Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Snowy Red Barn

Can you tell I love this image by QKR Stampede? Ü I have some new images coming soon, so you will get to see what fun challenge we have set for December.

This layout is pretty simple as I wanted to be able to mass produce these.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Gifts from the Heart

Today, the DT for Design2Delight is hosting a different kind of blog hop. You can go here to find everyone who is playing and then click on their gift photo and it will take you to their blog for you to get more details. No getting lost in the hop on the way. Ü PLUS there will be random drawings for commenting on each hop post and on the card-ideas post. Okay, so now on to my project...I chose to use D2D's Two Apples (only 50 cents!! and it might be available for only a short time so be sure to hurry over and get it), single apple from Apple a Day set and a new to be released Tagged with Love (you are going to LOVE this new set).

Don't forget to leave a comment, and visit Card-Ideas for all the prize details. Contest will close at the end of day Cyber Monday. (Linky will close at 11:59 pm EST, November 29th, and Faith will draw winners the next day.)

I altered a Dollar Store apple spice candle. The fun thing about these candles is that after the candle has burnt down, you can clean it out and use it as a candy jar (or put anything else in it that you would like).

I love this plaid circle that is part of the tag set. I thought it was perfect to use with an apple theme.

I colored all the images with Copic markers and used scrap papers. The nice thing is about the size of these jars is that one 12 x 12 sheet of cardstock will make 12 jars! This makes a very affordable gift.

To pretty up the gift wrapping I used a cello bag and some shredded paper and tied off with vintage seam binding.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Punchy Reindeer Treat Holder

Good Morning!  Is this not the cutest little treat holder?! We made this at a workshop that my friend Bridget hosted.

I just love how it turned out. His antlers are using a snowflake punch. Here is the back side.

How many of you are going to try shopping on Black Friday? This is not something I normally do, but Benjamin is home and is needing some winter clothes as well as the rest of us needing things and this is the only day we all have off that we can go. CRAZY I tell you!

But we are going KNOWING it is going to be crazy, so will be as patient as we can with everyone. Gotta be back in time for the Husker football game, so hopefully we can go, get what we need, and get back to mom and dad's to watch the game by 2:30.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

** Edited to add: Faith has a free Thanksgiving sentiment on her blog today

I wish you all a very Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving. We are going to my mom and dad's and all my family will be there but one brother and SIL.

Here is a card with and image from D2D. May your blessings be abundant!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Two Notepads

Here are a couple of notepads I've made recently. I love these jr. legal pads cut in half. I am out of them and need to get more bought and cut. They make great gifts.

This first one uses Basic Grey and misc scraps and image from Lizzie Anne Designs.

My second one uses paper and images from Darcie's. You can download her catalogs here.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Give Thanks Gable Box

**this is my second post for today. Be sure to scroll donw to see my QKR post

There was a call on Digital Two for Tuesday for a Thanksgiving 3-D project using a new Thanksgiving image. Since I love making 3-D items, I answered the call. Ü It was a bit of a challenge to use a solid image, but I really love how this gift box turned out.

The images are separate, but I put them together for this fun gift box (tutorial here). I also changed the color to a sepia brown to make it more vintage looking.

I stamped over the image with SU!'s Linen background image to give it a vintage look. I used vintage looking papers from Graphic 45 and vintage seam binding. I also used a mix of vintage and Basic Grey buttons.

The clip is Tim Holtz brand from Hobby Lobby. I love those clips. The sentiment is just typed on my computer and printed off onto Blush Blossom cardstock.

Wintery Barn

I really like this Snowy Barn by QKR Stampede. The swirly paper reminds me of what it looks like here when we have a blizzard.

It's hard to see in the photo, but there is lots of glitter to make the snow sparkle.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Punched Penguin

This is another card we made at the SU! punched projects class. We have a late start today due to ice, so I thought this card was appropriate. Ü

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Grateful Notepad

I have had this idea in my head for a few weeks and decided to get it done. I love Thanksgiving and wanted to create a notepad of some kind and have everyone write in it and date it what they are thankful for this year. Then when we get together next year, I thought it would be fun to read what everyone wrote and have them write in it again.

