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November 2009

Christmas Tags Part 1

So, I've been in a Christmas project mood lately. And, I have a huge collection of Basic Grey Christmas papers just waiting to be used. The cold weather doesn't hurt either! Anyway, here are two tags that I created. I think my favorite is the one with the felt snowflake. I have some new stamps on order, so can't wait to get them and make some more tags. My parents are coming to town for Thanksgiving, and my Mom and I are planning to make some tags and put up my Christmas decorations sometime during the weekend. Should be fun!

Snowflake Tag:


Stamps: PTI Polka Dot Basics, Background Basics Text Style II

Ink: PTI Scarlet Jewel, SU Sahara Sand

Paper: SU Bravo Burgundy, Riding Hood Red, Sahara Sand, Whisper White

Accessories: SU Kraft Corduroy brad, SU Felt Flurries, EK Success Postage Stamp border punch, PTI Scarlet Jewel Satin ribbon, SU Tag corner punch

Button Tag:


Stamps: SU Sanded background, PTI Polka Dot Basics, SU Rough Around the Edges, Texture, Dry Brush jumbo wheels, SU Wishing You Cheer

Ink: SU Soft Sky, River Rock, Sahara Sand, Soft Suede, PTI Fresh Snow, Scarlet Jewel

Paper: Basic Grey Figgy Pudding, SU Whisper White, Riding Hood Red

Accessories: Maya Road red twill, PTI Pure Poppy vintage buttons, Spellbinders Labels Three dies, Hero Arts gems, misc fibers, Sizzix Tag die

After the Park

Eeek! It's been a week since I posted to my blog. Two weekends ago it was beautiful and sunny in Chicago. I took Monty to the local park as he was in serious need of an off-leash run! We stayed for about an hour and 45 minutes. So, what does Monty look like after that long at the part? He was just able to make it into the door of my house, and then plopped down on the floor like so. Life is good!

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One more Halloween Project post

Before Halloween is too far behind us, I have a simple card and some matchbox treat containers to share. I used the Holiday Blitz stamp set from Stampin' Up and patterned paper from Basic Grey's Indian Summer line. The matchboxes were made with a Bigz XL Die exclusive to Stampin' Up that you can find here. They were really pretty easy to make. I made 11 of the boxes decorated in just about 2 hours. I was able to fit 4 pieces of candy in various sizes (including the mini Snickers, mini Hershey's bars and even a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup mini)! I took them to work, and gave them to some of my co-workers for Halloween. It was fun just to do a little something extra for the people I see everyday. So, I hope you enjoy these simple projects, and find your own ways to brighten the days of the people around you with a small hand-made gift or card!

Happy Halloween


Stamps: SU Holiday Blitz, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: SU Classic Rich Razzleberry, Dusty Durango, Chocolate Chip

Paper: SU Dusty Durango, Rich Razzleberry, Basic Grey Indian Summer, SU Whisper White, Chocolate Chip

Accessories: White Gel Pen, SU Chocolate Chip wide grosgrain, staple, square punches




Stamps: SU Holiday Blitz, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: SU Classic Rich Razzleberry, Dusty Durango, Chocolate Chip

Paper: SU Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, Basic Grey Indian Summer, SU Whisper White

Accessories: SU Matchbox Bigz Xl Die, SU circle punches, tag punch (trimmed down), Copic brown marker


Close Encounters of the Skunk Kind & Welcome Baby Card

So last Friday on October 30th, Monty and I had one of our Close Encounters of the Skunk kind! Almost ran into a skunk in the morning at 6:50 am. Even though it was that late in the morning, it was dark and cloudy. I wisely didn't go to the patch of grass near the Ace hardware store because I didn't want to run into any "critters". Also, I had my flashlight with me, and scanned the row of bushes for critters. The leaves are mostly gone now, so it's easy to spot anything living there. So, we stayed in the grass near the mailboxes. He did his business, and then something caught his attention behind the row of bushes. He was watching, and his tale was upright and he was swinging it alertly back and forth. I strained my eyes, and finally saw a dark body low to the ground waddling back and forth. Then I noticed that the dark body had two white stripes! Crap…time to move on. Thankfully he hadn't figured out what it was nor barked, so we left in a hurry across the front of the townhouse building, through the street and directly into my house. That was close enough for that day! I'll tell you about our other encounter tomorrow.  Sorry, no pictures of the skunk or Monty during that time. ;-)

So, my friends in MN just had their baby. She is so cute! I bought a bunch of cute pink items at the local Target to send to them. It's hard to leave that pink isle at the store! I also made them a card, and I really like how the layout came out if I do say so myself.


Stamps: Mixed Messages, Vintage Picnic Sentiments

Ink: SU Classic Riding Hood Red, Vintage tea Dye pads

Paper: Kraft, Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses line, PTI Aqua Mist Bitty Box paper, SU Pink Pirouette

Accessories: SU Scallop border punch, SU corner rounder punch, QK hanger and onsesie die, MM colored safety pin, SU Riding Hood Red striped ribbon,