I learned a valuable lesson from my sister . . . watch what you volunteer for at your child's school!
My full-time working sister has two boys. I've watched her volunteer for everything and be totally frazzled and stressed out because of it. She is also a little bit of a procrastinator which doesn't help these situations she gets herself into. The night before whatever event she volunteered for, she's running all over town buying stuff, or staying up until 1 am making something. God love her! She is a great mom!
I volunteered to make items for Brandon's preschool "Christmas Shopping Day". I thought it would be quite an easy task for me! I was hoping to make pretty things for kids to give their mom's, but when I got the call, they asked me to make something for dad's. I was totally bummed, stressed, and clueless as to what to make. I came up with the idea to alter these plain memo pads from the Dollar Store. I had some masculine looking patterned paper and embellishments in my stash to decorate them with. I hope they liked them.
One of my creative challenges (we'll call it), is making masculine themed cards or gifts. I was regretting signing up to make items for the shop when I was given my assignment, but I think it turned out ok. I also got to use up some supplies I've been meaning to do something with. It worked out!
How are you doing on your Christmas shopping? I am almost there. After Brandon told Santa this past weekend what he wanted, I realized I need one more thing. Thankfully, Brandon is a simple kid who likes simple things. I'll enjoy it while it lasts.
Have fun getting ready for the holidays! I'll be back soon!
We had our first snowfall of the season this past weekend. Guess who was the first one out there rolling around in it? Not me! Brandon will turn four years old this weekend and he loves the snow as you can tell from the picture.
When the sun came out Sunday afternoon the snow was glistening. It was the perfect inspiration for making a holiday card using the new Shimmer Paints from the Stampin' Up! holiday mini. I used Frost White on this card. I added a little paint on a sponge and then gently rubbed it over my embossed image and sentiment. I even put a little over the flower and leaves.
I must warn you, the Stampin' Up! Shimmer Paint comes in a very small bottle. When you order it from me, you'll think you've been ripped off. That's what I thought when I received my bottle. Rest assured, a little goes a really long way. I'm not exaggerating!
Don't forget, everything from the Stampin' Up! holiday mini can be ordered through January 4th. This includes all three colors of Shimmer Paint. After that, it's history!
Stampin' Up! is really coming up with some fabulous new products for 2010!!!! We're talking clear stamps and a new punch design. Stay tuned for some sneak peeks!
I've been saving for the past couple years my favorite Christmas cards I receive over the holidays in hopes to do something with them. I've seen ideas for making ornaments out of them, but that appears to be a little time consuming. I came up with the idea of recycling my Christmas cards into Christmas cards once again! All you need is an array of Stampin' Up! card stock, Big Shot & dies, and a little creativity. I've been whipping out a bunch of these! This Santa card on the right was a card front that sparkled from the subtle addition of glitter on it. I used the Stampin' Up!Scallop Circle Bigz Die to cut it out the main image of the card and layered it on some shimmery Christmas scrapbook paper. I attached it to Real Red card stock to make a 5x5 card. This card took me minutes to create!
The card to the left was created using the Stampin' Up!Top Note Bigz Die. I couldn't resist the little snowman & glittery snowflakes on this Christmas card I received last year. I attached the metal sentiment under the snowman and tied Bashful Blue ribbon around the Top Note die cut. The Brushed Silver card stock was the perfect card base for this recycled Christmas card.
I had a Christmas card with this snowflake piece mounted on pop dots. I carefully pealed it off the card and reapplied new pop dots and used it on this card! Since the snowflake is silver, I used a little Stampin' Up!Brushed Silver card stock as one of my layers to pull it all together.
I have truly enjoyed this little project I made up and find it to be a fun challenge! I made these cards last weekend and made four more today.
I hope I've inspired you to save those holiday cards this year so that next year you can make these too! It's good for the environment to recycle, cheaper than buying cards, and fun to see where your creativity will take you.
If you have been a follower of my blog, you know I make a pink Christmas card every year. My card last year was a hit. Click HERE to see it! So this year I still used Stampin Up Pretty in Pink and Whisper White, but added a little Bravo Burgundy. I embossed the front of the card with a snowflake embossing folder and then colored the stamp "Merry Christmas" using My SU! markers so I could use two colors on one stamp.
