Friday, December 24, 2010

See you all in 2011!

I don't know if I will get time to post anything new the next couple of days because I just want to spend this last week of the year spending it with family and friends.  What a wonderful job I have - I get to make time for myself!  So to all of you who read my blog I hope to see you all back in 2011 and look forward to another great year of sharing and creating.  But even though I may not be on with  new post, my online store is always available, and I am still just a phone call or e-mail away.   And, thank you for letting me indulge a little bit with my pictures and posts of my family.  See you in 2011!  Merry  Christmas and  Happy New Year!             

                                                                  Eileen

Thank you for a wonderful year!

 To all of my readers, I want to say thank you for a wonderful year.  For those who prayed for my grandson Thomas this summer when he was sick, I thought I would show how all of our prayers were answered.  While it was a very scary two weeks of the unknown, he has recovered fully from encephalitis and is now once again a happy, healthy three year old who fills us with so much joy.  The doctors, nurses, and therapist at both Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, PA, and at Children's Hospital of Pennsylvania were all so wonderful and brought him back to us.  My family, friends, and Stampin' Up! demonstrators who all prayed daily brought us the miracle we all prayed for.  So thank you from the bottom of my heart, and from all of my family I want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Picture of Thomas relearning his motor skills at Children's Hospital of Pennsylvania.

And now, our happy little boy all smiles enjoying a weekend with Grandma and Poppy while mommy and daddy got a much needed weekend away in New York City.
And our little Evey who came into our lives in February 2010.  Thomas is very happy to have a little sister.

My husband who supports me in all I do.
And my children - Jen and her husband Brennan who are all smiles once again as their family is all back home, happy and healthy, and my son Greg and his girlfriend Katie. 

Now I hope you all get time to spend the holidays with your loved ones, and I look forward to 2011 and another year of creating and sharing with all of you.

Merry Christmas everyone! 






Thursday, December 23, 2010

Heart Pressed


Another sneak peak at a new item in the Occasions Mini Catalog using the the Heart Pressed Letterpress Plate.  Letterpress Plates let you add an inked debossed look to your project.  You will need your Big Shot machine, and the Multipurose Platform and Standard Cutting Pads (both come with your Big Shot), and Craft Stampin' Ink when you use any Letterpress Plates.

I started the card with a base of Real Red Cardstock.  On the Whisper White layer, I embossed the cardstock using the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder.  Whisper White Craft ink was placed on my Heart Pressed Letterpress Plate and I ran it through my Big Shot Machine using a piece of Real Red cardstock.   Blushing Bride Photo Corners were punched and I placed the smaller of the two corners on each side.  Hugs and Kisses is from the Love You Much stamp set and it was stamped and then punched with the Scallop Circle punch.  Pretty in Pink ink was used to color the little heart in the center.  Another card that will be available to make at Janury's Stamp-a-Stack.

To make today's card I used the following:
Cardstock:  Real Red #102482, Whisper White #100730, Blushing Bride #119796
Ink:  Real Red #103133, Whisper White Craft #101731
Marker:  Pretty in Pink #100045
Stamp Set:  Love You Much #113756
Accessories:  Heart Pressed Letterpress Plate #121814 (Occasions Mini), Big Shot Machine #113439, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder #120175, Dimensionals #104430
Punches:  1 3/4" Scallop Circle #119854, Photo Corners #119878

Friday, December 17, 2010

Peaceful Season

I love how Stampin' Up's! stamp sets have everything you need.  Along with the Peace on Earth sentiment written in beautiful script, how clever was it to have another stamp in the set with a picture of the earth made to look like a tree ornament.  These are just two of the 6 stamps in the Peaceful Season set that are a Level 2 Hostess set that lucky hostesses could earn free with a qualifying workshop held during the holiday mini period which ends January 3, 2011.  If this is a set you wish you could of received but didn't have time to book your workshop, don't worry, there are still beautiful hostess sets available in the Idea Book and Catalog and still more in the upcoming mini coming out in January 2011.   However, if this is a set you would like to earn you can always place your own qualifying order through my on-line store and receive hostess benefits even though I will not be holding anymore home workshops from now until the beginning of the new year.  E-mail me if you have any questions on how you can make this happen.

