Friday, November 30, 2007

Nativity and 'Politically Correct' Cards

I really love my new Nativity stamp set from Stampin up. I have made a number of different cards with it already this year and have loved everyone of them. Now that I have my Nestabilities (as well as understand the 'concept' of Nesting - duh!) I am using them with all sorts of colors and layers. I have found that they add so much depth to an otherwise plain card. I am still making my way through some of my Christmas scrap paper that I purchased this year, so I have had a lot of fun piecing different schemes together.

Ah... I love the Christmas tree on this next card. I borrowed it while playing at my girlfriend Nancy's house one day and I still have yet to use all the images I stamped with it. It reminds me of a 'fuller' version of a Charlie Brown Christmas tree. While she and I went shopping that day we ran into this series of stamps at Paper Pastimes - apparently the company that made this stamp put's out a new line of stamps at Christmas and have special discounts on specific sets and with each purchase they provide you with pictures of sample cards that have been made with them. The name is on the tip of my tongue... nope... it's gone. Hop on by Nancy's blog (Nancy's Creative Mess in my 'cool links') as she is really good at remembering names and I am certain she has posted the name of the company that made this stamp on her blog. I have a fellow at Church that wanted me to make a plain Christmas card with no sayings in it so not to offend anyone. I do not wish to offend anyone either. I like the simplicity of this card though I would love to put a 'Merry Christmas' or 'Christmas Blessings' on it of some sort.
Well, thanks again for stopping by.
Happy creating everyone!


Wow - I can't believe it has been a whole week since I posted last. What have I been doing? Hmmm... let me see... Friday night was 'Movie Night' at our Church and we watched Ratatouiie, Saturday was... Randy painted at the Church and I spent the day with the boys just hanging out, we went to see the movie Enchanted which was awesome. Saturday night was Youth night. Sunday was Church, then Sunday School potluck, Monday - can't remember, Tuesday was lunch with some friends and shopping, then parent teacher interviews... Wednesday I spent all day with Randy as he had the day off... ah yes then the boys got out early on Thursday and they had no school today! Wow, a week really does fly by.
I managed to have some 'play' time today and decided I wanted to make some Christmas cards for my 'artsy' friends. What better time to use my Artsy-bella stamp from Stamping Bella than now. I enjoyed piecing a funky outfit together for these gals. It was a little tricky using this for a Christmas card because it isn't really intended for one, but the shimmering ribbon adds a 'Christmasy' feel, I think it does anyway. I couldn't give it to everyone on my list though I know exactly the friends that will appreciate this card.
Thanks for stopping by my blog. Please leave a comment so that I know who stopped by.
Happy Creating!

Friday, November 23, 2007

It's-a-bella Cute Baby Shower Cards

Teddy-a-bella is such a cute stamp! I created these two cards this afternoon while watching my movie "Material Girls" and half listening to my son's computer playing 'Myth Busters', something about hot chili sauce and milk, and scaring elephants with little white mice (boys are a strange creature aren't they????) Lol. I have four friends having babies within the next year so I figured some shower cards might come in handy. Since I am selling the cards this year at Church chances that someone is throwing a shower for one of them is highly plausable, I think they will sell quite nicely.
Bella stamps are awesome because I can be creative with the outfits the images are wearing - it's almost like dressing a paper doll! How fun is that??? That was exactly what I was doing while watching my movie this afternoon, stamping mini-images of a pregnant outfit and cutting and pasting them on the image. As I've mentioned before I would love to have all the Bella images, but I don't want to be greedy!
Well, happy creating everyone! Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Nestabilities and New Scrapbook Paper... Aaaahhh!

What can be better than watching an old musical and making cards in the afternoon?

While watching "Singing In The Rain" for the first time ever, I managed to make these three cards using my new scrapbook paper (from Costco) and nestabilities die cuts. I love the layering effect of the nestabilities as well as the colors of the paper.
I always enjoy adding bling to my cards, as "bling" is the new "thing" for cards and well everything it seems. I'll just stick to bling for my cards thank you very much! It's rather funny that I picked up some bling gems from Future shop - they are originally intended for your cell phone. LOL. What do you need bling on your cell phone for anyway???
These cards were relatively simple to make by just layering the different colors of paper and the diecut shapes. The bottom strip I rounded off one side with my corner punch and added a gemmed brad. Nice effect I think. I remember just a couple months ago I was using my fiskars circle cutter to make circles, now I just run through them with my nestabilities and cuddlebug and voila!!! Sooooooo cool!
I am having fun.
Well, happy creating everyone! Thanks for stopping by.

