I made this boxed set of cards for the Paper Crafts Christmas Tree this year.  The colors of the items on the trees will be brown, red and green.  I wanted the box to look like a house, so I made this “roof topper’ for the box.  Using the background of First Fruits, I stamped the “shingles” and added some glitter at tht top for snow.  There is a ribbon which runs up either side of the roofline with a large loop to hang on tree.  The houses on the cards took a while to do, but the rest of the card I made very simple by using the Polka Dot Basics set in white chalk ink for the snow.  I stopped just before the bottom to make it look like it was snowing and added swipes of the chalk ink to the bottom of the card to make it look snow swept.  I used vellum and stickes for the snow on the house.  On the inside the sentiment stamped reads “There’s no place like home for the holidays”  You can see this Christmas addition to “Boards and Beams” HERE.  Have a great day, and don’t forget to come back tomorrow for the Stamp Simply Challenge! 


Stamps: Boards and Beams, Home for the Holidays, Polka Dot Basics, First Fruits

Paper: Pure Poppy, Dark Chocolate, Kraft, Vellum

Ink: White Chalk, Dark Chocolate

Ribbon: Pure Poppy

Other; Copic Markers, buttons,


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

What a lovely experience glitter gives you on your cards if used well.  I have to amdit, I am becoming a Martha Stewart glitter fan.  I am in love with the quality of her glitter products unlike some of her other products, she got it right on her glitter.  These were stamped using the Tsukineko glue pad and the Martha Stewart brownstone glitter. It is so coppery and perfect for fall.  I wanted to the first card to feel like you were enveloped in wound ribbon as well.  I wanted the card to feel like the bundled up wheat that it was portraying.  The second card was meant to be a simple notecard, but I couldn’t resist the ribbon.  I am a satin ribbon girl through and through!  I just couldn’t resist the perfect colors together. 

How was your weekend?  We are all in states of sickness around here!  John is over it, I am sort of winding down from it, Sophie is in full swing of it and Emma…well…she is lucky…for now.  I know it is just a matter of time 😦  We spent the weekend going to John’s Sisters house for her 40th birthday…happy birthday Lisa!  I am the youngest out of the siblings and respective spouses, so the 40th hat was passed down to me at the party.  Don’t have to worry about it for a while though (whew 😉  )  Yesterday after church I hurried to make a meal for a singer friend of mine who’s husband got injured on his job and then I crashed and took a nap.  I was up most of the night before coughing (sickness and Lisa’s cats I think).  We then went over to John’s parents and had a cook-out and ate inside because it was so cold.  Baby it’s cold outside!!  I have to go to work!!  ACK!  Gotta get going!  Have a great day!!  Share your weekend with me!


Stamps: First Fruits

Paper: Vintage Cream, Ripe Avacado (PTI), Really Rust SU!

Ink: Jumbo Java, Gingerbread, Spanish Olive versa mark chalk inks, Tsukineko Glue Pad

Ribbon: Michaels, Ripe Avacado Satin

Other: Martha Stewart Glitter, Nestabilities

OK…a couple of things for today!  So…we were given our next Stamp Simply challenge by a guest this week!  Heather Telford has asked the team to come up with a card using only sentiments!!  NO image stamps!  You can use patterned paper, repeat sentiments and whatever else you want…just NO image stamps!  This is what I came up with 🙂

OK…first off…I am in love with the new Papertrey Polka Dot Parade papers.  If you know me, you know I actually don’t use patterned paper that much when I stamp.  I have to say though…I am in LAHAHAHAHOVE with these new papers.  I blinged up some Maya Road flowers with Martha Stewart glitter to make the card “absolutely fabulous”  😉 

So here is what the other girls have done!  Read on after for what I did tonight!!!

Heather Telford (our lovely guest 🙂 )

Darlene Pavlick (our other lovely guest 🙂 )







So…today was the day.  The day that 364 days before this day leads to this moment every year.  The day that my husband spends stressing over for most of September and into October.  The day in which all German teachers in South Jersey do not envy my husband for.  The day where the Chicken Dance reigns supreme and the dutiful wife controls a kitchen full of parents leading them in the charge of cooking for 500 people.  The day.  The…FEST.



