Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Canon Selphy

Look at this tiny photo printer! This will be perfect for taking on my scrapbook weekends. I saw a video tutorial on Scraptime about this little photo printer. She did such a good job explaining all the qualities of the printer, that I bought one! I found it on Amazon.com (59.99 for the printer and 29.95 for the 4x6 paper and color ink to print 108 photos). Merry Christmas to me! I wouldn't say it is a good printer for printing large quantities of photos, but I bought it for other reasons. I like the variety of printing options this printer offers. I like the fact that I can print photos smaller than 4x6. (I am always chopping my photos down for scrapbooking, plus I wanted to do more with mini scrapbooks and smaller photos would work well for these). I also liked the fact that the Canon Selphy offers the choice of printing in color, black and white or sepia. And I also like the fact that I can bring it with me to my scrapbook weekends. You can see in the picture how compact it is. It will print with or without my computer. It does come with software for your computer and that offers more options for printing. You can add graphics, words, frames or calendars with the software. In a matter of minutes I made this calendar for J. yesterday. Nothing fancy because he will be taking it to work and it will be hanging in the factory. But it was very quick and easy. I used my bind-it-all to bind it together. I think there will be tons of options with this printer. I love it already. I will be working on some more projects.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Just Chillin'

I made these hand sanitizer packages for my craft shows. These also made nice gifts for my friends at work. I used my Cricut to make the cute little penguins and the words using the cartridge "Create a Critter". The small hand sanitizer bottles are from Bath and Body.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Snowman Candy Bars

Here was a project I made for my craft shows and for my last workshop. I think I found this project on Splitcoast Stampers (but not sure where). I used chocolate candy bars, wrapped in a white wrapper. These were perfect for this project. I found these at Walmart. The rest is pretty simple. I just wrapped white cardstock around the candy bar. The hat is cut from black paper and then run through the paper crimper. The piece of holly was cut on my Cricut using the cartridge "Joys of the Season". The eyes and buttons were punched with the 1/2 inch circle punch. I made the smile using a 1 1/2 inch circle paper punch. (This is a double punch technique. First punch a half a circle out of black and then slide the punch in the same punched hole, just move it in a little further and punch a small sliver - that makes the smile). I used a white gel pen for some accents. A little red "wrinkle ribbon" tied around the snowman makes the scarf.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Holiday Recipe Books

Well, I wish I could say I've been super busy and that is why I haven't been posting anything lately, but that is just not the case. The truth is, I have been super lazy!! Now that I am done with craft shows and workshop/classes, I just have been enjoying "lounging" on my couch (with my computer checking out other blogs!). I do have a few pictures from some of my last craft show projects. Here are some pictures of some holiday recipe books I made. These were just index card books I found at back to school time and thought these would be cute little holiday books. I sold these for $5 each. Now that I am looking for little family or work gifts, I wish I would have bought more (I only bought 4 of them and they sold right away at the craft show). There is always next year! Thanks for checking in. Hopefully, I will be back posting again on a more regular basis. TTFN! Edited for comments: I found these index card books at Meijer. These books came in two different colors (when I found them, there might have been more colors).

Saturday, November 27, 2010


So after our family Thanksgiving Thursday night, J. stopped at Michael's with me on our way home. (I know, it's hard to "believe"! that he would be shopping with me, especially in a craft store!). Of course, I went right to the cricut cartridges! I couldn't decide between the "Simply Charmed" and "From My Kitchen" so he said get them both! I was so excited (something new to play with this weekend!) So here is the first card I made with the "Simply Charmed". I just love it, it turned out so cute. Not very difficult at all (the cricut did most of the work!). Just a little glueing, a little sponging and some glitter! The sentiment is from a retired Stampin' Up set.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Baby Hippo

Here's another little baby card I was working on. The hippo is made from the cricut cartridge "Create A Critter". The yellow polka dot paper is actually flocked (so it is too difficult to put a sentiment or title on this card). The little flower on the hippo behind has a sticker gem to add some sparkle. Thanks for looking - back to creating!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Bright Baby

Here are a few samples of baby shower invites using bold, bright colors.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Red Mittens

Are you ready for some cold weather? Well, if you are in Michigan, it won't be long! Here is another card that was available at my last workshop. I used some coordinating pattern paper that I had in my stash. The scallop circle is made from the Marvy punch and then I used a small paper punch to punch small holes in each scallop. The mitten stamp is from the set "Merry" (retired Stampin' Up). The sentiment "joy" is a stamp from Inkadinkado. After I stamped the sentiment, I used a 1/2 in circle punch to punch out each letter. I then used pop dots to add dimension to the letters. The red and white ribbon is from PaperTrey Inc.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Grateful Greetings

