Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!!!

Good Morning!

Happy Halloween!  Are you all ready for an evening filled with lots of trick or treating?  My kids are older so we no longer have kids to take around.  It's kinda sad actually.  Halloween has always been my favorite holiday.  I used to decorate the house all up with lots of spooky decorations and creepy sounds.  I'd stay home and pass out candy while my husband took the kids from house to house.  I love seeing all the costumes!  This year is the first year in a long time that we didn't decorate.  The weather here has been nasty and cold so I haven't felt much like being outside for hours making my house spooky.  Hopefully next year will be better!

Today I have a super cute card to share!  It's a CASE from page 181 in the 2012-2013 Annual Catalog.  I have to admit that it looks a little difficult to make but thanks to a tutorial from Linda Heller,  it's actually not!

Today was actually the very first time I used the "No Peeking" stamp set.  I think it's absolutely adorable!  I LOVE the little penguin.  Way too cute!!!  
I'm gonna make another one later today but with the deer image from the No Peeking stamp set.  I will share a picture as soon as I get it complete!
Enjoy your day!!!

Card Ingredients:
Card Stock:  Baja Breeze, Always Artichoke, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Soft Suede
Stamp Set:  No Peeking
Ink/Markers:  Black Staz-On, Always Artichoke, Tangerine Tango, Summer Starfruit
Tools:  Paper Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Sticky Strip, Paper Snips, Glue Dots, 2 Way Glue Pen, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Bone Folder, Holiday Collection Framelits (Star), Big Shot

Monday, October 29, 2012

Bow tutorial

Good Morning everyone!
I hope you are all having a wonderful Monday!  My thoughts and prayers are with those of you who are on the East Coast dealing with Hurricane Sandy.  I hope everyone will be OK and that the damages won't be too severe.
On a side note I would like to remind everyone that for TODAY ONLY- Stampin' Up! is offering a 15% discount on all stamps in the Holiday Catalog and the Annual Catalog.  The only exceptions are:  Hostess Sets, Bundled Stamp Sets and Digital Stamp Brush Sets.  Please let me know if you have any questions!  I can be reached at (734) 497-8521 or via email at

Today I have a bow tutorial to share with you.  I didn't come up with the idea however I have tweaked the bow to my satisfaction.  My dimensions below are for 2 bows.  There is a large bow and a small bow.  I used the Candlelight Christmas Designer Series Paper for both bows.  These are SUPER easy to make and don't require a lot of time.  It actually took me less than 10  minutes per bow to make mine!

Large Bow and Small Bow:

For the Large Bow:  Cut your DSP to the dimensions listed below.

You will need to cut:
3 strips of DSP that are 3/4" x 12" long
3 strips of DSP that are 3/4" x 11" long
2 strips of DSP that are 3/4" x 10" long
1 strip of DSP that is 3/4" x 4 1/2" long

Make a loop out of the 3/4" x 4 1/2" strip.  Twist the remaining strips so that there is a loop at the top and one at the bottom.  
Your strip will start like this:
Twist a loop at the top:

and one at the bottom:
Hot glue each loop where they meet in the middle to hold them together.  Repeat the above process for all of the 12, 11, and 10" strips.  When you are finished twisting- this is what you should have:

Start assembling your bow using the 12" loops first.  Lay out and hot glue so your loops like the picture below:

Next, add in the 11" loops in the same way you did with the first layer.  Be sure you adhere each loop with hot glue in the center where they meet.  
Your bow should look like this now:

Add the 10" loops in the same manner as the above loops.
Third layer:
Put a small pool of hot glue on the bottom of the 4 1/2" loop.  Press the loop into the center of the bow.  

Ta da:

Wasn't that easy?  The small bow is made exactly like the large bow but with different strip dimensions.  Those dimensions are listed below:

For the small bow- you will need:
3 strips of DSP that are 1/2" x 8" long
3 strips of DSP that are 1/2" x 7" long
2 strips of DSP that are 1/2" x 6" long
1 strip of DSP that is 1/2" x 2 1/2" long
To make this bow- simply follow the tutorial for the large bow.  
These bows are very easy to create and make a beautiful addition to your gift packaging! 
Thanks for checking in and I hope you've enjoyed the tutorial!
As always- please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

15% off sale!!!

