Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Santa Stache

 Wow! If nothing else besides the Christmas ads on TV and everywhere else weren't enough to remind you how quickly Christmas is coming, we had to get the blast of artic air and snow this past weekend. We here are still in the frozen tundra today at a balmy 8 degrees with a windchill of -2..BRRR....So, since that has gotten me in the spirit before Thanksgiving, well, I may as well as share a workshop card I made in October (lol, October, see- I was thinking of Christmas back then...) I started with a Whisper White base and layered some paper from the Trim the Tree DSP pack onto the bottom half of it.  I adhered some of that beautiful Cherry Cobbler Sheer Linen Ribbon. (It is so nice to tie into bows as well!)  and then ontop of that ribbon, I added some 1/4" Gold Ribbon and tied a nice bow off to the side.  I stamped one of the sentiments from the Santa Stache set (I love both the sayings) in Momento Black ink(pay no attention to the little marks above it, nerves always get the best of me at workshops, "don't rock your stamps" says the demonstrator who rocked her stamps..) I punched out some Gold Glimmer stars with the Star Punch and used Mono Multi Glue to adhere them to the card.
I used my Blendabilites and Momento Black ink to stamp out and color the santa.  I stamped out the santa twice and used the Mustache Framelit to cut the second one and then used Dimensionals to pop it up onto the first one.  I added a Basic Pearl to his puff on his hat to finish it off.  I also showcased the Envelope Punch Board to make an envelope to go with the card, and it's hard to see in the photo but it's there..Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Wonderous Wreath Ornaments

 Good Monday morning to you! I had a great weekend and hope that you did too.  I wanted to pop in and share some projects from my recent workshop and thought maybe some Christmas inspiration would be good today since we are getting closer and closer to the end of November and before we know it, will be scurrying about to decorate the home and make gifts for giving.  This idea came from Becky Roberts, and I knew when I saw it, I would be making these.  I started by stamping out TWO wreaths in Always Aritichoke ink and then the "holly berries' in Cherry Cobbler and then using the coordinating dies to cut them both out. I used a 1 3/8" Circle punch for the center to insert the LED tealight though, NOT the center die for the wreath as I normally would do for using it on a card or other wise.
I punched a hole for the Gold Taffeta Ribbon for hanging, with the 1/8th handheld punch.  I added a Crumb Cake Seam Binding bow to the bottom. I know that you cannot see it in this photo, but I wrapped a scrap piece from Trim the Tree DSP pack around the base of the tealight to just jazz it up a bit.
Well, today, I am back to designing some customer wedding invites, I hope that I get some mojo soon, as I feel the Monday completely today! UGH...

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Lovely As a Tree-20 Years Cancer Free!

 So, this past Saturday, November 1st, my husband hit his 20th "birthday", which is the day he had a bone marrow transplant 20 years ago, which would cure his Hodgkins Lymphoma.  I made this card for him and took him out for a nice dinner.  I used Garden Green cardstock and stamped out the leaves from Lovely As a Tree in Garden Green directly onto the cardstock and layered it onto Garden Green card base.
I used some retired Brushed Copper paper for the larger oval, and then cut a smaller Oval from Very Vanilla and then used the negative image of the cut out to sponge on a light layer of Crushed Curry ink before stamping the tree in Chocolate Chip.  I stamped out the sentiment (which I try to really live by most days)in Cajun Craze onto an oval of Very Vanilla I punched out with the Wide Oval Punch and sponged the edges.  I added some Very Vanilla Seam Binding ribbon behind it all and tied it off with some Linen Thread.  I like how it turned out, it sits on my computer desk so that I am reminded of the place we are and that I need to practice this everyday.  Today is cold and windy in the midwest, and as much as it is the perfect day to stay in and stamp, the upstairs is calling my name to be cleaned...ugh....Happy Thursday!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Seasonally Scattered

