Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Stocking Punch Reindeer

As soon as I saw this idea, I knew it would be perfect for a kids' stamping class.  The reindeer and ear are punched with the Stocking Punch.  The antlers are punched using the Snowflake Punch.  Rudolph's red nose is created using the the red glimmer paper and the Owl Punch.  Add a wiggle eye and Rudolph is ready for Christmas.  I also punched two scallop circles and used the cello bag to finish off this project.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Online Extravaganza!

Stampin' Up! is offering some great online holiday savings.  To see all the specials, you can visit my online store, or download this PDF There are two specials available at a discount TODAY ONLY--the Simply Scored Tool and the Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps. 

Things to remember:

  • Discounted digital downloads are only available on online orders.
  • There is no minimum purchase required to participate in this promotion.
  • For product bundles, you must use the bundle item numbers provided.
  • Additional products from current catalogs may be purchased on the same order.
  • Discounts range between 20 and 60 percent. 
 24-Hour ONLY Special
Monday, November 21
Regular $29.95  ~ MONDAY ONLY $23.96
Take the chore out of scoring! The Simply Scored Scoring Tool’s base fits paper or card stock up to 12" x 12" and features score tracks every 1/8". Features two easy-to-read rulers (with inch markings down to 1/8") along top and left side for perfect scoring. (One standard left-to-right ruler and one zero center ruler.) Includes three markers and stylus. Bottom of base has nonmarking
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Pennant Christmas Trees

This card puts to use the Petite Pennants Builder Punch and the coordinating Pennant Parade stamp set.  The trees and sentiment (from the Heard from the Heart stamp set) were stamped with Wild Wasabi ink, while the scallop circle and card base are Garden Green card stock.  I used dimensionals to make the trees pop from the page.  I would love to show you how easy it is to create this card at a workshop; contact me to schedule yours today! 

Note: I promise to do my best to remember the stamp set next time Ally, Lauren, Mom and Jennifer!  Check out tomorrow's post to see what creation came out of forgetting the Pennant Parade stamps!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

On Dasher and Dancer...

This card featuring the Dasher stamp, has a lot of hidden details.  First, the bottom Soft Suede card stock is stamped with the Dot, Dot, Dot stamp and the Stamp-a-ma-jig to get perfect alignment.  The top Whisper White card stock is embossed with the Snow Burst Embossing folder.  A pearl is added on top of the punched snowflake.  The ribbon is the new Quilted Satin featured in the Holiday Mini catalog, and the "merry Christmas" is punched with an oval punch. 

Would you like to send hand stamped Christmas cards this year, but don't have the time to make them?  Contact me ASAP for availability and prices. 

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Snowflake embossing

For this card, I wanted to see how my recently purchased snowflake punch worked.  So I ran a piece of Real Red cardstock through the Big Shot with the Snowflake embossing folder, stamped the sentiment from the Sincere Salutations stamp set and punched it out with the Decorative Label punch.   I added the punched snowflake and spritzed the entire card with some Gold Glow Smooch Spritz.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Cardinal with Glimmer Paper

Are you ready for Christmas cards yet?  I have been finding so many beautiful and inspirational Christmas cards that I couldn't wait any longer to get started.  This cardinal was created using the Bird Builder Punch.  There is a secret to getting his color just right....leave a comment if you want to learn it!  The red glimmer paper adds just the right amount of sparkle.  The cardinal is WV's state bird, and I would love to use this one for my personal Christmas cards this year, but I'm not sure I'm up to punching all of those birds! 

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Another Embossed Aluminum Foil

 As promised yesterday, here is another card featuring the aluminum foil embossing.  This card is similar to the Wild Wasabi and Perfect Plum birthday card, except I used different Melon Mambo and Pretty in Pink, a different Four Frames stamp and the polka dot embossing folder. 

