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31 December, 2014

Thank You With Beautiful Wings

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and truly appreciate each of you more than you know! I hope you had a great Christmas and received everything you wished for!

Today's card is perfect for sending after Christmas and it's also my Guest Designer contribution for challenge #21 over at Mrs. A.'s Butterfly Challenge, following my win in Challenge #18. Thanks again Mrs. A. for such an honor!

I've used a few of my favorite things to create the card, the Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Woodgrain embossing folder and Work Of Art stamp set, together with the Bracket Label punch from Stampin' Up!

I've also used a favorite technique for the design that I've not done for a while, white on white, or in this case Very Vanilla on Very Vanilla. The sentiment is embossed in gold and I love the look


Challenges...
#21 Thank you with butterflies at Butterfly Challenge
#180 Freestyle at Hiding In My Craft Room
#147 Happy New Year/ Thank you at DL.ART
AG at Through The Craft Room Door

All the products I've used to create today's card are available 24/7 in my Online Shop. Click the images below to be taken straight to them.

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Thanks again for all your support this year! I wish you and your families a very Happy New Year! See you in 2015! :)

Hugs,
Em

23 December, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

The card I'm sharing with you today isn't a new creation, but it is one of my favorites out of all those I've created this year...


All the products I used to create the card are available 24/7 in my Online Shop. Click the images below to be taken straight to them.
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I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support and friendship this year.

As the card says, I wish each of you and your families a bright and beautiful Christmas and New Year filled with happiness!

See you soon!

Hugs,
Em

22 December, 2014

Bright & Beautiful Gift Box

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

I absolutely LOVE the Bright & Beautiful Keepsake Luminary that I shared with you last week and wanted to create an equally striking gift box to hold it. So, on Friday I set about designing a prototype, and abandoned my to-do for a few hours. I was really pleased with the basic prototype and the few friends I showed it to loved it too.

So this morning I created the "real thing" from a piece of Window Sheet cut to 12" x 4" and some Very Vanilla card, which I stamped with the smallest star from the Bright and Beautiful stamp set in Versamark and embossed it with Gold Stampin' Emboss powder...


Here's a look inside the box...


Here's the lid...


I absolutely LOVE the result! When the battery tea light in the luminary is lit, it truly is a Bright and Beautiful gift! I'd love to know what you think?

Challenges...
#225 Christmas at Tuesday Throwdown
#179 Freestyle at Hiding In My Craft Room
#34 AG at Scribble and Scrap

All the products I've used to create today's project are available 24/7 in my Online Shop. Click the images below to be taken straight to them.
Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

I'll be back tomorrow, so I hope you'll join me then.

Hugs,
Em x

19 December, 2014

Petite Petals Keepsake Luminary

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

The project I'm sharing with you today is another Keepsake Luminary, created with the amazing Curvy Keepsake die from Stampin' Up! In my previous luminary post, which you can see here, I mentioned that the stamp set I'd used then (Bright and Beautiful) is being carried over to the new catalog that goes live in January, but I neglected to mention that the die is too!

This time around I've used a couple of my favorite stamp sets, Petite Petals and Trust God, together with a pop of color from Wisteria Wonder Blendabilities...



I think it looks great as it is, but lighting the battery tea light candle inside adds another dimension...

Challenges...
December Linky at DL.ART

All the products I've used for today's project are available 24/7 in my Online Shop. Click the images below to be taken straight to them.

Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

Can you believe it's the last weekend before Christmas? Me either! Whatever you're doing this weekend, have a great one! I'll be back on Monday, so I hope you'll join me then.

Hugs,
Em x

18 December, 2014

Going Crackers, Again!

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

I really enjoy creating anything with the versatile Envelope Punch Board from Stampin' Up!, and as the title of today's post says, I've gone crackers again for today's project! You can see my previous Going Crackers post here.


This time around, I stamped one of the stamps from Gorgeous Grunge in Versamark and embossed it with Silver Stampin' Emboss Powder on Cherry Cobbler card for the cracker bases. I then embossed the sentiment from Making Spirits Bright and punched with the Scallop Oval punch, layering it up with a Very Vanilla Decorative Label.

Challenges...
December Linky at DL.ART
AG at Through The Craft Room Door

All the products I've used for today's project are available 24/7 in my Online Shop. Click the images below to be taken straight to them.

Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

I'll be back tomorrow with another luminary, so I hope you'll join me then.

Hugs,
Em x

17 December, 2014

Bright & Beautiful Keepsake Luminary

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

Regular readers may know that the gorgeous Bright and Beautiful stamp set from Stampin' Up! is one of my favorites! I'm REALLY happy that it's being carried over into the new Occasions catalog that will be live in January, proving that it's not just for Christmas!

For today's project, I've teamed the smallest star in the set with a new personal favorite, the Curvy Keepsake die, to create luminaries for battery tea light candles...


