Monday, December 22, 2008

Patchwork Ornament

I got the idea for this ornament from Patty Bennett's blog. We made them at stamp club this month and everyone loved them.

I started with a round coaster that I have had sitting around for probably three years and then I colored the edge with my Chocolate Chip marker, so that the edge is not so noticeable. Then I covered both sides with Bella Rose designer paper. Even though it's not really a Christmas paper, I thought that the red, green and brown were Christmas-y. After I covered the coaster and trimmed the paper, I covered the front with one inch squares of the various patterns in the Bella Rose paper.

I was going to leave it with just the paper, but then I realized that the snowflake from the Word Flurries Rub-ons fit perfectly! I finished the ornament off with a Jumbo Brad and Kiwi Kiss grosgrain ribbon.

Don't forget that Dec 23rd is the last day to take advantage of FREE shipping and 10% off retired sets! Click here to place your order.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Teacher Gifts

The last day of school was Wednesday, so now I can post the teacher gifts that I made for my daughter's preschool teachers and the Director and Assistant Director of the school. We love the school my daughter goes to and all of the staff is wonderful, so I really enjoyed making gifts for them.

I made each of them a set of monogram note cards. I used the same layout for each set and just changed the colors and Designer Paper. I used patterned papers that have retired that I still had. I also included a candle I found at the Target Dollar Spot and decorated with the I Wish Simply Scrappin' Kit. Finally I included a decorated notepad.

To create the skinny notepad, I bought a pack of 8 1/2 x 11 lined notepads (make sure you get ones that don't have the red lines down the right side) and then I took the to the copy shop and had them cut in half so that were 4 1/4 x 11. I decorated the notepad using the Summer Home Simply Scrappin Kit. I made a ribbon loop to hold a pen and attached it with Stick Strip.
I'm already on the lookout for ideas for end of the year gifts. What gifts did you make this year? I would love to see what you did.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Color Inspiration

It's another color inspiration! I really love how this card turned out. I was trying to use a set that I hadn't used in a while, so I decided on Pick a Petal. Really, I was trying to avoid another Pocket Silhouette Card! I just have to say that those of you who come to my classes may see this card again soon, so I hope you like it too!

I have to apologize for my lack of posts. What with getting ready for the Holidays, I have really been a slacker. I also think that posting everyday in November burned me out rather than turning into a good habit, but I am really going to try to post more regularly. I am happy to report that all of the Christmas cards have been mailed, the gifts have been shipped and I only have two more gifts to make and wrap for family that will be here for Christmas. And I've still got a week to go!

One of the sets I used in my card is the Canvas background. That's one of the sets that will be retiring as of Jan 18th. Did you know that until Dec 23rd you can get any retiring set for 10% off? You can also get FREE shipping when you spend $70. You can check out all of the retiring sets by visiting my website and clicking SHOP NOW and then Specials!

Supplies for this card are: Canvas, Heard from the Heart and Pick a Petal Stamp sets; So Saffron, Close to Cocoa, Baja Breeze and Very Vanilla card stock; Chocolate Chip and So Saffron Classic ink; Paper Snips; Crafter's Tool Kit; Stampin' Dimensionals.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Children's Birthday Cards

I saw a similar layout recently as a Christmas card and I decided to make it into some cute children's cards with Wild About You. I am always sending birthday cards, but I sometimes have a hard time finding a kid's or masculine card, so I plan on making several more of these!

The alligator and giraffe are stamped on Whisper White card stock that is on the inside of the card. I punched a 1 1/4 inch circle in the card and then created the scalloped edge by first punching the 1 1/4 circle in a piece of card stock then centering the Scallop Circle around the punched circle and punching.

Materials for this card are:
Wild About You stamp set and Happy, Happy Birthday Jumbo Wheel; Pacific Point, Tangerine Tango, Kiwi Kiss and Whisper White card stock; Pacific Point, Tangerine Tango and Kiwi Kiss Classic ink; 1 1/4 inch circle and Scallop Circle punches; Bashful Blue Striped grosgrain ribbon.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Welcome Baby

Kristina brings us another wonderful color inspiration this week! The colors in this inspiration said baby to me so I used Nursery Necessities for my card this week. I did have to add some Whisper White to my card and while I was typing up this blog entry I realized that I didn't use and Perfect Plum. Oops! I hope you enjoy my card anyway!

I stamped this card yesterday afternoon, but I waited until this morning to take a photo, hoping that I would have better light. No such luck. It's rainy and gloomy today. The streetlights are still on in our neighborhood and it's almost 10:00. So I have to apologize for the picture, but it's the best I could get today.

Materials for this card are:

Nursery Necessities stamp set; Pale Plum, Bordering Blue; Sage Shadow and Whisper White card stock; Bordering Blue Classic stamp pad and VersaMark pad; Sage Shadow, Bordering Blue and Pale Plum Stampin' Write Markers; Celery grosgrain ribbon; Crafter's Tool Kit; Stampin' Dimensionals.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Joy Garland, Part 2

I promised I would show you when I hung up my Joy garland! Since my daughter is 16 months old, we decided not to put up our Christmas tree this year. We don't have a place to put a tree that we can keep her away from it and we decided we would rather not have a tree than to be constantly telling her no, don't touch that. (We seem to be doing plenty of that lately without adding a tree.)

I still wanted to have some of our Christmas ornaments out so I bought a couple of artificial garlands at the craft store to decorate with. While I was decorating I realized that the Joy garland I made would look really nice hung with one of the pine garlands. So here it is hanging in the doorway between the kitchen and dining room.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

New Color Inspiration

It's time for another color inspiration from Kristina Werner! I have to say I was very surprised and honored to have be chosen in Kristina's top ten from last week's inspiration! I almost fell off the couch when I realized that one of the thumbnails on her post was my card.

