A Birthday flower***

My husband's family Christmas was this past weekend so I have not posted as often. We had a fabulous day and I am now done cleaning and putting away...
This image is from Sunshine Designs, stamped in black archival ink and watercolored with Tombow markers.
The sentiment is from PTI. I apologize for the horrible picture... It's been raining here for a few days.
See you tomorrow!!



This week Sharon's STAMP SIMPLY CHALLENGE is all about Mass Production. It's that time of year ladies and gentlemen. Thanksgiving for my American friends and Christmas for all of us. We need a few things that we can do quickly and simply.

Since I am completely done my Christmas cards (stuffed into their envelopes, stamped and addressed) I thought I would do some gift card holders. Actually a friend of mine asked me to do up a bunch for her so I am essentially killing two birds with one stone here.

I started off with pieces of cardstock cut to 41/4"x7". There are lots of templates on the net to choose from. I just kind of measured a gift card and went from there.

Scored at 1 1/2" and 4 1/2".
Fold them and crease them with a bone folder.

Cut strips of white sparkly paper to 1 3/8" x 4 3/8" and stamp with a snowflake from one of your favorite sets. This one is a PTI one.

Add ribbon on the top part of the holder and add a punched snowflake. This one is Martha Stewart.

Add the strip at the bottom of the holder along with two small brads to keep the gift card in place.
Here they are. A bunch of gift card holders. I added the little star clip to keep them closed and added a little red rhinestone to the center of the snowflake.

TaDa!! So cut all your cardstock pieces, punch your flakes, stamp your strips and before you can say Kris Kringle you will be done!!!
SO!! Check out all the wonderful inspiration from all the design team members!! There's a ton!!!
Bethany - www.bethanypaull.blogspot.com - Our guest designer for November


Birthday glitterati***

Since I have FINISHED my Christmas cards and since I have 13 birthdays in December, you may be seeing a lot more birthday cards posted in the next few days!!
This one is done with an image from Robin Pickens who designs for American Art Stamp.
I simply stamped the image, colored it with Copics, added some True Red glitter, some PTI ribbon and some designer paper from my bit bin.
The rhinestones were added on either side for a little interest..
Simple and fast!!!
Check out the American Art Stamp blog for more great ideas and inspiration***



Hello everyone! Time for Sharon's Stamp Simply Weekend. This time we are wrapping things up. For Christmas, a birthday.. anything you want. And wrap anything you want. A card, a gift, a book!! Go and take a look at all the inspiration from our designer and then go WRAP!!!

I have a few things to show you.

The first one is this money holder. Just a piece of designer paper measuring 7" x 5" and scored at 1" and 4". I added a little piece of paper on the inside to hold the money. Just used skinny double sided tape on three sides.

I had these Bazzill chipboard snowflakes so I found some acrylic paint that was the same color scheme, painted both sides and then added a line of glitter all the way around. A little sentiment from PTI and some wonderful ribbon from Sharon's store.

This is a little travel candle that I found in my gift stash. I used the same designer paper from above (the scraps) and covered the tin and the top, added a bow and another sentiment from PTI. SIMPLE!!!

The last little project I have uses Lauren Meaders "Music Makeover" template. I printed it onto some wonderful Christmas paper and put it all together.

Then I cut out a Bigz snowflake diecut on my Big Shot - two of them and sandwiched them together with glue. I covered them with some of the designer paper I used and added a piece of gold twine for a hanger.

I used the innards of the snowflake (the stars) as a decoration on the front of the box as well as some of Sharon's ribbon again and another PTI sentiment.

There is a theme here.

Have some fun wrapping your gifts this weekend***

Take a look at all the other designer's projects*** And welcome back Jennifer Buck and say hi to our new regular contributor, Barb Schram*** It's going to be FUN!!!

Julie - http://www.outtoimpress.blogspot.com/

Tammy - http://www.stamphappy-tammy.blogspot.com/

AJ - http://www.thewillowgarden.blogspot.com/

Jennifer - http://www.thebuckstampshere.blogspot.com/

Deb - http://www.deborahlynnesdreamincolor.blogspot.com/

Jenny - http://www.onekraftykat.blogspot.com/

Barb - http://www.barspaperpursuits.blogspot.com/

Barb - http://www.barbschram.blogspot.com/

Bethany - http://www.bethanypaull.blogspot.com/ - Our guest designer for November


Scrap some more***

Hi there!! I just finished up this cute little advent calendar for my nieces.
The calendar itself comes all premade with the number stickers.
All you have to do is use all your little scraps to cover each drawer, add some embellishments and send it away***
Have a great day everyone***


Using up scraps***

My bit box overfloweth***
SO I used scraps of paper and scraps of ribbon***
The image is from Hero Arts, stamped in Versafine ink and colored with Lyras. A little glitter added to the wings and there you it***


Another Christmas card for the box***

Hi everyone*** Hope you are enjoying your day!!
This image is from one of Anna Wight's latest releases. I stamped him in Memento black ink and colored him up with Copics.
He was punched out with a circle nestabilitie. The punch at the bottom of the card is a Martha Stewart punch that embosses as well. The ribbon is PTI and the sentiment is from the same set as the snowman.
Enjoy everyone and thanks soooooooooooooooo much for stopping in***





The challenge today is to use a matchbook fold in your creations. I chose to stay with a Christmas card theme. Why you ask?? I still have about 25 cards left to make and I need to stay focused.

My matchbook fold card is a piece of cardstock cut to 4" x 81/2" scored at 4" and 8". Pretty simple and it will fit nicely into a square envelope.

I stamped the snowman who is from Printworks, in black archival ink, onto watercolor paper and watercolored him with Tombow markers. I layered to matching paper from my bit bin. I folded my card and used my scraps to decorate the small fold. I also used some brads and snowflakes from Hero Arts. Before I attached the strip I used a small staple close to the fold in the middle. You will have to trim the 1/2" that fits into the fold a wee bit so that it fits properly.

I attached the snowman so that he was centered when the matchbook was closed.

I also found this huge button in my stash that were the exact colors of my cardstock so decided to attach it with a glue dot and some twine.

Here is a pic of the inside of the card. You could stamp a sentiment or leave it for your own words to someone special at Christmas***

Take a look at all the other creations from this fabulous group of women!!!

Julie - http://www.outtoimpress.blogspot.com/

Tammy - http://www.stamphappy-tammy.blogspot.com/

AJ - http://www.thewillowgarden.blogspot.com/

Deb - http://www.deborahlynnesdreamincolor.blogspot.com/

Jenny - http://www.onekraftykat.blogspot.com/

Barb - http://www.barspaperpursuits.blogspot.com/

Barb - http://www.barbschram.blogspot.com/

Bethany - http://www.bethanypaull.blogspot.com/ - our guest designer for November


A little felt bag***

Just had to share.... I stitched this up for my niece for Christmas.
You can find the pattern HERE***


Can you guess???

ETA*** LeAnne guessed it right first!! Chicago!! They have this huge sculpture right down the road from where we stayed. It's fabulous!! Congrats LeAnne!!

Can you guess where I have been???

Maybe if you do there might be a few crafting supplies coming your way??


A batch 'o cards***

I put these cards together quickly with scraps from my bit bucket, Papertrey inks Holiday button bits set and ribbon. Four more for my Christmas stash!! The buttons are also PTI's.
I stamped the ornament tops in gold Encore ink and then did the hanging bows in black archival ink. I distressed the edges with Antique linen ink as well as roughing up the edges of the white cardstock before matting it to matching colors of the designer papers.

Have a great day everyone***



This week's STAMP SIMPLY CHALLENGE is to use brown wrapping paper or brown lunch bags and let that be the basis of your creations. You can make a card, wrap something, make a tag, whatever your brown wrapping tells you to.

Check out Sharon's site HERE for all the details and check out the other design team's creations*** We also say goodbye to Amy Rohl at Ink About Me and hello to Bethany Paul at It's Not all Black and White. She will be joining us a guest designer for November.

Well I fiddled around with a number of ideas and then went to town on this card. Brown paper just screams old and vintage to me so I stamped a Tim Holtz design in the middle of a piece of brown wrapping paper and overstamped with the verse. The Santa was stamped in Vintage Sepia versafine ink and the verse stamped in Smokey Gray.

I used Old Lipstick distress ink to ink up the Santa a little and the sides and then scrunched the piece.

I ironed it and then couldn't leave well enough alone. I attached it to a piece of chipboard and modge podged it. Then layered to black and then to red.

I added a sentiment from Inkadinkado and a little gemstone for sparkle.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone... See you soon!!!



This stamp is from Sunshine Design Company, stamped in Memento black ink and colored with Lyras and gamsol.
A little stickles on the snowflakes, some glitter for the snow and a snowflake brad... The ribbon has "celebrate the season" stamped on it and I thought it was the perfect addition to this card.
Have a great day everyone and thanks for stopping in***


Best Wishes***

My brother in law and his wife are celebrating their wedding anniversary in a few days... This card is done with Papertrey Inks Giga Guides Lines, guidelines II cardstock, deep chocolate and sweet blush ink and a few gemstones.
The punch at the bottom is from Martha Stewart.
This card comes together very quickly because of the cardstock which keeps everything in alignment and if you are careful and put your stamps very straight on your acrylic block you will have no trouble.
Enjoy and thanks so much for stopping by***


Holly-Jolly Christmas***

Hi everyone!! Over the next few days my posts will be short and sweet. I am away and had so little time to get everything done.
Christmas is upon us now!!! A quick card done with Penny Black acrylic stamps, Copics and holiday designer paper. Short and sweet!!