Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Reindeer Noses

Are you looking for a cute little stocking stuffer or small gift for the kids in the neighborhood or classmates? Well, how about some Reindeer Noses.

A friend brought me a page torn out of her Current Catalog and asked me if I could make her some packets of Rudolf Noses. After more thought and discussion we decided on Reindeer noses instead of strickly Rudolf noses. Here's what I came up with. . .

8 whoppers per pack for Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen. And 1 cherry sour for Rudolf.

Thanks so much for stopping. I hope you're having a wonderful Wednesday! Please let me know if you make any packets of noses and leave me a link if you post them on-line.
Happy Stamping!

  • Stamps: Hero Arts (frame and reindeer), Snap Stamps (words)
  • Paper: Kraft, Vanilla, Riding Hood Red
  • Ink: Kiwi Kiss, Riding Hood Red, Cocoa
  • Misc: Lollipop bags, Candy, Crystals

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Winter Days Collection Release

The Winter Days Collection from Clear and Simple Stamps is now available!


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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Sneak Peak: Ski Darling part 2

I hope you're ready for more samples with the Ski Darling set that will release tomorrow. Today's cards were totally inspired by Michelle Wooderson's blog post found here. Her blog (Mish Mash) is filled with crafty inspiration. 

I love to use my scor-pal to create a grid for easy placement of images to create backgrounds. I scored my white cardstock every 1/2 inch in both directions to create my grid. On the first card I stamped the snowflake image in the center of the squares and on the second card I stamped the snowflake on the grid lines.


Hope to "see" you back here tomorrow for the latest release from Clear and Simple Stamps.

  • Stamps: Ski Darling from Clear and Simple Stamps (releasing November 15)
  • Paper: Neenah White, Kraft, SU Riding Hood Red
  • Ink: SU Ruby Red, Distress Ink Antique Linen
  • Misc: Scor-pal (to create the grid for the background), White gel pen, Snowflake punch, Tag punch, Ribbon, Button, Corner Chomper

Friday, November 13, 2009

Sneak Peak: Ski Darling

Clear and Simple Stamps will be having it's latest release on Sunday, November 15th so how about a sneak peak of the Ski Darling set that will be released on Sunday.

Isn't she just adorable?! And I love all of the extra stamps like her skis and boots and ski poles. So fun! After making the card I thought I should try making an ornament with the set so I pulled out some small tins that I had and got to work.

I used my Nestabilities circles to make the My Mind's Eye piece for the background in the tin. Then I stamped the Darling, her poles, and her skis and colored them with Copics. These pieces were then cut out and mounted at different heights using pop dots. I added some Diamond Dust in the tin to make it a shaker ornament.  To attached the cord so it can be hung I wrapped scor-tape around the tin and applied the lavender ribbon to it and tied it in a bow at the top then threaded the cord under the bow and tied it.

 Thanks so much for stopping by. And don't forget to visit the rest of the CSS Design Team for more samples and sneak peaks.

Supplies for Ski Darling Card
  • Stamps: Ski Darling from Clear and Simple Stamps (releasing November 15th)
  • Paper: Kraft, Neenah White, My Mind's Eye
  • Ink: Distress Ink Antique Linen, SU Orchid Opulence, Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Misc: Nestabilities, Circle punch, Scallop border punch, Word Window punch, Copics
Supplies for the Ski Darling Ornament
  • Stamps: Ski Darling from Clear and Simple Stamps (releasing November 15th)
  • Paper: Neenah White, My Mind's Eye
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Ink Antique Linen
  • Misc: Tin, Nestabilities, Diamond Dust, Ribbon, Cord, Pop dots, Copics (E37, E00, E02, V0000, V01)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Take the Challenge: Fall Foliage

Today I have a fall card to share with you for Clear and Simple Stamps November Take The Challenge over on PaperCraftPlanet! This month it is a fall inspired color challenge.

The colors are (SU reference): Pumpkin Pie, Close to Cocoa, Summer Sun, and Old Olive. Feel free to substitute with similar colors.

For my card I used the Fall Studio set from Clear and Simple Stamps. It is the stamp of the month and you can get $1 off the set by using the following discount code: DTBlog1109

Click here to view additional samples or to play along - select the TTC: Fall Foliage Forum.

We'd love for you to play along. Be sure to add the keyword tag: TTC11 to any challenge cards you upload to online galleries so we can find them.

Happy Stamping!

  • Stamps - Fall Studio from Clear and Simple Stamps
  • Inks - Close to Cocoa, Summer Sun, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive
  • Paper - Kraft, Choc Chip, Summer Sun, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive
  • Misc - Nestabilities Labels 3 and Circles, Tracing Wheel, Pop dots

Monday, November 9, 2009

Fabric Flowers

The other day I stumbled upon some fabulous fabric flowers on Winter's blog who forwarded me to Courtney's blog for a great video tutorial on how to make them. Needless to say I spent some time this weekend making fabric flowers.

And I even manage to put together a card using one of the flowers. This card measures 5x7.

