I made party favors using the "Shellebrate" stamp set. Everything is heat-embossed with SU Gold and colored in using Stampin' Write Markers and a blender pen. I used a sponge around the scallop edges to color in my Florida snow (sand) lol. It is SOOOOO relaxing to color in the shells and watch the cloisonne effect appear as you color and blend.
The gift tags were made for son Tommy's company gifts for the ladies. I went retro with "Beautiful Beach" stamps and Classy Copper Embossing Powder and metallic paper. Lots of sand--no snow.
Check out Pals Paper Arts at palspaperarts.com/ for great "Winter Wonderland" inspirations from around the country! Happy stamping!!
This week's challenge is to use the Olive, Curry, and Suede palette! I haven't used Crushed Curry that much so I was glad to have the challenge put before me! I love the crisp look of the colors together and with Whisper White! Be sure to check out the Pals' cards for lots of inspiration and a chance to see so many talented stampers in one place!
I could not choose just one of the PPA Design Team cards. They are all gorgeous so be sure to visit http://www.palspaperarts.com/ to see them all! The first card below is my entry for this week's challenge.
Stamps: Definitely Decorative, Itty Bitty Backgrounds
Paper: Old Olive, Soft Suede, Crushed Curry, Whisper White CS, Tall Tales, Razzleberry Lemonade DSP
Ink: Old Olive Classic Stamp Pad, Platinum Shimmer Paint, Silver Gel Pen
Accessories: Crushed Curry Polka Dot Robbon, Silver Brad, Silver Elastic Cord, Ornament Punch
Rub-Ons: Merry & Bright, Dotted Delicates
Inspiration Provided By............
The absolutely gorgeous cards below were created by Carla Bazhen, Ann Schach, and Mary Fish. Who could not be inspired by these talented gals??
Well the idea WAS to have the 3 grandgobblers (known as grandgoblins for Halloween) assemble all of the 200+ pieces of punched and die-cut cardstock into 12 place cards. It's been a family tradition for the girls to make place cards, usually commercial place cards or something simple I'd come up with, ready for them to write names. When 2 of the grandgobblers needed to come a bit later, our schedule was in disarray!
Daughter, Deb, (I needed to check the turkey, make the gravy happen, and calculate how many casseroles and pans of rolls would fit into our conventional oven when the turkey at last came out) helped Abby to cut, glue, and glue, and glue, the 17 or so pieces for a number of them but Alas! I had to admit that there was too little time for so much fun! We had them for the girls' places and I will pack away the remaining oval scallops, Boho punches,scallop squares, little feet, beaks, combs and little eyes for next year's celebration!
I totally CASEd this great punch idea from Sophia Landry (Thank you, Sophia!!!!), who can be found on Andrea Walford's site! Sophia is a genius at punch creations. I didn't find myself that interested in elaborate creations with punches at first, but now I'm inspired and excited to try my hand at a really cute punch Santa to go with my original Charlie Brown Christmas tree, seen below on the Punch Snowman (Also Sophia's idea!) card! You can watch Sophia on a video at:
(You have to give Sophia the coolness of presence award as her young children can be heard in the background "not being perfect". I had to giggle because we can all relate! :-D)
Enjoy all of the leftovers!!
Friday Stamp Night!
Friday Stamp Night saw us (Music teacher Amy, Julie, an office intern from France, art teacher Cindi, who attended along with her mom, Pat) creating some really fun matchbook gift-card holders. We created one holiday GC holder and one general purpose GC holder! The Snowman was pretty labor-intensive, requiring
putting many of those great punches to good use! I love the Whimsey wheel in Real Red! The ornament punch is soooooo versatile. We used it to create our vase for the Thoughts and Prayers "bouquet"!
YAYY! BROWNIES!!! Not the snack! REAL Brownies!! Here we are at St. Thomas Aquinas making angel tags for their annual gift-giving Christmas tree! We used "If the Halo Fits", a perfect set for such a project! We cut out extra angel gownsin Real Red and Old Olive to give it a little more "pop" and then we used markers, a silver gel pen, and blue glitter (for the wings). We framed the cards in colors to match the gowns and added organza ribbons! The girls and their moms made beautiful tags as a community service project! Thanks to all the moms and their amazing leader (Well, she's my awesome daughter too!), Darla McGinley!
