Sunday, November 30, 2008

A Western Winter

Howdy!! It's time for another CCEE challenge that I do each Monday with a small group of friends. Cindy Haffner came up with our challenges for this month. Today we were to make a blue card with brads. (She was very easy on us since this is such a busy month. Thanks're a dear)

I made this card for a special young man who just turned 10 on Friday ( I'm a bit late...but what boy doesn't like a birthday drawn out? *grin*)

Anyway, this is quite the mish-mash of stamps and inks. The bg was created by leaving the Kraft cardstock in the Labels I diecut and sponging the inside with Craft White (SU) and Petal Point blues. I then stamped the trees (Lovely as a Tree - SU) with Tuxedo Black (Memento), the left Wanted (SU) horse with Sepia (Versafine), and the right one again with Tuxedo Black after masking the first one. Now I realize the horses shouldn't be lined up the way they are. It's not aesthetically pleasing to the eye. The brown one was supposed to be higher, but I rushed it and didn't use my positioner. Arghh!! Since this was my 4th attempt at a bg, I'm just leaving it as is. I know...the horror. After stamping all the images, I heat set the pigment inks with my heat tool, and added some snow with my Inkssentials White Opaque Pen.

The blue bg panel was dry embossed with the Forest Panel (Cuttlebug). I then blanket stitched along the edges with my sewing machine.

I created the sentiment with my JustRite Harmony Rectangular Stamper set, and the 25 pt Brayton Font letters and symbols.

The circle star is from the charming Papertrey set called Background Basics Stars.

To see what the other girls have come up with this month, click HERE.
And if you'd like to play along, we'd love to see what you come up with. Just follow the instructions on the CCEE Stampers blog.

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you had a blessed weekend!!
Happy Stamping!

Stamps - Wanted, Lovely as a Tree (SU), Sentiment (JustRite), Background Basics Stars (Papertrey)
Paper - MME, Suede Brown Dark, Kraft (Prismatics)
Ink - Craft White (SU), Petal Point pigments, Walnut Stain (Ranger Distress), Tuxedo Black (Memento), Sepia (Versafine)
Accessories - brads, twine, sewing machine, cuttlebug, nestabilities, sponge, dimensional tape, white opaque pen (Inkssentials)

Friday, November 28, 2008

RAK Parade of Talent

I'm so excited to share all these fabulous creations with you. I received all these darling cards and handmade gifts recently and I wanted you all to see them. If you click on the names, you can see their fabulous blogs or galleries. Thank you each and every one of you for your kindness. These are all treasured immensely!!

Here's a darling bag and two gorgeous cards from Joanne:

Here's a charming butterfly card and sweet
Tea Bag Gift Holder from Holly:

Here are two darling Snowmen in Pink:
one from Frances, and one from Charlene:

Next I have two gorgeous cards with flowers:
One from Gabriela, and one from Dawn:

Next, I have a fun and sparkly fish from Nancy,
and a charming stuffed turkey from Denise:

And last, but certainly not the least,
I have this sweet and sparkly cupcake from Cammie:

Happy Stamping!!
Happy Weekend!!

A Whiff of Joy after Thanksgiving

I hope all my American friends had a Happy Thanksgiving yesterday. I know I did!! I'd have to say it was one of the best ever. My son was home from college and it was such a fun relaxing day.

Well, my husband has been building a new shop, and he and my son decided it needed a basketball hoop inside. So there was a quick trip to Walmart and then the assembly. That gave me some time to make a card while father and son had some bonding complaints from me...*grin*

The minute I saw this sweet Whiff of Joy Snowman called Herb with Teacup, I was in love!! I adore snowmen, and I loved the sweet swirls and his charming outfit!! Of course I had to have him. I stamped him onto Champagne Metallic (Prism) with Tuxedo Black (Memento) and colored him with my copics. I originally had planned to have the sentiment medallion on the outside, but my daughter told me it was too much. So, since I've long admired Denise's (The Paper Landscaper) style of decorating the inside of her cards too, I thought now was the time to give that a try. The sentiment is from the set: Winter Love

The circle and rectangle were cut with my Nestabilities diecuts, and I added a Stampin' Up snowflake, ribbon, dew drops, and stickles. The bottom border was punched with a Martha Stewart border punch.

Stamps - Whiff of Joy
Paper - Festive Frost (My Mind's Eye) Mystic Medium and Suede Brown Dark, Champagne Metallic (Prism)
Ink - Tuxedo Black (Memento), Walnut Stain (Ranger)
Accessories - Ribbon, Snowflake (SU), Dew Drops, Martha Stewart Punch, Corner Tag Punch, Double Circle punch (SU), Frosted Lace, Gunmetal, Christmas Red (Stickles), Copics, Nestabilities, dimensional tape

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Thank You!!

