Friday, April 1, 2011

Another Shout Out

When I buy new stamping stuff, I typically don't run home and make something that very day with what I bought.  I need to take in my new things in order to gain inspiration to create with them.  But today was a different story!  I found this super cute die of a "Candy Bunny" and it was clearly a PEEP candy bunny and I fell head over heels for it.  It was only $3.99 and I thought that was CHEEP, CHEEP!  LOL

So, I also found some super HAPPY paper that complimented my bunny die perfectly.

Here's the card I created with this just today (and yes I used the same sentiment as I did on this card HERE but that was a "Chick Peep" and this is a real "PEEP"; plus, I didn't have my real PEEP die until today so...who knew?) and literally made this less than an hour ago, so it's hot off the press.  I plan to make several of these cards for my club members and a few to mail out.

This is the DP I also got today from Doodlebug designs called Sweet Spots and the little lavendar flower bling brad is also from a pack of Doodlebug Boutique Brads I got today.  The ribbon is some retired SU from a Ribbon Originals pack I had.  I know the card isn't very fancy but I thought it was sweet and showed off my PEEPS.

Here's the inside:

I also wanted to show you how much like the real thing these images are from the die so I googled "Bunny Peeps" and here are some pictures I found that really show how much they resemble the real deal.

Well, now that you are hungry for some little marshmallow bunnies that melt in your mouth, I'm going to go see what more I can come up with for my new PEEPS.

God bless and Happy Stamping!


Thursday, March 31, 2011

Just Keep Swimming, Just Keep Swimming, Just Keep Swimming

Or so Dory said in Finding Nemo.  She was such a cute and funny character for that movie and lately I've found myself saying that over and over when I just need to plow through and get things done.  My twins' birthday is coming up and I've had lots of stuff to do in preparation.  Not to mention, my youngest daughter's birthday was just barely 3 weeks ago so I just got through that whirlwind only to get ready for another.  In between I had a craft show that I was so excited about, and geared up for but some of my supplies that I had ordered way back didn't come in in time.  I've also taken on the role of Office Manager for my husband's business so I have lots going on.  I couldn't believe a week had slipped by without me posting.  I'm trying to be very faithful in my blog this time, though honestly I feel like I'm just journaling right now as I don't receive a lot (if any!) comments on my posts most of the time.  Sort of makes me feel like I'm just talking in myself.  HAHAHAHAHA!  What a funny thought!

So for today I want to share with you some recent projects I created using one of my all time favorite stamp sets from SU called Artistic Etchings.  As I've mentioned, I love vintage things and this stamp set fit the bill perfectly.  I also recall wanting an Eiffel Tower stamp just before this set came out as our family was planning to travel to Europe and Paris was one of our stops.  Next thing you know, SU came out with just what I needed.

Here's my first card and the more "vintage" of the two:
And for a more softer, yet clean look, I like this card:
Hope you like my projects for today...quick post that I know that some followers out there with busy "To Do's" will appreciate.  Take care and see you back here soon!

God bless and Happy Stamping!


Friday, March 25, 2011

Craft Fair - Hand Sanitizer Bottles

Craft Fair Project - Hand Sanitizer Bottles...super cute!

My friend Pam and I are going to be setting up a booth tomorrow at a local craft fair.  Most of the craft fairs I've done have always been around Christmas time, but one of the places Pam goes to at Christmas decided to host a Spring Craft Fair and she invited me to go with her.  THANKS PAM!  We have done a few craft shows together and we always have so much fun.  We talk and laugh and look at all the fun stuff other booths have.  I love hanging out with my gal Pam.

Anyway, I wanted to share a project I made for tomorrow's craft fair that I am super excited about.  I saw the idea for the kids hand sanitzer's on a blog I love to visit by Carla Brasher.  She is fabulously talented and I love that she shares her ideas.  She had a link to some other blogs and they had some other styles of sanitizers including monogrammed ones - I have created Monogrammed templates in my computer but for the sake of time I didn't print those and create those this time, but for a booth I'm doing in the fall, I'll make them for that if these sell well.

