Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Merry Christmas!

I was hoping I would have time to post one more card before the holidays but time ran away on me. We are on our way right now to Alberta for Christmas and we'll be back shortly after the New Year.

So Merry Christmas everyone, I hope your holidays are going well and I'll be back soon!


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Easter in December?

Well I think since we can have Christmas in July there's nothing wrong with Easter in December! LOL. I got my small preorder from the new occasions mini yesterday and I literally squealed in delight when I saw the new punches and the clear mount stamps. I am in LOVE with the clear mount, I didn't think I would be but I ordered one anyway and I think I'll be going clear mount. And the best part? It's cheaper!! Saving money means more stamp sets... only a woman could rationalize it like that.

This card is made using one of the new stamp sets, called Abundant Hope, beautiful set. Plus, you might notice the new border punch!! Wow I am so excited about this punch, and it comes with a matching corner punch so the possibilities are huge. You can expect to see a lot more cards from me using this punch, lol.

I also used some designer paper that had been on Stampin' Up's clearance rack, unfortunately it's all sold out now, I knew I should have ordered more. The flowers were stamped on watercolour paper and then painted with my aqua painters.

Stamps: Abundant Hope
Paper: Pacific Blue, Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White, Watercolour pp, DSP-retired
Ink: Pacific Blue, Kiwi Kiss, Old Olive, Basic Black
Other: Rhinestone Brads

Have a great day!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Last card of the Season

I think this will be last Christmas card this year, I am ready to move on especially with all the new stuff in the Occasions mini that starts January 5! Can't wait to get my hands on some of those new stamp sets.

Today's card is me once again trying to use the Holy Triptych set, I bought this set a few years ago thinking it would be perfect, but honestly I've struggled with this one. It's such a beautiful set and every time I battle with getting the layout right. So to fix that problem I bought myself some new coughcough-contraband-coughcough and it really helps give the card that little extra something.

Stamps: Holy Triptych
Paper: Soft Suede, Whisper White, DSP- Christmas Cocoa
Ink: Soft Suede, Basic Black, More Mustard, Bordering Blue, Sahara Sand
Other: Pretties Kit, Nestabilities, White Taffeta Ribbon

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

I am Almost sick of Christmas cards...

I NEVER thought I'd say that but I've been busy making Christmas cards since the beginning of November and I think I am officially ready to move on, lol. I made this card two nights ago for a Card class and I really like it, even if it is another Christmas card... It's a case from one of the talented ladies over at SCS but I used the same colour combo from another card that I've previously posted. I have to say that I have really enjoyed using Stampin' Up's designer paper this Christmas, such beautiful stuff!

Stamps: Serene Snowflakes, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Old Olive, Whisper White, DSP- Christmas Cocoa
Ink: Old Olive
Other: Old Olive Ribbon, Gold Brads

Have a great day!!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

I made this card yesterday as I was preparing for a class and then I figured this would make a good card for that same class, lol. It's simple card and I love layers so I always feel like something's missing if it doesn't have at least 4 layers of cardstock! I like that the image only has some red coloured in, it gives it a nice splash of colour but you could still easily make a lot of these since you're not water colouring the entire image. I also added some dazzling diamonds to give it some sparkle, what Christmas card is complete without at least a little sparkle?!

Stamps: Home for Christmas
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Real Red
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Real red
Other: Grosgrain Ribbon, Dazzling Diamonds

Have a great day everyone!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Scenic Christmas

Hi everyone! Today's card is a complete CASE from Andrea Walford, she is such a talented stamper. I wasn't sure if I wanted this stamp set until I saw this card and thought it would be perfect for workshops and classes. A little glitter and this card is a simple yet elegant Christmas card that you could easily mass produce.

