Friday, September 28, 2012

The Most Wonderful (and Busiest) Time of the Year

Ah yes, it is that time of year . . . back to school, then Halloween, then Thanksgiving, then Christmas . . . and then there’s the new year and Valentine’s Day right around the corner.  It’s the time of year when the holidays seem to pile up on each other and our “to-do” list seems to keep growing -- but don’t put card making or handmade gifts to the wayside.  Here are some reasons why:
  •  It’s relaxing.

            Take time for yourself to enjoy your hobby and check things off of your list of things to do at the same time. A fun gift to create are little treat boxes with the Matchbox Bigz XL Big Shot die (#114890), some labels, and the It’s a Wrap Occasions stamp set (#123590 - wood/#123592 - clear). Stamp the labels, wrap them around mini candy bars and put them into the Matchbox, and they're ready to give.  Embellish the Matchbox for an added touch  -- and remember -- enjoy some chocolate while you're stamping for some added relaxation.
  •  It’s personal.

            You can create cards and gifts that reflect your personality or that are personalized for the recipient. Handmade, stamped cards and gifts are the things that the recipient will hang onto long after the holidays are over. There's just something about the thoughtfulness of a handmade card or gift that makes it that much more special.  You can even make a beautiful box out of paper that will make a great gift filled with some handmade cards and also makes a great way to keep organized during the holidays.
  •  It’s festive.

            Start a family tradition. Create wreaths for the different seasons or holidays as family and let each member of the family create and add a personal element. 
 So there you go!  Pull out your catalogs, plan your projects, order your supplies, and then you'll be ready for what the holiday season brings. If you'd like personal design assistance for your holiday projects, please contact.  I'd be more than happy to help. 

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Ready for Some Merry Moments

Would you like to have your own personal design consultant help you create your holiday projects? 

Guess what?  You can!  That's what you get when you use the artist-designed, color-coordinated Merry Moments Simply Scrappin’ Kit to create scrapbooks, d├ęcor photo pages, mini albums, cards, mini notes, tags . . . just to name a few things (LOL)! 
I LOVE, love, love these Simply Scrappin’ Kits.  Why?  Well, they have gorgeous 12” x 12” card stock, 12” x 12” Designer Series Paper, and card stock stickers that have been designed by professionals.  All these awesome elements coordinated to give you the very best results quickly and easily! 

I'm telling you, once you’ve tried a Simply Scrappin’ Kit, I know you’ll be so impressed with the quality, coordination, and simplicity that you’ll want to create with the other Simply Scrappin’ Kits right away! 
Just try creating the Simply Scrappin’ way today -- you’re gonna love the results!

What I used:
Merry Moments Simply Scrappin’ Kit (#126911), Stamp Set-Greetings of the Season; Ink - Cherry Cobbler; SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin' Dimensionals.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Video Time! Masculine Card Evergreen Sympathy Tutorial

Here's a new video for you!  Enjoy . . . it's all yours.

What I used:
Stamp sets - Evergreen, Petite Pairs; Papers - Summer Starfruit, Midnight Muse, Whisper White; Big Shot, Scallop Squares Duo Bigz Die; Ink - Summer Starfruit and Midnight Muse; SNAIL adhesive.

Here's a picture of the card:

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Ever, Evergreen Sympathy

We are, without a doubt, headed into fall.  The air feels crisper, the temperatures just a little bit chillier -- but not too much!  We can still wear just a light jacket. And how about gettin' to break out those long sleeves again -- it's almost like having a whole new wardrobe without the shopping!!

And then I begin to think about fall colors when it comes to my cards.  Do you?
These colors aren't "fall" specifically, but they do have a touch of fall.  I think the evergreen trees look like a forest, don't you?  Kinda like the Blue Ridge Mountains in a way . . .

I did a video with this card that I'll be uploading tomorrow.  I got the great idea (CASEd it) for this card from Sharon Burkert.
Obviously, I made this as a sympathy card; it would make a great birthday card or thinking of you card, too.
And do you see what's peeking out inside the card?  Hello, there, little tree.  How are you today?  No need to be shy.  I see you there!

Remember - all the instructions for this card will be on the video.

What I used:
Stamp sets - Evergreen, Petite Pairs; Papers - Summer Starfruit, Midnight Muse, Whisper White; Big Shot, Scallop Squares Duo Bigz Die; Ink - Summer Starfruit and Midnight Muse; SNAIL adhesive.

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Monday, September 24, 2012

A Grateful Heart for Weekends

What makes a good weekend for you?  Is it getting to do everything on your to-do list?  Is it doing absolutely nothing that's on your to-do list?

Mine is to make lots and lots of papercrafting stuff!  Are you surprised?  I'll bet not.

