Friday, November 28, 2014

Stampin' Up! Ornament Keepsakes

Happy "Day after Thanksgiving" also known as Black Friday! 
I'm winding down my Christmas Card paper crafting and looking forward to what we'll stamp in the New Year! 

I've been selling some of my Stampin' Up! holiday stamps on Ebay but I think I'll keep this Ornament Keepsakes Bundle with matching Framelit. It's pretty versatile, I love how you can ink the ornaments in various colors and crop them out with the Framelit die. 

This is a 5x5 Card with some foil designer paper from my Winter Frost pack. It is striking with Coastal Cabana card stock paired with contrasting Blackberry Bliss. I started with the larger card size thinking I would have my signature bow but decided against it. 

This collage of ornaments are flagged with a Merry Christmas greeting heat embossed in Silver powder and embellished with Basic Gems. I'm dying to have a bow on here trust me but I just didn't have what I needed! 

I suppose it's time to put up a tree, We're traveling early December to see Levi Graduate AIT and I hate to let the cats have their way with it while were gone! If anything I'll have to leave off the gold mercury glass ornaments until we get back. It's beginning to look allot like Christmas with the fresh 10 inches of snow however! I'm sure soon enough we'll be wishing each other a Happy New Year as time just doesn't sit still! 

Thank you to those that drop in and say hello! I appreciate your visit!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Stampin' Up! Truly Grateful

Happy Thanksgiving!

Stampin' Up! Truly Grateful

The Willey's wish you a Happy Thanksgiving surrounded by Family, Friends, Food and Laughter!

Stamps: SU Truly Grateful
Paper: SU Crumb Cake, Cajun Craze
Ink: SU Early Espresso, Baked Brown Sugar 
Tools: SU Stylish Stripes Textured Embossing Folder, Window Frames Collection Framelits, Festive Paper Piercing Pack
Embellishments: SU Linen Thread, CTMH Burlap Ribbon

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Penny Black Autumnal Wreath

Giving Thanks today with Penny Black's Autumnal Wreath!

Penny Black Autumnal Wreath

I'm terribly disappointed with the lighting in my Stamping Studio but like I said, that's at the bottom of Mike's list of remodel & repair! Grr! Here's another 5x5 Autumnal Wreath Card, the last I suppose I'll ink up for this year! I've enjoyed this twiggy wreath made with fruits, nuts and all things autumn! 

There we go, a look at the gold embossed greeting from Apothecary Art stamp set. Flagged on an Early Espress layer cropped up with dimensionals. 

The wreath today is stamped in Jet Black Stazon Ink onto Carson water color paper. I love to sit and color, this wreath didn't take too long with Stamp N Write Markers. I did not add water with my brush. 

Is there any end to the retired Designer Paper in my stash? I know I'm not the only one with the desire to purchase everything new and sit down to create! Over time those new piles of product turn into older piles of product and sometimes retired like my Autumn Spice Specialty Designer Paper and that "old" Pear Pizzazz seam binding. {gasp!}

Hopefully the recipient can look past all of that and enjoy this card made with love. I am every thankful for her new friendship!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Inkadinkado Snowy Cabin

Do you ever get Stamp Envy when you're invited into your Friends Stamp Rooms? 

Creative Classmate and very good friend Arlene is quick to invite me to her own Stamp Haven to create anytime I'm available! Don't you just love to see what other paper crafters collect? I fell in love with Arlene's wood mount stamps, each one something I didn't have in my own Studio. 

Inkadinkado Snowy Cabin 

This silhouette stamp of a log cabin caught my eye and I asked her if I could borrow it. I embossed it in Early Espresso embossing powder onto Very Vanilla and fell in love with it! I told her I was going to put it on my Wish List thinking it would be great for Masculine Cards. 

I made two of these Christmas Cards to include in my stash for The Artful Eye. I delivered them yesterday to find I'm the only card vendor that provides Christmas Cards! I hope to get a call from her later in the Month saying she sold them all and needs more! 

Inkadinkado Snowy Cabin 99417

Isn't it just gorgeous? I've stamped a matching Pine Tree on the inside with my sentiment and am so happy with this card! You may remember Candlelight Christmas Designer Paper. One of Stampin' Up!'s most beautiful papers for Christmas in traditional reds and greens which pair so nicely with Early Espresso. 

