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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Beauty...

Hello! 
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I know did! 
This past weekend we had  "Why Shop When You Can Crop" at
Friday and Saturday we cropped from 11 a.m - 11p.m. and had a ball doing it.
One of the layouts I did was inspired by the layout below.
When I see something in a magazine that I like, I tear it out and put it into my inspiration notebook.  I took this layout out of the notebook a while ago, because I love it so much and wanted to do something like it.

I'm sorry I can't tell you what magazine I got it from, but I do know it is titled "Grateful for These 4" and was created by Jennifer Perks. Isn't it beautiful?

Below is the layout that I did.  I scraplifted the basic design and went my own way with the pictures and flowers.  I really love how it turned out.

The pictures on this page were taken when Kelsie was 5 yrs old.  We went and had Glamour Shots taken as a gift for my husband, Dave.  It was really Kelsie's call and she chose all the clothes that we wore for the session.  I would have never chosen sequins, but she has always been a girlie girl and sparkle and shine is soooooo attractive to a 5 yr old girl.
What a great time we had doing this together. 
Honestly, if Glamour Shots was still in the mall, I'd do it again with her, now that she is 21 yrs old. 
Maybe this time she wouldn't pick the sequins.  LOL!

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you have been inspired. 
Leave a comment if you wish.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Hello blog fans!

Today I have some very simple gift card holders to show you.
This first one was made with "Lady Bug Border" (#25302) from
I cut the red card stock 4 1/4" x 7 1/2"
I scored and folded it at 1 1/2" and at 4 1/2"  The 1 1/2" section folds in to create the pocket for the gift card, by just adhering the outer edges of the pocket. 
The other folds to form the front of the card.
I adhered the stamped Lady Bug Border to the front of the card.
Very simple.

This 2nd gift card holder I used "Christmas Border" (#15706) from
QKR Stampede and stepped it up a notch.
I stamped the Christmas Border onto the front of the card and colored the image.  I also stamped the image onto the envelope that I made and colored it too.
 
These gift card holders can be made with many images from Eureka! Stamps or it's sister companies QKR Stampede and Biblical Impressions.
You are only limited by your imagination.
There are many different themes that can be used for lots of occasions.

Thanks for stopping by today. Leave a comment, then hop on over and see what you can find to make some of these cute gift card holders.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

QKR Stampede November Blog Hop

Hello Hoppers!
Welcome to my post for the QKR Stampede November Blog Hop.
This month our design team has made projects using snowmen/women.
If you came from
you are in the right place.  If you get 'lost' along the way or there is a link that isn't working, you can find the entire lineup at the QKR Stampede Blog.

Now, on to my card.  I have used "Best Friends" (#23502) from QKR Stampede for my image and "Warm Fuzzies" (#8604) from sister company Eureka! Stamps  for the sentiment.
Both of these come in a choice of rubber stamp or digital format.
I stamped the image onto watercolor paper and colored with watercolor crayons.  I used a glue pen on the snowman and the sentiment and added some glitter.  I used a bit of cotton for the top of the hat.
The blue background is some glitter paper that was run through the Cuttlebug in a Snowflake embossing folder.
I fussy cut the image and adhered it with foam tape.
The sentiment is adhered with ATG tape.

Thanks for hopping in today.  I hope you enjoyed my card as much as I enjoyed making it.  Although I don't like the cold and snow, I do love making winter/Christmas cards.
QKR Stampede has a lot of wonderful winter images, so after you finish the hop, take a hop over to the shop and check them out.

Now, I'll send you off to see what
has made to inspire you.

Until nest time, Happy Crafting!

