not always the case right?  It's Monday for crying out loud!) So happy Monday anyway!  And what makes it even better is a new sketch from Kazan....AND the last sketch until the New Year as Kazan and Laura have decided to take the holidays off! 


I was so inspired by the PTI blog hop this weekend that making a tag was super easy!  Here is my take on this weeks sketch...

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Now, like my blog hop tag, this tag is another big one! Again measuring 4 1/4 x 5 1/2, this is the size of a regular A2 size card. I decided maybe I am "mini-tag" challenged.

So for this tag I used various background stamps and embossing folders. I attached each strip on to a smaller tag (tags were cut using SCAL and my Cricut!) and then matted the whole thing with the larger Kraft tag!

OH...Can you see the little piece of bakers twine? I thought that made a cute little loop on top of the stocking!

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I used SU's embossing folder for the stocking! I was just telling Ingrid that I had never used PTI's Stocking Prints yet and was so excited to ink it up because of her inspiration! Well, I still haven't used a stocking from that set! But I did use the die!

You can see I used the die 2 times! One for the full stocking in red and then I cut the top and toe off of the stocking cut in Ripe Avocado! I stamped those smaller pieces with Polka Dots Basics II.

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As far as the ribbon on the top, I used Maile's little knot trick and then added a little more!  Instead of cutting off the twine I used to tie up the ribbon, I brought it around and through the button and tied a bow!  I liked Jen's button she used HERE so I had to add one too!

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Well, that is it for me today!  Hope your week is fantastic!  I have lots of Christmas shopping to get done!  And cleaning...I am still working on it...but I hate that part!

We will see you back for the next sketch after the holidays! 



Supplies all PTI unless noted....

Stamps: Background Basics: Polka Dot II, Little Argyle, Tiny Treats: Christmas, Damask Designs, Sentiment from Stocking Prints
Ink: Versarmark, True Black
Paper: Pure Poppy, Ripe Avocado, Rustic Cream
Misc: Stocking Prints Die, SU Embossing Folders: Square Lattice, Petals a Plenty, Sizzix Polka dots, Pure Poppy Baker's Twine, Pure Poppy Swiss Dot Satin Ribbon, Tag from SCAL/Cricut, Ripe Avocado Button, Sewing Machine Stitch, Circle Nestie, Pebbles Earth Tone Chalks

Sunday, November 28, 2010

DIO Friday and Jay Gee's Challenges!

Hello everyone! I have a card today for a couple of different challenges! Both challenge blogs are pretty new so go and check them out!

The first is my blog friend Stacy! We go way back to our days with TAC! ;) She has a terrific CAS style that I love!! Here challenge is called Dig it Out Friday! You can see her latest challenge HERE!


Stacy has a great color challenge for us this week! Of course, it is my favorite color combo! I have used it alot lately! :)


And the next challenge is Jay Gee Nook's Challenge #2! Here is her inspiration picture....


So of course the 2 challenges go hand in hand! Here is my take on both...

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I have been holding on to this ribbon forever!  I love the "homespun" feel of it!  When I saw Jay Gee's challenge, I knew I had to pull it out!

I used one of the circles from Borders and Corners, and was happy to see that it fit perfectly with the Limitless Labels circle!

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All the distressing is with Tim Holtz Tea Dye and the little applicator tool!  I can't get enough of that thing!  I love the soft look it gives the edges of the card!

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I really should be cleaning my house!  I am kidless at the moment though so I am taking full advantage!  And boy did I need some quiet!  :)

Have a great afternoon!



Supplies all PTI unless noted...

Stamps: Signature Christmas Greetings, Text Style II, Circle Borders and Corners
Paper: Kraft, Pure Poppy, Rustic Cream
Ink: Tim Holtz Tea Dye, Burnt Umber Palette
Misc: Wilton Doily, Misc Plaid ribbon, Limitless Labels Die, Pure Poppy Buttons, Twine

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Throw another log on the fire....

Here today with another customer request...which I can totally relate to! She wanted a card using Wood grain that somehow looked like, well....wood! LOL! We have a wood burning stove and it heats our entire house during the winter! So, I thought why not use the wood pile for some inspiration and make a log and put in on a card! (It's OK to laugh....it sounds strange to me too...now that I actually typed it out!)

So here is my log....card...:)

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I used the "letter press" technique here again. I used Burnt Umber palette and rubbed it all over the Wood grain IP! Ran it through the Big Shot and gave it the "chopped" look!  Then I used TH's distress inks to give it a more dried, aged look!  Kinda' woodsy, kinda' homespun, kinda' unique I think!  OH and Ted....here is another of my favorite 3-color-combo, combos!  ;)  Love brown, ivory and red!

