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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Last of the tags

OK the wait is over here is the last of 12 tags made.  As all card makers know the first one you make always takes longer so i'll be reproducing a couple of the simpler tags for the rest of the gifts we are giving.

***The first card is a gift card holder.  I folded a 3" wide piece of whisper white and put the fold just above the bottom edge of the die.  This created a pocket.  I punched the front with the 1 3/4" circle punch.  I put a small square of Candy cane fabric (currently on the clearance rack) in between and sewed it shut with a zig zag.  To my utter surprise....seriously a happy accident...I found a gift card will fit in it.  I used the ornament top from Sweet centers and embossed it in silver.  I added the tree branch from Watercolor Winter.  The ribbon is retired baja breeze accented with a candy cane button and some real red ribbon.
***The folded tree is half of the scallop circle die.  There are several folks on line that have tutorials how to fold them.  The base is a piece of wood veneer.
***I love the next tag it uses my latest purchase Watercolor Winter.  The base is very vanilla and uses an embosssing window.  The DSP is from Festival of Prints and a new wood button.  Makes it more masculine I think.
***The snowman is a combination of ideas from Heather Summers and Shana Gaff.  Isn't he too cute!
Pool Party and Cherry Cobbler go great together.
***The Santa tag is great example of making Christmas out of non Christmas DSP...this is Summer Smooches DSP.  The ruffle is whisper white in the vintage wallpaper embossing folder with 3 brads.  The belt is scalloped ribbon and the buckle....yeah you have it...a pop can top (or soda or Coke....depending on wherever you're from).
I hope these have inspired you to make some of your own tags.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

2012 tags...who has time to wait

With only a few weeks ( like 3 weekends) left to shop, bake, wrap, mail, create and whatever else I won't make you wait to see a tag per day.  I still have a few to show you so stop back by again.  The ones I have left include a masculine one and a gift card holder.  Here is an MDS page with 4 tags on it.  Just click on the page to make it larger to get a better look at these tags.
The tree card is made using the pennant punch and the festival of prints DSP pack.  The "tinsel" is using the scalloped pennant punch and a sliver of the glimmer paper.  I highlighted the embossed texture with some white ink to make it look like a frosty tree trunk.  I hand drew the lines in the scrap I used for the tree trunk itself.
The tidings of joy is another single stamp embossed in white.  More DSP and glimmer paper with gumball green ribbon.
The mitten one was SO easy because SU did the work for me.  I think these are still on the clearance rack.
The bird is so cute he even has his tiny wing popped up on a dimensional.  He is from the set for the birds.
I hope you enjoy these tags.  I can't tell you how much fun I had making them and each made the gift the went on that much more special.

Friday, December 7, 2012

2012 tag day3

Sorry I missed posting yesterday.  I felt horrible with a tummy bug (empathize with the Duchess of Cambridge although mine is a different reason) then as I started to feel better from that... Mr. Headache came along to let me know a big snowstorm was coming.
Anyway-here is another favorite.  This tag ended up being huge and I wasn't sure how to use it but when I wrapped a gift I could not find any ribbon that looked nice on it.  Ta-da- just the tag looked great.  The base is 2 pieces of soft suede.  I punched the snow flake and sandwiched a piece of pool party in between before sewing it together.  This tag shape is from an old template I had (so you don't have to have the two tag die but it sure is nice).
I made the reinforcing hole out of pool party.  Start by punching the small hole with your hand held punch and then center a 1/2" punch over it to get the perfectly centered circle.  A piece of pool party ribbon tied with pool party bakers twine is at the top.
I wrapped some more bakers twine around the tag and added a pool party brad.....ooops moment...I didn't want the brad to go all the way thru and I already sewed it shut so I cut off the prongs and used half of a really big glue dot.....crisis averted.  The tag is inspired by another stamp set that I don't have but what I do have is Pennant Parade and I stamped merry twice in pool party and used the banner framelit to cut it out.  I'm so pleased with how it turned out I might make these for teacher gift tags.  I hope you enjoy...come back tomorrow I have a couple more tags to share.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

