Friday, December 26, 2008

Be Mine

I hope all of you that celebrated Christmas yesterday had a good one. Since we don't celebrate Christmas we usually go to a movie on Christmas day. This year we went to see Marley and Me. I had read the book so I thought I would be prepared for what would happen in the end but I still ended up sobbing anyways. At least I wasn't the only one crying though. I also could not believe how packed the theater was especially with it being Christmas day and the prices of movies right now. It was still was a good movie if you are a dog lover and followed the book pretty well.
Tonight is another Papertrey Bloghop
The challenge this month was to repurpose leftover holiday trimmings such as Christmas cards or gift wrap and create something all-new! For an extra challenge we were suppose to think out of the box and adapt these items to create a non-holiday project too. This challenge was a hard one for me because we didn't wrap any of Emilia's Hanukkah gifts and did not give gifts to each other this year either so I did not have a lot to work with but this is what I came up with anyways though.
I started by doing the Splitcoast stampers Technique challenge this week which was Faux Silk with a pop. I stamped the heart from the new Heart Prints set with Razberry Fizz ink on some white tissue paper that my stamps came wrapped in then crumpled it up and left it to dry. Next I stamped the heart again on white stampers select cardstock and then cut the smallest heart out. I attached the smallest heart to the underside of the stamped tissue paper and then glued it to a piece of Raspberry Fizz cardstock. After that I matted it on a piece of black cardstock then sewed a green border around the edges with my sewing machine and stamped the Be Mine Saying under the heart with Palette Noir ink. The background layer is a piece of printed cardstock from the Raspberry Fizz Mix Cardstock collection. I am loving the new Razberry Fizz color by the way! For the ribbon I cut out some lime green strips from this Christmas wrapping
I found at the grocery store last week and attached it down the middle of some Raspberry Fizz Luxe Satin Ribbon. After that I cut it into pieces and attached it to the patterned cardstock then added the heart piece in the middle. Finished card size is 41/4x 41/4. Now I have a cute Valentines card all ready for someone special now. I am looking forward to seeing what the others have come up with for this challenge because I bet they had a lot more to work with than I did. I am glad I was still able to come up with something anyways though and I hope it still qualifes for the challenge. As always thanks for stopping by and have a good night.

Sunday, December 21, 2008


This is another postcard I made for Pat The Wood Veneer Man. I got the inspiration for this postcard from a book my daughter Emilia was reading called Indigo Blue by Cathy Cassidy. Emilia loves her books and she is her new favorite author. I started the postcard by putting masking tape around the edges to create a border. Next I stamped the house from The Angel Companies Welcome Home Set in the middle of the Maple Wood Veneer with Versamark ink then I embossed it with white embossing powder. After that I stamped a retired flower background stamp from The Angel company behind the house and embossed them with white embossing powder too. When I was done with those things I colored in the house and flowers with copic sketch markers RV19, B39,V09,YG17,B24 and Y15 then went over them with a Versamark pen. When I was done with that I painted the background with light blue acrylic paint. When the paint was dry I went back over the flowers and highlighted them with a Taken With Teal marker from SU. After that I painted the bottom half of the postcard with and a Lettuce Adorindack Acrylic Paint Dubber. When that dried I stamped the Home stamp from the Welcome Home set with Versamark Ink then embossed it with black embossing powder. I drew a line under it and wrote in the rest of the saying with a black sharpie. Finally I took off the tape and outlined the border it left with a black sharpie as well. To finish the postcard off I sealed it with some clear Acrylic Matte finish spray.
One another note tonight is the first night of Hanukkah. Happy Hanukkah to all my Jewish readers out there. The American Girl Doll Ruthie was Emilia's big present this year. She has all the American Girl Historical dolls now. If I don't get to post again before Christmas I hope it is a great one for those of you that celebrate it. As always thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great night.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Vintage Music Box

