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Wednesday, December 6, 2017


I was SO excited at our Joyful Heart Stampers meeting on Saturday.  The secret gift I received was from Deb Paisie and that is ALWAYS a good thing!  I won the adorable shrinky dink necklace that I shared with you a little while ago.  I'll show it again, just because it is so cool!

Hopefully, you can click on it to make it larger so you can see it even better.  The necklace was in this cute snowman box.  This box would work for a number of  gifts - money, gift certificates, socks, a scarf, jewelry, or anything fairly flat and not too large.

I believe it was a very inexpensive box.  The hat is made from a Dollar Store sock with the end cut off.  Tie ribbon around the hat to pull it closed and wrap ribbon around the box for a "scarf".  The nose is a piece of cut cardstock.  The buttons are 1/2" punched circles.  The eyes are smaller punched circles with black rhinestones (HC) in the centers.

I'm feeling pretty happy.  Now I have to find the perfect shirt or sweater to wear with the necklace so I can show it off.

Monday, December 4, 2017


Today I am sharing a project I made for a secret Christmas gift exchange at our Joyful Heart Stampers Christmas dinner/meeting.

To make this I used the retired Bigz Die letters.  I have the present Framelit Letters, but they were a little smaller than what I wanted.  I also used the  retired Banners Framelits and the two sided doilies that are now retired.  The rest is current:  Year of Cheer DSP, Snowflakes from the Colorful Seasons Thinlits, Gold and Silver Foil Paper and Dazzling Diamonds Glitter Paper for the snowflakes, and rhinestone jewels.
I used the next to largest Banner Die. The small banner in between the letters  was measured at  3 x 1 1/2" and one end was punched with the Triple Banner Punch.
You could make the same large banner pieces using the present letter framelits and cut your own points at the bottom.  I think I might make one for myself if I have enough DSP left.

Friday, December 1, 2017


Absent Wednesday - Sorry!

I have been trying to work out how to place my computer on my work table so I can live stream t.v. while I stamp.  After all, it is the Christmas season and I can't miss all the Hallmark love stories!  I have a t.v. in my stamp room, but it is very small and is behind me so it isn't much good for watching. Last week I set up a t.v. lap tray, but decided it took up too much room and didn't do what I wanted.  Yesterday when I was in Hobby Lobby I saw this cool shelf/storage piece that I thought would work.  So I went back today and purchased it and it was 50% off.  Yea!

Here is what it looked like originally:

I thought the shelf on the top would be perfect for my light and my laptop and the section underneath would work for my paper cutter, Simply Scored Tool and some other flat items.  The only problem was that the back was open, so whatever I put in there would slide right out the back.  SO. . . .

I took two pieces of the heavier cardboard from our DSP, put them together with packing tape and then cut the whole thing the size I needed to cover the back.  Then I covered it with retired DSP.  I poked holes in the top and bottom of the covered cardboard with the Crop-o-dile and attached the cardboard to the shelf with Mint Macaron Twine.  Here is what the back looks like.

And here is the front with the new backing:

Here is the new shelf with some of my goodies stored in the bottom.  I LOVE it!  Notice that it is NOT a Hallmark movie on the screen - just me, taking a picture.
Now I don't have to reach on the floor to get my paper cutter or Simply Scored.  I also put my foam mats and acrylic mats in the space.  There are a few things hiding under them also that I use occasionally. I can even slide my Stamp n Scrub back under a little out of the way.  I'm proud of my innovation and I'm sure I can find a few more things to put inside.

Monday, November 27, 2017


Two posts today, because the BIG news from Stampin' Up is that today is Cyber Monday and you get FREE SHIPPING on ALL products! 

Click on the SHOP NOW button at the right side of the blog, get the hostess code from the top of the website page, click on SHOP NOW again and "take it away" by adding all your goodies to your cart.  Even if you don't need any stamps or great items from the Holiday Catalog (which I can't imagine!), it is a great time to order those staples that you need for stamping.  Make your list, check it twice and order what you need.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.   Sale ends at 2 a.m. MT.
Have fun shopping!

The second regular post is a picture of the treat holders I made for our family for our Thanksgiving dinner.  I know Thanksgiving was on Thursday, but my family could not get together until Sunday, so that is what we did.  A good time and yummy food were had by all.

