Friday, December 31, 2010

Valentine's Day card #2

I absolutely LOVE this new embossing folder that is coming up in the new Occasions Mini Catalog. I think everyone needs to have this thing. I mean just look at how nice it frames the focal point of this card. I could just go crazy with this thing from now on, but I will try to contain myself ....hehehehe
I have to say that I just love ruffling the ribbon like I did on this card. It is so easy to do and adds such a fun texture. Again, had to give the inside some fun.
Can you believe it.....I have yet another post of a fun Valentine project I made the other night. It's not a card, but I LOVE IT. I think it turned out really cute and can't wait to make some come back tomorrow for that one.

Thanks for peeking in today.
It's Friday and the last day of the year. Wow!!!! Where has time gone??

Be safe tonight!!!!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Finally something to post....

Yesterday I finally cleared off the mess......including a TON of ants all over my desk. They found a piece of salt water taffy on my desk and were having a party with it!!! UGH!!!
But, that did not stop me from playing with paper. I have been itching to make some Valentine's Day cards and finally did. This is just one of the ones I made last night. I think it's simple but cute. This is the lovin I gave to the inside.
I used the supplies from the new special that Stampin Up is having right now.

I made more, but since I'm such a slacker at blogging....I decided that I would post one project I made a day. You know....just in case I have another dry spell and can't find time to play and have nothing to share. ; )

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Make it a wonderful day, and go and do something fun!!!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Oh my goodness....

I can't believe how long it has been since I lasted posted on this little blog of mine.
I have been so absolutely crazy busy with getting everything ready for my family for Christmas, and then being with them for 3 fun-filled days, and then recuperating from it all, that I haven't even had time to play with all of these new toys.
Look at all these new toys just wanting to be played with.
When I sat down to preorder from the new upcoming Occasions Mini catalog, I just coulnd't contain myself. I think I've ordered the whole I'm going to give some loving to these neglected "new toys" here in the next few days, and then I will post my creations.
hmmmmm.....what will I play with first????
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Have a wonderful day today.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

I've been a busy girl...

I made a bunch of these as thank you's this month for my club members, and had so much fun making them, I thought it would be fun to make some for the ladies at work too.
So, I got to work and made 12 more.
They are the cute little hand sanitizer holders from Bath & Body Works. There are tons of tutorials out there for these, but if you can't find one and want the directions, leave me a comment and I will get them to you.
Edited to add: For the tutorial I here... The inside....
I made 3 different styles....and here they are...

Then I got carried away with the camera and took all kinds of pictures of them....hahaha

And here they all are together.
I hope they like them.
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Have a very wonderful day.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Tags, tags, and more tags...

I thought it would be fun to make some "special" tags for Christmas presents for my family this year. As I am getting ready to attach them to their wrapped presents, I realize that I will be reusing these year after year. The thought of tossing these out after one year makes my heart sad....I won't be saving bows this year, I will be saving tags....hahahaha

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Have a wonderful day today.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

December Club Projects

I have been such a bad blogger lately, so here are the projects that I promised yesterday that I would post today.
We made these adorable snowglobe cards.....with actual water in there. I have to say that this was cased from someone on Stampin Connection and I can't for the life of me remember who it if it was you....please step forward and claim it.
The key to keeping the water from getting everywhere is placing a piece of transparency behind the water to seal it in there. We just added some glitter for the "snow", and everyone that sees this card just loves it. It really is cuter in real life. It's fun to play with too. Here is a closer look at the water. I could have put a little more water in there, but oh well.
This is the other fun project we made. My hostess wanted to make a wine bottle topper. Since I don't drink, I made it into a Martinelli's bottle topper. I saw a card I really liked on Chat's website and took the idea and made it into this bottle topper. To see Chat's original card click here. We added a cute bow, and what a fun inexpensive gift this would make for neighbors or friends.
Another close up.
So, how are you doing with all your gifts for this holiday season? I still need to get my cards sent now that they have been made. I'm such a slacker when it comes to the post office.
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Have a wonderful day.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Playing with my new toys....

