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December 2009

Occasions Mini Catalog Card


I'm really enjoying all the different options I have with the Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper Stack in the Occasions Mini Catalog!  There's so many different colors and prints to choose from - and they all match our solid colored cardstock...making the creative process EASY-PEASY!!!!   This card features two BRAND NEW stamp sets - Messages from Mom and Well Scripted - both from the NEW Mini Catalog. 

My inspiration for this card came from Lynn Put....loved the layout on her card!  It's hard to see in the photo, but I added some Dazzling Diamonds to the flower centers.  It gives my card that extra BLING...and you all know how much I love the BLING!



Stamps:  Messages for Mom; Well Scripted
Ink:  Black StazOn; Taken with Teal
Cardstock:  Pumpkin Pie; Taken with Teal; Sweet Pea DSP Stack; Whisper White
Accessories:  Circle Sissors Plus; Dazzling Diamonds; Build a Brad; Pumpkin Pie Striped Ribbon; 1/2" Circle Punch; Scallop Circle #2 Die; Big Shot; Dimensionals; Watercolor Crayons; Aqua Painter; Certainly Celery Marker
Taken with Teal layers - 2 3/4 x 2 1/2 & 2 3/4 x 1
Pumpkin Pie - 4 x 5 1/4 & 3 3/4 x 3 3/4 (scallop)
Designer Paper - 2 1/2 x 2 1/4 & 3 7/8 x 5 1/8
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Need a NEW Mini Catalog?

The new Occasions Mini Catalog and the Sale-A-Bration Mini should be arriving in your mailbox sometime this week or next - if you're on my mailing list!!!!  If you're in my monthly clubs or I will see you at class in January - I have one reserved for you that I'll deliver personally!

If you don't have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator and you'd like to receive a hard copy of these mini catalogs - just pop me an email (my email button is in the left side column) and I'll pop one in the mail right away!


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Sweet Treat Video

I'm soooooo proud of myself....I had a BLAST tonight making this video for you!

I came across a little problem today when I was trying to put my Leadership Swap cards together...and then came up with a really good tip on using the Sweet Treat Cups.

There's also an adorable little bow on this card that has to be shared too!

Watch my video and let me know what you think????

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Another Gift

I made these for my neices for Christmas - just something a little fun to go with the COLD CASH in the reindeer card!



The directions for the Santa Pants are in a previous post where I made the Green Bay Packer cocoa mug.  There are links to a tutorial!

This cash holder uses the Holiday Lineup stamp set - one of my FAV's!

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Another Gift

I hope your Christmas was everything you imagined it would be....mine was fabulous!

I had to wait on a few of the gifts that I made - couldn't show them to you until after the big day...because my mom is a subscriber to my blog!!!!  Almost forgot about that little detail.  I didn't want to spoil her surprises! 

Here's another Christmas gift that I made for gorgeous is this???

I used a glass block from my local craft store, a set of 35 count clear lights, some small red glass balls and a sprig of those delicious looking berries, hot glued to the top of the block!  It's a fabulous night light too!

The "Jingle All the Way" on the front is one of our Decor Elements.  These are super simple to put on the glass on picture frames too - what a GREAT gift!


P.S. She LOVED it!!!!

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And Another Gift Idea!!!

How Stinkin' Cute is this????  I just took a Starbucks Frappuccino container and covered it with cardstock, a little stamping and some fabulous Holiday Lounge Designer Paper!  I didn't even drink that stuff - I hate coffee - so my recipients will be getting it!!! LOL!  this gift is for my I'm going to fill the paint can with her favorite cookies..that I will make tomorrow - of course!


Frappuccino Box helper:

HANDLE:  Cut layer to cover handle 4 7/8" x 9" (score in half at 4 1/2").  Fold over handle area and mark with a pencil to find where you need to punch with the Large Oval punch.  Trace the other side and punch through that too.  Adhere to box with Sticky Strip.

