Monday, November 28, 2011

Winter Thanks

I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving weekend!  I had my fill of turkey and pumpkin pie and I'm ready to move on to Christmas!  Did you fight the crowds on Black Friday?  I got some great deals online!  Shopping-mania has begun!  We got our tree today and started decorating tonight.  It's a joy watching our 3-year-old start to understand what Christmas is all about.  The look on his face while watching the tree lights go on for the first time was priceless!  It's going to be a fun Christmas!

Now on with my card.  I've been playing around with this new PTI set called In the Meadow and it's especially great for making cards for guys.  I created this thank you card and loved it so much that I made tags as well.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Advent Calendar That Makes Me Smile

I got this advent calendar tree from Ben Franklin this weekend and started working on it right away.  Odd thing is it only has 24 boxes.  I thought most advent calendars have 25 days.  Oh, well, no big deal.  I covered the back, sides and fronts of the individual drawers with different patterned paper and Elmer's glue.  I used a sponge brush and brushed the glue on to coat the entire paper surface.  Brushing the glue evenly gave full coverage on the paper so there was no puckering or paper lifting off.  The glue also gave me some wiggle room to manipulate the paper before it dried completely.  I think using tape for this would have been a more difficult.  I cut out numbers from an old QuicKutz set (thanks Jenny) and glued them on.  The embellishments I used are gemstone brads and stickers.  I punched a hole in the boxes to secure the brads.  I added Tombow Mono Multi Glue (green & white bottle) to the stickers to give them some extra security since the drawers will be opened and closed a lot.  
Here's a close-up
The most time consuming parts of this project were cutting the numbers and figuring out the layout.  If you can find number stickers that would probably save you some time.  Overall, this project was simple and I was able to complete it in 2 days.  I will give this to my 5-year-old twin nieces and hope they have fun counting down to Christmas!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Crazy About Flower Fusion

I am crazy about PTI's Flower Fusion sets because you can make all sorts of background patterns with them.  The stamps are only $5 and they also have coordinating dies for only $3.  For this card, I just stamped the flower and stems in a repeating pattern for the background.  This really makes you play with ink colors vs. trying to match DP and cardstock.   I used the Flower Fusion die and paired it with the Sending You stamps and dies for the focal point.  Fast and fun!


  • Stamps: PTI Flower Fusion #4, PTI Sending You
  • Dies:  PTI Flower Fusion #4, PTI Sending You
  • Bakers Twine

Friday, November 4, 2011

Birthday Card - Boy Basic Circles

Making cards for men always tests my creativity and here's the latest birthday card I came up with.  I used PTI's Boy Basic Simple Circles die and the coordinating stamp set.  The circle stamps built a nice background and then I pulled out a bunch of different sets and used their tiny stamps to fill in the centers.   For the sentiment, I used PTI's Fillable Frames #6 and a sentiment from Inside & Out Birthday.  Simple and fun!


  • Stamps: PTI Boy Basics Circles, PTI Inside & Out Birthday, PTI Fillable Frames #6, PTI Turning a New Leaf
  • Dies: PTI Fillable Frames #6, PTI Simple Circles Border
  • DP: Doodlebug

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Sister Stamps Release #4 Winners - Ho Ho Ho Holiday Card

Thank you to all who joined in on the fun and participated in Sister Stamps Release #4!  These stamps are available today and a list of retailers are available on the sidebar of Sister Stamp's blog.  

And the winners of the stamps are:
KIYOKO winner:
MIMI said: what a cute idea! the kimono is gorgeous! TFS! ;)
SWEET said: Cute money holder card Debi and love the sentiment tag!
JENI said: Awesome card! I think I need to try that layout!

Congrats to all the winners!  Please contact Jenny at by November 5 to claim your prize!

Here's another creation using one of Sister Stamp's Christmas images simply because I couldn't resist this cutie.  I tried my Copic pen on some seam binding to match the ribbon to the bag of loot.  It was easy and I love how it matches exactly.  I found the 1/2" seam binding online and you can order it HERE.   I used some Diamond Glaze on the stripes of the "ho ho ho" to make it look more like candy cane. 

Thanks for stopping by!
  • Stamps: Sister Stamps Setsuna, PTI Photo Finishers, Dandelion Designs "Ho Ho Ho"
  • Dies:  PTI Edgers #3, PTI Parisian Lace, PTI Tag #2
  • DP: PTI Candy Cane Prints
  • Hug Snug Seam Binding, Copics