Thursday, December 31, 2009

Simply Glittery Birthday

Here's another sneak peek from the upcoming set "Happy Moments" from Stampin' Up!  You can earn this set for FREE!!!

It's a rather dreary day here...so I apologize in advance for the poor photo quality.


















I colored the flowers with SU's Regal Rose & So Saffron markers, added dazzling diamonds to the Rose cardstock, cake stand, and flower midddles.  IRL, when you move it in your hands, the sparkle is illuminated by the light around you...it's gorgeous!! :)  Go ahead & click on the pic for a glimpse of the glitter! :)

I'm also thrilled to say I created my own watermark with Stampin' Up's "My Digital Studio"!  Be kind...it's my first...and it's a learning process. ;-)  I should probably make it a little bigger.  I just don't want it to be obnoxious! lol

Stay tuned for more Sneak Peeks!!  Remember, the new publications start on January 5th! :)

The Small Print (All Stampin' Up)
Stamps:
Happy Moments
Cardstock: Whisper White, Regal Rose
Ink: Regal Rose

Accessories: Regal Rose & So Saffron markers, 2way glue pen, Dazzling diamonds, Dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by, and have a GREAT day! :)
Crystal

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Thank You's...and a Peek! :)

Though I've been seriously feeling a lack of mojo, I knew I needed to get to my thank you cards before my next birthday! lol

I purchased a pkg. of embellishments after Christmas somewhere YEARS ago...12 of these babies for...get this... $0.24!!  Seriously.  Looking back, I shoulda snatched up more than ONE package!

I envisioned this simple card, and it came to fruition... However, it's still a little too simple to me.

Problem: There's a fine line between simple, and simple with a wrong touch added.  I decided not to risk it. ;-)  I dunno....maybe I'll cut it down for less white space at bottom....we'll see.


















Since my birthday was the 21st...I thought, rather than make a bunch of C'mas and B'day thanks...I could make one that could work for both occasions!

Enter something NEW...2 stamps from one of the FREE stamp sets you can get during Sale-A-Bration! :)


















The color you see is my Bermuda Bay marker, and on the white parts...it's all sparkly! :)  I added dazzling diamonds...ahhh...love it!  Click on the pic to view the bling! ;-)  I added a little "thank you" tag & distressed the bottom edge. You could also add a different sentiment from the set ("happy birthday" or "for you" perhaps?) ;-)

Did you like my sneak peek?  Stay tuned for more! :)

The Small Print (All Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Happy Moments (upcoming SAB)
Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Stazon Black
Accessories: Bermuda Bay marker, 2way glue pen, Dazzling diamonds glitter, Dimensionals
Other: Christmas Tree embellishments (non SU)


Thank you for stopping by, and have a GREAT day! :)
Crystal

Monday, December 28, 2009

Drumroll please.....

Shall I tell you a bit, day by day...or overload you on all the info?!
Okay...the excited part of me won. lol
I can't show you the publications just yet,
but I can tell you about what's inside!! :)
I'm drooling, I tell ya...drooling!

1. Sale-A-Bration:
Runs from Jan 5 - Mar 31
 SIX free products to choose from, including:
4 super stamp sets,
 Designer Series Paper pad (72 pgs)
Brand new punch -- with new, better than ever design!!
Oh, and that's not all!!  On the last page....
bah...I've gotta make you wait for SOMETHING!! ;-)

2. Definitely Decorative:
A new 12 pg. insert to the already great selection!!
(yes, new products in here, too!)

3. Occasions Mini catalog:
 Runs from Jan 5 - April 30
43 pages!!
SEVEN brand new punches...new style!
AWESOME Designer Series Papers....
A new stamp set for the Sweet Treat cups...
oh goodness...soooo much more!

AND....last but not least....


Over the past few years, there has been enormous demand from demonstrators and customers alike for a line of repositionable clear-mount rubber stamps. Well, you asked for it, and now you have it! Starting with stamps in the 2010 Occasions Mini Catalog and the 2010 Sale-A-Bration Brochure, Stampin' Up! now offers our exclusive stamp art in both traditional wood-mount, and the new clear-mount option.

Our new clear-mount rubber stamps are the result of extensive research with the intent to maintain the very best image quality in the stamping industry, while at the same time offering the ease-of-use and storability inherent in repositionable clear-mount rubber stamps.

Clear-Mount Rubber Stamp Features :
*Nine different sizes of clear blocks available individually or as a discounted bundle.
*Blocks have ergonomic grooves on all four sides for easy grip and traditional wood-mount feel.
*Stamps and blocks are durable and easy to clean with your Stampin' Scrub and Stampin' Mist.
*Optional image labels on stamp backs let you decide if you want to see the image through the block or not.
*Tight die-cutting for easy image positioning.
*Large clear blocks can be used to create collages or spell words with alphabet sets.
*Stamps store easily in standard, DVD-type cases with artwork on front and spine, making organization easy.

Okay, did that not blow your socks off?! 
A LOT of awesomeness there...starting SOON!!!!
Why wait?  Book your party with me and let's get earning you some free stuff! :)


Stay tuned for some Sneak Peek projects...
Thanks for stopping by, and have a GREAT day! :)
Crystal

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Stay Tuned....