I really liked this color combination and I think that I might be using this card in one of my classes soon.

Materials for this card are:

Party Hearty stamp set; Certainly Celery, Taken with Teal, Pumpkin Pie and Whisper White card stock; Taken with Teal Classic pad; Taken with Teal, Certainly Celery and Pumpkin Pie markers; Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon; Crafter's Tool Kit.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Last Chance to Get Rub-ons at 20% Off!

Don't forget that today is the last day to get all Rub-ons at 20% off. When you spend $20 you can get all rub-ons for just $8.76!

Click here to place your order.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Things I Can't Live Without- Grid Paper

I love Grid Paper! It really helps me when I am assembling cards and scrapbook pages and it keeps my work surface clean. Stampin' Up!s Grid Paper is 11x17 inches and comes in a pad of 100 sheets. The edges are ruled and the sheet has a 1/4 inch grid.

Besides using it to align the layers of my project, I also use my grid paper to practice stamping titles or words using alphabet stamps, so that I can get my spacing the way I want it. Once I have it the way I want it on the grid paper, I place my project on the grid paper where I have stamped my title and line the stamps up with the stamped letters on the grid paper.

Grid paper is a great tool to have in your stamping toolbox, so make sure to add a pad to your next order!

Friday, November 28, 2008

I Wish Card

I am working on my personal Christmas cards today, but I thought I would share a card I made using the I Wish Simply Scrappin' Kit. I used a sketch from Heather Scott for the card and the supplies for this card are quite simple. I used the I wish Simply Scrappin' Kit, 3/8 in Real Red grosgrain ribbon, 1/4 inch Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon and Dimensionals. If you haven't started on your cards you could make some quick and easy cards using the I Wish Simply Scrappin' Kit. Click here to order one!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

I just want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! I have a lot to be thankful for this year. Enjoy your holiday and don't forget that tomorrow is Make Something Day. What are you going to make tomorrow?

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Save with the Holiday Extravaganza!

Beat the crowds! You can save up to 50% off select product bundles with Stampin' Up!'s Holiday Extravaganza!

Click here to download the flyer or go directly to my Demonstrator Website and click SHOP NOW and then Specials.

These Bundles are available only while supplies last or until Monday, December 1st, so don't delay!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Welcome Christmas

Here is my card for Kristina Werner's Color Inspiration this week. The colors are: Riding Hood Red, Sahara Sand, Whisper White and Very Vanilla.

I created the scalloped edge by punching 1 inch circles with my punch and attaching them along the bottom of the Vanilla strip.

Don't forget that tomorrow is the beginning of the Holiday Extravaganza sale from Stampin' Up! You can get 20-50% off select product bundles through Monday. These product bundles will be available only while supplies last, so be sure to check out my Demonstrator Website tomorrow to take advantage of these great deals!

Materials for this card are: Heard from the Heart stamp set; Sahara Sand, Riding Hood Red, and Very Vanilla card stock; Riding Hood Red Classic Ink; Riding Hood Red Stripped Grosgrain Ribbon; Crafter's Tool Kit.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Monogram Cards

Monograms are pretty hot right now, so I thought I'd share a monogram card that I made. I have made several versions of this card as gifts. Monogram cards would make great Christmas gifts!

The layout I used for this card is my verson of a sketch from Sheet Load of Cards.

Materials for this card are: Schoolbook Serif Alpha; Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss, Chocolate Chip and Whisper White Card Stock; Bella Rose DSP; Chocolate Chip Classic Ink; Chocolate Chip 3/8 inch grosgrain ribbon; 1 1/4 and 1 3/8 Circle and Scallop Circle Punches; Stampin' Dimensionals.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Make Something Day

I came across this on another blog and I thought it was a great idea. The Friday after Thanksgiving is National Make Something Day! Rather than going out and buying gifts on the Friday after Thanksgiving, why not avoid all that craziness, stay home and make gifts for those you love. This will not be a sacrifice for me as I don't like crowds and I don't like waiting in line! I know that I will be working on teacher gifts, my Christmas cards and I want to try making some felt play food for my daughter.

Join Me for Make Something Day

If you don't know what to make, here are some ideas:
Dollar Spot Project
Christmas Ornaments
Patchwork Composition Book
Coaster Box
People also love to get packs of hand-made cards as gifts. You might be able to find a few ideas for those around here somewhere! {wink} One year I didn't give my aunts cards for their Christmas gifts and they said "Thanks for the gift, but where are our cards?" At least I never have to think about what to give them!

Will you be making any Christmas gifts this year? What's on you list of things to make this year?

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Things I can't live without

This time I will be talking about the Adhesive Remover. I'll bet you've never heard of the Adhesive Remover. It's on page 191 of the current catalog with the adhesives.

It's a 2x2 eraser that will remove any adhesive residue from your projects. I tend to be a little messy with adhesive, especially liquid adhesives, so I use this tool all the time! Just rub the Adhesive Remover over the excess adhesive. When the Adhesive remover gets gummy, just cut off that section. I also use the Adhesive Remover to remove the gummy stuff on my craft and rubber scissors.

At just a $1.95 this is a great tool to have so that you don't ruin your projects with excess adhesive! It would make a great stocking stuffer, too!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Fall Card

This is a card that we made last week in one of my stamp clubs. They wanted to make fall and Christmas cards at their meeting. We used the leaves from the On Board Something Seasonal and colored them with markers. There are large and small leaves, so I just let them decide how many leaves they wanted on their card. I chose to use just one large leaf. I colored the leaf using the Old Olive marker and attached it to the card with glue dots.

