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Naughty or Nice…

The card I’m posting today is one I made for my “stampin’ peeps” and for the Can You Case It #50 Challenge.  The CYCI Challenge was open to the designer’s interpretation of “Holiday”.  Here’s my card…

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Loved using my Blendie Pens and Mustach Framelit with a little bling.  Here is the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff:

  • Paper:  Base card is 3 1/2″ x 5″ SU! notecard, plus Whisper White and Coastal Cabana cardstock and Silver Glimmer Paper (hat jewels)
  • Ink:  Memento Black, Coastal Cabana and Daffodil Delight Blendie Pens
  • Stamps:  Santa Stache
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Stache Framelit, Dazzling Diamonds, Glue Pen, 1/8″ Circle Punch, Bitty Banners Framelits

Digits:

  • Base card 3 1/2″ x 5″ notecard
  • Coastal Cabana layer is 3 3/8″ x 4 7/8″
  • Whisper White layer is 3 1/4″ x 4 3/4″
  • Stamp and color nutcracker on Whisper White layer
  • Punch hat “jewels” from glimmer paper and Tombow to hat
  • Stamp mustache on scrap, cut with framelit, add glue from pen and sprinkle with Dazzling Diamonds.
  • Add stache to card front with dimensionals
  • Stamp sentiment on scrap Whisper White and cut with smallest Bitty Banner Framelit
  • Cut from scrap Coastal Cabana cardstock the larger banner
  • Glue sentiment to Coastal Cabana with Tombow and attach to card front with dimensionals

Love how this little card came together with this stamp and the sentiment.  Hope my “stampin’ peeps” liked it too.

Are you ready yet?  I had to be today ’cause we are leaving in the morning.  So it’s been a made dash all day long.  I’ll be traveling all day tomorrow but I do have a post ready for you with a project you are going to love from the new Occasions Catalog.  Do you have yours yet?  Picked out your favorites?  Stop by tomorrow and check out one of my favorites…I have lots!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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Many of us carry sweet memories this time of the year of those we miss…me too.

Guess I’ll have to wash the ink off to travel…But I’ll be planning new projects to share with you.

 

 

Toast the Holidays…

Are you buzzing around trying to finish crafting, wrapping, cooking, etc…all at the same time?  Just know, dear heart, you are not alone.  There are millions of us in the same boat.  But I decided today that what I’ve done so far just may be enough.  No one will know about all the projects still on my table unfinished.  They will just think I’m awesome for what I have done.  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.  Whew!  I feel better.

I do have just a couple more holiday themed projects to share before jumping into new products from the new Occasions catalog.  Here’s today’s card for you…

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Do you recognize the card base?  It’s from the Watercolor Winter Card Kit that I just didn’t get finished and I’ve had it since the July convention!  Oh my word…it’s not that I didn’t love it, but there was so much new product  at the time I couldn’t get to everything.

All the parts will come in handy just like they did today.  Here is the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff: 

  • Paper:  Watercolor Winter Card Kit base, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper, Whisper White and Cherry Cobbler cardstock
  • Ink:  Memento Black and Blendabilities Pens Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive and Flesh
  • Stamps:  Making Spirits Bright
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Stars Framelits

Digits:

  • The Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer measures 5″ x 3 3/4″
  • The Cherry Cobbler layer is 4 3/8″ x 3 1/8″
  • The Whisper White layer is 4 1/4″ x 3″
  • Two nesting stars that fit card front.
  • Using Tombow attach Glimmer paper to base card and Cherry Cobbler layer on top.
  • Stamp sentiment in top right corner of Whisper White layer and attach with Tombow
  • Stamp image on Whisper White star in Memento Black and color with Blendie Pens
  • Attach Cherry Cobbler star to card front with dimensionals and Whisper White star on top with dimensionals
  • I cut the stamp sentiment away from the image with rubber scissors and used them independently.  This allows you to use the image or sentiment easier.  They can always be place back together on an acrylic block for a single stamp image.

This card is very blingie which I like…and it is fast to put together too.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today.  I hope you be back every day as I share my creations with you.  If you leave my blog inspired…I’ve done my job!

Here’s my “B-ism” for today…

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Well…maybe a combination of Dazzling Diamonds and glitter…but surely not dust!

Get inky…Be HaPpY!

Olaff and Chocolate…

We have some of the cutest kids in our neighborhood and before I leave to see the “littles” in St. Petersburg, I wanted to leave them a little treat for their stockings.  My initial idea was to make Olaff and include some chocolate.