I've got some fun announcements, new products, and Sneak Peeks from Stampin' Up coming your way VERY soon! :0)

First....I will tell you that our Annual "Sale-A-Bration" is starting soon -- book your workshop with me now to take advantage of the BEST time to host a party!!!  Can you say more freebies than normal?! ;-)

Sale-A-Bration:  January 5 - March 31st, 2010

Thanks for stopping by, and have a GREAT day!
We'll see you soon! :)
Crystal

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!

MERRY CHRISTMAS to you, one and all!

May this day be a blessing to each and every one of you...may you be a blessing to others, and may you embrace the gift we've been given! 

Thank you to each of you for the gift of your presence here! :)
Here's a little gift for you...hope this works! :)

ETA: click on link below, and wait until it tells you to "click to play".

http://www.dayspring.com/ecards/subcat.asp?CategoryID=1&SubCategoryID=27&CardID=401677&Widescreen=False\

Thanks for stopping by, and have a GREAT day! :)
Crystal

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

IIIIIIT'S CHRRRRISTMASTIIIIME!!

My parents have this silly singing wreath mom hangs every year, and before it sings, it shouts that out. It's just not Christmas without that thing that has surprised more than one of us at one point or another.   Even though we may roll our eyes at it. ;-)

Sorry for the blogging hiatus.  It's been suuuuper busy around here the last week or so.  Partly because it was my birthday.  Yaay, I love birthdays! :)  The other reason was events, projects, and preparations for Christmas took much of my time. :)

Soooo...here's something I forgot about sharing, even though people asked me about it!  Mmmmmm....yum! 














One evening, my 5yr old daughter and I dipped & sprinkled countless pretzel rods (big ones) and strawberry marshmallows (she wanted to use the "pink" ones).  Now that my daughters are a little older, I feel like they should help me when they can, especially when the gift is from them.  Granted, it's not always the....ahem....EASY route. ;-)  But, it teaches them responsibility, and giving of themselves.  Oh, and it teaches me patience. ;-)

Wanna see the next step?  OK.


















That was my late-night project..((sigh))
Oh, you want to see how I packaged them?  OK.


















Four packages for Sunday School Teachers....and actually...we made some for her bus driver, but I totally spaced when the last day of school came!  I remembered as she was boarding the bus...but I didn't think anyone on the bus would think kindly of me saying "Wait!  Let me run back to my house, package something up, and bring it back!"  Nope.  Maybe I'll remember next year. ;-)

Well, that's all for now.  If you made it all the way to the end of this post....BRAVO!!!  And thank you. :)

The Small Print (All Stampin' Up except "other")
Stamps: Christmas Punch, Serene Snowflakes
Ink: Real Red
Cardstock: Very Vanilla
Accessories: Scallop oval, Oval, 1/16" and 1/8" circle punches, Med. & small cello bags
Other: Pretzel rods, Marshmallows, Cappucino packets, Red curling ribbon, White lunch bags, Wilton candy melts


Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a GREAT day! :)
Crystal

Friday, December 18, 2009

Christmas Treats, Final Post

Well, it's the last day of my series on handmade gift ideas.
Thank you to all who have been stopping by! :)  It makes my day to see the hits and read the comments, and I sincerely hope you've gleaned something from what I've shared here! :)

I really wanted to include this idea, because it points us back to the beginning.  Back to where it all started, and WHY we celebrate Christmas. Read on. :)

Day 12
A Christmas M&M Love Story


















What's that?  You can't read what it says?  You wonder what M&M's has to do with Christmas, other than the pretty colors?
Well, I'd be honored to share that with you.

Christmas M&Ms

As you hold these candies
In your hand,
And turn them,
You will see.

The M becomes a W,
An E, and then a 3.

They tell the Christmas story,
It's one I'm sure you know.
It took place in a stable.
A long, long, time ago.

The E is for the East,
Where the star shone so bright.

The M is for the Manger,
Where Baby Jesus slept that night.

The 3 is for the Wise men,
Bearing gifts, they say they came.

W is for Worship,
Hallelujah, Praise His Name.


So as you eat these candies,
Or share them with a friend.
Remember the meaning of Christmas,
It's a Love story that never ends.

I will be back to continue my normal (non-series) posting, but wanted to take the time now to say:

May you all have a blessed Christmas...and remember the REAL Reason for the Season!

Thank you for stopping by, and have a GREAT day! :)
Crystal

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Christmas Treats, Part XI

Hubby just took the kids shopping for my B'day/C'mas gifts.
Ahhhhh....silence.  Goodness, I love my kids dearly.
But a little time alone is just....well....treasured. ;-)
It's been a super-crazy-busy week, and I'm grateful for the break.

Here's the next idea for you...
Day 11
Homemade Bath Salts

















I apologize for the pic...it distorted the color of the tissue on top...just a fraction.  IRL, it looks more white! lol

ANYWAYS....
I've been wanting to try out the idea of homemade bath salts for some time now.  So....today I finally did (sans kiddos standing right at my elbow, asking me what I'm doing). ;0)

I wish I could give you a recipe, but as my mom would say (and things turn out fantastic), "I just kind of threw it together!" 

