Monday, December 31, 2007

Just Be-Claws

Now that Christmas cards are behind us I'm finally getting around to playing with some fun images that have been calling my name for quite a while now! This one was screaming at me! LOL!

The stamps are from Gina K Designs Just Be-Claws rubber stamp set. I think my friends would get a kick out of receiving this one in the mail!

I stamped on watercolor paper using Versafine Onyx Black ink, then embossed with JudiKins Detail Clear embossing powder.

I cut and embossed the stamped image using the rectangle Nestabilities, then colored with Tombow markers. A few times my ink has smudged when I ran it through my Big Shot with the Nestabilities, so I've learned to cut and emboss first, then color with my markers.

The designer paper is from Sandylion. It's another great find when I was in Dallas a couple of months ago.

This really is a very simple card, but I think the designer paper makes it look happy and festive.

I am so pleased to have gotten my tree taken down today, and all the Christmas decorations are packed away in the attic for another year. It's nice to have my house back in order!

So....have you all made New Year's resolutions? Are there any stamping related things on your list?

Thanks so much for stopping by. More tomorrow!


Happy New Year

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Three Cupcakes....

As most of you know, my favorite thing to do on Sunday is participate in the Featured Stamper's Challenge at SCS, and I indulged myself again today.

The Featured Stamper was Danielle (aka dlounds). She has a great gallery, and you can view it HERE .

The card I chose to CASE can be seen HERE .

I kept her general layout, but changed the stamps and designer paper. All stamps are from the My Favorite Things stamp set called Icing On The Cake . I have used this set several times it!

I stamped using Versafine Onyx Black Ink (my fave), then embossed with JudiKins Detail Clear embossing powder.
The images were colored using Tombow markers, then cut and embossed with my circle Nestabilities. I added Stickles Glitter Glue to the pink icing for sparkle. The cherry on top has a drop of JudiKins Diamond Glaze for dimension.

The designer paper is DejaVu Sharon Ann Collection called Little Dots. I think it's one I found on a shopping trip to Dallas a couple of months ago.

I think the rest is pretty self explanatory, but please feel free to email me if I left out something I should have told you.

I trust that all of you are enjoying your holiday weekend. I hope to take down my tree tomorrow and try to get my house back in order. And of course, I MUST have a little stamping time!

More tomorrow....thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Glorious Day!

I am so loving these new Wordsworth stamps!

This one is called Hope Your Day . Isn't that font gorgeous???

I used VersaMark ink to stamp the image on cream colored cardstock, then embossed with JudiKins Malachite embossing powder. It's hard to see in the photo, but the embossing powder is green with specks of copper, so it matches the designer paper perfectly!

I distressed the stamped panel using Ranger Peeled Paint Distress Ink, then distressed the edges using my Tim Holtz Paper Distresser .

The corners are from the Cuttlebug Vintage Corner Die set, and the designer paper is called Light Green Vine from My Mind's Eye.

I am feeling better today, and even forced myself to venture out to pick up a perscription in town. Since I was so close to Michael's I stopped in to see if there was anything I couldn't live without. After all, I had a 50% off coupon!

As I wandered aimlessly through the store I happened upon Martha Stewart cards and lined envelope sets for $1. Yep, that's right...ONE DOLLAR! I wasn't sure whether it was my illness or euphoria making me light headed. What a great find!!!!! I bought 10 sets, then called my friend Nancy to tell her so she could get some of them too. I hope she got there in time! It's the little things in life that make us happy, isn't it? LOL!

Thanks so much for stopping by. I will have something new for you tomorrow.

Friday, December 28, 2007


I stayed home from work again today...still sick, but feeling marginally better. Maybe in another day or two I will be back to normal. I hope?

I did manage to do two things today. I made this card, and unloaded the that order! That was the total extent of my exertion! Other than that, I was on the couch or in bed all day! You can't imagine how unusual that is for me!

This card was inspired by one made by my idol Debbie Olson . You can see her card HERE . I think everything she does is just over-the-top gorgeous!

