Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Embellished Journal

This is an ordinary notebook that has been
covered in card stock and
I think it makes an inexpensive and
one-of-a kind gift.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Happy Winter Sampler

I completely stole this sampler idea from my sister,
Penny Thomas.
The stamp set used has retired and
 is one of my all-time favorites. 
I think it might have been one of the very
first sets I bought. 
Love that little snowman working so hard to stay warm.
Beautiful concept, Penny!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Snow in a Jar!

I'm pretty sure I've mentioned how much I
LOVE Pinterest. 
I steal ideas from it daily.
Winter scenes inside jars are so popular these day.
I have these two sitting on my kitchen window.
It's the only kind of snow I enjoy!
Not a fan of the cold weather,
but these guys cheer me up on cold dreary days.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Ho Ho Ho!

This little banner hangs on the back of my front door.
All the squares are adhered to the pretty striped ribbon.
The letters were cut using the
Big Shot Die Machine.
Santa and Rudolph were made with punches.
I love walking by the door and seeing them there.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Family Christmas Invitation

Steve and I are hosting the family Christmas party
this year.  I have to admit, I am a bit stressed already!
I saw this sweet snowman on Pinterest recently
and couldn't wait
to make him part of our celebration. 
He'll be on the front of the invitations I am sending.
Who could resist that face?

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

"And the stockings were hung..."

This little cutie is just big enough
for a chocolate nugget
Love the tiny clothespins.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Golden Tag/Card

Is it a tag?
Or is it a card?
I saw a version of this card on Pinterest,
and decided to add my little flair to it.
The tag is heat-embossed with gold embossing powder.
The butterflies are punched from gold
Glimmer Paper.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

I Punched Santa!

If I could figure out how to turn this around,
you could see how stinkin' cute this little
Santa tag it. 
All done with punches.  

Friday, November 29, 2013

And the Christmas Season Begins....

I absolutely LOVE tags.
And I absolutely love this one.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Kickapoo State Park Beauty

Happy Thanksgiving Eve!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Perfect Blend Gift Card Holder

Stamp set is called
Perfect Blend.
Perfect for a coffee shop gift card!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Coffee Sour Cream Container

Inside this little sour cream container
are two Starbuck's ready-to-brew coffee packages
for someone special. 
The stamp set used is called
Perfect Blend.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Saturday, November 23, 2013

BRIGHT Blossoms

And I do mean BRIGHT Blossoms!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Pumpkin Sampler

I love samplers.
It's such a pretty way to decorate for a holiday or season.
This one is just pumpkins.
Using the
Large Oval Punch
and the
Sweater Weather Designer Paper,
I placed them in an 8" x 8" frame.
Just needs whip cream!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Wedding Card Envelope

When giving a gift,
I think the unexpected is fun.
With this wedding card,
I wanted the envelope to be just as special.
Vellum Card Stock,
I punched several pieces from the
Blossom Punch.
I cut some of the petals away
and started to form a 3-D flower.
Inside is a Pearl and Rhinestones
on the tag.
Now THAT envelope is going to be noticed!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Tiffany Box

This little box was made using the
Simply Scored
scoring tool.
The theme for the wedding shower,
(yes, another one!),
was Breakfast at Tiffany's.
So, I thought the famous
Tiffany box as appropriate for the
gift card I enclosed inside.
It was decked out in bling using
Silver Glimmer Paper.
(I couldn't figure out how to turn the picture
of the gift card around.  Still learning Windows 8.)
Love that bow. 
I think Holly Golightly would too.  

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Mrs. Grim-Reaper!

No projects today.
Just a picture of my beloved flower garden.
Steve and I have spent so many hours on our front porch
enjoying the pretty flowers. 
I am in a panic now because my flower bed has
 become the home to a family of
I have tried playing nice guy with them.
I think they laughed at my 'humane'
attempts at trying to get them to
That didn't work.
No more Mrs. Nice Guy.
I'm ready to play the Grim-Reaper now.
They are killing everything that I loved out there.
If anyone has a suggestion that will help rid
my garden of these vermin,
let me know.  

