Tuesday, December 30, 2008

It's Sweet

Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas!

I've missed this little stinker :) The Pun Fun set was a must when I first saw its debut last year, but it has definitely collected its share of dust, so I decided to shake it off and play a bit. I used my Big Shot to kreate a Basic Black scallop circle card using the Scallop Circle die and then ran a small piece of Pink Pirouette through with the die again to kreate the bottom layer. I used the small flower from the Priceless set to randomly stamp on the Pink Pirouette with Versamark and then heat embossed with White Embossing powder. Then I centered my Word Window Punch on the Pink Pirouette layer. Sponged the edges and around the punched opening with Rose Red ink. Adhered that layer, offset a bit, to my Basic Black and then inked up my sentiment from my Pun Fun skunk in White Craft ink. Eyeballed it and stamped it in the punched opening and then heat embossed with White Powder again. Needed a bit of sparkle, so two Circle Ice Rhinestones got the job done. Black Gingham ribbon hides the seam and my little skunk gets inked in VersaMark on Whisper White and heat embossed with Black Embossing Powder. She comes to life with my Aquapainter and some ink. TIP: When watercoloring on cardstock vs watercolor paper, be sure not to saturate the paper as it will warp/ripple. The edges also get sponged with Rose Red and Ticket Punched and then layered on a piece of Rose Red. I stink its sweet :)

For now, go kreate

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!!! Hope Santa treated you well and in all the hustle and bustle, my hope it that you remember the Reason for the Season! God Bless!

I thought I'd share with you my Christmas card, since I can't send you all one :) Simple silver embossing with the Snow Swirled set on Bashful Blue, tied up with a Gray Taffeta ribbon to reveal my greatest gifts :)

I will be with relaxing and enjoying the holiday with family from now through the weekend. Any questions feel free to email me. Again, a VERY Merry Christmas to all and to all a good (GREAT) night :)


Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Top Note Bag

Last minute details in preparation for Christmas have begun. I have a few small gifts that needed just the right packaging. I've seen these cute bags floating around on different blogs (sorry don't recall whose) and thought I had to play with my new Big Shot. This was so quick and simple and oh so very cute! I took my Top Note die and 2 pieces of Riding Hood Red and ran it through my machine - voila, instant front and back to my bag. Inked up some snowflakes, from Snow Burst, in white Stazon and randomly stamped them on both die cute pieces. Then I took some Riding Hood Red ink and sponged it around the edges. The bag takes its form from paper sacks that I picked up at Michaels, measuring 3-1/2" x 2" x 6-3/4".
I cut mine to 3in and then adhered my decorative front. Took the Large Oval punch to punch a handle through the top of one side (part of your bag will be punched as well and that is ok). Then adhere the other Top Note to the back of the bag, realign your Large Oval Punch with the front and punch out another 'handle' on the back side. So simple! Then I took the adorable Little Felt Flurries (Holiday Mini #113697) and attached them with a Circle Ice Rhinestone Brad. All this cuteness in under 15 minutes!! :)

Enjoy your Christmas Eve!!!!


Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Wine Gift Bag

I have my coasters, and my wine glass charms, now I needed the bottle of wine. So I kreated a wine bag/box to finish of the kreative trio. The box/bag was kreated out of cardstock and DSP and a piece of cardboard, for the base (the one SU sends with the Big Shot Dies). Makeesha from Inkspirations has a step by step picture tutorial for this fun gift bag. Thanks Keesh!! She's an Aussie :) so her measurements are in cm's, so after kreating the box I was on my own with the DSP and altered my dimensions a bit. The cardboard is cut to 4-3/4in x 4-3/4in and then scored at 3/4in all around. Snip the corners to adhere and kreate a box. This is the base of your wine box. The 'box'(Old Olive) is 7-1/8in x 12in and scored at 3-1/4in and 6-1/2in and you need 2 of these and then adhere them together around your base. TIP: You will want to adhere with the tough stuff, STICKY STRIP!!!! (Or any other strong double sided bond) I decorated with Holiday Treasures DSP and Choc Chip Grosgrain Ribbon. Four Pewter Eyelets were placed at the top using my Crop-a-dile and Riding Hood Red Striped Grosgrain threaded through for the handles. The handles are more for the decorative look - I would definitely support your wine bottle at the base and not carry it by the handles!! Season of Cheer Rub-Ons provided the perfect Choc Chip sentiment to finish off the bag. Cute, Cute, Cute!!! Gotta go finish my baking!!!! Any questions, feel free to contact me!

For now, go kreate


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Monday, December 22, 2008

Happy Birthday Samantha

What a weekend! LOTS of last minute shopping, LOTS of SNOW and my littlest turned 2! I feel for all you December babies out there! Never-the-less, she knows no different right now and loved her cupcake, presents and all the attention on her! I had a busy weekend, so no time to stamp, no time to post. But here is a photo to share of the birthday girl and her older sister in their 'party' dresses! And one of Samantha diving into her cupcake :) Mmmm, Mmmmm Good!

