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27 November, 2015

Thanksgiving Suite Part 3

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

The final part of my Thanksgiving Suite for this year is the card. I've created it using the same elements as the others, seen here and here, but flipped the colors around...


Card: Cajun Craze and Cherry Cobbler
Ink: Early Espresso
Stamp sets: Vintage Leaves and For All Things
Tools and embellishments: Leaf Framelits
Adhesives: Stampin' Dimensionals

Whatever you're doing this weekend, have a great one. I'll be back on Tuesday with my latest DT creation for the end of term blog hop at House of Cards, so I hope you'll join me then.


25 November, 2015

Thanksgiving Suite Part 2

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

The first of today's projects is a quick and easy banner created with my current favorite stamp set, Vintage Leaves from Stampin' Up!, the matching Framelits and Little Letters Framelits. I know it doesn't look much like a banner in the pic, but I assure you it's now hanging over my mantel, having had holes punched and silver cording trim threaded...

Today's second project, the favor boxes for my Thanksgiving table, have been created using a tutorial from the amazingly talented Pootles, aka my Stampin' Sister Sam Donald...


Card: Cajun Craze and Cherry Cobbler
Ink: Cajun Craze and Early Espresso
Stamp set: Vintage Leaves and For All Things
Tools and embellishments: Leaf and Little Letters Framelits, Petite Petals Punch (lid of box), 1/8" hole punch and silver cording trim
Adhesives: Tear & Tape, Stampin' Dimensionals and Tombow

Challenges...
#204 AAG at Pixie's Snippets Playground
#226 Be Thankful at HIMCR
#47 AG at Crafty Gals Corner

Whether or not you're celebrating the holiday, I want to take this opportunity to tell you how much I love and appreciate all of you, my readers and friends!

I'll be back on Friday with the rest of my Thanksgiving creations, so I hope you'll join me then.


23 November, 2015

Thanksgiving Suite Part 1

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

The first of today's projects is another created using the Envelope Punch Board from Stampin' Up! This time I've used it to make silverware holders for my Thanksgiving table...

Today's second project is another for my table, this time the place cards. They aren't anywhere near as big as they appear, it's just how I've cropped the image...

Card: Cajun Craze and Cherry Cobbler
Ink: Early Espresso
Stamp set: Vintage Leaves and For All Things (sentiment)
Tools and embellishments: Leaf Framelits, Envelope Punch Board,
Adhesives: Tear & Tape and Stampin' Dimensionals

Challenges...
#204 AAG at Pixie's Snippets Playground
#145 AG + Sentiment at Aud Sentiments (silverware holder)
#173 AG at Brown Sugar

I'll be back on Wednesday with more Thanksgiving creations, so I hope you'll join me then.


20 November, 2015

EBP Luminary Part 2

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

I hope the wait since Wednesday for part 2 hasn't been too painful? Let's get straight to it. In addition to the items listed in part one, you'll need just a couple more things, Silver Foil and a suitable adhesive, I used Adhesive Sheets. So here's a full list

Card: Tempting Turquoise measuring 9½" x 8¼", 3 pieces of Vellum measuring 2 3/4" x 4" and Silver Foil
Tools and embellishments: Envelope Punch Board, Simply Scored and stylus, Delicate Ornaments Thinlits, Magnetic Platform OR low tack tape
Adhesives: Sticky Strip (retired) OR Tombow and Adhesive Sheets (retired) OR Fine Tip Glue

Die cut 3 of the swirly ornaments in the set from Silver Foil. Using your Simply Scored, carefully score down the center of the ornaments on the reverse side

Using your fingers, gently fold along the score line. Apply adhesive and press into the Vellum lined apertures

Snip the bottom to form tabs and complete in the same way as in my Coffee Pot Pictorial

Add in a BATTERY tealight and enjoy!

I really hope the wait for part two was worth it? I'd love to see yours if you give it a go. Either drop a post link into the comments, or post pix to my Facebook page.

Challenges...

Whatever you're doing this weekend, have a great one. I'll be back on Monday with another creation, so I hope you'll join me then.


18 November, 2015

EPB Luminary Pictorial

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

Have you realized how much I'm in love with the EPB? While creating my coffee pot, I thought how I could further adapt it for other uses, and I quickly came up with the idea for a luminary. Here's what you'll need...

Card: Tempting Turquoise measuring 9½" x 8¼" and 3 pieces of Vellum measuring 2 3/4" x 4"
Tools and embellishments: Envelope Punch Board, Simply Scored and stylus, Delicate Ornaments Thinlits, Magnetic Platform OR low tack tape
Adhesives: Sticky Strip (retired) or Tombow

Score the long side of the card at 1½", 3", 4½", 6", 7½" and 9"

Turn and score on the short side at 1½" and 6"

Fold and burnish all score lines and use your EPB to punch along the 1½" score line

Fold the top score line back down and using your Magnetic Platform. CAREFULLY line the card and die up, then cut

Repeat above until you have cut 3 ornaments. Unfold the top piece and notch in

Flip the card over and attach the Vellum pieces over the apertures. I used Sticky Strip, but you could use Tombow or another wet glue

Bring the top section back down and CAREFULLY, using only your fingers, reinforce the score lines along the middle of the ornaments

Attach tape to the back

And the front

Fold and secure the top section and short side to form the hexagon

What? You can't leave us like that!!! It's not finished!?! Yep, you're right, it's not quite finished, but you'll have to wait until Friday for part two. I know, I'm sorry, but it will be worth the wait. I promise!

