Sunday, December 30, 2007

All Year Cheer - January

January 16th, I'll be starting my first monthly 6x6 scrapbook layout. Each month we'll focus on a theme, January will be snow, and scrap 2 pages.

RSVP's are required by Jan. 9th. Cost is $12 and includes: 2 full 6x6 pages and page protectors.

Accepted types of payment include: cash, check or credit card through paypal.

Can't attend? No problem! Let me send you the kit. Should you not have the stamp set, I'll stamp the images for you at no additional charge. All you pay is shipping.

Each month I'll also preview one of the pages.

January's preview page is this:

Any questions? Contact me!

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Birthday Card

Is it horrible of me that I didn't send out one Christmas card this year? Time just escaped me.

My B-I-L had birthday and this is what I came up with...

the only thing I wish I would have done different is that instead of the bow I would have tied a knot. Oh well... he didn't seem to notice.

Also, this will be one of the cards featured at my Super Stamp, February 3rd. More details to come.

All About Birthdays Wheel, Tempting Turquoise cartridge
Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White , Green Galore Cardstock
1/4 Grosgrain Pumpkin Pie Ribbon
VersaMark marker

Thursday, December 20, 2007

co-worker gifts about being on a roll!

so, i originally had wanted to make those clear boxes that hold 10 of the ghiradelli chocolate's but time and my poor fraction skills stood in the way of me getting the boxes to fold perfectly however I couldn't be the only one not bringing something in so I came up with these instead!

aren't they cute?! I'm so impressed with myself!

hopefully my coworkers like 'em!

this will probably be the last post until after Christmas so everyone have a great Holiday!

make sure you eat and drink plenty...just don't drive!

Have a Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Easy Peasy Wrapping

Doy...who got a friend their Christmas present the night before they were exchanging presents? Not me...violently shaking my head...;)

Ok, so maybe I did. Here is the partial gift:

Any guesses to what it may be?


It's a MAC eye shadow. I know, a weird gift right? well, my gf likes it but refuses to spend such money on make-up so I got it for her and a gift certificate for anything else she may want.

How was i going to wrap this? Put the gift card in a card and hand her this little 1x1 box and say Merry Christmas?! No..I couldn't do that and all the other wrapping I had would be misleading, so I remembered I had a stash of lunch bags lying around.Why not alter it? I wanted the bag to be christmas-y but not be your traditional green and red. I found this stash of non-SU paper under my DSP and knew I hit the jackpot.

This is what i came up with...

Isn't it spiffy?! and on top of it all, it took me like 5 mins to "design" and another 15 to create it!

Let me tell you, it was sitting on my desk at work today and boy did I get a ton of compliments on it!!!!!!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Second Thank You

So here's my second Thank You card. Inspiration from here.

Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, River Rock and Very Vanilla. Ink: Versa-Mark Stamps: Carte Postale and Much Appreciated

Although I love this card, it was pretty time consuming since I'm not the owner of either the rectangle coluzzle or a die cut machine. {keeping the fingers crossed I'll receive one for Christmas}

Thanks is also embossed, mounted on River Rock and then on Chocolate Chip which is then propped up with Stampin' Dimensionals...seee....

Until I can cut out the center piece a littel faster, these will be for special occasions. Overall it was a relatively fast card.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

it's a .....

new catty!!

ladies ladies ladies..wait till you see the new catalogue!!!

it is.....fab-u-lous!!!!!

have you pre-ordered your catalogue yet? no, contact me!

I'll also be having an Open House in January if your in the area. Stay tuned for more details.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

First Thanks

First off, thanks to Nancy for leaving a comment. Nancy, please e-mail me your snail mail addy.

Now, back to the regular scheduled program...Ive been crazily working on some simple Thank You's before I run out.

This was my first attempt, The chocolate chip ribbon is adhered to an acetate sheet stamped with thanks in brown staz-on. Underneath is a sheet of river rock which is stamped with versa-mark, and both of />Tthose are attached to chocolate chip cardstock. I wasn't 100% on this card. I wanted something wow-ing however since I usually am waiting till the last minute to create a card I need something fast. Although, this is relatively fast, it felt a little too formal. The view below shows how the card consists of 3 layers.

