Happy Thanksgiving!

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I love my punches. Look what I did here. I admit I got the idea from a swap, but changed it a bit for my taste. I used the 1" circle, 1 3/8" circle, large oval, 1/8" circle and Spring Flower Bouquet punches. Oh - I notched out the greeting layers with the 1/4" punch too. Background is Rough Texture wheel in Choc. Chip and edges are sponged. Cardstock is US White, More Mustard, Ruby Red, Really Rust, Always Artichoke and Only Orange. I markered in the black part of his eyes and used teh Creamy Caramel marker for the markings on his feathers.
Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!

December Stamp Camp

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My next Stamp Camp will be on Friday, Dec. 7th at 7:30pm. Here's one of the projects we'll be making - A Card Organizer! I love this idea. Write down each month's birthdays and then make the cards and keep them in the appropriate month's pocket. A great way to be prepared. Use year after year. We'll also be making a gift card holder and double pocket gift bag for only $12! RSVP with payment by 11/28. Hope to see you there!
Recipe: All through the Year, Alpha. Attitude Upper, all the In Colors CS and Ink plus So Saffron craft ink, double stitched grosgrain ribbon, Bind It All and computer printed months.

Free Stamp Set!

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How great is that? SU! sent their demos a free stamp set from the upcoming catalog to say how much they appreciate us! It's called Time Well Spent and is a Level 3 Hostess Set. It's a really cute set of 12 so you'll be seeing other images from it soon -I esp. love the heart. Anyway, I was so excited I had to make a card with it today. I used Tempting Turquoise and Groovy Guava CS and ink. The Guava flowers are done with the Three for You Punch and I used the white Signo gel pen for all the white dots. If you look closely you can see I pieced 2 punched scalloped squares together to make the rectangle. White and Turquoise grograin ribbon finish it off. Gotta love free stuff!

Dad's Bday Paint Can

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Here's the Paint Can/Pail I made for my Dad's Bday. Inside are his favorite cookies - tiny fudge tarts. This is a treat for him as no one else will make them. They're yummy but time consuming, so I don't make them very often. I actually picked up the pail at Staples a while back on their clearance rack. Ingredients for the pail are Brocade Background DSP, Choc. Chip CS, Vanilla CS, Choc. Chip ink, Close to Cocoa ink with sponge, twill tape, choc. chip grograin ribbon, brads, jumbo eyelets, tag punch (I folded the CS and didn't punch that side to make the tag) and Carte Postal stamp set. If you want the recipe for the tiny fudge tarts, shoot me an email. Enjoy!

The winner is...

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Scrapbook Mama! My son picked number 10. Get this - it was her birthday too! How funny is that. Well, congrats to Scrapbookmama - please send me the mailing address you'd like the magazine to go to! My next blog candy will be at 5000 hits - I think that's something to celebrate, don't you? So keep your eye on the counter and have your friends come visit me!

Star Box

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Here's a fun box for the holidays that pretty easy to make. You can find the tutorial for it here. I just changed the height to 4 1/2" so my measurement for height was 5 1/2". I used the Riveting stamp set in Real Red and Old Olive and punched the circles out and layered them on top of a red scalloped punch that I used the 1/16" punch to make holes in the scallops. Gold cord went through the top hole and tied around the ribbon. The clips were done with the scraps I had from other projects also using the Dashing DS paper. The little flower is from Season of Joy.

Paper Crafts Giveaway

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Paper Crafts is one of my favorite stamping magazines. My renewal notice came and I can give a gift subscription for free when I renew. So, if you'd like this great mag to come to your door, leave me a comment and tell me what you like/don't like about my blog (or any suggestions, hints, tips, etc.) and I'll have my son pick a random number (he loves to do this) on Wed. night in honor of my Dad's Bday. Good luck!

Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge

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I was able to squeeze in a sketch challenge this weekend. I was in a "purple" mood so I went with Elegant Eggplant, Lovely Lilac, Lavendar Lace, and White. Beate not only inspired me with her challenge, but with the set she used in her sample. (see Beate's Blog here) This is the So Much set I got for free at Regionals. I also used Eggplant grosgrain ribbon, a clear rhinestone brad and silver brads. I used my Coluzzle for the different sized circles and adhered the flower with dimensionals. I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out. Now see what you can come up with!

Chipboard Ornaments

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Chipboard - love the look, have some, but don't really use it much. So I was looking over the chipboard I do have and realized some of the pieces would make good ornaments. These 2 are from SU!'s On Board Blossoms and Basics. They take ink really well as you can see. All I did was rub them in my ink pads and use the coordinating marker to get the edges. (Garden Green and Ruby Red) You could also dip a sponge in the ink to cover any missed parts. Then I checked my bead stash and found some golden beads and red glass rocailles (I think they're also called seed beadds) that I adhered with Crystal Effects. I punched a red 1 1/4" circle for behind the wreath and and an Old Olive 5 star punch for the poinsettia leaves. Gold cord finishes them both - also adhered with CE. Now if I can find a cute picture of one of my kids, I'll put it in the wreath. These were fun. I plan on making more for little gifts. I think they'd be cute to attach to any hand delivered cards as well as on top of packages, gift bags - you get the idea. Enjoy!