Sunday, November 30, 2008

Die cut Christmas cards

I've recently ordered a couple of the new dies from SU and I have to admit....I'm LOVING them! My friend Deborah and I were playing with them all afternoon this past weekend! I've made two cards with them so far and I see many more in my future. I even tried using them to cut through felt and it worked beautifully!

For my first card I used my set from SU called Lovely as a Tree.

First I cut out some naturals white CS using my Top Note Bigz Die. I cut away the perforated part all the way around then stamped my trees. I used handsome hunter and always artichoke craft ink. Some of them are stamped off for varying shades. Next I clear embossed them and stamped my greeting which is from my Christmas Cardinal set. The edges are sponged with handsome hunter classic ink. Next I used my top note die on some riding hood red CS and used it to matte my main image.

The card base is done with handsome hunter CS. I used some Holiday Treasures DP matted with naturals white CS along the bottom and added some riding hood red ribbon along the seam. Lastly I adhered the main image with dimensional adhesive.



For my next card I used the large Snowflake die and the Top Note die.

I made two large snowflakes, one with kraft CS and the other with chocolate chip CS. I then cut the chocolate chip snowflake into pieces and placed them behind the larger snowflake using some quick drying glue and a brown brad.

The main card is done with kraft CS. I used a BG of chocolate chip CS that I stamped with my SU BG stamp called Canvas with very vanilla ink. The corner rounder was used on it as well.

Next I cut my baja breeze CS with my Top Note die then stamped that with my Canvas BG stamp using baja breeze ink. I then added some chocolate chip and kraft ribbon along the center. The greeting is from my set called Best yet and stamped with chocolate chip ink. That is then adhered to the card base with dimensional adhesive. Lastly I adhered the snowflake with glue dots.

These were so much fun to use....I can't wait to try flowers with the felt! Thanks so much for stopping by today and have a GREAT Monday! {SMILES}



Supplies: SU stamps, A Christmas Cardinal, Canvas, Lovely as a Tree, Best yet. SU dies', Top Note, Large Snowflake. SU CS in handsome hunter, riding hood red, naturals white, Holiday Treasures DP, Kraft, baja breeze, chocolate chip. SU ink in chocolate chip, very vanilla, handsome hunter, always artichoke. Clear EB powder, ribbon, brad, dimensional adhesive, glue dots, corner rounder.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

More Santa Cards

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I myself am recouping from all the calories I ingested on Thursday...and Friday too! I just can't seem to keep away from the pumpkin roll and cinnamon cheese cake! LOL We had our friends (Deborah and her family) come over for dinner and they spent the afternoon with us too. It was a nice, casual day. The guys lounged around the couches, the kids played outside. The weather was beautiful! I couldn't of asked for a better day.

This past Wednesday my hubby and I celebrated 14 years of marriage so yesterday we went out for dinner and a movie. We saw Four Christmases...it was GOOD! I highly recommend it if you love romantic comedies! I haven't had a chance to ink up any stamps in the past few days and I'm anxious to sit down today and create! Hopefully I'll find the time.



Now on to today's cards....this card I made with my Peddlers pack Santa stamp. I started out by inking up my image with black craft ink and stamping it onto some kraft CS. I then clear embossed it and used my watercolor crayons to color it all in.

I then distressed the edges and matted that onto some basic black CS. I added some black and burgundy twine to the bottom then adhered that to a card base of cranberry crisp CS.

I love how this image makes quick and easy cards!

For my second card I used my retired
SU set called A Merry Little Christmas. I love the old time feel of the images in this set!



To start with I inked up my image with stazon ink and stamped it onto some naturals white CS. I then colored that in with my watercolor crayons and used my nestabilities to "cut" it out. That is then mounted onto some basic black CS that is cut out with my scallop nestabilities.

I used a card base of close to cocoa. I added some Ski Slope designer series paper matted with black for the BG with a scalloped edges along the bottom. Some gingham ribbon was added as well.

Lastly I embossed the greeting on the bottom and adhered my image with dimensional adhesive.

