Monday, October 31, 2011

Boo to YOU!!

Smiley from millan.netHappy Halloween, Friends!! I soooo {{{heart}}} this crazy holiday!!! I'm not sure I'm EVER gonna outgrow it!!

First, I need to apologize for my absence ... the past week has been rather chaotic. Upon returning home from our Disneyland Adventure, I not only had to get back to the office to catch up on some things, but we also took my mom in for a pacemaker last Tuesday. She has been struggling with heart problems for nearly two years. We are very hopeful that this will solve most of her issues. Between running back and forth to the hospital, her place, work, school for the kids, AND our Annual Halloween Carnival (have been in charge of this with my friend, Holly for at LEAST 12 years ... maybe longer!), I didn't seem to have a spare second!! Hence, the delay in putting up the late-but-promised tutorial.

I posted this little treat box on my blog for the last Control Freaks Blog Tour. It is really quite easy and quick to make. Thanks to my BFF, Deb Felts, for her inspiration and permission to share this with you!

It uses one 6 x 6 inch piece of cardstock, scored in thirds tic-tac-toe style, at 2 and 4 inches, so its overall size is approximately two inches. This photo shows you where you need to score your paper. It actually works best with patterned paper, as it is not a s thick as cardstock, and folds much cleaner and easier.

All of the horizontal and vertical lines are folded peak-style, while the diagonal score lines are folded valley style, as in this photo...VERY easy! Add a 2"x4" piece of patterned paper, folded at 2" along the 4" side and adhere to back of box. I added the little tag from the Two Tags Bigz die and a Scalloped Circle Punch to the 2" x 4" patterned paper piece on this one. I used a Velcro dot to close the box.

I had planned to use some "current" SU patterned paper, but the only Halloween stuff I had this year was printed out on white cardstock using MDS ... which means the cardstock was a little too thick. Soooo ... I once again recycled some of my OLD SU patterned paper ... as well as the wonderful bat punch that was only current for ONE year, and the "Boo" sentiment from Best of Fiends (one of my bestest, most favoritist Halloween stamp sets EVER!!).

We celebrated Halloween a little early here ... had all my kids under one roof yesterday, so we had our traditional beef stew Halloween Dinner, as well as had the kids carve some pumpkins.

Devan's "Happy Face" ...

Garrett during the creative process ...

Amelia and her "Totoro" pumpkin (she has a love for ALL things Animae!!)

Have a Spookalicious Day!!

Stamps: Best of Fiends
Paper: Basic Black, Creepy Crawly DSP (retired), Cajun Craze, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: Simply Scored, Two Tags Bigz Die, 1 3/8" & 1 1/4" Circle Punches, Decorative Label Punch, Bitty Bat Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Rhinestone Basics, Chocolate Kisses

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Shifting Gears ...

Why is it sooooo danged hard to recover from a vacation??? You workworkwork in getting ready to go ... then you playplayplay while you are gone. Coming back home it seems you are almost more tired from all the playing you did than you were from all the work it took to get there!! Why is that??? Sigh .... Our trip was fantastic!! Disneyland ALWAYS makes me happy!! It's totally/nearly IMPOSSIBLE not to have a good time in the Happiest Place On Earth. But, I digress ...

I created the pleated strip for this card by cutting out a piece of DSP (patterned paper) that was 1" x 12". Then, I scored at alternating intervals of 1" and 1/2". (Score your first vertical line at 1"; then at 1 1/2"; then at 2 1/2"; then at 3, etc.). Then, just fan-fold the strip of paper until it is as wide as your card front. Trim to fit. You can add a strip if you would like to make a horizontal or larger square card. Easy peasy ...

I should have the little treat box tutorial for you by the end of the week. Between catching up at work and having my mom headed in to the hospital today to have a pacemaker put in (FINALLY!), my week is a bit on the over-done side. We are quite confident that Mom's health should take a definite upswing after today's procedure. Sooo happy for modern science/medicine and those patient enough to learn how to perform such procedures.


Stamps: Cherish Friendship, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Watercolor, First Edition DSP, Striped Patterned Paper
Ink: Stazon Black, SU Watercolor Pencisl
Accessories: Circle Scissor, Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions Folder, Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding, Library Clip, Small Black Brads, Dimensionals

Friday, October 21, 2011

Fire! Fire! Fire!!

While you are reading this, I am still in Disneyland enjoying some time with Mickey and the gang with my family and friends!! (I totally LOVE that place!!)

