Friday, November 30, 2007

Gingerbread man bookmark clip

If you need a quick and easy project, this bookmark clip fits the bill. This took me less than 5 minutes to make, and with Christmas fast approaching, this project is exactly what I need.

I used the gingerbread man from Hung up on the Holidays and stamped him with Chocolate Chip ink onto Creamy Caramel cardstock. The SU punches are just perfect - the 1 3/8 inch circle punch fits perfectly around the gingerbread man. The scallop circle is Close to Cocoa cardstock. I used the white gel pen to accent the swirls and eyes and buttons and smile on the gingerbread man, and I dotted each of the scallops on the Close to Cocoa cs.

Put a couple of SU Pop-up Glue Dots on the back, stick it on a giant paper clip, and attach another Creamy Caramel circle on the back, and it's done. Easy peasy! Now I have a great little gift to give to someone whom I know loves to read books.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Season of Joy distressed card

Just a quick little post before I go and make supper. I created this card last night in response to a sketch challenge from my friend Debby. I stamped on Confetti White, and it was just too bright for the card, so I toned it down by sponging Distress Inks on the edges. Old Paper and Walnut were both sponged on, and it gives the card a nice distressed look.

At first I just had the wide red grosgrain ribbon on there, but it was just overpowering the whole card. So I layered Wasabi stitched ribbon on top of it, and it looks much better. I rather like double-layering the ribbon now. Isn't it a cool effect?

I needed something to fill up the space in the upper right side, and buttons are perfect for that. The paper is from Basic Grey's Blitzen Collection (yummy papers!), and the cardstock colors are Wasabi, Confetti White, and Real Red.

How about a little mini-challenge for you? Make a card with Confetti White, Wasabi, and Real Red. Have fun and show me what you create! :-)

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Dashing Wreath card

Doesn't this card just scream Christmas??? I love this Dashing paper!!!!! (BTW - you can still buy 3 papers, get one free from SU til the end of November... wink, wink).

I borrowed my Mom's Glorious Garlands set, and stamped the wreath with Old Olive ink on Vanilla cardstock. I then stamped the sentiment in Real Red directly below the wreath. The two papers in the background are from the Dashing collection (which you simply HAVE to get, as it is great for Christmas cards). The wide grosgrain ribbon is wonderful - I used Olive here to separate the two different background papers. When I was finished taping the card together, I went back and applied Christmas Red Stickles to the berries in the wreath, and set it aside to dry.

This card took me a total of 10 minutes to make, from start to finish, including cutting the cardstock. Isn't this great for a quick and easy Christmas card? Think about how many you can whip out in just a few hours. If you haven't started your cards yet, try making a card similar to this one. Don't forget to share with me.


Saturday, November 24, 2007

Clear acetate card

Have you ever made a clear card? These are fun cards to make! On this card, I used White Stazon ink to stamp the snowflakes on the clear transparency. It's rather slippery, so you really have to have a steady hand when stamping on transparencies. Basically you just stamp down, and pull straight up. You get the best results that way.

I'm still playing with Big on Christmas. It's such an easy and fun set to stamp with. You don't have to do anything special with it - just color in with markers and you're all done.

On this card, I randomly picked my colors: Not Quite Navy, Rose Red, and Confetti White. They seem to work rather well for non-Christmassy colors. I left the card plain and simple - clear cards don't need a lot of embellishments or fancy treatments. This card would be easy to mass produce if you are running out of time to make your Christmas cards. :-)

Have you made any clear cards? Show me!! :-)

Friday, November 23, 2007

Let it Snow!!!!!!

No, it's not snowing here, but I sure wish it was. This is a card I had created for a swap back when it was boiling hot here in TX. It's just full of snow and glittery icicles, and it helped me think cool thoughts.

I used the Snow jumbo wheel (in the Holiday mini catalog) and inked it up with the White craft ink. It was so easy to just ink it up and roll. I love this wheel! The focal image is from Big on Christmas - my very first set that I just HAD to have from the new catalog in July. The colors here are Pixie Pink, Tempting Turquoise, and Lavender Lace. These are nice bright colors to offset the dreary gray days we are having right now.