The stamp is from Wordsworth. I absolutely adore the elegance of their images! This stamp is called Love and you can buy it HERE .

The image was stamped using VersaMark ink, then embossed with detail white embossing powder.

I used my Concave Corner Punch on each of the four coners, then layered it twice. I love the little pearlized brads in each corner. I will be adding them to my store soon.

There are actually two ribbons, a white dotted May Arts ribbon layered on top of a pale pink sheer ribbon, then tied a bow.

The designer paper is from Stampin' Up, and is called Holiday Harmony.

That's it for me tonight. I'm posting a bit early so I can get back to bed! Thanks so much for all your sweet comments and well wishes! You guys are absolutely the best!

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Olivia Writes

I am going to make this really short and sweet. I've been home sick all day today with a cold and "the crud". So sick that I didn't even feel like stamping!

The stamp is " Olivia Writes from Stampendous. It's colored with Tombow markers. The edges are sponged with Ranger Distress Ink.

The designer paper is from the Basic Grey Recess collection.

The design is a challenge posted by Gina K. You can see it HERE .

I know this is a pitiful post, but I need to go get back in bed. I hope to feel well enough to post something else tomorrow. Wordsworth stamps are in the store!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

What A Day!

I am just about the worst photographer ever!

Yesterday was great, full of laughter and craziness. When you have 6 grandchildren at these ages, added to the excitement of Christmas at Mimi's, chaos is guaranteed!

The first picture is when we're getting ready to blow out the candles on Jesus' birthday cake. Little Jacob (the one in the center with the blue shirt) is the one who asked for the purple birthday cake. I wish I could have gotten a picture of his face when he first saw it. He was sooooooo excited! We all sang Happy Birthday to Jesus, and that made the event complete!

Yes, one of them got a 4-wheeler...but not from me! They rode it in my front yard for the longest time, taking turns and being pretty sweet about sharing. The only one missing from this picture is my 14-year old grandson. I'm not sure where he was at the moment. Probably inside the house playing Guitar Hero 3 on the Wii.

Funny, a month or so ago I didn't even know what a Wii WAS! Now I'm well versed. I also got them Dance Revolution. They all rolled in the floor laughing hysterically when it was my turn to dance to it. I am particularly thankful that no one had a camcorder handy! That would have been blackmail material for sure! LOL!
Just a sweet picture of Christian (age 5) and one of his younger brothers, Ryker (age 4). I just liked the sweet expression on Christian's face. And it is one of the few photos that I didn't screw up. LOL!

Christian is in the loving stage. He came to hug me at least 3 or 4 different times throughout the day, kissing me each time saying, "Mimi, I love you so much!"

Is he the perfect child, or what? I am a lucky lady, indeed! :-)

My BIG disappointment of the day was this last picture. I don't know what in the heck I did wrong, but it's awful. Too much light from the tree, maybe? I took 3 shots, and this was the best of the 3. It just breaks my heart that I screwed this one up. Big bummer!

The only one missing from this picture was little Ashlyn. She is 2...and good at it. She was having some kind of melt down at the time so she had been banned to a time out. LOL!

So sorry to bore you with bad photographs and pics of grandchildren. I try not to do that often, but these are all special to me. ..even the bad ones.

I'm working on a card for tomorrow night. so things will get back to normal soon.

Thanks so much for humoring me, and for stopping by!

Monday, December 24, 2007

Happy Birthday Jesus!

I know....this birthday cake IS purple! LOL!

For those of you who may have missed yesterday's post, my 3 year old grandson asked for a purple birthday cake for Christmas. No matter how many times you ask he what he wants for Christmas, he always says, "A purple birthday cake."

We don't know exactly why. But our best guess is because his parents have been teaching him of Christ's birth and the true meaning of Christmas. (The purple part still has us baffled!)

So.....being the loving Mimi that I am, I had to make sure that Jacob had a purple birthday cake. I can't wait for him to arrive tomorrow to see it. We're even going to let him blow out Jesus' birthday candles. :-)

Merry Christmas to you, my friends! Thanks for all the special friendships here, new and old. Who would have thought I could feel so close to people I've never even met! Each and every one of you bless my life in so many ways, and for that I am truly thankful.

