Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year easel card

     In preparation for the new year I thought the Seniors might like to make an easel card with a calendar.  I love the new paper that is coming in the Occasions catalog.  How about you?

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Paper pumpkin Change Up

    Last year's November Paper Pumpkin kit looked like this.  I loved it.  The stamp included in the kit featured a very nice Christmas saying.  When I thinking of some ideas to do when I held my class at the Senior Center, I thought that this card did not have to be all about Christmas.  It could be about winter.
  Check out the little bitty change I made to the card.

      I prepared all the supplies last night to take to the class this morning and guess what greeted me as I left the house...Great big giant snowflakes that actually stayed on the ground.  Our first for the season.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Winter Wonderland Scrapbook Layout

   This is the second layout we made at my scrapbook class in December.  I love the color combination of black, gold, and white, and how the designer paper Winter Wonderland shows it off. 

Monday, December 28, 2015

Scrapbooking with Season of Cheer

    When trying to decide what to create for December layouts, I knew I wanted to use some of the Season of Cheer designer paper.  I thought the designs looked like wrapping paper so this is what I came up with.  The Bow Builder punch was perfect for the bow on top of a package.

     And I have the perfect pictures to place on these two pages.  Just have to get them developed.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Christmas cards from friends

Lana did a beautiful job of watercoloring the background of this card.
Clara's was a favorite of mine from one of my classes.
Inside of Dina's card
Dina made a tri-fold card, one I have never tried myself.
Elaine's card was so simple and beautiful.
Sherri used a kit to make this beautiful card.
   I love getting Christmas cards in the mail especially the handmade ones.  
Kim's card made me feel just like it said Jolly.

Karen changed the Paper Pumpkin card with some washi tape.


Saturday, December 26, 2015

Winter Wonderland Ornament and Wreath

     I found some directions online to make an ornament called 3-D snowflake.  The first one I made I used 6 inch squares and the Winter Wonderland designer paper.  I thought the end result was beautiful and have it hanging in my stamping classroom as a wreath.
    Since that was so easy and so pretty, I decided to see what would happen with a 3 inch square and created an ornament.  I am usually quite traditional with my Christmas colors, but decided that I love this black white and gold paper.


   I have had a lot of fun adding these to Christmas packages.  HMMMM I wonder what they will look like in spring colors.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas with All Ye Faithful

     Isn't this card perfect to view on Christmas Day.  I love the simple line design and the saying that says it all about the true meaning of Christmas.

All Ye Faithful stamp set
Holidays Fancy Foil Designer Vellum
Winter Wonderland Embellishments
Silver cording

    Merry Christmas to those of you who celebrate Christmas.  May your day be filled with memories made with family and friends. 

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Sparkly Seasons

     I thought this ornament turned out to be quite perfect for a Christmas card. To make the ornament I used

Circle framelits
Sparkly Season stamp set
Cucumber Crush ink and cardstock
Black Glimmer paper
Holidays Fancy Foil Designer Vellum

   Can't you just hear someone singing Deck the Halls when you look at this card.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Happy Scenes

     You know how when you look through a catalog your eyes are drawn to certain stamp sets.  Well, this set Happy Scenes was one that I liked as soon as I saw it.  I found this card on Pinterest and though it looks like it would be hard to make it really isn't if you make it in stages.

1. Emboss the brick background.

2. Stamp all the images at the same time on green, red, and white cardstock.  Then cut them out using the matching framelits from the Festive Fireside framelit set.

3. Cut out the window and ledge using the Hearth and Home thinlit set.

4. Stamp the saying on the window ledge and assemble the card.

    Now doesn't that sound easier when you break down the steps?

Monday, December 21, 2015

Stamping at Knollwood with Season of Cheer

     At my last visit to Knollwood stamping with the individuals who live there I adapted the card I featured yesterday so they could make it.

1. I used another piece of designer paper from Season of Cheer.  The ladies love deciding which side of the paper they want to use.

2. I a simple stamp from the set called Your Presents.  They stamped and I punched it out.

3. I left off the Snowflake embellishment it was too bulky.  They do not like to have to pay extra postage.

    The ladies loved the card even though it was quite simple.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Season of Cheer Designer paper

     I wanted a way to show off this really cool water colored Christmas paper called Season of Cheer.  Here's what I love about this card.