Here is a Thanksgiving card I had at my last workshop. This set is "Turkey Talk" (retired Stampin' Up). I used pattern paper from a large glitter pack for the background. I used my watercolor pencils to color in the pilgrims. The large scallop oval punch is by Marvy. The sentiment is from the set "Grateful Greetings" (current Stampin' Up). Colors I used for this card are Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie and Crushed Curry. Well, off to get some cards ready for my next workshop! Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Winter Play Snowman

Here is another card I had at my Stamp-a-stack workshop last weekend. All supplies for this card come from retired Stampin' Up products. The stamp set used here is "Winter Play". The snowflakes are felt die cuts. And of course, don't forget the little bit of glitter on the bottom of the snowman!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Christmas Collage

Here are two different cards using the same stamp, Christmas Collage from the holiay mini catalog. Both cards are made using Stampin' Up supplies. For the first one, I also used the set "Winter Post" (for the center circle). I used one of the treat cups and put dazzling diamonds in it to give it a snow globe effect. The sentiment is from "Grateful Greetings" and I used the new label punch. For the second card, I colored some of the images in and used the new glitter glass around the edge of the "25". At first I didn't think this stamp was really my style, but I love the vintage look of these two cards.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Trees Three

I have had this set from Stampin' Up for a while now and haven't used it. It is retired and thought I just had to have it (I can't remember why!) I saw a card similar to this (probably on Splitcoast) and liked the simplicity. This is a quick easy card. I also love the chunky glitter (also Stampin' Up). This was one of the cards at my latest workshop. Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Elf Cards

Hey! It's November! Where does the time go? I realized I haven't posted in a while (busy teaching and doing craft shows!) We had a full house last night for the Stamp-a-Stack workshop. Here are a few cards offered last night (don't forget, there is another workshop Saturday, November 13 (10 am - 1:30 pm). These are mostly "punch art" with just a little stamping. The pattern paper is just stuff I had already (in holiday paper packs). I was just looking for some fun stripe designs. Both of these cards are made with Stampin' Up dies. The elf feet is the "Top Note" die and the elf face card base is made with the "Scallop Circle" die. Punches for these cards include the ornament punch, boho blossoms punch, 5 petal punch, tag punch, and large oval punch (all Stampin' Up). Tag stamp is from "Grateful Greetings" and sentiment is from the set "Best Yet" (both Stampin' Up). Thanks for checking in and I will be posting more cards from the workshop tomorrow!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Bucket of Treats

These are the little treats I made for my "card club" friends. I took a glassine bag and put some of my halloween treats in it (I posted those a few days ago). I put some pattern paper on front and tied a ribbon around the bag. The tag is from the set "Eat, Drink and Be Scary" (retired Stampin' Up). I added a die cut pumpkin sticker on the bottom corner (just seemed to need something). I hope they liked these treats!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Popcorn Treats

Here are a few mini popcorn treats I made for Halloween. I used the set "Voila" (Stampin' Up) and what I call Halloween colors (purple, orange and black). I like the mini size, it fits perfect with some other little treats. The tag is from the set "Eat, Drink and Be Scary" (retired Stampin' Up). Pattern paper is from a variety of sources (mostly just stuff that I had)! Trick or Treat!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Mini Monsters

I have been so busy (doing what?? I don't know!) I bought this Cricut Cartridge almost a month ago (and made these cards), but didn't post them! (I almost forgot!) This is really a cute cartridge. I didn't really have any purpose to buy this, just thought it was cute (acutally, I guess that is how I do most of my shopping!) The first time I cut this skeleton, it was too large for the standard size envelope, so I bent his arms to hold a sign. The shape cards cute, but they are a little more difficult and time consuming (not really a good choice for making several for a package). Thanks for checking in. Next week, I will be posting some of my upcoming designs for my November workshops.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Upcoming Workshops

