Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Season of Joy Scrapbook Page

This is one of our Big Shot Club projects for December.  It uses the Northern Frost Sizzix Decorative Strip Die.  Before cutting the snowflakes, we adhered the Big Shot Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet to the Whisper White strip of cardstock.  After it was cut, we put the adhesive side in Dazzling Diamonds glitter (eventhough you can't see the sparkle of the snowflakes in the photo).  The Jolly Jingles jumbo Stampin' Around wheel was used in Real Red and the sentiment is from the level 3 Occasional Quotes hostess set.   

Monday, November 29, 2010

Bird Punch Poinsettia Card

This card idea was copied from a fellow demonstrator - our apologies to whoever it was, as we didn't note the blog where it was found.  Nonetheless, it was a very cool idea using the bird punch.  The outside Wild Wasabi and Real Red petals are the bird bodies and the inside Real Red petals are the bird wings.  We are always so amazed by all of the great ideas that people come up with using the various punches.  The sentiment is from the Curly Cute stamp set. 

Sunday, November 28, 2010

12 Days 'til Christmas Countdown Wall Hanging

Kira designed this great 12 days until Christmas countdown wall hanging using the scallop envelope die, Tags 'til Christmas and Word Play stamp sets, Deck the Halls DSP, and a variety of other great products (punches, ribbon, and texture plates, oh my!). 

Friday, November 26, 2010

Do Not Open 'til Christmas

What's in the box?  Holiday greetings, of course!  Here it is on Black Friday, and what better way to package up those great deals than in a beautiful handmade box.  Or, these are a perfect size for homemade treats - a stack of delicious cookies or yummy white chocolate popcorn!  The possibilities are endless.  We got this great idea from Chiaki Haverstick at stampingpro.com  She even listed directions for making the box, and our favorite part was that she made the lid using the scallop square die for the Big Shot!  Our box incorporates the Jolly Holiday DSP (which is currently available in a bundle with the Contempo Christmas stamp set for 20% off!) and the stamp is from the Tags 'til Christmas set.  You better get busy with your holiday preparations now, it's never too soon! 

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

We wish you a day filled with special memories and reflections of all that you have to be THANKFUL for.  We are THANKFUL for YOU!  Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Grateful for Friends

These are a few cards received from our wonderful friends that we've met through the years since we were first introduced to Stampin' Up!  We are so grateful for these relationships that we've developed and it brings an abundance of joy to our lives.  Thank you to Patty, Diana, and Temple for the cards in the photo!  Thanks to all of our friends, both current and future, who share the creative spirit with us!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Jolly Old Saint Nick

This card was sent to us from our friend Patty, and we love it for it's retro simplicity!  It showcases the Jolly Old Saint Nick stamp set and a glass glitter outline.  The scallop oval frame was done using a Big Shot die. 

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Delightful Decorations Card

This card was designed by our grea frien Kevin, and uses the Delightful Decorations and Word Play (Tidings of Comfort & Joy sentiment) sets along with the ornament and dotted scallop ribbon punches.  The ornaments inside are popped up.  A couple of the ornaments are embellished with basic pearls and 1/4" grosgrain ribbon.  The colors used were Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive.

Friday, November 19, 2010

O' Christmas Tree

This card demonstrates a perfect use for all of those scraps of DSP!  This Christmas tree was designed using circles from the 1" punch.  Although the DSP is retired, any coordinating patterned papers will work.  The star at the top is a miscellaneous brad from our vast stash of embellishments (I'm sure all of you can relate).  The tree trunk was made using a punch from the word window with one rounded end snipped off.  Quick & easy!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Marker Thumping Technique Card

This card demonstrates the marker thumping technique.  The pine tree image was inked with the Crumb Cake pad and then randomly "thumped" with the brush tip of a Chocolate Chip Stampin' Write marker and then stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock.  This idea came from Max Conrad's blog.  The base panel of the card was embossed with the Vintage Wallpaper folder.  The sentiment is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes set, punched with the word window and then layered on a modern label.  Finishing touches include basic rhinestone jewels, 1 1/4" striped grosgrain ribbon, and hemp twine.   