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Glad you came by today! You will have to tell me what you think! Hope your Thanksgiving day was great! (I am still stuffed!)

Thursday, November 25, 2010

PTI November Blog Hop-Tag Time!

Welcome to the November PTI Blog Hop and Happy Thanksgiving!!


Here is Nicole's challenge for this month...

"Recently the design team and I put together a variety of holiday tags that are perfect to keep on hand for quick wrap options. Now it's your turn to inspire us and the rest of the Papertrey community! Design a holiday tag or two using all of your favorite goodies and share it with all of us! We will all have plenty of inspiration to create a large stash and try to get ahead of the hustle and bustle of the season!"

Here is my blog hop creation.....

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I made a tag that is the size of a regular A2 card!  This way, it works as a card, a tag and also a decoration for the gift bag!  I simply stamped white snowflakes from the 2010 Christmas Tags set using Fresh Snow ink all over the bag!  Then I made the card, punched a whole...turning it into a tag...and attached it with a piece of Sweet Blush ribbon!

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The snowflakes on the tag were made using a MS punch!  Then I covered them in Zig Glue and a white glitter!  Of course, I had to add some bling!  I thought pink would be a fun color combo!

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PTI's Framed set really made a fun tag!  Here is a picture of the tag off of the bag....

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I scored a line at the top of the card to make it flip up and easy to read!

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And here is the inside!  Just a simple To and From stamp from the Christmas tags set!  Still lots of room for a personal message! You can attach the tag to the front of the bag with glue dots, or just with the ribbon! This way the recipient can save the tag!

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Thanks for hopping by today!  You can go to Nicole's blog to see more links to creative holiday tags!  Have a great Turkey day!  :)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

JustRite 12 Weeks of Christmas Blog Hop 12

Welcome to the final week of JustRite Stampers’ Wednesday feature, 12 Weeks of Christmas Blog Hops! JustRite has been showcasing their entire Christmas Collection of stamps during the hops and ALL of those JustRite Original stamps are currently on sale at 25% off now through November 29, with free shipping within the U.S. on consumer orders over $50! You can view all of those Holiday Sale stamp sets HERE.

If you would like to go back through all of the hops and see all of the gorgeous Christmas inspiration from the past 11 weeks, you can do so by clicking on the 12 Weeks of Christmas Blog Hops category on the JustRite Inspiration blog. All of the designers’ projects are hyperlinked directly to their blog posts that have full details of how they created the project, so you won’t have to search for them!

Don’t forget that JustRite also has some Christmas stamps in their newly released CLING line of stamp sets, too -- you can find all of their cling stamp sets HERE. This week we, the 2 Sketches 4 You designers, get to join with the JustRite design team and share some fabulous Christmas creations! JustRite is sponsoring this week’s 2S4Y #66 sketch challenge. You can find the fabulous sketch inspiration AND details about the JustRite prize package, by visiting the blog post HERE.

So here is my Just Rite creation!  I used the Sparkly the Snowman set to create a little gift box filled with a yummy treat!

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This is a clear box filled with white chocolate covered pretzels!  A super easy and fun gift to give!  This stamp set is perfect for making some super cute Christmas embellishments!

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This box may look familiar to some of you!  I made this card  for Monday's 2 Sketches 4 You!  You can see that post HERE!  Now I have a matching gift set!

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Thank you so much for stopping by today!!  I wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

Please visit these designers’ blogs to see what fabulous JustRite Christmas inspiration they have for you on the hop today!

JustRite Inspiration Blog 

2 Sketches 4 You

Debbie Olson

Kazan Clark

Laura Davis

Barb Schram

Angie Tieman

Heidi Blankenship

Courtney Baker

Michele Kovack

Julie Lacey

Sankari Wegman

Laurie Willison -You are here!

Stephanie Kraft

Mona Pendleton

Angela Barkhouse

Regina Mangum




Supplies

Stamps: Sparkly the Snowman-Just Rite Stamps

Paper: PTI Dark Chocolate, Ripe Avocado, Rustic Cream and Pink Bazzill
Ink: Burnt Umber Palette, Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Misc: Reflections Pearls, PTI Scalloped Border Die, Crinkle Ribbon, MS Snowflake Punch, Karen Foster Scrappers Floss, Pink button, Clear box, Labels 4 Nesties

Monday, November 22, 2010

2 Sketches 4 You-Laura's Sketch

HI all!!  Hope you had a great weekend!!  I can't believe how fast it went by!  Time for another sketch at 2 Sketches 4 You already!



