Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Have a wonderful Holiday!  I will be taking a week off to enjoy some relaxing time with my family.  Will begin posting again January second.  Enjoy the Holiday Week with your families!

Monday, December 23, 2013

A Merry Christmas from my Sideline!

As you know Susan and I coordinate a lot of our stamping events together.  We often attend SU events together also so of course we exchange Christmas cards.  This is the one that Susan sent me this year.  I find it difficult to make cards for Susan because we do so many Christmas events together that I find it hard to find time to come up with a design that she does not know about.  I am sure that she feels the same way. 

I loved the card that she sent me this year.  It is so simple and clean and the feeling it gives to me is the feeling of peace and calm.  I LOVE it!  The supplies that she used for this card were:

STAMP SET: Joyous Christmas
PAPER:  Whisper White, Brushed Gold, Cherry Cobbler
INK:  Cherry Cobbler, Versamark
ACCESSORIES:  Gold Embossing Powder, Heating Tool, Pearl Jewels, Dimensionals, Scissors

Thank you Susan!  Short post today.  I still have a lot to get done before Christmas.  Enjoy the day!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Pennie's Christmas Card

I was so excited when I got the mail yesterday.  In with all my Christmas cards, I found one sent to me by my Upline, Pennie.  Since Pennie moved to Washington State, I do not get to see her much except for Stampin' Up events.  So I was so excited to receive a Christmas Card from her which of course she made herself.  I LOVE it!

Pennie used a color scheme that I would have been afraid to try.  I am more of a traditional red and green girl myself.  But I loved this.

The supplies that she used for this card were:

STAMP SET:  Christmas Messages, Frosted Flurrues
PAPER:  Pool Party, Smokey Slate, Basic Gray, Silver Glimmer Paper, Winter Frost DSP
INK:  Basic Gray
ACCESSORIES:  Frosted Finishes Embellishments, Northern Flurry EF, Big Shot

I love this time of year when you hear from people you do not get to see often.  It really means a lot to me when I receive a Christmas card from them.  And even more when they make the card themselves.  Well I am off with another busy day.  No grandsons to watch today so I will be busy trying to get things done that I can not when I am watching the boys.  I have a long list and need to get started.  You Enjoy the day!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Envelope Punch Board Recipe Cards

Last Sunday at the Downline Christmas Party, Susan and I arranged a cookie exchange.  Everyone was asked to bake enough cookies to share 1/2 dozen with each person that was participating.  We also thought it would be fun to use the ENVELOPE PUNCH BOARD to create a Folder Folder Card which would be used to 

hold the recipe of the cookies they brought. Here are the recipe cards that were used in the exchange.  I would have included the names of who made each card but unfortunately I was unable to attend.  And when I received the cookies and the recipe cards, no names were attached.  Just wanted to share with you the various designs that people came up with.  Love it!  Cant wait until next Christmas to share more cookie recipes and  more designs for our recipe cards.

Today we are watching all 3 boys.  I think we will be going out today and enjoy the snow that fell over the weekend.  Enjoy the day!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Downline Christmas Party

Sunday Susan and I had our Downline Christmas Party.  At the last minute I was unable to attend but I hear that it went quite well and everyone had a wonderful time.  For the party, we asked our downline to make a gift using SU product and we then had a drawing to decide who would receive which gift.  I was lucky enough to receive a wreath made form the Seasons of Style DSP.  I placed it on my wall in the family room as soon as I received it.

Here is a picture of my new wreath!  Isn't it beautiful and it fits right into my color scheme in this particular room.  I loved how she used the Bow Die to make the bow for the wreath.  The bow is made from Red Glimmer Paper and adds just the right amount of glitz for the Holidays.  

Just another idea of what you can with Stampin' Up products to help decorate your home for the Holidays.  Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

A Glimmer Christmas

Susan and I held our Downline Christmas Party on Sunday. We had a few things planned.  Susan and I provided the sandwich tray and our downlines were asked to bring an appetizer.  There was plenty to eat and it was good.  We also hosted a cookie exchange.  More about that is later post.  

Since everyone is so crafty, we thought everyone could create a Christmas gift and then we would have an exchange.  I have seen more and more Demos creating Home Decor items.  So I decided I would try to come up with one.  Of course the idea I start with is never what I finish with.  I wanted it to be light, cheerful and silvery.  Well I ended up with it be cheery and RED!  Here are some pics of what I ended up with.

I started with the center piece which was created using the Festive Flurry Framelits and coordinating Stamp Set.  Then I looked at the stamp sets that I owned and tried to find ones that would fit in a small space.  My project did not use the 12 x 12 format but instead an 8 x 8 format.  3" x 3" squares are used if you make you project 12 x 12.  But Since I used the 8 x 8 framed shadowbox, I decided to reduce the shares to 1-3/4".  I really wanted to see the 8 x 8 Red Glimmer Paper that I used for the background so the squares had to be a bit smaller.  I also used a lot of rhinestones to give it some sparkle.  After all it needed to be festive.  

