Thursday, December 18, 2014

Happy Hanukkah!

Each year, I make hanukkah cards for our daughter Aileen and her husband, as well as for Josh's family. I know they enjoy receiving the cards just as much as I love making them.  So let me share them with you.

This is the card I made for Aileen and Josh.

Next, I made this card for Josh's grandparents, Richie and Rhoda:

And last, but not least, this is the card I made for Josh's parents, Rich and Cindy:

I used the same stamp set, but varied the cards a little bit for each.  I was happy with the way they turned out and it's hard to pick which one I like the best.

Anyway, I wish them a very happy hanukkah, and to all our friends who celebrate the holiday.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Coloring Down the Lines - Sparkling Ornamental Pine

This week's challenge wasn't very hard at all after you take a look at the photograph we used for inspiration.  I just had to go right for the Ornamental Pine stamp set for this one ... and I'm happy with the way it turned out.

Let's start  with the photograph and color pallet, shall we?

What a serene picture with the snow on the pine tree and the Christmas ball being the focal point with it's beautiful cobalt blue color.  Very striking.

Well, as I mentioned above, I had to use the Ornamental Stamp set for my submission this week, and here it is:

Now, I showed you two pictures above because the way the lighting was, you could'n't see the sparkle on the Christmas ball, as well as the snow and sparkle on the pine bough.  I must get an area with good lighting for my pictures ... that may be my New Year's resolution ... yep, it just might be.

So here's the recipe for my card:  
Paper:  night of navy, pistachio pudding, wild wasabi, very vanilla
Ink:  garden green, pacific point, soft sky, night of navy  ** I used the baby wipe technique for the 
     Christmas ball
Stamp Sets:  ornamental pine, letterpress winter, trendy trims
Accessories:  embossing powder (clear) on pistachio pudding layer; basic rhinestone in center of 
     Christmas ball; glue pen, glitter

Now let's go over and check out what Joni created for the challenge.  And don't forget to check out Carol's blog if you haven't been there first.  Oh la la.

Thanks for checking us out this week!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

My Cookie Exchange Boxes

As promised, I wanted to share with you the boxes I made for the cookie exchange I participated in last weekend.  Let me tell you, these were fun to make, but I was a bit worried I wouldn't be able to fit the cookies into the boxes.  But alas, after I put them into cello bags and tied them with ribbon, they JUST fit.  I had to rearrange them a little, but alas, success.

I used last year's Christmas paper for the boxes.  I had a lot of paper left over, so what a great way to use it and make such pretty boxes.

What a festive way to share the yummy orange cookies I made.

Here's a picture of all the cookies ready for each of us to take.  Don't they look so nice on the pool table?

Last, but not least, here are the cookie boxes that I brought home with me ... so so cute!

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope your cookie boxes are super cute like these!  Enjoy!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Pootles Christmas Box

I just love Pootles and her videos.  Sam made a beautiful Christmas box in one of her latest videos and I just had to make the same one.  I just loved it.  So here it is:

I decided to make one of my own, so here's mine:

Arent' they just adorable?  I loved them so much that I made them for my cookie exchange.  Stay tuned for all the boxes I made ... 

Ciao for now.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Sympathy for the Loss of Denise's Father

A woman I used to work with lost her father a couple weeks ago, so I sent her a sympathy card.  I understand how hard it is to lose a parent, as I lost my mother 10 years ago this past June.  Although as time passes, it gets a little easier, but there are those times when nothing will can take away the hurt and sadness.  So I hope my card with help her to know that she has friends who care.

This card I basically CASED from Stacey Roussin that she made back in 2010.  I just liked the card so much that I made it.

I used blackberry bliss and old olive for my card, whereas I believe Stacey used real red and garden green, but the card is the same, except the sentiment as well.

That's it for now.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

New Catalog Premier Swap

Last week, I attended the new Stampin' Up catalog premier in Baltimore, MD.  I went down with some of my team mates, along with my upline, Jill, and her upline, Cathy.  Here's a picture of us at the George Martin Grillfire restaurant before the premier.

L-R:  Jessica, me, Cathy, Jill, Megan and Connie

I made 30 swaps, but when we got to the movie theatre for the premier, there weren't a log of women swapping, so I ended up coming home with about 23 of them.  Bummer!  Here's my swap:

Stay tuned .. I can't wait to get my new stuff from the catalog, and of course, I'll give you a sneak peek.


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Coloring Down the Lines - The Warm Glow of Christmas

I love the picture and color pallet for our challenge this week, however, when I sat down to try and put something together, I was totally blank.  I tried a few ideas and was not happy with them at all.  I was starting to panic, when I stared at the picture once again and decided that all is not lost.  I had an idea and I put it into motion.

Here's the picture that inspired me, more than you know.

I love the sand candles above.  The warm glow of the flames against the sand in the tea light containers are so pretty.  So given the color pallet we had to work with, this is what I created for you this week:

Paper:  sahara sand, very vanilla, soft sky, gold foil, pool party, so saffron, gold foil vellum
Ink:  pool party, so saffron
Stamp Set:  pictogram punches
Accessories:  bird punch, labels collection framelits, star punch, striped EF

Ok, so I added a little gold to the mix, but it totally made the card, don't you think?  You can't see real well in the picture, but I used the labels collection framelits for the candle plate, and I raised the edge up by cutting out the same size as the plate, then used the next smaller one to cut out the center.  The candles rest inside the plate, and I added the gold foil leaves around the candle base and added the pool party and so saffron stars from the pictogram punches stamp set.  I also cut out the candles using soft sky and then overlaid the gold foil vellum paper over it for a little interest.  The flames were cut using the wing from the bird punch, and I cut them out on very vanilla paper and used a dauber with so saffron and added just a touch of pool party in the center of the flame.  And there you have it.

Now hop on over to Joni's blog and check out she made using the colors from our challenge.  And don't forget, if you arrived her from Joni's blog, make sure you hop forward to Carol's blog.  I'm sure she'll have a nice treat for you as well.

I wish you a wonderful week, and please feel free to leave your comments.  I love every one of them.