What do you think of the big snowflake? I just love it. It's called the Jumbo Snowflake Punch from Stampin Up of course. This will definitely be used not only at Christmas time, but on winter birthday cards and scrapbook pages. There is also a coordinating stamp called Simple Snowflake. It's one of those single stamps you can buy pretty inexpensively!
How is your holiday crafting coming along? I would love to say I'm done, but I'm not even close. I recently worked on a really fun idea I'm going to share with you this weekend. I still need to take the pictures. I'm so behind!
Have fun creating for the holidays and be sure to stop back this weekend!
In case you are not a shopper and would rather be home stamping, check out the challenge over at Pals Paper Arts - KISS (PPA18). I was the featured guest designer today! Play along and have fun stamping!
Stampin' Up! makes the most amazing card stock in Brushed Gold and Brushed Silver. I've never seen any paper of this quality like it. I tend to bring it out at Christmas time, but you can use it all year. It would be great for anniversary or wedding cards!
I used the Brushed Silver in today's creation. It pairs up perfectly with the soft and delicate Basic Gray Taffeta Ribbon. This Brushed Silver card stock looks gorgeous with any Stampin' Up! color you choose. You can't go wrong here. I used Ballet Blue because I wanted to stamp snowflakes to layer over the silver.
It may be difficult to see in the picture, but I added just a little paper piercing above one of the snowflakes on the silver and to the left of the "Merry Christmas" on the blue card stock. Sometimes these little touches can make a big difference in the finished product.
This morning we packed Thanksgiving dinners for the poor at our church. My son was quite the helper. He stood and helped pack the canned corn in each bag for 40 minutes straight! He was so good and was enjoying every minute of it. He is quite the helper. I was very proud of him! I hope he always has a heart and the enthusiasm for serving those who are less fortunate.
Enjoy your day and be sure to take time to stamp!
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I must admit, I LOVE making fall themed cards. I get to make a few Thanksgiving cards to send out to relatives that live out of town that we won't see. I like our family to know we're thinking about them even when we can't all be together during the holiday.
I knew I wanted to use the new Stampin' Up!Autumn TraditionsDesigner Series Paper in the current catalog to create these cards. I couldn't decide which design because I love them all, so I narrowed it down to 5 of them. When you can't decide, use them all. Why not?!
The leaves nestled into the ribbon are from the Stampin' Up! set Falling Leaves. I stamped them on Very Vanilla card stock and carefully trimmed them with Paper Snips(who can live without these?) leaving a little border around them. Leaving a border pops the colors more. You can find a complete list of supplies at the bottom of this post.
My three (almost four) year old son told me last night he wanted to blog. I asked him what his site would be called? He said "Brandon's Cardtique". Sounds like a plan to me!
Sometimes we tend to take out our favorite stamp set and only use that particular set to create a card. Stampin' Up! makes it easy for us to do just that. For example, the set Christ is Born provides you with images as well as verses and sentiments all in one package. It makes it very easy and fun to create, but let's take it to a different level!
Today, I am challenging you to take out two or three of your favorite stamp sets and mix and match like I did with this Christmas card. Can you guess how many stamp sets I used? If you guessed three, you are correct! I used Stampin' Up! sets Christ is Born, Four the Holidays, and Leaf Lines. It's always fun to mix things up a bit!
Let me know if you try this out. I'd love to see your creation! Feel free to e-mail me a picture. I may send you a little thank you gift if you do! (hint hint)
Coming up . . . I'll share with you the Thanksgiving cards I'm mailing out to family next week.
I'm back! Sorry for the break in posts, but life gets in the way sometimes. Being a working mom can be really busy sometimes! Can you relate?
In case you haven't seen or heard all the excitement over the Stampin' Up!Sweet Treat Cups in the holiday mini, I thought I would share this birthday card with you so you could see why they are so popular! They are so much fun to fill. You can really get creative with them.
I made my Sweet Treat Cup into a hot air balloon using the Sweet Centers stamp set. You'll see this set again in a couple months. There is a really cute heart in the set for Valentines Day.
