October 8, 2010


Happy Friday everyone!! WOW! This week flew by, I still have sooo much to do, lol!!! I guess that is just the nature of the beast, never enough hours in the day!!! The weather here is so beautiful - 70s, sunny, and a light breeze - I just want to be outside!!! But, I just open up the windows and enjoy the sunshine from my craft room :-)  Today I want to share with you two cards we made in one my recent workshops.  With fall in the air, I wanted to create something for the season and the stamp sets Days of Gratitude and  Autumn Days really seems to fit this for me.  I just love the pheasant and the leaves in Gratitude are so purdy!  It's hard to see in the picture but on the Early Espresso base we stamped the small leaf from the Autumn Days set in the same color.  The More Mustard card stock was run through the Big Shot and embossed with the Square Lattice embossing folder, which I love because it looks sooooo good!  We punched both sides of the Autumn Spice Specialty paper using the Scalloped Edge Border punch, a favorite of mine since it came out during Sale-A-Bration!  I love using this DSP because the colors are so rich and warm - perfect for the season!! The main image was fun to stamp - we created a little fall scene using several different stamps from the Autumn Days set.  And of course, the card had to be topped off with some Early Espresso thin ribbon - just perfect! Fun, fun card to make!  Here is the recipe for this one.
Card Recipe:
Paper - Early Espresso, More Mustard, Very Vanilla card stock, Autumn Spice Designer Series Paper
Inks - Early Espresso, More Mustard classic inks, Cherry Cobbler stampin' write marker
Stamps - Autumn Days
Tools - Big Shot, Square Lattice embossing folder, Scalloped Edge Border punch, Scallop border punch
Accessories - Early Espresso thin ribbon

This second card also uses the Autumn Days stamp set but the background uses one of the leavs from the Days of Gratitude stamp set - love it! Notice how different the card looks when using different colors.  This one seems a little more carefree than the first one because of the brighter colors used.  The base card is Cajun Craze and is stamped with the leaf in the same color.  We used the same Autumn Spice Specialty paper, but this piece has lots more colors and really brings out the main image, again stamped using Autumn Days.  The sentiment is from the Grateful Greetings stamp set which has a fabulous selection of sentiments.  It is stamped in Early Espresso classic ink on Very Vanilla card stock, punched out using the Large Oval punch, and mounted on a piece of Old Olive card stock that has been punched out using the Scalloped Oval Punch.  Another fun card and even though a lot of the same products were used, the cards look totally different.  We enjoyed making these cards, lots of laughter all around!! If you are interested in making some cards with your friends, contact me now and we can set up a workshop for YOU!  Then you can earn your own Hostess benefits and get some FREE stuff - who doesn't like FREE?!!  See something you like and you want it right now? Check out my online store where all of these products can be purchased with a click of the button! Have questions? Feel free to contact me, I am always available to help out! Thanks soooo much for stopping by, I will leave you the recipe for the second card and then I am off to finish my workshop projects for tomorrow! Busy weekend but lots of fun involved - have a great weekend and Happy Stampin'!!!!
Card Recipe:
Paper - Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Old Olive, Very Vanilla card stock, Autumn Spice Specialty Designer Series Paper
Inks - Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Old Olive, More Mustard classic inks
Stamps - Autumn Days, Days of Gratitude (background stamp), Grateful Greetings (sentiment)
Tools - Large Oval punch, Scallop Oval Punch
Accessories - Old Olive and Early Espresso thin ribbon

October 6, 2010


Good morning all!!! I hope you are having a fabulous day!! The weather her is gorgeous - 70 and sunny with a slight breeze - I just love fall!!!! I wish I could be outside today but nope, lots of work to be done :-)  Maybe a walk later!!  Today I want to share with you the canvas we made in our Vintage Canvas class a couple weeks back.  I used pictures of Tony and I when we went to the Western Mystery Dinner which is why we are all dressed up :-) Everyone brought their black and white pictures and went home with a gorgeous canvas to hang up or use as a gift!  I offer this class once per month and it is one of my most popular classes!  I have several of these canvases hanging throughout my house and my whole family just loves them!  This one is one of my favorites, I just love the vintage look and feel it has and the pictures make me smile :-)  Lots of grays, silvers, and blacks with the accent color of Cherry Cobbler which really makes this canvas pop! We used lots of techniques and fun embellishments on this canvas.  The Cherry Cobbler card stock is punched along the edges using the Scalloped Edge Border punch while the Eyelet border punch is used along the edges of the Nite Owl designer series paper - just goes to show, you can use this beautiful paper for any project, not just Halloween! All the letters are cut out using the Big Shot and the Simple Alphabet set of dies - love them!!! The hearts are from the Hostess stamp set Punch Potpouri - they were stamped in versamark, covered with black embossing powder and heat embossed with my heat tool...... sooooooo pretty!! Of course we did add some pretties as well with the Basic black satin ribbon and our new pearl accents.  The scalloped circle die and the Big Shot made all the frames for our pictures and they turned out fabulous! I do want to show you some closeups as I want you to be able to see the embossing done on the die cut pieces. 
This close up shows the daisies that were cut using the Big Shot Daisies #2 die and then embossed with the Finial Press embossing folder. See how beautiful it looks??  I love this look, really adds to the whole flower - and of course, the vintage brad in the middle just adds to the vintage look.  We actually cut out four of each size of the daisy so it is very layered and makes the flower look very full - love this!!!  