This is the project I had been working on for Emilia's piano teacher Catherine. I knew I wanted to make something with music in it for her and after I came up with this idea I thought it would be great to make it vintage looking too. I started by cutting some White Matte Coated Carstock that I had gotten from Marco's Paper using Jen Del Muros Pizza box template. After that I did the Burnt Edges technique that I learn from the February/March Technique Junkies 2007 newsletter to give the cardstock a vintage look then I stamped the music background stamp From Lasting Impressions With Panache down the middle with Black soot distress ink. While that piece was drying I cut another box pattern out of Papertrey Vintage Cream cardstock and then attached it to back of the music note piece so it would be the lining for the box. To make the band I started by cutting a piece of plaid ribbon that I had gotten from Hobby Lobby awhile ago then I wrapped it around the box and tied it in a bow. I made sure not to tie it to tight though because I wanted to be able to take it on and off without untieing it. Next I cut the snowflakes from Papertreys White Stampers Select cardstock using some Nestabilities snowflake dies. After that I stamped the snowflake pieces with the Essential Glue Pad and then covered them with Angel Wings Glitter. For the tag I used a Cuttlebug tiny tags die and cut it out of white coreboard then I sponged Antique Linen Distress ink on it and ran a Black Soot ink pad around the edges. After that I stamped the Happy Holidays saying from the Papertrey Faux ribbon set on it with Versamark ink and embossed it with black embossing powder. I then threaded a piece of silver cording through the tag and snowflake then through the band on the bow and tied it off. To finish the tag I cut off some holly berries that I found in a bunch of small fake flowers that I had hiding in my craft closet and pushed them through the hole in the snowflake. When I was done with that I took off the snowflake band and lined the inside of the box with some white tissue paper then I filled it with the same chocolate fudge I had made to put in the ice skate box because I still had plenty of it left.
We gave the box filled with fudge to Catherine yesterday and she loved it.
I hope it is warm where you are. It is still very cold here but at least we are above freezing now. As always thanks for stopping by and I will be back soon with more things to share.

Sunday, December 14, 2008


Emilia started taking Figure Skating Lessons this year and loves it. I wanted to make a little something for her Ice Skating teacher Alicia for the holidays and this is what I came up with. It is also my entry for the Papertrey Guest Star Stamper contest this month too. I started by tracing the boot from Lauren Meaders Stocking Timeless Template on Papertrey Stampers Select White Cardstock then I cut another boot out of black cardstock to line it and leave a small border at the bottom. Next I drew an ice skating blade and cut it out of Papertreys Silver Shimmer cardtock. After that I stamped the images from the Star Background set on the boots and the box then heat embossed them with Silver pearl embossing powder. The next thing I did was punch some holes in the boots with my Crop a dile and added silver eyelets then I sewed around the edges of the boots with my sewing machine. After attaching the skates to the box I laced up the skate with some sliver cording and added a tag that I had stamped with the Happy Holidays image from the Faux Ribbon set on white coreboard with Pure Poppy ink and embossed with clear embossing powder then tied it at the top. I filled the box with homemade chocolate fudge.
When I had my baking business I use to make this kind of fudge all the time but I could not find the original recipe I used for it. Luckily I found this one here and it is a very close match. I packed the fudge in a clear cello bag and tied it with some more silver cording. Tonight is the Papertrey December Release. I am loving the new Razberry Fizz color. I also really like the heart set Nicole designed too. It is hard to think of Valentines day right now but it will be here before we know it and I already have a few ideas for things to make for it churing in my head too. That's it for now. I will be back soon with the holiday gift I am planning on making for Emilia's piano teacher next. Until then have a great day and thanks for stopping by.

