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Friday, December 19, 2014

It's beginning to look like Christmas... with notecards and a DIY project

I am sorry I have been MIA... life has been crazy and I had to finish Christmas shopping, started baking (look for some posts coming about that too) and decorating.  You know the drill!  Blogging was on the backseat - but now I am back!  

Today I have an EASY thank you card!  Oh, and I didn't forget about 5 cards, one stamp set!  You will be seeing that again (maybe tonight if I get the pictures taken!).  I wanted to post the cards I made to send home today with any gifts I receive at school!  Super cute, simple and only took me 10 minutes to create!
 To make this you will literally need: stamps, ink and paper.  I created the border using two shades of green and the Dotty Angles Photopolymer Stamp Set.  I used the Pistachio Pudding for the lighter shade and then stamped the Wild Wasabi over top!
 I then stamped the single stamp Watercolor Thank You in Real Red ink - super simple right?  Wondering what I used to make these easy cards?  Our notecards!  They are pre-cut and perfect for quick thank you notes!  Plus you get 20 cards and 20 envelopes for only $5.95.
Wondering about my decoration?  I made this simple DIY project using salt, mini trees and pinecones.  I already had the big hurricane vase in my cabinet (you can use any big glass jar).  I filled it with pure table salt (50 cents each at Walmart).  Then I found the trees in Walmart by their little Christmas Village stuff.  The pinecones and mini cinnamon sticks came in a bag from Michaels.  This project cost me $7 but I have tons of pinecones and cinnamon sticks left over.

Come back tomorrow for another quick and easy stamping project and DIY bonus!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Easy Christmas Treat Thursday

Everyone needs little gifts...
This is the perfect gift to give the postman/ woman, hair stylist, animal groomer, etc... I made these for Halloween except this time, I made a basic topper using a 4 1/4" square folded in half for the topper.  So EASY!
I just realized that one of the candies is upside down - oh' well!  LOL  I used the Get Your Santa On Stamp Set.  I stamped the Santa Suit in black and colored using the Blendabilities Markers.  I then added glue and sprinkled it with Sparkly Fluff (non-Stampin' Up!).  The fluff makes the suit look "fluffy" and soft!  Wondering what bags I used?  Stampin' Up! sells 4x6 treat bags - I just folded down the top and stapled it.

Want to see more?  Hop over to my facebook page here and check out the extra example I made for you this morning!  Make sure to like the photo and follow me to make sure you don't miss future posts!

Go ahead, make some of these cute little treats to have on hand for a little Holiday gift!  

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Wacky Wednesday: Emboss Resist with "Big News"

Wacky Wednesday... rainbows?
I made this card using the Emboss Resist Technique.  What is this technique?  Emboss an image using white or clear embossing powder... then sponge ink over top.  For this particular card, I used 6 different colors (from the Stampin' Up! Brights family) to create the rainbow effect.
I layered my image on Silver Sparkle Card Stock - but before I did that, I punched out the stars.  I love how the Confetti Star Punch looks with the silver peeking through!  Adorable!  Everything is layered atop Rich Razzleberry Card Stock.  Have you checked out the Confetti Star Punch?  Here's a close-up picture for you:
Order it using #135861 for $21.95.  
Don't forget that you can use the punched out "stars" for confetti as a surprise in an envelope or in a shaker card!

See you tomorrow for SEVERAL holiday treats!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Technique Tuesday: Notecard Set - for Baby

