Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Holiday Extravaganza

Holiday Extravaganza Sale!
While supplies Last.....
Stampin' Up! announced a new holiday sale today. All bundles are 20-50% off and are available while supplies last. You don't want to miss this great sale.
A few items will be retired in January. Get them now while they are on sale.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Click here to download sale brochure

Tuesday, November 25, 2008


I found these cute little jars and my local grocery store for $2.48 ea and thought they would be perfect with our rub-ons. Took me 10 minutes tops to complete each jar. The tags are also rub-ons. These are 2 different sets of rub-ons. The jar with the Riding Hood Red Grosgrain ribbon is the Word Flurries and the Kiwi Kiss Grosgrain ribbon is the Season Of Cheer both found in the Holiday Mini Catalog. I also used the Red Hemp Twine  to attach the tag to the ribbon, and  the Curly Label  &  Large Oval punches for the tags. I'm going to fill these up with home made peanut brittle and peanut butter cups for gifts.  Every year I make peanut brittle for my Husband and the peanut butter cups for my goodie trays. I've never heard of anyone else making home make peanut butter cups before, have you? They are so easy and the recipe makes a ton.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Bag in a Box

Here is the "Bag in a Box" (or is it Box in a Bag, never can remember). I used the Ski Slope DSP from the Holiday Mini Catalog, Shimmer White for the scallop edge (you can't tell in the photo), black and silver c/s. I used the Santa from Deer Friends. The buttons are Earth Elements & Neutrals. The ribbon is  Real Red Striped Grosgrain. Another easy project to hold some of your home made or store bought goodies in for  Christmas.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Hot Cocoa & Gift Card Holder

Andrea Walford is sharing several projects for her Holiday Blitz Event and this is one of them. This is a great gift item. The gift card goes on the left and the hot cocoa goes on the right. When I took this photo I didn't have any not cocoa to put in the pocket. I used the Ski Slop DSP, Baja Breeze, Whisper White & Chocolate Chip card stock. The ribbon is Chocolate Chip Double Stitched Grosgrain. I won this roll at convention and have been hoarding it every since. Not sure why. I used the snowflake in versamark (can't really see it in the photo) and the saying in Chocolate Chip, both from the Holiday Collection (County Living promotion, going on right now). Check out Andrea's blog and see the other projects she is sharing. She gives the best directions with photos, which is good for me since I am a visual learner.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Here Comes Santa & Rudolf

These triangle boxes are so much fun to make. I found the directions on Splitcoast, Beate Johns has a tutorial. Then on Samantha Parisi's blog I found the Santa & Rudolf. I changed the ears, antlers, and the eye lashes on Rudolf. He turned out pretty cute if I don't say so myself. No stamping on these babies, just punches and the swirls Sizzix die. I just checked Samantha's blog and now she has an angel using the triangle box. Very cute too.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Candy Holders

I found these cute little candy holders on Amy's Addiction.( You need to go back to May 22, 2008 for her directions) Each of my club members received one of these babies from me this month. The Designer Papers I used are: Holiday Treasures, Juntos (found in the Spanish Catalog), Urban Garden (my favorite) and Autumn Vine found in the Holiday Mini Catalog. These are so fun and easy to make. Inside you put the Hershey's Sticks. Three of them works the best. The sentiment is Best Yet, Hostess level one set. I love this set and I'm going to sorry when it is no longer available mid-January. 

Monday, November 17, 2008

Gianna's 2nd Birthday

This is the card I made for my granddaughter, Gianna's second birthday. I can't remember who's blog I found it on. Gianna loves Elmo, so it was a hit. My daughter ordered one of those cupcake cakes for her birthday. They are great. No cutting, just break the cupcakes apart and serve. And the kids love cupcakes more than a piece of cake anyway.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

And the Winner is.............

I can't believe that I forgot to pick my winner on Friday. Please forgive me. So the winner is jmniffer.  Please email me with your address and I will get your BLOG CANDY right out to you.
 I have had a busy couple of days. Friday I took my MIL shopping, she doesn't drive and I take her grocery shopping once a month and on any errands she might have to do. I also put up her Christmas lights in the entry and on her porch. Set up her tree for her and then ran a couple of errands for myself. I know what you are thinking, Christmas lights already. But she doesn't put them on until after Thanksgiving. After Thanksgiving I am busy setting up my house and shopping and baking and so on. So we have been doing it this was for many years now. She is happy to have her lights up and her tree set up for her. At one of the malls here they have it all decorated for Christmas and kids are even seeing Santa already. Couldn't believe it. 
 Saturday was Gianna's (granddaughter) 2nd birthday party and needed to make a couple of things for lunch. Gianna had a great day with family and friends. She got lots of gifts and all the kids had a ball. Oh, and of course the food was fabulous. My daughter ordered her cake at Safeway. It was a cake of cupcakes. Such a cute idea. I will post photos soon.
 Now I need to get ready for my Stamp Club. We will be working on our Country Living kit.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Pillow Boxes

I love making these Pillow Boxes.  The first one I used the Holiday Treasures DSP. I punched the window using the Wide Oval Punch and put a piece acetate in its place. Riding Hood Red Striped Grosgrain ribbon and Red Hemp Twine secures the tag which is from Only Ovals, stamped twice, once in Riding Hood Red and then again in Old Olive, cut out and raised with dimensionals.  The other one is cut out of acetate and wrapped with Haiku DSP. Tango Tangerine holds it all together. I stamped the label using the Cut & Curly stamp set, stamped in Olive Old & then again in Tango Tangerine and punched out with the small oval punch. Give Thanks is from Fancy Flexible Phrases, (retired).