Materials for this card are: Heartfelt Thanks stamp set; Sahara Sand card stock; Chocolate Chip Classic Stampin' Pad; Old Olive Stampin' Write Marker; Bella Rose and Washington Apple DSP; On Board Something Seasonal; Glue Dots.

Would you like to be a part of my stamp club? Ask me how!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Altered Frame

This is a frame that I bought at the local craft store. It's made of MDF, so it has a nice smooth surface and at $1.99, it made for an inexpensive project. I used materials from the Summer Home Simply Scrappin' Kit to decorate the frame.

I started out by using my Chocolate Chip Craft pad to color the edges of the frame. I let that dry for a few days and then I started decorating. I measured the frame and cut my card stock to size and then I laid the frame over my card stock to trace the opening of the frame and cut it out with my paper snips. I sued the Tombow MonoMulti to adhere my card stock to the frame. Then I just decorated with elements from the kit.

Other than waiting for the Craft ink to dry, this was a very quick project. I might give it as a gift for Christmas, I haven't decided yet. (So, family that read this blog: if you get it, just act surprised!)

Materials for this project are: Summer Home Simply Scrappin' Kit; 1 1/4 Circle and 1 3/8 Circle punches; Craft Stampin' Pad; Old Olive and Chocolate Chip 1/4 inch grosgrain ribbon; Silver Brads; Stampin' Dimensionals.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Thanks so Much

Well, at least you got one week with no cards made using Pocket Silhouettes! I'm back this week with another. I just really love this set! I tired to use something else, really, I did, but it just kept calling to me. So here you go.

Materials for this card are:
Pocket Silhouettes stamp set; Close to Cocoa, Elegant Eggplant; Pumpkin Pie and Whisper White card stock; Elegant Eggplant and Close to Cocoa Classic Stampin' Pads; Scallop Edge Punch; Rich Regals Brads; Crafter's Tool Kit.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

More Gift Ideas

Here are some gift ideas from Stampin' Up! for $25-50:

Craft Stampin' Spots $25.95
Linen and Leather 12x12 Albums $29.95-39.95
Hodgepodge Hardware $29.95
Pretties Kit $29.95
Curly Label Punch Bundle $33.95
Crop-A-Dile $29.95
Crafter's Tool Kit $29.95
Stampin' Stack & Store Caddy $34.95
Country Living Holiday Collection Stampin' Kit $49.95

Click here if you would like to purchase any of these items.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Great Gift Ideas Under $25

Stampin' Up has items that make great gifts! Here are some ideas that are under $25.

Big Shot Sizzlits Dies $4.95-21.95
Paper Snips $9.95
Bone Folder $6.95
Blender Pens $9.95
Designer Brads $5.95
Build A Brad $9.95
Chipboard Journals, Clipboards and Book Basics $4.95-9.50
Classic Stampin' Spots $22.50
Punches $5.95-15.95
Rub-Ons $10.95 (You can get them for 20% off! Ask me how.)
Tatoo Kits $13.95

There are also MANY, MANY stamp sets and Decor Elements that are under $25!

Order any of these gifts today by clicking here, then SHOP NOW.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

National Blog Posting Month

Have you noticed that I have been posting every day? Did you wonder why? November is National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) and the challenge for NaBloPoMo is to post something on your blog everyday for the month of November. I've made it halfway through, so we'll see if I make it for the whole month!

Keep checking back to see if I make it!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Things I can't live without

I am going to start a little series of posts about the Stampin' Up! tools I can't live without. These are the tools I reach for again and again and use on almost every project I create. First up: Paper Snips.

What I like about them:
1. They have thin, sharp blades that are great for cutting out stamped images and getting into even the tiniest corners.
2. They have a protective cover. These babies are SHARP, so the protective cover keeps you from getting poked when you are digging around for things on your craft table.
3. They have precision ground blades that are sharp all the way to the tip.

What I use them for:
Cutting out stamped images
Trimming paper
Cutting ribbon
I also grab these scissors when I am working on a sewing project.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Ways you can use Rub-ons

Don't forget that all rub-ons are on sale through the end of the month with a $20 purchase! Did you know that you can use rub-ons other places than just your scrapbook pages and cards?

Here are just some of the things that you can apply rub-ons to:

Ceramic canisters
Photo frames
Album covers
Book covers
Photo boxes
Glass doors
Pencil pouches
Lunch sacks
Metal buckets
Even your fingernails!

Place your order today to get your rub-ons 20% off! Click here and then SHOP NOW.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Thanksgiving Place Card

Isn't this the cutest thing? I made this turkey using only Stampin' Up! punches. The only stamping is my name on the bottom. The punches I used for the turkey are:
Scallop Circle
1 3/8 inch Circle
3/4 inch Circle
3/4 inch Square
1/4 inch Circle
Double Circle
Other supplies that I used are: Calendar Alpha and Numbers; More Mustard, Real Red, Basic Black and Whisper White card stock; Real Red, Old Olive and Chocolate Chip Textured card stock; Chocolate Chip Classic stamp pad; Glue Dots; Stampin' Dimensionals; Tombow Multi-purpose Adhesive.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Blog Award

I am so honored that Rachel over at Modern Mommyhood has given me a blog award! The rules for this award are that I have to list six things I am thankful for and give this award to six other blogger.

