Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Another 3 x 3 Card

To start off, I want to say that this card looks so much better in person. Sometimes a camera just does not do things any justice.

I had one more co-worker give me a gift for Christmas. I needed to make up another thank you card because I do not want to leave her out.

For this card I used all SU! products. The cardstock and designer series paper are retired. The punches I used are all still current products. The one punch I used is a sneak peak for some of you. The bird is made from one of our new punches that is coming out in the occasions mini catalog, which you can begin ordering from on January 5th. Some of you may have already received the catalog in the mail. There are a ton of new things in it. I am really pleased with this catalog. If you want to see one let me know.

In case you are wondering what I used to make this card, here is the recipe:
Cardstock: pink pirouette, bordering blue, bella birds dsp
Ink: chocolate chip
Tools: large oval punch, word window punch, eyelet border punch, and the new two step bird punch.
Stamps: teeny tiny wishes

I hope you like it!!

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Saturday, December 26, 2009

Fast 3 x 3 Cards

I received some presents from some of my co-workers this week. I wanted to thank them for their gifts and kindness for thinking of me. I decided to make 3 x 3 thank you cards for them. We have lockers that we store our things in at work. A regular sized card (5 1/2 x 4 1/4) is too big for me to put into the slots. I decided the 3 x 3 size will work great. Now my only concern is if they will fit because of the ribbon and dimensionals. If not, I will just have to hand them out. No big deal!
Altogether I needed 4 cards. The first two shown below are made using the Upsy Daisy stamp set. I used 1/4 inch grosgrain ribbon to add dimension to each of them also. I am pleased with how they turned out. For the real red and basic black card, I also used the modern label punch and the word window punch.

I wanted to try the embossing folders on a couple of them to see how it looked. I really like the Manhattan Flower (rich razzleberry) card. The other card is made with the Elegant Bouquet embossing folder. I really like the embosslit die with the butterflies. It will be available to purchase in January. I also used the large oval and scallop oval punches.

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my blog. I hope it gives you the inspiration you need to help you want to create also. It is sooo much fun!! I would love to know what you think of them. Leave me a comment! Please!!

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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Tile with Rub-Ons

Wow!! I love how this tile turned out. I am planning on making some more. These would make wonderful gifts. I think I want to buy some stands to set them on instead of trying to make a ribbon hanger or using magnetic strips.

I once again used retired rub-ons (Love and Happiness), ribbon (soft sky), and cardstock (soft sky) to make this project. I have a hard time using current things when I need those for classes and workshops.

I love the shimmer paint!! I used the frost white on the butterflies, which made it look like I used metallic paper.

The first thing I did was put the rub-on onto the glazed tile, which is kind of a beige color. I used my new sizzix embosslit Beautiful Wings die (Occasions Mini Catalog) to make the butterflies. I love it already. I used soft sky cardstock then rubbed blue bayou classic ink on them with a stamping sponge. I sprayed them with frost white shimmer paint and allowed them to dry. To place them on the tile I used dimensionals and glue dots. I went around the edges of the tile with a stamping sponge that I put in blue bayou classic ink. The last thing I did was attach the soft sky ribbon. To help hold the ribbon in place I used glue dots underneath it.

You have to try this for yourself. You can use any rub-ons you may have and just use your imagination to fill it all in.

Take a minute to tell me what you think. I love comments!!

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Treat Bags

I needed to make something up fairly fast for my Wednesday night class of girls at church. I just bought some candy and put it into cellophane bags that I had already bought from a local craft store quite a while back. I used retired ribbon to tie the bags shut and retired cardstock to make the tags.
The colors used were river rock, blue bayou, and soft sky. The snowflake was from the stamp set snow swirled, which is still a current set. I used the scallop circle, 1 3/8" circle, and the 1 1/4" circle punches. I know I could have added glitter to make them even nicer, but I just wanted to get them done quickly and least messy.

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Christmas Card

I was finally able to get my basement warm enough to make up a card yesterday. I guess that is the biggest negative about having my stamping area in the basement. It is the biggest area for it though.

