Thursday, November 13, 2008

Here's a quick one before I fall asleep on my keyboard!

Alright a quickie as I said... these are 3 of the 5 cards we created at a friends Cards for the Cure Fund Raiser. It really was a great event, and it was so nice to be doing something to help others with my stamping!


Stamps: Heard from the Heart, lovely as a tree
Paper: whisper white, not quite navy, night of navy
Ink: not quite navy, silver encore
Tools & Acc.: DD glitter, 2-way glue
This cute card was cased from one made by my SU! team mate Trish...AKA the queen of all things

Stamps: wild about you, warm wards
Paper: whisper white, kiwi kiss, baja breeze, ridinghood red
Ink: basic black, whisper white
Tools & Acc.: DD glitter, 2-way glue, scallop
circle punch, 1-3/8 & 1-1/4 circle punches

Stamps: Snow swirled
Paper: bravo burgundy, always artichoke, brushed gold
Ink: bravo burgundy, whisper white, versa mark
Tools & Acc.: Gold EP, ticket corner punch, designer label punch

So there were 3 really super easy cards, remember that if would like to purchase the supplies to make these cards you can order them 24-7 on my web site:

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

More Holiday Cards

Time to share some more cards with you. Today the cards are from my last Christmas card class. I focused on punch art cards in this class. The inspiration for these cards comes from all over the place.

first two cards are what gave me the idea to focus on punch art this month. The snowman face was an ingenuous little card that I cased completely from Dawn`s Stampin Thoughts blog. Dawn has also taken this design to make fun candy bar wrappers, very cute. The white and purple card came out of my desire to try the Tag Punch Star Tutorial on SCS and not make another blue and white snow card!
Stamps: none
Paper: whisper white, basic black, riding hood red, tangerine tango
Ink: none
Tools & Acc.: signo white gel pen, stampin pastels + sponge dauber, DD glitter, Chunky sprinkles glitter, tombo glue, 2-way glue, PUNCHES: three for you flower, (circles) 1-3/8,1, 1/2

Stamps: Heard from the Heart, bold snowflake wheel
Paper: whisper white, lavender lace, almost amethyst, cardstock weight vellum
Ink: versamark, whisper white, lavender lace
Tools & Acc.: iridescent ice EP, died gingham ribbon, sizzix snowflake dies, square ice rhinestone brad, DD glitter, 2-way glue, tombo glue, PUNCHES: Small & large tags, 1 in circle, scallop edge.

This card was super quick and easy, but I think it looks pretty nice, what do you think? Here I to wanted to try this scallop edge medallion (Tutorial on SCS) and I also wanted to try making a holiday card with a non-holiday stamp-set. So I grabbed the ever elegant Baroque Motifs and 'had at'er". Oh yeah. and I am not sure if you can really see it in the picture but the center of the flower is covered in chunky glitter. This is actually a mixture of red, silver and a few other colours. It was created when my 2.5 yr old discovered how to open glitter jars...what can I say, chaos was my muse!
Stamps: Baroque Motifs, All Holidays
Paper: baja breeze, ridinghood red, whisper white, ski slope DSP
Ink: same as paper + Old olive
Tools & Acc.: Chunky glitter (assorted mixture), 2-way glue, tombo glue, scallop edge punch.

Okay now this card was one I was really not sure about, I loved the little punch art penguin but struggled to make it not look like a child had made it...punch art always makes me think of those animals I made as a child out of fun foam shapes (especially when you add googly eyes!). What I am calling the Snowball border on the right was inspired by some photos from our recent SU! regional here in Edmonton. I was unable to attend, but this one photo really jumped out at me, all I knew is what it looked like and that they had used the slit punch to make it. After about half an hour of trial and error I finally came up with a version I was happy with and could teach in class.

Stamps: Cute and Curly, Punch Pals
Paper: whisper white, baja breeze, pacific point, basic black, tangerine tango,kiwi kiss
Ink: baja breeze, pacific point
Tools & Acc.: died white taffeta ribbon, DD glitter, 2-way glue, tombo glue, PUNCHES: 1 in circle, slit, small, large and wide ovals, Boho blossoms, small star, scallop square.

Oh, in that last card, I pulled together my penguin from a bunch of different ones on SCS. I did pretty much the same thing with this Santa face...the one thing that was definitely my doing was the sideburns though. It was bugging me on some of the other cards that Santa had a floating beard on his chin and then just the fur on his cap, I mean Santa's a fuzzy guy! I made the mustache with a normal circle punch but someone in my class had the idea of making it with the scallop punch and I must admit it was much better, this is why I love teaching classes!

Stamps: Deer Friends
Paper: whisper white, blush blossom, basic black, real red
Ink: close to cocoa
Tools & Acc.: signo white gel pen, tombo glue, chunky essentials red glitter, stampin pastels & sponge dauber, PUNCHES: scallop edge, large oval, scallop circle, (circle) 1-3/8,1, 3/4, 1/2.

That's it for tonight, if all goes well there will be more tomorrow...and maybe a new project featuring our great Rub-Ons (On sale 20% off now!)

Monday, November 10, 2008

Lots of Christmas Cards

I have been really busy making Christmas cards and class samples over the last few months so now I have tons to share with you, I will upload as many projects as I can in this post before my daughter's bedtime! Alright, I will start with a few of the cards I have made for in-home workshops. This first one is using the level 2 Hostess set Deer Friends. I was inspired by a number of samples I saw on SCS to make this one. I actually have not used it yet in a party as, I have designed it to use at my cousins workshop at the end of the month..shhh don't tell! Yeah well I know that's not going to work well seeing as how he is subscribed to my blog! Any how, Ryan, I hope you like it!! {Recipe}
Stamps: Cute & Curly, Deer Friends (hostess)

Paper: Ridinghood Red, Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Always Artichoke
Ink: (markers) Basic Black, Ruby red, Always Artichoke, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip, Summer Sun.
Tools & Acc.: wide red and white striped GG ribbon, chunky essentials red glitter, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Punches: Curly Label, 1-3/8 & 1-1/4 circles.
These next 3 very different cards were made at the same home workshop. The lay our for this first one was taken from a SCS sketch challenge and the colours were inspired by the Urban Garden DSP. {Recipe}
Stamps: Snow Swirled
Paper: Basic Grey, Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, whisper white, going grey, Urban Garden DSP
Ink: same as paper + versamark, night of navy & encore silver
Tools & Acc.: styled silver hodgepodge, D.D. glitter, chunky sprinkles iridescent glitter, iridescent ice EP

It's no secret that I love this Sock monkey, another demonstrator on my team came up with a great swap card using the monkey and bleaching out his paler bits. I thought it was ingenious so of course I cased it! I had fun making this card, one detail that you can't really see in the photo but that adds a lot of dimension to this card is the punched vellum circles I glued on the bashful blue layer. The circles are different sizes and echo the polka dots on the monkeys gift. {Recipe}
Stamps: Sock Monkey & accessories
Paper: whisper white, kraft, bashful blue, real red,vellum
Ink: versamark, (markers) real red, bashful blue
Tools & Acc.: 3/4 in real red GG ribbon, variety of smaller circle punches, black EP, bleach

Tonight's final card was designed specifically for my step-mom Margaret. She fell so in love with the stamp set Cardinal Christmas in the Holiday Mini Catalogue that she insisted on buying it so that I could use it at her party! I did think this stamp was lovely but, it was pretty low on my purchasing priority list so it was a real treat to be able to work with it!
Stamps: Cardinal Christmas
Paper: watercolor paper, very vanilla, always artichoke, brushed gold
Ink: versamark, Stazon black, (to watercolor) ridinghood red, summer sun, chocolate chip, always artichoke, bashful blue
Tools & Acc.: clear EP, striped GG ribbon, colluzzle, large oval punch, aquapainter

Thanks for looking, please leave comments, if all goes well I will be back tomorrow with more!

I'm Baaaaaaaaaack!

I don't even know where to start... as many of you already know I a expecting a baby in April and I have been really ill for a couple of months. I'm afraid my limited energies had to be used to care for my daughter and try to keep my house and business afloat. As you can imagine the Blog became a really low priority! But now that I am feeling better, I have such a backlog of projects to show you I really have to get at it. So why don't we! These first pictures are of the projects from the Box-it! Bag-it! Tag-it! class I will be offering on Tuesday November 18th. I am really excited about this class because it's the first time I do so many 3-D projects in a class and we get to play with some really yummy accessories from the Holiday Mini Catalogue! This first large bag was inspired by the summer themed one we made at convention. All my colour choices were pulled from the gorgeous Ski Slope Designer series paper. This pack has such a variety of designs that I often don't recognize projects made with it! DSP is a quick and simple way to add real pizaz to your projects. This next project is based on an online tutorial I found, I will have to track it down again and link to it when I get the chance. It's called a Bag-in-a-box or a Box-in-a-bag or something like that. Bassically it's cute fun and easy so I really like it! This last box is really cool, I really do not know who to credit for it as they are popping up all over the place, apparently you can now find tutorials on how to make them too but, I figured this one out on my own. The transparent sides make it the perfect presentation for candies bath beads or other colourful stuff. (I'm sure you can find something more seasonal than my chocolate easter eggs!!)
To round out my Box-it! Bag-it! Tag-it! class we of course need tags. I will have one really fancy one to make using the Top Note Sizzix die and a bunch of simple ones. Once you have completed the main projects you are welcome to create as many of the simple punched tags as you can
before the end of class!
This class is coming up very soon so RSVP, ASAP!