Monday, November 29, 2010
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Today is Saturday (woohoo!!) and it's time for another Just Us Girls challenge. Kristin has challenged us to add a 3D holiday embellishment to our projects! I had the perfect embellishment for my card.
I bought this set from Taylored Expressions last month called Merry Little Cocktail and found Christmas wine charms I had never used. So I created my card around it! The sketch is from Taylored Expressions from last week, too. I used SU's Jolly Holiday dp and paired it with Old Olive and Vintage Cream cardstock. The ribbon is old olive taffeta. I added red and star dust stickles to the image, green glitter dots, and the tree charm with some baker's twine. Very simple card to do...not much coloring! Love it!
Want more inspiration? Head on over to the JUGs blog and see the amazing projects the DT and our featured designer, Cheryl Rowley, did this week! This is Cheryl's last with us already...where has the time gone? Stop by their blogs to leave some much deserved love!
On a personal note, I'm picking my new Dodge Journey up this morning! I was ready for something different after having 5 minivans! I'm really excited because I've never had power locks and windows on any of my cars! My hubby never wanted them because he was afraid they'd break and be a pain to fix. (And his best friend is a mechanic...go figure!!) It's black, which I know will be a challenge to keep clean, especially in our weather up north. But, I've always wanted a black card! So I'll be tooling around town today having fun!
Thanks for stopping by and listening to my rambling! Have a great weekend!
Friday, November 26, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
I wanted to relay some information about some upcoming sales and events for the design teams on currently on.
My Time Made Easy is having a Black Friday sale! All stamp sets and paper are 20% off (this does not include templates or packages)! Now is the time to stock up on what you've been drooling over!
Paper Makeup Stamps is not doing a release this month. We are going to an every other month release instead. This will give us time to use the new (and old) stamps we have and time to show them off! What we are having in place of a release is a customer blog hop on December 7th. All you have to do is commit to creating a card using a Paper Makeup Stamp that is a winter or Christmas image. If can be released this year or a previous year. Please send an email to email@example.com with the subject of December Fan Blog Hop to join in the fun. You MUST register for the hop no later than December 3rd. On December 4th we will send out final details to everyone in the hop along with a list of blog hop participants. But you dont have to wait until the 3rd... you can register now just by sending Katie the email! We hope you play along with us!
So, have a great Thanksgiving and we'll see you tomorrow with a Makeup 4 the Weekend challenge from Paper Makeup stamps!
Saturday, November 20, 2010
I thought I had flower dies from Papertrey Ink to match the flowers on the Vera Bradley bag, but alas I did not! So I found this patterened paper from PTI called Black & White Basics. I just colored the flowers in with copic markers to match the challenge colors. I ran the black piece through a Cuttlebug folder that reminded me of the quilted bag. The flower is a Spellbinder die and I just ran the pieces through a paper crimper a few times, then layered it with glue dots and put the glittered flower in the center. Then I put chunky glitter on the flower with some glue. The sketch is from this week's Mojo Monday. The sentiment is a free one from Paper Makeup Stamps that you receive with every order this month.
Stop by the JUGs blog to see the fabulous creations the girls made. You can visit their personal blogs through links on the blog post. Also, please visit our featured designer, Cheryl Rowley, and say hello!
Thanks for stopping by today!
Sunday, November 14, 2010
The inside was kept simple. I used 1" squares and mounted them like diamonds, similar to the front. The sentiments again are from the same two Papertrey sets.
My FIL is a great guy and a great father. He's almost blind from glaucoma and I have never once heard him complain. He has been in pain quite a few times from the pressure building up behind his cornea. I worry about him when he's walking up and down steps, but he just yells at me and says, "What? I'm fine!" Men! LOL!!
Thanks for stopping by today. Enjoy your day!
Stamps: Lovely as a Tree (SU), Men of Life and Father Knows Best (PTI)
Paper: Vintage cream, river rock, Pyrus dp (Basic Grey)
Ink: Chocolate chip, river rock
Accessories: Nesties, river rock ribbon, hodgepodge hardware, dimensionals
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Today I'm here with a new challenge from Just Us Girls! Kathryn has challenged us to make a gate fold card. I haven't made one of these in a really long time. Last time I made them was for invitations for my MIL's 70th surprise birthday party. I remember making them by candlelight because our power went out! Anyway, I digress! Here's my card.This image is a new one from Paper Makeup Stamps. It's from the Moody Girls line and this one is called Moody for Holly. The sketch is also from the PMS Makeup 4 the Weekend challenge. Stephanie came up with a fab sketch, and it was perfect for a gate fold card.
I got my colors for the Moody girl from this Basic Grey dp from last year called Eskimo Kisses. I loved the rich burgundy colors! The sentiment is a free one that you get with every Paper Makeup Stamps order this month.
Stop by the JUGs blog to see the inspiration from the girls. Also, my good stamping friend Cheryl is our Guest Designer for November, so stop by her blog along with the JUGs DT. And also stop by the PMS blog and try out their sketch. We'd love to see you playing along with both challenges this week!
Friday, November 12, 2010
I decided to use this beautiful wordart. I think it's perfect for Ginger...she's been waiting for this baby for a long time!
Congratulations Ginger! I'm so happy for you!
Now, to continue you need to hop on over to Maria's blog to see her fab creation! Thanks for stopping in today!
