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Valentine’s Treat

  I participate in a local swap every month with a great group of ladies. I will definitely miss meeting with them at Panera Bread every month for an evening of good food, good company, relaxed conversation and wonderful swaps!! I truly hope I’m able to do something like it when I get to Florida but with definitely miss my girls here in Maryland.

For the month of January we had a love/ valentine’s etc theme. I decided to create a little 3-D gift. I used the Big Shot and the Matchbox Die to create this cute little box which is big enough to hold 4 hershey minis. I chose to put heart shaped chocolates in my box 🙂

To decorate the box I used the Petals of Plenty embossing folder and the large Heart Punch to create the heart in the background. The Best Friends cardstock sticker came from an old Scrappin Kit that I had. You can use any type of personalization here. I also added some little pearl accents at the bottom just for a little added touch.

You can purchase supplies for this project at my website or by contacting me at or (410) 476-7757


So Grateful

On Friday I received my order from the NEW Occasions Mini and Sale A Bration catalogs. I didn’t know what to play with first. Today I’m going to a gathering and we are exchanging swaps. The only requirement is that the swap has to have pink in it. So I chose to use the NEW Apothecary Art Stamp Set with the matching Labels Framelits. I decided to make a simple but elegant card which is easily reproduced. I added pearl accents to add a little something special.

You can purchase all the materials for making this card at my website or by contacting me at or (410) 476-7757

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Christmas Card for Local Swap

I just finished making 12 of this card for a local card swap. This months theme is Christmas. I love doing swaps because it gives me a chance to get many cards in different styles to send to my family and friends. It also is great to get together once a month with friends to swap cards, chit chat and of course eat!! LOL

For this card I used the Letters to Santa Paper which features Early Espresso, Riding Hood Red, Old Olive and Marina Mist. I also used the Lace Ribbon Border, Chocolate Chip Scallop Dots Ribbon and the Dasher stamp. Dasher is a single stamp which makes it an inexpensive option for beginners and stampers on a budget and he’s ADORABLE!!

Handmade Christmas Card Planner

When you send handmade holiday cards you are sending a message that the person receiving it is special to you.With just a bit of planning, you can create personalized Christmas cards and a joyful tradition! Take these steps and you’ll be on your way to sending your most heartfelt Christmas cards ever.

Plan & Schedule: August – Mid September

Just A bit of planning will go a long way in making your holiday card project successful and fun. Begin by checking your holiday list and deciding how many cards you are going to send out. Take a minute to determine your budget for materials as well as postage if you will be mailing them. Look at your calendar and decide when you want to send out the cards and also block off time on several evenings or a couple weekend days during which you can work on your cards. Of course the time you set aside will depend on how many cards you are making and how simple or
complex your design is. If you are adding a family photo, you’ll need to schedule a time to get everyone together to have the picture taken.

Pick a Design: Early – Mid September

If you are making just a few cards, then have fun designing any type of card you like. However, if you are making lots of cards, you’ll find the experience much faster if you have a design with fewer layers and intricate details. Using Designer Series Paper as a layer can add fast and easy detail to your cards. The Rhinestone or Pearl Jewels are beautiful, affordable, and speedy accents that will dress up your designs without adding a lot of bulk or effort. The Idea Book & Catalog and the gorgeous new Holiday Mini are wonderful resources since they are packed full of samples and ideas. Don’t forget to visit my website as I’m updating it often with seasonal inspiration.

Order Supplies: September – Early October

Once you’ve designed your card(s) and know how many cards you want to make, you can figure out what stamp sets and inks you will need. You can also calculate the amount of card stock, Designer Series Paper, embellishments, envelopes, and adhesive you will need. If you need help, just let me know.

Cut & Assemble: October-November

Create an assembly line system. Start by cutting card bases and layers so they are ready to go. Plan a get-together with friends where you can all chat and work on holiday cards together. Time will fly when you have some festive music, tasty seasonal snacks, and friends to make a merry atmosphere. Or sit down and create your cards with your family. Even young kids can help add adhesive, punch out shapes, color in stamped images or stuff envelopes. Consider a temporary storage option like our Stampin’ Card Keeper to hold your un-assembled pieces so you can put them away and start again easily. If your kitchen table is your craft area, having a storage option ready will help to make a smooth transition
when it’s time for dinner.

Mail: Early December

Avoid the lines and rush at the post office by mailing your cards in early December. You’ll enjoy a great sense of accomplishment when you check-off your to-do list early. Plus, you’ll have more time in December to relax and appreciate the special moments and activities of the season. Don’t forget to decorate the envelopes to surprise and delight your recipient.

Share the Joy

When you send handmade cards, you are sending a personal expression of love and thoughtfulness that will be warmly received and appreciated. If you have questions about making your holiday cards, please let me know – I am always here to help you!

Trick or Treat!!

I created these little treats for Wesley’s Class. I hope that they like them 🙂

They use the 1×8 cellophane bags available in the holiday mini which I filled with a Halloween pencil, a twizzler and a pixie stix. The toppers use the Frightful Sight Designer Series Paper and the Spooky Bingo Bits Stamp set. The Bingo bits are available in the Spooky and Jolly and are perfect for making little Halloween and Christmas favors!! The “Happy Halloween” is a saying from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set and is a very versatile set with many different sayings for every occasion.

Crop Out Diabetes Blog Hop ~ Movie Inspired Project Challenge

Over at the Sweet Sassy Diva blog the challenge is to do a project that is inspired by a movie. Well Wesley is my child that saves money he gets instead of spending it as soon as he gets his hands on it. He asked for something to keep his money in. Last night while cleaning out the den we found this.

As you can imagine my 6 year old son was not too keen on the idea of carrying that around although the size and handle make it perfect for him. lol So for my project I tranformed a Mary Jane tin into a pirates treasure chest. The movie that inspired this was of course Pirates of the Carribean, one of my favorites. I used some Pirates of the Carribean stickers that we found at dollar tree.

On the front of the tin I used Always Artichoke as the base. I matted the Jack & Will sticker with more mustard and used the frame stickers and the sayings Pirates Treasure. I added 2 pennies as they were the closest thing I have to gold coins. LOL

For the back of the tin I again used Always Artichoke for the base. I then used Botanical Gazette Designer Series Paper on the left side to give it a little more color. This piece has some script on it so I thought it was kinda piratey. lol I matted the pirate emblem with More Mustard. I used a frame from the sticker pack in the middle and added more pennies to the back. The W is for Wesley and is stamped in Chocolate Chip with the W from the Broadsheet Alphabet set. This is a GREAT set for Monograms!