{Hemidemisemiquaver Home}

First of all…..THE PHILLIES WON THE PENNANT!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh the loveliness of Christmas!  Doesn’t it make you joyful?  I really think we should remember how we felt as children at Christmas time.  So excited and full of awe at its very meaning.  I really wanted to capture the childhood whimsy of Christmas and yet make what was inside special with a little more elegance.  Don’t you think that polka dots never go out of style?  I feel like polka dots and stripes are one of those things that always work in any kind of design.  Trendy or classic, it can be everything I suppose.  It is all in how you use them.  So here is my whimsical elegant box.  A sweet reminder of the first day the tree gets put up at home and all of the ornament boxes come out.  Such a joyful time for a joyful reason.  I hope you try this yourself.  It would be a wonderful gift for anyone.

these small ornament balls were found at Michaels for I believe $3.99.  There are enough ornaments in the box in which it came to make two of these gift boxes!  So the egg box is only $4.00 and the ornaments for this project is roughly $2.00.  Not too shabby for a gift that looks like it costs a fortune.  If you have any questions, please let me know.  I will be happy to answer them in the comments section.  Thanks!  Have a great day!  I will be speding my day with Cindy Lyles!  How fun!


Stamps: Take a Bough

Paper: Polka Dot Parade, Ripe Avacado, Aqua Mist

Ink: Versa Magic Chalk Ink, Palette Noir

Ribbon: Ocean Tides Satin

Other: Papertrey Egg Box, Clear Frame with Polka Dots, EK success 1 3/8 inch punch (for inside of box for the circles), 3/4 inch EK success circle punch for the ornament balls. Nestabilities, We R Memory Keepers Hardware.

Designer Note: To make the circle punches on the paper inside where the holes are in the cardboard, Cut your Polka dot Basic paper to size for the insert in the box, then flip around and trace holes.  Use the 1 3/8th inch punch centering it in the trace marks just made.  The punch is smaller than the traced circles to hold the balls upright.  This assures the perfect size holes for the small ornaments.

I got these amazing little frame ornament wall-hanging thingies at Michaels for $2.00 I think!  I got three of them and I have to say I am in LOVE with them!  Aren’t they the cutest?  Of course as soon as John saw the picture he says “the bottom loop is crooked”.  I bent it back.  What can you ask for for $2.00!  lol.  Seriously though, they are primed wood and wire.  Fabu.  Love it.  What else will you use those tiny pictures they put into your photo package on?  These are those “keepsake” photos…the thumbnail type ones they stick into your package from Target now.  It was a perfect fit to add some other stuff with it. I know you are probably sick of this photo, but it was perfect for the colors I wanted. I am actually going to get the girls Christmas pics done soon this year.  They will be more casual.  Cute sweaters with matching scarves.  I chopped off Sophie’s hair in the summer, so she looks so different now from this picture!  She wanted to look like Lucy Pevencie from “Narnia”.  She is too cute. 

SO… have you all been thinking about how everyone is partying away on the big stamping cruise?  Man I wish I was there, but since I am fat and hairy (well at least right now), it may be best that I am home as not to scare everyone!!  LOL!  Have a great day!

Stamps: Snowfall, 2008 Holiday Tag Collection (Noel sentiment)

Paper: Pure Poppy, Stampers Select White, Sky Blue SU!

Ink: White Chalk, Pure Poppy

Ribbon: Pure Poppy Stitched Grosgrain

Other: Marvy Super Jumbo Snowflake Punch, Buttons, Martha Stewart Clear Glitter

A quick post for now as I am on my way to work, but who says your cards can’t match your home and even better, fit right in! Check this out!

If I left this on the top of my dresser, nobody would even realize! Don’t you love how the sheep match? Here is the card and ornament in real life…

I love these CHF stamps. I have been drooling over them for a while now! I finally broke down and got them as a birthday present to myself! I stamped right onto that muslin! Isn’t that fun? I cut it..(and it doesn’t matter if it is wonky) with pinking shears. primitives ARE wonky, so there is a lot of room for error! Good for me! I grunged up this Purely Pomegranate ribbon and cardstock so it wouldn’t be too bright. I also used Ranger Antique Distress ink. Thanks to Debbie Olson. She added it to her sheep at it made them just perfect!! Big surprise from Debbie!! There are a TON of stamps in this set and I can’t wait to play with them. Especially the crows. They are so creepy…yet fun! Did you see the projects for the sneak peeks of Papertrey today? Go to Nichole’s Blog and look at what the team was busy doing for todays post! Mine was so simple and fun! It would be so easy to make a ton of these for shower favors! Take a look!!! Please also read my post below and join this AMAZING challenge for an AMAZING woman!!! Thanks!!!! I Still need MANY more people to help out!!!!

