Saturday, October 31, 2009

Twilight - New Moon - Vampires? Scrapbooking in Melbourne, Florida




What better day to post about Vampires than today???

To celebrate the upcoming movie NEW MOON, Artful Inkables is having a Customer and Design Team Twilight Blog Hop on November 20th!!!! Did you know that AI has some fang-tastic sets perfect for Twilight Fans? Even if you're not a fan...you MUST know someone who is.......

Check out the Twilight Inspired Stamps: Into the Moonlight and Fictionally Inspired and the Vampire Romance Themed Charms available from AI!

DETAILS:

* You must use the stamps and/or charms from AI for the Hop....if you don't have them...you still have time to get them!

* You must have a blog to participate

* Email Jackie at babitoons@gmail.com with your name and your blog address by November 13, 2009

* Details will be sent to you via email regarding the hop details after November 14, 2009- with plenty of time to get your post ready for the hop on the 20th

Tell your friends and save the date!!!!

Deb

Friday, October 30, 2009

Snowflake Card Set - Fun Winter AI Blog Hop! Scrapbooking in Melbourne, Florida

Welcome to the Artful Inkables Fun Winter Blog Hop! Today we are featuring some favorite holiday sets from the past - Paper Snowflakes, Mug Mates and Snow Play.  You're probably joining me from Lisa's blog. If you’ve missed any of the blog hop, I'm the last one, so after you finish here, start at the beginning with Kristin (the talented stamp designer and owner) at the Artful Inkables Blog and follow the links. 




The set that I used is called "Paper Snowflakes".  WOW!  These snowflakes are gorgeous!!!   We don't see a lot of snow here in Florida - tee he!  Well, that doesn't stop us Florida girls from craving all of snowflake stamps we can get our hands on!

I used three of the snowflakes on this first card, stacked up like a Christmas tree!  You can click on each of the photos to see the details.  

For the next card, I did some random stamping.  I used CTMH's Crystal Blue ink and textured cardstock for all of the cards, as well as our pearls, which I colored silver with a marker.  The Crystal Blue snowflake is from the newest CTMH Heartfelt sets (LOVE them!), and the satiny white ribbon hails from Michaels' dollar bin (LOVE that!).

Speaking of dollar bins, I found the cute little felt snowflake bag at the Target dollar bin last year.  What a cute little container it makes for my snowflake card set.  All wrapped up so nicely!  Can you believe that precious thing cost only a dollar?  I wonder if they have them again this year.  If you have visited lately, let me know.  'Cause you know I need more stuff!!! 

Finally, the last two cards use the same elements, just put together differently.  See how nicely the snowflakes coordinate with each other?  I stacked two of them on card number three, and could easily have added a third. 

 
Have you commented on each of the INKgirls’ blogs? Have you seen something that you are going to make for Christmas?  I sure have!  Be sure you left comments on all of the the INKgirls' blogs, because one lucky commenter will win an Artful Inkables holiday set!!!  wooHOOO!!!! 

Leave your comments no later than Sunday, November 1 at Midnight PST. A random winner will be chosen and announced on the Artful Inkables blog!

Good luck!!
Deb

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Spooooooooky!!!! Scrapbooking in Melbourne, Florida

Are you almost ready for all the ghouls, ghosts and goblins that show up on your doorstep this time of year?   It's almost time!

I was gonna try to get a better photo of this....but I think it looks a little eerie with the lighting this way......mwaaaahhh ha haaa!!!!!!  I have just about worn out my Artful Inkables "Halloween Hauntings" stamp set.  But I realized I had not used this punky-black-kitty-propped-up-on-skeleton-heads stamp yet......so here you go!

CTMH's textured cardstock actually has a lighter shade on the reverse, so I used one black sheet to make this card - the gray cardstock is the backside.  I ran a piece of it (black side up) through my Cuttlebug with this cute Halloween folder (I think I got it on sale last year for $1.99).  I used my sanding block to sand the heck out of it, which really brings out the images!

