October 28, 2009

In keeping with a theme ...

I was inspired by Sera's use of the Razzleberry & Pretty In Pink re-inker combination and created this card when I got home Saturday night. Thanks ladies for the awesome time. I used glossy, pale plumb, whisper white and basic gray CS with gray taffeta ribbon and fire circle brad. Lots of layers and dimensionals. Angie

October 25, 2009

Serene Snowflakes & Vellum

The snowflakes on this card are muted in a sense, with the vellum on top of bashful blue cardstock. The snowflakes are stamped with night of navy, bashful blue, chocolate chip and maybe a few in soft suede. The card takes only a few minutes! I've thought about adding a few elements from the pretties kit, which I may do. I do like it "as is" though! If you are wondering, I do have other stamp sets aside from the three Christmas sets that I've been blogging as of late. After our Christmas party, I have a whole bunch of great ideas. I'm sure the sistas will be blogging them soon! Sera

October 24, 2009

Christmas Party!

Great fun was had by all at our second annual Sista Christmas party. We had swaps, a make & take, plenty of awesome ideas and great cards to share. A huge success. The best part about being a demonstrator is having awesome nights like these with your stamping buddies! Thanks for hosting us Lee Ann! The card above was similar to the make and take we made, yea, sorry, don't have a picture of that one at the moment. I'll share that later. What an awesome event! Thank you sistas! Sera

October 22, 2009

Chocolate flakes

The deer on this card is from the set, Winter Post. There is a strip of Christmas Cocoa DSP that pulls the card together. I put soft suede and chocolate chip together and didn't like the scheme to well at first. I kept stamping snowflakes until I ran out of white space and the card came together. I'm still loving that Serene Snowflakes set! Sera

October 21, 2009

More Dasher

Here is another Dasher card! It isn't too much different than the last Dasher card... more traditional perhaps! My son came into my stamp room the other day and saw this card. He shared with me that he doesn't see "green reindeer" very often (with some sarcasm). So... I asked him if the blue tree he made in Kindergarten a while back was something that he saw very often. "Yeah," he said, "You stamped a blue tree once that gave me the idea!" And there you have it. Sera

October 19, 2009

Sista Kristine's fave holiday set

This delightful decorations set is awesome! I've been working with the Christmas cocoa DSP again and I was able to use the punch to match up two red ornaments that each have an actual design to them. That DSP is pretty cool. If you could only rub it and smell it... then they would have something! This is a simple card that was made to feel the DSP and you can barely see that it does say Happy Holidays in soft suede at the top. Very Fun! Happy Brithday sista Kristine! Sera

October 18, 2009

Simple Serene Snowlakes

Everyone knows how much I like Orchid Opulence (not!) but it matches the rhinestone brads (ice) and I love it with this card. I took the colors from the Cottage Wall DSP (old olive and rich razzleberry too) and was going for the non-traditional holiday card that I mentioned yesterday. I've been cranking out a ton of cards with this set and I do love it! I've had about 1,000 snowflake stamps at one point, but this one is my favorite! Off to finish up some Halloween treats, I'll post those as well. Sera

October 17, 2009

A dashing Dasher

Once I start with Christmas, I get side-tracked from the fall! I enjoy trying some other colors or "non-traditional" colors for holiday cards. Not that this isn't holiday-ish, but using Bella Bleu DSP is something different. If you look behind Dasher, you can see some swirls in sahara sand behind him. Isn't that a great idea? I picked that up from a card a demonstrator made- no name, sorry! I like how it isn't just a reindeer sticking out, the "butterfly dust" (we called it that one time, it's from the priceless set) grounds him a little. I stamped 40 cards yesterday... each one of them is different. I needed samples for my events and had the day off so I "went to town!" Happy Belated Birthday Sista Carmen! Sera

October 16, 2009

Breaking out the Holiday stamps

You may have seen this card on many blogs/sites... this is just my variation. Baroque Motifs was dusted off for this card and I like it! You may not be able to tell here but the color used is Bermuda Bay below and the circle ice rhinestone brad in the center matches perfectly! The card above is in glorious green, another color that I don't use that often. Although now with the holidays just around the corner, it will get some use. I do enjoy the one color with whisper white option. These cards are better up close. My white felt drowns them out some, but regardless, I'm fired up to create Christmas cards that is for sure! Sera

