Thursday, December 31, 2009

Last Day of 2009

Doesn't time fly? Today is Dec. 31 already. What are your plans today? We have no plans, other than spending time with family and friends.

This first card is for all of you, my blog readers :) Still using Soft Suede card base. The bottom edge treatment is cased from the new Occasions Mini Catalog that will debut on Jan. 5, 2010.

Here is a detail of the bottom part. I think, this is a lovely use of the Top Note die.

Recipe: (all by SU! unless noted)
Cardstock and paper: Whisper White, Soft Suede, K&Co dp
Stamp set: Think Happy Thoughts
Ink: Soft Suede
Everything else: linen thread, Big Shot machine, Top Note die, Scallop Edge punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, Curly Label punch, Button Latte

I am playing with the Butterfly punch and makes this card. Fast and easy.

Recipe: (all by SU! unless noted)
Cardstock and paper: Old Olive, K&Co dp
Stamp set: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Basic Black
Everything else: Scallop Edge punch, ribbon from my stash, Butterfly punch, bling, Stampin' Dimensionals

That's all for today and this year :) I want to to thank you for stopping by.


Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Soft Suede card base

Hello! I played with one of the 2010 In Colors, Soft Suede, yesterday. It is such a joy to work with. Not quite Chocolate Chip and not Kraft. It is a nice neutral color and it is becoming my favorite :)

I went die cut happy here and cut these colorful flowers :) The card base is 5x5". I added the swirl from Note to Self stamp set (in the Holidays Mini catalog) and popped up the sentiment.

Recipe: (all by SU! unless mentioned)
Cardstock and paper: Soft Suede, Whisper White, K&Co dp
Stamp sets: Teeny Tiny Wishes, Note to Self
Ink: Soft Suede, Basic Black
Everything else: 3/16" corner rounder, asst. buttons, SU! Blossoms Party die, Big Shot machine, Stampin' Dimensionals, Word Window punch

A Soft Suede card base with black and white. The bird image and sentiment are from Of the Earth set (hostess set level 1 in the main catalog).

Recipe: (all by SU! unless mentioned)
Cardstock and paper: Soft Suede, Whisper White, K&Co dp
Stamp set: Of the Earth
Ink: Basic Black
Everything else: 1 1/4" square punch, Scallop Square punch, Scallop Edge punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, Basic Black grosgrain ribbon

Monday, December 28, 2009

A sweet treats basket

Good morning! I made this basket for my friend Herly who loves baking sweet treats. She has shared some of her yummy treats with us :) Click here for how to make it.

Here is full view of the basket. It looks really pretty with double sided patterned paper and the whole basket uses up 1 sheet of 12x12" paper with no waste. And it gives you a decent sized basket to package your baked goodies. Yum... It is made with my Big Shot machine and Bigz Scallop Envelope die 4 times. Each envelope for each side of the basket.

And lastly before I get on with my day, here is a beautiful Christmas card from Marlene Lo which came in the mail last Friday :) It is simple, yet so nice!

I wish you all a good SHORT (yippee!) week ahead... take care!


Saturday, December 26, 2009

Holiday Candy Bar Wrapper

Merry Christmas! I hope you all have a great time with loved ones. It is bright and sunny here, 85 degrees F/ 30 degrees C! We ate our Holiday meals in shorts and flip flops :)

I made this little gift for my mom to give to her friends.

Here is a side view. Come to think of it, I should have made both sides of the belly band with the Eyelet Border punch :)

Recipe: (all by SU!)
Cardstock and paper: Garden Green, Bravo Burgundy, Very Vanilla, Parisian Summer DSP (ret.)
Stamp sets: Season of Friendship, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Garden Green
Everything else: Very Vanilla grosgrain ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals, Ornament punch, 3/4" circle punch, hole punch, gold elastic cord, Eyelet Border punch

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Laughter, Joy, Happiness...

Good morning! I made this matching candy bar wrapper and card yesterday for my friend Lidya's birthday. I hope she likes it :) Love that sentiment and the way it curves. It comes from the Best Wishes & More stamp set.

This is my stacked die cut flowers, cut with the Big Shot and Stampin' Up! Blossom Party die.

This is the card only. Card base is Naturals Ivory, which has little "natural-looking" dots to it that add texture. It is also thicker than Very Vanilla, thus making a sturdier card base.
This is the candy bar wrapper. Just simply added the wide belly band over it to show off the large flower pattern and stamped the sentiment.

I also made this slightly different card with a Kraft card base and added a button slide as flower center.

I hope you have enjoyed your week so far. We are spending time as a family. My husband took 2 days off work.

Thank you for stopping by.


Sunday, December 20, 2009

Christmas door hanging

Happy Sunday! We are back from Bali :) Oh, was it too short! We went with another family, they have kindly invited us into their vacation home.

Are you all busy preparing for the Holidays and spending time with loved ones? This is what I made to hang on our front door for the Holidays. Layered of papers, die cuts and corduroy buttons. Also please bear with me, it is also my first try tinkering with a photo with an editing software.

