Friday, November 30, 2012


I just love how the cardinal and ribbon stand out on this card!
A quick and fun holiday card created in a Hero Arts class I recently took that I thought I would share!

Have a great day!

Thursday, November 29, 2012


This week there's a beautiful holiday photo to find inspiration from!

Perfect for getting those holiday cards made!!

I had so much fun creating this card!  

I combined some lovely sets from Inspired By Stamping!

This week's photo:

Join in, we'd love to see what you create!!

Inspired By Stamping Products I Used:


Be sure to check out the Inspired By Stamping Inspiration Challenge Blog as Joanna is having a DT Call for 6 talented ladies!!

Check out the details here.

Have a wonderful day!!


Addicted to Stamps: Christmas Time
Creative Moments: Anything Goes

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Cute Packages with IBS

It's my turn to do the Whoo Hoo Wednesday Tutorial at Inspired By Stamping!!

I decided to create some cut little packages!

Perfect for little gifts for any holiday!

These cute little packages hold a mini hand sanitizer.
(Which I usually get from Bath & Body Works)

1.       Cut two pieces of cardstock – one at 3” x 10”
and one at 6” x 1 ½”.
As seen in the picture, I cut a few, to make more than one package at once.

2.       Score the large piece at 1”, 2” 5 ½” and 6 ½” along the long side.

3.       Score the small piece along the long side at ½”, 1 ½”, 4 ½”
and 5 ½”.  Turn it and score along the short side at ¼” and 
1 ¼”.  Fold pieces at creased lines.

4.       Trim off each corner tab as shown in picture below

5.       Using the second smallest oval die from the Spellbinders Classic
Ovals Large set, place die in center of large rectangle. 
The die will go over the creased lines slightly. (Picture below)
*You can otherwise use a punch if you’d like.

After you run it through:

6.       Fold the large piece along creased lines to form the holder.

7.       Apply sticky tape on the top, bottom and side tabs.

8.       Peel off the tape covering on the bottom tab and attach to the
inside top of bottom lip of the holder.

9.       Fold in the side tabs and tape them down to the bottom
sides of the holder.

10.   Remove the last piece of the tape covering and
adhere to the back of the holder.

11.   Lastly…..Embellish!!

12.   After you are finished embellishing, add some
Velcro inside on the bottom to help hold the package shut.

Here is a look at a few of the ones I created:

As you can see the middle one, is slightly smaller, but I thought the new December 25th Labels worked nicer with the larger package! 
(But I do have some instructions for the smaller one here, that I created last year.)

An inside look at one of them...
Don't be afraid to dress the inside up with some pretty patterned papers and embellishments!

Close-up views:
The December 25th Labels were so fun to use for these cute packages!!

Added a little color to this one along with some snow!

I used the Festive Frames and Elegant Christmas Sentiments for this one!  It looks speckled because I used a glitter spray to add gold sparkle!

Sets used:

I hope you've enjoyed this fun project, they 
are so fun and simple to make!!

Have a wonderful day!


Crazy Amigo Challenge: Gifts
Party Time Tuesday: Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door: Anything Goes
Lexi's Creations: Christmas
The Pink Elephant: Pretty Packaging
Addicted to Stamps: Christmas Time
Corrosive Challenge: Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas: For Someone Special
Little Claire's: Christmas
Anything But a Card Challenge: Always Anything But a Card

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

MTE Birthday

Hello to all my crafty friends!!
My niece recently turned 10 and I was really stumped on what kind of card to make her! So I did a little searching for ideas around blogland and Pinterest!

I ended up finding a cute idea on Pinterest and kind of went off of it!
I really like how it turned out, so fun!

For the large Happy Birthday sentiment I used the Big Thoughts set from My Thoughts Exactly!!!  Such a great set!

Have a great day!


Pile It On: Anything But A Christmas Card
Robyn's Fetish: Bl and Wh + One Other

Monday, November 26, 2012

Cold and Snowy with SS

Hello crafty friends!

Make sure to join us on the Sweet Stamps blog, we'd love to see what you create with our challenge in mind! You have a chance at winning $20 to purchase some "sweet" things of your own!!

This week's Sweet Stamps Challenge is:

Cold and Snowy

I just LOVE having snow on the ground, such a beautiful time of the year!!

I used the new Jada's Snowfight stamp for this card!

How fun!! Supplies Used:

Have a wonderful day!


Through The Craft Room Door: Anything Goes
ABC Challenge: Anything Goes
Fashionista: Blue Christmas
Hooked on a Craft: Christmas
House of Gilli: Die Cuts
Love to Create: Non-Traditional Holiday Colors
Christmas Cards All Year 'Round: Shaped or Fancy Folds

Friday, November 23, 2012

Shalom Wildlife

We recently took the kids to this fun Wildlife Sanctuary! 

We had such a wonderful day together as a family!!
It was so much fun to see some of the "wildlife" so up close and personal!  The kids were first greeted by a bambi, which they thought was so cool!!

They also got to pet an adorable raccoon! 

Have a great day!!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

IBSIC #36 Sketch

This week there's a wonderful sketch to find inspiration from!

I used the new Festive Frames set from Inspired By Stamping to create this fun holiday card!

