Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Christmas Lane Continued!

Here are my next two projects. First one is using the Petite Pocket die, love this die, so many things you can do with it. Plus a gift card even fits inside. I haven't used it for that.......yet! I could see putting in some candy canes instead of the pencils. Still too early for candy canes. So I used the dsp that was included in the Scrappin' Kit and a couple of the stickers. I tied the pencils with some of our new Quilted Ribbon, in Cherry Cobbler and then added a little dangle. I took some of our Bakers Thread and put it between two stickers that were the same so it could dangle from the ribbon. Quite proud of myself for that idea. Not that it hasn't been done before.....Then I made another medallion, added a sticker to the center and layered that on Doily Triple Layer Punch and used the It's a Wrap Holidays in the center. Super cute and easy!
Next up, is the Milk Carton Die box, used differently. We saw this at convention, it was one of the first thing I tried when I got home. I think I like it better than the single Milk Carton. You die cut 2 Milk Cartons, and cut off one panel on each of them, the one WITHOUT the tab, fold on all of the score lines and put the 2 cartons together with Sticky Strip. I added a piece of dsp from the kit all the way around and punched holes in the top and tied it with the Bakers Twine and made another "dangle" using the Doily Triple Layer Punch, with a Pearl in the center. Then I made 2 medallions, one a bit smaller than the other. I used the Scallop Trim Border punch along one edge before I put it together and added another large Pearl to the center.
The only issue I had after I got this put together is, I didn't like the bottom. So I traced the box bottom onto some Cherry Cobbler card stock and glued it to the bottom. It just looks more finished. I always look to see how something is finished. I'm just weird like that!
You can see the other one I did here.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Christmas Lane Scrappin' Kit

Don't forget the 31st is the last day of the SummerMini Catalog. And also, last day for the "Buy 3 get one FREE" on designer papers.
The Holiday Mini Catalog starts on Thursday, September 1st, Yipee! I've been given you sneak peaks all month. But wait till you see what I've made with the Christmas Lane Scrappin' Kit. My upline, Patty Bennett, asked all of us in her group who would like a free Scrappin' Kit of our choice, and in return, we would share 8 projects made with that kit. Well, I was one of the ones chosen, so I picked the Christmas kit.
You should have already received your Holiday Mini catalog, (if you've purchased at least $50 from me in the last 6 months)if not and you don't have a demo, contact me ( and I will be happy to send one to you, or you can pick it up, (I live in Antioch, CA).
So, lets start with the Christmas Stocking. By now you've probably heard that we have a Holiday Stocking die & Stocking Accents in the new mini. Look what I've done. I first glued the heal and toe to the stocking. Then I sewed with a zig zag stitch all around the stocking. Then added the top of the stocking. So now you can put something inside the stocking. Now its time to decorate. Taking more of my designer paper that comes in the kit, I made a medallion. These are super easy with our new Simply Scored Tool (also in the mini). Check out Heather's blog. She has a great video on how to make these babies. On top of my medallion I added a couple of stickers (also in the kit) along with 3 of our mini Jingle Bells. I attached those with Tombow Glue. I also added some flowers from the BoHo Blossoms punch with a little bling, Rhinestones. Finished it off with some ribbon for the holder. Now you know, you don't have to sew around the stocking, you can always glue it together. I just happened to have my machine out, so I used it. Pretty cute, if I don't say so myself........
Next up are these cute little candy holders using the Two Tags Die and the dsp that comes in the kit. The green one already has a score line, so I just die cut two of them and glued the bottom together. Added some of our new Quilted Cherry Cobbler ribbon to keep it together and decorated with more stickers.
The second tag, I also cut two from dsp and scored 1" from the bottom of each tag and glued them together. Then I used It's a Wrap Holidays (in the mini) for the front of this holder, and matted it on some scrap Lucky Limeade. Then I stamped the same image on copy paper and put those over my Hershey Nuggets. You can put 3 nuggets in the large tag, and one in the skinny one.
So tomorrow I will show you a couple more of my projects from this scappin' kit.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Stitched Stocking Nugget Holder by Peggy!

