Wednesday, December 31, 2008

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Wishing all my blog friends a happy, healthy, and "inky" New Year! ...and it looks like Edwin & Tilda are ringing in the new year with a little champagne and a kiss! I made this one for my hubby, creating a little scene (literally *wink*) in front of a shoppe. Sorry the lighting isn't too great here.

I'm LOVING these kids (Edwin under mistletoe & Tilda under mistletoe) because they are so versatile!! You can make a card for so many occassions including:
  • New Year's kiss
  • Christmas mistletoe kiss
  • Valentine's
  • Anniversary
  • anytime "I Love You" card
  • and the list goes on!

The card base is Elegant Eggplant, and I used the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder on the white layer. For the brick wall, I used 4 different colors of grey cardstock and lightly sponged them with Basic Grey ink. Then cut strips, then smaller pieces and taped them onto Natural White c.s. and the sentiment is computer generated.

Don't forget! You can purchase these Magnolias at KL Stampin N Scrappin Store for 10% Off plus FREE shipping through the end of January!! (she also has a "refer a friend" rewards program--refer 5 friends and get a free stamp set or Nesties set free!)

Thanks for stopping by and many blessings to you all in the coming year!!

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Sending my...OOPS!

Paper Pretties, "Sending My Love"
If you're wondering about my title, it's because I just realized that I forgot to add my sentiment to this card!! :) OOPS! Oh well, it can be added to the inside. In fact, the outside is busy enough already, don'tcha think? LOL. This adorable Sophia stamp is from my December SOTM club from Paper Pretties. The scallop layer is chocolate chip, and I used my Nesties to punch both rectangles. I really wish I had a "studio in a box" to take pictures because my lighting is so bad. Maybe for my birthday this year?

...and now to draw your attention to a new Stamp Line & Blog! Clare has just started a new blog and will be launching new stamp products in March '09. She is currently looking for a DT, so if you're interested, please click the button to see what's all the "Range"!

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Fun with Banners

I think I like making banners and changing my blog about as much as stamping. I really liked that my sidebar columns were a different color last time, but wasn't real happy with the banner. SO, was playing again. What do you think? Do you think it's easier to read on white background? Do you want me to color my sidebars? Hmmm...if you have any opinion at all, I'd welcome it! And if you really couldn't care less and just want to see my cards... than good news! I will have one to show you tomorrow =) Hope you all have fun this New Year's Eve tonight...even if it's staying at home with family and playing games or watching a movie! That's what we'll be doing.
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Monday, December 29, 2008

Tilda with Rose

Please don't tell me you're tired of seeing Magnolias, because I'm on a roll and loving it, LOL. I just LOVE coloring these little kids!! This is Tilda with Rose. I was in the mood for some bright colors today, but I'm not sure...do you think I got it bright enough? LOL! The camera actually washed her dress out. The band on her arm is darker teal and there's more shading on the left corner of the dress, but you get the idea. The recipient will get the full effect, so that's good. Are you listening to me? Am I the perfectionist, or what?! Someone who doesn't stamp would never know or care. My husband always tell me "OH, no one's going to even notice!" and my reply, "But I WILL!!" :0) {giggle} But seriously, I really love this outlet of mine. It helps my day go better and I think I actually sleep better at night too after I've finished a card (that I like) and uploaded to my blog. Now I can go about other stuff, like cooking dinner and going to the grocery store. Priority check...yep, they're in the right order ;)

And now, here's another shameless plug for KL Stampin N Scrappin Store because now through the end of January Kelly's offering all her Magnolias at 10% Off plus Free Priority Rate Shipping!! :) She's just starting her business, and needs a minimum group order to place in January, so if you're liking these stamps, (or Nestabilities, or designer papers, etc., etc.) PLEASE go check out her store!! :)
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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Edwin's Skiing Again

Yup...he just can't get enough of the white powder I'm tellin' ya! But isn't he just adorable?! I love to color these cute Magnolias. I have Lim to thank for sending me some of these images so I could make some cards for KL Stampin N Scrappin Store/Blog (thanks Lim--you are so very sweet!) I used a glue pen to add Dazzling Diamonds to the trees, and a 2-way glue pen to add DD to the snow on ground. The sentiment is from Curvy Verses (SU!), the trees from Lovely as a Tree (SU!) and Edwin Skiing (Magnolia)
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Skiing Edwin

Happy Sunday! Here's another card made with those adorable Magnolias that you can order at KL Stampin N Scrappin Store and in case you missed my last post, you can preorder Magnolias in Dec & Jan at 10% off, plus get FREE priority rate shipping!! (See store link for the code and deets). This one is called "Edwin Skiing" and would also be great with some trees & hills behind him.

