Friday, November 21, 2008

An Itty Bitty Christmas!!

Happy TGIF everybody!! Hurray its the "busy" weekend before Thanksgiving here in the States. I am actually starting to put up all my holiday decorations this weekend so that by next Sunday I should be done (fingers crossed). We're going to my mom's for a few days at the end of next week for Thanksgiving but will be home Friday evening cuz' I want to go to our favorite Christmas Tree Farm to get our 2 real trees (the other 6 are fake) and get them put up asap! Does anyone go out shopping on the Friday after Thanksgiving (known as Black Friday here in the States; people get up at 3 am to go shopping for great sales--its craziness)? I've never gone out on Black Friday because I hate crowds and pushy people--makes me nervous--which is why I do most of my holiday shopping online, no lines! All right enuff blibber-blabber & on to my news & projects of the day!

Sooo, has everyone heard about the Paper Craft Planet madness--if not, where ya been :) My friend Susana asked me if I'd like to start up a group for Karen Lockhart stamps a few weeks ago and of course I had to say "yes", hee hee. Today is our "grand opening" for "Fans of Karen Lockhart" and we have a great contest going on to win some extra special goodies to kick it off. To enter you just need to join our group and leave a numbered comment on the group (contest runs thru next Friday). We will have regular challenges & contests including a "card of the month" contest so if you love Karen Lockhart stamps you should join up asap & join me for LOTS OF FUN. If you're wanting to buy some of these awesome stamps, check out Susana's Custom Art & Card Design for her great selection.

I love Karen's Itty Bitty Line of stamps--they're super cute and fun to use. You can quickly whip up projects like I have with these stamps. (NOTE: Not all of her stamps are inchies/itty bittys, only if they have IB in front of the name, the rest are regular sized stamps) I wanted to make a holiday card gift set that includes 6 cards & envies(A2 size) and 6 tags. I used only 2 lines of dp (Basic Grey's Wassail & Memory Box's Frost) and SU and PTI cs. I colored with Copics & Spica's and added stickles here and there. The above cards use IB ornaments (which I stamped twice) and IB Snow Buddy. I used some of my new Nestabilities shapes and outlined with a Gold Liquid Pen on some of these. (NOTE: these metallic pens are awesome to use, easy nice flow and nice metallic shine)

I absolutely love this new Nestability Shape(Labels 1) its my new favorite me thinks. I added small jingle bells to my ribbon on the left and gold Robin's Nest dew drops to the card on the right. To see these up close you can really see all the shimmer from the Spicas. These stamps are IB Stocking and IB wreath.

My IB pie card uses another new Nestability shape (Curved Rectangles). I love this lil' pie--I made mine cherry, yummo! I used a smaller nestie as a stencil for my Liquid Gold pen for the outline. The sentiments are from PTI's "Rustic Snowflakes" & "Holiday Tag Collection"(this is a must have set for the holidays). The IB mittens are glittered up with stickles and the twill is from SU.

Above are the stamped envelopes--such a quick way to dress-up your envies. The clear box I used at the top to hold everything is from Clear Bags--lots of sizes & not expensive for a pack of 'em. Such a pretty way to box them up and give as a gift. I wrapped the box with my gold PTI ribbon and added a tag made with the nesties and IB wreath & attached with gold cording. You can see the tags if you join the PaperCraft group--they'll be up on the group site only (hee, hee)!

Sooo, whatcha' think? Wanna make some of these--they're quick to pull together I promise. So join up on my "Fans of Karen Lockhart Stamps" and I'll see ya there, okay! I'll be back tomorrow with some new projects and Sunday I'm taking the day off to run errands & do some holiday decorating! My daughter is going to see the "Twilight" movie with friends this evening while my hubby, me & ds see "Bolt". Anybody else out there big "Twilight" fans--I haven't read them yet but my daughter assures me they're fabby!

have a great day,Suzanne


  1. Suzann your cards are very inspirational. I'll have a look at your group as soon as I can.

  2. Absolutly gorgeous cards Suzanne, what a lovely gift set. I'll be joining your group :) As for Twilight . . . LOVE it! I've read all the books, they're fabulous! :) I'll be dragging poor DH to the movie, but we'll wait until at least next weekend (I'm sure it will be packed this weekend) :)
    Hugs, Christine :)

  3. Suzanne, these IB stamps are adorable! I love all the colors and the simplicity of the cards. Thanks for sharing them.
    Black Friday Shopper HERE! I love it.... just the thrill to see if I can get an awesome deal, or if there is something I really want at a great price. I shop the day after as well but not usually as early!

  4. fabby cards and love the matching envies too! hugs, annie x

  5. I love the cards and what a great way to use those small stamps! Love the envelopes and I love how you give us ideas on putting projects together. You rock! Their beautiful and whoever gets them is very lucky! Enjoy the movie. I've got the books to read, now to just find the time! I need something to read since Harry's gone... Have a great time decorating!

  6. Wow, you did have a lot of news to share today! I am one of your faithful followers and a fellow PCP-er. I'll be thinking about joining the Karen Lockhart group! I have tagged you over at my blog. I hope you have time to play along.

  7. Cute cards! I love the idea of dressing up your envelopes.

  8. love love love them! i have to confess i know nothing about lockhearts. i DO know about black friday tho!!!! ALWAYS a 3 am black friday shopper however i will be skipping this year as we are tightening up a bit on the spending AND i would rather spend the day crafting since all our gifts will be handmade this year!!

  9. WOW! these are all FANTABULOUS!!!


I appreciate all your lovely comments and taking the time to stop by! hugz,Suzanne

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