December 29, 2011

Hi everyone!  I hope you all had a wonderful holiday!  We had some family come visit us and then I had dinner at my house on Christmas Eve.  I spent the past 2 days trying to get my house back in order and I'm just about ready to put away my Christmas tree for this year.  I had a few things I wanted to share with you.  I'll be back in the new year again posting projects and cards like I usually do.  I recently purchased the new Stampin' Up! designer rosette die and I can't wait to try it out.

--The last day to place your order from the Holiday Mini catalog is Tuesday January 3rd.  The new Occasions Mini catalog begins on Wednesday Jan 4th.  I will post a link to the new mini on Wed Jan 4th in the morning.

Carry over flyer
click on the link below to see the carry over flyer

--The Holiday Mini carry over flyer has been released. These are the items that are being carried over and can still be ordered. If you wanted to order something from the holiday mini and it's not on this flyer you still have a few more days to place your order (until Jan 3rd) before it retires. I've posted the link to the carry over flyer for you above.
--It was announced earlier that the stocking building punch from the holiday mini will not be carried over.  I sent everyone on my mailing list this information, but just in case you missed it this punch is only available while supplies last.  Stocking Builder Punch is item #124095 ($16.95).  The coordinating stamp set will also be retiring. Stitched Stocking Clear stamp set #123784 ($19.95) and Stitched Stocking Wood stamp set #123782 (27.95).


--Stampin' Up! has updated their clearance items again and the Clearance Blitz will continue through January 5th.  If you would like to place an order for any items on the clearance rack click on the link below and then click on the shop now tab at the bottom of my Stampin' Up! website.

I also wanted to mention that Debbie (our winner for the Simply Score Tool give away) has received her Score tool- she so kindly posted a comment under my Dec 16th winner announced post found here.  Thanks so much Debbie, enjoy!  I'll be having another give away again and I hope it will be as much fun!

If you have any questions about placing an order feel free to send me an email!  Have a great day and I'll see you next year!  Happy New Year to you all!

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December 16, 2011

Good Morning!  Well, today is the day some of you have been waiting for (for my Simply Score Tool give away winner), but first I wanted to let you all know about Stampin' Up's! clearance rack blitz.  From now until January 5th, nearly 200 items are being added to Stampin' Up's! clearance rack. 

Items are available only while supplies last.  There are no refunds or exchanges on clearance rack items.  Only online orders qualify for this promotion; however orders can include non-clearance rack items.  There is no minimum purchase required to participate in this promotion and qualifying clearance orders are eligible for hostess benefits.   If you are interested in placing an order for any clearance items here is the link to my Stampin' Up! website-  http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/lalatty/  once you are my Stampin' Up! website, click on the shop now tab at the bottom right side of the page and that will take you to the Stampin' Up! online store in which you can place your order through me.  Please let me know if you have any questions at- pebbles4@ptd.net and I will be happy to help you.

Now, onto our drawing!  For our drawing, I printed out all of the comments for my Simply Score tool give away and if you signed up for my newsletters then I entered your name twice.  If you already were receiving my newsletters and you entered my give away I also entered your name twice. 

Here is a picture of all of our entries.

And here is a picture of my son mixing up the names.  Isn't my son cute?  Okay, I guess we all think our kids are cute.  Aaron just turned 7 this past Saturday.

Pick a winner for us Aaron!

And our winner is-

Congratulations Debbie!  Debbie said- I have a running list of blogs I check daily and you're on it.  Thanks for the great projects!!!  PS...fingers crossed.

I hope Debbie likes her new Simply Score tool as much as I like mine.  I'm going to send you an email as soon as I get back from taking my son to school.  When I hear back from you I'll order your new Simply Score Tool. 

ETA- Update...I heard back from Debbie this morning and Debbie your Simply Score Tool is on it's way.  Enjoy!

I'd like to say a great big thank you to all of you for entering and helping me reach my goal of 200 followers.  I hope you will continue to follow me and be on the lookout for my next give away.

Contact me today if you would like to place an order or to be added onto my mailing list!
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December 14, 2011

Hi everyone!  I wanted to take a moment to let you all know that today is the last day to place your Stampin' Up! holiday orders in time for Christmas delivery.  Also, tomorrow is the last day for Stampin' Up's! 'It's Good to be a Hostess' promotion. Email me at pebbles4@ptd.net if you need more information about this promotion.

Well, now that Christmas is only 1 1/2 weeks away I'm sure you are finishing up your last minute decorating, wrapping, shopping, baking, and perhaps even you're like me you still haven't mailed your Christmas cards.  What!  You didn't even make your cards, yet!  Well, don't panic.  That's why I'm here....LOL  I have two clean & simple, super quick and easy holiday cards that I'm sure you can whip up in no time. 

My snow swirled card was a case of this card here that I came across on splitcoast stampers.  I eliminated a layer, did a little bit less stamping, and I changed the colors and since purple is my favorite color I decided to make a purple holiday card.  I did add 3 rhinestone gems in the center of the larger snowflakes, but you could even eliminate those if you wanted.  This is a super easy card, just cut your card stock and begin stamp away.


Stamps: Snow Swirled
Card Stock: White, Elegant Eggplant
Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Silver
Supplies: Rhinestone Gems

This next card was also a case of a card I saw somewhere, but I can't seem to find it again to link it here for you.  If I find it I will come back and update this post. 

