Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Holiday Stamp-a-Stack

My 1st Holiday Stamp-a-Stack this holiday season, here you can see the cards that we made. Be sure to check my SU! website for future events or contact me today to schedule your own!! I would love to show you how easy it is to make those Christmas cards, or gifts that will make someone's heart melt!! Now...I'm singing- "If I can turn back time and if I could find a way..." I would have posted what we made last week!! Yikes...where does all the time go?? We made a total of 16 cards/envelopes.
We also had an ornament exchange. The catch...it had to be handmade! Here is the one I made..so easy! Click here for the tutorial. I think they turned out great! A great use for all those scrap pieces of DSP!!
Anyway, it was a blast and I am now working on cards that we will make at the next one. Be sure to check my Stampin' Up! website and click on the calendar to see scheduled events. Hope to see you at the next one!! Here are close up pictures of each card and details. Enjoy!!
Here is the ornament card made using the Sizzix large scallop circle die (113468) (Tip: fold standard A2 size card and place on top of the die revealing only 4 scallops, this will create your card and prevent the cut from going through the fold.) I think this one was my favorite, so quick and easy..my kind of card! Especially when you need to make a bunch of them! The circle was made using the clear circle die (114533) and the Merry Moments DSP (115672). Round Tab punch (108340) for the ornament top with some silver and gold cord. Stamped greetings using All Holidays stamp set (114916) Card stock: chocolate chip, real red, whisper white, very vanilla, kraft, garden green, brushed silver, brushed gold. Ink: garden green, real red. The last thing I did to the card was added the punched wholes on the scallops using the paper-piercing tool (116631).
This card is another favorite..just because it's different. I love the flat bow too made using the 5/8" grosgrain real read ribbon (109052). For the card I used a piece of very vanilla that measured 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" for the base. You then attach 2 pieces of Merry Moments DSP (115672) by using the Big Shot and Bigz XL Pennant die (113483) Tip: Cover the smaller pennant two pieces at a time alligning the DSP to the edge of the die and at the same time you will cover a full scallop which you will use as an embellishment. Created a layered piece using very vanilla and old olive CS for the inside. Fold the scallop DSP piece over the top and then I made a snowflake with the Merry Sizzlits die (116823) from the Holiday Mini Catalog and attached with a clear rhinestone brad (113144). The stamp set used was Heard from the Heart (111644) stamped in real red ink. Cute huh?? Clean and simple..yet elegant.
Now this card..is SO pretty in person! Hard to tell from the picture, but the sentiment on the front 'Peace on Earth' is stamped with the Champagne Mist shimmer paint (116806) ...so shimmery~ I just LOVE IT!
Details: very vanilla CS and the Big Shot Movers & Shapers die (114506) with the new Holiday Windows die from the Holiday Mini (116821). Tip: first you make your card and keep the dove in place. Then cut another piece of either acetate or card stock to create a stencil template. Then you can sponge the image (here I used the same shimmer paint) to see through the front of the card. I then added some real red card stock, vellum, gold brads and vanilla taffeta ribbon and done!!
This last card uses the same Champagne Mist Shimmer paint (116806)..have you guessed that I LOVE this stuff?? Here we used the Hostess Level 2 stamp set called Christmas Punch (115366)...this stamp set was also the door prize...hooray to Gloria Runkles who won it, I should have taken a picture of the gift..it was so pretty..I made a snowflake using the Texture Cuts woodsheets (116309) with the Snowflake #2 die (113460) and the real read 1" double stitched grosgrain ribbon...well..you get the picture! It was so pretty and she was very excited she won~ now back to the buckle card. Card stock: real red, whisper white, soft suede, Christmas Cocoa Specialty DSP (116770) and vellum. Punches: wide oval (112082), jumbo snowflake (116628) and word window (105090). Accessories: real red and soft suede markers, gold brad, dimensionals, sponge daubers.
Please let me know if you have any questions on these projects or anything else you have seen on my blog. Hope I have helped spark some creative juices...now let them flow and get started on your holiday cards!! Be sure to check back for additional ideas and inspiration! Take care and have a great day!!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Stamp Camp goodies!