Here's a closeup of the flower on the card. I had a great time at the fabric store on Sunday morning. Looking at all of the different fabrics and trying to decide what would look good as a flower. I bought 3/8's of a yard of a few different fabrics that were on sale and then cut them into strips about 3 1/2 inches wide to make my flowers. Some of my flowers got pretty big so I think I'll try making some with a thinner strip of fabric. The burlap flower was fun to make but it's really bulky so I thinking it will end up on some type of altered project. . . gift box or bag or basket or barrette. . . . so many possibilities.

Thanks so much for stopping. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.

p.s. If you make any fabric flowers, please leave me a link so I can check them out.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Friday Already?!

Wow, where did the week go? My apologies for my lack of posts. Somehow the week has managed to slip by. I have been doing some stamping but guess I've neglected my blog. I do have two cards to share with you today so I'll get to it . . .

My first card is for the Caardvarks: Circle of Friends challenge that was posted yesterday. The challenge is to create a round card. Clear & Simple Stamps is sponsoring the challenge this week and the winner will recieve a $15 gift certificate to Clear & Simple Stamps. You can find all of the details on the challenge here.

For my card I used a Hot Hues Glitter Notecard for my base and stamped the larger snowflake from the Ski Darling set (scheduled to release on Nov 15th from Clear & Simple Stamps) with Cool Caribbean ink. The verse is from the Live Life set and also stamped in Cool Caribbean. Next I created the snowflake stack by using a large glittered snowflake ornament, a cuttlebug snowflake made from chipboard and covered with Ranger Snow Cap Paint Dabber and glitter and finally another stamped snowflake from the Ski Darling set. The verse was added to the bow and button combo for the finishing touch.

Next up I have a card for M's Sketch #3. Savitri Wilder's daughter Emma has started hosting her own sketch challenges and I've been wanting to play along so this week I took the time to put together a card for the challenge. Here's my entry for M's latest sketch.

I used the snowman family image from DigiStamp Boutique and the greeting is from Anna Wight's Winter Schminter set. Hopefully M won't mind too much that I flipped the sketch to work my snowman image in.

Thanks so much for stopping. I hope you all had a wonderful week. The  forecast for us this weekend is temps in the 60's so I'm hoping to take some nice long fall walks this weekend. I'll have to be sure to bring my camera along. Have a great weekend!

Supplies (top card):
  • Stamps: Clear and Simple Stamps Live Life, Ski Darling (will release Nov 15)
  • Paper: Hot Hues Glitter Notecard, Neenah white, Chipboard
  • Ink: SU Cool Caribbean
  • Misc: Snowflake ornament, Cuttlebug snowflake, Ribbon, Button, Glitter, Snow Cap Paint Dabber
Supplies (bottom card):
  • Digital Image: DigiStamp Boutique Snow Friends
  • Stamps: Whipper Snapper Anna Wight Cling Mount Set Winter Schminter
  • Paper: Cool Caribbean, Neenah white, unmarked dp
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Palette New Canvas
  • Misc: Copics, Glitter, Snowflake punch, Button, White gel pen

Sunday, November 1, 2009

SOTM Set and Template: Clear and Simple Stamps

I have a lot to share with you today so grab a cup of your favorite drink and pull up a chair (there might be mention of a chance at candy so keep reading). The first of the month means it's time for a new Stamp of the Month set from Clear and Simple Stamps and this month the set is Fall Studio. It is filled with wonderful leaf images and a great quote stamp from Emily Bronte along with other verses. As the Stamp of the Month you can get $1 off the set by using the following discount code: DTBlog1109

In addition to offering the $1 off incentive, below is the Copic SOTM bundle and the monthly template:

For November the bundle will include the Copic Trio Set: Yellow Green 1 (YG01, YG03, YG07)

Copic Marker Bundle with the SOTM for the bargain price of $26 - that's a $15 stamp set and $15 Copic Marker Trio set combined at a $4 reduction in price - you won't find a better bundle anywhere! (HINT will will be $25 if using the DTBlog $1 Discount too)

There is also a new template for the month of November. Below is a link to the template and my sample of the basket using the Fall Studio set.

TEMPLATE: Basket of Thanks

I made a card to go with my basket and filled the basket with chocolates.

I made the basket out of a plain piece of Kraft cardstock and then pulled out a variety of embossing powders, my Versamark pad, and heat gun and got to work decorating it. The ribbon on the top is threaded through the button hole and then attached with Scor-pal tape.

Now, if you're still with me you may remember I mentioned something about candy at the beginning of this post. Well, Clear and Simple Stamps will be giving away a free SOTM (Fall Studio). All you have to do is create a Basket of Thanks using the template and put a link to your project in the comment section of the CSS blog. A winner will be chosen at random Wednesday, November 4th. I hope you'll participate.

How about one more sample with the Fall Studio set using the Emily Bronte quote that I love.

Be sure to check out my fellow design team members blogs for more inspiration with the basket template and the Stamp of the Month.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you all had a wonderful Hallowe'en! Happy Stamping!