October 12, 2009

Finished product

Just wanted to show you what I ended up with for the pumpkin boxes. I used 3 lg oval punches, sponged around each, layered and used stems from the fgall leaves sizzix die to make the stems and used dimensionals to pop them off the front; added a little raffia. I love it when a plan comes together!!! Angie

October 11, 2009

Pumpkin Box

Just had to share this pumpkin box I made with the top note die. I cut a cardstock oval using the coluzzle (#4 slot from the center - shown here in black) then layed it on the top not and sponged ink around the outsides onto the top note creating the rings of the pumpkin. I worked my way out on each side then back into the center. I sponged color (pumpkin pie) all around the outside for depth and shading. The inside box was made using 4.25 x 11 cs, scored in 1" along the long sides and in 3 3/8" from each end on the other ends; clip where they intersect. Handle is just garden green strip 8.5" by 3/4" and the pumpkin stem is made with the rounded tab punch - fits like a dream!

I do have some embellishing to do with a vine or something maybe using the baroque motifs, but wanted to show you what I've been up to! ~ Angie

October 6, 2009

Another falling leaf

The photo is a little far away, but the leaves were stamped on kraft and then punched out with the small square punch. The acorn is also stamped on kraft and then popped up in the center. I used Dusty Durango and Chocolate Chip as you can see. The pine cones are from the Autumn Traditions DSP. Psst! Did you see BF last night? Sera

October 4, 2009

Autumn 3x3

I've been playing around with my Falling Leaves set again and came up with a few 3x3 cards. Believe it or not, that's razzleberry Lemonade DSP, without the raspberry. That DSP is awesome for everything! There is plenty of Pumpkin Pie in the DSP so this was a perfect fit. I used the big shot die for the leaves with the card on the right. The larger brads added just a little somethin' somethin' that was missing. The cards are simps, but aren't they supposed to be? Yeesh! I do love that thankful leaf. Sera

October 3, 2009

Baby Shower Activity

There was a baby shower given for one of the girls I work with who is expecting. I was not giving the shower, but was asked for some ideas for a fun activity. So of course I thought of stamping! At a previous shower this expectant mom, had given a hand stamped card (that she bought) so I thought this might be somehting she would enjoy. Not knowing that she had never stamped before it turned out great. Here is a lunchbox tin I made for her to keep all her cards in after everyone made them and then to use as a keepsake box after the cards are used up.
With the help of one of the shower planners we went to a local craft store and bought the card making supplies. A set of 50 white notecards and envelopes were used as the bases to start with. Just like I would at a workshop I pre-designed and pre cut enough supplies for the +/- 25 guests that would be at this shower. Here are my 3 designs we started with:
We used retired and current SU! stamps and punches and the designer paper and card stock were from the craftstore, but the colors were close to Pink Passion and Gable Green. The ink color used was Pink Passion.
I was pleasantly surprised to see how creative my co-workers are. Some made a card just like the sample and some went totally in their own direction. We provided a few "stamped by" stamps to put on the back so everyone could sign their creation. The mom to be got a great assortment of thank you, birthday and all occastion cards to use for whatever she would like. It turned out great! ~Heidi

October 2, 2009

Give Thanks

This is a quick and easy card I used for a make -n- take at my September workshops. It was inspired by a few cards I'd seen online and a swap I received at convention. The card base is Pumpkin Pie; layers are Old Olive, Choc Chip and Very Vanilla. The pumpkin is made by punching out 3 wide oval punches in pumpkin pie and then sponging pumpkin pie ink around the edges. The stem of the pumpkin is the new modern label punch in Old Olive. Sentiment is from the level 1 hostess set, Holiday Best which was inked up using the coordinating markers and then stamped. A variation of this card would be to use the Trick or Treat Greeting from the same set. Happy Friday everyone! ~Heidi