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Cruisin’ the Deep Blue Sea

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I am currently on a cruise ship!

I am sailing to Alaska on the Grand Princess!

I am sailing with my pretty large family – there are 26 of us!  My wonderful dad, siblings and spouses, and nieces and nephews, and of course my hubby and my youngest two girls!  We are quite the loud and overwhelming bunch!!

I have no computer with me so no posting this week but I’ll be back next week with some great new projects to share with you!!


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Candy Wrapper Gifts

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Best of Class Gifts-January 2013

My first “Best of” class is tomorrow evening and I LOVE treating those that sign-up for my classes to a thank-you gift.  I enjoyed making these medallions for the top of these candy wrapper boxes – here’s how I made them:

I took the new largest pop tops and flattened them a bit by rolling them through the Big Shot – did you know you can do that?!  Is there anything our Big Shots can’t do?! 🙂

I then created the 1″ circle inserts by stamping some images from the Collage Curios stamp set.  After adhering the inserts into the pop tops, I filled the center with Crystal Effects and allowed to dry.

I finished off the candy wrapper boxes by wrapping a strip of Tea for Two DSP around each one and attaching the pop tops to a scallop circle punch out.  Lastly, I added a piece of natural ribbon behind each medallion and attached with dimensionals.

I’m excited for the class tomorrow!!




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Nugget Jar Gifts

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My f riends and I sure had fun making these little cuties last night!  I’ve seen quite a few of these nugget holders out there in blogland but no Christmas versions.  What a cute little gift this will be – now I just have to decide who to give them to!!

Here is a step by step video  by Kay Kalthoff on how to make them for yourself.

Supplies used:

Stamps – Perfectly Preserved, More Merry Messages

Ink & Paper – Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green, Be of Good Cheer

Accessories – Big Shot & Cannery framelits, oval punch, baker’s twine






Gifts from the Heart

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Today it’s all about the homemade gifts! We all need a few little “gifts from the heart” this time of year. Whether it’s for your UPS man, your next door neighbours, coworkers, or your child’s teacher, start thinking about which gifts you’d like to make this year to show your appreciation!

Here are some samples for you to get your creative juices flowing:

These little cuties are easy to mass produce if you need several gifts.  It’s easy to cut many stockings at the same time with the stocking die and the Big Shot.  I cut several stockings from Real Red cardstock and Vellum cardstock.  I sewed up the edges, filled them with M&M candies and stapled them shut.  The stamp comes from the set “Tages Til Christmas”.


You know I’m all about the chocolate, so here is another nifty way to wrap it up for the holidays:

Here’s a few instructions to help you recreate this little package:

1.  Cut Gumball Green cardstock to 2 3/4″x 5″ .  Score lengthwise at 1/2″, 2 3/4″and 3″.

2.  Fold on all score lines; staple front tab up and adhere chocolate into matchbook.

3.  White cardstock front measures 1 3/4″x 2 1/2″ and DSP pieces measures 1 9/16″x 2 5/16″.  Decorate front cover as desired.  I used the Scentsational Season stamp set and matching framelits as well as the Tiny Tags stamp set.

Have a great weekend!!  TTFN!






Fun Advent Ideas

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 I have received some really nice feedback on the activity lists I posted yesterday – thank you!!!  I’m glad to hear so many of you were excited to see them!

Today I’m sharing different ways to present your 24 countdown to Christmas activities!  When you have decided on which activities you are going to do during December and have calendared them, it’s then time to decide how to display your advent.

There are many different ways and it’s only limited by your imagination and creativity!  Here are just a few ideas that came to my mind:

Use Christmas Tags!  I made this box to hold these 24 tags as an advent.  They are blank right now (because they are a gift for another family) but the idea is to number the tabs at the top from 1-24 and write the coresponding activity on the card.  Kids can read the activity for that day and then put the card at the back of the box.

The tags don’t have to go in a box!  Hang the tags across your mantle, hang them on a tree or just put them in a basket – again, the possibilities are endless.

Put the advent activities in envelopes!  I simply stamped 24 envelopes and Santa can keep a close eye on them with this painted box.  Or you could cut 24 Scallop Envelopes with the Big Shot and Bigz die or even use the Petite Pocket Bigz die. Number the envelopes and seal the activity inside.  A fun alternate activity with envelopes would be to hide them around the house and the children have to find the hidden activity envelopes!

Use small boxes to hold the advent activities.  Stampin’Up! has so many different cute dies for the Big Shot – you could make candy wrappers as shown here or make 24 petit purses – wouldn’t they be adorable hanging on a Christmas tree! You could line up 24 Fancy Favor boxes or even use the Holiday Stocking Bigz die and have 24 Christmas stockings as your advent!  Hanging on a line with clothes pins, these would be adorable!!

Make gingerbread men!  These little guys were so simple and fun to make – and do they ever smell terrific!!  I made them using this gingerbread playdough and attached little tag windows onto their tummies!  I loved using the playdough rather than regular gingerbread cookie dough because it was faster and cheaper to make, cleaner to use i.e. no flour dusting counter tops etc and no sticky fingers!!  I allowed them to dry for a couple of days and then attached the tags with our Tombo Multi-Adhesive.  The tags were cut using the Big Shot and Peekaboo Frames Bigz die.  Each tag is numbered and the activity is written on the inside.

The biggest thing I want you to keep in mind as you set out to incorporate advent activities into your schedule is that it is very possible and most likely that you won’t accomplish all the activities you schedule.  Please don’t think you’ve failed!!!  Even if you don’t get to all the activities you’ve planned, you still will have created some wonderful memories and enjoyed some family time – and that makes all the planning worth it!!

Have a wonderful weekend – TTFN!




Hostess Gift

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These boxes were the hostess gift and door prize at my workshop Monday night.  Made with the Fancy Favor Box die and filled with Hershey’s Kisses, they were a big hit!!

It’s easy to add a window to this box – just use any appropriate sized punch to cut a window from one of the panels before you assemble the box.  Adding a window sheet allows the box to be filled with little pieces.  I LOVE the simplicity our Big Shot dies provide while creating such unique projects.