This little stamp (actually it's a big one) is featured in the Holiday mini catalog that ends on January 4th. It makes a wonderful Thank You for kids of all ages. Who is not delighted by a snowman??
Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Well, it rarely snows here in the sunny south. I am in Atlanta, GA for my visitors who don't know me. I would love to see some snow. And I guess because we rarely get it, it seems fun to me. Maybe that is why I think snowmen are so cute! I am posting a couple of snowmen for your viewing pleasure today. I did not think these up, I just "borrowed" them!
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Did you know that the more Thank You notes you send out, the more people will come to your funeral! That is just one little tid bit that I found very interesting. Any way, it is time to send out those Thank You notes for all the wonderful Christmas gifts you got. I am posting a couple of ideas for you today.
Monday, December 28, 2009
- Good Neighbors
- Short & Sweet
- Not Quite Navy card stock
- Old Olive card stock
- Whisper White card stock
- Not Quite Navy Classic Stampin' Pad
- Old Olive Classic Stampin' Pad
- Elementary Ribbon Originals
- Large Oval punch
- Oval Scallop punch
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Valentines Day will come and go during Sale-a-Bration and special stamp sets will also be available during this time. Here is a very striking Valentine card that just might work for your special someone.
- Happy Moments
- Holiday Best (hostess set)
- Real Red card stock
- Basic Gray card stock
- Basic Black card stock
- Whisper White card stock
- Basic Black Craft ink
- Real Red Classic ink
- Real Red Stampin' Write marker
- Basic Gray Stampin' Write marker
- Blender pen
- Clear Embossing Powder
- Heat tool
- Stampin' Dimensionals
- SNAIL adhesive
- Gray Taffeta ribbon
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Sale-a-Bration is coming on January 5th this year! What is Sale-a-Bration? It is the biggest sale of the year for Stampin' Up! It is a special time where for every $50 you spend, you can earn FREE stamps and supplies. This year's options stand to be bigger and better than ever. I cannot tell you everything just yet...so you will have to come to my BIG OPEN House on January 9th. More details to follow.
This is just one example of a Sale-a-Bration card. It was done using the Happy Moments set. See all the supplies used below:
- Happy Moments
- Chocolate Chip card stock
- Old Olive card stock
- Bashful Blue card stock
- Close to Cocoa card stock
- Very Vanilla card stock
- Basic Brown Classic Stampin' Pad
- Bashful Blue Stampin' Write marker
- Certainly Celery Stampin' Write marker
- Old Olive Stampin' Write marker
- Close to Cocoa Stampin' Write marker
- ½" Circle punch
- ¾" Circle punch
- 1" Circle punch
- 1 ¼" Circle punch
- Stampin' Dimensionals
- SNAIL adhesive
Friday, December 25, 2009
At this time of year more than any other, the world is looking to our Savior and celebrating. Let us take a moment to stop and give thanks for what we have and not dwell on what we do not have. We are so much richer than most of the world around us!
Without using any words this card speaks more than I or any preacher ever could. The stamp set is called Season of Simple Grace. Come let us adore him. Amen.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
It's hard to imagine that Christmas cards and even the holiday has not always been around. They have for our lifetime so I guess we figure they always were. Today I am posting the first Christmas card known...
The first Christmas Card as we know it that was originated in London in 1843 by Sir Henry Cole. Cole decided he was too busy to write individual Christmas greetings to his family, friends, and business colleagues so he asked a friend, painter John Colicott Horsley, to design a card for him. So started the modern day Christmas Card.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Well, I know you have received some wonderful gifts by now and so it is time to send out those Thank You notes. I am going to post some samples for the next few days to get your juices flowing!
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Monday, December 21, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
This snowflake ornament was made using the chipboard elements. It has been painted white with the craft white ink then glittered with the Dazzling Diamonds. It has a stamped snowflake in the center with a gold brad. The buttons are a special touch around the edges.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Today I am bringing you another "green" idea. Everyone wants to do their part to save the earth so why not do a little recycling and let Stampin' Up! help. They make all kinds of packaging products. I thought I would do a little candy box today that recycles the cute metal Build a Brad tin. Just embellish, add candy and a tag and you have a great little gift!
Saturday, December 12, 2009
A Stocking Ornament gift card holder. Whew! That is a mouthful! Check this out. I made a cute paper stocking that opens to hold a gift card. You can hang it on the tree to add to the fun of a gift...first they have to find it! I used the Big Shot to add texture to the stocking body and used DSP for the heel and toe of the stocking. I hope you like it. If you want more details, just contact me via the comments section.
Friday, December 11, 2009
Want a quick and easy holiday gift for that special friend? Why not get into the jewelry craze with some stamped/crafted jewelry? Yes, even you can make these. I went to my local hardware store and bought a pack of washers. I just guessed at the size and they fit perfectly with 2 of our Stampin' Up! punches! I then chose a designer paper and traced and punched. Then I glued the paper to the washer using Crystal Effects. Then I poured more Crystal Effects over them and let them air dry for 24 hours. I added a little string for the closure and voila...a cute and inexpensive (under $3) gift!
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Sparkly & Bright STAMP SET
Card Stock Old Olive 8 1/2X11
Card Stock Very Vanilla 8 1/2X11
Card Stock Chocolate Chip 8 1/2X11
Card Stock Real Red 8 1/2X11
DESIGNER SERIES PAPER MERRY MOMENTS 12X12
Stampin Write Marker Real Red
Classic Stampin Pad Chocolate Chip
Classic Stampin Pad Old Olive
2-Way Glue Pen
Glitter Dazzling Diamonds
Punch 1 3/8 Inch Circle
Punch Scallop Circle
Ribbon Taffeta Chocolate Chip 3/8 Inch
Ribbon Taffeta Very Vanilla 3/8 Inch
Sizzix Big Shot Machine
BIGZ TWO TAGS
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Chocolate Chip Stampin' Write marker
Real Red card stock
Very Vanilla card stock
Vellum card stock
Christmas Jingle Simply Scrappin'
Mistletoe Ribbon Originals
5/16" Neutrals Jumbo brads
Styled Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware
Circle Scissor Plus
1/16" Circle punch
Sizzix Big Shot
Scallop Circle #2 Bigz die
Snowflakes #2 Sizzlits die set
Backgrounds 1 Texturz Texture Plates
Perfect Details Texturz Texture Plates
Monday, December 7, 2009
Ink: White uni-ball Signo gel pen
Christmas Jingle Simply Scrappin'
Real Red 1" double-stitched grosgrain ribbon
Old Olive 5/8" grosgrain ribbon
Real Red 3/4" polka-dot grosgrain ribbon
Stampin' DimensionalsTake-out container
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Saturday, December 5, 2009
This is a simple card made using the wonderful level one hostess set called Holiday Best. The card is Garden Green and the designer paper was used layered over the scalloped edge whisper white. It all pulled together with the ribbon and the Real Red stamped image using the punch and brad to add a little bling to the finished product.
Friday, December 4, 2009
On the 1st day of December, the crazyness has definitely started! Why not make a cute gift to have on hand for all those last minute drop-by's or the forgotten ones. You can pick up these little candles at your local Wally World for only $1. Use your scraps and embellish them. Add a little ribbon and maybe a tag and you are finished. Go ahead and splurge, make a few to share.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Today I am sharing another simple Christmas card idea with you. It is not too late to make and send out those cards, it is only the 3rd of December. Why, you are still ahead in the game.
I made this card using Very Vanilla, Garden Green and Real Red card stock and inks. The stamps are from Tree Trimmings and All Holidays. The designer paper is called Merry Moments. Don't have it? You can easily substitute it for whatever you do have. I used the Eyelet Border punch at the top and the bottom. This card took less than 10 minutes to make and it will be much faster assembly style. So let's get stamping!
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Wow! With only 23 days until Christmas and 18 more posts to go I am going to have to post more frequently! I'm ok with it, but if you are playing along, you may want to get ready for more projects and make one or 2 a day.
Today I want to share a quick and easy candy wrapper for you. It is always easy to wrap a Hershey's bar (and who doesn't really love chocolate)?! This one is done with a 6x6 piece of designer paper. Wrap around your candy bar and seal shut. I printed a quick little poem for the front of mine and layered it onto some Old Olive cardstock. The poem was printed on Very Vanilla. If you want the words to the poem, leave me a comment and I will email them to you.
Finally, finish the candy with a tag stamped and punched from the Delightful Decorations set. Now, you are ready for gifts for all those office friends. Thoughtful, yet not expensive.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Today I am sharing a Christmas countdown I made for the kids. I wanted something cute but no chocolate. Despite my firm belief in chocolate being good for the soul and whatever ails you, my granddaughter does not like it! So, being thrifty I used some designer papers from last year that I had hoarded all year. The main piece measures 8 1/2 x 8 1/2. I then added a layer that is 8 x 8. The next piece (green) is 7 1/4" tall by 8 (before scalloped). If you do not scallop, just cut square.
I printed the numbers and saying from the computer. At the bottom I used some more of my saved/hoarded snowflakes from last year. I then used my crop-a-dile to punch the holes and add ribbon to hang. The extra numbers are in a pocket on the back.
