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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Stampin' Royalty #52


Our theme this week is...

SCRAPBOOKING
Mini album, or any size page, double layouts too.
It doesn't need to be your holiday photos, just your latest work.

So pull out your gear and your photos. I haven' t had mine out for a long time but it just so happens that we were updating my mom's book for Christmas so I quickly whipped up a page to share with you.

I used last years fantastic Christmas paper from SU. Those snowflakes are like velvet. Such a neat touch to the paper. I added a few ornaments punched from the shimmery paper from the same pack.

I am not a big journaler (is that a word?) so usually there is not a lot of writing on my pages. I actually can't stand the look of my printing and my writing is just hideous so I have another excuse to fill up my pages with more photos or embellishments.

Now head back to Stampin' Royalty. The goddesses have some great layouts to show you!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas

Hope you are all having fun opening presents and eating all the Christmas goodies you can handle.


Here are some of the Christmas cards I handed out this year.



Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Cutting It Close!

I am a little behind this year. I just finished my youngest daughter's stocking this morning. I have been putting off getting out the sewing machines and I almost didn't make it. Just wanted to share it with you! Sorry I forgot to take a close up of the details.




Hope you all have a very Merry Christmas with your families and friends.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

A Sketch For You From Stampin' Royalty #51

We have a sketch for you at Stampin Royalty this week. Join us by using this sketch to make a card, scrapbook layout, 3-d project or anything and link it up here.



Here is my take on the sketch. I turned it sideways to host the hydrangea from the set Because I Care. My colour combo is Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Pink Pirouette and Very Vanilla. I stamped the pink with the flower in Crumb Cake and punched all corners with the Tag Punch. The Very Vanilla Layer was embossed the the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder.



I stamped the hydrangea on Watercolour Paper. Then I used my Blender Pen to pick up colour from my ink pads and colour it in.

Here is the new Crumb Cake Seam Binding Ribbon that will soon be available to you from the Occasions Mini. Plus a little bow in Linen Thread.


Now head on over to Stampin Royalty for the rest of the Design Team's creations.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Teacher Gifts & a Bauble!

I am so behind on things this year and so I quickly had to whip up some quicker cards to give to my oldest daughter's teachers. Of course, she would have two teachers, so I had to double it all up.



I wanted to dress up the bow a little on the gift so I put togther a quick ornament to hang around the button.



Love this "Deck The Halls" fabric. This is my favourite. It's perfect for a ruffle, bow or better yet...


an ornament!!! Here is the first quilted ornament that I made and after I saw the finished product I knew it would not be my last. This might be why I am so behind. I keep getting distracted by all the fun and pretty things! I've entered it in Winter Wonderland's Challenge looking for Baubles.
Hope you like! Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Stampin' Royalty #50

Stampin Royalty Challenge #50

This week the Stampin' Royalty Goddess's are challenging you to a recipe challenge. This week's challenge is

BRING ON THE BLING
(Glitter, Tinsel, Sparkles, Rhinestones, Whatever...)

I think I covered all of the above. I didn't try, honest. It just worked out that way. I went with some retired dsp from Stampin' UP from last years Holiday Mini.



The sparkle around the edge is Dazzling Diamonds (item #102023) on sticky strip. The glitter on the snowflake tips is Silver Glass Glitter (item #120995) and the Tinsel wrapped around the card is the Clear Tinsel (item # 120993). Lastly the Basic Rhinestones (item #119246) on the button. Oh, and don't forget the Shimmer Paint (item #116806) I used to stamp the sentiment from All Holidays (item #114916).


So glad you came for a look. Now hop on over to Stampin' Royalty for a look at all the bling from the rest of the Design Team.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Fabric Ornament

Well I have finally done it. I have had these amazing ornaments made by a friend hanging in my kitchen window for the last 7 years and I have finally found the time and the tutorial for making one myself. I was a little inspired by the fun fabric Stampin' Up has in their Holiday Mini. I love striped and polka dots so I guess you can see how this stuff caught my eye the first time I laid my eyes on it. The paper is fantastic too, but sadly it was so popular that they ran out. Oh well, I got mine hopefully you got yours too!
So on to this fun ornament. Yes it is quilted they say, but no sewing involved! Just a ton of pins. Here is the tutorial if you'd like to give it a try yourself. Or contact me with any questions. I am no expert but I managed to downsize the pattern for a smaller ball so I guess I know a little of what I'm doing! lol.


