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October 2015

DIY Thanksgiving Table Treat

 It's nearing the time for setting the Thanksgiving table! It's always fun to have a treat for everyone at their place setting--something they can take home with memories of the day.

Here's a great DIY turkey filled with goodies that will be a fun treat for everyone at your table. If you get these completed now, you won't have to scurry about on Thanksgiving day trying to assemble a treat!

10-30-15 Turkey box front

10-30-15 Turkey box side

I'm going to give you the directions and below the directions is a list of the supplies you'll need to create this cutie.

1. Cut 6 pieces of Chocolate Chip cardstock at 1 7/8 X 1 7/8. Stamp these pieces with the maple leaf (Vintage Leaves stamp set) using Expresso Classic Ink. Adhere these to the front, both siided and the lid of the box. NOTE: don't adhere to the back of the box yet...that will come later.

2. Stamp the oak leaf in Expresso ink on Crushed Curry, Cherry Cobler, and Pumpkin Pie cardstock. Cut out using the Leaflet frrameilts (note: the stamp set and the framelits do come in a bundle for saving 15%). You can slightly curl the leaves using a bone folder or butter knife.

3. Adhere the "feathers"to the back of the box using multipurpose adhesive. Now cover the bottom of these with the last piece of Chocolate chip cardstock.  Tie a piece of gold trim cord around the sides of the box and tie a bow on top.

4. Punch XL oval from Soft suede cardstock; pumch 2 circles (owl punch) from scrap white cardstock, use black marker to add pupils to thee eyes--adhere to soft suede oval with glue dots.  Punch Itty Bitty Heart  from scrap red carstock--cut in half. Glue "wattle"under eyes leaving room for the beak. Cut beak from scrap Pumpkin Pie cardstock and adhere under eyes with glue dot. 

5. Cut 1 1/2 X 1/2 from scrap black cardstock; Punch 1" square from scrap black cardstock; cut 11 X 3/8" from gold glimmer paper. Assemble hat---se picture. Adhere to top of turkey head using a dimensional (#104430)

You are done! Enjoy

Here's the supply list that you can purchase now with my Shop Now button:

Easy, quick, DIY bag for packaging

It's so much more fun to get a cute package when you receive a gift--don't get me wrong--I love getting any kind of gift. But, isn't it really fun to receive something in a unique and fun package?

He're's a very versatile DIY package that can be adapted for any season and any occasion--use it for small gifts, candy/snack treats, or as a gift card holder with some little treats added!

10-27-15 gusseted bag front w tag

I'm going to give you the simple directions and below the directions is a list of the supplies you'll need to create this cutie!

1. Cut a piece of Designer Seriies Paper (I used Home for Christmas) 3 3/4 x 12; score the long side at 2, 4 1/2, and 10 inches. Fold on the score lines. This is your bag liner.

2. Cut a piece of color coordinating cardstock 3 3/4 X 2 1/2 and adhere to the inside designer paper on the part that measures 2 1/2 X 3 3/4 (this is the second portion of the long strip). Use multipurpose liquid adhesive (#110755).

3. With you fingers pushing down on the cardstock portion of the liner, slip this into a gussted cello bag.  The part with the cardstock is the bottom---this part will fill out the gusseted bottom of the bag. Here's a side view to help "get the picture."

10-27-15 gussted bag side w tag

4. Fill with treats--you may want to add a bit of crinkled paper to make it look festive.

5. Fold over the top portion of the designer paper/cello bag-- which will close the top. There will be about a 1/2" of the cello bag not filled with the designer paper, Fold this under and secure with a piece of   tape to finish the professional look.  Hold top fold with a clothespin.

6. I used a tag from the Oh What Fun tag kit and used the Oh What Fun stamp set for the Merry Wishes.  Slip this tag under the clothespin!

You are done! Enjoy!

Here is the supply list you can order now using my Shop Now button!


How to tie an easy bow

Everyone wants to know how I tie bows....I use the bunny ear method and today I'm goring to show you how to do it. 

I've tinted my twine so that it is divided into 2 halves--this way you can see how the cord is being moved.

1. Here's the first picture---with the twine died into 2 halves--white and red

10-23-15 Bow 1

2. Now form 2 loops (I use my forefingers to form the loops)--be sure to leave some room between the loops because we are going to need some room to create the bow:

10-23-15 Bow 2

3. Now take the red loop a cross it over the white loop.....see how the circle of twine now appears beneath the 2 loops....

10-23-15 Bow 3

4. Now tuck the red loop through that circle that formed below the 2 loops and pull it through the circle

10-23-15 Bow 4

5. Pull the loops to make them even and the tighten up the know by pulling the loops and ends until the know is a tight as you want.