I have so many Thank You's to make, I thought I'd get started right away. It helped that I just received some new JustRite images in the mail a couple of days ago...*grin* They're perfect for thank you notes, among many other things too of course. (Can ya tell I love them?)

And, guess what?!?! Stamper's Dream is having a 50% off sale on select images. Click HERE to check them out.

Not only that, SD is offering all it's Holiday stamps at 15% off. Click HERE for this great deal. All you have to do to get this special deal is to enter the coupon code HOLIDAYS when checking out.

I always try to do SCS's Sketch Challenge, and thought I wouldn't be able to this week because my son came home from college last night. For some reason he wanted to sleep in? Hmmmm...could it be because he doesn't have to go to the 5:00 am morning swim practices while home? LOL

Anyway, all I did was stamp this *Thanks* medallion (Harmony Classic Circle Stamper II Stamp Ensemble) twice...once in Old Olive and once in True Thyme (SU), and cut out the *thanks* and mounted it with dimensional tape on top of the True Thyme.

I LOVE this Poolside and Greenhouse paper by Making Memories. The ribbon is also from the Greenhouse collection (MM). The rhinestone crystals are K&Company.

That's it! I hope all my American friends have a happy Thanksgiving. And the rest of you, I hope you are having a blessed week and have much to be thankful for!!

Happy Stamping!!

Stamps - JustRite
Paper - Poolside & Greenhouse (Making Memories), Neenah Solar white, Spring willow Dark (Prismatics)
Ink - Old Olive, True Thyme (SU), Frayed Burlap (Ranger Distress)
Accessories - Ribbon (Making Memories), Rhinestone Stickers (K&Company), Nestabilities, dimensional tape

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

A Masculine Christmas Tent Topper

Before I get to how this card came about, I wanted to let you know about a fantastic sale!!! Stamper's Dream has many JustRite Images priced at 50% off!! Click HERE to see what you can get for this fantastic price. I'm a huge JustRite fan. They are so very versatile, so be sure to check it out.

Not only that, SD is offering all the Holiday stamps at 15% off. Click HERE for this great deal. All you have to do to get this special deal is to enter the coupon code HOLIDAYS when checking out.

And......Michelle is carrying Sarah Kay images now too!! They are soooooo darling!! And they're a blast to color.

Now for the details about my card. First I chose my DP. I love Basicgrey's Archaic line and thought it would be fun to use it as a Christmas card. So, I chose my colors based on this charming plaid.

I used my Stampin' Up markers to color my Christmas Stamp Ensemble sentiment from JustRite Stampers, and cut it out along with a few mats, with my Circle Nestabilities. To get the ridged edge, I just took the Scalloped Circle diecut and a slightly smaller circle and ran it through the cuttlebug. To be sure you have the right size circle to cut off only a portion of the scallops, you shouldn't be able to see any of the scallop sticking out the outside of the circle.

To finish it off, I added SU's Cranberry Crisp Stitched Ribbon, and punched the horizontal strip with a Martha Stewart Punch. Oh, I almost forgot, I also punche the top edges of my card with Su's corner tag punch.

ETA: I always forget to let people know the sizes of my cards, and they're rarely A2...*grin*
I was kindly asked to let you know in my blog entries. If I forget in the future, please remind me via my email. Today's base is 4" x 4". The circle scallop is the second to largest...I don't know the exact size, but you can make it as large as you want.

I hope you're having a fabulous day!!
Thanks for stopping by!!
Happy Stamping!!

Stamps - Christmas Stamp Ensemble (JustRite)
Paper - Archaic (Basicgrey), Mystic Medium, Herbal Garden Dark, Crabapple Dark (Prismatics), Neenah Natural White
Ink - Frayed Burlap (Ranger Distress Ink), Stampin' Up markers: Always Artichoke, Baroque Burgandy
Accessories - Nestabilities, Martha Stewart Punch, Corner Tag Punch (SU), Cranberry Crisp Stitched Ribbon (SU), Cuttlebug

Monday, November 24, 2008

Snowman Mug Pop-Up Gift Card Holder

I loved today's technique challenge so much on SCS, that I had to make another. Click HERE for instructions.

I thought this darling Snowman Mug (Impression Obsession) would be perfect to hold a coffee gift can get hot chocolate too...*grin*

I colored him with my copics, added liquid applique to the marshmallows, and glitter to the cap and scarf. The border was punched with a Martha Stewart border punch and all the edges were ink distressed with Tea Dye and Walnut Stain (Ranger Distress).