And, boy, was I having a good weekend.  One of the projects I made over the weekend was this fun card:
 It was so much fun.  Now . . . I'll bet sometimes when you look at the cards on my blog, you're saying, "Oh, yeah.  It's easy for you!"  Ha!  
 This card was actually my second attempt at this baby.  The first time around, I had a different paper than this Baja Breeze with hearts.  And the Midnight Muse (dark blue) that surrounds it?  Well, it was a light, dusky red the first time around.  Totally different than in the end, eh?
 I guess what I'm getting at is this . . . it's okay to start out with a different idea and then change your mind if the card doesn't seem quite right to you.  Unless you're like me and blab it to everyone, no one will ever know that it didn't always look like what you ended up doing.
what I used:
Papers - Patio Party DSP, Whisper White and Midnight Muse card stocks; Stamp Sets - Pursuit of Happiness and Stippled Blossoms; Ink - Midnight Muse; Punches - 1" square, Postage Punch, Decorative Label; Midnght Music Stitched Ribbon; SNAIL adhesive.

Here's a handy dandy tip for you:  To make a "frame" for your punched-out sentiment using the Decorative Label Punch, cut it from the corners into the middle to make four parts and layer them behind your sentiment.  It's easy and looks great, don't you think?
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Friday, September 21, 2012

Steppin' It Up

This is a stepped-up version of the card from yesterday's video tutorial that you can find right here.

This card was CASEd from the Stampin' Success magazine that Stampin' Up! sends to its demonstrators every month.  In that great mag, you can find projects that can be used for classes and quick Make and Take projects, just like this one here.  

The paper was run through the Big Shot using the Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder first.  The flowers were punched put with the Boho Blossoms Punch and the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack.  A Rhinestone Jewel was put into the middle -- and then voila!  All done with those.  

The papers used are the Certainly Celery and Old Olive with Very Vanilla for the sentiment part and middle of the flowers.  The outside of the flowers is Pink Pirouette.  Inks are Certainly Celery and Old Olive, too.  The Sassy Salutations Stamp Set and the Four Frames Stamp Set helped the sentiment element come together effortlessly.

And it's all tied together with a bit of Lucky Limeade Baker's Twine.  The Esentials Paper-Piercing Pack helped add a bit of classiness to this easy card.

So here it is - stepped up a bit from yesterday's video card.  These banners are great!  

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Video Tutorial - Quick 'n' Easy Banner Card

Join me in making this great card . . . 
What I used:
Stamp Sets - Four Frames, Sassy Salutations; Ink - Bashful Blue, Marina Mist; Card stock - Bashful Blue, Marina Mist, Whisper White; Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Paper Snips; Punches - Decorative Label; White Baker's Twine; SNAIL adhesive.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

On-Trend Ideas - With Banners

Banners are a lot like people . . . they come in all shapes and sizes.  There is no end to the variety that you'll find -- either in people or banners.  

Just to keep it simple, let's stick to banners for the moment.  Here's a great example of a fun banner for you:
 As you can see from the watermark, this great and very colorful card was created by Penny Blair.  She is a very active stamper and has such a fun style, don't you think?  The banner on this card is one you can created with several framelits or you can create this cutie by hand.   
 Either way you make it, it sure dresses up the card with fun style, doesn't it?
 This more laid-back card with an easy banner was created by Laura Kane.  She free-handed her banner and literally added lots of "punch" to her card with several punches.  I like how she added the color with a neutral background.
Tomorrow, I'll have a video with a simple-to-make banner card for you.  And then on Friday, we'll be stepping up that card -- making a fancier version of the same thing.  Please be sure to join me.  

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Banner Inspiration

What comes to your mind when you think of banners?

There are lots of different types of banners that can be used on cards and other papercrafting projects.  

I want to share a few with you that I've received from some friends:
Isn't this just beautiful?  Ingrid Rosario made this great example of a banner card.
I love that this card is so different.
It's a very different kind of easel card, isn't it?
You tuck the end of the card stock under this brad, see?
And then there's this final, wonderful surprise for you!  How fun.  This is a really great card with lots of style.

Eddie Meyer made this fabulous Snowflake card.  Don't you love how she used the Big Shot all over it?
This "Create" banner at the bottom is so fancy looking, but really easy to do.
Even the banner was embellished with the Big Shot.  Love it!

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Time To Get All Artistic

Do you find it a challenge to keep your crafting "on trend"?  Do you even know what the term "on trend" means?  Do you know how you go into a crafting store and it seems like they have changed all the merchandise around and there are great new things there to see?  They are keeping trends in mind or staying "on trend".

Well, that's what I love, love, love about the Stampin' Up! catalogs -- whether it's a holiday catalog or the big Idea Book and Catalog.  Stampin' Up! keeps the latest trends in mind when they create their books of ideas, projects and products.  
And right now, banners are a HUGE, HUGE on trend item.  They are very hot.  And super easy to create.  

I have lots of projects where I've used banners, and this is one of them.  I CASEd this fabulous card from Terry Koshman.  I love all the elements that Terry put into the card, so I used pretty much everything the same.  Besides, I hadn't broken out the Artistic Etchings stamp set for quite a while, and it felt wonderful to get it out and get it inky.
There are lots of details in this card.  It's not a Clean and Simple card like I make so often.  Loads of layers speak volumes in this little beauty.  However, the color scheme keeps it grounded and while using grays and blacks, the Daffodil Delight adds a splash of sunshine that anyone would be thrilled to get.
There are no dimensionals on this card, though.  It's all using SNAIL adhesive, so that keeps the card quite simple.

What I used:
Stamp sets - Artistic Etchings, En Francais; Card Stock - Basic Gray, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight; Ink - Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Basic Gray; Punches - Boho Blossoms, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack; Big Shot, Labels Collection Framelits Dies; Basic Pearls Jewels; Paper Snips; SNAIL Adhesive.

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Friday, September 14, 2012

Evergreen Core'dinations Treat Box

I am offering three special classes this fall, and they're all going to be focusing on Christmas Cards!
  • Each class will feature five cards, making two of each card - so 10 cards in all and each class is different!  
  • There will be a limit of eight people per class, and I must have a minimum of two paid registrations to hold the class. 
  • Registration and payment is due one week prior to each class.  
  • Class registration can be paid by cash or check. 
  • Each class will cost $20, and will include all supplies as well as a light lunch.   
  • Each class will begin at 10:00 am on a Saturday morning and last for 2-1/2 to 3 hours.
Class 1:  Saturday, October 13, 2012.  Deadline for registration and payment is Saturday,     October 6.

Class 2:  Saturday, November 10, 2012.  Deadline for registration and payment is Saturday, November 3, 2012.

Class 3:  Saturday, December 1, 2012.  Deadline for registraiton and payment is Saturday, November 24, 2012.

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Today, we tear!!
Yep, you've got that right.  Tearing the Core'dinations card stock after embossing and distressing it is what today's project is all about.  Isn't it adorable?  Do you know someone who would like to get this?
Well, have you become addicted to texture?  It's okay, really.  You can admit it.  So many of us crafter are!  So here's a 3-step program that's just for you:
  1. With Core'dinations card stock, you can take texture to a whole new level.  Remember, with that lighter-colored monchromatic core of the Core'dinations card stock, you make a huge impact when you sand, tear, distress, or emboss it.
  2. In true Stampin' Up! style, the ideal coordinating tools have been made to make using the Core'dinations card stock simple - the Stampin' Sanding System.  There are two of each the 150 and 1008 grits of sandpaper with the easy-to-use block.
  3. Once you've sanded and distressed the card stock, you can use the Dust Buddy to clean up.  It's a tacky cloth that wipes up dust and residue to keep your craft area neat and help adhesives adhere better to your project.
So get your Core’dinations card stock and Stampin’ Sanding System.  It's time to go texture crazy. It’s not only okay -- it’s encouraged! 

 Tip: A new Core’dinations Dust Buddy can have a strong aroma. Air it out in a well-ventilated area for a day or two and then return it to the package for storage.

What I used:  
Stamp set - Evergreen; Ink - Early Espresso; Marker - Silver Stampin' Dazzle Marker; Paper and Card Stock - Core'dinations in Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Luky Limneade; Other - Linen Thread, Big Shot, Textured Impressions Embossing Folder in Woodgrain; Stampin' Sanding Block, Core'dinations Dust Buddy, Bone Folder, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, SNAIL adhesive, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sticky Strip.

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Gettin' in the Holiday Mode

Ever have a day where you just felt "blah"?  I had one of those today.  I went to sleep last night with quite a headache, and when I woke up, the headache was still there.  After breakfast, I got sick to my stomach, so I called in sick today.  That is probably only the second time in four years I have done that -- so you know I felt pretty . . . well . . . blah.

Today's card is anything but blah, though.  It's the third card in my technique series that has been happening this week.  

To see the other two, just scroll down -- and to recap, they were 1.  Crumple; 2.  Sand; and then today's - 3.  Emboss.  
     Three easy ways to create some wonderful aged looks with the Core'dinations card stock.
 This card was CASEd from the Holiday Catalog on page 6.  It's not an exact copy, and that's good because CASEing doesn't need to be an exact copy.  Isn't it pretty?
Even though I was unable to go into work today, I DID get a few things accomplished that I had been procrastinating over.  I figured out my fall class schedule, and it has lots of Christmas card dates on it.  Almost all of my classes can be done in "kits to go", so if you're interested in the classes, but unable to come, just let me know and you'll get a kit to go.  The kits work out very nicely and have everything you need.  Who could ask for more?  And they come right to you - no driving - nothin'!  Talk about a gas saver.   I'll post more details tomorrow.

what I used:
Card Stock - Core'dinations card stock, Whisper White, Old Olive, Champagne Glimmer; 3-1/2" Scalloped Cherry Cobbler Tulle Ribbon, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder; Ink - Cherry Cobbler; Big Shot; Stampin' Sanding System; