Saturday, February 27, 2010

Chocolate Bunnies Basket and a Carrot

This little basket was made with the Top Note die-cut and the Box #2 die-cut.

Cardstock: Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Whisper White
Stamp Set: Chocolate Bunny
Accessories: Big Shot (you need this!!), Top Note, Box #2 die-cuts, Scallop Circle, 1-1/4" & 1-3/8" Circle Punches, Pretty in Pink Taffeta Ribbon, Old Olive 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon.

This idea was on the display boards at Leadership. I'm not sure who created it, but it was a GREAT idea!! Connie Babbert also has a bunny on her blog,, must be the season for Easter decorations! :)
They are so fun!
Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Stamp Set: Chocolate Bunny, All Holidays
Accessories: Big Shot (you need this!!) Scallop Circle die-cut, Scallop Oval, 1-1/4" & 1-3/8" Circle Punches, Old Olive Satin Ribbon

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Chocolate Bunny

I love this little Chocolate Bunny from the Occasions Mini Catalog! You can look for a lot of him to come on my blog Ü

Cardstock: Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper Pack (117161)
Stamp Set: Chocolate Bunny (116980), Happy Everything, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Accessories: Wide Oval Punch (112021) for the eggs, Scallop Edge Punch (112091), Polka Dot Embossing folder (117335), Old Olive Grosgrain Ribbon and Pretty in Pink Taffeta Ribbon. Non-SU! White Rick Rack

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Kind Thanks

Lots of Kind Thanks going on here! I spotted a card similar to this on Stampin' Connections by mommie2quads (which just makes me exhausted to write) and loved how she let the Designer Series Paper take the focus on the card.
Cardstock: Old Olive, So Saffron, Rose Red, Whisper White
Stamp Set: Thank You Kindly, With All My Heart
Accessories: Extra large Fancy Flower, 1" Circle, Eyelet Border Punch, Rich Regals Brads, Trio Flower (which perfectly cuts out the small flower in the With All My Heart stamp set...gotta love that Stampin' Up! for always thinking for us!!

My Ace In Training son, Benjamin is still making cakes! This one was a practice one to keep up his skills on fondant roses. The colors were beautiful, even though you wouldn't know it by the color in this picture Ü


Good news for all of you who have e-mailed me about the sock monkey hats!

I contacted Debbie Orme, Store Director for the Fuego store where I purchased them. She said to contact her directly if you want to purchase a sock monkey hat and she will see what she can do. Her number is 208-287-3292 and e-mail is . Good luck!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Oh Look...More Circle Flowers

I'm pretty sure I have this out of my system now. I've been playing with these flowers for days and not a single card is mailable. Don't you hate when you make something you like and you can't mail it??? Well I suppose I could mail it, it would just cost about 3 times as much as it should :)

Cardstock: Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Sweet Pea DSP Pack
Stamp Set: Inspired By Nature
Accessories: 1-1/4", 1", 3/4", 1/2" Circle Punches, Soft Subtle Brads, Pretty in Pink Grosgrain Ribbon, Scallop Edge Punch, 5 Petal Flower Punch for leaves

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Circle Flowers

These flowers are made with Circle Punches. These flowers kind of remind me of something Mary Engelbreit has in her art work.

Cardstock: Rose Red, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper Pack
Stamp Set: Inspired By Nature
Accessories: Top Note die-cut and the Big Shot (you need one of these!), 1-1/4", 1", 3/4", 1/2" Circle Punches, 5 Petal Flower for the leaves, Old Olive Satin Ribbon, Sweet Pea Stitched Felt.

Great news on products featured in the Holiday Mini catalog. These are STILL available and will be in the new 2010-11 Idea Book & Catalog this summer!!!

116794 Ornament punch $15.95
116806 Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint $5.95
116854 Frost White Shimmer Paint $5.95
116807 Platinum Shimmer Paint $5.95
116829 Décor Elements Blocks $9.95
116824 Stampin' Up! Textured Impressions Folder Petals-A-Plenty $7.95
116821 Stampin' Up! Holiday Windows Magnetic Movers & Shapers $29.95
116819 Stampin' Up! Table Setting Bigz XL die $42.95
116820 Stampin' Up! Embosslits Merry die $11.95
116823 Stampin' Up! Sizzlits Merry Details die $5.50
116822 Stampin' Up! O Christmas Tree Pop-Up Bigz XL die $42.95
118140 Stampin' Up! Tree Decorations Sizzlits die $5.50
118108 My Digital Studio $79.95116519 Charming stamp set $19.95

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Sweet Pea and a New UStamp Coming Soon!

