Saturday, November 28, 2009

Happy Snowmen

I just love these snowmen! Only various shade of blue were used to color in all of the hats, scarves and mittens on this card and it looks so crisp and cool, just like a winter day. This card layout is very similar to a previous post with the exception of the placement of the sentiment and the size of the layers used. With just a few changes you can get a totally different look. The embossed snowflake layer was spritzed with a mixture of alcohol and frost white shimmer paint. It really gives a nice soft glittery effect without using glitter. I like the look of glitter but not necessarily the mess it sometimes makes. The background paper is more that I had in my endless supply of paper and the snowflakes are punch out from DCWV glitter paper. So I got to have glitter without the mess of putting it on the paper myself.

Supplies Used: Paper: Whisper White, Night of Navy, Snowflake Background Paper (unknown), DCWV Glitter Paper; Ink: Palette Noir Black, Bashful Blue, Night of Navy, Various SU Markers; Stamps: Holiday Lineup, Christmas Cheer, Snow Flurries; Other: SU Snowflake Punch, Blue and Clear Rhinestones, Frost White Stickles, Snowflake Cuttlebug Embossing Folder

Friday, November 27, 2009


The Limited Supplies Challenge on SCS today was to make more than one card using the same main image and color scheme but with different layouts. I have always liked this snowflake stamp set. The color scheme I chose was Very Vanilla, Purely Pomegranate and Pink Pirouette. One of the cards is 5 1/2" square and the other is a standard A2 card. I used the Frost White Shimmer Paint mixed with alcohol to mist the Very Vanilla card stock after I stamped my images. These cards are so different from each other but they definitely could be put together in a set of cards.
Supplies Used: Paper: Very Vanilla, Purely Pomegranate, Pink Pirouette; Ink: Purely Pomegranate, Pink Pirouette; Stamps: Snowflakes, Cute & Curly; Other: Purely Pomegranate Wide Satin Ribbon, Vanilla Organdy Ribbon, Ticket Corner Punch, Scallop Edge Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Small Oval Punch, Modern Label Punch, 1" and 1 1/4" Circle Punches, Making Memories Circle Cutting System, Rhinestone Brads, Snowflakes Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Very Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware, Frost White Shimmer Paint, Dimensionals

Santa's Elves

Another Christmas card using the stamp set "Holiday Lineup" that I borrowed from a friend. I'm trying to get several cards made using this set so that when I go back to work on Monday I can return the set to her. This is a simple layout but it seems to be one that I use in some way or another. I'm trying to use supplies that I already have on hand and the background paper used on this card I've probably had for 4 or 5 years now. Why do we seem to hoard our supplies? I mean it's not like we can't purchase more. I am really working hard to use my stash of background papers (SU and others) and all of the other card elements I have. So you will be seeing lots of "older" papers and supplies being used over the next few weeks. Enjoy!

Supplies Used: Paper: Very Vanilla, Real Red, Glorious Green, Various Background Paper; Ink: Palette Noir Black, Real Red, Various SU Markers; Stamps: Holiday Lineup, Glad Tidings; Other: Real Red Eyelets, 3/4", 1" and 1 1/4" Circle Punches, Red Grosgrain Ribbon (unknown), White Pearl Iridescent Dimensional Paint, Dimensionals

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Holiday Lineup

I've been working on my Christmas cards this week and I don't seem to be getting as many completed as I had hoped. I may have to go into mass production mode to get them done. I don't usually mass produce cards but I'll probably have to this year. I should try to make Christmas cards all year long and that way I won't have to resort to the mass production method. I borrowed this set from a friend of mine and I've been having lots of fun creating cards with this set. I've been making cards that are 4"x 6" because I made an error when I ordered card stock and ordered 12"x 12" instead of the usual 8 1/2" x 11". It has actually worked out nice since I can get 3 cards from 1 sheet of card stock instead of the usual 2. I saw this card and I really like the layout used. I change quite a bit for my card but the layout and the stamp set used are basically the same.

