Friday, December 31, 2010

Five Minute Friday: The Daily Dare’s 12 Days of Christmas

Hello and Happy New Year’s Eve!  Today I am hosting Day 7 for The Daily Dare’s 12 Days of Christmas.  Upload your creations to SCS using keyword DD12days07.  You have until midnight on January 9th to play any or all of the challenges.  Winners will be chosen and announced on Monday, January 10th.  Woo-hoo!

I am giving away a Silver & White goodie bag, including Silver Stickles, Silver Spica pen, Silver Liquid Pearls and assorted silver and white ribbons. 

My challenge to you to is to create a clean and simple card one color, one metallic and one neutral.  For my card, I used OCL’s White Christmas set, stamping the tree and greeting in Palette Seascape and the snowflakes in New Canvas.  I added some silver Stickles to the tree and to the snowflake centers and then some silver sheer ribbon (layered with some white satin).  My main image is cut from a Rectangle Nesties

Have a wonderful evening tonight ringing in the new year.  Be safe and I’ll see you back here on Monday.  Have a good weekend!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Five Minute Friday: 2010 Christmas Card

Hello and Happy Christmas Eve! I hope you’re ready for the big day tomorrow and can relax a bit today.

I wanted to share with you my card for this year. I made a little over 60 of them and each one took about 5 minutes. Of course I mass produced them so that sped things along. Here is a shot of all of my supplies before I started.

I used Memento Black ink, Palette L’Amour Red ink, Prismacolor pencils, Icicle Stickles, rectangle Nesties, some scalloped red ribbon and Unity’s Jolly Good Fun set.

The rest is pretty straightforward. :)

Anyway, I hope you have a wonderful weekend with your loved ones. There’s some new goodies in the store including a restock of Copics, all of the Divine Twine colors and Echo Park’s latest line, Be Mine, just in time for Valentine’s Day. So be sure to check it out.

I’m also have a post-Christmas/end of year inventory liquidation to help make room for goodies that I’ll be ordering during January’s CHA show. Use coupon code 2010giftblog for 10% off all orders $25 or more through New Year’s Eve, even on all the sale items! It’s my holiday gift to you!

Thanks for stopping by. I’ll be back again next Friday with a special post but will be taking a blog holiday for this coming week. Merry Christmas to all…and to all a good night!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

DT Challenge: Fashion Frenzy

Hello and welcome to today’s DT Challenge!  Today’s challenge was to create a project based on fashion.  Here’s a little secret…I don’t really pay much attention to fashion so as I was decorating my holiday cookies, I thought that the most fashionable person I could think of during this holiday season was SANTA!  So I went with that.  :)  I made this cute little Santa treat and coordinating card.  The TUBE is one of the newest items in the store.  I love how versatile (and inexpensive) they are.  I dressed it up with the red glitter sheet (love that it doesn’t flake) from the Christmas Specialty Paper Pack (on sale now).  I added a piece of ivory faux suede ruffled ribbon for the trim, wrapped a scrap of black faux suede around for the belt and then added some Zva bling for the belt buckle.  I used the Monogram “o” letter but you could just place single gems if you don’t have the alphabet.  Everything is adhered with i {stick} papers, which, BTW, got a shout-out on this YouTube video recently.  How cool is that?

I repeated this for my little card (measures 3”x3”).

Anyway, I made the little hat and trimmed the bottom edge with some vintage pom-pom trim and then used one pom-pom from this ribbon.  That one is slightly wired so I was able to stick it in the tip of the hat with a glue dot.  It’s stuck to the lid of the tube with some more i {stick} papers but not until I filled the tube with some candy cane Hersey Kisses.  YUM.

I do hope you’ll stop by the rest of my team to see their projects.  They’ve worked so hard on them during this busy season and I would hate for them to go unseen…so please go visit:


Thanks for stopping by today!  The newsletter will be going out in the next day or so and you’ll want to be sure you’re signed up to get it.  You can sign up on the right side of the homepage.  A little elf told me there might be a little post-Christmas sale going on.  Hmmm…just sayin’.

I’m not sure if I’ll have another post before Christmas, so just in case, I hope you have a very Merry day!  See you soon!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas 2010 Cookies (dog and human)

Hello! I’ve been busy, busy, busy, as I’m sure all of you also have. Even thought we’re doing a fairly low-key Christmas this year I still did my annual cookie baking and decorating frenzy. This year’s menu includes fruitcake drop cookies, pecan snowballs, sugar cookie cut-outs, gingerbread cookie cut-outs, brownies, toffee and peanut butter doggie biscuits – all from scratch. No mixes here!

