Sunday, December 28, 2008

A Christmas Candle

I now can post the Christmas candle I made for my daughter of her two boys. I wanted it to be a Christmas I wasn't able to post earlier.
She loves it!

This is probably one of the easiest projects I have ever made. And it definitely has the Wow factor for the recipient.
Here's a link to the instructions on SCS....Photo Candle Instructions.
Have fun with this really looks so much better in real life. *grin*

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

For Brendan

This card is for my grandson Brendan who is celebrating his 12th. birthday today. Happy Birthday Brendan! Where oh where did the time go?!?! When did you become a "preteen"? Yikes!

Brendan is into music big time...he has a guitar and he even has shoulder length hair. This image from AMuse "Rock Star" is the perfect image for his birthday card. I colored it in with my prismapencils and ran it through the oval nesties. Popped it up on SU! pop dots. I added a little bling for the rock star. *grin*
The blue card stock is SU!. And the patterned paper is by AMuse.
Cute card and I think it fits Brendan perfectly.

I just have one last batch of cookies to make/bake and I'm finished baking....whew. These are my all time favorite cookie and I only bake them once a year. Once you read the recipe you will know why...they are definitely not the most healthy cookie. But ohhhh so good! *grin*

Orange Coconut Drops

2 C. sugar 1 C. butter
3 eggs
1 tsp. each salt & baking powder
1 tsp. vanilla 1 tsp. orange extract
3 1/2 C. flour 1 1/2 C. flaked coconut

In large bowl combine all ingredients
except flour and coconut.
Beat at low speed, scraping side of
bowl often, until well mixed.
By hand stir in flour and coconut
until well mixed. Drop by rounded
teaspoonfuls 2" apart on greased
cookie sheets. Bake near center of
350 oven for 8 to 12 minutes until
golden brown on bottom of cookie.

I wish you all a Wonderful Blessed Christmas!

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Sunday, December 14, 2008

A Merry Christmas Wreath

For some reason this little car reminds me of It's A Wonderful Life. *grin*
This stamp is Holiday Car by AMuse.....soooo adorable!

Another quick Christmas card. Ran the top part of the white card stock through the cuttlebug snow folder. There are two scor-pal lines at the bottom for the AMuse sentiment. I colored the image with my prismapencils and blended with gamsol. For an added affect I used my clear gel glaze pen for the windshield, bumper and headlights. Looks cool in real life. I picked up this little idea from the AMuse blog. This was then backed with a piece of red cs that was scalloped punched. The red checked ribbon is by SU!.

Taking a short break...will be back in town on the 19th. But I probably won't blog till the 22nd.

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Friday, December 12, 2008

Christmas Santa

My first time using the post date posting. Hope this works and it gets posted on Friday the 12th. *grin* Trying to be organized and post a few cards while I'm in Reno visiting my grand daughter. I'll be back to "live" posting somewhere around the 22nd.

This next Christmas card is an old CTMH Santa image. I have absolutely no clue which set this is from...but he sure is cute! I stamped the image with pallette noir ink then ran it through the oval nestie. Did the same with the red backing CS. I ran the white CS through the devine swirls cuttlebug folder and also backed this with the red cardstock. The red ribbon is MayArts from one of Jody's ribbon shares. I also sponged a red chalk ink on the white oval for a bit of dimension.
This was a very simple, quick card and I'm very please with how it all came together.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Jennifer's Snowman Card

Just wanted to post this cute CTMH (Close To My Heart) card before I go to the mall. Finishing my Christmas shopping today! WooHoo!!! I'm back from the mall and I'm officially finished Christmas shopping. *grin* Now it all needs to be wrapped. Uggg

This set is CTMH All Decked Out. My daughter gave me an early Christmas present and I love this new set! I haven't done paper piecing in ages and this card was fun putting together. I ran a sheet of blue cardstock through my cuttlebug snow folder and then placed my paper pieced snowman on top. Added a crystal bling to the snow mans' hat. This was all attached to a dark blue snowflake paper backing. The light blue ribbon is an old CTMH ribbon.
Love, love, love how this cute snowman came together. Thanks Jennifer!!!

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Monday, December 8, 2008

Winter Scene Card

This is my first scene card. I've seen a lot of scene cards but have never had the confidence to try one. I'm really glad I made this snow scene came out pretty nice for a first try.