Now, this card is a bit more work, but I'm sure you could whip up 10 or so of these in less than 1/2 hour.   Simply stamp your tree image, stamp the sentiment, add your glitter and then sponge your moon.  (Note- the tree and the 'season's greetings' sentiment are both on one stamp, but when I mounted this stamp I cut the sentiment apart from the tree and I mounted it on another wood block.  I did this so that it would be quicker and easier for me to work with this stamp). 

Sponging your moon is an easy technique.  Here is a great video that shows you how to do reverse masking and I did mine the same way as Holly did in this video.


Stamps: Scenic Season
Card Stock: White, Night of Navy
Ink: Night of Navy, Real Red
Supplies: Sponge, Circle Punch, 2 Way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter
Technique:  Sponging, Reverse Masking

That's about it for today!  Remember to come back on Friday morning.  I will be posting the winner of the Simply Score Too giveaway!  Have a great day!

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December 11, 2011


I don't have a craft post today, but I've been talking about these cupcakes on splitcoast and I wanted to post a picture of them.  These are ice cream cone cupcakes that I made them for my son to give to his classmates at school.  My son's birthday was yestesrday and he turned 7 years old- he's growing up so fast!

These are really easy to make and I make them almost every year.  The trick to making these is not fill the cones too full.  Mix your cake mix according to the directions (you do not want to use cake mix with pudding) and bake like you normally would.  It's tricky getting the cones to stand up and sometimes they can make a mess however I just bought this awesome pan to bake them in and this pan was perfect for my son to take these to school.  These pans are very hard to find so I thought I would share the website where I purchased it from.  Kupcake Konz has excellent customer service and my pan was shipped right away.

Well, that's about it for today.  I'll be back tomorrow with another Christmas card to share!  Have a great rest of the weekend!

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December 9, 2011

Hi everyone!  Well we did it!  We officially reached 200 followers and I will be giving away a Stampin' Up!  Simply Scoring tool!  As stated in my orginal giveaway post I will be waiting 1 week from the time I reach 200 followers so I will have one of my children pick a winner's name out of a basket next Friday morning.  So there's still time to enter and remember if you signed up or if you already do recieve my Stampin' Up! newsletters I will be entering your name twice!  If you haven't entered yet you will want to read this post <---click here--

I will post pictures and I will be posting the winner next Friday morning.   So be sure to come back next Friday December 16, 2011 (and after I take my son to school) I will come back and update my blog with our winner.   I will contact the winner and you will have 3 days to reply and then I will get your Simply Score Tool ordered and shipped to you.  Thank you to you all for helping me reach my goal!

Onto to today's card.  Today I wanted to post a holiday card that you could make with only a few supplies.  We all know that card making can be expensive and we all have lots of supplies and tools, but I wanted to show you (especially if you are new to card making) that yes, you can make holiday cards with only a few supplies and that aren't expensive to make.

I used one tree stamp from Stampin' Up's!  Lovely as a Tree stamp set and I randomly stamped in onto my card staying towards the left hand side.  I stamped off on a few of the images so that they would appear lighter.  Then all I did was add my Merry Christmas greeting and add my ribbon, so cute and easy!  I did want to mention that I got the idea to make this card from another stamper and her original card can be seen here.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a great weekend!

Stamps:  Lovely as a Tree, Holidays & Wishes
Card Stock: White, Garden Green,
Ink: Garden Green
Supplies: Ribbon
Technique: Stamping Off

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December 7, 2011

Good Morning! Today's card is for the monthly challenge for the blog group that I belong to. If you look on my side bar you will find the links to the other ladies' blogs who are in my group. If you have time, take a moment to visit their blogs and you can see their challenge cards too. I must apologize to my blog group friends because I am late in posting my card (I'm so sorry, I totally forgot about our challenge).

Our challenge was 'the power of 3's'.  We were to create a card using 3 layers, 3 images, and 3 embellishments and we were to leave the sentiment off of the front of our cards.  I knew right away that I was going to try and use my new stocking punch. 

Making these stockings using the stocking punch is a great way to use up some of your designer series paper scraps.  On my card I used some paper scraps from the Stampin' Up! holly berry bouquet designer series paper.  I used the new silver glimmer paper for the tops and the toe part of the stocking and the rest of my card was made using real red and very vanilla card stock.

The stockings were easy to put together and I placed them on my card using dimensionals.  My background is dry embossed using my big shot and my perfect polka dots embossing folder.  I used a glue dot to hold on my bells.

My 2 year old daughter just told me that she liked the socks on my card, how cute!  Well, that's about it for today.  If you are watching my Simply Score Tool give away then you know we only need 5 more followers.  This would make a perfect Christmas gift for you!  For more details please click on the simply score tool on my side bar.  Have a great day!

Stamps: none
Card Stock: Very Vanilla, Real Red, Silver Glimmer Paper, Holly Berry Bouquet DSP
Ink: none
Supplies: Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Glue Dots, Dimensionals, Stocking Builder Punch, Mini Jingle Bells
Technique: Dry Embossing

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December 6, 2011

Good Morning! Today I'm planning on finishing my holiday decorating, but before I do I wanted to post another card that we made at my cookie party. Today's card is almost an exact case from the Stampin' Up! idea book & catalog. In fact this card is the reason I bought this stamp set. I saw the sample card and I figured it would be an easy, quick holiday card and if you leave the ribbon off it would be perfect for the holiday cards you intended to mail.

