Teacher Gift

September 17, 2008 at 2:33 pm | Posted in Accessories- Designer Series Papers, Accessories- Markers, Accessories- Punches, Projects, Stamp Sets, Stampin' Up! | Leave a comment

Yikes!  Its been way too long again.  😦  My excuses this time?  A dang good book (book series, actually) and preparing for a craft fair.

But here’s something I made last week.  My little Esther is loving Kindergarten & I really appreciate her teacher for making it fun and keeping my girl’s interest in learning alive.  So this is for her!

The gift was a coordinating set including a notepad & pen, candybar, gift bag & card.  (Yeah, this is pretty much my “go to” gift when I don’t know what to give someone.  But everyone seems to love them, so that’s okay.)  It ends up, my daughter’s teacher is a scrapbooker.  (I knew she was cool! lol)  She loved the gift set.  🙂

teacher gift 1 by you.

teacher gift 2 by you.

teacher gift 3 by you.


Stamp Sets:  Tart & Tangy & Fundamental Phrases

Ink:  Real Red & Old Olive Stamping Markers

Paper:  Summer Picnic DSP, Old Olive, Real Red & Whisper White Card Stocks, Mini Square Envelope

Accessories: Real Red & Whisper White 1/4″ Grosgrain Ribbon, Real Red 5/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon, 1 1/4″ Circle Punch, 1 3/8″ Circle Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Font CD


Decor Elements Vase

September 6, 2008 at 9:03 pm | Posted in Decor Elements, Projects, Stampin' Up! | Leave a comment

So, I’m catching up on some things still.  Those of you who came to my New Catalog Mystery Hostess party have already seen this vase.  In fact, you watched me decorate it.

I had only applied one of our Decor Elements once before, at Convention.  I hadn’t read the instructions in a couple weeks.  I had a mental note to review them before the party, but it slipped my mind.  So, at the party I just hoped I wouldn’t blow it.  But my worries were unneccessary.  The vinyl went on so easily!  Decor Elements are just so nice to work with!

(Yes, the vase is from Ikea.  Hey, when I need something to decorate, that’s the first place I go!)

decor elements vase 2 by you.

Stationery Box Class

September 3, 2008 at 12:34 pm | Posted in Accessories- Designer Series Papers, Events, Projects, Stamp Sets, Stampin' Up! | 2 Comments

Oooh, I am loving the new Urban Garden Designer Papers!  They are gorgeous!!

Just look at what I made with them!  It is a stationery box that holds 4 full-size cards (w/ envelopes), 4 3×3 cards (w/ envelopes), 4 tags, a notebook to keep track of birthdays, or who’ve you sent cards to, and a pocket to hold postage stamps.  Isn’t it beautiful?

You can make this very same stationery box at my class on Saturday, September 27th @ 2PM.  For only $20! you will make everything pictured here.  You will receive the templates with instructions at the class.  Then it will be easy to make more boxes at home.  Wouldn’t these make terrific gifts?  (RSVP & Prepay by Weds 9/17.)

 stationery box 1 by you.

stationery box 2 by you.

stationery box 3 by you.

Class participants will need to bring: a paper cutter w/ a scoring blade, Sticky Strip, Snail Adhesive, and Paper Snips (or other scissors).  If you need to order these items, please let me know by 9/17 and I will have them waiting for you at the class.  Thank you!

The credit for the idea of this fabulous box goes to Jackie Topa.  Thanks, Jackie!

Mini Backpack

September 2, 2008 at 12:55 pm | Posted in Accessories- Designer Series Papers, Accessories- Hodgepodge Hardware, Projects, Stampin' Up!, Technique- Heat Embossing | 6 Comments

I just took my oldest to her 1st day of school!  It was a big deal for the whole family.  After she went to bed last night, I made her a little gift: a mini backpack made of card stock & Designer Series Paper.  I gave it to her this morning and she loved it!

