Saturday, December 31, 2011

Valentine Box Remix

I knew when I saw this stamp set and the Sale-a-bration Designer Series Paper the first thing I was going to do is make another Valentine Box. The papers are so pretty!!!

Calypso Coral and Lucky Limeade cardstock with the new Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper FREE during Sale-a-bration with a $50 purchase. Also featured is the Everyday Enchantment Ribbon and Bead Pack FREE during Sale-a-brations with a $50 purchase.

Sale-a-bration starts on January 24th!



Valentine cards

Covered Ghiradelli chocolates

Covered peppermint patty candies

Covered Smarties candies

The Heart Framelits die-cuts used for the Valentine cards and the P.S. I Love You stamp set are coming January 4th in the new 2012 Occasions Mini Catalog.

Two great things to look forward to - 2012 Occasions Mini Catalog and Sale-a-bration. Are you ready??

If you would like to make a Valentine Box the pattern and instruction tutorial can be found on the right hand side bar or the tutorials page HERE. It's a great gift box for any occasion, not just Valentine's Day. It's very cute for birthday items and Christmas...but I'm over that for now. *Ü*

Happy New Year!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Winter Mittens

I thought I better break open this package of Stitched Felt Pieces before they discontinue in a few days. I love the mittens, so I used those on Christmas thank you cards.

Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler
Stamp Set: Bordering on Romance (new in the upcoming 2012 Occasions Mini Catalog)
Accessories: Perfect pennants die-cut, Tasteful Trim die-cut, Circles #2 die-cut, Big Shot, 1-3/4" Circle Punch, Basic Black 5/8" Satin Ribbon, Winter Wishes Stitched Felt Pieces

Great news!

We have a few items carrying over from the Holiday Mini Catalog! These will be available until the new catalog release in July!!

Red (121790) and Silver (124005) Glimmer Paper $4.95

Holiday Stockings Bigz L die-cut (124098) $32.95

Peekaboo Frames Bigz L die-cut (124587) $32.95

Stocking Accents Originals die-cut (124099) $17.95

1 x 8 Cellophane Bags (124134) $2.50

Spice Cake Designer Fabric (124066) $9.95

1" Square Punch (124094) $15.95

Dazzling Details (124117) $2.50

Love Blossoms Stampin' Around Wheel (123839) $6.50

Shaker Frames (124155) $4.95

Pewter Stampin' Emboss Powder (124114) $4.95

Snow Burst Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (124096) $7.95

You can view or print the list HERE to save in your catalog.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Paint Can Pedestal

This is a half gallon clear paint can that I got from the craft store. I glued a clear glass candlestick to the bottom for a pedestal and filled it with lip glosses for BFF.

I decorated it with Well Worn Designer Series Paper, Pear Pizzazz pleated satin ribbon (coming in the new Occasions Mini Catalog) and the new Designer Rosette die-cut (coming in the new Occasions Mini Catalog) for the lid. I topped it off with a Spice Cake Big Button.

The tag is the Two Tags die-cut and stamped with the Winter Post stamp set.

Now that Christmas has come and gone, have your thoughts turned to after-Christmas shopping specials? If so, I wanted to remind you of several reasons to shop Stampin’ Up! products this week!

We have refreshed the offering on our already amazing Clearance Rack. Did you get some Christmas cash to spend? It will go a lot further when you take advantage of the many great products now on the Clearance Rack.

Shop HERE. *Ü*

Monday, December 26, 2011

What A Fun Christmas!

This year our oldest son, Benjamin wanted money for Christmas. He is saving for the new iPad and also wants spending money for his Washington D.C. trip this spring break. I know he is at the age where money is the BEST gift of all...but we didn't want to just hand him the bills in a tiny box. So Santa made him a money tree!

This was the MOST fun I've had all Christmas season!! I started with a Styrofoam cone shape, a dowel, moss and floral pins. I accordion folded each bill and pinned it to the tree. It was much easier than I thought it would be and the wounds from the pin pricks on my fingers are almost healed! OMG - that was torture!! Money is strong!!

This was supposed to be a $200 gift but it ended up $206 because I packed the bottom ones a little tighter than the top and needed just a few more. Or I guess I could have taken the thing apart and started over, but it was worth my $6 not to have to do that!

