Sunday, May 27, 2012

Paper Coffee Cup!

Happy Sunday!  Hope you're all having a fun day :)  It's beautiful here ... I think ... have barely poked my nose out the door today.  I had great intentions of getting lots done but before that happened I had to take the dog for his walk.  I figured today I better take some allergy pills since the poplar fluff makes it look like it's snowing outside and I'm getting to the point where I want to rip my itchy nose right off my face.  The good news is the pills really helped ... the bad news is they have all but knocked me on my butt with drowsiness!  I can't seem to wake up!  ... let's hope those 7 chocolate covered coffee beans kick in soon!

Soooo - since I'm not capable of operating any high performance machinery (good thing ... the medicine recommends I don't *lol*) I thought I'd share my new favorite little Teacher Gift with you.  Thank You Peggy L for the tip on this little cutie (and thanks to the Score-Pal website for the full tutorial!).  Here it is:

hee hee :)  Here's another shot of it without the sentiment (which is from the Morning Cup Stamp set - pg 54):
Aren't they just the cutest?  Here is what I put inside them:
... a Chai Tea, a Via instant coffee, some sweetner, some lemon (WHERE can I buy these???  I got this one from a restaurant!)  and 2 Arrowfoot biscuits.

OK, Wanda - you wanted instructions on how to make them - this one's for you Baby!

Cut your DSP 9" x 4.5" and some scrap for the handle.  Place the DSP RIGHT SIDE DOWN and score (using your Simply Scored Scoring tool ... still hate that hame ...) at 1", 2", 3", 4", 5", 6", 7", and 8".  The reason you put the DSP right side down is so you get the mountain peaks on the outside of the cup.  Turn the DSP a 1/4 turn and score at 1.5"

Cut on each of the 1" score lines up to the intersecting score line so you end up with 9 little flaps. (at this point I'm thinking I should have taken more pictures!)

Attach Sticky Strip to the last flap and tape the DSP closed, into a cup shape.  Now you put snail adhesive on the end of one of the 1" flaps, fold it down and tape it to the opposite flap.  Do this to the other 6 flaps until all are taped together and the bottom of the cup is sealed:

For the handle I used the 1 3/8" circle punch to punch a hole in my scrap piece of paper.  I then used my 2 1/2" circle to punch out around the first hole so I ended up with a piece that looks like a doughnut.  Cut the circle shape in half.  Score each half of the circle at 1/4" at each end - these form little flaps to attach the handle to the cup.  (yep, should have taken more pictures!)  Can you see the little teeny flaps that are taped to the cup?

Attach the handle with sticky strip (snail isn't strong enough - use sticky strip) and decorate as you wish.   I originally put the little treats in a medium cello bag but it wasn't tall enough for my liking so I found some clear "loot bags" from the dollar store that were taller (too tall - I ended up cutting about an inch off the top) and tied it with my Early Espresso 5/8" grosgrain ribbon.

I LOVE these little treats!  They are pretty quick to make and don't use many supplies (it's the treats inside that can add up!)

I have to go work on a few more projects now ... I'll leave you with a shot of some little friends who, in the words of Bugs Bunny, "should have turned left at Albuquerque" ... they were quite away from the pond!!  Have a fun day :)


Thursday, May 24, 2012

2012 - 2014 In Color Colors

Heidi Ho!

WELL!  What a fun 2 hours in the craft room I had today!!!  I have two of THE cutest projects in the HISTORY of projects.  I can show you one but the other is waiting for the finishing touch ... which just arrived, thank you very much Mr. UPS Man!!!  Hopefully I'll have time to post that one tomorrow.  In the mean time I'll share with you a warm up project.  I put this card together for my Club Ladies.  I wanted to give them a peek at the new 2012-2014 In Color colors.  So here they are:
Ta Da! ... oh poop ... I left my catalogue downstairs and don't have the names handy ... ummm Midnight Muse?  Summer Starfruit?  Raspberry Ripple?  Haven't got a clue?  Gumball Green!  I know that one!  And the stamp set I used is ... um ... oh!  Betsy's .... Betsy's ... Betsy's something-or-other.  The "Thanks" is from Kindness Matters (yay!  I got that one for sure!)

I punched each color out with my large square punch (1 3/8" square) and then used my corner rounder on opposite corners.  I used the NEW black ink pad.  OH MY GOD!!!!  Gals - you HAVE TO HAVE TO HAVE TO order the new black ink pad.  It is 1,000 times better than the old style ... and it is as black as black can be (my Staz-on sniffing days are numbered!)  Honestly - it is AWESOME!!!  Oh - I popped the Thanks up on dimensionals.  This card may not set the stamping world on fire but I think it's kind of sweet and shows off the new In Colors nicely.

OK - are you ready for this?  I can't take any credit for it.  I stumbled across this thanks to Nancy Riley ( and Pinterest.  Nancy pinned a project from Jill George (  I changed the colors around but the original idea was all Jills.  Here is my version:

Isn't it FABULOUS??!!!  Tee hee - makes me giggle it's so freakin' cute!!!  Of course it's made with a little TEA LIGHT!!!  I punched a 2 3/8" scalloped circle in Pretty In Pink for the base.  I then punched a 1/2" circle in it to make room for the switch (didn't take a picture of it).  I cut a piece of 5" x 1/2" (plus 2 ticks) strip of Chocolate Chip DSP (from the big $25 paper packs) and attached it to the tea light with sticky strip.  I punched a 1 3/4" scalloped circle in Pink Pirouette for the icing and then embellished it with little scalloped circles punched with the Itty Bitty Shapes punch (in chocolate chip) and teeny little Pretty In Pink Circles using the Owl Punch (his eyes).  Hee hee :)))  I decided life is a little too short to make more than one of these per day (since attaching the little decorations on top took longer than I care to admit!!) but the overall project is SO FUN!!!  LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE it!  Thanks you Jill George for coming up with it ... and thank you Nancy Riley for pinning it!

OK - gotta run - there is a melt down in full swing because a balloon popped ... oh my ... remember when your biggest problem was a popped balloon?  No?  Me either! 


Masculine Cards

Happy Thursday!

I'm just sitting here killing time until I take the pup for a walk (I don't want to take him too early or he'll be all full of energy by lunch time when I have to go out ...) soooooo, as promised, here is a look back at my "masculine" cards to help get those juices flowing for your Father's Day cards (just imagine them with "Happy Father's Day" sentiments ...) 

Have a fun day!


Off to walk the pooch .... :)

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Fold Up Scrap Album

Heidi Ho - me again ...

Quite a few of you asked for more detailed instructions on how to make my 6x6 Fold Up Scrap Album.  I aim to please, so here is a photo tutorial for you - they really are simple to make.

Start with a 12x12 piece of card stock.  Score at 6" and then turn the paper 1/4 turn and score again.  You end up with 4 even quadrants:

Now cut the score line that is pointing to your tummy up to the mid-point:
Put your Simply Scored Diagonal Score Plate in place and score the top left quadrant from the outside corner to the mid-point:
Fold all score lines:

Now take the bottom right hand quadrant and place it over-top the bottom right hand quadrant:
This is how the completed sections will look:
This is just to show you the concept of the pages.  You DO NOT want to tape these quadrants together yet.  It is MUCH easier to design each page BEFORE it is assembled.  Trust me.  I tried it!  This is how the page folds up:

Ta Da!  You simply make 4 of these and tape them together to form your booklet.  You of course leave the front and back un-taped so it can open!

Decorate and you're done!
Hope that helps - have fun with it!


Father's Day Gift Ideas

Happy Wednesday!

Ahhhh - my favorite kind of day.  It's pouring rain outside, the housework is all done and I have NOTHING written on the calendar.  I could run around naked all day if I wanted to .... lucky for the cat and dog I don't want to :)

... of course I DID have a minor wrench thrown into the system which ensured I got dressed today.  At 10:00 pm last night I got a phone call advising me I had left my purse at the SPCA (we had our puppy school graduation class last night *lol*).  Other than that quick little jaunt it's a home day for me and tht means crafting - woo hoo!

Thought I'd throw out a quick post with some great Father's Day Gift Ideas - these are all from my archives but they still work as great gifts!  If you want to order any of the supplies you better do it quick - most of them are either already retired and on the Clearance Rack or are retiring and only while supplies last.  I'll be placing an order this Sunday for anyone who is local ...

So - here we go ...

The first one is from many moons ago - it's made with our triple clip board:
Look how young the girls are!  I simply used up some scrap card stock and part of an old Simply Scrappin' Kit to embellish the pictures.  I used some ribbon and Hodgepodge Hardware for the clips and the "d" was a stamp that I stamped in Craft ink and then embossed with clear powder.  Of course it would work just as well to use the big shot alphabet dies to cut out the "d" or to spell "dad" ...  The clipboards are still available in the Clearance Rack of my website ( for $7.49 + gst/s/h ... The Hodgepodge Hardware is there as well for $15.99 + gst/s/h (only in silver and vanilla)

Next up ... photo cubes (these are retiring so get 'em while you can):
The cubes come in a pack of 4 so you can do one cube with pictures of each family member and use the letters to spell "dad" or you can just use 1 cube .. whatever works for your family ...  The cubes are retiring but still available for $11.95 + gst/s/h ..

Next up my little 6x6 Scrap Albums (I have 1 more spot available in my June 1st class) :
For these you need 12x12 card stock for the base and any Designer Series Paper to coordinate with your pictures ... and lots of embellishments!

Next we have DVD Tin photo albums:

I have a few DVD tins left for sale ($4 each) and you need to buy a package of the Translucent Envelopes (50 for $5.95 + gst/s/h).  You attach the sleeves together with your Crop-a-dile (retiring!) and some jumbo eyelets and decorate as desired

Here is another type of 6x6 fold up album:

OK ... I've almost made my way to the bottom of my bucket of salad so I'll sign off.  Come back in the next day or two ... I will post all of my "masculine" cards from the past for you ..

Have a fun day!!