Sunday, November 21, 2010

Bells and Boughs

One of the current Stampin' Up! specials features the Bells and Boughs stamp set and the Deck the Halls Designer Series Paper.  I took out several of my die cuts and made this quick and easy card.  Cherry Cobler and Almost Artichoke card stock coordinate with this DSP perfectly.  I used Versamark and gold embossing powder along with the arways artichoke, cherry cobler, crumb ckae and more mustard markers to color the image.  Enjoy!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Holiday Purse

This purse pattern from Becky Roberts at Inking Idaho is a great addition to your stamping resources, and I decided to make it using the Candy Cane Designer Series paper.  The picture doesn't do it just, but the sparkle in the pape
r adds such a festive flair to it.  I used garden green, real red, and whisper white card stock as the coordinating colors.  The Oval All stamp set was used for the greetings along with the large oval and scallop oval punch.  I ran the Whisper White through the polka dot embossing folder to give it some dimension.  What a perfect teacher gift, co-worker gift or something to bring to the party host during the holidays.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Royal Blog Candy Winner

Thank you all so much for visiting my blog during the Royal Blog Tour.  I hope you make a habit of coming back on a regular basis.  The winner of the blog candy is Ola.  She wrote:

"I love the gift card holder.... all of your creations are gorgeous!
Thank you so much for sharing & the chance to win!!!"

I will be emailing you to get your mailing address so I can get this to the post office.

I also wanted to post an item I sold at a craft fair I participated in this past weekend.  I love these file folders and used directions I had gotten several months ago to put these together.  The directions were given to me at my upline's meeting, and I just created the ones shown here by using that sample, but I did look online just before I posted this and found a tutorial HERE.  I used the Pawsitively Prints II DSP to add a little more interest to the folders.   The small legal pads fit perfectly into the pocket created by the folds.  They would be great to use for grocery shopping--coupons on the left side, list on the right.  I think they will make great teacher gifts.  Enjoy!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Royal Blog Tour

Welcome to the next stop on your journey through the Royal Blog Kingdom. As one of the princesses, I must say I am thrilled you decided to accept the invitation to visit my special spot in the castle. As you stroll through this beautiful countryside, you are sure to see many wonderful sites. I really hope you enjoy this one.

I am very excited to share my creations with you in my first ever blog tour. When I was asked to pick a Stampin' Up! set to use, I decided to challenge myself by choosing one that was somewhat out of my typical stamping mode so I choose Countryside. This set has a masculine flair and lends itself well to water coloring. I spent many hours sketching ideas, stamping, and starting over so here is what made the final cut. Enjoy each of the samples and make sure you sign up for some blog candy after the last one.

It is so good to finally have fresh water available in the castle. This next sample uses the water pump image, and it made me think of pumping water from a well so why not make a Get Well Card. The right side with the image on it opens up as does the real red piece of card stock on the left. I used the Curvy Verses set on the inside to convey a get well message.

Now I might want to give the handsome prince a gift card for all his hard work around the castle so I used the top note die cut along with the Woodland Walk Designer Series paper to make this next sample. I used cajun craze measuring 4 1/4" by 6 1/2" (scored at 2" on each side). I used my markers to color in the image and fastened it shut with a circular velcro dot.

Some princesses follow the rules all the time, but I sometimes need to think outside the box a bit and that prompted me to create some "diva chickens" to display on a faux film strip. Who said chickens need to be traditional colors anyway!

I hope you enjoyed your stop at this end of the Countryside. This definitely challenged my creativity, but we all need to step out of our comfort zone once in a while. I am giving away some blog candy for U.S. residents visiting this tour and in order to qualify for it, you must
1. provide me with your name and email address so I can contact you if you are
    the winner by emailing me (see email me on the right side of my blog) or
2. leave a comment with your name and email address

Now it's time to travel to the next stop on the Royal Blog Tour. Happy Traveling!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Final Royal Blog Tour Clues

Here are clues five and six for the Royal Blog Tour.  Can you figure them out?  Did you submit your guess for the chance to win some great prizes?

Join me on Friday, November 5-8 for my stop on the Royal Blog Tour.  

Royal Blog Tour Clues

Here is clue number three for the Royal Blog Tour.

And how about clue number four.  Any ideas yet?

Monday, November 1, 2010

Royal Blog Tour Clues

The Royal Blog Tour starts in a few days--November 5--and here are a few clues to help you toward your chance to win some great prizes.

Watch for two more clues tomorrow.