Sunday, December 21, 2014

Step It Up Sunday - Snowman

Hello Ladies!

Well if finally happened.  I woke up yesterday with a cold.  I am still using my essential oils and drinking lots of fluids.  I am hoping mine will not get as bad as theirs was.  I am able to function and do things which is good as Jess is still really sick.  Zoie has a bad cough but seems to be getting better.  Now I will continue to do what I am doing and getting rest so I can get rid of mine fairly quickly.  Wish me luck.

Yesterday I shared a cute penguin card.  Today I used that card and stepped it up.  I again used the sketch from I Love Card Sketches     

i Love Card Sketches - ILCS07

For my card today I used the other half of the paper from the card yesterday.  This way I did not waste it.  And just like yesterday, my diagonal is going the wrong way. 

To step this up I added a layer of black behind the patterned paper.  I also used a strip of silver with black behind it for the center horizontal element.  Here is my cute little penguin for today.

inside of card and envelope

I don't know if I told you this yesterday, but I used a tutorial from Alex's Creative Corner to make the penguin.  She had a cute one with a hat on but I left my penguin hatless.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I will be taking it easy today as well as working on some presents for Zoie's teachers and a card or two.  Have a Sensational Sunday!


Saturday, December 20, 2014

Simple Saturday - Penguin

Hello Everyone!

Yesterday Zoie and I spent some time working on a cute little gift for the workers at her preschool.  It is simple and is basically a holder for a few pieces of chocolate.  Not much but it is the thought that counts.  We spent at least 3 hours working on it with all that had to be done.  It is not finished but we have some time as she does not go back until Tuesday.  We will also make a holder for the antibacterial soap I bought as well as a cute purse for the gift card Jess got for her teachers.

Saturday is the day I create a simple card that I use for the beginning of the stepped up version for Sunday.  This week I began with the sketch challenge at I Love Card Sketches    

i Love Card Sketches - ILCS07

My sister suggested I could do some penguins also for Winter cards.  I decided to use the penguin for the center rectangle element.  I found a great tutorial for a punch art penguin at Alex's Creative Corner.   Here is my interpretation of the sketch.


inside of card and envelope

If you look at my card carefully you will see my diagonal cut is opposite the one in the sketch.  I had to laugh when I had it cut and was putting it together when I checked the sketch to be sure I had all the pieces.  I guess I did not pay close attention to the direction of the cut.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I will be working with Zoie some more today as well as organizing my room more.  I did get my work area cleaned up and organized more.  I have in my mind what I want to do just need to see if it will work.  Have a Super Saturday!


Friday, December 19, 2014

The Paper Plunge - Blackberry Flowers

Hello Stampers!

I hope you are ready for Christmas.  The time is running short and I don't know about you but I have a ton of things still left to do.  With Zoie being sick and being home it has been hard to get done what I need to do.  Hopefully I will get some time this weekend.

Today is the challenge at The Paper Plunge.  This week the challenge is White with a Pop of Color.  This can be a challenging card as we often don't know how to get some interest in the card.  The best way to add interest is to add some texture.  You can do this by using embossing - both wet and dry.  You can also add interest by adding layers.  Layers give the eye a means to scan the entire card.

Now that I have given you some ideas I used in making my card,  I want to share with you my card.  I had a harder time deciding what color to add for my pop.  I also needed to decide what image I was going to use.  I didn't want to use flowers but I was limited to the few stamps that I have unpacked from my reorganization.  I ended up using a flower but it does make it a quick card.  Here is my creation.

 inside of card and envelope

I hope you will head on over to The Paper Plunge blog to see the other awesome creations by the design team.  There is some fabulous talent on this team and you have got to check out what they made.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I am hoping to get some time to organize my workspace as well as some time to play.  Have a Fabulous Friday!


Thursday, December 18, 2014

My Paper Pumpkin from November

Hi Ladies!

Well here we go again.  Zoie ran a fever all last night.  Jess took her to the doctor and she has the beginning of another ear infection.  Between her and Jess they just can't seem to get well.  Cross your fingers for me that I don't get the bad cold they keep sharing.

I got my November Paper Pumpkin a few weeks ago.  I had some time to play with it but I have not shared it with you yet.  I made 2 of the items as demonstrated in the kit.  I have then been playing with the rest of the pieces to do some other cards.  Here are the examples from the kit.

inside of card and envelope

the tag

Now here are some cards I made.  I don't know if I found them on Pinterest or if these are my ideas.  I have a combination of both.  On some of them I also use some of my own supplies - white cardstock, silver cardstock, pearls, etc.

inside of card and envelope

another card

inside of card and envelope

I hope you enjoyed my card samples from the November kit.  I just got the December kit and I can't wait to play with it.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I hope you have some plans to play today.  Have a Great Day!


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Coloring Down the Lines - Thinking of You

Good Morning Ladies!

I hope you all had a productive day yesterday.  I felt like I spent the day running the roads.  Last night we took Zoie to see the Lights at Anne Marie Gardens.  She had a good time and enjoyed seeing the lights.  There were different sections with themes and the lights all went with the theme.  We had a good time but it was a damp so we were chilly.

Today is our Coloring Down the Lines blog hop.  This week Liz chose our picture.

Stampin" Up color matches

I wasn't certain what I was going to do with these colors.  I was tired last night and nothing was hitting me.  I had pieces sitting there and wasn't certain where I was going with it or what I was doing with it.  Then all of a sudden it hit me and I was able to finish the card.  I used a new set in the upcoming Occasions mini for the tag.  I love this image and I feel I will use it a lot.  I just wish it fit the Tag punch.  Here is my interpretation for the colors.

inside of card and envelope

Have you seen the new Occasions Mini yet?  What is your favorite item - stamp set or other - you will have to have?

Now it is time to hop on over to Amanda's blog - Our Crafty Playdate to see what she did with these colors.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I will be helping Zoie make another holder for her teacher's gift.  Have a Wonderful Wednesday!


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Hand Stamped Snowman

Hello Stampers!

I went shopping yesterday afternoon so I did not get a chance to play nor organize my craft room.  I am hoping to be able to play a little this afternoon.  I did spend some time in the evening helping Zoie make Santa Boxes for her teachers' gift.  She is very good at watching me to see what she needs to do and then doing it.  Here are some pictures of our lesson.

Here are her 2 boxes.

I have my retirement village ladies this morning.  We are making Christmas cards.  They are fun to work with and they love the cards we make.

Today is the sketch challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments    

When I saw this I thought it would be fun to make the half circle a snowman.  I have really been trying to make some winter cards.  I did get a few suggestions for other winter items so I will be trying to work on those.  Here is my interpretation of the sketch for this week.

inside of card and envelope

I hope you will head over to the Hand Stamped Sentiments blog to check out what the other design team members created.  Then grab your supplies and play along with us.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I am on the look out for another packaging idea for another gift for Zoie's teachers.  Have a Terrific Tuesday!


Monday, December 15, 2014

Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge - snowman

Happy Monday Everyone!

Well I did not get anything done yesterday.  I was lazy! I did do some knitting but that was about it.  I could not get my act together.  I figured my body was saying it needed to relax so I can avoid the cold in this house.

Today is the challenge at Mary Jo's Technostamper Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge.  This week we had a long card for the sketch.  I decided to use the sketch and make a regular size card.  Here is Mary Jo's Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge for this week.

I have been on a snowman kick lately.  We do not have any snowmen stamps so I have been playing with some punched ones.  I need to work on making some snowflake cards but again we don't have any stamps and the Snowflake card thinlit is not carrying over.  I do have some snowflakes from the November Paper Pumpkin I can use.  Would have loved to have a good snowman as we have 3 months we could have used it in.  Oh well I hope you do not get tired or seeing my punched snowmen.

I used some of the Under the Tree specialty paper.  It is a thicker paper as it was meant to be used for the Gift Box punch board.  One of the papers has what looks like snowflakes to me so I used it.  I then just added some layers using the Santa & Co ds paper and silver glimmer paper.  Here is my version of her sketch.

inside of card and envelope

See that snowflake on the inside of the card and envelope, that is one of the stamps from the November My Paper Pumpkin.  My December kit has been sent so I will be curious to see what I get with that kit.  I got some time to play with it last week so I will be sharing what I made using my kit later this week.