Anyway, here are the pics of my projects.  First is the boy and girl bottles.  My twins loved these and asked could I please save one back for them.  Then they picked their ribbon from my stash, lol.  See, I told you they were my biggest fans.

I used several different patterns of ribbon on these, but I thought these would photograph well (the sun isn't out today in my part of the country so this is the best I could get in the light I have.)

Next are the babies.  I originally wasn't going to have baby ones but then I remembered when my nephew was born almost 2 years ago, my sister kept a bottle of sanitzer in her diaper bag for the entire first year.  I think she still has a bottle in his bag actually.  So I thought these might be cute for moms of little ones so I made some boy and girl baby ones and a few "unisex" ones with a light green polka dot ribbon.  Sanitzer wasn't around when my kids were babies, but what great thing to have now.

Next is one I made with a great saying on it about the different kinds of hands we need to have.  "Happy Hands", "Working Hands", "Caring Hands", "Praying Hands" to name a few. 

I used several different colors and patterns of brocade ribbon I have in my stash for these.  Here is a close-up of the words.

All of these were super easy to make and I plan to crank out a ton more of these this year for different craft shows I'll be doing.  I'm thinking you can do so much with this idea.  Christmas, Thanksgiving, Fall...we can use hand sanitizer anytime right?  I had these printed on acetate from templates I created on my computer.

I hope you enjoyed my projects today.  Come back and visit soon.  As promised...coming up in the next few days will be some projects using my new stamps and goodies from My Favorite Things.

God bless and Happy Stamping!


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Tin Roof.....Rusted!

If you see a faded sign on the side of the road that says 15 miles to the Love Shack....yeah, some B-52's it is!   Well, it was a great segue into what I'm posting today anyway.  LOL.  Today, I'm sharing some projects a la' tin.  or some tin containers that I have decorated.

First is a tin lunch box I created to hold my finished cards.  I also ordered some file folder type dividers that are just the right size for my box, from Oriental Trading.  They sell the boxes and the dividers to go in them.  They are great to use for a recipe box, card box and many other uses.  Actually, I ordered tons of these lunch tins because I got them at a really low price when I ordered them in bulk.  I have some really great ideas for these including a bunco kit, that I hope to make later this year and will share that with you when I get it finished.  In the meantime, here's my cardholder with my lunch tin.

I used a Simply Scrappin kit from SU to make this (not sure what the name was) and some decoupage (Mod Podge) all over it once it was finished to protect it from wear and tear and use over time. 

The next project is a little smaller and not as practical but much more YUMMY!  It's a holder I made to hold some lucious Dove chocolate candies.

First, I painted my tin with Making Memories scrapbook paint in a rose color.  Then I cut DP the length and width I needed for the base of my tin and for the lid as well.  I used S.E.I paper from their "Jolie's Chocolate" paper collection.  It's got hues of pinks and rose along with chocolate colors.  It has glitter on every page it's sooooo yummy!!!!  Anyway, I used a corner rounder to round the edges of the paper on the lid and then I finished it off with some Rose colored rhinestones around the edge.  I used wax paper neatley folded inside to hold the chocolates.  Finally I put a really big pink gerber daisy on top that I added a smaller flower and some Smooch that I painted on to give it some glimmer and another large rhinestone in the middle of the flower. 

So it's not the Love Shack but I guarantee if you make any of these projects and give them as a gift, whomeve you give them to will be feelin' the love.

Hope to see you back real soon!

God bless and Happy Stamping!