Here’s my attempt at an Olaff tag…

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Are you giggling?  Me too!  I just couldn’t get him to look like that lovable little guy in the movie.  So I made a “Uie” (better known as a U turn) and came up with these…

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They may not look like Olaff, but since they are wrapped chocolate nuggets they will taste good and I love their little hats.  Here is how they were wrapped for giving…

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Are you interested in the Stuff ‘N Digits to make these…here you go (they really do make up fast)…

Stuff:

  • Paper:  Whisper White, Black, Cherry Cobbler, Pumpkin Pie and Pool Party cardstock plus Silver Glimmer Paper
  • Ink:  none
  • Stamps:  none
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  1 1/4″ Cherry Cobbler Linen Ribbon, Itty Bitty Flower Punch, Washi Tape, Cello Bags, Itty Bitty Label Punch, Googly eyes, 1/8″ square punch and Scallop Topper Punch

Digits:

  • 5 1/2″ x 2″ Pool Party for base
  • 1 1/2″ x 3″ Whisper White to cover nuggets.  Use Fast Fuse to adhere covers.
  • Add red Washi Tape to bottom edge of one nugget and a “button”
  • To center nugget add two “buttons”
  • Top nugget draw a smile with journaling pen, hand cut a Pumpkin Pie nose and attach with Tombow,  attach Googly eyes
  • The hats are the fingers of childrens’ glove.  You can get a pair at the $$ store for .99  Aren’t they the cutest?
  • Attach the two bottom nuggets to base.  Add dimensional to hat section to attach.
  • Place in 4″ x 10″ cello bags.
  • The tag is a 2″ x 4″ Cherry Cobbler
  • Add a 1″ x 4″ Whisper White layer to top with Tombow
  • Punch with Scallop Topper Punch
  • Add two “buttons”
  • The belt is 2″ x 1/2″  Adhere with Tombow
  • Tombow the Glimmer label to center of belt and 1/2″ black square to center of “buckle”
  • Add 1/2″ x 2″ Glimmer strip to bottom.

Things are getting finished and packaged in my studio the last couple of days.  Christmas cards are mailed.  Lots of cleaning up and some cooking left to do and we’ll be ready to head south for a week or so.

I’ll be relieved to have finished all these projects and rest my mind for a bit.  I know the “littles” will keep us on the run with all the fun things we hope to do with them while we are there and they are out of school.

Hope you are realizing the end to your planning and hard work too.  Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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So while I’m in Florida I’ll enjoy the warmer temperatures for a bit.

I’m still inky…and HaPpY!

 

Wrapping It Up SU! Style…

Nine days before Christamas…how are you doing?  Pretty sure we are all going to make it to the day after.  A little tired maybe, but none the worse for the wear as my g’mother used to say.

Since I’ll be leaving Sunday to spend the holidays with my son’s family and the “littles” in St. Petersburg, Florida, it’s time to get wrapping!  When you are a SU! Demo, your packages can’t look like…well, packages!

Here are a couple of ideas for you from packages I delivered yesterday…

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This SU! wrapping paper has come in handy for not only wrapping the boxes, but making coordinating bows.

This is a short post today because I’m up to my eyeballs in projects with products from the new Occasions catalog that I want to be able to show you the week after Christmas just before Sale-A-Bration begins on January 6th.

Did you receive your catalog yet?  Pretty sure all my “peeps” have gotten theirs because I mailed them myself.  If you don’t have a demo you work with, let me know if you’d like a catalog and I’d be happy to send one to you.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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If I break out in a dance I wouldn’t care if anyone watched…but isn’t this true?  Everyone has their nose stuck in a screen of some kind.

I’m sure inky…and VERY HaPpY!

Never Forget A Birthday…

With the new Perpetual Calendar Kit by Stampin’ Up! you will never forget a birthday again.  It’s shown on page 17 of the New Occasions Catalog.  As soon as I saw this calendar I knew it was just what I needed to keep track of annual dates I need to remember.  And what a nice gift!  It just keeps on giving all year EVERY year.

Here at Rambling Rose Studio I’ll be offering a “project class” on January 11th from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. where we will complete this calendar.  The cost is $18.30.  I’ll be ordering the kits on December 29th and there are 8 spaces left to date in this class…so let me know if you’d like to stop by for some stamping fun.

