Thursday, December 31, 2009

Gift Card Holders

Here are some of the gift cards I gave this year. I like how quick they were! I just sealed an envelope , folded it in half meeting left and right sides together, then trimmed those ends off. Then took a piece of DSP big enough to cover and used SNAIL to adhere it on. Then popped the gift card in one pocket and a little note in the other, tied shut with a ribbon, and hung a little tag off the front with To and From on the back of the tag. Very quick and pretty!

And here are a few more! I gave a lot of gift cards this year ;) And doesn't that satin ribbon just look luscious?! We will be able to get it in many more colors on January 5th!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Snowy Tea Lights

I know, I have been absent so much the last couple weeks! It has just been so busy for me, just like for all of you. But I'm back and I will be posting frequently again.
And here are more tea light boxes boxes, I just had to make some for family for Christmas :) This one is with the Snow Buddies set that I just got. I wish I had gotten it earlier in the season!


This one also uses the Snow Buddies set, but just the snowflake stamps.  I also used the Scallop Trim edge punch on this one. You can find the tutorial to make these boxes here.
  • Stamps: Snow Buddies, Four the Holidays
  • Paper: Pixie Pink, Tempting Turquoise, Soft Suede, Whisper White
  • Ink: Pixie Pink, Tempting Turquoise, Soft Suede
  • Other: Heat gun, tissue paper, 1-3/8" circle punch, 1/16" punch, Sticky Strip, tea light candles, Scallop Trim edge punch, bone folder, paper trimmer with scoring blade

Krafty Christmas Card

Here is a card I made as a special order for a co-worker. It is full sheet of card stock folded in half, so it's a BIG card! I ran a couple pieces of Kraft thru the Big Shot with the Petals-A-Plenty embossing folder, then rubbed a Real Red ink spot.  I also stamped ornaments all over the card base with Shimmer Paint. I finally got to use some of my corduroy buttons!
  • Stamps: Tree Trimmings, Four the Holidays
  • Paper: Kraft, Real Red, Whisper White
  • Ink: Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint, Real Red
  • Other: Real Red polka dot ribbon, linen thread, corduroy buttons, Petals-A-Plenty impressions folder with Big Shot, sponge daubers, corner rounder punch, dimensionals, paper piercer

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Animal Stories Mini Album & Tin

This is another of the projects that we did for December stamp club. It would make a great gift for any family member to fill with photos of their own dear ones, or with photos of yours ;) The tins ( #108333) are on sale on the Clearance Rack on my demo site for 99 cents while supplies last!

  • Stamps: Animal Stories
  • Paper: Old Olive and Chocolate Chip textured card stock, So Saffron, Tall Tales designer series paper
  • Ink: So Saffron, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive
  • Other: paper cutter with scoring blade, bone folder, Sticky Strip, Signo white gel pen, So Saffron 5/8″ grosgrain ribbon, corner rounder punch
  1. From a 12×12 piece of Choc Chip cardstock, cut two 5″ x 12″ strips. Then take the 2″ x 12″ scrap and cut off a 4″ strip, then cut down to 1″ x 4″.
  2. Score the 5″ x12″ strips at 4″ and 8″ and accordian fold. Then overlap 2 sections and adhere with Sticky Strip. This forms a 5 section long mini album.
  3. Use the corner rounder punch on all corners.
  4. Decorate mini album as desired with strips of designer series paper.
  5. Use white gel pen to create faux stitching on each section.
  6. Take a 4″ x 5″ piece of Old Olive and use corner rounder punch on each corner.  Stamp with the elephant in Old Olive randomly.
  7. Cut out a 1″ x 4″ piece of So Saffron card stock. Stamp with the whale randomly with So Saffron.
  8. Stamp the Choc Chip 1″ x 4″ strip with the owl randomly in Choc Chip.
  9. Adhere to the Old Olive card stock as shown.
  10. Use the white gel pen to create the faux stitching.
  11. Ink edges of Old Olive with Choc Chip.
  12. Adhere to lid of tin with Sticky Strip.
  13. Cut a 5″ piece of ribbon, fold in half andadhere ends together with sticky strip.  Put more Sticky strip on on end on the “outside”. Adhere to inside of the lid as picture to create a handle to open the tin with.
All done!