I used the stamp and thinlit from the Colorful Seasons set for the front of the box and then colored them with our Stampin' Blends.  The little box is very easy and is made with Pumpkin Pie c.s.  
  • You start with a piece of cardstock measuring 3 x 3 1/2.
  • With the 3 1/2 side at the top of your Simply Scored, score at 1" and 2 1/2".  
  • Turn your c.s. with the short side at the top and score at 1" and 2".
  • On the 2 short sides, cut up on the score lines until you meet the next score.
  • Put some Fast Fuse on the end pieces and fold up to make your box.  So easy.

I filled mine with two Hershey Nuggets.  Of course, these can be made for any occasion when you change up the stamped image.  Try one.  So easy and fun.

Friday, November 24, 2017


Here is another Christmas project for you to try.  It is a hot chocolate holder and I will be giving these to my 26 sorority sisters at our Christmas dinner.

These are both the same except for the diamond in the center of the snowflake.  I had these extra large jewels left from several years ago.  In order to get the jewel to be red, you just color it with our new Stampin' Blends.  They are so awesome.  They are alcohol based markers so coloring pearls or jewels is a breeze.
First of all, thanks to Dawn Olchefske for the pattern.
  • Start with a 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 sheet of cardstock, scored in half at 4 1/4.
  • The next step is to make a score line at the corner.  Using your retired diagonal plate for your Simply Scored is the way to go, but I couldn't find mine anywhere, so here is the tip for scoring without it.  Lay the left corner of your c.s. piece at the 6" mark at the top of your Simply Scored and move your bottom right corner to the 8" line.  Then make your score line at the corner by coming down from the 10" mark at the top.
  • Next you need to lay your c.s. into your Winter Wonder (snowflake) Embossing Folder (HC) by lining up your c.s. with the bottom and side edge of your folder on the side of the c.s. that is scored at the corner.
  • Fold your scored corner to the INSIDE of the c.s so that your embossed snowflake is now on the front.
  • Put a strip of Tear and Tape along the bottom edge of the inside of your holder and close your holder by creasing on your center score.  You now have a sealed bottom so your cocoa packet does not fall out.  
  • I also added a snowflake from the Seasonal Layers thinlits as the center of the embossed snowflake.
  • Punch two holes along the open edge so that you can thread your ribbon through in the next step. I used my Crop-o-dile.
  • The final step is to place your packet in your holder and put your ribbon through the holes to add your candy cane.  I have also seen a treat tube placed in the ribbon filled with mini marshmallows instead of a candy cane.  Here is a picture of how to thread your ribbon through.  I used the ribbon from the MINI Tinsel Trim Pack (red and silver) for my tie.  It worked GREAT because it pulled tightly and held to the candy cane without making a double knot.  My piece was 9" long.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017


Sorry I missed Monday.  I came home from the stamping retreat and continued to work on projects, forgetting to post.  Here is another project I worked on.  These will be for the other bell ringers (40+) in our Bell Fest concert on Dec 10.

This is always an easy treat holder to go to when you need a bunch.  It can be used for any occasion by changing the DSP and the embellishment or message.
If you have never made one, you start with a piece of DSP measured at 6 x 6, which means you can get 4 out of a sheet of DSP.
Next, fold your paper corner to corner to create a triangle shape.  
Then bring the left point across the triangle to the right side and crease.
Bring the right side of the triangle across to the left side and crease.
No need to use any adhesive when you crease well with your bone folder.
Pop open a little and put your treat inside.

Supplies used: Merry Music Specialty DSP, Quilted Christmas 1/4" Ribbon (both in the Holiday Catalog), Gold Foil Paper, Bell Punch, Glue Dots.
Each treat holder will hold one peppermint, one chocolate bell and one gumdrop bell.  

I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Hopefully you are able to spend some time with friends or loved ones.  Peace to those who may be suffering or remembering the loss of a loved one during this holiday.  Blessings to all, thanking God for all He has done.

Friday, November 17, 2017


Here is a cute little pencil holder that I will be making for the 20+ first graders who I help with kid writing one day a week.  It can hold 4 pencils and can be adapted for any holiday or occasion.

Here are the dimensions for making:
Thanks to Dannie Graves for the idea and the dimensions.  So cute and so easy!
After finishing this and taking a picture, I added one more thing.  I had a lot of little mini jingle bells left from last year's products and decided to hot glue one in the middle of the antlers of each of the Rudolphs.  Turned out cute.