I am thinking of you today because it is Christmas
and I wish you happiness.
And tomorrow, because it will be the day after Christmas,
I shall still wish you happiness.
My thoughts and my wishes will be with you always.
Whatever joy comes to you will make me glad.
All through the year
I wish you the spirit of Christmas.

Love and hugs to you all!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Changito Bouquet - Featured Stamper Challenge

Is this little Changito stamp cute, or what??????

As you know, I love the Sunday Featured Stamper challenge on Splitcoast. This morning I stole a little time to play (instead of doing what I was supposed to be doing!)

The featured stamper today is Crissy. I wasn't familiar with her work until today, and I can tell you that she has some fabulous cards in her gallery. Be sure to check them out HERE . One of the great things about the SCS FS Challenge is that you discover new galleries. I like that.

The card that I chose to CASE can be seen HERE . I stayed with the pink theme and used her basic layout changing the stamps and embellishments.

The stamp is from Stampendous and is called Changito Bouquet .

I stamped on watercolor paper, embossed using detail clear embossing powder, then colored with Tombow markers. I didn't put a sentiment on the outside so I can use this for whatever occasion I might need later. But it could easily be a thank you, thinking of you, or even a Valentine card.

The tabs on each are just strips of cardstock trimmed with a corner rounder. The little hearts are from a Marvy punch. The background paper is from One Heart, One Mind.

I hope you are all ready for Christmas. My family won't be here until lunchtime on Christmas day. Does that explain some of my procrastination? Finally, I kicked it in high gear today. All the gifts are now wrapped!!! Woo hoo! My famous New York Cheesecake is almost ready to come out of the oven. Funny, but my family (and my best friend) don't think we've had a REAL holiday unless I make cheesecake! LOL!

Quick funny story....our 3 year old keeps asking for a purple birthday cake for Christmas. We have no idea why, except that they have been telling him stories of the real meaning of Christmas and the story of Christ's birth. No one knows where the purple part comes in. Let me assure you, the child WILL have a purple birthday cake on Christmas!

I hope you're enjoying your holiday. I am definitely going to be enjoying mine now that the stressful part is behind me! And I can't wait to get some special hugs and see the grands opening their gifts!

Merry Christmas to you all!

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Please's short

This little boy really touched my heart. I thought you might like to listen to what he had to say.

Logan is a 13 year-old boy who lives on a ranch in a very small town in Nebraska. Logan listens to Christian Radio station 89.3FM KSBJ which broadcasts from Houston, TX. Logan called the radio station distraught because he had to take down a calf . His words have wisdom beyond his years.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Money Holder

Sorry I'm so late posting tonight. I wanted to finish this money holder and get it photographed. Actually, it isn't finished, but I'll address that in a moment.

I have used this template for my money holders for several years now. You can find it HERE . It's from Mirkwood Designs, and they have styles for both the old money (center oval) and new money (offset oval).

I printed the template from their website directly onto my cardstock, then cut just inside the dark lines, and folded on the scored lines. I cut out the oval using one of my oval Nestabilities.

The stamp set I used is an old favorite from Hero Arts. It's called Needles and Cones, and tends to be one of my "go to" sets this time of year. I randomly stamped the needles using StazOn Olive Green. The pine cones were stamped using VersaMagic Jumbo Java.

Since this is for a guy, I didn't want to use any ribbon, so I made a belly band to keep the holder closed. You could also use velcro or one of those cute little magnets. Because I'm making several of these for giving cash, I decided the belly band was more economical. I don't particularly like the way the velcro looks.

Oops...I just noticed that the belly band is upside down in the second photo. Oh well...I TOLD YOU I was in a hurry! LOL!

The unfinished part is that I'm going to stamp on the inside cover, but that certainly isn't necessary. I think it's all a matter of taste.

I know this was short and sweet, but if I left out anything pertinent, please don't hestiate to email me.