I used my Make The Cut program to create this ornament; using an oval, triangle and square!!!  

Stamped the festive frame and then there is no complete ornament without glitter!!  So I added some of my favorite Fairy Dust glitter!

This week's sketch:

Join in, we'd love to see what you create!!

Inspired By Stamping Products I Used:


Do you want to be a Month-Long Guest Designer with the Inspired by Stamping Girls?
Here is what you have to do...Play in our challenge the month of November and "Wow" us with your beautiful card or project!
The winner will be chosen at the end of this month and will be our month long guest designer for the month of January! Plus, they will receive two 4x6 stamp sets from the Inspired by Stamping Store to create with during this month!  

How exciting!!!

For those who celebrate Thanksgiving....HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!  

I hope you have a wonderful time with family and friends!  I am so thankful for everyone and everything in my life!

Can't wait to each some turkey and mashed potatoes!! YUM!   

Have a wonderful day!!


Our Daily Bread: Winter Holiday
Loves Rubber Stamps: Use Ribbon
Papertake Weekly: Ribbon and Pearls
The Paper Girls: Christmas/Winter
Great Impressions: Celebrating The Season
Little Claire's: Christmas
Crimbo Crackers: Anything Goes (Christmas/Festive)
Delightful Challenges: Red and Green
Cards by Lady Anne: Anything Goes
Crafty Creations: Christmas Is Coming
Creative Moments: Anything Goes
Diva's by Design: Use 2 or More Patterned Papers
Whimsy Inspiration: Traditional Colors
Stampavie and More: Swirls and Pearls

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Thank You with SS

Hello crafty friends!

Make sure to join us on the Sweet Stamps blog, we'd love to see what you create with our challenge in mind! You have a chance at winning $20 to purchase some "sweet" things of your own!!

This week's Sweet Stamps Challenge is:

Thank You

With Thanksgiving a few days away, what a perfect challenge to have!

I always find it important to give friends and family thank you cards, even if it is just for something little they did.  I am so thankful for all the wonderful people in my life...even all my crafty friends I only know through the web! :)  I appreciate all your love and support!

With that, here is the center step card I created:
Just LOVE the new Center Step Die SS is carrying!!

I also really like the new Queen Anne's Wildflowers Silhouette!
For this card I first used a light pink ink to stamp the image on the left, then used VersaMark to stamp it again a little lower to the right and then embossed with some Deliquesce Super Sparkle Pink from Creative Inspirations!  I then used CI Paint Fairy Dust to add some shimmer to the light pink stamped silhouette!

I used TuTu Pink to make all the die cut flowers shimmer!!

This is also a nice time to just send a HUGE THANK YOU to Stacey, owner of, and her mom Sandy!  Both are such lovely and sweet ladies!
I was able to meet both of them at the Madison stamp show this past weekend!  What an honor! Supplies Used:

Have a wonderful day!


Raisin Boat: Thank You
Dream Valley Challenges: Anything Goes
Craft Room Challenges: Punches and Dies
Crafty Sentiments: Thanks
Flourishes: Make A Card or Project That Makes You Feel Happy! (Bright colors and Flowers!)
The Stamping Boutique: Giving Thanks
Creative Stamp Friends: Your Fav. Colors
Lexi's Creations: Thanks/Thanksgiving
Lollipop Crafts: Gratitude/Thanks
Love To Create: Give Thanks
The Pink Elephant Monday Card Challenge: Giving Thanks
Oh La La Creations: Someone Special
Amusing Challenges: Special Folds

Sunday, November 18, 2012

With Sympathy

Recently, I needed to create two sympathy cards. :(  

Don't care for creating these type of cards.

But I quickly made these two:
The beautiful sentiment is from Inspired By Stamping's set All Year Wishes II.  I just LOVE this set! And the beautiful silhouette of  flowers is from Sweet Stamps. The stamp is called Queen Anne's Wildflowers, which was released last month. 

For this card I used the new Graceful Hydrangea stamp from Inspired By Stamping!!  Love this floral stamp!!  And again the sentiment is from the All Year Wishes II set.

Have a sweet day!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

X-Mas Cookies

Here's a fun layout I created from making Christmas Cookies last year!!

The kids just love making sugar cookies!!  Can't wait to make them this year!

Have a nice day!


Friday, November 16, 2012

Good Luck

For the last couple weekends, along with this weekend I have been a widow!
My husband loves hunting!

Most of you know and if you don't, this weekend is opening weekend of gun hunting, so once again my husband is gone!

Which leaves me to spend tons of quality time with the kiddos and my lovely friends/family!

Getting together tonight with some girlfriends, the kids will be sure to entertain them! ;)  And tomorrow us girls are headed to Madison for a Stamping Show!

I am so excited!!


Anyway, I created a card to stick into my husband's bag....

He hasn't had any luck yet this season getting that "monster" buck, so I thought it would be fun to create a "Good Luck" card for him using Raisin Boat's stamp set Open Season, my latest stamp rental from them!!

And another quick one I created for Father's Day for one of our dad's!

Have a great weekend!!



Cards for Men: Anything Goes
Penny's Paper-Crafty: Anything Goes