The winner of the Tree, Birds & Messages set is...
Diane, email me your address and then Hero Arts will mail your new stamp set to you!
Jennifer McGuire invited me to play along at the Hero Arts blog today. The theme this week is holiday thank you cards. With all of my supplies from my holiday creations still all over my stamping desk, it was quick and easy to put several cards together. Here is a little peek at the first set of cards and you can see the rest of my cards and also one that Jennifer created over at the Hero Arts blog!
In addition, Hero Arts is letting me give away free stamps! This is the Tree, Birds,& Messages set that I used on one of my card sets...
Leave a comment (one per person please) on this post between now and 8AM CST tomorrow (12/31/08.) I will randomly draw a winner and Hero Arts will send your new stamps to you!
Thanks so much, Jennifer, for letting me play along today!
We were reminded right away this morning of the magic of the season when we heard Hana exclaim from the other room while we were still in bed, "THE COOKIES ARE GONE!" She flipped on all the lights to get out of bed (what I normally do to her to get her out of bed for school...!) so we could come and see that Santa had been here.
After all the present unwrapping this morning we are heading over to my parents to spend time with family. We spent time with Chad's family last weekend and that is really what this season is about. Being with family and friends and watching the Christmas magic happen through each other and our children.
Merry Christmas, everyone!
We are busy this week getting ready to celebrate the holidays with family. Our festivities begin the weekend and so there's lots of present wrapping and cookie baking going on.
Here are my Christmas tags all ready to tie onto gifts as I wrap them. These are the tags that I make for my girls, nephews, and friends that will be used later on a scrapbook page for them about this year's celebration. (You can see tags from last year here.)
The cute little skating girl is one of the Elzybell's through Amuse, the polar bear is by Memory Box, the polka dots by Papertrey Ink, and the alphabet is from Hero Arts. I colored all of the images with Copic markers, the white Inksentials pen from Ranger, and shimmered everything up with my Stardust pen by Sakura. I got into the glitter for the snowflakes, used scrap papers for the background, and a bunch of ribbon and buttons from my stash.
I also made these fun Santa tags for family and friends. I didn't make cards this year (gasp!) and so this is the bit of handmade goodness that I am sharing. This Santa is a retired SU! stamp set and I have used him for tags before, but I really love him and so I colored him up again this year.
If you are interested in more information about the class, click the link over on the right. If you register for the class make sure you let Erika know that I sent you! I am thrilled to be a part of the class and am excited to get some good scrapbooking done! Come join us!
I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season! Thanks for stopping by!
It's a little crazy that I have been creating fun Valentine projects in the middle of getting ready for Christmas. But, you know what? It is really time to start thinking about what you are going to create soon... and if you are going to need supplies, and are going to order them from Papertrey Ink... the 15th will be the perfect time to get everything you need (hint, hint, hint!)
So if you checked out Nichole's blog , you saw that the whole design team has been having fun creating lots of great Valentine treats to get your ideas flowing for the treats that you are going to make for loved ones.
I used the small heart tins from Papertrey for my treat containers. I painted them with white acrylic paint - do several coats letting the paint dry inbetween - and then stamped on the polka dots with red acrylic paint. (If you want to learn more about stamping with paint, see my post here.) When all the paint on the heart tins was dry, I stamped the "be mine" sentiment on the top with black ink. The polka dot ribbon is wrapped around the tin with a little adhesive to follow the heart shape and the heart tag (stamped with more acrylic paint and black ink) attached to that with some silver cord. One of my favorite treats, hot tamales, are tucked into glassine bags (more hearts stamped with paint!) that I trimmed on the top with decorative edged scissors.
Thanks for stopping by!
Be Mine Treat Tins
stamps: Heart Prints, Polka Dot Basics (Papertrey Ink)
ink: Jet Black Archival (Ranger)
cardstock: Pure Poppy (Papertrey Ink)
other: Pure Poppy polka dot ribbon (Papertrey Ink), small heart tin & small glassine bags (Papertrey Ink)white & red acrylic paint, silver eyelets, silver cord, decorative edge scissors
It's sneak peek time for the Papertrey Ink December release!
I was so excited when I saw this set, Heart Prints, that Nichole designed. I think it's hard to find just the right Valentine/heart set. I want something that's simple, but versatile, something that I can use for more than just Valentine's Day, and I don't like anything too cutesy or too foofy - if you know what I mean. This set is it for me!
One of the things that I like about combining my stamping with my scrapbooking is creating the custom patterned papers to use on my projects. I started out stamping the smaller size solid hearts in Pure Poppy all over kraft cardstock.
