Friday, December 28, 2012

Blooming with Thanks

Need some quick thank you cards for all the amazing gifts you received over the Christmas season? Here is a super simple, quick and easy design for you. One ink, two pieces of cards stock, and two stamps sets (Itty Bitty Banners and Betsy's Blossoms). You can crank these babies out in no time and send a special thank you.

Add a little more to the card by finishing off the blossom with a small, simple pearl. 

If you are still in need of simple gifts (as I am because I skipped Christmas and am now scrambling to send out cards and send out presents), package a few thank you cards in a cellophane bag and give as a gift. 

Since I am talking about thanks, I would like to thank you for reading my blog. I am not a consistent blogger, which technically makes me a bad blogger, but I do enjoy sitting down to write and share about what I love to do most - stamp. Thank you for spending a few moments on my little island of the blogosphere. 

Happy Stampin'!


Thursday, December 27, 2012

Show and Tell: He is Risen

I know that we have just celebrated the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ, but I think it's a great time to also reflect on his ultimate sacrifice. I guess that's why this card was hidden among my Christmas cards. I made this for a workshop during the spring and never posted it. I love this stamp (which is now retired) and loved this Easter card.

As we approach 2013, I pray that the Lord blesses you this year in ways you never imagined.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
~1 Peter 1:3

Happy Stampin'

Friday, December 21, 2012

Ornament Frenzy

I can not get enough of the Be of Good Cheer DSP. I love the color scheme (Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green, and Very Vanilla) as well as the simplicity of the patterns. This paper is great for all sorts of Christmas projects. I made the above card for a workshop in October. Since I like to think of myself as a creative coach, not a dictator, I encourage my customers to stray from my design if they would like to. Below are the cute variations on my card. Didn't they do great? I really enjoyed seeing the different ideas all from the same supplies and concept.

I hope this holiday season is treating you nicely and that all your preparations are "on schedule." :)

Happy Stampin'


Friday, December 14, 2012

Ladybug Ink Blog Hop: Cards in a Box

Hello! Welcome to my blog and the Ladybug Blog Hop. I hope you have been enjoying the hop, and if you are just beginning your hopping, make sure to check out all the other talented ladies. 

 I love the Christmas season and all the fun projects that go along with it! I wanted to share this box card set that I made. I got the idea from the one and only Mary Fish, and I have used this idea for so many card sets. Although my box and card are Christmas-themed, I have used this idea for birthday card sets, thank you cards sets, etc. I have given them away as door prizes, presents, and silent auction items. Take this idea and make someone you love, or maybe even just like, a set of handmade cards and a matching box for their use.

And while I have your attention, check out what I thought was a good idea that ended up....melting?

So I wanted to make perfect snowflakes on my window this year using that fake snow in a can stuff. I was cutting snowflakes out with the Snow Flurry Bigz die and thought that the paper would make a perfect snowflake stencil. In theory it was a great idea, but for some reason, the snowflakes kind of melted over the day, and now there's just a big blob of snow crap on my window. Maybe it'll work better for you.

There's my ultimate snowflake stencil. I cut out a square in the middle of bigger piece of cardstock (I used the random piece that comes with the Stampin' Up! DSP.
I had a two year old helping me. I need both my hands (and maybe two more). So, I taped my stencil to the door.

Then I sprayed the stencil with the snow-in-a-can.

Wa-la. Almost perfect snowflakes? You can see the little one starting to melt.

 Thanks for visiting my blog. Head on over to Cassie's blog to check out her awesome project.

Happy Stampin',

Ruth Norton
Amber Wilson
Nichole Gonzales Jaramillo
Kay Jantz
Liz Kay
You're Here! Carmelita Wasson
Cassie Rogers

Friday, December 07, 2012

Wise Variations on a Card

When starting out with stamping, my demonstrator mentioned that all you need to do is take a SIP. In other words, all you need to make a card is Stamps, Ink, and Paper. She is absolutely right, but after I got a hold of all the amazing tools and learned all the cool techniques, it was kind of hard to go back to the SIP card. Recently, I focused on a SIP card during a workshop to shop how you can create a beautiful card with minimal supplies.

Here is my SIP card using just cardstock, ink, and the Come to Bethlehem stamp set. I picked this stamp set because it has a beautiful design as well as a nice greeting that are perfect for a nice, simple Christmas card.
Of course, all cards can be up-dazzled with a few embellishments. I took the same card and added some Always Artichoke Seam Binding Ribbon and a Rhinestone. Instead of stamping the greeting directly on the card, I stamped it on a piece of Very Vanilla and punched it out with the Decorative Label punch.

Happy Stampin'