Saturday, December 22, 2012

Glittery and Bright Wintery card

  "Wintery Puns" is a terrific and versatile stamp set.  I used the "peace hope joy" stamp and stamped on vellum.  Such a pretty font!  I layered the vellum over a pretty piece of snowflake patterned paper of the same size so that the sentiments would stand out.

Check out these stamps:

Please check out all of the glittery and bright projects my DT sisters have created this week on the Joy's Life DT blog.

paper:  Carta Bella "Winter Fun"; vellum; white card stock (card base)
glitter paper and snow flake die:  Stampin' Up!

Happy Saturday!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

More Pumpkin Spice December Kit Inspiration- Shape cards

  I enjoy making shape cards and I was particularly inspired by my lovely friend Bonnie's mitten card that she posted here.  I was perusing my Cricut cartridges, and my newest cartridge, "Designer's Calendar" has a mitten cut on p.28 (January).  All I needed was my December "Winterland Fun" kit from Shop Pumpkin Spice...just add adhesive!  My sentiment is actually some washi tape included in the kit as well as the silver seam binding, twine, paper button, glossy accents (used on paper button), and the Stickles (mitten "fur".)

  Also included in the kit are lots of Candi Dots...I thought these would make terrific cupcake sprinkles, so I cut a 5" cupcake from p.60 of my Cricut "Straight From the Nest" cartridge:

 Both cards are 100% from the "Winterland Fun" kit; even the Stickles "Frosted Lace" that I used on both cards are included in the kit.

I hope you enjoyed my shape cards.  Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Tuesday :)

Monday, December 17, 2012

Pumpkin Spice December kit - Cards

Look what I made with my
The kit includes the Stickles I used on the icing and the Glossy Accents on the cherry, as well as all of the papers.  All of these flowers and this gorgeous brad and paper are included too:
  I have really come to love monthly kits:
  • It is a nice way to attain varied and new stash 
  • Versatile; can always create cards that are quite different from the overall kit theme
  • The papers and embellishments coordinate (saves time shopping my stash)
  •  It is A LOT less expensive than trying to purchase all of the items individually
  • Sometimes I am overwhelmed by all of the supplies I own and I don't know where to begin a project.  That is when I grab a kit and find a good sketch or (cut I wish to create on my Cricut.)
I have to admit I have amassed more than a dozen kits in the past year.  I have made at least 4 projects from each kit I own, and yet there are still tons of supplies left to play that!

The December 2012 "Winterland Fun" kit at Shop Pumpkin Spice is definitely at the top of my favorite kits.  Check it out:
Two 6x6 pads (Carta Bella and My Mind's Eye), an assortment of brads, primes, washi tape, twine, seam binding, Stickles, die cuts, card stock, and more for only $24.95 (and FREE SHIPPING for orders over $50 to US residents.)  Drool...for more inspiration using this kit, please check out the Shop Pumpkin Spice blog.

I hope you will treat yourself to this kit.

But my husband and my favorite brother-in-law (hi, James!) both have December birthdays, so I needed a thank you card for my hottie husband to write for his birthday gifts and a birthday card for James.

My stamped sentiments both came from the "Girlie Doodles" stamp set.  I have used these two sentiments in particular countless times; I find they work very well for masculine cards.  For the birthday card I also used another color of crinkle ribbon from Shop Pumpkin Spice.  The cupcake is from the "Sweet Treats" Cricut cartridge p. 27 cut @ 3".
You may have seen my earlier posts where I used this kit to create some fun winter-themed cards to use as either a Christmas card or a Christmas thank you card :

I hope you found this post helpful; Shop Pumpkin Spice is my favorite online store.

Happy Monday!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

3D Scalloped Circle Technique - slot punch

It's technique/tip week at Joy's Life design team blog...
have you seen the fab creations?
   Recently a friend asked me to create a "flat" card for
easy mailing.

Funny how my style has changed; I used to plan all of my cards around easy mailing and now I just don't concern myself with it. 

