Saturday, December 31, 2011

Choose Joy!

Where has the time gone? My two week break from school is almost over! I have to report back bright and early Monday morning! Everybody else seems to have Monday off, but not us! (Bitter much?) I had planned to do lots of blogging, but it didn't really seem to happen! But, a lot of crafting did happen, so I do have lots to show you in the comming weeks.

This page was again based on a page I saw on Pinterest. Pinterest is now my new Google. I love it! I have several crafty Boards on Pinterest and I would love for you to follow me and I would LOVE to follow you! Some you might like are: Got Scrap, Paper Art, Gift Tags, Cards and Kids Crafts. I have lots of other boards, but those are just the basic crafty ones.

 These letters are chipboard. I inked them with Cajun Craze then ran them through the Big Shot with the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder. Easy and big wow factor!
 The cork trim was just a cork sheet cut with Tasteful Trims Die. The other pieces are from the old DSP that came embossed and you rub ink on it... why can't I remember the name! Grr!
 Other embelishments are from my stash...

So we had a great break. We had a little of this....
(You have no idea how many tries it took for me to get this one picture! And it has a weird yellow tint. Sigh...)

 A LOT of this...

(Christmas morning was the best one yet! Lot's of pink toys and art supplies!)

 And a whole lot of this....
(Terrible Threes in full force with A!)

 Quite a bit of this....
(E an her BFF. The LOVE each other a lot, but like any old married couple, there are lots of fights! LOL!)

 And new toys were mostly passed over for the likes of this! Ha!
 My very favorite gift came from my Mom and Hubby (I am pretty sure hubby was only the vehicle for pick up! Thanks mom!! LOL!) In this month's issue of Stampin' Ups Demo magazine, Shellie Gardner redid a Demonstrators stamp room. She put all her 12 X 12 paper in a shopping cart. i then became obsessed with finding a vintage shopping cart! I found one on Craigslist that was way to price IMO...

But on Christmas morning, I found this under the tree for me!! LOVE IT!!!!

We had lots of sweet special memories that I won't forget. I hope your Christmas was just as special. And I hope your 2012 is even better!
 Don't forget to check out my Sweet Hearts Project Planner on sale now! It features brand new products that will be available in the Occasions Catalog available Jan. 4!
And, if you have some Christmas money burning a hole in your pocket, don't forget to check out Stampin' Ups clearance rack!! Lot's of amazing deals!
Hope you have a great NYE! I'll do a Best Of Post tomorrow! Happy New Years Eve!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

New Project Planner- Sweet Hearts!

Now that Christmas is over, I know your ready for Valentine's Day, right? Well, I have been knee deep in V Day for about three days now! I have written a new Project Planner that features the new
Heart Framelits
that will be available January 4th in the new SU Occasions Catalog. If you are a demonstrator like me, this Project Planner will be perfect for you to use as you plan your upcoming workshops and classes. It includes 11 Valentine projects that all feature the use of at least one of the Heart Frame Dies as well as stamps from the new Occasions Mini. You can use these as ideas or you can print it out (16 pages!) and use it at your camp!

 This isn't just for Stampin' Up Demonstrators though! Anybody who is looking for Valentine ideas will get plenty of use out of these projects! The planner includes full color pictures, detailed measurements and supply list as well as step by step instructions for making each project! The projects range from very simple, you can do with your kids, to a little challenging, may need an extra pair of hands! But, most are basic, easily reproduced projects.
 Included are:
1. Brand new Anti Bacterial Holder Design
2. Wax Paper Candy Heart pouch
3. Felt Coasters
4. Valentine Card
5. Candy Heart Shaped Box with lid
6. Pop Rocks Holder
7. Guitar Treat Holder
8. Elegant Sweet Treat Heart Pocket
9. Lollipop Envelope
10. Tic Tac Card
11. Sweet Lunch Sac

Also, many of these designs are simple enough to substitute tools and paper. I have listed details of the things from the SU catalog that I used specifically, but of course, you are welcome to change and adapt the projects as needed.
The 16 page Project Planner is only $8.
It  will be mailed to you in a PDF once I receive your payment via Pay Pal.
You can order it by clicking the button below:

Also, last year's Project Planner is still available if you need more ideas. It is also $8. Most of the things used feature products that are still current.

