Showing posts from 2010

Dream Schemes-Bubbly Hearts

The holiday season is almost over for another year, and as we prepare to ring in a new year, bright with hope and promise, I still find it necessary to celebrate the year of 2010. It's brought several changes to my life...some good, some bad, some fun, and some sad. Our Thursday Dream Scheme for this week was to celebrate "Love in the New Year". Each year of our lives is all the more enriched by those we love. My post today features a bottle of the bubbly (the real stuff or sparkling cider...your choice), a representation of all celebrations. My bottle is created from acetate. I paste-embossed in white "Heart Whimsy" on the "bottle", and in glossy black on the gold "label". The "champagne" was glitter paper, with a few "bubbles" punched out, and Dot Sparkler stickers adhered at the top of the bottle. The acetate bottle was popped up off the surface of the elegant black linen card for effect. The foil and cap at the top w…

Feeling the Love?

Feeling the love? Today's post features two darling images from the Perfectly Clear "Love Buds" from Stampendous. I  created two for the boys and one for the girls. Each image was simply colored with colored pencils, so simple even the kids could do this portion. the bottom of the card is stamped with "Happy Day Square" in black. Portions of Class A' Peel "Girly Ribbon" is used across the centers and embellished with fun heart-shaped brad fasteners, and a snippet of ribbon. A treat or gift certificate could easily be tucked inside for that special someone. Now are you feeling the love?
Perfectly Clear "Love Buds" from Stampendous (SSC265)
Cling "Happy Day Square" from Stampendous (CRF205)
Class A' Peel "Girly Ribbon" from Stampendous (AC708MRS)
Onyx Versafine ink from Tsukineko
Prismacolor pencils
Swiss Dots Bazzill cardstock
black, white cardstock
American Crafts ribbon
Creative Impressions brad …

Call Me...Resistable!

Feeling a touch of the "after-Christmas-blues" tonight as I post this blog for Monday. My hubby left this morning to go back to work. My two sons left this evening to go back home. Now it's just me and my kitties. I needed a little cheering up, so I'm posting this bright and sweet card featuring new release stamps from Lizzie Anne Designs. This rose and sentiment are from the Winter 2011 mix release, "Lucky in Love". The rose was done with a resist technique. I stamped and embossed it in white on white cardstock. I used the ColorBox Chalk ink pad in Rouge direct-to-paper over the embossed image. Then I wiped the ink away from the embossed surface to show off this gorgeous rose image. I inked a piece of screening with the rouge ink and carefully placed the rose panel over the surface to achieve the
textured appearance. The Bazzill Bling card has rounded corners, and a panel of this pretty pink and green plaid paper from Paper Adventures at the bottom. The s…

Stamping Sentimental: Matt's Card from December 1992

I think Christmas Eve is the perfect time to feel sentimental. This card always makes me feel that way. I have been stamping for almost twenty years now. When I first started, my boys were 4 and 5, and they quickly became stampers as well. They had their own stamps, and inks, and markers, etc., and they loved to sit at Mom's desk and make their own cards. You probably have similar memories with your children, or will create those memories in the future. They're special memories, a bonding experience with your children that time and circumstance can never take away from you, or them. This card represents this feeling for me. Matthew, my youngest, was five at the time he created this card. By then, he had watched mom go beyond just stamping and coloring, to embossing, and foiling, and glittering. He did this card all by himself. I remember him talking about it as he carefully worked on it. He drew the frozen pond and the mountains, and colored them in along with the sky. He brok…

Dream Schemes-Grateful Hearts

Two more days until Christmas, and those of us in the Dreamweaver "Dream Team", still have itchy stencil fingers. So, we all decided not to take the week off of the "Thursday Dream Schemes". I did, however, choose to do a super-simple card for our open challenge this week. I love the Celtic look of this stencil, which I simply paste-embossed with Glossy Black paste on a textured paint chip sample from the local home store. It has kind of a sandy and slightly sparkly texture to it, which is kind of cool, and I picked up a handful of them in various colors. The rest of the card is simply velvet Damask Class A' Peel stickers and a sentiment sticker from Stampendous. I embellished with black rhinestone stickers at the corners of my Nestie die cut square, and two shades of pearl stickers on the design. I like the sentiment that I used. Simple, to the point, yet different than the usual "thank you". The holidays always remind me to be especially grateful f…

