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December 2016

Just a Little Gift

I'm a retired first grade teacher.  I loved my job.  My last years I was blessed with a group of co-workers who were just the best.  We worked well together, planned together, supported each other.  Those were great years.  We still get together from time to time, but not nearly enough.  We do always gather at Mary Ellen's house around Christmas.  She is our decorator in the group and her house is always beautiful.  So, in a little while, I'm off to Mary Ellen's for lunch and an afternoon of Mexican Train.

We give each other small gifts each year.  This year I'm giving them each a journal. I'm hoping that they will fill them with things they are grateful for each day.  Did you know that gratitude makes you a happier person?  So I'm hoping that I'm really giving them happiness for 2017.  

Notebook 5

I love the way it turned out.  Each notebook measures 5 x 7.  I picked them up at Michaels a while ago.   They looked like this.

Notebook 1

I covered the notebooks using the Fancy Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper from the Holiday catalog.  Since the spine is black I left that alone.  My sheets measured 4 3/4 x 7.  I did use the Project Life Corner punch for the two corner on the outside. Adhere using Tear & Tape.  You need strong adhesive.  Take your time and be careful to look at all corners and sides.  Once it's down, it's down.  Cover the front and the back.

Notebook 4

This close up shows you the texture of the Fancy Frost Specialty paper.  It lends such an elegance to the project.  This paper is on sale now in our Year End Close Out Sale. Click to go there now!

Notebook 3

  • The ovals were made using the Stitched Shape Framelits.  Be patient.  They will be back mid January.  I used the largest two ovals.  The largest is Lost Lagoon. It's retired, but I wanted to use some of it up.  Some colors just live on in our hearts!  The inside oval is Whisper White.
  • The sentiment is from the Paisleys & Posies stamp set from the Holiday catalog. I trimmed the paper to fit the saying.  Put dimensionals in the center of the saying and glue dots along the ends.  That gives the saying a rounded look.
  • Use the Botanical Blooms stamp set and coordinating Botanical Builder Framelits to build the flowers.  Colors used were Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow (also retired), Old Olive, Whisper White, Basic Black, and Pink Pirouette.  Sponge everything.  I did use Crumb Cake ink to sponge the white flower.
  • To make your flowers a little 3 dimensional, press in the center with the wrong end of your paper piercer while it sits on the Stampin' Pierce Mat.  Adhere everything with glue and glue dots.

Notebook tag

The tag uses the Merry Tags Framelits.  I used the Gold Foil Sheets and Lost Lagoon. The center sentiment is from the stamp set Peaceful Pines.  It's punched out with the 1 1/4 inch circle punch.  Of course I used the gold thread from the Baker's Twine Trio Pack to tie it on.  It's also on sale at the Year End Close Out sale.

Notebook wrapped

So here is my gift all wrapped up.  I used the 6 x 17 Gusseted Cellophane Bag.  Place it in front of the pleats of the bag.  Tie it up with Lost Lagoon Silky Taffeta Ribbon (sorry, no longer available).

Notebook group

It was so much fun to make these.  I hope they will be used!  At any length, they are a gift of the heart for some very special friends.  I never win at Mexican Train, but who cares.  Have a wonderful day!  


Update.  We never got around to the game playing.  There was just too much talking and catching up.  I'm not sure we have mastered the art of the selfie.



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Birthday for Sammy

I have spent the last two days making 70 Christmas cards.  That's to add to cards I've already made and the 24 tennis cards I made for my husband.  They are now all addressed, stamped, and mailed.  I feel spent.  While this does feel good and I got to cross something off on my list, a BIG something, Sammy has a birthday tomorrow.  I had nothing.  Sammy is my brother in law.  You know that people with December birthdays get the short end.  Sammy, I tell you that you won't have your card on time, but I have thought about you for days.  A card is ready and hopefully I'll run it up to the Post Office as soon as I finish this post.  To be honest, I'm sure he does not look at my blog.  Here's the card.

Balloon bday 1

I used some new product coming out January 4th in the brand new Occasions catalog.  You're going to love it!!!!!!!

  • The card base is Mint Macaron card stock cut 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, score at 4 1/4, and fold.
  • The next layer is Smoky Slate card stock cut 4 x 5 1/4.  Do you see the texture?  It's a new folder called the Hexagon Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  That's a mouth full, but it earns its name.  I don't have a really great reason to use this except I have it and you need to see it.  Love the texture!

Balloon bday 2

  • The clouds are cut from Whisper White card stock using the new Up & Away Thinlit Dies.  They coordinate with the Lift Me Up stamp set.  It's a bundle!!!!!  So I couldn't stop myself.  The clouds have also been sent through the Big Shot with the Hexagon folder.  Does it make them look fluffier?
  • The hot air balloon uses the Up & Away thinlits.  There are pieces you can cut to fit on the back of the balloon to fill it in.  I used Daffodil Delight, Peekaboo Peach, Night of Navy, Pool Party, and Basic Gray card stocks.  It's a lot of fun.
  • The sentiment is on a white oval cut using the Stitched Shape framelits.  These are not orderable right now, but they will be available again later in January.  The words are from the stamp set Balloon Adventure.  It's stamped in Smoky Slate.

