Monday, December 19, 2011

Noel


Glue 2 of these stockings together around the edges and you get a nice little pocket for a candy cane or a few markers or pens! These would work great for tags on presents too or decoration on the Christmas tree then everyone can pick one off the tree!

Supplies
Stamps: Warmest of Wishes
Ink: Real Red
Paper: Real Red Designer Series Paper, First Edition Designer Series Paper, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon, Sticky Strip, Glue Dots, Jingle Bells, Decorative Label Punch, Plastic Candy Cane, Big Shot, Holiday Stocking Die

~ Amanda
Pin It!

Lighted Luminaria

Lighted luminarias are very popular right now! They are really easy to make when you start with the Big Shot and the Fancy Favor Die.

After cutting out the Fancy Favor box I adhered a piece of torn Whisper White card stock to the bottom to make the snow. The "stamped" elements are actually from the Christmas Village Stamp Brush Set in My Digital Studio (the same stamp set I used for my blog header). I also punched out the circle window before assembling the box. The vellum window was stamped on with Versamark ink to look like snow was falling and Dazzling Details was added around the window. Inside my luminaria is a battery operated candle to make it flicker.

Supplies
Stamps: Serene Snowflakes, My Digital Studio: Christmas Village Stamp Brush Set
Ink: Versamark, Various Markers
Paper: Baja Breeze, Whisper White, Vellum
Accessories: Dazzling Details, 2-1/2" Circle Punch, 1-3/8" Circle Punch, Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals, My Digital Studio, Big Shot, Fancy Favor Die

~ Amanda
Pin It!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

House in a Bulb!


There are so many things you can do with clear bulbs! Last year I used reinkers and dazzling diamonds glitter to make beautiful glittery bulbs for my Christmas tree. This year I decided to use a few of the left over bulbs to make some new ornaments - ones with circle inserts.
First you cut out a 2-1/2" circle from a Window Sheet, then stamp your choice of Christmas theme image onto the Window Sheet in Stazon Black. Then punch out a 2-1/2" circle of Big Shot Multipupose Adhesive Sheet and adhere to the back of the stamped window sheet. After peeling the cover off the adhesive now on the back of the Window sheet, sprinkle some glitter to make the image shine! Next pour a little glitter into the clear ornament and add some fake snow. Then roll up the stamped glittery image so that it will fit into the ornament's hole. After it's in the ornament it will pop back to a circle and it's like a ship in a bottle!
Supplies
Stamps: Christmas Lodge, Welcome Christmas
Ink: Black Stazon
Paper: Window Sheet
Accessories: Circle cutter, Big Shot Multi-purpose Adhesive Sheet, 2-1/2" Circle Punch, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Early Espresso Taffeta Ribbon, Clear ornament, fake snow

~ Amanda
Pin It!

Star Ornaments


These acrylic stars were crying out for some extra love! I would have loved to use some White Stazon ink but I forgot to add that to my last order. So instead I pulled out the Versamark and pewter embossing powder. The Merry Christmas was stamped in Black Stazon on Vellum to make sure the ink did not smear when I was assembling the ornaments.

Supplies
Stamps: Christmas greeting, Winter Post
Ink: Versamark, Black Stazon
Paper: Vellum
Accessories: Pewter Embossing Powder, Glue Dots, Old Olive Taffeta Ribbon, Star ornaments

~ Amanda
Pin It!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Christmas Goodies!


Every year my family's business (Grandma does most of the baking!) makes up trays of squares and cookies to give out at Christmas to some very special people. This year I made up little tags to add to the trays to make sure they knew who provided some yummy Christmas goodies!

Supplies 
Stamps: Winter Post, Christmas Greetings
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Silver, Crumb Cake
Accessories:Early Espresso Taffeta Ribbon, Scallop Ribbon Punch, Big Shot, Two Tags die

~ Amanda
Pin It!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Mmm, marshmellows!

Yum, those 13 floating marshmallows look yummy!
Recognize this layout and colour combo? I based this scrapbook page on this card I posted on December 2. I even braved the rain to take the picture too!

