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happy heart day!

Just wanted to wish you all a happy Valentine’s day!  I hope your day is extra special.  Here’s another quick valentine treat I made with the retired SU! Petal Card die to hold a Ghirardelli chocolate square.

I folded and attached 3 sides of the diecut…then wrapped a heart doily around the sides and glued it in place.  The red and white heart (minus the ribbon) is a felt piece that my friend, Susan, had attached to an envelope with my birthday card.  I couldn’t bear to throw it away so I re-purposed it onto this project.  :)  The rest was just bits and scraps leftover from previous projects.

Have a great day!

sparrows mini calendar

Hello!  Today is my first post as Guest Designer on the Sweet ‘n Sassy blog.  For my first project with the new release stamp sets, I have something other than a card.  I’ve made another mini magnetic calendar to give you a sneak peek of the new Springtime Sparrows set being released this Friday.  I thought the verse would be great for a “daily reminder” hanging on the refrigerator.

Scraps of patterned paper were glued to a 4″ square chipboard coaster.  The beautiful sparrows image was stamped directly onto the patterned paper and the branches were colored with Copics.  The birds and flowers were stamped again onto white cardstock…then colored, cut out, and attached over the original image.  A few flowers were popped up with dimensionals.

I’m looking forward to sharing more SNSS projects.  :)  Have a great Tuesday!

♥  Diane

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy- Springtime Sparrows; paper- Cosmo Cricket- Tea For Two, white; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Regal Rose; accessories- Copics, chipboard coaster, mini calendar (Taylored Expressions), ribbon, Crop-A-Dile, brad, dimensionals, gemstones, magnet.

a Valentine challenge

Today the Challenge Chicks have a new challenge for February!

This month Kelli asked us to make valentines.  So…instead of a card I went with a valentine treat (with chocolate!).   :0)  I even got out my sewing machine!

I used my favorite valentine image from a retired SU! set.  I just think this boy and girl are so sweet!

Inside the heart shaped box are a few ghirardelli chocolates.

I even added some matching paper to the inside…

Directions for the box can be found in this post.

Come play along and show us your valentines on our Facebook page!  Or use the keyword CHXFEB13 if you upload to the SCS gallery.  And be sure to click on the links below to check out what the other Chicks created!

  • anna wight
  • diane zechman (me)
  • jeanne streiff
  • kelli hull
  • kelly schirmer
  • lydia fiedler
  • vicki garrett
  • stamps- SU! Admit It (ticket) & Love Letters; paper- black, white, Kaisercraft Love Notes; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Regal Rose marker; accessories- Heart Nestabilities, Scor-Pal, Scor-Tape, sewing machine, ribbon, button, thread, dimensionals, adhesive pearls, Ghirardelli chocolates.

    some Sweet ‘n Sassy news!

    Hello!  I am thrilled to share some news today!  It was such an honor and sweet surprise to be asked to Guest Design for Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps for February!  What fun!  Thanks, Janette, for inviting me!

    On Tuesday I will have my first project to share with the February release stamps…both here and on the Sweet ‘n Sassy blog.  In the meantime, here’s a little valentine treat using SNSS’s Owl Be There set.

    Is this owl cuuute or what???  ♥   I knew right away it would be super fun to paper piece.  :)

    The little treat pocket was made with the retired SU! Petal Card die.  And the scalloped piece behind the top is from the SU! Petal Cone die.  (I made a treat cone at a friend’s house and threw the extra scalloped piece in my bag…it fit perfectly here.  Thanks, Shannon!)  When three of the flaps on the diecut are folded in, it makes a super cute pocket that perfectly holds a Ghirardelli square.

    Have a great weekend!  I gotta ask…what happened to January?  FLEW right by!

    stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy- Owl Be There; paper- white, Cosmo Cricket- Tea For Two; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Sizzix Petal Card die & Petal Cone die, Martha Stewart Valentine lace punch, ribbon, Ghirardelli chocolate.

    mini magnetic calendars

    It’s been a few years since I’ve made these little magnetic coaster calendars…I almost forgot how FUN they are!

    I’ve had the chipboard coasters in my stash but the webstore where I used to get the calendars seems to be out of business.  phooey.  Luckily, while searching, I found them at Taylored Expressions…and I know how fabulous Taylor is so I had no qualms about ordering them there!  :)

    I covered the 4″ coasters with various scraps of patterned paper, attached the calendars, and decorated them with some fun Paper Smooches stamps.  Then I added some bling and pearls to finish them off.  All they need yet is a magnet on the back.  They’ll be perfect for a little random RAK, don’tcha think?

    Some closer views…

    Hope you are keeping warm!!  It’s 5 degrees here….BRRRRRR!

    stamps- Paper Smooches- Woofers and Tweeters, Green Acres, Hang Ups, Warm Hearts, and Friendly Flowers; paper- white, Making Memories- Love Story, K&Company- Lovely, Momenta- Kaleidoscope, Autumn Leaves adhesive mats; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- 4″ chipboard coasters, magnets, Copics, mini calendars (Taylored Expressions), adhesive pearls and gemstones.

    more tea & cookies

    Just popping in quick with another teabag & cookie holder.  This one went to a friend as a thank you/Merry Christmas.  I used some Jillibean Soup papers, a Martha Stewart snowflake punch, and my Scor-Pal. You can find directions here.

    paper- Jillibean Soup- Christmas Eve Chowder, white; accessories- Scor-Pal, ribbon, Crop-A-Dile, 4×6 cello bag, teabag, cookies, Martha Stewart Loopy Snowflake punch, Stickles, thread, button.

