Friday, December 30, 2011

Creative Withdrawals Conqured!

Hi everyone, I hope you are enjoying the day, it is beautiful here, the high is supposed to be 60 so I'm planning to spend some time outside.  It has been cold ever since we got here so today will be nice.  Can you believe I didn't pack a single stamp, ink pad or piece of cardstock???  I was starting to feel some creative withdrawals.  Then I pulled up my handy MDS program on my laptop and had fun getting creative with digital.  I'd still rather do paper and ink but the MDS program is so easy and quick that I enjoy it too.  I figured, no time like the present to start layouts of my trip so here are the first 2 pages.  They show a few pictures from the flight and from going to see the lights on Temple Square that evening. 

We are having a nice visit with my husband's brother and sister and nieces and great nieces and nephews.  The funeral was very nice, every speaker talked about how my father in law served others throughout his life.  He continued right up until he couldn't speak anymore.  The nurses in the care center said that they seldom get a resident who expressed their thanks so sincerely and often.  My father in law was just like that, when he could barely speak he still let others know how much he appreciated what they did.  I'm thankful to have had his example in my life.

Have a good weekend and safely welcome in 2012!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!

It's Christmas Eve and I am in Salt Lake City.  My father-in-law died last week so we came for the funeral.  We went to Temple Square tonight to see the lights.  It was 22 degrees so we were very cold but the lights were beautiful and we enjoyed the evening.  Here are a couple of pictures.

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Say It Isn't So!

Have you heard the news yet?  The Stocking Builder Punch is being discontinued with the end of the Holiday Mini Catalog.  I'm so disappointed, I love that punch!  I'm glad I bought it, I love the things I created with it.

I'll have it for Christmases to come and for baby booties on Congrats cards and hobby horses and sweaters and all those fun things Stampin' Up demonstrators figured out to make with this versatile punch.  If you were putting off ordering one, better head over to my website and order it before they are sold out.  While you are there you should check out the Clearance Rack and get some of those bargains too.  Unless you pay extra for expedited shipping it won't get there before Christmas though!

I can't believe it is only 4 days till Christmas.  It looks like I'll be having a white Christmas this year, it's been a while.  Here are a couple of cards made with the Stocking Builder Punch, some were swaps from the Birmingham AL Regional and some from the Louisville Regional. 

I'll have to be playing with the new punch and the dies I got from the Occasions Mini Catalog instead of the stockings.  You will be able to see all the goodies when the catalog goes live on Jan 4th.  I'll try to post more that I make with my new goodies if I get time before I leave for snowy places.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Apothecary Art Card and Clearance Rack Blitz!

There is a huge sale going on in the Clearance rack on my website but first I want to show you a couple of projects.

First is a card I made using one of the new stamp sets and dies from the upcoming Occasions Mini Catalog.  I love this set and I love that we have nesting "Framelits" dies to cut out these shapes.  We also have a heart Framelit set in this great new catalog!  I also used the Hello Doily stamp for the background of this card.

This is a box of cards I put together for a gift.  I used the Spice Cake DSP for the lid.  Inside I made dividers for various types of cards using the Round Tab Punch and mostly the Teeny Tiny Verses set.  I couldn't find a stamp that said miscellaneous or assorted so I just printed that one.  I hope the one who gets this card box will appreciate the time that goes into creating 40 handmade cards!

And last, your chance to save big!  Lots and lots (nearly 200) items have been added to the Clearance Rack with discounts of up to 80%!  Click to save now!  Hurry though, lots of people will be taking advantage of this sale.  And don't be shocked to see punches there.  I guess they are clearing out the old style punches so they will all be the new flatter style.  What a great chance to get the large punches for under $10!   Go grab some bargains, I reckon I'll take my advice and head on over there myself!

Also, click the "all" option under the number to show per page at the upper right corner and it will be much easier to shop instead of clicking through all those pages.  I like easier.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Christmas Gifts Class and Christmas Treats Class

I've scheduled 2 classes this week, a couple of last minute Christmas classes to help you get ready for the big day.  In the Christmas Gifts class we will make 3 gifts for $15.   We will make a desk post-it note/calendar holder that will be a great gift for any busy person, 2 flower pins, made of tapestry, lace or sheer fabrics, your choice as to the fabric, color and size.  These pins are beautiful for a lapel or to pin on the latest ribbon and bead style necklaces.  And finally, the set of 8 Monogram Cards make a great present for anyone.   The cards will include envelopes and be packaged in a great clear box that we will emboss to make it an even greater gift!

This class is scheduled at my house on Wednesday, Dec 14 at 7:00PM and Thursday, Dec 15 at 1:00PM.    Email me to sign up and get directions to my home!

