Sunday, December 15, 2013

blog candy winner!

Thank you to everyone who entered to win my BLOG HOP CANDY from last Thursday's Stylin' Stampin' Squad Blog Hop! You were all so sweet in taking the time to leave a comment and I REALLY appreciated it! According to, lucky comment #9 is the winner!

Craftystamper said...
I particularly love the hand soap idea, as it is so unique and so beautiful. It's quick and easy and looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Stylin' Stampin' Squad Blog Hop - quick & easy gifts for the holidays (and a giveaway!)

Thank you so much for joining us for the December Stylin' Stampin' Squad Blog Hop!  This month our projects focus on quick and easy gift ideas for the holidays. As we enter the month of December, we find that the Christmas holidays are fast approaching. From decorating our homes to holiday baking, we realize that shopping days are running low. That's why we want to share quick and easy gift ideas that anyone can create in time for that special someone!

As you hop along, you will see that many of our design team members are giving away some great blog candy this month. Leave a comment for each project and you will automatically be entered in to win!  Winners will be announced Monday, December 16th on our individual blogs, so don't forget to leave us those comments! We love to hear from our readers!

You should have just left stop number 8 on the Stylin’ Stampin’ Squad  blog hop – Diana of Stampin' Fun with Diana. If so, you are in the  right spot. If a link doesn’t work or you get off track, you will find  the full blog hop lineup below.

I was so excited awhile back when I found a great deal online for Bath & Body Works hand soaps. For me this is one of those splurges that I love to have in every bathroom and my many yummy scents! I bought a boxful of mostly holiday scents...some for me and some for gifts! Now, I could just tie a bow around it or stick it in a bag, but I wanted to take it just a step further and add a fun little tag to give it the WOW factor. But, seriously ~ it's super easy & quick...I promise.


When I first saw the Winter Cranberry bottle I instantly knew it was the perfect match for some Cherry Cobbler goodness!

I dressed it up using some Silver Glimmer Paper which matches the sparkle on the trim and the words of the bottle. I used my favorite (surprise!!) Festive Flurry stamp set and coordinating Framelits.

To get the middle "star" shape on the snowflakes, I stamped the smallest snowflake using the Silver Metallic Encore Pad and then embossed it with Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder for a little extra sparkle. I cut out the center with my Paper Snips. If I owned some of the Frosted Finishes Embellishments, that would have been a great replacement for the center!

I stamped Merry Christmas and made banner notches.

I finished it off on the top of the bottle with some Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding and Silver 1/8" Ribbon. I just love the look of the big bow.

Tag measurements & quick "how to":

And, because we're talking easy holiday gifts! I whipped up a few easy-peasy Rolo candy wrappers. These were a hit at the craft bazaars I used to do a few years back. A couple of years ago, I created a quick little tutorial. I wanted to try them again using current product ~ Season of Style DSP Paper Stack and Tags 4 You stamp set with Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding, Crumb Cake Seam Binding, & Gumball Green Stitched Satin Ribbon. I plan to give these to some of the staff at my kids' school.

OK, and now for the some blog candy before you leave!!
{winner will be announced on Monday's post!}

You'll have a chance to win all you see in the picture: 
Tag A Bag Accessory Kit (current product)
4 handmade Christmas greeting cards (by me!)
Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder
Holiday Frame Embossing Folder
Spool of Old Olive ribbon

PLEASE LEAVE YOUR EMAIL WITH YOUR COMMENT! to hop along and visit Bree at Craft-Somnia.

Blog Hop Participants:
  1. Dawn S. of Dawn's Creative Chalet
  2. Darcy J. of DJ's Stampin' Place
  3. Annie L. of Love Me Cards
  4. Cynthia R. of Ink-a-Doodle Creations
  5. Jamie H. of Unique Ink
  6. Kim R. of Stamping with Kim
  7. Tonya B. of Stampin' with Tonya
  8. Diana E. of Stampin' Fun with Diana
  9. Heidi B. of Stuck on Stampin'
  10. Bree R. of Craft-Somnia
  11. Anastasia R. of Stampin' Blondie
  12. Pamela W. of Stinky Tofu
  13. Darla R. & Nancy K. of Stampin With Darla and Sisters

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

SS INKspiration - money holder

I am over at Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration today sharing with you how to make a fun (& super easy!) money holder for a quick Christmas gift! You can also see the little vellum pocket I created to hold it.

And, just a couple quick things...
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December 10th - 16th
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2013-2015 In Color Core'dinations
2013-2015 In Color Core'dinations
Price: $11.95  
Blushing Bride 3/4 Chevron Ribbon
Blushing Bride 3/4" Chevron Ribbon
Price: $8.95  
Card Base Pop' N Cuts
Card Base Pop' N Cuts
Price: $39.95 
SALE PRICE: $29.96
Designer Rosette Bigz Xl Die
Designer Rosette Bigz Xl Die
Price: $42.95  
SALE PRICE: $32.21
Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch
Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch
Price: $15.95  
SALE PRICE: $11.96
Holly Berry Bouquet Kit -- Digital Download
Holly Berry Bouquet Kit - Digital Download
Price: $9.95  
Neutrals Stampin' Write Markers
Neutrals Stampin' Write Markers
Price: $22.95 
SALE PRICE: $17.21
Ready. Set. Send.
Ready. Set. Send.
Price: $19.95  
SALE PRICE: $14.96

Monday, December 9, 2013

SS INKspiration - festive flurry sketch

It's the 2nd Monday of the month and that means it's card sketch time over at Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration!! I created this card using the sketch for an event I did last week. I brought some card making supplies for some of the ladies from my mom's Bible Study. It was so fun to watch these women enjoy card making! One of the gals asked why this wasn't around 30 years ago. I couldn't help but smile! ;)

I pulled out one of my faves...the Festive Flurry stamp set & coordinating Framelit dies and used the Coastal Cabana and Island Indigo color combo. The background DSP is from the Winter Frost Paper Stack. I wrapped a piece of Silver 1/8" Ribbon around a strip of Island Indigo down the middle of the card and then finished off the snowflake with a Rhinestone. The "Merry Christmas" comes from Petite Pairs (available in wood mount & clear mount). 