What I did here, is I inked up my snowflake cuttlebug folder (just the bottom side of it) with Soft Sky classic ink by rubbing the pad over the folder. Then I inserted my white cardstock and ran it through the machine. This is how it came out :) It really makes those flakes pop. Then I mounted Edwin with some thick dimensional tape. My Chocolate Chip strip is also cuttlebugged with snowflakes, but hard to see that here. This sketch is one I saw on Sketch Saturday
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Saturday, December 27, 2008

Two Li'l Love Birds...

Sittin' on a ribbon...K-I-S-S-I-N-G! Aren't these little "love doves" cute as can be? You can preorder them at now and get FREE priority flat rate shipping thru the end of JANUARY (USA orders only... and if you're from Canada, she'll give you $5 off shipping!) , as well as 10% Off all Magnolias in January!! The actual names of these are called "Tilda Under Misletoe" and "Edwin Under Mistletoe" and are both Magnolias.

Did you know that Kelly is holding a Mini Design Team Call? Check out the deets on her store's Blog.

(This picture isn't the greatest. The "yellow" flower centers on the dp are actually lime green and match better IRL.)
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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Some R.A.K.s and a Wreath

Well, we enjoyed a very nice Christmas day over at my parents with my brother's family. My sister didn't come because of the icy roads. And now it's getting to be evening and we're back home...the kids are in the bedroom, plucking away on the new guitar and dad's napping in the recliner. SO, nothing better to do than to come show you a couple more cards that arrived yesterday! This gorgeous one on the left is from Kelly Little. If you click on her card, you might be able to see more detail. She added sparkly glitter and white puffy snow to the church--it's really beautiful IRL!! And how cute are those mice up there? Great job on the sponging too, Kel! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!


And this next R.A.K. is from Trina up in Canada...HOW CUTE!!! LOVE these reindeer...er, uh, Doggy deer!! :) I really got a chuckle out of this one. I've never seen this image before, and it sure did brighten my day. THANK YOU, TRINA!!

And here's a little something I made for my mom and dad's front door.

...and last, but not least, here's my silly family, taken over at my parents' today. I got pics of my brother's family too and all of us, but didn't want to make this post too long. We'll be going over to my in-laws house tomorrow for more Christmas get-togethers.

Hope you're all enjoying/enjoyed your week and if you have plans for New Year's, hope they're happy ones...BE SAFE!! :)
Love and Joy,

Monday, December 22, 2008

Inky Greetings from YOU!

Happy Snowy Monday to you all! (well, snowy here anyways--I think we prolly have about a foot out there and it's still snowing.)

I saw this cute slideshow on Nikki's blog, showcasing all the wonderful handmade cards that were sent to her and I thought, "What a fabulous idea--a way to honor those who sent us inky greetings for the holidays...kindof a way to give back." So, I've created a special little show just for YOU! :) Merry Christmas!!

(Just my sense of humor--I really AM thankful for the beautiful cards I've received already and know that everyone's so busy this time of year...including ME! So, please accept this post as my way of saying MERRY CHRISTMAS to each and every one of you!!) ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

Saturday, December 20, 2008

SNOW DAY!!

