Monday, November 22, 2010

Candy Cane Christmas

I owe thanks to two fellow demos for this post: The card was designed by Kirstin Randazzo, the coaster by Lisa Cool. I thought they made a perfect pair!

To make the card, we embossed a standard-sized Baja Breeze base with the Northern Flurry folder, then grouped a series of assorted size circle punches (from the Candy Cane Christmas DSP) and a bird stamped with the Punch Potpourri hostess set. Several of the circles are popped up on dimensionals for interest.

The coasters are a cinch to make! Can't you imagine a set of four using those coordinating fabrics? We just placed a layer of Candy Cane Christmas fabric, a layer of quilt batting, and another layer of fabric together on the Scallop Square die, and ran it through the Big Shot all at the same time! Just 4-5 stitches (like a tied quilt), a Big Designer Button and a snowflake cut from felt (the Northern Frost decorative strip die is perfect), and you're done.

Great gift idea for a neighbor or office mate, don't you think?! -Kathy

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Family Love Scrapbook Page

Here is a Card Inspired Scrapbook Page!

Regionals Card Share

Stampin' Supplies
Card #1

Day of Gratitude

Card Stock and Paper

Old Olive CS
Very Vanilla CS
(i added Early Espresso CS to mat the Saying)


Old Olive Classic Stampin' Pad
Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Pad

Accessories and Tools

Medium Very Vanilla envelope
Old Olive 5/8" grosgrain ribbon: 18"
Pearl basic jewels
Stampin' Dimensionals
Bone Folder
Decorative Label Punch
Paper Snips
Stampin' Sponges

Card #2

Birthday Bakery -Hostess Set

Card Stock and Paper

Chocolate Chip CS
More Mustard CS
Whisper White CS


Chocolate Chip Classic Pad

Accessories and Tools

Stampin' Sponges
Watercolor Pencils
Word Window Punch
Modern Label Punch

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Thankful Tag

When I saw this swap from friend and fellow demo Deloris Carroll, I immediately thought "What a great little thing to put with a Thanksgiving place setting!" I can imagine it atop the napkin along with a pen, or sticking out of a goblet (perhaps the pen above the plate, in that case). I always feel we spend too little time actually expressing thanks, and too much eating, on Thanksgiving. So how about a little something for folks to make notes on and take home as a book mark or lamp decoration that would carry the theme further?

Deloris made a base from chipboard (like the stuff that comes in the package with your DSP) using the Two Tags die, then covered one side in DSP (use your favorite in seasonal colors that match your table setting!). The bird is from the Punch Potpourri hostess set, and the 3D flower with the Floral Fusion die and a brad.

Have fun planning your own festive tale, Kathy

Friday, November 5, 2010

November 2010 Olathe Stamp Club

I read recently of a technique called "Stampin' Mist Resist". Of course I had to try it, and then I had to share it with my gals. It gives you that wonderful "wow factor", and the deep rich colors (Cherry Cobbler and Not Quite Navy) are just yummy! Don't be afraid to get inky, and don't expect it to perform identically each time - this is a "process" technique, with lots of room to play along the way.

Note the card base of River Rock. It's one of those "push me pull you" colors, changing its tone depending on the color you pair it with.

And finally, I was thinking about how to use the little thin strips (less than 1/4") that I often end up with, much like quilling strips. I tried curling one, and came up with this Seuss-like addition to the standard bow. Might not mail well, but imagine someone's place setting featuring a birthday card with dimension like this! And it couldn't be more economical... -Kathy

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

November 2010 Lawrence Stamp Club

Our hostess for November elected to make bookmarks, so we did two versions; one that goes over the corner of the page, and one that is presented on a card but comes off to use as a keepsake. Book marks are such a great way to add a personal touch to the gift of a book, and teachers and librarians can always use more if you're connected with a school! -Kathy

Monday, November 1, 2010

Karen's Cardinal Christmas

Here's a darling little 3x6"card from a fellow demo whose work has been featured here before, Karen Herrmann. Karen has used Cherry Cobbler as her base with texture from the Sanded background inked with Cherry Cobbler ink and Concord Crush from the Patterns Designer Series Paper Stack (In-Color) for interest on the top of the card. The Concord Crush Stitched Poly ribbon is also from the In-color family. A simple image from A Flower for All Seasons is watercolored with Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke and Concord Crush ink to pull it all together and create a focal point, and of course the sentiment is snitched from A Cardinal Christmas. The Scallop Rectangle Clearlits sizzlet (pg 211) was used to cut around the image after it was watercolored.

Wouldn't you just love to set this next to a great, big poinsettia in your house?! If I were feeling really generous, I might even send it to a friend... -Kathy