Monday, December 31, 2007

Art of Life

This was a hostess set in 2005! It's called Art of Life and I forgot I had it. Isn't that bad? So, I got it out, and this is what I came up with the first time around. I will deffinately be using this more in the future! I used Old Olive, Bravo Burgundy, and Choc. Chip ribbon. Circle punches were used with the SU set Circle of Friendship for the sentiment. I enjoyed creating with this simple set.

Hoppy Birthday

I love Unfrogettable! I am making a birthday card for my five-year-old nephew, so I think this might be fun for him. I may make it a shaker card afterall. The circle is covered from the back with acetate, so it looks like a window. I used the tab punch to make a 2" circle, just turn it and punch again! I used my cuttlebug embossing folders again, with Wild Wasabi, then Choc. chip, and Summer Sun for brightening it up! Then I used the large oval punch, to layer on top of the designer punch with brads for the sentiment. Since I had the tab punch out, I couldn't resist using it, and that promped me to use the spiral punch also.

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Snappy Birthday

This is a card made with SU Crab and Co. I am so happy to see this back in the catalog! I cased this card from Cambria Turnbow, I thought this was a fun birthday card to make for my Nephew. I changed one of the colors slightly, and simplified the embellishments, instead of using Real Red, I used Purely Pomegranite, and Tempting Turquoise. I used my cuttlebug embossing folder to texture the turquoise paper, but then used the party hat and versamark to create the background pattern on the pomegranite side.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Oh, So Lovely

This is a birthday card I made...but I am not sure I want to part with it. I used the Oh, So Lovely Hostess stamp set, and corner punches, designer punch, and circle punches...the piercing tool to make faux stitching. I also sponged the sky with Soft Sky, and So Saffron after I watercolored the flowers.

Friday, December 28, 2007

In the spotlight birthday

I used the SU set, In the Spotlight, and Basic Backgrounds, and an older Happy Birthday sentiment from Hero Arts (actually my favorite happy birthday stamp) for my brother in law's birthday card. Colors used were Brocade Blue, and Vintage Violet, and of course Whisper White. I used the two-step stamp technique with the Vintage Violet for the two shapes on the side to get a lighter image. I hope he likes it. I have to get better at "male cards"!

More Fabulous Flowers

I made this for a birthday coming up this month. Actually, I need to make seven birthday cards all for family this month! I'll keep you posted!

Fabulous Flowers

Purely Pomegranite, and River Rock were used on this card. This is the first time I have played with this set. I also used stickles to highlight the layers, and dimensionals to raise the layers.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

snowflake spot

Hope everyone had a great Christmas! I am just starting into making birthday cards, but in the process came across a card I made for Christmas last year before I had a blog, and I really thought these were fun to make. I used silver embossing powder and Brocade Blue, Bording Blue and Ballet blue. This would be fun to "remake" with stickles, and brads next year, using layers...possibilities are endless.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Holy Triptych

Yahoo! I love Christmas. I am baking cookies as I am posting. Does it get any better than this? I used Handsome Hunter, Verry Vanilla, gold paper and gold embossing powder for this card. I used three stamp sets, Holy Triptych, Baroque Motifs for the background, and Star-Studded Season for the sentiment. This one smudged a bit, so it's mine to keep. The others turned out great! I hope everyone likes them this year!

Holy Triptych 2

This is another card using the Holy Triptych set. I couldn't leave out a gold embossed one! What would Christmas be like without gold, and reds, and greens?! (Awful probably!)

I made it similar to the next one, just used purely pomegranite, gold, and very vanilla SU card stock.

Holy Triptych

So, on Monday morning while I was getting a package ready to send for Christmas, I started counting my Christmas cards I had ready to send. I was surprised to see that I had 36 more to make! This stamp set has grown on me, over the last month and so here is my first attempt at making an actual card with it. I also used Baroque Motifs, and Star-Studded Season for the sentiment. I embossed in silver, and used the Blue Bayou, and silver SU paper.

Making cards while listening to Christmas music can be so nice!

Monday, December 17, 2007

Altered scalop punch ornament

I saw a version of this on split coast, and I couldn't wait to try one for my tree! I got the beads from our local Fur Shop here in Barrow. I love sparkly things on my tree!

Teacher present

This is a picture of my daughter's teacher's Christmas gift. I made this gift box using SU soft sky paper with craft white boldsnowflakes, then attached an ornament made from the kit in the winter mini. I used a jumbo eylet and a soft blue brad in the middle. I painted the top snowflake with acrylic paint, then after it dried, painted on crystal effects and dusted it with dazzling diamonds. Inside the box was tissue paper with a card from my daughter, and a set of new earrings I made for her teacher to wear, and Christmas chocolates, holiday minis, kisses, and butterfinger bells.

For my son's teacher, we bought a large bowl, and filled it with some assorted candy, an apple, orange, and six packages of buttered popcorn. I wish I had taken pictures of both packages finished, but...their teachers will enjoy them anyhow. I am trying to finish up for Christmas, and get ready for my daughter's birthday before Christmas too. I got packages mailed off today-headed for Montana.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Birthday card

I kept playing with ideas with Time Well Spent, but couldn't stick anything down, until we had a good friend's birthday to go to, she was turning 8 years old. This is what my daughter and I came up with. I think it turned out nice. I used Pink Passion and Purely Pomegranite paper, and Pixie pink, Purely Pomegranite, and Bashful blue to watercolor the flowers, and wild wasabi for the leaves.

flip side of ornaments

Every ornament has to have two sides right?

