Tuesday, December 30, 2008

It's Sweet

Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas!

I've missed this little stinker :) The Pun Fun set was a must when I first saw its debut last year, but it has definitely collected its share of dust, so I decided to shake it off and play a bit. I used my Big Shot to kreate a Basic Black scallop circle card using the Scallop Circle die and then ran a small piece of Pink Pirouette through with the die again to kreate the bottom layer. I used the small flower from the Priceless set to randomly stamp on the Pink Pirouette with Versamark and then heat embossed with White Embossing powder. Then I centered my Word Window Punch on the Pink Pirouette layer. Sponged the edges and around the punched opening with Rose Red ink. Adhered that layer, offset a bit, to my Basic Black and then inked up my sentiment from my Pun Fun skunk in White Craft ink. Eyeballed it and stamped it in the punched opening and then heat embossed with White Powder again. Needed a bit of sparkle, so two Circle Ice Rhinestones got the job done. Black Gingham ribbon hides the seam and my little skunk gets inked in VersaMark on Whisper White and heat embossed with Black Embossing Powder. She comes to life with my Aquapainter and some ink. TIP: When watercoloring on cardstock vs watercolor paper, be sure not to saturate the paper as it will warp/ripple. The edges also get sponged with Rose Red and Ticket Punched and then layered on a piece of Rose Red. I stink its sweet :)

For now, go kreate

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!!! Hope Santa treated you well and in all the hustle and bustle, my hope it that you remember the Reason for the Season! God Bless!

I thought I'd share with you my Christmas card, since I can't send you all one :) Simple silver embossing with the Snow Swirled set on Bashful Blue, tied up with a Gray Taffeta ribbon to reveal my greatest gifts :)

I will be with relaxing and enjoying the holiday with family from now through the weekend. Any questions feel free to email me. Again, a VERY Merry Christmas to all and to all a good (GREAT) night :)


Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Top Note Bag

Last minute details in preparation for Christmas have begun. I have a few small gifts that needed just the right packaging. I've seen these cute bags floating around on different blogs (sorry don't recall whose) and thought I had to play with my new Big Shot. This was so quick and simple and oh so very cute! I took my Top Note die and 2 pieces of Riding Hood Red and ran it through my machine - voila, instant front and back to my bag. Inked up some snowflakes, from Snow Burst, in white Stazon and randomly stamped them on both die cute pieces. Then I took some Riding Hood Red ink and sponged it around the edges. The bag takes its form from paper sacks that I picked up at Michaels, measuring 3-1/2" x 2" x 6-3/4".
I cut mine to 3in and then adhered my decorative front. Took the Large Oval punch to punch a handle through the top of one side (part of your bag will be punched as well and that is ok). Then adhere the other Top Note to the back of the bag, realign your Large Oval Punch with the front and punch out another 'handle' on the back side. So simple! Then I took the adorable Little Felt Flurries (Holiday Mini #113697) and attached them with a Circle Ice Rhinestone Brad. All this cuteness in under 15 minutes!! :)

Enjoy your Christmas Eve!!!!


Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Wine Gift Bag

I have my coasters, and my wine glass charms, now I needed the bottle of wine. So I kreated a wine bag/box to finish of the kreative trio. The box/bag was kreated out of cardstock and DSP and a piece of cardboard, for the base (the one SU sends with the Big Shot Dies). Makeesha from Inkspirations has a step by step picture tutorial for this fun gift bag. Thanks Keesh!! She's an Aussie :) so her measurements are in cm's, so after kreating the box I was on my own with the DSP and altered my dimensions a bit. The cardboard is cut to 4-3/4in x 4-3/4in and then scored at 3/4in all around. Snip the corners to adhere and kreate a box. This is the base of your wine box. The 'box'(Old Olive) is 7-1/8in x 12in and scored at 3-1/4in and 6-1/2in and you need 2 of these and then adhere them together around your base. TIP: You will want to adhere with the tough stuff, STICKY STRIP!!!! (Or any other strong double sided bond) I decorated with Holiday Treasures DSP and Choc Chip Grosgrain Ribbon. Four Pewter Eyelets were placed at the top using my Crop-a-dile and Riding Hood Red Striped Grosgrain threaded through for the handles. The handles are more for the decorative look - I would definitely support your wine bottle at the base and not carry it by the handles!! Season of Cheer Rub-Ons provided the perfect Choc Chip sentiment to finish off the bag. Cute, Cute, Cute!!! Gotta go finish my baking!!!! Any questions, feel free to contact me!

For now, go kreate


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Monday, December 22, 2008

Happy Birthday Samantha

What a weekend! LOTS of last minute shopping, LOTS of SNOW and my littlest turned 2! I feel for all you December babies out there! Never-the-less, she knows no different right now and loved her cupcake, presents and all the attention on her! I had a busy weekend, so no time to stamp, no time to post. But here is a photo to share of the birthday girl and her older sister in their 'party' dresses! And one of Samantha diving into her cupcake :) Mmmm, Mmmmm Good!

Be back tomorrow with a new kreation!
For now, go kreate - or finish your Christmas shopping :)

Friday, December 19, 2008

Holiday Tradition

Holidays bring many a tradition. One in particular is certain foods that we always seem to have. This tradition I'd like to pass down to my girls when they cook/bake for their family holidays. So in the years to come I will compile some of their favorites foods and sweets in this cute recipe book! Which hopefully they will treasure and be able to hand down to their children. This little book starts with SU 5x5 Chipboard Journal and is covered with some ribbons. The chef from the Voila set was inked in Basic Black and his clothes and hat highlighted using blender pens and ink. TIP: Take a closed SU ink pad and squeeze the center of the pad. Upon opening you will kreate a small pool of ink in which you can pick up a little color with your blender pen and begin to 'color' your image.
The chef was snipped out and placed on dimensionals to finish off the cover - pretty simple but I think way cute!

The index page is stamped with a retired alphabet set using the coordinating ink colors as the colors for each tab. From the top - Baja Breeze, Pacific Point, Apricot Appeal, Certainly Celery, Old Olive, and Rose Red. Each tab was punched out with the Round Tab punch to make the perfect little section dividers. On each page with a tab, our little chef revisits holding the dish to be focused on. His hat and tie are also inked in the same colors as the tab, again using the blender pens (I may also go back and highlight some of the foods on the dish and also use my alphabet set to caption each section)

The greatest thing about this little book is with the Spiral punch I can cut some Very Vanilla cardstock, Spiral punch it and add it to the book as needed. Now this isn't meant to be a full blown recipe book - just some of our most favorites and hopefully my girls will be able to add their own recipes one day.
Definitely a cute gift idea too for that cook in your life! Hope you enjoyed!

For now, go kreate

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Wine Charms

Do you recall my tile coasters? If not click here to view them. I had to make something to go with them and I was lucky enough to find this fabulous idea by Laura at Scrapnextras. I've made various images on my tiles and they will all have coordinating wine charms :) My favorite had to be the snowmen that I snipped out - a little time consuming, but definitely worth it! The snowmen is from a retired set called Frosty - thanks Lizzie for letting me borrow him! He was the perfect size for shrink plastic (Shrinky Dinks) to cut out and shrink! My images were inked with various Stazon Inks or Sharpie Markers and stamped onto Shrinky Dink material. Some were punched out with the Scallop Circle punch and others hand snipped. I placed a 1/4" hole at the top of my image and then used my heat tool to watch this fun (and really amazing) transformation. Thanks Laura for the idea. They are so fun to kreate and they are so cute!

For now, go kreate

Monday, December 15, 2008

Gift Certificates

I'm Back! The craziness of getting ready for my 'Vendor Fair' is finally over! Now its time to make my Christmas cards-OYE! The fair was this weekend at a 55 and older gated community activity center and not open to the public. Unfortunately not worth all my efforts, but I can chalk it up to 'experience' and I can be thankful I did sell some things (some vendors sold nothing :( The HOT items were knock-off brand purses and jewelry. Hmmmm, maybe I should start making jewelry?... NAH!!! I love stamping and all the projects I created, just wasn't the right crowd! I had many say I had a lot of talent, which did make me feel good - I just wish they had bought the talent :) I did have someone want to purchase my bone folder though! LOL! After not doing so well, at the end I was thinkin' - I shoulda sold it to her (I'm still chuckling about it) :) Well, I have ALOT of stuff for the next time around (?????) or maybe I just have a lot of extra Christmas gifts this season :) Thanks for all your wishes on my success at the fair! And a HUGE thank you to my sister in law for sitting with me and people watching :) !!!!!
Anyway, I have a few of these gift cards to be mailed out tomorrow to some lucky recipients :) So if you have a stamper in your life and have no idea what to get them, contact me for a Stampin' Up gift certificate designed and redeemable through me.
Make sure to check out all the great deals going on and remember, FREE SHIPPING on orders $70+ through Dec 23rd!!!!

For now, go kreate

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* Holiday Bundle deal
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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Mini Photo Album

Isn't this the cutest little photo album? If you have any of SU Clear Envelopes (#102619), they hold 4x6 photos and are perfect for this little book! Two pieces of Baja Breeze cut to 7-1/4x5 sandwich the envelopes/photo sleeves between. Two Jumbo Pewter Eyelets (hidden behind the Baja Breeze Ribbon which is threaded through the eyelets and knotted) bind the book together and then decorate your cover. Cute gift idea!!!
Stamps: Snow Swirled (little snowflake), Jolliest Time of the Year
Paper: Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, Whisper White, Urban Garden DSP
Ink: Basic Black, VersaMark, Old Olive, Not Quite Navy
Accessories: SU Clear Envelopes, Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder, Baja Breeze Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Jumbo Pewter Eyelets, White Grosgrain Ribbon, Felt Flurries, Silver Brads, Word Flurries Rub-Ons
Tools: Crop-a-dile, Scallop Edge Punch, Corner Rounder, Blender Pens

If you'd like to see how to make this mini album, please leave me a comment and let me know what you think. I have a few tutorials to show you in the near future and I can add this to the list as well.

Make sure to check the post below for all the awesome savings!

For now, go kreate

ETA: At Mary's request :) I've added a picture of the inside of the album - this particular album will hold 12 photos, but each album you make can be customized to however many photo sleeves/clear envies you'd like! So cool! Fits 4x6 photos perfectly as you can see photos of my 2 girls last winter :)

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Retired List, FREE SHIPPING (over $70) AND 10% OFF!

It's that time of the year again... anticipation of the new catalog coming January 19th, but its will be the end of some of our beloved sets :( So don't delay!!!!! If there is a set you've been eyeing, this is your last chance. BONUS, from December 9, TODAY, through December 23, orders of $70 or more will receive free shipping. And wait, there's more!
From now until Dec 23, you will get 10% off the retired list. WAHOO! FREE SHIPPING AND 10% OFF on retired sets - MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!
The retired sets will be available until January 18th, BUT take advantage of this awesome deal now! SU recommends placing holiday orders by DEC 16th to insure the arrival by the 24th~
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Monday, December 8, 2008


I'm finally up on the newest trend :) I'm sooooo excited - I just rec'd my BIG SHOT a little over a week ago along with the Scallop Circle die (still waiting the Top Note as it is on backorder :( and I saw this adorable step-by-step tutorial for this project by Patty Bennett and had to give it a try. This is my first die cut machine so this was the perfect tutorial to get me started with my new toy :) I totally CASED her idea and I love how they turned out! Aren't these adorable!!! I used Baja Breeze, Regal Rose, and Sage Shadow for my bibs. Background Basics (retired set) were inked in VersaMark and randomly stamped on the bib. I used the stamp from Punches Three (hostess set) and inked it twice in 2 different colors - punched one out with the large oval and then used the other to snip out the middle portion and place it on dimensionals (ie: my regal rose bib - inked the 1st time in Close to Cocoa and punched it out, then inked again in Regal Rose, but only snipped out the middle portion of the inked image and adhered that with dimensionals on the Close to Cocoa piece - make sense???) Used the Wide Oval Punch to kreate the 'neck' of the bib. Then used my Crop-a-dile to insert some Jumbo Pewter Eyelets and threaded ribbon through for the authentic bib look :) LOVE THEM! Thanks for taking a peak! I'm meeting with my group of ladies tonight to make some gift cards and have a few Holiday goodies - FUN FUN FUN! Then I really need to go into high gear - Saturday is my first craft fair, the count down begins!!!!!
For now, go kreate

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Holiday Tags and Magnets

Another quick post (sorry) - so much to do, so little time! I decided to make a bunch of magnets and tags for my up coming craft fair after seeing my 'Pal' Mary's adorable magnet set. I used In Colors and the Christmas Classic stamp set and added a little bling with some clear rhinestones and gave berries and ornament some extra sheen with some Crystal Effects (click on the picture to view a bit larger). The tags hang from some Silver Cord (Holiday Mini #109866) and are also inked on the back with a 'to: from:' stamp in Basic Black (not sure if I will package them the same way yet?). Magnets are packaged on a piece of acetate and slid into SU Medium Cello bags and topped with a simple Kiwi Kiss and Riding Hood Red topper. Avery Magnet Sheets (#3270)were so simple to use to kreate this project - simply punch them out with your punch and adhere to the back of your image and voila' instant cute magnet. TIP: These magnets are very thin, so they are only strong enough to hold up a sheet or two. CUTE!! Thanks Mary for the idea! I will also be kreating some all occasion tags too, can never have to many of those. Really adds that cute factor to a gift package!

For now, go kreate!

Friday, December 5, 2008

In a Jiffy!

Last minute I decided to attend a Holiday Party with a church group I belong to and we were to bring a $10 gift for a grab bag. Well, in a JIFFY, I whipped up this cute little gift. I decorated a JIFFY POP popcorn with Snow Swirled Snowflakes on Pacific Point and Baja Breeze and embossed with Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder. The sentiment, from A Cardinal Christmas, was inked in VersaMark and embossed with White Embossing Powder. The snowman from the retired Frosty set was colored in using inks and a Blender Pen and mounted on a layer of Old Olive. I used White Grosgrain to hide the seam of my two papers and finished it off by tying a Baja Breeze Stitched Grosgrain to the handle. Added my blockbuster gift card (actually slipped it right over the handle to hang off the backside) and instant gift - cute right??!! Now I want to make a bunch of these for my craft fair - oh so much to do so little time! Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek :)

For now, go kreate

Wednesday, December 3, 2008


Easy and cute - I've made a bunch of these for my upcoming craft fair. What do you think? These had been done at SU Convention and they didn't look to difficult to make, so I gave it a try. I've taken the square frames from On Board Something Seasonal and taken a dauber with Classic inks (Pacific Point, Old Olive, Pixie Pink) and colored both sides of the frame. Then cut 2 square pieces approx 1 3/4x 1 3/4 of cardstock or DSP to cover over the opening of the frame. Then on the backside adhered a 12" ribbon with a glue dot in the middle of the frame and then adhered the 2nd piece of cardstock/DSP to the back of the frame. Decorated the center of the frames with other stamped images. Used the small filigree brad in the center of some images and adhered images to the middle of the 'frame' with dimesionals. Added the large filigree brad to the bottom of some of the ribbons and knotted the ribbon to hold it in place. Unfortunately the 5/8 Grosgrain ribbon is too thick to feed through the filigree brad, but a frayed bottom or dove tailed cut finishes it off too. Any questions, feel free to contact me.

For now, go kreate

Make sure to check out the Catalog Sampler special going on now until Jan 18th. See post below.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

20% off after $20 order

Yet another great deal!! From December 1 - January 18, 2009- Spend $20 ... Save 20% on any stamp set from the Fall/Winter Sampler Catalog. There is no limit to the number of discounted stamp sets that can be purchased once the $20 minimum has been reached.
If placing your order ONLINE with me for the Catalog sampler special (spend $20.00 get 20% off stamp sets from the Catalog sampler), you must 1st reach $20 on your order and then the next sets you enter (from the Sampler catalog) after you reach $20.00 are the stamps you'll get for 20% off. After reaching $20 you will be prompted to 'click here' for the sampler specials if you wish. This is the only way to enter the items you want at 20% off.
Happy Shopping!

Monday, December 1, 2008

My Deer Friends...

Quick post, as I have more projects to kreate for my craft fair...Around the holidays, there is always a need for a gift card, so of course we need a variety of card holders :) You can view my post yesterday for a fun fold card that also holds a gift card. These are made with In Colors cardstock, various designer paper (obviously those with polka dots) and using my Deer Friends Hostess lev II set (LOVE IT)! Check out this waterfall card I did with this set (LOVE IT!) :) Ok, onward...the stamps were inked/colored using my SU Markers in order to get different colors on my image and then punched out with the 1-1/4" Circle Punch. Placed ribbon around the card to keep it shut. Punched a Scallop Circle (one Curly Label) and placed it on dimensionals on top of the ribbon and then placed my circle deer friends image in the center and you have cute, cute, cute card holders! Don't ya think?

Quick directions: Click on any picture to enlarge

*Cut base cardstock to 4.25 x 11".
*Score at 2 3/4", 5 1/2", 8 1/4"
*Fold into W shape
*Sticky strip inside piece together along edges.
*Punch using large oval punch across inside fold and then cut a sliver in order to slip card into opening
*Decorate :)

Any questions, contact me. If you'd like to Host a Party to earn this set and live in the Bergen County NJ area, I'd be happy to party with you :) Or gather up some orders for $300+ and this fun set could be yours :) Great for the holidays!!

For now, go kreate