Thursday, February 24, 2011

Oh Christmas Tree, How I Miss You

Maybe it's because Spring hasn't quite arrived yet that I'm still so fixated on Christmas. (Or maybe I'm just THAT behind on my blog posting). But here's another Christmas creation, and one that I am quite proud of. I got hold of this idea as I was browsing through the Stampin' Connection, an exclusive community of Stampin' Up! demonstrators.
The tree is comprises 20 ornaments punched out of DSP using the Ornament Punch. I "decorated" a couple of the ornaments by using the eyelet border punch and the scallop border punch to punch a little strip of Cherry Cobbler card stock and adhering it to the ornament. The tree trunk is an inch-wide piece of Chocolate Chip cardstock. Finally, I punched the cute little bird from DSP using the Two-Step Bird punch and the Christmas greeting comes from the Four The Holidays stamp set.

Since the left side of the layout was so complex and busy, I decided that the right side should be simple. I once again punched out several ornaments and then decorated them with the letters from the Joyful sizzlits die. 
And just because I love her Christmas pictures and I think she is so stinkin' adorable, here's Bella Bug, whose pictures will grace this scrapbook layout.  

Happy Stampin'


Saturday, February 19, 2011

2010 Ladybug Christmas Party

In December, Ladybug Ink, my stamping group, had our annual Christmas party. Each year, we have a gift exchange, with the gifts being handmade. This year, the Stampin' Up! fabric was prevalent in a lot of the gifts, and there were several awesome projects. Once again, I know that Christmas was almost two months ago, but I'm still missing it and I have so much to share. I hope you enjoy all the Ladybug's projects. I mingle with such a creative bunch.

Amber decorated this tote with flowers made from the Springtime Vintage Designer Fabric in the Occasions Mini Catalog. I was the original recipient of this tote, but one of the other Ladybugs stole it from me.

Angela made this tray using the DSP from the previous Holiday mini catalog. She included some festive candles in this cute gift.

This was my gift that I made. It's a series of decorated cork board. The white is actual dry erase that I stamped with the journaling stamp from the Notes & Details stamp set. I made the flower using the Fun Flowers Bigx die and the Big Shot. I love how you can cut more that just cardstock with the Big Shot. Just with this project, I cut vinyl, whiteboard matte, and fabric.

Corrina made this awesome decorated notebook. This is the cover and there are two other decorated dividers within the notebook. After having two of my other gifts stolen from me, I was the lucky recipient of this notebook.

I would like to to say that Karen is super talented and I am amazed at her project. It's an ornament and bowl that she made with the designer fabric. Unfortunately, this picture does not show just how awesome the ornament looked.

Kay made this beautiful plate using decor elements and Stampin' Up!'s rhinestones.

Michelle, one of the newest Ladybugs, made this adorable recipe box.

The other Michelle used designer fabric to make this adorable Checker board set. I was the original recipient of this gift, but it was quickly stolen from me.

I did however get to keep the adorable gift tag that Michelle made for her project.

Mindy was so proud of her gift. She made this pillow and used the designer fabric for one side of the pillow and then the Cherry Cobbler seam binding to make the stripes on the other side (see below). She said this was one of the first things she has ever made.

Ruth used designer fabric to make this table runner.

Vanessa made these beautiful coaster set using stamps.

And there is the Ladybug Christmas party in a nutshell. Did you see all the amazing things you can do with designer fabric? I'm so jealous of all the ladies who know how to stamp AND sew. I don't even own a sewing machine. Shoot, I barely know how to thread a needle (now that's an exaggeration, but I think you get the point). 

Happy Stampin'