Saturday, November 22, 2014

My 1,000th Blog Post and Blog Candy Today!

Hi, Stampers! I am excited to say that today I have reached my 1,000th blog post, woo hoo! I thought I would celebrate by sharing some candy with my faithful followers. 

Since the holidays are just around the corner, I thought I would offer some perfectly coordinated holiday goodies from Stampin' Up. Included are: 16 6"x6" sheets of Snow Festival Designer Series Paper, a full roll (10 yards) of Gumball Green Sweater Trim, Snow Festival Designer Tags and a bottle of Dazzling Details. You'll be all ready to make some holiday projects!

How to play: Simply leave a comment at the end of this blog post (make sure it is this post only). Everyone is welcome to play! Any comment will do, but how about telling me how many holiday cards you plan on making this year? 

The deadline for entries is 6:00 pm ET, Friday, November 28th. Winner will be randomly selected using and announced on Saturday, November 29th. Winner must provide their mailing address (US only, please) within 48 hours, so be sure to check my post on the 29th to see if it is you!

Good Luck and Happy Stamping!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Endless Wishes Christmas Greetings

Hi Stampers! I have another Stamp-A-Stack card to share with you today. I've seen several different versions of this card floating around the web, so I'm not sure who to give credit to but I am not the original designer. I love the simplicity of it, and you need only a little strip of patterned paper. I whipped up a whole stack of these in a flash! 

The wow factor is the beautiful rhinestones, in contrast to the texture of the linen thread. Photopolymer stamps make lining up the sentiment a breeze.

Stampin' Up Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Endless Wishes
Card Stock: Very Vanilla
Designer Series Paper: Festival of Prints
Ink Pads: Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Linen Thread, Rhinestones

Be sure to tune in tomorrow for some blog candy!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Lawn Fawn Bunnies, Merry and Bright

Hi, Friends! I'm still working on holiday cards, and today I have one featuring some fun products from Lawn Fawn. These little bunnies are just the cutest! They kind of remind me of my new little kitten Oliver, who is almost all white. If I may, I'll bore you with a few photos.

He was fussing on my desk the other day, and I made the mistake of giving him a sponge to play with. Well, now he knows where the sponges live and they are a never ending source of entertainment...




How many sponges does one kitty need? Clearly, all of them! 

Ok focus, Sandy! I'm as easily distracted as the cat! This card is a mix of products from Lawn Fawn (the stamps and stitched dies) and Stampin' Up (paper and ink). I had a wonderful time making this card and hope you enjoy it, too! 

Stampin' Up:
Card Stock: Whisper White
Designer Series Paper: Nordic Noel
Ink Pads: Memento Tuxedo Black, Real Red, Blushing Bride, Garden Green
Tools: Big Shot, On Film Framelits

Lawn Fawn:
Snow Day Stamp Set and Lawn Cuts
Stitched Hillside Borders

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Beauty of the Season, TCC23

Hello, Stampers! This is one of the cards that my class made at my annual holiday Stamp-A-Stack recently. One of the things I love about this class is that I always make a stack for myself. It really helps me get a jump on holiday card making. This card is great because it is super flat and easy to mail.

There's plenty of kraft (aka Crumb Cake) in this card including the envelope, so I thought if was perfect for the Krafty Christmas challenge at The Card Concept.

All the stamping was done in Black Stazon and then colored in with ink pads and an Aqua Painter. The berries have some sparkly shine thanks to some Dazzling Details.

I mentioned on Monday that my goal is to get the bulk of my Christmas cards done this week. To me, finished means also completing the inside. I stamped the same image in Crumb Cake on the inside and the sentiment over it in Black Stazon. 

I also like to give the envelope some inky love. The little twig in this set was stamped onto the envelope with Stazon as well, and I even watercolored the envelope images, too. It just took a minute, but I think it makes the card so much more special.

Stampin' Up Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Beauty of the Season
Card Stock: Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Naturals White
Ink Pads: Black Stazon, Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede
Tools: Aqua Painter
Accessories: Dazzling Details

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Gumball Cobbler Wreath, MM135, MOJO372 & FFC44

Greetings, Friends! I'm back today as promised with another Christmas Creation. I've used a few products that are now retired, but it's always easy to substitute current ones if you wanted to re-create it. Or perhaps you already have some of them! 

I'm playing along with three challenges again today. The challenge at Merry Monday is to use Christmas Bells on your card, and I was sad that I didn't have any Christmas sets with bells, until I remembered a non-Christmas set, Embellished Events. I'm not sure if they are supposed to be Christmas bells or wedding bells, but does it matter? The sketch is from Mojo Monday, and I used a wreath and traditional colors from the inspiration photo at Festive Friday.

The bells are heat embossed and have a pretty shine in real life. Both the bells and wreath were cut out by hand. 

Stampin' Up Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Wonderful Wreath, More Merry Messages, Embellished Events
Card Stock: Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake
Designer Series Paper: Snow Festival
Ink Pads: Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green, Versamark
Tools: Heat Tool, Big Shot, Pretty Print Embossing Folder
Accessories: Cherry Cobbler Embossing Powder, Crumb Cake Taffeta Ribbon

Have a great day, everyone!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Very Merry, CTS100, CASology121 & LIM198

Happy Monday, Friends! I have a lot of lofty ambitions this week. I'd like to complete most if not all of my Christmas cards, so you'll be seeing them all week. I'll try to post every day, and if I am successful in doing so, then I will be ending on Friday with my 1,000th blog post. Woo hoo! To celebrate, there will be some blog candy, too!

For today's card I have combined Stampin' Up and Lawn Fawn products once again. I absolutely adore this Snow Day stamp set by Lawn Fawn. 

I hope my card is simple enough because I am playing along with three clean and simple challenges. The layout is from CASE this sketch and is their 100th challenge. The CASology Cue Card is "Festive", and the challenge at Less is More is "More than one tree".

I originally had a white background for this card but it looked too blah so I opted for some tiny polka dots instead. I'm loving the stitched cuts which really make everything looked so finished. The little birdie was colored with a blender pen, and the snowflakes were stamped with white craft ink.

Stampin' Up:
Stamp Sets: Endless Wishes
Card Stock: Whisper White, Soft Sky
Designer Series Paper: Trim the Tree
Ink Pads: Memento Tuxedo Black, Whisper White Craft, Wild Wasabi, Garden Green, Mossy Meadow, Real Red
Tools: Big Shot, Blender Pen

Lawn Fawn:
Snow Day Stamp Set
Snow Day, Stitched Hillside Borders and Stitched Rectangle Lawn Cuts

I'll be back again tomorrow with another holiday project!

Inky hugs!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

PP222 Clean and Simple Thank You

Hi Friends! Here we are rolling around to another Sunday, and halfway through November at that. Only six weeks left 'til Christmas, eek! So not ready! I think I'll work on some more Christmas cards later today, but for now I have a project for this week's challenge at The Paper Players! The wonderful Ann Schach is hostess, and her challenge is to make a clean and simple thank you card.

My card kind of stands out like a sore thumb in the gallery, LOL! Most of the Players have used an autumnal color scheme, but I wanted to play around with some of the patterns in the Trim the Tree stack, which has so many different ones. That's right, these papers are from a Christmas stack! I decided to let them take center stage and use a layout I'd seen on Pinterest.

I kind of liked this card super CAS with just the sentiment and the paper, but then I thought it photographed a little better with a butterfly embelishment. Which do you prefer? I resisted the temptation to add other embellishments as this is a CAS challenge, after all. That took some real willpower!

Stampin' Up Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Something to Say
Card Stock: Whisper White, Crisp Cantaloupe, White Vellum
Designer Series Paper: Trim the Tree
Ink Pads: Cherry Cobbler
Tools: Elegant Butterfly, Bitty Butterfly and 3/16" Corner Punches
Accessories: Rhinestones

Thanks for stopping by and please visit the rest of the Design Team at The Paper Players!

Inky hugs!