Thursday, December 31, 2009

RMH Project

This is the project I will be taking this Saturday to the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford. Each coaster is covered with 1/2 inch strips of designer series paper, then the calendar and decoration are added. I have all different kinds of punch-outs for them to choose from to decorate their calendar. I hope the families will enjoy this project!

Monday, December 28, 2009

My daughter's gorgeous jewelry creations

I received these amazing earrings as gifts for Christmas this year. My daughter Alyssa made them! Check out her online business at She is having a 50% off sale on all occasion jewelry through today only! She has beautiful designs that you will love!
(Every piece in our All Occasion jewelry collection is 50% off when you use the coupon code HALFOFF at checkout. Good through 12/28/09.)

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Gift Certificate Holder

This is a gift certificate holder I made to hold Stampin' Up gift certificates. I can make one for any occasion for you, a family member, or friend. Gift certificates can be purchased in any amount and are redeemable toward catalog items or stamp camps through me only.

Nativity Set

My daughter, Jerilyn, created this darling Nativity set many years ago. I hadn't displayed it for awhile, but found it to set out this year. The Mary and Joseph figures are only about 1 inch tall. Isn't this just so precious? Hope you all had a lovely Christmas with your families.
Now the countdown to New Year's is on!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

As we celebrate the birth of Jesus, let us be thankful for the many blessings in our lives.

Below is the card that I made for my hubby for Christmas. When it is opened, the Christmas tree pops up!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Some Creations using the Big Shot

I have been using my Big Shot quite a bit lately and wanted to show you some of my creations using our exclusive Stampin' Up dies.

This is what I designed for our Christmas dinner place cards. It is a very simple design. Sometimes I think that simple is nice with all of the other hoopla going on. I used the Basket and Blooms die from Stampin' Up.

This little bag was made using the Fancy Favor die from Stampin' Up. I embossed it with the Petals a Plenty embossing folder. I got the idea for the tags on the string from something I saw at a local craft store. The tiny tags punch will be available starting January 5th in the new Occasions Mini Catalog! I have been waiting for someone to invent this tag!!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Fun Reindeer Bag

I have been seeing some darling ideas for making reindeer. Some are cards, some are bags, some are ornaments. I borrowed ideas from many places and came up with this cute little reindeer bag. She is made using the Bag with Scallops Sizzix die and the Swirls Scribbles Sizzlit die. Both are available from Stampin' Up! If you order both of these dies from me by December 25th, I will make a reindeer bag for you, and provide you with the directions! I also used the 1/4", 1/2", and 3/4" circle punches as well as the scallop circle punch to complete the bag.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Big Shot Felt Flower Pin

Isn't this pin pretty? I got the idea from Pennie McCallum's blog here:
I have made a bunch of these in various colors to gift to my friends. I will post some of the other samples later.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Advent Calendar for Caleb

This is the Advent Calendar I made for my little grandson, Caleb, who is
1 1/2. I had been working on it since September or October and needed to have it finished so that I could give it to my daughter when she came at Thanksgiving with her family. I decided to take off the big gold snowflake on the top and just have the snowmen up there. I gave her a bag of M & M's so that she could put a few in each drawer for Caleb to have each day. I wish I could be there to see his face as he opens the drawers. She did tell me that he stares up at it on the mantle. As he gets older, we can find some small gifts to put in the drawers to make it even more fun. Ah, what joy to have a grandchild. Now if they just lived a little closer by.....

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Holiday Gift Packaging Stamp Camp Samples

Below are the samples for the Holiday Gift Packaging Stamp Camp on Monday, December 14th, from 7-9 pm. There may be some slight variation in the Designer Series Paper used in the projects, and I may just tweak them a little to make them even more exciting! Please RSVP by December 7th. The fee for the camp is $12 and is for adults only please.

gift card holder

money or gift card holder

gift bag

gift card holder

gift bag

Monday, November 30, 2009

Special Fold Birthday Card

This is a card that I made for my wonderful sister-in-law. Her birthday is December 12th. Happy Birthday Sally!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Wishing you all a very Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Huge Stampin' Up Sale!!!!

Starting today, Stampin' Up is having a big sale! Travel on over to my website to see the bargains. Click on the Products tab at the top, then Shop Now, and then Online Extravaganza. There are some amazing bundles that are 30%, 40%, and 50% off!! It is for a limited time only, so hurry on over! I will be around during the holidays so let me know if you have any questions or would like to place an order.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Holiday Card Stamp Camp Samples again

I wanted to re-post the samples for my upcoming holiday card stamp camps on November 22nd and November 30th so they are easy to view without going through my older posts, so here they are:

Monday, November 16, 2009

My Digital Studo Certified!

