Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year... Cocktails Anyone?

Happy New Year's Eve!!!

I made this card a while back which I made two. I love the 3 olives I created by using my circle punches. I punched out the centers and "set in" the red to get a more realistic look... hard to see in the photo. Also sewing on the left side and using the SU! spiral punch to give a more office look. It looks like a manual for mixing Martini's!! The Kraft paper gives a fun touch also!

Have a great evening, drink sensibly, drive safe and get to bed at a reasonable time... this is your stampin' friend watching over you!! JUST HAVE A FABULOUS TIME!!!!!

I'll see you in 2009!

Michelle :)

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

CC199... Happiness!

Tonight I had a chance to stamp and I decided to do the SCS CC199 challange. The colors this week are So Saffron, Bravo Burgundy and Handsome Hunter. Well, I must confess... I have no Bravo Burgundy and Handsome Hunter ink or paper! Yes, I know I need to get with the program, right? Well, I'm a person that uses up the old before the NEW. So I used Baroque Burgundy and Forest Foliage. (I hope the SCS police doesn't come after me!) He.. He!! :)

I had to use my Top Note die again. Such a fun tool! I did enjoy using the 3 colors together and wanted to create an aged Victorian card. With adding textures, distressing, paper piercing, etc. I found some 3/8" gold brads that worked for my flower center!

Enjoy! Pop back in as I'll have a card to share for New Years Eve!! Thanks for stopping and the visit!!!!

Michelle :)

Stamps: SU! Baroque Motifs, Heard from the Heart. Paper: SU! So Saffron, Baroque Burgundy, Forest Foliage, Chocolate Chip, DP (DCWV) Ink: SU! creamy Caramel, So Saffron Accessories: SU! Top Note, CB embossing folder (Textile), 3/8" gold brad, silk flowers, SU! Handsome Hunter embossing powder, Versa Mark, paper piercing, sponge, etc.

Monday, December 29, 2008

So Refreshing... a Valentine!!

It's so refreshing to post a Valentine card! (Ver's Christmas) On Sunday I did have time to stamp and feeling much BETTER!!! Thanks for the well wishes and I'm excited to get back into my routine... if there is such a thing... LOL!! I'm still catching up, but I just take it day by day. Mark (my dear hubby) is getting plans/sketches drawn up for making me a few storage units and shelves for my craft room. This will be a winter project, so when it's completed I'll show you photo's!!

I had a chance to use my Top Note die for this Valentine card. I just love the DP from Cloud 9, plus it was my first time using SU! A Happy Heart set which is out of the Holiday Mini Catalog. Such a fun set! I cut the hearts out, tied sheer ribbon around, and used dimensionals to create some depth, also popped the Top Note layer. ENJOY!!!

Have a great Monday and if you are still on Christmas vacation.... get some stamping time in!!! Stamp on.... :) Thanks for the visit and chat again soon!

Michelle :)

Stamps: SU! A Happy Heart Paper: SU! Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, Real Read, DP Cloud 9, DCWV. Ink: SU! Real Red, Positively Pink. Accessories: SU! Top Note Die, Ribbon, SU! Silver Brads, Dimensionals, etc.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Enjoying the Holidays??

Hi stampers!!! How was your Christmas? I'm hoping all went well and lots of good times to be had. Not to mention all the yummy sweets to indulge in!! :)

Sorry I haven't posted sooner! As of Christmas night I've been hit with the flu. I just started eating and gotten rid of the migraine and sore joints this afternoon. Great Christmas diet, right!?!? LOL!!

On a happy note, I have a fun card to share with you!! I just love the SU! Sassy Susie set. All the fun sayings that come with it is such a hoot! I just created a layout by sketching out one on a piece of scratch paper. Colored my image using SU! re-inkers and blender pen, added rhinestones and used my Marvy Scallop Square punch which I punched two of them and just over lapped to create a rectangle scallop edge.

I hope to get into my stamping room tomorrow... fingers crossed! Stay HEALTHY!! Have a great evening and thanks for visiting!! I love it!!!!!

Michelle :)

Stamps: SU! Sassy Suzie Paper: SU! certainly celery, barely banana, ballet blue, whisper white Ink: SU! Ballet Blue and Re-inkers Accessories: SU! old olive twill ribbon, Marvy square scallop punch, rhinestones, dimensionals, blender pen, etc.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas Everyone!!!

