Monday, October 31, 2011

SSC227 Blingy Jolly Jingles

Pin It Now! I know it's Halloween, but I'm in a bright Christmas mood anyway!  I should've been Mrs. Claus for Halloween instead of a bank robber :)  

This week's Stamping 411 sketch was so clean and simple, I wanted to do something special. 
Shaker Box!  I've been dying to use one of SU's quick & easy frames from the Holiday Mini.
So simple!  I punched two ornaments, embossed one, and filled the shaker circle with Basic Pearls.

I used a bunch of large basic pearls, scraping the adhesive off with the Piercing Tool.
Then I stuck the medium pearls back to back so they'd roll around. 
Aren't they bright and baubly?
I kept the rest of the card nice and simple, graphic lines.
The Jolly Jingles jumbo stamp wheel looks so great heat embossed in white.
It's really a striking stamp.  Those wheels don't get enough face time, do they?!

Here's the sketch...Hope you'll give it a try!  Visit Stamping 411 to enter your lovely card and see all the great samples!

Supply List:
Cardstock: Shimmer White, Baja Breeze
Stamps:  Jolly Jingles jumbo roller #120864
Embellishments:  Snowburst Embossing folder, Ornament Punch, Basic Pearls, White 5/8" satin ribbon, Rhinestone brad, white embossing powder, heat gun, Versamark ink.

Have a blessed and creative day!  Erika

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Sharing some Autumny Make & Takes...

Pin It Now! I went to an {awesome & inspiring} upline meeting this weekend and I wanted to share the beautiful projects that were available for us girls...

Aren't they wonderful?! So crisp & warm looking.

This is a single stamp from the holiday mini, Leaves Of A Tree. It's lovely and versatile. Spice cake paper is run through the Big Shot for texture. I love that shot of Pool Party CS & ruffled ribbon.

Here's a smaller card, with hand cut leaves from Gently Falling, Spice Cake fabric knotted around, and monogrammed.

And what?! How cute is this? A super sweet test tube treat that's elegant enough for your BFFs, but the kids will snatch them up if you're not careful!

I love the way the acorn looks against that tag, and once again, the fabric makes it so much more wow. Love. It.

Thanks to the wonderful & talented Kathy Wayson for these great little works of art.

Have a blessed & creative day! Erika.

Monday, October 24, 2011


Pin It Now! Here's a little treat I put together for my stampin' girls this weekend. 
{The tulle skirting was from JoAnn's.  It's on sale.}
They're mini brownies in push pop containers.
Remember those?! With the orange ice treats?

I'm obsessed with them, they're so cute!
I decorated them with labels printed from Stampin' Up's My Digital Software. 
You get all these embellishments for $4.95...
You can resize them, print off as many as you need, add words to the blank labels.
They match the DSP, so you look so put together.  :D
Item #125614 incase you're wondering.

I got the original idea from Pinterest, you can find these containers stuffed all different ways. 
Here's a sample that caught my eye:

I've seen them done with M&Ms, multicolored cakes, cinnamon buns, yummm.

I bought the containers from this seller on Etsy, she was wonderful!  

If you get around to making some, you'll have to let me know what you did!

Have a blessed and creative day! Erika

Sunday, October 23, 2011


Pin It Now!
Here's a quick and easy tutorial on how to make your own gift bows from patterned paper.

STEP 1: Cut 3/4" strips:
(3) 8"
(2) 6"
(1) 2" from the cut portion of a 6" strip

STEP 2:  Fold and twist each end and adhere with a bit of glue.

When you do both ends, it'll look like this.

STEP 3:  Repeat with each strip.  The 2" strip is just rolled into a loop and secured with sticky strip. 
              When they're done, they'll look like this.

STEP 4:  Stack the 3 largest pieces and fasten them together with a small dot of glue.
              Repeat with the two smaller pieces.

This is what you'll have.

STEP 5:  Stack them up and a bit more glue. I add a staple right in the center at this point to really anchor it
               all together.

STEP 6:  Use sticky strip to secure the last loop in the center. 

Have a blessed & creative day! Erika.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Over The Top Swap! SSC225

Pin It Now! This week's Stamping 411 Sketch Challenge helped me over a big hurdle, getting ready for a swap that I'm hosting at my house this weekend!  I managed to combine the challenge with both the party favor and the swap card!

