Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Isn't this nice? It just softens you and quiets you down when you look at it -and sometimes I need that! I got this card idea from Carolyn Gray, a member of The TOPICS! When she made her butterflies, she used clear embossing powder, but I used white embossing powder. Either way, it comes out so nice. You emboss your butterflies with white or clear embossing powder, then sponge whatever colors you want on your butterflies. The embossed part resists the ink so it stays white there. You can wipe away any excess ink on the embossed parts to make it show through even whiter - and it just turns out so nice and soft. You can make the butterflies really bright simply by changing your ink color choices, but I like the soft pastel look of this. Hope you like it, too!
Monday, November 28, 2011
Friday, November 25, 2011
I just recently had my Christmas Card Workshop where we made 2,000 Christmas cards over a four-day period! It was so much fun and I enjoyed being with all of the wonderful people you'll see in these photos! They make what I do so much fun and I love every single one of them! They are special people and I always look forward to seeing them and stamping with them every month!
In the picture above is Ann Lyons, proudly showing off her beautiful Christmas cards! She did a fabulous job! Pascale Hoxha is next to her working feverishly on her cards!
The wonderful gal above is Gracie Myers! She is concentrating and trying to remember to remove the double-stick tape from her stamp before she stamps it on her card!
The happy lady above is Chrystyna Bryndzia! Chrystyna can make me laugh like no one else can! She loves the Christmas Lodge card - and she did such a great job on them!
This is Brooke Long working at the Big Shot! Brooke made 100 Christmas cards and she has been very busy finishing them over the last several days!
The happy gals above are Cindi Dimon, Jeannie Godschalk, and Julie Comardo. They made some beautiful cards at this table and they were having fun stamping!
This is Tammy Minney enjoying some of the goodies everyone always brings to share! We love to exchange recipes and it's always fun to see what everyone has brought to share!
This is Melissa Johnson and Chris Noble. They are working on the Christmas stocking card that has a lot of little pieces to put together. I'm glad they're still happy! Once they see the final results, they'll be REALLY happy!
This is Debbie Gaul, gluing those little stocking pieces together! It's tedious, but boy is it sure cute!
Here are my newbs: Sharon Haney, Kathleen Drungle, and Anne Bauman! They were absolute troopers, coming to my house for the first time to make mega Christmas cards! They sailed through it beautifully and I'm hoping they'll come back! They were loads of fun!
Here is Carol Young and Judith Buelow, paying very close attention to their Christmas cards! They both made beautiful cards and I enjoy these gals so much!
I think everyone had a great time! I know I did!
Here are two FABULOUS gals: Lori Pfeffer and Susie Schubert! I consider these gals to be my cheering section! They always manage to lift my spirits and encourage me on! I love that about them!
This is Gina Sones, one of the sweetest gals you'll ever meet. Gina is, well, just really, really special to me. I just love her and I appreciate her attending my events year after year after year!
This is Terri Bray and Corrine Drom! These two gals ALWAYS put a smile on my face! I love it when they attend my events! They brighten my spirits every single time they come!
Aren't these ladies gorgeous? This is Karen King and Martha Pope. They LOVE to stamp and they are the friendliest gals! Their enthusiasm for stamping is contagious and I love being around them! They make me happy!
This is Elaine Capers! If I am having a stamp camp when she is in town visiting her sister-in-law, she'll come! I'm happy that she was able to attend my Christmas Card Workshop. It's always a pleasure to have Elaine here! Wish you lived here, Elaine!
These happy gals are Sharon Brock, Debbie Taylor, and BJ Alvarez. They look really happy to me! The Big Shot can make you happy, you know - and so can making Christmas cards!
This is Christina Stewart! LOOK AT THAT SMILE! I think she really likes that card! You are adorable, Christina!
This is Carlyle Thompson and Cleo Thompson! These two ladies are, undoubtedly, two of my favorite people in the whole wide world! When I see Cleo and Carlyle, I just get happy - they have that effect on me! Looks like they are trying to get the hang of the notorious "fork bow."
Thanks to all of you gals for making my 2011 Christmas Card Workshop a huge success and so much fun! It wouldn't be the same without any one of you! Let's do it again next year!
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
HAPPY THANKSGIVING, EVERYONE! I cased this card from...........well.......somewhere! I think it's one of the most beautiful cards I've ever seen. Just thought I'd share it! I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with family and friends. I'm thankful for my family, my friends, my health, my home, my country - gosh, I'm thankful for everything................you included......and my stamps, too! Pumpkin pie, here I come (if I can get to you before Hunter does)!
Monday, November 21, 2011
This is a gorgeous swap that I received from Dena Rekow as part of the Founder's Circle swap. When you combine these luscious colors - which I believe are Certainly Celery and Pool Party - with the beautiful Spice Cake Designer Fabric, look what you get! GOJUS - FANTABULOUS - BEAU-TI-MUS! Thanks, Dena, for a VERY classy card! I'm giving thanks that I swapped with you - and I love how you scored around the panels. LOVE IT!
For SUPER-HOT HOLIDAY SAVINGS, be sure to visit my 24/7 online store at www.pennythomas.stampinup.net and click on "Shop Now"! Stamping supplies make AMAZING Christmas gifts - and maybe you can tuck a little somethin' into your stocking, too!
Friday, November 18, 2011
Isn't this a sweet November calendar page? Last year we made pages for each month of the year and this was one of my favorites. It fits into a jewel case CD holder. If you'll take a brand new pencil eraser and ink it up, you can stamp perfect circles on the important dates you want to remember. The leaf is from a retired set, but we used the ink and roll technique to get the two-tone effect. You ink up your stamp, first, in a lighter color and then roll the edges of the stamp in a darker coordinating color. You get dramatic effects with that technique and it's so easy to do! Oh, by the way, I'm grateful for you!
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
You know how we all need "a little black dress"? Well, I think we also need a little black frame! Home decor can be so easy when you take a cute little image and showcase it by placing it in a nice frame! This one is sitting on my fireplace mantel and it makes me feel like I'm celebrating Thanksgiving all day long every day! Go get yourself a little black frame and you'll be dressed up for every occasion! Every month place a nice image in it that coordinates with that month. It will make you happy!
Monday, November 14, 2011
The Big Shot Machine came in really handy making these cute little ornaments! They are full of flair and festivity! This is one of the cards I offered at my Jolly Jingle Christmas Card Workshop. Don't like using pink and brown for Christmas? (why not? - it's so cute!) Then you had the option to use the traditional red and green! All supplies used and shown are from Stampin' Up! To order these products, visit my 24/7 online store at http://www.pennythomas.stampinup.net/ and click on "Shop Now."
Paper: Very Vanilla - 11 X 4-1/4; Very Vanilla - 3-1/4 X 3; Very Vanilla - 3 X 2-3/4; Crumb Cake or Cherry Cobbler - 3 X 1/2"; Very Vanilla scrap (for the ornaments)
Stamps: Christmas Greetings; Tree Trimmings
Inks: Early Espresso; Basic Black; Pretty in Pink; Crumb Cake; Cherry Cobbler; Old Olive
Miscellaneous: SNAIL Adhesive; Stampin' Dimensionals; Stamp-a-ma-jig; 1" Circle Punch; 3/4" Circle Punch; 1/2" Circle Punch; Scallop Edge Border Punch; Miscellaneous Embossing Folders; Big Shot Machine; Basic Rhinestone Jewels; Basic Pearl Jewels; Victoria Crochet Trim Ribbon - 15-1/2" long; Scissors; Stampin' Sponges
DECK THOSE HALLS, BABY! Who doesn't love a stocking? That's usually where the "best" Christmas gifts are! This is one of the cards I offered at my Jolly Jingle Christmas Card Workshop. The "fa la la la la" makes me feel very merry! All supplies used and shown are from Stampin' Up! The recipe is below. To order these products, visit my 24/7 online store at www.pennythomas.stampinup.net and click on "Shop Now." Recipe: Paper: Crumb Cake - 11 X 4-1/4; Crumb Cake - 4-3/4 X 3-1/2; Very Vanilla - 3-1/4 X 3-1/4 (for the stocking); Very Vanilla - 2-1/2 X 2-1/4 (for the stocking trim) Stamps: Borderlines; Season of Joy; Stitched Stockings Inks: Early Espresso; Crumb Cake; Always Artichoke; Early Espresso Marker Miscellaneous: Stampin' Dimensionals; Stampin' Sponge; Stamp-a-ma-jig; SNAIL Adhesive; Stocking Builder Punch; Basic Pearl Jewels; Paper Snips; Linen Thread - 5" long; Scissors; Mini Jingle Bells; Victoria Crochet Trim - 14" long; Mini Glue Dots
Okay!!!!! If this is NOT the cutest thing you've ever seen, THEN WHAT IS????? What a great girlie-girl Christmas card for your "she" friends, complete with pink ribbon, pearls, and Victoria Crochet Trim Ribbon! Such a nice shabby-chic vintage card that would make anyone feel MERRY! All supplies used and shown are from Stampin' Up! The recipe is below. To order these products, visit my 24/7 online store at www.pennythomas.stampinup.net and click on "Shop Now." An order would definitely put some jolly in my jingle! Recipe: Paper: Crumb Cake - 6-1/2 X 6-1/2; Blushing Bride - 1-3/4 X 1-3/4; Early Espresso scrap; Very Vanilla scrap Stamps: Jolly Jingles Jumbo Wheel; Jolly Bingo Bits Inks: Early Espresso; Early Espresso Marker; Blushing Bride Marker Miscellaneous: Jumbo Wheel Handle; SNAIL Adhesive; Victoria Crochet Trim - 3" long; Scissors; Stampin' Dimensionals; 1-1/4" Square Punch; 1-3/8" Square Punch; Basic Pearl Jewels; Paper Snips; Blushing Bride Ribbon - 20" long
I know you've seen this before - it was the card swap I did for the Founder's Circle Trip this year, but it's also one of the cards I offered at my Jolly Jingle Christmas Card Workshop. I love the simple elegance of this card - it's still a favorite of mine! All supplies used and shown are from Stampin' Up! The recipe is below. To order these products, visit my 24/7 online store by going to http://www.pennythomas.stampinup.net/ and click on "Shop Now."
Paper: Very Vanilla - 11 X 4-1/4; Very Vanilla - 4-1/4 X 1-1/2
Stamps: Easy Events; Hand-Penned Holidays
Inks: Basic Black; Old Olive Marker; Real Red Marker
Miscellaneous: SNAIL Adhesive; Big Shot Machine; Snow Burst Embossing Folder; Stamp-a-ma-jig; Basic Pearl Jewels; Paper Snips; Very Vanilla Velvet Stitched Ribbon - 15-1/2" long; Scissors
Boy, I wish I were inside that lodge right now, sitting by a roaring fireplace after a nice day of skiing, and sipping on a Santa Baby! Wouldn't that be nice? This is one of the cards I offered at my Jolly Jingle Christmas Card Workshop. All items used and shown are from Stampin' Up! The recipe is below. To order these products, visit my 24/7 online store at www.pennythomas.stampinup.net and click on "Shop Now." Recipe: Paper: Very Vanilla - 8-1/2 X 5-1/2; Very Vanilla - 5-1/4 X 4; Very Vanilla - 5-1/4 X 4 (for the Top Note Die) Stamps: Christmas Lodge Inks: Always Artichoke; Cherry Cobbler Miscellaneous: SNAIL Adhesive; Big Shot Machine; Snow Burst Embossing Folder; Top Note Die; Stampin' Dimensionals; Stamp-a-ma-jig; 2-Way Glue Pen; Dazzling Diamonds Glitter; Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon - 6-1/2" long (to wrap around the card); Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon - 14" (for the fork bow); Scissors
Friday, November 11, 2011
A demonstrator friend of mine, Jeannine McCann, gave me this adorable little trash canister as a thank-you for inviting her to our demonstrator retreat just recently. A trash canister? REALLY? I'm not about to use this for trash. I discovered that it's the perfect size to put card samples in during my stamp camps and I'm so proud to have it! Thank you, Jeannine, for giving me something so pretty to display my card samples in! If I hadn't gotten a "D" in Home Ec when I was in high school, I might attempt to make one of these myself, but it wouldn't look anything like yours!
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
You'll have to forgive me! Sometimes life gets really crazy and I get behind posting things on my blog because I'm cutting paper or delivering orders or cooking for my kiddos! Darn it, they want to eat! But eventually I come up for air and I know you'll understand! Well, it shouldn't surprise you that I'm posting a sample of one of Stampin' Up!'s notecards again. I really do think they are my favorite thing in the catalog! I did a home workshop last Saturday that was simply amazing - I mean, the hostess served champagne to her guests and I felt kind of funny pulling out my little lunch sack trash cans to go on the table, but her guests were all very nice and we had a fabulous time and her food was to die for! I wanted to make the hostess a really quick little note to say thanks for all she did - and I think this fits the bill! Isn't it SWEET? All it takes is our notecards, a great greeting, some pink satin ribbon, a rhinestone jewel for some bling - and you're there! I'm going to make a bunch of these little babies to have on hand - it feels like having money in the bank!