New Year Sparkle

Good Morning!  Since I just posted about the start up of my birthday club yesterday I thought it was only fitting that I post a birthday card today.  If you would like to join my birthday club you can read more about it here in yesterday's post.

I also made this card for this week's ABC blog challenge and the challenge this week is 'New Year Sparkle'.  We were to create any card using anything that sparkles and I decided to use rhinestone gems.  It's hard to see in my photo so I wanted to point out that my gems are just below my sentiment.

I first cut a die shape using the label collection framelit and then I stamped a flower and two small green stems in the lower right corner.  Then I stamped the sentiment using chocolate chip ink towards the left side.

The white card stock towards the bottom of my card was stamped using the same flower stamp as on my sentiment layer and the same baja blue ink.  The chocolate chip card stock was punched using the dotted scalloped ribbon border punch and then the background towards the top of my card was dry embossed using the square lattice embossing folder.

The only other embellishment I added was the twine.  I was trying to keep my card more flat for mailing.

I hope you'll stop on by our ABC challenge blog this week!  I wish you and  your family a wonderful Happy New Year!  Have a great rest of the day!

Stamps:  Stippled Blossoms, Petite Pairs
Card Stock:  White, Chocolate Chip, Festival of Prints Designer Series Paper Stack
Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze, Wild Wasabi- I stamped off with this ink and the leaf stamps
Supplies:  Label Collection Framelits, Big Shot, Twine, Rhinestone Gems, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Dotted Scalloped Ribbon Border Punch
Technique:  Dry Embossing

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My Birthday Club


I've decided to start my very own birthday club!

Beginning Jan 1, 2013 I would like to create a birthday club for the members on my mailing list.  As a member of my birthday club you will receive:

- A handmade birthday card, made by me, for you.
- A special discount (only available through me) for your birthday.
- My monthly emails with Stampin' Up! news as well as any other SU updates and specials only offered to the members on my mailing list.

Would you like to join?  It's quick, easy, and simple.  All you need to do is to sign up for my newsletter by sending me an email and then simply ask to join my birthday club.  Please include the following information with your email-

Full Name-
Mailing address (optional if you would like to receive a handmade card in the mail)-

Birthday date (month and day is fine)-
Email address-

My birthday club is open to US residents only.  Thanks for your understanding.

My email address- pebbles4@ptd.net
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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to you and your families!  I will be taking a short break from blogging and spending some more time with my children while they are home from school for their holiday/winter break.  In the mean time I will be busy working on some stamping projects!  See you in the New Year!

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My Last Twisted Tuesday Card

Good Morning!  Today is my last post for the Twisted Tuesday design team.  I have decided to step down and I wanted to take a moment to say thank you to Melina and the other DT members for having me.  It was truly a pleasure and I had such a great time visiting new blogs and leaving comments for everyone!  Melina, I wish you the best with your Twisted Tuesday challenge blog! 

This week's Twisted Tuesday challenge needs be a tag or have a tag on it and the twist is to show something that makes you smile.  It can be a favorite stamp, embellishments, something crafty you received as a gift, etc.  Be sure to post what it is that makes you smile. 

What makes me smile...??  Well, I decided to use one of my very favorite stamp sets, Lovely As a Tree and I just love a fresh coat of snow and how pretty it makes everything look so I decided that my card needed to have lots of snow.  Now if we'd only get some snow here for Christmas!

I stamped the tree image onto my background and then again onto my tag.  I masked off the snowy areas so that they would remain white and I sponged my background using night of navy ink and I sponged heavier around the edges and lighter towards the center.

I made the tag by cutting a strip of card stock and inserting the top portion through my large tag punch and simply punched to top design.  My night of navy layer was cut 1/8" larger and since I don't have a tag punch that's 1/8" larger I simply trimmed the top design by hand.  Then I punched a hole at the top of my tag and I threaded some silver cording through and tied it off.  You could easily use ribbon here instead.

And what's a snowy card without any glitter, right?  So I decided to add lots of glitter!  I simply swiped my 2 way glue pen all over the snow and sprinkled dazzling diamonds all over....easy peasy!

Well, I'm off to bake some Christmas cookies!  Thank you so much for stopping by!  Have a great day!
Stamps:   Lovely As a Tree, Petite Pairs
Card Stock:  White, Night of Navy
Ink:  Brown Stazon, Night of Navy
Supplies:  Sponge, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, 2 Way Glue Pen, Hole Punch, Silver Cording, Large Tag Punch
Technique:  Spotlighting, Sponging, Masking

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Christmas Crackers


Good morning!  Today's 52 Christmas Card Throwdown blog's challenge is our last challenge for the year.  It's also my last card as a member of their DT.  I would like to take a moment to say thank you so much for having me, it was a wonderful opportunity being on their DT and I had so much fun.  I love their challenges and I will continue to play along when I can.

Today's challenge is a theme challenge, 'Christmas Crackers'. Interpret this as you wish - images of crackers, hats, toys confetti etc - you can even do a joke card it's up to you.

It took me a little bit to think of what sort of card I wanted to create, but once I remembered I had the Stampin' Up! July 4th stamp set I knew exactly what to create.  It's almost like stamps in disguise....I never thought of using my July 4th stamp set for Christmas cards, but it worked!