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Embossed Aluminum Foil

Foil embossing with the Big Shot is one of my favorite techniques.  I love how it is so easy to create the shiny embossed surface.  For this card, I used aluminum foil and the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder.  The frame is created using the Four Frames stamp set and "happy birthday" is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes set.  Watch tomorrow for yet another card using embossed aluminum foil!  

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Flower Happy Birthday

I really like how this card turned out.  I colored the center of a paper flower with a sponge dauber and So Saffron ink.  I used dimensionals and a punched circle of Baja Breeze, along with a stamped and punched button image from the Button, Button stamp set.  The shine comes from the Crystal Effects I added to the top.  The 'happy birthday' is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes set, and the polka dot frame is from the Four Frames stamp set. 

Monday, November 14, 2011

Another Big Shot Card

This card was almost the one I used for the Big Shot class, but I liked the color combination better on yesterday's card.  This card has a Cajun Craze base, a Top Note die piece of Elegant Eggplant which was also embossed with stripes, and the butterflies cut and embossed with the butterflies embosslit.  The sentiment is from the hostess-only stamp set Precious Butterflies.  Happy stamping!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Big Shot Class

This was one of the projects we completed at the Introduction to the Big Shot class, so I designed it to feature 3 different Big Shot techniques.  First, the base of the card is embossed using the Finial Press embossing folder.  Then, the Top Note die is used to cut out the piece of Very Vanilla card stock.  It is stamped with Crumb Cake ink and the vine from Elements of Style.  Finally, the butterflies are embossed and cut using the Beautiful Wings embosslit.  The verse in the middle is stamped from the Blessings from Heaven stamp set. 

I hope you were able to take advantage of the super offer from Stampin' Up! and get the Big Shot for free!  Have fun creating!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Aluminum Foil Ornaments, Embossing and Simply Scored

This simple card has a lot of WOW features, although they might not all be clear in the picture.  First, the ornaments are punched from aluminum foil covered and embossed card stock.  Second, the Whisper White card stock has been scored using the Simply Scored tool.  Third, it was then embossed with the polka dot embossing folder.    Thank you, Michelle Martin for inspiring this card.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Ink Pad Swipe

This card is simple and easy to make.  I took Real Red, Daffodil Delight and Old Olive ink pads and simply swiped them across the Whisper White card stock.  I used the Ticket Corner punch for the corners.  I stamped the "hello" and "my friend" with Basic Black ink and the My Friend stamp set.

(Here's a shout-out to all my Alpha Gam sisters with the Red, Buff and Green!  I can't look at these colors without thinking of you!)

P.S. I was inspired by another card I saw, but can't find the original to give credit to the creator!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Mama and Me Journal

After reading this blog about a Mama and Me journal, I knew I wanted to do this with my own daughter.  The idea is that we write each other letters back and forth in a notebook, each of us leaving the notebook on the bed or pillow of the other.  The blog provided the "mama and me" download, but I decided to take it a step further and also use our Flirtatious Designer Series Paper and Melon Mambo card stock to decorate the notebook even more.  I was very pleased with the outcome, and was excited to see my daughter's reaction.  Her grin was priceless.  :)

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Celebrate Digital Scrapbooking!

Visit this link and you can get FREE digital downloads between Nov. 4-7!  The designs are compatible with most design software, so even if you don't have the MyDigitalStudio software, you can still take advantage of these downloads.  There is a quick survey to fill out, then you will be able to download these brand-new, never seen before FREE downloads, which include:
  • So Typefelt Stamp Brush Set
  • Neutral Delightful Digital Tape
  • Home for the Holidays Ensemble
  • Delight in the Day Photobook Template 

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Matchbox with Hershey Nuggets

The matchbox die with the Big Shot makes these adorable little boxes and they are the perfect size for 4 Hershey nuggets.  I stamped the Avery labels with the It's a Wrap Holidays stamp set.  They made a great little Halloween gift for my wonderful friend and classroom aide (hi, Alice!), and my student teacher.