Monday, November 30, 2009

One Holiday down, One to Go!

What fun we had that the Harvest Brunch for church. I decided to decorate a table with my friend Kim. I had seen what Jeanette Lynton had done with her Thanksgiving placesetting and decided to base my design off hers. Check out Jeanettes post here. I had lots of fun making all the little items like, Glass Wraps, Napkin Rings and placemats, lots of other ladies brought some delicious food to feed us. I then used the items we made and put them on my own table for our Thanksgiving dinner this last Thursday, It looked great, I am glad I got more than one use out of them. However after our family dinner the placemats had to be thrown out...who knew we were soooo messy.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Creative Cards

I would like to applaud everyone who is a dedicated cardmaker, I was never intending on being a card maker, I actually still send E-cards to the family on thier birthday. Bad Memory. However, the ladies from the swap were obviously cardmakers.

This great card is simple with big appeal. The fun stamp is new to this season's Idea Book called Holiday Jingle. With bright paper and whimsical ribbon, it catches your eye from anywhere.

I am amazed at all the little details put in this card, from embossing the card itself to faux stitching. Lots of great features and definately a crowd pleaser!

A fun winter card featuring a smilling snowman. Even though the design is simple, the fun addition was actual twigs added to the snowman for arms! Look close. Paired with cute jewels and shiny snowflakes and this card is a winner.

I was blown away when I got this card. Not only is it full of great ideas, the zig zag pattern on the card base is actually stamped christmas trees! Amazing what you can do with CTMH's clear stamps! I also love the punches of bright red.

I love this card, every inch of it has been well thought out. From the heat embossed background to the paperpieced dress on the new 'Ms.' stamp. There are more little things to look at on this card, so take a peek and let me know what else you see!
I am expecting my next swaps any day now, along with craft fairs this next weekend and family in from out of town it is bound to be a busy time. But I will hopefully have a great Thanksgiving post for you soon,

Monday, November 23, 2009

Christmas Tags Swap

I am always amazed by everyone elses creativity. They always tend to do something unexpected which makes it unique and wonderful. This is why I love to participate in swaps, these tags are a sample of the unexpected creativity that I am talking about, fun, whimsy and now to be cherished for years to come.

I fell in love with this great ornament tag because of the great design and 'POW' colors. The snow on the front is heat embosses and cute jewels jazz up the front, but if you look closely, you'll see the ornament hanger is a different paper, that is because it opens up to reveal the names, to and from.

This awesome tag was a suprise as it is a Shaker tag. Snowman and tree are inside with of course...snow, then she had cut some great smaller snowflakes that are drifting down. Totally creative and I would love to make 100 of these.

Classicly beautiful tag. I love all the layered ribbons and tied together with a gorgeous brad. The stamp if from Close to my Heart called 'Heartfelt Christmas', it is gorgeous and I think I have almost worn my set of this stamp OUT!

Even though this tage is cute and's the minature bells on the bottom of the card that really struck me as ingenious. I also love the clear embossing and glitter on the tag. I think without glitter, Christmas isn't near as pretty or magical. Next, I would love to show you my favorite cards I got from the swap, also full of great ideas!!!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Swap Spoiler

Busily working away in my basement trying to get my swaps completed. So yesterday I sent out my next set of swap items. I had to make 10 double page layouts, all made of the same paperpack, 'Jingle' and I will get back 9 different layouts.

This first layout was made was with Clost to my Hearts new Jingle Creative Basics pack. This pack of paper is for card making, but I couldn't resist the cute patterns and juniper colored ribbon.

This layout was made with the Jingle Bulk pack. This has papers from the retail paper pack in it and I love the cute presents. The real Jingle paper pack is fun and has lots of great papers in it to help with your christmas scrapbooking. Check back soon as I will be posting the swap items that get returned to me so you can see every awesome idea to make with the new Jingle paper pack!!!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

I'm dreaming of a Creative Christmas

Here we are the beginning of November and I have already sent out a box of Christmas related items. I have joined a ton of swaps and need to get them done ASAP. So these items are from the first swap and I had to make about 10 of each of these items. This candle I thought was really cute because it was kinda vintage Christmas, with awesome heat embossing and cute paper this was lots of fun to make.
This item was a 3" circle tag and I think it is really cute, but I used a 3-D foam dot on the white circle and so it is no longer practical to write your name on there. Oops!

Here is another tag for the swap, I really like the way that this tag turned out, it has classic elements of the season. I also jazzed it up with some Liquid Glass from Close to my Heart to make it shine.

This sweet card should warm everyones heart this season. I had fun making this card and am planning on replicating it in the future for card workshops. If you live in the Denver Area, I will be holding Christmas Card Workshops in my studio. If you are interested please email me and I can get you the workshop information. We there are lots more Christmas Ideas to come, so come back for more great ideas.