Friday, December 19, 2014

Occasions Sneak Preview

Oh my heck, I'm having so much fun playing with my preorder goodies from the Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration! I only wish I could spend all day playing, instead of preparing for Christmas. (You all didn't really expect a card from me this year, right? Still working on 'em!)

One of the things that made me squeal when I saw it was the new Butterfly Thinlits. I was this > < close to buying S.O.B. (Some Other Brand) of butterfly dies, so I was thrilled to see that we have our own now!

Isn't that new DSP beautiful? It's part of the Painted Blooms Designer Series paper, and EVERY STINKING SHEET is gorgeous on BOTH sides!!!

If you'd like a free Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalog, let me know and I'll send one right out to you!

STAMP: Butterfly Basics**
CARDSTOCK: Whisper White, Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay, Painted Blooms DSP**
INK: Island Indigo
ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Butterfly Thinlits Dies**, Stamping Sponges, Pearl Basic Jewels, Stampin' Dimensionals

** Available in the Occasions Catalog beginning January 6th

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Still Kicking

I know you all missed me, right? Maybe? Things have been happening around here that have made it difficult for me to post on a regular basis, but I'm really going to try to be better about it. My baby girl moved away, clear across the country *sniff*, my son and sister and mom are also moving at the end of the month (also clear across the country), and we may be moving next year, so I can't make any promises. But I will try! (Note: I didn't even feel up to cooking Thanksgiving dinner this year, for the first time in 39 years, so that gives you an idea of where my head's been.)

To that end, I am posting this card at the request of my dear friend and downline, Patty. It was CASEd from a card by Amy Whelan, but I added an embossed bird to dress it up a little. If I had made the wreath entirely green, I think I would have made the bird a Cardinal, but I didn't think a red bird would complement the colors on this card very well.

It's hard to see in the photo above, but the Lost Lagoon wreath bits are accented with Dazzling Details, giving just a touch of glimmer. It really is lovely in real life!

How are your holiday preps coming along? I'm waaaay behind, and at this rate, I'll be lucky to get my cards in the mail by New Year's Eve.
From Millan.Net
But, I leave you on a high note! Mr. Brown just arrived with a box full of Occasions and Sale-A-Bration preorder goodies, looking for some inspiration in the near future!

STAMPS: Ornamental Pine, Sassy Salutations
CARDSTOCK: Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz, Lost Lagoon
INK: Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Lost Lagoon
ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Lovely Lace folder, Bird Builder Punch, Lost Lagoon 3/8" Silky Taffeta Ribbon, Rhinestones Basic Jewels, Dazzling Details

Friday, October 10, 2014

Stampin' Addicts Celebrate Winter!

Welcome to the Stampin' Addicts Winter Holiday blog hop! We are featuring some of the truly awesome products in the Stampin' Up! holiday catalog, and this is the first of fifteen stops on the tour. You may have landed here from Mary Rindal's blog, so just click on the links at the bottom of each blog post to go see the next one!

Today I am showing the Gift Box Punch Board and Cheerful Tags photoploymer stamp set. This punch board is so much fun to use, and the boxes fold together without any adhesive - how cool is that?!

Up first is a shabby chic box using the Under The Tree Specialty Designer Series Paper. It's a heavier weight than our regular cardstock, and makes for very sturdy boxes. There is a different design on each side, so you can choose what works best for your gift situation. This box measures 3-1/4" x 3-1/4" x 1-3/4", a perfect size for candies, several large cookies, or even some cute hand crafted tags!

Next is the Snowman Tower of Gifts! I do love snowmen, and thought the stacked, staggered box sizes would work, with just a little stretch of the imagination. I colored the rhinestones with a black Sharpie to make the "coal" for his face and buttons. And, since he's made of snow I added a few snowflakes from the Frosted Sequins embellishments.

Last is a card using the Cheerful Tags stamps. Because the stamps are made of photopolymer, it's super easy to see exactly where you are stamping. I love the combination of Baked Brown Sugar and Cherry Cobbler (mmmmm, sounds yummy doesn't it?), so I made my own background paper to set off the greeting tag. The 1/8" Circle Punch was used with Champagne Glimmer Paper to make the centers of the snowflakes, because one can never have too much bling in my book!

Well, that's all I have for today....up next is Twila's blog, where she will wow you with the Wonderous Wreath bundle (say that five times fast, lol)! Love the tea light, Twila!!!

Friday, September 19, 2014

September Tour de Freaks - BOO!

Bet you couldn't figure out the theme for this month, could ya? What? You did? Well okay, then be prepared for spooky fun from the Freaks this month! I'm the first stop on the tour, but you may have started elsewhere and landed here from Wendy's Wickedly Wonderful blog. Wasn't her schtuff fabulous?! You can continue through the whole tour by clicking the link at the bottom of each blog.

I have three projects today, so let's start with the cards. The first one was a fun bit of sponging (since I still haven't mastered brayering, haha). I used the negative of the Chalk Talk tag cut in Blackberry Bliss, snipped off the dangly bit to make a frame, and embossed it. Makes a nice little window for the image, don't you agree?

STAMPS: Holiday Home, Fall Fest, Holiday Cheer (PLxSU)  CARDSTOCK: Whisper White, Vellum, Blackberry Bliss, Basic Black  INK: Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze, Versamark, Memento Tuxedo Black, Basic Black & Tangerine Tango Stampin' Write Markers  ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Fun Fall Framelits Dies, Tiny Triangles TIEF, Heat Tool, White Stampin' Emboss Powder, Linen Thread, Tangelo Twist 3/8" Stitche dSatin Ribbon, Fringe Scissors
Up next is my fave of the two cards. Justin Krieger MADE me buy the Motley Monsters DSP (no, seriously, he almost held a gun to my head.....almost), so I just had to use it for this card. I think the Saraha Sand wood grain background sets off the Tangerine Tango stripes nicely, and it all makes a great background for the Fall Fest pumkpins! Love, love, love that greeting, too!

STAMPS: Fall Fest, Mingle All The Way   CARDSTOCK: Whisper White, Basic Black, Motley Monsters DSP  INK: Tangerine Tango, Tangelo Twist, Pumpkin Pie, Mossy Meadow, Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Early Espresso  ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Fun Fall Framelits Dies, Linen Thread, Gold Basic Metal Buttons, Uni-Ball White Gel Pen
And last, but not least, I actually have a little 3D project, inspired by Sandi MacIver's darling pumpkin she posted a few days ago. I thought, "Wouldn't that make an adorable tealight using Vellum Cardstock?"  I colored the vellum orange and added the stripes using Pumpkin Pie Blendabilities markers, then used the Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlits Die to cut it out. (Sandi MADE me buy that die, too; oh yes, she did!)

STAMPS: Fall Fest, Making Spirits Bright  CARDSTOCK: Whisper White, Soft Suede, White Vellum Cardstock, Mossy Meadow  INK: StazOn Jet Black, Mossy Meadow, Early Espresso, Pumpkin Pie Stampin' Blendabilities Markers  ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlits Die, Fun Fall Framelits Dies, Banner Punch, 1/8" Circle Punch, Pumpkin Pie 1/4" Cotton Ribbon, Burlap 1-1/4" Ribbon (frayed), battery-operated tea light

I made sure the decorations on top wouldn't interfere with opening it to turn on/off the battery-operated tea light inside.

Well, that's all for me this go-round, so head on over to Connie Babbert's blog, Inkspired Treasures to see what she's cooked up. Thanks for stopping by!