Sunday, November 30, 2008

2009 Mini Calendars as gifts!

What to do on a cold, rainy day ... make 30 sets of mini calendars for gifts!!! Yes, my friends, that's 360 pages of stamped images for all 12 months - wow, my arms are aching but oh what fun I had! I completed all these sets over the course of a 24 hour period and they came out darling! I purchased clear acrylic covers with a magnet on the back to slip each page in for the appropriate month and they can hang on a refrigerator or desk. These will be gifts for my Tastefully Simple first line team members ... what do you think??? They were fun to make, but I'm sure glad they are done! Onto the next project ...

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Two Cool Dudes Snowman Soup Gift idea!

This little gift box is perfect for those people on your gift list that require more than just a card, but not the full-on gift! A Cool Dude sits atop a pull-out card, turned 3-D by dimensionals, while the smaller 'Dude' is wrapped around a mix of hot chocolate and marshmallows!!


Stamp Set: Two Cool Dudes, Season of Joy

Card Stock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Real Red, Old Olive

Ink: BB, RR, OO, White Craft

Accessories: Ex-large oval punch, 1/16" circle punch, large & small tag punches, orange marker, Rhinestone Brad, dimensionals, silver cord, Red & Very Vanilla Grosgrain Ribbon, scrunch paper for filler, celo bag, hot chocolate & marshmallows.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Holiday Trinkets Club Card!

Isn't this a GORGEOUS card? What do you think? Have I mentioned to you all yet that I LOVE the holidays??? This is the second project for club this evening.
Stamp Sets: Holiday Trinkets, Many Merry Messages
Card Stock: Bella Rose DSP, Kiwi Kiss, Real Red, Very Vanilla
Ink: KK, RR
Accessories: Scallop Edge Punch, Scallop Punch, Real Red brads, Red & White ticking ribbon (Holiday Mini Catalog), Kiwi Kiss/Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon; 1/16" circle punch, dimensionals, Coluzzle Cutting System (for circle) - OR cutting system of choice.

Big Shot Holiday Candy Holder!

We will be making this little cutie at club this evening! It was very simple to make and great to give out to everyone you meet over the holidays! I love the Ski Slope DSP!!!
Stamp Set: Best Yet (host)
Card Stock: Riding Hood Red, Baja Breeze, Old Olive, Ski Slope DSP, Shimmery White
Ink: RRR
Accessories: Little Felt Flurries, designer buttons, silver cord, ex-large oval punch, large oval punch, 1/16" circle punch, Big Shot, Top Note die, glue dots, stapler, cello bag to hold candy
I used gold cord on this particular one, but I think the silver cord will look better with the Baja Breeze ... your choice!
Cut CS at 11" x 3 1/2" and then score at 4 1/2 and again at 6 1/2. Cut DSP at 3 1/4 x 4 1/4.

Ornament For Keep {sake} Box!

Using one of the My Timeless Templates (For Keep {sake} Box), I turned it into an ornament holder - suitable for gift giving this holiday season! Can't see in these pics, but I attached a "Merry Christmas" tag using Riding Hood Red & Very Vanilla CS tied on with gold cord. I attached dimentionals and then peeled the backing off and glittered them!!! Perfect little teacher gift item!
Stamp Sets: Punches Three (host), Season of Joy
Card Stock: Kiwi Kiss, Riding Hood Red, Very Vanilla
Ink: KK, RRR, Versamark
Accessories: Dimensionals, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, gold cord, ex-large oval punch, large oval punch, glass ornament, Kiwi Kiss/Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon, paper shred.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Christmas Countdown - something unexpected!

I just LOVE the holidays ... and especially CHRISTMAS! It's my favorite time of the year and I begin to get in the holiday mood early in November! I've already begun decorating my home. I put up 8 decorated trees, and my husband has already hung the lights on the outside of the house! Our family tradition is to 'flip the switch' Thanksgiving night and light it all up -- the official start to the Christmas season in our home! And, when I get a jump on all the holiday decorating in November, I am able to enjoy the month of December to bake, stamp, gather with friends, stamp, wrap presents, stamp, enjoy a hot & steamy mug of English Toffee Mocha while sitting by the fire ... AND STAMP!