10-23-15 Bow 5

Hope that helps....the more you practice, the better you will become....soon you won't need these directions at all.

Happy tying!

Barbara Howe guessed the product/technique for the smile!!!

Well.....Barbara Howe is the winner of a package of Home for Christmas enamel dots!!! Congratulations to Barbara---she was a terrific detective in her discovery. Thanks, Barb, for participating in the challenge!

Here's how the mouth was created:

Using a piece of scrap red cardstock, use the wing part of the bird builder punch,,,punch near the edge of the cardstock and about half of the large rounded portion of the  wing punch.  What you punched out is trash. Now re-position the large rounded portion of the wing portion of the punch ahead of the punched out part... and move the punch until you see the smile formed that you like--then punch out!

Now take another look at the smile in the photo below--see the wing?

10-20-15 acorny scarecrow face

You can use this same technique using circle punches for various smiles and  eyebrows when doing punched  cards.

Here's the info for ordering the Bird builder punch:

Acorny birthday card with a fancy hat

Don't you love to send fun (& funny) birthday cards.  Look at this fun card--especially at the fun face with the lacy cap!

10-20-15 Acorny birthday

A friend of mine (Carol Townsend) emailed me a project last week and showed me a beautiful and quick way to make the acorn cap with a really cute embossed's Carol's picture...

10-20-15 green acorn

I'm going to give you the directions to create the card above--except for the mouth. I'm not going to tell you today how the mouth was created--take a good look and the first person to email me ([email protected]) the correct answer to creating this mouth--I will give you a packet of the Home for Christmas enamel dots. Tune back in Thursday (not one of my usual blogging days to see if anyone has won the prize....I will   tell you Thursday how the mouth was created!

OK, here are the directions (minus the mouth) and immediiately after the directions is the supply list for the products needed to create this card.

 1. Cut 8 1/2 X 5 1/2 Very Vanilla cardstock, score the long side at 4 1/4 (this is the card base). Run the front through the Big Shot using the Boho Chic dry embossing folder.

2. Cut a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock 3 1/4 X 3 1/4 and adhere to the upper part of the card base (see picture) with multipurpose liquid adhesive.

3. Using the square framelits (the ones measuring approximately 2 1/2  and 1 1/2) cut a frame from Early Expresso cardstock. Adhere this to the Vanilla square in Step #2 using dimensionals.

4. Rub the embossing buddy over a piece of scrap Very Vanilla cardstock. Stamp "happy birthday"(..and many more stamp set) in Versamark on the scrap if Very Vanilla cardstock. Sprinkle liberally with gold embossing powder and heat with the Heat Tool until shiny gold. Punch out "happy birthday" using the Washi Tape punch. Adhere under the square on the card front using dimensionals.

5. Using the striped acorn bottom stamp (Acorny Thank You stamp set), stamp the image in Crumb Cake classic ink on a piece of scrap Very Vanilla cardstock. Punch out image using the Acorn punch.

Create the eyes by punching 2 tiny circles from scrap black cardstock using the Owl punch.

Create the nose by punching 1 small circle using the 1/8: handheld circle punch.

Adhere these to the acorn using small dots of multipurpose liquid adhesive (I find using the piercing tool to apply the glue and pick up these tiny pieces is really useful. Here's a close up of the face to help with placement

10-20-15 acorny scarecrow face

6. Using your fingers pull strings from a piece of burlap ribbon; adhere these to the top of the acorn bottom to look like straw hair--use liquid adhesive to attach these.

7. Run a piece of Crushed Curry cardstock through the Bit Shot using the Lovely Lace folder--position the cardstock to catch the large circle of lace imprint. Punch out the acorn top using the Acorn punch being sure to capture the lacey imprint. Adhere this to the top of the acorn using liquid glue.

Don't forget--we still have the mouth to do--after seeing the face up close, email me if you can figure out how I did it! I'll tell you Thursday!

8. Adhere the completed acorn to the open square created by the Expresso frame--use a couple of dimensionals!

You are done (except for the mouth!) See you Thursday...the supply list below will get you starte on this project....I'll be adding one more item on Thursday!

Here's the supply list and you can purchase these items now with the Shop Now button:

Delicate Gold Shiny Ornaments in 15 minutes

Check out the gold ornament on the tree on the upper right side:


Here's the one I made:

  10-16-15 ornament full view

Isn't this a gorgeous ornament? You can create this is 15 minutes (if you work slowly, less that than if you are quick! LOL). The ornament pieces are created with the Deleicate Ornament Thinlets...and you can crank these out pretty quickly. It is a simple process that I'm going to explain and then I'll give you the supply list for what you will need below the directions.

