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Thursday, December 31, 2009

I just finished creating some thank you cards for my son to send to his Grandmas & Granpas and others. I'll be posting pics later (I have to find the cord to my pc first. ugh!)

In the mean time, I hope you all have a wonderful New Year's.

Smiley from millan.net

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Merry...


Thursday, December 24, 2009

Cards, cards, and more cards!

What you're looking at is a small stack of the cards I made for Christmas this year. I made 50 in all. We had to whittle our list down over the years. I hate doing it but sometimes ya gotta do what ya gotta do.

I got the idea for the card from JanTink. She's an SU! demo. I don't know her personally but she is a pretty clever girl! She created this "marquee" card and put the tutorial on her blog, which is where I discovered it. Below is the first sample I made to see how hard or easy it would be to make it.

I'm not sure if you can see from the picture above but those two red pieces slide out when the gatefold card opens to reveal a picture in the window in the green "stage" area.

Here's how the card looks when it's closed. The stamps all come from WaltzingMouse Stamps. All of them are in the same set. Aren't they beautiful?

Truth be told the card is very easy to make. Maybe that's because Jan's instructions are so easy to follow. Well, I had to go and complicate things. You see, I wasn't satisfied with the card above. I wanted to put a picture in the card. So, I had to rework it.

Hubby took our son to see Santa. I couldn't let this precious pic go to waste. :) As it turns out, I didn't have enough of the red printed paper to do the inside and outside of the card. So, I stamped a snowflake from the Very Vintage Christmas set using cream ink on red cardstock and used that for the inside pieces. (You can see it in the pic above.)

The silver embossing powder that I used on all the stamped images really make them stand out against the green cardstock.
This is how my kitchen counter looked for a couple of weeks. Special thanks to my sweet, patient hubby for putting up with my insane crafting needs. His only comment, "As long as you're making progress I'm ok with it."
Isn't he fab?! Love you sweetie!

If you've never tried heat embossing you really should give it a go. It's a lot of fun. Super easy and gives a big wow to your paper crafts. Basically, you just stamp with an ink that will stay wet long enough for the embossing powder to stick to it.

Pour the powder on, and tap off the excess.

Then heat it. You can see in the bottom left corner how gray the ink and powder look then along the top of the card piece how shiny and silvery this embossing powder changed once it was "cooked." The silver ink disappeared on this green cardstock. I was so happy once the powder was added and embossed. Such a huge improvement, don't you think?

Well. That's it for tonight. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas day.

  • Cardstock: Pure Poppy, Ripe Avocado, Kraft (PaperTreyInk); White (Georgia Pacific)
  • Patterned paper: Love Notes -Battenburg (MemoryMakers)
  • Stamps: Very Vintage Christmas (WaltzingMouseStamps)
  • Ink: Silver (Encore)
  • Embossing Powder: Sterling Silver (Stampendous)

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Hawaiian Holidays

The other day I came home from a busy day of 'mommy stuff' to find a package addressed to me from my friend Bobbi who lives in Hawaii. It was totally unexpected. (Yes it's true. Not only have I been away from my blog but my emailing and contacting friends has been less than stellar also. Sorry.)

Anyway, inside the box were treats only found in the islands (or at least they are not found here where I live). Mmmm! Yummy treats! Check 'em out:

First, a large bucket (I guess this is considered a bucket... or maybe a canister) of Chocolate Chip macadamia nut cookies. Yes, they are as tasty as the name implies. :) Mmmm...

Then, just for my son (I know because Bobbi has sent him these little yummies before...) a big box of Hawaiian Animal Cookies. Unlike the stateside counterpart, these cookies are shaped like fish, dolphins, whales and octopus. They're so cute. And my picky... scratch that... UBER-PICKY eater loves them.

Next.... Yes, there's more....

You know, I didn't even know these little goodies existed! But now that I do I will have to request a package of them every year for Christmas. Mmm...

Tasty little morsels!! All wrapped up in their very own special wrapper and everything. Check it out: The blue foil reads Macadamia Nuts in yellow and instead of the standard "Hershey Kisses" written on the little white flag it says, "Aloha." Is that great, or what?!

Granted I had eaten several of these before getting this blog post written. While I was snapping a few pics to post I took notice of the Kiss on the package.

Apparently I was so busy gobbling down the tasty treats I had failed to notice that there was a whole macadamia nut wrapped in the chocolatey goodness. So I cut a few in half to verify... Hershey is true to their packaging. Sufficient macadamia nut(s) inside each kiss. YUM-O!

In the spirit of Christmas, I took a small bag of these treats to church with me and shared them with my class. I never take treats, but today was special. And the women were very grateful. :)

Oh! There was one more thing in the box. Bobbi made a Christmas card using the Nativity .cut file I created. It's hard to tell but the design is silver cardstock on navy blue. Very pretty in person. Still amazes me that a bunch of circles, triangles and squares can be welded together to create something like this.

Thank you so much for sharing Bobbi. :)I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas Sunday. I still can't believe Christmas is just 5 days away! Gosh! Where did December go? What happened to 2009? I could swear it was just Easter a few weeks ago, right?

The talks and the choir music was so beautiful today at church. And my class, which I was less than prepared for, came together so nicely. Now we are home and enjoying a quiet Sunday together. Hmm... Sunday is the day of rest. Maybe I'll go take a nap.
Smiley from millan.netEnjoy your day.

Friday, December 18, 2009

More Gift Card boxes

There were a couple questions about how to do the insert for the gift card box. Here are a few pics on how to do it:
Score the strip as indicated in the cut file and then fan fold the piece so that there is an "M" in the middle. You will want the middle pieces to be tightly together. As I've discovered in this tutorial, the DCWV cardstock is too flimsy for this. You will need some card that will keep it's shape once it's been folded.

This "V" look is not good. This means that when you insert your gift card the upright pieces will just bend over and the card will fall out. A quick fix is a bit of double stick tape on either side to stick the card in the middle. You can also try layering some additional card pieces together. I recommend glue since it will give it a bit more strength.

Here are the completed boxes that I made for this example. These are for my son's school teachers. Today is the last day of school before we start our Christmas break. It's just after 1pm here. I leave to go get my son from school at 2pm. Nothin' like putting a gift together at the last minute, huh? Proof positive that these really do come together very quickly.

As it turns out.... this box is also the perfect size for giving the small 2x3 (or is it 3x2?) school pictures in too! :) I hope the teachers like their presents.

We're on Christmas break now. Don't be surprised if you don't hear from me for a few days. Hubby has some vacation days too. The "Use 'em or Lose 'em" kind. So he's on vacation too. Wow! What will we do with ourselves for a whole week all together? I just don't know. But we'll figure something out. :)

Have a great weekend! Chat with you all again soon!


  • Cricut, DesignStudio and George or Plantin Schoolbook
  • CUT FILE: ** Donate button is at the top right. Please specify which file you want when you purchase.
  • Cardstock and patterned paper: DCWV
** Refer to Cut File link to see how to get my files. 

Cute Sandy made a couple of these boxes and posted them on her blog. Here is the link to see them. Fantastic job Sandy. Thanks so much for sharing.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

It's all about the Present-ation

Hiya crafty peoples :)
I know, it's been forever since I've created anything or posted with any regularity on my blog. I hope that as we get through the holidays that I'll be able to get back to creating and sharing.

I have been creating but I haven't had a chance to share what I've been making. I've taken pictures though so I'll be sharing what I made with you over the next few days/weeks. Here's my first project:

It's a gift box for a gift card. When you take the lid off the box opens to reveal the gift standing in the center:

I love the shimmer of the cardstock in midnight blue and silver and the silver embossed stamps that I used with it. The shimmer just doesn't come through in the pictures but it's FAB! T he picture below of the tag kind of gives you a glimpse of how the blue looks in real life. That sparkle is not an added embellishment. That's how the cardstock really looks. It's not a glitter paper. It's just this shimmery midnight blue yumminess. And then with the silver embossed stamped images over it.... what can I say but Mmmm!

If you're giving any gift cards this holiday season this might be something you will want to make. So much nicer than a lil' old card. (*wink*)

Have a great night.


