Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Wagon load of Love

This morning I decided to blow the dust off an old stamp of mine and actually use it for the first time. I got the idea from a SU set “Loads of Fun”, since I do not have that set I thought the wagon and the many other stamps I do own would do the trick. I’m thinking I may actually get some half decent use out of this stamp after all.

Radio Flyer-PSX
LOVE-Soul Mates-CTMH
Paper-Script-Karen Foster
Cardstock-Red, white and black-CTMH
Ink-black and green-CTMH
Pantone Markers
Pearls-red-Queen & Co.
Punch-label-SURibbon-fabric store

Monday, December 29, 2008

It's beginning to look like Valentines...Already!!

I know it’s not even the new year yet and I’m posting Valentine cards!! It seems that I’m actually a little behind. Valentine cards have been popping up since before Christmas!!Anyway you’ll be seeing more Valentine cards as January moves on. Enjoy.
Amour Card
Stamps-Soul Mates-CTMHCardstock-red, black and white-CTMHInks-red and black-CTMHGlitter-SticklesMarkers-Pantone

Kiss a froggie
Inks-Black and Desert Sand-CTMH
Staz On-white
Frosted Sheet-Short Cuts
Pink paper-Pebbles Inc.
Ribbon-wrapped around a pair of socks I got for Christmas!!
I used markers, Prisma white colouring pencil and a little Gamsol to make the lips look juicy.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

A FROST-y Giveaway

In honor of the frosty, cold weather that is now settling in, Short Cuts is going to give away FREE Frosted Card Blanks to five (5) lucky readers!!

Here is how you can be entered to win...

- Leave a comment at Short Cuts with your current temperature for one (1) entry
- For Five (5) extra entries post a message, w/a link to the Short Cuts post, on your blog (or a public message board*), about our Giveaway. Then head on back to Short Cuts and leave a comment there with the direct link.*Make sure if you post on a public message board, that it does not violate any TOUs.
Click here to post your temperature.

Short Cuts will leave the giveaway open until Saturday, December 27th at Midnight CST. All of the entries will be put into a hat/mixing bowl/baggie, etc and five (5) names will be drawn at random.

Each winner will receive a Large Pack (20 pcs) of our Frosted Card Blanks!!!

The fine print:- Your comment must include an answer to the question above.- The "extra entry" comment must go directly to the applicable blog/message board post in question.- If your comment does NOT link to a blog that has "contact me" info, you MUST leave your First Name, Last Initial and Email address in the comment. You are free to add spaces to your email address.- Any comments that do not follow the "rules" will be disqualified.- Giveaway is open to readers from all countries.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Even the smallest gift deserves a cute box!

Well I was a busy little stamper today, and totally by accident!! I swear!! You see my son has a girl Friend and he bought a little gift for her and it needed a little box. See I have an excuse Anyway I made this little box and tag for her gift.
Lace Border Punch-Martha Stewart
Paper-K&Company Christmas Pack
White cardstock-CTMH
Gingerbread stamp-imaginisce
Pantone Markers
Liquid Applique-white
Snowflake Punch-Martha Stewart

Altered Holiday Wooden Ornament

So I was in Wal Mart the other day looking for sales on Christmas crafts when I came across a little box of Wooden ornament shapes. And I thought boy they might be cute decorated with paper instead of painted. So I picked them up (along with some other items) and brought them home. I really liked the shape of the sleigh so I started with that. It was easy to glue paper onto the wooden shape. Glue your paper to the front of the ornament. Then turn the shape over and with an exacto knife cut along the edge. Flip over and decorate.The box contains 36 pieces, 6 Santas, 6 Reindeer, 6 Sleds, 6 Ornaments and 6 tags.

