Dec 23, 2010

Tool Christmas Tree!

My brother in law is a plumber so I wanted to come up with a Christmas card that was as close to being plumbing related as possible. I thought this was pretty clever! I used the wrench from Totally Tool, the star from Under the Stars and Season's Greetings from Four the Holidays. I water coloured the wrench's and star using the Aquapainter and ink pads.

Happy Holidays!

Dec 21, 2010

iTunes Gift Card Holder

I got an iTunes gift card for someone and it is unusually large so I came up with this holder. I took a 3 3/4" x 11" piece of card stock and scored it at 5 1/2", I cut 1/4" off one 5 1/2" side. I used a very thin strip of double sided tape to stick 3 sides together and then decorated the folder.

Happy Holidays!

Dec 20, 2010

Santa Gift card Holder

I made this gift card holder using the Top Note Die for the Big Shot and the Jolly Old Saint Nick stamp set. I fell in love with this stamp set as soon as I saw it and had to have it. I have actually made quite a few projects with it now, I have definitely gotten my money's worth on this one. I always add Dazzling Diamonds to Santa's hat to finish him off! I really enjoy making gift card holders, it makes me feel better to give a gift card in a hand made with love holder.

Happy Holidays!

Dec 18, 2010

Christmas Gift Card Holder

I made some of these gift card holders last year for my craft show. I saw this idea on Heather Summer's blog, I get a lot of ideas from her, she is very creative! To make this I used the Top Note Die, Word Window Punch, Circle Scallop #2 Die, Circle Cutter, Brads and some stretchy cord. I also chose to water colour the trees using my aqua painter and ink pad.

Have a great day!

Dec 16, 2010

Teacher gift

Craig has such a wonderful preschool teacher so I wanted to make something nice for her for Christmas. I thought a card set would be perfect for her because we always need cards for something. I wanted to use the apple in the Apple Blossoms hostess stamp set and this is what I came up with. I forgot to take a picture but I also stuck a piece of Whisper White card stock inside the card and stamped apples on the bottom left corner to finish it off. I got my box idea from Heather Summers blog, I can't believe how quick it was to make. I made 10 cards with matching envelopes for inside the box.
I hope she likes it!

Have a great day!

Dec 14, 2010


Ho Ho Ho!
I had wanted this Ho Ho Ho on Board kit when it was in the mini last year but could not justify it at the time. It just happened that it came on the clearance rack for $6.19 and I bought one right away. The boys and I had fun getting this ready to hang for the holidays, Craig had his first snow day from preschool and it looks like I am going to have another one from work tomorrow since the highway I take is closed. It sure is nice to be getting some extra time to craft again. We added some holly using punches and snowflakes cut out using the Big Shot and then covered in Dazzling Diamonds, because it isn't shiny enough eh! There was so much glitter on my craft desk that I was able to sweep it into a container to reuse on other projects, Yey! I never used to be a glitter person but I find myself using it more and more.
Sorry the pictures aren't the greatest, it was so bight out during daytime hours that you could only see that it said HO HO HO and the glittery shine is what makes this project!

Have a Great Day!

Dec 13, 2010

Snowman Soup

I saw this box on Angie Kennedy Juda's Blog and had to make it. Inside the box is a package of hot chocolate, a candy cane to stir, marshmallow's and a Hershey's Kiss. This is an excellent project to add to any gift. I made one as a gift and then added a gift card to the box to complete it. I made a different version of snowman soup last year and it was really popular at my craft sale.

Have a Great Day!

Dec 12, 2010

Reindeer Food!

I was responsible for making a craft for the kids at my son's preschool Christmas party so I thought this reindeer food would be really simple and cute for them to make. The ones in the picture are the one's my boys completed, didn't they do a great job? All the kids seemed to really like this project. The idea behind this is that they sprinkle the food on the lawn on Christmas eve so the reindeer smell the food and see the sparkling sugar and then lead Santa to your house. I printed out a poem (posted below) on Avery labels so the kids could stick it on the back.

