Thursday, December 30, 2010

Burp Pads

Sorry I have been away so long it is a long story but I am back hope I can entice your interest.  Here are some pictures of some burp pads that I made as gifts.  My nurse is having a baby boy and I decided to make her four of them.  Then after I got them done I took them down to show some friends at bingo and got two seperate orders for four more.  I guess it does pay to show your goodies off!

Here they are, whoops I forgot the green one, will have to show that one next.  But the blue, orange and white are for my nurse plus the green one in the next picture.  The red one is for an extra order plus she liked the green one so much she wanted one just like it.  The other two the lady has not decided what she wants yet because the baby is not due till this spring.

Here is the green one.  I had a fat quarter that had these bears printed on the fabric and since I was going with the bear concept I thought this would be nice.  Everything on the burp pad is hand sewn except the black scallops fancy stiching on the inside boarder.  That is done with a cam on my sewing machine.  I ironed on each applique with fusable webbing then hand sewed around to create stitch marks.  Then after putting all my layers (3) together (there is a quilting material in the middle) I hand quilted around everything.  Some of the material is cotton fat quarters, others felt, flannel and the white is diaper flannel (hard to find in the store) so you can use white flannel instead.  Diaper flannel is a little thicker and I like it better. The edging on each I used matching seam binding.

This is my fav one of all.  The top picture is one side and the bottom picture is the other side of the burp pad as you can see from my first picture. The pictures are at the opposite ends so that when you place it over your sholder people standing behind you get to see the applique and the baby gets to lay her face on the smooth plain white side to burp on. Then it is reversed for the backside. The baby is going to be a girl and she is going to be born around valentines day so Clara wanted something red and with hearts.  I just love using the build-a-bear dies they cut out so nice and look so cute.  It was so quick and easy to do.  I need to get more clothing for them though. Hope you enjoyed let me know what you think.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Candle Gift Boxes

Sorry I have not been posting lately but been having computer from HELL problems.  Not fixed yet but is usable for the time being, I hope!  Thank goodness that blog sights do not get erased when your computer crashes. So this is what I have been doing lately.......

This is my granddaughter Mariah Elizabeth Smith, second on the left.  On the right is my daughter Stephanie's boyfiend Brian and his daughter Chelsie.  This was when Mariah was marching in the Sunfield parade last month in her home town.  She is my oldest granddaughter who is 14.

This project is done using two of the round large scallop die cuts using the big shot.  I made one for my sister Sandi's birthday gift in purple but lost the picture when my computer crashed, sorry Sandi I cannot show how pretty yours was with your extra surprise added to it.  Maybe you can send me a picture and I can add it later...hint, hint.  This was really fast and simple to make and a nice filler gift.  That is a jumbo candy bar inside for us women with our jumbo chocolate attacks.  With after all these computer problems I really need right now so after I took this picture mine went missing the second after!!!!!

This is my new project that I have been working on it is a small tea light candle gift box.  I got the idea from my sister Sandi's blog who got the directions  from "" week one by Carla Brasher.  Winter Post Christmas Candle Gift Set.  she has the complete directions for making the box.  It is very simple.  Here is the pink box set that I made.

This is the outside of the box closed

This view is showing the inside of the box and the candles.

Closer view of candles.  All I had were light lavender and medium cinnimon candles so don't be afraid to use colored candles. These are the light lavender ones.

Lavender box set

Side View

Top View

This one I used the big shot and punched out of a pop can the flower on the ribbon using the Sizzix Embosslits Simple Flower die.  Then I applied embossing powder to it.  I just love using metal.  The knot in the center is the jute from the tag brought up around the ribbon then through the center of the flower and tied in a knot to secure the hole thing tight.  When you want to open the box the ribbon just slides off the box.

This one was a fun one to make.  I tried using embossin powder on the candle and it worked great. I also made another metal small flower on the ribbon then added a small filigree brad on top.  Both of which I heat embossed by first stamping them in versa mark then adding the gold embossing powder and heat setting. You cannot tell here but the black DSP has gold strips on it.

View of the embossing on candle and metal on flower and tag.

My camera shot was not too good here, my over head light shined on the window sheet creating a glare so the candles do not show up.  But I used the Basic Brown ink on the tissue paper.  The flower in the center of the bow is from the Stitched Felt Sweet Pea flower set.

Another view but the camera did not pick up the brown on the cinnamon candles but you can see them regularly.
This box is not that large and would make a nice little gift with Christmas coming up, or a nice wedding gift or shower gift anytime.  So hope you give this a try, have fun.

