Saturday, November 27, 2010

Glitter, glitter everywhere...

This week's challenge at Our Creative Corner is to make a tag or incorporate a tag into our project. I decided to make a tag and put it onto a Christmas card. I, um, went a little nuts with the glitter... and you should see what didn't make it onto the card, LOL. I'm not sure what I think of this card, but it's definitely sparkly!

I started out with the Serene Snowflakes stamp set, and using Not Quite Navy ink and generational stamping I created my background panel with Baja Breeze card stock, then I added the smallest snowflakes over the background with iridescent ice embossing powder. I used the Tasteful Trim die to make the scalloped border. For the tag, which I cut out with the Two Tags die and Not Quite Navy card stock, I added an inset layer of Baja Breeze and stamped the smallest snowflakes all over with Not Quite Navy, then I covered the whole tag with Versamark and embossed with iridescent ice again. On top I added a Concord Crush punched ornament (from Tags Till Christmas), a sentiment from Christmas Greetings, a punched Concord Crush snowflake and a Concord Crush bow. Just in case it wasn't blingy enough yet, I accented the punches with just a few adhesive rhinestones.

Be sure you go see what the rest of the team created for the challenge, then tag - you're it! It's your turn to come and make your own tag creation and share it with us. Have a great weekend!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Online Spectacular Sale!

Stampin' Up! has some great deals for you this week - 20 to 50 percent off a selection of fabulous products! This includes My Digital Studio and the new collections of Christmas fabric at half off, plus tons of bundles of stamps, accessories, tools, Big Shot dies, and lots more. Click here to see what's on sale - now through November 30.

While you're there, take a look at all the other great stuff that's available for the holidays - because if your online order is $150 or more, your shipping is free! That's a savings of at least $15, plus you get hostess benefits, too!

And if your wish list is like mine - bigger than you can afford, LOL - then maybe it's time to think about becoming a demonstrator. Also through November 30, you get the starter kit - more than $300 in fabulous product - for just $87.50! Signing up now gets you demonstrator privileges through March 31, 2011, with no further sales required. If you decide to continue as a demonstrator the quarterly sales requirement is just $300. I'm here to answer your questions at any time, and if you're ready to sign up, just click here and enter "divastamper" as the recruiting password.

Don't wait to take advantage of these great offers - these kinds of sales and opportunities don't come around very often!

Saturday, November 20, 2010


This week at Our Creative Corner our November hostess, Linda Coughlin, is challenging us to make a 3-D holiday gift. I decided to combine the challenge with my club's 3-D project for the month and came up with this JOY banner. I got the idea from this banner but thought it would be cute with letters inside instead of photos. It was a little hard to get photos since I hung it in the stairwell going down from my studio, but I did my best!

The original project used the matchbox die for the boxes, and I intended to do that as well... until I realized they were too small for the Serif Essentials Alphabet. So I quickly made my own little boxes. They are 5 3/4" x 6" panels of Old Olive textured card stock, scored at 3/4" and 1 1/2" on each side; cut off the corners to create tabs and you have a sweet little box. The Cherry Cobber letters fit nicely inside these. I backed them with panels of Jolly Holiday DP (2 5/8" x 2 7/8") and for accents I added images from the Jolly Bingo Bits stamp set (from the mini catalog). I used a 1" book ring for the holder and looped Old Olive striped ribbon through it, then, to keep it in place, I sewed on a Cherry Cobbler button with linen thread. Yes, you read that right, I sewed it on. And my club members will do it, too, whether they like it or not! ;) The final touch was tying a Very Vanilla satin ribbon bow on top of the ring, just to make it a little more elegant.
Here are close-ups of the letters themselves. As for the red and green rhinestones, did you know you can color our adhesive rhinestones and pearls with Sharpies? Try it! Be sure you visit the OCC blog to see the rest of the team's creations - you'll find lots more great gift ideas for the holidays!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Club Christmas CASE

Hey, what do you know... I've posted every day this week! Aren't you impressed? LOL! I thought I'd share one of the cards we're making at club this weekend. I loved this card from Chat Wszelaki and decided to CASE it for a Christmas card. It has all the elements you need in a Christmas card - simple, flat for mailing, and elegant.