The poem;

Sprinkle on the lawn at night
The moon will make it sparkle bright
As Santa's reindeer fly and roam
This will guide them to your home

To Make this you will need;

Top Note Die
Swirls Scribbles Die
3/4" Circle punch
Google eyes
Small cellophane bags
Velcro to close the bag
Oatmeal and sugared candy

Nov 24, 2010

Contempo Christmas

I have been working on different Christmas projects every chance I get which there is no where near enough time in a day! This stamp set and DSP are available in the Holiday Promotion Bundles that are offered until December 16th.
I chose to use Very Vanilla, Old Olive and Cherry Cobbler card stock since they are in the DSP. I used the Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler and More Mustard markers to color in the tree. To finish off the card I used 3/8" Old Olive Taffeta Ribbon.

Have a great Day!

Nov 23, 2010

Watercolored Ornaments!

I got the idea for this card when I was at the fall regionals in Hamilton back in September.
I used Pear Pizzaz and Real Red Card stock. I stamped my ornaments from A Cute Christmas in Staz On Black ink and then water colored the ornaments using the Aqua painter and ink pads. I finished my card off with tying a bow using Real Red Satin ribbon. This is definitely my favorite ribbon for tying this style of bow, it almost always comes out perfect!

Have a great Day!

Nov 22, 2010

Treat Cup Snowman

I wanted to make a Christmas card using the treet cups for a party I did a couple weeks ago and this is what I came up with. I just love the snow-globes. I made a card at a swap last year using water and Dazzling Diamonds and really liked how it turned out so I decided to go with that. One thing to remember is that you want to put very little dazzling diamonds in the water or they will chunk together and take away from the stamped image.

Have a great day!

Nov 21, 2010

Charlie Brown Christmas Tree

I basically cased this card from my friend Jenn, I changed a few things around to make it my own. This Christmas tree reminds me of a Charlie Brown Christmas tree so that's what I call it. I am so thankful for clear mount stamp sets when it comes to two step stamping. It is so much quicker then using the Stamp-a-ma-jig. I love the Jolly Holiday DSP, I don't buy much DSP but I have bought 3 packs of this one. That is a lot for me, I usually prefer stamping my background or using the embossing folders.

Have a great day!

Nov 20, 2010

Christmas Wreath

I received a swap that had a wreath made with the 1/2" Circle Punch so I thought I would recreate it my own way. I completed the wreath with the old olive circles and thought it looked top plain so I asked my husband what he thought and he came up with the idea to add the berries! Thanks Jeff! The bow is made from Very Vanilla Taffeta ribbon. I used a stamp from the Heard from the Heart stamp set. The Cherry Cobbler background was run through the Big Shot using the Vintage Wallpaper textured impressions folder. It is funny, I didn't like Cherry Cobbler when it first came out and right now it is one of my favorite colors to use, especially for Christmas.

Have a great day!

Nov 4, 2010

Season's Season!

This is one of my favorite Christmas stamp sets. I used it for most of my christmas cards last year. For this card I stamped the image on Night of Navy using VersaMark, sprinkled white embossing powder over the image and heated it up. This would definitely be a quick card to make lots of copies to send to your family and friends.

Have a great day!

Nov 3, 2010

Time to start Christmas Projects!

So now that Halloween is done I am excited to start Christmas projects! I have been busy designing lots of cards for my upcoming events and will start posting them shortly.

I had this partial card sitting on the corner of my desk for 10 months because I couldn't figure out what to do with it. Everything was done except for the centre piece with the rabbit and reindeer. I decided I better start finishing up some half projects that I have lying around, so the last time I cleaned my craft space I filled a shoebox with unfinished projects saying I will finish them. We will see!

Have a great day!

Oct 31, 2010

Treat Bags!

I made these treat bags for my nephew and niece. I always like to do a little something extra for them. I always see people make really cute tags for gifts and bags so I thought I would give it a try and I like how they turned out.

I filled the bags with these chocolate bars that I made labels for. It is hard to tell on my spider but I used spritz on it to give it a little shine.

I hope everyone had a great Halloween, I know we did!

