Saturday, December 27

More Cards-- part three

Here are the last of my hand-stamped cards from my friends. Enjoy!
From: Suzi Wolfe From: Mary Sue Cacciato From: Christine Harradine

Friday, December 26

Cards from Fabulous Friends part two

Merry Christmas to you!

Here are a few more hand-stamped Christmas cards from some of my marvelous friends.
From: Anne Davis
From: Angel Clements
From: Debbie Marcinkiewicz

Wednesday, December 24

Amazing Cards from Fabulous Friends

I hope everyone is enjoying their holidays. Merry Christmas to all!

I thought I would share some of the amazing hand-stamped cards that I have received from some of my friends. They are all lovely. I will share some more over the next couple of days.
As you can tell Snow Swirled was a popular set this year. Enjoy!
From: Nicole Segnere

From: Teresa Wilson

From: Susan Harris

Tuesday, December 16

Dandelion Wishes

Here is another set that I have fallen in love with. If you know me, you know I make fun of V-day a lot.. but I think A Happy Heart is probably my favorite Valentine's Day set ever. Between the dandelion and the great heart, it's really a gorgeous set. Remember, it's only available for about another month. This set is in the Holiday Mini Catalog.
This is a very simple card. I got the idea from my friend Sheri's blog and then added the Amy touch. The dandelion is stamped in Pretty in Pink, and the stem is markered in Chocolate Chip ink and stamped on Whisper White, then layered on Pretty in Pink and then on Chocolate Chip cardstock. I added a small little pink rhinestone brad for a little bling in the middle of the dandelion. I added the greeting in Chocolate Chip as well.

The card is Pretty in Pink on a Chocolate Chip back layer. The designer paper is from the Sweet Always set. Then I added the wide Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon with a tiny bit of Pretty in Pink tied in. The dandelion was put on with dimensionals for a little pop. Like I said, very simple card.

Set: A Happy Heart
Ink: Chocolate Chip and Pretty in Pink
Cardstock: Whisper White, Chocolate Chip and Pretty in Pink
Accessories: Rhinestone Brad, 1/16" punch, Sweet Always DSP, Wide Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon, Narrow Pretty in Pink Grosgrain Ribbon

Friday, December 12

Fall/Winter Retirement-- 10% off

It's that time of year again... time to retire some well loved stamp sets from the current Fall/Winter catalog to make room for lots of new stamps in the upcoming Spring/Summer catalog. Be sure to get your faves before they are gone. Click on the picture above for a complete list of the retiring sets. Remember, they are only available to order until January 18... and the 10% discount only applies through Dec. 23rd. And add on FREE Shipping if you place a $70 order by Dec 23rd.

Monday, December 8

The cutest box EVER

Check out this wonderful little idea. I fell in love with this over at Andrea Walford's blog. If you haven't checked it out, you should. She has a great holiday blitz going on with new projects every day.

So this box is rather complicated... I had a template for a smaller box and I just kept working it until I got it the right size to fit the test tubes. Aren't they cute! They had these test tubes at Michaels and I found the last pack right after Halloween. This box has two test tubes, one with hot chocolate and one with marshmallows. (I used to be a biology teacher in my former life so I just adore these test tubes.)

The box is Baja Blue, with Ski Slope designer paper. The bottom tag is made from Two Cool Dudes and the top tag is made from the one of the holiday rub-on sets.
They are tied on with the silver cord and the wide Real Red Grosgrain ribbon.

Army of Snowpeople

Check out this cute little gift idea. It's a jumbo Hershey Bar under that cute little snowperson. I found something similar on Dawn's blog and added a few little things to make it mine. So easy that it really doesn't even need an explanation! Enjoy!

My mom decided to make some of the regular size bars for her friends this year as well as for a craft show I'm doing. So here she is (in our messy room) making 36 of these folks. She did a fabulous job. They look like a little army of snowpeople.

Ronald McDonald House Volunteer Get Together

So yesterday I hosted our 2nd annual holiday get together for the volunteers at the Chapel Hill Ronald McDonald House. We had a great time. Last year we started to get together early in December and make cards to take to the house for residents to use during the season. They were so appreciative. As you can imagine, Christmas cards is one of the last things on your mind when your child is having health issues.
This year, there were 6 of us and each of us created a card and had supplies for each person to do 2 of them. Six designs, 12 of each for 72 total! I just know they will love them. Everyone came up with such great designs-- cute but easy. Thanks to Brenda, Ellen, Nan and Rosalind for sharing your afternoon with us!

Thursday, December 4

More from the I Wish Kit

Did I mention how much I love this Simply Scrappin' Kit. It's not just for scrappin'!
Last night I created about 8 more cards with this kit and I still have lots of pieces left to create with. I've been using a lot of the holiday rub-ons with this kit. Not a whole lot of stamping going on with these cards. But I love 'em.

Tuesday, December 2

I Wish

One of my favorite things in the catalog is the "I Wish" Simply Scrappin' Kit. The designer paper inside is yummy and the adhesive die cuts are fabulous. Not to mention it has Whisper White TEXTURED paper. I didn't even know we sold that! Too cool.

I had some stamping time with friends last night and started to create my holiday cards using the I Wish set, some ribbon and punches, and several of the rub-on sets. If I wasn't already addicted to rub-ons, I would be now. So far I have 12 cards and sooooo much more stuff to create with. These kits really are a bargain. Above is the overall stack of cards. A couple of favorites are below. Hope you enjoy!