With that said, I think this is such a unique idea - especially if you don't want to put something on your wall and then have to take it down after the holidays and destroy it. I used the small 'Christmas Countdown' from the Decor Elements line and adhered it onto a pretty vanilla colored stoneware oval platter found at Home Goods (my FAVORITE store in the world!). I embellished with some red Little Felt Flurries snowflakes, red & white ticking grosgrain ribbon, rhinestone brads and glitter. For the individual numbered cards, I used Naturals Ivory Card Stock to mount the numbers on, and then backed each card with Real Red and Old Olive Card Stock. I decorated each number with a little piece of 'bling' and then attached the number card to the platter with a mini library clip ... whala! My plan is to string some more of that pretty ticking ribbon from end to end on a bank of 3 windows I have in my kitchen, and then each day pull the appropriate numbered card off the string and put it on the plate. I can re-use this holiday decoration for years to come. What do you think???

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Purse-onality Clutch!

This is one of Lauren Meader's new My Timeless Templates for this month! I'm in love with it ... so gosh darn cute! Perfect gift for a little girl - filled with girlie-girl essentials (bubble gum flavored chapstick, tissues, nail polish) or how about some cinnamon flavored tea bags and cinnamon sticks tied with pretty ribbon? The possibilities are endless ... need to make a few of these for my neices for Christmas!
Template: 'Purse-onality' from Papertrey, Inc.
Cardstock: Kiwi Kiss, Bella Rose DSP
Stamps: Bitty Basics (hostess)
Ink: New Versamark Dazzle
Accesories: gold brads, sticky strip, cotten candy stickles, buttons, gold elastic cord, velcro closure, ribbon and various embelleshments.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Cutest Chipboard Ornament!

This little cutie was created by my friend, Amy Ward, and we made these tonight at our monthly club! I can see these all over a Christmas tree, mantle swag, on top of packages as gift tags or even wrapped in a celophane baggie and tagged as a gift itself. Very cute and very quick and easy using chipboard. I can see me making many of these in the immediate future and using them to decorate, share with friends and give as gifts. So AWESOME! How about making a Nana's Apple Cake, wrapping with holiday plastic and tying one of these on top as the tag ... GREAT teacher gift! Or, make a mini loaf for all of your neighbors and distribute them just a few days before the holiday. They'll be sure to think of you fondly while enjoying the yummy Nana's Apple Cake and have a cute ornament to hang on their tree for years to come. Guess this one will be my neighbor gift this year ... shhhh, don't tell them!!!

Stocking Stuffer!

This is one of Lauren Meader's My Timeless Templates for Papertrey, Inc. - the Stocking Stuffer! I wrapped some Lindt Truffles in a celophane bag and tied with ribbon. What adorable gifts for everyone on your list this season!
My Timless Template: Stocking Stuffer (October 2008)
Stamp Set: Deer Friends (hostess)
Card Stock: Real Red, Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip, Ski Slope DSP
Ink: Real Red
Punches: Scallop Circle, 1 3/8" Circle, 1 1/4" Circle, Scallop Edge
Accessories: Red & White ticking ribbon, mini snow flurries felts, silver elastic cording, designer buttons, sticky strip, Old Olive 1/4" grosgrain ribbon.
Filling: Candy or treats of choice!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Old-Fashioned Holiday Tea Party!

I am hosting an old-fashioned holiday tea party and cookie exchange for some of my best stamping friends and club members next month. I wanted to create a card that reflected my personality and matched my pink Victorian home! Here's what I came up with ... what do you think?


Stamp Set: Like it a Latte

Card Stock: Sahara Sand, Pink Pirouette, So Saffron, Whisper White, Parisian Summer DSP

Ink: Bravo Burgundy, Pink Pirouette, So Saffron

Accessories: Scallop edge punch, 2-way glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Pink Pirouette striped ribbon, Bravo Burgundy 1/4" grosgrain ribbon.

