Friday, December 31, 2010

Top Ten of 2010

Hi again! This is my second post of the day, and it's a bit of an impulsive one. Jamie over at Crafty Girl 21 had a post with her Top Ten Favorite Cards of 2010, and that inspired me to do the same. I thought it was such a fun idea! However, when I went back to my 2010 card file and started looking, I realized there were lots of cards that weren't favorites, but then there were a lot that were favorites, so it was hard to choose!

Here are my Top Ten Favorite Cards of 2010!

I want to thank each of you, my sweet blog readers and followers. Thank you so much for reading, commenting, and your kind words that you always leave me. If it weren't for you, I'd feel like I was talking to myself! All the best to you in 2011! :)

Happy New Year!

Hey y'all! Happy {early} New Year to you!!! I am welcoming 2011 with open arms because I just know it holds so many exciting and wonderful things for my family and I this year! I am getting married in April, and my brother is graduating high school in May. I am also excited about another year of card-making fun!

I whipped up this New Year's card using Winobella by Stamping Bella. I stamped her in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored her with Copic markers. I added some fun sparkle to her dress with a clear Spica glitter pen. It doesn't show up very well in the photo, but I promise, it's super glittery! I also used some Crystal Stickles on the wine glasses and Crystal and Platinum Stickles on the bottle.

This layout is from an older Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge. I embossed the white panel with the Spots and Dots Cuttlebug embossing folder. I thought that would be a fun one for a New Year's card. The paper is from Making Memories, and the cardstock is Perfect Match cardstock by Papertrey Ink. I sewed around the edge of my card as well as the image panel with some black thread, which I thought would really make this card pop! I think it did! To finish it off, I added some rhinestones, a pink bow and the '11 sticker which is from the Year of Memories - 2011 sticker sheet by SRM Stickers.

That's it for me today. We have family coming over tonight for some pizza, lots of homemade desserts, and family game night! It's always fun!

I wish you a bright and amazing 2011! Thanks for stopping by! :)

Cardstock: Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: Making Memories
Stamps: Winobella by Stamping Bella
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers
Embellishments: clear Spica glitter pen, rhinestones, pink ribbon, SRM Stickers, Crystal Stickles, Platinum Stickles
Tools: sewing machine, Cuttlebug, Spots and Dots embossing folder, Classic Rectangle Nestabilities

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Christmas Thank You Cards

Hey y'all! I received so many wonderful things this Christmas from my family members and friends, so I wanted to make some thank you cards to send to them. Originally, my plan was to go clean and simple. I even bought regular 44-cent postage stamps because I was determined to not froo-froo these up and add big, poofy bows to make them cost more to mail! Then, I started making the cards, and that's when I realized that I cannot do clean and simple. I just can't. I look at it and feel like it's missing something (or five things...ha!). So, here are my not-so-clean-and simple cards!

I used my Taylored Expressions December Key Ingredients for the patterned paper and cardstock for these cards. If you've never tried Key Ingredients before, you can actually purchase this month's as a commitment! How awesome is that? I know you'll be hooked, though, because I sure am! Taylor issued a challenge to make Christmas thank you cards with this kit, so I took on the challenge. For my card layout, I was inspired by Jenyfur's cards in this post on the SRM Stickers blog. I did these assembly-line-style. I started by stamping all of my images, cutting them out with circle Nestabilities, and coloring them with Copic markers. I thought these adorable snowpeople were perfect for my cards, since technically, it is still winter, even though it was about 70 degrees here in South Mississippi today! This stamp is from the Seasons Greetings stamp set by There She Goes. Next, I cut out all of my paper pieces - cardstock bases, patterned paper, scalloped circles, etc.

I embossed the Kraft panel with the Snowflakes Cuttlebug embossing folder and then stitched the Kraft paper to a white panel. I added a strip of paper matted on red cardstock to each card. Now, hold on a minute...I have to tell y'all this. I about flipped out of my chair when I saw that the December Key Ingredients included the Echo Park Wintertime paper collection. I just *love* Echo Park, and I loved working with these papers because they weren't too Christmasy!

Next, I added a ribbon (the brown ribbons were from my stash; the others were from the Key Ingredients), to each card and attached the image panel. For my sentiments, I used these awesome stickers from SRM Stickers: Sticker Sentiments - Thank You and We've Got Your Sticker - Thanks. I especially loved the last set because they come in brown, black, and white...all on the same sheet! I was easily able to coordinate them to match my papers. Last, but not least, I used some white liquid applique on the hat pom, hat trim, and to add a snow effect along the bottom. Before I heat-set my liquid applique, I sprinkled a little Martha Stewart fine glitter on it for a touch of sparkle. I love the way these cards turned out!

