Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Ten Minute Tuesday is Bee-Yoo-Tee-Full!

Time for a ten-minute or less creation to show you! Today's comes from bee4me from The {Stamps} of Life with Stephanie Barnard.
I stamped my images using Stephanie's Licorice ink and then wrapped my card like a "present" with washi tape. An added button and it's ready to go! Take a look at the entire set and a video showing other samples HERE. Have a great day!
Challenges for this card: 
ABC Challenges - Anything Goes 
Kaboodle Doodles - Stripes and/or Polka-dots  
Ooh La La Creations - Spots & Dots  

Monday, November 26, 2012

Glitter Embossing

A month from today Christmas will be over. Wow. Time fleets so quickly - make sure you are doing things each day that you LOVE! And I LOVE to stamp!

Today's Splitcoaststampers Technique Challenge I am hosting is all about sparkle! It's called "Glittery Embossing" and basically puts glitter glue on your dry embossed cardstock.  See details and instructions on how to do this HERE.

My sample is made using Hambo Stamps' adorable Snowmen (0316) and Let It Snow (1518) images.
I stamped on Georgia Pacific White cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and then colored in a little using Copic markers. I added Diamond Stickles to the sky for snowflakes. The sentiment is stamped with Baja Breeze (Stampin' Up!) ink and both were then cut out with Spellbinders Circle dies.

I hope you will check out the challenge and play along!

Stamps: Let It Snow - 1518 and Snowmen - 0316 by Hambo Stamps 
Paper: Pink Pirouette, Georgia Pacific White, Merry Little Christmas DP (MME) 
Ink: Baja Breeze, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics 
Accessories: doily, pink gems (Studio G), Spellbinders dies, Cuttlebug embossing folder, Diamond Stickles 

Other challenges for this card:
Addicted to Stamps Challenge - Christmas Time
Eclectic Ellapu - Celebration with Sparkle  
Stamptacular Sunday - Must use a stamp - Winter Bliss  
The Crafty Pad - Add some Glitter   
The Squirrel & the Fox - Anything Goes
PanPastel UK Challenge - Frosty and Bright  
Penny Black and More - Any Die will Do
Stamping Sensations - Traditional Christmas   
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Winter 
Eureka Stamps - Holiday Fun   
Forever Friends - Glitter & Sparkle
Hooked on Craft - Christmas NO red/green 
House of Gilli - Die Cuts
Lexi's Creations - Christmas 
Love to Create - Non-Traditional Holiday Colors 
Squigglefly - Glitter & Bling 
Tammy's Scrapin Corner - Let It Snow 
The Cutie Pie Challenge - Use a Doily 
There's Magic in the Air - Sparkle 
Totally Stampalicious - Let It Snow   
The Ribbon Reel - Photo Inspiration + Cream, Baby Blue & Pink + Bling


Saturday, November 24, 2012

Washi Wishes!

I am feeling a little wishy-washy today! What to do next?! The Christmas card letter? The Christmas decorations around the house? The tree? Hmmm......wishy-washy......how about some Washi Wishes??  See how crazy I am today? :)

I only have a very few rolls of washi tape, but they sure make for fun and fast cards. Here is a little card I made using the new Penguin dies at The {Stamps} of Life:
I used three different tape designs and just left the torn edge on the side. Then I stamped my sentiment from morepenguinstolove (TSOL) in Stephanie's Licorice ink. On a separate piece of white cardstock, I stamped the little penguin in Licorice and then cut him out using the small penguin die.

Cute and simple!  Now to decide what to do next...... maybe I will make breakfast and think about it. :)

Challenges for this card: 
Artistic Stampers - Anything Goes 
Crafty Ann's - Birds & or Animals (no people or insects) 
Polka Doodles - Any Die Will Do 
Just Add Ink – Sketch (flipped)
One Crazy Stamper - Anything Goes
Mema's Crafts - Anything goes (winter/holiday optional)

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Ric Rac Flowers - and a Tutorial!

First of all, Happy Thanksgiving to all U.S. ribbon lovers! I hope you are enjoying time with friends and family today! If you have time for some crafting, maybe you can try this easy ric rac flower!

