Monday, October 31, 2011

Here are a couple projects I made over the weekend. I'm still working on items to make and sell at the craft show so these fit into that category. Let me know what you think.  Pricing is always a hard thing to do. Would they sell? What would you pay for them? I'd appreciate any suggestions.
This little candy holder is made out of two tags using the Two Tags die. I decorated the front and back with DSP, added some glitter trim, a ribbon, and a tag. It holds six nugget candies.

This treat holder has three Ferrero Rocher candies. They are a little more expensive candy and you can write a sentiment on the tag that pulls out of the pocket.
I'm curious if you viewers are able to leave comments and especially want to see if I can figure out how to see them. I would love to see what you have to say about the two treat holders. Are they worth making to sell or not? Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Here's a little punch art of a Santa. I know he needs a little something more, but I'm waiting on an order so I can add a little Baker's twine (pg 194 in the catalog) and a tag of some kind. This Santa along with a few other characters will probably be another craft idea I'm planning to sell at the craft show. They might make for cute stocking stuffers. The 1" x 8" cellophane bags are in the Holiday Mini catalog. You get 50 of them for $2.50.
The Santa was made using the ornament punch (beard), extra-large oval punch (white hat trim and the red part of the hat), large oval punch (face), owl builder punch (black eyes, pink nose, and red lips), bird builder (mustache), and 1/2 in. circle punch (glitter ball on the hat). I did run the red part of the hat through the Big Shot using the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder. I added the licorice stick in the cello bag and sealed it with tape. I attached the Santa to the cello bag with mini glue dots. Have I ever mentioned how I love the punches. I've seen some pretty creative characters on Internet made from punched paper. Well, it's Friday and I'm looking forward to the weekend!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

I've had this idea that I've seen on Internet minimized on my laptop for days so finally decided to make a couple magnetic bookmarks last night. They will be one of my items that I will be making for the craft show in Chambers on December 3.  They are made using the Two Tags die and the stamped images are both from retired sets. Don't you just love the glitter paper (Holiday Mini Catalog)? It adds so much and doesn't everyone like sparkle? I did add a little Dazzling Details (Holiday Mini Catalog) in the center of the snowflake on the blue bookmark. You can find Stampin' Up's magnet sheets on pg. 216 of the catalog. I really like how they turned out.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Here's another stocking die gift card holder, but this time it is made into a pocket so the gift card can be inserted in the top.
I just used white card stock for the stocking. The heal, toe and cuff pieces were run through the Big Shot using the lattice embossing folder. I sponged the edges with soft suede, added some ribbon at the top and used the silver glitter paper to make a butterfly. I might change it up some, but wanted to see if I liked the pocket style for the stocking die instead of the insert like I've previously posted. This one was easier and I like the idea of being able to hand the stockings in the Christmas tree. I'm sure I'll keep experimenting.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

One more thank you to share. I used white card stock as the base of the card. Another piece of white card stock was cut at 4 3/4 x 3 1/2. This leaves a 3/8 inch margin area all around the piece when attached to the 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inch card. I sponged the piece using soft suede so it would stand out from the background white card stock. Using the Upsy Daisy stamp set and crumb cake ink, I stamped the daisy image in the center. I thought it needed a little something more, so I used saran wrap and scrunched it together, dipped that in the Champagne Mist shimmer paint (I poured a couple drops on a cool whip lid) and lightly daubed the saran wrap over the top part of the card. It adds just a little shimmer and just enough to add a little more to the card. I added white 5/8" organza ribbon to the front piece and stamped the words on the bottom. I did adhere the top piece to the base card using dimension pieces so that it would stand out.

Here are a few thank yous I made for a friend. I had a short time to come up with an idea so these cards are pretty simple. The card stock vellum overlay has been run through the Big Shot using the Elegant Bouquet embossing folder. I attached a piece of designer series paper (DSP) to the front of the card base and then I used two mini glue dots on the left edge (where the ribbon it) to attach the vellum on top of the DSP. I did rub the edges of the vellum to give it a vintage effect using a sponge and the soft suede ink. To cover the glue dots that were showing through, the ribbon is wrapped around the card.
The ribbon was actually white and all I did was opened the ink pad that matches the DSP and using a dauber I rubbed the top of the ribbon onto the ink pad. The ribbon picks up the ink from the ink pad and then you have matching ribbon. If you try this you might want to be sure to let the ribbon dry completely so the ink doesn't go on the card. Here are the other cards . . . same card, just different DSP and colors added to the ribbon to match.

Monday, October 24, 2011

I finally had a chance last night to get to my stamping area. It was already 10:00 p.m., but I was determined to get something stamped or at least be able to try out my new Stocking die. So what do you think of the stocking die? I had seen this idea online so thought I would try this monogrammed gift card holder. I wanted to see if I liked this style of card holder or my next one will be one that the gift card will be put in the top of the stocking. On this style the stocking opens up like a card and has an insert for the gift card. The card seems to stay in the slot so it might work. I think the style where the card will go inside the stocking will work better so that you could possibly hang the stocking on the Christmas tree. I really like the stocking die. I've seen so many different styles of paper being used with the die. I'll probably have other examples to share, eventually. Have a great week, everyone!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

