Friday, November 30, 2012

Paper Purse w/ note cards tutorial - teacher gift

   Today is my first official post with the Joy's Life design team.  I am so excited!  There are so many great sentiments in every set; and some punny sentiments too, like this "thank you snow much" from Joy's Life "Wintery Puns" stamp set:

I adore the "Merry Christmas" font (top left) and the nice/naughty on the cute!
The "Hugs & Kisses" (bottom right) would also work well for Valentines Day.

This week Joy's Life DT is featuring "Bags and Boxes".  There are some wonderful gift ideas.  Check it out!


Would you like to create a paper purse like mine?  All you need is a sheet of 12x12 scrapbook paper, your favorite strong adhesive, some ribbon, and a score board.

Paper Purse picture tutorial:

Steps 1-3:
  1. Score at 1" on two opposite sides.  Fold over and adhere (top and bottom in picture).
  2. Score @ 3 1/2" on the opposite two sides that were not folded in step 1.
  3. Fold those in; they will overlap a bit.  Adhere ONLY where they overlap (see wax paper strips in picture; far right side and also on the left-side panel.) 

Step 4:
 4.  Fold in half (score @ 5"); score 3/4" on either side of the center fold.  Mountain fold so that the paper seam is facing up. 

Step 5:
 5.  Adhere the top inside edges.

Step 6:
6.  Punch four slits in the outside of the two pockets.  Slip ribbon ends through slots and adhere to the inside of the bag.  Adorn with a tag, flower, and you are finished!  Quick and easy.

Sentiment stamp:  Joy's Life "Wintery Puns"
paper:  Echo Park "Winter Park" by Lori Whitlock; Kraft card stock
twine:  My Mind's Eye "All is Bright"
ink:  My Pink Stamper "Darkest Night" hybrid ink pad; Stampin' Up! "Whisper White"
acrylic block
adhesive:  ribbon adhesive and extreme adhesive squares by Glue Arts; Crafty Power Tape (photo tape) by Scrapbook Adhesives (red line tape/Terrifically Tacky/ Stampin' Up! Sticky Strip) also work well
embossing folder:  Cuttlebug "Snowflakes"
score board

I am also linking this project to my lovely friends' Lauren and Stef Jingle Belles blog current link up "Anything (holiday) Goes".

Happy Friday!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Shop Pumpkin Spice for Authentique, BoBunny, Imaginisce,My Mind's Eye, and My Pink Stamper

  Today I have a little Thursday Shop Pumpkin Spice inspiration for you.  I created this card using many and varied products I have purchased at Shop Pumpkin Spice; decorative papers by Authentique and BoBunny, Bazzill card stock, button, twine, stamps, and Imaginisce gems.

  The tree image is a cling stamp by Penny Black.  I was thrilled with how crisp the image stamped the very first time!  Fabulous quality.  I also used a few items from the "Birthday Doodles" kit:  finger-friendly acrylic stamping block, My Pink Stamper hybrid ink pad, and the Cyan Promarker that I used to color the leaves.

Complete Supply List (links embedded):
Background paper:  Authentique "Gathering"
"grass" paper:  BoBunny "Serenity"
tree cling stamp:  Penny Black "Autumn Tree"
button:  My Mind's Eye "Lush 2"
twine:  My Mind's Eye Happy Go Lucky "Together"
ink:  My Pink Stamper "Darkest Night"  (Birthday Doodles kit)
sentiment stamp :  My Pink Stamper "Never Give Up"
dark brown card stock:  Bazzill
Promarker (tree leaves):  "Cyan" (Birthday Doodles kit)
copic markers:  B00, YG95, E29
gems:  Imaginisce
grass punch:  Martha Stewart
fence:  Cricut "Wrap It Up" cut @ 2.25"
embossing folder (on fence):  Cuttlebug "Distressed Stripes"

Thank you for stopping by, now go Shop Pumpkin Spice for everything on your wish list!  I already gave my list to Santa :)

Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

A Christmas tag good enough to eat...almost

  Two challenges that I have enjoyed, but have not participated in as often as I would like:


Both challenges run for a fortnight.  The challenge at BasicGrey Challenges is to create a tag for your presents, and the challenge at Jingle Belles is to create something with any holiday food on it.