I cut a spiky gray mat, just 'cause I thought it would look spooky, and added a little bat.  Then the fun part.....I tried to shape the sentiment to look like the top of a tombstone.  I bought ONE....just ONE....bottle of Smooch....you know, the stuff that looks like a nail polish bottle, but comes out lookin' like CTMH's Pearl Paint.  The bottle I purchased was "Cherry Chocolate" (hel-LO!!)  It was just what I needed! 

Sorta looks like dripping blood, doesn't it?  MWAHHH-HA-HAAAAA!!!!

Good grief.  I need to get a grip ;-)

Smiles,

Deb

AI Tuesday - Make something new to you! CTMH Scrapbooking in Melbourne, Florida



Welcome to Think INK Tuesday!

It's time for your another challenge from Artful INKables! Every two weeks one of the Design Team members will host a new challenge of their choice. All of us Design Team members will have projects to wow you, but you can join in....with a chance to win! You'll have two weeks to complete the challenge and add your link to the main post over on the Artful INKables Blog to have your entry counted!  And who can resist free stamps?  tee hee

Sherry Campbell is hosting this time, and her challenge is to use any technique or create any item that you have never tried before. Head on over to the Artful INKables Blog for all the little details and be sure to play along, it is sure to be a great time! Here are a few further details for you!


* You are not required to use AI stamps, but if you have them, we'd love to see you use them!**If you use AI stamps we will give you TWO entries for your creation! Just link your card to Mr.Linky Twice!

* You have until Monday, November 9th, 2009, midnight Pacific Standard Time to link your creation to this post. A winner will be chosen Tuesday, November 10th, 2009 to win a GRAB BAG of AI STAMPS!

* When posting your link, please post the link directly to your creation- so if it's on your blog, please link it directly to the specific post with your creation (if you need to know how, just ask me).

* If uploading to SCS or PCP, please add the keyword AIC06.

I will be posting the project thatI created for this challenge on Sunday, my Artful INKables posting day.   

Be sure to stop by Friday for our AI Holiday Blog Hop!  And hey, I might have a little sumpin' sumpin' for you before then!

Deb

Sunday, October 25, 2009

AI Sunday- Pink Piggy Card Scrapbooking in Melbourne, Florida

How time flies!  Sunday is my day to post as a Design Team member for Artful Inkables.  It's quite a privilege for me, and a joy too since I get to work with this super-cute stamp set, "Down on the Farm".


Now, who can resist this precious little pig?  Not me!!!   He is such a darling little cutie...I just love him!  Look at that little smile and that little nose!  Cute, cute, cute!  And yes, I colored him with my Copic markers that I received Friday.  Oh, joy of joys!!!  Now, I just ordered the blending pen, which apparently I need to use the markers properly.  So this is my improperly-colored piggy - tee hee!  I still love him.

I wanted to use a gingham paper, but the only gingham I had was CTMH's Sweet Pea.  Since I had already matted everything with the bright Watermelon cardstock, I decided to haul out my Watermelon marker and draw in some wavy lines to replicate the irregular lines in the paper.  Okay, maybe mine are a teensy bit more irregular - ha!

This truly is a must-have stamp set.  A piggy, a goat, a cow....oh my!!!  Rooster....fence....tractor...farm scene...good grief!!!  It's insanely adorable!

Check in Tuesday for the next Artful Inkables challenge - it's a super fun one!  Then Friday we're going to treat you to an extra holiday blog hop. 

Thanks for stopping by.  I love your visits!

Deb

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Mojo Monday 109 CTMH Scrapbooking in Melbourne, Florida

My Dodgers are killin' me here, y'all.  I could do with a win tonight!  It's been a crazy week....my computer at work CRASHED - 15 years of work lost in cyberspace.  "Yes, Deb, if you have the P: drive on your computer, your files are automatically backed up".   Well.....that might be the case if I saved my files to the P: drive!  Good grief.  Work is painful right now.


