October 31, 2011

His and Hers Gift Card Holders

Peekaboo Frames Die leads the way today for these two cute little gift card holders.  Each one with ‘His & Hers’ initials ~ one square, one round.  These would make great stocking stuffers or gift tags.  Maybe even name cards at the dinner table on Christmas Eve.



I used the Letters to Santa DSP with Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Whisper White and Early Espresso cardstock.  By lifting up the circle or square with the initials you can see a cute little message waiting on the inside.



The sleeves slide off giving you an envelope which holds the gift card.


So this is the part where you might say “how’d she do that?”  I can’t take credit for the basics of the gift card holder.  A video can be found Here with full directions from the very talented Dawn Griffith at Dawn’s Stamping Thoughts.  Thank you Dawn!

I love gift card holders and am always on the look out for them in my travels throughout blog land.

That’s about it for today, I am very grateful for all the visits and comments…..each one helps to inspire me!






October 27, 2011

A Country Flare Christmas Card

Or at least that’s what I see when I look at this card.  Maybe it’s the red and white ribbon or the heart shaped tree topper that projects a country flare, but for whatever reason I liked the clean and simple result.


A few pearls were added here and there for ornaments.  A JOY mover and shaper by T.Holtz provided the 3D sentiment.  The tree is from the Christmas Lodge stamp set.  All mounted on textured Whisper White Cardstock.


The inside ~


Just a CLEAN and SIMPLE card and posting for today everybody.  I’ll be stepping up my game on Monday with the cutest little gift card holders,  remember to check me out!!

Hope your weekend is a SUPER one!!
As ALWAYS….your visits are greatly appreciated!!
Thank You!



October 26, 2011

Thinking Of You Beary Much

A ‘thinking of you’ card with a bear walking thru the oval holding a flower.  Or that was the idea anyway…..*smiles*!  


Peggy, I hope your not too disappointed! *smile* 

Somehow or another I got on a roll with dots!  Once you really start looking, dots are everywhere.  I embossed the Whisper White Cardstock with the polka dot EF and then ran a brayer over it with Early Espresso.  The Brown dotted paper is from the Berry Blossoms DSP.  And of course there are dots around the oval, on his paw and centers on the flowers of the ribbon.

Here’s the recipe for the bear:

Ears – 1/2'” circle and the circle punch from the Itty Bitty Punch Pack (3/8”).
Head – 1” circle and the small oval punch.
Eyes – tear shaped pieces cut from your scalloped oval punch
Nose – any tiny heart shaped punch, mouth was drawn free handed.
Body – 11/4” circle and the inside of his belly was either the 1” or a 7/8” circle punch.  Either would be fine.
Foot – 1/2” circle punch with a tiny heart for the center and tiny dots punch from any punch that you might have on hand that would produce these.  Example:  the dots from your border eyelet punch would work.

The flower is made with the Boho Blossoms Punch and the stem is from the Two Step Bird Punch.  Ribbon was from my stash.


The inside ~


Thank you BEARY much for stopping by today and I hope this sweet little bear helped to brighten your day in some small way.

Here’s a peek at what you’ll be seeing tomorrow.


October 25, 2011

Christmas Lodge

I am still on a roll with Christmas Cards, this one was made using the Christmas Lodge stamp set from your Holiday Mini.


If you look closely I stamped the large tree in Old Olive and then with my markers dabbing here and there with Always Artichoke trying to give it a little more depth.  I think it worked.  The lodge was stamped using Early Espresso and the addition of Dazzling Diamonds on each roof top.  Using a 1/8” circle punch and then using a 1/4” circle punch on top of that gave me a very small wreath shaped image that I could attach a bow and use on the front door.  With snow on the roof, we had to add a couple snow flakes highlighted with more Dazzling Diamonds.

Here’s a little tip for you:  You can color your rhinestones with a red “sharpie” as I did on this card!

Have a look closer ~


Inside ~


Hope you enjoyed today’s card – here’s a peek at tomorrow’s


Bye everybody ~ take care and be safe in all that you do!



