Friday, December 12, 2008

December Project details

For those who were unable to make it to this month's meeting, here are the projects that we did. I made them for Heather, Leah, and Jodi, so this will just tell you what supplies we used, with a link to the pattern for the mini milk carton directions.

This is an ornament made from an old CD. They look great on the tree.
Stamps: Holy Triptych
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Versamark
Paper: Garden Green, Very Vanilla, Holiday Treasures Designer Series Paper
Accessories: Jumbo Antique Brass eyelets, Metallic eyelets, Crop-A-Dile, Riding Hood Red Striped grosgrain ribbon, Very Vanilla taffeta ribbon, heat gun, embossing buddy, Iridescent Ice embossing powder

This is a photo cube. I made the matting to fit 2" square photos. The really nice thing about these is they fold flat for mailing or storage. Here is the link to the tutorial from the resources area on
Stamps: Winter Post, To You & Yours
Paper: Garden Green, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White
Ink: Garden Green, Riding Hood Red
Accessories: Ticket Corner punch, Crop-A-Dile, Square Rhinestone brads, scoring blade for paper cutter, Red Line sticky tape, Boho Blossom punch, Snow Blossom punch

I thought we would try a different size page this time, and I just love this Frosty Days paper with all of these great bright colors! You could layer this 8-1/2x11 page on a 12x12 if you want also.
Stamps: Snow Burst, Lowercase Typeset Alpha (sorry-retired)
Paper: Tangerine Tango, Close to Cocoa, Frosty Days Designer Series paper
Ink: Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Tangerine Tango
Accessories:Kiwi Kiss Striped grosgrain ribbon , and Fresh Favorites II buttons that I forgot to put on this page

And the final project, these adorable Mini Milk Cartons designed by Rochelle Wick and you can find the instructions here.
Thanks Rochelle!
Stamps: Deer Friends, Snow Burst
Paper: Kraft, Always Artichoke, Whisper White
Ink: Ruby Red, Close To Cocoa, Always Artichoke
Accessories: 1", 1-1/4", 1-3/8" circle punches, various ribbons, dimensionals, staples and stapler to close the top

I hope you all enjoy these projects. I HAVE to go to bed now, lol!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Preview of December projects

Club is tomorrow! Can you believe it?! I have 2 projects to tease you with for the meeting, and I hope everyone can make it, it's going to be a good one :)
This is an ornament for the tree, made with a junk CD. It looks great on my tree at home. If you have a Crop-A-DIle, bring it with to speed things along.

And this is a photo cube that folds down for storage or mailing. This one is matted for 2" square photos. There is room for 5 pictures, or 4 pictures and a greeting. I suppose you could put one on the bottom too if you wanted, but we won't be at club.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

December Stamp club and some great deals!

Stampin Up! just released the retiring list and announced a lovely surprise for the Christmas season!
#1-Everything on the retiring list is 10% off
#2-all orders over $70 between Dec 9-23 get free shipping

How awesome is this?! And just in time for our next Club meeting, which is scheduled for Thursday, December 11 at Renae's house. Email or me for directions if you need them.

Here is a link to the retirement list

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Update on big Stampin Up sale

This sale has been very popular as 5 of the offered bundles have already sold out. These are the bundles that are still available:
The Manly Man's bundle
Seasonal Stamper's bundle
Alpha-Betcha You Need This bundle
I'm On Board bundle
Star Struck bundle
Sticky Situation bundle
Scrapbooker's Dream bundle
Wild Thing, I Think I Love You bundle
Ribbon Storage bundle

If you want any of these I suggest you go now to
and buy them ASAP before they are all gone too!
Happy Shopping! And remind those hubbies out there that Stampin Up! stuff makes the best gifts!

Tea/photo/gift card Card

Ok, so I live in a family of pack rats, I'll just tell you this right up front. Even my kids are pack rats. I am trying to be a pack rat in recovery, lol! So yesterday when I was cleaning in our great room (which doubles as a stamping room, rec room, and living room), I found a box of business sized and personal letter sized envies my 16 y/o son brought home from a yard sale he was helping at. These envies didn't sell, probably because they were all sealed shut from the humidity at some point! Useless right? I can through them away, right? Nope, I remembered that I could use the business sized ones for the Cocoa cards and not even have the lick the yucky glue to seal them before cutting them up! Ok, so I can throw the small envies now. Nope! Brilliance strikes and I figure I can make little cocoa cards for tea packets. Well, I had to sit down and make some almost right away and guess what. You can fit wallet sized photos, gift cards, money, and/or a little note in these things! So cute!

