Tuesday, September 30, 2008


I was supposed to work on a swap, and I had high hopes of working on some holiday card designs this morning, but "Bloomin' Beautiful" called to me. From the shelf, it was hollering and waving it's rubber arms, saying "Choose me, choose me!!!" I love this stamp set!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Other SU products used to create this card include "Paisley" background stamp, Prestwick designer paper, Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware (it's so gorgeous!!!!), Kiwi Kiss satin ribbon, "Warm Words" stamp set, aqua painter, Designer Label and Small Oval punches, Sahara Sand, Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, and Black StazOn ink, and Whisper White, Basic Gray, Sahara Sand, and Baja Breeze card stock.

Monday, September 29, 2008


This card required a gaggle of punches . . . 3/4" circle, 3/4" square, 1/4" circle, scallop circle, Boho Blossoms, and 1-1/4" circle. I think that's all of them. Card stock colors are Kiwi Kiss, Riding Hood Red, Tangerine Tango, Chocolate Chip, Naturals Ivory, More Mustard, and Basic Black. That warm felt ribbon is from the "Alpine" Ribbon Originals available in the Holiday mini catalog.

Sunday, September 28, 2008


The other day, I made a box using the Scallop Envelope die. Today, I used the scallop envelope flap (four of them) to build the lid for this box. It's hard to tell from my pictures, but the Scallop Envelope die not only cuts the shape, it also embosses the scallop portion and scores the fold lines! The leaves and acorns that adorn the top of my box were cut--and embossed--with the Big Shot machine using a Spellbinders die, and I attached my Fall collage with SU's Pop-Up Glue Dots for added dimension. Customers who purchase the Big Shot Starter Kit from me get a FREE "Big Shot 101" class where I'll show you how to use a variety of dies with the machine, in addition to the dies that come with the Starter Kit. I also provide a handy "cheat sheet" booklet (designed and created by me) that contains information on how to use the Big Shot with most manufacturers' dies . . . for cutting and embossing! I even offer a Big Shot Layaway Club! If you're beginning to think that the Big Shot is a Big Deal, then you're right! ;-)


Check out these little guys! I don't remember ever making pumpkins from punches, but my sister said she used to make them years ago. Oh well . . . good ideas are good even if they're old, huh? For the larger pumpkin, I used SU's 1-3/8" circle punch, and I used the Wide Oval punch for the shorter pumpkin. The edges were sponged with Chocolate Chip ink, and I used Chocolate Chip card stock for the stem. For the greenery, I used SU's small Star punch on the large pumpkin, and a felt flower was used on the small pumpkin.

Friday, September 26, 2008


This doesn't look much like an envelope, does it? It's actually four scallop envelopes made into a box! I was on the fence about ordering this Sizzix die until I saw a box that someone else had made with the envelopes and, since boxes are my thing, I had to have it! And let me tell you . . . this is one of the quickest boxes you could ever make! I dressed mine up with Rope Twine (Holiday mini catalog), Pewter Jumbo Eyelets, "Maine Blueberry" designer paper, and SU's star punches. I repeated the star theme on the 3x3 note cards that are in the box and just need to add one or two cards and the envelopes. If you're like me, you like versatility in the products that you purchase, and this particular die definitely has versatility! When I get a chance, I'll show you another way this die can be used on a box--and on a card, as well! Go ahead and put the "Big Shot Starter Kit" on your wish list--the scallop envelope die is included in that kit!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008


Won't these look pretty hanging on a tree? The snowflake on the left is the most sturdy of the two. I used thin cardboard that was silver embossed. The snowflake on the right is a bit more fragile since it was cut from aluminum tooling foil. The foil itself is somewhat thicker/stronger than kitchen foil, but it's still easy to bend. Wouldn't these look nice glittered???? I seem to have misplaced my Iridescent Ice embossing powder or I'd go ahead and try it. The snowflake, of course, is a Sizzix die that was used with my Big Shot die cut machine.


This is one of those easy peasy gift items! I used Kiwi Kiss striped grosgrain ribbon and one of SU's brand new Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware pieces to create this bookmark. It was designed so the stamped image will be right-side-up to rest against the cover of a book while the ribbon holds the reader's place in the book. Other SU products used for this project include the Vanilla brad, Scallop Circle punch, Designer Label punch, "Pocket Silhouettes" stamp set, Tangerine Tango and Old Olive Classic ink, and Crystal Effects.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008


Yesterday's paper craft "experiment" was a gift bag. It wasn't a difficult project, but it's larger than what I wanted. That's the fun thing about some projects . . . you're just not sure what you're going to end up with. I finished putting this bag together this morning and decided to try a fun flower technique. The bag needed "something" to jazz it up. I punched some scallop circles, cut them in half, rolled them into a cone shape, and adhered them to a scallop circle. I used one of SU's new designer brads for the center of the flower but not before I glittered it with Crystal Effects and Chunky Sprinkles glitter. It turned out really good--that glitter is absolutely gorgeous!! Don't study the picture too closely or you'll notice a few boo-boos in the assembly of the flower "cones." ;-)

Monday, September 15, 2008


Of course, it's not too early for Christmas! I created this card for a swap, and the quick design surprised even me! I used Always Artichoke and Very Vanilla card stock for the base. Riding Hood Red card stock was used to create the actual card, which was cut with a Spellbinders' Nestabilities rectangle die. Notice that gorgeous ribbon??? It's just as gorgeous in real life and is SO easy to work with! It's one of the "Alpine" Ribbon Originals offered by SU in the Holiday mini catalog. The other ribbon in the pack is Chocolate Chip felt, and it is so soft and fun to work with--adds a lot of warmth to cold-weather cards! Go ahead and add the Ribbon Originals to your wish list! Other SU products used to make this card include "Punches Three" (level 1 hostess set), Scallop Square punch, 1-3/8" Circle punch, and the Wide Oval punch. Take a closer look at the "Punches Three" hostess set in the catalog! It's worth hosting a workshop just to earn this set!

