Sunday, November 25, 2007

Stamp-a-Stack - Round TWO!

I had a very small group of customers come for round two of this year's stamp-a-stacks, but I had a great time. I got to meet one new customer who found me through the demonstrator locator on the Stampin' Up website, and I also had time to sit and stamp a set of cards for myself while lending a hand with tying ribbons for others, and stamping series of images. It was just a very relaxing, but productive time with some of my stampers.

This card was a quickie using some of this year's Stampin' Up! Dashing designer paper. The trees are colored in with markers and spritzed using the Color Spritzer. The ribbon is given a festive twist by using a flat piece of 3/8" red grosgrain, and tying just a small strip of Always Artichoke 1/4" grosgrain around it. The real cheat is that if the green ribbon wants to slip, just add a dot of Crystal Effects glue to keep it in place!

The second card was also a quick one (as most should be for a stamp-a-stack), and it was previously described and the faux silk idea was credited in my "it sure is snow-bling" post.

I do have to admit though, because of the number of rhinestone brads that would have been necessary for the number of flakes, I did go with plain, glass rhinestones in place for the event. They looked great, and I explained to the ladies that it just wasn't cost-effective for me to do the brads.

Also, I know I said I'd post more of my back-dated posts, but I've been fighting off this crappy cold that's basically taken me out of commission, so I didn't get it done. I'm hoping a full day of work tomorrow, after being off for 4 vacation days because of Thanksgiving, doesn't flat out kill me. Keep your fingers crossed for me, will you?

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you had a restful weekend of family, food and fun.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Niece's Halloween card

Sorry I haven't been posting! I've been busy creating banners and watermarks for customers of my design services. I'll be posting a few of my posts from my drafts folder today.

This card went with a candy apple for my niece when I went over there for dinner on Halloween. I thought the soft, fuzzy yarn (from the $1 spot at Target at least a year ago) would be something she would like. This card also used up scraps that I had sitting around on my desk. When I cleaned up recently, I realized I hadn't been USING scraps, I'd just been making them. The pumpkins are striped in Crystal Effects. She really liked the card and told her friend that I always make her cards, I never buy them. I felt so proud that she noticed and that she likes them. She is such a sweet girl!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Santa Claus is coming! And he's bringing presents!

Santa's hat and coat are paper pieced and glued on and the presents are from the set, Punch Pals. His belt is made from a piece of ribbon and the buttons on his coat are black brads. Before stamping Santa, I made a reverse mask using my large oval punch for the "rug" on the floor so he'd have something to stand on. I just colored over the blank in the mask with my marker, and then "stitched" around the edges with my white gel pen.

Then, I had a happy accident when the designer paper I wanted to use as a mat highlighted those cool blocks of color behind the main image. I've taken a picture so you can see what the paper under Santa looks like. The white line is a representation of what the main image covers.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Scrap pumpkins

This card is made all from scrap pieces - even the pumpkins were stamped on a scrap and then cut out. I did add three of the jumbo eyelets to the piece stamped with the Sanded background. I really like how this turned out, and worked the pieces together based on colors.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Dashing quick cards

These cards were made with Stampin' Up Dashing designer paper and scraps. I also wanted to use the set Punch Pals. This little snowman is one of my recent favorites. I think his cheery little scarf is so cute, and the way he's wearing it is inspired by co-worker Adrienne. Can you tell we spend hours together every day? Her name pops up here a lot!

This next card uses the scallop punch and is so clean and FAST!

Finally, a little penguin couple out enjoying the weather together. These guys are so fun to color and they're ADORABLE. The letter brads were just extras that I had in the stash!

All the white paper used is Stampin' Up's Shimmery White paper. It lends a holiday holiday shimmer and prettiness. Thanks for looking! And happy early holidays!