Check out what my new "Cyber" friend, Peggy Whitlow sent me. Isn't it cute? Never thought to use the Stitched Stockings stamp set and the Stocking Builder Punch for these cute little nugget holders. You may have seen the one I made here. Peggy saw that one and commented on how she liked it and then said she was making her own version. Told her I would love to see hers and she sent me one. I asked her if I could share her holder on my blog and she said yes!
You will be able to purchase the Stitched Stockings stamp set, Stocking Builder Punch and those cute little clothes pins on September 1st. Just a few short days from now.
I love how she embossed the top of the stocking and the heal & toe. Can't you see making a bunch of these for the holidays?
Here is the inside: I used "It's a Wrap Holidays" to cover the Hershey Nugget. (available 9-1-11)
Thanks again to Peggy for sharing her nugget holder with me.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Spice Cake Gift Certificate

I made this gift certificate for two of my very best customers. Fran & Kellie buy these gift certificates for each other on their Birthdays. (Hi ladies)I can't seem to just give them a "gift certificate". It has to be a decorated card. This was the first time I used the Spice Cake dsp from the Holiday mini, (you will be able to buy this yummy paper on Sept. 1st). OMG! I LOVE this dsp. Now, not to hoard it!
Here you can see the gift certificate that goes in the pocket.
Here is what I used:
Stamps: Creative Elements (my new favorite stamp set) & On Your Birthday
Paper: Pool Party, Very Vanilla, & Soft Suede card stock, Spice Cake dsp (available 9-1-2011) You've got to have this yummy paper! (Check out the "Spice Cake" Product Suite, page 17 of the Holiday Mini).
Punches: Modern Label, Large Oval, Lace Ribbon Boarder, 1 1/4" & 1 3/8" circle punches
Big Shot: Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder
Other: Pearls

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Sunflower Thank You!

I love Sunflowers, so when this one hit the new catalog, I was so happy. This was a very easy & quick card.
Wondering how I got 2 different colors of ink for the Sunflower? Markers! I inked up the flower in So Saffron with my classic ink pad, and then took my Early Espresso marker and colored in the center.
Here is a tip for you: When using a large stamp its easier to take the ink pad to the stamp, instead of the stamp to the ink pad. Also when you lay your card stock on top of the inked stamp, take a piece of copy paper, and lay it on top and then rub all over. This way, you don't get ink all over your hands, which then gets on your card.
Another tip for the Embossed Frame: When you put it through the Big Shot, only go as far as the frame, then back it out, no marks around your frame. Thanks Sue Topia for that great tip!
Our Large Oval punch works great for inside of this frame. I don't know about you, but if I were to stamp inside the frame, I would somehow mess it up. Much easier to stamp, punch it out and adhere to the inside of the frame.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Cute Box, Which Die is That???

Can you guess what die I used to make this cute little box? How about the Milk Carton die? Yep, you die cut two boxes & cut off one section of each die (the one without the tab)and sticky strip them together. Super easy and it makes a nice size box.
You can see the tags I made.
Here is what I used:
Early Espresso, Very Vanilla card stock
Mocha Morning dsp
Vanilla Craft Ink & Early Espresso classic Ink
Creative Elements Stamp set
Large Oval & Decorative Label punches
Crop-o-dile, 1/8" Early Espresso Taffeta Ribbon
I have another one I will be showing you this week made with the Christmas Scrappin' Kit that comes out on the 1st.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Petite Pocket Die

These little holders are so fun to make. I wasn't going to buy the Petite Pocket Die.......then I went to convention. OMG, they had so many ideas using this die that my head was spinning. This die also is big enough for a gift card, but I haven't tried it......yet!
So for the first one, I used the In Color Paper Packs dsp. You only need a piece cut to 3 1/2" x 10", to cut each one out. Run your adhesive on the sides and you've got your little pocket. I added a scallop circle to each side and used the gel pen to add the dots in the scallops. Wrapped some Linen thread around and added my saying from Perfect Words (Hostess set) and punched out with the Modern Label Punch. Added my Pixie Sticks and it makes a cute little gift for someone. You could also add some pencils.
This is the same one, but used Wisteria Wonder. I punched out the scallops and tied with White Bakers Twine.
This one I cut out Cherry Cobbler card stock, stamped the flourish (hard to see in the photo, click on it to see it better) from Creative Elements (one of my new/FREE sets that I love). I tied a piece of Timeless Portrait fabric that I ripped around it, added one of our new HUGE buttons (these are in the Holiday Mini) & added my fork, knife & spoon. Can you see these made for Thanksgiving or Christmas or any other occasion to match your dishes? The ideas are endless with this die. I wasn't even going to buy it.....I know you are shocked......but then I HAD to have it. I'm sure you will NEED it too, you can go to my online store HERE to order. Item #123131.
And don't forget about the Designer Series paper that is on sale now, buy 3 get one FREE.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Stocking Stamp Set & Punch Makes a Horse????

