Archive for December, 2009

End of the year – goodbye 2009, hello 2010

This is my last card for 2009!!  I wanted to get one last card in before the end of the year.

I love the image, from Inkadinkado, but I’m not 100% happy with how I stamped it.  I think next time I’ll use a grey or black ink instead of burnt umber used here.  I colored with prisma pencils and odorless mineral spirits, so I’ll try copics next time.

The background paper is Basic Grey periphery, the pink is some textured cardstock I had on hand – don’t know who it is from.    The card base is Papertrey’s Soft Stone cardstock , and I think it may be my newest favorite neutral!  I love the soft look  of  it and think it will go so well when you don’t want a white or a cream.

Here is a close up  – the photo corners are just the regular tan colored photocorners – I just colored them with a grey copic marker to get the color I wanted.  I also placed a small pewter rhinestone in each corner and popped up the butterfly.

So, now that 2009 is winding down I took some time to reflect on this past year.  I did not blog nearly as much as I wanted to, and although I tried a few new techniques, i know I could have pushed myself more in terms of crafting.

I had some significant ups and downs this year, and  came out  of it with some “lessons learned” that I will carry with me going forward.     I look forward to 2010 and what the future holds!!

While I am not much for “resolutions”, I do want to set some crafting goals for myself – here a just a few..

-create more – take the time to really push myself creativly by trying more techniques and  different styles

-use my supplies!! No more hoarding supplies just for that “perfect” occasion, and give away/sell those items that I know I will never use.

-submit items for publication – I did this when I first started stamping and for some reason stopped. 

-relax and enjoy life!

What about you?  Do you have some papercrafting goals for 2010?  I’d love to hear them!

Finally, I want to thank you for stopping by and visiting my blog.   I’ve come into contact with so many different people through the magic of the internet and am grateful for the friendships and inspiration this technology has provided.  I wish all of you a very happy new year!

December 30, 2009 at 12:09 pm 4 comments

Gift Card Holders

If you are doing that last minute shopping and wrapping and have some gift cards to give out, here is a simple way to dress them up  and a way to use that 12 x 12 christmas paper you bought!  This photo shows a bunch of the gift card holders I made this year – all using holiday paper I already had on hand.

I started with a FREE template of a square petal card from Mirkwood designs.  Mirkwood has a bunch of free templates so be sure to check it out.

I printed off the template, but realized that I needed a slightly larger size, so all I did was copy it at about 125% of the original size onto some holiday scrapbook paper.  You can also use cardstock as well.  I cut out the shape, scored and folded it  and attached a ribbon to the back.

Since I was using 12 x 12 paper cut down to letter size to feed into my printer, I had a strip of paper left in the same design, so I made tags to coordinate with the gift card holder.  Nestabilities labels eight were the perfect shape. 

These came together so quick and easy!  They were still relatively flat and I was able to mail them off with a Christmas card.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are enjoying this holiday season.  

December 17, 2009 at 10:00 am 3 comments

Star of Peace

This card was made with another one of the images on the Inkadinkado stamp set – the same set that I used in the previous post.  I really like all the images in the set – you’ll be able to put together a bunch of cards in different styles  quickly.

I started with Bermuda Bay cardstock and stamped the image in black and embossed it with stardust embossing powder (from Custers Last Stamp).  I needed to use black ink to allow the image to show through.  The image was mounted on vanilla.  All the embossed areas really sparkle – its so hard to get a good photo of cards like this!  The star itself was colored in with a stardust gel pen.

The background was created using SU’s Filagree stamp, with versamark and the same embossing powder.  Chocolate cardstock with a Martha Stewart punch were used for the lower portion along with  some trim for a little more texture.  I left the lower portion just stamped – unembossed – beacause I did not want the background to overtake the main image.

Thanks for stopping by!

December 16, 2009 at 1:58 pm 2 comments

Clean and Simple Christmas

The lights are up, the tree is  decorated and my shopping is done!!!  All the gifts are wrapped and all I need to do is head on out to the post office to mail them off.  Whew!!!  I’m hoping I can just relax the next few weeks and enjoy the holidays.

This card was created for todays Clean and Simple challenge at SCS.  Just one stamp did the trick!    The cardstock is SU – Riding Hood Red and Vanilla, the ink is also Riding Hood Red.  I stamped the image, from Inkadinkado, twice and cut out the center portion, then popped it up.   You can’t tell from the photo but the sentiment and small stars on the image have a touch of sparkle by using a stardust gel pen.  I like this particular stamp set because it contains 6 holiday images, similiar to this one in size and style.  You could easily  create a bunch of clean and simple cards by just changing out the images and colors. 

The cuttlebug folder, tapestry, was used on the background panel, but leaving a small portion on the bottom blank where sheer red and chocolate ribbon were added.

I hope you are enjoying your holiday season!  Thanks for stopping by!

December 7, 2009 at 11:23 am 4 comments

Winter White

This holiday card was created for today’s Limited Supplies challenge at SCS which called for all white cardstock and embellishments, and no coloring. It is so hard to photograph an all white card – especially when it is cloudy out! 

While it looks gray in the photo all the cardstock is shimmery ice white metallic.  I started by cutting out an oval with a nestibilities die, then embossing it with this new cardinal cuttlebug  embossing folder.  I edged the oval with Martha Stewart glitter.

The background was stamped using SU’s filigree stamp.  I used versamark and embossed it with Winter Ice embossing powder from Creations Unlimited.  The corners are just a square cut in half on the diagonal and embossed with the same embossing powder.  I wish you can see how pretty and sparkly the background is – it is really pretty IRL!!

On top of the oval is narrow white satin ribbon and silver cord with a flattened silver bead cap and silver rhinestone.  Rhinestones were also added along the right side. 

Thanks for stopping by!

December 4, 2009 at 10:29 am 4 comments

12 tags of Christmas

Have you seen Tim Holz’s blog this week?  He’s doing a “12 tags of Christmas” series.  It started Monday – the first two tags showcased on his blog are beautiful!  He’s offering blog candy and prizes during the twelve days so check it out.  I decided to play along when I can – today is my attempt at day one!  It’s nowhere near as nice as Tim’s, but I think it came out ok!

This  color palette was selected to go with the SCS color challenge this week of Black, Suede and Vanilla, with the option to add sparkle of any color.

Here are some details…..the snowman was stamped in black on a manila tag then cut out  – I went over  the hat and scarf areas with a glaze pen to add a little dimension, I hope you can see the glaze effect in the photo below.

 The sentiment was stamped in suede and red, then I used a quickie glue pen over the “christmas” portion and added some Martha Stewart glitter.   The same glitter was used for the larger snowflake in the upper righthand corner.

The background tag was stamped in a harlequin pattern in versamark, then I brushed gold perfect pearls over it so it has a nice soft sparkle.  Once that was dry I stamped a few small snowflakes over the harlequin and brushed the perfect pearls over them.

The tag was mounted on red metallic paper, then on suede.  The punched border was done in suede with a Martha Stewart punch.

Stamps:  Snowman and sentiment are from Inkadinkado, Harlequin is from SU and the small snowflake in the background is Studio G.

I hope you will check out Tim’s blog and see what he is creating!!

Thanks for stopping by!

December 2, 2009 at 12:50 pm 1 comment


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