A very beautiful star made from very beautiful papers:



I used the “striped serenity” paper on this star.  It uses an 81/2 x 11 piece of paper for this template, so  you will have leftovers of your 12×12 sheet to make a card for someone if you give this as a gift.  After printing out the template, take each square and on the white side where your marks should be,  sponge Papertrey “Spring Moss” ink on the back using a dauber.  Then take your craft knife and cut along the lines making slits. 

1) Take the inner most slits and bring them in towards each other (adhere with double sided tape, I used redline)

2) Take the next pieces and pull them the opposite way and bring them together.

repeat in opposite ways until you are finished.  When you did that to each of the six squares you can put them together at the base using glue dots.  I then used a medium sized eyelet and thread PTI Spring Moss twill through it to hang it.  A beautiful project for beautiful papers.

Template: star_template_sm.pdf

Please take a look at Lisa Johnson’s blog.  She has a cute “Treat a Lope” tuorial.

Using the new PTI limitless labels, borders and corners monogram edition and the Trajan monograms, I made this acrylic block sign for my bathroom.  The colors are creamy caramel and black.  I used matching thinner ribbon to go around the edges of each block to finish off the look.  I used red lined tape for everything.  I used the limitless label set (the circle dot pattern one) to create my background paper.  I want a huge stamp of this…’cause I LUUUUUHHHHVE this pattern.  I then used a “purse handle loop” that I found in the Michaels isle with the purses to hold the rbbon.  Sorry about the lighting.  I just took this picture now and it is almost 5pm, so no natural light.  My walls are creamy caramel, not this weird funky color they are coming up in the picture.  I taught my Mom how to make some boxes today, so I will post her creations tomorrow.  We had fun 🙂





I have started a new category on my blog called “{Hemidemisemiquaver Home}”.  In this category I will feature little tid bits about how you can make sense of stamping when it comes to home decor.  I hope you like it, and when I think of inspiring ideas, I will post them in this category so it is easy to reference back to them later.

These Santas are from the PaperTrey Ink’s “Believe” set.  This was the same color scheme and design of the Santa that I did on my pyramid box.  The colors are perfect for my dining room, so I didn’t change a thing.  The star in his hand is also coordinates with the stars on the candle ring that is on there, so it worked very well.  I used Kraft cardstock and a white gel pen to color his beard.  I have them attached to all five arms using two small dimensionals.

Check back tonight at 6pm eastern time for the winner of the blog candy to celebrate the new Kitchen Sink Stamps release THIS MONDAY!


I love how beautiful clear blocks are, so I thought I would make this mantle eye candy that would take these blocks in a different direction.  I used the Giga square scalloped punch and punched some beautiful irredescent paper I got at a paper show.   Then I used the “J” “O” “Y” from the Kitchen Sink “Snow Flurry” set.  The brilliant thing for using these for your own home is that I just used a low stick vellum adhesive.  A little on each corner and so then you can interchange your designs for each season!!!  NOW…you get four blocks in this set, so why not put on the last block what you are so joyful about!  For me…it’s my girls!  See?

I just took a wallet size of their Christmas picture from two years ago and put that through the giga square punch and voila!  A nice addition of the kids!  Do you want more ideas?  How about getting the 2″x2″ blocks and making a gorgeous ornament!  Just do the same thing that is in my tutorial for the coasters, but put a picture hook on the back with crystal effects and add your favorite ribbon!  You could also finish the back with nice velvet paper before adding the hook.  I used the Playful Christmas set as well as the sentiment from the new set coming out Dec. 3rd.  “Never a Loss for Words”.  Also, try and making it a diamond shape, not just square!



WHAT?  ANOTHER IDEA???  OK…How about using that same block size to make a basket tie-on?  Here is another altered block on my Longaberger Apple Basket!



Stamps are Kitchen Sinks “Playful Christmas” and the swirls are from “Backgrounds and Borders”.  Hope you like the new ways to use these beauties!



1) (4) 3.5 x 3.5 Acrylic blocks                                             

2) (4) Chipboard Coaster          

3) Your choice of cardstock or patterned paper                      

4) Your favorite “Kitchen Sink Stamps” (“Playful Christmas” is shown)                      

5) Brayer (I use a stoneware scraper) (*not shown)                       

6) Dew Drops (optional)                       

7) Mod Podge with foam brush                       

 8 ) Red Line Tape                       

9) Crystal Effects                       

10) Sandpaper