Wednesday, December 28, 2011

With Sympathy Card with Sneak Peeks!

There is new stuff coming!! The Occasions Mini starts on January 4th, and boy, are there some great things in store for all of us!
I got my box of pre-order  goodies the first week of December and have been dabbling with the new stuff ever since. I am in LOVE with the Labels Framelits dies.

This is the first project I made with my new goodies. Someone had just ordered a sympathy card, and this was just perfect. The sentiment is from a retired hostess set from a few years ago, but the rest is NEW! I was able to cut the card base with the new dies to create a fun shaped card. SO much potential with these lovelies :)
I stamped the main image in Early Espresso on a scrap of Daffodil and then trimmed out the banner, then stamped the sentiment on it. It is popped up on dimensionals also. Lots of layers on this card. I ♥ layers.
  • Stamps: Apothecary Art, Warmest Regards (retired), Woodgrain BG
  • Paper: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Naturals White, Daffodil Delight
  • Ink: Stazon Jet Black, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight
  • Other: Gold Lame' Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink, Big Shot with Labels Framelits, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sponge, Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint
It does fit nicely in an envelope also.
I believe this ended up going to the widow of one of the police officers that worked in the ER I work in. He had retired last year and had advanced Parkinsons disease. His widow is one of our receptionists and it has been a really tough year for her.

Ok, now on to some fun news!! The Stampin' Addicts Occasions Mini Blog Hop starts on Friday! Be sure to come back for all of the amazing projects with all sneak peeks of the goodness to come!!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas Every One!

Well, I hope it has been a very Merry Christmas for everyone! I know it has been for us. We spent Christmas Eve at the Neyssen's (Jamie's mom & stepdad) and nearly everyone was there. Amazing! It was so fun watching the little kids open their presents, and holding the new baby, Madison. She is 1 month old, and so sweet! And I have been trying to get a good family photo for our Christmas card this year, and I finally got one! This evening jsut as the sun was going down, lol!

Here we all are. We are all smiling and not wearing our coats at 31° F. Yup, we are Minnesotans :)

And who can resist this face! Shelby got blocked in between the piano and the tree as we were passing out the presents. What a sad little puppy dog face!

And what is a post without a little project. I made this little purse last month with some of the scrumptious Spice Cake fabric and lined it with muslin. my Amazon Fire fits in it quite well :)

Inside there are a couple of nifty pockets. I was able to use just one fat quarter of this print to make the bag. So cool :) I found the pattern on

Ok, time for this girl to go to bed... I must work in the morning and 5:30 comes mighty early :)

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Frosty Gift Card Holder

Well, I just finished one of the many Christmas celebrations for this season! This one was with my Mom's side of the family. It was my turn to host this year and my house got a cleaning it had been sorely needing for a long time now. You know, stamping usually takes priority over scrubbing walls and cupboards ;)

And now it is time to get back to stamping! I got a great big box full of pre-order goodness earlier this week and have not had a chance to do more than assemble the stamp sets (all 15 of them), put everything away, and make a sympathy card for a co-worker (she needed to give someone else the card).

I did want to show you more of what we did at club this month also. This is a gift card holder I came up with.

I used the prongs of a mini brad for the closure, which works really well! The embossing was so yummy on the card we made, I just had to keep using it :) There is White and Pewter on this card.
  • Stamps: Snow Swirled
  • Paper: Bashful Blue, Whisper White
  • Ink: Bashful Blue, Whisper White, Versamark
  • Other: Simply Scored, Decorative Label punch, Corner Rounder punch, Paper Piercer and Mat Pack, Silver Mini Brad, Embossing Buddy, White Detail embossing powder, Pewter embossing powder, Heat Gun, Stampin' Dimensionals, Big Shot with Snow Burst embossing folder

Here is the inside of the gift card holder. It is very easy to make, so you could make as many as you need for the season very quickly!

For the gift card, you will score across the bottom 1" from the edge, then at 1" and 4¾" the other direction. 

You can get 3 gift cards from one 8½x11 sheet of paper with this template. I hope you all have fun making these!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

December Club Card & We Have a Winner!