Oh, by the way, I'm linking this up to Cupcake Craft Challenges where the current challenge is to make a thank you card.

Thank you soooo much for stopping by my blog today! :)

Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: Wintertime by Echo Park
Stamps: Seasons Greetings by There She Goes
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers
Embellishments: SRM Stickers - Thank you and Thanks, Liquid Applique, Martha Stewart glitter, assorted ribbon, red pearls by Kaisercraft
Tools: Cuttlebug, Snowflake Embossing Folder, Classic Circle Nestabilities, Scallop Circle Nestabilities, sewing machine

Thursday, December 23, 2010

SRM Stickers Gift Card Holders

Hi everyone! Yesterday was my first full day of Christmas vacation, and of course, I spent the whole day running the roads and shopping! Mama and I are at it again today...more shopping! We just don't know when to stop. LOL! :) The best thing to shop with is a gift card, and we have a few of those to give this Christmas, so I whipped up a few of these super-easy-peasy gift card holders using this template by Kristina Werner.

I followed Kristina's directions for cutting out and scoring the holders and then cut out patterned paper to decorate them with. I added a SRM Sticker from the Happy Holidays Sticker Sentiments to each one. These stickers are so easy and fun to use and combined with the simple template, making these was a breeze! I finished each holder off with some ribbon and red Twinkles.

I just did a Christmas Secret Sister swap with some crafty friends of mine, and my friend Noelle sent me an incredible package. Among other goodies was a 12x12 pack of the absolutely adorable Everybody Loves Christmas collection. I'd been wishing for some Echo Park Christmas papers, so thank you, Noelle, for fulfilling my wish! :) I decided to use my new paper one of the gift card holders. I used the Tinsel and Twig collection by The Girls Paperie on the second holder. It's for my grandmother, and I knew she would like the more traditional colors.

Once I got finished with these, my head was spinning with ideas for other gift card holders. Just imagine the possibilities with different papers and SRM stickers! These would be perfect for any occasion!

Oh, and as for the Bed Bath and Beyond gift card in the photos, it was actually a gift to me from my aunt and uncle. I spent it yesterday, but used it for display purposes in the photos! Anyone wishing to reload it for me can feel free to do so. ;) Ha!

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today! I wish all of you a wonderful Christmas! :)

"Holiday Cheer" Supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill Kraft
Patterned Paper: Everybody Loves Christmas by Echo Park
Embellishments: Happy Holidays Sticker Sentiments by SRM Stickers, Twinkles by Taylored Expressions, ribbon (Hobby Lobby stores) 

"Merry and Bright" Supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill, Choice Buttercream 
Patterned Paper: Tinsel and Twig by The Girls Paperie
Embellishments: Happy Holidays Sticker Sentiments by SRM Stickers, Twinkles by Taylored Expressions, ribbon (Taylored Expressions)

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Seasons Greetings

Hi there! I have been such a slacker about making my Christmas cards this year. I've just been so busy and kept pushing them to the back burner. Well, I had some spare time tonight and four brand-spankin' new There She Goes stamp sets sitting on my desk, so I decided to play with my new goodies. I actually have those because I won the entire There She Goes release (four new sets) last week at their release party chat! I was so very excited about that, and they are all such beautiful stamps!

I used the Seasons Greetings set for this card. I just love the classic images in this set. I stamped my image in Memento Tuxedo Black onto Choice Buttercream cardstock and colored it in with Copic markers. I cut it out with Classic Circle Nestabilities and layered onto the red scalloped circle, also cut out with Nestabilities. The square panel was embossed with the Snowflake Cuttlebug embossing folder. I added a pearl to each corner. All of the papers, ribbon, and pearls are from the Taylored Expressions Tinsel and Twig Project Pantry kit

I always start my cards with a sketch, and this card was made using last week's Sweet Stop Sketch - SSS84. I also made this card for the challenge currently going on at Paper Issues. The challenge is to make a Christmas project - card, layout, altered item...anything!

I entered this card into challenges at: Scrap Creations (anything goes), Stamp Something (Christmas colors), Card Makin' Mamas (anything goes), and Sugar Sweet Paper Treats (anything goes).

I'm sure you'll be seeing more cards from me in the near future using these awesome There She Goes stamps! Thank you again to Jessica for being so generous with her prizes!

Thanks for stopping by today! :)

Cardstock: Bazzill, Choice Buttercream
Patterned Paper: Tinsel and Twig by The Girls Paperie
Stamps: Seasons Greetings by There She Goes
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers
Embellishments: ribbon, Kaisercraft Champagne Pearls
Tools: Classic Circle Nestabilities, Scallop Circle Nestabilities, Classic Square Nestabilities, Snowflake Cuttlebug embossing folder, Cuttlebug