Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Little Birdie Birthday Wishes (Mojo214)

I made this birthday card for my friend and Stampin' Up Demo, Chris Galbraith.  If you live in the Memphis area and want to get started with stamping, I couldn't recommend a better person to meet.   I really like making cards for her because 1) I know the card will go to someone that truly understands and appreciates what went into it and 2) I challenge myself to use only SU product, and when possible, use current SU product.

I used the Mojo Monday 214 sketch for this card with some adaptation. 

Supplies: all Stampin' Up
Cardstock: Old Olive, Marina Mist, Tangerine Tango
Designer Series Paper: Paisley Petals
Stamps: Four Frames, Occasional Quotes (hostess set)
Ink/Coloring: Old Olive, Tangerine Tango, Early Esperess (marker), Marina Mist (marker), blender marker
Tools: Decorative Label punch,  Scallop Trim Border punch, Corner Rounder (Crop-A-Dile by We R memory Keepers)
Accents: Antique Brads, Very Vanilla seam binding,

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Penguin Nutcracker (Guest Designer)

This card was designed and made by my lovely little elf, my daughter Angeline.  Angeline is seven and loves to craft.  She loves stamping and coloring.  She's even woken me up on the weekends asking me to stamp a few images for her 'cause she wants to color them.   

Angeline made this card for her teacher.   She had stamped, colored and cut out the nutcracker a few weeks back.  She wanted to use the nutcracker in her card.  She also liked these penguins,  I had made a card during a card class hosted by my Stampin' Up demo Chris Galbraith.   So we married the two ideas and here's the result. 

And here's a picture of Angeline with the card as it's hanging in her teacher's classroom. 

Stamps: Recollections (Nutcracker), Stampin Up (Serene Snowflakes)
Ink: Stampin' Up (Basic Black Classic Ink and White Craft Ink)
Coloring: Zig markers
Paper: Stampin' Up Cardstock (Whisper White, Marina Mist, Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie)
Tools: Stampin' Up (Owl punch)
Misc: White Embossing Powder 

Technique Highlight:
The Penguins were made using the Stampin' Up Owl punch.  The ears and the feed of the owl were trimmed off. 

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Golfer's Christmas Gift

I changed job's this year and my new boss is a golfer.  The idea of these ornaments stared out as a joke idea, but then.... what the heck.  He can think of us year over year as he puts golf balls into a tree.   After all, I understand that golfers often put golf balls into trees.  Right? 

P.S. He also got a gift card to a golfer's pro shop.   

Supplies For Card:  
Stamps:  Stampin' Up (Lovely as a Tree), Hero Arts (Greeting - backgroudn stamp cut apart)
Ink: Stampin' Up
Cardstock:  Hammermill Coverstock, Misc Red and Green cardstock from Hobby Lobby, Creative Memories Silver Shimmer paper
Toos: Cuttlebug embossing folder, EK Success circle punch, Creative Memories circle punch, Stampin' Up tag corner punch
Accessories: Paper Studio gold brads, Misc. red ribbon

Supplies for Box: 
Cardstock: Bazzil (red), Hammermill (white coverstock)
Tools: Paper trimmer, Score Pal, Martha Stewart border punch, Cuttlebug embossing folder
Accessories: Ribbon

Golf Ornament: 
Golf ball, gold hooks with screw in, ribbon

Friday, December 23, 2011

We Love Santa Banner

I made this banner using Make the Cut (MTC) software.  It's a great tool that makes designing cutting files easy.  What used to take me hours to do in Inkscape, I can now do in minutes with MTC.  

I made this banner last year and was looking forward to hanging it on the fireplace again this year.  

Paper: My Minds Eye
Fonts: Duvall (for the words), KR Heartalicious (for the heart image)
Accessories: Ribbon

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Toy Soldier Christmas Salute

This has to be one of my favorites this year.  Sadly it's one of a kind and went to my aunt in Ft. Lauderdale.   She enjoys art and I know she'll appreciate what went into making this little gem. 

Stamps: Recollections (Nutcracker)
Ink: Memento (stamped image), Tim Holtz Distress Inks (shading)
Coloring: Copic Markers
Paper: K&Company (designer printed paper), Core'dinations (shimmering cardstock), Hammermill white coverstock (for stamped image)
Tools: Sizzix (embossing folder)
Accessories: Misc Ribbon, Paper Studio (snowflake brad)

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas Tag Card - Take 3

Here's another variation of the tag card I posted earlier.  Hope you're not bored by these.   I did have to pick some cards that I could make fairly easily and make multiples without getting bored.   We sent out over 90 Christmas cards this year....   Making the cards in batches and repeating a design I like is the key to be able to get 90+ hand made cards done.  Last year I made multiples of the same card and waited until late in the year to make the cards.   Lesson learned.   This year's card making endeavors were a lot more fun since I worked on a larger variety of cards.  Plus, I worked on some of these earlier during the year.   

