November 3, 2008

We're Puzzled

Brett and I tried to complete a puzzle, for some fun family time, but after a few weeks we finally had to put it away unfinished.

I don't think I have ever had that happen! My mom and I always did puzzles together growing up and we always finished. But, this one just wasn't happening. There were about 100 pieces left and thy were all basically the exact same color. We just didn't have the gumption to finish.

Sad, I know. Oh well.

Maybe we'll conquer the next one!

Talk to you soon,

November 1, 2008

A Passion for Good Works

Aren't these so pretty? I obviously loved my top note die and some of the new stamp sets in this catalog! I never thought I'd get into the sillhouette stamp sets that came out but I really love them.

This set has the tall grass and the coneflower plus 2 sentiments. (Both shown). They can be used to make a quick, quick card as shown. They say "live with passion" and "good works are links in a chain of love". I love the passion one!

The card on the right has colored flowers. I used the sponge daubers and applied the ink onto the rubber with them. It allowed me to collor the image but not give it super defined lines like markers would.

I hope you enjoy them!
Have a great day!

Talk to you soon,

October 27, 2008

Top of the Branch

Here is a card using the Sizzix Top Note die and the Eastern Elegance stamp set. the sentiment is from Inspired by Nature. (I need to pull that set out!) I also used the jumbo eyelets. That is a big deal because I usually hoarde those eyelets but I actually used one!

To color this stamp I used my Stampin' Write markers and colored directly on the rubber. I also sponged around the top note die for some dimension. This card was so simple and would be good for beginning stamps or it could be dressed up by someone with a little more need for background stamping!

Talk to you soon,

October 25, 2008

You ought to be in pictures...

..or pictures ought to be in these!

I have had some wooden frames I bought at Michael's for $1 for far too long ago. During our hurricane craft time I made a couple of frames for the craft fair. I covered them with patterned paper and added some paper embelishments. These frames don't come with glass os I am not sure if they will sell or not but I sure thought they were cute.

What do you think? Can you think of something for these frames?

Talk to you soon,

October 23, 2008

Scallop Box tutorial

Welcome to my second tutorial! I am so excited that I actually took pictures! I want to show you how I made the box that I posted yesterday. It was very easy.

1. Using the small envelope die from Stampin' Up, cut out 4 envelopes.

2. Next, glue the flaps together on each of the 4 envelopes.
3. Glue the fouth envolope's flap to the first to make the square.

Tip: I must say that I love the Scotch multi surface adhesive for this project! It is some powerful stuff!

4. Glue the flaps that are sticking out down flat to the inside of the box.

5. Glue the unscalloped flaps together to create the bottom of the box. There will be a teeny hole in the middle of the bottom.

Tip: As you glue these flaps together be sure that the sides stay at right angles to each other or the box will be crooked.

6. Cut a 12" strip of designer paper about 1.5 inches thick. Wrap it arounnd the box

Tip: The ends of the paper will not meet each other. If you want, either cut 4 pieces, one for each side, just cover 3 sides, or create a decoration to cover where the paper doesn't meet.

Tip 2: Wrap your strip carefully so that it doesn't wind up uneven as shown in this picture.

7. Fold the scallped flaps down and glue them to the box, be sure to do this after you put on the patterned paper if you are using it.

8. Either leave it as an open box or create a handle as shown on the spider box!

Talk to you soon,

October 22, 2008

Creepy Spider Box

Look at this adorable basket! No complicated patterns, I promise. I used my Big Shot again. (I really do like that little machine...any one wanna buy my cuttlebug?)
Jenn had this spider web paper from the target dollar spot last year. She graciously let me cut into it! I filled the basket with some of that spider web stuff we can buy this time of year. I also glued a spider ring on the front of the basket so someone could be living in that web paper.

I cut the handle and put more paper on it and attached it with two silver brads.

Oh, you want to know how to make the box? Okay, I'll post another tutorial to show you!

Talk to you soon,

October 20, 2008

Fun Treat Bag Kit

Using my Big Shot and the top note die I created this little baggie topper. I made a kit of 12 toppers and bags that are decorated for a birthday. If someone buys it at the craft fair they would have to fill the bag and staple it to the topper. I thought it would be a fun idea for a mom to use for class treats. They were super easy to make.

The paper is from Current and is very thick patterned paper. It worked well for the topper. The circular happy birthday stamp is from "Happy For you" and it coordinates with the Hot Spots stamps set and the Stampin' Up circle punches.

