December Daily Cover

Like many others, I am going to be making a December Daily this year.  My cover is still a work in progress, but it is mostly complete.

I am using a red Snap binder.  I altered the cover by painting a couple of layers of Gesso followed by a couple of layers of MS pearl acrylic paint.  I then used some white detail embossing powder and stamped Tim Holtz grunge snowflakes all over the front and back covers.  I then took some Tim Holtz rock candy crackle and painted all over the outside covers.  The inside front has been stamped and embossed with a Tim Holtz Santa image (he really has the best vintage Santa images).  I then took some red glitter tape to finish off the seam between the red and white embossed areas.

I still plan on adding a red glittery "December 2012" or maybe just a red glittery "25" to the front cover.  I'll post an update when it is finished.

Will also post some of my inside pages soon!



Valentine Teacher gifts

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! I'm sneeking in with a couple more projects for the TCP blog hop. This first project also happens to have been made for today's TCP Tuesday challenge of It's ABC - Anything But a Card.

These are the Valentine gifts that I made for the kids teachers and other staff (ie principal, nurse, band teacher, etc.). I believe so very strongly that it is important to show appreciation for these people that have such a large influence on my children. It's the little things that count, right?

Around the school I've developed the reputation of "always making the cutest things"! The swanky little number above certainly fits the bill perfectly ! I used my new Build a Bingo set along with a couple of my favorite CutUps dies (Queen of Hearts and Heart Trio). Also used some Cotton Candy divine twine and some of those cute heart stick pins by Maya Road. I love how the little heart stamped nugget wrappers peek through the glassine bags.

This next item is an ATC (Artist Trading Card) that I made for a swap I hosted over on SCS. The only swap requirement was to use any TCP image and to embellish like crazy! I always love seeing what all the other talented artists come up with. My fellow TCP lovers never dissapoint me and occasionally we'll even convert some newbies over to the "Swanky" side.

I used a plethora of TCP goodies on this little number. Stamps are "It had to be Mew" and "Love Letters" (which is designed with a die to match along with a template which allows one to perfectly sponge the interior of the "stamp"). Also used the new Heart Rosette and previously mentioned Stamp Trio CutUps dies. Lots of Glitzy glitter (also sold by Alma at TCP) and some Peppermint divine twine (both can be found in the embellies section here) Also HAD to embellish with those Maya Road stick pins that I am so crazy about! Sprinkle's hat is colored with some Smooch pearlized accent ink (Shabby Pink and Sassy Pink) and a feline like Sprinkle deserves a blingy collar, don't you think?

Thanks for sticking around!



Penguin Lust

Remember Bloom County and Opus? Well these little guys are MUCH cuter! I made this for another TCP Tuesday challenge. Susan's challenge was to use any TCP image with a heart in addition to using a CutUps die with a heart. This also qualifies for the Valentine's blog hop over on Miss Meowy's blog. Check it out here for all the deets.

I actually made this for my manager to give to her sweet hubby. She really loves penguins (and she says that hubby walks kinda like a penguin due to some health concerns). Hubby also wears an article of clothing with some kind of argyle pattern every day (they both work with me so I can confirm that this true) thus the embossed argyle pattern. She asked for that classic combo of Red, Black, and White.

This cute little penguin image fit the challenge perfectly (Love Stinks from the last release from TCP) along with one of the most unique heart dies out there (Heart Trio also from TCP). That sweet little Penguin giving the practical "fishy" gift to his beloved just melts my heart! I bet he makes sure that there is air in her tires and the appropriate level of fluids in her car (if she were to drive that is)! Very sweet and easy card due to the sweet image and beautiful patterned paper. Just the simplest of Copic coloring makes these sweet little guys POP!



Stamps: Love Stinks (TCP)
Paper: White (PTI), Real Red (SU), Yours Truly (EP patterned paper)
Other: Heart Trio CutUps and Glitzy German glass glitter (TCP), Heart Stick Pins (Maya Road), various going, nesties, Argyle embossing folder (CB)


Gimme Some Sugar

So excited!  I finally was able to get my new Gimme Some Sugar set by TCP inked up.  I am DETERMINED to play in challenges this year and get my stamps inky. My stamp table is a mess, but it is a GOOD mess!  LOL!

This card is actually doing  triple duty.  I created this for this weeks TCP Tuesday 193 challenge along with Jen's SFYTT for January 2012.  Jen always has awesome sketches and I promised myself to also play along with her challenges. It also can be used for the Valentine's blog hop happening over at TCP. You can check out all the deets here.

The color challenge is yummy and perfect for a "shabby" Valentine card and Jen's sketch was also perfect for my favorite image from the Spring 2012 TCP release ( had me at Sprinkle)!

Patterned papers are a huge mix: Stella and Rose Mable and Gertie (MME), Love Me (MME) and Yours Truly (EP). The challenge colors are all there too: Melon Mambo, Early Espresso and Pink Pirouette.

The super cute Sprinkle image from "Gimme Some Sugar" was stamped on patterned paper. I had a lot of fun stamping the little banners on patterned paper and customizing them with all the fun little elements included with the set. Colored the image with Copics and Sprinkle's eyes are made extra mesmerizing with a Copic Spica glitter pen. I added just a smidgen of some pleated satin ribbon (Maya Road) under the booth to lock like a table cloth and then attached the banner over it. I then cut out the image with my circle nesties "finally" trying the out of the box technique that Nancy always does so well. You can't see too much of it, but just barely peeking out underneath the horizontal panel is a portion of the new "Queen of Hearts" border CutUps. A couple Maya Road stick pins were all the extra embellishment needed.

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