My red riding hood card base is stamped using red riding hood ink. It's tone on tone ink and card stock so it's hard to see in my photo, but when I was making my card I felt that the background needed a little something.

I used the Stampin' Up! top note die to cut my vanilla card stock for the inside and outside of my card.  I even stamped the bottom right corner on the inside of my card (as you can see in the photo above).  Stamping the inside of my cards isn't something I usually do, but I like the way it turned out on this card.

Then to complete my card I simply stamped my images using old olive ink in the two corners and stamped my season's greetings sentiment using red riding hood ink.  Next, I added my ribbon and placed my top note layer onto my card base using dimensionals and that was it!

Remember to be sure and enter my Simply Score Tool give away.  We only need 8 more followers and I'll have one of my children pick a name out of a basket.  If you receive my newsletters and you enter to win I will enter your name into my drawing twice.

Have a great rest of the day!  See you tomorrow!

Stamps: Bells & Boughs, Curly Cute
Card Stock: Very Vanilla, Red Riding Hood
Ink: Old Olive, Red Riding Hood
Supplies: Big Shot, Top Note Die, Ribbon, Stamp-a-ma-jig

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December 5, 2011

Hi everyone!  Thank you so much for being patient with me this past week.  I spent the entire week last week getting ready for a cookie exchange party at my house yesterday.  My party went very well and I thing everyone had a great time plus we had an opportunity to try some great new cookies and exchange recipes.  Thank you to those of you who came to my first cookie exchange!  I'm looking forward to doing it again next year.

After we ate some food and had some cookies I planned for everyone to make a few holiday cards and the card I am posting today is one of the cards we made.  Since it was a larger group I had the snowman hats made ahead of time and I had everything else punched out for everyone.

The snow along the bottom of my card was made using the paper tearing technique and then I added some glitter along the torn portion of the card stock.

The snowman was made using several circle punches.  The eyes and mouth I just drew in using my SU black marker.  The nose is just a small triangle cut from some orange scrap paper.  The arms are 2 portions cut from the snowflake punch.

To create the hat I punched out a black 1" square and then I punched out some black card stock using my word window punch.  I then took the card stock from the word window I punched it again.  I slipped it back into the word window punch to punch it again making it shorter.  The leaf in the snowman hat was from the leafy branch of the bird builder punch and then the holly berry was simply a 1/4" circle punch using real red card stock.

I waited until my card was finished until I made my background.  After my snowman was glued on I stamped my sentiment using white craft in and then using my white gel pen I placed dots on my background for the snowflakes.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Don't forget to enter to win the Stampin' Up! Simply Score Tool that I am giving away.  Click on this link here here for more details about my giveaway.  Only 8 more followers and we will soon have a winner.  Have a great day.  Tomorrow I'll be posting anther card that we made yesterday at my cookie party.

Stamps: Bells & Boughs
Card Stock: White, Brilliant Blue, Chocolate Chip, Black, Only Orange, Old Olive, Real Red
Ink: Craft White Ink
Supplies: Ribbon, Glue Dots, 2 Way Glue Pen, DD Glitter, White Gel Pen, and Punches:  Word Window, 1 1/4" Square, Bird Builder, 1/4" Circle, 1 3/4", 1 1/4", & 1" Circle, and Snowflake
Technique:  Punch Art, Paper Tearing
 
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November 24, 2011

Hi everyone!  I don't have a post for today, but I wanted to check in and say
Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

If you would like to sign up for my newsletter (and receive my specials when I have them) feel free to send me and email at pebbles4@ptd.net with your email address.  I will be having a black Friday special for all my newsletter subscribers!

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November 22, 2011

Good Morning!  Last night I sat at my computer to post this card and next thing I knew I fell asleep.  When I woke up I figured it was time for bed and I would post this tomorrow, so here I am! 


I came across this card created by peebsmamma on splitcoast stampers and I wanted to case her card, but I didn't have the stamp set she used.  Don't you hate that when you see a card you love, but you don't have the stamps to create it?  Well, as I was looking through my stamps the other day I realized that the one stamp in my watercolor trio set looks very similar to the stamp in the peaceful wishes stamp set that Susan used, and so I was off to create my card.

The sketch/layout was from a previous challenge on the clean & simple stamping blog so I used the same layout and the same colors.  Basically the only thing I changed was the stamps and that I added a rhinestone jewel next to my Merry Christmas sentiment.

I first stamped my image using wild wasabi ink and then using my real red Stampin' Up! marker I added a few red dots around my stamped image.

This would be a perfect card for sending out to friends and family this year since it's relatively flat and it wouldn't need extra postage.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  If you ever have any questions feel free to send me an email.  You will find my email address at the bottom of this post.

Stamps: Watercolor Trio, Christmas Greetings
Card Stock: White, Real Red, Subtles DSP Paper Pack
Ink: Real Red, Wasabi
Supplies: SU Real Red Marker, Rhinestones Jewels

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Good Morning!  I'll be back later today with another post and a project, but I wanted to take a minute to let you all know about the online extravaganaz sale Stampin' Up! is currently having.


