Thursday, December 18, 2008

Just Rite for a Happy Holiday!

I found these adorable toddler mittens at the Target dollar spot! They came in a set of two, of course for one dollar. The colors immediately drew me to them! I thought a gift card would fit nicely into one of these and I would have TWO gift card holders for a buck! Sold!
I inked a center from my JUST RITE Christmas Ensemble set. I stamped it again in red so I could cut out the Happy Holidays and adhere onto the blue.
Ribbon is from Wright and purchased at my local fabric store. The felt snowflakes are from Hero Arts. I placed an adhesive red gem on the each snowflake center. Snowflake round edges are rolled in glue, then SU dazzling diamonds.
How simple and easy is this gift card holder? And the added Just Rite tag with a bit of embellishing, well, makes it quick, easy, and JUST RIGHT! I love the colors, my very favorite Christmas combo that I do not use near enough!
Take good care and I'll be back tomorrow! Hope your day is joy filled!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Celebrate, Celebrate DAY 11

Welcome! THIS is DAY 11 and we are still celebrating! Check out SHARON JOHNSON'S Party Central! Challenges & Blog Candy galore in celebration of her 1,000,000 blog hits.

Anyone can play ANY of the challenges by ANY of the hostesses during our 12 days of Stamp Simply Celebrates!

You DO NOT need to have a Blog to play — uploading your project to SCS ( is not only permissible, but HIGHLY ENCOURAGED. Use the KEYWORD SSC08 when uploading.

TODAY'S CHALLENGE HAPPENINGS AJ Otto - The Willow Garden - Wrapping gifts? Probably! If you are in need of some tags to tape on those packages,— check in on AJ's Featured Project. Play along with AJ's Challenge so you, too, can have some nice gift tags to use this season! AJ's designers: Heather, Janine, Dee, LeAnne, Jerri and Sharon Jerri Jimenez - A Touch of Grace - Jerri's Featured Project is a beautiful 6 x 6 Scrapbook she made. Jerri also has BLOG CANDY to offer today! Jerri's designers: Barb (that's me) and Jennifer TODAY'S BLOG CANDY OFFERINGS Deb Saaranen - Dream in Color - Deb has BLOG CANDY for us today! Jerri Jimenez - A Touch of Grace - Jerri also has BLOG CANDY! There is another reason for celebration in our family! We will welcome our first grandchild in 2009! And, of course I had to make his first 6x6 album, all ready for pictures! I decided to do an alphabet album. I will not show you all the pages, only a few! I LOVE to scrapbook and have completed many albums for our daughters. Sad to say though, they are in their twenty's and I have not completed their last box (big box) of pictures! This is a We R Memory Keepers 6x6 two ring binder album. I purchased it at my local scrap booking store. The pages are top loading and I cut PAPERTREYink white stampers select paper as my base for each page insert. Wanting to keep it very quick and simple, I used embellished stickers, Zoophabets 2 by Cathy Heck, C.R.Gibson. Building on that for my alphabet letter, I stamped with my JUST RITE lower case letters and used Copic markers to color in. Cuttlebug embossing throughout the book helps adds some texture to the layouts. Is this mini diaper pin the cutest? Attached with a brad and this time my stamped letter is on colored card stock. These stickers are so adorable and go along with the zoo theme of the nursery too! I did not do a lot stamping in the album, but I could not resist this image from GinaK Designs! Perfect for the blocks page. Some of the letters are not always the first letter, as you see in this example. This little guy is Copic colored. The stickers also included trim borders of stars and dots. Perfect for some of the page layouts. LOVE this page, I scallop punched a swiss dot cuttlebug embossed piece of card stock to create a frame. Close up of the letter G page! I adore this page too! So much fun. So easy to create using pre inked JUST RITE letters and stickers along with a bit of card stock. What a quick and simple way to get an entire alpha album completed. Our daughter loved it, she had tears of joy when she opened it! Can't wait to see our grandson's pictures on the pages! Take good care and hope you are having a great week so far! Thanks so much for stopping by, I am blessed by your visits! Tomorrow, I will have the Featured Project for Sharon's final day of her Stamp Simply Celebration! YOU don't want to miss it! I will see you then!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Celebrating DAY 9