Stamps: Wordart from PMS
Paper: Vintage cream, Animal Crackers dp (Making Memories)
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, bashful blue
Accessories: Heart nesties, paper piercer
Thursday, November 11, 2010
On Sunday, PMS released a wonderful group of Christmas stamps. I'm sharing one of the images today from a set called Christmas Cheer.The senitment on this is part of the stamp, but you could easily cut it off or just mask it and use the cup any time of the year! Pretty versatile! I used a retired dp from SU called Frosty Day. I love the orange (and the brown) colors in it. The image is colored with copics and I added some star dust stickles to the steam and the Prima flowers. I placed a brown candy dot in the middle of the flower and in the opposite corner. The ribbon is SU also. I used this week's SCS sketch for the layout.
The PMS blog has more reviews of this great release. Head on over there to check them out and visit the blogs of the PMS DT and leave them some love! Thanks for stopping in today!
Stamps: Christmas Cheer (PMS)
Paper: X-press white, chocolate chip, Frosty Day sp (SU)
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, copic markers
Accessories: Nesties, SU ribbon, star dust stickles, prima flowers, candy dots, dimensionals
Sunday, November 7, 2010
I'm going to send you off to Anita's blog for some more fab inspiration. Before you go, I'm going to give you your first letter.
Thanks for hopping with us! Don't forget about our release party tonight in the PMS forum at 8:00 pm CST. Hope to see you there!
Saturday, November 6, 2010
The JUGs girls also have some inspiration for you. And my good friend Cheryl Rowley is our Guest Designer for November! I'm so excited about this! She is an excellent crafter and has some fabulous creations on her blog, Cottage Creations. So stop by the JUGs blog to what the girls have for you!
Friday, November 5, 2010
I started to think of what I could make in a triangular shape. I thought of a teepee. While googling teepees, I came across another website for Christmas crafts. Then I found an angel made from paper! Voila! That's what I was going to make!
I cut the template out on Poison Ivory paper using the Cricut and SCAL. I added some ivory lace on the box, then added some gold ribbon on top. The "angel's wings" are just the tails from some gold tulle I tied around the box. I added an ivory flower with a gold glitter dot in the middle to cover up the knot. I am no artist, so the head is very simple. It was punched from Blush Blossom cardstock and I drew in the eyes and mouth with a fine point marker. The same gold ribbon was used for a bow at the neck and I added some gold bells to the tails.
I can see these reduced in size and made to hang on a tree with little gifts of candy or money inside. There are so many possibilites for this cute little template! And at the very reasonable one time price of only $5, it's a must have!
Here are links to all the MTME girls' blogs.
My Time Made Easy Design Team:
Lauren Meader (owner)
Katie Shawger Cotton
Lisa Kind (me!)
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Welcome to the 9th week of JustRite Stampers’ Wednesday feature, 12 Weeks of Christmas Blog Hops! Every Wednesday up until Thanksgiving some of your favorite designers will be joining some of the JustRite design team for a series of Christmas blog hops, showcasing JustRite’s entire Christmas Collection of stamps! Don’t forget that JustRite has some Christmas stamps in their newly released CLING line of stamp sets, too -- you can find them HERE. This week, the designers joining the JustRite design team is the Just Us Girls (JUGS) challenge blog design team!
For the month of November, we thought we would switch gears a little and throw in some holiday gift ideas using your JustRite stamps, so be watching for those, too, on November’s hops! And in celebration of JustRite’s 9th and 10th weeks of Christmas Blog Hops, they have a huge surprise for you -- take 25% off All JustRite Original Christmas Stamps now through November 15, with free shipping within the U.S. -- Don't forget to tell Santa!!
Please visit these designers’ blogs to see what fabulous JustRite Christmas inspiration they have for you on the hop today!
JustRite Design Team:
Just Us Girls Design Team:
Thanks for stopping by today!
Isn't this a beautiful sentiment? I wanted to go traditional with the colors...I think these are traditional! My starting point was this great paper from the Domestic Goddess Collection from Graphic 45 and the Sketch for You to Try from last week. I also used this beautiful seam binding I purchased from my friend Debbie Marcinkiewicz's Etsy store. I've never worked with it before, but it's so fun!
Stop by the PMS blog to see sneaks of what the other PMS girls have done! We're having sneaks for the next few days, then on Thursday, November 7, (release day) we have our blog hop all day and release party in the PMS forum. You are all invited to come and have some fun! Hope to see you then!
Stamps: Wordart (PMS)
Paper: Vintage cream, garden green, so saffron, Graphic 45 dp
Ink: Garden green, wild honey distress ink
Accessories: Nesties, seam binding ribbon, bling, corner rounder, dimensionals
Monday, November 1, 2010
The bottom box was cut (in SCAL) at the original size, then the middle box was reduced to 80%, and the smallest at 60%. I printed three full sheets of this FREE digital paper from MTME called The 12 Days of Snowflakes. The middle box only used two sheets, so I have paper for another project! I stamped the smaller snowflake from the Secret Santa stamp set in real red ink around the sides of the white boxes.The Perfect Poinsettia cut file (new this month) was reduced to 60% before cutting it out in SCAL. I used scrap pieces from the star box template. The leaves were cut using the new Holly-Day Accents cut file. I added a red glitter dot to the center of the flower and star dust stickles to the edges of all the petals and the leaves. The boxes are held together with some SU ribbon. Here is a closer view of the poinsettia. There are more samples of this box being posted today by some of the MTME DT.
Stop by their blogs to see their fabulous creations! Thanks so much for stopping in today! I'll be back tomorrow with the first day of sneak peeks for the Paper Makeup Stamps November release, so please stop by!