Sunday, November 22, 2009

Glittered Stockings

I found a little time to start my Christmas cards today! Yay for Kay! These are very simple and easy to mass-produce. My new PTI Stocking Prints set was begging to be inked. I can think a million thinks about the many ways to use this set, but today my goal was simple and easy!
First off, some time ago when my sister was cleaning out her stash (shouldn't we all do that once in a while?!), she gave me a pack of cream colored cards and envelopes. Simple and easy! Nice big size too! Next, I chose a glittery Christmas designer paper from My Minds Eye Signature Christmas. It was already glittered and aged and its beautiful! Once again, simple and easy!
After stamping the stocking in chocolate chip ink and cutting out with a fine-tip pair of scissors, I added a chocolate chip scallop border (Martha Stewart wide scallop) and a bow. Sentiment is also from the Stocking Print stamp set -- such pretty handwriting! I added a few crystal gems and wa-la -- simple and easy Christmas cards! Oh -- and one more thing ... that's a picture of my sister & I in the teeny tiny little picture frame on the shelf in the first picture. She's the best! She's going to cook our Thanksgiving dinner! I'm so thankful! I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving. I have SO much to be thankful for. Make a joyful noise to the Lord!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Vintage Journals

Happy is the heart that is busy making journals for the Women's Christmas Tea! (See prior post) Here we have a table full of lovlies for my guests. I learned some tips and tricks this time around ... Rub-on's do their thing better with my fingernail than with a popsicle stick! I must have broken a dozen popsicle sticks before I learned the secret! (yes, I'm blond) Another thing I learned is how much fun it is to mix and match various flowers and chipboards, laced with glitter and stickles!
The vintage feel of old sheet music is a winner! If you don't have a music sheet type of stamp, get thee to your local scrapbook store. It just warms up everything -- paper, chipboard, flowers!

Look at that lovely new K&Company paper mache' flower?! Drool. And another thing is ... A girl can never under-estimate the power of her ribbon stash.
I used PTI's new Take Note stamp set for most of the tags, and the rectangle in the center is stamped first, then hand-stitched with a brown fine tip pen, and then cut with decorative scissors. Lots of subtle backgrounds here, so the glitter and bling would really stand out. I'm planning to put these into simple glassine bags, they are just so pretty all by themselves!
The inside looks stinkin' adorable, all dolled up with clever stamps from Take Note. I am quickly falling in love with that set! Have a great weekend!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

With Grace Journal

This homespun journal was created because I'm feeling a little bit shabby chic and Victorian all at once. My thoughts are filled with preparations to host a table for the Christmas Women's Tea - it will be beautiful! Lace tablecloth, candles, sparkling white dishes with a different tea cup and saucer for each place setting. And of course, a glittery, sparkly, scrap-booky gift for each precious lady!
Cardstock is PTI Sweet Blush, stamped with PTI's Polka Dot Basics on the bottom third, journaling lines in the center third, and french script on the top third -- all tone on tone so it's very soft. Everything - absolutely everything - is inked with Fresh Snow and/or Antique Linen. I added some rub-on's in the corners. The chipboard flourish was first inked with Fresh Snow, then glittered with crystal stickles. I also glittered many of the lines in the flourish stamps here and there, and then added some pearl embellies and white satin ribbon.
I tried a new way to cover my notebooks, by using one full sheet scored at the binding (rather than making it an exact fit and then covering the back separately). I found this to be a snap and I love the way it leaves a generous border around the notebook, enough to thread a ribbon closure. There is something about Victorian and nostalgia that I just love!
The inside was easy to doll up, using a vintage rose stamp from Stampin Up. And yes, I really did stamp each and every page in the notebook. It speaks love, the kind of love you feel when you dip lace in tea, and when you bake homemade Cinnamon rolls, and listen to Bing Crosby sing White Christmas. Do you feel the love?
Notes from home is from PTI's Vintage Picnic Sentiments. This little list can hold about any thoughts you can think! Grocery lists, sweet nothings for your family, an address, a Christmas or birthday list. Do you do shabby chic? I can't wait to do more!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Owl-ways In My Heart

I had a little Unity Fun today (okay -- a LOT) with the October KOM! How caaauuute is this owl?! He's a rock-star! I used some fun paper by GCB Studio called Chic BeBe (I found it at Michaels), which is an eclectic mix of double-sided yummy papers. This piece already had the cute scalopped edge, so I made good use of it!

With a teeny tiny bit of copic coloring, and smattering of sponging around the background of this little guy, I thought he was good to go! I embellished the eyes with pink shiny flat metal stickers, they came on a card much like tiny crystal embellishments do. I think I'll name him Moe. He just looks like a Moe!
The squiggles on the chocolate brown card stock at the bottom of the card, this is an old TAC stamp that I wouldn't take a million bucks for! I used PTI Snow Ink. Moe is always gonna be in my heart, I just know it. Ya wanna know sumpthin tricksy? All this started because I bought this really darn cute shoulder bag that looks like something out of the 70s, and has an applique owl on it, looks much like Moe here! I'm sending it to my nice neice who is away at college, so I needed a card to go with it. But hey -- you know me. Why make one Moe when you can have a bundle of Moe's?! AND *yes there's more* I stamped a gazillion more Moe's onto white tissue paper before packing her shoulder bag. Ahhh-More Moe! LOL

I turned some Moe's sideways on the card, and other Moe's vertical - just to be Moe Different. The fabulous green glitter chipboard hearts are by K&Company, and I embellished some of the hearts with the metal stickers (those things really ROCK). Hellow, my name is Moe!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Knit Purl ... Knit Purl

Ohhh, how pretty is Karen's Lockhart's Knit Purl Basket Stamp! Me, myself, and I do not knit, crochet, or even sew ... but I know plenty of people who have those talents and this set is for one such lady. Some time ago, Carol made a lap blanket for a friend who found herself unexpectedly in the hospital, fighting an infection that threatened to take her life. Carol then asked her Sunday School class to pray over the lap blanket before taking it to the hospital. It was a beautiful thought and the gift meant a lot to the recipient. So ....
before you knew it, many ladies were making many lap blankets with many many balls of yarn! And sent them to many people who were very sick with cancer, tumors, infections, surgeries, etc. But never a lap blanket gets sent without first having 20-30 people each hold an edge and cover that person and the lap blanket in prayer. Such a simple idea. Such a big impact.
I feel so privileged to know Carol. And I wanted her to know. Enjoy!