Good morning!

Oh, it feels good to be back. I hope you all had a great weekend. We (well, I should say my boys) worked on the yard this weekend trying to get the leaves taken care of before the (ahem) white stuff starts to fly. We spent most of our summer getting the yard looking good so we’re kind of on a mission to keep it that way. There’s still a ways to go before we’re really ready for winter but it’s getting there.

Anywhoo…I spent a little time in my stamp room this weekend working on some gift ideas for the ladies who take my class every month at work. Praise the Lord for Pinterest! I found some fantastic ideas there which gave me the launching pad I needed to put something together. What I have for you today is the fruit of my labor. A really quick and easy gift idea that I bet you could put together without any trouble at all. My goal was to use what I have and believe me, I have a lot! So, in the interests of cleaning up a bit of the stash that takes an entire room to contain, here’s what I came up with.

Quick and Easy Card Set - Just in time for holiday gifting!

Quick and Easy Card Set – Just in time for holiday gifting!

I know that I am not alone in the whole overflowing stash thing and I bet more than one of you have a stack of those designer paper packs that you’ve been “saving” for something. Well, pull ’em out and let’s do something with them! This project is a perfect way to showcase a bunch of different patterns and it’s easy to do.

I started with a couple of sheets of light aqua cs (Basis Cover) for my cards which incidentally is really close in color to Cool Caribbean but also similar to Coastal Cabana. Close enough for this project anyway. I cut the sheets in half and folded them for my 4 cards, then grabbed 3 or 4 different prints from the DSP stack and just started layering different pieces together on the card fronts. Note that no two are alike. This is by design. I had virtually no pieces left over when I was done so for the paper-frugal sort, this was a win! Next, I pulled out my Morning Meadow stamp set and stamped 4 pansies in Real Red and 4 Happy Birthday sentiments in Baked Brown Sugar. The pansies were punched out and the sentiments hand trimmed into the little word banners. I also punched 4 Baked Brown Sugar 1-3/4 inch circles and 4 light aqua 1-1/2 inch circles to go along with the flowers and the words. I folder embossed the aqua circles using a Lifestyle Crafts folder called Chain II. The simple design coordinated quite well with the DSP.  Finally, I arranged the circles – layered together – with the flowers and word banners on each card and adhered them with foam dimensionals. Easy Peasy!

Lastly, I needed a box to put my cards in, so I used the envelope punch board to create one then decorated it to match the cards and used a little velcro to hold it closed once the cards and envelopes are tucked inside.

A couple quick tips on the box.

Since you want the box to hold the 4 cards and envelopes, you need to use a slightly larger envelope size than you would if you were just making an envelope for one card. For mine, I used the dimensions and punching instructions for the 4-1/2 x 6 envelope which begins with an 8-1/2 inch square piece of paper. I used Baked Brown Sugar cs.

Score just as you would if you were making the 4-1/2 x 6 inch envelope but then shift each score line over to the right 3/8 of an inch and score again toward the flap. Do this on all 4 flaps. Your flaps will then fold up and over the cards you are inserting inside.

That’s it! Have a great week and as a final note…

If you haven’t already entered to win my 2016 Card of the Month club contest, by all means throw your hat in the ring! There’s plenty of room for entries and remember, you get extra points for sharing on Facebook and Twitter! CLICK HERE to hop back to the entry that explains the rules for this year. Share the love people!


Supplies for this project:

S: Morning Meadow
P: Basis Cover Light Aqua, Baked Brown Sugar, white, Fresh Prints DSP stack
I: Baked Brown Sugar, Real Red
A: Pansy punch, 1-1/2 and 1-3/4 inch circle punches, envelope punch board, foam dimensionals, Lifestyle Crafts Chain II embossing folder
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Good morning!

Wow, is this month ever flying by fast. I had a wonderful weekend that started with my very first 31 party, a group of fabulous women and a brunch that turned out pretty well. (Always a plus!) I warn you on the 31 bags though…SERIOUSLY ADDICTING and SO FUN! Now I can’t wait to see that pink box!

I also added a new “light fixture” to the pergola on our deck that I’m pretty darned proud of. Now I just need to dig up that box of citronella tealights that I know I have stashed away somewhere…

Yesterday I put in some MUCH needed stamping time with my SU! demonstrator Alvina and my BFF Twyla where we made a stack of  beautiful cards. Lots of fun to be had there as well!  I followed that up with a little more time in my own stamp room before my pillow started screaming my name and I had to give in.

tealight chandelier made from re-purposed glass insulating conductors.


So, on to the featured set for this week!

Just Like You

5inkyfingers Monday Medley-2014-MM52-1My first sample for you today is a bright and bodacious thank you card that pulls together a quartet of high contrast colors with a splash of orange daisy to grab your attention.

I started with a Melon Mambo card which I layered with a folder embossed panel of Elegant Eggplant. The folder is called Floral Flourish from Sizzix and it matches this stamp  set perfectly.

