Thursday, December 30, 2010

Year in Review

So here are the best of each month, well maybe. . .
I thought I was the first to do the Tux heart, maybe I was maybe I wasn't, it was a favorite in the class I used it in for January, and I have seen variations of it all over blogdom. You can find it here


This card was a favorite of many both here and at Stampin' Connection a SU demo board.
You can find the post here

A card to choose for March was hard to come up with, their were so many that I liked or others did. This is the one. . .

The post for this one is here

According to popular post this post has had the second most hits

You can find it here


There really was two that tied as most popular for this month
You can find this post here

This post has had the most hits, and while it isn't my favorite of the month I am adding it for June

Post is here

The new catalog started and there were so many new sets to play with!

This is the card I picked two cards from that month made the most popular according to hits you can find this one here
The other post was on July 11.


This card received the most comments here and on Stampin' Connection.  You can find the post here


Well school started and my class schedule picked up :)

This was hugely popular as a class and here as well as Stampin' Connection.
Post can be found here


Two posts that  made the popular post list were made and posted this month

This post is found here
The other post here
But one of my personal favorite can be found here


This seemed to be the favorite from my Delightful decorations class
Post is here

This brings us to December and this post received a high number of hits

You can find it here

So this is my year in review, let me know if your favorites were different then what I picked. 
I won't be back before the new Year so be safe and happy!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Happiness Shared

Well I took a few more days off then I had planned to, all in all we had a wonderful Christmas. I hope everyone is enjoying their Holidays.
Here is another card from the Upcoming Birthday card class I am doing on January 1st and 5th.  Colors on this card are Regal Rose, Garden Green and Very Vanilla.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Out West

My daughter bought this stamp set and asked me to make a card with it. This is what I came up with.
  • The card base is Soft Suede I stamped Birthday Wishes from Occasional Quotes in Soft Suede onto the base.
  • I stamped the image from Out West in Stazon onto Watercolor paper and colored it with ink and an Aqua Painter. I punched the corners with the Ticket Corner punch.
  • I mounted the image onto Not Quit Navy and added brads to the corners.
  • I crumpled a piece of Crumb Cake CS until I could split it apart to look like a piece of suede leather I mounted it on the card base and added the image to it.
So what do you think of it?  I hope you have a great Christmas!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Take a Spin

2011 Birthday Bash Card Buffet--January 1st & 5th
January 1st 10 am to 3 pm -January 5th 7 pm to 9:30 pm

Come and make all your birthday cards for the whole year! I will have masculine, feminine, children, and just plain fun birthday cards of all varieties for you to choose from. Bring your calendar and make a card for everyone on your list!

We will be using NEW stamps and products from the Spring Mini Catalogs well as sets from the IBC, as well as the Big Shot, and lots of other great tools and accessories!

What party would be complete without cupcakes and PRESENTS??? Collect tickets all day and turn them in for extra chances to win door prizes. Get a ticket for registering by December 22nd--get two more if you register with a "new to stamping" friend! Get a ticket when you finish your first five cards, and one for every card you finish after that! Five tickets if you join one of my monthly stamp clubs, (new one starts in March). You will also get a ticket for every $10 of your order placed that day.

Cost for the entire Birthday Bash is just $12 for the first five cards ($17 with A SNAIL adhesive included) and $2 per card after that, for as many as you care to make! Remember to bring your own adhesive to class. Envelopes are included with each card.

RSVP beginning today for this fun event. Space is limited. Be sure to specify if you want me to order you a SNAIL adhesive for the event as I must preorder those.

The card above is made from items in the Mini coming out in January.  The stamp set is called "Take a Spin" and the mini even has the little spinner hands.  Yesterday I improved the card that we will make in the upcoming birthday class, it will still be close to this one.
  • The card base is Tempting Turquoise with a front of Whisper White that was ran through the Big Shot with a new folder called "Framed Tulips"
  • I colored the stamp itself before stamping on Whisper White, I added Spinner Hands from the mini and mounted it on a piece of Daffodil Delight

Monday, December 20, 2010

Dasher- my last Christmas card of the year to blog!

