It's so hard to believe in one week from today is Christmas and no more postings of Christmas cards for another year......I am ready to see some fresh stuff(like all the gorgeous stuff coming on Monday from the new Occassions Mini that I ordered) and getting excited for Leadership and the swaps that need to get done VERY SOON!....oiy!
Anyway, I am just posting cards we did this month for our card therapy classes so I only have 3 left to show...here's my a card made with Cute Christmas, and it's hard to see in this photo that I spritzed it with Champagne Shimmer mist spray too...the crimper came out of "hiding" and so did the Rhinestone brads.....anyway, hope you enjoy!
Here's another card we did for our card class this month. It's hard to see, but I sprayed on some homemade shimmer mist spray using the Champagne Shimmer Mist paint and alcohol. It was everyone's favorite I think.....
Every year at Christmas this set, Season of Friendship, comes out because it is so versatile. And this little snowman reminds me of the Christmas classic cartoon Frosty the Snowman. So, I paired them together for card class.
I haven't made these in about 10 years, but I just love this stamp set and love the fact that I can get the ornaments in plastic and "flat" now.....I just can't stop making them, well, I actually need to make another run to Michael's to get more ornaments, but am thinking of making them for other holidays too, just to have hanging around the house....
I have been looking for "just the right frame" for over a year, and this is PERFECT, barn board, and instead of glass, I used plexi glass as to not worry about it breaking as easily. I stapled on some of that wonderful Striped Red Grosgrain ribbon to hang it with....still thinking about adding a few more things to him, but if I do, I will post!
This is one of the cards we made for our November card classes. I used the 2 1/2, 1 3/4 and 1 3/8 circle punches. I made a template from vellum for his face, so it was easier for the girls to make his face symetrical rather than frustrate them trying free handed.
Then of course we sprayed it down with Shimmer Mist spray! Gosh, I LOVE that stuff!
I recently did a one day craft show and it went okay for it being the first annual at this location. I made these paper shoes and sold them with the pedi kits in them. Sold out, but have an order of 10 more to make for a friend from highschool for Christmas...I love making them.
Okay, so I am LOVING the Glass Glitter! This is the Silver Glass Glitter glued onto a ribbon "flower". I found that this technique worked best with Crystal Effects. Then of course I stamped that sweet little snowman from Cute Christmas and colored it a bit. Then punched him out, and stuck him on with glue dots. (Tip: if you use your heat tool on the glue dots just before you adhere it to fabric, it works wonderful!) Then using the BigShot, I cut out a Fancy Favor box from Crumb Cake and assembled, put on a handle..(the handle is the leftover peice of the cardstock left from the die....'nother tip).
I made this card this summer and have forgotten to post pictures. The pansies are made from the Butterfly punch and some reinkers and our beautiful Shimmer White cardstock! Isn't it so cool? I really have fun making these, because you can just about use any color of reinkers to make whatever color pansies you want, and the real beauty is, they never look the same!
So, I am excited to be attending our first ever Iowa regional training next week, and thought Christmas cards would be fun and different this time of year, these are what I came up with for my swaps. It's kind of different knowing that we are going to be a "smaller" group at regionals for the first time, but I am very excited to get my "business" boost that I am needing to refresh with a whole room full of stampers!
A super friend taught us to make these last year at a demo meeting (thank you Laura)....it is the Scallop Envelope die (cut out two and trim off about an inch from the bottom flap on each one) and then glue together to form a basket. Then we cut off the fingers of a glove to make the "ghosts" and then drew on the eyes.
My neighbor/great friend Amy just celebrated her wedding anniversary and asked me to make a card for her to give to her husband. This is what I came up and she loved it....she has done so much for me this past 3 weeks that I told her anytime, no charge!~
This is the first of many thank you's I have to make. For those who know, my husband (39 years old) suffered a massive stroke on August 19th and today he got to come home to continue his healing process and outpatient therapy. I made some thank you's for those I won't be seeing again(hopefully)-nurses, and physical therapists and Keli who was an amazing social worker who helped with insurance stuff and helped get neccesary equipment, etc....
I used my BigShot to make the heart(Hearts and Brackets die) and the roses are from another BigShot die(non-SU!)....they are so fun to make. And those pearls from the retired Pretties Kit...still love them!
I have been working on some consignment projects that need to be done and delivered this week and this is one of the projects she picked of mine that she wanted 12 of...I made 6 boy ones and 6 girl ones. They can be used as trick or treat buckets or just for decoration. I used muslin and huge wiggly eyes....
This is the make and take card I camp up with form my newest downline's open house this week! I love these new colors, they are just so bright and cheery! I am not a big fan of purple, but I must say Concord Crush is starting to grow on me for sure!
