Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Covered Composition Book

We've had a busy holiday.  The kids have been off school for a week and a half and I've loved spending time with them.  Santa came and went and we all got exactly what we wanted.  I needed a gift for my daughter's best friend.  She is an avid writer and I LOVE making hand made gifts, so I decided to make her a personalized journal.  I think she liked it.
Jolly Holiday Designer Series Paper (117159)
Cherry Cobbler Card Stock (119685)
Old Olive Card Stock (100702)
Whisper White Card Stock (100730)
Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding (120992)
*** Letters were cut with my Cricut

Monday, December 20, 2010

My Digital Studio and a Very Merry Christmas!

Hmm...somehow this never posted!  I really dislike when that happens!  Better late than never!

I absolutely LOVE My Digital Studio!  The possibilities for this amazing software are endless.  I handmade over 35 cards this year, but for those folks who I don't have a snail mail address and all my Facebook friends and family I did a quick MDS card.  This literally took me about 2 minutes to create and I love it! 
My Digital Studio (118108)

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Jolly Old Saint Nick

Here is one of our Christmas cards for this year.  I wasn't too sure about the Jolly Old Saint Nick stamp initially, but the more I saw of it the more I just had to have it and boy am I glad I did!  This card was so quick and easy to put together and I just love the simplicity of it!  

Bashful Blue Card Stock (105120)
Whisper White Card Stock (100730)
Staz-On Ink (101406)
Basic Gray Classic Ink (109120)
Real Red Classic Ink (103133)
Bashful Blue Classic Ink  (105209)
Jolly Old Saint Nick Stamp Set (Wood mount - 121711; Clear mount - 121321)
Blender Pens (102845)
2 1/2 Circle Extra-Large Punch (120906)
Basic Rhinestones (119246)

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Autumn Spice and Day of Gratitude

I've been coveting the Autumn Spice Designer Series Paper and the Day of Gratitude Stamp Set since I first saw them.  I just didn't buy them!  I received some images in a swap of the Day of Gratitude stamps and knew I had to have them and although I finally bought the stamp set I still hesitated on the paper.  I'll explain -- I'm a hoarder!  I have so much DSP that I have a really hard time justifying the purchase of even more because once I have it in my hot little hands I can't bear to cut into it!  So, when the digital download for the Autumn Spice paper was released I had my solution!!!!  I immediately purchased it and printed a sheet with my Kodak printer onto some HP 6.5 mil everyday photo paper and it was STUNNING!  My kids couldn't even tell that I printed it from the computer!

Here is the quick card I put together with my new paper.  AND, I did not copy this one from anyone :)

Early Espresso Card Stock (119686)
Cajun Craze Card Stock (119684)
Whisper White Card Stock (100730)
Autumn Spice Designer Series Paper Digital Download (122175)
Soft Suede Classic Ink (115657)
Cajun Craze Classic Ink (119671)
More Mustard Classic Ink (13162)
Day of Gratitude Stamp Set (Wood Mount - 120835); Clear Mount - 121148)
Decorative Label Extra-Large Punch (120907)

Friday, December 17, 2010

Heart to Heart

Here is my final card for stamp camp.  I love the monochromatic look.

Edited to add:  This card was inspired by Gretchen Barron!  She's simply amazing.
Real Red Card Stock (102482)
Whisper White Card Stock (100730)
Real Red Classic Ink (103133)
Versamark (102283)
Always Stamp Set (113620 - available in wood mount only)
Baroque Motifs Stamp Set (113490 - available in wood mount only)
Clear Embossing Powder (109130)
Heat Tool (100005)
Real Red 5/8" Satin Ribbon (117286)
Pewter Hodgepodge Hardware (Retired)
Basic Rhinestones (119246)

Welcome Stacy Welsh

I want to take a moment to welcome Stacy Welse to my Wanna Be Creative team!  I'm sure she has a very bright future ahead of her and I am super excited to have her on board!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Another Cute By the Inch

Here is the fourth card for my Stamp Camp this month.  This stamp set is so versatile.  I just love it!  And it can be yours for a qualifying workshop or order of $300.00! 

This card is definitely what I would call Clean and Simple.  It was super quick to put together.  I know I saw one just like it and that's why I wanted to make it.  I just can't remember where.  I really need to start writing these things down!

Real Red Card Stock (102482)
Whisper White Card Stock (100730)
Basic Black Card Stock (121045)
Bashful Blue Card Stock (105120)
Marina Mist Card Stock (119682)
Basic Black Classic Ink (101179)
Cute by the Inch Stamp Set (Level 2 Hostess Set)
Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set (115370 - available as wood mount only)
Paper-Piercing Tool (116631)
Mat Pack (105826)

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Bird on a Branch Equals Love?

I saw this card and fell fast and hard!  I think this is one of the most beautiful cards I've seen lately.  I'm not really sure if it's the color combo or the stamp set or what exactly, but I just love the entire thing.  Again, if this is your creation, please let me know as I'd love to give credit where credit is due!