The snowflake was inspired by Sweet Miss Daisy, she makes the best snowflakes!! Here's her blog so you can see for yourself.
Wood Shapes-Plaid
Pattern Paper-K& Company Christmas Pack
White Hemp
Happy Holidays Stamp-imaginisce
Liquid Applique-white
Snowflake and Branch punch-Martha Stewart

Notice the shiny silver rails of the sled, I used furnace tape!! Yep it comes in shiny silver and SUPER sticky! My husband brought it home and couldn't figure out what I was so excited
about LOL!!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Merry Fishes-SUINKWWC18

ok so I went a little "Blog happy" this week and found a challenge (Storage Units Inks and More) I thought would be fun and challanging, use a stamp for something other than it was originally intended (a non holiday set in a holiday card).So here's my fish stamps decorating for christmas. Santa hat made by me!
Sushi Bowl Party-Stampendous
Chirstmas in the City-Lizzie Anne Designs
Pattern Paper-My Mind's Eye
Pantone Markers

Sketch Challenge LAD_WC_57

Lizzie Anne Designs have a sketch challenge every week with a twist. Not only do you get a sketch but you also have to do something specific. For example this week's sketch required "something hanging". So anywhere on the card you had to hang something. When I read that bit of info I imediatley thought of a shelf to hang mittens on so I made myself a shelf! The "knobs" on the shelf (along with the shelf top) are attached with 3D foam tape to make them pop.

Stamps-Lizzie Anne Designs (Christmas in the City)
Pattern Paper-Bo Bunny
Stain-(shelf)Tattered Angles (Glimmer Mist-Coffee Shop)
Versa Mark (white)
Border Punch-Treading Water

Mini Tutorial on how to make a Slide Ornament

I just love this little snowman! I originally was going to use him on a card and thought, nah I'll make a slide ornament and takes pics for a tutorial...oh did I mention this was by request. Yep some asked me to show how I made them. Hope the tutorial is clearer than mud!!
Lizzie Anne Designs-Christmas in the City
Pattern Paper-K&Company-christmas pack
Cardstock & ink-CTMH
Punch-Martha Stewart
Glitter & String-Martha Stewart
Double sided tape-Wal Mart

Sunday, December 14, 2008

An oldie but goodie!

I thought I'd dust off the ol microscope slides and give'em another try. Being christmas and all I naturally found myself making chirstmas slides. I think these make cute tree ornaments or you could slip one on a gift attached to a tag. Hope you like them!

(sorry about the photos)

Microscope slides
Stamps-Stampendous-Merry Muffins
Pantone Markers
Black and Cranberry ink-CTMH
Stanined glass tape-the copper edge (it is adhesive on one side so it is holding the cardstock to the slide)
another way to do this is to use double sided clear tape and sprinkle beads or glitter on the tape.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

A Christmas Card for the School Bus Driver

My son has had the same bus driver (to school) for the last 8 years. It was just this year that he told me he thinks he has the best shool bus driver ever. So I thought he might like a christmas card with my son's compliment written inside for christmas. So I got my pencil out and drew a cartoon school bus, then I thought (before I glue everything down) that maybe someone else might like to make the bus, so I made a template. And here you go, I added the pic of the bus because when I decide to use a paper piecing template I always forget how it's supposed to look. This way it makes putting it together and deciding on colours much easier!

This template is for the bus only...driver not included!

Cardstock-Yellow, black, red,white and grey-CTMH
Small Circle punches-Marvy and EK success
Wreath Punch-Martha Stewart Branch punch
Snowflake paper-Sandylion
Glass Glaze (Diamond Glaze)-Plaid
Yellow Brads

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

YES!!! I made it!!

Wooooo hooooo...Can you tell I’m excited? Well all the excitement is because I made it to the ShortCuts Design Team!! I am sooo thrilled to be part of the team and to be able to work with the great ShortCuts products. I can hardly wait to start in January 2009. I hope I inspire you with my paper crafts and cards using the ShortCuts products. I am especially excited about their products, they take paper crafting to a whole new level! The other girls who made it to the Design Team are Ingrid Danvers, Joy Stagg, and Carla Peicheff. Congratulations, girls!

As a special offer to my blog readers, ShortCuts is offering you a 20% discount*, when you place an order between now and December 16th!! Just visit their online store, enter the coupon code below when you check out and you will receive the discount as a refund when your order is processed!

