A Merry & Type CASE of Tiffany Bauer

One of my favorite stampers is a gal by the name of Tiffany Bauer.  If you blog hop, you might have her blog saved to your faves.  She is a very talented demonstrator and also has a cool feature on her blog called "My Crafty Picks" where I am very proud to say, my snowflake banner was recently featured.  Anyway, this card is a case of one her most popular creations of the holiday season and it was also a card that I taught to my ladies for our November Stamp Club Hostess Gathering.  It features the stamp set "Merry & Type" and our awesome silver glitter paper.  Tiffany did have our mini jingle bells attached to the ribbon, but I was out of those when I decided to CASE her card.  I think it still turned out very nice.  Thanks, Tiffany for sharing your great designs!  If you want to check out more of her work, visit her blog: My Crafty World


Double Hot Cocoa Packet

Super easy to make, fun to give!
Supplies: Kraft Envelope, Northern Frost Embossing Folder, Scalloped Edge Border Punch, Merry & Type Stamp Set, Winter Post Stamp Set (snowflake), Soft Suede Ink (sponged on edges), Cherry Cobler Ink, Riding Hood Red Striped Grosgrain Ribbon (available on Clearance Rack).  


A Merry, Merry Candy Cane!

This was one of the projects for my December Hostess Gathering on Saturday.  It was really easy to make and I love the color combo! We had made a cool Joy Banner (to be shared in a later post) using the Stitched Felt embellishments and had these snowflakes left so I decided to have the girls add them to these candy cane tag/ornament/treats.

The color combo is Cherry Cobbler, Marina Mist and Whisper White!
Stamps used: Tiny Tags
Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler, Marina Mist, Whisper White
Ink: Marina Mist
Accessories: Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine, Cherry Cobbler Quilted Ribbon, Subtles Buttons, Stitched Felt Embellishments
Tools used: Tiny Tags Punch, paper pierce and mat stack, Mini Glue Dots, Tombo Multi Use Adhesive.

Until next time!


Snowflake Ornament

Made this for Vintage Market tonight.  I used our Large Scallop Square, Scallop Circle and Snowflake dies, and the 2 1/2" Circle  and Corner Rounder Punches.  I used the Stars Big Shot die (largest and smallest) to punch those fabulous start from our Silver Glitter Paper.  The Merry Christmas sentiment is from the "Many Merry Messages" stamp set and the brad is a Neutral Glimmer Brad.  The color combo is Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake and Basic Black.  The piece with the polka dotted DSP is actually a 4" chipboard coaster, to give the ornament some sturdiness. I also lightly sponged the snowflake with Soft Suede Classic Ink and then sprayed Champagne Mist Shimmer Mist on it for a little extra sparkle.  I used my handy dandy Crop-a-dile to punch holes thru the whole thing and then attached some jute twine.  I love the rustic feel with just enough bling to make it cheery. 

Until next time!



I am so loving the "MERRY & BRIGHT" words from the Merry & Type stamp set!  I used them on 2 types of treats that I made last week.  The first is pictured above and it is a candy can treat/tag.  This item is great because you can tie it on a gift, bottle of wine or just put it on your tree!  I also used the Frostwood Lodge DSP to wrap around the tag to help keep the candy cane secure as well as add a decorative touch.  Glue dots behind the candy cane also help to keep it adhered to the tag.  I stamped and punched my words using the Decorator Label Punch.

This treat above is just a simple treat made with bookmark sleeves found on a craft website and our Top Note Die.  I ran the Top Note thru the Big Shot using the Northern Flurry embossing folder to give it a bit of texture (I also used it on the project above).  I used the Decorative Label punch again to feature my words and then snipped a snowflake that was cut with our Northern Frost Sizzlet.  I added a retired Always Artichoke button (gotta use em up) to the center of the snowflake for a little bling and a twine bow to the corner for a rustic look.  I love these peppermint drop candies because they are filled with chocolate and are so yummy, but more even more important, the wrapper is the perfect shade of Cherry Cobbler!

Until next time!


Happy Thanksgiving to all of my family and friends and especially all of the wonderful people that I have met since I began stamping nearly 7 years ago.  You have all been wonderful friends and without your support the changes in my life over the past 12 months would have been really hard.  I am so grateful for my 2 beautiful daughters and for the wonderful man that God has sent to me.  Life is beautiful and I feel so blessed.  Much love and many warm thoughts to you and your family on this day of gratitude.

The next few days will be a break from creating as I spend the holiday weekend in the most perfect little house in the mountains with those that I love the most.  This place really is a little piece of heaven...

Until next time!


More hand stamped ornaments & tags

Artistic Etchings Ornament

 I made these ornaments a few weeks ago with one of my favorite Stampin' Up! sets: Artistic Etchings.  I love this crown and thought it would look great as an ornament.  I used our large scallop and circle dies and then attached a pretty glittered snowflake ornament that I got for super cheap at a local craft store using Crystal Effects.  I stamped and punched the crown with Black Craft ink on Very Vanilla card stock and mounted it on our smaller punched scallop also using Crystal Effects.  I ran both scallops thru the Big Shot using the Square Lattice Embossing Folder to give them a little texture.  I punched a hole in the top with my Crop-a-dile and then tied some twine thru it to hand it on the tree.  I finished the whole thing off with some Champagne Shimmer Mist made by adding a few drops of our Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint to 2 oz. of 70% rubbing alcohol.  I mix it up in an old Stampin' Mist bottle which sprays it perfectly and evenly.  It adds the perfect amount of bling to any project.

Until next time!


Ruby and I are so blessed and proud to be a part of the wonderful venture known as Vintage Market.  Many thanks to Teresa Benedict for giving us the opportunity and to all of the ladies (and guy) who make up the wonderful team of vendors/artists with whom we are lucky enough to share floor space.  If you have not been able to experience the Market now is the time; the holiday decor is breathtaking.

Check out this wonderful article that blogger Shelly Bort recently wrote about Vintage Market:

Until next time!


Warm Winter Treats!

So as you may have noticed, I have not posted anything here in a couple of weeks.  I have spent the last 2 weekends up at my boyfriend's house in Angels Camp and just having a wonderful time!  Last weekend we took Natalie with us and on Sunday we got to play in the first snow of the season.  It fell in the Murphys/Arnold area (just up the hill) and it was just beautiful, as you can see below:

We also paid a visit to The Red Apple in Murphys and had their famous hot cider, apple turnovers and their amazing apple cider donuts! OMG, they were to die for.  I bought a dozen donuts to take home as well as a half gallon of sweet cider and needless to say neither of those lasted very long!  It did put me in the mood to get started on my warm winter treats for Vintage Market!  These treats are some inexpensive gifts that you can create for your neighbors, teachers, or just use them for stocking stuffers. 

The picture above is one of my Apple Cider bags.  I buy the Alpine Apple Cider packets and then package them up with creamy caramels or some Werthers Hard Candies. I cut a piece of coordinating card stock (this I emboss in the Big Shot) and slide it into one of our wonderful clear envelopes (a steal at $4.95 for 50!).  They are perfect for little gifts like this and look so much better than anything you find in the local craft stores. I just add some rustic ribbon from my stash and a cool Stampin' Up! tag and they are ready to go! 

These treats are hot cocoa packets wrapped in Christmas DSP and then topped of with these cute Santa Lollipops that I found at the Dollar Tree.  I made a matching topper for my bag (SU Medium Cello Bags), added my stamped and punched greeting and then wrapped it up in our Riding Hood Red Striped Grosgrain Ribbon (currently found on the SU Clearance Rack)!

I hope these ideas and the cool weather inspire you to get busy and start crafting for the holidays!
Until next time!


Fun Flowers and a little "Spice Cake"

Here are a couple of thank you cards that I made recently.  I love the colors in the Spice Cake DSP and I will miss it when the Holiday Mini Catalog comes to an end in January.  I think I might have to stock up on a few packs for a fall event that I am planning for in 2012.  The colors are so complimentary to each other: Pool Party, Soft Suede, More Mustard and Pear Pizzaz. 