PAPER:  Lavender Lave, Regal Rose, Perfect Plum, Bermuda Bay, Basic Black, Purely Pomegranate, Rose Red, Basic Brown
PUNCHES: Tag punch, Small Tag Punch, Small hand held hole punch
ACCESSORIES: Corduroy buttons- real red, Riligree Brads, Pop Can, Big Shot, Sizzix Embosslits Simple Flower Die, Stitched Felt Sweet Pea Flower, Sticky Strip, Tombo Glue, Ribbon Originals-Fairy Rale & Flirty, 3/8" Organdy Ribbon-Purple & Gold, Jute Rope, Thick Window Sheete, Cutter, Scorer, Heat Tool, Versa Mark, Embossing Powder, Wax Paper, Tissue Paper- vanilla or white

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Another Birthday Another Card

Richards Birthday Card
I made this birthday card for my brother Richard on his 68th birthday. Picture on the left is of the outside of card and picture on the right is of the inside of card. He got a nice laugh out of the King for a Day stamp and it went to his head of course but with him it does not take much. He was at my sister's Sandi's house when I gave it to him and she explained to him how we made our cards and he was really impressed with the process. He thought we just used kits all the time.  My sister has a really nice studio in her home and does such a super job. And of course I have to give her kudio's because she is my upline whom I signed up under (does the free advertising get me a free gift in the mail Sandi?).

PAPER: Whisper White, Basic Black, Real Red CS, Jackpot DSP
STAMPS: And Many Mowers, Card Games, Golden Oldies
INK: Basic Black
MARKERS: Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Handsome Hunter, Yoyo Yellow, Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, Blush Blossom, Mellow Moss
Accessories: Snail Adhessive

Sandi's Birthday Card
This is the outside of the birthday card I made for my sister Sandi. She really likes old antique looking things so I tried to do a rustic look for her. I used the Autumn Medows DSP here and I just love it and and colors in it. I put a pocket on the inside, as you will see in the next picture, but when I measured for the side score I though I would need more room for the depth on the tags so I used an one inch score.  A half or even a regular fold would do just fine instead.  The one inch was too big and would make it hard to mail so this needs to be adjusted if you copy my picture.

Inside Card
Here is what the inside looks like.

Inside Tags
Three inside tags for pocket.

PAPER: Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Really Rust, Taken With Teal, More Mustard CS, Autumn Medows DSP
INK: Chocolate Chip, Really Rust, Taken With Teal, More Mustard
STAMPS: So Many Scallops, Favorite Thoughts, Eastern Blooms, A Beautiful Thing, A Cause to Celebrate
PUNCHES and DIES : Scallope Circle, Border Scallop, Bag w/Scallops, 3/4" circle punch, 3/18" corner tag punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, Heart to Heart punch
ACCESSORIES: Fresh Favorites II buttons, Dimentionals, Brads, Hemp Cord, Snail Adhesive, Tombo Glue, Crystal Effects, Big Shot, Needle Piercer, Push Pad

Saturday, August 21, 2010


Here is a picture on the left of the outside of the birthday card I did for my grandson Isaac and on the right the inside of his card.  This will be his 8th birthday next weekend. Here is a little closer picture for you to see.

Closeup of outside of card. The wild about you tag is put on with dimensional. I hand drew the grass in myself. I like using animals on cards for kids and somehow they seamed just right for this card for Isaac.

PAPER:  River Rock, Kiwi Kiss, Bashful Blue, Whisper White CS and Porcelain Print DSP
INK:  Basic Black, Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue, Kiwi Kiss
MARKERS:  Not Quite Navy, Handsome Hunter, Chocolate Chip
PUNCHES:  Large Oval, Scallop Oval, Wide Oval
STAMPS:  Prehistoric Pals, Fox & Friends, Wild About You, Messages For Mom
ACCESSORIES:  Jute Rope, small heart brads, snail adhesive, large dots embossing plate, big shot, sponge, needle piercer, push pad, dimensional, spray water bottle.

Close up of the inside of the card.  What little boy does not like dino's and wild animals?  Two of my favorite combos.

Now this is the pencil holder that I made to go with Isaac's gift.  I got the idea from a past Stampin Success but the directions were no longer available so I had to wing it.  Not too bad for my first try. I am sure with school starting just around the corner he can use the extra pencils.

PAPER:  Bordering Blue, So Saffron, Real Red, Brushed Silver, Whisper White CS, and Cutie Pie DSP
STAMPS:  Elementary Essentials, Say It With Scallops
INK:  Basic Black
ACCESSORIES:  Harlequin Embossing Plate, Big Shot, 7 #3 pencils, Spiral punch, Square Scallop punch, Tag Corner Punch, Black jute Rope, Dimentionals, Snail Adhesive

Well hope you give these a try they were fun to make and am sure they will bring lots of smiles to those who receive them. Have a great day.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Stampin Studio

Stamping Table
Well I redid my livingroom and changed things around and this is what I came up with.  How do you like it?  I guess you can no longer call it a livingroom because it is 100% stamping USA.  I only have a tiny apartment so something has to go and that was a couch.  But who needs one when all I want to do is stamp anyways right?  So here is my table where I stamp and can have classes and seat up to four people at a time.

My Stash
This is what you see as you look to the left as you are setting behind my table.  It is all of my supplies.

Across From Table
This is what you see as you are setting at my table.  Of course I had to have some type of normal livng space here and a TV is a must for me while stamping. I have to have the background noise to create and as you can see I am an avid movie buff.  So here is a little site into my life as a stamper and you can see how I keep myself busy each day and having loads of fun.  Have a great day.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Pam's Birthday Gift

Kathleen and Pam November 1955

Well I have been a little lazy lately about posting but guess I will try to catch up.  Here is the gift that I made for my sister Pam for her birthday July 19th (the orange one on the left).  I liked it so much that I made a purple one for me also.  I tried something different with the flowers.  The flowers are silk flowers but they have a liquid finish on them that is suppose to make them look like china flowers and turn them super hard.  Of course the paper, stamps and ribbon are stampinup.  Oh ya, this is when Pam and I were five and four years old, so you go figure out our ages, because Pam keeps telling her family she is 24.  I think she needs to retake some math classes!!!!

Outside Pam's Birthday Card
This is the birthday card that I made to match for Pam's birthday. It is from the Sweet Pea DSP pack and I used Serene Sunflower, Organic Grace, A Touch of Nature, Friendship Blooms and It's Your Birthday stamp sets. I tried something different with the flowers.  First I stamped them. Then I colored them using the aqua pen and ink. Next I put micro beads in the center, then covered the entire flower with crystal effects and let dry overnight. This gave a very nice 3-D visual to the card and I applied them with pop dots.

Inside Pam's Card
This is a view of the inside of Pam's card and the original picture of us together before I enlarged it. I am not parshal to orange but it is Pam's favorate color so I have to use it once in a while but I do like it in this grouping.  I really like doing the flowers this way. It was time consuming but different and great for a visual effect on your card.

My Colors Birthday Card
Now this is my version or the same card but in my favorate colors purple and pink.

Friday, July 9, 2010


Well had to put this on after going to my sister Sandi's blog.  And she though her studio was messy, let me tell you girlfriend here is a mess....

Now this is what I call a mess Sandi. Well it is not always like this. I only have a small 500 sq foot apartment so space is limited but I am usually more organized then this.  I had a couple of girlfriends over the other night to play some cards and started to cleaned off my table and had nowhere else to put things so everything on the table went on the floor.





Now I will show you what it should look like, or should I say the best that I can do with the space that I am allowed.

Now things are kind of back to where they are suppose to be.  As you can see I have some stamp sets in the back here that need to still be mounted.  The stuff on the rocker on the right is my extra supplies and my baggies with my sponges in it. On the floor is my doctor bag full of all of my bigshot dies. On the hassock are the old in color card stock and the rest of my sizzlet dies.

Now I am ready to start on my card for my sister Pam's birthday card. Yes Sandi here is a sneek preview of Pam's photo in the background that I made for her July 19th birthday.  The purple and pink flowers that you see in the forground are for my photo frame when I get time to make for me to keep.  Now I just have to come up with an idea for a card to go with the photo frame.  I have the flowers already stamped setting  in front on the table.  I used crystal effects on them and the aqua pen. I will be showing you the finished products when done later.  So just wanted to show Sandi what a messy room really looks like.  Do I Win Sandi?

Saturday, June 26, 2010


I wish I could take credit for all of this card but I cased most of the front from  the May 2010 Stampin Success. I used some different stamps and different tag to change it a bit but loved the overall idea, thanks StampinUP.  But the inside was my idea, how do you like?  I like using tags and dimensionals.  The two tags and the balloons are cut with a sizzix die then applied to the card.

PAPER: Whisper White, River Rock, Blue Bayou CS, and Western Sky DSP
STAMPS: Wanted, In The Stars, Brono Buster, Everyday Flexible Phrases
DIES: Sizzix Sixxlets: Balloon Bunch and Tags, Scallop Combo
ACCESSORIES: Hemp Cord, Sponge, Snail Adhesive, Hodgepodge Hardware Silver Star Brad, Dimentionals, Blender Pen, Basic Black Journaler, Small Hole Punch for Tags.
INK: Blue Bayou, River Rock, Ruby Red, and Basic Black

This one I had done a while back and had a request for to repeat so if I have already put this on here please bear with me.  Picture on the left is of the outside of my card and on the rightly is of the inside of my card.