Designer paper
Color combo I never would have thought about
Simple saying from the Cheer All Year set I don't think the word Christmas shows up very
The Christmas Greetings Thinlits
Last but not least the snowflake embellishment.

   There is always room for designer paper.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Dove of Peace

    I never would have believed that I would choose black and white for a Christmas card, but this Winter Wonderland designer paper is so elegant looking I decided it would look good on a Christmas card.  The Dove of Peace stamp set was perfect with just black ink.  The word piece is from the thinlet set called Christmas greetings.  You probably can't tell but I cut the peace out using the black glimmer paper. One of my favorite cards I made for Christmas.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Winter Wishes


    This stamp set Winter Wishes just jumped out of the Holiday Catalog as one of my favorites.  Here is what I like about the card.....

1. The Woodland embossing folder makes a subtle background to the card
2. The Snowflake Elements are a great accent which a slightly lighter color than the rest of the card.
3. The sled reminds me of the sleds we used when I was a kid
4. The monochromatic look to the card.

    The other images in this set are a pair of skis, skates, snow shoe, pine bow and a pine cone.  This made a great card in my Christmas buffet class held at the first of the month.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

A Card for Debbie

     My daughter Debbie had a birthday last week.  I was trying to decide what to get her and then remembered all the gals were going to get pedicures at Thanksgiving time but it did not work out.  So, I decided that would be her gift, but I wanted to be clever about it. This is the front of the card I made her.  I did have to take my sock off to check out what my foot looked like.  And I made sure to look at the foot where I had bunion surgery.

   I used the Stampin'Up! Gold Glitz dazzling details for the after picture of her toes.  I am sure she will get a kick out of this card.  I had fun making it.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Birthday Cards from Friends

  One of the special things that happens when you teach people how to make cards is you receive hand made cards on special occasions.  This card is from my sister Nan who is also a Stampin'Up! demonstrator.  I love the colors and the flower.

   Judy who never stamped a card before she started coming to classes send me this card.  I love the combination of black and yellow.

 Clara  got the polka dots so perfect with the ribbon, and papers the coordinated so well together.

   My sister Karen gets kits from SEI and I am pretty sure this might be one of those kits.  I love the use of the different strips of paper as background for the leaves.

   Elaine used Lovely as a Tree for her card.  I love how she colored the leaves to look like the fall trees did this year.  Elaine said when you make cards at my house you can't send one of those to you on your birthday, so she created her own design.  I think I might have to copy that on my own.

    Dawn's card looks great with just two colors.  Don't you just love how she cut the paper after stamping the flowers.
It was so much fun seeing the creations my stamping friends made for my birthday.


Monday, December 14, 2015

Happy Birthday to Me

The cover says Turkeys and football, your birthday too. Fun memories of this day our gift to you. Happy 70th birthday!

   Do you find that the time goes double fast this time of year?  Well, it sure has for me since we came back from Tennessee.  Thanksgiving was special for me this year because it was also my birthday.  Every 7 years anyone whose birthday falls near the end of November has the same situation as I did this year.
  It was super sweet because I also turned 70 and had all my kids and grand kids ( except for Adia) with me.  Jude, my son Brian's special friend, had everyone present take a picture of me, then head on upstairs to a room I was not allowed in to create a page in this very special book.  She sanded, stained, and cut the wood for the cover of this scrapbook I will always treasure.

This is the page the Alex my youngest grandson created.

  Everyone gathered right after our meal and presented me with the book.  When I read the cover it brought tears to my eyes.  I felt very special and loved.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

On the Road Again

  Today, my husband and I will be back in the car heading out to Lebanon, Tennessee for a family Thanksgiving.  Look for a new entry on my blog next week and a Happy Thanksgiving to one and all.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Thankful Layout

     I created this layout as a way for my family to list the things they are thankful for.  I thought each person could have a piece of paper to write down what they are thankful for and I could attach it to their picture.

