CC186: holiday cards

I knew I would be busy this week, so I asked the ever talented Jodi to fill in for me as a Guest Color Challenge Hostess.  Well, I ended up finding a few minutes to play today and made these!  I love the idea of a personalized holiday card – and it was easy to do!  Plus, you can leave the letters on your block and do several different cards – using different items in the centers, a monogram letter in the middle, etc to change it up!

I don’t make my Christmas cards anymore – I made digital photo cards  now and have released myself from that duty, lol!  But I do send a few real cards for various reasons.  I always send some kind of gift to the teachers and they don’t need a photo card, etc.  So today, I used the Color Challenge to make a few of those.

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supplies: Just Rite Small Letter Set; any of the round DIY blocks from Just Rite; baja breeze, really rust, chocolate chip and white cardstock; classic square nestabilities; classic circle nestabilities; SU circle punches; chocolate satin from Michael’s; BasicGrey Christmas paper from last year; star from Holiday Treats from PTI; really rust and baja breeze ink.

And here is the second card….

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supplies:  Just Rite Small Letter Set; any of the round DIY blocks from Just Rite; baja breeze, really rust, chocolate chip and white cardstock; Really rust and baja breeze ink; dimensionals; chocolate satin from Michael’s; Basic Grey Figgy Pudding 6×6 pad;  classic circle nestabilities; SU circle punches.

And in case you haven’t checked them out – The Stamp Castle has all the NEW JustRite products in stock and shipping NOW!  I can’t wait to try some out – very cool new options for personalizing darn near anything!

And just one last day to take advantage of the FREE Terrifically Tacky Tape!

Offer expires 9/30/08.

Go to Scrapbookpal.com.

Purchase *anything*!

Add the coupon code STICKY on the view cart page (Just type sticky into the box for coupons and click *add to cart* and the free 1/8 in tape will appear! You do not need to add it to your card first!)

That’s it! And in case you need help finding something to purchase – I buy my Mono Multi (you know – best glue ever!!!) there as well as my Nestabilities! (They even have a good price on Zip Dry for those of you who prefer that!) Just remember – FREE shipping if you spend over $25! I love this cause I hate to pay for shipping!

I’ll be back later with my next Sneak Peek at Gina K’s newest release!

Gina K Sneak Peeks!

Two of them!  And gosh y’all – there are so many fab stamps this round!  And the other goodies – really fabulous stuff coming out!  I’ll share just a few of them today – but be sure to click on the other Design Team links at the end and maybe you’ll catch a few more surprises!!

My first card is a fairly simple one using Rupa Shevda’s new set, The Magic Of Christmas.  But I just love the gorgeous snowflakes in this set and had to do something with them.

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Supplies: The Magic of Christmas by Rupa Shevda for Gina K Designs (coming soon!); going gray ink; silver Atyou Spica glitter pen (to trace the sentiment); silver metallic cardstock from LSS; white cardstock;long rectangle nestabilities; dimensionals; Pure Luxury ribbon by Gina K Designs (coming soon!); sponge and Antique Linen Ranger Distress ink.

Aren’t those so pretty??  And there’s much more loveliness in that set!

Next up is a peek at Gina K’s new set, Warm and Cozy Christmas.  This is an ADORABLE set!  And this is one of my favorite cards in awhile – I hope that’s not snotty to say, lol!

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supplies: Warm and Cozy Christmas by Gina K Designs (coming soon!);  vintage cream, always artichoke, and riding hood red cardstock; SU watercolor paper; niji waterbrush; reinkers; niji pearlescent watercolors; dimensionals;  classic square nestabilities; snowflake cuttlebug folder; sponge; Antique Linen Ranger Distress ink; May Arts striped ribbon; Basic Grey patterned papers; stardust stickles; and Heidi Swapp Distresser.

You can’t see the pearlescent watercolors from Niji that I added – but I put some of the green on the tree….it made it look kind of textured or something.  Gave it a really realistic look in person!  I took an up close shot that might show it a bit better…but still it’s subtle and hard to photograph.

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So are you excited???  Gina also got Niji waterbrushes for the store!!  My all time favorite waterbrush!!!  They will be available with this release and the paints will be available soon!  Just wait – there’s so much more!!!

Check out the other FAB Design Team samples by Jessica, Carolyn, Melanie, Joanne, Lee, and Kurtis.  And of course GINA – find out all the info at her blog {here}!  I’ll be back with more samples tomorrow!

Happy Monday!

I hope you are all off to a great start to the week!  I have a few things to share this morning – but I’ll have to make it quick!  If I don’t get out the door early enough – I’ll hit all the rush hour traffic to downtown Fort Worth.  So here goes!

