Saturday, December 12, 2009

Punch Pieced Bear

Have you seen tear bears? I think they are so adorable, but way more work than I'm willing to put into them. So here's my version of the paper pieced bear using Stampin' Up! (R) punches.

Here's a photo of the pieces and punches used for the bear parts. All were punched from Creamy Carmel cardstock and sponged around the edges with Close to Cocoa Ink with a Sponge Dauber.

To make the cheeks just take 2, 1" circles and holding them together, snip off a little of the circles as shown.

Then when you put them together you'll have those two snips sides up against each other, as shown below.

To finish the bear, glue his cheeks onto the head and use a white gel pen to color in some eyes. Use Real Red ink and a sponge dauber to add color to his cheeks and ears. Use the fine black pen to add some stitching dots down his tummy, and some stitch marks for his fingers and toes, eyebrows and pupils. Color in a nose and give him a few whisker dots. Use a fine line Real red marker for a little smile.

The measurements of the cardstock pieces are as follows:

  1. Whisper White, 2 1/4 x 2 ", and a scrap.
  2. Soft Suede, 5 1/2 x 1 1/2" for card base, and 2 3/8 x 2 1/8"
  3. Real Red, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 " for card base, and 2 5/8 x 2 3/8'
  4. Striped pattern from Christmas Cocoa Specialty paper, 5 1/2 x 1 3/4"

Stamps are from the Hostess sets, Christmas Punch and Patterned Pines. Use a Stamp-a-ma-jig to center the greeting on the Whisper white piece. Stamp in Soft Suede. Stamp the same image on a piece of scrap paper in Real red. Cut out from the Real Red image the word Christmas, then adhere on top of the Soft Suede image.

Ink up the poinsettia image with Soft Suede, then using a blender pen, remove the ink from the flower. Use a Real Red Stampin Write marker to fill in the flower image. (Or just use two markers, but I don't have the In-Color Markers and the blender pen removal trick is a great trick to know) Stamp this image in 2 of the corners. ( I REALLY like the Soft Suede and Real Red together on this image!!)

Use a piece of Real Red Ribbon on the edge of the designer striped paper. I was going for a floor, chair rail and wall paper effect with my background (just in case that's not too evident).

Thanks for taking a look, and please leave me a comment if you enjoyed this little bear.

The Christmas Cocoa Specialty paper (#116770, $11.95) is only available until January 4th.

Have a great weekend!


Friday, December 11, 2009

Ho Ho Ho Wall Hanging

Don't you just LOVE those sparkly Ho Ho Ho chipboard? I've been wanting to make a wall hanging with them ever since I got them, but have never quite had the inspiration. I'm happy with the results. Do you like??
I used Glorious green (3, 5x5inch squares, round the corners), Gable Green (3, 4 5/8 x 4 5/8 inch squares, use the ticket corner punch), Real Red for the poinsettias (punch 2 5-petal flowers for each poinsettia), and Crushed Curry for the poinsettia centers (use the Boho Blossoms punch).
I used the Berry Christmas Stamp Set from the Holiday Mini Catalog (available only through January 4th, 2010), the Stampin Up Merry Details Sizzlit for the bird, and the Stampin Up Little Leaves Sizzlit for the poinsettia leaves (Glorious Green).
I hung the panels on the 5/8" Real Red Polka Dot grosgrain ribbon with Stampin Up silver brads and put silver brads in each corner.
The Ho Ho Ho On Board Chipboard are only available through January 4th as well...get em soon!
Thanks for looking!

Simple Star Card

Again, this card was created to enter a challenge over at Splitcoaststampers. The "limited supply" challenge asked you to create a card with a star and only ribbon as your embellishment and to keep the layers to a minimum. So here's mine...