That about covers it!! Hope your week is off to a great start!!

Happy Stamping!!


Stamps - Impression Obsession
Paper - Melissa Frances, Prismatics, Neenah Natural White Ink - Tuxedo Black (Memento) Accessories - Corner Tag Punch (SU), Martha Stewart border punch, Copics, Liquid Applique, Glitter, Scor-Pal

What was I thinking?

Christmas in orange? Don't go there. I was trying to match the jamba juice gift card. And in person, it's really not that bad...I kind of liked it. Well, until I photographed it and began editing. The bird looks like a crow, and the stickles don't show up as much as it looks more Halloweenish. Sorry. I loved the idea though, and I won't have time to do this later as I have a ton of errands to do. But I wanted to show you this awesome idea that was used for the SCS Technique Challenge found HERE.

For the front of my gift card holder, I used my new Labels I Nestabilities Diecut!! I LOVE this shape...I'm sure you will see me use it often.

I stamped Nature's Dance (Penny Black) with Tuxedo Black (Memento), onto Frosted Orange (Prismatics) I then sponged Dried Marigold (Ranger Distress) all over the panel, embossed it with the Leaf folder, and rubbed Tea Dye (Ranger) over the leaves. I then added Copper Stickles to the berries. The sentiment is from the Clear Design set Thinking of You Messages. I thought the brackets fit perfectly with the Labels I shape. *grin* The sentiment on the inside is Script Merry Christmas (Northwoods)

Be sure to check out the tutorial on SCS...It's so easy and has so many possibilities!!

Also, Stamper's Dream is have a 15% off sale on all their Christmas stamps. Just type the coupon code HOLIDAYS when checking out!!

Stamps - Penny Black, Hero Arts
Paper - Orange, Black (Prismatics)
Ink - Tuxedo Black (Memento), Dried Marigold and Tea Dye (Ranger Distress)
Accessories - Labels I Diecut (Nestabilities), corner rounder, cuttlebug, grossgrain ribbon, pearls, copper stickles, scor-pal

Sunday, November 23, 2008

CCEE Christmas Candles

Happy Monday!! For my weekly challenge with my CCEE friends, we were sent supplies from Charlene (LilLuvsStampin). Here were our instructions:
- We must use red starburst translucent paper - check
- We must use poinsettia green leaves and at least one of three poinsettia flowers - check
- We must use either gold stretch cord or gold ribbon - check
- optional - snowflakes and ornament: didn't include.

I was given this darling Northwoods image by Denise (Peanutbee) - The Paper Landscaper, in an image swap. Thank you sweet Denise!! I colored it with copics. I then diecut and embossed it with my Nestabilites and sponged the edges before removing it from the diecut. I used all Ranger Distress Inks. I covered the top half with Scattered Straw, and the bottom with Tea Dye. I then sponged Tea Dye over 2/3 of the top. To finish it off, I sponged the edges with Walnut Stain. Finally, I added a bit of glitter to the berries and made candle flames.

Thank you so much for stopping by. To see what the other girls have come up with, click HERE.

Remember...Michelle, owner of Stamper's Dream, is having a 15% off sale on all holiday stamps. Just use the coupon code HOLIDAY when checking out.

Supplies -
Stamps - Northwoods
Paper - Brushed Gold, Black, dp
Accessories - poinsettia, glitter, brads, ribbon, nestabilities, sponge, dimensional tape

Punched Medallion and a sale!!

Okay...I have something way cool to share with you!! At least I think it is. Taylor (taylored expressions) has the coolest tutorial on her blog to create this medallion in the center of my card. I used a Martha Stewart punch while she used a Stampin' Up one, but the result was the same...a framed medallion. And it's so ultra easy. I tried it with all my horizontal punches. Some require smaller squares than others, but they all have unique shapes and are so fun. Go check out her site by clicking on her blog name mentioned above!!

The center of the medallion is from the 10 Design Centers and borders (JustRite) set. I stamped the circle onto the same dp as the rest of the card with Frayed Burlap, punched out the circl and coated it with crystal lacquer. I then mounted it onto a small scalloped Nestabities Circle. Both layers are popped up with dimensionals.

The rest of my card is VERY simple. I just made two square matted layers of Melissa Frances dp, sewed around the edges and ran it through my cuttlebug with the Snowflake embossing folder. The edges are all ink distressed with Frayed Burlap (Ranger Distress Ink), and the Ice Green Pearls are (Kaisercraft).