This next picture shows the letters and the Scallop Circles - they are also embossed using the same finial press embossing folder and they really stand out on the canvas.  Not to mention, my handsome husband you see in this picture - he totally makes the canvas *wink*  Lots going on here with this project but the end result is a beautiful piece for your home, office, or to give to that special someone as a gift!  I will leave you with the recipe for this canvas below and if you have the urge to rush off and get some of these fab products, head on over to my online store and you can order them right now :-)  Have a question? Contact me, I am happy to help! Now, I am off to finish up some projects for my classes and workshops this weekend - lots of stamping and paper cutting in my future, LOL! Have a wonderful day and until tomorrow, Happy Stampin'!!
Canvas Recipe: (products only)
Paper - Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Going Gray card stock, Nite Owl Designer Series Paper
Inks - Versamark
Stamps - Punch Potpouri
Tools - Eyelet Border punch, Scalloped Edge border punch, Big Shot, Scalloped Circle Die, Simple Letters Dies, Daisies #2 Die, Finial Press embossing folder
Accessories - Basic Black satin ribbon, Basic Pearls, Vintage brads

October 5, 2010


Good morning all!! As promised, I am going to share the other two projects from our Chicks and Chocolate class last week! Such fun, I really do love my job :-)  This first one is a fun little project - I have seen all kinds of variations of this all over the web so I thought I would create my own and for the most part, I am happy with how it turned out! I made a little sling for the test tube that seems to work wonderfully!  I did a fall theme for this one - wouldn't these be cute as little place holders on the Thanksgiving table?  I mean hey, chocolate is good for every occasion, right?  No, the tube is not from SU! we don't carry these, I actually ordered them from some craft company I had never heard of, but they were inexpensive and got here fast so I was happy! The tube is filled with fall m&m's and decorated with our yummy wide striped Early Espresso ribbon. We used the beautiful Autumn Spice Specialty paper you can find in the Holiday mini - love, love, love this paper! And, I broke out the crimper tool and ran some Wild Wasabi through it to give a fun texture for this background piece! The sentiment is from the Day of Gratitude stamp set which is also in the Holiday mini and is a gorgeous set for all your fall projects! The sentiment piece was run through the Big Shot with the Square Lattice embossing folder which really makes it stand out!!  Of course, no project is finished without adding a purdiful button - love the new buttons we have, they are sooo fun! Added a twine bow and done! All the tools and such can be found in the recipe listed below! Isn't this fun??! This went over as a huge favorite at the class!
Card recipe:
Paper - More Mustard, Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Wild Wasabi, Very Vanilla card stock, Autumn Spice Designer Series Paper
Inks - Wild Wasabi classic inks
Stamps - Day of Gratitude stamp set
Tools - 2 1/2 inch circle punch, 2 3/8 inch scallop circle punch, 1 3/4 inch circle punch, ticket corner punch, crimper tool, paper piercer, Big Shot, Square Lattice embossing folder
Accessories - Brights designer buttons, hemp twine, Early Espresso narrow ribbon, Early Espresso wide striped ribbon
This next project I shamelessy CASED from my good friend and upline Kimberly VanDiepen - the girl has mad talent! These are sooo stinkin' cute and would look fabulous hanging from a little halloween tree (which is where mine are now, LOL!)  I had a hard time taking a good picture of this but you get the idea anyway.  It's a little cone made from the super cute Wicked Fun Designer Series paper.  The top of the cone has a ribbon treatment made with Basic Black satin ribbon - looks fabulous! The main image is from the Halloween Hoot stamp set - I could not resist giving her green warts, LOL!  Once stamped, we ran her through the Big Shot using the Spider Web embossing folder.  The outside of the image is our new waffle paper, which is found in the holiday mini and comes in four different colors - sooooo fun to play with!! I just cut a strip, went around the back of the circle, and when I was done, took my paper snips and cut little fringies into it!
There is a little piece of Old Olive card stock punched from teh Modern Label punch that makes a loop at the back of the cone so you can hang it - it is attached with a glimmer brad but you can't see it here *sniff* Here is another angle of the project to give you a better idea of what it looks like!  There, now you can sort see it, LOL!!! We filled our cones with rolos (of course, with my kids around, those are long gone!) which fit perfectly! Super fun project - thanks Kimberly :-)  So, that's it - all four projects we did at Chicks and Chocolate! Fun class, and I have another one scheduled this month so if you are local and want to come and have some fun and eat chocolate with me, give me a call!! And, if you are drooling over some of these products used here, check out the recipes for the descriptions, and head on over to my online store where you can get them right now! Questions? Contact me as I am  happy to help you out! Now, off to finish up a couple of class projects I am working on so a full day of stamping today, whoohooo!!! I hope all of you have a wonderful day and thanks so much for stopping by, I love when you do! Leave me a comment so I know you were here - I would love to visit you as well! Until, tomorrow, Happy Stampin'!
Cone Recipe:
Paper - Whisper White, Old Olive card stock, Wicked Fun Designer Series Paper
Inks - Rich Razzleberry, Basic Black classic inks
Stamps - Halloween Hoot stamp set
Tools - Big Shot, Spider Web embossing folder, Modern Label punch(paper hook), 2 1/2 inch circle punch
Accessories- basic black waffle paper, basic black glimmer brad, basic black satin ribbon

