Tuesday, October 30

Simple Snowman Card from the Card Class

I think this was overall the second favorite card from the card class. I guess it kinda depends on whether people liked to color or not. I like to color and I like snowmen. This is a cute set from the regular catalog that is kinda lost in there. I think it's adorable. This card was inspired by a card I got in a card swap from my friend Sheri I just changed the set. Hope you like it.

Set: Simple Snowman
Ink: Basic Black, Bashful Blue, Real Red, Old Olive
Cardstock: Real Red, Old Olive, Very Vanilla
Accessories: 5/8" Olive Grosgrain Ribbon, Rectangle Punch, Dashing Designer Paper, Blender Pen

Saturday, October 27

First Holiday Card from my Card Class

As I mentioned I did my Holiday Card Class this last week and here is my first card from the class. I did a poll from all of the customers at my classes and this was the overwhelming winner so I thought I'd post it first. It is really a sharp and classy and relatively easy card. One that could be easily replicated for however many you need to do. It's from one of those winner sets from the holiday mini catalog-- Season of Joy -- and the Holiday Harmony designer paper nicely accompanies it. Love, love, love it! I will really miss the mini when it's gone. There are a couple of sets in there that I'm very much enjoying. You will see just how much over the next couple of days. Hope you enjoy this card.

Set: Season of Joy
Ink: Always Artichoke
Cardstock: Always Artichoke, Purely Pomegranate, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Holiday Harmony designer paper, 2-way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Gold Brad, Corner Rounder Punch, 1/16" punch, Artichoke Grosgrain Ribbon

Friday, October 26

Chipboard Ornamants

So, my Holiday Card Classes are over... and I think based on what my customers had to say that they were a success. I even took out the snowman decorations... I live in an apartment complex and I think my neighbors probably thought I was a little nuts for having snowmen outside already!!! Ah well... gotta get everyone in the spirit-- right?

I'll be posting the four cards we did over the next couple of days. We had a bonus project as well and this is it. Once they finished their 12 cards, they could do a chipboard ornament... from the On Board Trimmings chipboard set from the Holiday Mini Catalog. Here are a couple of samples that I had made up for them to go by.

They really enjoyed this. Some used some new products that they hadn't seen before-- the Trimmings chipboard, Iridescent Ice embossing powder or the Crop-a-Dile.

Set: Snow Burst
Ink: Bashful Blue Craft and Classic, White Craft
Cardstock: Whisper White
Accessories: On Board Trimmings Chipboard, Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Crop-a-Dile, Ice Rhinestone Brads, Silver Cord

Saturday, October 20

Had to Try It--- New Acrylic Card

So this card was for a good friend who is having a baby very soon. It went with her shower gift. It was the perfect opportunity to try an acrylic card.
I used a transparency... you know from those transparency machines we used to have in classrooms... before computers and PowerPoint. I used to be a teacher in a former career and still have a zillion of them. I stamped the polka dot background in white Stazon on the acrylic "card" and there is cardstock on the inside right under the cardstock on the outside where you can write a message.
I think the mom-to-be enjoyed it. She is a stamper too. Isn't that Sweet Pea, just adorable!

Sets: Event Full Hostess Set and Polka Dot Background
Ink: White Stazon, Basic Black
Cardstock: Whisper White, Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery
Accessories: Pink Gingham Ribbon, Blender Pen, Pretty in Pink and Certainly Celery Makers, 1/16" Punch, Transparency Sheet

Friday, October 19

RAKS From my Friends

These are a couple of very fun cards from a couple of very fun gals. Both ladies are in my stamp club and have become very good friends. I have to say that I have THE BEST stamp clubs. I am such a lucky demonstrator.
This first card is the famous criss-cross card... Nicole made this card after I taught it at club and was experimenting with colors and came up with this fabulous combination. I love when folks actually use what I teach. Amazing. That happens more as a demonstrator than when I was teaching high school... imagine that!!!
The second card is just plain cute! The inside says "my favorite things!" And that pretty much describes Debbie... along with the pink on the card. I'm not sure who's shoe stamp this (so I can't give credit), but it sure is cute-- as is the card!

Thanks to you both for making it fun to go to the mailbox!!

Thursday, October 18

Holiday Card Idea

My customers are always wanting to do holiday cards, but they are always torn because they want to send pictures of their gorgeous kids too. So, I came up with this idea for them to do both. This is a 12x12 piece of Whisper White cut at 4 inches and scored at 9 inches. This card has room for the kids picture, a little stamping and a place to write a little greeting... and it fits in a business size envelope. Whadaya think? My club ladies LOVED it. By the way, these are my two lovely nieces Madison (11) and Samantha (1)... they are fabulous aren't they. I'm a very proud aunt!

Set: Season of Joy
Ink: Elegant Eggplant and Versamark
Cardstock: Whisper White, Bashful Blue, Elegant Eggplant and Old Olive
Accessories: Eggplant Grosgrain Ribbon, 3/4" Punch, Ice Rhinestone Brad, Dimensionals

Wednesday, October 17

Carolina Girl

Just a fun post today...
Look at my cute girl Sallie. She's a Carolina girl. True Blue! What a lovable little beagle.

