Thursday, August 22, 2013

Stepped Up Christmas Cards

Finally was able to get the 'stepped up' Christmas cards completed for my class. The originals can be seen in this post.
 For this card, I stamped the trees from the Pennant Parade stamp set before punching them out. I embossed the Early Espresso layer with the Woodgrain EF. Added a bit of Baked Brown Sugar stretch ribbon. I also added all those pearls! (that took the longest, but it makes the trees, I think). Then added the bling to each side of the sentiment. Both the pearls and the bling were colored with Sharpies.
 For this card, I silver embossed the ornaments from the retired set Delightful Decorations and the sentiment from Tags 4 You, added the Sharpie colored rhinestones and the new silver ribbon.
This card is VERY SPARKLY in real life. I added the Silver Glimmer paper layer, then used the next to the smallest Festive Flurry snowflake (in Island Indigo) cut it with the framelits, layered it to the next largest framelit cut from the glimmer paper and finally the next largest framelit in Island Indigo. Again, I layered the silver ribbon behind the glimmer snowflake.

Thanks for stopping by today. Check back soon to see what else I've been working on.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Happy Birthday

As you can see, I didn't get the 'experienced' Christmas cards for my class finished over the weekend. I had several birthday cards that I needed to make for friends who will have birthdays while I'm traveling next month. Today, I will share those with you.
 This card is for my hubby's oldest friend. They've been friends since high school. I used some old and some new on this one. The card base is Soft Suede, the 'splatters' from Gorgeous Grunge are in Early Espresso, the Happy Birthday is from Remembering your birthday. The trees are from my 'old standby' Lovely as a Tree (I hope that never retires). The deer is from the retired Nature's Silhouettes. The die is a retired one called Oval Frame.
 This card is so 'cheery', I think. The base is Primrose Petals, as are the candles. The DSP (from Print Poetry) is layered on both Primrose and Summer Starfruit. The sentiment is from Bring on the Cake. This is another card inspired from my upline Maureen. You can see hers here.

 I 'cheated' a little for this card. This is a 'cheery' card front that I received as a swap at convention. There was no contact info on it (so if this is yours, let me know and I'll definitely give proper credit). I just mounted this lovely card front onto Strawberry Slush card base.
This card is a mix of SU! and non-SU! products. The roses are from a retired set Roses in Winter and are stamped in Blushing Bride and Primrose Petals. The Large Scallop Die is the Scallop Circle (still current), the one with the roses is from the Scallop Circles die that is retired. You can't see it well in this photo, but I ran the Large scallop (Pear Pizzaz) through an embossing folder in my stash. The pink layer is some Moire Fabric Paper from my stash, as is the embossed Happy Birthday. I then added the Whisper White Organza ribbon and some 'bling' from my stash. (I could have colored our Rhinestones, but these were the perfect color).

Thanks for stopping by today and I promise to have those 'stepped up' Christmas cards posted soon.
Happy Stamping.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Beginner Christmas Card Class

I have the opportunity to hold my classes at the local community center for a great price! So, I have decided to do two Christmas card classes. One for beginners and one for those who are more experienced. These classes will be in October at the Blanchard Community Center (if there's anyone in the area that would like to attend).

These are the cards I came up with for the Beginner Class.
This card uses the new Festive Flurry Bundle. The card base is Island Indigo, the next layer is Smoky Slate and then I did a quick stamp of the snowflakes in Island Indigo, Burmuda Bay and Coastal Cabana. The focal snowflake is in Smoky Slate layered onto Island Indigo with some silver ribbon and Basic Rhinestone in the middle.
This card was inspired by one my upline Maureen Rauchfuss did. Her's can be seen here. Thanks, Maureen for the inspiration. This uses Crumb Cake as the base and the layer with the sentiment (from Petite Pairs). The next layer is Cherry Cobbler. The trees are punched with the Petite Pennant Punch in Gumball Green and there are Basic Rhinestones as the tree toppers.
 This card uses the retired Ornament Punch and Polka Dot Parade Designer Series Paper. The ornaments are tied with Real Red 1/8 inch ribbon. Card base is Whisper White, next layer is Gumball Green. The sentiment is from the stamp set Tags 4 You. It is layered on a Whisper White piece punched with the 2 3/8 inch Scallop Punch.

