Thursday, December 18, 2014

Ornamental Pine with some Glimmer

Hello stampers! Welcome to another challenge from Create with Connie and Mary. This week we have a color challenge for you! 


I started out with a Valentine card in mind but ended up with a Christmas card. I wanted to get some more use out of my favorite Christmas set this year - Ornamental Pine. I really love how this set can be used in so many ways and I really love the sentiment.
I used the Hammer Technique again for the background. That just means Instead of running my embossing folder through the Big Shot to get and all-over texture, I hammered the folder here and there to get random texture. 

I had to hand cut the ornaments so I could layer them on the circles of Silver Glimmer paper. Then I used a straight edge and Smoky Slate marker to draw the line from ornament to the top. A few random sequins and that is all there is to it! 

All supplies are Stampin' Up!

Stamps: Ornamental Pine
Card Stock: Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White
Paper: Silver Glimmer
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Smoky Slate marker
Other: Frosted Sequins, Decorative Dots embossing folder, circle punch

For more inspiration, go to Create with Connie and Mary challenge blog. And hopefully you will join us this week by linking up your own Stampin' Up! creation!

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Stamp Review Crew: Mixed Bunch Edition


Welcome to the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop where everyone will be featuring projects made with the stamp set, Mixed Bunch.

Please note that the Blog Hop officially begins Monday, December 15th but we like to post a day ahead to get all of the kinks out of the links. 

If you arrived from Nancy Smith's blog then you are in the right place. If I am your first stop, that is ok - just follow the links to go full circle.

Normally I like to showcase 2 projects but due to time constraints, I only have one project to show you today. 



This is a 3 paneled card similar to this card but without the window sheet. 
Here is a close up of the front. I used soft sky ink and stamped the "snowflakes". Then I cut the first opening. 
I layered a piece of Soft Sky card stock behind the front panel and cut the smaller Window Frame. Once I did that, I added the sentiment from Ornamental Pines stamp set. This could really be used for any occasion during the winter.

Next I stamped and embossed the silver snowflake on the back panel. I used the front opening to help center the stamp.

Here is the card when it is fully opened. The middle panel is actually 2 pieced of card stock layered on top of each other. 
I used the front opening again to center my snowflake which I stamped with Soft Sky. Then I stamped and embossed the sentiment with silver. 

All supplies are Stampin' Up!

Stamps: Mixed Bunch, Ornamental Pine
Card Stock: Whisper White, Soft Sky
Ink: Silver, Soft Sky
Other: Silver Embossing Powder, Big Shot, Window Frame Framelits

Next stop is Rochelle Blok's blog. Enjoy!
Thanks for stopping.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Very Merry Cup of Cheer

Today's challenge at Create with Connie and Mary is a sketch challenge. It's a little conventional, and a little bit out of the box - something for everyone!

Sometimes I get something in my head and can't go in a different direction no matter how hard I try. This was one of those occasions. All I could think of was a cup of coffee when I saw the sketch!
True, the cups are smaller than the sketch but you get the idea. I stamped the background with Whisper white ink and heat dried it. The coffee cups are card stock and designer paper. If you look closely you can see where I used Blendabilities to add some shading and shadow. One of many uses for these fabulous markers.


Stamps: Chevron Background, Perfect Blend, And Many More
Paper: Real Red designer paper
Card Stock: Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Real Red
Ink: Whisper White craft, Black Memento, Cherry Cobbler and Smoky Slate Blendabilities
Other: Antique Brad, Big Shot, Word Bubles frame lit, Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine, dimensionals

Are looking for some stamping inspiration? Do you love a challenge? Then why not head over to Create with Connie and Mary challenge blog? Hope you can play along! 

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Year-End Sale!


December 5, 2014 - January 5, 2015
While supplies last so don't miss out!
Up to 80% off!

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Penguin Gift Card Holder

I love today's challenge from Create with Connie and Mary. It is something a little different! It is all about making a Gift Card Holder - and there is nothing that says it has to be for Christmas so don't let that stop you from joining the challenge!

That being said - what did I create for my Gift Card Holder? A Christmas Penguin. Lol.

We give out quite a few gift cards at Christmas and I love to make holders for them so that is why I created my penguin as such. It is actually a card and when opened up there is a pocket for the gift card. 
The part that says "place gift card here" is not on the actual project. I added that with photoshop for blogging purposes. 