Step 1: Cut your ric rac in two lengths. I used Light Pink from Really Reasonable Ribbon and cut two lengths of 20 inches each. I twisted them together every so often and sewed along one edge with my sewing machine. If you don't sew, you could use liquid or hot glue.
Step 2: Start rolling up your flower from one end, adding dots of hot glue every so often.
Step 3: Tuck the end underneath and glue to the bottom. You will have a little rosette!
 I wanted more of an open flower, so I spread out all of the "petals."
Step 4: I cut a small circle of matching felt and hot glued it to the bottom of the flower.
Step 5: Using a coordinating color of felt, I cut two leaves and glued those to the circle. I attached the flower to my card using Scor-Tape. And voila!
I added a row of the same ric rac along the bottom and added a flower button and some string. My sentiment is by Technique Tuesday and the designer paper is from the Everyday Eclectic Collection by Echo Park. There are a lot of beautiful ric rac colors in the RRR Store HERE. At a cost of about 30 cents for this flower (as opposed to much more pre-made in stores) you can make a whole garden full!

You could add a clip and make this a hair accessory, or attach it to a headband too!
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you will give this a try!

And on a fun note, this card won Third Place at Polka Doodles!

Challenges for this card:
Creative Moments - Anything Goes
Divas by Design - Use 2 or more Patterned Papers
WordArt Wednesdays - Anything goes
Cute Card Thursday - Girls only 
Forever Friends - Anything Goes 
Sassy Studio Designs - Felt or fabric 
Cards by Lady Anne / Stamp Challenge - Anything Goes

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Just You and Me

Have you seen the newly released dies at The {Stamps} of Life? I think they are so adorable! So many new products! You must check them all out!
This little penguin card was made with one of the new die sets - Penguin Dies - and TSOL's morepenguins2love stamp set. I stamped my penguins on PTI White cardstock using Stephanie's Licorice ink and colored in their feet and beaks with Copic markers. The sentiment was also stamped with Licorice ink. I added a chipboard arrow and snowflake charm tied on with Oyster Baker's Twine from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Stephanie has a fab video showcasing the new dies which you can see here. And you will even see my Just You and Me card too! Be sure to check it out!

Stamps: morepenguins2love (The {Stamps} of Life with Stephanie Barnard) 
Paper: PTI White, SU! Going Gray, Echo Park Winter Park DP 
Ink: Stephanie's Premium Licorice Ink (Colorbox), Copics 
Accessories: chipboard arrow, snowflake charm, SNSS scallop die, TSOL penguin die, RRRR Oyster Baker's Twine

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Eat Chocolate!

Welcome to i heart papers' November design team challenge! This month, we're teaming up with some of the girls from the Technique Tuesday team for a combined hop featuring Technique Tuesday's stamps and i {heart} papers' products.  You can browse the Technique Tuesday category of the ihp store here.
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Celebrate Black Friday at i {heart} papers with a 20% store-wide coupon (excluding gift certificates and Studio AE memberships) using code: black20dt through Cyber Monday 11/26. And of course, always free US shipping with your $60 order! Happy Holidays from all of us at IHP!
My card is made with Technique Tuesday's Eat Chocolate stamp set. I stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa ink, and then added a little sparkle with my Chocolate Spica Glitter pen to the candy and the word "CHOCOLATE." I cut it out using my Spellbinders Label One dies. Click on the photo below to see a close-up of the sparkle!
The designer paper is Carta Bella's Winter Fun 6x6 Collection. I embossed the back panel with Lifestyle Craft's Zig Zag embossing folder. Trims are Divine Twine's Brown Sugar Baker's Twine and May Arts Brown Faux Suede Ruffled Edge Ribbon
Our designers are sharing lots of inspiration using Technique Tuesday stamps and ihp products!

Our Technique Tuesday guests:
the ihp design team:
Stamps: Eat Chocolate (Technique Tuesday)
Paper: Kraft, Bravo Burgundy (SU!), Winter Fun DP (Carta Bella)
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Accents: Zig Zag embossing folder (Lifestyle Crafts), suede buttons and slit punch (SU!), Brown Sugar Baker's Twine (Divine Twine), Brown Faux Suede Ruffled Ribbon (May Arts), teal button (Buttons Galore), Label One die (Spellbinders), Chocolate Glitter pen (atyou Spica)

Monday, November 19, 2012

Another Folded Tree and a Holiday Recipe!