Beginning today, (Monday, November 21), through Wednesday, November 30, 2011 Stampin’ Up! is holding an Online Extravaganza.   These are great deals to start of the holiday shopping season!  You will recieve hostess benefits for orders over $150. 

You can go to my website : http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/lalatty/promotions
and view the items on sale. To place your order simply click on the shop now tab.
Items are discounted up to 60% off

Two of our brand-new products will be discounted 20 percent today only!
122334 Simply Scored $29.95 $23.96
125152 Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps $16.95 $13.56

Please email me with any questions of if you would like me to email you the pdf. flyer.
Happy Stampin’

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November 18, 2011

Good morning!  I wanted to remind you all again to be sure and sign up for my newsletters so that you will be able to enjoy my specials when I offer them.  

Today I'm posting 2 cards for you.  These two cards I made using my new Leaves of a Tree stamp.   This is an a la carte stamp in the current holiday mini catalog and it sells for $9.95.

I stamped the tree image using chocolate chip ink and then I began to assemble my card.  My old olive border was punched using my scallop border punch and then I decided to try and use up some of my ribbon scraps and I placed two small pieces of ribbon along the left side of my image panel.  I wanted to try and keep my cards more on the flat side so that they would be good for sending through the mail without needing to pay for extra postage.

Stamps: Leaves of a Tree
Card Stock: White, More Mustard, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Spice Cake DSP
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Supplies: Ribbon, Scallop Border Punch


This card was created almost the same as my card above; in fact I made these two cards together with some of the paper scraps I had left over from when I made my lollie wreaths a few weeks ago.  My tree image was stamped using chocolate chip ink and then I simply assembled my card.

Stamps: Leaves of a Tree, Holiday & Wishes
Card Stock: White, More Mustard, Chocolate Chip, Spice Cake DSP
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Supplies: Ribbon, Stamp-a-ma-jig

Thank you to you all for stopping by!  I'm only 15 followers away from having my Simply Score tool giveaway so if you haven't done so already I'd love to have you follow me.  Enjoy your weekend!

Contact me today if you would like to place an order or to be added onto my mailing list!
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November 17, 2011

Hi everyone! I've been busy this week so I must apologize for not posting sooner. I wanted to take a moment to thank all of my new followers. If anyone would like to sign up for my monthly newsletter please send me an email at pebbles4@ptd.net  I will be having special offers that I will be giving to my newsletter subscribers only. For those of you who already receive my newsletters be sure to watch for my special email next week!

Also, we only need 16 more followers and I will be giving away a new Simply Score Tool from Stampin' Up! If you would like to enter you need to leave a comment for me on this blog post found here-----> Simple Score Tool Giveaway.  If you sign up to receive my newsletters I will enter your name twice. If you already receive my newsletters I will be entering your name twice as well.

I also wanted to let you all know (and I forgot to mention this in my newsletter) I do have Stampin' Up! gift certificates available for anyone who would like to purchase one for a holiday or other gift.  I will include a lovely holiday hand stamped card with every gift certificate purchase.

Now on to today's projects. I wanted to make some Christmas cards using the Lovely as a Tree stamp set just to show you how versatile this set it. Lovely as a Tree is one of my favorite sets and it's perfect for so many occasions. I've used it for sympathy, masculine, fall, and Christmas cards too!  The two cards I am sharing with you today would be perfect for your holiday cards since these wouldn't require extra postage.

The first card I'm sharing with you is a case of myself.  I made a card similar to this one awhile back when I was on the Clean & Simple design team on splitcoast stampers.  This time when I made this card I made it even easier.


I simply stamped the tree image using chocolate chip ink and then I stamped some smaller snowflakes using night of navy ink, but I stamped off onto a scrap piece of paper first so that they would appear lighter. Then I did some sponging for my background and next, I punched out my 4 squares. When you are punching the squares to make it appear like a window you will want to try and punch as close to each square as you can.

To complete my card I layered my squares onto my night of navy card stock and and then using a scrap piece of designer series paper I punched the bottom using my scallop border punch and that completed the window look I was going for. My dsp was placed on my card using dimensionsals.

Stamps: Lovely as a Tree, Curly Cute, Merry & Bright- for the small snowflakes
Card Stock: White, Night of Navy, SU DSP
Ink: Night of Navy, Chocolate Chip- for the tree image
Supplies: Stamp-a-ma-jig, Scallop Border Punch, Dimensionals, 1 3/8" Square Punch
Technique: Sponging

The second card I made uses the same stamp sets and card stock colors, but my card is a little different. 


I used night of navy in to stamp the tree image and then I applied a nice amount of dazzling diamonds glitter over the trees using my 2 way glue pen.  It's very glittery in person.  My tree panel was placed onto my card using dimensionals.

My background is embossed and I created the horizontal lines by using my simply score tool and scoring my lines every 1/4" (another great use for the simply score tool).  I only placed the scor lines on the upper half of my background so that the bottom half would be unembossed and I would be able to stamp my sentiment below my main tree image.

Stamps: Lovely as a Tree, Curly Cute
Card Stock:  White, Night of Navy
Ink: Night of Navy
Supplies: Simply Score Tool, Stamp-a-ma-jig, 2 Way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Dimensionals
Technique: Dry Embossing

Well, that's about it for today.  I'm off to work on a piece of framed art that I started a few days ago.  Have a wonderful day!

