Monday, December 22, 2014

Curvy Keepsake Snowman

 Well, here it is, the last project of the Hostess party.  I got the idea from Deb Henderson, who saves the day most of the time for me. Thanks Deb!  I seriously have no idea how she does it but she always has a million ideas done in no time.  She's my Stampin' Idol. lol  It's pretty simple. I cut out the two parts for the Curvy Keepsake box and adhered them together.  I then assembled the face by coloring 5 medium sized Basic Rhinestones and 2 small ones with a Sharpie Black marker and then turning them into eyes and mouth.  Then I punched out a Pumpkin Pie nose from the Bird punch and used my Pumpkin Marker to draw some lines on it to resemble a carrot and popped it up on a Dimensional.  I then tied some of that beautiful Real Red Satin Ribbon around him to mimic a scarf .
For the finishing touch, I threaded some Basic Gray Baker's Twine through a Snowflake trinket(sorry, can you tell I'm in a hurry?) from the Holiday Mini(which ends in two weeks!) onto the handles of the box and tied it into a bow.  We filled him with York Peppermint Patties.  Well, tomorrow I will be posting all of my December cards from class at once since it is Christmas time and they were all Christmas and well, we will soon be posting Valentines and all things spring! Hope you are getting your to do list dwindled down and presents wrapped.  Have a super Monday!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Fancy Gift Card Holder

 Happy Saturday! Holy Cow, only 6 days left until Christmas and I hope you are all close to ready! I am NOT!  I will get it done, but just not feeling well today still.  So, here is the 4th project from our Hostess Party.  I love making these, so easy, and so many possibilites for colors, papers etc.  It appears to be a card, but if you lift the "lid", it becomes a "slider" type gift card holder. I think it would be adorable baby or wedding announcement also. So the outside is made from Baked Brown Sugar card stock and I chose this color to accomodate the Nordic Holiday DSP pack.  I love that they are not traditional Christmas colors.  I used a strip of Calypso Coral cardstock behind the strip of DSP on the front.  For the lid, I used Soft Sky and Gold Glimmer paper that I punched along the edge with the Scallop Border punch.
 I cut a bow from the Bow die(yes, it gets its use!) out of Calypso Coral and assembled it.  I wrapped a piece of DSP around it and hot glued it to the lid. I then stamped out Mingle All the Way onto Baked Brown Sugar with Whisper White ink and punched out with the 2" Circle punch and then edged it directly from ink pad to tag, punched a hole and added some Linen Thread to it and adhered it with a glue dot.
Open it up and viola! a piece of card stock taped to the inside on the flap that opens and it reveals a gift card!   I'm going to get back to cleaning now, I took a 2 hour nap today for sinus crud, but woke up with a dull headache and just am trying to keep up with my list of to dos so that I can relax before the big stuff happens this week!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Clarice the Reindeer Box

 Well, today has been lovely, not! I have a severe sinus infection, can't breathe, smell, taste..blah..hopefully the meds will kick in and I will feel better soon.  So, here is project number 2 of our Hostess Appreciation party.  I made the box from half a sheet of Baked Brown Sugar cardstock, so you get two out of one sheet. For her eyes, I punched out Whisper White Wide Ovals and then Basic Black Large Ovals and placed them over the white.  I used the Chalk Marker to make them look like they are shining.  I punched another Wide Oval from Baked Brown Sugar and cut it in half, sponged around the edges and popped them up on Dimensionals.  You will notice behind her eyes, the eyelashes, yeah, I used the Small Scalloped Circle punch and cut one in half to make them. I used the Autumn Leaves BigZ die and Chocolate Chip card stock for the antlers.  I realized I forgot ears...?  
For her nose I used the 1" Circle punch and Red Glimmer paper.  I tied the whole box together with 1/8" Gold Ribbon.  Inside I filled it with Reese PB Minis.
Well, I am hoping tommorrow to get some cleaning done, tonight it's Christmas movies and card addressing...(yes, better late than never!)