You so need to stop by Michelle's Stamper's Dream store!!! All her Holiday stamps are 15% off!!! How cool is that!! All you have to do is enter the coupon code HOLIDAYS on the checkout page. Go check out the variety of images she has!!

Thanks so very much for stopping by!! I hope you are having a blessed weekend!!

Please, if you are familiar with the Schmidlins (Lauraly on Splitcoast, just give me stamps - blog), please keep them in your prayers. Ali is back in Seattle while they try to figure out what to do about her brain tumor. She's having severe headaches. Thank you!!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Winter Inspired

I don't always get the opportunity to do the inspiration challenge on SCS, but today was a good day to give it a try. I loved the blue and green dots on the dress found HERE. And the headboard shape fit perfectly with my new nestabilities. I also liked the color of the's soft gold tone reminded me of kraft...and I love using kraft with my pastels.

So, onto the card details. I stamped the Santa Snowman, Oh, Holy Night trees, and the Wearing White sentiment, (Whipper Snapper) all onto kraft with Smokey Gray Versafine. I then colored them with pastels. I cut the tree and snowman out edged them with Frayed Burlap, and mounted them onto my Nestability Frame (that is also popped up with dimensionals). I faux stitched the edges with my Always Artichoke marker,(Stampin' Up) and added a couple of buttons. The flakes are Snow Flurries (Stampin' Up), inked with Broken China (Ranger Distress Ink), and stamped off once. I added a touch of sparkle to the hat with my Quickie Glue Pen and Ultrafine Transparent Glitter.

Stamps - Whipper Snapper
Paper - Kraft, Island Mist Light, Herbal Garden Medium (Prismatics), Melissa Frances
Ink - Smokey Gray (Versafine), Broken China, Frayed Burlap (Ranger Distress Ink)
Accessories - Buttons, Twine, Patels, Nestabilities, cuttlebug, Quickie Glue, Ultrafine Transparent Glitter

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Thanksgiving Spotlight

Today, the Dirty Dozen Alumni on SCS were challenged to make a Fall themed project with a heart on it.

Here are the requirements:
Challenge Focus: Create a thankful card or gift, Thanksgiving table place card or treat holder, or Thanksgiving home decor item.

Required Element: At least one heart on your project.

Restricted Element: Nothing

Keyword: DCTH1108 (for SCS uploading)

I realize this is an odd looking card. There is a reason for the *uncolored* portion of this image. I decided to spotlight the fruit and vegetables in the center of this Cornucopia (Northwoods) in order to represent all of my blessings.

There are so many out there who have very little food, no shelter, estranged family members, poor health...the list could go on and on. Thus the spotlight. I thought the heart was a great idea that Sharon required. Mine is full of thankfulness, yet hurts for those who are suffering right now. I added the flower in the top corner to represent hope. To me flowers represent life and remind me that we are to bloom where we are planted. Sorry for all the symbolism, but that's how this card came about.

The heart and flower are a cuttlebug diecut.

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you are having a blessed week!!

Supplies : Stamps - Donna's Cornucopia, Happy Thanksgiving (Northwoods), Sanded bg (Stampin' Up) Paper - Sunflowers Dark, Suede Brown Dark, Black (Prismatics), Neenah Natural White Ink - Tuxedo Black (Memento), Walnut Stain (Ranger) Accessories - Copics, Nestabilities, piercing tool, brads, cuttlebug, dimensional tape

Fall with a view frame...

It's time for the Stamper's Dream Dream Team's second Dreamy Challenge. This month the theme is *Fall With A View*. We were all to create a card with a Fall theme, and it had to contain some type of window. It could be a punched window, a literal window, or any type of window.

We'd love to have you participate too.
All you have to do is make a card with a Fall theme and a window, and upload the link of your card in Michelle's Dreamy Challenge comments section. If you upload your card on splitcoaststampers, please use the key words SDDC2. For each card you upload you'll be entered into a drawing that Michelle will have on Wednesday of next week, to win the blog candy you can see below!!

Now for the details about my card....I decided to create a framed stained glass window. My frame was cut with the Nestabilities Labels II diecuts, and was matted with dimensional tape to give it depth.

I stamped this Northwoods Gourd and Pumpkin image with Black Onyx Versafine onto vellum cardstock and embossed it with Detail Black ep. I then colored the back of it with copics.

The corner treatments are cuttlebug diecuts, and the bg is embossed with the Forest Branches embossing folder (Cuttlebug). The Pewter Pearls are by Kaisercraft.

I ink distressed all the edges with Walnut Stain (Ranger Distress Ink), and the main panel is popped up with dimensionals also. I tried to get a side photo so you could see the depth of the image, but I failed miserably and gave try and use your imagination...*grin*

To see what the other fantastic Dream Team members have created with this *Fall with a view* theme, click on their names below.

Michelle, Charmaine, Denise, Cindy, Kim

Stamps - Gourds and Pumkins (Northwoods)
Paper - Kraft, Black, White (Prismatics), Vellum Cardstock
Ink - Black Onyx Versafine, Walnut Stain (Ranger)
Accessories - Copics, Detail Black ep, Cuttlebug corner diecuts, Pewter Pearls (Kaisercraft), Forest Branches (Cuttlebug embossing folder), Dimensional tape

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Cat in the Hat

Howdy!! I hope everyone is having a fabulous week. I made this card today for SCS's Sketch challenge found HERE. I don't know what I was thinking by adding all the hardware, but what's done is done!!

This adorable *cat in the hat* image Cat Nap by Artful Stamper, was colored with copics, and the hat is flocked.

The little snowman in the picture is from the set Little Somethings (SU - 1998 - retired). For the corners, I cut out a section of the SnowDots embossing folder with a nestability square and ink distressed it with Walnut Stain (Ranger Distress Ink).

The flakes are Felt (SU) and were coated with Dazzling Diamonds (SU) after dipping them in my Glue Essentials pad. The bottom panel is pierced with an ornare template, and the subtle blue flakes on the white panels are Tinsel Town (Pink Paislee). The Merry Christmas sentiment is by Northwoods.

Finally, I added some brads and some Icons Rhinestone stickers.

Thanks for stopping by. Have an awesome week!
Happy Stamping!

Stamps -Cat Nap (Artful Stamper), Pink Paislee, Little Somethings (SU)
Paper - Cosmo Cricket, Kaisercraft, Granola - Basicgrey
Ink - Tuxedo Black Memento, Walnut Stain (Ranger Distress Ink)
Accessories - Copics, Nestabilities, felt snowflakes, rhinestone stickers, piercing tool and template, corner rounder, cuttlebug, dimensional tape, dazzling diamonds, white flock

Monday, November 17, 2008

Eggs for Eggette!!

Is it Monday already? My did the weekend flow by!! Well, that means it's time once again for a CCEE challenge that I do with a super group of friends.

This week, Charlene (LilLuvsStampin) chose Eggette as our Creative Name Featured Stamper on SCS. The requirements? Of course...there are always requirements...the card had to have an egg on it, green, and ribbon.

To see what the other girls have come up with, click HERE. We'd also love to have you play along! Follow the instructions on the CCEE blog so we can see where your creative mind took you!!

Now, my CS really has a deep green tone to it, and I used Frayed Burlap (Ranger Distress Ink), which also has a green tone, but it's hard to see in the photo. But the ribbon...definitely looks green. Albeit not bright. You know I don't work well with brights.. *grin*.

I stamped this Inkadinkado image with Frayed Burlap onto Neenah Natural white cs, and matted it with Birchtone Medium (Prismatics). I then added some Frosted Lace Stickles. For embellishments: organdy ribbon (heated slightly with heat tool to crinkle it a bit), Word Window punch (SU) and brads for the tabs, Corner treatment with two Martha Stewart flower punches and brad, Dew Drops, and finally sewing, a corner rounder punch, dimensional tape, and some ink distressing with more of the Frayed Burlap.

I love doing the CNFS!! It's one of my favorite challenges, because now I get to mail this to her!! Woo-Hoo!! I hope she enjoys this card as much as I did creating it.

Thanks so very much for stopping by!!! Have a FABULOUS week and don't get too harried getting ready for Thanksgiving! *grin*

Stamps - Inkadinkado, sentiment - Elzybells
Paper - Imaginesce, Birchtone Medium (Prismatics), Neenah Natural White
Ink - Frayed Burlap Distress Ink
Accessories - Dew drops, Organdy Ribbon, Frosted Lace Stickles, Word Window punch, Martha Stewart flower punches, Corner Rounder punch, brads, sewing machine

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Richly Blessed

Isn't this Minty Coffee mug just adorable? I saw it at Stamping Bella and just had to have it. I stamped it with Tuxedo Black (Memento) onto Prism Irridescent cryogen white, and colored it with copics and added Christmas Red Stickles to the berries.

The Irridescent paper has a beautiful subtle sparkle to it, and the copics work wonderfully on it. It's perfect for a hint of bling. LOVE it!!

Now, of course I had to use my new Label II Nestabilities too. It's such a fun shape. To add a bit of depth, I sponged Brushed Corduroy (Ranger Distress Ink) around the edges a bit while the diecut was still in the template.