Thanks for visiting me today.  If you have any ideas besides snowmen and snowflakes for winter cards, leave me a comment.  I am always looking for new ideas.  Have a Marvelous Monday!


Sunday, December 14, 2014

Step It Up Sunday - Snowman

Good Morning Ladies!

I hope you are having a good weekend!  I made a few cards yesterday and helped Zoie make a card for her gift exchange at school.  She was so cute making it.  She kept saying she wanted to write in it using Pink.  She could not understand she would do that after the card was made.  We finally got the card finished and she was happy.

Yesterday I made a card using the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches    

Today I am using the same sketch and stepping it up.  As I did yesterday I flipped the sketch.  I added a layer that I embossed with the Delicate Designs embossing folder.  I also added a layer of silver glimmer paper behind the snowman layer.  Here is my stepped up version.
 inside of card and envelope

So what do you think of my stepped up version?  I hope you enjoyed it.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I will do a little creating today as well as doing some more organizing of my room.  Have a Sensational Sunday!


Saturday, December 13, 2014

Simple Saturday Snowman

Hello Stampers!

I had a great day yesterday!  I met one of my best friends for lunch yesterday.  We spent the afternoon leisurely enjoying our lunch and talking.  It was great to catch up as we had not seen each other for a few months.  We won't get to see each other for a few months again as we both have a lot going on.

Today is my Simple Saturday theme.  I make a simple card to share with you.  I got home late yesterday so I decided to find a sketch challenge to use.  I like the simplicity of the sketches at Freshly Made Sketches.  When I checked out their blog I liked their sketch for this week.


A week or so ago I saw a cute snowman idea from Connie Babbert that I thought was cute so I decided to make my version.  I flipped the sketch to make it work for what I had in mind.  Here is my creation.

inside of card and envelope

 Thanks for visiting me today.  I hope you enjoyed my punched snowman.  Make sure you come back tomorrow to see how I stepped it up.  Have a Super Saturday!


Friday, December 12, 2014

The Paper Plunge - card candy card

Happy Friday Everyone!

Today I am headed to have lunch with one of my best friends.  We have not seen each other for a few months and she just became a first time grandma.  It will be good to see her and spend the day chatting.  I am looking forward to it.

Today we have a new challenge at The Paper Plunge. Our challenge is

Christmas or Holiday

I thought one of the images I created for our card candy last week would be perfect for this week.  I paired it with the Filigree Frame embossing folder and some silver ribbon.  My card was then done.  I just need to finish off the inside and do my envelope.  I kept them simple with just a stamped tree from Festival of Trees.  Here is my finished creation.

inside of  card and envelope

Thanks for visiting me today.  What plans do you have for your day?  I hope you have something fun planned.  Have a Fabulous Friday!


Thursday, December 11, 2014

CAS White Christmas

Hello Stampers!

I did not get to work on my craft room yesterday.  I was busy vacuuming and making cards for today and Friday.  I also worked with Zoie making a treat for her teachers.  I used the triangle boxes from the October Paper Pumpkin to make Rudolf and included some mini antibacterial hand gel for them.  She had fun and I am sure she will be excited to give it to them tomorrow.

My card today used some of my card candy from this week.  I began with the sketch from CAS on Sunday.  They had a fun sketch this week and 2 of the pieces of my candy were perfect for it.


I had actually made a tag using the deer so I used that one.  I also made a punch using the snowman that I used for the star element.  Here is my creation for this challenge.

inside of card and envelope

Thanks for visiting me today.  Have you done any clean & simple cards?  I would love to see them.  Have a Great Day!


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Coloring Down the Lines - Brrrr

Hello Everyone!

Well I am not sure I am going to have a workshop this month.  Only 1 person signed up.  I guess everyone is busy with the holiday fast approaching.  If not I will spend the time organizing my craft room some more.