This was a Dasher card for the Dasher card class held last month. The first card is what I originally came up with but during class changed it to red Rhinestone Jewels, giving them a choice of how to do them.
  • The card is Whisper White with front side sprayed with Frost Shimmer Paint spray. I used the Flowers a Plenty folder to emboss the front of the card, layering a mat in the Big Shot to give me the flat area for stamping.
  • Dasher was stamped in the oval with Stazon ink, I add the Rhinestone Jewels to the antler area, for the second card I colored the jewels with a red sharpie maker(I love hoe they still sparkle even after being colored on).
  • I dyed my ribbon with Cherry Cobbler re inker. the ribbon was Whisper White Organza Ribbon.
A simple and fast card that is easy to reproduce.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Many Merry Messages- Fast and Simple

My daughter needed a few Christmas Cards fast, so this is what I came up with.
  • The card base is Whisper White with a front of Cherry Cobbler that was ran through the Big shot in the Northern Flurry folder.
  • I sprayed Whisper White with Frost Shimmer Paint spray and Cherry Cobbler with Champagne Shimmer Paint spray I rand them through the Big Shot using the Northern Frost Decorative strip. I attached the snowflakes onto the card front and used Rhinestone Jewels for the centers.
  • I stamped the phrase onto Whisper White using Cherry Cobbler and punched it out with the Decorative Label Punch and added it to the open area on the card front.
I had a great day yesterday for my birthday, it started at 5:50 am when my 14 year old son Trevor woke me up with breakfast in bed, a bacon and cheese omelet and toast. Unfortunately it had snowed 8" during the night and anyone that knows me knows I hate snow! I spent the whole day inside, I started rearranging my stamping studio trying to make it more user friendly. I also started designing cards for my Birthday Card Party on January 1 with a second class on Jan 5(look for more details soon). My daughters and one of my sister and her husband came for a birthday dinner cooked by a good friend(thanks Scott) and my kids.  All in all a good day to turn 49.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Holiday Lineup- Season's Greetings

This was the card I thought we would make for club earlier this month, but of coarse I changed my mind. . .
  • The card base is Baja Breeze sprayed with Frost Shimmer Paint spray. I stamped the Season's Greetings from Many Merry Messages directly onto the base in Cherry Cobbler.
  • I stamped part of the image of the snowmen from Holiday Lineup on to a circle of Textured Whisper White using Stazon. I colored the image with Baja Breeze, Pumpkin Pie and Cherry Cobbler markers then mounted it on a Cherry Cobbler Circle. The circles were cut with the Circles #2 die and the Big Shot.
  • The snow flakes are Cherry Cobbler and Whisper White both sprayed with the Shimmer Paint spray, cut with the Northern Frost Decorative Strip.  I used Rhinestone Jewels in the centers of the snowflakes.
The card didn't go to waste as it has already been delivered.
I hope you all have a wonderful day! I plan on playing in my stamp room tomorrow (it's my birthday and I think I should be able to do what I want to) I'm planning a birthday card class for New Years day and need to design the cards. . .

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Moose for Christmas

My card inspiration came from Lynn Pratt
I was putting the moose on tags at first but I had an extra and added it to the card.
  • The card base is Whisper White with a front of Cherry Cobbler that I ran through the big shot with the Northern Flurry embossing folder.
  • I stamped the phrase from Many Merry Messages with White Craft ink onto the front.
  • For the wreath I punched a 1 1/4" circle into a piece of Garden Green CS and the punched the Scallop Circle around the hole I taped it onto the front and added pearls that I had colored red. The moose is Early Espresso with Crumb Cake for the rack, I popped him up with Dimensionals.
A big thanks to Lynn for her Moose!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Many Merry Messages

Recently I was a part of a focus group at Stampin' UP! They allowed all the participants the choice of any stamp set.  I chose Many Merry Messages.

This card is the card we made in club for December, it is also the card I made for my husband to send to his clients. I was going for fast and simple.

  • The card base is Crumb Cake that is sprayed with Champagne Shimmer Paint Spray.
  • The DSP is Deck The Halls 1" x 3 3/4" mounted on Cherry Cobbler CS.
  • Season's Greetings is inked up in Cherry Cobbler and stamped on Very Vanilla that was sprayed with Champagne Shimmer Paint Spray this was mounted on Cherry Cobbler CS that was punched with the Scalloped Trim Border Punch.
Hoping you have a great day!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Home for Christmas

If you have followed my blog you know I love to watercolor, both with Watercolor Wonder Crayons and with markers and an Aqua Painter.  Here are two of my Christmas cards using the image from Home for Christmas. I did use the markers and an Aqua Painter for these.

The First card:
  • The card base is Crumb Cake that I sprayed with Champagne shimmer spray (does not show up in photo but is pretty in  Real Life).  I stamped the Season's Greetings onto the base with Cherry Cobbler.
  • I stamped the image onto watercolor paper with Stazon and layered colors on with an Aqua Painter.
  • I sponged the very edge of the watercolor paper with Cherry Cobbler ink putting it on as dark as I could, I then lightly sponged it with Chocolate Chip ink.
  • The image is popped up with Dimensionals.
The Second card:
  • The card base is Always Artichoke with a front of Early Espresso.  I stamped the phrase from Occasional Quotes onto the front with White Craft ink.
  • I did the image the same as the first card, but after sponging I tore the right side off of the image (isn't that what you do when you make a mistake but want to keep your work?).
So I hope you like the cards, let me know what you think.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Finishing up the tags for my neighbor gifts. . .

