Monday, November 17, 2014

Happy as a Bird with a French Fry

Love this little French Fry Box and candy French Fries add to the happy!
There are so many, many way to use this great little box but this is one of my favorite.

For the French Fries: Very Vanilla cardstock cut into 2-1/2" x 3-3/4" strips - score every 1/2" along the short side and then run through a Crimper (so glad I kept mine!)
Sponge with Crumb Cake and Daffodil Delight ink and use Sticky Strip to adhere closed. These go together so quickly.

I added a roll of Smarties inside of each fry but I have a hunch rolled up dollar bills (or tens, twenties, fifties) would get a big woo-hoo at Christmas time also!
Extra cool - the stamp set Yippee-Skippee comes as clear or wood mount or as a digital download - so no waiting if you need to make one today!
Fry Box 132966
131344 clear
131341 wood
134856 Digital download!

Monday, November 10, 2014

From Our Home to Yours

 Holiday Home and it's coordinating die, Homeade Holidays have to be one of the sweetest sets in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog .... it is so versatile, discounted when purchased as a bundle and easily used year-round.
But this time for Christmas - or leave off the "at Christmastime" and it can be for any wintery occasion.
I had ever so much fun with this one -
here's the order in which I created it.
Before you begin, and in between each stamping, be sure to use your Embossing Buddy to keep your embossing where you want it to be!
1) Using Versamark ink, stamp the house on the lower right hand side of Whisper White cardstock, cut 4" x 5-1/4". It's the top of a three layer card.
2) Emboss the house using White Embossing Powder.
3) Die cut the house using Home for the Holiday Framelits.
4) Shade in the windows, bricks and roofline using Coastal Cabana Blendabilities (or Stampin' Write Markers) and set aside for now.
5) Using Versamark ink stamp your sentiment on the lower left hand side of the card. Heat emboss using Silver Embossing Powder.
6) Emboss the top part only of the cardstock using the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder and the Big Shot!
7) Using the Versamark stamp pad, add Versamark randomly over the embossed area. No right or wrong on this step!
8) Heat emboss dotted area using Whisper White Embossing Powder. This give it a frosty kind of look.
9) Using a Stampin' Sponge and Coastal Cabana ink, add color over the lower center part of the card.
10) Add Frosted Sequins and tiny Pearls using Glue Dots.
11) Assemble card using Stampin' Dimensionals - two layers under the house and offset it just a tad for a nice shadow effect.
Here are some products you will use. Order them 24/7 online here and receive a thank you gift in the mail!

Holiday Home Bundle
Decorative Dots Embossing Folder 133520
Frosted Sequins 135835

Embossing Buddy 103083

Friday, November 7, 2014

Autumn Wooden Elements

Today I have for you a simple card with just a tad of stamping but it packs a beautiful punch! 
I was delighted to discover that two of the leaves included in the Fall Fest Framelits set actually are identical to two of the leaves in Autumn Wooden Elements .... kind of wondering what happened to the others, but I'll take what I have, I suppose.

I laid out the initial concept using the wooden elements to make sure their little stems didn't get all tangled up together.
I'm happy with "hello Fall" popped up on an oval - but I'll admit it was to cover my embossing goof up!  I got so excited with the idea of the card that I broke my golden rule of "stamp first!" and I wasn't about to toss it. So I just covered it up.
The card base is created using Crumb Cake card stock. I then added a layer of Very Vanilla which I just hand cut into a swoopy kind of deal.

Using your Magnetic Platform, which nicely holds your Framelits in place, begin cutting your leaves along the curve as shown .If you don't have one of these babies yet, how do you live without it? Put it on your Christmas list!

Rather interesting looking until you adhere it to the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals (pretty much my best stamping friend!) and then add on your wooden leaves.

And look how sweetly they just fit in there - lovin' it! Now how about creating one with card stock leaves .... or a little DSP or ..... perhaps I'll be back with a few other ideas for you soon.
And about that Magnetic Platform - order it here!
Magnetic Platform 130658

Autumn Wooden Accents 135846
Fall Fest Bundle 137628

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Inking Everything Blog Hop!

Happy wonderful fall!
It's November and we're steeped in the middle of crisp nights, sunny days, leaves crunching underfoot and warm sweaters. What a spectacular time of year! The only way it could be better is with an amazing blog hop for your inspiration!
So here it is .... enjoy my fall card and then be sure to follow along with Raquelle's creations below.

So I wanted to re-create leaves falling gently from the trees in this card to give the feeling of autumn and all that it holds - truly my favorite time of year! Well, until spring comes at least.