Thanks for stopping by!

Talk to you soon,

October 18, 2008

Candy Corn Pouch

I saw the cutest little pouch full of candy in the Paper Crafts Magazine and knew I had to make some. It was so easy!

I thought I would make my very first picture tutorial!!! 1. The base piece of paper needs to be 4.25" by 11.5" (or so).
2. Score at 4", 5" and 9". You can adjust these numbers if you want it to be taller or wider.
3. Cut a piece of patterned paper 4.25 x 4" and adhere it to the first 4" section of your base paper.

4. Next, I cut a circle in the front of the pouch using a round die from my Nestabilities set. (I used the 5th circle out from the center.) I bought my nesties from The Crop Stop at a great price.

I used my Big Shot with both tabs down on the spacer platform to cut the circles.

Tip: I should have put the hole closer to the other side of the square, towards what will be the bottom of the pouch, closer to the scored line.

5. In order to make the black scallop ring around the hole I used the same circle die and a scallop die that fit on the outise of it.

It creates this scalloped ring.

6. Glue the ring around the rosie, I mean circle. :)
7. fold on all the scored lines.
8. Tie a ribbon around the flap.
9. Fill a clear pouch with candy, fold over the top and staple it to the pouch, under the ribbon.
10. Give to someone that needs a treat, not a trick!

Talk to you soon,

October 17, 2008

Fall box in a Bag

I didn't have much fall paper when the hurricane was coming and so I bought a stack of fall paper by "Me and My Big Ideas". There are some beautiful papers in it. I do love the quality of my Stampin' Up paper, it is thicker and double sided, but I didn't have any when it was time to get started making things for the craft show. We made A LOT of bags like this. I feel like this one needs something cute on the outside but don't have it there yet.

If you'd like instructions for these easy bags, you can find them in THIS POST
Hope you've had a wonderful week!

Talk to you soon,

October 15, 2008

Gift Card Pulls

So, Jenn and I thought something fun to make for our upcoming craft fair would be gift card holders. These are fun to made and are similar to the Trick or Treat pulls in the previous post. These are easy to make but the hardest part for me is coming up with something different for the outsides! Geez! It really mankes my creative juices get worked up. When you pull on the ribbon the inner paper comes up. There are two half circle slits that will hold a gift card inside.
Aren't the holiday ones great? I love the pink snowman. :)
Thanks for stopping by to look!

Talk to you soon,

October 13, 2008

Trick or Treat Pulls

These are candybar holders for Halloween. Jenn actually made these when she was here for the "hurrication". The black paper is a pocket for the candy bar. She used stamps from Michael's for the images. Aren't those witch shoes the cutest? She emobossed the buckles with gold using the versamarker and gold embossing powder. The ribbon goes lengthwise around the candybar and they comes out through the slot punch at the top and finally is tied. So, if you pull the ribbon know, the candy bar slides up.

They are super cute and easy to make. Decorating the outside is the hardest part! We also made these types of pulls as gift card holders. I'll show you those later!

Talk to you soon,

October 11, 2008

Cling Vinyl and a Cricut

Hello! Have you missed me? Sometimes my computer time is interrupted by real life! Ha, ha! But, I will try to post a few things! Stampin' Up now sells vinyl that can be used on walls, mirrors, cars, or anything really. It is called Decor Elements. To view the online catalog CLICK HERE. It is such a great product line. They have some of the cutest new holiday images and some great baby things that would be perfect for a baby room!

Sometimes though you want to use a phrase that you can't buy. In that case, you can buy the vinyl uncut. This vinvyl will go through the bigshot machine or you can use it in the cricut too. That is great so you can put up words that you want to.
The wall in the picuteres is our "cross wall". On our honeymoon Brett and I bought a cross in Santa Fe, NM (it is the large blue and white one on the bottom). We had also gotten two as wedding gifts. Since then, when we travel we like to buy a cross to add to our collection. This is a fun way to remember where we've gone. These crosses are from Costa Rica, Barcelona, San Antonio, Amarillo, and Illinois. We have also had friends give us crosses for different occasions. They all have a story. At one point I was thinking about them and just thinking that the cross completely represents the love of Christ. It reminds me that of Faith, Hope and Love, nothing is greater than Love (I Corinthians 13) and there is not greater love that that of Christ and that he gave up his life for me. So, I wanted to put the words Faith, Hope and Love on my cross wall.
My mom actually found these vinyl words on ebay. They go on so easily; they just rub on.

