Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 Favorites

Today I'm sharing with you my favorite cards of 2012.  I feel like I've grown in my card making, thanks to all of you wonderful card makers!  You inspire me every day with all of your creations.


Thanks for visiting my blog this year.  Have a Happy and Blessed New Year!

Hugs ~ Luanne

Sunday, December 30, 2012

MIM #63 Revisitied!

It was so fun to look over the list of Make it Mondays for 2012.  I have learned SO much!  One of the challenges from Heather used a sticker machine, and I just got one!  So I was eager to give MIM #63, Glittered Die Cuts, a try!

I used two of the Beautiful Butterflies Die Cuts.  The cardstock was pink, and my glitter was Dazzling Diamonds.  Love the look of the pink coming through.  The sentiment and tail are from Happy Trails.  Thank you one more time to all the PTI designers for all of their inspiration and instruction in 2012.

Happy Stamping!

Friday, December 28, 2012

Sweet Hello

Good Morning!  Just posting one of the cards I made for the gift set I made for my girls.  I drew my inspiration from Nicole's card during the release of this cute mini set, using the Soft Stone/black ink for the phones and Hawaiian Shores and Winter Wisteria colors with them. 

Hope you have a fabulous day!
  ((hugs))  Luanne

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Embroided Blooms

As soon as I saw Embroidered Blooms, I knew it would be in my cart  I just love it already!!  This card was so fast and easy, yet the finished card turned out really nice.  The sentiments in this set are great too.  Best part of this card is that it's flat.  It just didn't need a button or bow.
I know I'll get lots of use from this amazing set! The colors are Hibiscus Burst, Raspberry Fizz, Golden Harvest, Simply Chartreuse and Ripe Avocado.  Thanks for stopping by....
 Have a great day!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Penguin Thanks for PTI Blog Hop!

I just had to make another card for this month's Blog Hop for Papertrey Ink. I wanted to work on more Christmas Thank You notes, and I pulled on the cute Winter Penguin set for something different.  Again, much trouble taking a picture, cause it's pretty fun IRL!

First I tore a sheet of Bitty Dot Soft Stone paper for my sky.  I added the snowflakes in Versamark, and heat embossed them with Stardust EP.  The penguins were cut and stamped with Soft Stone and the caps with Sweet Blush.  I used Betsy's technique for sentiments, by covering parts of two sentiments for creating my own.  The word "so" from a sentiment from Mat Stack #4, was changed into "snow" from the Winter Penguin set.  I added the little swirl on each side with more Stardust EP.
Thanks for taking a look!  Happy Hopping!

Papertrey Ink December Blog Hop!

Ugh...I had the worst time trying to take this picture!!  It was so fun to make for this month's PTI Papertrey Ink Blog Hop!  Our inspiration was to create a card of whites, with minimal color. I used my Rosie Posie set, with my new Embroidered Blooms to create this Wedding/Anniversary card  I used white embossing powder on the roses, and then used a some copics to give them a hint of color for contrast.  The leaves were stamped with Soft Stone first, and then I used Versamark and white embossing powder for the inside portion of them.  A little Soft Stone polka dots on the card base, as well as a piece of the larger polka dot soft stone paper.

Thank you for stopping by ~ enjoy the Hop!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

MIM #97 a la carte!

Merry Christmas Everyone!  I hope you have had a blessed day, however you may have celebrated.  Ours was a quiet day, which was really nice.  My DH and I exchanged our gifts, had a nice breakfast, and then relaxed the rest of the day!  In between were lots of phone calls and face time with our families that are far away.  It was wonderful!  I also had time to play at my stamping table, and was excited to make a card chosen from last week's MIM #96!  Between surgery and hosting my kids for our celebration over the weekend, I just didn't get a card made.  I loved Melissa's tutorial, and was happy to try out the Patchwork Die-Cuts! 
I've started putting some Christmas thank you notes together, and this was created from the bits of scraps left from my Christmas cards this year.  I love how it turned out, using the Framed Out #7 set, along with the Mat Stack #5 die.  I added a heart die cut across the top, and sprinkled the little star from Framed Out to create my background.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Christmas Presence

Good Morning!  I think this is my last Christmas card for this year.  You know how there is always that last one you need?  This was mine, and I think it could be one of my favorites!  It is going to my Dad and Step mom, and I think they'll like it too.  I love this saying from Verve, it is so about HIS presence.  He is not just the Reason for the Season.  He is the REASON for life!

I don't know if I will post again until after Christmas, as I'm having my second Cataract surgery this morning, and then my children will be here.  So, on that note, I wish all of you a very blessed Christmas, how ever you may celebrate.

Many hugs,

Monday, December 17, 2012

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Fun with Circles

I've been making this card all week...!  It's been a busier one, trying to get ready for Christmas with my kids and grand kids on Saturday.  And, I have my second eye surgery on Tuesday, so other things besides card making have kept me away.  I got this circles die to help make young boy cards.  With two grandsons growing up, I know it will come in handy!

I used some colors from Stampin Up, Sage Shadow, Cherry Cobbler and Always Artichoke.  The sentiments are from 2012 Birthday Tags, and I added a stamped button.  They are layered on top of a Half & Half die. 

Now I'm off to do a little holiday baking.  (very little, as I'm trying to keep it less stressful!)  Hope to post again tomorrow, if I can have time in the craft room too!  Thanks for stopping by....!


Thursday, December 6, 2012

A Little Mojo...

I head back to work today, but this morning I had a little time to play this week's Mojo Monday sketch from Verve.  I thought I was done with my Christmas cards, but these fun scraps of paper from Lily Bee are still laying on my table and I can't resist...  They are just about gone, so hopefully I'll move on to something else!  lol

I've also loved this sentiment and these fun poinsettias from Verve!  I've added a close up, so you can see the texture from the clear embossing, it was a great way to make these pretty flowers.

You still may have to click on it to see...  I did flip the sketch sideways to accommodate the sentiment.  Have a happy stamping day!


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Make It Monday #94: Detail Glitter Technique

Today I have a Christmas card to share, where I used Erin's Detail Glitter Technique!  It really was so easy, I may have to go back and add some more to my finished Christmas cards!  It just gives that little extra pop that makes a card special!

I've used it just on the word "Joy".  The pinecones have stickles on them.  This is the basic layout I used for most of my Christmas cards this year.  I love how I could nestle the pinecones on the Fabulous Frames diecut.  It looks a little like a windowsill!  Here is a close up to see that sparkle!

On a personal note, I'm just getting back to a little bit of stamping after undergoing cataract surgery.   All went well with the first eye, and the second eye will be done in two weeks.  Hopefully I can finish up my Christmas projects and cards before then!  Thanks for stopping by!