Saturday, December 17, 2011

Holiday Cards and a Give Away

I am having my first give away today!  But first, my project….cuz it's all about me you know.  ME, ME, ME.  I joined a card exchange hosted on the blog Brooklyn Bride.  Why was I on a bridal website?   No idea… I must have clicked over to it for a project or something from another website or an email.  It is a great blog with lots of great ideas... and one card swap.  This was my first card swap.. Hard to believe since I have been making cards since before there was a stamping industry.  I made cards in the early 1990's using a candle flame or stove burner to melt the embossing powder.  Imagine the sheer number of cards I burned….. Cuz you know I am not careful with things like that.  Impatient?  Yes….Careful?  No.

I am happy with the way the cards turned out.  Since I only had to make 5 cards I didn't mind a labor intensive design.  My muse was a luminary that I saw in the December issue of Martha Stewart Living using the Martha Stewart "Star" Anywhere Punches.  Immediately I had the idea to do a dark background with the stars punched out and a silver, glittered paper behind so the stars appeared as silver glitter.  I intended to use foam tape or a pop dot between the two layers to add depth but in the end i didn't like the look and laid the black card stock directly onto the silver glitter paper.

I had to send one card to Portugal and one to Ontario.  The other 2 went stateside and I did send one to the woman hosting the swap.  I managed to get them in the mail today.

On to the SWAG.  I have a Give Away from the online scrapbooking company Stop and Scrap.  I LOVE the company and have proven my love by shopping there quite a bit this year….shut up Rick!… as I was saying, I have shopped there quite a bit this year because their prices are fantastic.  Stop and Scrap is a 4 year-old company that specializes in selling brand new scrapbook lines as they are released.  They are the place to go to get the latest in the industry.   I know from being a customer that this year they have seen tremendous growth and they recently expanded both the business and the family with new partners and a new baby.   Stop and Scrap offers a tremendous amount of pre-orders ensuring you get the hottest products before they sell out.  For crafters like me who live in a town with no local scrapbook stores, having a resource like Stop and Scrap has been very valuable.

I am giving away a coupon worth $25 off of a $50 purchase for one of my readers (coupon good for 30 days).  Leave a comment today (up until 11:59 p.m. EST) and I will pick a random winner tomorrow.
But that is not all…. There is also a coupon available for everyone to use for $5 off a $25 order good today only.  Use code JELLYBEANS.

Don't forget to leave a comment…


  1. thanks for the giveaway!

    I love stop and scrap, too... :)

  2. Wishing u and your family Happy Holidays

  3. I love to shop at Stop and Scrap!

  4. I also love Stop and Scrap. I discovered them a little over a year ago and usually have my morning coffee while checking out what's new for sale that day. i love that there is a different deal almost every day. Thanks again.
    Merry Christmas to All and Happy New Year!

  5. I love the cards you made for your swap! Very creative and original! Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

  6. wow, do I love those house cards! so unique and different, but fabby! :)
    I am trying to be patient waiting on my Basic Grey pre-order from Stop and Scrap, but oh my goodness, I so want my Basic Grey NOW! tee hee! they tease us with these wonderful pre-orders and then we have to be nice and wait after seeing the wonderul photos. sigh.....

    Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  7. Wow - great cards! I love Stop and Scrap so thanks for this fantastic giveaway!!

  8. Woo hoo! Love how different your cards are! Thank you so much at the chance of the coupon and gc!
    lisascreativeniche at

  9. Beautiful cards! I love the different houses, and the star punch outs with the silver glitter behind? Brilliant! Looks so cool! Thank you for hosting such a great giveaway, and thank you to Stop and Scrap for their generosity. Happy Holidays!

  10. Fantastic giveaway! Thanks for the chance.

  11. Hi Danee,

    This is the first time I've read your blog. You're an amazing writer and very talented card maker. I like it. I make homemade cards, too. Mine aren't near as elaborate, though. They're just printed and personalized from American

    Anyway, I will definitely stop back next time I see you've written a blog post. I'm intrigued now. I hope you and yours have a fabulous Christmas. I'm headed to Louisiana to spend it with my girlfriend and her family.

    Merry Christmas!

    Andy Prielipp

  12. Got my latest paper at Stop and Scrap! Your cards are amazing, love the glittery, punched out stars! Also love the mantle pics!

  13. Great use of the stars--adorable!


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