Monday, December 22, 2008

Have a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

I want to wish everyone that stops by a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I will not be adding any more posts to my blog until after Christmas for sure and maybe not until after the New Year. We snuck out of town Friday night to surprise my parents for Christmas Saturday morning. We have not seen them since May and will be enjoying the Holidays with them. Thank you for understanding and I will be back before you know it!

Merry Christmas to You and Yours!!!!!

May You have a Safe and Happy Holiday!!!!!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Memo board for the fridge ~ Super easy, super cute!

This weekend when Tara was here, we ventured out with all 3 kids to Ac Moore. They had their Christmas note pads on sale 2 for $1. I couldn't pass them up, especially this snowflake one, I love everything about it! lol! I made this memo board with it and it was really quite easy! All I did was took a 6x11 piece of chipboard and covered it with patterned paper. Then I made the cute little border on the top with my new Paper Shapers Snowflake border punch that I got at Michael's and my favorite Martha Stewart Snowflake punch, it's the new one that just came out. I then used some terrifically tacky tape from Provo Craft on the back of the notepad to adhere it to the board. (It's the double-sided tape with the red plastic that you peel off).

For the pen holder, I used a film container as the base. I wrapped cardstock and paper around it and decorated it all pretty. I wrapped ribbon around it that was about 4" to long so that I had 'tabs' of ribbon coming off the back. I marked where I wanted to put the pen holder on the board and made slits to slide the ribbon through. I took the terrifically tacky tape again and adhered those tabs on the back to hold the pen holder on. Once all that was done, I adhered a piece of cardstock to the back and applied some magnets. Now I have a great little memo board for my fridge. Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Had some creative juices flowing today! Think it was lack of sleep!

My BFF Tara came to spend the night for a scrapbooking sleepover Saturday night and we got lots accomplished. That is to explain my lack of sleep last night! lol! We were up till 2am! I got 2 layouts, a memo board and this tag kit done! You only get to see the tag kit today! The rest will follow soon enough. I cracked open the Evensong Level 2 paper pack for the 1st time for this one and the layout I made. The kit includes the box and 20 gift tags, with 4 each of 5 designs. The tags were a great way to use up scraps from the layout that I made. Thanks for stopping by! Have a great evening!

The box was made using the tutorial found here. I just increased the paper sizes by 1 inch on 1 side only to make the box 4x3 instead of 3x3. The box stands 2" tall. Here is the top view. There are clear circle tiles on the 4 circles, can't see them in the photo very well.
Here is the box open with all 20 tags nesting inside of it.
Tag 1 ~
Tag 2 ~

Tag 3 ~

Tag 4 ~

Tag 5 ~

I used ~ Close to My Heart Evensong Level 2 paper pack, Cardstock: Colonial White, Cranberry, New England Ivy, Sorbet. Ink: Cranberry, New England Ivy, Sorbet, Black, Olive. Stamp sets: Festive Frills (C1328), Peace on Earth (D1243), Annotations (D1307). Cranberry Grosgrain Ribbon.
Extra large eyelets are We R Memory Keepers in Antique Copper.
SU ~ Scallop Edge punch.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Dreaming of a White Christmas!

To bad everyone got snow except us last night! Never got cold enough I guess. Yesterday while I was doing laundry I had an opportunity to make this card. I actually used my sewing machine too! lol! I used an old sketch of Jen's over at I{heart}2stamp that I had saved away in my sketches folder. Here's the card and the sketch. Finished size is 6x6. Thanks for stopping by!
I used CTMH's Aspen paper (my favorite right now!)

Here's Jen's sketch that I used. She has some of the best sketches!

I used Close to My Heart Aspen Level 2 paper pack, Creme Brulee CS & marker, Outdoor Denim CS & ink, Colonial White CS, Desert Sand CS, pewter spiral clip, Christmas Melodies stamp set (D1324)
SU ~ Scallop Edge punch, Round Tab punch
Martha Stewart ~ Fern punch, Lace punch, Snowflake punch
Rhinestones & ribbon are from AcMoore

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Ho hum kinda day....Mt. Keller is calling....

Ho hum because it's raining and yucky out! These are the kind of days you just want to stay in bed all day! Yeah right! Can't sleep at night, why would I think I could during the day? lol!

What is Mt. Keller you ask? Well, it is that vast mountain of laundry that is waiting for me at the bottom of my laundry chute! I already have 3 loads washed and about 100 to go! lol! The only thing that I like about doing laundry is that if I make a day of it, I can do crafty stuff in between loads. Gotta get caught far behind! Story of my life! lol! My goal is to get it all done today or tomorrow so that I can start pulling out baby stuff and getting it washed. The final countdown is on, only 6 or 7 weeks left and with the holidays in there, it's really only about 4 or 5!

I told my hubby yesterday, she's just going to push her way on out by herself when she's ready. She kicked and pushed so much that night that I felt bruised the next morning. You know when you cough a lot and your gut gets sore from it, well that's what I felt like but I hadn't coughed once! lol! Maybe my heartburn had something to do with it, she didn't like what I ate anymore than my stomach did, and she was letting me know it. The only prob, I don't know what I ate that would have given me such awful heartburn. It hurt to breathe! Thought I was going to have the big one! Thank goodness it was gone by mid-day yesterday!
What to post today??? Hmmm... how bout a few Christmas cards. K - here they are...

This 1st one is done with CTMH's Everlasting paper pack and Victorian Snowflakes (C1285) stamp set, and Peace on Earth (D1243) stamp set.
Another with the same stamp set and paper...

The 3rd one ain't a's ok I guess...

The stripe paper is from Everlasting Creative Basics.
Thanks for stopping by!
Only 13 days left till Santa comes!!!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

She made me do it!!!

Make her one too, that is! My sister was here for Thanksgiving with her tribe. When she saw my Christmas countdown calender sitting on my entertainment center, she said that I just 'had' to make one for her too! Hers, of course, couldn't be the same as mine though! After about an hour of looking at my paper stash, she finally decided on Aspen. Here is what hers looks like...

All the details are on original post - click link above.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, December 8, 2008

The PLAGUE strikes AGAIN!!!!

It is never-ending! I swear! What and Who is it this time??? Michaela and Riley went to the Dr. today and what started off as just colds has now manifested itself into infections of all kinds. Michaela has an upper respiratory infection and an ear infection bordering on double ear infection. Riley just got off his anti-biotic for the strep infection in his sinuses 3 days ago and is back on another today for yet another sinus infection bordering on the start of bronchitis. They are both on augmentin for the next 10 days! Soooo....hopefully now that all 3 of them are on anti-biotics now, that will mean the end of "the plague" in my house. (Well, hopefully for a little while anyway!)
Dr. said they are most likely fighting the same germ just at different stages. Thank You dear loving daughter of mine for not covering your mouth the 100,000x's I have told you to and coughing your bubonic germs all over my house! Guess I bought the mask to late! She was really mad at me for making her wear it, but you know what? She covers her mouth now!
So anyway, the kids are on quarantine in the house until Wednesday. Thank goodness hubby will be home too, to help me keep my sanity through this!
On a lighter are a couple more Christmas cards that I would like to share with you. Until next time...may you and yours stay healthy and plague free! Tis the season!!!
A super simple 'Season's Greetings...