Monday, December 3, 2007

large ornaments

I had fun making these after Thanksgiving. I used the Dashing paper pack and the Wintergreen pack to cover the chipboard ornaments from SU. I am still working on some of the smaller ones, they are turning out to be more intricate! I am glad I kept one for patterns. I can see enjoying these for years to come.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Punch ornaments

I truly, truly love Christmas time, and the lights, and decorations, the music, and crafts! Most of all time home with my kids over Christmas break. I am really looking forward to those weeks already. These are some of the scallop punch ornaments I made for the tree this year. My daughter, really enjoys making these with me.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Anniversary card

I used the Baroque Motifs for this card, cased off a wonderfully creative SCS, Alkin. Thanks for the inspiration, I changed it just a bit. I love this stamp set for its versatility! It looks better in real life... I used vanilla and purely pomegranite card stock and gold embossing, and stampin dimentionals (pop dots) to raise the layers, and gold stickles for the very center. Love the Cropadile for the side brads!

Dad's Birthday

This is a card I made for my Dad's birthday... but I had to wait to post it, until he got it in the mail. I combined Peaceful Wishes and Pines to come up with a masculine card. I liked the way this turned out. Why are these so hard for me at times?

Monday, November 26, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving

Let me start this out by saying it was a wonderful week to be with my family. I am truly gratelful for them. My daughter had pink eye for an entire week! So much so, that we had to go back to the hospital for a different anti-biotic. The first one wasn't working, in fact her eyes were so purple and swollen, she looked like she was from another planet. Once that kicked in, the week started looking brighter for both of us!

These are some candles I made for Christmas craft fair happening here at the top of the world right after Thanksgiving.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Penguin Christmas

This is a card I made this weekend at a party, with inspriation from Patti, using the penguin from Polar Pals, I just drew the scarf on. I love the designer papers from SU!

Punch Snowflake Technique

This was an awesome card I got to make with Lori, and a group of wonderful stampers. Even my husband says this one's a keeper- or a sender... He was impressed, which takes a lot. It's amazing what you can do with paper and ribbon!

Friday, November 16, 2007

Greetings of the Season

This is a simple card that just happened when I got this set out for the first time to play with it. I can't wait to try it with the patterned paper and some other colors! I enjoyed using the crop-a-dile on both of the last two cards I've posted. It makes things so much better!

Season of Joy

Today was an awesome wintery day in the Arctic. It started out by making "mud" for my Kindergarteners, so they could re-inact a story we were reading about farm animals-which many of them have little or no background knowledge about. Then came the beautiful slide show I put together showing green fields, animals, mountians, trees, rivers, the baby animals, and beautiful landscapes showing tractors, barns, and clouds... Don't take this the wrong way, I actually like where we are living, up here in the Arctic, but seeing all that green and beauty made me homesick for Montana. The other thing I am missing lately is light! We have almost two hours of it now, so my body can't figure out if it's time to sleep or stay awake and stamp- like I'd like to do. I aim for a moderate dose of both usually! Otherwise, I can't keep up with my own two kids, piano, dance, soccer, church, and school. We are adding Brownies and Battle of the Books to that list soon.

I really, really like this color combo! I bet you can tell!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Winter snowman

I cased this off splitcoast from Dig this Stamper...I changed it a bit to make it more my own, but it is a fun one for the holidays.

More Things to be Thankful For

Enjoyed doing this in one of the classes I had this Fall. I have so much to be thankful for, and am going to send out some of these for Thanksgiving.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving

This is Thankful Season, one of my fellow teachers wanted to see a card done with this set. Once I started playing with it, I liked it. It has possibilities.

Do Not Open "Till Christmas

Well, it has been a while since I've been able to stamp, I have been trying to keep my head above water, and smile all the while. We had parent teacher conferences, Red Ribbon Week, Fire Prevention Field trips, and I am starting a Brownie Troop. We are going to be part of the Farthest North Council. Our light is fading quickly, and we are excited for the holidays. I always enjoy the quiet time with my kids and getting to stamp at home! I used the Perfect Presentation set from Stampin' Up for this card.

Monday, October 22, 2007

photo wallet

At a swap with my SU upline, and another fellow SU demonstrator, we made photo wallets-fashioned after the tutorial from Splitcoaststampers. Now I just need to put the right photos in and journal. We used the new in colors and ribbons from Stampin'Up. It was a lot of fun. It's amazing way up here in the Arctic to be blessed with such great people.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Merry & Bright

Today was the first time I tried this kind of card. I liked the way it turned out. I used Blue Bayou, soft sky, dazzling diamonds, the 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" square punches, and the spiral punch to make the "filmstrip" look. I used the words from the Snowfall set, with the Merry & Bright set from Stampin' Up. I wanted to put ribbon in too...but it seemed too much somehow. Maybe the next one!

Thursday, October 18, 2007


This is the third card I made for the swap, using the Noel stamp, in the Big on Christmas set. It is supposed to look like the tag on a present.

Big on Christmas 2

This is another one for the swap. Isn't it fun thinking about Christmas in October? This set is simple, but there's so much to do with it. I would have posted sooner, but we are getting ready for Parent-Teacher Conferences.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Big On Christmas Swap

This was a card I made for a swap with my up-line, and another demonstrator here. I used the So Swirly Stampin' Up jumbo wheel for the background design, and white craft ink. It was a fun card to make. I really enjoy this set.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Gearing up for Christmas

I was playing around with the Perfect Presentation set, and the scallop punch, and ended up making a small gift tag. It has a small red rhinestone brad that doesn't show too well.

Fall Thank You card

This is a thank you card I made for my family who sent my son's birthday presents up here to Alaska! I used the Spectrum pad from Stampin' Up to achieve the multi color look. This is also my first post.