Happy Cards

I went to Costco yesterday with the 'love of my life' and I just happen to walk down the stationary aisle... have you been down the stationary aisle lately? To my wonderful surprise I discovered the most beautiful scrapbook paper all packaged nice and neat in a 12x12 "pink" or "blue" box. What is so wonderful about this paper, you might ask? For $19.99 you get over 300 sheets and the patterns are exquisite! The most beautiful designs and in multiple color schemes. They are not double sided or as thick as some scrapbook paper, but I don't mind that at all. I was in my glory, and mentioned this to my husband and boys many times yesterday! By the end of the night, before I even spoke a word they would all say in unison, "YES MOM, WE KNOW... YOU LOVE YOUR PAPER!" Lol. I guess I had a smile on my face the entire evening, and oh ya... did I mention "I love my scrapbook paper"?
These cards are made with three different sheets of that gorgeous paper. The flowers on this particular pattern just happen to match a flower punch I got last month (by Martha Stewart Designs) and so I was able to punch out a smaller flower for the larger flower image shown on the paper. It worked out rather nicely if I do say so myself. I used my cuttlebug to cut out the letters. I am really enjoying my new discoveries lately.
Well everyone, happy creating... thanks for stopping by.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Circle's, Circle's, Circle's... Cards

I am having fun with my Nestabilities now that I am feeling well enough to use them. I wanted to create a card that had lot's of circles in different layers and this is what came out of it. I had to make a template for the circles and this was not exactly an easy process in making them all line up accordingly... in fact it was pretty much darn near impossible for me which you can see on some of the circles.
I like cards with lot's of detail but not too difficult to do and cards that are different, not just the 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" size. (although I still like making the usual cards too)
I saw a card with a similar idea on Splitcoast Stampers, www.splitcoaststampers.com, in which there were little windows on the front, and then those windows were layered with more windows and in the background were little Christmas images. It was so cute I had to make something like that. As you can probably gather from my previous cards, I am a huge Nativity nut. Those are my favorite cards to make.
Well I hope you enjoy these cards.
Happy Creating!

Cool New Tatt's

My son Joshua came home from school with a tattoo on his arm (temporary of coarse), the artist in me sprung to the surface the second I saw it! I thought it was the coolest image and I wanted to do one right away. What it is, is this...
1. You draw your name in capital letters JOSHUA (eg)with all letters touching each other.
2. Next write the name again but going backwards from right to left over top of the front way.
3. Then you draw a line through the middle, and then an X through the entire image like you are crossing it out.
4. Now you go outline the outside of the image with a black marker (washable ofcoarse)and then outline the inside white marks to achieve the finished look.

Pretty cool huh? I loved them. I now have three; one I did of my name, one Josh did on my right arm that say's "Daddy's Girl" (?), and then Ben drew "I Love You" on my left arm. Basically my whole family is covered in tattoos! How fun is that? Give it a try, I'm sure you will have lot's of fun!
Happy creating!

Friday, November 16, 2007

Nestability and Cuddle Bug Fun

As noted from my previous entry, I received my "Nestability" order this week and was able to make a few cards, little goodies. I love Christmas Crafts and so I will usually make up some different things other than just cards, so... while staring at my new 'scalloped small circle' Nestabilities and my Cuddle-bug, I decided to make up a Christmas gift-tag package. I love the stamp set that I got called "Snowman Nativity" from TAC. I stamped only the faces of Mary and Jesus on the smallest scalloped circle (with white cardstock), then layered it with the one size up scalloped circle on my "Michael's" Christmas Slab paper. Placed both circles on red cardstock, cut a piece of another colored Christmas slab paper and voila - there became the basis for my tags.
For the package I used 6x6 refill of scrapbooking page protectors, cut off the strip with the holes for placing in your scrapbook, then taped it onto a piece of cardstock approximately two inches longer than the top of the refill sheet where I score a line in the cardstock. Once folded down I can now decorate to my hearts delight. I used One large scalloped circle die cut (on Michael's Christmas Slab scrap paper) and two small scalloped layers with the Mary and Jesus, placed on either side of the the large circle. I then used my "Cropodile" to punch two holes in which to run ribbon through and tie the package together so that it will not open until ready for use.

