Saturday, November 29, 2008

Winter Post

Are you getting tired of this set yet? I'm not. I had another one of those plain porcelain ornaments left that I had made a while back (see this post) I covered the last one with craft ink, but this one I wanted to cover with Baja Breeze and SU doesn't carry the craft pad in that color so I just used the classic ink. It took a few more layers, but it worked. I then covered the edges using gold Encore ink and stamped the images with it as well. When it was dry I sprayed on a light coat of acrylic sealer and then added my gold ribbon (SU retired) It really has that antique/vintage look, don't you think? I really should have bought more of those that day when they were on sale. Now the search begins to see if I can find more.

Hope you are having a great holiday weekend. Don't forget about the Holiday Extravaganza sale still going on through Monday, December 1. Supplies are limited do don't delay. The All In the Family Bundle and the Mission Embossable is already sold out. Just go to my Stampin'Up! web site and click on the SHOP NOW button to purchase or call me direct. Either way, but HURRY!



Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Turkey Day!

Good morning and Happy Turkey Day! We will be off soon to our family gathering. Every year is a little different, but always in the same location. The hunting club where my dad, my girls and I work during the summer and fall is the location of our dinner. You ask why it's a little different then? We just never know for sure who will be there. It usually is a collection of in-laws, out-laws and then the ones you are blood related to that you can't help if they show up. LOL I'm joking, well kinda. *grin*
I made a turkey, bread pudding and then Lindsay made a cheeses ball and pumpkin pie-ala-easy so we are good to go on our part. I didn't make rolls this year. I know, gasp! Mom said she'd take care of those so I hope no one is disappointed. About me not bringing them, not mom making them. LOL I'm just too funny today. Am I not? The holidays and family gatherings tend to do that to me. It's always best to keep your humor through things like this. *wink*

Really all kidding aside, I am thankful this day for so many things. A few of them are my hubby, who is the bestest guy you could find, my two wonderful extremely mature for their ages, daughters, my mom & dad, my sisters and even my brother-in-law (he took Carin off our hands didn't he?) ok, ok, I said all kidding aside, but I had to put that one in there. I do love my sisters and am very thankful for them. They are my best buds and I'd be very lonesome without them. I'm also thankful for all my friends I have, including my cyber friends who drop by now and then. I've very thankful for the joy of papercrafting as well. It truly is a blessing and I hope that with it I can be a blessing in return. Most of all I'm thankful for a God who loves me and died for me even though I am so undeserving.

Before I sign off and head out to our family gathering I wanted to share a little something I made this week.

I'm so thrilled with it and it will decorate our home this holiday season and remind me to be MERRY even when I don't feel like it. If you'd like more details please feel free to email me and I'll be glad to share.
Have a wonderful day and blessings to you all,

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

WOW! This is a sale you don't want to miss. Stampin'Up! has certainly out done themselves this time. Click HERE to see the awesome sale that begins today November 26 and runs through December 1 or while supplies last. Hurry don't delay. You can shop directly from my Stampin'Up! store. Just go to my Stampin'Up! website and click on the SHOP NOW button (top left right corner). Your order will be shipped directly to you from Stampin'Up! or you can contact me to place your order like always. Either way you won't want to miss this one.

And don't forget about the 20% off of Rub-ons sale still going on along with the Country Living Kit special.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

More Table Runner Info

Here's another picture of the table runner I showed you yesterday. For some reason I'm having a hard time getting good lighting. Oh yeah I forgot it's November and I live in Michigan. LOL Here's the details I promised. I used brown felt to make 16 pennants (SU's exclusive pennant die) The snowflakes are made from light blue (hard to see from the pic) and the large snowflake die from SU. I bought all the materials (or should I say my mom did? Thanks Mom!) from Har Jo's Ben Franklin. I love that store. I guess because it reminds me of the old fashioned 5 & dime. The small snowflake was a Sizzix die that my mom has had for several years. We glued it together using fabric glue and just so you know fabric glue can get old and very clumpy over time so it's best to use new glue to make it go faster. Don't ask how I know. LOL We used the large #2 scallop circle under the large snowflakes. You could sew this together if you wanted, but using fabric glue was pretty easy. Hope you like it. If you are interested in purchasing one of these or even the materials to make your own please feel free to contact me.

