Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Button Buddies Snowman

Hello again stampers!  Can't believe how quickly the day went today! I wanted to come home tonight and relax for a bit before I sat down to create, but my evening isn't going that route just yet.  By 6 pm it is already dark and mentally it feels like it is later in the evening so it just throws me off.

So here is another Christmas card I made.  Do you have own the Button Buddies stamp set? I love the variety of images in the set.  Mr. Snowman looks so much better with a button, doesn't he? And using the glitter paper is less messy when you want to create a quick card. Even on this card I used my paper piercing template again.  

My friend love the handmade birthday card I made for her last night.  But sometimes I find that once I'm done creating a card, I'm at a loss for words.  Does that ever happen to you? I look at the space available inside the card to write something and I don't know where to begin.  So the other day, we were at Barnes and Noble (seems there aren't many local bookstores anymore) and I came across this small and simple book.  I picked it up and started reading a few pages and immediately knew I had to have it! It is filled with many special messages to inspire or jump start your writing.  It will go hand-in-hand with my hand made cards.  Check it out if you have a moment.

Now that my creative juices are flowing I'm excited because I have several handmade projects I need to complete this.  Once I finish them, I'll take photos so that I can show you.  


Hope you have a wonderful evening.  Thanks again for stopping by.  

Monday, November 26, 2012

Try Stampin' On Tuesday Challenge

Hello stampers, back for a quick post.  I came across this sketch from another blog challenge and with it being my good friend's birthday tomorrow, I knew I had to try it out.  Now the beauty of a sketch challenge is that you just follow it and create. Well, since I knew what type of card I wanted to create it should've taken me no time at all to create it, right?  Wrong-especially when you have a disorganized, messy craft room.  Sigh, organizing my craft room is a discussion for another day.  At least I finished my card before the submittal deadline!  Yay!

Okay, so here is the sketch from Try Stampin' On Tuesday:

And here is my take on it.  I love it!  I seriously love the new InColor-Primose Petals!  Gotta love the coordinating ribbon too!

Well I better get going, it is way past my bed time and I gotta get up extra early tomorrow.  Sweet dreams and talk to you soon.

Vintage Christmas Swap...Greeting Card Kids

Hello stampers!  So did you get a chance to check out the beautiful creations from the designers at Sunday Stamps?  Aren't they awesome.  Take the challenge and create something with the colors.

The Greeting Card Kids stamp set has been in the catalog for awhile now and I hope it does not retire(YIKES) because since I've purchased it, it has become one of my favorite stamp sets.  So I participated in another swap, this one with a specific theme of vintage Christmas.  Mind you, I like vintage style cards, but still working at creating "vintage" style cards. I think vintage is subjective and it means something different to each of us.  This card has a lot of details. I first stamped the image onto the newsprint dsp, then stamped again, to cut out the tree on gumball green dsp and second for the little girl, which I also cut out.  

The style of the card is called dutch fold card, which I really like! It lends itself to great paper layering.  The dsp I used is "Be of Good Cheer" and while the coordinating colors are cherry cobbler, gumball green and very vanilla, there is a lighter cherry cobbler color that I thought matched the primrose petals color.  I also sponged the edges of the card with crumb cake, to give it an aged look.  To me, this is a vintage, girly Christmas card.  What do you think?

 I also used frost white shimmer paint to create more definition.  Right now, that shimmer paint is my favorite because you can use it so many ways! Here is a close up of the center.

I hope the ladies who participated in swap with me liked my card. I received many beautiful swaps and a great variety of styles.  

You have no idea how good it feels to blog again and just share with you.  I know that my blog and blogging is a work in progress but thank you for stopping by.  I may be back with another post as I came across another blog challenge and I really like the sketch but I have 12 hours to complete my card and submit it, hmm, so much for going to sleep early. 

Until next time...

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Sunday Stamps Guest Designer

Happy Sunday stampers!  Can't believe how quickly the weekend went.  Back to my other "job" tomorrow.  I also can't believe that we are entering the last week of November and we are still having 80 degree weather, not that I'm complaining, but sometimes I wish we did have seasons in Arizona, well at least in Phoenix.

So as I mentioned yesterday, I was selected as a Guest Designer for the Sunday Stamps Blog challenge!  I was so excited when I got the email from Holly notifying me.  You can check out the blog here and all the other beautiful creations for this week's challenge.  The challenge this week is a color challenge, using the colors bashful blue, real red and crumb cake.

I used the stamp set, Moving Forward, such a cute stamp set. This stamp set supports the Ronald McDonald House Charities, for every purchase from this stamp set, $3 goes to the RMHC.  

Thanks for stopping by today.  Enjoy your day.  Until then.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

I'm back...

Hello fellow stampers and friends!  I've missed you all very much.  Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! If you shopped during Black Friday, hope you survived. This past month was a challenging one and expensive too.  Long, long story short, had my first accident, I'm okay, but truck got damaged-had to pay to get that fixed on top of taking defensive driving course; got really, really sick, went to urgent care, dr's thought I had kidney stones, I didn't, wasn't feeling better so I went to emergency room, turns out I didn't have kidney stones but a really bad case of the stomach flu! It was bad and not good.  But it in end, it could've been worst and I'm glad it wasn't.  I'm thankful for my many blessings.

I'm eager to get back to blogging and share with you more handmade creations. Now that the Christmas season is fully underway, gotta finish those Christmas cards.  This is a card I made for another swap.  It was such a fun card to make, because I used the dryer sheet technique.  The stamp set, Snow Much Fun is so much fun to use!  And until this Wednesday, the stamp set is on sale as part of Stampin' Up! Online specials!  

This is a close up of the window scene, which after the fact, I probably could of used more glitter, because sometimes glitter makes everything better! The dryer sheet technique gives it a soft glittery look.  I found the tutorial for it on the Splitcoast Stampers website.  Lots of different parts to this card and it came together nicely.  It's also easy enough to mail.

Well friends, hope your Saturday is going well.  Come back tomorrow when I showcase a card I made for a very popular challenge blog.  I was picked as a guest designer and I'm excited to share with you what I created. 

Until then...