For today's card I started with Always Artichoke cardstock for my base and added a layer of Cherry Cobbler and a stamped and embossed layer of Very Vanilla.  If you are going to emboss a layer that you are also stamping on, make sure to stamp your images first.  Once the layer is embossed your stamped images may not cover some of the embossed designs.

For today's card I used the following:
Cardstock:  Always Artichoke #105119, Cherry Cobbler #119685, Very Vanilla #101650
Ink:  Always Artichoke #105219, Cherry Cobbler #119669
Stamp Set:  Peaceful Season #120819 wood mount, or #121124 clear mount (Level 2 Hostess Set - Holiday Mini Catalog)
Accessories:  Big Shot Die Cutting Machine #113439, Petals-a-Plenty Embossing Folder #116824
Punch:  Ticket Corner #119867

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Peace on Earth

Finally finishing up my Christmas cards.  Another easy card to make with the help of Deck the Halls Designer Series paper.

I started with Always Artichoke cardstock embossed with the Petals-a-Plenty embossing folder for my card base and then cut a piece of Cherry Cobbler and Deck the Halls DSP with the Top Note Bigz Die and the Big Shot Die Cutting Machine.  I kept the Cherry Cobbler true to the size of the die, and cut the Deck the Halls DSP along the edges and layered it on top of the Cherry Cobler.  A bow was tied with Always Artichoke seam binding and Peace on Earth was stamped on with Cherry Cobbler ink.  If you have a lot of cards to make this DSP really makes it easy with its rich designs.  

To make today's card I used the following:
Cardstock:  Always Artichoke #105119, Cherry Cobbler #119685
Designer Series Paper:  Deck the Halls #120810 (Holiday Mini)
Ribbon:  Always Artichoke Seam Binding #121000 (Holiday Mini)
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler #119669
Stamp Set:  Peaceful Season #120819 wood mount or #121124 clear moung (Holiday Mini)
Accessories:  Big Shot Machine #113439, Petals-a-Plenty Embossing Folder #116824

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Christmas Card Ornament Card

I love getting Christmas cards that I can easily display, and this is one that can be put right onto the Christmas tree for all to see.  

To make today's card I started with a piece of 11" x 5"  Always Artichoke cardstock that I folded in half and cut using the Scallop Circle Bigz Die, leaving the top four scallop circles exposed so I would not cut two single circles, rather two circles held together by the crease which created the top for my card.  I then cut a circular piece of DSP using my Circle Scissors Plus, added the cut out holly leaves and sentiment, and used the Round Tab Punch to create the top holder.  A brad was used to place this tab onto the top of the card and some retired silver cord created the hanger. 

To make today's card I used the following:
Cardstock:  Always Artichoke #105119, Very Vanilla #101650, Cherry Cobbler #119684
Designer Series Paper:  Deck the Halls #120810
Stamp Set:  Peaceful Season #120819 wood mount or #121124 clear mount (Level 2 Hostess - Holiday Mini)
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler #119669, Always Artichoke #105219
Accessories:  Big Shot Die Cutting Machine #113439, Scallop Circle Bigz Die #113468, Circle Scissors Plus #112530, Glass Mat #112531, Dimensionals #104430
Ribbon:  Silver Cord (Retired)
Embellishment:  Neutral Brad #119736

Monday, December 13, 2010

Masculine Birthday

Need some masculine birthday cards and afraid to add ribbon?  I solve that problem by laying the ribbon flat over my layer and not tying a bow.  This way I still get to add the embellishment to dress up the card, but it seems less feminine to me this way.

For today's card I used a Polka Dot embossed piece of Old Olive cardstock for my card base, and added two layers of Designer Series Paper from the Bright Patterns Pack.  To the Olive Green DSP I added a backing of Whisper White to make it stand out.  I added some bitty buttons over three punched circle of the same DSP, added the ribbon, and used dimensionals on my Eat Cake sentiment.    Coordinating your ink with your cardstock, Designer Series Paper, and ribbon makes it so easy to pull it all together.  Just another reason I love my Stampin' Up! products.