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

A Shout Out from Yo Peeps

I love, love, love Easter chicks.  I think they are so much a part of what you think about when you think of Easter.  Mostly because they signify new life and that is what we received when Christ died for us on the cross, then rose again.  But just because they signify new life and the huge sacrifice Christ made on our behalf, doesn't mean we can't have fun with them right?  So check out this card to see if these twisted chicks are right up your alley.
I used the stamp set A Good Egg from SU for this set, along with some sunglasses from a retired set (can't remember the name but it's something about summer, lol).  I masked the 2 chicks behind the first and then paper pieced the egg "skirts" on the chicks.  I typed the sentiment using an open font on my computer and mounted it on some chocolate chip c/s and also used some dotted DP in So Saffron.  I used flower punch to punch out the flowers on the card and it really was as simple as that.  Here is a close up of the image.

And since I'm sharing this set with you I'm going to also share another card I made using this set.  With Easter right around the corner, I thought you might enjoy seeing these projects today.

I also masked the chicks on this card, but I made the chick in the forefront the star of the show here.  I used some Rose Red DP and Wild Wasabi DP along with So Saffron accent CS.  I used some Wild Wasabi stitched grosgrain and some Saffron brads.  I glittered up the main chick with some dazzling diamonds.

Hope you enjoy these chicks as much I did making them.  Join me later this week for more fun!

God bless and Happy Stamping!


Monday, March 21, 2011

Romancing the Cards

Victorian romance, though vintage, isn't something I've made a lot of.  As a matter of fact, I don't think I've made any Victorian anything.  But, the challenge for our shoebox swap was to create a card using the oldest stamp set we had and if we couldn't or wouldn' use it, we were challenged to sell it.  So, I perused the stamp shelves in my craft room and the oldest stamp set I had that I had never used was Toile Blossoms (retired SU).  I could hardly believe it!  I so love vintage stuff and could not believe that I hadn't used it but I hadn't.  I realized after much thought, that I hadn't used it because it's a Definately Decorative set, meaning it was created to be used for decorating walls and things in your home.  It's a great and beautiful set, but there just wasn't anything that came to mind in using it for me.  Anyway, when I decided to use it as a background stamp, I remembered that I had a sweet little girl stamp that also had a Victorian feel that I hadn't used so I decided to use them together to create this card below.

I also used French Script on this card and I've had it forever too.  I probably won't ever part with it because it makes a great background image.  Also on this card is some yummy velvet ribbon and some swirly organdy ribbon both in burgundy.  The card base is actually called Lavendar Moon by Papertrey Ink.  I thought it looked like a light wine color and went well with burgundy accents.  The little girl and french script are stamped in olive ink.  I used prima flowers and some pink colored pearl brads on the flowers.  I "aged" the card by distressing the edges of the focal images as well as sponging and curling up some edges.  Here's a close up of the flowers.

I used a bird punch I have from SU that has a leaf cutout in it as well.  Below is a close up of a silver charm that says "Cherish" that I put on the organdy ribbon.  The card is a little smaller than 5 1/2" square to fit in some square envelopes I have.

I hope you enjoyed my project today; I've been waiting anxiously to share it with you.  Later this week I hope to share with you some fun new projects using NEW RELEASES from My Favorite Things so be sure to visit and check them out.

God bless and Happy Stamping!


Friday, March 18, 2011

I almost forgot and one other thing!

I got so carried away yesterday with my snow family that I wanted to show you, that I almost forgot (well, I did forget actually) to share my St. Patty's Day card with you.  I used a heart punch to create a 3 leaf clover.

I used a stamp set called "Always" by SU and a large heart punch to cut out the hearts.  I have another flower stamp set that has a stem in it so I just used that for the stem of the clover.  The "Lucky" definition comes from a set called "Define Your Life" also by SU.  Card base is chocolate chip and a layer of Certainly Celery, then Wild Wasabi, and a layer of Prints DP in Certainly Celery.  I finished it off with some strips of wide chocolate grosgrain and a rhinestone brad.

I also thought I would share a sneek peak at a project I made for an upcoming craft fair I'll be doing with friend of mine at the end of the month.  

I found these little wooden boxes last year at the Dollar Tree for yep, $1. What a steal right?  I think decoupaged it with Mod Podge and glammed it up with some felt flowers, ribbon, and rub ons.  Easy peasy for sure!  I think this would make a cute pencil holder for your desk or a great way to give a friend some yummy chocolate.