After cutting the box pieces I stamped the star in Versamark before embossing it with White Stampin' Emboss Powder. I think it looks great unlit, but it looks even better lit up...


Challenges...
December Linky at DL.ART
AG at Through The Craft Room Door
#102 AG w/ optional Gift Packaging at 613 Avenue Create

All the products I've used to create today's project are available 24/7 in my Online Shop. Click the images below to be taken straight to them.
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I'll be back tomorrow with another Christmas project, so I hope you'll join me then.

Hugs,
Em x

16 December, 2014

Curvy Keepsake Reindeer

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and truly do appreciate each of you more than you know!

The project I'm sharing with you today is so cute, even if I do say so myself! It combines three of my current and possibly all time favorite things, the Curvy Keepsake die and Owl and Bird Builder punches from Stampin' Up! I created 8, so my herd of reindeer is 16 strong!

I started the project by punching 16 owl bodies from Baked Brown Sugar card and trimmed feet from them. Then punched the eyes and noses from Whisper White and Cherry Cobbler card and used my Baked Brown Sugar Stampin' Write marker to add the detail. For the antlers I punched 32 branches from the Bird builder, half from the remaining Baked Brown Sugar and Half from Crumb Cake.


I then cut and assembled the boxes from Cherry Cobbler card and popped the critters up on a couple of Stampin' Dimensionals.



Challenges...
December Linky at DL.ART
#102 AG w/ optional at 613 Avenue Create

All the products I've used in today's project are available 24/7 in my Online Shop. Click the images below to be taken straight to them...

Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

I'll be back tomorrow with another Christmas project, so I hope you'll join me then.

Hugs,
Em x

15 December, 2014

Christmas Suite #4 Tree Topper

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and truly do appreciate each of you more than you know!

The project I'm sharing with you today is another of my personal Christmas Suite of decorations for this year. If you missed any of the others, you can see them all here.

I finally got my mini Christmas tree up yesterday and once it was decorated I realized I'd not yet created the topper. Oops! However, that was quickly remedied using the gorgeous Bright and Beautiful stamp set and the coordinating Stars Framelits dies from Stampin' Up!


I stamped each of the three stars from the stamp set twice (the topper is double sided), in Versamark ink onto Very Vanilla and Pear Pizzazz card and embossed them in gold, then popped each layer up on Stampin' Dimensionals. To complete the topper I cut two of the largest stars from more Pear Pizzazz card and used a double layer of dimensionals to create the space for it to added to the tree.

It is now proudly in place atop the tree and I'll share a pic of that in another post.

Challenges...
December Linky at DL.ART
#102 AG w/ optional at 613 Avenue Create
#124 at Brown Sugar

All the products I've used in today's project are available 24/7 in my Online Shop. Click the images below to be taken straight to them.

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I'll be back tomorrow with a cute Christmas project, so I hope you'll join me then.

Hugs,
Em x


12 December, 2014

Christmas suite #3 AIC Curvy Keepsake

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly do appreciate each of you more than you know!

The Curvy Keepsake Thinlits die from the current Stampin' Up! seasonal catalog has been SO popular that it has also been included in the new seasonal catalog that is being launched the first week in January.

My Curvy Keepsake die finally arrived Wednesday morning! Of course, after waiting so long for it, I had to use it IMMEDIATELY. Within seconds of opening the box I'd grabbed my All Is Calm DSP and headed over to my Big Shot to cut three boxes...



The DSP is so pretty and I love them just the way they are, although I might add a tag once I've filled them with chocolate :)

Challenges...
#193 AG at Party Time Tuesdays
#177 Christmas Colors at HIMCR

All the products used in today's project are available 24/7 in my Online Shop. Click the images below to be taken straight to them

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I'll be back on Monday with another Christmas project, so I hope you'll join me then. Whatever you're doing this weekend, I hope you have a great one!

Hugs,
Em x

11 December, 2014

Christmas Coffee

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

Can you believe that Christmas Day is now just two weeks away? I know, me either. Eek! Amid all the hustle and bustle of preparing for the holidays grabbing a coffee with friends or family takes on even more meaning for me.

The card I'm sharing today is perfect for those pre-Christmas drinks, or indeed any time of year. I've teamed one of my favorite stamp sets from Stampin' Up!, Perfect Blend, with the gorgeous All Is Calm DSP...


Together with a touch of Pistachio Pudding and Crumb Cake, the card reminds me of the peppermint beverages available at a well known coffee shop. It is perfect for the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop happening over at Tsuruta Designs where I'm linking up to and also the End of Term hop at House of Cards.


All the products I've used are available 24/7 in my Online Shop. Click the images below to be taken straight to them.

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I'll be back tomorrow with another project using the gorgeous All Is Calm DSP, so I hope you'll join me then.