First off, the winner for the Blog Candy is Miriam Pratner! Congratulations Miriam! Be sure to email your mailing address to me so we can send your candy :)

I got a little carried away with the embossing this month, but is sure is pretty! I couldn't resist adding more stuff either. Those little joggle bells were just begging to be used. :)

Don't mind the wet corner... and don't leave your projects on the kitchen table. Bad things happen to paper on kitchen tables....
This was a great way to do some emboss resist.  When I finished this, I just had to add the white sowflake in the middle. The snowflake told me so. ;)
  • Stamps: Winter Post, Christmas Greetins
  • Paper: Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Whisper White
  • Ink: Versamark, Old Olive, Tempting Turquoise, Real Red
  • Other: Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine, Mini Jingle Bells, Square punch (any size will work), sponges, Stampin Dimensionals, Corner Rounder punch, Big Shot with Northern Frost die, needle, Embossing Buddy, Heat Gun, Pewter embossing powder

And you get a peek at the inside here. I also stamped the sentiment from Christmas Greetings and embossed that too.

I got my preorder package for the Occasions Mini and Sale-A-Bration today. It is going to be so hard to wait until after Christmas to share stuff with you! I already made one card with my new goodies. I still have to do Christmas stuff yet though, so I better learn to alternate, lol!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

USWDAF Blog Hop~CD Envelope Treat Holders

Welcome to the Hop! We are going to blow you away with all of the awesome projects and tutorials this weekend! I am so pleased to be part of this very talented group of women :) Everyone has such amazing ideas!  
Dec 2-4,

2011 Holiday

Up on the Rooftop

Blog Hop!!

* The FABULOUS UStamp with Dawn and Friends!! Design Team will have awesome projects for you to enjoy at their blogs!! 

* Every project will include a link for a downloadable PDF tutorial.

* Every Designer will have BLOG Candy at their blogs and YOU could be a winner!! 

*We will have FUN Creative Challenges where you can share your projects

*LIVE Chats with prizes

* Talent Search...would you like to be considered for a Guest Designer spot for the UStamp with Dawn & Friends!! Design Team?? Get your Holiday MoJo going because details will be announced Dec 2nd.

I am stop #25 on the hop and if you are following in order, you have just come from Betty Traciak's blog where she shows us a gorgeous Window Box Display!
For my projects, we will be using Window CD Envelopes to create treat holders with a gift card holder attached to the back. This gift card holder is also a stand alone project, and we can never have enough ideas for gift card holders, can we?!

This is the first version of the project. Love those little snowmen! They remind me of marshmallows :)
And this the gift card holder on the back. Don't miss the tutorial, I have a nifty idea for the closure!
Here is the second version of this project. I couldn't stop with just one, lol!
And the gift card holder for this one. 
Can't you just see these being used for teacher/coach/busdriver/neighbor gifts?!

As a Special Thank You for stopping by my blog I am giving away BLOG CANDY!!
Please leave a comment about my project to be entered for a chance to win a great goodie bag of current Stampin' Up! products.  I will randomly select a winner to be announced on Tuesday, so please check back to see if you are the lucky recipient!

AND there's MORE...LOTS MORE!! 

  • You have the opportunity to get the downloadable PDF Tutorial for my project FREE!! It's a GIFT from UStamp with Dawn and Friends!! Woohoo!! See the blinkie below to access the FREE Blog Hop Website.
  • In the Spirit of the Holiday Season, you have the opportunity to get in on "Special Holiday Pricing" for the upcoming UStamp with Dawn and Friends!! SCORE!! Event. The Stampin' Up! Simply Scored Tool is HOT STUFF and SCORE!! will feature 40+ projects, all created using the Simply Scored Tool. SCORE!! is a MUST NOT MISS Event!! See the blinkie below to join and get in on the Early Bird savings.
And now for the most exciting giveaway of the season...
Everyone that joins the new and exciting upcoming event - SCORE!! - with "Special Holiday Pricing" will be entered into a Drawing to win 1 of 3 FREE Passes for an ENTIRE YEAR of UStamp with Dawn and Friends!! events!!
You read that right!!
YOU could win a whole year of UStamp with Dawn and Friends!! events FREE!!

***Special Holiday Pricing of just $19.99 ends Dec 8th*** 

Winners will be announced on Friday, Dec 9th. 
  Click the Blinkie below to join SCORE!! with Special Holiday Pricing
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there you will find the tutorials for ALL the blog hop projects,
PLUS live chats, challenges and more prizes!!

You will even have an opportunity to be considered for a spot as a Guest Designer!!
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join the fun with UStamp with Dawn and Friends!!

Ok, on with the show! You can click on the banner above to get to the tutorials for this event. And to continue on with the hop, use the links below.


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