And finally, my twins were browsing my blog ( I actually do have a fan club of 3 - my kids, lol) and they noticed that I had posted a photo of my youngest on her birthday.  They were a little bummed that I hadn't yet posted a photo of them, so I told them I would.  This photo is a little older, back last summer, and they've had their hair trimmed since then, but it's basically them.  Kaylan in the lighter pink is on the left, and Raegan in the darker  pink is on the right.  If you are wondering, yes they are identical and yes we still get them mixed up.  If their hair wasn't the EXACT same shade of red, maybe we would do better but even as their mom, I still get them mixed up if I'm saying a name quickly or if I just get a side or back view of them.  But it's fun having them and they are certainly a double blessing.  I don't know what I did to deserve the blessing of identical twin girls, but I'm forever grateful that He entrusted them to my care.

Well, that's all I have for you today. Tonight is my stamping swap group and I'm so excited to stamp with my besties tonight and fellowship with them.  I'll be back tomorrow to finally get to show you the project I created for tonight's stamping.  Have a great evening and be sure and check back tomorrow for creation to be revealed....

God bless and Happy Stamping!


Thursday, March 17, 2011

If Snowballs Were Kisses.....

...I'd send them all your way!  That was what I thought when I saw this stamp set by Impression Obsession.  This was another one of my Stamp Away USA Convention finds.  Actually, one of my besties, Noelle, who I was walking with at the convention kept talking about these adorable little snow people from IO and I said you have to show them to me.  When she did, I had to have them.  Here is my first project with the set:

And the inside:

I cannot even tell you the DP I used because it was some random sheets I got a my local SS.  I did use some brown satin ribbon and a large, filigree antique brad and a couple of smaller antique brads.  I used 2-way glue and some Dazzling Diamonds on my snow people. The sentiment on the front and inside are computer generated.  The solid CS are Taken with Teal and Chocolate Chip (SU) and I do know that the brocade patterened DP in the red color is from Daisy D's but I don't know where the blue snowflake paper came from.  Here is a close up shot of the snow people so you can see their glitter.

Next is a card made with another image from IO of these adorable snow people.  It is an image of a snow mommy (or daddy) helping their little snow baby put a star atop the tree  And it's sort of a "Charlie Brown" tree, but because I was making this a shaker card, I was only able to get "head shots" of them for this card.

And the inside:
Here are a few close up shots of the shaker contaier.  This card uses some silver grosgrain and some of my favorite DP, Basic Grey (one of the winter or Christmas collections).  And my large scallop circle punch by Marvy. I used some Snow Sprinkle product from Martha Stewart and I also used some mini snowflakes from a snowflake border punch that I have, inside the shaker. I took a couple different angles so you could get a good look.
And last but not least, is my FAVORITE image from this family of snow people (though there are a few more on my list to get).  This image cracks me up!

As you can see it's a mommy snow person and her 3 kids (which I just happen to also have, LOL) and one of her snowbabies has lost it's head and in true sibling fashion, one snowkid is mortified {gasp!} and the other can't contain his laughter at the sight!  How cute is this?  This is an image that definately brings a smile.  Here's what I did for the inside, it's computer generated, but I thought it went great with this image.

And another close up of the image

This card again uses DP by Basic Grey and some felt snowflakes along with a large rhinestone brad for a little extra sparkle.  Then some 2 way glue and more Dazzling Diamonds.  The base is Baja Breeze (SU) and some 1" Baja Breeze stitched grosgrain.  The little deco edge down the left side was made using a Snowflake punch that also embosses by Martha Stewart.

Lucky for us, as much as we love snow people, we are saying bye to them for the year.  It's starting to feel like spring around here today.  It hit a high of 65 degrees today! 