I will show you another picutre later of Brett and I applying phrase that I made in our bedroom. It is such and easy process.

Talk to you soon,

September 24, 2008

Cell Phone Popper

This is absolutely crazy! If I new how to imbed the video in my blog post I would! You have to see what these people did with their cell phones.

Cell Phone Video Link

If cell phones do this to corn, what does it do to my brain?

ETA: So, I did check out SNOPES before I posted this. I don't usually fall for crazy claims. SNOPES does have an article about cellphones cooking an egg and it is proven false. But, I didn't see anything about the popcorn. But, okay, I'll admit, I assume it is fake. But, how did they do it?

Talk to you soon,


September 20, 2008

Boo to You!

As Jenn and I started crafting, the first thing I wanted to make was a decoration I saw in the papercrafts magazine. It was really a quick and easy project.

Isn't it the cutest? I bought 3 clay pots and painted them black. I also bought a dowel, cut it in thirds and painted it back too. I bought some white wooden letters from Provo Craft that have small magnets ont he back. I didn't need magnets but those are the only small letters I could find. I painted them orange.

Next I cut 3 squares of gable green cardstock and spritzed them black ink. I cut glued the green paper to the stick with Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive. (I love that stuff). Next, I cut 3 squares of black paper and stamped the ghost image in white craft ink on two of them. Then, I glued the dry letters on the black paper. I put think foam dots between the black and green paper so that the back would stick to the green and so there would be room for the dowel in between. I also put some glue on the dowel so it would stick to the black paper. I stamped one more ghost on black and cut around it. I cut around a second piece to use as a mat behind the ghost. I put some wire in between the two pieces and glued to together. I stuck this ghost between the black and green paper on the "B" square.

Next I cut some floral foam and put it into the pots. I stuck the dowel in the foam. I coverd the foam with spanish moss. For the finishing touch I added some ribbon around the dowels. I love this project. It will be hard to sell at the craft fair. Do you think it will sell? Craft fairs are funny. I make a bunch of stuff totally not thinking it will sell. I've only done one, last year and it was a success. Jenn tells me I need to think positively. Okay, I will.

Talk to you soon,

September 19, 2008

Bring it on Ike - We're ready for you!

Well I told you that I had gone to Micheal's to get Hurricane supplies and so had Jenn. Before she lost power last Friday night she started crafting. She started before I did so I thought I'd show you some of her creations. I took these pictures on Monday when we went to clean out her fridge. This first picture is of the 3 garbage bags of food we had to throw away from her fridge and freezer. So sad. But, it is a good chance to get rid of the mystery condiments that probably need tossing anyway and a great time to clean that fridge!
First up is this "oh so cute" Christmas journal that she made. I loved it. She used the bella rose paper and a retired stamp set. It is just adorable.
Next she started in on Halloween. She and I are going to be in 3 craft fairs and so we have made a ton of these bags in a box. She made several Christmas ones too, I'll save those and just show off these cute Halloween ones. We found this paper and ribbon at Micheal's and she made the handle with the scallop circle punch and an inch circle punch.
Next us is the Halloween card. She got this stamp at Micheals and the ribbon too. She used all Stampin' Up! punches though. The inside shows the whole stamped image.
Finally, here is what we are doing, STILL. We have been crafting at my kitchen table since Jenn got here on Saturday. Although I really want her power to come on I am going to hate having her go home. :( It has been a ton of fun.

Talk to you soon,

September 17, 2008

Now you can Order Online!

Stampin' Up! made a very exciting launch this week... ONLINE ORDERING!
That means 24/7, anytime you want!!!Click HERE to start shopping!!!!!!

You can place your online orders from anywhere within the United States and have it shipped right to your door! It's so easy to get started:
Visit my demonstrator website at
Click on SHOP NOW in the top right corner.
Click on customer login to set up your own personal shopping account (be sure to save your password in a safe place).
Have fun shopping!

September 16, 2008

Hurricane Ike Update

Hello! I just wanted to send a post hurricane update from Houston. Things are really crazy here but Brett, Zoe and I are very blessed. We had minimal damage to the house. We lost some shingles, have some fence damage and our front 3 year old tree is leaning in a major way. We lost power at 8pm Friday night and we were surprised that we lost it so early. We had some pretty gusty winds early in the evening but we woke up at about 2:30 to crazy wind gusts and it was scary. It was raining but the rain wasn't as crazy as the wind. Zoe woke up at 4pm and she was scared. It was REALLY noisy.

