Monday, November 30, 2015

Tomorrow is the 1st of the Month!!

First, let me apologize for being absent for so long.  Sometimes, life just gets busy and hectic, and that is exactly what's been happening here!  I do hope that you all had a memorable Thanksgiving.

Tomorrow is the first of the month and that means it's time for another Blogging Friends Blog Hop!  I hope you will be able to join us for some fun.

Please check back tomorrow beginning at 5:00 a.m. EDT to see what we've been up to this month!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Penguin Says "Let it Snow!"

This is another card I made using the  Snow Place bundle.  I found my inspiration on Pinterest.

The igloo was made by punching out a 2 1/2" circle in whisper white and embossing it with the brick wall embossing folder.  The entry to the igloo was made by punching out a 1" circle and a 3/4" circle.  The snow banks were made by tearing strips of whisper white cardstock and running a bead of dazzling details along them to make the glistening snow.  The sky with falling snow was made by embossing a piece of soft sky cardstock with the softly falling embossing folder and adding scattered dots of dazzling details on some of the impressions.  And the adorable little penguin was made with the Snow Place bundle.  With the coordinating thinlits, that stamp set is a breeze to work with and to add lots of dimension.  The ear muffs are popped up  with Stampin' Dimensionals.  The card base is Real Red, which I thought was the perfect choice since the penguin's earmuffs and scarf are also in real red.  The penguin was stamped with basic black, and his nose and feet were colored with pumpkin pie markers.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Snow Family

I usually design a few different Christmas cards that get sent to different sets of people -- elderly aunts and uncles, younger cousins and friends, non-celebrating friends, etc. I have been spending some time coming up with some designs, and I actually thought I was all set.  Then I had a stamp class this weekend, and I think I've changed my mind - AGAIN!  This is one of the cards we made in the class.  I had initially made this one with four snowmen because my husband and I have two daughters, and I thought this would represent our family.  As I designed for the class, it was getting late, and my creativity had gone to bed so the snow people are minimally decorated/accessorized.  So . . . this is going to be the basis for one of my Christmas cards.  I'll play with it some more and redesign it, but this is my starting point.

I used the Snow Place bundle for this card. There are so many possible ways to dress up and accessorize the snow people!  I stamped the trees with the Happy Scenes stamp set and then tore some cardstock to make the snow.  It doesn't show up well, but the snow has some Dazzling Diamonds on it and it sparkles nicely.  I'm thinking I'll add some arms to the snow people and maybe some buttons or an ice cream cone!  Check out all the pieces to this set!

Stamp Set/Thinlit Die:  Snow Place bundle, Happy Scenes
Markers:  Pumpkin Pie

Sunday, November 1, 2015

It's Time for Another Blog Hop!

Welcome to the November Blogging Friends Blog Hop!  This month's theme is Fall/Thanksgiving.  I'm sure you'll find loads of inspiration as you venture from blog to blog.  The talent is amazing, so please play along with us!

As an added bonus, and because I'm grateful for the opportunity to play with paper and share my projects, I'm offering a prize for one lucky blog viewer.  All you have to do to be entered into the drawing is follow this blog and leave a comment telling me where you're from.  At the end of the month, I'll choose a winner using  The  winner will receive some free products from Stampin' Up!  (at least $10 value).  I'm sorry, but only non-SU demos can enter!

Now, on to this month's projects.  I went a bit gung-ho and have four projects to share!

First is my Thanksgiving favor.

Since I am hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year, I thought I would place these cute little favors at each place setting.  They're not filled yet, but I'm planning on filling small cello bags with some delicious home made glazed almonds! (I have to dig out that recipe I found last year!!)  This was made using the Fry Box Bigz Die.   For the base, I used Mossy Meadow cardstock.  The patterned paper is from a retired line (can't remember the name, but it was something like Harvest . . . ??)  I just love the little Blackberry Bliss acorns on it!  I made the tag using the Project Life Seasonal Snapshot 2015 stamp set (I'm so NOT a project life crafter, but I love this stamp set!).  I stamped the sentiment using Mossy Meadow onto Whisper White and layered it onto a scrap of Mossy Meadow.  The ribbon is Mossy Meadow 5/8" Striped Cotton Ribbon.  I'm sure these will look awesome when they're filled with the pretty bags of almonds!

My next project was cased from one of Dawn Griffith's videos.  Rather than try to explain how I made this adorable scarecrow, I'll share Dawn's link here.  I did make a few changes:  instead of using the 2 1/2" circle punch for the brim of the hat, I used the 2 3/8" scallop circle punch; instead of using the burlap ribbon, I used some raffia (I would have liked the burlap, but I was fresh out!).  I also didn't have any corrugated paper, so I ran my paper through a crimper for the same effect.

Cardstock:  Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black
Ink:  Crumb Cake, Delightful Dijon, Pumpkin Pie
Die:  Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlit
Punches:  Note Tag, 2 3/8" Scallop Circle, Bow Builder, Bird Builder (to make the nose), Owl Builder (for the eys)
Markers: Basic Black, white gel pen, black gel pen

My next project is a Thanksgiving card I made for a special friend.  I decided to play with the 2014-2016 In Colors since they're just perfect for fall cards.  The base is Hello Honey; the next layer is Mossy Meadow, and the card front is Very Vanilla.  I used the Sheltering Tree stamp set.  The tree itself was stamped using Soft Suede.  I stamped two layers of leaves, once with Hello Honey and the other with Tangelo Twist.  The grass is stamped with Mossy Meadow, and the sentiment is stamped with Hello Honey.  I added the faux stitching in Hello Honey with one of the stamps in the Project Life Seasonal Snapshot 2015 stamp set.  The bow was made using some dark green embroidery floss that I had.

This last card is actually one that was made at a recent class I had, and I thought it fit into this month's blog theme nicely so I decided to share it (also, since I hadn't gotten around to posting it after the class, I thought this would be a good time!).  Again, I used the 2014-2016 In Colors.  The card base is Hello Honey, the next layer is Lost Lagoon embossed with the Modern Mosaic  Embossing Folder.  The window scene was made by sponging Lost Lagoon and Mossy Meadow on Very Vanilla.  The tree is from the Happy Scenes Stamp Set.  The window was cut out of Very Vanilla sponged with Soft Suede using the Hearth and Home Thinlets (available as a bundle).  The leaves on the window sill are made with Bird Builder punch and sponged with Hello Honey and Tangelo Twist.  I finished it off with a bow made from a few layers of jute.

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