Friday, October 31, 2008

Holiday Lineup

I'm starting to get into Christmas favorite time of the year! This was for a demonstrator swap I'm in.
Cardstock: Real Red, Baja Breeze, Whisper White
Ink: Baja Breeze, Staz-On Jet Black
Stamp Sets: Holiday Lineup, Snow Burst
Accessories: Big Shot and Top Note Die Cut, Stampin' Write Markers, Rhinestone Brads from the Pretties Kit, Little Felt Flurries, Baja Breeze Ribbon and a tiny pom pom.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Milk Carton Container Tutorial

It's ready! I hurried as fast as I could because so may of you told me you wanted to make these for Halloween. The tutorial is 20 pages of photos and instructions to create the Milk Carton Container as a Christmas gift but can be easily changed to any occasion.

File Folder Organizer

I made this for my newest downline, Rhonda Kelly. A little 'welcome to the group' gift.

Remember this, my Stampin' Up! silent auction donation to Nicholas school? Guess what? NO BIDDERS!!

Although the auction was a success when donated items generate money, it was a test of the economy for sure. Most all things went for minimum bids and there were very few people bidding on multiple things. A couple items were given fake starter names to get the bidding going but failed to be sold. You're in luck!

You want it...first come first served for a price of $300.

Shipping within the USA included.

I'll take VISA, MasterCard or Discover, no Pay Pal for this one.


Three drawer cart from Target ($24.95)

Stampin' Up! merchandise brand new:

Stampin ' Scrub, Stampin' Mist, Stampin' Pastels, SNAIL adhesive, 2 wheels (Hot To Dot & Leaf Prints) and a self inking handle, Seaside Ribbon Originals, 1/4" Grosgrain in Apple Green, Maize and Rose, Eastern Elegance Rub Ons, 7 Stampin' Write Markers, White Envelopes, Versamark Pad, Vintage Brads, Aged Copper HodgePodge Hardware, Create A Coupon, Time Well Spent, Eastern Blooms, For A Friend & Make It Count Stamp Sets as well as a catalog and a couple hand stamped goodies.

Contact me by e-mail at if you want it!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Milk Carton Container

While standing in line at Target buying that cart for the Silent Auction, I spotted these little boxes of Milk Duds and it gave me a great idea. I loved making those Frappacino containers a couple years ago but they were so much trouble. This one is very simple and quick! After I worked out the measurements, this project can easily be completed in an hour. And you guess it...the tutorial is on it's way in the next couple weeks.
The whole thing measures 4 3/4" x 4" x 6 1/2" Very know how I love little projects *Ü* Each container is only 2 1/4" x 1 3/4" x 4 1/4".
I gotta tell ya, this is one of my favorite things I've made in a long time!!

Nicholas' Flower Tutorial

While creating my 12 Days of Christmas, Nicholas decided to make his own tutorial using his new favorite toy the Big Shot. Man, does he ever love that thing. I have more bits and pieces of die cuts around here than you could even imagine!!

Here you go...step by step. Now you too can create a beautiful bouquet for your mom! Enjoy!!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Silent Auction Time of the Year Again

It's been a while since I've posted anything. I've been stamping up a few new projects to show you in the next couple weeks but I've also been working on the kids Silent Auction for school. I somehow volunteered to help and ended up being in charge of the donations and on a committee of ONE! You gotta love that! It's all over Thursday night and life will resume as usual :)

This is my Stampin' Up! donation to the auction. It came together pretty cute in this little storage unit from Target ($24.95). There are little buckets hanging on each side full of fun stamped items like post it notes, pen, key chain and Stampin' Up! Chap stick. Hanging on the back is a
12 x 12 Craft Keeper with papers and a scrapbook kit. I hope someone bids on it!!

I made gifts for our President, VP and Treasure of the PTA who have been working as hard as I have. This is a pattern from the ever-so-creative, Andrea Walford. Her pattern can be down loaded here.
They are...guess what.....wait for it.....MORE STINKIN' PEPPERMINT PATTIES!!! Yes, I said I was done with them forever but I guess I'm not *Ü* The girls loved them! This pattern is very easy. The lids are acetate or as Stampin' Up! used to sell, window sheets. I wish they would bring those back.
I'm also working on a Demonstrator Only Event here in Boise on November 6th. Beth Suhr and I are hosting the event at the Comfort Suites if any demonstrators in the area would like to attend. Each demonstrator will be given an area to display her show and tell. We will have pattern exchanges, demonstrations, the business topic is Marketing Yourself, food, sharing, and tons of door prizes! Please contact me for registration information.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

More Under The Stars

I guess I need to add a few more details to this...I thought by now everyone had seen these stationary boxes and made at least one! Thank you for your questions, I'll do my best to include them all in my explanation.
The box itself and the instructions are from Jackie Topa. Her tutorial can be found here.
In the box there are three pockets. The large pocket is for regular cards and envelopes. One of the smaller pockets is used to hold four 3" x 3" cards and envelopes. I made my little card fronts the same on all 4. I made 2 with Old Olive and 2 with Chocolate Chip cardstock.

The tags are in the other pocket. My tag fronts are all the same. I made 2 in Real Red and 2 in Baja Breeze. My tag size is 2 1/4" x 2 1/2".In my box, I included 4 cards and 4 envelopes. Two each of these two designs. Yes, I cut the raccoon apart and it's just his head and butt hanging out. The top card is the bears head and upper body inside the wide oval punch. The layer is made using the oval Coluzzle. Bottom card, both ovals are with the Coluzzle. Bears are stamped on Creamy Caramel cardstock. I used watercolor crayons to shade them a bit.
Outside Cover

I used Lovely as a Tree and masked the raccoon. I used watercolor crayons and blender pens to color it in. Those are fake buttons on the left with 1/2" & 1/4" circle punches.