The stamp set is SU! Lovely As A Tree and the sleigh is an old set by CTMH. I stamped the trees with a retired color...SU! Forest Foliage. Love this color and will miss it when my stamp pad dries out. The sleigh was stamped with a chalk ink. For the sky color I just used a light blue, also a purple that was sponged/layered to the white card stock. I also sponged garden green lightly around the tree base. I also used a PTI snowflake stamp that was versarmarked and embossed with a sparkly embossing powder. Don't think that shows to well in the scan.

I ran a piece of clear acetate through my CB Swiss Dots folder. This was then place over the stamped winter scene... to give the affect of falling snow. The acetate was then adhered with a small strip of mono in the corner. Definitely a different look and technique for me but I think I will keep this in mind for a future project.

And I did finish all my Christmas cards and they were mailed out on Saturday! WooHoo!
Now onto baking Christmas cookies.

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Friday, December 5, 2008

Charlie Brown

Every time I look at this card I think of the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree. *grin* My daughter says we have a Charlie Brown Christmas Tree...because our tree is 38 years old. LOL But it sure doesn't look like this poor little tree.
This is another AMuse stamp...Bare Tree which I just stamped in a brown ink and colored the lonely ornament in my scarlet red Prisma Pencil. I cut and embossed the cardstock with the scallop oval Nestabilities then did the same for the red backing cs. Dotted the scallops with my white SU! gel pen. Adhered the oval to dark green swiss dotted cuttlebugged cardstock. The ribbon is from Michaels dollar bin. Sentiment is SU!....but at the moment can't remember which set it is from.

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Thursday, December 4, 2008

A*Muse and Christmas Cards

It's another VMAA (Virtual Meeting of the AMuse Addicts) this Friday, December 5th. at 8PM Central time! And the theme (gotta have a theme) will be It's A Wonderful Life. Hmmm wonder what Geeta and the ladies have up their sleeves for us addicts. WooHoo...You know what I'm going to be doing Friday evening. *grin* So stay tuned for some fast card making.

I'm finally getting my Christmas cards finished and my plan is to have them mailed out by Saturday the absolute latest. This cute little card is made with one of my favorite AMuse stamps (actually it's not an AMuse stamp but an Elzybells stamp)...Girl with sleigh. And I love how it came together! I was having a tough time coming up with some designs and did a search for one particular site...didn't find it. But I found this great site for ideas and Sue uses the Cuttlebug a lot on her cards. Check Sue's site.

I used my Swiss Dots CB folder and also my scorpal for the embossing. I have two scorpal embossed lines at the bottom...below the sentiment...but they aren't showing up to well in the scan. Colored the image with Prisma pencils and added some stickles for a bit of bling. The sentiment is also AMuse...dashing through the snow. Paper is Neenah and I believe the ribbon is CTMH.

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Monday, December 1, 2008

A*Muse December 2008/2009 Calendar Pages

Wow...can't believe it is December already! We are busy putting up Christmas in the house today and tomorrow. After being married 39 years we have a lot of Christmas decorations. *grin*
Here are the December '08/'09 A*Muse Calendar pages.
The top calendar page is this year and is stamped with an Elzybells stamps...will have to post later this evening the name of the stamp. I colored the image with my prismapencils and did some stickles for the snow and the trim on her coat/boots. I love this stamp and I'm sure I will be making some Christmas cards with it.

The 2009 December calendar page is stamped with an SU! stamp...will have to post later which set. I colored the image with my SU! watercolor crayons...this looks so great in real life.

I made something personalized for my daughter and my son for Christmas....but I can't post pics till Christmas. My daughter visits my blog and I don't want to ruin the surprise.
I'm also working on my Christmas cards and will be posting those during the week. These have to go in the mail by next weekend.

I'll be visiting my son, his wife and their 6 month old baby girl from the 12th. till the 19th....So I'll be up in Reno for a full week. Meaning...I have to have everything Christmas related finished by the 11th. Busy, busy, busy. *grin*

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Monday, November 24, 2008

A*Muse Home Page

This is a card I made for the A*Muse Addicts home page contest. We had to make a card showing "warmth". Yeah I know what you are thinking..."How does this show warmth". LOL Well, I have a drink and it makes me warm. So there's the warmth. LOL
I stamped AMuse Holiday Drinks stamp in black stazon and colored with my Prismapencils. I also used some stickles on the drink stirrers for a bit of bling. I ran my one and only nestie shape through my this and need to invest in a few more shapes after Christmas. I dotted the scallops with my SU! white gel pen. Added the poppy PTI white dotted ribbon and pop dotted the image piece onto the card. I love how this came together. I forgot to mention I was inspired by Rochelle for this card. *smile*

