Birthday Cupcake

This is a new set for me, Big Bold Birthday. I won this set as part of a team competition last fall. I finally inked it up and had some fun. The scallop with the hodgepodge hardware tied to the ribbon is inspired by Beate. She has this on quite a few of her beautiful cards!


Paper: certainly celery, purely pomegranate, so saffron and Cutie Pie DP

Ink: certainly celery, purely pomegranate, so saffron, bashful blue

Accessories: certainly celery ribbon, Hodge Podge hardware, paper piercer, scallop punch, circles punches, ticket corner punch, brads, stickles


The Friend-Ship sets sail

I completely cased this card because I fell in love with this one HERE. I changed it up a little but I love the cuttlebug background that goes with the buoys on the ship and the waves of water that I made with scallop scissors. I added the puppies from Loads of Love accessories since I thought they looked like a group of puppy friends. I colored the boat with a blender pen and ink from the lids of the stamp pads. I don't have a Sahara Sand ink pad so I used a complimentary color from CTMH. I hope you like it!


Stamps: Boatloads of Love, Loads of Love accessories.

Paper: Sahara Sand, Blue Bayou, Wild Wasabi and whisper white.

Ink: basic black.

Accessories: Word window punch, silver brads, cuttlebug, scallop scissors, blender pen and ink for the lids of the wasabi, blue bayou, and CTMH desert sand ink pads. Creamy Caramel & Chocolate chip markers for the pups and anchor. Crystal Effects for the boat windows. dimensionals for the puffs of smoke.


Coaster Calendar

Here is another coaster calendar. These whip up in minutes- using scraps and a 4 inch square pieces of designer paper. This paper is from the creative license simply scrapping kit. I attached 2 coaster together with jumbo eyelets and tied them with wasabi stitched ribbon. I inked the edges with wasabi ink to hide the seams of the coaster. For my original post of a calendar with the link to the template click HERE. I have bunch of them all over the desks throughout my house!


The Mouse Friend

Here is a close up of one of the cards in my Be My Valentine Class. This set can be used so much more than Valentines Day. I am going to work on that this week. So stay tuned for some cute cards!
Stamps: Happy Heart Day, All Holidays
Paper: Regal rose, soft sky, basic black
ink: black, soft sky
accessories: water brush for coloring the elephant soft sky, 1 inch circle punch, markers in celery & regal rose, wide grosgrain ribbon in rose. I have since added glitter to the flower and to the heart on the elephants nose.


A Mouse is in my House!

I just love this little guy and this stamp set. This was a card that my club members received this month. I prepared it as a kit and included it with their orders. I left the coloring off the card just in case they wanted to switch the colors or change it around. I hope they had fun with it. Almost everyone has a their club orders now ...except Becci and Karen- sorry to spoil your surprise! This layout is great- and goes with many many cards and stamps sets.

Stamps: Happy Heart Day
ink: black:
paper: real red, bashful blue, black and whisper white
accessories: black grosgrain ribbon, markers for coloring


For a sweet new baby

My Boss is having a baby...well his wife is, so by default he is too! She's due in about 2 weeks and they opted to be surprised. We had a surprise baby shower at work today (yum cake!). In addition to his shower gifts, I gave him this box of 8 baby Thanks Yous. I know with the 1st-- you get tons of gifts and these surely will come in handy!!! I give all credit to my design to Veramats. I completely cased here card seen HERE. I was so lucky to have 1/2 of a sheet left of this designer paper!

I am not a huge fan of gender neutral cards...BUT I can't wait to find out what they have! I already have a few ideas for each gender swirling in my head! what fun!

Stamps : Wild about You, short and sweet
Paper: so saffron, certainly celery, very vanilla, retired Petals & Paisley designer paper.
ink: so saffron, certainly celery, always artichoke
accessories: Cuttlebug, always artichoke marker, clear box from Papertreyink.com, wide SU grosgrain ribbon in celery & vanilla, ticket corner punch, mono multi liquid glue

Be My Valentine Stamp Class

Make your Valentine’s cards extra special this year by hand stamping them.
Come to my Stamp Class at the end of this month and you’ll make Five (5) Valentine projects for a $15 fee. The class will feature products available in the Valentine’s Day bundle.