Good evening friends!
Tonight I wanted to share a little bit of news with you.  On Monday October 29th Stampin' Up! will be offering a 15% discount on ALL stamps in the Holiday Catalog as well as the 2012-2013 Annual Catalog.  The ONLY exclusions from the sale are hostess sets, bundled stamp sets, and digital stamp brush sets.  This sale will be available both online directly through my site (click the SHOP WITH ME button on the right hand sidebar to go to my web store) and on any orders placed through me via email or phone.
This is an excellent way to buy stamps for your holiday projects!  Please call or email me with any questions you may have!  Remember- the sale is good for ONE day only!  Monday October 29th!

Mini Holiday Scrapbook

Good Morning!
Last week as I was trying to come up with cute little holiday ideas for the stamping/scrapbooking class I teach at the local YMCA.  Since my class time is limited to two hours, I needed to come up with something that would fit into that time frame.  I also needed an idea that would be easy for my students to follow and create as this particular class has ten kids ages 8-12 years old.

I came up with a mini scrapbook!  It's super cute and didn't actually require much stamping thanks to the Snow Festival DSP!  Hopefully my class will enjoy making it!

Here are the pictures:

Have a fabulous Thursday!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Dress Form

Good Morning!
Yesterday I was playing around with a dress form that I bought last week.  Originally- I purchased it to display the mini purse ornaments that I had been making for my upcoming workshops.  As I was looking at the dress form, I was trying to think of a way to add a little embellishment to the actual form itself  so it wasn't so plain.
Unfortunately I got a little carried away and can no longer use it to display those cute little mini purses.  However on the bright side- I ended up creating a beautiful decoration instead!

Close up of the front:

Close up of the back:

I apologize in advance for the poor quality pictures.  I'm still getting used to the correct way to photograph my work.  She looks better in person!  I love her!

DSP:  Twitterpated
Card Stock:  Whisper White
Embellishments:  Primrose Petals 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon, Whisper White 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon
Tools:  Paper Trimmer, Paper Snips, Paper Doily Sizzlits L Die, Glue Dots, dress form, hot glue gun, hot glue sticks

Friday, October 19, 2012

Clearance Rack UPDATED!

Just wanted to let everyone know that the Clearance Rack has been UPDATED!!!  Shop NOW before it's too late!  70 products were added to the Clearance Rack today.  Click the SHOW NOW button on the right side bar of my blog to be taken directly to my webstore.
Please call or email if you have any questions!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Next up: Ornament Class

Good Morning!
Thanks for checking back!  Today is Thursday so I am posting my upcoming classes as promised earlier in the week.  Here are my new classes.  Please note that I don't have pictures of every card design yet.  As soon as I do- I will update so you can see exactly what is with each class.

The first class is literally just around the corner!  It will be on Saturday, October 27th from NOON-3pm and I am also offering the same class later in the day from 6-9pm.  When you register, please let me know which class time you will be registering for.  In this class, we will be making a variety of Holiday Ornaments.  There are 4 different ornaments in a variety of sizes.  Please note that this class is different from the last Ornament Class.  Class fee is $15.00 or free with an order placed on 10/27.  Please RSVP by October 24th.
We will be making some of the ornaments shown below:

Here is another view of the Holiday Ornaments:

Mini Purse Ornaments:

Ornament Keepsakes Ornaments:

I am also holding the first of several Holiday card Stamp-a-Stack's.  This class will be held on Friday, November 2, 2012 at 7pm.  Since this is a Stamp-a-Stack, we will be making 2 cards each of 5 designs.  These are all Holiday themed cards.  Feel free to work at your own pace!  This is the perfect time to get a jump start on making your Holiday cards!  Class fee is $15.00 or free with an order placed on 11/2.  Please RSVP by 10/29.  Not all cards are shown below.
Here are a few cards from the Stamp-a-Stack Class:

The third class I'm offering, is a WOW card class.  We will be making a variety of "WOW" Holiday cards.  These cards aren't your basic Holiday cards.  These are the fancier cards that you would send to someone special.  This class will be held on Monday 11/12 at 7pm and then again on Friday 11/19 at 7pm.  Class fee is $15 or free with any order placed the same day of class.  Please RSVP by 11/7.
Not all cards shown.
Here are a few WOW cards that we will be making in class:

I also wanted to let my Canadian friends know that YES!  You can attend my classes!  I am a short 45 minute drive from Windsor.  No confusing directions.  Just a straight shot down I-75 S!  So grab your friends and head on down! Please email or call me for details!  I would LOVE to have you join us!!!


As always- if you have any questions or would like more information please do not hesitate to contact me.  To email- click the EMAIL ME button on the right hand sidebar.  By phone- please dial (734) 497-8521.

I would also like to thank Becky Roberts for allowing me to CASE some of her wonderful cards/ornaments to share with you.  Thanks Becky!!!!
Thank you for checking in and have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Pop Out Card

Good Morning!
How is every one's week going so far?  I've been busy stampin' all day!  I have been trying to create a few new projects.  Some are cards and some are not.  I will share them little by little in hopes of helping you prepare for the upcoming Holiday season.  If you have any questions on a technique or how a certain card/project was completed please email or call me to ask!  I am always happy to help!

My card today is a pop out card.  Isn't it cute?  It's also the perfect way to showcase the Holiday Ornament Framelits!  This is what it looks like from the front:

And from the inside:

Card Ingredients:
Card Stock:  Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Gumball Green
DSP:  Be of Good Cheer
Stamp Set:  Ornament Keepsakes
Inks:  Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green
Embellishments:  Bakers Twine, Rhinestone Jewels, Pearl Basic Jewels, Designer Faceted Buttons, 3/4" Stitched Satin Ribbon (Gumball Green)
Tools:  Paper Trimmer, Paper Snips, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Big Shot, Holiday Ornaments Framelits, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Paper Piercing Tool, Festive Paper Piercing Pack, Essentials Paper Piercing Pack, SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Modern Label Punch, Word Window Punch, Sticky Strip

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Mini Tutorial Tuesday!

Good Morning!
Today I have a cute little card to share with you.  It's very easy to make and will use up your left over scraps of Designer Series Paper!
Card Stock:  Very Vanilla (5 1/2" x 8 1/2"), Cherry Cobbler ( 5 1/4" x 4"), Silver Glimmer Paper (for the Star)
DSP:  Scraps- whatever you have on hand is fine.
Embellishments:  Buttons, Ribbons, In-Color Dahlias, Pearl Basic Jewels, Linen Thread
Tools:  Big Shot, Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder, Holiday Collection Framelits (star), 1 1/4" Scallop Circle Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, SNAIL, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Glue Dots, Paper Trimmer, Paper Snips, round wooden skewer

To begin, fold the Very Vanilla card stock in half to form the base.  Emboss the Cherry Cobbler card stock using the Big Shot and the Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder then layer onto the Very Vanilla using SNAIL.  
Next, you will need 16 scrap pieces of DSP.  All need to be 3/4" wide.  Here are the individual size measurements:
3 pieces that measure 3/4" x 1 1/4" (for tree base)
1 piece that measures 3/4" x 3 3/4"
1 piece that measures 3/4" x 3 1/2"
1 piece that measures 3/4" x 3 1/4"
1 piece that measures 3/4" x 3"
1 piece that measures 3/4" x 2 3/4"
1 piece that measures 3/4" x 2 1/2"
1 piece that measures 3/4" x 2 1/4"
1 piece that measures 3/4" x 2"
1 piece that measures 3/4" x 1 3/4"
1 piece that measures 3/4" x 1 1/2"
1 piece that measures 3/4" x 1 1/4"
1 piece that measures 3/4" x 1"
1 piece that measures 3/4" x 3/4"

Begin rolling each piece lengthwise around the round wooden skewer.  After you have all 16 pieces rolled, begin laying out your tree onto the Cherry Cobbler/Very Vanilla card base.  Once you have it arranged how you want it- using the Multipurpose Liquid Glue, glue each roll down individually (this helps keep the shape of the Tree).  Please note that you only need a very fine line of the glue to hold the roll down.

