Super Sweet, Don't Ya Think?

I cased the bows from my Upline Dana. But I just love the rose red and close to cocoa combination. The elephant is colored with a blender pen and some basic grey ink from the lid. Just enough to make him light grey. The heart flowers are colored with Markers and I added a little glitter to the one on the nose. On the inside it says Happy Valentine's Day. This set is so fun!

Stamps: Happy Heart Day
Ink: Basic Grey and Basic black
Paper: Regal Rose designer prints, Close to Cocoa, Whisper White.
Other: slot punch, corner rounder (guard removed), celery grosgrain ribbon, brads


Target note card boxes

I have had these 2 note card boxes from Target for a very Long time. My friend Kim gave me one of these - I am not sure where I got the other- probably Target! Needless to say, I have finally altered them and I used them as gifts this holiday season. The Stampin' Up! Small note cards and Envelopes fit right inside these boxes. I saved the note cards for something else, and used the envelopes for these. The envelopes are 5 1/8 by 3 5/8. I cut card stock cut to the same size as the note cards and created these adorable Thank You note sets. I also used up some retired paper that was being neglected. Every one needs Thank You notes this time of year.

For the Pink and Turquoise set here is the recipe:
Stamps: Think Happy Thoughts
Ink: Turquoise and Regal Rose
Paper: Regal Rose, Turquoise, Close to Cocoa, Whisper White, Loves Me Designer Paper (retired)
Other: scallop punch, circle punches, retired rose grosgrain ribbon, brads

For the Red & Blue set here is the recipe:
Stamps: Priceless and All holidays
Ink: CTMH Cranberry and CTMH Dutch Blue, Sahara Sand
Paper: CTMH Cranberry and Blue, Whisper White, Stampin Up Sahara Sand, Unknown Designer Paper
Other: scallop punch, circle punches, misc matching ribbon


Happy Heart Day & Promo

Isn't this little guy so Adorable? I knew I had to have this set when I saw it in the Preview Brochure. The mouse is my favorite part of the set, but the whole set is just too cute. And, perfect for Valentines day and beyond. You can get this set as part of the Valentines Bundle starting January 2nd.

This card follow the new Boho West colors in the Spring Summer Catalog. The rose, pink and Browns are so fun. I used retired ribbon from last year's Flirty Originals collection and the close to cocoa patterned paper is actually from last years Loves Me paper collection as well. But Guess what? the Close to Cocoa Designer Prints paper has this pattern and it is almost the same. The spacing of the polka dots is just a little different.

Here is the recipe:
Stamps: Happy Heart Day,
Ink: Basic Black
Paper: rose red, pretty in pink, close to cocoa, whisper white, Loves Me Designer Paper (retired)
Other: Marvy Punches, corner rounder (guard removed) Uni-ball White Gel Pen, Blender Pens and markers for coloring, retired Flirty originals ribbon, pink taffeta ribbon, hodgepodge hardware

Starting January 2nd- Stampin’ Up is offering a Valentine’s bundle. If you purchase the Valentine’s Day Bundle (item #111903) for just $33.40 you will get a Regal Rose wide grosgrain ribbon-FREE!
Or if you hold a workshop of $350 or more you will be able to choose any one stamp set from the Spring-Summer Preview 2008 Brochure for FREE!

The Valentine’s Day Bundle includes:

Item-----------Description----------------- Price
111089 ---Happy Heart Day stamp set ---$20.95
109052 ---Real Red wide grosgrain ribbon--- $7.95
102757 ---Medium cellophane bags ---$4.50
109056 ---Regal Rose wide grosgrain ribbon ---FREE!

111903 Valentine’s Day Bundle $33.40

Email me if you would like to place an order!


A bit about me....

I was tagged by my friend Michelle over at Bella Kitty Creations...it just took me a little while to get to this!

Here are 7 things about myself...

