Sunday, December 28, 2008

The rest of the coaster calendar

still more of the coaster calendar

Coaster Calendar for 2009

Hi everyone! Hope you had a wonderful, busy holiday like me!! I'm sad yet glad that it's over. Already, DH has begun installing the molding in the bathroom that we have put off for about 2 months using holiday prep as an excuse. I've been busy doing the piles of laundry that accumulated over the holiday and so far today I have washed and folded 7 loads!

I wanted to share a project that consumed much of my time before Christmas. My son decided during his school break that he wanted to make a coaster calendar for 2009. He and I worked hard one night to finish 3 months and that's as far as we got as a team. I went ahead and finished mine without him (actually 3 of them), and here is the end result. I gave 2 away as presents and kept one for myself. I wish I had made many more of these as I think they are adorable and would make perfect little gifts for those people you want to get something for but not spend alot of money. They are made using six 4 x 4 coasters and bound using my bind it all. Most coasters are stamped directly on, but some have been covered with DP. If you have any questions, feel free to email me and I"ll be glad to try and help.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

stampin up top note die gift card holder - reindeer punch art

Happy Holidays everyone! Hope you are all ready for christmas and it's just the fun stuff now! I was asked by one of my bosses to make a cute gift card holder for a gift card from his daughter to his wife. I hope this works for them! Here's the deets:

--I used the top note die to cut the gift card holder. I folded a normal A2 card and placed it on my top note die just insdie the top cut lines.
--After it was cut, I put a scrap of red cardstock back on the die and cut the piece for the inside (this is the piece that the gift card will slip into).
--The reindeer on front was made using the new scribbles swirl sizzix die from stampin up for the antlers, the large oval was used for the reindeer face and a unknown "splatt" punch was used for the hair tuft. I used the 1/4 circle punch for the nose and then flocked it so it was soft.
--The stars and snowflakes on the front of the card and the reindeer names inside are rub ons.

Hope this helps should you want to make your own! They are very quick and easy. Have a good one!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Christmas Gift Certificate Holder - Criss Cross Card

Hi everyone! Are you all ready for the holidays?!? Only 9 more days - aaaah! I had an order for some gift certificates for Christmas, so I wanted to make a nice little presentation piece for the gift certificates. I used Beate's Criss Cross Card Tutorial found here on SCS. They went together really fast, but I did learn that you MUST use double sided paper for these or else you'll need to cut 2 DP squares. Once you cut the DP in half, it needs to be flipped over in order to fit the other side. (yes, I know that doesn't make ANY sense, but if you try it, you'll see). Instead of lots of extra bulk on the band, I went for a single piece of DP with a rub-on sentiment. I printed the inside pull out piece with the Gift Certificate info and taped it (with repositionable tape) over a piece of computer paper I had already run through the printer so I knew where the printing would line up. Thanks for stopping in and Happy HO Ho HOlidays!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Stampin UP Retiring Stamps Fall Winter 2008

Stampin' Up! has released it's retiring stamps list for the Fall/Winter Catalog 2008. These stamps will only be available until January 18th and right now they are being offered at a 10% savings! PLUS - from now until December 23rd you can get FREE SHIPPING!! Also don't forget that w/any $20.00 you spend you get to get ANY of the stamps that are in the sampler for 20% off!
If you'd like any of these stamps and have ordered from me in the past, you can order via phone or email. Or ANYONE can click on the shop Stampin UP link to the right ANYTIME and order through my stampin up website! Happy Retirement - Stamps! Click here or on the golfing stamp image to the right to see the list! Thanks for visiting my blog

Friday, December 5, 2008

Rockin' Grandma birthday gift with Hambo stamps Gardner

Here's part 2 of my MIL's birthday present. We don't really "do" presents as she would rather we spend the money on the kids' college funds, so I always try to put together a little something with heart. My 11 year old has an ipod and is constantly buying the latest and greatest tunes from I-tunes. I thought it would be fun to make her a mixed cd with all the "kids" music on it so she can stay as hip as she is. Is hip still a "useable" word?!? (just don't tell my kids I said that please) This is the outside view of the holder that I and my youngest son made to hold the CD. It matches her card, which is a couple of posts down.

This picture shows the inside of the holder and the decorated (and named) CD. Below is a close up of the CD. I stamped the Hambo gardner with staz on ink and then colored in with my bic Mark-it permanent markers (sharpies). I love those things - I got a pack of 36 of them at Staples for around $18! If anyone wants the directions to make these, just let me know and I'll get the measurements posted. Thanks for stopping in and don't forget to pull up your pants before you bend over to garden!!

Monday, December 1, 2008

christmas gift for teachers - post it note holders

Hi everyone! Happy December... can you believe that it's almost christmas already?!? Are you ready? Did you brave the crazy crowds on black friday? I did, but didn't really get a lot of stuff. It's a tradition with my sister and mom and sister in laws, so it's always fun! Anyway, I had an order for 2 more post it note holders from my craft show last month that needed to get done. She bought the matching note card sets and wanted post it note holders to complete the teacher's gift. This is one of my favorite retired Stampin Up sets, called both way blossoms. I just can't part with it! It's hard to tell from the picture, but the mellow moss one is cuttlebugged on the back layer and then just stamed and colored before inserting it into the holder. The post it notes are attached to the front of the frame with some sticky strip. These are both 3 1/5 x 5 acrylic frames, one is just turned on it's side. Hope this gives someone an idea for a quick and easy, yet cute gift! Happy Holidaze:)