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Top Note Christmas Treat Holder

This idea came from our friend Kris, who had done something similar for Halloween at another Stampin' Up demonstrator's event (sorry, we don't know her name).  What a great way to package up a roll of ribbon and a container of buttons (as seen in the sample on the left above) to give to your stamping friends!  The Top Note dies were embossed with a Christmas folder.  The stamp is from the Sweet Season set and punched out with the 2 3/8" scallop circle punch and layered on a 2 1/2" circle.  A large cello bag holds the "goods" and is tied up with a piece of 1/8" taffeta ribbon. 

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Holiday Flurries

This card features the Northern Hearts (level 1 hostess set from the Holiday mini catalog) and Northern Flurry embossing folder, along with the top note die.  The card is a tri-fold, with the top note portion folding over the front.  The sentiment is from the Sincere Salutations set and punched out with the jumbo oval.  Basic rhinestone jewels are used as the perfect accent, giving the appearance of ice.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Naughty or Nice?

Well, according to one of our favorite stamps from the Tags 'til Christmas set, "even the naughty deserve something nice", it wouldn't matter.  This card design idea came from Patty Bennett's website, and is just a 4 1/4" x 11" piece of cardstock scored at 4 1/4" and 8 3/4".  The word window punch is used to make the gift card holder.  We used sticky strip to attach the sides of the inside (or bottom) section; however, Patty's opened all the way up to reveal the sentiment.  The santa suit tag is another one of the great stamps in the Tags 'til Christmas set.  The saying "Some things must be believed to be seen" comes from the Just Believe stamp set.  The 2" scalloped square inside is from the scallop squares duo die from the Holiday mini catalog.  Eventhough this card says otherwise, we recommend maximizing the kindness you receive this holiday season by being nice! 

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Friends Forever

This card was created with the Just Believe stamp set.  The color scheme is clean and simple - Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, and Very Vanilla.  The Top Note die and Square Lattice embossing folders add shape and texture.  We would have to guess that any friend would be happy to receive this card to let them know they are special.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Home for the Holidays

This awesome card was sent to us from one of our favorite stamping friends, Patty, from Nebraska!  What a great design, using layers of cardstock to create the door.  The wreath is from the Welcome Christmas stamp set.  We love it and hope you do too!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Give Thanks Scrapbook Pages

These are the other two pages that we'll be doing in our "Give Thanks" class on Sunday, 11/21.  These pages use LOTS of FUN STUFF...Autumn Spice Specialty DSP, Day of Gratitude and Grateful Greetings stamp sets, Tasteful Trim die, 2 1/2" circle punch, curly label punch, decorative label punch, 1" circle punch, and 5/8" Old Olive grosgrain ribbon.  The die-cut letters are not Stampin' Up, but are an Sizzlit strip die and cut with the Big Shot. 

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Punched Christmas Tree Card

We are always amazed by the creative ideas that everyone comes up with using our various punches, and this one is definitely on our favorites list!  It shows the photo corners assembled in the shape of a Christmas tree and the word window for the tree trunk.  The two different sized photo corners make it perfect to create the graduated look of a Christmas tree.  The idea we originally saw used DSP instead of solid-colored cardstock for the photo corners, which is a great way to use up scraps!  Although the background DSP in this example is retired, any great holiday patterned DSP will do!  The ticket corner punch was also used on this card for the corners of the DSP and the Very Vanilla cardstock.  The Season's Greetings sentiment is from the Many Merry Messages stamp set.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

6"x6" Christmas Scrapbook Pages

These awesome 6"x6" Christmas scrapbook pages use the Celebrations DSP and lots of other fun stuff like the Tags 'til Christmas, Word Play, and Grateful Greetings stamp sets.  A variety of punches were used for the images.  We MAY be scheduling a class to do these, so let us know if you like them, and we'll see if we can fit them in to our schedule.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

'Tis the Season

We'll be making this card for Big Shot Club this week when we focus on the Movers & Shapers dies for the Big Shot.  The Jolly Holiday Designer Series Paper, Old Olive, and Cherry Cobbler accents on the front were cut using the Tasteful Trim die.  The sentiment is from the Christmas Greeting stamp set.  The Cherry Cobbler ornament insert was rolled with the Christmas Chatter jumbo Stampin' Around wheel and then punched.   

