It's beginning to look alot like Christmas . . .

Usually at this time of year I am still feeling like it is still a little early to be hauling out the Christmas music and decorations, but in the stamping world it is actually probably a little late. I however have not been finding that I have much free time for stamping lately so I am a little behind schedule. This week we are off from school though and I am going to attempt to catch up on some things. Today I would like to introduce you to some of the newest Doodle Factory characters from the Santa's Sweet Shoppe collection, available from Starving Artistamps. I knew I wanted to make a snowy scene using some of my new Martha Stewart snow glitter so I chose some images, stamped them, and colored them in using my Copic markers. I cut them out and assembled them using varying degrees of dimension behind a frame, which I cut from Kraft cs using my SU! Top Note die. I stamped the frame, which is also popped up on dimensionals, with snowflakes in White Cloud Versa Magic ink and added the sentiment from Casual Holiday Greetings.In the second photo (click to enlarge) you can get a better view of all the different layers on this card. This card was so much fun to make and really got me into the spirit of the season. I have a few more projects planned using this set which I hope to share with you sometime this week, so be sure to check back soon! *wink*

I'm a winner . . .

It happened by accident. I had this idea to make a cute little gift using one of Papertrey Ink's newest stamp sets from Heather Nichol's Pinefeather Press, Warm Happiness. The stamp set includes sentiments for coffee, cocoa and tea and I thought it would be neat to design a gift that incorporated all three. I thought that the small round clear top tins would be perfect to hold the assorted contents. As I was searching for packaging ideas I happened upon my yet unopened stash of small gable boxes and decided to see if the three tins would fit inside. I was so happy that they did and I started to work on altering the box. I covered it in Polka Dot Parade patterned paper in Aqua Mist, Ocean Tides and Ripe Avocado. I created a belly band from Aqua Mist cs, stamped the words "coffee cocoa tea" repeatedly around it in Ocean Tides ink and added some Ripe Avocado saddle stitch ribbon in the center. I decorated the tops of the tins simply using my new Marvy Super Jumbo snowflake punch stamped with the appropriate label. I also created a tage for my gift using one of the mugs and the sentiment from Warm Happiness, which I filled in with all three beverage words and adorned with another snowflake. Wouldn't this be perfect for a dear friend this winter to help keep them warm and cozy? *wink*