This is another card we made at class.  I gave everyone 2 choices on how they could make it – either a monogram or a sentiment.  The Stamp Castle carries these adorable 2X Stampers – they have a sentiment on one end and a picture on the other.  And they are pre-inked!  And you know what – everyone at class chose the sentiments!  They loved the cute fonts and they were very usable sentiments!  Here’s a pic of both options:

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supplies: 2X Stampers for sentiment; DIY Monogram Stamper  Damask “1-letter’ border set with Times New Roman font; white, kiwi kiss and black cardstock; patterned paper from Luxe Designs; dimensionals; long rectangle nestabilities;classic circle nestabilities; kiwi kiss ink; and black grosgrain ribbon.

We also made this at class….you know – I had resisted this PTI set for the longest time.  And I had 3 different requests for something with ladybugs in the last month!  So I guess I needed it, huh? ( And I don’t have my original of this card anymore so this is a pic of the one I made during class – and uh….you can tell I was a little distracted.  The sentiment is a bit crooked, etc….oh well!  You get the idea!)

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supplies: Little Lady by PTI; black, pure poppy and kraft cardstock; pure poppy and noir palette ink; black mini brads; and Heidi Swapp Distresser.

Don’t forget – Sneak Peek’s for Gina K’s release start Tuesday at 12:00AM!

There are only a few days left to get in on the FREE Terrifically Tacky Tape!

I love Terrifically Tacky Tape – the red liner stuff – so so useful!  You can get a roll of the 1/8 in (what I used to attach the paper around the lid of my *altoid* tin) for FREE! Offer expires 9/30/08.

Go to Scrapbookpal.com.

Purchase *anything*!

Add the coupon code STICKY on the view cart page (Just type sticky into the box for coupons and click *add to cart* and the free 1/8 in tape will appear! You do not need to add it to your card first!)

That’s it! And in case you need help finding something to purchase – I buy my Mono Multi (you know – best glue ever!!!) there as well as my Nestabilities! (They even have a good price on Zip Dry for those of you who prefer that!) Just remember – FREE shipping if you spend over $25! I love this cause I hate to pay for shipping!

Sparkly Halloween

Hello!  Well – I warned y’all it might be a little slow around here for awhile.  And to top off all the stressful stuff I have going on right now (I am so tired of driving to Fort Worth twice a day!) – we decided we wouldn’t wait to give the boys the Wii and we did it last night.   It was a blast!  But now we’re a little addicted so I’m getting nothing else done, lol!  We saved the other stuff we got for it for Christmas though.  (We were able to find Mario Kart the same day we got the Wii and we’re gonna save that.)  Also Toys R Us (which is where we’ve had the most luck finding stuff) had a special – buy 2 games get 1 Free.  They had to be 19.99 or less games…but we were able to find one for each of them.  So that’ll be cool!

I totally think my arm is sore from Wii bowling, but I rock at it, lol!  My avg is in the 160’s – waaaay better than the 85 I bowled when I took a class in college (and yes, that was for college credit, lol!  A ‘lifetime sports’ credit….riiiiiight).  And that boxing….dude – kicked my butt!  I swear I pulled some muscles…..and I was totally winded!  And I lost!   Oh well – it’s been fun!

Thank you so much for all the Wii tips.  We were able to find most everything we needed to get for it.  We got a few games to save for Christmas and then today Game Stop had a Buy 2 Get 1 Free deal so we got a few others….we haven’t even told the boys we have anything but Wii Sports and Wii Play yet though, lol!  It is a lot of fun – way more than any other game system I’ve ever played.  And you do have to be active – and I’m sore to prove it!

But I did teach a class Thursday night so I’ll share the things we made at that.   First is a sparkly Halloween card we made…I picked up this fab glittery paper pack by K&Company at Michael’s with a 40% off coupon a while back.

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supplies: Happy Haunting by Gina K Designs; light kiwi textured cardstock by Prism Papers; Glitter patterned paper by K &  Company; pumpkin pie and basic black cardstock; classic square nestabilities; dimensionals; black spica Atyou glitter pen (for web); pumpkin pie grosgrain ribbon; and palette noir ink.

I don’t usually send or make Halloween cards – but I love the glittery fun in this one!  I will be a bit better about posting this week, but the next few are still going to be a bit rough while we get through some stuff.  Make sure you tune in later this week though – Gina K has a new release and the previews start Tuesday!  I LOVE LOVE LOVE what she’s got coming and I know y’all will too!  I’ll have a sneak peek to show every day and then I’m sure I’ll have a few more for the chat party!  Have a great Sunday!

Sparkly goodness…

As a paper crafter – and a girl – it’s my job to continually be on the look out for newer and more sparkly products on the market.  Right?  The other day I emailed Gina and asked her if she’d seen these paints by Niji – she said they carried them in the retail store if I wanted to get some.  Here’s my first try with them…..I feel a “Stuff I Like” post coming soon about these!

