Tuesday, November 16, 2010

November Stamp-a-Stack

Well, it's November already. Where has this year gone? Here are my cards for my November Stamp-a-Stack classes. They are all Christmas cards except for one. This first card is made using A Cute Christmas stamp set from the Holiday Mini. Paper used: Candy Cane Christmas DSP, Baja Breeze, Garden Green and Whisper White. I stamped the ornaments using Stazon and colored using the Baja Breeze, Garden Green, Blushing Bride and Real Red markers. I then placed a piece of the Blushing Bride ribbon in the center of the card, used liquid glue and Silver Glass Glitter to add a little sparkle and placed the oval on the card using Stampin' Dimensionals. It is an easy card and it really sparkles!!

The next card uses the little snowman from A Cute Christmas stamp set. I LOVE snowman so when I saw this set I knew I had to have it. I used this card recently as a make 'n take at a crop weekend where I had a Stampin' Up! vendor table. Everyone loved the simplicity and the cute little snowman. Paper used: Marina Mist and Whisper White. The snowman was stamped using Stazon. I colored him with the Marina Mist and Garden Green markers. Two-way glue and chunky glitter were placed on the snow drift for a touch of bling. I ran the Whisper White cardstock through the Northern Flurry embossing folder and wrapped it with a piece of the clear Tinsel Trim (both from the Holiday Mini). I layered everything and used Stampin' Dimensionals for the snowman. It's adorable!!!

The next card is from our Gateway Glitter n' Ink group's Holidaze event. Rita Parker used it for her make 'n take. She took it right from the Holiday Mini!! See page 15. I love it when I can take something that someone else prepared and use it for my classes. Why reinvent the wheel as they say!! Paper used: Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, River Rock and Whisper White. I used the new Scallop Squares Duo Bigz Die (in the Holiday Mini) for the River Rock square and embossed the Early Espresso square. The ornament stamp is from Tags til Christmas set, the sentiment is from Seasonal Sentiments (both in the Holiday Mini) and added a few pearls. It is such an easy card!

The next card was inspired by one I saw on some one's blog. I wanted to use the Waffle paper from the Holiday Mini but was afraid of it. However, when I finally did use it, it was very easy to work with. Paper used: Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla and Deck the Halls DSP. I embossed the Cobbler using the petals embossing folder and added a piece of ribbon around the DSP in the center of the card. For the circle, I used the largest circle from the Circles #2 die. Then I stamped the little girl from Greeting Card Kids using Stazon and colored her with Cherry Cobbler and Blushing Bride markers. I used Pear Pizzazz marker for the tree and Soft Suede for the sled. I sponged around the circle using Crumb Cake. When it came time for the Waffle paper, I cut 1 inch strips. It takes 2 strips to go around the circle. I just placed snail adhesive on the back of the circle and gathered the Waffle paper around. To make sure that it stayed secure, I placed another circle over the Waffle paper in the back. I used Stampin' Dimensionals to pop up the circle. I love this card -- I think it turned out very vintage. What do you think?

The last card is non-Christmas. It is a simple monogram card that I got from my Swap Buddy last month, Mary Derhake. I love Mary. She is a great stamper and I love all her projects so, of course, I had to use her beautiful card for my class. Paper used: Baja Breeze, Very Vanilla and Basic Gray. I embossed the Basic Gray and adhered all the layers. The Vanilla Satin Ribbon was easy using sticky strip on the Baja Breeze strip and gathering the ribbon. Isn't it just so simple yet elegant?

I'm sorry it took me until the middle of the month to get these cards posted. However, November is my busiest month for classes. I have 3 special Christmas Stamp-a-Stacks along with my 3 monthly Stamp-a-Stack classes.

Well, after cutting paper for hours and cleaning my house for all my classes, I decided to take the month of December off. So I won't be sharing any December cards but I do hope to get some handmade Christmas gifts done. I'll be sharing those in the next few weeks.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week.


Monday, November 1, 2010

Goodbye October ... Hello November

It's hard to believe it is November already. Where did this year go?

I had a VERY busy Halloween weekend. I wanted to get pumpkin pictures up on October 31 with a blog title of HAPPY HALLOWEEN ... but I never even carved my pumpkins until Sunday afternoon! I say busy weekend because the town I live in usually has trick or treating two nights so I had one set of grand kids over on Saturday and another set on Sunday.

Here is the Saturday night crew (Cowardly Lion (Mylah 14 mons), Dorothy (Grace, almost 4), the Princess from Princess and the Frog (Amber, 4), Tinker Bell (Guinevere, 5) and the only boy, Superman (Ben, almost 3, being held by his Mom, Lauren, our daughter).

Sunday night Dorothy and the Cowardly Lion were still with us along with a Black Cat (Shannon, holding the Cowardly Lion), Leah and John (our children), a Fairy Princess (Ella, almost 5) and a Race Car Driver (a.k.a trash man -- Bubby, almost 4). We all had a fun time.

Each evening I made dinner for all kids and adults. Of course, I can't just throw hot dogs and chips on the table -- no -- I have to make special "Mummy Dogs" for the kids, a cauldron of Chili for the adults, "Bloody Worm Sandwiches" and lastly "Spider Bread" to go with the chili.

After all that the grand kids insisted that Grammy go with them trick or treating while Grampy stayed home and handed out candy. Needless to say after two nights of walking the neighborhood and cooking for a houseful, I'M TIRED!

Doesn't that look like an easy job?

Well, check out the pumpkins I carved with my little granddaughter, Grace. She didn't help much but her Dad did. This was my first "white" pumpkin (there's also a black/gray pumpkin underneath him) and I just love him -- don't you?

While I was out trick or treating, here is what my little "Lukey" was doing. The picture isn't that great and he looks like he is possessed but after all it is Halloween, LOL!!!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you all had a very HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!