Friday, October 31, 2008

I've Been Tagged!

Yesterday and today I was busy with finishing up my niece's Halloween costume, among other things. Today my boyfriend and I went to vote then to lunch. When I checked my e-mail I found a wonderful surprise...I was tagged by the incredibly talented and uber sweet Tammy Hershberger. Wow!! Fun questions, so here we go:

Things I Love:
1. My family - My two wonderful kids, my mom, brother, and sister.
2. Being creative...sewing, paper crafting, beading.
3. Sticky and Laila - my cat and dog.
4. Getting together with friends.
5. Cooking.

Things I Don't Love:
1. Grocery shopping.
2. Hot weather (and I live in south Texas where there are only two seasons - hot and hotter..go figure).
3. Rude drivers.
4. Dishonesty.
5. Housework.

Songs on my mp3 player:
1. John Denver.
2. Andrea Bocelli.
3. Nickelback
4. Lots of 80's big hair groups.
5. Alan Jackson.

Favorite Foods/Drinks:
1. Pepsi.
2. Chocolate
3. Seafood.
4. Chicken and dumplings with cornbread (can you say comfort food - grin).
5. Pretty much anything with pasta.

Tag 5 others: This is the hardest part...there are so many wonderful crafters out there!
1. Michelle.
2. Chris.
3. Holly.
4. Carolyn.
5. Stacy.

Tomorrow my son is in a Veteran's Day parade with JROTC over near Randolph Air Force Base. After that I'll be back home making a set of cards and baking cookies for my part in Team Cookies and Cards to send to our soldier. Will get those sent off on Sunday.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Flat Ribbon For Stamp Simply #58

Make it flat...that's what Sharon said to do for her Stamp Simply challenge. No bumps or bulges for this one so it can be mailed flat in an envelope, with no extra postage. I had started this card for my good friend in Miami who has finished her chemo after a recurrence of her breast cancer. She was here this past weekend to visit her daughter and she looks fabulous. Her hair is growing back in and she has it kind of spiky right now which is so totally not her, but it looked great on her! I found the template here, printed it directly onto the pink CS and cut it out. I wanted to use the Survivor mantra that is so fitting for anyone who has dealt with breast cancer (or any cancer for that matter). I got out several of my JustRite sets to get the letters on here. Used the Special Occasions font from one monogram set for the larger letters. I used the small font set to do phrases from the whole sentiment as a background across different parts of the ribbon. Don't sneeze while working with these itsy bitsy letters...found myself on the floor under my desk looking for some of them. :) I chalked the edges of the card, added some pink Stickles. Still needed something, so I glued on the pink and fuschia "foily" butterflies and added the Stickles to their bods as well. Not a whole lot to do with something this shape, but I really liked how it turned out.

Stamps: JustRite Special Occasions and Small Letters sets.
Paper: The Paper Studio CS.
Ink: Colorbox Queues.
Accessories: Template, Stickles, chalks, butterflies

Monday, October 27, 2008

This Year's Halloween Card

Last year was the first year I sent a Halloween card to some of my girlfriends; several asked what this year's was going to be, so I guess a tradition has been started. :) I came across this sentiment in a magazine on the plane to Vermont a couple weeks ago and had to write it down. This Fluffles stamp was what came to mind to go with it. I decided on the stair step card so that Fluffles and the sentiment would show at the same time. I used Cuttlebug Distressed Stripes folder on the front panel, then added some punched out leaves and pumpkins, applied some chalk over the pumpkins. Printed the sentiment from my computer then cut out and embossed with Nestabilities rectangle, edged with some chalks. The ghost,bats and tiny leaves are all from the same punch as the pumpkins. The ghost was edged with silver ink and attached with tiny foam dots. The bats are glued onto a thin strip of acetate and attached behind the sentiment so they stand out from the background. The moon was cut from a circle Nestabilities, painted with Shimmering H2O's, and then sprinkled with glitter in some spots for extra sparkle. Fluffles was colored with Prismas...even has the green "face paint" listed in the sentiment. Added some Stickles to the hat band.

Stamps: Fluffles Broomstick.
Paper: The Paper Studio CS, My Mind's Eye DP.
Ink: Stazon. Prismacolor pencils.
Accessories: Nestabilities, leaf punch from Target $1 spot, mystery punch, Shimmering H2O's, chalks, glitter, foam dots, acetate, Cuttlebug, Stickles.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Paper Withdrawal, But Sewing and On to Cookies!!