MERRY CHRISTMAS CYBER FRIENDS!!!! Thanks for a lovely ride the past two n' half months... I can't believe all the awesome crafters I've met and visited with. Since I started this new adventure of blogging in October, it's been very rewarding and I can't wait to see what 2009 brings.

I just love sharing my cards, having fun doing it, and some rambling in between! :) Plus the "blog hops" I've enjoyed visiting with many LOVELY cards, paper projects and such talented crafters!!

Here are a couple photo's to share my Christmas wish to you and your family.... have a Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!

I'll be posting over the weekend... chat soon!!!

Michelle :)

Monday, December 22, 2008

Snowflakes... Thanks SO Much!

Well, the count down to Christmas is here! Are you ready? I just about have the gifts all wrapped. I'm running errands today and then we have our Kinship Partner, Alex, coming out to the house tonight for a sleep over and he's opening his Christmas gifts! We mentor for Kinship which is a local organization like the Big Brother Program. Alex is an 8 year old boy who sure enjoys coming out to our house the most! He loves to play games, fishing, playing with Cooper (our golden retriever), reading, Cub Scouts, crafts, etc.

He LOVES my baked goodies for him. Even is it's just hanging out for a couple hours.

I'll be open we have our moments with him that I could pull my hair out, but it's just normal 8 year old boy stuff! LOL!

Today's card is a sample of a few Thank You cards I've made for lovely Christmas gifts I've received! My snowflake on the metal tag was inspired by Nancy at iSTAMP. She is so AWESOME and a great cyber friend! :) She has helped me out on my blogging adventure. Give her blog a visit and be inspired!

Thanks for the visit and I love it!!!! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year if we don't see each other till after the Holidays!!!

Michelle :)

Stamps: SU! So Many Saying Paper: SU! Real Red, Kiwi Kiss, Brocade Blue, Whisper White, DP (MemoriesComplete) Ink: Real Red Accessories: SU! Scallop Circle Punch, SU! Metal Edge Tags, SU! Felt Flurries, rhinestone, red eye-lets, SU! red ribbon, SU! Word Window Punch, CB Snowflake Embossing, dimensionals, Stardust Stickles, mini glue dots,etc.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

I'm back with a Non-Christmas card...

Hi bloggers! Miss me!?!? I've been gone for a while with working more this past week and Christmas To Do's. (Plus dealing with a nasty cold!) So my time has been limited on the computer, but I will try and post over the holidays, but not as often! I'm wishing you a wonderful Christmas week and joyful New Year!!

Today's card I just love this fun lay-out! I used my 1 1/4" square punch for the 3 bottom triangles with my fun DP from A-2-Z Essentials. I used my 1/8" hole punch on my Real Red strip. To jazz it up I paper pierced around the edges. My saying is stamped in Night Quite Navy and layered with Real Red. Using my Ticket Corner punch. This would be a great layout for a masculine card also!

Thanks for the visit and I'm wishing you a blessed, warm and cozy Christmas if you don't pop back till after the holidays!!! Enjoy....

Michelle :)

Stamps: SU! Happy Harmony & Canvas background stamp (both retired) Paper: SU! Whisper White, Not Quite Navy, Real Red. Ink: SU! Not Quite Navy Accessories: Paper Piercing, SU! 1 1/4" square punch and Ticket Corner punch, dimensionals, 1/8" hole punch, etc.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

CC197... Let it SNOW!!!

Happy Thursday! I want to share my card for this weeks Color Challenge at SCS (CC197). Using Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Basic Gray and Not Quite Navy (optional). I have a confession... I don't have Basic Gray card stock, so I used Going Gray. I know I'm behind on times, but I'm so stubborn to use up my supply I have.

This past Monday I got my Nesties Labels One in the mail!! Woo hoo... :) So I used them on my card. This card took me some time and thought. I just love the CB embossed snowflakes and smooshed the craft white ink pad on to the high spots for contrast. I used my chunky glitter on the words SNOW and Stardust Stickles on the 3 snowflakes for even more bling. I just love that word!
Look at my close up photo for more details! Well, off to work now. Have a super great day and thanks for the visit.... chat again soon stampers!!!