For our doggie friends, including our pooper scooper lady (I’m telling you, she is the best $10 a week we spend), I wanted to package some of these homemade special doggie treats for their pups.

I printed out a dogbone template (x2) on red cardstock and then made a quicky box (8-1/2”x8” scored 2” in on each side and then folded up and adhered with i {stick} papers) using my Scor-Buddy. I stamped snowflakes from OCL’s White Christmas in Palette New Canvas on the bones and then added a drop of Icicle Stickles in the center of each one and Eucalyptus Stickles on the tag. Then I stamped a tag from OCL’s No Peeking in Palette L’Amour Red and colored it with Copics. I wrapped some candy cane ribbon around the bow and attached the tag with some white metallic string. Finally I used some more i {stick} papers around the middle of the box and up the sides to hold the white satin ribbon handle in place. Then I placed the bagged cookies in the open box. I love how it turned out.

If you’re interested in the recipe, you can find it HERE on Mr. Barbo’s FB page (yup, I’m one of those crazy dog people).

And in case you are interested in my people cookies here are some pictures from my baking.

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Thanks for stopping in today. Be sure to pop in tomorrow for our monthly DT Challenge! Have a great day!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Five Minute Friday: Mittens & FREE SHIPPING FRIDAY!

free-shipping-day-180-150 Hello!  Happy Friday!  Did you know that today is National Free Shipping Friday?  I didn’t know such a thing existed, but alas it does.  So, I am offering FREE SHIPPING ON ALL US orders (no minimums) and 50% off on Canadian shipping.  All other international customers will be invoiced for full shipping charges.  Sorry!   (Canadian customers PLEASE READ:  When you enter the code it will zero out your shipping but I will invoice you for the 50% off.  It’s a limitation of my shopping cart – I can’t place country restrictions on promotional codes.)  Please use promo code:  freeship2010

Here is my Five Minute Friday card.  I crated a matchbook fold card using Classic Scalloped Petite Borderabilities for the edging.  It’s being held closed with some ivory rope twine.  Then for my focal image I layered an element from Eskimo Kisses Pops on a die cut Circle Nesties and stamped the greeting from OCL’s White Christmas (on sale now!) in Palette ink.  That’s it!

Enjoy your free shipping coupon!  Valid today only for Free Shipping Friday!  Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you have a great weekend! 

Friday, December 10, 2010

Five Minute Friday: Together

For today’s card I used one of the die-cuts from the Kaiser Be Merry 6x6 pad (love that these 6x6 pads come with die-cuts, die-cut borders and some of the papers are glittered, embossed, etc.!) as my focal image and the little border too!   Then I die cut two little birdies from Nested Birds, added little pearl eyes and that’s it!  There’s a five minute holiday card for you!

Thanks for stopping in today!  Have a good weekend!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Only 16 more days…

And to help you with you shopping, or give you a little personal reprieve…today only 16% off everything ($25 or more orders), even all the Unity and Our Craft Lounge and everything else that is ALREADY on sale!  Use the promotional code 16days

Christmas Countdown

Enjoy!!  See you tomorrow for a Five Minute Friday card!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Five Minute Friday - Good Luck!

Just a quickie card for you today using one of the latest Mint Motif sets, What A Card.  I stamped the club/clover in Palette Giverny Green and then the sentiment in Noir.  I added some Green Stickles and a bright green silk bow and that was it!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Just popping in to say hi.

mail Hi.  Nothing crafty to show you.  I have been just a wee bit busy (as evidenced above) packing orders - pretty much non-stop since Black Friday.  (Thank you!  So glad you loved my sales!!)  Right now I'm caught up except for a few orders that came in overnight and this morning.

My mailman hates me.  He deserves really good Christmas cookies.

So, I hope to get back into the studio soon for some crafty time.  The proofs for the January release of the next Mint Motif set arrived yesterday and I am itching to get inky.  So, so cute.  I think this may be my favorite release to date. 

There are still gobs of things that I left on sale for the pickings, including all of the new release Jillibean/Unity co-branded stamps – 50% off!  Everything is on the sale page so go grab them while you still can!

I’ll be back on Friday with a Five Minute Friday card for you!  Thanks for stopping in!