Early Espresso Card Stock (119686)
Whisper White Card Stock (100730)
Regals Patterns Designer Series Paper Stack (117154)
Early Espresso Classic Ink (119670)
Punch Potpourri Stamp Set (Level 1 Hostess Set)
Well Scripted Stamp Set (Retired)
Two-Step Bird Extra-Large Punch (117191)
Boho Blossoms Extra-Large Punch (119858)
Pinking Hearts Border Punch (117649)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Stamping 411 Saturday Sketch Challenge 181 and Gretchen Barron's From Our Hearts Valentine Challenge

Here is the card I made for the Stamping 411 Saturday Sketch Challenge 181.  I used one of my favorite retired Designer Series Papers, Sending Love Specialty DSP, from the 2010 Occasions Mini Catalog.  I am also participating in Gretchen Barron's From Our Hearts Valentine Challenge (which is why I used retired DSP).  She has challenged everyone to send at least 5 Valentine's cards with envelopes to the wonderful From Our Hearts organization which sends handmade cards to the troops to send to their friends and families.  You can read more about it on Gretchen's post.

Real Red Card Stock (102482)
Pretty in Pink Card Stock (100459)
Very Vanilla Card Stock (101650)
Real Red Classic Ink (103133)
Sending Love Specialty Designer Series Paper (retired)
5/8" Whisper White Organza Ribbon (114319)
Full Heart Extra-Large Punch (119883)
Scalloped Heart of Hearts Embosslit (117332)
Well Scripted Stamp Set (retired)

Monday, December 13, 2010

Cute by the Inch is SO Cute!

Here is my next card for Stamp Camp.  This is just the sweetest stamp set.  It is so very versatile.  I can't believe I inked it up for the first time for this card.  I can't recall where I saw this card, so if it's yours, please, please let me know so I can give you credit for it!

Basic Black Card Stock (101179)
Regal Rose Card Stock (105130)
Old Olive Card Stock (100702)
Peach Parfait Card Stock (119794)
Regal Rose Classic Ink (105211)
Peach Parfait Classic Ink (119783)
Cute by the Inch Stamp Set (Level 2 Hostess Set)
Scallop Square Extra-Large Punch (119884)
1-1/4" Large Punch (119865)
Elegant Lines Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (119277)

Where Has The Time Gone?!!!

Oh my wow!  Where has the time gone?  I have had so little time to craft lately between the school/work parties, getting ready for Santa and everyday life!  I did, however, manage to get projects ready for Stamp Camp on Sunday.  I will be sharing each card over the next few days.  This card was CASEd from Gretchen Barron.  She is so amazing!  I absolutely love her work.

Regal Rose Card Stock (105130)
Whisper White Card Stock (100730)
Vellum Card Stock (101856)
Regal Rose Classic Ink (105211)
Rose Red Classic Ink (101778)
Basic Gray Classic Ink (109120)
I {Heart} Hearts Stamp Set (Wood Mount 117010; Clear Mount 118571)
Elegant Bouquet Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (115964)
Well Scripted Stamp Set (Retired - Available as a My Digital Studio Download - 121064)

Non-Stampin' Up!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Build a Bear Birthday

My neighbor's daughter turned 7 last Friday and I needed to whip up a card because, as usual, I did not have any birthday cards handy.  I'm going to say that the reason is that I like to personalize each card...yeah, I'm going with that LOL!  When the Build a Bear dies first came out I HAD to have all of them.  Now that I have them, I don't use them enough.  So I grabbed my Big Shot and the Build a Bear dies and threw this quick card together.

Sorry for skipping the supply list -- I'm on my way out the door.  I will add the supply list later.

Friday, December 3, 2010

My Very First Diaper Cake!

I have wanted to make a diaper cake for the longest time and was just so intimidated by them.  My bunco group is having a diaper shower for one of the girls and they asked if I would try one.  So, I took the plunge.  I searched blogs and YouTube and followed the instructions.  We don't know whether she's having a boy or a girl, so I tried to keep it neutral.  I think it actually turned out quite cute. 
I used up some retired Designer Series Paper and buttons as well as some of the new ribbon in the 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalog.  I'd love to hear what you think!

Darling Dots Designer Series Paper (Retired Sale-a-Bration)
Buttons (Retired)
1-1/4" Certainly Celery Striped Grosgrain Ribbon (119771)
1/4" Certainly Celery Grosgrain Ribbon (109031)
Serif Essentials Bigz Die (113464)
Basic Gray Classic Ink (109120)

60 Size 1 Diapers
1 8oz Bottle

Thursday, December 2, 2010

REMINDER - UStamp with Dawn and Friends Year End Blow Out 2010 Early Bird Registration Ends Soon

Hi Friends!!

Just a little reminder that the Early Bird Registration is ends in 2 days!! Don't miss out on the savings and the chance to win 1 of 2 $100 Stampin' Up! Shopping Sprees!! The Lucky Winners will be announced on Dec 5th.

All Early Birds can register at the UStamp website today!!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Free Pass for UStamp

For UStamp with Dawn and Friends Year End Blowout 2010, Dawn decided it would be wonderful for the designers to give away their free pass as a RAK (random act of kindness).  Our task was to go out into the blogosphere and find someone who we do not know on any level and give them a pass to this wonderful online event!  What fun I had browsing blogs and splitcoaststampers for inspiration.  I have to admit, this was a really hard task for me.  I am an avid blog surfer so many of the projects that caught my eye were created by stampers that I visit often.  The challenge for me was finding someone new.  I'm happy to say that I did just that.  I made a new stamping friend in Nancy Hendel.  She is super talented and when I contacted her via email was super sweet, too! 

Here is the project that just WOWed me:

Isn't it just fabulous!!!  I just love it.