Friday, November 18


Online Extravaganza

How fun!! 
The Online Extravaganza, our annual sale to kick off the holiday shopping season, will begin Monday, November 21, 2011, and run through Wednesday, November 30, 2011.
It's important to log into my online store to place your order: that will get you the best possible pricing.

There is going to be great deals like FREE digital downloads valued at $40 when you buy My Digital Studio Express, 60 percent off select Designer Fabrics, and 30 percent off an exclusive ribbon bundle!
In addition, there will be two surprize items on sale for 24 hours only (November 21, 12:01 AM - 11:59 PM [MT])-so make sure you don't miss the first 24 hours of the Online Extravaganza!


Thursday, November 17


HI Y'ALL!!  I am back with another Christmas card like I promised.  We ran out of time at my class so we never got to make this card, but they are coming back again so we can make it.  It is an awesome card even if I do say so myself.  And I give a lot of credit to Ann Schach because she gave me this idea with her painted ornament card.  However, no paint used here, only embossing powder.

 Ok, where to begin?  Well, I used very vanilla card stock and put it thru the big shot with the square lattice embossing folder.  That is adhered to the base of the card.  Then I used layers of wild wasabi and cherry cobbler card stock underneath the stamped image.

  I stamped the image with versamark and then used fine gold embossing powder and my heat gun.  After heating the gold embossing powder, I then used my versamarker and painted in the ornaments and used wild wasabi and cherry cobbler embossing powder mixed with iridescent ice embossing powder to make sure it shines a bit.

On the round image I used the iridescent ice mixed with the colors.  On the harlequin ornament I used more straight color without the ice.  On the main gold ornament, I adhered multicolored mini beads (retired) with glue.

I would love to hear what you think of my design.  And again, thanks out to Ann for her beautiful card and the inspiration to make mine.

I am going to use this card for my mail outs to my family and friends this year.  I really enjoyed making it.

If you decide to make a card like mine, I would LOVE to see what you do.  And if you post it on your blog, please give credit back to me.  Thanks!

Happy Thanksgiving next week.  I won't be posting until the holiday is over.

Monday, November 14


My all-time favorite creation for Christmas is the J-O-Y banner that I store in the tin DVD cases from the clearance rack.  We made these for class last week and we had a blast with them.  They all turned out so beautiful too!!

 I put it longways on the stampin up desktop protectors so you could see the length we made it.  the squares are the scallop square die for the big shot.  The ribbon is the 1 1/4" stripped ribbon, then we punched out christmas trees and ornaments with the SU punches.  Also used buttons and ribbon for deco as well.  Now below is each letter up close to get a better view.

 With the square scallop punch we stamped out from the designer Christmas paper to decorate the J.
 Used the ornament punch and the Letters to Santa  DSP to punch out an ornament and hung with gold cord, bells and a ribbon
 For the Y we used the Pennant punch to make the Christmas tree, used the pearls to decorate the tree and then glued on a designer button with a 1/8 ribbon tied to it.

Here is the Y block again so you can see the bottom of the banner.  We tied a 1/2" ribbon onto the large ribbon and snipped the ends to add detail.  Then glued a large pearl onto the knot.

What do you think?  The back is the same color scalloped square to make it finished AND can be the place where you journal, etc. to make it your Christmas card!!

I decorated the dvd tin with the Letters to Santa designer paper cut outs and some ribbon to tie it shut.  What a pretty Christmas "card" to receive, don't you think?  IF you use my idea, please send them to my blog here in your description as a courtesy.  Thank you!!  Enjoy making this FUN banner with no ink involved this time!!

Thursday, November 10


HEY Y'ALL, We had the best time last night at my Christmas Card class.  We were a smaller class than normal, but that just made it more personal and more fun.  We made some awesome cards that I would like to share with you.  IF you decide to use my ideas, PLEASE be kind and give me credit for them.  It is how we roll, right?

The first card below is what I call a funky fold card.  The base of my card is cherry cobbler card stock.
The two outside edges went through the big shot with the petals a plenty embossing folder, then I added dots of Dazzling Details for accents.  I stamped the Stocking stamp with old olive ink on white card stock, then punched it out with the Stocking Builder punch.  I punched out the top, heel and top of the stocking out of silver glimmer paper.  It adds a special bling.  I used designer paper behind the stocking.  I stamped with cherry cobbler ink the sentiment on pear pizzazz card stock and fussy cut the top.  I think this is the LAGNIAPPE or special finish to make the card special, don't you?  I love how it sits up on the designer paper - it is just the perfect touch.

Thanks to Create with Dee for the idea of just embossing the two outside edges with the embossing folder.  Hi Dee Slater!!

I would love to hear your comments on this card.

Card Two:  This card is from an idea from the web = I can't remember whose site it was, but I love the idea.  I used the northern flurry embossing folder that was brayered with ink first.  This is how I got the white snowflakes on the card.

Marina mist and bashful blue ink and card stock, decorative label punch for the sentiment, rhinestones in the middle of the die cut snowflakes, and then dazzling details here and there on the embossed snowflakes are what make this card.  I used the ruffled Island Indigo ribbon on the top.  You can't see the bling very well but it is quite elegant in person.

Card 3:
Got Treats stamp set is what I used for this card.  Love this little gingerbread boy.  Last year's designer series paper was used as well as old olive card stock.  Red fine glitter was used on his little buttons and it was all finished off with olive and white striped ribbon.  Last night we also added a layer of red glimmer paper behind the dsp and in front of the old olive card stock.  It really made it POP.

This candle matches the card for the perfect gift.
It is just a belly band around the candle that can be removed when it is lit.  Such a cutie patootie gingie.

Two more projects I will share with you tomorrow.  One is my absolute favorite!!

Still cleaning up and putting supplies away from last night's fun. Go get some inky fingers y'all!!

Friday, November 4


YIPPEE, YAHOO AND HORRAY.  I have a BRAND NEW LAP TOP.  I got my Christmas and birthday present early from my daughter and son in law.  They are so AWESOME!!  I was limping along with a very VERY old desktop (over 10 yrs old) and it was, as my mom would say, "slower than death on crutches."  But now I have my super ROOMIE ZOOM ZOOM (Scooby would say) lap top and am ready to burn up the internet with speed.

I have been planning for my Christmas Card Class and Christmas Tags Classes coming up starting next week.  Now I am cutting and cutting all the supplies for these events.  It will be SO VERY FUN.  Don't forget to sign up with me ASAP because when they are full, I will have to close the classes.  You will be so sad if you miss these!!

I am also in the planning stage of a CHRISTMAS ADVENT GIFT BOX CALENDAR class that goes along with the 25 Days and Counting stamp set for a wonderful GIFT.  As soon as I complete all my details, I will be giving you the dits on this.

Do you remember that I am a Hallmark Retail Merchandiser for my local grocery stores?  WELL, this is HELL WEEK for me.  I am putting up all my Christmas and Thanksgiving cards, gift wrap, gifts, etc. and it takes many, many hours per store to first get the displays up and then to fill with all the merchandise.  My back is killing me from hauling the large boxes that were shipped with all my merchandise, I smashed my hand and have a huge lump and broken blood vessels on the back of it.  (Now it is turning a lovely shade of purple, thank you very much!) BUT I only have a bit more to go on one store and it will all be up and completed!!  WAHOO  I really enjoy my Hallmark job, but this hell week is pure hell and I am glad when it is over.

Sorry to ramble on in this post.  I will show you a card and then sign off.