Christmas cards I made this year - Christmas tree made out of the Stampin Up scallop punch. (as seen on Dawn's Stamping Thoughts, she has a wonderful site and walkthrough videos are great!) Also a penguin card I made with stickers and my new cute Sizzix texture Boutique machine. (So cute in the shape of a purse!!! :)
I love to spread cheer this time of year. There is one easy way to get a big smile out of someone - Chocolate! Who doesn't love it? Even if you don't, the pretty shiny wrappers they come in are enough to warm any heart. I feel this time of year were always pressed for time so I made these little gift bags for the gals I work with. They were quick, easy and fun! I used a package of Martha Stewart treat bags, painted metal embellishments on the ribbon, and stamped Happy Holidays along with 3-D holiday stickers on the inside back of bags. Add a little chocolate and you’re done!
He is made entirely of punches! I used black brads for his eyes and scallop,circle, flower punches to create his body. Here's the link for instructions I borrowed. :) http://stampinginspiration.blogspot.com/2009/11/technique-thursday-thankful-tom-turkey.html
The same template I used for the princess shoe is now a Witches Shoe.
From Michael's I used Fabric Fancies Flowers, and Halloween printed brads for the spider webs. I also used Stampin Up tag punches. (A little secret shhh) paint samples squares from the hardware store are perfect for that unique look. Use Stazon to make sure the image doesn't smear. :)
I wanted to share a closer look of the fingers made out of soap. I used a hand jello mold (ebay), bought melt and pour soap, soap dye and fake press on nails. And wala a Halloween invite you can reuse :)
OOOO It's almost Halloween! This year my sister-in-law is having a Halloween anniversary/party to celebrate her one year wedding anniversary :).
Here are the invites, complete with blood soaked (red food coloring) gauze for ribbon, crystal effect for the black widow spiders, and bones along with a cut off finger made from soap!
To see more detail just double click on the image :)
No party is complete without goodies :). I found some cute little white boxes at our local dollar store. We used Stampin Up punches, ink, and my secret tool the cricut for the balloons. The balloons were cut on paper that has a sticky back making them perfect because of the strings being so delicate.
My daughter turned 9! She really wanted something different and decided on a Lego Bowling Party. My middle daughter drew the lego people bowling and Rachel colored each one different. We added a bowling ball and pin for that extra pizazz. They were really fun to make best of all the bowling ball was made from circle punches :).
A friend of mine at work had a baby shower. She wants the baby to be a surprise! I found it very hard to find the perfect colors to use as I am so use to doing blue or pink LOL. The cute booties have real ribbon in the shoe laces and were too cute to pass up.
I bought some glitter dragonfly stickers awhile back, and they were pushed out of sight. So I pulled them out and came up with this soft but subtle Thank You card. For extra detail I put pop up dots on the wings so it seems it's flying right off the card. I used bleach for the cherry blossom (Stampin Up) stamp which just happen to come out with a hint of pink, and versa mark for the (Stampin Up) swirls stamp. If you click on it you can see more details of the dragonfly.
For my nephew's birthday I made a summer themed card. In the background I used Versa Mark for the bubbles and found the cute ribbon at Michael's. The circles and wave looking paper I cut from my Cricut. It's hard to see in the picture but the red spots on the inner tube were colored in with a red glitter pen :) If you click on the picture it should super size to see more of the details.
I forgot to add these in a prior post with my Halloween cards. My version of the famous Frankie card and goodie bags. If you missed my other Halloween card ideas just flip on back via bottom of the page or there is a link to take you to my older posts. :) Enjoy!
My final stamp night for the season with our Stampin Up Demo. She saved the best for last we made these beautiful cards with bleach. That's right who knew you could clean and stamp at the same time LOL! You just add bleach to a paper towel and walla that is your stamp pad. After you stamp don't forget to rinse your stamps so the bleach doesn't ruin them. It actually helps clean them to. I love this card! Soooo pretty.....
