Sunday, December 28, 2014

'Tis The Season, Challenge 32, A Photo Challenge

 Here's the card I posted for this week's photo challenge over on 'Tis the Season.

The star really spoke to me, so I ran with it...

I crimped the paper I used for the stars...

Had to have a red sentiment!
 I got on a roll with this one and made a few others, too,,,

You can see the star theme stuck throughout all of them!  What can I say?

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

'Tis the Season Sketch Challenge, Getting Tagged

We are quickly closing in on Christmas!  This card is a bright colorful one using the Endless Wishes stamp set, which I love and haven't used enough.

This is my take on challenge #31 from 'Tis the Season! 

I am in one of those, "let-me-use-up-all-the-stuff-I-have" phase.  I've had these card bases for quite a while now.  This sketch challenge screamed, "Use the crazy colorful and sparkly card bases!" So of course I did.  While the base isn't Stampin' Up, it matched perfectly with Garden Green and Real Red.
 It's a great sketch you can do tons with! Create something cool and then head over to 'Tis the Season and post your creation!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

'Tis the Season, Challenge 30, A Color challenge

Here is my card for this week's color challenge over on 'Tis the Season!  Lisa didn't name these colors for us, which you'd think would be easier, but I had a hard time figuring out what that third, dark blue was.  I know it looks black, but I swear it isn't. I settled on Not Quite Navy, Old Olive, and Tempting Turquoise.

I am sticking with my CAS cards, and I really like the way these stars pop out from the circle of color.

Again, making this card was a challenge for me because I am now recovering from surgery.  I had back surgery last week.  I was in way too much pain before the surgery to make cards, and now I am no longer in the major pain that was my life pre-surgery, but now I am worn out so easily!  I have so missed my studio time and can't wait to get back in there.  I have a few weeks recovery time before I return to work.

Why don't you see what you can come up with?  Head on over to 'Tis the Season and play along!?!

Open House! Small Business Sunday, November 30th

 For all you folks who are in or around my little area of Maryland (Clarksburg), I am hosting an open house, a way for you to get beautiful, unique gifts that people are sure to love, and you'll be helping your local small business, too!  This is a win-win, people!

The open house will be on Sunday, November 30th at my home studio in Clarksburg from 2-7 pm. Come when its convenient for you.

(If you know me, you know my address... if you don't know me personally but follow my blog and will be in the area and want to shop, email me and I can hook you up with my address.)

I've got a huge inventory of gifts that are sure to please.  I have pictured a few "new" products for the season: these adorable Santa and Elf gift card holders and a variety of seasonal wine tags (one variety shown here).

These are both perfect ways to present your gift.

In addition, I have a LARGE variety of card packs, framed art work, and more paper art!

There's also still enough time for me to customize a special order just for you!

If you like what you see on my blog, come over on Sunday the 30th and put a dent in your holiday shopping!  I'd love to help make your holidays even more special!

If you are a cyber shopper and you see something you like, email me!  I'd love to help you out!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Baby Snowman for 'Tis the Season Challenge #29

 Okay people... things are getting real now.  Christmas really isn't too far away.  I am not concerned at all, and do you know why?  I've been creating cards all year long for the awesome challenges over on 'Tis the Season.  Why don't you play along?

This time, we have a great sketch challenge.  I love it because you can do so, so much with this sketch and your small holiday stamps.  Seriously... unlimited possibilities!
I finally inked up this stamp set.  I used just the snowman,layered it on a Smoky Slate postage stamp, and a 1 3/8 square of pool party.  Next I added a pool party ribbon strip and a gray multi-loop ribbon.  I also added the sentiment, one part on the front and the second part inside.

I do love how this turned out.  Super simple, which is my thing these days (mostly due to the fact that I am having MAJOR back issues and can't sit or stand for longer than a few minutes, so I've got to make them quickly if I'm going to get them done.  I got a steroid shot directly into my herniated disk/pinched nerve today.  If you pray, please pray this takes away my pain.)

So what do you say?  Head on over to 'Tis the Season and join us!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

'Tis the Season Challenge 28; Two views, One Card

This is my take on this week's color challenge over on 'Tis the Season Stampin'!   

This certainly stumped me in the beginning. First, the colors? So Saffron, Pink Pirouette, and Pool Party.  Not your standard Christmas colors...

My second issue is that I can barely stand, can't sit at all, and am most comfortable laying flat on my back.  When you've got all that going on, it's hard to be creative, and it certainly is difficult to complete project.  I was able to complete this one with only 3 rest breaks.

So why don't you give it a try?  See what you come up with.  If you need a rest break, go ahead and take one.  I won't tell!

Thanks for looking!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Another Burger Box

 As I may have previously mentioned, I just can't get enough of these burger boxes...

They really are adorable.  Here's what I did to the top of the box, and below is a view from the side.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Got Geese?!?

 I love this 4 card class featuring the goose from the Wetlands stamp set.  These are great for the men in your life (husband, brother, uncle, father... you get the idea).  As always, you can alter the sentiments to suit your needs. 