Be back tomorrow with a new kreation!
For now, go kreate - or finish your Christmas shopping :)

Friday, December 19, 2008

Holiday Tradition

Holidays bring many a tradition. One in particular is certain foods that we always seem to have. This tradition I'd like to pass down to my girls when they cook/bake for their family holidays. So in the years to come I will compile some of their favorites foods and sweets in this cute recipe book! Which hopefully they will treasure and be able to hand down to their children. This little book starts with SU 5x5 Chipboard Journal and is covered with some ribbons. The chef from the Voila set was inked in Basic Black and his clothes and hat highlighted using blender pens and ink. TIP: Take a closed SU ink pad and squeeze the center of the pad. Upon opening you will kreate a small pool of ink in which you can pick up a little color with your blender pen and begin to 'color' your image.
The chef was snipped out and placed on dimensionals to finish off the cover - pretty simple but I think way cute!

The index page is stamped with a retired alphabet set using the coordinating ink colors as the colors for each tab. From the top - Baja Breeze, Pacific Point, Apricot Appeal, Certainly Celery, Old Olive, and Rose Red. Each tab was punched out with the Round Tab punch to make the perfect little section dividers. On each page with a tab, our little chef revisits holding the dish to be focused on. His hat and tie are also inked in the same colors as the tab, again using the blender pens (I may also go back and highlight some of the foods on the dish and also use my alphabet set to caption each section)

The greatest thing about this little book is with the Spiral punch I can cut some Very Vanilla cardstock, Spiral punch it and add it to the book as needed. Now this isn't meant to be a full blown recipe book - just some of our most favorites and hopefully my girls will be able to add their own recipes one day.
Definitely a cute gift idea too for that cook in your life! Hope you enjoyed!

For now, go kreate

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Wine Charms

Do you recall my tile coasters? If not click here to view them. I had to make something to go with them and I was lucky enough to find this fabulous idea by Laura at Scrapnextras. I've made various images on my tiles and they will all have coordinating wine charms :) My favorite had to be the snowmen that I snipped out - a little time consuming, but definitely worth it! The snowmen is from a retired set called Frosty - thanks Lizzie for letting me borrow him! He was the perfect size for shrink plastic (Shrinky Dinks) to cut out and shrink! My images were inked with various Stazon Inks or Sharpie Markers and stamped onto Shrinky Dink material. Some were punched out with the Scallop Circle punch and others hand snipped. I placed a 1/4" hole at the top of my image and then used my heat tool to watch this fun (and really amazing) transformation. Thanks Laura for the idea. They are so fun to kreate and they are so cute!

For now, go kreate

Monday, December 15, 2008

Gift Certificates

I'm Back! The craziness of getting ready for my 'Vendor Fair' is finally over! Now its time to make my Christmas cards-OYE! The fair was this weekend at a 55 and older gated community activity center and not open to the public. Unfortunately not worth all my efforts, but I can chalk it up to 'experience' and I can be thankful I did sell some things (some vendors sold nothing :( The HOT items were knock-off brand purses and jewelry. Hmmmm, maybe I should start making jewelry?... NAH!!! I love stamping and all the projects I created, just wasn't the right crowd! I had many say I had a lot of talent, which did make me feel good - I just wish they had bought the talent :) I did have someone want to purchase my bone folder though! LOL! After not doing so well, at the end I was thinkin' - I shoulda sold it to her (I'm still chuckling about it) :) Well, I have ALOT of stuff for the next time around (?????) or maybe I just have a lot of extra Christmas gifts this season :) Thanks for all your wishes on my success at the fair! And a HUGE thank you to my sister in law for sitting with me and people watching :) !!!!!
Anyway, I have a few of these gift cards to be mailed out tomorrow to some lucky recipients :) So if you have a stamper in your life and have no idea what to get them, contact me for a Stampin' Up gift certificate designed and redeemable through me.
Make sure to check out all the great deals going on and remember, FREE SHIPPING on orders $70+ through Dec 23rd!!!!

For now, go kreate

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* 10% off retired stamp sets through Dec 23rd
* Holiday Bundle deal
* FREE SHIPPING on orders over $70


Thursday, December 11, 2008

Mini Photo Album

Isn't this the cutest little photo album? If you have any of SU Clear Envelopes (#102619), they hold 4x6 photos and are perfect for this little book! Two pieces of Baja Breeze cut to 7-1/4x5 sandwich the envelopes/photo sleeves between. Two Jumbo Pewter Eyelets (hidden behind the Baja Breeze Ribbon which is threaded through the eyelets and knotted) bind the book together and then decorate your cover. Cute gift idea!!!
Stamps: Snow Swirled (little snowflake), Jolliest Time of the Year
Paper: Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, Whisper White, Urban Garden DSP
Ink: Basic Black, VersaMark, Old Olive, Not Quite Navy
Accessories: SU Clear Envelopes, Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder, Baja Breeze Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Jumbo Pewter Eyelets, White Grosgrain Ribbon, Felt Flurries, Silver Brads, Word Flurries Rub-Ons
Tools: Crop-a-dile, Scallop Edge Punch, Corner Rounder, Blender Pens

If you'd like to see how to make this mini album, please leave me a comment and let me know what you think. I have a few tutorials to show you in the near future and I can add this to the list as well.