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November 11, 2011

Happy Friday! My kiddos have off from school today so I have to make this short today. They are waiting for their breakfast. I recently hosted a Christmas cookie recipe swap and this is the page that I made for my swap.  The cookie pages were to be designed with a holiday theme in mind.


The recipe I used is for my famous Chocolate Chip cookies. Really, everyone loves them. When I take them to bake sales they sell out fast and I have friends that wait for me to make them every year. I'll post the recipe below so that you can save it for yourself.

To make my page all I really did was to randomly stamp my background using old olive and cherry cobbler ink and then I decided to hunt for my spritzer tool and splatter my background. I really had to dig for my spritzer tool; I think it's been ages since I've used it. I used my cherry cobbler Stampin' Up! marker for my spritzing.

Then I printed my recipe from my computer and I decided not to go with the traditional black ink and so I tried picking a burgundy color ink that I thought would match. For my embellishment I used a spiral clip with a small piece of ribbon attached. That's a great way to use up some of your ribbon scraps.

That's about it for today. Just yesterday I decided to host my first cookie exchange party so I'm hoping all the new recipes from my swap will come in handy.

Have a great weekend. I'll be back on Monday!  And before I forget here is my cookie recipe just in case you aren't able to read it from my photograph:

The best Chocolate Chip Cookies ever!

 Ingredients-
4 ½ cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 sticks of marg or butter softened
¾ cup granulated sugar
¾ cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
2 (12 ounce) packages Milk Chocolate Chips
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Directions-
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine flour, baking soda and
salt & set aside. Beat butter sugars and vanilla in mixer bowl
until creamy. Add eggs & mix well. Gradually beat in flour
mixture (I use my dough hooks when adding the flour since the
batter will become thick). Stir in morsels and nuts- (I mix in
these by hand). Drop cookies onto ungreased cookie sheet.
(They do not spread very much so you can place them close
together). Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Let
cool, move to cooling rack, & let cool again. Enjoy!

Stamps: Bells & Boughs
Card Stock: White, Bravo Burgundy
Ink: Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler
Supplies: Ribbon, Spiral Clip, Spritzer Tool, SU Old Olive & Cherry Cobbler Markers,
Technique:  Spritzer Tool

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November 10, 2011

Hi everyone!  Today I'm sharing with you the cards I made using the leftover scraps from when I made my fall and Christmas lolllie wreaths.  (I posted those wreaths the other day).



I think the spice cake and holly berry bouquet designer series papers are so pretty and I just couldn't bring myself to throw out my scraps. I ended up with some 1" strips of paper leftover and so this is what I came up with. My fall card does have one strip of dsp from a paper pack from Sale a bration 2011.

First, you will want to take a quarter sheet of card stock and cover it with adheasive. Then starting at one end lay your strips of paper on top of your card stock. You will want to try and keep the straight and line them up so that there is not any space between each strip.

Next, all you need to do is to place your designer series paper onto of your die (I used my Stampin' Up! top note die on my cards) and then run it through your big shot machine.  You will want to try and line up your die with your card stock so that it's in the middle of your die.  And now you are ready to assemble your card.  I added my sentiment using dimensionals.  It's as easy at that!  I made these two cards in about 10 minutes.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you enjoyed my project today!  See you tomorrow!

Stamps: Best Yet, Happy Harmony
Card Stock: Christmas Card- Very Vanilla, Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Wild Wasabi, Holly Berry Bouquet Paper Scraps.  Thanksgiving Card- More Mustard, White, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Spice Cake Designer Series Papers
Ink: Black Stazon
Supplies: Big Shot Machine, Top Note Die, Scallop Oval Punch, Large Oval Punch, Small Oval Punch, Dimensionsals

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November 8, 2011

Hi everyone! I'm at it again! I just can't seem to stop making these wreaths. I made 3 of each of these last week. You know when your friends and family see them they all want one! If you would like to see how I made these wreaths (and enter my simply score tool give away) I posted a tutorial awhile ago you will find that thread here--->click here.  If you have any questions about how I made my wreaths feel free to send me an email at pebbles4@ptd.net

It took me about 1 1/2 hours to make each wreath (don't forget I have a little one I'm chasing so it might take you a little less time).  Plus, I have found that the quickest way to make the lollies is to score first and then cut.  In other words, if you are using two sided designer series paper then most likely you will be using the pattern on the other side, so cut your dsp at 3" x 12" and score every 1/4".  Once you are finished with your scoring then cut your dsp in half so that now you should have 2 strips of scored dsp that measures 1 1/2" x 12".  Since I was making more than one wreath using the same dsp I cut my dsp at 6" x 12"- then I scored every 1/4" and then I cut my paper into 1 1/2" x 12" strips.

I forgot to mention yesterday that I do have two size lollies on my wreaths.  For the larger size I cut my dsp at 1 1/2" x 12" and for the smaller lollies I cut my dsp at 1" x 12".  To make it even easier, I'll cut my strip of dsp at 2 1/2" x 12" and then score every 1/4" and then I'll cut off my 1" for the smaller lollie.  This way you will not be scoring so much and you will be able to make your wreaths so much faster.  I also wanted to mention that cardboard will work for the backing of your wreath.  Just do like I did and find two larger round items to place on your cardboard and trace around.  A dinner plate and a salad plate work perfect for this.