I haven't made it to stamping yet today. I'm afraid the house cleaning that has been neglected for some time will need to be done first. I decided to just grab a card off my card display and post it. Some of you may have made this card with me at some point, but it doesn't hurt to bring back some of those good cards you've made before. I sent this picture to Jennie because it uses two of the embossing folders (found on pgs. 218-219 in the catalog) and the Big Shot. I used vanilla card stock for this card. You could stamp your words in the upper right hand corner before using the 119976 Square Lattice embossing folder on the base of the card. With another piece of vanilla card stock, I ran it through the Big Shot using the 114517 Manhattan Flower embossing folder. I cut around the flower images and adhered to the base card. Using a two-way glue, I went around the flower images on the embossed edge and added Dazzling Diamonds glitter. The picture doesn't really give it justice. It's a stunning card.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

 It's almost the weekend! If you hadn't heard the girls cross country team (Go Paige!) is going to state! The girls as a team placed 3rd at Districts which qualifies the whole team getting to go to Kearney on Friday and run at the State meet. It's pretty exciting for everyone.

I am looking forward to the weekend and getting to stay home on Saturday (hope to get some stamping done). I should be going to the last marching contest in Lincoln, but I'm leaving the spectator position to Tyler, my son. He lives in Lincoln so he will go and watch his sister march. I will get to stay home and clean house and hopefully get to do some stamping! I haven't had a chance to even put my things away since stamping club on Tuesday so I'll get to that too. If any of you are starting on your Christmas gift giving ideas, here is a poem that I used last year for Christmas. I don't remember where I got it, but it makes for a cute gift item, of course, with some m & m's.

The M & M's Christmas Story

As you hold these candies in your hand,
and turn them, you will see...
The M becomes a W, an E, and then a 3.
They tell the Christmas story.
It's one I'm sure you know.
It took place in a stable a long, long, time ago.
The E is for the East, where the star shone so bright.
The M is for the Manger, where Baby Jesus slept that night.
The 3 is for the wise men, who came bearing gifts.
W is for Worship. Hallelujah, praise His name!
So as you eat these candies,
or share them with your friends,
remember the meaning of Christmas.
It's a love story that never ends.
--Pam Ridenour

I'll try to get some stamping done soon and share what I make. Keep stamping and send those cards out to others.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

October stamp club was a lot of fun this afternoon. I hope the ladies enjoyed making the mummy card. I think this is one of my favorite fun cards. This card used a great deal of the tearing and sponging techniques. You can use these techniques on any cards, it just doesn't have to be making a mummy. The other card using the Field Flowers stamp set that we made today was meant to be simple, but also show you how adding a pen line around the card can add so much to a card. The aqua painters were used to fill in the color on the flowers by blending the ink from the stamped image. Of course, the glitter (Dazzling Details) in the center of the flowers adds just a little extra to a card.
I'll send out an email with the directions that were on the tables at the stamp club, if you want to keep the step-by-step instructions. Keep stamping, ladies.

Monday, October 17, 2011

What a busy weekend! I came down with a bad cold so spent most of Sunday sleeping. I did manage to decide what we will be making for stamp club this Tuesday. Here is one of the cards and I'll share the other project tomorrow. See you at stamp club tomorrow afternoon, ladies.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

I still have a few shoebox cards to share from last weekend, but I don't have pictures of them yet. Here is a card that I thought about taking as my shoebox to Burwell last Saturday, but ended up taking the owl nugget (shown in an earlier post). I used the french foliage stamp set with More Mustard, Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke, and Soft Suede ink pads to stamp the various leaves and words. I just love the fall colors, don't you? 

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

This shoebox card was provided by Loretta. I tend to forget to do some of the little things that make a card pop. The extra dimension on this card really adds to it. It's hard to tell from the picture, but the large, fancy 'T' in Three and the flower are raised off the card. You stamp the image normally (the flower was stamped in green) on the card. Then just stamp an extra time on a separate sheet of card stock (stamped the flower image in purple), cut out the flower part, and adhere with a dimensional.  This is how you can get the stem green and the flower is purple. I did the same with the 'T'.  I stamped the words in purple on the card and then on a separate piece of card stock stamped the image again in green. I cut out the fancy 'T' in green and placed it over the existing letter. Pretty cool! Thanks, Loretta.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Here's another shoebox card that I made in Burwell. This card was nicely designed by Kirsten.
The base card has the polka-dot embossing pattern and she must have used her cricut to cut out the silhouette. All I had to do was glue together. Very elegant! Thanks, Kirsten.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Once again Terri, I had a blast getting together with the Burwell ladies. It is always worth the drive to get such inspiration from a talented group of stamping ladies.
Here are the demonstration cards that Terri provided for us to make . . .

 I tried to get a little different angle on the card so that you could see the ribbon and the color around the vanilla card stock was completed by masking over the house and sponging around a sticky note.

 This next card was Terri's shoebox card. Again we used the Christmas Lodge set found in the Holiday Mini catalog. This card uses the pleating technique on the designer series paper, Frostwood Lodge. It was my first chance to get to use the Simply Scored Scoring Tool. Mine is ordered and on its way so I will have a lot of fun with it.

 Here is my shoebox 3D item. This little owl measures approximately 2 x 2. He holds a nugget candy. I've made an owl similar to this one as a graduation gift holder card, but only regular sized 5 1/2 x 4 1/4. There's something about it being so tiny that makes it adorable.

 If you need the instructions, email me at and I can send them to you. There were also other great shoebox cards we all made that I will try to share and give credit to the individuals that brought them. Let me know that you've found my blog by becoming a follower. Thanks.