I love the Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper Stack and I really love the Sweet Pea Stitched Felt that are both in the Occasions Mini Catalog!!
Cardstock: Whipser White, Chocolate Chip, Regal Rose, Old Olive
No stamp set and no ink!!
Accessories: Top Note die-cut and the Big Shot (you NEED this baby!!), Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Polka Dot Embossing Plate, Ornament Punch, Sweet Pea Stitched Felt, Sweet Pea DSP Pack, Pretty in Pink Taffeta Ribbon, Chocolate Chip Stitched Grosgrain
UStamp's Spring Soiree...2010 pre-registration ends February 19th.
To get in on the Early Bird Special Pricing of just $19.99 you will need to hurry, because the price will go up to $24.99 on Feb 19th.
While you are on that page signing up, checkout the hilarious new UStamp Rap video made by Linda Hansen. Remember Linda from Stampin' Up!? You probably won't recognize her in her rap gear, but you mostly won't recognize her becasue she has lost 105 pounds!! Linda you look awesome, daaling!
UStamp with Dawn and Friends!! "Spring Soirée...2010" will open March 19th and will run through April 16th.
40+ Projects all with Step by Step PDF Tutorials with photo's for you to download!! Each project is translated in French, German and Spanish and inches are also converted to CM in the English documents.
Swaps: Both within your country and Internationally
Designer hosted chats with prizes
Open Chat Room 24x7
Gallery to share your re-creations
A cool blinkie for your website/blog
Prizes, Prizes and MORE Prizes!!
COOL NEW STUFF-Weekly Color Challenge, Weekly Inspiration Challenge, Weekly Master Plan Challenge, Yep!! You guessed it!! All with Prize Winners!! Dawn is SO generous with her prizes...and they are great SU! product prizes too!
I took a sneaky peeky in the designer gallery and this UStamp is full of fun, spring, Easter, boxes, 3D items...really creative stuff!!

A note about UStamp: All registrations go through Dawn at UStamp. She receives your payment and e-mails you an invitation. You accept the invitation to join and create a log in and password, once that is approved (just minutes) then you have access to the site. If you sign up and have not heard anything and it's been hours, please check your spam filter to see if it ended up in there. Sometimes that happens.

Come join me in the fun!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Flower Power

I'm having fun making all kinds of these paper flowers!

Cardstock: So Saffron, Old Olive, The Write Stuff Specialty paper
Stamp Set: With All My Heart
Accessories: 3/4", 1", 1-1/4". 1-3/8" Circle Punches, Earth Elements Brads, Soft Suede Polka Dot ribbon

How to make the flowers: Punch a circle from the 4 circle punches. Crumple them up nice and tight, it's ok if they tear slightly. Unfold them and layer onto each other. Pierce with a hole and insert the brad. Fluff them up a little!

These are note card style card fronts for thank you cards. size 4-1/4" x 5-1/5".

Sometimes I look up and see the funniest things! That Eric!!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Valentine Gumball Machines

Valentine's Day treats for the teacher at Nicholas' school. I made 40 of these for Teacher Appreciation and delivered them yesterday. Boy did they love 'em! It's so fun to be the one doing all the cute things for them!!

I did basically the same thing as I did for the Halloween Treat Cups using a trap door to open them so you don't have to tear it apart to get the candy.

Cardstock: Real Red, Whisper White, Basic Black
Stamp Set: Something Sweet
Accessories: Treat Cups, 1-3/4" Circle Punch, Round Tab Punch,Silver Brads, Paper Piercing Tool, White Organza Ribbon, Mini Glue Dots, Skittles Candy
Real Red cardstock cut 8-1/2" x 3"
Whisper White cardstock cut 2-1/2" x 3-3/4"
Basic Black cardstock cut 2-5/8" x 3-7/8"
Basic Black cardstock cut 2" x 2-1/2"
Basic Black Round Tab Punch. Punch with 1/4" hole and insert ribbon

1. Stamp the gumball machine in Real Red ink.
2. Layer it on the Basic Black cardstock.
3. Punch the circle with the 1-3/4" Circle Punch through both layers of cardstock. Trace the opening onto the Real Red cardstock for placement and punch a hole in the front of the card.
5. Apply Mini Glue Dots to the Treat cup between the cup and the cardstock (on the front rim of the cup) to secure it to the paper.
6. Layer onto the Real Red card with Mini Glue Dots in the top corners bottom corners and below the Treat Cup. Be sure you have them on the very top outside corner so you have room to slide the trap door in.
7. Slide the trap door between the red and black cardstock layers.
8. Fill with candy.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

February Stamp Club

Here are the Stamp Club projects for this Thursday and Friday's clubs.
Stamp Clubs will be making the clip with the bird punch, however, I had an extra flower left over so I made it into a clip.

