Sunday, December 19, 2010

Mini book made with Stampin' Up! DSP

This adorable little mini book was made by Sara Bolz. She gave one to each of us at our last Chalk-a-holics meeting. She made each one with different Designer Series Paper. Mine was made with the Sunny Garden DSP. The covers are made from cardboard covered with DSP. Sara also cut and punched all of the paper inside and put it all together with a Bind-it-All. Isn't it adorable?She also included a candle with everyone's mini book. We were all so tickled with our gifts. Thank you, Sara!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Christmas Mug and Fabric Coaster

Look at this cute gift that I got from my downline Diane! It's a red mug filled with M&Ms (yum!) with a coordinating fabric coaster that she made.
Isn't that coaster just too cute? The whole thing just looks so festive and pretty - I don't want to open the bag and eat the M&Ms... yet. They will be eaten at some time. I can only hold out so long before the need for chocolate will overcome the cuteness of this. The coaster is cut out using the Sizzix large square scallop die and then stitched together with a little bit of batting between the layers. The button is sewed on the edge for a little extra touch. This would make a wonderful gift for a teacher, good friend, or anyone else on your list!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

I'll be back soon!

Just a quick note to tell you that I won't be able to post for a bit. I have scheduled a couple of posts for the next few days, but I'm having shoulder surgery Thursday and don't know when I'll be up to getting back on the computer. Hopefully it won't be too long!

Christmas Cards

I wanted show you these beautiful cards that Diane Kipp shared with me recently. I think they were from a recent class that she had. They are all adorable - thanks for sharing, Diane!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Chalk-a-holics Swap Cards

Here are some of the swap cards from last month's Chalk-a-holics meeting that I wanted to share with you.

The first one is Diane Kipp's. She used the Bells & Boughs stamp set and some of the Deck the Halls fabric. Such a beautiful, elegant card!
This one was made by Sara Bolz. She used the Day of Gratitude stamp set and coordinating Autumn Spice paper. I love the fall colors (even though we have snow now)!
This is Emily Mullin's card. She used the beautiful French Foliage stamp set with Early Espresso and Cherry Cobbler inks. I love how she sponged in the middle and just stamped the leaves around the edges. Those leaves are so realistic-looking! If you would like to re-create any of these cards, you can still purchase these stamp sets - but not for very long. They are all from the Holiday Mini Catalog and that only goes until January 3, 2011! You can order by going directly to my Stampin' Up! website at You can shop anytime that suits you and have your order sent directly to you! Or if you want to buy something for a gift for someone who lives far away, you can have it sent directly to that person too! Of course, if you would prefer to call me and have me order it for you, I'm always happy to do that.

Hope you've been inspired by these cards today and have set aside some time to get some of your own stamping done soon. Bye for now! Smiley from

Friday, December 10, 2010

Chalk-a-holics Projects - Gift Pocket Wallet and One Sheet Cute Box

We had a Chalk-a-holics meeting in November, but I haven't been able to post pictures of our projects until now. We always have so much fun getting together and stamping and creating! You should join my Stampin' Up! group and you could stamp with us too! We'd love to have you!

The first project is another one of the Gift Pocket Wallets (original post was on September 29). We used the Candy Cane DSP - everyone chose which one they wanted to work with. This is my almost completed one - I think it still needs something on the front but I don't know what. The red piece is cut out with the Big Shot and the Top Note Bigz Die and then embossed with the Northern Flurry Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Can you see the snowflakes?
Here is the inside with a sample gift card. We adjusted the dimensions just slightly so that it was only about 1/2" wide on the spine side rather than the original which makes it about 1" wide. I decided that I didn't need it that wide because I wasn't putting anything thick inside.
Here is an adorable little gift bag/box that was made from just one sheet of 8-1/2" x 11" DSP. It's called a "One Sheet Cute Box" and the pattern came from Madeline Morcelo. You can find her instructions here.And here we are at the end of the evening. Jerry came home just in time to snap a couple of pictures before we broke up for the night. Going from left to right are Diane K., Emily M., Judy H., Sara B., and me.
Can't wait to get together with my girls again soon! We're actually planning on making coaster calendars next week before I have surgery. I'm looking forward to it!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Christmas Decor Element

Hey, remember me?? I'm baaaack. (Well, at least for a little while.) If you recall, I have been having MAJOR computer problems. Jerry has me back up and running on my "old" computer and is rebuilding his old computer for me. He said I will have a "super computer" when he's done! Hey, all I care about is that it turns on and I can get my work done! Smiley from

But enough about that. Remember when I shared with you my Thanksgiving Decor Element? I promised that I had a Christmas one to show you and here it is! Ta-da!

This was totally CASE-d from one I saw on Patty Bennett's blog. It uses the Vintage ornaments Decor Elements and the Jingle All the Way Decor Element. They are applied to the front of the glass and then some Christmas DSP was put inside the frame to give it a pretty backing. This was one of the Christmas papers from last year and is retired. A couple of small ribbon bows are attached to the front of the glass with glue dots. It's so pretty - and it hangs right where the Thanksgiving one was, so I just take that one down and put this one up!

I am going to try to pre-schedule some postings for my blog in case my computer goes down, but I am also going to have shoulder surgery next week (the 16th) and will probably be out of it for at least a week or so. (I'm just a wee bit nervous about this surgery - and the recovery time.) Smiley from So please accept my apologies in advance for the sporadic postings. Hopefully when January comes around I will be back up and around and able to post more regularly.