To make today's card I used the following:
Cardstock:  Old Olive #100702, Whisper White #100730           
Designer Series Paper:  Bright Patterns Paper Stack #1171155
Stamp Set:  Cute by the Inch #116992 wood mount or #120130 clear mount (Hostess Level 1)
Ribbon:  Old Olive 1 1/4" Striped Grosgrain #115618
Ink:  Pacific Point #111837
Accessories:  Big Shot Die Cutting Machine #113439, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder #117335, Dimesionals #104430
Embellishment:  Bitty Buttons #118761
Punches: Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack #118309, 1 1/4" Square #119865, 1 3/8" Square #119877

Friday, December 10, 2010

Idea Book Inspiration

Not only is the Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalog your resource for ordering all of your Stampin' Up!  products, it is also full of great ideas.  My inspiration for today's card was taken right from the book.   On page 109 of the catalog I liked the card so much that I tried my own version, just added a different sentiment to fit what I needed, stamped a few more flowers, got a little creative with two different inks, and tied my bow on the other side. 

For today's card I started with a card base of Pear Pizzazz cardstock.  To this layer I used my Color Spritzer Tool and misted some Early Espresso ink on the front.  Next I stamped the flowers first with Whisper White craft ink, and then I stamped again with Crumb Cake ink.  I didn't stamp the images right on top of one another because I wanted to get a shadow effect.  I tore a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock and added it to the bottom and stamped my sentiment and sponged some Pear Pizzazz ink around the edges.   I put my bow on the other side because I didn't want to cover the saying. 

For today's card I used the following:
Cardstock:  Pear Pizzazz #119795, Very Vanilla #101750
Ink:  Whisper White Craft #101730, Pear Pizzazz #119784, Crumb Cake #121030
Marker:  Early Espresso #119680
Stamp Set:  Just Believe #116948 wood mount or #120453 clear mount
Ribbon:  Whisper White 3/8" Taffeta #109070
Accessories:  Stamping Sponge #101610, Color Spritzer Tool #107066


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Fancy Favor Box Snowflake Luminaria


I made this luminaria the same as the one I posted awhile back, just tried it with different images and colors. 

I ran a 6 x 12 piece of Night of Navy cardstock through my Big Shot Machine using the Fancy Favor Bigzx xl Die.  Before I assembled the box, I punched a hole on both sides with the 2 3/8" Scallop Circle.  I stamped the snowflake image on a piece of 2 3/4" x 2 3/4" Vellum cardstock with versa mark ink and then heat embossed the image with silver embossing powder.  Using glue dots I attached the vellum to the inside of the box covering the scallop circles.  I also stamped more snowflakes using Whisper White craft ink all over the box in random order and then put it together using Sticky Strip for extra hold.    I used a battery operated tea light instead of a candle so it is safe to use anywhere.

To make today's post I used the following:
Cardstock:  Night of Navy 12 x 12 #119932, Vellum #101856
Stamp Set:  Snow Swirled #111689
Ink:  Whisper White Craft #101731, Versa Mark #102283
Punch:  2 3/8" Scallop Circle #118874
Embellishment:  Silver Embossing Powder #109131
Accessories:  Heat Gun #100005, Glue Dots #103783, Sticky Strip #104294

Monday, December 6, 2010

Masculine Birthday


I needed a masculine birthday card for tonight.  Going out to celebrate with my husband and his childhood friend who both have birthday's this week.  I think a few martinis will be served, so I thought this would be an appropriate card for the occasion.

I started with a base of Pear Pizzazz cardstock, followed by a layer of Whisper White and cut pieces from the In Color Designer Series Paper Pack (Level 1 Hostess).  I stamped the martini glasses in metallic silver ink (retired), and colored the olive with Pear Pizzazz and Poppy Parade markers. I added a layer of Basic Gray cardstock behind the layers because I thought they looked too washed out without it against the white cardstock. 

To make today's card I used the following:
Cardstock:  Pear Pizzazz #119795, Whisper White #100730, Basic Gray #121044
Designer Series Paper:  In Color Designer Series Paper Pack #121028 (Level 1 Hostess)
Stamp Sets:  Cheers to You #114944, Upsy Daisy #111710
Markers:  In Color Pack #119801
Punches:  1 3/8" Extra Large Square #119877, Modern Label #119849
Accessories: Dimensionals #104430

Friday, December 3, 2010

Holiday Notebooks

I found these plain notebooks at a local craft store and thought they would make cute Christmas gifts with a little bit of embellishing to dress them up.  Nice teacher gifts too!

To embellish the notebooks I took Whisper White cardstock and stamped snowflakes in random order.  I added different ribbon, buttons and jewels, along with a pen or pencil tied on the side.   A quick and easy project that anyone can do.  These tend to sell well at craft fairs too.

Stampin' Up! products used to embellish the notebooks:
Cardstock:  Whisper White #100730
Stamp Set:  Snow Swirled #111690
Ink:  Real Red #103133, Metallic Gold and Silver (retired)
Ribbon:  Real Red 5/8" Grosgrain #109052, Old Olive 1/4" Grosgrain #111368, Real Red Striped Grosgrain (retired)
Embellishments:  Rhinestones #119246, Brights Designer Buttons #119747, (plus some retired buttons also)
Accessories:  Sticky Strip #104294, Snail Adhesive #104332
 

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

One little baby

I don't know how may times I think I am finished with a card and then I go to post it to my blog and I think it needs a little something more.  As usual, that is what happened today after I saw the original card.  I thought I needed to break up the brown photocorners so I punched another set using the Brights Regal Rose DSP and trimmed them to layer over the brown corners.  I then also added Crystal Effects to the center of the bear.  Not sure if I like this one better, I still might change the card base to Whisper White. 

I started with a card base of Pretty in Pink cardstock, followed by a layer of Chocolate Chip  and a piece of the Regal Rose DSP from the Brights Paper Stack.  Before I placed the Regal Rose DSP on the card I punched a hole with the Scallop Circle punch and then with a scrap piece of Chocolate Chip cardstock I punched a circle large enough so the bear stamped on Whisper White cardstock would show through. Now I know I could of just punched this circle right through the Chocolate Chip layer, but to make it easier for perfect layering I did it on scrap paper so I could just lay it behind the scallop circle in the proper place. A few more punches for the sentiment which I sponged with some Pretty in Pink around the edges, the photo corners and some crystal effects were used on the finished card. 

Stamping Tip:  If you touch an area of your card that has Crystal Effect on it before it dries (yes, I did it again), a trick I learned today because I really didn't want to do it all over again, is that if you take your finger and dab it over the entire image it makes it looked like cracked glass.  Nice save on a card that had one big blob in the middle because I touched it when it was wet.  It actually gives it a nice effect. 

For today's card I used the following:
Cardstock:  Pretty in Pink #100459, Chocolate Chip #102128, Whisper White #100730
Designer Series Paper:  Bright Paper Stack #117155
Stamp Set:   Baby Bundle #118525 wood mount or #120576 clear mount, Curvy Verses #114948
Punches:  1 3/4" Scallop Circle #119854, Scallop Oval #119856, Photo Corner #119878, 1 1/4" Circle #119861
Ink:  Chocolate Chip #100908, Pretty in Pink #111838
Accessories:  Stamping Sponge #101610
Embellishment:  Crystal Effects #101055

Monday, November 29, 2010

Emboss Resist Technique

If you want a different look for your card, try the emboss resist technique to showcase your stamped image.  The part that you embossed will not pick up the ink when you use your brayer to go over the image.  

I started with a card base of Whisper White cardstock, followed by a layer of Peach Parfait, and then another layer of Whisper White which I heat embossed with clear embossing powder and the Upsy Daisy Stamp Set.  I then took my brayer and rolled over the image with Night of Navy ink.  As you can see the image that was embossed resists the ink, therefore the term emboss resist.  I like this look when I am going for a nighttime silhouette or backround.  It is a much softer look that if I took Night of Navy cardstock and stamped Whisper White ink with my image. 

