Sunday, November 22, 2009

O' Christmas Tree cupcake

 I just couldn't resist making this little Christmas cupcake card. Doesn't it look yummy ? The cupcake layers/ frosting  were made using the ROUND SCALLOP PUNCH #109043 and the LARGE OVAL PUNCH #107305  .  Make your candy frosting dots by placing drops of CRYSTAL EFFECTs #101055  and dusting with Stampin'Up GLITTER DAZZLING DIAMONDS # 102023.

The cupcake base was cut freehand out of REAL RED card stock#102482  and stamped with WHISPER WHITE CRAFT ink #101731 .
The cupcake sits on a bed of LITTLE LEAVES  using sizzix die cut #114511   . I used card stock colors GARDEN GREEN #102584  AND CERTAINLY CELERY #105125 .
Start with a REAL RED #102482 card base and layer a piece of whisper white that has been die cut with the SU exclusive sizzix die cut  TOP NOTE# 113463.  
Layer on a piece of black card stock# 102851 measuring   2 3/4" by 3 3/4"  .
Layer on a piece of Designer Series paper measuring   2 1/2" by 3 1/2" . 

I just love this sentiment for my little Christmas tree cupcake. Don't you?  Wondering which stamp set it's from?  I used just a portion of the sentiment from the  SWEET SEASON stamp set #116471 pg. 29. 
To achieve two colors in your sentiment use the brush tip end of your Stampin'Up markers.
Brush ink onto the stamp just for the words you want to use...omitting those words you don't want. I used markers REAL RED#100052 and GARDEN GREEN #100080.
When done punch your sentiment using the LARGE OVAL PUNCH #107305 .
Layer that onto a SCALLOP OVAL punch # 114889 using GARDEN GREEN card stock#102584.
Do you notice the cute little RED HEART. It's 1 of 3 hearts on the  HEART TO HEART    PUNCH #113694 .
Before popping up your sentiment with dimensionals #104430   wrap your TOP NOTE layer with RED GINGHAM GROSGRAIN RIBBON # 104827.

I Hope this inspires you to play with some glitter and punches.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Give Thanks Acorn card


I just love making cards of different shapes and so I made this acorn card. You would think that I would have had enough of these guys. I can't tell you how many wheelbarrow loads of acorns we have picked up this fall.  We need more squirrels I guess!

My card actually hinges just under the cap. 
After cutting the cap, I scored it every 1/4" in two diagonal directions. This gave me the texture I was looking for.

The base was stamped with the swirled image from BAROQUE MOTIFS # 113490

My sentiment was stamped with Versamark ink# 102283 and embossed with gold  embossing powder #109129.
The sentiment is from the Hostess set HOLIDAY BEST #115364

The leaves were die cut using my BIG SHOT SIZZIX machine# 113439 and the Originals die LEAVES#2  
 # 113459. The edges of the leaves were sponged in chocolate chip classic ink #100908.
 


I hope this inspires you to step of out the box occasionally!

Thanks for stopping by....

Pam

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Bug-Eyed Turkey Place Card

 Aren't the Stampin'Up punches just the greatest?

There are so many cool little things you can create.
What do you think of my Bug-Eyed turkey?

These could be used at your Thanksgiving feast year after year.

Card stock Paper colors used:
Chocolate chip   Pumpkin Pie
Close to Cocoa   More Mustard
Vanilla                 Black
Ruby Red 

Here's The TURKEY RECIPE:

and the punches that I used.   Use 1/2" circles for his bug eyes.  I hope this inspires you to try your own.      

Thanks for stopping by today!

Pam


Monday, November 16, 2009

Christmas Collage TAG Card

 Don't you just LOVE  Stampin'Up's Designer Series Paper?   I  love having 2 sides to choose from . Even better , HERE is an example of taking advantage of both sides of the paper.

I used Holiday Lounge # 115676 Designer Series Paper found on page 162 of the 2009-2010 Idea Book and Catalog

My piece measures
6 1/2" X 3"
score at 4 " and 6", fold remaining 1/2" back on itself so you can see both sides of the paper.
Cut upper corners to create your tag.
I tucked a piece of celery , punched with 
Eyelet Edge punch #113692  under the 1/2" flap and 1/2 of a Jumbo Snowflake 
punch #116628. 
This was mounted on a piece of SAHARA SAND card stock #  105328  and trimmed to match the tag shape.
The card base is Certainly Celery # 105125 and was stamped with White Craft pigment ink # 101731 using the snowflakes from the Level 2 Hostess set Christmas Punch # 115366. Mount 2 pieces of Garden Green CS #102584  measuring 3" x 3" before mounting your tag. The 2 Santa stamps were inked in Real Red #103133 and Garden Green #102272 and stamped on Whisper white CS. They were then punched out using the
 1  1/4" Square Punch # 104400.


