Sunday, December 30, 2012

Inspired by Bagels

One more post - one more jar...has OCD set in? Really? Another jar? Maybe I can get rid of all my stamps except the jar...think of the space I would have! I did move out of my comfort zone with a square or rectangle. I figured out, by watching a video posted to Pinterest, how to use a die cut to make an 'other than' shaped card.

I noticed "Winter Wonderfuls" printed on a Panera bagel bag and decided I was going to use it on a card as a sentiment. Thus this card was inspired by a dozen bagels!

~Base card white cardstock - shaped using a Stampin' Up Floral Frame Framlit, edges dotted with fine point Sharpie
~Layer of patterned paper
~Sentiment laser printed on white cardstock - edges smudged - die cut oval
~Jar and lid stamped and die cut - filled with punch cut snowflakes highlighted with Stickles Diamond
Just Us Girls - wild card
Broken Box Stock - winter/snowflakes
Raise the Bar - snow
Die Cuttin' Divas - more holiday

Thank you for clicking by,
Nancy in Iowa

Jar of Winter Sparkle

Still enjoying time in my Bubble - still enjoying my Christmas presents - still playing with the jar stamp and die cut. Also - still watching Lord of the Rings. I'm watching the commentaries and appendices...hours and hours of interesting tidbits and trivia! I love watching the extra features of some of my favorite movies. Go Kiwis!

Celebrate Winter
~Base card Stampin' Up In Color Island Indigo
~Layer of MME design cardstock
~Jar stamped and die cut using dryer sheet technique (used glue instead of Xyron - which may have to go on next year's wish list...) with grey lid
~Jar label stamped and hand cut
~Sentiments stamped in silver and grey inks
~Pearl - colored with Sharpie
~Spellbinders Fancy Tag label die cut for 'celebrate' sentiment
Papercraft Star - snow
Waltzing Mouse - sketch
Crafty Sentiments - all that glitters
Shopping Our Stash - winter

Thanks for clicking by,
Nancy in Iowa

Friday, December 28, 2012

Jar O' Bling

It is still snowing. I hate to admit it but I LOVE it! Today's snowfall is littered with big fat chunky fluffy clumps of flakes - it is just beautiful - in a I don't have to drive in it because the university campus is closed until Wednesday sort of way....

No school/work for me (unless you count shoveling) so that means Bubble time! Bubble time to use all my fabulous Christmas gifts!

I received a Ranger non-stick craft mat. I really don't know how I have muddled through without it! I will have to add it to my list of "favorite things".Who knew? Crafters who use one - that's who knew.

I am obsessed with my new jar stamp/die cut! As you will see in the next few card posts.

Bling It On!
~Base card red cardstock
~White embossed cardstock
~White embossed die cut using Stampin' Up Floral Frames edge colored slightly with blue
~Jar stamp and die cut - with red scallop collar and lid die cut (Christmas presents!)
~Sentiment laser printed on Spellbinders Fancy Framed Tags 2
~Blue bling
Pinspirational (not really a challenge - I just love their Merry Christmas card)
Stampotique - old and new (old: white embossed cardstock; new: jar stamp/die and label die)

Off to watch the beautiful snow fall softly and quietly - on the driveway and sidewalks that I JUST shoveled!

Thanks for clicking by,
Nancy in Iowa

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Jar of Chill Out!

Christmas! Anticipation opened...leftovers parsed...hugs gotten and given...goodbyes said... It is snowing and snowing and snowing!

And now it's jammy time in The Bubble!

Santa sissy and Santa daughter were very generous and extremely attentive to requests for Bubble supplies! Stamps, washi tapes, craft mat, die cuts....I may have to take a month or two off from work to get them all used!

Dreamin' Bout' Sister Time
~Base card white cardstock
~Layer of design paper  - edges smudged with Stampin' Up Lovely Lilac
~Gold print cardstock die cutting using Stampin' Up Apothecary Accents
~Lavender satin ribbon
~Oval die cut from the Fancy Framed Tags Two collection
~Jar stamp and jar die cut
~Sentiment stamped with indvidual alphabet stamps
~Drink parasols stamped and hand cut
Play Date Cafe - color inspiration (mint, lavender, gold, teal)
Just Us Girls - photo inspiration
Aud Sentiment - any sentiment

Thanks for clicking by....I'm off to shovel and then return to the Bubble!

Nancy in Iowa

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Power Pink Punch

Couldn't sleep this morning so what is the only logical thing to do? Get up at 4 and come to the Bubble!

I received the 'coveted' Chic of the Week award over at Just Us Girls the last week of November. I was pretty excited! The card that I submitted was also a punched wreath. The 'girls' are either going to think I'm a one trick pony or am working on building up super human hand punching muscles!

Snowflake Wreath
~Base card - pink Stampin' Up cardstock
~Layer of PaperTrey Ink pink and green polka dot pattern paper
~Wreath punched using many layers and shades of pink punched snowflakes highlighed with Fruit Punch Stickles
~Green strip of cardstock with sentiment
~Green sheer ribbon
Just Us Girls - color inspiration pink, green, white
Pile it On - pile on embellishments
Dutch Dare - snowflakes
Pinspirational - color/image inspiration
Ladybug - anything goes at Christmas

Thanks for clicking by and Merry Christmas!
Nancy in Iowa

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Wishin' for Snow

Break time on campus! Lots of happy college students finished with finals, loaded down with dirty laundry, and headed for home! They are looking forward to days of sleeping in late, visiting with friends and family from home, eating home cookin', sleepin' in their own beds, and of course Christmas. I'm looking forward to a week of quiet, great parking availability, and of course Christmas!

We don't currently have any snow so I'm wishing for it...

Let it snow!
~Base card - Cryogen White
~Layer of blue Core'dinations run through the Cuttlebug using a snowflake embossing folder, edges smudged with Brilliance Starlite Silver pigment ink
~Embossed snowflakes sanded using Stampin' Up sanding block
~Sentiment stamped with Starlite Silver pigment paint - cut using die cut and Cuttlebug
~Snowflake charms - top three have sheer ribbon and are attached using dimensionals; bottom snowflake dangles from silver metallic floss
Dutch Dare - let it snow
Clean and Simple - sketch
Guylou's Inimitability - snow
Pause Dream Enjoy - snow
Raise the Bar - snow
Stampin' for the Weekend - let it snow

Thank you for clicking by,
Nancy in Iowa

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Crumb Cake in the Bubble

I have been missing from the blog-o-sphere - busy at work. Basketball games, musical concerts, recitals...someone remind me why I work in Student Development at a university??? These aren't even my kids and I feel guilty if I miss an activity! Don't these 'kids' understand I need my time in the Bubble!?

Luckily the men's and women's basketball teams are very competitive and fun to watch and the choir is amazing!

I've been in soft tone frame of mind lately - I'm loving my Stampin' Up Neutrals Collection of stamps and cardstocks. Yes - I am my own best (and only Stampin' Up customer). The benefit of being my own customer/demonstrator? I get to encourage my customer (me) to buy, buy, buy; get GREAT customer service (from myself); and I never have to wait for her (me) to return my calls for more orders! I'm going to tell my customer (me) to purchase MORE of the Neutrals Collection cardstock - a whole pack in each color! I think she (me) deserves it! She might even need TWO packs of the Stampin' Up Crumb Cake! I hope my demonstrator (me) buys me a little Stampin' Up item or two or three for Christmas!

Merry Christmas
~Base card Stampin' Up Crumb Cake
~Layer of pattern paper - edges smudged with Stampin' Up Crumb Cake ink
~Layer of SU Crumb Cake cardstork wtampe with Stampin' Up Very Vintage and SU Crumb Cake ink, edge punched - backed with SU Always Artichoke cardstock so it 'peeks' through the teardrop punches
~Layer of beige ribbon
~Layer of brown grosgrain ribbon
~Two step flower (Stampin' Up Delight in Life) stamped with Stampin' Up Cherry Cobbler - center highlighted with Stampin' Up Crystal Effects
~Leaves are from the stamped with SU Always Artichoke and colored in with Stampin' Up Watercolor Wonder crayons
~Sentiment stamped with SU Always Artichoke and layered on Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler, and Very Vanilla cardstocks
Challenges and Inspiration
Mojo Monday - sketch
PALS - color inspiration
C4C - use favorite Christmas stamp (love the versatility of the 2-step flower in SU Delight in Life)

Off to another university event.... (they will be on Christmas break soon....I MUST hold on!)

Thanks for clicking by,
Nancy in Iowa