The leaves and punched border are Martha Stewart Punches, the sentiment is by Verve (They have the most awesome sentiments, and use the most gorgeous fonts!!)

The ribbon is SU and was a gift from my dear friend Laurie. And finally, the berry in the leaves is an icon rhinestone, and the black pearls are Kaisercraft.

I really appreciate your stopping by today! I hope you are enjoying your weekend!
Happy Stamping!

Stamps - Minty Coffee (Stamping bella), Thankful Blossoms (Verve)
Paper - Birchtone Medium, Crabapple Dark, Kraft
Ink - Tuxedo Black (Memento), Brushed Corduroy (Ranger Distress Ink)
Accessories - Copics, pearls, rhinestone stickers, punches, Nestabilities, ribbon, dimensional tape, stickles

Friday, November 14, 2008

A Tall Tabbed Bag Tutorial

I'm so excited to be able to share this *sweet* little bag with you. It's so not like me to come up with a decorative bag or box idea, but I saw a wine bottle gift bag in a catalog and thought it would make a great little treat bag. I hope I explain what I did clear enough. If not, feel free to email me with questions.

Before I get to the actual construction of the bag, let me share with you what I used for the front. As you know, it's JustRite week at Stamper's Dream, so I used the thank you image from their 10 Designer Centers and Borders set. (This set has about every type of sentiment you can imagine) I stamped it twice with White craft ink onto Mystic Dark (Prismatics) and embossed it with Detail White ep (SU). I cut out one circle with a scalloped circle Nestability, and a smaller circle with another Circle Nestability. I hand cut the white portion of the circle. I then edged each of the dark pieces with the white craft ink to soften it up a bit. Each panel is popped up with dimensional tape.
Now for the actual bag details:

What you'll need: 8 1/2" x 8 1/2" Cardstock (I used double sided dp, Ski Slope, by Stampin'Up),
Scor-Pal, Exacto Knife,
Rectangle Diecut, Double stick tape,
(At any time, you can click on the photo for a closer view)

Score: 3", 3 1/2", 4", 7", 7 1/2", and 8"
Turn it 1/4 turn and score it at 7 1/2"
Cut up to the score line at 3", 4" and 7" like shown,
and cut off the right corner piece at the 8" score.

Line up your rectangle diecut at the top between your 4" and 7" score, and fold the left side over so it's on top of your diecut. This way it will fit through whatever diecut machine you are using. (Be sure to tape it down first. You don't want a crooked handle...*grin*)

Once you have your window cut out, turn it upside down, and trace the top and two sides of your rectangle onto the inside piece. This will make your flap. Open it up and cut where you've traced. DO NOT cut the bottom of the rectangle or you will effectively cut off your flap. That would mean you would have to start all over again. Talk about frustrating!!! LOL Once you have the flap cut, cut a thin, thin strip off of each side. It will fit through the window opening eaiser. I used a straight edge to cut out my flap.

Fold the scored lines accordian style and line up the back and front. Tuck the flap through the opening and make sure it's flat against the front. About 1/4" up, cut a slit slightly longer than the width of the flap and slide the flap through. You can punch the corners wth any number of punches to give it a more decorative look also.

Add doublestick tape to the 1/2" piece on the right, and the bottom left panel on the side that won't show. Now just attach the two sides together and fold in the bottom flaps and attach.

Here's what it looks like with the tab folded and tucked in the slit, and the sides attached.

Here's an angled view of the finished product.
It would make a great hostess gift.
You could fill it with chocolates, a clear stamp sheet, even a wood stamp.

Thanks for dropping by!! I hope you've had a fantastic week and that you enjoy your weekend.

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Birthday Bunny for a Birthday Boy

A precious little boy is turning 3 in a couple of days, and I needed a special card. Since I just received some new MFT stamps from my dear friend Frances (StampOwl),

{Thanks Hoots}

I thought it would be a perfect time to do their sketch challenge today. And when I saw that SCS's Ways To Use It challenge today was to use watercolor paper, I thought I'd watercolor this MFT bunny called Cupcake Flopsey!

He's stamped with Black Onyx Versafine onto 140 lb watercolor paper, embossed with Detail Black ep, cut out and mounted onto 110 lb Neenah Solar White paper. The dp is Wild Asparagus (MME), and the stars are cuttlebug diecuts.

I pierced the two side strips and sewed twine into place with scrappers floss, and ink distressed everything with Walnut Stain (Ranger distress Ink).