A strip of white was stamped in Elegant Eggplant, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry and Melon Mambo. I trimmed the bottom edge with a lacy edge of Daffodil Delight before adhering it to the card.

Next came another strip of white stamped with Elegant Eggplant wavy lines and layered on a slightly larger piece of Melon Mambo.

Finally, a little sentiment flag layered on Daffodil Delight and a bright Pumpkin Pie daisy make the focal point for the card. A big flashy gem filled the flower center perfectly.

5inkyfingers Monday Medley-2014-MM52-2My second sample is a little covered mini composition notebook. I found the notebooks a while back at Target in 2 packs and bought a bunch of them. I think I intended to use them for one of my classes, tucked them away and promptly forgot I had them. If that isn’t the typical crafter’s most common memory lapse, I don’t know what is! In any case, they’re the perfect size for a purse and are super easy to decorate.

For mine today, I started by covering the book with a piece of DP from October Afternoon’s Woodland Park collection. I sponged all of the edges with Basic Brown ink when I was done to give it more of a distressed look

Next, I stamped a strip of Old Olive with the same Basic Brown ink, sponged the edges, chevron cut one end and adhered it to the front of the book.

The medallion is made up of a Marina Mist scallop circle, a Chocolate Chip circle and an ivory circle stamped with a flower and trimmed with a green jumbo pearl. All of these pieces were sponged prior to assembly and then adhered to the book.


5inkyfingers Monday Medley-2014-MM52-3Finally, for my last sample today, I have a cute little box that I decked out in flowers similar to my card above but in a more muted color scheme.

The box itself is Bashful Blue and measures 2 5/8 inches square finished..

The band around the box was stamped on white with Pacific Point, Chocolate Chip, Crushed Curry and Old Olive and the scallop trim is from Chocolate Chip cs.

The bow on top is fashioned from chocolate grosgrain ribbon and a large green brad.


Here’s the supply list:

S: Just Like You

P: Marina Mist, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, October Afternoon Woodland Park DSP, Ivory, White, Melon Mambo, Elegant Eggplant, Crushed Curry, Daffodil Delight, Bashful Blue

I: Basic Brown, Elegant Eggplant, Melon Mambo, Curshed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Pacific Point, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive

A: brads, gems, pearls, ribbon, scallop edge punch, Martha Stewart Doily Lace trim punch, scallop circle punch, 1-1/4 and 1-1/2 inch circle punches, Floral Flourishes embossing folder



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Good morning!
Well folks, Winter is officially here. I know this because I nearly froze my patookus off picking out our Christmas tree on Saturday, dressing for work means wearing enough layers to make the abominable snowman look thin, and the days of worrying whether my hat will wreck my hair are gone. It’s all about staying warm! Fashion takes a backseat. Aside from the frigid temps (We’re in single digits in the morning these days) we also got smacked with our first real snow for the year last week and we tested out our new snowblower. Works like a champ. Now, let’s not overdo it and wear the poor thing out!

 But enough of that. Let’s take a peek at what you really came here to see. : )

This week I am featuring the set Northern Hearts.
This set has been retired for a while now, but I picked it up at a stamp sale and thought it would be good to finally do something with it.
I really like the snowflakes that come in the set, and I found while playing that those birds can fly all on their own as well.
My first sample is a candle wrap that I made to fit around one of the 3 wick jar candles from Bath and Body Works. Sometimes the labels they put on the candles aren’t quite my style or I love the scent of the candle but the color isn’t quite right for my decor. So…when that happens, it’s kind of fun to make a wrap for the outside of the jar. This is also a good way to dress one up for a gift.
Anyway, I wrapped the jar with a band of red gingham DP from the October Afternoon Farm Fresh collection and then topped that with a band of ribbon that I edged with a scalloped edge of Chocolate Chip. I used the birds and branches to create a little tag for the front and finished it all off with a few gems.

Next up is a little gift tag using the wreath stamp. I omitted the string and bow at the top and die cut the wreath with Spellbinders Standard Circles and then layered it on a Real Red scalloped circle. The tag is a 4 x 1-1/2 piece of Bazzil Ivy cs layered with a strip of DP from Echo Park’s This & That Christmas collection. Both were chevron cut on one end and adhered together. The wreath is up on a dimensional as are the birds which I stamped, hand trimmed, glittered and perched in the wreath. A few red gems, a jute cord and a little sentiment tag round things out.

Finally, I have a very pretty snowflake card to share.
The card base is Marina Mist. I layered a wide panel of Stardreams Cobalt text weight paper down the middle and added another narrower panel of Bazzil Brown Sugar over that. The snowflakes were stamped randomly in 1st and 2nd generation Night of Navy, 1st generation River Rock and 1st generation Soft Suede on white. Three additional snowflakes were stamped and hand cut to pop up on dimensionals. All 3 were liberally coated with glitter. I tied a bit of ribbon around the stamped panel before adhering it in place and scattered clear and blue gems here and there for a little extra sparkle.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Stay warm!