This is a fall wreath I made using the new designer series paper found in our current holiday mini catalog. I was able to make 3 wreaths out of one package of designer series paper and I have enough to make 1 more. I also used my paper scraps to create some fall cards. I'll post those cards tomorrow so be sure to stop and visit me tomorrow.


Below I posted photos of the Stampin' Up! designer series paper and buttons that I used to make my fall wreath.  The designer series paper and buttons are both available in our current holiday mini catalog.  I also use some neutral buttons and 1 1/4" grosgrain ribbon which are both available in our idea book and catalog.

Designer Series Paper Spice Cake       # 124003 - $10.95
Designer Buttons Spice Cake               # 124113 - $7.95
Designer Buttons Neutral Collection     # 119743 - $8.95
1-1/4 Inch Striped Grosgrain Ribbon Soft Suede   #125060 $9.95
(I didn't use soft suede ribbon- my ribbon is a retired color, but soft suede is the current color that would match the Spice Cake designer series paper).


And this is the Christmas wreath that I made using the new designer series paper from the current holiday mini catalog.  Again, if you would like to see how I made my wreath please see my tutorial that I posted here----->click here.


Below I posted photos of the Stampin' Up! designer series paper and buttons that I used to make my Christmas wreath. The designer series paper and buttons are both available in our current holiday mini catalog. I also use some neutral buttons and 1 1/4" grosgrain ribbon which are both available in our idea book and catalog.

Speciality Designer Series Paper Holly Berry Bouquet # 124004 - $12.95
Designer Buttons Holly Berry Bouquet                        # 125636- $8.95
Designer Buttons Neutral Collection                            # 119743 - $8.95
1-1/4 Inch Striped Grosgrain Ribbon Cherry Cobbler #125056 color) $9.95













I hope you liked the wreathes I showed you today.  Be sure to visit tomorrow and I will share the cards I made with my leftover scraps I had from making my wreaths.  Have a wonderful rest of the day!

Stamps:  None, but I bet Hand-Penned Holidays (in the current mini) would be perfect on these wreaths.
Card Stock: Designer series paper- Spice Cake & Holly Berry Bouquet, and I have 1 real red lollie on my Christmas Wreath
Ink:  None
Supplies: Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Buttons, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Ribbon, Glue Gun, Glue Sticks, Scissors
Technique:  Paper folding, Scoring
 
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November 6, 2011


Happy Monday! I just wanted to take a minute to say thank you for being patient with me. This past week has been real busy and I wasn't able to update like I wanted to so today I am posting early. Also, thank you to all of my new followers and don't forget that once I reach 200 followers I will be giving away a new Stampin' Up! Simply Score Tool to one of you.  If you aren't sure what I am talking about, please see my blog post found here--->click on this link here.

I saw the clean & simple challenge posted on Splitcoast stampers and I knew right away what card I was going to make.  I just ordered this stamp set because I knew it would make lovely Christmas cards.  If you just beginning to stamp this card is perfect for you since you wouldn't need to purchase a lot of items plus this card is so easy to make.  It only took me about 5 minutes to make and if you leave off the pearls it would be perfect for mailing. 


I used the Bells & Boughs stamp set to create my card.  I stamped the larger poinsettia stamp in two of my corners using old olive ink and then I stamped it again just at the edge of my corners using cherry cobbler ink.  My sentiment was stamped using cherry cobbler ink and then I simply added three tiny pearls.  I also decided to use my cherry cobbler marker and put a few dots in the centers of the old olive poinsettis and that was it- super cute, quick, and easy.   

I hope you liked my card today.  I have quite a few projects ready to share with you all the next few weeks so be sure to check be when you can.  Make it a great day!

Stamps: Bells & Boughs
Card Stock: Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive
Supplies: Pearls, Stamp-a-ma-jig, SU Cherry Cobbler Marker

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October 28, 2011

Happy Friday!  Today I'm sharing the money holder I mentioned in yesterday's post.  I made several of these and they were so easy to make.  I'll post the directions below:


I was only able to get one money holder out of one sheet of 8 1/2" x 11" card stock. Cut your card stock so that it measures 7 1/2" x 7 1/2". Then score your card stock at 3" and 6".


The smaller flap will be the pocket for your money and you will need to fold that flap up and tape it closed. I used Stampin' Up! sticky tape for this to ensure that it would stay closed.

The larger flap is your top par that folds over and you can decorate this part however you like. I used some Holly Berry designer series paper on the front of this money holder. Then I added some ribbon. Here's a ribbon tip- to save on some ribbon I didn't tie it all the way around my money holder. I cut off both ends of my ribbon and I taped it to the back side of my designer series paper. Then I cut a little more ribbon to tie on the front.

I used the scallop border punch along the bottom front flap and then I used my oval punches to layer my sentiment.

This is a picture of the inside of my money holder.  I didn't do anything to the inside, but you could easily add some dsp.  Yesterday I mentioned about how to easily add the Velcro, but I wanted to mention it again for those of you who missed it.  The easiest way to add the Velcro is to place one half on the inside of your card- let's say the fuzzy half. Then take the stiffer half of the Velcro and place that onto the fuzzy part then remove the backing and close your card. Your Velcro will line up perfectly. Be sure when you are buying your Velcro that you are buying the kind with adhesive backing and not the kind that needs to be sewn on.