Here’s a couple of photos of the project I took in the studio…

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Along with all the embellishments you need to complete the calendar, you also receive this beautiful packaging for gift giving.  If you are ordering this calendar to finish at home, you will need the Perpetual Birthday Calendar stamp set also shown on page 17 of the Occasions catalog.  Here are a couple more shots showing all twelve months…

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and the last shot…

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Wouldn’t this make the neatest gift for under $20?  I’m thinking of making a few up for presents later in the year…maybe even for NEXT Christmas!  That’s really hard to think about right about now.

These products won’t be available until January 6th.  As a demo we get to order a month early which enables us to have samples ready to show when the catalog goes “live”.  This is one of my favorites.  If you don’t have a demo and need a catalog, drop me a line and I’ll be happy to send one to you.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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These days that’s probably true…I’m glittered from head to toe!

But I’m inky…and HaPpY!

Christmas Clean ‘N Simple…

This card is for the Can You Case It #49.  The challenge is to keep your card clean and simple.  Oh boy!…we all know that’s a hard one for me.  But I courageously stepped out of my comfortable little box and bravely added this card to their challenge…

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We were limited to two layers and one embellishment.  I’m rockin’ this simple and clean stuff, right?  It only took me two hours to make it…hahaha!  I can show you and I bet you can make this one in less than ten minutes.  Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff:

  • Paper:  Whisper White cardstock (can’t get any cleaner there!)
  • Ink:  Lost Lagoon
  • Stamps:  Endless Wishes
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  All Is Calm Washi Tape, Nordic Designer Buttons, Decorative Dots EF, White Gel Pen and PL Corner Rounder

Digits:

  • The Whisper White base card is 4 1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5 1/2″ with rounded corners
  • The second layer is 4″ x 5 1/4″.
  • Wrap three different Washi tape strips on right side of layer.
  • Stamp “Merry” with Lost Lagoon
  • Emboss with Decorative Dots EF.
  • I actually have two buttons held together with glue dot then mounted to card front.  I used White Gel pen to ad “stitch” on button.
  • Add this layer to base card with dimensionals.

Clean, simple and fast!  Well, it would be if I made it now.  Hope you like this one and just in case you need some extra cards, this one would be a quick one to put together.

This next few days I’ll be showing a few more Christmas ideas before switching over to projects and product from the new Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs.

There is so much to show you and believe me I’ve been working on overdrive.  So exciting.  Be sure to stop in all this week.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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They will probably see how much fun you are having and want to join you…

I’m VERY inky…and HaPpY!

Shakin’ It Up…

Yikes!  Yesterday my server went offline and I could not post…drove me nuts.  Thanks to my ever helpful and sweet blog designer Sue Parker…she came to my rescue with calls and explanations before I went totally bonkers.

To that point, if you are considering a redesign or a new blog, Sue is amazing and stays with you all through the process and even after.  She takes the time to get to know you and your likes and creates a blog that will reflect you and your business perfectly.  My blog is exactly what I had dreamed up in my mind.  Here’s her contact.  Just sayin’…

Today I have another “shaker” card for you that I made not as a Christmas card but for a December birthday.  Here’s the card…

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Isn’t that fun.  People who have birthdays in December should receive the most special card.  Would you like to have the Stuff ‘N Digits?  Here you go…

Stuff:

  • Paper:  Whisper White, Pool Party and Lost Lagoon cardstock plus Crumb Cake notecard
  • Ink:  VersaMark
  • Stamps:  White Christmas
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Fun Frames and Decorative Dots Embossing Folders, Window Sheet, Silver 1/8″ Ribbon, White Embossing Powder, Confetti Stars Border Punch

Digits:

  • The base notecard is 3 1/2″ x 5″
  • The Pool Party layer is 3 3/8″ x 4 7/8″
  • The Whisper White layer is 3 1/4″ x 4 3/4″ embossed with Decorative Dots EF
  • Attach these two layers  together and tie with ribbon then adhere to your card base.
  • Embossed the Fun Frames on a scrap of Whisper White.  Fussy cut the outside edges then with your snips make an “X” in the center panel, cut to a corner and down one side.  Repeat for the other three sides.
  • On a piece of Lost Lagoon 2 1/4″ x 1 1/2″ and stamp scene in VersaMark, sprinkle with White EP and heat.
  • Place edges of dimensional sheet around edges of design, add punched stars and layer frame on top.
  • Place dimensionals on back corners and add to card front.
  • Give it a shake!

