Sunday, November 28, 2010

Merry Monday: A Penguin Christmas!

Merry Monday everyone!  I hope that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your friends and families.  I know that I did!  We had really great food and we were even crafty!  We worked on Christmas tags and decorated Christmas cookies.  I will post pictures of the tags later on in the week. 

For this week's card I used the set called Punch Pals and embossed snowflakes with craft white ink and punched out the main card front with the Top Note Die. 

  • Big Shot and Top Note Die
  • Punch Pals Stamp Set
  • Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Whisper White Card stock (Brown cs is Kraft paper)
  • Designer Series Paper in Jolly Holiday
  • Markers in Basic Black, Old Olive, More Mustard
  • The sentiment and snowflakes are from a retired set called Christmas Punch
  • Cherry Cobbler Ink
  • Scalloped Oval Punch
Thank you so much for stopping by!  I hope you all have a wonderful week!  See you soon!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!  This is my last Thanksgiving post! :(  The time has really flown by and I can't believe that tomorrow is Thanksgiving.  I am so excited to spend the day with  my family and friends. 

For this card I used masking tape and embossing powder to create a different background (saw it on splitcoast).  I covered my card front with masking tape and them I embossed and sponged it.  I used the large stamp from Day of Gratitude stamp set with Old Olive ink.  I cut it out, adhered it to Cajun Craze card stock then cut out around that too so that the design would be matted.  The paper in the center is from the Autumn Spice collection.  The ribbon is 1/4" grosgrain ribbon in Early Espresso.  I punched the word "Thanksgivings" using the word window punch. 

I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving and some wonderful time with you friends and family.  (I also hope you find some great crafting deals on Black Friday!!)  Hugs and Blessings to you all!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Stampin' Up! Online Spectacular Sale

Hi everyone!  I just wanted to share with you the great sale that Stampin' Up! is having right now.  The sale starts today November 22 and ends on November 30th.  I have the items listed below.  If they are too hard to see you can Click Here to see sale items! 

If you have any questions please send me an email or comment here.  You can click the upper right "Shop Now" icon on my blog to go to my Stampin' Up! page.  Happy stamping!!

Merry Monday: Season of Joy

Merry Monday everyone!  I decided to use a stamp set other than Dasher LOL!  I really like this set too.  It is called Season of Joy and I used the tree stamp.  I almost used the "Merry Christmas" sentiment stamp from this set but how can I stop using "Be Merry" ???  :)
Season of Joy stamp set
  • Ink in Early Espresso and Craft White
  • Embossing powder and heat gun
  • 1 1/2" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon in Old Olive
  • Card stock:  Early Espresso, Textured River Rock, Whisper White, Old Olive
  • Scallop Oval Punch and Oval Punch
  • Dimensionals
I hope that you all have a very Merry Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Crafty Thursday Cardinal Christmas

Hi everyone!  This is the video I posted yesterday using the Cardinal Snow cuttlebug embossing folder.  I just can't stop embossing and sponging! :) 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Thankfully Simple

Happy Wednesday!  This is a really simple card that I made using the Top Note Die.  For the Early Espresso die cut on the card, I cut out a top note die, turned it and then sent it through the big shot again. I used faux stitching all the way around everything with my Early Espresso marker. 
  • Autumn Spice Designer Series Paper
  • Card stock:  Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Very Vanilla
  • Ink:  Cajun Craze
  • Marker: Early Espresso
  • Ribbon is 5/8" Satin Ribbon in Very Vanilla
  • Big Shot with Top Note die and Finial Press embossing folder
  • Stamp Set:  Day of Gratitude
Thank you so much for stopping by today!  Have a good day!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Merry Monday: Christmas Star Book

Merry Monday to you all!  Each year I make a Christmas Star Album and each year I put my Christmas card that I sent out that year on the cover.  I had to trim my card a little bit this year to put it on the cover. I used the new Stampin' Up! fabric to make the covers and sewed it on using one of the decorative stitches on my sewing machine. 

Then I snipped the fabric all the way around so that it would fray and have a worn look.  Below is a picture of the back.  I used a button and ribbon to keep the book closed. 
Here is what the book looks like when opening it.

