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December 25 – SFYTT

Another week has just flown by.  My parents were able to fly back from Reno after a few delays due to tornadoes that touched down in NW IL on Monday.  My sister went home after spending a week with us, as did my parents dog.  I got a lot of my Thanksgiving cooking done early in the week and then sent it home with my Mom on Tuesday.  Wednesday was spent as a pajama day for Evan and I did some cleaning around the house.  Thanksgiving flew by and we spent yesterday buying our first fresh Christmas tree.  We have always put up a fake tree, but the tree that we have is so large and full that it takes up a good deal of space in our living room.  I’ve looked at getting a tall slender tree, but the price point is just higher than I’d like right now, so a fresh tree and a stand was in our future.  We got the tree up and the lights on and then found out Colin was running a fever so I left to pick up chicken noodle soup and sprite for him.  This morning I’m calling the pediatrician as soon as they open and getting him in.  He just got over strep throat, but is displaying all of the symptoms of it again.  I hear that there is an really resistant strain going around right now.

I did get a chance to make one card and I didn’t do a lick of stamping on it.  I still have a good deal of a Christmas Jingle Simply Scrappin’ Kit left from last year.  I started with a Real Red card stock base and then layered Very Vanilla with some of the dsp from the kit.  The dsp was sponged with Old Olive ink and then I added faux stitching with the mat pack and a Chocolate Chip stampin’ write marker.  I added some more dsp with a Chocolate Chip base and then added my Real Red polka dot ribbon over it, reversing it to hide the Polka dots.  The rest of the elements are die cuts from the kit.  I did add a few neutral and bright buttons with hemp twine.  That was about the extent of any stamping I got done this week.

Here is the sketch that Jen provided for us this week. If you need further inspiration please check out the fabulous samples from the rest of the Sketch for You to Try sisters:
Jen del Muro and the Designer of the Month
Amber Hight
Amy Rohl
Amy Sheffer
Leigh O’Brien
Megan Lock
Susan Liles
Kelly Lunceford
Sonja Chirstoph
Jodi Collins
Carole Burrage *taking time off*

I hope you have a great weekend!


Fill the Season with Smiles – SFYTT

I can’t believe that it is Saturday again and that today we are celebrating Evan’s 5th birthday with his friends. He invited his entire preschool class of 30, plus a few kids from the neighborhood. We are going to our local gynmastics place and they run the kids ragged for an hour and then we get 30 minutes to eat cake and pass out party favors. I’ve told Evan that we will not have enough time to open presents there so hopefully he will listen to me.  There is no option to go over your time since we have the 1st party spot of the day and another one will follow right after us.  After bringing the presents home I hope to write out the Thank You notes as he opens them.  I love multi-tasking!  I’ll let you know how that goes. My bet is that Evan rips everything open as fast as he can and I won’t see who gave him which gift.

So today for Jen’s Sketch for You to Try, I did vary the sketch a little bit.  I turned it on it’s side and didn’t quite do the top element like she had it, but hopefully you’ll be so wow’d by the interactive slider card you won’t care.  I used a 12 X 5 1/2 piece of Real Red card stock to make the base.  I just did a google search and found many places for instructions online. It was really easy to make with elements from the retired Simply Scrappin’ Kit – Christmas Jingle.  I did minimal stamping with Delightful Decorations in Whisper White along the right side of the card.

Here is what happens when you pull the ribbon tab on the right.  It pulls open on both sides to reveal your Christmas message.  The sliding mechanism is helped out by adding a strip of a sandwich bag. I hope this card makes it until the holidays since Evan has taken such a liking to it and is constantly opening and closing it.

