Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Making A List... Checking It Twice

Search online and you will find dozens of organizer ideas, cute and simple to over the top gorgeous. This is a simple version I created last year as a class project. All items, except the notepad, were available from Stampin' Up!

I found the notepad on clearance for 50c; it had a black and white photo that I didn't care for underneath the plastic. I removed the photo and added a piece of Riding Hood Red card stock cut to fit. I used the old piece as a pattern to punch holes then reinserted it into the notepad. The snowflakes were stamped with white Stazon ink. I also sponged white Stazon ink along the edges of the plastic. A cropodile was the perfect tool to punch holes in the thick plastic cover so I could insert rhinestone brads. I created an open top envelope to put inside the covers to keep receipts, etc in. The front envelope also covered the metal tabs showing from the brads. I stuck on a few tabs punched out of coordinating card stock (Baja Breeze, Old Olive, Whisper White, Riding Hood Red) with the round tab punch, a piece of ribbon and I had an organizer for the holidays ! It's handy to have one to keep track of the holiday cards you've mailed and received, gift lists, items bought, things to make and do, menus, so on.

Be sure to see my stretchy bookmark/covered notepad post for a great gift idea, perfect for so many people on your list ! Actually, if you have time to peruse the posts, there are several things I've shared the past year that would be good for gift giving. I hope to share a few more gift ideas this coming month. If you use any of my ideas, please share them - and a link to my post if you would.

Happy Holidays and thanks for looking =)

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Wood Pumpkin Wreath

I painted this wreath from a kit back in 2002.
It was fun; I really enjoyed painting crafty things -
never learned how to do true tole painting, one stroke painting, etc -
but basic craft pating, I could do that !
Yes, I hand lettered Happy Fall with no lines to follow.
Back when I was in High School, before there were computers and graphics and such that graphic artists use now, we learned how to do sign painting.
A simple paintbrush, sign painters paint and the object to paint on.
I think that is one thing I learned that I still use !

Papercrafters: notice how the pumpkins were made ? A very common, easy way many of us make pumpkins out of card stock using paper punches now.

Thanks for looking =)

Friday, November 26, 2010

Straw Hat Scarecrow Pin and "Wreath"


I made this soooooo long ago, but it is still just as cute !The idea came from an old Crafts magazine. It uses two straw hats of different size, a fabric bandanna, raffia, paper twist and acrylic paints.

Basic instructions:
Cut a smaller straw hat in half for the scarecrows hat.
Add whatever embellishments you'd like; I hot glued on a strip of paper twist and fabric scrap. I also poked a hole on one side to run through raffia through. hot glued in place. Hot glue bits of raffia on each side of the face just under the edge of the hat, too.

Large straw hat for base, Paint a face with acrylic craft paints.

Poke a hole on each side of the neck area to run half of a fabric bandanna through. Hot glue in place.
Add more raffia under the bandanna.

Add hanger on back. I just hot  glued on a strip of twine.


Very similar idea, but using a wood circle for the head, miniature straw hat cut in half, raffia, acrylic paints, a scrap of fabric for the bandanna and a pin back to create a piece of fun fall jewelry.

Here is a really cute Scarecrow card I created this fall. It was totally inspired by several scarecrow face projects, such as the two above, that I've crafted over the years.

Thanks for looking =)

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving Cards

A few cards I sent out this year, all stamp sets are retired from Stampin' Up!

I've always liked using the Lovely Leaves stamp set with Spectrum pads (rainbow)
The Pilgrims and Indians are from the Turkey Talk set.

This idea was copied from someone a year or two ago, but I liked it so well I wanted to make another one of these clean and simple cards this year.  I have no idea who to credit, but thank you whoever you are ! Autumn and Teeny Tiny wishes, both still current stamp sets from Stampin' Up!

I think this image came from the Happy Thanksgiving set.

A small clear Spooky Tree stamp that was given to me by a friend. I made it more fall like by dabbing on markers and sponging a blue sky.

A couple from two years ago :

Happy Thanksgiving !

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thanksgiving Mini Tin Bucket

I made these for table decor at Thanksgiving a couple of years ago.

They are little buckets I found at the Dollar Spot, 2 for $1 original price but I got them on the after Halloween clearance for 50c. One was black, the other orange.

I stamped Lovely Leaves images with acrylic paint on tissue paper. Cut them out then adhere them to the bucket with decopauge glue.

The tags were made with supplies from Stampin' Up! and inspired by a sample in our demonstrator magazine.

Thanks for looking, Happy Thanksgiving !

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Thanksgiving Card - ribbon punch discovery

Someone must have discovered this already and posted it somewhere. I don't take the time to peruse all of the galleries, blogs and such so if someone has already posted this idea, I haven't seen it. Perhaps you haven't, either.

I recently purchased the ribbon border punch from Stampin' Up!

When I was making this Thanksgiving card, I was going to add mulberry paper behind the image (I have so much of that to use still, remember when it was all the rage?!) before layering it onto the card front. Then I decided I'd try something: why not make a punched edge on a mat piece with the ribbon punch. Playing on scrap paper, I soon discovered (duh!) that trying to use the ribbon punch to create a border could make a frame - it would punch the middle out of a square piece of card stock. I am soooooo blonde sometimes.

After seeing that neat little frame and layering the turkey over it, the corners needed something - aha, square brads from my stash ! I think it turned out kind of neat.

Anyway, it was a neat idea I thought I'd share if you haven't seen this.

I started with a 2 7/8" square piece of card stock, centered the punch on each edge and punched. The middle fell out, which didn't matter for this project, but it would make a neat frame for the right size image.

Happy Thanksgiving card supplies:

Happy Thanksgiving stamp set, retired from Stampin' Up!

Dusty Durango textured, Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Naturals card stocks

various classic inks and an aquapainter for watercoloring the image

Ribbon punch

square brads, manufacturer unknown

Early Espresso ink and a sponge

Glitter window snowflake card supplies:

Whisper White, Bashful Blue card stock

acetate run through a Xyron machine


ribbon punch

snowflake die, Stampin' Up!/Sizzix


mini snowflakes were leftover from a border punch, not sure of the manufacturer

Cut a square in the front of your card for the frame to just fit around. Adhere acetate with adhesive (I used a Xyron) in the window. Sprinkle glitter on the adhesive; attach snowflake and rhinestone. More detailed instructions for the Glitter Window Technique can be found here: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/resources/tutorials/glitter_window/

Thanks for looking !

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Craft Some Holiday Magic contest entry - week 2

Here is my second submission to the Michael's Craft Some Holiday Magic contest.
This weeks project list of "ingredients" the contestants were given: a charger plate, scrapbook papers and glue.

Whew, it took nearly an entire day to cut and assemble the matchboxes alone !
If you are on facebook and go to the Michael's page, "Like" that page then you can access the contest gallery. Once in the gallery, you can "Like" individual projects, which could help the creator win a gift card and then be entered into a contest to win a crafting cruise. This is the photo you will see in the gallery for my submission; a "Like" button shows up with the description when you click on the photo:

Sizzix/Stampin' Up! matchbox die (or reuse real matchboxes)
card stock for the matchboxes
decorative papers
assorted decorative epoxy brads
star shaped brad
1/4" grosgrain ribbon for pull tabs
5/8" grosgrain ribbon for embellishing the tree and the plate
matching thread to gather 5/8"  ribbon
white paint and fine paint brush to hand letter around the edge of the plate
Stazon inks to stamp the ribbon tabs
tiny numbers rubber stamp set
clear drying paper adhesive
hot glue gun or super sticky double sided adhesive
scalloped circle card and paper doily for tree skirt
paper piercer to embellish tree skirt
1/6th inch hole punch to make holes for brads on each drawer and in each scallop of the card
ink pad and sponge to sponge around edges of paper
1) Create 24 matchboxes by using a pattern, a die cut machine or recovering premade matchboxes.

2) Decorate the front of each drawer as you wish. I used epoxy brads and little tabs of 1/4" grosgrain ribbon that I stamped tiny numbers onto with Stazon inks. I punched a tiny hole in the drawer front then poked the brad through the tails of the ribbon and into the hole. I added a dab of fray check (clear drying liquid glued will work) to the backside to help keep the ribbon from fraying.

3) Adhere the the boxes together in sections: 4x2, 3x2, 2x2, 1x2 and another 2x2 for the tree "trunk". I used super strong double stick tape. Wrap each section with decorative paper and 5/8" ribbon. Add extra embellishments as you like.

4) Adhere the sections together to form a tree. Use a strong adhesive, such as sticky strip or hot glue.

5) Make a little paper star or angel to attach to the top if you wish. I made my star freehand, as you can tell since it is sort of misshapen. Surely you could find patterns online.

6) Paint around the edge of the plate with the appropriate paint for your plate type and set according to manufacturers directions. I used indoor/outdoor acrylic craft paint then heat set in the oven since my plate was stone ware. There are other paints available for glass/ceramics.

7) Adhere scrapbook papers to the center of the plate.

8) Adhere ribbon along the edge of the paper. I gathered my ribbon with thread before adhering with super sticky double sided adhesive.

9) Embellish scalloped card to create a tree skirt. I used a paper piercer and punch then layered over a paper doily that I sponged brown ink onto. Adhere to the plate.

10) Use strong adhesive to attach tree to tree skirt/plate if you wish.

11) Write fun things to do on tags with your family during the holidays such as caroling, ornament making, cookie baking and insert in the drawers. Perhaps add tickets to holiday events or little tiny trinkets, candies.

