Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

Hello Stampers!

I was just playing around with My Digital Studio and enjoying the newest digital downloads. One of my favorites are is the Autumn Spice Digital kit - which includes some lovely stamps, papers and embellishments.

Here is a quick card I whipped up this morning to share with you. I just love how I can change parts or all of the card/colors/papers to whatever I desire.

I added the Old Olive Grosgrain Ribbon and changed out the sentiment. Easy peasy (and super fun to play with). Warning: This program is highly addictive! :)

I wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Thanks for stopping by,

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Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Here comes Santa!

Holiday Hoopla is a set I overlooked a million times in the catalog! It wasn't until I received a card swap at the Baltimore Regionals that I gave it a second look. It is such a FUN set to stamp with and makes the cutest cards! We used it at our Holiday Stamp A Stack earlier this month and everyone LOVED it. Several of my customers ordered it that day!

Here is the card we made with it at my last Holiday Stamp Camp -

The cardstock base is Ver Vanilla, and layered with Designer Paper from the Jolly Holiday Selection. I know I keep using that paper, but it's just so awesome! All of the designs are so great in there, that you will use up every last scrap!

Santa was stamped in Stazon Jet Black, and I glittered up his hat brim and moustache. His face was colored in using the Blushing Bride Marker. I added a Basic Pearl to the top of his hat.
The greeting is stamped in Cherry Cobbler and punched out with the new Decorative Label Punch. I added it to the card with a couple Stampin' Dimensionals.

So you better be on your best behavior, because the big guy is watching. If you are good, maybe you will get some stamps in your stocking this year. ;0)

Thanks for dropping by! Have a great day!


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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Seasons Greetings Ornaments

Here is another card that we made on Friday Night at my Holiday Stamp Camp.

The Cardstock Base is Old Olive. I also used the stripped pattern from Jolly Holiday Designer Series Paper.

The ornaments are from the Tags Till Christmas Stamp Set, and inked in Old Olive. I stamped them on Very Vanilla, and added a basic pearl to the center. The center ornament is simply the Cherry Cobbler Polka Dot Designer Paper punched out with the Ornament punch. I hand drew in the string with a Basic Black Marker. The center ornament is also popped up on Stampin' Dimensionals.

Down the side is a lovely piece of Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon (love this stuff!). And then the greeting (from the Curly Cute Stamp Set) is inked in Cherry Cobbler and stamped at the bottom.

Super easy and fast card, and very cute!

Have a great weekend everyone!
Thanks for stopping by,

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Jolly Bingo Bits

I have had my eye on the Jolly Bingo Bits stamp set in the Holiday Mini for awhile now. The images are so cute and there are SO many of them! It would be a great set to make gift tags with! Well I finally ordered it last week, and I have been having such fun with it. Jacob even stamped a letter to Santa with it already. He inked it up before I did! LOL.

Here is what I came up with:

I didn't go nuts with colors, I wanted it to coordinate. I just used Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler and Early Espresso. The images are punched out with the 1 1/4" square punch, and layered on a scallop square. I don't know if you can see it in the picture but the vanilla piece that the images are backed on is embossed with the Petals A Plenty Embossing Folder. It makes it more Christmassy! :-)

The greeting is also another new set I just got, and its called Cute Cues. I love the curly font!
Super easy card, and too cha cha for words!

I have a Holiday Stamp Camp Friday Night, and this is one of the cards my stamper friends are getting to make!

I hope you are all having a great week! I started a new job this week so there's a little bit of adjusting getting used to the new schedule. So far, so good!

Have a wonderful weekend, and make some time to stamp! :0)

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Spread a little JOY

Hello Stampers!
Renovations are ALMOST done in my Stamp Studio. It's been a long 2 weeks, and I can't wait to have my space back. The ceiling was completed on Saturday, and Ed spent most of today painting it. Now we have to paint the walls, and I have to get new window treatments. But I don't even care about that - I just need my space to work! I am happy to say that I am sitting at a table in my stamp room RIGHT THIS MOMENT,
and I don't even CARE that I am getting loopy from the paint fumes. LOL.

It's been challenging prepping for classes and having clubs and camps without the use of this room. But it will all be worth it when it is DONE. The ceiling looks great. If you need a good sheet-rock guy, let me know. MC Drywall out of Bristol is excellent, and he knows his stuff! Tell Mike I sent you! ;)

So, I am prepping for my Holiday Stamp Camp this Friday night. It was originally planned for Saturday, but I had to move it back to Friday night. Sorry for those that it inconvenienced. I had a family conflict and this was the only solution.

Here is a simple but really pretty card we are making Friday night. It uses the Welcome Christmas Stamp Set.

I love the vintage feel to this set. On this card we are using the wreath and the JOY greeting.

The cardstock base is Always Artichoke. The layer is Very Vanilla that was embossed using the Petals A Plenty Embossing Folder. The Wreath was inked in Always Artichoke and stamped on Very Vanilla. I then colored in a few of the berries with a Bravo Burgundy Marker. The JOY greeting was also inked in Bravo Burgundy and stamped over the wreath.

This was really easy to do using the clear stamps/blocks. Lining it up was a cinch, and it turned out perfect on the first try (that NEVER happens...LOL).

I added some of our basic jewels to give a little bling to the card. I used the smallest ones and it looks so pretty in person. I backed the main image with Bravo Burgundy Cardstock.

Easy peasy, and no ribbon! How about that! That MUST be a first for me! I use ribbon on EVERYTHING! LOL

I start a new job tomorrow, and I am so excited about it. Still part time, but closer to home and more consistent hours. So, if you don't hear from me much this week, you will know why! LOL.

Have a great Monday!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

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Just in time for Christmas - Album in a Box is back!

This project is one I have done before, but it was many years ago. I never seem to have the time to get it back on my calendar. People request it time and again.
It is the Album in a Box project.

This project is so amazing, and never fails to delight all who open the box. Are you a scrapbooker? Wouldn't you love a special handmade gift to give to parents, grandparents, family and friends this year?

It is a keepsake that will be cherished for years to come. It is coffee table worthy!

I used the gorgeous, vintage Deck the Halls Designer Series Paper and Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler and Very Vanilla cardstock, along with coordinating ribbon and designer brad.

Here is the outside view:

Here is the top view:

Now the magic begins when you lift the lid off the box. Out spills a mini album, with room for 20 pictures.

Each panel flips over to reveal more pictures on the underside. I loaded mine up with pictures from Christmas's past, when my kids were small. It warms my heart to look at my little munchkins so small excited for Santa!

Here is another view:

OK - now for the class information -

Date: Thursday December 16th - 7 PM

Cost: $20.00 - includes all materials. Please bring adhesive and scissors.

Note: It is not necessary to bring pictures, but if you want to - they should range in size from 2 1/4" to 3 1/4". Paper trimmers are available if you need to trim them down.

You will need approx 20 pictures. However, if you are giving this as a gift, you may choose to give it blank and let the recipient add their own pictures.

Please RSVP to to attend. Space is limited. First come, first serve.

Have a great go stamp something! :0)

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Vintage Dasher

Hey Stampers!

So what do you think of my new blog design? I love it! I highly recommend Michelle from Laycock Designs. She is so great! I just told her the colors I wanted (Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso and Pear Pizzazz) and the style (shabby, vintage) and she went to work.
It was time for a new update, don't you think? ;-)

Today I am sharing a quick card, as it is constructionville over here....we are having some work done in my stamp room...the ceiling is being ripped out and the door is being replaced. It's a mess right now, but it will be great when it's done.

Here is my favorite little stamp, Dasher.

The card is Early Espresso, embossed with the Petals a Plenty embossing folder. Then there is a strip of Deck the Halls down the center. I added a bow with the Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon that is in the Holiday Mini Catalog.
The greeting is stamped in Cherry Cobbler ink on Crumb Cake Cardstock and punched out with the wide oval punch.

Thanks for stopping by today! If you are coming to the Stamp A Stack, it is this SUNDAY NOVEMBER 7th fro m1 -5 PM. You will receive an email tomorrow with the details.

Stamp Happy,

Tuesday, November 2, 2010