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Monday, December 29, 2008

Christmas cash? Here a few Christmas sales for ya...

Hi everyone! I know it has been quite some time since I have been able to post and I knew that was going to happen with Christmas. I have not had a chance to stamp in well over a week so I hope I will remember how LOL. So unfortunately, I still don't have a card to post but I know that in the next couple of days I will. Tuesday is my day to post on the DRS Designs blog so I have a couple cards to share with you there also.

Anyway, there are a few cool sales going on with some of the companies I design with so I thought I would take just a minute to share them with you in case you were a fortunate recipient of some Christmas cash and you would like to pick something up for yourself.

Sweet N Sassy stamps has a year end sale going on with 10%-40% off select merchandise including, stamps, paper, inks etc. So be sure to pop on over there to see what bargains you can find. Also, be sure to stop back here on my blog on Thursday where I will have some sneak peeks to show you from the upcoming release on Friday. I will also have some pretty nice blog candy to offer to you as well.

Verve stamps- save 10%-20% off select stamp sets through Dec.31st

High Hopes- save 25% off the project of the month stamps. I usually have a sample to show you but this month I ran short on time so if you click on the link I provided you can see samples from 2 of the other divas featuring the POTM stamps.

Happy shopping everyone and hope you can visit again soon when I have some cards to share with you.

Friday, December 19, 2008

A week of challenges

Hi there everyone! I know it has been awhile since I have posted but like many of you I have been really busy trying finish things up for Christmas. I probably won't be able to post much until after the New Year either. I have some things that I worked on this week that I would like to share with you.

First up is my card that I made for the hanna stamps weekly challenge which I am the hostess of.

The challenge is to use non-traditional Christmas stamps or colors to create a Christmas project. I used a winter set and pink, celery and cocoa for my card. I colored the image with copics and used stickles on the bg dp I created and the hood. I painted the snowsuit with pink poinsettia blingz shimmerz.

stamps- hanna stamps Ski Bunny, everyday sentiments
CS- pink pirouette, cocoa, celery, white
accessories- grosgrain ribbon, rhinestones, snowflakes cb folder, corner rounder punch, scallop punch, stickles, circle punch

My second card is for both the color challenge and sketch challenges this week on SCS. Due to time, I combined the 2 challenges.

I colored the image with prismapencils and gamsol and a few copics. I used a small paint brush to create the ground and bg behind Santa. I used liquid applique on the trim of the hat and a white gel pen for accents.

stamps- high hopes fishing santa, best fishes
CS- not quite navy, white, Kaisercraft dp
accessories- prismapencils, gamsol, copics, liquid applique, brads, sewing machine

The last project/s I have to show you was for the ways to use it challenge this week. I created some simple ornaments to give as gifts.

I just stamped the snowflake, matted it and added sparkle stickers as an accent. The gold snowflake was embossed and the blue snowflake was sponged. I used stickers for the sparkle because glitter and similar products would not sandwich well between the glass. A tip for you- you can't use more than 3 layers of CS with the frames because they won't close- wonder how I know that LOL? They have a closure on the side of the frames.

stamps- Sweet N Sassy stamps snowflake set
CS- white, metallic gold, blue bayou
ink- blue bayou, soft sky, versamark
accessories- Ranger memory glass and frames, ribbon, stampendous sparkle stickers

Have a wonderful day and hope you are safe and warm. We are having a winter storm right now here and my family and I are staying in and are definitely not going anywhere soon. I certainly don't look forward to shoveling out that is for sure!


Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Sketch challenge 206

Hello everyone, how are your Christmas preparations going? Me- I am far behind this year. Seems I am every year but this year is worse LOL. Oh well, it will be here soon whether I am ready or not.

I have another Christmas card to show you today with a matching ornament that I made. I actually have more ornaments to show you since that is the challenge for DRS designs for the next 2 weeks but I will have to post those another day since there is one more I would like to finish.

Here is my card which I played along with the sketch challenge on Splitcoast today. It was perfect for this image.

I colored the Santas with copic markers and used a spica glitter pen on the beard and liquid applique on the hat trim which was sprinkled with glitter. I stamped the bg paper with candy canes and santa hats with sky ink on sky paper. This layer was then sewn onto the red before attaching to the card base. It occurred to me that some of you might not be familiar with one of my favorite products of the season- liquid applique. This comes in a small pen type container and I purchased it at my local stamp store but it is available many places online and costs around $4. You apply it to the areas that you want a puffy texture. The consistancy is kinda like thick white glue. I many times sprinkle it lightly with glitter before heating it. To heat it, you just use a heat tool that you use for embossing and gently wave it over the wet applique. You will know it is ready when the "glue" starts to get puffy. Easy peasy!

Here is a closer look

I also made a matching ornament so I can use this as a gift set. The ornament was made by stamping one of the santas and coloring it with copics. Again I used a spica clear glitter pen for the beard but I used angel wings shimmerz for the trim. I did this because any type of texture/glitter would not sandwich well between the glass. I used 2X2 memory glass made by Ranger. The frame is also made by Ranger and comes in 3 different finishes. I purchased them at my local stamp store but again they can be found online. The frames come 3 to a pack and were around $5. I can not remember how many glass pieces come in the pack- like 20 I think. Also, my ornament has 4 layers of cardstock (image and 3 mattes) and it is slightly too thick but I made it work. Ideally the frames would work better with 2 and no more than 3.

stamps- high hopes 3 pane Santa, candy cane, santa hat, and sentiment
CS- white, soft sky, red
accessories- clear spica glitter pen, copics (R27, R46, R59, BG10, E00, R32), liquid applique, glitter, angel wings shimmerz, Ranger memory glass, Ranger memory glass frames, sewing machine, white brads, satin ribbon, red grosgrain ribbon

Thank you for visiting me today, I really appreciate it!


Tuesday, December 9, 2008

High Hopes challenge 11

Hi everyone! This card is for the weekly color challenge on SCS and for the high hopes challenge which was to use flowers. If you would like to play along you have a chance to win some stamps from high hopes.

I colored with a combo of copics, prismapencils and gamsol, twinkling H2Os, and aquapainter and inkpads- whew! Stickles were added to the snowflakes, angel wings shimmerz for the snow, spica glitter pen on the snowlady.

To see the info on how and what you can win visit the high hopes blog. This is the last HH challenge for 2008- can you believe it, holy cow!

stamp- high hopes crystal snowlady
CS- white, riding hood red, taken with teal
accessories- prismapencils, copics, angel wings shimmerz, stardust stickles, frosted lace stickles, spica glitter pen, twinkling H2Os, primas, white and red shimmer brads, rhinestones, MS branch punch, cb snowflake folder

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great day!


Sunday, December 7, 2008

Papercraft planet day10

Sweet N Sassy stamps is sponsoring the prize over on papercraft planet today. If you play along with the challenge you have a chance to win a great prize from Sweet N Sassy. Today is 10 lords a leapin so you just need to make a card with a boy image on it. Here is my sample for you:

I colored the image with copics. The bg layer was stamped with the treasure map stamp from the set. I distressed all of the edges either by sanding, sponging or using my distress tool.

stamps- Sweet N Sassy stamps Pirate's Life
CS- kraft, white, basic grey DP
accessories- black brads, twine, sanding block, distressing tool, copics (R27, R37, R59, C7, C9, black, E33, E31, E37, E00, R20)

Don't forget about the sale going on this month over at Sweet N Sassy stamps.

I hope you can play along today. Have a wonderful day!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Snowflakes snowflakes everywhere!

Hi all! I don't have much time so I am just going to post the photos for you and the supplies. The two cards are for the limited supplies challenge on SCS today.

stamps- sweet n sassy stamps snowflakes and primitive christmas for sentiment
CS- shimmer white from PTI (this is very metallic like and so different than SU shimmer white), foil paper from Walmart
ink- brilliance silver, versamark dazzle frost
accessories- silver jewels ep, silver ribbon and cord, SU oval punches, square punch, rhinestones

stamps- Sweet N sassy snowflake set
CS- blue bayou, soft sky, baja breeze, PTI shimmer white
ink- same plus versamark dazzle
accessories- stardust stickles, rhinestones, MS doily lace punch, nesties, organdy ribbon, snowflake cb folder

There is a great sale going on over at Sweet N Sassy stamps. Fall and Christmas sets are all 10%off including the Sarah Kay and Rachelle Anne Miller collections! Receive $5 gift certificate with each $25 GC purchase! Good stuff!

Okay gotta run- have a great night!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Make a wish!

I have another sneak peek to show you. This is a look at I dream of hanna which is going to be released tonight after the release party. The party starts at 9PM EST in the hanna stamps forum on SCS and there are going to be prizes, challenges and chatting so be sure to stop by if you can.

I made this card for my mom for her birthday. I really did it up for her to make it more special. I blinged the envie even! I had to make sure I stitched on the card too because she does not even know that I learned how to sew a little. Last she knows I could not even thread a machine LOL! The challenge on splitcoast was to use envies so this fit right it.

I stamped my image and colored it with copics. I used opal shimmerz on the pants, stickles to accent the jewelry and added a rhinestone to the head piece. I also used shimmerz on the punched flowers. I sewed my dp on my matte and used stickles on the circle around the sentiment.

stamps- I dream of hanna from hanna stamps, verve wonderful wishes (sent), things hanna would say
CS- berry sorbet, pinks dp, white from PTI
accessories- copics (R20, R24, E00, yellows), fruit punch stickles, rhinestones, opal shimmerz, rect nesties, stitched ribbon, sewing machine, daisy punch, SU scallop punch

here is the inside: (PTI birthday basics was used along with one of the accessories from the hanna set)

close up of the envelope

BTW- R24 copic is a great match for PTI berry sorbet.

Hope to see you all at the release party tonight- gotta run and make lunch. Have a great day!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Hanna stamps December sneak peeks

Hi everyone! Tomorrow night after the release party Hanna stamps! is releasing 3 clear stamps sets and 2 Rileys. I have a couple cards using the new stamps to show you.

The first is called slumber party and is a must have if you make cards for pre-teen or teen girls. It is so cute and perfect for me since I have 3 girls and the oldest is 12. I made this card for one of her friends who turns 13 in a couple days. This is the first of her friends to become a teenager- YIKES! The image almost looks like her too so this card will be great.

I colored her with copics, used a spica glitter pen on the white of the jammies and stickles to the hearts and bows. I also sponged both the image and sentiment. The layout is the sketch challenge today on SCS.

stamps- hanna stamps slumber party
CS- bazzill brown, PTI sweet blush, SU olive, white
accessories- spica glitter pen, stardust stickles, rect nesties, satin ribbon, sponge, copics (E33, E37, R24, R32, G21, B00, BG10, E00)

Closer view of sparkle

Here is a peek at van Riley:

I did the color challenge on SCS yesterday for the colors- vanilla, sahara sand, black. I colored Riley with a combo of copics, and blender pen and inkpads.

stamps- hanna stamps van riley, SU sanded bg and loads of love access for sent
accessories- copics, circle nesties, corner rounder punch, paper piercer, sewing machine

Ok, gotta run. I am hoping to actually go to the Y and workout for the first time in quite a while. Have a great day!