I've made so many tags in the last couple of weeks, I have put together 30 packages of tags to deliver to our neighbors, I made around 300 tags to give away, so many of them I forgot to get photos of,  here are the last I have photos of
Punch Art Snowman Tag:

• For each snowman punch out of Whisper White sprayed with shimmer spray a 1 3/8" circle and a 1" circle

• On the 1' circle add two small dots for eyes and free hand cut the triangle nose and attach hanging the point over the side of the circle, to the back of the circle add two Early Espresso pieces of a snowflake as arms

• Sponge the edges of the circles with Tempting Turquoise ink

• Add two of the larger dots towards the bottom of the largest circle and stamp To/From on the back

• Add one off the larger dots to the medium circle near the edge

• Using 3 half Dimensionals add the medium circle off center on the largest circle

• Use one Dimensional to pop the head up

• Tie a knot into a 4' piece of Real red 1'4" ribbon add to the snowman as a scarf using a glue dot

Even the naughty was stamped with Versamark and embossed with white embossing powder.
Merry Tag:

• Choose one of the merry tags

• Add either a red bird, or Trees (pop up one tree with ¼ of a Dimensional) or a snow flake

• Add string to hole

Some of these tags were from my Tags class, some I made just to give away.
The snowman is one that has been around on several blogs, I had been playing around with snowmen trying to come up with a Calvin and Hobbs type card, (that one is still in the works) when I saw this posted and since I had everything out playing with snowmen away I decided to add a snowman to the tag class.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Dasher- Candle

The inspiration for this candle came from this post
I like how the deer was reversed in her card, I tried to get the deers reversed for a card but could not get it to come out clear.  So I did it as a candle for my Dasher class last month.  The deer are Chocolate Chip and Soft Suede with Rhinestone Jewels in the antlers.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Tags, again

Three more tags from my class!
Pinecone Tag:

• Using the markers color directly on the stamp, Always Artichoke – pine needles, Soft Suede – branch and pine cone, and Cherry Cobbler – To/From. Huff on rubber and stamp onto Very Vanilla CS and punch with the matching punch

• Attach to the Cherry Cobbler or Old Olive piece.

• Add a one inch pie of double side tape to the back; do not peel off the backing.

Penguin Tag:

• Use Stazon to stamp the image directly onto die cut tag

• Color scarf with the Real Red marker

• In a scrap of Real Red CS punch a hole center the ½" circle punch over hole and punch attach the donut shaped circle at the top of tag and re-punch hole

• Add string to hole

Sledding Tag:

• Fold tag on scored line

• Stamp image in Stazon and stamp onto tag front

• Stamp To/From on inside of tag

• Add a line of Two Way glue and dust with Dazzling Diamonds

• Add string

On a personal note, I am a mother of an Eagle Scout!  Trevor passed his Eagle board of review last night!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Tags, tags, tags

Yesterday was my tag class and we were able to make 27 tags, the girls were able to make 3 of each design, here are three of the tags we made.
Even the Naughty Tag:

• Using Cherry Cobbler ink stamp the phrase onto Whisper White CS and punch out with the 1 ¾" circle punch

• Attach it to the die cut circle off center near the bottom of the circle

• Lay a piece of string over the fold of the gray punch tab, and attach the tab to the top of the circle (see sample)

Stamped Snowman Tag:

• Using Marina Mist ink stamp the image onto Whisper White CS and punch out with the 1 ¾" circle punch

• Attach the stamped image onto a Pear Pizzazz circle and then onto a Marina Mist Circle

• Attach a one inch piece of double sided tape onto the back

Do Not Open Tag:

• Using the Garden Green and Cherry Cobbler or Riding Hood Red Markers color directly onto the stamp, huff and stamp onto Very Vanilla CS punch out with the 1 ¼" circle punch

• Layer the Designer Paper circle onto the Garden Green Circle

• Use 3 half Dimensionals on the back of the phrase and pop up on the Designer Paper Circle

• Punch hole and add string

The string I use on my tags is crochet thread, I have dyed some of it Cherry Cobbler and some of it Garden Green. For some reason the Garden Green did not turn out uniform, it was variegated, it went from Old Olive in color to Garden Green, it does look interesting.

Well I have club today and need to finish cleaning up from last night and get ready for the girls at noon, everyone is coming at noon today, I asked the girls that come in the evening if they could come at noon because this evening my youngest son is having his Eagle Board of Review (Yeah Trevor!) and that is a pretty big deal and I felt I should be there with him :).

I hope that you all have a wonderful day, now go stamp something.