It took a while to put these together even though I started way before the Staff Appreciation Day. Why so long? Well I ran out of tape and ribbon and of course they had to have ribbon it's like icing on a cake LOL. Here they are all 100 of them, they look so cool I should store them in the freezer YUM! (Again these are not my own creation but from some fabulous people on splitcoast stampers I just borrowed the idea.)
This year for Teacher/Staff Appreciation we wanted to do something a little different. Instead of handing out apple items, we went with gift cards to Starbucks. Yummm! The tins are from Michael's (after Christmas sale) then I used the scallop punch and Thank you stamp from Stampin Up. For that extra touch I used crystal effects in the "o" and inside it says "Thanks a latte" in the shape of a coffee cup. I used chalk to match the tin they were in. They were a big hit and fun to make.
I love going to stamp night! You get to relax and stamp till your hearts content. I love my family but it's nice to have some "me" time and not have any care in the world except for what colors and stamp set to use LOL :)
We made these cute wipe off boards my demos idea of course :) She is so wonderful and clever to come up with items that can be stamped besides just cards. Here we did 4 layers of card stock. 2 yellow, 2 white, stamped the cute bees and slid them into a acrylic photo frame. Punched a hole in the bottom, ran beautiful ribbon through it and sticky taped the expo marker. Wala instant wipe off board. She also added a magnet on the back for it to hang on the fridge. I actually use mine at work for important notes, also this could be good for Earth Day as your not using paper. Just wipe and you're done!
Another challenge card - My Stampin Up demonstrator sent us a mysterious flower to see what we would come up with. Ta Da! Simple but elegant, I wanted to stamp the flower but I was afraid it wouldn't take. When I attended stamp night a gal there stamped hers and it looked beautiful! I used a button type brad and Stampin Up rub-ons, and stamped enjoy in white ink.
My daughter's birthday party we decided to go with "Movie Night" theme. And wow was it fun. We used our imaginations and got to work. The invites turned out really nice we used $1 store generic invites, used a circle punch on the corners and finished it off with some stickers and walla instant ticket invites. We also found these cute little gift boxes which we filled with candy, punched a circle at the top for that extra pizazz and put the guests names on them. We had a local bakery Baker Wee make the cake. And WOW did they do an awesome job. But then again they always do :).
I realize winter is over but alas I have another cute picture I didn't want to loose. :) I made these for the gals at my work at Christmas time. The cute little buckets I got - you guessed it on clearance at Target. They were in the wedding section, I added foam circles and carrot nose, along with rub on snowflakes for cheeks from Michael's. The Snowman Soup poem was borrowed from a creative person on the web, and so was the cup template. These were also a big hit at our school to help raise funds at our annual Santa Workshop. I used gold and blue ink with a swirl acrylic stamp from Michael's.
Here are 2 card samples I made using my early Christmas Present the wow, mouth dropping, eyes popping out of my head CRICUT MACHINE. Not just any Cricut machine the new fancy bells and whistles Expression machine. I was totally caught of guard and wanted this bad! My wish list to Santa must have went express North Pole mail as I never in my dreams thought I would get this as a gift! I am one happy and blessed gal.
I wanted to share my Halloween Cards I made before I lost the files. These were super easy! I used Halloween background paper 3-D stickers from Michael's (cat & spiders) embellished with Halloween brads also from Michael's. I also wanted to mention that most if not ALL my paper comes from my wonderful husband who works for a print shop. He brings me odds and ends and he also donate some to the local school. I LOVE the variety and unique pieces I get. Some even have fabric or leaves folded into them. Ok so back to the cards :) black card stock from hubby, Stampin Up Bitty Boos Set and Witch Shoes (which have orange ribbon buckles) and Halloween stamp from Michael's $1 bargain bin.
This year's appreciation lunch theme is summer pool party complete with creamsicle thank you cards. This is not an original by me, I borrowed the idea from some great stampers from splitcoaststampers. And a very kind friend whom I've met through freecycle borrowed me her Tart and Tangy set from Stampin Up thank you Susan! :)