Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Sketch Challenge #306

This card was made using SplitcoastStampers Sketch Challenge #306. Lately I have found that I have a much easier time coming up with card ideas when using a basic sketch. When I saw the circle image I immediately thought of a snow globe and although I didn't have a snow globe stamp, the snowman from Friendship Jar Holiday Fillers does remind me of an image you might find in a snow globe. I used some wide ribbon I had left over from last Christmas and some Martha Stewart Glitter on the snowballs. I love the new Pinefeather color and to add a little something to it, I stamped a pattern in Versamark with the Holly Jolly border and a snowflake from Snowflake Serenade with a little stitching around the edges. Thanks for taking a look at my little snowman card!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Papertrey Ink November Blog Hop- Holiday Tags

Happy Thanksgiving to all my PTI friends! This blog hop has been my favorite this year because our challenge was to create some holiday tags, a task I love to do. Tags are fairly simply to create and I wanted to challenge myself a bit, so I remembered an issue of PaperCrafts Magazine ( Card Style). This whole magazine was dedicated to finding your Card-Making Style among four very different styles. I challenged myself to create a tag in each one of the four styles, Fun & Cute, Clean & Graphic, Classy & Elegant and Shabby & Vintage. I was able to create the first three tags very quickly and easily as those styles are the ones I am most comfortable with. The last one, however (Shabby & Vintage) took for-ev-er! It is the style I struggle with the most and almost never make a card in this style (actually this is the second) I used lots of PTI stamp sets as well as a music stamp from Stampendous called Music Score to make all of these tags and I have to admit the very first one, with the little stocking, white cotton balls and mini green clothespin is my favorite. I loved making the background paper using a sentiment in Tiny Treats Christmas. The clothespin was dyed with green food coloring. Enjoy the blog hop and Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Christmas Tag #3 of 12

I've been making tags, tags and more tags. This tag is #3 in a series of 12 and I made 100 of them! Again. I have more than gotten my money's worth from my Tag Sale #1 die, Woodgrain stamp set and Peace Be Still Dies. I went through 2 rolls of Vintage Cream felt making the doves and I don't know how many red beads. I love how this one turned out. The sentiment is embossed and in person is so bright and shiny. I love the feeling I get when I have completed all the steps it takes to make so many identical tags. Making tags are definitely running a very close second to my love of cardmaking.

Sunday, November 14, 2010


I would like to thank Michelle for organizing the very large purchase of bookmark plastic sleeves for all of us. I got my sleeves yesterday and decided to make a Christmas bookmark, FOR MYSELF. I rarely make anything that I keep and use for myself, but I will definitely be making lots of bookmarks now. For this bookmark, I made my own patterned paper using lots of Christmas sets from PTI. I have been wanting to use the new Blueberry Sky paper and since I was using the largest bookmark sleeve, all I had to do was cut a rectangle 2 1/2 x 7" and start building my pattern. I used Holly Jolly and Snowflake Serenade stamp sets. I have found a perfect ink match for the new Pinefeather paper too that is perfect to stamp the holly images onto. It is Adirondack Ink "Bottle". I saw a card that Debbie Olsen created and she was nice enough to share the ink color with me. It comes in both dye and pigment ink and since I want to be able to use it for embossing, I got the pigment type. It is beautiful and stamps so nicely. Something else I would like to mention is about the vellum I stamped the Vintage Label image on. I had never owned any PTI vellum, thinking that velllum was, well vellum. It's not. PTI's vellum is so much nicer than the vellum I usually buy in my local craft store. It die cut with Spellbinder Labels so crisply and I slightly heat-dried the images to make sure they would not smear. I used a glitter pen, stickles and some rhinestones to bling up the front and back of the bookmark, tucked in the plastic flap, puched a hole and added a little ribbon and a button to finish off the bookmark. I love it. Wish I had some Christmas themed book to read with it!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Clean and Simple Christmas Cards

Today I made two clean and simple Christmas cards using Framed, Friendship Jar Holiday and 2010 Holiday Tag sets. One is a single layer and the other has just one layer of patterned paper. I used some gold embossing powder to add a little sparkle to the snowflakes. Such a simple card to make.
Card Size: 4 1/4 x 4 1/4

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Christmas Tag #2

I have been making Christmas tags all weekend. For tag #2, I used 2009 Holiday Tags along with the Tiny Treats Christmas Mat Stack stamp and the Limitless Labels Doily Lace die. Stamped in black and colored with some copics, red/white twine and a some stickles for sparkle, this tag was very easy to create, which I did 100 times! The hardest part was cutting out the tags and labels on my cuttlebug. Wish I had that electric Big Shot!

Monday, November 1, 2010

The first of many gift tags

Today I have the first of a great many gift tags I am making using lots of PTI products. Although this first one's image is not a PTI stamp, almost everything else is! These little tags look so quick and simple although there was a lot of steps to make them. The picture is of the front and the back of the tag and doesn't show it very well, but they are embossed with the linen impression plate and have lots of sparkly Prisma glitter on them. The button is one of my new Pinefeather buttons, a beautiful color for Christmas projects.
Paper: KraftInk: Dark Chocolate
Stamps: Rubber Stampede (Cardinal), To/From:Friendship Jar Christmas Fillers
Extras: Linen impression plate, copics, prisma glitter, plaid ribbon from Michaels, stickles