So, the three of us slept in the guest bed (kind of slept). At 7am Zoe was hungry. We woke up to a cloudy, humid day but the day was calm. We were not sure what to do with ourselves. We thought about evacuating because we heard that we might not get power for 2 weeks. That was a scary thought. We took a drive to my school to check on my classroom. It is an outside room in a trailer and I was worried but it was fine. I don't even think it lost power! Geez. Our trip to the school was a little crazy. Since our neighborhood is new it was clean and there was some roof damage and a lot of fence damage but in areas with trees it was a different story. People lost trees, everything was a mess. We felt VERY lucky.

Miraculously our power came on Saturday night at 5pm. We immediately called some friends and invited them to come over. Bill and Jennifer headed right over with their two sons. They have been here since Saturday. It is nice to have them. We all get along really well and so we aren't having trouble. Jenn and I have been crafting and the guys have been skating and the kids are doing just great. We went yesterday to clean out her fridge. Her neighbor had a tree through his roof but they didn't have damage like that. Just a downed fence and they lost part of their tree.

Sunday, we had a little church service at home. We sang songs and read scripture and prayed. It was really great. When it was time to sing songs, Zoe chose the ABC song. Funny. We had lost power again Sunday morning but had it back again by 2 pm. *phew* Sunday night my friend Laurie came with her kids to sleep over. It was just so hot and it was hard to sleep in areas without power. Her husband stayed home though because people are worried about looters. It was great to have a housefull of people.

Friends around us have slowly been getting power back. Each neighborhood is a victory for us. There are still 1.5 million customers without power out of the 2.1 million. FEMA has set up 17 places people can pick up ice, water and military MRE's. Crazy. A "cold" front has moved in and it has made all the difference. It has been cool and breezy at night. In the daytime only in the mid 80's and this is so much better than what it has been and what is was Saturday and Sunday.

Today I saw a comment online to a news article and it made me mad. Someone said, "It is hard to have sympathy for people that were told to evacuate and didn't." Well, I just want to make it clear that in Houston, we were not told to evacuate. Only a few zip codes were to told evacuate. Most people did. I agree with the commentor that it is hard to feel sorry for those that didn't and were supposed to but keep in mind, the 4 million residents of the Houston area were told to stay. Most did. We are helping each other. Neighbors are meeting in the street and cooking breakfast, lunch and dinner for each other as their food threatens to spoil. Neighbors are helping each other cut down tree limbs, clear yards, and clear trees that are blocking streets. People are opening their homes to strangers so that people can have relief from the heat of Houston. Neighbors are powering their neighbor's refrigerators with their own generators. These aren't just stories on the news. This is what my friends are doing. So, that is my little rant. We didn't stay because we were stubborn. Geez.

But, I wanted to send this to everyone to let them know we are fine. So far I don't have school until Thursday but other districts are closed until Monday so we'll see. Lots of schools still don't have power and they are having trouble getting food for the cafeterias and gas for the busses. (The regular gas stations that are open have lines about 15 cars deep). So, I'm home. Feel free to email or comment to say "hi"! I'll post pictures of my creations when I get some photos taken and get them done.

September 12, 2008

Hunkerin' Down and My Husband Rocks

Hey ya'll! I know you didn't hear from me this week. Geez, I just dindn't make time to blog!

Well, I'm home today, school was called off because of hurricane Ike. It hasn't started yet. In Galveston the water has already come up over the sea wall and the end of the island that doesn't have a sea wall is flooding already. Crazy and the outer bands of the storm haven't even arrived!

We are at home. Brett (it is Friday and he does rock!) went to help our older neighbor with some plywood cutting. (They asked him to make "a" cut). Hey was there for over 2 hours and they got all of their windows coverd with plywood. No complaining from my man. That's why he's awesome.

We took everthing out of our backyard and put it in the garage and we are taking the screens off the windows so we don't have to replace them. We are expecting winds between 60-70 mph for 12 hours straight with gusts between 70-90 mph. I can't really imagine thatWe think the worst thing we'll experience will be losing power. Yuck. But, it is a lot better that what we are seeing on the news.

Okay so what did I do today? Well, I went out to get some hurricane supplies. At Michaels. Hee hee. I got some things to work on for the craft fairs coming up and I got Brett a model. He decided that he is going to start being crafty too. :) What a man.

So, maybe I'll made some wonderful things, until we lose electricity! So, this is us, home for the weekend.

Say a prayer for us in Texas! I'll keep you posed!