Here it is with a packet of tea and a couple of wallet sized pics of my daughter in her Junior ROTC uniform from a couple years ago. Yes, my totally hippie daughter was once in Junior ROTC and actually considered joining the military. :) I did a video tutorial for the Cocoa card here.

Stamps: A Cardinal Christmas

Paper: cream colored 3-5/8"x6-1/2" envelope, Very Vanilla, Kiwi Kiss

Ink: Basic Brown, Kiwi Kiss, Old Olive and Ruby Red with Aquapainter, Real Red and Pumpkin Pie markers

Accessories: Riding Hood Red ribbon, Aquapainter, paper crimper, stapler.

First cut your envelope into 2 pieces, one 3" long and the other 3-1/2" inches long. The longer piece will fit into the shorter piece.

For the card "front" (the shorter piece)I watercolored the image with Ruby Red classic ink, and then on this one I used the Old Olive and Real Red markers to color the branches and berries. I did a different one watercoloring the branches with Old Olive and I liked that effect better. I highlighted the berries with a dot of white gel pen. Inked the edges of the image pieces with Basic Brown. Adhered the ribbon all the way around with Tape Runner, then adhered image to card.
Now, I stamped the branch shadow image in Kiwi Kiss repeatedly on front and back of the longer piece. Run piece trough paper crimper. Take an approx. 2" long piece of ribbon, fold in half over closed end of piece, and staple it on.

All Done!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008


This is a wonderful opportunity so don't lose out! This sale is only on for 6 days and it is while supplies last, so if you see something you want, let me know right away by email , or go to my official Stampin Up! site and place an order now!

All in the Family Bundle (item 116217) – 50% Off regular price $63.40 sale price $31.70 sold out

All in the Family stamp set page 78
Family Accessories stamp set page 78
Neighborhood Stampin’ Around® jumbo wheel page 79

The Manly Man's Bundle (item #116224)-50% off regular price $56.80 sale price 28.40

Sporting stamp set page 82
Just Football stamp set page 82
Just Baseball stamp set Page 83
Just Basketball stamp set page 83

Seasonal Stamper's Bundle(item #116221)-40% off regular price $83.80 sale price 50.28

Autumn Harvest stamp set page 30
Snow Burst stamp set page 34
A Good Egg stamp set page 47
Something New to Love stamp set page 47

Alpha-Betcha Need This Bundle (item # 116226)-40% off regular price $64.90 sale price $38.94

Well-Worn Alphabet stamp set (soon to be retired) page 155
Well-Worn Numbers stamp set(soon to be retired) page 155

I'm All on Board Bundle (item #116218) 30% off regular price $67.75 sale price $46.65

On Board Batch of Blossoms page 180
On Board Essentials page 181
On Board Lots of Letters page 181
On Board Timeless Type page 181
On Board 8-1/2 x 8-1/2" ring album page 181

Bags & Tags Bundle (item #116216) 30% off regular price $74.95 sale price $52.46 sold out

Punch Pals stamp set page 37
Riding Hood Red Classic stampin pad page 162
Note Cards page 167
White gift sacks (2 pkgs.) page 167
Riding Hood Red Designer Series paper page 171
Tag punch page 188

Santa's Stocking Stuffer Bundle (item #166219) 30%off regular price 23.85 sale price 16.69 sold out

Square Ice Rhinestones brads page 185
Metallic eyelets page 185
Fresh Favorites II colored buttons page 187

Curly Label Bundle (item #112966) 30%off regular price $33.95 sale price $23.77 sold out

Curly label Punch Bundle page 189

Star Struck Bundle (item #116220) 30% off regular price $41.80 sale price $29.26

Starstruck stamp set (soon to be retired) page 117
Starring You stamp set page 138
Star Designer Brads star assortment page 184
Star punch page 188

Sticky Situation Bundle (item #116222) 30% off regular price 47.30 sale price 33.11

Sticky Cuts Letters page 190
Blue Bead Duo page 190
Green Bead Duo page 190
Fine Cosmo Stampin Glitter page 190
Dazzling Diamonds Stampin Glitter page 190

Mission Embossable Bundle (item #116223) 30% off regular price $66.10 sale price $46.27 sold out

Heat Tool page 190
Gold Stampin Emboss Powder page 190
Silver Stampin Emboss Powder page 190
Iridescent Ice Stampin Emboss Powder page 190
Powder Pals page 190
Embossing Buddy page 190

Scrapbooker's Dream Bundle (item #116227) 25% off regular price $82.95 sale price $60.71

Blooms Again Die Cuts page 166
Urban Garden Designer Series paper page 168
On Board Lots of Letters page 181
Roof Garden Accents & Elements pagw 182
Natural Linen 12"x12" ring album page 183
Basic Gray taffeta ribbon page 187
Basic Black Stampin Write journaler page 193

Wid Thing, I Think I Love You Bundle (item #116225) 20%off regular price 54.40 sale price $43.52

Wild About You stamp set page 77
Bold Brights 8-1/2"x11" card stock page 164
Bold Brights Classic Stampin Spots page 164

Ribbon Storage Bundle (item #116228) 20% off regular price $46.85 sale price #37.48

Small Ribbon Keepers (2) page 195
Medium Ribbon Keepers(2) page 195
Large Ribbon Keepers (2) page 195

Non-bundled Items

Turquiose tin (item #114673) sale price #3.95
Silver skinny tin (item #108333) sale price $1.99

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Stampin Up! is having a Black Friday Sale Nov 26 thru Dec 1st!

We will find out the details on this sale tomorrow and I can't wait! Who doesn't love a great sale and at a great time of year. I will post the details here as soon as they are available :) Then, if you would like to take advantage of this fabulous sale, you can go to my Stampin Up! website and order quickly and easily on line and have it shipped directly to your home. Or you can contact me and I will put the order in for you.
Stay tuned for more details soon!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Turkey tutorial

Ok, here I am trying to do this video tutorial thing again!

Hopefully this is helpful! Leave a comment so I know how you like it :)

Saturday, November 15, 2008

November Stamp Club Projects

Well, today was our Stamp Club meeting and Thanksgiving is definitely the theme! We did a little turkey I saw here originally by JHWorksforstamps on SCS, he is such a cute little guy! We also did a place card for the table using the Top Note die for the Big Shot, a scrapbook page for Thanksgiving, and a little Christmas pocket card to get the juices flowing for next month.

If you haven't put your order in yet, please contact me ASAP so we can get our stuff before the Christmas crafting season really gets rolling :)

The Special this month is on all of the Rub-Ons: spend $20 and you can buy any and all of the Rub-Ons for 20% off! There sure are alot of cute rub-ons in the Mini and in the catty this year!

On to the projects, I'm sure you all want to see them :)

This is our cute little turkey, and there are no stamps used in this project! It's all done with punches!
Here is the place card with my son's name on it :)
And the Thanksgiving layout. These pictures are from 4 years ago, can you believe it!

And this is the Cocoa card, very cozy looking isn't it!
Now, I'm working on doing some video tutorials, if I can get my camera to record for more than 3 mionutes at a time! Wish me luck! I think this will end up being in 3 parts though.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Christmas Card Stamp-A-Stack

Well, it is that time of year and everyone is getting into the spirit! I have put together a card making class for November 15th from 1:00-5:00pm at the Quilted Loon in Bemidji.
Each card kit will be enough supplies for 3 each of these 5 designs and will cost $25. I will have everything at the class for stamping and embellishing your cards. Sounds fun doesn't it!
These are the cards we will be making, except for the pink angel I guess. I have been told that pink is not very Christmassy and since these are for others to make and give away, I should really listen to that advise huh, lol!

So we will make this blue angel instead. You can't really tell in these pics, but there is glitter on the angel's wings, on the snowflakes on the snowman card, and on the house, dove, and snowflake on the "balls" card as Mary calls it, lol! We will be able to add some colored glitter to the the Swirled tree also, if you would like.

Come join me for a very productive and fun Saturday afternoon. Tell me what you think and leave a comment!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Haircut Season

This is one of the Layouts I did this weekend. I wish I had thought to take some pictures of everyone else's stuff, that would have been fun to see!

One our friends is also the one who cut the kids hair that time, say cheese Audrey!

Journaling reads:

OK, I have to admit to one of my weak spots as a mom. I am bad at getting my kids haircuts frequently enough, about 3-4 times a year is my usual. So, they all look pretty shaggy and the beginning of the school year is one of our haircut seasons! This is in Sept 07, and Geoffrey says good-bye to his tail :(

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Scallop Circle Punch Santa Tutorial

Here it is as promised! Sorry the photos are a little fuzzy, I tried to get up too close.
You will need:
Scallop Circle Punch
Standard hole punch
Paper: Blush Blossom, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White

Start with 4 punched scallop circles: 2 Whisper White, 1 Riding Hood Red, and 1 Blush Blossom
and 2 white and 1 red standard hole punches.

