Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Teacher Gifts and Treats!

I'm a fan of the Semi Homemade series with Sandra Lee
on the Food Network. You don't have to completely hand
make EVERYTHING - it can be semi homemade!

I often use this philosophy when crafting.
You can stamp on so many things and "dress up" almost
anything to make it more personal for the receiver of
your gift. It doesn't have to be expensive.
Thoughtful, personal and from the heart.

I got these cute little take out boxes from my local
Dollar Tree. I knew I had the perfect stamp set to
personalize them! I used the Patterned Pines hostess
stamp set from our current Holiday Mini Catalog!

The ink color was a little tricky and the picture doesn't do it
justice but it turned out to be a nice match. Those of you who
know me, know that I like to be very "matchy matchy"! I inked
my stamp with Blue Bayou first. I stamped off once then inked
Baja Breeze on top! (sorry, both colors are retired) Then I cut
the trees out and used Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere to
Basic Grey tags using the Lg. Tag Punch. I tied them on with our
silver elastic cord, also featured in the mini.

Each box is filled with yummy Hersey Kisses for
Jack's teacher and class helpers!

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Chloe's class was doing something pretty cool today.
Their class room was transformed into a Polar Express
train car. They got to wear jammies to school, drink hot
chocolate, read the book, watch the movie and do other
fun things related to the story. How cool! I wish they did
that kind of stuff when I was in school. Well, I couldn't resist
coordinating the Christmas Class treats with the theme for today!

I used the SU small cello bags filled with M&Ms. Printed
a quote from the movie. Punched the quote using the
Lg. Tag Punch and tied them on with
silver elastic cord and a silver bell.

The quote reads:

"There is no greater gift than friendship."
- Santa, The Polar Express

the back is signed Your Friend Chloe

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We got Chloe's teacher the Teacher's Pet
stamp set. It is super cute and hopefully will come in
handy when she is checking the mountain of work
completed in the first grade now a days! !

I wrapped the stamp set using a sheet of 12x12 Cottage Wall
DSP simply because I couldn't find my wrapping paper last
night. I may use this trick again though because it turned
out pretty cute! (matchy, matchy remeber?!) I finished it off
with some striped Old Olive ribbon and another silver bell.

The tag was cut from Confetti White card stock using
the Two Tags Die on the Big Shot. The snowflake stamp
is from the Patterned Pine hostess set and was stamped in
Basic Grey and spruced up with a little two-way glue and D.D.

I hope I gave you a little inspiration for those last minute gifts.
Any questions, just let me know! Have a Very Merry Christmas
and stop back soon - lots in store for the New Year!

-- Jenny :0)

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Christmas Ornaments

I made these cute little ornaments for my Daisy Girl Scout Troop.
They were simple to make and really wowed the girls.

I started with two inch round tins with clear lids.
I stamped the pine tree from the Loads of Love stamp
set on the Whisper White cardstock and punched them out with
the 1 3/4 circle punch. Then I cut a two inch circle of Baja Breeze
cardstock and mounted both on the back of the tin
using Stampin' Dimensionals.

I stamped the snowman from Snow Buddies hostess set featured
in the Holiday Mini Catalog. After coloring in the scarf,
I went over it with our 2-way glue pen and sprinkled on some
Dazzling Diamonds. The snowman was trimmed and mounted
on top of the circles. I used three dimensionals to pop
the little guys up.. or should I say girls. I guess she's
a snowgirl! Then I put a couple scoops of faux snow in.
I ran a line of Crystal Effects around the tin and
put on the lid to seal everything in!

The hanger was done by punching a hole in the top of the tin
with the Crop-A-Dile and then I tied some Pretty in Pink
taffeta ribbon, leaving the knot on the inside.

I personalized each one on the back.
The circle is a 1 3/4 inch punch. The snowflake is also
from the Snowbuddies hostess set with a little 2-way
glue and Dazzling Diamonds. I used a Chocolate Chip
marker to write their names etc. around the circle.

Supplies Used

Stamp Sets: Snow Buddies Hostess Set and Loads of Love
Cardstock: Baja Breeze (retired), Pretty in Pink and Whisper White
Inks/Markers: Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Old Olive, Pixie Pink, and Pumpkin Pie
Other: Dimensionals, Circle Scissor Plus, Faux Snow, two way glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds, Crystal Effects, Crop-A-Dile and Pretty in Pink Taffeta Ribbon

Any questions, let me know. Thanks so much for stopping by!!

-- Jenny :0)

Magic Reindeer Food

(Click Photos to Enlarge)

I know so many of you have probably seen different
variations of the magic reindeer food, but I couldn't resist
posting this one. I was happy with how it came out!

Unfortunately I do not have any of the cute Christmas
stamp sets that contain reindeer, but I did have Forest Friends.
Since he was my only option - I had to make it work and I
must say I was quite pleased with how they turned out.
Doesn't he look like a young Rudolf?
The little deer is stamped in Chocolate Chip (minus the nose)
I drew the nose on using a Real Red Stampin'
write marker then dabbed a little bit of Crystal Effects
on to give it a little glow!!

