Monday, December 22, 2014


Hello there! I wanted to pop in here really quick and share one last minute project with you. I sing with the praise band at our church and I wanted to spread a little holiday cheer with everyone in the band. I found these cute little buckets and bags at the dollar store and filled them up with all the cookies and treats I've been baking.

I made a round card to decorate each lid, matching the design on the bucket. I did the same chalkboard technique for all, but varied the sentiments.

I made Santas using various punches and DSP...


And penguins...

 Sorry I can't go into more detail, but I've got dozens of cookies to get decorated by tomorrow. Thanks so much for stopping by and have a very Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 15, 2014


Hello there! I wanted to share this favor that I made for my Club Members at Card Night last week. It features the Note Tag Punch and was super easy to put together. I started with a piece of Basic Black Cardstock measuring 6 1/4" x 3. I scored longways at 1 1/2" and shortways at 1 1/2", 3", 4 1/2" and 6". I kept the 1/4" tab on the top row of squares, but cut off the bottom tab. I then cut up to the score lines on the bottom row score lines. I folded on the score lines to form a box. I used Fast Fuse on the tab and bottom pieces to make a small box. I punched out 2 tags using the Note Tag Punch.

I punched out 2 more tags in Whisper White Cardstock, cut off the sides and adhered to the black tags. I tied a piece of Real Red Satin Ribbon around him and secured it with a dab of SNAIL. I used my retired 1/4" square punch for his beak, but you can just cut a small square and score down the middle, using Pumpkin Pie Cardstock. I used the Word Bubble Framelits for his earmuffs in Real Read Cardstock~the smallest one and cut off one of the circles. I added a pair of Neutrals Candy Dots in black and a couple of googlie eyes. I attached the decorated tag to the front of the box with fast Fuse and the plain tag to the back. The little box is a perfect fit for a York's peppermint patty.

I went to a Catalog Launch in Des Moines a couple of weeks ago to get my hands on the new Occasions and SAB catalogs!!! And I got to see a couple of buddies I hadn't see in awhile. My good friend Jamie made this sweet little Santa for me and filled him with my most favorite holiday treat:)

And my other Jaimie buddy made me this:) The perfect chocolate survival kit to get me through the Christmas craziness:) What a couple of thoughtful elves!

Off to make some more Christmas cards:) Love this time of year! Thanks so much for stopping by:)

Sunday, December 14, 2014


Hello there! Just got home from doing a little caroling and wanted to pop in and share this last Christmas card we made at Club Card Night earlier this week. I started with a Crumb Cake base and added a piece of Under the Tree Specialty DSP. I used the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch to make the tag in Crumb Cake as well. I used the Tree Punch to pop out a tree in scrap paper. I centered it where I wanted it on the tag with a tiny bit of SNAIL and lined the punch over the top to get the tree centered.

I stamped the tree using Festival of Trees in Early Espresso and stuck a piece of Trim the Tree DSP underneath using Dimensionals. What a fun stamp set~all kinds of trees and lots of different ways to decorate them:) Before I attached the DSP to the tag, I straightened the stamp and added the fun stitching to the bottom. It's really cool how you can manipulate photopolymer stamps to work in many different ways. I wanted to add the stitching all the way around the card as a border, but knew my card ladies would kill me, so I compromised.

I added some of the lovely Cherry Cobbler Sheer Linen Thread through the tag and popped on a Nordic Designer Button thread with Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine. I attached it with a Glue Dot and tucked the sentiment underneath stamped in Early Espresso. This was such a fun and super easy card to make~you could definitely knock a bunch of these out by Christmas. I'm hoping to get time to come up with a few more ideas for all these awesome stamp sets I've shared the past few days. Make sure to stop back tomorrow for some fun favors for everyone on your nice list! Thanks so much for stopping by:)

Saturday, December 13, 2014


Hello there! I have another Christmas card to share with you using the set Holiday Home and coordinating Homemade Holiday Framelits. I started with a Baked Brown Sugar base and heat embossed the background houses in Pool Party Embossing Powder and Versamark ink. I lined the bottoms of the photopolymer houses up along the edge of my table and butted them right next to each other. I then placed the clear block over them to get perfect alignment on the block.

Next I added a piece of Nordic Noel DSP as a backdrop for a Calypso Coral circle from the Subtles DSP Stack using the Circles Collection Framelits and Big Shot to cut it out. I stamped the house in Baked Brown Sugar onto Whisper White Cardstock and colored it with Soft Sky, Baked Brown Sugar, Real Red and So Saffron Markers. I then cut it out using the Homemade Holiday Framelits. I stamped the trees using Garden Green & Baked Brown Sugar Markers. I cut them out and adhered all 3 pieces with Dimensionals to the Calypso circle. I added a sweet little gingerbread border underneath the DSP using the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch.

Next I added a strip from another design of Nordic Noel DSP and the sentiment was stamped in Real Red onto Whisper White. Finally I added one of my favorite Nordic Designer Buttons. Back to my cardmaking:) Check back tomorrow for another. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, December 12, 2014


Hello there! Here's another card we made at Club Card Night using White Christmas. I started with a Sahara Sand base and added a layer that was embossed with the Lucky Stars Embossing Folder with the help of the Big Shot. I then added a layer of Vellum Cardstock that I stamped with White Stazon ink. I flipped it over and did a little coloring with Sahara Sand, Real Red, Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party and Basic Grey Markers. I used the White Chalk Marker for the snow at the bottom.

I added a piece of All Is Calm Specialty DSP behind the vellum, rounded the corners with the Corner Rounder Punch and added little Glue Dot balls between the layers to give it a little depth. I sprinkled some Very Vanilla stars around that I punched with the Confetti Stars Punch, covering up the Glue Dots. I wrapped a piece of the luscious Real Red Satin Ribbon around the embossed piece and attached it to the base. I stamped the sentiment in Real Red onto Sahara Sand Cardstock and tucked it underneath the snowman. I stamped him in Sahara Sand as well and colored him with Real Red, Pool Party and Pumpkin Pie Markers. I punched him out with a 1" Circle Punch and attached with a Dimensional.

I added a bow with a Glue Dot and one of the precious Nordic Designer Buttons. I plan on using every last one~they're so adorable! Well off to make up 24 of the Christmas cards we made last night. Got my Carpenters Christmas on and a Venti Skinny Caramel Macchiato on the way~Merry Christmas to me:) Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, December 11, 2014


Hello there! I hope you're surviving the hustle & bustle of this time of year~I love it! I've got Club Card Night tonight and I'm ahead of the game for a change, so I thought I'd post one of the cards we'll be making. This card features the set Bright & Beautiful and the Stars Framelits Dies. I started with a Crumb Cake base and cut out a star on the front. I then embossed it using the Filigree Frame Embossing Folder along with the Big Shot.

Make sure to do the cutting before embossing so the embossing doesn't get smashed. I masked off part of the sentiment with a post-it note, and stamped it in Crumb Cake ink onto Very Vanilla Cardstock. I added a few Frosted Sequins and attached with Glue Dots.

For the inside, I stamped the star with Whisper White Craft ink and heat-embossed it with White Embossing Powder. I punched out some stars from Champagne Glimmer Paper using the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack. I adhered them to a piece of Gold Metallic Baker's Twine with Glue Dots, and then added Glue Dots underneath to attach to the star. I stamped the sentiment in Crumb Cake, popped the star up with Dimensionals and added a couple more snowflakes as well.

Well off to go get everything set up for tonight. Make sure to stop back tomorrow for another Christmas card. Thanks so much for stopping by:)

Monday, December 1, 2014


Hello there! Here's what I made for my Hostess gift this month. I used the Fry Box Die with Chocolate Chip Cardstock. I used the Large Oval Punch for his ears and face~in Soft Suede. I used the 1" Circle Punch for his eyes in Whisper White and nose in Red Glimmer Paper. I used the 1/2" Circle Punch for his eyes in Basic Black.