Michelle :)

Stamps: SU! Snow Flurries Paper: SU! Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Going Gray, Not Quite Navy Ink: Baja Breeze and White Craft. Accessories: Martha Stewart snowflake punch, SU! felt flurries, CB snowflake embossing, rhinestones, scallop scissors, paper piercing, Nesties Labels One, Dimensionals, Chunky glitter, adhesive glue, ribbon, Heidi Swapp Chipboard alphabet, Doodlebug Design Rub-On's, etc.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

A Couple RAK's to Share....

Hi blog surfers!! Sorry, about a late post. The Christmas crunch is here and feeln' it!! How about you? I hope you are getting your Christmas list narrowed down and enjoying some holiday bliss... :) It will be a Chai Tea night for me... Yeah! I have a couple lovely RAK's to share with you.

Both cards are from Allison at Stampin' When I Can. Such AWESOME cards... I was just tickled when I opened the envelope to find TWO cards... She made my day! I felt like a kid in a candy store... by DH just smiled! He! :) The Santa card has such a think beard I just love how the liquid applique was done to give a 3-D effect!! The design papers are divine. Allison you are such a peach and thanks so much!!!

Have a great evening! I have my Chai tea warmed now and a load of laundry started... life it good! Thanks for the visit and as always I LOVE all the great comments...

Michelle :)

Monday, December 15, 2008

Christmas JOY and some Humor!!

Hi Stampers! So here is my creation from stamping tonight. I've been wanting to try my Chipboard Characters from Cosmo Cricket since October when I purchased them.

Now do you want to know the funny part of my card? If you look closely at my photo... my red DP, which has script writing, at the very bottom it has a line saying "For Being so Ugly"!! I didn't notice this till I finished the card.... my jaw dropped and I was speechless! I showed my DH and he gave me a big smile. This was the first time I used this DP and only used a small piece in the lower corner. Of all my choices!!! LOL :)

I used my CuttleBug Distressed Stripes embossing on my Kraft and added more distressing with Close to Cocoa on the edges and high spots. I used my Nestie dies for my circle window, added brads in the upper corners, and paper pierced the Forest Foliage.

Thanks for the visit and I hope you enjoy!!! Keep warm, it's -20 below at my house. (I have a few blog followers that are in sunny 80's that can pass that warmth to me!!)

Michelle :)

Stamps: SU! Pinecones (retired) Paper: SU! Kraft, Forest Foliage (retired), Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, DP Daisy D's Ink: Close to Cocoa, Forest Foliage Accessories: Nestie Dies, Ribbon (Target $1 spot) CB Distressed Stripes Folder, Cosmo Cricket Chipboard Characters, SU! Gold Cording, dimensionals, bronze brads, sponges, paper piercing, etc.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Cute Ornament and YUMMY Christmas Cookies...

Happy Saturday! Can you smell the cookies I'm baking? He... :) I though I would share a couple quick photo's of my cookies and an ornament on our tree that is my favorite! Isn't Santa just a cutie!!?? (Note: if your blog hoppin' and hoping for a stamped card, none on this post!)

What I'm baking today is Peanut Butter Blossoms with chocolate stars and Christmas Monster Cookies. The monster cookies are my signature cookie for all family, friends, potlucks, co-workers, etc. Always a request! I enjoy baking... just behind stamping! :)
Hope your day is going well, and I'll be chatting with you soon! Enjoy the photo's and don't fill up to much on my cookies!! He...

Michelle :)

Friday, December 12, 2008

Your're... on my mind!!

Good Morning Stampers! Happy Friday to you!!!! Any big plans for the weekend? There is talk of a snowstorm coming through Minnesota Saturday night and all day Sunday. So some great baking time which I'll have to show a quick photo of my goodies I'll be whippn' up... I LOVE to bake!

On to the card at hand! Isn't this just darling using a SU! Jumbo Eyelet with linen thread to give a "Tire Swing" effect!!!! This week I was at Julie's SU! class on Monday night. This is one of 4 cards she had us make. I added the look of grass on the bottom. Plus I layered up the saying using my Curly Label Punch. I'm always adding more to cards as a challenge for me. Julie has such fun cards at class!! (HI Julie!!)