Creating an easy-to-mail card with some 3D appeal seemed
like a monumental task!

I noticed this sweet "Hugs & Kisses" font and 
immediately thought to make my first Valentine
for the upcoming winter from "Wintery Puns":

3D Scalloped Circle Technique tutorial:
  1. Using a circle punch or die cutting system, cut a 2 1/4" circle.  (You could use Creative Memories green blade and the medium circle OR your Cricut machine and the "center point" function.)
  2. Insert slot punch, sliding up ~ 1/8" up from the edge of your circle; start at 12 o'clock, 3 o'clock, 6 o'clock, and 9 o'clock.
  3. Add two more punches in between each of the four existing slots.
  4. Cut a 2 1/2" circle as your "window"; I like the contrast of the white and black card stock.
I hope you enjoyed my tutorial!  Thanks for stopping by.

sentiment stamp:  Joy's Life "Wintery Puns"
decorative paper:  Artful Delight kit (February 2012)
scalloped rectangle:  Cricut cartridge "Elegant Edges" cut @ 5 1/4"
slot punch:  Stampin' Up!
xoxo:  Making Memories alpha stickers 7/16" Handwriting Black

Happy Saturday!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Pie Love You

  When we moved to Virginia almost nine years ago, the realtor that helped us find our house was incredible.  There were houses we were really interested in, but when we toured various homes she would point out problems with each one that we would not have been aware of...she knew which pipes should be avoided, homes that had a history of radon issues, etc.  Beth is more than a realtor, she is a friend.  In the Spring she would occasionally pop by to say "hi" and bring a plant, every year sends us a calendar, and every November a gift certificate for a pie at a local pie shop.

  We have referred a few people to Beth and she laughs because each one has asked, "Do we make the pie list?"  They don't ask about commission, they ask if they are getting a pie in November!

  Beth was fabulous when we were preparing to move again a year ago.  We used her to to both help us sell that house we were in for eight years and to help us purchase our current home last Spring.  For the past two years the pies we chose with our gift certificate were "almond amaretto chess."  YUM!

  I always make her a thank you card, and imagine my surprise when I don't own a single Cricut cartridge that will cut a pie!  I have two that will cut the word, but no pie image.  I grabbed a scrap of BasicGrey "Nook and Pantry" and a scrap of mirror paper and drew my own pie.  My doily is a Martha Stewart tag and the other two patterned papers are "Modern Homemaker" by October Afternoon.  The button brad is by Bazzill/Imaginisce.  My sentiment stamp is a Joy's Life "Yummy Pun Stamps" sentiment:
Happy Sunday!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Candy Cane Kisses treat box (teacher gift)

 This week Joy's Life design team members are 
creating food projects.

I am trying to decide what to create for all of my daughters' teachers, so I decided to try making this little treat box...
it holds 7 Hershey Kisses perfectly!

1.  Cut card stock @ 7" x 9".
2.  Score on the 9" side at 1", 2", 3", 4", and 5".
3.  Score on the 7" side at 3/4", 1 1/2", 5 1/2", and 6 1/4".
4.  Cut away (see picture below) and score on the dotted lines.

5.  Cut away black triangles (pictured above), add adhesive strip, and fold up on scored lines to assemble.
6.  Decorate as desired.  I used Lori Whitlock's "Winter Park collection by Echo Park and Cricut cartridge "Campin' Critters" p.24 cut @ 3 1/4".

Besides candy, you will need a sweet Joy's Life sentiment :)

Stop by Joy's Life DT blog for other delicious food ideas.

Thanks for stopping by.  Happy Saturday!

Friday, December 7, 2012

We R Memory Keepers Featured Designer - gift tag box tutorial

  Last month I was contacted by We R Memory Keepers to be a featured designer in December.  They sent me the new "Yuletide" collection to play with and asked if I would create a neighbor gift using the collection.
  My package topper is a Yuletide fabric brad and a Yuletide chipboard tag.

I first used the We R Memory Keepers "Yuletide" papers to create gift tags:

I also used a We R Memory Keepers stocking stamp and gingerbread man stamp
to create gift tags:

Gift Tag Box Tutorial:

Box base:  Cut card stock 8"x8".  Score @ 1" on all four sides.  Cut one 1" slit at each corner and assemble using photo tape (or your favorite strong adhesive.)

Inside dividers:  Cut card stock as follows: 1 @ 3.5"x6" and 2 @ 3.5"x3".  Score all three pieces @ 0.75", 1.75", and 2.75".  Accordian fold all three pieces.  Use adhesive to glue the two innermost rectangles together.  Then use adhesive on both "flaps" and adhere to the box base.  (I also cut 4 @ 2 7/8"x 2 7/8" and glued in each of the four squares to cover up the "flaps".)

Box top:  Cut a sheet of acetate 6 1/8" x 8 1/8".  Score at 1 1/16" and 7 1/8".  Wrap ribbon around to secure and embellish as desired.

Gift tags:  I used my Cricut to cut the tags at 2.75";  the scalloped circle tags were created with Spellbinder's Nestibilities dies.  Cricut cartridges:  The present and tree gift tags are from "Tags, Bags, Boxes and More 2" (p.35 and p.48, respectively).  The stocking tag is from "Doodlecharms" p. 50.

Hop on over to the We R Memory Keepers Facebook page and tell them June sent you :)

Blog candy winner - Joy's Life December hop

Congrats to TeresaK!  Teresa, please email me your address and I will ship your 6x6 My Mind's Eye pad to you.  Thank you for taking time to visit my blog and leave a comment.

Happy Friday!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Joy's Life Happy Holidays blog hop - blog candy

  Wishing you warm Decembrrr wishes!  
Such a cute and punny sentiment, don't you think?  I love it :)
My sentiment stamp is from Joy's Life "Wintery Puns":

Welcome to the Joy's Life December blog hop.  
There are prizes to be won, so I hope you will start at the beginning:  

If you have been hopping along, then you have arrived from
the sweet and talented Megan.

If you are new to my blog, welcome!  I am June Houck, and I think of my style as simple, yet elegant.  I love to play with paper, embellishments, and terrific sentiments.

This week I am giving away a 6x6 designer paper pad:  "Holly Jolly" by My Mind's Eye.  To be eligible to win, please leave a comment by Thursday, December 6th.  I will announce a winner on Friday; the winner must email me their home address.

Janis was my November hop winner!
Janis please contact me with your shipping address.

Your next stop on the hop is super fun Staci :)

sentiment stamp:  Joy's Life "Wintery Puns"
Imaginisce gems (eyes, buttons, snowflake centers)
ink:  Stampin' Up! whisper white
Cricut cartridges:  Doodlecharms (snowman) p.82 cut @ 3"; Winter Frolic p. 32 (scarf)

Thank you for stopping by.  Happy Sunday!

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

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Shop Pumpkin Spice December blog hop and kit reveal!

  Denine (Shop Pumpkin Spice store owner) has done it again!  She put together a beautiful kit for December.  My card is made 100% from the kit: various Bazzill card stock, a 6x6 Carta Bella "Winter Fun", seam binding, and even the white card base.  My trees are cut from Cricut "Winter Frolic" (p. 50) and the shape from "Elegant Edges" (p. 29).

There is sooooo much more in the kit, wanna see?
Two 6x6 pads, perfectly coordinated card stock, flowers,
buttons, brads, candy dots, washi tape, twine,
seam binding, die cuts, Stickles, oh my!

  This is most of what will come in your kit; I've been playing with mine, and this is what I still have to play with!  Denine creates wonderful kits, but I have to say this one is my favorite.  Click here to order your kit now, before they sell out...your husband emailed and said buy as much as you want at the Shop Pumpkin Spice store;)

  Hop along to see what my fabulous DT sisters created...I got a sneak peek yesterday, and there are some really beautiful projects using this kit.

June *you are here*

Happy Hopping!

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