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Sunday, November 20, 2011

3-D Advent Calendar

This project has kept me busy!  You see, I meet each month with a fun bunch of Stamp Club.  For this holiday season, I wanted to have them create something really different....we usually do cards and/or small 3-D projects.  This year, we created this Advent Calendar. 

Although I used as much as I could from Stampin'Up!, there really isn't much here.  SU really does offer many fabulous products....but, in my continued effort to use much of my "stash," this is what I came up with.  The focal point (inside) background of this calendar, was with 1 piece of scrapbook paper that I found in a store (non SU).  Since I needed quite a few of this particular design, it was the way for me to go! 

The Letter to Santa was computer generated on River Rock Cardstock, sponged and distressed.  The embossing folder used was a non-SU, but it just works perfectly for that little "letter," don't you think? 

This calendar came completely flat and needed to be totally assembled...we used Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue (Item #110755)....GREAT stuff!  The drawers are made of chipboard and also were they needed to be painted inside and on the base and wrapped with paper.  The numbers are also chipboard and were painted and added with Mini Glue Dots.  All paper was added using the fabulous SU Glue Sticks....not sure what makes them so special, other than the shape, but they really are the best and worked perfectly for this project!  All DSP was applied using our Glue Sticks.

I had loads of fun designing this project and all the ladies loved it.....and now we each have this wonderful keepsake to share with our families for years to come.  It did involve quite a bit of time, but was so worth the effort!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Note:  No supplies listed, as much is non-SU or has been retired.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

It's Beginning to Look a Little Like Christmas!

OK....I'm back!  First a power outage then no computer!  Life has certainly been crazy lately......and I've been really wanting to share this one with you.  I am happy with the way this one came out....I made this last month for a small shoe box swap that I participated in.

As you can see, I've used the new-this-year-set, Merry and Type.  Truthfully, this set didn't catch my eye until I saw some really, really wonderfully beautiful samples with it!  It's a fabulous set!!  For this version, the stamped image was embossed using Cherry Cobbler Embossing Powder over Versamark.  The white areas on the ornaments was "colored in" using the new Dazzling Details.  This stuff is so dries surprisingly quickly and is a bit more subtle than Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, but oh, so pretty! can find it in the Holiday Mini and it's really an inexpensive "must have" to add to your card creations.   Oh, and the extra little touch of the Basic Rhinestone in the center of the middle ornament just sets everything off, don't you think?!

Stamps:  Merry and Type
Inks:  Versamark
CS:  Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler
Big Shot:  Perfect Details Texturz Plate
Misc:  White Gel Pen, Cherry Cobbler EP, Dazzling Details, Basic Rhinestones, Scallop Trim Border Punch

Thanks so much for stopping by and visiting today! 

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Christmas is Coming!

The Christmas season is almost here!  Are you ready?  I know that I certainly am not.....not even close.  BUT, I am trying to come up with my Christmas card design.  It's certainly time, don't you think?   It's another card (as promised in my last post!) in Wild Wasabi and Cherry Cobbler.  I just love this color combination!!

Actually, this is a sample of a recent swap I participated in last month.  It wasn't a large one....this time, I only needed 11 of them....easy!  Lots of little details....and steps....

As you can see, I used the wonderful Snowburst Embossing Folder.  Over top, is a piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock that was embossed with one of the new Designer Frame embossing folders (it's a set of two).  I really enjoy using this embossing works perfectly with the Wide Oval Punch, which is how the white oval was created for the inside.   No need to cut out an oval....Stampin'Up! has made it easy for us....the Whisper White oval was simply punched from a scrap.  This really sets off the punched stocking that is the focal point.  The Stitched Stocking stamp set and Stocking Builder Punch (both from the Holiday Mini Catalog) made the creation of this stocking so easy!  And check out the sparkly toe and heal....from Silver Glimmer Paper, also from the Holiday Mini.  Add in a bit of Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine and a Basic Rhinestone....and of course, a greeting and it's complete!

Stamps:  Stitched Stockings, Petite Pairs
Inks:  Cherry Cobbler, Wild Wasabi
CS:  Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Wild Wasabi, Silver Glimmer Paper
Big Shot:  Snowburst EF, Designer Frame EF
Punches:  Wide Oval, Word Window, Modern Label, Stocking Builder, Corner Rounder
Misc:  Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine, Multi-Purpose Adhesive (to adhere bow), Basic Rhinestone

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Final Edition of My GoDiva Swap

WOW!  New Jersey weather has always been unpredictable, but this last week we had an unprecedented snowstorm on October 29.  We only had about 6 inches of that really heavy-wet-type snow, but not far from here they had a foot or more.  The biggest problem with the snow was that many of our trees have yet to loose their leaves!  Seeing the ground covered with snow and the trees above the snow with still-green leaves was quite the site!

So, the result of the heavy snow and all the leaves still on their branches was way to much weight for the trees to bare, so limbs...and trees!....came crashing down everywhere!  Meaning, that many wires came down with the branches.  So, we, along with so, so many of our neighbors, had no power for a few days!  Some neighborhoods looked like war zones.  Having no electric or heat....and of course, no internet!,  for a few days sure makes you appreciate some of the little things in life!  You haven't lived until you've cooked had to cook a meatloaf on your gas grill!  LOL  But, slowly, things are returning to normal around here....but all those broken trees will be around to remind us of this last storm for a very long time! 

Now that my power is back, I can freely use my computer (was conserving the battery on my laptop for emergencies!), and post my final Go Diva Swap from last month.  I must have been in a red and green mood, because if you notice, that is what my last post, this post, and even the next one (coming soon!) all were made of!  This card is a fairly simple, basic layout, all dressed up.....

The Whisper White background layer was impressed with that wonderful, new Snowburst Embossing Folder and layered onto Wild's a definite must add to your collection item!  Across the center is a layer of Wild Wasabi that was cut with the fabulous Lace Ribbon Border Punch....but what really sets it all off is that scrumptious Cherry Cobbler Quilted Ribbon that lays across the border!....doesn't that ribbon just make this card looks so amazing?!!   The focal centerpiece layers are on Dimensionals and check out that little Basic Rhinestone in place of the dot over the "i" in King.  I am really happy with this card, even if it isn't clever and innovative!  Instead, maybe it's a bit classy and traditional?

Stamps:  The Sounding Joy
Inks:  Cherry Cobbler, Wild Wasabi
CS:  Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Wild Wasabi
Big Shot:  Snowburst EF
Misc:  Dimensionals, Basic Rhinestones, Lace Ribbon Border Punch, Cherry Cobbler Quilted Ribbon, Stamp-a-ma-jig (It's a MUST for proper placement of these 2 stamps!!)

Thanks so much for stopping by today and visiting!


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