Saturday, October 29, 2011

Some Fun "Stuff"ers....

Hey there stampers!  I have a fun project for you today.  I guess having the weatherman talking about snow got me in the Christmas crafting mood.  It was a bit of a let down only seeing a few flurries and mostly rain but still....I had fun stamping inside where it was warm and toasty.
Here's' what I came up with..... 
"Frosty and Rudy" Candy Bar Wrapper (Boxes)

I saw a snowman design a little like this in a crafting magazine and I took it and put my own spin on it.

After I made "Frosty"....I thought he needed a pal to hang out with......

So I made "Rudy"!  Isn't he just so happy??  Here's what it looks like with the box end opened up...

The other end is open...covered by the hat.  I used Stampin' Up! Candy Cane Lane Fabric   and tore pieces for both the hats and scarves.
121715 - Candy Cane Christmas Fabric  -  Each package includes 3 extra wide fat quarters of coordinated fabrics.  Each piece measures approximately 27" x 18" and can also be used with the Big Shot.  Cool, huh?

There are pieces of both the Silver and Red Glimmer Paper used on both projects.  It's adds the perfect "bling" effect don't ya think? 
Here's the Glimmer Paper....

It comes in both Red (121790) and Silver (124005)

I am adding the template for you in case you'd like to make some of these for stocking stuffers or fun, little gifts.

So....there you have it....I hope they make you smile.   :-)  Leave me a comment and let me know what you think.  I love hearing from you.

Stamped Blessings,

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A Suitable Stocking Treat

"...While visions of Smurfberries dance in her head...."

 This little treat box all ready to be filled with some Smurfy sweet treats.
I absolutely love the versatility of this Stocking that might seem like you  might only use at Christmas.  I'm going to show you a few other ideas at the end of this post.
First, though, let me tell you about my Melon Mambo....polka dotted....magically sweet treat for Linz.
I cut two of the stockings on my Big Shot using the Stocking Die and then decorated them to "suit" her fancy.  (ba dum bum!)   Then I used them as the front and back of a 3D box.

I added a little piece of ribbon as a hanger so I can hang it on our tree.  I put in a piece of shiny, black tissue to spice it up and....VOILA!

I know she's gonna love it. YOU have the Stocking Die?  Well this is the perfect time!  Keep reading.....You'll be GLAD you did!

As I've posted several times this month's Stampin' Up! Special during the month of October is AWESOME...When you take advantage of the Stampin' Up! opportunity you receive either $100 of SU! products of your choice for FREE or you can get the
BIG SHOT (a $100 value) absolutely FREE.  
Well....I'm sweetening the deal during the last six days that this special is available.  Why? Well because I love being able to share everything that Stampin' Up! has to offer.  I love their products....their generosity and everything they stand for.  Stampin' Up! has something called the "Statement of the Heart" that pretty much sums it all up.
Here's what it says....
 "To love what we do and share what we love, as we help others enjoy creativity and worthwhile this we make a difference"

Now here's how I'm sweetening the offer....For anyone who takes advantage of the special...I will send you your very own Stocking Die for FREE (a $32.95 value)  If you'd like more info about this awesome opportunity, email or call me to find out more.
There's NO pressure from me or from Stampin' Up! to hold workshops etc.  You can do with it what you'd like....and get a great discount to boot!  
Cha CHING! :-) here are a couple other ideas that I found online for some stinkin' cute projects made with the Stocking Die.....  Ready??

Ok.....Now how can you resist THAT??  I know my mind is racing with new ideas!
Alrighty....I'm off to sleep now.  Tomorrow is going to be a happy day.  I get my cast off in the morning.  WAHOOOO!  Hopefully by this time tomorrow night I'll just be in a boot and walking around without crutches.  :-)

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Just Smurfy....for Christmas?

The Smurfs are in the house! 
(Ok...they never really left....but still...)