CELEBRATE DAY 9! Check out SHARON JOHNSON'S Party Central for the complete day happenings starting with DAY 1 and continuing through today! Anyone can play ANY of the challenges by ANY of the hostesses during our 12 days of Stamp Simply Celebrates! ***You DO NOT need to have a Blog to play — uploading your project to SCS ( is not only permissible, but HIGHLY ENCOURAGED. When doing so, use the KEYWORD SSC08. We cannot wait to see what you create! TODAY'S CHALLENGE HAPPENINGS Jennifer Buck - The Buck Stamps Here - We all need some Quick Cards especially this time of year! Jennifer’s Featured Project will Challenge you to create some quick cards. Jennifer’s designers: Janine, Julie, Tammy, AJ, LeAnne and Sharon AJ Otto - The Willow Garden - How about a game? There is a DT Trivia Game AJ is hosting! You will want to be in on the fun! TODAY'S BLOG CANDY Jennifer Buck - The Buck Stamps Here - Jennifer is offering BLOG CANDY. AJ Otto - The Willow Garden - AJ has some BLOG CANDY! Sharon Johnson - No Time To Stamp? - SU BLOG CANDY today! TODAY I get to announce my blog candy winner! But, first I have to tell you I am overwhelmed with the heartwarming response to the simple question, asking you to tell us, what your favorite ornament is! Over 300 of you responded (yippee!) and I learned that a simple ornament or ornaments that we bring out each year to adorn our trees have meaning beyond words. Many watch the years of their lives unfold:
  • as they hang each precious memory,
  • placing ornaments front and center in honor of loved ones past,
  • in homemade children's ornaments lovingly crafted by little hands.
Trimming the tree brings childhood memories to the surface, sometimes painful but mostly bittersweet. I am touched by your stories and as we, in my family decorated our tree, my thoughts kept wandering to your posted words. I could not help but feel many of the emotions you had described. It has been one of those years, and unwrapping some of those ornaments this year flooded my heart. Which brings me to this moment, wanting to share with you a blog I recently discovered. I can't even tell you how I got to this blog. You know when you hop from one blog to another? One day there I was reading , The ART OF CHOOSING JOY. It is about a young woman and her journey, living her dream and life amidst some circumstances that make her so determined not only choose joy but to share this journey of life she is experiencing. It touched my heart to the core, reminding me that it is up to me to choose JOY, remembering the true meaning of this season, celebrating the joyous birth of our king, JESUS Christ. We all have our own stories, we are still writing that story, day by day, and as this occurs we have the choice to choose joy. Check out Kolette's wonderful blog, and check out her paper crafting skills too! I know you will be inspired. Thank you for indulging my ramblings, I know you want to know WHO won that blog candy! So without further ado, I am not sure if I have a super favorite ornament but one of my cherished ones is from a woman I worked with 30+ years ago. It is a Betsy Clark figurine. She was a super lady and later I had moved away and she ended up very sick and was at the hospital I worked at for 6 months off and on. I was there for her during that time and that made it even more special. Her daughter stayed with me so she didn't have to pay for a motel room off and on during her mom's hospitalization. Later on she did die. Her daughter became a frequent visitor of my parents when I had moved to Texas. When my dad had his strokes she made a point to see him several times a week as well as my mom. She came to both of my parent's funerals. I still have tears when I bring it out of the box. Love your blog and what a great blog candy surprise. Thanks for sharing.Chris R. from Iowa Congratulations, Chris! Please email your address information and I will get those goodies out to you! My email is Thanks so much for stopping by today! I do appreciate your visits! Today and everyday may you find simple joy!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Oreo Snowmen and Sharon Johnson!

Hello Friends, this is an update on the following Oreo Snowmen treats!  I want to re-share this treat because it is around Halloween/Thanksgiving time that these Oreo White Chocolate Cookies begin to appear on grocer's shelves!  We are in Michigan, and usually get mine at Target!  Some Meijer stores carry them too in my area.  If you are planning to give these easy Snowmen a go, it's time now to ask your grocer if they will be carrying these!  It is much easier using these as opposed to dipping your own! 