The paper used was Soft Suede textured cardstock for the base and the stars were cut from Soft Suede, Crushed Curry, Mambo Melon, and Bermuda Bay. The stamp set used was Hello Again from the Stampin Up! 2009-10 Idea Book and Catalog. The ribbon is Soft Suede polka dot 1/2" grosgrain. I cheated on the stars, tag and star texture by using a cutting and embossing tool that is not Stampin' Up! But, honestly, it was kind of nice to get those out again today. I absolutely LOVE Stampn' Up! products, but do have tons of other stuff from my "before SU" days.
I borrowed the layout and color idea from the new Occasions Mini Catalog that comes out in January. The catalog has these darling little butterflies instead of my stars...can't wait to get that sizzlit. It cuts and embosses at the same time. So cute!!
Thanks for visiting!
12/14/2009 Oh my! I'm so excited, this card was chosen as a CAS (Clean and Simple) Favorite over at this week. Thank you!!! (I'm not sure exactly what that means, because I'm very new at SCS but I'm excited anyway!)

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Snowman Cocoa card! Too Cute!!

Are these too cute, or what?? This tutorial was sent to me from Tami White, Independent Stampin' Up! demonstrator. She sent out a Holiday Helper e-mail last week with this project and I think they are so adorable. I'm sending one to each of my niece and nephew for Christmas. Hope they enjoy. Tami's instructions said to use the scallop circle die cut for the Big Shot and I don't have that die, so I manipulated my digital cutting program to create this scalloped circle. It's about 2 1/2 inches wide. I was able to then punch the appropriate 1 3/4 inch SU circle punch for the window for the Sweet Treat Cups to fit through and again used the digital cutting machine to cut out 2 1/4 inch circles for the back so my marshmallows didn't fall out.
To create these, you just seal a Stampin Up Whisper White Medium envelope and then cut off 1 1/2 inches of one of the side ends. You use the part you cut off to apply your hat parts to and this will then slide over the large part of the envelope to act as the lid. When you crimp the envelope, it makes it smaller, so the part you cut off will have no problem sliding over the whole thing. The dimensions of the hat pieces are 2 x 3 3/4 inches and 1 1/2 x 4 3/8 inches. The eyes were made with Stampin Up 3/4" circle punch and 1/2" circle punches. Paper used was basic black, pumpkin pie, bashful blue, real red and glorious green. I also used a white gel pen, a Stampin Write black journal pen and Stampin Pastels (Real Red) and a Stampin Sponge to create the rosy cheeks.
The flower is the Stampin Up 5-petal flower punch, the leaves are Stampin Up Little Leaves Sizzlits die and the snow flake is from the Stampin Up Sizzlits 4 pack dies, Snowflakes set #2. The Stampin Up ribbon is the 3/4" Polka-dot grosgrain ribbon and the 1/4" Real Red grosgrain ribbon.
The stamped Merry Christmas image is from the Four the Holidays stamp set found in the Holiday Mini Catalog (good only until January 4th, 2010)
Please let me know if you have any questions about this project. I'm happy to provide more detail.
Thanks for looking!

Silent Night Inspired Christmas Card

I got another challenge done today...must be because I don't have any events I'm frantically working on. :( That's OK. I love this business and the flexibility it allows me.
Todays Splitcoaststampers Thursday challenge was to use a Christmas song to inspire your project. I decided just to add the song right to my card. I was inspired to do this by Tim Holtz. One of his 12 Tags of Christmas has some music on it. So here's my version...

I started by inking the edges of all my papers, my base card was Chocolate Chip, 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches folded in half and creased with a bone folder. Night Quite Navy, 5 1/8 x 3 7/8 inches, and Mellow Moss, 5 1/4 x 4 inches.

Then I stamped the tree row image from the Lovely as a Tree stamp set in Not Quite Navy ink along the bottom edge of the Not Quite Navy paper and the snowflake trio image from the Snow Swirled Stamp set (Holiday Mini Catalog). I found a copy of Silent Night in an old song book and printed it out on ink jet vellum paper, tor around the edges and then inked the whole thing, paying special attention to the edges with Creamy Caramel ink, using a Stampin Sponge. I also sponged Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint (LOVE this stuff) around the edges of both the music and the Mellow Moss cardstock layer. THEN...this is really fun, I spritzed the music and ALL my cardstock with some shimmer paint that I put in a little mister bottle with some rubbing alcohol. The ratio was about 20 to 1 alcohol to paint. It only takes a few drops of paint in this tiny little mister. Shake it up and spritz. I used my heat tool to dry the vellum music because my ink started to run, but you don't have to do that with the cardstock because the alcohol dries very quickly.
Isn't that pretty? I used a pencil to roll the vellum around to create the roll on the bottom edge.

