"When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul or brings joy,
care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life."
Jean Shinoda Bolen

December 28, 2012

Hanukkah Card

Below is a Hanukkah card I made with inspiration from a Christmas card made by Mary Fish.  She's so creative and always has lots of wonderful ideas!  My friend is Jewish and was so busy with Hanukkah, being a mother, working, and just keeping up with life that I wanted to make sure she had cards for her family, so I made 10 of these cards for her.

(I know, Hanukkah is long past, but I am still messing around with my back problems and I finally have a surgery date - January 4th!)

A2 Card Base - Ballet Blue
Ballet Blue, Elegant Eggplant, Very Vanilla CS (SU)
Designer Paper: K& Company
Festival of Lights stamp set (CTMH)
Background Basics stamp set (SU)
Ballet Blue & Elegant Eggplant ink pads (SU)
Cricles - Plantin SchoolBook & Cricut (ProvoCraft)
Boho Blossom punch (SU)
Pearl (CTMH)
1/4" Elegant Eggplant Grosgrain Ribbon (SU)

December 11, 2012

Rosette Snowman

My back is still giving me major fits and I'm still not scheduled for surgery.  This is the only thing I've made recently and it took me many days to put together since I can't sit for long periods of time! 

I found the pattern for the snowman HERE at the Archiver's website.  It's not as hard as it looks!  I spent more time trying to quill strips bigger then 1/4" than making the actual snowman!  The photo doesn't show it, but the entire snowman is covered in fairy dust glitter (JoAnn's)!!!  See changes and additions I made to the pattern below the photo.

Changes to pattern: 

First, for the actual snowman, I used 11" strips of white cardstock rather than  the 12" strips because I always have an abundance of 8-1/2" x 11" cardstock!  I also used 2-1/2" circles of cardstock for the larger rosettes instead of the 1-3/8" circles in the pattern on both sides of the rosette.  the larger cirlces made the rosettes much more stable.  I used wide Scor-tape to attached the circles.  Before attaching the second circle on the rosette, I used hot glue in the centers of the rosettes.  (If you don't have a 2-1/2" circle punch or a Cricut to cut the circles, just use something like a pint canning jar and trace circles.)  I also added 2 circles of cardstock between each rosette to add space between rosettes that were similar in size.

At the top of his head, I added a 1-3/4" rosette because it was too much of a ridge. 

I also made a much large pipe.  I used a 3/4" strip of craft cardstock and sponges it with Vintage photo distress ink (Ranger/Tim Holtz), rolled it and then pull it out just like his carrot nose.  Then I used the original piece for the pipe and glued a 3/4" strip around it for a higher bowl for the pipe.  Again, I sponge Vintage Photo distress ink on the bowl.

I also used two 3" circles of black cardstock and a 1" strip to make the brim of the hat.  Score 3/8" along both long edges of the 1" strip and cut triangles out of the 3/8" edges.  Fold on the score lines.  apply glue and wrap along outer edges of the large cardstock circles.  tada!  You have a hat brim!  I used hot glue to attached the cylinder to the brim (I used the measurement for the cylinder in the directions) and also to attach the top of the hat (1-7/8" circle of black cardstock) to the cylinder.  I then added three little stars made with the merry minis punch (SU) & gold embossing powder.  I also used a piece of gold plastic canvas cord (Darice) for the hat decoration. 

Finally, I added a double wrap of a knitted I-cord made from dark purple regular yarn for his scarf (the "1/4" sweater trim" on page 11 of the SU Holiday mini is actually I-cord!).

HERE is a video on how to make knitted I-cord (just use a tapestry needle to thread in the ends of your yarn).

HERE is a video for a crocheted I-cord (again just use a tapestry needle to thread in the ends of your yarn).

October 26, 2012

Forced Time Off!

On October 12th, I woke with the most tremendous pain on the right side of my lower back and pain radiating down the front of my right leg, just to my knee.  I've had this type of pain before, so I took muscle relaxers and laid around for almost two days.  Didn't help.  It got worse.  I literally could not walk without excruciating pain.

The only good thing about the trip to the emergency room was the two hours of pain relief.  After a trip to my doctor and an MRI, I was told that I had a herniated disc between L4 & L5, a bulging disc between L1 & L2, and a growth below L1 that was pushing against a nerve cluster.  What?  Really?  My doctor had provided me with anti-inflammatory and pain meds, but after a few days of being sick, I gave up on the anti-inflammatory!

So, the doctor made an appointment for me to see a neurosurgeon on November 13th.  At that point, it was 4 weeks away and I really was in tears.

I was able to get the appointment moved up to November 6th, which isn't far off now.  My daily goal has been to walk anywhere in my house without feeling crippled with pain!  I pay attention to when I eat and when I take a pain pill, or I end up sick.  I just want to walk from my living room sofa to the kitchen for a glass of water without assistance!

My dear sweet husband has his hands full:  working full time, working on 12 credits of college classes, and taking care of me.  He's kept up very well with laundry, cooking, and doing everything.  Thank you dear one!  Thank you also to Jamie, a dear new friend, who brought us the most delicious casserole and keeps checking on me.

Anyway, I have been forced to take some time off from creating anything.  I miss my craft studio, and I miss my life!  I am not used to being so idle.

I'm pretty sure I'm heading for surgery, I just don't know when.  I keep praying and trying to concentrate on anything but the pain.

Please keep checking back because as soon as I feel better, I will start posting again!

October 14, 2012

Girl's Birthday

This card has a lot of elements but was lots of fun to make!  The picture doesn't show the true color - the pink is bright pink.

A2 Card Base
White CS
Bashful Blue & Pink Passion CS (SU)
Foil Green Swirls Paper (DCWV)
It's Your Birthday stamp set (SU)
Card Chatter stamp set (CTMH)
Always in My Thoughts stamp set (SU)
Pink Passion, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip markers (SU)
Espresso Adirondack ink paw (Ranger)
Butterfly Ribbon (Made for Retail, Inc.)
Beautiful Wings Embosslit (SU)
Silver Stickles (Ranger)
White Opal & Flamingo Liquid Pearls (Ranger)
White sheer ribbon (JoAnn's)

October 13, 2012

Advent Calendar

I've been wanting to make this advent calendar since Kathy at Paper Phenomenon did her Ustream classes on it. I've been making so many cards lately that I'm sort of burned out on cards, so I jumped in with both feet. I still have some work to do on the "snow" area and probably some other stuff to add, and it is actually for Gary, who apparently has never had an advent calendar that he can remember! This is what I've gotten done so far:

October 12, 2012

Another Ornament!

I finally gave the ornament framelits and stamp set back to my SU Demo, Pam, who said I could keep them if I still wanted to use them, but, I bought my own set so now I can play anytime I want!  To top off my week, when Pam delivered my SU order she also gifted me a package of the Candlelight Christmas DP!  I was so surprised!  That's just Pam - she does that all the time - she's just the best and sweetest SU Demo ever!  Her only condition was that I had to make her an ornament out of it - not a problem!  (I forgot to take a picture of her ornament!)

Gary was feeling a bit left out - not a single "masculine" ornament in all those I made, so I hunted up some scraps of paper (literally!), and found some from last year's Graphic 45 collection (clocks on the fronts of these papers).  So, I got busy!  This is the "darkest" ornament I've made and the picture just doesn't show the details. So, here's Gary's ornament (which is now hanging in his college "study" room, aka man cave):

I think I'm addicted to making these ornaments!  As you can see - no ribbon or tulle!  This is not the ornament on the front of the SU Holiday Mini catalog, but my own version using four of the ornament dies.  I actually didn't have enough of the black print paper, so I used Michael's Kraft cardstock for the back two  cuts of the two largest ornaments.  It gives the ornament sort of a shadow effect.

Not ALL ornaments have to be for Christmas or frilly!

October 6, 2012

Lion Little Girl Birthday

I saw this cute punch art lion made by Kim Score (link to her blog below), and just had to try it!  It was so simple and fun and I'm sure our granddaughter will love it as she loves all zoo animals.

A2 Card Base
Pink Pirouette, Really Rust, More Mustard & Apricot Appeal CS (SU)
White & Black CS
Green Striped Paper (SU)
Pink Passion ink pad (SU)
Rusty Hinge Distress ink pad (Tim Holtz/Ranger)
Spun Sugar Distress ink pad (Tim Holtz/Ranger)
Well Scripted stamp set (SU)
1/2", 3/4" & 1-3/8" Circle Punches
Eyes & Nose: Owl Punch (SU)
Small Oval Punch (SU)
Tail - Leaf Sizzlit Die (Sizzix)
Black and White markers

Click here for Kim Score's blog.