Stamps: Scenic Season
Paper: Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Real Red
Ink: Soft Suede
Other: Dazzling Diamonds

Monday, December 7, 2009

So close

Is anyone else starting to panic at how close we are to Christmas?! Where did the time go? Needless to say, I think I better get cracking on Christmas gifts this weekend, lol.
Over the next few days I'll be posting some of the cards that we've been making at my Christmas classes, so some of you might not see anything new this week. But as soon as I get my preorder goodies for the new Occasions Mini and Sale-a-bration I'll be sure to post some new cards, I can hardly wait!!

Today's card is basically a case off of a card I did originally in Old Olive. I love Bravo burgundy and when I saw some retired dsp in this colour I thought a repeat was in order.

Once again I stamped the ornaments with the Delightful Decorations set and spritzed them with some champagne shimmer paint. I used gold cording to tie the bows, the cord is only available in the Holiday mini which runs out December 4Th.

Stamps: Delightful Decorations, All Holidays
Paper: Bravo Burgundy, Very Vanilla, dsp- retired
Ink: Bravo Burgundy
Other: Gold Cord, Bravo Burgundy grosgrain ribbon, Shimmer Paint

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Snowman Buddies

It's been a while since I sat down and just created for the fun of creating. Usually it's with a class in mind but today was just about creating. The designer paper is from last years Christmas dsp, I still have a small amount that I try to use up or it'll sit there forever collecting dust.

I used watercolour paper to stamp the snowmen on using the masking technique, very easy. I also used dazzling diamonds on the snowflake and on the ground by the snowmen. Very sparkly!

And here's a shot of the inside:

Stamps: Snow Buddies (Mini Hostess set), Scenic Season, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Baja Breeze, Old Olive, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White, Water Colour pp, dsp
Ink: Various
Other: Snowflake Punch, Dazzling Diamonds, Silver brad, Baja Breeze Ribbon

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Acetate Treat Box

This is such a cute little box for Christmas gift giving, love this one! You could fill these with mints, Hershey kisses, cookies, or if you're giving these to a fellow crafter you could fill it up with scrapbooking supplies!

Disclaimer: Other then the top and bottom picture, the rest of the pictures are all from Splitcoaststampers. I ran out of acetate and so I couldn't make it again to create the tutorial. I in no way want to take the credit for putting this tutorial together.

You're going to start with two pieces of cardstock cut into a 3"x 3" square. Score all four sides at 1/2".

Cut score lines up to where they connect with the other score line. All together you want four cut lines, two on one side and the other two on the opposite side. See picture.

Fold all the score lines and glue the flaps to the sides of the box, you want the flaps on the inside of the box lid.

Here's a picture of both the top and bottom of your box.

Now you're going to take your 8 1/4" x 3 1/2" acetate piece and score it on the long side at 1 15/16" intervals (this is just slightly less then 2"). You should have 4 score lines all together with the last one leaving you just a narrow flap that you'll use to adhere your box sides together. I like to stamp snowflakes on my acetate using white StazOn ink, I do this before I fold the score lines.

Apply Sticky Strip to the bottom using short strips and along the narrow flap, see picture.

Remove the tape liners and adhere the small flap to the other end.

Insert the acetate into on of the box lids. I find it easiest to bend the acetate so that only the four corners would touch the cardstock, basically you want it to look like a star cookie cutter when sliding the acetate in. Otherwise if the sticky strip touches before you have your actetate in place, it will stick and your box might be crooked. Does that make sense at all? Lol.

Take your strip of designer paper which you've cut to 8 1/2" x 1/2" and use your scallpe edge punch and go all the way across with it. Glue this around the box lid and base leaving some of the cardstock showing, see picture.

Punch two holes on opposite ends of your lid.

Place the lid over the box and use a black marker to indicate where you need to punch your holes on the acetate.

Now punch the holes on the acetate where your markers are.

All that's left is threading your ribbon through like you see in the picture. Make sure you leave yourself enough ribbon to tie a bow to keep the box shut. You don't want to tape the lid shut or your recipient will have to destroy the box to open it.

If you like you could decorate the box like I did with the scallop circle punch.