Growing up we always had a real Christmas tree for the holidays. The smell was amazing, however, stepping on pine needles in your bare feet was not. Those little suckers would even get caught in your socks too. Easter would come and you were still finding pine needles in the carpet. Too funny! As the sole decorator of my own home now, I have an artificial tree. Much, much easier but I do miss the aroma. The paper from the Stampin' Up! Designer Series Set, Merry Moments, has a beautiful design of pine tree branches. It reminded me of the real Christmas trees I had growing up. I didn't want to cover up the patterned paper too much on this card, so I kept it simple by just adding a little snowflake, sentiment, and finishing it off with that big chunky ribbon. I used Kraft colored Stampin' Up! card stock to keep it earthy looking along with Chocolate Chip and Old Olive.
I had a great Halloween weekend! We went to my sister's in Indiana to trick or treat with her two boys. She lives in a big subdivision and we collected way too much candy! I've been sneaking a little out of my son's bag everyday. Shhh! Don't tell. He had a blast being a fireman for Halloween!
Recipe (all supplies from Stampin' Up!): Stamps: Serene Snowflakes (#115438), Four the Holidays (#116921) Ink: Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive Designer Series Paper: Merry Moments (#115672) Card Stock: Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Kraft Accessories: 1-1/4" Striped Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon, Circle Ice Brad in green Tools: 1-3/8" Circle Punch, 1-3/4" Circle Punch
Recipe for Broom Treat Bag (all supplies from Stampin' Up!): Stamps: Holiday Best (hostess level 1 #115364) Ink: Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie Card Stock: Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip Accessories:Pumpkin Pie 1-1/4 Grosgrain Ribbon (#115616), Hemp Twine (#100982) Misc: Brown lunch bag, twig from outside, popcorn ball for the treat inside!
Stampin' Up!Deal of the Week finale is a fun one! The Pirate Party Kit and the Princess Party Kit is on sale for only $9.99. You can't beat this one! Each kit contains products you need to create party invitations and decorations for eight guests.
The Pirate Party Kit contains products to create invitations, eye patches, banner, treasure boxes, and food toppers for eight. This set also coordinates with Stampin' Up!Pirate Time stamp set and Pirate personalized name stamp. The Princess Party Kit contains products to create invitations, crowns, purse boxes, banner, and food toppers for eight. This kit coordinates with the Princess TimeStampin' Up! stamp set and Princess personalized name stamp. Don't wait too long . . . sale ends Halloween (October 31st).
I can tell you that no matter how many times I look through the Stampin' Up! catalog, I always find something new! One of my customers recently ordered the stamp set Leaf Lines. I swear I've never set my eyes on it or heard of it. I looked it up in the catalog, just out of curiosity, and there it was on page 111. Somehow this bypassed my wish list and I have no idea how? I love leaves! When I see a leaf set, it's usually a must have. Too funny! Needless to say, I bought it. It's one of those year-round sets. There is a leaf for every season.
The card pictured above is all colored in with chalk. The leaves, edges of the card stock, and the embossed leaves were all lightly dusted over with Stampin' Pastels(chalk). I love the soft finish chalk leaves behind. Stampin' Pastels provides you with all 48 Stampin' Up! colors as well as black, gray, and white. This set will last you a long time! I've had mine for years and it appears barely used. It's a great value for just under $25.00. Check it out HERE.
Can you believe we still haven't made it to the pumpkin farm yet? The weather hasn't been good and my husband & son have been fighting colds. Hopefully this weekend we will go. I don't think I ever bought a pumpkin this late. Maybe they'll be on sale! Hee hee.
One of my favorite Christmas songs is Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas. It's so pretty and soothing. I was excited to see the sentiment on one of the new Stampin' Up! rub-ons set, Merry & Bright, in the current holiday mini catalog.
If you are short on time or just don't feel creative, rub-ons are a great product for you to use. They do all the work! Check out my card above! All I did was attach two different pieces of Stampin' Up!Christmas Cocoa Specialty paper, punched out the Ornament, added my rub-on, and a little grosgrain and Mistletoe ribbon tie-off.
The Merry & Bright set of rub-ons include beautiful sayings for the inside of the card too. You get two sheets - one in silver and one in Whisper White. They are really, really pretty!
Thank you for visiting my blog today! I'll be back soon!!!