I loved the little Folded Christmas Tree that we did for last week's Technique Challenge so much that I decided to do one for a fall design too! You can see how to make the tree here. It's so fast and easy!

My images are from owls2love by The {Stamps} of Life with Stephanie Barnard. I stamped my images using Stephanie's Premium Ink in Licorice and then fussy cut the owl. I think he looks cute in his folded tree and thought this would make a fun Thanksgiving "thank you."

Have a great week! I am looking forward to Thanksgiving and stamping with my mom! Here is a little recipe I like to share around this time - fast and easy and elegant!

Cranberry-Pineapple Minis

1 can (20 oz.) crushed pineapple, in juice
2 pkg. (3 oz. each) raspberry flavor gelatin
1 can (16 oz.) whole berry cranberry sauce
2/3 cup walnut pieces (optional)
1 apple, chopped

Drain pineapple, reserving juice. Add enough water to juice to measure 2-1/2 cups; pour into saucepan. Bring to boil. Pour over gelatin mixes in large bowl; stir 2 min. until completely dissolved.
Stir in pineapple, cranberry sauce, nuts and apple. Spoon into 24 paper-lined 2-1/2-inch muffin cups. Refrigerate 2-1/2 hours or until firm. Remove liners.

Stamps: owls2love (The {Stamps} of Life with Stephanie Barnard 
Paper: Kraft, Pumpkin Pie, Sage Shadow, Stella Rose DP (MME) 
Ink: Stephanie's Clearsnap/ColorBox Licorice 
Accessories: tag, jute string, slit punch, Fiskars grass punch, Sizzix embossing folder 

Other challenges for this card:

~Crafty Cardmakers - more than One Punch and/or Die Cut
~Ooh La La Creations - Someone Special 
~Use It Tuesday - be thankful (hoarded supply is the tag - I have tons of them that I bought on eBay before I had any die cuts!)
~Little Red Wagon - texturize
~Daisy Doodles - thanksgiving
~Artistic Inspirations - Anything Goes

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Snow Angel

The Doodlelicious Divas from Whimsie Doodles are teaming up with the Ribbon Carousel Crewmates today to bring you a blog hop jam packed with crafty eye candy! There will be lots of adorable Whimsie Doodle images, along with beautiful ribbons from The Ribbon Carousel. So grab a cuppa something yummy, and sit a bit to enjoy this hop!
My card is made with Whimsie Doodles' Snow Angel images. I printed it out on Georgia Pacific CS and then added some color with Copic markers. I printed again using Basic Grey's Eskimo Kisses DP and paper pieced the scarf. The wings shimmer with Sparkling Snow Glitter from Sparkle N Sprinkle. The beautiful sheer gold ribbon adds just the right shimmer!
Leave some blog love for the Doodlelicious Divas and Ribbon Carousel Crewmates to be eligible to win one of the 2 prizes up for grabs!  Two random commenters from two randomly selected designer blogs will be selected, so be sure to spread the love around!

The Whimsie Doodles prize is a $25 Gift Certificate to the Whimsie Doodles store, and the RC prize is a $25 Gift Certificate to the RC store!

Ready to Hop?!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Let's Hop!

It's time to hop with Really Reasonable Ribbon! This month's Ribbon Club Assortment is sure to bring some great eye candy from the RRR Team, and I hope that you will join us today!
If you arrived here from Trudy's blog, you are in the right place! If you just happened along, be sure to start at the beginning at the RRR Blog (I am the third stop, so you don't have far back to go!) so you don't miss out on the awesome projects, fun news, and a prize from Really Reasonable Ribbon! Our hop goes live at 6:30 AM CST.
Each 13th of the month it's the Really Reasonable Ribbon blog hop where we highlight the Ribbon Club! This month, Bonnie's choices for the November ribbon club package are one of my most favorites ever! If you really love ribbon and would like to have a wonderful assortment of ribbons sent to you automatically each month, just join the Really Reasonable Ribbon Club! Monthly ribbon club assortments are selected and pre-packed to reflect a specific theme, color, or holiday season. The assortments vary from month to month, but an average assortment has 5-8 different ribbon styles and consists of 10-15 yards of ribbon.  You will love it! Tell Bonnie Judy sent you!

