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October 2008

Kit Kat Treatholders Tutorial

I was reading over the "Simply Neat Holiday Planning" newsletter I sent out yesterday and realized I promised to put this tutorial on my blog, but then I left to do a party and forgot all about it. Shame on me! I also found an error I need to correct as well as need to send out the Ribbon & Designer Series Paper Club info again. We need 5 people to sign up for a club before I can order the ribbon or paper, so I hope several of you sign up!

If you don't receive my newsletter, be sure to sign up for it at the box on the left!

Now, on to the tutorial:
Purse base dimensions: 10" x 2 1/2" - Scored at 2 3/16", 2 11/16", 6 1/8", and 6 5/8".
DSP dimensions: 9 x 2 1/4". DO NOT SCORE.
Lightly fold the Purse base along the scored lines, then adhere the DSP, starting at the "short" end (the end closest to the 2 3/16" scored line). The DSP will not cover all of the base, but that's ok.
Adhere Sticky Strip along the end that does not have DSP but do not remove the red tape cover. Use the Sticky Strip as your guide to punch the candy slot with the Word Window punch, then remove the red tape cover.


Adhere Sticky Strip to along edge of 2 11/16" score line. Adhere SNAIL between the scored lines, then attach 10 1/2" of ribbon as shown to create the handle.

Stamp on the opposite side of the DSP to use as your guide to cut out your embellishment, in this case the top of the cupcake from the Big Bold Birthday Set (on sale this month for 20% off!)
Web14 Here it is after cutting out and flipping over:
Web15 Stamp and cut out the bottom of the cupcake, attach the two pieces with SNAIL, then add several Stampin' Dimensionals to the frosting area.

Next, add your treat! This can be any small candybar, gum, whatever will fit!

Attach to front flap of treatholder. Use 1/4 of a Velcro Circle to secure flap. I found if I used  half circle it was too strong and I tended to rip off my cupcake when I opened it. Keep both pieces of the Velcro circle attached to each other and stick it to the open flap of the treatholder, remove the covering over the bottom piece, then close the flap. The velcro will be perfectly aligned!Web18 Velcro is very fuzzy after you cut it! ha!

So here they are! So cute! And they make up so fast!
Web6 Here are the rest of the treatholders I made in case you missed my newsletter!
Web 3 Ghostly Greetings DSP and Batty for You!
Web4 Autumn Vine DSP and True Friend.
Web5 Holiday Treasures DSP and Deer Friends Hostess Level 2!

Like I said, these are quick and easy!  My newsletter has details on how you can order kits to make 12 of these little babies! I have kits in the Autumn Vine and Holiday Treasures DSP.

I have more to share, but I need to go to my daughter's today, so I will post more when I get back!
ta ta for now!

Snow Burst Medallion!

A ©Stampin' Up!™1990-2008
Just wanted to show you a little bit of stamping before I got to bed. It's fabulous to be able to stay up late when my creative juices are flowing, then sleep in just a little in the morning! I could get used to this real quick!
This card is a CASE of a Perfect Plum one I received at Founder's Circle from Mary Polcin, aka: Million Dollar Mary! She has been #1 in sales for the past few years and last May crossed a new milestone for Stampin' Up!: she is the first demonstrator to achieve one million dollars in career sales! WOW! She did it in just a little less than 11 years! Anyway, a swap from Mary is always great, and she is such a warm and encouraging lady, you would never guess she was such a celebrity! (at least in SU! circles)
Ask to see her swap at the next event of mine you attend.

I used Brocade Blue &Whisper White cardstock, Brocade Blue ink, Snow Burst and Many Merry Messages stamps, and the Scallop Edge punch to create this card. I also used a 2-way glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, and an Ice Rhinestone brad.

I think I need to show you a tutorial of how to punch this medallion, but it will have to wait until tomorrow, as my "creative juices" have just drained out and I'm off to bed ~ nighty night!

