Thursday, November 30, 2006

New Rubbah!!

Oh my goodness, I just love getting new rubbah!! A very dear friend from FREEZING Minnesota, sent me this set of stamps today. The set is called "The World Over" and is absolutely adorable. It is a 2006-2007 Stampin' Up level 1 hostess set. So that means you can earn it FREE with a 150+ workshop. WOWZA!! Anyhow, I hadn't gotten around to getting this one yet myself, so Miss Stark popped it in the mail as a surprise!!! Thanks Shelly!

Anywho...I sat down tonight and made this card, which I am pretty pleased with. I started with a card made of Old Olive, and stamped the Crosshatch Background stamp on it with Whisper White craft ink and then embossed it with Iridescent Ice embossing powder. Then I tied some red grosgrain ribbon around, and added a little piece of blue gingham and some silver cord. After that, I stamped the little snow people in Basic Black onto some Shimmery White cardstock, mounted it on a piece of Bashful Blue cardstock stamped with the Linnen background stamp inClose to Cocoa ink, and colored them in with Stampin' Write markers. After that I added some Crystal Effects to the snow people to make them "pop" and sprinkled a little bit on Dazzling Diamonds glitter into the Crystal Effects. A little spritz with a Bashful Blue marker and the color spritzing tool, and I was done. A very simple, very sparkly, holiday card!!

If you click on the picture, it will open it up bigger which makes it MUCH easier to see (more sparkly too, lol)

It's beginning to look alot like Christmas...

I love making Christmas cards...the funny part of that statement is that I only own **GASP** one Christmas stamp set. It was one of the first stamp sets that I bought when I discovered Stampin' Up about 3 years ago. The stamp set is "Holiday Tag Team" I have never gotten around to getting another Christmas set, well because honestly this set has everything, lol.

I really like this card, to make it I stamped the Bashful Blue, with snowflakes using Versamark ink, then I heat embossed them with Iridescent Ice embossing powder. The next step was to punch the word window punch on the right hand side. This is where the greeting slides in and out of. To create the message pull I cut a strip of cardstock just smaller than the word window, and then a white one that is 1/4" smaller than that. I stamped the sentiment with Bashful Blue, and used Chocolate Chip direct to paper to distress the edges. I adhered the two together and then added a piece vertically at the end, to prevent the message piece from coming out all the way. Kind of like a stopper. I put the sentiment strip through the word window and punched a hole in the end with the 1/8 hole punch. A little gingham ribbon completes it with a little pull. Then I tied the Chocolate grosgrain around the blue piece and another small piece of blue gingham around the chocolate.

Then I adhered the blue to the chocolate card back, being careful to only use adhesive on the corners so that the message strip can slide in and out easily without getting stuck on adhesive. The snowman was stamped in chocolate chip on whisper white, and was colored in with Pumpkin Pie and Bashful Blue Stampin' Write markers. He is mounted on another small piece of the Holiday Thyme designer paper from the Holiday Mini, and that whole piece is mounted on the card. The directions took longer to type than the actual card took to make, so don't be scared off from trying one of your own!!

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Hungry little boogers...

I bought a 48 pack of prismacolor pencils about six months ago, and hadn't got around to really using them yet. So, today I sat down, sharpened them and I made this little birthday card. I used the prismacolor/gamsol technique with this house mouse stamp. The ribbon, cardstock, and Floral BG stamp is from Stampin' Up. I also used my favorite "accessory" SU!'s Dazzling Diamonds glitter....mmmm gotta love the glitter.

Before this card I made a similar one using SU!'s In Full Bloom stamp set, but I over "spritzed" it with my color spritzer, so into the trash it went, lol. I'm trying to get my craft area all cleaned up, so I can post pictures of it, but I keep getting sidetracked. hehe

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

SCS Secret Sister Reveal!

If you have never been a part of a secret sister exchange on splitcoaststampers, you are definately missing out!! This last round of the Divine Secret Sisterhood lasted for 3 months I think. We sent out 3-4 cards a month and your choice of a 5 dollar gift per month, or a 15 dollar gift at the end. These groups are so fun. You get to "meet" other stampers, recieve beautiful cards, and make new friendships that you would have never had the chance to cultivate any other way. So this round is coming to an end on the last day of November. I just finished my "reveal" box, and thought I would share it with you. I tend to go a little overboard lol (many people do *wink wink*) and I hope that my sissy loves the goodies in her box when she gets it. I still can't tell who she is...just in case there is more than one of you reading this lol...but suffice it to say her first name starts with a "R

The box has a total mish mosh of all kinds of goodies that I like and hope my little sis will too. Some stuff is Stampin' Up, some is from the craft store, and some is just random goodness (like Tazo Chai Tea-yummy!!) Quite a bit of the box is things that I made myself, like the lunchbox tin, the little square box (that is a music box and is FULL of Primas!!, the stand up paper mache "R", the post it note holder (which is made from an acrylic photo frame, the little bitty notebook, and the stamped candle (which I TOTALLY cased...right down to the ribbon haha) from an old friend on another stamping site, Michelle Gruber.

I hope you all consider joining a secret sister group in the future, the next DSS starts in Jan ( you can search for info at and is sure to be tons of fun!

FYI- you can look at any of the posted pictures in a larger format just by clicking directly onto the photo.

Whoops I forgot...

So my baby Jaden turned 5 last month, and we had a party for him at a local bowling alley called Bedrocks. It's kind of like a Flinstones themed bowling alley. Anywhoo... he had lots of little kiddies from his preschool come, and his mother (me..cough cough) who makes cards, failed to send out thank you's in a timely fashion. Whoops! So I had a very guilty concience and hurried up (haha a month late) and made up some cards to send with him to school on Monday. I used my new Paisley Print and Print Pattern background stamps, the cute little elephant from Wild ABout You, and the sentiment is from a birthday greetings set. Everything is from Stampin' Up. On the inside of the cards it says ....and then I forgot. *wink* Hopefully they are funny enough to get the other parents to forgive my bad manners...what do you think?

I got bit by the blog bug!!

I have been so inspired by all of the other wonderful stamping blogs out there, that I finally decided to take the plunge and make one of my own. I'm not quite sure what I expect from this, or what anyone who reads it will expect, but I hope it will be a fun experience for everyone. If anyone who reads this (you...yes you, it's quite possible you are the only one) **wink** has any suggestions or ideas, please feel free to pass them along to me...