Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wow! This picture definitely came out different than it looks in real life! But with about 15 minutes left of Thanksgiving, I'd thought I'd pass a long a Happy Thanksgiving to you!! These were little matchboxes, punched out from the Big Shot in Chocolate Chhip and the Autumn papers from the Holiday Mini. Then I stamped the saying from the Grateful Greetings set, also from the Holiday Mini, punched them with the large oval and then a Chocolate CHip Scalloped Oval to layer it on, tied with a chocolate chip Grosgrain ribbon - and wahlah! Oh ya, the most important part was the nuggets wrapped inside; you can see them peeking out of one of the boxes!

The best part of these was that my 2 1/2 year old nephew used almost all 15 of them to make a race track and then a garage for his hot wheels all across the dinner table! The memories of Thanksgiving and family....
Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Cute Little Rudolf!

I've seen so many cute little things made with the Stampin' Up! punches lately - and I'm lovin' them A Lot! I used some Big Shot parts for this one along with punches. From the versions of "Rudolphs" I've seen, there are a few different dies/punches for the antlers. But I had the Swirls Scribbles Sizzlet die that seemed to fit just right for the antlers. Then for his head is the Wide Oval punch; his "bangs" are a piece of the largest flower of the Boho Blossoms punch; his eyes are 1/4" circles and his nose is a 1/2" circle.

The white gel pen was used for highlighting his eyes and nose. I put him on a Top Note Chipboard piece that I had sitting on my desk since forever!! (I had bought the chipboard and wanted to try it in the Big Shot, but then never had a reason to use it for anything.) On the Top Note I stamped white Snowflakes, from the Holiday Blitz set, sprayed with Shimmer, and Sponged with Chocolate Chip ink. Then I added the Merry Christmas saying from the Teeny Tiny Wishes set on a Word Window Punch and a Modern Label Punch - Love those Punches!!

I hope to make some more tags that I will actually use this year - seems like there are never enough when you are finally ready to wrap all the gifts!

Thanks for stopping by,


Friday, November 20, 2009

Funny Little Punch out Turkey!

I found this cute little turkey nugget made out of punches, so I decided to make one. Probably my camera, or maybe it was just that second glass of wine I had, but he really does look better in person! His body starts out with a nugget candy wrapped in Designer Series Paper. Then attached to his back half are three scallop circles (trimmed between Feathers, or scallops) to make his tail feathers.

Then his front half is a 1 3/8" circle for the body, a 3/4" circle for the head, one scallop from a scallop circle for his beak, a "graduated scallop circle piece for his "gobbler", and two prongs of a Snowflake for his feet. Then his eyes are are just drawn with a black marker.

I think they'll make a cute little place setting for the Thanksgiving table!

Have a great weekend,


Thursday, November 12, 2009

Christmas is Coming!!

Next Friday, November 20th at either 10am or 6pm, I'm having a Christmas Card-Making class. We'll be making cards in sets of 4's, and the minimum number of cards to make is 20! So we'll be making a stack!! But I'm trying it this way this year to offer a little more choice - so, if you want to make 20 of all one style you can, or you can make any groupings of 4's of whichever ones you want - 8 of one, 12 of another, or whatever... So, for 20 cards it is the Holiday Gift price of $25!! And, if you'd like to make more than that, it is $5 for each additional group of 4. The price also includes envelopes - You just need to show up, and I'll have everything cut and ready to go for you!

So, here are the card choices I'm offering:

If you're interested in coming over and stamping Christmas cards, drop me an email and let me know your choices. I'm asking for RSVP's by tomorrow, Friday the 13th, so that I will have enough time to order and prep everything.

If you're interested in making cards, but can't make the date, I can make your kit a "Take Home Kit," and you can make the cards whenever you have time! Just drop me an email and we can figure out the specifics.

Thanks for dropping by,

And Happy Stamping!


Monday, November 9, 2009

Thankful For my Big Shot!

I decided to make a Thankful Banner for my fireplace mantle for Thanksgiving. And, yes, I was thankful for my Big Shot!! I used the Pennant Die and the Serif Letter Dies - and Wow! Thankful has eight letters! Doesn't seem like a lot, but it feels like a lot of turns of the Big Shot handle when you want some nice layers! But, no complaining here, I wouldn't be making a banner without the Big Shot!

Here's a close-up of the "A" just to see some of the detail. I used the scrap edges of the second layers to trim and make scallop edges under the Designer Series Paper accent pieces. By the way, the Designer Series Paper is the Autumn Meadows from the Holiday Mini Catalog. Once again, the Designer Series Papers helped me coordinate all the colors! And, I did add some Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint - sprayed on! - although the picture doesn't really show it.

Hope you have a good week!

Thanks for stopping by,


Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Another Shimmery Fall Card!

I saw this card, a bit different, on Andrea Walford's blog, and decided to CASE it! I think the message, from the stamp set Hope Happens, hits home!! I haven't been real excited about the Autumn Meadows Designer Series Papers, but I guess now that it's been feeling a little more like Fall - and Halloween is over - I'm kinda liking these papers more.

I made the card 5 1/2" square. And, I used layers of Chocolate Chip, Really Rust and Ivory Naturals Cardstocks. The leaves are made from the Big Shot die Leaves 2, and are Chocolate Chip, Really Rust and More Mustard. I also added a Chocolate Chip Corduroy Button with some Linen thread.

Here's a close-up of the base of the card in Chocolate Chip, and it's sprayed with my new Favorite technique Spray-On Shimmer! I used the Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint for this one. I liked how the tones of the Champagne color went better with the browns of the card. I think you definitely see it better in real life!

Here'e one of the leaves up close too. Also notice the "veins" of the leaf? I did that by just setting the leaf on the spongy mat that comes in the Mat pack and drawing them with a stylus tool - kinda fun detail!

Hope you are having a good week so far! I hope you'll be at the Technique Class this Friday; I can't wait to show you all how to "Shimmer!!""

Thanks for stopping by,