Showing posts from November, 2010

Faux Suede Reindeer Card

Quickie post before I go to bed. Created for the Stampendous Holiday 2010 catalog released in July. Stamped on suede Contact paper and shading added.  Embellished with buttons, twine, and stitching. Distressing around edges and torn papers.

Perfectly Clear "Reindeer Swirls" from Stampendous (SSC1064)
Vintage Sepia Versafine from Tsukineko
brown Fabrico Marker from Tsukineko
Bazzill red cardstock
print papers
buttons, twine, suede Contact paper

STMC34-Changito Cocoa Matchbook

The challenge this week at Stampendous was to create something with a holiday theme using either Fluffles or Changito. Since my week has been beyond wild, I chose to post something that I created for the 2009 holiday catalog using Changito Cocoa. Unfortunately, I only have this one view to show you, so you can't tell that this was done matchbook-style. In other words, the top yellow portion of the card tucks under the scalloped edge. This is a great style of card to create, as you can tuck a gift card, or in this case, a packet of cocoa inside. Another one of those simple, inexpensive ways to let someone know you are thinking of them during the holidays. Changito was stamped and watercolored on the white cardstock, and adhered over the french vanilla colored cardstock that had been stamped and embossed in black. The sentiment was also stamped and embossed and cut out to swing from the ribbon ties. Now remember, the Stampendous Saturday Sketch Challenge is open to all to play. Just…

OMG! Lizzie Anne Designs Sale!

Hurry! Fix yourself your cup of cocoa with marshmallows, and sit down at your computer NOW! Lizzie Anne Designs is having an amazing sale this Thanksgiving weekend. Skip the Black Friday hoopla, and go online and buy one of each. The entire store is on sale 40% off! Yep, you read that correctly...the entire store is on sale 40% off Friday, November 26th thru Monday, November 29th. PLUS...with a $25 or more purchase, you get a free holiday "single" stamp image. If you need creative inspiration to help you decide which stamps to choose, check out the blogs of the rest of the design team as listed at right, the Lizzie Anne Designs blog, and the Lizzie Anne Designs web site Sketchbook. They have the most amazing variety of images...cute, sweet, feminine, masculine, nature, holiday, plus great sentiments for every occasion. If you choose to create something similar to the project for today's post, you'll need an empty coffee-a-ccino bottle (clean and dry), some cocoa mix,…

Dreamweaver Stencil's Thanksgiving Day Parade and Kick Off!

In honor of our Dreamweaver Stencil's Dream Team's very first Thursday Dream Schemes and Thanksgiving Day "Parade" of holiday inspiration, I decided to post this card featuring a parade of penguins. Our challenge this week from our fearless leader, Lynell, was to create a holiday card in non-traditional colors. This meant no red and green in any variety. So, I went with wintery white and blue, with the pop of black and some sparkle. For the background, I paste-embossed the Mosaic Swirls stencil over glitter paper for a frosty look. I paste-embossed in black matte the penguins on a white cardstock panel, and covered them in black glitter. When dry, I added soft color and shading with my Copic Sketch Markers. I cut around the end penguin for more of a feeling of movement, as if he were about to dive into those gorgeous swirls. The sentiment was paste-embossed in white and sprinkled with glitter on a corrugated panel of Bazzill Bling cardstock. For those of you who have…

Oh, Joy! A Dreamweaver's Announcement!

Oh, joy! This posting is an announcement of something new with the Dream Team at Dreamweaver Stencils. Starting on Thursday, the 25th, we will be posting as a team each week. We're calling it "Thursday's Dream Schemes". Since we are kicking it off this week, which also happens to fall on the Thanksgiving holiday, we are kicking it off in style with our own version of a "Thanksgiving Day Parade" of brand new holiday inspiration. If you haven't already started to create your holiday cards, tags, and projects, this can be your jumping off point. There will be oodles of great ideas for you. So be sure to join the parade on Thursday (after you eat too much and go into a tryptaphan coma, but before you plan your Black Friday insanity). There will be links to all the DT members so you can oooh and aaaah over all the yumminess.
For today's post, I created this card in frosty blues. I Nestie die cut a window in the panel to frame an acetate panel that I had …