For these challenges I did what I do best...use scraps!  See those two thin pattern strips?  I didn't even need to cut them.  The patterned papers are BasicGrey "Eskimo Kisses" and the embossing folder I used on the pink card stock is also by BasicGrey.  The bordeaux card stock is from XPEDX and the "pink pirouette" is SU!  The mirror paper (top of ornament) is ancient stash.  I am not sure where the kraft card stock came from.  The glass sticker (Gingerbread house) is by Imaginisce, and the pink ribbon came from my Artful Delight kit (February 2012).  I cut the ornament on my Cricut (p.65 Winter Frolic cartridge.)

Happy Tuesday!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Thank You, Danielle & blog hop winner announcement

  This is a virtual thank you for Danielle Walls.  There are many paper crafters that inspire me, and Danielle awes me with each and every card.  I "met" Danielle last summer via my lovely friend, Leslie (aka The Crooked Stamper.)  Danielle has a CAS-tastic style that makes my jaw drop.  I asked Danielle if I could CASE her most recent card, and she gave me permission.  Please click here to see Danielle's card.

  It is also time to announce the winner of last week's blog hop...drumroll...

Blogger Janis said...
Oh my goodness! This is fabulous! I cut out 18 Christmas mittens yesterday and have been racking my brain trying to figure out what to do with them. I love this idea! I'm so going to do this. I'll be sure to link to you for the credit for the idea! Love this! 
Janis, please email me 
with your home address 
so I can ship your 
6x6 My Mind's Eye
 "All is Bright" paper pad!

Supplies (links embedded):
sentiment:  Joy's Life "Everyday Occasions" stamps
twine:  My Mind's Eye "All is Bright"
button:  My Mind's Eye "Lush 2"
washi tape:  gift from Leslie! (Target)
pennant: Papertrey Ink

Happy Saturday!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Hello, Little Tangles - Artful Delight sketch challenge

  I created this card using a sentiment from my Neat and Tangled "Fresh Blooms" stamp set
and the current sketch from Artful Delight:
  My pretty patterned paper and
coordinating felt and button flower came from my
November 2011 Artful Delight kit.
The yummy papers and embellies are abundant in
every delightful monthly kit.
Enter the sketch challenge for a chance to WIN a free kit!

I want to welcome the blogosphere's newest challenge blog:
FREE digi available too!  Check out Little Tangles challenge blog :)

Happy Monday!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Me & Echo Park...So Happy Together

  I love pretty papers, and I have many favorites.  Today I used Echo Park's "So Happy Together" collection.  The papers are all really happy and work well for summery cards.  But I purposely made mine a wintery card...I am funny like that :)  I may as well get a jump on holiday thank you notes, right?  I purchased the Echo Park 6x6 pad, the glossy accents, the My Mind's Eye "playful" twine, and the My Pink Stamper sentiment stamp from Shop Pumpkin Spice.  The liquid appliqué on the roof and the button are from my stash.  The house is cut from the Cricut "Create a Critter" cartridge, p.28.

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Three Bugs in a Rug "Ellie" at Shop Pumpkin Spice

  I have a thing for elephants, so when I saw this "Ellie" 6x6 pad for just $4.20 at Shop Pumpkin Spice, I had to buy it :)  When I cut the tent, it came out ginormous!  I decided to just go with it; as a result my card base is 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"!  Yep, and entire sheet of 8 1/2" x 11" scored and folded in half.  I had to piece together my "grass" to fit across the 8 1/2" bottom...can you find the seam?

  My sentiment stamp and ink also came from Shop Pumpkin Spice; a one-stop shop :)

Supplies (links embedded):
paper:  Three Bugs in a Rug "Ellie" 6x6
ink:  My Pink Stamper "Darkest Night" hybrid ink
sentiment stamp:  My Pink Stamper "Girlie Doodles"
Cricut cartridge:  "Create a Critter"p.55 (tent cut @ 2 1/4"; elephant cut @ 3")
embossing folder:  Cuttlebug "Polka Dots"
border punch:  Martha Stewart (grass)

  I hope you will come back tomorrow for more Shop Pumpkin Spice inspiration.

Happy Wednesday!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Tags & Bags blog hop - Joy's Life - blog candy

  Welcome to the Joy's Life design team Tags and Bags blog hop.  There are prizes to be won, so I hope you will start at Joy's blog and hop along.  This is my first hop with the Joy's Life design team, so if you are new to my blog, welcome!  I enjoy both stamping and die cutting, so I hope you enjoy perusing my blog.  If you are hopping along, you should have arrived here from Amy's blog.