Using the Star shape from the Holiday Collection Framelits- cut out a Star from the Silver Glimmer Paper.  Attach 3 Stampin' Dimensionals to the back of the Star so that it is the same distance from the card base as the paper rolls.  Adhere just above the top paper roll.

Next,  I stamped the Merry Christmas and Snowflake images from the Mixed Medley Stamp Set.  Using a 3/4" Circle Punch, cut out the Merry Christmas.  Using the 1 1/4" Scallop Circle Punch, cut out the Snowflake image.  Layer together with a Stampin' Dimensional.  Make a bow with the Linen Thread and attach to the Snowflake image with a Glue Dot.  Adhere the Snowflake image to the tree with Stampin' Dimensionals.  Finish by embellishing as desired!  I used a combination of Buttons, In-Color Dahlias, and Pearl Basic Jewels.  

If you have any questions- please feel free to let me know!  I hope you enjoy!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Another Ornament!

Good afternoon!
This week, I have a whole bunch of new ideas to share with you!  I also have a few new classes to add to my upcoming schedule so be sure to register ASAP as spots fill up quickly!  I will post the classes Thursday so be sure to check back!

Today, I'm sharing another type of ornament.  It's very simple to make and the results are beautiful!  My ornament is actually CASED from my fabulous upline Becky Roberts.  I love it!

Card Stock:  Gumball Green, Silver Glimmer Paper, Very Vanilla
DSP:  Be of Good Cheer
Stamp Set:  Joyous Celebrations
Embellishments:  Gumball Green Satin Stitched Ribbon
Tools:  Paper Trimmer, Paper Snips, Snow Flurry Bigz L Die, Big Shot, 2 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals, Paper Piercing Tool

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Hot Chocolate & Spider Cider

Good Morning!
Today I have 2 pouches to share with you.  I got the pattern from the Papercrafter's Library.
The first is a Hot Chocolate pouch and the second is a Spider Cider pouch.  Both holders will accomodate an individual packet of hot chocolate or hot apple cider.  I didn't have all the same supplies as the Papercrafter's Library so I substituted what I had on hand.  I think they came out cute!

These little pouches can be used for more than just a beverage packet!  They would be perfect for cash, gift cards, photos, etc...

I hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012


Good Morning!
Since most of the items I share on my blog are items that I create using actual products, I thought it would be a great idea to share another option that Stampin' Up! offers.  It's the MDS2 program.  MDS2 is a program that you use on your computer to design products digitally.  You can then either print your projects at home or have them printed out directly through Stampin' Up!.  What a great way to create gifts, cards, invitations, announcements, scrapbooks, and much much MORE!!!  The possibilities are endless!
Stampin' Up! also offers digital downloads that coordinate with the MDS2 program.  Not feeling very creative?  There are many templates to choose from allowing you to customize your projects completely to your tastes!  New downloads are also available every Tuesday!

Here is a project that I created using the MDS program and a digital download.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Single Stamps offer

From now until January 2, 2013 Stampin' Up! is offering single stamps from the following sets:  Word Play, Perfectly Penned, and Seasonal Sayings.  This offer is available for Clear Mount Stamps only.  When purchased, the stamp will come in a cello bag and not in a storage case.  Storage cases can be purchased and come in packs of 4 (item # 119105).  

Please contact me if you have any questions or would like to place an order.  You an also click the SHOP button on the side bar and purchase from my website.


Since Blogger was uncooperative last night, I was unable to post the winner of the Blog Candy.  Chosen by was #3- 


I will email you for your address.  Thanks to all who participated!  You may be asking yourself why would I ask the color combination question.  Quite simply- I was looking for some new ideas!  I will definitely try each one out!
Thanks for playing along!