I hope you all have a wonderful rest of your weekend! Thanks so much for stopping by today! {SMILES}




Supplies: SU stamp set Old Fashioned Christmas. SU CS in close to cocoa, basic black, Ski slope DP, naturals white, kraft, cranberry crisp. SU ink in black craft. Peddlars pack Santa Stamp. Watercolor crayons, clear EB powder, nestabilities, ribbon, twine, dimensional adhesive, aqua painter, scallop edge punch.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Inspiration from a box

I ordered a perfume gift box from Avon recently and absolutely loved the packaging it came in. I instantly thought ..."that would make a fabulous Christmas card" so I pulled out my Snowflake stamps and whipped two up!

Here is a picture of my "inspiration" box.... .....

And here is a photo of the first card I made.





I used my SU set called Snowflake Spot for this card. I started out by inking up my snowflakes with versamark and randomly stamping them all over the riding hood red CS. I then embossed them with white EB powder and used my corner rounder on the corners.

Next I wrapped some white taffeta ribbon around the bottom then adhered the image with dimensonals to some white CS. I used my scallop corner rounder on those corners then adhered that to a card base of riding hood red.

Lastly I stamped my greeting from the same set using versamark and white EB powder, punched it out with my circle punch then attached it to my taffeta ribbon with some silver cord.



For my second card I used my SU set called Snowflakes. I essentially made this card the same way with the only difference being the greeting.

For the greeting I used my set called Old Fashioned Christmas and embossed it with white onto some riding hood red CS. I mounted that onto some white CS then adhered that to the card. I also added some brads to the corner and a sparkle brad to the largest snowflake.

I hope you enjoyed my inspiration cards today and feel free to use them as inspiration too! I'd live to see what you come up with!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!!! {SMILES}




Supplies: SU stamp set in Old Fashioned Christmas, Snowflake spot and Snowflakes. SU CS in riding hood red, whisper white. Versamark, white EB powder, brads, ribbon, corner rounder, scallop corner rounder, ticket punch, dimensional adhesive, silver cord, circle punches, eyelet.

Holiday Extravaganza...coming soon!


I have some exciting news to share! Stampin' Up is having a Holiday Extravaganza sale from November 26 - December 1!!! Here are the details...

--There will be various limited one time bundles of products on sale for 20 - 50 % off

--Sale runs from November 26 - December 1

--Specific details of what is one sale post on November 26

Be sure to visit my website early Wednesday to see what is on sale because quantities will be limited and once the unique bundles are gone...there gone!

You can order straight from my website by clicking the "shop now" button on the top right corner above my name. You can also call or email me if you like.

This is the perfect time to take advantage of some awesome sales for Christmas presents, whether they be for that card maker/scrapbooker in your life or for yourself!

Happy Shopping!!!!

{SMILES}

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Taylor's sketch challenge

I don't think I've participated in one of Taylor's cupcake sketch challenges...although I admire them every week. She has some beautiful work on her blog...I love checking out her new stuff!

Well this week I made a card with Fall/Thanksgiving in mind and no kidding, minutes after making my card I went on google reader and was checking out updates and there was Taylor's new sketch challenge for the week and the sketch was extremely close to the card I had just completed. Well I thought..why not do another card..following her sketch and I'll knock out my final Fall card that I need to go out in the mail.

This first one is the one I did before I saw the sketch. It's a little different but essentially the same layout. I finally inked up my SU stamp called Inspired by Nature! {What have I been waiting for?!?!}



To begin with I inked up the image with chocolate chip craft ink then stamped it onto some Haiku DP. I then clear embossed it and sponged the edges with classic chocolate chip ink. I distressed the edges and matted it onto some chocolate chip CS.

The card base is done with chocolate chip CS. I added some old olive CS for the BG that I sponged and distressed. I also added some paper piercings down the left side using my mat pack and paper piercer.

Next I stamped my greeting from my SU set called Warm Words with chocolate chip craft ink then punched that out with my oval punch. The edges of that are sponged and distressed. I used my key tag punch with some chocolate chip CS for a matte then added a brown brad to the corner.

Lastly I added some brown grosgrain ribbon and attached the greeting with dimensional adhesive.