Please leave me a comment to let me know what you think! And if you make your own, please leave a comment and link to yours so we can see it too :)

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Thinning the Pack

It is time for me to thin out my collection of stamp sets... I have to make room for more to come! Check out what I have for sale here. This is a page on a new blog site that I am trying out. Explore a little and tell me what you think while you're over there!

Here is a list of the sets I'm selling. There are pictures posted on the sire linked above.

PayPal please and priority mail flat rate boxes will be used (will fit as many items into box as possible).

A is for Adorable $6.00
All in a Row $5.00
All Year Cheer I- partial set $8.00
Animal Valentines $8.oo
Autumn Leaf Prints $7.00

Basket Full of Fun $7.00
Beautiful Batik $7.00
Best Blossoms $5.00
Birthday Whimsey $5.00

Cuddles & Tickles foam mount $4.00

Delight in Life $5.00

Eclectic Corners $3.00
Event Full $5.00

Fantastic Foliage $7.00
Fun in the Sun $10.00

Happy Healing $12.00
Happy Harmony $5.00
DD Hydrangea - some damage to 2 blocks (puppy) but rubber intact $5.00

Infinite Goodness $10.00

Letter Prints $6.00
Lexicon of Love $5.00
Little Layers $7.00
A Little Love $5.00
Little Pieces $7.00
Little Shapes $4.00
Looks Like Spring $10.00
Lots of Thoughts $5.00
Love You Bunches $8.00

Make It Count $6.00
Merci $5.00
Merry $7.00
Mini Horses $8.00
Mini Messages plus 2 extra stamps $6.00
Mostly Flowers $5.00

Noteworthy $6.00

Older & Wiser $15.00
Organic Grace $6.00

Paint Prints $5.00
Peace Unto You $8.00
Phrase Starters $5.00
Polka Dots and Paisleys $6.00

Riveting $6.00

Sassy Susie $10.00
Smorgasborders $5.00
So Very $7.00
Spring Solitude $10.00
Stippled Stencils $5.00

Tags So Much $6.00
Tag Time $8.00
Trick or Treat $5.00

Very Punny $6.00

With Love...Naturally $5.00
The World Over $5.00

Non SU Summer Stamps $10.00

Frosty Tea Light Box

I had to do some more tea light boxes, they are just so nice! I had made the candles last month and needed to make a coordinating box. As you can probably tell, I accidentally cut too far in on one of the tabs, so I stuck a little strip of card stock into the corner to reinforce it. Not too noticeable I hope! I did use the Frost White Shimmer Paint to stamp the smallest snowflakes all over the box, but there aren't any showing, and I inked the edges of the title pieces with the Frost White also. That you can see :) Wow, I can''t believe I used so many different sets! You sure wouldn't have to. But, I have them, so why not?!
  • Stamps: Best Wishes & More, Grateful greetings, Serene Snowflakes, Four the Holidays
  • Paper: Bashful Blue, Ballet Blue, Whisper White, tissue paper
  • Ink: Bashful Blue, Ballet Blue, Platinum and Frost White Shimmer Paints
  • Other: Heat gun, 1-3/8" circle punch, paper piercer with mat pack, sponge daubers, paper cutter with scoring blade, bone folder, Sticky Strip, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig

Friday, December 11, 2009

Snowflake Tags

More tags! Can't ever have enough tags this time of year, can you? I made a quick batch of these a few days ago and we will be making these at club tonight also. I don't know if I will be giving mine away or using them myself :) I think I will be using the brown packing paper to wrap gifts this year. I think it gives the presents a homemade feel. Don't you love how the Platinum Shimmer Paint just pops on the Chocolate Chip card stock?!I put sitcky strip on the back so these can just be stuck to the gift.
  • Stamps: Sweet Season, Winter Post
  • Paper: Bashful Blue, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip
  • Ink: Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue, Platinum Shimmer Paint
  • Other: Two Tags die with the Big Shot, Scallop Circle and 1-3/8" Circle punches,  Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, dimensionals, Sticky Strip

12 Days of Christmas Sale

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 December 11 and runs through December 22.

