Christmas Gifts Part 3

This is the last installment of my Christmas Gifts.  The first is an old baking soda can that I covered with Ski Slope background paper  Just as in the clear paint buckets, I used the Scallop Edge punch to scallop around the bottom of the Chocolate Chip cardstock.  I was in a glittery mood so I took a piece of Whisper White and kinda curved it when I cut it.  Used 2-way glue to add glitter to make it look like snow and then adhered that to the bottom of the can.  Stamped Mr. Twigster in Chocolate Chip onto Whisper White and colored him with an Aqua Painter and ink pads… Bashful Blue and Tangerine Tango (I believe).  I cut him out and adhered these tiny little Christmas bulbs that I’ve had for oh maybe 15 years.  Yes, I finally used them!

The turquoise tin is actually another cookie container.  My good friend had a cookie exchange and I took my cookies in this tin.  Of course I left the tin and the Mr. Twigster can for her.

I used tissue paper and wheeled the Snow wheel in Bashful Blue.  Then I simply cut a 2 1/2″ strip of Bashful Blue cardstock and wrapped it around the container.  The biggest layer of the medallion is actually cut from chipboard that I had laying around.  Yes, another piece of stuff I finally used!  I layered a Coluzzled Kiwi Kiss circle on top of that and then I layered little Mr. Penguin from Punch Pals onto that.  I used the smallest scallop circle from the Sizzix die for that.  All in all, these projects took very little time!

1.  Mr. Twigster2.  Turquoise Cookie Tin3.  Mr. Twigster & Cookie Container

Hope you enjoy and if you have any questions, please let me know!

Christmas Gifts Part 2 – Mini Magazine Holder

Here’s the 2nd installment of my long overdue Christmas Gifts.  This particular project was given to my son’s teacher.  I saw these cute little magazine holders and just had to try one.  Here’s the pattern I used as the basis for my version of this project.  There are many other versions including a holder that holds regular-sized cards.  My cards measured 3×3 and I think I fit nine plus envelopes into the holder.  I used my favorite color combination these days – Basic Gray, Not Quite Navy, and Kiwi Kiss.  I also used one of my favorite new stamp sets Pocket Silhouettes and Typeset Alphabet.  Also included in this fun project are the scallop circle punch, gray taffeta ribbon, and Urban Garden background paper.

Enjoy!  If you have any questions, please let me know.

Christmas Gifts Part 1 – Cookie Bucket

I know it’s after the holidays, but I thought I could stretch it just a weeeee bit longer.  If I can get myself together, I’ll post a few more samples this week.  We’ll see how that goes.  This is my daughter’s first year of middle school.  Gone are the days of making a few teacher gifts.  She has 7 teachers.  Of course we had to have one for each of her teachers.

Here’s my first installment for your viewing pleasure.  I purchased the clear paint buckets from Staples oh so long ago.  I’ve finally used them.  Each of the buckets is a little bit different.  The height of the designer paper isn’t really important.  Just make sure you like the look!

Cookie Holders

Cookie Containers

I took this idea from Nichole Heady’s blog {capture the moment}.  Boy, does she have some really neat stuff out there.  It’s a constant source of inspiration for me!  The paper is Stampin’ Up’s! Ski Slope designer series background paper.  I decorated the bottom edge of the top paper with the Scallop Edge Punch.  Used the Punch Pals set to stamp the little penguin on the smallest scallop from the Scallop Circle Die #2 for the Big Shot.  Colored the penguin with an Aqua Painter and SU! ink pads and then layered that on top of another Big Shot die.  It’s actually a flower die from the Flower Layers w/ Leaf.  If you look carefully, you can see that I stacked my Oreo Truffles according to flavor (I know… it’s a little anal).  I separated them using the larger of the two circles from the Scallop Circle Die #2.  I had to experiment with a few different types of paper (first I tried vellum… didn’t work too well and all the truffles fell down the sides of the paint bucket) when I finally decided that cardstock worked the best.

Hope you enjoy my take on the cookie container.  If you have any questions or suggestions, please leave me a comment and let me know.

Big Shot Materials

Raw Materials for the Big Shot

Whether you want to create a vinyl die cut for your wall or a chipboard cut out for a special project, you can now do it using Stampin’ Up! products! Stampin’ Up! is now offering four colors of Décor Elements Sheets (Dark Gray, White, Kraft, and Chocolate) as well as specially-shaped chipboard to fit into your Big Shot without any trimming!

Décor Elements Sheets
Each package comes with two (2) 12″ x 24″ sheets of vinyl in specified color, along with two (2) 12″ x 24″ sheets of transfer tape to make using your vinyl pieces easy to use. Instructions for use are included in the package.

Item Product Name Price
114334 Dark Gray Décor Elements Sheets $12.95
114335 White Décor Elements Sheets $12.95
114336 Kraft Décor Elements Sheets $12.95
114337 Chocolate Décor Elements Sheets $12.95

On Board Long Board
Each package contains six (6) sheets of natural colored chipboard (5-3/4″ x 13-3/4″). This size is perfect for sliding into the Big Shot without needing to trim or cut pieces. Use with rule-based dies (Originals, Bigz, and Bigz XL dies).