Things I am thankful for:
1. My husband
2. My daughter
3. My friends
4. Knowing that I have a warm house to live in and plenty of food to eat.
5. That I am able to work at home and spend as much time as I can with my daughter.
6. The blogging world--I've gotten so many great tips, ideas and recipes from the blogs I read.

Bloggers that I am sending this award to:

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Color Inspiration #30

Once again Kristina has given us an awesome color inspiration this week. When I first looked at these colors and the bedding, I thought that I would make a card using Pocket Silhouettes. As it turns out, once I sat down to stamp, I realized that these colors would make a cool Christmas card, so I pulled out Big on Christmas instead!

Materials for this card are: Big on Christmas and Punch Pals stamp sets; Sahara Sand, Certainly Celery, Old Olive and Whisper White Card Stock; Jet Black Staz-On and VersaMark ink pads; VersaMarker, Old Olive and Certainly Celery Stampin' Write markers; Scallop Edge punch; Crafter's Tool Kit; Old Olive, Whisper White and Certainly Celery 1/4 inch grosgrain ribbon; Stampin' Dimensionals.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Rub-ons Sale!

Starting today, when you spend $20, you get 20% off all Rub-ons! That makes them $8.76 (regularly $10.95). You can find rub-ons on pages 178-179 of the Idea Book and Catalog, in the Mini Collection and Celebrando Creatividad. Here is a recent project I created using rub-ons.

Chateau Bella
Word Flurries
Hidden Garden
A Perfect Day
Take Note
Chills & Thrills
Chit Chat
Greatest Moments
School Days
*Old Saint Nick
*Season of Cheer
**Hidden Garden Blossoms

*From Holiday 2008 Mini Catalog
**From Celebrando Creatividad

Hostesses can also get rub-ons at the discounted price as part of their free hostess merchandise. Contact me today to book your party or catalog party!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Great Photography Blog

If you are looking to improve your digital photography, then you need to check out the Pioneer Woman Photography blog. She has great tutorials about different aspects of photography and how to edit your photos using Photoshop. I really like this one about aperture. I know the basics about aperture, but I have a hard time remembering which settings I want to achieve the results I want, so I check this for a quick review.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Stampin' Up! on TV

Click here for a link to a TV segment from Studio 5 on KSL-TV in Salt Lake City. Shelli Gardner, co-founder of Stampin' Up!, shows you how to create Holiday place settings using the Big Shot and other Stampin' Up! supplies. A supply list and directions follow the video clip.

If you would like to make these projects you can order all of the supplies by clicking here and then SHOP NOW.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Country Living Holiday Stamp Kit

Stampin' Up has partnered with Country Living Magazine to offer the Holiday Collection Stampin' Kit. The kit contains everything you need to make beautiful decorations and Holiday decor!

Kit Contents
Holiday Collection stamp set
Die-cut chipboard and Designer Series paper
Card stock
Ribbon and cord
Pretties Kit brads
Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter
Classic Stampin’ Spots

You can watch a video of Shelli Gardener, founder of Stampin' Up!, create just one of the many projects with this kit by clicking here. This kit is only available while supplies last, so order yours today!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Color Inspiration #29

It's that time of the week: time for another Color Inspiration from Kristina. It seems like I just posted the last one! My card for this week came together fairly easy and I was kind of surprised. I have to admit that I don't use Taken with Teal very often. I'm not sure that my marker has ever been used. It looked pretty brand spankin' new considering I've had it for more than five years. That is why I love these challenges, because they force me to use colors that I might not normally use.

I will share something I learned last year about the Stampin' Around Wheels. When you are using a wheel on a card, you don't need to use an ink cartridge! If you are going to make tons of the same card or wheel the whole card, you might want to use an ink cartridge. But for my card I just inked my wheel really well by rolling it on my Pacific Point stamp pad and then rolled across my card!

Materials for this card: Bitty Birthday stamp set; Happy Happy Birthday Jumbo Wheel; Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie, Taken with Teal and Whisper White card stock; Jet Black Staz-On and Pacific Point Classic stamp pad; Elegant Eggplant, Pumpkin Pie, and Taken with Teal Stampin' Write Markers; Blender Pens; Pumpkin Pie Striped Grosgrain Ribbon; Scallop Edge Punch; Stampin Dimensionals.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Dollar Spot Project

I found these candles in a tin at the Target Dollar Spot. Not only were they in the Dollar Spot, but they were on clearance, so they were only 50 cents each! Now that these tins turned out so darn cute, I wish that I had bought more. They were so easy to decorate. I used the I Wish Simply Scrappin' Kit to Decorate my tin and some Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon. Here is what I did to decorate the tin:

1. Cut Designer Paper 8 1/2 x 3/4 inches and adhere to tin with Sticky Strip.

2. Trace lid on Old Olive Textured Card Stock and cut out. Adhere to lid with Tombow Multi-purpose Adhesive.

3. Decorate lid with self-adhesive die cuts from the I Wish Simply Scrappin' Kit.

4. Tie 14 inches of 1/4 inch wide Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon around the lid. I attached mine in a couple of spots with glue dots. You could also use Sticky Strip.

Here is a closer look at the top of the tin.

Don't forget you can order the I Wish Simply Scrappin' Kit and all of the other supplies I used to complete this project, by clicking here and then "SHOP NOW"!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Party Hearty Card

Yup! It's another Party Hearty card. This was a quick card that I whipped up using a sketch from Heather Scott. I love to use sketches for a jumping off point when I am making a card. This is a simple layout and I definitely going to try to make more cards with it. I based my colors on the ones used in the Designer Paper.

