November 5, 2010


Good morning all and Happy Friday!  I have had a long week, I am not gonna lie!! The flu has been going around the house and I think I have been moving fast all week just to avoid getting it, LOL!  So far so good, so keep your fingers crossed!  I cannot get sick, I have waaay too much to do and too many things going on.  Today I wanted to share a workshop card using the Cardinal Christmas stamp set.  I love this set, the bird is soooooo purdy and fun to color!  The card is fairly simple since I always have a wide range of experience levels in my workshops, but I think it turned out pretty!  I used the Jolly Holiday Designer papers on a Cherry Cobbler base and all I can say is YUMMO!! Love these colors - this paper pack is full of great designs and rich colors!  The Chocolate Chip card stock is embossed with the Finial Press embossing folder  using my Big Shot - I think this is perfect for the holidays although it goes well with just about anything to put it on, lol! I colored in the image using my stampin' write markers and then added some chunky red glitter using the two-way glue pen.  This pen is amazing - I got them for my kids too because they are so easy to use and really allow you to pinpoint exactly where you want something glued.....this comes in handy when working on those school projects teachers are famous for giving out during the holidays!  Like I said, a simple card, but one that makes me smile - it was fun to make and fun to teach! I hope you like it too! If you are interested in any of the products used on this card, you may purchase them in my online store and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me and I will be happy to help!  I am putting the finishing touches on my Christmas Canvas class tonight (very large canvas, 20x24) and then I have to put my workshop projects together for tomorrow so another busy day ahead!! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!! I have something fun in store for you all next week so stay tuned!!  Until then, happy stampin'!
Card Recipe:
Paper - Cherry Cobbler, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla card stock, Jolly Holiday designer series paper
Inks - Black Stazon, Cherry Cobbler classic stampin' pad, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip stampin' write markers
Stamps - Cardinal Christmas
Tools - Scallop border punch, Big Shot, Finial Press Embossing Folder, Wide Oval Punch, Scalloped Oval Punch, Two-way glue pen, stampin' dimensionals
Accessories - Chunky red glitter, Victoria crochet trim ribbon

November 3, 2010


Hi all!! Happy Wednesday!! WOW! I cannot believe how fast this week is going by - I have been really busy as I have three events this coming up weekend - I just love to stamp though so no hardship here :-)  Today I am sharing the birthday card I made for my sister to go along with the frame I showed you all on Monday.  I made a square card - this is actually my favorite size to make as there is more room to play on the card front, LOL!  I used Big Shotthe same color scheme as the frame - I just love these colors together! The base of the card is Old Olive card stock with Greenhouse Gala Designer Series paper - YUM! The chocolate chip card stock is embossed with the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder on my .  Isn't it purdy??!!!  The stamp set I used is called I Believe and the stamps are absolutely gorgeous! I used my Stampin' Write markers to color the stamp in Baha Breeze and Old Olive to get the colors on the image I wanted and I am very happy with how it turned out! And, of course I had to add a touch of bling to my image so there are points of Dazzling Diamonds on there (click on the image to make it bigger so you can see too!) I used my eyelet border punch on a strip of Baha Breeze card stock and then embossed it with the Square Lattice Folder, one of my favorites! I also punched the edges of the DSP to that they matched :-)  The sentiment is from the Perfect Punches stamp set and I added a small rhinestone for the bling effect! Lastly, I added some Pear Pizzazz ribbon (yes, it works well with the Old Olive!) and a designer button that I blinged up with some pearls, and then I was done! I also did the inside of this card but it is full of mushy stuff so I can't share that *wink* but it matches the outside of the card pretty much! I enjoyed making this card since I knew it was for someone special in my life - I just love my sister, she is a fabulous, beautiful, smart, and funny woman who is also my closest friend! If you have a sister, make sure you tell her what she means to you - it's important!! Now, I am off to stamp land as I have miles to stamp before I sleep, lol!! If you like the products that I used here (and you know you do!) you can purchase them all through my online store.  And, as always, contact me if you have any questions - I love to hear from you! Have a wonderful day and I will be back tomorrow with some fun cards!  Until then, Happy Stampin'!!
Card Recipe:
Paper - Old Olive, Baha Breeze, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White card stock, Greenhouse Gala Designer Series Paper
Inks- Baha Breeze, Old Olive stampin' write markers, Chocolate Chip classic stampin' pad
Stamps - I Believe, Perfect Punches
Tools - Eyelet Border Punch, Wide Oval Punch, Big Shot, Square Lattice and Vintage Wallpaper embossing folders
Accessories - Pear Pizzazz ribbon, designer series buttons, pearls, rhinestones

