Friday, December 19, 2014

Quick Christmas Tags

Here are the tags from my December class. This was a bonus project and was so quick to put together with the Holiday Tag Kit! In addition to the stamps and ink in the kit, I added Bottle Brush Forest and Not a Creature Was Stirring. I also added the fern grosgrain ribbon (which I didn't realize had slipped when taking the pic - lol!) and the evergreen and azul inks.

There's still time to pick up a Holiday Tag Kit. It's only $19.99 and it comes with all these goodies:
It's a great present for yourself or for other crafty friends!

Have a wonderfully creative day!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Shimmer Snowflake

Shimmer - shimmer - shimmer. :) This card features the sugar shimmer and the bermuda shimmer cardstock from A Muse Studio. The snowflake trio die set is the featured item on the card but the regular bow die looks pretty sweet too, don't you agree?

The largest of the trio of snowflakes is placed on top of a clear cardstock window. You could make this card with the window cutting through the card front and the inside layer but I decided to keep it only on the card base layer so that the inside message wouldn't show through. The front of the card has the nestie circle cut into it, clear cardstock is layered behind the window and the inside panel layer hides the adhesive on the clear cardstock and helps make the snowflake pop! 
Here's the inside - the bermuda shimmer is sugar on one side (what you see from the card front) and bermuda on the other. Isn't that pretty? The inside of the card uses the medium and small snowflake die cuts.

This card could be used for a Christmas card or as a thank you for those wonderful holiday gifts you might receive. And, since it's snowflakes, it could totally be used all through the winter or for a winter birthday. As you can see it's remarkably versatile and the shimmer is just softly beautiful.

Shop Online to get all these wonderful goodies. The snowflake die set (and it's also available as a digital cut file!) will disappear at the end of the month. 

Have a wonderfully creative day!!

Surprise Blog Candy Winner!!

The Holiday Coffee Lover's Blog Hop was so fun!! I promised to send some Surprise Blog Candy to one lucky commenter. There were 41 comments on my blog and the winner is...


Woo hoo!!! An e-mail is on the way to you, Amy, and then the surprise blog candy will be popped into the mail. :) I might post a pic but want it to get to Amy first. :)

Thanks to all who came hopping and appreciate all those who commented!

Have a wonderfully creative day!!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Vintage Christmas

Check out this vintage Christmas card. It features the Christmas Sweater 6X6 paper pack on winter sky. The 1-1/2 circle punch is the perfect tool to cut out the "ornaments" and the a muse studio bow maker helps tie perfectly even bows. Can you see the gold and silver dots above the ornaments? Those are the ornament hangers. :) Silver staz-on snowflakes finish off the look and a little gold dot in each silver snowflake is an additional shimmery touch.
Here's a close-up of the ornament toppers. Fun and subtle hints of shimmer.
More snowflakes fill the inside and more dots add to the shimmery goodness.
There are even gold dots added to the silver sentiment to continue the theme.

This card was the inspiration for my coffee ornament card in the previous post. This was one of my favorite cards to teach this month. The country vintage-y look really appeals to me and makes me think of comfort and home. But, also, it's a card that can be easily made by anyone, regardless of the stamping experience.

And, if you've already got your Christmas cards finished, wouldn't this make a great thank you for Christmas presents received? You could change out Season's Greetings to Thank You and you'd be good to go. :)

The Christmas Sweater 6X6 paper pack goes away at the end of December so be sure to pick it up before January hits if you need some in your collection.

Have a wonderfully creative day!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Holiday Coffee Lovers Blog Hop - Christmas Coffee Ornaments Card and Surprise Blog Candy!!

I I'm so excited to be hopping in the Holiday Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and guess what - you can play along too!! Click on the Coffee Lovers image below and you'll be taken to Tsuruta Designs to learn how to join in! There are a bunch of sponsors and the prizes are awesome! They're all listed on Amy's blog. And, if you don't want to play along with a blog post, you can still get entered to win prizes by commenting on all the blogs that are posting their fabulous coffee creations. :)

 This is my first entry and I have some other ideas so hope I get to do another post or two before the hop ends.