Ingredients:
Epsom Salts, Sweet Almond Essential Oil, Peppermint extract, Red food coloring

I've researched...and there are many different recipes out there. Some say add a drop or two of glycerin.  Some say to add baking soda, and yet others: oatmeal! :)

Almond oil is supposed to be one of the best oils out there...however, I wish I had known that it doesn't smell "almondy". ;0)

The only scents I had were rum, almond, butter, and mint - ha ha ha!!  The almond was waaaay too "almondy", and I didn't think rum or butter would be quite what somone would want to smell like after a luxurious bath, so I chose Mint. ;-)

I added some red food coloring (which I read is A-ok).....
Think of all the possibilities!!!  There are more essential oils that you could try....Lavender, Grapefruit, etc...add color or leave it white....

EDITED TO ADD:  Forgot to mention!!  I *knew* I was keeping all those baby food jars for a reason! lol!  (the size used here is the smaller size - 1st foods?)

The Small Print (All Stampin' Up!):
In addition to "recipe" items listed above
Stamps: Christmas Punch
Cardstock: Whisper White
Ink: Riding Hood Red (retired)
Accessories: Riding Hood Red taffeta ribbon (retired), Scallop oval punch


Thanks for stopping by, and have a GREAT day! :)
Crystal

Monday, December 14, 2009

Christmas Treats, Part X

Well, here we are at Day 10 already.
I can't believe I'm almost finished with this series!

I've made more stuff, and I've got more ideas brewing...
Now, I'm just trying to decide WHICH ones to show my last three days in the series!

Ahhh, the dilemna.  It's a good dilemna, let me tell you! lol.

Day 10
Decorated Candle













I made a BUNCH of these one year...and only have one left! :)
It smells really yummy...and what I love is that you really could give a gift like this, year round.  Just change the DSP, embellishments, and image accordingly! :)

1. Purchase candle at $ store
2. Cover with strip of DSP (retired SU one - "Dashing")
3. Decorate as desired
4. Give to a lucky recipient! :)

The Small Print (All Stampin' Up)
Stamps: Merry & Bright (retired)
Ink: Basic Black
Paper: Real Red, Very Vanilla, Dashing DSP
Accessories: Red gingham ribbon, Scallop & circle punches, SU markers, dimensionals, sticky strip
Other: $ candle


Thanks for stopping by, and have a GREAT day! :)
Crystal

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Christmas Treats, Part IX

Hello again...it's Day 9 of my handmade gift series.
I can go three more to make it an even dozen, right?  We'll see. ;-)

This is a sweet and sparkly gift that can keep on giving!
That is...if your recipient has a Christmas Tree. :)

Day 9
Reinker Ornament

















There really are soooo many possibilities with this. 

It's as simple as a clear ornament.
Stampin' Up reinker (Perfect Plum on LH one, Almost Amethyst on RH one)
...and SU's Dazzling Diamonds GLITTER! :)

Change colors (SU has 54 to choose from!), change up your bows/cording, add a rub-on, oh the possibilities are endless! :)

EDITED TO ADD:  Hoping to do a tutorial soon, as requested.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a GREAT day! :)
Crystal

Friday, December 11, 2009

Christmas Treats, Part VIII

Wow, seriously...is it FRIDAY already?  Yikes.  This week has been crazy busy, even though there's really not much posted on the calendar! lol  Anyone else ever have weeks like that? ;-)

Here's a neat 'lil gift idea for you...
I've actually given a set of these as gifts, a few times!

Day 8
Tres Chic Tile Coaster

















So, you could make four of these coasters and wrap with a bow - that's a great gift!  Or, you could choose to add a little more, like I did here:

Coffee-time Gift

















I added a couple of black mugs, black plate (for cookies, of course!), and a bit o' Starbucks coffee! :)

Well, what do you think?

The Small Print
Stamps: Tres Chic BG - Stampin' Up
Ink: Stazon Black - Stampin' Up

Other: Tumbled Tile, Clear spray paint

Thanks for stopping by, and have a GREAT day!
Crystal

Monday, December 7, 2009

Christmas Treats, Part VII

Hello, and welcome to Day 7 of my handmade gift ideas! :)
I've got another gift card holder for you today...after that, I'll change avenues again. :)

Day 7
Simple Unisex Gift Card Holder













Okay seriously, this one is SUUUUPER simple, AND you can get four out of one sheet of cardstock!

This was the Make & Take at a recent workshop...the hostess loves this Designer Paper (To The Nines) -- and so do I! :)

Again, I gave options...so here's a photo of a birthday example! :)  Look closely and you'll see some bling on the frosting! :)













Want an inside view of this suuuper-easy holder?  OK! :)
IT's super-easy too!













