Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Happy Holidays!

Well I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas yesterday! I didn't quite finish my Christmas card series due to unseen things popping up and preventing me from finishing it on time, next time I will definitely have to start earlier. My New Years resolutions or goals for 2013 are to of course lose weight, to keep up blogging, and to participate in every Peachy Keen Stamps Blog Challenge. peachy Keen posts new challenges every week and I have a blast doing them and seeing what everyone else comes up with so that's definitely something I want to keep doing. Maybe even try for the design team next year ;)

Thank you for joining me, and keep following along with my blog because there are going to be some giveaways and freebies very soon. The more that follow along with my blog and comment on the posts, the more opportunities for me to give away some fun prizes!

I ordered my Big Shot yesterday which I'm very excited about getting! Please feel free to comment with your goals/resolutions for 2013 or if you have any questions, comments or concerns. Thanks a lot and ill catch you back here next time!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

12 Days of Christmas Cards-Day #8&9

Welcome back for day 8&9 bundled together for these two quick and easy cards. We will start with the card on the left first.

Supplies used:
Cardstock:red & white, christmas pattern papers
PKSC-November 2012 & September 2012
Black StazOn ink
Versamark ink
Old Olive, Real Red, Soft Suede, & Crumb Cake ink from Stampin'Up!
 Silver Embossing Powder
2" Scallop Circle punch
Martha Stewart Circle cutter
Adhesive pearls

First thing I did was cut my red cardstock to a standard A2 size card (4.25"x5.5") , the white cardstock was cut at 4"x5.25" and the 4 squares of pattern paper were cut at 1.5"x1.5". I adhered the white cardstock piece using my ATG to the base of the card. I then stamped the frame from the September PKSC stamps set in versamark ink, covered and heat set with Silver embossing powder. Then I stamped the inside sentiment in Real Red ink (sentiment is from the November PKSC) and added the two pearls. Taking my ATG again, I adhered the four squares of pattern paper to the upper portion of the card and set it aside.

Then I stamped the reindeer onto a piece of white cardstock  and used the Aquapainter to paint from his upper half. Once that was dry I cut out a circle around his face using my Martha Stewart circle cutter at 1.75" and sponged the edges using Old Olive ink. I punched a red scallop circle and attached my reindeer piece to the scallop circle center using ATG and attached that whole piece to my card base using a dimensional. And thats it for the first card

*Now for the card on the right.
Supplies used:
Cardstock:Red, white, dark green, & Christmas pattern paper
Green 1/8" ribbon
"Peace" stamp
Rose Red Ink from Stampin'Up!
Scallop edge punch
Snowflake confetti pieces
glue dots

First thing I did was cut my standard A2 size card base in the red cardstock (4.25"x5.5"), the white cardstock I cute at 4"x4.25" and used the scallop edge on the on end of it. Cut the Christmas pattern paper at 4"x3.5" and addhered it to the white piece using my ATG.and then adhered the whole piece straight to the red card base.

For the sentiment part I cut a piece of dark green cardstock at 4"x2" and white cardstock piece at 3.75"x1.75" and adhered them together using my ATG. Then I stamped my "Peace" sentiment using Rose Red ink to the upper left corner.  Attached self adhesive rhinestones to the bottom of the sentiment, green ribbon to the bottom of the piece and made a bow and attached that with a glue dot as well. I popped the sentiment piece up on dimensionals and attached it to my card base. For the finishing touch I added the 2 pieces of snowflake confetti, attaching them using glue dots.