I am linking this to Debbie Doos Linky Party...wait till you see all the creations there!  Go ahead, enjoy and have fun pinning all the goodness!

My friend, Sharon Johnson recently achieved a milestone of 1,000,000 hits on her NoTimeToStamp blog! To celebrate, Sharon is throwing a party like no other! Starting today challenges, blog candy give aways, and ideas galore have begun. Keep checking PARTY CENTRAL for the next 12 days and I will keep posting here each day with party details and updates. Today, Sharon is offering candy on her blog that would be Just Rite for anyone! **If you like cookies, you won’t want to miss the activity today over at Janine Orchard’s blog, 2bKrafty. She is hosting a Cookie Recipe Exchange. Janine is turning it into a Challenge involving YOU, and also offering BLOG CANDY. Plus, Janine offers us a special end-of-the-week treat!!! It’s all happening, starting today, over at Janine’s, so be sure to check it out!!! Be sure to post your favorite cookie recipe on your blog and or upload to SCS, using the keyword SSC08 -- we want to see what you create! **My sample today for Janine’s challenge is a cookie that I have been making for about 20 years! When our girls were in school these were always the requested Christmas party treat! They are a staple on our Christmas cookie platter, and Santa ate these for many years when visiting! Kid friendly, family doable and no cooking: OREO SNOWMEN. This will be an extra long post, probably my longest ever, as I have packaged these cute snowmen in repurposed containers for different gift giving ideas. Sit back, fix a cup of tea and I hope you enjoy!

Here is a picture of all the snowmen packaged and a picture of ingredients. I used to hand dip Oreos before they came out with seasonal white chocolate dipped ones! Talk about super simple now! I stock up on these OREOS during the holiday and purchase mine at Target. For the icing I tried the new Wilton icing this year, I have to say it worked great. The earmuffs are created using kitchen scissors, leaving a good portion of the gumdrop left to eat! Yum! The orange gumdrop nose is cut on an angle and shaped a bit. Mini chocolate chips for eyes, and sprinkles for the smile! We don’t always place a smile on the face, they are just as cute without, but for today I wanted you to see how they looked smiling at you!

First up is a re-purposed clear stamp box. I cannot throw these away and have used them often for small gifts. This box fits six cookies easily with a small side empty space. After making a tray for the box, I used the same Martha Stewart paper for a small filler insert. I thought it worked well, and added a little pizzazz to the packaging! I knew

 I would not want the cookies to slide around, so check this out! A little dab of the frosting to perfectly hold them in place! Better than glue dots and edible too! LOL! Gotta love that!
All packaging tags use Kim Hughes set, Baked with Love that is available at Cornish Heritage Farms. Ribbon and ric rac added to the outer packaging make it complete for gift giving. Wouldn’t this be a cute teacher gift? Bus Driver, Principal, Mail deliverer, UPS driver, the possibilities are endless!
The next two packaging items are leftover cut card boxes that I had in my stash. The other box portion was for this project. Cookies are individually cello wrapped, one set of two tied with yellow PapertreyInk twill ribbon. A little fake snow sprinkled in the bottom and you have a cute little package! Talk about easy! Adding more color on the second sample, I used Martha Stewart DP for bag headers and sentiment along with buttons and sentiment gem. The buttons are secured with Martha Stewart bakers string. I am loving this Martha designer paper!
The small tin holds two cookies. This tin was previously used for hot chocolate. Now wouldn’t it be cute to give two tins, one with cookies and one with hot chocolate mix? Hmmmm. LOL! Martha Stewart DP, Martha Stewart border punch to create scallop edging. Tag with button embellishment and a bit of ribbon make this a cute gift container. Love the clear top to see that snowman cookie peeking out at you! My final package is a repurposed jewelry box. I loved the slim line look to the box, and the slide feature of the outer portion. You can see what the box looks like, inside, and the outer portion before I covered it with DP. I covered the foam with the polka dp and placed it back into box. It raised the cookies to the perfect height! This box holds four cookies comfortably! I love the green ribbon on this festive stripe paper! Tag attached with Martha Stewart bakers string. All containers, so easy and a wonderful way to be green and save some green!
I hope you enjoyed these Oreo snowmen and will be inspired to get going on those Christmas cookies! Enjoy, and be sure to show us what you create! Take good care and thanks so much for stopping by, I am blessed by all of you, the readers who visit here! Thank YOU!
Check out all the sample makers for Janine's challenge! Along with Janine and Sharon of course!
AJ Otto
Deb Saaranen
Darlene Pavlick
Jerri Kay
Jennifer Buck