Contact me at or Shop Online now at my online store

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!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Kraft Photo Stand

I did another photo stand with some Christmas Cocoa DSP. We are making this for club this month. I just love Kraft card stock, I don't know why. I have to refrain from using it all the time. Variety is the spice of life you know ;) You could whip out a bunch of these in just a couple hours!
  • Stamps: Four the Holidays
  • Paper: Kraft, Real Red, Christmas Cocoa DSP
  • Ink: Soft Suede, Real Red
  • Other: Scallop Square die with Big Shot, Ribbon Originals Mistletoe double stitched white grosgrain, sponge, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, paper cutter with scoring blade, Distressing tool from Cutter Kit, Sticky Strip.
1.  Score large piece of Kraft card stock 4" x11") at 3/4", 5-1/2", and 10-1/4".
2. Crease all score lines.
3. Sponge edges of large Kraft card stock with Soft Suede ink.
4. Sponge edges of scalloped square with Soft Suede Ink.
5. Distress edges of 3" square of  Real Red card stock with, then ink edges with Soft Suede.
6. Apply a Mini Glue Dot to each end of the ribbon and adhere to bottom of the Real Red square as shown above.
7. Adhere Real Red square to Scallop square and then adhere to one side of stand as shown.
8.  Stamp a greeting or title of your choice below the photo mat in Soft Suede or Real Red ink with the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig.
9. On back, apply Sticky strip to the flaps.
10. Attach the 2" x 4" Kraft card stock to the flaps to create the stand.

*You can attach just one side to the 2" x 4" piece and fold everything up to fit in an envelope and mail after putting a photo on it. You can also decorate both sides for double the fun!
*You could also put a message on the back instead of a photo, or a message on the inside.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Joy Wall Hanging

I thought I would do another wall hanging like the Halloween one I did in October. Christmas is my favorite holiday to decorate for, there are just so many traditions you can incorporate! I did end up using more of last year's DSP, but I am trying to use up scraps for anything not for club.  I used alot of different supplies for this too. It will be a challenge to remember them all!
  • Stamps: Sweet Season, Delightful Decorations, Grateful Greetings
  • Paper: Garden Green, Ruby Red, Close to Cocoa, Whisper White, Holiday Treasures? DSP
  • Ink: Ruby Red, Garden Green, Chocolate Chip, Platinum Shimmer Paint
  • Other: Scallop Square and Simple Alphabet dies with Big Shot, 5 Petal, Ornament, Large Tag, and Small Tag, and 3/4" circle punches, 2-way glue pen, gold glitter, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Clear Rhinestone Brad, double stitched felt ribbon from last year, twine rope from last year, Double stitched ribbon from Ribbon Originals Mistletoe (current mini), Signo White Gel Pen, sponges, sponge daubers, dimensionals, mini glue dots, Sticky Strip, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig

Here is a close up of the top 2 squares.

And the bottom 2 squares. Sorry about the picture quality here. I didn't have the best lighting where I hung this.  Now, are you all going to try one? Post a link in the comments so we can see yours!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Tundra Tea Lights

Another Tea Light box. And another Cold & Cuddly project! I can't stop using this set!  The full instructions for this project are here. I love how the penguins and walrus are peeking up from the edge on the lid, they make me smile, lol. This wouldn't have to be a Christmas thing, especially if you didn't put Happy Holidays on the lid!
  • Stamps: Cold & Cuddly, Four the Holidays
  • Paper: Bashful Blue, Soft Suede, Whisper White, tissue paper, copy paper
  • Ink: Bashful Blue, Soft Suede
  • Other: paper cutter with scoring blade, 1-3/8" circle punch, paper piercer, heat gun, tea light candles, Sticky Strip, dimensionals, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig

Monday, December 7, 2009

2 Sided Gift Box

I found another great little idea for a 2 sided gift box using the Box #2 die! I can't give credit to just one person, I have seen this idea in so many places. So easy and fun.  I am making a few of these to give to teachers, neighbors, and co-workers for Christmas. I will fill them with 3x3 cards, candy, and/or gift tags.  I used the Large Oval punch to make the cutout handle. And I was able to use some scraps last year's Christmas DSP to decorate the box. It is pictured here holding a few 3x3" cards with envelopes. You could really decorate these up and use them for all kinds of things. I am thinking you could make a cupcake/cake/cookie decorating kit with this too, putting containers of sprinkles and such in it.
  • Supplies: Box #2 die with Big Shot (2 boxes), Large Oval punch, card stock and designer series paper, Sticky Strip