How 'bout the how-to?  OK! :)

Instructions
4.25" x 5.5" pc. cardstock (chocolate chip)
2.5" x 4" pc. designer paper (To The Nines DSP)
-Score cardstock base in half (@2 3/4")
-Attach DSP to front, then decorate as desired
-Inside: to hold your gift card in place, cut a pc. off the roll of glue dots that includes 2 dots...leave the strip of paper on until you want to add your gift card.  When that time comes, just peel off the strip and attach gift card to glue dots - VOILA! :)

Stop by tomorrow for another idea - that is NOT a gift card holder. ;-)

The Small Print (All Stampin' Up!)
In addition to everything else noted above...
Stamps: Serene Snowflakes, Delightful Decorations, Bitty Birthday

Cardstock: Whisper White, Sage Shadow
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Sage Shadow
Accessories: Scallop & circle punches, Dazzling diamonds, 2way glue pen, Dimensionals, Glue dots

Thanks for stopping by, and have a GREAT day! :)
Crystal

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Stampin' Up Discontinued Items

News from Stampin' Up is that the following stamp sets (currently on Dormant List) will be discontinued on January 4, 2010.

Contact me if you'd like to place an order before they disappear!

Item #            Stamp Set

113407           Back Woods

114492           Beautiful Baby

114486           Birthday Wish

113200           Branch Out

114496           Celebrations

113732           Central Park

113206           Classic Sketches

113226           Classy & Fabulous

114498           Flowers in Silhouette

113405           Font of You

113216           For the Bride

114494           Forever

109425           Friend by Definition

114488           Fun Flowers

113716           Garden Greetings

114490           Glad Friends

111580           Grand Soiree

113242           Hit the Road

113710           Lexicon of Leaves

113236           Man's Best Friend

114423           Ocean Commotion

113728           Playful Petals

109276           Polka Dot

111544           Putt Putt

113240           Quilt Quips

113754           Really Retro

113403           Sip by Sip

113726           Sweet Stems

113250           That's Funny

113688           Wonderful Watercolors

114028           Para la novia

114032           Acuarelas Maravillosas


Thanks for stopping by, and have a GREAT day! :)
Crystal

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Christmas Treats, Part VI

Are ya still with me? ;0)
Six days of gift ideas for you...dare I go six more? lol

Today's project is another gift card holder, since it's a pretty popular gift nowadays.

Day 6
Unisex Gift Card Holder













This was one of the FREE make & takes at my recent Annual Open House at the end of October.

To be honest...it seems a little blah. Boring. Makes me feel the need to explain myself. ;0)

I chose the colors I did to make it work for either gender, for any occasion.  They had the stamp options available to make it what they wanted.  Male, Female, Christmas, Birthday...you name it! :)  It IS double-sided DSP...and there are some GREAT designs in the pack with more, ahem...color.  Go ahead, go take a look in the catalog...it's called Thoroughly Modern, and it's one of my faves. :)

Would you like to see the inside?  Of course!! :)

















Instructions:
4 1/4" x 7" cardstock (Soft Suede)
4 1/8" x 2 1/4" pc. designer paper (Thoroughly Modern)
4 1/8" x 1 1/4" pc. designer paper (Thoroughly Modern)
-Score the cardstock on the long side at 2.5 and 5.5"
-Fold bottom flap upward.
-Adhere DSP to topside and bottom flap.
-Stamp desired decor/greeting & attach.
-Attach bottom flap to card base at upper corners with gold brads.

That's about it!
Well....you may want to slip a gift card in the newly formed pocket, or your recipient might be a smidgen confused. ;-)

The Small Print (All Stampin' Up!)
In addition to the abovementioned products...
Brushed Gold & Very Vanilla cardstock, Soft Suede ink, Scallop and circle punches.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a GREAT day! :)

Crystal

Friday, December 4, 2009

Christmas Gift Ideas, Part V

DOUBLE POST TODAY
Scroll down to see my other post from today...thanks! :)

Here's a suuuuuper-easy gift idea for ya!
Gift cards are becoming more & more popular, it seems.
Here's a simple way to dress it up:

Day 5
Easy Gift Card Holder

















I'll be the first to say I'm not thrilled with how this particular one turned out, but that's okay, right?  Just focus on the idea of it. lol

Here's all you need to do:
6×4" pc patterned paper
Score it on the long side at 1.5" & 4.25"
Apply sticky strip on bottom center, and all down one side flap.
Punch a circle for notch in the top.
Decorate as desired!

See how easy?  It could totally work for birthdays, too!  Just change up the DSP! :)

The Small Print (All Stampin' Up!)
Stamps: Snow Swirled (red snowflake), Delightful Decorations from Holiday mini (sentiment)
Paper: Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Real Red, Merry Moments DSP
Ink: Old Olive, Real Red
Accessories: Scallop & circle punches, Sticky strip, Dimensionals


Thanks for stopping by, and have a GREAT day! :)
Crystal

Whistle A Merry Old Song....