2012 tags day 2

Here is another cute tag.  This one is going on a gift to my dad I hope he will love.  I am nearly done with Christmas shopping and sent my last planned Christmas card today...please don't hate me.  Being overseas we have some strict deadlines that hopefully will make sure everything arrives on time.
This tag base is gumball green cut using the two tags die.  I embossed in white the wish big which I bought as a single that option now.  Using the ornament punch I punched 8 from gumball green Christmas DSP.  They are folded in half and glued together  (you've probably seen other folks do the same thing).  Attaching it to the glimmer paper was a challenge.  Redline tape did not work so I used tombow liquid glue.  The ribbon is also gumball green.  Hope you enjoy.  Check back tomorrow.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

2012 Tags of Christmas Day #1

Welcome to a series of posts to help you/inspire you to make some great tags.  I do this every year and it is usually the first craft I make.  I always run out of time at the end of the holiday and after selecting the perfect gift, wrapping it with care and giving it with love in your heart do you really want to slap on an ugly sticker with a questionable reindeer to convey who your gift is for?
Just kidding...after some egg nog don't most reindeer look questionable?
This one is one of my favorites and came together quickly.  Using the two tags die as a base I used old olive, some DSP from the Festival of Prints and made a canning jar of peppermints.  My grandma always had a canning jar full of peppermints.  This little tag makes me think of her and miss her wonderful laugh.  Just click on the photo to make it a little bigger.  All of the peppermints have dazzling diamonds on them and one is popped up on a dimensional.  Thanks for looking and come back tomorrow.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Holy Family Punch Art

Here is the masterpiece of my Christmas cards.  I wish I had the time, money and customs forms to send these out to everyone but alas I can only make one to go to some special friends.  The inspiration for the card came from seeing some primitive Holy Family figures made out of wood on Pinterest.  After I figured out the punch part I wanted to put them on a special card base so I decided to make a twisted easel (my first).  This fits in with SUO challenge this week for a special folded card.  I hope this card is a small reminder to slow down and enjoy what the Christmas season is really all about.

Friday, November 23, 2012

SUO challenge

I really enjoy checking out the SUO challenges page every week or so.  This time the challenge is a clean and simple holiday card.  That is exactly what i need to make this year.  This one is so simple it is my first one layer wonder in a LONG time.  What can I say I love my some ribbon and layers and bling and buttons.
I have admired the crumb cake color for a while and knew that would be my base.  I struggled for a while to get the balance right on the card but now I am super happy with it.  It is clean and classy.  The stamp set is Snow Swirled for the panel and then Dasher of course is dashing in gold embossing powder.   The ink colors are early espresso, choc chip and crumb cake.  Then the edges are sponged in crumb cake.
I used my stampin up grid paper to make the mask.  I highlighted some of the flakes with the white uniball pen.

I hope you enjoy this card and join in on a SUO challenge sometime soon.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.  It is a grey day here in Germany but my turkey is in my tiny oven and the thought of left overs warms my heart.  Being overseas means things are a little different but I did manage to get my hands on some fresh cranberries.  Before I go to start on the rolls I wanted to post this project.  The base is Cajun Craze.  It is the standard card size but I trimmed one inch of the top of the front panel.  The flap...well that's another story...after a few fails I ended up just cutting off that part and covering it with some Orchard Harvest DSP.  That helped cover up all the score marks from my mistakes.

The ribbon is Island Indigo accented by a metal button from the Holiday Catalog.  Inside is a pouch of hot cider and some cinnamon (zimt in German) sticks.  I hope you all enjoy spending time with your family.  We miss our extended family but give thanks to God the three of us (and the dog) are together.  We give thanks for all who serve our country and their families and especially in our thoughts are those who are having Thanksgiving in a foreign land.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Evergreen Version two