Need a gift?
Recently I needed a gift for a friend who is having a baby (tomorrow!!).  I knew I wanted to make a set of notecards for her. She loves to stamp and scrap, so I knew she'd appreciate the sentiment!  I grabbed the Lullaby Designer Series Paper and cut 1 1/2" x 5" strips of it.  I picked one sheet that I liked both sides.  The great thing about the piece I picked is that it works for both boy or girl (since we don't know the gender yet). 
I stamped a quick sentiment from Lots of Thanks (clear mount #129690/ $16.95).  This is a great stamp set, especially right now when we need LOTS of thank you cards (come back tomorrow for another gift set of notecards).  
Zoo Babies is the name of the adorable stamp set that I used for the baby lion - you can order it using #130456 for clear mount ($19.95).   Did I mention that I used a set of our notecards with envelopes?  Super simple, especially when you need a gift.  You get 20 notecards and envelopes for $5.95 (#131527).
This picture features how I wrapped it all together using the Hello Honey Stitched Satin Ribbon and a Sneak Peek of a new stamp set coming out in January!  I punched a tag and added some twine to it.
How's that for a Happy New Baby gift?  It took me less than an hour to make a set of 10 notecards and the coordinating packaging!  Stampin' Up! makes it so easy to do with matching colors, punches and stamp sets!

Thank you for following me and please come back tomorrow to see another quick and easy notecard set (it will be focused more toward Christmas!).

Monday, December 8, 2014

Merry Monday with Gentle Peace

Need a quick card?  CASE it!
Yes, CASE it!  CASE stands for "copy and share everything" and I definitely did that here!  I copied this card directly from Brian King.  I honestly don't think I changed anything because he did an amazing job coloring.  Wait, I did "pop" up the window scene to give it dimension!  I have to admit, the Blendabilities make me very nervous, especially since I haven't played with the very much!  
This card features the Gentle Peace Photopolymer Stamp Set.  I ordered it mostly because the stained glass window reminds me of the church I grew up attending in Michigan.  It had probably 10 different stained glass window scenes and this was similar to one of them.  I remember staring at the during church and being mesmerized by their beauty.

Gentle Peace Stamp Set #139523/ $15.95
Crumb Cake and Daffodil Delight Card Stock
Blendabilities: Crumb Cake, Skin Tones, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Coastal Cabana
Momento Black Ink
Chocolate Chip Stampin' Ink
Stampin' Dimensionals (to pop up the window scene)

See you tomorrow for Technique Tuesday!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Five Cards, One Stamp Set: "Mingle All the Way"

Five Cards, One Stamp Set using "Mingle All the Way"
This is one of my favorite Stamp Sets right now.  I love the 5 different images and have been enjoying creating different things using it.  Here are the images included:
#135773/ $17.95

The first example uses Real Read and Whisper White along with a coordinating paper from the Nordic Noel Designer Series Paper Pack.  I added Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details to the snowflakes and dots around the sentiment.
This is a fun example of how you you can use this stamp as a tag as well!  I stamped it in Garden Green and then punched out using the 2" punch and then punched out a 2 1/2" circle to layer it on.  I punched a 1/4" hole in the top and strung it using White Twine.  Do you love the paper bow?  It's using our Bow Bigz XL die.  
This card using the Nordic Noel Paper again and the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch.  I think it turned out super cute (I did case some of the ideas on this card).  
This card isn't the "normal" Christmas colors - I used Blackberry Bliss and Gold.  I embossed the image in Gold Embossing Powder and I love how shiny it is!  I also colored in the "cheer" using a Blender Pen and Blackberry Bliss ink.  Adding those two little sequins from the Gold Sequin Trim added a lot of "pretty" to this card!  Don't forget that Gold Embossed Vellum!
This card is a complete case from myself!  I used this same card earlier with a different stamp set.  Have you done that before?  I had extra supplies left over from a class so I figured I might as well use them all up!

Want to see more?
There's a 6th example here using the Halloween Stamp if you'd like to check that out as well!  Log into pinterest and search "Mingle All the Way Stampin' Up!" to find tons of other examples!

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Fab Friday Color Challenge #56

Fab Friday Color Challenge
I have noticed a lot of cards like this one online and I wanted to do something similar with all the stars!  I have to admit, it was difficult getting all of the colors into one layout!

This card is a 4x6 card and if I made another, I'd made it even longer, maybe 4x8. Even so, I really like the way it turned out and I'd love to do this with a birthday theme!  

Tonight I will release my Five Cards, One Stamp Set post!  Check back after 5pm EST!  :)