Then I stamped the Peace On Earth image from the Four the Holidays (Holiday Mini) stamp set with Encore Gold ink on Very Vanilla cardstock and free hand cut out the banner shape. I inked the edges of the banner with gold ink. I used gold chord to wrap the Mellow Moss and Not Quite Navy layers and attached the music with gold brads. I stamped the snow flake trio again on Very Vanilla, cut out 2 of the images, and inked them with Not Quite Navy ink around the edges, layered and added a gold brad. I placed the snowflake cutout on top of the gold knot with a stampin dimensional. I used Mono Glue for a nice strong hold to glue the Peace On Earth banner to the vellum.
Thanks for taking a look! If you have any questions, please let me know!


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Just posted this at as my very first sketch challenge. I've tried to do these before, but just found myself getting distracted by other things. This is really good for me, though, as it forces me to create something of my own. I so often look for inspiration from others...because there's just so many very talented people out there!!
Anyway...this was created with all Stampin up supplies that you can purchase from my website.

Place an order of $50 on January 4th and choose this darling scallop trim border punch for free!

Cottage Wall designer series paper
Old Olive cardstock
Rich Razzleberry cardstock
Whisper White cardstock
Rich Razzleberry ribbon
Blender pen
Silver brads
Stampin' Dimensionals

Paper piecing measurements:
8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch piece of Rich Razzleberry
5 3/8 x 4 1/8 inch , Old Olive
5 1/4 x 4 inch, DSP old olive pattern
4 3/4 x 3 1/8 inch, Rich Razzleberry cs
1 1/4 x 2 7/8 inch, DSP striped pattern
2 3/4 x 2 7/8 inch, whisper white
1 3/8 x 3 inch, Old Olive
2 7/8 x 3 inch, Old Olive

Ink used: Soft suede, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Orchid Opulence, More Mustard

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Stampin' Up! demonstrator site and online store

Stampin' Up! demonstrator site and online store
Click on this link to view a video about joining my Stampin' Up! Team. To join, you will need to contact me for a password. This is an amazing opportunity and I am SO glad I have the chance to share it with you!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

This is a shameless scraplift from the Jenni Bowlin gallery on Her page is called peek. I thought her page was adorable and it immediately ispired me to make this page, which I also think is adorable. It's adorable because of that adorable boy who climbed up into the tomato plants and helped himself to the green tomatoes right off the vine.
The page was composed using Stampin Up stamps, ink, paper and punches. I also used Basic Grey paper, and I did some hand stiching after I poked holes with my Tim Holtz design ruler (love this ruler!!)

Prayer for faith

Ever feel like you don't know how to pray? The Bible has the answer. If I'm struggling in an area, I use my concordance to find scripture on the subject and then pray the words right from God's word. I find this really helps me focus and tune in to what God has to say to me as well as how I should be praying. I like to write down the scriptures then refer to them as I compose a prayer. I keep these in my prayer journal and refer to them often. This is an excellent way for me to devote (have devotions) each day.
Here's the prayer God gave me today from Hebrews 10:35-11:3:

Heavenly Father,
The universe was formed at your command. You made what is seen out of what was not seen. Lord, please grant us an abundance of this faith, that is, being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. For without this faith we know it is impossible to please you. We believe, Lord, that you exist and pray that you will reward us for seeking you. We are aliens and strangers here on earth waiting for your heavenly kingdom. Help us, Lord, to persevere, and turn our weakness into strength. We thank you, Father, for the examples of faithfulness that have gone on before us and pray that we, too, can be examples for those who come after us. We pray these things in Jesus' holy name. Amen.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Great Article