This is the second card I made with the Evergreen set.  I really liked this version and if I didn't have such strict restrictions on mailing this probably would be my Christmas card this year.  The base is Crumb Cake with some first edition DSP.  On the DSP I clear embossed the solid image and sponged over it with Gumball Green.  I stamped the line image of the tree on very vanilla with early espresso.  I then used the color spritzer and the gumball green marker to add in the green color.  I also sprayed it with shimmer mist.  That tree is popped up on a dimensional.  To add a splash of color and texture I added a small piece of gumball green embossed with the chevron folder (my current favorite).  Adding a little bakers twine and a wood button finished it off plus a greeting from Snow Swirled.  I realized I am really lacking in Merry Christmas greetings (all I have is teeny tiny wishes).  Most of what I have from SU is "season's greetings" which I know is politically correct but I am a Merry Christmas person.  Thanks for stopping by for a visit.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Evergreen Version One

It is getting to be that time of year that I am starting to think about Christmas cards.  I enjoy this process of making them and consider a hand made card a mini gift to each person.  My mom ordered the stamp set Evergreen from the holiday catalog and until it makes it to her house I thought I would play with it a little bit.  Turns out this won't be my card this year but I wanted to show you 2 versions of Christmas cards made with the Evergreen set.
The base is just a standard premade kraft card base.  The tree is a 2 step stamp.  I stamped it in gumball green on very vanilla.  The overstamp is with SU shimmer paint.  The DSP is from the holiday catalog as well it is Festival of Prints.  I love this DSP and I almost overlooked it on page 20.  It is 48 small sheets (6 1/2 by 4 1/2") for only 6.95.  Do you have DSP anxiety?  Sometimes I know that feeling the first time you cut into that beautiful huge 12 x 12 sheet.  These little beauties are great...almost like using up scraps.
I matted the tree in cherry cobbler and tied some baker's twine with a mini jingle bell (from last year's catalog).  The word Joy is cut out on the big shot with the joyful sizzlit I got on the SU clearance rack.
I used the small star from the set in versamark to add a little something  to the bottom of the card.
I hope you enjoy this little card and maybe get some inspiration.  CASEing makes the holidays easier!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Happy Birthday Gwen

Here is another October birthday card.  This one is for the Queen of crafting my friend Gwen.  Seriously Gwen and I have attempted just about every craft together....our motto "we can make that".  There are a few  crafts we won't try a second mosaic tiling a cement bench.  Gwen taught me how to crochet and even flew in to help me with a project one time.  Can you tell how much I miss her?
I hope...wait I know she will enjoy this card and the cute nugget jar (check out this video from Kay Kalthoff) to make one for yourself.  I had to use sticky strip instead of glue dots but your patience will pay off.
Another twisted card with the Orchard Harvest DSP and Perfectly Preserved stamp set.
Thanks so much for stopping by today

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Pumpkins moving forward birthday for Holly

Another birthday-this time my cousin.  I am so in love with the SU stamp set Moving Forward.   This card took inspiration from this card on SCS.  The pumpkin is from the loaded with love accessories.  Colors are soft suede, old olive, pumpkin pie and rich razelberry.  Another benefit of this stamp set is that $3 is donated to the Ronald McDonald House with every set purchased.  This little bike reminds me a little of my new bike which has a cute basket on the front.  Have a great day that hopefully involves some stamping!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Party this Disney Way for Owen

It has been a wonderful way of life as we travel with the military.  In each place we make fantastic friends but sadly we must also move on.  In a digital age it is much easier to keep in touch but nothing beats getting a card in the mail to remind special friends they are not far from your thoughts.  This card is for my son's BFF at our last base.  For his birthday the family went on a Disney cruise...something we has on our wish list for this year also but a change in assignment came along first.  I did some searching for Disney on SCS since I don't have a Disney stamp I used color and punch art to convey the Disney idea.  Owen is 5 so he got 5 crisp ones on the inside.  The stamp set used is Party This Way.  Colors are real red, daffodil delight and basic black.
I only meant to add one punch art Mickey balloon but......wouldn't you know after i heat embossed the black balloon I messed it never fear...we all make mistakes and that it what inspires even more creativity...trying to hide a mess up.  Minnie's bow is 2 hearts from the Owl punch and some bling.
I hope you enjoy this card.  I know a lot of people with Oct. birthdays so check back tomorrow for another b-day card.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

twisted card tutorial

I  first saw this video on the SU demo website but it is also available on You Tube.  Thanks so much to Kelly Gettelfinger for this great video and card.  I've made 3 so far and learned a few lessons along the way.

When I cut the base CS I cut it and do NOT pick it up....simply rotate to score.   When I cut the DSP I have the CS piece close by for reference....remember to score it in the same way as the CS (i.e.  top right to bottom left).  Whichever pattern is on TOP will be the one that is the pattern for the larger piece.  If you are using a DSP with a definite direction you may want to take a little time to make a pattern piece of extra CS to help cut it out.  I hope by watching the video and taking these hints to your craft table you will have great success with this fun card.
Here is an example of a card I made using the  template pieces.  Because this paper was directional (not SU).  I wanted it to be straight so I just traced it and cut it out.  This is a card for a precious little boy Nathan who I learned about on Catherine Pooler's blog.  He is not much younger than my little guy and is fighting cancer by welcoming the spirit of Christmas early.  If you have a chance send him a Christmas card to brighten his day.  Thanks for stopping by.  I have been busy creating so keep checking back to see what's new on my craft desk.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

SUO challenge entry

A while back I saw a great idea on Heather Summers blog for making clouds.  I made a tag similar to this not long ago for a boy baby gift and wanted to make an improved version with some current product.   The challenge this week on SUO challenges to make something with texture.  I love the texture of this tag with the chevron embossing folder, the sewing and the dimensional nature of the clouds and the sun.  The sun uses the new smaller scalloped circle from the holiday catalog.  I hope you enjoy it and make sure to leave a comment if you have any questions.
thanks for looking

Fabric Gift card holder tutorial

Hi everyone-thank you so much for your interest in my little project.  I made another and took pictures along the way.  With making a second one I worked out a few bugs and hope you will enjoy making some of these for your holidays.  If you are a beginning sewer don't worry-I'm no expert.  And for you that are experienced-please don't laugh-remember you were a beginner at some time too :)
The pictures are pretty self explanatory but here are the basic steps.
1.  Cut 2 pieces of fabric and one piece of batting.
2.  Pre-sew your ric-rac trim and the hair band closure to one piece of fabric.
HINT- whatever hangs over the edge above the fabric will end up INSIDE the piece.  Whatever is below the top edge will be on the OUTSIDE
3.  Sew the layers together rights sides together with batting on top.  I did a zig zag then a straight stitch on the inside of that
HINT -leave a small opening on the side to be able to turn it tight side out
4.  turn right side out and top stitch around to close the opening.
5.  turn up a small amount to make the pocket and top stitch that

6.  sew on the button and finish with a 1/2" circle of DSP.

Have fun with it and remember you can click on any photo to make it larger.  I'm posting one more project today and then I'll be back tomorrow with the twisted card tutorial/hints for success.
Have a great day!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Glitter Queens Fall blog hop day # 5

Well here it is Friday and the end of a great week of hopping with the Glitter Queens.  We have all had such a great time and thanks to all of you for leaving sweet comments.  I'll be posting more detailed instructions for the twisted card and the gift card holder as requested soon.

Today is all about gift packaging.  This is my favorite part of the holidays...really I love to wrap gifts.  A few years ago my mom and I volunteered to work on Christmas Eve at a mall wrapping gifts for Make-A-Wish fundraiser.  It was a great time for a great cause.  Today i have a package decoration and a tag for you.  I always make a stash of gift tags a few weeks before Christmas and it is a real stress relief and helps put that polished touch on the gift.
The idea for the paper flower is courtesy of Catherine pooler.  Check out her site for a great video on how to make it.  The DSP is Be of Good Cheer.  The colors are gumball green and cherry cobbler.  The felt add on is currently on the SU Clearance rack so check it out.
Again I hope you have enjoyed all the Glitter Queens ideas.  If you've landed here from Stampin' Connection or SCS please make sure to check out all the Glitter Queens.
 stop 1 Create with Dee
next is Jan
then onto Bridgett
next is Jenny Wren
don't forget to visit Judy
then Ronnel
next is Tamara

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Glitter Queen Fall Blog hop day 4

