Friday, September 28, 2012

Rudolph the Fab Reindeer

Wow! The two weeks between challenges at Fab Friday seem to just fly by! I can't believe it is already time for our third challenge! I have LOVED getting to see all of the entries each time. Thank you to everyone who has been playing along with us! Mindy has another fun sketch for us this time.

So many possibilities for this one. I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with for this sketch. For my card, I kept things sweet and simple with a fun Christmas card using the adorable set called "No Peeking".

Stampin' Up Supplies Used:
Stamps: No Peeking, More Merry Messages
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Island Indigo, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Festival of Prints DSP
Ink: Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler
Accessories: Big Shot, 3" circle die, 1" square punch, basic pearls
Technique: paper piecing
I really like the way this card turned out and it is super quick to make. If you need to make a stack of cards quickly, keeping it simple is the key. When I originally made this card, my deer didn't have the red nose. While I still liked the image without it, it really raised the cute factor when my deer became Rudolph. His nose is made with one of our small basic pearls that I colored red with a Sharpie marker. How cool is that? I also paper pieced his scarf, but if I were making lots of cards, I would just quickly color it in with a marker.
Alright, now it is your turn. Come on over to Fab Friday and play along with us!

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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Blue & Gold Ornament

Hi stampers! Here is another card from my Christmas buffets coming up in October. When I sat down to work on this one, I didn't have a very clear plan and just played and this is what happened. I like the end result and I think that my customers will like it too. I guess it is my West Virginia heritage that influenced this color combination. (Blue and gold are the state colors of West Virginia.)

Stampin' Up Supplies Used:
Stamps: Ornament Keepsakes, More Merry Messages
Paper: Midnight Muse, Whisper White, Brushed Gold
Ink: Midnight Muse
Accessories: Big Shot, Lacy Brocade EF, Holiday Ornaments framelits, basic pearls, white taffeta ribbon, white baker's twine

I still have a couple more projects to show you, so be sure to check back soon!

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Shimmery Evergreen

Wow! I got my Christmas buffet choices posted just under the wire. I think they posted at 9:00 last night! Whew! It has just been one of those weeks. If you would like to see all of the choices, click here.

I am doing a full blog post on all of the choices because I didn't want to make my blog post with all of them too long. Here is today's card...

Stampin' Up Supplies Used:
Stamps: Evergreen
Paper: Early Espresso CS, Cherry Cobbler Core'dinations CS, Very Vanilla CS, Champagne Glimmer
Ink: Crumb Cake (stamped off), Cherry Cobbler
Accessories: Big Shot, Lacy Brocade EF, Holiday Collection framelits, sanding tool, Very Vanilla seam binding
Inspired by this card made by my friend, Rita

It is very hard to read the print in this picture, but the words that make the tree shape are from Silent Night, which is one of my favorite Christmas hymns.

A little trick for this card- cut out the star for the top of the tree (and maybe a couple of other shapes to save for another project) from the center of the piece of Glimmer paper layered behind the main image panel. This will save you some money and help that beautiful paper last and last.

Thanks for stopping by! I will have another card to share tomorrow!


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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

October Christmas Buffet Choices

Hello there! As promised, here are the choices for my Christmas buffets for the month of October. Remember, November will have six entirely different projects, so if you want to make these, be sure to attend one of the October buffets.

If you plan to attend, please email me ( with your choices no later than next Wednesday, September 26th. Be sure to include the names of the projects as well as how many you would like to make of each.

I will do a separate blog post on each project (if I haven't already posted it), so be sure to check back if you would like more details on a specific project. Also, there may be slight variations to the projects in order to conserve supplies. Any changes will be small and will not change the overall feel or design of the project.

#1 Cookie Jar

For more details, click here.

#2 Silver Snowflakes

For more details, click here.
#3 Jolly Christmas Tree
  #4 Shimmery Evergreen
 For more details, click here.
#5 Ornament
For more details, click here.

 #6 Stocking Gift Card Holder
There will be four different combinations for the stockings- Real Red stocking with Garden Green trim (as pictured), Garden Green Stocking with Real Red trim, Cherry Cobbler stocking with Always Artichoke trim, and Always Artichoke stocking with Cherry Cobbler trim. There is a slot cut into the back layer to hold a gift card.
Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at the choices. I hope you can make it to one of the buffets on October 13th or 26th. Be sure to check back this week for blog posts for the remaining projects.