Thanks for stopping by tonight!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Thank You Card

I needed a quick thank you card to put in tomorrow's mail, so I whipped this up after work tonight.

Today I received a very thoughtful gift from the Parish 4-H Extension Service. I am the treasurer for their organization, and they are always so appreciative of the work I do for them. It's one of those things I couldn't say no to. Believe me....there is a long list of those in my life! LOL!

The stamp is from Inkadinkado and is called Thank You Flourish .

I stamped it on a light green Bazzill cardstock using ColorBox Cranberry ink, then embossed with JudiKins Detail Clear embossing powder.

I used my Concave Corner Punch for all the corners.

The green horizontal strip behind the sentiment was stamped with the edges of the stamp, then layered with coordinating colors.

For a little bling, I added Red GeoShapes Sparkler Stickers among the flourishes and on all four corners.

The designer paper is from the Basic Grey Fruitcake collection. I just love the rich colors.

This was a very quick and easy card, and I think it will do the job for my thanks to the guys.

And thanks to all of YOU! I do so appreciate your continued support!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

A Wish For You...

I had been dying to stamp with this Gina K flower stamp, but had been too busy working on Christmas cards and gifts. So tonight I decided to throw caution to the wind and just do it!

Unfortunately, I had to squeeze in stamping between answering my phone calls and making shrimp dip for the office party tomorrow. I would like to have spent a little more time perfecting this card, but I ran out of time. That's certainly won't be my last chance to play with this stamp!

The image is from the Gina K Designs Simple Pleasures stamp set.

I stamped the image using Versafine Onyx Black ink, then embossed with JudiKins Detail Clear embossing powder. I colored using Tombow markers.

The blue scalloped border was made with a Martha Stewart embossing punch I bought at Michael's. I used the same punch for the scalloped red background behind the sentiment.

The designer paper is Cosmo Cricket Dutch Girl, and the ribbon on the blue scalloped border is from my stash.

Thanks so much for stopping by tonight. I appreciate each and every one of you!

Now I need to go finish cooking for tomorrow's office party. A woman's work is never done! :-)

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Christmas Cards from Friends!

I wanted to share a few handmade Christmas cards that I've received from some of my friends.

This one is from my dear friend Carol in Pennsylvania. Isn't it just gorgeous? I've said before how much I love elegant cards, and this one truly is elegant and beautiful!

Thanks warms my heart to receive this fabulous card from you. And the message inside was so, so sweet.

This adorable round card is from my Canadian friend Tinla. Isn't it precious? I love the Elzybells stamp, and the way she used her Nestabilities to cut and emboss the card and layers. Her coloring is flawless, and she added some Stickles to make it sparkle.

Beautiful job, Tinla! Thank you ever so much for your thoughtfulness and your sweet, sweet note inside. :-)

The gingerbread card is from my good friend Shirley in Shreveport. She is always so thoughtful to send me handmade cards for my birthday as well as other occasions. I don't receive as many handmade cards as you might think, and they always mean so much to me.

Thanks, Shirley for this sweet and adorable card! I absolutely love it!

And last, but not least is this card from my friend Sally, also in Shreveport. Sally's cards are always very unique and classy. She cuts out a lot of images, and does so with such precision.

Great card, Sally! Thanks so much for your thoughtfulness!

Now I'm going to make myself wrap some Christmas gifts. Honestly, I don't want to do it, but I must. I think time is running out, don't you?

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you all have a great Wednesday!

Monday, December 17, 2007

Monogrammed Cards

I have been busy working on gifts for Christmas, so I thought I would show you a monogrammed gift card set that I'm giving to a friend this week.

I made six cards using the same Anna Griffin paper, but changed each one just a bit so they would be a little different than the others. Don't ask me why I did that! It's one of those "seemed like the thing to do at the time" things.