I've gotten to where I enjoy stamping and card making so much I almost had withdrawals this week, but happily I was kept busy with my other passion...sewing. Had a Halloween party to go to last night so spent the past week making the Raggedy Ann and Andy costumes for my boyfriend and myself. Here's part of our group that went to the party too. Just a bunch of big kids, aren't we? one could solve that Rubik's cube! :) I felt like a walking mattress with all that fabric in the dress and pinafore. My BF and I got lots of funny looks and laughs on the way to our friends' house; could tell some of the grown men felt funny waving to a big rag doll. haha. We had a good time and we're already throwing around ideas for our costumes for next year. :)
During the week I still did some blog hopping, which further added to my paper craving. On Tammy Hershberger's blog yesterday she was talking about Operation Baking GALS (Give A Little Support). Such a great idea and what a way to show our support and love for our troops overseas and give them some cards to send to loved ones at the same time. I followed the links and joined up right away. Will get a friend over here this weekend for some fun and baking and get our package ready to send. For more info and/or to sign up to join the team go to Erika Martin's blog.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Anything But a Card for House Mouse

I saw that the House Mouse challenge was to make anything but a card, and I thought it would be cute to have this little mousie jumping out of something...somehow. I had made this little coffin box over the convenient...and decided to go with it. :) I got the template for the box here, was very easy to assemble. There's even a liner for the box. I cut another piece of orange CS to go on the top of the box, stamped it with spiders from Inka's Halloween Trails set, and BOO from Martha Stewart's Gooey Alphabet. The ghosts were from a punch I have, inked their edges with silver. I'm giving this box to my son and the candy will be in a wrapper, but for the picture I thought the candy corn would look good tumbling out of the open box. I used the Oh Happy Days image from House Mouse, colored with Prismas blended with baby oil, then cut it out. I cut out a circle from some plastic packaging with a Nestabilities circle, cut it into a spiral and attached each end of the spiral with silver bat-shaped brads to the inside of the box. Then attached the mousie to the spiral to make it look like she was jumping out of the box when it was opened. Surprise!! (sorry about the punch, used it to prop open the box top). ~*grin*~

Stamps: Inkadinkado, Martha Stewart. Paper: The Paper Studio CS. Ink: Stazon, Colorbox Queues. Accessories: Template, brads, acetate, punch.

Friday, October 17, 2008

No Pix With Stamp Simply 57

This week's Stamp Simply Challenge theme came from Heather Telford who won the opportunity to be co-host when Sharon was doing a blog candy blast a couple weeks ago. Heather's idea for this week is to create a card with no images, but can use a background stamp and/or sentiment stamps. A few hours earlier I had seen this card and the gears started turning. I ran a piece of acetate through a Cuttlebug folder and then on the backside filled the "wells" with copper Stickles. I went through my stamps to find a sentiment that would fit between the diamonds and chose this one from Crafty Secrets. Here's where the fun started, trying to figure out how to get the stamp in there just perfectly. I put the stamp on the block and set it on the acetate, where it stuck nicely. I don't have a stamp-a-majig let's just say there was a lot of tape and a couple other acrylic blocks involved. Lifted the stamp up, ran it across the Stazon pad and held my breath (literally) as I eased it back down amidst the other blocks. Wheeeee, it worked! Used gold vellum as a base for the acetate and put tiny dots of glue at each diamond corner to attach it. Then attached the vellum to the card base. I had put some ribbon on it, but decided this would be a nice guy card to keep in the stash until the need arises, so took it off. Looks kinda dull in the picture, but is pretty IRL. Taking the picture was tricky, as I have a huge picture window right here and there was glare all over the place. Would show you but there's the eeeeek factor involved with you seeing my disaster of a work/sewing/carding area. It's a bit (understatement) messy.

Stamps: Crafty Secrets Glamour Girls.
Paper: The Paper Studio CS and vellum.
Ink: Stazon.
Accessories: Acetate, Stickles, Cuttlebug.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Fourth Whiff of Joy Challenge

Here's the fourth Whiff of Joy Challenge. This time we get to make a card using autumn colors. Oh, and I just saw many gorgeous colors while in Vermont visiting my daughter!!! We stayed at a gorgeous B&B near a floating bridge, and the mist on the lake in the early morning was ethereal. I decided to use Willow's arrived while I was gone, and seems fitting since there was a parlour in the inn where we could sit and read or just relax. Now this is Willow's chair, but when she went to get more hot chocolate, Kitty hopped into her chair. :) I stamped the chair image twice, once on CS and a second time on some DP. Cut out the DP for the cushions, and colored in the wood of the chair with Prismacolor pencils blended with baby oil. Same with the hat box, using a striped DP, colored the side of the lid and added some Stickles. Mounted the chair on a triple mat of three different CS colors and popped the box up on dimensionals. Embossed the burgundy CS with Cuttlebug paisley folder, inked the raised parts. Guess I had an attack of corner punches, as I used the rounder and that notched one on this card. Sentiment is from Verve, cut out with oval Nestabilies and mounted on dimensionals. Finally, added those teensy Cuttlebug flowers I seem to have gotten hooked on, put Stickles in their centers, and then the Dew Drops.

Stamps: Whiff of Joy Willow's Chair, Pink Cat Studio Kitty, Verve Artful Elegance
Paper: The Paper Studio CS, My Mind's Eye DP.
Ink: Stazon, Colorbox Queues, Prismacolor pencils.
Accessories: Nestabilities, Cuttlebug, Stickles, Dew Drops, dimensionals, corner punches.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Some Catch-Up With SSNOTIME56 & House Mouse

Wow! I was so, so happy to see my daughter! She looks beautiful as always, looks very happy, and I can tell she is having the time of her life! Makes it a bit easier for her to be so far away. Vermont was amazing...the turning of the leaves, the B&B we stayed in near the floating bridge. Wonderful. Could not have been a better weekend!
So today I'm playing catch-up, after a day of recovering yesterday from that 3:30 wake-up to catch the 6 a.m. flight on Monday; felt washed out all day yesterday. :)
So first card today is Sharon's challenge but this time she has been hijacked and she is the one being cased. This was somewhat intimidating - casing Sharon - but fun. The card base is kraft CS onto which I attached DP from My Mind's Eye after inking the edges. The lower border is pink CS run through a Cuttlebug Frills border. The main image is Flourishes Mixed Greetings; colored the bowl with chalks, and added some color to the mail with Prismacolor pencils, cut all that out and attached to white CS. The ovals were cut with oval Nestabilities. Used a slot punch and ran the ribbon through it. Have to say, after tying that beige...umm, the card...okay, it's a bow - I have a whole new level of respect for Sharon's bow-tying skills! I thought I was going to have to get a foot involved with this. Not completely happy with the way it turned out, but that is the best I can do with that poor bow. Sentiment from Verve was stamped and cutout with rectangle Nestabilities. Lastly, added some Dew Drops.

Stamps: Flourishes Mixed Greetings, Verve Artful Elegance
Paper: My Mind's Eye DP, The Paper Studio pink CS, Stampin Up! kraft CS.
Ink: Colorbox Queues, Prismacolor pencils.
Accessories: Ribbon, slot punch, Nestabilities, Dew Drops, Cuttlebug, chalks, baby oil.

This second card is the House Mouse weekly challenge. I love the sketch! I used a couple of the same papers as in the previous card, since I had them out. :) Kraft CS base and all of the DP is from My Mind's Eye, with the main base DP attached after inking edges. I used the House Mouse Feeling Rosy image, colored with Prismacolor pencils blended with baby oil. Added some Stickles to the cup decorations. Chalked around the image after cutting out with circle Nestabilities then attached to base. Sentiment is from My Favorite Things, cut out with Nesties and mounted. The flowers were cut from a Cuttlebug die, curved by pressing in the centers with end of a paint brush, and then added rhinestones to the centers. Added lavender pearls I got from Flourishes, each bordered by tiny rhinestones.

Stamps: House Mouse Feeling Rosy, My Favorite Things Time For the Bubbly.
Paper: Stampin Up! kraft CS, My Mind's Eye DP.
Ink: Colorbox Queues, Prismacolor pencils.
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Nestabilities, rhinestones, pearls, Stickles, baby oil.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Whiff of Joy Challenge #3

This will be my last post until next week. I'm leaving this afternoon to see my daughter for parent weekend at Norwich University in Vermont. Can't wait to see her!!!! This is for the Whiff of Joy Challenge, following a sketch by DT member Heather. For this card I used Willow with Lantern image. Colored her with Prismacolor pencils and blended with baby oil. Added some Stickles for the holly berries and Twinkling H2O's on the lantern for a glow effect, which you can't see in the picture. Also added some over her hair and waist ribbons. Popped her up on dimensionals. All of the background papers are from Basic Grey Two Scoops pad. Ribbon is from Michael's dollar bin. Flowers cut out with my Cuttlebug, layered and secured with a brad. Snowflake rhinestones in the corners, and added some Dew Drops.

Stamps: Whiff of Joy Willow with Lantern.
Paper: Basic Grey DP, The Paper Studio CS.
Ink: Stazon.
Accessories: Ribbon, snowflakes, brads, dimensionals, Dew Drops.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Gift For a Friend

This is the gift I made for my friend (about a week or so late) for Rosh Hashanah. I cased this set by Lauren; I thought it would be perfect for my friend. I used the Mazel Tov set from Papertrey Ink for all the stamped images. This is actually a second set I made. A friend saw the original set when she came by to drop some things off and said I had to add apples and honey, which I had left out because I'm shipping this to Miami. My light bulb came on and I realized she is Jewish ... something that had never come up before. A silly grin later and she was walking out the door with the original set, minus that little pizza box which has a set of notecards for the originally intended recipient. : ) So I got another bottle of wine, made another set, and included apples and honey this time. There is also a candle in there (right in front of the box). Will wrap this in some shrink wrap and off it goes to Miami!

Stamps: Papertrey Ink Mazel Tov. Flourishes and JustRite (below).
Paper: The Paper Studio CS, Making Memories silver CS.
Ink: Stazon, Colorbox Queues.
Accessories: Nestabilities, rhinestones, dimensionals, border punch, wine.

Before I is one of the notecards that I made that is inside the pizza box. You can see a closeup of the pizza box in yesterday's post. I made 8 cards and envelopes, and they all fit in there nicely, even with the dimensionals popping up the monogrammed circle. Used Flourishes Damask background and cut out with square scalloped Nesties. Then stamped the monogram with JustRite stamper, cut that out with circle Nestabilities and popped it up on dimensionals. Added the little rhinestone blingage between her initials to match those on the box. :)

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

A Mouse, and a Box

Decided to play in this challenge since I had this cute stamp. Love House Mouse and happened to stumbled onto the blog a couple of weeks ago.
This is Feathered Friends stamp. The base DP is actually the packaging backing for Martha Stewart's Goo alphabet that I used for the sentiment. I colored the image with Prismacolor pencils and blended with baby oil; cut around it, inked edges a bit and mounted on black CS with rounded corners and silver inked edges. Embossed the spider web in the corner with black EP, added a clear Dew Drop. Mounted the words on dimensionals, and added three more Dew Drops.

Stamps: House Mouse, Inkadinkado.
Paper: The Paper Studio CS, Martha Stewart packaging insert.
Ink: Colorbox Queues, Stazon.
Accessories: Prismacolor pencils, embossing powder, Dew Drops, dimensionals.

My first blog hop of the day is always Sharon's. I saw this one yesterday and I've never done a TLC, but this one was to make a mini pizza box so I jumped on board. This came in handy as that extra something I needed to put into a gift set for a friend for Rosh Hashanah. I'm about a week late getting this out but she'll understand. :) Will post pic of that set tomorrow before I ship it to her. I used Papertrey Ink's Mazel Tov set for the images. I stamped the blue CS with two different images for background before assembling the box. Did the Tree of Life on silver CS with Stazon. Cut that out and embossed with three nesting scalloped Nestabilities. For the sentiment I just rounded the corners. Added the rhinestones for some pretty sparkle. I also made a set of 8 monogrammed note cards to go inside box.

Stamps: Papertrey Ink Mazel Tov.
Paper: The Paper Studio CS, Making Memories silver CS.
Ink: Stazon, Colorbox Queues.
Accessories: Nestabilities, rhinestones, dimensionals.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Second Post Today...Couple of Flowery Cards

Here are a couple more from my weekend of card playing. : ) This first one used no stamping. I ran a piece of white CS through the Cuttlebug Birds and Vines folder, inked the raised parts and mounted to olive CS. The second matted piece is simply a pretty sticker from Karen Foster that I put on white CS, put a rhinestone in the center, mounted on olive CS and attached that over the ribbon. The circle was cut from one of my Cuttlebug dies, then glittered it. Cut the butterfly from my Cricut, cut out the circle and attached it over the glittered circle base.