Monday, December 8, 2008


Have any of you been following Tim Holtz 12 days of Christmas tags on his blog? I have. I am really enjoying seeing what he comes up with each day. My favorite tag so far is the one he made on day 2. That was my inspiration for this postcard. I am still playing around with the wood veneer and decided to make a post card this time which was perfect for this challenge too. I started with a 4x6 piece of Cherry veneer, then I used Silver, Stream, and Eggplant Alcohol inks to make the background. Because the wood was not white the background came out a lot darker than I wanted it to but I decided to keep going anyways. The next thing I did was to stamp the trees from LIWP on the left hand side with Versamark Ink and then embossed them with black embossing powder. When I was done with that I stamped the snowflakes from the PTI Rustic Snowflake set with white craft ink and embossed them with white embossing powder. After that I added the flourishes from The Curls and Swirls set from The Angel company stamping and embossing them with white craft ink and embossing powder like I did with the snowflakes. I stamped the bird from the PTI Birds Of A Feather set with Black Versafine and the embossed it with clear embossing powder. After all that I was still was not happy with the background color so I tried sponging on some lighter blue ink but it was not helping. I found a bottle of Delphinium Turquoise Starburst Stain I had bought awhile ago and gave that a try and was finally happy with the result. Next I added the PEACE saying in the lower right corner from the Merry and Bright Additions set and then added a few more Angel Company flourishes. To finish the postcard off I splattered some watered down white acrylic paint all over the card to add more snow. I would have liked to have added more dimension to it but because it was a postcard I had keep it one layer. Since the wood for the postcards is backed with white posterboard I decided to do the alcohol technique on the back too. This is what the background was suppose to look like. You can see now that the wood gave it a whole different effect. This card is definitely different from what I usually do but I am liking it. It reminds me of a bleak dark winter night something I don't usually like but it still looks peaceful too. What do you think? As always thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great day.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Tea Time

This is another card I made for the Orphanage in Mexico with the Wood Veneer. I started with SCS sketch 197 then stamped the tea cup border stamp from Lasting Impressions With Panache on a piece of posterboard backed maple veneer with Momento black ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder. After that I colored in the images with SU Pretty In Pink, So Saffron, Ballet Blue and Certainly Celery Markers using the TJ marker watercoloring technique. This kind of veneer is great for watercoloring by the way. The Tea Time sentiment was stamped with black Versafine ink and then embossed with clear embossing powder. The pink patterned paper is from the Memory Box sugar collection. The Ballet blue piece was embossed with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder then matted on a piece of SU So Saffron cardstock. The piece behind that is Posterboard backed Cherry Veneer. Finished card size is 41/4x51/2. If you are interested in trying some of the Wood Veneer email Pat at for more information about it. I am off to work on another project with it now. I hope to be back soon to share it with you. Until then I hope you have a great Saturday.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Flowered Design Kimono

I hope you all had a good weekend. Unfortunately it looks like winter has finally arrived here. It has been snowing and cold all weekend. Yuck!!! Other than that things have been pretty quiet here this weekend and thankfully nothing broke except for a Piglet tea cup. A great thing happened yesterday though. We got really lucky and were able to fix Emilia's computer. It all happened because I decided to go to Dr. Google as I like to call it and see if I could find someone to help us figure out what was wrong with it. In my search I came across this website that had a chat feature and the people there were able to talk us through fixing it for free. I have a feeling it was a bunch of teenagers but I was super grateful to them for helping us get it working again. After that we took the vacuum to the repair shop to see if it could be fixed but unfortunately it was toast. We ended up getting a great deal on a new one at Best Buy after that. I just hope this one lasts for awhile. I was also able to find some some time to stamp some yesterday and this is one of the things I came up with. A few weeks ago I was given some wood veneer samples to work with from Denyse at Lasting Impressions with Panache that she had gotten from Pat The Wood Veneer Man. I finally got a chance to play with them this weekend and I have to say it is some really cool stuff. I am going to be sending some things I make with it down to him so he can sell them and then send the money to help an orphanage in Mexico. To make the card I started with SCS sketch 122. I stamped the flowered Design Kimono stamp from LIWP with Versamark onto a piece of the wood veneer cardstock. Then I heat embossed it with black embossing powder. When I was done with that I painted the embossed images with Wild Plum, Terracotta, Butterscotch, Lettuce, Stream. Bottle, Red Pepper and Cranberry Alcohol inks then I filled in the background with watered down silver pigment ink. After that I embossed a piece of PTI Silver Shimmer cardstock with the Cuttlebug Textile embossing folder and added it behind the Kimono image. The back layer is a piece of Bazzill Gecko cardstock. I also used an old SCS sketch for the layout. I started working on another project with the wood veneer samples today but have not finished it yet. I hope to work on it more tomorrow and share it with you soon. Until then I hope you have a great week and as always thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, November 27, 2008


Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you all are having a good one. I just wanted to take a moment and say what I am most thankful for. Those things are: my family (that includes my fur babies), having a roof over my head and food to eat. I am also thankful for all of you that come by my blog to see my work. I hope you all have things to be thankful for today too. I also wanted to let you know I gave my niece Alexandra the notebook I made her for her birthday today and she loved it as you can see in the picture. As always thanks for stopping by and I hope to be back soon with more stamping stuff to share.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Papertrey Bloghop and a Birthday Present

Unfortunately the electronic gremlins invaded our house Friday afternoon. It started with our modem breaking. Thankfully Rich was able to get us a new one quickly and that problem was resolved. Saturday Emilia accidentally spilled water on her new laptop Rich bought her in August. We thought it was toast but thankfully Rich got it up and running again, the keyboard seems to be fried though. He ordered a new keyboard off eBay the other day so hopefully that will fix the problem. Then on Sunday my 6 month old vacuum burned up. I forgot to send in the warranty so now I have to buy a new one. Hopefully that is all that is going to break now since they say things happen in threes. Unfortunately Rich also found out Friday that his company is cutting back their hours at work the next few months so we really need things to stop breaking now.
Anyways on to some good things to share now. Today is the 25th of the month which means it is time for another Papertrey Bloghop. This month's challenge was to build your own floral embellishment for a card or 3D item. Friday was my niece Alexandra's 13th birthday. She loves to write so I knew I wanted to make a journal for her to write her story ideas in. When I saw the bloghop challenge I thought it would be a perfect way to incorporate the two

I started by cutting 2 pieces of chipboard then covered them with some floral fabric I had gotten from Hobby Lobby awhile back. When I was done with that I cut some lined notebook paper to fit inside then I lined the front and back covers with some Papertrey Plum Pudding cardstock.
After that I used my new Bind It All to punch the holes and bind it together. To personalized the cover I cut out the letters from some white foamboard using the Cuttlebug Hippie Chick Alphabet then I covered the letters in Crystal Effects and sprinkled fairy dust on them to make them sparkle. I got the idea for the flower from this video on Julie Buhler's blog but I also incorporated some of this technique from this video for making lollipop flowers into it as well. I still made a few changes though. I cut the three circles with my small Nestabilities dies instead of drawing them. I also distressed the edges of the rose with some Tattered Rose distress ink and added 4 small pearls to the middle instead of just one. I drew the leaves on some PTI Spring Moss Cardstock and tore them out then I painted a small amount of gesso on the edges and sprayed them with water. When they were moistened enough I molded the paper to give them more dimension and left them to dry.
I finished the journal off by tying some PTI Plum Pudding saddle stitched ribbon, Spring Moss Twill ribbon and Sweet Blush Polka Dot ribbon around the wires. I added some hot pink gingham ribbon I had from Hobby Lobby too. The finished size of the journal is 51/4x51/4 and has 100 pages. I plan on giving the journal to Alexandra on Thursday when we have Thanksgiving dinner. We will also celebrate her birthday and my dad's birthday which was Saturday then too. I hope you have enjoyed my project and it has inspired you to make some floral embellishments like these. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a good night.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


