One More Day of Gratitude

By | January 5, 2011

This “Day of Gratitude” stamp set is one of my favorites!  I’m hoping that this set will come back in next year’s catalog.  Here’s one more card I found lurking in my computer.

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The main color theme is Cajun Craze…used for the card base and stamped image.  Accent color card stock is Early Espresso.  The leaf design paper is from the Autumn Spice designer paper pack (which is no longer available).

Day of Gratitude Medallion

By | January 4, 2011

Here’s another project that I found in my computer archives.  We made this card at a fall card making event.

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I absolutely LOVE these rich colors together.  I think that Cherry Cobbler is one of my absolute favorites from the new Stampin’ Up! colors.  The medallion image from the Day of Gratitude stamp set was stamped in Early Espresso.  The darker areas in the image have been colored with an Old Olive marker.  It makes a nice look, don’t you think?  The center of the image was colored with More Mustard and Cherry Cobbler markers.

May you have a blessed day today.  Thanks for stopping by.

Early Espresso Acorns

By | January 3, 2011

With the new year upon us I am in the process of going through some old project photos on my computer.  I’ve found a few that I haven’t yet posted, so will be sharing them here.

Here’s the first one…

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This card uses So Saffron and Early Espresso together.  I LOVE the square lattice impressions folder, however feel that the darkness of this card base is overpowering.  Guess that’s why the modified version of this card was the one we made in a class.  The acorns are from “Day of Gratitude” stamp set.  I’m sorry but I don’t remember which set the sentiment is from.  The scallop circle and paper ribbon is sponged with Early Espresso ink.  I tried a new look on the stamped images.  I stamped them on Very Vanilla card stock and then sponged the entire “white” area with So Saffron ink.  It doesn’t show up well in this photo, but the result was a wonderful “golden glow” effect.

My hope is that your new year is off to a great start.  Thanks for stopping by!

It’s All About Hearts

By | January 2, 2011

Here are the card choices for my upcoming "It's All About Hearts" stamp-a-stack.  If you are a local customer and would like to attend, please let me know your card choices and quantity.

CARD ONE:

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CARD TWO:

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CARD THREE:
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CARD FOUR:

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CARD FIVE:

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CARD SIX:

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CARD SEVEN:

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CARD EIGHT: 
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For those of you who aren't local but visit my blog, leave me a comment and let me know which card is your favorite.

 

Blessings to you!

SUO Challenge #9 – Bring on the Bling!

By | December 28, 2010

Hello All! 

Sure glad you could stop by for a visit today.  The SUO Challenge this time is to use glitter and/or something shiny on your New Year's Eve card.  Well, the "something shiny" that I chose to use was gold embossing powder.  Along with that, I wanted to use my Northern Hearts Level 1 Hostess stamp set again.

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This is a very quick and simple card.  I used Versamark ink on Night of Navy card stock, then sprinkled gold embossing powder over the ink before heat embossing.  I mounted the Night of Navy card stock onto a piece of Brushed Gold card stock before mounting on the card base.  The sentiment is from the Teeny Tiny Tags stamp set, punched with the Word Window punch and mounted on a piece of brushed gold card stock punched with the Modern Label punch.

Now it's your turn.  We'd love to have you play along with us at SUO Challenges.  Let's see what you can come up with.

Blessings to you!

Christmas Day Dasher

By | December 25, 2010

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Merry Christmas!!  This is probably one of my FAVORITE cards that I created this holiday season.  I love the look of white, silver and black together, and the splash of Cherry Cobbler makes it POP.  I embossed the Dasher stamped image with silver embossing ink (retired) and Iridescent Ice embossing powder.  The Whisper White and Brushed Silver card stock were put through the Big Shot with the Square Lattice texture folder.

I won’t be posting for the next couple days, as we will be traveling to spend some time with my husband’s family.  Stop back on Tuesday, December 28 for the next SU Only Challenge.

