Sunday, December 30, 2012

How To Make A Note Box

Hello  Friends!

I saw this box on Pinterest from Stampin' Up!. It's so darn cute! It's fancy and delicate with bright colors and beautiful accents. It could be used in a variety of ways; recipe box, card box, note box, etc. It was made with the Afternoon Daydream Simply Scrappin Kit, so it was easy to put together.

  • 3 sheets card stock stickers: 1 ea. of sheet designs; 12" x 12"
  • 6 sheets double-sided paper: 3 of ea. design; 12" x 12"
  • 8 sheets card stock: 2 of ea. color; 12" x 12"
I added the following:

Friday, December 28, 2012

Thank You

Happy Friday Friends!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. It's always a blessing for me to spend this glorious holiday with family & friends and we had a house full. Things are now returning to normal and I received my pre-order items from the Spring catalog. woot-woot!I get so excited every time I get a box of Stampin' Up! goodies. It's like Christmas all year round = )

 My card today was created with the New Oval Framelits and Print Poetry DSP Stack, available January 3rd in the Spring Catalog. If your a customer of mine, you should have already received you new Spring Catty and the Sale-A-Bration. If you haven't received it yet, please email me. All Sale-A-Bration items will be available beginning January 22nd thru March 22nd.



 Isn't this box darling for storing greeting cards, recipes or notes? It was made with the Afternoon Daydream Simply Scrappin' Kit (126927), Vintage Faceted Buttons (127555) and Basic Gray 1/4 Stitched Ribbon (126879).


 Simply Scrappin Kit includes:
3 sheets card stock stickers: 1 ea. of sheet designs; 12" x 12"
6 sheets double-sided paper: 3 of ea. design; 12" x 12"
8 sheets card stock: 2 of ea. color; 12" x 12"

I don't have the instructions, but I'm going to try and re-create it this weekend, so check back on Monday ; ) 

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

More Items Added to Clearance Rack

 15 more products have been added to the Clearance Rack Blitz! See the list of newly added products below:

Neutrals Flower Brads 

Regals Flower Brads

Subtles Flower Brads

Pretty in Pink 5/8" Satin Ribbon

Bashful Blue 5/8" Satin Ribbon

Chantilly 1/2" Crochet Trim

Artichoke 3/8" Denim Jean Ribbon

2010-2012 In Color Stampin' Write Markers

2011-2013 In Color 12" x 12" Textured Cardstock

Timeless Portrait Designer Series Paper

 Beau Chateau Designer Series Paper

Well Worn Designer Series Paper

Beau Chateau Side Notes

Sweetest Stem Embosslits Dies

Flower Burst Embosslits Dies

To view all clearance items, click here.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas!

I wanted to take a minute and say a heartfelt thank you. I am grateful to be able to do what I love and share it with you. I appreciate you visiting my blog and taking the time to leave your sweet and encouraging comments. They always brighten my day and some days I need a little encouragement. It's a privilege to be your Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

I want to send the warmest Christmas wishes to you. May God shower his choicest blessings on you and your family. May your world be filled with warmth and good cheer this Holy season, and throughout the new year. I wish you peace and love.

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Milk Chocolate Peppermint Bark

Hello Friends!

I'm still not getting much stamping done, but I do have another recipe to share with you. I found this recipe from for Milk Chocolate Peppermint Bark. If your looking for a sweet treat that is super easy and makes a very thoughtful last minute gift to share with friends & family, try this one...only three steps!

  1. Line a 12x18 inch jelly roll pan with aluminum foil.
  2. Melt the milk chocolate in a microwave-safe glass or ceramic bowl in 30-second intervals, stirring after each melting, for 1 to 5 minutes (depending on your microwave). Do not overheat or chocolate will scorch. Stir in the peppermint extract. Spread the chocolate evenly in the prepared pan; chill until set, about 30 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, melt the white chocolate in a microwave-safe glass or ceramic bowl in 30-second intervals, stirring after each melting, for 1 to 5 minutes. Stir in 1/4 cup of the crushed candy canes. Spread the white chocolate mixture evenly over the milk chocolate. Sprinkle the remaining candy cane pieces evenly over the white chocolate layer. Chill until set, about 1 hour. Break into small pieces to serve.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Sweet Treats

Happy Monday Friends!

I spent the past two days baking and making candy.  I haven't been able to do any stamping, but I found a recipe on Pinterest that's the BOMB! I adore Heath Candy Bars and this English Toffee recipe tastes just like them...only better. I was reluctant at first, I normally shy away from recipes that require a candy thermometer, but I just had to try this one. It was so easy and took a little patience waiting for the toffee to reach 300 degrees, but it was soooo worth it. I'm going package the majority for gifts, otherwise I'll eat it all myself. 

I used a jelly roll pan, which is a little bigger than a normal cookie sheet, so I added more chocolate and nuts. I used 12 oz. of chocolate candy coating instead of the Hershey Bar and grated it with my cheese grater.

Grandma Louise’s English Toffee

  • Recipe from Ruthie
  • 1 lb real butter
  • 3/4 C water
  • 2 1/2 C sugar
  • 1/4 C Karo syrup
  • 2/3 C finely ground nuts (we use walnuts), divided
  • 1- 8 oz Hershey Chocolate bar, finely shred 1/2 of it
  1. On an un-sprayed cookie sheet, spread 1/3 C ground nuts and finely shredded chocolate. (sprinkle evenly)
  2. In a heavy 4 quart pan on medium heat melt butter, add sugar, water, karo.
  3. Insert candy thermometer and turn up the heat to medium high cook to 300 degrees, hard crack (280 for high elevations). Stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. Pour quickly onto cookie sheet. (be very careful, the mixture is dangerously hot!)
  4. Separate remaining chocolate into squares and set on toffee, when it starts to melt push the chocolate around with a knife until completely melted, and spread evenly over toffee.
  5. Top with remaining nuts.
  6. Cool for 2 hours in a cool place. Break into pieces and serve.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Last Day...

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 For $99, you'll get your choice of
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Friday, December 14, 2012

Clearance Rack Blitz . . . AND It's BIG!

Just in time for Christmas...over 300 new Clearance Rack items are being added to the Online Store at discounts up to 80 percent off retail-only while supplies last! Savings up to 80% on card stock, punches, ink pads, STAMPS, and more! These items won't last long.


Happy Friday Friends,

Today I have another gift tag to share with you. I'm trying to finish the last of them, because I hope to finish wrapping this weekend, get my cards in the mail and get my baking and candy making done. Every year it seems Christmas comes faster and faster or maybe I'm just moving slower = )

Happy Holidays from Stampin' Up!

 For $99, you'll get your choice of
  •  $125 in products
  • A FREE color collection of ink pads through December 16th ($49.95 value)
  • FREE shipping on the entire kit and ink pads 
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Purchase the kit through me and you'll not only be able to enjoy Stampin' Up! discounts and benefits, but you'll become a member of a community of great friends & creative fun!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Do Not Open Til Christmas

 Hello Friends, 

Today I wanted to show you another style of Christmas tags I'm making. I used a lot of different tools and a variety of supplies, but it really didn't take long to just looks like it did. I've listed the steps below and if you would like to print this post, click on the Print PDF button at the bottom, near my signature.
  • For the base I used the Two Tags Bigz die (115954) in Early Espresso CS (119686)
  • Layered 2-3/8" x 3-5/8" Crumb Cake CS (120953, rounded corners using 3/16" Corner punch (119871)
  • Then layered Always Artichoke (105119) 2-1/4" x 3-1/2", rounded corners, stamped images from Joyous Celebrations stamp set (128069) in Always Artichoke ink (126972). Embossed using the lacy Brocade Textured Impressions Folder (127819) and lightly sponged raised embossed images in Crumb Cake ink (126975)
  • Attached 3-3/4" piece of Crumb Cake Seam Binding (122332)
  • Using the Decorative label punch (120907), punch 1 in Early Espresso CS and 1 in Always Artichoke CS. Cut Early Espresso in half and attach to Always Artichoke. Attach with Stampin Dimensionals (104430)
  • Cut doily using the Delicate Doilies Sizzlits die (126999) in Champagne Glimmer Paper (127885) and attach with Stampin Dimensional
  • Punch 1" Circle (119868 ) in Early Espresso CS & then layer 3/4" (119873) Always Artichoke circle. Poke hole in center using Paper Piercer and attach Antique Brad (117273), then attach to Champagne Glimmer doily
  • Feed 6" piece of Always Artichoke Seam Binding (121000) through hole at top of tag
  • Tie 6" piece of Linen Thread (104199) around seam binding and tie bow
  • Stamp Do Not Open Til Christmas from More Merry Messages stamp set (126402) in Early Espresso ink. Punch using 1" Circle Punch and sponge edges and attach brad from Antique Brass Vintage Trinkets (118764)
  • Layer over 1-1/4" circle of Champagne Glimmer. 
  • Punch hole using Paper Piercer and attack to seam binding with Antique Brass Vintage Pin(118764)

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

December Celebrations Blog Hop

We're so glad you could join us for the final Pals Blog Hop of 2012! Today the Stampin' Pretty Pals are excited to celebrate all of our favorite occasions of the year! And what's a little celebration without some sparkle?!

You've probably hopped over from Diane Roberts at Score at Four and a Quarter, I'm stop number 8 on the Pals Hop and I'm glad you hopped in! I'll help you "hop along" from blog to blog where you'll find great ideas for Stampin' Up! products from the Stampin' Pretty Pals! Should you hop off course, simply click on any of the links in the Pals Hop Line-up below and you'll be back on track. 


I chose a card for New Years and used no stamps nor ink,  just used a few minimal supplies. I added a little sparkle with Brushed Silver Card Stock and die cut "2013" in Silver Glimmer paper using the Typeset Alphabet Bigz Die...easy peazy.

Stamps: none
Paper: Silver Glimmer paper (124005), Basic Black CS (121045), Whisper White, (100730), Brushed Silver Card Stock (100712)
Ink: none
Tools / Accessories:  Typeset Alphabet Bigz Die (127553), Big Shot (113439), Framed Tulips Embossing Folder (121809)


Now hop along for more inspiring ideas from Debbie Crowley at expressivelydeb, stop number 9 on the Pals Celebrations Blog Hop! Thanks for "hopping" by!


  1. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  2. Maxine Conrad at Stamp to the MAX!
  3. Kim Czenszak at LiveLoveStamp
  4. Julie Trevett-Smith at The Stampin' Affair!
  5. Kerry Willard Bray at Stampgoodness
  6. Angela Curry at Kindred Stampers
  7. Diane Roberts at Score at Four and a Quarter
  8. Beth Beard at My little craft blog
  9. Debbie Crowley at expressivelydeb...
  10. Naki Rager at ...notes from Naki
  11. Claire Crotteau-Hutt at Stamp Paper Scissors
  12. Shannon Hokanson at My Stampin Blog
  13. Nicole Picadura at Scraps & Stamps
  14. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  15. Susan Lankford at stampandscrapwithsusan
  16. Liz Hughes at DIY Paper Creations
  17. Peggy Noe at
  18. Mary Fish at Stampin' Pretty
  19. Nicole Watt at Impressions By Nicole
  20. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  21. Sherrie Gross at Stampin Sunshine

Monday, December 10, 2012

Reindeer Noses

Happy Monday Friends!

Today's project is Reindeer Noses. I use to make these to send to school with my son when he was younger.  This year, I'm making a few for the grandchildren.

  • I cut Crumb Cake card stock (120953) with the Fancy Favor Bigz Die (115965) and the Big Shot (113439). 
  •  Sponged the edges in Soft Suede Ink (126978).
  • Cut the front of the box using a Apothecary Accents Framelits (127003), so you can see the noses, which are Malted Milk Balls and a Red Gumball in a 4" x 6" Cellophane Bag (102757).
  • Tie the bag with Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding (120992) into a double bow. To watch the video on how I tie a double bow, please click here.
  • Stamp December 25, from Joyous Celebrations stamp set (128069), in Early Espresso Ink  (126974) onto Crumb Cake card stock (120953). Punch out using the 1-1/4" Circle Punch(119861). 
  • Sponge edges.
  • Layer onto 1-3/8" Circle ( 119860) in Cherry Cobbler CS (119685)
  •  Cut smallest doilie using the Delicate Doilies Sizzlits Die (126999) in Champagne Glimmer Paper (Holiday Catalog 127885).
  • Attach to ribbon with Linen Thread (104199)
  • Below is the poem I printed onto Whisper White CS and cut to 3" x 3".
  • Layered onto Cherry Cobbler CS 3-1/4" x 3/4".
  • Stamped deer from the the No Peeking stamp set ( 126292) in Crumb Cake ink (126975) over poem and attached to the back of the box.

Rudolph has been busy
guiding Santa's sleigh
his nose has been glowing
through December night and day.
Well as you can imagine
the glow gets a little dim
so Santa has arranged
some spare noses just for him!
Inside this bag you'll find
spare noses for that deer
lovingly packed by Santa
with lots of Christmas cheer.

Stamps:Joyous Celebrations (128069) & No Peeking ( 126292)
Paper: Crumb Cake card stock (120953), Champagne Glimmer Paper (Holiday Catalog 127885), Cherry Cobbler CS (119685),
Ink:Crumb Cake ink (126975), Soft Suede Ink (126978)
Tools/ Accessories: Delicate Doilies Sizzlits Die (126999), 1-3/8" Circle Punch ( 119860), 1-1/4" Circle Punch(119861), Linen Thread (104199), Fancy Favor Bigz Die (115965), Big Shot (113439), Apothecary Accents Framelits (127003), 4" x 6" Cellophane Bag (102757), Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding (120992)

Enjoy your day and thank for stopping by!