I ended up making a card totally different than what I had in my mind. I was going to make a card with the sizzix snowflake #2 die, but this is what I ended up creating instead. I really like using the 5 petal flower punch to make poinsettia flowers. I made them one other time, about a year ago, to decorate a bottle.

I used the shimmer paint for the very first time in this project (It is on the handsome hunter background). I have been wanting to do it for a while, but kept putting it off. It works so easily and it is very fast to make. In case you are wondering how to do it. You need a mini spray bottle, shimmer paint ( I used champagne mist #116806), and rubbing alcohol. I filled the mini spray bottle to about 1/2 inch from the top. Then I just poured from the shimmer paint slowly. You do not need very much of it. Some people say about 6 drops. Well, mine did not drip, it poured out. Who knows maybe I didn't do something right. I bought the shimmer paint from the holiday mini catalog, which is only good until January 4th. If you haven't bought any and would like to, you need to hurry before time is up. You can always go to my Stampin' Up! website and purchase it if you would like. You can get to it from here.

I wanted you to see a close up of the poinsettia flowers and how they stand out, as well as, a picture of the whole card. It is made to look like a gift box. I used two of my favorite colors to make this card, handsome hunter and bravo burgundy. I still have to say that the rich regals are still my favorite color family. The one I still have never been able to really say I like is bold brights, but that is all right. I know that a lot of other people love those colors and that is great. We balance each other out, right?

I will now give you the recipe for this card (All Stampin' Up! products). I used lots of different things to make it. I am pleased with the end result.

Stamps: priceless, Christmas punch (hostess set), and delightful decorations
Cardstock: handsome hunter, bravo burgundy, and very vanilla
Ink: bravo burgundy and handsome hunter
Tools: big shot, petals a plenty textured folder (holiday mini), 5 petal flower punch, 1/16" hole punch, crimping tool, paper piercing tool, scallop straight edge punch, small and large tag punches, and boho blossoms punch
Accessories: vintage brads and champagne mist shimmer paint (holiday mini)

If you have a an extra minute, please leave me a comment. I love hearing what you think.

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Saturday, December 12, 2009

These might be the most exciting 12 days of December with select Big Shot dies and vinyl sheets for the Big Shot on sale! The 12 Days of Holiday Sales begin today and runs through December 22.

Some of the items introduced in this sale are new colors of Décor Elements vinyl sheets. There are 18 new colors to choose from, and they make great projects when you use them with Big Shot dies. Consider pairing the Clear Décor Elements vinyl sheets with the Tulipe Bigz die to create an etched-like design on a vase. Or use the Decorative Accent Bigz dies with the Old Olive Décor Element vinyl sheets to enhance a frame. The combination of Big Shot dies and Décor Elements vinyl sheets is sure to take your creativity to a new level!

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Hello fellow bloggers. I was wanting to let you know that I am planning on getting some new things posted in a day or two. My stamping area is in the basement. It has been so cold down here that I haven't wanted to stay down here to stamp. Yes, I do have a heater that I can run, but it takes a little bit of time to warm it up. Anyhow now you know why I haven't done anything. My goal is to have at least one thing new a week. I didn't make it this time around. Sorry everyone!

I hope you have been able to stamp.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Christmas Tag Class

Since Christmas will be here very soon, I thought a Christmas Tag Class would be good to do. Christmas can be so much fun when you enjoy making your own things. It makes the person that gives the homemade gift feel very happy on the inside. Just like the saying goes, "It is better to give than to receive." I believe when you make something yourself that makes it even better to give than to receive. This is when I thank God for the gifts and talents He has given me. I love the fact that He chose to give me the gift of crafting. So much fun!!

For this class my customers will be making either 2 or 3 of each of these tags. They are going to make 15 tags altogether. I tried to choose colors that would go with whatever wrapping paper they would be. They can also be used on gift bags too. They would just have to wait to put their ties on at the last minute. I just thought of another thing they could use them on. If they make their own bakery items they could be attached to the ribbon. Enough ideas, I am sure you get the picture.

If you have a minute tell me what you think. Which one is your favorite? Mine is the one with the brocade blue scallop circles and shimmery white snowflake.

