Friday, December 31, 2010

Top 10 of 2010

I thought this was a neat idea, to reflect on my blogging/stamping year and pick my ten favorite projects. It was fun to look back and see how my stamping has evolved over the year.

Here they are, in the order they appeared on the blog:

And as a bonus, my favorite non-card project:

Happy New Year! Wishing you a very crafty 2011!!!!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Last Christmas card of the season!

Well, are you ready for Christmas?!?! My daughter's advent calendar reminded me this morning that Christmas Eve is only 3 days away! I'm planning on one more trip to Target this morning, and then hopefully I'll be done with groceries and presents (cross your fingers!)

This card is an update of one I did last year. I changed the kraft panel to the Top Note die cut, which I think makes it more interesting. I also added glitter to the snowflakes, added a Chocolate Chip layer, and changed the Bashful Blue to Baja Breeze. I actually think I prefer the Bashful Blue though. What do you think of the changes?

~Supplies~ (All by Stampin' Up!)
Stamps: Season of Friendship, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Craft White, Baja Breeze
Paper: Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip, Kraft, Whisper White
Accessories: Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Top Note die, dimensionals

Friday, December 17, 2010

Celebrate Blooms

Just a clean and simple card, but it packs a big 3D punch!

Let me tell ya, it was tough figuring out how to adhere the flower to the card. Several glue dots and dimensionals later, and I was satisfied. :)

I thought the "celebrate" sentiment would be a good one. That means I could use this card later on for a birthday, baby girl, or even a bridal shower.

Stamps: Framed (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Chocolate Chip (Stampin' Up!)
Paper: Stamper's Select White, Dark Chocolate, Sweet Blush, and Happy Spots patterned paper (PTI)
Accessories: Bloom Builders die, Dark Chocolate vintage button, twine (PTI)

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Teacher Gifts

Now that my daughter is in preschool, I love to give her teachers card sets for the holidays and other occasions. I like to take one design, use a couple different coordinating color schemes, and use a variety of sentiments so they are truly "all occasion" card sets.

This is one card set that is going to her teacher tomorrow. Here is a close up of one of the cards.

Stamps: Little Birdie (My Sentiments Exactly)
Ink: Old Olive, Rose Red (Stampin' Up!)
Paper: Whisper White, Old Olive, Rose Red, Bashful Blue, So Saffron, Junior Varsity DSP (SU)
Accessories: Scallop Border punch, Rose Red grosgrain ribbon, dimensionals, corner rounder punch (SU)

The clear boxes are from Papertrey Ink. An awesome way to package up your cards for gift giving!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Merry Christmas

I CASE'd this beauty from Jen Sannes - love her work! The finished size is a little different - 4 x 7 inches. A bit unexpected. :)

Stamps: Dasher, Christmas Greetings (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Chocolate Chip (SU); Chamomile Tea Dye (Papertrey Ink)
Paper: Kraft, Baja Breeze, Whisper White, DSP (SU)
Accessories: Top Note die, white grosgain ribbon, dimensionals (SU)

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Papertrey November Blog Hop Challenge

It's time for another Papertrey Ink blog hop! This month's theme was holiday tags. Perfect, because I need to make them anyway!

I made several different tags from a variety of shapes, but used the same color scheme (Kraft, Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Baja Breeze, and Cream) and some of the same embellishments (red buttons, striped paper, and cream felt ric rac) to tie them together. Fun!

I've already used this one below - it is currently decorating my MIL's Thanksgiving hostess gift.

Did you all notice my new floral frog card holder?!?! Nice huh?

Stamps: Tiny Treats: Christmas, Tiny Treats: Halloween, Fillable Frames #9 (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze, Real Red,
Paper: Kraft, Baja Breeze, Merry Moments DSP (SU); Vintage Cream (PTI)
Accessories: Old Olive and Peach Parfait markers, linen thread, 1.75 circle punch (Stampin' Up!); Pure Poppy Vintage buttons, Mat Stack 1 die, Mat Stack 4 die, Fillable Frames #9 die, Ric Rac die, Vintage Cream felt (PTI); T1 Copic marker

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Pumpkin Bread

We are getting together with my in-laws and a bunch of their family tomorrow for Thanksgiving. In addition to my contributions to dinner (strawberry jello salad and pecan pie), I decided to make a double batch of my special pumpkin bread for everyone to take home. And of course I wanted to make special labels! It was super easy - I just cut the adhesive sheets with my Big Shot and die, then stamped directly on the die cut white adhesive shapes. I used the Chamomile Tea Dye to distress it a little so it wasn't so stark white.

I really don't know how I survived without the Mat Stack 1 and its coordinating stamp set. I've been using it everywhere!!! This Yummy stamp fits so perfectly with the curve, don't you think?

I hope everyone likes their gift!!!