Linz has been talking about Christmas since her birthday last month.  She goes from holiday to holiday to holiday...but that's ok.  So... we were talking about Christmas and I asked her if she might like to design and decorate her very own Christmas tree this year.  I can't quite put down in words the level of her excitement.  Suffice it to say there was a HUGE "WAHOOOOOO" in there somewhere.
So she's decided that she wants to make her tree a SMURF TREE. (Shocker...I know)
So tonight I showed her how to use Shrinky Dinks and she was off and running.
She draws hundreds of different Smurfs....all free hand and it's amazing to watch her.
She decided the first ornament she'd make would be, of course, her favorite, Vanity Smurf.
Here's how it went.....

Firsr she drew Vanity with a Sharpie on the rough side of the Shrinky Dink page.  Then she used colored pencils to color him in.  Once that was done I cut it out for her....leaving about 1/8" around the outer edges. **Important Step** DO NOT FORGET TO PUNCH A HOLE IN IT BEFORE BAKING**
Here's how it went from there....

Ready to go into the oven....

We sprinkled a little baby powder on the cookie sheet to keep it from sticking together during the melting process...

Here we go......

Getting warmed up....  

A little more....
At this point Linz said, "Oh NO!  It's ruined!"  I told her to just keep watching.....
A perfect ornament for a special, Smurfy Christmas Tree!

 We had such a great time creating this first, special ornament and I think I'm going to by buying a lot more Shrinky Dinks in the coming weeks.  :-)
There'll also be lots of photos of Lindsay's Smurfy Christmas Tree....Stay tuned!
Have a Smurfy Day!


Sunday, October 23, 2011

Christmas is a comin'!

Hey there my stampin' friends!  I am really excited to show you what I created this weekend.  I've wanted to make one for awhile and I finally sat down and did it.  Woot!  Here's my new project....I'm calling it the

"Vintage Christmas Planner"

The planer is made from Soft Suede card stock and is decorated with one of my favorite Designer Series Paper packs, "Spice Cake".  I made the lollie on the front cover into more of an oval shape than the usual circle shape.  The embossed oval is Soft Suede with the center oval stamped on Very Vanilla.  The ribbon is 5/8" Very Vanilla Satin and the bow is fastened together with one of the Vintage Brads.

The planner has four separate sections.... When you open it up the first two sections are the "Gift List"/"Stocking Stuffer" pocket with lists on the left and the "Menus"/"Recipe Cards" pocket on the right. (Did I mention that they are expandable pockets???  Cool, huh?)  All three pockets are embossed with the Northern Flurries Embossing Folder on the Big Shot.

Each of the pockets expand leaving room to add other lists or maybe your receipts...

There are five recipe cards included in the pocket...
The when you open the right side up once more you will reveal the "Memo Pad" section in the middle of the planner and the "Calendar" pocket on the right side of the planner....

The notepad and matching pen.....
Calendar pages with space to add your "To Do" list...

The back cover of the Planner....
I've decided to offer this planner as an upcoming stamp camp.  I love sharing projects like this one.  They are SO much fun to make.  I'll be posting the class schedule soon so....stay tuned!
I'm also considering offering this project as a "DIY Kit".  The kit price would include all the parts and pieces to make one "Vintage Christmas Planner" except for the stamp sets and adhesive.  
I'll keep you posted on that front too.  :-)

Alrighty then....I'm off to get ready for my first day back at work since surgery.  It should be fun since I'm still on crutches and in a cast.  Hopefully the kids will go easy on me.  Hahahaha

Wishing you a wonderful week ahead....

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Lil' Miss Minnie

Happy Saturday!
I'm so happy to be down in my stampin' room today.  Mike has been such an awesome "nurse" since my surgery and today he helped me hobble downstairs and helped me get set up so I could get my creative juices flowing.  I'm feeling better today and I can't wait to get this cast off on Wednesday.  The doctor said that I'll be in the cam boot instead of a regular cast this time and he wants me to bear weight on the ankle as soon as possible.  I'm SO happy about that.

Well....there's definitely a nip in the air today and I thought I'd make a little something to hopefully make you smile.  This is a little Chapstick Holder I created and I also made a new little pup to go along with it.  Her name??  Why it's "Minnie", of course.  :-)  Here she is....