Hi Everyone! Sorry I haven't scheduled any workshops lately. Back to school time is such a busy time (plus I took some time for myself to get back into scrapbooking!) But I am all settled into a "third grade" routine now and have now started creating again. I have scheduled 2 upcoming workshops for November. (I will be done with my craftshows by then.) Wednesday, November 10 6 pm - 9:30 pm Stamp-a-Stack - choose from approx. 20 different designs and make 10 cards of your choice (may make multiples of one design) for $15.00. Any cards over 10 are just $1.00 each. (Drinks and light snacks provided). Please bring adhesive of your choice (I provide glue sticks) Saturday, November 13 10 am - 1:30 pm Stamp-a-Stack - choose from approx. 20 different designs and make 10 cards of your choice (may make multiples of one design) for $20.00. Any cards over 10 are just $1.00 each. (Luch, drinks and light snacks provided). Please bring adhesive of your choice (I provide glue sticks). If you are interested in attending, please let me know! Feel free to pass this info on to anyone you think might be interested.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Halloween Treats!

Here are a few Halloween goodies I made for my craft show (and for my students). I bought these little clear plastic boxes and pillow boxes to fill with treats. (I actually bought enough so I could make Halloween, Christmas and Valentine treats for my students). Some of the boxes were filled with candy corn, some with Skittles, and some with halloween orange mints. I am going to give the little pillow box treats to my students and the rectangle boxes to my parent helpers. The stamp sets used here are "Boo To You" (Stampin' Up) and "Tasty Sweet" (retired Stampin' Up). Gingham ribbon is from Hobby Lobby, orange ribbon is from Michaels. I add some puffy white paint on the top of the candy corn to add some dimension. And lastly, of course, glitter glue was used to sparkle things up.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Halloween Treat Box

Gee, I guess it has been a while since I posted. I have been busy with school, getting ready for craft shows and getting back into scrapbooking (I have spend two weekends scrapbooking with friends). This halloween treat box was for a gift exchange for my scrapbooking weekend at the Lakeside Resort (thanks Teresa for the idea!). I started with a drink carrier and covered it with paper, then added some pumpkin decorations. Inside the treat box I added some candy, a small notebook, microwave popcorn, a package of cards and some hand sanitizer - all with a halloween theme. I hope the winner liked it! I won a large Yankee candle (fall scent!) Thanks for checking in, hope to be back soon!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Fall Sparkle

Here are some cards I worked on for fall. I found these sparkly leaves (by Jolee) at Michael's. I thought they would be the right size for the tree from Season of Friendship (Stampin' Up). They are actually much more sparkly and glittery in person - these pictures don't really show it. I made a few with the sentiment, a few "thinking of you" and one without leaves on the tree, just on the ground. If you look closely, the "thinking of you" one has extra gems on it. I think that is the one I like the best.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Cricut Cupcake

These cards were made with the cricut cartridge "Sweet Treats". I was playing around with some bright colors for this first birthday card. I don't really love this combination of colors, so I went back to the drawing board and tried again using these colors, pink and brown. I think I like this one better. The sentiment is from Savvy Stamps.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Happy Birthday!

This is the card I made for my best friend's birthday. I made it to coordinate with the box (filled with stamping and scrapping stuff!). The other part of her gift was a metal memory board (with the magnetic "memory" sentiment). The stamp set I used for the card is "Birthday Invitation" from Close to my Heart. I loved the bright colors in this gift and thought it was perfect for "back to school" time, since she is a teacher. I found the birthday box from Target, the Metal board is from Hallmark, and all the fun supplies in the box are from Custom Crops (except the Fashion citations note pad - that I found at a small specialty shop in the mall called Francesca's.)

Saturday, September 11, 2010

It's Fall!

Well, fall has arrived in Michigan and it has been nice to have cool weather to start the new school year! So what to do on a cold, rainy Saturday? Make cards of course! For this card I used a new Cricut cartridge I recently got called "Create a Critter". Isn't this owl cute? So I needed cuter paper to go with it! The paper I used is "Walk in the Park" by Echo Park Paper Co. (I actually bought the kit collection; it came with 12 x 12 paper, sticker alphabets, boarders and tags). I found this pack in Ludington at a local scrapbook store. Not a lot involved in this card (the Cricut did most of the work!); a little sponging, a few detail lines around the outside edge of owl and that's it!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Back to School Time

This was the "Back to School" gift I made for my friend Sherry. After teaching Kindergarten for the past 23 years, she is moving up to First Grade this year, so I wanted to make her a little something to set on her desk. I found the cute little green basket at Michael's. I added a mini clipboard, some "school" monkey cards and some little mechanical pencils tied together. The tag was made with one of the new Papertrey Ink sets (School Time).