Wednesday, December 2, 2009


There are MANY pictures in this post! These are projects that can be made at my Christmas Gifts Class on Friday. Please RSVP. Everyone who attends will get 20 handstamped ornament gift tags in a clear cello bag!

Gift Tags: FREE! Recipe Card and Ribbon: $1.00

Set of 4 Coasters: $7.00
(2 designs to choose from)

2010 Desk Calendar: $3.00
Chocolate Treat Box: $2.00

Chipboard Tags/Ornaments: $0.75
(personalize them with a picture!)

Clear box and tag: $1.50

Domino Ornament: $2.00

Candy Jar: $2.50

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Notebook, Matching pen & Bookmark

Here's another gift idea! Make a notebook size 4x4 using coasters for the covers and stamping on each sheet inside. A bind-it-all was used to assemble the coils. The bookmark was made using the Two Tags die for the Big Shot. And to make a matching pen, unscrew the bottom of an RSVP pen, roll up designer paper and put inside.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Candy Jar

Happy Thanksgiving!

If you don't see a post from me on Friday, it is because I'm one of the "crazy" ones standing in line waiting for the stores to open to snag some good deals:) If I'm not too tired, I'll get another gift idea posted.

On to today's gift idea. This jar is from Ikea. I decorated the lid, tied a ribbon around it and would fill it FULL with candy if I was giving it as a gift. You may be thinking the reason there are so few m&m's in the jar is because I ate them...well, that is incorrect THIS time. I did not have Christmas m&m's and wanted them to match so I snuck into my kids' Halloween candy and took the green, red and brown m&m's:) This is another quick and easy gift. Just so you know, the large chocolate chip circle was cut with the circle scissors plus and the rest was with punches. The stamp I used is from a retired hostess set. I hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Hot Chocolate Box

This is a super easy and cute gift to make. Add a tag to the outside of a clear card box and fill the card box with goodies. The tag was made using the Big Shot Two Tags die, with a little piece of designer paper, ribbon and an adorable snowman. Running out of time, but still want to give something homemade to bus drivers, Sunday school teachers, friends, etc? This would be the perfect gift.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Blog Candy!!!

How can you win this blog candy?

Place an order during the Online Extravaganza Sale and have your name entered to win this Holiday Collection Stamp set and 3 yards of ribbon (1 yard of each ribbon pictured).

Things to Remember:

•Orders may be placed online or through me.
•The sale begins Monday, November 23, 2009, 12:01 AM (MT), and ends Monday November 30, 2009, 11:50 PM (MT).
•Discounts range between 30 percent and 50 percent.
•For online orders, discounts will be shown in the shopping bag at checkout.

Anyone that places any order with me during this special will have their name entered to win this blog candy.

Click here to go directly to my website.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Online HUGE Extravaganza Sale

This is a HUGE Stampin' UP! sale from November 23-30. Items are up to 50% off. Click on the sidebar to view the items. To go to my website, to place an order with me, either enter my name under find a demo or go directly to my website at

I'll have more details and my first BLOG CANDY for you tomorrow!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Christmas Stamp-a-Stack #2

Below are the pictures of 3 of the 4 cards for my Christmas Stamp-a-Stack.

I learned how to dry emboss and omitt the middle section of a card from this blog.

The ornaments are punched out of flocked designer paper. The paper is beautiful!

This card was CASED from this blog.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Brocade Snowflake

This is the third card we made at the first Christmas Stamp-a-Stack. Craft White was stamped on Kraft and a Rich Razzleberry snowflake was cut out using the Big Shot. A pearl was added in the middle of the snowflake.The pennant was made by using a square punch to make the triangular cut out. Recipe:
Stamp Set: Baroque Motifs, Snow Swirled
Cardstock: Kraft, Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry
Ink: Craft White, Rich Razzlebery
Accessories: Big Shot, 3/4" square punch, snowflake die, pearl

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Embossed Snow Swirled

This is another card that we did at the Christmas Stamp-a-Stack. The tree from the set Snow Swirled was embossed as well as the saying. It is a simple, clean, elegant card. I will soon have some Christmas cards to post for my upcoming check back soon! Recipe:
Stamp Set: Snow Swirled, Many Merry Messages
Cardstock: Night of Navy, Shimmer White, Metallic Silver
Ink: Versamark
Accessories: Silver Embossing Powder, Basic Gray Taffeta Ribbon

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Vintage Christmas

This is a card that we did at my Christmas Stamp-a-Stack 1. It uses the stamp set Winter Post which is perfect for the vintage look.