  The "tags and bags" blog hop theme seemed perfect for Cricut usage!  I cut the purse and tag, then stamped on the tag and assembled.  Next to create some gift tags to put inside the purse...I cut, assembled, and stamped the "TO:    FROM:".

"HO HO HO" is from "Oh Christmas Puns" and  "TO:    FROM:" is "All Around Sentiment Stamps"
Other supplies:
Cricut cartridges:  Tags, Bags, Boxes and More (purse p.118 cut @ 7" and sentiment tag p.90 cut @ 1.5"); Tags, Bags, Boxes and More 2 (ornament tags p.46 cut @ 2.75")
brad:  Stampin' Up! build-a-brad
adhesive:  Glue Arts extreme adhesive squares and Scotch quick-dry adhesive
ink:  Memories Cherry Red
papers:  My Mind's Eye "12 Days of Christmas"; Bazzill card stock (green); Stampin' Up! Very Vanilla
ribbon:  salvaged from a Christmas gift from years ago
gold string:  ACMoore
Your next stop on the hop is my sweet blog friend, Patty!

Leave a comment before you go for a chance to win a 6x6 My Mind's Eye "All is Bright" paper pad.  Winner chosen Nov. 20th!

Happy Hopping!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

A Freshly Made "All is Bright" washi tape card

   Happy fall, y'all!  The Halloween fun is now behind us and Thanksgiving is right around the corner; my favorite holiday.  And the Christmas fun can now begin too, though I have not yet played my Christmas music cds yet, I have been thinking about it!  I enjoy Christmas music so much.

  Both my daughters are now recovered from their bronchitis and are both back in school.  After having one or both home for two consecutive weeks, it is so quiet without them around the past two days!  I have put all of my Halloween papers and embellies away, so my craft room is a bit neater; my desk still has some piles to work through...

  I was in need of mojo, so I checked out some of my favorite challenge blogs for inspiration.
I found this sketch at Freshly Made:
  I noticed that peach strip right way!  I have a few bits and bobs on my desk; extra pieces that never made it on a card.  One bit is a paper strip of white card stock that I had covered in My Mind's Eye "All is Bright" washi tape (aqua).  That was my jumping off point.  I pulled another scrap strip of white card stock from my scraps bag and covered it with the red chevron pattern washi tape (also MME "All is Bright.")
  Then I perused my Christmas stamps, and I chose this Santa Rosa stamp from 2001.  I colored the flowers with a Promarker "poppy".  I wanted to match the aqua, but I do not own any aqua-colored markers!  I blended two Copic marker colors:  G82 and B00.  I added Hero Arts pearls to the center of my flowers and glossy accents to the flowers and berries.

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas!

Happy Wednesday :)

Saturday, November 3, 2012

November Hop at Shop Pumpkin Spice!

   Shop Pumpkin Spice is my favorite online scrapbook store.  This card is created from products I purchased from Shop Pumpkin Spice!  The first Saturday of every month the Shop Pumpkin Spice blog has a DT hop; I hope you will hop along and see what my sweet and talented DT sisters have created too.

  For my circle under my butterfly I used the faux chipboard technique (I used my Cricut to cut three circles @2" from black card stock and one 2" circle from the aqua My Mind's Eye paper; then I glued the four circles together.  Easy peasy!)  The butterfly was punched once from MME orange, then from the MME aqua patterned paper; then I used foam tape between the two butterfly layers.  My sketch is from one of my favorite bloggers, Nance Leedy.
Shop Pumpkin Spice products used (links embedded for enabling):
My Pink Stamper "Buggy Punnies" sentiment

Hop order:

*June *

Happy Hopping!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

School Daze at Shop Pumpkin Spice

Without teachers there would be no class:
   I recently purchased My Mind's Eye "School Daze."  This collection is easy to work with; I made both cards from papers in the 6x6 stamping nor an electronic die cutting machine!  In both cards the banner sentiments, school house, owl, books, and apple were fussy cut.  I used one sheet of very vanilla card stock for the two card bases, and scraps of red card stock to layer in the first card.  I edged the pieces (in the second card) with a black ink pad for dimension.  I added glossy accents to the school house bell and windows, the owl's eyes, and the apple.

Teachers make the little ones count.

Now I have two cards on hand to write the girls' teachers a thank you note :)

Happy Thursday!