Sunday, December 30, 2012

Stamp Sets & Accessories Retiring in ONE Month

Hi Friends!

I hope you're enjoying the last couple days of 2012. I'm enjoying my last few days at home in San Diego with my family and friends.

As you may know, the new Spring/Summer CTMH Idea Book releases on February 1st...I'm SO excited!!! But with the release of lots of fun new products, we must say goodbye to some oldies but goodies.

There are quite a few items retiring. I've pictured some of my favorite/popular stamp sets and accessories which will be GONE FOREVER on January 31, but you can still get them for (while supplies last)!

See a list of ALL retiring products >

Shop here >

Kick Back $17.95

Super Hero $13.95

A Rainbow $6.95

Chocolate Alphabet $17.95

Classmate Alphabet $17.95

Happy Camper $13.95

Paper Lantern $13.95

Remarkable Wreath $13.95

Splendid Day $17.95

Trees & Things $17.95

Simple Memories $17.95

Stella Canvas Shapes

Pemberly Paper Pack

Flirty Paper Pack

Bohemian Assortment

Bouquet Assortment

Autumn Lane Assortment

Boutique Assortment

Shimmer Designer Brads

Rhinestone Designer Brads (I LOVE these!)

Milepost Shapes

Bling Assortment (SOOO sad about this!)

Be sure to snag what you want now because everything will be retired after January 31 or until supply is gone. Shop now >

If you'd like to see a list of all retiring items, go here >

P.S. Be sure to check out the Clearance items while you're on my items are being added all the time. Really great deals!

Monday, December 24, 2012

My Mom's Christmas Cards

My parents came to visit my hubby and me in Seattle for Thanksgiving, and my mom and I did a lot of crafting throughout the week. She got all of her Christmas cards done!

Here are a majority of them...

And here are some close-ups of a few of my favorites. I also really like that ornament one on the bottom right but my picture of it came out blurry. This first is my favorite. I just LOVE that red glittery damask paper. It's SO sparkly in person. All of the white paper is glittery also, but it's hard to tell in the pictures.


I love that my mom is into cardmaking...we have so much fun crafting together. I get my crafty gene from her, but she never really papercrafted until I introduced her to it :)

Today starts a whirlwind couple of days for me, but so fun. Up to Orange County (1 hr away) for Christmas eve lunch with FIL's side of family, then to my parents' for our Christmas Eve celebration. My family has always celebrated Christmas and opened gifts on Christmas Eve. Then Christmas morning we'll head down to hubby's parents' house (30 min away) for Christmas morning breakfast and opening gifts. Then afternoon head to LA (2+ hrs away) for Christmas dinner with their long-time family friends. Whew...I'm gonna need a day of rest on the 26th.

Merry Christmas, y'all!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Gift Card Holders for Casey

One of my dad's former co-workers orders 5 gift card holders from me every year. This is what I made for her this year. I pretty much CASEd the design from Amie Kiger...I just loved hers! But I used a different Embossing folder. This is the subway art-type folder I mentioned yesterday. I made them all pretty much the same but with different colors of green and each one has a different type of bling in the center of the flowers.

This bling is my favorite. If you like it, too, you'd better snag the Boutique Assortment before it retires on Jan. 31!

I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas! I'll be back tomorrow with one more Christmas post of my mom's Christmas cards.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Sending Love From Seattle

We've reached the last of my Christmas cards! This card is the one I made the most of to send out to family. I didn't go all out and send to everyone on my Christmas list this year, but I sent these cards to my family who lives places other than Seattle (which is everyone but my cousin). And I also sold several sets to my co-workers at Starbucks, because how fun is this card to send out?!

I got the Space Needle and "Sending love from Seattle" stamps from Impress Stamps soon after moving to Seattle last year. I thought they were so cool since my family isn't from there but didn't have a plan in mind when I bought them. I also got the snowy embossing folder from Impress as well...just this season. It's a Sizzix folder and also came with a subway art-type Christmas embossing folder as well. I hadn't seen that set anywhere else so I was pretty excited when I found it. (You'll see the Subway Art folder tomorrow.)

TIP: Stamp first, then run your paper thru the embossing folder.

Some silver shimmer trim and baker's twine finished off the look nicely. You know I couldn't send out my Christmas cards without my favorite shimmer trim! I used some cranberry and some olive baker's twine.

I used Archival black ink for stamping because it seems so much more vivid than the regular black dye ink. (But it does stain your stamps.)

That's all for my personal Christmas cards, but don't worry, I still have 2 more Christmas posts coming for gift card holders and Christmas cards that my mom made this year ;)

I hope you're all enjoying this magical time of year. I'm having a BLAST in San Diego with my family.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

Here's my last Christmas card from my Christmas Card Workshop to share with you! I do still have one more tomorrow, though. The card I made as mine and my hubby's personal card that we sent to everyone.