Thanks for stopping by today. Stop back by tomorrow and I should have the Experienced Cards completed. Happy Stamping!

Monday, August 12, 2013


So, I had my 'shoebox swap' ladies over on Saturday and I tried an experiment that has been running around in my head. We played a game of Stamped (think the Food Network show Chopped). I gave them Naturals White card stock, a layer of Gingham Designer Series Paper and the stamp set Kind and Cozy (that was their basket). I also had all of my markers and ink pads available, as well as Basic Pearls, Basic Rhinestones, glue dots, dimensionals and some ribbon (that was the pantry & fridge). I gave them 15 minutes to create something. These are the cards they came up with. Pretty talented ladies, don't you agree?

This was Sue's creation
This was Mary Lou's creation
This was what I came up with
 I think that I may try this as a little game at my next workshop. The girls really liked it! Thanks for stopping by today!

Birthday Cards

Here are a couple of birthday cards that I put together over the weekend for upcoming birthdays.
 This one is for my granddaughter. She will be 20! Oh how the time flies! She's a 'girly-girl', so added the colored rhinestones from my stash. The card base is Naturals White, the next layer is Primrose Petals and the top layer is Blushing Bride. The Lattice Die was cut with Naturals White card stock. I then cut a 2-color Daisy from the retired Daisies #2 die. Finally added the 'bling'. The sentiment is from Remembering Your Birthday.
This one is for my grandson, he's going to be 11. Since that is such an awkward age, wasn't really sure what to do. But decided on the banners from Banner Greetings. It's not really clear from the picture, but I used (t to b) Soft Sky, Burmuda Bay, Basic Gray, Island Indigo & Pool Party for the banners. I used the Stripes Embossing Folder on the Night of Navy layer and it's all on a Naturals White card base. I attached the banners to the White Baker's Twine and the card with dimensionals.

Thanks for stopping by today. Check back again soon to see what I've been working on.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Last of the Swaps from Convention

This is FINALLY the last of my Convention Swaps. I'm sure glad I didn't take more than 75! This could have taken the rest of the month!

These were the only Christmas cards that I received. I think because there were no Christmas stamps in the Annual Catalog.
L to R: Ann Nescot, Gail White
 These were the 3 3-d items I received. The left one is a clothes pin with a magnet on the back, the middle one is a pin (the flower can be removed and clipped onto anything. The right one is a small bottle with candies in it.
L to R: Unknown, Leigh Nice, Unknown
 These are some 'odd' sized cards I received.

L to R: Adele Yin, Donna Eckhart, Christy, Unknown
This is a beautiful picture frame. It even has an easel back~
Loty Castro
 This is an AWESOME card that my down line received in an organized swap. I fell in love with it, so she 'gifted' it to me. Thanks, Diane. It was all done with My Digital Studio (except for the bling!)

Alana Jean-Louis
Thanks for stopping by and for looking at all my beautiful swaps from convention. If you'd like to join my team and go with me next year and get your own 'stash' of beautiful cards, let me know.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Convention Swaps - Part Four

I'm going to try to include all the rest of the cards I received in this post. Then there will be one more with some 3-d type items and some 'specialty' cards that  I received.
Top to Bottom: Liz Thayer, Lesa Brzeski, Cecilita Hipskind