So tonight is the first night I felt like creating.  I pulled out DCWV's Latte paper stack (love it) and a couple of Verve stamp sets  (love them) and went to work.  Here's what I came up with! 

Granted my photography is horrible tonight.  I took my cheap little camera (that takes the best photos) to work to see if I had any physician photos on it that might be saved (I didn't, of course...tee hee).  So I used my better camera, which takes worse photos!  The mat behind the shoe is actually the same blue as the bottom mat behind the sentiment, which is also the in the background paper....you get the idea. 

The card didn't come out the way I wanted it to.  I realize I should have used a larger card to balance the shoe, which would have enabled me to make the sentiment element larger.   Are you learning from my mistakes?  tee hee

Well, the Phillies just got two more runs - one walked in and another walked in when the batter was hit.  Good grief.  This week will go down in history as "not Deb's week".

Thanks for all your nice comments on my birdie card.....I just love that birdie!  And thanks for sticking with me through thick and thin (when do we get to the thin part???)!

Smiles,

Deb
p.s.  Dodgers just got a home run - come on, boys!!!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

AI Sunday - Cute little reindeer card! CTMH Scrapbooking in Melbourne, Florida

What a great day!  It has finally cooled down for three or four days here - high in the 70's!  So here's a quick post for you.


It's my Design Team post day today.  I decided to incorporate Jen's sketch challenge from the Think Ink uesday design challenge.  Be sure to participate - you might win a big old bag of Artful Inkables goodies!  And you can still win the new October stamp sets - Down on the Farm and A Bird's Song - by commenting on Thursday's (10/15) blog hop posts.

I used AI's classic stamp set  Peaceful Wishes  for this card.  It has two really nice deer stamps - click on the name of the stamp set to see the whole set.  The papers are from CTMH's That's Amore paper packet - six very nice coordinating papers.  I used two of them here, plus the coordinating Tulip and Cocoa inks.  Also used Nestabilities Labels 5 (my favorite!) to cut the image panel.  Love it! CTMH white organdy ribbon and pearls - ask me how you can get the pearls from me free!  Don't they coordinate nicely with this Artful Inkables stamp set?  This was my first purchase from AI and I will probably use it every year!

So hop on over to the AI blog for your chance to win BIG!  Have a wonderful day.  Can't wait to enjoy this weather - woohoo!

Deb

Saturday, October 17, 2009

I have nada. Zip. Zeeeero. Zilch.

Self control, that is.  Good grief.  Where was I when the self control gene was passed out?  Get a grip, girlfriend!

Okay, two things I SWORE I would not do:
  1. Farm.  Farmtown.....Farmville.....Facebook insanity!!!!!!  Both of my sisters are farming on Facebook.  I promised my mama I would not farm.  Promised with vengeance!  What have I been doing since Monday?  Farming.  Farmtown.  Farmville.  Good GRIEF!!!
  2. Copics.  I swore to Leslie and Cibele and Kathi that I would not buy Copics.  My CTMH markers are just fine.  They match all of my inks and papers and goodies.  I love them, I really do!  But I needed something to color the skin, right?  36 basic Copic markers ought to do it, right?  36 colors....did I really need to order 36 colors to color skin????  Good grief.
I have no self control.  I have no limits.  Somebody STOP ME!!!

Help!!

Deb

Thursday, October 15, 2009

AI New Release Blog Hop - BIRDIES!!! Scrapbooking in Melbourne, Florida

Welcome to Artful Inkables' New Release Blog Hop!  I've been dying to show you this new stamp set - "A Bird's Song"! 
If you came here from Joy's blog, you're right on track!  What did you think about "Down on the Farm"?  I'm in love with these two new sets!  So keep on hopping till you get back here.  If you get lost along the way, the hop starts at the Artful Inkables Blog.

All ten INKGirls, plus Kristin (owner and designer) have some amazing art to share with you.  Make sure you leave comments as you hop along...someone will win some yummy blog candy....it might as well be you!  So post your comments by midnight Sunday (10/18) for your chance to win! 