Friday, November 28, 2008

Snowflake Legend

Won't this snowflake look beautiful glistening among tree lights? It is textured plastic and quite thick, which makes it very sturdy. These snowflakes were found at my local Dollar Tree store, 6 in a pack for one dollar! Years ago I received a small snowflake with a similar legend written on the card. I don't know who wrote it, therefore cannot give appropriate credit but have seen a similar saying in the Oriental Trading catalog. I did adapt it somewhat to fit on the scallop punch I felt suitable for the snowflake. The silver hanging cords were already attached! I added ribbon and a snowflake bling from JoAnn's.
Here is a closeup of the legend tag. It is computer generated. I stamped a Flourishes snowflake stamp with Memento london fog for a light touch. For the snowflake centers and tag edging I used the stardust gelly roll pen. I also purchased a package of the blue snowflakes and applied the same tag and embellishments. This would make a perfect package tie on, easily writing the to and from on the backside of the tag. And for sure these would sparkle and glisten among tree lights. So much fun, easy, and affordable. These last three posts have been small gift items that are economical to make. Not only is it a goal to raise funds for the church youth group, but to make items that are affordable for others to purchase. A two fold mission. We have raised 300 dollars so far!
I have a few more items I made for the youth sale, and cannot wait to show you! They will be featured starting Monday as my friend, Sharon Johnson, Notimetostamp begins her Stamp Simply Celebration. Can you believe Sharon has reached 1,000,000 blog hits? This will not be your ordinary blog party, this 10 day celebration will include daily challenges, bloggers providing samples for each challenge, blog candy, and Christmas ideas galore! I am so blessed that Sharon has asked me to join in and help her celebrate this momentous accomplishment. Be sure to stop by each day to see what is happening starting this MONDAY, December 1. ! You are not going to want to miss this party!
Take good care! Thanks so much for stopping by, I pray you had a blessed thanksgiving with your families and surrounded by dear loved ones. I will be back tomorrow, I have been tagged and will share!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Butterfly Moment

Another card displaying my need to not let go of summer quite yet! I love the butterfly images in Flourishes set, Butterfly Moments. I used the challenge over on SCS for this creation. Friday's challenge was to use only paper, ink, punches, nesties, cuttlebug etc. You get the idea? NO embellishments, unless you make them out of the listed usable items. I did punch three small circles to mimic brads. I used my new cuttlebug edging folder for the bottom of the card front.
Close up of copic colored butterfly. Love the color intensity you can achieve with these markers. Pink and black together, wonderful combination! The butterfly is cut and adhered at the mid section only to enable bending a bit up off the card stock! No sentiment, as I want to use this card as the occasion will dictate. Perfect for a thinking of you, birthday, get well card, don't you think?
I will be leaving for a few days, on a four day escape with my daughters and Mom! I did not realize it was World Card Making Day when we planned this excursion! Gasp! I think I would have made it another time! LOL I hope all of you have a wonderful time and weekend. I will be anxious to see all your wonderful creations! Take good care!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Fantasy Floral Clearly

The inspiration for this layout is the CPS 84 layout challenge. I love their challenges, but sadly do not have the time to play each week! I did it today! Go check out their site and be inspired! I also included a rub on quote which is the SCS challenge, using a quote or such on your creation. All papers are layered on the outside and inside of the clear card stock to hide any adhesives.
The floral image is from Flourishes Fantasy Floral Garden set. I stamped it with Memento tuxedo black ink on watercolor paper. Reinkers are used to watercolor image.
Papertreyink twill ribbon, ball head straight pin from the dollar store, Clear bead from SU pretties kit, scallop oval punch, and still using those sparkly embellis from my pal, Linsey!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Peony Wish

