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 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

For now, go kreate

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.

For now, go kreate

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!!

For now, go kreate

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 :)

For now, go kreate


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.

For now, go kreate

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 :)

For now, go kreate

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 :)

For now, go kreate

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Christmas Stamp a Stack

This card was inspired and pretty much CASED from this card. Stamp set used was Snow Swirled, changed the colors slightly and added some festive sparkle to my largest snowflakes, but loved the simple layout for a SAS card. Colors used were Brilliant Blue and Bashful Blue cardstock (used the Scallop Edge Puch to decorate this edge), Bashful Blue Ink and Grosgrain Ribbon, VersaMark and Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder on my largest Snow Swirled Snowflake and Not Quite Navy Craft Ink and Clear Embossing Powder on my sentiment. FYI: VersaMark and Craft Ink are the only inks you can use with embossing powder to allow that powder to stick prior to heating. Pretty easy card to pull together.
The fourth card that was done at my stamp-a-stack was previously posted, but you can click here to see it. If you scroll down to the posts on Oct 25 and Oct 28th, you will see the other 2 cards done at my class. Hope you liked them. If you live in the Bergen County New Jersey area and are interested in attending my stamp a stacks or my project night, contact me. I'd love to have you join us!

For now, go kreate

Saturday, November 1, 2008

200th Challenge

No, I haven't completed that many challenges, but I thought I'd participate this week in the Color Challenge (CC190) and the 200th Sketch challenge (SC200)at Splitcoast Stampers. 200, that's a lot of sketches! This was definitely a challenge for me! I'm not a big fan of orange to begin with and the colors for the challenge were Tangerine Tango, Kiwi Kiss, and Pixie Pink - not colors I would normally put together at all, but hey, this was a challenge for me - that's what its all about (all of a sudden I'm singing the Hokey Pokey)
I decorated the edge of Kiwi Kiss with the Scallop Edge punch and then randomly stamped the small flourish from the Priceless set in Old Olive. Edged a piece of Pixie Pink with the Scallop Edge Punch and layered it behind Kiwi Kiss and set it on Tangerine Tango. Inked the butterflies from Flight of the Butterflies in Pumpkin Pie (don't own Tangerine Tango, so this blends just fine) and Pixie Pink onto Whisper White and then layered on Pixie Pink. The inner images of the butterfly (ie solid, polka dots, sm flowers) were stamped first and then the line image stamped second. Love 2 step stampin - it allows you to mix and match images and colors for a variety of looks. If you want precision, you will want to invest in a Stamp-a-mi-jig. I on the other hand like when my images are a bit offset from one another and just like to eyeball it. My sentiment, from Warm Words (currently on the Dormant list which is available until January 18th) was inked in Pumpkin Pie and punched out using the Word Window Punch and offset on a Pixie Pink punched Oval. Three Circle Ice (green) Brads were added to the upper left. So honestly, how did I do on this challenge? Still not sure I like the Tangerine Tango, probably shouldn't have used it as my base, maybe just as a highlight color. Stamp and learn...
I'll be back tomorrow with my last 2 Christmas stamp a stack cards. See you then :)

For now, go kreate

Here is the sketch if you'd like to give it a try