 Well, now that Halloween is officially over, it's on to Thanksgiving and Christmas and all things that can be in between.  This is another card we did at October card class and I have to say it was the majority favorite.  I started by layering up a Very Vanilla base with Chocolate Chip and then a layer of Cherry Cobbler that I edged with my Gold Encore ink pad-direct to paper.  I used the Scallop Edge punch on the Gold Glimmer Paper and attached just under a piece of Venetian Crochet Trim.   For the Thanks, I stamped the whole stamp into Cherry Cobbler ink and then using a Dauber, I picked up Crushed Curry ink and dabbed it randomly around the word, direct to stamp, and them stamped it onto Very Vanilla cardstock.
 You can see some specks of the gold through the Wooden Leaf Elements that I adhered by using Mono Multi Glue.
Here's a little closer view of the gold ink around the edges.  Tomorrow I will show you a card I made for a super special guy in my life. Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Tee Hee Hee

 Since tommorrow is Halloween, I best post my last creation for this year.  I almost forgot about it, until I was sitting at my crafting table and thought to myself, I hadn't even taken photos of it...what?  So, here it is, my second attempt at a card in a box.  Super simple... I made the card from Whisper White and then added layers of Sahara Sand card stock and then added some Motley Monsters DSP to the flaps. I stamped the images from the stamp set Tee Hee Hee in various inks onto Whisper White card stock and hand cut out or punched with punches.
 I added the images to the box to make it 3D .  (Not sure what happened to my shoes, guess I got lazy?)

 I hung the witches' "dress" and hose on a piece of Basic Gray Baker's Twine wrapped around some toothpicks.  For the bubbles in the cauldron, I just punched out some circles.
For the front flap, I stamped the broom and hand cut it out and then stamped the  sentiment and punched it out using the Modern Label Punch and popped it up on Dimensionals. 
Sorry for the quick post, but I have a busy day on Friday and just wanted to get this posted to say HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Go TEAM!

 I decided to post something today that I made in honor of our highschool football team and my husband and coaching staff.  My husband coaches the varsity football team and for the second time in high school HISTORY(last year he coached them to the FIRST EVER!) for our school, they are in the playoffs!  Another first is that we are HOSTING the first round!   I wanted to present this to him tommorrow morning before he heads to school, so he doesn't know about it yet..shh...lol
 I started by layering our school colors of Pumpkin Pie onto Basic Black and then a piece of Brights DSP Pattern Pack onto those two layers.  I made a rosette from the Nuetrals Pattern Paper Pack of DSP and then punched out a Champagne Glimmer Pennant and layered the Go Team that I stamped in Momento Black ink onto Whisper White and punched it out also with the Pennant Punch and then adhered it to the rosette.
For the football, I used a Circle Framelit, cut out the circle and then stuck it back into the Big Shot with the circle framelit laying over half of the circle to make the "football" shape.  I ran this through the Big Shot and Decorative Dots embossing folder.  I made the grid on the football all free handed with strips of Whisper White.  I added some cute pom poms behind the football.  I made them by winding some of the Tangerine Tango and White Two Tone Trim around my fingers about 3 times and then twisting some lightweight wire to the center and then cutting each end of the loops open and then using a comb, fluffed it out.  I hope you enjoy the card, and I hope he does too..lol.
Wish us luck to make it ANOTHER first tommorrow night and make it to the SECOND ROUND!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Monster Mash

 Thought I better make my Halloween cards priority this week since we are heading into the final week of October...already!   This is one we made at class using the Monster Mash stamp set and the Frightful Wreath stamp set.  I started out by layering up the Old Olive that I punched with the Chevron Punch on two sides and staming with the Trick or Treat in Momento Black ink, onto the Basic Black card stock and then onto a Whisper White base.  I stamped the eyes from the set in black as well, to cover up some blank spots.
For the Frankie, I stamped him in Momento Black onto Whisper White and colored in his face and legs with the Old Olive Blendabilities and used the Color Lifter to lighten up some spots on his face and punched out using the 1 3/4" Circle punch .  I added some of the smallest Basic Rhinestones to his "bolts" on the side of his head, which ended up looking like earrings...lol   I used some Dimensionals and popped this up onto a piece of Silver Glimmer Paper punched out using the 2" Circle Punch.