Saturday, December 31, 2011

Wrapping Up the Year in Review

The Holiday Llama Hop was #1 for October, if you missed it you can go to our home page for all the links, we will be doing another next week with the upcoming mini

My daughter Jamie was married this month and much of my time was spent celebrating this event with her. A little stamping happened in between :)


What are your favorites of this month?
Here are the ones with the most hits

I hope that this year has been a good one for all of you and that 2012 brings the best for all of us!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

"Best of" Review of 2011

As we come to the close of another year I am once again doing a "Best of" report. These are the cards that had the most "hits" for whatever reason. I hope you enjoy!


This post by far had the most hits in February

MARCH 2011
Of course the first Watercooler Llama Blog Hop was very popular (Jan will bring our next blog hop)
#2a,b,c, and d

So here are what appeared to be the favorites of the first 3 months, was one of these your favorite or was there a different one? I'd love to read your thoughts.
Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Lodge

I made this card in October, I really wanted to go with a snow-globe look, I just couldn't get a look I was happy with so this is what I came up with instead.

  • The card base is Crumb Cake, with Soft Suede and Dazzling Details sponged on the edges.
  • a 5 1/4" x 2 3/4" piece of Frostwood Lodge DSP was added to the lower portion of the base. 
  • The Lodge was stamped with Early Espresso on a 3" circle of Crumb Cake(again the edges were sponged the same as the edge of the card) The snow in the image was colored with the white gel pen the was covered with the Dazzling Details.
  • On a strip on Crumb Cake the Merry Christmas was stamped, the C and the swirls were Cherry Cobbler and the rest of the word is Early Espresso, the edges were sponged with Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso and Dazzling Details.
  • The Ribbon was wrapped around the card with the ends hidden behind the Circle.
I think this was my favorite of the cards I made this year.  I hope that you all have a Very Merry Christmas and stop by after Christmas to see some of the cards I have been making with stamp sets from the upcoming Mini catalog.

Friday, December 23, 2011


I had the embossed Medallion sitting in my unfinished pile from last year I thought I better use it.

  • Card base is Whisper White with a front of Real Red
  • The Medallion was inked with Versamark, stamped on Crumb Cake and embossed with white Embossing Powder. 
  • Real Red Satin Ribbon was knotted and then attached to the back of the Crumb Cake then added to the card front.
  • The ornament from Delightful Decorations was inked in Versamark and embossed with the sparkly red embossing powder that I mixed this year, then it was punched out with the Ornament punch. A pearl was added to the O in joy and then it was popped up in the center of the Medallion.
  • Merry from Tiny Tags was stamped in Real Red on Whisper White and punched out with the tiny tag punch it was tied to the ribbon with Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine.
Sometimes it is good to use up piece you have laying around.
Have a Wonderful Day!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Many Merry Messages simply done

Have you heard?!! The stocking punch is NOT carrying on to the main catty, it is only while supplies last, so if you haven't bought and you still want it you better get on it.

  • Card base is Naturals Ivory, the Happy Holidays is stamped with Wild Wasabi directly to the base.
  • The Stockings were punched from Frostwood Lodge DSP as well as Wild Wasabi CS, the CS was run through the Big Shot with the Snowburst folder before punching.
  • Stockings are popped up on Dimensionals.
Another fast and simple card.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Simple and Masculine

I needed some quick to make Birthday cards, this is what I came up with.

  • Card base is Whisper White, with a front of Early Espresso 
  • A piece of 3 3/4" x 5" Whisper White, place about 3 1/2" in the stripes folder and run through the Big Shot.
  • Using Early Espresso ink I stamped Happy Birthday from Perfectly Penned in the flat area.
  • Knot a quilted Early Espresso ribbon just under the words and layer onto the front.
Pretty quick to make.
Have a wonderful day!

Monday, December 19, 2011

My door

The door is another card that is widely seen around blogdom this year. Here is my door.