Enjoy your weekend.


Sunday, December 13, 2009

Cupcake row

Happy Sunday! How about some guilt free calories of cupcakes in different shades of reds? Again, I am using the brads that Marlene gave me for my birthday (I am making good use of those, Marlene) :) This cupcake image is from Out of the Box stamp set (level 1 hostess set from the Stampin' Up! 2009-2010 catalog.) It has that vintage feel to it, which I love.

One of the best things I find about stamping is the versatility of making your own patterned paper :) You can start by picking your color combo and then start building the patterns. I started with the piece of cardstock cut to size, started the pattern building from the lightest color. This way, I don't need to clean the stamp when I change color. Then, I added the little flowers to fill in those empty spaces.

Recipe (all by SU!)
Cardstock and paper: Real Red, Whisper White, Tea Party DSP
Stamp set: Out of the Box, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Ruby Red, Real Red, Sahara Sand, Basic Grey
Everything else: Eyelet Border, Word Window punches, hemp twine, Stampin' Dimensionals, 3/16" corner rounder

And then lastly, here is a bunch of invites I made for our friends' Holiday party.

That's all for this week, folks. We will be on vacation all of next week, so be back after the trip. Meanwhile, y'all have a good week ahead!


Saturday, December 12, 2009

A Christmas Thank you

Hello! I made 2 sets of Christmas thank you cards as gifts yesterday. I utilized tags again as a focal point and I wanted to use the brads that Marlene Lo gave me for my birthday :) I love the 2 color look on the tag by stamping with Sahara Sand first, then overstamped the sentiment in Bravo Burgundy. The little brad in the middle finished it off and the Silver and Gold Elastic cords added the festive touch.

Here is another version of it with a different color combo.

And this is how I packaged the set, using rice paper that my friend Ariani gave me a stack of.

All supplies are from Stampin' Up!

Thank you for stopping by. Happy weekend. 2 more days before our vacation to Bali :)


Friday, December 11, 2009

12 Days of Holiday Sales

Hi! Just want to spread the word. The 12 Days of Holiday Sales starts today until December 22. Check out the never before discounted dies and the new Decor Element sheets in 18 different Stampin' Up! colors. Click here to find out more on my online store.

When you are at it, check out also the Clearance Rack. Some great deals there, too.

Happy browsing and happy creating!


Sweet Treats

Hello and Happy Friday! This is a project that makes me happy :) I have a bunch of these chocolate bars (yummy Starbucks coffee chocolate... mmm) that I dressed up with paper, ribbon and tag. So fun!

Here is a shot of an individual one. I stamped "sweet treats" with Bravo Burgundy and punched it with Stampin' Up! new Ornament punch. Stamped the snowflake, punched it out with 3/4" circle punch and mounted on Dimensionals. Looped through Stampin' Up! Silver Cord (available in the Holiday Mini). Voila... a quick cute tag is born.

Here is a group shot :)

Supplies (all by SU! unless noted):
Paper and cardstock: Sahara Sand, Bravo Burgundy, Parisian Summer (ret.)
Stamp sets: Teeny Tiny Wishes, Season of Friendship
Ink: Bravo Burgundy
Everything else: 5/8" Very Vanilla grosgrain ribbon, burgundy ribbon (from my stash), 3/4" circle, Ornament punches, Stampin' Dimensionals, Silver and Gold cords

Thursday, December 10, 2009

The shepherds and a star

Good morning! I created this card for our ladies' craft morning last Monday, which was SUPER fun! We laughed so much :) I used a half Top Note die as a focal point and punched the Star with a 3/4" circle punch. The stamp is my favorite Christmas sets: Season of Simple Grace.

All the supplies are Stampin' Up! except the patterned paper which is MME.

This is my Hannah who can just fall asleep anywhere :) I just had to take a picture...

Thank you for stopping by.


Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Huey's Christmas card event

Beautiful, isn't it? Thought, I wanted to pass the word around. (This is my second post for the day... please scroll down for my earlier one.)

My friend Huey Tsao, a fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrator and crafting buddy designed these beauties. She is going to show you how to make these tomorrow night in her craft studio. So if you live in Northern VA (USA) and are interested, send her a message on Facebook.

Have a good day, folks...


Masculine card and a sale

Hello! I thought some masculine cards are needed for my stash so I got working... That little "happy birthday" sentiment is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes set which I must say is super useful for a card maker like me :) It has all the necessary year round events.

I punched the large star and then dry embossed it with SU! Finial Press embossing folders. Love that stuff, too...

An announcement:
Stampin' Up! Holiday sale will be on December 11-22, 2009. So stay tuned! Check my online store beginning Dec. 11. You won't want to miss it... Many never-before-discounted items :) Yay...
(Note: US addresses only).

All right... so you all have a good week...

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Yellow polka dot

Hello! A yellow polka dot card on my beloved kraft card base today. Enjoy...