This second card is the one that I used Taylor's sketch for. I decided to used the same stamp set but just change it up a little with the CS colors.



I inked up my flower image with chocolate chip craft ink then stamped some grass with close to cocoa craft ink onto some Haiku DP then clear embossed the whole image. I then sponged and distressed the edges and matted that onto some chocolate chip CS. I added some brown brads to the right corner.

The card base is done with chocolate chip CS. I used groovy guava for the BG that I sponged with chocolate chip and distressed as well. I added paper piercings along the left side.

Next I adhered the flower image with dimensional adhesive. Lastly I stamped the greeting with chocolate chip craft ink onto some close to cocoa CS, sponged the edges and added some brown grosgrain ribbon the the end. That is adhered the the card, partly with dimensionals.

I can say I'm now officially done with my fall/Thanksgiving cards....whooo hooo! I mailed all the "out of town" ones, now I have to work on getting the "in town" ones out by tomorrow so they'll arrive in time!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! {SMILES}



Supplies: SU stamp sets, Inspired by Nature and Warm Words. SU CS in old olive, chocolate chip, close to cocoa, groovy guava, Haiku. Su ink in chocolate chip and clsoe to cocoa craft, chocolate chip classic. Clear EB powder, ribbon, oval punch, key tag punch, brads, dimensional adhesive, distressor, dimensional adhesive, mat pack, paper piercer.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Giving Thanks...Blogger challenge Friday

This weeks blogger challenge is really fitting for this time of year...Giving Thanks. I never used to send Thanksgiving cards until I started making my own and now I LOVE the reason to ink up fall themed stamps and create away! Being a military family I live away from all my relatives so it's nice to be able to say I'm thinking of them with a hand made card each Holiday. I think they appreciate it too.

I decided to make two for today. I need to hurry up and mail these babies out before Thanksgiving passes me by! {wink}



For the first one I used my Inkadinkado Turkey stamp I bought from Hobby Lobby last year. I love the traditional look of this image. I inked the image up with black craft ink and clear embossed it on some naturals ivory CS. I used my watercolor crayons and aqua painter to color it all in. Next I sponged the edges with close to cocoa ink and distressed them too.

The card base is done with close to cocoa CS. I used some marigold morning for the BG that I stamped with my SU BG stamp called Weathered. I sponged and distressed the edges and matted that with some really rust CS. I used some Haiku DP matted with really rust CS then added some twine for a rustic look.

Lastly I adhered the turkey image with some dimensional adhesive. The greeting is from my Verve Visual set called Wonderful Wishes remixed. That is also adhered with some dimensional adhesive.



For my next card I used my SU set called Autumn Harvest. I stamped my pumpkins using the masking technique all along the length of my card. It was then colored in with my watercolor crayons and I distressed the edges. Next I added some strips of pumpkin pie CS to the top and bottom of the image. I added a small strip of Haiku DP to the bottom then wrapped some twine around the image.

Next I adhered that to a card base of close to cocoa. I stamped my greeting from an acrylic set I own then punched that out with my circle punches and added it with some twine. Lastly I stamped some leaves, gourdes, and an acorn, colored them in then cut them out and attached them to the image with glue dots.

Now I guess I'm going to have to scramble to finish the insides of my cards and get them in the mail! Thanks so much for stopping by today!!! {SMILES}



Supplies: Inkadinkado Turkey stamp. SU stamps in Weathered, Autumn Harvest. SU CS in close to cocoa, really rust, naturals ivory, marigold morning, Haiku, pumpkin pie. SU ink in marigold morning, black craft ink, close to cocoa. Watercolor crayons, aqua painter, dimensional adhesive, twine, circle punch, eyelet, glue dots, distressor , clear EB powder, stazon ink.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Shimmery snowflakes

This first card I'm showing today is very similar to one of the cards I posted yesterday except this one is glittered up a bit!....well ALOT! LOL

I cased this card from Dawn's blog. I changed some of the colors and embellishments to make it more my own but essentially I took the idea from her. She also gives a wonderful tutorial on how to make the "icicles" along the top. It consist of wax paper, crystal effects and dazzling diamonds...oh yeah...and patience!


