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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Halloween DSP meet Trendy Tree

This card was a bit of experimenting on my part.  It actually started with the thought of I wonder if when you heat up window sheets will they melt?? Thankfully they did not :)
My card base is very vanilla cs.
Now what?
I tried to keep this a QAS (Quick and Simple)card,but it ended up maybe being 1 step above Quick ;)
 So where does this Halloween DSP enter in,you ask?
Well of course it is my backdrop ;)It is from our Frightful Sight DSP.  The other side has bats on it, and while I suppose they would be ok to put with my trendy tree, I was trying to go a little more wintry since that is the current season;)
I used our peek-a-boo frames die and the big shot.  I did this in both vanilla and old olive.(only cut the window you wish to use).  I stamped my Trendy Tree SS image on a square piece of window sheet(I can't remember the measurement-oops!,but I just went slightly bigger than the opening of my window)in CRAFT old olive ink.  I then sprinkled our Heat and Stick Powder over this image, and then heat set with embossing gun.  While still tacky I sprinkled our dazzling diamonds glitter on it and then heat set with embossing tool again.  The heat and stick powder seems to make a more permanent glitter sticker to me. 
Now, don't blame the picture taker,but there is a beautiful glittery trendy tree here;))
I cut out the frame center with my paper snips and adhered the window sheet with my glittery Trendy Tree to the back.  I then used stamping dimensionals and added to my vanilla frame.
I adhered this to my Frightful Sights DSP!
wintry? I'm not sure,but it is pretty:)
For my finishing touch, I added a cajun craze curly label punch, "Enjoy"(from You're a GemSS)embossed with our new tangerine tango embossing powder(yay colors!!!)and a little bling with a cajun craze itty bitty flower and our basic rhinestones.  I tucked this under my Halloween DSP.
ENJOY the New Year!!!!
Until Next Thought,

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

merry to the 3rd power

Hello All!!!
Hope you had a merry,merry, merry Holiday!
This is a QAS((Quick and Simple)card that I made as a thank you card for my merry Christmas presents.
I started with a card base of confetti white cs.  I stamped my tree stand with the image in Chocolate Chip ink from our Pennant Parade SS. And the merry 3 times in garden green ink on the right hand corner of the card. And a cute little star where the top of my tree will be in daffodil delight.
I punched out the scalloped tree 3 times. I scored each tree in half and adhered them together to make the 3-D effect.
All done!!!
Until Next Thought,

Saturday, December 24, 2011

These are a few of my Favorite Things...

Hello my friends!!
Sorry for my absence, 'tis the season to be...BUSY!

Here to share a quick project with you though :)
This is a 12x12 magnetic board. I just love our Letters to Santa DSP!  It is so cute, it has these awesome double sided sheets with Santa checking his list as well as others ;) I decided to go with this one that shows all these colorful ornaments.

I found these magnetic steel sheets at Lowes(under $10!)- already pre-cut!! How awesome is that???  The edges were clean cut-almost like a die cut from our BigShot! 
These make awesome Christmas gifts and you can decorate both sides so after Christmas you can flip it to the other side and use all year long!!

I glued the piece of DSP to my steel using a liquid glue.  I actually used our Crystal Effects-it worked great!  I just used my decor elements applicator and smoothed out so there were no bubbles.
  Other elements:
I made a fireplace in riding hood red with our Woodgrain stamp.  The fireplace doors are made with the  Peek-a-boo frames die in soft suede, embossed with the SnowBurst embossing folder.

I added two logs with our word window punch and the fire with the petal builder punch and coordinating stamp set.
The picture frame above is also made with the peek-a-boo frames die.  I added the stamp from the ss Welcome Christmas as the picture.

I made several stocking magnets with our stocking building punch(which is going to be retired :'(( )and adhered a magnet to the back.
 For the top of my magnetic board I used a strip of kraft cs, edge with the eyelet punch,sponged with espresso ink, and the decorative strip(available on the clearance rack,while supplies last)Peace,Joy,and Love in cherry cobbler.

 I used my crop-a-dile to punch holes in the top..yes this does work!!! I added some ribbon to hang it with and a wish list(of course!!!)that I made with my MDS.

I wish you all a few of your favorite things this holiday!!!
May you enjoy all the peace,joy,love and cheer that the season brings you!!!

Until Next Thought,

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The Reason for the Season

Can you Wait???
Thoughts:  As many of my stampers know, I keep almost EVERY scrap.  They believe sometimes that I am nuts,(Karen ;), upline-Donna;))
So what card can I make them from a bunch of scraps?  Something with all these tiny pieces that I love so much!
A peek-a-boo nativity!!!
  I have had the idea to make an itty nativity as soon as these peek-a-boo frames came out...
Here at my house we keep our nativity above our mantle, so I wanted to recreate a piece of my home to share:
The card base is naturals white cs,a layer of chocolate chip and a layer of cherry cobbler which has been embossed with our Stripes EF.  My mantle is a piece of chocolate chip card stock, that I scored with our new Simply Scored Tool(everyone needs this tool!!)I just scored it roughly half way in 3 1/8" lines to make a ledge:
I used a piece of natural whites punched with our double scallop ribbon punch scored in half to look like a doily,because I have a doily under my nativity,mine is a little more intricate than this one but no way to recreate that! I will have to find a picture of my mantle and throw it in here later...
Anyway, I used our new peek-a-boo die and the big shot to create my stable.  I used kraft cs and stamped it with our Woodgrain SS. I used 2 pieces from the edge of another frame to create the roof. I wanted this to pop a little.With my simply scored I created the chocolate chip background to give some dimension.  This piece was 2 1/2"x3", and scored at 1/4"and then another 1/8" from each side on the 2 1/2" side. I then folded this in a u shape from both sides and put a cut poppdot under each area folded area and then attach my stable to this. Now on to my Holy Family...

 And of course every nativity needs an angel watching over:
 Many little scraps were used in the creating of this nativity, but I assure you none where harmed;)
Joseph: daffodil delight cherry from our cupcake punch,a circle 'topping'from the same punch in very vanilla cs,sponged with pink pirhouette and facial features drawn with markers,the praying hands are the top of the candle from this punch as well.  The jewelry tag punch and 2-halves of the itty bitty shaped flowers act as the arms.  The staff is the candle from this punch in silver cs( I used my paper snips to trim and make look like a staff)
Baby Jesus: The crib is made from a jewelry punch and the 'plus' flower(fold in half and glue to crib front) in our itty bitty punches(the crib legs) in soft suede, the hay from our snowflake punch in more mustard cs, the halo is daffodil delight and the eyes from our Owl Punch, the head is the cupcake punch circle,sponged with pink pirouette and facial features done with markers.  The bunting is marina mist and a stocking piece from our Stocking Punch(see I use this punch in ALL my projects!LOL)
Mary: The halo is made from the eye of the owl punch in daffodil delight cs, hte body and arms are made in marina mist and similar to Josephs.  The head and hands are made in very vanilla and the circle jimmie and candle flame from the cupcake punch also.
And lastly our angel: She is made with some naturals white CS that I had embossed with our snowflakes ef. She is made similarly to Mary and Joseph.  Her Wings are 2 small hearts from our Owl Punch.
Add your Holy Family into the stable with pop dots! :)
Lastly, I embossed a rectangular piece of naturals white cs with our Cherry Cobbler embossing powder and marker-ed in with marina mist the open areas.  I layered this on chocolate chip and attached to corner of card.
I love all these muted tones,not too bright! I need my halo to be the brightest thing here;)))  I will share this with SUO challenges

  I think it was so worth the wait!!

Until Next Thought,

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Thanks and 'stuffing' too...

What's a Turkey without the stuffing?? 
My thought:
I know you will be so surprised that I used the stocking punch again :p
 This is a card made similar to my santa suit card.  My card base is 4 1/4"x 8 1/2" very vanilla cs,scored at 2 1/8",and 6 1/4" so that it opens from the middle like so:
I used a piece of dsp as my 'apron'. I measure this at 4 1/4"x5 1/2"and then cut to fit my front flaps(2 1/8"on left side) I used the wide oval punch vertically to make equal arm holes,and also a horizontally one for the neck. Then you may attach this to card front.
Arms: are made from very vanilla cs turned upside down
Oven Mitts: stocking punch made with spice cake dsp

  • punch out 2 stockings(make sure to get opposite sides)
  • round off top of mitt with circle punch
  • cut a partial word window with same dsp
Turkey Platter: Using bigz oval die,get coordinating oval size in very vanilla cs. Place that oval in designer frames embossing folder and then sponge with soft suede ink.
Stuffing: use several flowers from itty bitty punches and some leftover seeds from the blossoms builder flower:
(see this is what I do with all my scraps;))
glue these together and then run through our square lattice embossing folder and Big Shot,sponge with soft suede
Turkey: punch out largest flower petal and 2 smaller petal in chocolate chip card stock with our blossom petals punch,sponge these.  Add 2 tiny scraps of white and make ruffled piece with scissors and itty bitty scallop flower

