Saturday, December 26, 2009

Papertrey Blog Hop!

Papertrey's Blog Hop called for making something inspired by your holiday decor. Originally I was going to do something with presents, a tree, or lights. After my eldest nephew Jack drew this picture, his uncle (my husband) and his grandparents voted that the drawing should be the inspiration piece. Can you believe that my nepew is only in Kindergarten and drew these fabulous snowmen and snowflakes!!! It was easy to decide to use Holiday Button Bits since it is my favorite set this season. You would have thought Jack had seen the set, but he was inspired by the book Snowflake Bentley and some cool "holiday specs" that make images of snowmen when you look at holiday lights. They are pretty cool! I used the snowflake from Vintage Picnic to make the background. I stamped everything with Memento black and used a Memory Box card for the base with Bazzill paper for the next layer. I colored the snowman with Prisma pencils and added a little bling with Spica pens on the nose and twig arms. Thanks for stopping by and please leave a comment for me or for Jack. I'll be sure to pass along comments from all of Jack's fans!
P.S. Thanks also to my friend Jeff who took the photo for me tonight!

Sunday, December 20, 2009


As some of you know, I'm a Reading Specialist in my other life and I have the privilege of working with students who are just learning to read. Every year I read lots of gingerbread stories with my students. On the last day of lessons before the December break, I always read them Jan Brett's Gingerbread Baby and Gingerbread Friends. I also usually take a picture of each child reading their favorite gingerbread story and mail it home to their family as a surprise memento. The kids got really into all the stories this year and I was excited to see Papertrey Ink's Holiday Button Bits adorable gingerbread man! Here are a couple of the cards that I made to mail out with the photographs tucked inside. The cards came out so cute!

The card base and red ribbon are both Amuse. The scallop tag I made with my Cricut. I added to the icing with a Stardust gelly pen and I believe that the gingerbread paper is from Bo Bunny (please tell me if I'm wrong, I used it all up!) I used Memento ink for the gingerbread fella and got the buttons from my stash.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Spread joy to the ones you love and don't forget to leave a comment (comments spread joy too! :) )


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Three french hens?

I love when I can use a non-Christmas stamp in a Christmas card! I used a gorgeous Memory Box stamp and inked it with Staz-on timber brown. Then I just had to add patina Stickles (everything should sparkle at Christmas!) and a bow made from Amuse ribbon. I couldn't leave the envie and insides naked, so I used a fabulous greeting from Papertrey Ink. I'm so happy about how soothing and also festive these cards turned out!

Thanks for stopping by!