Materials for this card are: Party Hearty stamp set; Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White and Riding Hood Red card stock; Washington Apple DSP; Riding Hood Red and Bashful Blue Classic ink; White Grosgrain Ribbon; 3/4 inch Circle Punch; Stampin' Dimensionals.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Joy Garland

Here is another Holiday decoration you can create using the On Board Something Seasonal. I've also used On Board Simon Upper. The first thing I did was to cover the chipboard with craft ink. I used Whisper White on the snowflakes and Bashful Blue on the letters. I let the pieces dry overnight. After the pieces were dry I covered the letters with VersaMark ink and embossed with Glassy Glaze Enamel. I also coated the snowflake pieces with VersaMark and then I covered with Heat and Stick Powder, heated and then covered with Dazzling Diamonds glitter and heated again. You really could do this without letting the Craft ink dry and skipping the VersaMark.

To put it all together I punched holes in the chipboard pieces with a 1/8 inch circle punch and strung them together with silver cording. I haven't decided yet where I will hang this and it's still too early to put up Christmas decorations, but when I do hang it I share a photo with you.

Materials for this card: On Board Something Seasonal and On Board Simon Upper; Whisper White and Bashful Blue Craft Ink; VersaMark Ink; Glassy Glaze Enamel; Heat and Stick Powder; Dazzling Diamonds Glitter; Heat Tool; Silver Cord.

Don't forget that you can get all these supplies by clicking here, then Shop Now!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Color Inspiration #28

It's time for another of Kristina's awesome Color Inspiration Challenges! When I sat down at my stamping desk, I honestly did not think I would be able to make a card with these colors. I can't tell you when the last time I used Ruby Red or Sage Shadow was. (Probably one of Kristina's other challenges!) Surprisingly, though, my card came together really quickly. I don't have a clock where I can see it when I am stamping (I know, not a good idea) but I think that it maybe took me 30 minutes to make.

It is a 4 1/4 square card. The materials I used for this card are: Pocket Silhouettes and Heard from the Heart stamp sets; Ruby Red, Sage Shadow, Pumpkin Pie and Whisper White card stock; Ruby Red and Sage Shadow classic ink; Whisper White Grosgrain ribbon; Earth Elements Brads; Stampin' Dimensionals; Stampin' Sponges; and Crafter's Tool Kit.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Christmas Ornaments

Here are two Christmas ornaments I made today. They are quick and easy, so I plan on making bunches more of these for gifts. They are both made pretty much the same way, but the one on the left uses Rub-ons and the one on the right I put a picture of my cutie patootie. I even did a bit of recycling in this project!

I started the project by cutting some of the cardboard that comes in the Designer Paper packs (I always save this when I'm done with the paper, but you could also use the cardboard from a cereal box) into 3 1/2 inch squares. Then I cut some Designer Paper from the I Wish Simply Scrappin' Kit just a little bigger than 3 1/2 inches. (You can use any DSP, this is just the only Christmas-y DSP I had.) I would rather trim the excess than try and make everything line up exactly. Then I glued the designer paper to the cardboard with the Tombo Mono Multi. I am in love with this stuff! And to think I almost didn't buy it. I trimmed the excess DSP from the edges.

Next, I popped out the chipboard pieces from the On Board Something Seasonal and colored them with markers. This is something I just recently figured out. I used to use the stamp pad directly on my chipboard, but I ALWAYS made a huge mess and it was hard to get in all the little corners. Then one day I was working on a project and picked up the marker to get some spots that I missed and I thought to myself why not just use the marker to color the whole thing?

Next, I applied the Rub-ons or the photo cut to 2 1/2 inches square. I used the Word Flurries Rub ons. The photo is also glued on using the Tombo Mono Multi. Then I attached the chipboard using Glue Dots.
Finally, I used Sticky Strip to attach a loop of grosgrain ribbon to the back of the cardboard and then covered the back side with card stock (attached with Sticky Strip). On the photo ornament I also added brads before I covered the back.

I hope you enjoy making these as much as I did and remember that you can get all of the supplies to make these ornaments from me! Just click here or email me. Also, I will be reviewing the Tombo Mono Multi in my November newsletter so if you would like to learn more about this project, sign up for my newsletter using the sign up box on the top right of my blog.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Two Month Warning

Christmas is two months from tomorrow! Are you ready? I'm not! I have to say that this is probably the latest I have ever started my Christmas Cards, but I am going to buckle down and get them done as soon as I can.

This year I am trying to be frugal with my cards. I have so many supplies that I am just going to use what I have. Since we have more than 100 friends and family on our Christmas card list that means that I will be making more than one card design. I do have two cards designed already, but I can't show them to you, since that would spoil it for my friends and family who read my blog! And since we're taking about cards, I thought I would share some of my tips for stamping multiple cards.

-Design then cut. Once you have your card designed, figure out how many cards you need and cut everything at once.

-Use your supplies to the max. When you are designing, think about how you can cut your paper so that you have as little waste as possible. For example, this year I am using designer paper that comes in 12x12 sheets, so I am using a 3x4 piece on my card so that I am using all of the sheet for my cards. Similarly, one of my cards uses a 2 inch square of Whisper White card stock, so I will cut those pieces from a 12x12 sheet rather than an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet to eliminate any scraps.

-Keep your card as flat as possible. I have noticed lately that the post office has gotten stricter about charging additional postage for thick or lumpy cards. The extra postage is 17 cents per card, so in my case that would be an extra $17 or more to mail my cards.

-Create an assembly line. Do each step for all of your cards before moving on to the next step. It takes a lot more time to stamp and assemble each card individually than to make them assembly line style. You may even be able to get your kids or spouse to help you.