For his antlers I used the Autumn Accents Die along with the Big Shot using Basic Black Cardstock. I just cut some of the leaf off to get the antler shape. I attached the antlers and face with Dimensionals. I filled a 4x6 Cellophane Bag with chocolate, added a tag made with Good Greetings and tied it up with Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine. This would be a super quick & easy little gift for all the elves on your shopping list. Thanks so much for stopping by:)

Sunday, November 30, 2014


Hello there! Finishing up a year of celebrating with a sweet little Christmas favor for you. I used the adorable Tiny Treat Boxes and stuffed my favorite holiday treat inside~Christmas Nougats...yummy:) You can fit 3 or 4 inside.

For the tag I used leftover kraft cardstock from the Many Merry Stars Kit, as Crumb Cake was a little too light for my liking. I used the Note Tag Punch and the tree from Holiday Home in Early Espresso along the left side of the tag. I used the Tree Punch with Trim the Tree DSP Stack, cutting off the bottom part of the tree. I punched 2 trees for each tag, scored them down the middle and stapled them together. I used the Confetti Star Punch in Crushed Curry Cardstock and attached with Liquid Tombow. The sentiment was stamped in Cherry Cobbler onto Whisper White. I wrapped a piece of Cherry Cobbler Striped Ribbon aroung the box and tied a knot. I attached the tag with Crumb Cake Thick Baker's Twine from the Under the Tree Tag A Bag Accessory Kit.

 I was kind of afraid I'd have all these favors left over with tons of candy & chocolate in the house, which I do not need, but there weren't any left of anything. Mission accomplished!

Dominique's surprise bithday turned out awesome and everyone had a great time. I know he felt loved and missed while he was away.

Check back here when you need some ideas for your celebrations in the upcoming year. Thanks so much for stopping by:)

Saturday, November 29, 2014


Hello there! Onto Thanksgiving...and Paper Pumpkin came to the rescue again:) I ordered an extra refill kit and had enough to make 2 'pies'. I mixed up a batch of chocolate chip cookies, but added M&Ms instead of chocolate chips and put it into a round pan.

I let it cool for a bit, but when it was still warm I added some chocolate stars. When it was cool, I cut it into 8 pieces, placed each slice in a ziploc bag and tucked them into the boxes.

I used the recipe on the back of a bag of Nestle chololate chips, and it worked out perfectly for 2 pies:) These were a big hit with kids of all ages. If there's still some refill kits left, you should snag some up and be ready to go when next Thanksgiving rolls around. I'll be 'wrapping' things up with Christmas tomorrow. Make sure to stop back. Thanks so much for stopping by:)

Friday, November 28, 2014


Hello there! Next up, Halloween. For these treats I filled plastic gloves with popcorn and candy corn. I first added a piece of candy corn to the end of each finger to look like a nail, then just filled them up. I tied them shut with White & Tangerine Tango Two-Tone Trim and added a spooky ring to a finger.

I also filled a big black cauldren with the popcorn/candy corn mixture and made some Twix or Treats which I stuck into a Rolo to hold them up.

It could be fun to get some king-sized candy bars and have the Twix or Treats sticking out of them as well.

Well, that's all for today. Off to do the ritual, get a work-out in and start wrapping presents, yay!:) Have a wonderful day and thanks so much for stopping by:)

Thursday, November 27, 2014


Hello there! Happy Thanksgiving:) Sorry this is so late in the day, but it's been a busy one:) For July 4th I got a bucket from KFC and filled it with Chex Chocolate Caramel Crunch~I think that's what it's called...we just refer to it as crack. It's Dominique's favorite.

I put Paper Pumpkin to work with some left over pinwheels from a kit this summer. They were a hit with the kids:)

I also made some little firecracker favors that I shared in a previous post in July. I put 2 Hershey nuggets together and wrapped them with a piece of Maritime DSP. Before I wrapped them with the paper, I made a fuse out of Basic Grey Cardstock and glued it to the wrapper, centering it between the nuggets. I punched out 2 stars from Gold Glimmer Paper using the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack and attached them to the fuse with Glue Dots.

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving:) Thanks so much for stopping by! Gobble gobble...