And there you have it! Two quick and easy Christmas cards. That's all for now, I'll catch you back here again for day # 10 of my 12 Days of Christmas Cards series!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

12 Days of Christmas Cards-Day#7

Alright back again for day #7 . I have something a little different for you today, a Christmas gift card holder! Isn't it cute?! Perfect for the Starbucks lover in your life or for a dunkin donuts gift card, etc.  So let's get started.
Supplies used:
Cardstock: brown, dark brown, vanilla, tan, & a vanilla snowflake pattern paper
Snowflake embossing folder
Stampin'Up! Dimensionals
Stampin'Up! Soft suede ink
Cricut and cartridge "Love You A Latte"
Peachy keen stamp set-smitten mitten

The first thing I did was load my cardstock pieces onto my Cricut mat, the latte cup shown was cut at 7.25" using my gypsy to remove the steam from the top of the cup image before cutting it out. I cut 2 of the base and 1 of each layering piece. Then I embossed the tan pieces with the snowflake embossing folder and adhered them to the first base dark brown piece, adhered the vanilla snowflake pattern cardstock piece to the middle and trimmed off the edges. (The middle piece strip is not part of the image that's on the Latte image, I added it bc the plain brown center was too plain for my taste, so there's no exact measurment I just added it to the middle and trimmed off the excess)

The next thing I did was stamp my sentiment using Stampin'Up! Soft Suede ink onto vanilla cardstock. Then I free hand cut a small oval shape around the sentiment, glued that piece to a brown piece and again free hand trimmed a small border around the vanilla piece. I adhered the sentiment piece to the cup base with a dimensional and set it aside.

To make the gift card holder part, I took the second base piece that I cut out in dark brown and I took a giftcard I had on hand and layed that onto the base where I thought I wanted the card to be and I took some dimensionals and lined them up around the giftcard so that when the two base pieces come together to form my sandwich piece the gift card will fit snugly and not move too much. Once I had all the dimensionals where I wanted them I removed the giftcard and adhered the decorated base piece to the second base with all of the dimenionals. (I added more dimensionals to the sides and bottom so that it would be even against the decorated piece.

And that's it for this giftcard holder. Super cute, didn't take much time to put together. Hope you like it and ill catch you back here again for day #8 of my 12 Days of Christmas Cards series!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

12 Days of Christmas Cards-Day #6

Here we are at day #6 of the 12 Days of Christmas Cards series. Above is the card I made for my mother and I love how it turned out. I can't believe we have 6 days left until Christmas.  

Supplies used in this card:
Cardstock: white, red, tan (Core'dinatons)
Snowflake embossing folder
Red satin ribbon
Old olive & real red ink Stampin'Up!
Stampin'Up! Dimensionals
Small pearls
Red glittered embossing powder
Versamark ink
All year cheer stamp set
EK Success realestate punch
Heat tool
Scotch tape

I first cut my tan cardstock to a standard A2 size card (4.25"x5.5"), cut my red piece of cardstock to 4"x5.25" and a white piece of card stock to 3.75"x5". Then I ran the white piece of cardstock in the snowflake embossing folder through my Sizzix embossing machine. I took a sponge douber and Old Olive ink and slowly added color over top of the white embossed piece until I was happy with the color then adhered it to the red piece of cardstock. Taking my red satin ribbon I made the lines across the card and bow to make it look like a present and taped the ribbon ends to the back of the card using regular scotch tape. Then attached the whole piece to my card base with my ATG.

For the sentiment I took versamark ink and stamped my sentiment on a white piece of cardstock, then covered it with red glittered embossing powder and heat set it. Once it was cool I took my realestate punch and punched it out. Taking a sponge, I sponged the edges with real red ink and then added small pearls to each corner. To finish, I added the sentiment piece to the card with a dimensional. 

And there we have it.  A clean, simple, and gorgeous Christmas card that would be pretty easy to mass produce if you should choose to. Thanks for joining me today and I'll see you back here soon for card number 7.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

12 Days of Christmas Cards-Day #5

Alright here we are at day number 5 of my 12 Days of Christmas Cards series. This is a super smile card today but very cute.