If you need more inspiration please check out the rest of the Sketch for You to Try Sisters:

Jen del Muro and the Designer of the Month
Amber Hight
Amy Rohl
Amy Sheffer
Leigh O’Brien *taking time off*
Megan Lock
Susan Liles
Kelly Lunceford *taking time off*
Sonja Chirstoph
Jodi Collins
Carole Burrage *taking time off*

Well I am off to pick up a cake, stuff 25 mini buckets with goodies and go to Evan’s party.  I just hope I remember everything – matches especially.  I forgot them for Colin’s party and he had to pretend to blowout the candles.

Merry Christmas Kid – SUO Challenge 4

ETA: I downloaded a trial version of the software I was using so I uploaded a new larger photo. Yesterday as I was trying to edit my photos  for this week’s blog posts the computer crashed and I lost my registration for my photo editing software.  Roger is going to try to get it all up and working again for me.  I had purchased the 2 years of free downloads instead of buying the boxed software.  That was 5 years ago and now I can’t get another registration key without buying the newest version out there.  I do have GIMP on the computer but I’m not very proficient with it.  I think you can click on the image to see a larger version.

This is the 4th SUO Challenge.  You can find all of the information here along with the Top 3 from Challenge 3.  This challenge is to use the new Waffle Paper, Fabric or if you don’t have any make a project with a fun ribbon treatment.  I was lucky enough to get some waffle paper from a fellow DT member.  Thanks Deb!  She sent me some Silver and Gold waffle paper and I used the silver to make the ruffle at the bottom of my card.  I used one of Jen’s Sketch for You to Try sketches from the beginning of the month.

The base is Old Olive and the edges were sponged with Old Olive ink.  I then layered Cherry Cobbler with Newsprint dsp that I had sponged with Crumb Cake ink along the edges.  I then stamped the All Holidays sentiment across the Old Olive strip in Old Olive ink and then added the paper piercing.  I pleated the silver Waffle paper to make the ruffled edge and then attached a strip of Cherry Cobbler to the back.  The main image panel is Cherry Cobbler and Crumb Cake.  I used Whisper White, Blushing Bride, Not Quite Navy, Chocolate Chip and Always Artichoke to watercolor it in with an AquaPainter.  The Whisper White was sponged and I used a Blender Pen to paint it on.  I added a Neutrals brad with natural hemp twine to finish it all off.

Today I am off to volunteer in the school library again.  It’s hopefully going to quiet down here again soon.  We had another Aussie for a night before I could finish his transport north.  Cookie is going to be adopted on Thursday and it will be just the 4 of us, Bandit and the 2 cats.  I’m hoping that will give me more time to stamp.

Peace Love Joy Notebook – SFYTT

It’s Dynamo Soccer Tournament weekend here in our house. Colin has 2 games today and could have more this weekend depending on how they do today.  We couldn’t have asked for a nicer weekend for the tournament.   It’s supposed to be sunny and in the low to mid 70’s.

Today I decided to be different and I used Jen’s sketch for a little Christmas notebook.  I had 6 X 6 chipboard covers and some left over coil binding from the notebooks I made last week.  I’ve had a lot of fun playing with the Cinch and I’m sure I’m going to be using it to make more projects to give away as Christmas presents.  I got mine from Taylored Expressions.  This one will probably go to one of the boys teachers this year.

Here is the sketch that Jen provided for us:
Along with the Cinch chipboard covers I used retired Merry Moments dsp from Stampin’ Up!  The colors in the paper are Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Old Olive, Garden Green and Very Vanilla so I stuck to that for my project.  I also used Nestabilities to cut out the largest oval.  It’s embossed and sponged with Antique Linen distress ink from Tim Holtz.  I then used Peaceful Wishes (retired), Delightful Decorations and All Holidays.  The Alpine Originals Felt ribbon is some of my favorite.  I created a bow and then sewed it together because it’s so thick.  I then added a Stampin’ Up! Neutrals button with Pure Poppy Twine from Papertrey Ink.  To make the ornaments appear to be hanging from the tree I used Silver cording and then poked 2 holes with the paper piercer and then tied it off in back of the oval.  There are also half pearls and a rhinestone to pull it all together.

I hope you have a chance to play along with us this week.  If you need more inspiration please check out the fabulous Sketch for You to Try Sisters:
Jen del Muro and the Designer of the Month Lesa Smaligo
Amber Hight
Amy Rohl
Amy Sheffer
Megan Lock
Susan Liles
Kelly Lunceford
Sonja Chirstoph
Jodi Collins
Carole Burrage

It’s time to eat a hearty breakfast and head out to the soccer fields.  I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

Supplies: Stampin’ Up! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Peaceful Wishes, Delightful Decorations, All Holidays
Paper: Merry Moments dsp, Chocolate Chip, Garden Green, Very Vanilla
Ink: Old Olive, Real Red, Antique Linen Distress ink from Tim Holtz
Accessories: the Cinch machine, 3/4″ coil binding and Chipboard covers, Ornament Punch, Dimensionals, rhinestone, half pearls, Alpine Originals Felt Ribbon, Neutrals Button, Pure Poppy Twine from Papertrey ink, Tombow Multi Adhesive, Big Shot, Nestabilities

Berry Christmas Tag Box

This week is going to be super busy and it’s only more complicated by the fact that Evan is sick with a sinus infection. I’m prepping not only for the Tour de Freaks this weekend, but also for a 12 hour Crop Til You Drop Relay for Life Fundraising Event. Luckily for you I have my projects from the Cincinnati Regionals to share with you.

This was 1 of two 3D projects we put together. It’s a Berry Merry Gift Tag Box and I now have to get the Bitty Box and Envelope die because I just adore this project. The box holds 5 darling gift tags featuring the cute bird and sentiment from Berry Christmas. The box also has the branch from the set stamped onto it.

To make this box and tags:

Bashful Blue 2 X 1 5/8″
Whisper White (2) 2 X 1 3/8″ and (5) 2 X 1 5/8″
Real Red textured card stock 5 3/4 X 8

Steps for tags:
1. Stamp bird image on 5 Whisper White tags in Bashful Blue and Certainly Celery. Ink “Merry” part of sentiment with Soft Suede and stamp on tags.
2. Punch hole with paper piercer and add silver brad. Attach Real Red Polka Dot ribbon to the back of tags.

Steps for box:
1. Die cut box from Real Red textured card stock and assemble.
2. Tie ribbon on box and secure with linen thread.
3. Stamp bird in Real Red, branch in Soft Suede and sentiment in Bashful Blue.
4. Stamp leaves in Certainly Celery on Whisper White and cut out. Attach to branch image.
5. Attach Whisper White layer to Bashful Blue and then to box with dimensionals.

Isn’t this box adorable. It would make a very fun stocking stuffer if you put money or candy inside of it instead of the tags.

Well I hope you are having a good week. Evan seems to be feeling a little better today so I hope to get a few things accomplished. It’s so hard to get stuff done when the kids aren’t feeling well. Plus I feel the need to disinfect every surface in my house to prevent the spread of germs. Luckily I got most of that done this morning and only have the kitchen left to clean.

All products are Stampin’ Up! and can be purchased via my Demonstrator Website:

Stamps: Berry Christmas
Paper: Bashful Blue, Whisper White, Real Red textured
Ink: Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Real Red, Soft Suede,
Accessories: Real Red Polka-Dot Ribbon, Linen Thread, Silver brads, Dimensionals, Mat Pack, Paper Piercer, Big Shot, Bitty Box and Envelope die, Stamp-a-ma-jig

Christmas with a Pop

In just less than a week the Control Freaks Swappers are bringing you another fabulous blog tour! The theme this month is Autumn and Halloween, so if you are in need of ideas for these occasions make sure to check it out. I’m sure you don’t want to miss any of the fabulous projects so mark your calendar now and plan to spend a relaxing Sunday afternoon checking out all of the stops on the tour.

