Wednesday, December 31, 2008

From the Heart

Here it is New Year's Eve and I've been busy making Valentine's cards, what's up with that?? Here's another creation I made with the Love You Much bundle. It's for a monthly swap that I do with some fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrators.
All products from Stampin' Up:
Stamp Sets: Love You Much, Holidays & Wishes
Paper: Kraft, Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip, Candy Lane DSP
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Scallop Circle #2 die for Big Shot, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Crystal Effects, Scallop edge punch, Riding Hood Red/Very Vanilla Grosgrain ribbon, dimensionals
Here's wishing everyone a safe and Happy New Year! Take time to enjoy your loved ones.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Leadership Swaps

Next week I'm on my way to Stampin' Up! Leadership conference. No Stampin' Up! event would be complete without swaps. I joined a swap for the new Love You Much Bundle which is currently available for pre-purchase. The swap hostess made the suggestion that we use the set to show it's versatility so we didn't end up with all Valentine's cards. I LOVED this idea and so I ran with it. I knew right away that I wanted to do a card appropriate for St. Patrick's Day and make the hearts into a shamrock. I had the idea in my head for over a month and finally sat down this past weekend to get it on paper. Here's what I came up with:
All products are from Stampin' Up!
Stamp Sets: Love You Much, Classic Stripes, Sincere Salutations, Holiday Blitz
Ink: Sage Shadow, Pink Pirouette, Versamark, Riding Hood Red
Paper: Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette, Very Vanilla, Sage Shadow, Candy Lane DSP (available in Love You Much Bundle or in the Spring/Summer Catalog arriving next month)
Accessories: Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon, Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware, 3 heart punch (from bundle), Scallop Punch, 1 1/4 inch circle punch, 3/4 inch circle punch, Designer Label punch, Basket and Blooms die for the Big Shot, dimensionals
I had a great time designing this card! Check back this week for more projects made with the Love You Much bundle. If you are interested in ordering this bundle while it's on sale, give me a call or email me!

Monday, December 29, 2008

Our Christmas Card and Walt Disney World

Wow, I don't know where the last week went. I guess I do I was busy preparing for Christmas day and then this weekend I spent stamping away on projects for Stampin' Up! leadership and also taking down all the Christmas stuff around the house. I thought I had posted our Christmas Card last week but I guess I dreamed it. I wanted to share it now because although simple, I really like the way it turned out. We normally spend Christmas at Walt Disney World. This year, Ron wasn't able to get Christmas week off so we went the week before. We still had a wonderful time but I have to say (and I know it sounds strange), it was weird being home on Christmas day! We've gone to WDW for Christmas 5 out of the last 7 years!
Our card reflects our family time at WDW. The picture was taken by one of the Photopass photographers. For anyone going to WDW, I highly recommend buying the Photopass CD. It's absolutely the best thing we've ever done. I used the Ski Slope DSP, Scandinavian Season stamp set, Felt Flurries (I added Dazzling Diamonds glitter to them), and the Silver cording. The card was done using Shimmery White Cardstock. Because I didn't want to "waste" the inside part of the frame, I used it to mount our greeting on inside the card! I embossed snowflakes from the Scandinavian Season stamp set on the Ski Slope paper to give it some extra dimension. Because they were fairly simple, I really enjoyed making them for my friends and family!
This year we had a really fun time and the best thing of all was getting chosen to be the First Safari Family of the day at Animal Kingdom. While I enjoy all of the Disney parks, over the last few years Animal Kingdom has become my favorite place to spend time. I think I figured it out on this trip, it's not a "typical" theme park. It's much less frantic and I enjoy the slower pace, the lush landscaping, the Broadway caliper shows, and of course the SAFARI! It's probably as close to the real thing that I'll ever do and for me, it's good enough. Being chosen to be the First Family was a dream come true! We got our own personal safari with a driver and a guide. We got a "backstage" tour which was perfect for us. We've been on the safari probably 25+ times since the park opened 10 years ago. Every visit we ride it at least 2-3 times. I love this ride because it's always different. You just never know what you'll see. When we got on the bus, we told our guide and driver that we didn't need all the pre-recorded stuff that we knew the drill and they seemed thankful for that. That's when they suggested a "backstage" tour. They talked a lot about the animals on the trip and which were their favorites and why they loved them so. The main thing I loved was seeing how much they loved their jobs! They would slow down for us to take pictures (of course this was the FIRST time I didn't have my big camera with the zoom lens) and we just had a marvelous time.
Our guide was from originally from Plano (about 45 minutes from our home) so that was kind of fun as well. After we returned back to "camp", they presented us with a little pass that said we were The Kilimanjaro Safaris Honorary Family and it entitled us to return to the safari as many times that day and use the Fast Pass line! That was way cool! People often ask me why we love taking trips to Walt Disney World so often, I guess it's because it's always magical, you get to be a kid again, and the outside world just seems to not exist while you are there. I hope you enjoy the photos as much as we enjoyed the safari!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Christmas Album