Supplies used in this card:
White and red card stock (I used Core'dinations)
Peachy Keen Stamps-PKSC November 2012
Stampin'Up! Ink: Wild Wasabi, Soft Suede, Real Red, and Pretty in Pink
EK Success slim realestate sign punch
Stampin up dimensionals
Scrap paper
Oval template
StazOn black ink
Black fine to Sharpie

I took my white cards rock and cut it at 4.25"x11" and scored it at 5.5" so that the fold is at the top of our standard A2 size card (4.25"x5.5"). Then I took my oval template and traced my oval onto the card towards the top center using a black fine tip Sharpie. Next I made a template of my own on a scratch piece of paper using the same oval, traced and cut it out with an exacto knife so that I could use the negative as my template. I lined the scrap paper oval template overtop my card base oval so that when I stamp my reindeer it would not stamp outside the oval on the card base. Taking my StazOn black ink, I inked up the reindeer stamp focusing on just the upper half of him and stamped him onto my oval on the card base.  I then carefully removed my scrap template to reveal a crisp clean stamped reindeer inside the oval on the card base.

I colored in the inside of the oval and the reindeer using the Aquapainter and the Stampin'Up! Ink and set it aside to dry. Using the EK Success realestate sign punch, I punched out a piece of red cardstock. And using my oval template I traced and cut out a small 1.5" oval on white cardstock. I stamped the "oh joy" sentiment on the white cardstock oval using Wild Wasabi ink from Stampin'Up!    and sponged the edged with Real Red ink. Then I adhered it to the red realestate punched piece using my ATG and added rhinestones to the corners.

Once the card base was completely dry I added the ribbon bow at the top with the fine tip sharpie and the realestate sign sentiment to the card base using dimensionals. For the finishing touch I added a red rhinestone to the reindeers nose and there you have it! A simple but adorable Christmas card.

Thank you for joining me again today for card number 5, follow along with me for card number 6 coming soon!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

12 Days of Christmas Cards-Card #4

Back again! Here is card number 4 in my 12 Days of Christmas Cards series.

Supplies used to make this card:
Green, red, tan, and white cardstock, (Colorbok & Core'dinations)
Christmas pattern paper (The Paper Studio-All Seasons II)
Red satin ribbon
Stampin'Up! Delightful Decorations stamp set
Stampin'Up! Old Olive ink
Stampin'Up! dimensionals
ATG adhesive
Small rhinestones
Scallop edge punch-Fiskars
Stampin'Up! Ornament punch

Dark green card base cut at 8.5"x5.5", scored at 4.25" to make our standard A2 size card (4.25"x5.5")
Then taking the tan cardstock I cut it to 3"x4" and used the scallop edge punch along the bottom edge. I then cut 2 pieces of red cardstock, one piece at 2.75"x2.5", and another piece at 4.25"x1.75".
I picked out 2 different coordinating pattern papers from the All Seasons II paper stack. The snowflake paper was cut at 4.25"x1.5" and the other Christmas phrase paper was cut at 2.25"x2.5".

I adhered the pattern papers to the red cardstock border pieces using my ATG, and adhered the red Christmas phrase piece to the tan cardstock and the red snowflake piece to the bottom of the card, leaving about a 1/4" gap. Then I stamped the ornament onto the white cardstock using Old Olive ink and punched it out using the coordinating ornament punch. I added a small rhinestone into the middle of the ornament and attached the ornament to the tan cardstock piece using a dimensional. Then I took some red satin ribbon and tied it around the tan base just above the scallop edge and trimmed the tails. Now that the ribbon is placed where I want it I added dimensionals to the back of the tan piece and attached it to the card base leaving about 1/4" gap at the top.

And there you have it! A pretty quick and simple card. Don't forget to continue to follow along with my blog, there will be a give away coming very soon! I'll do the detailed announcement soon so start leaving comments and feedback now to get a head start on the giveaway to come :D Let me know if there's anything you'd like to see and I'll catch you here next time for card #5!

