Sunday, November 29, 2009

You're Gettin Muffin for Christmas

Hi guys! Hope your Thanksgiving was great. Ours was terrific. My hubby and I made a delicious meal together and we had a nice day at home as a family. The day after was very relaxing too. It was just so nice to stop the life merry-go-round for a day. I really wanted to stop in here but I just didn't make it. Oops! I am back today with a new card though. I hope you like it because I sure do!

And here is a detail shot taken at an angle so you can see a little bit more of the embellishments...

I absolutely LOVE this image and sentiment! They are both digi images from WhimsieDoodle Designs. Too cute! They were a dream to color. I bought several sets of images from them and have been happy with every file. Remember that cute little turkey last week? Well, that was from WhimsieDoodle too.

I used a little Doodlebug Sugar Coating on the tree topper star. I wanted a little sparkle and I like how that turned out. The "ornaments" on the tree are glass seed beads. I wanted something tiny that I could include several without overfilling the tree space. They were a little hard to glue down just right but I like the end result a lot.

I think that the card is pretty easy to figure out past the few things I mentioned. If you have any further questions, please ask and I will do my best to fill you in. Have a great rest of the weekend!

Papers- burgundy CS by Paper Co; Green CS by DCWV. Stamps- WhimsieDoodles Designs Muffin for Christmas digi. Tools- Fiskars apron lace edge punch; QK polka dots emb folder. Embellishments- American Crafts ribbon (Christmas/Winter #1 2008); Favorite Findings buttons; Doodlebug Sugar Coating Bumblebee. Pens- R29, R39, G07, G28, Y17, E31, G20.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Tis the Season, Fa La La, and All That Stuff

Hi everyone! Happy Thanksgiving! I am sorry I missed posting yesterday. By the time I escaped from kitchen duty, it was too late to count the post as a Wednesday post since the clock was reading o'dark thirty already. I promise today's card is worth the wait though. I just love how it turned out! Here ya go!

And how about a close-up to see a little of the detailing...

And finally, the inside...

You like it? These papers have been some of my favs ever since they came out. I can't seem to use them enough! The colors are just so rich and the prints so full of texture and depth. Too pretty! The stamp I used is one from Stampin Up's set called Yule Bits and Borders. I love how it has a hodge-podge of cheery Christmas words. The inside sentiment is printed on my computer.

I distressed the focal point image panel so it would "go" better with the DP. Tim Holtz inks never let me down. I think they add so much to a project. I have tons of colors and hope to one day have them all. If you don't have any of the distress line, pick one up and try it. I bet you a monkey that you will LOVE this ink. I promise I don't work for them or anything though. I just think it is a great product. ;)

It is time for me to get back to my "to-do" list again. That turkey is not going to cook itself. Happy Thanksgiving!

Papers- Bo Bunny Tis the Season Deck the Halls; Bazzill Kiwi Crush CS; Neenah Classic Crest Natural White. Stamps- SU Yule Bits and Borders. Inks- Ancient Page Chocolate; Tim Holtz antique linen distress. Tools- Marvy yellow scalloped circle punch; EK 1 1/4in circ punch; Heidi Swapp Edge Distresser Tool. Embellishments- Favorite Findings buttons; MM metallic silver stitches; Le Bouton buttons; JoAnns Craft Essentials 1/4in cotton twill tape (kiwi). Inside Font- Tempus Sans ITC 14pt.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Hark the Herald, Angels Sing

Hi guys! Quick post today. I am on my way out to a closing on my mortgage refi. Don't want to be late to that! I have a little cutie to show you though. Let's start with a photo. Shall we?

Isn't she cute? And here the inside of the card...

That adorable little angel is an All That Scraps digi image. Her name is Emma. You may remember her from several of my other cards since I absolutely LOVE those little CC Designs images. She is part of a set for the holidays that includes 2 other angels in addition to her. They hold a harp or a trumpet depending on which one you choose. Cute, huh? My sketch is from Mojo Monday #111.