The stamps used are all from Papertrey . I used the Ambassador Monogram alphabet and the Borders & Corners set. No, I don't sell them in my store. But I thought they were so fabulous that I ordered them for myself. I knew I would get my money's worth out of them. Actually, I already have! :-)

I found the Anna Griffin paper at Michael's. They have several styles, so I chose three different coordinating papers. The friend I made these for is about my age. We will just say she is "mature". So I wanted something fairly elegant, and not too trendy. Actually, elegant cards are my very favorite style.

I used my Nestabilities to cut and emboss the monogrammed letters and corresponding layers. Have I mentioned how much I LOVE the Nestabilities?

All the ribbon is from May Arts.

The envelopes are lined in one of the coordinating papers just to make it an extra special gift.

I sure hope she likes it!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

U R The Best!

Okay...I give up! Where DID the weekend go? I got very little stamping done...darn it. And only about 6 packages have been wrapped so far. I need to address some Christmas cards tonight. Haven't started on that yet. Do you think it's time to panic????? I'm beginning to feel just a little stressed ! ! !

The stamps used on this card are from the Gina K Designs Text Messages stamp set.

I stamped the cell phone on watercolor paper using Versafine Onyx Black ink, then embossed with JudiKins Detail Clear embossing powder.

The image was colored in the funky coordinating colors using my Tombow markers and a Tombow blender pen.

The designer paper I used for the background is Pastel Playful Paisley from Doodlebug Designs. The flowered strip across the bottom was stamped in coordinating colors using the small flower design in the Text Messages stamp set. I added a little May Arts ribbon to complete the card.

So.....guess I better go wrap some Christmas gifts. Or should I address Christmas cards first? Maybe I should just watch Desperate Housewives and hope it magically gets done.

My friend Cammie told me that there are little elves who come to do those things for you. If you happen to see those little suckers, please send them my way...okay?

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope to have more tomorrow. :-)

Friday, December 14, 2007

I feel loved!

What a great mail day! I feel sooooo loved!

There was a package on my doorstep tonight when I got home. I NEVER get surprise packages...and I very seldom receive gifts. The package was from my friend Carol in Pennsylvania!

Carol is one of my blogging friends, and a dear one, I might add! She made this adorable box, with homemade cookies inside. I haven't tried the cookies yet...but I assure you I WILL!

She also decorated the tin. Isn't it beautiful? I wanted to photograph it for you before I untie that pretty ribbon. I think it has nuggets inside. Yum-O!

This card was also included. I love the paper, the ribbon AND the stamp. Beautiful job, Carol! Thank you sooooooo much. Your sweet and thoughtful gift made my day so very, very special! You're the best! :-)

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Icing on the Cake!

I made this card using this week's sketch challenge SC154 on Splitcoast. I just LOVE it when I have an opportunity to play along. And let me warn you...those SCS challenges can be VERY addictive! Really!

The stamp set is from My Favorite Things new release. It's called Icing On The Cake . It's the same set I used for yestserday's card.

I stamped the cake plate with Versafine Onyx Black, then inked the cake with VersaColor pigment ink, as well as the candle tips.

Since the stamps are clear, I didn't need a stamp positioner to get them into place. (I LOVE that!) The candle stems were inked with a Tombow marker. I masked the cake plate, then used one of the stamps in the set to stamp the light blue image underneath.

The stamped image, as well as all the layers behind it were cut and embossed using my Nestabilities ovals. I popped them up using Scotch Mounting Tape .

The sentiment was stamped, then cut out with my SU! oval. I popped it up over my SU! designer label punch which is behind.

The ribbon is from May Arts. Once again, I have adhered the name of the designer paper to the card, so I can't tell you who makes it. My bad!

I was trying to make this card so I could send it to a guy if I need to. Do you think the ribbon makes it too feminine?

Gotta go get my chicken off the grill. Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Happy Cupcake Day!

Well, this is the THIRD time I've typed this post. I saved it as a draft, went back to edit it, and it had disappeared. You think I would have learned after the first time, but noooooooooo....I did it again! Geez!

Anyway, the stamps in this set are from the new My Favorite Things release. The set is called Icing On The Cake . There are a lot of stamps in the set to give you tremendous creative possiblities. I like that! :-)

I stamped the cupcake and the sentiment on white cardstock using Versafine Onyx Black ink, then embossed with JudiKins Detail Clear embossing powder.

The cupcake was colored with Tombow markers, then I added a little Stickles glitter glue on the icing. I also put just a dot of Diamond Glaze on the cherry for dimenson, and to make it shiny!

The swirly border around the cupcake sentiment is a separate stamp included in the set. I stamped it , as well as the red scalloped border on the outside using VersaColor pigment ink, then embossed with clear ep.

I used my square Nestabilities to cut and emboss the frames for the cupcake. The designer paper is from Heidi Grace. I found it on my Dallas shopping trip a few weeks ago.

As you can see, the only embellishment I added was a couple of pink brads.

If I was really smart and energetic I would start wrapping Christmas gifts after I figure out something quick and easy for dinner. But is that gonna happen??????? Nope. Not tonight. I have other things on my list that take priority right now. I will start spazzing about the unwrapped gifts soon enough. LOL!

So that's it for me tonight, peeps! Thanks so much for checking in. More tomorrow.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Design Team Call!

I am so very excited to post my first Stamper’s Dream design team call. I am looking for a small group of designers to serve on my design team for February, March & April of 2008!

Submission Guidelines

1. Please submit 4 of your best cards. Non-card projects are also acceptable. I am looking for good quality, attention to detail, use of embellishments, and clever ideas. Good coloring skills are also important. Your submissions should showcase your own personal style.

2. You must be able to photograph your own projects and submit them electronically.

3. You must have either an active blog or and active gallery on the web. It is also helpful if you know how to do a little basic HTML, such as linking to other websites, etc.

4. Entries MUST be received by Sunday, Jaunary 6, 2008 at midnight. The design team members will be announced approximately two weeks after that.

Design Team Benefits

Each design team member will receive a minimum of $20 in stamps and/or products each month. They will also receive a discount on their personal purchases from Stamper’s Dream Stamps .

Design Team Responsibilities

Design team members will create four cards per month. More are appreciated and encouraged, but not required.

Send your submission to: Be sure to put "design team" in the subject line. Attach your four projects. Please include your full name, address and phone number and anything else you would like me to know about you, including any design teams past or present. Be sure to send a link to your blog or gallery. You will be notified prior to the announcement date only if you are chosen.

I’m looking forward to seeing all of your fabulous creations!


Sunday, December 9, 2007

Blush - Just for You Featured Stamper Challenge

You all know how much I enjoy Sunday's Featured Stamper challenge at Splitcoast! Today was no exception! It was such a treat, and so difficult to choose just one from the fabulous gallery of LilLuvsStampin . She is such a super talented lady. Please cruise her gallery if you haven't already. So, so many great cards to see!

The card I chose to case is HERE . I was pleased to use one of my favorite Penny Black Stamps. I changed the colors, sentiment, and embellishments.

The main image is Penny Black's Blush . If I could remember back that far, I would almost bet that this is the very first (of many) Penny Black stamps I ever bought. It's timeless, and a favorite.

I inked the stamp with my VersaColor cubes. They are small, and so easy to use for projects like this. I stamped on white cardstock, then used a corner rounder on all four corners.

The sentiment is from My Favorite Things Icing On The Cake stamp set. It fit perfectly in my SU! small oval punch. The green layer behind the sentiment is the larger SU! oval, and the pink behind it is the SU! designer label.

I think the rest of it is self explanatory. The patterned paper is from Hobby Lobby. Sorry, but I didn't get the brand name before I cut it and adhered it to the card.

The good news is that I got my Christmas tree up this afternoon. AND it's decorated, except for the tree topper. I haven't done the mantle yet. To be honest, I was pretty exasperated after I wrestled the tree out of the attic (literally)! It was in the mid 80's here today, so I was sweating while I was decorating the tree. Something just doesn't seem right about that, does it? LOL!

Gotta go get the pork chops off the grill and get ready for Desperate Housewives. It should be really good tonight! I know...I need a life! :-)

Thanks so much for stopping by. I appreciate each and every one of you!