Okay, so I have wanted to make one of these since I saw it in the SU! catalog! So, today, I decided to go to HL and get a frame since they were 50% off and then I went to Lowe's and got the wire....now I will admit, I don't use a staple gun too often and tonight I was 2 inches away from finishing when I ran out of staples...off to the tool box I went, got the staples loaded them and nothing...it wouldn't work....you know how disappointed I was when I couldn't get it to work? Well, after walking away from it in frustration, I came back to it, and a lightbulb in my head went off, I had the staples loaded wrong! So, anyway, I am happy now, and plan to make some more for Christmas gifts....
I was browsing through some wonderful, thoughtful person's photos from Convention (sorry can't remember all those sweet ladies who posted pictures -THANK YOU!) and I picked this "idea"(it is not totally cased, just the idea for the girls) out of a very small photo....anyway, I knew I had to pull out this set and try it...
It is FLOWERS AWASH! Can you believe it! I took the flowers and made them dresses! What a sweet idea(again, THANK YOU to whoever you are for even coming up with this idea!) I then used the saying from Favorite Thoughts and added some bling and yep, of course, silver crowns from Tiny Tags set....it's just too stinkin' cute! And one of my all time favorites, ALL IN THE FAMILY!
Okay, so SU! convention is going on this week and yep, I am here at home, living vicariously through my friend Jaimie Hesterberg who is just the sweetest gem ever for being there and updating me.....anyway, I thought I would post another card that I recently did at a workshop (hosted by my wonderful sister Maurine) using the Owl Punch and some new DSP and that Woodgrain background that has so much potential....and of course my BigShot!
Okay, so I LOVE my BigShot and what is better when you get a new embossing folder? Well.......adding ink directly to it with the brayer and then your paper and then through the BigShot and this is what you get.......a resist technique!~
Then I added some beautiful Smooch Spray (Vanilla) and the sparkle is phenomenol! Then I stamped the crown from the Artistic Etchings in Crumb Cake, and the sentiment in Soft Suede on top of the crown.
And isn't that Marina Mist ribbon just to die for?
"Don't treat me any different than you would a queen".......
I made this card for my dad this year. Loving the new Greenhouse Gala DSP from the new catty! And the Lattice die is so awesome for a shirt!!!!! Anyway, I paired the DSP up with Baja Breeze and just am loving it!
I had a very good friend of mine move away about a month ago and it was hard to see her chair empty at our monthly card class. We decided to give her a "going away party" in a box, so some of us are making cards that would go hand in hand with holding a going away party if she were still here. I have to make a "new home" and a gift of food card...(need to get going on that)...anway, I hope she is surprised when she gets a box of cards soon.
This was favorite project that I did. I had this in my head since last summer and kept telling myself I could make one that could really be used. I think it came out wonderful and would pay for them to send all my stuff back....but here they are, the projects that I made to enter the Artisan Award 2010....I hope you enjoyed them as much I as did making them and sharing them.
Okay so this was totally from scratch. I recycled the cardboard inserts from the DSP packs and made ALL out of it. Even the pages inside were made from it. I am wondering now, if I should have filled it with lots of pictures, or did something else inside to it, but too late.
I was pretty happy with this one too. I love these pictures of my daughter and knew that I wanted to share them. So, I decided that the day reminded me of blowing pinwheels in the park. The wind was just right that day to do so.
Okay, so I may have realized a possibility as to why I didn't win....after looking at this picture, I noticed that my handwriting is HORRIBLE! But I gave it my "extra touch" and that is who I am....take it or leave it...(and we all know what they did...:) )
Okay, so my mind was taunted a bit on the scrapbook pages, I still think I am in the "learning stages", this is not my strong area for papercrafting. However, I was inspired by lots of photos, and I was happy with the ones I made.
This first one is my favorite, it was my favorite picture of him, so I decided to do it in an 8 1/2 by 8 1/2 page. I used the the Big Shot once again (gotta love this machine) and some Animal Stories DSP, and the coordinating stamp set. A few punches and some embellies.
Although I didn't attend Leadership this past year, (but may this coming year), saw this technique floating around alot. I LOVE IT! Anyway, I used some of my favorite DSP, Bella Bleu and gave some sponge inking to it to make it a little "vintage". Once again, trying to mix up the choices a bit. This was probably my favorite card I made.
This one too uses the BigShot and Scallop Circle #2 die along with the Cute and Cuddly stamp set. I did the paper peicing technique on this one. It is a very simple card, but was trying to throw in a mix of both.
I am a SAHM and I have 4 girls and two adorable grandsons. I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 22 years. I have been a Stampin'Up! demonstrator for 11 years. Along with stamping, I try to scrapbook and love spending time with family and friends.