Friday, November 30, 2007

Winter Flakes

I made another card this afternoon using my sketch as a template for it. On this one I rounded all of the edges, and used circles for the main image just to change it up a bit. The white and light blue papers were both embossed using the Snowflakes embossing folder for the Cuttlebug. Plus I added a little gem to the snowflake to give it a little sparkle!

My First Card Sketch

I volunteered to do this weeks card sketch over on 2P's. I've never made card sketches before, so this is a first for me. My hubby was good enough to recommend using PowerPoint to make the sketch, and that made it a breeze - thanks honey! Being my first sketch and all, I wanted to keep it simple. Here is what I came up with...

And here is the card that I made based on the sketch...

Give the sketch a try, they are always so fun to use and are great to get the creative juices flowing. If you do make something with it let me know, I would love to see it! You can also check out the Stamping Board over on 2P's for more sketch challenges every week.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Embossed Snowman Gift Bag

I'm up to two gift bags for this Christmas, i'm on a roll! I was playing with embossing some punched circles in my Cuttlebug and decided to put them together for a snowman. I used the Marvy scalloped circle punches. I can't remember the names of the three sizes, but I used the Pink, Blue, & Yellow punches. After I punched them I just ran them through my Cuttlebug with the Snowflakes embossing folder.

To decorate him I used small brads for his eyes and nose, medium brads for his buttons, and I used Scrapper's Floss for his mouth and arms. Oh, and I added a little red flower brad on his hat.

The flakes in the background are from TAC's Snowflakes stamp set, and the "Merry Christmas" stamp is one that I picked up at Hobby Lobby.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Santa Gift Bag

Since Thanksgiving is over now, I guess it is time to actually get serious about Christmas. I'm going to try to make more of my own gift wrap this year. This gift bag is the first of what will hopefully be many!

I started with a gift bag that I got from the Dollar Tree. They were 2 for $1, so the price is right! I covered the front of the bag with paper from Vintage Holiday, which I believe has just sold out. The red cardstock at the top is from the Bazzill reds pack and the green is from the Bazzill Greens pack. The stamps, Santa and Santa's hat, are both from the Tis the Season stamp set.

Now I am going to have to make a trip to Dollar Tree to get more bags to decorate!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Jingle, Jingle, Jingle!

Here is another Christmas card that I made. I've done a lot of snowman cards lately, so I was trying to stay away from those guys a little bit so I went with this ornament. The background paper is embossed with the Snowflakes Cuttlebug folder, and the sentiment stamp is one of the $1 stamps from Michael's that I picked up. The ornament is a TAC stamp from the Tis The Season stamp set.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Card Candy Swap Pieces

I got into a swap over on MWS called a Card Candy swap. I had never heard of card candy before. Turns out it is where, instead of making an entire card, you make and trade smaller pieces that can be added to a card or other project. Here are the four pieces that I made for the swap.
These were fun to make. It was a nice change thinking in terms of smaller embellishment pieces instead of a whole card. I can't wait to see what everyone else has made.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Glittery Snowflake Embellishment

I'm not really sure what to call this. Is it a star? Is it a snowflake? It could be either! In this case since I went with the blues and topped it off with the snowflake brad, mine is going to be a snowflake - or maybe starflake :-)

This morning I was pointed to a similar project made with two very specific tag punches. Punches that I do not have and the last thing I need to do is go buy 2 more punches for one specific project when I have so much here already to work with. So, I set out to make my own.

I first tried to use a tag die that I have for my Cuttlebug that is similar to those that were used in the original. The angles on the tag were different, and didn't allow for it all to line up right. Had to scrap all that.

Then I came across my Sizzix Star die. It worked very well! This is what I ended up with...

I haven't decided what to put this on yet. It would work on a card, but i'm thinking something a bit bigger. Will have to see about that later.

I'm going to make another one and will take pictures as I go to post it as a tutorial soon.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

More Square Christmas Cards

I made two more Christmas cards with my leftover Simply Square Notecards last night. They really don't get more simple than this. On both of these cards I used the Cheers stamp set. If you don't have this one in your collection yet, you want to get it now! It has been one of my favorites for the last 2 years and it is about to retire in December.

In this first card I just stamped the "Joy" stamp from the Cheers set in black ink. Stamped it again on paterned paper and cut out the ornament to piece over the image on my card.

In this one, I stamped the tree stamp from the Cheers stamp set with black ink. I used Green and Red Stickles to color the tree and Icicle Stickles on the star.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Using Up My Stash

I have been cleaning up my table today and I came across a bag of Simply Square Notecards that I have had sitting around for a very long time. Time to use them up! Here is the first one that I have done...
I'm pretty sure that the Simply Square notecards have been discontinued by DCWV. I used the snowman stamp from the Hello Seasons stamp set and colored him in with my Prismacolor Pencils. Super quick and easy!

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

'Give Thanks' Candle Jar

I have seen a couple of these lately that other people have made, so I had to make one! This was one of my favorite crafts that I made as a kid. The last one I made was in second grade as a Mother's Day gift, so it has been awhile. They are still just as fun to make though and will make great gifts!

The jar is covered with brown tissue paper, I glued some ribbon around the top, and the pumpkin is just on a piece of cardstock attached with a pop-dot on the outside. The pumpkin and the 'Give Thanks' semtiment are both from the Family, Food & Friends stamp set.

I took a picture of the jar while it was lit so you can see the glow that it gives off.

I have some more tissue paper that I bought yesterday to do some Christmas themed jars. I will post pictures when I get more done!

Saturday, November 3, 2007

From Our House To Yours

This is a card that I made for a challenge over on 2Peas that I forgot to post. I love this set of stamps that I got from Papertrey Ink. It is called Holiday Treats. I used Hint Of Pesto and Red Magic VersaMagic Ink to do the background. These two colors go together beautifully and they are a nice change from the traditional Christmas red and green; I really like it!

Thursday, November 1, 2007

November TAC Specials!

Wow! There are some amazing specials for November! I will try to squeeze them all into this one post. I think it may burst though ;-)

Spring Catalog Pre-order: I am now taking pre-orders for TAC's Spring catalog & idea book! The new catalogs will be coming out at the end of December. You can order yours now for $8.25, which includes Priority Mailing, and ensure that you are first on the list to get yours! As usual, you can expect tons of new stamps, exclusive papers, and hundreds of gorgeous samples. Send me an e-mail at to pre-order!

Huge Paper SALE!! To make room for new paper collections, we have to say goodbye to some. Don't be too sad though because it also means a great deal! Bella Flor and Kaleidoscope Brites normally $19.95, on sale for $10.00! Also on sale: Surf Shoppe, Simply Spooky, Whimsy Blossoms, Finger Paints, Country Cottage, Metropolis, and Lap of Luxury - normally $6.95, on sale for $3.50! This is only while supplies last, so don't miss it.

Oh My Golly! In this months kit, you will get the Merry Wishes paper pack and the Merry Words stamp set for just $29.95 (retail value is $39.90)! Click here to order your November Kit.

Super Surprise Boxes: If you like a surprise, this is for you. For $50, you will get a surprise box filled with over $100 in product! I have seen these boxes before, and let me tell you that they are more than generous with what they stuff in them. These are not available online yet, so contact me directly to order one at These are only available while supplies last.

TAC Grab Bags Are Back! For $15.95 you will get a grab bag filled with an assortment of TAC stamps. These make great Christmas and Secret Santa gifts! These are not available online, so contact me directly to order yours at These are also only available while supplies last.