Sunday, November 29, 2009

In the meadow we can build a snowman.....

Winter Wonderland has long been my favorite Christmas song... with "Santa Baby" a close runner up. On a balmy July {sleepless} night I had this idea dancing in my head {as well as the song} to make a 3D snowman.
The most frequent question I get asked is "where do you come up with your ideas?" Now you know the answer, I dream them up ! Many of them never make it out of the fairy tale world I like to call a brain,*grin* but every so often I take the plunge and attempt to create the whims of my imagination. Thus a glittery snowman is born.

He was cold so my dear friend Linnea whipped up a scarf {complete with tassels} and a precious little cap. I'm truly in awe of her talent!!!

I think my snowman may be lonely so I plan to "build" a family for him, I also need to give him a name...how about "sparkly the snowman"? Those sweet little twig arms are posed for a hug, maybe he should be "snuggles the snowman" :)

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Cuttlebug be Inspired 59

Welcome to another Wednesday...and that means another cuttlebug challenge blog be inspired. Today my card features two exclusive Provo Craft embossing folders made just for Oh My crafts. The background of this card is debossed with the 5x7 folder of "holly leaves", my main image is the top note die from Stampin'up! split into an embossed black panel and a rose upper panel. The embossed trees were sanded and I used black magic card stock to get that super striking contrast.
My new stamp set of the moment is "patterned pines" from Stampin'Up! I love these fun and funky holiday trees!

The entire design team has Holiday inspiration galore, please stop by cuttlebug challenge blog and say hello..and we sure would love for you to join our challenge this week, we are so inspired by all of you and your fabulous work!
Happy creating!
ETA : Exciting news, this challenge will be running for two weeks..that gives you plenty of time to work on your project, and still do your "black Friday" Holiday shopping! We are giving away 4 [count them] 4 Oh My Crafts exclusive folder bundles *yeah* you have to get in on that!!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Baby Cakes!

Are you ready for a treat? This is my latest sweet concoction of cuteness, I call them "baby Cakes" I have been utterly *dying* to share this with you...so put on your seat belt girls, we are traveling into the Adorable zone! Each Baby cake gift box contains 3 soft white onsies adorned with fabric shapes cut from sizzix dies using the big shot or cuttlebug! What new mommy wouldn't squeal in delight at the sight of this gift box??
These onsies feature Stampin'Up! flower layers# 3 114527 $15.95, flower layers 113458 $15.95 and beautiful butterflies 114507 $21.95 Stampin'Up! exclusive.

To decorate your onsies using Stampin'Up! dies, iron your fabric and cut to fit die and simply run it through your roller machine.If your fabric needs a little stability place a piece of paper on top of your fabric.



I'm using a fusible material to adhere my shapes to the onsie, you can also use fabric glue, or just attach with buttons. If you are using a fabric that will fray use a liquid such as fray check to seal edges. You can also hand or machine stitch.

Place shapes in desired location, and iron in place following manufacturers directions.
the die used here is circles#2 114526 $15.95, and above stars#2 113461 $15.95

All you Die cut Divas now have a whole new way to play with one of your favorite toys! Not a die cut diva yet? I have a very special offer for you, for every $25.00 Stampin'Up! order you place with me I will email you the baby cakes box template free!! Click here to order
To get step by step directions, a list of materials, and the template for only 2.95 order below.Template will be emailed to you within 24 hours after order is processed.








To receive a packet of 10 die cut shapes for 2.95 plus 2.00 Shipping, order below. *please note* colors may vary.



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If you were inspired by this project, let me know! Please be kind and show some "link love" if you case. Happy creating!


Cuttlebug Challenge Festival Of Lights, and Walk in The Park Blog Hop. Shantaies Paper Lantern

Welcome to our first ever festival of lights from the fabulous design team at cuttlebug challenge blog!
The party kicked off over on the cuttlebug challenge blog with a map of the participating design team members, if you get lost...no worries just check off the DT members on the map as you go.

In addition to the fabulous projects , we have decided to make this party even more fun by hiding two treasures along our walk in the park blog hop! Two selected designers will draw a random winner from the comments left on her blog during the hop. Of course it wouldn't be a treasure hunt if you knew which designer is hiding the treasure...so don't miss anyone on the map!