    Happy Holidays! (a little late)

    Hey all!  I wanted to pop in to wish everyone a Merry Christmas but time slipped away from me.  I hope you all had a very blessed Christmas!  Because of different work schedules, we celebrated with family a little early this year so Christmas seemed to creep up a little quicker than normal.

    I already shared my cards for this year so here’s another project I did (and it involves paper too).  This is just a quick and super easy decorating idea that I started doing many years ago when we were first married and had little money to spend on decorations.  The past few years I haven’t done it, so it just seemed extra special this year…bringing back memories.

    Here’s a low cost decorating tip…use wrapping paper (this was from the dollar store) to cover the picture frames already on your wall.  Add a bow and you have instantly transformed yourself into Martha Stewart.  LOL.

    Sorry I am posting this a bit late!  But maybe you can head out and take advantage of the after Christmas sales to pick up some beautiful papers for next year.  ;0)

    Have a great day!

    teabag & cookie holder

    Last week the Scor-Pal team hopped with Fancy Pants and today I can share my projects that were featured.

    I made some quick and easy last minute gifts with Fancy Pants’ Hopscotch papers (absolutely fun prints!) that would be perfect when you need a “little something” for a coworker or friend.  The folded papers hold 2 cookies and one or two tea bags.  I chose to add a teabag in one side and a little tag in the other to write a short note.

    The original design is by Debi Pippin and can be found here.  Another tutorial with pictures can be seen here.  (In step 3 of that tutorial, ignore the 6″ score as it must be a typo).  I took a few photos along the way as well…

    Start with an 8 1/2 x 12 inch piece of double sided patterned paper.  Using a Scor-Pal, score the 8 1/2 side @ 2 1/2 and 6.

    Next score the 12″ side @ 1 1/4, 2 1/2, 5, 7, 9 1/2, and 10 3/4.

    Crease all scored lines and unfold.  Next you will cut 2 rectangular sections from each corner (cut a 2 1/2″ square from each corner) to look like this…

    Now score the 4 center corners diagonally before folding them in.

    After folding the center corners, it will look like this.

    Fold the top and bottom in.  They will overlap each other a bit.  I added a bit of glue here but it’s really not necessary.

    Flip the paper over and fold the scored lines to look like this…

    When cutting the “tag shape” on the top, first fold the top flap down on each side.  I added a bit of adhesive underneath.  Then I measured 3/4″ in from each end and made a mark.

    Then cut both sides to look like this.  Punch 2 holes at the top to tie a ribbon through.

    Decorate and fill as desired.  I used some adorable Magnolia Minis from the Magnolialicious store.

    A view from the side… fill a 4×6 cello bag with 2 cookies, add a twist tie to the top, and insert so the baggie is between the ribbon tied at the top.

    And here’s the back… I added a tag but you could add a second teabag here.  Some Fancy Pants stickers adorn the tags.

    The buttons are also from the Fancy Pants Hopscotch line, as well as the “believe” banner and “peace” sticker.

    Thanks for stopping by!  Have a blessed Christmas!

    stamps- Magnolia Minis- Snowy Hug, Santa’s Bench, Tilda in Winter Night; paper- Fancy Pants- Hopscotch, white, SU! Wild Wasabi; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Wild Wasabi; accessories- Scor-Pal, Fancy Pants Hopscotch stickers, banners, and Mingled Buttons, Copics, Marianne Design tree die (LR0136), ribbon, Stickles, 4×6 cello bag, SU! tag corner punch.


    Coredinations K-cup Caddy

    Last week the Scor-Pal team hopped with Coredinations and today I can share my projects that were featured.

    I made a holder for Keurig pods and a matching 3×3 notecard and envelope.

    Using the Scor-Pal and Core Impressions paper (Pink Paislee- Modern Prints Collection), I put together 2 Keurig K-cup Caddies following the directions here.  First the paper was sanded to reveal the color core.  Then I attached the finished caddies back to back with some Scor-Tape to hold 4 Keurig pods.  Here’s the front side…

    And here’s the other side…

    A view from the top with it empty…

    I also made a matching 3×3 notecard with some scraps that were left over.  A coordinating envelope was created using the Scor-Pal and Scor-Envi, following the measurements printed right on the Envi tool.  How handy is that?!

    These would make a perfect little gift for a coworker or friend.  I hope you have fun making them yourself!

    paper- Coredinations- Core Impressions: Pink Paislee- Modern Prints Collection, My Mind’s Eye- Be Merry (snowmen and trees); accessories- Scor-Pal, Scor-Tape, Scor-Envi, 1 3/4″ circle punch, SU! oval punch, Coredinations sanding block, ribbon, Stickles.


    Let it Snow frame

    Tonight the “Gigglers” (my crafty friends) are getting together for our monthly dinner out.  Usually we celebrate the birthdays for each month but since we don’t have any Dec. birthday gals, we decided to have a Christmas gift exchange.  The gift has to be low cost and hand-made or crafty stuff.  I thought I’d make another framed piece and here’s what I came up with last night (yes, I waited till the last minute! lol).  You can click on the pic for a larger view.

    I used a Sizzix snowmen die and the words are a bonus Sizzlet die that came with it.  The little tree and snowflakes are old Cuttlebug dies.  On the left snowman, I made my own pattern to give him a scarf and I added Stickles to his hat.

    The snowman on the right has a few buttons and some Liquid Pearls on his hat.

    We will play one of those games where you pass the gifts back and forth.  I included some chocolate and bling so I hope whoever gets mine enjoys it!

    paper- Bazzill red, white, Chocolate Chip, Tangerine, Echo Park Wintertime; ink- Distress Tea Dye; accessories- Sizzix Snowmen #2 and Let it Snow #2, Cuttlebug Winter dies, Creative Memories Deco Trimmer, sewing machine, liquid pearls, Stickles, buttons, glue dots.