Hugs,
Em x


10 December, 2014

Petite Flowering Flourishes

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. It's an honor to have you here and I truly do appreciate each of you more than you know!

The cards I'm sharing with you today are the last of the gift set that I created with the Petite Petals and Flowering Flourishes stamp sets from Stampin' Up! You can see the others in the set here.

Each of the cards follows this recipe...
Largest of the Flowering Flourishes stamped in Pear Pizzazz ink on Very Vanilla
3 flowers from Petite Petals stamped then punched with the matching punch
The flowers are popped up on dimensionals over the flowers in the flourish

The first here is Blushing Bride...

Melon Mambo...

Last but not least, Rich Razzleberry

I love all of them and it's tough for me to choose a favorite, but I wonder if you have one?

Challenges...
#33 AAG at Scribble and Scrap
#101 AG w/ optional at 613 Avenue Create
December Linky at DL.ART

All the products I've used are available 24/7 in my Online Shop. Click the images below to be taken straight to them...
Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

I'll be back tomorrow with another of my Christmas projects, so I hope you'll join me then.

Hugs,
Em x

09 December, 2014

Ruby Wedding Card

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. It's an honor to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know.

The card I'm sharing with you today was commissioned by a client after she had seen this card...


She loved the look and asked me to create something similar for her to give to her husband for their ruby wedding anniversary. I changed out the soft Crisp Cantaloupe for Cherry Cobbler and added in a second bird created with the Bird Builder punch and a computer generated sentiment...


#33 AAG at Scribble and Scrap
#101 AG w/ optional at 613 Avenue Create
December Linky at DL.ART

All the products I've used are available 24/7 in my Online Shop. Click the images below to be taken straight to them.

Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

I'll be back tomorrow with another couple of CAS cards, so I hope you'll join me then.

Hugs,
Em x

08 December, 2014

Sweet Like Chocolate

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for your wonderful comments. It's an honor to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

For today's projects I've colored one of my favorite stamps, the Blended Bloom from Stampin' Up! with Melon Mambo and Skin Tone Blendabilities markers. They inspire visions of chocolate for me, hence the title of the post. See what I did there?

Both are gifts for Lynn who last week joined my Creative Crew. She had included the stamp and Blendies in her Starter Kit so I wanted to create something really special that she can use for inspiration.

 For her card I popped the single bloom up on a panel of Crumb Cake card embossed with the Woodgrain Embossing folder. I created the the banner by stamping the greeting with the Skinny Mini Alphabet and popped that up too before adding a few Basics Pearls.


After creating a large gift box from more Crumb Cake card I cut a piece of Very Vanilla big enough to cover the front and all four sides of the box, then randomly stamped the Blended Bloom with Memento ink and colored with the blendies.

I then trimmed it to size and adhered the panels so that the finished box looks as if it's wrapped in the design, but then I forgot to take photos of the sides. Oops! I've kept each of the four corner squares and will use them for another project, so nothing goes to waste :)


I'm so honored that Lynn chose to join my team and would be equally honored if you would too. Now is a GREAT time to join Stampin' Up! because the launch of the new Seasonal Catalog is coming up, as well as Sale-A-Bration! I've had a sneak peek at the goodies and they are not to be missed! Click here to Join My Team.

Challenges...
#33 AAG at Scribble and Scrap
#101 AG w/ optional at 613 Avenue Create
December Linky at DL.ART

All the products I've used to create today's projects are available 24/7 in my Online Shop. Click the images below to be taken straight to them.

Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

I'll be back tomorrow with a card to celebrate a special anniversary, so I hope you'll join me then.

Hugs,
Em x

05 December, 2014

More Flowering Flourishes

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I truly do appreciate each of you more than you know!

The cards I'm sharing with you today are more from a set I've created with both Flowering Flourishes and Petite Petals from Stampin' Up! They are a Christmas gift and are really quick to put together. You can see yesterday's first couple here

Each of the cards follows this recipe...
Largest of the Flowering Flourishes stamped in Pear Pizzazz ink on Very Vanilla
3 flowers from Petite Petals stamped then punched with the matching punch
The flowers are popped up on dimensionals over the flowers in the flourish

The first one  today is Tempting Turquoise...

I've used Cherry Cobbler here...


Challenges...
AG at Through The Craft Room Door
#192 AG at Party Time Tuesdays
#100 AG w/ optional at 613 Avenue Create
#176 Freestyle at Hiding in My Craft Room

All the products I've used are available 24/7 in my Online Shop. Click the images below to be taken straight to them.
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I'll be back on Monday with a very special card, so I hope you'll join me then. Whatever you're doing this weekend I hope you have a great one!

Hugs,
Em x

04 December, 2014

Year-end Closeout Bargains


Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. It's an honor to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

The Year-end Closeout has just started in Stampin' Up!'s Clearance Rack and there are some GREAT bargains to be had! They are available WHILE STOCKS LAST. When they're gone, they are gone!

Click the images below to be taken straight to them in my Online Store, where you can shop 24/7.
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Hugs,
Em x

Quick Cards With Flowering Flourishes

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I truly do appreciate each of you more than you know!

The cards I'm sharing with you today are the first in a set I've created with both Flowering Flourishes and Petite Petals from Stampin' Up! They are a Christmas gift and are really quick to put together.

Each of the cards follows this recipe...
Largest of the Flowering Flourishes stamped in Pear Pizzazz ink on Very Vanilla
3 flowers from Petite Petals stamped then punched with the matching punch
The flowers are popped up on dimensionals over the flowers in the flourish

This first one uses Smoky Slate ink for the flowers...

Lost Lagoon is used for this one...

Challenges...
AG at Through The Craft Room Door
#192 AG at Party Time Tuesdays
#100 AG w/ optional at 613 Avenue Create
#176 Freestyle at Hiding in My Craft Room

All the products I've used are available 24/7 in my Online Shop. Click the images below to be taken straight to them.
Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

I'll be back tomorrow with another couple of cards in the set, so I hope you'll join me then.

Hugs,
Em

03 December, 2014

Christmas Suite #2 Going Crackers

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I truly do appreciate you more than you know!

Following on from yesterday's Christmas Wreath I'm sharing another of my Christmas 2014 projects today and this time I'm going crackers with the gorgeous All Is Calm DSP from Stampin' Up!

I've once again used the dimensions my sweet friend Caroline gave in her post here to create them, but instead of using the medium measurements as I did for these Thanksgiving ones, I've created the smallest this time.

Here's a few step by step pix...

The first which you saw yesterday, shows the 10 papers I used, cut to size...

The second shows some of them from the back, once I'd scored and folded them...

Having originally thought I'd create 10, I decided to add in a couple more using Lost Lagoon card. Here's a few once they'd been punched...

Although there are only seven here, each design used is shown. I've not yet tied the ends with White Bakers Twine, because I'll be adding candy into them at some point...

I love the little cuties and I'll be using the punched out pieces to create more miniature decorations, which I'll share with you next week.

Challenges...
December Linky at DL.ART
#32 AAG at Scribble and Scrap

All the products I've used to create today's project are available 24/7 in my Online Shop. Click the images below to be taken straight to them.
Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

I'll be back tomorrow with a quick card or two, so I hope you'll join me then.

Hugs,
Em x

02 December, 2014

Christmas Suite #1 DSP Wreath

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I truly do appreciate each of you more than you know!

The project I'm sharing with you today has been created using the gorgeous 12" x 12" All Is Calm Designer Series Paper (DSP) from Stampin' Up! Those of you who are regular readers might recall that DSP isn't really my thing, but that cannot be said of this set. I love it!!!

Here's a glimpse if you've not yet seen it, although my photo doesn't really do it justice!


I created the bow with the Gift Bow Bigz L Die from Lost Lagoon card and one of the papers last Monday and forgot to take a photo of it as it was, so the pic below is a sneaky peek of it in place on the wreath. I also cut each of the papers in half, then cut half of them into 6" x 1" inch strips and put the remainder safely to one side to be used in other decorations.


On Friday, during my Thanksgiving vacation, I curled the strips, but decided not to curl the white and silver because by now I had 120 curls and it looked to be enough.

I used straight pins to attach everything to a 12" diameter flat backed styrofoam form and started by putting the bows in place, then working from the inside out. It is so light that all I've used to attach it to the inside of my living room door are a half dozen Stampin' Dimensionals on the back...


I LOVE the result and those who have seen it before I've written this post are amazed that it's the first time I've ever attempted this type of wreath!

Challenges...
December Linky at DL.ART
#32 AAG at Scribble and Scrap

My Online Shop is open 24/7. Click the images below to be taken straight to the products I've used...
Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

I'll be back tomorrow with another Christmas project, so I hope you'll join me then.

Hugs,
Em x


01 December, 2014

Sad sad news

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I truly do appreciate each of you more than you know.

Over the weekend I heard the very sad news from my friend Paula that her friend Lynn had lost her battle against cancer at just 41 years old. Although I didn't know Lynn or her family personally, you might recall that I created a card for her back in September when we first learned of her diagnosis (you can see that card here) and my heart breaks for her husband Paul, two young sons and their family and friends.

The first card I'm sharing today is for them...

...and this one is for Paula and her family...

Both are mini screen cards, cut at 5" tall instead of my usual 6". I've embossed one of the Flowering Flourish stamps in gold and also embossed the sentiments which are from the Hostess set Bloom with Hope.

Please say a prayer for them all and hold your loved ones tight.

Rest in perfect peace Lynn.

Hugs,
Em x