There have been so many "young" people dying of heart attacks or other things that have been sudden and it just reminded me that we need to be thankful for the time we have with loved ones.

I created a jr. legal pad (cut in half) covered notebook with a digi image by Sugar Creek Hollow. I just love this country church image.

I used Tombow's Mono Adhesive Permanent to put the whole notepad together.

Here is a peek at the inside:

Thursday, November 18, 2010

12 Blogs of Christmas

Welcome to QKR Stampede's "12 Blogs of Christmas"! We are hosting a Christmas/winter themed hop and I'm sure you will get lots of inspiration. If you have come from Roxie's blog you are right on track. If not, please start at QKR's blog and you will find the blog hop list.

I created this notepad using this Shepherd image. This reminds me of when the boys were little and played a shepherd in the Christmas program.

I used a clear sticker for "reflect". I was thinking that is one used this for a Christmas wish list or shopping list that it would be good to "reflect" on the true meaning of Christmas during all the hustle and bustle of shopping.

Thank you for stopping by. Now it's time to hop over to Lorraine's blog and see her lovely creation.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Mini Milk Carton Crate

These adorable mini milk cartons are made with SU's Milk Carton die. I don't own this die, but a friend was kind enough to let me cut a bunch with hers. You can get the tutorial on how to make the carrier here.

Tombow is partnering with Bella Blvd for this challenge. I had never heard of this company, but loved the fall goodies they sent me. The paper and stickers are from their One Fall Day line.

I used Tombow's Mono Adhesive Power Bond for the whole project. Tim Holtz clips to hold the boxes shut I found at Hobby Lobby.

This project is very quick and easy and will be fun to make some for Christmas gifts.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

OWH Valentine Blog Hop

I know it's hard to think about Valentine's Day when we haven't had Thanksgiving or Christmas yet, but this blog hop is so you can get your cards done and mailed for OWH (Operation Write Home) to send to soldiers to use. If you aren't familiar with OWH, go here to read about them. I have sent many cards to them to send to soldiers.

My card features D2D's Be Mine Bear. She is only  $1!! I used Basic Grey papers to create my card. I would have liked to have added brads and such, but wanted to make it a flat card so it wouldn't cost extra for a soldier to mail.

The deadline for sending Valentine's to OWH is January 7th.
(Just a reminder that the Christmas deadline has already passed.)

Now it's time to hop over to see Loni's lovely card. Remember if you get lost you can go of OWH's blog to see the list.

One more thing: -PLEASE VOTE DAILY for OWH at Joanns - http://www.joann.com/CraftForaCause

AND ... Archway is gonna send COOKIES, if we send valentines. How awesome is that? All the details on how to participate are right HERE.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Laughing Giraffes

When Faith showed the DT a sneak of her Laughing Giraffes set, I knew I had to make something. I have a small collection of giraffes and have some more really fun ideas for the images in this set.

For now I have a card to show you. Again, I used my scraps. I have a grocery sack full of scraps and I'm going to it first to see if anything mathes my coloring before cutting into anything else.

Be sure to stop back tomorrow. OWH (Operation Write Home) is hosting a HUGE blog hop! Just in time to create Valentinte cards for the soldiers.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Flurry of Fun

Cute image is from Designed2Delight. I created this paper bag purse (instructions here) to hold some hot chocolates and other goodies. These are soooo quick and easy to make using a lunch sack and you can use up your scraps to make the bag/purse!

I used scraps for my purse bag and colored the image with Copic markers and then used lots of glitter. It's very sparkly in real life.

**Tip: When coloring my trees, I left the tips and some parts white, so that it looked like they had snow on them.

No snow here yet, but told it is coming by tonite. I'm not really ready for it yet, but we had the longest, most beautiful fall I can remember having in a very long time so can't complain. After all it IS November and we've usually had snow before now.

