Saturday, August 30, 2008

A Thanksgiving Card

Hey!! Just a quick post tonight (heading out for dinner soon!!). Here's a card using stamps #801 (Turkey) and #802 (Happy Thanksgiving). I also used Marvy tag punches (blue and pink) which are raised on pop dots. Printed paper is from My Mind's Eye (Barefoot "You &Me" Tiny Floral). I shouldn't make Thanksgiving cards when I'm I feel like turkey, yams and stuffing!! ;) Have a great night!!

Pearl City Make 'N Take

Hope you're all having a great weekend!!! Just wanted to share the project we did at the Pearl City Ben Franklin this morning. A little favor to get you in the Halloween mood (Can you believe Monday is already September???). Start off with one of those little wooden spoons...I traced the spoon on a piece of colored cardstock, cut it out and glued it onto the spoon. Then I stamped, colored and cut out some Halloween images and glued them onto the spoon. I covered everything with a coat of Mod Podge to give it a nice finish...tied a ribbon and glued on some paper fall leaves. Here's a look at just the spoon:

I used two sheets of 6-1/2" x 6-1/2" tissue paper, filled it with 5 Hershey's candies, stuck the decorated spoon in the center of everything and wrapped the whole thing up with some wired leaf garland.

Stamps used: #701 (Pumpkin), #703 (Ghost) and #704 (Happy Halloween).

I think I'll try a Thanksgiving card now since I have all the fall leaves out. Check back tomorrow...or maybe later tonight (it COULD happen!!!)

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Something Different

I know this card is a little different from what I usually do...but, just thought I'd see if I could make a "guy card". I guess this is as masculine as my stamps can get!! I used scrapbook paint (Making Memories - Daiquiri) along the edges of the brown cardstock...I put just a little paint on my brush and painted a scrap piece of paper until there was barely any paint left, then I painted streaks of color along the edges of the cardstock. I glued a piece of printed paper (Cloud 9 Design - Cocoa Mint) to the card and stamped #B103 (Fancy Swirl) halfway on the brown cardstock and halfway on the printed paper paper. I finished up with #4016 (Script Happy Birthday). Acetate clock is from Heidi Swapp, and photo anchor is from Making Memories.

Just a note...I'll be doing a make 'n take at the Pearl City Ben Franklin this Saturday, August 30 from 10:00 - 12:00. Stop by if you get a chance!!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Happy Mouse

This card was so easy and fast to make. It uses one of my favorite stamps, #1103 (Happy Mouse). I stamped the mouse stamp 4 times and punched them out in random positions using a Marvy (green) circle punch. Then I used the same punch to punch a circle out of patterned paper...I cut off a bit of patterned paper and glued it to each mouse circle...and added a flower bling (from Hero Arts) to each.

Other stamps used: #4016 (Script Happy Birthday) and #6004 (Funky Flower). Paper: Lasting Impressions (Lilac Whimsical Dots) and EK Success (English Lavender and Pale Mint Flower Stripes).

That's it for now...thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Happy Saturday!!

Just a cute little something using a favor box I found at Ben Franklin. I just stamped, colored and cut out a bunch of characters and layered them with a bunch of pop dots to give it some depth. Then I tied a ribbon around the whole thing and dangled a bunch of flowers from the ribbon with silver cord. I don't know if you can see it, but the cover is a clear acetate...that allows you to see everything inside.

Stamps used: #4018 (Monkey), #4033 (Panda), #5052 (Koala), #5002 (Flower), #5004 (Rosebud) and #5006 (Daisy).

Friday, August 22, 2008

The Hurrier I Go...

...the behinder I get!! I read this on a greeting card once, and it kind of sums up my life right now! (I hope I'm not the only one that can relate to this!!) Anyway...I finally got around to making a card to post. I used a paper doily for the background and tried to match the circular theme with some pieces punched out with a Marvy (blue) circle punch and (pink) scalloped circle punch. I layered a circle and scalloped circle, cut in half and glued to the bottom of the card (scroll down to see what I did with the other half).

