Friday, December 31, 2010

And rounding out 2010.....with a Blog Hop!!

Friends With Flair Blog Hop!!! SQUEEEE!!!
I've begun to acquire so many amazing Unity and Ippity Stamp sets that creating a card....just one card to share for today's blog hop was rather difficult!
Love that.
Seriously. It's like when you pack for vacation and you're not sure what you want to wear when so you overpack....but you're prepared for ANYTHING on vacation.  My stamp collection is like that.  However I can spend a VERY LONG time trying to decide what to wear/what to stamp.
C'est la vie--I'd rather have too much than not enough. This is how hoarders are made, right? HAHAHA :D

Here's my card this week:

Paper: Stampin' Up Crumb Cake; Basic Grey Basics Manilla and Curio Paper pads
Ink: Stampin' Up Early Espresso; Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Tea Dye
Accessories: Martha Stewart Scoring Board; Stampin' Up ribbon; adhesive pearls.

Unity is having a sale right now through Jan. 3rd so be sure to check it out!


Be sure to check out all the other blogs on the hop!

Thanks for stopping by! Please leave a comment and let me know what you think!

Happy New Year!!!!
xoxo
Dana

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

For 2011 I decided I'm going to make 10 Christmas cards a month. At least that is my PLAN (bwahaha! Remember ....this from the woman who puts the PRO in procrastination!) because again I was scrambling to get a Christmas card together in November.  I decided on 2 different cards and completely CASE'd (copy & steal everything LOL) from 2 amazing artists-- Lydia and Makiko

Remember the moon Kitchen Sink Stamp set I mentioned in my earlier post...I used it to CASE a card of Makiko's but I used Stampin' Up's Wandering Words, colored with a Real Red marker and stamped over that amazing moon :)

SQUEEEEEE! Isn't that gorgeous!!
Also used: Hero Arts tree stamp, SU Designer label punch, all cardstock-ribbon-ink is Stampin' Up!



And here's Lydia's GORGEOUS card from last year.  I changed up the embossing design...

Lydia, pure genius....and I could only send this card to non-stamping friends since we got this card from her last year heehee :D (Hence needing the 2 card designs!)

Merry Christmas friends, thanks for looking here. :) Hope you have a wonderful Holiday and fabulous New Year! XOXO

Friday, December 24, 2010

Best time of year (and busiest!!!)

 The last few weeks have been soooo busy! A few weekends ago I got to participate in a Splitcoaststampers Shoebox Swap....(you saw my card in my previous post)...and here are a couple of the different cards we made (we got to make 22 cards that day!)
Look at this amazing poinsettia! This set is from Kitchen Sink Stamps--a multi-step set. I loove KSS! I used the KSS multi-step moon for one of my Christmas Cards...which you'll see in my next post!

Here's another cute card we made :) I wish I could post all of them...but seriously...the photo editing alone would drive me crazy. I just don't have the patience for photo editing! Pffth.

I'm off from work for 2 weeks (SQUEEEE!) and at the 11th hour (literally) the night before our last Friday I decided to make goodies for my coworkers....which of course wasn't something simple....it involved die-cutting many, many favor boxes and bagging up my version of homemade candy--tiny pretzels topped with a Rolo (chocolate caramel candy that is nearly IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND!!! GAH!) baked in a low oven until soft then topped with a pecan half. NOM NOM NOM! (and super easy--a requirement for me!) I finished this monstrous project around 2 am and got up for work at 6 am. Insanity, I know.
I was able to mail a handful of my Christmas cards BEFORE Christmas this year! As in...today. Bwahaha! Still working on a bunch of them...and will share with my next post (after I edit more photos Pfffth!)
Hope you are having a peaceful Christmas Eve. I'm enjoying every minute of my vacation so far!


Friday, December 10, 2010

Are you ready to SQUEEE?!??!!!

This post really should occur on Sunday...AFTER this amazing swap (22 stampers getting together and each making the card with the supplies we bring--so I'll come home with 21 new cards I made there! SQUEE!) I'll be sure to share all the stampy goodness with you in the next couple of days!  However, it's been a MONTH since I blogged and I'm so stinkin excited about my card that I HAD to post about it now!

I got this design/idea from Gretchen Barron...an UBER talented Stampin' Up demonstrator who makes the MOST amazing stuff with paper. (Who got the Poinsettia idea from Connie Babbert, another Stampin' Up Demo in Ohio). Once I saw this idea in my Google Reader I could NOT stop thinking about it! Once I got in my studio and started making the cards I was SQUEEEEEing like crazy!!! Making these made me soooo happy!

First off--I have to show you my view from my stamping table: my super cute Bichon Frise CHIBI :D She makes me SQUEEE whenever I see her...she is so cute and fun. Except today she was a little mad at me because I made her go to the groomer.  I took this pic shortly after we got home and it wasn't until now I realize she's not "smiling" in this photo. She looks kinda mad. Bwahaha!
She props herself up on the back of the sofa that backs up against my IKEA hack desk. I love having her company when I stamp! I do have to make her stop trying to walk onto my desk though! :)

Ok...are you ready to SQUEEEE?!?!?! Here's the RED version of the card--The Poinsettia is made by stamping the leaf from FRENCH FOLIAGE with Stampin' Up Bravo Burgandy ink onto Regal Rose cardstock.  I stamped 13 leaves then cut them out (the worst part...I hate cutting stuff out! But the results are always worth it so I should just stop whining!) The card base is Always Artichoke. I know...I really thought I hated that color...but with Bravo Burgandy it's gorgeous! I then used the Gold Smooch Spritz on the poinsetta for a subtle shimmer. That stuff is AMAZING! More SQUEEEEing ensued!!

Then I thought I'd play with white and gold (with the white shimmer Smooch Spritz)....here's the result!! SQUEEEEEE x 10!!!!! OMG OMG OMG!!!!


So tomorrow I am driving up to Austin (at the Crack of Cranky!!) to have breakfast with my friends Lydia and Kim at Baguette et Chocolat (NOM NOM NOM!!!) then Kim and I are heading up to Georgetown for our Splitcoaststampers Christmas Card Swap! Lydia will be meeting us a little later and then the 3 of us are having dinner before I have to drive home to San Antonio. So. Much. Fun. Can't wait! I'll post again and share all the amazing things I made!!

Thanks for stopping by!!
XOXO
Dana

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