Top to Bottom: Penny Geiger, Sharon Merritt, Lyn Tumell

Top to Bottom: Michelle Alexander, Patty Bennett, Kelly Acheson

Top to Bottom: Peggy Harmes, Kathy Gage, Carol Slack

Top to Bottom: Roberta Smith, Shallon Vickers, Jan Hoyt

Top to Bottom: Laura Howell, Sandy Fowler, Denise Donald

Check back tomorrow for the last of the Convention swaps. Thanks for stopping by today.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Convention Swaps - X3

Okay, here comes 18 more swaps from general swapping at convention. Enjoy!
L to R: Cheri Stewart, Unknown, Sue Berreth

L to R: Cindy Sabo, Unknown, Amy Jo Furry 

Left to Right: Marilyn Ueno, Nikki Toll, Debra Thomson

Left to Right: Pam Stern, Unknown, Norma Hodges

L to R: Unknown, Alicia Matyka, Denise Lewandowski

L to R: Valerie Sabarese, Sandhya Ganesha, Unkown
Come back tomorrow to see the next batch (they will all be landscape oriented vs portrait). Thanks for stopping by. I hope that you finding some inspiration in these great swaps!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Convention Swaps - Part Deaux

Okay, here's the next batch of swaps. Again, credit will be given, when it was provided.
Left to Right: Carol Stack, Carol Snow, Kathy Ferguson
Left to Right: AnnMarie Bryant, Unknown, Vera Duffie
Left to Right: Latisha Dinkel, Vickie Mages, Maureen Hallman
Left to Right: Unknown, Kelly Mayou, Unknown

That's it for today, check back tomorrow for 12 more!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Gifts & Swaps

Before I continue with the general swaps I received at convention, I want to show you the great gift I received from my downline & roomie, Diane Belcher. By the way HAPPY BIRTHDAY, FRIEND! And, THANK YOU, for the lovely gift!
 This is one of our clear mount stamp cases that she lined with the Gingham Garden DSP (my fave from the Annual Catalog!) and then added the butterflies and the ribbon.
 This is what was on the inside (minus one piece of chocolate that I just had to eat!)
 These two pictures are the cute little 'gift' she made for all of our group (the CSLs). One side had another chocolate (you can't have too much chocolate, right?) The reverse side had a little wet wipe (to make sure we got all the chocolate off our fingers before stamping!). Cute, huh?
Now, I'm going to show a picture of the swaps from our group (the CSLs). The swap wasn't mandatory, but most people participated.
From Top Left: Jacqui Pelkey, Kathy Buffone, Shawna Nelson, Virginia Groeneveld, Vicki Dell, Maureen Rauchfuss (our fearless leader), Diane Belcher, Toni Heylek.

Thanks for stopping by today. Part two of the general swaps will be tomorrow.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Convention Swaps - Part One

Finally decided to take the pictures of all my convention swaps and wouldn't you know it, the battery died in the camera...Go figure! So, I will share the pictures I did get while the battery is charging. I got about 75 swaps, so they will be shared over several days. Where I am able, I am giving credit to the creator. I received a lot this year without any contact info at all (so, if I'm sharing a card that belongs to you, let me know and I will definitely go back and edit.)
Top to Bottom: Unknown, Tina Weller, Jan Johnsen
Left to Right: Tammy Smith, Cheryl Toutges, Jean Ward

Top to Bottom: Unknown, Janice Basak, Trudy Freas
Top to Bottom: Faith Gaspar, Amy Peters, Amber Meulenbelt
Left to Right: Tricia Dearmin, Tessa Boulter, Amy Shihinski

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Some Convention Pics

Here are a few of the Convention Pics.
This is the main stage where all the General Sessions were held. Sorry, I noticed after I downloaded some of these, that they are a bit blurry....must have been the 6000 demos bumping around in the room!
This is the 25th Anniversary Party. As you can see, it was hard to move in this room for the party!
These two pictures are from the Display boards. They just spoke to me and thought maybe someday I might try to duplicate them.
This picture is of my friend Connie's Artisan Award Board. I'm happy to announce that Connie is an Artisan Award winner for 2013-2014. Way to go Connie!