I’m sure you all know that this weekend I travelled with my upline to Cincinnati to go to the Stampin’ Up! regional event. I wanted to take along a special card for her but my week was crazy so it ended up being a last minute project. She was picking me up around 11 and I started this at 9. I can honestly tell you that I was done by 10:15 because I realized I hadn’t run to the bank and I was in desperate need of cash. Since this was my first time making the Pop Up Christmas tree I think that I made good time on it. I also stopped after I was finished cutting out the die cuts to watch the video on the Stampin’ Up! site and assembled it along with the video. It really isn’t hard at all.

Since I took the photos minutes before I left and I no longer have the card in front of me for measurements I am going to estimate what they were. I do know that I made my card to be 5 1/2 square.

To make this card:
Chocolate Chip: 5 1/2 X 11 scored at 5 1/2
Scrap of dsp card board: 5 1/4″ square (so tree doesn’t bulk up front of card)
Old Olive 5 1/4″ square to cover dsp card board
Merry Moments dsp: 5″ square and then cut at 3″ to allow you to flip over opposite pattern
Whisper White 1 1/2″ X 5
Christmas Jingle Simply Scrappin’ Kit for main image
12 X 12 piece of Old Olive die cut for tree
Scraps of Summer Sun, Not Quite Navy and Real Red die cut with Tree Decorations sizzlet die for ornaments

1. Cover card board with Old Olive card stock. Adhere dsp and tie on ribbon.
2. Attach silver brads in 4 corners. Use Eyelet border punch on Whisper White layer and attach. Attach to card base.
3. Use embossing buddy on back of die cut to get rid of stickiness. Attach to card front with dimensionals.
4. Die cut tree and assemble. Place on inside of card. Attach ornaments and decorate inside of card.

Here is the Christmas tree in all it’s glory! Isn’t it beautiful? A lot of people stopped by our table on Saturday to look at the card and there were a lot of ooohhhs and aaahhhs. If you’d like to WOW your friends I’d suggest getting this die! Or better yet, how about a chance to win your very own? From today through September 19th you have a chance to enter my Christmas Tree Pop-up Giveaway! All you need to do is e-mail, call or bring me your $50 Stampin’ Up! order. If you are going to be at the Relay for Life Crop Fundraiser on Saturday, September 19th you can also drop off your order. For every $50 you spend you will get 1 chance to win this die. You must e-mail, call or drop off your order. This is not for orders placed separately via my Demonstrator website. If placing your order by e-mail or phone or on the day of the Fundraiser it must be placed on your credit card. I will accept checks for orders dropped off at my home. The final order will be placed on Monday, September 21st and I will also draw the winner on this date. I will contact you if you are the winner and the die will be delivered with your order. Please note that the entire order will be shipped to me, so if you are placing a long distance order there will be additional shipping involved to get the items to you. This is limited to residents of the United States.

I hope you have a fantastic week. I have a few loose ends to tie up for the Crop on Saturday and have a few finishing touches left to be put on my Tour de Freaks projects. I also have other fun stuff to share with you here this week so remember to stop by and let me know what you think. I love hearing your comments and I read each and every one of them.

All products are Stampin’ Up! and can be purchased via my Demonstrator Website:

Stamps: Serene Snowflakes #115438, Grateful Greetings #116511 (inside of card)
Paper:Chocolate Chip #102128, Old Olive #100702 and #106544, Merry Moments dsp #115672, Whisper White#100730, Christmas Jingle Simply Scrappin’ Kit #115696, Summer Sun #103124, Real Red #102482, Not Quite Navy #101722
Ink: BrocadeBlue #101102, Chocolate Chip #100908 (inside)
Accessories:Real Red Polka Dot ribbon #115608, silver brads #104336, Eyelet Border Punch #113692, Stampin’ Up! O Christmas Tree Pop-Up Die #116822, Stampin’ Up! Tree Decorations Sizzlets Die #118140, Tombow Multi Adhesive #110755