Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

Hope everyone is having a fun and safe Halloween.  And for those who participated in the Treasure Hunt Blog Hop we have a winner!!  Congratulations to Daniela Capparelli!!  She is the lucky winner of the $150 of Free StampinUp merchandise.  Thank you also to all those who participated.  I hope you had fun looking at all the different blogs and got some great ideas for cards and all.  There are a lot of talented ladies out there.
      Things have been busy around here and I have been manning the treats for the little trick or treaters.  There are some pretty creative kids out there.   And speaking of creative, thought you might like to see some cool cards.
 This isn't really a card, it is a bag! They ran the front through the bid shot with some versa mark on the raised part of the chevron folder, then sprinkled iridecent ice on it and embossed. Then decorated it with the Googly Ghouls set and the scallop punch and circle punch. The green and black paper is from the Ghoulish Googlies Designer Kit.  Pretty cool.

 Isn't this adorable!  Love it! All three little monsters are made from the owl punch!  And the headstones are made with the extra-large oval punch.  The lettering is done with a white marker.
    This one is really neat, but I don't know how they did the background.  I will need to look it up.  But the stamps are from the Spooky Bingo Bits.  The scalloped square is done with the Scallop Squares Duo Bigz die.

Whoops!  Got interupted!  Had to go get the kids from their party early so this posting is a bit later that expected.  Sorry.   Ready to go to bed now!  Take care and  have a good one!

Jeannie B

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Stamping Retreat.

  On Oct. 11, 12, and 13th our stamp club had a retreat.  The lady who's turn it was to be hostess, has a cabin up in the woods, so we went there for the class. We did that last year and had a blast!  So I got several ornaments instructions together, plus some techniques and card ideas and we had our fun time away from family and distractions.  Of course, I forgot several items, but sometimes half the fun is getting to improvise and seeing what we can come up with, with only the supplies on hand.

On the way up to the cabin, we saw a herd of about 25 mountain goats.  It was pretty cool.  They were taking a lunch break by the side of the road.  On the other side of the road, there were some deer going across a farmers freshly plowed field.
 Melanie, our hostess, has a garage/barn with a loft above.  That is where we set up our stamping area.  As you can see, we have lots of room to be creative.  But you have to watch out for the sloping sides.  We all bumped our heads at least once!  Of course we all laughed!

Here we are in the cabin having dinner on Thursday night.  We all take a meal so our hostess doesn't feel too overwealmed.  Consequently, we all eat very well.  And we always have enough chocolate to fill in between meals!

 Deb is showing off her ornament she finished.  Everyone said it was worth the time it took to make it.
 Here we are busy working.  I thought I had gotten pictures of us doing the shaving cream technique, but guess not.

 Here Dyanne and Kathy are doing the bubbles technique.  They had us in stitches the whole time they were there.  The bubbles were fun but everyone loved the shaving cream technique. Deb and Olivia made 12 or more cards using it.  Of course, I missed getting a picture.  Melanie took some so I will get one from her later.
And when we finished our ornaments, we got to put them on a tree!

We had a lot of fun playing with our stamps and crafting cards.  And we are hoping to do it again next year!  Thanks again everyone for a fun time.  And especially thanks to Melanie for opening up her cabin to us so we could have this special time together!

I will post some pictures of our creations next time.
Have a good one!

                                                             Jeannie B

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Christmas Cards

I finished 20 Christmas cards to send off.  Just did 3 different designs, but they will give them a good start to choose from.
     This card is pretty plain so as to show off the paper.  I used the Candlelight Christmas dsp, Gumball Green, and Whisper White cs.  The bird is from the For The Birds set. I used the Real Red marker to high-light his scarf, hat, and ornament.
     This card was inspired by one I saw on-line.  Unfortunately I forgot who it was, so if you happen on my blog, let me know if this is your card and I will give you the credit you deserve, because this is a really pretty card.
It uses the Ornament Keepsakes and More Merry Messages sets.  Real Red and Whisper White cs
And Candlelight Christmas dsp.  Real Red ink pad and Real Red 1/8" taffeta ribbon
    This is my own design.  I have a hard time coming up with card deisgns.  This uses the Christmas Lodge and More Merry Messages sets,  Candlelight Christmas dsp, Very Vanella, Lucky Limeaide, Chocolate Chip, and Primrose Petals cs.  I stamped the images with Early Expresso and Lucky Limeaide ink.  Don't know if you can see it, but I also used the Real Red marker to put 3 red dots at the end of the leaf sprays.  The Primrose Petals cs was punched out with the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch and I used the corner rounder on Vanella cs.
I hope you are inspired to try a card or two yourself.  Christmas is so fun to design cards for.  You can use any color you want, all the bling you want, and embellisments you want and they still com out gorgeous!  And who wouldn't want to receive a hand-made card for Christmas?  Or any time of the year? 
That's it for now.  Hope you have a great day!
Jeannie B