The next project I did was the blue snow flake with the "Stampin-Up "City of David" stamped image on the large scalloped circle. I cut the card down two inches from 5 1/2" length to make it only 3 1/2" length. Then I measured and placed the scalloped cirle to reach the 5 1/2" length to properly fit in an envelope. I did not have the right blue for this project as I used 'Brocade Blue' (SU) ink when I needed a more 'Baby Blue' color to match the background scrapbook paper. So I enhanced it by chalking around the City and Words on the card and this helped me to be more satisfied overall with the card instead of focusing on the fact that I had the wrong blue. I am learning to broaden my horizon's when it comes to being perfect! LOL
Well enjoy. Happy Creating!

Newest Bellas

I haven't been producing too many cards lately... however I managed to make a few Bella's this week. "Merry Bella", "Gift-a-bella", and "Sista-bellas". I can't get enough "Bella" stamps - they are unique and fun. I love that I can stamp the image on scrap paper and cut out an outfit for the ladies. My girlfriend Nancy dropped off my 'Nestabilities' order of die cuts, and I was able to use the scalloped small circle die cuts for two of the Bella cards. What a great technique this is. Before they came along all I had was boring circles, now I have scalloped edges. I wish I would have purchased more though! I have been viewing many different cards using all sorts of 'Nestability' shapes and wished that I had them too! You can't get them all though! I love Christmas! I just don't like being sick during this season as I can't make and create all the cards I have wanted to - being in bed kind of limits one's crafting abilities.
Hopefully I am on the right medicine (after going on 6 weeks of Chronic Bronchitus) and I will be able to dig right in where I left off before I got sick. I finally figured out how to use my Flovent Disc (it's not just an easy inhaler these days - LOL), so at least it should be getting into my lungs the way it is supposed to.
Well happy creating! Enjoy these Bella's as I enjoyed making them!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

More Cards - Merry Christmas

I made a number of different layouts with these cards. I don't normally use only a sentiment to grace the front of the card, however this seemed to work out nicely with the sentiment being so large. I am not too sure what I think of these cards yet, maybe they will grow on me. I find that they are possibly lacking something though I am not sure what it is. That's where your comments come in handy! Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think about these. Thanks so much!
Happy creating!

New Cards and Feeling Better!

I haven't posted in a bit because I have bronchitis, so now I am able to post a few cards that I was able to work on while my boys and husband were at Fall Retreat with our Church. I know I really should have been resting, but when I am faced with a hugely quiet house, I cannot just rest in bed! I must do something... so I crafted and watched "Gilmore Girls Season 6" that I rented from Blockbuster (Not all of it of coarse, just two discs worth)! As I was resting I was able to read a new magazine I bought (Holiday Cards, Paper crafts) and I fell in love with a card by Lisa Johnson (Manger Scene). I have wanted to try this card out for a long time (as I have been sick for over a month!).
So... here is my rendition of (Manger Scene). I used last year's leftover scrap paper for the background. The stamp I used was from TAC - The Angel Company. I stamped it three times - first on ivory paper, then on brown paper, then on yellow paper and cut and pasted as needed for the layers. This was not too hard to do for me as I did it while laying in bed (more like sitting up) and needed something to do with my hands anyway. I love little details and getting my hands right into the projects I am working on. For some, they might find this a tedious task. At the top I punched out a circle and stamped a star, using the edge of (more mustard stamp spot from Stampin up) I just put a light mustard edge to the circle and lines coming from the star. I layered this on top of a (more mustard) cardstock triangle - representing the light shining down on the baby Jesus. The rest was just layering and embellishing. I like the cards to which I added some provo craft flowers, however it was not feasible to add this to each card as I did not have enough flowers and they would have been too expensive.
Happy Creating Everyone!

Friday, November 2, 2007

Snowmen Nativity Cards

This stamp set is the cutest little nativity set I have seen. I received this set through my girlfriend Nancy as she ordered from a lady in the States. I am not sure if the catalogue will be available in Canada or not. You can view it at:
Mrs. Nancy Grant
The Angel Company, Team Leader
(907) 852-5616
My TAC Website: http://nancygrant.ismyangel.net
It is a beautiful catalogue.
I enjoyed making these ornament cards. They really work well with the longer cards. This is the first year I have tried making longer cards. I like them.
The set is less expensive than other sets because they are not full sets mounted on wood - they come only with the stamps unmounted. I use them with an acrylic block until my husband makes me some wooden pieces to mount them on permanently.
The red card is more of a small card that spreads out and can also be used as a display for a Christmas Nativity. I really like this one.
Happy Creating!