Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Holiday Bingo is Back!

And so are we, just in time to share some holiday cheer and inspiration!  I hope you'll join us for a fun month of playing bingo, winning prizes, and trying your hand at some new holiday projects.  Kiran and I have lots in store for you, so check your mailbox--all the bingo cards have gone out and should be in your hands this week.

Of course, the Bingo cards themselves are a Stampin' Up! project, and so much fun for holiday parties and/or children--that includes the young at heart!  You can make these by hand stamping, or with My Digital Studio.  The cards above (all unique, mind you) are a hybrid of the two--I printed off the Bingo card from My Digital Studio, then did all the stamping by hand with Jolly Bingo Bits and an assortment of bright and cheery colors.  After all, what are the holidays if not bright and cheery?

Tune in tomorrow for the official kick-off, and be sure to keep coming back for more.  It's my favorite time of year!!


Stamps: Jolly Bingo Bits
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Real Red, Cherry Cobbler, Tempting Turquoise, Basic Black, Basic Gray, Daffodil Delight, Perfect Plum, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Soft Suede, Pear Pizzazz, Tangerine Tango, Garden Green, Melon Mambo
Paper: White Naturals
Extras: My Digital Studio

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A Thank You as Pretty as a Peacock!

These beauties take a bit of time but gosh-darn it they were worth it!  What do you say?  Making 80 of these for my wedding thank yous was no small feat so I broke down the tasks.  I find an assembly-line system much easier.  For these cards the steps were:

- Cut all the vanilla + crumb cake paper for the card bases (couldn't decide so used both!)
-  Score + then fold all the card bases
- Stamping the back of each card w/this blog address! (*this was key)
- Measuring + cutting all the peacock print paper (non-SU) & rich razzleberry ribbon
- Stamping + embossing the peacock sentiment from 'Very Thankful' in gold
- Punch all the peacocks out w/the 2.5" circle punch

I glued the peacock print band + the ribbon to all the cards first.  Then I went back and added the circle punches with dimensionals for a raised element.  The last thing is to finish stamping the envelopes to match.  I can't wait to mail these...but I have to write them all out...let's hope I don't get carpal tunnel first! Haha. =)

Happy Stampin!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Friends ARE Good.

These were the thank you cards I sent to my girlfriends for planning and coming to my bachelorette weekend of fun & festivities in NYC.  Enclosed in every card was a photo of myself with each recipient from a nice dinner we had one night.  Isn't giving & receiving a card just make you feel so special?!?!

I had been coveting this Frankenstein-inspired sentiment for many, many, many months (as Mel is very aware).  So, when I finally received it, I really wanted to use it for a special card(s).

I love the combo of greens + purples so the combination of the solid certainly celery cardstock and the mixed patterns of the DSP just makes these pop.  I hope this gets you inspired to make & send a card to a friend too.  =)

Happy Stamping!

Stamps: Smarty Pants
Paper: Certainly Celery (retired), Rich Razzleberry DSP & Patterns Pack
Extras: Curly Label Punch, Modern Label Punch