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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Holly Jolly Santa

I've been seeing quite a few versions of the giant candy bar Santa's over at SCS lately. This is my version and it is quick and easy. This would make a great teacher or co-worker gift. I found the giant Hershey candy bars at my local Frys food store for $1. Here are my paper dimensions:
Red 8 x 6 3/4
Black 8 x 1 1/4
Bottom White 8 x 1 1/4 tear one long side
Middle White 6 3/4 x 1 1/4 tear a tiny bit from each long side
For the black buttons I used my Creative Memories 3/4" circle punch.
The silver belt buckle was also made with a Creative Memories punch. I first punched the 1 1/4" punch (discard the 1 1/4" punched square or use for another project) then I went back and punched the 1 1/2" punch. Hope that makes sense.

These are so quick and easy'll have some cute gifts in no time flat!

Yes Jennifer...I'll be taking orders from anyone. So get your order in now.

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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Gobble, Gobble

I found the most adorable turkey using punches at Elaine's Blog. As soon as I saw this turkey I knew I had to make one also! I had to substitute a small heart punch for the beak and the turkey's feet...but I think it came out pretty dang cute.
All the paper except the red and black are SU!...Chocolate Chip, Garden Green, Pumpkin Pie, Barely Banana. I used SU!'s Curvy Verses for the sentiment. The punched turkey is pop dotted to the front of the card. I bought the gorgeous chocolate satin ribbon from PTI (PaperTreyInk). I have totally fallen in love with their ribbon.

I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Thanksgiving Card 2008

Why is it I always seem to have plenty of time for Christmas cards/projects then bam...time gets short?!?! That's how it seems with November...the month just flies by. Next week will be Thanksgiving and I just finished up my Thanksgiving cards. Now I just need to address the envies and get them in the mail this weekend.
This card went very quickly. Super easy!
I have one set of Nesties and I love this scalloped oval Nestie! The cornicopia from SU! Thankful Season fits perfectly on the largest oval. I stamped the image on PTI's white shimmer paper...gorgeous. Then embossed with SU! gold embossing powder. I rubbed the edges lightly with gold metallic rub on. Just enough to soften the white shimmer paper. I ran the gold cardstock through my Stylized Flowers Cuttlebug folder. Love how this looks.

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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Christmas Tag Tins

Well it's definitely that time of year to start working on Christmas gifts! And I have been busy making not one but five of these adorable Tag Tins. I think these would make terrific gifts for teachers. All the instructions and template are on PaperTreyInk ....Christmas Tag be sure to check out Nichole's blog. These are super easy! I used a variety of papers and ribbons...SU!, PTI and patterned paper I had on hand from a LSS that used to be opened.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

November 2008/2009 Calendar Pages

Here are the November Calendar Pages.
The bottom page is November 2008...the turkey is from an old SU! set. Sorry I don't remember which set. This was colored with my prismapencils and blended with gamsol. Quick and simple.
The top November page is 2009. This thanksgiving set came out last year and I believe it is also retired. The image is colored using how this came out. Love the look of chalks!

I really need to get my butt in gear and make some Thanksgiving cards and Christmas gifts. I haven't done much of anything lately. I made a prototype for my Halloween card....but that's as far as I got. Didn't send even one Halloween card this year....I'm getting very bad.

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Don't forget to vote!!!!!!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

More Calendar

More cow bell! LOL Sorry....I just love that SNL scene.

Here are a few pics of the calendar assembled.

The top picture shows the back page of the October calendar page with space to jot down reminders for special days. Each month is actually five layers of card when having to punch holes for the book ring a crop-a-dile came in very handy. The second calendar pic just shows the calendar with the 1 1/2" book rings.
What is really nice is that this calendar will stand by need for support.

Please excuse my very messy desk.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

October Calendar Pages

Here are the 2008 and 2009 October Calendar Pages.
The 08 page image is A*Muse and colored with prisma pencils and blended with gamsol.
The 09 page images are SU!...colored with SU! watercolor crayons. I did a bit of masking on the 09 page.
Again....those two "dots" are from my scanner and they are not on the pages.

