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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Christmas Lights

Oh this card was so much fun to make.  But I have a couple of confessions to inspiration came from Jackie Topa (thanks Jackie)...and I used DSP from last year (I know, I'm a bad girl...but who could not use up every scrap of this gorgeous flocked paper).  OK now that I've confessed, I feel much better and very glittery.  I just know one day I am going to have to have the plumber come out to unstop my shower....I can hear the conversation now 'what is this stuff, why is it so shiny and why is it getting all over me".  And I'll just laugh and assure him that I have no idea (wink, wink) what it is!

Are you surprised that I used glitter again?  You are if you've never seen my blog before.  I started out with SU's new Red Glimmer Paper (Occasions Mini Jan 4th) then got out a variety of glitters (p.196 IBC) that SU makes and punched out light bulbs with the new SU Build-a-Blossom punch (Occasions Mini Jan 4th). Isn't it great that Jackie figured that out?  I used the end of the Modern Label punch #119849 for the top of the light bulb (I ran the black CS thru the crimper first before punching).  For the light cord, I free hand cut a curvy strip of black CS and double punched the small and large ovals to create the kinks in the cord.  The background icicles were created with Tombow Multi glue and clear chunky glitter.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Roly Poly Santa

This is the cutest roly poly bouncing Santa.  He was an icon I found on the internet last year and I asked Jackie Topa if she could make it into a punch art design and she is so brilliant cause in just a couple of day this cute little guy was in my email.

I know you are probably pretty sick of me using glitter, but I just had to.  I really can't stop myself.  Is there a support group out there for people with my addiction? All kidding aside, I just love glitter....just ask anyone that knows me....they can see me coming from miles away, I sparkle so much. And don't think you can walk around barefoot in my studio...well I guess you can...but be forewarned it is NOT a glitter free zone.  I should make a sign that says that...LOL.

Anyway on to the card.  Again I must tempt you with using SU's red Glimmer Paper (new Occasions Mini Jan 4th).  The punches are too many to list, but I do have instructions, if you want to email me at I will be happy to send them to you.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Glimmering Santa

I've seen many versions of this card for the last couple of years.  I think it is just adorable.  The version I liked the best was by Cindy Lawrence (I'm not sure what her blog address is). As is usual with me, I didn't have some of the things Cindy used in her card, and of course I wanted to put my own spin on  my card and you must know that means I gotta add GLITTER!!! And yes, I had to use SU's new Red Glimmer Paper (available Jan 4th) for Santa's hat.  Oh powers that be....Please, please, please make many, many colors of Glimmer Paper. OK on to this card...I didn't have a swirly embossing folder like Cindy used on her card, so I decided to use the Petals-a-Plenty embossing folder.  I added clear chunky glitter to the flower centers, to add just a touch of sparkle to the trim on the hat and beard.. I made the moustache from the 2-step bird punch, and used the leaves from that same punch to add the greenery. I hope you enjoy my version, please leave a comment if you do.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Glimmering Ornaments

Months ago I used my Mom's Bella Toile #111598 Background Stamp and created  a variety of backgrounds to use at a later time.  When I was deciding what to post on Monday, I thought about these beautiful backgrounds I had stashed.  I had a hard time choosing which one to use, but in the end I chose this awesome gold on gold background made with Brushed Gold CS #102935 and Gold Embossing Powder #109129. Then the decision was 'what to do with this gorgeous background?' I'm still in a Christmas mood so I wanted to use the ornament punch @119847.  And what would look better than red glitter.  So out comes Stampin' Up's new red Glimmer Paper #121790....oh but wait you don't have any do you?  I'm so sorry to be tempting you like that.  Really, I am.  You can order it from me on Jan 4th. This new Glimmer Paper is just delicious and the glitter doesn't flake off and get everywhere.  It's just the best! Ya gotta get some...won't it be great for Valentine's Day?