I felt like that image was precious on its own so I kept it simple but I do want to mention the greenery around the sentiment (which I printed myself...not stamped). That is one of my favorite Martha Stewart punches. One great feature about it, besides how lovely it looks on a project, is that it is quite flexible and it can be bent to accommodate your project. The fronds are so thin that they bend and adjust to go where you need them. I love using it! It is perfect for the holidays obviously but it also works surprisingly well with flowers and other greenery throughout the year. I got mine at Walmart but you can find it pretty much anywhere the Martha lines are carried.

I'll update later with a materials list but for now, I gotta run. Have a great afternoon and don't forget to get your turkey out of the freezer!

Monday, November 23, 2009

You Are Such a Deer!

Hello! Hope everyone had a fabu weekend. Mine was busy. I was wrong about work yesterday though. I thought it would be slow because of the weather but oh my gosh! Shoppers were out in force. I sold piles of crystal. My boss will be thrilled. That meant no time for stamping though so it is a good thing I have a cute card waiting in the wings. I promised a reindeer card and that is what we've got for today. Take a look!

And here is a shot more from the side so you can see the details of the embellishments a little better...

This card uses a sketch from a while back on Splitcoast. I made notes next to it that said "Cindy Lawrence DTGD" so I think that means that it was from the "Dare to Get Dirty" Challenge at some point. Either way, I love the sketch and have used it several times. I love the way the print paper sets off the focal point image. My DP is an older print by Debbie Mumm. It is one of those basic Christmas papers that works well with so many things and fills in nicely when you don't want the paper to overwhelm the card itself.

The stitching at the top comes with a funny story. The last time I used this sketch, for this card here, I used the same Cuttlebug embossing folder and stitched the top of the card as well. (Hey, don't fix it if it ain't broke! ;) ) I decided to do the same stitch and started the work. Well, when I turned the card over, I loved the pattern my back stitching had made even better! So long, zig zag and hello crisscross! Now, when I use my swiss dots folder, I will probably have to include stitching too. I just love it!

My little reindeer is a combo created with the Stampendous Snowy Short Stacks. I think I have mentioned this very versatile set before but in case you missed it, it has several mix and match images that combine for unlimited winter characters. You can make a reindeer in a Santa suit or a snowman in an elf suit. The list goes on. It is a clear polymer set so positioning is a breeze. Such a fun set!

I think this does it for me. The hub is home for the holiday week so we are off to do some errands and maybe have a childless lunch alone. I can't wait! Have a great Monday!

Papers- BoBunny Maple Sugar Vanilla Fine Weave; Debbie Mumm Gingerbread Pattern by Creative Imaginations; Bazzill Pomegranate Splash. Stamps- Stampendous Snowy Stacks; Hero Arts Winter Wishes. Inks- Graphite Brilliance. Tools- Coluzzle; EK circle punches (1 1/4, 1 1/8, 1in); CB swiss dots folder; EK mini holly paper shaper. Embellishments- DMC#822 pearl cotton; fav findings tiny country buttons. Pens- Copics (R37, G24, E44, E42, R81); Prisma Color cream. Sketch- Cindy Lawrence DTGD.

Sunday, November 22, 2009


Hi everyone! Happy Sunday! It is a dreary, rainy day here in my neck of the woods. I have to work today and I bet it will not be a busy day. Everyone will want to stay home, warm and dry like I would really rather do myself. How about some cute tag pictures before I head out?

I stopped the eternal card making process that is the norm at my house and made some cute tags for the holidays. I love making tags. You use up leftovers and itty bitty scraps that have no other purpose. I also like that you aren't worrying about some sentiment or photos fitting into a sketch or scheme when you make tags. They are just fun! So take a look at a few of the sets I whipped up!

These were made out of a very tiny strip of striped paper left from a scrapbook page I made. I used a QuicKutz flourish and a Sizzix snow flake die to give a little pizazz. I haven't decided whether to keep these for myself or to sell them. And some more...

These used a little piece of an ancient plaid from Hobby Lobby. It has been in my scrap box for years. This set could be for Christmas or even on some project with an outdoorsy theme. The trees are a Cuttlebug die. And one more set...