The stamp sets that I used for this project were:

STAMP SETS: Best of 25 Years…Christmas, Warmth and Wonder (Hostess Set), Ornament Keepsakes, Festive Flurry, For the Birds, Embellished Events, Wishing You
PAPER:  Red Glimmer Paper, Silver Glimmer Paper Whisper WHite, Silver Foil Paper, Real Red, Basic Black, Real Red Patterned DSP
INK:  Real Red, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Baked Brown Sugar, Black Stazon

It took me a week to do this one.  Not because it was time intensive but because it took me that long to switch different pieces around until I was happy with how it looked.  One of Susan's downlines received my card and I am told that she really liked it.

IT is snowing here today and so we have the 2 grandkids that attend daycare on a Tuesday because because of the weather.  So I anticipate another busy day.  Enjoy the day!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Joyful Christmas Gift Card Holder

Here is another gift card that was offered at the "Let's Wrap it UP" stamping event.  Who can't use gift card holder?  My customers are always looking for new ways to make a gift card holder.  This holder is so quick and easy.  

The supplies that I used for this project were:

STAMP SET: Joyful Christmas
PAPER:  Old Olive , Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Seasons of Style DSP, Red Glimmer Paper
INK:  Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive
ACCESSORIES:  Dazzling Details, Scalloped Trim Edge Punch, 1" Circle Punch, Sticky Strip

Where do you place the gift card, you ask?  It is hidden inside the flap on the left.  Here are the dimensions for this project.

1.  Cut a piece of card stock 4-1/4" x 11"
2.  Score at 5-1/2" and 8-1/2"

When you fold at the 8-1/2" mark, fold inward.  You will punch a half circle at that end of the card stock.  Place sticky strip on the side edges and close.  This will create a pocket for the gift card to slide into.  The design of the card was CASE'd but I turned the design into a gift card holder.

Another crazy week.  Yesterday was my day off from babysitting and I had a lot to do.  But life always happens and changes your plans.  This weekend is a crazy week with Eli's birthday party with his friends and then he comes back to our house for a family dinner and party.  Sunday is my Christmas Downline Party.  I will be posting again on Monday after my crazy weekend.  Enjoy the day!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Santa Gift Card Holder

Here is another project that was offered at the "Let's Wrap it Up" stamp camp.  The gift card template was borrowed from Dawn Oshefske's blog and can be found HERE.  This was such a quick and easy gift card holder that this one was made more than any other item I had prepared for the event.

I love this Santa face and was so happy when SU brought it back in the Best of 25 years...Christmas.  I have tried to use this image on a lot of my projects this year because I think the Santa is such a nice vintage looking image.  One thing I tried differently with the coloring of this image was to use Crisp Cantaloupe for the skin tone.  One of my customers accidentally used the color for a skin color when she was making a punch art project.  I really liked it as a skin tone when I saw it and tried it on this project.  I think it looks good.  All the coloring on this project was done by using Blender Pens.  I also used some Dazzling Details on the fur on his hat.  A little glitz only adds to a project is my motto.

The supplies that I used for this project were:

STAMP SET: Best of 25 Years...Christmas
PAPER:  Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Whisper White, Silver Glimmer Paper, Styles of the Season DSP
INK:  Black Staz-On, Crisp Cantaloupe, Real Red, Garden Green
ACCESSORIES:  1-3/4" Circle Punch, Festive Flurry Framelits. Big Shot, Old Olive 1/4" Taffeta Ribbon, Sticky Strip, Blender Pens, Dazzling Diamonds, 2 Way Glue, Dimensionals

This is a very simple gift card holder which has a removable Belly Band that keeps the gift card holder from opening until you need it to.  I made a couple of extra pieces so today I am going to try to finish them.  I also want to try to bake some Christmas Cookies.  Hopefully I can achieve my goal for today.  Enjoy your day!


Monday, December 2, 2013

A Merry Christmas

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday.  Mine was a crazy fast paced weekend.  We had the kids over for Thanksgiving and then we went Black Friday Shopping and when we got home from that, we headed out to cut down our Christmas tree.  Then a marathon weekend of decorating winding down to Sunday when I hosted the "Let's Wrap it Up" stamp camp.  Whew!

But now I am starting my week with a new post.  This is one of the cards that was offered at the "Let's Wrap It Up" event.  My customers absolutely loved it.  This was one of my favorites, I have to admit.  At convention I saw a card using these 2 stamps from non holiday stamp sets and I was so impressed how it looked so Christmasy.  I did not get a picture of it but just remembered the birds and the pine trees.  So I came up with my own design but using that idea of the birds sitting on a branch with the pine trees stamped to look like they are in the background.  The supplies that I used for this card were:

STAMP SETS:  Serene Silhouettes, Evergreen, Petite Pairs
PAPER:  Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke
INK:  Always Artichoke, 
ACCESSOIRES:  Fancy Fan Embossing Folder, Ovals Framelits, Circle Card Thinlet (banner framelit from that set), Dimensionals, Early Espresso and Cherry Cobbler Markers.

I like using oval framelits to silhouette an image.  I think it gives a more vintage feel.  And the embossing folder Fancy Fan also adds to that feel.   The more I looked at this card, I which I had made this card horizontal rather that vertical.  By having the card horizontal, you would be able to use a longer or larger sentiment.  A few of my customers tried that layout today and it really looked nice.

Well I am off to the eye Dr. this morning so it is going to be another busy day.  We only have 1 grandson to watch today so it should not be too crazy I hope.  Enjoy the day!