Pocket Silhouettes with Teeny Tiny Wishes

Friday, December 31, 2010
One of my customers (now a friend) recently retired so I thought I would send her a special card.



This was a great layout to change up with different sentiments


or even change up the colors

It was also a chance to use up some of my retired Designer Paper. I just love how they turned out. And I bet Jackie was surprised to find it in her mailbox.

MENU:
SS: Pocket Silhouettes, Teeny Tiny Wishes
CS: Basic Black, Pink Pirouette, WW, Baja Breeze, Rockability DSP (retired)
INK: Basic Black (or Staz On Black)
Accessories: Retired Ribbons and buttons, Linen Thread, Dimensionals
Thanks To: Jill

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Happy Stamping!!

Christi
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Another Water Color Card

Thursday, December 30, 2010
Another Water colored card using the Countryside Stamp set, but this time instead of using water color crayons I water colored it using Stampin' Ups! great markers.



MENU:
SS: Farm Fresh, Fundamental Phrases
CS: Basic Black, Certainly Celery,Very Vanilla, Watercolor, Newsprint DSP
INK: Stazon Black, Markers
Accessories: Modern Label Punch, 3/4" and 1" circle punches, Square Lattice EF, Big Shot, Linen Thread, Dimensionals, Aqua painter, the square black brads were purchased at a local craft store
Thanks To: Lisa Young

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Happy Stamping!!

Christi
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Countryside

Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Thanks to my friend Sue who loaned me her Countryside stamp set so I could stock up on some masculine cards. Water coloring is not one of my favorites but every time I do it I am pleased with the outcome.



MENU:
SS: Countryside, Teeny Tiny Wishes
CS: Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Old Olive, Newsprint DSP, Water Color
INK: Stazon Black
Accessories: Water Color Crayons, Black Button, Linen Thread, work Window Punch, Modern Label Punch, Dimensionals
Thanks To: Sandy MacIver

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Happy Stamping!!

Christi
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Vintage Vogue Sympathy

Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Taking some time to use up some retired designer paper.
And sad to say, Sympathy cards are the ones I need to keep plenty on hand. Of course I could have put any greeting on the bottom or simply leave it plain.



MENU:
SS: Vintage Vogue, Teeny Tiny Wishes
CS: Chocolate Chip, So Saffron, Very Vanilla, Sweet Pea DSP
INK: Chocolate Chip, So Saffron, Bashful Blue, Old Olive
Accessories: Bashful Blue Taffeta Ribbon, Sponge
Thanks To: Stampin' Connection

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Happy Stamping!!

Christi
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Leadership

Monday, December 27, 2010
Look what came in my mail just before Christmas!!

This is my name badge and MANAGER ribbon that I will wear at Stampin' Up! Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tennessee in January!! I am sooooo very excited about going!



I know I told you that I was done posting Christmas cards but I wanted to share with you two cards that I got from the gals who will be my roomies at Leadership.


From Julie

From Glenda

Aren't they both just beautiful!! I can't wait for our time away together.

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Happy Stamping!!

Christi
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Cakes and Cards

Sunday, December 26, 2010
This month I was hired to make 4 birthday cakes - thing is...they all fell in the same week! It's either "feast or famine" - but it was fun making the different cakes for the kids.

Cake Number 1 was for Dean, Glenda's son who turned 11 years old. Dean wanted a guitar cake.

And this is the card I gave him



Cake Number 2 was for my (former day care) Kelly who turned 14. OOPS! forgot to get a picture of the cake before they picked it up - and they forgot to get a picture of Kelly with it. It was just a basic 9x13 with roses and words - a very last minute cake.

Cake Number 3 was for Kaela who turned 9 years old. She wanted a Gymnastics/Olympic theme.

For this one I made a card to match too...



Cake Number 4 was for a neighbor (thanks to my daughter for spreading my name around and getting me the business) - Not sure how old Elly turned, but she wanted a Raggedy Ann cake.

I made a card to match, but - here I go again - I forgot to take a picture of it.

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Happy Stamping!!

Christi
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Merry Christmas

Saturday, December 25, 2010
Merry Christmas Everyone!! I pray you all are having a blessed day celebrating the birth of our Savior.

I promised to share with you my very favorite, number 1 Christmas song...
so click
HERE and enjoy.


This is one of the cards we made at this months Stamp A Stack and it truly proclaims the reason for this season.

MENU:
SS: Christ is Born
CS: WW, Garden Green
INK: Chocolate Chip, Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green
Accessories: Top Note Die, Big Shot, Two Way Glue Pen, Gold Glitter. This card shows me using a DSP for the strip behind the Top Note Die, but for class I changed it up to use the Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding

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Merry Christmas!!

Christi


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The last of the Christmas cards

Friday, December 24, 2010
Here is the last of the Christmas cards that I made for this year. Sorry about such a long post, but had to fit them in before Christmas. Also wanted to share with you a few photos of our grandkids taken at their school program earlier this month.

Gracie: Age 5 pre Kindergarten



Tyler: Age 8 3rd Grade


Gracie and Gramma



This is the card I made for our son, Joey. Got into a habit of making him things with the Peanuts gang theme because Snoopy was always called Joe Cool. And our Joey thinks he is pretty cool. Besides - I love the Peanuts Gang

MENU:
SS: non SU
CS: Glorious Green, DSP (retired), WW
INK: Black Staz On, Markers
Accessories: WW Taffeta Ribbon
Thanks To: Split Coast Stampers


A super simple, yet pretty card...

MENU:
SS:Bright Christmas
CS: WW, DSP
INK: Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke
Accessories: Cherry Cobbler Satin Ribbon, Eyelet Border Punch
Thanks to: Stampin' Connection



Just had to give this technique another try.

MENU:
SS: Welcome Christmas, Season of Friendship, Lovely As A Tree
CS: Not Quite Navy, Basic Black, Glossy WW
INK: Staz On Black, Not Quite Navy
Accessories: Window Sheet (Acetate)
Technique: Mirror Image
Thanks To: Lorri Heiling


This is one of the cards the ladies made at our December Stamp A Stack

MENU:
SS: Teeny Tiny Wishes
CS: Marina Mist, WW, Brushed Silver
INK: Marina Mist
Accessories: Northern Frost extended length die, Big Shot, Large Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, WW 5/8" Satin Ribbon, Antique Brads, Square Lattice EF, Dimensionals
Thanks to: Glenda Calkins


MENU:
SS: Word Play, Tags Til Christmas
CS:Bashful Blue, Night of Navy, WW, Brushed Gold and Brushed Silver (for the ornament "strings")
INK: Night of Navy
Accessories: Northern Flurries EF, Big Shot, Ornament Punch, Gold EP, Silver EP, Dimensional
Thanks To: Leann Greff




MENU:
SS: Holiday Lineup, Four the Holidays
CS: WW, Night of Navy, Retired DSP
INK: Baja Breeze, Staz On Jet Black, variety of markers, Versa Mark
Accessories: Big Shot, Northern Frost extended die, Iridescent Ice, Sponge
Thanks To: Stampin' Connection

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Merry Christmas
Christi
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On Dasher, On Dancer on Prancer and Vixen...

Thursday, December 23, 2010
Just a few more days to share some Christmas cards with you. I have always loved the Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer story. It's fun and whimsical, but this stamp isn't Rudolph - it's Dasher! I just love the swirly antlers. Almost makes me believe he can fly.

I hope you are all enjoying this most beloved season of the year.

Merry Christmas!
MENU:
SS: Dasher, Christmas Greetings
CS: Crumb Cake, Baja Breeze, DSP, Very Vanilla
INK: Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Top Note Die, Big Shot, Very Vanilla 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon
Thanks to: The Stampin' Connection

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Happy Stamping!!

Christi
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Teddy and Train

Wednesday, December 22, 2010
This is a card I made for sweet little Caleb. Even though Caleb is nearly one year old it is still his first Christmas. I thought this was a sweet card for a sweet boy.


MENU:
SS: Teddy and Train, Lovely As A Tree, Cardinal Christmas
CS: Old Olive, Real Red, WW, Watercolor Paper, Marina Mist
INK: Black StazOn, Old Olive, Markers, Bashful Blue
Accessories: Perfect Dots EF, Big Shot, Ribbon: 1/8" Real Red, Old Olive Taffeta1/2" Circle Punch, Silver Tinsel, Dimensionals
Thanks to: the Stampin' Connection

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Happy Stamping!!

Christi
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A Nutcracker Christmas

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

My friend, Sue, loves Nutcrackers and has a variety collection of them to put out at Christmas time, so when I saw this punch art Nutcracker/Soldier I couldn’t resist making one for her Christmas card.

nutcracker christmas

MENU:

SS: Seasonal Sentiments, French Filigree Background
CS: Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Blush Blossom (retired), Real Red, Basic Black, Brilliant Blue (retired), Night of Navy, WW, Summer Sun (retired)
INK: Versa Mark
Accessories, Gold EP, Heat Tool, Rhinestone Brad, Punches: Key Tag, Word Window, 1/4”, 1/2” and 1-1/4” Circle, Small oval, Five Petal. I used the small eyes from the 2 step Owl for his eyes and it worked perfectly, then I raised him up with dimensionals.