If you want BOTH Project Planners, I will sell them together for $12. Make sure you click this button for the special pricing:

If you need to order any supplies you can do so directly from my Stampin' Up websight.

Thanks for stopping by! Please email me if you have any questions!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

HSS # 99- Cupcake Inspiration

Hey y'all! Have you recovered from Christmas? Man, this year's was a killer for me! But, it ended up being wonderful for my kids, my family and me! But, I'm ready to pack it away and have a calm life for a while!

Today is Hand Stamped Sentiment's 99th Challenge! That's amazing! And, this week, we have a BEAUTIFUL inspiration photo for you!

I try to not take inspiration photos so literal, you know, think outside the box. But, this one was so beautiful, I really wanted to try to recreate it as best I could.

This fun stamp set is a new one available January 4th in the Stampin' Up's Occasions Catalog. It is called Sweet Cake and it is a set of 4- the cupcake and 3 sentiment's.

I stamped it first in Metallic Gold on Soft Suede CS and embossed it in pewter. I stamped it again on Baja Breeze CS. I cut it out and layered the blue cupcake on top of the Soft Suede one. I added some Dazzling Details and a large Pearl (also in the new catalog.) I stamped the sentiment in Baja Blue on Whisper White and punched it out with the Modern Label.

Turned this way, you can really see the bling! It's very fancy! ;-)
I cut a piece of Baja Breeze CS and embossed it in the Big Shot with the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder. I finished it off with a Baja Breeze Seam Binding bow.

So, we'd like for you to give it a try! This inspiration can be interpreted a literally as I did, or as loosely as you'd like. We really want to see what you create so please come back and link to us!

Thanks for stopping by! Come back tomorrow because I can't wait to show you what I got for Christmas!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Thanks Shelli!

Every month, Shelli Gardner (Stampin Up Founder and CEO) has a creative challenge. Last month it was Neighbor Gifts. I linked up with her blog  showing my Peppermint Play dough.

 Well, I found out this weekend that she chose my project as one of four winners! Wow! That's a pretty big honor! So, thanks Shelli! I am thrilled!
 This is my second time to win one of Shelli's monthly contests, but its still just as exciting as the first time!
 So, as you can see, I tweaked the final products just a bit. Smaller, fatter jars helped get the playdough in a little easier. I also made a tag for the top because I started worrying the might think it's cookie dough! LOL! Yuck!
SO, if you need a quick and fun gift for some kid friends, this is pretty darn easy and you probably have everything you need already in your pantry!

The recipe I used can be found HERE.
Only 3 more days! Yikes! I haven't wrapped a thing!! I hate wrapping!
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

One last Christmas Card...

OK, I think this just might be the last Christmas Card. Not sure I can pull another one out this year! This one is non traditional colors as well. I tend to stick to the old standard of red and green, but this week, I've started to stray. I'm ready for spring I suppose! LOL!

I used the great sketch from Cardabilities...

 And the beautiful colors from OCC.

I used some of the Candy Cane Designer Fabric I bought off the clearance rack! I just love this stuff. Sewed it randomly on to the card. The felt snowflake is from the Christmas felt kit in the Holiday Mini. Lots of layers on this guy!

I cut the Pretty in Pink striped ribbon in half and tied it around. I love doing this to the striped ribbon. In fact, it's the only way I seem to use it anymore! I glued the button and the snowflake onto the bow with Crystal Effect. Did you know you could use that as glue? It is the worlds strongest glue! Seriously! That's all I use it for these days. I might need to glue my children to the wall before the break is over... I would definitely use this stuff to do it to make sure they stayed! ha! ;-)

Hope your having and GREAT Wednesday!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

HSS #98 Fancy Folds!

Today's challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments is to make a project with a fancy fold! If you google "fancy Folds" you will fund millions of different ways to fold paper on your card or scrapbook!

I decided to do the fancy folded tree and to do it on a scrapbook page!