Chocolate Chip, River Rock cardstock
Brown Staz-On
5/8" Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon
Acetate Sheet
Stamps: Carte Postale, Much Appreciated

Stay tuned because this week is the week of Thank-You's!

Thursday, December 6, 2007


Sorry for the absence...I needed a few days to recoup from the stressfulness of the past few weeks.

Funny though..I've been itching to get back into it and there are a million different ideas swimming through my head.

In the spirit of Nikolaus, a tradition in my family, I am giving away a 3x3 card box from the Craft Fair! All you have to do is, leave a comment telling me your favorite Christmas CD. I usually add one or two new ones to my collection and have yet to get one this year! A name will be chosen from Saturday morning.

Now it's time to start working on those Thank You's!

Sunday, December 2, 2007


Hello hello hello...the event was much better attended yesterday but still not exactly what most of the vendors had expected. I don't think it helped that a snowstorm rolled in, in the evening.

The first shot is our overall booth:

Unfortunately, I didn't take any pictures of our first set-up, I should be getting those shortly. This is the final product. We had set it up so that people would come into our booth and shop around. Well, the majority either didn't think they could or just didn't want to, so we moved a sampling of our items onto our tables. The table on the right has a sampling and the table on the left is a small make and take.

These are the wooden ornaments one of the other ladies made, none sold. Then there you see my bags underneath, none of those sold either!

Oooppsss..I forgot to take a picture of the wall between the wooden ornaments and the tree in the corner. Anyways, on that wall we had special pre-order albums, my 3x3 note card boxes, reindeer food, and hanging with had some tiles. Those little 2x2 tiles. If you click on the corner image, you'll see them hanging there.

The red book was a Christmas album, and below it you'll see the tiles I was speaking off. The tree held the large ornaments, which ended up being are biggest sellers, and the smaller ornaments which were filled with re-inkers and dazzling diamonds!

Then this wall contained our large glass ornaments, under them was my Holiday Planner and Birthday Books, and below those we had large vases stamped and a matching hood. Next to the large glass bulbs were our MAN-uals, and below those 4x4 albums and squash books. We did sell a few of the 4x4 albums.

The section of our wall held tile coasters and blocks. Unfortunately, we didn't have any electricity so our glass blocks couldn't be lit up and I think that was a HUGE disadvantage to them.We sold a few but nothing compared to what we could have. Oooohhhh, and I forgot to mention my favorite creation: my topiary tree!!!! Isn't it beautiful? I received a lot of compliments but sold none of them.

Unfortunately this show was a huge bust for us. Speaking to other vendors, it was a huge bust for them as well. I think the general consensus is that times are just tough right now in Michigan.

Saturday, December 1, 2007


Hey ladies!

Thanks for all the positive reviews and individual emails.

Making items for a craft fair is really hard. I usually base items off of what I would want to buy. That is perhaps not what you would want to buy, etc etc

Foot traffic has been high but sales have been low low low.

Our best sellers are those glass ornaments and ..... reindeer food!

I'll post a picture of that as well tonight.

Hopefully things get better today with paying customers!

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Holiday Planner

I struggled with this project. I love notebooks and anything paper related, so I absolutely had to make a planner. I believe I had 3 different prototypes before I finally settled on this design. I really wanted something more like a notebook but since I'm not in possession of a Bind-It All yet...I had to improvise.

Here is the front:

Then the inside:

And the tabs...I'm leaving those blanks and letting the new owner decide what she wants to use them for.

I wish I could have made it more detailed but there wasn't too much time left for me to create Excel spreadsheets for addresses or gift lists.

Overall, I'm quite excited with it!

Dashing Designer Series Paper. River Rock, Real Red, and Whisper White card stock
Medium Square Envelopes
Real Red, Glorious Green, Chocolate Chip Stampin' Write Markers
Brown Staz-On
Big on Christmas and Perfect Presentation stamp sets
Round Tab Punch
5/8" Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon

Wednesday, November 21, 2007


I frequently browse SCS for ideas when it comes to designing my cards. For some reason I always seem to struggle with them but I absolutely LOVE 3x3's. They seem to come more naturally to me.

These are the two sets I'll have at the Craft Show. Great teacher present if you ask me!

Wild Wasabi, Purely Pomengrenate and Whisper White cardstock
Wild Wasabi and Silver ink
Merry and Bright stamp set
Perfect Presentation stamp set
Silver Cording

Real Red, Wild Wasabi and Whisper White cardstock
Double Stitched Wild Wasabi Ribbon
Real Red Ink
Romantic Red Stampin Glitter

Saturday, November 17, 2007


Oy vey....these seem to have been around forever but they always sell like a charm! Great stocking stuffer's, don't you think?

These were my favorites...

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Christmas Cards I

Talk about stressed. This is my first time doing a craft show and our first time at this venue.

This is one set of the cards that I will be selling. I absolutely love creating this wreath with the Snowflake Spot and who doesn't love some bling?

Simple, perhaps, but I like that about it. Sometimes when things have a lot going on, I can never decide. Honestly, it's the holly that makes me say WOW.

These will be sold in packs of 10.

Whisper White cardstock
Certainely Celery ink
Mellow Moss ink
Real Red ink
The Snowflake Spot

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Gift Bags

Who else is horrible at wrapping presents!? I think the boyfriend does a much better job than I do and therefor he usually is in charge of the wrapping!

That's why the gift bags are my best friends. Normally super cute and who cant throw in some tissue paper?! The only draw back on gift bags is that they can get pricey!

These brown bags were picked up in the Clearance section of either Jo-Ann's or Michael's, 10 for $5! What a steal!

I was a little skeptical at first because Peaceful Wishes isn't normally a stamp set I fall for but there is just something simple and elegant about it. Plus, it's perfect for those that don't celebrate "Christmas".

I was quite taken aback by the end result. What a stunning gift bag! A few details you can't see in the pic (I'm working on the picture taking!): the rectangle pieces have chocolate chip sponging on the edges and the square pieces were distressed using SU's distressing tool.

And because I am time deprived, I like things in kits. Therefor, I decided to add cello bag is filled with 2 sheets of tissue paper, and a small card. What are you gonna do with a gift bag that doesn't have tissue paper or a card?! It's like opening that much desired toy on Christmas morning and realizing that you don't have any batteries for it! ..applause.... Everything at your finger tips, ladies and gents, and at half the cost!

Real Red card stock
Very Vanilla card stock
Kraft card stock
Glorious Green ink
Real Red ink
Chocolate Chip ink

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Glass Ornaments

I don't know how it is in your family but in mine I would always receive a new ornament for Christmas. It would typically be the Daughter one from Hallmark although there are a few years where that wasn't the case because I or my mom disliked the featured figurine.

Because these are super cute, and relatively fast to create, I volunteered to make the large glass bulbs.

This is one, of many, that my friends and I will be selling at the Craft show at the end of the month. Of course they'll be filled with snow to add to the elegance. Unfortunately, I totally forgot to take a picture of one filled with snow before I dropped them off at HQ. ;)

We will also be selling smaller ones that we're filled with re-inkers and then drizzled with Dazzling Diamonds! Since I wasn't in charge of those, I have no pictures but hopefully once we have the booth set up I can take one. Those are probably my favorite!

Black Staz-On
Acetate sheet
retired SU stamp
Glass Bulb (preferably from the Dollar Tree since they seem to be thicker glass than the ones from Michael's)

Thursday, November 1, 2007


Welcome to my little crafting haven. I'm a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator in the Tri County area of Southern Michigan.

Take a break, sit back and enjoy the items you see.

I'm currently getting ready for the Christmas Show at the Rock Financial Show Place, November 29th and 30th as well as December 1st and 2nd.

Stop by the next few days to see the great things I'll be offering!