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Gingham Kind & Cozy

Stamp sets with coffee cups speak to me.
This set is called
Kind & Cozy.
Not sure if you can tell that the card stock
has been embellished to mimic the gingham
designer paper called
Gingham Garden.
I used the embossing folder called
and turned it both ways.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Another Invitation Ornament

I hope the newly wedded couple likes this
as much I do.
Once again, I took the wedding invitation and
cut it into strips, curled them and put them into
a glass ball ornament.
And I REALLY like the little package it went into.
So, so pretty.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Another wedding Card

I think tone on tone is so rich looking,
especially white on white.
I don't think any words are necessary on this one.
Screams LOVE!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Plugged in.....

Speaking of 'guy' cards,
I thought this one was a hoot!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Mr. Bowtie

You can NEVER have too many 'guy' cards!
This one is a favorite,
and so easy.
The bowtie part is made using the
Extra-Large Oval Punch
the 1/2" Circle Punch
for the middle
and buttons.
Also, LOTS of
because I can not make a card without them!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Wedding Invitation Ornament

My goodness, we've had a LOT of wedding invitations recently.
I've taken some of those invitations and given them back!
Something the new couple may not be given are
 Christmas ornaments.
This one, I think, will be one they will especially
enjoy seeing on their tree.
I cut the invitation into small strips and curled them
into a spiral.
Then I put them into a round glass ornament and
added ribbon.
This one fit nicely into our
Kraft Gift Boxes
(page 160 of the Stampin' Up! Catalog).
I embellished the top with a pretty bow. 
With a nice check for the new couple,
I think this was a great gift.

Happy Veterans Day

thank you for your service.
I love you.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Vintage Tag

It seems the more you glob onto a tag the prettier it becomes.
This one is a CASE
('cuz that's what I do best)
of one I found on Pinterest.
It was for a wedding shower gift for someone who loves purple.
Looking past the purple part,
I really think it came out romantic.
The sad part about making tags like this,
is I think the recipient is more interested
in what the gift is and may not appreciate
the time spent making the tag. 
But that's okay. 
 I enjoyed making it and of course will
do it again and again.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Happy Spiced Pecans

It doesn't take much to add personality to a little gift.
As much as I've fallen in love with using jars,
I've also become a big fan of making pretty tags.
These little jars of spiced pecans are just so happy looking.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Jarred Kind & Cozy

I've become addicted to projects that include Mason-type jars. 
I think they are fun to use as a container for a gift.
I noticed one in the Stampin' Up! catalog on page 82 and
completely CASED it.
I needed a last minute gift and threw this together.
Inside are stamped note cards and envelopes, 
using the stamp set, Kind & Cozy.
It turned out so cute I hated to give it away.


As you can see by the date, a lot of time has passed since my last blog entry.  I'm not quite sure why, but I am still stamping and have made some projects that I would like to share.  So, for the next few days, I will post pictures, (if I can remember how to do that now that I have the lovely Windows 8), and hopefully you will like what you see. 

Wednesday, May 8, 2013


Recently, I had the fantastic opportunity to visit Nadi, Fiji, with my
sister, Penny Thomas. 
She is such a talented demonstrator with
Stampin' Up!
and earned the incentive trip there.
Her husband was unable to go,
so she asked me to travel with her. 
It took all of two seconds for me to
get YES! out of my mouth.
We had a wonderful, relaxing time together.
The place is unbelievably beautiful.
Every morning we would have breakfast while looking at this breathtaking scenery.
French-pressed coffee, pastries and flowers.
I could get used to this!
The view from our room.
Not bad, huh?
We took an excursion called
 Nadi Places and Faces.
One of our stops was a local vegetable market.
The colors of the unusual fruits and vegetables were


We were lucky to be able to visit an actual village. 
 I believe the name of it was Buda.
One thing we found was that the people all over Nadi
were so very friendly
They genuinely wanted us to enjoy our visit.
We did!

This is the house the chief of the village lived in. 

Another visit was to an orchid nursery originally started by
Raymond Burr of Perry Mason fame.
Since his death, it was turned over to the Fiji government.
It was unbelievable.


Back at the resort, we had to have the
obligatory drink with an umbrella!
We are in Paradise, of course!

Mountains and the South Pacific.
I know, we had it rough.
Thank you, Penny. 
You've given me something amazing.
It was a trip of a lifetime!