On Christmas day I have each one of my family members write a short entry about the day and put it in the album along with pictures from Christmas morning.  It is so fun each year to get these out and remember the past Christmas Days we have had.  Here is a link where I saw how to make this album:

  • Dasher Stamp
  • Early Espresso Ink
  • Old Olive Satin Ribbon, Striped Grosgrain Ribbon in Early Espresso
  • Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, Old Olive card stock
  • Deck the Halls Designer Fabric
  • Oval punch, scallop oval punch
  • Finial Press Embossing Folder
Thanks for stopping by!! 

Sunday, November 14, 2010

My Harvest Table

Happy Sunday!  I am really excited to post these pictures of my dining room table.  After my grandparents passed away a few years ago, I started hosting Thanksgiving.  My first year hosting it we used folding tables and nice tablecloths but I wanted a table that could fit a lot of people.  I have always loved old farm tables that are in antique stores and at one point last year I almost bought one.  I told my dad about it and he said we should build it.  So we did! :)  My husband also helped and we built it last October. We had our first Thanksgiving on it last year and I am looking forward to our second Thanksgiving with this table.  It will seat 12-14 people.  Here is a close up of the table so that you can see the slats.

Below is a picture of my dad, my neighbor, my husband and I getting the benches ready a few days before Thanksgiving last year.  I was being difficult because I insisted on using bolts that were galvanized instead of finished because I wanted to paint the ends black so that you wouldn't see all of these bright shiny silver bolts! Galvanized bolts are really hard to put the nuts on so it took a long time to put together. 
Below are a few pictures of the table as we worked on it.  I painted it with a flat black paint mixed with a glaze.  Then I sanded it to give it an aged look. Then I sealed it with a very very low sheen polyurethane. 

And the last picture below is the ladder that my husband and I made from old barn wood to hang above the table.  I wound grapevine and small lights around the ladder and hung it above the table.  Then we had a guy we know come in and take out the ceiling fan and install three individual lights that hang down through the ladder. 

I don't know if you can tell from the first picture (click to make it larger) but my whole dining room is done in old barn wood.  My husband and I hung that many years ago.  His grandparents tore down their old family barn and I got ALOT of the wood! :)  I have used it for many things around the house and I knew the wood would make the perfect wall covering.  Thank you so much for viewing this LOOOONG post.  This table means a lot to me and my family and I look forward to sitting at it again with everyone this Thanksgiving.  Have a great day!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Amazing Stampin' Up! Offer!!

Stampin' Up! is offering 50% off of the Demo Starter kit.  If you have ever thought about joining, now is the time to do it! :)  You will get $310 of products for 87.50.  This offer will begin on Monday, November 15 and extend through the end of the month.  Please email me if you have any questions or would like to talk about becoming a demo (it is one of the best things I have ever done!:).  If you would like to join you can click on the Shop Now link in the top right corner of my blog.  When signing up it will ask you for my password and it is Kreations.  Click Here to View Flyer
Have a super weekend!  If you have a chance stop by tomorrow as I am going to post some pictures of my dining room table that my dad, hubby, and I made!
Crafty hugs to you all!

Crafty Thursday Card Series Video #10

Hi everyone!  As I promised, here is the video for the Snowflake Sparkle card.  :)  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!

Thanks for stopping by,

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Thanksgiving Party Favor

Hi everyone!  I hope you are all having a good week!  Thank you to everyone for visiting and leaving your comments.  I really look forward to reading them.  A couple weeks ago I posted a Christmas Tag Box using the Top Note Die .  I really liked this box and decided to use it as my Thanksgiving Party favor box.  If you click on the link above, there is a video on how to do the box.  I really love this Autumn Spice paper from Stampin' Up and I just had to use the wheat on the wheat paper! :)  I tied the wheat with Early Espresso satin ribbon then I hot glued it to the box.  I used Early Espresso card stock for the bottom and Very Vanilla for the box.  On the top I stamped "grateful" (using an older retired set called warm words) and I matted it with a More Mustard Scallop Oval.  I am not 100% sure what I am putting inside yet.....still working on that!  Got any ideas for me???? :)  Thanks for stopping by!!  Happy Wednesday!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Merry Monday: Winter Wonderland

Merry Monday everyone!  :)  I decided to do a scrapbook page for today's post because I just got the wonderful cricut cartridge called Winter Frolic!  I LOVE it!  For once I got a good deal too!  My local scrapbook store had all carts on sale for 39.00 and on top of that I had a 25.00 coupon!  Woo hoo!  So I decided to spend yesterday morning playing with this cartridge and I just loved this little girl so I decided to make a scrapbook page.  She is cut at 8 1/2".  I used Fancy Pants, Basic Grey, Stampin' Up!, and Coredinations card stock and paper.  Earmuffs were buttons from my stash as were the buttons on her boots.  All of the tin pieces were from a pie plate.  I used the Sledding cuttlebug embossing folder and then cut all of the words out and put them randomly on the page.  I don't know if you can see them or not but they say things like, brr, Winter Wonderland, Snow, Cold.....etc. Here is a close up of her:

The ribbon on her braids is from Jo'Ann's as well as the ribbon on the present.  The snowflakes that you see are cut from Joys of the Season and glittered with Martha Stewart Snowflake glitter. 
This is a close up of the photo mat.  The picture will slide right under the light blue ribbon that goes across the mat.  I cut a tin pie plate using the top note die and embossed it with a snowflakes embossing folder.
Thank you so much for stopping by today!  I hope you all have a great week!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Crafty Thursday Card Series: Dasher Christmas

Hi everyone!  Here is my Crafty Thursday creation!!  I am just loving the Dasher stamp and have used it on multiple cards.  I think this card is going to be the one I send out to everyone. :)  (I always say that then I make another one and like it more!!) I had to laugh when I just posted this card because in the post below this I said I was unique because I can't stop using the same 3 or 4 colors lately and this card is using my 4 colors!!  One day soon I am going to try to get out of my comfort zone! LOL!

  • Dasher Stamp
  • Early Espresso Ink
  • Early Espresso, Old Olive, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede card stock
  • Old Olive satin Ribbon
  •  Big Shot with Texturz Plate
  • Non Stampin Up!:  Nesties to cut the circle. 
Thank you all so much for stopping by today!  I am excited about the weekend because my sister-in-law is coming and we plan to craft allllllllll weekend! :)  *Hugs to you all*

Blog Award: I Got 'TUDE!

Hey everyone!! I am so excited that I got an Attitude Blog Award! I want to thank my friend Audrey and 2DuckyDesigns.  They are both creative and wonderful blog friends of mine and I invite you to click on their names and check out their crafty creations!

To accept this award and be eligible for the $5 free digi certificate I have to list 3 things that make me/my blog different, and to pass it on to 5 additional bloggers.

So here goes:
1.  I can manage to make a zillion projects using the same 3 or 4 colors! LOL!  (it is hard to get me out of my comfort zone!)
2.  I have followers with amazing 'TUDES!  I truly enjoy reading each and every comment and I feel like I have made some wonderful friends through my blog.
3.  Crafty Thursday Card Series Videos make me a little different! :)  I post a video each Thursday on youtube.  I occasionally post them on my blog but I am going to make it a habit to post the video that I do on youtube on my blog as well.  I love to be crafty on Thursday because it is "almost" the weekend! :) 

Now this is the hard part for me.  I visit and love so many blogs but here are 5 that I think deserve the 'TUDE award:



Carri A Busy Bee

Ladies, to qualify for the $5 Digis with Attitude store gift certificate, you must: list 3 things that make you/your blog different, pass this award on the 5 others, display the badge/award on your sidebar linking to the Digis with Attitude Challenge Blog, and please read the Digi's with Attitude guidelines:

Thanks again Ladies!!  Have a great day!!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Grateful for You

Happy Wednesday everyone!  This card I used the same design that I used for Merry Monday this week.  I layered strips of paper on a 4 1/4x 5 1/2 piece of kraft card stock.  Then I put it through my Big Shot using the Top Note Die. Thank you so much for stopping by today! :)  If you scroll down I have a supply list and a video for this card.  Have a great day!!

In this close up you can see the texture of the Autumn Spice paper!

All Supplies are Stampin' Up!
  • Day of Gratitude Stamp Set (available in the Holiday Mini)
  • Specialty Designer Series paper in Autumn Spice
  • Cajun Craze and Early Espresso card stock
  • Cajun Craze Stamp Pad
  • Linen Thread
  • Big Shot with Top Note Die
  • Dimensionals
  • Thank you so much for stopping by!!