Family Photo Box

February 19, 2009 at 12:46 pm | Posted in Accessories- Designer Series Papers, Events, Projects, Scrapbooking, Stampin' Up! | 2 Comments

Here is my Parisian Breeze Photo Explosion Box with my family photos added to it. We took these pictures at a favorite park a couple of weeks ago.

I love how it turned out!  It looks very different than my finished Rockabilly box, even though the design is exactly the same.

Click on the photos to enlarge.

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Unfortunately, it’s too late to sign up for my Explosion Box class for this Saturday.  But if you’d like to learn how to make these, just find at least two other friends who would also like to take the class, and we’ll schedule another one on a date that works for you.


Icecream Photo Box

February 11, 2009 at 1:55 pm | Posted in Accessories- Designer Series Papers, Events, Projects, Scrapbooking, Stampin' Up!, Technique- Home Decor | 2 Comments

**Today is the last day to sign up for my Photo Explosion Box Class!**

So, I finally found a few minutes to take some photos of my Rockabilly Photo Explosion Box with the photos I added to it. As I mentioned before, I had decided to go with an icecream theme: more specifically, photos taken at our favorite icecream parlor: Leatherby’s Family Creamery.

If you thought my box was cute before, just look at it now! Priceless! Yes, once you add your personal photos to a project, the completed item means so much more.

I made all the photos (which span over the last 4 1/2 years) black and white to help the project visually flow and so there wouldn’t be any clashing with colors. Also, B&W really goes well with the colors of the box.

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 You’ll notice that some of the sections don’t have a photo.  I added accents simply by punching out leftover scraps from the project with the scallop circle and other circle punches.  (When I hold the class, I’ll have my punches available so the class participants can do the same, if they like.)  I’ll probably add journaling to those sections later.

I haven’t added photos to my Parisian Breeze box yet. I took my family out to a nice park last week and we got a ton of photos. I’ve almost finished narrowing them down. That box will be a little different from this one. 1) I’ll be using color photos. 2) There won’t be any panels left blank (I may even put a photo on the center square). When I finish it, I’ll take pics to show you.

Photo Explosion Boxes

February 5, 2009 at 2:47 pm | Posted in Accessories- Designer Series Papers, Events, New Products, Projects, Scrapbooking, Stampin' Up! | 4 Comments

Last week I got my order of new Stampin’ Up! supplies and in it was the new Rockabilly Specialty and Parisian Breeze Specialty Papers.  They are beautiful!!!

I made some adorable photo boxes with them.  I’ll be teaching how to make these boxes at my Photo Explosion Box Class on Saturday February 21st @ 2pm.  Class members will choose whether they want to make the Rockabilly or Parisian Breeze box when the sign up.  If you’d like to join us, please be sure to contact me by Weds Feb 11th, as I’ll need to order the supplies.  (Class members will need to bring their own paper cutter with a scoring blade and their own adhesive.  Thanks!)  ETA:  Class fee is $20 ($18 for current stamp club members.)

You’ll take your box home all ready to add your photos. Plus, you’ll take home the instructions and templates. Photo boxes make a great gift to keep on a desk or coffee table!

(Click on individual photos below to enlarge.)

Here’s the Parisian Breeze Specialty box.  I wish you could reach right through the computer to feel this paper!  It is textured, and much heavier than our normal designer papers- almost as thick as our card stock.  It is very nice!

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And this is the Rockabilly Specialty box.  I love the glossy design on these papers!  What I also love is that on each sheet in the pack, on one side is a very classic pattern: either stripes or polka dots, and on the other side is a trendy pattern like skulls and crossbones or cherries.  I was initially going to go with just classic stripes and dots and my box.  But then I decided that I’d be using photos taken at a favorite ice cream parlor, so I used some cherries.  Too cute! 

When you make your own box, you’ll get to choose which sides of the papers you want to use and where in the box they will go.

 rockabilly 1 by you.

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I’ll be adding photos to these boxes soon, and will post new pics then.


LOVE that $10 Card Class!

January 31, 2009 at 2:03 pm | Posted in Accessories- Designer Series Papers, Accessories- Punches, Events, Stamp Set- Heartfelt Thanks, Stamp Set- Love You Much, Stamp Set- Warm Words, Stamp Sets, Stampin' Up!, Technique- Heat Embossing, Technique- Watercoloring | Leave a comment

I have three lovely cards to show you!  I went with a heart theme, but none of the cards is exclusively for Valentine’s.

These are the cards we’ll be making at my $10 Card Class this Friday evening (2/6, 7PM, my house).  If you’d like to join us, just let me know by this Weds (2/4).  You’ll also take home matching envelopes.