To make today's card I used the following:
Cardstock:  Whisper White #100730, Peach Parfait #119794
Ribbon:  Peach Parfait 1/2" Stitched Poly #119264
Ink:  Night of  Navy #102977
Stamp Set:  Upsy Daisy #111710, Because I Care #118384 wood mount, or #120118 clear mount (Hostess Level )
Punches:  Modern Label #119849, Small Corner #119871
Accessories:  Clear Embossing Powder #109130, Heat Tool #100005, Brayer #102395, Dimensionals #104430

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Quick Christmas Treat Bag

I am doing my last craft fair of this year and I always try to come up with a few different items.  When I saw the snowman peeps at the grocery store I thought they were really cute and knew that I could make treat bags quickly with the help of my Big Shot for quick embossing of the bag toppers.

To make the treat bags I took Baja Breeze cardstock, cut it with the Top Note Bigz Die and then embossed the cut Top Note piece with the Northern Flurry Embossing Folder.  I filled a large cello bag with the candy, punched two holes with my Crop-a-Dile in the top, added some Whisper White Ribbon, and the snowman tag.  Super quick, and really cute.  Now off to the Holiday Extravaganza at Susan Bostian's home.  This should be a fun afternoon filled with great holiday shopping.  A variety of vendors will be there, cooking and craft demonstrations, door prizes and more.  If you live in the area come out and say hello.  The address is 1195 Smith Gap Road, Bath, PA.  Have a great day!

To make the treat bags I used the following:
Cardstock:  Baja Breeze #111352, Whisper White #100730
Ink:  Baja Breeze #111833
Stamp Set:  Tags til' Christmas #120847 wood mount or #121169 clear mount (Holiday Mini)
Punch:  1 3/4 Scallop Circle #119854
Accessories:  Large Cellophane Bag #102210,Crop-a-Dile #108362, Big Shot #113439, Northern Flurry Embossing Folder #120902
Ribbon:  Whisper White 1/4" Grosgrain #109025


Saturday, November 27, 2010

Christmas Invitation the Joy Fold Way


My husband and I are hosting our annual family Christmas party and making the invitations instead of buying store bought ones, is a nice way to show everyone how much they mean to you.  I used the Joy Fold technique and the dimensions for the layers can be found under the Joy Fold label on my blog.

To make the card I started with a card base of Cherry Cobbler cardstock, an  Always Artichoke embossed layer for the front, and Deck the Halls Designer Paper for the inside.  The small card is also Cherry Cobbler, layered with an embossed piece of Crumb Cake on the front and Whisper White on the inside for the invitation wording.  The photo corner punch with some more Deck the Halls paper was used for accents around the invitation, and a little snowflake in Cherry Cobbler filled in the left hand corner that was a little bare.  The punch tag was created using the Decorative Label punch in Always Artichoke and the Extra Large Oval was used for my sentiment (this is from a retired stamp set).    A stamped and punched ornament placed on with a dimensional keeps the small card closed.  Just remember to place your dimensional away from the opening of the card so it can easily be opened by the recipient.

To make today's invitation I used the following:
Cardstock:  Cherry Cobbler #119685, Always Artichoke #105119, Crumb Cake #120953, Whisper White #100730
Designer Series Paper:  Deck the Halls #120810 (Holiday Mini)
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler #119669
Stamp Set:  Delightful Decorations #116517, Snow Swirled #111690
Punches:  Decorative Label #120907 (Holiday Mini),  2 x 1 3/8" Oval #119859, Photo Corner #119878
Accessories:  Big Shot Machine #113439, Petals-a-Plenty Embossing Folder #116814
Embellishment:  Pearl Jewel #119247

Friday, November 26, 2010

Avoid Black Friday Traffic

Want to avoid the crowds this Friday, shop my on-line store and click on promotions to see all of the great deals and bundles offered at 30-50%.  Great to treat yourself, or to fill the wish list of family and friends.  E-mail me if you have any questions.  Happy stress free shopping!  Online promotion ends November 30th.  But, remember my Stampin' Rewards and 50/50 board promotions do not expire and anything ordered online qualifies towards your rewards. 