I used Real Red Satin Ribbon and White Tinsel for the hanger and a little Pretty in Pink 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon and Linen Thread for the tag. My sentiment is from Tiny Tags and stamped on top of the stamp, Dot, Dot, Dot.



I entered this into a few challenges for fun.

Reasonable Ribbon #13 - Anything but a card - Winter
Sugar Sweet Paper Treats - Anything Goes in December
Fussy & Fancy Friday 25 - Anything but a card

Thanks for stopping by. Happy stamping or paper crafting or quilting or...whatever. You know what I mean!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Paper Players #28

Christmas is so close and Paper Players has one more challenge for you this year and I am so thrilled that I was asked to join them once again!
Since this is such a busy time of year, this week's challenge is an easy one! It is “Your Favourite Colour Combination”. Simply choose a favourite colour combination for a specific type of card. For example…you might love Old Olive and Cherry Cobbler for Christmas Cards. Or you might like Navy and White for a sympathy card. The sky is the limit! All we ask is that you share a new creation.

I chose to do a Valentines card seeing it is our next special day of giving and remembering loved ones that comes after Christmas. Valentines is another time when people choose to use a lot of red. I am not really a red person as I have mentioned many times before but I have fallen in love with the colour Cherry Cobbler. It is so very rich! Last year I discovered how lovely red and brown look but with Cherry Cobbler it needs black instead of brown which is a colour that is perfect for men and elegant for woman. And of course Very Vanilla. It is not much of a bold or exciting colour but I love how it just softens things up. So my colour combo for you today is...Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black and Very Vanilla...for a Valentines card!

I started off with some dsp from Newsprint. I perfectly matches my sentiment from the set Word Play. The next layer is a Scallop Circle which I used the Lots Of Love Letterpress Plate on. They suggest using craft ink on the plate but I went outside the box and Versa Marked it and then Clear Embossed it. Love how that turned out.




Then I have a Scallop Envelope which I cut out in Vellum and dressed up the top edge with some Silver Glass Glitter. It is stuffed with a few Scallop Heart of Hearts Embosslit Die Cuts and topped with the sentiment which I Black Embossed.



I used some of my favourite ribbon, the 1 1/4" Striped Ribbon, and then a touch of Rhinestones to fill a small spot on the bottom left corner.




Now head on over to Paper Players to see what the amazing Design Team has to share with you. You won't be disappointed!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

MOJO 168

Just a quick post today. I had to share this with you. I felt truly inspired today. First by Mojo Monday's Sketch, Ann Schach's amazing Christmas card she posted for Pals Paper Arts today and by my own vintage Christmas card I did for Stampin' Royalty.



I like this sketch because it is a little simpler. I love how easy it was to create this Christmas card here because it showcases the dsp and so obviously half the work is done for you. So I had to try it with another piece of dsp from the same pack. Love this bell and doesn't it look smashing with a few extra pearls.

I decided to do this as an easel card in the end. I didn't have room for the sentiment on the front and thought this would do it justice. Any questions, don't hesitate to contact me.


Thanks for stopping by. Happy stamping!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Another Winter Card

Here is another card I made for the preschool teachers of my daughter's class and entered it in The Shabby Tea Room's Challenge #39. The theme is "Tis The Season"! Love the winter scene here. I paired it with dsp from Elegant Soiree. I thought the colours did the scene justice.


The trees are from Lovely As A Tree and the kids with the sled are from Welcome Christmas. I tried to make it look like a scene out of a window and added a little window ledge by embossing an extended strip punched with the Modern Label Punch.

The sentiment is also from Welcome Christmas and I added a bow in Very Vanilla Seam Binding topped off with a Crumb Cake Button and a snippet of Linen Thread.



Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day!

Stampin' Royalty #49

Today is Wednesday and time for another challenge from Stampin' Royalty. This week we have a Theme challenge for you. This week's challenge is WINTER HOLIDAYS :Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanza, Whatever...