Thank you goes out to creativecraftfusions.blogspot.com for this great idea.

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Happy Stamping!!

Christi

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Singing Reindeer

Monday, December 20, 2010

I have been supplying our church choir director (Pastor of Worship and Fine Arts) with cards for all the choir members including their birthdays, graduations, get well, baby congratulations, and Christmas. This is the card I made for them this year. I couldn’t resist this cute idea from Theresa Romani, using all the great punches to create a singing reindeer.

Singing Reindeers (1) Singing Reindeers That’s a lot of reindeer!!

MENU:
SS: Serene Snowflakes
CS: Bashful Blue, WW, Creamy Caramel, Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Basic Black
INK: Bashful Blue
Accessories: Scribble Swirls Sizzix Sizzlit, Big Shot, Sponge, Dimensionals, Punches: Small, Large, and Wide Oval, 3/4” and 1 3/4” Circle, Word Window.
The song book was and cut simply by cutting a piece of cardstock 1 7/8” wide, then folding it in half and cutting on an angle

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Make a Joyful Noise!!

Christi

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Sunday Share

Sunday, December 19, 2010
Last night we had a concert at our church with guest artist Michael Card. What a wonderful time of worship and praise to our Savior. What a wonderful evening celebrating the love of our God that He would give us His one and only Son in such a humble way to redeem the world. Praying that your focus this Christmas season is on the Christ Child and the Gift He was for all mankind.

With the Christmas season here I wanted to share this
BEAUTIFUL SONG sung by Michael Card.

I have many favorites, but this one is like number 2 on my favorite Christmas songs.

Stay tuned to Christmas morning to hear my number 1 favorite Christmas song.

I had a special treat - besides seeing Michael Card, that is... my very Special and Dear Friend, Becky and her husband came up from Fort Wayne, Indiana to come to the concert with us. Becky and I have been Pen Pals since I was 12 and she was 11 - so you do the math: (we have been Pen Pals for 41 years.
)



And this is the beautiful purse/bag that she made for me for me!! She is a very gifted seamstress and I have been the recipient of many of her beautiful creations. Added as a bonus inside the purse was a 21 day devotional that I am excited about diving into.



Thank you, Becky, for a most memorable evening! I love you!!

Christi


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A Wish For Peace

Friday, December 17, 2010
These two cards were made using the stamp set A WISH FOR PEACE. Thanks to my dear friend Sue who let me borrow her stamp set.

I love this technique - I call it Faux Silk. First you stamp on tissue paper then crumple it all up, then after carefully opening it up attach it to your card stock using All Purpose Glue Stick.
Thanks To: France Martin

This second card is a spoiler alert. It is one we will be making at this months Stamp A Stack class.


This one was used for our Stamp A Stack this month as well.

MENU:
SS: A Wish For Peace
CS: Not Quite Navy, WW,
INK: WW Craft, Not Quite Navy
Accessories: All Purpose Glue Stick, Two Way Glue, Dazzling Diamonds, Sponge, Top Note Die, Big Shot, Dimensionals

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Merry Christmas!!

Christi







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Peace On Earth

Thursday, December 16, 2010
Just wanted to share a couple more Christmas cards...Hope all your Christmas plans are coming together and you are able to relax and enjoy the real reason for this season.

MENU:
SS: Peaceful Season
CS: Very Vanilla, Brushed Gold
INK: Versa Mark
Accessories: Gold EP, Very Vanilla 5/8" Satin Ribbon, Petals A Plenty EF, Big Shot
Thanks To: Patricia G.



MENU:
SS: A Wish For Peace, Lovely As A Tree
CS: Garden Green, Very Vanilla, Riding Hood Red
INK: Garden Green, Night of Navy, Riding Hood Red
Accessories: Crochet Ribbon, Corner Rounder
Thanks To: Marilyn

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Merry Christmas!!