Today is our Coloring Down the Lines blog hop.  This week I thought it would be fun to add some sparkle to the challenge.

Stampin' Up color matches

I wasn't certain what I was going to do for this one as I did not want to do a Christmas card.  I decided to take my inspiration from one of our team members.  Laura shared an awesome winter collage.  I chose one of her squares and added my twist to it to make a full card.  Here is what I created.

inside of card and envelope

Now it is time to see what the rest of the ladies created with these colors.  Amanda is on vacation in Florida this week so your next stop is Carol's blog - Carol's Cards.  I am sure you will love her card.

Thanks for visiting me today.  We have had rain or dreary weather for the last 3 days.  I am hoping we see the sun soon.  Have a Wonderful Wednesday!


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Soft White Christmas

Hello Ladies!

Well the rain is back for us.  We even had some sleet last night.  Not much, just enough to say it had sleeted.  West of us is supposed to get some frozen precipitation.  They aren't sure what kind, the day will tell.  I would love to see some snow as there is nothing like a White Christmas.

Speaking of White Christmas, Amanda and I have started a new venture - maybe you saw the new page at the top.  We had hoped to start it in December but both of our lives were very hectic so we will start in January using some new goodies from the new Occasions catalog so look for the announcement.

When we were going to start in December  we were going to use the White Christmas set.  I had designed my card and was working on the tutorial so I thought I would share my card here.  I did some sponging of snowbanks at the bottom.  I also added some iridescent ice on the trees to make them sparkly.  I love how this card turned out.  It is so peaceful - just like a fresh snowfall.  Here is my card creation for today.

Since this was for our venture I did not do the inside nor make an envelope as I had not planned on sharing it here.  Since we were holding off a month I thought I would go ahead and share this card.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I spent some time in my craft room yesterday and got a lot done.  I am going to work in there again today.  Have a Terrific Tuesday!


Monday, December 8, 2014

Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge - Mosaic Greetings

Good Morning Ladies!

Well Zoie was feeling better yesterday.  She played some and even wanted to decorate the tree.  As you can see the ornaments are heavy on the bottom but that is okay.

She has lost quite a bit of weight since she didn't eat anything for a week.  She was skinny to begin with but now she is even skinnier.  We have a hard time getting pants to fit.  She is so tall that to get them to fit in the length they fall off of her.  Now we will work on getting some weight back on her.

Today is the Monday Lunchtime Sketch ChallengeMary Jo gave us a simple sketch this week.    

I tried to think of an image to use for the 3 elements in the center.  I did not want to use stars.  I went looking and the Mosaic Madness set was on my table.  One of the shapes reminds me of an ornament so I decided to us that image to create my card.  The rest came together rather quickly after that.  Here is my take on the sketch. 

inside of card and envelope

Check out the other creations from the design team.  There are some great creations at Technostamper.  We would love to have you play along with us.

Thanks for visiting me today.  How are you coming with your Christmas cards?  I will be switching to Winter cards soon.  Have a Marvelous Monday!


Sunday, December 7, 2014

Coming Soon - Sending Kisses

Do you ever sit down to create and nothing comes to mind?  Are you strapped for time and need to make a card to send?  We have your answer!

Sending Kisses is a monthly program based on a chosen stamp set.  Using the set, we have designed and created 4 cards.  These cards are exclusive to this program - you will not find them on our blogs, websites, or any other public platforms. 

We have several ways for you to take advantage of Sending Kisses.

Option 1 – Order the stamp set from us and we will send you, via email, a picture of the 4 cards we have designed using the set to inspire you.

Option 2 – Order a card kit from us.  You will order the stamp set directly from our websites, and get your kit here!  The kit includes all supplies for 2 of the cards, along with a PDF file to help you create them, and photos of the additional two cards to inspire you.

Option 3 - Already own the stamp set?  No problem!   Order the PDF file only.

Are you a demo?  We have another Option for you.  Order the demo file and you will get directions for all 4 cards and a list of supplies for a class of 10, with specific cutting tips and instructions, should that be necessary.

If you have any questions, contact us!  We are here to help you!