So the design does vary some from the previous versions.  I used different papers, a different border punch, and different stamps on the background paper.   I grabbed snow flakes from two different Basic Grey acrylic stamp sets.   The greeting is from a Hero Arts background stamp that I cut apart and am using the greetings individually.   

I almost forgot to mention the most interesting technique on this card.   It's that little bit of shimmer behind the cut out on the tag.   I cut the tag with my Wishblade using a free ttf dingbat font.  I then ran a scrap of cardstock through the Xyron and adhered it, with the adhesive side up onto the card.   Coat the exposed adhesive with glitter and voila.


Ink: Stampin' Up, Colorbox Liquid Chalk

Paper: Basic Grey, Misc cardstock

Tools: WishBlade, Hole punch, Martha Stewart Border Punch, EK Success (label punch), Stampin' Up (large circle)

Accessories: Glitter, Ribbon
Misc.: Xyron

Monday, December 19, 2011

Merry Santa Wishes

The Santa Stamp is one I picked up, oh gosh.... 12+ years ago.  I just grabbed the stamp and it has a copyright date of 1997.  It's amazing how well these rubber stamps hold up.  I remember stamping this image years ago as I was playing with a set of markers I picked up.  I can't even recall the brand. 

Stamp: Rubber Stampede (Santa in Circle), Stampin' Up (Lots of Thoughts)
Ink: Stampin Up, Misc markers to color the Santa stamp.
Paper: K&Company, Misc. cardstock
Tools: Creative Memories (Circle Punch), EK Success (scallop circle punch), Stampin' Up (scallop circle punch)
Accessories: Ribbon

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Basic Grey Holiday Tag Card - Take 2

More Tag Cards.  I really enjoyed the tag cuts and it made for a simple and flexible card design that still had a lot of oomph.  The tags were cut from Basic Grey paper with my WishBlade.   I took a scrap of paper and ran it through the Xyron and placed it behind the cut out area, then applied glitter.   I used Basic Grey stamps on the brown background and some Basic Grey printed paper for the band in the middle.   

The greeting is cut from a Hero Arts background stamp that is a medley of greetings. I cut all of those greetings apart and am using them individually.  

Stamps: Hero Arts (Background stamp cut into individual greetings), Baskic Grey acrylic stamps
Ink: Colorbox Liquid Chalk
Paper: Basic Grey, Misc cardstock
Tools: WishBlade, Hole punch, EK Success Border Punch
Accessories: Glitter, Ribbon

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Pink Snowstorm

How about a little pink for Christmas?   It all started when I was playing with my new KNK Zing electronic cutter using Make the Cut (MTC) software.   The snowflake is one of the stock images in MTC.  I just added a shadow, and sent it to my new cutter.  Wow.  The cutter just rocked! This was thick shimmer paper by Core'dinations and the machine took it on without any issues.   The snowflake was the motivation for the rest of the card.  

Paper: K&Company (printed paper), Core'dinations (White, red, and pink shimmer paper)
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Toos: KNK Zing (snowflake), Sizzix (snowflake embossing die and "joy" die)
Accessories: Ribbon, Button

Friday, December 16, 2011

Oh Deary Deer

If you've been checking in on my blog, then this paper set looks familiar to you.  I put it to use with a few card designs this year.  I really love the red cream and black color scheme.  it's just classic and very rich.   And with any luck, you might not be bored of this paper pack just yet.   

Stamp: Stampabilities
Ink: Gold pigment ink, Colorbox liquid chalk
Paper: Paper Studio
Tools: Spellbinders, Quickutz
Accents: Ribbon, Gold bling stickers
Misc.: Gold embossing powder.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Mischief Critter Christmas

I got bamboozed by my kids to buy this Close to My Heart stamp set.  It has a gang of little critters in winter wear that was just too adorable to resist.   After both Spencer and Angeline let out coos of cuteness for these little images, they were in my shopping cart.   *sigh*   Those to kids get me every time.   I'm just a sucker for them.   

After the stamps arrived, I doodled a bit coloring two of the images and then later turned them into cards.   The one in the blue sweatshirt is colored with Copic markers and the one in the purple sweatshirt is colored using Stampin' Up markers and an aqua painter using a dry brush technique that my friend Joanie featured on her blog and uses a lot.  

The card bases are embossed using a Spellbinders embossing stencil, but it's hard to tell with the photos.  I'm going to have to practice taking better pictures to capture the details better.   

Stamps: Close to My Heart (critter), Stampin' Up (Greeting)
Ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black), Stampin Up (Real Red)
Coloring: Copic markers, Stampin Up markers
Paper: Basic Grey, Stampin Up Cardstock
Tools:  Stampin Up punches (Decorative Label, Scalloped Circle, & Circle), EK Success punches (Scalloped Circle), Spellbinders embossing plates/stencils
Accessories: Misc. Ribbon

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Merry Wishes from Santa and his Friends

Ho! Ho! Ho! from Santa and his friends.   I stamped these little guys and colored them last year after picking up some acrylic stamps in the dollar section.  They were so cute, I hung onto these little punched medallions.  This year, they made it onto cards. 

Stamps: Acrylic Stamps from dollar section, Stampin Up (greeting)
Ink/Coloring: Stampin Up Classic Ink, Stampin Up markers, Stampin Up Watercolor Wonder Crayons with an aqua pen
Paper: K&Company, Misc Carstock, Stampin' Up Kraft cardstock fro card base
Tools:  Stampin Up Scallop Punch, Creative Memories Circle punch, EK Success Scallop punch
Accessories: Ribbon, Puffy applique - need to look up the name. 

The Stampin Up and EK Success scallop punches I have work perfectly to shadow each other.   The white fluffy stuff on Santa's hat was done with this liquid applique that puffs up when you hit it with a heat gun.   When I get a chance to dig it out and look up the brand, I'll update the Supplies list above.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Scroll of a Tree

Paper: PaperStudio, Misc Cardstock
Stamps: Stampabilities
Inks: Gold pigment ink, Colorbox Liquid Chalk
Tools Spellbinder Dies
Misc: Ribbon, Bling, Gold Embossing powder

Monday, December 12, 2011

Tripple Tag Card

These little tags were cut with my WishBlade ages ago.  I had the tucked away in a binder with various bits that I pulled out this year and put to use.   I hand cut the shadow frames on the tags.  The green background paper is stamped tone on tone with some swirls.  The border is made with an EKSucess punch and the printed paper is Basic Grey.   

Paper: Basic Grey, Misc Cardstock
Stamps: Basic Grey
Ink: Stampin Up Classic Ink
Tools: EK Success border punch, Hole punch, WishBlade (electronic cutter)
Accessories: Misc Ribbon

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Beary Big Delivery

My little girl loves the House Mouse stamps and these bears were just irresistible.   It doesn't help that my first car was a yellow VW Super Beetle.  

Stamps: Stampabilities (Berry Big Delivery), Stampin Up (Circle of Friendship)
Ink/Coloring: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin Up Riding Hood Red, Copic markers
Paper: K&Company, Stampin Up Cardstock
Tools: Stampin Up Punches, EK Success Punches, Creative Memories Punches
Accessories: Ribbon, Bling stickers from JoAnn's

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Merry Harley Christmas

This card was made with a couple of specific friends in mind.   I hope they enjoy it when they get it in the mail this holiday.

This card is also in response to a sketch challenge my friend Joanie posted on her blog.  If you have a few minutes, click the hyperlink and visit her blog.  She does an amazing job.

Here's the sketch that Joanie posted on her blog.  I went with my own colors for this one though since I had already colored the Harley this acid green. :-). 

Stamps: Bombshell (Custom Choppers)
Ink/Coloring: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers, Stampin Up markers
Paper: K&Company, Stampin Up Cardstock
Tools: Stampin Up Decorative Label punch
Accessories: Bling stickers from JoAnn's
Other: Greeting is created with Inkscape and printed on my printer

Friday, December 9, 2011

Merry Snowy Deer Christmas

Stamps: Greeting - Stampin Up (Holiday Best), Snowflake background - Unknown (it's an unlabeled set that I think might be Paper Studio)
Ink: Stamin Up Classic
Paper: My Mind's Eye, Stamin Up cardstock
Tools: Stampin Up Punches (Wide Oval and Decorative Label), Corner rounder, Martha Steward border punch
Accessories: Stamin Up Ribbon

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Happy Holly Tag Christmas Card

Stamps: Acrylic stamps, I believe they're Inkadinkadoo - for the greeting and the holly tone on tone green background
Paper: Basic Grey, Misc cardstock
Toos: Wishblade cutter, Martha Stewart border punch
Accessories: Misc Ribbon, glitter, 
Misc: Dimensionals, Xyron adhesive

Ages ago, I cut these tags using my blue Wishblade.  The image came from a free ttf font.   I love how intricate the tags came out.   To add glitter, I ran a small piece of cardstock through the Xyron and adhered it to the back of the cut out in the tag.  I then adhered glitter to the exposed Xyron adhesive.  It holds up great.   The red shadow layer is hand cut.  