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 Lots-of-Hearts Flower Card

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Stamps: Warm Words
Ink: Riding Hood Red
Paper: Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette, Candy Lane Designer Series Paper
Accessories: Heart to Heart Punch, Trio Flower Punch, Stamping Sponge, Dimensionals


Love Birds Gate-Fold Card

class sample 6 by you.

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Stamps: Love You Much
Ink: Basic Gray, Baja Breeze
Paper: Basic Gray, Riding Hood Red, Urban Garden Designer Series Paper, Watercolor Paper
Accessories: Wide Oval Punch, Scallop Edge Punch, Word Window Punch, AquaPainter, Silver Brad, Dimensionals


Heartfelt Standing Card

 class sample 10 by you.

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Stamps: Love You Much, Heartfelt Thanks
Ink: Basic Black Craft, Riding Hood Red Classic
Paper: Basic Black, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White
Accessories: Clear Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Whisper White 1/4″ Grosgrain Ribbon, AquaPainter, Uni-ball White Gel Pen

Truffle Boxes

January 16, 2009 at 11:44 pm | Posted in Accessories- Designer Series Papers, Accessories- Markers, Accessories- Punches, Events, New Products, Projects, Specials, Stampin' Up! | 3 Comments

mystery hostess prize 1 by you.

I’ve said it before.  I love boxes!  These super cute little things hold four handmade truffles.  Yum!

I’m giving them away as raffle prizes tomorrow at my Mystery Hostess New
Catalog party.  (If I can talk myself into letting them go.  lol)

The basic box is very easy to make.  For the bottom, start with a 5 7/8″ x 5 7/8″ piece of card stock.  Score at 1 1/2″ on all sides with the Paper Cutter, using the Scoring Blade.  Cut up to intersecting lines to form tabs.  Fold up and secure with Sticky Strip.

To make the lid, start with a 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ piece of cardstock and do the same thing, except score all sides at 3/4″.  Then cut tabs, fold up and glue.

mystery hostess prize 2 by you.

For the valentine box, I used the Love You Much Bundle.  The focal point is made using the Scallop Edge Punch & the Scallop Circle Punch.  I cut a hole in the lid with the Coluzzle before folding up and gluing.  Then I secured a transparency sheet inside the lid with Sticky Strip.  I love being able to see the sweet treats inside!


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My second box is actually a sneak peek item.  🙂  It features “Yummy”, a Sale-A-Bration set for this year!  It will be available to get for FREE from Feb 1st through Mar 31st this year.  (More about that later.)  I love this set!  It is perfect for people like me who like making homemade goodies and packaging them pretty!

mystery hostess prize 5 by you.

With this box, I wanted even more of the truffles to show through, so I made a completely transparent box lid.  I cut a transparency sheet down to 4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″, then scored 3/4″ on all sides.  This makes the lid smaller than the box so it fits inside of it, rather than over it.  I didn’t want the clear box lid on the outside for two reasons.  One, I don’t yet know about a really good, truely invisible adhesive.  So I used Mini Glue Dots to glue the tabs down.  They work great, but they are too noticeable for me.  Two, I didn’t want the box lid to interfere with my design of the box sides:

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 I used my Stampin’ Markers a lot for the sides.  (I used my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig a lot too, because I know I wouldn’t get these all straight otherwise!)  The pretty swirly scrolls on the box sides are part of a large stamp that says “A little Something for you”.  So I simply inked up the portion I wanted with a Basic Black marker and stamped onto my project.  Then I inked just “Yummy” from the “a little Yummy for your tummy” stamp with a Real Red marker and- Voila!  I love the way it turned out!

I really hope the people that win these boxes tomorrow like them!

Thank You Cards (from the Love You Much Bundle)

January 13, 2009 at 10:11 pm | Posted in Accessories- Chipboard, Accessories- Designer Series Papers, Accessories- Punches, Events, New Products, Projects, Stamp Set- Love You Much, Stampin' Up! | 1 Comment

These are the cards we’ll be making at my Mystery Hostess New Catalog party this Saturday.  Aren’t they cute?

mystery hostess projects 1 by you.

I’ve been loving my new products from the Love You Much bundle!  I’ve made only valentines with it so far, so I was itching to make some cute cards for other occassions, too.  My DH isn’t so sure about these.  He thinks they look nice, but he is under the opinion that if it has a heart on it, it has to be a valentine.  But he isn’t a girl.  lol

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This first one uses Pacific Point card stock (an In Color).  I love the way it looks with the Close to Cocoa and Chocolate Chip!  But then, brown is my favorite color.  The sayings on both cards are from the stamp set Thank You Kindly.

