Wednesday, December 29, 2010

OLW 34 - Using One Stamp

Now that the holidays are over, I'm finding a little more time to play.  I haven't played in the One Layer Wednesday challenge in several weeks and I've really missed it!  This week's challenge is hosted by Jennifer Styles at Styles Ink.  Our challenge is to make a card using ONLY ONE image stamp and a maximum of two ink colours. You may use the same image repeatedly, but you may only use the one image. You may also use one sentiment stamp if you choose. Oh, and no embellishments.

So...I hope I've stuck to the challenge...I used one heart stamp, then I doodled the "heartbeat" with a red pen and stamped the sentiment in red.  Maybe the "heartbeat" line is stretching the challenge a bit, but the card just needed it.

Stamps are from Flourishes and are stamped in SU Real Red ink.  I thought I might use this card from my hubby for Valentine's Day.  The sentiment stamped inside says:  "Some moments are worth holding in your heart forever".

That's my take on the let's see yours!  Until next time....


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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The Magic of Christmas

Today, I finally sat down to scrapbook again.  I don't think I've completed a layout since the week before Thanksgiving!  And let me tell you, I took all day long with this layout. It was like I'd forgotten what to do.  In the weeks prior to Thanksgiving and before Christmas, I spent most of my time making my Christmas cards.  I send out about 50 cards each year and for some reason, I want them all to be different.  I just can't seem to create one card over and over.  Then, of course, I have the MOST difficult time deciding who gets which card! LOL!

Geesh! I'm rambling!'s the layout I've been working on all day today. 

I used the Bo Bunny Christmas papers for this layout. I had purchased two sheets of the background paper, just so I could cut out the ornaments and pop them up...and that's exactly what I did. I also added a little glitter to the ornaments with Stickles. I rounded the corner of the rectangle photo and then cut the other photo in an oval shape with my coluzzle. The snowman ornament was stamped with a Flourishes stamp and colored with Copics. I added some bling buttons and a bit of sparkle to the snowman with Stickles too. The snowflakes were punched with MS and EK Success punches. Title chipboard letters are Thickers and the other title letters were done on the computer. I cut a bit of the greenery with an Xacto knife so that I could slide the photo under it. Journaling is under the photo with the ribbon pull and reads:

Allen, I had to beg you to sit still for a minute so that I could get a few photos of you and the Christmas tree. I finally found the magic phrase to get you to work with me… “Remember Allen, Santa Claus is watching you.” That phrase worked like a charm! You sat so still and you were so patient while I snapped away with the camera. Now THAT’S magic!   (December 20, 2010)

Thanks for stopping by! Until next time....


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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Merry Christmas to ALL!!

Tomorrow, I'll be 60 years old.  I can't believe it!  Where has the time gone? Have I accomplished anything noteworthy in my 60 years?  I think so.  I have wonderful children, beautiful grandchildren, and my health. How rich can one person be?! 

On December 11, my children surprised me with a birthday party.  Now....I KNEW I would be having a party, I just thought it was going to be on my actual birthday on the they REALLY surprised me.  About 50 people came to help me celebrate.  I was almost speechless!  I know...who would have thought! LOL!  One of my brothers drove almost 3 hours to be there.  I had all the children and most of the grandchildren, friends from the neighborhood, and friends from work.  What a wonderful time we had.  To make it even more special, when we were talking about a birthday party, I had told my kids that I didn't really want gifts (you know the gag type gifts I'm talking about!), but that I would love it if people would bring non-perishable foods that we could donate to a food pantry.  Well....we ended up with about 3 laundry baskets FULL of food to donate.  It couldn't have been any better! 

Now, in a couple of days it will be Christmas.  It seems to come a little faster each year.  This week has been especially busy for me.  I finished all my Christmas shopping on Monday.  Tuesday, I wrapped presents for about 4 hours, and today, I spend the day baking....peanut brittle, cheese straws, pecan brittle, toffee bars, M&M cookies, fudge, and peanut butter Ritz crackers dipped in chocolate! Whew!!

Now, I think I'll go prop my feet up and rest.  Tomorrow...since it's my birthday, I think I'll pamper myself a bit and get a pedicure and manicure.  Ahhhh.....

I should be back to posting regularly by the first of the year.  To all my followers, and to those of you who visit my blog regularly....

Have a very Merry Christmas and and safe, healthy and prosperous New Year!


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Friday, December 3, 2010

DRS Designs and Ornaments Galore

I was recently asked by Sue at DRS Designs Rubber Stamps to design a card using their stamps .  Actually, I made two cards because I had two different ideas rattling around in my head!  Sue sent me a few of their stamps and this is what I've created with them.  The stamps are red rubber unmounted stamps and I was really pleased with the crisp, clear image you get with them.  


For this first card I stamped the image on heavy white card stock, colored the image with Copic markers and then added a bit of glitter to each of the ornaments.  I used a Spellbinder die to cut the image out, then backed it with some shiny, textured red paper.  The layer behind the shape was embossed with a dotted Swiss embossing folder and also backed with the shiny, textured red paper.  I used a white card base, layered the embossed layer, then put the ornament layer on with pop dots.  Tied gold cord around about three times and added a bow...all done!

This is the inside of the dotted Swiss card.  The sentiment and the "Merry Christmas" are two separate stamps.

I had a difficult time getting this second card from inside my head to the paper, although I am please with the final outcome.  I was inspired by this design from a card I saw at Splitcoast Stampers designed by Kathy.  I wanted it to look like ornaments hanging from the tree on the inside of a window.  I added lots of stickles for "frost" on the windows.  The snowflakes were cut with the Silhouette and I added just a touch of glitter to each snowflake.The Merry Christmas sign was made with the stamp I used inside the other card...I just punched it out with a ticket punch and added gold leafing to the edges. The holly leaves were also cut with the Silhouette and I added three small red bling for the berries.

I added a portion of the Ornaments Galore stamp on the inside of the card and colored them with my Copic markers. 

Thanks so much for stopping by! If you get a chance, head over to DRS Designs and check out all the great stamps they have.  I must admit, I had a VERY difficult time choosing the stamp I wanted to use for my card.

Until next time...


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