Gold Glow Accents

Gold Glow Smooch Spritz adds a splash of gold color to coordinate with the Brushed Gold cardstock used for today's card.  After looking at these pictures on my blog, I think I need to ask Santa for a good photo light so the richness of the embellishments on my projects shows.  Hopefully posts in 2011 will be brighter!

To make today's card I started with a base of Brushed Gold cardstock, layered with Cherry Cobbler, and Very Vanilla.  The Very Vanilla layer was embossed with the Northern Flurry embossing folder and then sprayed with Gold Glow Smooch Spritz.  The sentiment and ornament were stamped in Cherry Cobbler ink, and for added richness I then took my Versa Mark marker and colored over the inked Joy ornament and embossed it with clear embossing powder.  Linen thread was tied around Cherry Cobbler seam binding and a glue dot was used to keep it in place behind the ornament popped up with dimensionals. 

For today's card I used the following:
Cardstock:  Brushed Gold #102935, Cherry Cobbler #119685, Very Vanilla #101650
Stamp Set:  Delightful Decorations #116517, Heard from the Heart #111644 wood mount or #12006 clear mount
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler #119669
Marker:  Versa Marker #100901
Punch:  Ornament #119847
Ribbon:  Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding #120992 (Holiday Mini), Linen Thread #104199
Accessories:  Big Shot Machine #113439, Northern Flurry Embossing Folder #120902 (Holiday Mini),
Dimensionals: #104430, Glue Dots #103683
Embellishment:  Gold Glow Smooch Spritz #118770

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving Blessings


I am so blessed and thankful for the wonderful family I will be spending Thanksgiving with today.  I hope you all get to celebrate this day with people you love.  Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

I wanted to make a special card to celebrate these blessings, and thought adding some Dazzling Diamonds to the outer edges and center of the large stamped image would make a nice accent.  Well, after I took my Versa Mark marker and went around the areas to emboss, added the Dazzing Diamonds and heated it, there wasn't much to see.  Up close you could see the sparkle, but it wasn't as much as I wanted.  So I went over these spaces again with my Versa Mark marker and then heat embossed with Gold embossing powder.  The results turned out to be sparkling gold highlights.  So my mistake turned into something nicer anyway.  Isn't it funny how that happens sometimes.   

To make today's card I used the following:
Cardstock:  Crumb Cake #120953, Very Vanilla #101650
Ink:  Cajun Craze #1196671, Versa Mark Marker #100901
Stamp Set:  Grateful Greetings #116511, Day of Gratitude #120835 wood mount or #121148 clear mount (Holiday Mini)
Embellishments:  Circle Fire Rhinestone Brads #109110, Gold Embossing Powder #109129, Dazzling Diamonds #102023
Accessories:  Heat Tool #100005, Big Shot Machine #113439, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder #120175
Ribbon:  Victoria Trim #118481
Punch:  Small Corner #119871

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Silver Embossing for Christmas


Silver embossing adds beauty to the elegant design of the a' la carte Elizabeth stamp. 

To make the card I embossed Always Artichoke cardstock with the Petals-a-Plenty embossing folder for my card base.  I then cut a piece of Cherry Cobbler and Very Vanilla cardstock with the Top Note Die.  The Cherry Cobbler piece is true to the size of the die, and the Very Vanilla layer was cut around the ridges in the design to make a nice layer.  Using versa mark ink I stamped my Elizabeth stamp and then heat embossed with silver embossing powder.  My stamp-a-ma-jig was a must in centering my Merry Christmas, and it was stamped on with Cherry Cobbler ink.  A piece of Cherry Cobbler seam binding was placed behind the dies.