I printed the poem from one of Angie Kennedy Juda's
sites. You can find several commonly used seasonal poems
here. So nice to be able to print them right off for projects!
Thank you Angie!!

My reindeer food contains: oatmeal, regular sugar sprinkles and
some chunky sugar sprinkles. Some people use glitter, but I was
worried that it might hurt the animal or bird that ate it.

Hopefully Jack's class will enjoy sprinkling this little
treat outside on Christmas Eve to attract Santa's reindeer!

Supplies Used

Stamp Sets: Forest Friends
Cardstock: Old Olive, Garden Green, Chocolate Chip, Real Red and Very Vanilla
Inks/Markers: Chocolate Chip and Real Red
Other: Top Note Die and Big Shot, 1 1/4 and 1 3/8 circle punch, scallop circle punch, small cello bags and dimensionals
Thanks so much for stopping by! Come back soon!

-- Jenny :0)

Friday, December 18, 2009

Stamp Club - Christmas!

We had a great club meeting and shared
a lot of ideas for Christmas gift giving.

We normally have two card projects and one
non-card item, but we flipped it around this time!

Our first project was one that I featured here on my
blog not long ago. We embellished jars with the
Holiday Decor Elements, ribbon and tags.

Next we made Wine Glass Charms with the Playground
Buttons and put them in a topper that will fit on almost
any bottle that you could take to a Holiday Party.

For our Christmas card we used the Decor Stencils,
Shimmer Paint and Four the Holidays stamp set.

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Since our goal was to inspire handmade gifts this season,
I took lots of display items sure to inspire my friends.

I found these great bowls at my K-Mart for next to nothing and
added a Holiday Decor Element, some yummy cookies, ribbon
and a tag! A great gift for a teacher, mail person or for yourself.
(Yes, I think I ate most of those cookies)

This photo shows a paper bag album that was embellished inside
and out with our Christmas Jingle Simply Scrappin' Kit. All
they have to do is add their holiday photos - what a great gift!

The bag next to that fabulous album is great for all
you bakers that gift your tasty treats over the Holidays!
Super cute and totally economical - Treat Boxes!
Find them on page 159 of your IBC. 5 boxes for $3.95!!

This loaf pan is wrapped using To The Nines Specialty DSP,
Chocolate Chip Dbl. Stitched Ribbon, and a recipe card made
using the From the Kitchen Stamp Set. Inside the pan is a
yellow cake mix to get the recipe started!!

Last, is a gift I took for each of my club members. A jumbo mug that
held cocoa mix, marshmallows, chocolates, a candy cane and poem.

Here are my mom, my sister and I at club.

I hope that everyone had as much fun as I did and was
inspired to make some handmade gifts this Christmas!

As always, please contact me with any questions about
the projects I showed today. This was a long post and I didn't
share as many details as I normally do (sorry).

Thanks for stopping by! -- Jenny :0)

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Christmas Cards

Good Morning Everyone! Here are a couple of Christmas
Cards that I created! The first is using the cutest little
snowman set I've ever seen. I love this set. It is a level two
hostess set featured in our Holiday Mini Catalog.
The "Christmas Greetings" is from the Grateful Greetings
stamp set, also from the Holiday Mini.

(interior sentiment from the Many Merry Messages set)

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This little card is one I created to give with a bookstore
gift card. Take a look and let me know what you think!

I used the To The Nines DSP, the Circle Circus,
Short & Sweet and Christmas Punch (hostess) Stamp Sets.

The card has a perforated edge so that the bookmark can
be torn off easily. Use the perforating tool for this -
found in the Cutter Kit on pg. 191 of the IBC.

Supplies Needed:
12x12 sheet of cardstock (less waste & gives you two cards)
Stampin’ Up! Cutter Kit (for perforating tool)
Desired Embellishments and Stamps

Start with at 6 x 8 ¾ sheet of cardstock.

Score at 3 ½ and perforate at 7 inches

Embellish to your liking and use with no. 6 ¾ envelopes found
at the office store. Great for the readers on your Christmas list –
just include a bookstore gift card and you’re done! It also makes
a nice little Christmas card for members of your book club or reader friends.

Thanks for stopping by! -- Jenny :0)

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Gift Giving Guide and Special Offer!

Looking for the perfect gift for all of the crafters on your list?
Check out the Stampin' Up Special Offer and Gift Giving Guide!
It has great ideas for card makers, stampers and scrapbookers -
Plus, from November 1 to January 4, receive a FREE
Décor Elements piece (up to a $16.95 value) when you
spend $50 on products from the guide!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Card Swaps!

As a demonstrator, I attend meetings with others where
we share ideas, make projects and participate in card swaps.
Last night was our Christmas meeting and I got some
incredible inspiration from these awesome ladies!!
I wanted to share a few swaps with you...
. .. more to come tomorrow!