Make sure to check the post below for all the awesome savings!

For now, go kreate

ETA: At Mary's request :) I've added a picture of the inside of the album - this particular album will hold 12 photos, but each album you make can be customized to however many photo sleeves/clear envies you'd like! So cool! Fits 4x6 photos perfectly as you can see photos of my 2 girls last winter :)

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Retired List, FREE SHIPPING (over $70) AND 10% OFF!

It's that time of the year again... anticipation of the new catalog coming January 19th, but its will be the end of some of our beloved sets :( So don't delay!!!!! If there is a set you've been eyeing, this is your last chance. BONUS, from December 9, TODAY, through December 23, orders of $70 or more will receive free shipping. And wait, there's more!
From now until Dec 23, you will get 10% off the retired list. WAHOO! FREE SHIPPING AND 10% OFF on retired sets - MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!
The retired sets will be available until January 18th, BUT take advantage of this awesome deal now! SU recommends placing holiday orders by DEC 16th to insure the arrival by the 24th~
Happy Shopping! Any questions, feel free to contact me!


Retiring List (alphabetically)
Retiring List (numerically)

Monday, December 8, 2008


I'm finally up on the newest trend :) I'm sooooo excited - I just rec'd my BIG SHOT a little over a week ago along with the Scallop Circle die (still waiting the Top Note as it is on backorder :( and I saw this adorable step-by-step tutorial for this project by Patty Bennett and had to give it a try. This is my first die cut machine so this was the perfect tutorial to get me started with my new toy :) I totally CASED her idea and I love how they turned out! Aren't these adorable!!! I used Baja Breeze, Regal Rose, and Sage Shadow for my bibs. Background Basics (retired set) were inked in VersaMark and randomly stamped on the bib. I used the stamp from Punches Three (hostess set) and inked it twice in 2 different colors - punched one out with the large oval and then used the other to snip out the middle portion and place it on dimensionals (ie: my regal rose bib - inked the 1st time in Close to Cocoa and punched it out, then inked again in Regal Rose, but only snipped out the middle portion of the inked image and adhered that with dimensionals on the Close to Cocoa piece - make sense???) Used the Wide Oval Punch to kreate the 'neck' of the bib. Then used my Crop-a-dile to insert some Jumbo Pewter Eyelets and threaded ribbon through for the authentic bib look :) LOVE THEM! Thanks for taking a peak! I'm meeting with my group of ladies tonight to make some gift cards and have a few Holiday goodies - FUN FUN FUN! Then I really need to go into high gear - Saturday is my first craft fair, the count down begins!!!!!
For now, go kreate

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Holiday Tags and Magnets

Another quick post (sorry) - so much to do, so little time! I decided to make a bunch of magnets and tags for my up coming craft fair after seeing my 'Pal' Mary's adorable magnet set. I used In Colors and the Christmas Classic stamp set and added a little bling with some clear rhinestones and gave berries and ornament some extra sheen with some Crystal Effects (click on the picture to view a bit larger). The tags hang from some Silver Cord (Holiday Mini #109866) and are also inked on the back with a 'to: from:' stamp in Basic Black (not sure if I will package them the same way yet?). Magnets are packaged on a piece of acetate and slid into SU Medium Cello bags and topped with a simple Kiwi Kiss and Riding Hood Red topper. Avery Magnet Sheets (#3270)were so simple to use to kreate this project - simply punch them out with your punch and adhere to the back of your image and voila' instant cute magnet. TIP: These magnets are very thin, so they are only strong enough to hold up a sheet or two. CUTE!! Thanks Mary for the idea! I will also be kreating some all occasion tags too, can never have to many of those. Really adds that cute factor to a gift package!

For now, go kreate!

Friday, December 5, 2008

In a Jiffy!

Last minute I decided to attend a Holiday Party with a church group I belong to and we were to bring a $10 gift for a grab bag. Well, in a JIFFY, I whipped up this cute little gift. I decorated a JIFFY POP popcorn with Snow Swirled Snowflakes on Pacific Point and Baja Breeze and embossed with Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder. The sentiment, from A Cardinal Christmas, was inked in VersaMark and embossed with White Embossing Powder. The snowman from the retired Frosty set was colored in using inks and a Blender Pen and mounted on a layer of Old Olive. I used White Grosgrain to hide the seam of my two papers and finished it off by tying a Baja Breeze Stitched Grosgrain to the handle. Added my blockbuster gift card (actually slipped it right over the handle to hang off the backside) and instant gift - cute right??!! Now I want to make a bunch of these for my craft fair - oh so much to do so little time! Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek :)

For now, go kreate

Wednesday, December 3, 2008


Easy and cute - I've made a bunch of these for my upcoming craft fair. What do you think? These had been done at SU Convention and they didn't look to difficult to make, so I gave it a try. I've taken the square frames from On Board Something Seasonal and taken a dauber with Classic inks (Pacific Point, Old Olive, Pixie Pink) and colored both sides of the frame. Then cut 2 square pieces approx 1 3/4x 1 3/4 of cardstock or DSP to cover over the opening of the frame. Then on the backside adhered a 12" ribbon with a glue dot in the middle of the frame and then adhered the 2nd piece of cardstock/DSP to the back of the frame. Decorated the center of the frames with other stamped images. Used the small filigree brad in the center of some images and adhered images to the middle of the 'frame' with dimesionals. Added the large filigree brad to the bottom of some of the ribbons and knotted the ribbon to hold it in place. Unfortunately the 5/8 Grosgrain ribbon is too thick to feed through the filigree brad, but a frayed bottom or dove tailed cut finishes it off too. Any questions, feel free to contact me.

For now, go kreate

Make sure to check out the Catalog Sampler special going on now until Jan 18th. See post below.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

20% off after $20 order

Yet another great deal!! From December 1 - January 18, 2009- Spend $20 ... Save 20% on any stamp set from the Fall/Winter Sampler Catalog. There is no limit to the number of discounted stamp sets that can be purchased once the $20 minimum has been reached.
If placing your order ONLINE with me for the Catalog sampler special (spend $20.00 get 20% off stamp sets from the Catalog sampler), you must 1st reach $20 on your order and then the next sets you enter (from the Sampler catalog) after you reach $20.00 are the stamps you'll get for 20% off. After reaching $20 you will be prompted to 'click here' for the sampler specials if you wish. This is the only way to enter the items you want at 20% off.
Happy Shopping!

Monday, December 1, 2008

My Deer Friends...

Quick post, as I have more projects to kreate for my craft fair...Around the holidays, there is always a need for a gift card, so of course we need a variety of card holders :) You can view my post yesterday for a fun fold card that also holds a gift card. These are made with In Colors cardstock, various designer paper (obviously those with polka dots) and using my Deer Friends Hostess lev II set (LOVE IT)! Check out this waterfall card I did with this set (LOVE IT!) :) Ok, onward...the stamps were inked/colored using my SU Markers in order to get different colors on my image and then punched out with the 1-1/4" Circle Punch. Placed ribbon around the card to keep it shut. Punched a Scallop Circle (one Curly Label) and placed it on dimensionals on top of the ribbon and then placed my circle deer friends image in the center and you have cute, cute, cute card holders! Don't ya think?

Quick directions: Click on any picture to enlarge

*Cut base cardstock to 4.25 x 11".
*Score at 2 3/4", 5 1/2", 8 1/4"
*Fold into W shape
*Sticky strip inside piece together along edges.
*Punch using large oval punch across inside fold and then cut a sliver in order to slip card into opening
*Decorate :)

Any questions, contact me. If you'd like to Host a Party to earn this set and live in the Bergen County NJ area, I'd be happy to party with you :) Or gather up some orders for $300+ and this fun set could be yours :) Great for the holidays!!

For now, go kreate

Sunday, November 30, 2008


I love snowflakes, no two are ever alike! This gift card, wow fold :), started with Holiday Treasures DSP. Placed some Felt Flurries and a Filigree Brad in the center (where the flap gets tucked in to keep the card shut) and wrapped a Baja Breeze Stitched ribbon with a non-SU snowflake brad as a 'belly-band' around the card. Open it up and the center 'flap' has a sentiment from Best Yet Hostess Lev 1 set inked in Baja Breeze and then snowflakes from Snow Burst inked in VersaMark and given some sparkle with Crystal Effects and glitter. Love sparkly :) TIP: CLick on any image to view it larger. The inside pouch, for a gift card or some money, is kreated with Baja Breeze. Kreated my own 'pattern paper' with some more snowflakes from Snow Burst inked in VersaMark and heat embossed with White Embossing Powder surrounding a Best Yet hostess lev 1 sentiment inked in VersaMark and also embossed with White Embossing Powder. Slip in your gift and you have a very cute and fun card!
To see my other wow fold card, click here.
I'm still busy kreating lots of 'stuff' for my craft fair. Hope to share something with you Monday, so be sure to check back!
If you'd like to see a tutorial for this wow-fold, please leave a comment and sometime after my craft fair I will put one together for you all!
Head over to the OCC Challenge and kreate your own card or project with Snowmen or Snowflakes.

