Thursday, December 29, 2011

A Cup Of Thanks

 If you have been to my blog before, you might notice a new look.  I've been playing around with the design tab, so stay tuned...

It is so much fun to have new stampin' stuff to play with!  The new Stampin' Up! Occasions Mini Catalog is almost here!  The sales period begins on January 4th, but I am here to give you a little sneak peak of the adorable new Tea Shoppe stamp set, and some fresh new designer paper too, but I am most excited about the new Framelits Dies in graduated sizes.

I made this card fresh and clean, but then wondered what it would look like with a more vintage feel, so here is my second one:

Both are just too cute!  Whether your style tends to be more clean, or if you can't resist the vintage look, this stamp set is sure to be a favorite.  I can see birthday, Mother's Day, Easter, friend, get well... it seems like a pretty versatile set.  Aren't those the best kind to add to your stash?

Stamps:  Tea Shoppe (Occasions Mini 125545 [W]; 125547 [C])
Ink:  Blushing Bride, Riding Hood Red, Crumb Cake
Paper:  Blushing Bride, Riding Hood Red, Baja Breeze, Whisper White, Twitterpated DSP (125406)
Accessories:  Basic Pearls (119247)
Tools:  Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder (117335), Framelits Dies Label Collection (125598), Scallop Edge Border Punch (119882), Word Window Punch (119857), Modern Label Punch (119849), Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (118309), Sponge Dauber (102892), Big Shot

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Take time for yourself today and CREATE SOMETHING FUN!


Monday, December 26, 2011

Thank You Note Cards

A couple weeks ago I taught a class for seven 9-11 year old girls to make sets of cards for Christmas presents.  This is one of the sets we made.  The girls did a great job on their gifts and we packaged them up in gift bags that they stamped with white snowflakes and made a tag for it as well.

This was a simple card set so that the girls could get them done in a timely manner.  The embossing gives it an easy elegance.

Stamps:  Four Frames (123440 [W]; 123442 [C] ), Silhouette Sentiments (Retired Hostess Set)
Ink:  Chocolate Chip
Paper:  Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz, Blushing Bride
Accessories:  5/8" Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon (124327), Dimensionals (104430)
Tools:  Big Shot, Flower Garden Embossing Folder (123113), Decorative Label Punch (120907)

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Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas!

Take time for yourself and Create Something Fun!


Sunday, December 11, 2011

Embossed Christmas Poinsettia

There are so many fun projects to make at Christmas time!  This is an idea I saw and LOVED last year, and I just had to try it.

I don't know who came up with it first, but the one I saw was by Gretchen Barron.  I have updated the tag to a current stamp, and used a different color combo, but other than that, I didn't change anything.  Why mess with perfection?

To make this gorgeous poinsettia, I used the small leaf from French Foliage.  I stamped with Cherry Cobbler Ink on Riding Hood Red card stock 13 times and cut out each leaf.  I punched a 1-1/4" circle and arranged seven of the leaves around it.  Then a face down inking in VersaMark followed by a dusting of Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder, (along with some help from my heat gun), and the bottom layer was finished.  The remaining 6 leaves were individually embossed, then arrange over the base, each attached with a dimensional.  The Very Vanilla card stock was run through the Big Shot with the Petals-a-Plenty Embossing Folder to compliment the big poinsettia.  Always Artichoke 1/2" Seam Binding makes it into an elegant "present".

Stamps:   French Foliage (120845 [W]; 121166 [C] ), Bells & Boughs (120831 [W]; 121142 [C] )
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, VersaMark
Paper:  Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla
Accessories:  Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder (101930), Basic Pearls (119247), Always Artichoke 1/2" Seam Binding (121000), Dimensionals (104430)
Tools:  Heat Tool (100005), Petals-a-Plenty Embossing Folder (116824), Big Shot

Take time to enjoy the holiday season and create something fun.

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Monday, December 5, 2011

Snowflake Rosette Tag

This lacy rosette idea was pictured in the December  Stampin' Success, a free Magazine sent to Stampin' Up! Demonstrators.  I immediately thought of putting this cute little frilly on a Christmas Tag.

To make the lacy snowflake rosette, I cut a 1-1/4" x 8-1/2" strip of Whisper White card stock, scored it first, then punched it using the Lace Ribbon Border Punch.  I also cut an extra "flower" out of a scrap so that I could cut out the center flower for the center of the rosette.  I topped it off with a tiny tag and a rhinestone.

Tip:  I have tried many ways of gluing down a rosette, and have found that hot glue and a small circle to hold it together work best.

Stamps:  Serene Snowflakes (115438), Pennant Parade (for the sentiment - 122740 [W]; 122742 [C])
Ink:  Whisper White Craft, Baja Breeze
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Baja Breeze
Accessories:  Basic Rhinestones (119246)
Tools:  Lace Ribbon Border Punch (122368), Jewelry Tag Punch (117190), 2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punch (118874), 1/2" Circle Punch (119869), Crop-A-Dile (108362), Simply Scored (122334)

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Take time for yourself today and create something fun.


Friday, December 2, 2011

Simply Soft Birthday - Mojo Monday 217

Well, it has been a week full of many things to do, including putting away the fall/Thanksgiving decorations and working on getting the house decorated for Christmas, but I did manage to squeeze in some Mojo.

The frame around the flowers is made with a mini embossing folder.  I ran it through the Big Shot and then cut out the impression.  Need a button, but don't have the right color?  My button is made from card stock!  Stampin' Up! has so many great little tools.  This button is made with the Sweet Buttons Embosslits Die (121813) then I put some Crystal Effects on it to make it shine like a real button.  Then all I needed to do was thread a big needle with the linen thread and poke the button holes as I threaded it through.

Stamps:  Simply Soft (Hostess Set), En Francais (109521), Teeny Tiny Wishes (115370)
Ink:   Basic Black, Rich Razzleberry, Lucky Limeade, Crumb Cake
Paper:  Baja Breeze, Crumb Cake, Rich Razzleberry, Lucky Limeade, Whisper White
Accessories:  Crochet Trim Chantilly Lace (118480), Linen Thread (104199), Basic Pearls (119247), Dimensionals (104430)
Tools:  Stamp-a-ma-jig (101049), Designer Frames Embossing Folders Set (123130), Beautiful Wings Embosslits (118138), Sweet Buttons Embosslits (121813), Word Window Punch (119857), Big Shot

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Take time today to create something fun!