Well I hope you enjoy this box as much as I do! There are some wonderful talented ladies at SCS and I thank them for giving us such wonderful tutorials!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, December 4, 2009

I Love Snow

It started snowing lightly a few days ago and finally everything looks white, perfect for Christmas celebrations! I've been busy with classes and workshops this last month and so today's post is a tutorial on one of the projects we did at my Gift Giving Class this week. I love making creative inexpensive gifts for teachers and neighbors!

The picture shows two of the gifts that we made, I'll post the tutorial for the box tomorrow morning so check back then for the details. The other is a cute little post it note holder, everyone has use for those!

This next picture shows you what it looks like open.

You're going to start off with a piece of cardstock cut to 3 1/4" x 8" You're going to score it at 3 1/4", 3 1/2", 6 3/4", and 7".

Fold the score lines all in the same direction.

You can decorate it any way you like, if you want designer paper pieces like mine you would cut them into 3" squares and adhere to the front and inside flap. I also used the scallop edge punch to add to the front flap. Again, decorate any way you like. I used a stamp from the Punch Pals set and clear embossed in on to Real Red cardstock and use the Large Wide Oval Punch.

Next you'll want to use a small bit of strong adhesive to the back of the post it note pad. As you can see in the picture you really only need a small amount, and this way when the recipient runs out of post it notes they can simply adhere another one. I found that you can make two post it note holders out of one pad so carefully split it in the middle and use only the one half.

I used Velcro to keep the flap closed and besides, who doesn't love opening Velcro! Lol. You can find Velcro dots or strips with the adhesive at most dollar stores or any fabric store, very cheap! Tip: Keep the positive and negative sides together and first adhere the Velcro to the flap, peel off the second piece of lining and simply close your flap. This way you'll have both pieces in the exact location you need them in.

Well that's it, hopefully it all made sense. These are really great little gifts for anybody on your shopping list, and they won't break your bank!

Don't forget to check back tomorrow for the tutorial for the acetate box!

Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Gift Card Holder

Hi everyone! It feels so good to be in the blogging world again! Between craft fairs, classes, Birthday parties and dealing with sickness, it's been a tiring few weeks. But things are starting to look a little better so here I am with a tutorial on how to make a Christmas gift card holder. Let's face it, we all have loved ones in our lives that love a gift card over the actual gift and I don't mind accomodating them, lol.

We made this card at my class on Monday and I promised everyone I would post this so here it is! I wasn't very happy with some of the pictures I took but hopefully it's clear enough that you get the idea.

You are first going to start with a piece of cardstock that measures 4 1/4 x 10 1/2. Now you'll want to score it at 3", 4 1/4", 5 1/2" and 8 1/2". You can see my score lines in the photo.

Now you'll fold the score lines like you would an accordian.

Use a thin band of tombow glue or sticky strip and adhere the two sides together, see picture.

Take your SU! word window punch and slide it just half way in, but don't go too far to the sides or you'll lose the part that keeps your gift card from sliding out. You will have to punch twice to get it big enough for your gift card to fit in. Once that's done take your circle punch, I used 1 1/4 but you could a different size. Slide it in about a third of the way and punch. You now have your slot for the gift card. I like to try it with an actual card so that I know wether I need to widen the slot.

Here's a picture of how the gift card slips inside. (Sorry I didn't have an actual gift card handy so I guess you could call this a plug for the Scene card, lol) Now all you need to do is use coordinating designer paper and cardstock to finish your card. I used the corner rounder punch on the card to give a little extra umph but you wouldn't have to.

To make the band that wraps around you are going to need a piece of cardstock that measures 7x1 1/2" and a matching piece of designer paper that measures 7x1". Adhere the the designer piece of top of the cardstock. Loosly wrap it around the folded gift card and glue the ends together. To finish the card I used the wide oval punch and the stamp is from the Hostess Level 1 set, Christmas Punch. Adhere that to the front of the band, which hides the seam as well as gives the card a nice finished touch!

Well that's my tutorial, hopefully it all made sense.
Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Still Alive...