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Kid's cards

Sorry I am late posting these cards.  I have been busy with preparing for our stamping retreat.  Anyway, here are some more cards I got done for my friend's son to take with him when he deploys in about a week.
 I made these withthe retired Little Princess set.  I used Whisper White, Primrose Petals, Pretty in Pink, Patio Party DSP, Adorning Accents Edgelits.  I also water colored the princess with Pink Pirouette and Daffodil Delight markers
This was done with the Dinoroar Set.  So fun!  I used Summer Smooches dsp, Island Indigo, Real Red, and Whisper White cs.  I stamped the dinosaurs and colored them in with various markers.  Lucky  Limeaide, Cajun Craze, More mustard, Baja breeze, Crumb Cake. 
This used the Blast Off set.  I used Summer Smooches dsp, Real Red, Whisper White cs.  Midnight Muse, Daffodil Delight, Crumb Cake ink pads.  Real Red, Soft Suede, Daffodil Delight, Basic Grey markers
This was another basic card we made that I forgot to include last time.  Used Comfort Cafe dsp.  Very Vanilla, Midnight Muse cs
Blooming with Kindness, Pursuit of happiness and French Foliage sets with Midnight Muse and Soft Suede ink pads

     I hope you enjoy these cards and if you want to make any of these, you can order your supplies by clicking my order button and shop on-line anytime you want. 
    And you have 21 more days before the Treasure Hunt is over!  You could win $150 of StampinUp merchandise!!  So check out the Web Ring, find 50 clues and e-mail me back and you will be entered into the drawing for $150 worth of StampinUp stuff!!
     Have a good day!!

Jeannie B

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Stamping for a Friend

Hello everyone!  How's it going?  I have been a bit busy lately with football games, doctor and dentist appointments and stamping.  I have a friend whose son will soon deploy to Afganistan and I have been reading about how other demonstrators have been making cards and sending them overseas to our servicemen and women for them to use to send to their families. I wanted to do something for them, too, plus this October 6th is World Cardmaking Day and I wanted to do something special for that also.  So I decided to have this week set aside to make cards for my friend's son for him to take with him and use plus share with his fellow servicemen.  I also opened it up to my friends if they wanted to help also.  So far only two takers on the help, but we got a few cards made.  I will be making some more tomorrow and Saturday.  And maybe Sunday.  My church is having it's semi-annual conference this weekend, so I will be listening to that while I stamp. Anyway, here are the cards we have done so far.

 We copied these from a swap I got at the Tacoma Regional.  I didn't find a name on the back, so don't know if it came off or they forgot to put one on it.  It is a very simple design, but pretty and versatile.  It uses the Poppies background stamp, and the Curly Cute set.  Incolors 2011-2013 Wisteria Wonder, Cameo Coral, and Pool Party, Whisper White cs, vellum cs, Early Espresso and Soft Suede ink and corresponding incolor ribbons.  Cute aren't they.
 These three and the next ones are patterned after a demonstration we watched at Regionals.  Of course I can't remember the ladys' name, but she had some beautiful cards that went together fast.  So I copied the basic design and went from there.  My friend who came on Tuesday designed these.  We had fun working out different styles and color combinations.
These we added embossing to them.  We used the Delicate Designs folder and the new Lacy Brocade folder found in the Holiday Catalog.

They don't want much bling on the cards as the shiny stuff could be tracked by the enemy and not much bulk as that costs money to send in the mail.  So we tried to keep them simple but nice.  And include Birthday, thinking of you and some simple sayings. 
Tomorrow I will work on kids cards and Christmas.

Don't forget to check out the Treasure Hunt going on now until October 31!  Find 50 clues, report back here and get entered into a drawing for $150 of StampinUp merchandise!   WOW!  You could get a Big Shot and folders and Bigz dies for that! 
Also, StampinUp is playing Santa this month and offering their new paper-piercing pack, Festive, (found on pg 30 of the Holiday Catalog) FREE when you order one of two different bundles.  Check it out!

 Check back in a couple days and I will have some more cards for you.  Until then, have a good one!

Jeannie B

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