The three trees in the front are half circles folded back and forth. It's a very simple technique with a big wow factor.

I also used lots of BLING! Red Glitter Paper was cut with the framelit label as well as Stars#2 die (and layered of the chipboard stars cut with the same die.) I also used Go Go Boot Alpha Sizzlets for the word Stars.

Now, I first tried covering the chipboard stars with the new Dazzling Details Cherry Cobbler. It worked great, but was using up all my DDCC! So, I got smart and just cut the rest of them with the die out of the glitter paper.

You can see a little bit of difference between the top two stars (DD) and the other one (paper.)

So what kind of fancy fold can you use in one of your projects this week? Make sure you link back and show us! Have fun!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Fun last minute HANDMADE gift!

I was inspired by THIS POST by Hidie Boos to make a few last minute gifts for a few friends. They are simple but pretty darn cute! I am always looking for Christmas frames for the girls' Santa pictures, and this one makes it super easy to throw this years picture right in!

 I bought the giant clothespin in the wood section at my local crafts store. I had hubby take them apart and spray them with white spray paint (shat is he doing anyways while I am running around like crazy trying to get Christmas done!! ;-) I adhered scraps of Holly Berry DSP on the front side and tied the ribbon. I created the Christmas 2011 by using the Christmas on the elf stamp from Kidoodles and the 2011 was then stamped using the Calender Numbers.

I couldn't leave it alone... I had to make a little scrapbook page for it! Again, scraps! I am out of almost all  my Christmas paper as well as red and green from my stacks!! Yikes!
 I adore this little guy! He is from Kiddoodles as well. I used a blender pen and Real red, Garden Green, Lucky Limeade and Pretty in Pink. Now, do you see the SPARKLE! Well, I used Dazzling Details on his hat and Dazzling Details Cherry Cobbler on his coat. Yes, that's right! New Dazzling Details in the upcoming Occasions Catalog! It goes on like glitter glue, but dried like pure glitter. Fabulous! And the tip is very fine, so it's very easy to do it right! Tiny Tag, Rhinestone, Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon, 1 3/4" Circle punch, Larch Scallop Punch and the paper piercer helped to make the rest of the tag.

And here is mine with this years picture!

Take a look at our visit with Santa!!  One of these things is not like the other... LOL!
 Is she crying because she knows she's on the naughty list???? Probably! LOL!

This project qualified for several challenges! Iam  never able to do that!

Color Q, which I missed the deadline-BOO!
 Paper Pal Arts
Inkspirations- Christmas Projects (Their last challenge by the way! Ladies!?!?! I'm so so so so sad! :-()

I did several scrapbook pages yesterday, but am saving them for other days this week! One might just be my most favorite layout of all time. Seriously! You need to stop back by later this week! It's pretty OVER THE TOP!!!
Hope your having a relaxing week before Christmas! (I'm not!!) Thanks for stopping by!!

Friday, December 16, 2011

You Did It!

A sweet friend of mine graduated from college last weekend. I wasn't able to make the party, but wanted to make her a card to tell her how impressed I was with her Perseverance and hard work!

I loved the Paper Player's colors this week. They are Christmas-y, but also applicable to other occasions!

And, I used the sketch from Clean and Simple. I am such a sucker with a sketch that has repeating elements!

This card uses a NEW stamp set. It will be in the upcoming Sale A Bration catalog which means it will be FREE!! Woot! I had nothing in gold other than ink, so I threw in the silver shimmer paper and it really made things pop! Who knew you could pull of silver and gold at the same time! Ha!

Stamps: Sprinkled Expressions (SAB)
Ink: Brushed Gold (I think..)
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Silver
Other: Big Shot, Stars #2 Die, Cherry Cobbler Twine, Large Scallop Circle Punch, Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Stampin' Dimensional.

TGIF!! :-) Thanks or stopping by!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Last Day...

Today is my student teachers last day! She has been with me since Aug 15! Thats a very long time! I don't know how to function with out her at this point! We have lots of surprises planned for her, and this card is just part of it.

I'll be back in a bit with specifics!
This card was inspired by the sketch at Inkspiration and the colors at The Play Date Cafe.