Clear & Simple Stamps - App Sneak Peek

Monday, December 27, 2010

Hey Guys!  I hope you are having a lazy day like me, just recooperating after a super busy week/weekend.  I did want to pop on her to let you all know I have card featured today on the Clear & Simple Stamps APP for the iphone.  You can see a sneak peek below.  This is a card created exclusively for the APP and you won't see it anywhere else.   If you haven't downloaded the APP, you can click here to do it. Hint, it's a super sweet card to give a loved one.

Have a great day!

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OCC Challenge - Fa la la felt!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas everyone!!!  I have a new Our Creative Corner to share with you today.  Get out your new crafty goodies and play along with us this week.  Speaking of new crafty goodies, my hubby got me a Silhouette SD for Christmas.  It's been on my Amazon Wishlist for quite a while and I was planning on purchasing it after the new year.  I'm so excited to play with it!

Back to the challenge!  The challenge this week is to felt or flocking on your card.  To me, felt and stitching go hand in hand.  I used my Labels 9 Spellbinders die to cut the felt and then used my sewing machine to adhere the sentiment.
Make sure you check out all of the inspiration at Our Creative Corner.  I hope all are having a blessed day and weekend with your family and friends. We are hosting my Mom's side of the family at our house and we've been cleaning for days.  I'm really looking forward to it, but I'll be glad when we can finally relax and stop worrying about all the things that need to get done.  

Have a great day!
{Birthday Wishes}
Stamps: Icons Extras (Clear & Simple Stamps)
Card Stock: Raspberry Fizz (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Life is Good (Echo Park)
Ink: Espresso Your Style (CSS)
Accessories: Labels 9 Nesties (Spellbinders), Heart Punch (Paper Shapers), White Felt, Pink Rhinestones (Michaels), Sewing Machine & Thread, Foam Dimensionals
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Paper Maniac Thursday - Hello!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Hey guys!  This will be my final post for Paper Maniac.  I've had a very fun year and a half working with Patti and the girls at Paper Maniac.  It is truly a great store with lots and lots of amazing products.  What sets them apart from other online stores is their wonderful customer service and quick shipping to your door. Oh, and their prices and sales are awesome!  I have really enjoyed my time with Paper Maniac and will continue to support them in the future.

Now onto my card.  We have had so much snow where I live, I really wanted to make a happy and cherry card without any snowflakes or other winter elements.  So, I picked up one of my favorite collections, Hippy Girl by Kaiser Craft.  I cut 1.25" squares from my scraps to form the quilt-like base.  The floral die cut in the middle even came with the collection.  For the butterfly I used a Martha Stewart punch and punched it from another die that came with the collection.  
I added a little sponging around the edges.  The sentiment "hello" is from the clear stamp set Essential Messages from Hero Arts and is popped up on foam dimensionals.  

Thanks so much taking the time out of your busy schedules to stop by for a visit.  Have a great day!!!
Card Stock: Raspberry Fizz (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Hippy Girl (Kaiser Craft)
Ink: Perfect Plum (SU)
Accessories: Pink Rhinestone (Michaels), Stampin' Sponge, Foam Dimensionals, Butterfly Punch (Martha Stewart)
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Teacher Gifts, Crayon Initials

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Hello!  I can finally share the gifts I made for my kids to give to their teachers.  I stumbled upon the Frugal Life Project over the summer and immediately bookmarked this post for future reference.  

I had some old framed pictures from when I was going through a French Country phase (yes, can you believe that?).  These frames were white and had a floral tea cup filled with flowers.  I spray painted the frames black and left the mat alone.  The only thing I had to buy for this project were two boxes of crayons (but you can use old ones too).  

I pretty much followed Carol's instructions except I used a low temp hot glue gun to adhere the crayons.  The wax didn't melt at all.  
I really like how this turned out, but if I were to do it again I would make sure the "G" I printed behind the crayons was a fainter grey.  I was not about to waste another piece of my PTI card stock, LOL.  That is bothering me a bit, but not enough to start over.  

Luckily for me both of Halle & Colin's teachers last names begin with a G.  So, here's both of the frames.  
Hope you enjoyed today's project.  It was quick, easy and painless once I stopped worrying about it and actually did it.  My mind is my own worst enemy sometimes.  