I have just become certified in My Digital Studio from Stampin' Up! If you are interested in finding out more about My Digital Studio, just let me know! I am having a lot of fun with my creations, and it lends itself to so many different areas! I have produced a scrapbook album book about my grandson, a calendar about my doggie, and several greeting cards. I think one of my favorite areas is the multimedia--I added a musical background to the scrapbook and put it on a CD to share with family members. Fun!!

A sample of some of the cards I have created are shown below:

It is also fun because I can either have these printed or can send them in an email. It works especially well to send greetings to our son in Italy.

Let me know if you would like to learn how to create with My Digital Studio!!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Front Row Regional

Today, 5 demonstrators plus myself got together for a Front Row Regional. I purchased the DVD from Stampin' Up, and we each purchased the make 'n take kit to do the projects. We each also brought something for the potluck lunch, and made a day of it! We also decided to do a holiday swap, so my sample is shown below. We had a very fun day together!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Beanie Gift Card Holder

I was just browsing some blogs this morning, and I found this very cute idea for a gift card holder. This would be perfect for the holidays, or can be adapted to any occasion. Hmm... I am thinking of a baseball cap next. You can find the instructions for how to make this cute idea here:
Have fun!

Happy Card

Just a fun card I created using the Define Your Life and Wanted stamp sets as well as the Bitty Backgrounds. The colors are Elegant Eggplant, Kraft, and Whisper White for the cardstock, and Soft Suede classic ink and White craft stamp pads.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Ronald McDonald House Cards

These are the 2 cards I did at the Ronald McDonald House today. We had another great turnout. I think there were 11 people, 7 of those were kids! I know that they had a great time!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Snow Buddies Cards

I have been trying to use some of my supplies that I have been saving--for what, you might ask, and so did I, so here I go...
I had this cute chipboard cut out, so I decided to stamp on it using the Snow Buddies Hostess stamp set from the holiday mini catalog.

Then I decided to try it using chipboard cut out with the Stampin' Up Top Note Die and try the same thing. So these are the 2 cards that I created.

On both cards, the chipboard is attached using Stampin' Dimensionals for a 3-D look.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Quilt Card

I was just having some fun creating this little quilt card, so I thought I would share it with you.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Tag Samples

Above are some samples of the tags we will be making at the holiday card stamp camp. Don't forget to sign up by November 14th, if you would like to come!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Holiday Card Stamp Camp samples

The cards above are the 4 cards we will be making at the Holiday Card Stamp Camp on Sunday November 22nd from 1-4 pm. We will be making 2 of each card. The fee for the camp is $20 and also includes 5 holiday tags. If you would like to come, please RSVP by November 14th.
The close-ups of the cards are shown below.

The above card idea was gathered from Heather--see the link on the right side of my blog for Stamp With Heather.
The remaining cards are my own creations.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Halloween Ideas

Isn't this just the cutest little bag decoration? The instructions can be found here

I also made a cute card for my little grandson using the sweet treat cups from Stampin' Up. I had seen some ideas out there, but ended up making up my own design for the card.

Here it is before I put the m & m's in.

And here it is with the trap door opened so the candy can be put in or removed without ruining the card. You can also see the inside greeting.
I hope he will enjoy the card.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Gift Tote

My son was planning to give a birthday gift to a friend of his and I offered to make a gift bag. I used some special Washi-type paper and added Stampin' Up's real red ribbon and rhinestone brads to spice it up. I think she will enjoy the tote as a gift too. Don't you just love the color contrast!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Ronald McDonald Halloween Treats

The samples shown below were my project for the Ronald McDonald House yesterday. It has been so wonderful that there are a large group that anxiously await our arrival each month. (Sad that they have to be there so long, but great that we can help to make their stay more pleasant) I barely get in the door, and they come and sit down waiting to see what we have brought this month for them to create. In fact, a little boy asked me if we could come again next week. It is such a rewarding experience being able to share with the families.
The projects shown here were candy covers. They had a choice of skittles or M & M's to staple inside. After all, Halloween is coming up soon!
Have a great week!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

One stamp, two uses

I was doing a little creating yesterday with the following card. While I was stamping the sentiment, "Welcome Christmas into your heart," I was thinking to myself how I always want to keep the "Christ" in Christmas. Sometimes people use the term where they replace Christ with an X, and I really do not like that. Then it came to me that I could use this stamp another way.
I used my marker and just colored on the stamp directly coloring only the "Christ" in Christmas and stamped it that way. What a beautiful thought, "Welcome Christ into your heart!"

Just another way that stamps can have more than one purpose! This stamp is from the set called "Heard from the Heart."
Have a wonderful day!