We're having a snow day here so maybe I'll be back later with something else to share.


Monday, November 24, 2008

A Snowy Monday

My mom and dad invited me over for breakfast this morning so Lindsay and I headed over with the intention of just staying a little while. Well I finally arrived home around 6:30 tonight. Long breakfast eh? This is what my mom and I ended up working on this very snowy Monday. Don't you love 'em?

I had this idea in my head the minute Shelli showed her apron at convention. My mind went to a table runner. Don't ask me why, but others must have been thinking the same thing because I've seen a couple of others make a table runner using material, but my mind went to felt. We used the exclusive SU pennant die for the base of the table runner. I'll post more info and see if I can get a better picture tomorrow in the daylight so you can see it a little better, but I just had to share this quick tonight.

Friday, November 21, 2008

A Winter Post

Good chilly morning! There's frost on the pumpkin this morning that's for sure. I have a couple of things to share this morning using my new Winter Post set. I wasn't going to get this set, but decided I deserved a treat. *grin* I purchased some of the vinyl that SU is now carrying that can be used in the Big Shot machine (or any die cute machine you may have) and used it to create the snowflakes on this jar. Isn't it cute? This was a jar that once had a candle in it and it was in my stash of "do something" with it. I added some of the Alpine Ribbon Originals ribbon, a SnowFlurries snowflake, an Antique Brass Build-a-Brad on top along with some Ski Slope DSP and then filled it with some red and white striped mints.
My Uncle Bob has been sick and in the hospital and I really needed to get a card out to him. I'm not sure if this is very masculine, but it gets the point across. I actually made this using up some of the odds and ends I had on my desk. I love to do that and it can really help get the creative juices going.
I guess that's all for now. Thanks for stopping by and feel free to leave a comment or two.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

It's a Country Living Christmas

Hi stampers, I finally got a little time play with my new Country Living Christmas stamp kit. Isn't this cute? The ornament, not the girl silly! (well the girl is cute, but that's a given) *wink* This was so easy to put together. I covered the chipboard with the die cut paper. Yes, you heard that right. No paper cutting whatsoever. Applied glue to the chipboard that was just punched out of the sheet and punched out the paper (like paper dolls punched out) and adhered it to the chipboard. So easy, easy peasy as they say. I can't wait to make more.

Oh the tree, you ask? I bought this little metal tree at IKEA. Have you ever been? This store is the most awesome store I've ever been to. We were at the one in Chicago last week and I was in total awe. They have one in Canton, Michigan and I NEED to go again. Anyone want to come? It was just the coolest.

Did you know if you order this kit from me I am offering a FREE class to you? I said FREE! Who can't afford FREE? Right? Call me to order your kit and sign up for the FREE class. Hurry! Time is running out to order and have them here before the class. I'm extending the pre-order until Monday, November 24, but hurry. Take a little time for yourself this holiday season. See my SU calendar for dates and times. Those don't work for you? Contact me and we can set up another time.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

It's a girl!

I finally had a reason to make this cute little card. I saw this idea at convention and just thought it was adorable, but really hadn't had a reason to make one. One of my customers just recently had a baby girl, (Ahhhhh!) so I went to work this morning. I've been trying to play catch up on so much and getting her gift to her was on my list for today. Isn't it just too cute. I made the scallop circle with the Sizzix Scallop #2 die. Did you know that this die will work with a lot of the other die cut machines out there. Call me today and order your die and you can make this card plus lots of other neat projects.

Speaking of catching up. Here is the pattern I had promised you a couple of weeks ago for the magazine box type card holder. Sorry it's taken me so long to post it. I actually had it done, but it was at the bottom of my "to do list" pile. Hopefully you can understand what I did here. Start with the size of each piece of cardstock and go from there. If you have any questions refer back to this post or drop me an email.