Stamps: None.
Paper: Paper Studio CS.
Ink: Colorbox Queues.
Accessories: Karen Foster sticker, Cuttlebug, Cricut, glitter, ribbon, rhinestone.

This second card I made for my sis-in-law with the first set of Kitchen Sink stamps that I got. I love hydrangeas. Did those in purples (have to work on those leaves), added the little butterfly. Cut the edges with deckle scissors, ticket punched the corners, inked around it. Mounted it to moss green CS that I ticket punched as well. The base is green CS onto which I mounted the yellow and white striped paper that was part of the packaging for another set of stamps (there's that recycle freak popping up again-heehee). The sentiment from SU! Blossoms Abound was stamped in lavender ink and embossed with clear powderUsed my corner rounder to scallop the lavender CS strip and attached it. Added the ribbon and some Dew Drops.

Stamps: Kitchen Sink, Stampin Up!
Paper: Paper Studio CS, recycled yellow/white packaging.
Ink: Colorbox Queues.
Accessories: Embossing powder, ribbon, Dew Drops, deckle scissors, corner rounder.

A Case....And My "Baby"

First off, have to start out with this picture from this past Saturday. It was the Homecoming dance for my son's high school. He is in JROTC and was in the saber line for the Homecoming court presentation so had to wear the Class A uniform. That's his date; she's a cutie, she just always looks nervous in pictures. They had a good time at the dance. I was pretty worn out from being chauffeur, first to dinner, then pick them up and take them to the dance. Then back over there at 11:30 when the dance was over and to take his girlfriend home.

I made a few cards over the weekend, just random stuff. Will post over the next couple of days.

Okay, on to the cards. I had come across this card a while back before I ever thought about starting a blog and had saved the info on it. Background and bottom panel are Basic Grey Lilykate; both mounted on light brown CS. I stamped the foliage from Inkadinkado Garden Delight three times in blue, over the panel. I just love this Inkadinkado Birds Galore set. I stamped it once in brown, then again in the blue and cut that bird out and popped it up on tiny dimensionals. Made the wavy bottom with my Coluzzle, then did the same with a narrow dark brown strip and mounted them to the blue panel, and then mounted that to the card. I twisted up some brown tissue paper and then flattened it a bit and cut a "ribbon" and attached it to the sides. Added some bling to the leaves, ribbon and upper corner and called this one done.

Stamps: Inkadinkado Garden Delight and Birds Galore.
Paper: Basic Grey Lilykate, Paper Studio CS.
Ink: Colorbox Queues.
Accessories: Tissue paper, rhinestones, Coluzzle.

I liked this layout so much I made another card, this one just a little different. The base paper is from My Mind's Eye onto which I stamped part of a collage stamp that I had inked up with my Marvy markers. I ran a piece of olive shimmery vellum through the D'Vine Swirls Cuttlebug folder and mounted that on magenta CS. Stamped part of Inkadinkado flourish stamp after inking it with the markers as well. Cut the tiny flowers with my Cuttlebug then set them on foam and pushed down in the center with an embossing tool to give them a cup shape. Glued them to the flourish, added some beads, then the little outline butterfly sticker. Inked the edges of this piece and mounted to the magenta CS as well and attached to the base. Finally, cut a strip of the magenta with a border punch attached it and added some beads to it as well.

Stamps: Inkadinkado Flourished Flowers.
Paper: My Mind's Eye DP, Paper Studio CS.
Ink: Marvy LePlume II markers.
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Fiskars border punch, beads, outline stickers.

Friday, October 3, 2008

SSNOTIM55...Singing & Stamping With Becky!

Had one of those "whoa" moments this morning when I saw
Sharon's Stamp Simply challenge and just had to participate. This week Sharon is featuring design team member Becky. Becky makes amazing cards and projects using her stamps and amazing talents. She is also a singer with an amazing voice. I listened to her on myspace. :)
I did a different challenge yesterday (here) and had stamped this blue paper with this sheet music stamp by Purple Onion, and had also used Cuttlebug's Allegro folder on the same paper. I chose the embossed paper for the other challenge and this one went into my "now what do I do with it" drawer. Out it came this morning for this card! I inked the edges and mounted it on brown CS. I used this Inkadinkado stamp because it feels sing-songy. The sentiment is from Crafty Secrets Bird Notes set. Both were then cut out and embossed with Nestabilities. Inked their edges and lightly tamped the ink pad over each to try to tone down the white. Tied on that fun ribbon, attached the main image with dimensionals, and the sentiment directly on the base.
Stamps: Purple Onion, Inkadinkado, Crafty Secrets.
Paper: Paper Studio CS, Hot Off the Press DS.
Ink: Colorbox Queues.
Accessories: Ribbon, Nestabilities

