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Monday, December 19, 2011

Clearance Rack Blitz

If I had a dollar for every time I heard someone say "I wish I had that punch" I'd be rich. Well now is your chance to stock up on some of those punches. Stampin' Up! has updated their clearance rack and it has loads of punches and other great stuff for super cheap. Deals up to 80% off ribbons, buttons and more! Check it out here through my website where you can place your order online and have it shipped right to your door!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Day 12 Of 12 Days Of Christmas

As my day 12 I wanted to wish you a very merry Christmas and show you one of my Christmas cards that I am sending out. I decided I wanted a photo card this year and so I dusted off my MDS and went to work. I am a total hands on kind of person, hence the blog name, and so I find MDS difficult and I can't seem to do what I want with a computer. It turned out enough that I am willing to actually send it out. lol. I got my husband's approval. He was generous enough to tell me though "you know it's not nearly as good as one of your cards though right?" Gotta love him. He knows me well. The other funny part is that we can never seem to get a good family photo. When one kid is looking the other isn't and when one child is smiling of course the other isn't. But once again, we decided it was good enough to send out and since I can't send one to all of you, finally here it is.
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!!!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Day 11 Of 12 Days Of Christmas

Okay, I know I am maybe over doing it a little with the luminary idea but I can't seem to get enough of them. This one is a double layer luminary.
I made the card with the snowflake as my luminary. That was my original idea but when it came time to adding a sentiment I wanted it in the middle but realized it blocked half of the light coming through. So now I had some thinking to do and also some work. I created a secondary luminary with my sentiment and then had to remove anything from the original card that was blocking the view of the sentiment once I decided where it would be.

I am starting to run low on Vellum Paper. I'm going to have to do something with my Vellum c/s soon instead. Hint, hint!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Day 10 Of 12 Days Of Christmas

Here is card #2 of the Christmas cards I made for the preschool teachers.
I still have tons of retired stock to use up and this pack of dsp was one I really loved to use. I paired it up with the Red Glitter Paper and some old retired Real Red Ribbon. The Snowflake Die gets well used here at my place during the Christmas season. I love how I created depth here with it. Instead of using the actual punch out, I used the leftover and mounted it with dimensionals on some polka dotted dsp that I had previously sprayed with Champagne Shimmer Paint. The sentiment is from Four The Holidays.
Sorry I missed yesterday. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Day 8 Of 12 Days Of Christmas

Matching stockings! That's what I've got for you today. The Stocking Die is a fun one and makes super quick and easy cards and gift card holders.
I ran some c/s and dsp through the big shot and then just swapped pieces to make a matching set! A few quick accents and you're done!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Day 7 Of 12 Days Of Christmas

Today I played along with Mojo Monday #218. It's been a very, very long time since I've played here. I needed to make some large cards for all the parents to sign for my daughter's preschool teachers. This is the first of 3 cards and Mojo Monday's sketch was perfect for my card.
This card was based on the beautiful pointsetta in the top left corner. I used the Blossoms Petal Builders Punch for each of the different petal sizes. After they were all punched I sprayed them with Champagne Shimmer Mist and then very lightly sponged the tips. I mounted them all on a 1 1/4" circle, slowly moving them inward. Once I had all the petals glued on I added some Victorian Crochet Trim to the underside and then some Basic Rhinestones to the front center. The sentiment is from The Sounding Joy. I embossed it with Clear Embossing and dressed it up with more rhinestones.Other then that beautiful flower, this card is pretty basic, but I thought it turned out nicely. Still love that retired dsp!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Day 6 Of 12 Days Of Christmas

I made this card in "Movember" but never got around to sharing it.Thought this was kind of a fun Christmas card for a guy. I know my husband wouldn't really be into the flocking but I thought it was a fun way to jazz up the card. The stamp in the background is the Sparkle & Shine Jumbo Wheel. I stamped Many Mustaches on Whisper White c/s and then cut out the one I wanted. Then I adhered it to the stick and wrapped Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine around it.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great night!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Day 5 Of 12 Days Of Christmas

I am making a little gift for each of my sisters and here is one now. This is a perfect example of where a picture just doesn't do justice. In real life it is so pretty and sparkly. This particular sister loves purple and I wanted to try a luminary with the Petal Cone Die so purple it was. Perfect Plum and Elegant Eggplant to be exact. I ran the Perfect Plum layer through the Big Shot with the Snow Burst EF and then took the Ornament Punch to it. Next I sprayed that layer with Champagne Shimmer Mist Paint. Then I adhered it to the Elegant Eggplant layer and then punched it again.


I punched out a few petal cones again with Vellum Paper and then cut them into separate pieces. I stamped each piece with an image from Simply Grace and then Clear Embossed them. I adhered them to the inside with Sticky Strip. The final touch was a star at the top punched out of Silver Glitter Paper and a bit of silver elastic in case she wants to hang it somewhere.
Have a great day and I'll see you again tomorrow!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Day 4 Of 12 Days Of Christmas

Check out my new blog design I just picked out (didn't like the last one very much) and the funny thing is that my card for you today matches!!!
So the first layer is the Music Wheel rolled in Baja Breeze on Very Vanilla c/s. Next is the big stamp (badge, medallion - whatever you call it!) from Notably Ornate in Night Of Navy. The final stamp is the greeting from The Sounding Joy. Next I did some sponging with Crumb Cake. I had my sewing machine out so I did a little stitching around the edges. Personally I think the stitching makes the card. I love the effect. The final touch was a few Basic Pearls.

See you again tomorrow!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Day 3 of 12 Days of Christmas

Love this!!! Isn't it pretty. I made one similar last year but it was alot tougher because we didn't have Silver Glitter paper. Now we do. Yeah! And I am loving it to pieces this Christmas.