To begin with I inked up my Snow wheel with always artichoke ink and rolled it across some whisper white CS. I then stamped some snowflakes from my Snowflake set with pale plum craft ink and embossed them with iridescent ice powder. I sponged the edges with pale plum then matted that with strips of always artichoke and pale plum CS.

I then adhered that to a card base of always artichoke CS and added some paper piercings along the bottom with my mat pack. I then added my icicles along the top with some tombow adhesive.

I used my set called Best Yet for the greeting. That was tamped with always artichoke ink. I added pale plum snowflakes to that as well and sponged the edges. That is matted with always artichoke and pale plum CS. Lastly I added some green taffeta ribbon with sparkle brad and adhered the greeting with dimensional adhesive.


For this card I used the same Snow wheel but this time inked it up with versamark and rolled it out on some naturals ivory CS. I then embossed it with copper EB powder. That is then matted with strip of copper CS from DCWV and adhered to a card base of naturals ivory.

I then stamped some snowflakes from my Snowflake set with some versamark and copper embossed those as well. I used my ticket corner punch and matted that with some copper CS. I added some copper brads to the corners.

Lastly I adhered the snowflakes to the card with dimensional adhesive.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! {SMILES}



Supplies: SU stamp sets in Best Yet, Snowflakes and Snow wheel. SU CS in always artichoke, pale plum, whisper white and naturals ivory. SU ink in pale plum, always artichoke, versamark. Copper CS from DCWV. Dazzling diamonds, crystal effects, tombow glue, iridescent ice, taffeta ribbon, sparkle brad, dimensional adhesive, ticket corner punch, copper brads.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Burgundy Cardinal

It has been a long time since I've participated in a sketch...seems like I'm so busy these days. There just isn't enough time in the day any more! LOL Well I saw this sketch this week from Jenn's blog and I just knew I had to participate.


I decided to use my SU set called A Cardinal Christmas for this card. I started out by stampin my image with bravo burgundy ink onto some kraft CS. I used my nestabilities to cut it out and sponged the edges with bravo burgundy ink. That is mounted onto some bravo burgundy CS that I cut out using a scalloped nestability die.


The card base is done with bravo burgundy CS. I used some DCWV Old World Stack DP for the BG that I distressed then mounted with some kraft CS. I adhered that to the card then adhered the cardinal image with dimensional adhesive.

For the greeting I inked up my stamp with my bravo burgundy marker then punched out with my circle punch. For the middle circle I punched 2 holes and added some kraft taffeta ribbon. I sponged the edges of all 3 circles. Those are then adhered with dimensional adhesive.

This was such a fast and easy card to make...Love this sketch too!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! {SMILES}



Supplies: SU Stamp set A Cardinal Christmas. Su CS in bravo burgundy and kraft. SU ink in bravo burgundy. Ribbon, nestabilities, DCWV DP, circle punch, stampin' write marker, dimensional adhesive, distressor.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Simple Christmas cards

Thank you so much for all the lovely Birthday wishes and the well wishes for my kids. They both are on antibiotics and seem just like new. I'll be glad to finish up their medicine later this week! It's an argument with my little one every time he need to take it!

This card was created for a Christmas card workshop I had a couple of weeks ago. It's a simple, quick design to recreate and everyone seemed to like it.

I started out with a card base of basic black CS then used some sahara sand for the BG. I stamped that with my Paisley BG stamp using riding hood red ink then distressed the edges. Some black ribbon and silver cord was added to the bottom half.

Next I stamped my image from my SU called Christmas Classics with riding hood red ink onto some sahara sand CS then distress and sponged the edges. I mated that with some basic black CS then adhered that to the card with dimensionals.



This second card was another we did on that night as well. For this one I used my stamp set called Snow Swirled.

I started out with a card base of riding hood red and used strips of sage shadow and Bella Rose DP. I stamped some snowflakes on the sage shadow with chocolate chip ink that I stamped off first on some scrap CS to get a more muted look.