STMC33-Holiday Glow Ornament

For this week's Stampendous Saturday Sketch Challenge, Wendy challenged us to create a holiday project, which could be inspired by many of the amazing projects that the designers at Paper Craft Planet have been posting with Stampendous holiday for a theme this month. Be sure to visit their site to check out their super clever ideas, as well as the rest of the Stampendous Design Team as listed at right. Remember, this is a challenge, so play along and post your own creation to one of the online sites (like PCP) with a link to the Stampendous Impressions blog. For my project, I started with one idea, and switched gears to create this ornament instead. My inspiration for this actually came from the card by Laura Frederickson of Scrapnextras, who won the very first Stampendous "Win Without Warning" contest. Her card used this same stamp, and her coloring was magnificent, so I could only hope to emulate her in that respect. I think I did fairly well. I colored with my Copic …

LAD Challenge-GNOME for the Holidays Wreath

You can't be GNOME for the holidays without a wreath on your door! This month's Lizzie Anne Design's challenge, was to create a wreath or a banner. About a month ago I had this bizarre notion to create a wreath using all my scraps of ribbons and papers. About four hours later I had it completed! However, all the colors and prints provided a very busy looking wreath, which was a challenge to find a way to make the cute Lizzie Anne Designs be the focal point of this project. I broke out my Nesties and layered black scalloped circles with white circles (which I had run through with the Dotted Swiss Cuttlebug folder). I then cut two slits in the center so that a ribbon could be wrapped around the wreath and a candy cane and tied in a bow in front. I had so much fun coloring the bunch of little gnomes (December Mix "Warmest Thoughts"), because personally, I think they are like snowflakes...wait for it,...GNOME two gnomes should be alike! (babumpum.) Puffy Liquid Appl…

LAD Sketch #151-Fall and Rise

Every Monday, Lizzie Anne Designs does a sketch challenge, and for this week Lizzie challenged us with the sketch at left. Be sure to check out her version as well as the others posted on the Lizzie Anne Designs Facebook Page. Play along and post your own creation there. For mine, I used bands of ribbon, ruffled trim, and strips of white and black cardstock stamped and embossed with the cute vintage lace border from the new December Mix, "Warmest Thoughts". I'm so loving these mix sets as you get such a great variety of stamps. No one particular theme,  but images that can work together or apart, some for holidays and special occasions, and others that are wonderful for those everyday thinking-of-you cards. Be sure to check out the Lizzie Anne Designs site for the opportunity to sign up to receive these monthly mixes. You will find oodles of possibilities with these. Okay, back to business here...I stamped and cut out the hot air balloon, which just happened to be the …

More Warm Thoughts from Lizzie Anne Designs

As promised, here is another creation from the new release of Lizzie Anne Designs, December Mix "Warmest Thoughts". A really appropriate name for this set when you see the four stamps that I used for this gift card. Don't you just love the marshmallow guy? The sentiment was inspired by a Johnny Mathis Christmas carol. So true as who doesn't love cocoa with marshmallows (or whipped cream...or both!) during the winter? So cozy! For this project, I stamped the cocoa cup with Rich Cocoa (perfect, eh?) Memento ink and colored with my Copics. I added white Liquid Applique to the marshmallows, heat it to puff, flattened them slightly, and added a little toasty color to them. The marshmallow dude was stamped randomly over a DP panel. I had some cute ribbon with the pinks, browns, and mint greens that I had used for coloring. The inside of the card has a little pocket to hold a packet of cocoa mix. (I found these Starbucks ones at Marshall's. They carried a variety of fl…

Lizzie Anne Designs December Mix Release Day!

Hip hip's Lizzie Anne Mix Release Day! I had the hardest time trying to decide which of the wonderful stamps in the December Mix, "Warmest Wishes", that I wanted to feature today. As soon as I received these in the mail (after haunting the post office for three days), I sat down and created three cards and one gift project. I decided to post this one for release day. Having three men in my household (four if you count Smokey the cat), I'm in constant need of stamps for masculine cards. Therefore, I jumped at the opportunity to go with this monochromatic color scheme for this card. I spritzed the beige cardstock with rubbing alcohol and crumpled it before distressing the edges and brushing ink over the wrinkles to highlight them. I stamped the tree and sentiment on the panel before adhering it to my dark chocolate card with the houndstooth print paper, and finished off with the buttons and stitching with twine. I instantly knew who would be receiving this…

STMC32-Tag...You're It!