In a couple of days I'll be able to show you my project I created for tomorrow night's shoebox swap with my besties.  I'm looking so forward to stamping with my favorite people.  Though one of my gal pals will be coming late as she has some family stuff she needs to do, I'm getting to see a fellow stamper who hasn't been able to join us in a while so I'm excited.  I LOVE my finished project but can't share it until after the other gals have had a chance to see it and make it...don't want to ruin the surprise.  Tomorrow I have some other fun projects I've dug out of my photo closet to show you.  See you back here real soon.

Take care and Happy Stamping!


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Little Black Dress Approved

The other day while doing some shopping for necessities for myself and my twins (they are just now starting to wear deodorant and need "special soap" for cleaning their faces...they are growing up so fast...), and I saw some deodorant labeled "Little Black Dress Approved" and thought "what will they think of next?"  LOL.  It reminded me of this card I made a while back.  It uses a stamp from one of my vintage stamp providers, B Line Designs.  I first discovered them at a stamp convention I attended several years back (and have attended every year since!) in Cincinnati, OH about the 2nd weekend in August every year.  I mentioned in one of my prior posts about my love of things vintage and things that have a vintage edge to them (you can see that post HERE).  Well, this card goes right along with that, but I also wanted to give a freshness to the card as well. 

I decided to use Bashful Blue and some funky and fresh damask DP I had (not sure who makes it) that is black and white with a touch of Bashful Blue in it as well.  Again hard to see in the photo, and again I need a better camera.  LOL  Maybe if I say it enough it will happen right?  I used a white eyelet ribbon and the image is stamped using Black Craft ink and some glittery embossing powder I have from Judikins.  I thought the ribbon continued the vintage feel while still giving a freshness or lightness to the card.  Here is a close up of the saying on the front-I used my computer to generate it.

I also decided to add to the rest of the phrase on the inside of the card and I stamped a single damask image on the inside as well, again in Bashfull Blue.  This was a card I created with my monthly stamp group.  We are getting together again this Friday and the challenge it to use the oldest stamp set we have.  I have my set picked out, but it is so old I am really having a rough time brainstorming creatively with it.  We will see!  I think it will be interesting to see what I come up with as well as all my other gal pals.  Come back to see....

That's all I have for today.  Hope you enjoyed my post (sometimes I feel like no one is out there...LOL).  Check back again soon for some other fun projects; remember I have some My Favorite Things projects to break out soon and they are NEW RELEASES so you'll want to check back to see what' in store with MFT

Take care and Happy Stamping!                                                                                                                


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Puttin on the Glitz!

I have some super glitzy, super blingy (is that a word?) cards to share with you today.  And, they are for something a little unexpected...Easter!  I think of easter as pastels and soft colors; fluffy chicks and green grass.  But these projects created with stamps and Swarovski crystals from Outlines pack punch of color and bling no Easter card has ever seen.  Well, maybe, but it sure sounds good right?

First up are 2 cards that are basically the same, just different colors of markers and crystals used.
For this first one, I used Crushed Curry as a base, Bermuda Bay (also used a texture plate on this but this is so hard to see in this photo; I have GOT to get a better camera or angle or something...but that's a project I can't tackle yet.), Melon Mambo as my other layer and the matching Melon Mambo polka dot grosgrain.  I used the coordinating markers to color the eggs and flowers and then used some of my Light Rose, Amethyst, and Citrine swarovski crystals on the main egg.

Same concept on this second card, just rearranged the cardstock colors.  I think this is my favorite card.  Instead of using Concord Crush on the eggs, here I used more Bermuda Bay and Melon Mambo with a splash of Crushed Curry.  I used my Aqua and Citrine crystals for this card and some punches from SU.

Below is my absolute favorite set from Outlines.

I just LOVE this little bunny!  I tried to angle the card so that you could really see the Light Rose crystals on this card.  All of their stamps are designed with the crystals in mind.  You can use as little or as many as you want with most stamps and you can even create jewelry using the stamps and crystals.  Your creativity can go wild with their products!!!  These were fun to make and I love me some bling.