Minnie is punched from Very Vanilla card stock.  Her Mouse Ears are punched from Basic Black and her collar and bows are punched from Melon Mambo.  Her nose is Chocolate Chip.  I love those Rhinestones and they worked out perfectly to add a little "bling" don't you think?  Here's the inside...

This is a great project to use up some of those extra scraps you have been saving up.  Such a quick and easy little treat to make someone smile.  Here are the measurements for you....just in case you'd like to make a few of your own....

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Wishing you a magical day,

Thursday, October 20, 2011

All wrapped up with no place to go....

Hey there peeps,

Just a quick note to say a HUGE "Thank You" for the notes, prayers and well wishes.  You guys rock my socks.

My surgery went well and I'm at home and resting.  Mike, Linz and Zach are taking great care of me.  Pillows are being packs are being iced....and pain meds are being administered.  All is right with the world.  :-)  The doctor called to check on me today and said that I will NOT be in a cast this time.  At next weeks post op visit I'll be put in a boot and he wants me "weight bearing" as soon as possible.  Woot!  Here's a photo Mike took yesterday while we were waiting for them to wheel me to the O.R.  Ya think he was bored???

And NO I hadn't had any "happy drugs" at this point!  Scary, huh???  So for now I'm doing what I'm told....I'm sitting still....(something I don't do well) and I'm thinking of ideas to share with you when I get back into my stamp room so stay tuned.

For now though...I have to go enjoy the yummy lunch Mike made for of his infamous grilled cheese sandwiches.  YAY!!

So.....that's it from here for now.  Don't worry Online Stampin' Up! Store is still open 24/7 and there are SO many awesome ideas and TONS of amazing products. Just click HERE to go there now. Stop on by and shop for awhile. :-)

Wishing you a magical day,

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Falling for Lollies....

Hey there Peeps!  I'm posting a little early for Wednesday but I'm going to be just a  I'm having ankle surgery at noon Wednesday....HIGH noon that is.  :-)  LOL
I wanted to share this awesome project with you and I thought today's the perfect time to do it.
This is a Fall wreath that debuted in this year's Holiday Mini Catalog.  All of us at Convention this past July were drooling when we first saw it and couldn't wait to be able to share it with our customers.
This past weekend my friend and upline, Robin, had a class and I finally got a chance to make one of my very own.  Woot!
and heeeeeeere it is......

I love the Spice Cake Designer Series Paper and I am just wild about those lollies.  (Lollies are those cool, fanned out circle thingys)  They are all the rage and so much fun to make.  Also, those big Spice Cake Buttons are SO stinkin' cute!

To see projects like this one and lot of other fun stuff...check out my online store by clicking HERE

Here are those awesome buttons:
And the gorgeous Spice Cake Designer Paper Pack:

If you want even MORE cuteness....check out the Spice Cake Fabric too!!  Woot!

So that's all from here for now.....Not sure when I'll blog next....Hopefully the surgery will go smoothly and quickly and I'll feel as good as new sooner than later.  All prayers are greatly appreciated.

Blessings to you,

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Ribbon Rosette Tutorial

Good Monday Mornin' Stampers!

Today my post is short but oh so sweet!  Mike and I had an awesome time at JMU with Brittany on Saturday for Parent's Weekend.  We usually stay in a hotel but we went down early in the morning on Saturday and stayed until very late.  It was such a fun filled day.  Here are a few pics from our day....

A photo I took of the quad....
Mike, Brittany and me at the football game.  JMU beat Villanova 34-10!!  YAY!

Britt and her boyfriend, Sam on the "Kissing Rock" on the quad...
Britt and Me....
Britt and Mike....  I love this photo....
Britt with JMU's Duke Dog at the football game...

It was so much fun!  Let me just say that we LOVE James Madison University and we are so blessed that Brittany loves it there and we do too.

Even though it was a crazy, busy weekend, I was determined to get this video done so I could share it with all of you.  I hope you like it.  It's a "how to" on making your very own....stinkin' CUTE.....Ribbon Rosette Embellishments.

Check it out and let me know what you think.....

Just click the link below....

Ribbon Rosette Tutorial

Have a magical day!