Thursday, August 30, 2012

Owl Gift Card Holder

Hi!  I had a request for a gift card envelope so I started playing around and here's what I ended up with.
I really like it.  Something happened though when I used the Diagonal Scoring Plate...the dots are crooked!  I must admit it really bugs me. :)  Oh, well.
I started out with a 4 1/2" square piece of Perfect Plum DSP and scored it on two (opposite) sides at 2 5/8" and on the other two sides at 1 5/8".  I cut the little triangle pieces between the flaps off.  Also you'll notice that 5/8" of one of the tips was cut off as well.  This is optional, I like a straight edge when it's folded up.
Multipurpose Liquid Glue was used to fasten the envelope together.

This is how it looks with the gift card inside.
I glued the name tag, made with the Four Frames stamp set, onto a belly band made with the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Boarder punch, to use as a closure.  (The to and from came from a retired set.)
 This is the back of the finished gift card holder.  You could forgo the belly band and use adhesive to keep it closed.  This sure is a quick and easy envelope to make and the decorating possibilities are endless.  I'll be making more gift card holders over the coming months.

Stamp Set:  Four Frames
Paper:  Perfect Plum card stock and DSP, Whisper White, Early Espresso, More Mustard, Wild Wasabi
Ink:  Perfect Plum
Punches:  Decorative Label, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Boarder
Extras:  Simply Scored Diagonal Plate, Multipurpose Liquid Glue

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Fall Broom

Hello!  Wow!  We discovered that our pc had been hacked into, and since my husband and I know nothing about this sort of thing, I was without internet for 24 hours!  Yikes, how dependent we get on our computers.  All I could think about was posting on my blog!!  Finally here I am.  :)

Today's post was inspired by Mary Brown.  She had a lovely broom on her blog and I knew I had to make one as soon as I saw hers.  Mine was made a little differently than hers. I am so happy with the way it turned out.  Thanks for the inspiration Mary!
Isn't it fun?!  I have it sitting on my kitchen table.

The first thing I did was cut a 7" x 4" piece of Early Espresso Core'dinations card stock.  I put as much as I could into the Woodgrain Embossing Folder and ran it through my Big Shot.  I then back the entire piece with a regular piece of Early Espresso card stock to give it some strength.  Next, I rolled it up and held it together with Sticky Strip.  Then I took a 4" x 11" piece of More Mustard card stock and fringed it on both sides leaving a small uncut section in between so it would stay together.  I applied Snail Adhesive to the entire length and then wrapped it around the broom stick.
I used a piece of Chocolate Chip Ribbon to tie around it.  One thing I forgot to do was sponge the edges of the More Mustard piece with ink.  (I always forget stuff like that!!)  So, I did that at this point, it was ok, but it sure would have been easier if I had done it before I cut it!
The fringed bottom is strong enough to support the broom.  (Mary used the petal cone die as a base for hers.)  The leaves were cut using the Autumn Accents Die and my Big Shot.

Paper:  Early Espresso Core'dinations, More Mustard, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Riding Hood Red, 
            Early Espresso
Stamp Set:  Wonderfall
Ink:  Soft Suede
Extras:  Big Shot, Autumn Accents Die, Woodgrain Embossing Die, Paper Trimmer, Glue Dots, Chocolate Chip Ribbon, Mono Adhesive, Sticky Strip

Gotta run, hope you liked my broom!  Have fun making one of your own.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Cottage Dresser

Hello!  I've been wanting to make one of these dressers for a long time.  I've had the Cottage Window stamped and colored for 2 months and finally decided to to do something with it yesterday.  The DSP reminded me of wallpaper and then I thought about making the dresser.  I love it!  The little box sitting on top was made with the little ticket from the Ticket Duo Builder punch.
I used the Decorative Label punch to cut out the bottom piece of the dresser.  A blender pen, dabbed on ink pads, was used to color the window, tree and bird.  The drawers were attached with glue dots.