One last taste of a summer favorite! This image is from Flourishes Peony set. I am pretty sure it is lily of the valley. Don't know if they come in colors, but that is what I chose to do with mine! It's stamping, right, you can make the images any color you choose! Using copic markers I colored away, I am loving these markers. DP is Basic Grey ambrosia, all other paper is Stampin UP. Martha Stewart butterfly punch with a couple of mini adhesive pearls add the perfect accent.
I use the same adhesive pearl to dot the i on my sentiment circle. This sentiment is from the goodies I won in the Just Rite contest! You cannot believe the enormous basket of stampers I received. I will post more about those later! I am soooo impressed with the clarity and ease these stampers operate.
Hope you are having a great week! A last taste of summer then onto holiday stamping! Wait until you see the Flourish holiday stamps ready for release next week! Stay tuned, you will not want to miss it!
Take good care and thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Fishy Christmas Mens Wear!

This weeks set focus at Flourishes was Men's Wear. This is the first Flourishes set I bought! I have used it over and over for the men in my life and today decided to combine this set with the Limited Supply Challenge over at SplitCoastStampers. The fishy designer paper is from The Paper Patch. It is so old I have no idea where and when I acquired it! I stamped the shirt image on the paper with Memento Rich Cocoa ink. I added Copic marker coloring for a red and green festive look, shading to the shirt, and then cut out! Part of the challenge was to make critters into a holiday card! I hope fish will qualify! What does a fisherman hope will catch his fish? A hook of course! But, probably not this kind of ornament hook! The sentiment and ornaments are from the the Flourishes set, O Christmas Tree. I have to let you in on my conversation with my husband regarding this card for his Dad. When I asked him what he thought, he asked if it was a pajama shirt? Then stated, it looks like the tasteless material used for those holiday boxer shorts! Bwahaaaa. And he hates those! Oh well, I tried! For a Merry, Merry Christmas greeting though, I think this will be just fine! But I will pass on the boxers!
Hope you had a good week! I have been so overwhelmed with house showings, my day job and some family matters, I have been missing is action! I hope to get back to the blogging world on an every day basis soon! Thanks so much for stopping in! I DO appreciate it.

Sunday, September 21, 2008


GinaK Designs illustrator, Carolyn King recently shared this heartfelt post regarding her recent stamp set, Whimsical Autumn. Carolyn talked about her "Mamo" - her grandma that passed away recently from the effects of Alzheimer's. She told us 100% of her proceeds from this set would go to the Alzheimer's Association, ALWAYS. I had the privilege of serving as a GinaK guest designer and can tell you, this company and their team are one of the best. I applaud Carolyn and GinaK for using their talents to contribute to so many worthwhile causes. It is important to give back, and it is a blessing to participate. I chose this apple basket for my first card. To me it symbolized a grouping, a bunch, plus one. The one apple is Cammie, the bunch is everyone that is connected to Cammie to raise awareness and funds. And, more are being added to the basket to join the fight and raise necessary funds for Alzheimers. It only takes one, one spark to get the fire going! Thank you, Cammie! The apples and basket are colored with Copic markers, simple gold tone hardware with ribbon treatment on the side! Scor pal embossing on top and bottom edges for added interest.
A little more than a week ago, Julie Koerber, Flourishes Design Team Coordinator notified the Flourished DT that they really wanted to contribute somehow to this cause. Many on the Flourishes team too have been affected by this horrendous disease. So, the Flourishes Design Team and Friends of Flourishes Blog Team ordered the set and decided to post a card on a day that means so much, TODAY - September 21st - World Alzheimer's Day.
I chose this pumpkin image and created a card in honor of Julie's Grandpaand all the Flourishes loved ones affected by Alzheimers. Be sure to visit Julie's blog along with the other Flourish DT members, Cindy Haffner, Cindy Lawrence, Leslie Miller, Susan Roberts, Faith Hofrichter, Laura Fredrickson, Jan Marie Caruso, Sharon Doolittle, Nancy Kirk, and Joan Bardee to check out what whimsical creating they have been up to!
It is mind boggling to say the least that 5 million Americans live with Alzheimers. Every 71 seconds, someone will develop it and Alzheimers is the sixth leading cause of death. How humbled, blessed and proud I am to be a small part of this community. Be sure to visit Cammie's blog for more information and spectacular blog candy opportunities!
Have a blessed Sunday, we have another house showing today, had a garage sale this past Friday and Saturday, and I am having blog hopping withdrawl, big time! I can't wait to see what all of you have been up to! See you soon!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Butterfly Moments, Friend

