The Best of 2011 - Part 2

I'm back with the second half of my "Best of" post...

July 2011

August 2011

September 2011

October 2011

November 2011

December 2011
Other tidbits about my year in stamping...

  • I posted the most during January and December of 2011.
  • I posted the least in November.
  • My most commented on post was The Outlawz Blog Hop post on October 3, 2011.
  • I was published four times in Paper Crafts Magazine (happy dance!).

I'm looking forward to a creative 2012. I can't wait to see what the new year has in store for me!!!
Thanks for taking the time to visit me here & for leaving me wonderful comments that make keeping this blog worth it!

Have a safe and Happy New Year!!

The Best of 2011 - Part 1

As we approach the end of the year,
I thought I'd take a look back at my favorite cards from 2011.


January 2011

February 2011

March 2011

April 2011

May 2011

June 2011


Stop by tomorrow for the second half of my "Best of 2011".

Christmas Thank You's


Yesterday I threw together a few thank you cards for my kids to send out to some friends and family for Christmas. I used the same layout as this card I made for The Outlawz "Glitter it on" challenge. I made a few slight changes and used this weeks SCS color challenge as my inspiration.

I started by die cutting the Mat Stack 4 from Papertrey with Whisper White cardstock. Then I stamped the trees in Not Quite Navy and the snowflakes in Baja Breeze. Using my 2 Way Glue pen and Dazzling Diamonds, I glittered up a snow bank! I also embossed the cardbase using the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Masculine Motifs, Peace Be Still
Ink: Not Quite Navy, Baja Breeze
Paper: Whisper White, Baja Breeze
Accessories: White Bakers Twine, Mat Stack 4, Perfect Polka Dots, 2 Way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds

New life

I hope you had a wonderful holiday, we sure did. It's hard to believe with all of the preparations that it comes and goes SO quickly!!!

This weeks CAS Challenge at The Outlawz went live a few days ago and I forget to post it here...

It's Christmas week!

This week's challenge is to celebrate the birth of a new life.

Make a CAS baby card to honor this wonderful miracle.

Head on over to join us, I'd love to see you play along!!

Stamps: Button Buddies, Word Play

Ink: Marina Mist, Not Quite Navy

Paper: Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Not Quite Navy, Marina Mist

Accessories: Neutral Button, Whisper White Bakers Twine, Basic Pearls, Paper Peircer & Mat Pack


From our family to yours...

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!!

Maureen, Doug, Conner & Ethan

Last Christmas Cards...

This is the card I mass produced, although I didn't need half of them.
Looks like I already have a stack ready for next year!!!
This card uses PTI Stocking Prints & Wreath for All Seasons.

Another card featuring A Wreath for All Seasons.

This ornament was die cut using Spellbinders and then stamped with images from Wplus9 Fair Isle Backgrounds, Winter Wishes & Christmas Wishes.

This card features SU! Delicate Doilies used as ornaments.

I made this card a LONG time ago and I don't think I ever shared it here.
I stamped the tree using SU! Holiday Happiness then stitched over it with Early Espresso Bakers Twine.

That's all I have for you this holiday season. I hope you've found some inspiration here over the past couple of months. I'll be back tomorrow with a holiday message. If you don't get a chance to check in again, enjoy and have a safe, and very Merry Christmas!!!

Maureen

Origami tree

Isn't this tree so fun? It looks like it would take a lot of work, but it literally took minutes! I kid you not!!! This is yet another project inspired by StampNation!! The reasons to join are endless. Click here to learn more!

More Christmas...

A little inspiration for you today!!!

Mitten Inspiration

The above is photo is our inspiration challenge at The Outlawz this week!

Here's my take on the inspiration:
As soon as I saw the inspiration piece I knew exactly what I wanted to do for my sample! Little mittens hung on a snowy mantle :) I know you don't usually find a snowy mantle, but just go with it!

I started by replicating the idea of a mantle using my Top Note die, dsp, some greens from Christmas Lodge and Mica Flakes. Then I stamped the mitten images from Warm Wishes and adhered Linen Thread as if the mittens were actually hung. Cute, right?! I finished this CAS card with the perfect sentiment and some distressing.

If you get a minute to stamp, head on over to The Outlawz and play along. As always, we have fabulous sponsors and new challenges posted daily!!!

Have a happy day :)

Stamps: SU! Christmas Lodge, Wplus9 Warm Wishes
Ink: Early Espresso, Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler
Paper: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Frostwood Lodge dsp
Accessories: Linen Thread, Mica Flakes, Top Note Die

Moxie Fab Trigger

***This is my second post today, scroll down to see my One Layer Card.

I'm always inspired by the Tuesday Trigger at Moxie Fab World,
but this one especially spoke to me.
Here's how I interpreted the inspiration piece.

Thanks for the inspiration Cath!!


Stamp: So This is Love (Ippity)
Ink: Basic Gray & Baja Breeze
Paper: Naturals White, Baja Breeze, Basic Gray
Accessories: Circle Scissors Plus, Seam Binding, 2 Way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds

One Layer Peace


Today, I decided to take a break!!! I baked this morning and then gave myself a bit of time in my stamp room before I need to get showered and go!!! I was actually surprised that I was able to come up with anything at all!! It feels like forever since I stamped, just to stamp!!! I was inspired by the One Layer Wednesday challenge...a card that says peace. I chose this image because I love the calm quiet of nature.

I hope you get some time to yourself today!!! Enjoy :)

ps-I never noticed how often I use exclamation points, it's a bit excessive today huh?

A Special Christmas Card

My Mom asked me to make a Christmas card for her sister (my Aunt). She didn't give me any ideas or guidelines, she just gave me free reign to create. I love that!!! My Aunt is a girly girl and I was close to making a non-traditional Christmas card with pink as the focal color, but somehow I wound up with this? It's funny how that happens sometimes, right?! I combined quite a few sets here...PTI Peace Be Still, Stocking Prints, Fancy Flourishes & wplus9 Fair Isle Backgrounds.

I love the flourishes in Crumb Cake with pops of red that look like poinsettias. I added a bit of bling (what girly girl doesn't love bling) to the snowflake and Dazzling Diamonds to the center of the Fair Isle images. I also added some sponging to the edges of the Top Note and embossed background.

I sure hope she likes it!

All dressed up!

I purchased this adorable tin of chocolate covered pretzels for my sons teacher for Christmas. The tin is too cute to cover with wrapping paper or to put it a bag, so I dressed it up a bit to make it ready to deliver.

(view from top)

I started with a long length of 3/8 inch grosgrain ribbon which I tied in a big bow at the top of the tin. Then, using 3/4 inch x 6 inch pieces of dsp, I made a cute flower/bow, a technique I learned from StampNation. I also made a tag with the same paper which I tied around the bow with Linen Thread. So quick and easy and really dresses up this gift perfectly!!!

Thanks for stopping in!

Christmas Prep

My list of things to do right now is SO long that I don't have room to add anything else to it! I worked all day on my Christmas cards today, just the insides!!!

**Note to self- start completing cards inside & out!!!!

Since this took all day, I didn't even get to check anything off of my list, ugh!!!

One thing checked off yesterday was writing letters to Santa. I won this cute stamp set a few months ago from wPlus9 and had fun making these for the kids to send to Santa. I kept them very simple, just the stamp and drew lines every 1/4 with markers. I always have the kids write a letter saying good things they did during the year. They come up with the cutest things!!!!

That's all for now. I'll try to pop back in tomorrow with an adorable tin I embellished!

December Layout


I mentioned last month that I am making layouts to display in my house seasonally and for holidays. This is my December layout...I came across this adorable photo recently and had to scrap it. I stamped the background paper using Always Artichoke ink with the Bells & Boughs stamp set on Naturals White Cardstock. Then I used my aquapainter to fill in the holly berries with Cherry Cobbler ink. I also used one of the self adhesive die cut strips from the Christmas Lane Simply Scrapping kit. I added some Basic Pearls to it to make it pop a bit more! The stockings (Stocking Prints-PTI) were die cut and stamped in the same colors.

I love, LOVE this page and will be sad to put it away after the holidays!!!! Those little faces are too cute :)

Chill Out!

I decided to step away from holiday cards again, just for today, to play along with the CAS challenge at SCS. The challenge is to be inspired by the phrase "Chill out!". I have many ideas brewing on this one, but my first thought was to make a card using "Have a Seat". I often tell my kids to sit down and chill, so that's where my thinking came from.

I have yet another busy week starting here, I wish time would slow down a bit!!! My kids reminded me that there are only 13 days left until Christmas. Anyone know where I can find a Rock Zurafa or Cyclone Herculeo Beybalde? LOL, I didn't think so :)

Stamps: Have a Seat, I {heart} Hearts, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Basic Black
Paper: Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Beau Chateau dsp & First Edition dsp
Accessories: Basic Pearls, Basic Black Taffeta Ribbon

Glitter it on!

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Sunday's here on my blog mean a new CAS challenge at The Outlawz. This week we are challenging you to use your glitter. Not just a little, but a lot!!!! I started my card by stamping a winter scene. It kind of looks like my backyard right now! Then I took my 2 Way Glue Pen and filled in the entire area below my stand of trees and sprinkled Dazzling Diamonds all over it!!!!
To finish off my card I tied some Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine. Easy Peasy!

Join us, I'd love to see you play along!

Buttons!

If you've followed me for a while, you might remember that at one time my blog was titled "For the Love of Buttons & Bows". I may have changed the name, but the love remains!

The challenge in the Paper a la Mode group at The Outlawz is to use buttons, how could I pass that up? You should see what those gals have done with buttons, holy smokes!!!! They went above and beyond a card...trees, advent calendar, bird house... WOW!

I wasn't quite sure where I was going with this one and to be honest, I don't love the outcome. Something with the layering just doesn't seem right to me? I love the classic color combo and the beautiful label, but I think it has something to do with the blank Cherry Cobbler space beneath the threaded buttons...any suggestions on how to improve this card? I'd love your input!

Have a happy Saturday!

Winter Blues...

No, I don't have the winter blues (yet), but admittedly, I am a bit cranky...my kids constant bickering, you know the he did this and he said that, back talk, whining, moaning, throwing sneakers, slamming doors, stomping...and that was just this morning, it's driving me crazy! And, I haven't stamped ALL week!!! I think I was going through withdrawal, so today, I decided to forget about the treadmill and the laundry, the cleaning and errands and I stamped. It felt good!!!!!

Sorry, I had to get that out! Moving on...


I received my January/February issue of Paper Crafts Magazine yesterday and was inspired by the "Cure for the Winter Blues" section. I thought I'd pull out some of my Ippity stamps and try to create a holiday card in blue, why not, right? I started by stamping the trees with Versamark ink and heat embossing them with clear embossing powder. Then, I used a sponge and Pool Party & Island Indigo ink and made the background. I used a tissue to wipe the ink off of the trees. I love how the trees pop! I didn't want to take away from the scene I created, so I simply stamped the sentiment and tied a bow at the bottom of the card.

I hope you have a good weekend. I'll be back this weekend with some cards for The Outlawz AND if I can clean REALLY fast today, I may be back with another card. We'll see...

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!


We woke up to a winter wonderland! Enough snow to make it look magical, but not enough to be a nuisance. The kids had a delayed opening, so I took advantage of my time with them and we started to decorate the Christmas tree. As a family tradition, the boys get an ornament every Christmas, just like I did (and still do from my Mom). We line them up by year and hang them one at a time starting with the oldest ornaments. I love it!! It reminds me of sitting on the floor with my sister doing the exact same things. I don't line up my ornaments anymore though, geez, the kids would never get a chance to go!!!

In one of the bins we found the kids Santa hats. They both wanted to wear them to school :) Their teacher let them wear them all day (I was surprised). Ethan said, a bit annoyed, "All of the kids were calling me Santa ALL day long!" huh, I wonder why, lol!

I hope you liked my family post. It's been a while and well, I haven't had a chance to stamp all week.

Thanks for stopping in!!!

One more Dasher...

Hello! Happy hump day to you!

I have one more Dasher card for you. I will be returning this fabulous set soon & had to play with it one last time! I kept the Card Patterns sketch (144) & the Splitcoast CAS Challenge (twine) in mind while I was creating this card. Another very CAS card for the holidays. I jazzed it up a bit by adding a few rhinestones to Dasher's antlers!

An observation I made the other day...every year I start making Christmas cards in September. By November I'm done, not actually finished, but bored of Christmas and longing for bright summer colors and flowers. For some odd reason, this year, I'm not. I keep thinking it will be time to switch gears soon and I think I'm going to miss the festive card making :( There are lots of Christmas card challenges that go throughout the year, so maybe I'll have to join in on them!!!

Have a good one!

Stamp: Dasher, Holiday Happiness
Ink: Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Basic Rhinestones, Library Clip, Cherry Cobbler Twine

Color it in!

The newest challenge was just posted over at StampNation! The challenge, "Color it in!", is definitely a challenge for me. I usually stick to bold stamps, but have tried branching out a bit. I have really enjoyed watercoloring Bells & Boughs lately, so that's exactly what I did for my sample!!!

I started by stamping the holly image in Staz-on ink on watercolor paper. I used pooled ink from my Cherry Cobbler & Old Olive ink pads and picked it up with my aquapainter to do the watercoloring. The rest just came together :)

Have you checked out StampNation yet? Did you see the sneak peek I posted last week? What are you waiting for? I hope to see you there!

All supplies SU!
Stamp: Bells & Boughs
Ink: Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler
Paper: Watercolor Paper, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive
Accessories: Perfect Pennants Die, Decorative Label Punch, Old Olive Taffeta Ribbon (retired), aquapainter

Marshmallow World?

hmmm...are you wondering what my title is all about. Well, our very talented and creative DT member Pryn at The Outlawz came up with this challenge...

"Oh, it's a Marshmallow World in the winter....when the snow comes to cover the ground"...sing along with us if you know the words :) We are caroling here at CAS to get into the spirit of the season. This week's challenge requires you to create a CAS project with a white card base (this will be our snow) AND pop dots to raise an element (these are our marshmallows). Any theme you want :)
Break out the hot chocolate and let the creativity fly...oh...and don't forget the marshmallows ;)

I wasn't exactly sure where to go with this challenge, because really, you could make anything. I decided to stray from Christmas cards for a bit and used my Happy Trails stamp set which has gotten a lot less attention than it deserves! I started by die cutting the clouds (Lil' Inker) and the birds that coordinate with the Happy Trails stamp set. Next, I stamped the bird image in Pool Party and then rolled it in Island Indigo (Rock & Roll technique). I arranged the clouds and birds then stamped the trails & sentiment. My birds acted as the marshmallows and were popped up on dimesionals.

Join us in this fun challenge, I'd love to see how you interpret it!!!

Stamps: Happy Trails
Ink: Pool Party, Island Indigo
Paper: Whisper White
Accessories: Clouds Die, Happy Trails Die

Paper a la Mode

Have you stopped by The Outlawz lately? I'm playing along with the Saturday challenge in the Paper a la Mode group. The challenge today is to make an ornament or use an ornament on your card or layout. My friend, the same one that loaned me Dasher, just purchased the Spellbinder Ornaments which means I got to play with them too!! I used the medium sized die and cut a piece of the Beau Chateau dsp. I hung it from a row of Basic Rhinestones and embellished it with them as well. I tied a Very Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon and adhered it to the top of the ornament. Easy Peasy.

Do you still have holiday cards to make? Then head on over to The Outlawz and play along. I'll be back here tomorrow to post The Outlawz CAS challenge. So, make sure you come back!

Stamps: A Wreath for all Seasons (PTI)
Ink: Marina Mist
Paper: Marina Mist, Very Vanilla, Beau Chateau dsp
Accessories: Basic Rhinestones, Corner Rounder

Snowy Dasher

Happy Friday all!!! Although it was a short week, it felt really long. I'm so glad it's the weekend!

This card is a CASE of a members card on StampNation. We recently started a "Consider it CASEd" thread and it's a hit. CASEing (Copy And Share Everything) others cards is a great way to grow as a stamper! I had never thought to put Dasher in the woods & I love it!!!! I changed the layout slightly, but kept pretty close to the original colors & design.

I started by stamping the tree from Christmas Lodge in Old Olive and then immediately stamped it again in white craft ink. It gave the tree a frosted, almost snow covered look. Then I stamped Dasher and did sponging sponging around the Top Note and cardbase. Lastly I add some Dazzling Diamonds. You can't have a snowy forest without snow, right?

Stamps: Dasher, Christmas Lodge, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Old Olive, Early Espresso
Paper: Crumb Cake
Accessories: Modern Label Punch, sponge, Linen Thread, Top Note

Dasher!


I have had my eye on this sweet stamp for a long time, Dasher by Stampin' Up! But somehow he has never made it onto an order. Luckily, my friend purchased him and I got to play with him yesterday! Don't you just love his scrolly antlers?!

My card design was inspired by the SCS Sketch Challenge (SC361). I used some scraps of the Frostwood Lodge dsp and Dasher inked up in Early Espresso. Then I tied a mini jingle bell with some bakers twine and wa-la, finito!

Stamp: Dasher
Ink: Early Espresso
Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Frostwood Lodge dsp
Accessories: Mini Jingle Bell, Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine, corner rounder

Folded Circle Tree Tutorial

These cute little trees are not my original creations. I've seen a lot of these out and about in stamping communities and thought I'd give them a try. They are perfect additions to CAS cards, as well as tags and scrapbooking layouts.

Follow the steps below to make your own...

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Supplies:
Bone Folder
3 inch circle cut from double-sided patterned paper
Brown scrap paper

Step 1
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Cut your circle in half.

Step 2
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Using your bone folder, folder the rounded edge of your circle across the straight edge.

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Fold again in the opposite direction.

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Fold again.
You will have some extra toward the top, fold that behind your tree and snip the extra.

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Trim a 1/4 x 1 inch strip of your brown scrap and adhere to the back of your tree.



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