Just thought I'd post this little fireman card I did for my cousin last week. William turned 5 ... what a great age!! I remember being 5, albeit barely!! Couldn't resist adding the fire hydrant ... and there IS a fire engine on the inside, but I didn't get the chance to take a photo of it, as I was in a hurry to get it in an envelope before the mailman came!

I'll be back home in a couple of days and back to the regular ol' grind!!


Stamps: Family Phrases, Peachy Keen Faces
Paper: Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Blush Blossom, Daffodil Delight, Real Red, Basic Gray, Early Espresso, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: Cricut Everyday Paper Dolls, George and Basic Shapes, Bold Brights Button, Word Window Punch, Bricked Embossing Folder, Silver Brad, Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine, Pop-Up Glue Dots

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Bows & Boxes & Bags ... & FREAKS!!

Welcome Friends!! It's Freaky Tour Time again ... and I'm REALLY excited to be able to share a couple of things with you. You should have just come from the fantabulous blog of Patty Bennett ... the things that girl comes up with are ALWAYS amazing!! (and if you DIDN'T come from Patty's blog, no worries ... just keep hopping around the Blog Tour 'til you come back to her!)

First I'd like to share this wintry cookie bag ... I just look at this and think BRrrrrrr!!! Winter is a-comin' ... and this would be a fun way to top off a treat bag for your friends and neighbors. Daisies at Christmas??? Why not?? And the new Cookie Stamps are FUNFUNFUN!!! My darling daughter made up these delicious shortbread cookies for me to use for my project ... she is the BESTEST!! (Love you, Amelia!!) I love how the Whisper White and Very Vanilla compliment each other and the wonderfully-sparkly Glitter Paper! This little bag holds three cookies, so just enough for sharing!

Stamps: NONE
Paper: Silver Glitter Paper, Whisper White, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Daisies #2 Bigz Die, Scallop Border Punch, Antique Brad, Whisper White Satin/Organza Ribbon

Next is a little "surprise" box/bag. I was thinking that this would be a GREAT little gift for your kids to give their friends ... or for sharing with coworkers. It's a quick and easy little fold up of a 6"x6" piece of paper (thanks to the inspiration from my friend, Deb Felts!). I will be sharing some instructions with you next week, so stay tuned for that!!

Peek-a-boo!! I am totally {{heart}}ing (is that a word??) the new little Peek-a-Boo Frames die. I've been using it in a lot of things ... it just makes me smile!! This is the little wreath stamp from 25 and Counting (day 12) ...

AND ... you can fit THREE chocolate kisses inside!!! YAY!!! Any time you can add chocolate to a gift is good, right???

Stamps: 25 and Counting
Paper: Frostwood Lodge DSP, Early Espresso, Whisper White
Ink: Garden Green
Accessories: Northern Frost Decorative Strip Strip Die, Peek-a-Boo Frames Bigz Die, Scallop Circle Punch, Red Glimmer Brad, Early Espresso Quilted Ribbon, Velcro Closure

That's pretty much it ... take a hop, skip and a jump on over to beautiful blog of my beautiful friend, Cindy Major. I love her style ... her creativity always blows my doors off!!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Richard's Bowtie

Here is the card I did for the second challenge I hosted last week on SCS ... the Free for All challenge. Seems there are challenges to do just about EVERYwhere these days ... which his great! Sometimes when the MoJo has taken a hike it is nice to have a sketch or an inspiration photo or an idea to help spark those creative juices, right? What I do find, however, is that many times I am just making a card to fit whatever challenge i may be doing with no recipient in mind. Soooo .... that is where my challenge last week filled in the gaps. "Cards with Character" ... my challenge was to have the crafty peeps make a card with a specific person in mind that head an element or two that directly reflected something about that person's character ... their favorite colors, a hobby, something they collect. For my sample I used my brother in law, Richard, as inspiration.