My creation for Friday's SCS Limited Supply Challenge. The stamped butterfly is water colored with my H2O brush and SU markers. Scor Pal used for scoring around butterfly panel, along with distressed edging. Stamp set is from Flourishes, Butterfly Moments. Lavender adhesive pearls, dollar store headed straight pin, and Papertreyink ribbon add the embellishment details. All in all, pretty simple!
Have a great weekend everyone! I will be gone for a couple of days! I hope to get back on Monday and blog hop, I have missed commenting and visiting everyone! See you soon!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Many Blessings, Copic style!

I have been practicing again with the copic markers! I think this fruit lends itself well to copic markers. The fruit image reminds me of still life drawings we drew in college, before computers and you had to hand draw everything! Well, this is by far a much better drawing than I ever could create! I so enjoy watching the fruit come to life when applying color. Click on the picture to enlarge and get more detail of coloring. As a beginnner copic user here are two learned tips, do not be afraid to saturate the image with color, and stamp many images at one time to practice so you can move from one to the next if you do not like how it is developing. I know this from experience! LOL I copic colored the fruit bowl as well and cut out. It is bent a bit and adhered with foam to give dimension. This set, Mixed Greetings has so many possibilities, it is one of three new sets FLOURISHES just released. I will have a project using one of the other sets tomorrow! Flourishes is offering a buy it all bundle too! Savings for you! Go check it out!
Please post a comment on the previous post to win awesome blog candy! And a shout out Happy One Year blog Anniversary to Sharon Johnson! Congratulations, my friend!
The Just Rite stamping champion contest is still going on. There are FABULOUS entries! Go take a look and if you could place a vote by my name, I would so appreciate it! Take good care and have a great day!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Come along and CELEBRATE!

I am excited to share with you this blog candy in honor and celebration of SHARON JOHNSON'S one year blog anniversary! That's right, there has been a week long party going on and it's not over yet! When I became active in the stamping arena several months ago, Sharon's work and blog was one I visited daily and still do. I find unlimited inspiration, mounds of ideas, and breathtaking creations to view. Go and wish her Happy One Year Anniversary! But before you leave, post a comment here to be entered to win this blog candy! You have until Sunday evening 10pm eastern standard time to enter. There are lots of blogs for your to visit to win even more candy! Check out the list below! Hooray! Congratulations, my friend!
Package contents of my blog candy pictured above:
Build A Flower Cuttlebug Set- includes 1 cutting die and 4 embossing folders
Frills Cuttlebug Set- includes 5 border embossing folders
All Night Media Blending Chalks- 2 sets, pastel & autumn colors
Bazzill Really Big Brads- two sets of twelve, white and silver
Remember voting over at the JUST RITE Stamping Champion contest is still going on! I would love it if you could go take a look and vote! The entries are all fabulous! But if you would cast your vote beside my name I would so appreciate it! Voting ends Friday evening! Take good care! I'll be back soon with another creation using Flourishes new set, Mixed Greetings. I've had those copics out again!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008


Look at this beautiful image from FLOURISHES new release, Mixed Greetings! This is one of the containers and one of the fillers! I experimented with my copics again and am starting to feel more comfortable with them! I have cards from this set using copics coming up tomorrow too! The floral container is stamped, cut out and slightly bent with foam adhesive to give it lift.
A row of beads are sewn on across the top edge of container. The slit punch adorned with a white punched circle and gem brad adds interest and holds the card closed.
Be sure and check out the other Flourish Design Team members for more creations!
Thanks so much for stopping by! And don't forget to VOTE here! I need all the help I can get! Take good care and stop back tomorrow for more copic coloring with images from this set!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Just Because Butterfly Moments

The butterfly image is from FLOURISHES set, Butterfly Moments. Copic markers are used to color image and the sparkle edges are achieved with a clear stardust gelly roll pen. Martha Stewart border punch and ticket corner punches used, along with some adhesive rhinestones. The sentiment is a SU rub on. The ribbon is from a package I received many moons ago! I love this ribbon, but the width lends itself to be cumbersome to attach and tie. This may not be new information to anyone, but I had one of those aha moments! I used my word window punch to create an opening to thread ribbon. No more ripping the card stock, when the hole is not large enough, no uneven cut line! It worked perfectly! Have a wonderful weekend! Don't forget FLOURISHES new releases next week! Take good care and thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Tote-ally Spa-riffic, Just Rite Style!

Our two daughters have recently moved out on their own. Finances are tight for them and with the holidays approaching we have discussed making little gifts they could give friends, coworkers, etc. Recently, I acquired a bag of Bath and Body items. The items are hotel sizes and consist of shampoo, conditioner, body wash and lotion! What a bag of treasure! I made two samples. Simple is key, since they too will be making totes. There is enough product to make ten! Hooray! I started by measuring the height of the bottles. I cut my Papertreyink clear box to that measurement. My selected dp is Basic Grey Eva. After deciding how much dp I wanted to show in front and back, I measured, cut and scored. A gift card could easily slide into the back, don't you think? I then used my JUST RITE wooden stamper along with the small letter set to create my words. SU markers were used on the stamp to get as close to the paper colors as I could manage! I stamped two of each and used circle punches to add color around the monogram letters for the centers. Papertreyink spring moss ribbon with SU hodgepodge slides does the trick for the tote handles. Small circles punched out of scrap pieces of dp for bottle tops, I didn't want to waste a bit. And again, easy and doable for my girls! Don't know if the girls will find Tote-ally Spa-riffic too corny or not! This Mom never knows! However, with JUST RITE products, it is easy enough to change and spell any message or sentiment you want! Gotta LOVE that! I am going to enter this into the Just Rite Stamping Champion contest for this week, even though the pictures are not the best! I apologize for the glare on the bottles and clear boxes! I took so many pictures and none turned out very well! I NEED to take a class! I have a card that is featured on the JUST RITE blog for one of this weeks picks for their Stamping Champion contest! Voting is still going on until Monday night! Fellow Flourishes DT friend, Julie Koerber is featured too! GO, check it out and enter, the prizes are fabulous!
There you have it! I have another item almost completed to share! Since we have been thinking Christmas gifts, this next creation could very well be used for gift giving! Hope you are having a great weekend! Take good care and I'll be back soon!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Halloween Brew Just Rite!

Halloween treats to place on desks of ladies I work with. What a great alternative to candy. Just Rite products allow you to create any message, name, sentiment you desire! So, how about a tea bag, with a cinnamon stick to stir in the brew?
The tea bags are Earl Grey and come unwrapped in a canister. I placed them individually in small cello bags purchased years ago at clear Memento Rich Cocoa ink for stamping, along with the Kaiser Pearls make this a snap to complete!Two large scallops of Basic Grey Ambrosia dp are folded over at varying heights and stapled onto the folded bag. The stamped circle covers the staple.
A super quick, fun idea to give your friends some Halloween brew! The Just Rite blog will give you info about their Champion contest! Go on and check it out! There is loads of inspiration waiting for you!
Have a wonderful Wednesday! I have yet to get to my office today. Hopefully I will get caught up this week! Ugh, the realtor is coming over again and the house is a disaster. When will these people realize I NEED to stamp. LOL Take good care and make your day a great one!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Summer on the Patio, Clearly!

OK, this is my last clear card stock creation for a while! I am just loving this this crystal clear card stock with the new releases though! I cut and scored my piece to create a box, but without a back! The white stamped card stock completes the box back. I wanted a window look to this card, so hence the valance! Using the threading water punch for edging, and Sugared Basic Grey DP to coordinate with the Copic colored images! I had a super hard time getting a good photo, with the glare and shadows! Sorry!