Sorry for the delay in posting again. I was hoping to get this card finished on Sunday to share with you but I was having problems with my sewing machine. I ended up calling Janome on Monday morning and thankfully they were able to help me get the bobbin threaded but I kept having problems getting it to sew through all the layers on the card though. I finally ended up changing the needle to a heavier one and the problem was solved. Unfortunately after that I kept messing up the sewing on the card so I had to keep remaking it. After my fourth attempt I finally decided this one will do even though there are still a few small sewing mistakes. Something I wish I could change about myself is not being such a perfectionist when it comes to what I make. I read something once that the Indians purposefully make a mistake in their work to remind themselves that nothing in life is perfect. I really need to start remembering that. I would definitely get a lot more done if I did. Anyways on to the details of the card. I used Mary Jo's weekly sketch #43 for the layout. I turned it around though. I started by stamping the polka dot Christmas tree from the Merry and Bright set with CTMH white craft ink on Papertrey Vellum Cardstock. After that I did the embossed vellum technique from the Technique Junkies CD 6 but I used a blender pen with Berry Sorbet and Avocado Ink to color on the top of the embossed tree. I stamped the Peace saying from the Merry and Bright Additions Set with Dark Chocolate ink above the tree. The other cardstock that was used is Ripe Avocado, Berry Sorbet, Sweet Blush and Polka Dot Parade all from Papetrey Ink as well. I finished the card off with some buttons and sewed them on with waxy flax. Finished size is 41/4x 51/2. I was originally going to enter this card in last months Papertrey Guest Star Stamper contest but did not finish it in time. It also did not fit any of the categories after I got done making either. I may still enter it in this month contest though. Now I have to get busy making a writing journal for my nieces birthday Friday. Wish me luck I get it finished in time. I will be back to share that with you soon. Until then have a great night.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

My other GSS Entry

First off I wanted to say thank you to those of you that left such nice comments on my last post about the cocoa and marshmallow set. I really appreciate all the comments and good luck you wished me for winning the GSS contest last night but unfortunately I was not a winner. I am still hoping to get an honorable mention for one of these projects though. Here is the other project I entered.
This card was made for the quick and simple holiday card category. This card layout may look familiar to those of you that follow my blog because there is another card that I made like it here which was inspired by a card Debbie Olson made last yr. Making simple cards is not easy for me to do but I think this one qualifies though. I started by embossing a Nestabilities square die in the center of a piece of Papertrey Stampers Select white cardstock. After that I cut out another square with the same die and stamped the Menorah from The Mazel Tov set with Versamark ink and embossed it with Silver Embossing Powder then I colored the candles with Copic Sketch Markers B39 and Y13 . When I was done with that I matted the stamped square on a piece of Night Sky Shimmer Cardstock and attached it to the middle of the embossed square. I stamped the Happy Hanukkah saying with CTMH Denim embossing powder underneath it. I finished the card off with a border of Night Sky Shimmer cardstock. Finished size 41/4x51/2. I am off to try and finish another card I was going to enter in the contest but did not finish in time now. I hope to share it tomorrow. Until than I hope you have a great Saturday and thanks again for stopping by.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Warm Happiness

Thankfully I made it through my dental appointment without any problems. Unfortunately it was not a cheap visit because I don't have dental insurance. Hopefully all the preventive care will pay off in the long run though.
Tonight Papertrey releases their new stamps for the month. This was one of the projects I made for the Guest Star Stamper Contest.

I started by making the box using Beates tutorial for an A2 box. I used Silver Shimmer cardstock and stamped the snowflakes from the Rustic Snowflake set with CTMH white craft ink then I lined the box with waxed paper. I made the marshmallow snowflakes using this recipe from Martha Stewart. I packaged the cocoa powder in a 4oz square tin that I covered with a piece of Pure Poppy cardstock that I stamped dots on from the Polka Dots Basics Set with CTMH white craft ink. On the bottom of the tin I attached the directions for preparing the cocoa by cutting out a piece of a recipe card with a square nestabilities die.

The tag was made by cutting out an attached circle base of Dark Chocolate cardstock with one of my circle Nestabilities. I stamped the mug from the Warm Happiness set with Dark Chocolate ink then colored it in with Copic sketch marker R29. After that I used another dot stamp from the Polka Dots Basics set to stamp the polka dots on the mug. The sentiment on the inside of the tag is from the Warm Happiness set also. To finish the box off I tied it together with some Pure Poppy saddle stitched ribbon and attached the card tag. I think these would make great gifts for the holidays. What do you think? Hopefully one of these projects I entered will be a winner tonight because I could really use a free set after my dental bill. I will be back tomorrow with the other project. Until then thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great day.

Sunday, November 9, 2008


I hope you all had a good weekend. Things have been pretty quiet here. I was able to get another card made yesterday though. The Flowered Kimono stamp is from Lasting Impressions With Panache. I stamped it with Versamark on patterned paper from The Angel Company (Amberly Grace Collection) then heat embossed it with fine detailed black embossing powder. After that I added another piece of the Kimono from a different sheet of paper that I had stamped and embossed as well. The saying on the left means Friendship and is from LIWP also. Finished size is 41/4x51/2. I hope you have a great week. I have to go to the dentist on Tuesday for my six month checkup, not looking forward to that. I hate going to the dentist. I had a bad experience with the dentist when I was a kid and did not go back for over 13 yrs. I finally started going again when Emilia turned 1. I ended up with 2 cavities which was actually not that bad considering I waited that long. I make sure I go at least twice a year now even though I still don't like going but I am doing it to try and prevent anymore problems in the long run. That's it for now. Thanks for stopping by and I hope to back soon with more things to share.

Saturday, November 8, 2008


It has been an eventful week around here. On Wednesday I had a lady from the Rocky Mountain Quilt museum come over to do a class with my homeschooling group. She talked about the history of quilting and brought a lot of different quilts for us all to see. The quilts were really cool. After that she taught the girls how to make a 4 patch quilt block. When Emilia finishes hers I will share it with you. Unfortunately on Thursday night the sewer line backed up, $200.00 later the problem was resolved. That is the bad thing about living in an older house. The pipes are made of clay so we usually have to have this done once a yr. Coincidentally our neighbors had one of their sewer pipes break this week so we were actually lucky that ours just needed to be cleaned out because it cost them $5000.00 to repair theirs.
After all that I was finally able to finish this card last night for Julee Tilmans Mojo Madness Contest week 59. The hand was done with the embossed vellum technique that is on the Technique Junkies CD 6. Stamps are from Lasting Impressions With Panache. Colors used were SU Green Galore, Real Red, Lovely Lilac, Yoyo Yellow and tempting Turquoise. The hearts are from the Cuttlebug Babyface die. I was not sure what sentiment to put on a card like this so I decided to keep it simple and go with the word art. If you can think of another sentiment that would go better with it let me know. We are off to take Emilia to her ice skating lesson now. Hopefully next week will be less eventful and I will have more things to share with you. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great Saturday.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Water Lilies

This card
Was inspired by this painting that hangs in our bedroom.
Sorry the picture of the painting it isn't clearer but is was really hard to get a good picture of it with the lighting in there. I started by stamping the lilies and lily pads from Lasting Impressions with Panache on Papertrey Stampers Select white cardstock with Momento Tuxedo black ink. I colored the images in with Copic sketch markers G-99, G-40, Y-11, Y15 and R08. When I was done with that I colored over them with a versamarker and then heat embossed them with clear embossing powder. After that I sponged over the embossed images with Night Of Navy ink then brayered on a layer of Adirondack Denim ink. I matted the card on SU Old Olive, Barely Banana and Night of Navy cardstock. Finished size is 5.5x5.5. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great Sunday.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween

Emilia loves the Brady Bunch and her American Girl doll Julie so she decided to be a 70's girl this year. It was 82 degrees here today so it was great trick or treating weather tonight. Last year we about froze our butts off. I wish it was like this every year. Hope you had a good one!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Color Inspiration #28

This is my entry for Kristina's color Inspiration challenge #28 .
I was not crazy about the colors when I orginally saw them but I decided to take the challenge anyways. I started with SCS sketch 196. The butterfly stamp Butterfly Border Horizontal is from Lasting Impressions With Panache. I stamped the image on hot press watercolor paper with Versamark and then heat embossed it with fine black embossing powder. When I was done with that I did the Marker Wash technique on the butterflies from the Oct/Nov07 Technique Junkies newsletter using SU markers in the challenge colors.
I used my Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder on the Rose Red and Sage Shadow pieces then finished the card off with three silver brads. Finished size is 41/4x51/2. Now that the card is finished I am starting to like the colors together better now. Thanks for the challenge Kristina!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

October Papertrey Bloghop

It's time for another Papertrey Bloghop
This months challenge was to create something using pokadots. This is what I came up with.
I started by stamping polka dots from the Polka Dot Basics set onto white muffin liners with Colorbox pigment inks. When they were dry I baked Peanut Butter Cupcakes in them. When the cupcakes were cool I piped them with Chocolate Butter Cream frosting and then decorated them to match the liners.

After I was done with the cupcakes I decided to create recipe cards to go with them.

I started by stamping a segment of polka dots from the Polka Dot's Basics set again on the top of the new recipe cards Papertrey is now carrying. After that I stamped some of the words from the Recipe Box set then I wrote in the rest of the recipes. I finished the recipe cards off by adding some Spring Moss twill ribbon and attching it with staples. When I was done with that I created a double pocket card to put the recipes in.
I originally saw how these were made in the TJ newsletter last December but had never tried making them until now. I will definitely be making more of them in the future now though because I think they are a great way to share recipes. If you would like to give the cupcakes a try feel free to, just click on the pictures to make the recipes bigger.
I hope you have enjoyed with I came up with. Thanks for stopping by and have a great night.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Last GSS project and A sweater for Lily

Sorry for not posting this sooner. Time just seemed to get away from me again. Here is the last project I submitted for this months Papertrey GSS contest.
It is a kippa (yarmulke)which is is a thin, slightly-rounded skullcap traditionally worn at all times by Orthodox Jewish men, and sometimes by both men and women in Conservative and Reform communities during services and other religious rituals. You can read more about them here. I stamped the Star Of David Image with the scrolls from the Mazel Tov addition set with Versamark on the Yamulke and then embossed them with silver embossing powder.
I also wanted to share a sweater I have been knitting for my fur baby Lily. I can usually find her sitting by a heater vent when it gets cold so I am hoping this sweater will help keep her warm
She doesn't really like it when I put it on her but hopefully she will get use to it the more she wears it. I used the free pattern Need for Tweed Dog sweater and then knitted the flowers and sewed them on. I am not sure if I should add more flowers to the collar or not though. What do you think?
Well that's it for now. Thanks for stopping by and have a great night.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Exciting News and another Papertrey GSS Entry

First off I have some great news to share today. This project won The Papertrey Gueststar Stamper Contest for best use of the Mazel Tov set last night. I was so excited when I found out I won I could not stop shaking. Being a winner in this contest means so much to me because I have been trying really hard for months now to win. There were many times I thought about giving up entering but I am really glad I didn't and now know that all that hard work finally paid off. It also helps that I love Papertrey stamps and they continue to inspire me make things like this.
Now for another project I entered in this months contest. This is a Snowglobe Giftcard Holder.
I started by stamping the house from the Boards and Beams set on PTI Stampers Select White Cardstock with Black Momento Ink then I colored it in with my Copics. After that I added the fence, door and snow from the Home For The Holidays Set. I embossed the snow with white embossing powder and added lights with my Copics. When I was done with that I cut a circle from a piece of Pure Poppy cardstock with a Coluzzle then I attached a piece of acetate to the back of the opening. Next I drew the base on the circle and colored it with a black Copic. I also outlined the circle with a black Sharpie too. I embossed the saying from the Home For The Holidays set on the base with silver embossing powder then I stamped the snowflakes from the Rustic Snowflake Set on the Pure Poppy cardstock with CTMH white craft ink. After that I added some foam tape around the circle on the backside and added the beads then I attached the house piece. I finished the card off with a piece of Silver Shimmer Cardstock. Finished size is 5x5. Here is a picture of it after you shake it. Doesn't it look like it is snowing?

For the inside I cut 4 slits with a craft knife around the gift card so there would be a way to hold it in. I left the space behind the gift card blank to write a personal message so when the recipient takes the gift card off they will know who it is from. That's it, I am really happy with how this came out. Rich was really impressed with it too. That's it for now. I will be back soon with one more PTI GSS project to share.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Snowgirl Rag Scarf

The Papertrey new release is tonight. Over the next few days I will be sharing the projects I made for this months Papertrey Gueststar stamper contest. Today I am sharing the Snowgirl Rag Scarf.
I made the snowgirl panels by stamping images from the Made of Snow set and The Rustic Snowflakes set with Palette Ink and coloring them with Copic Sketch Markers.
The other printed material used is Kristmas on a string from Alexender Henry and Bijoux Swirly Buds from Heather Bailey. You can get both of those fabrics here.

This is a picture of Emilia modeling the scarf.I think it goes great with her coat and will be nice and warm on those cold winter days.
I think these scarves would also be great gifts for the holidays so I came up with an easy way to package them. The scarf fits perfectly in the clear stamp boxes that the PTI stamps come packaged in and I have a lot of them that I have saved from all the stamps I have been buying from them. I tied a piece of Sweet Blush Swiss Dots Satin Ribbon around the box and added a tag that I made with the Boxes Bags and Tags set. I plan on making more of these scarfs to sell in my Etsy shop. If you would like to buy one in the meantime let me know, I am happy to do custom orders. That's it for now I will be back tomorrow with another entry to share.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Happy Birthday Mommy!

Today is my moms birthday. She is a very special person to me so I wanted to make her a special card and gift. This is what I came up with.
The card was inspired by this one. I loved how she created the tile border. She used stickers for her border but I used a stamp from the Papertrey Guidelines set for this one. I also used Mary Jo's Lunchtime sketch 37 again. I really like that sketch. This time I made the card 5.25x 5.25 though. The daisy is from the Papertrey Garden of Life Set. I stamped the daisy on SU Tempting Turquoise cardstock with Versarmark ink then I embossed it with white and yellow embossing powder. I used my circle Nestabilities to cut and emboss the circle. The square piece is SU Certainly Celery. The Happy Birthday To You saying is from the PTI Faux Ribbon set and was embossed with silver embossing powder on an piece of Tempting Turquoise that I cut out with my oval Nesties layering it on another oval using Certainly Celery.
My mother loves jewelery so when I saw this project Nicole Heady had on her blog I knew I wanted to make a bracelet like it for her.
I had never made jewelery before but luckily I was able to get Nicole to give me a list for the rest of the supplies and then found this video on Youtube showing me how to put it together. It turned out to be really easy to do and a lot of fun too. I will definitely be making more of these in the future.
For the box I started with a large hinged tin. and then made a piece of patterned paper the same way I did the daisy on the card. After that I cut it out to fit the top of the tin. I attached that piece and a piece of 1/4 grosgrain ribbon that I colored with a G24 Copic Sketch marker to match the certainly celery cardstock on the card. For the bottom panel I stamped the same stamp from the Guidelines set that I used on the card on PTI stampers select cardstock with Tempting Turquoise ink and then cut punched them out with a 3/4 square punch. After that I attached them to the bottom panel of the tin and trimmed them to fit. I sealed the pieces with some Modge Podge and to give them the look of real tiles. That's it. She didn't want to do anything special to celebrate the day even though I offered to make her dinner and lunch but she is on her way over to get the gift. I hope she likes it and the bracelet fits. That's it for now. I hope you have a great day. Thanks for stopping by.