It was Richard's birthday last week, so I needed something that wouldn't be too girly (you KNOW how I have often lamented that I struggle with the "dude-card" thing, right?). Anywho ... Richard is a bowtie-wearing, riding-a-unicycle-to-work-everyday-come-rain-or-shine lawyer. AND a really amazingly wonderful and fantastic guy. Check this out:

Unicycling Lawyer

A few years back there was a Technique Lover's Challenge on SCS featuring this little origami shirts. They are sooo fun to make. Here is the one I did at the time with teeny-tiny shirts:

Dad's Many Shirts

Here are the basic instructions for making one (as copied from the Resources section on SCS):

If you want to make a smaller shirt that would fit on a normal sized card, use a piece of designer paper measuring 4¼” x 5 ½”.
Step 1 and 2: fold as directed.
Step 3: Fold back the top edge by ½”.
Step 4: Fold the corners in so that the corners meet at the center fold ½” down from the top folded edge.
Step 5: These folds will make the sleeves. Measure up 1 ½” from the bottom of the paper in the center (where the edges of the paper meet). From that point, make the triangles folding outward as shown.
Step 6: Fold the bottom edge up and wedge it under the collar flaps before creasing it. The front of the shirt from the top of the shoulders to the bottom is approximately 2 ¼”.

And for those of you who are VISUAL learners, here's a photo of the step-by-step process ... fun, right?? To change the size of the shirt, just add/subtract from the 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" size listed above in proportionate increments (for example, add/subtract 1/2" from both the width and height.)

That's pretty much it! Be sure to tune back in on the 20th - Thursday (or for those of you who can't wait, the posts should be up by the evening of the 19th) for the Control Freaks Blog Tour. Always fun to see what the Freaks are doing!!

We are hitting the road tomorrow for Disneyland!! YAYHOORAYYIPPEE!! I sooooo need some FUN happening!!Smiley from

Stamps: Create a Cupcake
Paper: Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Pool Party, Spice Cake
Ink: Early Espresso
Accessories: Soft Suede Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Small Oval Punch, Word Window Punch, Circle Cutter, Stripes Textured Impressions Folder, Bitty Buttons and Punch, Dimensionals

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Circle of Butterflies

I love being able to hostess challenges over on SCS. In addition to the F4A challenge last Friday, I was ALSO a hostess for the "Hope You Can Cling To" challenge on Thursday ... in honor of breast cancer awareness they are doing a different challenge every day during the month of October. And there are a TON of AWESOME prizes, too!! LOVE "free", don't you??

So.... this is the sample I made for the HYCCT Challenge ... "Butterflies of Hope" ... not surprising that I picked butterflies as my "theme" for this challenge, is it?? Since they have long symbolized hope and renewal, I figured that they were a perfect fit!!

I TOTALLY struggled putting this together ... y'know when ya have an idea stuck in your head and it chooses to STAY stuck?? I couldn't quite get the idea to transfer from the brain to the paper. BUT, I DO love this paper!! I think I'm going to have to order another package already!! (Spice Cake ... YUM!!)

Enjoy the rest of your weekend ... manohman, I wish I had one more day of weekend ... BUT, we ARE going to Disneyland this week (we leave on Wednesday), so at least I have THAT to look forward to!! YAY!! LONG drive, but SOOO worth it!! Smiley from

Stamps: Fabulous Phrases
Paper: Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Pool Party, Very Vanilla, Spice Cake DSP
Ink: Early Espresso
Accessories: MFT Decorative Doily Dienamic Die, Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die, Small Oval Punch, Pearl Stickers, Very Vanilla Seam Binding, Button, Pop-Up Glue Dots

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

See??? I TOLD Ya!!

FINALLY!! SUCCESS!! TA-DA!! My darling daughter had a FEW brief minutes to help me get this tutorial filmed ... and I have to apologize for the funky lighting ... it was late, so we had to just do it with no natural light. AND the back of my head keeps creepin' its way into the video ... the price one pays for FREE labor (thanks, Amelia!!). It's really kind of a lame "trick" ... but it DID make cutting out nearly 50 of the balloons from "Up, Up & Away" a bit more bearable ... (good thing I had another balloon card in my arsenal to share with ya!!)

(I hope you are not all saying, "What??!!?? That's IT??) Smiley from

Stamps: Up, Up and Away
Paper: Baja Breeeze, Sweet Slumber DSP, Basic Black, Whsiper White, Baja Breeze
Ink: Baja Breeze Riding Hood Red, Basic Black
Accessories: 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Circle Scissor, Black Polka Dot Scalloped Ribbon, Scallop Circle Punch, Scallop Border Punch, Dimensionals

A Flower for Fall

Good help is SOOOO hard to find ... especially when it's FREE ... especially when it's your teenage daughter who seems to be too-too busy ALLTHETIME!! Sigh ... since same-said teenage daughter is ALSO my film crew, suffice it to say that she didn't have any time to help me ... again ... and I really only need about five minutes!! Which means it will be TOMORROW ... I may have to recruit the husband ... but one way or another, my hot-air-balloon shortcut trick will be here!!