Here’s the card I made – obviously for a little girl!

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supplies: Eloise Greengrass image from Stampingbella; Brilliance Graphite Black ink; heat tool;Copic Ciao markers; wide satin from my share; dimensionals; patterned paper from Daisy D’s; white textured cardstock from Prism Papers; pink textured/pearlized paper from Bazzil;  classic rectangle nestabilities; water color and cosmos ultra fine transparent glitter from Art Glitter Institute; niji pearlescent watercolors;  and niji waterbrush.

There were too many Copics used in this to take a pic, but here is a list:

YR31, Y15, Y06, G02, G000, G00, R20, R22, R27, YR00, E50

And to try and show you the actual amount of sparkle (and yes – that Art Institute Glitter is THAT sparkly!!) the Niji pearlescent watercolors give – here’s an up close of her dress…

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Pretty sweet, huh?  Perfect for a little girl!  I don’t get to make too many little girl cards – it was fun making this one extra sparkly!

And there is still time to get in on your FREE roll of Terrifically Tacky Tape!

I love Terrifically Tacky Tape – the red liner stuff – so so useful!  You can get a roll of the 1/8 in (what I used to attach the paper around the lid of my *altoid* tin) for FREE! Offer expires 9/30/08.

Go to Scrapbookpal.com.

Purchase *anything*!

Add the coupon code STICKY on the view cart page (Just type sticky into the box for coupons and click *add to cart* and the free 1/8 in tape will appear! You do not need to add it to your card first!)

That’s it! And in case you need help finding something to purchase – I buy my Mono Multi (you know – best glue ever!!!) there as well as my Nestabilities! (They even have a good price on Zip Dry for those of you who prefer that!) Just remember – FREE shipping if you spend over $25! I love this cause I hate to pay for shipping!

Digital Freebie: Kraft Paper Pack

Remember that paper pack I said I was working on awhile back??  Well, it’s been sitting here on my hard drive finished…I just hadn’t made a preview for it.  So while I was transferring files from one laptop to another this evening, I made one!  So here is!

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Download Freebie HERE~!

You can find another coordinating frame and paper {here}!

I think this is my favorite product yet!  I hope you all enjoy it!  If you use it on something, pretty please show me!!  I think it’s so so cool to see it in action – so send me a link so I can see!

Thanks for all the Wii tips, lol!  I guess they are pretty popular!  We had no trouble getting one – we’d stopped at Toys R Us yesterday for something else and the lady mentioned they were getting 30 this morning.  So Matthew stopped by before church and was able to get a Wii and Mario Kart (a fave of the boys)!  So that’s nice to have out of the way!  I’m sure we’ll pick up a few more things for it….and I really hope I can talk him into not waiting til Christmas – I’m terrible with surprises and waiting!

I’m still feeling junky – I’m just not sure if it’s allergies or a sinus infection….so I’ll just wait it out for now.  Hope y’all had a better weekend than me!  I spent most of it asleep.

Wii question….

so we’re contemplating this as a ‘family gift’ for Christmas this year.  We don’t have any game systems as I’ve always been pretty against them….but I think we can figure out ways for it to be more of a family thing and such.  Anyway – what do y’all recommend for games?  We’ll probably only start out with a few since all of it’s pretty $$~!

The boys are 5, 6 and 8…..obviously they’ve played computer games, but never many game system games so I guess I wouldn’t want them to be too hard.  What have you liked, if you have one?  What accessories do you recommend?  Any stores have a great bundle with extra remotes or whatever?

Thanks peeps!

blehhhhhhh…..

I’m sick.  I thought it was allergies….but now I suspect a sinus infection.  I’ve got some other things going on right now that will be taking up a lot of my time for a bit – and as they are not craft related, I won’t have anything to share from that.  I’m also trying to get all my files and such moved from this laptop to a new laptop (I totally filled my old one, lol!) and I have finally given over to Vista and will have to figure that out over the next few days too.  So a lot going on – and all I want to do is sleep.

So I have just a few things to share with y’all as I’ve not been in my stamp room for a few days.

First – I hope you had a great Talk Like A Pirate Day.  I didn’t get to continue my posts about it, but I did want to share my two favorite things.  One is a website that will translate an entire web page into pirate!  I think it is hilarious!  (there is also a gangsta one and I think it’s hysterical!)

Pirate-ize your Website Here

A sample of my website in pirate!  (Oh and you should try SCS or something!!!)

I had a matey/class-goer ask me about buyin’ one o’ me cards fer a weddin’ she be attendin’.  She really wanted ‘t t’ be special an’ passed along the’r info an’ weddin’ colors.  I thought that swabbiealizin’ ‘t wi’ th’ JustRite products would be perfect!

