Saturday, December 31, 2011

Isn't this stunning? One of my friends made this beautiful birthday card just for me!! The stamp set she used is called Four Frames. Here is link to her blog. Hop on over and take a look. She has a list of all of the supplies she used. Thank you, Monika. I love it!!

Picture Frame Calendar

This is one of the January 21st and 22nd class projects. I made this calendar using an acrylic photo frame. The other months are tucked away in the back. Just pull off the old month and add a bit of SNAIL to stick on the new month. I used a Sale-A-Bration stamp set called Fresh Vintage. It will be available Jan. 24th. With every $50 you spend you get to choose something free... like this stamp set! You can also choose the designer paper I used called Everyday Enchantment or the matching ribbon also called Everyday Enchantment. I used my Big Shot and the new labels collection framelits die to cut out around the flowers. It makes layering a breeze. My colors are soft suede, calypso coral, lucky limeade, and pool party. I used markers directly on the rubber for the big flowers, ink pads for the rest. Come on over and make one with us. I would love to have you. 

Friday, December 30, 2011

Northern Frost Glass Block

I love snow. I don't know how I managed to migrate to the south. I was born a Yankee! We rarely get snow here in Memphis and when we do get it, it melts by noon. Sigh.

This time I tried embossing on the glass but it didn't work. So I used the Northern Frost die,  my Big Shot, and some glossy cardstock. Picking out those tiny little pieces took some time but after that all I did was use some SNAIL to adhere them, added some rhinestones on and around the flakes, added some mica flakes inside, and tied a marina mist striped ribbon around it. I tried lights inside but you couldn't see the snowflakes when the lights were on. The mica chips are perfect!This really is beautiful. Very peaceful, too.

Decor Elements Glass Block

I saw something like this in Pinterest but is was a shadow box. What a great place to spend oodles of hours! I found these blocks at Lowe's for 50% off. The decor element is a current one, but it is only available in red now. I bought this one about two years ago. I found it while cleaning out my stamping closet. The jingle bells are on clearance at Walgreen's. The ribbon is on the Stampin' Up! clearance rack (red striped). I found the red sparkle pick in my Christmas wrapping box. I put the decor element (6x71/4) on the glass,  dumped in the bells (2 sizes- large and small), tied the ribbon, added the pick, then added another bow because I wanted to make it look fuller. Minutes to make, a year to wait to use it, lol! Really, it would make a wonderful gift for someone next Christmas.

Fashionable Hearts Picture

I must say that Christmas snuck up on me yet once again. I am going to make up for not posting much in December. This is my first creation with the new hearts embossing folder in the mini available starting Jan. 4th called Fashionable Hearts. It is just like my favorite butterfly folder called Beautiful Wings. The folder cuts and embosses all at the same time. The hearts have dots, stripes, houndstooth, and other raised patterns on them. So cute and only $11.95! You will also need your Big Shot, some rhinestones, cardstock scraps  (I used subtles and brights), and some striped ribbon (I used melon mambo). I found the picture frame in my closet while I was decluttering. It is 12x15. It came with a mat, I used some white striped designer paper from  the neutrals pack to back it. It took me about 4 hours from beginning to end. Cutting out the hearts takes minutes. Laying them on takes hours. I tried to stick with the color order of the rainbow, ROYGBIV. I used SNAIL to adhere them. The rhinestones are added randomly. I love my Big Shot. The new accessories that will be available Jan. 4th for it are wonderful. I hope you saved some Christmas money!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Hello, Doily

I finally got this to work. I didn't know there was no vanilla embossing powder. The trick is to stamp it in versamark and emboss with CLEAR powder on vanilla cardstock. Then you take a sponge and swirl color over it. The image just pops right out at you! I tried soft suede and crumb cake but they looked old and dirty. I like bright and happy so I used wisteria wonder ink on the sponge. Can I just say WOW??? I stamped a few of the Delicate Doilies images on it after I did the sponging (some full strength, some stamped off). I just wiped off the embossed image when I was finished to make the images appear to be under the big doily. I tied a piece of vanilla seam binding around it. Still not quite happy I added a cut out from the lace ribbon border punch, and antique brad, and a jewelry tag stamped using a word from Fabulous Phrases. I mounted this on a piece of concord crush cardstock after I rounded all the corners.
We will be making this card this weekend at the stamping class. Come and play with us!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Glass Ornament

This is so beautiful!! I used a glass ornament with a flat front and attached a snowflake I cut out from the Northern frost die and my Big Shot. The silver glimmer paper is gorgeous! I punched little 1/4 inch circles out of the leftover glimmer paper from the snowflake and attached them all around. Inside are some micha chips from the current mini. I tied ribbons around the top, one satin and one organdy. The trick to this was NOT to use glue. It slid all around. I actually used SNAIL to attach the glimmer pieces. I added a small rhinestone to the middle of the snowflake. It does take a bit of time to pop out the pieces of the snowflake but it is worth it.
Come on over this weekend and make one. Class times are Saturday at 1:00 and Sunday at 2:00. RSVP so I can have a kit ready for you.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Junior Mints and Brownies

This is an easy treat and sooooo good! Make your favorite brownies, melts some junior mints on top (about 3 minutes in the oven), spread, and eat! You could sprinkle crushed candy canes on them, too.
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