In the mean time ... here's a card with a more fall-looking color scheme. I love this time of year, although it has been much colder the past few days than I would like it to be!! Oh well ... what's a girl to do? I need to get my camera outside and start taking some pictures. LOVE the colors, that's for sure!!

Stamps: Build a Blossom, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Very Vanilla, Designer Patterned Paper
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, More Mustard, Old Olive, Lucky Limeade
Accessories: Blossom Petals Punch, Curly Label Punch, Very Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon, Pearl Stickers, Locket Charm, Pop-Up Glue Dots

Monday, October 10, 2011

Princess Emma

My little niece turned three over the weekend ... and I have to say that there is almost nothing CUTER that a little three year old!! Emma is enamored with EVERYthing princess-y ... her favorite movie is "The Princess and the Frog" ... and she got a myriad of princess-y-type presents for her birthday!!

She was so excited when she opened this card ... I didn't even tell her what was in it, but as she saw the corner of the sun's rays she said, "It's a CROWN!!" (Goes to show that she has a one-track mind right now!) She was VERY excited when I told her the princess on the front was her ... she had to run out and show her mommy ... "This is ME!!" Made me all kinds of happy ... :)

I'm still working on the balloon/punch-trick video. My videographer (aka my teenage daughter) had too much homework to do and not enough time to be my film crew ... which means it will hafta wait another day ... but it IS coming!!

Stamps: Up, Up & Away
Paper: Sarah DSP (retired), Concord Grape Patterned Paper, Pear Pizzazz Patterned Paper, Rich Regals Patterned Paper, Concord Crush, Wisteria Wonder, Pear Pizzazz, Brushed Silver, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Blush Blossom, Whisper White
Ink: Concord Crush
Accessories: Once Upon a Princess, Create a Critter and Celebrate With Flourish Cricut Cartridges, Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Folder, D'Vine Swirl Embossing Folder, Silver Cord, Basic Rhinestones, Whisper White Satin/Organza Ribbon, Sherbet Button, Eyelet Lace Border Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Pop-Up Glue Dots

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Hot Air Balloons & Clouds

This is the card I did for the most recent Control Freak Swap ... many of you many NOT know that the Control Freaks started as, and continue to be, a swap group. Our Blog Tour is relatively new, since the group has been around for several years, but the Blog Tour is only a couple of years old. Cool, eh?

The inspiration for this card came from my good friend, Kim Smith (a stampin' WIZARD, in my opinion!). The cloudy sky was created with the scallop circle punch and a sponge ... then the wheat field was one of the images from Nature Walk. Ink it, then stamp it three times (before reinking it) in different places to give it the appearance of depth ... do this several times ... thanks for the great idea, Kim!!

I also lamented the fact that we do NOT have a balloon punch while I was making 23 of these babies ... then I came up with a stroke of GENIUS. I found a way to cut the balloons out a little more quickly ... but you're gonna hafta wait 'til I show ya. I'll film something later today and try to have it up for you by tomorrow. LOVE when I can find things that create a bit of a short cut when it comes to cutting ... YAY!!

Sooooo ... stay tuned ... Smiley from

Stamps: Up, Up & Away, Nature Walk
Paper: Calypso Coral, Island Indigo, Pool Party, Whisper White
Ink: Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade
Accessories: 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Scallop Trim Corner Punch, Stripes Textured Impressions Folder, Calypso Coral Ruffled Ribbon, Dimensionals

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Fruits & Veggies!!

I am FINALLY able to share with you the project I started on World Cardmaking Day last Saturday (lest you think I was a SLACKER and didn't create ANYthing!!). My BFF, Cheryl, came over and we cut out LOTS of fruits and veggies with my trusty ol' Cricut (we were each making four sets of cards ... and I ended up adding two more fruits after she left!). So ... that makes 32 cards!! I'm so proud of me!! Aren't these stinkin' ADORABLE??? I got the idea from Ally Egaas HERE.

Cherries and pears ...

I had SOOO much fun creating these. I mean, who DOESN'T love cute fruits and veggies, right??? (If you happen to be someone who doesn't like 'em, don't tell me ... I don't wanna know!!)

Avocados and pumpkins ...