My card today is made using the beautiful shimmery satin in this month's ribbon club. My image is by Flourishes from Snow Day, available at i {heart} papers. I stamped on X-Press Copic Blending cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and then colored with Copic markers C1, C3, C5 and a Silver Prismacolor pencil. I added a little sparkle to the skates' pom poms with Crystal Stickles.
I added some bling to my bow and a couple of snowflake brads. The background is embossed with Lifestyle Craft's Zig Zag embossing folder. Everything is held together with i {stick} papers red line tape and Zva Creative Adhesives.

Thanks for stopping by today! Be sure to comment along the way for the awesome prizes from Really Reasonable Ribbon! Now off to Heidi's blog, for some amazing eye-candy!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Holiday Blitz: Folded Christmas Trees

I love the Holiday Blitz Tutorials that are being shared each day in the Resources section at Splitcoaststampers. There are SO many fun ones that we will probably be doing a lot of them in my Technique Challenges up to the holidays! Every other Monday I host the Technique Lover's Challenge at SCS and today I chose FOLDED CHRISTMAS TREE.
The challenge is so much fun -- it looked so hard when I saw Beate's sample and even when I glanced at her amazing tutorial , but it is SO EASY! You have to try these. It took like two minutes to make the tree.

I used papers from Echo Park to make my tree and cut the circle with my circle cutter (about 5.5").  I scored each section with my Scor-Buddy. The layers are held together using i {stick} papers red-line tape. I added Kaiser Pearls along the bottom of the trunk and at each design change. The sentiment is from Flourishes' Cowboy Christmas, available at i {heart} papers. 

I hope you will try these fun trees. Come play along in the challenge today!
i {heart} papers is celebrating Black Friday every Friday in November with a sale each Friday-Sunday in November, with the culmination on Black Friday-Cyber Monday. Stay tuned each week!

Stamps: Cowboy Christmas by Flourishes (available at i {heart} papers) 
Paper: Winter Park DP by Echo Park, Naturals White, Cherry Cobbler, Night of Navy 
Ink: Cherry Cobbler 
Accessories: MS branch punch, circle cutter, Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Doily dies, Spellbinders Oval die, Kaiser Pearls, silk flower, i {stick} papers red-line tape, Scor-Buddy

Friday, November 9, 2012

It's a Birthday Celebration~!

Today I am sharing a winter creation using Snow Friends from Whimsie Doodles. I think these two snowmen are the cutest! We don't have any snow where I live yet (thankfully!), but I know lots of people have gotten it already~! I am sending lots of prayers and hugs to all my Northeast friends.

I printed my images on Georgia Pacific White cardstock and then colored in using Copic markers.
I added some Crystal Stickles to the stars and also to make a little snow. The lace is from Really Reasonable Ribbon: Pink Crochet Lace. I added some sparkly ric rac for added shimmer. The inside shows the sentiment that comes with the set:
My designer paper is by My Mind's Eye from the Merry Little Christmas 6x6 Collection.

Today I am celebrating the birth of my amazing and wonderful son, Steven. Twenty-four years ago today he came into this world, and it has been a joy every day. Not just saying that. Really mean it!

The first photo was when he was 3 months old -- ready to go to his first photo shoot. :)
The second is at his wedding two years ago (he just celebrated his anniversary three days ago!)
And while he is on a beach in Mexico this week, celebrating with his lovely wife, I will be celebrating with James Bond. Yep. Skyfall. Today. Next best thing. ;)
Stamps: Snow Friends by Whimsie Doodles
Ink: Copic markers R83, R85, C3, E35, E37, G21, G24, G94, BG72, B00
Paper: Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink, GP White CS, Merry Little Christmas DP (MME)
Accents: snowflake sticker (K & Co.), Circle dies (SB), rhinestones (Recollections), embossing folder (Cuttlebug), Crystal Stickles, pink crochet lace (RRR), sparkly ric rac (stash)

Challenges for this card: 
Christmas Stampin' All Year Long - must be Christmas - Anything goes 
Crafty Catz - Anything Goes
Delightful Challenges - Let it snow/snowflakes 
Paper Play - Snowflakes 
Crimbo Crackers - must be Christmas - Snowmen 
Craft Us Crazy - Favourite color and/or holiday theme 
Fun with Shapes & More - must include die cut/punch - The 1st Snow

Thursday, November 8, 2012

A Rainbow of Thanks - in Ten Minutes!