Balloon bday 3

The sentiment here is from Balloon Adventures.  I did color in the words with the new Watercolor Pencils.  Use the Blender Pen to smooth out the color.  Now for confession.  Do you ever get a little line on your work because you got ink on the edge of your block?  Sometimes, I forget to check on that.  That's why we have a cute little balloon on the inside of the card.  We can fix our mistakes!  The stamp is from Lift Me Up and the Up & Away thinlits.

Balloon bday 4

Thanks for coming by today.  I'm off to the Post Office again.  It's a good thing I live really close!  Happy Birthday, Sammy.  Your card will be late, but it's in the mail!


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Never Lose a Framelit or Thinlit Again!

Twila brought me a gift at class last week.  She was surprised I had not seen this, but I haven't.  I thought that if it was new to me, maybe you haven't seen it either.  Do you know the lovely tree framelit in the Santa's Sleigh bundle?  I just love that tree.  Mine has disappeared.  Gone.  It's been gone for over a month.  I'm afraid it might have gone out with the trash.  Wouldn't you think that I would lose one the teeny tiny framelits?  No.  So here is the answer.

Magnetic 1

This is a magnetic tray!  I think Twila picked it up at the Advance Auto Parts.  This one measures about 5 1/2 x 9 1/2.  It sits on two rubber magnetic feet.  As I work, I just put my framelits in there and they are going nowhere.  It's a strong magnet.  The box says that it is stainless steel construction, ideal for storing small parts,  magnetic base allows the tray to be used vertically and upside down.  The rubber coated magnetic base is scratch resistant.  Here is a picture of the box.

Magnetic 3

This is certainly an affordable alternative to replacing a framelit set for one piece!  It now has a special place on my work table.  It's great for anything metal!

Magnetic 4

Thank you Twila.  You are a life saver!  Maybe you need a magnetic tray in your craft area!  Thanks for looking at my blog today.  Hope you'll come back.


Peace Be with You Revisited (Red Bird)

I couldn't let it go.  I loved my red bird card so much.  I posted this last week.  You can see it here, but I'm just going to go ahead and add the picture anyway.  Go to the link for directions.

Red bird 1

I kept thinking that this little bird needed a friend.  The Birds & Blooms Thinlits have another bird that is just perfect.  here is the companion card I made.

Red bird frame 5

The measurements for this card are the same as the red bird.  These two cards made me so happy that I just couldn't stop.  Wouldn't they look great in a frame.  I had to adjust the measurements a little to fit in the frame, but just look!

Red bird frame 4

Here are the two inserts before I put them in the frames.  You know glass glares and it's hard to get a good picture.  They are so cute together.  It makes me smile!  Here are the frames.

Red bird frame 3

Best Bird Frame 1

Best bird frame 2

The frames are from Ikea.  The inside measurements are 5 x 7 or just a tad smaller.  I used the Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper.  The first layer is 5 x 7.  The Whisper White layer is 4 x 6.  Cherry Cobbler card stock makes up the next layer cut at 3 1/4 x 5 1/4.  Floral Boutique makes the middle layer and measures 3 x 5.  Refer to the earlier post for most of the other directions.  I did make the brown bird two times, first in Soft Suede and then in Early Espresso.  For the suede, leave in all of the pieces. Then layer on the espresso with the pieces out.  I just thought it needed that.

I hope you enjoyed my frames today.  Have a wonderful rest of the day and thanks for stopping by today!

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A Little Sneak Peek!

Good stamping times are coming right about the time a new year begins.  A new Occasions catalog and Sale-a-Bration are exciting times, something stampers anticipate almost as much as the appearance of that jolly man in red.  But, let's not wish the holidays away.  A little sneak peek might be a good thing, though.

My Southern Belles local group met on Tuesday to talk about the things to come and share our swaps.  My swap was inspired by Bruno Bertucci and features a new free item Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper.  You will want this!


  • Start with a card base of Rich Razzleberry measuring 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4, and folded.
  • The Sweet Sugarplum layer is cut 3 3/4 x 5.
  • The Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper measures 3 5/8 x 4 7/8.  I just love a little thin line of color.
  • A frame of Rich Razzleberry is made using the Layering Squares framelits.  Also cut a square from the Inside the Lines paper that can layer under the frame.
  • Did you know that the Occasions catalog has a brand new product!  Well, several, but I'm talking about the Watercolor Pencils.  Oh, we are blessed!  Color in the square of patterned paper.  Use a Blender Pen to smooth everything out and intensify the color.  Mount all of this on dimensionals and adhere to the card.
  • The Flourish Thinlit dies were used to add a little more interest.  The leaves are Old Olive and the other sprig is Sweet Sugarplum.
  • Another new set called All Things Thanks was used for the sentiment on front. Stampin' Up! gave us this set at OnStage recently!  Stamp it in Rich Razzleberry and use the Classic Label punch to punch it out.  Adhere to the corner of the frame.


Here's the inside.  It's from another new set called Birthday Blast.  The little curlies at the bottom are from the Tin of Cards stamp set.


I also want to show how different these cards can look since I used different parts of the designer paper.


Is the anticipation just too much?  Did you know that I can get all these wonderful items early because I'm a Stampin' Up! demonstrator?  Contact me.  I can help you become one too!  You don't have to wait, except for the UPS delivery.  You know, this could even be a Christmas present!

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