Saturday, November 28, 2009

Sketch #77

Surprise, surprise... not only do I have a sketch, but I have a non-Christmas card! Here's the sketch:

and here's my card:

I designed this for a private class I did for some lovely Red Hat Ladies. This was one of my favourite cards from that day...


Stamps: Friends 24-7, Great Friend
Inks: Soft Suede,  Dusty Durango
Stampin' Write Markers: Rose Red, Dusty Durango, Certainly Celery, Mellow Moss, Crushed Curry
Cardstock: Dusty Durango, Very Vanilla, Soft Suede
Autumn Meadows DSP
Tools: Curly Label Punch, Colour Spritzer, Movers & Shapers Curly Label

Thursday, November 26, 2009

12 Weeks of Christmas - Week 8

I have another card for this week's project, and I sent out a gift/packaging idea on Monday. If you'd like to receive my Twelve Weeks of Christmas newsletter, you can e-mail me, or use the link in the sidebar to sign up for it. This is another card we'll be making at my Christmas Card Class (5 cards for $5.00) at the Crouch Library on Saturday December 5th. You can sign up by contacting me or the library.


Stamps: Sparkly & Bright (item #115346)
Inks: Real Red (item #103133), Chocolate Chip (item #100908), Certainly Celery (item #105217)
Cardstock: Whisper White (item #100730), Kraft (item #102125), Real Red (item #102482)
Punches: Scallop Circle  (item #109043), Jumbo Snowflake (item #116628), 1 3/8" Circle (item #104401)
Other: Small Whisper White Notecard (item #107311), The Write Stuff DSP (item #115674), Stampin' Dimensionals (item #104430)


1. Stamp the reindeer image with Chocolate Chip ink onto Whisper White cardstock and punch out with the 1 3/8" circle punch.
2. Punch a Jumbo Snowflake from Kraft cardstock.
3. Punch a Scallop Circle from Real Red cardstock.
4. Stamp the Whisper White notecard with Certainly Celery ink and the Sparkle stamp.
5. Cut a piece of Kraft cardstock (1 1/2" x 4") and stamp greeting on the left side with Real Red ink.
6. Cut a piece of Old Olive polka dot paper (from The Write Stuff) 1"x4" and tear one long side. Adhere to the bottom 1/3 of the notecard.
7. Adhere the stamped Kraft cardstock just above the polka dot paper.
8. Use Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere the scallop circle to the card and the snowflake to the scallop circle.
9. Use SNAIL to adhere the reindeer to the snowflake.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Wow!!! Stampin' Up! Sale!

I knew this sale was coming, but I had no idea what would be on sale or what the prices would be like, and I have to say I'm super excited!!!

Stampin' Up!'s Online Extravaganza Sale starts today and goes until November 30th. You can see what I'm so excited about by clicking here and clicking Shop Now (see the image below), then Online Extravaganza on the left side. You can shop online, or contact me before November 30th if you'd like me to place your order directly with me.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Merry Patterned Pines

This was my favourite card from my last Stamp-a-Stack... I saw a card that Heather made using different colours, and I just had to try it myself. The other three cards we made at the SAS used more traditional Christmas colours, but I though this combination was fun and still kind of Christmas-y...

I love this Level 1 Hostess set (Patterned Pines) and it's only available until January 4th, so make sure you let me know if you'd like to have a party or private class so you can earn it for free before it's gone!

Supplies: Patterned Pines & All Holidays Stamps; Kraft, Melon Mambo & Whisper White cardstock; Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo, Certainly Celery and Sahara Sand classic inks; Whisper White craft ink; VersaMark ink; White Stampin' Emboss powder; Paper Piercer and Mat Pack.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Spotlighting Nature

This was the second card we did last weekend for the November Technique Class. We stamped the flower image from Inspired by Nature with Soft Suede ink on Naturals Ivory cardstock. We used Stampin' Write markers (Rose Red, Crushed Curry, Always Artichoke) to colour on the stamp, then stamped it again onto another piece of Naturals Ivory cardstock. We punched out the portions we wanted to use on the card with the  1 1/4" circle punch, and cut 1 3/8" circles from Soft Suede to mount them on. After matching up the images, we used Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere the punched circles to the image.

other supplies: Crushed Curry and Rose Red Cardstock, Modern Label, Curly Label and Word Windo Punches, Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set.