Finally, since this card is going to a little boy, I made a baseball cap for this cupcake delieverer. However, I couldn't stop myself from adding a touch of sparkle to the cupcake with Frosted Lace Stickles, cause the mom of this sweet little guy is a HUGE cupcake fan, and LOVES bling. What can I say...I love bling too. But ribbon.

To get the curl in the ribbon floss on the top left star, I just wound it around the needle part of my piercing tool.

That's it y'all!! Hope you're having an awesome day!! Tomorrow is FRIDAY!! Woo-Hoo!! And I get to go to two Gift shop open houses, taste gourmet food, and shop for Christmas gifts!! Can't wait!!

Happy Stamping!
Supplies - Cupcake Flopsey, Simply Said (MFT) Paper - Suede Brown Light, Wild Asparagus (MME) Ink - Black Onyx (Versafine),Walnut Stain (Ranger Distress Ink), Latte, Mushroom, Espresso, Stonewashed (Adirondack Dye reinkers) Accessories - Cuttlebug, Nestabilities, twine, Scrappers Floss, piercing tool, sewing needle, dimensional tape, Frosted Lace Stickles

Imagine with JustRite

I have another JustRite project to share with you today. For this one I made a card with a very simple layout. I love these fun ovals. This one is from the Harmony Classic Oval Stamper II Ensemble and it includes 6 beautiful one word sentiments and 6 borders.

I was inspired by this beautiful Kaisercraft paper to use pinks and oranges. I stamped the sentiment, onto Neenah Natural White, with Pumpkin Pie and Positively Pink (It's all about the *P's* grin) by Stampin' Up, and used my Nestabilities ovals to cut the sentiment out and pop it up with dimensional tape.

The rest is pretty self explanatory.

Thanks for stopping by.

Don't forget to stop by Michelle's Blog (Owner of Stamper's Dream).
She's giving away the JustRite Christmas Ensemble set and the Circle III wooden stamper that goes with it!!! (It's what I used on the second stocking in yesterdays post!!) All you have to do is leave a comment by answering a question!!

Monday - Denise and Michelle
Tuesday - Charmaine and Kim
Wednesday - Me and Amy
Thursday -Laurie was supposed to post this day, but because she spent this past week at the hospital with Ali, we're all pitching in and posting a project. Just click on the names listed above and below, and it will take you to that person's blog. Please remember the Schmidlin's in your prayers. Thank you!!
Friday - Carolyn and Cindy

Stamps - Harmony Classic Oval Stamper II (JustRite)
Paper - Kaisercraft, Neenah Natural White, Light and Medium Desert Coral, Intense Pink (Prismatics)
Accessories - Nestabilities, piercing tool, sewing machine, rotary scallop cutter, carl craft flower punches, adornit jewels, ribbon

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

JustRite Stockings!!

It's JustRite week at Stamper's Dream this week!! All this week Michelle's Stamper's Dream Team is posting projects made with the JustRite products. And let me tell you, they've come up with some amazing stuff!!!

Now it's my turn, along with Amy. I'm so excited to share my JustRite projects with you today. I love their stamps, they are so versatile!!

I have two stockings to share with you that I displayed against this plate so you can see the dimension.

I saw some fabric stockings in a catalog with place settings inside and thought, hey, I could put coffee spoons or a candy bar in them for party favors, either with the name, or just with a sentiment medallion like the next one.

All I did was draw out the stocking shape on white cardstock for my template, traced it onto the back of this gorgeous My Mind's Eye Laundry line paper, and sewed around the edges. I ended up cutting off the top part of my template and tracing it on a separate dp and matting it to make it look as though the stocking is folded over on the top. I sewed around that piece also and glued it to the front of the stocking.

For the name tag I embossed the name with my JustRite Harmony Rectangular set and the Curlz Font, and cut it out with my rectangle nestabilities.

For the second stocking, I ended up cutting out a heel and toe template too and added those to give it a shabbier look. Both stockings are Ink Distressed. I used the Christmas Stamp Ensemble for this one, and again cut it out with my Nestabilities.

Finally, to give it a bit of bling, I took my Stampin' Up snowflakes, covered them with the stazon glue and poured Doodlebug Sugar over them. LOVE the sparkle and the coverage of that ultrafine glitter!!!

That's it for today's projects. I'll have a card for you tomorrow, and another project with a tutorial on Friday. So don't forget to stop by.
Don't forget to stop by Michelle's Blog (Owner of Stamper's Dream).
She's giving away the JustRite Christmas Ensemble set and the Circle III wooden stamper that goes with it!!! (It's what I used on the second stocking!!) All you have to do is leave a comment by answering a question!!