Friday, December 17, 2010

Golden Elements of Style

The base of this card was actually a reject!  I know....can you believe it?  It's so g-o-r-g-e-o-u-s NOW!  There are several steps to making this card ...let me explain:

I took the base (Very Vanilla Textured CS #119951) and drug VersaMark #102283 embossing ink across all 4 edges then dusted with Gold Embossing Powder #109129 and heat set with the Heat Tool #00005.  On the next layer 3 3/4" x 5" I added 3/4" strips of adhesive tape around all 4 edges then added Champagne Fine Galaxy Glitter #114286.  The art layer 3 x 4 1/4 was stamped with the floral image from Elements of Style #120045 (c) in VersaMark, then dusted with Gold Embossing Powder and heat set.  I colored the floral image with a blender pen and Blushing Bride #119676, So Saffron #105225, Marina Mist119787, and Pear Pizzazz #119674 ink refills.  Dimension was added to the art piece by lightly adding Baja Breeze #111844 ink refill with a blender pen around the edge of the floral image blending it out towards the edge of the paper.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Personalized Stationary with Elizabeth

Well, I must admit my inspiration was missing in action today, but when I saw the card Sandi MacIver  posted on Tuesday I knew what I wanted to do.  I didn't have everything that Sandi used, so I kinda had to ad lib a bit, but I think it turned out really pretty.  So sometimes it doesn't matter that you can't make it exactly...go ahead and put your own spin on it. In the end, it's these little differences that set us apart. I'm not going to give out all the dimensions and details as this was Sandi's Countdown to Christmas #9 project. So just hop on over to her blog and signup for her Christmas Newsletter and get directions from her.  I will tell you the supplies I used that were different: Jayne's Type alphabet for the initial #114401 , the 1" circle punch #119868, the large oval punch #119855 and the Champagne Fine Galaxy Glitter #114286.  Wouldn't a set of these make a great gift for friends and family this Christmas.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Punch Art Santa Box

These adorable Bitty Boxes were inspired by Creations by Patti Lee  (directions can be found on Patti's blog).  The only thing I did differently was I used the new Red Glimmer Paper #121790 $3.95 (2 sheets) to cover the top of the box.  I am so excited about this paper.  It's covered in red glitter and it doesn't rub off.  No glitter flaking off, no glitter everywhere and you can cut it with any of our dies, you can cut it with our punches or use our paper trimmer.  It's so nice to have a beautiful glitter paper that doesn't create a mess by getting glitter all over everything.  I sure hope Stampin' Up! will create more colors in the future.

Glimmering Santa

A couple of days ago I posted a similar card.  It was inspired by one of my favorite punch art designers Valita's Designs and Fresh Folds. This card is larger measuring 4" x 9".  I've also used the new Red Glimmer Paper #121790 $3.95.  I increased the size of all components.  Body 3.5" Circle Sizzix Die 121811 $17.95; head 2.5" circle punch #120906 $16.95; Beard 2 3/8" Scallop Circle #118874 $16.95; Hat 1.75" Circle #119850 $16.95; Shoes Ornament punch #119847 $16.95; Moustache Curly Label #119851 $16.95 and Decorative Label punches #120907 $16.95; nose and pom pom 3/4" circle #119873 $10.95.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Sneaky Peeeeeek!!! Create a Cupcake Gift Card Holder

I am so happy that Stampin' Up! is making so many adorable stamp sets and matching punches. This gift card holder with the belly band is showcasing the Create-a-Cupcake stamp set #121982 (C) $16.95 and the Build a Cupcake punch #121807 $16.95 in the new Occasions Mini available Jan 4th - April 30th, 2011. I used one of the Builder Wheels, Candle Crazy #118618 $4.50 to decorate the belly band. The cupcake was stamped on Cherry cobbler with VersaMark and embossed with White embossing powder.  The 'Icing" on the cupcake is stamped on Whisper White with Cherry Cobbler.  The sprinkles are stamped in VersaMark and embossed with white embossing powder, then a dab of 2-way glue and Dazzling Diamonds tops the cupcake sprinkles. The Build a Cupcake punch is fabulous, not only does it punch out the cupcake and icing, but a candle, cherry and sprinkles taking all of the tedious cutting out of the process. I'd love to send you a new Occasions Mini catalog. Drop me an email and let me know you'd like one.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Sneaky Peeeeeeeek - Bliss - Sale-a-Bration

Here is another SNEAK PEEK of a stamp set that you will be able to get for FREE with a $50.00 purchase beginning Jan 25th - Mar 31, 2011. This set is called Bliss and has 5 different stamp designs in it. The tag was heat embossed with VersaMark and White Embossing Powder.  The large butterfly from Beautiful Butterflies Sizzix Die is Whisper White CS cover in Deck the Halls DPS, the run through the Big Shot with the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder. The I took a brayer with VersaMark on it and ran over the butter too apply VersaMark to the raised areas, they applied Gold Embossing powder and heat set with Stampin' Up's Heat Tool. The smaller butterfly is stamped with VersaMark onto Brushed Gold CS, sprinkled with Gold Embossing powder and heat set. (sorry pic of the Brushed Gold Cs don't do justice).  It'ss all tied together with Old Olive Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, and 2 of the newest seam binding ribbon in Cherry Cobbler and Pear Pizzazz.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Jolly St Nick

This is the cutest, little guy! Valita's Designs and Fresh Folds designed this cutie from a Christmas decoration she purchased. I couldn't wait to make it.  I did do a couple of things a little different, but all in all the basic design is the same. Please check out the link to Valita's blog above to watch her video and get directions. Valita's directions are the best and most thorough.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Video - Metal Sheet Decorated Pillar Candle

I had several people ask me how I created the decorated candle I posted about a week ago. A video is below.  Embossing folders are by Stampin' Up!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Glimmer-ing Christmas Tree

This is a really cute card and so very easy to make.  The inspiration came from Connie Babbert, I believe.  The patterns for how you fold the 1/2 circle is on her blog. I used a sheet of Pear Pizzaz from the Hostess In-Color paper stack.  It is studded with an assortment of the new glimmer brads.  The card layers are real red and Whisper White CS embossed with the Big Shot and the Petals-a-Plenty embossing folder. It's ties with a beautiful real red Grosgrain ribbon.

Monday, December 6, 2010

SNEAK PEEK - Build-a-Bloom

Here is a sneak peak from the upcoming Occasions Mini at one of the new GO-R-G-E-O-U-S stamp sets called Build a Blossom #121994c $18.95.  It even has a coordinating punch, the Blossom Petals punch #121808 $16.95 that cuts out all of the petals and leaves and flower centers.  Isn't it just so beautiful?  I knew when I first saw it in a preview of the new Occasions Mini, (available January 4th) exactly what colors I wanted to use and what I wanted to do with this set (it has 12 stamps in it yikes!). I paired it with Blushing Bride CS #119796 $6.96 and ink #119786 $5.95, Pear Pizzazz CS #119795 $6.96 and ink#119784 $5.95, Presto Patterns DSP #117175 $11.95 and Cherry Cobbler ink #119669 $5.95.  Are you wondering how I got the glittered detail?  It's done with two-step stamping.  It's made very easy with this stamp set.  I used Heat and Stick Powder #100625 $4.50, a heat tool #100005 $29.95 and once it turns shiny, I sprinkled pink Fine Supernova Glitter #114287 $13.95 (for 5 colors) on top then heat set again.  Stampin' Up's Heat and stick powder is the best thing since sliced bread as far as I'm fuss, no mess, no glitter flaking off.   The second picture shows the side view and how I created dimension with the petals.  I wish I could show you the stamp set, but I can't until Jan. 4th.  Let me know you want an Occasions Mini Catalog and I will mail one to you. Then starting January 4th, I'll be able to take your order for this stamp set and punch as well as many other fabulous stamps, paper and accessories only available from Stampin' Up!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Watercolor Wonder Crayons Now Available-Because I Care

The lovely card was made using a technique I had never tried before. Cardstock used was Cherry Cobbler #119685 $6.95 and Blushing Bride #119796 $6.95. The Hydranga  from the Level I Hostess Stamp set Because I Care # 120118 was colored with Watercolor Wonder Crayons (now Available p. 194 $16.95) and misted with Frost White Shimmer Paint #116854 $5.95 mixed with a few drops rubbing alcohol. Once the image was stamped, I used a 2-way glue pen #100425 $3.50 to add Dazzling Diamonds #102023 $4.50 to the leaves and flower centers.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Jolly Elf

Well I fell in love with this little guy one day last week. I was checking out blogs and came across the cutest elf  on Marie Shaughnessy's blog.  Her post was from Nov 2009 I think....but how could this little guy not put a huge smile on your face.  It's one of those cards that just makes you giggle the whole time you are making it.  The punches used are many (17+ I think), so I will just direct you to Marie's blog.  You can click on the link I created above and get her tutorial.  Thanks Marie, for putting a smile on my face!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Joy with Deck the Halls

This was a very fast and easy card.  Again, made with left over pieces of Deck the Halls DSP #120810 $9.95.  This paper is just to pretty not to use every little scrap of paper..  The card base is Crumb Cake CS #120953 $6.95.  I used Cherry Cobbler CS #119685 $6.95 as my accent color.  The word 'Joy' was just begging for some Red Fine Galaxy Glitter #114286 $13.95 (5 colors).  Presto Chango!  A card that is something special. Inspiration for this card came from Thanks, Sandi!