1) I married for almost 13 years and I have 3 kids and 2 standard poodles. which is a very FULL house!
2) I work full time for Soundview Executive Book Summaries as their Vice President of Marketing. They publish a subscription product that summarizes business books. (http://www.summary.com/)
3) I am very crafty, besides stamping, I also cross stitch, accessory knit and I love to decorate. But as you can see I mostly stamp!
4) My favorite food -- donuts!
5) My favorite color is PINK. I am loving the new Pink and brown Boho collection in the new catalog. *wink*
6) My parents live in Florida part of the year, so we travel there quite often!
7) I love to bake, not cook, just bake. My hubby does the cooking.

Now I am off to tag a few ladies!
Mary Jo


Gifts, Gifts and more gifts...

These adorable gift card holders were made for my nieces who are 13. I cased the idea from a magazine I saw along the way. Each pocket holds a different gift card for a store they like, 4 in total. I made the pockets out of scrap. I just folded a piece around the gift card and cut the rest to match. I also decorated these with small scraps from the Dashing designer Series paper from Stampin Up. My niece are twins, so I had to make the second similar, but also different. I punched them at the top with the slot punch and tied them with wide grosgrain SU ribbon. Many thanks to my friend Karen. She came over to stamp one afternoon- and these totally came together while we were stamping.
Stamps: All Holidays, Merry and Bright short and sweet, riveting (retired)
Paper: Old olive, Real red, Dashing DP, very vanilla
Ink: black, real red
Embellishments: real red and old olive wide grosgrain ribbon, Corner rounder, oval, scallop, circle, designer label and slot Punches, sticky strip, sakura stardust glitter pen, markers.


More is more with Blue Bayou

Hi everyone. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Whew, what a busy week. we have been shopping and wrapping in secret- and stashing it all at my Mom's house 1/2 hour away to avoid any peeking! I took a break from baking and cleaning and shopping today to share these cards with you.

I made the card on the left for a Stampin' Up team shoebox swap. what fun! I struggled with a card all last weekend because I was still in holiday card and gift making mode. So I cased (more like copied) a card from Joanne B. You can see her card here. After I got to stamping with the girls, I totally came home that night- and spruced it up a bit. They do say "more" is more! and the result is the card on the right. I love both of them.

Stamps: All Holidays
Paper: Blue Bayou, Prints DP in Blue Bayou, soft sky
Ink: Blue Bayou
Embellishments: Blue Bayou & soft Sky double stitched Ribbon, Silver Brads, Corner rounder and slot Punches, paper piercer, dimensionals


Friends and Family

Like all of you, I have been so incredibly busy. All the usual stuff, gift planning, shopping, wrapping, holiday cards, baking, etc. etc. etc. I have been making hand stamped gifts that I can not wait to share with you. I can't post them until all the gifts are given to the recipients. I would hate to spoil the surprises! (and I am not sure if they are all blog readers or not, but I know a few that are)

Here is one card I can share, Elzybell.

I caved and purchased these adorable Elzybells- I could not help myself! Here was my 1st creation with her. ( I got 2 other cute stamps as well.) The image is stamped on very vanilla. I colored Elzy with blush blossom and real red, and creamy caramel markers. I added snow, accents and a white trimmed coat with the SU white gel pen which is really hard to see in the photo. The paper is dashing, I will be sad to see it retire! the card stock is old olive and its stamped with the flannel plaid background stamp. The sentiment is from Papertreyink.com.
I finally completed most of my gift projects so I can stamp for me now! I will be packing up the Christmas stuff for a little while and getting on with some new toys! Merry Christmas!


1 Layout, 1 Stamp Set = 3 options

I borrowed this set while stamping at a friends house. Thanks Lanie! I have seen a bunch of stampers create a bunch of cards from 1 layout or 1 stamp set. Here are my versions of the Noel from Big on Christmas

This card uses the Dashing designer series paper, old olive, real red, river rock, and whisper white card stock. The Noel is colored with real red and old olive markers and there is dazzling diamonds glitter all over the ornament. I added 2 strips of real red grosgrain ribbon and punched the corners with the ticket corner punch. The dashing paper is soon to be retired, if you need some, please Email me before the end of the month.