I did lots of heat embossing on my card which is something I rarely do.  I used white craft ink and white embossing powder for the white fireworks and versamark ink and gold embossing powder for the gold fireworks.  It's hard to see on my card so I wanted to point out that I used the small splatter stamp from the SU stamp set Itty Bitty Backgrounds and using cherry clobber ink I have some splatter stamped all over my cherry cobbler card stock.  In-between the open areas of my images I added some gold and white dots using my white gel pen and gold dazzle marker.  Then I decided to add a few of the larger rhinestone gems, it' looks really neat in person.

Just below my stamped area I added 2 rows of dry embossing using my simply score tool and then just below that I placed some white ribbon.  My sentiment is also heat embossed using white craft ink and white embossing powder.

I hope you liked my Christmas Cracker card!  Thank you so much for stopping by and we hope you'll join us and play along with our last challenge for the year!  Have a great day!

Stamps:  July 4th, Curly Cute, Itty Bitty Backgrounds
Card Stock:  White, Cherry Cobbler
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, White Craft Ink, VersaMark
Supplies:  Ribbon, Simply Score Tool, Heat Gun, White Embossing Powder, Gold Embossing Powder, Embossing Buddy, White Gel Pen, Gold Dazzle Marker, Rhinestone Gems
Technique:  Dry Embossing, Heat Embossing

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Twisted Tuesday Multiples with Stitching



Good Morning!  I tried making more of a clean & simple card for the Twisted Tuesday challenge this week.  The challenge this week is to use multiples of something and the twist is to add some stitching.  The multiples can be images, buttons, ribbons, etc.  The stitching can be faux or real stitching.  Since I rarely pull out my sewing machine I decided to use faux stitching and my multiples are my images and brads.

I used the poinsettia stamp from the SU Christmas Blessing stamp set and I stamped the image three times in a row.  I colored them using my SU markers and then I added three gold brads in the center.

My faux stitching is on my gumball green layer which I then punched out using the scallop border punch.  My sentiment was stamped and punched and layered using oval punches.  I have dimensionals underneath my sentiment layer as well as behind my Raspberry Ripple layer.

Have a wonderful day!  I'm off to get caught up on some house work and finish up making some Christmas gifts!  Have a great day!

Stamps:  Christmas Blessings, Petite Pairs
Card Stock:  White, Gumball Green, Raspberry Ripple
Ink:  Black Stazon
Supplies:  Ribbon, White Gel Pen, Paper Piercing Tool, Essentials Paper Piercing Pack, SU Markers, Gold Brads. Small Oval Punch, Large Oval Punch, Scallop Border Punch, Dimensionals
Technique:  Faux Stitching

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Silver Embossed Tree

Good morning!  This week's 52 Christmas Card Throwdown challenge is a color challenge and we are using the color:  black, white, and metallic of your choice.

I chose to use black, white, and silver.  I used the silver on embossing my tree image.  I stamped the image using versamark ink and then I poured silver embossing powder onto my image and I hit it with the heat gun.  The silver embossing is awesome when you want to create that 'wow' factor without all the work of coloring. 

I kept my card more on the clean & simple side, but I did dry emboss the background using my simply score board and diagonal plate.  For my embellishments I used some silver cording and on the tree image I added a few pearls in the center of the snowflakes.  My sentiment is also heat embossed and I placed it onto my card using dimensionals.

I hope you'll have some time to play along with us this week; this is such a fun color challenge!  Thanks for stopping by!  Make it a great day!

I also made my card for the following challenges-
Sisterhood of Crafters- embossing- I used heat embossing and dry embossing
Sweet Stampin' Christmas- anything goes
Dutch Dare Card Challenges- non traditional Christmas colors
Moving Along With the Times- Clean & Simple

Stamps:  Snow Swirled
Card Stock:  White, Black
Ink:  VersaMark
Supplies:  Silver Cording, Simply Scoring Tool, Diagonal Plate, Basic Pearls, Silver Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Scallop Oval Punch, Embossing Buddy, dimensionals
Technique:   Heat Embossing, Dry Embossing

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Winter Snowflake

Hi everyone!  As you may know I love making all white Christmas cards and here's another one I made.

The snowflake was cut using the retired Stampin' Up! snowflake die and I added a large pearl on each branch of the snowflake.  In the center I added a large white button with white twine tied in a bow.  My background was embossed using the lacy brocade embossing folder and the white layer behind that was paper pierced all along the edges. 

For my ribbon treatment I used some white organdy ribbon and I layered my sentiment using several oval punches and then I tied on my oval sentiment onto my organdy ribbon using white twine. 

If you eliminate the paper piercing layer, this would make a great holiday card that could be reproduced in no time at all!

I'm entering my card in the following blog challenges-
Twisted Tuesday Challenges- Wintery White & the twist is to include a snowflake
Paper Play Challenges- Christmas is Coming
Creative Craft Challenges2- White on White Christmas
Eclectic Ellapu- Santa paws and/or snow flakes- I used snowflakes
Shopping Our Stash- Any winter holiday or winter/snow themed project

Thanks for taking the time to stop by!  Have a great evening!

Stamps:  To You & Yours
Card Stock:  White
Ink:  Basic Gray
Supplies:  Organdy Ribbon, Twine, Button, Scallop Oval Punch, Large Oval Punch, Small Oval Punch, Basic Pearls, 2 Way Glue Pen, Snowflake Die, Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder, Big Shot, SU Mat Pack, Paper Piercing Tool
Technique:  Dry Embossing, Paper Piercing

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White Holiday Ornaments

I'm back with another post for today.  I wanted to make a card for this week's ABC Blog Challenge and this week's challenge is to create a holiday card using bling.  I love all white cards and so I decided to create an all white Christmas card using bling.