I love this set! The colors make me happy. I know they aren't holiday-ish but everything doesn't have to be about Christmas, does it? The plaid background is an older Bo Bunny print and the ribbon was one from Hobby Lobby several springs ago. I had exactly 8 of those somewhat "showy" flower blossoms left over from an assortment of silk flower embellishments. I almost tossed those in the give away pile when I opened the package because I couldn't see myself using them. I am glad I didn't though because they are perfect here. I guess you just never know!

My supply list for these 3 projects would be a mile long so if there is something you are wondering about, just ask. I will try to pin it down for you. I hope you enjoyed my little trip off the card track. I will be back tomorrow with another holiday card. It has a cute little reindeer that I bet you will love. He is adorable! Have a great day and enjoy the rest of your weekend. Bye!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Warm Holiday Hellos

Hi guys! I have another card to show you today. It is a Christmas card. I have probably made way too many Christmas cards to use or sell this year. I think that means I have way too many stamps and materials too. Oh well, wanna see?

I apologize for the color of this photo. I snapped it too late in the day and it looks a bit washed out. In real life, the reds and greens are crisp and gorgeous. The black print is a Jenni Bowlin vintage print. For some reason, when I saw it in the store, I knew I wanted to pair it with a nice bold red & green combo. The stamp image caught my eye too. Those penguins are too cute. I know I will be using this image for years to come. They are really fun to color too.

I am off to work for the day. It is back to the time of year that Waterford Crystal needs a little help on the floor. I love what I do but there is nothing like a chilly, cloudy day spent in my stamp room with a cup of hot cider and a few inky fingers. Y'all have a great day!

Papers- Jenni Bowlin Vintage Black Star Dot; misc CS by DCWV and HL. Stamps- Stampendous Penguin Games. Inks- Memento Tuxedo Black. Tools- Fiskars Apron Lace Edge Punch. Embellishments- Favorite Findings buttons; DMC #822 pearl cotton. Pens- Copic (G24, R37, YR68, C7, B0000) Sakura gelly roll metallic black. Font- Segoe Print 16pt.

Friday, November 20, 2009

My, How Time Flies!

Howdy Folks! I know it has been way too long since I have said hello. I kept meaning to poke in here but days turned into weeks and then it seemed too daunting to try and catch up with the projects sitting on my desk, waiting to be shown. But, here I am, with a new card to show you and my deepest apologies for flitting off without so much as a "be right back!"

Since the big Turkey Day is right around the corner, I decided to break my blogging silence with a cute little Thanksgiving card. I got the image from a relatively new shop called WhimsieDoodles. I know I saw it mentioned on a blog I was reading recently but I can't remember which one. What I do know for sure though is that they have adorable products. Their images are just too cute! I bought several which I will be showing you soon. Today's is called "Get Stuffed" and I bet you will love it as much as I do. Take a look...

Isn't he precious? I just love turkey images that have lots of cute feathers to color and he has 'em! I was very happy to see that the images I downloaded from them are very crisp and clear making them easy to work with and color. I printed this one on plain old Georgia Pacific white cardstock and he looks great when colored with my Copics. I used a few Zigs and Bics too but there was no bleeding.

My paper choices were a couple of "oldie but goodies" so I was happy to clear them out of my eternal stash. I kept my embellishments relatively simple because there was already a lot going on with all those colors. The inside of the card is blank for now but I think I will add a little decoration with my scraps and the cute little pie slice image that is included in the set of digi-images.

Well, I hope you like the card. I promise to do better and not stay MIA for so long. I have lots of holiday cards that I have been working on since we visited last so poke back again soon. Have a great weekend!

Papers- Lucy Rigg #LLS57; Paper Studio Harvest Green Plaid; CS: brown from HL and red from DCWV. Stamps- Whimsie Doodles Get Stuffed digi image set. Tools- EK dotted scallop edge punch. Embellishments- American Crafts ribbon (Haute Cosmo #1); SU linen thread; Doodlebug fall buttons. Pens- Zig (rose, chocolate); Copic (R35, R37, YG95, E34, YR23); Bic (Harvest Orange, Honey Brown, Moonstone Yellow).