For this version I used the Holiday Harmony designer series paper (retired) from the past holiday mini. I used always artichoke, river rock, purely pomegranate and whisper white card stock. The Noel was colored with an artichoke marker and to get the pomegranate color to match I used a blender pen and some ink from the lid of the ink pad. The ribbon is the purley pomegranate satin ribbon. The satin ribbon is on sale, Buy one get 1 free until 12/15. It also comes in chocolate! and I also punched the corners with the ticket corner punch.

For this one, I used the Wintergreen designer series paper. This paper is soon to be retired, if you need some, please Email me before the end of the month. Card stock is sage shadow, always artichoke, certainly celery and whisper white. I used non- Stampin' Up! ribbon in my stash that matched the artichoke perfectly. Again, I had dazzling diamonds glitter all over the ornament and I colored with the matching markers and used the ticket corner punch on the corners.

Let me know if you like these and which one is your favorite. My favorite is the dashing...but they all look good!


Holiday Gift Card Holder

I cased this holder from Patty Bennett. You can see her version and Tutorial HERE On the outside I used Real red cardstock and I heat embossed the snowflakes (from the Snowflake spot stamp set) with white embossing powder. I was using just white craft ink, but the snowflakes looked a little light. I quickly added white embossing power before the craft ink dried and voila: now they really pop!
Patty has the full tutorial on her blog, to see it, click the link above. and be sure to check out her blog: Patty's Stamping Spot she also has some great projects!
Here are the basics to get you started: Cut cardstock to 4-1/4"x11" then score at 3", 5-1/2" and 8". Then fold in 1/2 and then fold the outside flaps backwards in toward the center. secure it with sticky strip on 3 sides of the folded inside. Use the word window punch and a circle punch to create the opening for the gift card. I had better luck using the word window 1st then the 1"inch circle punch. for me they lined up better. Fold and decorate!
Its Real red, Black, Kraft and white card stock. I used Wishing you Cheer for the inside panel and colored him with markers. the Merry Christmas is from Holidays and Wishes. The sentiment on the inside is from Papertreyink's holiday sets. Love that set- its perfect for all the inside greeting on your Christmas cards. the back panel, the one behind the gift card, is left blank for a message to the recipient and to sign your name. The snowflake brad is a gift from my crafty friend Jen, Thanks! and some black ribbon to tie it up. Let me know what you think!

Thanksgiving Book by Diane

My friend Diane sent me these beautiful pictures of her Thanksgiving book. She made this for a choir member who will be moving out of the area next year. I am sooo impressed with this project I had to share it with all of you. and I am so honored that she asked for my opinion on the project. (*blushing*) I love all of Diane's attention to detail, all the embellishments and the ribbon. Thanks for sharing Diane- its fabulous! What a great memento for your friend!


More Snowman Cheer

I cased this card from dlounds on SCS. You can view her card HERE. I used the Wishing you Cheer and Short & Sweet sets, wide grosgrain ribbon, brads, DCWV winter stack designer paper and brocade blue and whisper white card stock. I just love this snowman when he sparkles! Can you see all of his dazzling diamonds? Lots of paper piercing on this card. I used the Stampin Up mat pack to get the holes lined up perfect. What a handy tool.

I have been busy, busy busy! I am wrapping up my merry and bright class, decorating the house, shopping for the kids and family, and all the other holiday stuff that happens this time of year! Ho Ho Ho!


Holiday Tent Topper

These tent topper style cards are very addicting! this one is made with last year's retired holiday mini set, Jolly Holiday. Card stock is bashful blue, wild wasabi, whisper white and watercolor paper. Santa is stamped in black stazon and colored with the water brush and watercolor crayons to match. The designer paper is from the Winter Bright simply scrappin' kit.

I created the scallop border with the corner rounder and I used the Marvy Mega and Giga circle scallop punches for Santa. Doodles are done with the white gel pen. The Merry Christmas label is punched from the designer label punch and the stamp is from the level 1 hostess set. I added a circle behind it with some piercing. This is a very easy layout to work with.