The Christmas tree is stamped with chocolate chip ink onto some whisper white CS then matted with chocolate chip CS. I adhered that to the card with dimensional adhesive. Lastly I stamped my greeting using chocolate chip ink and added a snowflake with a gold brad.



I used my set called A Wish For Peace for this third card. I started out with a card base of naturals vanilla CS and used some handsome hunter along the bottom. That is stamped with my Weathered BG stamp using very vanilla ink. I then added some vanilla ribbon with a hunter eyelet. (For the actual workshop my customers used a copper brad with a punched piece of hunter CS behind it for a hint of color).

The next step was to stamp my image using handsome hunter ink onto some natural ivory CS. I matted that onto some handsome hunter CS and used the corner rounder on all the corners. That is adhered to the card with dimensional adhesive.

Lastly I stamped my greeting with very vanilla ink and punched that out using my oval punch.




For my last card I went more non-traditional in colors. This one is based on a card I saw at Dawn's blog.

I started with a card base of always artichoke. I then used my Snow wheel with always artichoke ink on some whisper white CS. I sponged some pale plum ink along the edges and lightly through the middle too. Then I added some pale plum CS to the top and bottom and adhered that to the card base.

For the greeting I used my set called Best Yet with always artichoke ink and added some pale plum snowflakes from my set called Snowflakes. I matted that with some pale plum and always aritchoke CS then adhered that to the card with dimensional adhesive.

Lastly I added some paper piercings along the bottom with my mat pack.

I think everyone that night had lots of fun and I hope my next one scheduled will be just as successful.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! {SMILES}

Friday, November 14, 2008

Baja and chocolate chip...blogger challenge

I'm officially 33 as of yesterday! My great friend Angie showed up first thing on my doorstep with a plate of muffins with candles and her and her 3 kids sang Happy Birthday to me...that was a nice surprise. Then Angie and Deborah took me out to a nice Birthday lunch...we had Mexican buffet....YUMMMMMM! Love lunches with the girls! ... I spent the evening at a Pampered Chef party and had some yummy appetizers there then came home to cake with my family. It turned out to be a really nice Birthday.

On a icky note...my youngest daughter did go to bed with a fever and tummy ache. {poor thing} I think she might be coming down with strep throat too. I have an appointment for her later today so I'll keep you posted.

Well...its Friday again and you guessed it...time for another blogger challenge. This week the challenge was to used Baja Breeze and Chocolate chip. Easy peasy....I LOVE blue and brown together!

This first card is really fast and easy to put together. I wanted to make an unconventional Christmas card and I think I achieved it with this one!

I started out with a card base of chocolate chip CS then used a strip of baja breeze for the top. I stamped that with my SU BG stamp called Boho Blossoms using chocolate chip ink. I then adhered that to the card base.

For the greeting I used my sentiment stamp from my SU set called A Cardinal Christmas. That is stamped with chocolate chip ink onto whisper white CS. I matted that onto some chocolate chip CS and used my corner rounder on all the corners. I added some chocolate chip grosgrain ribbon along the edges and a brad in the corner then adhered the sentiment with dimensional adhesive.




This card was created for an upcoming Christmas card workshop I'm having. Most of my cards for the event are more traditional in style so I wanted to make one that was on the fun side and this is what I came up with.

I started with a card base of chocolate chip CS. I used baja breeze for the BG stamped with the snowflake from my retired SU set called Cold Play using chocolate chip ink. The edges are distressed and I added some chocolate chip grosgrain ribbon down the side.

I then punched two different sized squares out of whisper white CS for the snowman body. The corner rounder was used on all the corner and I stamped his face and arms on the appropriate pieces. I also lightly sponged around the edges of him to give a "cooked" look to him! LOL For the graham cracker and chocolate I used my word window punch with some chocolate chip and close to cocoa CS. I adhered all that to the card and used dimensionals for his head.

Lastly I stamped my greeting which is from my retired SU set called warm words. I punched that out with my oval punch and adhered with dimensional adhesive.

If you find time today don't forget to check out all the wonderful creations for today's challenge. Their links are below right!

