Nuts About You

Nuts About You

Yep – that’s what I wanted to say to everyone that came to the Stamp, Scrap & Create retreat that was about a month ago (it was at the end of September).  So I made this cute little treat for them – it was another one of their surprise table gifts.

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I found these tiny little jars at the store – they are supposed to be shot glasses that look like canning jars.  I wanted to fill them with trail mix.  The only problem with these jars is that they didn’t have lids.  So my solution was to cover the tops with one of the tea lace doilies.  I used the new two-toned trim from the Holiday catalog to tie around the rim to hold it tight.  A little strip of Designer Paper is wrapped around the rim to dress it up a little bit.  The tag is from the cute little Nuts About You hostess stamp set.   The little squirrel and words fit perfectly on the ticket punch.

Here is a full list of Stampin’ Up! supplies that I used:

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Thanks for stopping by.  I’m trying to get all my fall projects posted before I start sharing the Christmas themed ones.  I also have lots more to share on Alaska – I need to get back to that too!

Enjoy your day!

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Stamp, Scrap & Create Retreat – Tiny Treat Box gift

Stamp, Scrap & Create Retreat – Tiny Treat Box gift

One of the fun things about the Stamp, Scrap & Create Retreat are the little gifts that everyone gets.  It’s like the pillow gifts that Stampin’ Up! gives when you go on one of their incentive trips.  But since not everyone at the retreat is staying the night instead of leaving them gifts on their pillows I leave them on their table spot where they are crafting.  This year the first little gift they got was a Tiny Treat Box.

bitty-boxInside these cute little boxes was a package of the Color Me Autumn Washi Tape – it’s just the perfect size to fit inside!  Everyone then used the washi tape on one of the Make&Take projects and took the rest home.

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I hope you liked this little treat idea.

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Curvy Keepsake Holiday Trio Boxes

Curvy Keepsake Holiday Trio Boxes

A few weeks ago I had my Stamp, Scrap & Create Retreat at my house for the weekend. It was tons of fun and I can’t wait to start planning a spring retreat.  One of my favorite projects was this cute trio of holiday boxes made with the Curvy Keepsake Die.  There is one for Halloween, one for Thanksgiving and one for Christmas.

curvy-box-trioI really love this die!  It is so easy to assemble these little boxes and you just need some adhesive to attach the two pieces together – I used Fast Fuse.  The little boxes are fun to decorate and there are already tons of ideas out there.  Here is a photo of some of the girls working on their boxes during the retreat -

retreat-curvy-box-tableThe Halloween box is fun – made from clear window sheets with a little tea light inside and a ghost hanging on the handle.

curvy-clear-ghostThe Thanksgiving box is a fun little pumpkin.  I used the lines from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set to create the lines that would be grooves on a pumpkin.  And then we added leaves – stamped, die cut ones and a wood one.

curvy-thanks-pumpkinThe “boo to you” and “thankful” stamps are from the Good Greetings stamp set which a special hostess stamp set that you can earn through the end of October.  It has lots of fun little greetings in it for the holidays.  You need a $300 workshop/party to get this set for free!

And the Christmas one – or even just a winter holiday one – is just so pretty with the Lost Lagoon and silver.  And the cute little snowflake charm is a fun accent.

curvy-snowflake-joyand here is one more picture of it so you can see the silver snowflakes stamped on two sides of the box.

curvy-snowflake-joy2I hope you like these little projects.  Here is a list of all the supplies that were used:
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Thanks for stopping by.  I’ll share more about the retreat later.

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Seasonally Scattered Thanks

Seasonally Scattered Thanks

Here is a Fall Thank You card with a fun little technique that is perfect for the Seasonally Scattered stamp set.

Scattered-thanksTo create the stamped image ink the stamp with the Crushed Curry ink. Then use a sponge dauber and the Pumpkin Pie ink to add color directly around the word.  This leaves you with the outer edges of the stamped image in the Crushed Curry color and the words in the darker Pumpkin Pie color.  You could try different combinations of colors to get a different effect.  Then cut the image out with the Oval framelit dies to add to the front of the card.

The card base is Crumb Cake with an additional layer of Crumb Cake that has been embossed with the Wood Grain Embossing Folder.  Adding Baker’s Twine, the branch underneath and the gold button finish off the card.