  • Card Base is Whisper White with a front of wood grain DSP from Frostwood Lodge.
  • The panels are 1" wide popped up with Dimensionals on Whisper White CS the is 1 1/4" wide.
  • The door knob is Bushed Gold word Window repunched to be smaller with  I circle popped up with 3 mini glue dots stacked on each other.
  • The wreath is from the felt pieces Winter Wishes.
  • Merry Christmas from Petite Pairs was stamped on a strip of Whisper White in Real Red and added to the wreath.
This was/is a card in the December card buffet.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Full of Life

I needed a fast wedding card so I grabbed Full of Life;

  • The card base is Whisper White  with a front of Regal Rose, then the In Color DSP in Pool Party. I wrapped White Taffeta ribbon around the DSP and tied a charm that had been laying around for awhile. 
  • I cut a 3" circle with the Big Shot, sponged the edges with Pool Party and Dazzling Details.
  • Using Pool Party and Regal Rose Markers I colored the words on the stamp and then stamped them in the center of the circle.
  • The circle was added to the card with Dimensionals.
Have a wonderful day!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Happy Dirtday!

Yesterday was my birthday, I thought the Clearance sale was a nice kick off for it.  Here is a Birthday Card instead of a Christmas.  I used the set I Dig You to make this card, I thought it makes a cute little boy card.

  • The card base is Naturals White with a front of Marina Mist and a 3 3/4"x5" Naturals White.  
  • I sponged Crumb Cake along the bottom of the card to make dirt.
  • I colored the stamps themselves with markers and stamped them onto the card.
  • I masked the back of the dump truck and the scoop on the track hoe to stamp the dirt (I only wanted part of the dirt to show) I then masked the dirt, and stamped the gifts to look like they were in the dirt.
  • Last I stamped the phrase in Marina Mist and stamped it diagonally on the card. 

I hope you all have a wonderful day!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Stampin' UP! Clearance Rack Blow out Sale (up to 80% off)

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Wide Oval Punch $9.59 112082 
Scallop Edge Punch $9.59 112091 
Curly Label Punch $9.59 112208 
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Modern Label Punch $9.59 116630 
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O Christmas Tree Stampin' Up! Bigz Xl Popup Die $17.19 116822 
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Word Window Punch $9.59 117406 
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Beary Girl Stampin' Up! Sizzlits Die $2.39 117982 
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Tree Decorations Stampin' Up! Sizzlits Die $2.19 118140 
Good Times Simply Scrappin' Kit $7.99 118706 
Sweet Hello Simply Sent Kit $4.79 118710 
Elegant Engravings Simply Sent Kit $4.79 118711 
Double Cog Xl Punch $10.79 118873 
Holly & Jolly Colored Rub-Ons $3.19 119249 
Certainly Celery 1/8 Inch Taffeta Ribbon $2.39 119255 
Night Of Navy 1/8 Inch Taffeta Ribbon $2.39 119258 
Rich Razzleberry 1/8 Inch Taffeta Ribbon $2.39 119259 
Pretty In Pink 1/8 Inch Taffeta Ribbon $2.39 119260 
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Pumpkin Pie 5/8 Inch Grosgrain Ribbon $2.79 119760 
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Real Red 3/8 Inch Taffeta Ribbon $2.79 119763 
Pumpkin Pie 3/8 Inch Taffeta Ribbon $2.79 119765 
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Red Polka Dot 12 X 12 Inch Designer Printed Album $7.99 119809 
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Night Of Navy 5/8 Inch Grosgrain Ribbon $2.79 119954 
Early Espresso 3/8 Inch Taffeta Ribbon $2.79 119964 
Rich Razzleberry 3/8 Inch Taffeta Ribbon $2.79 119966 
Vintage Type Rub-Ons $2.79 119975 
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Lap Of Luxury Designer Series Paper $3.99 120436 
Something Special - Simply Sent Kit $2.39 120806 
Watercolor Wonder - New Color Kit $11.99 120949 
Stampin Pastels New Color Kit $5.99 120963 
1 Inch Clear Tinsel Trim $3.19 120993 
5/8 Inch Silver Tinsel Trim $3.19 120994 
Deck The Halls Big Designer Buttons $3.59 121002 
We Wish You A Merry Christmas Stampin' Sound Card $1.19 121007 
Candy Cane Big Designer Buttons $1.79 121718 
Love Impressions Specialty Designer Series Paper $4.79 121780 
Botanical Gazette Designer Series Paper $3.99 121783 
Medallion Medley Simply Sent Kit $4.79 121788 
Sweet Stitches 8X8 Inch Designer Printed Album $5.99 121802 
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Baja Breeze Glass Glitter $1.59 121883 
Daffodil Delight Pom Pom Trim $2.59 121885 
Love Impressions Rub-Ons $1.59 121886 
Sweet Stitches Rub-Ons $1.59 121887 
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Springtime Vintage Big Designer Buttons $3.59 122301 
Sweet Stitches Big Designer Buttons $3.59 122302 
Full Speed Ahead Jumbo Wheel $3.39 122323 
Melon Mambo Pom Pom Trim $2.59 123322 
Tangerine Tango Pom Pom Trim $2.59 123323 
Ice Cream Parlor Ribbon And Button Pack $3.19 123529 
Love Patterns Designer Series Paper $1.99 124156 
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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Delightful Dozen

