Sunday, December 20, 2009

Even if you didn't get much snow where you live this weekend, you can still make a snowman with the Jolliest Time of the Year stamp set. This one was stamped with Basic Gray on Whisper White card stock, colored with Stampin' Write markers, matted on Bashful Blue card stock and glued to a Whisper White card base. Dazzling Diamonds glitter gives the snowflakes their sparkle. The sentiment is from the Many Merry Messages set and stamped in Bashful Blue Classic ink.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Are you finishing up last minute Christmas gifts? If so, here's one you can do in a hurry. Pick up some tumbled tiles at your local home improvement store to make a set of coasters. Stamp with StazOn ink and if you do any coloring, use permanent markers. I like to cover the back with cork cut from a sheet of rolled cork you can find at your local craft store.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Another fun item to make this time of year is a coaster calendar. I use the heavy chipboard coasters that are available at your local dollar store 6 for $1. Cover them with cardstock or DSP, embellish, add a small calendar and your finished. You can also add a thin self-adhesive magnetic strip to the back and it becomes a refrigerator magnet! The yellow one was dry embossed then sanded lightly so the embossed image would stand out on the patterned paper. The one below I used the retired Weathered background stamp and Old Olive ink on Whisper White cardstock to create the background. The Upsy Daisy stamp and more Old Olive ink were used to stamp the flower image. I matted the calendar on Old Olive cardstock, glued it on and added the riboon.

Monday, December 7, 2009

If you have a Big Shot, you can create all sorts of little gifts. This key ring was made by gluing DSP on both sides of a thick piece of chipboard and cutting it out with my Big Shot. Add some embellishments, a few coats of Crystal Effects or Modge Podge to protect it, a key ring, and you're finished.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

There are so many things that can be stamped besides cards. It is common knowledge among stampers that some of us will stamp anything that doesn't move! I don't think that describes me but I do hope to share with you a few non-card items that you might want to make for Christmas gifts. One of my favorite things to make is Christmas ornaments. My sister Sarah and I have been exchanging handmade ornaments for many, many years. The ornament below was made with the Changing Seasons retired stamp set to create the snowy scene inside. I've also made them with Santas, snowmen, candle stamps and more. Any image that will fit inside the ornament could be used. These make great gifts but you'll probably want to make an extra to keep for your own tree!