Well, I have a close up photo to look at. I cut the bottom tree trunk, about 1/4" - 3/8", to tuck my grass up under to give a 3-D look. I have to run here, so we'll chat more this weekend! Thanks for the visit and hope you get some stamping or baking time in this weekend!!!!

Holiday cheers!!!!!!!!!!

Michelle :)

Stamps: SU! Season of Friendship, Upsy Daisy Paper: Old Olive, chocolate chip, close to cocoa, kiwi kiss, summer sun, whisper white, Ink: Chocolate chip, old olive, kiwi kiss Accessories: SU! Curly label punch, corner punch, Jumbo eyelets (pewter), dimensionals, paper piercing, Linen thread, SU! chalks, Crop-a-dile, etc.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

CC196... It's Beginning to Look Like Christmoose!!!

Hi everyone!! I'm sharing a fun "Christmoose" card for the Split Coast Color Challenge (CC196)... the colors are Taken with Teal, Riding Hood Red (or Real Red), Baja Breeze with Whisper White. So fun! I had time last night to get into my stamping room to play.

This SU! Merry Christmoose stamp set is from 2000 and retired, which is such a bummer! I love this moose and the other stamps in the set. I used my CB to emboss my snowflake background, and used my Martha Stewart snowflake punch. The mini flake is a retired SU! punch. I stamped Jet Black StaZon for my outlined image on water coloring paper. Then I used my blender pen and SU! ink pads to color. I added stardust Stickles and SU! Crystal Effects to give some bling! (Close up photo!)

Thanks for visiting blog hoppn' friends!! Have a great evening and chat again soon....

Michelle :)

Stamps: SU! Merry Christmoose Paper: SU! Real Red, Baja Breezed, Taken with Teal, Whisper White. Ink: Taken with Teal, Black StaZon, SU! pads to color image in. Accessories: Cuttlebug Snowflake Embossing Folder, MS snowflake punch, SU! circle punches (1" & 1 1 /4"), rhinestones, Ribbon (Target $1 spot), Crystal Effects, Stardust Stickles, blender pen, etc.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

What a Delight...

Happy Tuesday everyone! Well, it's looking like Christmas in Central Minnesota. We had snow the past 2 days. A winter snowstorm just grazed us to the south. So no major amounts of snow. YET!

Today's card is one I made a while back. I wanted to post a "non-Christmas" card to mix things up. I'm getting back in to my flower mode... LOL! I stamped my background using Night of Navy and Craft White. I then ran my Apricot Appeal circle window through my Cuttlbug using my Stylized Flowers folder. My center flower was stamped using the "Rock n' Roll" method. Then I took my VersaMark over the image with the same stamp and clear embossed. I added white ribbon, 2 paper flowers from Target's club wed from last year, 1/2 pearls and blue rhinestones for BLING!! (Below is a close up shot!) Enjoy...

Enjoy your day! Thanks for the visit and stop in anytime. Smiles... :)

Michelle :)

Stamps: SU! Paint Prints, Think Happy Thoughts, Little Shapes. Paper: SU! Whisper White, Night of Navy, Apricot Appeal, Brocade Blue Ink: SU! Night of Navy, Craft White, Apricot Appeal Accessories: SU! 1 1/4" & 1 1/2" circle punches, 1/2 pearls, CB Stylized Flower Embossing folder, ribbon and paper flowers (Target Club Wed), rhinestones, scallop scissors, circle cutter, sponges, dimensionals, VersaMark, clear embossing, etc.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Gift Card Holders... using Curly Label Punch!

Wow, it's Sunday already! I have a couple eye-candies to show you... so remember the gift card holder I posted on Friday? Well, these are the 2 holders I was inspired to make with my NEW SU! Curly Label Punch that the big brown truck dropped off on Friday... yes, I waited to purchase this fun punch/stamp set. (Good things come to those who wait.. He!)
TIP: I embossed the "Be Merry" before running it through my CB embossing folder. Then I sponged the edges with Craft White on the 1st card only!
The gift card holders are for two teens (male and female) that I enclosed $$ inside. The top one is the masculine version and the bottom photo is for a girl jazzed up with scallops and pink. (Obviously!) My "Be Merry" was embossed in white, but didn't show up very well.
Thanks for the visit! As I always love company... and the comments! Chat again soon...