Here's how;

1. cut 4 pieces of gold foil paper (you can use red, gold or silver foil) approximately 2 X 2 1/2. Set up the Big Shot sandwich like this: multipurpose platform on Tab 2, the Precision Base cutting pad, gold foil paper (good side up), small ornament ball thinlet, standard cutting pad. Run through the Big Shot (I do it twice just to make sure I get a really good cut. When you take it off the Big Shot, leave the thinlet in place on the gold foil. Note: the Precision Base pad is superior for cutting out these intricate patterns.

2. Using 8 layers of dryer sheets, set up your Big Shot sandwich like this: multipurpose platform on Tab 2, standard cutting pad, 8 layers of dryer sheets, gold foil paper with framelit still in place, standard cutting pad. Run this sandwich through the Big Shot.

3. Carefully remove the dryer sheets which will have the gold foil "stuck"to it.  The thinlet will essentially fall off.  Carefully & gently peel off the ornament--the small pieces will stay attached tot he dryer sheet.

Repeat this with the other 3 pieces of foil.

4. Fold each ornament in half lengthwise starting with the top hanger...fold gently but firmly.

5. Cut a piece of gold cording approximately 8 inches long. Adhere the 2 ends to one side of the hanger of one of the ornaments with a glue dot.

6. Apply multipurpose glue (sparingly) to the hanger, the outside edge and several spots over the remainder of the half ornament. Adhere this to the half side of one of the other ornaments (which is also folded ot crease down the middle. You may want to use small clips to hold the ornament in place until the glue dries.

10-16-15 Ornament side view

7. Continue adhering the half sides together until all four are together and the ornamen now has 4 spoked that all meet in the center.

You are done! Enjoy

Here are the supplies you'll need to re-create this ornament. You can purchase these now using the Shop Now button:



Frosty Snowman done in Chocolate!

Frosty the Snowman is a fun character to use for holiday treats. Todays sample 'featuresFrosty made with nugget candies and the Stampin'Up! A Little Something stamp's pretty quick and it's fun--it would be a great treat for your work buddies, your every day friends as well as the "kids" in your life--regardless of age! I'll give you directions and the supply list.

  10-13-15 Nugget Snowman

Here's a closer look at the tag:

10-13-15 Nugget snowman tag

I'm going to give you the directions and below those will be the supply list that you will need to re-create this little cuties:

The Non-Stampin'UP! supplies are Address labels, cello pretzel bags, nugget candies , and kids knit gloves.

1. Cut 5 1/4 X 1 1/2 white heave cardstock, score 1/4 in from all 4 edges. On the long sides, cut the score mark up to the intersecting score mark and adhere the little flap to the side with a glue dot--this creates a little tray for the nuggets to rest in.

2. Stamp snowflakes (A Little Something stamp set) in Marina Mist ink on 2 address labels. On one of these labels, wrap the bottom edge of the lable with blue striped Washi tape (Season of Cheer Washi tape). Wrap these labels around 2 nugget candies. Rest these in the lower part of the white tray. Using the 1/4"handheld circle punch, punch 3 circles from scrap Basic Black cardstock and adhere these buttons to these 2 nuggets---see pic for placement.

3. Wrap an unstamped address label around a 3rd nugget candy. With a black marker draw eyes and a mouth. Cut a sliver of scrap Pumpkin Pie cardstock and adhere this 'nose" to the face just created.
Note; leave room at the top for the hat.

4. Cut a "finger"off the kids knit glove, roll up the cut end to form the hat brim and secure in place with glue dots. Adhere the hat to the top of the face nugget with glue dots. Tie a piece of silver cording around the hat above the brim and tie in a bow. Place this nugget above the body in the tray.

5. Slide the filled tray into the pretzel bag, tie with a piece of White glitter ribbon.

6. Stamp "A Little Something for you"in Cucumber Crush ink on a piece of heavy white cardstock and punch out with a 1 3/8"circle punch. Punch a piece of silver glimmer paper with the bracket label punch. PUnch a 1/8"hole in the top of this with the 1/8"circle handheld punch. Tie this through the hole with a piece of silver cording to the top of the bag in a bow. Adhere the stamped white tag to the silver piece with dimensionals.

You are done! Enjoy!

Below is the supply list--you can purchase these items using the Shop Now ubtton:

Clean & Simple All Occasion Card...Stepped UP!

If you stopped by Tuesday you saw the Clean and Simple all occasion card (featuring Stampin'Up! Lighthearted Leaf stamp set). It is pretty just the way it is.