This card uses... CTMH's Everlasting Creative Basics, Ponderosa Pine CS, White Daisy CS, Bamboo CS, Cranberry CS, Vellum, Sand Paper, Edge Distresser, Cranberry Ink, Peace on Earth stamp set (D1243). Sizzix Snowflake Sizzlit #6. EK Success Adhesive Tag and clear tiles. Martha Stewart Snowflake Punch.
Happy Holidays...
This card uses... Ponderosa Pine CS, Cranberry CS, Ink: Cranberry, Ponderosa Pine, Chocolate. White Embossing Powder, Playful Caps (D1013), Playful Lowercase (C1079), Cranberry Grosgrain Ribbon, Pewter brads. Sizzix Holly & Berries. Background paper was made using technique in last post.
TECHNIQUE ~ To make the 'snow' the edges of white daisy CS with Versa Mark ink. Pour white embossing powder over where you inked, tap off and heat w/ heat gun till powder melts. After powder melts and cools, ink with chocolate ink pad in a sweeping motion to simulate the look of wood grain.
A less than 5-minute NOEL...

This card uses... CTMH Baroque Alpha (E1006), Cranberry CS & ink, Ponderosa Pine CS, New England Ivy ink, Cranberry Grosgrain Ribbon. Bell from AcMoore button pack.
How to ~ Stamp Baroque Alpha to spell NOEL on White Daisy CS. Cut out in 1 1/2" squares. Mount on 1 3/4" CS squares. Place on card in window pattern. Cut 1/2" band of Ponderosa Pine CS strip, add ribbon, apply to card and you are done!
Less than 5-minutes till JOY for you...
This card uses... CTMH's Everlasting Creative Basics and Level 2 paper pack, Baroque Alpha, Corner Rounder/Scallop Maker punch, 1/8" hole punch, Ponderosa Pine ink, Cranberry CS, Ponderosa Pine CS.
How to ~ Cut 2 1/2" x 7" piece of striped paper, apply to top of card. Cut 2 1/2" x 7" piece of red paper, apply to bottom of card. Make scallops with punch and add holes. Cut 1/2" strip of Ponderosa Pine CS and apply to center of card. Stamp JOY using Baroque Alpha. Cut out in 1 1/2" squares, mount on 1 3/4" squares of Cranberry CS. Apply over Ponderosa Pine strip in center of card evenly spaced and you are done! These would be super easy to mass produce!
Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

A Few Frosty Friends!

This has got to be my most favorite stamp set ever. I just love the snow men and the style of it. It is Close to My Heart's Frosty Friends(D1073). It is being discontinued after Dec 31st and the sadness is weighing heavy on my heart! lol! Here are a few Christmas cards that I have made so far with it. I can't get over how versatile these little dudes are!

Card #1 ~ Festive and Cheery...

Card #2 ~ More vintage or nostalgic look....

Card #3 ~ More traditional look...

Card #1 ~ Patterned Paper is Karen Foster Christmas Stripe, Snowflake is Sizzix Sizzlet Snowflake #6, Kiwi circle is 1 1/2", Peace on Earth stamp set (D1243), Wavy border done with CM's Wavy edge cutter. Inks: Archival Black, Chocolate, New England Ivy, Sunflower, Cranberry, Sweet Leaf. The image was water colored with water brush and ink pads. If you squeeze the pad while it is closed, enough ink is transferred to the lid to make the perfect little color palette to lift your ink from.
Card #2 ~ all CTMH on this one... Everlasting Level 2 paper pack, Ponderosa Pine CS, Colonial White CS, Cranberry CS, Pewter Spiral clip, Vintage Post Card stamp set (D1207), Peace on Earth stamp set (D1243), Chocolate Waxy Flax, Inks: Desert Sand, Archival Black, Cranberry, Ponderosa Pine, Autumn Terracotta, Grey Flannel. Sandpaper, Water brush. The green striped piece was done by scoring lines at 1/4" intervals. Once all your lines are scored, flip over and sand across the raised lines and it takes the color off the raised areas and leaves you with a great textured piece of CS.
Card #3 ~ all CTMH on this one too... Everlasting Creative Basics paper pack, Ponderosa Pine CS, Cranberry CS, Colonial White CS, Peace on Earth stamp set (D1243), Edge Distresser, Water brush, Corner Rounder/Scallop Maker punch, Cranberry Grosgrain Ribbon, Inks: New England Ivy, Ponderosa Pine, Chocolate, Cranberry, Honey, Autumn Terracotta. Silver embossing powder, heat gun. (oops, I lied ~ silver snowflake is from Michael's)
All cards are 5x7 size.
Until next time... Happy Christmas Card making! Better Get'm done!
Only 17 days left till Christmas!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Seriously People! Where did the time go???