In my post yesterday, I showed you the gifts I made for each of my club members. Today I'm going to show you a Christmas CD Envelope Album I made for the gift exchange we do. I made a small cookbook for my other club gift exchange which I neglected to photograph but I remembered to take pictures of this one. All products used were from Stampin' Up! except the CD Envelopes which were bought from Uline. For this project I used Holiday Treasures Designer Series Paper, elements from the I Wish Simply Scrappin' Kit, Mini envelopes 3x3, cardstock in Real Red, Old Olive, and Chocolate Chip, Alpine Ribbon originals, sticky strip and lots of dimensionals.

To the left is the front of the album. It's hard to tell but some of the poinsettias have been cut out and fit around the album title.

To the right is the first two pages there is also a page that slips into the left hand side. So, you basically have three pages to add photos to on these two pages. The right hand page pulls up out of the pocket.

These two pages feature a page large enough for a full sized photo and two smaller photos. The right hand page has several poinsettias cut out and popped up using dimensionals.

These next two pages are probably my favorite pages in the book. On the left side is a page big enough for a large photo. Then there is a cool, pop out piece that has three small envelopes attached. All three of these envelopes contain mini pages for small photographs or even some journaling of memories. The right hand page is large enough for a full sized photo and pulls out from the pocket.

The two pages on the left have room for one large photo and two small photos or a photo and journaling. The last two pages have room for two larger photographs. The page on the right pulls out of the pocket.

This last view is of the album opened up so you can see what the entire book looks like opened.
I had a class on these in December and will have another class on these in January with a Valentine's theme.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Altered Photo Cube

Hi everyone! My family and I are back from a week at Walt Disney World and I wanted to share a project with you that I worked on for a couple of weeks. I made 15 of these for my stamp club member's Christmas gifts. I couldn't show them earlier because I'm having a luncheon with my 2nd group today. The first group and I met two weeks ago before I left for WDW but my other group couldn't meet that day. It's been killing me, not to be able to show these and let you'll see what kept me so busy that I didn't blog much in late November and December but since most of you'll are crafters I knew you'd understand. I have much to post about our WDW trip, but I'll save that for next week. On with the project! I found these really cute photo cubes at a local craft store. I knew I could do something with them but I had no idea what. Then if finally dawned on me that I should alter them. The first thing I did was to remove all the plastic pieces where the photos go and paint them. I painted them all white with craft paint. After they dried, I cut designer series paper to fit the edges and top and then used Mod Podge to adhere the paper to the wood. I let that dry 24 hours to prevent buckling and then did two coats of Mod Podge on the top. After that I found some wood knobs and attached them to the top of the cube for easy spinning. I added matching ribbon and viola a cute altered photo cube that I hope my club members will fill with their favorite photos and enjoy for years to come! My only regret is that I didn't take a picture of EACH cube before I wrapped them. They were all done with different papers so they all looked so different. If you have any questions or need better instructions, just send me an email and I'll respond. This cube features Urban Garden Designer Series paper from Stampin' Up, Baja Breeze and Kiwi Kiss ribbons also from Stampin' Up!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Winter Post

This card was made by my friend Trina Caraway. She's a demo from the Chicago area but is temporarily living in Houston. I had the pleasure of meeting Trina at the Stampin' Up! convention this past summer and we met again back in October for Stampin' Up regional in San Antonio. That was a nice treat! I love this card! It has such a timeless feel to it and just reminds me of Christmas cards from my childhood for some reason. Thanks Trina for an awesome swap!
All products from Stampin' Up!
Stamp sets: Winter Post
Cardstock: Confetti White, Chocolate Chip, Kraft
Inks: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive
Accessories: Bella Rose DSP, Alpine Ribbon Originals, Vintage Brads