First of all, thank you for your wonderful comments on my stocking boxes!! They were so rewarding to make and I'm very proud of them--almost hate to part with them, but I just know they will be well received, so it'll be worth it. And secondly, just wanted to share some photos of our SNOW DAY yesterday. Today was a full day--dress rehearsal for the children's Christmas program at church tomorrow. That was funny, and cute, and touching all wrapped into one. Can't wait for tomorrow. Both my girls have solos. Maybe I can figure out how to take some video and upload it? Anyway, here's our snow day:They tried making a snow monkey, but since it wasn't working out too well, they decided to draw in the snow, "I ♥ U Mom and Dad" inside a big heart...."Awwww!!" =) We have about 1 and a 1/4 acres and a perfect-size slope for them to sled down. They even thought of standing and sledding and called it "Snorfeling" (lol). Fun day.
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Friday, December 19, 2008

Stocking Stuffer Boxes for Mom-n-Dad

Hello stampers! I made 2 more of these cute stocking "boxes" and this time for my mom and dad. My dad's (shown below) is regular sized, but my mom's is HUGE! It measures 9 1/4" x 7 1/4" so it can accomodate the beaded ornament I made for her. It's really hard to get a good picture with all my shadows and lighting in the room.
A few details about her box: I added faux zigzag stitching on the toe & heel; crystals to the 3 flower centers (near the toe); white gel pen stitching all around stocking; scalloped the bottom of the cuff in choc. chip and crimped the pink layer, glued on buttons and hand-sewed the wire words to cuff; cuttlebugged the pink oval behind angel, added dazzling diamonds to her wings and dress trim and popped her up on thick dimensional tape. The stain ribbon matches perfectly and I went all the way around box with it to help with sturdiness.
Here's a picture of the top and bottom of box. I had to cut a hole in the bottom so the stem of ornament could fit through. There's plenty of room around the ornament to fit some tissue paper around it =)

I'm really happy with the way this one turned out. OH...I just remembered I forgot to add the "loop" to the top corner of stocking, but no biggy, I'll add that b4 giving to her. And, here's the regular-sized one I made for my dad:

I believe I got this funky green ribbon in a bundle that I won over at Bella's Creative Place, and it really adds to the masculine feel for this one. LOVE IT!

The template is by Lauren Meader and can be found HERE. This angel is called Angel Wings and is by Paper Pretties. Thanks for dropping by today!! School was cancelled today, so we're off to go sledding. Have a great day!
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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Stocking Stuffers

It's not a card or a pouch...it's a BOX! This cute template for these was designed by Lauren Meader of "My Timeless Templates" and the first one (only one so far) that I came across was Lorie's gorgeous box HERE. My original idea was to make a gift card holder and then cut the card into a stocking shape, but when I finally downloaded the instructions for this, I just HAD to try it...and I LOVE them!! I've made 3 of them since last night! The first one I can't show you as my daughter took it to school today in case it gets cancelled due to snow (see bottom picture). But I made 2 more today.

Here's a side view of the the box--it's really a good size box for storing treats or little gifts. In fact my daughter bought an ornament for her teacher and it fit with some tissue paper.
And here is my 3rd one. It's a little more "girly" but can't tell you who it's for as she might be reading this right now, lol. From a distance, you're prolly saying, "What was she thinking putting maroon flowers on a green and pink box?"...well, you can't see it well enough, but there is burgundy all throughout the paper and the tag is covering some burgundy snowflakes, so it matches better IRL.
It snowed ALL DAY today! I could hardly believe it got down to 9 below here a couple days ago and today warmer, but the roads are soo slick out there. They didn't even cancel school all week--so far. I heard that Las Vegas got snow too--which they said hasn't happened in 30 years. Well, I think/hope we might have a white Christmas this year.
Happy Holidays!!
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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

A Recipe and a {London}

Yummy Cranberry Cheesecake Bars

2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 cups quick-cooking oats, uncooked
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1 cup butter, at room temperature
1 8-ounce package cream cheese
1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1/4 cup lemon juice 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon firmly packed light brown sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 16-ounce can whole berry cranberry sauce

Pre-heat oven to 350 F. Grease a 9 x 13-inch baking pan. In a large mixing bowl combine flour, oats, 3/4 cup brown sugar and butter, mix until crumbly. Reserve 1-1/2 cups of crumbly mixture for the topping. Press remaining mixture into the bottom of the baking pan. Bake 15 minutes, then cool completely.