The other class is a Christmas Treats class.  We will fill a nugget tin with yummy chocolate wrapped in beautiful Christmas paper and decorate the tin with the very popular medallion pleated flower.  Other fun projects will include the "skinny bags" decorated with Santas and stockings; a cute reindeer goodie bag and an adorable "purse" treat bag.  For stocking stuffers or treats for co-workers you can't beat these  great goodies.  Everyone loves a handmade gift so sign up and come create!

The Christmas Treat class will be Saturday, Dec 17 at 10:00 AM or 2:00PM  Cost is $15 Email me to sign up.   I hope you can make it to one or both of the classes!


Saturday, December 10, 2011

More Dec Club Projects

My daughter came to visit me from GA the past week and while they were here we went to Opryland Hotel in Nashville to see the Christmas lights and decorations.  I love the poinsetta trees they have there and we got our picture taken in front of one of them.  It's not the best picture of the kids but it's definitely natural!

As promised, here are the other 2 projects we did at our card club this week.  The Baja Breeze snowflake card would be a great card for Christmas or during the snowy months of January and February.  This picture was taken before I stamped the Merry Christmas sentiment but you could stamp a birthday greeting or a thinking of you sentiment to send over the Winter months.  We cut the cardstock 4 1/4 X 11" instead of the usual 5 1/2 X 4 1/4" size.  We folded it in half and then folded half of the front back across itself.  It is an interesting fold that is fun to design with.  The stamp set is the Serene Snowflakes set and we used all 4 of the stamps in the set.

The 4th project we did was a gift card holder.   We took a 12X12 sheet of cardstock and cut it at 5 1/2", nearly in half.  We scored the strip of cardstock at 4", 6" and 8" and folded it in a "W" before running it through the Big Shot Machine.  It was placed with the 2 folds just above the cutting blade at the bottom of the "purse" so it was still in one piece when cut out.

The inside sections were adhered together from the back of the card and then the folded edge was punched several times with the Word Window punch to make a slot long enough to insert a gift card.  We added some ribbon, a brad faux closure and a stocking from the Stocking Builders punch and the sentiment is from the Occasions Alphabet set.  The DSP is one of the designs in the Letters to Santa pack.

The last picture shows the inside, I thought I had a Christmas gift card but couldn't find it so I reckon we get pink tulips!

Friday, December 9, 2011

December Card Club

Hi, I hope you are keeping warm.  It's cold here tonight so I'm trying to stay inside and close to a heat source!  Yesterday was our December Card Club.  We did an extra project this time as part of my Christmas present for my ladies. 

I'll start with our bonus project, a little snowman treat bag made on the Fancy Favors Box die.  I borrowed the snowman idea from Lisa Young's blog, isn't he cute?  We used buttons for his earmuffs and the wide striped ribbon for his scarf.  I wasn't completely happy with his mouth but it was one of the last things I did on it so I'd have to practically redo the whole thing to redo the mouth.  I still love him!
How do you like my outdoors in my bush with red berries pictures?  They turned out pretty good but it wasn't easy to get the bush, shadows or gravity to cooperate!  Before I even went outside to take the pictures I dropped my camera on the kitchen floor.  Yikes!  It broke the latch on the battery compartment so I had to tape it closed with electrical tape.  Obviously, it still works but I have yet another redneck repair in my repertoire!

Another CASE, this one from Debra Courrier.  I loved the simplicity of the 3 strips of Silver Glimmer Paper.  I'm thinking I would add some embossing to the background Cherry Cobbler cardstock if I make more of them though.  We stamped the image in black and colored the heart on the house with a Cherry Cobbler marker to carry over the red from the background.  A snowflake cut with the Northern Flurry die strip secured with a colored Rhinestone brad finishes off the card. 
It's late and I reckon I better head to bed.  I'll post the other 2 projects tomorrow if I get time to.   You know how December is, you remember something you said you would do when there is barely enough time to get it done and end up rushing around all day! 

Tuesday, December 6, 2011


There is a teeny tiny chance that we might possibly see a smidgen of snow tonight if we look out the window at  the right time.  It's funny how they seem to get all excited about it.  I'd just as soon never see another snowflake again unless it was on my crafting table and was paper!  Or better yet, glimmer paper!

I went to a shoebox swap last week and we did 2 snowman cards so I thought it would be a good time to share them with the snow in the forcast and all.  They are made with the Snow Much Fun set in the Holiday Mini catalog.  I love the snowmen and birds in the set.  The first one is an accordian fold card, I can't remember who brought this one but it is a fun card.

 This is what it looks like when you open it up.
 And this is the other snow card..   This one was shared by Becky Brunton but she said she had cased it somewhere.  I love the texture that the Snowburst Embossing Folder gives to the strip on the side and the Glimmer Paper snowflake is a great touch. 
I reckon I need to go peek out the window to see if that big snowstorm has hit yet!  Drive safe  :~)