Sunday, December 6, 2009

North Pole Gift Tags

I made some tags by special request for a co-worker and he wanted the North Pole sign from Cold & Cuddly in red and green. So here are the samples I made for him. These tags are so versatile! I have made so many different tags, I am really glad I got the Two Tags die! I have been using this style the most simply because I had a bunch precut but the other tag is great too!
  • Stamps: Cold & Cuddly, Winter Post
  • Paper: Real Red, Garden Green, Close to Cocoa, Whisper White
  • Ink: Real Red, Garden Green, Close to Cocoa
  • Other: Two Tags die with Big Shot, Scallop Circle and 1-3/8" Circle punches, Signo white gel pen, paper piercer, Silver and Gold Elastic Cord.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Peaceful Snowflakes Side Step card

This is the side-step card we did for Club in November. I just so happened to use the same card for a swap, but stepped it up just a smidge and you can see that one at the end of this post. The tutorial for the side step card can be found here. And oops! I just realized this photo is before I put the Platinum Shimmer painted Jumbo Snowflake on the card!

  • Stamps: Serene Snowflakes, Four the Holidays
  • Paper: Kraft, Not Quite Navy, Naturals Ivory
  • Ink: Platinum Shimmer Paint, Not Quite Navy, Close to Cocoa, Sahara Sand
  • Other: paper cutter with scoring blade, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, sponge dauber, Jumbo Snowflake punch

And this is the stepped up version, again without the shimmery snowflake I forgot to put on before I took the photo. I needed an embellishment on the card for the swap and I didn't want to hide the DSP I made and I didn't want to add any bulk, so the Silver Elastic Cord did the trick!

Have any of you tried this fold yet? Show me what you've done, post a comment and link to yours.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Razzle Photo Stand


 This is a cute little desk top photo stand that I made for the Stampin Addicts 3D challenge here.
The 2 cute little kids are my niece and nephew :) This was actually supposed to be narrower, but I used the wrong piece of paper after I cut a full sheet down, oops! Oh well! It still turned out cute. The little flowers in the bottom are leftover Faux Suede flowers I had made this summer for the Mini Album swap I did for convention. I have them saved in an old SU eyelet container on my desk. Saves me time! I also decorated both sides the same so you can put 2 photos on it.
  • Stamps: Razzle Dazzle
  • Paper: Crushed Curry, Soft Suede, Melon Mambo, Razzleberry Lemonade DSP
  • Ink: Crushed Curry, Soft Suede
  • Other: Scallop Square and Blossom Party dies with Big Shot, Flower Trio punch, paper cutter with scoring blade, paper piercer with mat pack, Fire Rhinestone brads, Signo white gel pen, 5/8" Whisper White Satin ribbon, Sticky Strip
Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

A Tree For Me!

This little tree stands all by itself and is very festive! I CASEd the idea from Krystal De Leeuw here.  I know, I know, my tree needs some decorations, but I haven't decided exactly how I want to decorate it :)  I used the Bigz XL O Christmas Tree die to make the tree, and the Medallion stamp to make the skirt. I used the Finial Press embossing folder to texturize the tree. I also sponged Frost White Shimmer Paint all over the whole thing, which just adds more elegance to the whole thing. Yes, I really am addicted to the stuff! Don't you just love it! It will look adorable on my coffee table. I just hope the cats don't turn it into a toy, lol!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Delightful Decorations page

This is the page we made in club for November. The new Christmas Cocoa DSP is just gorgeous! This was another easy page to make.
  • Stamps: Delightful Decorations
  • Paper: Textured Real Red, Soft Suede, Christmas Cocoa Designer Series paper
  • Ink: Old Olive, Real Red, Soft Suede, Pretty in Pink, Frost White and Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint
  • Other: sponge dauber, 3/4" circle and Ornament punches, Old Olive striped ribbon, linen thread, Certainly Celery button, Sticky Strip

We stamped, punched, then shimmer painted the ornaments with Frost white. They really shine! The punch makes it so easy to make these accents.


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