Yesterday I finally received my box of preorders from the upcoming Occasions Mini Catalog, and tonight I sat down and played with them.
I am kind of tired of making Christmas cards, so I decided to just make a girly card instead.
I used the Build a Blossom stamp set and Build a Blossom punch with Blushing Bride and Pear Pizzaz. This card made up pretty quickly once I decided what I wanted to do. Then I had to give the inside some love. That little peek of Blushing Bride cardstock is the ribbon punch. I like how it just peeks up over the Pear Pizzaz DSP.
I have some more fun Christmas projects that we made at club this month to post too. Look for those tomorrow.
Have a wonderful day.

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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Ghiradelli chocolate treat holder tutorial

We made this adorable Ghiradelli chocolate holder at club this week, and it was so easy and quick to make .... not to mention fun and cute!!! One of my friends asked me if I would show on my blog how to make it, so she can remember later. So here it is:You will need: 1 3x6 3/4 inch piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock; scored at 3" & 3 3/4"
1 6x6 piece of DSP; scored at 1/2"
1 2 1/4"x1 1/2" piece of Very Vanilla cardstock
1 2 1/2"x 1 3/4" piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock
1 2 3/4"x2" piece of Old Olive cardstock
1 strip of Very Vanilla, cut from the Tasteful Trim die scallop section
1 piece of cord, or ribbon 10" long
1 piece of Cherry Cobbler seam binding ribbon 20" long
Score your DSP and Cherry Cobbler cardstock on the score lines. Make sure that the side of the DSP that you want showing is the little half inch piece facing you.
Apply adhesive on the 1/2" strip, and fold up and adhere. It should now look like the top piece in this photo.
Fold in down flat now. Then take your 1 1/4" circle punch and punch only half way up on each of the sides.
Now score the DSP all folded at 2 3/4" and 3 1/4" and fold on the score lines. It should now fit very nicely into the cardstock piece.
Now take your 1/16" punch and punch two little holes in the middle to put your gold cord through, or ribbon or whatever you are using. If you use ribbon, you will need to use a bigger punch than the 1/16" punch. Then attach your gold cord, or ribbon and tie a bow on the outside. This will be the only thing securing the middle piece in, so tie it tight.
Now decorate your front. I took the piece of Very Vanilla and stamped, using my markers to color the stamp. I used the Sweet Seasons stamp set. Layer each piece together as shown in picture.
I like to use a lot of stampin dimensionals to make sure it doesn't come off. Then take your ribbon and slide it under the gold cord and wrap it around the cardstock evenly. Centering your decoration for the front, secure it to the front and that is all I used to secure my ribbon in place. Because I was using the seam binding, and it is a little more flimsy, I didn't want to glue it down and have it bind up on me. You can do it anyway that suits you best.
Just insert the yummy chocolates inside the little pouches,tie the ribbon, and you are done.
And here again, we have the finished piece. Easy huh?
I thought they were so much fun to make, and so darn cute, that I made a whole bunch of them....this is only a small batch of them in this photo....I'm going to take them to work on Monday and pass them out and spread some Christmas cheer.
So, now that you see how easy they are. Go make some for yourself.
Have a wonderful day everyone.
Thanks for peeking in.
P.S. I have to give credit where credit is due. I cased this from Becky Roberts. I just changed the dimensions to better suit what I was looking for. I love Becky's work. She is so darn talented. You can see her blog here.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Have a great day today everyone!!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

A Unisex baby card

My girls were going to a baby shower today for a co-worker, and Amy asked me to make them a card. She has no idea if it's a boy or girl, seems unheard of these days, so I had to make the card unisex.
What do you think? Does it look unisex to you? I had to give the inside some lovin, and this is what I did this time.
I have sooooo many projects in my head that need to get done. Some are started and then I went dry on where I needed to go with it, and there it sits. So, it was fun to sit down to create with a quick ending to it. I so badly need to clean off my desk, so I can find things again.