Would you like to Join one of my Stamper's 10 Clubs? I am starting up Groups of 10 this January... and have a spot open for YOU! Email me directly for the details. There are lots of club benefits and surprises! And these clubs have long distance options as well.


Basic Grey 3x3 notes and card box

Directions for this box can be found on Laurie's blog: Just Give Me Stamps. I love, love, love her work. Click here to view the tutorial on making these cutie boxes!

I made mine in Basic Grey, Charbon designer paper, and very vanilla. I sent these as a gift a few months back to a secret sibling from splitcoast. She loved them! She will find out who I am next week.
In addition to the paper, I used the scallop punch, circle punches, corner rounder for the scallop edge on the box, and the ticket corner punch. I used retired silver cording (I have tons of it), a rhinestone brad on the box and silver brads on the 3x3's. The stamp sets are Absolutely Fabulous and Think Happy Thoughts, stamped in the matching basic grey ink.


Wishing You Cheer & Holiday Special Deals

I hope everyone had a happy and blessed Thanksgiving Day!

This is the 2nd card I used for inspiration for my customers that purchased the Wishing You Cheer set when it was on sale a few weeks ago. The card is 6x3 in size. The base is soft sky and its layered with blue bayou and the designer paper included in the Merry and Bright simply scrappin' kit. I created the window with the 1 3/8 inch square punch. It lined up perfectly and was easily centered on this strip of paper. I added per piercing to the layers for a little added detail. The snowman is colored with markers and blender pens to match and highlighted with dazzling diamonds glitter for the snow. The 2 pieces of matching stitched ribbon (wasabi and soft sky) are tied in a punch out from the slot punch.

STAMPIN' UP! Specials starting today November 23rd:

Here are some of my favorites! Click here to see all the goodies!
  • Empty Accents and Elements Tin-3 Pack (item 112410) for $9.95
    Brand new - just for this special promotion, you will be able to purchase EMPTY Accents & Elements tins from Stampin' Up! beginning today!! They will come in a 3-pack and they are GREAT for decorating and giving as gifts. You can fill them with mini scrapbooks, photos, gift cards, money, coupons, love notes, etc. !! Click Here to view a card holder that I made at convention using this tin for some inspiration.
  • Tags for All stamp set from the Holiday Mini- 20% off! $24.76
  • Purely Pomegranate (item109863) and Chocolate Chip (item 109862) Satin Ribbon* Buy 1, get 1 free! any combination $9.95
  • and More!

Email me for some special project instructions and to place your order.


Sparkly Snow for the Holidays

I was inspired to make this card after seeing this one by Cindy Haffner. I cased it (copied and selectively edited) to make it my own. My card is made on brocade blue which was an exact match to the DCWV winter stack from a few years ago. The Marvy oval scallop punches were uses on the snowman. He has Dazzling Diamonds on his sides and just a little on his face. I layered with some whisper white cardstock and I used markers to color the snowman. The white gel pen made the doodles on the scallops and the ticket corner punch makes the notched edges. The sliver trimmed blue and white ribbon is from Michael's. I bought it last year on clearance for $1.00. The sentiment from this set is stamped on the inside in white craft ink.


Holiday gift cards

Just playing with scraps....and the All in the Family and family accessories sets. Purchase this set in the month of November and Stampin' Up! will donate all proceeds to the Dave Abbott family fund. EMAIL ME for more details! I thought these would make cute gift cards for the holidays for my daughter to give to her teachers. (with a hand stamped gift of course). Or maybe even to some of her very best girlfriends from class.
I used real red as the base, dashing designer paper scraps and some river rock and whisper white card stock. I colored these cute girls with markers and with blender pen for the river rock colored dress. tooo cute!!!!


The filmstrip

You should order this set! Its adorable, supports a good cause and is so much fun ! Email me for a special offer if you are interested!
This is for my parents…inside it says Happy Thanksgiving. Each shot is supposed to be an image of my kids. Every time I use this set they say- Mom is stamping the “geeks” again! Not quite the fall colors- and My daughter looks a little older than 5- But How fun is this??? Watch my blog this week for some more cute cards and ideas using this set.

Mellow Moss is the card base stamped with the sanded background stamp in black. Spiral punch and 1 3/8 inch square punch make the filmstrip. Bashful blue layers. Markers are used for the coloring and all holidays for the Hugs and kisses sentiment. and a scrap of taffeta ribbon to match.

Wishing You Cheer

A few weeks back the "Wishing You Cheer" set was on sale. Here is one of the cards I made as inspiration for my customers who purchased this set. Everyone who purchased the set from me got 2 cards, all pre-cut and ready to stamp.
This card uses bashful blue and chocolate chip card stock. The snowman is stamped in Chocolate chip on shimmer white card stock- super sparkly! then I colored the snowman and added dazzling diamonds to the whole body of the snowman. ( I over did the eyes a bit-- so I had to touch them up). The tree and the snow also have dazzling diamonds on them. The Very Merry is from warm words, and is also stamped in chocolate chip. I used both oval punches to create the tag and tucked the edge up under the knot so it appears connected. In the corners are silver brads and I used taffeta ribbon in chocolate chip and bashful blue. ( and the ticket corner punch!) Very sparkly in real life!


Merry & Bright Again!

This is a little box that holds 3x3 gift cards and Envelopes. I am really having some fun making some boxes and cards as gift sets. This set is made with the Merry & Bright Stamp set as well the Wintergreen designer series paper. The matching card stock colors are sage shadow, always artichoke and whisper white. I have a series of punches--- scallop, 1 3/8 and 1 1/4 inch circle, word window and the small and large tag punches. The box design and specs came from FlaxyChick's blog HERE. I changed it up slightly but nothing major! Enjoy!


Merry & Bright Stamp class

Merry & Bright Stamp Class
Choose from : WINTERGREEN

Monday evening December 3 at 7-9 pm

Wednesday evening December 5 at 7-9 pm

LOCATION: Jill Hilliard's Home

CLASS PRICE: $30 (includes the Merry & Bright stamp set)

RSVP & payment deadline: 11/26/07

Each participant will receive the Merry & Bright Stamp set (a $17.50 value) AND
get to make these 4 cards (with envelopes) and the card box.

Please choose you color combination: Wintergreen or Dashing
A great gift idea! And a great Mother/Daughter event.

I will be offering a "Class by Mail" option if you can not make it or if you do not live close by.

To register for this class please EMAIL ME.

I look forward to hearing from you & hope you can make it!
SPACE IS LIMITED to 6 per night- Please RSVP early


Dashing 3x3 Gift Card Holder

So I have been busy, busy, busy preparing for my card buffet this weekend. Thank you to all my friends that are coming this weekend to stamp and thank you to my friends who purchased the class through the mail.

So while I was preparing the money holders for all the ladies who rsvp'd by the deadline, I manage to both cut and score 16 of them incorrectly. yes 16 wasted pieces of paper- SU expensive old olive card stock!!!! Because, like any good papercrafter, I can not throw any scrap away-even mess ups I found a good use for them.
This Pouch can hold 4 3x3 note cards and envelopes. Here is how it happened....
The specs for the Original Money holder : 8x7, scored at 2 1/2 and 6 when the 8" side is at the top of the scoring tool.

For some reason I thought they were different: The specs for this one: 9x7, scored at 2 1/2" and 7" when the 9" side is at the top of the scoring tool.
These make cute gifts! Not a bad save!
The scrap from the trimming of the good money holders you get a 3" strip that can trimmed for a 3x3 note card. I used those Olive scraps and then created red 3x3's to match the dashing paper. I used my round tab punch to punch a circle window. I then layered the punched pieces plus a scallop and circle punches and the Merry & Bright stamp set. Tutorial can be found here for the tab punch circle technique. All I can say is practice, its not that easy to line up that 2nd punch which then turns into more wasted paper!


Isn't She Lovely?

I love the binder clips converted into photo holders! what a fabulous way to use scraps!

