Tuesday, December 21, 2010

It's in the blood...

Jacob came home from school yesterday with a cool homework assignment. He had to make a holiday card for his book buddy. Do you think he is in the right house for THAT, or what?

At his school the 3rd and 4th graders have 1st and 2nd grade book buddies...they get together about once a week, and the older kids read to the younger kids. It's a great program, and really is designed to help the older kids practice their fluency.

So, he was pretty excited about making a card. He picked his stamp set (Punch Pals) and his cardstock colors (Pacific Point and Whisper White). All I did was cut the cardstock for him.
He knew to stamp it in Stazon Jet black, and he used the Stampin Write Markers to color it in.

Take a look:

Didn't he do an awesome job? We're not sure if his book buddy celebrates Christmas, so we stayed with a general winter theme.

I was so proud when he said "oh, I have to clean my stamps" and proceeded to do just that, and then put them away.
That's my boy! :0)

Have a great day!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Time is slipping away from me...

and I didn't finish my cards! LOL. So, I didn't get to make ALL of my cards this year. I had the best intentions, and every year I swear I am going to start sooner. But here we are again, with only a few days until Christmas...and I've only managed to make about 40 cards. I may sneak in a few more but I also might send out a Hallmark or two (or twenty...)

So let me share with you the ones I did manage to make....

This one came together pretty quickly. The card base is Crumb Cake. I stamped the Snowflake in the background from Winter Post using Versamark Ink. A strip of Deck The Halls Designer Paper and Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon across the middle. The Holly is from Peaceful Seasons (a Level 2 Hostess Set). The ornament was inked in Cherry Cobbler, then punched out with the Ornament Punch and popped up on dimensionals. I added a small Rhinestone to the ornament for just a little bling.

Now this one took a bit longer....

The card base is Cherry Cobbler, with a 2" strip of Always Artichoke that had been run through the Big Shot using the Petals a Plenty Embossing Folder. A strip of Early Espresso Satin Ribbon runs across the middle.

The tag was cut to 2 1/2" x 4" and layered with Early Espresso. Dasher was inked in Early Espresso and stamped on the Whisper White tag. I used a piece of Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon at the top of the tag. There are a few layers at the bottom of the tag - starting with a small piece of Always Artichoke that was punched with the Scallop Edge Punch, and layered with a 3/4" strip of Cherry Cobbler, and a touch of Victoria Crochet Ribbon (God I love that stuff...)
I added a button from the Deck The Halls Jumbo Buttons in the Holiday Mini and threaded it with Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon.

Thanks for stopping by today! I am so sorry for the lack of posts. I am not even CLOSE to being ready for Christmas. Nothing is wrapped, and there is so much left to do, including coming up with a craft for my son's 3rd grade class. I should be able to whip something up quickly - I mean, I have a whole stamp room full of this stuff! LOL. I will share what I come up with - - - I am thinking something snowman related...maybe a bookmark? Hmmmm....

Have a great day!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Peaceful Season

I just love love LOVE this Level 2 Hostess Set in the Holiday Mini, Peaceful Season.

The script is beautiful and has 2 greetings - Peace on Earth and Seasons Greetings.

Here is the 2nd Card my Monthly Stamp Group made this past week!

It's such an easy card to make, but it's so elegant! The card base is Soft Suede Cardstock.
We then inked the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing folder with Crumb Cake ink (using the brayer) on one side - then put a 1/4 piece of Whisper White cardstock in the folder and ran in through the Big Shot. The results are gorgeous! It give a very antique look to the embossed cardstock.

The holly and berries were inked using Old Olive and Cherry Cobbler markers. The greeting was stamped in Basic Black. The edges are all sponged with Crumb Cake ink. A touch of Very Vanilla Seam Binding Ribbon finishes it all off.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a great week!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Here Comes Santa Claus....

...here comes Santa Claus, right down Santa Claus Lane....

Hello Stampers!