And this is a photo of the inside of my money holder with some money inside.  I took this photo to show you how nicely money will fit inside. 

And in this photo I wanted to show you a few other of these money holders that I made.  I already had these placed in plastic bags so please forgive the -not so great photo.  I made these the same way as my example listed above except that I used different dsp and the red holder doesn't have any ribbon on it.



I hope you liked the project I posted today.  Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!
Stamps: Best Yet
Card Stock: Real Red, Old Olive, White, Holly Berry Bouquet DSP & Subtles DSP Pack
Ink: Real Red
Supplies: Ribbon, Simply Score Tool, Scallop Oval Punch, Large Oval Punch, Small Oval Punch. Scallop Border Punch, Sticky Strip Tape, Velcro

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My email address- pebbles4@ptd.net
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October 27, 2011


Hi everyone!  Today I'm sharing a gift card holder that I just made.  I made several of these and they were quick and real easy to make.  I'll list the directions below for you:

---You can get 2 of these holders out of 1 sheet of 8 1/2" x 11" card stock.  Cut your card stock so that it measures 4 1/4" x 7 1/2"

-- Then score your card stock along the short side (or across not long ways) at 2 1/2" and 5 1/2".  Fold both flaps inward to create your holder.  You will have enough card stock along the top to use your border punch and punch a nice decorative border like I did on mine.

--Next, you will want to tape the bottom flap (the part where the gift card will be inserted) closed.  I highly recommend using sticky strip tape to close the bottom flap part of your gift card holder.  You only need to use a little bit on each side.  Do not tape the top of the flap closed- that's where your gift card is going to go.

--Now you are ready to decorate your holder.  On the gift card holder I made I simply used a small piece of designer series paper on the front and in the inside.  This would be a great opportunity to go through your scraps bin.  My dsp measures 1 3/4" x 4" on the inside and on the outside I cut my dsp at 2" x 4" because I scored the bottom of my dsp and flipped the edge over, but you don't have to do that.

--The next thing I did was to stamp my sentiment.  I embossed the sentiment using white craft ink and white embossing powder.  You will want to make sure and do your embossing before you add your ribbon and Velcro because the heat from the heat gun can ruin them.

-- Next, I added my ribbon and my Velcro closure.  The easiest way to add the Velcro is to place one half on the inside of your card- let's say the fuzzy half.  Then take the stiffer half of the Velcro and place that onto the fuzzy part then remove the backing and close your card.  Your Velcro will line up perfectly.  Be sure when you are buying your Velcro that you are buying the kind with adhesive backing and not the kind that needs to be sewn on.

This is a photo of the inside of my gift card holder.  As you can see I also added a piece of designer series paper on the inside.

And this is a photo of my gift card holder with a gift card inside.  These holders are just the right size for gift cards plus I like that I kept them closed using Velcro so that I won't have to worry about the gift card falling out.
I hope you liked my project today.  I also made a money holder similar to this one.  I'll have to post one of those tomorrow.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Remember to enter to win the Simply Score Tool that I am giving away-----> click here for more information.  I used my Simply Score Tool when making my gift card holder and it made scoring my project so easy.

Stamps:  Curly Cute
Card Stock:  Real Red, Holly Berry Bouquet DSP
Ink: White Craft Ink,
Supplies: White Embossing Powder, Embossing Buddy, Heat Gun, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Ribbon, Simply Score Tool, Velcro
Technique: Heat Embossing

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October 24, 2011

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  Saturday my family and I spent the day in a corn maze and picking pumpkins.  It's hard to believe fall is here already and in my back yard the leaves on the trees have already changed their colors and most have fallen. 

And that was sort of the inspiration for today's card that I made for the CAS (clean & simple) challenge on splitcoast stampers.  Today's challenge is a sketch challenge based on this card here.

I used a technique called thumping to color in this lovely tree image.  I began by using several fall SU colored markerd and then I started to color the leaves.  Once the leaves were colored I began thumping over the them with the same color markers I was using.  That's how I was able to create two different colors on the same leaves- it looks more realistic and fall like.  Once I was finished with my thumping I used my chocolate chip marker to again color the brown tree trunk and branches.  And remember to 'huff' onto the stamp before stamping it onto your card stock.  This remoisted the ink.  The Stampin' Up! markers I used were:  old olive, more mustard, tangerine tango, cherry cobbler.

The top half of my background is embossed using my vintage wallpaper embossing folder and just under my embossed area I added two score lines.  And that's about it for today's card.  I hope you liked it! 

Don't forget about my Simply Score Tool giveaway- you will find more information about that --->; click here.

Thanks for visiting.  I'd love to have you follow me  :)  Thanks & have a wonderful day!

Stamps: Leaves of a Tree, Whimsical Words
Card Stock: White, Chocolate Chip
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Supplies: Ribbon, Simply Score Tool, Stamp-a-ma-jig, SU Markers, Big Shot, Vintage Wall Embossing Folder, Coluzzle
Technique: Dry Embossing, Thumping

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October 22, 2011


Hi everyone!  I haven't participated in an inspiration challenge on splitcoast stampers in so long and so today I decided to jump back in and give it a try.  This week's inspiration challenge site is Liberty and I chose this as my inspiration piece. 

Here is a picture of my inspiration peice (just in case the link no longer works).


