Saturday, October 31, 2009

Halloween Fun

This is some of what will be served at the kids' party tonight! Have a great Halloween!

Mummy Pizzas (idea from Kara's Kitchen Creations)
Monster Sandwiches (idea from Kara's Kitchen Creations)
Hers are much cuter--I forgot the fangs and the hair!
Eyeballs (have seen these suggested lots of places)
And it will be washed down with Swamp Punch which is grape and orange Kool-Aid with Sprite and gummy fish.

Last Deals of the Week

I have been on-the-go this week with little computer time, but I don't want you to miss out on the last Stampin' Up! Deals for October. These kits are awesome if you're in the market. And, at this price you can grab some extras to make birthday cards, etc.

Click to see Stampin' Up!s Deals of the Week

Dates : October 26, 10:00 AM (MT) through
October 31, 11:50 PM (MT)
Item :116214 Princess Party Kit
116213 Pirate Party Kit
Price: each kit is regularly priced at $15.95
sale price is $9.99

I'll be back later with a little Show and Tell!

Happy Halloween!


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Travel Gift Box

Can you ever have too much pink? Check out this ensemble--lol! This gift all started with that luggage tag I found at a little boutique. My friend is doing some extra travelling this year due to her mother's health and I thought a cute tag might give her a reason to smile during the trips.
After finding the tag, I knew I would have to make a "suitcase" to put it on. While shopping at a local craft store, I found this polka-dot box and knew it was the perfect gift wrap. This morning I finally buckled down to make the suitcase.

The black straps actually hold it closed with velcro dots. The inside looks like this.

To keep the earrings in their place I just used a piece of basic black cardstock and the crop-o-dile to make my holes.

And, yes, in case you were wondering I did have pink tissue paper to set inside to keep the jewelry from sliding around during shipping!
I got the basic idea from a template I purchased from Becky Roberts. You can see the picture of hers on her blog in the right side bar, called traveling trio.
Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Love You Much--In November?

No, I haven't lost my mind (at least not entirely). We are making Valentine cards today because we are sending them to the wonderful organization From Our Hearts. This network of volunteers sends cards to overseas for the military personnel to use to stay in touch with loved ones. And Valentine's Day is their next holiday shipment which goes out around Christmas.

Both cards use the stamp set Love You Much.

Top card colors are very vanilla, real red, regal rose, and old olive.

Bottom card colors are whisper white, pretty in pink, and melon mambo.

Punches used: flower trio, scallop edge, scallop circle, 1-1/4" circle, and eyelet border


Hope you enjoyed this break from orange, black, and rust!


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Friday, October 23, 2009

Fun With The Round Tab Punch

Thanks to my neighbor who came up with this idea, I made these last fall and again this year. A quick, fun project for any age crafter!
  • the pumpkin is made with 10 only orange round tab punches--pumpkin pie, and dusty durango would work as well
  • the apple uses 7 real red (or ruby red) and 3 white round tab punches

Cards of the Month Club will ship out today since the 25th is Sunday. I have a few kits left so if you would like to join us this month, you can sign up here.

Enjoy your Friday!


Thursday, October 22, 2009

My Digital Studio Hybrid Invitation

My Digital Studio Halloween cardsBecause life isn't busy enough, I decided to let my younger two kids throw a Halloween party! The decorations and games look so fun in the magazines we get--lol.
So I revved up My Digital Studio and in no time I had these invitations designed and printed. Since I wanted the base to be black, I printed 4 fronts per page on whisper white cardstock and 4 insides per page, cut them apart, then glued onto the basic black card.
Simple and quick--just my style!

My Digital Studio Halloween card front

Hopefully the rest of the preparations will go as smoothly!

If you would like to learn more about My Digital Studio you can head to my Stampin' Up! store to watch a short video.
Thanks for stopping by,

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Tea Party Designer Series Paper Makes a Cute Backpack

3-d mini-backpack with Tea Party designer series paperMy 4th-grader's teacher has a birthday today. Since a gift card is a great choice for the class to give her, but not very exciting, I decided to package it in a fun way. I have seen mini-backpacks before, but this is my first shot. Have to admit, I am pleased with the result.

  • tip: using Stampin' Up! designer series paper (this is Tea Party) helps create a coordinated project easily
    side view of 3-d mini-backpack
  • almost amethyst cardstock is perfect with this paper
  • old olive ribbon in 5/8" grosgrain makes up the straps while 1/4" so saffron creates the loop on top

I'll be headed to the school shortly to deliver this and sing Happy Birthday.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!


  • week 4 of The 12 Weeks of Christmas Ideas went out this morning...this free newsletter series is full of ideas to get you ready for the holiday season. Sign up for my newsletter (upper left side) so you don't miss out!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Christmas-y Lovely As A Tree

Since Lovely As A Tree is the featured stamp set for November's Cards of the Month club. I thought I show this card as well. Versatility is always a good feature and this stamp set will work through the winter, too.

Lovely As A Tree Christmas CardThis card was created by Mandy, a fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrator in Indiana.

And if you've been taking advantage of this month's Stampin' Up! specials, you know that we have a new Deals of the Week!

Week 3 Deals of the Week
(Oct. 19-25, 2009)

Item Description Special Price
114348 Basic Jumbo grommets $4.49
109857 Mini Library clips $8.99
112571 Circle Designer brads $3.99
112581 1/2" Library clips $3.99

You can order them from my online shopping place and they will be delivered right to your door!
Have a great day!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Rub-ons Complete A Christmas Card

Today's card idea starts with sketch 109 from . But the twist is that there is no rubber stamping on the card!

All supplies are Stampin' Up! and available through my website.

cardstock: pretty in pink, ridinghood red (retired In Color), kraft, garden green, whisper white

ink: ridinghood red sponged on flower petals

punches: 5-petal flower, eyelet border, trio flower

Big Shot: texturz plates Stampin' Up! Backgounds 1

Rub ons: I actually used a retired one, but Merry & Bright (116801)is a splendid collection offered in this year's mini-catalog

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!


Friday, October 16, 2009

Garage Sale (US/APO addresses only)

Well, here's what's left. I am not going to spend a long time editing pics/etc. so you'll just have to bear with them! But you can see lots of sample done with each set if you go to the alphabetical SU gallery at splitcoaststampers. If you haven't used that before just scroll down until you see where you can choose the letter the set name starts with. Click that (like A-C) and then scroll till you find the set name (like Absolutely Fabulous).

(Definitely Decorative)
Avian Toile $8

large, like 4"x6"

Love Notes $10

Seasonal Icons $5

stamps are about 1"

Two-step stampin'
Mini messages $ 8

Circle of Friendship $8

Absolutely Fabulous $8

To reserve your favorite set(s), just leave a comment below, then email me your email address. I will send a Paypal request to you and ship them out when it is completed.

Packaging and shipping is $4.50 for the first set and $2.00 for additional sets to the same address.

Happy Shopping!

Stamp Set Garage Sale* Tonight

Don't miss it! I have cleaned out my Stampin' Up! sets and there are quite a few that I no longer need. Some are new, some are used, all are retired and discounted.
They will post tonight at 9pm CST and remain available until 9am CST on Saturday when the live garage sale* begins. You can reserve your set(s) by commenting on that post. *
Any remaining sets will be posted again at 2pm on Saturday.
Packaging and shipping is $4.50 for the first set, $2.50 for additional sets. Payments will be handled through PayPal.
*for US and APO addresses only

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Berry Christmas Gift Tags

This is one of the projects that we made at the Stampin' Up! regional seminar last Saturday. All attendees received the stamp set Berry Christmas (in the mini-catalog #116509)because a stamping seminar wouldn't be complete without some actual rubber stamping!Berry Christmas Gift Tags

It's so fun to gather with demonstrators from across the area and share ideas! One of the perks of this job is meeting other women and making life-long friends. If you would like to be a part of my group, I invite you to email me.


Whether you focus on card making, scrapbooking, or digital paper craft there is a starter kit that will get you excited!! And, best of all, you can have all your supplies within a week.Big Shot Bitty Box

The cute little box base is a snap to make with the Big Shot and the Bitty Box and Envelope die (115967).

ink and cardstock colors: real red, bashful blue, certainly celery, soft suede, whisper white

Have a great day!


Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Embossed Simple Beauty

This card was made by my Stampin' Up! mentor who got me started stamping 10 years ago! She has a knack for quick and simple cards that rock.Embossed Christmas Card
  • The embossed pattern is easily created with Stampin' Up!s exclusive embossing folder Elegant Bouquet (115964) and the Big Shot
  • This greeting is from the stamp set All Holidays (114913) but could easily be changed--even to a birthday sentiment
  • Using 2 brads for an accent is a good choice when making a large quantity of cards without breaking the bank!
The 12 Weeks of Christmas continues with idea #3 today. If you are not receiving these, sign up for my newsletter/mailing list on the left side. Each week I send a Christmas sample along with the list of supplies needed to make it. There will be cards, gifts, and packaging ideas to help you through the holiday season.
Thanks for stopping by,

Monday, October 12, 2009

My Digital Studio Mojo...and more

The sketch today at Mojo Monday #108 is one of those keepers. For quick cards and scrapbooking, this is a great layout! So I have one of each to share.Lovely As a Tree stamped card

Since the Lovely As A Tree stamp set is still out from designing Nov. Cards of the Month, I used it for this sketch as well.

