December 2, 2010


a lot like Christmas!!! WHEW! I spent 16 hours Christmas shopping yesterday with a friend and I have to say it was a wonderful day!! I am still smilin' from all the fun we had!! And, I was able to put a dent in my Christmas list - a small one, but hey, that just means I need to do another day!!  Great fun, I just love this time of year!!!  So, in keeping with my mood, I am sharing another Christmas card with you all today - loved all the bling I was playing with from yesterday and so I made another card with  more bling :-)  I love this Cardinal stamp - it is one of the prettiest stamps I have, I just think it is very elegant! The set is called Cardinal Christmas, isn't that bird fabulous??!!!  I enjoy coloring him in with my stampin' write markers, he is just so fun to color! I used traditional colors on this one - reds and greens all th way but with a splash of gray that I love! I kept the card simple because I wanted the focuse on the image - I stamped him in Black Stazon, colored him in with Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, and Early Espresso stampin' write markers, and then ran the whole piece of Whisper White card stock through my Big Shot using the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder - love it!! The sentiment is stamped on Old Olive card stock and is punched out using the Fancy Label punch.  I then added some of the fine red glitter using my two-way glue pen under the words and also on the berries on the branches! I have to say, this was a fun card to make - I love getting all glittery, LOL!  I am leaving the recipe of everything I used below so if there is something here that catches your eye and you HAVE to have it, you can order it in my online store!  Have questions??  Feel free to email me and I will get back to you with an answer :-)  Today I am working on some more cards for my workshop on Saturday and then my Stamp-a-Stack on Sunday so lots of stamping fun for me today!! I hope you are all having as wonderful a week as I am!! I will be back tomorrow with more to share- until then, Happy Stampin'!!
Card Recipe:
Paper - Old Olive, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White card stock, Holly Jolly designer series paper pack
Inks - Black Stazon, Early Espresso classic inks, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Early Espresso stampin' write markers
Stamps - A Cardinal Christmas
Accessories - Going Gray taffeta ribbon
Tools - Scallop Edge punch, Extra Large Fancy Label punch, Corner Rounder punch, Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder

December 1, 2010


Hi All!! WOW! We had a wonderful time on our vacation in Mendocino - the ocean was beautiful but it sure was COLD there, LOL!! We had great fun hiking and climbing all over the cliffs and exploring the tide pools - the kids had a BLAST! We stayed in a wonderful, cozy little home overlooking the water, the view was amazing! We explored all kinds of different beach areas, and our little Bella (mini weiner dog) got her first taste of the beach and she seemed to really love all the new smells, LOL! As soon as I am done organizing my pics (over 1000!) I will post a few for you all to see, it really is beautiful there!  But now, I think I probably owe you a card so I thought I would share one I did for Christmas, my favorite time of year!
Oh, how I loved making this card - look at all the bling!!! Bling really DOES make me sing - it makes me feel so happy, I just love it! The glitter, the brads, the pearls, I love it all!!!!! On this card I used some of the fine red glitter and I adhered it to the tree using my two-way glue pen. If you have never used this wonderful little pen, you HAVE to try it, I swear you will wonder why it took you so long, I did, LOL!!  The stamped images are from the stamp set called Snow Swirled, and I just absolutely love this set, it is one of my favorite ones to pull out for the holidays! And, look at that yummy patterned paper from the Holly Jolly designer series pack - YUM!!! I could see me using this paper all year long for all kinds of things :-)  Of course, no card for me is complete without using my Big Shot and my punches and this card is no exception! The Chocolate Chip Card Stock is embossed with the Square Lattice embossing folder and then the sentiment is mounted on Cherry Cobbler that has been punched out using my Extra Large Designer Label Punch.  The sentiment itself is stamped in Garden Green on Very Vanilla card stock that is punched out using the Modern Label Punch, then popped up on dimsensionals! I love it!!! I also used the Eyelet Border Punch along the bottom of the DSP, I just think it really adds to the card! And of course, every card deserves a bow so I added that as well :-)  Pretty simple but sooo fun to make - it will definitely be one that goes in the "to send" pile, LOL!  I have been stamping quite a bit since I got back on Sunday and have TONS to share so I will be back tomorrow with another fun project! 'Till then, happy stampin'!!!
Card Recipe:
Paper - Garden Green, Chocolate Chip, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla card stock, Holly Jolly Designer Series Paper
Inks - Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler Classic inks
Stamps - So Swirled stamp set
Accessories - Very Vanilla thin grosgrain ribbon, Red fine glitter
Tools - Big Shot, Square Lattice Embossing folder, Modern Label punch, Extra Large Fancy Label punch, Eyelet Border punch, dimensionals