Come and play along!!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

color me christmas tags

Last night the kids and I decided to make some treats for their teachers. It was part of our 25 Days of Christmas activities. Have you tried these yummy pretzel-chocolatey treats yet?! Yum! They are super easy to make and something the kids could easily help with.

We packaged them up in a little cello bag and I tied a giant red satin bow around it (retired). I die cut a tag from Whisper White using the Chalk Talk Framelits (largest size). I love this one because it tucks so nicely around the tied bow. No fussing with having to tie it on!

 Chalk Talk Framelits
#129983 - $24.95

Then the kids stamped their choice of image from the Color Me Christmas stamp set (shocker that we used this one...LOL!). They each colored their image in (I even let them use MY markers...gulp!) and we added some Dazzling Diamonds Glitter. I think they turned out so cute...the teachers will love them!


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

SS INKspiration - wrap it up!

It's that time of year where fun packaging comes out in full force! I must admit that when it comes to wrapping most gifts for Christmas I just get in there and get it done so there's not a lot of fancy going on, but every now and then it's fun to go all out for someone special! Today I am sharing a cute idea that takes a little extra pep, but the end result is super fun!

I started out by making a string of banners and stars using Whisper White Baker's Twine, Season of Style Designer Washi Tape, and bitty stars punched out of Champagne Glimmer Paper. I folded the washi tape over and then cut a pennant end with my Paper Snips. The stars I attached back to back with a glue dot in between.

I wrapped one of our Kraft Gift Boxes with the twine, criss-crossing it and then tying it in the back of the box.

 I embellished the top using my favorite Festive Flurry stamp set and coordinating framelits (with Cherry Cobbler & Old Olive ink) and added a Cherry Cobbler Candy Dot to the middle. I used "Happy Christmas" from More Merry Messages.

Happy gift giving!!

 Oh, and one more cute little gift wrap idea we made with my daughter's Campfire Girls group yesterday at their Christmas party. We made little reindeer gift bags! I found this idea on Pinterest and adapted it to fit onto a smaller bag using Stampin' Up! products (this is not a lunch sack size). Right now it's filled with Hershey's Kisses!

{sorry for the antler taken at night!}

 Punches used:
Oval Collection Framelits (second smallest)
retired skinny oval punch for whites of eyes
3/4" Circle Punch for black part of eyes

Here is my sweet girl and her Rudolph!

 Come on by to see what other great gift wrapping ideas some of the SS INK designers have for you today!! Please leave a comment to let me know you stopped by or if you have any's so great to hear from you!

 Weekly Deals for December 3 - 9
The 1-1/4" Scallop Circle Punch is one of the first punches I purchased when I started Stampin' Up! almost 5 years ago!
And, if you're interested in the itty bitty stars seen in my project above, right now during this week's online deals you can purchase the Merry Minis Punch Pack, which is what I used!
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1-1/4 Scallop Circle Punch
1-1/4" Scallop Circle Punch
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Fun Flowers Bigz L Die
Fun Flowers Bigz L Die
Price: $32.95 
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Hearts Collection Framelits Dies
Hearts Collection Framelits Dies
Price: $26.95  
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Merry Minis Punch Pack
Merry Minis Punch Pack
Price: $16.95  
Sale Price: $12.71
Paper Doily Sizzlits Die
Paper Doily Sizzlits Die
Price: $21.95 
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Think Back Photobook Templates -- Digital Download
Think Back Photobook Templates - Digital Download
Price: $19.95  
Sale Price: $11.97
Wisteria Wonder 3/4 Chevron Ribbon
Wisteria Wonder 3/4" Chevron Ribbon
Price: $8.95  
Sale Price: $6.71

Monday, December 2, 2013

holiday sale ends today!

Today is the last day of the Holiday Sale!! Click on the above image to visit my online store at to take advantage of savings 20-50% off!

And SIX new items have been added for TODAY ONLY!

Envelope Liners Framelits Dies
Envelope Liners Framelits Dies
Price: $26.95 
Sale Price: $18.87
Expressions Thinlits Dies
Expressions Thinlits Dies
Price: $24.95 
Sale Price: $17.47
Extra-Large Gift Box
Extra-Large Gift Box
Price: $3.95 
Sale Price: $2.77
Holly Jolly Greetings Simply Sent
Holly Jolly Greetings Simply Sent
Price: $14.95 
Sale Price: $10.47
Large Rhinestone Basic Jewels
Large Rhinestone Basic Jewels
Price: $4.95  
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Snowflake Season Simply Sent
Snowflake Season Simply Sent
Price: $14.95 
Sale Price: $10.47

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