As you all know, I struggle to find the perfect day to offer the classes and realize that there isn't a time that works for everyone.  This time, I'm offering it on Saturday, September 27th at 10 am. 

It's $10.00 for the class and $15.00 to purchase the set. 

Please RSVP by the 25th.

Also, if you are so inclined, shoot me an email to let me know the best days for you to attend classes. I can't always meet everyone's needs, but if I know what works for you, I can try to vary the schedule. 

'Tis the Season, Challenge 25... a Sketch Challenge

Okay, folks... Here's my take on the sketch challenge over on 'Tis the Season... where it's Christmas all year!

This one is a simple sketch, which almost makes it a little harder!

Head on over to the blog, check it out and play along!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Flower Patch and Layered Stamping

 These are not very different cards, but they are just different enough to show them both...

Can you spot the differences?

Thanks for looking....

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Giant Paper Clip Bookmarks

 I bought a container of 8 giant paper clips.

And this is what I decided to do with those clips.  Fun, huh?

Thanks for looking...

Thursday, August 28, 2014

'Tis the Season Challenge #24- A Color Challenge

I typically have a hard time with color challenges for Christmas cards that combine non-traditional Christmas colors.  This one came together quickly for me.

I used a star theme and I am really happy with how it turned out!

Play along!  Head over to 'Tis the Season and play along.  You know you want to...

Monday, August 25, 2014

Hamburger Boxes!

 I have been having fun with the burger boxes!  I have been making both the regular size...
 ...and the bigger boxes... I'm a bit addicted to these bad boys.  They are so fun!

Check these out and enjoy!

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Honeycomb Mono-chrome

Here's a card I totally CASED... but it's so beautiful...

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

'Tis the Season, Challenge 23

I created this card for the photo challenge on 'Tis the Season.

I am going to be honest.  I totally cased this card.  But look how beautiful it is!  Thank you to Pinterest and all the creative, talented people out there who share their ideas with us!  Thanks for this card!

It's been pinned on my board FOREVER.  But when I saw this picture, I knew exactly what I was going to do.
I love the messiness of this card, the spots, the sponging, the uneven banners, the random pearl placement.... I love it.

Why don't you head over to 'Tis the Season and play along with us?
Come on.... you know you want to play!  See what you come up with.  Let this photo inspire you!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Rainbow Cards

I had fun creating these rainbow cards!

Everyone always asks when they see my work how long it takes me to create a card.  Card makers know that is an impossible question to answer.  I've had one card take me hours to make (not something I generally take on by choice), and I've made a card that takes mere minutes.  I had a friend time me on this one (which I, of course, totally CASED).

It took 20 minutes to make these two cards from start to finish, including finding materials, adding the bling, stamping the sentiment and the back.  Not too shabby.  TOTALLY cute...

You can almost taste the rainbow (I'm doing it for the fans!)

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

September Flowers.... First Card Class in September, 9/5

 These are the 8 flower cards that we'll be making during my next class.

Each card has one or more beautiful flowers using some of Stampin' Up's most popular floral sets, which includes some new sets!  So fun!

 You will love these!  As always, you can customize your sentiments to create the cards you need, or you can create a variety pack to give as an awesome gift (or two!)

If you'd like the purchase the set, you can do that, too!  Just let me know.

 Here are some close-ups of a few of the cards.

The class will be offered on Friday, September 5th at 4:00.  You'll make all 8 cards for $20.00

The price to purchase a set made by me is $30.00.

Check your calendar now!  Let me know if you'd like to join us so that I can have all the materials prepared for you.  Please RSVP by Sunday, August 31st.

I hope to create with you soon!

Monday, August 11, 2014

R2D2 Punch card

I am loving this card!  I copied it, of course, but I just had a picture of the card, no directions.  So I did have to work for it a bit.

I am so proud of this!  I knew when I saw it that I had to make it for a friend of mine.

Thanks to all of those of you out there who share your ideas so freely.

I did heat emboss the sentiment in black, but you really can't tell in this picture.

Thanks for looking!  

Saturday, August 2, 2014

'Tis the Season, Challenge 22, A Sketch Challenge

This is my take on this week's sketch challenge.

I've used retired paper and stamp set (Peaceful Wishes).

I loved the look of the curved sentiment panel.  I used lightly marked with a pencil the curve of the white circle then used the circle punch itself to curve it perfectly.  Then, I popped the circle itself up.

I love this look!

Head on over to 'Tis the Season and play along!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Beach Card Set- First August Card Class

 Look at this beautiful card class I have to offer you all!  There are 6 beach themed cards, using lots of very cool techniques that I will teach you!
This seems to be a very manly card set.  Easily to customize with sentiments that you need: birthday, thinking of you, or blank.
The class is being offered on Monday, August 11th at 1:00 p.m.  You'll make 6 cards for $20.00.

If you can't make the class or just want me to make the set for you, let  me know.  I'm happy to help.

Please RSVP by August 9th so I can have everything ready for you.