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Wonderful Snowflake Medley

Stamps: Acrylic stamps - may be Inkadinkadoo, but not sure
Ink/Coloring: Memento Tuxedo Black, Colorbox Liquid Chalk, Copic Markers
Paper: Paper Studio, gold mirrored cardstock from the art dept.
Tools: Stamin Up Top Notes die, Martha Steward snowflake punch, Paper Shapers layered snowflake punch, Fiskars snowflake punch
Accessories: Ribbon, Gold adhesive beads

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Ornamental Dove

Stamps: Paper Studio
Ink: Stampin Up Craft Ink, Colorbox liquid chalk
Paper: Paper Studio; Misc Cream Cardstock, Gold mirrored cardstock from the art department
Tools: Stampin Up Ornament Punch
Accessories: Gold thread, clear embossing powder, red felt ribbon.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Little Christmas Angel Card

I purchased this Close to My Heart stamp set thinking of my daughter Angeline.   I couldn't help but think of her as I made this card.  It's cream and gold color scheme is simple but rich.  The little angel is colored with Copic markers.   I love the shading that I can do with those markers.  

Here's a close up and angle shot to show off the dimension.

Stamps: Close to My Heart Angel Sent stamp set 
Ink/Coloring: Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Copics for coloring
Paper: Misc cardstock, Gold mirrored board from the art department
Tools: Stampin Up Curly Label punch, Sizzix embossing folder
Accessories: Misc Ribbon, Stampin Up brad

The ribbon isn't actually tied, but bundled and then captured by the brad.   The angel is punched with the SU Curly Label punch.  The gold shadow layer is merely another punch with the Curly Label punch and then turned 90 degrees.   Add a SU dimensional and position below the ribbon.  

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Rudolph Tag Card

We made this gorgeous paper pieced Rudolph tag during a class hosted by my Stampin Up Demo, Chris Galbraith, last year.  I never could part with this cute little tag last year but he sat and decorated my scrappin' space.   This year, Rudolph got promoted into a card.  Hopefully I can part with him this year.   LOL. 

 Here's an angled shot that shows some of dimension and more of the detail on Rudolph.  Isn't he cute?  

Stamps: Stampin Up
Ink: Stampin Up
Paper: K&Company, Stampin Up cardstock
Tools:  Stampin Up shape punches, Stampin Up embossing folder,
Accessories: Ribbon, Stampin Up gold elasti-cord

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Inspired By Surroundings - T-Mobile Ad

Sometimes when I lack inspiration, I try and take a closer look at the things around me.   Well, for this card, think of the T-Mobile adds.  They use a lot of white and HOT pink.   

The pink snowflakes were cut with my new electronic cutter, the KNK Zing.   I put in my pre-order back in July and the machine finally was released in November.  I got one off of the very first shipment and I just love this cutter.   It uses Make the Cut (MTC) software.  The software package is amazing and can be used with other cutters, but the Zing comes with a copy of MTC.   

Paper:  White glitter paper, misc cardstock
Ink: Stampin Up Mellon Mambo
Stamps: Stampin Up Cute and Curly
Ribbon: Stampin Up
Tools: KNK Zing, Make the Cut software, Martha Stewart shape punch, Stampin Up Curly Label shape punch

Friday, December 2, 2011

Christmas Ornament Cards

These are some cards that I multiples of.

Here's another version of the above card.

Stamps: Stampin Up (Tags til Christmas)
Paper: Paper Studio, Gold paper from the art department
Tools: Martha Steward Border punch, Stampin Up Ornament Punch, Spellbinder dies
Ink: Colorbox Liquid Chalk Ink, Gold pigment ink
Accessories: Gold embossing powder, Stampin Up Elasti-cord, Bling

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Holly Jolly Nutcracker

It's the first of December and here's my first new Christmas card I created this year.  My son's favorite color is orange.   That prompted me to use orange for this card.   I tell ya, it was hard to find any matching Christmas designer paper. 

Stamps: Nutcracker is by Recollections, Greeting is by Stampin Up (Christmas Punch)
Paper: K&Company (Let it Snow), SU Cardstock, misc cardstock
Ink/Coloring: Memento (Tuxedo Black), Tim Holz Distress Ink, Copic markers for coloring
Accessories: Misc. Ribbon
Tools: Corner rounder, Stampin Up (Curly Label Punch)

Technique Notes: 
The orange shadow layer on the punched greeting is simply the same label punch turned 90 degrees. 

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