Monday, November 30, 2009
I guess it is no surprise that the set Lovely as a Tree is one of my all time favorites. It is so versatile. It makes great cards for any occasion and even great "manly man" cards. That is why I use it so much. Here is another great card idea using that set. The sentiment is from Four the Holidays in the Holiday mini.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
On the 6th day of Christmas my demonstrator gave to me...a cute idea for a neighbor gift. You can pick up these cute little jars at the $ store. Wash and fill with a yummy hot chocolate mix.
HOT CHOCOLATE MIX:
1 pound Nestle Quick
1 pound powdered sugar
8 1/2 Cups Dry Milk
1 1/2 Cup Coffee Mate Creamer
*do not use off brands of chocolate or creamer
Use 1/4C for each serving
Makes 68 servings (16 Cups)
Embellish a metal tag with a snowflake punch and tie to the ribbons around the top of the jar. Quick, simple and inexpensive but with the touch of handmade that everyone appreciates!
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Is it snowing for you yet? Well, here in Hotlanta (Atlanta, GA) we hardly ever get snow. That is probably why the southern demonstrators just love the snowflakes and snowmen cards. We can make our own snowman even if the temperature is 78!
This little beauty was made using the Serene Snowflakes stamp set from the mini catalog. The snowflakes and the card base are done using the In Color Soft Suede.
Friday, November 27, 2009
I hope you have had a wonderful holiday. Did you watch the parades and eat too much? I am sure I did! It is such a blessing to be with friends and families at the holiday times.
Thanksgiving. The day America sets aside for family, for remembrance. It’s a day of Pilgrims, Native Americans, turkey and pumpkin pie but if it wasn’t for a persistent female magazine editor, we may not have the day to celebrate today. It was Sarah Josepha Hale who really pushed hard for a permanent national Thanksgiving celebration. But her involvement was far down the road from the first Thanksgiving.
The first Thanksgiving celebration held in America occurred in 1619. On December fourth of that year, thirty-eight English settlers arrived at the Berkeley Plantation in Virginia. Part of their original charter stated that they would set aside that day every year and observe it as a day of Thanksgiving. Due to the hardships of those early times and various other factors, the celebration turned out to be a short-lived occurrence.
The next ‘thanksgiving’ celebration did not occur until 1623. This year the Pilgrims were again hit with a great natural hardship, a draught. In the hope of bringing much needed rain, they gathered together in a prayer service. The next morning it started to rain and it rained long and hard for the next several days. When it became apparent that the crops (and the colonists) would survive, Governor Bradford declared that they would hold another day of thanksgiving (the Indians were again invited). As other settlers came to the country, they held their own thanksgiving celebrations, but each celebration was independent of the next.
In 1668 the Plymouth General Court tried to bring some order to the celebration by declaring November 25th to be Thanksgiving. It was a proclamation that only lasted within the colony for five years.
How Thanksgiving came to be held on a Thursday is not widely know. A very logical belief is that the first Thanksgivings were held on Thursday (and in some cases Wednesday) so as to not interfere with the Sabbath. During these times, the Sabbath was an extremely important day; Saturday was a day of preparation and Monday was out to give the Sabbath it’s proper respect so with these ‘restrictions’ Thursday becomes an easy choice.
The first national celebration of Thanksgiving occurred in 1777. This one-time only event occurred at this time also as a way to celebrate the American defeat of the British at Saratoga.
The day worked it’s way on and off local calendars until 1789 when George Washington made the first Presidential proclamation declaring Thanksgiving a national event. The first Thanksgiving held under this proclamation occurred on November 26 of that year. The pattern was set.
When he was named as the Second President of the United States, John Adams, in an effort to be different, declared a day of Thanksgiving but moved it from Thursday to the Wednesday previous. Finding it brought more resistance than he felt it was worth, Adams relented and changed the day back.
When it was Thomas Jefferson’s turn as President, he decided against the idea of Thanksgiving. At this time, many were against the idea of taking a day to honor the hard times of a few pilgrims. And so it went for nearly sixty years, until Sarah Josepha Hale came to bat.
A magazine editor, Hale wrote strong editorials in many of the popular magazines of the time (including Boston Ladies’ Magazine and Godey’s Lady’s Book), she also wrote letters to anyone and everyone (including Presidents, Governors, Congress members and others) who might help her cause. She was concerned with her belief that the country needed to set aside a day to give thanks ‘unto him from who all blessings flow’.
Finally she struck the right chord with Abraham Lincoln and in 1863, Hale saw her dream realized as the President declared the last Thursday of November as a national day of Thanksgiving.
For the most part, it is a day that has stayed. In the 1930’s President Roosevelt tried to move the date a bit. He tried to slide it forward by a week to extend the Christmas shopping season. Facing immense critical outrage, he moved the day back with little fanfare. Later during Roosevelt’s administration, in 1941, Congress declared the fourth Thursday in November to be the legal Holiday known as Thanksgiving.