Wednesday, November 26, 2014


Hello there! I had so much fun making this little favor and couldn't wait to share it with you. I know you won't be needing to think about Father's Day for awhile, but when you do, hopefully you'll remember this fun idea. I used the photopolymer set Calling All Heroes. Having 2 grandsons, this set was a must for me. I cut out the star using the Big Shot and Star Framelits using Basic Grey Cardstock. I used Basic Black ink for the background and sentiment.

To stamp the sentiment, I cut out a circle using the Circles Collection Framelits out of scrap cardstock. I simply lined up the letters along the curve and stamped. I stamped the other images in Real Red ink onto Real Red Cardstock, and Crushed Curry ink onto Crushed Curry Cardstock. I cut them out, adhered them together and attached with Dimensionals.

Fot the 'cape', I folded the top corners around the top of the star and punched holes in the top corners of the candy wrapper. I then strung a piece of Crushed Curry 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon through the holes and tied a knot.

Finally, I anchored the cape to the back of the star using a couple of Glue Dots. Dominique isn't really the shirt & tie or golfing kind of dad, but he is definitely a super hero to Quinten, so these worked out perfectly! We added a couple of mylar balloons and we were set. Stop back tomorrow for some fun 4th of July ideas. Thanks so much for stopping by:)

Tuesday, November 25, 2014


Hello there! just popping in here quick to share the next occasion we helped Dominique celebrate. He got his GED while he was away, so we wanted to let him know how proud we are of him. I made a faux diploma and wrapped it with Smoky Slate Chevron Ribbon and added some Gold Sequin Trim.

Iused the stamp set Something To Say and stamped the sentiment in Basic Grey ink onto Brushed Gold & Brushed Silver Cardstock. I then made some favors by wrapping Hershey nuggets with Smoky Slate Cardstock. I cut a 1 1/2" square out of the same cardstock and folded a piece of Smoky Slate 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon in half. I poked a hole to the center of the cap using the Paper-piercing Mat & Tool and attached the ribbon with a Candy Dot Brad Base. I added a Neutrals Candy Dot to the center and attached with a Dimensional.

Make sure to stop back tomorrow for a super fun idea for Father's Day. Thanks so much for stopping by:)

Monday, November 24, 2014


Hello there! Working my way through the holidays and occasions of the year. Today's project isn't too exciting, but does show you how to whip up a tiny banner if you need one.

I had a heck of a time coming up with an Easter basket this time of year, but some kind soul on Facebook came to the rescue:) I used Strawberry Slush, Pear Pizzazz, Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight, and Wisteria Wonder Cardstock and punched out little pennants using the Banner Punch. Next I stamped out Happy Easter using the Simply Serif Mini Alphabet in Chocolate Chip and punched out the letters with the 1/2" Circle Punch. I used the Paper-piercing Mat & Tool to poke holes at the tops of the pennants and strung baker's twine through to make a banner. I can't remember which color I used-probably Old Olive? Then I just filled the eggs with Dominique's favorite candy-Laffy Taffy:)

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Sunday, November 23, 2014


Hello there! On to St. Patrick's Day. I made a banner using Garden Green Cardstock and the Metro Type Alphabet stamp set. I used the 1 1/4" Circle Punch along with the Hearts Collection Framelits. I scored the hearts down the middle and used the Bird Builder Punch for the stems.

 I folded several Tea Lace Paper Doilies in half and strung a piece of Old Olive Baker's Twine through them. I adhered the 4-leaf clovers to them and added some Gold Trim Sequins. For a little extra good luck, I added the little horseshoes to the ends with the set A Fitting Occasion. I used Basic Grey ink onto Brushed Silver Cardstock, cut them out and tied them to the ends.

For extra fun, I added Lucky Charms to my Rice Krispy Treats:) I added green food coloring to the melted butter and Rice Krispies. After I mixed them up, I added about 3/4 cup of Lucky Charm marshmallows and mixed them in. I sprinkled some on top as well. Extra yummy:) Check back in tomorrow for an Easter idea. Thanks so much for stopping by:)