Friday, December 7, 2007

Winter Wishes

Sorry to be so late posting tonight. A friend/customer came by to do some shopping, and we had a lot of fun visiting. So I was a little behind schedule making my card for tonight.

Both images on this card are from the Gina K Designs Let It Snow stamp set. I just LOVE the little cabin stamp. It's very versatile. You can see that by looking at the other card I made using the same stamp a week or so ago.

Both the main image and the sentiment were stamped using Versafine Onyx Black ink, then embossed with JudiKins Detail Clear embossing powder.

The main image was colored using Tombow markers. I added Stickles Glitter Glue on the snow and tops of the cabins.

I used my new rectangle Nestabilities to cut out and emboss the main image, as well as the scalloped red layer behind it. Gotta love those things...they are way cool!

My snowflake embellishment is a Heidi Swapp clear ghost shape snowflake. I added Stickles to it as well.

So, that's it for me tonight, folks. It's late, and I need to go nuke a Lean Cuisine. I'm famished!

Have a great Saturday! I hope you finish your Christmas shopping! What am I saying? I hope I finish MY Christmas shopping! LOL!

Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Happy Little Penguin

This happy little penguin is from the Gina K Sandy Claws stamp set. It was still on my desk from a card I posted a couple of days ago, so I decided to ink her up. was easier than putting it away! LOL!

I stamped the main image using Versafine Onyx Black ink. She was colored with Tombow markers. The scarf and cap were paper pieced using the same paper as the background. It's from Paper Adventures and is called Holiday Joy Mini Dots.

For the ball on the cap I used a small dot of White Liquid Applique, then put a little Crystal Stickles Glitter Glue on top for sparkle.

The main image and the red scalloped layer were cut and embossed using my new rectangle Nestabilities. I just LOVE those things!

The sentiment is also in the Sandy Claws set. I inked only the first word, stamped it, then cleaned my stamp, inked the other two words and stamped below.

I used my SU! Oval punch to cut out the sentiment, then layered it on top of my Designer Label punch. I added a bead of Crystal Stickles Glitter Glue around the edge of the oval. The ribbon is from my stash.

Busy day today. I had meetings all day long, and didn't even get a break for lunch. Thank goodness tomorrow is Friday! Some weeks there just aren't enough Fridays!

Thanks so much for stopping by. I do so appreciate your comments. It's so nice to know someone is here besides me! :-)

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Thank You for Christmas...

I attended a Christmas luncheon today. It was really a very nice event, and extremely thoughtful of them to invite me. So I decided I would make a little thank you card to send the hosts. Of course, this could be used as a thank you for a Christmas gift as well.

This was really a pretty quick and easy card, so you could make several in a short amount of time if you needed to. If you changed the papers, it could be used for any occasion. I am always in need of thank you cards. I don't send nearly as many as I should. And it really makes someone feel so special to get one in the mail, doesn't it?

This was made from two different Outlines Rubber Stamps. The red square layer is from the Joy Ornament Square , and the other stamp is Outlines Thank You .

First I stamped the Joy Ornament Square on red Daisy D's designer paper, then embossed with detail clear embossing powder. The reason I chose this stamp for my back layer is because it has a more festive border than that Thank You square. I added Green Geo Shapes Sparkler Stickers for a little bling.

The Thank You was stamped and embossed twice, once on blue Daisy D's designer paper, and again on green cardstock. Each was cut out and layered.

The blue scalloped layer was cut from Daisy D's paper using square Nestabilities.

The bottom edge was trimmed with my new Martha Stewart embossing punch. I used a 50% off coupon to buy it at Michael's a few weeks ago.

The new My Favorite Things stamps are here. And they are cute, cute, cute! I will have them up in the store before I go to bed tonight.

So...that's it for me. I'm still recovering from yesterday's marathon day, so I'm going to try to hit the sack a little early if I can. Somehow, that never seems to work out as I have it planned!

Thanks so much for stopping by!