The winner will receive $30 gift certificate to peachy keen stamps, and a one year subscription to technique junkie by our generous sponsor Pat Huntoon.

As you hop, be sure to leave comments on every post for a chance to win, and the more comments you leave the better your chances to win!

Shantaies Paper Lantern



For the festival of lights, I have created a warm and inviting paper lantern. The beaded edge is so pretty and a surprising element on the rice paper lantern. This green and gold color combination is a time honored classic, but the shape is simple and modern.
I sprayed the paper with glimmer mist to give the lantern even more shimmer. The snowflakes are cut in gold paper and the addition of a tiny squeeze of stickles in the center of each delicate shape is as pretty in the daylight as the lantern is as night.These lanterns are widely available in all colors, shapes and sizes, why not pick up a few and light up the Holidays in a whole new way!



Be sure to visit the rest of the team, and behold the festival of light!

For a printable blog hop map click here.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Snowy wreath

Hi everyone I have a *gorgeous* wreath to share with you today, its sparkly, girly whimsical and elegant all at once! I love snowflakes, I'm sure I have mentioned that little tidbit of information at least once :) it also may come as as no surprise to anyone that follows me on my creative journey that I like glittery things, so I created this wreath to sparkle and shine! My complete tutorial can be found on the cuttlebug challenge blog I used two sizes of snowflake dies,{Stampin'Up!} and glittery embossing powder to really make the snowflakes pop on this monochromatic wonderland of a wreath.
I can see this done in pink, or a striking black and white combination! If you make one please let me know, I would love to see it and maybe share it with my readers!
The Holidays are fast approaching...and I'm just not ready for the hustle and bustle of it all, I think most of us want things to be more serene and peaceful, what is more serene and quietly beautiful than a snowflake?

If you would like to place a Stampin'Up! order with me click here



Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Cuttlebug Cards for Heros

Happy Wednesday, and you know that means its time for another fun and exciting be inspired challenge at Cuttlebug Challenge Blog . This week our challenge is very special. We are Teaming up with operation write home to not only make a card, but to send it to our deployed heroes who are not at home this Holiday season. I personally feel like this is a gift we should all have on our Holiday to do list! Please join this effort to send handmade cards, we hope to see your name on the list of challenge entries this week.
So what are the challenge details? The card should follow the sketch designed by our own Cindy Royal. The card must be flat, and no glitter of any kind can be used. {any theme}

Details for my card:
supplies:
snowflake 5x7 embossing folder, nestabilities label,and scallop circle dies, SU snowflake punch, SU heart punch, circle cutter, Stamps: SU polar bears, and sentiment {thanks snow much} brayer, Inks: going gray, taken with teal, not quite navy, night of navy, white craft.reinkers celery gable green, rose red, real red, going gray. button, silver cording.

1. emboss card, cut out all die cut shapes
2.mask lower portion of circle and apply inks with brayer from lightest to darkest color, stamp snowflakes.
3.stamp image on watercolor paper and color with reinkers and aquapainter, cut out and attach to circle.
4. add snowflake, button, heart and silver bow, stamped circles, and sentiment.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Rudolph the red nosed reindeer

Hello out there in bloggyville, I have a quick Holiday card to show you. I made this card for the Winter release pre-view for the new cuttlebug folders. This is a GREAT card for Marathon card making..if you are one of those people that have to make and mail out 200 cards :) I love this card because it contains so many Christmas elements that are close to my heart.
1) I'm a snowflake {and by way of association snowman} freak. There is something so beautiful about a snowflake that just makes me melt. {did I mention I grew up on the beach}
2)These reindeer MADE me buy this stamp set, they are so darn cute! {sleigh full of toys SU retired}
and 3) the neutral colors, with a touch of glitz that is so "me". I have been racking my brain, trying to decide what cards I want to send out this year. Last year my cards took 6 long days to assemble *whew* they were a lot of work! you can see them here. What was I thinking?

