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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!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Fun Cards For Club

This last week has been something else. I was getting ready for a show while being sick and taking care of a sick family. I got some work done and had a great time at the show on Friday. So club was today and I needed something for the class so I decided we would make a gift certificate holder that always seems to be a big hit with the people at the shows.
The Top Note Die Cut has to be one of the most useful dies ever. It is what I used for the top of the purse but when you open it, you will see I used the cut outline to hold the actual gift card. Now is that useful or what? Nothing wasted here!
Ingredients: Top Note Die, Early Espresso C/S, Letters To Santa DSP, Corner Rounder, hHerry Cobbler Seam Binding, Jingle Bells
Be sure to come back tomorrow for the Online Extravagansza that is available till Nov. 30th and the special that is only available for 24 hours starting tomorrow.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Simple Saturday #30

Time for another simple card. That seems to be all I have time for nowadays. But I really like this one. It's perfect for one of my sisters. She is a teacher and she loves to play scrabble. She also kicks my butt when we do play!
It's amazing what a simple straight stitch can do to a card. I love the effect on this card. I know I should pull out my sewing machine for crafting more often. It's just that when I do pull it out, I feel like I should be doing more with it then 10 seconds on a piece of paper. Not really worth going out and buying a machine just for a few simple stitches but if you've got one, give it a go on some paper. Hope you can have some fun with it!
Oh, I almost forgot the other super fun little thing I wanted to share with you! Did you know that Basic Rhinestones can be coloured?! Now our SU! Markers don't really work. The colour just rubs right off. However a sharpie works and you can buy them in a variety of colours. Another fun thing to give a try! Hope I've inspired you a little today. Have a great day!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

New Classes

I have a few new classes coming up this month and next. I will share 2 with you today. The first class is free with the purchase of the Simply Scored Scoring Tool ( $38.95 plus tax & shipping item #122334). You get to make this treat holder that you can make use yourself as a candy bowl or fill with goodies for a teacher or friend. The class will be available on Tues., Nov. 15th @ 7:30pm. (If you can't make this date I can make it available at another date.) RSVP by Nov. 8th.

The second class is for these 3 Christmas artisans cards.

The class is Tues. Nov. 22 @ 7:30pm. The fee is $35. This includes your own clear mount stamp set of The Sounding Joy and all materials to make these 3 cards. RSVP by Nov. 14th.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Simple Saturday #29

What a gorgeous Saturday morning it is. I love spending Saturday mornings in my craft room. The kids are playing or watching some cartoons and the hubby is still sleeping. The house is so nice and quiet and I am able to get alot done.
I love this little craft that I have to share with you today. It uses the 1" x 8" Cellophane Bags in the Holiday Mini, a bit of red ribbon, a sentiment from Tiny Tags and a Jingle Bell.
First I fill the bag with treats (not too full) and close it. Next I twist it in a circle and then punch a 1/8" hole at each end and string my ribbon through it and tie a bow. I adhered the tag and jingle bell with glue dots. Another quick and easy project. These might make it to my family's dinner table at Christmas. They're just so cute.
Hope you have a great day!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

OPEN HOUSE!

OPEN HOUSE!!!


Saturday, Nov. 5 at 10am-1pm

This a reminder that I am hosting an open house this weekend. I would love to have you over to my place to see some of the new Stampin' Up! products in the Holiday mini and even try some out! You will also get first chance at signing up to some of the new Christmas classes that I will be hosting in the next few weeks where seating will be limited.

There will be make & takes, door prizes, new samples and most importantly a grand prize worth over $100!

Ways to earn prize tickets are:
*be the first one in the door at 10am
*come out & meet me if I've never had the pleasure of stamping with you
*bring a friend that has never stamped with me @ my house
*book a workshop or class for you and your friends
*join a club
*place an order

RSVP @ hands76@hotmail.com to reserve your make & takes.

Everyone who attends will receive a gift from me! Hope to see you there.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

It's Good To Be A Hostess!

There's another great promotion going on at Stampin' Up!!! Now through Dec. 15th, anyone who hosts a workshop and has sales over $450 will qualify for an ADDITIONAL $45 in free products!

I would love to host a party for you! Why not invite some of your friends over for an informal get together with some holiday treats and I will demonstrate some fun holiday projects with a make and take or two! Or, invite your friends to my home and we'll do the same thing here!

Stampin' Up also announced that they are extending the BIG SHOT (or $100 of free products) promotion to Nov. 11th. If you sign up to be a demonstrator before Nov. 11th, you will get in on this amazing deal! In case you were on the fence before, there is STILL TIME for this!

I'd love for you to join my team. Contact me today!