Thursday, October 31, 2013

BOO!

Today's post is short.  It's too spooky to stay too long.  Happy Halloween!!!
To all my little ghosts and goblins out there --- be safe...  and save me some candy!

Pssssssst!  Before you go, I'd like to pass on a little secret.  I'm having a huge Halloween sale at my Prairie Treasures booth in the Root Cellar.  I'll be taking it all away and adding tons of new Christmas goodies VERY SOON, so get down there and check it out if you'd like to get it on some great bargains.  Happy Halloween!
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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Some of My Finished Projects

Remember when I shared several photos of my 'antiquing' finds?  Here are some of my finished projects after sprucing them up.  These are at my Prairie Treasures booth in the Root Cellar (at the Wildflour) or already put to use on my front porch or in my home.
This little stool is one of my very favorites.  You can see it under the upside down little table in the photo below.
The stool is all metal except for a wooden seat insert.  I brought it from grungy to gorgeous.  Now for the upside down table.  It was super grungy.  Take a look at it now --- on the left in the photo below.
I love how it turned out.  The table on the right has an all new top.  These are in my booth.  I didn't get a good 'before' photo of the grungy old bookcase, but you can trust me that it was really grungy.  I decided that it would look cute being red.  Right now it's in my booth as a display prop.  I'm not ready to sell it and it comes in very handy for displaying other items.
It was as grungy as the little table.  Now, it's cute as can be and loves being red.  I'll have more photos soon.  As you can see, I've been very busy. 
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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Stamp A Tag Kit

I hope you saw and enjoyed my little mini series:  Wrap It Up.  Today, I'd like to share a gift that is wrapped up in itself.  It's our Stamp A Tag Kit.  This is a really great gift to give to a friend, whether they stamp or not.  It includes absolutely everything you'll need to make some cute gift tags for Christmas.  Once they've made all the tags, they'll still have 2 cute little stamps and 2 little Stampin' Spots of ink, so they can make something else, too.  Fun, quick and easy.  That's my plan for this year's holiday preparation.  Of course, you might decide to get the kit and keep it for yourself.  The price is reasonable enough that you could get several to give and still keep one:)

The kit comes in this cute little box.  All I did was add some DSP to the lid and attach a cute little bow.  It will look amazing when they open it.  This would make a wonderful gift for a coworker or a Secret Santa gift!
I know you can't see it very well, but the inside has divided sections, made with a cute little polka dot paper.  The outside of the box is already decorated and I thought it was cute, so I left it 'as is' and just added a gift bow by using a tied piece of our pretty Cherry Cobbler ribbon.  You could add a tag to it or use the little white strips (already on the box lid) to write your 'to / from' info.
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Monday, October 28, 2013

Seriously Christmas

I'm getting ready early for my Seriously Christmas class and want to share some of the projects with you that we'll be making.  I decided that it would look pretty to have all the projects coordinate, so I've used our Season of Style DSP for my color story for everything.  At my Christmas Retreats in November, we'll use mostly the Winter Frost DSP.  Let's take a look at Seriously Christmas:

As you can see, class participants will go home with a boatload of Christmas goodness!

I have a decorated stamp case that is filled with surprises --- all for Christmas.  This would make a great gift for a special someone... or special just for you:)  Here's the outside of the case, all decorated with Cherry Cobbler and Whisper White.
Open it up and look at what's inside!   
Believe it or not, it holds 8 gift tags and 8 little gift enclosure cards.  They are all decorated to coordinate with the decorated stamp case.


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Sunday, October 27, 2013

The Stamp-A-Stack Blues: 2 Beautiful Blues

No, I don't have the blues but I have beautiful shades of blues.
Let's take a look at the Stamp-A-Stack cards I've made with blues.  We'll be making these this afternoon at my Christmas Stamp-A-Stack.  Each one has something quite special.  First up is beautiful Island Indigo:

Are you wondering about the embossed silver paper on the right side of the card?  This is the new embossing technique I came up with previously. (Click here to see.)  I made it using our Stylish Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  (Yes, I know.  It's a long name!)  You simply emboss it 2 times, in opposite directions.  I think it really adds a lot of detail to the card.

This card is my WOW card of the day.  With the silver accents, it's a real winner.  The beautiful Frosted Finishes embellishment on the ornament is just the frosting on the cake.  Click here to see another card with the extended arm version of the swing card using our Thinlits Circle Card die.
Next up, gorgeous Bermuda Bay:

I've used our Window Framelits to create a window.  The lattice is suspended inside the window.
Tip:
When working with vellum, you have to have a plan to hide the adhesive.  Otherwise, it will always show through your vellum.  For my card, I simply placed another piece of Bermuda Bay behind the vellum.  This hides the adhesive and also helps to hide the inside layer (with the message) from showing through.
As you can see, every card has a special message stamped inside and a coordinating envelope.  With our gorgeous Christmas papers, you just cannot help but have a winner each and every time.

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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Boo Wreath!

What's black, fluffy and scary cute?  A Boo Wreath, of course:)  I've been looking forward to sharing this with you!  You've seen a lot of wreaths that I've made and this one is really unique.  I have 2 of them on sale now at my Prairie Treasures booth at the Root Cellar and all my Halloween items are on sale this week, so if you're in the area you should go check it out.

This wreath features torn strips of black burlap and painted wooden letters.  Take a look:
Tips:
I used burlap ribbon instead of flat yardage.  It was much easier to cut into narrow strips.
I worked outside on our outdoor table, so the frayed pieces blew away to be used in bird nests.
I spray painted the wooden letters.  It was much quicker than hand painting them.
Once the paint was dry, I added glitter polka dots, using our Dazzling Details.  It comes in a little bottle, like glitter glue.  Again, quick and easy.
I let the polka dots dry overnight, so there was no possibility of messing them up.
I used a glue gun to attach the letters to the wreath.
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Friday, October 25, 2013

Stamp-A-Stack Cards

I love making cards for Christmas.  I love planning the colors, choosing the stamps, choosing the embellishments, thinking about who gets each card... I love it all.  Whenever I design cards for a Stamp-A-Stack, I have to remember to keep it simple enough to make several of them quickly and yet still wonderful.  As you know, I sometimes love a challenge.  Would you like to see what we're making Sunday afternoon at my Stamp-A-Stack?  Take a look:

There will be 5 designs.  Everyone gets to choose how many of each that they'd like to make.  The more cards you make, the better price break you get and the more cards you'll have to share with others.

Sunday, October 27:
Stamp A Stack for Christmas / 3:00...
There will be 5 designs.  
Choose how many of each you wish to make and pay your fee to register by Oct. 25.
Make   5 cards for $15. / 1 of each design
Make 10 cards for $25. / 2 of each design
Make 15 cards for $30. / 3 of each design
Make 20 cards for $35. / 4 of each design
Make 25 cards for $40. / 5 of each design

NOTE:
There will also be a Stamp A Stack for Christmas class on Sunday, November 24 / 3:00...

Let's take a closer look at the Cherry Cobbler cards today and we'll come back to the others in another post.



We'll stamp a message inside each card, as well as create a coordinating envelope.
I may or may not color in the tree later.  What do you think?


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Thursday, October 24, 2013

More About My Season of Style Cards

Today, let's take a closer look at my cute little Christmas note cards.  We'll be making one of these at Kelly's party this Saturday, at the Wildflour.  Once again, your toughest job will be to decide which design of the papers you want to use for your card.

When you need cards in a hurry, think about getting a package of the note cards.  You get 20 in a package (envelopes included) and they are a mailable size.  These would be great for thank you notes for after Christmas, too.  Here are all the cards again.

Which design do you like the best?  I placed the scalloped circle behind the ornament, so it would make the ornament stand out more.  The ornament is on dimensionals.  The little accent is just a sprig of knotted ribbon (Cherry Cobbler seam binding) that I attached with Liquid Tombow.  It's that easy.  Each of my note cards has a different greeting inside.  Using the Joy to the World stamp set, you get a choice of greetings, all of which look good inside the card.

Let's take a closer look:



I thought stamping just a portion of the ornament on the envelope would be a cute accent.  Did you decide yet which one you like the best?
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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

More About the Sweater Weather Cards

Today, I want to share more about my Sweater Weather cards.  We'll be making one of these at Kelly's party at the Wildflour this Saturday.  Your toughest job will be deciding which design of paper you want to use on your card.

It's officially a chilly day and I love the cool, crisp air, but I'm sad that my flowers have all had it.  I will miss them.  This has been such a great year for my container garden.  It will inspire me to do even more next year.  My husband has the first cold/fever/ickiness of Fall and I may be close behind.  I'm trying to rest and avoid getting it.  We kiss by tapping elbows at times like this, like in the movie Young Doctor Frankenstein.

So... back to the cards:
I made up 4 cards --- all the same except for the design of the papers.  Which one do you like the best?  Let's take a closer look:



 ... and here they all are again:
Thanks for stopping by.  Stay warm, stay healthy, and be happy... and go create something beautiful today.

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