Sunday, November 30, 2008

A Teacher Gift

This is a door sign for my daughter's teacher. I took a piece of cardboard and cut it down and applied Tim Holtz's Crackle paint to the outer sides which are visible. Then I used PTI blush for the cardstock background and ribbon and used a thick glue to adhere the buttons to the white cardstock. I think it turned out really cute and it will go with her monogramed theme gift I am giving her. Thanks for looking! I am having a very crafty weekend! Tha mojo is flowing... Lisa

Cupcards to go kits!

I just recently found this site and can I tell you I am already a huge fan! I made 12 cards from this kit last night! I am so loving the kit and this company that makes card kits monthly. I was so excited about it, I even got my sister to order a kit. :) So, here are a few that I made last night! My favorite out of this group is the bottom card with the snowman! Cute addition to your winter stamp sets (love this one)...I purchased it from CHF and it is of course a Kim Hughes! (I am her biggest fan if you didn't know...LOL!)

Saturday, November 29, 2008

My sister Visits

This card uses a kim hughes sentiment available at CHF! I just love Kim's font style and usually grab her stamps to add something to my card. :)
Inque boutique sentiment stamp. American crafts papers.

Scrap ribbon and the cute deer is from one of my Unity stamps kotm! The ribbon idea is cased from the Whiff of joy blog and this post.

My sister came for Thanksgiving and we had so much fun! We went to see the movie Four Christmases which was hysterical and highly recommended and then we did a "sisters stamp camp." We cased a few of the cards. The Joy card is cased from kWerner's blog. The ribbon trees were a case we found while looking around also, but when we went back to credit the blog, we couldn't find sorry. It was a very cute idea and I had seen it a couple times before, but we just used a whole bunch of ribbon scraps and they came out so cute! Sister is on her way home now, so she will post her cards from home! Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

{It's a PTI Floral Frenzy}

Good evening! I've had some camera issues, some computer issues, etc. so I'm in a mad dash to get my card posted. Here's some details on the card---*love* love* love* PTI Ripe Avocado & Dark Chocolate along with Vintage Cream. The stamp and flower are from my November Scarlet Lime Kit though I did deconstruct the flower to add a layer of an old book page :-) Love that trick. I ran down to my basement to find one I could live with cutting up--all in the name of creativity of course. The flower is made from a layer of cordoroy velvet, a crinkled piece of patterned paper, an old book page, and that kind of fabric that keeps rugs from slipping around. Don't you love my technical explanation, he he. I also used PTI Polka Dot Basics and my threading water punch. Enjoy the blog hop & Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 17, 2008

{A Christmas Cigar Box}

Of course it's not full of Opus X or Ashtons but beautiful monogrammed stationery. I have been wanting to do this ever since Nichole shared it during a PTI countdown one year ago. The unfortunate thing is that I don't think PTI carries the cigar box anymore but it's made by Cosmo Cricket. You might luck out somewhere else on the web! The stationery kit is PTI, the stamps are PTI, and the paper is from Crate Paper. The ink is Kiwi Kiss from SU. I made this for a co-worker for Christmas. It has monogrammed paper with a detailed paper strip at the bottom, envelopes and monogrammed stickers to close the letter with. The binding tape is from Heidi Swapp. This was a little time consuming but Nichole's tutorial is great!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

{A Little Birdie Told Me}

It's my niece's 1 year old birthday party today so I stamped a quick card. I actually completely cased a card that we made on the Stamp + Cruise so Nichole gets all the credit. What I loved about this card was the metallic mist spray. On the cruise we used spring moss paper and the gold metallic spray. Since my niece's party is going to be pink and brown, I chose sweet blush and and tried out the silver metallic spray. The silver spray came out a little darker than I expected so I had to redo the base. I think I'm going to have to play a bit more with the silver spray :-) Have a great Saturday.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

A Handmade Christmas

I am so inspired to make my Christmas gifts this year. With all the awesome inspiration on the 'blogging circut' I have tons and tons of ideas! Hot chocolate/marshmallow wraps...home baked goodies with cute packaging and lots and lots of notecard gift sets! I will use this one as a gift too! Stamps are from Kim Hughes and you can get them from Cornish Heritage Farms! I included 4 notecards and envelopes. Have a great day! Lisa

Sunday, November 9, 2008

{Scrapbooking & Stamping Bella}

Well, it's just a quiet lazy Sunday here...hopefully you are enjoying the same. I've been in my stamp room most of the day. First I was trying to clean and organize...pretty hopeless situation. Then I moved on to working on a scrapbook from the Stamp + Cruise. One of my sister's bags never made it onto the ship. It had this scrapbook in it that she made me along with one she did for herself. We thought for sure they were lost somewhere never to be found. Thankfully we found the bag at the pier!! I was so excited to get this back and I know she was too. Anyway, I got it finished today but need to add some more pages. Here's the cover :-)

The other thing I wanted to post today are 2 of my favorite cards that we did using Stamping Bella stamps. I love both of these images!! I think the cards turned out really cute. We colored using mineral spirits and of course added some embella-ishments! EmilyBella is the funniest gal you could ever meet. She felt like a true sistah the moment Lisa and I met her. She is down-to-earth, genuine, funny, and so much fun to be around. Thanks for all of your generosity Emily! You rock!!

Monday, November 3, 2008

{Personalize a Wine Bottle}

Another birthday gift I made for a co-worker....the stamp set is from GinaK and is called Festive Labels stamp set. Gina also sells the waterproof labels that come with a worksheet. You place the label on the worksheet so the ink doesn't get on any other labels. I personalized it using Papertrey Ink's Simple Alphabet. The colors are SU! creamy caramel and cranberry. I then made a tag to go along with it. It uses the Garden of Life by Alli Miles and Papertrey.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Just Rite x2

Here are the monogrammed cards I made with the just-rite stamps! Lovin' em! Had to show up my sister and post my cards too! :)

{JustRite Monogram Kit}

I've really been wanting to try this out so was excited to get one in our Stamp+Cruise goody bag. I love it!! Makes it so easy to make monogram notecards. I whipped these up in about 15 minutes for birthday gifts for co-workers tomorrow. I used some leftover supplies from the stamp camp I had at school for my girls. Double easy that I already had cards cut & scored. Packaged them in a PTI clear box and a belly band. Hope you enjoy! Nothing fancy but I like how easy they are. Good news--going to TX for Thanksgiving to see the cutest kiddos in the world...along with my little Hailey of course who I get to see more often. Hope you enjoyed the extra hour today! I did :-)

Saturday, November 1, 2008

{The Amazing GinaK}

I don't even know where to start with GinaK. She is just the most down-to-earth, funny, talented, fun, spirited, and GENEROUS person ever! My sister and I had really enjoyed meeting her and her family. We learned so many great techniques from Gina. I am posting one of the cards we made. The butterfly is embossed with black embossing powder......then, we actually "colored" in the butterfly with a Niji watercolor brush and bleach. Yes, you heard me, bleach. It was the coolest technique and so easy. The card is much prettier irl but hopefully you get an idea here. Gina would teach us the techniques by having her husband Tom videotape and project to a large screen. It was so helpful to be able to see what she was doing. Tom was such a good sport. One day we were eager to see something she was doing and she said "Tom, why aren't you filming me?". It was hilarious! The sentiment is stamped on velum. Hope you enjoy! I'm off to a Naval Academy football game. Enjoy your Saturday!