I started with Very Vanilla and ran it through the Big Shot with the Northern Flurry embossing folder. Conveniently this matches the Northern Hearts hostess set - both products are in the holiday mini catalog. To layer my Night of Navy snowflake, I used the 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" circle punches and the Homemade stamp, which fits in the 2 3/8" scalloped circle punch. I added a strip of navy DP, a sentiment from Contempo Christmas, and adhesive rhinestones for just a little bit of holiday bling. Want an all-purpose holiday card? Just swap out the sentiment for another of your choice!

I just love how this turned out and I wouldn't be surprised if I send a few of these out myself. I hope you enjoyed it - thanks for visiting today!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Divine Diva Inspiration Challenge #40

Welcome to this week's challenge! We've got a fun one for you this time around - a pampering gift set with some lovely fresh colors. Please come and join in!

Seeing the topiary in the photo I pulled out the retired stamp set Bouquet Bunch. I paper-pieced the pot with naturals ivory card stock to emulate the texture of the pots in the photo, and on top of the Old Olive leaves I added a Daffodil Delight bitty punched flower with an Early Espresso brad in the center. I used the scallop squares die from the holiday mini to cut the largest layer then trimmed smaller squares for the inside. The base is naturals ivory with layers of Daffodil Delight and (retired) River Rock DP with a strip of espresso satin ribbon. The sentiment is from A Little Birthday Cheer and I added the Floral Fusion flower as a nod to the medallion on the cosmetic bag.

Be sure to check out the cards made by all the Divine Divas for this challenge!





Hope you are inspired to come and play along. Just leave a comment here with a link to your card. We can't wait to see what you create! The keyword for uploading on online forums will be DDIC40. Have fun and look for the next challenge on December 2!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A 30-minute (or less) card

My challenge to myself today: could I create a card for Todd's birthday and blog about it in the little time I had? My solution: blog challenges, of course. My layout is the Clean & Simple FTL116; I flipped it upside-down - but oops, I didn't quite put the sentiment where I was supposed to. Oh well! The colors are from the Color Dare challenge: Night of Navy, Pear Pizazz and Soft Suede.

The sketch used the Top Note for the sample, and why mess with perfection? I cut mine from pear card stock and added a strip of navy dot paper from an old hostess pack, then topped it with retired soft suede ribbon. The stamp is what else - Lovely as a Tree - and the sentiment is a retired single stamp. For the base I used naturals white with a strip of retired Christmas paper - the subtle Soft Suede stripe on the back side was perfect. All that was left to add was a thin strip of navy card stock and two brads - which are celery but look just as good with the pear here.

That's it - done! Sometimes a clean and simple card is just perfect. Thanks for visiting!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Christmas Bells

I made this card for the clean and simple challenge on SCS. This week it's a sketch challenge. I've been in a Christmas mood - and it's going to be time to send out Christmas cards soon enough, so I went with another holiday card. And what do you know, it also fits the Paper Players color challenge for the week!

I based the design around the Deck the Halls paper, choosing one of the printed holly designs for the bottom panel and stamping the sentiment, which is from the coordinating stamp set Bells & Boughs, in Early Espresso right onto the DP. The background is another one of the prints from that pack. I colored the bell image with Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke and Crumb Cake markers and a blender pen. To add dimension I cut the image out and mounted it onto a Nestabilities circle. I kept the embellishments simple with a strip of artichoke seam binding and three (retired) vintage brads.

That's it for this CAS Christmas card - have a wonderful day!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Vintage Potpourri

Another Saturday, another challenge from the gals at Our Creative Corner. I missed last week because I was under the weather, but I'm joining this month's hostess, Linda Coughlin, in this week's color challenge: rust, gold, blue and brown. I used Cajun Craze, More Mustard, Baja Breeze and Early Espresso, and I broke out the level 1 hostess set called Punch Potpourri for the first time.

I used three of the images in the stamp set and the coordinating punches - the card stock is white but I really dirtied it up with espresso ink because I wanted to use the crochet trim and not have the white pop out too much. I added an espresso brad to the flower, a branch from the bird punch, and a wing punched from a scrap of Autumn Spice paper. Then I repeated that designer paper and also used a panel of Cajun Craze and some retired Baja Breeze for the background. The sentiment is from Well Scripted (retired) and I used the Lots of Tags oval die for the frame. Finally I added three adhesive pearls as an accent. I toyed with adding more to the card but then decided it was perfect as is.