To create this penguin using Oval framelits, you will need:

  • 3 Basic Black ovals using the second largest frame lit for the body and pocket.
  • 1 Basic Black oval using the smallest oval frame lit - cut in half for the wings
  • 1 Whisper White oval using the 3rd largest frame lit for the layer inside the gift card holder
  • 1 Whisper White oval using the 4th largest frame lit for the tummy. Punch the notch at the top using the largest arrow from the What's Up arrow punch.
  • Real Red card stock for the hat. Use the 3rd largest oval frame lit. Fold the card stock in half and run it through the Big Shot so the fold is not cut.
You will also need to:
  •  punch a circle from Glimmer paper using the 3/4" circle punch. This is the pom pom.
  • Punch eyes using the Owl Punch
  • Punch a small arrow using Pumpkin Pie card stock and the What's Up Arrow punch. Trim it for the beak
  • Cut a rectangle from Red Glimmer paper for the package. 
  • cut silver ribbon for the package
  • Cut a strip of Whisper White card stock for the stocking cap. I just did the front only.
  • A banner for the inside, stamped with Merry Christmas from the Petite Pairs stamp set.
It is important to keep the fold in the hat because that will keep the penguins front and back together. Also, only use a thin line of adhesive around the edge of the pocket so your gift card will fit into the pocket. 

All supplies are Stampin' Up!

Stamps: Petite Pairs
Paper: Silver Glimmer, Red Glimmer
Card Stock: Whisper White, Real Red, Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie
Ink: Real Red
Other: Oval Framelits, Big Shot, Silver Ribbon, What's Up arrow punch, 3/4" circle punch

I am really looking forward to seeing what Gift Card Holders you can create. And don't forget to link up your project at Create with Connie and Mary challenge blog! Or at the very least head over there to get some inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by.




Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Birthday Banners

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my American followers! Because Thanksgiving and the new challenges at Create with Connie and Mary both fall on Thursdays, I have a challenge card to show you.

Here is the sketch.
And my card is not a Thanksgiving card because I didn't think that far ahead! Instead, I thought the sketch would make a great birthday card.
All of the designer paper is from the Sweet Taffy series. And because I love turquoise, I used Tempting Turquoise for layering and for stamping the sentiment. After I assembled the card I added some Basic Rhinestones and then as an afterthought I punched a small star from Melon Mambo card stock and adhered it to the front of the card. 

All supplies are Stampin' Up!

Stamps: Hey You
Paper: Sweet Taffy
Card Stock: Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo
Ink: Tempting Turquoise
Other: White Baker's Twine, Basic Rhinestones, Itty Bitty Accent punch pack

It's a busy time of year but we hope you will join us at Create with Connie and Mary challenge blog with a card of your own creation! Can't wait to see what you do with the sketch. 

Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

World of Dreams embossed

I almost forgot to show you this card I made a while back! I know it is an autumn card and almost everyone is thinking winter. 
To create this card, I used Naturals Ivory card stock. It is darker than Very Vanilla and has a subtle speckle look to it. Next I stamped the Blackberry Bliss and Hello Honey foliage from World of Dreams stamp set. This next step is important. I dried the ink with my heat tool. If this ink isn't dry it will pick up some embossing powder. Not good for this technique.

My next step was to stamp the white foliage with Whisper White craft ink and emboss it with White embossing powder. I consciously left room for my sentiment which I stamped last but you could stamp it first. 

I sponged some ink around the card and I wish I could say exactly what color I used but I don't remember. I am guessing Soft Suede or Baked Brown Sugar because they are my two favorite sponging colors. And finally, I added some speckles with the stamp from Gorgeous Grunge. To remove any ink that got on the embossed image, just rub with a tissue or paper towel. It comes off easily.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Online Extravaganza Sale

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Today only, Monday, November 24th. While supplies last so don't miss out. Scroll down for even MORE sales!

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 And there is more! Another Doorbuster sale on Monday, December 1st. While supplies last. Blendabilities will be 30% off on that day! But keep scrolling down.

There is ALSO an ongoing sale between November 24 - December 2. 
20%, 30%, 40%, 50% on certain items including some stamps! 

Here is that pdf form again giving all of the details. 
And here is my Online Store for your shopping pleasure. 
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