Here's the sketch:
And here's my take:

This is a Dollar Tree wine glass, green on top, clear at the stem.
I wrapped the stem with black tulle, you can find that anywhere - WalMart, JoAnn's...
Traced the base on Pick Your Poison DSP and glued it around the perimeter with 2-Way Glue.  That way if anyone wants to use the glass, it will soak right off.
Add a little Pear Pizzazz Seam Binding Ribbon to make it pop.

Here's the card by itself. 
Card base is 2 layers of the large Scallop Square die, folded, and glued together. It's smaller than a regular 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" card, but will fit nicely in that size envelope.
Lots of stamping from Out On A Limb, layered with the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig. 
Added black galaxy glitter around the edge, silver galaxy glitter dabbed on the bats' eyes with a super-skinny paintbrush & 2-Way Glue.

The little medallion is a 3/4" strip, first punched with scallop border punch, then cut into strip, then scored every 3/16".  I stamped one spider from Out On A Limb, and blinged her little butt :o)  Layered the medallion on a 1-3/8" circle punch of Pear Pizzazz.

I wanted to make it an obvious all-in-one set, so I clipped the card to the glass with a mini clothespin.
I painted it black with Basic Black re-inker, blew dry with heat embossing tool, then gave it an ample glittering.  

Finally, I wrapped a small cello bag full of candy corn in a 13" square of tulle, tied with Pear Pizzazz seam binding ribbon. 

I hope it's a hit!  I sure had fun making it!

Have a Blessed and Creative Day! Erika

Friday, October 14, 2011

Thank U Sweetie!

Pin It Now! For an upcoming wedding of a very special friend, I volunteered to make favors. Actually, I stated the fact.

Here are the samples. Navy and cream are the colors.

I love these little treat boxes. They go together so easily. Mine are 4-1/4" by 5-1/4", roll the longer end into a cylinder & adhere with sticky strip. Pinch one end shut & adhere. Fill, close up & embellish.

For both of these, I wrapped with fabric. I like the texture it adds. The second one is pinched shut with a crimper.

Finally, who can resist a big, sweet Hershey Bar? These were the bride's favorite. Which is yours?

Time to order some Night of Navy CS ;)

Have a blessed & creative day! Erika.


Pin It Now! Boy, I'm in the mood for Christmas already! This week's Mojo Monday Challenge has me all ready to deck some halls...

"Believe" is my word this holiday season, since my baby boys are 7 and 10.  I want them to believe in holiday magic forever. 
I also am glad they Believe the miracle of the true meaning of Christmas, which is why I love it all year long.

Stamps: Welcome Christmas, Jolly Jingles Jumbo Wheel Stamp #120864
DSP:  Simply Scrappin' Christmas Lane #124007
CS:  Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Whisper White
Accessories:  Snowflake punch, Decorative Frames embossing folder, Antique Brads, Early Espresso satin ribbon, Shimmer Paint (champagne)
The sketch:

If you don't recognize the sentiment on the front, here it is:

See the word "Believe" next to NOEL? Yes.  I inked just that little bit.  Look at how many phrases you can get from just that one stamp!  At $8.50 it's a steal.  Just sayin.

Hope you decide to play along!  It's always great for creative inspiration!

Have a blessed & creative day! Erika.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

SHADOWBOXES - ThriftyPinkies!

Pin It Now! Cruising the dollar store, I picked up a few goodies to make craft projects out of.  Here is the first set, made from a wooden shadowbox ($1.00) and a black crow (also $1.00). 
All paper is Pick Your Poison from the Holiday Mini.
I've seen these crows around, and couldn't wait to try one of my own! 
My tip for you is...LOTS of hot glue.  Easy.
The shadow box went together easily too, just by cutting bits & pieces of the DSP.

The pic below shows detail of the title cut from a piece, sponged, blinged, and embellished.

The tag punch worked nicely to highlight a few spooky features.

A little ribbon & antique brad, and it's ready to put pictures in & hang!

Here's a Christmas version of the same idea...This is done by my very talented co-scrapper and neighbor, JoAnn :o)

So pretty!  The little gift box is made with 2 punches of the Petal Card Double Punch, nestled together.
Paper is Holly Berry Bouquet. 

Any questions?  Feel free to leave a comment or email!
 Have a blessed & creative day! Erika

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Snow Fun Favors

Pin It Now! Here's a cute, quick way to divvy up some of those mica flakes. Stuff some in a Stampin' Up cello bag, coax them down with a pencil, and stick an icy cool topper on them from Snow Much Fun...

Silver glitter paper, cherry cobbler & some marker work.

So cute! How cool would they be with a candy cane stick?

Have a blessed & creative day! Erika.