12 Days of Christmas Cards-Card #3

Hello again, I was hoping to get this blog post up sooner than this, but here it is. Hopefully I can get another post or two finished by tomorrow night. I made this card for the Peachy Keen Stamps Blog challenge #47, its Kathy's birthday, so to celebrate the challenge is a Happy Birthday Kathy sketch! Here is the sketech
and here is my take on the design sketch
You could easily change the sentiment to "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Holidays" to be more Christmasy but this is great for a Christmas time birthday! So lets get started,

Supplies used in this project:
Peachy Keen Stamps-PKSC-November 2012
3 pink flower buttons
cardstock (I used Core'dinations and Colorbok) in white, aquamarine, pink, & hot pink
pattern paper (Colorbok-Spring Morning, & Me&My Big Ideas-specialty cardstock)
White embossing powder
versamark ink
Black stazon ink
brown marker
Fine tip black Sharpie
Real Red ink - Stampin'Up!
Heat tool
Tombo mono multi glue
ATG adhesive
white gel pen
Corner rounder
glue dots 3/16" size

The first thing I did was take my hot pink cardstock from Colorbok and cut it at 4.25"x11" scored at 5.5" to get my standard A2 size card (4.25"x5.5" with the fold at the top of the card base. I cut the light aquamarine pattern paper from Colorbok to 4"x5.25" and adhered it straight to my card base using my ATG. Next, I took another pink flower pattern paper from the same collection and cut 4 pieces at 1.75"x1.75", taking my corner rounder punch and rounding 2 opposing corners on each square. Taking my ATG, I adhered those pieces to the upper 2/3rds of the card with all pointed corners pointing toward the middle and outter edge of the card base.

For the main focus of the card I stamped the elf from Peachy Keen Stamps onto a white piece of cardstock with black StazOn ink. I then stamped the elf multiple times on different color cardstock and paper pieced the elf together by cutting out the various pieces from the stamped cardstock and gluing them onto the white paper stamped elf with Tombo. I colored in his hair using a brown marker, and added blush to his cheeks and nose using an aquapainter and real red ink from Stampin'Up! Thats also how I added the red to his tongue. Lastly, I took my black fine tip Sharpie and colored in his mouth and my white gel pen to add some highlights to him.

Once the elf was completely put together I set him aside so I could work on the sentiment. I took a piece of a slightly darker aquamarine color and stamped my sentiment in versamark ink, covered with white embossing powder, then heat set it to finish. Then I trimmed the sentiment out with no particular measurements, just eyeballing where I thought it looked best. I gave one end a banner tail and let the other end meet flush with the edge of the card base. The sentiment piece was added onto the card base using dimensionals. Now it was time to add the little elf, who was also popped up on dimensionals. And for the finishing touch I added 3 flower buttons using glue dots.

I need to note that this particular elf image comes with a different lollipop shape and hand so what I did was stamped just the hand and then added the different lollipop. It took some playing with but it worked out really well. I hope you guys enjoyed this card and I'll see you next time for card #4.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

12 Days of Christmas Cards-Card#2

Hey everyone! Thanks for joining me today for card number 2 of my 12 Days of Christmas Cards series. I recently came across bluenicole0707 on youtube and she created a gorgeous blue color scheme card with a technique I have never done before so I thought I would recreate her card using less traditional Christmas colors. So here's a look at the new card for today.

supplies used in this project include:
Purple cardstock-Colorbok Earthtones
White cardstock-Core'dinations
White copy paper
Rich Razzleberry ink- Stampin'Up!
Perfect Plum ink-Stampin'Up!
Versamark ink
Silver embossing powder-Recollections
Jumbo Snowflakes stamp set- Stampendous!
"Peace" stamp-craft smart
Bright with promise stamp-Stampabilities
Heat tool-Darice

First step I did was cut all of my cardstock pieces. White card stock pieces are cut at 4"x5.25", 3"x4.25", & 2"x3.25". Purple cardstock pieces are cut at 5.5"x8.5" scored at 4.25" to form our standard A2 size card (4.25"x5.5"), also cut 2 other purple cardstock pieces measuring 3.25"x4.5" & 2.25"x3.5".

