Monday, November 29, 2010

A little out of the box....

As you know, I'm always trying to use up retired paper (by the time I'm done, a whole new batch of paper will have retired and I will be in the same boat!) I decided to use Baja Breeze and Cherry Cobbler...but I screwed up because I wanted to put Cherry Cobbler as the layer under the dot-embossed background (but instead I put the dotted white layer)...but I still like how it turned out because the Santa is the focal point....

Tthe ribbon is not SU!, but you can do this technique with any ribbon...just put down a strip of sticky strip tape and scrunch the ribbon as you attach it to the card

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Beary Cute Bookmark

Here's another one fo those bookmarks from the Two Tags Die....I actually put the magnet inside the middle of the bookmark so it hold nicely to the page....made this one for my daughter so she can actually place the bookmark on the line where she stops reading....

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

I {heart} Christmas!

Oh, yes it is!  Those are upside-down heart punches....I saw a version of this in the Oriental Trading Catalog and thought I could do that with SU! punches!  It is such a simple card that my kids are making some for their friends!

The star on the tree is from the ornament punch set, Delightful Decorations...the ornaments are red confetti that I had purchased for the kids to use to decorate their houses....

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

You just can't beat it!

Check out the link for the Holiday Spectacular!  Free shipping and up to 50% off!!!!  You'd be crazy not to take advantage of it!  And with the $150 order you qualify for the Hostess benefits!   I just picked up some of those Bigz XL dies that are normally $42 that I've been eyeing but putting off since they are so pricey!  Got them for $25!!!  Only a few days left!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Last but not least!

Here's my 9 year old, Maggie, with her 'Bakery'...she's well one her way to finishing it....

she punched the Modern Label in Close to Cocoa and cut in half and layered them on the roof like shingles...she embossed the door and sponged it to make it look old....she is adding cakes and cupcakes in the windows with vellum...we even found some patterned paper with bricks for the chimney....

Great job, Maggie!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Quickie box

I needed a little holder for a necklace that was a present that my daughter's friend so I whipped up this little box and topped it off with the eyelet border punch flower that was sitting on my desk--it doesn't exactly match the paper, but it blends and looked really cute!  Check out my tutorial section for direction....

Thursday, November 18, 2010

It's a spooky day here in NJ!

Here"s my 7 year old, T.J., and his haunted's still a work in progress...he used Lovely Lilac for the house and sponged black all over the edges for a spooky feel...the roof is made of 1 inch circles from Basic Black and Handsome Hunter...the windows have a sheet of vellum (and some have googley eyes glued in the openings)...we crimped some strips of Basic Black for crooked shutters....hopefully he will finish it before next Halloween!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Helping the Troops

I love this layout!  Uses the scallop tags from Two Tags die!

My son's pre-school sent out a letter asking for donations to send to the troops...included in the list of items to donate were handmade cards...right up my alley!  Here's what I came up with...I donated 56 cards in all...I used only retired colors and patterned paper (my own little challenge!)...and since I've donated cards before, there is nothing shiny (like glitter, so they will not be detected at night)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Snowy Christmas....

I thought this was such an adorable Christmas uses the Trendy Trees set, but no need to line up the leaves because there are none!

I've been thinking of making this a fall card, too, but adding a bunch of colorful leaves on the floor instead of the snow....the snowflakes have a tiny dot of Dazzling Diamonds in each center, as well as a tiny bit on the bare branches....

Bashful Blue, Bordering Blue, Whisper White

Monday, November 15, 2010

Trendy Thanks

Here's the thank you card I sent to my mom for staying with us the week the kids had off from school....I love that Trendy Trees set, but I hate to pull out the Stamp-a-ma-jig (but the set really needs it!)...But I think I lined up that trunk pretty good without it!

I used some patterned paper from Sale-a-bration and stamped the leaves in Pumpkin's really a simple layout and the paper piercing around the white circle really add some pizzazz....

Would make a great Thanksgiving card, too!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Adorable bookmark

This bookmark was made using the Two Tags Diecut....I folded a piece of Sage Shadow cardstock and placed the fold just a hair below the top of the die (so it wouldn't be cut)...decorated both side with a Whisper White Scallop Circle (with the petals cut to almost the middle of the flower)...added a Summer Sun 1/2 inch circle for the center of the flower, stamped a sentiment, and put it inside a birthday card for my friend Ronnie (an avid reader)...I think it would be better if I had put two little strips of magnet inside so it clamps to the page, but I was all to Michaels!!!!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Manly birthday tree....

This card actually started out as a sympathy card, but as I finished it, I felt it was more of a manly card than a so sorry card....

I like how the Modern Label punch is folded under the patterned paper layer and looks like a belt....

Close to Cocoa, Always Artichoke, Sahara Sand (plus retired D/S paper) Lattice embossing folder...

Friday, November 5, 2010

A little too wild....

I saw this layout in one of my searches for the Two Tag Die and had to try it....I love the layout, but I think the colors and patterned papers I picked out are a bit too much... but it does make for a very cheery card!   As I was downloading the photo, I realized I forgot to add a pink rhinestone to the center of the flower brad, so I just ran a glued one on!

Pink Passion, Old Olive, Melon Mambo (for the flower petals), Summer Sun, retired Sale-a-bration D/S paper, Two Tags Die...the words are from a Cuttlebug die set that came with a matching embossing folder...Beautiful Wings embosslet

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Another Guest Stamper! (#3)

Here's my 3 year old's house....she loved gluing the sparkles on top of the house...what you see in the photo is nothing!  Rose made a totally sparkled roof!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Guest Stamper #2

This is my almost 5 year old, Timmy, with his very own Design Your Own House....he used Sharpie markers and went wild!  This is his 'scary house'--he says the red on the door is blood!  After we took this photo, he decided to glue sparkle confetti to the roof...don't you just love kids?

Monday, November 1, 2010

Guest Stamper #1

This candle holder was made by my 9 year old, Maggie....she colored the tree from the Thoughts & Prayers set with 'fall' colored markers and stamped it on vellum....we used the Coluzzle to cut out the oval shape in the Really Rust cardstock...

She did a great job!  We use the candle holder every night and it looks beautiful!