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Big Shot Bow Die Santa

This past Monday, I held my Hostess Club Appreciation Party for Christmas.  I was sad that not all of them could join us, but I had over 3/4 of them able too and we had fun.  We met for supper at Boogaloo Cafe and had a sit down dinner in which I heard a few say that they loved that because some are in groups that they have never met before.  That warms my heart.  We don't get to meet monthly or even quarterly as some clubs do, due to so many busy lives and the distance between me and them, so every 6 months, I host a party just for them to come and stamp! This was one of the projects we made. I LOVE the Bow Die for the Big Shot! One of the most versatile dies we have had.   So, had seen this last year at Christmas time and didn't get a chance to make it, so, finally this year, I did.
I cut the bow out in Whisper White, and assembled it as I would for a bow, except, I did "squish" down his "beard.  I added a sliver of Blushing Bride behind it and punched out some eyes from the Owl Builder Punch.  I also just cut a 1/2" inch wide piece of Whisper White for the brim of his hat.  For the hat, I traced out a triangle of Real Red and then just simply folded it down.  I used the 3/4" circle punch and punched out a Blushing Bride nose and sponged around it for a little "chill" to it.  I finished of Santa with the Boho Blossom punch and some Silver Glimmer paper.  I made the tag by cutting a piece of Night of Navy card stock to 3" x 9 1/2" and used my 1 3/8th circle punch to punch out the hole for the wine bottle neck to fit through.  I simply stamped snowflakes from Many Merry Stars stamp set in Whisper White ink and then took the ink pad and edged the tag.  I stamped the Tis' the Season in Real Red ink onto Whisper White card stock and fussy cut it out and then adhered it to the tag.
So, come back tommorrow and I will show you something else we made!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Making Spirits Bright

 Well, here's one of my last cards for card class in November.  I seem to be busier than I "wanted" to be for December, I actually just thought I would "take it easy" this month so that I could get stuff done for my family...yeah, hasn't happened, I seem to be a mad woman.  This card is pretty simple, layering up the Real Red and Crumb cake, I used the Sponge Daubers stamped them in Crumb Cake ink and randomly onto the Crumb Cake cardstock.  I cut my Pool Party cardstock a 1/2" inch larger than my Whisper White so that I could stamp the Merry Christmas above and below.
On the Whisper White, I stamped out the glasses with the sentiment in Real Red ink and colored in the leaves with Pear Pzazz marker.  I finished it off by tying a Gold 1/8" Taffeta ribbon to the front of the glass.  I love this stamp set, it is so quirky, but fast to grab and use. Well, today we are busy between the Festival of Trees music and dance performances for the girls, so no crafting for me today, but that's okay, I still have 2 1/2 weeks to get my Christmas cards done right? EEEEEEK!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Festival of Trees

I'm up and at em' this morning, I drove up and back to the Catalog Kickoff all by myself and was happy that I didn't back out on myself.  I was a little worried that I would be too tired to drive home, but I just kept thinking of all the GREAT class ideas that I had swirling in my head from the catalogs that coming in January!
But for now, I will continue to share my cards from November class.  For this one, I started out embossing a piece of Island Indigo with the Filigree Frame embossing folder.
I layered up the image with a piece of Basic Black card stock and then the Whisper White that showcases all the good stuff.  I punched out the corner with the Confetti Stars punch.  I stamped out the trees with Garden Green ink directly on the paper and then again on a scrap and punched out with the coordinating Tree punch.  I stamped Rose Red "balls" on top of the one I punched out and popped it up with Dimensionals.  I stamped out the sentiment in Rose Red ink also.  And I couldn't not add a Gold Glimmer Star to the top.  Sorry for the brief post, but it really is a simple card, and I need to catch up on so much stuff today, so until next time, have a super day!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

White Christmas

 Well, here's everyone's most favorite  card from class.  It features not only one of my favorite stamp sets in the Holiday catalog, but my favorite color combo for Christmas.  I stamped on Sahara Sand all the images, and even the sentiment, in Early Expresso.  I used the Chalk Marker to color in the snowman and some snow on the trees. I tore a piece of Vellum Cardstock and adhered it to the bottom of the card and then took the speckled image from Gorgeous Grunge and stamped snowflakes all over the front. ( I know there is a snow image in the White Christmas, but Gorgeous Grunge was larger and covered more area quicker).
I stamped out the Merry Christmas in Cherry Cobbler and used the Large Oval Punch to punch it out. I sponged the edges with some Chocolate Chip ink and then popped it all up on Dimensionals.  The layers of card stock is Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler and Sahara Sand.
Well, I'm off to the Catalog Kickoff in Des Moines, Iowa today, cannot wait to see what is in store!  Happy Hump Day!