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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.


Santa’s little helper

My friends and I had a great dinner together last night.  Wish I was feeling better though…I’ve had enough of this sinus infection. lol.  We exchanged gifts and part of the gift I received was this cute little House Mouse stamp.  I love it!  Couldn’t wait to come home and ink it up!  (THANKS, Susan!)

I made a few of these for the Dirty Dozen and Alumni December Christmas card challenge.  This month Stacy‘s theme is “White Christmas”… to create an all white card with only the image having color.  I love to do all white cards and we’d love to have you join us.  Just add the keyword SCSCCDEC12 when uploading to the SCS gallery.

My friend, Anna Wight, has been using the pinking circles a lot lately and inspired me to dig mine out!  Fake snow was added to his hat for dimension.

This is the last of my Christmas cards for this year!  I’m not done, though!  I am SO THRILLED that I actually made it through the whole year of challenges!  It was great to have such a head start on my cards.  I can’t wait to get started on my cards for next year and I hope you will consider joining the fun!

stamp- House Mouse- Santa’s Little Helper; paper- white; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, Cuttlebug Celebrate Christmas (candy cane folder), Spellbinders Circles and Pinking Circles, dimensionals, Aleene’s True Snow, SU! Tinsel Trim.

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.

half circle tree

Hello!  Today I have another Christmas card using Tina’s Winter papers.  (My daughter asked for a few of my cards so I guess I’m not done.  lol)

I’ve been wanting to try the folded trees from a half circle so I used this simple pattern I found, along with my Scor-Pal.  First I used double sided tape to attach 2 patterns back to back.  After cutting out the half circle, I then adhered the piece that was leftover to my card base.  The folded tree fits nicely in the open space and I cut a small “trunk” for the base.

An old Cuttlebug snowman die was also used here and I drew & cut out a little hat for him to wear from the same papers.

Have a great Tuesday!

stamp- SU! Petite Pairs; paper- white, Tina Wenke’s Winter Collection; ink- Artichoke, black Micron pen; accessories- Scor-Pal, Stickles, oval punch, E37 Copic marker, Cuttlebug Winter die (snowman).


The Challenge Chicks

Last month my friends Jeanne, Anna, and I had a little Critter Challenge…and it was so much fun that we decided to make it a monthly event!  Now we are The Challenge Chicks and a few other gals have joined us.  Fun!

We’d love for you to play along with us!  All you need to do is follow the theme each month and post your project to our Facebook page or use the specific keyword when uploading to SCS.  Easy!  And if you play along, we have a cool badge for you to add to your blog (thanks to our talented Anna)!  Just save this one…or copy the code in my sidebar for your widget.———>

This month I challenged The Chicks to create a Christmas tag (Use keyword CHXDEC12 on SCS).  I ended up making two tags using Tina Wenke’s Winter Collection papers, Spellbinders dies, and some Paper Smooches stamps.  First I used the Nested Mittens…

Next I made a Frosty’s Hat tag with the Reverse Wonky Rectangles die.  Don’t know where I saw this idea but it was perfect!

Now go check out all the other Chicks’ tags!  (and come play along!)

  • anna wight
  • diane zechman (me)
  • jeanne streiff
  • kelli hull
  • kelly schirmer
  • lydia fiedler
  • vicki garrett
  • mitten tag: stamp- Paper Smooches Swanky Snowdudes; paper- Tina Wenke’s Winter Collection, white, kraft; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Tea Dye; accessories- Spellbinders Nested Mittens, Martha Stewart Mini Hearts punch, linen thread, ribbon, button, Copics, 1/16″ hole punch, EK Success snowflake punch, gemstones.

    hat tag: stamp- Paper Smooches Swanky Snowdudes; paper- Tina Wenke’s Winter Collection, black, white (on back); ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Spellbinders Reverse Wonky Rectangles, linen thread, Copics, 1/16″ hole punch, Martha Stewart Holly Leaf punch, Stickles.

    crankin’ out the Christmas cards

    Yesterday I spent part of my day off finishing up my Christmas cards.  I may make a few more…not sure yet…but the majority is finally done!  (except for addressing and signing them)  These cards all came together pretty quickly with a simple base and some Tina Wenke papers as my starting point.

    I started with a 3 1/2 x 5 1/2 white base and rounded two corners.  Then I added the papers from Tina’s Winter Collection and went from there.  I think this one ended up my favorite…

    Here’s the whole set of this design.  I used 3 different patterns of paper plus a Stampin’ Up! set of stamps and dies, and a Paper Smooches sentiment.

    For the next set of cards I started with the same card base but turned it vertically.  2 more patterns of Tina’s cute papers were used here.

    I used another Stampin’ Up! set here called Evergreen.  The words across the tree were stamped sort of faintly but I think they go well with the words on the paper.

    Also…check out my Pink Paislee project on the Scor-Pal blog today!  Thanks for stopping by!

    Gingerbread: stamps- SU! Scentsational Season, Paper Smooches Swanky Snowdudes; paper- white, Tina Wenke Winter Collection- Greenery and Snowflakes; ink- Artichoke, Soft Suede; accessories- corner rounder, SU! Holiday Collection Framelits, Circle Nestabilities, ribbon, Stickles.

    Evergreen: stamps- SU! Evergreen; paper- white, Gold Metallic, Tina Wenke Winter Collection- Rejoice; ink- Artichoke; accessories- corner rounder, star punch, gold ribbon, dimensionals.

    some penguin fun

    This month for our DD/DD Alumni Christmas card challenge, Stacy inspired us with a More Is More challenge.  Which means you need to create 2 versions of your card…one simpler card and one in which you “kick it up”.  I’ve been wanting to try Dina’s penguin template so here’s my “More Is More” penguins…

    I made a little hat for the penguins which I probably should have left off the first one but I thought he was cuter with it on.  For the kicked up version, I used patterned paper for his body, embossed his tummy, gave him a string of stars, and added some fake snow to his hat and feet.

    Wanna play along?  Just use the keyword SCSCCNOV12 when uploading to the SCS gallery.  We’d love for you to join us!

    paper- black, white, Basic Grey- Figgy Pudding, MME Colorful Christmas and Moments; ink- Memento London Fog; accessories- white gel pen, Sizzix Merry Christmas #2 embossing folder, Cuttlebug Flower & Stars, Baker’s Twine, Aleene’s Glitter Snow.

    a reindeer tag

    Just popping in quick before the hurricane comes through.  Stay safe, everyone!

    Here’s my October Christmas cards for the Dirty Dozen & Alumni Christmas Card Challenge.  Stacy challenged us to make tags this month and I chose to put my tags on a card so I could build up my Christmas Card stash.

    I had these done about a week ago but I was preparing for company and Hurricane Sandy so I’m just now getting them up.  I used another Paper Smooches image…love that reindeer!  I also used a reindeer embossing folder that I found on my last visit to Buffalo Stamps.

    Keeping it short…going to cook dinner before we lose power!

    stamps- Paper Smooches Swanky Snowdudes and Santa Paws; paper- Kraft, white, Blue Bayou; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Tea Dye; accessories- SU! Bigz Two Tags die, Copics, corner rounder, Cart-Us Reindeer embossing folder, May Arts ribbon, linen thread, Stickles, Gelly Roll Stardust pen.

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