Gutes Essen, Gute Freunde, Gute Zeiten!

Good food, Good Friends, Good Times!

Collingswood High School OKTOBERFEST 2008!  It was a success, a blast, and a night full of Bavarian madness! It is over John!!   Thanks for looking 😉


Stamps: Mixed Messages

Paper: Aqua Mist CS, Lemon Tart CS, Spring Moss CS, Polka Dot Parade Patterned Paper

Ink: Aqua Mist

Ribbon: Aqua Mist Grosgrain

Other: Maya Road Flowers, Martha Stewart Glitters


Like what you see?  Just head over to the Papertrey Ink Gallery for the supply lists!  I’m not feeling too well today.  Neither is John, so I’m not going to chat too much.  Have a great day and I hope you like the projects for this month 🙂

Nichole issued the Design Team a challenge to make mass produced cards for the Holidays! 

What an important thing to do now if you haven’t started yet!  I know some of you out there are good busy bees, making a Christmas card every day throughout the year with your other projects.  Well…if you are anything like me…Miss “I have way too many other things to be doing than an extra ANYTHING right now” on a daily basis…well…I have the card for you…AND it is fun…AND you can even get your kids to help you!!  What?  Oh yes…they can!  You know we have children for some free labor every once and a while, right?  let me explain.  The card I made for you is all made from punches!!  Super easy and super teachable to your kids, so they can feel special and help out!  First the cards:

See?  This will be very simple to do when you follow my instructions…and yes…even though it doesn’t look fast, it is QUITE fast!!  remember…punches are fast little tools and VERY kid friendly!

Go and check out what the other girls have done and make SURE you go and visit Nichole’s blog to get the Supply Lists for each set of cards!!!












Now that is a dramatic title!  So here is the deal.  I REALLY have been wanting kraft address labels and I found one site that deals in them, but when I put them in my cart for the reasonable price that they are…I then put in the shipping info and my couple of sheets in addy labels comes out to me spending 14 bucks.  What??  I am sorry…not worth it.  So after scouring Staples for them and coming up empty handed I got creative.  See…that is what we crafters do.  Get creative with what we have and force it into submission!  First…the projects:

Then the solution:

So do you see that I wanted Kraft labels to wrap the Riesen candies that I have?  Well…since I can’t find my wish…and please…if anyone knows where to get them for a decent price, let me know…I took the Papertrey Ink adhesive label sheets (yes they have them).  Full sheet of white paper (like the address labels) but in full sheets with adhesive on the back.  I took a sheet and glued the kraft paper on top of it using my mono multi (the king of all amazing glue products) and stampes a one sheet wonder of pinecones, autumn sentiment and spray onto about 2/3 of the sheet.  After the ink dried, I cut them into 1inch strips and then into three inch strips from there.  They wrapped nicely around the chocolates.  Just make sure to glue the kraft paper down well to the adhesive sheet.  Then I also had leftover, so I used it for the sides of the take-out box.  So simple…because it was like a sticker!  then I had even more left over, so I made the card!  Perfect!  What did you all do this weekend?  I got together with two girls from the PTI forum!!  YAY!  Rita got us all together and was the driving force behind everything!!  THANK YOU RITA!!  She doesn’t have a blog or I would link her.  Jennifer was also there and we made some uber cute cards!!  The only problem is that we forgot to take pictures of ourselves stamping!  Sad…right?  I took pictures of the table before and the cards after though.  We were expecting more people, but due to some last minute things they weren’t able to make it.  That is why I had 6 gift jars out on the table 😉 and look at the candy!  MMMM…


Stamps: First Fruits

Paper: Kraft, Dark Chocolate, White adhesive sheets

Ink: Dark Chocolate, Summer Sunrise, Pesto Versa Magic Chalk Ink, White Chalk Ink

Ribbon: Dark Chocolate Twill

Other: Button from Buttons Galore and More

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