-Work while you wait. When I am making multiple cards, I do all of the cutting and stamping and anything else that I MUST do in my stamp room and then I do every thing else (the coloring, cutting out stamped images and assembly) while I am watching TV, riding in the car, or waiting (at the doctor, in the carpool line, etc).

If you haven't already, make sure that you have planned for the cards and gifts you are going to make this Holiday Season. This is the first year that I need to make teacher gifts, so I have to add that to my list! Some other people to think about making gifts for:
Holiday Party Hostesses
Co-workers/Bosses (yours and your spouse's)
Volunteers that work with you kids (Scout Leaders, Coaches, etc.)

Next week I'll have projects that you can make to give as gifts, so check back for some great ideas!

This Modern Mommy

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

I'm Back!

No, last week did not get the better of me. We've been out of town. I totally intended to blog while I was gone, but we had some very busy days and I was too pooped at night to blog.

We have been on our annual trip to Washington, DC. Each year we go to participate in the Light the Night Walk, but this year my cousin was also getting married. We didn't make it through the entire walk this year. My daughter didn't want to ride in the stroller and only wanted me to carry her. Have I mentioned before that she weighs almost 29 pounds? Yeah, so no way could I carry her for a two mile walk. Luckily, there was a Metro stop on the walk route, so we just headed back to our friend's house. The wedding was wonderful and the reception site had the most awesome views of DC.

An update on my last post: my daughter is better, the cat is getting there and ALL of the pen came out of the laundry!
This is a card that we made at my fundraiser for the Light the Night Walk. Everyone loved the elegant simplicity!

Materials for this card are: Pocket Silhouettes stamp set; Not Quite Navy, Riding Hood Red, Bashful Blue and Whisper White card stock; Kiwi Kiss Patterns DSP; Not Quite Navy Classic stamp pad; Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon; Stampin' Dimensionals.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008


What a day! And it's only half over. My daughter has an ear infection, the cat has a bladder infection and I washed not one, but two pens in the load of laundry I did this morning. My daughter is feeling better. She finally slept through the night last night. The cat is going to the vet this afternoon (Shhhh! Don't tell her.) And all of the ink stains came out of the laundry. Thank goodness for Spray N' Wash and Oxi Clean!

I did manage to make a card this morning for Kristina Werner's Color Inspiration. I didn't participate last week, because I just couldn't get the colors to work for me. This week's colors are: Rose Red, SO Saffron, Bashful Blue, Wild Wasabi and Whisper White. Alas, all of my Wild Wasabi is gone (man, I loved that color!) so I substituted Old Olive.
Sorry for the wonky photo, but it just seems to go with the day!

Materials for this card: Party Hearty stamp set; Old Olive and So Saffron card stock; Junior Varsity DSP; Rose Red and Old Olive Classic Stamp Pad; Rose Red Grosgrain Ribbon; Scallop Circle Punch; 3/4 inch Circle Punch; Stampin' Dimensionals.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Loads of Love

Sorry I did not post a project yesterday. I sat down to create a card, but it just wasn't happening for me.

This card is also from the Christmas Stamp-A-Stack I had in September. The layout was pretty simple, but water coloring the truck does make it a little more complicated. If you prefer to color with makers, that works, too.

Materials for this card:
Loads of Love stamp set
Itty Bitty Backgrounds stamp set
Brocade Blue 8 1/2 x 5 1/2
Night of Navy 3 x 3 3/4
Always Artichoke 5 1/2 x 1/2
Naturals White 2 x 3
Real Red 2 1/8 x 3 1/8
Jet Black Staz-On
Real Red Classic pad
Always Artichoke Classic pad
Basic Gray Classic pad
Bordering Blue Classic pad
Brocade Blue Classic pad
Night of Navy Classic pad
Aqua Painter
Crafter's Tool Kit

1. Stamp tree image in Brocade Blue on card.
2. Stamp truck image on Naturals White card stock with Staz On. Create mask of truck and place over stamped truck image. Stamp tree image with Staz On so that it appears to be in the back of the truck. Watercolor image using classic inks and Aqua Painter.
3. Stamp background from Itty Bitty Backgrounds using Night of Navy ink on Night of Navy card stock. Adhere to card.
4. Use piercing tool and guide from the Crafter's Tool Kit to pierce a row of holes down the middle of the Always Artichoke card stock. Adhere to card.
5. Adhere Naturals White card stock to Real Red card stock and adhere to card.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Patchwork Composition Book

I bought these mini composition books a few months ago when school supplies were on sale. I got them for 5 cents each! I got the idea for this cover here and I thought it was a fantastic idea since I always have tons of little scraps of designer paper left over. I already have a few other projects in mind using the designer paper patchwork.

Materials for this project are:
Composition book/notebook (any size)
Designer paper scraps (I used Stampin' Up!s Bella Rose)
Glue Stick
Wide grosgrain ribbon
Sticky Strip

1. Apply glue liberally to the cover of composition book.
2. Adhere scraps to notebook.
3. Trim excess paper from edges
4. Apply grosgrain ribbon to notebook spine with sticky strip.

I can't wait to make some more of these. I think that it took me more time write this blog post than it did to make the notebook! Want to learn how to make more gifts using Stampin' Up! products? Come to my gifts class on Saturday, October 25th. Email me today to register. Space is limited.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Quick Christmas Card

Here is another card from my Christmas Stamp-A-Stack. This one is quick and easy!