  • Cricut, DesignStudio and George or Plantin Schoolbook
  • CUT FILE: ** Donate button is at the top right. Please specify which file you want when you purchase.
  • Cardstock: Night Sky Shimmer, Silver Shimmer (PaperTreyInk)
  • Stamps: Very Vintage Christmas (WaltzingMouse Stamps)
  • Ink: Encore Ultimate Silver
  • Embossing Powder: Sterling Silver (Stampendous
 ** Refer to Cut File link to see how to get my files.
[Edited to note: depending on how the fold works on the insert piece inside the box, you may have to cut it in half because the 'bump' may cause the gift card to tip or fall over... Thanks for the feedback Sandy]

[Edited to note: Ok, I did some experimentation because I was worried about the insert not working. As it turns out, you need really GOOD cardstock. Nothing flimsy. Even layering a couple pieces of card didn't help. Please use a good heavier weight card that will hold it's shape after you've scored and folded it.]

Friday, December 4, 2009

Paper Popsicles: How To box

Hey everyone,

Yes I know. It's been a while... a long while since I've posted. Life has been a bit nutty. After my trip I was sick. Hubby was sick. Then my son got sick. None of us at the same time. But now we've all had it. And....lucky me, it's come back around to me again. (Argh!)

Anyway, I wanted to let you all know that I haven't forgotten about my blog followers. I hope that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are happily preparing for Christmas and/or Hanukkah.

That's what I've been doing. Our home is decorated for Christmas and the presents are slowly being put together. I've had such a fun time creating hand painted ornaments, handmade cards and of course some really fun handmade gifts.

Today's craft idea was based on the taffy box I made Halloween 2008. I made these in just a few minutes and didn't even use my Cricut or DS to do it.

You can see the step-by-step Tutorial on how I made them at Paper Popsicles. It's the last tutorial I will be writing for them. I haven't put together the DS file for it just yet but I'm sure it will be just as easy.

Merry Merry! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Paper Popsicles: Freebie Friday!

Here it is!! The last October Freebie Friday from Paper Popsicles! A terrific Awareness Ribbon Shaped card!

To get your free file, which can be printed and cut by hand or converted to a .scut (or similar) file and cut using your favorite electronic cutting machine and its compatible software, run over to the Paper Popsicles online store and "purchase" it today only with the $0.00 pricetag. Tomorrow, it will be a wee bit more expensive but probably only $1. (Don't quote me on that, but that has been my experience with the other shaped cards.)

You'll find the card in the Shaped Card Templates section of the store under Miscellaneous - Awareness Ribbon. (The items are in alphabetical order. I found it at the bottom of page 3. Or you can just click on the link.)

I'm out the door to celebrate my 20th anniversary with my hubby. You won't see me much here over the next week. Hope you all have a wonderful Halloween.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Pop Up Snowman

JoanneH from the Cricut message board asked if I could make this fun 3D snowman. I had a few minutes... and I was in need of a good challenge.

You'll have to check HERE to see how he turned out!

THANKS JoanneH for the challenge and for posting your results. He looks great!


  • CUT FILE: ** Donate button is at the top right. Please specify which file you want when you purchase.
  • Cricut, DesignStudio, George cartridge (ProvoCraft)
  • Also available in PDF or SVG format. Let me know if this is what you need.
** Refer to Cut File link to see how to get my files. 

    Sunday, October 25, 2009

    Paper Popsicles: Monday Madness Show-n-Tell

    Hey everyone,
    Thanks to the Friday Freebie from Paper Popsicles last Friday I was able to get started on some Thanksgiving items.
    My little family is ... well... little. Just three of us. Me, my hubby and my son. Our family lives out of state and we don't always have the ability to travel home for Thanksgiving. This year is one of those years. So, in an attempt to make our quiet little dinner something special I put together some fun napkin rings and coordinated name plates using the pumpkin as an embellishment.

    I took the Paper Popsicles pumpkin shaped card and edited to be a single element which I cut in both the patterned paper and also a "shadow" layer in white for both the napkin rings and the name plates.

    I'm pleased with how they turned out and how simple they were to make. Should our plans for our small dinner change I could easily make additional place settings.

    • Napkin ring base only: Cricut and Design Studio with Plantin Schoolbook
    • Pumpkin Shaped Card; Pumpkin detail created using SCAL and Inkscape
    • Patterened Paper: Seasonal-Summer Surprise (Cherry Arte), Seasonal-Raindrops (Cherry Arte)
    • White cardstock (Georgia Pacific)
    • Kraft Cardstock (PaperTreyInk)
    • Font: Passion_Conflict_Robb

    One more thing.... Diane and I have classes set up for this Wed and Thu and we have several open spots available if you are interested in joining us. We would love to see you!! Information about the classes are found on the LetMeShowYou blog.