This week’s supply list:
S: Northern Hearts, Hero Arts: Holiday Sayings
P: Marina Mist, Stardreams Cobalt, Bazzill Brown Sugar and Ivy, White, Ivory, Ridinghood Red, Chocolate Chip, Real Red

I: Night of Navy, Soft Suede, River Rock, Always Artichoke, Rose Red, Markers: Ridinghood Red and Garden Green
A: ribbon, gems, foam dimensionals, 1-3/4 inch scallop circle  punch, scallop edge punch, Word Window punch, 1/16 in punch, Spellbinders: Classic Ovals Large, Classic Scalloped Ovals Large, Standard Circles Small, jute, 2 way glue, glitter

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 Good morning and Happy Fall! Next week month (oops) we’ll be turning the clocks back already. Is anyone else not looking forward to what that ultimately means?!?  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE that extra hour of sleep but all that dark early stuff that follows isn’t the greatest.  *Smiles*

Today I’m going to share with you a few things that I put together with Thanksgiving in mind. The set I am featuring this week is called Autumn Harvest and it’s one that I haven’t pulled out in a while so it was fun to see what I could do with it.

I started with a card for my first sample and an old technique of using your stamps in the background to create a little interest. For this I used my Sahara Sand ink for a tone-on-tone look and then layered together some brighter colors, a little water coloring a couple punches.

Next, I was in one of those “desperate for chocolate” moods so I capped off both ends of a not so pretty Hershey’s candy bar with Early Espresso and then wrapped a wide band of DSP and a pretty belly band around the middle. The Tangerine Tango scallop edges are tucked under the DSP once I had it in place on the candybar and I finished it off with a happy jack-o’lantern, a button and some twine. I then proceeded to snap the picture and destroy the evidence. : ) Really…did you expect anything else?

Finally, I’m thinking a head a little to my Thanksgiving table and put together a little placecard holder. I’ll duplicate these for each of my guests a little later when I know for sure who is coming. I figured my son Josh, who lives with us, was a safe bet!
For this, I folded a 9×3 inch panel of Early Espresso in half and  folder embossed the front with a woodgrain folder. The pumpkins are masked and stamped in Pumpkin Pie and layered with one edge scallop punched. The words are done in Ranger Walnut Stain and Old Olive. This piece was adhered directly to the front and then tied with twine and a button. The “J” is stamped with Old Olive, punched with a 5/8 inch circle punch and layered on a 7/8 inch scallop circle of Early Espresso. I popped it up on a dimensional to offset the button.

Thanks, as always, for dropping by today! I hope  you have a wonderful week! Enjoy those turning leaves while you still can!

Supply list for this week:
S: Autumn Harvest, Alpha Dots, CTMH: Say it in Style, Elzy Bells Swirly Greetings

P: Sahara Sand, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Early Espresso, Tangerine Tango, Spice Cake DSP, Natural Ivory

I:Ranger: Walnut Stain, SU: Pumpkin Pie, Lucky Limeade, Sahara Sand, Old Olive

A: Baker’s twine, foam dimensionals, water pen, eyelets, Sizzix Frost embossing folder, Darice Woodgrain embossing folder, twine, buttons, Punches: Word Window, Modern Label, 5/8 inch circle, 7/8 inch scallop circle, scallop edge

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Hello again!

It’s hard to believe it’s Friday already, but things have been so very hectic and busy at work this week I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that the days have flown by. Add in a stressful week of worry about my mother, who has been in the hospital since Sunday and a major presentation coming up on Tuesday and I feel like I am burning the candle on both ends.

So, it must be time for chocolate!

Today’s post is the project that my group at work did this past month. These boxes are from a BigZ die that I picked up recently. The top flap of the box opens to reveal a cello window, room to stamp a sentiment and room in the box for up to six Hershey’s Nuggets which we wrapped with designer paper to match the box.

For my example shown here, I also made a little 3×3 notecard to go along with the box.

The box and card base are Bazzill Current Sensation cs layered with DSP from the retired SU! Raspberry Tart collection.
I mixed in a few punches for borders, hearts to layer and, to wrap things up, a bit of ribbon for tying the box shut.

My apologies for not snapping a photo of the box open so you could see the candies inside, but I hope you can trust me when I say they are very cute all wrapped up with Raspberry Tart paper!

Thanks for dropping in today. I’m off to work then will be heading up to Fargo to spend the weekend with Mom. I’m leaving my boys home to clean house and generally hold the fort down! It will be interesting to see what condition the fort is in when I return…

Have a wonderful weekend!

S: Technique Tuesday Simply You, Strength and Hope, All Year Cheer II
P: Bazzill Current Sensation, Cameo Coral, Neenah Solar White, Raspberry Tart DSP
I: Rose Red, Garden Green
A: dotted scallop edge punch, triple heart punch, ribbon, cellophane, Hershey’s Nuggets, sticky tape, foam dimensionals

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