Here's my birdie card!  I love him!!!!  He is one of two blessed birdies in the set....plus a wonderful bird's nest, berries, leaves, flowers.......oh MY!  I truly love, love, LOVE this stamp set. 

I stamped my birdie on CTMH Crystal Blue textured cardstock.  I also used Crystal Blue ink to color the flower....it all matches the Emporium paper packet.

Recipe:
Stamps:  A Bird's Song (Artful Inkables)
Paper:  Emporium My Reflections Paper Packet, Crystal Blue Textured CS, Buttercup CS (CTMH)
Ink:  Crystal Blue,Vineyard Berry, Moonstruck, Cocoa, Sweet Leaf, Desert Sand (CTMH)
Other:  Bamboo Button, Natural Hemp, Chocolate Ribbon Rounds, Just Pinks Big Blooms (CTMH), Petite Ovals Nestabilities (Spellbinders)

I can't wait to make another project with this stamp set!!!  Bookmark the Artful Inkables store and purchase your own set! 

Now hop on over to my pal Jen's blog for another cute creation with "Down on the Farm".  And don't forget to leave comments!!  YeeeeHHHAWW!!!!

Deb

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

AI Sketch Challenge Time! Scrapbooking in Melbourne, Florida


Hey y'all!  It's time for a new challenge over on the Artful Inkables blog.  This time it's a sketch challenge from Jen.  What fun!  Hop on over to the blog and link up your version....you could win some FREE Artful Inkables stamps!



I'll be posting my version of the challenge on Sunday.  In the meantime, we have our new release blog hop coming up on Thursday, October 15!  We will be featuring two new adorable sets that I am screamin' crazy about!  Check by Thursday to see why!

Deb

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Holiday Beavers Christmas Tree from AI Scrapbooking in Melbourne, Florida

It's Sunday - must be Artful Inkables day for me!  I am so happy and honored to be a member of this fabulous design team.  Kristin, the owner and designer, has such a creative flair!  Who would have imagined cute little buck-teeth beavers would be the perfect holiday image?  Kristin did! 


Here's my favorite card that I have made thus far with this stamp set.   Do you see how the elements combine to make a Christmas tree shape?  I thought that was pretty clever, if I do say so myself!

Now, y'all know that I am a terrible color-er, so please don't judge my coloring abilities.  Imagine the little guy is brilliantly colored with Copics by some Copic-certified artist - not me! 

I am getting a lot of mileage out of that cedar punch from Martha Stewart.  I used a couple of different green cardstock scraps for the branches.  A CTMH chipboard star covered with the red paper from Everlasting.  The stripe and plaid are also from the Everlasting paper packet, which retires this year - boo hoo!  No fear, they will come up with something to replace it next year!

The ribbon that runs vertically behind all of the elements is a May Arts ribbon that Kristin is selling in the Artful Inkables store.  It's a cool variegated ribbon, so you can see the golden part at the bottom, with the greener portions peeking through in the center and at the top.


Here's a closeup that shows the sentiment (love it!).  These tiny Cranberry brads are really coming in handy!  I also used several Nestabilities to cut the panels.  This Labels 5 is my new favorite (it's the shape that both of the images are stamped on). 

The Weather Channel is showing lovely photos of leaves turning beautiful colors in South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.  I was born in the mountains of southwestern Virginia.  According to the Weather Channel, the colors are incredible there right now!  We moved to Florida when I was three, so I don't really remember them.  I did spend one fall in upstate New York, so I was able to witness the glory at least once thus far in my lifetime.  Palm tree fronds do not turn glorious colors in the fall.  And even though there is a maple tree in my yard (how did it get there????), we do not hve the proper weather patterns to create those colors.  The leaves just turns brown and wilt and trash the yard - ha!

How about you?  Are you witnessing the glories of Mother Nature this fall?

