Sunday, January 31, 2010

Valentine Cards

Making Valentine cards has turned out to be a fun time for me!
This one uses the Well scripted clear mount stamp set and With all my Heart set both from the Occasions Mini and the beautifully pre-glittered sending love need to see that specialty paper up close!
This is a wedding card for future use. It also uses the Well scripted set. The large heart is cut out with the Big Shot and the movers and shapers die. I plan on adding the special couples initials in the heart.
I made the 'lace' on the bottom using the eyelet border punch, crunched it up a bit and sponged a little chocolate chip ink in it. I loved how it turned out and will definitely be playing with that again.
Another fun new toy from the mini is the Scalloped Heart to Heart embosslit die. It cuts and embosses this heart which is just a hair bigger than the large heart punch, so it layers wonderfully as seen on the first card.
Hope you had a fun weekend...I did!

Valentine Nugget Box

Here is a nugget box we made at club. It holds 3x3 cards and the little 3x3 envelopes.
I should also hold 3 wrapped nugget candies, but I think Josh found my stash, so have to go without.
I love these little 3x3 cards, they are so fun and quick to make.
Hope you are having a great weekend!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Clear mount stamps

Here is a link to help you assemble your new clear mount stamps. She explains it very well on her blog in written and picture form. The stamps don't always stick tight to the acrylic blocks and this technique really helps.

Let me know if you have questions.


PS Don't forget Sale-a-Bration is a great time to host a party and earn lots of free stuff!!
Email me to schedule your party!

Love Birds

This card uses the new 2-step bird punch. It is a new punch design which is featured in the Occasions Mini catalog. It is a fun and easy way to make cute cards.
Hope you are warm on this very wind-chilly day!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Weekend adventure

Hello all,
Enjoying the blizzard??? We had a fairly peaceful day at home. This weekend was another story.

We went on a snowmobile trip to Pequot Lakes, MN which is near Brainerd. This is an annual vacation for us for about the last 5 or 6 years. We left late Thursday night and arrived at the motel around 11pm. We enjoyed their free breakfast of waffles, bagels, juice, coffee, cereal, etc early the next morning so the kids could get some swim time in before we left for the trail ride. In past years I measure the success of the trip based on the hours spent in the pool... and we did rather well this year with about 8 total between 3 days.

After swimming, however, Ben our snowmobile enthusiast (pretty cool, I spelled that right without spellcheck!) didn't feel right and was rolling around the floor all curled up like a ball. When asked if he wanted to skip the trail ride he proceeded to get his gear on while curled was quite a task. He was a good sport and drove his Skidoo from the motel to downtown Pequot and took a little cap nap in the little red and white cutter that Bethany and Josh rode in behind Paul's '66 Arctic Cat. He found his second wind and made the trail ride to the restaurant, just in time to take another rest on the floor laying on my coat. He found his 'third wind' and made it back to the motel and rested and watched cartoon for awhile, while we went swimming. He caught his forth wind and joined us pool side throwing a ball for Bethany and Josh. He finished the night feeling like he had to puke, but didn't and by 7:30 am on Saturday he woke me up stating, "I feel awesome!"

Saturday went well with a snowmobile show and races which Ben raced two and got a trophy for the youngest racer. More swimming for us and Paul and Ben went to the banquet where Ben got his trophy. Sat night around 3am, I awoke to Bethany puking which lasted for a good 2 hours. Luckily, Paul was able to sleep through the whole ordeal....

Sunday, Bethany was feeling a little better, but tired. Josh started getting sympathy pains and they both declined breakfast. We packed up and headed for home by about noon. About 20 min into the drive, Josh was complaining a bit more loudly about his tummy hurting so, I told Paul we had better find a bucket somewhere. Luckily, Paul found a sympathetic gas station employee who found us a large bucket and wished us luck and off we went. We took Josh's coat off to find him rather clammy, but he seemed content to watch the movie on the laptop. About an hour in to the drive....Bethany was the first to use the bucket....and eventually Josh did too. Not too pleasant of a trip. By Wahpeton, Ben was needing to go to the bathroom, but decided to wait til home. Off we went.

We arrived at home around 4:30, just in time to unload the pickup before we watched the Vikings game. (Yeah, yeah I know they lost) While we unloaded here comes my black lab, Lena, holding her hind leg up. Looks like she broke it, but with the icy roads decided to bring her in the house and take her to the vet in the morning (lets make that Tuesday morning)
Ben finally made it to the bathroom and shortly was yelling guessed it, a bucket.....

So the blizzard was a pleasant surprise seeing the kids weren't going to school anyway. Unfortunately, Lena had to wait to get to the vet (I'll post her update tomorrow)

On the bright side, Ben's fish tank went from 3 fish to about 20 when a black molly exploded with babies!!! They are way too cute. And tonight, Josh found an itty bitty little orange fish, so who knows how many fish will be in there in the morning.

No puking today and with 2 extra hours in the morning we should get to our destinations.

I hope you had a less eventful weekend than we did, although we did enjoy it.

More later with pictures...I can't find the picture card thingy again.

Thanks for stopping,

P.S. Fish for sale

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Game night

Here is a cute little box I made for a family gift exchange.
It held a deck of cards, dice, and notepad.
I thought it was so cute, I made one for myself too!
I used my Big Shot to cut the letters out using the Billboard Sizzlet
decorative strip die.
I embossed the dice and dominoes and used crystal effects on the little hearts and spade to give them some shine and thickness.
It took some time, but was worth it!
Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Special Birthday Card

This card is for Paul's Grandma Ruth. She is 93 years young.
I had the kids each sign their names. Bethany helped make the card.
I just love this pop up cake....there are so many fun things to do with it.
Wouldn't you feel special getting this in the mail?
Have a great day!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Occasions Mini Share

Do you like some of the accessories in the mini, but can't get it all?

This offer might be for you!

You get 3 yards of all 9 colors from the mini for $18.90
It is a 5/8" satin ribbon

Corduroy Button Share
You get 12 buttons for $5.80
6 real red, 6 pretty in pink; 2 each of 3 designs

Epoxy Brad Share
You get 12 brads for $5.14
2 each of 6 designs

You can view the Occasions mini by clicking on the link to the left.
Please email me if you are interested.

I also have room for my 4-4-40 club. Scroll down for more details.

Have a great day!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Last day of the Holiday Mini!

I hope everyone had a memorable New Year's Day.
This is the gift exchange I made for my Christmas Party with the gals in the Stamp til you Cramp club. I had this idea in my head for months and finally made it!
It uses the specialty designer series paper from the Holiday Mini, Night & Day. The black and white make such elegant cards and projects. If this paper was on your 'gotta have' list you better act fast as today is the last day to order it!!!
The recipe for this box includes 6 matchbox 'drawers' assembled and taped together, some white punched flowers to frame the shot of red in the rhinestone brads, drawer pulls. The entire set is then wrapped in the Night & Day DSP with another shot of red for the bow. I added some white matchbox die cutouts for the recipient to use on her own projects.
I was very happy with how this turned out and can't wait to make more. These would make great gifts for holding jewelry, stamping bling, or other treasures.
Ooo, what a great activity for Bethany's birthday party! But that isn't until April...

I hope you have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by!