Party with the Polka Penguins

I thought I was through with posting Christmas cards for this year, but I came across this one that I created for the Stampendous holiday catalog '09. It is one of my favorites, mainly because I love penguins, and I love the color scheme for this card. I took one white cardstock panel and stamped the Polka Penguins image, the sentiment, and the snowflakes. I watercolored all, and then cut the panel into three sections. Each were matted in black cardstock, adhered over this smoky blue MME paper, on a red card, and embellished with rick rack, ribbon, turn mounts, and red brad fasteners. A little glitter to highlight the frosty feel finished it off. Happy holiday stamping! Be sure to come back on Thursday for the Dreamweaver Stencil's Thursday Dream Schemes!

"Polka Penguins" from Stampendous (M172)
"Mini Flake" from Stampendous (AA014)
"Ours to Yours" from Stampendous (L190)
Onyx Versafine ink from Tsukineko
Multi Ultra-fine Crystal Glitter from S…

Bag It and Tag It...Homespun-Style

Coming in to the home stretch now for Christmas. The cards have probably been sent, the decorating is done, and now you need to quickly wrap those gifts. Here is a quickie wrap using Lizzie Anne Designs, "Oh, Christmas Tree" set. This set has a variety of trees in different shapes, sizes, and styles. For this bag and tag, I wanted to go more traditional with a homespun feel. I started with a kraft bag, and added a band of DP which I had continuously stamped the sentiment namesake for this set. This was adhered to a green band, and a tan cardstock run through the Corrugator for texture. The tag follows the same process, with the addition of this old-fashioned tree stamped on the tan cardstock, cut out, run  through the Corrugator, and then popped up on the die cut tag. For the tissue, I stamped the star in deep red, and the trees in dark green, and the sentiment again randomly. This would be so easy to make "conveyor belt-style" for multiples, and hand-crafted gift …

Feeling Blue? And Purple?

The Dream Team was feeling a little blue this week...and a little purple! Our color way challenge for this Thursday was to use blue and purple. In addition, we are using this opportunity to show off Dreamweaver Stencils' gorgeous Glossy Blue Embossing Paste. This is the same paste that I used on my porcelain ornaments that I posted last Thursday, but for that occasion it was covered in glitter. Now you can see just how pretty and shiny this paste is. I used this paste for all three background panels (Flourishes, Diamonds, and Petals) on this card, and for the Iris focal point as well. That one was a bit trickier as it is small, and to mask off the tiny areas that will be other colors would ordinarily be really annoying. However, Dreamweaver Stencils has this really cool gadget called a "Picasso". It's shaped like something you would imagine he would design, with odd angles, shapes, and openings. Perfect to block off areas while you color in others. After the Iris was…

Lizzie Anne Designs New Release Pop Hop!

Break out the butter and salt! It's time to celebrate with the new release of Lizzie Anne Design's January Mix, "Lucky in Love"! Like all the mix sets, this one is chock full of fun, quirky, sweet, and artsy images, with the perfect sentiments to go with. I really had a tough decision to choose which ones to play with first. I ended up going with the Popcorn Box, the Popcorn, and Popping By sentiment. It may sound stupid, but I get sentimental about popcorn. When I was growing up, a family treat would be my dad making popcorn. When we would bundle the family into the old Chevy Nomad station wagon to go to the drive-in movie, my mom would fill up old metal coffee cans with popcorn for each of us to take along. When my sons were small, I would sneak one or the other out of their beds to have popcorn as a special treat. Our landlady from those same days (who came from Iowa, and therefore, an expert on popcorn) would call the boys over to get popcorn. She was really a s…

Jumbo Size It!

Busy, busy, busy! I don't know about the most wonderful time of the year, but it's definitely the busiest! That's why these two projects featuring the Stampendous Perfectly Clear Jumbo sets are nice and simple. The first uses a tri-fold card. The Jumbo Tree has been stamped and embossed in white on green cardstock. Velvetty Class A' Peel Scrollwork Borders are added, the tree is cut out and adhered over the ribbon tie that holds the card closed. Because it's a tri-fold card, you have a nice spot inside for tucking in some cash or a gift certificate/card. The star was also stamped, embossed, and cut out to top the tree. The sentiment was stamped on the side panel and embossed.

The second project is a fun ornament. Stamp and emboss the Jumbo Ornament in white on several green, red, and print papers. For each ornament you'll need at least five circles. Cut and piece the various colors and patterns as desired. Score down the center of each circle and adhere each to…

Fluffles and Fun for the Holidays

Another quickie post with two more holiday creations from the Stampendous holiday '09 catalog. The first is my favorite Stampendous character...and I do mean character! Fluffles is always into mischief! He and his pal are decorating this kitty treat bag with a little help from me. I cut the opening for the window of this bag (coated inside for food purposes) using my Coluzzle square template. I adhered a acetate window from the inside that had been stamped with the Festive Fluffles set. Class A' Peel "Holly Corners" and "Candy Corners" for highlighting the corners and the tag. Both cats were watercolored, cut out, with paper pieced holiday hats (and pompoms usual!), and Fun Flock as well. A strip of the cute polka dot paper was added around the bottom of the bag before filling with kitty's favorite noms.
 The second card uses the same color scheme and cute papers. The poinsettia was stamped and embossed in white on red and lime papers and …

Design Team Mix Up!

This posting today is a design team mix up. This card is featuring product from two of the teams that I design for...Stampendous and Dreamweaver Stencils. I love when I have opportunity to blend product from different companies into a creation. I used the Dreamweaver "Snowflakes" stencil to create the silvery panel at the base of the card. I used my Foil Technique for this:
1) Follow directions with Big Shot (or other embossing/die cutting machine) for embossing with a stencil to determine which base and plattens you will be using.
2) Place stencil on base and clear pad.
3) Place craft foil face down on top of stencil.
4) Apply spray adhesive to front of cardstock panel to be embossed and foiled. Spritz the back with rubbing alcohol (this will aid in a deeper emboss). Place adhesive side down on top of the foil sheet.
5) Place rubber mat, and second clear pad on top and run through
6) Remove layers and peel off the foil carrier to reveal the foiled and embossed pan…

No Challenge...Just Inspiration

Sadly, we are taking a break from the Stampendous Saturday Sketch challenge until after the 1st of the year. However, I still wanted to post some sweet Stampendous inspiration. Here are two more cards from the Holiday '09 catalog. The first is highlighting the Starry Angel stamp. I created a layered window on the front of the card by punching a circle through the white card, and then stitching a square on the print paper before tearing around the edge. This made a nice frame for the image stamped inside the card that was watercolored and glittered. I love the sentiment on this card, small and simple, yet perfect. On the second card, I created another window through the dotted print paper to stamp and watercolor (and yes, glitter,
too) these snow friends. As an overlay to highlight them and add to the snowy feel, I stamped and embossed in white the Swirl Tag. (Tip: Embossing on acetate can be a bit tricky because of the static cling on the acetate and because embossing powder looo…

You GNOME You Need Tags for the Holidays!

It's a perfect time during the holiday season for a tag challenge, which is just what today's post is all about. The Design Team for Lizzie Anne Designs was challenged this month to create a tag for the holidays. I'm afraid I may have gone slightly over the top with this one. I can guarantee you that very few people get tags like this on their gifts from me! Lol. My husband and sons are fortunate if they get one of those stickers from Target* that say "To" and "From", and they probably don't even notice those! So this was my opportunity to go all out on a tag. I cut several layers of various Nestabilities shapes of cardstock and DP. If you remember from the wreath I created for the last challenge, this cutie-pie gnome (or elf, or Santa) is a favorite of mine, so I used him once again putting him in a fun polka dot outfit. I flocked and glittered his beard and added a sparkle pompom to the tip of his hat. (I love pompoms in case you haven't notic…

DREAMing and SCHEMEing of a White Christmas!