Here is a full supply list for you with links to my online store.

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Thanks for stopping in today.  Have you tried this technique?  It was one that they showed us at convention.

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More on Alaska – Talkeetna & Anchorage

Now for some more about our Alaska trip.  Day 3 started with the helicopter ride to the glacier that I wrote about last time.  Afterwards we went back into the little town near Denali park to meet up with our bus and the rest of the group in our tour.  They actually had to rearrange the schedule for the day so that we could take the helicopter excursion – we left later than planned due to the weather in the morning.  I’m glad they didn’t leave our little group behind.

We got a quick bite of lunch and then the bus took us to the town of Talkeetna.  The town is very small and the buses can’t drive through it so they stop at the edge where the train stops and let everyone out.  Then you walk into town.

2014 08 27 104Three rivers meet in Talkeetna – the Susitna, Chulitna and Talkeetna.  People come to the town in the summer for fishing, rafting and as a base camp for expeditions on Mt. McKinley.

2014 08 27 106The tiny town doesn’t have a real mayor but they do have an honorary mayor – its a cat named Stubbs.  We didn’t actually get to see him – but I did look in the general store where he is supposed to be.  I found this picture of him though.

Mayor_StubbsWe walked around town – luckily the rain stopped for us.  Strolled through some of the shops and the bakery and made a stop in the Brewery – Greg got some Raspberry Wheat beer and I got Salmon dip.

breweryOur group boarded the bus and drove to Anchorage where we stayed the night.  Since the skies were clearing we were able to see the Chugach Mountains.

2014 08 27 110Along the highway they have signs for how many moose have been killed on the highway. Over 100 moose each year are killed by cars.  Anchorage is the most populous city in Alaska and has about 40% of the states’ population.

Greg and I took a walk down to the park at Cook’s inlet.

2014 08 27 1202014 08 27 118We also found this statue of a whale while we were walking through the city.

2014 08 27 121I’ll have more later about the rest of our trip.

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Fall Birthdays

Fall Birthdays

Not sure about you but I seem to have a lot of Fall birthdays in my family.  And let’s just say that even though I make tons of cards I’m not very good at actually getting them in the mail to people.  Bad me.  I was doing a pretty good job of leaving digital birthday cards on friend and family Facebook pages as they pop up every day.  But then I took that trip to Alaska and while I was gone and since I’ve been back I haven’t really been doing that either.  Bad me.  So I owe a lot of people birthday wishes.  Now to come up with a plan to tackle this problem.  What do you do to keep up with birthdays and do you send cards out to everyone – or just to family?

So speaking of Fall birthdays I do have a nice card that would work for anyone – and it’s a good masculine card or teen card which can be hard to create at times.

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A couple of tips for this card.

  • Cut the circle in the Designer Series Paper
  • Turn the paper upside down and lay it on the Very Vanilla card stock and stamp the greeting – this way you won’t accidentally stamp on the front of the designer paper when you position the words inside.  And if you don’t like your first try – turn the Vanilla card stock over and try it again.
  • Attach the Designer Paper right side up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Use one of the frame wooden pieces and tie it on with the linen thread.

Here are the products I used to create this card:

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fall-birthday2Thanks for stopping by today. Let me know your system for birthday cards and actually getting them sent out.  One idea for everyone else is to attend my Card Maker’s Class each month.  You can make the cards you need for the upcoming month.  Now I just need to figure out actually getting them out in the mail.

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Eat, Drink & Be Scary

Eat, Drink & Be Scary

Can you believe Halloween is almost here?  Are you planning a party or just need a fun card to send out – try using the Holiday Invitation stamp set.  It’s perfect for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year and other celebrations.  I paired it with the Motley Monsters Designer Series Paper and the new Tangerine Two-Tone Trim to make this fun Halloween card.

Eat-drink-scaryHere is what I used for this card:

  • Basic Black card stock
  • Bermuda Bay card stock
  • Tangerine Tango card stock
  • Whisper White card stock (that’s on the inside of the card so you can write on it)
  • Angled Tag Topper Punch
  • White & Tangerine Tango Two-Tone Trim
  • Motley Monsters Designer Series paper
  • Holiday Invitation stamp set
  • Black Memento Ink
  • Clear Blocks

Eat-drink-scary2Thanks for stopping by!

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