Mary Arima came up with the orginal idea.  Isn’t she smart!  I got my template from dfaust (that’s her SCS name, I don’t know her real name, lol).  Click here to view the template.  She altered the orginal a little & included the measurements.   She also made the entire backpack template fit on one 12×12 sheet of card stock.  Then you just add the small amounts of Designer Series Paper to embellish it.  I got the idea to use clear embossing to create a vinyl look from Susie Nelson’s backpack.

If you have a child in school, you could make one to celebrate the end of the first week (or first month, or first report card, or whatever!).  This would also make a really cute teacher gift!  Click on any of the photos to enlarge.

 Esther's mini backpack 1 by you.



Punch holes in the back panel and tie the ribbon through for straps before assembling the box!





I love this little ribbon slider charm from the Hodgepodge Hardware kit!  I tied a knot in the ribbon, then inserted both ends into the ribbon slider.  After assembling the backpack, I punched two holes in the flap to push the ribbon through.  Then I used Sticky Strip on the inside to secure the ribbon ends.


 I tried not to get too much glare when taking the photos.  But I’ll add this one.  It really shows how “vinyl” the Designer Paper looks!  I covered the pieces completely with the VersaMark pad, then poured on the clear emboss powder, and heated.  This gives an all-over shine.  Plus, it makes the backpack (and especially the flaps) a little more sturdy.

I put some candy in the main section, and a little note about how proud I am of her in the little pocket.

I’m really happy with how it all turned out! 


Stamp Set: none!
Ink: VersaMark Pad
Paper: Sweet Always Designer Series Paper (new!) & Pink Pirouette (new In Color!) Card Stock
Accessories: Paper Cutter with Scoring Blade, Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware (flower ribbon slide), 1/4″ Pretty in Pink Grosgrain Ribbon, 1/8″ Handheld Punch, Coluzzle Cutting System, Clear Emboss Powder, Sticky Strip, velcro

Card Class Samples

September 1, 2008 at 8:52 am | Posted in Accessories- Designer Series Papers, Accessories- Markers, Accessories- Punches, Events, New Products, Projects, Stamp Sets, Stampin' Up!, Technique- Pastels, Wheel- Classic Stars Jumbo | Leave a comment

I’ll be having a monthly card class every 1st Friday of the month.  Each time, we’ll make three cards (with matching envelopes) for only $10!  Call or email me by this Wednesday to save your spot for this week’s class.

Here are the cards we’ll be making this Friday:


sept 08 card class 1 by you.

Stamp Set: Tart & Tangy
Ink: Real Red & Old Olive Stampin’ Markers
Paper: Summer Picnic Designer Series Paper & Real Red, Old Olive & Whisper White Card Stocks, Medium Whisper White Envelope
Accessories: 1 1/4″, 1 3/8″ & Scallop Circle Punches, Scallop Edge Punch (new!), 5/8″ Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon, Linen Thread, Crafters Tool Kit (Paper Piercer & Mat)


sept 08 card class 2 by you.

Stamp Set: Say It with Scallops (the new Ronald McDonald House stamp set!) & Classic Stars Jumbo Wheel
Ink: Baja Breeze (new In Color!) Classic Ink Pad
Paper: Baja Breeze, Certainly Celery, Old Olive & Whisper White Card Stocks, Medium Whisper White Envelope
Accessories: 1 1/4″ Square Punch, Scallop Square Punch, Small Star Punch, 5/8″ Certainly Celery Grosgrain Ribbon, Silver Brad, Crafters Tool Kit (Paper Piercer & Mat)


sept 08 card class 3 by you.

Stamp Set: Sock Monkey (new!)
Ink: Chocolate Chip & Bashful Blue Classic Ink Pads
Paper: Bashful Blue, Pumpkin Pie, Brilliant Blue & Whisper White Card Stocks, Medium Whisper White Envelope
Accessories: Stampin’ Pastels, 1 3/8″ Circle Punch, Dimensionals, Paper Snips

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