Stamps used: #C103 (Maddy at the Mall), #A103 (Shopping) and #5004 (Rosebud).

I know it doesn't really match, but the doily and scalloped circle made me think of a cute favor. I just wrapped the doily around a piece of candy, tied a ribbon and glued on the other half of the scalloped circle that I used on the card. Here's a closer look at the favor:

It's the weekend!!! Have a good one!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

So Happy!!

Sometimes cards come around by just happened that the brown/green/pink background paper (from Kangaroo and Joey) was in my paper pile next to the striped pink paper (from Bo-Bunny Press). I liked the color combination, so I brought the two papers to my work table where the green rick rack ribbon (from American Crafts) was lying around from a past (failed) project. See? It helps not to be too neat!! I just pulled all these elements together to make this card.

Stamps used: #4026 (Hooray Dog), #5010 (Hooray) and #A104 (So Happy).

Saturday, August 16, 2008

I Know It's Tiny...

but, I just couldn't resist!! As long as I can remember I've had a thing for miniatures. As a girl, I collected miniature ceramic animals and tea sets. So, it's no surprise that every now and then I HAVE to make something really small. For those brave few who are willing to risk the eye strain...there's a pattern that you can download here. It's really simple. Cut along the solid lines and fold along the dotted ones. Use double stick tape to close the side seam and also to keep the bottom flaps closed. Use a 1/8" hole punch to make one hole in the front and back of the bag...then thread a 4" piece of ribbon through the two holes and tie a knot on each end to hold the ribbon handle in place.

I have one (yup, one!) Werther's candy in there. Lots of work for something so tiny...but soooo cute!!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Are You Ready For Some Halloween?

I don't know if it's too early to start with Halloween...but, I've been seeing some Halloween ideas beginning to pop up out there, so I decided to slowly start putting some things up. I'll start simple...just stamp, color and punch out. Stamps used: #701 (Pumpkin), #704 (Happy Halloween) and #B103 (Fancy Scroll). Let me know if you're ready for more!!

Hey, Debra Lynn....

you're the winner of the "little something"!! Congratulations!!!! Email me at with your address and I'll pop it in the mail to you!!! Thanks to everyone for all came up with some really good ideas for adapting this card. Some of the ideas were to use it for Halloween treats, or fill the bags with aspirin and Vitamin C for someone taking a trip, or use it as party favors!!! Great inspirations!!!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

A Little Something...

Remember I told you yesterday how my card came out on the first try? Well, today it was totally the opposite!! Between errands and other work, I've been fidgeting with this all day started out as a card...then turned into a favor...and now it's something else completely!!!
I'm not exactly sure what it's kind of like a card, but kind of like a gift. Take a look and you decide:

I have 3 little plastic bags filled with bling, brads and tags. Each bag is topped with a scalloped oval punch (folded lengthwise) and double-stick taped onto the bag. The "envelope" was made with a piece of vellum which I loosely wrapped around the card (the seam is in the back) , then I folded the bottom up (the back seam and the bottom were secured with double-stick tape).

Now that I made it, I don't know what to do with it!! If anyone would like to receive a "little something" in the a comment by the end of tomorrow, August 13 (Hawaii time). I'll pick one winner at random and announce their name on Thursday, August 14. Good Luck!!

Monday, August 11, 2008

It's Your Day!

This was one of those cards that worked out on the FIRST try!!! yay!! I usually move things around and tweak this and that...and basically drive myself crazy until I'm happy with the end result.'s what I did: I used a Marvy square (blue) and scalloped square (pink) punch. To make the lavendar frame, I first punched a square...then centered that square "hole" in the middle of the scalloped square and punched out a frame. I punched out a square in the card...then a scalloped square out of a piece of vellum. I stamped #5040 (Butterfly With Rose) on the vellum...and colored it from behind for a softer look. Next, tape the vellum over the square punch in the card...then mount the frame on pop dots over the vellum. I decorated the frame with beads strung on a silver cord (just tape the ends of the cord on the back of the frame).