I also made this card for the following challenges-
Creative Craft Challenge2- which was to make a white on white Christmas card.
Tuesday Throwdown- white Christmas
Cupcake Craft Challenges- It'll be All White on the Night
Crafts and Me Challenges- Anything Goes With An Optional Christmas Ornament

My card is really just a matter of dry embossing and die cutting.  I began making my card by dry embossing the top portion of my background.  I left the bottom 1" or so unembossed so that I could stamp my Merry Christmas sentiment.

My next two layers were cut using the window framelits and the larger layer was paper pierced along the edges using my festive paper piercing pack and paper piercing tool. 

To create the ornaments I cut them out using the holiday ornament framelit dies and then I dry embossed them.  The largest ornament was dry embossed using the lacy brocade embossing folder and then I tied some sliver cording at the top.  The upper smaller ornament was dry embossed using my fancy fan embossing folder and then I die cut a tiny bit of glimmer paper for the top of the ornament.  The next smaller ornament was just die cut and I added two rows of dry embossing using my simply score tool and then in the middle I added a row of basic jewels and then I tied on some sliver cording at the top of the ornament.

Here's a tip when embossing and die cutting- cut first, then emboss!  Trust me, it works out much nicer this way.

I hope you will join us and play along this week at ABC Challenges!  Have a great day and be sure to stop by tomorrow.  I will be posting another all white card!
Stamps:  More Merry Messages
Card Stock:  White, Silver Glimmer Paper
Ink:  Basic Gray
Supplies:  Big Shot, Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder, Fancy Fan Embossing Folder, Festive Paper Piercing Pack, Paper Piercing Tool, Silver Cording- retired, Dimensionals, Simply Scoring Tool, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Window Framelits, Holiday Ornament Framelits
Technique:  Paper Piercing, Dry Embossing

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Crafty Gal Blog Group~ December Challenge

Hi everyone!  The blog group I belong to has a challenge every month and this month we are doing a really neat challenge.  For the month of December the Craft Gal's Blog Group is doing a 'Guess Who I'm CASEing' challenge.

We were to go back and pick another blog group member's card to case from the month of March.  Well, I goofed and the card I decided to case was from the month of October (sorry about that), but once the person I cased this from sees this card she will know it's hers.  I had to case this card because after I saw it the first time I had to go and order the En Francais stamp.  We aren't supposed to reveal whose card we cased until we've all had a chance to guess them so I'll come back on Friday and update this post with a link to the original card I cased. 

ETA- here is a link to Jackie's card that I cased.

I stamped the lower portion of my background using the En Francasis stamp and the upper portion of my background was stamped using the Hello Doily stamp.  The two images meet in the middle and it was pretty close, but it didn't really matter since my ribbon covered up that part.

My flower was stamped using the Daydream Medallions stamps and it was cut out using my floral frame framelits.  I have dimensionals under each layer of my flower.  I finished off my card by stamping a sentiment and punching it out using the jewelry tag punch and I also added a small button with some twine tied through the center.

I hope you like my card today!  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a great rest of the day!

Stamps:  Daydream Medallions, En Francais, Hello Doily, Tiny Tags
Card Stock:  Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla
Ink:  Soft Suede
Supplies:  Crochet Trim, Button, Twine, Jewelry Tag Punch, Floral Frames Framelits, Dimensionals, Glue Dots

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52 Christmas Card Throwdown Sketch

Hi everyone!  Today's 52 Christmas Card Throwdown challenge is a sketch and as many of you know sketch challenges are my very favorite challenges so join us this week and play along with this awesome sketch!  Here's a pic of the sketch-


My card was super easy to make and it didn't take much time to finish it.  I used an older, retired Stampin' Up! stamp set called 'The Chill of Winter'. and all I really did was stamp my image and sentiment and then I colored them using my SU markers.  I added some dazzling diamonds glitter for the snow and I also added some silver cording toward the bottom of my card and I tied it off with a small bow.  (The silver cording is from SU, but it's been retired for awhile now and I'm glad I still have some left.

The background on my card was dry embossed using my big shot and petals-a-plenty embossing folder and using my cherry cobbler marker I decided to color in the flower centers just by using a small dot from the marker and that was it!  Real quick and easy to do!  Thank you for stopping by.  Make it a great day!

Stamps:  The Chill of Winter
Card Stock:  White, Cherry Cobbler
Ink:  Black Stazon
Supplies:  Big Shot, Petals-a-plenty Embossing Folder, Silver Cording, SU Dazzling Diamonds, 2 Way Glue Pen, SU Markers, Dimensionals
Technique:  Dry Embossing

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Twisted Tuesday Inspiration


Good Morning! Today's Twisted Tuesday challenge is an inspiration challenge based on this photo below. It's such a pretty photo, isn't it?  And the twist this week is to use eyelets somewhere on your project.

It was hard to photograph my card with the silver embossing and glimmer paper so I posted another photo of my card below.
I started making the background of my card.  I ran the upper portion of my white background layer through my big shot machine using the square lattice embossing folder.  Just below my embossed area I added three score lines using my simply score board.  I usually do this to give me a nice separation from my embossed and unembossed areas.  I left about 1 1/2" towards the bottom unembossed so that I could stamp my sentiment.

To make the blue ornament I stamped the pacific point stamp, cut it out using the coordinating ornament framelit, and I tied some sliver cording towards the top and I added a few pearls.