Stamp Set:  Cottage Window
Ink:  Not Quite Navy, Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, Soft Suede, Garden Green
Paper:  Not Quite Navy, Springtime Vintage DSP (retired), Watercolor Paper
Punches:  Ticket Duo Builder, Decorative Label
Extras:  1/8" Mini Brads, Glue Dots

I hope you like today's card.  I may be off for a couple of days.  We will be moving my son to college tomorrow and I start work again on Tuesday.  I always have trouble balancing work and stamping!!  Maybe with Kyle off to school I will have more time, who knows!?!  I'll miss him even more than usual because he's the one who always helps me decide what's missing from my cards and the color combos. :)  Thanks, son.

Thanks for stopping by and have a nice day.  I had to come back and edit this page...I just saw that I have had over 10,000 page views.  Thank you all so very much!!!  You have no idea how good this make me feel that you all take time out of your busy days to come over and see what I've been making. Thank you!!

Friday, August 24, 2012


Hello!  Today I've made another treasure box, but this time using fabric!  It turned out really neat.  :)  This week at Stampin' Royalty they are having a fabric challenge and as soon as I saw that I knew I wanted to join in the fun.  Click here to head on over to Stampin' Royalty to see the other entries.

I've had the Candlelight Christmas Designer Fabric for a few weeks now and wasn't sure what I wanted to do with it.  At convention they showed us one way to use the Fabric Adhesive Roll...use it to iron fabric onto card stock!  It is so cool!!

Here is the fabric ironed onto the card stock with all of the cuts made.  I used an 8 1/2" x 11" piece of Early Espresso which was scored at 2 1/2", 5", 7 1/2" and 10" on the long side and in 2 1/2" from  each of the other two sides.

The photo below shows where I've added Sticky Strip.

Here's the completed box.  I love it!!  Below is a close up of the flower.

I attached one of the Naturals Designer Buttons with Early Espresso Baker's Twine.

Card Stock:  Early Espresso, Lucky Limeade
Fabric:  Candlelight Christmas
Punches:  3/16" Corner, 1 3/4" Scallop Circle
Extras:  Fabric Adhesive Roll, Iron, Early Espresso Baker's Twine, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, 
             Naturals Designer Buttons, brad (to hold the flower together), Sticky Strip

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you liked the fabric box.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012


Hello!  Today's card was made for this week's challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  I really like it!
Click here to view all the beautiful cards stampers have made.

Here's my card. 
The little leaf is from the Four Seasons hostess set.  I stamped the "get well soon" on one of the leaves from the Autumn Accents Bigz Die.

I embossed a layer of More Mustard card stock with the Woodgrain embossing folder.  You can't see it too well, but I did pop up the Whisper White circles with Dimensionals.

Stamp Sets:  Four Seasons, Delightful Dozen
Paper:  Whisper WhiteMore Mustard, Early Espresso, Riding Hood Red, Cajun Craze, Old Olive
Ink:  More Mustard, Early Espresso, Riding Hood Red, Cajun Craze, Old Olive
Punches:  1" & 1 1/4" Circle
Extras:  Big Shot, Autumn Accents Bigz Die, Dimensionals

Thank you for stopping by today!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Wonderfall Birthday

Hi!  I have another card to show you using the Wonderfall stamp set.

Fall has always been a favorite time of year for me and I love making cards with leaves.  This set has become one of my favorites along with the Woodgrain embossing folder.  The best part about this card is that I didn't have to cut out the leaves, the Autumn Accents Die is wonderful!!

I used markers to ink the "Happy Birthday" stamp and tied a bow around the acorn with Early Espresso  Baker's Twine.

Stamp Sets:  Wonderfall, You're Amazing
Paper:  More Mustard, Riding Hood Red, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Early Espresso
Ink:  More Mustard, Riding Hood Red, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Early Espresso
Extras:  Big Shot, Autumn Accents Bigz Die, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Woodgrain Embossing
             Folder, Early Espresso Baker's Twine, 3/16" Metallic Brads, Paper-Piercing Tool, Glue Dots

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Another Journal

Hello!  Today's post is another Journal/Doodle Book that I made for my nephew Brian.  The pages inside are plain white.
I used the Open Sea stamp set and some retired Nautical Expedition DSP.