We'll also create a more general gift-card holder and envelope! If you have the following please bring them along:
Adhesive, Scissors, Signo White Gel Pen
Punches: Round Tab, Ticket Corner, Jumbo Snowflake, Circle Punches: 1 1/4", 1", 3/4", 1/2",Slit Punch, and Crop-a-dile (For buttons, eyes, and mouth)
I'll supply everything else and snacks! Hope to see you this Friday 6-9:30 pm.
Using my ornament punch and transparency sheets, I was able to make my own stencil. I used Stampin' Up stamp pads in In-colors and in traditional red and green colors to make a few card sets.
Here we are in craft creations central (In other words, things are getting a little cluttered around here!) where I've been working on my Christmas wreaths. These are in copper and brown-tones.
"Life is Good" is rather a family motto for us (and the brand name of our favorite comfy tee-shirts) so I could not resist this Decor Element (Actually two!) for our dining room, where many a wonderful and lively family dinner has taken place!
I love our Definitely Decorative Baroque Medallions between my "Beach Cottage" and the Dining Room. If I only had more wallspace.........
First off, let me say "Congratulations and Happy Stamping!" to Linda Williamson (confetti, small horns, and streamers, please) for winning this month's Blog Candy as shown below! Linda is my stamping/Hilton Head beaching and reading around the pool/part-time golf widow friend from South Carolina! Linda and her husband, Bruce, visited us recently and was the inspiration for my previous blog!!
And Here It Is! Ta-Daaaaaa!!
I've always longed for a stamping area in my wonderful stamping storage area where I could actually work and be close to my treasure trove of fun SU stamping stuff! At present, I would end up in the dining room because a 2x2 work space just didn't work for me! Now I have my work area and as you can see, I'm putting it to good use!! I can't wait to have my stamping buddies over this Friday evening for the Grand Opening!
I'm still loving the shimmery platinum paint and teamed it up with Dazzling Diamonds for another Christmas card idea. (Instead of one or two different cards this year, I'm planning on 6-8 different designs! There are just too many possibilities to confine it to just a couple of designs!
Here are the Patterned Pines from the Mini-Cat Level One Hostess Set. I love the adorable little poinsietta stamp!
Here's my 2x2 former work space turned into my little gallery! I'm making Halloween candy/cash holders for the 6 little grand-goblins! Love that window sheet from the Night and Day DSP and the Twick or Tweet characters are just the best and most fun!!
are like your favorite stamp sets! You can keep returning to them for enjoyment! It just doesn't get any better than sharing time with wonderful friends! (Especially if they share your love of stamping!!) Life is Good!
Last week, our friends, Bruce and Linda, from SC were visiting the area, and so on golf day for the guys, Linda and I got together for a wonderful & relaxed afternoon of stamping. We had enjoyed using several of my retired sets, Blossoms Abound and Cute as a Bug, when we stamped with my sister-in-law, Cindy, in Hilton Head in 2008! Out came my favorites, Lavender Lace, Always Artichoke and Lovely Lilac, along with blender pens for our afternoon of fun. We used the Fast Flowers Stampin' Around Wheel for a Fast Finish for the envelopes.
Abbey's 13th Birthday!
Here's the card I created for Abbey, who LOVES anything with zebra stripes! I used my Classic Black stamp pad to ink the die-cut letters for the envelope. They had previously been an assortment of pastels. I used white acrylic paint to jazz up the letters!
I can't resist! I'm also including some pictures of the fab birthday desserts we enjoyed at Bangkok Square, Abbey's favorite sushi restaurant. It was such fun celebrating with Abbey! (I'll bet I can find some color inspirations there too! Hmmmm....Real Red and So Saffron, Chocolate Chip and Creamy Caramel......)
(Just in case you're near UCF and want to try one (or more) of these, they are:
Mango/Guava Cheesecake and Mousse Cream, Bananas Tempura, & Chocolate Bombe'!)
- A Pumpkin Pie Classic Stamp Pad (Just in time for Fall, Halloween, & Thanksgiving cards and gifts!
- A Versa Marker pen--Great for heat embossing and water mark patterns!
- 3 Mini-Stamps: BFF :) , Stamped with Care, & A Shamrock/Lucky You stamp.
- Samples of the In-Color Polka Dot Ribbon--All 6 yummy colors!
Be sure to leave a comment and/or become a follower for my blog to be entered. The drawing will take place on October 4th at the Fun Stampin' Sunday Open House! You do not have to be present to win!
Here's another one of those Bashful Blue, Chocolate Chip, and Shimmer Paint Christmas cards, this time with a picture of Riley! Perfect for family portrait greeting cards!