There are lots of fun new sets just released yesterday at The {Stamps} of Life with Stephanie Barnard. I love this wish2make set - simple and classy!

I used Stephanie's Premium Inks to stamp each color, and then added a little shimmer to the ends with Crystal Stickles. Took a little extra to dry, but ten minutes to make! The embossing folder is by Sizzix.

Have a great day~!
Stamps: wish2make (The {Stamps} of Life with Stepnaie Barnard) Paper: Neenah Solar White 
Ink: Stephanie's Premium Inks (Colorbox) in Strawberry, Tangerine, Banana, Spearmint, Blueberry, Grape 
Accessories: Sizzix embossing folder, Crystal Stickles

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Happy Birthday Mr. Hambo!

Today the Hambo Stamps' Bacon Bits are celebrating a new challenge at the Hoedown with birthday wishes for Tim Hunter [aka Mr. Hambo]! Tim's birthday is tomorrow, and we wanted to start his special day a little early.

Be sure to check out the fun challenge and brand new digi release at the Hoedown! There are a few challenge options this week, so choose your fancy! I decided to go with the "Checkerboard" option:
I used Possum - 4211 and Be As Special - 4210 for my images. I stamped in VersaFine Onyx Black ink, and then colored in using Copic markers. My designer paper is from the Loyal Collection by Authentique.

Head over to the Hoedown and wish Tim a happy day, and then check out what the rest of the team made!
Stamps: Possum 4211 and Be As Special 4210 (Hambo Stamps)
Paper: GP White, Mellow Moss, Authentique Loyal DP
Ink: Copic markers, Clear Spica Glitter pen (on trees) and VersaFine Onyx Black
Accents and Tools: Spellbinders dies, Lil' Inkers Cloud dies

Other challenges for this card:

Anything Goes Challenge - Anything Goes at Anything Goes

Cards For Men - must be masculine - Anything Goes
Kaboodle Doodles - Anything Goes  
Lexi's Creations - Special Birthday    
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Loves Rubber Stamps - Anything Goes
LEJ Designs - Use Die Cuts Or Punches
Bearly Mine - Anything Goes

Monday, November 5, 2012

Always Love You

Today's creation incorporates three Splitcoast challenge! The Technique Challenge was to use layered scallops. The CAS Challenge had a Pinterest inspiration photo, and Lydia's HYCCT Challenge was to be inspired by A Walk in the Woods.
I used the adorable Autumn Owls die and stamp set by The Stamps of Life with Stephanie Barnard. I LOVE how there are dies for each stamp in the set!
I love scallops and since my owl has them on his tummy, he came to mind when I saw Joan's fun Technique challenge. I layered two different patterns from my designer paper choices - both chosen using the Pinterest photo provided in the CAS Challenge.
Lydia's HYCCT1231 Challenge: A Walk in the Woods, was to inspire us with something from nature. We have lots of turkeys in our neighborhood, but I have to travel a little to see an owl. :)

If you have not yet tried Stephanie's Premium Inks, I URGE you to get some ASAP. As she tells in her video, there is a smooth stamping surface on the ink, so what you get is a clean, solid image, rather than the pattern on the ink pad (linen, or criss cross or whatever). I absolutely LOVE these inks - and had no idea there was such a difference from what I had been using. I LOVE them!

Thanks for taking a peek!  

On a fun note, my S'Mores project won Top Five at Cupcake Inspirations~!

Stamps: Autumn Owls by The Stamps of Life with Stephanie Barnard 
Paper: The Paper Studio solid CS, Jack and Jill Quite Contrary MME DP 
Ink: Stephanie's Premium Inks (Colorbox) 
Accessories: Autumn Owls dies, buttons (Buttons Galore), Pink Sorbet Baker's Twine (The Twinery), scallop die (SNSS), Zig Zag EF (Lifestyle Crafts), paper piercer 

Other challenges for this card:
Gingerloft - No coloring Allowed 
That Craft Place - Tic Tac Toe - dies, buttons, scallop border
Penny Black and More - Any Die will Do
Challenges 4 Everybody - Always Anything Goes