For now, go kreate

Friday, November 28, 2008

Heeeeeerrrre's Santa

Hope you had a most enjoyable Thanksgiving Day!

Now its time for the Big Man in red!! We had his sleigh, then his suit, and here he is himself all ready to go :) Scroll down to previous posts to view his sleigh and suit (card).
Santa's head is made entirely from punches and his suit surrounds a yummy Hershey Treat.
Not sure who to credit the originator of this Santa Punched head, but whoever you are... Genius - he's adorable! And if anyone knows who, please let me know so I can give them proper credit.
For the small Hershey treat you will need to cut a 3x3-1/2 piece and score each end at 3/4 and 1 1/8 and wrap it around your treat.
Punches you will need for Santa's Head:
1 3/8 Circle (Blush Blossom)
Word Window (Whisper White Hat Base)
Scallop Square (cut in half for Real Red Hat)
1/4 Circle (Basic Black eyes, Pink Pirouette nose)
BoHo Blossom (Whisper White beard and Pompom on hat)
1/8 Circle (Black buttons)
Dazzling Diamonds for Pompom
White Gel Pen for eyes

HO HO HO, go kreate

Don't forget to check out the post below for all information on the HOLIDAY EXTRAVANGANZA 20-50% OFF SALE

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Holiday SALE!!

Wait until you check out these deals! Click on the flyer picture to enlarge and get the details. Place your orders ONLINE with me now as supplies are limited! You will be redirected to my Demonstrator website after clicking the 'highlighted blue' ONLINE link above and then click SHOP NOW (upper right under all my info) and you are ready to go! The sale is good through ONLINE ordering only, if you have any trouble, don't hesitate to contact me! Happy Shopping!

FYI: The discount for the bundle will appear when added to your shopping bag.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Santas Suit

He's got his sleigh ready, see post below, now he has to make sure his suit is ready :)
Real Red textured cardstock base, torn piece of Whisper White, shiny black buttons, black velvet ribbon and a perfect little belt buckle. Quick card to assemble and no stamping required.

Make sure to return for the big announcement tomorrow!

For now, go kreate

Monday, November 24, 2008

Here Comes Santa

He'll be here before ya know it! Hope you haven't been naughty, or this sleigh might be filled with coal! I had seen this template by Sherry Graves on Splitcoast Stampers, but the link has since been removed (so glad I had printed it out way back when). The sides of my sleigh are kreated with Riding Hood Red and my So Swirly wheel inked with VersaMark and then heat embossed with Hologram Highlights Embossing Powder (retired, but Iridescent Ice EP would be just as perfect to make his sleigh sparkle) And boy does this sleigh sparkle -'sparkle' just never photographs well :( The sleighs runners were snipped out of Brushed Silver paper - just perfect. The inside of his sleigh was kreated using a piece of the Holiday Treasure designer paper. Isn't it so cute!

For now, go kreate

Stay tune and make sure to check back November 26th for the very secretive Holiday Extravaganza. If you are not sure what this means, check out the post below.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Holiday Extravanganza SALE

Stampin' Up! is having a huge Holiday Extravanganza SALE!!! The sale is a limited-time, on select product bundles from November 26 through December 1, 2008. Details on discounted product bundles will be announced when the sale begins November 26. You will be able to see these discounted bundles at my ONLINE DBWS Store - if that link doesn't take you there...go to www.kimberlyjoy.stampinup.net and click on SHOP NOW or click on the 24 Hour Online Store icon at the top right of my sidebar and you will be redirected to my DBWS ONLINE store. Quantities of discounted bundles are limited, so place orders ONLINE early. Make sure to check back Wednesday for more details!!
Check out A Holiday Gift-Giving Guide. This includes a list of products that make great gifts for family and friends. Or Holiday Gift List: Use this list to help find gifts in your budget. Remember I am available to customize a gift certificate for your loved one or create a wish list for yourself and I will be sure to give your loved ones some great ideas that you are SURE to love!!
I'm busily preparing for my craft show - currently stamping many tiles which you can see here. Lots of ideas and hopefully I get to doing them and sharing them too :)

For now, go kreate!


Friday, November 21, 2008

I Do Believe

When I picture Santa this is the face I see. I love this stamp by Rubber Stampede and couldn't be without it even if he isn't SU. I was hoping for something like him when the present catalog came out, but the closest I can get to this face is with the Old Saint Nick Rub-Ons (Holiday Mini #112844). He's a great Santa face too and I can't wait to see that UPS man with some new goodies. Don't forget you have until Nov 30th to place your orders for any Rub-On sets - Get 20% off all Rub-Ons when you spend $20 on Stampin’ Up! products. For only $8.76 per package (regularly $10.95), you can get any of Stampin’ Up!’s fun and unique Rub-Ons that can be used on cards, scrapbook pages, crafting projects, and more!
A Whisper White card base is decorated with the So Swirly wheel inked with VersaMark and then heat embossed with Iridescent Ice. Santa was inked with Riding Hood Red and the edges were sponged with more Riding Hood Red. Placed him on another piece of Whisper White and layered that on Riding Hood Red. Highlighted some Little Felt Flurries (Holiday Mini #113697)with a Two-Way Glue Pen and glitter. These little flurries are great accents and a GREAT deal, 69 total flurries in 3 colors and 23 designs- awesome!
I hope to continue to be very present here on my blog, but wish me luck (I'll need it), I've been asked to participate at a craft fair only 3 weeks away and I have a lot of stampin to do!!