The larger ornament on the left side of my card was cut using a framelit and silver glimmer card stock.  Then I stamped the small pacific point circle image, punched it out using a 1" circle punch, added a few pearls, and it's placed on the ornament using some dimensionals.

The silver ornament towards the right hand side of my card was heat embossed.  I used my versamark ink pad and silver embossing powder to create the image.  The smaller pacific point ornament placed on top of that was made by stamping the image using pacific point ink and and then I added a row of silver eyelets across the center.  And to complete it I tied some silver cording at the top and it's placed on top of my silver embossed ornament using dimensionals.
  
All of my ornaments were placed onto my dry embossed background layer using glue dots.  Regular adhesive will not hold the ornaments if you are placing them on a dry embossed background. 

And lastly I just stamped my Merry Christmas sentiment.  Sorry for the long post today.  I wanted to take the time to explain how I made my ornaments.  Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you'll play along with us this week at Twisted Tuesday Challenges! Have a great day!

Stamps:  Ornament Keepsakes, More Merry Messages
Card Stock:  White, Pacific Point, Silver Glimmer Paper
Ink:  Pacific Point, VersaMark
Supplies:  Big Shot, Holiday Ornament Framelit Dies, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Simply Score Tool, Pacific Point Ribbon, Silver Cording, Basic Pearls, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Silver Eyelets, Crop-a-dial, Heat Gun, Silver Embossing Powder, 1" Circle Punch
Technique: Heat Embossing, Dry Embossing

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ABC ~ Anything Goes Challenge

Good morning!  This is the card I made for the ABC challenge blog and this week's challenge is an anything goes challenge.

I figured with Christmas right around the corner I would make a Christmas card plus I wanted to use one of my new stamp sets.

I began by cutting out a top note die shape and then I stamped my image and colored it using my SU markers.  The bottom part of my cherry cobbler card stock was die cut using the finishing touches edgelits.  And to complete my card I stamped my sentiment and layered it using oval punches and then I added three small pearls on the upper left side of my image panel. 

That's about it for today, I kept my card easy and it was quick too!  I hope you'll join us and play along this week over at my new challenge blog ABC Challenges!  Have a great rest of the day!

Stamps:  Beautiful Season, Petite Pairs
Card Stock:  White, Cherry Cobbler, Festival of Prints DSP Stack
Ink:  Black Stazon
Supplies:  Gumball Green Ribbon, Basic Pearls, Large Oval Punch, Small Oval Punch, Top Note Die, Big Shot, Finishing Touches Edgelits, SU Markers

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Pearl Snowflakes ~ 52 Christmas Card Throwdown

Good morning!  This week's 52 Christmas Card Throwdown blog challenge is an embellishment challenge and we are using pearls!  I couldn't get this idea of using pearls as snowflakes out of my head and so I decided to run with it.  I think it looks neat with the different size pearls for the snowflakes.

I started creating my card by cutting a night of navy background to size (4" x 5 1/4").  Then I took some white card stock and tore it for the snow.  Here's a tip- when I was cutting the width of the white card stock I left it a hair wider than 4" because when you run it through your big shot to emboss it the card stock will shrink.  Using a 2 way glue pen I added some dazzling diamonds glitter along the edge and all over the embossed snow.  I have 3 layers of white card stock for the snow and the top 2 layers have dimensionals underneath them.

Here's a close up photo of the snowy area part of my card.  I wanted to show you how I have the top 2 layers of snow raised up using dimensionals.  It looks really neat with the trees placed between each layer.  The trees were stamped using gumball green ink and then using SU markers I colored the lights and tree trunk and I cut them out.  When I placed the trees on my card in the snowy area I used glue where the trees would be sitting on the embossed card stock (it won't hold very well on the embossed area if you don't use glue).  There are dimensionals under the top part of the tree.  The tree on the night of navy card stock is simply glued on.

For the snowman I colored my stamp using SU markers, cut him out and placed him on my card.  I did the same thing with the little birdie except since he's sitting on the snowy area I had to use glue to adhere him.

My sentiment was just stamped and punched out using my extra large oval punch.  And lastly, I added some pearls for the snowflakes.  When I place pearls on my cards I always use my paper piercing tool.  I just pick them up with the tool and put the pearls where ever I want them on my card.  I used the three smalles size pearls for my snowflakes.

I hope you liked my card today!  This is the first time I'm using this No Peeking stamp set and I can sure see myself using this set over and over again.  I also wanted to take a minute to say thank you to you for all your well wishes.  My back is starting to feel better, but it still hurts.  I'm able to move around and the Advil had been helping.  I hope you have a wonderful weekend!  Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  No Peeking
Card Stock:  White, Night of Navy
Ink:  Night of Navy, Gumball Green
Supplies:  Big Shot, Snow Burst Embossing Folder, 2 Way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Basic Pearls, SU Markers, Dimensionals, Scissors- for cutting out images, Large Oval Punch, Tombow Multi Glue
Technique:  Dry Embossing, Paper Tearing
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Wonderfall & Christmas Blessings

Good Morning!  I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!  I haven't been posting on my blog these past few days because I haven't been feeling well.  I hurt my back last week and it's finally starting to feel better.  I'm not 100% better yet, but at least I can move around some.  At one point last week I couldn't even get out of bed so needless to say I'm behind with some of the challenge cards I usually make. 
I recently started a new challenge blog and it's called ABC challenges.  ABC stands for All Beautiful Cards (my daughter came up with that idea), but anyway.....the Design Team and I are working hard at growing our challenge and we hope that you will play along with us, spread the word, and help our challenge blog grow. 

The current ABC Challenge is our very first color challenge and the colors are:  Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, and Chocolate Chip.  I decided to ink up my new leaf stamps and I have to tell you that this is an awesome stamp set and I'm so glad I ordered it.  These leaves are perfect for fall cards, thank you cards, and I can even picture myself using these for some scrapbooking.

If you are using the die with this stamp set, I found that it really helps to die cut your card stock first.  Then I inked my stamps and turned them upside down with the rubber image facing up.  Then I placed my die cut on top of the inked image and I pressed lightly to get the ink on the card stock.  Trust me, it's so much easier this way!

I scored my background using my simply score tool and I was trying to mimic the design in the smaller pumpkin pie leaf image.  I scored my card stock using three lines and skipping two and once I had the one direction finished I turned the card stock around and did the same thing doing in the other direction.  I think my background turned out pretty neat!

The rest of my card is fairly simple.  I added some pumpkin pie and old olive dsp and then I tied some crochet ribbon and I added a button with some twine tied in the center.  One thing I wanted to mention is that when I add a button on top of my ribbon I use a glue gun to hold on the button.  It's what seems to work the best for me.

Stamps:  Wonderfall, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Card Stock:  Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, DSP- Polka Dot Parade
Ink:  Old Olive, Chocolate, Pumpkin Pie
Supplies:  Crochet Trim Ribbon, Button, Twine, Word Window Punch, Autumn Accents Bigz Die, Simply Score Tool, Glue Dots
Technique: Dry Embossing, Die Cutting


This card I made was fairly simple to create.  I used a combination of paper piercing, die cutting, and dry embossing to create my main image panels.  My sentiment was stamped and cut out using the labels collection framelits and then I decided to do some paper piercing along the edges.  My sentiment layer has dimensionals underneath it.  My layer under that was also cut using the labels framelits and with that layer I decided to add some dry embossing using my simply score tool and I added the dry embossed lines on a diagonal.

The poinsettia flower was stamped, colored using my SU markers, and then cut out.  I added three gold brads in the center of the flower and my flower has dimensionals stacked (two layers) underneath it.  I stacked the dimensionals to raise it up a bit since my sentiment panel also has dimensionals under that.

I used my scallop trim border punch to punch along the bottom of my cherry cobbler card stock.

I made this card for a few challenges.  I'm surprised that I was able to combine a few challenges because I'm rarely ever able to do that.  I made this card for:

SUO blog challenge - create a clean & simple Christmas card
52 Christmas Card Throwdown challenge - create cards using scripture.  I'm late posting my card for this challenge since I wasn't feeling well so I apologize.
Queen for the Day challenge- on Splitcoast stampers and I decided to case this card made by Gabby's.   I kept the same layout and I changed the images, papers, and I decided to make a Christmas card.  Congratulations Gabby for being chosen Queen of the Day!

Stamps:  Christmas Blessings
Card Stock:  White, Cherry Cobbler, Festival of Prints DSP Paper Stack
Ink:  Chocolate Chip
Supplies:  Labels Collections Framelits, Simply Score Tool, SU Markers, Festive Paper Piercing Pack, Paper Piercing Tool, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Dimensionals, Gold Brads, Scissors- for cutting out flower
Technique:  Dry Embossing, Paper Piercing

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Stampin' Up! Extravanganza



Good Morning!  Stampin' Up!'s online extravanganza will begins today Monday, November 19th and will continue thru November 28th.  During these 10 days only, you can get incredible discounts up to 50% off on some select items. In addition, there will be three products at 20% off for 24 hours only on both the first and last days of the Online Extravaganza.

These are the three items that are available at 20% only during the first 24 hours of the online extravanganza.  Monday, November 19, midnight - 11:50 PM (MT)

Item # 125586 Simply Scored Diagonal Plate- Retail Price $11.95 - Sale Price$9.56
Item # 113439 Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine- Retail Price $99.95 - Sale Price $79.96
Item # 113474 Big Shot Doctor's Bag- Retail Price $69.95 - Sale Price$55.96

And these are the three items that are available at 20% off only during the last 24 hours of the online extravanganza.  Wednesday, November 28, midnight - 11:50 PM (MT)

Item # 118941 Clear Block Bundle (Blocks A-I)- Retail Price $66.95 - Sale Price $53.56
Item # 120279 Clear Block Storage Caddy- Retail Price $16.95 - Sale Price $13.56
Item # 109127 Stack & Store Caddy Retail Price $34.95 Sale Price $27.96

The additional items included in the online extravanganaz can be found here in this pdf.file
http://www.stampinup.com/us/documents/Online_X_flyer_US.pdf

Be sure to use the item numbers provided above for the discount.


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Scripture Verse ~ 52 Christmas Card Blog Challenge

Hi everyone!  I wanted to make a card for this week's 52 Christmas Card Throwdown challenge, but I'm not feeling very well.  I hurt my back when I was playing with my son last Wednesday and I've been in so much pain since, I can hardly move and my husband and older daughter have been taking care of me.  I have another doctor appointment coming up and I'm hoping I will feel better by then.

I promise I will try to make a card for the challenge, but in the mean time I wanted to share the challenge with you.  If you have time hop on over to the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown blog and check out our theme challenge this week, we are using scripture verses on our cards/projects. 