Supplies Used: Paper: Very Vanilla, Real Red, Basic Black, Various Background Papers; Ink: Palette Noir Black, Various SU Markers; Stamps: Holiday Lineup, Christmas Punches; Other: Circle Punches, Grograin Ribbon, Red and Green Rhinestones, Dimensionals

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Sparkly Winter Wonderland

The sketch challenge today on Splitcoaststampers really had me stumped for awhile. The first card I tried just didn't go the way I had envisioned it so I started over. When I saw the stamps in the set Scenic Season I realized it actually has a natural curve to the image. The card base is a 5" square in Whisper White card stock mounted with Night of Navy card stock and then some background paper that I've had in my stash for some time now. I stamped the trees and sponged the edges using Night of Navy. The stamped image is mounted onto a piece of Night of Navy and adhered to the card base. I really wanted the scene to look sparkly like new fallen snow so I spritzed the card using a mixture of alcohol and frost white shimmer paint. To add even more sparkle I used frosted lace stickles on the snow drifts and a Sakura glitter pen to the trees. Once I had the image stamped and cut out the rest of the card came together quickly.

Supplies Used: Paper: Whisper White, Night of Navy, Background Paper (unknown); Ink: Night of Navy; Stamps: Scenic Season, Snow Flurries, Glad Tidings; Other: 3/4", 1" and 1 1/4" Circle Punches, Miniature Snowflake Punch, Dew Drops, Frosted Lace Stickles, Sakura Glitter Pen, Frost White Shimmer Paint, Dimensionals

Christmas Hippopotamus

"I want a hippopotamus for Christmas" that you have that song stuck in your head you know my inspiration for this card. It seems like everyday I get in my car to run errands or go to work this song comes on the radio. I had to finish getting things for Thanksgiving yesterday and as I was backing my car out of the garage this song came on the radio. I already knew the color challenge on Splitcoaststampers was Pretty in Pink, Bermuda Bay and Old Olive but I was stumped as to what I was going to make and as soon as this song came on I realized I had to make a card with a hippopotamus on it. The card base is 5 1/2" square. All of the circles were cut using the Making Memories cutting system. The scallop circle was created using the corner rounder punch (the instructions for that are here). I know it doesn't look like I used Old Olive but the thin lines in the plaid are stamped in Old Olive and the ornament is colored using Old Olive. The Pretty in Pink card stock was spritzed with frost white shimmer paint mixed with alcohol after it was embossed with the snowflakes. It gives the card stock a nice shimmer and since its mixed with alcohol it dries really fast. To speed up the drying time I use my heat gun and it dries in a matter of seconds. I love how this card turned out. I probably won't be making many of these but I had fun making this one.

Supplies Used: Paper: Whisper White, Pretty in Pink, Bermuda Bay; Ink: Pretty in Pink, Bermuda Bay, Old Olive, Mambo Melon, Palette Noir Black, Various SU Markers; Stamps: Pun Fun, Alphabits, Perfect Plaids; Other: Bermuda Bay Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon, Felt Snowflake, Snowflakes Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Making Memories Circle Cutters, 1/4" Square Punch, Corner Rounder Punch, White Signo Gel Pen, Frost White Shimmer Paint, Dew Drops, Dimensionals

Monday, November 23, 2009

Fun Snowmen Grouping

I'm not sure how much I like this card's growing on me. I love snowmen. It's one of the few things I like about snow. If it didn't have to be so cold to have snow I wouldn't mind it at all. When people say they don't like snow it's usually the cold they don't like not the snow. I love view in my backyard when it is covered with new fallen snow. It is beautiful. About the only thing I don't care for is driving in it and the temperatures it has to be to have snow. Anyway on to the card...the limited supplies challenge was long and tall. The option I chose was a "small tall card". My finished card measures 6 1/2" x 3 1/4". I found pre-made long note cards in my stash from SU and decided to use them. I've been trying to use things that I already have to make room for newer items. The color of the long note card is Cool Caribbean and that was from 2006. I still have card stock colors from the original 48 colors. My goal is to use them this year for Christmas cards.

Supplies Used: Paper: Cool Caribbean Long Note Card, Real Red, Very Vanilla, KI Memories DSP, Ink: Palette Noir Black, Various SU Markers, Versa Mark; Stamps: Holiday Lineup, Tiny Talk, Christmas Punches; Other: Marvy Mega and Giga Scallop Oval Punches, 3/4" Real Red Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon, Signo White Gel Pen, Atyou Spika Glitter Pens, Iridescent White Liquid Pearls, Icicle Stickles, Dimensionals

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Brocade Button Inspired

I made this card for a co-workers birthday and it is also my submission for the SCS Inspiration Challenge that was posted yesterday. When I saw these buttons I immediately thought of the medallion stamp from SU. I stamped the medallion using Versa mark ink onto Almost Amethyst DSP and embossed the image with white embossing powder. I repeated the same process but embossed the image using lilac jewels embossing powder so that I could get a shiny/glittery effect that I see in the brocade buttons. The center image was punched out from the glittery image using the 1 3/8" circle punch and mounted onto a piece of Almost Amethyst scalloped circle. I also punched out a 1" circle of Almost Amethyst and another 1/2'"circle from the glittery image and they are all held together with a lilac rhinestone brad. The main image was mounted onto a piece of Elegant Eggplant card stock. The card was finished using Whisper White card stock that was embossed with the textile cuttlebug embossing folder and mounted onto a piece of Elegant Eggplant card stock. Whisper White organza ribbon was added and the entire piece was then mounted onto the Almost Amethyst card.