I know I am FOR SURE gonna give one set to my sweet mother-in-law. It was her birthday last week ... she turned 81 and she doesn't look a day over 60!! I actually gave her a card and a hug that day, but couldn't figure out what to give her as an actual gift. That is what inspired this whole project to begin with ...

Apples and grapes ...

I kind of got carried away, too!! It was MUCH harder than I expected to choose background patterned papers to go with each fruit or veggie (not to mention the ribbon!! Soooo glad I recently did a ribbon exchange with my upline/sideline and had a bunch of new stuff to choose from!)!!

Lemons and plums ...

I struggled the most with my cute little lemon (one of my FAVES in the set) ... trying to find patterned paper almost stumped me ... until I dug into my new Christmas stash!! YEP!! The cute gingham is from Frostwood Lodge, friends!!

Ta-DAAAA!!! I am really happy with how these turned out! It's going to be FUN to give them away as gifts ...

Stamps: Petitie Pairs (Sending Many Thanks/Happy Birthday Wishes), Watercolor Trio (Birthday Wishes/Thanks So Much), Just Believe (Just for You), Sincere Salutations (Thinking of You), Vintage Labels (For You), Teeny Tiny Wishes (Get Well Wishes)
Ink: Early Espresso
Paper: Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, Garden Green, Pear Pizzazz, Cherry Cobbler, Elegant Eggplant, Rich Razzleberry, More Mustard, So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Perfect Plum, Concord Crush, Always Artichoke, Riding Hood Red, Autumn Spice DSP, Frostwood Lodge DSP, Mocha Morning DSP (now THAT'S what I call a LIST!!)
Accessories: Cricut Preserves and Everyday Paper Dolls Cartridges, Wide Oval Punch, Large Oval Punch, Small Oval Punch, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler More Mustard and Old Olive Scallop Dots Ribbon, Perfect Plum, Riding Hood Red, and So Saffron Taffeta Ribbon, Pear Pizzazz Seam Binding, Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Folder, Dimensionals, Sewing Machine

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Hello, Baby!!

I really need to stock up on more of these ... baby cards, I mean. I make cards ALL THE STINKIN' TIME ... but I seem to forget about doing these ... until, of course, I actually NEED one! So, there ya have it ...

Smiley from millan.netToday is overcast and rainy ... which I guess means that fall is actually on its way. I love fall ... it's probably my favorite time of year. The only thing I DON'T like about it is that winter is right behind it!! Sigh ... the colors are starting to change. I am actually looking forward to that part the most. I need to get out and take some pictures, too.

I actually have a day off today ... an actual-honest-to-goodness day off ... no errands I have to run, no appointments I have to be to ... WONDERFUL!! Think I'm gonna STAMP somethin'!!

Stamps: Animal Stories, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Nursery Necessities
Paper: Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point, Marina Mist, Whisper White
Ink: Marina Mist, Pacific Point
Accessories: Marina Mist Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Photo Corners Punch, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Circle Cutter, Bashful Blue Buttons, Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Folder, 3/4" and 1" Circle Punch, Clips Assortment, Pop-Up Glue Dots

Sunday, October 2, 2011

THIS is What 560 Looks Like!!!

Remember when I was tellin' ya last month how I was doing wedding invites for my BFF's daughter?? (which would make HER a BFF, too??) Remember how I showed ya how to do the "Hokey Pokey" with your FOOT while you were punching 560 belly bands (each band punched SEVEN times ... TIMES 560 = 3,920!!)??? Well, here is what I made ...

The bride and groom wanted to keep it relatively "clean and simple" (in the groom's words - NOT GIRLY!) ... this really doesn't look like much ... but it IS made out of two pieces (one of which I had to created a little tab for so that we could fold it up and close it up) ... and when you do each step 560 times it takes FOR.EV.ER!!

Here is what they looked like all boxed up ... such a happy sight!!! HOURS-HOURS-HOURS of labor/love went into these babies!! So happy they are done ... and so excited for Hannah and TJ!! It's almost here!! Next weekend!! YAY AND HOORAY!!Smiley from

Figured this would be as good a thing as any to share with you for World Card Making Day (even though I'm posting it a day later!). I have some cute card sets I started working on yesterday (which makes THEM my OFFICIAL WCMD project!). I will post 'em when I get 'em done!).


Stamps: NONE
Paper: Grey (unknown - bought at XPedX), Night of Navy
Accessories: EK Success Tulips Border Punch, Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Folder