Monday, November 16, 2009

12 Weeks of Christmas - Week 7

I'm back with a very simple card... easy to reproduce, and a shorter supply list than some of my other projects so far! If you'd like another Christmas idea this week, sign up for my newsletter by using the link in my sidebar or e-mailing me!


Tree Trimmings Stamps (item #116722)
Four the Holidays Stamps (item #116921)
Soft Suede Ink (item #115657)
Old Olive Classic Inkpad (item #102277)
Rose Red Classic Inkpad (item #101778)
Old Olive Cardstock (item #100702)
Note Cards (item #107311)
Scallop Border Punch (item #112091)


1.Cut a piece of Old Olive cardstock 3 1/2"x 2". Use the Scallop Edge punch along one long edge.
2. Stamp a greeting from Four the Holidays on the Old Olive Cardstock with Soft Suede ink.
3. Stamp ornaments from Tree Trimmings onto the Note Card with Old Olive and Rose Red ink.
4. Stamp ornament hangers with Soft Suede ink above the ornaments.
5. Adhere the Old Olive Cardstock at the top of the note card.

If you'd like to make this card (and four others) for only $5.00, join me at the Crouch Library Saturday, December 5th at 2:00pm. You can register through me or through the library.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

November Technique - Spotlighting

The technique I'm featuring in the November Technique Class is Spotlighting, and this is one of the cards we'll be making. I still have some spaces available, so let me know if you're interested in coming... the first time is free, and after that I ask for a $5.00 supply fee or a $25.00 order.

Spotlighting is a great technique when there is a large image to colour, but you want to make multiple cards, and don't really have the time to colour the whole image. Home for Christmas is a great example of a stamp set that works well with this technique.

Supplies: Stamps (Home for Christmas); Inks (Chocolate Chip); Stampin' Write Markers (Old Olive, Ruby Red, Crushed Curry, Soft Suede); Cardstock (Whisper White, Old Olive, Ruby Red); Christmas Cocoa DSP; Button Latte

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Monster Bookmark

This is the second card we'll be making at my free class (at Crouch Library) tomorrow at 4:00pm. This one has a bookmark that can be pulled off the card to use, and I love these little monsters! This class is drop in, so I hope to see you there! Anyone seven or older is welcome (7-10 year olds please bring a helper).

Sunday, November 8, 2009

12 Weeks of Christmas - Week 6

Hard to believe, but we're half-way through the Twelve Weeks of Christmas! Be sure to sign up for my newsletter (e-mail me, or click the link in my side-bar) to get another idea by e-mail tomorrow!

This week, I have a gift box idea for you:

This is made quickly and easily with the Petal Envelope die for the Big Shot. You could easily adapt this for small gifts for any occasion (or wedding favours) by changing the colours and stamps. Here are the supplies you'll need for this box:

Stamps: Snow Swirled (item #111690), Christmas Punch (hostess -item #115366) - You could use Delightful Decorations (item #116517) instead
Inks: Platinum Shimmer Paint (item #116807), Real Red (item #103133)
Cardstock: Real Red (item #102482), Brushed Silver (item #100712)
Accessories: Scallop Oval Punch (item #114889), Real Red Striped Grosgrain Ribbon (item #110714), Christmas Cocoa Designer Series Paper (item #116770), Sponge Daubers (item #102892), Silver Elastic Cord (item #109866), Petal Card die (item #113467)


1. Use the Big Shot to cut four Petal Cards from Real Red cardstock.
2. Cut one flap (half-circle) off each petal card.
3. Use the Sponge Daubers to apply Platinum Shimmer Paint to the snowflake stamps and stamp randomly onto the petal card.