Materials for this card:
Spotlight on Christmas
Many Merry Messages
Always Artichoke card stock - 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, plus scrap
Pink Pirouette - 4 x 1 1/2
Whisper White - scraps
Bella Rose - 4x4
Chocolate Chip Classic Stamp Pad
Riding Hood Red Classic Stamp Pad
Pink Pirouette Classic Stamp Pad
Chocolate Chip 1/4 Inch Grosgrain ribbon - 12 inches
Five Petal Punch
Rich Regals Brads
Crafter's Tool Kit
Stampin' Dimensionals

1. Stamp poinsettia stamp in Riding Hood Red ink on Whisper White scrap, punch with Five Petal Flower Punch.
2. Punch Always Artichoke scrap with Five Petal Flower Punch.
3. Stamp swirl stamp randomly in Pink Pirouette ink on Pink Pirouette card stock.
4. Stamp Seasons Greetings in Chocolate Chip ink on Always Artichoke card.
5. Adhere Bella Rose DSP to card.
6. Tie ribbon around Pink Pirouette card stock and adhere to card over DSP.
7. Using piercing tool and mat from the Crafter's Tool Kit, punch three holes in poinsettia and attach Always Artichoke brads.
8. Adhere Always Artichoke Five Petal Flower to card. Adhere punched poinsettia on top of Artichoke flower with Dimensionals.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Bitty Birthday Card

I don't have much time for this post. The nap gods are smiling on me, so I will make this quick before my daughter wakes up.

Materials for this card:
Bitty Birthday stamp set
Old Olive card stock - 4 1/4 x 11
Bashful Blue card stock - 4x4
Whisper White card stock - 1 3/4 x 1 3/4
Washington Apple DSP - 2x3
On Board Something Seasonal
Jet Black Staz-On
Chocolate Chip Classic Stamp Pad
Riding Hood Red Classic Stamp Pad
Chocolate Chip marker
Bashful Blue marker
Old Olive marker
So Saffron marker
Blender Pen
Riding Hood Red striped grosgrain - 5 inches
Glue dots

1. Stamp the birthday cake with Staz-on on Whisper White card stock. Color with markers. Use the Blender Pen and the ink from the Riding Hood Red stamp pad to color the red icing.
2. Color the scalloped square chipboard with the Old Olive marker.
3. Adhere DSP to Bashful Blue square.
4. Use glue dots to adhere ribbon to Bashful Blue card stock. Adhere Bashful Blue card stock to Old Olive card.
5. Use glue dots to adhere Whisper White card stock to chipboard square and to adhere chipboard to the card.
6. Stamp "Happy Birthday" in Chocolate Chip ink.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Necessity is the Mother of Invention

This is a card we made at my most recent stamp club. I only had one sheet of this design from the Washington Apple DSP, so I had to cut it in a way that I could get at least 14 pieces from the one sheet. Cutting it in 3 x 3 squares gave me 16 pieces and that was the basis for the design of this card, so necessity was definitely the mother of this card!

Materials for this card were:

Pocket Silhouettes stamp set
Not Quite Navy Classic Stamp Pad
Sahara Sand card stock - 8 1/2 x 11
Not Quite Navy card stock - 1 3/8 x 2 5/8
Naturals White - 1 1/4 x 2 1/2
Washington Apple DSP - 3 x 3
Bella Rose DSP - 5 1/2 x 1/2
Chocolate Chip 1/4 inch grosgrain - 5 inches

Directions for this card are pretty simple:
1. Stamp the image in Not Quite Navy ink on the Naturals White card stock.
2. Layer on Not Quite Navy card stock. Tie Chocolate Chip grosgrain around the bottom.
3. Layer Washington Apple DSP then Bella Rose DSP on Sarah Sand card.
4. Adhere stamped image to card with Dimensionals.
5. Stamp greeting in Not Quite Navy ink.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Pumpkin Decorations

Okay, I know today is World CARD Making Day, but my first project I am going to share with you isn't a card. These pumpkins are just too cute not to share. They are so easy to make!
I am going to give you directions to make the smaller one, but you can make them any size depending on the size of the paper you start with. Also, one of my stamp club members mentioned last night when we were making these that they would be cute made from the Patterns DSP.

Materials needed:
5 1/2 x 8 1/2 piece of card stock (I used Pumpkin Pie)
Ink/ink cartridge to coordinate with your card stock
Stamp or wheel
8 inches of Chocolate Chip 1/4 inch grosgrain ribbon
6 inches Old Olive 5/8 inch grosgrain ribbon
Glue dots
Paper Trimmer

1. Stamp/Wheel one side of your card stock
2. Cut card stock into 5 1/2 x 1/2 inch strips
3. Stack strips together and punch a hole in each end with your Crop-A-Dile
4. Make a knot in one end of the Chocolate Chip Grosgrain and thread through both sets of holes. Card stock strips should now be curved in a "C" shape.
5. Make a second knot at the top. Tip: bend card stock farther than you really want the final shape to be to give yourself room to tie the knot. Trim excess leaving enough for a "stem"
6. Spread card stock strips to form a pumpkin shape.
7. Tie a knot in the Old Olive grosgrain and adhere to pumpkin with a glue dot to create leaves.

World Card Making Day Special

To celebrate World Card Making Day, Stampin' Up! is offering Simply Sent Card Kits and Card Elements for 20% off. This special discount is only available today through October 11th. Email me today to order or click here to order online.
I'll be back later with my first project for World Card Making Day!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Pocket Silhouettes Color Inspiration

Kristina Werner has posted a new color inspiration. This week's colors are Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, Kiwi Kiss and Very Vanilla. These colors definitely say "fall" and I don't have too many sets that could be used for a fall project. So I decided to use Pocket Silhouettes. I just recently got this set as the hostess benefit for an order I placed. I have used it several times lately, and I will share those cards with you soon.

