Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Please Excuse this Holiday Interruption!

     Crafting has fallen by the wayside, so that holiday treat making can begin.  I am a little later than usual, this year, so things need to happen quickly!

     First up are the marshmallow cocoa stirs that I made.  They are in card bags for A2 cards, and my sentiment is from Sweet n Sassy Stamps.  The bottoms of the marshmallows are dipped in chocolate and crushed candy canes for perfect melting in a warm drink.

     Next I made some of the checkerboard pretzels with mini Snickers dipped in white chocolate and sugar.  How easy!  You place the mini bar of your choice on the first pretzel, and heat in oven for 3 minutes at 300*, then slap on the top pretzel.  Dip as desired!  I have also made another version of this with just a bottom pretzel, a Rolo, and a pecan half.  Yum!

     Cookies started with the ever loved Snickerdoodle!  I believe today I am making raspberry thumbprints. 

     It just does not feel like Christmas without massive treats to share.!  Thanks for the visit.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Happy Friday!

     Not sure how it became Friday again, but it's here, so lets deal with it!  LOL!  It also means Friends with Flair, and I have a Christmas ornament I made for this weeks linky party.  There are also some fun, new releases over at the Unity shop you must check out.  Visit Friends with Flair for some amazing inspiration!

     I will be honest, in that I have not had very much time to play with my November, Unity KOM.  I wanted to do something different, and remembered an ornament I saw on Pinterest a few days ago.  It was made in a similar fashion, but I decided to use one of my Unity stamps as a focal point in the center.

     It started with an open ring cut from chipboard with my classic circle SB dies, in the 2 largest sizes.  Using a low temp glue gun I added my vintage openwork lace.  Next came a row of ivory buttons, and a hanger with bow out of navy velvet.  I applied a navy cording to the inside edge.  Birds are always a popular subject, so I stamped the beautiful bird stamp from the kit with Midnight Muse ink form SU!.  I added some Old Paper Distress Ink, to give it a move ivory tone.  It was cut out with the largest SB circle die and glued to the back, to finish it off.  It looked so pretty added to my tree!

     Thanks for visiting, and I hope that all of your holiday prep is coming together.  Only a short 2 weeks to go!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Bling It On!

     Well, here we are at 2 weeks till Christmas, and I am still trying to finish up some cards.  I saw that this weeks challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, is to Bling It On, so here is what I came up with.

     I used a Darice embossing folder and scraps of white card to create my background.  I inked the folder with SU! inks.  My snowman was printed and colored with Copics.  He is from Spyder's Corner.  The sentiment was also printed from TLC Creations.  They are so generous with the daily freebie!  The only added embellishment are crystal gems.  The snow scape are ripped pieces of white card, with the edges inked.

     I absolutely love the way this EF looks inked!  Hope you do, also.  I will also be entering this over at Pixie's Snippets Playground # 154, since I was a good crafter, and used up all of my scraps to create this.

     Hope your holiday chores are perking along!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Friends with Flair

     Just a real quick post of a card I made for some very dear friends.  It uses a very pretty Unity sentiment, some fall paper pieces, some very narrow Washi tape, and 2 embossed punched hearts w/pearls. 

      I would like to enter this for Friends with Flair this week.

     BTW, Angela has another wonderful sale going on this weekend.  Stop over to the store and take a look see.  I am sure there is something that you have been dying for!

     Have a great weekend.  It is suppose to rain for days here.  Great excuse to stay in and finish decorating the tree, and writing out my cards.  I always enjoy when you visit!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Making Little Scenes

     Not going to work today, so I decided to play with some older stamps, and new ideas.  I scored a pack of kraft card stock at Michael's the other day, and it was on super sale.  I am usually true to my brand, but I figured I could whip out some quick Christmas cards, that would be easier to send.

     This first card uses a white chalk marker for the snow drifts, unicorn white ink from Hero Arts for the moon and falling snow, and tiny stars from Recollections.  I just bought all of the stars that they had, as I think I am addicted to them.  I will list stamps at the end.

     My second card uses the Lawn Fawn, Stitched Hillside Borders, which was a gift from my DS for my birthday.  I am going to get lots of use out of these!  It also has a dimensional snowman from K&Co.  I have a huge pack of these, and now have the perfect setting for them.

     Card three does not have as much going on, and is using a different snowman.  I still love the stitched slopes!  So fun!

Here is a list of the assorted stamps used:
Sentiment- Unity
Snow dots- Stamps by Judith
Trees- DJ Design Company
Left facing deer- Stampscapes
Deer duo- DJ Design Company
Flying bird- Ann-ticipations 2001

I also used Diamond Stickles, and a Stardust pen for my sparkle.

I would like to enter these cards over at Pixie's Snippets Playground Week 153
Also at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge for their Anything Goes week.

     Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope to see you again soon!

Friday, November 28, 2014

FwF on Black Friday!

     How did it ever get to be the day after Thanksgiving already?  I am as busy as can be, but I just wanted to post for Friends with Flair.  I have one last Thanksgiving card I would like to share. It uses a sentiment and leaf stamp from the September 2014, Unity Kit of the Month.

     My card includes orange card stock and a background created using and old SU! stamp called Pindot Plaid.  My ink is Tangelo Twist.  I place the sentiment on a small manila shipping tag, and the rest are embellishments.  They include burlap, a metallic pumpkin sticker, and a jeweled fabric button from K&Co.
     That is it for today.  If you are into the shopping madness, I hope you get all the goodies you are on the hunt for.  Me, I am off to work, to see what Black Friday hold for me there.  Thanks for the visit!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Friends with Flair!