Hope this inspires you to give this card a try.  They are fun.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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My word for the 2014 year.  I’m considering what my word for 2015 will be.  Want to join with me?  Leave me a comment and share a word to live by in 2015…it’s such an enriching experience all year long.

I’m inky…and HaPpY!

Scrappy Christmas Tree…

Did you see the post this week about the Christmas Wreath Class for my book club where they all made a wreath from the All Is Calm DSP?  What a fun night we had.

But when I came back into my studio, there were tons of the 3/4″ x 6″ scraps left over.  What to do?  Here’s what I made with them…

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Ah- Hah!  Just happened to have a foam cone handy and sat right down and put this little beauty together.  How fun is that?  Thanks for all the scraps girls!

It’s so easy to make and probably took me a couple of hours to complete…because the strips were already cut (couldn’t waste all that beautiful paper and all that cutting).  Want to make one?  Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff:

  • Paper:  Your choice of DSP.  This one is All Is Calm (my fav!)
  • Ink:  None
  • Stamps:  None
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Bone Folder, Star Framelits, Straight Pins #17 and Foam Cone.  This one is about 15″.

Digits:

  • 3/4″ x 6″ strips of DSP.  I’m really not sure but I’m thinking this might take a little more than half the paper pack.
  • With your bone folder curl all your paper strips.
  • Starting at the bottom of the cone, start pinning the curls.  I open them up and stick a pin in the middle.  Try turning each curl a different direction.
  • Watch that you mix up your colors and patterns.
  • The star was cut and scored times two then glued back to back on a shortened wood skewer from the kitchen and stuck in the top.
  • I’ve got this one in the photo sitting on a clear votive holder to give it a little height.

Pretty simple stuff, with a big bang.  Wouldn’t this be nice to give someone in a nursing home or hospital?  I didn’t decorate the tree in any way, but you could do some star garland.

Hope I’ve offered you a little spark of inspiration with this post.  Thanks for stopping by today…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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Oh! I love this one.

Get inky…Be HaPpY!

Keepsake Album Gift…

It was a surprise and then it was a surprise again!  One of my favorite “stampin’ peeps”, Patty Hickman, came to class bearing a gift.  Not only a gift but one made by her just for me…that was the first surprise.  Then when you open the gift…another surprise.  It was a keepsake album.  Here’s a photo so you can see how beautiful and how it opens…

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Pretty, yes?  Now look when it is open…

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Where the solid blue blocks are you would add a photo.  Here’s a couple of close ups of her detail work…

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There was so many pretty details to this project…I just love it.  I actually think I may plan a class around it in April or May for graduation, wedding or baby albums.  Thank you so much Patty…I love this thoughtful gift!

Here is you “B-ism” for today…

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How would you title this photo?  Leave me a comment.  I think I’d say “When you need a friend.”

Thanks for stopping by today…I’m sure inky with all my new Occasions Catalog product arriving yesterday…and lovin’ it!

Sip, Curl, Pin…Repeat!

In my little community we have a women’s book club organized ten years ago.  Although we have added members over the years, there are a few of us who have been together from the beginning.  We have read and discussed well over 100 books together.

But in the month of December we don’t read, we plan a fun night out together.  Back at convention the thought occurred to me to host a Stampin’ Up! crafting event just for my book club.  And last night that thought became a reality.  Here is a pic of the room all set up for twelve crafters…

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That’s twelve packages of designer’s series paper cut in 3/4″ x 6″ strips, 36 glimmer stars cut and scored and 12 bows.  There’s no way I could have done all this and kept up with my daily posts and monthly classes…so look who helped cut out stars…

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Is that not the sweetest?  He is my biggest supporter always encouraging me to “go for it” and there to help me.  <3!

Once everyone got here (they all brought food and I provided the liquids) we ate and jabbered for an hour before we got down to business.  Here is a shot of the beginning of the evening done with Project Life on my IPhone!…

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See how everyone’s foam wreath is empty and then after just a short while they were all filling up!  And the evening progressed…

 

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Lots of fun conversation and believe it or not…no paper cuts!  I was prepared with bandaids.  We sipped, curled and pinned LOTS and then they were done…

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Everyone (even those who said they’ve never made anything) were pleased with their creations.  This is why I love my job!  See those smiles…sooooo worth it!

Maybe next time you can join us!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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I’m inky today…and HaPpY!