Inkadinkado Pine Trees 96683

Here's the trees stamped in the inside panel along with my Christmas Greeting. Inkadinkado makes all sorts of trees in larger groupings too. I think Arlene owns them all, interestingly enough she lives in a Log Cabin among trees also! Arlene freely bags up whatever stamps I'm intrigued with, I've had the whole forest of Inkadinkado while building my cards. What a Sweetheart! Don't you just love a paper crafter after your own heart!! 

Thanks for dropping by my friends, enjoy your day Stampers!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Stampin' Up! Joyful Christmas

Where has the time gone? November can just slow down! 

I've prepped this week a pile of cards to take to the Artful Eye. A funky shop downtown St. Johnsbury selling  artwork of local crafters so stop in and support local artists like myself! 

Stampin' Up! Joyful Christmas

Three of the cards I'm supplying sport this Stained Glass Technique with the retired Joyful Christmas stamp set. I think you'll love this fresh color Coastal Cabana! 

I love silver embossing powder, gold for that matter too but doesn't this color shine with Coastal Cabana? Ink your stamp in Versa Mark and stamp onto Vellum. Heat emboss the powder and simply color the back side of the vellum image with Stamp N Write Markers. 

The flower has been embossed twice and snipped apart for a double layer. Pretty Basic Gems embellish the center. Maybe you'll remember the Winter Frost Designer Paper, I think it was the first we saw this fresh color trend for the Holidays! 

You've seen most of the cards that will arrive this afternoon at the Store ready to greet Holiday Shoppers just one more to share with you tomorrow. If only I could find that extra hour we were given early this Month maybe I could catch up with my own Holiday Cards! Tic toc!

Monday, November 17, 2014

A successful Jingle all the Way Holiday Stamp a Stack Thank You!

A Big Thank You to my Creative Class Gals who have committed to supporting my Classes these years! Our last class of 2014 "Jingle all the way Holiday Stamp a Stack" went very well! 

Here's the line up, 5 Holiday Cards featuring my retired product stash of papers, stamps, dies and embellishments. I'm not sure we made a dent in that paper stash but Thank You for appreciating every design ladies! Can you guess their favorite? 

Apothecary Art 

It's this one! Apothecary Art stamped with Stazon Ink onto water color paper, simply colored with Stamp N Write Markers, sponged with Crumb Cake and heat embossed with Cherry Cobbler embossing powder for that pretty Merry Christmas sentiment from Greetings of the Season. We attached an embossed Cherry Cobbler panel in Lacy Brocade onto an Old Olive card base and embellished with a double bow made of crochet trim. So for a non Holiday stamp set I think we did well to make it very special! 

We're taking December off and hope to meet again for January -I'll keep you in the loop! Now I must put my feet up I'm exhausted! Haven't sit down all day! Phew! 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Flourishes Dreaming of Florence by Maria Rodriguez

She's done it again! Maria has sat down and colored a Masterpiece for us to enjoy! Today she inks up a retired Flourishes Dreaming of Florence for my Thanksgiving Card. It's absolutely beautiful! So colorful have a look!

Florishes Dreaming of Florence by Maria Rodriguez

Here it sits on my antique table in the Stamping Studio. The sun is setting this afternoon and there's a dreamy shadow alight the card sitting here. It's something to look at I wish you were here! For one this card is the largest I've ever received! It measures 5x7 and weighs quite a heft as there are many lovely layers! 

I rushed to write to Maria to inquire about her coloring so I could pass it along. She replies that the image was inspired by a share on Pinterest done by Cindy Lawrence  and inked with Stamp N Write Markers and the Aqua Painter. Pencils were not giving it the rich color of ink so she opted to blend with markers. 

I love images of Tuscany and would love this retired set illustrated by Marcella Hawley. Maria you're one lucky girl! She tells me this time of year her Grandmother would put out figs dipped in molasses for a sweet treat to eat. What a nice memory of her Grandmother and the Holidays! 

So thank you so much Maria for the most beautiful Thanksgiving Card evah! I'll treasure it as I have all of the rest of your colored images! ~Hugs!