Well, quick post tonight....I have lots of stuff to do as well as prepare a project for my monthly swap night.  That's where me and several of my closest friends get together once a month and we stamp each others card creations. Usually there is a theme and this month's theme is to use your oldest SU stamp set and the challenge is if you choose not to use it, you must sell it!  WHEW!  What a task.  I'll share my project with you from the swap after the swap...don't want to spoil the surprise for my girls!

Come back for more projects tomorrow.....
Take care and Happy Stamping!


Monday, March 14, 2011

Happy Birthday to my youngest peanut!

I haven't posted since Thursday last week because it has been a busy weekend and part of it was to celebrate my youngest's 8th birthday.  She and my twins were all in a play at church this weekend called "GPS-God's Plan of Salvation" and it was soooooo cute!  We spent Friday night and most of Saturday in dress rehearsals and then Sunday, March 13th was her actual birthday and the night of the play.  Here's a picture of the group of kids in their play t-shirts:
My twins are the 2 in the front row with glasses on...yes, they are identical.  And my youngest is on the 3rd row of the kids sitting, second from the left.  These kids have worked the last 3 months, 2 1/2 hours every Sunday afternoon, and 1 hour each Wed. evening to practice.  They did such an awesome job last night.

Here's a pic of my birthday girl!   Yes, it's a pic from Christmas, but I like it.

So, I don't have a ton of projects to share because of all this going on but I do have my daughter's birthday card to share with you. 

For this card, I used SU products:  DP from this year's SAB brochure, Melon Mambo textured CS for the base, Regal Rose Textured CS for the small background square, and for the Balloons I just punched different CS from the same DP pack using the 1/2" circle punch.  The cute little penguin uses the Owl Punch from SU, I just clipped the ears to make it a penguin...isn't it cute?  The "Happy Birthday" sentiment comes from SU's "Bring on the Cake" stamp set.   I have been wanting to use SU's pom pom trim for some time but never had a project that it was quite right for but I think it goes perfect with this card.  Here I used it in Melon Mambo.  I used silver cord as the birthday balloon strings. 

Please be sure to stop by tomorrow for some fun "glitzy" projects using some stamps from Outlines Rubber Stamp company.  And coming up later this week, I'll have some project to share using some new stamps and products I got last week from My Favorite Things.

Take care and Happy Stamping!


Thursday, March 10, 2011

I've Got A Secret...a Crafty Secret!

Actually, that was just a catchy title, LOL.  But, it leads right into the projects I want to share with you today.  I may have mentioned that I LOVE projects that have a vintage edge to them.  I can't really explain why, but I studied towards a History minor in college and I love to hear stories of things past.  And not only that I think everything has a story, and stories show character, and character gives life COLOR.  Do you see where I'm going here?  For me, I think it's important to understand where we've come from.  It helps keep us grounded and helps to know where we are going.

So without further adieu, here's a photo of my first project using an image from Crafty Secrets
Isn't this cute? Even though the little girl is frowning, it makes the saying even cuter (in case you can't see it, she's holding a sign that says "Party Pooper"). It's also hard to see but she is sitting on a wooden spool that I painted and then wrapped with paper.  I then topped that with a silk gerber daisy that I sprayed with different colors of Smooch Spritz.  I then cut out the a cupcake image and the little girl and the sign (they are all separate images that come on a sheet of lots of images).  I also cut out the party hat.  It's so cool because you get sheets of different images and you can mix and match them as you want.  Just a little eclectic piece that I thought was fun and different.

My next project using a Crafty Secrets image is the card below.

I thought this little guys was so cute in his newsboy cap and his double-breasted coat and breeches.  I don't know where the DP is from, but I can tell you that all three of my girls take piano lessons so I copied some of their music onto some vanilla cardstock using my printer.  Then I aged it up using some walnut ink from Tim Holz (love his products!!).  I used a bright yellow flower for a punch of color and a vintage brad for the center.  I also have a ton of these metal word tags I found on clearance at Big Lots way back when and I thought since it was a vintage card this saying was perfect.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Take care and Happy Stamping!