Sunday, January 27th 2:00-4:30pm
Jill’s House

Please RSVP to hilliard5@comcast.net
By 1/24/07

Can’t make it? Do you live far away? Take my Class by Mail: just add $4.60 for Priority Mail shipping. Email Me for more details.


For the Love Birds

This is one of the club cards for my Stampers 6 group. Do you like it?

This card was so much fun to make- and is WAY better in real life!! The oval stamp under the birds were made from a scrap piece of rubber. I separated it from the foam and punched it with the Stampin' Up! small oval punch. Then I re-mounted it it on foam cling and stamp with it on an acrylic block.
I am always looking for new stampers to start another club- Let me know if you are interested. I have a long distance option as well!
Stamps: A Little Birdie told me, Big Bold Birthday (heart), hand made oval stamp, short & sweet
Ink: black, soft sky, real red
Paper: Prints designer paper in soft sky, whisper white, soft sky and so saffron cardstock
Other: Pewter heart shaped brads, black pen to outline heart, ticket corner punch, soft sky stitched ribbon, so saffron marker.


Sale-A-Brate With Me!

Do You Like Free Stamps???
Stampin’Up! just released their 2008 Sale-a-bration catalog and I wanted to share it with you!
What is a Sale-A-Bration? Well, this is our annual FREE STAMP sale that everyone looks forward to each year. FREE?? Yes FREE!!! And with our new 2008 Spring/Summer Collection release it’s even better this year. Simply purchase $50 and you get to choose one of the six FREE stamps sets. That’s not hard to do! Purchase $100 and you can choose 2. You get the idea….purchase $150 and get three! The sale goes from February 1st until March 17th so you have plenty of time to get all 6. As a reminder, any order of $50 qualifies during this time.

Even better, Host a workshop and with $300 in sales earn a FREE set in addition to all your other hostess benefits. It can’t be any better that that! If you don't live near me- you can host a "virtual" workshop. Contact me for more details!
SIGN UP TO DO WHAT I DO: Anyone who joins my team as a demonstrator during Sale-A-Bration can choose ANY stamp set--a value of up to $47.95--from the current catalog. Ask me how!

Download the brochure HERE. Contact me today to place your order or request a brochure!

Two Boys & A Girl

Are these adorable or what? they are 3x3 valentine's that I used some scraps on. Love them!!! and so do the kids. Each heart that the mouse is holding was paper pieced. Love the effect!

Stamps: Happy Heart Day
Ink: black
Paper: Prints designer paper in Blue Bayou and Rose Red, Creative License scrappin kit designer paper, Apple cider paper. Rose red, whisper white, basic grey and blue bayou cardstock
Other: Silver Brads, white gel pen


Gift Bag & Tag

I made this gift Bag and tag for my Friend Jen. Her birthday was in December I gave her a nice handmade gift as well.
This is a store bought pink gift bag. I added the chocolate brown "Loves Me" designer paper from last year and some matching pink card stock. I dusted off my "Unfrogettable" stamp set and added him to the tag. The tag is attached with a jumbo eyelet and the cropadile. I totally cased this gift bag from Stampin Gal Val. You can see her bag HERE.


Quick & Easy Coaster Calendar


I made a few of these this past week. This one was made with Cutie pie paper and a Stampin' Up! Glue stick. I printed the calenders from my computer and trimmed them. You can find the template for the calendars HERE. I attached jumbo eyelets and tied them with wild wasabi stitched ribbon. embellishments are rhinestone brads and the tab punch with daily notes from the office accoutrement set. These are so easy to make!


I gave myself a Blog makeover!

