Christmas Tags with Tim

Last year I was thrilled to find 12 tags of Christmas by Tim Holtz. Every day, from December 1 through 12 he posts a decorated Christmas tag. They are sometimes opulant, sometimes sleek, but always grunge. I Love It! Tim has created a new video that will inspire you to stop by his blog! I know, because I’m expecting great things and I will be stopping by his blog!

Birthday Card Dilema

Birthday Card Dilema

Help! My trendy friend in Denver is having a birthday on Sunday. In fact, we’re scheduled to have some quality stamp time at my place for her birthday. I want to make her a special birthday card….but it’s a bit stressful for me since she’s a stamper and she loves trendy stuff a lot more than me. Don’t get me wrong, I love trend. But I usually like it several years down the road after it’s no longer trendy! =)

So, I decided to make a really simple card. But then I thought maybe that wasn’t good enough so I created a second card. Then I worried that it wasn’t quite right, either. So I modified my simple card. Here’s where I need your help. Which card would you give to a gal that loves the trendiness of Seattle but living the American Dream in Denver?

Can you tell me which one you like best and why…before Sunday?! I really appreciate it.

The simple simple card

The simple simple card

 Ok. This was the simple card. I really thought it was kind of cute in it’s simplicty. My husband thought it was too simple. So….back to the drawing board.

Same three candles, totally different background

Same three candles, totally different background

So, this second card was an attempt to use teal, because I think she likes that color right now. I distressed the teal square and purposely cut an uneven edge on the patterend background paper. And of course, accentuated it with gems. My husband had his reservations about this one. He thinks the background paper is too old fashioned.

Simple Pink modified

Simple Pink modified

Ok, so here I modifiedthe simple pink card. Added some ribbon and gems. I think it still looks simple, yet not too simple.

But I’m just not sure. I’m a bit biased. I don’t always trust my husbands opinion…especially when it comes to feminine cards. So I’d love to know what you think.

Blog Candy – Mother Load

Mother Load in this Blog Candy!

That’s right. You don’t want to miss this one. There’s a Big Shot Die Cutting Machine up for grabs! Wow. This gal is generous! And popular. You gotta check out how many followers Melissa at Creating from the Heart has. Good gravy! You have until June 12th!

Scratch ‘n Sniff Giraffe Birthday

Scratch ‘n Sniff Giraffe Birthday Card

I needed a birthday card quick for a newphew who’s 5ish. Not sure why it had to be so quick. It was already late…would another day or two matter? Does the fact that it’s scratch ‘n sniff make up for the simple design? I think so.

Mmmm...grape scented spots!

Mmmm...grape scented spots!

I really wanted to add ribbons to this. I probably could have gotten away with raffia under the spots. Didn’t try it. Wanted to keep it masculine!

I am using a technique I recently learned from Michelle Zindorf. You need to check out her tutorials. She is AMAZING. There is a lot of cute stuff out there…but I’m telling you, this gal is an artist! She turns every non-embossing inkpad into an embossing inkpad by simply first getting her stamp wet with a clear embossing pad, then stamping it on a color inkpad. I love it.

After wetting the giraffe in a generic clear embossing pad, I stamped onto my chocolate chip SU inkpad. Then stamped the giraffe on the card and covered with my grape kool-aid / embossing powder mixture. To learn how to make  scratch ‘n sniff, see my scratch and sniff garden post. So, the giraffe and spots look brown and smell like grape!

I distressed the edges of the paper with Tim Holtz distress ink. His blog is AMAZING as well. I know I just said that about someone else…but really, Tim is fantastic! Tim has some really awesome videos…worked on me! I bought all his inkpads!

If I recreate this card…I’m definitely going to work in some ribbon!

Blog Candy – The Cutest Stamps

Blog Candy with Greeting Farm Stamps

Oh my goodness….you need to see the cutest stamps in the blog candy at A Lil Bit of Me. Greeting Farm has some adorable Rain, Snow and Shine stamps that are a must have. So good luck to us all! OH, and did I mention that she’s also giving away a ton of SU ribbon?! AND some 6×6 paper. Too much fun. Hurry, register before June 5th midnight! This girl is another one of those “hero” types. Her talent with layering patterned paper is AMAZING!

Blog Candy Alert – Flowers Galore

Another Blog Candy Alert – Ribbons and Flowers Galore

I was just checking a blog….and saw a link to some great blog candy. Check out All the Things I Love. This gal can color! And she has beautiful layouts as well. So, register for her blog and then stay and browse her site a while. Definitely register before you browse because the blog candy ends June 5th!

Blog Candy Alert

Blog Candy Alert – A Gift Certificate!

Wouldn’t it be great to win this blog candy….that allows you to choose your candy? Visit Card Art, Etc. to register for a give away that does just that. She is giving away a gift certificate worth $25. You have until July 1st, 2009…so no excuses if you don’t find time to register.

Hobby Cabinet For Sale

Stamping with Princess – Hobby Cabinet For Sale

That’s right, I have a Hobby Cabinet for sale. Well, not the cabinet itself, but the plans to make a cabinet. Here is a video of the cabinet my dad made me. He has been a wood worker for over 30 years. He drew up the plans to the stamping cabinet he built. You can have one, too!

100% of the shelves are adjustable. You can have the shelves as tall or as narrow as you need. For instance, on the left two sets of shelves I wanted them to fit drawers and boxes of paper. But on the right I have the shelves set taller for stuff like my cutting board and scor-pal.

See this post where I’m giving away one free set. But you can purchase a set of plans today for only $6.99! Wow, that’s cheap! There are 4 pages. Hand drawn, then saved as PDF’s. So order the plans and I’ll email you a set! Print them as 11×17 at the copy center or 8.5×11 at home.

Visit my Store to purchase your set today!

Blog Candy

Stamping with Princess – Blog Candy Alert!

You better hurry, this blog candy ends today, May 23rd! Check out Passion for Crafts. This gal is talented! She blends patterened papers, images, and embellishments flawlessly! Someday I hope to color like her! Oh, and check out her blog candy. It’s amazing!

CocoaCards is giving away a very nice package, too! And her blog is open until May 25th. Woo Hoo! You have got to check out her site. Her talent doesn’t just appear on the outside of her cards…but on the inside as well! What an inspiration.

And do you think that’s it? Noooo! There’s one more! Check out Little Bird Design. Her blog candy comes with a pink and brown crafting bag! You have until May 31st! (Wasn’t that nice…I put them in order of expiration). How fun is that! This gal can embellish. I don’t know how she does it. I add more stuff and my card looks clunky. She adds another layer of something and it looks fantastic! I also want to color like her! Check out her site. You’ll be glad you did.

Whether you win the blog candy or not, you’ll feel like a winner because of the great ideas you’ll get from these sites. Now…off to add them to my Google Reader so I can read their latest posts as soon as they are published!

Blog Candy Worth Your Time

Stamping with Princess Says – This Blog Candy is Worth Commenting For!

Good Gravey! This hot little item is definitely worth commenting for and telling all your friends about. I know I’ve eyed this item for months and months. So, head over to My Sentiments Exactly and sign up. And if you don’t want it, then sign up and give it to me if you win it! =) You have until Midnight May 21st, 2009.

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