October 5, 2012

Embossed Birthday

This is a super simple card using an embossing folder I forgot I had.  Once again, I was looking for a masculine birthday card idea.  Just changing the only color in the card could easily make this a feminine card.  I used glossy card stock for the embossed piece then inked it with a distress ink and applicator.

A2 Card base: White CS
Brocade Blue CS (SU)
Glossy White CS (SU)
Birthday embossing folder (ProvoCraft)
Chipped Sapphire Distress ink pad (Tim Holtz/Ranger)
Navy 3/8" Grosgrain Ribbon (Michael's)

October 4, 2012

Thanksgiving for the Adults

This is a super easy, but time consuming card - 3 leaf stamps and 9 circles per card (I made 13 all together!).  I also used Old Olive cardstock, which is a rare color in my cards.

A2 Card Base: Very Vanilla
Very Vanilla, Pumpkin Pie & Old Olive CS (SU)
Pumpkin Pie, Really Rust & Old Olive ink pads (SU)
Espresso Adirondack ink pad (Ranger)
Leaf Stamps (WeAreMemoryKeepers)
Heartfelt stamp set (SU)
1" Circle punch (EKSuccess)
5/8" Cream Twill Tape (Offray)
Square Brown brads (JoAnn's)

October 1, 2012

(For the Little Kids)

For the grandkids, I have my long list of "cards to make" divided into "little kids" and "teenagers" and these are the Thanksgiving cards for the little kids.  I've discovered from my three step-daughters that their kids like the 3"x3" cards because they fit better in little hands.  Plus I have to make no less than five different variations!  For this card, I changed the mat colors.






3" square card base: Very Vanilla CS (SU)
Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Old Olive, Not Quite Navy, Garden Green, Rich Razzleberry, Elegant Eggplant, Pumpkin Pie CS (SU)
Give Thanks stamp set (SU) (I used a stampamajig and marker for the partial sentiment)
Rusty Hinge Distress ink pad (Tim Holtz/Ranger) (sponging on card fronts)
Espresso Adirondack ink pad (Ranger)
Garden Green, Creamy Caramel, Pumpkin Pie & Chocolate Chip Markers (SU)

September 30, 2012

Teen Birthday

As always, masculine cards are a challenge for me, especially the teenagers in our family.  It's hard to believe my great-nephew will be 16 very soon!  I still remember the occasion of his father's 16th birthday (and shopping for roper boots and Wrangler jeans for him - he was one fine looking young man!)  This is a pretty simple card to make.



A2 Card Base: Early Espresso CS (SU)
Early Espresso, Not Quite Navy & Very Vanilla CS (SU)
Striped Paper (Glitz Design)
Alphabet Stew stamp set (SU) - Front
Alphabet Soup stamp set (SU) - Inside
Espresso Adirondack ink pad (Ranger)
Labels Framelits (SU)
3/8" Not Quite Navy Taffeta ribbon (SU)
Square Lattice embossing folder (SU)

September 29, 2012

Masculine Birthday
Version 2

This is version 2 of yesterday's card.  Original design by Laurie Schmidlin (see her card here).


See yesterday's post for the rest of the supply list
French Script Paper (Canvas Corp.)
Very Vanilla CS (SU)
Dots on a Line embossing folder (Sizzix)

September 28, 2012

Masculine Birthday
Version 1

I saw Laurie Schmidlin's card (see it here) and really liked the angled front on her card.  This is my first version of her card:


Card Base: A2 Black CS (Michael's)
Kraft CS (Michael's)
Striped Paper (Glitz Design)
Distress Stripes embossing folder (ProvoCraft)
Be Happy stamp set (SU) - Front
Terrific Tags stamp set (SU) - Inside
Tea Die Distress ink pad (Tim Holz/Ranger)
Black ink pad
Squares: 3/4" (SU), 1-1/4" (SU), 1-3/8" (EKSuccess)
Circles: 1/8", 1/4" (Fiskars), 1/2" (SU)
Tag Punch (SU)
Photo Corner Punch (SU)
Round Tab Punch (SU)

September 27, 2012

3"x3" Envelopes

This is sort of a long post....

I very often need to make 3" x 3" square envelopes for all of our 13 grandkids' cards.  Decorative paper can be costly and I rarely find anything in my stash I'm willing to use for envelopes.  I also don't like using copy paper for the envelopes. 