I used the Fun Flower die for this project, it is one of my favorites. I love embossing the flower shapes with the many embossing folders that SU carries, it just adds that extra texture that every card needs!  The buttons and ribbon are from my stash but they matched the flowers and paper perfectly! 


Queen for a Day!

I love, love, love the new Beau Chateau Designer Series Paper!  It has quickly become one of my new favorites.  The french country shabby chic look is right up my alley.  I had some cut pieces left over from our recent Autumn Stamp Fest (pictures to be shared in the future) and I decided to use them to make some really feminine cards.

Blushing Bride, Soft Suede and Very Vanilla make a great color combo for this DSP.  I used the crown image from "Artistic Etchings" and the Queen for a Day sentiment from "You're a gem" and the "En Francais" Background Stamp.  Punches used are Designer Label, Large Oval, Scallop Oval, 1 3/8" and 1 3/4" circle punches and the 2 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch.  I also used the Pinking Hearts Border Punch on the Soft Suede Panel.  I sponged the edged of everything with Soft Suede ink and then added some ribbon from my stash.  Our taffeta ribbon is perfect for this look.

Same layout in Bashful Blue, Soft Suede and Very Vanilla.

Until next time!


Magnet mania!

Here are some super easy flower magnets that I made for Vintage Market.  You just use your circle scallop punch to punch 2 scallops and then snip in between the petals to make them flower-like.  I added a circle punched from the 1" circle punch and then pushed a fabric covered brad (from my stash of contraband) thru all 3 layers, but our Antique Brads would look even better, I just couldn't part with mine for the shop...heeheehee! I also punched the leaves from the 5 petal punch and used Mini Glue Dots to stick them to the back.  I sponged the edges of the flowers and leaves to give them a vintage look.  I attached another 1" circle to the back of the flower with a dimensional and then glued the flower to the front of a clothespin with Crystal Effects.  I also glued the magnet to the back of the clothespin with Crystal Effects. 

Super easy and very quick to make and they make great memo or photo holders for the front of the fridge!


My reason for lack of posting...

You might have noticed a huge lack of posts over the last few months...well I just wanted to share the reason why with you....

I have been spending time with my boyfriend, Greg, and he is wonderful! I have been enjoying life and loving every minute of it, hence my lack of sharing projects with you...heeheehee!  I have been creating here and there and sharing some of those items with you and I do have many more pictures of my creations to post, but I now spend my evenings with Greg and my daughters so the time that I previously used for posting my projects is now being spent otherwise.   I am going to try to post projects at least once a week to keep my blog fresh and share my art with you, so please check back.  Right now I am on a banner making streak, so you will see a bunch more of those, in fact I am working on 2 customer banners for a friend right now, and those will be my next share.  Stay tuned...



Here is my latest banner, made for Vintage Market!  I used one of my favorite Halloween stamp sets, "Wicked Cool".  The color combo of this project is Rich Razzleberry, Pear Pizazz, Basic Black and Whisper White.  I used the Spiderweb Embossing Folder for each panel, after I cut them out using the Top Note Die.  I sponged each edge with Basic Black.  Also used were the 1", 1 1/4", 1 3/8" and 1 3/4" and 2" circle punches as well as the Scallop Circles Die.  The DSP is Rich Razzleberry from the Bold Brights Stack. The letters are from the Broadsheet Alphabet set, which is my new go to stamp set.  I also used the Itty Bitty Punch and Adhesive Rhinestones.  The ribbon is Basic Black Satin, from my stash.  I stacked all of my panels and punched the holes at the top with my Crop-o-dile, it punches thru all 6 layers at once, so that I can ensure my holes are in the same place on each panel.  I love this layout for my banners and will be duplicating many more with different colors and themes and if you are in my Hostess Club, you will be creating your own 4 panel banner at our October Gathering.  Until next time, happy stamping!


Two new banners for fall!

I created a couple more banners to take down to Vintage Market this weekend.  These are perfect to add to your mantle or dining room for the Autumn/Thanksgiving season.  I even made one for myself, which I never do!


Spice Cake Candle!