Here is my card....

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(My camera sure picked up that messy crease on the scalloped border!  You can't see it IRL! Weird!)

This weeks sponsor is Just Rite Stamps!  How cute are these little mittens?  The mittens, snowflake and sentiment are all from the set called Sparkly the Snowman.   Adorable set!!

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I took some seam binding and colored it with a copic marker to match the Ripe Avocado cardstock!  Love that bow and MS snowflake punch detail!

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And what about the big ole' strip of pearls?  I haven't tried that before but I thought it was a fun touch! 

Well, thanks for coming by today!  Stop back by on Wednesday for some Just Rite blog hop fun!  :)



Supplies

Stamps: Sparkly the Snowman-Just Rite Stamps
Paper: PTI Dark Chocolate, Ripe Avocado, Rustic Cream and Pink Bazzill
Ink: Burnt Umber Palette
Misc: Reflections Pearls, PTI Scalloped Border Die, Crinkle Ribbon, MS Snowflake Punch, Karen Foster Scrappers Floss, Pink button

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Bannerific!

OK so I know that is cheesy but I just had to use it for my title! hehe!

This banner set was not on my list...at first! I told Jen, who goes head over heals for banner stuff, that I didn't think I would use it but I am sure the PTI DT would make me want it. And they did. So I bought it. Now I love it! Yeah me, right Jen? :)

So here is my first banner card....

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I did something kinda fun with these banners! I took some pictures so you can see how I did it! Just keep scrolling to see my little tut!

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Can you see on the elephants ear, I took a small piece of foam tape on the bottom and then attached the top of his ear to the pain part of the elephant? Cute huh? Looks like a real ear! Well you know...a real stamped ear!

So it may look like there are 2 parts to these banners!  But it is actually just one piece!  Here is what I did...

I took one piece of cardstock....not PTI because it was too thick...and cut it down to a 4x4 piece.


Then I scored the cardstock at 2" and folded it in half...I added a small dot of removable adhesive to the inside of the first and last parts of the banner die.  This was just to make sure the cardstock would not slip and cut evenly....

I basically just line the folded edge of the cardstock, right before the cut line on the banner die!  Here you can see the die sticking out so you don't cut the banners individually, but it will give it a fold!

Next, run it through your cutting machine....


And here is what comes out the other side!  :)


Then you have 3 hinged banners!  (I know there are more than 3 in the picture but you know what I mean!) I just stamped on one side and hung them on twine!

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 And here is the end result!  A fun little 3D banner!  This set is a must have people!  I am telling you!  Go and put it in your cart if you haven't already!  The possibilities are just endless!  :)

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Hope your Saturday was a great one!  It was so nice to have some time tonight to sit down and be crafty!  I haven't had a chance in a quite some time!  Have a great Sunday!!


Supplies are all PTI unless noted...

Stamps: Banner Builders, Bitty Baby Blessing
Paper: Spring Moss, Misc White 80 lb cardstock
Ink: True Black, Spring Moss
Misc: Twine, Black Buttons, Foam tape, SU scallop border punch, Woodgrain IP, Banner Die

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Just a note...

Stopping in with a quick one today! This is a card using a fantastic DeNami stamp! One stamp...easy peasy! I made this awhile back and forgot to post it! Good thing because I actually haven't sat down to make anything in quite some time! Some of you know from Facebook and the PTI forum, but my MIL and FIL are both in the hospital right now! Lots going on here which includes lots of stress! Today they are both doing much better! It is still so ironic that they are both in at the same time! That doesn't happen very often! Thank you to all of you who have sent emails and prayers! I really appreciate them! AND a quick apology to all my blog friends! I have been a horrible commenter once again! I have seen lots of beautiful creations but haven't had time to comment!  I hope to get some time to leave some love soon!  My reader is overflowing for sure!!

SO, back to the card....

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Very quick and simple! I just love that PTI IP plate! So fun!

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Had to throw in a quick one of my DS! He just loves the cats at Grandma's house! This was taken the night before she went to the hospital! We were all over there having dinner! He held this poor cat like a rag doll and the cat didn't seem to mind! He kept telling us how cute the cat was and giving it hugs! :)

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Thanks for coming by! Hope all is well out in blog-land! Have a great night!

 
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