Monday, November 8, 2010

Thankful Banner

This banner was made using the Sizzix Two Tags Bigz die.  The Broadsheet Alphabet and Day of Gratitude stamp sets, along with the Autumn Spice Specialty Design Series Paper, were used to decorate the tags.  This banner project will be offered in our "Give Thanks" class that will be offered on Sunday, November 21st.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Poinsettia Card

This card was inspired by a couple of ideas from fellow demonstrators Lynn Pratt and Dawn Olchefske (we love their creative and clean designs).  The poinsettia was stamped with Cherry Cobbler ink on a die-cut Cherry Cobbler circle using the leaf stamp from the French Foliage set.  The circle (which was cut with the Big Shot using the Bigz clear circle die) is layered on a piece of Very Vanilla embossed with the Petals-a-Plenty folder, and then layered on an Always Artichoke card.  The sentiment is from the Curly Cute set.  The poinsettia is accented with the basic pearls and the card is finished off with a piece of 1/8" Early Espresso taffeta ribbon.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Peaceful Season Tent Card

It's hard to believe that it's already time to be thinking about Christmas cards!  Wasn't it just Christmas a minute ago?!?!?  Where does the time go?!?!?  OK, this card features the Level 2 Hostess stamp set Peaceful Season.  We actually received this set along with a few other products as a FREE GIFT from Stampin' Up at Convention back in July!  It is certainly another one of the wonderful reasons why we love being affiliated with such an awesome company - they treat us so very well!  You can see from the photo that this is a tent card.  The circle was punched using the 2 1/2" circle punch.  The colors are Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke, Crumb Cake, and Very Vanilla. 

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Movers & Shapers Treat Box

Our Big Shot Club workshop is next week and we are demonstrating the Movers & Shapers dies.  We found this great project idea from Dawn Griffith while searching the internet, complete with a great video tutorial.  The Movers & Shapers dies are so versatile, as Dawn demonstrates with this pouch box.  The ornament is part of the Holiday Windows Magnetic Movers & Shapers set.  The striped DSP is from the Celebrations collection and the stamped images are from the Sweet Season set.  The images were punched out with the scallop circle and decorative label punches.  Inside the pouch box, there is a small cello bag holding some hard candies, and then the bag and flap are tied together with 3/8" Real Red taffeta ribbon. 

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Thanksgiving Place Cards and Napkin Rings

We recently purchased the Tasteful Trim Bigz XL Sizzix die from the Holiday mini catalog, and it seemed to lend itself nicely to this fall project - place cards and napkin rings for Thanksgiving dinner.  The place cards are just a 2 3/4" x 4 1/4" piece of Early Espresso cardstock folded in half, then we put a piece of square lattice embossed Cajun Craze cardstock on top.  The wavy strip of Autumn Spice specialty designer series paper was cut using the Tasteful Trim die.  The initials were stamped using the Monogram Sweet alphabet set.  The napkin rings were made using the Autumn Spice paper die cut with the Tasteful Trim die and accented with a piece of Early Espresso 5/8" satin ribbon. 

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Candy Cane Christmas Album

We are so very grateful for the friendships that have formed as a result of sharing our love of stamping and paper crafts with others!  We asked our wonderful and creative friend Judy if she would be willing to share her talents with us and others by creating a class using our Candy Cane Christmas specialty designer series paper and matching 8"x8" album.  She was thrilled to be given the opportunity, so we are so excited to show the photos of her creation!  She will be our guest instructor for this class, which will be held on Sunday, December 5th at 1 p.m. at Scot's house.  The cost is $40 and includes the album, a complete package of the Candy Cane Christmas specialty designer series paper, and the coordinating embellishments - big buttons, glimmer brads, and ribbon.  If you live outside Las Vegas or are unable to attend in person but are interested in a kit, the cost is $50 + shipping. 

Monday, November 1, 2010

Thankful for You

This is just a quick and simple thank you card to show your gratitude.  The front of the card is trimmed about 1/2" shorter to reveal the sentiment on bottom of the inside panel.  The Falling Leaves stamp set was used with Chocolate Chip, Pear Pizzazz, and Crumb Cake.  An accent of Pear Pizzazz 1/2" striped poly ribbon was used and then some paper piercing was done below that using the paper piercing tool and mat pack.

Beach Birthday Card

We used lots of Big Shot products to create this bright beach birthday card. The background combines three embossing folders - Oh My Stars...