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

It's Not Quite Spring....

I couldn't wait to share with you this cute little guy.  It's a digi image!  I have been browsing digi images here and there for a while, just haven't really gotten into them.  For me, I love the feel of things.  I've always been a texturally oriented person.  When I was little I wouldn't eat jello because it was too squishy.  I wouldn't eat spaghetti once because my papaw teased me and told me it was just worms so every time I took a bite (and I only took like 2 after that!) I thought for sure I FELT worms in my mouth!  Crazy I know, but to this day I love texture and the feel of things.  I like to feel the stamps, touch the paper, rub the ribbon, etc.  So digi stamps were foreign to me as is digital scrapbooking (though I am starting to dip my toes in that pond.). 

When a friend of mine (Yes, you Felicia) challenged me to use a digi image, I found TONS of cute stuff, but this little guy was my favorite.  He captured my heart at first glance and I enjoyed using him in this card. 
Isn't he adorable?  He is called "Cozy Winter Owl" and you can check him out HERE at Whimsy Stamps.  They have tons of cute images and this one in particular is part of their MELJEN Designs collection.
For this card I used some My Minds Eye paper and some dew drops, my Labels 4 Nestabilities die, and some Vanilla satin ribbon.  I used the Eyelet Border Punch from SU and couple of small pearls.  I also used Copics to color this in but it's been so long since I've made it I can't remember the colors.  Here are two more close ups of the card for you.

The snow on the branch and the furry parts of his stocking cap are colored with a white gel pen.

I hope you enjoyed my sweet owl card as much as I did making it.  Come back for more fun projects I have to share with you!

Take care and Happy Stamping!


Monday, March 7, 2011

Oldies but Goodies

As promised, I'm back today to post some photos of a few projects using some old stamp sets, but some of my favorites.  These are stamp sets that most likely will always be in my stamp room, or at least will survive the annual cleaning out of my stamps for a VERY long time.

First up is is a wedding card made using a retired Stampin' Up set called "To Have and To Hold".  I also used retired DP from SU called "Afternoon Tea".  This paper was super sweet and was one of my all time favorite paper packs.  The dress has lots of Dazzling Diamonds and I used clear rhinestones on the Prima flowers and along the bottom.  I do like my bling!  It's a little hard to see but the small circle on the bottom left has 2 silver embossed hearts and inside I used some mini alphabets to put the initials of the bride and groom.  The background stamp is also a little hard to see but also from SU Fine Lace Backgrd stamp.

Next is a Halloween Matchbox.  Great for chocolate goodies.  Halloween is one of my favorite occasions to create for.  It can be so fun!  And in recent years the papers and accessories for Halloween crafts have went from "cutesy" to "contemporary" and I love that.  I tend to lean towards vintage things and stuff that has a vintage "edge" to it if you know what I mean.  So this stamp set from SU "From the Crypt" and the paper pack was right up my alley.  I got the idea for this box from Kelly Lunceford and you can see her instructions HERE.  I used some hat pins from the SU Pretties Kit and some Pumpkin Pie striped grosgrain ribbon.

Here's a picture of the box opened.  I forgot to shoot the picture with the goodies inside.

And last, but definately my favorite, is my Fabulously Chocolate card using one of my all-time favorite SU stamp sets "Dare to be Fabulous".  Who doesn't love that phrase?  I mean we should all dare to be fabulous right????  OF COURSE!  So here's my version of encouraging just that.  I also used Tres Chic background stamp by SU because being fabulous and chic go hand in hand.  The flower image was stamped and cut several times and embossed using chocolate embossing powder then glittered (more bling!) using glitter from Martha Stewart.  Chocolate colored brads and chocolate satin ribbon finish this card off.

Thats all for today.  Thanks for stopping by and I'll be posting more fabulous finds tomorrow.  Photos that have needed to end up on my blog for while now. 

Take care and Happy Stamping!