Monday, November 29, 2010

Clear Dollar Stamps December Sneak Peeks!!

Happy December!! Ok, *almost* December. :)

For the preview this month, I have a fabulous die set and coordinating stamp set to show you. I know you are just going to adore the set and dies! :) You can see the full set of dies and stamps at Lori's blog, as well as the list of those that are showing previews today.

My first sample shows the stamp set. The flower and stem were misted with water, colored directly on the stamp (with watercolor crayons), and stamped on the paper. It gives such an 'artsy' feel to the piece. This card is simple, but perfect for a 'thank you' or sympathy card.

Stamps - Blooming Bouquet
Paper - white, Grape Jelly (Clear Dollar Stamps)
Ink - none
Accessories - watercolor crayons, glue dots, Scor Pal, ribbon (Grape Jelly - Clear Dollar Stamps), pop dots

While the stamps coordinate perfectly with the dies, I chose to use just the dies on this project. They make such an adorable flower centerpiece to this card/project.

This is a drawer card (a card attached to the top of a paper drawer), but I changed it up a little. I made the attached card an 'easel' card. I love the effect that it gives as a display as well as a drawer and card.

Stamps - Blooming Bouquet, Liberty (sentiment)
Paper - white, eggplant, pink, light yellow, green, apricot, pink dp
Ink - pink, blue, purple, Memento Black
Accessories - Blooming Bouquet Dies, Designer Label Dies, Cricut (cutting drawer), SCAL, circle punch, brads, ScorPal, pop dots, ribbon, Cuttlebug, folder, sponge dauber
Technique - easel card, paper drawer

Remember to head to Lori's blog and to Katie's blog for the full list of previews today!

I hope you have a super duper Monday and a great, big, beautiful tomorrow!!! :)


Friday, November 26, 2010

Clean and Simple

For the Clean and Simple challenge last week (11.15.10), we had a sketch challenge. The sketch by Lori was beautiful, but for whatever reason, I had fits with it!

The ribbon is really a lavender color, but the picture doesn't show it very well.

I chose to do a square focal point rather than a circle. Still not sure I really like it. Let me know what you think about it, please!!

Stamps: Get Well Sentiments and Get Well Critters by Clear Dollar Stamps
Paper: black, white, purple, blue
Ink: Memento black, pigment white
Accessories: ribbon, pop dots, Cricut, SCAL, flower

Hope you had a beautiful Thanksgiving!!! Monday - Clear Dollar Stamps December Preview day!!! I can't wait to share with you.

Have a great, big, beautiful tomorrow!!!!


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Little Creatures

Tail waggin' fun!! This small card was made for the Free for All challenge on November 5th. The card is just 2.5" x 4". It's the perfect size to go with a small 'get well' gift or box of tissues. :)

I LOVE this fantabulistic little mouse. Isn't he precious?! The sentiment with him was stamped on a punched oval which was turned on it's side. I did this little challenge in just a few minutes - as the rest of my family scrambled to get ready to leave for our Disney trip! :) Yeah, yeah, priorities .... :)

Stamps: Get Well Critters (Clear Dollar Stamps)
Paper: white, black, Grape Jelly (Clear Dollar Stamps)
Ink: Memento Black, Copics
Accessories: Cuttlebug, folder, oval punch, ribbon, pop dots

Hope you have a wonderful Wednesday and a totally terrific Thanksgiving!!


Monday, November 22, 2010

Cricut Design Studio Update ....

For all of you keeping up with the font updates, there's a new one out. Run over here to get your update. If you have SCAL, remember to download ONLY the font pack, not the program update.

New cartridges added in this update -
  • Classic Font
  • Cupcake
  • Four Legged Friends
  • Gingerbread
  • Inspired Heart
  • Jolly Holidays
  • Playtime
  • Trim The Tree
  • Twinkle Toes
  • Winter Lace
  • Zoo Day

Projects coming later today. Previews for Clear Dollar Stamps coming this weekend!!!