Each of these swaps used a technique new to me! You
will notice that the paper used has a super sparkling sheen to it.
Well, this was done using two ounces of Rubbing Alcohol
mixed with 15 drops of Champagne Mist or
Frost White Shimmer paint featured in the Holiday Mini.
Put the ingredients in a spray bottle and mist your
cardstock to create this effect.

(Click Images to Enlarge)

Snowman Sidestep Card by Lynne Aikins

Peace on Earth Dasher Card by Jana Fetch

Photo Corner Tree Card by Kim Peles

Hope they inspired you too! Any questions, please let me know.

Thanks for stopping by! -- Jenny :0)

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Big Shot Special!

I'm sure that many of you have noticed that I use my Big Shot for a lot of my projects. I love the cute little boxes I can create, the textured papers I can use on my card projects and the exclusive dies that coordinate so well with my other beloved Stampin' Up products! Well, I'm offering a holiday special to you from November 1, 2009 through December 15, 2009. Purchase a Big Shot Machine and I will give you any die in our IBC up to a $21.95 value for FREE as a thank you! This not a Stampin' Up promotion, and is only available through me.

Thinking about making the purchase?
Read on for more information on this awesome product!

You'll love what the Big Shot machine, a 6-time winner of Creating Keepsakes Reader's Choice Award for best die cutting equipment and dies, can do for you. The Big Shot is a sturdy manual die cutting machine used to die cut materials for use on crafts, home décor projects, and even clothing--it's a big deal!

Here are some posts featuring some of what you can create with your Big Shot:

How does the Big Shot work?
Using steel-ruled and chemically-etched dies, the Big Shot cuts out images by passing card stock and other materials through rollers that utilize pressure to cut through the materials. With just a couple turns of the handle, you’ll be able to cut through a wide variety of materials. The Big Shot also comes with special cutting pads and a cutting platform that not only make the Big Shot safer and easier to use, but also lengthen the life of the product.

What materials can I cut with the Big Shot?
You can cut over 50 types of materials using the Big Shot. Below is a list of materials that you can cut on your Big Shot.

* Thick corkboard
* Thick chipboard (59 mil)
* Colored magnet
* Ruffle board
* Paper wood
* Balsa wood (3/32")
* Bass wood (1/16")
* Metal mesh
* Aluminum (.016)
* Tin (.008)
* Adhesive and non-adhesive mat board
* Drawer liner
* Shelf liner
* Vinyl
* Static cling vinyl
* Shrink film
* Fine sandpaper
* Clear acetate (20 mil)
* Vellum
* Card stock
* Patterned paper
* Flocked paper
* Contact paper
* Textured paper
* Metallic paper
* Linen paper
* Suede paper
* Embossed metallic paper
* Basketball embossed paper
* Faux alligator textured paper
* Self-adhesive glitter paper
* Fabric
* Felt
* Canvas
* Iron-on fabric
* Soft plush fabric
* Burlap
* Velvet
* Corduroy
* Lace
* Heavyweight denim
* Terry cloth
* Funky fur
* Thin leather
* Quilt batting
* Warm & natural batting
* Fusible fleece
* Self-adhesive craft metal
* Self-adhesive cork
* Self-adhesive foam
* Self-adhesive magnet
* Self-adhesive felt
* Adhesive and non-adhesive rubber
* Pop up sponge
* Poly foam
* 100% pure beeswax (cut with parchment paper on top & bottom of beeswax.)

Already have another die cutting system?
Don’t forget that you can also emboss using the texture plates and create one of kind projects our exclusive dies.

Already have a Big Shot?
Don’t forget that Sizzix has partnered with Stampin’ Up and created dies exclusive to Stampin’ Up! You’ll see more and more exclusive dies in the future that coordinate with our product line.

As always, please contact me with any questions or to place an order!

Thanks for stopping by! -- Jenny :0)

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Jingle Jars!

Cute, huh? This square jar is 5 1/2 inches tall.
It's filled with a bag and a half of Hersey Nuggets!

I used the Holiday Mix Decor Elements to dress up the jar. There is
a letter on each side spelling NOEL and a snowflake on the lid.
The Decor Elements are featured in the Holiday Mini Catalog!

I finished it off with our 1 1/4 inch Basic Black Striped
Grosgrain Ribbon and silver elastic cord tied around the lid. The
tag is cut using the large and small tag punches in Real Read and
Basic Black and also feature a small Decor Element Snowflake.

If you sign up for my Holiday Workshop - you will go home with
two of these cute little jars. The color of the Decor Elements will vary
and you will need to add your own goodies - some candy or yummy
homemade cookies would be great too!

Check the details of this workshop HERE and don't forget:
You need to R.S.V.P. with payment by Sunday Nov. 8th.

Decor Elements - Holiday Mix available in 4 colors!

Thanks for stopping by! -- Jenny :0)

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