All of the supplies used to make these tags can be purchased from Stampin' Up! In fact, you can visit my Stampin' Up! website here to make an online order from the catalog.

Cardstock: bashful blue, brocade blue, night of navy, real red, garden green, shimmery white, and whisper white
Stamp sets: snow swirled, delightful decorations, and Christmas punch (hostess stamp set)
Ink: VersaMark, bashful blue, real red, garden green, night of navy
Tools: snowflake punch, wide oval punch, ornament punch, small and large tag punches, boho blossoms punch, scallop circle punch, 1 3/8 circle punch, sizzix lots of tags, big shot, and 1/16 hole punch
Accessories: silver brads, and silver and gold elastic cord from the Holiday mini catalog

Now it is your turn to go-n-stamp!!

Monday, November 23, 2009

100th Birthday Card

Hello!! I was recently asked by my mom to make a special birthday card for a man that is going to be 100 years old. Wow, that is amazing isn't it. I gladly accepted the chance to do this. Of course, I hope he really likes it.

For some reason I wanted to make this card look like a bakery. I started off with figuring out my window, except I did not put it onto my card front yet. I then created my brick wall. I added chocolate chip classic ink with a stamping sponge to the bricks and also on the really rust base card. Someone recently shared a new technique on how to make bricks. It is easy to do, but it does take a little bit of time. At the bottom of the card I used sahara sand and sponged on chocolate chip to it to make it look somewhat like a sidewalk. I wanted a place to set my pot with the balloons in it. I thought the two tags and the window punch would make a very nice window sill.

Everything I used was Stampin' Up! products, except for the numbers on the balloons. To make those I used a stencil that I have had for a really long time.

If you have any questions about this card, please feel free to ask me. I am pleased with the end result. I hope the person I made this for will be just as happy as I am.

If you have a minute while you are looking, I would love it if you would leave a comment.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Match Box Die Turkey

I wanted to get this posted really fast. I have seen other turkeys made and this may be the same or similar to what someone else has come up with. If yours is like it, let me know and I will give you credit.

This is very easy to make and turns out soooo cute! I made this for the big sister of Joel. Since I was giving his parents a keepsake for Joel, I thought I should make something for her. She is still little also.

All of the supplies are Stampin' Up! except for the eyes. After I was done, I realized I could have used brads for the eyes.

These are the supplies I used to make this project.

Stamps: none; Ink pads: close to cocoa; Cardstock: chocolate chip, creamy caramel, ruby red, pumpkin pie, summer sun, and old olive; Tools: big shot, matchbox die, circles #2, scallop circle punch, and 1 3/8" circle punch; Accessories: 1/2" pumpkin pie striped grosgrain ribbon.

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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Ohio State Tri Shutter Card

I am so glad I finally have something new made up to put on here. My daughter's fiance's brother and sister-in-law just had a baby. I wanted to make them a tri-shutter card similar to the one I had made for my daughter's baby when he was born. This couple loves Ohio State. I don't have anything Ohio State in this except for the colors I used. I hope they will like it when they get it.
I wanted to let you see more than one view of this. One is if you stretch it out and the other is when you are starting to close it.

The hardest part of making this was deciding how I was going to fit "Thomas" in. I didn't like it when I had the letter on the very front. That is why the h, o, and m are bunched up together.
Here are the items I used to make this project. All supplies are Stampin' Up!
Stamp sets: defining alphabet and cute and cuddly
Cardstock: real red, going gray, whisper white, and basic black
Ink: real red, basic gray, going gray, and staz on black
Tools: paper piercing tool, big shot, scallop circles #2, 1 3/8" and 1 1/4" inch circle punches, 1/16 hole punch, large star and small star punches, and ticket corner punch
Accessories: silver brads, and bold brights real red brads
Well, now that I have shared with you I hope you will take the time to try to make a tri-shutter card yourself. You can do tons of things with them. Also please leave me a comment. You know I love it when you do.
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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Christmas Jingle 60 Card Class

Hello everyone, once again. I decided I really needed to get something new on my blog. I took part of my simply scrappin' kit supplies with me to Wyoming. I wanted to start making some of the cards for my upcoming 60 Christmas card class. I have a few of them done, although I may end up adding more stickers to some of them. I don't like a lot of plain simple cards anymore. For some reason, they just don't look finished to me. Some of you may disagree, but that is what I think. Right or wrong.