Stamps: Mat Stack 1 Collection (Papertrey Ink); Yummy (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Real Red (SU); Chamomile Tea Dye (PTI)
Paper: White Adhesive Sheet (PTI)
Accessories: Mat Stack 1 die, Pure Poppy Vintage buttons (PTI); linen thread, glitter (SU)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Christmas Thank You Notes

I loved my thank you note so much from the other day that I decided to mass produce it as my Christmas thank you notes this year. I didn't add any buttons, so that they were easier to make and easier to mail, but otherwise the layout is the same.

Here is the stack.


Stamps: Big and Bold Wishes (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Chamomile Tea Dye (PTI); Black Onyx (Versafine); Garden Green, Real Red (Stampin' Up!)
Paper: Vintage Cream (PTI); Real Red, Merry Moments DSP (SU)
Accessories: Mat Stack 1 die (PTI); cream satin ribbon (Target); red twill ribbon (Michael's); dimensionals (SU)

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Thank you

I have depleted my stash of Thank You cards, so I had a purpose when I sat down to play with my new goodies the other day. I've been digging the Big and Bold Wishes stamp set recently, plus I just got the Mat Stack 1 and October Afternoon papers. Bingo!

Stamps: Big and Bold Wishes (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Ocean Tides, Chamomile Tea Dye (PTI); Black Onyx (Versafine)
Paper: Aqua Mist, Vintage Cream (PTI); The Thrift Shop patterned paper (October Afternoon)
Accessories: Mat Stack 1 die, Aqua Mist satin ribbon, Aqua Mist vintage buttons (PTI); linen thread (Stampin' Up!)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

CAS Wedding card

This card came about after I made my baby cards the other day, and I had the Lemon Tart and Kraft scraps still sitting out. Sometimes the best (and easiest!) cards are made when you already have the stuff out for some other reason, and the new card just magically comes together!

Stamps: Big and Bold Wishes (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Certainly Celery, Crumb Cake (Stampin' Up!)
Paper: Kraft (SU); Lemon Tart, Stamper's Select White, Dotty Biscotti (PTI)
Accessories: Scallop Border punch, Certainly Celery ribbon (SU)

Monday, October 25, 2010

October 2010 Papertrey Ink Blog Hop

Festivus....the holiday for the rest of us!

This month's blog hop theme is winter holidays other than Christmas. I thought I'd keep it fun and lighthearted with a card to celebrate Festivus, which is December 23. It's also kind of a shout out to my husband Matt, who loves Seinfeld. :)

Part of Festivus is the "Airing of Grievances" - thus the couch.

Hope you have a great holiday season, no matter what holiday you celebrate!!!!

Stamps: On My Couch (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Black Onyx (Versafine); Chamomile (PTI)
Paper: Vintage Cream, Aqua Mist, Berry Sorbet (PTI); The Thrift Shop patterned paper (October Afternoon)
Accessories: circle and scallop circle punches (Marvy); Ledger Alphabet Stickers (October Afternoon); Ocean Tides twill ribbon (PTI); corner rounder (EK Success)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Babies, babies, everywhere!

I guess it's that time of my life where all my friends are having babies! There have been a TON of 2010 babies in my circle of friends and family (starting with my own, of course!), and my stash of baby cards has been seriously depleted. Time to whip up some new ones!!!

I made several of these in both pink and blue!

Stamps: Goody-Goody Gumdrops (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Black; So Saffron, Peach Parfait, Crumb Cake, Pretty in Pink, and Bashful Blue markers (SU)
Paper: Whisper White and Kraft (SU); Lemon Tart, Dotty Biscotti (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Large Oval and Scallop Oval punches (SU); Pretty in Pink and Bashful Blue satin ribbon (SU); dimensionals (SU)

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Tiny Treats card

I got inspired today! Very quick and easy card. This took me about 10 minutes to make, and that's only because I hadn't used the frame stamp before and there was a tiny learning curve for figuring out the best way to stamp it, and so I messed up two other pieces of white paper before I finally got a good image. :)

I colored the dinos with SU markers, outlined them with the T1 Copic, and added Stickles to the little hearts for a teeny bit of sparkle.

This would make a cute set of notecards, don't you think?

Stamps: Framed, Tiny Treats: Valentine (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Onyx Black (Versafine)
Paper: Stamper's Select White (PTI)
Accessories: Pear Pizzazz and Melon Mambo Markers (Stampin' Up!); T1 Copic; Stickles

Monday, October 4, 2010

Wall Art for Baby Zachary

I got to meet beautiful 2 week old baby Zachary yesterday. His nursery is decorated in a green and brown jungle theme using the Papagayo set from Lambs & Ivy. I wanted to make him some wall art to hang in his nursery that matched the bedding set.

Here is the nursery set and a close up of the quilt. I tried to mimic the quilt squares in my wall art.

(Photo credit - Baby Super Mall)

I used a million different stamp sets and patterned papers so I'm not going to list them all. Let me know if you have any questions about something specific. The colors I used were: Lemon Tart (Papertrey Ink), Pumpkin Pie, Bashful Blue, Kraft, Soft Suede, Old Olive, and Certainly Celery (Stampin' Up!).

Here are a few close ups:

One last shot of the finished product: