Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Festival of Prints Christmas Coasters

Want a really quick and inexpensive Christmas gift?  This is it!  Just take a tile, brush the top with Mod Podge, place a 4 X 4 piece of Designer Series Paper on top, seal it down, and then brush it with Crystal Effects to get a shiny finish!  While it's not recommended for drinks that are wet with condensation, it's perfect for a coffee or cocoa mug!  This is an item I offered at my "Busy Little Elves" Camp Wannastamp and we had so much fun picking out our papers from the Festival of Prints Designer Series Paper Stack!  My coffee tasted more fun this morning when I got to use my tile!  Put two tiles together, wrap our Cherry Cobbler Scalloped Tulle Ribbon around them and then add a tag created from the left-over pieces of your Designer Series Paper!  The recipe is below.


Paper:  Festival of Prints Designer Series Paper Stack - 4 X 4; Very Vanilla scrap for the tag; Festival of Prints Designer Series Paper Stack scraps for the tag
Stamps:  Joyous Celebrations
Inks:  Cherry Cobbler; Early Espresso; Island Indigo; Lucky Limeade
Miscellaneous:  Tiles; Mod Podge; Foam Brushes; Crystal Effects; Cherry Cobbler Scalloped Tulle Ribbon - 22" long (to tie it all up nice and pretty for a gift); Scissors; 1/8" Hole Punch; SNAIL Adhesive; Small Oval Punch; Stampin' Dimensionals; Rubber Nubbies (so you don't scratch any furniture); Extra Large Tag Punch; Linen Thread - 5" long; Paper Cutter

Monday, October 29, 2012

Window Sheet Candy Containers

I got this cute idea from Jill Olsen, who had lots of wonderful samples available for us to look at while we were on the Founder's Circle trip in September.  It is made using an empty Stampin' Up! button container!  Lucky me, I've been saving those empty containers for years and now I know what I can do with them!  Don't fret, though!  If you don't have any empty button containers, I understand that you can do the exact same project using Ball jar lids to create a top and bottom.  Just place your window sheet in-between to create a see-through candy container!  LOVE IT!  The recipe is below.  All supplies used and shown are from Stampin' Up!


Paper:  Polka Dot Parade Designer Series Paper - 8-1/4 X 3/4" (for the top); Polka Dot Parade Designer Series Paper - -8-1/4 X 3/8" (for the bottom); Window Sheets - 8 X 3; Whisper White scrap; Real Red scrap; Old Olive scrap; Polka Dot Parade Designer Series Paper scrap (for the top circle and bottom circle)
Stamps:  Tags Til Christmas
Inks:  Real Red; Old Olive
Miscellaneous:  Plastic Button Containers; Sticky Strip; Scissors; 2-1/2" Circle Punch (for the outside circle of the top and bottom lids); Circles #2 Die (for the inside circle of the top and bottom lids); Big Shot Machine; Scallop Square Punch; 1" Square Punch; Candy; Whisper White 1/4" Sweater Trim - 23" long; SNAIL Adhesive; Stampin' Dimensionals

Make A Mitten Gift-Card Holder

Our notecards and envelopes come in pretty handy!  Instead of using them for a notecard, I used them to create a gift-card holder and a pouch!  This is an item I offered at my "Busy Little Elves" Camp Wannastamp.  It's so quick and easy!  Just seal the envelope, cut a sliver off of one edge to create a pouch, and then use your circle punch to create a notch at the top!  On the inside, glue-dot your gift card to the inside of the notecard!  CUTE!  The recipe is below.  All supplies used and shown are from Stampin' Up!


Paper:  White Notecards and Envelopes; Whisper White scrap for the mittens
Stamps:  Make A Mitten; Greetings of the Season
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler
Miscellaneous:  Mitten Builder Punch; Mini Glue Dots; Stampin' Dimensionals; Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine - 3" long; Pearl Jewels; Paper Snips; Stamp-a-ma-jig; Cherry Cobbler 1/4" Sweater Trim - 14" long; 1-3/8" Circle Punch; Paper Trimmer

Cherry Cobbler Houndstooth Clutch Purse

If this little purse doesn't make you smile, I don't know what would!  When I saw it on Becky Roberts' blog, which is www.inkingidaho.blogspot.com, I melted and HAD to make one!  It is part of Becky's 2011 12 Days of Christmas tutorials that you can purchase.  It's so pretty and Christmasy and it was definitely a big hit at my "Busy Little Elves" Camp Wannastamp.  To get the template and the instructions, you will need to purchase them from Becky; otherwise, the supplies I used are listed below.  All supplies used and shown are from Stampin' Up!, with the exception of the Velcro circles.


Paper:  Cherry Cobbler; Silver Glimmer Paper; Whisper White scrap
Stamps:  Sweets for the Sweet
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler
Miscellaneous:  Purse Template; Paper Snips; Simply Scored Scoring Tool; Multipurpose Liquid Glue; 1/2" Circle Punch; Houndstooth Embossing Folder; Big Shot Machine; 1" Circle Punch; Stampin' Dimensionals; Velcro circles; White Organza Ribbon - 4" long; Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine - 5" long (2)

Creative Elements/Trust God 2013 Calendar

When this time of year rolls around, we're all thinking about calendars for the new year!  I took the triple-time stamping technique card that my friend Dawn Olchefske designed and converted it into a calendar to keep on my desk all year long!  Thanks, Dawn - I'll think of you every time I glance at my calendar!  I offered this project at my "Busy Little Elves" Camp Wannastamp.  I think it makes a wonderful Christmas gift!  All supplies used and shown are from Stampin' Up!  The recipe is below.


Paper:  Early Espresso - 7-1/4 X 4-1/4; Early Espresso - 6-1/4 X 3-1/4; Early Espresso - 5-1/4 X 2-1/4; Whisper White - 7 X 4; Whisper White - 6 X 3; Whisper White - 5 X 2
Stamps:  Creative Elements; Trust God
Inks:  Crumb Cake; Early Espresso
Miscellaneous:  Desktop Display Calendar Case; SNAIL Adhesive; Stampin' Dimensionals; Stamp-a-ma-jig; Early Espresso Baker's Twine - 8" long; Scissors; 2013 Calendar (I ordered mine from www.stamponthis.com); Naturals Designer Buttons, Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons, or Brushed Bronze Designer Buttons (they all look awesome); Mini Glue Dots

Ornament Keepsakes Money Holder

Money holders are one of my favorite projects - especially Christmas money holders!  I saw a card like this created by Mindy Backes that I simply converted into a money holder - and I love how it turned out!  With the ink colors used, it has a retro feel to it - and I love using non-traditional colors for Christmas.  I offered this money holder at my "Busy Little Elves" Camp Wannastamp.  All supplies used and shown are from Stampin' Up!  The recipe is below.


Paper:  Whisper White - 8-1/2 X 7; scored at 2-3/8 and 5-1/2 on the 8-1/2 " side; Whisper White scrap for the ornament framelits; Silver Glimmer scrap
Stamps:  More Merry Messages; Ornament Keepsakes; Chock Full of Cheer (for the "to" and "from" on the inside)
Inks:  Real Red; Pool Party; Lucky Limeade
Miscellaneous:  Simply Scored Scoring Tool; Sticky Strip; Scissors; Stamp-a-ma-jig; Real Red 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon - 8" long (2); Pool Party Baker's Twine - 10" long; Mini Glue Dots; Ornament Keepsakes Framelits; Big Shot Machine; 1/4" Circle Punch; SNAIL Adhesive; Paper Piercer with Mat; Real Red Brad; Stampin' Dimensionals; 3/4" Circle Punch; Rhinestone Jewels; Pearl Jewels; Merry Minis Star Punch

Holiday Collection Framelit Card Sample

Isn't this a great card?  How fun to color in the negative image of the candy cane with ribbon!  This is a card I featured at my "Busy Little Elves" Camp Wannastamp.  I'm not sure who created the original version of this card to give proper credit to.  All supplies used and shown are from Stampin' Up!  The recipe is below:


Paper:  Crumb Cake - 11 X 4-1/4; Real Red - 5-1/4 X 4; Crumb Cake - 5-1/8 X 3-7/8; Old Olive scrap
Stamps:  More Merry Messages
Inks:  Early Espresso
Miscellaneous:  Stampin' Dimensionals; SNAIL Adhesive; Real Red 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon - 1-1/2" long (4); Whisper White 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon - 1-1/2" long (3); Holiday Collection Framelits; Bird Builder Punch; Scissors; Mini Glue Dots; Real Red Button; White Baker's Twine - 5" long

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Stampin' Up! Halloween Samplers

My stampin' buddies met this past Friday and Saturday to make Stampin' Up! Halloween samplers and we were absolutely thrilled with how nice they all turned out!  It didn't matter which background paper from the Howlstooth & Scaringbone Designer Series Paper we chose, they all looked wonderful behind nine spooky squares embellished for Halloween!  The samplers have become such a popular project with my customers, that Christmas samplers are now in the works and will be offered very soon!

Above is the sampler that I made.  I'm in love with it!  Four of the above squares were designed by members of The TOPICS! and the other five were my design.  Decorating and embellishing a little 1-3/8" square piece is challenging, but FUN!  Give it a try!

A close-up of the squares.

Here's another sampler above that I made using the Chevron background from the Howlstooth & Scaringbone Designer Series Paper. 

The sampler above was made by Alice Melchor.  I'm sharing the samplers that used different background pieces so you can pick your favorite.  It's difficult - they're all cute!

The sampler above was made by Kim Noska.  This background paper felt so warm and brought out all of the sampler colors so nicely! 

The sampler above was made by Margaret Digby.  I think the diagonal stripes look GREAT!

The sampler above was made by Geneen Lannom.  Can't go wrong with that Chevron background!

Oh, boy, look at this one!  The sampler above was made by Tiffany Doucette.  This looks so Halloweeny!  It's one of my favorite background pieces!

I'm in trouble with this one because I can't remember who made the sampler above, but the diagonal grid makes another great background and pulls out all of the colors so nicely!

I can't remember who made the above sampler, but I'm loving the background on this one, too!

The sampler above was made by Cindi Dimon.  As soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted this background piece for mine, too! 

The sampler above was made by Jeannie Godschalk.  You can NEVER go wrong with polka dots.  I think this is just adorable!
We had so much fun making our samplers!  Wish all of you could have been there!