This was my swap card for our Luv 2 Stamp meeting on Saturday. I cased the horse from Jackie Topa. I won 1st prize too!
Here is what I used:
Stamps: Stitched Stockings, Teeny Tiny Wishes & En Francais
Card Stock: Soft Suede, So Saffron, Crumb Cake & Whisper White
Punches: Window Word & Stocking Builder Punches
Big Shot: Perfect Polka Dots & Designer Frames Embossing folders
Other: Early Espresso 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon & Wisteria Wonder 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon, Cutter Kit (I used the distressing tool) & White Bakers Twine.
Many thanks to Jackie for "thinking out of the box". I love when your stamp or punch or die is used for something than whats intended for!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Christmas Stocking! Another Sneak Peek!

I won first place with my Christmas stocking at Patty's, Luv 2 Stamp meeting last Saturday. Now you might say, where did you get that stocking pattern from? Well, funny you should ask. On September 1st you can get this die too! Yes, a stocking die! So much fun. The die cuts out the stocking, cuff, toe and heel. And if thats not enough.......there is also a coordinating die that has a Candy Cane, Christmas Tree, Holly Leaf & 2 Ornaments. Can you imagine the possibilities?
For this stocking I used my sewing machine with no thread and "sewed" all around the stocking, then took some Cherry Cobbler & White Bakers twine and did a blanket stitch. I think when Patty emailed all of us that she was having a Stocking contest, I couldn't sleep (which is usual for me) and I was thinking how could I make mine different. Also, ever since convention, I've been wanting to make those medallions that they had all over and in the new catalog. I just learned a new way to make the medallions and I will be doing a tutorial in the next week or so. I've put them on everything.........
You might notice the Cherry Cobbler cuff is embossed, (click on the photo to see it better). This is a new embossing folder called Snow Burst. Its in the new Holiday Mini. Yikes so many awesome products in this mini.
I also used the Doily Triple Layer Punch. Looks like a snowflake, doesn't it?
I'm off to pick my sister up at the air port. My niece and her just drove from Ohio to Los Angeles. My niece has a job at Disneyland, so Tracey is flying up here, (Northern California) for a week visit.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Nugget Holder (sneak peek, Holiday mini)

My friend Lisa Lange just posted one of these cute little nugget holders. So I thought I would give one a try too! You can check hers out here. Cut out 2 of the smaller tags on the Two Tags die. Score 1" at the bottom of each tag, snail the two tags together. Decorate one of your nuggets with It's a Wrap stamp Holidays set. This is a sneak peak for the Holiday Mini. This set includes: Halloween, Thanksgiving, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Valentine's Day & Christmas. I stamped the "4 you" twice punched out the "4 you" with a 3/4" circle punch and popped it up with a dimensional onto the label that was cut out. Then popped it once more to put on my holder. I added my brad and ribbon with a mini glue dot, and used a mini glue dot to attach the 2 holders together. I stamped the "4 you" onto a piece of copy paper, 1 x 3 and wrapped it around a nugget. Added a bit of snail to the bottom of the holder to attach my nugget, and called it done! Here is a side view. I always have a hard time using a stamp set in a different way. After all, these are labels, that's all you should use them for, right? Nope, now you have another idea for this stamp set. I will be showing you more.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Fabric Photo Frame!

You might remember when I posted photos from convention using the embroidery hoops for frames. I loved the idea so much, I decided I would make one of my own. This photo is my niece, Emily (far right side) and her two best friends from college. I really love how this turned out. I will be giving it to my sister who will be here in a few days. She and Emily are driving out to LA (from Ohio) as my niece has a job at Disneyland, then Tracey is flying up here (Northern California) to stay with us for a week, Yeah!
Here is a close up of the flower. These are so easy to make with our new Simply Scored tool that will be available on September 1st.
Here are the letters close up. Cut the letters from our On Board Sheets (page 216) using Simple Letters Alphabet, painted them black, then applied a layer of Smooch Pearlized Top Coat, then stamped with Very Vanilla Craft Ink using the flourish in Creative Elements stamp set. I also did this on the mat for the photo. Looks so cool in person!
Here is a side view of the flower. All of these elements were glued on the Timeless Portrait fabric that was stretched onto a painted embroidery hoop using a glue gun.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Patterned Party Birthday Card!

