Saturday, December 31, 2011

Favorite projects of 2011

Since it's the last day of 2011 I thought it would be fun to go back in time and show you my favorite blog posts from this year. I'm going to pick one from each month! If you want details of the card or project, just click on the image to go to the original post! Enjoy!

JANUARY: I just loved that set with the flamingos!

FEBRUARY: The cracked glass technique was my favorite post this month.

MARCH: Again, my favorite was a technique, this time the dryer sheet.

APRIL: I love the punch art easter card!

MAY: My favorite this month was the two-toned embossed card

JUNE: A simple wedding card is on the top of my list...

JULY: Another simple color scheme... looks so pretty!

AUGUST: Berries made with the flower folds die and a matching basket!

SEPTEMBER: faux tearing with those pretty leaves..

OCTOBER: a fun Halloween card using acetate

NOVEMBER: the flower bookmark was definitely my favorite project this month!

DECEMBER: I'd have to pick my gift tags- they turned out so cute!

Hope you enjoyed my year in review-- let's hope I am as creative in the year to come!!

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Beautiful Season Thank Yous!

Happy New Years Eve! I hope everyone has had a good year and has some fun plans tonight. I spent some time yesterday making thank yous for some holiday gifts so I thought I would share those today! I like using the Christmas sets to make thank you cards after the holidays - I feel like it gives me another reason to use them! For these two cards I used the stamp set Beautiful Season. I love the bird image on this card but didn't use it for my Christmas cards because it would have taken way too long to color them all! For this first card I stamped the main image with black ink on white cardstock and then colored it in with chalks and q-tips. I sponged the edges of the cardstock with some soft suede ink to give it a more "aged" look. If you look closely you can see a sneak peek of on the of the new ribbons that will be in the occasions mini that starts on Jan. 3. This is the new "pleated satin ribbon" in riding hood red!

The next card also has a "sneak peek" of new product-- I used the new Framelits dies (Labels). These dies are really awesome- you get 6 dies of the same shape that nest so it's easy to create cool layers that frame each other like I did here:

For this card I stamped the bird on crumb cake cardstock and colored him in with chalks and q-tips. I like how the white belly pops off the colored cardstock. Then I finished it off with some bakers twine and the sentiment "thanks so much" from the tiny tags set (punched out with the jewelry tag punch)

stamps: Beautiful season, tiny tags
ink:basic black
paper: wild wasabi, crumb cake, soft suede, whisper white, First Edition patterned paper
other: bakers twine (cherry cobbler), jewelry tag punch, Labels Framelits, pleated satin ribbon (riding hood red), oval and scallop oval punches, framed tulips embossing folder, sponge, chalks, q-tips

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Holiday Recap!

With the busy holiday goings-on last week I didn't get a chance to post the remainder of my holiday stuff so here is a re-cap of what I made! I quickly put together a bunch of tags using the two tags big shot die and scrap papers and punches! They turned out really cute!

On these I used the Northern Frost Sizzlit strip die to make the Snowflakes:

For my co-workers I made cute little mint treats to go with their cards:

Every year my husband and I make Jam for gifts too. I dressed up the jars using some patterned paper from the Frostwood Lodge paper pack. I love the plaids!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Non-Stamping post- Kitty Hugs!

This isn't stamping related but I had to share. This is what I come home to each night. My big kitty, Newton, loves to hug and snuggle. First he nuzzles in under my neck...

Then he snuggles in and hugs me like a teddy bear! I swear he's not really a cat!

He's the sweetest little furball!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Time for gift bags!

Can you believe it's less than two weeks 'til Christmas? I've been busy shopping, creating, and making my holiday cards so I haven't had much time to post lately. Here is something I thought would be fun to share. I made this gift bag last week for a little handmade gift for some friends and I love how it turned out. I started with a plain craft gift bag (I buy these occasionally when I have a coupon or they are on sale at a craft store so I always have a few on hand). Then I stamped the tree on it from the Christmas Lodge stamp set and Seasons Greetings from the Many Merry Messages stamp set. I decorated the bottom with some paper from the Frostwood Lodge Designer paper (LOVE the plaids in this paper) and a piece of chocolate chip punched out with the Lace Ribbon Border punch!

Then I used the Two Tags big shot die to cut out a cute tag, embellished it with some more paper and the pinecones from the Pines and Pointsettias stamp set. Didn't it turn out pretty?

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Anti-Bacterial Holders

Here are some cute little anti-bacterial holders I made! I made these for the craft fair so I was using up some of my holiday paper leftovers from previous catalogs. This cute paper is from last year but I still love it! Then I used the snowflake from serene snowflakes and the little message Merry is from the Tiny Tags set.

This one uses the Merry Christmas sentiment from the Teeny Tiny wishes set punched out with the word window and the Modern Label punch.

Here's what they look like open. I stamped on the insides and added some patternered paper across the bottom. They close with a little piece of velcro.

Here are a few more holiday ones:

A fall one using the Day of Gratitude set and the woodgrain paper from the Christmas Lodge paper...

And last, but not least, some created with the Berry Blossoms paper pack:

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Fall Sympathy Card

Sympathy cards are always hard to make - partly because it's just sad to have to send one. For this card I wanted to create a pretty fall card to say I cared! I used the branches from stamp set Autumn Days to create a fall wreath using more mustard, soft suede and cajun craze inks. I added on a little bow using 1/8" Taffeta ribbon in pumpkin pie. I created a textured background for the card using the Square Lattice Embossing folder in the big shot. Then the rest of the card is made using punches. the Lace Ribbon Border punch for the bottom and then two sizes of oval and the scallop oval to create the sentiment.

stamps: Autumn Days, Teeny Tiny Wishes
ink: soft suede, more mustard, cajun craze
paper: whisper white, soft suede, more mustard, cajun craze, chocolate chip, pumpkin pie
other: 1/8" taffeta ribbon in pumpkin pie, Lace ribbon Border punch, oval punches, scallop oval punch, dimensionals, square lattice embossing folder

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Doctor Who Birthday Card

My husband is a big Doctor Who fan (well.. so am I to be honest) so I wanted to make him a special card for his birthday this year. I've been into punch art more this year and thought... hey, it wouldn't be that hard to create a TARDIS! So I made him this TARDIS card using stampin up paper and punches. The card is Not Quite Navy Cardstock and I scored it to the size of a regular card so that it would fit inside a normal sized medim envelope. Then I used square punches to create the doors, sponging the edges with not quite navy ink to make them look more dimensional and aged. The hardest part was figuring out how to close the doors. I dug through my stash and found these little hardware toggles which did the job nicely.

on the inside I put a piece of white to write on and added the Happy Birthday message from the hostess set Happiest Birthday Wishes!

I think he was quite surprised by the card and loved it! It also helped that it came with the newest season of Doctor Who on DVD, which came out just a day before his birthday! Perfect! Now I get to watch it with him!


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