Tuesday, November 18, 2008

I'm so excited!

UPS just left my house and guess what he brought me? I got my Country Living Holiday Collection Stampin' Kit. You would not believe how much stuff is in this kit. So worth the price. And speaking of price did you know if you order the kit from me by this Friday, Nov. 21 I will be offering a FREE class to you with two different class dates of Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 3:00 or 7:00 pm or Saturday, Dec. 6 at 10:00 am. Hurry time is running out and you won't want to miss out on this FREE class. Remember I accept cash, check or credit cards (Visa, MasterCard and Discover)

Sorry about the glare on the picture. I'll be back tomorrow with some completed projects. You are just gonna love this kit, I promise.

A Diet Pepsi Ornament.....

you ask? Ok, maybe you didn't, but I just had to make one of these after seeing it on a blog a week or so ago. I can't remember where or I would give credit where credit was due. It's a wonderful idea. In the process of punching these out it also sharpens your punches. So you are actually accomplishing two things at once. (he-he) I added some of the pretties beads and used the stick pin from the kit as well. Yes, I actually used one of them puppies, believe it or not! So get drinking your DietPepsi or whatever kind of pop you drink and make yourself an original ornament. Even if it's Coke (my Coke friends know who they are and I like 'em just the same) *grin*

Hope you are having a great day!


Monday, November 17, 2008

No stampin' Monday

Hi stampers! Well I'm back from Chicago. We had a great time and I'll have some pics in a couple of days--have to get them from my sister. I just got home from taking Brookie to Baker College today. She has now officially applied and will be attending Baker come Sept. 2009. Yes, my baby will be in college next year. As we were driving home I was thinking it just didn't seem that long ago that I was driving her to and from pre-school. Time has gone so fast. "Oh mom, don't start to cry. I have to grow up." Yep those are the words of my baby. As a mom you know all those things, but it doesn't mean that you won't be sad about it. Then when we got home we found out that my sister had to have her cat put to sleep today. Stasch was such a good cat and so lovable. We'll miss you Staschie. So with all that being said, I feel a little sad today and don't have any stamping to share with you. Yes there are some days I just don't feel like stamping. Gasp! Thanks for your understanding. I'll try and be back tomorrow.


Friday, November 14, 2008

More Chritmas Classes

Holiday Gifts Class.

Would you like to cross some of the gifts off of your Christmas list? Then this is the class for you. We will be making holdiday gifts that all you will need to do is wrap and add the card if you can get yourself to give it away. *wink* I had a class like this a couple of years ago and it was very popular. I'm sure will be popular again so register early. Space will be limited.

Date: Saturday, November 29, 2008
Time: 11:00 am
Price: $20
A light lunch will be served.



I am offering by demand the ever popular stamp a stack Christmas card class. You will make 20 Christmas cards (envelopes included) 4 each of 5 designs. These will be nice embellished cards.

Class date: December 9
Time: 3:00 pm or 7:00 pm
Cost: $25 and if you place an order that night you will receive $5.00 off.

Light snacks provided


Thursday, November 13, 2008

A Lighted Gift

Hi stampers, as this is being posted I am in Chicago with my sisters for a girls get-a-way. Carin's church is taking a chartered bus for an over night shopping trip to the windy city. We've never been so we are looking forward to a great time. I'm sure I'll have lots to share when we get back.
This little box is really too stinkin' cute IRL. I discovered this at the $ General although it looked nothing like this when I bought it. It had some plastic red ribbon that was a little flat and the sides were just plain. I went to work and added some rub-ons and some Riding Hood Red ribbon. This little puppy lights up and really is too cute and the best part is it was only a dollar.
Hope you are having a great day!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Country Living Holiday Class