Pretty cute, huh? I used 6 layers of DSP and the Scallop Circle Punch, followed the directions on Carrie Stamps and used the 5 Flower Punch for the leaves. I attach my DSP to the clothespin with SNAIL adhesive.
I want to thank you all for sharing information on the recent spammer fiasco. It seems there is no rhyme or reason to where he gathered the e-mail address. I've heard from people with Blogger profiles, without Blogger profiles, people who have left comments on my blog and people who have not. He found a lot of you that is for sure and referenced my blog as to where he found you. Again, I am so sorry!!
I appreciate your support and encouragement in continuing on but I gotta tell you, I came close to calling it quits! Stamp On peeps! This won't stop us, right??????????

Monday, February 8, 2010

I need your help!

Many of you have received an e-mail from someone calling themselves "Sandra Don". This person references my blog and asks you to correspond to them. As far as I can tell, this is a SPAM e-mail from a location in Senegal, Africa. Please do not reply to them or other wise encourage this behavior.
I think this person is culling the e-mail information from the blogger profile of people who have left comments on my blog. If you have received this SPAM e-mail and have never commented or do not have your e-mail in the blogger profile, please let me know as this would mean that my feedblitz list might have been hacked. I need to know the source of this nonsense before it can be effectively stopped. If you have seen this problem before and know how to stop it, please let me know.
I apologize for any inconvenience this has caused and appreciate your understanding and support.
Update: This seems to be happening on other blogs as well. My Pink Stamper posted the following-
"If anyone receives and e-mail from, please do not open it. They are someone phishing for love on my website. So far 3 people have e-mailed me this morning. It is obviously a professional. Just always be careful when you leave personal information on anyone's blog or websites. Get a separate e-mail just for posting. You can get one for free from Yahoo, Google, Hot Mail, etc. Takes a few seconds and then you have a secure way for people to get a hold of you online."

"*I just want to add that this is not only happening with my website but other blogs as well. There are people who watch the blogs and websites that get a lot of hits. Just take the extra steps to keep yourself safe and never let your children comment on a blog or website. "

I Love Mail!

Don't you love it when you get surprise mail? I DO!!!
Look at this slider box from BFF. She was so inspired by Shelli's style at Leadership that she decided to try it...and I get it!!

It's a slider box of stationary with Post It notes, pencils and paperclips. All she did was decorate the cover! Oh ya, and add a chocolate gift too. You should never give a gift without including chocolate!!
Thanks Kim! You're the bestest BFF eva!!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

More Teacher Birthdays

I've been making these birthday in a box cake mixes for the teachers at Nicholas' school all year as part of the Teacher Appreciation. It's been one after another of red, pink, green, pink, red, red, and finally...I got to make a blue one for one of the male teachers!

Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper Pack and Bashful Blue cardstock.
Here are a few of this months gifts...the others were red, red and pink. You can get to the directions on this project through this posting.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

It's My Day On UStamp Again!

UStamp 'with love...2010' is going on right now and today, my 2nd contribution for the month is being shown.
This session of UStamp ends on February 14th but it's never too late to join! The site stays up for a long time and you can have access to all the daily projects for some time to come. You can sign up here to join in on the fun!

I love this project...of course, I love anything that is a purse!
The pattern, directions and all details can be found on UStamp with Dawn and Friends. Come join us!
Edited to Add: There was a tiny mix-up and this will actually be posted on UStamp tomorrow. Consider this a sneak peek! :)

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Mini Milk Carton Creations

Since offering the Mini Milk Carton Container kit and tutorial, I've had several
e-mails asking if the Mini Milk Carton die cut is worth buying and what else can you do with it. Of course it is worth buying!! Ü
Here are a few more ideas.

Cut a piece of cardstock 2" x 4", fold it in half and use it for a roof over your milk carton and it becomes a birdhouse. Cut a door in it and you have an outhouse...don't know where that came from, but you could!
Valentine's candy carton with Hershey's Kisses.

Easter candy carton with M&M's

See, it is cute and yes, you DO need the die-cut! It makes the cutest little gifts and as a die cut there is no measuring, just cut,fold, add adhesive and fill!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Cute Clothes Pins

Aren't these cute? I saw these flowers on Juli Buhler's blog and I thought they would be darling on clothespins.

You can clip them to anything!

Stamp on several layers of tissue paper. Punch with the 5 Petal punch, layer and crumple a bit. I used Mini glue Dots to attach them to DSP covered clothespins.

Saturday was opening day of the Winter Carnival in McCall, Idaho. There were a lot of people there for the Mardi Gras parade and I've never seen so many dogs with snow boots on! It was a lot of fun! They were throwing Mardi Gras beads and candy and all kinds promotional items from their floats. It was so cold that the candy was frozen!
There were snow sculptures everywhere. Here the boys and George are standing by the Big Comfy Couch. It was a little cold and wet for sitting! :)
Doing a bit of sledding on lake McCall. Glad nobody fell through the ice!