Here is a card I made for all the moms at my daughter's preschool. We all went in on a gift together so I needed a big card for all of us to sign. So this card is 8 1/2" x 5 1/2". I used the lovely Deck The Halls DSP, matching fabric and buttons.



I used a new little trick to make this card stand out. I took my Hobby Blade and traced the outline of a few of the flowers and then popped them out took make them curl a little like a real flower. Just make sure you place a piece of cardstock the same colour behind the pieces cut out.



My second trick is placing a Antique Brad right into the button. Changes things up a bit and I love it! You will also notice that I sprayed the entire card with Shimmer Paint (mixed with some rubbing alcohol). This looks great on any Christmas card. I have a hard time putting it away at this time of year.


Here is another card I made at the same time with a different sheet of paper from the same set.

For more inspiration, check out the fabulous projects created by the Stampin' Royalty Goddesses. (Don't forget if you click on the name of each Goddess it will take you to her personal blog where you can find out all the secrets on how she created her project!)

Sunday, December 5, 2010

December With Paper Players!

I can't believe we are into December already and Christmas is literally just around the corner. Paper Players invited back their past guest designers in honour of Christmas being so close at hand. I am so excited to be working along side them once again! Such a talented group of ladies!
This week, challenge #27, we are challenging you to make and share a Christmas Card or Project. Maybe you would like to share a 3D item or a scrapbook page, or maybe some name cards you created for your Christmas dinner? The sky is the limit!!! Please make sure what you share is a new creation.

One of my favourite Christmas carols is Joy To The World and I just love the use of the word JOY at Christmas time, so the stamp in the set Welcome Christmas has been screaming at me to make something with three to host the three letters.


I decided to use the Candy Wrapper Die and decorated them with a few snowflakes from the Northern Frost Decorative Strip. Night of Navy is such a rich colour and I love the ribbons in this colour, I used the 5/8" Satin Ribbon to tie the boxes together and the 1/8" Taffeta to close each candy holder.

Now these boxes needed a holder and what better than some acetate so you can still see the beautiful boxes. But just a plain Window Sheet won't do, so I added a few snowflakes from the set Serene Snowflakes using Staz-on white ink.



The sentiment is from Word Play and I punched it out with the Ornament Punch and added a little bit of Sliver Glass Glitter around the edges.

Now you have to check out the rest of the samples from the design team, so head on over to Paper Players for some fantastic eye candy!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Card Worth Casing

Things have been so crazy around here and I am not getting to any stamping lately. There just doesn't seem to be any time nowadays. I wanted to share something with you however I can't take full credit for it. I saw this lovely card on Connie Babbert's blog and fell in love with the tree. If you go to her blog she has a pattern to download.

Hope you like my version of her card. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Stampin' Royalty Colour Challenge #48

Stampin' Royalty Challenge #48



It's the first challenge of the month, so that means it's time for a COLOUR CHALLENGE. The Colours are Rich Razzleberry, Early Espresso, Marina Mist, and River Rock. The rules are simple, create a card, scrapbook layout, 3-D Project or My Digital Studio project featuring the colours above as the main inspiration behind your project.

Here is my card using the challenge colours.


I used the stamp set Welcome Christmas for the background. "Joy" for the top half and the wreath (which you can barely see) for the bottom half. Love that yummy Rich Razzleberry Striped Ribbon. I gave it a few pleats to puff it up.



I cut out 2 snowflakes using the Snowflake Die with the Big Shot and sponged their edges good using Early Espresso Ink. The one in Marina Mist I Heat and Sticked and then covered in Dazzling Diamonds. Same goes for the small snowflake from the Snowflakes Sizzlits pack. All topped off with a button and of course a little Linen Thread.

Now head on over to Stampin' Royalty to check out what the rest of the Design Team has to share with you!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

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If you do want to consider demoing, you get access to an abundance of resources and you get to go to crazy fun meets like the one we had last night. It was a shoebox event. Everyone came with a card and everything to make it in a shoe box. Then we went around and made each other's cards! Here are some of the fun cards including a "diorama" card and a "card that never ends"!



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