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This one is made with Kiwi Kiss (another In Color) and a chip board scalloped square from the On Board Essentials assortment.  We’ll be coloring the chipboard with Craft Ink and will also “paper piece” those adorable birds.

mystery hostess projects 5 by you.

Be sure to call or email me tomorrow if you know you’re coming on Saturday for your extra raffle ticket.  Otherwise, just pop on by if you’re able to make it!

Mystery Hostess New Catalog Party

January 9, 2009 at 12:10 pm | Posted in Events, New Products, Stampin' Up! | 2 Comments

Mark your calendar for Jan 17th! 

This will be your first chance to get your hands on the brand new Stampin’ Up! Spring-Summer Idea Book & Catalog!  New stamps, paper, punches, and more!

So be at my house by 2pm (there will be an on-time drawing!).  I’ll have the annual catalog scavenger hunt and lots of goodies will be raffled!   Lucky winners will get the Hostess Benefits from the sales at the event!  Get an extra ticket by RSVPing by Weds Jan 14th, and get more tickets for each friend you bring to the party!

We’ll be using new stamps at the project table.

And, I’m making cream puffs.  😉

Candy Lane Valentine Class!

January 8, 2009 at 2:41 pm | Posted in Accessories- Designer Series Papers, Accessories- Punches, Events, Specials, Stampin' Up! | 2 Comments

Vday class sample 1 by you.

Cards & Candy – what better images of Valentines Day!  My class incorporates both.

When I think of Valentines, I remember the ones we made as kids.  My mom would help us make little chocolate hearts using a plastic candy mold.  Then we would “glue” the candy onto homemade construction paper valentines with a sugar paste.  I loved making these and giving them out!

I used the same idea on these cute 3×3 Valentines I designed for my class.  Each one incorporates a favorite candy into the design.  But they can each be very easily converted to a flat 3×3 card, if you don’t want to add the candy.  

At my class, you’ll make 10 valentines to take home (2 each of 5 designs), plus a super cute decorated tin to hold them in!  Candy included!  😉  The class features the Love You Much Bundle that is on special now.  I am luvin’ this stuff!!

I apologize for the bad lighting in my photos.  I have a hard time with that sometimes!  The set is much cuter IRL.

Reese’s Cup Card

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Lollipop Flower Card

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York Patty Card

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Hersey Bar Holder

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Ghiradelli Chocolate Holder (this one is probably my favorite!  you open the flap to see the candy inside)

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Lots of Hearts Tin (use this cute container to collect or deliver Valentines, or to hold other goodies!)

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 Class Details:

Saturday, Jan 24th 2-4pm
my house
Cost:  $20 ($18 for stamp club members)
Bring your own adhesive, please!

RSVP by Weds Jan 21st

Christmas Tag *Punch* Class

December 2, 2008 at 5:00 pm | Posted in Accessories- Punches, Events, Projects, Stampin' Up! | Leave a comment

Aren’t these tags stinkin’ cute?!

These are made only with Stampin’ Up! *punches*!  (okay, and a few snips with scissors)

Use these tags to decorate holiday packages, as the focal point on cards, or as accents on scrapbook pages!  My family wants me to make an extra set to use as ornaments on our Christmas tree!

I’m holding a class Saturday, December 13th @ 2PM so you can make these yourself!  Make as many tags as you can in two hours!

You’re welcome to drop by the class without RSVPing, but…   Those who RSVP by Thurs Dec 11th will receive a coordinating bag to keep your tags in from me!

 *Please bring your own adhesive.  Thanks!

ETA:  Oops!  I forgot to mention that the class fee is only $10!



Gift Packaging Class

November 6, 2008 at 6:40 pm | Posted in Accessories- Designer Series Papers, Events, Projects, Stampin' Up!, Techniques | 1 Comment

Finally, here are the samples for my holiday packaging class.  It will be on Saturday, November 15th @ 2PM.  Please RSVP & Pre-Pay by next Wednesday (Nov 12th).  Thanks!

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Santa Bag

You’ll make this bag out of a large envelope! (9″x5″)





Scalloped Square Box with Window
What is it about handmade paper boxes that I love so much?
The window in the top of this one gives a peek to goodies inside! (6″x6″x3″)



 Tall Rectangle Box with Handmade Bow

I love these tall skinny boxes!  And you will have so much fun making the bow!  After the class, you’ll be able to make bows of all sizes for all of your pretty holiday packages! (2 3/4″ x 9 1/2″)


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