In Jackie's instructions she makes this into an address book. I made mine into a birthday book.
Birthday Book Inside
You can e-mail me for a copy of my template if you want yours to be a birthday book also.

Under The Stars Stationary Box

Somehow my lighting didn't turn out very well for this one! That makes me mad since I've already mailed this gift...oh well, it looks great in person Ü
Another Jackie Topa stationary box, I love these!!! This one was for Dana, my nature loving, kayaking, dog training, camping, chef and number one best friend. Happy Birthday!
Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Old Olive, Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Stamp Set: Under The Stars, Lovely As A Tree
Accessories: Lots of circle punches, scallop circle punch, wide oval punch, round tab punch, Coluzzle cutting system. Alpine Ribbon Originals and Ski Slope DSP

Saturday, October 11, 2008

12th Day of Christmas

Advent Tree

Celebrate the close of our 12 Days of Christmas with an Advent Tree!

These little 2" baskets can hide a lot of tiny gifts. Ours will be full of chocolate, money, Nativity pieces and surprises!

11th Day of Christmas

Photo Album Wallet

Above are 3 of the 6 photos of the photo album wallet. As you know by now, the rest of them will be in the 36 page Adobe Instruction File available TOMORROW!!! This has been a long 12 days for me with all your anxious and begging e-mails to release it now...but it's finally time.
Tomorrow, October 12th, there will be a Pay Pal button with my posting which will allow you to purchase the file for $12.95. If you have a Pay Pal account, you can use it, and if you do not, there is an option to just make a regular credit card purchase. Shortly after the transaction, I will send the 12 Days of Christmas Adobe instruction file directly to your inbox.
You will need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 or higher installed on your computer to open the file. Most computers have this program already installed on them, but if you don't have it, you can download it for free by going here:

Friday, October 10, 2008

10th Day of Christmas

Purse with 3 Cards

My favorite project of them all! This purse is designed to hold up to 6 cards and envelopes.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

9th Day of Christmas

Tin Box with Reece's Peanut Butter Cups

The 1" Circle Punch is perfect for decorating Reece's Peanut Butter Cups! Another charming little gift for the you know how hard it is to find Christmas candy at Halloween time????
Tomorrow I'll show you my favorite project of all...stay tuned!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

8th Day of Christmas

Pizza Box

This adorable pizza box is 4" x 4" and can hold any number of gifts for the holiday season. This one has Stampin'Up! post it notes.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

7th Day of Christmas

Globe Ornaments

These darling globe ornaments make cute To & From tags as well as tree ornaments. They would be so cute attached to handmade gifts!

Monday, October 6, 2008

6th Day of Christmas

Note Pad and Pen

I love my Crop A Dile! I put a hole through the top of this notepad and attached a ribbon for a pull-out with no problem at all. The pen is covered in Red Micro Beads and is gorgeous in person!!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

5th Day of Christmas

Candy Gifts

Single Hershey Nugget Wrappers
Chinese Take-Out Boxes
Giving candy that is wrapped up so cute or leaving a little treasure on someones desk is one of my favorite things to do! I love clever and creative packaging of any kind and that is what I wanted to share with you today. You can give someone a very inexpensive gift as a WOW with Stampin' up! products. I love that all their ribbons and embellishments are made to coordinate so beautifully with their papers! The instruction file contains additional ideas for wrapping and holding Holiday candy.

Edited to add: As posted on day 1, each day I'll show you one or two pictures of each project and give you an explanation of what it is. On the 12th day, if you'd like more information, you can purchase the entire Adobe file instructions for $12.95 which includes additional color photos, cutting measurements, and directions for completing all 12 Days of Christmas for yourself or for a class. These projects are designed using one package of Holiday Treasures Designer Series Paper and a few sheets of Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss and Chocolate Chip cardstock.
Thank you for all the wonderful e-mails, however, you DO have to wait until the 12th day to purchase the instruction file. SORRY *Ü*

Saturday, October 4, 2008

4th Day of Christmas

Scrapbook or Journal Photo Album Ornaments

These darling little 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" ornaments can be made to include a photo opening or a handstamped decorative cover.

Friday, October 3, 2008

3rd Day of Christmas

Stacking Gift Boxes

Three sizes of boxes and lids all wrapped up in 'Alpine Ribbon Originals' ribbon from the Holiday Mini Catalog.
The largest box contains 3" x 3" cards and envelopes. Middle box is full of Little Felt Flurries and the littlest top box is full of chocolate.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

2nd Day of Christmas

Gift Card Holders

The gift card goes in the left side pocket and a note can be inserted into the right side pocket.
This style has the gift card in the right side pocket and a note on the left side.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

The 1st Day of Christmas

Are you ready for 12 days of fun? I can't wait to show you all the projects!

Each day I'll show you one or two pictures of each project and give you an explanation of what it is. On the 12th day, if you'd like more information, you can purchase the entire Adobe file instructions which includes additional color photos, cutting measurements, and directions for completing all 12 Days of Christmas for yourself or for a class. These projects are designed using one package of Holiday Treasures Designer Series Paper and a few sheets of Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss and Chocolate Chip cardstock.

Large Magazine Holder and Mini Magazine Holder

Large Magazine Holder houses regular 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" cards and envelopes while the Mini Magazine Holder (shown in an earlier post) houses 3" x 3" cards and envelopes. The cards shown here are the regular size cards. In the instructions you'll see photos of the front, back and sides of the holders (they're soooo cute!), a closer view of the star topiary card and the little 3" x 3" cards.