For now, go kreate - that's where I'm headed :) LOL

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Gift It?

Here is another gift idea. Not as easy as I thought it would be... stamping on porcelain that is. I picked up this plate for a $1 and figured why not try. I used A Cardinal Christmas set (Holiday Mini) and inked my cardinal in Black Stazon. I then colored him in using Ruby Red Craft ink and a Q-tip and then went over some areas with a red sharpie pen to add some shadowing. The leaves and branch were colored with Q-tips using Garden Green Craft, Certainly Celery Craft and Choc Chip Craft inks. The leaf stamp was inked with an olive Stazon pad I had purchased at Michaels and I added the berries with my Q-tip dipped in Ruby Red craft ink. The slightest movement of your inked stamp will smear your image - the lined image of the cardinal came out much crisper than the solid image of the leaves. But it still works, I think!?
Stamped the sentiment with Ruby Red Craft ink and then applied a Red Riding Hood Striped grosgrain ribbon with glue dots to finish off this decorative plate. Unfortunately after spraying with a clear sealant I had a little smearing of my words, but not to bad. I may have been able to avoid the smearing if I had heat set the plate after stamping on it and then applied the sealant - but I wasn't sure what would happen in the oven to a dollar plate. :) So I took my chances and just sealed it after a 24 hr period. What do you think, gift worthy or to the trash???

For now, go kreate

Monday, November 17, 2008

Home for Christmas

Yesterday, one of the gifts my hubby surprised me with for my birthday was a mini photo studio. I haven't had much chance to play with it- the lighting still isn't so good in this photo - my colors in this card seem a bit washed, but its getting late and I want to get to this post. I'll have to continue to play, so any of you expert 'photographers' if you have any tips, please leave me a comment and let me know! OK onto the card
I used the Home for Christmas set(Holiday Mini) and stamped the image in VersaMark on vellum and then heat embossed with Black Embossing Powder. This is called a stained glass technique hereyou can see the tutorial and card I had done previously with A Cardinal for Christmas set (also in the Holiday Mini). After embossing and 'raising' the image, I turned my vellum piece over and used various SU Markers to color in my image. I placed the colored image, embossed side up, on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock slightly larger than the cut out image. I then took my fingernail and 'frayed' and curled the edge of the Very Vanilla. Layered on Ruby Red and again on Old Olive. Placed a Riding Hood Red Striped Ribbon and bow around the Ruby Red card base and then placed my layers and image. Inked the sentiment from Snow Swirled in VersaMark and embossed with Clear Embossing Powder. Kept the card simple as not to take away from this pretty stamped image. Doesn't that door seem so warm and inviting??? Ahhhh, Home for Christmas :)

Tonight is project night, FUN! We will be doing tiles which you can see a set I've done here and a notecard/folder set which I will be kreating a tutorial for you in the upcoming days with my virtual pal Kris, Kween Bee Kreations. I'll keep you posted when you can expect it :) Forgive me if I don't get a chance to post for you tomorrow as it will be a busy night stamping away with the ladies. But I'll be back for sure Wednesday!!!!

For now, go kreate

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Turkey Rings

These didn't photograph too well, but really, they came out so cute (if I do say so myself :) ) My turkey came straight out of our SU demonstrator magazine and he is made entirely of punches - isn't he cute!(I left off the little pilgrim hat, and added that red 'hangy' thing under his neck instead - sorry I'm not sure the technical term, but you all know what I mean.) So I decided to attach him to a piece of Apricot Appeal, ticket punched the corners and then sponged the edges with Choc Chip ink. Placed two vertical slots using the Horizontal Slot Punch to kreate a ribbon tie to secure my napkin in. TIP: To accommodate the width of the Choc Chip 5/8" Grosgrain ribbon I simply punched my slot twice, moving it slightly to one side to make the opening larger. I used a retired alphabet set and stamped out my letters in Ruby Red Craft ink and heat embossed with Clear Embossing Powder. Voila' a little fun holiday accent. :)
Punches Needed for your Turkey:
1", 1-1/4", 1/8" Circles
Scallop Circle
Boho Blossoms