My hubby is officially on vacation and he gets the pleasure of accompanying me to our kid's holiday parties.  I'm sure he's delighted!  Things have been getting done around here.  The latest excitement is a new dishwasher.  Finally, a dishwasher that washes dishes.  What a concept!

Have a great day everyone!

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Teacher Tags

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Hey guys!  I've had a whirlwind day.  My kids have holiday parties tomorrow, so today was my last day to wrap up a few projects and run a few errands.  Well, they had a snow day!   Talk about throwing a wrench in my plans.  Luckily everything that needed to get done, still got done, just in a more chaotic manner. 

So, I made these tags to go along with the gift my kids are giving their teachers.  These cards are small.  They are roughly the size of a business card when closed.  I used the apple stamp from Icons I and the sentiment is from Icons Extras.  
I made sure the word "special" was right over the green apple.  This was such an easy one layer card to make.  I'll share what I made for their teachers tomorrow.  I hope they have school or they won't have their holiday parties.  

Have a great day!
{For a Special Teacher}
Card Stock: Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Warm Red, Moss Green, Dark Brown (Colorbox)
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Holiday Tags...

Monday, December 20, 2010

Hey there!  We wrapped almost all of our Christmas presents last night and I realized I didn't have any tags.  I decided to make some this morning.  I made 24 tags and used 2 sheets of cream card stock and 1 sheet of green and then the I just used scraps of red for the snowflakes.  I do not own a "to/from" stamp, so I made my own using Alpha Modern from Clear & Simple Stamps.  This stamp set includes extra letters for the more popular letters.  I was able to spell out "to" and "from" on one acrylic block which made everything go much faster.    
Here's all 24 tags!  I hope you all are having a relaxing week.  Even though all of the presents are bought and wrapped, there's still so much to do!  I think I'll relax a bit after I get the teacher gifts out of the way.  I'm nervous they aren't going to turn out and then I will really be stressing!  Maybe I'll tackle that project later today so I can stop worrying about it.  
Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Have a great and productive day!!!
{Holiday Tags}
Card Stock: Vintage Cream, Pure Poppy, Ripe Avocado (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Chocolate Chip (SU)
Accessories: Corner Rounder Punch, Stampin' Sponge, Birds & Swirls Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug), Snowflake Punch (Martha Stewart), Light Green Rhinestones (Kaiser Craft), Brown Marker
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OCC Challenge - Embossed with Color

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Hello!  I have a fun challenge from Our Creative Corner to share with you today.  The challenge is to make a card adding color and depth to your dry embossing.  You can do this any number of ways, but the way I chose was to add ink to my embossing folder.  

I chose to use a light green card stock and a darker green ink.  This was not the result I was expecting, but I really love it!  I simply rubbed my ink pad over the non-raised side of my embossing folder before I embossed it.  What you are left with is ink everywhere on the card stock except the raised areas.  I thought that the dark green ink would show up a lot darker but it really just settled into the impression lines.  It really adds a lot more depth than just regular embossing.  Those birds and swirls are just jumping off the page!
This challenge really reminds me of the reason behind doing challenges.  It's to try new things and stretch your creativity.   I would love to see what you create with this challenge.  I know it's a super busy time of year, but take a little time for yourself.  You won't regret it.  Make sure you check out all the creations at Our Creative Corner.

Best wishes to everyone trying to get it all done this weekend, like me!  I have the majority of my shopping completed, but there are so many little things that need to be finished.  Hang in there!
Stamps: Communique Sentiments (Papertrey Ink)
Card Stock: Spring Moss, Raspberry Fizz, Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Old Olive (SU)
Accessories: Latte Pearl (Kaiser Craft), Butterfly Punch (Martha Stewart), Foam Dimensionals, Birds & Swirls Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug), Edge Distresser
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A {Star is Born} Card...

Friday, December 17, 2010

If you've visited my blog for any short period of time, you know I love to make grid cards.  I just love them.  They are simple but look so impressive.  This card was super easy to make.  I chose three "baby" colors and the star stamp from Icons I.  I stamped the star image four times with each color, cut them out and arranged them on the card adhering them with foam dimensionals.

