Monday, December 29, 2008

Sometimes it is just Black and White

Hi Everyone
Hope everyone is having a great Holiday and catching up with friends and family.
I've been busy organizing my stamp room and trying to find homes for the new toy's I got for the holidays.
I made some note cards and a real easy and quick box for my friend Jill.
The note cards are made with a piece of 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 black cardstock. I then layered a white sheet of cards stock on top of that. I cut a strip of patterned paper to about 1" and then added the letter "J" from a JustRite stamp set. I think the stamp was about 1 5/8 or so. The black circle behind the "J" is 2".
For the box...are you ready for this? It's so darn simple, you'll be making them all the time.
This box will probably hold 20 cards and envy's. It's really big.
Here are the directions for the 4 x 4 box:
1. Cut a sheet of paper to 12" x 10 1/2"
2. Score the 10 1/2" side of the paper at 3" and 7 1/2"
3. Score the 12" side of the paper at 7 1/2" and 4 1/2"
4. Cut the red lines and adhere.
It's a snap. I got a video camera for Christmas so I plan on doing some video's if I can first figure out how to use the camera.
Happy New Year everyone.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Gift Card Holder

Hi Everyone
I'm probably like a lot of you...still wrapping presents and finding gifts purchased months ago hidden in the back of the closet.
Today I was looking for a quick and easy gift card holder and I ran across a great example on
I mocked up here dimensions for us visual minded people. It's not exactly to scale but follow the dimensions and you'll get it. The black dash lines are the score lines. The red lines are where you should cut.
1. Cardstock cut at 4 1/2' x 6 3/4'
2. Score with the 4 1/2' vertically at 1/2' on both sides
3. Score with the 6 3/4' vertically at 1 3/4' and 4 1/2'
4. You will cut away the 1/2' from both sides except for the middle section (See Diagram).
5. Using a circle punch cut a half circle on the inside pocket (this makes pulling the gift card out a lot easier)
This allows you to make the pocket that will hold your gift card.
Give it a try. Hope you enjoy,

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Mini Magazine Folder

Hi Everyone
I ran across a great tutorial on SCS on how to make this Mini Magazine Folder. This example holds 3 x 3 note cards. I'm working on figuring out how to make it to hold standard cards (A2). Once I have the details I'll post them so you to can make a magazine folder for standard size cards.
Since this example requires a 12 x 12 sheet of cardstock I decided to use some great SU! textured card stock. I think it adds some great texture to the project. I've also used some My Big Idea Speciality cardstock. It's got this great India flair to it I think. The cards are made from SU!
Check out some other great examples

Friday, December 12, 2008

Get Well Soon

Hi Everyone
I'm still all about these Kitchen Sink Stamps that are 3 and 4 step stamps.
They stamp up so beautifully.
These are some cute 4 x 4 cards I've made. I've added some Taylor Tot's in the corners and some great ribbon.
I've just got the rectangle die cuts and of course love those as well.
I used a combination of grey stamp pad colors to create a grey bear.
Hope you enjoy,

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Bunco Time

Hi Everyone
I started playing Bunco with a great group of girls. It's been so much fun catching up with old friends.
I hosted a party last month and I decided to step it up a notch and create some Bunco cards as opposed to just printing them off.
This is what I came up with. What do you think? It was a nice touch I thought, and another great way to establish a theme of the party.Add Image
The pictures are some samples I'll use for the next party.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Girls X-Mas get together

Hi Everyone
So I've been piddling around with trying to create a digital scrapbook. Wait I mean an actual page. LOL
This is my first attempt. I must admit that I actually used a template that came in the software package I bought. I just added some text and the pic.
I think it turned out great.
We had a great time at the party. All six of us were able to make it which was a real treat since we are all so very busy. We did a lot of catching up.
It was a great way to start our tradition. I encourage you to get together with your girlfriends and have a great little Christmas party of your own. We had a blast and I'm looking forward to lot's of years to make memories.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Another Gift Box Alternative

Hi Everyone
I was organizing some of my many boxes of craft supplies and ran across some Gable Boxes that I've had for ages.
This is just a simple craft gable box that I've stamped with a shadow stamp and some fine line stamps. It's such a snap to do and it's big enough to either include a set of 10 hand stamped cards or even a set of votive candles or even some goodies.
These will be a go to for me this holiday season as I have last minute gifts to come up with.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

I get by with a little help from my friends.

Hi Everyone
Hope you are having a great day. I can't wait for the weekend!
I had a great night last night....I had a Christmas party with 5 of my dear friends. Hi Girls! (You know what I really wanted to say :-) )We started a new tradition of getting together for Christmas and having a gift exchange. It was such a blast. Although I might have had a bit to much fun.
I was so delighted to get the I ordered last week. I've been eyeing the 3-step stamp sets that they design and I finally got around to ordering them. WOW and I hooked. I've loved these ever since I spied samples on SCS. And let me tell you they are FABULOUS no not just fabulous...FABULOUS! I can't believe how amazing these stamps come out. They are a snap to line up and oh so cute.
This card is made from the Get Well Teddy set.
Here is what I used:
Card stock - (SU) Pink Pirouette
DSP - (SU) Candy Lane
Ink - (SU) Sahara Sand, Going Grey, Basic Grey, Whisper White and Staz-on Black
Ribbon - Pretty in Pink
Accessories - Pop Dots, SU Slit punch and American Traditional Designs Rub-ons Friends
Have a great day everyone,

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Gift Card - Card

Hi Everyone
I wanted to create a unique gift card - card and have it be something that I could mail. I was checking out some of my favorite blogs and SCS and found others that created a gift card that looked like a package. I also wanted to create something that was big enough to fit in an A2 envelope in the event I had to mail it.
These are examples of what I can up with. It was super quick.
Here are the steps I took:
1. I used an 11 x 4 1/4 sheet of cardstock.
2. Once I had that cut out I folded the card in half.
3. I then cut off from the folded card about an 1 1/2 off of the card (to made the top of the box if you will)
4. I then cut vertically about 1/2 off from the body of the card.
5. To attached the box top, I used a brad. In order to not see the back of the brad from the back of the card I did not make the hole through the entire box top portion but only one side of the box top. That way you have a nice clean back side.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Hello Kitty Christmas

Hi Everyone

I love Hello Kitty. Not just a little a lot. So when Sanrio came out with a series of Hello Kitty die cuts of couse I went crazy. I'm very very new to the whole die cut machine and am still trying to find the correct adhesive to use with them. So overall I think the card looks fine. Still needs some refining and some work and I think once I figure out what type of adhesive to use I'll be all set. This die cut is kind of like a jigsaw puzzle in that it is in a lot of pieces. Well it cuts in one piece but is held together just by a few pieces. I guess to make it easy to cut appart and add your own touches.
Anyway my goal was to make her festive. I think it's cute. I'm also breaking out of the standard A2 card and working on square cards.
Card Stock: Kiwi Kiss, Real Red, Whisper White, Basic Black, and Barley Banana
Stamps: Cute and Curley (SU)
Accessories: Polka Dot Ribbon from Michaels $1 bin, Cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder
Ink: Riding Hood Red

Weaving Calendar

Hi Everyone
My mom is a great weaver (Hi Mom) and asked me to put together some calendars for her weaving friends. This is an example of two of the months. I decided to frame the samples to highlight them a bit. The idea of the calendar was to have samples of different weaving techniques each month. I think the girls are going to love them.

1-Hole Bow Coaster Calendar

Hi Everyone
It's been a while since I've posted anything. I took some well needed time off. Of course not from Stamping.
I've been doodling and diddling and buying new Christmas stamps. I'm not sure hwy since I have more than I know what to do with and even some that I discovered I'd never used before...I know imagine it...stamps never used.
I hope you like the Coaster Calendar. Let me know what you think. I purchased the coasters from and I've been really happy with the product. I also got lucky the other day during a trip to Tuesday Morning. I found this great black and white scrapbook paper from $4. It's a pack of 50 so I got a great deal I think. I just love the black and white pattern and through the coaster calendar was a great application for the paper. I've also covered a binder clip to be used to hold the calendar.

The coasters are 4 x 4. I also used the one hole bow. I hadn't heard of this until I watched a Stampin' Up! WOW video.
Here is just a quick tutorial on how to create the one hole bow.
Step 1 - Cut a hole in your project.

Step 2 - Take both ends of your ribbon and thread it from the back to the front of your project. Notice that you should have your ribbon wrapped around your project.
Step 3 - Take both ends of your ribbon and tie it around the ribbon.
Step 4 - Tie a bow.
Look from back side - Here is what the back side of your project will look like.Give it a try. It's a snap and a great alternative. I didn't use any adhesive when using the 1 hole Bow.