Sunday, November 2, 2008

Box in a Bag

It was like Christmas at my house on Friday. DH and I started our day by attending a "Square Dancing" class followed by a "Line Dancing" class at our local Senior Center. I knew I would receive my goodies today and it was hard concentrating on the steps because my mind was on the goodies I had been waiting for so long. After leaving our dance classes, we went to pick up my new Spellbinders Dies from Scrap Chic Boutique (I ordered them during the summer through one of the owners who attended CHA) then headed home. As we entered our driveway, I saw the Stampin' Up! box on our front porch... UPS had made the delivery!

Time to play! My new Stampin' Up! Big Shot and my Spellbinder Dies! Life is good. I decided to make the Box in a Bag that I've seen on various blogs. I used two of the Curved Rectangles from the Mega Nestabilities set to add my sentiment to this bag box. If you don't already know how to make this bag box or need instructions, you can find them on Diana Gibbs' Blog found here:

Other Supplies Used:
Papers: Stampin' Up! Urban Garden DSP; Not Quite Navy CS; Kiwi Kiss CS; Baha Breeze CS
Ink: Stampin' Up! Not Quite Navy
Ribbon: Stampin' Up! Baha Breeze
Stamps: Stampin' Up! Best Yet
Scallop Punch: Stampin' Up!
Other: ProvoCraft Textile Embossing Folder

Sunday, October 26, 2008

The Shoe

Like my shoe? My inspiration came from creativechoicedesigns ( If you want the template, follow directions she listed. I needed a box to present my shoe in so I created one. If you need a box for your shoe, here are the instructions:

1. Cut Card Stock to 8 1/2" x 9 1/2"
2. Score at 2: on all four sides
3. Follow normal directions for making boxes

Box Top:
1. 8 1/2" x 9 1/2" Card Stock
2. Score at 1 15/16" on all four sides (just a scooch under 2" so that top will be slightly larger than bottom.
3. Optional - Use the Stampin' Up! Scallop punch, Stampin' Up! Slit punch, or Decorative-Edge Scissors to go around the four sides of your box top if you want scallops.

If you have questions, please leave a comment

Supplies used:
Black Card Stock (Box Bottom)
DSP used for Shoe and Box Top (Purchased at JoAnn's)
Wine Ribbon (Michae's)
Flowers used on Shoe and Box Top (Michael's... Floral Section)
Pearl Brads for Flower Center (Michael's)
Cut-out on Top of Box (Stampin' Up! Bigz Die)
Embossed Shoe on Cut-out (Sizzix Brass Die)
Scallop Punch from Stampin' Up! for scallops on bottom of Box Top
Tagger from "Around the Block"
Nestabilities Die (Small Oval Scallop)
Sentiment on Die Cut: Riveting (Stampin' Up!)
Sentiment on Top of Box: Computer Generated.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Note Cards

I can never start making Christmas gifts too early. It seems that I already don't have enough time to make all the gifts that I need to make. I've decided that I will make a few samples then start mass producing them in November.

My post today is of Note Cards with the Note Card Holder that I plan to give to a few friends as Christmas gifts. I followed SC175 from Splitcoaststampers for my cardfront. The stamp is from Stampin' Up! and the paper is from JoAnn's.

I am looking forward to using up many of my scraps on my note cards. I think I will also start making bookmarks using some of my scraps. Samples of my bookmarks will be shared with you in future posts.

TFL and enjoy your day.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Happy Anniversary

My youngest and her DH will celebrate their 'One-Year Anniversary' on Monday, October 13th. Friends and family will celebrate with them later today at the Olive Garden. I have been in a tizzy all week trying to design a card for them and as I was surfing the SCS Gallery I came across a card posted by Wendybell'sGirl that simply blew me away! I have just finished casing her card and you can also view her spectacular creation here:

Card Stock: SU! Purely Pomegranate and Very Vanilla
Ink: SU! Purely Pomegranate classic ink
Ribbon: SU! Purely Pomegranate
Stamps: SU! Fabulous Flowers; Sentiment: PSX
Other: Glitter; Nestabilities Long Dies

To-Go Caddy

I found the cutest idea on Lauren Meader's Blog and I just had to give it a try. You can find directions on her blog here: This project has all sorts of possibilities.

I purchased my cups at Wal-Mart. I was very pleasantly surprised to find that the colors in the cups perfectly matched Wild Wasabi Card Stock and Ink from SU! (bought extra before it retired)

Stamps: SU! Espress Yourself (Retired)
Accessories: SU! Wild Wasabi Ribbon, SU! Tag Punch; Paper Tagger (to hand tags from ribbons); Nestabilities Dies.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

A2 Card-Sized Scrapbook

Back to the small scrapbook I mentioned earlier... I got my inspiration from this Splitcoaststampers Resource page: Rather than reinvent the wheel, follow those directions but use the following changes:

Two 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" chipboard
One 5 1/2" x 10" Card Stock
One 5 1/2" 10" DSP
Two 4 1/2" x 12" pieces of Card Stock scored at 3", 6", and 9"

Do not add ribbon down the center of the book. After adhering the DSP and cardstock to the chipboard, fold book in half. While closed, use your crop-o-dile to make holes for eyelets to thread ribbon through for closure of your book.

Open book and set eyelets on each side of the book.

Fold book at the edge of the chipboard on each side so that you will have an accordion fold in the center.

Accordion fold the two 4 1/2" x 12" pieces of card stock. Add ribbons to the backs of these these two before attaching to sides of the book. Tie in place.

I will post a photo of the finished book tomorrow.
Note: Inside of book posted above. This is an A2 Card-sized book.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Small Scrapbook

I've got this idea running through my mind on directions for making a small scrapbook but I don't have time to work it out before going to Noon Day Bible Study today. I have jotted down a few instructions on a scrap page from my little desk set (see post below... this little caddy has proven to be invaluable; I can always find it amongst all my desk clutter). I will make a couple of preliminary scrapbooks after Noonday Bible Study today (a couple because I have thoughts on a couple of ways to make this book and I'm not sure which one I will like better). If all goes well, I will upload complete instructions and photos by tonight and let you be the judge of your favorite.

Check back later for a look-see and have a blessed day.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Desk Set

Here is a photo of a One Sheet Wonder Desk Set that was designed by Connie Stewart, an Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator ( These are really easy to make so I am in the process of making one for DH to sit on his desk. This is much more convenient than a post-it note pad... it's easier to locate on my desk.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Lady Sings the Blues

It's been months since I last posted. I've been so frustrated with Blogger that I have opted to read blogs from others rather than maintain my own... sooo... I'm over it and I'm Back!

My post today is a card I submitted for the Cabaret Warm-up Challenge NOV08VSNPRE (this challenge can be found here: This stamp is from the Rubbernecker Company and I used the Water Color method with Groovy Guava Ink from Stampin' Up! I also used the Cuttlebug Embossing Folder on the scalloped circle. TFL and enjoy your day.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Missing Photos?

Update! Here are the photos of my Altered File Folders. Months later but finally posted.

Blogger is not cooperating with me tonight... I can't seem to get my pictures uploaded. I'll try again tomorrow so please be patient.

Altered File Folder

Here's a project that I've wanted to tackle for quite some time. I was amazed at how easy this project is.

Directions for this particular Altered File Folder can be found here:

Stamps: Office Accoutrement, Tart & Tangy (SU!); Just a Note (Stampabilities). Others: CAD; SU! Ticket Punch; 3/4" Circle Punch; 1 1/4" Circle Punch; Brads; Primas; Silk Flowers (Hobby Lobby); Papers & Card Stock: DCWV; Anna Griffin; Unknown; Post-It Note; Computer Generated Labels (Birthdays; Coupons; Grocery Lists; Notes)

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Extra! Extra! Read All About it!

Guess what?  My husband was cast as an extra in an up-coming Tyler Perry movie.  He spent the entire day at the studio on Monday and part of the day on Tuesday.  It's not a speaking role... just a couple of scenes that included him.  We are hoping that his scenes do not get cut from the movie.  I'll keep you informed.

My husband... the actor!!!  WOW!!!

I've got a couple of projects that I've just completed but I'll have to post pictures tomorrow.  Right now I think I will retire.  We've had some interesting weather these past few hours... thunderstorms... dangerous lightening strikes... golf-ball size hail... winds up to 52 mph... tornado threats... rain...  The warnings are over for now, thank God!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Look What I got Today!

I had a great Mother's Day but it did not end with the weekend.  I was working in my yard today when this was delivered to me.  Look at it!  It's Beautiful!  It's Delicious!  This was sent to me compliments of our daughters and their hubbies.

Thanks, Angela & Lorenzo, Mia & Chadz.  I Love It!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Card and Bag

Z-Fold Card and a Genie Bag.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

All Inclusive

Below are notes I took from my Pastor's Sermon this morning

Pastor Micheal Benton, Fairfield Baptist Church
6133 Redan Road, Lithonia, GA 30058

Scripture: Romans 1:14-17
  • (14) I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise.
  • (15) So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome.
  • (16) For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
  • (17) For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
All Inclusive. That was the topic of my Pastor's message this morning. He talked about the discomforts, frustrations, trials and tribulations, headaches, stomaches, and uncontrollable pains we feel in our bodies and how we go to doctors seeking relief. If we don't feel well, our performance and production are affected... we don't smile and are not happy. Pain causes us to live in bondage and come short of our desired goals. Sin has invaded our lives and causes us to lose focus on God; because of the sins man brings to the human race, we cannot fulfill God's destiny of the human race.

When Adam acted on sin, sickness took place in his body and Adam hid from God. That's the same thing we do today... we sin and hide from God. The Book of Romans is God's prescription for the ills of man. We are sick people in need of this prescription from God. The Romans did not have health care but Israel did. God saw this, raised up Apostle Paul, gave him the prescription and told him to take it to the Romans. God has a remedy for the entire world. He gave instruction to Moses to tell the Children of Israel that He had them covered. If we are children of God, we are covered. If we are children of God, we ought not to worry. If we worry, we ought not pray... if we pray we ought not worry.

