Thursday, December 27, 2012

All Dressed Up for the New Year!

Merry Christmas (a little late)... out with the Christmas cards.... in with the adorable new product for the New Year!  These are some new sneaks for the new catalog launching January 3, 2013!
This card was made with the "Dress Up" framelits featured in the catalog!  I also used the Print Poetry Designer Series Paper Stack and Vanilla Flower 5/8" Trim.  The base of the is Primrose Petals with Very Vanilla and Raspberry Ripple.  I also used the Fancy Fan Embossing Folder.  

This card uses the same supplies as above, but I added a purse.  Isn't this purse just ADORABLE?!  I made it using the Cupcake Builder Punch (upside down).  The flap on the "purse" is made using the 3/4" circle punch cut in half with the handle made from a string of pearls!

Come back tomorrow for more sneaks!  

PS: Today I went to my Oncologist for my yearly appointment.  I am officially cancer-free for TEN YEARS!!  WOOHOO!  

Friday, December 7, 2012

Fab Friday 08 Challenge

Welcome to our 8th challenge at Fab Friday!  This week we have a great color challenge!  I just love the combination of colors!  I wanted to use some new product but could only fit in the new Primrose Petals Coredinations Card Stock....
 My newest set is the Make a Mitten set and Builder Punch.  I wasn't going to get this set and recently decided I had to own it!  I used the Delicate Doilies Sizzlits L die to make the circle that the mittens are sitting on.  Isn't it soooo cute?!

I was in a "blah" moment and needed a sketch too so I popped over to Freshly Made Sketches and used their current sketch!  I love it!  Thanks to them!  

Real Red and Gumball Green Card Stock and ink
Primrose Petals (Core'dinations) Card Stock
2011-2013 In-colors DSP Stack (Pool Party)
Pool Party Twine
Build A Mitten Stamp Set
Mitten Builder Punch
Delicate Doilies Die
Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder
Please check out the other projects from the rest of the Design Team and welcome to our newest member Amy O'Neill!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Stampin' Stylin' Squad Blog Hop

It's the most wonderful time of the year.... and I want to share with you my favorite item in the Holiday Catalog.... the snowflake die!  My projects are both featuring this die!

This card is a CASE from a card in the Holiday Catalog.  I did change things up a bit by heat embossing the Distressed Polka Dots stamp.  I used the glittery embossing powder.  Each layer of the snowflake has dimensions in-between the different sizes.  I just LOVE the sparkly paper with the polka dot parade DSP.

My second project is using a clear glass ornament from Michaels.  Here is a tutorial that shows how to make these easy ornaments.  The picture is not the best but I used silver glitter paper again.  Oh, I also threw in a layer of the red glitter paper.  Please excuse my use of something retired, it is Stampin' Up! but the tinsel trim is from a few years ago (but I love it)!  
I hope you enjoyed my projects!  These weren't my original plan but I have had them made for awhile. I have been teaching and nannying, not to mention a lot of other things!  Last Friday I went to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party with my mom for her birthday (which was yesterday).  The castle was AMAZING all lit-up!  My favorite part was seeing the Gingerbread Houses at the Grand Floridian Hotel!  


Blog Hop Participants:
  1. Shellie G. of Creative Electica
  2. Annie L. of Love Me Cards
  3. Pam S. of Stampin' in the Sun!
  4. Nancy B. of Lady Stamps-A-Lot
  5. Rose C. of Stamp with Rose
  6. Tonya B. of Stampin' with Tonya
  7. Dawn S. of Dawn's Creative Chalet
  8. Darcy J. of DJ's Stampin' Place
  9. Kim R. of Stamping with Kim
  10. Terry B of Goin' Over the Edge
  11. Justin K of JK Cards
  12. Heidi B of Stuck on Stampin'
  13. Jennifer B of NW Stamper

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Cute Christmas Giftables

Here are two super cute giftables I came up with.... 
This box is using the Fancy Favor Bigz XL die #115965, the Snow Festival Designer Printed Tags #128152 and retired buttons.  I stamped the tag with Greetings of the Season stamp set #128033 using Gumball Green ink #126861.  I just LOVE the Land O' Lakes Cocoa Mix (I buy it around the holidays at Sam's Club).  I found the adorable soft peppermint sticks at the Dollar Tree and tied them with Cherry Cobbler Sweater Trim #129938.
This is the Petite Pocket Bigz XL Die #123131 and the same Snow Festival Designer Printed Tags #128152.  I wrapped the Cherry Cobbler Twine #123125 around several times and tied it off in a bow.

Let me know if I can help you make some of these gifts, or come up with ideas for others!  

Friday, November 23, 2012

Fab Friday Challenge 007

Happy Black Friday!  Although I am not a black-friday shopper, I do enjoy hearing the insane stories.  I am not a fan of crowds and quite honestly, I don't feel like the "deals" are that great anyway.... especially having to deal with crabby customers, over-tired workers and waiting in lines.  Mindy created this adorable sketch -  I love it's simplicity!
I decided to use some of my new supplies - one is this "single" snowflake stamp that works with our Blossom Punch.  I just LOVE that punch and was so excited to see a snowflake!
I wanted to this polka paper in the Be of Good Cheer Designer Series Paper pack, so I pulled some coordinating colors: Old Olive, Raspberry Ripple and Pretty in Pink.  


How did I emboss the snowflake without having Raspberry Ripple Embossing Powder?  Well.... I first inked the stamp with Versamark (cover it good) and then directly inked up with Raspberry Ripple.  You don't need to worry, you can stamp the Versamark onto the other ink colors.  Then, I sprikled the sparkly embossing powder and heated with my NEW heat tool.  I LOVE the new Heat Tool... it has two settings: one for setting ink and the other for embossing.  Arnie is not a fan of the noise but he doesn't like many noises.
It's hard to tell but I embossed the Pretty in Pink and Old Olive strips with Polka Dots and Chevron.  It gives it the texture it needs!  
I actually made a coordinating inside, typically I don't do that so this card will be for someone really special!  :)

Check out the creations of our Design Team:

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thanksgiving preparations!

I feel like Thanksgiving came upon us way too fast.  I know it's technically a week earlier than it normally is, and that affects us more than normal!  I have been making "Thanksgiving" cards over the last few months and have sent them out... but I still felt like I hadn't used my supplies enough.  

My first project today is a fall card... I figured I could use this as a thank you.
But in making this card, I realized it'd make a great start to a scrapbook page - especially since the flag is too long for a regular envelope.  So my plan is to make it into a scrapbook page later today.  My next project is place cards for tomorrow's meal.  My plan was to just use extra DSP to make leaves for the table, then I thought of place cards.
I am going to use different combinations of leaves and embellishments to make the 6 place cards.  We don't have a big event, especially since most of our family lives in either Michigan (where I grew up) or Maryland/ Virginia (where my dad grew up).  Despite a small gathering, I look forward to spending time with my family and playing games!  :)  And it's always fun to see my 5-year old nephew.  Speaking of my nephew, here is his place card:
All of the pieces are either the leaves from the Leaves Die or the Owl Buidler Punch.  Let me know if you have any questions!

Check back tomorrow for my last "Fall" post.  Friday is a new Fab Friday Challenge (did you participate in our last one?).  And.... Saturday starts my 12 Days of Giftables!  You WILL NOT want to miss out on the quick, easy and FUN projects posted for 12 days straight!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Fab Friday Challenge 06

Here we are with our 6th challenge over at Fab Friday!  
This week we have a crisp color challenge...
My first choice wouldn't be to use a blue with fall colors but it's really starting to grow on me!  This year we are really getting some fall in Florida... I have been wearing long sleeved shirts all week!  
Oh' and I have been working on redesigning my blog... I am only halfway done!
Although at first glance I see this as a "plain" card, I really like it's simplicity.  This is a great card to use for any occasion.  I earned this stamp set free, isn't Stampin' Up! awesome?  It's called From My Heart.  I am really wishing I had sponged the edge of the die with the Midnight Muse.... 
oh' well, next card. :)

Check out the other cards from our Design Team for this challenge

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Stylin' Stampin' Squad Blog Hop

Welcome!  Did you enjoy Annie's projects?  This month we are focusing on being thankful!  I am thankful for YOU... all the readers of my blog and who encourage me!  I am also thankful for numerous things including my life, my family and friends, job, health, etc... but something that really helps me to stay focused on having some fun is crafting!  I just love making things that are creative a beautiful!
My two projects were featured in my November class.  The girls made the card and Blessing Mix.  The Blessing Mix also doubles as my "Hostess Gift" for the rest of the month.  Anyone who hosts a workshop will receive both items as a thank you!  :)

The card is one of my favorites because it includes several of my favorites from the mini catalog!  The leaves, Woodgrain Embossing Folder, Metallic Buttons and the Tulle!

