Sunday, November 29, 2009

Christmas Through a Window

Happy Sunday Everyone!
Have you recovered from Thanksgiving yet? We had leftovers on Friday. Last night we had a belated Thanksgiving with our friends, Joe & Anne, and we came home with leftovers for two days! Don't you just love those no cooking days and reheating days?!?!? Leaves a lot more time for crafting!
This is the Christmas card I made for Wolfgang this year. I have to admit, it was quite time consuming to make.
The card base is SU Bashful Blue. The window was made from a 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 piece of white card stock and the panes were made with a 1 1/4 square punch. As the punch didn't reach far enough into the card, I drew the squares and then cut them with an X-Acto knife. The 'glass' is a 3 1/4 x 3 1/4 piece of SU medium weight clear window sheet. I used Crystal Effects and glitter to create the icicles. The snow on the bottom left pane is Liquid Applique and glitter. The snowflakes were stamped in SU Whisper White Craft and embossed with white embossing powder. The larger snowflakes are a stamp from the retired SU Holiday Collection set and the smaller snowflakes are a Judith stick.
Now, on to the inside of the card.
The fireplace is a 2 x 3 piece of Close to Cocoa that I scored every 1/4" and then every other inch to create the bricks. I ran a Versamarker along the score lines and embossed with white powder. I punched a square out and attached a piece of black card stock to the back of the fireplace to create the opening. The flames were cut from Summer Sun and inked with Pumpkin Pie and Real Red. I hand cut the stockings from Glorious Green and Real Red. The poinsettias (from the retired SU Holiday Minis set) were stamped on watercolor paper and embossed in Gold. I used Old Olive, Real Red, and So Saffron markers to watercolor them. The candle holders are a 5/8 circle of Brushed Gold cut in half with little strips of white and yellow for the candles and flames. The rug in front of the fireplace was stamped in Real Red on Whisper White and punched with a small oval. The stamp is from the SU Holiday Best Level 1 Hostess set.
The tree is Old Olive cut with a Sizzix die. The star was punched from Brushed Gold and the ornaments are various colors made with the MS Ornament border punch. The tree skirt is Real Red using the Scalloped Circle punch. The little teddies on the skirt are Close to Cocoa and were made with one of those $1 bin stamps that you need to step on to get to punch! The train is an MS border punch.
The picture below was my inspiration for this card. First, I have to tell you that my mother has a beautiful (and real) white brick fireplace in her family room. But, this artificial fireplace in her living room is what always gets decorated for the different holidays.

Well, that was a long post and a lot of 'talking' for me! Thanks for visiting and enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Ornament Money Holders

Happy Black Friday!
I hope everyone had an enjoyable Thanksgiving. I was so stuffed yesterday I didn't even have dessert! Believe me, I rarely skip dessert!
So, was anyone out early today shopping??? I was at Sams, Bealls, Michaels, and Bed, Bath, & Beyond.
How about these adorable Ornament Money Holders?!?!? Carolina has a tutorial posted on her blog. As I like to give the kids money rather than gift cards, I thought these were a great idea. I immediately made them for my two nieces and for Wolfgang's granddaughter.
I made mine 4 1/4 square rather than 4. I used a Coluzzle to cut the circles. The back circles were cut at the second circle in from the outside. The layered circles and half circles were cut at the third circle in from the outside. Am I making sense?!?!?
Products used:
Embossing Powder: Stampin' Stuff Detail White
Ink - SU Real Red & Whisper White Craft / Versafine Majestic Blue
Paper - SU Bashful Blue, Brilliant Blue, Glorious Green, Real Red, Whisper White
Me & My Big Ideas PP, The Paper Patch PP, Silver Metallic Card Stock
Punch - SU Ornament & 1 3/8 circle
I don't have the Round Tab Punch, so I drew my own for the 'ornament hangers'
Ribbon - Offray Straight 'n Narrow / Wrights Metallic Cord / Silver Thread
Stamps - SU Delightful Decorations, Frosty (retired), & Holiday Collection (retired)
Judith stick and unknown German stamp
Thanks for stopping by. I wish you a very 'crafty' Friday.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Poinsettia Basket

Happy Sunday Everyone!
I am so pleased about how this card turned out! IRL it is gorgeous (if I do say so myself!).
I used SU Brushed Gold card stock for the basket. The weaving was done with 5 pieces cut at 1/2 x 5 1/4 and 9 pieces cut at 1/2 x 2 3/4. The back of the basket was cut at 2 3/4 x 5 1/4. I used 1/4 Real Red ribbon along the top of the basket. The 'Merry Christmas' sentiment is from the Level 1 Hostess Set-Holiday Best. I stamped it in Real Red on Whisper White, used my oval punch, and layered it on Real Red punched with the Scalloped Oval punch. The poinsettia (from the retired SU Holiday Minis set) is stamped and embossed in Gold, and watercolored using Old Olive, Real Red, and So Saffron markers. After I trimmed it, I adhered it with a dimensional.
The flowers were made from Old Olive and Real Red card stock using the 5-Petal Flower punch. I brushed the edges of the flowers with Gold ink. They are attached with dimensionals to watercolor paper cut at 4 1/2 x 5 1/2. The sentiment is from the SU Heard from the Heart set. The poinsettia on the 'pull-out' was done the same as the one on the front of the basket.
Thanks for stopping by. Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Cupcake Inspiration Challenge #33

Happy Saturday!
I would like to thank everyone for their kind comments and E-mails regarding my luggage mishap. I had all my clothes cleaned and Delta should be refunding the money for the cleaning and the three packages of paper that were damaged.
Now, on to this week's Cupcake Inspiration Challenge. When I saw the yummy cupcakes Rachel posted this week I knew right away that I would use my new MS leaf punches. The card base is SU Close to Cocoa layered with Summer Sun and Really Rust (inside of card). I don't know what make the patterned leaf paper is as it was a scrap I had. I inked the edge of the leaves with Colorbox Lipstick Red and attached them with pop dots. The sentiment was stamped in Versafine Sepia and it is from SU's Heard from the Heart set.
I'm just finishing an awesome (in my opinion!) Christmas card so please stop by again tomorrow.
Happy Crafting!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Beanie Gift Card Holder

Hi Everyone!

Have you missed me?!?!? I've missed you! I'm finally back in FL! We had a terrible trip down from NY--delayed flights because of the storm through Atlanta and my luggage got soaking wet which meant that most of the contents got wet too. Most of my clothes were soggy and dirty. And, three packs of paper were ruined--12 x 12 SU Pumpkin Pie, SU Flowers for You DSP, and a 12 x 12 K & Co Christmas stack! The worst part is the loss of the DSP :(
On a happier note, my SU order arrived yesterday. I immediately had to play with the ornament stamp set and matching punch (like I have nothing to do in the house after being away for six months!).
So, how about this adorable Beanie Gift Card Holder?!?!? Carolina had the tutorial posted on her blog and I wanted to give it a try. I made the pom pom on the top of the beanie from two MS flower punches. The Ornament and 'Winter' are stamped in Tempting Turquoise. The beanie only look minutes to make and is so darn cute. I will definitely be making more of them. Next time I plan to emboss the beanies.
Thanks for stopping by and listening to my sad story! Now that I am back home I plan to be crafting and posting more often.