Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!

Wishing you all a Happy and Healthy New Year!




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Monday, December 28, 2009

A Little Pickup...

Here is a card I made for a co-worker who has been battling cancer.  It seems that so many people I know or are related to have been fighting this awful disease the past few years.  When there is nothing I can do for the person, I've made cards to try and cheer them up.  I hope it helps them to know that they are in my thoughts and prayers.  If I can bring a smile to their face I feel that I have done something.


Supplies
Stamps:  Loads of Love, Season of Friendship
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Crushed Curry, Basic Black, Melon Mambo
Ink:  Melon Mambo, Basic Black Classic Ink; Melon Mambo, Bordering Blue, Green Galore Stampin' Write Markers
Accessories:  Ticket Corner Punch, Spiral Punch, Heart to Heart Punch

Sue

Sunday, December 27, 2009

From My Downline

 had to share the beautiful Christmas card I received from my downline (and best friend) Dee.  Didn't she do a great job!?!  The first image is the front of the card:


Next is the inside of the card:





Supplies
Stamps:  Holy Triptych, Christ is Born
Cardstock:  Brilliant Blue
Accessories:  Platinum Shimmer Paint, Sponge Dauber


Sue

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas Card Parade--Day 8

What would a Christmas Card Parade be without a snowman?  Isn't he a cutie!?   This fellow comes from the Holiday Mini hostess stamp set Snow Buddies.  I wanted to make a simple card with a little extra texture so I took some strips of Whisper White cardstock and tore the edges and layered them to create the look of snow drifts at the bottom of the card.


Supplies
Stamps:  Snow Buddies
Cardstock:  Whisper White,Bordering Blue
Ink:  Basic Black, Chocolate Chip classic ink; Real Red, Not Quite Navy, Only Orange Stampin' Write Markers
Accessories:  Signo White Gel Pen, Corner Rounder Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

Now I couldn't let just one of the snowmen skate and get all of the attention without featuring the other snowman on a card, too.  So, I used the smaller Snow Buddy on this card:


Supplies
Stamps: Snow Buddies
Cardstock: Whisper White,Bordering Blue
Ink: Basic Black, Chocolate Chip classic ink; Real Red, Not Quite Navy, Only Orange Stampin' Write Markers
Accessories: Signo White Gel Pen, Corner Rounder Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

Today's post is the final installment of the Christmas Card Parade.  I hope you've enjoyed viewing the various cards and packaging items I've been sharing with you!  I'd appreciate any comments you'd like to leave!

Sue

Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas Card Parade--Day 7

Merry Christmas!!!

Today I'm featuring the Christmas card I made for my parents.  They like cardinals so I just had to use the hostess stamp set Holiday Best.  I think they'll like it!  I also used another print from the Christmas Cocoa Specialty Designer Series Paper pack.  This paper is so pretty!


Supplies
Stamps:  Holiday Best
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Real Red, Christmas Cocoa Specialty Designer Series Paper
Ink:  Real Red
Accessories:  Silver Elastic Cord, Ornament Punch, Eyelet Border Punch, Big Shot, Stampin' Up Textured Impressions Folder Petals-a-Plenty, Stampin' Dimensionals, Glue Dot

Now I also have to share the cardinal tag I made for one of my dad's presents.  My dad feeds the birds every winter and enjoys watching them out the diningroom window so on the back of the tag I wrote "Please Feed Me and My Friends" and put it on a paper bag with bird seed inside. 


Supplies
Stamps:  A Cardinal Christmas
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Real Red
Ink:  Basic Black
Accessories:  Small Slot Punch, Tag Corner Punch, Watercolor Pencils, Blender Pen

I hope you've enjoyed the Christmas Card Parade!  Tomorrow's post will feature the end of the Christmas Card Parade, so be sure to come back and check it out!  I guarantee that the cards will bring a smile to your face!

Sue

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Card Parade--Day 6

Welcome once again to my Christmas Card Parade 2009!  As you can see, I've been a very busy little elf making so many different designs of Christmas cards this year!  This card was easy to make!  I used a piece of this beautiful flocked paper from the Christmas Cocoa Specialty Designer Series Paper in the Holiday Mini catalog layered on Whisper White cardstock.  You might think "Hmmm, this design looks familiar".  There is a good reason for that... I originally posted a card of similar design here


Supplies
Stamps:  All Holidays
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Christmas Cocoa Specialty Designer Series Paper
Ink:  Real Red
Accessories:  Silver Elastic Cord, Large Oval Punch, 1/16" circle punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

Come back tomorrow to see what I made for my co-workers!

Sue

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Christmas Card Parade--Day 5... Take 2

WOW!  2 posts in 1 day!  A bonus just for you!

While this picture isn't of a "card", it was a treat that I made for my co-workers this year.  This little holder for the Ghirardelli chocolate square may look familiar as I made a similar one that I featured in this post.  I changed up the paper and punch on this one, trying to simplify it a bit as I had to make 16!  Everyone was quite surprised that I went to all of the trouble to make these.  However, they were pretty simple to assemble once I stamped and punched out the pieces (I LOVE my Big Shot!).  A couple of people said that they were going to eat the chocolate and then hang the pocket on their tree as an ornament!