Country Living Promotion from Stampin'Up! and Renee

Kit Price: $49.95

You can view the kit and more details hereThe Holiday Collection Stampin' Kit includes the following products:
Holiday Collection stamp set (six stamps)
Four 12" x 12" sheets of die-cut chipboard
Eight 12" x 12" sheets of die-cut Designer Series paper (2 ea. of 4 double-sided designs)
Four 12" x 12" sheets of Designer Series paper (2 ea. of 2 double-sided designs)
Two 12" x 12" sheets of Whisper White card stock
25 yds. Silver Metallic cord
10 yds. 3/8" Whisper White taffeta ribbon
Pretties Kit brads (20)
Stampin' Dimensionals
Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter (1/2 oz.)
Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive
Riding Hood Red Classic Stampin' Spot
Old Olive Craft Stampin' Spot
Uninked Stampin' Spot
Whisper White Craft Ink refill

Pre-purchase the above kit and receive a FREE class to go with it. Offer valid only through Stampin'Up! demonstrator Renee Ondrajka. Order must be placed and paid for by November 20th. I accept cash, checks or credit cards. Class dates are as follows:

Class Dates
Tuesday Dec. 2 at 3:00 pm or 7:00 pm or
Saturday Dec. 6 at 10:00 am.
Light snacks provided

Call me to place your order. (989) 453-3267 or email me at

Christmas Treats

I have to say that I had so much fun creating this cute little box. Don't you just love it? Again I say there is just something about that Riding Hood Red and Pink Pirouette together. I think it feels sort of vintage Christmas maybe? Not sure, but I know I like it. This is one of the items we'll be making at my Christmas Gifts class. Wanna come? Look for details soon.

I've got to run. I just found out I need to go help my dad at the hunting lodge. Glad this is the last of it. I'll be back later with more I need to share before I head to Chicago early tomorrow morning.


Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Holiday Projects

I found a little time this morning to make a couple cards for the holder I showed you yesterday. What do you think? I just love the Pink Pirouette and Riding Hood Red colors together. How about you?

The snowflake was cut with the Sizzix Snowflake Die and I added a felt flurries snowflake to the center of it along with a rhinestone brad. The exclusive Top Note Die was used for the Bella Rose DSP piece. The words are from the All Holidays set and punched out with the new Wide Oval Punch and then I added a little Riding Hood Red satin ribbon. All supplies are Stampin'Up! of course.
On the other card I used the Holiday Treasures DSP, Season of Joy stamp set, Scallop Edge punch and Riding Hood Red grosgrain ribbon.
I'm still working on the box pattern. I'll get back to you a little later.

Monday, November 10, 2008

A Good Weekend

I know I'm a little late in posting today. I went with Lindsay to the Michigan Works office this morning so that she could up-date her resume and start to receive her unemployment. The pizzeria hasn't re-opened, but will soon, we hope, but until then she qualifies to draw unemployment compensation. Then I had to make a couple of stops. One was the Back Street quilt store and the other Har Jo's Ben Franklin. I had time to do a little Internet surfing on the weekend and came up with a project or two I would like to try. Of course I needed a couple things for those (contrary to popular belief I don't have everything in the crafting department) so I picked up those things that I needed and hopefully will be able to show you these projects in the next few days. I'm excited to get at these and then share them with you.
Frank and I celebrated our 22nd. anniversary this weekend so we spent some time just relaxing, watching TV and just hanging out together. Seems life gets so busy and we don't do enough of that. Friday night we did end up going to the movies. We saw Nights in Rodanthe. Great movie, but take a Kleenex or two.
Now to the stamping. Here is what I did accomplish on the weekend. I know it's not much, but it was fun to make. I saw this idea on several web sites and I'm in the process of making a pattern of my own to share how I did mine. Maybe I can post it tomorrow along with some cards to go into the box.
So that's just about it. Not an overly exciting weekend, but a good one just the same. Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, November 7, 2008

I'm back!

Wow 2 posts in one day. Wanted to get another in before we loose power. LOL I've been having fun making these stars/snowflakes or whatever you want to call them. I had tried a small one starting with a 3" square and then decided I wanted to make one using 6" squares. I had a pad of the DSP that is a Level 1 hostess choice so I didn't even need to cut my squares. I found this idea here. Monica has a great video to show you how. Give them a try and let me know by posting on your blog and linking back here or email me your design and I'll post it here on mine.