You know, I caught myself whistling a merry tune the other day.  While putting groceries into the van, nonetheless!  Seriously...I couldn't believe it.  Whistling while getting groceries? lol Oh, and it's not like I was there by myself (like in this post), either. ;-)

It wasn't a Christmas tune, in fact I don't remember if it was a specific song, just whistling.  It's amazing how whistling can boost your spirits.  Have you tried it?  You should. :)

Well, that whistling reminded me of someone, and I'd like to remember him for a bit.  My dear, sweet Grandpa S., who would've been 80 today.  I can't believe it's been almost 6 years since he went home to his Heavenly Father.  Writing of him now even brings tears to my eyes...he was a wonderful guy, and I miss him so much.

Sometimes it's hard not to think about the "if onlys" in life, KWIM?  Like...if only he could've met my kids.  He would've loved them so much...and oh, how they would've adored him!  (I was pregnant with my first - a month from my due date when we lost him).

I won't dwell on the "if onlys" too long.  Instead, I will reflect on the wonderful memories, and him as a person.  I'm looking forward to doing so today...to the smiles those memories will bring. :)  I just wanted to take a moment to remember.
 
Happy Birthday Grandpa, I miss you sooo much!  I thank God for the gift of your whistling...a nice remembrance, and the cheer it brings to a day now & then! :)

I'll be back later today to post another installment on my Handmade Gift Idea series. Until then...

Thanks for stopping by, and have a GREAT day! :)
Crystal

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Christmas Treats, Part IV

Well, here we are again!

Have you ever taken part in something...then wondered if it was really worth it?  That's how I'm feeling about this series on handmade gift ideas...hoping there's someone out there enjoying it.  If there is, it's worth it! :)

This is a suuuuuuper-easy 'lil gift for someone...
And it's NOT chocolate. ;-)












Yes, it's still food....and I promise that tomorrow's project will not be something you can eat.  In fact, if you do....you'll probably get sick. ;-)

Steps:
1. Buy candy sticks
2. Cut felt into scalloped circle using Big Shot & scallop circle die
3. Wrap around candy sticks and tie with ribbon
4. Decorate by adding tag...

DONE! :)
See?!  Super-easy! :)

Thanks for stopping by, and have a GREAT day! :)
Crystal

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Christmas Treats, Part III

Okay, yes, this is chocolate.  Kind of.  Mostly mint. ;-)

This was actually made last year, but I haven't had a chance to give it a makeover, and really, I love it the way it is, so why change something good, right?! lol  :)

Day 3
Peppermint Patty Sandwiches (in matching box)

















I just love the brilliance of the blue on white, with a touch of silver. :)  If you click on it, you'll notice dazzling sparkle on each of the ends & middle of the snowflakes.  IRL, it looks so sparkly and beautiful!

Basically, each of the four patties is sandwiched between scallop punches, and decorated.

You could easily change this to red & white or...whatever you'd like! :)

The Small Print (All Stampin' Up!)
Creative idea from: Andrea Walford

Stamps: Season of Joy, Best Yet
Cardstock: Pacific Point ('08 IC), Whisper White, Brushed Silver, Window sheet (box)
Ink: Pacific Point (retired - '08 IC)
Accessories: Scallop & circle punches, Dimensionals, Tombo 2way glue, Dazzling diamonds, Paper piercer, Pacific Point ribbon (retired)

Other: York Peppermint Patties

That's all for today...thanks for stopping by, and have a GREAT day! :)
Crystal

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Christmas Treats, Part II

Happy December!!!!  I'm excited for this wonderful month. A busy, but wonderful month.  :)

Here's another easy idea for you...using...yes, chocolate.
Can you tell where my loyalties lie? lol ;0)
I promise not every gift idea will be something chocolate. ;0)

Day 2
Hershey Candy Bar Pull

















This is another one of those treats I redo every year, to update to current SU products. ;-)

Wanna see last year's?  OK.
Here's last year's, with the bar pulled out to see. :)

















Yup, it's the same tag. :)
Let me know if you'd like to see a tutorial on this someday.  :)

The Small Print (All Stampin' Up!)
Stamps: A Cardinal Christmas, All Holidays
Paper: Merry Moments DSP ('09), Holiday Treasures ('08)
Cardstock: Real Red, Whisper White ('09), Riding Hood Red, Whisper White ('08)
Ink: Old Olive, Real Red
Accessories: Large & small tag punches, Taffeta ribbon (Old Olive '09, Riding Hood Red '08), Hole punch, Sticky strip, Crimper
Other: Hershey's Candy Bar


Thanks for stopping by, and have a GREAT day! :)
Crystal

Monday, November 30, 2009

Christmas Treats, Part I

Well, hello there!  I know...it's been a few days.  I managed to catch my girls' cold after Thanksgiving, and let's just say anything I did was minimal. ;-)  Thankfully, I'm feeling a little better today. :)

With Christmas approaching, I've decided to share a series of handmade gift ideas!  We all need some ideas, right?  Let's get started then! :)

Day 1
Little Chocolate-Lover's Tin:  















I just love how a little extra 'somethin' spices up a gift, don't you?

I make one of these every year, changing the DSP to SU's current C'mas selection.  This is Cocoa Prints Specialty from the Holiday mini -- and ooooh, baby!  It's niiiiice.  The picture doesn't do it justice, really. There are more prints involved in the pack, too (some of them have pretty white flocking!!)