Life is sweeter

Hello! 
Today I have a card that I made with only part of an image.
I have used the image "Life is Sweeter" (#9102) from QKR Stampede.
I cut the rubber stamp apart and used only the sentiment.
With the stamp cut into pieces I can use it in many more ways on cards and other projects.
I saw the technique to make the circle embellishment on
If you haven't checked out her blog, you should, she is a wonderful inspiration!
First I punched out circles in different coordinating papers, then adhered them to a piece of card stock.  I then trimmed it to the size I wanted for the card and layered it onto another piece of card stock.  Before adhering it to the card base I punched another circle out of the right side of the card stock.  I used a border punch to punch out the tiny hearts and used foam tape to adhere them to the card.

This card was quick and easy and I think it turned out very pretty.  I hope you have enjoyed it too.

Now, hop on over to QKR Stampede and see what stamps you might be able to use in different ways.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Eureka! Stamps November Blog Hop

Welcome to my post for the Eureka! Stamps Design Team Blog Hop!

If you have just happened upon the hop, you may want to start at the beginning, as you won't want to miss any of the inspiration the design team has to show you.
If you have come from
 you are on the right track.  I'm sure she had something wonderful to share with you.

I have 2 cards to share today. 
For this first card I used my Cuttlebug to emboss some blue card stock with a snowflake pattern.  I then used a white ink pad and a direct to paper technique to add a bit of white to those snow flakes.  Even though it may not show in the picture, the card has a snowy sparkle to it, as I sprayed it with some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist.  I love the way it makes things shimmer and shine!

The "Bundle up" is part of the "Bundle Up and Enjoy" (#34401) image from Eureka! Stamps.  I used the digital format of this image for my card, which made it easy to size and fussy cut for my card. This image also comes in rubber.

I used the 2nd half of the image inside my card.

When I saw the next image I had to have it.
It is called "Photographic Memory" (#24207) also from Eureka! Stamps. When I read it, I laughed out loud.  I used the rubber stamp of this sentiment, but it does also come in digital format.

I had this camera die cut from a sheet of die cuts I bought a long time ago.  When I got the sentiment I knew exactly what I would do with it. 
When my son suggested that I adhere the camera to the card base and fussy cut around it, I thought it was a great idea.
I stamped the first 1/2 of the sentiment onto silver vellum and adhered it to the back of the camera to show through the lens opening.

I used the other half of the sentiment inside the card and added a couple stars, that were on the die cut sheet, as accents.
Now I have to find just the right person to send this card to.  LOL

I hope you have enjoyed my cards today, thank you for hopping along.
Leave a comment and let me know what you think of my cards and then hop on over to
and see what lovely inspiration she has to show you.

Eureka! Stamps has a lot of sentiments in their shop. Some funny, some sentimental and some just plain nice. So why not hop there after you finish the hop and see what they have to offer?!?!

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Joy

Hello stamping fans!
Still haven't decided on a Christmas card to make to send out, but if I keep up at the rate I'm at, I will have a enough different cards to send out to everyone on my list.
That being said, I'd like to show you another fun Christmas card.
I saw this style of card somewhere the other day and loved it.  Unfortunately, I forgot to pin it to my board on Pinterest so I don't know whose blog I got it from.  Sorry!  If you are interested in how to make this style of card, e-mail me and I will get back to you with some instructions.

For this card I have used 2 images;
Joy (#15703) and Christmas Border (#15706) from QKR Stampede
I stamped the Joy image and colored it with watercolor pencils

On the inside of the card, I stamped the Christmas Border image, colored it with watercolor crayons and put Glossy Accents over the image.  I love the way Glossy Accents gives such a nice shine!

This is a 4" x 4" card, but it fits nicely into a standard invitation sized envelope.  If you want to be sure it doesn't slide in the envelope, you can use some foam tape and stick it inside the envelope on either side of the card.
Using this size envelope will keep you from having to pay extra postage for a square envelope.

If you are like me and haven't started your Christmas cards yet, pop into the QKR Stampede shop and see what wonderful Christmas images you might want to work with.  You will find links there to the 2 sister companies of QKR, Eureka! Stamps and Biblical Impressions or follow my links.  They all have wonderful images that come in rubber or digital format.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Let me know what you think of this style of card in a comment.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!