It's Thursday so that means it's Dreamweaver Stencil's Dream Schemes again! Another opportunity to be wowed by our wonderful team, and another opportunity to play along and show us your stuff! Be sure to check out all the gals amazingness (is that a word? It is now!) and leave them some love, before hopping over to the Dreamweaver Stencil's "Dream It Up!" blog for more inspiration. Click on "Mr. Linky" there to link up your own creation for us to ooh and aaah over!
For my post today, I'm showing off the three porcelain ornaments that I decorated using Dreamweaver Stencils, embossing paste, and lots of glitter! The first uses a ornament shaped ornament, so of course, I used the Oval Ornament stencil! I paste embossed with the gorgeous Glossy Blue Paste, poured blue glitter over the surface, and set aside to dry. Once dry, I replaced the stencil over the ornament before placing the Gothic Snowflake over the top and paste-embossing with white past…

Two for the Post of One?

Didn't have an opportunity to post yesterday, so posting two cards today. The first was designed for the Stampendous holiday '09 catalog and features the Ponderosa Pine stamp embossed in white randomly over the DP. That panel was matted in red, and adhered to a soft blue-gray card. The tag is actually a stamp as well, and was also embossed in white, cut out and matted in red. The red buttons add just the right amount of pizazz to this card.
My second card today was created for this year's holiday catalog, and is soooo simple to recreate. It features the Class A' Peel velvet Jumbo Poinsettia stickers from Stampendous. Just apply them over the DP, mat the panel and adhere to the card. The sentiment was added to a matted strip, tied with a ribbon and
and adhered to the card. A few Class A' Peel Dot Sparklers were added for bling! The perfect card for those of you who are panicking about having enough time still to make your own cards.

Card #1:
"Swirl Tag"…

Home to Home Forest Scene

I suddenly realized just how close Christmas is, and I have so many cards to post still! Here's one of my faves using Stampendous' new Forest Cottage Scene. I know I posted something a little similar way back in July when this stamp was first released, but the process on this one is a little different. For this one I colored the whole scene with Copic Markers before placing a sheet of Peel N' Stick double-sided clear adhesive over the entire panel. Then I covered the panel with Crystal Glitter. The panel was adhered to a Coredinations card which had been sanded first, and a torn piece of DP had been added. The tiny bunch of pine cones I found on a walk some time ago. I added Liquid Applique and more glitter to them, before tying a ribbon knot over the bunch and a tag with the sentiment. I'll probably have to mail this card in a box to prevent the pine cones from getting squashed, so I'll have to make sure it goes to someone special! Any takers?

Cling "Forest C…

Sparkle Stocking

It's no wonder that my entire house, car, cats, and clothing seem to be sparkling lately. I seem to be adding glitter to everything! Let's face it, the holidays ARE the Sparkle Season! This card is no exception to that rule. The Long Stocking was stenciled with white embossing paste onto a striped print paper and sprinkling heavily with  Crystal glitter before setting aside to dry. Meanwhile, I ran the dark green panel and the red panel through my Big Shot with the Diamonds and Large Dots stencils from Dreamweaver Stencils. A cute homespun plaid bow was tied to the the green panel with a jumbo sentiment brad added. Once the stocking was dry, it was cut out, shaded slightly with a light gray marker, and little pompoms were added for fun. In my opinion, all holiday projects should start with a pinch of tradition, a scoop of fun, and a lot of sparkle!

Long Stocking (LL499), Large Dot (LJ804), and Diamonds (LG618) from Dreamweaver Stencils
White Embossing Paste from Dreamweaver …