To ease the pain a bit, here's what NOT to do when cutting the apertures...

Yep, I didn't line it up properly and it caught on the side of the Big Shot. Oops!!!

Until Friday,



16 November, 2015

EPB Coffee Pot Pictorial

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

I absolutely LOVE Linda's teapot and while creating the one I shared with you here, I thought how I could adapt it for those of us who can't do without our coffee! Here's what you'll need to create my coffee pot body...

Card: Tempting Turquoise measuring 10 3/4" x 8¼" and Whisper White measuring 4¼" x 1½" (6 pieces) OR DSP
Ink: Tempting Turquoise and Rich Razzleberry
Stamp set: Gorgeous Grunge
Tools and embellishments: Envelope Punch Board, Simply Scored and stylus
Adhesives: Tear & Tape and Sticky Strip (retired) OR Tombow

Score the card on the long side at 1½", 3", 4½", 6", 7½" and 9". Turn and score the short side at 1¼" and 6". Fold and burnish all score lines, then use the Envelope Punch Board to punch along the 1¼" score line

Attach your stamped card or DSP panels after rounding the corners with the reverse punch on the EPB, notch in and apply tape

Flip the card over and add tape

Fold the upper section down and secure the short edge. Snip up the bottom scorelines. Doing it this way is a lot less fiddly

Up end the piece and secure the first two opposing flaps, starting either side of the untaped one. Remove the tape from the second flap (seen horizontal here)

Repeat the above with the second set of opposing tabs

Secure the final set, finishing with the untaped tab

Turn it the right way and you should have something like this

For the spout, I changed the dimensions given in Linda's teapot tutorial a bit. Start with a piece of card measuring 2½" x 5 3/4", then score on the short side at ½", then follow Linda's tutorial. This makes for a shorter spout, echoing those on real coffee pots. The lid is the same as the one I used for the teapot. My pictorial is here. I used two Deco Labels Framelits to create the handle...

Note, the photo above makes the coffee pot look a bit shorter than it is.

Challenges...
#203 AAG at Pixie's Snippets Playground
#150 AG at 613 Avenue Create
#288 AAG at Craft your passion

I hope you're loving these EPB creations as much as I am? I'll be back on Wednesday with another, so I hope you'll join me then.


13 November, 2015

Lid Pictorial

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

If you've seen Linda's teapot tutorial and my version, posted on Monday, you'll have noticed that the lid of mine is different to Linda's. Here's a pictorial of how I made mine.

Card: Pear Pizzazz, cut to 11 3/4" x 2 7/8"
Tools and embellishments: Simply Scored and stylus, pencil, steel ruler, scissors
Adhesives: Sticky Strip (retired) OR Tombow

Score the card at ½" and 1" on the short side

Score the long side at 1 7/8", 3 3/4", 5 5/8", 7 ½", 9 3/8" and 11¼"

Flip the card over as shown below and using a pencil mark at 1 3/8", 3¼", 5 1/8", 7", 8 7/8" and 10 3/4"

Using your steel ruler and stylus, score from the pencil marks down to each corner, then erase the marks

Carefully burnish the diagonal folds as shown, and notch in and add tape or wet glue

Fold and burnish the lower scoreline only so that it folds up against the other ½" section, apply adhesive to secure, if desired. Secure the short ends together, then add tape or wet glue as shown below (this is where my version differs from Linda's)

Starting with triangles which are opposite each other, secure the first two

Once the second set are secure, you should have something like this

Using your scissors, carefully cut into each of the remaining sections

Secure the last triangles together and your lid is complete

Whatever you're doing this weekend, have a great one. I'll be back on Monday with another pictorial, so I hope you'll join me then.


11 November, 2015

Thank You Is Not Enough...

Hi everyone,

Words alone are not enough to express my thanks and gratitude to all who have and continue to serve; many of whom paid the ultimate sacrifice for each and every one of us.

Today marks the second Veterans Day since the man I know and love as "Dad", my best friend's father, was called home by our Lord and Savior. He's not just a beloved father to me and his kids, not just a beloved husband and grandfather, and inspiration to literally thousands of people whose lives he personally touched throughout his life...


Dad is and FOREVER will be a great American hero and patriot, because while still a minor, he enlisted in the US Navy on Pearl Harbor Day, Sunday, December 7, 1941. I love you, Daddy, thank you!

May God bless all who have and continue to serve. We will NEVER forget!


09 November, 2015

Linda's Teapot

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

Following hot on the heels of Linda's treat mug which I shared with you last Wednesday, I HAD to try out her teapot! Once again I've used the fern from Stampin' Up!'s Butterfly Basics to create my own DSP with scraps of Whisper White card.


Card: Pear Pizzazz and Whisper White
Ink: Pear Pizzazz
Stamp set: Butterfly Basics
Tools and embellishments: Envelope Punch Board, Simply Scored and stylus, Deco Labels Framelits
Adhesives: Sticky Strip (retired) and Tear & Tape

Challenges...
#149 AG at 613 Avenue Create
#202 AAG at Pixie's Snippets Playground
#144 AG at Artistic Inspirations

I'll be back on Wednesday, so I hope you'll join me then.