My wish is that you would have a very blessed Christmas Day.  Thanks for stopping by for a visit.

Non-traditional Razzleberry Christmas card

By | December 24, 2010

DSC02340 I absolutely LOVE the colors in this card!!  I know, they aren't traditional Christmas colors, but they sure do look elegant. This card was all my own design.  The card base is Rich Razzleberry.  I cut the Top Note from Brushed Silver card stock.  The tree image is from the Snow Swirled stamp set and is stamped onto a piece of a clear Window Sheet with Staz On ink.  The white color that shows through the window sheet is a piece of Whisper White card stock, on which I sponged the edges with Rich Razzleberry ink.  The Rich Razzleberry circle "tree ornaments" are punched from card stock and attached to the white card stock BELOW the window sheet.  I attached the window sheet to the sponged white card stock using the 3/8" Rich Razzleberry taffeta ribbon threaded through two holes and then tied.  The greeting is also from the Snow Swirled stamp set.  I'd love to hear what you think of this non-traditional Christmas color card!

Today is Christmas Eve and  I'd like to wish each one of you a Merry Christmas!

Blessings!  Deb

Two more Christmas cards

By | December 23, 2010

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This first one uses an image from the Autumn Days stamp set and makes quite a beautiful clean and simple card.

DSC02338 This second card uses the Christmas Postcard stamp from the Holiday Occasions Mini Catalog.  I tried gold embossing powder for the image and it really turned out lovely.

Tomorrow is Christmas Eve and I'll have another Christmas card to share, so stop by then.

Blessings!

Delightful Decorations

By | December 22, 2010

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Here’s a simple card that I made when I was considering what cards to offer in my classes this holiday season.  We didn’t make this one in my classes, but wanted to share it here anyway.  It was made with Delightful Decorations stamp set and the Ornament punch.

Thanks for stopping for a visit.  Blessings to you!

Snowstorm Snowman!

By | December 21, 2010

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This cute little guy is a perfect post for the day after a snowstorm.  I’ve seen quite a few of these snowmen in blogging land and decided that I definitely needed to try one.  Fast, fun and easy to make. Try one yourself and see!

December Class Items

By | December 20, 2010

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If you had attended my monthly class event in December, these are the items you would have created.  It's always fun to have cute cards to attach to gifts.  The punch art snowman is acutally wrapped around a candy bar and would make a great stocking stuffer.  I made the candy bag topper using the gingerbread man  from the Jolly Bingo Bits stamp set.

Here are the other Stampin' Up! items used:

Autumn Days stamp set; Serene Snowflakes stamp set; Snow Swirled stamp set; Delightful Decorations stamp set; Two Step Bird punch

Well, as I write this post, we are experiencing more snow!!!  Simply unbelieveable.  By the time the storm is over tomorrow morning, we will have received around six inches.  We certainly will have a White Christmas here!

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.

SUO Challenge #8 – Dry Embossing

By | December 14, 2010

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When I saw the colors included in this Stampin’ Up! Only Challenge, I groaned.  Bravo Burgandy is not a color that I have used much of…and to pair it with More Mustard?!  Hmm.  Well, here’s what I came up with.

I simply LOVE the Northern Hearts level one hostess set, but mine hadn’t seen ink yet.  Decided this would be the perfect chance to use it.  I colored the image with markers, and added Old Olive as an additional color for the leaves (the challenge didn’t prohibit us from using other colors too!) all stamped on Very Vanilla card stock.  I used the Ticket Corner Punch on the corners and then sponged using Bravo Burgandy ink.  I also used my Piercing tool to pierce holes along each edge.

My embossing is done using the Big Shot and the NEW Framed Tulips embossing folder from the upcoming Occasions Mini Catalog.  I absolutely LOVE the end result.  It makes a very crisp and clear embossed imgae.

Besides the card stock, other items I used while creating this card were Old Olive 5/8″ satin ribbon and the Scallop Trim border punch.