November 1, 2010


Hi all!!! I am back from my vacation and I have to say I had a wonderful time spending time with my mom and my sister.  We went shopping, played bingo(no laughing, it's fun, LOL) ate, talked, laughed, and had a great time! We celebrated my sister's birthday while I was there and I wanted to share the frame that I made for her.  The colors match her room and I think she really liked it, which really made me smile - I wanted it to be special :-) The frame is a 12x12 frame that comes unfinished so I added all kinds of fun elements.  First, I covered the base of the frame with Baha Breeze cardstock - love it, such a soft color!  Then, I added some patterned paper the Greenhouse Gala Designer series, which was perfect for this project because it has all the colors of Jeanne's room! Each strip of paper is punched with the Eyelet Border punch and then layered on both the top and the bottom of the frame.  Then, I used some retired rub-ons (Jeanne doesn't care) that I have been saving for that special project - they go just wonderfully on here, don't you think??!!  There are some really fun embellishments on the frame as well and I took come closer pics so you can see the details. 
First is the flower that I made out of waffle paper- too too fun and I LOVE how it turned out! I ran the waffle paper through my Big Shot using the Flower Folds Die.  I then layered four of each size flower together and secured them with a vintage brad. Then, I added some texture to the whole flower by cutting each petal in half - this makes the flower much fluffier and fuller, which is the look I was going for.  Lastly, I sprayed the flower with Log Cabin Smooch Spritz, and it really sparkles and shines in the light! The waffle paper gives this flower such a wonderfully different look, I can't seem to stop making them, LOL! 
Next, I used one of our chipboard birds, and covered it with some of the Greenhouse Gala DSP, adding a pearl for the eye and attaching it all with red sticky tape.  I just love the dimension this adds, and it is so easy to do!  The last thing I want so share with you is how I did the letters.  I used Stampin' UP! onboard chipboard letters; I love these packs because you get so many letters and different shapes and sizes too! It's fun to mix and match the sets when you get down to your last letters too so there is never really any waste when using these! I took the letters and covered them in monoadhesive, then coated them with the Olive glitter from the Stampin' Glitter Fine Supernova set that comes with five different colors, and lots of glitter, all for $13.95, which is an amazing deal! After I was done using the glitter and had poured the excess back in the container, it did not even look like I had used any! 
 I set the letters aside to dry, then used red sticky tape to adhere them to the frame - here they are, aren't they purdy??!!  The last couple of things on this frame are some extra-wide chocolate chip satin ribbon (retired), and some buttons from the designer series regals collection.  I had a lot of fun making this frame and I was so happy to see her smile when she saw it!! Giving something handmade is so much more rewarding, don't you think? Speaking of, I am off to work on some more class projects that we are doing in my Santa's workshop class coming up so I will leave you with the recipe and then I am off to get inky!! Meanwhile, if you saw something or things you have to have in this post, head on over to my online store where you can purchase everything you see here!   Have a fabulous day - I will be back tomorrow to share the card I made to go with the frame!
Frame Recipe:
Paper - Baha Breeze card stock, Greenhouse Gala Designer Series Paper
Inks - none
Stamps - none
Accessories - Chocolate Chip wide satin ribbon(retired), Onboard chipboard letters, green Super Nova glitter, regals designer series buttons, twine, chipboard bird(retired), waffle paper, smooch spritz(log cabin), vintage brads, rubons(retired)
Tools - Eyelet Border Punch, Red Sticky Tape, glue dots, mono adhesive glue