Th’ colors be ivory, copper an’ a bit o’ brown.  Here’s what I made!

Here’s the gangster one too, totally cracks me up, try viewing something like your church website or SU or something! I put my blog URL in and it made all my posts pirate-y! (http://emilygiovanni.com)

gangster version of my site

That’s for the gangster version (through gizoogle, lol!)

Here’s where you can do any site you want:

gangsterize your site

And my all-time favorite pirate info: <from this site>
Top Ten Pickup Lines for the Lady Pirates

By popular demand …

10. What are YOU doing here?

9. Is that a belayin’ pin in yer britches, or are ye … (this one is never completed)

8. Come show me how ye bury yer treasure, lad!

7. So, tell me, why do they call ye, “Cap’n Feathersword?”

6. That’s quite a cutlass ye got thar, what ye need is a good scabbard!

5. Aye, I guarantee ye, I’ve had a twenty percent decrease in me “lice ratio!”

4. I’ve crushed seventeen men’s skulls between me thighs!

3. C’mon, lad, shiver me timbers!

2. RAMMING SPEED!

…and the number one Female Pirate Pick-up Line:

1. You. Pants Off. Now!

There’s even men’s pickup lines too!

Top Ten Pickup lines for use on International Talk Like a Pirate Day

10 . Avast, me proud beauty! Wanna know why my Roger is so Jolly?

9. Have ya ever met a man with a real yardarm?

8. Come on up and see me urchins.

7. Yes, that is a hornpipe in my pocket and I am happy to see you.

6. I’d love to drop anchor in your lagoon.

5. Pardon me, but would ya mind if fired me cannon through your porthole?

4. How’d you like to scrape the barnacles off of me rudder?

3. Ya know, darlin’, I’m 97 percent chum free.

2. Well blow me down?

And the number one pickup line for use on International Talk Like a Pirate Day is …

1. Prepare to be boarded.

So dasn’t forget yer swashbuckler speak today!

And on a more serious note – Carolyn King (Cammie) is doing an AMAZING giveaway to raise awareness of World Alzheimer’s Day.  You can find all the info {here} – her prize package from various companies is over $800!!!  You do NOT want to miss your chance to win this one!

Also, my friend Alana is doing a May Arts Ribbon share on her blog and she has picked some GORGEOUS ribbons to play with!  You can see what she’s offering and get all the details on her blog {here}!

Alright – I’m going to bed.  I’ve half-lost my voice today….and not from usage.

Weddings

I had a friend/class-goer ask me about buying one of my cards for a wedding she was attending.  She really wanted it to be special and passed along their info and wedding colors.  I thought that personalizing it with the JustRite products would be perfect!

The colors were ivory, copper and a bit of brown.  Here’s what I made!

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supplies: JustRite Small Letter Set DIY Monogram Stamper with Special Occasions font; classic circle nestabilities; copper cord from SU; vintage cream cardstock from PTI; dark chocolate palette ink; dimensionals; cuttlebug folder; brown satin ribbon from Michaels; Rectangular DIY Monogram Stamper (for envelope) and copper metallic cardstock from Michaels.

See how the envelope has their new married initials on it too?  I love that!  I went ahead and stamped a few of the main circles because just in case I messed it up, I didn’t want to have to spell all that out again!  So when I didn’t end up using them, I mounted them on copper scalloped circles and included a bit of copper cord.  I figured she could use them on their gift or whatever.

I love how easy that was to make a truly personalized gift – I know I would have saved something like this from my wedding – or framed it or something!  And it was simple to make!

Now – this is from The Stamp Castle’s website:  It’s almost price increase time!  So if you want to get in on the prices they have now – you only have a few more days!

HURRY! SAVE 14-25% before September 20th!
Effective September 20, 2008 we will be increasing prices on our current line (The New Items Pre-Order section is staying as is).
This is the first increase in three years and is the result of material, labor and transportation cost increase we have experienced.
Our manufacturer has already raised our costs as of Sept. 1st, but we wanted to pass the savings on to you for a little while longer.
Hurry, this is your last chance to save 14-25%!  

The Stamp Castle coupon – expires 9/20/08:

free shipping on orders $40 or over
-code: SUMMER
-have to select regular Priority shipping
-valid on orders shipping to continental U.S. states only (excludes Hawaii and Alaska)

To shop at The Stamp Castle, click {here}. Enjoy!

You can even check out the NEWEST goodies coming out at the end of the month {here} – I cannot WAIT to try some of these!!  Particularly that Harmony rectangle block and that fabulous Brayton font!!

Just a giggle….

This makes me laugh….and I needed that right now!

So that’s my inane funny for today….