Saturday is World Card Making Day and to celebrate I will have a project with full instructions every day next week, so check back starting Saturday for these great projects!
Supplies for this card are: Pocket Silhouettes and Bitty Backgrounds stamp sets; Kiwi Kiss, Pumpkin Pie, and Very Vanilla card stock; Chocolate Chip and Kiwi Kiss Classic Ink; Bella Rose DSP; Chocolate Chip 5/8 inch grosgrain ribbon; Cutter Kit; Stampin' Dimensionals.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Birthday Presents for YOU!

It's Stampin' Up!'s Birthday, but you get the presents! From October 1 st to 31st, spend $20 in regular catalog merchandise and qualify to purchase any preselected birthday/celebration stamp sets at 20 percent off.

Click here to download the flyer. Once you spend $20 there is no limit to the number of sets you can get at 20% off! Stampin' Up! is also offering one AquaPainter for just $7.25. You can order any of these sets or the AuqaPainter online by clicking here, then click on Shop Now.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Season of Joy

Here is another card from my Christmas Stamp-A-Stack last month. I really can not believe that it is October already! This post reminds me that I really should start on my own personal Christmas cards. I used to start my cards in August, but the last few years I seem to start closer to Christmas each year.
Last year, as I was rushing around on Dec 15th trying to get my cards to the post office, my husband was so kind as to remind me that Christmas is the same day every year, so why am I always behind?
This card was a really simple card. Sometimes getting back to the basics with a card or project can have great results. The ladies who came to my class really loved it!
The supplies for this card are: Season of Joy stamp set; Old Olive, Not Quite Navy, Real Red and Whisper White card stock; Old Olive and Not Quite Navy Classic Stamp Pads; Old Olive 1/4 inch Grosgrain Ribbon; Stampin' Dimensionals.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Beate's Weekend Sketch

Happy Friday!
It has been a while since I have done one of Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenges. Beate took a break for the summer and since she has started her sketch challenges again, I haven't participated.
I needed to make a wedding card and when I saw Beate's sketch, I knew it would make the perfect wedding card. The materials I used for this card are: Warm Words and Pocket Silhouettes stamp sets; Pink Pirouette, Basic Gray and Whisper White card stock; Pink Pirouette Patterns DSP; Pink Pirouette and Basic Gray Classic stamp pads; White grosgrain ribbon; 1 3/8 inch circle punch and Scallop Circle punch; dimensionals.
Just a note about comments for my blog. I welcome your comments, but I have decided to start moderating comments. I decided to do this after a comment was posted on my blog that made me uncomfortable and the poster's blog (which was linked in the comment) was not one that I wanted associated with my business and my blog.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Cool Dudes

This is another card from my Christmas Stamp-A-Stack. I have to admit that this was a last minute card. My daughter refused to take a nap the afternoon of my class and I still had one card left to design. Which I was planning to do while she napped. Since my daughter wouldn't take a nap, I had to wait until my husband got home from work before I could start designing a card. I was really frustrated at first, and I rejected several cards before I finally came up with this one. I do, however, like what I finally came up with. I think these penguins are too cute!

The supplies I used for this card are: Punch Pals stamp set; Bashful Blue, Basic Gray, Real Red and Whisper White card stock; Jet Black Staz-On; Bashful Blue Classic Ink; Going Gray, Real Red; Bashful Blue; Always Artichoke and Pumpkin Pie Stampin' Write Markers.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Birthday Card Swap

I am participating in a birthday card swap through a group of Demonstrators in North Carolina. I make many, many birthday cards, so I wanted to participate in this swap to get some ideas. We choose to make either a feminine or masculine card. I made a masculine card. My cards need to go in the mail tomorrow so I will share it with you tonight.

My card for the swap is another card using Party Hearty. Are you tired of seeing this set yet? This card uses: Party Hearty stamp set; Riding Hood Red, Bashful Blue, Kiwi Kiss, Not Quite Navy and Whisper White card Stock; Kiwi Kiss Patterns DSP; Kiwi Kiss, Not Quite Navy and Riding Hood Red Classic Ink; 3/4 Inch Circle Punch; Dimensionals.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Cards for a Cure blog candy

I am holding a stamping event that is a fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Light the Night Walk and from now until Thursday September 25th at 9 pm (EDT) if you register online for Cards for a Cure or donate on my walk page, you will be entered to win some blog candy. I will be giving away the Summer Home Simply Scrappin' Kit, Happiness Decor Elements and Tags on Board stamp set (from the 2007 Holiday Collection).

Cards for a Cure
Saturday, October 11th from 1-4 pm.
Redeemer Presbyterian Church
Winston-Salem, NC

Create 10 cards for $25
All proceeds benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Register Here

Donate Here

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Party Time!

I really love this new set Party Hearty. I make birthday cards for all of my family (and that is a lot of people) and I often have a difficult time making birthday cards for the men in the family. One reason I like Party Hearty is that depending on the colors you use, you can have a card that is masculine (like today's card) or feminine (like the card in this post).

I used the colors from Kristina Werner's color inspiration for my card today. The colors were: Chocolate Chip, Bravo Burgundy, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive and So Saffron. We could also use Whisper White or Very Vanilla.

Supplies for my card were: Party Hearty stamp set; Old Olive, Chocolate Chip and Whisper White card stock; Old Olive, So Saffron and Bravo Burgundy Classic ink; Pumpkin Pie Striped Grosgrain ribbon; Rich Regals Brads; Dimensionals; Crafter's Tool Kit.
Come back tomorrow because I will be announcing some blog candy related to my Cards for a Cure fundraiser!