Celebrate the New Year

I have another New Year’s idea for you today – this one is a card – an idea that was from the Chattanooga regional – I believe it was Carrie Cudney’s presentation.  I thought it was a fun twist on a card.


I’m not sure that you can really “see” it in a photo – but the front of the card is covered with a cello bag and the small silver glimmer paper and silver card stock circles are loose inside the bag like confetti.  You can move them and shake them around!  Isn’t that fun!  Here are some quick pointers for this card –

  • The base of the card is Basic Gray – cut 4″ x 11″ and scored in half
  • The front Whisper White layer has Celebrate (from Seasonal Sayings which will still be available through the spring catalog) stamped in Basic Gray.  Next use a Sponge Dauber and Platinum Shimmer paint and add some dots – let those dry.
  • Punch a bunch of Silver Glimmer and Silver card stock circles using the Bitty Punch Pack circle.
  • Cut a little Silver card stock banner and attach it to the white layer.  Attach the whole white later to the front of the card base.  If you want glue a few Silver Glimmer and Silver card stock circles to the front.
  • Trim a cello bag so that it is 5-1/2″ tall (I used the 4×6 size).  Slip that over the front of the card and use snail on the inside of the card to attach the top.
  • Drop the loose punched circles inside the front of the card and add some snail to the top of the card to glue the bag to it.
  • Across the top outside attach a piece of Silver Glimmer paper – you need to use glue dots or sticky strip for the glimmer paper the snail doesn’t hold it well.  This covers up the adhesive that you used to hold the cello bag to the front of the card.
  • Thread White baker’s twine through a Vintage Faceted Button and add that to the front on the silver banner.

Ok I think that gets it and hope it all makes sense.

We are stretching Christmas out – Christmas Eve and Christmas morning we were here at home and Greg’s mom joined us. Christmas Day we went to my parents and my brother and his family along with his wife’s family joined us – and Greg’s mom too.  It was a big group!  Last night we went to Greg’s moms house and his sister and brother and their families all came – we had a fun evening.  And tomorrow night we are all gathering here with all of Greg’s family from his dad’s side.  It sounds like we will have about 30 people here!  I think our New Years Eve is going to be a quiet one with just us here at home as we are going to be celebrated out by the time it gets here…

Have a great week end!  Remember to place your final orders from the Holiday Catalog – I am putting in one final order so email me or you can do it online.  The last day of the catalog is January 2nd!  And a new Spring catalog will start on the 3rd.

bye for now….


Holiday Cookie Boxes

Here is a quick idea to wrap up some cookies or other treats for a neighbor – Holiday decorated Kraft gift boxes.


I got this cute idea from Jackie Bolhuis.  We made these in my Cookies & Milk class a few weeks ago.  Everyone also made cookies to go inside the box using the Stampin’ Up! Cookie stamps.  If you don’t have much time you can use store bought cookies dough – the gingerbread dough worked really well with the cookie stamps.  Make sure it is a little chilled and that you dip the cookie stamp in sugar each time.

I love the idea of the steam coming out of the mug – that idea came from Ann Schach on a card that she made.

Here are some quick instructions:

  • fold up the Kraft box
  • cut a piece of Designer Paper the width that you want it and wrap it around the box – the ends just meet at the top – they won’t overlap – but that’s ok – and this is just a band so we aren’t actually glueing it to the box
  • cut a piece of matching card stock about a 1/2″ wider that your designer paper, glue the designer paper to it and make crisp folds all the way around
  • punch a hole at each end where the meet at the top of the box and pull some ribbon through and tie in a bow – your band should just slide off the box when it’s time to open it – you don’t even have to untie the bow
  • punch a 2-3/8″ scallop circle and run it through the Big Shot with the Square Lattice Embossing folder
  • ink up the mug with Cherry Cobbler ink, use  a cotton swap or blender pen to remove ink from the inside – the part that’s the hot cocoa – then ink that with an Early Espresso Marker- now stamp it on some Very Vanilla card stock, cut it out with the matching framelit
  • ink the steam up with Early Espresso and stamp it on some Vellum card stock, cut it out with the matching framelit – then trim the bottom flat, use a mini glue dot to attach it to the mug
  • add the punched circle and mug to the front of the box with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • And finally add a Rhinestone to the mug

Fill with some cookies or other treats.  The Kraft Boxes from Stampin’ Up! are food safe.  But I still wrapped up the cookies in some plastic wrap so they would get the box dirty.  You could also add a piece of paper on the inside for decoration too.

