Wednesday, December 31, 2008

New Year's Resolutions

Each year I postpone making New Year's Resolutions until....okay, March or April. Of course, by then, all the momentum has gone out of my resolve.

This year's first resolution was to make some goals for 2009 before it was 2009. Here's some of the ideas I have settled on that apply to creative endeavors.

1. Make doable resolutions and goals in a timely manner.
2. Use up those beautiful bits and pieces in my scrap drawer.
3. Use all those embellishments I bought on impulse that are languishing in storage.
4. Keep trying new things all the time.
5. Put away all my stamps after I use them and mount and store all my stamps as I buy them.
6. Send at least 6 cards to magazines every quarter.
7. Make time every week for play.
8. Curb SAD (Stamp Aquisition Disorder) to a more reasonable level.

While 2009 isn't quite here, I did give #2 and #3 a try and used up some scraps. So, while I think all the bits and pieces in this card are beautiful, I have not the faintest idea who made any of them. The lovely lady is from Oxford Impressions, the Beloved plate. I used Cracked Glass technique, an old favorite of mine from Technique Junkies.

I love this lovely lady's confidence and think she is perfect to greet the New Year.

Lady in Lace
Stamps:
Woman and sentiment from Beloved plate (Oxford Impressions)
Paper: Not the faintest idea, but isn't it pretty?
Cardstock: Pink Passion and Chocolate Chip (Stampin Up)
Ink: Timber Brown (StazOn); Tea Dye (Ranger Distress Ink)
Other: Judikins clear embossing powder
Embellishments: touch of lace and a deep pink silk flower

Here's to resolutions and the resolve to see them through! Happy New Year!

Great Way to End the Year

Recently, I received this incredible Hanukkah card from fabulous stamper and awesome person, Hetty Sanders. Isn't it gorgeous?

The level of detail on this card is just amazing. I loved all the embossing, the fabric covered brads and all the lovely layers!


To see more of Hetty's beautiful cards, visit her blog, CraftChaos.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Sweet Sisters

I can't be sure that these two lovely ladies are sisters, but it would be wonderful if they were! This is the last card in my Women in Winter series using collage sheets.

Sweet Sisters in the Snow
Stamp:
Let It Snow (Inka Stamps)
Collage Sheet: Snowflake Kisses (Artchix Studio)
Paper: light blue sweater CP-33 (Melissa Frances)
Cardstock: Bashful Blue & Not Quite Navy (Stampin Up)
Ink: Not Quite Navy (Stampin Up)
Embellishments: brass plate, 3 brass brads and 1 prima medium blue flower

Have a fabulous New Year!

Tobaggon Trio

This happy threesome made me smile. Once again, I really wanted to showcase the image so I added almost no stamping. I triple matted the picture keeping the three theme going. The two buttons are balanced by the stamped "snowy" sentiment on the bottom right corner of the focal image.

Sledding Fun
Stamp:
snowy from Snowy Woods (Artistic Outpost)
Collage Sheet: Merry Christmas (Curious by Design)
Paper: Wenceslaus (Melissa Frances)
Cardstock: Always Artichoke (Stampin Up); generic black
Ink: Jet Black (StazOn)
Embellishments: 2 black buttons

The last card of the year tomorrow!

Monday, December 29, 2008

Let it Glow!

Last night was the last night of Chanukah! We had the menorah all a glow so I thought in the afterglow it would be a good time to share this card !

Let It Glow!
Stamps:
Menorah Poochie (the Cat's Pajamas); Menorah (Paper Salon); Dreidel from Hebrew Holiday set (Stampin Up); Star of David (Rubber Soul)
Paper: light blue with swirls (Creative Memories)
Cardstock: Bashful Blue & Brilliant Blue (Stampin Up)
Ink: Bashful Blue, Ballet Blue and Brilliant Blue (Stampin Up); Jet Black (StazOn)
Markers: Summer Sun (Stampin Up)
Embellishment: narrow yellow ribbon (Morex)
Tools: bone folde; circle cutting system (Creative Memories)

Hope everyone had a wonderful and happy holiday season!

Happiness Counts

I was feeling in the pink today, so I grabbed some pink paper to make it official. Using two different plates from Artistic Outpost, Happiness and Geek is Chic, I was able to create a fun card that expressed how I was feeling!

Happiness Counts
Stamps:
sentiment, ink splotch and butterfly from Happiness plate (Artistic Outpost); Number background and sentiment from Geek is Chic plate (Artistic Outpost)
Paper: wish I could tell you but this beautiful piece was in my scrap drawer
Cardstock: Cameo Coral, Cranberry Crisp and Very Vanilla (Stampin Up)
Ink: Cameo Coral (Stampin Up); Chianti (ColorBox)

I was able to make a really neat background with the "ink splotch" from the Happiness plate. I liked the texture it created.

To make the sentiment panel a bit more interesting, I stamped 3 extra butterflies on Very Vanilla and cut them out. I then adhered them over the butterflies stamped around the frame to extend the image past the frame. I really liked the way it worked out!

Are you feeling in the pink today? Let your happiness take flight!

One Kind Word

Here's the fifth card in my Women in Winter series using collage sheets. Again, this little darling isn't quite a women yet but I think she still counts.


The sentiment on this card reads "one kind word can warm three winter months" and I think it fits perfectly. I set this cozy cherub on a panel of snowflake swirls. She almost looks like is huddling up against those frosty flakes.

One Kind Word
Stamp:
One Kind Word (Serendipity Stamps)
Collage Sheet: Snowflake Kisses (Artchix Studio)
Paper: Blue Flannel Frost (the Paper Element)
Cardstock: Bashful Blue and Handsome Hunter (Stampin Up)
Ink: Handsome Hunter (Stampin Up)
Embellishment: 1 cream flower (Offray)

Two more cards to go!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Sledding Sweetie

My fourth card in my Women in Winter series using collage sheets. This young lady isn't quite a woman yet but I think she still counts.

Isn't she cute? I just love this image! It's another sweetie from Curious by Design. I found some great Basic Grey paper in a 6x6 stack that had some of the same color elements as the image. I overstamped this paper with the sled from Snowy Woods plate (Artistic Outpost) and the word "snowy" from the same plate. I think it worked out quite well, but I might be biased.

Sledding Sweetie
Stamps: sled and snowy from Snowy Woods plate (Artistic Outpost)
Collage Sheet: Merry Christmas (Curious by Design)
Paper: Snow Dust from Wassail paper pack (Basic Grey)
Cardstock: Old Olive (Stampin Up)
Ink: Old Olive (Stampin Up)
Embellishments: cream flower (Offray); 2 gold brads

Another wee woman tomorrow!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Snowdrop

This card is the third in my series of Women in Winter using collage sheets. Here again was an image that seemed to have a story all its own. The background paper I used from Me & My Big Ideas looks like the knit from a light blue sweater which seemed to have a nice cozy fee.. I added to it by stamping snowflakes from my Snowy Woods plate (Artistic Outpost).

I really liked the effect of the snowflakes and the sweater paper....so for once, I stopped and didn't do anything else. I matted the sweater panel to give a more defined edge between the panel and the card base and I offset the matte for the central image to provide a little visual interest. Other than that, I let the image shine on its own.

Snowdrop
Stamps:
3 snowflakes from Snowy Woods (Artistic Outpost)
Collage Sheet: Merry Christmas (Curious By Design)
Paper: light blue sweater, CP-33 (Me & My Big Ideas)
Cardstock: Bashful Blue and Not Quite Navy (Stampin Up)
Ink: Not Quite Navy (Stampin Up)

Another snowy sweetie tomorrow!

Friday, December 26, 2008

Serene Swirls & Snow Dance

On a road trip to Absolutely Everything with a good friend of mine, I picked up some collage sheets. I was drawn to the engaging images and could not resist. Last week during the frequent snow storms, I made a set of seven cards from these collage sheets. I kept to a theme of "women in winter" for all seven.

This first card in the series was quick and fun. This image was so striking that I decided it needed no sentiment. Instead, I just added a little bit to the designer paper with a swirl stamp from Inka Stamps to bring a bit of unity to the color and look of the card.

Serene Swirls
Stamp: Caligraphy Swirl (Inka Stamps)
Collage Image: Snowflake Kisses sheet (Artchix Studio)
Paper: Blue Flannel Frost (the Paper Element)
Cardstock: Not Quite Navy and Bashful Blue (Stampin Up)
Ink: Not Quite Navy (Stampin Up)
Embellishments: Prima flowers (2 medium blue, 1 light blue and 1 light green); 4 silver brads
Tools: Oval cutting system (Creative Memories)

My second card was similar to the first.

Snow Dance
Stamp: May You Dance (Inka Stamps)
Collage Image: Snowflake Kisses sheet (Artchix Studio)
Paper: Blue Flannel Frost (the Paper Element)
Cardstock: Not Quite Navy and Bashful Blue (Stampin Up)
Ink: Not Quite Navy (Stampin Up)
Embellishments: Prima flowers (1 medium blue, 1 light blue ); 1 silver brads
Tools: Circle cutting system (Creative Memories)

Keep thinking snow!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

And the Good Deals Keep Coming!

Enabler Alert: For those enrolled in bargainaholics anonymous, please don't read. This post contains information about yet another great stamp acquisition opportunity.

Artistic Outpost has just announced their After Christmas Sale which runs from December 26th to December 31st. They have lots of great deals on stamps and inks.

See their blog, Artistic Outpost blog, for more information.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday and keeping warm and cozy!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Cool Holiday Gift at Oxford Impressions!

Enabler alert: Great stamp deal in the following message. If you don't want high quality stamps at a great price, stop reading now.

I have severe S.A.D. (Stamp Acquisition Disorder) so I feel obliged to share this information with you.

Suzanne Melvin of Oxford Impressions fame is offering a 20% discount off all rubber stamp collections and collage sheets until December 31st!

To get the special code to receive this fantastic offer, check out Suzanne's blog, Studio Suzanne. I read her blog all the time and just love her creations. When you visit, you can also see a sneak peak at her latest collection, Fairy Sweets.

To check out some cards I have made with Oxford Impressions, click here.

Beautiful Cards Made by my Family!

Here are a few of the lovely cards I got from my talented family!

The first one I got was from my Mom in pre-holiday mail! Isn't it pretty? The central image is from Stampin Up's Abundant Joy set.

The next card is from my papercrafting aunt. I love the whimsical snowman!

Finally, I received a wonderful card from my cousin. I love the colors and all the great details!


Guess in stamping, everything really is relative!

Guest Book Project - Pages 14 & 15

All done! Yea! Here's my last spread.

I wanted to finish on a relaxing note and I think I found the perfect image with this wonderful lounging man stamp from 100 Proof Press called Man Sleeping on Brighton Beach. I used Marker Watercoloring to give him some color. Guess I really did come full circle...or oval in this case.

Here's a close-up of how he looks:

I used a compass image as a grounding feature on the signing page. I love it's rough look.

Details for the final spread:
Stamps: Man Sleeping on Brighton Beach (100 Proof Press); Compass (Art Impressions)
Paper: Tidalpools (Christine Adolph line from Creative Imaginations); Bar Code (the last bit I had)
Cardstock: Very Vanilla (Stampin Up); watercolor paper
Ink: Timber Brown (StazOn); Not Quite Navy (Stampin Up)
Markers: various Plume I & Plume II (Marvy) and markers from my Earth Elements pack (Stampin Up)

Thanks for sticking through it with me! Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Wake Me When It's Christmas!

I got this adorable set last month from My Favorite Things and finally had time to play with it. I used Marker Watercoloring (yes, I am addicted to this technique) and added a touch of the Out of the Box technique. Both are Technique Junkie gems!

I guess this image just spoke to me today. I really feel like I could just curl up and go to sleep until Thursday!

Wake Me When It's Christmas!
Stamps:
Merry Christmas? set (My Favorite Things)
Cardstock: Basic Black, Pretty in Pink, and Rose Red (Stampin Up); generic watercolor paper
Ink: Jet Black (StazOn)
Markers: various Plume I & II (Marvy); various (Stampin Up) - lots to color on this one!
Embellishments: 1 gold star brad
Tools: Aquapainter; paper piercer

Happy Holidays to all!

Guest Book Project - Pages 12 & 13

Almost finished, I promise!

Here's the second to last spread and I am back to the coral shell paper. I also decided to do a K.I.S.S. page (Keep It Simple Stamper). I used a wonderful distress-look paper from Basic Grey to add pop to these fab images.

The swimmers are from a Stampsmith plate called Those Were the Days. I just love it and it creates wonderful images in a myriad of colors. I seem stuck on coral so that's what I used.

I figured these lovely ladies needed a well-packed beach bag, so I stamped this cute image from Rubber Tree Stamps on the signing page.

Details for this spread:
Stamps: women swimming from Those Were the Days (Stampsmith); Beach Basket (Rubber Tree Stamps)
Paper: Sea Glass Sea Shells Flat Paper (K & Company); Red Riding Hood from Perhaps line (Basic Grey)
Cardstock: Very Vanilla (Stampin Up)
Ink: Cameo Coral (Stampin Up)

Last page tomorrow! Whoohoo!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Happy Chanukah!

I made two of these giant cards (5.5" x 5.5") to conceal gift cards for my nieces who celebrate Chanukah aka Hanukkah.

The theme is simple. There are 8 blue squares to represent the 8 branches on the menorah and one bright yellow square to represent the Shamash which is the center candle used to light all the other.

Chanukah Lights
Stamps: Star of David from Hebrew Holidays set (Stampin Up)
Cardstock: Brocade Blue, Bashful Blue and Yoyo Yellow (Stampin Up); generic medium purple (from a long ago scrapbook shopping trip)
Ink: Midnight Blue (StazOn)

We are blessed in our family with being able to celebrate the holidays of two different traditions.

Hope the Festival of Lights brings some brightness to your winter!

Imagination Tag

I was thinking about imagination in all its forms today. We all know incredibly imaginative people - from artists to teachers, from mothers to engineers, from scientists to musicians. This card was inspired by all the imaginative people out there!


Imagination Tag
Stamps:
Geek is Chic collage, Numbers background, QTPi, nerd with glasses, sentiment, pocket protector advertisement, Einstein postage and ruler element from Geek is Chic plate (Artistic Outpost)
Paper: Stoked from the Hang Ten Collection (BasicGrey)
Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie & Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Apricot Appeal, Creamy Caramel, Night of Navy (Stampin Up); Antique Linen (Ranger Distress Ink)
Other: shipping tag

To create the collage, I stamped the Numbers background first, then used masking to add the pocket protector advertisement and the Einstein postage and a portion of the Geek is Chic collage while alternating between Creamy Caramel ink and Antique Linen distress ink.

I then switched to Night of Navy ink and added the sentiment and some elements. I finished up by inking only the "QT Pi" portion of the nerd with glasses stamp and overstamping it randomly in Apricot Appeal. I stamped Einstein from the Geek is Chic collage on Whisper White cardstock, cut it out and adhered it to the bottom of the tag. To keep the tag string in place, I added just a hint of adhesive to the string and tacked it to the card.

Take some time to celebrate your imagination today!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Guest Book Project - Pages 10 & 11

To add a sense of symmetry, I decided to repeat background papers. On this spread, I am back to the map background. There are hints of light blue and coral in some of the elements on the paper so I used these as a jumping off point. Again, hindsight is 20/20 and I ended up covering up those elements...ooops! Well, the colors still go together!

For the focal image, I returned to watercoloring. I used an aquapainter to pick up ink and add soft colors to the background of the image in Cameo Coral, Bashful Blue and Certainly Celery ink from Stampin Up. On the coral panel, I added a ship's wheel from the Nautical set from Impression Obsession.

For the Signing page, I wanted to give a bit of an anchor so instead of literally using an anchor, I chose this great lighthouse from Impression Obsession. To keep the coral accents going, I added simple coral corners to the page.

Details for this spread:
Stamps: Journey of the Heart Ticket (Invoke Arts); lighthouse and ship's wheel from Nautical set (Impression Obsession)
Paper: Sea Glass Antique Map Flat Paper (K & Company)
Cardstock: Cameo Coral, Chocolate Chip & River Rock (Stampin Up)
Ink: Antique Linen (Ranger Distress Ink); Timber Brown (StazOn); Cameo Coral, Bashful Blue, and Certainly Celery (Stampin Up)

Only a couple of spreads left....whoohoo!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Guest Book Project - Pages 8 & 9

Again, I went from sand to surf. I decided to use some of my wonderful sailboat stamps for this spread.

For this spread, I didn't really do any techniques. I didn't need to as the collage sailboat stamp I used from River City Rubber Works was already so fun. I stuck to simple and just added a sentiment after stamping the sailboat on some light blue speckle textured paper. The sentiment reads "May you have fair winds and following seas".

On the Signing side, I repeated the theme of sailboats which is also evident in the background paper. I stamped it in Old Olive ink to tie in the olive speckles on the light blue patterned paper.

Details for the spread:
Stamps: Collage Sailboat and sentiment (River City Rubber Works); sailboat (PSX)
Paper: Sea Glass Sailboat Flat Paper (K & Company); blue speckled paper (unknown from very old scrap stack)
Cardstock: Old Olive & River Rock (Stampin Up)
Ink: Old Olive & Night of Navy (Stampin Up)

Okay, half way through. Hope you will stick with me to the end.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Guest Book Project - Pages 6 & 7

I decided for a little whimsy for this spread. This parade of tiny tots from 100 Proof Press has always tickled me pink, so I decided to go coral for these pages.

I let the second half of the parade wander onto the Signing page.

Details for the spread:
Stamp: Kid Parade on Beach (100 Proof Press)
Paper: Sea Glass Pink Shell Flat Paper (K & Company)
Cardstock: Bashful Blue, Brocade Blue and Very Vanilla (Stampin Up)
Ink: Cameo Coral (Stampin Up)
Embellishments: striped ribbon (Stampin Up); standard shipping tag
Tomorrow, I go sailing.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Guest Book Project - Pages 4 & 5

For this spread, I decided to move on from the sand to the surf. I used another Technique Junkie technique called Layered Collage.

I started with a background map image from Beeswax and added some elements from OnyxXpressions, a globe and a sextent as well as the bold "NAVIGATE".

I repeated these elements again on the Signing page below.

Details for the spread:
Stamps: globe, sextent and NAVIGATE (OnyxXpressions); Square Map (Beeswax Rubber Stamps)
Paper: Sea Glass Antique Map Flat Paper (K & Company); Bar Code (again, I didn't have enough left of the paper to identify it beyond that)
Cardstock: River Rock and Chocolate Chip (Stampin Up)
Ink: Antique Linen (Ranger Distress Ink); Not Quite Navy and Night of Navy (Stampin Up)

And the project continues tomorrow....

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Guest Book Project - Pages 2 & 3

My parents-in-law have a new beach house and this is the housewarming gift I am working on for them. Each of the page spreads has a stamped element on the left-hand side and a place for guests to sign on the right-hand side.

For this spread, I thought shells would make a good introduction to the beach theme. Here I used a wonderful stamp from OnyxXpressions, Seashells Framed. I stamped it on watercolor paper and used a Technique Junkie technique called Marker Watercoloring.

As an aside, if you haven't subscribed to the awesome Technique Junkie newsletter yet, give yourself a holiday gift and get it for the upcoming year. I go back to mine over and over again for inspiration and instruction.

Here's a close-up of the Marker Watercolored shells.

It gave the shells a soft look. I probably should have stopped before I tried to add a bit of color to the background but hindsight is always 20/20.

I added accents to the Signing page using an acrylic set called Nautical from Impression Obsession.

Details for the spread:
Stamps: Seashells Framed (OnyxXpressions); Nautical set (Impression Obsession)
Paper: Tidepools (Christine Adolph line - Creative Imaginations); Bar Code Scan (not sure manufacturer; I used most of this piece a long time ago)
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Cameo Coral & Very Vanilla (Stampin Up); watercolor paper
Ink: Cameo Coral (Stampin Up); Timber Brown (StazOn)
Markers: various Plume I & Plume II markers (Marvy) as well as Stampin Up markers from the Earth Elements pack

Tomorrow, my next spread comes together....I hope.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Guest Book Project - Cover and First Page

Always stumped for gift ideas, Maya Road's great chipboard albums inspired me. I found this great little house-shaped album in my fav stamp store, Absolutely Everything. My mom- & dad-in-law have just purchased a wonderful new beach house, so it struck me as a neat idea to make them a unique guest book as I am sure they will have many visitors at their new abode.

I wanted to use colors that would compliment their new beach environment so I picked lots of earth tones, aquas, deep greens and corals. The cover features one of my favorite sentiments from Repeat Impressions. It reads "A house is made with nails and beams. A home is made with love and dreams." It seemed like a nice fit. The main image is an old favorite of mine by Stampington called House Plans.

Here are all the details on the cover:
Stamps: House Plans (Stampington); A Home is Made With (Repeat Impressions)
Paper: speckled blue & olive paper (unknown, from a long ago stack); Argyle Sweater - Blue (Kelly Panacci line from Sandylion); Swell from Hang 10 line (BasicGrey)
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip (Stampin Up)
Ink: Timber Brown (StazOn)
Embellishments: 3 Prima flowers - brown, green & blue; argyle ribbon
Other: chipboard album (Maya Road)

This is the first page! The sentiment reads "The way to a friend's house is never long - Danish Proverb).

Stamps: The Way to a Friend's House (A Muse)
Paper: Blue Awning Letter Stripes Flat Paper (K & Company)
Cardstock: Old Olive, Taken with Teal, and Chocolate Chip (Stampin Up)
Ink: Timber Brown (StazOn)

Stay tuned this week while I work on all the inside pages. This is my first album so it is a totally new experience for me.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Happy Birthday, Niece!

One of my three fabulous nieces turned 11 today! How cool is that?

Here's the card I made for her using a Technique Junkie technique called Marker Watercoloring:

Happy Birthday, Cupcake!
Stamps:
penguins, sentiment & border from Smells Like Cake set (The Cat's Pajamas)
Cardstock: Pixie Pink & Real Red (Stampin Up); watercolor paper
Ink: Jet Black (StazOn)
Markers: various Plume & Plume II from Marvy
Tools: oval cutter (Creative Memories)

These cute, little penguins definitely tickled me pink! Hope you like them too!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

What You See Is What You Get

There are so many fun stamps to play with in my new Geek is Chic plate from Artistic Outpost!

Today, I decided to use this little "Q T Pi".

WYSIWYG
Stamps:
WYSIWYG, QTPi, sentiment, ruler element and array element from Geek is Chic plate (Artistic Outpost)
Cardstock: Night of Navy, Pumpkin Pie, More Mustard, Really Rust, Blue Bayou (Stampin Up)
Ink:
Night of Navy (Stampin Up); Timber Brown (StazOn)

This card is sort of like me - what you see is what you get!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Holly...and Now Jolly

Here's the matching sign I made after making the Holly sign earlier this week.

Jolly Sign
Paper: variety of Debbie Mumm papers (still loving these papers)
Cardstock: Handsome Hunter (Stampin Up); generic cream
Collage Images: Joyeux Noel (Artchix)
Embellishments: 1/4" dark green ribbon; 2 antique brass eyelets; Prima flowers
Tools: laser printer, corner rounder
Other: poster board for the base of the sign

A little closer:


Hope your December is very jolly!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

These are SO going on my Christmas List!

Artistic Outpost just released 3 fantastic new plates today and I just love them all!

Here's a peek at what they look like.

Vintage Circus is a fabulous 8.5" x 5.5" plate which captures that old-time circus feel with all the fun and excitement that the Big Top can bring! While this unmounted plate is regularly priced at $12.00, for a limited time only it is available for the special price of $10.00.

To see artwork made with Vintage Circus, check out the following blogs:

Splendiferous Creations (Lisa Somerville)

Ink It Up Stamp It Out (Cathy Edgar)

Artsy Visions (Kelly Burton)

Cutie Pie is just too sweet for words! I can't wait to start in my Valentines with these great images! With a wonderful vintage feel, you can really have fun with this plate! Just like Vintage Circus, this unmounted plate is 8.5" x 5.5" and is also being offered, for a limited time only, for the great price of only $10.00.

Check out this blog for some great artwork using Cutie Pie:

Praierie Papier Ponderer (Anita Van Hal)

Fortune Teller is a full 8.5" x 11.0" unmounted plate. I can foresee a future filled with fabulous ATCs, fantastic cards and wonderful mixed media projects using this set! It's just so versatile. It's also available at a special release price of $20.00 for a limited time only!

To see some artwork using Fortune Teller, check out:

Artsy Visions (Kelly Burton)

Robin's Artful Musings (Robin Willis)

Creating....My Style (Judy Hayes)

Roxi's Creative Juice (Roxi Phillips)

Now, if you thought all the great surprises were done with all these great unmounted plates, I've got one more for you! Artistic Outpost is now offering plates pre-cut on EZ-Mount! Cool, right? I love buying unmounted sets but I am always running out of EZ-Mount....and time to mount them. I have a drawer full of unmounted stamps which are sitting around waiting for me to get the time to adhere them to cling mount material and cut them out.

For these special limited-time-only prices you can get these sets pre-mounted on EZ-Mount and ready for you to start stamping as soon as they arrive at your doorstep:
Vintage Circus - $18.00
Cutie Pie - $18.00
Fortune Teller - $30.00

For more information on these great new releases, please visit the Artistic Outpost Store or the Artistic Outpost blog.

Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly

When I saw this great collage image from Artchix Studio, I could not resist making it into a decorative sign.

Holly Sign
Paper:
variety of Debbie Mumm papers (These papers were great! They are all double-sided!)
Cardstock: Handsome Hunter (Stampin Up); generic cream
Collage Images: Joyeux Noel (Artchix Studio)
Embellishments: 1/4" dark green ribbon; 2 antique brass eyelets; Prima flowers
Tools: laser printer, corner rounder
Other: poster board

Here's the a closer view:

Hang around for the second installment....
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