Supplies Used: Paper: Whisper White, Almost Amethyst, Elegant Eggplant, Almost Amethyst DSP; Ink: Versa Mark; Stamps: Medallion; Other: White Embossing Powder, Lilac Jewels Embossing Powder, Textile Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Whisper White Organza Ribbon, 1 3/8", 1", and 1/2" Circle Punches, Scallop Circle Punch, Lilac Rhinestone Brad, White Signo Gel Pen, Dimensionals

In Everything Give Thanks

This is the last Thanksgiving card I needed to make this year. Now I can start on my Christmas cards. I'm so glad I have this whole week off. Hopefully I'll be able to get most of my Christmas cards done. I love the way this card turned out. It is a 4 1/4" square card when it is closed. You can make it any size you wish just as long as your base card is twice the length as your card front so that when its folded or closed the base will be the same size as the card front. You can find the instructions here.

Supplies Used: Paper: Very Vanilla, Perfect Plum, Elegant Eggplant, Background Paper (unknown); Ink: Palette Noir Black, Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive, Creamy Caramel, Chocolate Chip; Stamps: Sun Ripened II, Happy Harmony; Other: Eggplant Grosgrain Ribbon, Dew Drops, Leafy Branch Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Making Memories Oval Cutting System, 1" Circle Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Embroidered Grapes Sticker, Dimensionals

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Thanksgiving In the Garden

This card will be going to one of my sisters for Thanksgiving. I'm still not finished making my Thanksgiving cards yet. The colors used were from the color challenge on Splitcoast this week. The challenge was to use Always Artichoke, Real Red and Chocolate Chip and a neutral. I already had the image stamped and colored before I knew what the color challenge would be but, it wasn't difficult incorporating the colors with the image I wanted to use.
Supplies Used: Paper: Whisper White, Always Artichoke, Real Red, Chocolate Chip; Ink: Basic Brown, Various SU Markers; Stamps: Scene in a Garden, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Other: Word Window Punch, Modern Label Punch, Photo Corner Punch, Red Rhinestone Brad, Distressed Stripes Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Dimensionals

Friday, November 20, 2009

Another Thanksgiving Card

This is my submission for the sketch challenge on Splitcoast for this week. I never seem to complete the sketch challenges until later in the week, but at least I was able to stamp. This card will go to my son and his wife. This would be a good card for any man since it is simple without any frills. I still have a couple more Thanksgiving cards to make yet but they are for family members that live locally so I still have a couple more days to get them completed.

Supplies Used: Paper: Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, Dusty Durango, Soft Suede DSP, Dusty Durango DSP; Ink: Soft Suede; Stamps: Happy Thanksgiving (unknown origin); Other: Dew Drops, Soft Suede Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon, Photo Corner Punch, Foam Leaves, Dimensionals

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Season of Thanks

It's always a good day when I can stamp ;)! I've got another Thanksgiving card completed today. Yeah! Even though I send out many Christmas cards there are several people that will receive a Thanksgiving card too. Since most of us have friends and family scattered all over the country who won't be able to share the holidays with us, it's nice to let them know they are in our thoughts. This card came together fairly quickly and I really like these colors together. Very warm and earthy looking.

Supplies Used: Paper: Very Vanilla, Kraft, Burgundy; Ink: Basic Brown, Various SU Markers; Stamps: Season of Thanks; Other: Burgundy Grosgrain Ribbon, Burgundy Eyelets, Dimensionals

Thanksgiving Card

I need to make a few more cards for family members to send for Thanksgiving. The layout I used for this card is from SCS sketch challenge for today. Since today is a holiday and I didn't have to work I was able to stamp. The stamp set I used is a retired set from Stampin' Up that I dug out from my stash.

Supplies Used: Paper: Very Vanilla, Crushed Curry, Soft Suede; Ink: Basic Brown, Crushed Curry, More Mustard, Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa, So Saffron; Stamps: Seasonal Sprays; Other: Herringbone Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon, Sakura Glitter Pen, Dimensionals