Santa came!

I love those first expressions as they figure out which is theirs.

Nicholas got his new TV and a Blu-Ray player.

Benjamin loved the money tree and his Envy H.P. printer.

Sarah decided this one was for her and she hung on to it till the end! It wasn't, but she didn't care. *Ü*

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas

From our home to yours - Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Treats for Our Neighbors

Thanks to good friends Lorri Heiling and Penny Smiley and their darling mini coffee cup tags, I had to make some of my own!

It's hard to tell in a photo the size of things, so I've put my adhesive in there for you to judge the size by.

My baker Benjamin whipped up a couple batches of Snickerdoodles and they are ready to be delivered. Yummmmm!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Elf Shoes How-To- Make

Many of you asked yesterday for a quick how to on the elf shoes, so here you go...

Cut the Top Note die-cut into 4 parts at each point. You'll need a 3/4" punch and the Ornament punch.

Find the 2 straight sides of each piece. Punch half of the 3/4" circle on the top, closest to the 2 straight sides. Next lay the ornament punch on the side and use the neck of the ornament 'hanger' as a guide to position the punch as close to the 3/4" circle as you can get.

Sponge the edges of the shoes with Early Espresso ink and a stampin' sponge.

The toes are 1/2" circle punches of Red Glimmer paper. Bows are 1/8" Grosgrain Ribbon and the socks are 5/8" x 2-1/2" of Holly Berry Designer Series Paper.

Stampin' Up has announced that the stocking punch will not be carried over to the new catalog. Once the inventory is depleted, it will no longer be available.

Get it while it lasts!

The item number for the punch is #120495 and it is $16.95. You can order it through me, or through my SU! website, HERE.

The Stitched Stockings matching stamp set can be found in the Holiday Mini Catalog.

Clear mount item number is #123784 and is $19.95.

The wood mount item # is 123782 and is $27.95.

Don't forget about the Clearance Rack on my SU! website, too! Some items are 80% off!! Check it out HERE!!!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmas Elf Shoes

I first learned how to make these darling elf shoes a couple years ago from Patti Lee. This year I decided to use them as one of my Christmas cards. I've handmade over 250 cards this season in three different styles. Christmas is my favorite holiday, but I really don't want to make another Christmas thing for a whole year!

Cardstock: Real Red, Old Olive, Very Vanilla, Holly Berry Bouquet Designer Series Paper, Real Red Glimmer Paper

Stamp Set: Christmas Greetings

Accessories: Top Note, Big Shot, Snowburst Embossing Folder, 1/2" Circle Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, Ornament Punch, 1/8" Old Olive Grosgrain, Stampin' Sponge

Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas Gift Card Purse

I'm working on a couple of teacher gifts this week. The boys only have 2 days of school then it's finally Christmas break - Yay!!!

The instructions for this little gift card size purse can be found in the 12 Days of Christmas 2011 tutorial found on the right hand sidebar or on the tutorials page.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Reindeer Post It Notes & My Drummer Boy

I always give my stamp club girls a little thank you in their bags when they get their orders. This month I made reindeer Post it Note key chains.

I split each Post it Note into 4 equal parts and make thin notes so my Crop-a-dile will punch a note in them with no problem. You've seen a lot of these on my blog through the years, I love making them. The original idea was from Angie Kennedy Juda. Just measure the size of notes you are using and wrap the cardstock around. These are the smallest Post it Notes, 1-3/8" x 1-7/8".

Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White

Stamp Set: Winter Post

Accessories: Crop-a-dile, Cherry Cobbler Waffle Ribbon, 1-14", 1-3/8" Circle Punches, Post it Notes, Binder Rings, NEW! Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details on the noses - coming soon in the 2012 Occasions Mini Catalog


My little drummer boy - Nicholas!

In the back with the drum on the right, doing his thing at the Christmas band concert.

During the last song, the base drummers stacked their drums up to make a snowman. He got a new scarf and a fancy bucket for a head!

I got one shot at a decent picture, because that's 'not cool', and he was being a goof...I'm surprised I received permission to put him on my blog. I've been banned for a while now...cuz people see him!

Here's the real Nicholas with his 'you did NOT just take a picture' look... Oh YES I did!

Here's a cute little something I made for BFF while she was here. Same as THESE.