It should be noted that while Thanksgiving has become a holiday deeply associated with America, there have been numerous ‘harvest’, autumn, and ‘thanksgiving’ festivals throughout history including Grecian, Roman and Egyptian celebrations.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Are you ready to put up your tree or have you already? I know we usually wait until Thanksgiving weekend but did it early this year due to the fact that we will be out of town all week. If you are ready to start wrapping those gifts then this tag box will be handy for you. Why not make a couple to hand out as little gifts for the hostess at upcoming events! I will give you all the details here as part of my 25 days of Christmas. Enjoy! Click here for the box pattern. Of course, the stamps are a level 2 hostess set that you can earn FREE with a qualifying party or virtual party or personal order.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
I have seen these tiles at the big hardware stores and wondered how I could use them for a class or project. Well, look at this. This was done using the Season of Thanks de`cor elements form the Decor Elements booklet.
Last year I made the shadow box using this and now...this giant tile. During the Holiday Giving Event you could get this for FREE. Here is what you need.
18" x 18" tile and Medium Season of Thanks Home Décor or 12" x 12" tile and Small Season of Thank Home Décor
o Note—Tiles available from any home store such as Lowes or Home Depot. Chocolate Chip card stock More Mustard card stock Autumn Vines Designer Series paper Linen thread More Mustard 1/4 grosgrain ribbon Chocolate Chip 5/8 grosgrain ribbon Earth Elements buttons Glue Dots Stampin’ Dimensionals Sticky Strip Big Shot Top Note Bigz die Leaves #2 Originals die
1. Cut Blessings of Thanks Home Décor into 4 sections
a. Season of Thanks
b. Seasons of Blessings
c. Season of Love
2. Wipe tile with damp rag, and dry to remove any dust.
3. Burnish and apply Décor Elements per instructions. Begin with Seasons of thanks and apply all sections as shown in picture.
4. Use Big shot to cut one Top Note and assorted leaves with solid card stock and Autumn Vines Designer Series paper.
5. Cut Top Note in half, and adhere to tile with Sticky Strip as shown.
6. Adhere leaves to tile using Glue Dots and Stampin’ Dimensionals as desired.
7. Thread linen thread through button and note. Adhere to tile using Glue Dots as desired.
8. Cut length of Chocolate Chip ribbon long enough to wrap around your tile and tie into knot.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Don't be a Grinch this year! Make cards to send to all your friends and family. Sure the budget is tight and we are all cutting back, so why not at least show that you took the time to handmake your Christmas cards!
This little Grinch was made using the Top Note die cut. Cut one with old olive and one with real red. Cut the 2 ends off the real red to make 2 hats for the grinch. Add a 1 1/4" whisper white circle for the hat pom pom. Also, using your scalloped punch, make the white fur trim and punch 2 1" circles for his eyes. Now punch 1 1 3/8" circle and cut in half for the eyelids. With your basic black punch a 1" circle for his nose and 2 3/4" circles for his eyes. Use your basic black marker to draw on the facial features and volia...you have a grinch. Add him to the card stock of your choice and give to your boss! LOL!
Monday, November 23, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Here is another cute idea for the Petals a Plenty embossing folder. Use the folder to emboss only the tree part of the card. Dot the dots with Real Red, add a star and a sentiment. Simple, fun and quick. What more could you ask for?
Remember, the Online Extravanganza sale starts on the 23rd and you can save up to 50% on some items. Be sure to log onto my website to place your orders and get them in time to make some of your cards and gifts this year.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Today I am sharing a simple and elegant card idea. I love the quick and easy cards because I can pump out a stack in a short time. This card is just that easy. I also love the vintage look of this card. It is done in chocolate chip with just real red highlights and a little sponging with close to cocoa. The card itself is done with Sahara Sand and the layers are Real Red and Very Vanilla. Of course, you gotta love that polka dot red ribbon! The stamp set is called Home for Christmas.
Friday, November 20, 2009
At my house as long as I believe in Santa, he still comes to see me. I have always been a believer and will always believe in the spirit of Santa Claus and all that comes with this wonderful season. In that spirit I share this card with you today. It is from the mini and it is a set called Just Because. I love the watercolored look on this card, especially the "hit and miss: look. So cute and clever.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
On the 2nd day of Christmas my demonstrator gave to me...a beautiful Christmas card idea. I was rummaging through my stash of stuff and found this gold brushed cardstock. It has been hiding for a long time now. I dusted it off and made a simply beautiful card with it. I used the tree from the set Snow Swirled (seen on page 36) in the 09-10 catalog. I stamped the tree using my Versamark then I embossed it with Irridescent Ice embossing powder. I layered it onto the brushed gold cardstock. I wrapped a ribbon and bow around the stamped image and added to a whisper white card. This is a simply elegant card IRL (in real life). I know the photo does not do it justice.