  • the image background is whisper white sponged with bashful blue all over and ballet blue along the bottom and sides
  • StazOn timber brown brings the trees out nicely on top of the sponging
  • Shimmer Paint sponged over the top make the whole page glisten--Tip: shimmer paint will cause StazOn ink to bleed so go lightly and quickly or use water-based ink
  • card base and pattern paper are bashful blue

Shimmer Paint Detail

This layout is also perfect for a team photo. Using Stampin' Up!'s My Digital Studio, I created this page in a few minutes. You can see more about the program by heading over to my Stampin' Up! website.Scrapbook layout with My Digital Studio

Attention BIG SHOT owners!! The Deals of the Week are just for you this week! You can see the deals at my Stampin' Up! website.

I'm so glad you stopped by! Have a great week!


Saturday, October 10, 2009

Lovely as a Tree Stamp Set Makes COTM Sneak Peek

That's's the 10th of the month which means the Cards of the Month Sneak Peek! The November cards will use the stamp set Lovely As A Tree. I have admired this set for a long time so it is about time to feature it for Cards of the Month.

As always, Cards of the Month will be released on the 15th so watch for that on Thursday. Local club will take place October 30. In the meantime, there are a few kits left for October which you can order until Wed.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Weekend Decorating Ideas for Halloween

Photo from Country Living

There are some pretty cute ideas in this month's Country Living magazine. And they come with templates so you can get them done in no time! So hop over to the Halloween template section and maybe your house will be ready for those trick-or-treaters by Monday!

It's no trick...Monday, October 12 is the last day to sign up for my Build-A-Bear Workshops on Saturday, October 17! Click here for workshop details.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Autumn Days Stamp Set Makes Quick Fall Card

With the chilly nights beginning here, it is easy to get in the mood for fall card making.

fall card using Autumn Days stamp set

Stamp set : Autumn Days

Ink: Crushed Curry, Old Olive, Dusty Durango, VersaMark

Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Dusty Durango, Old Olive

Accessories: hemp twine, More Mustard brads

I think this is the first project I have shown with Stampin' Up!'s exclusive color brads. The More Mustard brads are from the Earth Elements group shown below. Aren't those rich colors just gorgeous?Stampin' Up! Earth Elements brads

The brads are sold in a package of 200 for $8.95. If you would like to order some for your fall projects you can email me or head over to my business website to order directly (just click on Shop Now when you get there).

Oh--if you haven't been to my business website in a while, I'll let you know there is now a clearance section. Just look in the list on the left, after click "Shop Now". Everything there is discontinued merchandise so it is while supplies last, but I will say the prices are great!

Stampin' Up! sale logoSo dig out that leaf set you have, or order a new one, and try your hand at making a wreath. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Punches Are Stampin' Up! Deals of the Week

For the month of October, Stampin' Up! has brought back...

If you love Stampin' Up!'s punches as much as I do you won't want to miss this week's special!

109103 Trio Flower Punch $10.99:

109041 Five Petal Flower Punch $10.99

110709 My Way Punch $11.99:

Tomorrow I'll show you a couple of project ideas created with these punches! Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Where Did the Weekend Go?

Okay, here is the project I was so excited about Friday! In just a few minutes, I made this clock! Talk about cheerful...he's been smiling at us all weekend.

Jack-o-lantern clock with decor elements spooky expressions

I started with an inexpensive clock from Dollar General.

  • Remove the clock from the box, flip over and remove all the screws around the outside which should remove the frame and glass.

  • The clock hands come off fairly easily, just be sure to lift them one at a time

  • Use the frame as a template, hold pencil straight up and draw a circle

  • my clock was larger than 8-1/2" so I layed 2 pieces of cardstock side-by-side so there is a large piece and an extra sliver

  • center large piece over clock face and press to get the center mark

  • cut or punch a hole in the center

  • apply face to the front using hole as a guide for the nose

  • apply Tombow mono adhesive to the back of the orange pieces and let dry

  • attach orange pieces to clock front

  • pop clock hands back on

  • lay glass and frame on top, flip, and put screws back in


cardstock: Stampin' Up! Only Orange

face: Decor Elements decorative vinyl Spooky Expressions
Decor Elements Pumpkin Clock in basket

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

World Card Making Day

It's a day to celebrate something I love! And guess how I am celebrating...
a) with a special workshop

b) an open house

c) a make-and-take at a local retirement home

d) none of the above

Answer: d) none of the above

Today is also Buhler Frolic which is the local celebration of a small town nearby. And it just so happens our schools are in their district so we are going to the parade and celebration today. Then we are going to a "famous" working ranch for dinner and a show.

That's how we like to do it at my house--cram everything into one day. lol ! Actually, our Christmas gift to my parents last year was that we would take them to this dinner but it has taken us until now to coordinate our schedules so we could go.

But you can still celebrate World Card Making Day by heading over to Unscripted Sketches for a blog hop and some blog candy!

I do have a fun project to share with you tomorrow! It's been in my head for about a month and I finally made it yesterday--I was so excited!!

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!