Thanks for stopping by my blog for a visit.  Why don’t you play along with us at SUO Challenge too?  Link your creation here.

SNOWSTORM!!

By | December 12, 2010

We just finished shoveling out from a WHOPPER of a snowstorm!!  Can you say around 18 inches!?  Then came the strong winds, blowing snow and blizzard-like conditions moving the snow all around.  For those of you who read my blog but live in warmer climates, it’s probably difficult to imagine.  Here’s some photos to help you.

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From this angle in the photo above, it may not look like tons of snow, but if you look closely under the windows, there is a HUGE drift there.  More photos of this area will follow.  Also, the snow is as high as the picnic table benches!

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Here’s another view of the back of our home.  The height of the drifts is easier to see in this one.

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Here’s another spot in our yard where you can just see the top of of a yard bench.

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This is the amount of snow on top of our roof (covering some pipes and vents that come up in that area)!  Tremendous amount of weight…my husband spent the afternoon pulling some of the snow off.  (Speaking of weight on roofs…earlier this morning, the roof of the Metrodome, where the Vikings play, collapsed under all the weight of the snow!)

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This last image shows how the snow stacked up against our patio window.  It’s interesting to me how you can see all the different layers in the snow.

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Well, sure hope that we are done with the snow for awhile.  We have had significant snows the past three weekends, and, according to the weather broadcasters, we have already received 2/3 of the snow amount we ususally recieve during the entire winter (and technically its’ still FALL!).  UFF DA!

Tempting Turquoise Christmas Card

By | December 4, 2010

Here’s a non-traditional color for a Christmas card that came about as a result of some “experimenting.”  I wondered what velum would look like when run through the Big Shot with an emobssing folder.  This is the result…and I like it!!  And…it’s very appropriate for me to share today.  We received about 9 inches of snow yesterday afternoon and overnight.  It’s definitely a winter wonderland here today.

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I used the Northern Flurry embossing folder from the Holiday Mini and attached it to the front of a Tempting Turquoise card base, using four glue dots – one in each corner.  I put the recessed side of the velum facing upwards.  The impression left in the paper was so “crisp” that some of the raised areas were ragged, but it’s not noticable when turned this way.

The sentiment is from the Snow Swirled stamp set.  I used Basic Gray ink on Tempting Turquoise card stock, then punched with the new Decorative Label punch from the Holiday Mini.  I mounted the sentiment on a piece of Whisper White card stock, rounded the corners and sponged with Tempting Turquoise ink.  The ribbon is just some scrap I had laying around attached to the back of the white card stock.

Next, time for Dazzling Diamonds and the glue pen.  I accented each of the snowflakes, the three corners where the glue dots showed through and the top and bottom of the turquoise sentiment card stock.  Sentiment is attached with dimensionals.  That’s it!!!  So simple, but I think it looks quite striking.  What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.  Blessings to you.

Craft Fair Candy Bag

By | December 1, 2010

I participated in two craft fairs during November and this candy treat bag is one of the items that I had for sale.

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It's always nice to have little gifts on hand during the holiday season, and this one is quick to make!  Stampin' Up! sells the little cellophane bags.  I wrapped four Hershey Nuggets with Bright Designer Paper (Real Red and Old Olive).  The bag topper is a piece of Very Vanilla card stock, cut with the Top Note die and then embossed with the Petals-A-Plenty embossing folder.  The poinsettia flower is made with the five petal punch.  After punching the red flowers, score from the top of each point straight down to the opposite side where the bottom of two points come together.  For each punched image, this will be done five times.   Gently fold each line upwards to give the flower dimension. I did not score the Old Olive leaves however.  The flower is held together and attached to the bag topper by a brad.  The Very Vanilla piece is folded in half and attached to the bag top.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.  I hope this post has given you an idea for an easy gift this holiday season.  Blessings to you!