Welcome back.  I hope you've landed here from Tamara's blog.  Her gift card holders are so cute-love that Santa tag.  I've made many gift card holders before out of paper but this time I challenged myself to making one from fabric.  This one is with Holly Berry Boquet Fabric.  It happens to currently be on the SU! clearance rack.  I used some ric-rac I had lying around and the button is also SU! clearance rack.  The elastic is a hair tie.  I used batting in between.  If you'd like measurements just leave me a comment but i really just eye balled it according to the gift card I have on hand.  I did sew the button on by hand and then used a 1/2" circle punch with the co-ordinating holly berry DSP to cover the thread.  Well I have to run get my little guy at school.  I'm the caboose but if you've got off track along the way please start at Dee's to see a list of everyone participating or check out my previous day's post.
Please come back tomorrow to see what the Glitter Queen's have cooked up as ideas for gifts/ gift packaging.
Bis Spater (that's see you later in German)

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Glitter Queens Fall Blog Hop Day 3

Welcome from Tamara's blog.  I hope you are enjoying everyone's projects and getting inspired....I don't mean to shock you but Christmas is 2 and a half months away (ahhhhh).  The deadline for me is even sooner this year as mail from here takes a while so I have to get my packages and cards in the mail by the end of November/first of December.  On a side note it is important to order your Stampin' Up! cardstock early as of course everyone is wanting red and green soon.
Today I made a card that I've been playing with's called a Twisted Card.  I found the tutorial on our demo website ( a great benefit of being an SU demo) but if you would like my instructions just leave me a comment.  After making 3 of these in the last few days I've learned a few things.  The base of the card is gumball green and the DSP is Be of Good Cheer.  My owl punch is a little Santa's helper thanks to a hat from Jolly Bingo Bits.  the other colors are very vanilla, cherry cobbler and soft suede.  Don't you love his eyes...they are the from the holiday mini catalog and already come with adhesive easy!
The greeting is from Teeny Tiny Wishes.  I used the banner framelits to create an interesting way to make the greeting stand out.
I hope you've enjoyed today's projects.  Please come back tomorrow when we will all be giving you some great ideas for jazzing up your gift cards.  If you are a follower of my blog and didn't start at Dawn' is a list of everyone participating.

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to come back to visit us tomorrow.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

I'm Back.....wait....there's more

Hello or guten tag! greetings from our new home in Germany.  That's right...if you thought I fell off the planet...nope...just the continent :)  We are getting settled but all the boxes unpacked and my craft room is starting to take shape.  I'll be posting some new pictures soon to show you the before and after.  Meanwhile I wanted to let you know the Glitter Queens (down lines of Dawn Griffith) are hopping again.  With the time and distance I've missed the first 2 days but tune in Wednesday to check out a cute Christmas card from me and the rest of the gals.
Check out their sites for more inspiration
stop 1 Create with Dee
next is Jan
then onto Bridgett
next is Jenny Wren
don't forget to visit Judy
then Ronnel
next is Tamara
and then you wind up here with me!

In the meantime here is a quick card I put together to thank a dear friend for a supper sweet gift right before we left the states ( a huge Vera Bradley purse that held enough goodies for 2 tired parents and a 4 year old to cross the Atlantic Ocean).  Next time you go to a craft store think of me----I sure miss being able to drive thru a Starbucks and pick up a pumpkin spice latte then wander aimlessly in Hobby Lobby or Michael's.

Monday, June 11, 2012

I really Dig this

Our time is drawing nearer to move and a week from today they will come to take my stamps away.  I don't know who will be more upset to "lose" their "toys" or my 4 year old.  I'm stamping a bunch to get ahead and one thing that needs to be done is a Father's Day card for my DH.  I planned on using I Dig You and wnet to SCS for inspiration.  I used the layout done by Mary Brown for CASEing...I CASE Mary often.  I decided to use Summer Starfruit instead of the usual More Mustard I've been using for the truck body.  The border punch is EK success (but not SU) and the rub ons are also from someone else.  But my favorite product on the page is something I picked up in Atlanta on Thursday when we dropped off my car to be shipped.  It is Liquid Applique in black.  I already had the white which SU used to sell.   Doesn't this TOTALLY look like rubber tires?????  I Love it.  The DSP is from a retired pack a few years back (something morning or sunshine??? I can't remember.  Doesn't the starfruit look great with Pacific Point?  remember..just click on the picture to make it bigger.
Well back to stamping and a printed congratulations to my blog candy winner...Babe O'Mara.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Glitter Queen Hop Day #3