Supplies
Stamps: Christmas Lodge
Ink: Poppy Parade, Garden Green
Paper: Garden Green, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White, Poppy Parade
Accessories: White Satin Ribbon, Circle Punch, Flag Punch

~ Amanda
Pin It!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Repurposed Ornaments

My husband and I put up our tree last Thursday. Followed our now 3 year tradition to trek to the good olde Canadian Tire across the road from work and picked out a beautiful Fraser Fir for our living room!
While we were trimming the tree I came across these snowflakes that I bought about 10 years ago. They did have a rosette and some glittery ribbon on them but I have to agree with my husband they were hideous! So I pried off the hot glued hideousness and glammed them up with some ribbon, Jingle Bells and a little ivy! All with the help of some Glue Dots.
Supplies
Stamps: none
Ink: none
Paper: Pear Pizzazz
Accessories: Island Indigo Ruffled Ribbon, Glue Dots, Mini Jingle Bells, Retired Silver Cord, Snowflake ornament

~ Amanda
Pin It!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Sending Wishes


Here's a tip to make things a little smoother: I have a stack of Very Vanilla and Whisper White Top Notes pre cut and ready for any card! Mostly I used these for the inside of my cards but they're great on the card front too! I keep these stacks in one clear mount stamp case. You can fit 2 big stacks of pre cut top notes to last a long time, or one stamp camp, which ever comes first!

So this card started with just a top note and the Christmas Lodge stamp set. The trees are stamped along the bottom, a few of them are stamped off on a scrap piece of paper first to get the lighter trees to give the card some dimension. To finish the top note, the greeting is embossed in black.

Supplies
Stamps: Christmas Lodge
Ink: Versamark, Certainly Celery
Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Certainly Celery
Accessories: Crumb Cake Taffeta Ribbon, Black Embossing Powder, Stampin' Dimensionals, Big Shot, Top Note Die

~ Amanda
Pin It!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Ivy and Berries

I hope you've enjoyed all these cards. There is still tags, ornaments, scrapbook pages and more to come!
Supplies
Stamps: Easy Events, Woodgrain Background
Ink: Basic Black, Early Espresso, Stampin' Write Markers: Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive
Paper: Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White
Accessories: Whisper White Satin Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals, Petals A Plenty Embossing Folder, Big Shot

~ Amanda
Pin It!

Friday, December 09, 2011

Happy Holidays!


A nice and simple Christmas card! After stamping the tree and greeting images on a piece of Whisper White card stock it's crumbled and stressed, then one corner is curled over. The piece of First Edition Designer Series Paper is put behind the main image.

Supplies
Stamps: Christmas Lodge
Ink: Wild Wasabi, Early Espresso
Paper: Wild Wasabi, Early Espresso, Whisper White, First Edition Designer Series Paper
Accessories: none

~ Amanda
Pin It!

Merry Suede!


Well this card turned out a little different than what I was going for and at first I did not like it but I think it's growing on me! The snowflakes on the background were stamped with Soft Suede with the little kids stamped in Early Espresso. To get the right angled cuts for the two strips I used the square punch on an angle.

Supplies
Stamps: Welcome Christmas, Serene Snowflakes, Christmas Greetings
Ink: Soft Suede, Old Olive, Early Espresso, Soft Suede
Paper: Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Real Red, Old Olive
Accessories: Dotted Ribbon Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, Square Punch, 2-1/2" Circle Punch

~ Amanda
Pin It!

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Season's Greetings!

 Yum, those candy canes look yummy! Are you liking the countdown so far? The images at the top of each post are from the 25 and Counting Stamp Brush Set with My Digital Studio.

Okay, I know today is the 8th, but I completely forgot to post this last night before bed! I'll be back later to post Count Down #8.

This card is nice and simple. For this card my challenge was to not use the Big Shot for anything! That was really hard since there are so many things you can do with the Big Shot! But I prevailed. I found the easiest way to add some pizzazz to this card was to put the greeting on Stampin' Dimensionals. And the little bit of ribbon to the wreath makes it pop!

Supplies 
Stamps: Welcome Christmas
Ink: Garden Green, Riding hood Red (same colours for Stampin' Write Markers)
Paper: Wild Wasabi, Garden Green, Whisper White
Accessories: Riding hood Red Taffeta Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals, Glue Dot

~ Amanda
Pin It!

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Snowflakes!

Still no snow around here, thank goodness! I hate driving in the snow so it can stay away on days I have to go places. But I do hope that there will be some snow for Christmas, because it wouldn't be Christmas without snow!
Both of these cards are made using the same products, except one has rhinestones and the other pearls to show the difference that little embellishment makes to any card!
Supplies
Stamps: Four the Holidays, Serene Snowflakes
Ink: Night of Navy, Baja Breeze
Paper: Night of Navy, Baja Breeze, Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Accessories: Crumb Cake Taffeta ribbon, Scallop Border Punch, Rhinestones and Pearls, Sticky Strip

~ Amanda
Pin It!