Where do I begin?? I am actually shocked that my Christmas cards are about done, do you know that last year I only sent out a few? Here this is my thing..the whole 'card making thing' and I just wasn't in the spirit! Whole different ball game this year~ I mentioned in a previous post that I am ready to put the tree up and begin decorating? I have promised myself that I will wait until Thanksgiving and probably work on it that weekend. Besides..we have had some crazy weather here lately and when it's about 70 degrees outside...snowmen decor on the front porch just doesn't look right!!
Well... enough of my babbling. Here are items that were made at my last Stamp Camp. All attendees received a cute little flask filled with M&M's. The cute little tag was made using the Tag punch (105934) and Small Tag punch (108264). Stamp set: Eat, Drink & Be Scary (111764). Added some linen thread (104199) and Pumpkin Pie grosgrain (109030) and Voila~
This card was made to honor Breast Cancer Awareness month...even though October has passed...remind the ones you love that awareness is key and early detection is vital. This card is stunning in person, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the new shimmer paints (have I mentioned that I LOVE these little babies??) (Featured on pg. 27 in the Holiday Mini Catalog)Here I used Platinum (116807) and a spong dauber (102892) to apply the ink to the back of the background stamp called Tres Chic (109258) (I love this stamp too!!) The focal point is the word 'hope' which was stamped again on a scrap piece of whisper white and layered onto a scalloped oval punch (114889) of Pretty in Pink CS. The DSP is from Night & Day Specialty pack (116768) in the Holiday Mini. I love how simple black & white can be...add some color and hey..this isn't spooky at all!! Very classy and elegant..don't you think?? Dressed it up with some Pretty in Pink taffeta (109067), Whisper White fleurette (115604) and some bling clear rhinetone brad (113144).
Have you seen these pinwheel cards?? I love them because they are a great way to use up small scrap pieces..they can be used for any occasion just change out your color scheme! Click here for a great video tutorial done by BarbMullikin (love her!!) For my card I used Soft Suede for the card base layed with a piece of Sahara Sand. The pinwheel part was done using an Always Artichoke square base and Autumn Traditions DSP (115668) and added an antique brass Build-A-Brad (109108) (the second pinwheel to the left of the card was to show everyone what it looked like if you used the back side of the DSP) I like them both...yup you guessed it...I LOVE this paper too! WOW~ I am my best customer..LOL. Tied some linen thread (104199) in a bow and added stamped sentiment from Holiday Best (115364).
Last but not least a pouch that we made to hold a Cup-a-Soup packet. With flu bugs and H1N1 going around (YUCK!) who wouldn't want this cute little dog to cheer you up? This little guy is from the stamp set called Wellness Wishes (115356). Colored him in using blender pens (102845) with Creamy Caramel, Real Red and Old Olive classic ink. Accessories: silver brads (104336), dimensionals (104430)and Basic Black 5/8" grosgrain (115605).
Wait till you see what I have made for my Holiday Stamp-a-Stack...stay tuned tomorrow!! Yup~two posts in a row!! What a shocker!! Hope you all have a great day and let me know if you have any questions!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009


Happy November!! Just over 50 days until Christmas..can you believe it? Here is an idea to give to a neighbor/friend or even Cookie Monster!! Recipe card Stamps: From the Kitchen of stamp set (114964) Paper: Confetti White card stock (102028) Real Red card stock (102482) Ink: Chocolate Chip Stampin' Write marker (100071) Real Red Stampin' Write marker (100052) Accessories: Old Olive 1-1/4" striped grosgrain ribbon (115618) Hemp twine (100982) Enjoy and now I'm off to make some cookies..just the thought of them was making my mouth water!~Erin
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