Shawn and I have been reading a lot of books lately, mostly on the subject of wealth, investing, building business, and other related topics. One of the books we're reading right now suggests that if you want to build a business and do not have the necessary communication skills, join a Toastmasters club. Well, I was curious if there was a Toastmasters club near Sidney, NE, where we're moving. While on the site, I happened upon a wonderfully written article entitled "The Art of Bookmanship" (quotes or underline for article titles?) by Katherine Meeks. It's in the December 2008 issue of the Toastmaster's magazine. Click on the title if you want to read the article, or look for it on the Toastmaster's site.
The article is filled with rich quotes and dead on comments about book reading. My hat is off to you, Katherine! Loved the article.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Our Big Dream

So we're moving from sunny southern California to Nebraska at the end of February. That's right, Nebraska. What's in Nebraska, you may ask? Wheat. Lots of wheat. My husband's family farm is also there and that's where we are going. Our business has all but dried up here and so we're taking refuge in a place where we'll never be kicked out. Now there's a plus!
We have been feasting on books written on organic farming, sustainable living, raising animals, investing, and business building. So that's our dream.

Friday, January 16, 2009

This Dream Du Jour set from Stampin Up is so beautiful. And I love the punched medallion done with a Fiskars border punch and a 2 3/4 inch square. Just punch all 4 sides of the square being careful to perfectly center each side before punching. The scalloped edge was done with a Stampin Up border punch. The ink I used for the border "ribbon" was Distress Ink, Walnut Stain. I was also able to incorperate one of the Embrace Life stamps as well (the little flower on the "ribbon")

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Digital Scrapbooking

So, as you may have noticed, my new blog heading is a digital scrapbook page. I have not ever done any digital scrapbooking, but I have had these Tim Holtz cd's for about a year now, and finally decided to do something with them. (I "paid" for it though, as Jackson completely destroyed any area of "neatness" in the house while I sat at the computer. His favorite thing to do is unload every "allowed" cupboard in the house. )
I love the distressed look and pretty much everything Tim Holtz does. Although I love his style, I'm finally coming to terms with the fact that it's not MY style, even though in the past I've tried to make it my style. You should check out his blog if you haven't yet. His Christmas tags are quite fun.
I still don't have any idea what my style is...perhaps I should call it eclectic.
Anyway, the attempt was fun and taught me that I have TONS to learn. I don't know if I'll keep at it until I'm more proficient or not, I prefer the more tactile crafting. In creating my new heading my fingers didn't even get sticky!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Refried Beans

My brother discussed with me how to make refried beans last weekend at a family get together and yesterday I tried it! We are having to conserve, conserve, conserve, so we're eating cheap and beans are cheap.
They were easy to make and yummy, too. I also attempted some Mexican rice as well. I think I sauted the rice too long, so I'll have to work on that recipe. But here's the recipe I used to make the refried beans.

2 lbs pinto beans
3 slices bacon
1 large sweet onion (Know what makes an onion sweet? Look for the ones that are "flat-ish")

Soak the beans overnight in lots of water. The next morning drain the beans and put them in a LARGE crock pot with the bacon and chopped onion. Cover everything with enough water to be about 2 inches above your beans. Turn the crock pot on high and go do your housework, or go to work, or read a book, or take a get the picture. 8 hours didn't seem to be enough, so when my crockpot ran that first cycle, I turned it on again. (Mine turns off after 8 hours) You want the beans to be SUPER soft.
When they are super soft, get out a large skillet and add 2-3 Tbs of some kind of fat. I used Crisco, my brother used bacon grease and butter. I WANTED to use lard to be really authentic, but my grocery store didn't have it and I didn't want to run all over town looking for lard.
Melt the grease and add about 1/2 the beans, mash and salt to taste. They dry up quickly, so use some of the juice from the pot to soften to the consistency you like.

We'll be eating refried beans with EVERYTHING for a few days....

Proverbs 11:25
A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Latest Scrapbooking Page

I love these photos of Jackson from last May. He is so expressive and adorable. These PJ's are some that I had saved from Schuyler, his 16 year old brother. The paper is Basic Grey and were some scraps that I wanted to use, so I made the paper pieced background before I chose the photos. The letter stickers are American Crafts. They were originally white; I painted them with acrylic paint and used the same paint to distress the edges of the background cardstock. I don't know the brand name of the tag stickers but I think they are adorable on this layout. The lamb and tags were made with Quickutz


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