So I started with Baja Breeze c/s and punched out 6, 1 3/8" circles with space around them. Next I punched the 2 3/8" Scallop Circles around them. Then I ran them through the Big Shot in the Snow Burst EF and sponged them to bring out the impression.
Then folded them in half and glued them together leaving one open. I folded my 6 snowflakes in half as well and glued them around some silver cord. Next I glued that last one shut from the Baja Breeze scallop circles around the snowflakes and on the silver cord. I added a few buttons and a Square Firestone Brad to the bottom and a Very Vanilla Velvet Ribbon bow with some Jingle Bells to the top.
I've entered this in 2 challenges.
Stampin' Royalty #100 - Anything but a card


Hand Stamped Sentiments #95 - Anything but a card Christmas ornament challenge.
Here are a few photos showing a few more details.


Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day!


Friday, December 2, 2011

Day 2 of 12 Days Of Christmas

I have a habit that when I make a card, I usually make 2 of them, changing one of them along the way. In this case I made 3!
I started with a Scallop Circle and an Embossing Folder. For each card I used a different folder. The next 2 layers were the Snowflake Die. Always a darker layer of c/s on the bottom and glitter paper on the top.
For the red and pink card the sentiment is from Tiny Tags punched out with the Jewellery Tag Punch and then topped off with a Jingle Bell. For the turquoise card the sentiment comes from Delightful Decorations.
I'd have to say the pink and black one is my favourite. I've entered it in SUO Challenge #33 - Favourite Holiday Colours.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

12 Days Of Christmas

Okay, I know this is a long shot but, I am gonna try posting for 12 straight days! Yes, I know my track record lately has not been good but I am gonna give it a go. So here we go...
Ho, ho, ho stockings!
Using the Holiday Stocking Die Cut, some Red and Silver Glitter Paper and some retired dsp I made 6 stockings. My accents include Winter Wishes Stitched Felt, Cherry Cobbler/White Baker's Twine and some buttons. The letters are from the Serif Essentials Alphabet. I also used 3 different embossing folders: Northern Flurry, Petals-A-Plenty and Snow Burst.


These could easily be made into real stockings by attaching another stocking to the back, then you'd be able to stuff a little something inside them. Maybe some candy canes???

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A Blue Christmas

Oh my, I haven't played with any challenges in such a long time. It sure feels good to get back at it. And what could be better than a blue Christmas card. I just love blue Christmas cards. They're my favourite! Colour Q #113 has an awesome combo of blues to try this week and the technique I wanted to try worked out great with Stampin' 411's sketch #231. Here is my card.
I don't know what the technique is called but it involves embedding Glass Glitter in Clear Embossing. Love the effect! The embossing powder is so thick that if you drop the glitter on the embossing the moment after you heat it and heat it quickly again, it literally melts into the embossing. Pretty neat to watch actually. Now the other cool thing is that the embossing is so thick that once it cools, if you bend it a little it starts to crack. I only did two layers but it was cracking with me barely touching it. It is such a neat looking card in person.
I sure hope I get the chance to play along with other challenges soon. I really had a good time and love the way I was inspired. Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Telescope Snowman

Have you seen this cute guy around??? I've seen him in a few places but the great Becky Roberts had a fantastic tutorial on him here and I had to make one for myself.
Her tutorial uses alot of B/S dies that I didn't have, so I changed his measurements a little to use more punches then die cuts. Pretty cute huh?
Let me know if you want my measurements. Have a great day!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Seriously Late Tutorial

This tutorial is so long over due. My apologizes to those that having been waiting for directions for this snowman for awhile. Here is a photo of the finished snowman.
Hat: The hat is the 1 1/4" square with the top and bottom rounded by the large oval. The brim is a sliver of the large oval. The flower is cherry cobbler and it is one of the flowers from the boho blossoms punch. I layered 2 of them and then put a 1/4" circle of garden green in the middle and covered it with dazzling diamonds.
Face: The head is a 1 3/4" whisper white circle. His eyes are 1/8" basic black circles and his cheeks are 1/4" blushing bride circles. His nose is cut free hand from pumpkin pie c/s.
Body: Punch a 1 3/4" circle out of whisper white c/s and then punch a 2 1/2" circle around it for the body. His arms are the branches from the 2 step bird punch, but you need to trim all the leaves down to sticks.
Hope this is helpful and if you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

Monday, November 21, 2011

24 Hour Extravaganza Sale Items

So here are the 2 items you can get for %20 off for only 24 hours. Till midnight tonight you can get the Simply Scored Tool or the Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps at a discount.

The rest of the Extravaganza is available till Nov. 30th. There are some great deals to be found here. There's stuff for sale up to %60 off. Check it out here. (please remember that they are not showing you the discounted price but when you place the order you will see the sale price) You can place your order online through my website here or place an order directly through me @ hands76@hotmail.com. I will be placing an order tonight for the 24 hour sale but you can add any of the sale items to that order if you'd like. Happy shopping!

Online Extravaganza Starts Today!

Attention all bargain hunters!!!
Online Extravaganza, SU!'s annual sale to kick off the holiday shopping season, will begin THIS Monday, November 21, 2011, and run through Wednesday, November 30, 2011.

Visit my Online Store on Monday, November 21, to take advantage of great savings, like FREE digital downloads valued at $42 when you buy My Digital Studio Express, 60 percent off select Designer Fabrics, and 30 percent off an exclusive ribbon bundle!

In addition, there will be two items on sale for 24 hours only (MONDAY, November 21, 12:01 AM - 11:59 PM [MT])--so make sure you don't miss the first 24 hours of Online Extravaganza!