Friday, October 16, 2009

Christmas Card Quest

Did you think I forgot? Nope - I just haven't had time to post my new Christmas cards - when I get back from my trip I will share with you 12 of 40.

Have you started your Christmas cards yet?

Happy Creating!


Thursday, October 15, 2009

Christmas Gift Pocket

How about a simple to make gift pocket out of a large 4 1/8 by 8 1/2 office tag:

I wanted to take a picture of this with Christmas candy - but no candy is available yet (good thing since it's only the middle of October) - I stuffed the pocket with little tan tissue paper so that you can get the general idea. This pocket could be adjusted to the size of your image or the size of your gift.

Happy Creating!


The Stuff:
Stamps - Festive Season, Eclectic Christmas

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Pretty As a Picture

How about a non-Christmas stamp sheet. This card was made using Fruitful - a new sheet this week from ISC.

Pretty As a Picture:

To see the embossing and shimmer better:

The pears were water colored using Pearlescent water color palette.

Have a great day!


The Stuff:

Stamps - Fruitful, Old Findings (ISC)

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Background - Acrylic Smash

Scroll down to the next post for information on how to WIN 3 free stamps sets from ISC.

On SCS in the last couple of weeks they had a tutorial for an interesting background technique called Acrylic Smash. This is basically stamping on an acetate sheet (transparency) and on the back paint/rub on some acrylic paints.

Here is the link to the tutorial on SCS.

I have two cards to show you using this technique:

Eclectic Christmas:

The Smash is on the layer behind the Dec 25 - I used Cranberry and Gold Ranger Paint Dabbers, white card stock and the background image from ISC new sheet Eclectic Christmas. I really like how this card turned out but I wanted you to have a better sample to see the background image and technique so...

Shimmery Snowflake:

The background for this I used Silver Paint Dabber and blue card stock and only covered parts of the acetate with the silver. The snowflake is cut from a cuttle bug and I glued 4 of them together (we'll call it faux chipboard) and sprinkled with Martha Steward Snow Glitter.

Here's a close up of the Snowflake - look at that shimmer!!!

Have a great day!


The Stuff:
Stamps - Eclectic Christmas, Festive Season
Other - Acetate, Stazon, Paint Dabbers (Ranger), Gold EP (Ranger)

Monday, October 12, 2009

ICS Christmas Card Extravaganza

Welcome to Innovative Stamp Creations 1st ever Christmas Card Extravaganza – ISC Blog Hop!

The Architect’s were challenged to choose a different image from the Joyful Christmas and create a card making it the focal point!

I chose the Holly image:

I cut the holly leaves from Basic Grey's Figgy Pudding and used an exacto knife to cut around the holly swirl so that I could tuck my red ribbon behind the image.

Do you want a chance to win some free rubber? You could win 3 of the Newest Christmas Stamp Sheets (Joyful Christmas, Eclectic Christmas, Festive Christmas)! Super easy, leave a message about what Christmas means to you & yours on the ISC blog. Hurry this opportunity will end Wed Oct 14th.

ISC is also offering 10% off your order until Friday 10/16! The Christmas Stamp Line is jammed packed and for a limited time only the retail price has been reduced!

Want to see more - hop on over to Sabrina's blog and she what image she used.

Happy Creating!


The Stuff:
Stamps - Joyful Christmas (Innovative Stamp Creations)
Paper - Figgy Pudding (Basic Grey)

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Elegant Christmas

Innovative Stamp Creations is releasing 5 new stamp sheets this week! Today I am previewing one of the sheets - Festive Season.

Elegant Christmas:

This card is based off my studio bathroom Christmas Tree (yes I have a Christmas tree in a bath room - nothing wrong with that right? Something pretty to look at while you are in there...). My studio bathroom is brown with accents of blue and white.

I hand cut the beautiful flourish after I embossed it in dark brown EP. The ornaments are stamped using brilliance inks so IRL they shimmer.

Have you started your Christmas cards yet?


The Stuff:
Stamps - Festive Season (innovative stamp creations)

Saturday, October 10, 2009

I'm Leaving on a Jet Plane

and boarding a HUGE ship to cruise with Tim Holtz and Wendy Vecchi TODAY - yippppeeeeee!

My friends and I have been waiting to leave for this cruise for almost a YEAR and it's finally here. My SIL and I are participating in a swap on the ship - something we've never done before. I thought I would share you with what we made (cuz we're leaving today before the rooster crows - or did I already say that???)

The Journey Bird:

Grunge Flower (I made this for Wendy):

Margarita Party with the Rain Man (Mexico is the back):

Voyage Under the Sea (this one is Rhonda's):

While I am away I have many posts scheduled for the new release of ISC images.

Have a great week everyone - We know we will!!! Dreams do come True!!!


Saturday, October 3, 2009

Christmas Card Quest - 10 of 40

Okay it's the beginning of October and I am 25% of the way to having my Christmas cards completed.


You can't read it in the picture but the Idea-ology Philosophy tag says "Believe".

I'm loving using lots of layers and my holiday Tim Holtz stamps that I HAD to have last year but were never inked. So far I have not spent any money to make these cards (of course money was spent, just not this year - so they are almost free right???)

30 to go - I plan on spending today World Card Making Day - making more!

Oh- one more thing.... It's only 8 days until my Tim Holtz Cruise.... Yipppppeeeeee!!!!!!!!

Are you stamping today?


The Stuff:
Stamps - Holiday Collection, Santa's Wish, Letter's to Santa (Tim Holtz); Winter Post (SU)