Have you seen the Christmas RUB-ONS Merry and Bright # 116801. They are in the HOLIDAY MINI  on pg. 25.   You get one sheet of silver and one of white.
I used a white sentiment to rub on using the popsicle stick provided in the package.
Soooooo EASY and because they are on translucent sheets you can position it ANYWHERE!

Other items used:
Silver Cord#109866
Kraft Tafetta Ribbon # 109068
Designer Buttons #116313

Hope this Inspires you to do something creative with your Double -Sided Designer Paper!

See you soon,
Pam

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Colors of the Season



It's an amazing Fall here in Northern Calif. The weather is PERFECT, the colors are  brilliant and because of no rain ,the beautiful foliage is still on the trees. I love the long shadows produced by the sun ,which is lower on the horizon , at this time of year. For the first time ever my hubby and I picked olives to try and cure this year.....wish us luck!    Take time to enjoy the beauty around you , it can infuse your soul!


                                Pomegranates....Super antioxidants ready to be picked!
                          The last of my irises for the season...so glad they are yellow
                         Nandina berries.....ornamental beauties for fall arrangements
                                Chinese pistache tree that is a volunteer....lucky  us!
          Gorgeous apricot rose with an oh so yummy fragrance.....can you smell it?

Hope this inspires you !    
With a Thankful heart,
PAM

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Gold Embossed Leaves


 Here's a Simple but Elegant Card
and A great Opportunity to get out your heat embossing
tool # 100005

All of the images from the AUTUMN SPLENDOR stamp set # 116503 were stamped with VERSAMARK INK # 102283 and embossed using GOLD EMBOSSING POWDER# 109129. It is amazing how many cards you can emboss using this cute little pot of powder.


TIP: Whenever you do embossing , be sure and lightly scrub the 
EMBOSSING BUDDY fabric sack # 103083 over your card stock before inking. This helps prevent embossing powder from sticking in unwanted places.

Card stock colors:
Very Vanilla # 100730
Bravo Burgandy # 105123
Kraft #107070

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LARGE OVAL PUNCH # 107305.

The ACORNS were water colored after being embossed using the Bravo Burgandy classic ink pad# 105123 and a AQUAPAINTER# 103954

Isn't the bow cute?  It's KRAFT TAFFETA RIBBON # 109068
It's softer than grosgrain and therefore easier to tie.

Other items used:
WIDE OVAL punch # 112082
Cutter Kit # 106958  includes 4 tools  ( created the distressed edges )
1 1/4" CIRCLE PUNCH # 104403

WELL, I hope this inspires you to pull out that embossing gun and powder. It always makes a great impact on your cards or scrapbooking projects.

See you soon!
PAM

Monday, November 9, 2009

Christmas Berries

 For a Quick and Easy Effect, try 
POPPIN' PASTELS

1. Ink your image from A CARDINAL CHRISTMAS stamp set # 111760 in VERSAMARK INK.

2. With a sponge, pick up some Old Olive chalk from your STAMPIN' PASTELS chalk box.

3. Pounce and lightly scrub the chalk onto the stamped area.

4. Repeat using a Burgandy Chalk.


contains all 48 colors, plus black and white so you can match all of your card stock with ease!
# 105542    $24.95
 
Create your sentiment using the same method as above using the Merry Christmas sentiment from the CARDINAL CHRISTMAS stamp set # 111760
Punch out your image using the MODERN LABEL punch # 111630.
Layer onto two oval punches
Large Oval # 107305 and Scalloped Oval # 114889

Other items used:
Filigree Brads # 112577
Eyelet Border punch #113692
Old Olive card stock #100702 , Sahara Sand # 105328 and Bravo Burgandy #105123

I hope this inspires you to TRY POPPIN PASTELS yourself!

Pam
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Saturday, November 7, 2009

Give Thanks

 Well I'm having fun playing with color......
IN-COLORS that is. They really seem to pop when adding black and vanilla for a deep contrast.

Both of the images were stamped with Black Staz-on INK # 101406 on vanilla CS and then WATERCOLORED using the In-Colors classic ink pads and an AQUAPAINTER# 103954.

1. Start watercoloring with your lightest ink color     first.
    I used In-Color Crushed Curry# 115659 

TIP:  Spread a thin layer of water all over your image first...it will help your ink flow more evenly.