I have raved about Stampin' Up!Whisper White Craft Ink in the past and hopefully if you were on the fence about it before, you'll be on that fence no more! I just love how amazing these trees from the Stampin' Up! set, Patterned Pines, looks stamped in the Whisper White Craft Ink. It really pops the designs embedded in the trees. You could also emboss the trees using the same ink and embossing powder to give the trees a shiny raised impression.
Stampin' Up!Patterned Pines stamp set is a hostess level 1 set. What does that mean? Well, if you place an order of $150+, you can get this set for free along with $15 or more in free merchandise. It's not a bad deal! You can order items from both the idea book & catalog as well as the holiday mini catalog. Patterned Pines can be found on page 4 of the current holiday mini catalog.
It felt a little Christmas-like this evening. My son & I were at Kohls tonight and when we came out of the store, there were actually some snowflakes. His response was typical of a 3 year old, "I want to play in the snow!" Mine was typical of a 30 something year old "oh no, snow!" Thankfully it only lasted a few minutes and then went back to rain.
I plan to stay nice and toasty warm in my craft room this weekend making some more creations for the upcoming holidays. We will be shopping for boots this weekend too, unfortunately!
At my Stampin' Up! open house several weeks ago, one of my make-and-takes were these cute little Halloween treat bags. They are easily created with your Stampin' Up!Big Shot and the Bag w/Scallops bigz xl die.
I decorated my bag with the new Halloween set, Twick or Tweet, from the holiday mini and the Night & Day Designer Series paper from there as well.
I filled a little clear plastic bag with candy corn and secured it inside the scallop bag with a staple. Be sure to staple it to the backside of the scallop bag so you don't see the staple in the front.
These would be great to send with your kids to school for all their classmates or make some for your co-workers to brighten their day! It's always nice to receive a treat especially in something you made.
If you have any questions on how to make this, please leave me a comment or drop me an e-mail.
I have been busy working on my holiday cards. I'm inspired to use non-traditional colors this year.
I love the Stampin' Up! patterned paper Christmas Cocoa, paired up with in color Soft Suede. I thought it looked a little vintage, so I added Antique Brass Vintage Brads to the center of each snowflake (Serene Snowflakes). The patterned paper has a shimmer to it. I tried to photograph it so you could see the shimmer. What bonus to have specialty type papers included in this collection. In addition to the shimmery type paper, you also get two sheets of flocked paper. Have you checked out the My Digital Studio software yet? I have seen gorgeous scrapbook pages, cards, and flyers made with this software. People are making their own family picture Christmas cards with this software. It's very cool and priced right!
We hope to make it to the pumpkin farm this weekend. Halloween will be here before you know it. My decorations are out, but no pumpkins yet!
Stampin' Up!, long known for its exclusive rubber stamps and accessories for paper crafting, scrapbooking and home décor, is venturing into the digital age with the release of My Digital Studio. My Digital Studio is an easy-to-use, software-based design studio featuring thousands of Stampin' Up!'s award-winning images, colors, and accessories.
I get to host Thanksgiving dinner at my house every year. Last year I made handmade place cards with the Stampin' Up!Top Note Die. This year I'm making these little treats for everyone to take home. I used the SU! Top Note Die by folding it in half and securing the treat bag between the fold.
It's a little early for Thanksgiving, but the PPA10 theme challenge this week is gratitude and thanks. I'm a gift giver, so making little tokens of affection to hand out at my Thanksgiving gathering is right up my alley!
Before I had Brandon, I would do crazy stuff like make homemade applesauce and jar it with handmade decorative jar lids and matching tags. I was often nicknamed Martha! Hee hee!
I spent the morning with my son at the zoo, and now it's time for a little housework. The weekends fly, don't they? Be sure to take some time to stamp. That's what I'll be doing after I clean! Have a good one!
Recipe for "Give Thanks" treat bag covers: (all supplies from Stampin' Up!) Stamps: Holiday Best (#115364 Hostess Level 1) Ink: Always Artichoke, Creamy Caramel DesignerSeriesPaper: Autumn Traditions (#115668) Card Stock: Kraft Accessories: Mini Library Clips (#109857) Tools: Top Note Bigz Die (#113463)