Friday, November 20, 2009

Snow Angel

I posted this card a few weeks ago using Serendipity Stamps Snow Angel cling set but I thought I'd post a reminder today that with the Holidays fast approaching you won't want to miss Serendipity Stamps Sale that is going on right now.

Place an order for $25 or more and get free shipping on U.S. orders. 50% off shipping on international orders. Ends November 23rd

IMPORTANT – You must select the $0.00 shipping from the drop down “Ship Via” box during checkout.

Also – 25% off the Snow Angel Cling Set - 1188QCL

I'll be back soon to post cards I've been making.

Happy Friday!


Sunday, November 15, 2009

Serendipity Stamps November Challenge - Shaped Card

This month's challenge for Serendipity Stamps is a really fun one. Create a shaped card! For my card, I chose to make a Christmas bulb/ornament shaped card that is also a shaker card.

I stamped my Serendipity Stamps image from the Peace On Earth set #1134QCL on a clear piece of acetate and colored it with permanent Sharpie marker. Next I added silver stickles glitter to the top of the image ornament to make it look matalic and sparkle-y. Then, using my circle nestibilities dies I cut the red circle boarder and adhered it to on top of the acetate. Flipping the acetate over I carefully placed foam tape to cover the perimeter of the circle making sure there were no gaps or spaces. Next I added a teaspoon or so of decorative flakes to give it a snow globe shaker card look. A final back ground circle of white card stock was adhered to cover and keep the "snow" inside the shaker.

Now I was ready for the card. Using my scalloped Nestibilities die I cut a circle shaped card and then adhered the shaker to the center of it. I think my ribbon covers the next step but my ornament card does have a silver top/hanger just like in the image. Finally I added a red ribbon and silver cord to hang it.

My ornament card does open to reveal the sentiment "Peace on Earth" on the inside.

I know I tend to get a bit wordy in my explanations but please don't think this was tedious or difficult to do. In fact, this little shaker ornament card was so much fun to make that I started a production line of the pieces and began making 2 dozen of them for my own use to send for Christmas. I hope you'll give shaker cards a try.

Be sure to stop by the rest of the Serendipity Stamp team's blogs to view the shaped cards they've created for this month's challenge:

Amy Cokley
Anya Schrier
Kathie Bailey
Lynda Benden
Shannon Teubner
Yvonne Hagane



Thursday, November 12, 2009

A stamped Ornament

Each year at The Stamp Shack there is a handmade ornament exchange. This is the ornament I made for my Secret Sister. I hope she'll like it.

This is NOT an original idea. In fact, I copied this idea directly from Yvonne, who is a wonderful artist and who's blog is among my very favorites. Yvonne is one of my sister design team members for Serendipity Stamps and she graciously shared how she made this ornament. If you'd care to give it a try too, you can see Yvonne's post with directions HERE.

The ornament is very three dimensional but I'm afraid that doesn't show well in my photographs. I encourage you to see Yvonne's samples on her blog.

The project recipe is:
Stamps: Serendipity stamps Snowflake flourish large and small
Ink: Brilliance teal
Accessories: Nestibilities circle and scalloped circle dies and also Nestibilities Floral accent die, teal pearls, dimension tape, hardware for the hanger, white satin ribbon.

This really went together quickly and I'm sure you can find a variety of stamps other than the snowflake one we used to create a lovely handmade ornament.



Monday, November 2, 2009

Meet Gypsy!

May I introduce to you my mare, Gypsy! Gypsy is a Canadian Horse (Cheval Canadien). She is about 12 years old, 15.2 hh and is the sweetest girl a horse lover could ever dream of. We sealed the deal on her yesterday afternoon. Riding her in the photos is my friend and owner of the stable where Gypsy will live (just under 20 minutes from my house so you KNOW I'll be practically living at the barn!)

I'm so excited. This is a lifelong dream of mine, not unlike many little girls, to own, care for, ride and maintain a horse. I feel like a 10 year old (just add 45 years to that number!)

If you are interested in horses I'll give you an extremely brief description of the Canadian horse. The Canadian Horse is a little known national treasure of Canada. This hardy breed descended from horses originally sent to the “New World” by King Louis XIV of France in the late 1600’s. These Norman and Breton horses were felt to be of Arab, Andalusian and Barb ancestry – traits of which can still be recognized in the Canadian Horse today.
For hundreds of years, the French horses bred with little influence from outside breeds. They eventually developed into their own distinct breed - the Canadian Horse or Cheval Canadien. Because they evolved under the adverse conditions of harsh weather, scarce food, and hard work, the Canadian Horse remains the sturdiest and most acclimatized horse in Canada today. They are tough, strong horses, tolerant of inclement weather conditions, and are extremely “easy keepers”. Because of these traits, the Canadian Horse is often referred to as “The Little Iron Horse”.

No stamping, card making or sewing today. I just had to introduce you to my new horse, Gypsy.

Thanks for stopping by!