This one is made with SU's Fall Flowers designer paper and the all Holidays stamp set. The matching card stock is rust and Sahara sand. I used various circle punches to create the layers on the scallop punch. Next time I will add some paper piercing to the Sahara sand circle. Taffeta ribbon in gray and white. The gray is not a perfect match, Kraft may match better but that is currently on the UPS truck scheduled to arrive today with my box.

See this post for the Stampin' Up Paper party Promotion. Email if you are interested in placing and order. Look for a few more of these!


Christmas Wishes

I hate to admit it-- I have had this Papertrey "Believe" set for quite sometime and finally it saw some ink last night! The colors on this card are wild wasabi and real red. The patterned paper is from the Winter Bright Simply Scrappin' kit. The ink is basic black and wild wasabi. I colored the wreath in with a blender pen and ink from the lid of the wild wasabi ink pad. Santa's coat and the berries are colored with a real red marker. I added some liquid applique to Santa's coat to give it a fur trimmed look. This adds an amazing 3-d effect (double click the picture for a larger view). Santa's face is colored with a blush blossom marker and his cheeks are made rosy by using a pink marker. A few gold brads and some stitched ribbon complete the card.

Paper Party Promo and All in the Family

November is the Stampin’ Up! PAPER PARTY

From November 1-30, purchase three packs of Designer Series papers and receive one pack FREE! ( a $9.95 value) You can find the Stampin' Up! Designer Series papers on pages 170-173 of the Fall-Winter Collection 2007. This promotion also includes any Designer Series papers found in the 2007 Holiday Mini Collection too! Best of all, there are no limits as to the number of free packs you can earn! Make sure to mention Paper Party promotion code 111878 when you place your order!

ALL IN THE FAMILY—the Dave Abbott Family Fund

Help us honor our friend and Stampin’ Up! Australia General Manager, Dave Abbott. Dave passed away from a rare blood disease leaving behind his wife and 3 small children. From November 1-30, Stampin’ Up! will donate every penny from the sales worldwide of this special stamp set to the Dave Abbott Family Fund.

This 28 piece set is $36.95 (plus tax & shipping) As a mother of 3, I really feel for his wife.

Here is a project I made with the set a few months ago:

CLICK HERE to view the flyer. EMAIL ME Today to place your order!


Happy Halloween

As I am sure most Mom's out there will agree, kids get plenty, if not too much, candy on Halloween. Mine are no exception! So instead, Darth Vader, Spiderman and Princess Belle (with blond hair) will get these instead. Inside each one is a $5 bill and a love message from Mom and Dad. The "sugar-high" will be more than I can handle for the next 3 days!

Stamps: Booglie Eyes and Haunting Halloween

Cardstock is pumpkin, black, wasabi and non- SU purple. these are 3x3 note cards tied with black ribbon.

ink is black, sunflower for the moon

accessories: ticket corner punch, black ribbon, black stickles for the spider, water color crayons and the water brush


What a Cutie Pie

I made this card because of 2 AMAZING & FABULOUS cards over on Nancy Riley's Blog: iSTAMP. Nancy made these 2 awesome cards following the SCS sketch challenge 139. This is my version of the sketch. Thanks Nancy for the inspiration and I just love the way you tied the bow. I hope you like this and I know Cutie Pie designer paper is your favorite!!
It sure will be hard to part with this card. I think its one of my all time favorites! until of course I stamp a new one!

Materials used: Cutie Pie paper, Zoofari Stamp set, All Holidays stamp set, watercolor crayons, a water brush, circle punches, ticket corner punch, Purely pomegranate double stitched ribbon, Bashful blue, pomegranate and so saffron card stock. The bow is a separate piece of ribbon, tied and attached with a glue dot.


A Few Somethings...

This sentiment says "something to do, something to love and something to hope for". I do love making cards! That "something to hope for" ... that list is too long to get into here! This is made with really rust cardstock as the base, layered with chocolate chip and Outlaw paper. I may have overdone it with the corner rounder, oh well. I also used Chocolate chip taffeta ribbon and some stickles on the leaves. The stem is colored with a rust marker. For the sentiment, I highlighted some of the words with the water brush and Sahara sand water color crayon. I still think this card needs something...brads, hardware, something. I think it is a little plain ... what do you think?