Taking the 3 white cardstock pieces I carefully layered them on top of each other, centering them and using a small amount of adhesive to hold them temporarily in place so that I could stamp my snowflakes on them. Taking my versamark ink I stamped the "Peace" sentiment in the center and used the silver embossing powder and heat set it and let cool. I then took the medium snowflake stamp, in Rich Razzleberry ink, and stamped it randomly a few times. Next, taking the small snowflake stamp, inked it in Perfect Plum, I stamped on a piece of scrap paper once to get a lighter tone of purple and then stamped once on the card and repeated that process a few more times.Don't worry if the stamp doesn't completely stamp where the edges of the cardstock meet, that area gets covered up with the purple cardstock layers so it shouldn't show once the card is completely put together.

Carefully I separated the white cardstock pieces and begun adhering them to the purple cardstock pieces, layering one on top the other until layering the final piece onto the card base. Once all of the pieces are adhered to the card base I took rhinestones and placed them in the snowflake centers. Now the front of the card is complete

For  the inside of the card I cut a piece of copy paper to 4"x5.25" and adhered it to the inside of the card. Then I stamped my Bright with promise stamp with Rich Razzleberry ink and stamped it in the top center of the card. And there you have it!

I really love how this card turned out. The non traditional colors look really beautiful. Thank you bluenicole for the inspiration. I hope it inspires others as well. Please join me next time for Card #3!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

12 Days of Christmas Cards-Day#1

This holiday season has me crafting like crazy! I'm going to challenge myself to making 12 cards to post about between now and Christmas. The first card I'm going to start with is this adorbs little elf card!
Supplies used in making this card:
 Peachy Keen Stamps-PKSC-11 November 2012
Kraft cardstock-Core'dinations
Red cardstock-Core'dinations
White cardstock-Core'dinations
Cream cardstock-Core'dinations
Green cardstock-Core'dinations
Brown cardstock-Core'dinations
Dark green-Colorbok Earthtone Cool
Green Pattern Paper-The Paper Studio-All Seasons II
Frost Sheer Shimmer Spritz-Tsukineko
Extra Fine White Glitter-Recollections
Stampin'Up dimensionals
Adhesive-Scotch ATG
White gel pen
Stampin'Up ink-Real Red
StazOn black ink
Zig 2 way glue pen
Studio G pigment ink-pink
Red marker-Prismacolor

Okay now that I've listed the supplies the first thing I did to make this card was stamp the elf image with StazOn black ink several times on each color for his face, clothes, and hair. Then I carefully cut out the individual pieces and glued them together on the main image (white cardstock base). Once it was all glued together I colored in the stripes on his stockings, the red in the lollipop and his tongue. I dipped the tip of a q-tip into the pink pigment ink to color his nose and add blush to his cheeks.  I used my Zig 2 Way glue to pool glue onto the brim and ball of his hat and added the Recollections fine glitter. As soon as that dried I went ahead and trimmed the image out leaving a thin white border framing him. Using my white gel pen I went ahead and added some small highlight details to his clothes and then put him aside.

I then cut my Kraft cardstock down to a standard A2 size card (8.5"x5.5", folded is 4.25"x5.5") and set the aside. Taking my red cardstock I cut a strip that was 5"x 2.75" and I tore by hand a small scrap of white cardstock to be the bottom snowbank strip. I glued the white strip to the red piece along the bottom just eyeballing the placement where I wanted it and trimmed off the excess. Using my Shimmer Spritzer I spritzed the red and white piece to give a snowy look and set it aside to dry.

Then I cut a strip of the green polkadot pattern paper to 4"x2" and using a small scrap of the cream cardstock I stamped my sentiment in Real Red ink from Stampin'Up! I trimmed the sentiment down just eyeballing the sides and used my corner rounder to round the 2 upper edges of the sentiment piece and set it aside.

Now taking my Scotch ATG I adhered my pattern paper to the kraft card base approx. .5" from the bottom. Using my ATG again I attached my sentiment to the red card piece. Using Stampin'Up! dimensionals I attached the red piece to the card base trying best to center it. Then using more dimensionals I attached the little elf and thats it! Definitely not a good card for mass production but definitely worth making and giving to someone special! He came out super cute and I just love how this card came together. I'll be back again soon so come on back for card #2 in my 12 Days of Christmas Cards series. Thanks for stopping by!