Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Holiday Mini Swaps - Day 5

Today is the final post of my Holiday Mini Swap.  As I mentioned in the last post, these cards are not Christmas cards, but check them out anyway!

With Halloween just over a month away, here are a couple of great card ideas to look at.  And there is a great card that you could use for Valentine's day, or even an anniversary if you have one of those coming up.

I will post the name of the creator under each photo.  If they have a bog, I will also link their name to their blog so that you are able to check out more of their work.

 Wanda Dodds

Lynn Johnston

Thanks again ladies for all of the work that you did to put these cards together!  I can't wait for the next swap and to be able to share more wonderful ideas!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Holiday Mini Swaps - Day 4

I'm back again with more of the swaps that I have received.  Sadly, these are the last of the Christmas Cards, but I do have one more post for you that includes other holidays.  You will have to come back to find out which ones!
I will post the name of the creator under each photo.  If they have a bog, I will also link their name to their blog so that you are able to check out more of their work.

 Tamara Casorso

Lisa Cheney

Michelle Tamboline


Saturday, September 25, 2010

Holiday Mini Swaps - Day 3

I'm back again with another day of swaps that I have received.  I hope you enjoy these as much as I do!
I will post the name of the creator under each photo.  If they have a bog, I will also link their name to their blog so that you are able to check out more of their work.

 Amanda Mutter

Betty-Ann Manghi

 Unknown (If this is your creation, please comment with your name)

 Chantelle Bentley

Angela Stephenson


Thursday, September 23, 2010

Holiday Mini Swaps - Day 2

See, I just need to do schedule posts in order to get them out for you to see them.  I will make a not of that, so hopefully you have more to look at!

I will be doing a few posts of the Swaps that I have received.  All of the cards were really great, I'm so happy that I was part of such a great group of ladies!

I will post the name of the creator under each photo.  If they have a bog, I will also link their name to their blog so that you are able to check out more of their work.

Debbie Phalen

Lindsay Stovel

Betty Warmuth

Angela Stephenson

Dorothy Seatter

Hope you enjoy this.  Come back in a couple of days to see some more!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Holiday Mini Swap

I'm back with the post that I was promising.  Here is the card that I mentioned in the last post, that I did for a swap last month.  When I first saw this stamp set "Jolly Old Saint Nick" (which you can buy it online in clear mount or wood) it reminded me of my childhood in some way.  Not sure exactly what it was about it, but I couldn't resist buying it.  To stick with the image from my childhood, I decided to do a vintage card.  It usually isn't my thing, but I really like how these turned out.
I used the Deck the Halls DSP and soon fell in love with Cherry Cobbler, which is also the base color for the card.  It is such a great red and the perfect shade to go with my vintage look.  I then stamped the snow flakes in Crumb Cake ink, on Crumb Cake paper.  The Santa image is stamped on Very Vanilla.
To add a little extra to the card, I mixed Dazzling Diamonds Glitter with Crystal Effects and filled in Santa's hat.  I added the new Waffle Paper (I wasn't so sure of it when I saw it in the catty, but soon fell in love with it once I got my hands on it) added down the side of the stamped image for some extra texture.  And used the Distressing Essentials kit to sponge all of the edges. 

I will be back soon with some more posts (I promise it will be soon, I am going to schedule some posts) of the cards I received in the swap. 

Monday, September 6, 2010

Missing In Action

**WARNING - Long post**
Sorry I have been MIA for a while, I have been so busy that I hadn't even had a chance to let you know that I was going on holidays!  Too late now though, I am back.  We had an AMAZING time on an Alaskan Cruise.  My grandma has wanted to go on a cruise like this since I was 2 and a couple of years ago 5 of us decided that if she wanted to go, that we wanted to be the ones to take her.  I wasn't really sure about it when we were planning it, but it was very relaxing, we were treated like royalty and I got to spend the whole week with Gram.  I have a LOT of photos that I hope to post a little later.  Right now I will start with this one.
Here is a picture of her and I together on the back of the ship just as we were leaving Vancouver.
I love this lady!  We are just over 60 years apart, but we are so close.  She is my dad's mom, but she is also one of my mom's best friends, so even though my parents are no longer together I get to see Gram at both parents homes when I go to my home town.

I was busy before we went getting ready to go.  I had a swap that I was involved that needed to be mailed before I went, which is why I didn't have a chance to post before I went on holidays.  I will post more about that later, I should be getting the swaps back in the mail soon.

I was also busy getting a few things ready for the cruise.  While on the ship you use your sea pass card for EVERYTHING!  It is your room key, you need it to get off and on the ship at ports, to order drinks and for anything that you wanted to buy while on the ship as there is no cash used on the ship.  Knowing this before we went, I was trying to figure out how I was going to carry this card with me at all time.  It wasn't too bad when we could wear jeans, but when wearing dress clothes (including dresses) and didn't have pockets we needed a way to carry them.  They are retractable ID badge holders and they worked wonderfully for what we needed,  but they weren't very pretty to be wearing with dress clothes.
This is what I came up with.
I made decorative paper flowers to cover the very plain, not so pretty, black retractable hooks.
I used punched 4 flowers - one Basic Black, one Very Vanilla and two Newspaper DSP.  The black and vanilla flowers I put through the crimper, smooshed and peeled the two layers of paper apart so that I had two of each.  I then inked the edges and stuck them together with the new Glitter Brads from the Holiday Mini.  These are my favorite flowers to make right now. 

Then to hide the sea-pass cards, I decided that I would do a Newspaper DSP card, matted with Basic Black and a colored Monogram to match the flowers. 
I cut the letters out with my cricut and then glazed them with a mixture of Glossy Accents and Dazzling Diamonds just to add a bit of extra bling.

I also made these thank you cards to take with me.  Whether they were appreciated or not, I thought it would be nice to make some little thank-you's for the people that served us on a regular basis.  I wanted something easy to make, easy to carry and easy for them to slip in their pocket so I made these 2.5" square cards with the Sweet Scoops stamp set from the Summer Mini and the sentiment is from the Trendy Trees set.

I have lots more to show you, just hope I will be able to find the time to post it all!  I will try to keep them shorter for you, but with being away for so long I just have SO much to say and as always so little time to say it in.