Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Lots to share today!

I have been busy!  Thankfully my husband has really supported me (and my paper habit!) and kept our house running while I have been working on all this stuff  ;)
I found this tutorial for an animal crackers-style box, and it was super simple to make.  I actually made this set second, with just a heavy weight cardstock and no other layers.  I used the new Peppermint Forest stack that I got at Joanns, lots of fun glitter!  I also used the Christmas Noel Solutions cartridge to cut out the snowflake on the front of the box, thanks Kim for letting me borrow it!

Here's the first batch I made, also using a new stack, one of the Holiday Collections, and the coordinating cardstock stack.

On all these, I saved the cut-out from the front and used it as a tag on the ribbon.

These next tags were inspired by this blog, they were so cute!  I just love this stamp set from Stampin' Up!

Next are some gift card holders, like these, super cute and easy!  

And some more gift card holders like these, and I made these all from scraps.

And last but not least, the cards.  I made a few different sets of 12 each.  This first one is also using the Christmas Noel cartridge, love it!

This one is more of that Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses 6x6 pad, it's gone a long ways!  Plus that cute ornament stamp and punch set too, lots of fun ways to use it :)

Now this, I love this.  This beautiful card, I wish I could say it was my idea, but I lifted it from here.  I used slightly different products for the backgorund paper, but it looks very similar.  I inked up a plain white piece of cardstock with Tim Holtz Broken China, Dusty Concord and Weathered Wood Distress inks, and then misted it lightly with a mix of Perfect Pearls and water.  Then I heat embossed the snowflake stamps with sparkly powder, very cool.  The black sillhouette is from that same Christmas Noel cartridge, but Holy Moly!  This cut is at 2" and it's so very tiny, and a serious pain in my a** to cut, but it was worth it!

Phew, that's it for now ;)  If you want to get your hands on any of these, I will be selling them at a few craft fairs around here really soon!   I will be at United Church by the firehall in Ferndale on November 7th, Hope In Christ Church in Bellingham on November 6th and 7th, and the Deming Log Show grounds on November 14th.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Cards I have made lately...

I have been working like mad on Christmas cards, but made a few others too.  These were made from a Making Memories pad of papers that I embossed with my Cuttlebug and then inked up a bit, AND used some Perfect Pearls on as well.

I have decided to take the plunge into a couple of craft fairs this year, and here are two sets I made for that.  The one with the 'tree' is from that Basic Grey 6x6 pad I love so much, Eskimo Kisses, and the circles are a 3/4" punch.  Each one of those buggers is on a foam dot, and I mentioned I made 12 right??  The card on the right is made with a Stampin' Up! ornament stamp and matching punch, which I just ordered from my friend Nora, and LOVE.  I really like SU products but am just not patient enoug to fussy cut out all those pieces, so was THRILLED when I found this combo in their Holiday Mini Catalog :)

Friday, October 9, 2009

More Christmas cards...

These were all made with the Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses 6x6 paper pad, I love this one!  I also used a 1" circle punch,  Martha Stewart Loopy punch and the stamps are Hero Arts.

These stamps are $1 ones from Michael's and I punched the ornaments out with a 3/4" circle punch.  The sentiments are the same Hero Arts set and the papers are the same also.

I added some Stickles but they are still wet in this pic.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Chicken Pot Pie...

Ever since we have had kids, I work part-time in the afternoons and evenings, and we work it out so they don't have to go to daycare.  One of us is always home with them, which is nice, plus it helps the pocketbook also!  That means between his schedule and mine, I head out the door about 20 minutes after he gets home, and I usually don't get home until around 7PM or so.  For the last oh, EIGHT years, he has been the primary cook around here for dinner.

So my hubs asked me what I wanted to eat the other night, and I told him I was in the mood for homemade chicken pot pie...  He hesitated for a second, and then said ok, he would make one.  I asked him if he wanted something else instead, and he replied, no, that was fine, but he didn't think he had enough time to make the crust plus a few other errands he had planned.  Yep, my hubs likes to bake, gotta love that!  So I said no worries, throw some Bisquick on top and call it good and headed out the door to work.

I got home and what did I find?  A delicious dinner with a homemade crust :)  He even commented that is was so pretty that maybe I should "take a picture of it and post it on that blog-thingy" of mine, LOL!

So here it is folks!  It IS pretty darn nice looking isn't it?  He even put his initial "K" as the steam holes in the top, that made me literally LOL!

He even made the sauce from scratch, and it was thick enough that the inside didn't slide out all over the pie plate, it was so good :)  Thanks Hubs!

My pages and pics from our Red Eye Retreat!

We had such a good time, though I didn't get very many LO's done, but had a blast!

I ordered this set ornament punch/stamp set from Nora, my Stampin' Up friend, and she brought it to me at the retreat, so of course I had to use it!

Here was my set-up for the weekend

Dyona, my co-host and our massage person!

Kim, our other co-host!

Kim's two daughters, Matty and Calie also joined us

Our dining area for the weekend, they had good food!

Jael, Caitlin and Jen

Caitlin wearing the crown.  Whenever anyone finished a project this weekend, they got to wear this crown.  They had to find who was wearing it and go take it from them, and then when timer went off, you got a prize if you were wearing it.  It also had to be decorated by each person :)

Nora getting ready for our PJ party!

My friend Jen

Tammie and Brindean

Jo wearing the crown

Jen and I

We all went to PaperZone in Bellingham in our PJ's.  They stayed open an hour late just for us and gave everyone 20% off their entire purchase.

Gayle, the manager of the store got in on the fun too :)

Rachel and Jessica

Zandra and Kerry


Gayle put out truffles and cider for us

Kim, gotta love her :)

Dyona waiting in line to pay :)

I brought my espresso machine and made 74, YES SEVENT-FOUR, latte's this weekend!