These cards are made from one simply scrappin' kit. If you love to work with stickers, this is a great class for you. These cards are decorated with the stickers that come with the kit.

I hope all of you have been doing well. If you would, please take a minute to tell me what you think of the cards I do have done. I told you what I think about them. Thanks so much for your input.
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Monday, November 2, 2009

Beautiful Candle

I just found out about a lady, Monica, that has come up with a very beautiful way to decorate candles. You can view her blog by clicking here. She also has a planner that you can purchase. I hope you will take the time to look at her site.

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Where have I been?

It has been a while, once again, since I have posted anything new. I thought I would let you see in on a little bit of my life. I have told you in the past that I now have a grandson. Well, my husband and I had the privilege of being able to go out and see him for the very first time. Here are a few of the pictures I took while we were in Wyoming.

We had a very nice visit with my daughter, son-in-law, and their son. We ended up staying a day longer than anticipated, due to the weather. They were supposed to get up to 25" of snow. I do not believe we got that much, but it did make roads bad enough for us to have to wait one extra day to catch our flight to go home.

This is my daughter, son-in-law, and grandson.

Check out that smile! He has been smiling since about 2 months old, I believe.
Grandma is holding him! What a sweetie! I love babies!!
I was working on some cards while I was out there. I need to get some of them finished up. I will post them very soon. Please keep watching and following my blog.
Thanks for looking, my blog friends.
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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Fall Birthday Card

Let me first say, "Sorry!" I don't like it when I don't post something new in at least a weeks time. It went over that by a day or two. I hope you can forgive me. No, I haven't been sick. I am adjusting to a new schedule. I am now working again, of which, I have not worked outside of the home in 19 years. Crazy, huh?

The card I have made is very similar to the September 25th post, in case you want to compare it. I had stamped with a few other ladies that wanted to make the card that I had posted on the 25th. I made it along with them until it came time to stamp. I decided I would finish it later. Well, I finally sat down to play with it and this is what I came up with. I have a special young man in mind that will be receiving this card. He loves to hunt. Last year I made him a card with a deer on it. He also loves cake. This is why I chose to use the images below for this card.

Recipe for this card (all current SU! products):
Cardstock: taken with teal, really rust, more mustard, naturals ivory, autumn meadows DSP, and, chocolate chip
Stamp sets: crazy for cupcakes, teeny tiny wishes, and fun and fast notes
Ink: really rust, chocolate chip, and more mustard
Markers: taken with teal, more mustard, really rust, close to cocoa, and chocolate chip
Tools: big shot, sizzix scallop circles #2 and circles #2, paper piercer, large oval punch, and word window punch
Accessories: 5/8" very vanilla grosgrain ribbon

I would love to know what you think. Please leave a comment at the bottom of this post. Thanks for stopping by.

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Friday, October 9, 2009


I have quite a few cards I need to get done in the near future. I decided to use Gretchen Barron's sketch to give me a great start for this card. Go to her blog and try her sketch for yourself. They are a lot of fun.
For this card I used the crazy for cupcakes and teeny tiny wishes stamp set. The DSP is autumn meadows from the holiday mini catalog. I also used really rust, more mustard, taken with teal, and very vanilla cardstock. For ink I used really rust and chocolate chip. To color in the cupcake I used Stampin' markers close to cocoa, tempting turquoise, taken with teal, really rust, and more mustard. I also adding dazzling diamonds glitter to make the frosting look more inviting.

While looking on my blog, why not leave me a comment. Just look at the bottom of this post for "comment," click on it and leave your comment.
Thanks for looking and I hope you like it.
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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Three Ways to Decorate a Candle

Last year I was supposed to teach some ladies how to decorate a candle. During the class, we ran out of time and never did get to make one. I decided to have just a candle class this time around. I have 3 different ways we can decorate a candle. These would make excellent Christmas gifts or for any time of year depending on your choice of stamps.