Have a fabulistic Monday and a great, big, beautiful tomorrow.


Friday, November 12, 2010

Reflecting Butterflies

Another wonderful item I found at the Dollar Store recently was a candle mirror - you know, the kind that serve as a candle holders and beautifully reflect the burning candles. When I found them, I knew - once again - that they were begging to be etched.

This gift was made for one of our Mousekeeper gifts (a gift for our daily housekeeper at the resort).

The candle is wrapped with a wonderful red and green dotted ribbon bought from Hobby Lobby.

Etched on this gift are butterflies. I used vinyl as a stencil after cutting with the Cricut.

I hope our Mousekeeper likes this gift and all of the others I put together for her.

Next week, I should be back on track with my blogging. I'm looking forward to sharing challenges, gifts, and previews with you soon!! :)

Have fantastic Friday and a great, big, beautiful tomorrow!


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The Tooth Tin

My daughter is growing up. Yep. It happens. I hate it .... I REALLY hate it, but I hate the alternative even worse. Anyway, I thought I'd have a little time before we got to the 'loose tooth' stage, but, alas, no such luck. She turned 5 in September - with a loose tooth. Now, it is VERY loose, and very well may come out while we're on vacation. So, in an effort to not lose the loose tooth, I made a tin for her to put it in so the tooth fairy can find it. We've never used a tin with the boys, but we might as well make it easy on the "tooth fairy," right??? :)

The tin was in a 'goody' bag bought for $2 at Michael's earlier this year. Originally, it was a 'Crayola' tin.

The teeth were cut with the Cricut and SCAL. They were sprayed with Shimmer Spritz and covered in Glassy Glaze. The shimmer shows through the clear glaze pretty well. My glitter pen was used on the fairy's wings, and in the 'sparkles' around.

Ribbon was wrapped around both the lid and the side of the tin. Small pearls are dotted around the entire tin.

Stamps - a Fairy set from ... somewhere?!
Ink - Memento, Copics
Paper - pink, black
Accessories - SCAL, Cricut, pearls, ribbons, butterfly crystal, tacky tape

Hopefully, this Tooth Tin will get some use while we're gone. She really wants to lose the tooth in Disney!

Have a great Wednesday, and a great, big, beautiful day!!


Friday, November 05, 2010

Thank You Gift

We are using the Concierge service at our resort, and I wanted to make something special for those who help us on our (MUCH needed vacation). I know they are probably tired of Mickey (although, I can't even fathom the thought!!!), but I thought that they might could use this on their desks or even at home.

When I saw these wonderful - and flat!!! - square, glass candle holders, I couldn't resist them! They are a dream to etch, and I think they will work great for the purpose.

The glass candle holder and candle were both purchased at the Dollar Store. ONE dollar for each of those! Awesome!!!!

Used - vinyl (for stencil), etching cream, $1 glass candle holder, $1 candle, foam brush, water

Off to the World!!

Have a wonderful Friday and a great, big, beautiful tomorrow!!


Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Clean And Simple

The Clean and Simple challenge on SCS last week was to use checks or gingham on the card. I don't usually use paper piecing (have I mentioned - several hundred times - that I HATE to cut stuff out??), but decided that it would work very well for this particular challenge.

The middle of the stocking was cut from a Mat Stack - green gingham, and the toe/heel patches were cut from red swirls in the same stack. The ribbon was colored using Copics (duh!), and the white 'fluff' was colored simply with a Gelly Rollz glitter pen.

Stamps - Filled with Cheer
Paper - white, black, mat stack (green gingham and red swirl)
Ink - Memento black, Copics (G28, C3, R46)
Accessories - Stardust pen, pop dots
Technique - paper piecing

Posts will be a bit sparse until after November 15th. Vacation time! :)

Have a wonderful week and a great, big, beautiful tomorrow.

I will see you in a couple of weeks.