Saturday, December 28, 2013

Happy Birthday Wishes

Hello there to my faithful blog followers, and to the new friends that have found their way here from Mary Fish's Stampin' Pretty.  Today I have a fun project to share with you.  It is my Birthday today, so I thought a fun birthday project would be fitting.

I have always done Birthday in a bag gifts, but I wanted to try something new.  Canning jars are so popular lately, I thought it would be the perfect way to update my project.

I started with this plain Ball jar, partly because it had a gold lid, and you know me, I am really into the gold lately.  I would suggest that you find one with a wider opening, since this one was difficult to fill.

Here are the contents that are usually found in my Birthday bags, a card, chocolate, a candle, matches, a balloon, and some confetti.

Are you spying all of the new Stampin' Up! products?  Almost all of the items I used will be available to you in just a few days.

There is a High Tide suite, which of course we had to have since we have a sailor, and know so many sailors, it was a given that these products would be on my first preorder, as well as the Gold Fancy Foil designer vellum pack.

This page of High Tide DSP, has a ship in a bottle, perfect for this project!  This card was sized especially to fit in the jar.


I had a lot of fun making this special Birthday in a Jar for our friend Dawn, she is of course, a sailor and a mom of three boys, so she doesn't get to see many girlie items come through her house, it was great to make something just for her.

So, what do you think?  Would you like to make one of these jars or would you like to receive one?  I would like both!  Please leave a comment on your thoughts or email me if you have any questions.  Thank you so much for stopping by today, I hope you were inspired, enjoy!

Stamps:  Hello, Sailor, Settin' Sail, A dozen thoughts, label love
Paper:  High Tide DSP, gold fancy foil designer vellum, pacific point and soft sky
Ink:  Gold metallic encore pad, pacific point and soft sky classic ink
Tools:  Big shot, chalk talk framelits, starburst framelits, banners framelits, arrows embossing folder, circle punches, small scallop punch, gold bakers twine, gold sequin trim, natural chevron ribbon, pacific point striped ribbon

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Amazing Birthday

Hello there!  We have a fun sketch for you over at Pals Paper Arts this week.  Margaret Moody has come up with a challenging sketch.  Are you up to the challenge?  I am sure you are, so grab your provisions and head on over to the Pals to show us what you have come up with.

I want to share this card that was made just for my cousin Catherine, whom is celebrating her birthday (or Birthmas) today.  Happy Birthday, Catherine!

This was the part of the sketch that I found most challenging, after many Venetian Romance DSP scraps on my table, I just glued them on the best I could and went to the sewing machine and sewed them all together.

The Lovely Romance stamp set is one of my favorites, as well as gold embossing, so I had to put them together on this special card.  Do you spy the gold button?  It is actually a vintage faceted button that was smooshed on my versamark pad, then heat embossed with gold embossing powder.  Quick, easy and oh so stunning.

Another bit of hidden gold, love it!

Of course, since this card is made in my new favorite card size 5x6 1/2, I needed to make a envelope with my envelope punch board, so easy to do, but makes quite an impact.

Here is a great tip for you.  I hoarded the first edition DSP when it was available, and now I find that it makes the perfect envelopes, always neutral and matches every type of cards, so if it finds it's way to the clearance rack, make sure you grab all you can.

Thanks so much for stopping by today, I hope you were inspired, enjoy!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Ho, Ho, Ho to You

Hello there!  Thanks for joining me today, here is my goddess card for the Stampin' Royalty challenge blog.  The challenge this week is a color challenge using Gumball Green, Real Red, and Whisper White, or very similar colors.  Grab your provisions and create anything using these colors, and link it up.

This is a version of my own Christmas cards that I am sending out this year.  I just made one card in these colors to fit the challenge this week.  I grabbed my polka dot parade DSP, and embossed a piece of gumball green core'dinations with the chevron embossing folder.

A little clear heat embossing on my gumball green Ho, Ho, Ho gives a little shine.

I made my own chalkboard art with A Banner Christmas stamp set, I added the star and Noel stamps as well.  I loved all of the images and thought they would work well together as "art".  How did I do it perfectly every time?  Take a look:

It was pretty easy to change, remove, and straighten this way.  I stamped my whisper white craft ink on basic black card stock for that great chalkboard look.  Would you like to see my actual Christmas cards?  If you said yes, have a look,

Pretty much the same, except I used the season of style DSP, along with cherry cobbler and old olive colors and accessories.  I really tried to keep them simple this year, both for ease of making a ton of them as well as to be able to mail them easily.

Here is the inside, courtesy of MDS, I love how with three stamps and a text box you have a very professional looking card.

So, I have to ask, which version do you prefer?  The bright gumball green and real red or the elegant cherry cobbler and old olive?  I have to say for me, it is a toss up, but I am leaning toward the elegant cherry cobbler only because the DSP has more designs.  Leave me a comment on your favorite, I love to read them all.

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you were inspired, enjoy!

Stamps:  A Banner Christmas
Paper:  Polka dot parade DSP, Season of Style DSP, real red, gumball green, whisper white, cherry cobbler, old olive, and crumb cake card stock
Ink:  Whisper white, versamark
Tools:  Big shot, snowflake bigz die, chevron EF, MDS, circle punch, clear embossing powder, heat tool, cherry cobbler chevron ribbon

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

It's Frosty Outside!

Hello there!  Today I have a fun project to share with you.  The Stampin' Royalty challenge this week is a picture challenge, so it inspired me to pull out my Christmas banner simply created kit and create a fun winter banner.  Take a look at the inspiration picture, grab your provisions and create something fun!