THE DRESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yesterday (Monday) was a BIG DAY for our family. at least for the Payne girls! As alot of you know, I have three daughters: Jessica just turned 30 and has three children of her own: Maddie Kate (7), Ava (3), and Cohen (8 months), Kimberly is 27, has been married for 7 years, and is a Junior High math teacher (I can't take any credit for her math skills, they all come from her Daddy!), and Alisa is almost 22, is a "real artist", and works for Jessica in her photography business, Jessica Hollis Photography. (go look at Jessica's blog, Itsasweetcrazylife. The link is on the right of this page) Yesterday the "Payne girls", plus Cohen, went to Fairview Heights to David's Bridal for Alisa to try on wedding dresses in anticipation of her wedding next June. None of us expected her to find "THE dress" yesterday, but WE DID! It is absolutely beautiful, and we knew for sure it was the one when it made both Sweed (our family pet name for Alisa) and me cry! Now I can't show you any pics of "THE DRESS", because that wouldn't be fair to Cody, Alisa's sweet fiance', but I can show you some pics of our fun day! First, here is my pretty girlie! We ate lunch at O'Charley's before we went to David's, which was a good thing, because we ended up spending 3 1/2 hours there!
Alisa It was such a special, fun day! I have now had the privilege of being with all of my daughters when they found "THE DRESS". My mom passed away when I was almost 11 years old, so it has been so precious for me to be with my daughters through so many milestones in their lives!

Next, here are a couple of pics of Cohen at O'Charley's. He had never had a crayon in his chubby little fingers before, and you can tell he really made them fly on the paper! We kept his "pop" in his mouth so he wouldn't eat them!
Cohen at ocharley's

Here's my girl trying on a dress (not THE DRESS)that "didn't even feel like a wedding dress":
Not a wedding dress
Here I am trying to help her see what this dress (not THE DRESS) would look like with more "bustle":
Where are my eyes? I think I need a bang trim! lol!
Jessica & Kimmy tried on bridesmaids dresses:
After trying several, I think we have the bridesmaids dresses narrowed down to two styles, one color!
Cohen kept himself busy with the clips for the back of the dress:
Cohen with dress clips How many baby boys have the patience to go wedding dress shopping with their aunt????? He was good as gold the whole day!
Cohen at davids bridal
By the time we left the store we had ordered Alisa's dress, my dress (no pictures of me, sorry!), and dresses for Maddie Kate & Ava! Now all the bridesmaids have to decide is which style of dress they want to wear from the two styles Alisa has chosen!

After the bridal shop we went to Hobby Lobby (you will be seeing some of the fruits of that excursion in the near future!), hit the mall for a bit, and then Maggie Moos for some fantastic ice cream before heading home. We didn't get to my house until 11 p.m, but all in all it was a fun, memorable day!

"Simply Neat Holiday Planning" Coming Soon!

Tired of being tired when the Holidays finally get here? Tired of rushing around at the last minute shopping, wrapping, cooking, and decorating? ME TOO!!!!!!!!!!!

Join me beginning next Monday, October 20th as we try something new this year: "Simply Neat Holiday Planning"! Each Monday you will receive an email with tips,ideas, recipes, and projects to make this Holiday season much more relaxing & painless. I will be trying these things out this year as we go along, so when January gets here I can assess what worked for me, and you can too!

We will be planning for both Thanksgiving and Christmas, so keep an eye out in your inbox!

Feel free to share the link to my blog with your family & friends!

For Pam & Terri!

I did a little workshop today for Terri & Pam, and we had a ball, even though it was just the three of us! Their friends sure missed out on some fun projects! Per Terri's request, we made this gift cardholder from a medium Kraft envelope:
4 5 and this ornament using "To You & Yours", Iridescent Ice embossing powder, and the Coluzzle:
You can just barely see that the Naturals Ivory circle is mounted on a slightly larger circle of Handsome Hunter! We modified this ornament at Terri's by adding gold brads to either side of the base of the Round Tab punch ornament topper to keep it attached. It is hard to get even Sticky Strip to stay attached to embossed Iridescent Ice!

Terri & Pam had fun going through my sample basket. It is full of holiday card samples from my Founder's Circle trip, along with newer samples I have been stamping every day. They fell in love with three cards and I told them I would post them to the blog so they could remember their favs, so here they are! This first one is mainly a punchy card using the 1" and 1 3/8" Circle and the Round Tab punch. Frankie's hair has been free-hand cut with the Paper Snips. and this eyelids and nose have been sponged with Old Olive ink for depth and shadow:
This cute little number uses packing tape and Dazzling Diamonds glitter, along with the Holiday Blitz and Heard From the Heart stamp sets! GEDC3412 And last-but-not-least, they fell in love with this card made by my downline, Jan, as one of her convention swaps. I LOVE when I get Christmas cards as convention swaps! I'm not ashamed to say I'm ready to start making Christmas cards in August!GEDC3411©Stampin Up!™1990-2008 This card uses one of the small flowers in "Fabulous Flowers", which has been inked in Creamy Caramel, then "Rock-n-Rolled" in Chocolate Chip ink. She used Real Red & Chocolate Chip Stampin' Write markers and a White gel pen to add the ginger-bready accents! It's hard to see but the heart peeking out of the 1-inch hole on the cardfront is made with the Scallop Circle punch! We will be making this card as part of my Christmas Design Studio & Mini Stamp-a-Stack on Oct. 17 & 18! Email me right away to reserve your spot to make 10 Christmas cards, two each of 5 different designs, as well as design your Christmas card & order the supplies! I will do the tedious part for you after the supplies arrive - I will cut the cardstock & prep all the supplies for you! Dontcha just LOVE this card?

Bitty Book for a Baby Girl Redux!

I was checking back through my blog posts (there have been alot more of them, aren't you proud of me?!), and realized that I did not show you the inside of the Bitty Book jacket I showed you last week:GEDC3294
Remember this cute project? Well, I gave this to my downline, Linda, at our "Yes Ma'am's" Technique Class last Saturday night. The reason I couldn't show you the inside book is because of this:
I had to keep a secret, ya know?!! I used the Naturally Serif Alphabet die strip with my Big Shot, as well as the flowers are from the Baskets & Blooms Bigz XL Die (which is exclusive to Stampin' Up!). You can find these dies, which are also compatible with just about any other die-cutting machine on the market (except the Original Sizzix) in the Holiday MIni. Linda loved her book, and I have more books on the creative drawing table, so be on the lookout! BTW, in case you missed it, the book and jacket both use the Georgia Peach Designer Series Paper. You can own 6x6 samples of this and all the other Designer Series Papers when you join my Designer Series Paper Club! See my October Newsletter for details. If you did not receive my October Newsletter, email me to receive a copy. I hope to post all of my Clubs here on my blog in the near future, but until then, check out the newsletter!

Here's a view of the first page of this Bitty book:
GEDC3296  Web 1 All images ©Stampin'Up!™1990-2008

Another of my downline, Jan, made this awesome 2-page "spread" (although the pages are about 3 1/4" square, adorably cute!) to go in Linda's book! Linda's granddaughter is due any minute, so we gave it to her just in time!

Ski Slope Little Felt Flurries!


I love, love, love this new Ski Slope Designer Series Paper from the Holidy Mini ! (When this link is blue it means you CAN click on it to view!) I knew I was going to love it when I first saw it in the mini, but now that I have it, I love it even more! It is gorgeous with Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze, and Riding Hood Red!

This card also uses the Snow Swirled stamp set, an Antique Brass Build-a-Brad, an Ice Circle Rhinestone Brad, 5/8" Real Red Grosgrain, and Word Flurries rub-ons. This picture doesn't even do this card justice!

7This card also uses Little Felt Flurries, Snow Swirled5/8" Chocolate Chip Grosgrain, and Word Flurries.

8 This card uses the most retro-looking paper in the pack, IMHO, but I love it even more than the rest because of it! This time, the rub-ons have been switched out with the Seasonal Sayings rub-ons from the Holiday Happenings Level 3 Hostess Bundle!

In case you are wondering, I am attaching the Little Felt Flurries  and the Build-a-brads with either mini-glue dots or Stampin' Dimensionals. I built my brad by stamping on Whisper White Cardstock, punching the image with the 1/2" circle punch, layering it on the bare brad with SNAIL, added the clear adhesive disk, then cut off the brad legs with a pair of my Craft & Rubber Scissors (now that I have so few stamps that need trimmed they work great for cutting metal and Sticky Strip!). I then attched the brad with a Stampin' Dimensional.  The rub-on is in the Word Flurries pack!

GEDC3403All images ©Stampin'Up!™1990-2008 This last card I used Silver brads and a greeting from Many Merry Messages. All the inner verses for these cards came from either Many Merry Messages or the Snow Swirled Set. I also used the Stamp-a-ma-jig and the Ticket Corner punch on this one!

Aren't these great cards? I got my inspiration from Andrea Walford, a Canadian Demo I met on the Bermuda cruise. I gave each card my own little "twist" to make them mine.

I made a card holder for these beauties with Textured Baja Breeze Cardstock, but you will have to come to one of my classes for an opportunity to see & make it along with the cards!

Ski Slope Cardholder & 5 Cards Class:  Monday, November 24, 2008, 6 p.m.
                                                            Friday, November 28, 2008 2 p.m. (the day AFTER

Class Fee: $25 (includes 1/2 package of Ski-slope Designer Series Paper, 1 pkg of Season of Cheer rub-ons, and 8 Little Felt Flurries, as well as cardstock, ribbon, build-a-brads, silver brads, textured cardstock, SNAIL, Sticky Strip, mini-glue dots, & Stampin' Dimensionals), as well as use of ink & stamps. You will also be provided with dimensions and instructions to make the cards and cardholder.

RSVP Pre-order Deadline: Monday, November 10th, 2008

Early-Bird Registration Deadline & Fee discount: Friday, November 7th, 2008 :Save $2!

Card Kit: $23

Kit & Stamps: $48

                    After Friday, November 7th:

Ski Slope Cardholder & 5 Cards Kit: $25 (does not include SNAIL, mini-glue dots, dimensionals, stamps, or ink) I know many of you have purchased the Snow Swirled Stamp set when it was on special for 15% off in August & September, so I hope this Kit will help you with your Christmas cards or gifts!

Ski Slope Cardholder & 5 Cards Kit & Snow Swirled Stamp Set: $50.00 (does not include SNAIL, mini-glue dots, dimensionals, or ink)

Additional supplies may be ordered at time of purchase of kits.

You may contact me by phone or email anytime before Monday, November 10th to register for the class or pre-order the kits, or use the PayPal link that will be provided in the November Newsletter.


Create-a-Calendar Class Scheduled!


I just finished my October Newsletter and realized I forgot to announce this December Class! I will be sending out my next Newsletter on November 5th, so there is still time, but I just completed this calendar today and wanted to show it to you!

This project uses the Create a Calendar "09 Kit from the Holiday Mini .(When this link is blue, it means you CAN click on it to view!) I can't give you the link right now because the SU! site is down, most likely because it is time to process September commissions (yeah!) but maybe because it is almost 3 a.m. and I should be in bed! ha!

The Kit includes a Bashful Blue striped pocket to keep all the calendars in, but I thought that was a little hard to manage as a useful calendar until I saw how a gal at Founder;s Circle made her calendar! This "A-frame" design really works for me, and I hope it will for you. You will have to come to the class to find out how we accomplish this design modification!

Date: Friday, December 5, 2008, 6 p.m.

Cost: $10.00 (I will be providing additional materials to modify this kit)

Registration: By phone, email or Paypal link that I will include in the November newsletter. You MUST register and pre-pay by the Registration Deadline so the calendars can be ordered in time to arrive for the class!

Registration Deadline: Friday, November 21, 2008. With the Thanksgiving Holiday in the middle of this time-frame, we must allow extra shipping time.

Here's few more details of the project:

3 The kit even includes little arrows so you can highlight important dates: February birthdays in our family are our grand-son, Cohen, (who will be 1 year old on the 7th!) and my DH, Mark, who's birthday is on the 26th!

I also love the little tiny flowers you can use for accents, and the month tabs you can put on the side!

Stampin' Up! thinks of everything! I love being a party of such an awesome company!

Winner of the Felt Flurries/Ribbon Assortment Comment Contest!

Last week I showed you all the cards I had created with the Simply Sent Kit:Handmade Holiday , which are on sale for 20% off this week. The deadline for this sale is Saturday, October 11th, so contact me to order your kit, and watch for my newsletter tomorrow with an Stamping Kit special connected with this sale!

The winner of the Comment Contest is Angie Lisk! Angie liked the Riding Hood Red taffeta ribbon the best, which was the color that won the contest: 5 voted for the Riding Hood Red, one voted for the Vanilla, and none voted for the Moss taffeta ribbon. I will be contacting you, Angie, regarding delivery of your Felt Flurries/Ribbon Assortment!

Here are a few more samples using the "To You and Yours" set that coordinates with the Handmade Holiday Simply Sent Card Elements Kit. I received these as swaps at Founder's Circle:

1 This swap was made by Sandi Rule, a gal I was a Convention Reporter with at the 2007 Convention.
This swap was made by Susan Auyer. The background she used is Bella Toile, and she used "noel" from Many Merry Messages. A very elegant card!

 Jeanna Cable created this lovely sample. She used Windsor Knot Designer Series Paper which coordinates with the Sage Shadow cardbase. She used the 2-way glue pen and Dazzling Diamonds glitter to add the "bling"!

My Bermuda cruise dinner buddy, Susan Nygaard, created this beauty! She stamped glossy cardstock with Pacific Point, then brayered the glossy with Baja Breeze ink. The Baja Breeze Designer Series Paper and Pacific Point 5/8" Striped Ribbon coordinate perfectly! She used "Merry Christmas dear friend" from Cute & Curly, part of the Curly Label Bundle for the inside greeting.

6 All cards shown ©Stampin'Up!™1990-2008
Lastly, this anonymous swap uses Not Quite Navy, Whisper White, Kraft, and Glossy cardstock. The dove and greeting have been stamped in Not Quite Navy Craft ink and clear embossed. She finished off this "joy-fold' card with Kraft taffeta ribbon!

As you can see, the possibilities with the To You and Yours set are really limitless! If you do not already receive my newsletters, be sure to subscribe using the box in the upper left-hand corner of this blog to get signed up so you will receive the information regarding my Kit special in conjunction with the Handmade Holiday Simply Sent Card Elements Kit and To You and Yours stamp set!

I think that's all for today stampers! Now I need to go make supper and work on my newsletter, but I will be back tomorrow with something else that's fun!

Birthday Party Reminder!

Just wanted to remind everyone that even though most of my posts for the next few weeks will most likely be Holiday/Christmas related, Stampin' Up! still has their great 20th Birthday Party promotion going on for selected birthday stamps with a $20 purchase! Check back to this post:Birthday Party Promotion  to view the sets on sale and see the samples I posted that day using one of the sets on sale.

Here are a few more samples I found from my convention swaps:

7 This sample uses the adorable set, Party Hearty! I cannot give good credit to the maker of this swap, as the back of it only says: jtolkacz, so if you are the creator of this swap, please contact me so I can give you credit!

And this sample uses the multi-purpose set, Crab & Company! Once again, I cannot give credit to the creator, as this swap has nothing written on the back of it! It does use glossy paper, and the technique is a cool one called "Faux Torn Paper"! If you would like to learn how to do this technique or want to order any of the sets on sale this month, call or email me, or go to my Online Ordering button in the upper right corner of this blog to go to my SU! website to order direct!