Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Rock Star

     Ahh…it’s good to be back!  Life has been super busy as of late!  A good busy :)  but I have missed my blogging.  The blog posting is the first I have to let slide when life gets busy.  I do enjoy sharing what I’ve been up to with you all.  I have been stamping and crafting so I have plenty to share…just need to find the time to post them up.  So, bear with me.  Posts may be short, sweet and to the point.  Like today’s…

100_3879100_3882      I was in need of a super quick birthday card for a young man.  My go-to set, Extreme Elements, and the retired Extreme Guitar did the trick.  A Pacific Point card base, Pacific Point & VersaMark inks, some sponging and Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz made for quick work of this card.  I did want to100_3884 mention that, in my haste, my guitarist image was less than perfect.  I must have missed several spots in the inking process.  No problem…Basic Black marker to the rescue.  I simply filled in the missing spots.  You’d never have known if I hadn’t told you now, would you? 

     Thanks for stopping in today.  Don’t forget to stamp a coordinating envie :)



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Monday, November 14, 2011

All*Star Birthday


     This is a super quick and easy one-layer card for a sporty young friend of my son’s.  Of course, I waited until the last minute to create the card.  Literally 5 minutes to be out the door!  Yikes!  I’m amazed that I even remembered to get a quick photo before I shoved it into an envelope (and thank goodness for gift cards along the way).  It’s been a crazy couple of weeks around the Holston household.  Knock on wood…I haven’t slipped up and missed anything yet!

     The star punch has been retired :(  So has the sporty stamp set called Sporting.  I did manage to sneak in a couple of the Extreme Elements on there.  The panel was sponged in Sahara Sand on a Very Vanilla base.  Again, I have to thank my dear friend Paula for her sponged panel idea :)  It truly was a lifesaver!

     I hope you’ve been inspired to create that card…ahead of time! (smile)  Thanks for stopping in today.



Friday, November 11, 2011

Quick Tags

100_3923     I used up some of the scraps, bits and pieces laying about on my desk (you all know how I LOVE to do that) and made up these cute tags to go along with orders last month.  I stamped my customer’s name on the back…just to make it more personalized :)  The flourish, from Elements of Style, was stamped in VersaMark ink and then heat embossed with Clear Embossing Powder.  I added a little highlights by using my White Gel Pen.  I have a difficult time using this Whisper White Organza Ribbon on cards but it is lovely on these tags!  You could also use this as a bookmark :)  (and you know how I LOVE double duty items)! 

     Thanks for stopping in today.  I hope you’ve been inspired to create a little something different with your bits and pieces.  Have fun!



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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

2011 Holiday OSW Card #12


     This is the twelfth and final card of the One Sheet Wonder class.  Love the snowman from the Snow Much Fun set.  He’s just so happy!  I love the clean and simple look of this card.  It makes me happy!  The snowflake in Cherry Cobbler with the Mini Silver Brad is happy.  It’s just an all around happy card :D 

100_3855     It’s a bit difficult to see but I spritzed on more happy with the Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz.  It certainly is an easy way to add some sparkle to your cards and projects. 

     I so hope you have enjoyed all the OSW cards.  I hope you’ve found something to be inspired by.  It has inspired me to do another OSW card class in November.  This time, it’s all about Snowmen & Snowflakes…because they make me happy!  If you need more information about any of the OSW cards or think you would like the template or to join me at the next OSW class, don’t hesitate to contact me.  Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy hugs to you,


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Monday, November 7, 2011

2011 Holiday OSW Card #11

100_3845     I love the darling Dasher!  It’s such an easy set to use.  I love to bling his swirly antlers.  On this card, I’ve used the Dazzling Details Glitter Glue to add that sparkling touch.  I have threaded a length of White Baker’s Twine through the punched Lattice Ribbon Border, placing Mini Jingle Bells at equal intervals.  This is probably my least favorite card of the OSW set.  I think it just needs a sentiment to complete it.  I’ll throw one on before I send it off :)100_3847


     Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you’ve been inspired to use the fun Mini Jingle Bells on your next project :)



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Friday, November 4, 2011

2011 Holiday OSW Card #10



     This is a super quick card to create and a great one to mass produce.  Perfect for a handmade holiday greeting card.

     I won’t bore you with every detail.  I will say that I stamped the sentiment (from Hand-Penned Holidays) before I ran the Whisper White card base through the Big Shot using the Northern Flurry Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  If you try to stamp it after adding the texture, you won’t get a good, clean image.  I’ve added Jewel Basic Rhinestones to the snowflakes.  Such a nice touch. 

     Thanks for stopping in today.  I hope you’ve been inspired to add blinged up snowflakes to your next project.  :)



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Thursday, November 3, 2011

2011 Holiday OSW Card #9


     This is another of my favorite cards.  There really are so many of them. (smile)  It is that scrappy look that I really enjoy doing.  Everything coordinates and is arranged in a way that is pleasing to the eye.  The Ornament punch is perfect!  The ornament images were from Delightful Decorations and Tags til Christmas.  I love 100_3837that there are so many different sets that coordinate with the one punch.  The Garden Green ornament has a Jewel Basic Rhinestone in the center while the Cherry Cobbler ornament has the Jewel Basic Pearls.  It’s a really classy way to dress up the card.  The sentiment is from Word Play.  I lightly sponged the edge of the Whisper White layer with Garden Green just to set it apart a bit better.  Sometimes, it’s the smallest of details that packs a huge punch! 

     Thanks for stopping in today.  I hope you’ve been enjoying the OSW cards.  They really were such fun to make!



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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

2011 Holiday OSW Card #8


     For this OSW card, I used an Early Espresso base.  I had a difficult time working in the Espresso but this seemed to fit.  The DSP was textured with the Square Lattice Texture Folder and the Big Shot.  It gives a whole new look to the DSP!  Very cool effect!  The sentiment is from the beautiful new Hand-Penned Holidays found in the Holiday Mini Catalog.  You can find the Pines & Poinsettias stamp set in there too.  I stamped the pinecones in Early Espresso and then added White Gel Pen to highlight them.

     I hope you’ve been inspired to texture your DSP for an all new look!  You’ll like it!  Thanks for stopping in today.



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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Masked Foliage


     This card was inspired by my good friend Paula.  Here is her beautiful card that inspired me, Keeping It Simple.  I thought that the not scary Masking Technique would be great to show for my October Stamp Club meeting.  Get it?  Masking…ghosting…the October club theme?  Okay…I know it’s a ghastly stretch but it really was a great club meeting!  :)  

     We started with a Very Vanilla card base and masked off everything but the image panel.  Sponged on some Sahara Sand to define our panel.  Lifted the mask on one side and stamped the large oak leaf from French Foliage.  Masked the leaf and replaced the side mask and continued stamping the image panel until the desired look was achieved.  We removed all the masking and stamped our sentiment.  I chose the ‘Happy Birthday’ from Bring On The Cake simply because I needed a birthday card but any sentiment would work.  It’s a fast and easy one layer card. 

     Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you’ve been inspired to give a masked panel a try.  Stop by Paula’s blog, Stampinantics, for some more inspiration and beautiful projects :)  Leave her some love while you’re there.



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