Sunday, November 29, 2009

Elf Top Note Box

Isn't he the cutest??! He's my favorite of the top note boxes that I saw on Gretchen's blog. He's made with the Stampin Up Top note die and several Stampin Up punches. Hope you're having a great weekend!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Top Note Treat Boxes

Hi, Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving. I saw these cute little top note Santa & Mrs. Claus boxes at Gretchen's blog. She is selling the kits to make them, or just the PDF tutorial. I have almost all the supplies so I bought the tutorial for how to make them. They were pretty quick to make and I love how they look. I added some eyelets to the sides of the boxes and added ribbon for handles. I plan to put little tags or treats in the boxes and give as gifts to neighbors and friends this year.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Santa at his Workshop

I stumbled across Ellen's blog and saw her super cute Santas made from punches. I just had to try to make one of my own. This Santa at his workshop that she made was my favorite. Isn't he just the cutest? Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Faux Alligator Wristlet

I have been looking online for gift card holder ideas. I came across this adorable wristlet on Gretchen's blog. I bought a few of her other tutorials but felt I could figure out the instructions for the wristlet on my own. I found the tutorial for how to do the faux alligator technique here. Gretchen posted on her blog that she used the Stampin Up top note die and the #2 Box die. I have the top note die but I don't have the #2 box die. I didn't want to buy the instructions only for it to tell me to use the #2 Box die that I don't have, so I figured I could come up with an alternative of my own. I wanted it to be able to hold a gift card. Mine turned out a little smaller than what her wristlets look like, but I'm still pleased with the final product. It doesn't even look like it's made from paper! This technique is easy and looks impressive. I'm thinking about giving these to co-workers with a gift card to Starbucks in them, or just putting some candy, or maybe a little kleenex package and some mints... the possibilities are endless!

The box that I made is 6"x 5"; I scored 1/2" along both 6" sides, and at 2 3/4" in from both edges on the 5" side. Cut the tabs and fold it to form the box. I also did the faux alligator technique on the edges of the box that the recipient will see. I added an eyelet to the side of the box and threaded a ribbon through. I also added a brad to the front and velcro to keep the front part of the wristlet closed. Hope you like it!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Hero Arts Challenge

I participated in the Hero Arts Challenge last week. The challenge was to create a holiday card using non-traditional colors. I got this stamp set as a gift from my friend Chrisi but had never used it until I made this card. I don't know what I was waiting for. I love this little owl. I colored the images with copic markers and the sentiment was printed on my computer. The paper is from My Mind's Eye. Hope you have a great weekend!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Free Digi Image!

This was a simple 10 minute card but I love how it turned out. All the paper was scraps that I had on my craft table. The cute mouse and pie image is a free digi image from Two Scoops Rice Designs blog. I love her stamps, they are so cute. The best part about this image is she is giving it to you both colored and black/white in case you want to color it differently. I used the pre-colored version for my card. The Happy Thanksgiving stamp I used is from A Muse.

Friday, November 6, 2009


I better post this card before it's winter! We've had great weather here this week, sunny and not too cold but you never know how it will change fromd day to day! This was the 3rd card from the embossing class I taught at Angela's Happy Stamper. I used new Lasting Impressions paper. The bird is a new Lasting Impressions template, and the tree is an older template. The word Autumn was stamped. Happy Friday!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

375 Daisies...

This is what 375 Daisies looks like!! I made these for my brother's save the date cards (see the pic to the right). It doesn't look that many in the picture, but trust me there are 375 there. It's actually quite a tall pile! I dry embossed them (not by hand like I normally do my embossing), but I used my cuttlebug. Then I hand cut them and then punched the pink centers with a circle punch. I am glad to be done with these! Although it really wasn't that bad. I did most of them while sitting on the couch "watching" (listening, really) to TV. Next project is the invitations. I have the final draft done and all the pieces cut. Need to print the wording for the invitation, and then dry emboss & cut out 300 daisies for the invitations.

Also, wanted to share a pic of my dog Rusty on Halloween. Bunny was too scared to get dressed up, she thought she was in trouble. And Zubie was trying to rip the costume out of my hand faster than I could get it on him. We decided he was going to dress as a good dog for Halloween this year, but he turned out to be not too convincing!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Happy Halloween! (a day late)

I meant to post this yesterday and I just forgot. I got lots of trick or treaters and gave away all 80 of my treat bags within 1 hour! There were some great costumes. One family came up and the little boy was dressed as a fried egg and the girl was dressed as a banana. I think they were my favorite costumes of the night. Hope you had a great Halloween and got lots of trick or treaters too! I made this card using punches, and I got the idea from Heather's online Holiday Punch class.