This is simply a Gift Card tin ($1), some Hershey's Nuggets, Designer Paper, and ribbon!

You could change up the DSP & colors for any occasion.  Make it more elegant, or more fun!  Just Because, Birthdays, Valentine's Day...you name it!! :)

What chocolate-lover wouldn't love this gift?!!

The Small Print (All Stampin' Up!)
Paper: Cocoa Prints Specialty DSP
Accessories:  Real Red 5/8" grosgrain, Sticky strip
Other: $1 tin, Hershey's Nuggets


Thanks for stopping by, and have a GREAT day! :)
Crystal

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!!

When I wrote the title to my post yesterday (Give Thanks), this song came to mind, and I had an idea!  So, with the help of "google"...I found something to share with you today. :)

But before I get to that, I want to take the time to Give Thanks.

Thank you Lord, for health.  For a warm home and plenty of food.  For a loving and wonderful husband, whom I sometimes wonder if I deserve. ;-)  For beautiful, spirited daughters who mean the world to me.  For family I hold dear to my heart. For friends...new and old.  For friends made through my love of stamping, for sweet & loyal customers. For blog readers! (wow, never thought I'd see the day! lol)...

...I'll continue in private - you go get that turkey in the oven! :)

I hope you can find time today to Give Thanks.
This is my first time with embedding a video...sure hope it works!



Thanks for stopping by, and have a GREAT day! :)
Crystal

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Give Thanks

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving already, can you believe it?

I've decided to post this card today instead of tomorrow...
Because I wanted to start start the mood today...to really take time to reflect on all that I am thankful for.
Will you do the same? :)


I'm really disappointed with this pic...it really doesn't capture the beautiful colors on the leaves, and washes out the very vanilla cardstock color - it's not white, really! :(

Here's a try at a closeup of the leaves, at least...they're embossed, then colored...



Stay tuned - tomorrow I've got a special treat for you!
Please stop by & & check it out! :)

The Small Print (All Stampin' Up)

Stamps: Autumn Splendor, Holiday Best
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Really Rust, Very Vanilla
Ink: Chocolate Chip (craft & classic), Really Rust
Accessories: Stampin Sponges, Clear EP, Heat tool, Aquapainter, SU markers, Choc chip ribbon, Dimensionals
Technique: Embossing, Watercoloring


Thanks for stopping by, and have a GREAT day! :)
Crystal

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Autumn Tree, Simplified

Yesterday, I showed you a Thumping Tree HERE, and promised to show you a simplified version today.

So here it is!  I think you can see the thumping detail even better on this one!















I "thumped" the tree image with SU markers, stamped, then moved a bit of the color around with an Aquapainter.  You could leave it as is after thumping, or move the color around like I did.

The background is merely spritzed with color (SU marker & color spritzer), and the edges sponged.

See, I told you it could be simplified! :)
Well, what do you think?

The Small Print (All Stampin' Up)
Stamps: Lovely As A Tree
Cardstock: Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Naturals Ivory
Ink: Basic Brown
Accessories: Markers, Color Spritzer, Aquapainter, Sponges
Technique: Thumping


Thanks for stopping by, and have a GREAT day! :)
Crystal

Monday, November 23, 2009

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Another Autumn Tree

Sorry for the blogging hiatus...

We were out of town for a few days last week, so I wasn't able to get my daily computer dose in. ;-)

I'm back now, with (hopefully) a treat for you every day this week! :)  The first, is a card I made with one of my GO-TO sets:  "Lovely As A Tree".

I'll bet you're wondering how I made those tree leaves sooo beautiful, am I right? ;-)


















By using a technique called "thumping."  SERIOUSLY.
Using my Stampin' Up markers.
Let me know if you'd like a tutorial.

A little sponging here & there, and voila!  You have your card!
Complete with top note die cut from SU's Sizzix die!
I love how it could really be a card for most any occasion! :)

Tomorrow, I'll show you a toned-down, simplified version.  I know...how could it get any more simplified?!!  lol...you'll see. :)

The Small Print (All Stampin' Up)
Stamps: Lovely As A Tree, Sincere Salutations, Linen BG
Cardstock: Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla
Ink: Basic Brown
Accessories: SU markers, Aquapainter, Sponges, Sizzix, Top Note Die, Chocolate chip ribbon
Technique: Thumping, Sponging


Thanks for stopping by, and have a GREAT day! :)
Crystal

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Wednesday Wit

I saw this the other day in the Sunday Comics & laughed out loud while clipping it out.

I just had to share.

It sounds...ahem...a little familiar! lol

(To view larger, click pic)












Does anyone else find the irony in this comic hilarious??!!  ha ha ha... LOVE IT!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a GREAT day! :)
Crystal

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

I'm baaack...with some SPARKLE!!

Hey there folks,

I'm baaaa--aak! :)  We had a crazy-busy weekend around here, and I decided not to add one more thing by blogging.  It can be a time-stealer!