I can't wait to start my annual non-stop Christmas music listening, its drives my girls crazy :0)
Ahhh we do so enjoy tormenting our children don't we? they already dread the fact that "frosty the snowman" specials are on the way! hehehehe

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Grateful for my Family Cuttlebug Be Inspired Challenge 56

Its another Wednesday challenge at cuttlebug challenge blog, and this week we are working with a kit from our sponsor Teresa Collins. Our challenge this week is to create a project with a Thanksgiving or grateful theme.

ETA: How lucky!! we have Teresa Collins and Jamie Harper as our guest designers this week. They are both super talented! I know you will want to check out the quick Q&A they did for us.

My round pull out mini album has a magnet on the back so this can be placed on a table or have a place of honor on my magnetic message board for all to see.

Lets start with the top of the metal canister, I stamped & cut out a leaves and embossed one, and sprayed both with wheat fields glimmer mist. I used the modern label punch to cut out my "grateful" sentiment{ falling leaves Stampin'Up!} The center circle is embossed with the harlequin folder, and sponged with close to cocoa ink.
The bottom of the canister, has a little surprise of another leaf and a punch art acorn. the exterior of the round photo album is trimmed with one of the gorgeous Teresa Collins prints.
This is a photo of my girls at a birthday party, I'm ever grateful for the friendship they have. Despite the 7 years in age between them ,they are close. {yes they do squabble from time to time} and they are as different as night and day...but I wouldn't have it any other way.

I love how manly and strong Davids hands are, even the beautiful fall leaves look small in his grasp. Of all the beautiful quotes and sentiments in this Teresa Collins kit, I chose to use only a segment on my photo to remind me that happiness is a choice, and art makes me joyous!

Count your blessings! No matter what is happening in you day or your life we need to always remember we are so blessed in so many ways. I get all "misty" when I start to think of how wonderful life is, one of my favorite verses in any song is "its not getting what you want, its wanting what you've got" .....So true!


We are family, and to me that is the single most important aspect of my life, I'm a mother, a wife, a daughter, an aunt, a sister, a sister in law, a cousin, a friend, a neighbor, and I'm so grateful for the connections I have with nature, with humanity, and with art and music. The fleur-de-lisa embossing folder is a perfect match for the Journal it kit, and is one of my favorites.



I hope you will be inspired to create a Thanksgiving or grateful themed project and enter this weeks challenge, the rest of the Design Team have tons of stunning examples for you make sure to visit them all.

If you would like to see the other album I made with this fabulous kit see this post

We have something new and Fabulous for you called cuttlebug university.Cuttlebug challenge university is an in depth online series of classes to educate, and inspire you. The first lesson is coloring digital images with copics...what a seriously great step by step tutorial Cindy has for you. Want to graduate from our university? Of course you do :)



Sunday, November 1, 2009

Altered Scallop treat bags

I'm one of those people that LOVE to give little gifts, trinkets and candy, I will on occasion even part with chocolate. *wink* These darling favors are made with the "bag with scallop" sizzix die from Stampin'Up! I put my own spin on them, you know I just can't leave things be! To make this star topped bag, you will need to emboss the die cut bag with a texture plate, and cut off the scallop flap leaving a small strip to attach the star to. I used the tombow mono multi glue {fabulous stuff} to apply chunky red glitter, its so sparkly and festive.
Close bag with silver cording and a star in the center. I stamped the word sparkle from*warm words* stamp set and punched out with the modern label punch.

The second bag is cut from Stampin'Up!s Merry Moments designer series paper, and a window was made with the curly label punch (punches are our friends) and inserted a small piece of window sheet.
Attach a snowflake in real red cut with the jumbo snowflake punch, and a clear rhinestone brad in the center. The closure is really different, I punched out a 1/2" circle and inserted a basic jumbo grommet and wrapped the sleigh bells ribbon through to make a knot, I adore the fact that you can see the beautiful pattern through the window.
The Holidays go by so quickly, I want to put everything in "slow motion" so I can enjoy every moment...that is probably better suited for the movies and not real life! I have decided to
s t r e t c h the Holidays out and start early,I know everyone says that, so how are you planning to enjoy the season to the fullest?
I want to hear your ideas and plans. leave me a comment sharing your thoughts!
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I also wanted to share a link with you, Scrapstreet magazine wrote an 8 page article featured the cuttlebug challenge blog and 3 of my projects were published. Thanks scrapstreet, and tank you!!