Wishing You Cheer

Stampin' Up! has put some stamps on sale! Woo Hoo I love stamps on sale!

Wishing You Cheer is 20% off ! You can click the link to view the set or flip to page 33 in your Stampin’ Up! Fall/Winter catalog. Purchase the Wishing You Cheer set this week (now through Nov 3rd) and you will receive TWO BONUS projects from me as my gift to you for purchasing the set. And a THIRD BONUS --I will trim and mount the stamps for you!

**A FABULOUS HOLIDAY STAMP SET: the 4 piece stamp set for just $11.16 ! (reg price is $13.95) Stamp images include a snowman, a holiday tree, a great sentiment and snow.
Trimmed, mounted and ready to go!

**INSPIRATION: All project supplies to make 2 cards with envelopes!
All precut and ready to be stamped and a project sheet will be included! Designs will be Jill Hilliard exclusives!

**PROJECT ADD-ON: add $12.00 to your order and I will include the following so you can make a 2 Holiday ornaments.
Chipboard ornaments make great gifts and great gift tags for your holiday packages!
-- 2 Chip board ornaments
-- 1 yard of Soft Sky ribbon
-- 4 6x6 sheets of Wintergreen designer paper (various patterns)
-- dazzling diamonds glitter
-- 2 Way Glue pen
-- basic directions to cover the ornaments


PRICE for Stamp Set & Inspiration: $13.00
Price for Stamp Set, Inspiration and Project Add-On: $25.00

NOTE: if you do not live near me, please add $3.00 for 1st class postage. Direct shipping is available for the stamp set only. Price is $16.25.

EMAIL ME to register for this special and for all the payment details.


2-4-6-8 Holiday Box

This box is so cute in person and utilizes just a half sheet of cardstock. its perfect for a gift card or some treats or candy. they assemble in just minutes and are really fun to make.

The box base is always artichoke card stock stamped in matching ink with the swirls from the Season of Joy set. The wintergreen designer paper and celery card stock create the belly band. Sentiment is stamped in always artichoke directly on the striped paper. The star is chipboard covered in white craft ink, and then embossed with iridescent ice embossing powder, so it has a nice sparkle. The 1 3/8', 1 1/4', and the 1 " circle punches create the layers underneath with some Paper piercing. The wide celery grosgrain ribbon is attached on each side with a silver Brad. A very cute box for treats during the Holidays!


Lovely Winter Night

I love this card! Inspiration (and some "case"ing) for this card came from Beate's Sparkly Tree's card here. She is a queen of cards I love all of her designs.

For this I used the Lovely as a Tree stamp set in my 1st Tent topper card. I used the wintergreen designer paper from Stampin' Up (which is on promotion in November, email me for the details) plus always artichoke and shimmery white card stock. There is a major sparkle effect since I added more glitter to the snow. I also used Taffeta ribbon, some brads, corner rounder and the sentiment is from short and sweet. almost forgot the white gel pen!


A little Something

I made this card as a result of having some Basic Grey in my house for many months with out using it. I did not want to take away for the pretty paper. In hindsight- this would have made a great sympathy card.

I used close to cocoa as the card base and layered it with CTMH garden green (an exact match) and the designer paper is Basic Grey infuse. Stamps are Fancy flexible phrases (retired) and the Oh So l=Lovely hostess set. I added some old wide brown organdy ribbon from my stash, some matching markers to give the flowers some color and pewter brads for some hardware. Yikes- 8 brads on one card was really hard for me!


Jolly Holiday

This is the cutest fat Santa I have ever seen. He is from the Jolly Holiday set last year. He looks so much like the fat Santa in this years mini its hard to tell the difference.