Anyhow...here's another pretty, SPARKLY card I made recently.  I used a new set from the mini catalog (see sidebar), "Serene Snowflakes"....love it! :)

I used the dryer sheet technique to make it that way...look up close (click), it's sparkly...AND fuzzy! lol :)  What an interesting combo, huh?  Well, IRL it looks sooo pretty! :)  Why ELSE would I keep a ziplock of used dryer sheets? lol. 













The Small Print (All SU except where noted)
Stamps: Serene Snowflake
Cardstock: Bermuda Bay, Whisper White
Ink: Bermuda Bay

Accessories: Dazzling diamonds glitter, Bermuda Bay ribbon, SNAIL
Other: Spray adhesive, Dryer sheet

Technique: Generation stamping, Dryer sheet


Thanks for stopping by, and have a GREAT day! :)
Crystal

Friday, November 13, 2009

Scenic Season, Part 2

Okay, here's the second item to show you using Scenic Season.
When I first saw this set, I *knew* I wanted to emboss it in silver.
So of course, that's what I did! :)














It's very simple and serene.

My first choice would be a silver ribbon, but I don't have any. So, I used Stampin' Up's whisper white taffeta ribbon.  Have you seen all our taffeta ribbons?  Ohhhh, baby - love 'em!! 

Here's a view from the side, with the sun on it, so you can see it IS actually embossed. ;-)














The Small Print (All Stampin' Up!)
Stamps: Scenic Season
Cardstock: Whisper White, Brushed Silver
Ink: Versamark
Accessories: Embossing buddy, Silver EP, Heat tool, White taffeta, Dimensionals

Technique: Embossing

Thanks for stopping by, and have a GREAT day! :)
Crystal

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Scenic Season, Part 1

This is the first of a few to show you using the new Stampin' Up!
set called "Scenic Season".  I love the simple elegance of this set.

I used SU's Sizzix Bigz Scallop Square die for the base for something a little "different".

I'm not thrilled with it as the base for THIS particular card, but but I'll share it anyways, and try again on a different card - I know it could look great! :)

At first glance, you cannot see the beautiful SHIMMER on this! :(
Click on the picture...you should be able to see it closer up...see the light sparkly shimmer?!

I spritzed it with a homemade concoction made from the NEW shimmer paint in Stampin' Up's mini catalog (the red one on your right)!  Sooo fun.  I've been wanting to spray everything I make! lol  Oh, if only you could see this IRL.  It's gorgeous!! 

Maybe next time, I'd make the ribbon at the top into a bow, instead of the plain knot...but other than that...I like it! :)

I used a technique called "masking" to make the moon. :)















The Small Print (All Stampin' Up!)
Stamps: Scenic Season
Cardstock: Night of Navy, Always Artichoke, Naturals White
Ink: Always Artichoke, Brocade Blue, Old Olive? (last two for sponging)
Accessories: Circle punch, Stampin' Sponges, SU Sizzix Scalloped Square, Night Of Navy ribbon

Technique: Masking

Thanks for stopping by, and have a GREAT day! :)
Crystal

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Clean, Simple...Christmas

Ahhhhh....CLEAN AND SIMPLE.
Just in case you're wondering, that's what the "CAS"
means in my labels. :)

I *heart* this card.  So simple.
I'm itching to add a little dazzling diamonds to it...we'll see. ;-)

This is another I made for display at my Open House...

Anyways, I know this is a CHRISTMAS card, and it's not yet
Christmas, but I wanted to show you...because this card is made
with the same stamp set (Autumn Days) that I used in my last post!
Remember, that was a FALL card! :)

I just love versatility! :)













The Small Print (All Stampin' Up!)
Stamps: Autumn Days, Christmas Greetings
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip

Ink: Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Chocolate Chip & Old Olive markers, Scallop and circle punches, Chocolate chip gg ribbon, Dimensionals, Stampamajig


Thanks for stopping by, and have a GREAT day!
Crystal

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

A Fall Pheasant

Okay, it's really sad that I don't know this for sure,
but I'm thinking the main image in this card is called a pheasant?
Ha ha...obviously we're not hunters in this family. ;-)

Here's another card I made to have on display at my Open House...















Used several stamps from the SU set: "Autumn Days"...

Actually started out CASEing this great card HERE,
but decided to change a few things.

Well, that's all for today - amazingly short post! ;-)

The Small Print (All Stampin' Up!)
Stamps: Autumn Days, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Cardstock: Soft Suede, Dusty Durango, Very Vanilla

Ink:  Soft Suede, More Mustard, Dusty Durango
Accessories: Soft Suede ribbon, Stampamajig, Dimensionals


 Thanks for stopping by, and have a GREAT day! :)
Crystal

Monday, November 9, 2009

Makeover Monday

Ha ha, not for me --- I wish!  How fun would THAT be?! :)

A makeover of the crafting variety....still fun! ;-)

Purchase journal at the dollar section of popular craft store.
Decide the cover is just NOT what you're looking for.

Especially if it's for the mom of an 11 month old
(my recent Stampin' Up Hostess).
You'll see why in a minute. :)

Cover said journal with super-cute designer paper.
(Pawsitively Prints from Stampin' Up!)