How about some caffeinated holiday spirit! :)  The A Muse Studio Need to Venti die set is perfect for some festive coffee Christmas joy, don't you think? And, the mini bow die is a super cute topper for these special ornaments. The sentiment is from A Handwritten Christmas and is enhanced with the gold Signo gel pen. The ornaments have a touch of gold pen too. The gold star cardstock provides the perfect festive base. :) I drank some caramel vanilla cream coffee while creating this card and the creamy goodness was my inspiration!

Now, not only am I hopping, but I'm giving away some SURPRISE BLOG CANDY. Leave a comment on my post and you'll be entered to win. Please be sure your contact e-mail is connected to your comment so I can get in touch with you if your name is chosen as the winner. :) 

So, I don't know about you but coffee always makes me think of cookies. I found this sugar cookie recipe in a Taste of Home magazine years ago and it's become a family favorite for the holiday season. The cookies are so soft and the flavor is lovely. Enjoy!

White Velvet Cutouts

2 c. butter or margarine, softened
1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
2 c. sugar
2 egg yolks
1 tsp. vanilla extract
4-1/2 c. all-purpose flour

Butter Cream frosting:
3-1/2 c. powdered sugar, divided
3 tbsp. butter or margarine, softened
1 tbsp. shortening
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
3-4 tbsp. milk, divided
red and/or green food coloring, optional

In a mixing bowl, cream butter and cream cheese until light and
fluffy. Add sugar, egg yolks and vanilla; mix well. Gradually add
flour. Cover and chill 2 hours or until firm. Roll out on a floured
surface to 1/4" thickness. Cut into shapes and place 1 in. apart on
baking sheets. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes or until set (not
browned). Cool 5 minutes, remove to wire racks to cook. For
frosting, combine 1-1/2 c. powdered sugar, butter, shortening,
vanilla and 3 tbsp. milk in a mixing bowl; beat until smooth.
Gradually add remaining sugar; beat until light and fluffy - about 3
minutes. Add enough remaining milk and food coloring until frosting
reaches desired consistency. Frost cookies. Yield: approx. 7 dozen.

Thanks for hopping by and I look forward to visiting all the other participants blogs.

 Oh! I almost forgot - all of the hop cards will be found on this Pinterest board:

Have a wonderfully creative day!

Monday, December 8, 2014

"Sea" You Soon

Is your day going by swimmingly? Hope so! This fun Sealed With a Fish set looks great combined with the fishtail dies and the rolling seas background, don't you think? The base is mermaid, the large fishtail die is bermuda and the top is sugar. The rolling seas background and fish bubbles are in bermuda and the fishies are in ocean ink. Isn't that a great combo?
Here's a close-up of the bubbles and waves. Isn't that fun? I'm thinking those bubbles could be used on other projects as well so will have to ponder some options. :)
Here's the inside. More fishies!!

Have a wonderfully creative day!!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Bottle Brush Forest Snowglobe Card

I love the snow-globe die set. This time a forest scene graces the globe with a word die on top. This was made with the Bottle Brush Forest stamp set and some champagne glitter. The woodgrain background from Mod Backgrounds 1 is stamped on the cherry base and some fern silky crush ribbon is on the side.

Did anyone else's grandma have bottle brush Christmas trees? Mine did. She had a fake fireplace that she put out each year and it had all kinds of wonderful classic decorations. We still put out the Silent Night Church music box that she had on the fireplace. It was always a treat for me to get to wind it up and listen to it. Special memories. :)

Back to the card, I love how the forest looks stamped on the Twas the Night Before Christmas cardstock and that gold star cardstock adds the perfect finishing touch, don't you think?
A few more trees and another little deer grace the inside of the card.

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Have a wonderfully creative day!!