Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Cookies for Friends

I went to a gathering of friends from Fond Memories todqy after work. What fun to chat, laugh and eat. Lots of good food!

I put together some bags of Spritz cookies to share. These were quick! Well, the cookies took some time to bake! The tags were quick!

I used small manilla tags as my base. I stamped small poinsettias (from a Penny Black set) with Antique Linen ink on the tag. Then I added the verse (from JustRite's Sparky the Snowman stamp set). I cut poinettias using Spellbinders S5-055 Layered Poinsettia. The veins are inked with Aged Mahogany ink. The center is Craftworkscards Candi. Some bakers twine fastens them to the cookie bags.

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Thursday, December 15, 2011


How time flies!  Tis the season to be busy!   There is just not enough time in the day it seems, especially to play and create!

Since I haven't created anything new for the blog, I went searching through my photos.  I found this cute layout I did for Spellbinders.

When I saw this photo, I knew I had to make a page with it!!!  What a cutie! 

This is an 8 x 8" layout.  I used papers from My Mind's Eye Lost and Found Christmas.  The colors are perfect with Brecken's shirt!  The title "all BOY" and stars with circles were all cut with Spellbinder™ Presto Punch™
and punch templates.  The letters were cut with PT-F01 and PT-F02 Plain Jane Capital and Lower Case alphabets.  The stars are P3-006, Circles - P3-001.  I also used P3-009 Labels B to cut the mat under his name.  The date and his name are Cosmo Cricket Tiny Type alpabet stickers.  I copied the style to print "Doesn't that smile just say...".  A little sanding exposes the white paper core for some highlights.   This is really quite a simple layout.  I love how it turned out!!!Or is it just the photo of that cute little boy that I love?!!!  Thanks Vicki for letting me use it!

The big annoucement..........

I imagine many of you have already heard that Spellbinders announced the first round qualifiers for their 2012 Design Team today.  I made the cut!!!!  HOORAY!  Yep, I'm trying out again!  I love working with Spellbinders!  They have a fabulous group of people working for them!  I love their product!  They have an incredible current DT!!!!  Awesome designers! Love you all, ladies!!!   I could go on and on.......  
Next step is a project for Round 2 due January 4th.  I'll be putting some serious thought into that project.  THe competition is really tough!

I hope to post something again soon.  No promises though.  I have lots to do yet for Christmas!  Plus a few Spellbinders projects to complete! 

On a weather note!!!!   Can you believe it rained here all day?   It's December in Minnesota!  We rarely get rain this time of year!  It's usually white stuff!!!!  We sure need the rain as it's been over 4 months since we've had more than a tenth or two.  I'm hoping all the roads are dry in the morning so I don't have to drive on ice!

Take care everyone!  Thanks for stopping!!!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Happy Christmas Card

Good Morning all!

Today I have a monochromatic Christmas card to share!

All images on this card are from Artistic Outpost's Snowy Woods.  I love all the vintage images in this collection!
Here, I've stamped all my images with Ranger Adirondack Raisin ink.  To the larger St Nick, I've added a touch of color to his face with Copic markers and completely colored his coat.   He is cut out and mounted over the smaller background St. Nick  with toys.  I originally tried a collage with these two images.  It seemed too flat so I cut it apart and made it work this way! 
I added the greeting on one of the tags from Spellbinders Fancy Tags Three.  I stamped and embossed the verse first, then cut it out.  That way I could get the verse centered perfectly by aligning it in the opening on the die template. A little tape to hold it place for cutting and perfect alignment!  I trimmed off the top decorative element because it seemed to distract from my St Nick.  I added Distress inks, of course!  Antique Linen, Vintage Photo and a touch of the Raisin ink. 
The twigs were cut with a die template from Spellbinders Foliage.  I added Distress ink and Distress Antique Linen Stickles.  Distress Stickles isn't as shiny as regular Stickles and works well with my vintage images.  Little dots of dimensional cream paint are on each branch tip, Viva Paper Pen. 
The dark red mat is stamped with the fern branch from Snowy Woods, again with Raisin ink.  It adds some texture interest. 
Both St Nick and the greeting are popped up with foam tape.

Have a creative weekend!

Artistic Outpost Snowy Woods
Spellbinders Fancy Tags Three
Spellbinders Foliage
Ranger Adirondack Raisin ink
Distress Antique Linen, Vintage Photo inks
Distress Antique Linen Stickles
Copic markers: E00, C1, R59
Viva Cream Paper Pen
Cream, white, dark red cardstock
Foam tape