2. The next color that was used is In-Color 
     Dusty Durango#115654

3. And finally In-Color Bermuda Bay# 115655


The pumpkin image from the stamp set Harvest Home # 111642 was cut out along the edges of the stamped image and then mounted to a piece of 
Bermuda Bay CS # 115317 measuring 1 3/4" by 1 3/4". Increase your next layer by 1/4" on 2 sides to form a 2" by 2" piece of Crushed Curry# 115319.

The largest brown layer , SOFT SUEDE# 115318 measures 3 1/4" by 2 3/4" and
the smaller layer 3 1/2" by 1". They are both stamped with
 SOFT SUEDE classic ink# 115657 and the 
SANDED background stamp # 109294. Don't you just love the texture it creates.

Back panels measure...
Basic Black   3 3/4" by 5"
Dusty Durango   3 1/2" by 4 3/4"

TIP:  Try to cut your layers in 1/4" intervals, then increase or decrease your next layer by 1/4" on both sides.

The thin black strip on the small brown layer measures 3  3/4" by 1/4"

My LITTLE LEAVES #114511 were die cut using my BIG SHOT #113439 and stamped with Soft Suede and the Sanded BG stamp.

The GIVE Thanks sentiment using THE MORE THE MERRIER # 115332 hostess set was stamped and colored using the same method as the pumpkins. Use circle punches 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" to cut out and layer your sentiment.

The Crushed Curry square behind the sentiment measures 1 1/8" by  1 3/8".

For your final touch add 2 black WORD WINDOW punch # 105090 tabs and insert 2 VINTAGE BRADS # 109109 before attaching the whole thing to a VANILLA CS base.

Hope this inspires you!
PAM

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Fabulous Friendship 3-WAYS

Here's a great card just to have on hand.
Use it as.....
A Birthday Card
A Thank You card
A Stay in Touch card
or Just Because


You can put this card together in 15 minutes,
so while you have out all your supplies, make more than one!
Make duplicates of all your elements for your extra cards. 



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Stamp your sentiment in Bermuda Bay classic ink# 115655 on white CS and punch out using the LARGE OVAL PUNCH # 107305. Apply that to a black SCALLOP OVAL
 PUNCH # 114889.

Create the shiny sparkle on your flower with some Crystal Effects # 101055 and a Little 

Dazzling Diamonds Glitter #102023...finish it off with a
Pink Rhinestone CIRCLE FIRE brad # 109110
Use the solid side of the polka dotted Melon Mamboo grosgrain 
ribbon # 115611 under your sentiment
Create the corner on your black layer with the TICKET PUNCH # 107214

Or Maybe you want to mix up your color combination

Here I used a Cameo Coral and Pretty in Pink combination with the black and white
I used the same Gray houndstooth background paper and dotted clear transparent sheets from the NIGHT AND DAY SPECIALITY DESIGNER SERIES PAPER # 116768
The sentiment , 1 of 4 sentiments in the OVAL ALL stamp set # 113790 is stamped in cameo coral ink # 103035 on white CS and mounted on a black scalloped oval. I used PRETTY IN PINK  1/4"grosgrain ribbon # 109032 under the sentiment.  Make those cute little pink brads pop by putting a punched black flower underneath before applying.  Boho Blossoms Flower Punch # 110711

How about a SUMMER SUN earthy yellow combination?
Look at those cute yellow flower brads from the Designer Brads Flower 
Assortment # 112583
( 4 colors included in the assortment )

Use 1/4" black gingham grosgrain ribbon # 104832 on top of a piece of white CS punched with the  SCALLOPED EDGE punch # 112091, under your layered sentiment.


Oval ALL stamp set # 113790

Hope this inspires you !

PAM

Monday, November 2, 2009

Fall Leaves

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What Inspires You?    Take a Look around You...I found inspiration in the leaves in my yard on this beautiful Japanese Maple.

Look at the range of colors filtering through the sunlight.

To make this card start with your leaves.

I cut several leaves with my BIG SHOT sizzix  die cutting machine and the sizzix originals die cut LEAVES #2   #113459.
I used card stock colors  Rich Razzleberry  #115316 , More Mustard  #100946 , Always Artichoke  #105119Dusty Durango  #115321  and Pumpkin Pie  # 105117  .

To make the leaves have a realistic look....