The sentiment (#5011 - It's Your Day) is stamped on a metal rimmed tag and tied on the ribbon with the same silver cord. I like this sentiment because it can go for almost any occasion...from a birthday to a new job to graduation. (Paper is from Creative Imaginations - Sonnets).

Friday, August 8, 2008

A Little Card for Friday

Just a quick and simple card to get you started on your weekend!! Even though the background paper is dark...I think the contrast with the other colors makes it very cheerful!!! The paper is from Cloud 9 Designs (Cat Dots). I stamped #5048 (Turtle With Hat), #5032 (Solid Flower 1) and #5012 (Happy B-Day) on a piece of ivory cardstock...then just glued a piece of ribbon (from Heidi Grace) to divide the 2 sides. Flower stamps are #5002 (Flower), #5004 (Rosebud) and #5006 (Daisy).

Well...the summer is coming to an end for me, my son starts school on Monday as a sophomore!!! (Yikes!!! When did that happen?) It's been a very hectic summer... but hopefully, I can get back to a more regular schedule (which means more time to make samples!!!). Thanks for checking in!!!

Monday, August 4, 2008

One More Photo Stand and Some Cards to Share

Here's the photo stand I promised you from can download a pattern from the post below. The "scrapbook" page is a little'll have to find some small pictures...but, I was happy with the way it turned out. (You can always leave the base and switch the pictures as the seasons change...or as the kids grow!!)

Now I'd like to share the work of some very creative people who have been so nice to send me some cards using Dandelion stamps. The first is from Tina...all the way from Washington:

Here's a peek at the inside message: (Look at those cute glittery cheeks!!!)

Thanks, Tina!!! Say "hi" to the e-man for me!!!!! The next card is from Eunice:

This is a pretty neat you open the card, the word "yum" slides over the picture of the kaki mochi. What a great idea!!!! Eunice has more samples of this card on her blog, "A Star for Chiemi".

The last card is from Lianne (Cute Stuff). I really have no idea how this card're going to have to get in touch with Lianne for this one!!! You have to close the January-June side of the card and flip it over to open the July-December side. Very cute!! I'm all caught up with sharing cards with you!! Have a great rest of the week!!!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Photo Stands

Funny how ideas come to you sometimes...last night I actually dreamt that I was making something...and as soon as I woke up this morning, I started working on this photo stand. (Is it sad that I dream about stamping?) Anyway, I got sidetracked along the way...but, I'm finally ready to share it with you!! Click here to download a pattern.

You know the routine...cut along the solid lines and fold along the dotted lines. The photo above shows how you should fold the card. That's how easy it're almost done!!! You see where the fold looks like a capital "M"? All you need to do is glue/fasten the 2 "peaks" together...only at the 2 ends though, the middle portion needs to stay unglued...that's where you'll slip the photo in. (you can use glue, brads, ribbons...whatever you want). Then glue down that last little flap to the back of the stand. Here's a side-view:

This wedding stand is fastened on one side with glue, and the other side with a brad. the next example is glued on one side and I punched a hole and tied ribbons to fasten the other side.

I started to make a mini scrapbook page to slip into another stand...but, wasn't happy with the way it turned out. Maybe I'll try again for a post tomorrow. I am also very behind in sharing some cards that I've been receiving with you...hopefully, I can do that tomorrow too!!!

Friday, August 1, 2008

Peeking Pals

I'm having fun playing with one of my new stamps....#B104 (Flower Border). This card has a finished size of 4-1/4" x 5-1/2". On the cover of the card I drew a pencil line approximately 1-1/2" from the bottom...I turned the card upside down and stamped the border stamp three times along the pencil line (matching the tips of the leaves to the pencil line). Then I cut along the edge of the three border stamps. I glued a 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" piece of coordinating paper on the inside of the card (just the bottom edge shows from the front). I made the three characters peeking out from the flowers and added some ribbons and buttons to tie in the colors.

The stamps I used are #1208 (Peeking Chick), #5043 (Peeking Monkey), #5053 Peeking Penguin) and #4023 (Sending You Smiles).

It's the weekend!!! I'm off to see the Wizard!! (of Oz, that Diamond Head Theater) Hope you all have a fun-filled weekend!