This is one of those cards that look so much better in real life then in a photo.

  • Card base is Naturals White with a front of Brushed Gold, then a layer of Cherry Cobbler then Very Vanilla with Champagne Shimmer Paint spray.
  • I ran a piece of sprayed Very Vanilla through the Big Shot using the Ovals die, I stamped the Christmas phrase from Delightful Dozen in Versamark and used the sparkly Cherry Cobbler embossing powder (yesterdays post) I sponged the edges of the oval with Soft Suede. The oval was popped up with Dimensionals.
Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Fast and Easy- Lovely as a Tree

I usually spray about half a package of Whisper White with Frost Shimmer Paint Spray, that way I can put weight on it to flatten and then use them on any project.  This year I made Glittered Embossing Powder, I made it in Cherry Cobbler and Wild Wasabi, for the Cherry I added the fine red glitter(1 part glitter, 3parts embossing powder, or there abouts) For the Wasabi I added Dazzling Diamonds.

  • Card base is Garden Green with a front of Cherry Cobbler.  
  • on a 3 3/4" x 5" Shimmer Whisper White I stamped the pine from Lovely as a Tree with Versamark in the center of the paper. I added glitter embossing powder and heat set.
  • I used the Petals-a-Plenty folder, running the image through the Bog Shot twice, using the folder on each side of the image.
A simple card but very sparkly.  Have a wonderful day!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Beautiful Season

This was a card that was in my card buffet.

  • Card base is Cherry Cobbler with a front of Whisper White sprayed with Frost Shimmer Paint spray, ran through the Big Shot with the Northern Flurry folder.
  • Using the Ovals Die I cut and oval from Watercolor paper and a larger one from Cherry Cobbler CS.
  • I stamped the image from Beautiful Season with Stazon onto the Watercolor Paper I colored the image with Watercolor Wonder Crayons and an Aqua Painter. I layered the image onto the Cherry Cobbler oval and added it to the card front.
  • Using Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green markers I inked up the phrase from the set and stamped it onto the card front.
Have a wonderful Day!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Holiday Swaps

As you may know the group of friends that I have done a couple of blog hops with mailto: also swap. So here are some of the wonderful swaps.

The Last card I forgot to photograph so I swiped the image off of my friend Stephanie's blog. I will try to get a photo of it myself and post it  is an easel spinner card.

If you haven't made your Christmas cards yet this should help get you going! Have a wonderful day.