Leave the Blush Blossom whole.
Trim 3 scallops off of one White circle
Trim 5 scallops off the remaining white circle and the red circle

Glue the 5 scallop red piece on the top of the blush blossom circle

Glue the 5 scallop white piece on the bottom of the Blush circle.

Glue the 9 scallop white piece on the back of your Santa to the scallops just above the previous white piece.

Glue mustache on front of Santa just above the front white piece as shown.

Glue the 9 scallop red piece on the back of the Santa with its first scallop behind the 2nd red scallop on the front so part of it extends past the face, forming the hat.

Add the standard hole punches as the eyes and nose, then use marker to add the eyeballs. All done!

Retreat Projects

For those of you who missed the Stamp Club meeting this weekend, I thought I would hurry up and post the projects :) I only had 2 projects figured out before the retreat started, then planned one when it was just Heather and I. Then I was at such a loss, I asked for requests!

We'll start with the one I put together while talking to Heather, but actually planned while driving home from Walmart that morning when the weather was so gorgeous! I just got the Watercolor Wonder Crayons, and I am in love! I love how rich the color is with these things!

Stamps: Lovely as a Tree
Paper: Baja Breeze, Close to Cocoa, Whisper White
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze
Accessories: Earth Elements Watercolor Wonder Crayons, blender pen, paper piercer with mat pack, white gel pen, Scallop edge punch

This is one of the projects I had prepared ahead. Autumn/Fall is my favorite season. I just love everything about it. I wish it lasted longer! I know we all have great photos from the Fall time, and there are so many great things we get together with family for in this season.

Stamps:Lovely as a Tree, Bella's Border wheel, Typeset Alpha (retired)

Paper: Pacific Point textured, Chocolate Chip, Juntos Designer Paper

Ink: Chocolate Chip, Versamark

Accessories: Top Note and Leaves dies for Bigshot die cut machine, Heat & Stick powder, heat gun, Cosmo glitter-green, white gel pen, wheel guide

Then we made these absolutely adorable spider treats. They have a peppermint patty between them and are done all with punches! I got this idea from Julie Case aka casegj on SCS and here is her original post

Paper: Black, Lovely Lilac, Gable Green, Whisper White, Real Red

Accessories: Scallop circle punch, Photo Corner punch, and standard hole punch

This is the page by request! When I asked what theme of page they wanted, they said "Easter!" So we got to use the Watercolor Wonder Crayons again! Look at how bright those eggs are!

Stamps: A Good Egg

Paper: textured Pink Pirouette, Kiwi Kiss

Ink: Chocolate Chip

Accessories: Earth Elements Watercolor Wonder Crayons, blender pen, scissors

And this little guy is something I madeup quick when Mary Strand said "boy, these spiders are sure cute, but do you think you could make a Santa like this?" Cute huh?!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

My First Christmas Card of the Year

I have decided that I will just stamp for fun this week, and worry about planning the next Stamp Club meeting stuff until later. I got some new Christmas stuff recently and I haven't really played with it yet. I wanted to try this set with colorful eyelets as tree ornaments, and I think it turned out well. Then I got to playing with the punches and I had seen on some one's card that the small snowflake from this set goes well with the Boho Blossom punch 6 petal flower! Then, lo and behold, it layers great with the Snow Blossom punch! I got that punch for Christmas from the hubby a couple years ago and am just now using it for something for myself. And I splurged and used a rhinestone brad in the center of the snow blossom (Stop the hoarding now!) Stamped the KK snow blossom with the Swirled tree, inked edges of the punches with markes in as close a color as I could.
Stamps: Snow Swirled, To You and Yours
Paper: Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Holiday Treasures DP (all SU)
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss, Chocolate Chip, markers (Chocolate Chip, Bravo Burgundy, Old Olive)
Accessories: eyelets, CAD, several punches (Boho Blossoms, Snow Blossom, 1" circle, Small and Large Ovals)
I even stamped on the inside. I think it is a great finishing touch without a lot of effort.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Stamp Club tonight!