Supplies
Stamps:  Delightful Decorations, Simple Snowflake
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Soft Suede, Christmas Cocoa Specialty Designer Series Paper
Ink:  Soft Suede, Real Red
Accessories:  Big Shot, Petal Card Die, Snowflake Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

I think using the Simple Snowflake stamp with the snowflake punch really enriched the look of the punched paper.  Keep coming back as I have a couple more goodies to share with you!

Sue

Christmas Card Parade--Day 5

Here is my "elegant" entry to the Christmas Card Parade.  Dasher appears in all of his shimmering glory as he awaits Santa's call to pull the sleigh on Christmas night.  The Serene Snowflakes were applied using the Champagne Shimmer paint with a sponge dauber.


Supplies
Stamps:  Dasher, Serene Snowflakes
Cardstock:  Soft Suede, Whisper White, Christmas Cocoa Specialty Designer Series Paper
Ink:  Soft Suede
Accessories:  Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint, Very Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon, 1/16" Gold Brad, sponge dauber, stampin' dimensionals, stampin' sponge

Tomorrow I'll be posting another Christmas card for you to enjoy.  See you then!

Sue

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Christmas Card Parade--Day 4

I hope you're enjoying the Christmas Card Parade here!  Today's entrant features more products from the Holiday Mini.  I can't believe that these products are only available for a couple more weeks!  Yes, that's right... the items in the Holiday Mini are only available until January 4, 2010.  Be sure and contact me ASAP if there is something you'd like to order before these exclusive products are retired!

Back to today's card... I wanted a different color combination than the traditional "red" and "green".  I really like the "richness" of this year's In Color Rich Razzleberry.  When I put it next to Old Olive I thought "WOW" and knew I had to create a card using those two colors together.  I hope you like it, too! 

The little bird in the wreath was cut out using the Big Shot and Stampin' Up's Merry Details Sizzlet.  Can I just say that "I LOVE my Big Shot!"?!  I feel that a person can truely create magic using the textured impressions folders with ease!  

Supplies
Stamps:  Berry Christmas
Cardstock:  Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
Ink:  Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry
Accessories:  Big Shot, Stampin' Up Sizzlets Merry Details, Stampin' Up Textured Impressions Folder Petals-a-Plenty, ticket corner punch, stampin' dimensionals

I'm glad that you stopped by today!  Please come back for the next installment of the Christmas Card Parade tomorrow!

Sue

Monday, December 21, 2009

Christmas Card Parade--Day 3

Welcome back for the 3rd entrant for the Christmas Card Parade!  Today's card features one of the hostess sets from the Holiday Mini.  I thought the trees looked a little forlorn so I used some Frost White Shimmer Paint spray to liven them up a bit.  The faux stitching on the piece of Soft Suede adds some country charm, don't you think?


Supplies
Stamps:  Patterned Pines
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Real Red, Soft Suede
Ink:  Real Red
Accessories:  Frost White Shimmer Paint (mixed with alcohol for the spray), Signo White Gel Pen, Mat Pack, Paper Piercing Tool, Big Shot, Stampin' Up Textured Impressions Folder Petals-a-Plenty

Remember to check back tomorrow to see the next parade entry!

Sue

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Christmas Card Parade--Day 2

Welcome back to the Christmas Card Parade!  The 2nd entry features the cute little penguin from the Holiday Mini stamp set Cold and Cuddly.  I placed the little guy in the snow globe (created with the sweet treat cup).  I think his presence provided just the right element of quirkiness for the intended recipient.


Supplies
Stamps:  Cold and Cuddly, Serene Snowflakes, Sweet Centers
Cardstock:  Bordering Blue, Real Red, Whisper White
Ink:  Basic Black Classic Ink; Encore Silver; Summer Sun, Real Red, Basic Black Stampin' Write Markers
Accessories:  Frost White Shimmer Paint, Organza Ribbon, Sweet Treat Cup, Chunky Essentials Stampin' Glitter, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sticky Strip, 1 3/4" circle punch, sponge dauber

Be sure and come back tomorrow to see the next entry in the Christmas Card Parade!

Sue

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Christmas Card Parade--Day 1

I've been busy creating various Christmas card designs to send to my friends and family so I haven't posted for a while.  The first entry in my Christmas card parade is for one of my aunts whose favorite color is blue:


Supplies
Stamps:  Delightful Decorations
Cardstock:  Bordering Blue, Not Quite Navy
Accessories:  platinum shimmer paint, sponge dauber, ornament punch, silver elastic cord, eyelet border punch, Big Shot, Stampin' Up Textured Impressions folder Petals-a-Plenty, stampin' dimensionals

As you can see, the next card is the same design in a different color combination.  My other aunt's favorite color is purple.  I think the platinum coated ornaments really "POP" on the darker cardstock, don't you?