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Sunday, October 19, 2008

My Amuse Calendar

I know I've been MIA lately....Life, what can I say comes before my blog.
So far I've made up two of the Amuse Calendars. The one I'm posting today is in the A2 format. Unfortunately I don't have the Square format has already been given as a gift. Actually the one I'm posting here is a gift but I "borrowed" it for a few days to post on my blog. *grin* Thanks Jennifer!

This is September 08 & 09 pages. Stamps are all Amuse. All images colored with my prisma pencils and blended with gamsol. The white and black linen card stock throughout the calendar is this cs! And I purchase it by the 250 sheet pack which really brings the price per sheet down quite a bit. The other cs if I remember correctly is Stampin' Up! You will notice the circle holes in the top...these were punched with my crop a dile and all pages were held together with 1 1/2" binder rings purchased from Staples
I will be posting more calendar pages in the following days.
Those two "dots" on the calendar pages are from my scanner...they are not on the pages.

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

New Home

Some of you know that my son and his family moved to Reno, Nevada recently. This is the card I made for them today and will be in tomorrow's mail.
I was at my local PaperPlus store yesterday buying a pack of Neenah (spelling???) white paper and came across these HeroArts sets. Can we say adorable!!! And these small sets don't break the budget...gotta love that.
I believe the CS is Bazzill. Ink is SU! I used my PrismaPencils to color the images. And I used my swiss dots CB folder for the background. Sage ribbon is from a ribbon share. I like how this card turned out.

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Sunday, September 21, 2008

Amazing Blog Candy

I would like to ask you all to check out Carolyn King's blog. She is giving away amazing blog candy while helping the Alzheimer's Association.
This is my card that will be going out in tomorrow's mail to the caregivers at her late grandmother's home.

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

2009 A Muse Calendar

The 2009 A Muse Calendar is now available! This was created by Linda (owner of A Muse) as a way to raise funds for causes that are near and dear to her heart. Last year she raised $1,167 for Scleroderma Research. This year Linda asked all of the A Muse Addicts for suggestions for a worth cause. We came back with The Leukemia/Lymphoma Society since one of our own, Victoria, was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Disease earlier this year.
This fundraiser is also near and dear to my heart....I have a sister who has been battling Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma and I also have a young nephew who has been going through treatment for Leukemia.
Please visit the A Muse blog for all the details and to see tons of inspiration for what you can do with these little calendars. And to top it all off A Muse will match your generosity dollar for dollar for ALL calendar purchases through Sunday, September 21st. Please make sure you visit the A Muse website and choose a calendar TODAY! I'll be working on my calendar and will post sometime next week....but I didn't want you all to miss out on this great opportunity to donate to this worthy cause.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

A Birthday Card

I've been wanting to use this MFT set ever since it arrived at my house the other week. But life got in the way.
I finally sat down today and created a card using this MFT set. You should have seen me trying to decide on the color combination and the patterned paper. Took me forever! And I'm still not sure about the paper. *grin*
I see all these fabulous cards made with this set...but I don't think this is one of them. *grin*
I colored everything with my prisma pencils and blended with gamsol and added stickles to all the bubbles for a bit of bling.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Yummy CupCakes

Trust me...these cupcakes were quite yummy!
My son, his wife and their three month old baby girl (Melanie) moved to Reno, Nevada on Sunday. But before they left we had a family dinner at my house. I made salad, chicken fettuccine and we had fresh french bread. I stopped at Costco and purchased cupcakes for dessert...those are some huge cupcakes! Now we all know that Costco sells everything in bulk and that is the case with cupcakes as well....20 cupcakes!!! So I knew I needed something to send everyone home with another cupcake. I found these Cupcake Treat Bags but I knew I needed the larger bags. I found the bags at Michael's and made the adjustments on the measurements. These actually fit one very large cupcake nicely.
And here are a few of the finished bags. These were a big hit and they will definitely be made again.
I will stop in tomorrow and post some details. Well I'm back with more details!

I used the white #3 paper sack from Michael's...4 5/8 x 2 7/8 x 8 5/8
I cut the 8 5/8" bag down to 6 3/8"
For the CS with the front flap.... 8" x 4 13/16" score at 1 1/2"
For the front piece of CS 6 1/2 x 4 13/16"
For the Chocolate Chip scallop 4 13/16 x 1 3/4

Hope these measurements help and don't confuse.

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