Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
So I think these coffee cards that I did with the new Gina K "My Cuppa Joe" coffee set are SO appropriate for my day today. I needed all-occasion cards in the worst way, and these cute little office-y cards will do the trick. I can stamp any sentiment I want on the inside, because the front just says "You're cool beans"! Some of these are Thank-you cards, with the sentiment "Thanks a Latte" on the inside.
I used up a bunch of old Shabby Princess polka dot paper that I had from last year's Christmas cards, so I was glad to be able to use stuff up! And this houndstooth brown paper is from AGES ago, I can't even identify it! The stripe and red coffee bag patterned paper is by Scenic Route, and the mug paper is an old Daisy D's plaid.
I used white liquid applique to puff up the whipped cream in the coffee. It adds a cool 3-d element to the cards!
Happy MONDAY, y'all!
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
I'm off to Wisconsin for my family Christmas celebration today. I'd like to wish everyone a peaceful, sweet Christmas, focused on family & friends. May you be blessed beyond measure. Merry Christmas!
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
It's always so hard to choose a favorite stamp to make my Christmas cards with each year...this year I chose my Pink Persimmon "Little Christmas Cottage" stamp. I made 25 of these, and wanted something quick to stamp that would have a cozy, homey feel. I paper-pieced the roof with some burgundy polka-dot paper, stamped the trees in green, & glittered the bare branches with white glitter so they look snowy and glittery.
Monday, December 22, 2008
Happy Monday, all!
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Another Bingo card for my scraproom tree today! This one was done with that cute little Christmas Cottage from Pink Persimmon. I'm so sad that I'm coming to the end of my red polka dot paper from Daisy D's. I've searched everywhere for it to no avail. Sniff. I need to find a new staple for my paper collection. I swear, I use this polka dot on EVERYTHING! I even painted my bedroom and kitchen red because of this paper. I'll stop blubbering. Anyway, I stamped a little row of pine trees for a border, and then outlined the little Christmas cottage with faux-stitching with my Ranger Inkssentials White Pen. I also used white liquid applique to create the stream of puffy white smoke coming out of the house's chimney. I'm also finally making my Christmas cards with this set, as we speak! I'm glittering up a storm! Happy Tuesday! L.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Happy Monday, all!
Sunday, December 14, 2008
One of the fun things about subscribing to the Dirty Dozen Gallery, is that you can play along with the dirty girls and upload your stuff to a "Fanclub Interactive" gallery. So if the inspiration hits you, play along with us this month!
I made these Papertrey Strawberry cards for the gallery this month, but decided to upload them here instead. The theme this month is "Obscure Holidays"! Did you know there is actually a National "Pick Strawberries" Day, on May 20th?
Pop on over to the Splitcoast Dirty Dozen Gallery HERE, and see all the fun holiday cards that the girls have whipped up! (Make sure to log in or you can't see it!)
Stamps: Papertrey Green Thumb & Year-Round Puns
Saturday, December 13, 2008
I also took blue Making Memories paints, coated the snowflake stamps & stamped snowflakes into the patterned paper. I used Holographic embossing powder and white craft ink around the edges of the cards to make them sparkle.
Another fun thing I've been doing is punching out snowflakes with a Martha Stewart snowflake punch, and then adding fun flock to the snowflakes so that they are fuzzy. I need to do some fun-flocked mittens, too!
Friday, December 12, 2008
I'm calling this a PINEFEATHER weekend because I've been playing Pinefeather Press (Papertrey) lately. I was able to play with some of Piney's stamp sets and make some Christmas cards with them. And AGAIN I was "Flowersofting" everything!
These were pretty simple cards to do...I stamped the wreath from Piney's "Rustic Branches" stamp set, then stamped red berries around the edges of the wreath. I stamped Peace, Love and Joy in between the wreath. Then I used Vintage Christmas flowersoft to fill in the leaves of the wreath, so that they are 3-d and look like greenery. I also used some of my Making Memories Chipboard swirls (Archivers $1.99 spot), colored them olive green, and used diamond glaze over the top of them to make the swirls glossy & shiny.
Papers by Basic Grey "Wassail".
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Are you sick of bingo cards yet? I hope not, because I haven't filled my tree yet! There will be MORE! Yell uncle when you've had enough!
Here's another bingo card done with all of my favorite elements...a Vintage Christmas Santa (Crafty Secrets), those cool chipboard swirls from Archivers/Making Memories (glittered up with red Martha Stewart Glitter), fun tinsel-garland(Michaels), little amusement park tickets & buttons, and Daisy D's paper.
OOOH GLITTERY! I'm using glitter on everything again.
I stamped "Wish" on the top of the little ticket. Wishes are cheap this year! Inflation has not hit them yet!
And a quick announcement tonite too...Crafty Secrets just released photos of a brand spankin new set that will be released early this year, prior to CHA! It's called Home Sweet Home, and is absolutely ADORABLE! Sandy is doing a blog drawing on December 19th for this set, so make sure to check the Crafty Secrets blog for the release and the blog candy drawing HERE! Sandy and Cindy also have a free template for a triangle box for you to download! Happy Tuesday!