The last 2 cards we did for Stamp-a-Stack this past weekend

Here are the last 2 cards we did for November's SAS. I threw in a Thanksgiving card at the last minute. I really wanted to use my new Sizzix Leaves die. So this is what I came up with. The card base is Really Rust with a strip of Chocolate Chip that is torn. The leaves are cut out using the Autumn Vine DSP that is in the Holiday Mini catalog. I sponged everything in Chocolate Chip added the Linen Thread tied in a bow and stamped the greeting from Holidays & Wishes stamp set. The other card we used the Carousel Notes with the Ski Slope DSP from the Holiday Mini Catalog and stamped the tree in Versamark and embossed it with white embossing powder. Used Baja Breeze and a dauber to color around the tree. Punched the corners with the ticket punch and tied a piece of Chocolate Taffeta ribbon to finish it off. I also sponged around the Carousel Note card.

Monday, November 10, 2008

BLOG CANDY! I've Gone Over 10,000 hits! Yeah!

Well, I've had 10,000 hits on my blog since March of this year, so its time for some blog candy. You have until Friday the 14th to leave a comment on my blog. I will use a random generator to pick the winner. Good luck! I have a Pacific Point Classic Stamp Pad, Bitty Basics (hostess set) stamp set and I will include some Sizzix die cuts also.

November Stamp-a-Stack

Here are the first 3 cards we did this month for my Holiday Stamp-a-Stack. First card was cased from Dawn's Stamping Thoughts. I just changed the main stamp to Big on Christmas as I didn't have the one she used. Wish I did. Dawn used Holiday Lineup. Just couldn't justify another Christmas stamp set. The second one uses Deer Friends (love that hostess set) and Best Yet (another hostess set), Ski Slope DSP and Baja Breeze Striped Grosgrain ribbon. I added a small Felt Flurrie, which is in the Holiday mini catalog. I totally cased this card, but can't remember who. I love how the snowman is attached to the inside of the card and you can see it through the front by punching a 1 /3/8" circle. And the last one is using Snow Swirled again and Sincere Salutations stamp sets. I embossed the snowflakes using Versamark and white embossing powder, then used a dauber and inked around each snowflake with Baja Breeze. I added some Dazzling Diamonds, using the 2-way glue pen, added Baja Breeze Striped Grosgrain ribbon and stamped the greeting. 
If felt like I had a snowman, Baja Breeze, white card theme going, but it wasn't intentional. I will post the last 2 cards tomorrow. So stay tuned........

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Snowman Card Using the Top Note Die

Isn't this cute? I saw one similar on someone's blog, and of course I can't remember who. I changed the way she did the hat and the flower. I cut a piece of black & whisper white using the Sizzix Top Note. Cut off half of the black piece at the points in the middle, added a piece of black c/s, 4 1/8" x 1" to make the rim. The flower is from the Birds & Blooms die. Those are cut in Riding Hood Red and Kiwi Kiss for the inside of the flower and the leaves. The eyes are made using the 1"circle punch in whisper white, sponged with Going Grey and the center of the eyes are 3/4" circle punches in black. The nose is Pumpkin Pie cut with the large star. I just cut one of the points off. I then sponged around the Whisper White with Going Grey and added it to a basic card in Whisper White. The sentiment is from, Best Yet and stamped with white craft ink. 

Mini Candy Bar Holder

A couple of weeks ago I was checking out Dawn's Stamping Thoughts and she had this video on how to make these cute little candy holders. They are so easy to make and don't take a long time to make. These would be really cute if you were doing a craft fair. 
I made mine using the Ski Slope DSP from the Holiday Mini Catalog. I used Baja Breeze for the base on both holders. I added one of the Little Felt Flurries (also in the mini)with a brad from the Pretty's Kit and set the snowflake on Baja Breeze punched out with the Curly Label punch. The ribbon I used is the Taffeta ribbon in Whisper White & Riding Hood Red.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Birthday Card for my friend Cindy

This is my first card using Michelle Zindorf's brayer technique since I took her class a week ago. I wanted to make my friend Cindy a special Birthday card (her birthday is November 8th, hey, I'm even early) using this technique. Not too bad for a rookie........
I used Lovely as a Tree stamp set with Baja Breeze, Really Rust and Chocolate Chip ink. Finished off the card with some Whisper White Taffeta ribbon. I used the Happy Birthday from Big Birthday Candle. Actually the stamp says, happy birthday to you. I just used the Happy Birthday and cut it out with the window word punch. The card base is Baja Breeze and I layered it on Chocolate Chip. Don't forget you can click on the photo to see it larger.

Deer Friends

Check out these 2 cards we made a Cheryl's Stamp-a-Stack. The first one is a criss cross card using the Sizzix Pennant Die and the Top Note die. We used the reindeer from Deer Friends and added the eyes that move and a red nose. Riding Hood Red ribbon completes this card. I almost forgot to add the Holiday Treasures DSP.
The second card uses the same stamp set and DSP, but we used the scallop edge punch. Notice the small strip at the bottom, that is what is left after you punch your scalloped edge and I decided to add it to the bottom of the card, kinda neat, isn't it? The sentiment is Heard it from the Heart, stamped in Riding Hood Red ink. We also used the 1 1/4" & 1 3/8" circle punches. I don't know what I would do without those two punches. I use them all the time.