Sunday, January 8, 2012

Happy 2012!

Here's a card I made after watching the tutorial on Stamping School---another plug for this site!  =-)  Hope everyone is ready for a fabulous new year.  I always like that feeling of a fresh start each January--as a teacher it comes 2 times a year for me--once now and once in August when school begins!  

I hope to be back soon with a card that's NOT a Christmas card! 

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Let's Finish up Christmas!

As much as I love Christmas and would like to prolong the posting of my Christmas cards, it's time to move on.  It seems like I'm always late leaving the season and moving on to the next, and this year I'm even later than usual due to my lack of stamping time and lost camera cord during the month of December. So without further ado--here are the cards that I was able to photo before giving most of them away to my mom (my biggest fan)!

I fell in love with these telescoping cards the minute I saw them in many places.....Inking Idaho, Confessions of a Stamping Addict to name a couple!  Here they are "folded up."

The problem I found with them was that they needed an explanation with them.....something like a "pull here" tab.  =-)

Love the cute images of "Jolly Bingo Bits."

I got this card design from Stamping School--love this site.  Membership for a year is super reasonable and there are 2 or more videos posted each week!  It's probably been one of my best purchases since I started stamping a few years ago.

This is super simple--I used a non SU embossing folder that is super cute--holly leaves and berries.  The red glimmer paper makes this card.

Love the SU embossing folder Northern Flurry and this adorable snowman from Snow Much Fun.

This is a very understated card using always artichoke, ridinghood red and a retired SU stamps and ribbon.  I created my own berries by embossing my riding hood red CS with versamark and iridescent ice embossing powder and then punching them out with my standard hole punch.

Love that quilted early espresso ribbon--glad I got some before it was out of stock!  =-)

Next to the card with the Loads of Love tree in my last post, this simple card was my favorite.  I love this new embossing folder by SU!  And the baker's twine!  And the jingle bells!

I thought this was a wonderful card created by Lorri Heiling.  Sorry my picture is so blurry.  That's what happens when you use a borrowed camera!  Ha!    Here are her directions.  It uses the stocking punch that unfortunately is no longer available by SU.  I got the idea for the fire in the fireplace using the word window and bird punches from someone's blog--but I can't remember who--if I find the post I'll link it!

I love the stamp set Winter Post and have seen so many wonderful cards made from it--this is a total case from Stamping Still.  Very easy using the square punch!

And so ends the posting of Christmas cards for the year 2011.  Sorry it's so terribly long, but hope there's something here you enjoy!  Hope your holiday season was fabulous!!
P.S.  And if I find more links to all my cased cards I'll get them posted!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Christmas Card Extravaganza!

Here are the pictures of the Christmas cards I made over the past month.  Two times a year I host a "card party" for anyone interested at my school.  I make a lot of cards and people sign up for the ones they want to make and how many....then I cut all the parts out for everyone and we get together over a few nights after school and make the cards.  I cased all of them and will have to do some checking on who I cased so I'll put the cards up and then come back and put in the links if I can find them.  I have good news!  The cord is found for my camera!  Yippy Skippy!

By the way--since this card party tradition was started before I was a SU demo I often use retired products to keep the cost down for me since I charge very little for the cards.

So that's my first installment of 5 cards--more to come later!