Last weekend as soon as school got out Friday, Aaron and I headed to Geneva to stay with my brother and SIL. My nephew is in One Act and they were doing their first performance. It started with a supper, then choir and special groups performed. We then all headed to the theater for the One Act Play. It was hilarious!! I can't imagine them doing anything different to make it better. We laughed so hard! I know I will be hearing that they go to state.

Sunday we ate breakfast (2 other brothers and their families came down on Saturday) and then all went to church then back to my brother's for a BBQ dinner. It was a great time and much needed time away. Thank you so much Ed & Vicki (& Ryan Ü) for a wonderful weekend!!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Stamp room

**Warning VERY long post

Joanna sends out our Tombow assignments usually a month at a time so we can work on them. I have to tell you I about freaked out when I saw one of this month's assignment was to show our stamp room! YIKES!! I marched right upstairs and got to cleaning! I'm so glad she did, because it sorely needed it!!

I am blessed that I have a whole room to work in. The room itself needs lots of work, but it is still mine to retreat to to create. My door is always open so the "boys" (this includes DH) can pop in whenever they want. Plus they know there are little jars/containers of candy they can munch on while we visit. Ü

Okay, you all ready? Open the door and to my left (west wall) is my sewing table. There are no electrical outlets in my room (the house is VERY old and apparently they didn't think this room needed them???), so I run a cord to Aaron's room to use my machine. (note: you can click on all the photos for a closer look.)

This is hanging above my sewing table.

this is a perfect reminder for me to see every time I sit down to sew

We are just going to move around the room, so this is what you see next. These boxes hold my Rubi Coils, Sizzix dies, and the top one just has some misc crafting items like tiles, alterables, etc.

Beside my Rubi Coil are two sets of shelves.
These were made by a Dirty Dozen member that I rec'd in a swap.

In the 3 white photo boxes I have my ribbon wrapped on 3.5" x 7" chipboard. One box is for pink, red, yellow, orange; one for blue, green and purple and the 3rd for black, brown, and white

On the bottom shelf between the boxes are 2 boxcar boxes that hold my ink refills. You can buy these at Wal-Mart. You can see how I label them on the outside.

North wall: Where I sit and do most of my stamping, I like that I can look out in our back yard. On the first shelf in the white/clear box is my SU! ink pads, bottom drawer holds SU! buttons and brads and needles. on the bottom is my 12 x 12 paper

East wall: underneath the table in the drawers are:
drawer 1: bling items like jewels
drawer 2: embossing powders, glitters, heating gun, etc
drawer 3: adhesives, tapes, glues
drawer 4: misc inks like cats eyes, embossing
drawers 5 & 6: punches

Wonderful birthday gift one year from a very special friend. this is within reach of my desk. On top are my blades, stamp cleaner, gamsol and cute clay sculptures from my son.

Not shown on this 6' table is this box of my 6 x 6 paper pads and my Big Shot.

by my table: I love this old trunk. Bruce bought this for me when we were dating. It was covered in THICK layers of ugly brown paint and we stripped it and found this cool blue stain underneath. This holds Benjamin's first pair of jeans, overalls, blankets his great grandma made him and some of Aaron's 'firsts' as well.

The little pink blanket the bears are sitting on my great grandma made me when I was born. The bears were made by DH's aunt.

this wallhanging was made by a friend and I use it as a curtain here.

In the corner, the red box holds felt, the clear boxes 8.5 x 11 cardstock. The door is to a very small closet. Inside I have shelves that hold my fabric, paints, alterables and wrapping paper

South wall: wonderful oak cupboard that we got at an auction all beat up. We stripped it of it's paint and stained it. Inside the top part are files, photo boxes, notepads to alter, etc.

In the drawers are envelopes and the bottom holds all my scrapbooks. I made that doll sitting to the left.

in the southwest corner I have my Darcie patterns, a quilt frame my g'ma gave me and some canvases I've been wanting to alter.

Last but not least is this antique printers tray I use to hold my stickles and other fun items.

Oh yeah...my Cricut is downstairs, because I don't have electrical outlets in my room.