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and remember the Stampin' Up! online extravaganza begins on Monday morning!  I have post all ready for Monday with more information about it. 

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Some Stampin' Up! News

There have been several announcements from Stampin' Up! lately and so today I'm taking the time to pass along the news.  Please send me an email if you have any questions.  My email is pebbles4@ptd.net

Talking Tag

Give the gift of sound. Handcrafted projects show loved ones how much you care--let your voice tell them too! With Talking Tag, you can record your own personal message that recipients can access by scanning the Talking Tag. Attach them to cards, invitations, gift tags, business cards, catalogs, scrapbook pages, wine bottles . . . well, anything!  Buy 'em by the sheet! You get 10 tags for $7.95 (item 129723) 

Here's a brief video from Stampin' Up!

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Texture Boutique Embossing Machine

Give the gift of texture! The Texture Boutique works with Textured Impressions Embossing Folders to transform ordinary cardstock, paper, metallic foil, or vellum into an embossed, textured masterpiece. This machine embosses only; it does not die cut. We have 4,000 available to be sold in white only and only while supplies last. If this product test goes well, Stampin' Up! may offer the Texture Boutique again in the future.
We're offering a special

Texture Boutique Bundle (item 132700) that includes the Texture Boutique Embossing Machine and the Flower Garden and Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folders for $39.95 (a $45.85 value).

Or

Just the Texture Boutique Embossing Machine (item 132657) for $29.95.

Here's a brief video from Stampin' Up!

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Ever hear the saying, 'There's an app for that'?  Stampin' Up! has created a card-making application, and they are calling it Simply Sent! This iPhone app allows you to create an e-card from a template or completely on their own and send it via e-mail or post it on Facebook. And it's free!

This app: it's not My Digital Studio on a mobile device, not even close. This scaled-back version will only give you a taste of what they can create when they buy MDS. We want to get our name and our art out there so more people than ever before will know about Stampin' Up! We hope you'll get excited about it as well and that you'll do the following:

Download it from iTunes or the App Store, share it with all your friends, and post a review! The more positive reviews it gets, the more prominent place it takes in the iTunes store. Try it out!

SU does plan to have an Android version, but they are not ready to announce a launch date for that version. For now, the Simply Sent app is for iPhone only.

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Stamping on DSP ~ Twisted Tuesday Challenge

Good Morning everyone!  This is a card I made for this week's Twisted Tuesday Challenges.  The challenge this week is to stamp on pattern paper and the twist is to use teal or turquoise somewhere on your card/project.

I have a lot of details on this card because I wanted to make it special for the family of a friend and customer of mine who recently passed away.  It was an unexpected illness and I'm thankful that she felt that she made the right decision in not seeking treatment.  I hope her family likes this card I made.

It might be hard to see in my photo so I wanted to mention that I stamped the flower image on so saffron dsp and this layer has dimensionals under it.  I colored the image using my SU markers.  I also added some paper piercing along the die cut shape.  I also placed a large pearl in the flower center and a small (crochet trim) ribbon knot towards the bottom of the flower stems.

The old olive layer behind my image needed a little something so I decided to add some lines of dry embossing using my simply scoring board.  The so saffron dsp behind the old olive layer also has dimensionals under it.  I used a lot of dimensionals on this card.   My turquoise layer was dry embossed using my fancy fan embossing folder and just along the bottom of my card I added two rows of paper piercing.  Above my sentiment I added three small silver brads.  Here's a tip- to help line up the brads use a piercing template to pierce the holes, they will line up every time!

My love & sympathy sentiment is from the same stamp set and it's punched out using the decorative label punch.  My sentiment actually has dimensionals stacked on top of each other on the left side and on the right I used glue dots.  I sometimes do this if one side of my card is higher than the other.  On this card I have  dimensionals under my main image panel so in order to make my sentiment panel even I stacked the dimensionals on the left side.  I hope I explained that okay, if not and you have any questions feel free to send me a message.

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and visit my blog.  I'd love to have you follow me.  I'm trying to reach my goal of 300 followers, how cool would that be!!!  Have a wonderful day!

Stamps:  Love & Sympathy
Card Stock:  Very Vanilla, So Saffron, Old Olive, Tempting Turquoise, DSP- Subtles Paper Stack
Ink:  Chocolate Chip
Supplies:  Big Shot, Fancy Fan Embossing Folder, Labels Framelits, Simply Score Tool, Decorative Label Punch, Paper Piercing Tool, Festive Paper Piercing Pack, Basic Pearls, Crochet Trim Ribbon, Glue Dots, Dimensionals, SU Markers, Mini Silver Brads
Technique:  Dry Embossing, Paper Piercing

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ABC sketch Challenge



Good afternoon!  Today is Monday and that means it's time for another challenge over at ABC Challenges.  This week's challenge found here, is a sketch challenge and I tried to keep the sketch fairly simple.  I added a few layers to my card, but this would be a great sketch for clean & simple cards too!  Below I have a photo of the sketch posted.

I was visiting some blogs today and I came across this card made by Ruth and I had to case it.  Hope you don't mind, Ruth :)

I ended up turning the sketch and I used dsp for the three panels.  The background behind the owl is sponged using bashful blue ink and a punched out scallop oval to help create to clouds.  My coral background was dry embossed using the perfect polka dots embossing folder.

