Snow much nerdy peeps

I have noticed something lately.  I am using red, kraft & stickles a whole lot.  I just can't help it, it's helping me get into the holiday spirit.  I kinda, sorta, really like snowmen this year too?!?  They are just so cute!  
Today, I am showing a fun holiday card using the December stamp set from Avocado Arts.  It has a few different snowmen to build, some snowflakes, cute sentiments and a sled (I know I'm forgetting something else, so I apologize in advance).  
To make this card, I stamped the sled in versa mark ink, onto the kraft card base.  While that was drying I cut/embossed card stock, using the Bracket Edgabilities from Spellbinders.  Before adhering the two pieces together, I stamped snowflakes & the sentiment (I added stickles to the center of the snowflakes).  The snowman was paper pieced together on separate card stock, then adhered with foam tape.  I adhered the pieces together, and then to the card front.  I was going to add twine or something, but I saw these Zva crystals I have been hoarding, which seems like forever.  I'm done with hoarding my stuff, so I slapped that swirl right on my card without even thinking twice about it (I lie, I thought about it lol).  I kind of wanted to round the corners, but the crystals were blocking the way...hindsight is always 20/20.  
Well, make sure to visit the other designers to see what fun stuff they created.

materials used:
Avocado Arts stamps
Spellbinders Edgabilities
Zva crystals
Copic markers
kraft cardstock
white card stock
red card stock
memento ink
versafine ink
versamark ink
foam tape

Lawn Fawn & May Arts day 2

This week the Lawn Fawn is teaming up with May Arts ribbon.  Everyday a couple of designers will bring you a fun project.  I created a few Christmas tags, using Lawn Fawn stamps and of course some pretty trims from May Arts.  The candy canes, I plan on putting on a bag or a gift, it is a cheap way to add a little holiday spirit to a gift.  On one of the tags, I used this silvery, sparkly trim, it almost feels like tinsel (its really cool!), and then on the other candy cane I used the ultra thin silk ribbon, which is so lush.  It is so soft, and really ties the prettiest bows.  On the biggest tag, the trim I used almost feels like yarn (really soft & thick).  It reminds me of bakers twine but super soft and fluffy.  Except for the silk ribbon, I had never used the other two trims before.  When I first opened the box of ribbon/trims that were sent to me, I honestly didn't think I would like the silvery trim, but I'm a fan now.  I'm thinking of a few ways to use it on some holiday cards.
Make sure you head on over to the Lawn Fawn blog, where you have a chance to win a big bundle of May Art ribbon!! 
Materials Used:
Lawn Fawn Stamps
May Arts Ribbon
Spellbinders die templates
Stickles
Copic markers
red cardstock
winter white card stock
distress inks
memento ink
clearsnap colorbox inks

Happy Thanksgiving & a fun holiday card and tag

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my American Friends.  Today, I will enjoy having my children and husband home with me.  Just us four, relaxing, eating, watching tv.  It's the little things that make me happy.  Later tonight, we will have a small dinner.  A Smithfield honey spiral ham, mashed potatoes, sage sausage stuffing, rolls, glazed carrots, steamed asparagus, canned cranberry sauce (request from my husband lol...he likes the canned stuff better than fresh), then pumpkin and apple pie for dessert.  
I try to count my blessing all year long, but today I have been filled to the brim with all that I am thankful for.  I hope all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with blessings.  I plan on getting my craft on a little later!  It is time to start on holiday cards, tags and presents!
I originally was planning on using both of these as tags, but I thought the snowman and the bird label, would look great on a card.  
I love, love, love to make tags!  Just grab some scrap cardstock, the pieces that are too small for a card, some of your favorite die templates, holiday stamps and maybe copics and stickles.  One cannot have too much glitter around the holidays.
When you give a gift, it just makes the gift so much more meaningful when it is given with a homemade card and tag.  The recipient feels special.  I like making people feel good, even if it is through a card.  Sometimes, that is all I have to give.  As much as I would love to, we just don't have the money to buy gifts for everyone we love.  So a pretty card will do.

materials used:
Lawn Fawn stamps
Spellbinders die templates
American Crafts glitter cardstock
white cardstock
Memento ink
Clearsnap ink
Stickles
Copic markers

Fall Sneak Peek Blog Hop for Crafters Home, Day Two

Join Spellbinders™ Paper Arts and Crafters Home as we celebrate a Fall Sneak Peek!