OMG! I just wanna cry! I was almost done posting this when my oldest daughter came down and hit something on the keyboard and it all disappeared! Everything! Gone! Now to start all over... #$%^... %(*&%$... /a%^%...^$(*&()*...**)&^... those are a few choice words coming out of my mouth at the moment! I am supposed to be heading upstairs to lie down for awhile and put my swollen feet up! GRRRRR.....

Ok... deep breath!

Starting over...

When I said in my last post that I would update later, I seriously did not mean 18 days later. Where has the time gone? I guess time really does fly when your having 'not so much' fun! What I mean by that is I have been living in the house of plague the last 2 weeks. It all started with my son getting a strep infection in his sinuses. He went on an antibiotic for that. Then the girls came down with a nasty cold. Just as soon as I thought that Kaitlin had finally beat hers, bam, she got hit with croup! Michaela is still fighting hers, she can't shake the nasty wet cough. We'll probably be heading to the Dr. on Monday! Riley, he's over his strep but now is coughing too! Will this ever end? Tis the season!! Yet somehow through it all, I remain healthy! (knocking on wood! lol!)

We had the kids Christmas party today at my husbands work. They had a bunch of those moon bounce things there. The girls weren't even in the first one 5 minutes and came out coughing up a storm. They weren't to happy when I said no more. They got over it quick though when I pointed out the carousel. Kaitlin said " Yeah mommy, I wanna ride the cowboys!" It was so cute. She keeps calling horses cowboys and I'm not quite sure why! I thought they were going to wear the carousel out, they rode it a minimum of 8 times! They loved it. Riley was off doing boy stuff with Daddy like virtual roller coasters and racing go carts.

We are finally home and Kaitlin is up for a nap so I thought I would take a few to come down and 'update' my blog finally. Little did I know, I'd have to do it twice! Go figure, that's just the luck of me!

Anyway, here is a better cropped picture of Kaitlin's invite and the inside of it. Her party was a lot of fun for her, it's been 2 weeks now and she still thinks it's her birthday! LOL!

The inside...

The font on the inside is Minya Nouvelle in Sorbet (R-239, G-77, B-40), Juniper (R-55, G-141, B-110) and Chocolate (R-137, G-104, B-89)

The font on the front is CAC Norm Heavy in Sorbet and Burnstown Dam in Chocolate.

The monkey was cut at 3". The '3' was cut at 1 1/2". The circles are 2" white and 2 1/8" tulip cs.

The green patterned paper is from SU's Autmn Vine paper pack and the Sorbet patterned paper is from CTMH's Perfect Day paper pack.

Thanks for stopping by! Sorry I've been MIA for awhile. Hopefully the kids are healthy soon and all stays well around here! Till next time...

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The luck of me...or should I say lack there of!

You'll never guess what happened to me AGAIN yesterday? Hint: Just happened a month ago and 2 other times in the last 2 years! Give up? I got rear-ended in my little blue tracker AGAIN!

No tears this time...I got out and chewed the lady out that hit me. I was sooooooo mad. I think I scared her! lol! What is it about bright friggin blue that all these people can't see? Are they color blind? I mean like OMG - open your eyes. The worst part about it was it was dark out so not only should the bright blue stood out even more with big ole headlights shining on it but the bright red brake lights should have helped a little too!

I got my 'hahaha' when the cops came! She got a big ole fat inatentive driving ticket! I just wanted to say 'take that, does that open your eyes a little wider? That bright yellow ticket shining in your face?' I didn't, I just went on my merry little way with a somewhat smug grin on my face! The officer was super nice to me, he couldn't believe that I have been rear-ended 4 times in the same vehicle in the past 2 years, heck twice in the last month!

On a lighter note...Here are the invites that I made for my daughter's birthday party that is coming up. I am really pleased with the way that they turned out. I will post all the deets a little later. House is on in 5 minutes! Can't miss it!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

My first RAK!!! Thanks Kathy!

I went to my mail box today remembering that I forgot to get my mail yesterday and found this wonderful card waiting there for me! It is from Kathy, a SBS22 sister, Thank You Kathy!! It is so simple yet very pretty! I would have never thought to use wreath ribbon on a card, ingenious!!! Thanks again Kathy, you made my day today! It was my 3 year old's birthday today and my oldest 2 managed to do everything in their power to try to make it a miserable day. Oh well, I just sent them to bed early! Gotta go watch the Jeff Dunham christmas special! I just love him, super funny guy!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Note to Self: Mass Production ~ Make it simple!

3 different cards later I finally came up with these after the thought of making the first 2 x 12 would have taken FOREVER! They can't get any simpler than this. To make them, I started with a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2" card base. I cut a 3/4" strip of Honey cardstock and layered on to a 1" strip of Purple Pansy cardstock. I then cut all the 'thanks' from Olive cardstock. I used Cricut cartridge 'Opposites Attract' set on upright at 1 3/4". I used the 'thanks' phrase key in the bottom row of the key pad. Then I used my glue pen to glue down the thanks on top of the strips and I was done!

How super easy was that? I just might have to make a few more in different colors so that I have them just to have. These are for my son's birthday gifts. Yeah, 3 weeks later, I know I'm slow! Better late than never though, right!

Here's all 12! Only took about 1/2 an hour to make all of them...

"THANKS" for stopping by!!!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Can your morning top mine? Sleeping in not an option!

The kids had off today because of Veteran's Day. I thought 'woohoo' mommy gets to sleep in! NOT! 1st of all, at 4am this morning I woke up and looked at my alarm clock. I completely forgot the kids had off at this hour of the morning and set it, forgetting why I didn't set it in the first place! lol! So at 7am this morning I am snoozing the alarm for a half hour till it dawns on me that I don't have to get up.

Just as I was almost back to sleep, right around 8am, I re-awaken to what sounds like water spilling on to the floor. Well it was more than water! It was my son spilling all the contents of his stomach down my staircase! My hubby heard it too, I said to him "I don't even want to know what that was". 2 seconds later my oldest yells up the steps "MOM, RILEY'S PUKING ALL DOWN THE STEPS" My husband and I both flew out of bed and what a mess. Words can not even describe the mess that we had to clean up. It took me an hour and a half! Thank goodness my steps are wood and not carpet! Every step to the bottom was covered, both walls were covered. We have picture framing down the lower half of our walls, every nook and cranny of that molding was covered. It was a mess!

No one got to sleep in this morning! Better luck on Saturday, I guess! lol!

I made this yesterday but didn't get a chance to post it. The powers that be wouldn't allow it! lol! I got the idea from here, and made it my own with some of my favorite Close to My Heart christmas paper. Finished size of this is 5x7. Actually got to pull out the bind-it-all too! You know, that tool that I just had to have and have used all of 3 times now! Anyway, thanks for stopping by and may none of you ever have to awaken to the kind of mess that I had to this morning!!!

Happy Veteran's Day and Thank You to all of you veterans out there!

I used Close to My Heart Evensong Creative Basics paper, Cardstock: White Daisy, Cranberry, Garden Green, New England Ivy. Ink: Cranberry, Garden Green, New England Ivy. Rustic Alphabet.