Please come and play along with the rest of the OCC girls - and don't forget to stop by and see what everyone else made with these colors!

Friday, November 12, 2010

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Simple Vintage Christmas

I couldn't resist coming back for a couple more challenges today. This time I kept it pretty clean and simple with my card for the SCS sketch challenge and the Color Throwdown. I was in a Christmasy sort of mood even before I saw the colors, but that sealed the deal - here's what I came up with.

The holly image comes from the level 2 hostess set in the mini - Peaceful Season. I just love this set for vintage holiday cards. I stamped the holly several times on the Crumb Cake circle with Soft Suede, then colored the berries with a Cherry Cobbler marker. I added a couple more circles and sponged all the edges with Soft Suede. The designer paper comes from the Deck the Halls pack - also in the mini - as is the Cherry Cobbler seam binding. I finished off with a Crumb Cake base, three Cherry Cobbler brads and a sentiment from Seasonal Sentiments - I colored just the Merry Christmas with a Soft Suede marker.

Gotta dash... but I hope you feel the holiday spirit after reading about this card - I sure do after making it!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Fun with challenges

I decided that today I needed to do some stamping just for me. Not for a deadline or an assignment - just for the fun of it! I combined the Mojo Monday sketch (tinkered with somewhat) with the colourQ color challenge.

These colors made me think of Trendy Trees, which I haven't used in ages. For the trees I used Cajun Craze, Always Artichoke and Early Espresso, and I stamped them on Crumb Cake card stock before cutting out with Nestabilities. The So Saffron panel was embossed with the square lattice folder, then to match the scalloped oval I created a frame with the double scallop ribbon punch. Each strip was cut in half and adhered to the back of the embossed piece. I created the background with artichoke paper and the Solid Stripes a la carte stamp. A strip of retired kraft taffeta ribbon (doubled over so the stripes don't show through) divides the two background panels and it all went on a Crumb Cake card base. Once I added the sentiment, I felt like it still needed something else, so I got out the Bitty Buttons and matching punch. This was the first I'd played with these, believe it or not. Tip of the day: First adhere the punched card stock to the button with a drop of Crystal Effects. Once it's dry, use the paper piercer to poke through the holes. For "thread" I used very tiny white card stock strips.

OK, now it's back to my editing work. No more fun for me - at least for today! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Day of Gratitude Card Set Kit

Here is my latest card set kit offering, featuring the stamp set Day of Gratitude and the matching Autumn Spice papers. With this kit you’ll receive complete instructions (with photos) and all the consumable supplies needed to make eight cards (two each of four designs) and the coordinating box. The price of this kit is just $20, including envelopes. Please note that in some cases it may be necessary to substitute different prints for some of the Autumn Spice papers shown in the sample kit. I will offer these kits for the duration of the Holiday Mini catalog (through January 3, 2011) or while supplies last.

I'll fill the orders as I get them, so depending when you place your order, it may take me a couple weeks to get it to you if I need to order additional supplies. Let me know if you're in a rush and I'll see what I can do.

Demonstrators, click here for info on getting the kit instructions to use with your customers!

If you purchase the kit, you will also have the opportunity to purchase the Day of Gratitude stamp set at 15% off retail price (tax and shipping not included).

Wood mount regularly $26.95, with purchase of kit $22.91

Clear mount regularly $18.95, with purchase of kit $16.11

The rest of the products used in making this set are given in the list below. If you have all of these then you’re ready to go, but just let me know if you’d like to order any of these items. You can also use the kit to make your cards with the supplies you already own.

Local customers please click here to purchase the kit: Add to Cart

I can also ship these kits anywhere in the U.S. Click here to add to cart:
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Please contact me if you would like to order the stamp set and/or any additional items, or if you are not purchasing the discounted stamps, you can click here to shop online anytime!