2008 All Day Stamp Camp - Holiday Cards!

A FUN time was had by all in attendance our our annual All Day Holiday Card Making Stamp Camp!! We enjoyed great food, great friendship and great stamping FUN! It was agreed that we should try to get together like this more than just the once per year for holiday projects ... maybe spring and fall or once per quarter. Stay tuned!

More FUN from our annual All Day Stamp Camp!

For Keep {Sake} Gift From a Friend!

Oh My GOSH ... isn't this BEAUTIFUL? I received this gorgeous treat box from my very good friend, Amy Ward! She is so talented and crafty. I so appreciate her generosity and thoughtfulness! It's almost too pretty to open up!!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Season of Joy Gift Card!

What to give teen agers for the holidays??? GIFT CARDS! All my neices and nephews will be receiving gift cards in pretty handmade card holders this holiday from Aunt Debbie! This holder is so pretty and really simple to whip up a batch of them!
Stamp Set: Season of Joy
Card Stock: Old Olive, Real Red, Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip, Ski Slope DSP
Ink: Read Red, Versa Mark
Accessories: Real Red 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, rhinestone brads, glitter, 2-way glue pen, word window punch, 3/4" circle punch.
Cutting instructions: cut CS 11 x 4.25; score at 3", 5.5" & 8". Fold CS in half and bend 2 other folds back. Put sticky strip on the inside gift card flap in the shap of a 'c' (left side). Use your word window and 3/4" circle punch to make area for you to slip the gift card into the pocket.

Deer Friends for the Holidays!

Gosh ... I just LOVE this pocket card! We made this at one of my November clubs in preparation for the up-coming holidays. I think everyone agreed that it was ADORABLE!!


Stamp Sets: Many Merry Messages, Deer Friends (Hostess), Heard From The Heart

Card Stock: Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss, Shimmery White; Bella Rose DSP

Ink: Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip

Accessories: Gold cord, gold brads, 1/16" circle punch, scallop circle punch, 1 1/4" punch, 1 3/8" punch, tab punch, designer buttons, blender pen, RRR striped ribbon, glitter, 2-way glue pen, white gel pen.

Monday, November 3, 2008

My 2008 Personal Holiday Card!

This is what my personal holiday card will look like for this year. It's a simple yet elegant photo card. I'll be including a family photo on the right side. It's the same format I used last year, I just changed the colors and stamp set! It fits in a standard business size envelope, so I'll pick up some of the pretty holiday envelopes from the office store this week. I am using some of my coveted private stash of PURELY POMEGRANATE CS from last season ... that is my all time favorite color of paper from SU!

Recipe: Very Vanilla 12 x 12, Purely Pomegranate, Mellow Moss 8 1/2 x 11 CS
Ink: Purely Pomegranate, Mellow Moss
Set: Snow Swirled
Accessories: Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Rhinestone Brads, Mellow Moss Taffeta Ribbon, 1/16" punch, glue pen, scallop edge punch.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Party Hearty Birthday Cards!

I made 4 of these birthday cards while sitting at a vendor event yesterday ... gotta maximize all the minutes in my days this time of year!! I have lots of November birthdays to celebrate, including my two sons ... Brandon turing 18 and Justin turning 17. OMG - where did the time go? Seems like just yesterday they were 2 years old and now they are applying to colleges and planning to leave home - sigh!
Recipe (all SU):
CS: Chocolate Chip, Kiwi Kiss, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White; Hawaii Papaya DSP
Punches: extra large and large ovals, scallop edge
Markers: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie and Real Red
Accessories: Dazzling Diamonds glitter, and glue

Get Well Soon For a Friend!

This is such a pretty card for my friend, Jeannie, who is in the hospital for an emergency apendectomy this past week. I hope it brings a smile to her face when she receives it in the mail! I used Chocolate Chip, Kiwi Kiss & Tangerine Tango CS and ink along with the Hawaii Papaya (LOVE IT!!!) DSP and CC 1/4" grosgrain ribbon. The scallop edge punch adds a nice touch to the bottom of the card and I used one of the friend's verses from the God's Blessing set to stamp inside the card. The outside verse is from the For a Friend host set and I punched it out with the new, large oval punch. Get well soon, Jeannie!!