Close up view of coloring! Another perk with FLOURISHES new release, SUMMER ON THE PATIO, is you get the small chair in two positions! One facing left and one facing right for easy stamping! The creation had too much empty space at the bottom so I added sheer ribbon from Michaels, a button from my button jar, created a tag, and cut out a copic colored topiary from FLOURISHES Siberian Iris stamp set.

This concludes my clear card stock creations this week! LOL, I hope you have enjoyed them and be sure to keep checking out all the other design team creations with FLOURISHES products!

Julie, Leslie, Susan, Faith, Linda, Sharon, Nancy.

THANKS so much for celebrating with me this week! I love working with FLOURISHES clear stamps and products and hope you have enjoyed these creations! More to come! Take good care, I'll be back on Monday!

Have a blessed weekend!

Friday, August 15, 2008

Sweet Lemons on the Patio and CPS!

Lemons, oh how sweet! From FLOURISHES new release, Summer on the Patio set. This is a wonderful image that comes in two sizes to accommodate the patio table that is included in the set. This and my previous post are but two of the many patio accessories that enable you to create a superb patio scene. Practicing with my Copic markers again! The bowl or basket was a hard one!. Let alone trying to make the three look relatively alike! I love the vibrancy of the lemons though! Using clear card stock, this time I stamped a little flourish image from the FLOURISHES set, Siberian Iris. The sentiment is from the FLOURISHES set, Sweet Treats. I did not write down copic colors, once I get more efficient with them I will start writing colors down and showing you how I am achieving my final result! For the white swirl I used my new white opaque StazOn.
When using clear card stock, in order for adhesives not to show, planning how the card elements will be assembled is important. The white lemon image square is adhered on the outside of the clear card. The yellow square you see edging the white square is adhered on the inside front directly behind the white square. I applied one small piece of adhesive on the Boxer Basic Grey DP to hold the dp piece on the inside back. One the outside back I added a scalloped circle with two lemonade glasses to cover the adhesive! The sentiment strip has running adhesive all along it's length, which helps hold the dp in place too! This pic helps you see more of the inside view of the card. I love this Basic Grey DP. The yellow dew drops add just a bit of pizazz without taking away from the image. The card layout is my interpretation of the CardPositioning systems layout challenge this week! If you like layout challenges check it out! I made this card for Latisha! I don't know if she visits here or not, but she is hostessing a FLOURISHES swap over on the SCS FLOURISHES member forum. I am including this card in my swaps as a thank you to her for all the organization and hard work it takes to conduct a card swap! A shout out THANK YOU to Latisha! Hope you have been enjoying the creations highlighting FLOURISHES new releases! Check out the other fabulous design team members blogs to see what they have been up to! Julie, Susan, Leslie, Faith, Linda, Nancy, Sharon.
Check back this weekend! I have yet another clearly amazing card to show you! Until then, take good care!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Clearly Copics Out On the Patio

Today's challenge over on SCS is Crazy for Copics. Well, I can use all the practice I can get! I love the markers, but to be honest, it is hit and miss right now when I use them. I am getting better and do love how this turned out though. I used an image from SUMMER ON THE PATIO, a new release from FLOURISHES. Designer paper and white stampers select is from PAPERTREYink. Yellow papers are Prism, Sunflowers light and medium. Memento Black Tuxedo ink is used along with various Copic Markers. Sorry, I did not write down colors. Inside view to show you card stock placement on front and back of this crystal clear card stock base. Where I stategically placed my adhesives is behind this layering so it will not show when card is complete! The clear card stock is so so nice, heavy but yet as it's described, crystal clear. Love the simple photo corner and sugared embellishment to tie the colors of the flowers and dp together.
Thank you so very much for the kind comments and congrats on my recent FLOURISHES guest designer spot! My heart is warmed and I hope you know I sincerely appreciate you taking the time to write them! You will want to stop back tomorrow for a clearly (hint) terrific creation! See you then!