4. Turn the stamped sides down, and attach all the cards together (I used Sticky Strip). Apply adhesive to the single flap, and attach it to the straight edge where you removed one flap).

5. Fold all the bottom flaps together and apply a little adhesive where they touch each other.

6. Fold the top closed, and tie a piece of ribbon around to hold it closed.
7. Stamp the tag with Real Red ink on Brushed Silver cardstock and punch out with the Scallop Oval Punch.
8. Pierce a hole in the tag, and thread some Silver Elastic cord through the hole. Tie the tag around the knot of ribbon.

Here is the completed box again:

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Sketch #76

After a (not-so-brief) hiatus from the sketches, I'm back this week with a card sketch. Here's hoping I can keep on top of them during my upcoming craziness... anyway, here's the sketch:

and here's my card:

If you'd like to make this card, come join me at the Crouch Library this Wednesday (Nov 11th) at 4:00pm for my FREE Birthday Make, Take & Donate class. We'll be making this card and two other birthday cards. You keep two, and choose one to donate to the Ronald McDonald House in London. This is a free class, so you're welcome to tell your friends! I'll be posting at least one more of the cards we'll be making here on my blog before Wednesday. You can contact me or the library to reserve your spot in this class.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Sense of Time

I've been sharing tons of Christmas cards here lately, so I thought I'd break it up a bit with a card made by my upline Anne. We did a swap a while back, and this is one of my favourites...

It's hard to tell in the picture, but she used an embossing plate on the card front, so it has subtle swirly texture. I also love the scalloped edge with the beautiful DSP on the inside of the card showing.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Holiday Gift Giving Guide

Stampin' Up! has come up with a Holiday Gift Giving Guide this year, with gift suggestions for people on your list. Just click the link above to download the guide. As an extra bonus, for every $65.00 you spend on items included in the guide, YOU get a gift too! You can choose any Decor Elements $22.95 or less for free! So have a look through the guide and see if the perfect gift is in there for someone you know!

I also offer gift certificates for you to give (or get) as a gift... Contact me for more details. If you'd like to show your wishlist to friends and family, they can order from me, and I'll even wrap your gifts for them!

Monday, November 2, 2009

12 Weeks of Christmas - Week 5

I was busy with my Christmas Stamp-a-Stack yesterday, so I didn't get this posted when I wanted to. Here's the card for this week:


1. Cut a piece of chipboard with the Big Shot and the Scallop Oval Frame die.
2. Layer the Finial Press embossing folder with a piece of Naturals White cardstock (5 1/4"x4") inside with the following sandwich: Multi Purpose platform on tab 2 ~ Embossing folder with paper inside ~ chipboard frame (centred over paper in embossing folder) ~ Cutting Plate.
3. Sponge the embossed frame with Old Olive ink.
4. Stamp the cardinal image from "A Cardinal Christmas" inside the frame with Soft Suede ink.
5. Use a Blender Pen and classic inks (Ruby Red, Soft Suede, Old Olive, Crushed Curry) to colour the cardinal.
6. Use a Stamp-a-ma-Jig  and Chocolate Chip ink to stamp the sentiment from "Christmas Greetings".
7. Tie a piece of Chocolate Chip Taffeta Ribbon around the Naturals White cardstock.
8. Adhere to a Soft Suede card base (4 1/4"x11").


Stamps - A Cardinal Christmas (item #111760), Christmas Greetings (item #115448)
Cardstock - Soft Suede (item #115318), Naturals White (item #102316)
Inks - Soft Suede (item #115657), Ruby Red (item #102259), Old Olive (item #102277), Crushed Curry (item #115659), Chocolate Chip (item #100908)
Big Shot (item #113439), Finial Press embossing folder (item #115963), Scallop Oval Frame die (item #114521)
Accessories - Chocolate Chip Taffeta Ribbon (item #109065), Blender Pen (item #102845), Stampin' Sponge (item #101610)