Spellbinders and participating stores in the Crafters Home Buying Group are excited to introduce three new die template sets sold exclusively through Crafters Home stores through January! You’ll have to wait until February to find these die template designs in non-member stores. 
These new dies are in stock! Get yours now at a participating Crafters Home store! See the Spellbinders Blog for a list of participating stores.
 
Visit the Spellbinders Blog November 14 - 16 to see a new Spellbinders die template revealed each day! Visit designer blogs to enter the daily contests and see inspiring projects using the new releases. Comment on Designers Blogs and the Spellbinders Blog count as entries into daily drawings. Daily winners receive all three of the new designs!
Today's new die is S5-068 Dress Forms
$19.99


Lattice Dress: 1 7/8 x 2 ¼”
Scalloped Hem Dress: 2 1/8 x 2 5/8”
Plain Dress Form: 1 ¾ x 3 1/8
Swirled Dress: 1 ¾ x 3 1/8”


For my card base, I used the S4-341 Wavy Rectangle dies that was introduced yesterday.  I then cut/embossed the Scalloped Hem Dress die.  To create the pattern on the dress, I used the E8-004 Classic Ric Rac Edgabilities die template to cut out strips of pattern paper.  I laid the strips onto the dress, glued them down and trimmed off the excess.  For the center beading, I used some black Want2Scrap rhinestones.  The sentiment is from the Big Day Essentials stamp set from Waltzingmouse Stamps.  The dress didn't look quite right adhered directly to the card front, so I popped it up with foam tape, to give the card a little more dimension.  
Visit these designers today:
Becca Feeken amazingpapergrace.com
Contest Details
Participants wishing to be included in the daily drawing for the Spellbinders Fall Sneak Peak contests adhere to all of the following rules.
  • The Fall Sneak Peek starts November 14, and ends November 16, 2011. It consists of three individual contests, one each day.
  • Each Fall Sneak Peek Bog will accept comments as entries from 12:00 am until 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time, on its scheduled day.
  • Each comment counts as one entry. One entry per person, per blog please.
  • One winner each day will receive the three new die templates available exclusively at Crafters Home stores.
  • All three winners will be announced on the Spellbinders Blog on November 17. The winners will have 48 hours to respond to the email address on the winning post to claim their prize. If a winner fails to respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
  • By entering, you allow Spellbinders to publish your first name, city, state, and country of residence and a quote from you, on the Spellbinders Blog, website, and in promotional materials.
  • Spellbinders Designers, contractors, employees and immediate family members are not eligible to win.
  • The invitation to the Fall Sneak Peek Blog Hop is extended to all, we are happy to ship prizes worldwide.
Any questions regarding this contest should be sent to ContestQuestions@Spellbinders.us

Holiday Hello with the Nerdy Snow Peeps

Today, I get to sneak the December stamp set from Avocado Arts called, Brr! and the Nerdy Snow Peeps (isn't that the coolest stamp name?).  I also mixed in a little bit of the Bring on the Holiday Cheer set too (the sentiment & the grass).
I stamped the snowflakes with Versamark onto the kraft card stock, adhered a strip of red card stock, and then stamped the leaves aka mistletoe in green ink above the strip.  Next, I created a circle die cut using a Classic Circle Nestabilities, and created a little snow man scene.  The scarf and hat are popped up with dimensionals, to give the snowman a little depth.  The scarf was colored in with Copics (r24, r27, r29, & r39), and the hat was colored in using red & green Stickles.  To get the sentiment rounded, I placed the stamp onto my clear block, and curve the stamp until I liked the angle.
Head on over to the Avocado Arts website for more stampy goodness and visit the other designers to see fun projects using this set.