Monday - Denise and Michelle
Tuesday - Charmaine and Kim
Wednesday - Me and Amy
Thursday -Laurie was supposed to post this day, but because she spent this past week at the hospital with Ali, we're all pitching in and posting a project. Just click on the names listed above and below, and it will take you to that person's blog. Please remember the Schmidlin's in your prayers. Thank you!!
Friday - Carolyn and Cindy

Thanks so much for visiting!! I hope you're having a fabulous week!!
Happy Stamping!!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Charlene made me do it!!

Yep, it's time for another CCEE challenge and Charlene (LilLuvsStampin - SCS) challenged us to use a restaurant coaster on our card. YIKES!! This was definitely a challenge. No buzzer for me!! Woot!! I used an authentic coaster from a Red Robin restaurant. It had a different text in the window, so I created my own message with my Inkadinkado upper case peg letters.

If you'd like to see what the other girls came up with, click HERE.

My son is a freshman in college 1,000 miles away, and I had never texted until he left. I find he's much more willing to *talk* via this method, so I've adjusted. I'm getting pretty good too...*grin* I think he's getting a bit home sick (although he'll never admit it) so I thought I'd send him a card letting him know I'm so proud of him. He just swam in his first college swim meet and took a second in both events (100 fly and 200 fly) He lost the 100 by only .02 of a second. And I missed it...*sniff* Hopefully I'll get to see him compete soon.

The card is pretty basic. This awesome dp is Granola (Basicgrey)!! It's perfect for a masculine feel. I framed it with Kraft (Prismatics) cardstock, and ink distressed all the edges with Frayed Burlap (Ranger Distress Ink) To finish it off, I added the largest Black Pearls (Kaisercraft)...just as long as he doesn't realize he has pearls on his card....*grin* They just look like shiny brads don't they?


You so need to head on over to Michelle's Blog (Owner of Stamper's Dream) on Monday!!!
She's giving away the JustRite Christmas Ensemble set and the Circle III wooden stamper that goes with it!!! All you have to do is leave a comment by answering a question!! I'll have a post with this set for you to see on Wednesday. Michelle's Dream Team will be posting each day this week. You won't want to miss what they've done. They're all amazing!!

Monday - Denise and Michelle
Tuesday - Charmaine and Kim
Wednesday - Me and Amy
Thursday -Laurie was supposed to post this day, but because she spent this past week at the hospital with Ali, we're all pitching in and posting a project. Just click on the names listed above and below, and it will take you to that person's blog. Please remember the Schmidlin's in your prayers. Thank you!!
Friday - Carolyn and Cindy

That's it!
Hope you're having an awesome weekend, and thanks for stopping by. Have a blessed week, and Happy Stamping!!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Memories at Christmas

My cousin's mom (my aunt) passed away this past summer, so Christmas is going to be especially hard for her and her family. I thought this sentiment, by Hero Arts' Treasure the moments set, was perfect for a Christmas card for her.

I stamped this Holly and Pinecone (Northwoods) image, onto 140 lb Fabriano Watercolor paper, with Black Onyx Versafine and embossed it with Detailed Black ep (Judikins).

I then watercolored it with Adirondack Dye Reinkers (listed below). After that, I ink distressed the edges with Vintage Photo, stamped the sentiment underneath with Tuxedo Black (Memento), and assembled. The middle panel is popped up slightly with thin dimensional tape. If you click on the photo, you'll be able to see that I added Cinnamon Stickles to the pinecones, and Xmas Red Stickles to the berries. Be sure to check out Michelle's Stamper's Dream Store. Michelle is carrying some new Stickles that match the Ranger Distress Ink line...Fantastic!!! You know how I love the Ranger Inks!!

That's it...a very simple card.

A fellow stamper asked if it's possible to use any ink to distress the paper's edges. I like Ranger Distress Inks because they blend and work like a stain. But I've used Stampin' Up and Adirondack Dye inks too. I've also used pigmented inks (mostly white), and they're nice too as long as you let them dry, or heat set them. Experiment and find which you like best.

Hope you're having an awesome weekend!!
Happy Stamping!!

Stamps - Pinecones and Holly (Northwoods), Sentiment (Treasure the Moments - Hero Arts)
Paper - Birchtone Dark, Vanilla Cream (Prismatics), 140 lb Hot Pressed Fabriano Watercolor Paper
Ink - Black Onyx (Versafine), Tuxedo Black (Memento), Vintage Photo (Ranger Distress Ink) Adirondacks - Butterscotch, Caramel, Sandal, Willow, Espresso, Oregano, Red Pepper, Juniper, Bottle, Cranberry, Lemonade
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