Monday, December 31, 2012

Bidding Adieu to the 2012 Holiday Catalog

Hello, Studio Visitors!  This weekend's projects mostly came from the Holiday Catalog, which expires on January 2...  Please contact me soon if there's something you need (or click on the {Shop} button to shop 24/7)!

The centers of these flowers are from the Snow Flurries Bigz Die.  The inspiration for this card came from one of my favorite linen catalogs...

These elliptical shapes are from the Ornament Keepsakes set (and coordinating Framelits):

In an earlier post, you've seen me tuck some starlight mints inside this canning jar (aside from the fruit that the set comes with).  Here's another way to use it to make it a versatile set for your stash:

I loved using this Merry Minis set and its coordinating Punch Pack this season.  Here's a quick and simple New Years' card:

Thinking ahead to Valentine's Day, here's a card made with two sets.  First, the sweet Hostess set, Mixed Medley (lots of cute scalloped circle images and smaller 3/4-inch images to fit inside!) can be found on the ribbon.  I used the sentiment from the Seasonal Sayings set on the Melon Mambo piece that I then fed through my Big Shot for the polka dot embossing...

The cupcake liner on this sweet and simple card comes from the Festival of Prints Designer Series Paper stack (which I'll sorely miss)...  The Cupcake Builder punch makes for such a quick and easy project!

This "Thank You" project is actually a gift box; I've got a video that I'll post this week to show you how quick and easy it is.  

Wishing you a healthy and happy 2013!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

{12 Weeks of Christmas} Week 10 -- Quick and Easy ANYTIME Gift

Here's a quick and easy gift to make to give any time of the year!

My scoring lines (made with my super easy-to-use Stampin' Trimmer) were at 1-3/4, 2-3/4, 6, 7, 9-1/2 and 10-1/2 inches.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

{12 Weeks of Christmas} -- Hostess/Teacher Gift

This year's gift to teachers, hostesses, service providers, girlfriends, etc, was a jar of hand-stamped notes.  One can never have too many Thank You notes, so that was my thought here...

From the 2012 Holiday Catalog, I used the Designer Series Fabric to decorate the top of the jar (I included a bow around the lid, as well, but forgot it before I took this picture).

This card is a re-run of what I've made before.  I used the Festival of Prints DSP in the Holiday Catalog to make the easy strip.  Once the entire card face was assembled (minus the ribbon embellie), I fed it through my Big Shot for the texture...

I love the look of this 3-D ornament from Tags til Christmas!

You might recognize this technique from my early "Negative" post.  This card also uses the Festival of Prints DSP from the Holiday Catalog.  What a snap!

My bows and knots look so good when I tie them using the Seam Binding Ribbon!

Hope you're enjoying the magic of the season!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

{12 Weeks of Christmas} Week 8 -- Woven Ribbon Wreath Tutorial Video

Hooray!  I've finally mastered my first Apple video!  My iPhone captured the video (nice and crisp, if I do say so) and I've uploaded and edited it on my Mac.  Whew!  For a PC girl, this was quite a learning curve.  Still at it, but I'm thrilled with my first video (in *way* too long).

Pour yourself a cuppa, get comfy and enjoy the video (and please let me know what you think!)!

Stampin' Up! Supplies:

Stamps:  Beautiful Season (W122680, C122682)

Papers:  Basic Gray (121044), More Mustard (100946), Cherry Cobbler (119685), and Very Vanilla (124301) card stocks

Inks:  Basic Gray Classic Ink (126981)

Accessories:  Big Shot (113439), Perfect Polka Dots TIEF (117335), Perfect Pennants Bigz L Die (123126), 1-1/4" Circle Punch (119861), Riding Hood Red taffeta ribbon (122988), Linen Thread (104199), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579)

Saturday, December 1, 2012

{12 Weeks of Christmas} Week 7 -- Product Focus: Ornament Punch

I've really enjoyed using the Ornament punch this season.  As you can see from the following projects, I've used it in conjunction with the Tags til Christmas set (see the second image), or I've used it in other ways.
I stamped the image of the sweet dog from Storybook Friends and then punched the ornament, holding the punch upside down.

I stamped and punched in the same order with the Tags til Christmas set...

I love this non-traditional color scheme for Christmas!  Melon Mambo, Elegant Eggplant and Old Olive...

The following project was created to simulate this runway show from the Runway Inspired Challenge (such a fun idea for a challenge blog!):

 I stamped and inked the ornament image from Tags til Christmas in three different colors, punched them, and adhered them slightly apart to mimic the lines in the forward-facing model's dress...

 I made this card, using the negative of the ornament punch.  I first punched the ornament and then centered the bigger sheet of card stock in the scallop circle (it's easier to center the image and handle the card stock when you do it this way).  Then I adhered the ribbon to the flipside of the Baja Breeze scallop to make it look like a candy cane (I used Whisper White and Riding Hood Red taffeta ribbon).

Please let me know if you have any questions...  Wishing you the magic and peace of the season!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving and a {Sneak Peek}

I hope you had a restful and fun Thanksgiving weekend!  Here's to a good start to your week...

Saturday, November 24, 2012

{12 Weeks of Christmas} Week 6 -- Easy Gift Bag

One quick way to make gift packaging for bulkier hostess gifts (that preclude you from using card stock or Designer Series Paper as the body of your project) is to adhere your artwork to the packaging.  I made this simple (card front!) panel and adhered it to a paper sack for a shabby chic presentation.

What's inside?  Mittens and a new whistle for our fabulous crossing guard at school.  She's an unsung hero and needs something toasty for her hands.

A length of the Crumb Cake seam binding ribbon (just like the one I tied around the More Mustard snowflake) ties the project together (both literally and figuratively; please forgive the pun).  I love that the Crumb Cake seam binding is just shimmery enough that it's golden!

The photo doesn't pick it up, but the Norther Flurry Embossing Folder leaves its impression on Shimmery White card stock.  Speaking of the Big Shot, I used the Snow Flurry Bigz Die for the fabulous snowflakes...

A Basic Jewel Rhinestone adds more sparkle.  

The Crumb Cake snowflake has been sponged with Elegant Eggplant Classic Ink to help it stand out against the Cajun Craze snowflake (and to also tie it together with the Elegant Eggplant snowflake on the left).

Stampin' Up! Supplies:

Papers:  Shimmery White (101910), Cajun Craze (119684), Elegant Eggplant (105126), More Mustard (100946) and Crumb Cake (120953) card stocks

Inks:  Elegant Eggplant Classic (126969)

Accessories:  Big Shot (113439), Northern Flurry EF (120902), Snow Flurry Bigz Die (2012 Holiday Catalog:  127813), Crumb Cake Seam Binding Ribbon (122332), Rhinestone Basic Jewels (119246), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

Hope you have a chance to enjoy this lovely season.