Monday, September 12, 2011

A Blog Milestone & A Giveway to Celebrate!

  Happy Monday!  Sometime over the weekend my blog reached 50,000 hits!  I know that's peanuts compared to some other stamping blogs but I never thought anyone besides a few of my local stamping ladies would ever look at Did You Stamp Today?  I apparently (if you can believe the statistics!) have had people from all over the world view my projects.  I hope I can continue to come up with fun ideas that inspire you.  In honor of my blog milestone I'm giving away a pack of Stampin' Dimensionals (because you know I can't make a card without them!) and the wood mounted hostess stamp set Picture This.  To be entered in the contest simply become a follower and then leave a comment at the bottom of this post (unfortunately I will only be able to ship to addresses in the USA & Canada--sorry!).  If you are already a follower just leave a comment!  I'll draw a winner on Friday evening.  Easy right?

Blog Candy!!!

  And now on to the real reason you're here....a card!  I made this card the other night after seeing the Clean and Simple challenge on Splitcoaststampers---Shoes.  So I wanted to make a card with shoes....hmmmm....I have no stamps with shoes on them.  That could be a problem huh?  For those of you that know me you can attest to the fact that I am by no means a fashionista.  I don't even like shopping for clothes and shoes.  I had to dig deep for this card but I really like how it turned out.  I am not the originator of the Top Note die shoes as they have been around for a while but I thought putting the new little jingle bells on the tips was a fun way to make them Elf Shoes!

   So I know there isn't any stamping on the outside of this card but I did stamp a sentiment on the inside using the new Petite Pairs stamp set.  I wanted to keep the outside Clean and Simple in fitting with the challenge.  The base of the card is Wild Wasabi which is a great green to use for a little less traditional Christmas-y green.  For some texture I then ran a panel of Whisper White through the Big Shot with the Northern Flurry embossing folder.

  To make the shoes I cut out a Top Note with the Big Shot using the awesome red Glimmer Paper.  It also comes in silver now too...think of the Christmas possibilities!  Then I cut the Top Note in half.  Next, fold one of the halves in half and using a small circle punch punch half a circle out just to the side of the fold.  Then using a larger circle punch punch half of a circle next to your first half circle- this forms the tips of the shoes.  Open up the Top Note and you have shoes! 

  For the legs I simply used some narrow strips of Wild Wasabi and hand cut some strips out of Whisper White to become the stripes on the stockings.  I glued the stripes down with Tombow Multi.

  For the final touch I threaded some Cherry Cobbler baker's twine through the new mini jingle bells and tied a bow.  I used half of a glue dot behind each bow to adhere them to the shoe tips so the bells would still jingle. 

  I hope you got a smile out of this card!  Don't forget to leave a comment if you'd like to be entered into the drawing for the giveaway.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: None

Ink: None

Paper: Wild Wasabi, Whisper White, Red Glimmer paper

Accessories: Northern Flurry embossing folder, Top Note die, 3/4" & 1 3/8" circle punches, mini jingle bells, bakers twine


  1. Amanda, this is totally darling! I am really lovin' those bells and bows! Great card, my friend. Congrats on your 50,000 hits! Wowee! What a milestone :) Have a great day - off to start the sweeper...

  2. Beautiful, I've been eyeing the mini jingle bells and trying to see how I would use them. I think you sold me on them.

  3. AWESOME card!!! Love the elf shoes out of the sparkly paper and the bells with the striped ribbon, and those striped tights- OMG, couldn't be any cuter!!! LOVE IT! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Adorable!!!!! I love how sparkly and fun it is! Congratulations on your 50K milestone; that's awesome!

  5. I love your projects and ideas! love those jingle bells!

  6. Congratulations! Thanks for posting all the wonderful projects and cards:)

  7. Congratulations on your blog hits! These are the cutest little elf shoes ever! Love the striped stockings!


  8. Those elf shoes are absolutely adorable The jingle bells & baker's twine are a perfect little touch. I bet that would be a cute idea for witch shoes also. Congratulations on your blog hits! You should be very happy! I do love checking in with you to see all your new creations.

  9. liked the elf shoes Go to your site thru Barb Rose. Enjoy looking at all you have posted

  10. Amanda, You are a rockstar! :) I have to say that I am not suprised that you have so many followers...your projects are awesome!! :) The elf shoes are excuse enough for me to get the Big Shot!

  11. Love the elf shoes card. Especially the addition of the jingle bells. Congrats on the 50,000 blog hits! Guess you won't be celebrating with a cake and 50,000 candles! lol

    Pam from The Rock

  12. Love this card! I think i'm going to CASE it for my next demo meeting swap!

  13. Congrats on such a milestone! Thanks for providing so much inspiration to the rest of us - and thanks for the chance to win some great blog candy! (Where would we be without those perfectly sized dimensionals?!?)

  14. Wow, this is such a great little card. Hope you don't mind me scraplifting. I will give credit where it is due......

  15. So cute! You are super creative! And congratulations on your win!!


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