Friday, December 21, 2012

RIP Ginger

Wednesday we lost our pup of 16+ years

Ginger RIP 1996-2012
Our beloved pup of 16 years. She was a strong survivor. We still called her a pup for a reason. Half chow chow/ half German shepherd she was beautiful, like a furry coyote. Fierce family protector, loving to her family. I remember when I called her sweetie early on and Rory got mad and said "I'm Sweetie!" She was Rory's daily work companion, and my craft partner. She like to lay on the floor wrapped around our chairs to the point that we were trapped at our desks. She loved winter and the snow. I could go on. Having her in our lives for 16 years was such a blessing. <3 U Ginger!



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Quick Wrap for Christmas

Gifts Wrapped - check!

These cute boxes Stampin' Up! Carried a few seasons ago. They are wax coated and food safe. I bought them from the Clearance Rack for .99 for a five pack. I bought a lot of them. They have been rather handy. While I cannot reveal their contents they were the perfect size.

The tags were made quickly. The red circles were leftover from a project a long time ago. Glad I saved them. It made it quick assembly. The stamp set was a hostess set from the 2011-12 catalog. It seemed to fit. The rest is current items. It all came together quickly. I like them.

Need tag ideas for your gifts? Contact me for ideas. I would be glad to help.

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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Christmas Card: Ruche Tulle Accent

Another quick and cute card made at my uplines Christmas party.

The fluff is made by folding the tulle ribbon in half or almost in half for a fuller layered look. You will need a jumbo sticky round and 12-18 inches of the tulle. I love the tulle and hope we see more in the future. It is available until the end of the year in the mini catalog.

Remove one layer of the sticky round and place on your project. Place end of tulle in middle of circle pinch tulle and place. You can do even pleats but I like the less perfect look. Keep going until all ribbon is used. You can peel off tulle and redo if you don't like the look.

This would be beautiful for a wedding, or other elegant event.

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Quick Card: snow Festival Designer Tags

This was a card made at my uplines holiday party. It is super quick. You just need the card base and one layer (optional) and the tags set, one greeting to stamp - greetings of the season stamp set, rhinestones. I did run the gumball green layer thru and embossing folder to up it a bit.

If you want to be super quick you can just use notecards and the tags and add some bling. 25 tags. 20 notecards

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Thoughts...

O.0 That moment when you realize you made your coffee too strong!

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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Live greens holiday decoration

This is the first time I have ever worked with live greens and birch decorating for Christmas. It was fun getting dirty outside today.

Except for the live items all the rest was stuff I had on hand. The ribbon was extra from a project a million years ago. The birds were decorations I bought for my fathers funeral earlier this year. The dried flowers I plucked from his funeral arrangement. The flag was also bought for the funeral. My intention was just a decoration but it kind of ended up to be an homage to my dad. Seems fitting now.

My daughter worked with the arrangement. She is the one who put the flag in and the birds perched. Bending over so much my back was getting irritated.

I had a few leftover pieces and made a small arrangement for the table that sits by the front door.

Now I would like to get a few loose birch logs and wrap a ribbon around them for the door.

The boys worked on yard stuff. Normally an all white light kind of gal I changed things up and added a string of red berry type lights for each tree. I will have to grab pix of that later.

The "fake-us" tree in background stays outside all the time. He needs lights too.
Outside decorations- check!







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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Pin on holiday cheer

My upline made this adorable pin out of products from the Stampin' Up! Holiday mini catalog.

Using the mitten punch, bakers twine, cherry cobbler scalloped tulle ribbon, sticky rounds, circle punch and houndstooth embossing folder. So cute and super easy.



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Sunday, November 25, 2012

One last blessings decoration

The mom of the recently dedicated/ baptized child also made these balls that were hung from a light.

She cut out polyester circles and then heated them to fuse and melt the edges. She started using a lighter them switched to a candle. Little did she know that there was something called a heat tool when she could have heated several at once.

She then pinned them to a foam circle. So simple and so darling. May have to try them myself.







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Made with love Dedication blessings Plaque

Mom of the child we know recently dedicated/blessed/baptized made this. She is so talented. She even had her art on display in DC when she was younger.

We did not coordinate stuff. I made mine on a hunch and based on the invite. You'd never know it. All was beautiful.

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Blessings Banner for Dedication/baptism

This banner goes with the table decoration I posted a few days ago.

I used the Perfect Pennants die. The rectangles were cut and the triangle cut out was done by hand.

Colors: elegant eggplant, very vanilla, perfect plum, a little retired pale plum, soft suede. Paper flowers, twill ribbon, other. Some of it was spritzed with my homemade spritzer (shimmer paint and rubbing alcohol).

It looked adorable and matched real well with the family's decorations. Like it had been coordinated.

I had a lot of fun making this. Making banners is fun.

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Blessing/ baptism card

This card goes with the other recent baptism items I have posted. This is the card I made for the gift (purchased items) that I gave the little one.

The stamp set is retired, sadly, but went with numerous religious events.

I will post my other project shortly. And some of the items the child's crafty/artistic mom made too.



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Saturday, November 24, 2012

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Happy Holidays from me!

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Friday, November 23, 2012

Scrappers Beware

Attention scrapbookers, this could be you!

Happy Black Friday!

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Poll - Don't Forget to Take My occasional poll

Take the scrapbooking poll on the right. I am curious to find out.

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MDS 2 Starbursts


I love this newly learned technique from My Digital Studio. And it is so easy!

You need a star punch and a pennant punch. Take your punch and matt it with a l width line in the color of your "call out". Grab your pennant punch and color it to match your star's matt. Change the width of pennant punch to the width of the star you are bursting. Grab the corner of your punch and rotate to match your star's wings. Send it to the back. I grouped them together after I was done. So easy and such a very fun technique.

The red rolling line is created using the new freeform line tool in My Digital Studio 2. So easy to create your own shapes.

I used the Candid Frames download for the old fashioned film slide matts for the pictures. I rotated them to create movement. I dropped a photo box and shaped it to fit the inside of the slide. I grouped it and then copied and pasted the grouping to as many shapes as I needed.  Then I dragged in my photos.


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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Baptism Table Decoration

This table centerpiece was made for my cousins grand daughters Dedication/Baptism coming up this weekend. The day I got the invite, about three weeks ago, I had this and one other item whipped up. I love making stuff like this. The invite came in elegant eggplant and a woodygrain patterned paper in similar colors to soft suede. She also is going w a bird theme. I could have added aboard to it using the large bird die from Stampin' Up!

Al supplies from Stampin' Up! Unless otherwise noted.

Papers: cardstock in elegant eggplant, soft suede, perfect plum and retired pale plum, very vanilla, early espresso, DSP Rich Regals paper pack eggplant paper, Glitter paper in champaign/gold from the Holiday mini catalog.
Accessories: lots of sticky strip, sizzix die ABC serif, antique brads, jumbo sticky rounds, various punches, vanilla seam binding, plum taffeta and suede taffeta ribbons
Other: floral foam, Kraft shreddie, bamboo skewers, basket

My daughter suggested I should have maybe tied a ribbon or two to the skewers. It is dropped off now.

Need me to make something like this for your next event or to help you plan a project such as this, contact me.















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Sunday, November 18, 2012

MDS Collage Pages

Using some of the cool new layout tools in My Digital Studio where you can line up objects by bottom, top, centering and more. It makes creating a collage of photos very easy. For the one page I grouped them after I was satisfied with their placement then rotated the whole grouping.

I have been working my way scrapping forward. It has been fun to walk down memory lane. Such as the whole point of scrapbooking.

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

SNOW Holiday Banner

A friend needed a banner for her pre holiday event. She asked for a banner. I asked what do you want it to say? S N O W.

It was mostly a Big Shot project. All supplies from Stampin' Up! Dies used: stocking, new snowflake from holiday 2012 mini catalog, retired alphabet die, snow embossing folder, polka dot folder, and shimmer paint mix in Champagne., and expression scallop ribbon tulle and neutral buttons, linen thread, champagne glitter paper, cherry cobbler bakers twine.

Cut out stockings first then run through folders. Spritz and set aside to dry. Cut out rest of pieces.

I used lots of sticky strip to assemble pieces together.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

New iPhone App from Stampin' Up!

Stampin' Up! Just released its first app available only for iOS devices so far.

It makes quick cards, can add photos and then post to your social media or email or whatever you want.

Backgrounds are pre formatted and come in several options. Add embellishments, text, a picture, and done. This is going to be a fun app. I expect as time goes on and enough interest we will see different options added.

Love it! Send me your creations.

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Monday, November 12, 2012

Winter Wreath

One more decoration made. Check!

I purchased the grapevine wreath. The rest of the supplies are from Stampin' Up!

Paper: whisper white, very vanilla, champaign glitter paper (from Holiday mini) more mustard, soft suede
Big Shot: Autumn leaves die, wood grain and brocade embossing folders all in the Holiday mini catalog
Ink: early espresso
Other: Espresso tulle scalloped ribbon, champaign shimmer paint mixed with rubbing alcohol as a glitter spritz

After I distressed, inked up and curled my leaves I used a glue gun to glue them to the wreath leaving space for the tulle hanger and bow.

The tulle bow isn't visible in the pictures.

It was very quick to make the leaves and didn't take real long to glue on the leaves. If you try your own version of this project send me a pic to post.

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Punch Pals Tree Ornaments

I have been working on a few things for Christmas. Feeling a little inspired I came up with these cute little creatures out of just punches and brads.

Punches: 2-1/2 inch circle punch, large oval punch, scallop oval punch

I did punch two of the large circles, after I put the birds together I placed the extra circle on the back to cover up the back of the project.

The birds were hung by linen thread.

You could make a pack of these as a gift for a teacher or friend.

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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Holiday Shopping

Come and get your holiday shopping done early. Today 9:30-3:30 at the Anoka Armory at 408 East Main in Anoka. 40+ vendors. Free event.

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