Attach(with stampin dimensionals) the platter to the front left(only) bottom of your apron.  attach arms and oven mitts together and put stampin dimensionals under them. Place arms where they look to be best.  I tuck the one on the right side of the card with thumb holding the platter:
Add a cute little button brad from our vintage trinkets:
And stamp the inside(I used our four frames SS with more mustard ink and 'Happy Thanksgiving' with our Teeny Tiny Wishes SS and chocolate chip ink:
And now I am thankful that you don't need to hear me ramble on anymore AND that I am NOT the cook tomorrow;))!!
I'm gonna enter and share my little cook over at SUO challenges!
I hope you all enjoy this holiday with your family and those you love....
and enjoy the stuffing too!!!


Until Next Thought,

Friday, November 18, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

OK, I had to leave my stocking punch for a few cards :(( but don't think I have forgotten about it ;), in fact,my brain is still thinking about making a stocking cornucopia!!
Anyway, my thought: I saw these pretty paper napkins in Walmart and I couldn't resist. They needed to go on my card!  Now I know you can't see this very well but this card was done in the same technique as a dryer sheet technique...
In short,  I remove all plys of the napkin so it is down to just the 1 ply with the design on it.  I attach this to a piece of scrap paper with glue(the more the merrier;)).  As the napkins settles on the glue soaks through.

  Then we dip it in our dazzling diamonds glitter. Stunning!!
I adhere this to my coordinating CS so saffron and more mustard.  The more mustard was randomly stamped in more mustard ink with the leaf image from our Days of Gratitude stamp set.
Finishing touches are grosgrain ribbons in chocolate chip,so saffron,and gold cording(all retired-sorry!!)and old olive grosgrain.  Then stamped with the Happy Thanksgiving stamp from out Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set.
Until Next Thought,


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Santa's 'Stocking' Suit

Just a quick post today!! And another stocking card, of course!
This one uses the stockings as arms.
I love making Santa's suit, always have! I remember as a kid,I would draw Santa and his suit constantly!
the base of this card is a 4 1/4"x 8 1/2" piece of real red card stock. Score from 2 1/8" on the left side and 2 3/8" from the right side.  The right side will actually fold under the left.  Punch out 2 stockings from the Stocking Punch. Spritz with Shimmer Paint Mixture(if you are unsure of this leave me a comment and I will get back to you with how-to) Emboss only the front flaps and stockings(making sure to put opposite,so they are embossed not debossed;)).
Next sponge the embossed suit with some cherry cobbler ink.
To make mittens: use the following punches: word window for thumb,lg oval for hand and stocking punch for cuff. Attach to your 'arm' and then pop using stampin' dimensionals to card base. cut a strip of black card stock 1/2" wide.  You can wrap all around card or just trim strips to front.  Punch the smaller hole with crop-a-dile, line up jewelry punch with edge over hole and Punch a jewelry tag from our white shimmer paper.  Buttons are from our embosslits buttons in basic black.
and HO!Ho!Ho!
 Hope you enjoyed this quick post!!!

Until Next Thought,

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

I always feel like somebodies watching me....

Ok. I left the stocking punch alone for a couple cards ;)
This is a card I wanted to make as soon as I saw our new Peek-a-Boo Frames in the winter mini catalog.
My Thought: Remember all those old scooby-doo cartoons?? There were always these eyes that followed from a picture or mirror, so I wanted to re-create a 'haunted wall' scene like in those shows! 

My card base is old olive.  On top of that I layered a piece of basic gray. To make it look like a wall, I used our festive finishes letterpress and versa mark ink to give it that kind of wainscot look.  Above the 'ledge' I used basic gray ink and our four frames swirly? image.

Four Frames Stamp Set(available in clear or wood mount)
 I then ran this layer through the Big Shot with the corner only of our 'spider web' embossing folder.  I sponged this with white ink.  I ran some concord crush card stock in our new peek-a-boo frames die. So dang cute!

  I layered that on a 1 3/4" black circle with pop dots and added some googlie eyes and with our white gel pen a "b and!"
I added some other frames made with our 'Frightful Sight'DSP,old olive cs,cajun craze cs,and basic black cs. I also made a make-shift 'shelf' with our jewelry tag punch.
Now back to our scary mirror...I sponged platinum shimmer paint over the interior of the frame and some spooky eyes from the stamp set Make A Monster:

 What a fun set!!
Hope you all have a spooctacular Halloween!!!

Until Next Thought,


ok, not sure if I did this right??! but I tried to enter my 1st blog hop!! The link is below.I guess we will see :)