To make today's card I used the following:
Cardstock:  Always Artichoke #105119, Cherry Cobbler #11985, Very Vanilla #101650
Stamp Set:  Teeny Tiny Wishes #115370, Elizabeth #117120
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler #119669, Versa Mark 3102283
Embellishment:  Silver Embossing Powder #109131
Accessories:  Heat Tool #100005, Big Shot #113439, Top Note Bigz Die #113463, Petals-a-Plenty Embossing Folder #116824, Stamp-a-ma-jig #101049
Ribbon:  Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding #120992 (Holiday Mini)


Monday, November 22, 2010

Dyed Gold Bow

Yes, I like the card better with the bow dyed gold to match the gold embossing on the antlers and the Smooch Spritz on the card front.  Now it all goes together!

I started the card by embossing a piece of Baja Breeze cardstock with the Northern Flurry embossing folder. I then added Gold Glow Smooch Spritz to the front of the card. I colored over Dasher's body with a Chocolate Chip Marker and went over the antlers with the Versa Mark marker and stamped this onto a piece of Whispe White cardstock.  I heat embossed the antlers with gold embossing powder.  This stamped image was layered onto a piece of Brushed Gold cardstock.    I first tied a piece of Whisper White Organza Ribbon onto the card, but later decided to dye it gold using my retired Gold Metallic ink.  To do this, I too a small piece of a Stamping Sponge and layed the ribbon on top of the ink pad.  I held the ribbon down with the sponge and held the end of the ribbon in my fingers and  ran the ribbon over the stamp pad a few times until I got the coverage I wanted.  I let it dry for a few minutes and then tied it onto my card.  I like this look better, and dying ribbon is easy using this technique. 

To make today's card I used the following:
Cardstock:  Baja Breeze #111352, Whisper White #100730, Brushed Gold #102935
Ink:  Metallic Gold (retired),
Markers:  Chocolate Chip #100071, Versa Mark #100901
Stamp Set:  Dasher #116816, Teeny Tiny Wishes #115370
Ribbon:  Whisper White Organza #114319
Accessories:  Stamping Sponge #101610, Big Shot Machine #113439, Northen Flurry Embossing Folder #120902, Gold Glow Smooch Spritz #118770, Gold Embossing Powder #109129, Heat Tool #100005
Punch:  Small Corner #119871

Dasher in Gold

Unfortunately, not a very sunny day today so my picture has a lot of shadows and the richness of the gold embossing and Schmooch Spritz don't show up real well, but in person the card has a lot of sparkle.  But, after looking at it for awhile I think I am going to try to die the ribbon gold.  Check back later today to see if I was successful.  I will then post a list of supplies used to make the card.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Congratulations

Congratulations to Cathy Long, the winner of my Door Prize from the Wind Gap Fire Company Vendor Fair.  Your ink pad, ribbon, and Designer Series Paper will be mailed tomorrow.  Thank you to my customers who came out and shopped, browsed, and chatted.  It was a great day.



Friday, November 19, 2010

Recycled Boxes

I saved the boxes my Simply Adorned charms came in.  They are a nice sturdy box, and by stamping some snowflakes, tying some pretty ribbon, and adding a gift tag, I now have a nice collection of boxes for some of the Christmas presents I will be giving out this year.   They are so much nicer than the ones that usually come with the gift itself, and by making them yourself they let the recipient know how much you care. 

To place the ribbons on the box I first  punched a small hole using my Crop-a-Dile on the side of each lid.  I then placed a piece of Cherry Cobbler seam binding through each hole, and tied small knots on each side  to keep it in place.  Next I took small strips of the Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke, and Whisper White ribbon, and tied them around the piece of Cherry Cobbler that was placed through the punched holes on the lid.

To embellish the boxes I used the following:
Ribbon: Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding #120992, Always Artichoke Seam Binding #121000, Whisper White 3/8" Taffeta #109070, Hemp Twine #100982
Stamp Set:  Tags til Christmas #120847 wood mount, or #121169 clear mount (Holiday Mini), Snow Swirled #111690
Ink:  Always Artichoke #105219, Whisper White Craft #101731
Punch: Decorative Label #120907 (Holiday Mini)
Accessories:  Crop-a-Dile #108362