I made this birthday card for a friend. I got this stamp set for FREE from Stampin' Up! for my sales during Sale-a-bration. Another perk to being a demonstrator!
Here is what I used:
Stamps: Patterned Party
Paper: Wild Wasabi, Poppy Parade, Whisper White & Just Add Cake dsp.
Ink: Poppy Parade Classic Ink, Poppy Parade, Wild Wasabi & So Saffron markers
Punches: Extra Large Oval, Decorative Label
Other: 1/2" Poppy Parade Stitched-Poly Ribbon & Silver Brads
This is such a fun stamp set to work with.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Pennant Punch Card!

This card is similar to the Baby card I made here. I love using the Pennant Punch and the matching stamp set. Makes an easy, but nice card.
Here is what I used:
Pennant Parade & Love & Care (hostess set)
Island Indigo & Whisper White card stock. Pattern Pack In Color dsp.
Island Indigo Classic Ink
Houndstooth Embossing Folder
Large Oval Punch, Pennant Punch
In Color Brads, White Baker's Twine

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Fun Flowers Sticky Box! What???

I had forgotten all about this little gift I made for Patty.
You need a window sheet and re-inkers. Drop ink onto the window sheet with re-inkers. I also used Shimmer paint. Then take Glossy White card stock and lay on top of the window sheet, carefully pick up and you get a unique design, let dry and then use as a back ground or punch out like I did. You can get several of these. I used 4 1/4" x 5". If you didn't get the whole sheet, just lay it back down over the spot that you missed.
I used the Fun Flowers die to make my flower along with the Fleurettes II (crochet flower) and a button tied with Bakers Twine. The "just for you" is from Teeny Tiny Wishes. The butterfly was punched out with the Butterfly punch and then I added some Rhinestones. Tied Rich Razzleberry 1 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon around the box. (This is now one of the retired ribbons). The box was pretty on its own. Inside was a bunch of stickies, in all different sizes. Special thanks to Kellie who gave me one of these boxes, I love it! And then also an extra one to give to Patty. It was a perfect gift to receive right as we were getting our new catalogs.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Petite Pocket Die, Teacher Gifts

I just got the Petite Pocket die last week. We saw so many cute things at convention using this die, it was one I ordered when we got back home. The next one will be the Blossom die.
This is a very easy "teacher" gift.
Petite Pocket Die
Poppy Parade, Wild Wasabi card stock & Just Add Cake dsp
Basic Black Classic Ink
Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set for the greeting
Sticky Strip, Window Word Punch, White Bakers Twine, Poppy Parade 1/2" Poly Stitched Ribbon.
I added some pencils I found in my stash, and a couple of pixy sticks. My granddaughters gave these little treats to their new teachers. School started this week for both of them.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Hello, Doily!

I made this card for a friend of mine. Her and her husband were celebrating their Anniversary. This is the first time I used the Hello, Doily stamp. Doesn't it look like a real doily?
Here is what I used:
Island Indigo Card Stock for the base
White Craft Ink, Island Indigo Classic Ink
Wide Oval & Decorative Label Punches
White Embossing Powder, Basic Pearls, Victoria 5/8" Crochet Trim

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Sweets for the Sweet Gift Certificate

I know its been too long since I posted. I'm really sorry. Life has just gotten in the way. Here is a card I made for Kellie (super downline, customer)to give to Fran (super customer)as a gift certificate. Boy that's a mouth full.... I received a swap at convention from Laurie Gokey, and loved how she used this as a gift certificate. So here is my version. Island Indigo cut at, 11" x 4 1/4", scored at, 1 1/2"& 6 3/4" Lucky Limeade, 3 1/2" circle die, then embossed with the new Houndstooth Embossing Folder In Color Paper Stack for the large pinwheel Sweets for the Sweet stamp set Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade, Calypso Coral Classic Ink Lucky Limeade, 3/7" Ruffled Ribbon & Designer Printed Brads This was really easy and cute at the same time! Not sure why my post is all squished together. I even triple spaced. So sorry!