Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving
from Tiffany's Cardtique!

Have a safe and wonderful holiday weekend.

In case you are not a shopper and would rather be home stamping, check out the challenge over at Pals Paper Arts - KISS (PPA18). I was the featured guest designer today! Play along and have fun stamping!


Monday, November 23, 2009

BIG Stampin Up Sale!

Black Friday has arrived early at Stampin' Up! They call it the Holiday Extravaganza. All I can say is WOW!

30% - 40% - 50% off select products

Check it out HERE! Have fun shopping!!!


Sunday, November 22, 2009

Silver Christmas

Stampin' Up! makes the most amazing card stock in Brushed Gold and Brushed Silver. I've never seen any paper of this quality like it. I tend to bring it out at Christmas time, but you can use it all year. It would be great for anniversary or wedding cards!

I used the Brushed Silver in today's creation. It pairs up perfectly with the soft and delicate Basic Gray Taffeta Ribbon. This Brushed Silver card stock looks gorgeous with any Stampin' Up! color you choose. You can't go wrong here. I used Ballet Blue because I wanted to stamp snowflakes to layer over the silver.

It may be difficult to see in the picture, but I added just a little paper piercing above one of the snowflakes on the silver and to the left of the "Merry Christmas" on the blue card stock. Sometimes these little touches can make a big difference in the finished product.

This morning we packed Thanksgiving dinners for the poor at our church. My son was quite the helper. He stood and helped pack the canned corn in each bag for 40 minutes straight! He was so good and was enjoying every minute of it. He is quite the helper. I was very proud of him! I hope he always has a heart and the enthusiasm for serving those who are less fortunate.

Enjoy your day and be sure to take time to stamp!


Recipe (all supplies from Stampin' Up!):
Ink: Basic Black, Ballet Blue
Card Stock: Ballet Blue, Brushed Silver
Accessories: Rhinestones, Basic Gray Taffeta Ribbon
Tools: Mat Pack, Circle Punch, Square Punch

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Thanksgiving Card

I must admit, I LOVE making fall themed cards. I get to make a few Thanksgiving cards to send out to relatives that live out of town that we won't see. I like our family to know we're thinking about them even when we can't all be together during the holiday.

I knew I wanted to use the new Stampin' Up! Autumn Traditions Designer Series Paper in the current catalog to create these cards. I couldn't decide which design because I love them all, so I narrowed it down to 5 of them. When you can't decide, use them all. Why not?!

The leaves nestled into the ribbon are from the Stampin' Up! set Falling Leaves. I stamped them on Very Vanilla card stock and carefully trimmed them with Paper Snips (who can live without these?) leaving a little border around them. Leaving a border pops the colors more. You can find a complete list of supplies at the bottom of this post.

My three (almost four) year old son told me last night he wanted to blog. I asked him what his site would be called? He said "Brandon's Cardtique". Sounds like a plan to me!

Have a great day and happy stamping!!!


Recipe (all supplies from Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Falling Leaves (#115368)
Ink: Soft Suede, Elegant Eggplant, Ruby Red, More Mustard
Card Stock: Soft Suede, Very Vanilla
Designer Series Paper: Autumn Traditions (#115668)
Accessories: Very Vanilla 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, brads
Tools: Modern Label Punch (#116630), Word Window Punch (#105090)

Monday, November 16, 2009

Combining Stamp Sets

Sometimes we tend to take out our favorite stamp set and only use that particular set to create a card. Stampin' Up! makes it easy for us to do just that. For example, the set Christ is Born provides you with images as well as verses and sentiments all in one package. It makes it very easy and fun to create, but let's take it to a different level!

Today, I am challenging you to take out two or three of your favorite stamp sets and mix and match like I did with this Christmas card. Can you guess how many stamp sets I used? If you guessed three, you are correct! I used Stampin' Up! sets Christ is Born, Four the Holidays, and Leaf Lines. It's always fun to mix things up a bit!

Let me know if you try this out. I'd love to see your creation! Feel free to e-mail me a picture. I may send you a little thank you gift if you do! (hint hint)

Coming up . . . I'll share with you the Thanksgiving cards I'm mailing out to family next week.


Recipe (all supplies from Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Christ is Born, Four the Holidays, Leaf Lines
Ink: Basic Black, Garden Green, Real Red,
Whisper White Craft Ink, White Signo Gel Pen
Card Stock: Garden Green, Whisper White
Accessories: Mistletoe Ribbon
Tools: 5-Petal Flower Punch

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Eye Candy

I'm back! Sorry for the break in posts, but life gets in the way sometimes. Being a working mom can be really busy sometimes! Can you relate?

In case you haven't seen or heard all the excitement over the Stampin' Up! Sweet Treat Cups in the holiday mini, I thought I would share this birthday card with you so you could see why they are so popular! They are so much fun to fill. You can really get creative with them.

I made my Sweet Treat Cup into a hot air balloon using the Sweet Centers stamp set. You'll see this set again in a couple months. There is a really cute heart in the set for Valentines Day.

Have a great day and happy stamping!!!


Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Pine Tree Branches

Growing up we always had a real Christmas tree for the holidays. The smell was amazing, however, stepping on pine needles in your bare feet was not. Those little suckers would even get caught in your socks too. Easter would come and you were still finding pine needles in the carpet. Too funny! As the sole decorator of my own home now, I have an artificial tree. Much, much easier but I do miss the aroma. The paper from the Stampin' Up! Designer Series Set, Merry Moments, has a beautiful design of pine tree branches. It reminded me of the real Christmas trees I had growing up. I didn't want to cover up the patterned paper too much on this card, so I kept it simple by just adding a little snowflake, sentiment, and finishing it off with that big chunky ribbon. I used Kraft colored Stampin' Up! card stock to keep it earthy looking along with Chocolate Chip and Old Olive.

I had a great Halloween weekend! We went to my sister's in Indiana to trick or treat with her two boys. She lives in a big subdivision and we collected way too much candy! I've been sneaking a little out of my son's bag everyday. Shhh! Don't tell. He had a blast being a fireman for Halloween!

Enjoy your day and have fun stamping!!!


Recipe (all supplies from Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Serene Snowflakes (#115438), Four the Holidays (#116921)
Ink: Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive
Designer Series Paper: Merry Moments (#115672)
Card Stock: Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Kraft
Accessories: 1-1/4" Striped Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon, Circle Ice Brad in green
Tools: 1-3/8" Circle Punch, 1-3/4" Circle Punch