Monday, December 05, 2011

Christmas 2010

For my last contribution to December`s Creative Crew I designed a page in My Digital Studio, of course using the same colour combination as the other projects! I used a layout idea from Christmas Jingle Designer template and changed up the colours and embellishments to suit my colour combo and the pictures.

Supplies using My Digital Studio
Colour: Poppy Parade, Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz, Garden Green
Designer Series Paper: Garden Green Villa, Sweet Details
Accessories: Scallop Edge Punch, Buttons, Stitching, Garden Green Brads

~ Amanda
Pin It!

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Old Lodge



A nice and simple card tonight. The hardest part of this card is the ribbon pleats on the left hand side!

Supplies
Stamps: Christmas Lodge
Ink: Old Olive, Soft Suede
Paper: Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Spice Cake Designer Series Paper
Accessories: Very Vanilla Seam Binding, Sticky Strip, Glue Dot, Big Shot, Top Note Die

~ Amanda
Pin It!

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Wearable Art!

The next Creative Crew challenge: create some wearable art! I've made a pendant strung onto a piece of Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon and made it using all four colours of my colour combo!


 To make the pendant: cut 1/2" strips of card stock, score in half length wise and fold along score line. Starting with one colour, roll the folded piece of card stock around a skewer to start the roll. Then using a hot glue gun for adhesive, keep rolling around adding either the same colour again or switch colours as the pendant gets larger. I added a rhinestone to the centre to cover it up. A piece of bakers twine was used to link the pendant to the taffeta ribbon. There is a punched circle hot glued on the back to finish it.

Supplies
Stamps: none 
Paper: Whisper White, Garden Green, Pear Pizzazz, Poppy Parade 
Ink: none 
Accessories: White Taffeta Ribbon, White Baker's Twine, Rhinestone, 1-3/8" Circle Punch, Glue Gun

~ Amanda
Pin It!

Friday, December 02, 2011

Deck the Table!

My second Creative Crew project for the Holiday Focus - home decorating! I love dressing up the dinning table at Christmas, even if it's only my husband and I. Oh and of course I used the following colour combination.
These poinsettias are very easy to make, their made from a leaf stamp from the French Foliage stamp set. I used 7 leaves to create each poinsettia.
For the plate: I cut a big circle out of Shimmer White card stock, added a strip of Garden Green card stock and a piece of Vellum punched with the scallop border punch (kinda hard to see it in this picture.), stamped the greeting in Garden Green and added a Poinsettia (with Dazzling Details in the centre of the flower).
For the napkin ring: The poinsettia with Rhinestones in the center, is attached to a ring of Shimmer White card stock.

For the Candle Holder: Used Glue Dots to attach a strip of Shimmer White around the glass holder. It also has a strip of Vellum punch with the Scallop Border Punch.

Stamps: French Foliage, Many Merry Messages 
Paper: Shimmer White, Garden Green, Pear Pizzazz, Poppy Parade, Vellum 
Ink: Garden Green, Pear Pizzazz, Poppy Parade 
Accessories: Scallop Border Punch, Rhinestones, Glue Dots, Large Oval Punch, Dazzling Details, Clear Plate, Napkin, Glass candle holder

~ Amanda
Pin It!

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Christmas Countdown Begins!

Happy December 1st! Join me this month as I count down the days until Christmas! I'll share some cards, MDS creations, tags, scrapbooking and so much more.

Today's card was one of my last of four projects for Splitcoast Stamper's Creative Crew. I look forward to the creative projects the new Crew will inspire us with next month. If you'd like to play along you can go here. This month all of our projects had to use the same colour combination of our own choosing. Oddly enough the first colour I picked was Poppy Parade. Not that I hate the colour, just that it was one of my least favs! Here is the combo I choose:
So back to the card. For our DSP/Color Focus our challenge was to use our colour combo with the supplied sketch. I substitute the tree for the big circle, the taffeta bow for one of the smaller circles and added a little hint of Poppy Parade circles behind the greeting!

Supplies
Stamps: Christmas Lodge 
Ink: Garden Green, Pear Pizzazz, Poppy Parade 
Paper: Whisper White, Garden Green, Shimmer White 
Accessories: Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon, Glue Dot, Itty Bitty Punch (circle), 2.5" Circle Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, Big Shot, Snow Burst Impression Folder

The Christmas Countdown at the top of each post this month will come from the 25 and Counting Stamp Brush Set in My Digital Studio!
~ Amanda
Pin It!