Best,

Deb

Friday, October 9, 2009

Holly Treat Bag from AI - another doily! Scrapbooking in Melbourne, Florida

Hey, y'all!  My beloved Dodgers won last night....wooHOOO!!!  Now let's have a repeat performance tonight!


Here's a cute little treat bag for the holidays.  Who said you can't use pink for Christmas?  I decided to finally pull out my Cricuit and use it for the second time - ha!  I cut the bag using Baby Pink CTMH cardstock.  Then used another tool - an edge punch - for the CTMH Jingle paper border at the bottom.  Then another tool - Nestabilities - to cut the precious tags!  Then another tool - good grief- a Martha Stewart punch - for the little cedar branch.  What would we do without our tools???

The image and sentiment are from Artful Inkables' delightful September release, "Holiday Beavers".  Yes, all of those cute little candy-cane sparkly beavers have their own holly sprig for decoration!  I also used some golden stickles on the holly's jingle bells and three tiny Cranberry CTMH brads on the cedar/holly branch.

And of course, one more doily.  These things seem to be multiplying like rabbits!  The more I use, the more I have left!  Maybe I should start using them as tissues.  Or as post-it notes.  Now, what would my boss think if he received a note from me written on a little white doily.  Good grief.  HA!!!!!

Till next time,

Deb

Thursday, October 8, 2009

A boy and his yo-yo.....how cute! CTMH Scrapbooking in Melbourne, Florida

Greetings!  I just had to share this little boy with the yo-yo.  The image is from the Childhood Portrait stamp set that has just about the most adorable images ever!  You might remember the little girl image that I used on this card.

If you were only to purchase one new set this fall, I'd say this is the one!  The background papers are from the new Grace paper packet.  I can't wait to play with it a big more.

It's very late here - nearly 1:00 a.m. - but I am watching my beloved Dodgers leading the Cardinals in the first game of the NLDS.  I trust my buddy Butch is sufficiently irate right now since the Dodgers are ahead 5-2.  woooHOOOO!!!!  Go boys in Blue!!!!!!   Ahhh.....life is sweet!

I sent my first cards for submission to a magazine tonight.  I fnished them last night and was starting to wimp out, but then realized....nothing ventured, nothing gained!  Plus if I tell you about it, now I am accountable, right?  So you can pity me when I don't hear anything from them.  tee hee!  Have you had the nerve yet to submit a card to a magazine? 

Hurry up and win, Dodgers.....I am fading fast!!!!

Sweet dreams,

Deb

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

A Snowy Take on Mojo Monday 107 Scrapbooking in Melbourne, Florida

I am covered in blue glitter! But oh, it was worth it!


We don't see much snow here in central Florida.  Zip. Zero.  Zilch.  If the thermometer hits 65, we haul out the coats.  But we can sparkle and glam it up, yes siree! 

I decided to flip this week's Mojo Monday sketch 45 degrees so that I would have a wider field for stamping.  The sentiment, "Sending you hugs on a cold winter's day," is from Artful Inkable's Paper Snowflakes stamp set. 

I purchased one of K&Company's two holiday paper packs on my last trip to the LSS.  Like I needed more paper - good grief!!!  But it was sparkly!  I thought that CTMH's Crystal Blue and Smokey Plum were a nice complement to this particular pattern.  And I know....there's another one of those silly doilies.  Well, I have to use them up!  And I took the time to cut away part of this one to resize it.

Do you like the little brads?  They are CTMH's Crystal Blue regular brads and tiny brads.  The ribbon are from CTMH's Winter Cozy Organdy ribbon rounds.


This photo is a little bit closer view of the snowflake, in an attempt to show the glitter. 


I purchased the glitter at Wally World a couple of years ago (Martha Stewart).  It was a combo pack of six or eight different colors, and this is the first time I've used it.  Such fun! 

So even without the promise of snow, I forsee many glittery evenings in the days ahead!  Oh, the joy of paper crafting!

Sweet dreams,

Deb

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Acrylic Album Workshop Photos CTMH Scrapbooking in Melbourne, Florida

Did you have any creative time this weekend? I was fortunate enough to crop with some gal pals and new friends Friday night. I laughed till my sides hurt! I am so blessed to have such glorious, entertaining friends! And I was able to watch my beloved Dodgers twice in one weekend - a rarity - and they won both games! wooHOOO!!! Life is sweet.

Here's a video of the "Sweet Home" Acrylic Album that I created. The workshop is this Friday night.

Yippeee! My first video! I hope that it works....crossing fingers.....ha. Enjoy!


video

Deb

Artful Inkables/Mojo Monday/Think Ink Tuesday Challenge Card....phew!!! Scrapbooking in Melbourne, Florida

Did you enjoy World Cardmaking Day yesterday?  Did you make a pretty card, or two?  I hope you enjoyed some creative time....I know I did!

Well, this is the first time I have completed a project that meets three challenges.....good grief....I've never been able to get two into one, much less three!


So this is my Sunday AI post using the cute new stamp set, Holiday Treats and Tails.  Now, how adorable is this little Beaver?  I stamped her on the Creme Brulee cardstock, then paper pieced all but her tail with Cocoa, White Daisy and Tulip cardstock.  I used CTMH markers on her tail.

The second challenge that it meets is the Think Ink Tuesday challenge wherein Lisa challenges us to make our card sparkly!  wooHOOO!  What girl doesn't love a little (or a LOT) of sparkle?  So I pulled out the Stickles that I have been collecting and used it on the lights.  Added CTMH sparkles to her ears and my favorite, the CTMH rhinestone frames....a square one around the sentiment and a curvy one to the left of the bow.  Check out the Think Ink Tuesday link and submit your sparkly card for a chance to win a grab bag of cool AI goodies!


Here's a closeup that highlights the image a little better.  The third challenge that it meets is the Mojo Monday sketch challenge.  These sketches rock!  The paper is from CTMH's Jingle paper packet.  The ribbon is a new suede ribbon by May Arts that I purchased from Sharon's store.  Oh, it feels so delightful....it really is suede! 

I nearly finished this post with "now hop on over to......." since my last two posts were blog hops.  And what fun they were!  It's only going to get busier with the holidays approaching, right?

Tomorrow I'll be back with those photos that I promised - the acrylic album workshop with Sweet Home.  For now...off to watch my beloved Dodgers!

Sweet dreams,

Deb

Saturday, October 3, 2009

World Cardmaking Day - CTMH Blog Hop CTMH Scrapbooking in Melbourne, Florida

Welcome to the Close To My Heart 2009 World Card Making Day Blog Hop! Who would have ever dreamed that there would be a World Cardmaking Day? How totally cool is that? You know that I will be playing in my scrapbook room all day - like I needed an excuse...tee hee!

Today we have 17 rockin' CTMH consultants sharing our card designs with you. If you've come from Penny's blog then it's working for ya!  Take a look at my 'stuff', then hop on to Haley's blog from here. This is a round robin hop, so keep going till you've seen it all!


When I first opened up my "Key To My Heart" paper packet and stamp set this spring, the beauty of this paper nearly took my breath away!  I was going to say it rendered me speechless, but...well....we know that will never happen....tee hee.

So I have been hoarding this paper for several months.  Yes, I have more than one packet.  But it will never be enough!  I did the same with the Serendipity paper special (yummy!)  last time.  It must be a character flaw.

This is a 90% CTMH card.  The little heart charm is actually a button from JoAnn's.  The Juniper polkie dots around the border are actually from a Sakura Souffle pen.  It's sort of like Liquid Applique - it puffs when it dries!  Too cool.


Here's a closeup of the sentiment.  Isn't it a beautiful font?  The sparkly round frame is from Close To My Heart (just ask and I will share), as is the waxy flax (wound around the key - which is flooded with Liquid Glass), ribbon, etc. etc.  I did a little 'folding treatment' with the ribbon, then added a little bow.  What is a card without ribbon?  A sad card indeed. 

Now, see why I have to hoard this paper?  Yum, yum, yum!!!

I hope you enjoy my card!   Embrace World Cardmaking Day. Take our energy and hit one out of the park! Just be sure you show me what you create!
Now, head on over to my sistah Haley's  blog for some more creative inspiration.


Deb

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Close To My Heart's October Stamp of the Month Blog Hop CTMH Scrapbooking in Melbourne, Florida

Welcome to Close to My Heart's monthly Stamp of the Month (SOTM) Blog Hop! Woohoo!!! This time we have three groups of 20+ gals participating with dozens and dozens of great ideas to inspire you when you are using October's Stamp of the Month, "HolidayWarmth".  If you came here from the amazing Nona's blog, welcome!

Well, I went a little crazy this time.  tee hee....imagine that!!!  Instead of a card or a layout, I created three little altered items, all pretty quick and easy!

First is my Rudolph Christmas List Notebook.  As you know, I just love our Heartfelt Die-Cuts, and the new collection includes this precious little reindeer!  Cute, cute, cute!  I used the Jingle paper and Stickease (for the little ornament), a Cranberry Tiny Brad for his nose, some White Ricrac and Juniper Waxy Flax.  I used White Daisy Ink to random stamp one of the cute snowflakes from the Stamp of the Month.  Then, I used a branch punch to make Rudolph some cute little Juniper antlers!  Now to fill it up with gift ideas for my friends and family!


Next up is a super inexpensive little Holiday Recipe Box!  Now, don't you have a collection of family recipes that you pull out just for the holidays?  Green bean casserole....sweet potato casserole (good grief....lots of casseroles!)      Gingerbread....Granny's peanut butter fudge...you have your own to add to the list.  Well, I found this little recipe box in Michael's $1 bin (gotta love that!).  I used CTMH's Everlasting Creative Basics Paper, Cranberry Ribbon and a sentiment from the Stamp of the Month stamped with Ponderosa Pine ink.  Now, I actually just inked up part of the sentiment.  I could have cut it apart, but I was too lazy.  HA! 


Here's a closeup of the top.  I used Pewter Designer Brads and the super-cute crocheted flowers from the White Mini-Medleys, plus a bit of Cranberry Ribbon to make a handle.  So easy!  The hardest part was covering up the Halloween-ie paper on the box.  Bonding Memories Glue makes it really smooth. 

Oh!  The doilies.  Good grief.  I bought these little guys in the cake decorating dept. for the card that I posted last Thursday (remember the little skirt?).  So now it appears that I will be using a little paper doily or two each week until they are gone.  HA!

Finally, here's my last project.  It's a poorly-lit (sorry!) Christmas mug filled with hot chocolate mix (YUM!).  The mug was a $1 store find. I stamped this yummy sentiment from the Stamp of the Month with Tulip Ink, cut it out, mounted it on Juniper Cardstock, cut it again, smushed some Tulip Ink on, added some polkie dots with a Tulip Marker.  The snowflake is actually one of CTMH's white chipboard Dimensional Elements.  I could have left it white (rumors have it that snowflakes are white...I wouldn't know, being as I'm in Florida - ha), but I decided to rub in some Juniper Ink (just use a sponge...it absorbs real nicely and evens out as it dries!).  Tied it all together with some Tulip Ricrac and Juniper Waxy Flax.  It's so true.....having everything that matches makes it go together so quickly!  Faster.  Simpler.  Easier!

Now, I'm sure you've seen the cute images that accompany these sentiments as you've hopped along the blog hop - a festive Christmas tree, a big ol' pile of gifts and more!  Want to own this Stamp of the Month yourself? Ask your consultant how, or e-mail me for details!

Now, hop on over to my friend Terrie's blog for some more ideas on using "Treasures"!

Thanks for stopping by!

See you tomorrow,

Deb