I'm off now. Frank and I are going to a movie tonight since our anniversary is tomorrow. We don't do things like this very often. He's usually not home from work very early and let's face it, I couldn't go to a late show. I'd be sleeping no matter how good it was. LOL He was sent home early from work today--something about parts not coming in for the tractor he was working on. UPS lost them. UPS didn't loose my SU order. It just arrived a few minutes ago. Now the choice, get ready to go or go through the box of goodies. Hmmmm let me think.........................


Just another non-electrical day!

I know some of you probably may think I'm making this up or that maybe I've done some time travel to the days when electricity wasn't so reliable, but really I haven't. Again yesterday we lost electricity. Yes, you read that right. From 9:30 am to 3:00 pm. Really have no reason as to why, but I did finally get someone at DTE to file a report about all the frequent outages we have here. Granted the barn issue was completely different, but if the wind blows a little we are out. We loose electricity at least a half dozen times a year. Yesterday was beautiful, sunny, no wind so I'm not sure what was up. Anyway, that is the reason for no post yesterday.

Here's what I have for you today. Easy pencil holders.
I found this idea over on Hannah Kost's blog. She has some great ideas on her blog so take a visit if you have the time. These are so quick and easy to make. I think a pack of these need to go to a special algebra tutor I know. She probably could use an extra pencil or two. *wink* Sometimes the most giving and gracious people we come in contact with are the teachers and para-professionals who work with our kids. They do a job that would not be my first choice as a profession. This para-professional puts up with the perfectionist daughter I have. I'm not sure if Brooke really needs the help in algebra or she likes the time she spends with the tutor. Thanks Mrs. K for your love of my child.
Have an "electrifying" day!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Another Faux Quilted Item

Can you tell I'm into faux quilting? I had found this idea over on SCS made by MichelleY and thought it was so cute and I needed to case it. I can't wait to make some more of these. Guess where you might be able to find some of these soon?
Well that's all for today. I have to go help my dad at the hunting lodge. The duck hunting season is winding down and for that I'm grateful. Not that I don't enjoy most of it, but it can be a little overwhelming when I have so many other "jobs" I do. Some pay and some don't. *wink* Hopefully I'll be back tomorrow with some more to share.
Have a blessed day!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

The Easy Kind of Quilting

As some of you know, I tried quilting once. I made a small wall quilt and it really satisfied my desire to quilt. It took me forever and since I'm a perfectionist, it really took me forever. And it wasn't perfect in the end anyway, so I haven't done any more quilting until today. Paper quilting is so much easier, well at least for some of us. LOL

The local quilt shop has asked me to make some ornaments for their tree and I finally had some time to start today. So what do you think? Leave me a comment and let me know. I've sent it to the quilt shop and I'm waiting on what they think. I made these using 4" round medium weight coasters (no I didn't steal them from a restaurant). I used the Holiday Treasures DSP and Felt Snow Flurries.


Happy Election Day!

That really doesn't sound right, now does it? Well whatever your vote, vote and make it count and move on. At least that's what I'm doing. I feel like we all need a new fresh start and to put away all the election/economy attitudes and BE HAPPY! And to be happy today I'm doing some stamping and creating for myself. I made this card just a few minutes ago
and I have to say I am so pleased with it. I used my Big Shot machine, Top Note Die and Sizzlets Birds and Blooms dies. Did I mention these dies are all exclusive to Stampin'Up!? Yep they are and I don't know how a person can live without them. At least that's what I told Frank. LOL I also used the lovely DSP Autumn Vine. Doesn't it just give you a warm and cozy feeling? Love them fall colors. The Happy Thanksgiving was from the Holidays and Wishes set and punched out with the new Wide Oval Punch. If you are interested in purchasing any of these products just give me a call or visit my web site and click on the shop now button on the top right-hand side.

Have a wonderful day and I'll see you later.



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