Martha Stewart Doily Lace border punch
Cricut Stone Script Cartridge for 'days'
SU's corner rounder/scallop maker for scalloped circle
Bind-it-all & 3/4" spiral
2-5x7 pieces of heavy chipboard that I had saved from the packaging of card blanks that I had bought.
Red & Green Rhinestones are from Michael's

The numbers are a blank through 9 for the first stack and 0-9 for the second. I decorated the blank one with a little christmas holly die cut.

Friday, November 7, 2008

ESPN Zone meets CTMH!!!

We went to ESPN Zone a few years back and I borrowed some extra coasters from there. Well they have been sitting around collecting dust ever since! I came across this little number that I made with them a few months ago as I was cleaning my scrap area today. I had completely forgot that I had made this. Anyway, they made the perfect little mini-album. Now I just need someone to get married so I can gift this! lol!
Somehow my original picture got overwritten with a different picture as I was editing it. I have no idea how but that is why it's different from the rest. Here is the front cover. The tag was done by sticking 2 of the same My Stickease tags together and punching a hole through them.

Here are the 1st 2 pages, the little circle tags slide in and out of the pocket on the right page for journaling or pictures....

Pages 3 & 4...

Pages 5 & 6 ~ circle tag slides in and out of pocket for pic or journaling, flowers were done with Quickutz daisy die and chocolate brad...

Pages 7 & 8....

Back cover....
I used Close to My Heart's More to Adore level 2 paper pack, More to Adore My Stickease, D1194 All my Love stamp set, D1183 Adorable stamp set, Chocolate & Blush ink, Pewter picture hanger, Silver brads & eyelet, Chocolate brads, White Daisy organdy ribbon.
Quikutz daisy die & rings die
Ribbon is from Michael's
Rhinestones are from AcMoore

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Grateful For You!!! Great Leaf Technique too...

Good Evening All! I can't believe it is Thursday already! (and it's almost over too!) Where did this week go? I was in the mood for some fall leaves today. Since we have absolutely none left on our little it bitty maple trees outside, I had to make my own! lol.

I used Nature's Vein stamp set from Close to My Heart. I started off by inking my base image in Autumn Terracotta and then rolled the edges in Barn Red. Once you stamp the image, you will see that the stamp rolling technique gives great color and dimension to your image. I then stamped the vein image in Barn Red and lined it up on the first image (super easy to do with clear stamps!) Next, cut out your leaf and crumpled it all up as if I were going to throw it away, but don't throw it away, uncrumple it! lol! Next you take a sponge dauber loaded with Barn Red ink and sponge the edges and the crinkled ridges on your leaf. That's it your done and have one very realistic leaf sitting in front of you to do with as you please! Here's how mine turned out...

Here's a different angle trying to show the dimension a little better...Not so sure it does though!

Everything on this one is Close to My Heart except the ribbon & button.
Ink: Autumn Terracotta, Honey, Barn Red, Black, Garden Green
Stamps: Nature's Vein, Annotations, Say it in Style
Cardstock: Outdoor Denim, Barn Red, Colonial White
Copper Brads
Polka Dot Border is from Floral Tapestry My Stickease
Ribbon: Joann's
Leaf Button: Michael's

Scalloped Border Punch - SU
Distressed Stripes Embossing Folder - Cuttlebug

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Snow Friends...Can wait to make real ones!!!

It will be that time of year again, soon enough! I can hardly wait! I love winter time and especially the snow, maybe it's because I grew up in Wisconsin, it's in my blood! lol! Anyway, I hadn't touched this Snow Friends set since last year. Today I decided to get it out and dust it off a little. I absolutely love our new Aspen paper and can't stop using it! I hope you like it, it was really pretty easy to make...

What did I use? Hmm....

Close to My Heart~ Aspen Level 2 paper pack
Snow Friends stamp set
November promo: Dazzling Die cuts (twilight frame)
Ink: Black, Twilight
Markers: Grey Flannel, Heavenly Blue, Twilight, Creme Brulee, Brown Bag
Martha Stewart: Snow Flake punches
AcMoore: Rhinestones
JoAnn's: Ribbon
Other: White Vellum
Sizzix: Snow Flake #6 sizzlit

Sunday, November 2, 2008

My crazy week and a Super Easy 'Dazzling' Card!

It's been a CRAZY week! It all started Thursday night, we went to a 'trunk or treat' with one of my neighbors. I had never heard of such a thing, when I first saw it, my first thought was "OMG, if this ain't red-neck, I don't know what is!" Then when I thought about it a little, it was really a pretty good idea! The kids run around a blocked off parking lot and trick or treat out of the trunks of peoples cars or pick'em up trucks. The kids can't go anywhere or get lost, there are no cars driving around to run them over and it's still daylight out so no creeps hiding in the bushes to snag your kids! They had a blast!

After that they did a little trick or treating in the city, which was a total flop! We walked, I bet 2 miles with 5 kids, for all of 10 pieces of candy. The wonderful people in charge had changed trick or treating to Thursday instead of Friday all because of a dumb high-school football game! Who were the geniuses that scheduled it on Halloween anyway? It appears that a lot of peeps must have been boycotting the decision due to the severe lack of participation!

Anyway, We had trick-or-treating on Friday in our sub-division and the kids had an absolute blast. (That was all after a half a day of candy making and to get ready for Saturday with Tara.) It was from 6-8pm. We had GORGEOUS weather, 70 degrees! Got a little chilly after the sun went down all the way but it wasn't too bad. My sister and her family came in from out-of-town to go trick-or-treating with us and Tara spent the night too so I had quite the house full Friday night! Here's a pic of my kids...aren't they sooo cute!

A glam witch, a Sully from Monster's Inc., and Snow White!

Saturday, we had my son's 6th Birthday party! It was a lot of fun. Here he is with the pumpkin cake that Tara made for him! She's the best!

These are all the cupcakes that we made...

They all have the cutest little gravestones on them. This is the candy that we made half the day Friday. They are just the Wilton candy melts. The big ones took forever to harden! I really liked the end result though! Definitely worth the waiting! lol! (Note to self: Next time I get the crazy idea to make candy, buy 2 or 3 molds instead of 1!!!) Here's a close-up of a few...

Now that it's Sunday, I finally have a moment to take a deep breath and relax! lol! Time for just a little 'me' time. Down to the dungeon I went this afternoon after my sister and her clan left! I wanted to make a card with some of the new Dazzling Die-cuts that I got a few days ago. This is Close to My Heart's November promotion. They are pretty cool! Here's the super easy card that I made with them...

The background Baby pink strip is stamped with Spot on Backgrounds in Blush ink. The stitching is Simple Stitches stamp set. I used SU's Scalloped Border punch to do the scallops and the rest is the Die-Cuts! The little schnibble of ribbon is from Joann's dollar bins. I also used my Martha Stewart Fern Branch punch to punch out a few from some white vellum but the didn't show up the best on the pics.
Here's what the inside looks like. Just a small border along the bottom...

Close up of the front...really hard to see fern branches behind the tag but they are there!

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Stamping and Scrapping till next time! :o)

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Recycling some "snow"...

My daughter got some thing Hannah Montana for her birthday that came with this really blingy hollogram type background in it. I thought 'hmmm...' I might be able to use that for something someday, I think I'll keep this! Well, 5 months later, it has come in handy! I punched circles out of it to use as a background for the snowflakes on this card. Guess this is my 'going green' contribution to the world today! lol! The stamp set is the November Stamp of the Month from Close to My Heart called 'All Decked Out'. I think he is absolutely adorable and I couldn't wait to use him. I think I may be using him a lot more! I hope you like too! Thanks for stopping by!

Here is a different angle of all the bling.

Here's what I used...

~Close to My Heart: Aspen Level 2 paper pack, Creme Brulee & Black cs, All Decked Out stamp set, Twilight & Goldrush marker, Black ink
~SU: 1 3/8" circle punch
~CM: 1 1/2" circle punch
~Michael's: rhinestones, white card base
~Martha Stewart: Snowflake punch

Monday, October 27, 2008

A Holly Berry Trio...

I participated in a different sketch challenge this week. It is a blog I frequent and really like. The challenge can be found here. I ain't in much of a typing mood tonight. I am soooo tired! Didn't get my nap today! lol Thought I would get this posted tonight though. I was gonna post it yesterday but the forces that be never gave me a minute to do it. Anyway, I hope you like it. I discovered the coolness of glitter glue! That's how I did the berries. Very nifty, just takes a bit to dry! Thanks for stopping by! Happy stamping and scrapping till next time!

Here's the sketch I used...

I used Close to My Heart's Evensong Lev2 paper, White Daisy cs, New England Ivy ink, Martha Stewart Doily Lace border punch, SU 1 3/8" punch, CM 1 1/2" punch, Red Glitter Glue and Michael's ribbon.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Finally did it! Magazine File Tutorial...

I finally sat down and recreated my template that I came up with when I made these and did a tutorial to go along with it. This is the very first tutorial that I have created so I hope that it is easy to follow and all makes sense!

Finished examples are at the end of this tutorial or can be viewed in this post or this post.

Here is my template...

I used a 12x12 sheet of cardstock and cut it down to an 8x12 sheet of cardstock. Save the 4x12 piece for a later step.

1~ Along the 12" side of your cardstock, score a line 1 3/4" in from the edge of the cardstock.

2~ Turn your paper to the 8" side and score a line 1/2" in on each side.

3~ With the paper in the same direction, score a line 5" in from each side. These lines should be 2" apart in the center of cardstock when finished with this step.

4~ Turning your paper so it's in the trimmer the 12" way, measure in (with the previous 1 3/4" score to your left) 4 1/4" and cut in 1/2" to the score line on the top and then from the bottom.

5~ Along the top of the cardstock (1 3/4" score line at bottom) measure in with a ruler 2 1/2" and make a tiny pencil mark.

6~ Cut the 1/2" strip off both sides starting at the top down to where you made the 1/2" cut in Step 4. You can do this with your trimmer or a scissors.

7~ Turn paper diagonally in the trimmer lining up the bottom corner of this cut and the pencil mark you made in the trimmer track and score line.

8~ Move paper back 1/2" so score line lines up with 1/2" line on left side of trimmer and cut this triangular piece off.

9~ Now you will take your scissors and cut the remaining cut lines. On the 1 3/4" score line, cut in from both ends to the 1/2" score line. On the bottom, cut in to the 1 3/4" score line on the 2 center lines. Your cardstock should look like this when you are done.

10~ Now take the 4x12 piece that you cut off to start and cut a 2x4 piece off the end of it.

11~ Take the 2x4 piece and score a line 1 1/2" in from one end and fold. (Remember the valley when you are scoring is the peak when you are folding)

12~ You should now have 2 pieces that look like this in front of you.

13~ Take your adhesive runner and apply adhesive to the diagonal flaps that we created, fold these over and press down. These will just help reinforce the edges.
14~ Do this to both sides and it should look like this when finished.

15~ Flip your cardstock over and then take your 2x4 piece and adhere it to either 2 1/2"x1/2" flap on the side. This will be the front of your file box. This is how it should look when you are finished doing this.

16~ Take your adhesive runner and adhere all the flaps that will fold up to form the box together. Once you have adhered all the flaps together it should look like this.

17~ place adhesive on the back flap of the front piece and fold over front of box to close it all up. When you are finished you should have one cute little magazine file box! It should look like this - all ready for you to decorate as you wish!
Here are 2 examples that I have from a previous post...

Thanks for stopping by! Have fun with these! After you make one, you'll be addicted! lol!