I've always believed in supporting small town businesses to keep their doors open, and the folks at our small town newspaper, the Pioneer Press, go out of their way to keep their office supplies reasonably priced.   After figuring in the cost of gas for my car, I now buy all my A2 envelopes and printer cartridges from them much cheaper than at the big box stores (and it's a drive of a few blocks rather than 225 miles!). 

So, I asked Thomas at the Pioneer Press office if they sold paper heavier than copy paper.  He pulled out a package of 24 lb. paper.  I bought some to try it.  When I got home, I discovered that 24 lb paper is bond paper, which we used as our letterhead paper in the law offices!  It cut, scored and folded perfectly!  So, I now have the perfect paper for envelopes.  The 3" square envelopes ended up costing me 5 cents each (2 envelopes per sheet).

So, if you have to make small envelopes and prefer a nicer paper, try bond paper!

Thank you to Thomas and Dawn at the Pioneer Press office for always going out of their way to make my crafting affordable!

September 21, 2012

Layered Leaves

I started stamping and cutting out leaves, and I had no idea what I was going to do with all of them - this is how they ended up in a card:

A2 Card Base - White CS
Nature's Vein stamp set (CTMH)
Sentiment: Holiday Seasons stamp set (Inkadinkado)
Background: Forest Moss Distress ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger)
Close to Cocoa, Pumpkin Pie, Really Rust & Always Artichoke ink pads (SU)
Espresso Adirondack ink pad (Ranger)
Sentiment: Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge (ProvoCraft)
1/8" Rust Holiday Ribbon (Michael's)
1/8" Circle Punch
pop dots for sentiment

September 20, 2012

Butterflies - Again!

Lately I seem to be on a butterfly binge!  Thank you to Glenda Jones for the original idea for this card.  I saw it and just had to try it.  I used two colors for two looks.  I hope you like them!

A2 Card Base
Very Vanilla, Rich Razzleberry or Not Quite Navy CS (SU)
Elements of Style stamp set (SU)
Sentiment: Elementary Elegance stamp set (SU)
Rich Razzleberry or Not Quite Navy ink pad (SU)
Beautiful Wings embosslit (SU)
Framed Tulips Embossing Folder
Rich Razzleberry or Not Quite Navy 3/8" Taffeta ribbon (SU)
Bisque Liquid Pearls (Ranger)

September 18, 2012

Doily Card

I just got my Delicate Doilies Sizzlit die last night and had to play with it right away.  The original idea for this card is from LeeAnn Greff (Thank you!), and I changed it up a bit to use the doily die and the Edgelit die I've had for a while.  LeeAnn's card was tan, cream and black, and I wanted more color!

Card Base: A2 Very Vanilla (SU)
Certainly Celery CS (SU)
Certainly Celery ink pad (SU)
Espresso Adirondack ink pad (Ranger)
Whimsical Words stamp set (SU)
Flowers #2 Embossing Folder (Sizzix)
Adorning Accents Edgelit Die (SU)
Delicate Doily Sizzlit Die (SU)
Circle: Plantin SchoolBook Cricut cartridge (ProvoCraft)
1/2" Cream Organdy ribbon (JoAnn's)
BowEasy Bow at 1-3/4"

September 17, 2012

Chevrons - Fast & Easy

I am always trying to come up with new ideas for a masculine card for the many guys in my family and this card is all about the paper I used!  I cut the paper strips at 1" x 2-1/2" and then used a 3/4" square punch.  I placed the 5 strips evenly across the top, then used the cut out pieces along the bottom.  Simple!

Card Base: A2 Baja Breeze (SU)
Kraft CS (Michael's)
Striped Paper (basicgrey)
Black ink pad
Sentiment: Phrases for a Friend stamp set (SU)
3/4" square punch (SU)
Light Blue Candis (craftworkcards)

September 16, 2012

Halloween Card #10

Splat Witch!