   This is the year that all my kids gather at Thanksgiving.  I am so excited to have everyone together. Now that they are older and some have families of their own, it seems to get harder and harder to get us all together.  We will gather in Tennessee, and drive from Missouri, Illinois, and Ohio to be together.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Waxed paper resist fall layout

 I had so much fun using the wax paper resist technique I decided the scrapbookers would love to use it also.  I created this layout using the Honeycomb and Arrows embossing folders.

 Hmm, what will be my next project using this fun and simple technique?

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Wax Paper resist for Christmas

     What a whirlwind trip!  2 full days in the car to drive to New Hampshire for a wonderful wedding, then visit for 2 days, and finally 2 full days in the car to return home!  Well worth it, but I came home ready to stand up for a while.
      This is a great technique I found online when searching for ideas on Pinterest.  The first video I watched talked about using Stampin'Up! glossy paper which we do not make any more.  So, I tried photo paper which did not work.  I found another video that used just regular card stock and it worked.  So here is how you create a card using this wax paper resist.

1. Tear a piece of wax paper and fold it in half. 

2. Place inside an embossing folder that has a close design without a lot of empty spaces.  Then emboss.

3. Open the embossed wax paper and cut it in half.  You will actually have enough to make 4 cards.

4. Make a mark on your card stock so you will know which side is embossed.  Cammie came up with the idea of putting the x on the wrong side of the paper so it will not show. Place a piece of card stock on each side of the wax paper.

5. Place a blank piece of computer or scrap paper on each side.  Iron this for 30 seconds using the cotton setting and a dry iron.

6. Using a brayer ink with one or two colors on top of the waxed side of your cardstock.

7. Finish off the card to your liking.

   For this sample I used the Large Polka dot embossing folder, Delicate Designs framelit, and the White Glitter ribbon.

   For this card I used the Lovely Lace embossing folder, and the Peaceful Wreath stamp set.

   This was so much fun I know I will use this technique many more times.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Forgetful me

   I recently went to Kristen's house for a private party for her friends.  I gathered all my supplies and had the samples out for the guests to choose the ones they wanted to make.  Imagine my surprise when the Sleigh Ride edgelits were no where to be found.  What to do?  With some help from other guests we came up with an alternative card that is also quite cute.

We used the Delicate Ornaments which looked a little like snowflakes, kept the Softly Falling embossing folder in the background and the catastrophe was avoided.  Sometimes a simple mistake can turn out to be cute.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

How to emboss trees in the background

When I first saw a card similar to this on Pinterest I had not idea how the Lovely as a Tree stamp became part of the background of the card.  After researching I found out the how...

1. Find the raised background side of the embossing folder.  Stamp the pine tree image on these raised areas.

2. Emboss the cardstock.  Once embossed the stamped trees are in the background and the embossed trees are in the front.  Simple, but looks amazing.

This is how Jody finished her card.  Are you wondering where she got the cute deer that are peeking from behind the Perfect Pines?  She cut them from the Home from Christmas designer paper.  This is so adorable and that Jody is so creative.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Brayered Embossing Woodland folder

We sponged the branches once they were embossed with Soft Suede ink.
We brayered on the raised branches.
We brayered on the raised background with 3 fall colors

     At my October downline meeting we learned a variety of ways to emboss using the Woodland embossing folder. We made the backgrounds and the challenge for the month was to take the backgrounds and create a new card.  Jody showed me hers this month.

I love how Jody separated the spider web doily into two separate parts of the card.

Jody created this card using the multi-colored background

 It was great fun to see how we each incorporated the background into different card designs.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Tree Punch for Christmas

  Sometimes I use up retired supplies when I take cards to Knollwood with me.  The ladies that stamp with me are in their 80's and love the class but would never order any supplies.  So, this is the perfect place to make use of retired cardstock.  Last year I had leftovers from the Christmas paper stack.  Here is the card I came up with to help use up that leftover dsp.

1. I pre-embossed the white cardstock to make that part easier for the ladies.

2. I showed them how to use a sponge to add color to the embossed image and to the snow.

3. They had fun tearing the cardstock to make the mound of snow on the ground.

4. They love using our designer paper because they can choose which ever side of the paper they like the best.

   The ladies have really nice looking Christmas cards and I have very little of my retired Christmas paper leftover.  Good for both of us.