Coupon Code: Welcome Melyssa 20

*Discount applies to product only, not shipping/handling.If you email your order in, please make sure to note the coupon code in your email.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Short Cuts Fosted Sheets Treat Box + Tutorial

Here's another version of the Cupcake box I made earlier. I decided to use Full Frosted Sheet of Acetate (from Short Cuts) rather than clear this time. Why? Well I thought it would make a cute gift for someone and with it being frosted it's almost a teaser as to what it contains. I filled it with French Vanilla Maxiccino, candy canes and kisses. And I'm showing you my secret weapon for paperpiecing...big paper clips. They sure are "handy-dandy"...LOL

Desert Sand Cardstock-CTMH
Lovely Lace Border Punch-Martha Stewart
Desert Sand and Chocolate ink-CTMH
Snowflake Punch-Martha Stewart
Glimmer Mist (Coffee shop)-Tattered Angels
White Hemp
Snag'em Stamps-imaginisce
Glitter and Walnut ink

The box measures 3” squared x 6” high.
Cut one piece of acetate 6x10.5”, score at 0.5, 3.5, 7, and 10”. (this only gives you 3 sides of the box)
You will need to cut an additional 3x6” of cardstock (this is the 4th side of the box or the back side).
Fold the score lines and glue the back piece to form a box.
For the base and top covers cut two 6x6” piece of pattern paper.
Score at 1 ½” and 4½” on both sides.
Fold and glue the flaps together to form your box. Decorate as desired.
Slip the bottom box over the clear box body. Glue with Tombo adhesive or Sticky strips.

Glue only the bottom piece to the clear body, you will want to be able to fill the box when your finished.

To make a stand inside the box so objects appear higher (don’t get lost on the bottom of the box). (Photos not included for this because you just need to repeat the steps to make the base).

For the base and top covers cut two 5.5x5.5” piece of pattern paper.
Score at 1” and 3 ½” on both sides.
Fold and glue the flaps together to form your box.
Flip your box so that the bottom becomes the top, to stand your cupcake on.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Short Cuts Frosted Sheet Snowflake tree

I did it again...I just can't stop playing with Short Cuts Frosted Sheets.
To make the tree all I did was roll the Frosted Sheet into a cone shape, glue and trim the bottom until it sat flat. Then now heres the fun part...

I suckered ooppps I mean I asked my husband to help punch some snowflakes, he punched one kind and I punched another.
Then I used glue dots to adhere the snowflakes to the cone...errrr Tree.
I attached the buttons the same way (glue dots).
Made the star (please see instructions below)
Then cut 2 circles out (1 red and 1 slightly larger white) stitched for effect and ta-da a tree skirt!!

Why did I use Frosted Sheets do you ask???
Wellllll as you can see from the above photo I slipped an LED flameless candle inside the tree so it lights up, if I used solid white cardstock the tree wouldn't have that "romantic glow"!

Make your own tree template simply by taking a piece of paper, rolling it into a cone shape.
Once you have the desired shape you will want to tape all the seams together.
Then trim the access paper off the bottom, stand up the cone, and trim again until it stands flat.
Cut down the centre of the tree, starting at the base through to the top.
Use your new template to trace onto your desired paper, for mine I traced onto a Frosted Sheet of acetate.
**Make sure you add about ½’ to one of the side seams, you will need this extra piece to glue one side to the other.
Now decorate
I used glue dots to stick snowflakes to the tree, sewing straight pins with the little painted heads would be really cute to hold the snowflakes on.

For the “tree skirt” just cut a circle larger than the base of the tree and matt.

**Important…remember to use FLAMELESS tea lights for inside the tree or your tree will be doing more than just glowing!!

Frosted sheet 8.5x11"=Short Cuts
Snowflake Punch-Martha Stewart
Red buttons-Making Memories
Stamps-Shining Star-CTMH
Bear-Mine (you can't have'em)