I admit right up front that I copied this idea from Sharon White (You can see her original design here: http://www.sharonsscrappyspace.com/2012/09/spooky-cards.html).  I saw her cute little witch and just had to play with the idea and this is the card I came up with - Sharon's "splat" witch (a witch running into a brick wall!).  Of course, I didn't have the right punches, so I used a Cricut cartridge instead.  So, here's my version of Sharon's witch:
Card base: A2 Black
Red, Lime Green, Purple, Orange CS (American Crafts)
Bricked & Checkered Embossing Folders (Tim Holtz/Sizzix)
Merry Monsters stamp set (CTMH)
Black Ink (sentiment)
Aged Mahogany Distress ink for bricked background (Tim Holtz/Ranger)
Pennants for Cape & Hat: Stand & Salute Cricut Cartridge (ProvoCraft)
Shoes: Happy Hauntings Cricut Cartridge (ProvoCraft)
Ovals: Plantin SchoolBook Cricut Cartridge (ProvoCraft)
Legs: Word Window Punch (SU)
Hair: Extra Large Oval Punch (SU)
Deckle Scissors (cape) (Fiskars)
Toothpick, copy paper & Close to Cocoa (SU) marker for broom
I free-handed her hands & used black marker for nails

September 15, 2012

Halloween Cards #8 & #9

Jar of Spiders

We made a similar card this past week at our monthly 10-Club gathering and I thought it was so cute.  I didn't have the same stamp sets, so this is my take on the card.  Thanks to Pam for the design!

Card Base A2 Black CS
Drippy paper (Cloud 9 Design)
Herringbone paper (My Mind's Eye)
Pumpkin Pie CS (SU)
Lime CS
Black ink pad
Pumpkin Pie ink pad (SU)
Spider stamp: Holiday Seasons stamp set (Inkadinkado)
Sentiments: Merry Monsters stamp set (CTMH)
Jar stamp: Little Treasures stamp set (CTMH)
Spider Web embossing folder (SU)
Large Oval punch (SU)
Modern Label Punch (SU)
Pumpkin Pie 1/4" Grosgrain ribbon (SU)
Lime 1/4" Grosgrain ribbon (JoAnn's)

September 14, 2012

Halloween Cards #6 & #7

Owl Witches Style 2

These are another take on yesterday's cards.  Thank you Chris Kolly for the idea for these cute little witches!

Card Base A2 Black CS
Pumpkin Pie & Very Vanilla CS (SU)
Lime & Light Green CS
Witch Hats paper (Cloud 9 Design)
Sentiments: Merry Monsters stamp set (CTMH)
Black & White ink pads
Owl punch (SU)
Large Oval punch (SU)
Curly Label punch (SU)
Lime 1/4" Grosgrain ribbon (JoAnn's)

September 13, 2012

Halloween Cards #4 & #5

Owl Witches

There are only slight differences between the two cards below: the paper I used for the background (all the cards need to be slightly different for each of the grandkids!), ribbon, and sentiments.  Again, thanks to Chris Kolly for her owl witch design!

Card Bases A2 Pumpkin Pie CS (SU) & Lime CS
Very Vanilla CS (SU)
Black & Light Green CS
Drippy Paper (Cloud 9 Design)
Potions Paper (Cloud 9 Design)
Sentiments: Merry Monsters stamp set (CTMH)
Pumpkin Pie ink pad (SU)
Black & white ink pads
Owl punch (SU)
Large Oval punch (SU)
Modern Label Punch (SU)
Orange 1/2" Polka Dot satin ribbon (KI Memories)
Lime 1/4" Grosgrain ribbon (JoAnn's)

September 12, 2012

Halloween Card #3

BOO 2 U - Spider Web & Owl Ghosts

I had fun making all these owl "ghosts" - can you tell?

Card Base A2 Pumpkin Pie CS (SU)
Black & White CS
Alphabet Stamp Set
Argyle paper (My Mind's Eye)
Only Orange ink pad (SU)
Black ink pad
Spider Web Embossing Folder (SU)
3/4" Square punch (SU)
Owl punch (SU)

September 11, 2012

Halloween Card #2

BOO 2 U - Owl Witch & Owl Ghosts

This is slightly different than card #1 (yesterday).  Thanks to Chris Kolly - I got the idea for the owl witch from her blog!

Card Base A2 - Pumpkin Pie CS (SU)
Black, White & Light Green CS
Drippy Paper (Cloud 9 Design)
Alphabet Stamp Set
Black & White ink pads
3/4" Square punch (SU)
Owl Punch (SU)

September 10, 2012

Halloween Card #1

BOO 2 U - Owl Ghost & Bats

This is the first in a series of Halloween cards I made for our grandkids.  Many of these cards look alike but are slightly different, so I will post all of them!  I can't remember who originally came up with the idea of making a ghost out of the owl punch but if it's you - let me know and I will gladly give you credit!  Thank you for this cute idea.

Card Base & Banner - A2 - Pumpkin Pie CS (SU)
Black & White CS
Drippy Paper (Cloud 9 Design)
Pumpkin Pie ink pad (SU)
Black ink pad
Alphabet Stamp Set
3/4" Square Punch (SU)
Owl Punch (SU)
Bats were free-handed (no punch)

August 23, 2012

Reverse Popped Up
Ornament Card

I've moved on from ornaments to ornament cards! This card was fun to make. Below the supply list is the order of assembly to make this card easy to make, too! (I apologize for the poor quality of the photo.) It looks as thought the edges of the ornaments show when finished but they really don't!


Card Base: A2 Gumball Green Cardstock (SU)
White Cardstock (4" x 5-1/4" + a scrap for ornaments)
Cherry Cobbler Cardstock (SU) (3-3/4" x 5")
Gumball Green & Cherry Cobbler ink pads (SU)
Ornaments Framelits (SU)
Ornament Keepsakes stamp set (SU)
Teeny Tiny Wishes (Merry Christmas) (SU)
Word Window Punch (SU)
Modern Label Punch (SU)
White Crochet thread with gold threading (Lily)
Gold marker

Order of Assembly:

1.  Using Framelits, cut 3 ornaments out of Cherry Cobbler cardstock.
2.  Draw in strings for ornaments with gold marker.
3.  THEN emboss Cherry Cobbler cardstock.
4.  Attach white mat to A2 cardstock base.
5.  Attach Cherry Cobbler mat to front of card using pop dots.
6.  On white cardstock scrap, stamp and using framelits to cut out same 3 ornaments as in step 1.
7.  Attach these ornaments through openings in Cherry cobbler card front.
8.  Attach crochet thread or baker's twine bows to top of ornaments.
9.  Add a sentiment with pop dots.  You're done!

August 18, 2012

Ornament #7
Pink & Lime

Happy Birthday Jeanne!

This ornament is for my favorite sister.  Okay, so she's my only sister!  I couldn't ask for a better sister, she's just such an amazing, loving, caring woman.  True story:  My sister, Jeanne, is 6 years older than me, and when we were kids, if my sister was angry with me about something (I was a real pest, apparently) she would threaten to cut off my eyelashes when I was asleep!  Really she did.  She has blond hair and short eyelashes, I have dark hair and very long eyelashes, so that was her threat, to cut off my eyelashes! (She never did cut them short!)  Today, of course, we laugh about it and although she still issues that threat as a joke, I do live clear across the country so I think my eyelashes are safe!  Jeanne's craft studio is pink, lime, and black so I made this ornament just for her.

Holiday Ornaments framelits dies (SU)
Ornament Keepsakes stamp set (SU)
White cardstock
Green Galore & Pink Passion ink pads (SU)
Rosette Die (Tim Holtz/Sizzix)
Magenta Stickles (Ranger)
Crochet thread with silver threading (Lily)
Rhinestone (Michael's)

August 17, 2012

Ornament #6
Christmas Stripes

This ornament is made entirely out of paper with no stamping.  I really like the striped paper and had just enough left over to make an ornament.
Decorative Paper (DCWV & Cloud 9 Designs)
Ornament framelits dies (SU)
Gold Crochet Thread with gold threading (Lily)
Gold Stickles
Rosette Die (Tim Holtz/Sizzix)
Rose Button (Streamline)

August 16, 2012

Ornament #5

Of course, I had to make a blue ornament with snowflakes!  Thank you to Pam, my SU Demo for the use of her dies and stamps.


Holiday Ornaments framelits dies (SU)
Chipped Sapphire Distress ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger)
Decorative Paper (DCWV)
White Cardstock
Rosette Die (Tim Holtz/Sizzix)
White crochet thread with silver threading (Lily)
Snowflake Brad Buddy (Hot Off the Press)
Silver Stickles

August 15, 2012

Ornament #4
Studio Fun

I wanted an ornament to hang in my studio because I knew I would give away the rest of my ornaments.  This ornament sure looks pretty in my studio!  This ornament is different than the last few I've posted and it ended up being larger.  Thank you to Pam, my SU Demo - one of these days I'll need to give her back her stamp set and dies!