How did I make the icicles, you ask? This is actually easier than you would think. Tear a sheet of wax paper off, lay it down on your counter. Grab your bottles of Crystal Effects and Dazzling Diamonds glitter. Squeeze out the CE onto the wax paper - draw a straight line, then go back and add the little icicles hanging off the straight line. Dump some glitter on before it dries, and leave it there. Don't shake the excess glitter off just yet. Let it dry first.

When it is dry (an hour or so - depending on how thick your icicles are), carefully shake off the excess glitter back into the bottle. Now very gently peel off your icicle strip, apply some 2-way glue to the back, and stick it on your card. Way cool, huh???

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving meal yesterday. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Here's wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you all travel safely, eat lots of turkey, and take some wonderful naps today. Every Thanksgiving, we all tell each other what we are thankful for. So, I'm thankful, as always, for my great hubby and the wonderful life we have. What are you thankful for?

I created this cute little turkey card using the Pick a Petal set and some punches. I cut his beak by hand. Isn't it cute? :-) It's also a great way to use up some little pieces of cardstock that are in your scrap pile.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving, everyone!!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Egyptian Gold ornaments card

I made three different cards, as you can see from the picture. I didn't know which color I would like best - Burgundy, Eggplant, or Night of Navy, so I did one of each. When I went shopping at a not so local LSS (Stamp Salado), I bought some Egyptian Gold embossing powder. It is a gorgeous gold with glitter in it - it's so sparkly and glittery instead of just being a regular ol' gold EP.

It's nice to twist things up by doing something a tiny bit different. Instead of having a regular ol' square on the card, I turned it and made a cool diamond shape. It sort of mimics the diamond pattern in the background, as well as the shape of the center ornament.

Here's the basic info:

Stamps (all SU): Hung up on the Holidays, All Holidays, Print Pattern
Inks: Gold Encore, Burgundy, Eggplant, Night of Navy
CS: Burgundy, Eggplant, Night of Navy, Poison Ivory (shimmery vanilla cs - not SU), Brushed Gold
Other: Egyptian Gold EP, gold ribbon

Friday, November 9, 2007

TK Serenity Garden

When I was playing with the Crackle Effects last week, I found out that you do NOT want to cover up an image that was stamped with Ranger Distress Inks. The crackle medium just dissolves the ink! Ack! I had already stamped several different images with distress inks, and I watched one of them go in the trash after being eaten up. LOL What to do with the extra images? I got to work this afternoon and came up with this.

I love the simple elegance of this card. I'm just not a foo-foo person; I can't clutter up a card with all kinds of stuff. I went for an understated little piercing in the chocolate chip strip in the middle, and some sponging all around the edges of all the layers. The "serenity" is heat embossed with Vanilla EP, and the raspberry colored papers came from a pack I bought at Hobby Lobby long long ago.

The focal image is from a Thomas Kinkade stamp (found at Cornish Heritage Farms) called The Garden of Prayer Vignette. Since it was already stamped with Walnut ink, I used the same Walnut ink in the sponging all over the card. The sentiment is from Hero Arts - Autumn Word Borders.

I don't know about you but I'm ready to enjoy the weekend! Happy Stamping!

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Wow, what a day!

Today must be my lucky day!!!!!!! I found out this morning that I won the blog candy on Valerie Stangle's blog! SO COOL!!!!!!! She created some gorgeous candy to give away, and I am so honored to be the recipient of them. To see what I am talking about, click the link below:

Val's Blog Candy

Then, this afternoon I had an email from Keri at CHF. She announced that I won the $25 free gift card at CHF!!! They drew my Pumpkin Sunset card as the lucky entry! Whoo hoo!!! I can't wait to go shopping. The first thing on my list is the new Stamp of the Month. Have you seen this cute snowman??? Oh, you HAVE to check it out. Click on Keri's blog below:

Keri's Stamp of the Month

Time for me to go watch CSI with my hubby. I hope you have had a great day too! :-)