My upline gave me the Blessing Mix idea last year, but I never made it.  I decided to use it but put it into a Mason jar.  Who knew Mason Jar gifts would be all the rave this year?
 Thanksgiving Blessing Mix
Bugles: Shaped like a cornucopia or Horn of Plenty, a symbol of our nation's abundance.
Pretzels: Arms folded in prayer, a freedom sought by those who founded our country.
Candy corn: Sacrifices. Food was so scarce that settlers survived on just a few kernels of corn a day.
Marshmallows: The Pilgrim's first winter brought cold and snow to the Pilgrims.
Seeds: Promise of a future harvest, one we will reap only if seeds are planted and tended with diligence.
Dried fruits: Thanksgiving is the celebration of the fruits of the harvest.
M&Ms: Memories of those who came before us to guide us to a blessed future. 
Blog Hop Participants:
  1. Shellie G. of Creative Electica
  2. Annie L. of Love Me Cards
  3. Pam S. of Stampin' in the Sun!
  4. Nancy B. of Lady Stamps-A-Lot
  5. Tonya B. of Stampin' with Tonya
  6. Dawn S. of Dawn's Creative Chalet
  7. Patricia T. of Sunnyone Stampin'
  8. Pamela W. of Stinky Tofu
  9. Darcy J. of DJ's Stampin' Place
  10. Kim R. of Stamping with Kim
  11. Nancy B of Momma B Stampin'
  12. Terry B of Goin' Over the Edge 

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Curly Paper Wreath

I am member of this awesome website for Stampin' Up! demonstrators only (for the downline of Amy) and someone posted this beautiful wreath on the blog!  It was love at first sight!  I knew I HAD to make one (and now many)!
Isn't it just adorable? I love how festive it looks and the bells really add some extra shine to it!  I did some extra embellishments but it looks the best with just the "curly paper".  I watched a video on Youtube (click here) that showed me exactly how to do this!  But, if you are like me, pictures sometimes help more than a video!

You will first need 6 sheets of double-sided Designer Series Paper.  I used the Be of Good Cheer pack from Stampin' Up!  Our paper packs are $10.95 and you only need half of the pack.  Pull out your NEW Stampin' Up! Paper Trimmer and start cutting strips of 12" by 1/2" strips.  It only takes maybe 10-15 minutes to cut it all up!
Next pull out your wreath.  I got mine at JoAnn's with a coupon for only $3.  You need the 12" GREEN foam as the white crumbles!  You will also need a package of at least 140 flat-head straight pins (cheapest kind).  I bought the biggest pack they had because I know I will be making more of these wreaths!  
After all of your paper is cut up, put aside your trimmer and pull out your bone folder!  The SU! bone folder is longer than those sold in the stores and is only $6.95!  :)  About halfway down one strip you are going to "curl" the paper as if you are curling ribbon.  You will curl both ends.  The more you "curl" the more flimsy the paper becomes.  Be careful not to rip the paper.  Some patterns required some extra "curling" action from me.
I started getting little paper cuts from the paper on my thumb - so I put a band-aid on it.  Here's the hint: put on the band-aid no matter what!  It really HELPS curl the ribbon and keep it from slipping!  :)  Crazy I know but your thumb will thank me later!
Now you are ready to start attaching the curls to your wreath.  Grab a pin, poke it thru the paper and attach to the wreath.  There really is not a rhyme or reason.  I put them every which way, making sure to fill in the holes.  I had it sitting on my desk because you only need to cover the part of the wreath that faces the room it will be hanging in - so about 1/2 of the wreath has no curls on it (it faces the wall anyway).  

Once you get the wreath about 5/6 of the way done, you are going to need to attach ribbon.  I used the 2012-2014 in-colors stitched satin ribbon because I have a TON of it left over!  I made a bow at the top  of it, but you can put the bow wherever you'd like.  Finally, I took two bells strung on the ribbon (also on sale at JoAnn Fabrics) and attached them to the back of the wreath with 3 pins.  I staggered the lengths to get them to look this way!
As a side note, I did try making some glittery snowflakes and cutesy bows made from the sweater trim and it was too much for this wreath.  I love it just the way it is!  I bet it'd look pretty without the bells and sparkly snowflakes dangling, I might just have to try that next!  

MAKE YOUR OWN!!!  I am going to be offering this wreath as a class with two different options to purchase the Bone Folder and the NEW SU! Paper Trimmer.  Let me know if you'd be interested in purchasing the kit, or a wreath from me!

12" Green Foam Wreath from a craft store
2 large bells
140 flat-head straight pins
SIX 12x12 pieces of double-sided paper (Be of Good Cheer)
50" Stitched Satin Gumball Green Ribbon
Stampin' Up! Bone Folder

Leave me a comment if you love seeing this tutorial and if you'd like to see more.... 

Monday, October 29, 2012

Halloween Candies

Trick or Treat.....
I made these candies for my students!  Aren't they sooo cute?!  I just love the googly eyes!

These candies are for my teacher friends!  They are going to love these!  

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Halloween is almost here....

CASE'ing a simple but oh so pretty card....
I first saw this card on Pinterest and I KNEW I had to CASE it.  I needed a card for my aunt and knew this would be perfect for her!  I think she is going to LOVE it!  :)  I got the idea from Penny Smiley.  I just love the embossing folder with the flags, and that button!  I also used my NEW Cutting Tool from Stampin' Up!  I am hoping to make my first video using this tool!  It's so awesome and so much better than the old one!