And just a quick family note for you – Friday afternoon I took Ryan to take is driving test and get his driver’s license – yes the youngest member of the family was about to be a legal driver.  The line was so long and even with an appointment (which didn’t seem to matter by the way) we waited forever.  Finally it was Ryan’s turn and the testing lady came back with a young girl who was in tears – apparently she did not pass.  She came up to Ryan and said – “well it hasn’t been a good day” – oh no – not really what you want to hear. I got out and told her that hopefully her day would improve now and she smiled and got in the car with Ryan.  Off the went and left me waiting and being a nervous mom – he was ready and is a good driver and knew everything – but still he was a little freaked out because of the girl in front of him crying. After a while he came back and as he walked up I saw the grin on his face!  Yeah – good news!  He passed with a 100!  And the lady was much happier – told him he was the only one all day (and remember we were there in the late after noon – it was almost 5 by the time she got in the car with him) that aced the parallel parking, and the only on she gave a 100 too.  And she said he did so well that when he went back in he should make sure they give him a key chain.  So yeah all the boys are now legal to drive and I no longer have to be mom’s taxi service – time to celebrate!

Merry Christmas!


Sharing Christmas Cards 21-25

Hey – I’m back with some more cards for you.  I hope this gives you ideas if you still need some.  You do have a couple more days to get them in the mail.  I know when I mail something locally it gets there the very next day so that should give me until Saturday to finish up my cards.  I did get a big batch of cards out already – about 50 – those were the MDS cards mostly to family and family friends.  Now I’m working on some stamped cards to send.

Here we go –


Scentsational Season Bundle, More Merry Messages, Polka Dot Parade Designer Paper, Rhinestone jewels colored with a red sharpie
swap card by Mary Polcin


Evergreen stamp set, Champagne Shimmer paint, Champagne Glimmer paper, Vanilla Seam Binding, Bitty punch star
swap card by Selene Kempton


Winter Memories, Snowflake Soiree, Silver card stock, Vellum, Silver Embossing Powder, Baja Breeze Seam Binding, Vintage Jewel button
This is a stand up card that you slide the tea light (battery operated) in behind the window.
swap card by Robin Merriman


No Peeking, Be of Good Cheer Designer Paper, Window framelits, Gumball Green ribbon
swap card by Michelle T


Keepsake Ornaments Bundle, En Francias, Linen Thread, Jumbo Pearl, Lacy Brocade embossing folder, Soft Suede ink, sponging
I found this card idea online from another demonstrator – it is a beautiful card and actually very easy to make.

My card class is starting gotta go……


Sharing more Christmas Cards – 16 – 20

I have more Christmas card ideas for you – are you ready?


So you don’t even need a Christmas stamp set to make a Christmas card – this was a swap card by Joyce Pandolfi (from at least a year ago – but I love this idea). She used Circle Circus and a 3/4″ circle punch and made a tree! How clever is that?


This is a little cheat sheet for creating the base of the tree. Stamp, then cut as shown, layer on a piece of Chocolate Chip and cut to create the mat.


Early Espresso Core-dinations card stock, Woodgrain Embossing folder, Festival of Prints paper stack, Scentsational Season stamp set, Red Glimmer Paper
This is my slightly altered version of Cindy’s card that I already posted.


Star Tree, More Merry Messages, Be of Good Cheer Designer paper, Gold Embossing Powder, Northern Flurry Embossing Folder
swap card by Carol Sandison


Broadsheet Alphabet, Scentsational Season, Elegant Lines Embossing Folder, Apothecary Accents Framelits
Swap card by Elisabeth


Perfectly Preserved Bundle, Scentsational Season Bundle, Be of Good Cheer designer paper
Swap card by Jennifer DiMarco

I’m trying to decide when to post the last 5.  Tomorrow I have the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge – come see – I have sneak peek items!! And I have a super cute set of tags I want to share too so you have time to make them.  So I might (not for sure but might) post the last 5 of the 25 cards later today.  That leaves Friday for tags and Saturday another tag idea.  Ok off to do some other crafting and a bit of cleaning in the craft room too.

See ya…..


Sharing Christmas Cards – 11 – 15

I had lunch with my brother today and then went shopping.  The longest line I stood in was actually at Panera to get lunch.  It was standing room only and the line was out the door.  The high school kids added to the lunch time crowd.  Today was exams and they got out early.  I also waited in line at the Post Office but at the stores where I shopped not so much – which was good for me.

Here are some more Christmas card ideas for you today –


Etruscan Elegance Jumbo Wheel, Greetings of the Season, Gold Embossing Powder
Swap card by June Dunn


Watercolor Winter stamp set, Big Shot, Apothecary Accents framelits, polka dot embossing folder, Delicate Designs Embossing folders
swap card by Mary Ellen Byler


Evergreen stamp set, Watercolor Winter stamp set, Gumball Green Core’dinations card stock, Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder, Sanding System
swap card Jane Allison


Snowflake Soiree stamp set, Gold Glimmer paper, Snow Flurry Bigz Die, pearls
Swap card by Tara Bazata


Make a Mitten stamp set and Mitten Builder punch, Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer paper
swap card by Lorraine Day

If you are looking for these products many are from the Holiday catalog which will be ending soon.  Thanks for stopping by today!