Thanks so much for stopping by today and have a WONDERFUL weekend! {SMILES}



Supplies: SU stamp sets in A Cardinal Christmas, Boho Blossoms, Cold Play and Warm words. SU CS in baja breeze, chocolate chip, close to cocoa, whisper white. SU ink in chocolate chip, pumpkin pie, close to cocoa. Ribbon, brad, oval punch, corner rounder, dimensional adhesive, distressor.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Simple Christmas Classics

Happy Veterans Day everyone! I hope you all had a great long weekend!.... I've spent the weekend tending to a sick child. My son has had a come and go temperature since Saturday night. It topped 103.2 last night so first thing this morning I took him to the Doctors. I had a feeling he had strep throat. Unfortunately our clinics were closed today because of the Holiday so I had to take him to the emergency room. Two and half hours later (ughhhhh) we left with the diagnosis of strep throat with amoxicillin in hand! He hasn't had another fever today though so I'm happy about that! Now I just pray my other kids or myself don't come down with it!

Now onto my cards for the day. I used Christmas Classics for both of these cards and tried to keep them extremely quick and simple in design.

For this one I stamped my ornaments using baroque burgundy ink onto whisper white CS and also stamped the greeting. I then used my aqua painter to smear some of the burgundy ink inside of the ornaments which gave the color a more diluted look then the outline. I used my ticket corner punch on the edges then matted that onto some bravo burgundy CS. I added some brads to the corners.

The card base is done with bravo burgundy CS and I used some always artichoke for the BG. I used my scallop edge punch along the bottom. I then added some whisper white ribbon and adhered the ornament image with dimensional adhesive.

For my second card I used the same stamp set but this time the stars. I stamped the stars using basic brown ink onto some so saffron CS.
I then cut those out and set them aside for later.

The card base is done with chocolate chip CS. I used a strip of so saffron along the center and stressed the images. I then punched some chocolate chip circle, adhered them and added the stars with some dimensional adhesive.

Lastly I stamped my greeting from my Season of Joy set with basic brown ink then punched it out using my oval punch.

These cards were super fast to complete...definitely not a "norm" for me! LOL

Thanks so much for stopping by today! {SMILES}



Supplies: SU stamp set Christmas classics and Season of Joy. SU CS in bravo burgundy, always artichoke, whisper white, chocolate chip, so saffron. SU ink in baroque burgundy, basic brown. Distressor, sponge, oval punch, circle punch, scallop edge punch, ticket corner punch, brads, ribbon, dimensional adhesive, aqua painter.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

A flower for all season

Today is one of those lazy days at home...clean a little...craft a little...watch a little TV. The kids are outside running around, my husband is out hunting so I'm just taking advantage of the peace and quiet!

I spent most of my morning at my craft desk and finally put some ink to a new set I've had for a while. This set is sooooo cute! It's from SUand called A Flower for all Seasons. It has 4 different images...one for Christmas, one for fall, one for summer and one for spring. I decided to use the winter one and fall one.

For my Christmas card I stamped my image with stazon ink onto some naturals white CS. I colored it all in using my ink pads and aqua painter. Then stamped the image again , colored in the flowers and cut them out. Those are added to the main image with glue dots. I added some dazzling diamonds to the center with my quickie glue pen.




Next I added some matching brads then matted that with some chocolate chip and riding hood red CS that I cut out using my nestabilities. All the layers are adhered with dimensionals.

The card base is done with chocolate chip CS. I used some Holiday Treasures DP and old olive CS for the BG and ran some chocolate chip ribbon down the seam. The greetings is from my set called Snow Swirled and stamped with chocolate chip craft ink.

My fall themed card is made pretty much the same way. The biggest difference is the CS I used which is, close to cocoa, really rust, naturals white and Haiku DP for my CS. The greeting for this card is from my set called Warm words. The flowers on this card are dimensional too.

These are such quick and simple images to use that the card really goes together quickly.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and have a GREAT weekend! {SMILES}





Supplies: SU stamp sets, A Flower for all Seasons, warm words and Snow Swirled. SU CS in old olive, chocolate chip, riding hood red, Holiday Treasures, more mustard, Haiku, really rust, naturals white. SU ink in pretty in pink, riding hood red, garden green, chocolate chip, more mustard, really rust, close to cocoa, always artichoke. Nestabilities, dimensional adhesive, ribbon, brads.

Friday, November 7, 2008

The same but different...blogger challenge

This weeks challenge was called "The same but different". I decided to use the same stamp set and same layout but make it different by using different themes. One being Christmas/Winter and the other being Thanksgiving/Fall.


The set I decided on is from SU called Season of Friendship. I love the versatility of this set! It covers so many holidays/seasons.

For my Thanksgiving/fall themed card I inked up my tree using chocolate chip craft ink, stamped it onto whisper white CS and clear embossed it. I then added some leaves using so saffron, really rust, always artichoke and pumpkin pie. I clear embossed those as well. That is then matted onto some chocolate chip and so saffron CS with all the edges distressed.

The card base is done with chocolate chip CS and I used an old olive BG that I stamped with my SU Weathered BG stamp. I added some matching ribbon then adhered the tree image with dimensional adhesive.

Lastly I stamped my greeting, which are from an acrylic set from, I'm not sure where, with chocolate chip ink and adhered that with some dimensionals.



For my Christmas themed card I stamped my tree onto soft sky CS and clear embossed it. I then stamped my snowflakes with versamark ink and embossed those with white EB powder. That is then mounted onto whisper white and chocoalte chip CS.

The card base is done with with soft sky CS with a BG of chocolate chip that I distressed the edges of. I added some baja breeze ribbon ribbon then adhered the main image with dimensional adhesive.

Lastly I stamped my greeting from my SU set called Season of Joy then embossed it with white. That is also adhered with dimensional adhesive.

I hope you enjoyed my cards for today. If you get a chance check out all the other challenge cards for today. You can find their links below right.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! {SMILES}



Supplies: SU stamp set Season of Friendship, Season of Joy, Weathered. SU ink in always artichoke, chocolate chip, pumpkin pie, so saffron, really rust, versamark. SU CS in chocoalte chip, whisper white, so saffron, soft sky. Clear EB powder, white EB powder, Ribbon, Distressor, Dimensional adhesive, acrylic stamps

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Chocolate and Caramel Snow

I was on SCS a while back and remember seeing a card done with brown snowflakes. I thought it was so elegant that I stored it away in my noggin to make my own version later on. I wish I could remember who's card I originally saw so I could give her credit so if you reading this and know please let me know.



I wanted my card to have an elegant appearance too so I decided to use the cracked glass technique.

I used my retired SU set called Snowflakes with creamy caramel and chocolate chip ink and stamped that onto some very vanilla CS. I then covered the whole image with versamark ink and poured some thick enamel EB powder over it. I heat that up then repeated that step about 3 times till I got the desired thickness I wanted. I then set that aside to dry.

The card base is done with chocolate chip CS. I used my scalloped edged punch along the side of some creamy carmel CS, sponged all around it with creamy caramel ink then adhered that to the base.

Next I sponged a piece of very vanilla CS and added some paper piercings all around the border using my mat pack and adhered that to the bottom of the card.

After my snowflake image dried, I bent it this way and that so the dried up EB powder would crack then rubbed some creamy caramel ink over it so some would seep into the cracks. That is then matted onto some chocolate chip CS. I add some matching ribbon.

The greeting is from Verve Visual called Wonderful Wishes Remixed with chocolate chip ink. I punched that out with my circle punch and matted it with chocolate chip CS. I added a gold eyelet and attached it with some gold cord.

Lately I attached the snowflake image with dimensional adhesive.

Wish me luck today......I'm holding my first Christmas card event and expecting 9 people!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! {SMILES}




Supplies: SU stamp set Snowflakes. SU CS creamy caramel, chocoalte chip, very vanilla. SU ink in chocolate chip, creamy caramel. Mat pack, ribbon, cord, circle punch, scallop edged punch, dimensional adhesive, eyelet, crop-o-dile. Verve Visual Wonderful Wishes remixed.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Eastern blooms & Pocket Silhouettes

What a busy and happy day for us today! I'm going to ramble a bit to tell you why I'm so happy today....Before we came to Fort Benning GA, (about 21 months ago) we were stationed in Fort Campbell KY for four years. We arrived in May of 2003, my husband deployed to Iraq 2 weeks later and I was left in a new/strange town with 2 toddlers and 1 newborn baby! Talk about instant stress!

Well after about a months time I met what I now consider one of my best friends, Deborah who's husband was serving with mine over in Iraq. We became fast friends and stuck with each other for the whole four years we were stationed in Campbell which included another tour.

After our husbands returned from their second tour they were both picked up for new assignments. Ours brought us here to Fort Benning and theirs sent them to Fort Jackson SC. Well it's now been 21 months we've lived in different states but no longer!.....

Three months ago Deborah's husband received orders for Drill Sergeant here in Fort Benning GA and they arrived today! They sign for their on-post house tomorrow! I'm so excited to have my friend in the same state again! I can't wait to show her around and get back to our old ways! Watch out Fort Benning/Columbus GA!!! LOL


Anyways...on to my card for today. I actually made these cards a couple of months ago for a workshop. I started out making this masculine version which uses by SU Pocket Silhouettes but ultimately decided to demonstrate the feminine version.


To begin with I inked up my image using black craft ink. On the masculine one I clear embossed and on the feminine one I used iridescent ice EB powder onto kraft CS. I then matted that with some basic black CS.

The card base is done with kraft CS. I used some Urban Garden DP for the bottom half with a strip of basic black at the top and bottom. I then added some black grosgrain ribbon with a knot in it.

Lastly I stamped my greeting using black craft ink then adhered the main image with dimensional adhesive.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!!! {SMILES}



Supplies: SU stamp sets Pocket Silhouettes, Eastern Blooms, Elegant Cheer, Warmest Regards. SU CS in kraft, basic black and Urban Garden DP. SU ink in basic black kraft. Clear EB powder, Iridescent Ice EB powder, ribbon, dimensional adhesive.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Halloween pictures


Halloween has come and gone and now I'm stuck with a house FULL OF CANDY! First thing this morning by kids were asking..."Mom, can we have some candy"?! LOL If they don't have any cavities their next dentist visit I'll be shocked! LOL

Lets rewind to last night though...they had so much fun trick or treating. We live on post (here in Fort Benning) and they allot trick or treating from 6-8 pm so when we started it was still light out. I don't particularly like trick or treating in the light but it does make it so much easier to keep tabs on where the kids are! My oldest and youngest love to wander way ahead while my middle child is such a dawdler! I spend most of my time hollering for the kids ahead to slow down and looking behind me to make sure I didn't get too far ahead of Emersyn! {smirking}


I let my kids chose their costumes every year (as long as their appropriate) and this year my oldest wanted to be a duck hunter. (What a duck hunter?!?) I just decided to go with it! We dressed her up in campflauge, added a little camo paint to her face and I pinned a stuffed mallard duck to her shoulder. (If you look closely you can see the bill of the duck peeking over her shoulder) She also carried around a bow and arrow and wore buck teeth! (no...those are not her own teeth your looking at)!

My son wanted to be the transformer Optimus Prime. Well that one was super easy...I just went to Wal-mart and picked it up! Sometimes I really like those no-brainers!


My youngest daughter chose to be Hanna Montana. My neighbor Angie also has 2 daughters and her oldest wanted to be Hanna Montana too. We thought it would be so funny to have her 2 year old dress as Hanna Montana as well! They all have on the same exact outfit, wig and makeup! They were sooooooo funny to watch walking side by side! LOL They were definitely a big hit!
Here's a picture of the back of them while they approach a house for candy...isn't that the funniest sight?!?!

This last photo is of the whole gang...my 3 children and my friends 3 kids Molly, Nick and Olivia. They all had a lot of fun and collect way too much candy! I think we'll have candy around until Christmas!

I hope you all have a wonderful Halloween too. Thanks so much for stopping by today!

{SMILES}