This card is from the Pear & Partridge Cardmaking Workshop on the Go. I think I actually followed the instructions as written...that's not a normal occurrence for me! Oh wait, no, I added Cranberry ribbon instead of using the tan ribbon that came with the kit. But it's mostly the same.

The "A Merry Little" part was kind of tricky. I stamped it a second time in cranberry ink then cut it out as a banner. Easy enough, but I had to keep re-cutting it because you have to cut it REALLY close to the letters. A little red glitz glitter finished it off nicely.

Be back tomorrow with my last Christmas card of the season.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Merry Christmas Banners Card

I'm almost done sharing my 2012 Christmas cards with you. Still a few to go, though.

This one was inspired by Debby Hughes' Congratulations card. I used the Pear & Partridge paper pack and if you look closely on the red you can see the bird I stamped from the P&P Cardmaking WOTG kit. The red sparkles are also from the kit.

Lots of dimension on this can kind of see more of it below.

Here's a trick to cutting your banners. First, cut a 1" (or so) slit right down the middle of the "tail" end, where the "tails" of the banner will come together.Then snip from the corner of each side up to where the slit ends. This will ensure that both sides of your banner are even. I hope I explained that well enough without photos. (Or you can use the Art Philosophy cartridge to cut your banners!)

See you again tomorrow!

Don't forget about the awesome Whoo's Your Valentine promo...spend $35 and get the kit for only $10. The kit on its own is a $40 value and includes a MUST-HAVE stamp set that you can use again and again...for so many things besides Valentines. Shop now >

Here's what the stamp set looks like...

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Celebrate the Season Card

Here's another card from my Christmas Card workshop, inspired by this one.

I used retired CTMH papers from the Believe paper pack, a Cricut cut from Art Philosophy, Universal Backgrounds Stamp Set, and the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug embossing folder.

The ink is Holiday Red (now retired) and Sweet Leaf. It's kind of hard to see, but I stamped the music notes from Universal Backgrounds onto the Cricut-cut shape in 2nd Generation Sweet Leaf Ink. To do this, ink up your stamp in Sweet Leaf, then stamp into scratch paper. Without re-inking, stamp again onto your shape. Now you have a lighter version of the ink, perfect for a background. To ink the edges of the white papers, I brushed the ink pad right onto the paper.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Triple Time Stamping with A Holiday

Here's another Triple Time card using the retired "A Holiday" stamp set. You can see my first Triple Time card HERE. I used the December Stamp of the Month, "Year-Round Cheer" for the sentiment again.

Here's what the Year-Round Cheer set looks like again. Remember you can get it for only $5 this month with a $50 purchase.
 And you'll also qualify for the Whooo's Your Valentine kit for only $10 (with a $35 purchase.)

Tonight I'm leaving to go "home" to San Diego. I am SO excited to get to spend a whole 2.5 weeks back home!!! (I think my manager at Starbucks is kicking himself for letting me have that much time off!) But I'm ecstatic...I miss my family so much! 

Don't worry, I still have more to share with you even whilst away ;)

Monday, December 17, 2012

Remarkable Wreath Christmas Cards

I'm back with 2 more cards to share from my Christmas Card Workshop. Both of these cards feature the Remarkable Wreath stamp set, which is retiring on January 31. So if you like these cards and need the stamp set, you better snag it now!

This first card uses a new technique I learned, called Triple Time Stamping. I first saw Amy Kiger's card, which led me to Dawn's video to learn how to do it. It's easier than it looks and very addicting ;)

The "merry & bright" stamp is from a very old and retired set, but still a favorite, "Christmas Melodies." It's actually a set that came in my New Consultant Kit over 4 years ago ;) I added some red glitz glitter to some of the berries for sparkle. I can't have a card without sparkle now, can I?!

This next card uses the retired Elemental paper and was inspired by Kelly English-Triggs. The sentiment in the middle is from the December Stamp of the Month, "Year-Round Cheer" (still available for just $5). I inked up just the sentiment.

I added red glitz glitter to some of the berries on this card, too. (Be careful when adding "wet" glitter to red ink, it can bleed if you add more than a very tiny dot.) I think the border punch really complements the design in the Elemental paper. It's from Martha Stewart. I picked it up at Ross of all places for only $4.99 last year...SCORE!

Here's what the Year-Round Cheer stamp set looks like. It's just $5 with a $50 purchase on my website. Which also qualifies you for the Whooo's Your Valentine kit for only $10!! Double score!!

See you lovelies tomorrow!