Saturday, December 31, 2011

Looking back at 2011!

Good morning, everyone!
Can you believe it's New Year's Eve????


I have no idea where this year has gone.......but, maybe it went so fast because of me finally finding my crafty niche.  I know I've said this before, but I truly wish it hadn't taken me until I was 40 to learn how to make greeting cards.  I absolutely love this craft!  The proof is in the fact that I posted 347 times this year!

Soooooooooo..............
I thought it would be fun to post my 12 favorite cards of the year, one for each month.




Here are my favorites from 2011!

Loved this set that I  made for Mike for Christmas!

This one was so fun!  Love the snow!

I think all that shimmer and shine is why I love this one.

The flower for this card is one of my favorite MFT dies!

These colors are among my favorites.

Window cards are fun!

Online classes this year taught me how to make this gorgeous flower and background!

Lot of love in this card.  Just love aqua and lime green together.

Another technique learned with an online class.  The white embossed leaves against this background is just stunning.

Paper folding!

Loved the touch of dry embossing along the side.

Probably the easiest card I've made.  It was simply showcasing the patterned paper and throwing on a sentiment.


Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Wine Bottle Tag using my Cameo

Good morning!!!

Just a very quick post to share a super cute and super fast wine bottle tag that I made using my new Cameo.

We had a dinner to attend and I took a bottle of wine with this tag for the hostess.  
It was quick and easy and just perfect for the occasion!


I just realized in looking at this picture that I didn't ink a single thing.  The little tag was from the Kaiser Craft paper pad, so all I had to do was mount it on the Mat Stack!  No wonder it was quick and easy!

I think I'm going to like this little machine!


Materials Used (All PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Silhouette Online Store - Bottle Tag
Kaiser Craft patterned paper - Silly Season
Mat Stack #1 die
Pure Poppy cardstock



Thanks for stopping by today!


Thursday, December 29, 2011

Christmas Cards and Gift Cards

Good morning!

Just a quick post with the card and GC holders I made for Mike this year.

I made all of these to coordinate for my Mikes!

Just showing how the GC holders look when opened.

Materials Used (All PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Love Lives Here: Holiday stamp set
Bells & Boughs stamp set (gift card holders)
Gift Card Greetings die
Mat Stack #1 die (gift card holders)
Mega Mat Stack #1 die (card only)
Woodgrain impression plate (card only)
Tim Holtz distress ink - Tea Dye
a muse studio ink - Cranberry & Fern
VersaFine ink - Onyx Black


Thanks for stopping by today!


Tha

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Silhouette Cameo Face Lift!

I got some time today to put my Silhouette Cameo in my craft area.......
so, I played a little, made a few things, and then gave it a face lift!  LOL

While looking through the free files that come with the Cameo, I noticed a template for the screen.  So, in true fashion, I had to create something to match the pink and green theme that I have going on in my craft area!


I chose this bright lime green and pink patterned paper because all of my Cozies from Kathy's Cozies are this color!  I have a Cozy for my Sizzix Big Kick and my Janome Sew Mini.

Once I get one to top this baby.......
It will match inside and out!


I'll be back tomorrow with a super simple wine bottle tag that I made today using the Silhouette!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Skipping Stones - Sketchy Tuesday!

Good Morning, everyone!!!


Welcome to SSD's Sketch Challenge #108!

Can you believe this is the last sketch of 2011??? 
I am personally amazed at just how fast 2011 went by.  You never believed your parents when they said the years go quicker as you get older.....Well, I'm believing it now!

Jen del Muro is back with her last sketch of the month with us!  She has created such an easy sketch in which to end the year.  Thanks, Jen, for creating such gorgeous sketches for us to work with in December!

Joining us again, for this last week are 3 very talented guest designers: Tosha Leyendekker, Windy Robinson and Kendra Sand.

If you have been following along, you know that this month the SSD DT has teamed up with Canvas Corp who has so graciously donated many of the items you will see on all of our cards this month.  I am TOTALLY loving all of the wonderful patterned paper!

Here's my last card for SSD in 2011!
I loved changing the color of the piece of canvas.  It's so easy to do with Tim Holtz die inks and a sponge!


Here's this week's Skipping Stones #108 Sketch:


Head over to the other Skipping Stones DT blogs to see what they have created!  Please also visit the Canvas Corp blog where you'll see many of their wonderful creations!

Canvas Corp Blog

Jen del Muro
Tosha Leyendekker
 Windy Robinson 
Kendra Sand


I can't wait to see what you create this week!!!


Materials Used:
Skipping Stones Design - Everyday Blessings stamp set
Canvas Corp cardstock - Black & Ivory Swirls
Canvas Corp cardstock - Black & Kraft Fresh Words Reverse
 Canvas Corp - Canvas Minis
PTI cardstock - Fine Linen & Simply Chartreuse
Tim Holtz distress ink - Peeled Paint
VersaFine ink - Onyx Black
Stampin' Up embossing folder - Square Lattice




HAPPY STAMPING!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Silhouette Cameo Monday!

Good morning to you!
I hope you had a wonderful day yesterday celebrating Christmas with your families!

We have a traditional Christmas Eve dinner with my family at my brother's house and then on Christmas my husband and I visit my mom.  After that we come home and I make Mike's favorite dinner...........Filet Mignon in a Red Wine & Mushroom Sauce!  It turned out delicious!

BUT......after that dinner..............

I got to break out my new Silhouette Cameo!

I have never owned a cutting machine, so this is totally new to me.  I will admit that once I found out that Mike was getting this for me for Christmas, I downloaded the software and began playing with the program to get myself familiar with it.  I've been reading a ton of Silhouette blogs and forums, too, just so I could learn what this machine could do.  I was quite surprised that the learning curve wasn't that bad!

So, first project???

Yep!  I dove right in! 
Not with a card...............
Not with a box............
Not with something simple........

Instead, I fell in love with Kerri Bradford's This and That Tray Kits!  Basically, you buy the files and then put it together in a 7Gypsies Tray.  I ordered the tray ahead of time from Amazon so that I would have it to make as soon as I got my Silhouette......lol  

Ready to see my very first project????
I printed out the backgrounds for each slot and then cut them to fit each spot.  Last night I cut all of the little words and images on the Cameo using different colored cardstock and adhering it into each part.  Please click to enlarge so you can see all the detail!

The images stay in place with magnets so I can switch them out for different seasons and holidays.  I can't wait to make one for a wedding gift.  When I ordered the tray, I also bought a plate stand and have it displayed in my dining room, already!

I did add lots of glitter and embellishments to each little window.  I'm just disappointed that you can't see that in my photo.  For example, the snowman in the bottom right corner is just so "blingy" since I used French Lace Stickles all over him.  

Well, off to get things in order for today because we have company visiting later on this evening.



Enjoy your day and thanks for visiting!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Outlawz CAS challenge - A day early! ;-)

Good morning, everyone!
Merry Christmas Eve!

I'm here to post the new Outlawz CAS challenge a little early.  Since the challenge would normally go live on Christmas morning, the team has decided to give you a head start!


Your challenge this week.....
 is to create a CAS card celebrating a new life.  Make a CAS baby card to celebrate this wonderful miracle.

Here is my baby card!
Now this is truly CAS!  Less than 15 minutes and an adorable card!

You may have to click to enlarge in order to see this adorable inside sentiment.


Please join us at the Outlawz for this fun challenge.  You can also find other challenges for EVERY day of the week.  When you submit each of your entries with the Inlinkz  tab, at the end of every month there are huge prizes to be won!!!  Go check it out!!!


Materials Used (all PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Sweet Baby stamp set and dies
Bundle of Love stamp set (inside sentiment)
Shape-Up Series: Onesie die
Vintage Cream cardstock
DCWV patterned paper - Nana's Nursery Baby Boy
A Muse Studio ink - Heather
VersaMagic ink - Eggplant


I can't wait to see what you create with this challenge!!!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Friday! Friday! Friday!

I'm so happy that it's FRIDAY!!!
Yet, I have so much to do by Saturday!  LOL

Today is my last day of school until after the New Year, so I had to send my kiddos home with a little something crafty for a Christmas gift.


I did get them a bag of goodies to go along with it, so that I'm not a "lame" teacher, but I wanted to give them something a little personal, too.

I made them each a bookmark/magnet combo!  Our mascot is a yellow jacket, so I decorated the top round metal piece with a "bee" theme.  Then topped it with a glass magnet that I made with each of their first initials.

Just a close up of all those letters and how the bookmark will work.

The metal piece on the left is upside down, but that's what I adhered the black circle with the yellow jacket to be used as a bookmark.  The magnet then comes off (the glass "k" above) so that they can hang things on their desks.

I hope they love it!

Have a great Friday!


Thursday, December 22, 2011

Tips & Tricks Thursday w/ Skipping Stones!

Good morning, everyone!
Welcome to Skipping Stones Design's Tips & Tricks Thursday!

Today I'm going to show you how to make faux fur using your Copic markers and your colorless blender ink.

I love coloring larger images, but I'm not the best at shading.  So, in order to give your image more dimension, try adding some texture using your colorless blender solution.



Today I'm using SSD's Holiday Cats stamp set for a Christmas card that I featured on Tuesday for the sketch challenge.  