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Whiff of Joy Challenge #2 - Stitching

This card is for this week's WOF challenge. Stitching...wheeeeeee! Get to use my sewing machine! I had the song "Wild Thing" on my mind for some reason today so I used the Melinda Hugging Heart image and printed the sentiment from my computer. Colored her with Primacolor pencils, added Stickles to her wings. I cut her out with a rectangle Nestie then chalked around her while the image was still in the frame. Used the scalloped rectangle for the mat and edged it with Twinkling H2O's. The base DP is Basic Grey Periphery which I stitched to the Kraft cardstock base. I Cuttlebugged the blue paper with the Allegro folder, then inked the raised parts, a bit of the background and the edges. Attached the ribbon then Melinda. The flowers are from the Verve Abundant Blessings set. The paper I used for the sentiment and the flowers was actually the paper with the item list that Verve sends with its orders. Geez, everything I get my hands one becomes potential craft stuff for me! :) Anyway, I cut the sentiment out with a scalloped oval Nestie, edged and inked it with two different Queues and attached it on dimensionals. I tappity tapped the flowers with the same two colors (Prussian Blue and Chestnut Roan), cut them out and attached them with dimensionals as well. Added Dew Drops for a final touch to the oval.
Stamps: Whiff of Joy Melinda Hugging Heart, Verve.
Paper: Basic Grey Periphery, Hot Off the Press, Paper Studio CS.
Ink: Colorbox Queues.
Accessories: Prismacolor pencils, stitching, Cuttlebug, Nestabilities, Dew Drops, Stickles, Ribbon, dimensionals, computer, chalks.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Inspired By Skivvies??

Staying true to form with my somewhat "bad" habit of looking at something, mentally dissecting it and telling myself I can do that because it will save money (although this was a blessing when it came to sewing...could make little girl dresses that would have cost terrible amounts, and eventually nice prom dresses that otherwise would have been oh my $$$$$). Oops, got off track...I was standing in line at the grocery store the other day and picked up a copy of BH&G magazine (my subscription expired). I was flipping through the pages and boi-oi-oing up popped this double page ad with butterflies on spirals. Cool! It was an ad for Fruit of the Loom and on looking closer I realized...those aren't butterflies...they're undie-flies! See, here's a close-up.

I bought the magazine, and not just for that ad...there are great articles, recipes, etc., and besides, I don't wear Fruit of the Loom. : ) I basically built the card from the outside in, because I thought of snowflakes. For the main image piece I used masking, lightly inked with the inkpad and stamped part of SU! French Flair to give the whole snow blowing effect. Then stamped Inkadinkado lamp post and used Twinkling H2O's on the bow and leaves, and also to give a candlelight glow. It really shows up in the picture because of the flash, but IRL the glow is much more subtle. Trimmed with deckle edged scissors, inked it a bit and put it on another piece of white CS. I don't have any snowflake stamps (gasp!) so I used a piece of 1/16" sticky back craft foam with my Cuttlebug snowflake die, stuck them to tiny acrylic blocks and voila` snowflake stamps! Stamped those lightly all over the front, deckled that layer and put it on a blue mat, attached all that to a white card base. The sentiment is a silver outline sticker, and it really got blasted out with the flash, but looks great IRL.

For the inside, again I stamped a bunch of snowflakes, this time adding CB's new big snowflake after making it into a stamp with the craft foam. I cut the two curlycew "springs" out of acetate I saved from product packaging, glued them down on opposite sides and put them together in the center. They actually come apart so the whole thing can lay flat. I used the CB snowflakes again to cut out 12 sets of snowflakes from silver metallic CS that I had run through my Xyron so they would be premade stickers. I sandwiched the spring between each snowflake set. I'm waiting for a sentiment stamp that I will stamp in the center of the snowflakes, but I wanted to go ahead and get this posted and move on...
I did save the original ad, because I think it would be cute to case for a double page spread in a scrapbook.
Stamps: Inkadinkado lamp, SU! French Flair, homemade Cuttlebug flakes.
Paper: The Paper Studio CS, Making Memories silver CS.
Ink: Colorbox.
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Twinkling H2O's, acetate, outline sticker, craft foam, deckle scissors.