I wanted to share with you a card that we made at my Monthly Stamp Group this past week.
It's a super cute card, but I can't take credit - I cased this card from my sweet friend and fellow demonstrator, Deb Naylor (Hi Deb!).

This cute little guy is from the stamp set Jolliest Time of the Year. The card base is Whisper White, layered with Basic Black and Real Red that was embossed with the Perfect Polka Dot Embossing Folder. The ribbon is the 1 - 1/2" Basic Black Stripped Grosgrain Ribbon, with a small piece of Real Red Satin Ribbon.

Santa was stamped in Jet Black Stazon, and colored in with Real Red, Basic Black and Blushing Bride (for his face). 2 Way Glue was added to his hat, coat and beard, then sprinkled with Dazzling Diamonds Glitter.

The gals loved making this little guy. He is really sparkly in person!

I hope everyone had a great weekend!
Thanks for taking the time to stop by!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Peaceful Season

Here is a card that we did at my Christmas Stamp Camp last weekend. I cased this card from another wonderfully talented demonstrator, Catherine Pooler.

The stamp set is called Peaceful Season, and it's a Level 2 Hostess set in the Holiday Mini. I just LOVE the elegant script font on this. There is another greeting in this set with the same font that says Peace on Earth.

It's a pretty simple card, but we used the Big Shot a lot on this one!

The Old Olive base is embossed with the Petals A Plenty embossing folder.
Then we have the greeting that is stamped in Cherry Cobbler ink on a Top Note Die Cut.

The finishing touch are those delicate snowflakes which are made with the Northern Flurry Die Cut. I just love that die! It cuts out a bunch of snowflakes all at once and they are all different shapes and sizes. The only part I don't like it popping out all the little pieces from inside the snowflakes, but it is totally worth it in the end.
The snowflakes all have a Basic Rhinestone in the center just to add a touch of bling.

Thanks for popping in today! I have lots more holiday ideas to share with you. My only problem is finding the time to sit down and write my post! LOL

Have a great day,

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

A Cardinal for Christmas

Hello Stampers!

Welcome back! I hope you are staying warm this week! It's been in the 20's here in CT! Good weather to stay inside and stamp your holiday cards. :0)

Here is a simple but really cute card. This makes me think of my Grandmother as she loves Cardinals. She is a bird lady - and they all seem to flock to her windows. I will have to send this one to her! :0)

The card base is Cherry Cobbler, that has been embossed with the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder. The greeting is from the set Four The Holidays and is stamped in Cherry Cobbler. The strip of paper is from the Deck the Halls Designer Series Paper - and it is layered with a scalloped piece of Always Artichoke cardstock.

The bird was punched from the XL Bird Punch - using embossed Cherry Cobbler cardstock and popped up on dimensionals. The ribbon is the Always Artichoke Seam Binding Ribbon from the Holiday Mini.

This is a very simple, cute card. It comes together very quickly. The texture from the embossing folder adds an elegant feel to the card.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Hope you are having a great week!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Lovely As A Tree - A Classic!

Lovely as a Tree has been around forever! But it is such a classic stamp set, and one I reach for often. It makes gorgeous holiday cards, birthday cards, and sympathy cards. I hope it never retires!

This is a simple card but oh, so pretty. The card base is Crumb Cake, with a layer of Deck the Halls Designer Series Paper. The main image is stamped on a tag from the Two Tags Die Cut for the Big Shot.

The background on the tag is En Francois stamped lightly in Soft Suede Ink. The tree was inked up in Always Artichoke CRAFT ink. It has a deeper pigment and stamped over the French background really well. The snow was made using the White Gel Pen, and a little bit of glitter.

The ribbon is Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon that is in the holiday mini. I sponged the edges on all of the Crumb Cake pieces.

I apologize for the lack of posts lately. It's such a busy time of the year and trying to get it all done is a bit difficult! I am sure you can all relate!

I hope you had a great weekend!
Thanks for stopping by,