Monday, December 8, 2008
I'm off bowling tonite but I got TONS of stuff done this weekend that I need to upload and show you! I cranked out close to 50 cards this weekend and then putzed some more at home yesterday. So for now I'll leave you with a quick bingo card that I made last week for my scrap room tree. This one was done with last year's Crafty Secrets "Vintage Christmas" set. I broke down and bought a Martha Stewart snowflake punch, and have been punching out snowflakes and glittering them up with Red Martha Stewart glitter.
The paper is from K & Company (Michaels), as is the round "joy" sticker. I also added some cool buttons to the top. The black swirl on the bottom is also from Crafty Secrets "Flourishes" set. I can't believe how quick these are to crank out. Really it's just a strip of paper to cover the top "Beano", and then you can just add an image and embellish the top strip!
So tonite my goal is to raise my bowling average. It's supposed to snow 3-5 inches so I'll be coming home to some shoveling, for sure!
Happy Monday, all!
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Are you sick of birds yet? Well at least I'm not showing Christmas cards today, right? I cranked these birthday bird cards out last month at a get-together with some fun girlies that I used to work with at Archivers in Woodbury, MN. I've gotten smarter about what I bring with to a gathering. I had the card design all planned out and ready to go, and then just brought the supplies with to make a bunch of them.
Remember that cool Unity "Birds of a Feather" set that I've been using for Christmas cards? Well this cute bird is from the same set! I've been getting so much mileage out of it. The sentiment is from A-Muse.
I'm trying to use up embellishments; why do we buy all this stuff if we're not going to use it? After you use it you're sick of looking at it anyway, so USE IT UP! I've got a ton of white kaiser flowers, also, so I used up a bunch on these cards & added button centers.
For the layout, I just used a nestabilities scalloped circle die, and cut out patterned paper. EASY layout!
Friday, December 5, 2008
It's FRIIIII-DAY! Ask me how excited I am! I have the day off today, and am heading to St. Cloud with friends to stamp the weekend away! So I thought I'd leave you with a bingo card before I head out! I'm making great strides on my stamp room bingo card tree, and I PROMISE to show you the finished project before Christmas! It is coming along nicely, and I've also enlisted the help of a sweet friend who volunteered to help me decorate it! I cannot WAIT to see what she does with the bingo cards I sent her! I've got quite a few of my own done and will post them soon!
This one was done last week when I was in paper-piecing mode! I stamped the ornaments out, then stamped them again on patterned paper, cut them out and layered them onto the white paper ornaments. I colored the point in with warm grey 2 Copic & a Sakura Gelly roll glitter pen to make them silvery. The paper and snowflakes are all by K & Company's Christmas Cheer line, from Michaels (COUPONS, girls, COUPONS!)!!!
Have a WONDERFUL weekend!
Stamp Set: Crafty Secrets Christmas Joy and Crafty's "Flourishes" set
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Birds, birds, its always birds! That's 'cause I love 'em and they always steal the show on a card.
These 2 little Merry Christmas love birds are from Crafty's Christmas Image & Journal Notes booklet. I framed them with some leftover chipboard frames that came with one of Crafty's rectangle chipboard albums that I used as wall hangings! I cut out yellow patterned paper and mod-podged the paper onto the chipboard, then used my vintage christmas flowersoft to outline the image. I stamped more holly around the image edges and colored them in with Copics.
I have a bingo card to show you tomorrow, I just need to photograph it! Happy Thursday!
Papers: Various Crafty Secrets Paper Pads
Stamps: Crafty Secrets Christmas Joy
Accessories: Vintage Christmas Flowersoft, Vintage Buttons
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Okay, this is a shameless plug for Crafty Secrets, but I honestly have to tell you how impressed I always am when Sandy and Cindy from Crafty Secrets show us the new stamp sets. Sandy has such an eye for cute, sweet vintage artwork! Amongst her many talents and generosity, she truly has an eye for heartwarming images! These birdies are no exception! I wish you could be there to hear the squeals when Sandy lets the design team preview the new sets! Many times she'll ask for our opinions and have us help tweak them ahead of time. What captured my heart with this set was not only the cool ornaments with all the accessories and swirls to fit inside, but the 2 sweet birdies that came with it.
I thought these birdies deserved the spotlight on their own, because they truly can stand alone and make a great card! Here I stamped off a row of them sitting on the holly leaves. This set also comes with some cool branches, so you could create a christmas tree scene or a row of branches for them to sit on! I went with the holly because I wanted the red berries to contrast against the burgundy patterned paper. The set also comes with that cool swirly star, so I cut out a couple of stars for accents. And I'm back on the chipboard swirl kick; this time I colored it yellow and glittered it up with Martha Stewart yellow gold glitter.
Copic colors: Buttercup yellow, light camel, mint blue, spring dim green, sanguine & abyss green.
Patterned papers: Crafty Secrets Radiant Paper Pad
Stamp Set: Crafty Secrets Christmas Joy
What's today, Wednesday? I'm losing track of time this week! Happy Wednesday, all!