Leaves - quickly cut out using the Fall Fest Framelit Dies
(it comes with a variety of leaves) and the Big Shot! popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals which make them kind of float on the card.

Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper adds the perfect fall touch to the background. A few Candy Dots to add some festivity and it's easy to "give thanks for all things"!

Fall Fest Photopolymer Bundle 137628

For All Things 135155

Candy Dots - Regals 130932

Shop here for all of your fall stamping supplies!

And now .... introducing the next stop along the way. Check out Raquelle's inspiring creations! 


Saturday, October 25, 2014

A Face only a Mother Could Love

Let's go easy on a Saturday morning and make a card that is almost one layer.  Using Santa & Co. Designer Series Paper as the main theme of the party, this card goes together quickly. Just add an embossed message and a few twinkly stars and you're done!

Now just take a look at this face - look like anyone in your family? Hah! I love this darling snowman! I'd have him in my front yard in a flat second.  Even sitting on my sofa if he wouldn't melt! Truly a face that only a Mom could love.

And another family of snowmen bringing love from our home to yours. Can't get sweeter or easier than this.

The hearts are punched out using the Owl Punch - how many ways can a person use that punch? It's simply amazing. In all the years I've owned it, I think I have actually only used the owl twice. But all the other components - every few days!

Itty Bitty Banners brings the message "from our home to yours" atop Vellum Paper softly embossed with snowflakes.
Santa & Co Designer Series Paper 135821
Builder Owl Punch 118074
Merry Everything 135071

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Festival of Trees!

Well, we did the gold tour here and so today we'll add a little color and down home Christmas feel to the Festival of Trees. I just love how versatile this set is and we're not near done with exploring the creativity it can inspire, so keep watching for more!

Oh, where did that sweet little "merry & bright" come from?  Let me tell you! Now and until October 31, 2014 there is a tremendous new stamp set called Good Greetings that has amazing sayings available free with a $300 order! And, gals, that is in addition to all hostess benefits you receive. It's time to book a party!! Contact me here today!

Click here for more info on this spectacular promotion!

And another - this time punching the tree from the top layer of the card and then inserting a stamped (and punched) tree inside for a little definition. Don't you love how the merry and bright fits perfectly in the Itty Bitty Banners Die?  You know you want it!
Festival of Trees Bundle 137640

Itty Bitty Banners 136606
Decorative Dots Embossing Folder 133520

Monday, October 20, 2014

Christmas in Gold

 Okay, stampers, here we go..... a post chock full of pictures for you to celebrate the Festival of Trees in gold. I promised it in this post here and I'm delivering!

Festival of Trees comes with five wonderfully designed trees along with embellishments and sayings. It's quite enough to keep you stamping and creating through the entire season. Tags, bags, cards and home decor - but for today how about a Santa's bag full of little love notes all done up in Brushed Gold and Very Vanilla!
All the cards I created in this post used Very Vanilla and Brushed Gold cardstock for a very elegant look. This one uses the embellishment stamp as snow falling for a frosty holiday card.
Embossed in gold standing next to a tree that I punched from the 2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punch. Punch the circle first and then use your tree punch to  create graduated layers. How fun!

Embossed with White Embossing Powder, again on Brushed Gold cardstock, with a simple star.
I used Stampin' Dimensionals exclusively as my adhesive on these great little cards. In my opinion, there is no other foam adhesive out there that can compare with Stampin' Up!'s.
It adds just the right depth to a card and I love it!

Washi tape, hello! What a wonderful way to dress up a tree - all decked out in gold again. Oh, can you imagine a gift pack of these cards? The perfect holiday hostess gift! Keep reading on how to receive your own gift pack of these adorable cards.

Isn't this tree absolutely exquisite? This is definitely a stand-alone. How many ways could you use this stamp? Keep posted for some of my ideas for it. I L.O.V.E. it!

Yep, I pulled out the sewing machine for this one (actually, not true, it's sitting out all the time!) Just a quick back and forth adds some fun to this one. Easy! Try it using gold thread on a Very Vanilla background....

And of course, this set is not complete without using a few Frosted Sequins ..... maybe a little Pearl in the center of each would have been a nice touch. I think I'll add those on for a little touch of elegance.
So.... would you like to receive a little pack of these to enjoy? My hostess gift for each order totaling $50 or more this month is exactly that. Simply place your order online here and I'll pop a sweet little set of four in the mail to you.
Thank you!
Festival of Trees Bundle 137640
Brushed Gold Cardstock 102935
Frosted Sequins 135835