Monday, December 28, 2009

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My sister made me this gorgeous card and I love it's simplicity and elegance. She sent it in a Medium Translucent Clear Envelope, (102619) which I love. I think they make a beautiful card more special.

Thanks Sis!

Elegant Christmas Card

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My sister made me this gorgeous card and I love it's simplicity and elegance. She sent it in a Medium Translucent Clear Envelope, (102619) which I love. I think they make a beautiful card more special.

Thanks Sis!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Champagne Label

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I've spent most of today playing with My Digital Studio, making scrapbook pages, calendars, cards, sidebars for my blog, etc. I'm loving it...it's so easy! I made this label and attached it to a bottle of champagne to take to take to our friends on New Years Eve. They'll think it's a hoot. Even my husband now wants to start designing labels with it, so I may have to get him his own software : )

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Have a great day!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Stocking Stuffer

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I'm not ready for Christmas and still making gifts right up to Christmas Eve. I thought this would make a cute stocking stuffer and for $1, I couldn't resist....love those dollar bins : )

I printed the poem (listed below) on Whisper White and cut it out & the Real Red circle using the Circle Scissors Plus. The Glorious Green scallop circle was cut using the Big Shot and the Scallop Circle die. The stamp is from Punch Pals. I've been using that set a lot, but it's hard not to, since it has 12 stamps and they are all so cute.


I once knew a gardener who knew how to grow

Bright tasty candies, from under the snow

And this is what she replied quite readily

I asked her to share her secret with me

To garden in winter snow is difficult you see

It takes lots of care and a very special seed

Here is a seed to grow your own treats

And you'll soon reap a harvest of

candy cane treats!

Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Stocking Stuffers for $1

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I found these little packs of coffee in the Dollar Bins at Target and bought a couple to put in my husbands stocking, because one of his gifts this year is a Keurig coffee maker. If you have the Bag with Scallop die, it works perfectly. Just leave the sides off.

If you don't have that die, here's the dimensions of the one shown above:

  • Soft Suede card stock: 2-1/8" x 12"
  • Score: 4-1/4", 5-5/8", 10-1/8"
  • Use the Eyelet Border punch on the top flap
  • Sponged the edges in Soft Suede
  • Cut 2 pieces of Christmas Cocoa Specialty paper:

1-7/8" x 4-1/4" and attached to front and back

  • Wrap it around the coffee and hold it in place with a glue dot on front, back and bottom of coffee. Since it has no sides, I didn't want it to come off.
  • Tie Soft Suede ribbon at the top
  • Stamp a tag using Soft Suede and Riding hood Red, from the stamp set Punch Pals and attached with a dimensional.


Here's one using the Bag with Scallops die, minus the side panels.

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Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a great day!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Merry Moments Chocolate Peppermint Squares


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I love Ghirardelli Chocolate Squares and they fit perfectly in the center of the Petal Card die, so I buy them often. Our daughter-in-law is a school teacher and she was looking for a gift for each of her students and I thought these would be fast and inexpensive to make. The Merry Christmas stamp is from Punch Pals. I used the 1/2" punch and layered the tag with the coordinating card stock using the 3/4" & 1" punch. I was able to make all these last night while watching a repeat of Desperate Housewives : )

Have a great day!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Santa's Cottage

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Todays project is Santa's Cottage. I used the pattern from a past tutorial, Good Friends Bird House. I didn't fill this one with cards, I've decided to keep it. At Halloween, I made a haunted house and Thanksgiving a log cabin and filled it with Thank You Notes and gave it as a hostess gift. Next project, a gingerbread house for a girlfriend and then a Love Notes box for my sons Valentine exchange. Be creative..the possibilities are endless!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Here's Our Little Elf - J.W. (Jolly Winter)


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Jacob would not be happy if he knew I posted this photo of him from his Christmas play. He hid on the back of the stage, but luckily I have a zoom lens : )

Christmas Treat Box

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I made this treat box today added tissue paper and filled it with store bought chocolate covered pretzels for a gift. The box design I cased from Andrea Walford. She is so talented!

Here's the instructions for the box:

2 - sheets of 12" x 12" cardstock

For the bottom:

  1. Cut 1/16" off 1 side and rotate 1/4 turn and cut 1/16" off again. This will ensure the bottom is a smidgen smaller and the top will fit.
  2. Score at 2-3/4" and again at 9-1/4"
  3. Rotate and score at 2-3/4" and 9-1/4"
  4. Cut on 2 score lines to where the scores intersect, then repeat on the opposite side.
  5. Adhere flaps to inside of box with Sticky Strip. Snail does not hold very well if there's much weight in the box.

For the Top:

  1. Same as for the bottom, except do not cut the cardstock. Use the full 12" x 12" sheet.
  2. Score at 2-3/4" and again at 9-1/4"
  3. Rotate and score at 2-3/4" and 9-1/4"
  4. Cut on 2 score lines to where the scores intersect, then repeat on the opposite side.
  5. Adhere flaps to inside of box with Sticky Strip. Snail does not hold very well.

I hope your enjoying your weekend!

Christmas Money Holder

Christmas Money Holder

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I made this money holder using a Window Sheet & the Pillow Box die cut in non-traditional Christmas colors. I prefer to make clear money holders for children, so the cash doesn't get destroyed when opened or end up in a pile of torn wrapping paper on the floor. I need to make a few more and I might hide them in our Christmas tree and let the little ones look for theirs and call it the "money tree".

The stamp is from Delightful Decorations and the ribbon is one of my favorites; Black & White Grosgrain. I don't use it often, I keep saving it : )

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Magic Reindeer Food

What a week. Tuesday night I get home from work at 6 pm and my son informs me he needs an elf costume for the Christmas pageant the next day. Yikes! I head to the fabric store and at 1 am...wa-la...his elf costume is complete. I need to post a picture of it...turned out cute. The Christmas pageant on Wednesday was awesome! Tonight was our Cub Scout Christmas party. Arrive home at 8:30 and start making 21 packs of Magic Reindeer Food for his class party on Friday....3 hrs. later wa-la...here's what I came up with. It's difficult to see in the photos, but I used the Dasher stamp on the cello bags. They're not fancy, but I think the children will like them and it will be the last year I'll be able to send these to school. Next year is 5th grade and it won't be cool : )


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Here's the poem I used:

Be sure to take this magic food and sprinkle on the lawn,
On Christmas, Santa's reindeer travel miles before the dawn.
The smell of oats and glitter path will guide them on their way
And you'll wake up to Santa's gifts next morn on Christmas Day!

Many recipes for Magic Reindeer Food call for craft glitter, which can harm birds or wildlife if ingested. For safety, substitute colored sugar crystals and be kind to animals.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

The Grinch

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Aren't these cute? I printed the poem on Green Galore card stock and cut it out using Scallop Circles #2 die cut and my Big Shot (use the larger circle). Sponged the edges with Green Galore and used the 1/2" circle punch at the top and bottom for the candy cane to go through. Here's the poem:

When the Grinch discovered

There was no way,

To keep Christmas from coming

On Christmas Day,

He devised a new plan…

Though not quite as mean.

He licked all the candy canes,

Til he turned them all green!

To make the Grinch:

Face: Large Oval punch cut 2 ovals in Green Galore and sponge edges in Green Galore

Eyes: 2 Yo-Yo Yellow with the 1/4" circle punch and 2 Real Red with the 1/8" circle punch

Nose: 1 in Basic Black 1/2" circle punch

Hair: Snow Blossom punch and snipped off just a small portion of it.

I drew on the eyebrows, mouth and small dot in the center of both eyes with the Stampin' Write marker in Basic Black.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Halloween Treat Pails


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I was at Target today and found these little pails in the dollar bin. I added some Halloween M & M's in a cellophane bag, tied with a ribbon and stamped a simple tag. I think they are rather cute. I might buy some more tomorrow : )

Have a good evening!

Rudolph’s Red Nose Repair Kit!

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I just bought the Bigz XL Fancy Favor die and couldn't wait to use it. I'm going to fill these with either red Hershey kisses, red M & M's, or Cherry Sours or whatever red candy I can find on sale.

I used Real Red for the bag, assembled (really easy) using Sticky Strip, and sponged the edges with Chocolate Chip. Then I stamped small snowflakes from the Serene Snowflakes stamp set in Craft White. I printed the following poem on the computer on Whisper White cardstock:

Rudolph has a job to do

every Christmas Eve,

His nose will always light

the way for Santa and his

sleigh, But if his nose should

ever go out…don’t cry, whine,

or pout. Take out this bag and

use a bit from Rudolph’s Red

Nose repair kit!

Then sponge the edges and adhere to Chocolate Chip cardstock and attach with Snail adhesive.

To make the mini Rudolph:

Head - Chocolate Chip cardstock using the Small Oval Punch. Sponged edges in Chocolate Chip ink.

Nose - Real Red cardstock using the 1/2" Circle punch and sponged the edges in Real Red.

Eyes - Whisper White cardstock using 1/4" circle punch, and Basic Black with 1/16" circle punch.

Antlers - Bigz Tulipe die ran it thru the Big Shot with Chocolate Chip cardstock, cutting off the 2 smaller swirly accents (don't really know what they would be called), carefully sponge the edges in Chocolate Chip.

Assemble with Tombow liquid glue & let dry. I drew his mouth on with a Basic Black Stampin' Write marker. Attach Rudolph with a dimensional. Lastly, punch slots in top of bag using the Horizontal Slot punch and tie a 6" piece of Alpine ribbon.

If you have any questions, let me know.

This Years Version of Homemade Christmas Fudge


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I love making these inexpensive gifts for all the people on my list that I want to give a little something to. My sister made me one a couple years ago and now I make them every year. I send several to school for the nurse, cafeteria workers, janitor, and everybody else Jacob wants to give a gift to. For under $1.50 each, I make bunch. When I find the large Hershey bars (4.4 oz) for $1 ea., I stock up.

I made a few tonight and each one is different:

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Supplies:

  • 4.4 oz. Hershey bar and remove the Hershey label
  • Designer paper 6-5/8" x 8"
  • 6" piece of ribbon
  • Cha-Chi's (Christmas embellishments from any craft store or tiny silver & gold bells)
  • Poem

Dashing from the malls,

Another traffic jam this way.

I don’t know how we’ll get done

In time for Christmas Day!

Bells on our cell phones ring,

With presents left to buy.

We have no time for work or play

Life’s so crazy! Why?

Jingle bells, jingle bells,

Jingle all the way.

Oh what fun it is to shop…

Next month I’m going to pay!

A day or two ago,

I thought I’d make a treat.

For all my relatives & friends,

A tasty gift to eat!

My intentions were top notch,

But my schedule would not budge.

Hence here is this year’s version

of…

Homemade Christmas Fudge


I hope you try this project. It's always a big hit!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Santa Kisses

Today's project is one I have been contemplating making for Jacob's class. It's fast, easy and his party is in 1 week. ugh!

Santa Kisses


I printed the following poem on the computer using TypoUpright BT font (18) and just guessed at the color :

Santa's been busy

Granting your wishes

So he dropped off this bag

of Santa Kisses

Paper: Christmas Cocoa Specialty DP, Real Red, Whisper White, and Soft Suede

Ink: Soft Suede (sponged the edges) and Whisper White in Craft for the snowflakes

Stamps: Serene Snowflakes

Accessories: Top Note Die, Cello Bags - small, ribbon in Soft Suede

Thank for stopping by! Enjoy your weekend!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

12 x 12 Gift Box

I'm so excited...I was on Stampin' Ups website checking out the Deal of the Week and found the instructions for this gift box. Love it! I made one for a baby shower, which is the perfect size for a little outfit or some onesies, socks & booties. I love the fact I no longer have to purchase greeting cards and now, I can save money with this gift box...no wrapping paper, boxes or gift bags to purchase. All it takes is (2) sheets of 12x12 cardstock, some ribbon and in 5 minutes I had a darling package.

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Here's the instructions:

2 - sheets of 12" x 12" cardstock

For the bottom:

  1. Cut 1/16" off 2 opposite sides of your cardstock. This will ensure the bottom is a smidgen smaller and the top will fit.
  2. Score at 2-3/4" and again at 9-1/4"
  3. Rotate and score at 2-3/4" and 9-1/4"
  4. Cut on 2 score lines to where the scores intersect, then repeat on the opposite side.
  5. Adhere flaps to inside of box with Sticky Strip. Snail does not hold very well if there's much weight in the box.

For the Top:

  1. Same as for the bottom, except do not cut the cardstock. Use the full 12" x 12" sheet.
  2. Score at 2-3/4" and again at 9-1/4"
  3. Rotate and score at 2-3/4" and 9-1/4"
  4. Cut on 2 score lines to where the scores intersect, then repeat on the opposite side.
  5. Adhere flaps to inside of box with Sticky Strip. Snail does not hold very well if there's much weight in the box.

Add some tissue paper and your gift, tie with ribbon and make a cute little tag. This would be gorgeous for a wedding gift using the new Wedding cardstock Stampin Up just came out with and tie with a satin ribbon. I may use the new In Color cardstock for another box for a child's birthday party, or Christmas and fill with some home baked treats...I think I'll be making a lot of these. I hope you try one too.

If you have any questions, please let me know. Thanks for stopping by!

P.S. Oops. ..I almost forgot to mention that the finished size of the box is 6-3/8" square and 2-3/4" deep.