October 24, 2011

A Stocking Card


Happy Monday to ALL!  Soooo hard to believe that it has been 10 days since I last posted, and I can’t tell you where the time was spent.  I hope I manage my money better than that!  LOL  Seriously, either I am moving SLOWER (that’s a definite) or things just get busier.  I have had a few cards already completed but couldn’t find the right combination of time and sun to get the pictures taken.  Which is always a struggle for me…I am definitely not a photographer.

Here’s a card I created using the new Stocking Builder Punch found in your Holiday Mini.


The stocking was punched in Crumb Cake and Garden Green.  The Garden Green pieces were spritzed with a Gold Glimmer Mist.  The little snow flakes were miniature punches that I happened to have on hand and dusted with Dazzling Diamonds.  The poinsettia was made with the Blossom Petal Builder Punch, sponging the edges with Cherry Cobbler.  All of these were mounted on a Spellbinder die, which was placed on a matt embossed with the Snow Burst textured impressions EF, also, found in your Holiday Mini.

Hopefully here you can see the misting and glitter better.


For the inside, I embossed the edge of the paper with the Snow Burst EF along the left side and then ran a thin strip of Real Red down the right side of the embossed edge.


This is the kind of card I would love to receive during the Holidays with a little MORE GREEN stuffed inside that stocking!!! LOL

I hope this card helps to start your week off with a smile, I’m only a click away for any questions! *smile*


Here’s a sneak peek at tomorrow’s card:  I see more Dazzling Diamonds!



Thanks for stopping by ~ I hope to see you tomorrow!



October 13, 2011

A Clean and Simple Christmas Tree

Here’s the Christmas Tree card I promised yesterday.  I like it and
hope you do too!


Look closely, I began by stamping an image from the set ‘Lovely As A Tree’.  That gave me my tree trunk, a shape to go by and a bit of pine filler in the background.  It’s much better by heat embossing it with clear EP, the image was originally stamped in Always Artichoke.  Awe man….how’d I do that, the sentiment is one letter off center!!  Leave it to me for that ONE little thing to go wrong!

You know that pine punch that you all like so well?  It took about 12 punched pieces glued up and down the middle of the stamped image to get enough for the look I wanted.  I then randomly scattered a few 1/8” and 1/4” circles about for a little bling using SU! Red Glitter paper.

Merry Christmas is from the set ‘Teeny Tiny Wishes’ leaving off the dotted bottom line. Textured Whisper White cardstock was used as my card base.

I liked the tree so well I tried it on an EF that I happened to have on hand still using the textured cardstock……you may like this one better.


Looking a little closer ~


They both have the same inside ~


Hope you liked my Christmas Tree Card it sure was a snap to do!  That’s my kind of card: clean, simple and easy.

So this ends another week for me, I hope I was able to inspire you in some small way on your next card…..*smiles*

Take Care and Happy Stamping!!



October 12, 2011

A Pencil Pouch

I thought I would share with you what I will be handing out to all the little trick or treaters this year.  It’s so simple and easy to make.


It’s one of those things where I didn’t want to go overboard, but at the same time give it a personal touch.  I know that sooner than later they will be thrown away.


I think I should have taken the time to round off all my corners.  *smile*
I’m sure the kids will notice that I didn’t do that….don’t you agree?

In case your interested.  Here is a small diagram of the layout, where to score and where to cut.


  • A piece of DSP cut 6 x 71/2”
  • Scored at 2” and 4”
  • Score in between the 2” and 4” scored lines at 1 1/2”
  • Cut where shown in between the scored lines and fold down
  • Use your red line tape to adhere the flaps
  • Decorate to your taste

Just a quick post today…..I feel the need for Christmas Cards coming on, I have a cool one planned for tomorrow…..remember to check me out!

As always……Thank You For Visiting!



October 10, 2011

A Wedding Card

Hi everyone and a wonderful happy Monday to you!  Our weekend was superb, I hope yours was too!!

I was asked to make a Wedding Card for a young couple and the colors were easy…..black and white.


Do You recognize the banner?  It’s the single stamp ‘Be My Valentine’.
I stamped it in black, snipped out the banner and the Mr. & Mrs. is from the Tiny Tags stamp set.  It fits perfectly with the Heart of Hearts Die.