Happy Holidays and thanks for looking =)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Pet Sympathy - cat

I no sooner posted the pet sympathy cards for dogs than I found out that the stray cat a friend recently took in had to be put down.

I used the retired Stampin' Up! sets Meow Meow and a sympathy set.
Going Gray, Whisper White and Basic Black card stocks
border punch from Stampin' Up!
various classic inks to water color with using an aquapainter
Basic Black marker to doodle along the edge of the tag
Stampin' sponge to add ink along the edge of the gray card stock
Fiskars Texture Plates - paw prints
Black grosgrain ribbon that I stamped the paw print on using Whisper White craft ink
dimensional to pop the kitty cat up with

Thanks for looking

Monday, November 15, 2010

Bear Necessities - Fall

All supplies are from Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted
Bear Necessities
Lovely Leaves

Card Stock:
Not Quite Navy
Glossy White
Old Olive mulberry paper - retired

Spectrum Pad - retired
Basic Black
Various classic inks for watercoloring

Stampin' Sponge - to sponge on blue sky
Leaves brads - unknown, gift from a friend

I made the "background paper" by stamping glossy white card stock with the leaves stamps using Versamark ink. I then brayered over it with ink from the Spectrum (rainbow) ink pad.  After blending it well, I gently wiped it with a tissue.

A step by step tutorial for the Versamark resist technique, also known as Ghosting,  can be found here:

Thanks for looking =)

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Craft Some Holiday Magic Contest entry

A friend told me about a contest that Michael's craft stores is having online through their facebook page. I don't really use facebook and definitely do not use the applications, but she urged me to come up with a project to sumbit: she wants me to win so we can go on a crafting cruise !

She descibed most of the projects to me (my computer/internet connection would not open the photos up) and insisted I could come up with a different idea to submit. Well, I'm not sure how neat the idea is, but it is different than what has been posted so far. I brainstormed several ideas, but in the end decided against them since there have been more entries the past day and several are a slightly similar concept to what I was thinking about doing.
I may well still make my own projects I thought about. . . . . I just can not enter them since it is one entry per person.

The entries are supposed to use clear glass ball ornaments, ribbon and beads. I did use all three items - and more !

I orginally was thinking about making a sort of topiary then after fiddling with several ideas and not having the exact craft supplies I needed and getting discouraged, this odd idea came to me:
a candle holder !

If you go to the Michael's facebook page, click on the Holiday Contest page, like it and accept the application you will be able to see the entries, including mine.
If you "like" my entry, it will help increase my chance to win a gift card for this weeks contest. If I win that, I will then be entered to win a crafting cruise !!!


large clear glass ball ornament

assorted ribbons

mini glass beads



white paper


clear drying white glue

acrylic craft paints


terra cotta flower pot and saucer


new pencil, unused eraser (for making polka dots)

Make sure the items you will be painting are clean and dry before you start.

Paint the clear glass ball ornament, flower pot, saucer and candle with acrylic craft paints. Let them dry well before brushing on a second coat of paint. You could also use spray paint. Apply a sealer if you wish.

Punch out snowflakes from white paper. Brush on clear drying glue, sprinkle with glitter, set aside to dry. If you have a die cut machine and a Xyron machine you could use them to make the glittery die cuts.

Spread the seed beads out in a thin layer on a paper plate. Brush a thick coat of clear drying glue onto the pot where you want the beads to stick then roll in the seed beads. You can sprinkle matching glitter on the seed beads while the glue is still wet to fill in around the beads if you'd like. Set aside to dry.

Once the ornament is dry, adhere glittered snowflakes, rhinestones and ribbons. Use a strong adhesive to glue into the flower pot.

Insert candle. The candle I used fit perfectly in the opening of my ornament; you may need to trim a candle to fit.

Thanks for looking - and liking my project on the Michael's facebook page =)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Veterans Day

November 11 is Veterans Day, a time to honor those who have served our nation.

 In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 as Armistice Day to commemorate the end of World War I. The end of the war happened at the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month, so that's why November 11 was chosen.

Congress changed the name to Veterans Day in 1954. Veterans Day, a legal holiday in the U.S., honors all who have served in the nation’s armed forces, whether they are living or dead.

Card recipe:
Die Cut With A View textured card
White card stock (looks vanilla!)
Real Red (Stampin' Up!) card stock
Folk Star punch, retired Stampin' Up!
Red, White, Blue glitters (unknown)
This is an old sample, inspired by one in a magazine several years ago that had glittery ornaments rather than stars. Super simple design I have used several times, for several occasions - just change up your images and colors !

Saturday, November 6, 2010

My Digital Studio - contest

Another post with no photograph - because I can't share my projects until after the contest I submitted them to ends !

Stampin' Up! is having a contest for United States and Canadian customers and demonstrators: create one card and two scrapbook pages using their papercrafting solution software, My Digital Studio. 10 winners will be picked, the winners each receive $400 worth of digital downloads !  Complete rules can be found at http://www.stampinup.com/

Now that I have finished the digital projects, it is time to get Thanksgiving cards done so I can move onto the Christmas cards. I can't believe it is a week into November already !!!!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Repurposing Coffee Cans

No photos with todays post since I don't have any to share. I've made several of the projects I mention below, but they were made years ago before I had a digital camera or thought about archiving my projects. Some of them turned out really cute - and they sold well at the elementary school Santa's workshop that I ran for many years.

A friend recently asked if I had any ideas for plastic coffee containers. I don't drink coffee so I don't have any on hand to experiment with. However years ago when I ran the holiday bazaar at the elementary school, we made numerous crafts out of the old tin type coffee cans that we had parents save for us.

NOTE: soak with vinegar and water to help remove the coffee smell before using them for your project.


Salt/cinders/sand/kitty litter in the coffee can to keep in your car or near the door of your home. These always sold well, especially since we painted them with snowmen.

Fill them with peanuts and decorate for the "Sports Nut", also sold well.

They can be used as a container to make a sort of "gift basket", depending on the size of can and items you want to fill it with. One of the most popular gift basket items we made was a "baking kit": decorate the can with decorative paper that has cupcakes, cookies, etc on it. Fill the can with a baking mix, hot mitt, wooden spoon, candy sprinkles, cupcake liners, etc - which can all be found at a dollar store.

Same idea as above, but using supplies for a gardener. I normally used flower pots for the container for this project, but you could use the empty coffee can - and drill holes through the bottom so the recipient could use it as a make shift fertilizer/seed spreader.

Movie night with popcorn, soda, movie gift certificates.

Use them to present any sort of food item in, homemade cookies, candies, etc.

Snowman Kit - scarf, etc for building a snowman, hot cocoa.

Fill with bird seed and decorate for the bird watcher.

Punch holes into them in a decorative design, paint for a luminaria.

Memory Can - use it to drop in little notes and such about your children, trips, etc


Catch alls anywhere in the house/garage/potting shed. Keep one by the washing machine to put things in that you find in pockets. Keep one in the kitchen to pour off fats into.

I've read these tips in magazines: keep them in the kitchen for vegetable peel scraps to carry out to the compost pile or clean egg shells to lay around plants to keep slugs away.

Drill holes through the bottom to attach them to a wood board, then attach the board to a wall to create cubby hole type storage.

Store extra toilet paper in for camping. Or worms to take fishing.

Store leftover paint in.

Perfect container to soak items in, such as greasy nuts and bolts or paintbrushes to be cleaned.

Store scraps in your craft room or art supplies for the children.

Drill a hole through the lid then drop your yarn into the base, thread up through the lid while working on a knit/crochet project

Store pet treats, supplies.

Store dried goods in your pantry.


Line up several on a piece of wood, drill through the bottom to attach it. Each can is a different point value (I used 4 cans, scoring 1-4 points) that the child tosses a bean bag into. For the outdoor summer play day, we filled the cans with water and they threw the fabric "water bombs" balls into the cans, they loved it - especially if the volunteer helper got wet, too!

Use three cans, with lids that have various size holes cut into them, to drop a clothespin into. Each lid has one hole in it, the smallest is slightly bigger than the clothespin, two others with larger holes. The smaller the hole, the higher the point value. The child would stand above the cans, looking straight down at the can slightly bent over, they hold the clothespin up near their nose and drop it, hoping to make it into the hole. They can choose whichever holes they want to drop them into, give them however many clothespins (the old round type) you wish.

Use them for a guessing game. Put in safe unbreakable items, one per can. Have children describe the item they are feeling for their classmates to guess what it is OR they can guess for themselves. Another version, punch tiny holes in the plastic lid for odors to escape then place smelly items inside for the kids to guess.

Lastly, if you've been saving coffee cans to use someday and find that you have more than you need, call your local schools, day care centers, library, Y, pet rescues, etc. to see if they could use them.

Also, do an online search: there are bound to be many more useful ideas posted online for reusing coffee cans.

Thanks for reading =)

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Pet Sympathy Cards - dogs

A friend recently lost their family pet. Always so sad ....

A good friend had to say goodbye to a long time family member as well earlier this year:

Both cards use the Bow Wow set (retired) from Stampin' Up! All other supplies are from Stampin' Up! as well except the yellow ribbon and scrap of designer paper on the first card.

I water colored the images on both cards with an aquapainter and classic inks.

Some portions of the images were cut out and popped up with dimensionals.

Some of the images were inked with a marker so I could omit parts of them to customize it.
For example, the stamp says DOG above the door, but I omitted that word to write in the pets name.

The second card is an easel card, instructions can be found at

Thanks for looking =)