Stamp Set: Winter Post
Cardstock: Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Kraft
Ink: Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Read Red, Brocade Blue
Accessories: scallop square punch, square punch, Sleigh Bells Ribbon

Friday, November 6, 2009

Fall Trendy Trees

Fall is still here as it is going to be close to 60 degrees today and tomorrow! This card has a unique fold to it. You pull on the ribbon to reveal the inside. I usually stamp a sentiment on the inside, but haven't on this one until I know what occasion I'm going to use it for. The tree is inked using the rock n' roll technique. Ink up the tree in the lighter color (crushed curry) first and then roll the outside edges in the darker color (rich razzleberry). This is a card that we made at my last stamp club.

Stamp Set: Trendy Trees
Cardstock: Soft Suede, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
Ink: Soft Suede, Rich Razzleberry, Crushed Curry
Accessories: Big Shot Texturz Plate, Crushed Curry Polka Dot Ribbon, Linen Thread, Cutter Kit

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Season of Friendship

This first card is one that my stamp club gals will be making. It uses the Autumn Meadows designer paper. I find it harder to make cards that can be given to men, but this one definitely could!
Stamp Set: Season of Friendship, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Autumn Meadows
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Taken w/Teal, Really Rust, More Mustard
Accessories: mini library clips

This second card also uses the Season of Friendship stamp set. The jumbo eyelet is attached to the tree as a tire swing!
Stamp Set: Season of Friendship
Cardstock: Tempting Turquoise, Really Rust
Ink: Close to Cocoa, Tempting Turquoise, Really Rust, More Mustard
Accessories: linen thread, jumbo eyelet, square punch (for the "pennant"

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Kids Journal Jars

These are samples of journals, journal jars and matching pens that I made for a craft fair earlier this year. Inside the jars are slips of paper that have a journal prompt typed on it. The journal prompt can be taped at the top of the journal page and the child can write on that topic/question. This is a fun and uniqe gift for those who like to write and to encourage those who do not! There are over 60 journal prompts in the jar. A few of the prompts are...

the mysterious footprints led to....

if you could be invisible for a day what would you do?

draw a cartoon.

This is great for any kid who is able to write:)

Classic Monogram Cards

This card has been the one that most people want me to make for gift giving. It is a classic card. The dry embossing adds elegance to it. It is one of my favorites as well!

Monday, October 12, 2009

School Projects & The Big Shot

Stampin' Up's Alphabet Simple Letters and Numbers for the Big Shot work great for school projects! This is a picture of my 6 year old son. He had to make a "me" poster. He drew the face, colored the shoes and picked out what pictures he wanted, but left the rest up to me! So, I decided to put the Big Shot to use to make the poster. He did not want to draw his hair on the head, which I understood since his hair is almost white and cut so short, it wouldn't even had showed up!:) I had the idea of adding the Twins baseball hat since he (and our whole family) is a big fan of the Twins. The modern label punch was used to label each picture.
Remember you can click on the picture to enlarge it.

Thursday, October 8, 2009


I've seen many cards where people had sewn on them. I love the look and wanted to try it myself. So, I got out my sewing machine and my son (6 years old) said, "I didn't know you had one of those." I guess it has been way too long since I've sewn:) Now, I just need a spot where I can keep my sewing machine out so I use it more! That will probably not happen as I use every little space I have and then some!

I decided to do a pocket card and sew the sides. The Razzleberry designer paper with all of its colors make this card lovely. I also used the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set and modern label punch as well. If you like to sew, try it on your cards!

Circles Galore!

The circle circus stamp set works great with SU's circle punches!

Stamp Sets: Circle Circus, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo
Cardstock: Kraft, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Word Window Punch, Modern Label Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, various sizes circle punches, brads, button latte, linen thread

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Razzleberry Circle Circus

This card uses one of my favorite new color combinations from the current catalog! The Circle Circus stamp set was used to make the background design.