Do you like it? I digi scrapped the banner and taught myself some HTML code to change the colors in my template. Let me know what you think!


More Lunch tins!

I made these 2 tins for my Mother in law and my Sister in law. My 2nd sister in law got one as well but I did not take a picture (gasp!) I know, I should have taken the picture- but I swear the modge podge was drying as she was pulling in the driveway!

I also did not take a picture of the inside. (gasp!) Each tin had the inside of the lid covered with matching designer paper. There were 6 coordinating tabs/dividers. I used the retired Riveting hostess set from last year. This example will give you a good idea: Click HERE I left off the brads, but the 6 categories worked pretty well for the cards, and I added 6 misc. cards in the back of the tabs as extras since they did not have a specific category.

These gifts were such a hit! Each one of my relatives pulled the cards out to admire each one. I don't know about you, but I have over 100+ cards. I make them and throw them in the basket. this was a perfect way for me to unload my less than favorites and let many others enjoy the cards. I am hoping they don't hoard them! This year I am much better at making and sending them but I still have a good stash! Next year, they will get a refill pack if I have enough cards.

I went to a class to learn how to cover these tins. For those that don't have a class for this near you: here is a great tutorial from Splitcoast! Click HERE


More gifts- Lunch tins

I have had these tins for many, many months. 7 of them to be exact. I stocked up and had intentions last year to alter them and give them as gifts. Now 12+ months have gone by and this year....YES I DID IT!!!! I altered 5 tins and filled them with various cards and envelopes and gave them to family members this Christmas. They were a huge hit! For all you SU demos-- this is a great way to use up some retired paper. First I pre-cut 5 sets of paper. made templates and created a modge podge assembly line to cover them. I put modge podge on both sides of the paper. The Pink one was for my sister and the yellow one for my Mom.
I only took pictures of 4 of the tins- 2 more to show tomorrow.
Items used: petals and prints paper, provo craft lunch tins, various embellishments, pretties kit, the letters are Close to my Heart but I am not sure which set.


Happy Heart Day- Again

This was my 1st attempt at Mary Jo's sketch challenge from the other day. I saw this scrap on the floor of Cutie pie paper and just had to use it. The heart is colored with pomegranate ink with a blender pen...and then I colored it a 2nd time with the sakura star dust pen. its very sparkly and matches the cutie pie paper exactly-- even though the picture doesn't show it. the mouse is water colored for his face, but the rest is colored with markers. He is too cute!!!

Stamps: Happy Heart Day
Ink: black, purely pomegranate
Paper: Cutie Pie, bashful blue, so saffron, purely pomegranate
Other: pomegranate stitched ribbon, sakura stardust pen, circle punch.

And the Winner of the Blog Candy is....

So I could not quickly figure out random.org. Not sure why- but it was too hard for me. So I asked my son to pick a number between 1 and 38- and he picked #13

Charna- You are the winner of the Creative License simply Scrappin kit!!!!

Her resolution:
My resolution is going to be making more cards on my own and not waiting for a class to come around. even though i love the classes that you offer!! And also to finish up my son's scrapbook pages that I have left unfinished.CharnaCharnascarpati@hotmail.com
January 2, 2008 5:45 AM

I'll be in touch soon! JILL


Chipboard Birthday

This was the birthday card I made for my Dad. His birthday is New Year's Eve, but we celebrate it on New Year's Day. I think I did OK with making it masculine and I love the chipboard star. Its cover with night of navy craft ink. I punched a hole with the crop-a-dile and tied the cranberry ribbon on. This is part of my new year's resolution: to use chipboard ( I have tons of it!)

Stamps: Its your birthday
Ink: night of navy craft ink, old olive
Paper: night of navy, old olive, so saffron and unknown stripe paper
Other: crop-a-dile, scrap ribbon, marvy mega circle punch and chipboard.