Oct 30, 2010

Halloween Treat Bags!

I wanted to do something for Craig's class so I came up with these adorable treat bags. I filled them with the sucker holder's and mummies I posted earlier this week. I also added in a Halloween ring, Halloween stickers and a little notebook and marker that I got from the Dollar Store.

To make the boxes I cut the bag using the Fancy Favor Die for the Big Shot and then ran it through the Big Shot with the Spider Web Textured Impressions embossing folder. I used a sponge and White craft ink to go over the webs to make them stick out a little more. You can get two bags and two handles per 12 x 12 sheet of card stock. I used the left over scraps for the Build-a-Bear's which left virtually no unused scraps from the 12 x 12 sheet. To make the pumpkin and the witch you need the Build-a-Bear Die's for the Big Shot. I also used the paper from the UPS boxes to fill in the bottom of the box so that the treats were visible.

I was so glad that all the kids in Craig's class liked their treat bags!
Have a fun and safe Halloween tomorrow! I can hardly wait to take the boys trick-or-treating!

Oct 29, 2010

Halloween Sucker Holders

I have made some of these sucker holder's the last few Halloween's. I always end up using this stamp set which is retired now, I forget the name. I first saw this idea at a meeting I went to a couple year's ago and I thought they would be great for Halloween, I don't know who designed the ones we got to make.

To make these you need a piece of 5 1/4" x 2 1/2 card stock scored at 2 1/2". Fold in half and use the slit punch to make the slit for the sucker. Use what ever Halloween stamp set you have to decorate the front and inside if you like.

Have a great day!

Oct 28, 2010

Spooky Spider Jar!

I actually bought this Decor Elements Spooky Spider last year and never got around to doing anything with it. I came across it a couple weeks ago when I was cleaning my craft room and thought it would go great on this huge jar I had sitting in my storage room. It was so easy to put on and the kids loved it, maybe they just loved the suckers we filled it with after!

Have a great Day!

Oct 27, 2010

Chocolate Mummies!

I got one of these little chocolate bar holders as a swap at Regionals in Cincinnati last fall. Aren't they the cutest.

To make these Mummies you take a 4" x 3" Piece of Very Vanilla and stamp the Inspired by Nature grass on it in Chocolate Chip of course! Put some sticky strip along the edge of one side, wrap it around your mini chocolate bar and stick together. (I found it easier to wrap it around your chocolate bar so that it would be tight enough that it won't fall out.) Sponge the edges and sides to rough it up. Put your googley eyes on and stamp whatever Halloween stamp you have onto Very Vanilla in Elegant Eggplant. Sponge the sides and stick onto the front of your mummy.

Oct 26, 2010

Owl Treat Bag

I don't remember where I first saw these owls, maybe on splitcoast? I made a few last year and they were so quick and cute that I thought they would make great Halloween gifts for Craig's preschool teacher and Ryan's Tiny Toes teacher.

To make these owls I used the Big Shot Top Note, the Scallop Circle, 5-Petal Flower, 1 3/4" Circle, 1 1/4" Circle and the 1/2" Circle Punches. The bags are also Stampin' Up!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Oct 7, 2010

Big Shot Turkey!

Craig's show and share this week for preschool was the letter T and the theme was Thanksgiving so we decided to make a turkey. Craig loves to do crafts with me and he was so proud of himself.

I got this idea from Heather Summer's blog, I saw her do one of these last fall using the punches. I wanted to make it bigger so it was easier for Craig to stick it together so we used the Big Shot Dies along with a few different punches.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Oct 6, 2010

Love this card!

A fellow demonstrator, Jessie, made this card for a swap and now I have to get this stamp set. I have been eying it up for a while now and I think this card sealed the deal for me.
Didn't she do a fantastic job?

Oct 3, 2010

Just Believe!

Just Believe was a stamp set that was a must have as soon as I saw it in the new catalogue. I made this card for a shoebox swap with my fellow demonstrators.
As I have said before Elegant Eggplant and Old Olive are probably my two favourite colours together. I always seem to use them if flowers are involved. I am really liking the clear mount stamp sets, I like not having to use the stamp-a-ma-jig every time to get my image straight. I am a little bit of a perfectionist!

Oct 1, 2010

More Potty Charts!

Craig completed his first Potty Chart and can now successfully pee on the potty! Yey! He asked me to make him another one so we can work on number 2. I laughed at myself because when I put the number two on the chart it was because it is his second chart, it is a coincidence that it is also for number 2!

Ryan, my little baby decided that he too would like to start potty training. He is 22 months old now and wants to be like his big brother. He has already earned two stars!

Sep 30, 2010


I originally designed the pillow box with the flower on it and thought it would make a great wedding favor so I designed a your invited and thank you card to match. I am really happy with how they turned out. They are clean and simple and it really wouldn't be to difficult to make a large quantity. These flowers are made using the circle scallop punch with a brad in the centre. All you have to do is crumple your paper before or after you punch out the scallops, attach the brad in the centre and pull the scallops toward the brad to make it pop up. I then used my 2-way glue around each layer and dipped it into dazzling diamonds to give it a little sparkle!

Have a great day!

Sep 22, 2010

Craig's Birthday Thank You's!

I can't believe how late I am getting these thank you cards out, Craig's birthday was in the beginning of August. In my defense I only had time to stamp maybe 3 times this entire summer. I am slowly gaining back some free time to do the things I enjoy.

I used the Simple Birthday Thank You stamp and stamped the top onto Brilliant Blue DSP and the bottom on Sahara Sand Card Stock. It really doesn't look like Sahara Sand in this photo, I am going to have to play with my camera settings, my pictures always have a yellowish tinge to them??? The cherry was stamped on Real Red and then I covered it with Crystal effects. I used Green Galore for the sprinkles and covered the 1/4" circles with sparkles. Craig and I did the writing together, his cute writing just made these thank you cards perfect! The back of the card is just big enough to fit the big wallet sized photos of him.

Thanks for visiting my blog and have a great day!

Aug 7, 2010

Pizza Party!

My friend Sherri Mills made this invitation for one of our swaps. You know how I love punches! This would be a really cute invite for a pizza birthday party. My nephew would probably like this one, he loves pizza!
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Aug 4, 2010

Just Believe

I don't normally buy stamp sets like this one because they don't suit my boys. I decided to step out of my box and get something different with the free set I earned from Sale-a-Bration. I used Old Olive and Elegant Eggplant, don't you think they look really good together?
Have a great day!

Aug 3, 2010

You're a blast!

Our nephew turned 13 on saturday. It is hard to believe he is a teenager now, I think he was four when Jeff and I started dating, wow! I let Craig pick what stamp the card was to focus on and he picked a rocket ship. Every night before he goes to bed I sing 'Zoom zoom zoom we're going to the moon......' he loves it!
I saw a card like this on You Tube made by Kelly Acheson.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Aug 2, 2010

Father's Day Card

I know this post is super late seeing as father's day was two months ago. I just thought this card that I made for Jeff from Ryan was really cute, clean and simple. It can be made into any occasion for dad! I love the Build a Bear die cuts. I was sad to see Close to Cocoa leave, it was my favorite bear color.
Have a great day!

Jul 26, 2010

Punched Dinasaur!

At one of our meetings a few months ago my friend Sherri Mills made this card, it is one of my favorite punched cards yet! She makes AWESOME stuff, I will have more to show of hers in the future. She is hopefully making me some amazing scrapbook pages!
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Jul 6, 2010

Treat Bag!

I saw these treat bags on Splitcoaststampers and on Mary Fish's blog and figured I better give it a try. I know that I would enjoy some candies in my card! This idea could easily be turned into party favors for any event and they really take no time at all.
Have a great day!

Jun 25, 2010

Happy Bearthday Boy!

I recently did a fundraiser for my son's pre-school and this was one of the cards that they got to make, I also made a girl version replacing all the Bashful Blue with Pretty in Pink. This is such a great stamp set for kids, both my son's like to play with the bears and their accessories!

Have a great day!