Cardstock: Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Orchard Opulence
Ink: Old Olive, Craft White
Stamp Sets: Circle Circus, All Holidays
Accessories: scallop border punch, corner rounder, white gel pen, rich razzleberry polka dotted ribbon, old olive ribbon, buttons

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Coaster Scrapbook

This is a scrapbook that I made for Steve for Father's day a couple of years ago. It is made by covering 4x4 coasters with designer paper. I had the kids journal on "their" page and made the journaling block using the spiral punch. The tabs were made with the Round Tab punch. Various SU! ribbons were tied on the binder rings to decorate them. This is a quick and easy scrapbook to do. At Lily's 7th birthday party, I had each of the girls make a scrapbook like this and then cut pictures from the birthday party for the girls to add to their book. This would be easy to make into a Christmas scrapbook and give to Grandma & Grandpa!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Matchbox Die

Animal crackers are fitting for this designer paper (Tall Tales). This was made using the Matchbox Die and Movers and Shapers Die. I used clear acetate for the window. There are so many fun little items you can put in a matchbox like this!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Spooky Treats #2

Here are the last projects that will be made at my upcoming Spooky Treats Class.

A pencil holder for those who want to give out healthier treats. However, it could easily hold pixie sticks....those are healthy, right?!? This uses Cast-a-Spell Designer Paper and Batty for You stamp set.

This next project is a matchbook that holds snack size m&m bags. I'm sure Skittles would work, too. It has a "belly band" wrapped around the middle. This idea was taken from a demo on splitcoaststampers.

The last project is optional, but I LOVE it. I bought a candy jar at Target, then added the Spooky Spider decor element to it and tied some ribbon on the lid. It looks great and took about 5 minutes to make! Candy for halloween will look fabulous in it. Now, I just need to figure out how to keep my kids and me out of the candy jar once it is filled!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Spooky Treats

I know that it has been a loooong time since I posted when I have a hard time remembering how to even get into my blog to post something new!

Here are pictures for my spooky treats class that is coming up. The ideas came from a variety of stampers.

The first project is a Frankenstein treat box made using the Big Shot and Top Note Die. Various punches were used to make the face. Inside the "box" you can place goodies!

The next project is a spider made by using punches (scallop circle, photo corner punch and various circle punches). In the middle of the two scallop circles is a peppermint patty.
I'll share more for my upcoming class tomorrow.....

Friday, July 3, 2009

Glass Etching!

I had high hopes of posting a picture using new SU! items, but due to a migraine, going to a parade, playing with the kids and trying to get ready for a craft fair, it hasn't happened! So, I went back to some projects that I had hoped to share earlier, but never got posted:)

This is a project that we did at my last Big Shot etching! It is SO easy to do. I bought the glass containers at Target and glass etching cream at a local craft store. To do this, run a piece of SU! vinyl, laminating paper, or contact paper through your Big Shot with the Bigz die of your choice (we used the butterfly die) to use as a "stencil". Firmly adhere this to your glass container and apply the glass etching cream and follow the directions on the back of the etching cream. I then adhered a button and the ribbon to finish it off.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Manhattan Flower Dry Embossed/NEW CATALOG


Here is another card using the embossing folder, Manhattan Flower. I ran the designer paper through the Big Shot and then lightly sanded the flowers with a sanding block to have the white core of the designer paper show through.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Manhattan Flower Embossing Folder

These cards were made using the Manhattan Flower Embossing Folder and the Big Shot. The shimmer white was placed between the folder and then ran through the Big Shot to dry emboss the cardstock. It is a very technique with a "wow" factor! I also used the scallop oval punch and large oval punch.

Monday, June 29, 2009

B-day Present for 4 Year Old

There are a lot of pictures for today's post. I made these gifts for a 4 year old girl and placed all of them in the clear decorated paint can. It was so much fun!
The barretts were made with bobby pins and build-a-brads. The monogram notebook was made using a bind-it-all and the matching pen has microbeads and glitter on the barrel of it. I made a set of monogram note cards for her and packaged them in a bag that was held closed with a clothespin I decorated with designer paper. And the last gift was chap stick that I covered with designer paper. Yes, I went overboard on having everything match!