Item Product Name Price
114320 On Board Long Board $6.95

Year-Round Organizing

Organizer open viewAfter a few days of pondering what should actually go into my organizer, I’ve finally come up with what I think is the perfect year-round organizer for my gift giving. Don’t get me wrong, I love all those ChristmasAll Event OrganizerGift guide and perpetual calendar organizers that I’ve seen lately, but I wanted an organizer that could be used throughout the year. I’m thinking of giving these to my kids teachers for Christmas. So, here’s what’s in my pockets:

If you click on the links above, they should take you to a PDF file for each of the documents I created.

To make the organizer, I followed two tutorials and then combined them both to personalize Perpetual calendar closeupmy own and make it useful for my own purposes. Gift guide closeupHere are links for the samples that I used as my inspiration: Blue Moon Stamping, Stamps, Paper, Scissors. My spirals for my gift guide are quite large. I only had the 5/8″ binding coils for the Bind-it-All. I think the guide would look much better if it were bound with the 1/4″ coils. Just one more thing that I need to order. If you have a chance to get one of these little beauties, GET IT! I Note cardslove mine! It cuts through chipboard, CDs, metal, and lots of other stuff.

My supplies included:

  • Stamps: Amazing to Zany, Bold Alphabet (retired), Flowers & Flourish
  • Cardstock: Old Olive, Close to Cocoa, Cameo Coral, Apricot Appeal, Whisper White, and Linen Prints background paper
  • Ink: Old Olive, Close to Cocoa, Cameo Coral, Apricot Appeal
  • Accessories: Rose and Chocolate 1/4″ grosgrain, Old Olive 5/8″ grosgrain, Scallop circle and 1 3/8″ circle punch, white 2-pocket file folder, Large Open-end envelope, Small Open-end envelopes, Bind-it-All.

Thanks so much for looking! If you have any questions, please be sure to let me know!

Under Pressure

I’ve come to the realization after many years that sometimes most times I work better under pressure. Today was a perfect example. Took my DD to the doctor. She has a wicked case of poison ivy that has gone to her face. It’s not the skin, itchy-type of poison ivy, it’s the internal reaction kind. She looks as if we haven’t washed the Kool Aid off her face for a week. Of course this requires medication. We go to the grocery store to fill the prescription. There’s a small crisis at the pharmacy counter and our prescription takes about a 1/2 hour longer than expected. We do a little shopping ($50 worth, not too bad for not needing anything). I think they do this on purpose. We leave 45 minutes later with a prescription for steroids… all the while I’m thinking that my daughter is going to have a mustache before Christmas because of the steroids. She’s only ten… I haven’t even shown her how to shave her legs yet. Now, I might have to have my husband show her how to shave a 5 o’clock shadow.

I decide to treat her (and me) to a little more breakfast before heading to school. Burger King was right next door (oh, how I love BK). She wants McDonalds. Since she does have poison ivy and all, we head to McDonalds. We turn the corner to enter the McDonalds parking lot and the whole building is gone. Just gone! Now, I start doubting myself. “Wasn’t there a McDonalds there just a few weeks ago?” “Am I dreaming?” Did I go to the wrong place?” A quick “U-ey” and we’re headed back to Burger King. Yippee for me!!! Oh, how I love those breakfast croissants. Cheese??? Yes!!! Sausage??? Yes!!! Egg??? Yes!!! Oh, and now they even have these little hash browns with cheese in them. I have died and gone to Heaven. We get our food stuffies and head to school.

Drop DD off at school and head home. I’ve got to get a birthday gift for one of the neighbor boys around the corner. I’ll go out a little later to pick up something. Of course I put it off and begin the many tasks of the day… dishes, laundry, school paperwork, etc. Next thing I know, the bus is pulling up at the corner. Oh no! No gift, no card, and no absolutely clever packaging idea for the gift I didn’t get. What to do??!! Quick… think! I’ve got it! The day before, he had gotten a new digital camera. So, I packaged up 10 AA batteries and a box of photo paper. Made a quick card and had it delivered before everyone left for ball practices and games. Plus, had dinner cooked and ready by 5:15. I haven’t thought of anything too original during the past few weeks. I felt so vindicated! I can still stamp. I can be creative. I just need 15 minutes and the sinking feeling of guilt to get things done! Phew!!! I had succeeded!!! And, the gift wasn’t days late!!! His mom was “amazed how cleverly I packaged the gift.” Pat on the back for me!!! My only concern was if I had washed out all the oranges from the container.

Here’s a pic of the gift package minus the photo paper. Pretty self-explanatory, but let me know if you have questions.quick bday package

  • Stamp sets: It’s Your Birthday, Block Party
  • Cardstock: Not Quite Navy, Pumpkin Pie, Certainly Celery, Whisper White, old SU! designer paper
  • Accessories: District Ribbon Originals, old Brocade Blue Grosgrain, 1 3/8″ Square Punch, Ticket Corner Punch, Marvy Giga Square Punch
  • Extras: Pull-tab container (washed out) and opened from the bottom

Thanks for looking and enjoy the rest of your day!