I even threw in an envelope ~


And the inside ~


Sometime I want to do an Anniversary card similar to this one, using the banner, in either gold or silver.

If you should have a question – I’m just a click away!  I’m always glad to hear from you.

THANKS for stopping by!!!



October 07, 2011

Pheasant Anyone…

I love the Autumn Days stamp set…..can you tell?  There is so much that you can do with it and it works great with the stamp set Gently Falling.


There’s several things going on here:

  • Used a little rock-n-roll on the large golden leaf with the help of More Mustard and Cherry Cobbler Ink.
  • Not real visible, but the center leaf was colored with my Stampin’ Up Markers and then snipped out and mounted with dimesionals.
  • After embossing the frame, I snipped it out and mounted it with dimesionals.  Made small slits on the inside for the ribbon to run thru and sponged the edges with Early Espresso.
  • The Pheasant was colored with Stampin’ Up Markers and then I used Crystal Effects to really make it pop.  Stamped the feet first and then placed the Pheasant on top.
  • The Whisper White matted piece was lightly sponged with Early Espresso.

A closer look ~


Inside ~


Hope you enjoyed todays card, I’ll be back on Monday with one last fall card and then a little something for the trigger treaters in your area.

I wish you all a HAPPY CRAFTY weekend!!!



October 05, 2011

Reverse Image Tutorial and EHMO

I had some requests on how to reverse an image.  Enough that I decided it might be a good idea to do a quick little tutorial on how it was done on yesterday’s card.

You first must have a Mirror Image Stamp or something comparable.  Here is a picture of the stamp that I used.  Note the directions printed  on top of the stamp.


And this is what the other side of this stamp looks like:


Pick the stamp that you would like to reverse the image, I choose the twig stamp from Autumn Days stamp set.  After inking the stamp, stamp it onto the Mirror Image Stamp.  Like I have shown here.

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After removing your stamp, the Mirror Image Stamp should look like this:


Now take this stamp and stamp it onto your paper, it should look like this:


I hope this helps in explaining how to reverse an image in stamping.


A Share of the Extreme Home Makeover

Here’s a few pictures of the Extreme Home Makeover  Show that visited our community over the weekend.

The first day of the tapping of the show was not viewed by the public for some reason.  I was close enough that I could see the bright black and orange EHMO bus, but that was about it.

The next day they provided shuttles for the public to travel back and forth as many times as you wanted between the hours of 8am –8pm – free!  I went every chance I had and this is a picture of where I began with the makeover. 


This is the boy that will be living in the new home.  If you look closely his left arm is a prosthetic one.  He is a Junior in High School and was working on remodeling a family members home (at Christmas) when his arm was severed using some type of a saw.  The community chipped in and purchased his new arm.

This is the next day after the demolition of his old house (which was nothing more than a shack) with ceilings only 6 feet tall and sat 100% on the ground no foundation of any kind and was 80 years old.


The foundation is set and ready for the walls to go up.  The structure in the back is going to be a workshop for the boy.  His hobby is woodworking.  This much was done less than 24 hours after demolition of the old house.

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Most of the volunteers came from our State University Campus,  this girl shows her school spirit with a little face painting.  The picture on the right shows the mail being delivered to the neighbors every day in spite of all the commotion. That white tent was pitched right on the front yard of a neighbor.


24 hours later and take a look at the progress.  It was pretty chilly and they had to contend with rain on and off for most of the time spent working on the house.

About 4 hours later and this is where they were.



Here are the cast members that I was able to spot for a picture.


Michael Maloney….he got to be old hat, he was all over the place and could be seen often.

Paige and Ty


This sweet little girl is fighting a battle with cancer and will be featured on the show. Her name is Brooke.



This is the home near completion…they’re finishing up the landscaping.


And of course we all said……MOVE THAT BUS!


And that’s a wrap for today, I hope you enjoyed it all and I especially hope the small tutorial was a help to you all in some way.

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by for a visit, as always I sincerely appreciate it and enjoy the company!

 Sending lots and lots of hugs your way,



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