The first candle is the one we were supposed to make last year. They will learn how to put stamped images onto the candle. The trick is to not melt the candle too much. Yep, I have done that before.

The second candle (to the right) is decorated using Stampin' Up! rub-ons. The ones I have chosen are retired now, but we do have some that you can buy from the current catalog and in the holiday mini, as well.

The third candle, which is down below, is decorated using designer series paper. This candle is my favorite of the three.
You will have to let me know what you think of these. If you have any other ideas you can let me know that too. It is always a good thing to try and better ourselves, right? I think it is.
As always, thanks for taking the time to look at my blog. If it has inspired you to try one, please let me know. I would love to know that something I did helped you want to try something new too.
Have a great day!
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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Voila' Recipe Box

Hello, to all of my blogging friends. If it wasn't for all of you taking the time to look at my creations, I might as well just throw in the towel now. You are the reason why I take the time to take pictures and post. Thank you, everyone, for looking at my blog, for all of the wonderful comments, and telling others to visit my blog.

My baby is going to be 19 on the 3rd. I told her I would make her a recipe box. I had made one before and she loved it. This one though has some of what she wanted in it. She wanted polka dots (loves them) and likes the night of navy and rose red colors together. You may be asking if this is her kitchen colors. The answer to that is, "No." She wanted me to use what I had.

I wanted to get a few different views for you to see what the box looks like. The first is the most fun to create. I love the little chef. He is one of my favorite stamps. I have him adhered with dimensionals. His buttons are black brads. As for what he is holding, I used crystal effects to try to make it look like steel. I should have used the brushed silver paper, but I did not think about it until I was done.

This is a view of what the divider cards look like inside of the box. I also have recipe cards in between them. You just can't see them. Making the dividers is very easy. The most tedious part is making the recipe cards. I didn't make a bunch of them because they do take a lot of time. I ended up using the stamp-a-majig because the recipe is just a little bit crooked on the wood. That is why it took longer. I will probably sometime in the future end up having to make more of them up. I am sure my daughter will tell me when she needs them.

This is the last view I wanted to take for you all to see. These make such wonderful gifts to give. They are great for weddings, birthdays, and a house warming gift.
Just so you know I ended up using retired DSP on part of this. I normally prefer to use what is current, but I knew this was the one my daughter would like. As always, all of the supplies are SU!, except for the recipe box. It was purchased from a nearby craft store.
Thanks so much for looking. I hope you will take the time to tell me what you think by leaving a comment.

Have a wonderful day.
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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Fancy Favor Basket

Happy Tuesday to everyone. Believe it or not, 25 years ago today, I married my husband and best friend, Dave. I would say the two strongest things about our relationship has always been sharing the same faith in God and having very good communication skills. From the time we first liked each other conversation has always been so easy. Well, I wanted to make something for him as a gift.

Do you love it when people come up with a new idea using a certain tool. Well, I do. I wanted to think outside of the box and come up with and idea using the fancy favor box die. Instead of the box being shaped like a rectangle, I made it into a square. It is very easy to change. I cut the DSP to cover just the first main section (front) of the box. You have to have some of the side cut with it too. You use the little bit of the side to adhere it to the other pieces of the fronts. You need to cut 4 of the front pieces. Once I glued them all together I cut a square to adhere to the bottom. The normal bottom tabs are not long enough to attach them altogether.

I wanted to show you two different views in order for you to get the whole idea of what it looks like. I filled it with a whole bag of nuggets. No, I do not want to make my husband gain weight. I just know that he likes them. More than likely I will eat some of them too!! :-)

Now it is your turn to try this out. If you have any problems you can email or comment me and ask. I will try and help you out.
Recipe for this box. All items are current Stampin' Up! products.
DSP: Autumn Meadows (mini catalog)
Stamp set: Autumn Harvest
Cardstock: really rust, naturals ivory, and chocolate chip
Ink: really rust and chocolate chip
Tools: Big Shot, fancy favor box die, watercolor crayons, and blender pens
Accessories: vintage brads
If you like this out of the box idea, please leave a comment and tell me what you think. Now I want to see you take this idea and use it for yourself. It is very easy to do.
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