Linen thread was used to attache the anchor.

Stamp Set:  The Open Sea
Paper:  Nautical Expedition DSP (retired), Cherry Cobbler, Not Quite Navy, Whisper White
Punch:  2 1/2" Cirlce
Extras:  Linen Thread, Bind-It-All, Glue Dots

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Storytime Book

Hello!  Today's post is an easy Alphabet/Number Book project to make using the Storytime DSP from Stampin' Up!
Here's the cover.  I used my Bird Builder punch to add a little something extra.  This DSP is really fun and I loved how this book turned out.

I glued card stock and DSP onto chip board to make the pages sturdier.  I cut the alphabet sheets into squares and mounted four letters onto most of the pages.

The book is held together with two 1" rings.  I really wanted to add some bling to this page, but since it's for a boy I thought I better not.  

Just had to add an owl!  I thought he turned out cute.

Well that's it, thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Treasure Box

Hello!  Yesterday I came across a "little case box" on Stampin' Connection that was made by Lydia Roitzsch from Germany.  I thought "gee that is cute" and decided to come up with something similar on my own.  Hers is more rectangular and also has a handle.  I wanted to make mine out of a 8 1/2" x 11" piece of paper so it is more square.  I absolutely love it!  What's more amazing is that it came out perfect the very first time!!!  How often does that happen??
I wasn't sure what to call this until my husband said, "What is it, a treasure box?"  "Why, yes it is!!!"  This would be perfect to store treasure in, or at least some chocolate!
Here's the inside. You dress it up inside and add DSP to the bottom.  I think I will do that.  I used a Velcro circle to fasten it shut.

I sponged the First Edition DSP with Basic Black ink.

The flower on the top was made with the two smallest Floral Frames Framelits.  I thought the antique brad was a perfect fit!
The box measures 2 1/2" tall x 2 1/2"deep x 3 1/2" wide.  The top, front and back piece of DSP measures 3 1/4" x 2 1/4".   The two sides are 2 1/4" square.  The front flap piece is 3 1/4" x 3/4".  The Black closure strip is 4 1/2" x 1" with the DSP measuring 4 1/4" x 3/4".   
 I scored a 8 1/2" x 11" piece of Basic Black card stock at 2 1/2, 5, 7 1/2, and 10 inches on the long side and at 2 1/2 inches on each of the 8 1/2" sides.  On the end with the 1" score line you cut off the two side pieces (this makes the lid).  I used sticky strip hold the box together.  These are pretty basic directions but I'm sure you'll be able to figure it out once you start.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

Paper:  Basic Black, First Edition DSP
Extras:  Big Shot, Floral Frames Framelits, Antique Brads, Simply Scored Tool, Velcro, Sticky Strip

Thank you so much for stopping by today, I hope you liked my "Treasure Box"!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

You're Amazing Card

Hi!  Today's card was made for an amazing young man in our family who is currently at basic training with the United States Marine Corp.
I stamped the word "amazing" a second time with Summer Starfruit and mounted it with Dimensionals.  The balloon is also mounted with Dimensionals.

Stamp Set:  You're Amazing
Ink:  Midnight Muse, Summer Starfruit
Paper:  Midnight Muse, Very Vanilla
Extras:  Big Shot, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Dimensionals

Monday, August 13, 2012


Hello!  These ornaments are popping up all over the place and I just couldn't resist making one.  Mine was inspired by the one on the cover of the Stampin' Up! Holiday Mini.  I love it!  I'm thinking that I'd like to make a larger one and use it as a tree topper.
After stamping 20 of each of the two ornament shapes, I used my Holiday Ornaments Framelits Dies to cut them out.  These Framelits are wonderful!   Then I scored 15 of each design down the center.  Four of the ornaments get glued together (3 folded and one flat).  I hot glued the five green ornaments onto a circle of card stock, then added short strips of gathered Scalloped Tulle Ribbon (which is really soft and nice to work with) with hot glue between each ornament, next I added 12" pieces of Linen Thread (folded into loops) on top of the green ornament, the small ornaments went on next (they are placed between/on top of the larger ones , after that I added the rosette (again with hot glue) and finally the button.

Here's a closeup of the center.  I added a pearl and rhinestones to the center of the button.  I made the rosette by stamping on a 3/4" x 12" strip of paper and then scoring it at every 1/2".  The new Silicone Craft Sheet was perfect for gluing the rosette together.  I put a large drop of hot glue down and used both of my hands to hold it in place until it cooled, then I peeled it off.  Easy peasy!!
Here's a photo of the back.  You could stamp something onto the circle as well, I didn't think of it until after it was glued together!
Stamp Set:  Ornament Keepsakes
Ink:  Gumball Green, Cherry Cobbler
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Gumball Green
Punch:  1 3/8" Circle
Extras:  Big Shot, Holiday Ornaments Framelits Dies, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Vintage Faceted
             Designer Buttons,  Rhinestone Basic Jewels,  Cherry Cobbler Scalloped Tulle Ribbon, Linen
             Thread, Silicone Craft Sheet, Hot Glue Gun

I hope this inspires you to make your own ornament!  It goes pretty fast and is a lot of fun, plus you end up with a beautiful ornament.  They'd make nice Christmas gifts too!  Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Mixed Bunch Journal

Hello!  Today I am posting the Journal I made for my Son's girlfriend for her birthday.  I just can't stop making these books!  They are so fun.

Here's the cover and the first inside pages.  The cover is heat embossed, I love that texture!  The page on the right has a folder pocket.

The 5" square envelope was made with the Simply Scored Diagonal Plate.  It has a Velcro closure.  I added the note card because it looked funny empty! The back of the envelope has a smaller on attached which was made with the Scallop Envelope Bigz die.

I made a couple of pages for her to glue stuff on.  The black page has a clip at the top to attach whatever she wants.

This next page two clips to attach smaller items.

I though maybe she'd like to put a photo of her with her best friend on this last page.  The rest of the book has plain white pages for doodles, notes, etc.

Well, that's it.

Stamp Sets:  Mixed Bunch, Papillon Potpourri, Everything Eleanor, Reason to Smile,You're Amazing, 
                     Affection Collection
Card Stock:  Real Red, Basic Black, Real Red DSP, Whisper White
Ink:  VersaMark, Jet Black Stazon, Real Red
Puches:  Large Oval, Scallop Oval, Elegant Butterfly, 3/4" & 1" Circle
Big Shot:  Labels Collection Framelits, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Floral Framelits, Scallop 
                Envelope Die
Extras:  Red Polka Dot Ribbon (retired), Red and  White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Basic
             Rhinestones, Bind It All

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope I've inspired you to make your own journal!

Friday, August 10, 2012


Hello!  I really loved the sketch for Freshly Made Sketches this week and knew it would be perfect for a birthday card for my son's girlfriend.  
She likes red and black, I thought this turned out so cute!  (Ok, so when I previewed this post the card didn't look so's much cuter in person!!!  Trust me.)
The Blue Ribbon stamp set is so fun to work with! It comes with several different sentiments.  I did not have any red or black DSP that I wanted to use so I used embossing folders to dress up the strips of card stock.

You can't tell from the photo, but the Happy Birthday circle is mounted with Dimensionals.

Stamp Set:  Blue Ribbon, Fresh Vintage (2012 Sale-A-Bration)
Paper:  Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink:  Basic Black, Real Red
Punch:  2-3/8" Scallop Circle
Extras:  Dimensionals, Big Shot, Argyle & Chevron Embossing Folders

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Tomorrow I'll post the Journal I made for Chelsea's gift.

Flying Home

Hello! Just a quick post showing you what I made with the Flying Home stamp set that can be found in this year's Occasions Catalog. As s...