     Heidi-Ho, stamping pals.  Today I am posting some tags that I created with the October 2012 Unity KOM.  Friends with Flair, is one of my favorite days. I also wanted to remind everyone that there is an amazing sale going on in the Unity shop, called the Brown Thursday Sale.   How can you pass up $20+ kits for $4.95.  Eek!  The new releases are so cute!  I also saw that this KOM is reduced to $22, so hurry!

     Anyway, back to my tags.  This KOM is one of the favorites during the holiday as it has everything you need to create those special touches on hand made gifts and goodies.  It is a little early here for me to start baking, but now I am ready to tie and give.

     I used kraft card stock for Gina K. Designs, and punched my tags with the tag topper punch from SU!.  I stamped my images in Memento ink, and then added the snowy dots and the flakes with Hero Arts unicorn white.  Coloring was done with Copic markers, The white on the trees is with the SU! chalk marker, and I used a Stardust pen to twinkle up the trees.  I added brown and white bakers twine for attaching.

     Hectic week around here.  I have to work tonight to set up for our Christmas preview at 8 am, tomorrow.  That is all of the donations of Christmas items that generous people have donated all year long.  Then, tomorrow, I am cooking our Thanksgiving dinner, as the family all has to work next Friday, and can't make it home for Thursday. It will be a fun weekend!  There are going to be some good smells coming from this kitchen!  Thanks for stopping by.


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Filling Holiday Orders

     Everyone seems to be needing a little of this and that to add to their holiday list.  I was given a request by 2 co-workers, for Mother cards.  I was finally able to come up with a design, so I will be using it for both.  I love a good easel card!  Since I worked real hard at using up all of my white pieces, I would like to take this over to Pixie's Snippets Playground # 151. 

     My base is Neenah white, and the red sparkle stripe is very thick, and is from American Crafts.  The stamps are from Flourishes Christmas Candles SS172.  The dies are Spellbinders scalloped oval, and Sweet n Sassy's mother die.  Sponging was done with SU! real red, and the coloring was done with Copic markers.  Embellishments are a paper doily, red gems, and touches of Stickles.

I would also like to enter this at the:
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge-  Christmas

     Thanks for stopping by, and if you are in the grips of this Polar Vortex, stay safe and warm.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Sharing for Friday Flair!

     Happy Friday morning, Unity friends!  We had our first snow of the season, last evening.  Some got more than others, and it did not last.  The cold air, however, is hanging around.  Today I would like to share a card I made as an order for a lady at work.  I grabbed my kit of the month and just went to work.  For that reason, I will share this for Friends with Flair today.

     Here is the supply list:
Stamps:  Unity Nov. 2014 KOM
Paper:  Card stock, Gina K. Designs- Blue Raspberry, Dp, Pebbles-Family Ties collection
Punches:  Martha Stewart butterfly punch
Dies:  Fence, Sweet N Sassy, and the Number Dies are from Memory Box- Large Typewriter
Embellishments:  Stickles, and pearls

     I would also like to send this over to Pixie's Snippets Playground #150, since I used up lots of white bits for my die cutting and stamping.

     Whatever you do this weekend, make it fun!  Thanks so much for stopping by.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Friends with Flair

     I am a little late with my Friends with Flair post for today.  I love this little Unity Itty Bitty stamp called Hey There, Wise Guy.  Isn't this bird a cutie?  I changed up the sentiment for another Unity sentiment, which I thought went well.  The card was made with mostly scraps, and the addition of twine, Dew Drops, and gems.  Coloring was done with Copic Markers. 

     I thought this would be sweet to send to my DGS, for a just because occasion.  Hope your holidays are starting to come together, especially Thanksgiving.  Sounds like I may be cooking the weekend before, and going out for the actual day.  That will be fun!  Plan on hitting a few church bazaars tomorrow, and if I come across anything fun and crafty, I will be sure to post!  Have a great weekend.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Snippets to the Max!

     Welcome to another week, and a new post for Pixie's Snippets Playground # 149.  This card has more bits than a horse with it's tack.  I was so happy when people started to include banners on their cards.  It makes for some good use of those strips that are too wide to just toss, but not wide enough to create a whole background.

     That about sums up all of the papers used on this card.  The lacy heart die is from Simon Says Stamp, and the little love die is from PTI.  There is some hot pink burlap, and faceted square gems.  I used one of the threads I pulled from the burlap, to tie a little bow.  Just in case you did not know, if you pull a thread in your burlap, you have a perfect straight line to cut on.

     Since I did use one of Simon Says Stamp exclusive dies, I shall load this on their Anything Goes, Wednesday Challenge.

     Looks like some of my stamping friends had a bit of the white stuff, over the weekend.  Sorry, guys!  We just had cold and wind.  They are starting to hype up about something coming this weekend, so we will see.  Have a great week.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

     I was sure to save my last Halloween card to post today.  How perfect that Friends with Flair fell on the holiday.  After a couple hours of work this morning, it will be time to greet all of the children in their costumes.

     My card uses the August KOM from Unity, called "Summer Collapsed into Fall".  My base is orange and the designer paper is from Bazzill, called Spooky and Kooky.  I broke out the crimper to create the center panel, and attached a Spellbinder leaf die cut to anchor my witches hat.  There are touches of Copic marker, and lots of gold Stickles.  Gold sequins were the finishing touch.

     I am very excited to hear all about my grandson's festivities, today.  Hope that everyone has a safe, and Happy Halloween.  Don't eat too much candy!