Monday, December 15, 2008

Sleigh Bells Ring

I just adore this card I got from my friend and fellow demonstrator, Diane Pappas. Diane is a demonstrator in the Chicago area and I've had the pleasure of meeting up with her at several Stampin' Up! functions. Diane is super talented, and this card shows it! All products from Stampin' Up!
Stamp set: Sleigh Bells Ring
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Ruby Red, Always Artichoke, Kraft
Inks: Chocolate Chip craft ink, versamark, Sahara Sand, Creamy Caramel. Markers: Ruby Red, Always Artichoke, Sahara Sand, Bordering Blue, Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa
Accessories: Coluzzle, 1/2 inch circle punch, 1/8 inch handheld punch, chocolate chip taffeta ribbon, stampin' sponge, clear embossing powder

Thanks Diane for sharing your talent with us!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Mr. Twigster Sparkles!

Here's another great card I got in a swap! This card was made by Michelle Vernaus. I love this card because it stands up and I love having it on my desk! It makes me smile everytime I see it.

All products from Stampin' Up!

Stamp sets: Mr. Twigster and Sweet Serendipity

Cardstock: Kraft, Real Red, Whisper White

Ink: Basic Black, Versamark, and various Markers Accessories: Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Mr. Twigster Snow Globe

Once again the photo just doesn't do this card justice. This wonderful creation was done by my friend, Lisa Woods a demonstrator in San Diego, CA. Lisa and I have the pleasure of meeting up regularly when she comes to visit her family in Texas. She has to be one of the most talented stampers I know. Everytime I get a card in the mail from her, it's like unwrapping a present. I get so excited when I see her return address on an envelope! All products from Stampin' Up! (except acetate)

Stamp sets: Mr. Twigster, Punch Pals
Cardstock: Close to Cocoa, Tangerine Tango, Bashful Blue, Whisper White
Ink: White Staz-On, Basic Brown, Pumpkin Pie marker, Old Olive Marker
Accessories: Frosty Day DSP, Key Tag Punch, Coluzzle, Pumkin Pie Grosgrain, Dazzling Diamonds, acetate, mini glue dots

Thank you Lisa for this wonderful design! It's just the cutest!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Isn't this BEAUTIFUL!

The picture just doesn't do this card justice. I got this in a swap I participated in and it just jumped out at me the minute I saw it. It is a WOW card all the way. This card was made by Donna Worrell a Stampin' Up Demonstrator in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Stamp sets: Doodle This, Heard from the Heart (inside card), and Holiday Wishes
Cardstock: Real Red, Handsome Hunter, Whisper White
Inks: Versamark, Real Red
Accessories: Gold Emboss Detail, Ticket Punch, Fire Rhinestone Circle Brads, Embossing Buddy, dimensionals, Pop Up Glue Dots

I'm so blessed to be a part of this great group of ladies and to be able to swap with them every month. Thank you Donna for your wonderful creation!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

I'm so embarrassed!

I couldn't believe it when I signed on today and realized I haven't blogged since Thanksgiving! Where in the heck have the past 2 weeks gone? I'm sure everyone is busy, I know I've been. Between decorating, shopping, wrapping, and preparing for a trip; my life has been nuts! I do have something to show you one of the projects my stamp clubs made this month. I also have some other cool cards to show you this week from a couple of swaps I participated in. Soon, I'll show some cool gifts that I made but that's later on in the month.

I made this gift card holder using the Top Note Die for the Big Shot and the Handmade Holidays Card elements kit. I really loved the ease of this holder. The inside features a pocket made from the Top Note that was cut about 1/3 of the way down. All supplies from Stampin' Up!
Stamp Set: To You and Yours
Cardstock: Mellow Moss
Ink: Ruby Red
Accessories: Top Note Die, Alpine Ribbon Originals, Handmade Holidays Card Elements kit, Dimensionals, Glue dots

I've made so many gift card holders over the last few weeks but this one has got to be the easiest. I love being able to just pick something out and put it on a page and it looks great because it's all coordinated!