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Friday, November 14, 2008

Happy Harvest

This isn't quite what I had envisioned when I began this card, but became completely stumped for a layout. When my SIL and niece were here for a visit, I had stamped out a few images from Happy Blessings (Holiday Mini)set that she had ordered and figured when I got the chance I could play with it. As I said, not quite what I had envisioned, but I can't always be 100% happy with my kreation. It's just a little plain or something... I had really liked the way my image turned out after 'coloring' it in with Blender Pens and the rest is just ok. Really Rust base decorated with the Scallop Edge Punch and some More Mustard peeking out from beneath the scallops. The Whisper White with colored image (using SU stamp pads and Blender Pens) is torn and placed on a torn piece of More Mustard and then layered on Old Olive. TIP: Kreate a pool of ink in your SU lid by squeezing the closed pad in the center and upon opening, the lid will have a little pool of ink that you can dip your Blender Pen in and begin 'coloring'. My tag punch kreated my 'happy harvest' tag which is layered again with More Mustard and Old Olive and dangles from some linen thread. The Mat Pack and my paper piercer helped to add a bit more depth to the overall design. We are always our worst critics, but I hope it will inspire some of you.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

A Silver and Baja Christmas

I love the look with a vellum overlay - it just really softens the whole look of the card. If you click on the word 'Christmas' next to Labels at the bottom of the post, you will be able to view my other Christmas cards and those that I've kreated with vellum.
I've made MANY cards with the Snow Swirled set and the snowflakes on the vellum overlay are just a perfect touch. This card started with the Snow Swirled Christmas tree inked in VersaMark and stamped on Whisper White and then heat embossed with Silver Embossing powder. Ticket punched the corners of the Whisper White and adhered it to a Baja Breeze base. Inked Merry Christmas, from Holidays and Wishes, in VersaMark and again heated embossed with Silver Embossing Powder. Stamped Whisper White snowflakes, from Snow Swirled, randomly on my vellum piece as well as the sentiment and then heat embossed the sentiment again with Silver Embossing Powder. Placed some Crystal Effects in the middle and on the tips of the snowflakes and then sprinkled on the glitter for the last pizazz I want on my Christmas cards. Used the Scallop Edge Punch to decorate the edge of the vellum and then added two silver brads in each corner to hold the vellum in place without adhering it down. I wish the picture did it more justice, but not having the vellum 'glued' down made it difficult to get a good picture. Hope it gives you some inspiration!!

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Monday, November 10, 2008

Happy B-day Bro

Slight diversion from my holiday cards, but I had to say Happy Birthday to my brother Chris. Masculine cards are so hard for me, but I think this one turned out pretty nice. I started with Sahara Sand as the base and then stamped the fern from Organic Grace (hostess lev 1) set in Mellow Moss Craft ink and embossed it with Clear Embossing Powder. I decoratively tore the edges of the Sahara Sand and layered on top of another torn piece of Choc Chip and placed it on one more rectangular layer of Mellow Moss. Then I was bit stuck as what to do for a layout and I remembered this layout from Splitcoast Stampers a while ago and decided to go with it (SC188). Kreated a square with Mellow Moss,layered with Choc Chip on top and then cut it on a diagonal to kreate two triangles under the main image. Sentiment from A Little Birthday Cheer was inked in Choc Chip Craft ink and again heat embossed with Clear Embossing Powder. I balanced it off with three Silver Brads across the top. TIP: The Mat Pack is the perfect tool to get even spacing/placement of eyelets or brads every time! So a happy, happy birthday to my Bro - I'll never quite know if he truly likes his card (he probably won't even realize I made it - come on, he's a guy!), but I think I managed to kreate a descent masculine card. What do you think? I'd love to know!
I'll be back to my regularly scheduled Holiday cards, so stay tune :)

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PS Happy B-day to my sister in law Liz too - I'll have to divert again to show you her card too in a few days using Sassy Suzie set - miss her!!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

A Cup O' Joe...

Its getting chilly... and if you need a hot cup o 'joe' or anything you fancy, you will need a cute coaster, won't you?? This is a GREAT gift idea and I will be holding a class on Nov 17th to make 2 sets. Fun, Fun, FUN!!!! OK, so this particular set is retired, but I'm a huge snowman fan and I had to try them out on a set! I think they came out ADORABLE! For the holidays I'll probably be making a ton of different ones, some seasonal and some for set occasions. There's so much you can do, I'll even be making a few coordinating Trivets (shhhhh don't tell, hopefully those I'm giving this too won't go ahead and make them for themselves - at least act surprised people!!LOL) I inked my snowmen images in Black Stazon and stamped them on my porous tile. Colored in the images with sharpie markers or Daubers/Q-tips and craft ink.
This particular set I used mostly sharpie markers because the details were so small. But I did ink up some Whisper White snowflakes from Snow Swirled and stamped them on the tile as well as daubed some more Whisper White for the snow (if you click on the image to enlarge you may be able to see this better). Each tile was 'edged' with some Bashful Blue Craft ink. TIP: you will need to use either Craft Ink or Stazon Ink when stamping on tiles! Popped these in a 250 degree oven for 30 minutes and then sprayed on a Krylon Matte Finish sealant once cooled (I sealed each tile twice). The perfect little gift! I wrapped this set with the wide Baja Breeze stitched ribbon and voila', truly perfect for that cup o' joe - although I'm not sure I'd want to hide the coaster :) !! (shoulda taken a picture wrapped) If you have any questions on this fun project, leave me a comment and your email address and I will be sure to get in touch with you! Go out a buy some tiles and have fun kreating!!!!!!!