Holiday Ornaments framelits dies (SU)
Ornament Keepsakes stamp set (SU)
White Cardstock
Purple ink pad (Marvy)
Green Galore in pad (SU)
Firefily Stickles (Ranger)
Rosette Die (Tim Holtz/Sizzix)
White crochet thread with gold threading (Lily)
Rhinestone (Michael's)

August 14, 2012

Ornament #3
Country Christmas

I wanted an ornament with what I refer to as a "log cabin" look or an old fashioned country Christmas look.  I didn't use any stamps for this ornament, just decorative paper.  It saved die cutting time, but I ended up inking the edges of the paper (I have this thing about the white exposed edge on paper!) and I also inked the outer edges on the back of the ornaments for better blending when I assembled my ornament.  So far, this is one of my favorite color combos!  Thank you again to Pam, my SU Demo, who also has a new grandson to spoil!  Welcome to the world baby Ryan!

Holiday Ornaments framelits dies (SU)
Decorative Paper (DCWV & Cloud 9 Designs)
Fired Brick Distress Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger)
1/2" Satin Ribbon (Offray)
Gold Crochet Thread with gold threading (Lily)
Rosette Die (Tim Holtz/Sizzix)
Frosted Lace Stickles (Ranger)
Burgundy Stickles (Ranger)

August 13, 2012

Ornament #2
Red & White

For this ornament I used only red ink, mostly because I avoid green in ornaments on my Christmas tree.  I am very thankful to my SU Demo, Pam, for the use of her stamp set, framelits dies and rosette die!  She's great about letting me borrow stuff to play with before I buy it myself!

Ornament Keepsakes stamp set (SU)
Holiday Ornaments framelits dies (SU)
White Cardstock
Real Red ink pad (SU)
1/2" Sheer white ribbon (JoAnn's)
Rosette Die (Tim Holtz/Sizzix)
Gold Stickles (Ranger)
White Button (Streamline)
White Crochet Thread with Gold Thread (Lily)

August 12, 2012

Ornament #1

I'm having so much fun!  This is the first ornament I made using Stampin' Up's new ornament framelits and matching stamp set.  Thank you to my SU Demo, Pam for letting me play with these new items.  Thank you also to Dani Dziama for her great tutorial (the link for her tutorial is below).

Click HERE for Dani's tutorial.

Holiday Ornament framelits dies (SU)
Ornament Keepsakes stamp set (SU)
White Cardstock
Garden Green & Real Red Ink Pads (SU)
1/2" Picot-Edge Satin Ribbon (Offray)
White Crochet Thread with Gold Thread (Lily)
Medalion (unknown, painted gold with Tester Model Paint)
Rhinestone (Michael's)
Punch for Rosette (Martha Stewart)
Glitter (Martha Stewart)

August 4, 2012

Crayon Memory Box #2

This box was made for Ryan's 2 year old cousin, Andrew, who loves tractors and dirt!  Again, the original design is by Laura Denison of Following the Paper Trail.

August 3, 2012

Crayon Memory Box #1

This project accompanied the giraffe baby card in yesterday's post.  The original design is by Laura Denison at Following the Paper Trail.  This box is just like a box of 64 Crayola crayons!  This one is made with 12 inserts so Ryan's mom can add photos and memories from Ryan's first year.  I also gave Ryan's mom a bunch of matching photo mats and pre-stamped sentiments to add to the inserts.

Due to UStream's limit on video storage for broadcasters, many Ustream videos were erased by Ustream, and I am unable to find the link to Laura's Crayon Memory Box video.

August 2, 2012

Fun Giraffe

First, thanks to katstamps65 on SplitCoastStampers for the original idea for this card - it was so much fun to make!  I made two versions of this card: one is a birthday card, the other is a baby card.

(I didn't notice until now that the right edge of the blue baby card got cut off by accident when I edited the photo!)

July 30, 2012

Year of Cards #27

Independence Day

We've come full circle with a whole year of cards.  I hope you enjoyed the last 27 days on my blog.  Thank you for joining me on this fun journey!

White CS Base: finished size 3” x 3” (I inked the front with Fired Brick Distress ink [Ranger])
Brilliant Blue CS (SU)
Flag stamp (Hampton Art)
“Celebrate” stamp - Freedom Squares stamp set (Stampendous)
Real Red ink pad (SU)
Word Window & Modern Label punch (SU)

July 29, 2012

Year of Cards #26

Father's Day Card

Early Express CS Base: A2
Very Vanilla & Early Espresso CS (SU)
Woodgrain paper (Recollections – note, I darkened the paper with Vintage Photo Distress ink [Ranger])
A Little Everything stamp set (CTMH)
Espresso Adirondack ink pad (Ranger)
Black thin marker
1/8” brass brads (Recollections)