BOX: Front - cut 11" x 4 - score at 3" & 8"  Back - cut 10 1/2" x 4" - score at 2 3/4" & 7 3/4" Adhere the back to the box with Sticky Strip first.  Then the front, overlapping at the sides.  Decorate as desired.

Bottles - I wrapped the metal lids with a piece of DSP measuring 3/16" x 6 1/8" - adhere the ends with Sticky Strip.  Wrap a piece of DSP around the bottle neck measuring 3/4" x 6 1/4" - again securing the ends with Sticky Strip.

Bottle Tops - I used the 1 3/4" Circle punch and adhered the circle to the bottle top with a 1" piece of Sticky Strip right in the middle of each.  Adhere a Large Snowflake punch to each too.

This was all VERY simple!  How cute and an incredibly affordable gift!

Here's another one that my friend and fellow demo, Rachael made:

And a close up of the top:


And now for the paint can...I like to write everything down as I'm making it.  I usually make more than one and I hate the whole "guessing" part.  So - here's a little help with a standard gallon paint can.  You can buy these, unused, at any home improvement store.  I like to buy the paint can opener and tie it to the handle, decorated with ribbon too!  This is a SUPER cute accent.  I don't happen to have any on hand...and very little time to be messing with

Paint Can Helper:

  Cut 2 pieces of Designer Paper 10" x 7 7/16".  Punch half of a 1" hole with your circle punch 1/2" from the top.  That's where your 1" circle should start - 1/2" from the top.  Do this on both pieces on both edges.  Cut a 5 3/8" circle using your Circle Scissors Plus circle cutter and WAAA LAAA!

I am having so much fun...almost makes me want about another week before the BIG DAY...but then I come back to my senses!!! LOL!  I have 3 swaps to complete and I have to get ready for my trip to Phoenix for the Stampin' Up! Leadership conference and Regional Convention in less than 2 weeks!!!!

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Green Bay Packer Gift Idea

Here's another GREAT gift idea!!!!  My friend and fellow demonstrator - Rachael - and I made a couple of these for gifts.  Remember - this is the COLD CASH holder that I posted a few days ago?  I made mine for my godchild and put cash in it.  Rachael made hers for a friend and put 2 Green Bay Packer tickets in her holder!  WOW - nice gift!

We used the fabulous Pillow Box die and the Pillow Box Bucket Tutorial on for this adorable Green Bay Packer cocoa cup.


Other ingredients:  Christmas Punch stamp set (Level 2 Hostess Set) & Holiday Lineup stamp sets; Basic Black & Handsome Hunter ink; Whisper White, Handsome Hunter & Crushed Curry cardstock; 1 1/4" Circle punch; Wide Oval punch; Scallop Edge punch; Large Snowflake punch; Rich Regal Buttons; Aqua Painter & Watercolor Crayons; Linen Thread; 2-Way Glue Pen; Dazzling Diamonds; Circle Scissors Plus - to cut the 4" circle that makes the bottom of the cup.

We created the "G" with the Serif Essentials Alphabet Die - I LOVE these dies!!!

We threw in 2 packets of cocoa, 2 candy canes, some chocolate kisses and peanut butter cups on top of some white shred and WAAAA LAAAA!  I put my cups in a Stampin' Up! 9" x 14" Logo Bag and tie the top with some ribbon.  It fits perfectly and keeps the candy canes upright.

Here's a close up of the ticket holder front:


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Christmas Gift Idea

Welcome to my new blog!!!!!  This is the first post that I'm making on this baby...I can hardly wait to start exploring and set up some SUPER new stuff here!!  Thanks so much to Michele Laycock for the design and Heather Wright-Porto for transferring everything over for me - WOW - did that save me some serious headaches!!!

Here's a really cute - easy gift idea:


My wonderful friend, Denise Krueger, stopped by yesterday to deliver a big plate of holiday goodies and a couple was a necklace that she made with beads and tubing - very cool - and the other was a Bookmark Thong - like this one!  WELL....I just HAD to jump right on that one!!!  I'm giving my 91 year old grandma a book for Christmas and this was just perfect for her too!!!

The bookmark is about 16" long and I just used some beads that I had on hand with hemp string...which is all I had on hand too.  I love the poem that accompanies this little it is:

When you need

To mark a book,

And go along your way

This lovely little

Book thong

Will hold your spot

All day.

Just read until

You’ve finished

And what do you suppose,

Open up that book

Real wide

And in the crack

It goes!!!!

I thought this was hilarious!  That's what I think of the thong underwear - "butt floss!"


I used the Big Shot Matchbox Die to make the if you don't have one of these (GASP!) they are so easy and fun...remember the candy gift certificate I made last week (thanks to Dawn) - there are so many things you can do with the little box!!!!  I LOVE IT!!!



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WOW - down to the wire and I had to whip up some cash holders yesterday...before we headed south to celebrate Christmas with my step-daughters! So here's what I came up with....NO...we didn't give them a $1 bill silly...they each got $100 from their dad!

Dimensions - Cut the Base 6 5/8" x 8 1/4" - score on the 8 1/4" side at 2 7/8" and 5 7/8".
Directions: Fold on score lines. The smallest panel is the front - that's where I put the white scalloped edge piece. Cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock 6 5/8" x 1 1/4" and punch with the scallop edge punch. Add some ribbon and decorate with ornaments from the Delightful Decorations stamp set. I punched out a 1 1/4" circle for the face of the money on the inside and used the Christmas Punch stamp set with the Wide Oval punch. Use Sticky Strip tape to seal the edges of the money pocket.
These fit perfectly inside a Small Open End Envelope (Item #107286) too. WAA LAAA!!!!! Super fast and simple!

I made the money holders at 3:45pm....leaving at 4 pm for the big event. You guys know how I operate - LOL!


This is what I did prior to my money holders.....I was baking from 3pm on Friday til 1:00 in the morning - then hit it again a 10 am until I hit the stampin' dungeon for the money holders. Oh yea...I showered someplace in there too!

I went CRAZY!!!! Here's some strawberry jam that I made for each of the kids and their families...they LOVED it!

....And BBQ meatballs....

Turtles...with my homemade carmel! some were cashews and some were dry roasted peanuts - to DIE FOR....

Hailey's favorite - dipped pretzel sticks....

Cashew brittle.....

Craisin oatmeal cookies with white chocolate chips.....

A double batch of cut-out cookies.....

Salted nut balls - just like salted nut rolls (thanks Sandy N!)

Homemade caramels....

Here's one of my pretty display trays......
WOW - I went crazy!!!! I love to make up containers and give to neighbors and friends! I can't possible eat all this...nor do I want to! I love baking and making candy...hate to cook - LOL!
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Still making presents!!!

The cardstock and accessories are FLYING in my stampin' dungeon!!!!

Here's an adorable candy holder that I made for anyone that needs a Stampin' Up! gift certificate!!! This idea comes from my good friend Dawn in Minnesota - thanks DAWN!!!

This project uses the FABULOUS Matchbox Die....there's so much more you can do with this than just little boxes!!!! Thanks to those like Dawn - the creative ideas are amazing!!!

This die is on sale for $36.51 until December 22nd.

Cut your cardstock at 6 1/2" x 7 3/8" - score at 3 1/4" & 4 1/8. This is the box cover. Wrap your Nuggets with Christmas Cocoa Designer Paper cut at 3" x 1".
I made 3 die-cut boxes and adhered them to the layer with Sticky Strip Adhesive. Pop a brad in the front of each of them and WAAAA LAAAA.....

The outside of the box is decorated with a layer of Christmas Cocoa Designer Series Paper too - the beautiful and elegant flocked snowflake!

The Matchbox Die is on sale for 36.51 until December 22nd!!!!

Matchbox Stampin' Up! Bigz Xl Die 114890
Price: $36.51
Catalog Price : 42.95

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