Thursday, December 29, 2011

Last Challenge of the Year

Can you believe 2011 is about to come to a close??? Does anyone else think we skipped a few months this year?  Like June - where did that go?  In any event, it's Thursday, so that means a NEW Ways to Use It Challenge.  To close out the year and take us into the next, Toni has challenged us to Bead It! Use those beads... I'm woman enough to admit that I completely FORGOT I had these beads until Toni posted the challenge.  I'm liking these...
I cut the card and heart frame with my FABULOUS Silhouette, of course!  I took packing tape and lined the heart cut-outs, then dunked it in micro beads.  I poured Crystal Effects over the top to keep them in place.  The card is cut from The Paper Studio Everyday Kraft collection.  Of COURSE I had to have that!  I chalked the edges with VersaMagic ink, and added that yummy giant black crystal swirl.  The Crystal Effects takes a minute to dry, but the rest of the card was a snap!  The card measures 4" x 5.75"... something a little different.
Not sure exactly that I'm doing with this card just yet, perhaps a Valentine?  That seems to obvious... hmmm... In any event, I hope you'll play along this week!
Don't forget - I'm hiring!  Check out the Design Team call HERE on SCS for my new store.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Catching Up

Are the holidays taking every last free minute for you, or is that just me???
Here are some Christmas card I've made that I don't think I've posted for you yet.  The first is from my VSN challenge to use something from your spare room wardrobe as inspiration.
 Of course the bow was cut with my fabulous Silhouette; it was even the free image of the week.  The background is notebook paper that is faux letterpress'ed.

The next card was for a winter wonderland scene.
 I used coredinates paper with the embossing folder and then sanded.  The sanded image is outlined with Smooch to make it pop a little more.

This next card was for blue Christmas.  I love those little Doodle Pops!
Every time I think I'm done for the holidays, something else crops up that I need something for... does that happen to you too???  IN any event, I hope you're doing well keeping your head above water during these hectic times!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Prepping for Christmas

I am just about finished with the Christmas gift, cards, and all, but that has taken SO much time... Here is a gift card holder that I made for Tami's VSN challenge.
This was cut with my Silhouette... I am LOVING this thing (have I mentioned that before???)!!!!  The flower die is from MFT, the brad is an oldie from SU, Liquid Pearls, and then some twine... SUPER easy, all courtesy of the FABULOUS Silhouette.
On the inside is a Chicago Starbucks gift card that I squirreled away this summer.  They have been sold out of these bad boys for quite some time.
Speaking of Chicago, here's another VSN card (again) using the Silhouette to cut the Chicago skyline.  This was for Lee's VSN challenge, and my husband's favorite card I made.  This card is crazy easy to mass-produce, and I did :)
The sentiment and star were mounted on my Fiskars stamp press, so I didn't even have to think about it for the other cards I made.  The skyline was covered in VersaMark then embossed with iridescent ice embossing powder from SU. {Lee's challenge called for glitter, but a few months back, I packed up all my loose glitter and shipped it off to Lee. :)}  Add a gem and call it done!
Check back tomorrow for a new WTUI challenge hosted by yours truly!

Friday, December 9, 2011

It's VSN Time & NEWS!

It begins!!!!! Tonight begins our Winter Wonderland VSN.  Lydia kicks us off with warm fuzzies.  Oh yes, I'm a fan!  Of course, the one thing that gives me more warm fuzzies than anything else in the world is my little Latte pug.
This little takeout box was cut with my FABULOUS Silhouette... seriously, WHERE have I been to not have been using this thing forever?!!?!  The felt and the dies behind Latte are from MFT.  But Latte herself is sporting her dog tag with my NEW STORE!  Oh yes!  On January 1st, I'll be opening an online store with a group of AMAZING artists.  Keep stalking the Design Team Calls on SCS to be a part of my Design Team.  In the meantime, go ahead and grab Latte to play with...
Click on her to get the full-size image, and then right-click to "save as".  The store isn't quite ready yet, but I'm going to start loading products this weekend as the artists send them to me.  I've been holding this news FOREVER, and I'm just bursting at the seams to begin!!!!
And now back to our regularly-scheduled programing.... VSN is ON!

Stencil Time

How did I miss that yesterday was Thursday??!!! Oh my! My internal calendar is BUSTED!!!!  In any event, since it WAS Thursday, we have a new WTUI challenge.  This week, Toni has challenged us to break out those stencils.  OK!
I decided to take a break from the Christmas cards, although this could work for a Christmas card in a pinch.  I airbrushed with my Copics over the stencil and added some gems... easy peasy!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

We Miss You @ Christmas

Happy Wednesday, everyone! VSN is almost here... are you getting excited??!!  If you are planning to play, the Shopping List has been posted, so check that out. Today's card is for jmasse's challenge, which will debut on Saturday afternoon.  This was a purpose-built card for a friend of mine, whose husband will be deployed for Christmas.
The inside says - we know your heart is this Christmas, and so does he.  The tree was cut with my Silhouette... oh how I am LOVING that thing!  I used spray adhesive to get it to stick and not peel up in the mail.  I added some gold and red Stickles, stuck the boots and star on, and called it done!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Joyful Greetings

Welcome to T-4 before Winter Wonderland VSN.  This card is for candylou's challenge, which will debut Friday night.
This card would be SO easy to mass-produce.  The layout is from the Jennifer McGuire Holiday boot camp class, and I love it!  Please note there is a sentiment on the front of my card.  That's a RARE sighting! I hope you'll play along this weekend with us.

Friday, December 2, 2011

We Got Snow

I woke up this morning to a blanket of snow outside.  This is GOOD snow, though, because it only stuck to the grass.  I'm completely ok with snow who knows where it belongs.  In any event, in honor of the first snow of the year, I thought I'd share a card I made for Rebecca's VSN challenge.  The main VSN begins one week from today, so I hope you'll play along.  The hostesses for this VSN have knocked it out of the park with their creativity.  I'll be peaking a few cards for upcoming challenges in the coming week, just so you're good and ready to play come VSN time :)
My Aunt's birthday is Dec 26, so I think I'm going to use this for her birthday card, since I'm sure she's DONE with the red/green by then.  You can check out the details for VSN here -
In honor of the snow, I've gone Christmas will my blog.  The background is a FABULOUS paper by Carina Gardner.


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