Here are a few other samples I have made

Friday, November 7, 2008

Snowflakes Galore

Since I was using Vellum paper (scroll down and check out my last post) and my snowflakes from Snow Swirled set, I decided to make another card. I had seen this technique on someones blog awhile back and I am so sorry I don't know who to give credit to. The technique is rather simple, stamp your image on the vellum, turn it over and highlight the image by adding some color with a dauber behind it. So I stamped my snowflakes in Whisper White, turned it over and using a dauber added some Bashful Blue behind it. Added some glitz to the center and tips of my snowflake with some Crystal Effects and glitter. Added some fun 'icicles' (with crystal effects and glitter) to top off the card and placed my vellum piece on a Bashful Blue card base. Wintery and fun little card. I have a fun holiday project and great gift idea coming up for you, make sure you come back and visit!

TIP: If you are looking for some Holiday Inspiration, click on the highlighted word Christmas under the 'Labels for this post' and you will be able to scroll through my Christmas cards.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Blissful Frolicking

I'm not all that excited about winter coming, but I do love the beauty of a snowfall. When I saw this reindeer stamp, this card was immediately what came to mind - I just envisioned deer frolicking in the snow. I kreated my snow by tearing two separate pieces of Whisper White and adding glitter. I stamped my reindeer in Choc Chip Craft and embossed them with Clear Embossing Powder, then using Paper Snips carefully cut them out and placed them playfully in the snow. I stamped my snowflakes from Snow Swirled in Whisper White on a piece of Vellum and placed it over my Baja Breeze base. Added White Grosgrain Ribbon across the top by using a stay put bow. Punched out choc chip brackets using my Round Tab Punch and placed them around my sentiment stamped in Choc Chip and again embossed in Clear Embossing Powder. REMINDER: When using any embossing powder, you must use Craft Ink or VersaMark to make sure your powder adheres to the ink prior to heating/embossing.
I have to say I really like how it turned out, hope you do too!
I'll be continuing to do more holiday and winter projects, 'Tis the Season, so come back and visit :)

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Monday, November 3, 2008

Birthday Bash

I had mentioned that my sister-in-law and niece were coming this weekend so we could stamp my nieces b-day invites and some little favors. Everything came out adorable! She really likes hot pink (Pixie Pink) and lime green (Green Galore), so our base was layered with those 2 colors. I used the Crazy for Cupcakes set to stamp out the large cupcake with Basic Black onto Whisper White and then used blender pens with Pixie Pink and Green Galore to color in the cupcake. Used the 2-way glue stick to apply some glitter and then added liquid applique to kreate my yummy cake topping. Popped up the cupcake in the corner with dimensionals for that 3-D effect. Then we used the Cupcake Wheel and wheeled it across some Whisper White and she used Stampin' Pastels to color in the little cupcakes and then snipped them out and we popped them up on dimensionals as well along the side. Inked the invite in Green Galore and we have a scrumptious lookin' card.
She had liked my Bella Tote, so we changed up the paper with the closest I could come to the 'bright' colors she wanted, Georgia Peach Designer Paper. Here is a tutorial from Stampin with Di for this cute bag. I think they turned out so cute and better yet, my niece and SIL loved them too!

Then I made some sour cream containers (see more examples here) with the same designer paper, different pattern, and sealed them with adorable bracelets inside (Thanks cousin Lisa, check out her TrendsRUs site here.) Added a Pixie Pink Scalloped Circle and stamped 'for you' from the Fresh Cuts set in Pixie Pink and used my 1 1/4" Circle Punch to pop out the sentiment on Pretty in Pink and placed it on dimensionals in the center of the Scallop. Don't ya think it came out cute! My b-day is approaching and I'm gonna throw myself my own party just to make these cute favors :) (Just kiddin, not throwing a party for myself, but I do love how they turned out!! :) ) Glad you had fun Alex. Make sure to thank Mom for bringing you all the way to my house to stamp- it was lots of fun with you and Mom!!! Love yas!

It's getting to be countdown time for the upcoming holidays, so make sure to come back and visit for some holiday inspiration :) Better yet, subscribe to my blog and receive an email when I post something new- then for sure you won't miss out! I'm only a click away if you have any questions :)

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