In Verse 14, Paul lets us know that he is accountable to somebody - he did not get to where he was on his own; somebody helped him get there. Each of us needs and has needed somebody who helped us when we could not do for ourselves. We owe much to parents, teaches, spouses, children, Pastors, friends - those who laid the foundation and we wouldn't be the same today without those who have stood behind us all these years. For this same reason, we ought not to sit down on God because he was on the scene long before others in our lives were there. He has had the healing prescription since the beginning of time and if we take this medicine, we can be healed.

God gives us hope regardless of what side we are on. if we get the Word of God on the inside of us, it will work sin out of us. Paul said we need to be delivered because sin will put us in bondage. We don't want to go to doctors who have no prescription; we want to go to somebody who can help us with our ailments. The Gospel of Jesus Christ will take jealousy out of our spirits and worry out of our minds. It can do anything - it is 'All Inclusive'... God's love is 'All Inclusive'.

Verse 14 and 15 tells us we need to be delivered. Verse 16 tells us we have Power... Power of God unto salvation to everyone who believes... God gives us power and if we lean not to our own understanding He will direct our paths. Verse 17 tells us to 'just' live by faith... things we don't have but by faith believe they will be. The Word of God is just like taking a pill for our aches and pain... it will never deliver, heal, or set us free until we get it on the inside. The Word of God is 'All Inclusive', get it on the inside of you and it will give you strength whenever you need it.

I hope you enjoyed this excerpt from my Pastor's sermon.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

My Mother's Day Treat

Today was a wonderful day for me. Tomorrow is Mother's Day so we had our intimate family outing today... my husband, our two daughters and two sons-in-law. We started out with lunch at Sweet Tomatoes at Perimeter Mall then went to see 'IRON MAN'. One of our daughters and SIL treated us to the movie. I must admit, the food was great and the movie was AWESOME!

After the movie, DH and I went to Michael's because we had some Michael's 40% and Martha Stewart 50% off coupons that we needed to use (today's the last day). Low and behold, our other daughter and SIL showed up at Michael's and purchased the MS Edge Punch and MS Craft Punch that I had in my cart ready to buy. My gift from DH was money on my card that I use to order stuff from the internet. I had a good day. Our plans are to spend Mother's Day tomorrow with my Mother.

Happy Mother's Day to all.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Fragrant Pens

I found the neatest idea on Dawn's Blog I decided to take it a step further by doing the following:

1. Be kind to the earth and recycled and decorated a veggie can to be used as my flower vase.
2. Added a drop of rose-scented candle fragrance to the center of flowers.

I have placed a 'bouquet' of flowers in my craft room, den, kitchen (near the telephone), and in the office. I also placed one of the pens in my car so that I can enjoy the aroma while driving.

Stamps used: Enjoy Every Moment
Cardstock: SU!; DCWV, Vellum
Inks: SU! Markers
Punches: SU! Corners; Butterfly (unknown); Nestabilities Scallop Die
Silk Flowers: Old Time Pottery
Pens: Sam's Club

These are really easy to make, pleasing to smell, and really pretty to look at. Thanks, Dawn.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Recipes, Anyone!!!

This is to keep my favorite recipes in.  My intent is to go to various family members (including my two daughters) and ask them to add their favorite recipes to my collection.  My #1 recipe will be my Mother's Old-Fashioned Home-Made Tea-Cakes, Fried Pies (using dried peaches and dried apples) and the 'Dressing' she makes for special occasions, Thanksgiving, and Christmas each year.  Let me know if you are interested in seeing copies of these recipes on my blog.

I cased the card from the 2007 SU catalog and used it as the front for my recipe book.  The stamp sets used:  "Voila" and "Voila to Go".

Thinking of You

I've got a few stamp sets that I really love but rarely use.  Seaside Sketches is on the SU! Dormant List so I decided to combine it with Essence of Love for Friday's LSC166 Spotlight on Circles Challenge.

Card size is A2 ( 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" scored at 4 1/4").  I used the masking technique and stamped my image on white cardstock.  I water-colored the image with re-inkers then used my round and scalloped-round Nestabilities to cut it out.  I used my CAD to punch holes (circles) in the scallops.  I had ribbon roses that I had purchased from the Fabric Department at JoAnn's and added to the sides of the circles (note: roses are round).


Inch Inch Moo

This is a card I made during the Scrap chic Card Club taught by Sally at Scrap Chic Boutique a couple of weeks ago I must admit I didn't too much care for it at first but it has grown on me.  I'll probably follow this format and make more cards so that I can use up some of the million scraps of DSP I have but don't want to throw away.  I know the title of this post may sound funny to some (it did to me) but Sally said this is the name of this technique.

Sally's card can be found here:  

Friday, April 25, 2008

My New Blog

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