Sunday, October 14

Holiday Card Class

The Holiday Card Class is just around the corner... and there is still time to sign up. Just a few seats are available for the Thursday, October 25th class!

We will be making 12 cards, 4 designs, 3 of each and a special BONUS project.

Cost is $30 and location is at my place in Chapel Hill

E-mail me today to reserve your spot!!

This is not a card that we're doing... I've got to keep something as a surprise... But I thought I'd put a little teaser out there. This is a fun card with one of my favorite sets from the winter mini... Merry and Bright. Love that chubby little snowman. I CASED the idea from this card from SCS, and then changed it up a bit.

Set: Merry and Bright, Snow Burst
Ink: Whisper White, Certainly Celery, Basic Black
Cardstock: Whisper White, Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue
Accessories: Cutie Pie Designer Paper, 1 3/8 and 1 1/4 Circle Punches, Scallop Punch, Wide Celery Grosgrain Ribbon, Silver Brad, Celery and Bashful Blue Marker, White Gel Pen

Wednesday, October 10

In Honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Blog surfing again and loving what everyone is up to in terms of celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness Month so I broke out an old favorite of mine-- the Hope set-- to make a card for this occasion.
Never has this hit so close as this month. My mom had a cancer scare this month. It ended up just being a scare and all is well, but boy it was too close for comfort. My friends were so wonderful. I'm amazed by the power of prayer. And, I've had a friend or two deal with cancer this year and they've been so amazing and strong. I'm in awe of their strength.

My best friend is celebrating 10+ years cancer free. I met her after her battle with cancer. I cannot even begin to imagine my life without her, her family and kids in it. She is one of the most generous, loyal and giving people I've ever known. We take part every year (and helped organize for many years) the Relay For Life in our community. It's a great time to give back and we've met some really phenomenal people through that event.

I have another friend who is taking part in a 60K Susan G. Komen Race in Houston later this month to raise money for breast cancer research. She is doing 60 miles in her wheelchair. I'm in awe of her stamina and desire to make a difference.

People are truly amazing!

Set: Hope
Ink: Basic Black, Pretty in Pink, Versamark
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Pretty in Pink
Accessories: Clear Embossing Powder, Black Eyelets, Crop-a-dile, Pink and Black Grosgrain Ribbons

Sunday, October 7

It's 90 degrees in NC, but never too early for a Snowman

Are you ready for a reallllly cute snoman?

I have to give total credit for the idea to one of my club members Toni. I showed a halloween lantern that was demonstrated at convention at my last club meeting and she said "I bet a snowman would be cute!" Well, the wheels were turning and the next night, viola. Here he is. Isn't he adorable.
I used the Wintergreen Designer Paper. The eyes, mouth and buttons are just punches. The arms are just cut out of chocolate chip card stock and the nose out of only orange. The largest circle is sixteen 11"x1" strips. The middle circle is twelve 8"x1" strips. The head circle is ten 6"x1"strips. I didn't like him bald, so I got the hat at Michaels in the doll clothes section it fits his head perfectly.

Hope you enjoy!

Thursday, October 4

Last of the halloween...

Well, I can't promise this is the last halloween post... being that this is my favorite holiday and all. But I am starting to play with the holiday sets so lots of holiday stuff will be coming soon.

But I have just LOVED this set.... and i mean thoroughly LOVED this set. Do you ever buy a set that you just totally get your money out of? Well, this would be the set. It is so much fun. I love how it fits the punches and the sayings are so cute. If you don't have this set, you need it. Anyhow, here are a couple more samples to help convince you. Have I mentioned how much I love to use GOOGLIE EYES!!!!

Set: Batty for You (duh)
Ink: none
Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White, Green Galore
Accessories: Creepy Crawly Designer Paper, 1 3/8 and 1 1/4 inch Circle Punches, Basic Black and Green Galore Markers, Black Grosgrain and Black Gingham Ribbon

Set: Batty for You
Ink: Basic Black
Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: Creepy Crawly Designer Paper, 1 3/8 and 1 1/4 inch Circle Punches, Crystal Effects, Black Grosgrain and Black Gingham Ribbon and GOOGLIE EYES

Tuesday, October 2

Batty for You Basket

Blog surfing again and lookie what I found... Cambri Turbow is sooo inventive and comes up with the neatest creations. Check out this cute little basket. It is full of peppermint patties that are covered front and back with scallop punches and Batty for You. And yet another great reason to use Googlie Eyes... The basket is really easy to make, but it's probably easiest to go to Cambria's website for the pattern. Great gift ideas for the office or teachers.

Set: Batty for You
Ink: Basic Black
Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie and Basic Black
Accessories: Creepy Crawly Designer Paper, 1 3/8 and 1 1/4 Jumbo Circle and Scallop Punches, Corner Rounder Punch, Large Pewter Eyelets, Crop-a-Dile, Pumpkin Pie Grosgrain Ribbon, Black Brads, Googlie Eyes