Very Vanilla Card Stock
Howlstooth and Scaringbone DSP
Very Vanilla Sheer Ribbon
Spiderweb Embossing Folder
Metallic Buttons

Friday, October 26, 2012

Fab Friday #5

Here we are for another Fab Friday Challenge!  This week Mindy has an awesome sketch for us....
I am really starting to get the hang of using flags in my stamping!  :)  I saw a tag using this stamp set and just had to try it out as a card!  I just LOVE using Daydream Medallions as a wreath!  Wait until you see my other card using the same stamp set (coming tomorrow!).  

And just a little shout out to my Detroit Tigers who are playing in the World Series!  I have been a Tiger fan since I was born so this is a big thing for me!  Go TIGERS!  :)

Make sure to check out the other designers blogs and leave us some love (in the form of comments)!  
Design Team:

(all Stampin' Up!)
Greetings of the Season and Daydream Medallion Stamp Sets
Real Red and Gumball Green Ink
Crumb Cake, Garden Green and Whisper White Card Stock
Real Red Glimmer Paper
Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder
Floral Frames Framelits 

Monday, October 22, 2012

Mojo Monday #264

This is my first time creating for the Mojo Monday Challenge!  I had the idea for this card but needed a good layout.  I think this layout works perfect for sparkles and snowflakes!  I am in LOVE with purple and green together!

I used a sponge with the Elegant Eggplant reinker to color the snowflake.  It's really hard to tell but when you compare it to the plain silver glimmer paper, you can really tell!  I also made my own DSP using the Snowflake Soiree Stamp Set, Elegant Eggplant Card Stock, VersaMark ink and the Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder.  I love the sparkle for this holiday season!

Snowflake Soiree Stamp Set
Snow Flurry Bigz Die
Silver Glimmer Paper
Candlelight Christmas Speciality DSP
Elegant Eggplant and Wisteria Wonder Card Stock and Ink
3/8" Lucky Limeade Ruffled Ribbon
Wisteria Wonder 3/8" Brads
Extra-Large Oval and Scallop Edge Border Punch
Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder
3 1/2" Circle Die
Iridescent Ice Stampin' Emboss Powder
VersaMark Ink Pad
**All supplies from Stampin' Up!**

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Cute Ghosts

I am all about CUTE for Halloween.  Aren't these 3 little ghosts so cute?  I love how the Stampin' Up! Owl Builder punch can be converted into so many other things, one of which is this super cute ghost.  I made this card for my nephew, I think he will love the googly eyes with the silver spider web (he is only 5)!  I wanted to make sure to get this card up so the supply list won't be up today... sorry!  If you have a specific question, feel free to leave a comment and I will get right back to you!  

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Paper Players #117

I needed to kick-start my stamping this week with a challenge.  I had just received my new Regals Stampin' Write Markers and the Bravo Burgandy Ink Pad (somehow I didn't have this ink pad, not sure how I was missing it) and wanted to get them used!  So... this challenge was perfect for me!  I love color challenges, they help my creativity A LOT!  :)
Because I am from up north, I know (and love) the feeling of fall.  The leaves changing, the crisp colors, the cooler weather, and the apple cider (and fresh donuts!).  This card reminds me of a cool fall day in Michigan!

I knew I wanted to use Gently Falling and my new pack of Natural Composition DSP.  I also wanted to incorporate a fun fold into this card.  I really love how this card turned out!  Tweet Leaves die cut on top of the leaves die works out perfect! 

As you can see I sponged color on the Natural Composition DSP.  I used both the Cajun Craze and Bravo Burgandy.  I wanted to make it look like actual tree bark and I think it does.  I also love the look of the blue bird with the dark leaves, such a great contrast! 
This is the inside of the card, I used the extra die cut outs and two different sentiment sets!  I know I will need to use this card sometime in the month of November!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Fab Friday Challenge #4

It's another Fab Friday Challenge!  I cannot believe this is our fourth challenge and we are back to colors.  Boy oh' boy did Mindy pick a hard one for me!  As soon as I saw these colors I knew what stamp set I was going to use for this challenge.
I borrowed this stamp set from a friend to "try it out" to see if I wanted to buy it myself.  After one inking, I definitely want to buy this stamp set!
How did I make the image all those colors?  Well, let me tell you!  I inked the stamp in Mightnight Muse and then sponged all over the image with Summer Starfruit and Island Indigo!  I also tore up the edges of the image to make it look worn.  All supplies are listed at the end of the post.

Make sure to hop along and check out the other members of the Design Teams awesome posts!  Please leave us comments if you are enjoying our challenge!
Design Team:

Postage Due Stamp Set
Summer Starfruit, Island Indigo and Midnight Muse Ink and Card Stock
Naturals White Card Stock
Island Indigo DSP (in the 2011-2013 DSP Stack)
Summer Starfruit Stitched Satin Ribbon
Postage Stamp Punch