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Friday, September 14, 2012

Christmas Shimmer

Hello again! I had an open stamping event earlier this evening and I made a promise to myself that I would actually stamp and not just sit, talk, and eat (like I normally do). I am happy to report that I made FOUR cards! This has to be a new record!

The first card I made was for this week's challenge at Freshly Made Sketches. They are celebrating their first anniversary and the challenge is to make a card using any of their past sketches. I chose sketch #19 and flipped it on its side (because I can never just do a sketch the way it is designed). I am not one to brag, but I just LOVE this card. It might be my favorite card that I have ever made! So sparkly and pretty! OK, enough talking about it, here it is...

Stampin' Up Supplies Used:
Stamps: Ornament Keepsakes, More Merry Messages
Paper: Core'dinations Early Espresso CS, Cherry Cobbler CS, Very Vanilla CS, Champagne Glimmer
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso
Accessories: Big Shot, Ornament Framelits, Tasteful Trim die, Lacy Brocade EF, sanding block, glue dots, dimensionals

Here is a trick for getting a border of glimmer paper around your ornaments- cut the ornament shape out of the glimmer paper with the framelit, then cut your stamped ornament with scissors and layer them. The framelits leave enough border around the stamped image to produce this sparkly edging for the ornament. I discovered this trick after seeing this card made by Jennifer Brum.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by! Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think. Here is the sketch that I chose. Be sure to stop by Freshly Made Sketches to play along and wish them a happy anniversary!


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Fun Fab Flower

Hello again! I just have to take a minute and say that all of us over at Fab Friday were totally blown away by the entries last week. They were all beautiful and we couldn't believe how many people played along with our very first challenge! Thank you to everyone who participated! It is time for challenge #2 and this time Mindy has a beautiful color challenge for us...

Don't you just love these colors- gorgeous! I have to admit that as much as I love this color combination, it was a bit of a challenge for me. I have had a bit of a stamping slump lately and I struggled to come up with a card. It took a few attempts to come up with a design that I liked. I need to give a shout out to my BSF (Best Stampy Friend) Rita, who helped me through my struggles via text. Thanks, Rita! Anyway, this is what I finally made with a little help from the awesome sketch at Sweet Sunday.

Stampin' Up Supplies Used:
Stamps: Friendly Phrases
Paper: So Saffron, Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla, Houndstooth & Scaringbone DSP
Ink: Basic Gray
Accessories: Big Shot, Fun Flowers die, Argyle EF, Scallop Border punch, Neutral button, baker's twine, dimensionals, glue dots

Here is the sketch from Sweet Sunday if you would like to play along...

Come by Fab Friday and check out all of the design team projects and then play along with us! We would love to see your creations! Thanks for stopping by!


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Saturday, September 8, 2012

Freshly Made Snowflakes?

Hey there! I have had such a stamping slump lately. I have tried to stamp and just haven't been able to make anything that I was happy with. I know this is pretty common (it actually happens to me more often than I would like) so I just kept trying. My efforts finally paid off this morning. I loved the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches this week, so I decided to give it a try.

I ordered the Snowflake Soiree stamp set and the Snow Flurry die several weeks ago, but I hadn't had a chance to play with them yet. I pulled them out this morning and came up with this...

Stampin' Up Supplies Used:
Stamps: Snowflake Soiree, Greetings of the Season
Paper: Elegant Eggplant, Brushed Silver, Whisper White
Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Illuminate
Accessories: Big Shot, Snow Flurry die, Scallop Border punch, Large Pearl, homemade shimmer spray, glue dots

This is a fairly simple card to make. I think this will definitely be one of the contenders for a spot in my upcoming Christmas buffets. It is really just a little stamping, some layering, and then a finishing spritz with shimmer spray. In real life, this card is very sparkly. I really like using non-traditional colors for Christmas cards. Red and green has its place for sure, but who doesn't love a rich purple Christmas card too?

Here is the sketch. Check it out and play along!

Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


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