Lori Rider
loririder (at) verizon (dot) net

Additional Product List

• Early Espresso Classic Ink ($5.95) and Stampin’ Write marker ($3.50)
• Cajun Craze Classic Ink ($5.95) and Stampin’ Write marker ($3.50)
• More Mustard Classic Ink ($5.95)
• Old Olive Classic Ink ($5.95)
• Curly Cute stamp set ($14.95 clear/$19.95 wood)
• 1 3/8” circle punch ($15.95)
• 1 3/4” scallop circle punch ($16.95)
• Decorative label punch ($16.95)
• Scallop edge border punch ($15.95)
• Extra-large tag punch ($16.95)
• Large tag punch ($15.95)
• Bone folder ($6.95)
• Hobby blade ($4.50)
• Paper snips ($9.95)
• Stamp-a-Ma-Jig (optional; $11.95)
• Stampin’ Dimensionals ($3.95)
• SNAIL adhesive ($6.95)
• Sticky Strip ($6.95)
• Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue ($3.95)
• Mini glue dots ($4.95)

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Divine Diva Inspiration Challenge #39

It's another month and time for a new inspiration challenge! This time around we're featuring this cute owl mug. I hope these fun patterns and colors inspire your creativity this week!

My card didn't end up quite like I envisioned - I was trying to be funky but it turned out a lot more elegant than I expected. I wanted to duplicate the purple and pink floral band, so I brayered Rich Razzleberry ink onto the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder and ran it through the Big Shot with Blushing Bride card stock. The other side of the background is Marina Mist stamped with the Teahouse background.

Of course, I had to use the owl punch - the owl base is Early Espresso and then I added razzleberry wings from the bird punch. I wanted to bring in some circles so I used the stamp from the Apple Blossom hostess set on those. The branch is textured Old Olive card stock and the flowers were made with one of the Birds and Blooms Sizzlits, the bitty flower punch, and the owl punch (the tiny dots in the center). Last I added olive satin ribbon and a sentiment from Seasonal Sentiments (in the holiday mini). To layer the wide oval punch I used two of the scalloped ovals, placed on the top and bottom, and then filled in the gap with the modern label punch, cut in half and glued to each end.

Be sure to check out the cards made by all the Divine Divas for this challenge!



Donna (taking this week off)



Hope you are inspired to come and play along. Just leave a comment here with a link to your card. We can't wait to see what you create! The keyword for uploading on online forums will be DDIC39. Have fun and look for the next challenge on November 18!

Monday, November 1, 2010

November Card Kit of the Month

With this card kit you’ll receive complete instructions and all the consumable supplies needed to make 5 of each of these card designs – a total of 10 cards. The price of this kit is just $15, including envelopes.

If you purchase the monthly kit, you will also have the opportunity to purchase the coordinating stamp set at 15% off retail price (tax and shipping not included). This month the featured stamp set is Circle Circus.

Circle Circus stamp set regularly $28.95, with purchase of kit $24.61

The rest of the products used in making these cards are given in the list below. If you have all of these then you’re ready to go, but just let me know if you’d like to order any of these items. You can also use the kit to make your cards with the supplies you already own. Although a large number of punches were used on the original cards, you can easily modify the designs to use fewer punches.

Please get your orders to me by November 15. You will receive your kit before the end of the month.

Lori Rider

loririder (at) verizon (dot) net

Local customers click here to add the kit to your cart: Add to Cart

If you need to receive your kit by mail, click on the "Add to Cart" button below. U.S. customers only, please. Let me know if you encounter any problems with the ordering process.

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Additional Product List

• Rich Razzleberry Classic Ink ($5.95) and Stampin’ Write marker ($3.50)
• Pear Pizzazz Classic Ink ($5.95) and Stampin’ Write marker ($3.50)
• Tempting Turquoise Classic Ink ($5.95) and Stampin’ Write marker ($3.50)
• All Holidays stamp set ($34.95)
• Tiny Tags stamp set ($22.95 wood mount/$16.95 clear mount – optional)
• 3/4” circle punch ($10.95)
• Corner rounder punch ($6.95)
• 1 1/4” circle punch ($15.95)
• 1 3/4” scallop circle punch ($16.95)
• Large oval punch ($15.95)
• Scalloped oval punch ($16.95)
• Jewelry tag punch ($10.95)
• Gold Stampin’ Emboss powder ($4.75)
• Bone folder ($6.95)
• Stamp-a-Ma-Jig ($11.95)
• Heat tool ($29.95)
• Stampin’ Dimensionals ($3.95)
• SNAIL adhesive ($6.95)
• Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue ($3.95)

If you have any questions or problems please let me know. Thanks!