Has it really been 10 days since I posted anything!? Wow, I'm getting behind! Well, I thought you might like to see what we are making tonight at Stamp Club. Elli won't be coming, she is being deployed to help in Houston. Good luck and stay safe Elli! We'll do your projects for you while you are gone!
Ok, Heather had made a comment to me about how someone else had made some simple, yet beautiful cards, with patterned paper. It made me realize that I don't use it much in our projects and I thought I would try to incorporate some in each project we do this month. Don't expect it to become a habit though, LOL!

This is the Halloween page we will be doing, aren't these papers fun! I used the new Ghostly Greetings paper that I just got about a week ago.

Stamps: Batty JW, Batty for You
Paper: Pumpkin Pie, Elegant Eggplant, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White, Ghostly Greetings DP
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive
Accessories: Punches (1-3/8", 1-1/4", and 1" circles), wheel guide

This is inspired by ReginaBD here. I just really thought it was a lovely clean design. This stamp set is on sale this month for 15% off!

Stamps: Pocket Silhouettes

Paper: Not Quite Navy, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White, Bella Rose Designer Series Paper

Ink: Not Quite Navy, Kiwi Kiss

Accessories: Scallop Edge Punch

This is a close up of one of the versions of a scrapbook page we will be doing. I was ind of thinking of a "First Day of School" kind of page, but it could be used for all kinds of things. I wanted a boy and a girl feel available also. No scallops or flowers for the boys, :)
This is the girl version, so cute! The patterned paper is 2 sided, so everyone gets both prints at once!

Stamps: Tart & Tangy

Paper: Riding Hood Red textured CS, Chocolate Chip, Kiwi Kiss, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White, Bella Rose Designer Series Paper

Ink: Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss

Accessories: Punches (scallop, 1-3/4", 1-3/8", 1-1/4" circles)

And I had to use this adorable little hugging bear. At least that what it looks like he is doing to me! And he is on sale this month, too!

Stamps: Under the Stars

Paper: Garden Green, Summer Sun, Whisper White, Close to Cocoa, Designer Series Paper

Ink: Garden Green, Summer Sun, Chocolate Chip, More Mustard, Really Rust

Accessories: Large and Small oval punches, cutter kits, 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, copper eyelets, CAD, paper piercer and mat pack, dimensionals

I can't wait to share all of these projects with everyone today!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Halloween Treat holders

These are inspired by test tube holders done by Lisa S on SCS .
I got to thinking about how I could do this with the empty syringe holders that we throw away at work. So this is my fisrt attempt at it. I think I must have scored something a little crooked but I still think it turned out cute!
I also got to use some the new halloween paper from SU called Ghostly Greetings, lots of great print is that pack. I will forever regret not getting last year's Halloween paper that had purple in it too.
I got the directions from Lisa's blog . There is a link to an instruction sheet there. I modified it a bit because the 3ml syringe cases are shorter than the test tubes :)
So the dimensions of the back piece are 7x3, scoring at 1 1/4" on 2 short sides and 1 long side.
For the front piece it is 7x 4 3/4. Score sides at 1 1/4". then from bottom score at 1 1/4, 3, and 4 3/4.
I also used a 3/4" circle punch for the holder holes because 1" was too big.

Here is a close up of the tube with M&M's in it, and the top of another tube leaning on top it. Cute huh!? Let me know what you think. Does the thought of using a syringe case freak you out? Or is it a neat new way to recycle?

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Top Closure for Acetate Boxes

Better instructions on top closure for the acetate box. I thought I would do a photo tutorial quick. Well, quick didn't happen! My camera batteries died half way through and I had to wait for the batteries to recharge before I could finish it!
Now, these are the instructions for the adapted top closure only! The rest of the tutorial is available here. First, glue little flap to form the square or cube.

Then apply glue to all sides, above the score lines. I used Tombow Mono Multi .

Next, squish your box a little and slip inside the cardstock cube., Ack! I just realized I stamped my images upside down on this piece! So the cardstock pumpkin should be the other way, oh well!

Make sure your acetate edges are evenly just below the score lines so that your top will be on straight.

I then laid the box on it's side and used my bone folder to rub the acetate and cardstock together until the glue held well.

Now, find the side that you want to be your front of the box. Trim about 1/8" off the front flap with paper trimmer.

Turn this side to be facing you.

Fold right side flap in.

Fold back flap down.

Fold left side flap in.

Fold front flap down. Now, note which edge of the left flap corresponds with the back edge of the front flap.

Then use slip punch centered on that edge.

Now the top flap will tuck into the slit and hold the top closed!


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