Michelle :)

Stamps: SU! Warm Words, Cute & Curly Paper: SU! Taken with Teal, Positively Pink, Green Galore, Whisper White, DP's by Povo Craft, Around the block, K&I Memories. Ink: SU! Taken with Teal, Purely Pomegranate, Chocolate chip, Craft White. Accessories: SU! Curl Label Punch, Paper Piercing, Scallop Scissors, SU! Dimensionals, White Embossing Powder, Sponges, CB Snowflake folder, etc.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Jolly Elf... in the Spot Light!!

Morning bloggers! The weekend is here! Any big plans? I hope to get started on addressing Christmas cards and packaging a few gifts that need to be mailed. Today I'm showing you my last "Quickie" card! I just love the SPOT LIGHT affect with my cute little elf. He's so jolly! My Desgin Paper has clear embossed snowflakes, JOY is embossed with SU! Iridescent Ice, spong edges, and I layered up my paper and there you go... an easy card!

Enjoy your weekend. Snow is in the forecast and I'm looking forward to it. Temps are between 10-18 above zero. Remember to Stamp and Smile this weekend!! Keep warm...

Michelle :)

Stamps: SU! Santa's Helpers (Retired), The Snowflake Spot. Paper: SU! Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, DP. Ink: Basic Black and Old Olive. Accessories: SU! Iridescent Ice, VersaMark pad and pen, sponge, Blender pen, etc.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Very Merry... It's Friday!!

Happy Friday stampers! How are your holiday preparations going? I'm keeping on track so far. It always seems a person doesn't get done what you'd like, but I just smile and keep working at it... LOL! :)
Today I have a gift card holder to share from a SU! card class I attend once a month. Julie has such awesome ideas... I just LOVE the Hodgepodge Hardware. This gift card measures 4 1/4" x 4 1/4" with a 1 1/2" flap folded up in the inside and two ivory brads hold the flap secure. TIP: The SU! Design Paper is folded in half to see both sides of the paper which coordinate together. It gives the card some depth! Now off to clean my house and get my laundry started. (I need to get my cores done before some stamping fun!)

Have a great day and we'll chat more again very soon!!! Think snow...

Michelle :)

Stamps: SU! Winter Post Paper: SU! DP "Frosty Day", Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue. Ink: SU! Craft Vanilla and Chocolate Chip. Accessories: SU! Designer Label Punch, "Styled Vanilla" Hodgepodge hardware, etc.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Celebrate The Season... Joy!

Happy Thursday! WOW, the week is just flying by and so is the days to Christmas... Yikes! So I have another Holiday card to share. I hope this card gives you some inspiration and thought on being creative. I double layered my ribbon, hand "Doodled" the border around JOY, and used my SU! Scallop Circle punch. It was hard not to add more layering or embellishments, as you seen in my older posts, I can let myself get away on spending an hour or two on a card. So these simple cards I've posted this past week have been kinda hard for me... don't laugh! I know I'm crazy! He... He... :)
I hope your day is full of smiles and sunshine! Thanks for the visit and have a super day...

Michelle :)

Stamps: SU! Snow Flurries, Heard from the Heart, So Many Scallops, Oogalloo (JOY, $1 stamp Micheal's). Paper: Whisper White, Real Red, Wild Wasabi. Ink: Real Read, Wild Wasabi, Basic Black, White Craft, Basic Black SU! marker. Accessories: SU! Scallop Circle Punch, 1/16" hole punch, paper piercing, Stickles Stardust, 1 1/4" hole punch, pewter snowflake (JoAnn's), Ticket Corner Punch, Ribbon (Target $1 spot), etc.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Quickie "Happy Holidays" Card...

Morning blog hoppers! I have a QUICKIE Christmas card to share with you that is great to duplicate for that large list of cards we mail out to our family and friends. With just a few layers of card stock... you have a completed card with some "STYLE and JAZZ" with out all the extras! I love that combo... :) I did add some Stickles to each bow. I love my bling.... (hard to see in the photo, sorry!)

Thanks for visiting! I really enjoy it and I hope my cards give you some inspiration... remember to stamp today!! Smiles.... :)


Stamps: SU! Sketch an Event, Happy Everything, All in a Row. Paper: SU! Old Olive, Real Red, Whisper White. Ink: SU! Basic Black and Real Red Accessories: Stickles Stardust, blender pen, stamp positioner, etc