The sentiment says "A Star is Born" and is from the Icons Extras set.  Also worth mentioning is that the stars are not all pointing in the direction.  I mixed them up for a little added interest.
Here's a shot of all the dimension.  
Thanks so much for taking the time to visit today.  Have a great weekend!
{A Star is Born}
Stamps: Icons I, Icons Extras (Clear & Simple Stamps)
Ink: Blue Lagoon, Rouge, Lime Pastel (Colorbox)
Accessories: Foam Dimensionals, Scissors, Brads

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Paper Maniac Thursday - Christmas Greetings!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Hello!  It's Paper Maniac Thursday and I have a happy little Christmas card to share with you.  The finished size of this card is a 4.25" square.  All of the papers and center die cut come from the Kaiser Craft paper pad called 'Tis the Season.  I used a Labels 9 Spellbinder Die to cut the red shape.  The sentiment I used is from a clear stamp set from Stampendous called Holiday Home
There are foam dimensionals between each layer and the sheer cream bow is attached with a glue dot.  The rhinestones were added as a finishing touch and to draw your eye to the sentiment. 
Have a great day!
{Christmas Greetings}
Stamps: Holiday Home (Stampendous)
Card Stock: Chocolate Chip (SU)
Patterned Paper: 'Tis the Season (Kaiser Craft)
Ink: Warm Red (Colorbox)
Accessories: Labels 9 Nesties (Spellbinders), Red Rhinestones (Kaiser Craft), Foam Dimensionals, Sheer Cream Ribbon (Offray), Glue Dots

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A {Tea & Friends} Card...

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Hey guys!  I've had a busy day so far and there is no end in sight for what needs to get done today.  I'm gonna keep this short and sweet.  This card is for today's sketch challenge at SCS.  I used a sweet little set from Clear & Simple Stamps called Tea Time.  I especially love how the tea pot turned out.  I love to paper piece, I just don't do it very often.
That kraft panel has been stamped with a background text stamp from the same set.  The words are different types of tea.  

Have a great day!
{Tea & Friends}
Card Stock: Chocolate Chip, Kraft (SU)
Patterned Paper: Offbeat (Basic Grey)
Ink: Perfect Little Black Dress (CSS), Prussian Blue (Colorbox)
Accessories: Foam Dimensionals, Circle Punch (SU)
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A {Happy Birthday} Card...

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Hey guys!  Today I have a card to share that uses this week's CPS Sketch.  Once again I used some Offbeat paper from  Basic Grey.  I am not too crazy about this paper, but the more I use it I've been noticing that I like the sheets individually, but not all together.  On today's card I used one pattern for the background and just a little scrap for the small heart.  I think this works since it's mixed with a bunch of solids.  Not so overwhelming to the eye.  
I added some faux stitching and a red rhinestone as a finishing touch.  I hope you've enjoyed today's card.  Have a great day!
{Happy Birthday}
Stamps: Essential Messages (Hero Arts)
Card Stock: Pure Poppy, Dark Chocolate (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Offbeat (Basic Grey)
Ink: Fresh Snow (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: White Gel Pen (Sakura), Red Rhinestone (Kaiser Craft), Heart Punches (Paper Shapers), Edge Distresser
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My Official 2010 Christmas Card...

Monday, December 13, 2010

Hello, hello!  I mailed out our Christmas cards on Friday, so I thought it would be safe to share them with you here today.  I tried to pick a very simple design, but nothing is ever simple enough when you are making 75 cards!  My cards used 5 different stamps (wreath, sentiment, text background, trio of berries, single berry).  What was I thinking?  I spent two Girls Craft Nights, a Sunday in front of the tv watching the Bengals lose, and an evening home alone to make these cards.   

So, here it is. Our official 2010 Christmas card:
Sorry it's a little bit dark, I took about 40 photos and I couldn't get it any better than this.  Here's another view of the sentiment and text background:
And here's the inside:
And here's my name stamped on the back:
And here's what my kitchen table looked like as I was getting ready to adhere the inside panel, stuff them in envelopes and apply the mailing labels.  
I mailed 60 of these.  My extended family is rather large!  The remaining 15 will be delivered in person to neighbors and teachers accompanying some homemade goodies.

Whew, I feel so much better now that these are finished!  If you are interested, here are my 2009 and 2008 Christmas cards.

The kids had their first snow day today.  We're getting ready to head out and play in the snow.  Have a great day!
{Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year}
Stamps: Signature Christmas, Wreath for all Seasons, Text Style (Papertrey Ink) 
Card Stock: Kraft, Pure Poppy, Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Moss Green, Warm Red (Colorbox), Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Corner Rounder Punch, Spiral Notebook Die (Papertrey Ink), Foam Dimensionals, Red Floss (DMC)
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