I used the owl punch to create the owl and the scallop oval punch for the wings.  To make the wings simply fold an oval punch in half long ways and then using scissors cut it down the middle and you will have two wings.  The bird punch was used for the tree branch and I used a 1" circle punch to make the balloon as well as the owl punch again to create the bottom portion of the balloon.  It's hard to see in my photo, but the owl's foot is actually the bottom (gathered portion) of the balloon.  I tied some twine around the bottom part of the balloon and the other end is tied around the owl's wing.

And here is a photo of this week's ABC sketch challenge-


Thanks you for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the rest of your day.  Please help spread the word about our new challenge blog.  We are just starting out and it would be great to have you join us and play along!

Stamps:  It's Your Birthday
Card Stock:  White, Calyspo Coral, Lucky Lucky Limeade, Chocolate Chip, Floral District
Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue
Supplies:  Twine, Tombow Multi Glue, Dimensionals, Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, White Gel Pen, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Sponge, 2 Step Bird Punch, Owl Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, 1" Circle Punch
Technique:  Dry Embossing, Sponging, Punch Art

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Exciting News!


Good Morning!  I have some exciting news to share with you.  Yesterday I received a message from Stacy on Splitcoast Stampers and she told me that I was the Featured Stamper for the week.  Here's the link for the Featured Stamper challenge:

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/featured-stamper-f132/fs301-11-11-2012-anyone-latte-latty-t564124.html

How exciting!  I'm so honored and excited too and I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who is playing along with this week's challenge.  I'm going to take some time today to look through all the cards and leave comments for you.
If you'd like to see the cards created for the featured stamper challenge, you can see them here:

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=all&si=fs301&what=keywords

The weather here in PA is beautiful today and I'm going to try and spend the day cleaning up the yard.  Have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by!
 
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Christmas Covered Bridge

This is the last of the cards I made from the clean & simple card swap I was hosting.  This is probably my favorite card I made for that swap.  I love how easy this was to put together.  It didn't even take that long to color in the image since I tried to keep my coloring to a minimum.

I stamped the image and colored it using my SU markers and then I added some dazzling diamonds glitter over the snow (I know it's probably hard to see in my photo).  I had to use glue dots to adhere the main image panel to my background.  Sometimes the adhesive doesn't stick very well to the dry embossed card stock and it helps to use glue dots.

The upper portion of my background was dry embossed using my big shot and my snow burst embossing folder.  I kept the lower part unembossed since I knew I was going to stamp my sentiment there.  I used my simply scoring tool to add two rows of dry embossing between the snow burst folder and my sentiment.  That just sort of helps to give a nice separation between the dry embossed area and my sentiment and you'll notice that I do this quite often on my cards.

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by!  Have a great rest of the weekend!

Stamps:  Changing Seasons, Curly Cute
Card Stock:  White, Cherry Cobbler
Ink:  Black Stazon, Cherry Cobbler
Supplies:  SU Markers, Big Shot, Snow Burst Embossing Folder, Simply Score Tool, Stamp-a-ma-jig, 2 Way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Glue Dots
Technique:  Dry Embossing

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Pink & Brown Mittens

Good morning!  This week's 52 Christmas Card Thorwdown is a color challenge.  I have the color chart posted below for you.  I decided to go with pink, brown, and white, what a fun color challenge!

I made brown and pink mittens, stamping them using chocolate chip and pretty in pink ink and then punched them out using the mitten punch and I glued the pink parts of the mittens on top of my punched out chocolate chip mittens.  I have the mittens placed on my card using dimensionals.  I did add a tiny dot or two of glue on the twine that I have placed between the mittens.  I did that to hold the twine in place and you only need one or two drops.

I used the window die to cut out the mitten background shape and I also did some faux stitching along the edge of the chocolate chip layer.  I used the adorning accents edgelits for my scallop layer towards the bottom of my card.  I also added a row of paper piercing at the bottom of my card.  My white background layers are dry embossed using the perfect polka dot embossing folder.

I wanted to quickly give you a tip on how I made my sentiment layer.  I first cut out a 3/4" strip of card stock and then I stamped my sentiment.  To make the notched (banner) side of my sentiment panel I used a 1" square punch and I notched out the end.  It's so easy to make banner panels this way and I never have to worry about getting the points even.  If you have a larger banner simply use a large square punch, if you have a smaller, more narrow banner then use a smaller square punch.

Have a great weekend everyone!  I'm on my way to help my son's Boy Scout toop make their hoagies that they sold for their fund raiser.  Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Make a Mitten, More Merry Messages
Card Stock:  White, Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink, Subtles DSP Paper Stack
Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink
Supplies:  Twine, Button, Dimensionals, Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Essentials Paper Piercing Pack, Adorning Accents Edgelits, Window Frames Collection, Mitten Builder Punch, Festive Piercing Pack, Paper Piercing Tool, White Gel Pen, 1" Square Punch- for notching out the banner end, Tombow Multi Glue
Technique:  Dry Embossing, Paper Piercing, Faux Stitching

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Thankful for my Family

Good afternoon!  Every month the blog group I belong to has a challenge.  This month's challenge is from Jackie and she wanted us to make 'Fall Blessings' projects.  The challenge this month is to create a project to showcase our Blessings and it needed to feature what we are thankful for plus it had to be a fall theme.  I really had to think about this for a few days, but I finally came up with a card that suits me well.

I used the All in the Family stamp set and I stamped out my family (even the dog...LOL).  Then I looked through my designer series papers until I found something that I thought would work and using the colors from the dsp I colored my family images. 

