Friday, December 31, 2010

More Christmas Cards (cased again)

 I'm posting again today as I feel I have gotten way behind and I'm sure you are all getting tired of Christmas by now.

These next 3 cards are cased from Darlene McCallum a fellow Canadian Demo.

I changed this one up just a bit as I didn't have the stamp set she used. I used an image from the set; A Flower for all Seasons.I colored it with my Stampin'Write markers.

 Paper used is again Jolly Holiday

The stamp sets are Bright Christmas, Many Merry Messages, Tags til Christmas and Word Play
Accessories used were Big Designer Buttons, Northern Frost Decorative Strip for the Big Shot, Glimmer Brads and 5/8" Satin Ribbon.

I sprayed the snowflake with Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint and alcohol mix for a bit of shimmer
These too worked up quickly and are very pretty in real life

I have a few more cased cards that I will add later today or maybe tomorrow.

Happy New Year!!


Christmas cards with Rub-ons

 The next 10 cards are all created with the Jolly Holiday DSP and the Holly & Jolly rub-ons from the Current Idea Book and Catalogue.

I can't take credit for the simplicity or the design of these....that goes to LeeAnn Greff

 With a few accessories you can have a great set of cards
 I followed LeeAnn's directions fairly close but I did change it up a bit in places
 You only use 1/2 a package of the rub-ons and less than 1/2 pkg of the DSP.
 Add some co-ordinating cardstock ......
 Here I added a few snowflakes stamped in a tone-on-tone .......
 Voila! Beautiful quick cards for the holiday.
 and whimsical!
 Hope you've enjoyed these and as the DSP and the Rub-ons are in the IBC you can stock upon them for next year.

Thanks for stopping by,


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Simple DSP Christmas Cards

I love the simplicity of these cards....this one was cased from Diane Schultz so simple but beautiful! Her cards can be found here:

The supplies used are:

Paper: Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Deck the Halls DSP.

Ink: Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler

Stamp Sets: Peaceful Season, Many Merry Messages, Bells and Boughs, Holiday Happiness

Accessories: Decorative Label, Large Oval, Scallop Oval and Scallop Trim punches, 

The inside.....

These cards made up very quickly.

The big day is getting closer!

Thanks for stopping by,


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Non-Traditional Bells and Boughs

 These two cards are cased from a fellow demo but I don't remember who so if you recognize this please speak up and I'll be glad to give you credit.

I stamped the image in black Stazon and used my blender pens to apply the ink to the flowers, direct marker to paper for the boughs. Ink colors are Tempting Turquoise and Old Olive.  The centers were dotted with little dabs of Smooch Pearlized Accent ink in Gold. The ribbon is Whisper White 5/8" Satin and the sentiment comes from Four The Holidays 

The colors in this card are Blushing Bride ans Always Artichoke done the same way the turquoise one was done/ I like these in the Non-Traditional Colors.

These are  5 1/4" square cards.

The inside of the cards are a sentiment from Many Merry Messages that was over-stamped with the poinsettia stamp after having stamped off in the principal colors.

Thank you for visiting!

More to come,


Monday, December 20, 2010

Welcome Christmas!

 These two cards were inspired by one created by Lee Conrey:

This was my version of the sketch. Again... very simple but effective. I made it with my niece, Stephanie in mind; she will celebrate her first Christmas this year as a mother with her darling little Lily.

The Supplies are:

Stamp Set: Welcome Christmas, Contempo Christmas

Ink: Cherry Cobbler

Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White

Accessories: Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding, Decorative Label Punch, Big Shot, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Basic Jewels Rhinestone

 This is the inside of the card: The greeting is from Many Merry messages, stamped in Cherry Cobbler then it is over-stamped with the wreath from Welcome Christmas that has been inked with Always Artichoke and stamped off once.

I decided to do the same card in Always Artichoke, I like this version too! The bow on this one is a triple bow too and I secured it with mini glue dots and like it better than the wonky bow on the red one.

I have more to share tomorrow.


Sunday, December 19, 2010

More Cased Christmas Cards

 I'm trying to get all my last minute cards done so I'm casing them from the beautiful samples that have been shared on line.

This card was cased from Anne Matasci :

I love Dasher and really wanted to do this card.

Stamps: Dasher, All Holidays

Paper: Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke and Deck the Halls DSP

Ink: Early Espresso, Versamark

Accessories: White Embossing Powder, 5/8" Red Satin Ribbon, Basic Jewels Rhinestones

This card was cased from Connie Babbert:

I love the color combo. This one uses:

Stamp Set: A Cute Christmas

Ink: Stampin'Write Markers, Blushing Bride, Poppy Parade, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White, Black Stazon

Paper: Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz, Poppy Parade, Candy Cane Christmas DSP

Accessories: Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Real Red 5/8"Satin Ribbon, Scallop Trim Border, 2 1/2" circle, 3/4" x 15/16" oval punches, Designer Buttons and Pretty in Pink 1/8" Tafetta Ribbon

I looked closer at Connie's card after completing the card above and realized that the green was not the right green; although it is still a pretty card.I wanted the more subtle look and so redid it with River Rock replacing the Pear Pizzazz.
LOVE LOVE this version! Thanks Connie.

I have many more to share so come back to see. Thanks for visiting.


Saturday, December 18, 2010

Cased Snowflakes

 This card was cased from Andrea Walford; I love the simplicity of it. I needed something that fit the season but was more masculine and this seemed to fit the bill.

Stamp Sets: Serene Snowflakes, Contempo Christmas

Ink: Night of Navy, Baja Breeze, Crumb Cake

Paper: Night of Navy, Whisper White, Crumb Cake

Accessories: Scallop Trim Border Punch, 5/8" Night of Navy Grosgrain ribbon, Basic Jewels Rhinestones

This is the inside of the card I used the 3 snowflake stamp from Serene Snowflakes set and stamped with the Night of Navy 3 times before re-inking.

I did the same thing with the snowflake stamp on the envelope.

The sentiment comes from Many Merry Messagaes.

I created an alternate color combo using Always Artichoke, Pear Pizzazz and Crumb Cake. The Always Artichoke Seam binding replaces the 5/8" ribbon. I like the effect I got with this too.

Thanks for taking time out of your busy day to visit.


Thursday, December 16, 2010

Cute Christmas......cased

I cased these two cards but I'm not sure who the original poster was so please speak up if it is yours I'll be more than happy to give you credit for the sketch/design.

I love the whimsy that Cute Christmas gives us and the matching DSP. Unfortunately this DSP is no longer available except with an MDS download. 

Stamp Set: A Cute Christmas, Contempo Christmas

Paper: Baja Breeze, Real Red and Whisper White Cardstock, Candy Cane Christmas DSP

Ink: Stampin'Write Markers, Real Red, Baja Breeze, Blushing Bride

Accessories: Big Shot, Tasteful Trim Bigz XL die, Dotted Scallpo Ribbon Border Punch.

I need to do more with this but I'm running out of time.

Thanks for stopping by today.


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Peaceful Season

I love this set!!

This card was cased from Dawn Olchefske, a fellow Demo.

The holly was inked up with Always Artichoke Ink. I then removed the ink from the berries with a blender pen and colored them with Cherry Cobbler. This was stamped and stamped again to get the double stamped effect.

Next I inked up the sentiment with Cherry Cobbler ink and stamped on the front of the card. There is a small Basic Rhinestone dotting the "I" in greetings.
The botom of the card was punched with the Pinking Hearts border punch and a strip of Cherry Cobbler cardstock was placed under this to make it stand out against the Always Artichoke card base. Always Artichoke seam binding is tied on the front for an embellishment.

The inside of the card has a white copy paper Top note die cut to make the verse from Many Merry Messages more visible. I inked up the holly image again as I did for the front of the card and stamped off before stamping onto the Top note die cut. I repeated the stamped off image on the envelope to tie everything together.

Have a great day!


Sunday, December 12, 2010

Holiday Happiness Card Set

This is a card set that was designed by Heather Summers as a fund raiser for colon cancer. She does this every year by having a huge stamp camp.

 She has all the info on her blog :

It consists of 10 projects which include cards and tags. They all use the Holiday Happiness Stamp set and the Jolly Holiday DSP

The Colors are Early Espresso, Old Olive and Cherry Cobbler
 Accessories used are: Wide Striped Old Olive Ribbon, 5/8" and 1/4" Old Olive Grosgrain Ribbon, 1/4" Chocolate Chip grosgrain Ribbon, Large Eyelet,
 Two Tag Bigz die for the Big Shot
 Stockings from the Cute Christmas stamp set, paper piercer and mat pack
Scallop Oval and large oval punches and a silver brad for this one;it is a matchbook style card that you could put a teabag or a chocolate treat into.

These were fun to do and I love the projects!

I was a busy beaver this weekend and cased many cards that I will be sharing over the next few days.

Please check back to see what I've been doing.

Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, December 10, 2010

Christmas Gift Certificate Holder

I created this gift Certificate holder for someone who was really having a difficult time finding something to put a gift certificate in. It was a Christmas gift and it was purchased as so but the company who sold this put it in a business letter sized standard white envelope; she wanted to put it into something more festive.