He is water colored with watercolor crayons on watercolor paper, stamped in black stazon. He looks fabulous on this type of paper, which I almost never use. I always forget I have it. The stripe dp is from the Winter bright simply scrappin kit-- very festive and can probably double as some valentines paper because of the pink. The circle stamp is from the Perfect presentation level 2 hostess set. The colors are real red and wild wasabi. I put a very faint shadow around the Santa in light grey to make him pop. It also make his beard appear really white. Inside, I stamped a holiday sentiment. Scallop edge is made with the corner rounder, guard removed. the Snowflakes are from the snowflake spot stamp set and are stamped in silver brilliance ink.

CLASS UPDATES: Did you know that Christmas is less than 10 weeks away? Do you need to get your holiday cards done? Do you need just a few special cards for those special gifts? RSVP today and get a Jump on Your Jingle!


Thanksgiving Friend

I cased this card from Beate. Check out her blog post HERE with the original card. Its absolutely fabulous and I really like the way she has been incorporating the Hodge Podge hardware into all her cards.
For this card I used chocolate chip as a base and layered with really rust and Apple Cider designer series paper. The images are stamped on some naturals ivory scrap. The faux stitching is from the CTMH set, simple stitches. It has been a really long time since I used it. The stamps are from In the Spotlight, All Holidays, and Fundamental Phrases. The flower is stamped in rust and chocolate chip. River rock stitched ribbon and Chocolate taffeta tied on to the hodgepodge hardware. One of my girlfriends will get this this year for Thanksgiving, hopefully not a Blog reader though! wouldn't that spoil the surprise?


Popcorn slider

So I made this nice Popcorn slider in honor of the $350+ popcorn sales my son got as a cub scout. Not to shabby-- but shhhhhh....Mom sold most of that at work!. I am giving this to one of my co-workers that helped me out of a terrible bind...I lost the money and she was the recipient of my panic! Yes, we found the money 3 days later, nowhere near the office but this is the short version of the story.

So now she, and all my other co-workers have been waiting for the popcorn, and waiting. The pack ordered well over $13K of popcorn and they still ran out. Some will be available tonight but the rest will come as late as November 10th. Anywho, She will get this non-scout popcorn to hold her over. This was also a technique challenge on Splitcoast this week. to view it click HERE

So I have been trying to improve my photography skills, and I do believe I am challenged. I followed the advice of some other bloggers and added the white background and used natural light, etc and these pictures (yesterday's and today's) look very dark- even though the room I am is is bright and cheery. Onward- I'll keep working on it.


Thinking of You

This card was a result of a team challenge to submit a sample using the Stampin' Up Pretties kit and it also was the sketch challenge card from Splitcoast today. You can view the sketch HERE. I made this for a friend of the family that just had hip replacement surgery. It surely will brighten her day!

This 5.25 x5.25 square card utilizes the Fall Flowers Designer paper from Stampin' Up. And did you know? there is a Buy 3, Get 1 Free Designer Paper Special coming for November. Yippy! Email Me and I can help you stock up!

Card stock: old olive, really rust, whisper white

paper: fall flowers designer double sided paper

Stamps: Sincere salutations

ink: old olive, rust ink with the water brush to color the 2nd flower

accessories: the Pretties kit from Stampin' Up


Winter Bright Simply Scrappin Class

This card series is for my Winter Bright Simply Scrappin’ Card Class. It’s the perfect class for someone who does not have a lot of time and wants their cards to be trendy. Each class participant will make 16 cards for $25 (stamped matching envelopes included). I will also have variouse Holiday messages avaibale for the inside of your cards. I will have a Class by Mail option for those of you that don't live close or can not attend. Email me for details.

I will have Samples of all 16 cards at the class and pictures for those that can not attend. These cards were designed by the talented staff at Stampin’ Up! and a fellow demonstrator. The card size is 6” x 3”. They are so bright and colorful, these pictures do not do them any justice.

Price: $25.00 (includes envelopes)
DATE: Friday November 16, (8-11pm)
DATE: Saturday November 17, (12 noon - 10pm ) come anytime
PLACE: Jill Hilliard's House

Please RSVP Before 10/30/07. Thanks I hope you can make it.


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