As soon as I saw it I knew I could use my new snowflake die. I cut out 2 snowflakes. One was cut with pacific point card stock and the other was cut using white card stock. I stamped my white die cut snowflake using the large Christmas tree image from the Stampin' Up! stamp set called Snow Swirled and then using my 1" circle punch I snipped off the ends of the snowflake so that my white snowflake would be smaller than my blue one.

For my background I embosssed only the upper 3/4" portion using my new snow bursts embossing folder and big shot machine. I usually try to leave an area unembossed if I am going to add a sentiment. This is really simple to do. when you are embossing your cardstock just leave the portion you do not want embossed outside of the embossing folder. Doing this sometimes creates an embossed ridge from the end of the folder, but I actually like that because is separates the embossed area from my sentiment area.

I added my glimmer brad in the center of my snowflakes and then I placed my snowflake on my card using glue dots. Sometimes the snail adhesive doesn't stick as well to the embossed areas and I wanted to make sure my snowflake would stick well. And then finally, I added my sentiment.  I wanted to make it a point to say that I sometimes stamp with a different color ink than the card stock I am using.  On this card I stamped using marina mist ink and my card stock is pacific point.  I do this sometimes because the ink is just a tad darker than I wanted to be.  I guess I could stamp off the ink, but this works too.

I hope you liked my snowflake card!  Have a great day!  Remember if you would like to sign up for my mailing list all you need to do is to send me an email at pebbles4@ptd.net

Stamps: Curly Cute, Snow Swirled
Card Stock:  White, Pacific Point
Ink: Marina Mist
Supplies: Big Shot, Snowflake Die, Snow Burst Embossing Folder, 1" Circle Punch, Hole Punch, Glimmer Brads, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Glue Dots
Technique:  Dry Embossing

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October 21, 2011

Hi everyone!  I'm at it again with my lollies, but this time the lollies I made I used on little gift bags that I made.  I just purchased the Big Shot Fancy Favor XL die because I thought it would make cute little gift bags and sure enough it did.  I've posted several pictures and I hope you like the tutorial I've made to share with you all.  And remember to make sure you enter my Simply Score Tool giveaway- click here for more details.

You can click on each of my photos to make them larger if you need to.  This is a picture of the finished gift bags I made. 

 The first thing I did was to use the Fancy Favor die and cut out my box.  If you decide to purchase this die you'll want to remember this is an extra large die and you will need to purchase the extended cutting pads (unless of course you already have them).  I used one sheet of 12"x12" piece of card stock and its perfect if you cut it in half because then you can make 2 boxes.  You will also need a coordinating sheet of 8 1/2" x 11" card stock for the handle- I have more details about the handle posted below.

And here is my box after I ran it through my Big Shot machine.  It's hard to see in this photo but this die will score the fold lines for you.

At this point you can go ahead and fold along your score lines.  Make sure that you DO NOT fold your box along the score lines on the narrow side of the box.  You will want to use those score lines when you are making a party favor or tying the box closed.  Again, if you want to keep this in the shape of a box it's important that you do not score along the side score lines along the smaller sides.

If you are using any designer series paper or additional card stock to decorate your box you will need to score it so that it fits around the outside of the box.  To do this I simply lined up the score folds of my box with my paper and using that as I guide I scored my paper.  If the score lines from your box are in the hill part of your score board (like mine were) you will need to score your paper at the next/bigger score line- otherwise your card stock will be too small and it will not fit around your box (ask me how I know this....LOL). 

 Next, you can begin assembling your box.  You will want to use sticky strip tape for this part because it's strong enough to hold your box together plus you want your box to stay together once you put a nice little surprise inside.  You'll notice in the background of this photo that I punched along the bottom of my chocolate chip card stock using my scallop trim border punch and then I adhered my dsp and card stock together. 

 In this photo I just wanted to show you again to not score along the score lines on the smaller side of the box.  The score lines are there, but once your box is finished you will hardly see them.   

 Here, you will see that I went ahead and placed my designer series paper portion of my project onto my box.  And now is when you can begin to make your handle.  I cut a strip of card stock measuring 11"x 1" and then I scored each end at 1".  

I used my horizontal slit punch to punch out an area to place my card stock through.  Once you slip your card stock through the opening, fold the scored end up and using your hole punch, punch a hole for your brad.  If you don't have a slit punch you can use a word window punch, but your opening will be larger than you need (you could make your handle wider to compensate).  You could also place your folded end inside your box and use a brad like I did to hold it in place. 

And here is what my finished handle looks like.  I did this to both sides.

Next, I placed the lollie I made onto my bag using my glue gun.  I have found that the glue gun is the best adhesive when you are working with making lollies.

Once your project is complete just add some tissue paper and you're done and since I cut a 12" x 12" piece of card stock in half I was able to make 2 of these gift bags.

And if your still here and reading all the way to the bottom of my post, I'd like to thank you for taking the time to stop on by and visit.  I hope you enjoyed my project today!  Have a great weekend!

Stamps:  None
Card Stock:  Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Holly Berry Bouquet DSP (from the current Holiday Mini)
Ink: None
Supplies:  Big Shot, Fancy Favor XL Die, Holly Berry Bouquet Button (from the current Holiday Mini), Twine, Hole Punch, Brads, Slit Punch, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Simply Score Tool, Glue Gun
Technique:  Paper Folding

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