Much better, but still a little boring...no?

Okay...I'll add a little more. :)

Okay, how cute is THAT?!!
I made a die-cut out of Stampin' Up!'s
Sizzix Build A Bear collection!  Designer clothes & all! ;-)

I also made a matching pen but forgot to include it in the pic - you'll just have to imagine the super cuteness.

I wish I had a notebook to write down all the things I want to remember about my kiddos...the funny things they say & do...you know, the daily stuff that you may not remember otherwise.
 The stuff that comes *after* the baby book. ;-)

Well, that's all for today...
I hope I've inspired you to give a makeover gift of your own! :)

Thanks for stopping by, and have a GREAT day! :)
Crystal

Saturday, November 7, 2009

A Thankful Heart

I was driving to demo at a Stampin' Up party this morning, and something small made me think a little deeper.  Something so insignificant in life, but I'm so glad I noticed, because it led to an idea.

I have vowed to find at least ONE thing to be thankful for, every day this month.

What happened??!!  You might be asking.
Well, like I said, it's small...but here's what happened:

"YAY!!  No more detour on the way to _____!!"  Is what passed through my mind as I drove.  We only go to that town (20-25 min away) maybe once a week, but I was just so grateful that the construction was done, and no more detour to avoid. :)

Seems a crazy thing to be thankful for.
But what it led me to is what I'm most excited to tell you about!

With Thanksgiving approaching, I am reminded of the sometimes seemingly rote "what are you thankful for this year" tradition many people ask at their Thanksgiving dinners.  Why is it that we only think of it on that special day?  Don't get me wrong...this is a good thing, and I'm glad there IS a special day to remember.  My question is more "why does it take a special day?"

How much better would each day be if we found at least ONE thing to be thankful for?

So now, will you do this with me?  Don't worry, I won't hunt you down or anything, lol.  This is a personal heart-thing...you don't even have to tell me you're doing it! :)

I think that one month could lead to a lifetime of thankful hearts! :)

Thanks for stopping by, and have a GREAT day! :)
Crystal

Friday, November 6, 2009

Fall Leaves...to stay!

Remember a few posts ago...HERE
I was lamenting the fact that the beautiful Autumn
leaves were falling to the ground?

Well, I found a way around that. ;-)

I made a card - a tree card!
WITH the leaves on...well mostly, anyways. ;-)
Granted, it's NOT as beautiful as the real thing, but it'll do. :)

A view from the side...do you see a little something extra?:

















How bout if I go a little closer...do you see the sparkle?  FUN!









I embossed the craft ink with Irridescent Ice Embossing powder (SU) here & there.
Gives it a little somethin' extra dontcha think? :)

Oh, you're not a ribbon kind of person?
No problem...I made for you, too!
I also omitted the stamping around the edges, and sponged a little more. :)

















The Small Print (All Stampin' Up!)
Stamps: Branch Out
Cardstock: Soft Suede, Dusty Durango, Very Vanilla
Ink: Soft Suede, Dusty Durango, Earth Elements Craft inks
Accessories: Irridescent Ice EP, Heat tool, Dimensionals, Soft suede ribbon, Stampin' Sponge
Technique: Embossing

Which one do YOU like best?

Thanks for stopping by, and have a GREAT day! :)
Crystal

Thursday, November 5, 2009

A Treat...and a Tutorial!!


My first ever tutorial...I'm so excited!
Since it IS my first...
Disclaimer: this will not be perfect by any means! lol

I made a few thank you treats for some stamping friends of mine. :)

Let's get started, shall we?

Step 1 : Score a 4 x 6.5 pc. soft suede cardstock at 3.25 & fold
Step 2 : Place treat into small cello bag and fold over,
apply SNAIL adhesive to folded flap & put inside folded cardstock.


Step 3 : Tie treat folder closed with ribbon
(sorry about pic - the ribbon DOES match IRL)


Step 4 : Punch out 3 circles from pumpkin pie cardstock


Step 5 : Apply pumpkin pie ink to edges of punched circles with sponge daubers


Step 6 : Create a vine - wrap a thin strip of cardstock around small round object


Steps 7-9 : Adhere the 3 circles together to form a pumpkin
Stamp "thank you" on center
Add stems and vines


Step 10 : Mount pumpkins onto layers of cardstock with dimensionals


LAST STEP : Mount onto soft suede treat holder - voila!


The Small Print: ALL Stampin Up (except for Peanut Butter cup, lol)
Stamps:
Family Phrases

Base: 4 x 6.5 pc. cardstock (Soft Suede)
Other Cardstock: Old Olive, Confetti White, Pumpkin Pie, Always Artichoke
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Soft Suede
Accessories: Ribbon (Soft Suede), 1.25" circle punch, Sponge dauber, SNAIL, Dimensionals, Small cello bags
Other: Reeses Peanut Butter Cup treat

I hope you enjoyed my first ever Tutorial! :)
Thanks for stopping by, and have a GREAT day! :)
Crystal