But if you are like me, you want to see what you can do to add  bit of pizzazz to any card. I'm going to show you 3 simple things that you can do to add some interest to an already pretty card. You can do all 3 or just 1 or 2 of these things, but I'll explain all of them and you can experiment and see what you's the stepped up version and following the directions will be the supply list:

10-10-15 Simple & Clean with a touch of class

 #1: Using the large splatter stamp from Gorgeous Grunge randomly and lightly stamp Pear pizzazz ink over the unstamped area. How simple is that but check out how neat the added color looks.

#2. Add 3 rhinestones in a large triangle pattern...check out the sparkle! Wow--that adds some real shine!

#3. Instead of using the marker on the "hello"  (from the "hello FALL" stamp in For All Things stamp set), ink up the Hello with Versamark, stamp next to the leaf, and sprinkle liberally with gold embossing powder. Heat with heat tool until shiny gold. WOW! Now that looks classy, right? here's a close up of this step: 10-10-15 Simple & Clean w a touch of class hello

OK, you try these out, see what you like on your version of this Clean and Simple card....let me know what you think...hit the Email me button! 


 Here are the supplies you'll need to step up the Clean and Simple card. You can purchase these now using the Shop Now button:

Clean and Simple...All Occasions greeting card

I've recently received several requests for cards that are Clean and Simple. Today I'm going to show you a very simple card, give you the directions and a supply list for creating this card. The leaf is from the Stampin'Up! Lighthearted Leaves stamp set.  You should also stop by Friday and see a couple of simple additions to this same card can "Step it up" to the next level.

10-6-15 Simple & Clean

Using the "hello" greeting makes this card an awesome All Occasion card--what event would not be appropriate for this card?  It's great for birthdays, thinking of you, just because, thank you, sympathy....and on and on. 

I used green tones for this one, but you can substitute any colors that you like, keeping coordinated with the seasons.

You can create a stash of this card and always be ready with the need arises for card-giving occasions.

Did you can contact me by hitting the Email Me button? If you have comments about this card (or any post), please let me know!

Here are the instructions and below  the instructions is a list of the supplies you will need to re-create this card.

1. Cut a piece of Old Olive cardstock (4 1/4 X 11) and score at 5 1/2 on the long side--this is the card base; Cut 1/4 X 5 1/2 gold foil; Cut 3 3/4 X 5 1/2 from Very Vanilla.

2.In the lower left corner (don't go all the way to the left edge (leave room for the gold foil strip), stamp the leaf image (Lighthearted Leaves stamp set) in Stazon (Jet Black permanent ink). Using a Pear Pizzazz Stampin'Write Marker, color the leaves

Note: I used the medium sized leaf in the set, but any of the leaves will work great.

3. With the Always Artichoke Stampin'Write marker color the "hello" in the "hello FALL" (For All Things stamp set). Stamp hello to the right of the leaf.

4. Tie a bow using gold cording and adhere to the leaf stem using a glue dot.

5. Adhere the Vanilla cardstock to the Old Olive card base using the multipurpose liquid glue--leave approximately 1/2"of Olive showing on the left side (see picture for placement). Adhere the gold foil strip to the edge of the Very  Vanilla cardstock using glue dots.

You are done! Isn't is a pretty card--and simple? Don't forget to stop back by Friday and see what I do to "Step it Up!"

 Here are the supplies you need to order using the Shop Now button:

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You won't find these in the Stampin'Up! catalog...

Would you like to match the wooden Snowflake Elements to your card color scheme or your project?

Look at this.

10-2-15 card

10-2-15 All

10-2-15 gold

Here are some more takes on this....aren't these really great? Did you find them in the SU catalog?  Well, you did see the wooden Snowflake elements (p. 23), but you didn't see the red, silver, gold, white, or Iridenscent ice ones, did you?

They are simple to do and I'm going to show you how, Below the directions is a list of supplies that I used on mine.

White snowflakes: press the Snowflake element into the White Craft Ink pad. (Note: I used the piercing tool in the center hole of the snowflakes to manipulate them without having to touch the wet snowflake). Pour white embossing powder over the entire snowflake, flick off excess powder, and heat with heat tool until shiny white.

Silver or gold snowflake: press the Snowflake element into the Versamark ink pad. Pour gold (or silver) embossing powder over the snowflake, flick off excess powder and heat with heat tool until shiny and bright.

Iridescent Ice snowflake (the sparkle is difficult to see in the photo, but it is very striking in real life) Press snowflake into white craft ink pad, sprinkle with Iridescent Ice embossing powder, flick off excess and heat with heat tool until sparkly

Red snowflake: press snowflake into Real Red Classic Ink pad, remove and let dry. (Note: you can use any color ink that you need to match your project. The ink on the wood may tend to be a bit darker because of the wood tone).

Isn't this an awesome trick? Here are the supplies that I used: