Saturday, October 22, 2011

Telescoping Snowman

Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow! I'm getting in the snow mood with all the snowman cards I've been doing, and have been able to get some of my Christmas cards done at the same time! I'm feeling so accomplished! I love this snowman! His three sections fold together to fit in a regular size envelope, then twist out to reveal all his layers and your message underneath. This fold is not difficult and so much fun to make! I watched a video from Barb Mullikin (another demonstrator) that showed how to put them together and another of our design team, Andrea Shields gave me the snowman idea.  Here they are all together.
And here one is all stretched out...
I just love his face! It makes me smile!
Ingredients: Stamp sets: Loads of Love, Snow Much Fun
Paper: Shimmery White, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Glimmer paper, Red and Silver, Early Espresso
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Cherry Cobbler, Wild Wasabi, Bashful Blue,Cajun Craze
Accessories: Scallop Circle #2 Die, 3" Circle Die, Circles #2 Die , Doily Triple Layer Punch, 2 1/2" Circle Punch, silver brads, Dazzling Details, Black Marker, Cajun Craze Marker, Owl Punch (for the small heart cheeks), White pen, Snail adhesive, Dimensionals, 3/8" Quilted Satin Ribbon Cherry Cobbler, Mini Jingle Bells, embroidery floss, Northern Flurries Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Corner Rounder

It's hard to see in the pictures, but I added the Dazzling Details to the snowflakes that are embossed in his center section, and some to the snowball on the biggest section. Did you catch the little jingle bell on his hat tied on with matching embroidery floss? All the sections were shaded with sponge daubers before I put them together and little details added to the carrot with a marker.
I did try to add the video for you to watch, but obviously still have some lessons to learn on blogging. You can find it by searching You Tube. Maybe next time I can get it figured out.
I'm off to make some more of them! Just too cute to only make a couple!
Happy Stampin'! And Happy Weekend!
Lauri

Friday, October 21, 2011

Field Flowers

I fell in love with Field Flowers the minute I looked at the new catalog. That card caught my eye right off! I love the flowers and had to have that set with my first order. I finally got time yesterday to sit down and try to copy what they did with it. I did make a few changes as I didn't have all the supplies, and of course, it's a little late to send packets of seeds to someone, so I didn't make mine a matchbook card. I was in need of some cards for sick friends that I've been praying for and  need just a little encouragement. Off they all go in the mail today! They didn't end up an exact copy, but I definitely like the results!
Ingredients: Field Flowers, A to Z background, Elizabeth (The sentiment is from a retired set) Inside Blessings from Heaven
Paper: Soft Suede, Naturals Ivory, Peach Parfait, In Color Patterns Designer Series Paper
Ink: Peach Parfait, Calypso Coral, Early Espresso, Lucky Limeade, Soft Suede
Accessories: VersaMarker, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Cutter Kit, Twill Tape, dimensionals, Snail Adhesive, Texturz plate background 1, Big Shot, sewing machine and thread

Here's a view from the side so you can see the dimension to it.

The original used textured card stock, which I didn't have in the right colors, so I added a little texture to mine with the Texturz plate and my Big Shot. I do love the plates for just a little added texture that's not as heavy as the folders can be. Subtle! I crumpled the DSP and didn't attach it smooth to the card front. The flowers are stamped with the Peach Parfait then the Calypso Coral for the petals, the Soft Suede and the Early Espresso for the centers, and Lucky Limeade for the leaves. After stamping, I colored over the flowers and the leaves with the VersaMarker, then clear embossed them. That brought the colors to life on them and just made them pop! The A to Z went over the top with the Soft Suede stamped off first so it wasn't too bold. Be sure to wipe any excess ink off the embossed image after stamping over the top of it. I sewed around the edges with my machine with a Crumb Cake colored thread then added the roughness to the edges and dimensioned it to the top of the card. Of course, you can't forget the inside...
I did the inside flower the same, then add the verse from Blessings from Heaven along the bottom. I did add the stitching to the edges of that piece too and roughed the edges the same. Larry was amazed that I was sewing on cards! It adds such a great touch to the finished card. Men just don't understand! Ha! Ha!
We're fighting some of the "crud" here and not feeling real well the last couple of days. Hope this finds everyone well and stamping!! Have a great weekend!
Lauri

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Family Favorites

As I was making our soup for dinner tonight, I used the recipe from the book that I had made for Christmas for our girls a couple of years ago. I wanted to share it with you today, just in case it gives you a good idea for a Christmas gift that you can get started on now. I used an older set that has been retired, but we have a great set that's almost like it on page 148 of the catalog that you can substitute. I kept the pages real simple and added pictures of the people from the family that I had gotten the recipes from. I even have some pictures of my grandma from when she was about 16 years old. (She was born in 1900)! Her recipe for rhubarb custard pie has been one of our family favorites for many years! It was fun to collect recipes from family members, and as I did, I asked them about special memories to share and wrote them on the pages with the recipes. One of the recipes from Larry's Dad, fondly known as Gramps, tells about how he made those doughnuts every year at Christmas, and one Christmas quadrupled the ingredients. Kaye told me that they delivered doughnuts to all the neighbors and then some. They didn't think they were ever going to get rid of all the doughnuts that he had made! What a fun way to share some of those memories and pass them down.
Here's Katie's Baked Potato Soup page. I add bacon or ham to mine and at the end of the recipe I tell the girls that, but remind them that ingredient didn't come from Katie! (She was a vegetarian when she was in college, so wouldn't have touched the stuff!). She still prefers hers without the meat.
Since I've given these to the girls, we have added 2 daughter-in-laws to the family, so I'm working on 2 more books for Christmas for them. Do you have some great family recipes to pass on to your kids? How about some great stories?
Happy Stampin'!
Lauri