Christi
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Magic Card

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

When I saw this idea for a Magic Card on Stampin’ Connection I was intrigued and wanted to give it a whirl.

magic card 1magic card 3 magic card 2 I wouldn’t say this was the easiest technique to do and I highly doubt I will teach it at on of my Techniques Classes, but I had to at least try it for myself. Click here for the tutorial from Splitcoaststampers.com

MENU:
SS: Cardinal Christmas
CS: Riding Hood Red, WW, Window Sheet
INK: StazOn Jet Black, Riding Hood Red, Always Artichoke, So Saffron
Accessories: Circle (oval) cutter, XL Two Step Bird Punch

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Happy Stamping!!

Christi

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White Christmas

Tuesday, December 14, 2010
ONLY ELEVEN MORE DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS!!!

Click HERE to hear a favorite song chosen especially for my out of state family and friends who don't get to enjoy the beauty of snow covering your lawn on a bright, crisp, Christmas morning. Oh how I wish we could all be together again to enjoy the day together. You know who you are...and I miss you!!


And a fun card to share... This is the card that I made for our grandson, Tyler. I kind of miss the days when my own kids were little and would go outside to play in the snow. We have a small hill going to our backyard and the kids enjoy sliding down it in the winter.



MENU:
SS: none, words were computer generated
CS: Baja Breeze, Ski Slope DSP (retired), WW, Basic Black, Marina Mist, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red
INK: Baja Breeze
Accessories: Black Marker, Punches: 1 3/4" Circle, 1 1/4" circle, 1 3/8" Circle, Small Oval, Modern Label, Boho Blossom, Two way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds, White gel pen
Thanks To: Lois Phoenix

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Happy Stamping and Merry Christmas

Christi
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Make Over's

Monday, December 13, 2010
Now that the craft sale season is over it is time to evaluate what sold and what did not sell, what we can do better or just different for next years sales. You may remember the Monkey Juice from a previous blog There were a few of these left after the craft sale so I decided to let the kids drink the juice and I just didn't have the heart to throw out all those cute monkey faces so I turned them into a scrapbook page
Another item I made for craft sales were these 3x3 note cards with a coordinating tote all with a cute bee theme. Well, for whatever reason, these did not sell either so earlier I revamped them - sold the tote seperately with some Bit O Honey (one of my favorites!!) candy


then I attached the 3x3 cards to a bear shaped honey container - and guess what? they ALL SOLD!! guess it is all in the packaging!!



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Happy Stamping!!

Christi








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This Way to the North Pole

Sunday, December 12, 2010

I am simply amazed at all the cute cards I have seen by Lynda Lee using the XL Two Step Owl Punch. I actually had made this card before Glenda gave us our 'owl punch challenge' and I gave this cute little penguin card to our grand daughter Gracie for Christmas. The kids love it when they get a special card just for them.

DSCF0001 DSCF0002 What a cute little penguin!!

MENU:
SS: Cold and Cuddly
CS: Bashful Blue, WW, Bashful Blue DSP (last years prints), Pumpkin Pie
INK: Bashful Blue, Basic Black, Markers: Melon Mambo, More Mustard, So Saffron, Concord Crush
Accessories: XL Two Step Owl Punch, Bashful Blue taffeta ribbon, Scallop Border Punch, Paper piercer and Mat, White Gel Pen, Dimensionals

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Happy Stamping!!

Christi

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Coloring with Bleach

Saturday, December 11, 2010



This Technique was fun and it is so very versatile. The ladies were saying how cute it would look and what they could do with different colored card stock. I so enjoy my techniques class with these ladies. This is the card we made...

We embossed our rose image from Fifth Avenue Floral by using Versa Mark ink and black Embossing Powder then we filled up an aqua painter with liquid bleach and wherever we wanted our rose to be bleached out is where we would apply the bleach. Then by adding 2 Way Glue and Dazzling Diamonds it really makes it sparkle. One thing we did learn is that you don't leave bleach in the aqua painter because bleach will loose it's potency, and not react they way you want it to.
MENU:
CS: Naturals Ivory, Basic Black, Marina Mist
Accessories: Chantilly Lace, Antiques Brads, Top Note Die, Big Shot
Thanks to: France Martin

Here is another card I made using the same technique:Don't you just love these cute little snowmen!!
MENU:
SS: Holiday Lineup, Many Merry Messages, Serene Snowflakes
CS: Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Baja Breeze, WW
INK: Versa Mark, Chocolate Chip Craft Ink, WW Craft Ink, Baja Breeze
Accessories: Markers: Baja Breeze and Pumpkin Pie, Aqua Painter, Bleach, Clear EP, Black EP
Top Note Die, Big Shot, Snowflake Punch, Baja Breeze Corduroy Brad (retired)
Thanks To: France Martin

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Happy Stamping!!

Christi
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