I used a white gel pen to color the buttons on my dress.  The leaves in the upper right corner were cut out from the designer series paper and I decided to add a small bow I tied using twine.

I also wanted to post the card I made for this week's ABC Challenge blog.  The challenge this week is a 'Tic Tac Toe' challenge and I actually ended up using 2 rows from the 'Tic Tac Toe' photo below.  I used Green Card Stock, Twine, Leaves, and Brown Card Stock, Fall Theme, Twine.  There's still time to play along so I hope you'll join us. 


Here are the other memebers from my blog group.  If you have time be sure to check out their cards!


Stamps:  All in the Family
Card Stock:  White, More Mustard, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, DSP- Autumn Traditions (retired)
Ink:  Black Stazon
Supplies:  Twine, Scissors- for cutting out leaves, Scallop Border Punch, SU Markers, White Gel Pen, Tombow Multi Glue- for the leaves
Technique: 2 Step Stampin'

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52 Christmas Card Throwdown ~ Sketch

Good Morning everyone!  This is the card I made for this week's 52 Christmas Card Throwdown blog challenge.  This week's challenge is a sketch challenge and as many of you know sketch challenges are my very favorite.  Here is a photo of the sketch below-
I decided to use a stamp set that I've never used before.  This cute holiday happiness Stampin' Up! stamp set is so fun to use.  I love sets with lots of stamping and this is perfect for holiday cards.  I stamped the tree using gumball green ink and then the ornaments using raspberry ripple ink.  I didn't even use a stamp-a-ma-jig since the stamps were easy enough to line up.

The lower half of my white background is dry embossed using my square lattice embossing folder and I left the upper portion unembossed so that I could stamp the Happy Holidays sentiment on it.  It's hard to see in my photo so I wanted to point out that I added some rhinestone gems on some of the ornaments and at the top of the tree.

Thank you so much for stopping by.  I hope you have a great weekend!

Stamps:  Holiday Happiness
Card Stock:  White, Gumball Green, Raspberry Ripple, DSP- Snow Festival
Ink:  Gumball Green Raspberry Ripple
Supplies:  Ribbon, Big Shot, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Rhinestone Gems, Glue Dots
Technique:  Dry Embossing, 2 Step Stampin'

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ABC Challenges~ Quick Cards- Halloween & Fall

Good morning!  This week's challenge at ABC challenges is to create 'Halloween in a Hurry' and 'Fast Fall' cards and the cards are to be made in a 1/2 hour or less.  This is a quick fall card I made and it probably took me about 20 minutes to make. 

I stamped and cut out the leaves and acorn and placed them onto my dry embossed background using glue dots.  My sentiment was simply stamped and punched using a small oval punch and my ribbon treatment is just some ribbon with a button and twine tied through.

Stamps:  Day of Gratitude, All Holidays
Card Stock:  White, More Mustard, DSP- Autumn Spice- retired
Ink:  Old Olive, More Mustard, Early Espresso
Supplies:  Ribbon, Twine, Button, Scissors- for cutting out leaves/acorn, Small Oval Punch, Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder
Technique: Dry Embossing


Here's a fun Halloween cards I made in just a matter of minutes.  I used the owl punch to create the ghost (simply cut off the feet after you punch the owl) and the googlie eyes are just the perfect touch.  My background is dry embossed using the spider web embossing folder and my sentiment was punched out using the word window punch and I tied it onto my ribbon using some twine.  I have dimensionals under the ghost.

I hope you'll join us this week at ABC Challenges.  We are a new challenge blog and we'd love for you to help us grow and spread the word!

Have a great rest of the day!

Stamps: Scary Skeleton
Card Stock:  White, Black, Tangerine Tango
Ink:  Black Stazon
Supplies:  Ribbon, Twine, Button, Owl Punch, Googlies (eyes), Big Shot, Spider Web Embossing Folder, Dimensionals, Word Window Punch
Technique:  Dry Embossing

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Twisted Tuesday ~ Anything Goes

Hi everyone!  Here's my card for this week's Twisted Tuesday challenge.   This week's challenge is a free for all challenge so I hope you'll get a chance to play along.  I wanted to try the new bargello technique that I've been seeing lately.  It's a fun technique and I'd definitely use it again.

I used my big shot and square lattice embossing folder to emboss the solid more mustard layer.  My sentiment is layered using the decorative label, scallop oval, and modern label punches.  The oval scallop layer has some paper piercing along the edges.  The bats were punched out and I added the eyes using my white gel pen

Here is a link to a tutorial showing you how to do the bargello technique. 

I made a Halloween card thinking I would get this posted on Tuesday and by the time I had it ready to go our power went out.  I live in NE Pennsylvania and we were in the path of the hurricane that hit the east coast earlier this week.  My family and I are all okay and our power has been restored.  We had a few days without power and I had to throw out the food in my fridge, but we're thankful that we weren't affected as badly as the people in NJ and NY.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great night!

Stamps:  All Holidays
Card Stock:  Very Vanilla, Black, More Mustard, DSP- Howlstooth & Scaringbone
Ink:  Black Stazon
Supplies:  Ribbon, Scallop Oval Punch, Decorative Label Punch, Modern Label Punch, Brads, Hole Punch- for brads, Dimensionals, Big Shot, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Bat Punch, White Gel Pen, Glue Dots- for bats, Paper Piercing Tool, Essentials Paper Piercing Pack
Technique:  Dry Embossing, Bargello

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