Since "The stockings were hung by the chimney with care" I had to find another place to show you the banner.  I wanted to make a "winter" banner to hang after the Christmas decorations were put away, so I picked out the word Frosty and kept it winter themed.  The blues and the snowflakes in the kit make it just perfect for this.

A big word of caution though, if you would like to make a winter themed banner, you will need to pick up this kit before January 2nd, since the winter catalog will end on that day.

I will show you a close up picture of each letter so you can see each little detail.

I used a bunch of different items on this banner, especially MDS and my e-cutter.  The festive flurry's were sized up and down to fit what I needed, then cut with the e-cutter.  I picked out a cute font on MDS and cut those letters as well.

I sponged the Bermuda bay and pool party on the banner's first, so I didn't realize how dark they would be, if I could do it again, I would make them a lot lighter, with just a hint of color.  The banners do take a few days to dry, so I think they still might lighten up.

Silver glimmer paper is definitely needed to help this banner sparkle, that and the silver ribbon are my favorite additions.

So what do you think?  Will you try to do a fun winter banner?  I will be very happy to hang this after the Christmas decorations come down.

Please email me if you have any questions about products that I used on this banner.  All products are current available items, so they are easily found at my ONLINE STORE.  Thanks so much for stopping by today, I hope you were inspired, enjoy!

Items:  Christmas Banner simply created accessory kit, build a banner simply created kit, Bermuda bay and pool party ink and card stock, Bermuda bay ribbon, silver glimmer paper, scallop circle punch, festive flurry MDS download, simply scored, white bakers twine

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Clearance Rack Blitz

Stampin' Up! Clearance Products
The Clearance Rack has been updated with a ton of great items, Run, do not walk to my ONLINE STORE because once the items are gone, they will not be restocked!  There are DSP, stamp sets, accessories, ribbon, you get the picture, a lot of fun stuff.  Happy Shopping!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Sweet 16

Hello there!  Today at the Pals Paper Arts we have a fun color challenge for you.  Time to step out of the Christmas zone and into the Birthday zone for me!  Take a look at the colors, create something colorful, then head on over to the PALS to link it up.

Do you ever see something that inspires you, or need a specialized card and don't have the right stamp, framelit, or punch?  It happens even to me, even though I have a fully stocked craft room.  What do I do?  I head right to My Digital Studio.  I know that I can create anything I need there, and since I now have an e-cutter, it is a snap to make whatever fits the bill.

When I first saw these stars in the November Paper Pumpkin kit, I was enchanted.  Mackie was too since she took Tate in the craft room and created this card for their Elf Francisco:

I took the star garland idea to MDS and used my star digital punch, sized it down to fit the card.  It was easy to program a whole row of stars, and cut them in each color I needed, it was nice to let the e-cutter do the work.  I sewed them together using the same technique as my Circle Tutorial.  I did make the stars a bit small so it was challenging to get them all sewn.  Next time, I will program them a bit bigger.


My sentiment was also cut on the e-cutter in silver glimmer paper, a few simple words and numbers and you have a very professional look.  I stamped the elegant eggplant card stock with the small butterflies from the Make a Cake stamp set under the 16 to make it stand out.

A bit of fancy embossing on the very vanilla panel was needed, the chevron and the needlepoint border embossing folders dressed it up nicely.

Can't forget the Eastern Elegance DSP in smoky slate.  These colors are so elegant together, perfect for any occasion.

Believe it or not, this is the first of many Sweet 16 cards that I will be making in the future.  A lot of Mackie's friends are starting to turn 16, there are at least three alone this week!  Luckily I have a bunch of left over glittery 16's that didn't make it on this card, and I can make more as needed.

What do you think of the My Digital Studio/e-cutter combo?  Have you tried it out yet?  Most, if not all of our Stampin' Up! digital artwork comes in SVG files, so it is very easy to use with an e-cutter.  You can try MDS free for one month and give it a try, you will not be disappointed!

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you were inspired, enjoy!

Stamps:  Make a Cake
Paper:  Eastern Elegance, smoky slate, elegant eggplant, very vanilla, silver glimmer paper
Ink:  Elegant eggplant
Tools:  MDS, big shot, chevron and needlepoint border embossing folders, sewing machine, e-cutter

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Snowflake Fun

Hello there!  Snowflake fun is on the agenda for the Stampin' Royalty weekly challenge today.  Anything snowflake related will do, so grab your provisions, create some sort of snowflake, then head on over to the Stampin' Royalty to link it up.

I made this snowflake ornament completely out of MDS and my Cameo.  I downloaded the Festive Flurry Kit to use on My Digital Studio.  The shapes come as a "punch", so I imported them to my Cameo, then cut as many as needed both in the standard sizes and enlarged sizes.  I made them pretty much like the festive flurry ornament kit, with a layer or two folded like a rosette.

A natural button with a cherry cobbler bakers twine bow finishes off the center.

I am really loving MDS, especially when paired with the Cameo.  You can cut a whole page at one time in whatever sizes you need.  It is a duo that is invaluable to crafters!  Tomorrow I will showcase another project made with this duo, so stop back by to see it.

Season of Style DSP and silver glimmer paper were my goto supplies for this project, the timeless Christmas colors are beautiful!  Thanks so much for stopping by today, I hope you were inspired, enjoy!

Paper:  Season of Style DSP, silver glimmer paper, old olive card stock
Tools:  MDS, Cameo e-cutter, naturals buttons, cherry cobbler bakers twine
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