To get the dimensions of the cards stock that I needed ( I used Crumb Cake), I measured the length of the envelope and added an inch so there was a 1/2" flap on either side. Next I measured the height, doubled this for the flap and added an inch to fold up on the bottom. These two measurements gave me the length and width of the card stock that I would need. ( My envelope measured 9 1/2" long by 4 1/4" high so my cardstock measured 10 1/2" long by 9 1/2" high. Next I scored the 10 1/2" side at 1/2" and 10" and the 91/2" side at 4 1/4" and 8 1/2". I folded the scorelines and trimmed off the excess 41/4" x 1/2" on either side of the front flap and the small 1" x1/2" pieces on the bottom flap leaving only a 1/2 " x 41/4 " piece on either side of the center panel. I trimmed a small triangular sliver on either end of these 1/2" flaps to facilitate the folds and closure. Next I cut a piece of Deck The Halls DSP 1/4" smaller than the cardstock, (9 1/4" x 10 1/4") and I rounded the corners of the ends of the cardstock and the DSP. I glued the DSP to the cardstock before folding and gluing the bottom flap to create the envelope holder. This seemed to work well and was easier to adhere this way. The envelope is created!

Now to embellish it...... I created a belly band with one of the strips that I had trimmed off of my 12 x 12 Cardstock and I used the scallop trim border punch on either side of this. I cut another piece of DSP from the Deck the Halls paper pack and adhered it to the belly band.

  I cut some snowflakes from the Northern Frost Decorative strip in Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso and Crumb Cake cardstock and layered them with Glimmer brads on the belly band and the front and back of this envelope.

I used Tombo Mulit Liquid Adhesive for this project, I have come to love this adhesive, it has some wiggle time when adhering two pieces of paper and it will never come apart. You have to respect it though and be very sparing with its use.

 Here are some of the snowflakes on the back as well.
The last thing I did with this was to spray it with the alcohol and Shimmer Paint mix. I love the sparkle you get from this and I don't find it falling off my projects, it stays put.

I hope you enjoyed this project and will be inspired by it.

Thanks for stopping by,


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Scrapbook in a box

I created this piece way back in September when the new Mini first came out and put it aside to post at a later date......I guess this is now!

No stamping here but I have used Stampin' Up Products to create this cute 3"x 3" cube that when opened can be a scrapbook for this Christmas. A tag with the year can be attached to the top of this to correspond to the year that the pictures were taken. I can see several of these as the years go on being displayed at Christmas time so that everyone can reminisce about the festivities from that particular year.

I've used  a 9"x9" piece of Crumb Cake Card Stock as the base, this was scored at 3 and 6 inches on two sides; creating 9 3"x 3" squares. I then cut up to the center square on the same line on each side to create the sides of the box. I used the Deck the Halls DSP and cut 2 3/4" squares to line each square of the inside of the box and the 4 squares that are showing on the outside of the box.

The box with the cover off. Starting to open. The top of the box was created by taking a 7 1/8" square of Crumb Cake cardstock and scoring it at 1" and 2" on all four sides. I then cut and folded as per this tutorial.....

I like the double fold on the sides as it makes the top and the box so much more sturdy.

The top of the box was embellished with a 2 3/4" square of DSP and the sides are 3/4" x 2 3/4".

I wanted Holly for the top of this box so it was created by punching out a wide oval in Always Artichoke and then I folded length wise in two. I sponged the center fold with Always Artichoke ink and then before opening the fold I used the 3/4" and 1/2" circle punches to create the holly leaves. Once opened I sponged the edges with Craft Whisper White ink and used my bone folder to soften the fibers of the card stock so that they would be a bit pliable and easier to shape. I glued these on with Mini Glue dots shaping them to look 3D. The Holly Berries are 1/4"paper punch Cherry Cobbler circles that I rounded with the end of my paper piercer, to give them a 3D look. I added a dot with the white gel pen.

The sparkle that you see is Champagne Shimmer Paint mixed with Alcohol in a mister and sprayed directly onto the Holly.

I love the shimmer/sparkle! I hope you enjoyed this project, I will be posting more Christmas things as the big day gets closer. I am a procrastinator if you haven't already guessed so I have not got many things created ahead but I have lots of ideas that I hope will come to reality.

Thanks for stopping by,


Monday, December 6, 2010

Gift Card holder for a new home

Our youngest son just bought his first home, it's a big step! I created this gift card holder for a gift card from his older brother. Technology is amazing! Our son in Montreal sends me the money on-line and I have it in a few minutes. I go and buy a gift card so that it can be received ASAP.

Stamp Sets: Word Play, Perfect Punches

Paper: Autumn Spice DSP, Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz and More Mustard.

Ink: Pear Pizzazz, Early Espresso

Accessories: Decorative Label Punch,  Designer Buttons. Modern Label Punch, Slit punch(retired)

I was pleased with the project.

Must do some more for Christmas gifts!

Thanks for coming by today,