Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Christmas Tree Card

Here is a card we did in my last Stamp-a-Stack. I took 3 pieces of card board and cut them into a tree shape and glued them on top of each other and ran them though the Big Shot using the Petals a Plenty embossing folder. It only embosses on where the card board was. Pretty cool, isn't it? Then I sponged Old Olive onto the embossed area and took my Real Red marker and colored in the berries. Punched out a small star in brushed gold card stock and added a sentiment from the Christmas Punch Level 2 stamp set. Easy peasy!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Snow Globe Cards using the Treat Cups

When these Treat Cups first came out, someone posted a card where they used water and Dazzling Diamonds to fill up the cups. The water stayed in the Treat cups and didn't leak out. So, my granddaughters love snow globes so I thought I would make them each a card. Here is how I put them together:
I loosed the tape on the bottom on the Treat Cup and filled it almost to the top with water and added a small amount of Dazzling Diamonds. I then cut out a 2" circle using my Circle Scissors Plus and used this for my pattern and cut it out using the Thick Window sheets. Then I took off the tape and put the window sheet over the cup, followed by my stamped image, same size, 2" and then over the top of that I cut a 2 1/4" circle and placed that over the top. Then I put sticky strip around the edge of the Treat Cup and inserted in the card. This way the inside looks neat. Tip: Don't get any water on the edge of the cup. Otherwise it will not get a good seal and will leak. Ask me how I know?
I was going to try and mail them, but chickened out. So what I did was put them in a envelope with their name on it and gave it to my daughter. She is going to pretend it came from the mail box. You know how kids love to get mail.
You can click on each photo to see it close up. The rest of the card is pretty self explanatory. The stamps sets I used are Christmas Punch (Hostess, level 2) & Punch Pals. Contact me if you have any questions.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Foam Ornaments my Granddaughters Made!

I found these foam kits on sale at my local craft store. They are geared for ages 3 and above. My granddaughters are 3 & 4 so they were perfect. They had such a good time making these ornaments, especially Gianna, (3 year old). I think she is going to be my crafter. For the past couple of years we have done a small project for them to give as gifts. We are going to be making the bird feeders from pine cones and peanut butter and bird seed to go with their ornaments. We collected the pine cones down the street from our house on a walk last week.
When I put up our tree this year, I was noticing all the ornaments my kids made when they were in school. I still have all of them. Its fun to see how they grew each year. Now my daughter is 28 and my son will be 25 on Friday. Feeling a bit old today......

Snowflake Treat Cup Photos

I've been messing around with the Treat Cups. Aren't these cute? I found them here. You use the Sweet Treat cups in the Holiday Mini, (And yes, we will be able to get them in the next mini, Yipeee!!) and the Snowflake Punch. You can't see it in the photo, but I used the Shimmer paint to add some sparkle and a bit of chunky glitter in each of the cups. These photos are of my grandkids, Jocelyn, 4 years, Anthony 3 months, & Gianna 3 years old. The girls were sitting back to back and not happy to have their photos taken. Also couldn't have done this project without the Circle Scissor Plus. The Treat cups are 1 3/4" so I wanted the photos to be cut at 2" and then I put a piece of card stock on the back cut at 2 1/4" to cover up the back and make it look neat. The snowflakes are cut in half and glued to the top of the treat rim with Crystal Effects.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Santa Gift Card Holder

Here is another gift card holder using the Scallop Circle die from Sizzix. Pretty clever isn't it? Wish I was the one who thought of it. But I purchased a set of gift card holders (pdf) from Jackie Topa here. She has a fabulous blog. The rest of the santa is using punches.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Gift Card Holder

Here is a gift card holder made using the Petal Card die. Mine are cut out with Bordering Blue card Stock and one is embossed with the Serene Snowflakes stamp set in the Holiday mini. The bottom half is run through your paper crimper so it fits inside the top one. I used my Circle Scissors Plus to cut the Whisper White circle. Added a cute little tag and used the Small & Large Tag punches. Attached with a small piece of our silver cording (in the holiday mini). This was a fast and easy gift card holder.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Hershey Rudolf

I saw these cute Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer candy bars on a couple of different blogs and knew I had to try them. So easy to make from a regular size candy bar. I used Chocolate Chip card stock to wrap the candy bar.
Scallop circle (1/2 of one) in Close to Cocoa
1 3/4" circle punch Close to Cocoa for nose
1 1/4" Real Red for nose
3/4" White & Chocolate Chip for eyes
The antlers are from 12" pipe cleaners that I purchased at Wal-mart. The ribbon is 3/4" polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon. You can't see in the photo, but I added a tag from the Christmas Punch stamp set (hostess, level 2). These were really fun to put together. Great extra gift for someone. And of course I sponged on everything.......

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Another Abundant Hope Card

As promised, here is another card using Abundant Hope, from the Occasions Mini that will be out on January 5th. This time I used Pale Plum for my card base, (can't remember the last time I used this color.) The ribbon is Rich Razzleberry grosgrain. Again I used the heart border punch on Shimmery card stock and also the new butterfly embosslit. That die is fast becoming one of my favorites. You can hardly see it in the photo, but I also used the hearts corner punch. It matches the heart boarder punch.

Monday, December 7, 2009

New Stamping Supplies, Yipee!!!

This is my first card with my new stuff. So I used the new heart boarder punch, Abundant Hope stamp set, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, 5/8" Pretty in Pink Satin ribbon, & Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Folder.
I stamped the image with Black Stazon, twice on Shimmery White card stock, then water colored with a blender pen and re-inkers. Then I cut them out and mounted them with dimensions. All of this was mounted on a piece of Shimmer White card stock and then that was mounted on Pretty in Pink card stock embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Folder. (Boy is that a mouth full or what?)
So what do you think? Are you excited for the new mini to come out January 5th, 2010? This is just the beginning. I will have more samples in the coming weeks, so stay tuned........

Love the Man in the Brown Truck!

Today the man in the brown truck brought my pre-order. OMG! Do the stamps look different? Stampin' Up! is now offering a choice in wood blocks or clear blocks. These are the stamps you use with the clear blocks. The rubber is the same, the only difference is the block and how they come to you. You will be able to buy the clear blocks in the different sizes or as a bundle. Did you see the new punches? Slimmer and easier to use. The package is Stitched Felt Sweet Pea. Flowers, leaves & more. These are gorgeous in real life.


My daughter wanted me to make her another one of these gorgeous snowflakes, so I went back to look for the pattern and it was originally done by Mary Jo Price-Williams back in 2007. Her stuff rocks! These snowflakes are fun to make. I used the Holiday Lounge Designer Series paper and the ornament punch for the bottom of the snowflake. Also some pearls from my Pretties kit and a couple other ones that I had on hand.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Tammy's Beautiful Snowflake "Peace" Frame

Yesterday I held my last Holiday Stamp a Stack for the year. One of my Customers, Tammy Bojorquez brought this beautiful project she did while visiting her Mom & Dad. She cross stitched the "peace" and then stamped the snowflakes on the aida cloth using the Serene Snowflakes stamp set. Tammy finished it off with some snowflake embellishments and a beautiful bow. Isn't it gorgeous? I'm so glad she brought it along to share with all of us. I did get her permission to put it on my blog. Make sure you click on the photos to see the beautiful detail.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Glass Ornaments

I found these ornaments at my local craft store. Love the shape. I used my re-inker and dropped several drops inside the ornament and swirled it around to coat the whole inside of the ornament. Drained any excess out and then added some Dazzling Diamonds glitter. They are stunning in real life. Added a bow at the top and done. Simple and beautiful all in one. For the gold one I used our Platinum Shimmer paint and did the same thing as I did with the re-inker. It seems to take more of the shimmer paint than the re-inker.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Gift Card Snowman

Isn't this snowman just the cutest? I found this on Jackie Topa's blog. Its made using a 3 x 3 envelope. You seal it shut and cut off the top. Add a 1" x 6 1/2" piece of Designer Series paper. I used Holiday Lounge. Fold up the bottom two corners and glue with a mini glue dot. His eyes are 1/2" circles in black with the White Gel pen to make the highlights. The nose is the large star punch in Pumpkin Pie. I just cut off one of the points and made it a bit smaller. I have a great TIP for the mouth. Use the small oval punch as a guide. I punched the oval out and then traced the bottom of the oval with a Black Marker. I've used the circle punches to do the same this. You get a great looking mouth every time. I also added a bit of Pretty in Pink for his cheeks using a sponge dauber. And finally added the ribbon for his scarf, I also fringed the edges a bit. If you click on the photo you will also see I sponged the eyes, nose & around the edge of the envelope with Going Grey. These gift card holders are super easy and fun to make.