Thursday, December 29, 2011

Let's Go Fly a Kite

Let's go fly a kite, up to the highest heights...let's go fly a kite and send it soaring! Do you remember this song from Mary Poppins? It's been going through my head since I worked on cards yesterday with the new set from the upcoming mini catalog called Send Me Soaring. Another one of my favorites from the mini!

Ingredients: Send Me Soaring
Paper: Everyday Enchantment DSP, Pool Party, Lucky Limeade, Confetti White, Whisper White, Calypso Coral
Ink: Early Espresso, Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade, Pool Party, Wisteria Wonder, VersaMark
Accessories: Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Adorning Accents Embossing Folder, White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Curly Label Punch, Big Shot, Dimensionals, Snail Adhesive, Everyday Enchantment Ribbon, Aqua Pen

I love the different sayings in this set. You can use these cards for birthdays, get well, even a non traditional Valentine! I love the cheery colors and well, I just love this card! The ribbon and the DSP that I used are sneak peaks of some of the Sale-a-bration FREEBIES! Only a month away! For every $50.00 that you purchase, you can choose a free stamp set or product from the new Sale-a-bration brochure! Lots of fun things to choose from this year!

 I stamped the kite, string and tail on the corner of the inside. Notice too the fun border of hearts along the bottom with the new Adorning Accents Embossing Folder. It comes with a set of three of them...another favorite from the mini of mine! I told you that you were going to love it! 
So now that I have that song running through your head too, have some fun stampin' today!!
Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Field Flowers Happy Birthday

I had to get out one of my favorite stamp sets yesterday to stamp with Nina....Field Flowers! We made  birthday cards and she made a special friend card for her best friend back in Indonesia. What fun to take something home that you made yourself!
 Ingredients: Field Flowers, Hello Doily, Happiest Birthday Wishes (hostess set)
Paper: Wisteria Wonder, Concord Crush, First Edition Specialty Paper, Very Vanilla, Lucky Limeade, In Colors Color Assortment
Ink: Wisteria Wonder, Concord Crush, Old Olive, VersaMark Pad
Accessories: Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Scallop Circle, 1 3/8" Circle, 1" Circle Punches, Dimensionals, Snail Adhesive, Stamp-a-ma-jig, More Mustard Marker

We stamped off the Hello Doily on the background of the First Edition Paper with Wisteria Wonder, then stamped the stem in Old Olive. The flowers were stamped with the Wisteria Wonder on a scrap of Very Vanilla, then Stamp-a-ma-jigged with the second stamp in Concord Crush. The flower centers were colored with the More Mustard Marker. We used the VersaMark pad over the top of the flowers, clear embossed them, then cut them out and added them to the card with dimensionals. The embossing on the flowers really deepens the color and makes them so pretty in real life. The corner sentiment was stamped on the 3 different colors of paper, punched and layered together and added with dimensionals to the card front.

And the inside stamped with the Field Flowers again in the corner...

I have a couple of those birthday cards crossed off my how many more to go?? Still need to stamp! Hope you're getting a break for the holidays and have had some time to stamp! I'm off to play again! I could do this everyday!
Happy Stampin'!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Happy Stampin'!

What a fun afternoon of stamping we had! Katie had gotten a couple of the birthday calendars to make for Christmas gifts and hadn't had a chance to finish them, so she worked on those, and Nina, Dickson's sister and I made some cards. What fun to stamp with someone that hasn't done any stamping before! Nina's a natural and picked it up really quick. We're going to try to get more cards done before she leaves to go with the birthday calendar that Katie is making her. I did get a chance to play with some of the new "toys" that came earlier and I love, love, love them! Here's the card that I put together yesterday and this morning with my favorite set from the new mini called Take It to Heart. I used the design in the catalog as a starting point, so that made this card really easy to figure out. The best thing about this set too is that I got it FREE for having a workshop. How much fun is that!?  I love this bird image and the new Pleated Satin Ribbon and it was so easy to cut out with the the new Framelits Dies for the Big Shot. I also added the sentiment with the new stamp set Loving Thoughts. I can see where I will be using that set a lot!
Ingredients: Take It to Heart, Loving Thoughts, Woodgrain Background
Paper: Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Watercolor Paper, Very Vanilla, Baja Breeze, Pink Pirouette
Ink: Stazon Black, Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Pink Pirouette
Accessories: Big Shot, Hearts Collection Framelits Dies, Pink Pirouette Pleated Satin Ribbon, Lace Ribbon Border Punch, Pearls, Lattice Embossing Folder, Dimentionals, Snail Adhesive, Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Baja Breeze, More Mustard, Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink, Old Olive Stampin' Markers, Blender Pens
I colored the image with the markers and used the blender pens to smooth and blend the colors. So beautiful!
And the inside....just a simple heart in the corner stamped in Pink Pirouette.

Such a beautiful card!! I wish I could send you all one so you could see it in person. This would make a beautiful Valentine (coming soon!) or birthday, sympathy, just because card. I have a ton of birthdays coming up in January, so I will probably use it for one of those...sister, niece, several friends, son-in-law (probably a little too girly for that) 2 sister-in-laws, and the list goes on. I'd better get back to making more cards!!
Happy stampin'!

Monday, December 26, 2011

The Stockings were Hung (and finished!)

Oh what a great Christmas we had! We had such a fun trip to Disneyland and San Diego! We spent 3 days at Disney, then off to San Diego to Sea World and the San Diego Zoo, and my favorite...the OCEAN!! We walked for miles and miles and came home happy and totally exhausted! While at Disney, Larry and I celebrated our 35th anniversary with a special dinner at the Blue Bayou Restaurant (the one that you pass while riding the boats through the Pirates of the Caribbean...our favorite ride!). What a special night! Then off to San Diego and Sea World and a nice long walk along the ocean. What special memories!

35 happy years together! Katie and Dickson surprised us with reservations made for us at the restaurant. What a great Disney adventure!

The lights at Disney are always so spectacular! The lines were long, but so worth the wait. The boys loved the roller coasters and of course, one of the favorites...Splash Mountain!

No, that's not any of us surfing...just a cool shot I captured as we wandered along the shore that day. Maybe someday! LOL! I could wander along the ocean for days!

We've had so much fun with Dickson's family here from Indonesia and making Christmas extra special for them. The kids were so excited to see the stockings with their names on them when they came down Christmas worth all the work that went into them! Here's a picture of a couple of them...
And we made 14 of them in all!

I'm off to play with some of the new "toys" I received right before we left from the new mini catalog coming out in just a few days! You're going to love it!! I want it all!! I'll share some pictures with you tomorrow on some sneak peaks from it....until then,
Happy Stampin'!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Merry Christmas Stocking

I ran out of cards again, so had to do some quick and easy ones for my last minute sending. I love the simplicity of these and they went together so quickly! Just what I needed this time of year!
Ingredients: Stitched Stockings, Inside sentiment from Come to Bethlehem
Ink: Not Quite Navy
Paper: Not Quite Navy, Whisper White
Accessories: Jewels, Organza Ribbon, Northern Flurries Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Stocking Punch, Snail Adhesive, Dimensionals
Inside I stamped the Merry Christmas and the stocking again in Not Quite Navy. Really a simple card, but fun to do!

Check out the clearance rack online! Up to 80% off on Stampin' Up! They have some of the old whale style punches on clearance (my favorite kind of punch!) and lots of really good deals! Order on-line and have it shipped right to you! Just click on the button on the top left and it will take you right to the page...set up an account and you're ready to roll! What fun! Great prices! Check them out!
I've gotten my first order from the new Occasions Mini Catalog going live in January, but haven't had time to play with them just yet! You will love all the new things coming!

Katie and I finished our first course of cake making last night. I've really learned a lot and had a lot of fun doing it. Katie's already signed us up for course 2 coming in January! Last night we did roses and boy, did I have a hard time with mine at first! My frosting was just not right and after messing around with trying to get the right consistency, I was covered with purple frosting! Sticky! Not one of my favorite things! I did get a lot of practice making roses.  Hopefully next time, it'll go a little smoother! One thing that I learned last night, was that the frosting is a BIG thing when you're trying to make flowers! Katie did an awesome job on hers, and was the first one finished, while I struggled with the frosting. She made these beautiful pink roses.
Gorgeous, don't you think?
We're off to Disney today! I have the stockings all ready to finish in the car...just hand sewing to do on them now for the binding, then they will all be done...all 14 of them! I figure we have lots of driving to do in the next couple of days, so no problem keeping busy in the car! 
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas as we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus! What a wonderful season to stop and reflect on all the He has done for us! We are so blessed! I pray that you're getting done with all your preparations and can sit back now and enjoy the season!
Happy Stampin'!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Frosty and Rudy

Tis the season...for being BUSY! I love the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and all the preparations and surprises! I'm in the process of helping Katie make quilted stockings for all of Dickson's family that are coming, getting shopping done, presents wrapped and mailed, cards finished and more cards made, and preparing for our trip to Disneyland! WOW! Can't wait! Then to top it off, Katie and I are taking a cake decorating class at our local Joanne's store with classes on Tues and Thurs nights. We've finished 2 lessons so far, and boy, have I learned a lot about cake baking and decorating! Here's a picture of our first cakes...

Katie made the cupcake one and I made the fish one. My poor cake had the eye squished on the way home, so my fish just wasn't seeing right! Sure tasted better than most fish though!
Not too bad for rookies, right? Holly, who is teaching the class has a cake business and has been so kind to share all her knowledge with us...even a wonderful cake recipe for high altitude. I didn't realize that Elko was over 5,000 feet! We split our cakes and put a peach filling in it between the layers! So yummy!!!! They didn't last long around here!

Have been busy too with doing some paper crafting. I made these for stocking stuffers for the kids and gave one to each of the ladies that came to the last Wrap it Up! class. I love them! They hold a Hershey bar and can be opened and closed so that you can use them again after the candy is gone. A very talented demonstrator, Michelle Suit shared the pattern for us on our demonstrator web site. Thanks Michelle!

Ingredients: Whisper White, Soft Suede Paper, scraps of Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Wild Wasabi, Red Glimmer paper, Basic Black
Accessories: Buttons emboslit, 1" circle punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, Owl Punch, Snowflake Die, Black Pen, White Pen, Candy Cane Christmas Fabric, Simply Scored Scoring Tool

Here's Michelle's Pattern for cutting and scoring (made super easy with the Simply Scored Scoring Tool!)
If you have any questions on how to do it, don't hesitate to contact me.
Elko held a Christmas Parade on Saturday night that we attended too. I was really impressed! The businesses that had floats did a wonderful job. They passed out all kinds of candy, pop from the Pepsi truck, jingle bells (one of the things that Faith wanted for Christmas!) and a stuffed animal to each of the kids at the end of the parade. They had a beautifully done ice sculpture displayed at City Hall, and lots of festivities for the people waiting for the parade. We had a blast!

I see a couple of scrapbook pages coming!!
I pray that as each of you are busy with the Holidays, that you take time to stop and pause and celebrate the reason for the season...JESUS! What a great time we're having celebrating His birth!
 Joy to the World!
Happy Stampin'!

Friday, December 2, 2011

The Perfect Bag

The Perfect Bag
This tutorial came from demonstrator Jan Farring that she learned at the Stampin’ Up! Convention in 2008, and with it, you will be able to recreate your own bags for the holidays. They are fast and can be made in any size or shape for the perfect gift!
WARNING!  I’ll caution you right now, these can be very addicting! Once you get started you won’t want to stop!
Here’s a picture of some of them that I made…

For the largest bag, you need 2 pieces of 12 x 12 Designer Series Paper of the same design.
Score both sheets of the paper at 2” on three sides and 1 ½” on the top side. This is so easy with the Simply Scoring tool! Lay your paper on your scoring tool with the side that you want to be the front of the bag pointed up.  If your paper has a direction to it, make sure that the design is going the right way. Fold and crease the top 1 ½” of both 12 x 12 sheets to the front side of your paper and adhere with Snail.

Crease all score lines with your bone folder.

Add sticky tape on one 2” side along the edge and along the score line. Match up the seams and adhere together.  Add sticky strip to the other side of the bag, making sure your seams are facing the same direction (toward the back of the bag). Adhere together.

Turn the bottom side up and fold in both sides (like you’re wrapping a gift package). Line up the seams with the 2” fold. Put sticky strip on each of the sides and fold over, reaching down into the bag to adhere the bottom pieces together. The bottom of your box should look like this…

Cut 2 pieces 11”x 1” of solid color card stock to match your bag, and 2 pieces of 11” x ¾” pieces of designer series paper to match. Adhere these together and using the
Crop-A- Dile, punch 2 holes 1/8” and apply the handles with brads. Be careful with the punch on the other side of the bag that you don’t punch through both sides at the same time with the other side of the Crop-A-Dile. (Don’t ask me how I know!) Faith has a little bag all her own…with a little extra hole on one side!

         You can add ribbon, a matching tag, matching tissue paper and you have the perfect bag!

Here are some other sizes for you to make.
Cut 2 sheets 9x7 (the first measurement is the horizontal). Score all 4 sides at 1”. Finished measurement is 7”x5”x1”. This size is excellent for small photo albums, card sets, etc. (This is the size in the above picture). For the handles, I cut a piece of DSP to match my bag 9”x1” then added a piece of satin ribbon in the middle instead of another strip of paper. Don't you just love the matching tissue paper and tag?

Another size:
Cut 2 sheets 9”x9”. Score all four sides at 1”. Finished measurements are 7”x7”x1”. This size works well for Cd's, small books, etc. I used ribbon for the handles here.

And one more for small gifts:
Cut 2 sheets 8”x5”. Score 3 sides at 1 ½” and top side at 1”. The finished measurement is 5”x3 ½”x1 ½”. This one would work great for a small votive candle, treats, etc. Again I made the handles out of ribbon.

You can increase the width of the bag by ½” by adding 1” to the horizontal measurement and scoring at
1 ½” instead of 1”. Here’s one I turned the other direction to make it longer and narrower.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Having fun wrapping up your gifts in a perfect bag! Anyone need to join me for Bag Makers Anonymous??
Happy Stampin’!!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Wrap it Up!

Wrap it up with these simple, fun tags! I had so much fun making these! The Two Tags Die, the new Peekaboo Frames Die, and the Circles and Scallops all cut with the Big Shot make it super simple and fast! I used an assortment of punches, lots of  paper scraps, and stamps to put them all together.
                                                   This one looks like an ornament!


The Dasher stamp is embossed in silver and the scallops are the new silver glimmer paper. It's so sparkly in real life! A little piece from the Top Note Die adds a little color and makes it pop!

The glimmer paper in red was used to give it lots of bling! The flowers and leaves are punched with the
5 Petal Punch. So easy!!
This one is made with the Peekaboo Frames Die. I stamped the image on the front, then stamped it again on the inside window and stamped the to, from over the top of the lighter image. Love it! Peekaboo!
Hope this gives you some ideas for easy to do tags. These are simple enough that the whole family can help...Faith did!
Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

It's Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas!

With Thanksgiving come and gone, the lights and the tree have gone up and the decorations set out. It really does look a lot like Christmas around here! I love this time of year and the anticipation and excitement of Christmas! I have spent the last couple of days stuffing envelopes and writing little notes with all the cards I have finished and they're going to the post office today! It feels so good to be done this early and I made almost twice as many as I usually do. Accomplishment! YEAH!
I'm so excited too for our last class before Christmas called Wrap it Up! I've had so much fun designing the projects. The only hard part is knowing when to stop! I really must warn you ahead of time...some of these projects can be addicting!
Before I share those though, I'm going to share the last Christmas card that I did. I was short about 15 cards, so wanted something that was quick, easy, and beautiful. A fellow demonstrator, Dawn Olchefske shared this card on our Stampin' Up! demonstrator web site and it just fit the bill. Simple, yet beautiful!
I changed it up just a little by adding the embossing and the ribbon to the front of it. I love the simplicity of it and the Cherry Cobbler and the white together just shout Christmas!
Ingredients: Stamp Set Word Play, God's Blessings (Inside verse)
Paper: Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler
Ink: Cherry Cobbler
Accessories: Big Shot, Northern Flurry and Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folders, Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding, Snowflake Punch, Doily Triple Layer Punch (Inside), Snail Adhesive, Basic Pearls
See how easy and beautiful these turned out? I did the extra cards that I needed in just a short time. Now all my cards are done! YIPPEE! It's really not too late to get those cards started and done before Christmas. If you need some suggestions, I'd love to help!
I couldn't decide which of the embossing folders I liked the best, so I just did some of both!
I'm off to get started on some Christmas stockings that I'm helping Katie make for Dickson's sister and kids that get to come from Indonesia for Christmas! A real answer to prayer! Dickson is so excited to see some of his family again! That just adds to the excitement around here!
Happy Stampin'!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! I've so many blessings to count and thank God for, and  among those blessings are you, .my stampin' friends! Thank you for being part of my life and joining me here on my blog to stamp along with me. Thank you for encouragement and kind words. I sure miss stamping in person with you, but so thankful that we can do it "together" here! Blessings to all of you on this day set aside to thank the Lord for all that He has given. Enjoy your day, your turkey, your family and friends!

Happy Thanksgiving!!


Sunday, November 20, 2011

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Friday, November 18, 2011

Mini Scrapbook

I love, love, love this old pattern! I had forgotten about it until Katie found the one she made several years ago in her scrapbook stuff last weekend. I decided to resurrect the pattern and do it for our scrapbook workshop tomorrow. I had learned how to make this little mini album at the Stampin' Up! convention several years ago and still love it today! I don't know about you, but I take tons of pictures! I usually print some of them in wallet size (two for the price of one!) then can use them to add smaller prints to my layouts, or like I did here, punch them into smaller photos. I used 23 pictures in this little mini scrapbook! That would have been a whole roll of film back in the "old days"! WOW! The mini book can be added to a page as an interactive scrapbook piece, or just carried along with you to show off those cute grand kids! Mine is going to end up on a scrapbook page with all the other pictures that I took!! I do love to take pictures!

Here's a picture of it opened up...
The 12 x 12 sheet is folded in 1/2,  then in half again, then opened up and each section folded toward the middle. You should end up with 4 sections that are 3" x 6", and make a W when you're looking at it from the side with the bottom a closed fold and the top open to slide your cards into. I used my bone folder to make sure I had nice, crisp folds (and straight!).

The tags were cut 5 7/8" x 2 3/4" so that they could slide easily out of the pockets. The pullout at the top of each tag was punched with the Round Tab punch, attached with some of the sticky strip, then a small circle punch and ribbon tied through it.
I added pictures to both sides of the tags too...

A close up of the tear along the left side from the fold of the next section, down about 1/2 way, and the punch with the 1 3/8" circle punch in the top of the second section. I added another matching piece from the Spice Cake DSP to that section too (cut 3" x 6").

The third and fourth sections are cut about 3" down along the fold line between them. The third section folded over and brads attached, the the fourth section folded down, then a small fold toward the top again and torn. I added a little adhesive to that fold to make it stay in place. Open up the whole paper to attach the brads, using the mat pack to keep them straight, then add a piece of sticky strip along both outside edges as close to the edge as possible to keep it all together. (Section 1 and section 4). You don't need to add any adhesive between the other sections as the folds will keep the pullouts in place.

Now you're ready to add as many pictures as you'd like along with stamped images to go with your theme of your pictures. I used the Gently Falling set from the Holiday Mini Catalog. The leaves were stamped with the outline images in Early Espresso, then sponged with different colors and cut out. The letters on the front are Soft Suede and cut with the Big Shot and my Timeless Type Jr Alphabet. All done! It goes together really fast and so impressive when you're done! What a great way to share those holiday memories, or make for someone special on your list. How about like the scrapbook page I did last weekend...10 things I love about you, or Lessons I've Learned from my Dad, or just a time like I did, Fall 2011. There's so many things you can do with this little scrapbook! And you don't even have to be a "scrapbooker" to enjoy doing it!  Don't hesitate to contact me if you need further directions.  Faith and I made this one up in just a couple of hours while we were watching the owl that visited us yesterday in a tree right by the back deck. He stayed all day, and we spent more time watching him than really working! So beautiful and fun to watch! We didn't let our little dog, Riggley out all day without us... just in case the owl wanted a little snack! Ha!

Isn't he beautiful?
Happy Scrappin'!!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Monkey Business

A friend sent me this recipe a couple of weeks ago and we loved it so much that I wanted to include it in my recipe book. I'm also in the process of making a couple more books for gifts and will also share this recipe page for our scrapbooking workshop this weekend. So without anymore monkey business, here it is:
Isn't he cute?? I had problems finding any directions for a cute monkey, so copied a monkey picture on Michael's bib. (I'd show you a picture of it, but he got it pretty messy last night...he's started on cereal!). Katie just laughs at me!

Here's a close up of the monkey...

Here's the punches that I used: Face 2 1/2" circle punch, muzzle (I guess that's what you call it??) Extra Large Oval Punch, Black eyes 1/2" circle punch, behind the eyes (don't know what that's called either...sockets??) Full Heart Punch, Ears 1 1/4" circle punch and 1" circle punch, nose is a  trimmed 1/2" circle punch , and his stickin' up hair is hand cut, and finally a bow attached for his bow tie. A very simple and fun recipe page. I love him!! I think he needs a name....hmmm...what should I call him??
Happy Stampin'!