Notes For a Friend Stamp class

Choose from:
Valentine/Love Collection created “Priceless”

Thank You collection created with “A Little Bird Told Me”

DATE & TIME: Wednesday evening January 9th from 7-9 pm
LOCATION: Jill's House
CLASS PRICE: $15 (club member price $10)
RSVP: MONDAY: 1/7/08

Each participant will make these 4 cards (with envelopes) and the card tin.

The A Little Bird Told Me set is a collection of Thank you notes. Each of these cards is made with the designer series prints paper and the Stampin’ Up! small note cards with envelopes. The prints paper is double sided so you will have some choices in your patterns and some of the patterns will vary from what is shown in the picture. The colors are Certainly Celery, Rose Red and So Saffron for the Birdie Thank you collection. The Priceless set is a collection of Valentine and Love notes. These are also made with the designer series prints paper and the colors are Purely Pomegranate, Soft Sky and Blue Bayou. The note cards and envelopes fit in the tin and make a great gift.

Class Special: ORDER the Priceless stamp set or the A Little Bird Told Me Stamp set the night of the class and receive 20% off the stamp set. Each set is $25.95. That’s over $5 in savings! (s&h and tax is additional, can not be combined with any other offer)

I will be offering a "Class by Mail" option if you can not make it or if you do not live close by. All materials will be precut, prestamped and ready to assemble. Full color instructions, with pictures will be provided to show you how to make the cards. You will need your own adhesive. The only additional cost is the $4.60 priority shipping.

To register for this class, arrange alternate payment options, let me know your color selection or order your stamp set, please Email Me or click here . Do you have a special request- Just let me know.

I have only 7 spots left to this class. I hope to hear from you soon!


New Toys Challenge & Blog Candy Update

This card is for a Stamp Simply Challenge #15 to use your new toys from Sharon Johnson's No Time to Stamp blog. She has some amazing cards and this was just the challenge I needed to use my new Eastern Elegance Stampin' Up! rub-ons and stick to my New Year's resolution- no hoarding allowed and use items before they retire

I love the simplicity of this card! Easy!!!

Recipe: all supplies are Stampin' Up! Whisper White and Black cardstock, rub-ons and black 1/4" grosgrain ribbon!

Blog candy update: I have been enjoying all your resolutions- I think my list has been added to! I will keep the blog candy up until Sunday January 6th at midnight. Monday I will announce the winner! Good luck and keep the resolutions coming. They are great.


Happy New Year Blog Candy and Mary Jo's Sketch


I made this card for Mary Jo Albright's sketch challenge on her blog Beauty Lies Within. You can see her sketch HERE. By participating in her sketch, I am entered to win her blog candy. What fun- but even better...check out her trick with the scallop punch. She punches the scallop twice to give the scallop points. She made a very cool medallion using this trick.

Now for My Blog Candy....
WOW. I passed 50,000 hits and then some! I am so thankful for all the nice ladies I have met through my blog from all over the country. I had no idea blogging would be so fun! So for the very 1st Time I am giving a away some blog candy!

Please leave me a comment (on this post) for what your New Year's "stamping" resolution is going to be. I have 3 !!

  1. Stop hoarding all my supplies like hodgepodge hardware and items from the Pretties kit

  2. Use designer paper "in the moment" not after its retired

  3. Learn to use chipboard and the Bind it All so they are not neglected in my stamp room

So what is the candy? It is a new Stampin' Up Creative License Simply Scrapping Kit from the Level one hostess selections from the Fall Winter catalog. The colors in this kit coordinate great with the new Spring Summer Crew Classics Collection. There are lots of fun projects over on splitcoast using this kit as well! Good Luck! (winner will be picked by random.org)


Stamps: Happy Heart Day

Ink: Basic black

Paper: Bali Breeze, Tempting Turquoise , Purely Pomegranate, Whisper White

Other: Eyelets, crop-a-dile, Pomegranate stitched ribbon, tag punches, water color crayons, waterbrush, Tempting Turquoise ribbon, linen thread


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