Supplies
Stamps:  Delightful Decorations
Cardstock:  Almost Amethyst, Elegant Eggplant
Accessories:  platinum shimmer paint, sponge dauber, ornament punch, silver elastic cord, eyelet border punch, Big Shot, Stampin' Up Textured Impressions folder Petals-a-Plenty, stampin' dimensionals


 I hope you enjoyed Day 1 of the Christmas Card Parade!  Come back tomorrow to see the next entry!

Sue

Friday, December 4, 2009

Easy Gift Card Holder

I wanted to make a gift card holder that wasn't too complicated and came upon this idea on Rosemarie's blog.  She had modeled this version after a gift card holder she found at Baby Gap. 


Supplies
Stamps:  Berry Christmas, Delightful Decorations
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Real Red
Ink:  Real Red
Accessories:  Ornament Punch, Eyelet Border Punch, Mistletoe Ribbon Originals, Silver Elastic Cord

Sue

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Ornamental Note Holder and Notes

This cute little box holds 3 love notes that could be used as "thank you" notes for the Christmas goodies you receive this season.  I found the original idea on Kristin's blog here and she even posted a tutorial on how to make the box using the scallop envelope die in this post.  I liked her idea so well that I had to make my own version.  Assembly of the little box was easy and quick.  The hardest part about this project was tying the bows on the cards with the gold cord!


Supplies
Stamps:  Delightful Decorations
Cardstock:  Real Red and Very Vanilla Cardstock; Merry Moments Designer Series Paper
Ink:  Garden Green Classic Ink
Accessories:  Big Shot, Scallop Envelope Die, Ornament Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

Here are the little 3x3" cards I made to go inside the little envelope box.  Using the Ornament punch from the Holiday Mini Catalog made decorating the cards a snap!


Supplies
Stamps:  Delightful Decorations
Cardstock:  Very Vanilla and Real Red Cardstock; Merry Moments Designer Series Paper
Ink:  Real Red, Old Olive, Garden Green
Accessories:  Ornament Punch, Elastic Gold Cord, Eyelet Border Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, Circle Punch

Come back again tomorrow for more holiday inspiration!!!

Sue

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Beautiful & Simple Creations for Christmas Packaging

This adorable little bag is made with the Big Shot and the Fancy Favor Box die from Stampin' Up.  It was so simple to make!  Just choose a piece of Designer Series paper and run it through the Big Shot, fold on the crease lines, and adhere on one side and the bottom flaps and you're done!  Since I used the Christmas Cocoa Specialty Designer Series paper, I had to use Dasher as a compliment.  I think it turned out simply elegant!  You can put candy or a little gift inside the bag and you've got a great homemade gift package!


Supplies
Stamps:  Dasher
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Christmas Cocoa Specialty Designer Series Paper
Ink:  Soft Suede
Accessories:  Soft Suede Ribbon, Big Shot, Fancy Favor Box Die, Sponge

Here is another simple gift you can make to let someone know that you are thinking of them.  This little pocket was made using the Big Shot and the Petal Card Die.  After choosing the Christmas Cocoa Specialty Designer Series paper, I ran it through the Big Shot and folded 3 of the petals in and adhered them to each other where they met.  I took a piece of coordinating Designer Series paper and made a "belly band" to go around the petal pocket.  I cut out the bird and snowflake with the Big Shot and the Stampin' Up Sizzlets Merry Details die and layered them on top of the belly band.  To complete this little package, I slipped an individually wrapped Ghirardelli square of chocolate inside.  You can't go wrong with chocolate!


Supplies
Cardstock:  Christmas Cocoa Specialty Designer Series Paper; Whisper White, Soft Suede Cardstock
Accessories:  Big Shot, Petal Card Die, Stampin' Up Sizzlets Merry Details

I hope these ideas inspire you to create some awesome packages for Christmas!

Sue





Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Sweet Treat Cups

This card was inspired by Karen Fontinelle's card as found here on her blog.  I liked her idea for filling the sweet treat cup with the white Chunky Essential Stampin' Glitter  from Stampin' Up, as this gives the appearance of snow.   When the card is shaken the chunky glitter moves around and is reminiscent of a snow globe.  I used the Frost White Shimmer Paint to stamp Serene Snowflakes on the background layer.  Can you tell that the shimmer paint is one of my favorite new products in the Holiday Mini Catalog?!


Supplies
Stamps:  Snow Buddies, Serene Snowflakes
Cardstock:  Bashful Blue, Whisper White, Real Red
Ink:  Basic Black, Basic Gray
Accessories:  Sweet Treat Cup, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, Frost White Shimmer Paint, Sponge Dauber


Even though it's a little early for Valentine's Day, I just had to play with the heart stamp in the Sweet Centers stamp set to see if my idea for using red hots candies in the cup would work.


Supplies
Stamps:  Sweet Centers
Cardstock:  Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, Real Red
Ink:  Real Red
Accessories:  Sweet Treat Cup, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Big Shot, Perfect Details Texturz Plate, Stampin' Dimensionals