A Very Fawny Holiday: Cozy Christmas

Lawn Fawn is having A Very Fawny Holiday Week.  Everyday, the designers are showcasing projects using the Holiday stamp sets.  So head on over to the Lawn Fawn blog to check out some great ideas to put you in that Christmas Spirit.
I decided to create a Personalized Christmas Wish list.  The sheet is 5x7 inches, and I used several stamp sets to create it, School House Backdrops, Sally's ABC's, Cozy Christmas and Critter's in the Forrest.  To get the ledger look, I used a notebook punch along the side.
Head on over to the rest of the designer's blogs to see what they have created:

Have a Fawny Holiday, Day 2

This week, the Lawn Fawn design team will be showcasing all of the great holiday stamp sets.  So make sure you visit the Lawn Fawn blog every day, to check out new and fun inspiration to get you ready to creating holiday cards, tags, gifts and more!  
Today, I am showing a fun little gift box I made using the Winter Fox stamp set (and a Spellbinders box template).  The glitter cardstock, is a nice thick cardstock perfect for this project and it is made by American Crafts, it comes in a ton of different colors, but I chose a red/green holiday combo.  After I stamped the fox, I colored her in with Copic markers.  The scarf, cup and tail were all colored in using red, green & clear stickles.  For those of you unfamiliar with stickles, it is a glitter glue manufactured by Ranger (very easy to use too).  To get the fox to stand up on the box, I created a little square/cube, by scoring cardstock and glueing it together.  Then adhering it to the back of the fox, then the box.  I stamped the sentiment, cut it out into strips and adhered them to the front, then finished it off by adding a few red rhinestones.  
I hope you enjoy all of the inspiration this week!  I need to get moving on making my Christmas Cards & gift sets!  I'm thinking I may need to crack out the Christmas CD's soon.

A stamping, paper piecing layout.

Hello there, here is a layout I made as a guest for Nichol Magouirk's November Stamping Scrapbooking Class, over at Two Peas.  The theme for November is paper piecing.  I paper pieced the banners, the ribbon thing in the corner and the polaroid pictures.  I used Lawn Fawn stamps for all of my stamping.  The Amy Tangerine line for American Crafts, worked so perfect for this layout.  It's of Kendall at her locker this year.  Last year she had a bottom locker and hated it, so when she found out she had a top one, she was most excited.  


Materials Used:
Lawn Fawn Bannerific
Lawn Fawn Sally's ABC's
Lawn Fawn Say Cheese
Lawn Fawn Admit One
Lawn Fawn School House Backdrops
Ranger white gel pen
American Crafts Thickers
Spellbinders Classic Squares Sm
American Crafts Pattern Paper
Chalkstalk cardstock

Holiday Cheer

Happy November 1st!  It seems so crazy to think in just a few weeks it will be Thanksgiving, next month is Christmas and next week my boy will be eleven.  This year has gone by quick like!  
Well, I have another Avocado Arts project share to show you today.  I decorated a Maya Road envelope, it is a little on the smaller side, so I think this is the perfect size for a gift card.  My daughter who is 15, really enjoys getting gift cards, so I will need to have a few gift card holders on stand by, ready to use.
I started by glueing down the burlap using fabritac, it's a strong liquid glue.  I then paper pieced the Christmas trees, and adhered them to the envelope.  I stamped the sentiment, then hand cut it out, an adhered it using a foam square adhesive.  To finish the gift card holder off, I stamped a star, adhered it to the top and added a few black rhinestones.  This was very quick and easy, and I can see myself using the same sketch for a card.
Head on over to the Avocado Arts website to see all of the latest happenings, and visit the rest of the designers to see their most fabulous projects!


Materials Used:
Avocado Arts November stamp set
Authentique pattern paper
Want2Scrap bling
foam tape
Maya Road envelope
black ink
white cardstock
burlap

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