Sunday, December 25, 2011

Countdown, Day 25 Merry Christmas!

I wouldn't normally think of putting these colors together, especially for Christmas (I like more traditional red and green), but I like how it came out. The Concord Crush, which is regal, seems appropriate for the three kings and the mustard and cajun craze look desert-like.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!! Enjoy the season and the peace that only Christ can bring. Mary

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Countdown, Day 24, Telescoping Circles Cards

I love these telescoping circles cards. They are so much fun to make! They are also a lot easier than I thought they would be. We will be making a different telescoping circles card in my January Club. Would you like to see a sneak peak? If so, leave me a message.

sets- short & sweet, greeting card kids
cs- night of navy, whisper white, bashful blue
ink- night of navy pad, bashful blue, sahara sand, blush blossom marker, wild wasabi, daffodil delight
access- big shot, 3" circle die, 3-1/2" circle die, scallop circle die, snow burst ef,
northern flurry ef, 2-1/2" circle punch, 1/16" punch, whisper white organza ribbon, silver brads, dazzling details, aqua painters

This card has most of the same supplies, with the addition of Thoughts & Prayers set instead of Short and Sweet, bashful blue cs, cherry cobbler pad and seam binding and pink pirouette marker. I sent this card to my mom last week to thank her. She gave me the 3-1/2" circle die so I could make these cards. We'll be going to her house for Christmas and I'll stay a few days.

Only one day left! Tomorrow is my last "Countdown" post.

Happy Stamping! Mary

Friday, December 23, 2011

Countdown, Day 23, Gift

Winter Detail




All Season

I made this frame for a birthday gift for a friend. It has five different scenes that you can switch out to coordinate with the various seasons. Or you could just use the All Season scene all the time. I like the mica flakes and dazzling diamonds on the Winter scene. There's also dazzling detail spots added to the center of the snowflakes. The sentiment is on the matting, so it always is there.

set- season of friendship
ink- Chocolate chip, riding hood red, cajun craze, more mustard, bashful blue, marina mist, daffodil delight
cs- garden green, whisper white, very vanilla, retired dsp
access- dazzling details, dazzling diamonds, mica flakes, two-way glue pen, 3/4" circle punch, eyelet border punch, dimensionals, sponge

Happy Stamping! Mary

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Countdown, Day 22, Frosted Lodge

This is the card my upline, Tami, made that inspired my Dec. Club project. Can you find the tiny pearl on the end of the clothespin? I love little details like that. The nice thing about this card is that it only uses one set ~ Frosted Lodge. Colors are Always Artichoke and Cherry Cobbler.

Only three days left until Christmas! I have some great projects to show you in the next couple days, so don't forget to check back. Mary

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Countdown, Day 21, Dec Club Project

This was our other club project. I copied it from a card Tami gave me, only I used product I own. I love the peekaboo frame. The Sincere Salutations images fit perfectly behind the rectangular frame. And after Christmas, who doesn't need to send thank you cards? It's hard to see in the photo, but there are mica flakes all over the tree image. I used Concord Crush and Always Artichoke. The color combo may seem a little unusual, but I thought the purple looks so rich and royal.

Happy Stamping! Mary

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

More Box Pleat Skirts

I rreally like this card. It was inspired by my "upline" Tami. It uses the gorgeous Mocha Mornings specialty dsp, as do a couple of these other cards.

Happy Stamping! Mary

Countdown, Day 20, Christmas Stocking Turns Baby Booties

We made this card in my December Club. It's another example of using the Stitched Stocking set and the stocking punch to make baby booties. We also used the peekaboo frame die from the Holiday Mini and created a box pleat skirt. To create the box pleated skirt we scored a strip of IC (Blushing Bride) dsp in a pattern of 2/8", 4/8", 2/8", 5/8" with the Simply Score tool, Then we folded the strip into box pleats and stuck it to the card with sticky strip. I have more samples of box pleated skirts that I'll show in another post later today.

Happy Stamping! Mary

Monday, December 19, 2011

Countdown, Day 19, Alternatve Use of Stocking

The Stocking punch turns "hobby horse". I love alternatve uses for punches. This isn't exactly a Christmas card, but you can see what can be done with the Stitched Stocking set. This card uses soft subtles dsp in girly colors, but could easily be made for a boy with brights dsp.

Happy Stamping! Mary

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Countdown, Day 18, Frosted Lodge

I made this card at our demonstrator get together in Walnut Creek a few months back (when I didn't have a working camera). I love those designer frames texture embossing folders. Especially the oval one that you can punch out an image with the extra large oval punch and it will fit in the framed area perfectly.

Happy Stamping! Mary

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Countdown, Day 17, Bigz Stocking Card

This time the stocking is made as a card! You simply put the folded edge of the card stock in a little on the die so the left side isn't cut out completely. The doilies are stamped in real red craft ink and heat embossed in clear embossing powder. They look like snowflakes. Aren't they pretty? Again, this is one of the projects I made at our Vacaville demo event a few months back. I think it's the last, other than some fall and Halloween cards that I didn't get a chance to post.

