Wednesday, October 31, 2007
S'more Please

I saw a card that Tracy Harp made with this little S'more man on it and just had to make one myself!
Stampin Up Products used were Cardstock: Creamy Carmel, Close To Cocoa, Whisper White, Brocade Blue and Bashful Blue. Ink: White Craft and Creamy Carmel. Stamps: Sincere Salutations. Other: Square Punches, Word Window Punch, Corner Rounder Punch, Close To Cocoa, Basic Black, Only Orange markers, finger daubers.

Pattern paper is from DCWV and some random blue gingham ribbon.


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Who Wants Free Stamp Money????

I only have half of my 20/20 board filled and I am itching to give this money away!!! Here's how it works. For $1 you can purchase a numbered square that someone hasn't already claimed. There is no limit to the number of squares you can buy. When the board is full I will have my daughter draw a number from a hat and that person wins $20.00 in Stampin Up product of their choice. You do not need to be a regular customer of mine, nor do you need to live locally to play, but your $20 of free product has to be placed through me. You can purchase squares by sending a check or paying with non credit card paypal. The following numbers are available:

3 - 4 - 7 - 8 - 10 - 11 - 14 - 16 - 17 - 20


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Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Halloween Goodie Bags

These are the Halloween goody bags I have been busy working on for Cameron's kindy class. The Stampin Up products used on this project were the swirly stamp from Bitty Backgrounds which I used on the topper. The Mummy candy bar wrap is Creamy Caramel and Very Vanilla cardstock and the edges inked in Creamy Caramel. Basic Black and Whisper White cardstock were also used along with Basic Black Stamp N Write Marker and black stazon ink. The cello baggies are also from Stampin Up. These are the first time I have used them and I love em!

The stamped image of the trick or treaters is a stamp I bought last year from inky antics. It was colored with prisma colored pencils and blended with gamsol.

The bags contain 2 candy bars, tootsie roll, spider or bat ring, tattoos, pencil and mini notepad.

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Paper Pine Cone

These have been all over the Internet among paper crafters. It is a 3 inch Styrofoam ball (I picked up 2 for $1 at Dollar Tree). 4 coordinating sheets of 6x6 paper cut into 1 x 2 inch strips. The paper is folded to make a point and are attached to the pine cone in rows with straight pins. Some sheer ribbon was added to the top for decoration and hanging.

If you would be interested in taking a class to learn how to make these using Stampin Up Designer Series paper, please contact me.

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Thursday, October 25, 2007
Some Older Cards & Techniques

I have been working on Halloween treat bags this week and I will post pictures when I get them all together. In the mean time here are some older cards I have made. I have many new readers that might like to see them.

This was done using the smackin acetate technique (for the background around the tree). Color acetate with various coordinating colors of markers, mist it with water and press it to light cardstock.

This is the reflections technique. Stamp image on cardstock. Stamp image again on acetate, flip over and turn acetate upside down. Line up the bottom of the trees on the acetate with the bottom of trees on the cardstock and press the acetate. This will make a faint print on the cardstock. Color reflection lightly.

This technique is called polished stone. Lightly soak the bottom of a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol. Drop one drop of reinker in a couple different colors onto the wet cotton ball with the drops close together. Press cotton ball to glossy cardstock and give a little twist of the cotton ball. Pick up and put back down in another spot and repeat.

This is a card I made for a friends birthday. I cut 2 slits in the front to slide a matching bookmark through. This is the front of the card.

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Monday, October 22, 2007
Retired Sets For Sale

Alphabeth Soup
Great Condition

Borders Mini
Great Condition
Word By Word
OOPS!! Not Retired

Made From Scratch
Great Condition
Mini Messages
Heavely Used

These prices do not include shipping. If you are interested in any of these sets please email me.


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Away, But Working

I know, I know, it has been a week since I have shared anything. I have been busy though working on cards and projects for a workshop I did this past weekend. So now that it is over I can share.

This first card is a double slider card.

When you pull the tab the back card comes out from between the green cardstock and the front card slides out with it from behind the blue cardstock.

SU products used on this card are Cardstock: Wild Wasabi, Bayou Blue, Purely Pomegranate, Groovy Guava, and Whisper White. Ink: Wild Wasabi, Bayou Blue, Purely Pomegranate, Groovy Guava and Old Olive. Stamps: Garden Whimsy and a flower from Simply Said. Other: Stampin Dimensionals, word window punch and the round tab punch.

The next card was CASED from Erika Martin.

Cardstock: Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Apricot Appeal, Pixie Pink, Almost Amethyst, Barely Banana, Whisper White. Ink: Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Apricot Appeal, Pixie Pink, Almost Amethyst, Yo Yo Yellow, Mellow Moss. Stamps: Double Line Doodle, Happy Everything. Other: Circle punch, mini silver brads, ribbon.

Magic Color Slider Card is what you call this next one. The image in the window is black and white. When you pull up on the tab the black and white image becomes colored and there is an added image around the heart. If you are in the area and interested in learning how to make this card, please leave me a comment or drop me an email and let me know. If a few people are interested I will offer it as a class.

Cardstock: Almost Amethyst, Bashful Blue, Whisper White, Pretty In Pink. Ink: White Craft, Black StazOn, Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, Almost Amethyst. Stamps: Simply Said, Happy Everything. Other: Transparency, ribbon, square punch, round tab punch, colored pencils.


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Sunday, October 14, 2007
A Booing We Will Go

There is no stamping or SU products involved in this project mainly because I was just too lazy this weekend. These are the baskets I put together for the 2 houses I am going to Boo tonight. If you don't know what Booing is then read to the bottom and I will tell you.

I found these cute little felt ghost baskets in the dollar spot at Target. They have various candies and little treats inside (pencils, stickers etc.). The Ghost picture in front is the Boo sign, the other paper has a little poem about what the basket of treats is for and how to continue the game.

So what is Booing? You fill 2 treat baskets (or bags) like I did above, include a picture or cut out of a ghost and include this poem:

This Halloween there’s something new,
This little surprise we call a “BOO!”
Someone left it here
To bring a bit of “ghostly” cheer.
It’s not a fright, it’s not a scare……
It’s just a secret smile to share.

You’ve been “BOO’D!” It’s your turn now
To pass it on…I’ll tell you how.
Choose a neighbor, anyone
Who needs some special “spooky” fun.
When you’ve made your secret pick
It’s time to do the “trick”!

Put a goody bag beside their door.
Include this poem and one thing more-
Some candy and some fun,
Now your “BOO” is done.
Don’ t sign your name, don’t leave a clue:
‘Cause that’s the magic of a “BOO”!

Enjoy the latest, greatest way
To celebrate the holiday.
It’s easy and it’s fun to do…….
Let’s spread the joy and share a “BOO”!

You pick houses in your neighborhood (or wherever) and hang the basket on their door. You do this in secret. They have 2 days to create a treat bag of their own and find neighbors that don't have a Boo sign on their door and place the bags with them. They in turn Boo 2 people and so on. The idea is to watch and see who and how quickly your neighborhood front doors fill up with Boo signs.

I have to admit I am not holding out much hope for this to spread in my neighborhood, but we will see what happens. I am leaving mine at the home of 2 people who I know have young children in hopes they will be more likely to pass it on.

My mom works in a school and she does this by leaving baskets on classroom doors. I think this will be her 3rd year doing it and she hasn't been found out yet. I would like to do it at Cameron's school, but it is impossible to get in the school without being noticed.


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Friday, October 12, 2007
Some Handy Charts

I tried to produce something in my scrap room today to show, but the creativeness is just not there today. I was trying to make a candy wrapper for some mini Hershey bars and after the 4th try I gave up. I am going to put together 2 Boo Baskets to give out this weekend so I will have something to show tomorrow.

Today I will give you some documents to save or print out. A lot of people find uses for DMC embroidery floss on their cards and projects. Here is a list of DMC floss numbers that match SU colors.
If you have some of the SU fabulous Designer Series Paper, here is a document that matches the colors in those papers to the Cardstock colors.

Have you checked out the Ribbon Originals? These sets of ribbon are so pretty and fun to use! Here is a list of SU colors that coordinate with each ribbon for all the Ribbon Originals. They are separated by "Ribbon Family".

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Halloween Treat

Isn't this the cutest? I saw these floating around blog land and just had to make one. It is wrapped around a small Kit Kat bar.

The Stampin' Up! products I used are Wild Wasabi, Basic Black and Whisper White card stock. I inked around the nose with some Wild Wasabi ink to make it stand out a bit.

I used decorative edge scissors to cut the hair. The shapes were cut with the Cricut machine using George & Basic Shapes cartridge. The white ovals are 1". Black circles are 1" on the sign feature. The nose is 2.5" on the sign feature. I used SU Basic Black marker to make his mouth.

These are definitely going in the Halloween treat bags for Cameron's class.


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Monday, October 8, 2007
Gettin' Buggy With It

I've been playing with the little bug today - that would be my Cricut machine. This is the card I made in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month.

The SU supplies used were pretty in pink card stock and a sentiment from garden whimsy. I brushed a thin coat of crystal effects over the ribbon and sprinkled it with some glitter.

The pattern paper is from DCWV Nana's Kids collection. The ribbon was made using the ampersand from the George & Basic Shapes cartridge with the extras cut off. Letter beads where strung on white wire and glued to the ribbon.

This next project is a little boxy type thing I made for some pumpkin marshmallows. I am not real happy with the final product so this may get revisited.

The SU products used were only orange, basic black and glorious green card stock. I stamped the outside of the card stock with a stamp from basic backgrounds using basic black ink. I scallop punched basic black and used the white gel pen to add dots.

The pumpkin was made with the doodlecharms cartridge.

On the inside I used a square punch for the window and placed the wrapped candy behind it.

This next project doesn't have any SU product on it, but it's too cute not to share. This is a 8x10 canvas that I painted black. Every part of the bug was made using the George & Basic Shapes cartridge as well as the word CRICUT. I pieced him together and glued him to the canvas. I will be hanging him in my scrap room for inspiration to use my Cricut more.

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Saturday, October 6, 2007
20% Savings For World Cardmaking Day

Today is world card making day, and to celebrate Stampin Up is offering 20% off all of their Simply Sent card making kits. The kits can be found starting on page 12 of the current catalog. You can view them in the online catalog by clicking here.

There are 5 different kits which contain everything you need to make 10, 12 or 20 cards depending on which kit you purchase. Stamps come already pre cut so you only need to mount them. Everything come packaged in a cute box and would make a great gift!

This special runs through October 8th so you need to act fast! Email me if you would like to purchase one of these lovely sets.

To learn more about World Card Making Day check click HERE. You will find information, samples and ideas.


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Thursday, October 4, 2007
File Folder Book

This is made from a standard letter size manila envelope. It's not quite finished though. I will be adding decorated sheets of cardstock to put in inside the pockets. I was drawing a creative blank as to what I wanted these sheets to look like so I will have to come back to the project.
You can decorate these for Christmas card/gift planners. Label the sheets for the pockets with WHISH LIST, GIFTS, CARDS SENT, CARDS RECEIVED. You can make it like an album and add pictures to it, or do it in journal format and add sheets for family stories, memories etc.. It can hold favorite recipes, put various gift cards in it and give it as a gift. Again, another project with endless possibilities.


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Paper Punch Ring

We had a demonstrators meeting recently where we punched and labeled all 36 paper punches currently available through Stampin' Up! I have had a laminater for years and finally decided to put it to use. Using business card size laminating sheets, I ran each punched paper through the machine, hole punched them and stuck them on a ring. Now I have a better visual for my customers when they are interested in a punch from the book.
This also comes in handy when trying to find words or pictures that will fit in a certain punch. You just place the punched card over a stamp in the catalog and see if it will fit. I laminated mine to keep it durable for customers. If you don't have a machine, you can still punch scrap pieces of card stock, or a 4 1/4 x 5 1/5 piece of cardstock and put it in a clear envelope. A rectangle piece of cardstock punched and doubled as a book mark for your catalog works too.

I also participated in a Designer Series Paper buy with my upline. I have a sampling of each piece of DSP that SU sells and I laminated a portion of each one of those as well. Again, it is a good visual for myself and customers. The pictures of the DSP in the catalog do nothing for me. Being able to look at actual samples is much more impressive to me.


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Monday, October 1, 2007
Dixie Cup Cuteness

A popular project right now are dressed up little dixie cups. I do not have any Stampin Up designer series paper in my stash right now, so I used what I had. I think these would be fun to make for school partys for the holidays or even as party treats for a childs birthday. Stampin Up has 216 different patterns in their designer series paper collection. 12 of those patterns are available in 16 different colors. So you are sure to find a paper that would match your event. Here is a quick tutorial on how to make them.

Obviously we are going to start with a Dixie Cup. The package didn't say, but I am going to guess this is about a 9 oz cup. You can really use any size. You will need 2 cups.

Start by rolling back the lip of just one of the cups. This is going to become your pattern piece.

Then cut that lip off. This is so the cover paper will fit nicely under the lip of the cup.

Flip your pattern cup upside down and cut out the bottom of the cup.

Carefully peel the seem apart down the side of the cup so that you can open it up flat.
Trace your cup pattern on the backside of the paper you want to cover the cup with.

Cut the tracing out, use a good adhesive to attach it to the second cup. Make sure you have a good seal on your seam, but also use adhesive around the cup so that the paper won't slide off.

Decorate and fill as you wish. I used a piece of paper for the handle and attached it with gold brads to the side of the cup. I ran some of the pattern paper through my crimper as well and cut it into strips for filler in the cup.


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Round Tab Punch Trick

I have seen this floating around the net and thought it was a great discovery!
Start with the round tab punch and about a 3x3 piece of cardstock.

Punch the cardstock once.

Turn your cardstock so your punch is like so.

Slide your cardstock back into the punch, center your first punch and punch again.

There's your perfect circle.

It takes a little practice to line up the punch. It might help you to punch out 2 tabs and stack them on top of each other so you can see where the 2 need to line up.


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Hi! I'm Melissia. I am a wife of 9 years, a mother of 6.5 years and a program assistant for almost 2 years. I enjoy paper crafting and doing various other crafts. I also enjoy reading, blurfing, brain games and spending time with my daughter.