Here is one of the projects that the Stamp Tramps made on Saturday for our September Hostess Gathering.  I have been wanting to create something with those very inexpensive candles that you can find at Walmart or the Dollar Store and when I received my FREE Spice Cake Bundle from Stampin' Up!, I knew I was going to first use my goodies to create this project! It is SO EASY and would make a great gift or tablescape for a special occasion.  I used my Spice Cake DSP, Fabric, Buttons as well as our Linen Thread, Leaf Die for the Big Shot and various embossing folders.  I attached everything to the candle with Sticky Strip and it has held really well, so I think it is a winner! What do you think?


Fall Banner for Vintage Market!

Made a couple of these to put on the rack at Vintage Market, along with some other cute fall items that I will share in my next post!


Pinwheel Card from Hot August Stamp Night...

Here is one of the projects that I designed for last weekend's Hot August Stamp Night.  I used the brand new stamp set, "Sweets for the Sweet".  One of my new faves because it is just so happy and whimsical.  The DSP is from Big Top Birthday and is also a new fave.  The color combo is Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight and Whisper White.  The birthday greeting is from the new hostess set, "Happiest Birthday Wishes".  This is one of my favorite cards, just a fun, clean design, don't you think?




6:00 P.M.

FEE: $17.00

Get out of the heat and come into the cool and STAMP! It is time to get back into the swing of things with a brand new catalog and some fabulous new project ideas! Join us for our Hot August Stamp Night where we gather to eat, share, chat and of course, CREATE!
Our theme this time around is NEW, NEW, NEW! We have so many new stamp sets, papers, embellishments and more in our GORGEOUS 2011-2012 Stampin' Up! Catalog and we cannot wait to present them to you in 6 exciting new projects. Make sure to bring your cameras as well as your stampin' kit (snips, adhesive, bone folder) so you can snap pics of other projects that will be on display as well.

Reserve your spot quickly as we always fill up before the cutoff date. We will have space for only 12 stampers so check your calendars and save your spot! To register for the class and see other upcoming events, visit HERE!


A look inside the market.....

Vintage Market....take a look inside!


Craft Area Wish List

So while I was out shopping with the girls today, I picked up a magazine for which I have patiently been waiting.  Creative Spaces by Creating Keepsakes.  I love looking at the craft areas of other artists and this magazine definitely delivers.  Right now, I just have a corner of my living room to create in, but someday I hope to have one whole room designated to my passion.  I fell in love with so many areas that I saw in this magazine and found a lot of creative storage ideas as well.  It even features the craft rooms of SU! co-founder Shelli Gardner and her daughter Sara. 

Thanks to my day job, I will shortly be receiving a $100 gift card for Pottery Barn and here are 2 items that I have had on my wish list for a while.  The top cubby I spotted on one of my favorite stamping blogs, and the 3 tier rack on the bottom is actually featured in the magazine mentioned above.  Now to choose....what do you think?


MIA again!

Hello friends!  Just wanted to check in and tell you that I am still alive....LOL.  I have actually been enjoying life and taking time to stop and smell the roses...and they smell great!  I will be busy this week stampin' up new creations for you, so be patient with me.  Talk to you soon!


Decorator Label Magnets!

So, as soon as I saw these adorable magnets on Stampin' Connection (SU demo only web site), I just knew I would have to recreate them.  So on Saturday night, my friend Diane and I hung out and stamped the night away.  I made a ton of these for Vintage Market and one set for myself.  I got this fabulous idea from a fellow demo, Cheryl Garratt.  So easy to make!  The color combo is Blushing Bride, Baja Breeze, River Rock and Soft Suede.  We used Early Espresso and Soft Suede ink and of course the Decorator Label Punch to punch them out.  We then used the Beautiful Wings Embosslet for the Big Shot as well as the Boho Blossoms Punch, leaves from the Bird on a Branch Punch and of course a ton of adhesive pearls.  The words are from one of my favorite sentiment sets: Fabulous Phrases.  Just glued some magnets on the back with Crystal Effects and they were ready to go!

Here are a few close ups for you: