JULY NEWS

1. Order PROJECT LIFE supplies now.

2. PAPER PUMPKIN can now be prepaid for gifts AND counts toward hostess totals.

3. Use HOSTESS CODE GQV7HB3A when you place your order and you will be entered to WIN $30 FREE PRODUCT.

4. JULY SPECIAL - buy 3 packs of Designer Series Paper and get 1 pack FREE.

5. AUGUST SPECIAL will be a BIG SHOT Special! It involves the Big Shot, specific dies and matching stamp sets. Stay tuned for more information.

Friday, December 30

LAST DAYS TO ORDER FROM THE HOLIDAY MINI

END OF HOLIDAY MINI Catalog!!

Just a super quick reminder..

LAST DAY TO ORDER

from the Holiday Mini Catalog

is

TUESDAY, JANUARY 3rd

For those of you who have procrastinated in ordering and now are freaking out - don't despair - you still have a few days to get your order together and get it ordered!!

THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT THE
NEW OCCASIONS MINI CATALOG

STARTS WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4TH

If you do not have a demonstrator, I would love to be yours and can send you both of the new catalogs - the Occasions Mini and the Sale-a-Bration catalog full of FREE Stamps you can have during the special.

INKY FINGERS, Y'ALL!!

Tuesday, December 27

SANTA PHOTOS

Hope you will indulge me a bit and let me post some adorable Santa photos.  My hubby LOVES to be Santa each year at church.  He needs no padding and is so tall he just LOOKS like Santa!!  I had him wear his suit home instead of changing back into his street clothes because I wanted him to visit our neighbors next door with a cute little toddler and give her a candy cane.  When we got home, our neighbors were gone to get their tree.  However, our dog, JEWEL, was a bit scared to see this great big man in red in our driveway.  She was going to fully protect me until she got right up to him and smelled it was her DADDY.  She got all excited that it was not a bad stranger and loved on him.  I had them come inside so I could get my camera and get a photo of Jewel and Santa Daddy.
She had to lick his nose since he had so much hair everywhere else.  She loves her daddy, even in this crazy costume.

This little girl had written a list for Santa and brought it with her when she visited him.  The photo is precious, isn't it??!!
Here is me and the jolly old man.  I am so proud of him and how he loves to be Santa every year.

Hope YOUR holiday was filled with bright hope, tender peace and pure love.

Monday, December 19

LAST MINUTE LITTLE CANDY HOLDERS

HEY Y'ALL,  Today I want to show you the CUTEST EVER candy holders I made.  I saw this idea from Angie Juda - Hey Angie!!  It is with a piece of card stock 6" x 3" and looks like a little purse.  But the cutest part of it is the goofy reindeer on the front.  Here it is:

 Isn't the little reindeer so goofy it is CUTE??  He is the owl punch with the feet cut off.  Then the antlers are two parts of a punched snowflake.  LOVE IT!!

I embossed the riding hood red card stock with the Petals-a-Plenty embossing folder.  The scored to fold up to look like a purse.  It is glued shut and the nuggest or little candy bar goes inside.  I put a pack of lifesavers and it just poked out a bit on each end and still looks cute.  Just make sure you put glue on the bottom of the candy papers so they don't fall out.  On these in the photos, I used the 1/8" taffeta red ribbon for the purse handle.  You can also use the gold cord for the handle of the purse or anything else you choose.  You draw on his funny mouth with a marker any way you want.

Sorry for the bad photos.  I used my cell phone because my camera's batteries are dead.  Enjoy making these quick and fun candy holders for little "thinking of you" gifts for friends and neighbors.

Merry Christmas to everyone.

Friday, December 16

PPA TAGS CHALLENGE - GIFT TAGS

PPA CHALLENGE - MAKE A GIFT TAG.  HERE IS MY ENTRY:


WOW!!  ONLY 8 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS - ARE YOU READY??  I JUST DO THE BEST WE CAN AND LET GO OF THE REST.  I AM INTO SIMPLIFYING MY LIFE AND REMOVING STRESS.  SO I AM FINE WITH WHERE I AM IN THE HOLIDAY PREPARATIONS AND TRYING TO ENJOY THE SEASON.

THIS WEEK I HAD A GIFT TAG CLASS AND WE DID SOME FUN TAGS.  I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE THEM WITH YOU.
 This first tag above was so fun to make.  First we die cut some snowflakes with the BIG SHOT.  We placed it on the left side of the tag and sponged gold ink around it, then removed the snowflake.  Next we stamped some snowflakes on the tag with versamark ink and then heat embossed with a mixture of wild wasabi embossing powder and iridescent ice powder.  It was starting to look pretty good, but we were not finished yet.  Next we punched the round tag punch out of wild wasabi card stock and glued it on the top of the tag.  We punched a hole for the ribbon or string with our crop-a-dile.  We sponged some wild wasabi ink around the edge of the tag.

 To finish off this tag, we ran the northern frost strip die through our BIG SHOT with the silver glimmer paper to cut out some small snowflakes.  We glued one on the bottom left of the tag, but there is a hole in the middle of the die cut.  NO PROBLEM - we filled it with some galaxy fine glitter in a green color and VOILA - all finished.  All we added was early espresso 1/8" ribbon for the tie and we were DONE!!