1. Start with a dense foam pad (paper piercing pad)....I used the one in my 
     MAT PACK # 105826
2. Place your leaves right side down on the mat.
3. I  used my BONE FOLDER # 102300 to create leaf veins.
4. Using your bone folder tip, crease or draw lines/veins in the leafs. 
          TIP:Use a real leaf to see where veins actually start and finish
5. Turn your leaves over.
6. Time to sponge the Rich Razzleberry Ink pad # 115658 on leaf edges 
     and across your veins.
7. Finally, give your leaves an added touch of richness by sponging on some 
    GOLD METALLIC ENCORE ink pad # 101017 on the leaf edges.

Create your card base using card stock AlwaysArtichoke  #105119 
Make your next layer using the TOP NOTE # 113463 die cut and LAVENDER LACE # 101614 card stock
The stitching on your TOP NOTE Layer magically appears when you sponge Rich Razzleberry Ink pad # 115658 on the edges.

Arrange your leaves behind and in front of your top note layer.
Before adhering to your base, wrap the solid side of RICH RAZZLEBERRY  GROSGRAIN RIBBON # 115613 around your top note layer.

Other items used:
DUSTY DURANGO GROSGRAIN RIBBON # 115609
WORD WINDOW PUNCH# 105090
DESIGNER BUTTONS # 116313
GOLD ELASTIC CORD #109867
Stamp Set :Teeny Tiny Wishes # 115370

more to come.....thanks for visiting!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Tulip Full of Punches

 Here's A SIMPLY WAY to make a fun card using a variety of punches.

Make your flower using the SMALL OVAL PUNCH #107304 and cardstock colors
Pretty in Pink #100459   Pixie Pink#105121 and Pink Passion#102762

I used the Sizzix Texture plate #114512 to add a little depth and texture to the oval petals.
You can make your stem out of Certainly Celery # 105125 card stock and the Cutter Kit # 106958 using the cutting blade and cutting your stem with a curve. Take 2 SMALL OVAL punched pieces of  Old Olive #100702 and bend lightly to create your soft shaped leaves.

Create your sentiment feature with the WORD WINDOW PUNCH#105090, the SCALLOP OVAL PUNCH #114889,  the LARGE OVAL PUNCH #107305,  and the HEART TO HEART PUNCH #113694

Other card stock: Pretty in Pink, Basic Black, whisper white
Accessories: Crimper # 101618, Black grosgrain ribbon # 104832

TIP: Be sure and use a range of colors to create your petals......like the 3 different pinks I used above.
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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Fatty Little Pumpkin

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Isn't This a Cute Little Fatty Pumpkin?
you can make one too using the WIDE OVAL PUNCH #112082 and a large OVAL PUNCH # 107305.
Of course I used PUMPKIN PIE card stock # 105117 and BASIC BLACK #102851 for the handle. Make your handle by punching out a LARGE OVAL PUNCH # 107305 . Take the negative piece of card stock and slip it into your WIDE OVAL PUNCH extending the cutting edge over the large oval cut out.
CAST -A-SPELL Designer Series paper # 115677 was used for the patterned paper background. Don't you love all those cute pumpkins?
Old Olive # 100702 was used for the card base.

Both the Bat and the sentiment were BLACK EMBOSSED on purple papers.
The bat stamp is FROM THE CRYPT # 115460 and stamped on LAVENDAR LACE # 101614 and the sentiment stamp from the LEVEL 1 Hostess set ,  HOLIDAY BEST #115364 is stamped on ORCHID OPULENCE #100969
Don't forget a cute little bow made from BLACK check Gingham # 104832

HAPPY HALLOWEEN TO ALL!

Monday, October 26, 2009

The Dynamic Duo

 Look what I woke up to this morning!
Yep, my 2 crazy kittens playing on the top of the sofa in the morning sunlight. They are such a hoot...sisters ya know!
They want to be into everything of course....like having toddlers in the house again.
Their names?    Ellie and Bailey
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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Beautiful Fall Afternoon

 It was nice to take a few minutes and gaze out my front window as the sun was starting to drop on this Sunday afternoon. The trees colors are starting to change and the nights cooling off here in Northern California. Time for big kettles of soup and cornbread. I just love this time of year!

Blessings,
Pam
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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Christmas Quilt

 
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Quilt Up Some Fun with a Square Punch
First start with a 1- 1/4" square punch # 104400 and  a few sheets of the 
CHRISTMAS COCOA SPECIALTY designer series paper # 116770 (Holiday Mini Catalog)
Punch a total of 6 squares  of various patterns. I then cut each of those six squares on a diagonal making 12 triangles.
Each of those triangles were mounted , side by side and mixing the patterns on a Soft Suede layer measuring 2- 3/4" by 4".
That panel was then mounted on a Real Red layer measuring 3- 1/4" by 4-1/2".
The next layer is Basic black measuring 3-1/2" by 4-3/4".
the last layer is Basic Gray measuring 3- 3/4" by 5".
TIP : Notice there is a 1/4" progression on each of the last 3 layers

Want to Make a GREAT EMBELLISHMENT?
Look  what a Great Embellishment you can Make with the JUMBO SNOWFLAKE PUNCH # 116628 and a Button from the DESIGNER BUTTONS  PLAYGROUND pack # 116313

Combine with ribbon and cording for a unique holiday medallion

1/2" Polka Dot Soft Suede ribbon# 115612
Black Gingham ribbon # 104832
1/4" Real Red grosgrain ribbon # 109034
Silver elastic cord # 109866


The sentiment is from the Hostess set HOLIDAY BEST # 115364
It was stamped using versamark ink # 102283 and embossing with Silver Embossing Powder #109131 first on Shimmery White Metallic paper #101910 and then again using black embossing powder # 109135 on Soft Suede cardstock#115318. The Merry Christmas was cut from the soft suede piece and mounted directly onto the silver embossed Merry Christmas.
Mount your embossed sentiment onto a punched Small Oval # 107304 piece of REAL RED #102482.
Mount that to a punched Scalloped Oval # 114889 piece of Basic Black#102851.

LOOK CLOSELY.........the edge of the black scallop is silver!
It's Silver Metallic ENCORE ink # 101039  just sponged on the edges creating the illusion of another layer.
TIP: Use your heat gun to help dry metallic ink

Friday, October 23, 2009

Super Simple 10 minute Holiday Card

 
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I Love the Simplicity of this Elegant Holiday Card

The focal point of the RED JUMBO SNOWFLAKE PUNCH # 116628 has gold cording woven in and out of the snowflake arms. 
Use the 1- 3/4" circle Punch # 112004 and the Night and Day DSP# 116768 ( Holiday Mini catalog) to create your 3 circles. Mount your circles on a More Mustard layer of CS measuring 5 -1/4" by  1- 1/2". The basic black layer is 4- 1/4" by 2- 1/2" .
The VERY MERRY sentiment is one of the very versatile sentiments from the Short and Sweet set #115060. It has been Gold embossed with VERSAMARK ink # 102283 and Gold Embossing powder#109129 on a Real Red card base.

Take 10 minutes and try it yourself!  Enjoy

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Treat or Treating Monkey Style

 Guess Who? Could it be SOCK MONKEY! # 111550
All dressed up for Tricks or Treats sock  monkey decided to borrow a hat from EAT DRINK and BE SCARY #111764.
His little lap friend decided to come over too! A 1/4" punch was used for his black eyes and a white signo gel pen # 105021.
The white pumpkin was made with the small oval punch #107304 and hand cut stem. You can make your broom with a few snips of the scissors on mustard cardstock.
Choose a fun DSPaper for your background...........
I used Night and Day # 116768 (mini catalog)
and Cast a Spell # 115677  . GOING GRAY ink# 103274  is perfect To shadow pumpkin and hat edges . Card base is pumpkin pie #105117
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Giving Thanks

 
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I just love the colors in the Designer Series Paper AUTUMN MEADOWS # 116769
Here I used just one corner of the 12x12 paper to pick up all the fall images.
I love the  TAKEN WITH TEAL color, it just adds such a nice contrast to the other rich autumn colors.
Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon was used under the sentiment GIVE THANKS #115364 ( Holiday Best Level 1 hostess set). Grosgrain ribbon adds a nice touch of texture and sponging the edges of your card stock adds extra depth. I sponged my edges with CLOSE TO COCOA creating soft, warm edges.
The sentiment was stamped in choc. chip  and punched with the WIDE OVAL punch # 112082. Do you see the layer behind it? It's the DESIGNER LABEL punch #107590, but because it is smaller than the wide oval I cut it vertically in half and then took the two pieces and had them peek out of each side. I love the LOOK, how about you?
This was the perfect card to use one of the mustard colored buttons from the PLAYGROUND # 116313 designer buttons  box. It is tied with shredded pieces of choc chip grosgrain ribbon. It's a quick and simple card to make, yet so rich in color.

Card stock : Taken with Teal, More Mustard, Really Rust, Chocolate Chip, Autumn Meadows Designer Series Paper
Punches: Wide Oval, Designer Label
Accessories: Grosgrain ribbon, sponges
 

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