In a mixing bowl beat the cream cheese until light and fluffy; mix in condensed milk, lemon juice and vanilla until smooth. Pour over crust. In a small bowl combine 1 tablespoon brown sugar with cornstarch and cranberry sauce. Spoon over cream cheese mixture.

Sprinkle reserved crumbly topping over the cranberry mixture. Bake 40 minutes. Let cool; chill before cutting. Store covered in the refrigerator. Serves about 32.

And now for my "London"...in case you don't know what that is, my girls watch Suite Life of Zack & Cody (Disney Channel) and whenever something good happens to London, she exclaims, "YAY ME!" Well, my girls seem to have caught onto that, in which case I refer to them as "London."

SO, I have some good news to share with you! First of all, I redesigned Kelly's Store Logo to match her new website:

and secondly, Kelly has asked me to be her first Design Team Member! Oh, here it comes... "YAY ME!" =) And you could be on her team too! Right now she's running a "mini design team" contest over at her blog. Stop on over HERE to read all about it! She extended the deadline to January 6th, so hopefully it won't interfere with your holiday celebrations!

Happy Holidays!
Kristine

Monday, December 15, 2008

A {Chilly} Icicle Card

I just want to know WHO has time to sit and experiment with their tag punches (like this cool and snazzy card) and crystal effects and other supplies to come up with funky, out-of-the-ordianary ways to use them? Wish I had the time...not that if I DID that I would be so talented to even come up with these crazy, brilliant ideas! And so, I'm a C.A.S.E.r, yup, that's right. I came across Dawn's Video tutorial for how to make this row of icicles for your cards/pages!! It's so easy, but I never wouldda thunk it up by myself. You take Crystal Effects and make a row of it on waxed paper. Then go back to the beginning of your row and pull the c.e. down in varrying lengths all the way across and then pour Dazzling Diamonds over it. Let it sit for at least an hour (I let mine sit over night) then carefully peel it off the waxed paper and WHA-LAH!! I glued it to the top of my card with C.E.

The stamp is called "What a Snow" by Penny Black, Inc. Not sure who makes the snowflake paper? (think it's SU!?)

And I thought I'd leave you with a picture of my daughter's tiny snowfriends. As you can see the ground is dry in this picture...that was 2 days ago. It snowed all day today and I bet we have about 3-5 inches out there now. =)
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Some {Pretty} News

Happy Monday stampers! I'm so excited to share this with you...
My angel ornament cards are featured as Card-of-the-Week over at Paper Pretties!!
This like never happens to me, so at the risk of sounding like I'm "tooting my own horn" ... well? - I guess I am =P

Also, Kelly over at KL Stampin N Scrappin Store has asked to use a couple of my cards to advertise some of her stamp lines. =)

I'm so honored and flattered and you ladies totally made my day...(really my year!) So thank you Jodi, and Christie and all the rest of the "Pretty Girls," and of course Kelly too!!

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Sunday, December 14, 2008

FUN with DigiScrapping

Hi everyone. Just wanted to show you some banners I've created for my sister's new blog! I'm really new to this whole digiscrapping thing, so be nice ;) heehee...I know you will--you guys are awesome! Anyway, I wanted to also let you know who provided the free kits that I used to create these, so you'll find that info below each banner. Which one do you like the best??
This title was a play on her profession--she's a professional "Maid"
"For You" by Nini (http://niniedesigns.digiscrap-shop.com/)
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These next 2 are a play on her name--Kathy "Winter"

"Winter Touch" by Magi (http://magi-magicworld.blogspot.com)

"Winter Wonderland" by Madison (madison1263@hotmail.com)

(*Note: the lettering in this banner does not come with this kit)

I'm having too much fun with these kits! Due to copyright policies, I cannot give you the kit file, but I can direct you to their blogs/websites, so if you'd like to try some out for yourself, go check out their links!... You're sure to find something you like as well!!
BTW...it snowed most of today here! The kids had a blast playing in it off and on, and I even got a picture of their tiny snowman. I'll have to show that to you tomorrow. Have a great evening, or day...whichever it is where you live ;)
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