Saturday, September 13, 2008


They're not too exciting to look at, but they might come in handy! They're "dimensionals." Tonight, as I was mounting a die-cut stamp set, it occurred to me to save the foam (which has adhesive on both sides) and see if it will work as well as Stampin' Dimensionals. I cut the foam into assorted sizes and placed the cuts on waxed paper. I have no idea if they'll lose their tack or get permanently stuck to the waxed paper, but time will tell. It's worth a try, right? This next picture is the leftover rubber after I removed the images and the sticky foam. I had heard that this rubber made a good template for shading stamped images, so I gave it a whirl! Pretty cool, huh? The last picture shows the shaded sentiment by itself. It could certainly mimic a layer on a card, don't you think? At any rate, these are some nifty ideas that you may want to try the next time you have a stamp set to mount. What may look like garbage could end up being useful! I'll try to remember to give an update as to how the dimensionals work out.

Thursday, September 11, 2008


A special person (thanks Jane!!!) let me borrow some stamps and brand new Cuttlebug embossing folders today, and this is the first card I made with them! Jane is pretty special because she let me borrow the Cuttlebug items before she even opened them! The one I used for this card is called Pumpkin Harvest. After coloring the stamped image and applying several layers and multiple colors of sponged ink, I decided to use the "Cracked Glass" technique, which turned out pretty good. Notice the ribbon? That's SU's brand new Chocolate Chip FELT ribbon (Holiday mini catalog). I'd write more, but I've got to go play!


I went to a Demonstrator meeting on Tuesday night where we made a monogram tag, but I had a few boo-boos on mine. I really liked the project, though, so I decided to make another one--one that would coordinate with my "Maine Blueberry" SU tote! Since I don't have the Sizzix Serif Essentials alphabet dies--yet--I had to salvage the one that I cut on Tuesday to put on my new tag. For this tag, I used a SU glue stick to adhere "Maine Blueberry" designer paper to both sides of a round coaster, and I then used my Sizzix Scallop Circles die to make the scalloped circle cut, which was decorated with the "R." The three flowers on the "R" are from SU's Trio Flower punch. I used Dazzling Diamonds glitter and a 2-Way Glue Pen to add some glitter accents. All ribbon shown is from SU.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008


This is such a neat concept, but it was quite a bugger! Actually, it didn't become a frustrating project until time to put the bottom in place. That took as long as finding the photos, creating the collages, etc.! The interior of this cube is approximately 5.75" square, which is a very good sized storage unit! I didn't invent this project . . . I found it and had to try it! Sometimes I feel like a "one-hit wonder" because my goal is always to make at least one of each interesting project that I find and, sometimes, one is all that I have the desire to make. I hope to work on this one, though, and get it to be a less frustrating project because I'd love to make more of these! Those photo inserts are a very good size and would make perfect mini scrapbook pages! Oh, the possibilities! BTW, all of the photos that I used are oldies, except the ones of Chadrick. In keeping with the black & white theme, I printed the "Chad Collage" in gray scale, too! One side of the cube has a collage of my daddy's old photos, one side is my mother's, the third side (the one shown) is me and my sister, and the fourth side is Chad.

Monday, September 8, 2008


My first Christmas card this year, made with "Home for Christmas" from SU's Holiday mini catalog. I wasn't sure I'd like this set--thinking that it would require time-consuming coloring--but this card took less than 30 minutes to make, and that 30 minutes included the time it took to choose card stock colors, design layout, try a couple of things, and attach the bow to the final design. This stamp set really screamed, "BUY ME!!!!," and I'm glad I did! It's definitely a keeper!

Friday, September 5, 2008


I sooooooooo love this project!!! I knew the Sizzix Snowflake die would be fun and useful, but who knew it could also make an awesome window treatment? Want to see this project up close and personal? Come to my Open House on Sunday!


This project is like a 2-4-6-8 box . . . all dressed up as a book bag and ready to take to school!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008


REMINDER: My "New Product Open House" and stamp sale is this Sunday, September 7th, from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. I'll have a LOT of samples and some of the new products on display, and there will be a FREE "make & take" project that uses--of all things--the AWESOME "Top Note" die!!!! All of my retired stamp sets and some Simply Scrappin' Kits will be available for purchase. Make plans now to bring and friend and join me on Sunday!
ETA: This event will be held at TSG Computers. If you don't know where that is, give me a call or email me!


Surprisingly, I didn't use the Top Note die for this project, but I did use the Scallop Circles #2 die to create the two scallop circles that decorate the belly band around this tin. This gorgeous paper is one of SU's newest products . . . "Haiku." It's hard to see, but I used the Snow Blossom punch to create some interest in the center of the scallop circles, and I used the brand new 7/8" So Saffron Poly Twill ribbon to finish off this project. Quick and easy . . . it took about 15 minutes to create this project this morning--and that includes the time it took to choose the paper!


Yet another thing that can be created with the AWESOME Sizzix Top Note die! This little "purse" opens to reveal a gift card, carefully held in place by tabs created with SU's Slit Punch. The "Tangerine Tango" card stock band along the bottom of the purse slips off, and the stamped layer is attached to the band.

Monday, September 1, 2008


A treat that's sure to please, and all the little goblins who get one will be able to sneak a peek at what's inside! This is a quick box to make, and it's quick to get into, as well. SU products used to create this box include Basic Gray and Pumpkin Pie card stock, "Ghostly Greetings" designer paper, black gingham and black grosgrain ribbon, and "Autumn Harvest" stamp set.