Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Christmas Basket

I know that I had said I would showcase some of my christmas cards, but I just couldn't resist this! I had the idea of filling baskets as Christmas gifts this year......let me tell you it's not as easy as I had thought! However, after all my shopping and searching, it is finally time to assemble the final product.

Red and green basket filler ($1) hide some secret items in the bottom and wrapped presents seal the top. I got the floral pick for .99 cents and the roll of ribbon for $1. The basket itself was $2.99. So all in all it's not much different than spending money on ribbons and bows for wrapped gifts; and this way it packs more of a visual punch.

By the way: I thought I was bow challenged before I found these easy directions on the Better Homes and Gardens website. Check it out:

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Solemn Stillness in PInk

Okay, so a snowstorm dumped a foot of snow on us yesterday, and now we're done cleaning out. Sort of. If you count having to finish a path to the wood pile and shoveling the deck as done.....

So here's the card of the day:

I used the stamp set Solemn Stillness from Stampin' UP. It is a 2-step stamping set, so I stamped the background tree in a light pink (I used Pretty in Pink). The next step is to stamp the swirl tree with the star over the light pink background. I used a Stampin' UP ink called Real Red, but any true red color would work. I then heat embossed the Real Red with a clear embossing powder. After that I sponged Pretty in Pink all over the white cardstock around the image. The final product is mounted on Real Red paper and wrapped in a bow with some silver ribbon. That whole piece is then mounted onto Pretty in Pink cardstock. Here's another view of the card:

Happy stamping everyone!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Polar Bears in Blue

Has everyone recovered from Thanksgiving? I had a very nice relaxing weekend and I hope all of you did too! Soo......the Christmas rush is on!

Over the next few days I will showcase some of the Christmas cards I have made for family and friends. Today's card is a card I titled Polar Bears in Blue, although the scene could be used with any monochromatic color scheme.
The image, background and sentiment are from Stampin' Up set titled Polar Express. I absolutely love these fun, whimsical polar bears! I first stamped the sledding pair on the darkest paper with a white pigment ink pad and then added the snow around them. Next I ripped the edges to make them look like they're going down a steep hill. I then matted it on the next lighter sheet. Then I stamped the sentiment on the upper right corner of that sheet. The whole thing was then mounted on the lightest blue to make the card. A quick and easy Christmas card that looks fun! Don't you want to go sledding now?

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

And chocolate cream makes seven! Ok, I forgot to put it in for the photo, but it is made I promise you! The smells I was making in the kitchen all day had me droooooooling, but as I told my kids no touching until tomorrow!
Two apple pies, pumpkin pie, pecan pie, cherry pie, lemon meringue, and chocolate cream.....

Here's to indulging your cravings! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Magnolia Spring Card

My first Magnolia card! I was so excited at how well my Tilda with Bike came out. She was super easy to color; just had trouble deciding between all the "girly" colors! Wasn't quite sure how to mount it as I'm not exactly a patterned paper gal, but it turned out ok. The flower is from Stampin' Up's Pretties Kit.
I love the spring card idea as it's easy to display the images. I got my directions from the Splitcoaststampers website. Here's the link to them:

Splitcoaststampers is a great resource for tips and techniques in card making. If you haven't checked it out yet I suggest a trip to the website......just plan for it taking a few hours! (LOL)

I hope you have a wonderful day!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Winter Stampbord Box

Ampersand Art is having a Stampbord contest. The first prize wins $125 worth of products! Check out the link below from the Stampscapes site for more info:

Here is my entry for the contest.......

I stamped Cabin with Fence in the middle, then Pond underneath. I filled in with Sedge Filler and then added Old Fence on the bottom edges. After stamping in black, I used the ColorBox Stylus and inked three tones of blue onto the Stampbord. I finished the inking with black around the edges. After inking I used an Ampersand Claybord Scratch Knife to highlight areas and to make the "snow."

Happy Crafting!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Moose in the Morning

This was my first attempt at an 8x10 Stampscapes scene. The Stampscapes stamps I used were: Cabin with Fence, Waterside Bluff Right and Left, Tree Trunk, Tree Trunk Trio, and Sedge Filler. The moose is from Stampin' UP set Yukon. I stamped the scene in black and then used a blender pen and sponge to color the scene. All inks are Stampin' UP.


Hello! My name is Kendra! Thank you for cruising around my crafting blog! I hope to post a couple of new cards/projects per week, so I hope you check back with me often!