For this technique you will need a larger solid image colored with Copics, Colorless Blending Solution (Tim Holtz works as well as Copic) and a piece of a towel or other material with a thicker texture to it.

I cut up an old bath towel into 2" squares.  You can use anything with texture, such as corduroy, burlap and I've even seen a tutorial using bubble wrap.  To make faux fur, though, a piece of bath towel works perfectly.

Add the blending solution to the tip of the piece of scrunched up bath towel and lightly TAP the image.

In order to take the picture I wasn't paying attention and I pressed too hard and did not TAP the image.  I don't think you'll like the result.  So, be very careful not to push down hard or to hold the towel in place for very long............Lesson learned for me!

As you can see, my kitty looks like he was in a fight somewhere.....lol  The ink bled out of the lines and I couldn't even push it back inside the lines using the colorless blender pen.  Again, this is what you get when you press hard or hold your towel on the image for too long.

So..........A redo!  Now you can see that I am LIGHTLY tapping my image with the towel.

This is a much better result than the first go.  It actually looks like fur and I just love all of that texture.

Here's Mr. Kitty all dressed up and ready to go!

The final result!

I would love to see what you create using this technique.  If you find some other material that really makes your image come to life, please leave a comment so that others can use the same wonderful materials!

I hope you've enjoyed this week's Tips & Trick's Thursday!!!

Happy Stampin'!!!


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

A couple of wine bottle tags!

Hi, everyone!

I made a few wine/liquor bottle tags for some gifts last night. 



Quick and easy!
Using PTI's new Wine Bottle Tag die made this project super easy!

Here's what they'll look like hanging over the neck of the bottles.



Happy Stampin'!!!



Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Skipping Stones Sketchy Tuesday!

Good Morning, everyone!!!


Welcome to SSD's Sketch Challenge 107!


Jen del Muro is at it again!  She has created another awesome sketch for us to play along with.

Joining us again this week are 3 very talented guest designers are Tosha Leyendekker, Windy Robinson and Kendra Sand.

If you have been following along, you know that this month the SSD DT has teamed up with Canvas Corp who has so graciously donated many of the items you will see on all of our cards this month.  I am TOTALLY loving all of the wonderful patterned paper!

Here's some Santa Claws for you!
Isn't this kitty just adorable all dressed up for Christmas???  I used Liquid Applique on his hat to make it all puffy and cute.
If you like that background, be sure to take a look at SSD for a great sale on all of their texture sets.  This one is Timeless Textures that I stamped using VersaMark ink.  It is on sale for $12.49 for the rest of the month!


Here's this week's Skipping Stones #107 Sketch:


Head over to the other Skipping Stones DT blogs to see what they have created!  Please also visit the Canvas Corp blog where you'll see many of their wonderful creations!

Canvas Corp Blog

Jen del Muro
Tosha Leyendekker
 Windy Robinson 
Kendra Sand


I can't wait to see what you create this week!!!


Materials Used:
Skipping Stones Design - Holiday Cats stamp set
Skipping Stones Design - Timeless Textures
Canvas Corp cardstock - Red & Ivory Mini Dot Reverse
Canvas Corp cardstock - Sassy Trees on Ivory
PTI cardstock - Pure Poppy & Simply Chartreuse
VersaMark ink
Memento ink - Tuxedo Black
Liquid Applique - White
Copic markers - R27/29/85 and C5/7




HAPPY STAMPING!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Outlawz CAS Challenge!

Good morning, everyone!
Happy Sunday!

I'm here to post the new Outlawz CAS challenge!


Your challenge this week is an inspiration challenge!  
I just love these types of challenges and this one won't disappoint.  Use the photo below and create a CAS card using the photo for inspiration.


Here is your inspiration photo!


.....AND.....
Here is my Inspiration Photo card!
I was so excited to see that I had a stamp that almost matched the mittens perfectly!!!



I'm also using this card for another challenge:  Clean & Simple #171 Sketch Challenge!



Please join us at the Outlawz for this fun challenge.  You can also find other challenges for EVERY day of the week.  When you submit each of your entries with the Inlinkz  tab, at the end of every month there are huge prizes to be won!!!  Go check it out!!!


Materials Used (all PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Tremendous Treats: Christmas stamp set
In the Meadow stamp set (sentiment)
Doily Details die
Basic Grey patterned paper - Nordic Holiday
Holiday Flourishes & Swirls patterned paper
Ripe Avocado & Shimmer cardstock
Filigree embossing powder - Clear (for sentiment) and White (on mittens)
VersaMark ink
VersaFine ink - Crimson Red & Onyx Black


I can't wait to see what you create with this challenge!!!

Thanks for stopping by today!

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