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Have a wonderful day!!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Gift card holders

I have been playing around with ideas for gift card holders. My hostess for November not only wanted to use the paisley print stamp set this month, but she wanted to make some gift card holders. These are two samples that I made, but I have been perusing the internet and have yet another idea....for another post....So, onto the ones I've already made. You pull off the belly band, and inside awaits you a wonderful gift certificate for your spending pleasure.... On this one I used the felt flurries I got from the clearance rack...they're still there if you want some.
For this one, I used the tasteful trim die for the large scallop on the belly band. I love that die, and always forget to use it.
So, now I'm off to the craft room to go and create some new and improved gift card be posted soon.
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Have a happy day.....I can't believe it's already November....WOW!!!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Season's Greetings on Halloween

I just love the elegance of this card.
I don't know about anyone else, but I always seem to overlook the cardstock selection on page 170 of the catalog. It has the gold, silver, glossy, and confetti papers.
Well, I finally bought myself some of that paper, and decided to use it. For this card I stamped the image with versamark, and then embossed it with gold embossing powder. I used some gold cardstock around it and also ran another piece of whisper white cardstock through the Big Shot with the Petals a plenty embossing folder. It was super easy to make, and is totally different from all the cutesy cards I have been making. I wanted to get a close up picture of how pretty and shiney the embossing is.
I do have to share a funny story with this card. I wasn't paying close enough attention when I went to attach the sentiment to the card, because I put it on upside down. When I went to open the card, I just laughed. So, I went to show my son how pretty the card was.....I know he could care less, but wanted him to get a good laugh too. So, he looks at it, and says, "Yeah mom, that's really pretty." I told him to open it up, and we both just started laughing. It was a good time.
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Have a Happy Halloween!!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

O Christmas Tree...O Christmas Tree.....

Isn't this a pretty card? Don't I copy someone else's designs nicely? hehehe
My hostess for club in November asked to make cards with the Paisley Print stamp set. We both saw this card, and knew it was one we had to make!!! I wasn't really sure on the dimensions of everything, and guessed a little short on the whisper white, because I needed a little more room for my sentiment AND a bow. So I will fix that when we make ours for class.
I wanted you to see that the velum was run through the Big Shot machine and the polka dots embossing folder. It kinda looks like snow.
I had to give the inside love too.
I really like this card, and must give credit where credit is due. Lynn Pratt was the one who originally posted this card. She is one of the most talented stampers I must say.
Have a great day, and thanks for peeking in today.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Gratitude & Appreciation for you

I saw a card very similar to this one on Stampin Connection and liked it. I thought I would create my own version.

It was pretty easy. I just stamped the image from Paisley Prints with versamark ink on the different colors, cut out the leaves, and glued them on a circle base I cut out. Stamped the sentiment on the background DSP ....that was NOT easy because the paper is textured....Threw on a bow and called it a card.

I had to throw some loving on the inside too. I just ran my wheel across the cajun craze stamp pad and ran it along the side. I also sponged the edges of the very vanilla with some cajun craze as well.

Besides the cutting out each individual leaf, it was fun and easy. I popped the wreath up on dimensionals too. You can kinda see that on this picture.

So, when was the last time you sent out a Thanksgiving card? I never have!!! I think it's high time I start.

Have a wonderful day. Thanks for peeking in.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The debut of the "N"...

As promised yesterday....I have for your viewing pleasure today....the letter N.
If you are lost and have no idea why I would post the letter N....go to the previous post and you will then understand.
I used the little oval punch from the Holiday mini catalog to make the cute little pumpkin. It really is cute in real life.
So what do you think? Are you glad I debuted the N? or should I have just moved on? hahahaha
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Have a wonderful day.

Monday, October 25, 2010


I really liked the way the Merry Christmas banner I made earlier turned out. I have been wanting to make a Happy Halloween and a Thankful one since then. I have been so busy with my club class on Thursday and Christmas Card Stamp a Stack class on Saturday that I haven't really had a chance to make them. Well, last night I finally sat down to play and I decided that I would make the Happy Halloween next year since it's almost here and wouldn't get much display time this year anyway. I just moved right on to the Thankful banner. I decided to use some old coasters I had and used those for this one. I just covered each coaster with some Autumn Spice DSP and then used my leaves die cut and Serif letters to make this one. Below, I have close ups of each of the letters so you can see how I decorated each letter. These are really fun to make. Go make one for yourself tonight.

Edited to add: Yeah, I know the N is missing. It was there when I started this post, then when I was lining up the pictures ..... just disappeared. It was my favorite letter too.
I am too tired tonight to fix it, so I will just post the N tomorrow.
It will get it's own little post.....
Thanks for peeking in today. Have a wonderful day.