Next, I choose one of the patterned hearts to use as an overlay in white ink. Can I tell you HOW EXCITED I am that Papertrey Ink will now be carrying WHITE INK? It's finally time! I was able to help choose the ink that Papertrey is carrying and I assure you that you will LOVE it. It's as perfect as you want white pigment ink to be. It is my own piece of heaven now that Papertrey carries both my kraft cardstock and Fresh Snow (white) ink!
I picked a picture to use for my page and started planning my page. I am doing a horizontal 11" x 8 1/2" layout.
I punched some additional hearts out with the coordinating punch. Papertrey Ink will be selling both sizes of heart punches that coordinate with the Heart Prints set!
On the hearts that I punched out, I stitched a button to each one...
And then adhered them randomly to my heart patterned paper with dimensionals.
Here is my finished page.
And with my leftover stamped patterned paper, I created a quick coordinating card. I am so in love with the sentiments both in the Heart Prints set as well as in the coordinating Heart Prints Sentiments set. The font combination that Nichole picked is perfect and I know that you will find yourself reaching for these sentiments for projects all year long. Nichole just has a way with sentiments that work for exactly what I want to say. I love that!
You must want to see more, right? Well, if you haven't been to Nichole's blog, head over there for another sneak peek of the Heart Prints set. Lisa has more fun inspiration with her new set, Love Songs. And Candice will be stamping all week with her new Forest Friends sets (plus she has a give away over there that you will want to sign up for!)
Make sure to stop by at the release party over at the Papertrey Ink Forums 10PM-midnight EST on Sunday night. I hope to see you there!
Love You Forever Scrapbook Page & All Your Heart Card
stamps: Heart Prints, Heart Prints Sentiments (Papertrey Ink)
ink: Pure Poppy, Fresh Snow (Papertrey Ink), Jet Black Archival (Ranger)
cardstock: kraft, white, Pure Poppy (Papertrey Ink)
other: Pure Poppy polka dot ribbon (Papertrey Ink), heart punch (EK Success), heart brads (Making Memories), buttons, linen thread, sewing machine/thread, dimensionals
Here's one more little project from the fall before winter officially starts. Brianna and I took a mini book class at Crafts Direct (a local craft store) taught by our friend Nicole. It was so much fun to spend an evening putting this little book together and fill it up with some of my favorite pictures from the fall.
Chad and I took a trip, just the two of us, up on the North Shore.
We took a trip with friends to the Nelson Farm.
Went to a Halloween party at a friends house and another one sponsored by UCP of Central MN.
Carved pumpkins and went to a family festival with family on Halloween night.
I love how it turned out and I am very excited that it's completed.
The book base is from Cosmo Cricket, papers from Reminisce & Bazzil, Alphabet stamps by Stampin' Up!, front cover letters by American Crafts, misc ribbons, and the felt leaves I die cut and stitched myself :)
Nicole, I am looking forward to our next class!
A few weekends ago, I spent the weekend with my mother-in-law and sister-in-law stamping and scrapbooking. I took it as an opportunity to get some serious holiday project making done.
I love these birds by Hero Arts and had previously colored them (remember that, for those of you that were there, at our mini MN Papertrey gathering?) With some patterned holiday papers and trim I quickly put together several projects. The little cards above are for the drawing that we do on my mom's side of the family. The cards are 3" square and have the names on the inside for the drawing.
I had some birds leftover and they became tags to attach to gifts.
Finally, I put together my this years version of a holiday planner for friends and family. I got the idea from my friend Navy. She had made these at the retreat last summer and they are so perfect! All they really are is a large mailing envelope folded in half. I covered the flap with patterned paper and embellished the front with more paper and trims. The little birds with the trees (a cute idea from my friend Kookie!) I had colored last year, but never got around to making them into anything.
I added a magnet to clasp the planner closed...
And here is the inside. There's a notepad for making out lists, a pocket for coupons, notes, etc. and the actually envelope pocket is so perfect for keeping receipts! I tucked some of my tags into the pockets so you could get the idea. I passed these out at my family's Thanksgiving gatherings and they were a hit!
It feltt good to get so much done and by keeping with the same theme and colors I was able to put everything together so quickly. I have another scrapbook gathering with friends this Friday and Saturday at a local craft store and so I need to get my things together for that. I am sure I will be packing lots of supplies for gift making this time.
Some of you might have noticed the new item on my right side column. I am so excited to be a part of Stampin' Mama's online Journaling 101 class coming up at the end of January! It will be and experience for me as well - I definitely need the help when it comes to figuring out journaling for my scrapbook pages. Just by my peek at what this class has in store, I know that I am going to be successful and the result will be something that my family will treasure when they look through our scrapbooks. For more information click on the graphic link and it will take you to the class description and registration information. I am excited to see you there and make sure that if you register that you tell them that I sent you!
Thanks for stopping by!