Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Happy Birthday Mom ~

Hey ladies!  Here's a card I made for my mother's birthday!  I was lucky enough to win this gorgeous stamp set, Butterflies & Blossoms, from one of the Flourishes' DT blogs, Leslie Miller.  It's been on my wishlist for a while, so I was ecstatic to see my name in flashing lights lol 

Mom and I were discussing my card style the other day and I was complaining about how sometimes I think my cards are too plain, but I have such a hard time picking out papers and making everything go together just so.  She said she liked the simpler stuff better...sure made making her card easier! lol  I used a Sketch Girl sketch, number 14, flipped it and changed some things around, but it was the inspiration for the layout!  ha ha  ;o)

I wish I'd taken a little different picture to show you the butterfly.  I colored the one on the image as well as another, cut it out and glued the body part down to the image.  The wings are then folded up to give dimension and a little interest to the card. 
Thanks so much for stopping by!  Hope you're having a great week! :o) lyss

Claudia & Company #78: Choose 3 of the colors  I used Lavender, Pale Green & Yellow 

STAMPS: Flourishes Butterflies & Blossoms; PTI Background Basics: Tin Types; Verve Circular Sayings
INK: Memento Tuxedo Black; Versafine Onyx Black; VersaMark
PAPER: PTI Plum Pudding & SS White; SU Pale Plum
OTHER: Copics {B34, E15, E18, E19, E37, E49, V93, V95, V99, W3, Y11, Y13, Y15, YG61, YG63, YG67}; Spellbinders classic circle dies; white embroidery floss; PTI Plum vintage button; Filigree clear embossing powder; Pebbles pearlescent chalks; Tombow Mono Multi glue; dimensionals

Friday, March 25, 2011

Just Us Girls #77 ~

 Helllllllooooo ladies!  I'm back with my last project as the guest designer for JUGS :o(  I've had so much fun and been welcomed by this fabulous group of ladies so well!  Thank you again JUGS girls for choosing me to be your March Guest Designer  :o))

This week we were challenged to make a zipper flower.  These little flowers are all the rage right now, but I've been reluctant to try them.  The fantastic Dana Gustafson has provided an amazing tutorial here...problem is, I have now scientifically deduced that I am allergic to a needle and thread!  I start sneezing, break out in know, the whole shebang!  For one, I don't know how to properly thread the damn thing!  I know, I know, I could Google it and find a million videos on how to do it just so!  I don't want to!  Then I'd be required to sew everything back together and that just doesn't fly with me!  :o)  lol

So I found another tutorial here that just uses ScorTape - right up my alley!  The only problem I ran into this go round, was that some of the tape showed due to the thin width of the zipper.
Instead of panicking, I chose to dump some turquoise glitter over the flower to hide my mistake and for a little shine ;o)
 I used one of my all time favorite quotes featured in Verve's Beautiful You set on a PTI Fillable Frames #10 die.  The card needed just a tid bit more, so I added some butterflies {punched from a MS punch} and a little Fruit Punch Stickles. 

I really hope you play along this is my last one after all!  lol  Have a superb weekend, friends!!  And, as always, thanks so much for stopping by!  :o) lyss

Sweet Blush Dahlia ~

 Hey all!  Just bopping in quickly with a little card I made for the PTI March Blog Hop: Embroidery Floss & the Make It Monday challenge #7: Coloring on non-neutral cardstock.

I saw a card that another lovely crafter made with the Delightful Dahlia stamp set and just had to CASE her technique. 
ETA: I found the card!  It was done by one of the fabby JUGS girls that I had an honor to work with for the month of March.  Here is Andrea's card that inspired my little quicky.
I clear embossed the large dahlia on Sweet Blush and shaded with R20 and was a bit too stark, so I ran the 0 Colorless Blender over the whole thing to soften the lines.  The leaves are done on Spring Moss with YG91 and YG93.  I'm not in love with the leaves, but they'll do in a pinch!  The embroidery floss is nothing new.  I just wrapped a couple different color pinks around the card base a few times and tied them in a sweet bow.  Easy, pretty and perfect for mailing!  Thanks so much for stopping by!!  :o) lyss

CSAYL: Make It Yours ~

Hey all!  It's Friday again, which means it's time for another Christmas Stampin' All Year Long challenge!  This week we are sponsored by the Perfect Presentation -Your source for printable {and cut-able} templates for a perfect presentation every time!  Our challenge is to create your own background paper with stamps.  A random winner will be able to choose their own template from the Perfect Presentation store!

I'm lucky enough to be part of the fantastic design team for this company, but, even if I weren't, I would love it all the same.  The designs are easy to use, fresh and light on the wallet!  Gotta love that!  :o)
I chose to use Able Gable - one of my all time favorites because of it's size.  This template comes with an optional mini-cupcake insert which would be perfect for sending out some pumpkin mini muffins for the holidays...yum!
I began by cutting my decorative mats (also included) out.  I lined the large rectangles and top wonky rectangle pieces (technical term) out on my mat and stamped them together with VersaMark and an image from Distressed Stripes.  They were then embossed with Zing Red Glitter embossing powder - let me tell you, I thought I had a lot of glitter around after my fairy cards the other day...I was wrong!  This stuff got everywhere!  I even found it on my face while sitting in front of the mirror at the salon yesterday!  lol  After heat embossing the stripes, I laid out the pieces again and stamped the peppermint candy image from Background Basics: Christmas in pure poppy ink. 

Funny thing is, this whole design came about by accident.  I had an idea of what I wanted to do in my head for a whole week...stamp candies in black, color in image with Copics, color over with VersaMark marker and clear emboss.  Whoops!  Guess I'd better learn my stamp images better or plan something out with the correct image in my little brain   LOL  I'm happy with the outcome though...very festive! 

Anyhoo, the box was a bit plain so I added a label from Label Frames 2 - I merely increased the mat size in SCAL by 1/4 inch.  It needed some color, so I added a holly image from Verve's Holly Jolly and colored it with Copics.  The berries are colored in {flat} and covered with Stickles - I find I don't get quite the color depth I want if I don't add color behind the Stickles.
Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you are inspired to play along with CSAYL this week!!  :o) lyss
STAMPS: PTI Background Basics: Christmas, Distressed Stripes & Signature Christmas; Verve Holly Jolly
INK: VersaMark; PTI Pure Poppy; Memento Tuxedo Black
PAPER: PTI Pure Poppy & SS White
OTHER: Perfect Presentation Able Gable & Label Frames 2 svg templates; Copics {G24, G28, BG99 & R27}; Zing Red glitter embossing powder; dimensionals; Scor Tape; Xmas Red Stickles; PTI white satin ribbon; silver jingle bells; embroidery floss

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Emerald Faerie winner & a Valentine for Zane ~

First off, so sorry for not posting the Emerald Faeries winner sooner!  I have a new job...let me tell you, after being home for over a year, adjusting to this new schedule has been a bit of an overwhelming trouble for me!  lol  Plus, I worked yesterday from 9am to 930pm, so I was just too pooped to type! lol  So, without further ado, the random winner is #3 {picked by my little monster when I said, "Quick Zane! Tell me a number!"  lol

Debra of Twisted Monkey Scraps, you are the lucky winner of 1 Emerald Faerie digi stamp of your choice!  I've sent you an email  :o)  Congratulations!

I thought I'd share this card today before it got too far away from Valentine's Day.  Lol  I was inspired by Laurie's CAS card for Amber Ink.  I just adore Henry the mouse from Whiff of Joy!  He's so cute in all of the designs!  His expression on this stamp is just too adorable though   :o)
Just a little card to tell my little monster how much I love him!  Hope you all are having a super duper hump day!  I'm off to relax at the salon and get my hair those *me* days!  :o)  Thanks for stopping by! 

Oh, and to all my bloggy friends, I'm so sorry I haven't been around commenting.  I'm trying to find that balance in my life while trying to work things out with the hubby, the new job, the toddler that is sad to have to switch between houses and not have his mommy around all day with him, etc.  My Google reader has gotten to the point that I'm afraid to check it! lol  I will get around eventually...thanks for understanding!!  :o)  lyss

Let's Ink It Up #11: Die Cuts & Punches
Whiff of Joy Challenge #100: Let's Celebrate!!  Anything Goes
STAMPS: Whiff of Joy Henry with Heart; SU hearts jumbo wheel 
INK: Memento Tuxedo Black; PTI Pure Poppy
PAPER: PTI Pure Poppy & SS White
OTHER: Copics {C1, C3, C5, R02, R20, R27, R29, RV69, W3, W5, W7, 0 Blender}; Spellbinders classic circle dies; dimensionals

Friday, March 18, 2011

Just Us Girls #76 ~

 Hey ladies!  It's time for the color challenge with Just Us Girls and it's a beauty!  Baja Breeze, Soft Sky, So Saffron & Pink Pirouette - pure gorgeousness!!  This week the girls are sponsored by the fabulous Paper Makeup Stamps. 

Due to this fabulous color combo, I chose to use Francesca the saucy, naughty and fun! She's colored in with Copics and cut out with Spellbinder's classic long nesties.  While little Francesca was still in the die, I used a multiliner to trace a border leaving just a bit to add some dots, mimicking the lines of the precious kitty.  I dislike the way the matting is longer than it is wide, so I always cut the base off and round the corners lightly with a file.   
 A close up of the bow using Stampin' Up's So Saffron grosgrain (thanks Anna Banana!), a PTI Sweet Blush button and some pink embroidery floss.  I love to do bows this way because they actually turn out right, lol!

I couldn't sleep last I made this card after I decided to just give up and roll out of bed around 4am.  Something is missing and I just can't put my finger on it...

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you play along with this soft and supple color challenge!  :o)  lyss

CSAYL: Vellum Snowdrifts ~

Hi all!  It's time for another challenge from Christmas Stampin' All Year Long (CSAYL).  This week our challenge is, "I can see right through that!"  In other words, you must use vellum on your project.  The sponsor this week is the adorable In Style Stamps.  A random player will win 4 digis of their choice!

The DT was generously given a digi to work with for the challenge.  I chose this darling Christmas Tree and then remembered the challenge was to use vellum. do I always do this to myself??  I decided my tree would be an outdoor tree...who says the little forest animals don't celebrate??  lol 
I'll save you all the mental anguish and give you a tip.  If you decide to make a frame peaking into the inside of your card, cut the largest/outer most piece first and work your way in.  I figured that out later! lol  The outer most frame is up on dimensionals with one *snow* drift followed by a second printing of the presents under the tree and another *snow* drift.  Here's a little close up of the coloring and dimension. 

If I were to make this card again, I would die cut the inside picture with the largest oval and emboss the outer most matting of the card.  Oh well...I'll give it to my grammy or someone who'll probably just toss it anyway.  LOL  Thanks for stopping by, friends!
Oh, and don't forget to bop here for your chance at an Emerald Faerie digi of your choice!  Also, I want to invite you to play along with the current iCopic Color Challenge here.  The prize to a random participant is their choice of 5 rolls of Washi Tape!  Have a super weekend!  :o) lyss
STAMPS: In Style Stamps Christmas Tree
INK: HP printer ink
PAPER: PTI SS White, Vellum & Pinefeather
OTHER: Copics {BG99, C1, C3, C7, E25, E29, E41, E43, E44, G24, G28, R81, R83, R85, R89, Y21, Y28}; Copic Atyou Gold Spica pen; dimensionals; Spellbinders classic petite oval dies

Monday, March 14, 2011

Emerald Faeries Collection March Release ~

Welcome to the Emerald Faeries Collection March Release Blog Hop! We have some fabulous new cuties to show you today with a ton of inspiration! The entire Deb's Creations team is bopping along today along with some friends. You'll want to visit all of the lovely ladies on the list - each one is giving a digi stamp to one random commenter on their blogs! The winner will get to choose which stamp they'd like from either the new release or from the existing faerie collection! All that is required is that you be a follower and leave a comment! Easy peasy!

Here's the list of blogs:
Tracey M
Alyssa (that's me!)

First off, I have a little lovey card with Willy & Mia.  They're just so sweet!
I chose some Cosmo Cricket Early Bird papers and colored their outfits accordingly.  I thought the paper with the birds beak to beak in the background was quite fitting!  I was coloring this while my boy was watching Bambi and had to give Willy a blush in his cheeks and at the tip of his ears...clearly he is *twitterpated*  LOL  Their wings are covered with a glue pen and copious amounts of ultra fine iridescent pink glitter.  So sparkly!
Here's a close up of the little darlings!  Just *love* them!!  The Willy & Mia digi stamp is available in the Deb's Creations store now, or you can pre-order the red rubber stamp.  The rubber is expected in about 2 weeks.

Next up, we have the fun loving Isla.  She's just happy floating through life on a dandelion seed.  lol 
This card uses some Cosmo Cricket Garden Variety paper that made me think of the dandelion seed heads.  I've made Isla into a birthday card, but you could easily use her for just about anything!  How sweet would she look on a scrapbook page with your little cuties enjoying making their own wishes? 
Here is the link to the Isla digi stamp or you could pre-order the red rubber one here.  I used some lime green Doodlebug glitter in the center of the seed head, some ultra fine iridescent sugar glitter for the fronds and the same iridescent pink glitter for her wings.  Zane (my 3 year old son) helped me apply it all and had a blast!  We have glitter everywhere now!  lol

That's all I have for you today!  Be sure to hop along to all the Deb's Creations ladies blogs for your chance to win a digi stamp of your choice from the Emerald Faeries collection!  You have until Monday, March 21st, at 2pm Mountain time to leave a comment here.  I'll post the winner later that afternoon!  Have fun on the hop!  Thanks so much for bopping by!!  :o) lyss

Willy & Mia SUPPLIES ~
STAMPS: Deb's Creations Emerald Faeries collection Willy & Mia; Papertrey Ink Mixed Messages
INK: HP printer ink; Ranger Distress antique linen; Memento tuxedo black
PAPER: red texture from stash; PTI SS White; Cosmo Cricket Early Bird mini deck
OTHER: Copics {BG15, BG23, BG49, E000, E00, E02, E11, E31, E33, E37, E49, G21, G24, G28, R05, R20, R27, R29, Y21, Y26, Y28}; glue pen; ultra fine glitter; matte buttons; PTI rustic cream twine; Spellbinders classic long rectangles & classic circle dies; dimensionals

STAMPS: Deb's Creations Emerald Faeries collection Isla; Papertrey Ink Mixed Messages
INK: HP printer ink; Ranger Distress antique linen & fired brick; Memento tuxedo black
PAPER: PTI Kraft & SS White; Cosmo Cricket Garden Variety mini deck
OTHER: Copics {BG10, BG15, BG23, E000, E00, E11, E25, E29, E33, E37, E41, E43, E44, R20, R29, R59, RV10}; glue pen; ultra fine glitter; Spellbinders classic petite ovals & tag trio dies; dimensionals; double sided red satin ribbon (hobby lobby)

Friday, March 11, 2011

Just Us Girls #75 ~

Hola chicas!  I'm here today with a new challenge from the Just Us Girls challenge blog.  This week is a technique challenge: Acrylic Smash.  I'd never heard of this technique before this week and I found it a bit daunting, I have to admit.  I sat down yesterday morning determined to make something work, and guess what??  It was fun!  I only ran into one snag...after checking out this tutorial on SplitCoastStampers, I went in search of my StazOn ink to find it completely dried out.  Ugh...I was not going to waste my morning driving into town for a new ink pad, so I had to think fast!  I decided to attempt to heat emboss my image on the acrylic and it worked! 
I save all of the little pieces of acrylic that my clear stamps come never know when you'll need a window on a template or a piece to position a stamp with a Stamp-a-ma-jig.  I rubbed the acrylic down with the embossing buddy and stamped this beautiful verse from Verve's Blessings set in Versafine Onyx Black ink.  I quickly embossed it with Filigree clear embossing powder.  It's not quite as deep black as I would have liked but it came out pretty nice.  One word to the wise, be careful not to scratch it!  The embossing comes off pretty easily as you can see if you look closely at the *I* in nothing.  lol  I flipped it over, after allowing it to cool for a bit, and swiped the back with Island Green and Seafoam Green acrylic paints using a makeup sponge.
I really wanted to make a butterfly with the dies that I got from Papertrey Ink a few months back.  So I used some more scraps of acrylic, patterned paper and a scrap of white swiped with some more of the acrylic paints.  A pretty plum button threaded with black twine makes up the body and antennae.  So fun and dimensional!
I used the Mojo Monday sketch #181 as my jumping off point. 
Please join us this week at JUGS!  This technique was a lot of fun!  Have a super duper weekend, and, as always, thanks so much for stopping by!!  :o) lyss

Just Us Girls #75: Acrylic Smash
Tuesday Throwdown #39: Use your scraps

Thursday, March 10, 2011

CSAYL: The Little Brown Dress ~

Happy Friday Friends!  I'm happy to be back with my second Xmas card of March no less...for Christmas Stampin All Year Long!  What about you?  Did you play along with us last week and get that jump start on your Christmas cards??  I hope so, or I'll be wagging my finger at you come the beginning of December saying I told you so!!  lol

Our challenge this week is sponsored by Deedee's Digis.  Deedee is graciously offering a $10 credit to her online store for one randomly picked winner! 

Our challenge this week is to use this photo as inspiration - a darling little brown dress.  Apparently when doing challenges such as this, I take things quite literally and don't think outside the box too much.  lol 

I found some old Basic Grey Blush paper that reminded me of the dress pattern and used the soft pink, bold scarlet and deep chocolate colors to point me in the direciton of my card.  I also went searching for a sketch and found Jen's March Sketch for You to Try

This sweet little bear hiding under the tree is from the Beary Merry Christmas set.  He's colored with Copics with some fun little embellishments.  I added a big, fat pearl to the center of the present's bow, some Lemon Yellow Liquid Pearls to the star atop the Christmas tree and some Glossy Accents to the decorations on the tree for some fun dimension and shine.  Here's a close up
I hope you take a crack at this fun challenge...a true challenge to turn this sweet little dress into a Christmas card!  Have a great weekend!!  Thanks so much for bopping by!  :o) lyss

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Framing Leaves of Green ~

Hey everyone!  Here's a post I did for the iCopic blog last Friday - just a little tutorial on how to make those framed cards you're seeing all over blogland.  I have noticed the trend in stamping lately with framing an image or sentiment but have yet to find the perfect know, the set where the frame takes up the majority of an A2 size card (4 1/4 x 5 1/2).

I love to make majorly embellished cards, but I dislike mailing them! LOL Mainly, this is because I'm lazy and fail to find the time to run into the post office to do it. Having some CAS (Clean And Simple) cards on hand is just the ticket! For me, a CAS card really pops if the focus is a fabulous sentiment and a gorgeously rich colored image. My trick today is to show you how to merge the two.

After trying to measure a border at 0.5 inches inside the card base and failing miserably, a lightening bolt struck! All I needed was a sturdy but thin template! I chose a thinner cardstock (Georgia Pacific white) to create a template to give myself a 0.5 inch border on an A2 card. I cut the template to size and labeled it so I can pull it out whenever I please.
When I'm ready to make a framed card, I trace the template lightly onto the card base with a pencil.

Using the most wonderful creation known to stampers - the clear stamp - I can then either line up my sentiment or image to dissect the frame line. The most fabulous thing about this technique is that you can have as many or as few points dissecting the frame as you like! After all the stamping is completed, I use a ruler and 0.5mm Copic multiliner to trace over the pencil lines.

Back to the pencil traced frame...simply line up your stamps. Here I 've used a floral image to cross over the frame in numerous places. I've had these beautiful morning glory images from Papertrey Ink's YOF: Morning Glories colored up and ready to place on a card for a while, so I pulled them out and placed them on the card front with the pencil drawn frame. I was able to line the stamp up directly where I wanted, gently pull the colored image out of harm's way and stamp it just where I wanted it!
This first card shows how you can use a colored base to make the image the center of attention without making it stark. Since Copics bleed through all the paper I have to color on, I colored the flowers on another piece of white and carefully trimmed around the main image. I left out the little tendrils and a leaf stem in the center of the flowers for fussy cutting purposes and patience! lol These flowers are colored with BV11, BV13, BV17 and a litle Y11 in their centers. The leaves are colored with YG11, YG13 and YG17. The tendrils are quickly traced with the deepest color green. The sentiment really pops because it is embossed. It is stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink and embossed with Filigree detail embossing powder. This is a fun way to really make it stand out! I have a hard time not embossing things these days! :o) *You're My Sunshine* is an adorable sentiment in such a sweet font from the SP & Company clear set, Rain Boots.
This next card shows how the image can really *pop* when showcased on that stark white base. The flowers are colored with the same BV Copics; however, the leaves are colored with YG63 and YG67...I have the new Sketch YG61 on it's way and can't wait to have a shading trio!! The sentiment is from the same Rain Boots set and is also embossed.
Hope you enjoyed my little mini tutorial on framing your images or sentiments!  I'm on day nine straight of my new job!  I'm so, so ready to have a day off tomorrow to be able to get some crafty time!  lol  Have a super duper day!  :o) lyss

Friday, March 4, 2011

Just Us Girls #74 ~

Happy Saturday friends!  I have some exciting news to share with you today!  I've been asked to be the Guest Designer for March for the Just Us Girls Challenge blog!  I am overwhelmed and so honored to have been chosen by the uber talented design team to join them  :o)  Thanks ladies!!  The first Saturday of every month is a sketch challenge, and this one is a fun one!  I, of course, had to take a little liberty with the sketch and flip things around a bit...but as I always say, a sketch is really just a jumping off point for your creativity!  lol
I stamped a sunflower from Flourishes in tuxedo black ink and colored it with Copics.  I stamped it a second time so I could pop up the little body of the ladybug.   I added just a bit more dimension to the bug by dotting her spots with a black glaze pen.  The main image was cut with a Labels 10 die and then sponged with Antique Linen distress ink.
The raffia is tied around the center in a knot.  I then looped another piece a few times and tied the ends of the knot around the center of the loops.  lol  Hope that makes sense!  The sentiment is from Verve's Circular Sayings - a true staple for me lately - and cut out with the Labels 9 die.  The ripe avocado matting on both the focal image and the sentiment is hand cut - can't wait till Spellbinders comes out with all the Labels in smaller matting sizes!  I made this into a little gift set to brighten someone's day.
I've been experimenting with these cork coasters after making them for my mom last Mother's day.  Coloring on cork takes a little thought because you can't choose colors that are too light or too dark.  Here's a close up of just the coaster.  I've been using mine for a while now and even with a little condensation or spill, the Copics don't bleed. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Hope you have a most fabulous weekend and play along with this fabulous sketch!  :o) lyss

STAMPS: Flourishes Sunflowers; Verve Circular Sayings
INK: Memento Tuxedo Black
PAPER: PTI Ripe Avocado, Spring Moss & SS White; Cosmo Cricket Early Bird mini deck
OTHER: Copics on card {E25, E27, E29, R27, R39, Y15, Y35, Y38, YG03, YG11, YG17, YG93, YG95, YG97} Copics on coaster {E25, E27, E29, R27, Y15, Y35, Y38, YG93, YG95}; Sakura Black Glaze pen; Spellbinders Labels 9 & Labels 10 dies; medium corner rounder punch; raffia from stash; dimensionals

CSAYL: Bring on the Bling! ~

Hey all!  I'm excited to show you our first challenge for the Christmas Stampin' All Year Long blog...well, the first for the current design team!  lol   The fabulous thing about this challenge blog is that you have the opportunity to play along with some fun challenges, get a head start on all those cards you have on *that* list to specially make and have a chance at some great sponsored prizes as well!  This first week's challenge is to Bring on the Bling!!  Make it rhinestones, glitter, pearls or whatever sparkly thing that makes your heart go pitter-pat!
   Our sponsor this week is the fabulously adorable Pink Cat Studios.  A randomly selected winner will be able to choose 5 digi stamps!!  To find out all of the details of the challenge, please visit the CSAYL blog
   So onto my creation...I decided to use the adorable Betty & Snowman decorate the Tree image.  So cute and fun!  I love decorating the's the best part of the holidays for me!  Well, except for the kiddo's elation at what they're opening   LOL 
I added a bunch of bling to this adorable image and pulled my colors from the Cosmo Cricket Jolly By Golly paper.  All of the ornaments are covered with a double layer of Stickles (except for the yellow one).  I really wanted the dimension and the sparkle!  The yellow ornament is topped with Tombow Mono Multi glue and sprinkled with Doodlebug glitter.  The Snowman needed a little bling, so I added some Kaisercraft black rhinestones to his coal buttons.  The ground is covered with a layer of white Doodlebug glitter followed by some Polar White Flowersoft - sorry the camera didn't capture the sparkle of the snow  :o{
   The adorable little snowflake embellishments are a perfect match to the paper!  I got them at Hobby Lobby last Xmas - some are flat backed and some have a little loop on the back.  I used the flat backs for the four corners and a loop backed one for a bow tie.  Too fun!
Hope you enjoyed my first simple Xmas card of the year!  Please join me in getting your Xmas cards done early for 2011!!   

You can find the links to the amazing CSAYL design team on the right hand side of my screen.  Hope you're all having a super fantastic day!  :o) lyss

COPICS {BG10, BG15, BG23, BG49, C1, C3, E000, E00, E27, E29, E37, G21, G24, G28, G29, R20, R22, R27, W5, W7, Y11, Y13, YR15, YR18, 110 Spcl Blk, 0 Colorless Blender}