Wow-it's the last day of a great hop.  I hope you've enjoyed stopping by each day.  It's also the time of year that folks "tie the knot".  In fact my cousin's 30th wedding anniversary is right around the corner.   I could make you bust a gut laughing at a picture of me in 1982 as her flower girl but all my family pictures are at my mom's house for safe keeping as we get ready to move.
This "favor" was totally cased (copy and share everything) from the Stampin' Up! demonstrators website.  The website is such a great creative resource.  Thank you to Isis Pinero for the inspiration.  I could never find a tutorial so I did what I could by looking at her project.  For anyone else wanting more details please leave a comment and based on that I can post what I did.
My mom actually made a bunch of these for the ladies at her church for Mother's Day.  The color combo used then was soft suede and more mustard.  Here it is in basic grey and summer starfruit (tres chic).  The stamp set used is Nature Walk which is also a carryover from last year to this year.

Don't forget to keep visiting all the other GQ's and many are giving away blog candy...including me.  So leave a comment with your email if you want a chance to win.
Now hop on over to Judy's and if you've lost your way...don't worry little is the whole list

Thanks for looking!

Monday, May 28, 2012

GQ Blog Hop Day 2- for the grads

It's that time of year for dads and grads.  This card is for my second cousin Ross who is graduating from high school.  Of course the last time I saw him he was a busy toddler at my I feel old.  Well this card is a great way to show off the new in colors and how they work with last year's colors.  The base of the card is from pool party (a 2011-2013 color) and then the pennants are from the 2012-2014 colors.  Left to right they are midnight muse, primrose petal, summer starfruit, raspberry ripple and gumball green.  The congratulations is stamped in pool party and is from the set Curly Cute.  Of course the pennants are from Pennant Parade.  The inside is for holding money ( a graduate's favorite gift).  the owl was one I had left over from the treats I made for my son's last day of pre-school.  I used some retired DSP or the owl vest to make it look like a Hawaiian shirt.  The grad caps I found at Michael's.  I'm always looking in the sticker section for dimensional hats/props that will go with Mr. Owl.  Thanks so much for the great response to my slider/track card.  I will be working on a photo tutorial and post that after the hop.
Remember to keep visiting all the Glitter Queens now through Wednesday...and beyond.  Many are giving away candy.
For your chance to win some candy from me be sure to leave a comment each day and include your email address.  So let's head over to Judy's and see what she has for Tuesday.

If you've started here or if you've lost your way here is a list of everyone

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Let the Hopping Begin

Thanks for stopping by to see my creation for the first day (Monday 5/28).  I always post early because I'm afraid of the scheduling option :) You've probably arrived from Bridgett's but if you missed any stops just check the bottom of the post for everyone on the hop.
 I am on top of my cards for the next few months because I will be moving soon and my stamps will be out of my ink stained hands for a while.  So here is a Father's Day card featuring the set I Dig You.  This set was in the last catalog and will be in the new catalog as well.  The card is a combination slider and (non spinning) spinner.  Let's call it a slider track :)  Based on your feedback I can post more detailed directions after the hop if you are interested.

Please also leave a comment if you would like to enter for a chance at some blog candy.  I can't decide what to give away this time so leave me a suggestion:)  When you leave a comment make sure to include your email so I can contact you if you win.  Now don't stop here...keep going to Judy's.  See you for day #2 of the Glitter Queen's hop.

I hope you started the hop with Dawn
Next is Tamara
then Jenny
don't forget to stop by at Jan's
then Dee (who makes great videos)
on to Bridgett
then me the plains stamper
next is Judy check out her beautiful flag photographs
and last but not least Anji

if any of these links are not working here are the direct addresses:










thanks for hopping