Sunday, December 21, 2008

Winter Red

This card is a larger-sized card and fits in the Stampin' Up! large open-end envelopes that have since been discontinued. I like this sized card since an old fashioned paper-style gift certificate fits inside. I CASE'd this card idea from Melinda Wharton. I added the paper piercing, used a different Cuttlebug embossing folder, different ribbon and added the brad, but really it is Melinda's design.

The card base is Real Red cardstock cut at 9-1/4 inches by 7-1/2 inches and scored along the 7-1/2 side at 3-3/4. It is embellished with a layer of Very Vanilla cardstock that I ran through the Big Shot using the Snowflakes Cuttlebug embossing folder. The snowflakes and deer are from the Winter Post stamp set and are stamped in Real Red on squares of Very Vanilla cardstock. I adhered these to squares of Real Red cardstock and added a bit more texture by piercing holes along the edges using the mat pack and paper piercer from the Stampers' Tool Kit.

The final embellishment is a length of Real Red 5/8 inch grosgrain ribbon wrapped around the Very Vanilla cardstock with a filigree brad and rhinestone brad used to pinch the ribbon just left of center for balance. I didn't photograph the inside, but I adhered Very Vanilla cardstock to the inside on which I stamped a few more Real Red snowflakes and a Christmas greeting.

Happy Stampin'! EdieB

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Gift Ideas

Today I am bringing you two fun projects which make great holiday gifts for your co-workers, teachers, and friends. The nugget tin is my creation and the junior legal pad wish list is the creation of my good stampin' friend JenB. Together they make a nice gift set if you are looking to give someone a little extra something.

The nugget tin is decorated with a strip of Ski Slope DSP and 1/4 inch Real Red grosgrain ribbon. A Top Note Bigz Die cut tag adorns the top. The tag was made from Real Red cardstock, the striped Ski Slope DSP and Whisper White cardstock stamped with an image from the Holiday Lineup stamp set. The tag is tied to the tin with 5/8 inch Real Red grosgrain ribbon. The ribbon is wove through the tag by holes made with the slit punch and then tied off in a bow. We covered each nugget with a slip of DSP too. :)

The note pad is so cute and really fun to make. I think I could become addicted to these. The cover is Real Red cardstock embellished with Ski Slope DSP and a Filigree brad with a Rhinestone brad in the center. As you can see in the picture to the right, more DSP is adhered to the inside cover and over the top of the legal pad. We used lots of sticky strip to make sure everything holds tight. The pen is stamped with Real Red snowflakes and rolled in clear microbeads. It is stunning. Jen found the instructions for both these projects on SCS. The pen can be found here and the legal pad is here. Tip: Copy Max will cut the junior legal pads in half for just $2.

Have a great day & Happy Stampin'! EdieB

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Wishing You Cheer

Thank goodness the weekend is here. I had a very hectic week at work and at home with the holidays approaching. I am looking forward to some down-time this weekend but first I have to take care of household chores and do some cleaning. I know that cleaning house is against the "Stampers' Code of Ethics" but believe me when I tell you that the house needs a little attention. ;-}
So, continuing with the Baja Breeze and Real Red Christmas cards, this is a darling layout that I CASE'd from a mystery stamper that swapped with me at the Demo to Demo Stampfest in Cambridge, Ontario in November. There was no name or recipe on the card so, if this card idea is yours, please post a comment to let us all know who you are.
Now, the original card base was in Kraft and Riding Hood Red with Baja Breeze and RHR striped grosgrain ribbons. I switched it up a bit by using the Baja Breeze card base with layers of Real Red and Chocolate Chip cardstocks and embellished one panel with Real Red 1/4 inch Grosgrain Ribbon. I also added a scalloped border and some stamping on the inside which peaks through at the scalloped border. Click on the card photo to see it bigger and catch some of the details better.
Wishing You Cheer is retiring soon and is on sale right now during Stampin' Up's! great retirement sale now through December 23. Don't forget too that you receive FREE shipping for every order of $70 or more and a FREE 2009 Spring/Summer Idea Book & Catalog from me in January if you order from my SU website
Stamp Sets: Wishing You Cheer
Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Real Red, Chocolate Chip Whisper White, Ski Slope DSP
Inks: Black Staz-On, Real Red, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze, Old Olive
Other: Blender Pens, Real Red 1/4 Inch Grosgrain Ribbon, Scalloped Edge Punch
Thanks for stopping by and Happy Stampin! EdieB

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Winter Post

Happy Snow! The northeast is getting blasted with wind & snow. It is so cold outside it really makes you appreciate the cozy warmth of your house, especially when you are sitting around with friends stamping and eating which is exactly what we did on Sunday. We had the best time and the best food. Keeping with true Pennsylvania tradition, Grace brought a delicious pot of Chili for us to enjoy while stamping and Barbie brought taco dip and chips which you probably know are addictive. So, needless to say, we were a group of happy stampers this weekend.

And, this is one of the cards that we stamped while enjoying are yummy treats-a simple yet lovely card. The card base is Baja Breeze and it is stamped in the same color with the lovely snowflakes from the Winter Post stamp set which you can find in the Holiday Mini Catalog. The deer is from the same set and stamped in Chocolate Chip on Whisper White and punched out using the 1-3/8 inch Square Punch. It is matted on a 1-1/2 inch square of Real Red cardstock and embellished with a Baja Breeze star. To finish this card create a scalloped edge using your Scallop Edge punch and tie off some Striped Real Red 5/8 inch ribbon around the top. Oh, and don't forget to stamp the inside of the card and the envelope to make it an extra-special holiday greeting.
Stay Warm & Happy Stampin'! EdieB

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Scandinavian Season

Hi Everyone! I hope you have all recovered from the holiday weekend. I know, for me, it was culture shock to go back to work on Monday. I was so relaxed after being home for four days. I am now really looking forward to the Christmas holiday when I will have several days off with plans only to stay home to enjoy my family and relax.

I would like to share another Christmas card with you today. This card features the Scandinavian Season stamp set which you can find in the Holiday Mini Catalog. The colors are Old Olive and Real Red and the patterned paper is from the Holiday Treasures Designer Series paper pack.

To make this card stamp the Christmas Tree in Old Olive on Whisper White cardstock and then stamp just the corner of the tree which has the flower in Real Red on a scrap of Whisper White. Trim the flower and embellish it with a Fire Square Rhinestone Brad. Adhere the flower to the tree with a Stampin' Dimensional or a glue dot. In this case, I prefer a glue dot since it will stick to the metal prongs of the brad better.

Stamp Sets: Scandinavian Season
Cardstock: Old Olive, Whisper White, Holiday Treasures DSP
Inks: Old Olive and Real Red
Other: 1/16 Handheld Punch, Slot Punch, Fire Squire Rhinestone Brads, Old Olive 1/4 Inch Grosgrain Ribbon, Silver Cord, Glue Dots

TGIF & Happy Stampin'! EdieB