October 4, 2010


Hi all!!! Sorry I let a whole week go by with no postings but I had an event EVERY DAY last week and I just barely had time to pee, LOL!! Soooo, I thought this week I would make up for it by sharing everything we did last week in classes and workshops *wink* Last Thursday night we had Chicks and Chocolate night at my house- sooooo much fun! The projects are all ones that center around chocolate - stamping AND chocolate all in one event, does it get any better than that??! I think not........heeeheeee! We did four projects, two of which I am going to share with you today. This first one was really fun to make  - it uses my favorite die for the Big Shot:  the Top Note! I swear, I reach for this one time and time again, it is sooooo fun to play with! I have made these for several years for all the craft fairs I attend during the holidays and they are very popular! I am sure there are lots of different ways to do these but this is how I do it!  This cute little pouch uses three top notes to make - two solid bases cut out of Cajun Craze card stock, and then one trimmed to nest in the front which is Very Vanilla.  We stamped the Very Vanilla card stock all over in Cajun Craze classic ink with the pumpkin from the Paisley Prints stamp set - totally cute! Then, we ran it through the Big Shot using the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder.  The cute little sentiment and pumpkin face (isn't he CAUTE??!!!) is from the Got Treats stamp set which I love because it has the best sentiments for all the holiday goodies we all love to make and give away (well, I do anyway, LOL!)  We layered the two sides together, punched holes at the top and bottom using the Crop-A-Dile and tied them all up with some Old Olive grosgrain ribbon.  This makes a pouch that you can add a special treat, which we did of course - hazlenut and chocolate biscotti, YUM!!!!  Super easy but a wonderful treat for someone you want to make smile! 
This second project is a cute little treat purse that you can find tons of variations on all ove the internet! This is my little version- I wanted to use some of the cute little mini treat lunch sacks that we have in the Holiday Mini and this is what I came up with!  The base of  this cute little purse is made using Wild Wasabi card stock, which I have decided is a great Halloween green! We layered it with some of the yummy Wicked Fun Specialty paper - I just love those fun stripes! We punched along the edges using the Scallop Trim border punch on both top and the bottom - you can see the top piece when the purse is open.  Then, we made a cute strip of trip using the Dotted Scallop Ribbon border punch - looooove it!!!! It looks like pretty paper ribbon and is soo cute :-)  The sentiment is from the same Got Treats stamp set, and is punched out using the Curly Label punch then mounted on Basic Black card stock and trimmed around to give it some layering.  The purse handle is a piece of basic black thin ribbon and then we added a fun little bat using the new bat punch!
 Here is a photo of what the inside of the purse looks like - we cut the mini lunch sack from the top since I wanted the scallops to show.  It can hold any type of chocolate that is somewhat flat OR you can use it for a fun gift card!  We had a lot of fun making these little treat holders....and eating the chocolate, LOL!!! If you would like to get some of these fun items and make some of your own, visit my online store where you can place an order! Have questions?  Contact me, I am happy to help!!  Tomorrow I will share the other two that we made! Until then, have a wonderfully fabulous day and thanks so much for stopping by!!!!