    Friday, October 23, 2009

    Paper Popsicles: Freebie Friday!

    Wow! I just realized I haven't posted anything to my blog since last Friday! Sorry about that. I need to get back into updating my blog more regularly...

    So, what brought me to my blog this morning? It's another Paper Popsicles Freebie Friday! :) Today, Paper Popsicles is offering up their Holiday Pumpkin shaped card:

    With Halloween almost here and Thanksgiving just around the corner, pumpkins are a terrific shape for cards or as embellishments for your crafty creations. I used this pumpkin file recently to accent my Halloween banner.

    All I had to do was take the digital file and alter it from a shaped card to a single shaped element and then shrink it down to the size I needed it to be. You don't need to have some super expensive editing software to do this either. You can easily do this in Inkscape (free program!). I'll have to put together a tutorial for you one of these days.

    Well, it's time for me to get my son out the door to school. Have a wonderful Friday! And remember, the freebie is only available for free today. Tomorrow you'll have to pay full price.

    Friday, October 16, 2009

    Paper Popsicles: Freebie Friday!

    Hey everyone,
    Sorry this post is so late. I took my son on a spontaneous trip to Disneyland the last few days just arriving home about a half-hour ago. Thank goodness he is such a good car traveler. I just plug in a dvd and away we go. It's about a six hour drive for us to the "Happiest Place on Earth." And with a fantastic winning bid on Priceline at a hotel across the street I just couldn't resist.

    But, that is not the important info you are here for. This is what you need to know: TODAY is Freebie Friday at Paper Popsicles. If you remembered, GREAT! If you are just now finding out, run over to Paper Popsicles now and get the freebie! It's the ever-fab Witch's Shoe shape card!

    You can order the freebie from the Paper Popsicles Store, in the Shaped Card Templates area. The name is "Halloween - Witch shoe" (<--- click here for a direct link)

    Some of you may remember the card I made a few weeks ago using the template. It turned out so cute! (I may be a little biased.)

    Anyway, Run don't walk cuz this freebie is only free until midnight tonight (Chicago time - Central Standard Time).
    Hope you all are having a nice Friday!!

    Monday, October 12, 2009

    Paper Popsicles: Monday Madness Show-n-Tell

    Howdy Cowboys and Cowgirls,
    For those of you who snatched up the Freebie Friday from the Paper Popsicles Blog last Friday, today is Monday Madness Show-n-Tell to show off your creations. :)

    I decided to take a little artist's license and change up the digital freebie a bit. As you can see here, from the original digital stamp, Little Oliver didn't make the cut. That's what I love about digital stamps. You can change the size, alter the contents, and make it fit your need! And once you buy, for a nominal cost, you can print it as many times as you want.

    After making my alterations to the Oliver the Cowboy file, I colored the hat and cut it out.

    I mounted the hat on a couple layers of foam adhesive to add dimension.

    It's hard to tell, but I embossed the striped paper with the Floral Fantasy embossing folder. To me the pattern reminds me of a bandanna print. The small antiqued gold brads and the ribbon with the stitched detail really brought the whole thing together. The band on the hat looks more pink in the picture but in person it's as deep red as the stripe on the picture.

    I hope you all had a great day today. Tomorrow we're going to the zoo. It's fall break for my son. And with the weather finally in the 80's during the day the zoo is a great place to spend some outdoor time.

    If you have the Freebie Friday from last week, I hope you'll consider playing along with the Show-n-Tell. It's a lot of fun!! And you could win some fun prizes from Paper Popsicles.

    • Digital Stamp: Kids - Oliver the Cowboy (Cheeky Radish)
    • Patterned papers: Howdy Paper Stack Pack (Carolee's); Cold Raspberry Cinnamon Stick (Jillibean)
    • Ink: Chestnut Roan (Colorbox); Burlap (Tim Holtz)
    • Markers: Honey Brown, Tiki Hut Tan, Prairie Berry, Moonstone Yellow (Bic Mark It)
    • Cuttlebug and Floral Fantasy embossing folder (Provo Craft)
    • Brads (MakingMemories)
    • Ribbon (Michael's)

    Saturday, October 10, 2009

    Paper Popsicles: Creepy Crawly Blog Stomp

    Welcome to Paper Popsicles' second blog hop, our CREEPY, CRAWLY, Blog STOMP! Today, we hope that as you go around to each of our creative team member blogs, you will find inspiration, some tricks, and perhaps some TREATS!

    If you stumbled upon my blog from Amy GREAT!!! You are on the right track! If you stumbled upon my blog and wish to play along, please start at the Paper Popsicles' blog.

    Our porch lights are now on! As you move from one blog to the next, you will collect a TREAT (a word). Gather all the treats to make a ghoulish saying and email your phrase to Melissa at melissa@paperpopsicles.com. For your efforts, you will be entered into a RAK to win a fantastic prize—THE LOUD TALKER KIT!

    Please leave a comment on EVERY blog during our stomp....otherwise you might miss out on some other free treats!!!!
    Now, on with the show! Here is MY ghoulish surprise: A Hauntingly Festive Banner!

    I've mentioned before about how I love the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland. Well, I decided to use it as the theme for my Halloween banner. The main word across the banner reads "999 Happy Haunts." When you enter the amusement ride the Caretaker starts to speak. He tells of the ghostly occupants and how there are is always room for one more. (*wink*)

    On each of the panels is found a fun Halloween shape decorated with either glittery goodness or embossed with a silvery inked design.

    Each of these little icons started out as one of the digital shaped cards available in the Paper Popsicles store, which I altered to be a digital stamp. That's the beauty of digital files. They can be changed in size and color to fit your needs. :) Some of the shapes (like the bats and ghost) were then mounted on coiled wire so that they could 'fly.'

    While the non-flying objects like shoe and hat were mounted using foam to lift them off the panels for added dimension.

    The witch is flying on a wire but it's hard to tell from the angle I took the pic. She is also painted with Shimmerz Spritz and then outlined with a 'black magic' glitter glue that I found at a local craft store.

    The pumpkin was painted with Shimmerz and outlined with glittery glue also as well as his fangy grin. Glittery glue and stamped images were added to some of the background papers as well to give more interest.

    To put the banner together, each panel was mounted on a long strip of ribbon with some space left in between. Buttons were stacked up and tied on to the ribbon with some brown twine.

    The words from the cemetery ghosts' song was typed up, printed on to paper and turned into a funky, aged paper ribbon which runs across the top of each panel. Gathered crepe paper, accordion pleated rosettes and zigzag stitching adds to the details.

    Here's a close up of one of the bats which was stamped and embossed with silver embossing powder. Two bats were mounted back to back on a black coiled wire so that the adhesive won't be exposed regardless which angle you look at it.

    The folded medallions in the center of each panel give such a cool texture and then all the little patterns and details really make this banner come to life. Every time my son walks past the window where it's hanging he yells (yes, YELLS!) "Hey mom! Halloween day!" He is so excited for it to be October. It's too cute.

    Ok enough of me going on and on....
    I guess you want your other treat too? The treat on my blog is BREWING AT

    Now that you have been scared into the season, don’t forget to leave a comment, then head over to Robyn’s blog next!

    In case you were curious.... Here is the list of blogs in the stomp:
    1. Tricia www.triciastreasures.blogspot.com
    2. Lynda www.positive-force.blogspot.com
    3. Cassie www.fortheartofit.blogspot.com
    4. Valerie www.allmyscrappin.blogspot.com
    5. Lora www.singingsquirrel.blogspot.com
    6. Carol www.crazyforcrafting.blogspot.com
    7. Amy www.papertrailsleaver.blogspot.com
    8. Jen www.jensbrainthings.blogspot.com <---- YOU ARE HERE
    9. Robyn www.dreaminginscraps.blogspot.com <---- GO HERE NEXT
    Don't forget - Paper Popsicles is screaming with great deals today. 25% off everything in the store and 50% off all clearance! October 10th only. www.paperpopsicles.com/store

    Thanks for stopping by. If you're read this far you get a special Trick-or-Treat prize! A fun Halloween themed digital design from PaperPopsicles. Click on the image to get the full size. Then you can right click to save:
    Happy Stomping!

    I'm pretty certain I've forgotten something I used on this lil'lovely. If I remember anything else I'll come back and update with the info.

    Special THANKS to my sis who came to town to visit and ended up being enlisted to help me make this. I'm fairly sure I wouldn't have finished it in time for the stomp if she hadn't offered to help. Thanks girlie!