Well many of you have probably wondered if I've fallen of the face of the earth by now. Nope, I've just been super busy getting ready for craft fairs. I had my first one last weekend and I have another two day one this weekend. Plus I'm preparing for 3 classes that all fall within two weeks of eachother. I get tired just reading that! Lol.

So having said that, I have no cards to post today, just some photos of my craft fair setup.

Thanks for stopping by! I promise I'll get some cards posted once things slow down a little over here.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Times Goes so Quickly!

I'm in high pressure mode right now. I've got two crafts shows coming up, one is a two day sale so in reality I've got 3 days of craft sales, and I've still got tons of crafts that I need to make. At about this time I usually ask myself, why did I do this? But once the dust settles I get a huge feeling of accomplishment and that's what makes it worth while.

For those of you that are in the Steinbach area, why not plan to stop by and check out my stuff! I'll also be offering a really good party incentive (wink wink) so if you've been thinking about having a Stampin' Up! party, come on down and receive a little extra for your effort! The first sale is at the Mennonite Heritage Museum on November 7, the second one is at the Clearspring mall on November 13+14.

On to my page, I made another page using Stampin' Up!'s new digital scrapbooking. (I have a card that I also need to load, now I just need to find it again, lol) I am really enjoying MDS, and not just for digital scrapbooking. It has so many applications. I think I'm most excited about making my own cookbook! I share a food blog with my sister and once I've taken pictures of all my family recipes I plan on making my very own hard cover cookbook, one that I can pass on to my children.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Christmas Wishes

Hello everyone, here's my second post for today. I made this card yesterday evening with one of my new stamp sets, Home for Christmas. I think the polka dot ribbon might be a bit busy for this card but I really love this ribbon and couldn't resist using it. I should also add that this card is a case once again from Splitcoaststampers.com, love that place!

Stamps: Home for Christmas
Paper: Real Red, Soft Suede, Sahara Sand, Whisper White, DSP-Christmas Cocoa
Ink: Sahara Sand, Real Red
Other: Real Red Polka Dot Ribbon

Thanks for stopping by!

Winter's Coming

It's gradually been getting colder these past few weeks. In fact I can see a dusting of snow on all the roof tops. I think I better go for a walk before it starts to snow again.
Yesterday I was so excited to see my SU! order arrive. In this order I had my new SU! Digital Scrapbooking program! Wohoo. I installed it, really easy and started right away. Love this program! My first couple of pages are very simple, and honestly I kind of prefer simple scrapbooking, Which is kind of funny when you see my cards usually have so many layers.

Check back later today and I should have another card or two to post!
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Today's have been one of those days where you feel like you get nothing done! I'm busy getting ready for two craft sales next month and so I spent a good part of the morning scouring the net for ideas. Hopefully I'll get it all done in time.

I have two cards to share today, one a Christmas card and the other (gasp) a Thanksgiving card, lol. I am preparing to make some simple gifts for the kids to take to their teachers and so I need Thanksgiving cards.

The first one I'll post is the Christms card, I saw this simple design on SCS and thought it made for a very pretty but simple card. The dsp has a suede sort of feeling to the paper so irl it really adds a lot to the card.

Stamps: Tree Trimmings, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Whisper White, DSP-Christmas Cocoa
Ink: Old Olive, Real Red, Basic Black
Other: Old Olive 5/8" Ribbon

And now on to my Thanksgiving card. I'm not really fond of this card, somehow the colours are looking a little blah to me but maybe it's because my eyes are used to staring at bright Christmas colours, lol. I stamped the image in basic black and then watercoloured. To give the card a little bit of a rustic feel I used my fingernail to fray the edges. I also use Stampin' sponges to give the edges a soft inked look.

Stamps: Country Morning, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper:Soft Suede, More Mustard, Ruby Red, Watercolour pp, DSP-Autumn Traditions
Ink: Basic Black, Soft Suede, Ruby Red, More Mustard, Always Artichoke
Other: Photo Anchors

Thanks for stopping by, have a great day!