PAPER: Basic Black, Blue Bayou, Bashful Blue, Whisper White CS
STAMPS: All Holidays, Spring Pictogram's, Sweet Serendipity
PUNCHES: Large Oval, Scallop Oval
ACCESSORIES: Hodgepodge Hardware Antique Brass ribbon hinges and brads, Rub-On's "A Perfect Day", tape, snail adhesive, tombo glue, Bashful Blue 1/2" striped ribbon, dimentionals, basic black journaler, ruby red marker.

This card I made for a lady in my building who treated everyone in our building to a steak dinner/potluck this month. She did an awesome job and decided she needed a special card to compensate for her kind deeds. I did them in two different color combo's. This card was cased from the March 2010 Stampin Success. I changed it a little and added my own inside which is the center picture.

PAPER: Whisper White, Crushed Curry, Kiwi Kiss, Pink, Rich Razzleberry CS, Rella Rose and Razzle Berry Lemonade DSP
STAMPS: Kind & Caring Thoughts, Congrats, and Teeny Tiny Wishes
PUNCHES & DIES: Scallop Oval, Sizzix Eyelet Texturz Plate, 2 Step Bird Punch
ACCESSORIES: Paper Cutter, Distressing Tool from Cutter Kit, Dimentionals, Snail Adhesive, 2-Way Glue, Rich Razzleberry 1/2" Polka Dot Ribbon, Ceertainly Celery 5/8" Satin Ribbon, BigShot, Water Spritzer

Had my share of congratulations and birthdays this month.  This was for an order for a lady who's daughter had just graduated from nursing school. Simple and quick but fun to do.

STAMPS: Congrats, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Great Grads, In The Stars
PUNCHES: Scallop Circle, 1 3/8" Circle, 3/16" corner rounder, BigShot Circles Scallop #2

This card was for my special friend Clara who turned a happy "89".  She has a cat called "Miss Kitty" who is a gray tiger kitty so just had to do a cat card for her.  I really remembered her birthday but wanted to make a belated card since I do not have to many of them as samples.  I was tired of the simple rectangle size so decided to use my Carousel Notes, love scallopes.  Tried something new with how I attached the two cards together to open.  I used the  round tab punch, it worked great.

PAPER: Carousel Notes Cards & Envelopes,Whisper White and Basic Gray CS
INK:  Basic Black, Going Gray
STAMPS: C is for Cat
PUNCH: Sizzix Circle Scallop, Round Tab Punch
ACCESSORIES: Snail Adhesive, Certainly Celery & Blush Blossom marker, Mini Glue Dots, Sponge, Cutter


Finally my Joker birthday card, this one was so much fun.  I just love this stamp set. I used  the StampinUP Textured Cuts Wood Sheets on the back of the Jackpot DSP to make the cards.  They look so real.  This card was made for a friend of mine who I play cards with and though it would be just perfect for her.

PAPER: Jackpot DSP, Whisper White and Real Red CS
STAMPS:  Game Night, Card Gamesw, Birthday Banter, Whimsical Words
PUNCHES: 5/16" corner rounder
ACCESSORIES: Testure Cuts Wood Sheets, Paper Cutter, Dimentionals, Snail Adhesive, Markers, Real Red 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon.

Friday, June 11, 2010

More Crafts from Craft Sale

Large Magnetic/Clip/Chalk Boards
The top one is my game board using left over pieces from a Scrabble game and the Game Night DSP from StampinUP and the matching stamp set on the hanging chipboard tags. You can barely see the little note clip on the top left corner on the magnet side of the board.  That whole side of the canvas is a sheet of metal covered with the DS paper for your magnets.  I included three wooden magnets with every board, here I used three stars with Scrabble tiles spelling "GUM". At the bottom on the right side is the tray from the Scrabble game but instead of using it to put your letter on it is to put your chalk on. The bottom board is the same idea only using ducks.

The top one is for the pet lover.  You can see the clip on the top left corner a little clearer here it is holding a round tag.  At the bottom right corner I used an inverted wooden thimble to hold the chalk for this one. I painted the canvas with chalk paint first before starting my project.  This was before I found out that StampinUP had chalk vinyl for sale.

These are the three different sizes that I choose Large, Medium, and Small.  The medium and small sizes are just chalk boards and are a good size for handing on a door knob.

Back left jewelry packs (necklace-pin-earrings), gable boxes, wooden pencil holders, sliding matchbox decorative boxes, cloth pins, in front gift bags with card.

Here is some of my sister Pam's stuff that she did.  On the far left side which you can barely see are some gift bags, then some kitchen towels, purses and in the front on the right side are some bags within a bag for your purse.  It is for when you are in the store and you buy something and you forget your tote bag you have a bag inside your purse handy.

Pam's purse selection one of my rag purses on the very bottom and my applique sweatshirts on the bottom.

Well now that is the rest of my pictures hope you enjoyed seeing them let me know what you think.