Thursday, December 8, 2011

Very Merry Banner

I didn't want to post this because the colors are so off,
but have taken it to work, so can't get a better picture.
The circles on the pennants are actually GREEN, not blue.
This is a banner made with the Perfect Pennant and
Alphabet Simple Letters Big Shot Dies.  I used 
retired Designer Series papers for the 
pennants and circles.  The letters were made 
with textured white card stock.
This banner is up in our office at work, looking
very festive.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Glitter Snowflakes

This is a card for the SCCSC93 Challenge by Amanda Corbet
Set:  Bells and Boughs
Colors: Whisper White, Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler
Accessories:  Northern Frost Decorative Strip, White Glitter Paper, Rhinestones, Clear Brads, Cobbler Seam Binding

Sunday, November 13, 2011

KY Regional Card #2

At the Regional, we made 2 card using the "You are Loved"
set on page 40 of the Holiday Mini.  This is the second card.

Here are the "ingredients" for this card:
Colors:  More Mustard, Baja Breeze, 
Lucky Limeade, and Soft Suede Markers.
Sets:  You are Loved 
Accessories:  Lucky Limeade Riffled Ribbon, 
Pearls. Designer Label Punch, Oval Punch


Friday, November 11, 2011

Artichoke Christmas

This is a quick card made with the elegant set; 
Bells and Boughs.  The flower centers are the highlight.
They are pearls and rhinestones, colored with a sharpie marker!

Colors:  Always Artichoke, Elegant Eggplant, 
Paisley Petals Designer Series Paper.


Saturday, November 5, 2011

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Then, enjoy creating!

Note: the image above was made 
with different components of this free download.


Sunday, October 30, 2011

You are Loved from SU Regionals

I had the pleasure of attending the Stampin' Up!
Regional event this week.  What a BLAST, especially
when attending with good friends (Mary & Jo)!

At the Regional, we made 2 card using the "You are Loved"
set on page 40 of the Holiday Mini.  It is a sweet set, and
gives you the opportunity to use those markers!

Here are the "ingredients" for this card:
Colors:  More Mustard (textured card stock), 
Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler and Soft Suede.
Sets:  You are Loved & Good Grid (p 152)
First Edition Designer Series Paper,
Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding
Safety Pin, Markers


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Easy Christmas

This is a quick and easy Christmas Project.
The Sentiment comes from the Curly Cute set.
Accents using Glimmer Paper, punched with
the Scallop Edge Border punch were added.
Lastly, the card elements were layered on the
card base embossed with the Big Shot 
Northern Flurry embossing Folder.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Llama Holiday Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Llama Christmas Hop!

You've likely arrived here from

Holly's site, having enjoyed her wonderful samples!


For my first project, I used
the Christmas image from the Easy 
Events stamp set on page 57.  I find it's simplicity
incredibly beautiful.

The focal image is embossed on Shimery
White card stock, with Wild Wasabi embossing powder.
The berries were colored in with a Cherry Cobbler
marker.  The focal image was layered on
Wild Wasabi, then Early Espresso, and 
finally the Cherry Cobbler card base. 
Cherry Cobbler seam binding was gathered on
Sticky Strip.  2 punches with the 
Doily Triple Layer punch enabled a Wild Wasabi
layer, with the Silver Glitter image layered on top.

My second project is inspired by a SU demo
named Jill Olsen.  Jill colors the Silver Glimmer Paper,
found on page 41 of the Holiday Mini, with reinkers.

In the sample above, I have placed 2 cards side by side.
The card on the left shows a "normal" snowflake punched
from the Silver Glitter paper with the Doily Triple Layer punch.
The card on the right is identical, with the exception of
a snowflake that has been dyed with Elegant Eggplant
classic ink.  The technique involves using your aqua
painter to paint reinker on to the Glitter paper. Let it 
dry and you now have an accessory that is tinted
to match your project.  You should use a dark color
reinker, as the final product is much lighter than 
the actual reinker color. 

Other "ingredients" used on these cards include
Wisteria Wonder and Elegant Eggplant card stock,
the Big Shot Northern Flurry Embossing Folder
and sentiment from the Contempo Christmas set.

My final project is a TeePee card decorated with 
the Frostwood Lodge Designer Series Paper.
The "ornaments" are made out of soda pop cans,
that have been run through a Big Shot embossing folder
to add texture and then punched out with the Boho Blossoms
punch.  The ornaments were attached with silver brads.
The star at the top is also a Pop Can, cut out
with the Big Shot Stars die.

I hope that you enjoyed these projects!

next  on the Llama blog hop is the totally amazing Jean Fitch!!!

Or you can return to the main Llama Hop page by clicking below.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Easy Events Oval

I really like the Christmas image from the Easy Events
set.  It is beautiful in it's simplicity.
I used the Big Shot Ovals die to cut out the focal
whisper white card stock.  The image was embossed with
Wild Wasabi embossing powder.  The berries were
colored in with a Cherry Cobbler marker.  I did add
some Dazzling Details to the berries, but you have
to be sooooo careful about dry time.  You can see that
I smeared mine, thinking that it was dry.

I layered my Crumb Cake card base with 
Wild Wasabi DSP, Cherry Cobbler and a strip
of Crumb Cake trimmed with the Scallop Border
Punch.  I added Linen Thread and
Cherry Cobbler Quilted Ribbon to accent the card.


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Christmas Card Box

This project is a Christmas Card Box, designed to
hold "regular sized" cards.   The Simply Scored tool
figured predominantly into the making of the box,
as well as belly band with scored rosette.  
The rosette has a pop can center, punched with 
the boho blossoms punch.  The punched flower 
was then run thru a Big Shot Embossing Folder.
Below, the open version of this box.
I will be demonstrating this gift box
at upcoming events.  Contact me to schedule
a SU workshop now!


Saturday, October 1, 2011

Christmas Shirt

This is a CASE of a New Years shirt created 
by Linda Aarhas.  I used Frostwood Lodge DSP,
Quilted Cherry Cobbler ribbon and Red Glimmer
paper from the Holiday mini to create a Christmas version!

In order to create the central shirt panel:
- Used the Big Shot Square Lattice embossing
folder to create texture on the card base
- Used the Big Shot Stripes embossing folder
on a narrow strip to create the panel in the center
- Use the 1 3/4 inch circle punch to punch out the 
neck line on the card stock base, and then mirror
that punch on the center strip.
- Assemble and add the red glimmer paper "buttons"


Sunday, September 25, 2011

House of Haunts

I love this image from House of Haunts.
This project was made a year or so ago, at 
a demonstrator event.  It is Perfect Plumb and 
Pale Plum (retired).
It is accomplished with a little masking and 
sponging.  I hope you enjoy.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Best of Everything

Best of Everything is another SU set that I really like!
It just makes me smile when I stamp the little bird!
I used the Simply Scored tool to highlight the
focal image.
Colors:  Tangerine Tango, Soft Suede, Old Olive
Daffodil Delight

Accessories:  Triple Punch set, Simply Scored Tool,


Sunday, September 18, 2011

Peekaboo Frames

In these examples, I use the Peekaboo frames from
the Holiday Mini as picture frames.
The example above is card stock, covered with
Designer Series Paper.
This side view shows how the frame
is turned "backwards" so that the "door"
acts as the stand.

Remember that you can also run pop cans,
that have been cut apart, through the Big Shot dies.
This results in metal photo frames!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Lolly Good Time

Just a couple Lolly Flowers made from
the Flirtations DSP paper pack.  Playing with 
the Simply Scored tool is SUCH FUN!


Sunday, September 11, 2011

We remember.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Llama Blog Hop!!

Welcome to our first llama blog hop!
You will find links at the end of this 
post, to move to the next blog, 
or back to the main "llama page."

My theme is projects for the
Holidays!  Represented here are Fall,
Halloween and Christmas.  I hope 
you enjoy!

My first project uses the Leaves of a Tree stamp
in the Holiday Mini, with sentiment from the 
Falling Leaves set on page 29 of the main SU catalog.
I used the Simply Scored (Holiday Mini) to score
double lines on the top and right side of a piece
of Whisper White card stock. 

I then inked up
the Leaves of a Tree stamp with Daffodil Delight.
Before stamping, I used a sponge to add Cajun Craze
to the edges and trunk of this image, which I then
stamped on the Whisper White.

I ran a strip of green DSP (Designer Series Paper)
from the Nursery Nest Pack, through the Big Shot
Tasteful Trim Die.  The Sentiment was stamped
in Pumpkin Pie and cut out with a Circle punch.

Lastly, the card base was run through the Big Shot
Perfect Polka Dots Die.  Assemble the card and then add
Dazzling Details (page 41 of the Holiday Mini) to
some of the leaves to make it sparkle!

This is a very quick treat for your Halloween visitors.
It uses the new 1x8 Cellophane Bags on page 11
of the Holiday Mini.  They are perfect for your M&M treats.

First, fill up your bag with M&Ms.
Now, grab your Got Treats set (page 65 of the main
catalog) and use Tangerine Tango and Early Espresso
markers to color the pumpkin.  Stamp and punch out. 
Back with a 2 3/8 Scalloped Circle punch of 
Tangerine Tango and you are ready to assemble
your treat. 

My final project uses the Stitched Stockings
stamp set, and coordinating Stocking Builder
punch (Holiday Mini).  
The sentiment comes from the Teeny Tiny Wishes
set on page 157 of the SU Catalog and is
punched out with the Word Window punch.
The Snow Burst
Big Shot Embossing Folder was used to add 
texture to portions of the stockings.

Colors:  Night of Navy, Old Olive, and Poppy Parade
The Pocketful of Posies DSP pack was used
for the layer behind the stockings.

I used the Simply Scored to create score lines 
around the focal image, and several more 
across the bottom of the card base. Score lines
really enhance to look of Whisper White c/s! 

I hope that you enjoy the llama hop.


Click the image above to visit Buffy's amazing blog, 
which is next on the hop!

Click above to go to the llama hop home.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Cajun Leaves of a Tree

Here's Leaves of a Tree from the Holiday Mini.  This
is just a great stamp (but then I like trees).  The tree was
stamped in Daffodil Delight and then sponged
with Cajun Craze.  A few punches and layering of
DSP and you've got a fun fall card.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

LolliFlower Wreath

My previous post incorporated a rosette or "lolliflower" on the
lid of the gift box.  Today's project uses 14 "lolliflowers" to
form a wreath.  The flowers were made out of textured 
card stock,  and the Bold Brights Designer Series 
Paper Pack.  The Brown DSP
flowers came from the Berry Blossoms DSP Pack.

I have not added a banner to this wreath, as I may use
it for a variety of banners for different events/occassions.

The star of this project is the Simply Scored tool
from the Holiday Mini.  It is easy to score paper or 
DSP for production of flowers or other crafting projects!