Welcome to week 34 of the Stampendous Saturday Sketch Challenges! It was my turn this week to challenge you, so please play along. Remember to post your creations to one of the online sites with a link on the Stampendous Impressions blogsite. Visit the rest of our amazingly talented team for more inspiration and leave some love, we thrive on it! The challenge this week is to design six tags, all different and yet using the same elements. In my case, I chose the Perfectly Clear "Holiday Home" set of stamps. I added red Dot Sparklers for bling, and a sprinkling of my favorite glitter. I did a little paper piercing on each tag, added antiqued brads and used the same papers on each, but in different ways. I had a blast with my Nesties on this one, as you can probably tell. You can never have enough gift tags for the holidays, and Stampendous has oodles of great stamps and stickers to create them with. As you can see by the tags that I made, it's easy to have an unlimited

Printed Poinsettia Card

Here's another version using that great Poinsettia stencil from Dreamweaver's Stencils. This one uses the inking-the-stencil-first technique. In other words, apply the ink directly onto the stencil before running the stencil and (in this case) printed paper through the Big Shot. The ink settled in the nooks and crannies and provides an extra highlight to the embossed image. The sentiment and the background were also run through the Big Shot to emboss. So easy and looks great! A few rhinestones and ruffled sparkly ribbon for bling, and voila! One more holiday card completed! Woo hoo!

"Poinsettia" from Dreamweaver Stencils (LG700)
"Big Dots" from Dreamweaver Stencils (LJ804)
"Happy Holidays" from Dreamweaver Stencils (LS93)
Rocket Red Brilliance ink from Tsukineko
Bazzill cardstock
Pebbles in My Pocket-Tree House Collection "Merriment"
MME polka dot print
rhinestones (Kaiser)
Big Shot, corner rounder
ribbon (Michael's)

Mojo164-It's Cuppa Time!

Monday night I decided to play along again with Mojo Monday for this week, and chose to use a couple more cling stamps from Lizzie Anne's November Mix, "The Key to Happiness". This set has a couple of cute teapots and the little English expression, "Time for a Cuppa". The funny thing is that I wanted to go with a cute, kitschy kitchen look, so I chose this darling paper from October Afternoon. It reminds me of my grandmother's kitchen, except hers was aqua and light yellow. Anyway, what was funny about this was that after I completed the card, I went on the Lizzie Anne site to see what the rest of the team had created with these stamps, and lo and behold (strange expression), Anya had also used this same paper with one of the teapots! Great minds think alike! So, be sure to check out the sketchbook at LAD to see what she and rest of the gals have done with this darling set. As for version went something like this: Following the Mojo Monday #164 sket…

Happy Snow Triptych

Here's another quickie post featuring a card previously made for the Stampendous Holiday '09 catalog. I plan on posting several from this particular catalog for a couple of reasons. Chances are unless you were a store owner and happened to have this catalog, you probably have never seen many of these samples. Also, I'm rather fond of them still, and had a lot of fun creating them! The focal point of this card is this cute "Happy Snow Trio", which were stamped and watercolored, and of course, I had to add pompoms on their hats! The three panels in the background were stamped with "Snowflake Symphony" and embossed using three colors of embossing powders. A simple ribbon knot and swirl paper clip complete the card. I would love to see what all of you are creating for the holidays, so please leave me a comment (I love comments) with a link to your latest creations!

"Happy Snow Trio" from Stampendous (M167)
"Snowflake Symphony" Perfectly …

Mojo163-Polar Flakes

I found myself with a tiny break in deadlines, so thought I'd play along with the Mojo Monday sketch for the week. Even better, it turns out that this is the week for the contest! In any case, even if I don't win, I've won anyway 'cuz I had so much fun creating this card and have now completed one more card for my stash of holiday cards to mail out! On top of that, most of this card was created from my "Kibbles & Bits" know, the stash you have of parts that didn't work for something else but too cute to throw away? I had previously made a card with the Stampendous "Polar Gifts" stamp and usually if I'm coloring one, I'll at least color one extra just in case. I had created the large flake using Dreamweaver Stencil's "Gothic Snowflake" with a new technique that I was trying. Using ink directly on the stencil, spritz with alcohol, run through the Big Shot with cardstock, and the ink colors the background leaving…

STMC31-Little Dude Scrap Page

Yep, it's Stampendous Saturday Sketch Challenge, week 31. So, Cyndi gave us a slightly bigger challenge this week...creating a scrap page with this suggested sketch to the left. I love to do scrap pages, but I have to admit, inside I was groaning. Scrap pages usually take me a looooong time. I want to find the perfect pictures. Then the perfect stamps, stickers, papers, and embellies. I have been in real holiday mode for at least a month now, but I had no holiday pics printed out (gotta get a new color printer). So I went through the pics that I did have, and came across this group of shots that my hubby took of our oldest son, Bryan, when he was about a year old. I was loved these pics as they captured all the many faces of Bryan. Bryan is now 24 years old, so these faces have changed a tad since then. It's always fun to go back and scrap those old memories. In this case I used the Perfectly Clear "It's a Boy" set. I recently bought this cute plaid paper, whic…