Happy Stamping! Mary

Friday, December 16, 2011

Countdown, Day 16

This is made from the big stocking die in the Holiday Mini catalog. I made this at our Vacaville demo event a few months ago. I love the way the letter to Santa tucks away in a mini envelope (contraband, it's smaller than the mini envelopes from SU) on the back. The stocking is given lots of texture thanks to the Big Shot. The body uses the stripes embossing folder and the heal,toe, cuff use the snow burst embossing folder.

I think it'd be fun to make a garland of stockings using this die to decorate for the holidays!

Happy Stamping! Mary

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Countdown, Day 15

My friend Cheryl designed this card for our Vacaville demo event a few months back.

Happy Stamping! Mary

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Countdown, Day 14

The interesting texture on this card was created by folding it like a diamond and feeding it through a crimper. it uses the Stitched Stocking set and the stocking builder punch. A layer of Frosted Lodge dsp and then a layer of white creates a beautiful matting for the main image. The colors used are dictated by the dsp ~ cherry cobbler and garden green. The finishing touch is a mini jingle bell, held in place with a mini glue dot.

Happy Stamping! Mary

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Countdown, Day 13

Here's another card made with the Come to Bethlehem set, but it's still not our Christmas card. The card base is Concord Crush. I used the designer frame embossing folder and then punched out an oval window. Through the window the image is stamped with more mustard and rocked and rolled in cajun craze. The greeting on the outside is stamped in silver.

Happy Stamping! Mary

Monday, December 12, 2011

Countdown, Day 12

This card uses the set I'm using on my Christmas cards. but isn't my card. Come to Bethlehem set, artichoke, cajun craze and mustard cs. cajun craze and mustard ink; rock n roll technique. Snow burst ef, rhinestone.


Sunday, December 11, 2011

Countdown, Day 11

Another project from our Vacaville demonstrator shoebox event. We made these boxes out of the white heavy paper that comes in the back of the dsp. Then we layered real red card stock and designer paper. The tag is from the Grateful Greetings set. I can't remember now, but I think it was sized to hold 8 Hershey Nuggets. I just love boxes, especially ones that hold chocolate!

Happy Stamping! Mary

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Countdown, Day 10

I made this simple card at a demo event in Vacaville. Lots of possibilities for this design.

Happy Stamping! Mary

Friday, December 9, 2011

Countdown, Day 9 and Happy B-day Shelagh!

This is a card I made at my friend, Cheryl's (her design). She wanted the pearl ornaments to match the cobbler card base, but since you can't color them with our water based marker, she came up with the creative idea to use two colors of permanent markers to get a better match; we colored them first with a purple permanent marker and then went over them with a red permanent marker. Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke and Very Vanilla look so good together on a Christmas card. Don't you agree?

Happy Birthday Shelagh! It's my friend Shelagh's b-day today, but I can't show you her card because I haven't given it to her yet. So instead I am showing you the card she gave me for Thanksgiving. Isn't it beautiful? She used the 2 step bird punch in Cajun Craze, on a Very Vanilla Top Note with the poppin' pastels technique layered on a Cajun Craze card base.

Happpy Stamping! Mary

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Countdown, Day 8 - Making a Difference

Since 2005, Stampin' Up! has been honored to participate in the TODAY Show's Holiday Toy Drive. This year, Stampin' Up! will be donating over $500,000 worth of stamping and paper crafting products to the following organizations:

Action for Boston Community Development Inc.
Alliance for Children's Rights
Boys & Girls Clubs Harford County
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York
Community Partners of Dallas - Rainbow Room
Diocese of Saint Augustine
Friendship Project
Help USA
Interfaith Nutrition Network (INN)
Kids In Need Foundation
National Council of Jewish Women, Cleveland Section - The Dignity Project
Operation Homefront
Puerto Rican Family Institute
St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital
Stephen Siller Foundation/Katrina Fund
Welcome House
Youthbuild USA

I'm proud to be part of this generous company. I'll be back tomorrow with more cards!


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Countdown, Day 7 - Baby Booties

This card sure doesn't look "Christmassy". Well, it uses the Stitched Stocking stamp set and the stocking builder punch in a non-Christmas way. Aren't these cute baby booties? I made this card at a demo event in Vacaville a few months ago. We made a girl baby card using the same booties idea at my club today. I have to photo that card and post it soon. However, I will be at a retreat most of the day tomorrow.

Happy Stamping! Mary

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Countdown, Day 6 - More Boxes

This is like the boxes we made for the October Holiday Stamp Camp, but I cut off the back upper center tab and folded the front center tab down. Then I added a little medallion on top. This medallion is scored at 1/4" increments instead of 1/2" increments so it has a much lower profile.

This is the same pattern box we made in the stamp camp using crumb cake card stock and wheeled in always Artichoke ink with the Bright Blessings jumbo wheel.

Happy Stamping! Mary