 I got the idea for these cute tags above from Heather Summer's blog.  Hi Heather!!  I used the two tags DIE and my BIG SHOT with more mustard card stock.  Next we sponged around the edge of the tag with espresso ink.  We stamped the tall snowman on shimmer white card stock in basic black and fussy cut them out.  We also stamped the snowman onto the tag as well.  When cutting out the snowman from the white, you don't need his arms, but do use the very small circle punch for the two birds.  We colored parts of the snowman with the many marvelous markers.  We used crystal effects on his buttons, and used stamping dimensionals to pop up the snowman on the prestamped image on the tag.  We then added the punched birds.  We sewed on the ribbon through the tag with linen thread through the Christmas buttons.  LOVE IT.

Here is the chubby brother of the snowman above, from the same stamp set.  He is stamped on shimmer white card stock and surrounded with red glimmer paper die cut with the BIG SHOT and scallop oval frame die.  We used the galaxy fine glitter stacks for the scarf and some crystal effects for the buttons and the snowball in his hand.  One has bells sewn on his other hand like he is ringing the Christmas bells.  Again added ribbon and some with some linen thread also.  SO PRETTY WITH ALL THE BLING.

I REALLY LOVE THESE TAGS ABOVE.  I cut out the designer paper into the shape of a tag.  This piece of paper has glimmer dots already on it!!  Awesome.  I used the NOEL stamp and the designer tag punch to punch it out as well as the shadow behind it in wild wasabi.   Also sponged wild wasabi around the edge of the tag.  Used the punch on the top two corners to shape the strip of paper into more of a shape of a tag.  Used the Stars 2 die and my BIG SHOT with white cardstock.  We used the larged of these 3 stars and stamped the snowman offset on the star and embossed it with gold embossing powder.  Rubbed the edges of the star into versamark and gold embossing powder and heat embossed it again.

 Lastly, we punched out with the round tag punch for the top, used some metal hardware pieces and our crop-a-dile to punch the hole, then added either a button or a brad to hold it all together.  We used gold stretch cord for the string to hold it on the package.  We used the NEW cherry cobbler bling along his scarf, which  in the upcoming Ocassions Mini starting JAN 4th for ONLY $2.50.  LOVE THIS TAG.  WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT IT??


Final piece we made is this fun tag/convertible ornament.  On the white part when the tag is closed, you can stamp TO and the person's initial or name.  On the other side we decided we should put "this opens up to be an ornament for your tree" in case the recipient didn't know what it was.  When you open it up and push the button back down, you have a fun star ornament (Christmas designer paper).  Isn't it cute??!!  How great is a gift tag AND an ornament all in one??!!  At Hallmark last year they were selling similar tag/ornaments for $8.99!!

Merry Christmas to y'all.  May you find peace, hope and love this Christmas Season!!  Won't you please leave me a little comment to help me feel the love??!!

Thursday, December 15

CLEARANCE RACK BLITZ = UP TO 80% OFF

Ribbon, punches, designer paper, buttons, dies, albums, and so much more.  Click below to go to my online store, then click on the "SHOP NOW" button and look on the left for CLEARANCE RACK.

DON'T WAIT - WHEN THEY ARE GONE, THEY ARE GONE.  I shopped this morning and got so many YUMMY things!!  Can't wait until the package arrives!!


Thursday, December 8

TAGS, TAGS, TAGS

I have been "blurfing" (what I call blog surfing) and seeing so many fun and wonderful Christmas gift tags.  Got my mojo going for MY gift tag class next week.

This first one is from the framed oval die and my Big Shot.  I cut the outside edge from red glimmer paper and the inside from shimmer white card stock.  Then I stamped the chubby snowman and colored his boots with markers and put color on his scarf and hat with glue and the fine glitter stacks.  He is holding a string of mini bells from our Christmas mini catalog.  His snowball in his other hand has been touched with the fun little glitter accents (can't remember the exact name, so sorry) from the Christmas mini.

More tags tomorrow.  Can you make one with this same die and YOUR big shot to share with me?  I would LOVE to see it!!

Here's to Inky fingers and snowflakes in your hair!!

Thursday, December 1

HAPPY DECEMBER

Wow!!  November FLEW BY, didn't it?  It is now DECEMBER already!!  Here in Texas we are in a cold snap so it really is feeling like December AND Christmas.

I have been working on my Christmas cards to mail out.  I showed you what I am sending out before, but here it is again so you can see it.  Looks clean and simple, but it is NOT simple with all the embossing.  However, I LOVE IT.
 Very vanilla piece for front is textured using the embossing folder and the big shot.  Then a layer of wild wasabi and cherry cobbler underneath the very vanilla piece that has the stamped images.

I stamped the images in versamark and then heat embossed with fine gold embossing powder.  I then used a versa marker to color in the sections of the ornaments and used wild wasabi and cherry cobbler embossing powder, some with iridescent ice mixed in for sparkle.  The center of the largest ornament has microbeads glued on.

I would love to hear your comments and suggestions.  I just felt like a ribbon did NOT work on this card so that you would totally focus on the ornaments and the embossing.  Inside you can use any sentiment you want.  I used a simple one form the Four the Holidays in French:  Joyeux Noel.

Here's to inky fingers for all!!

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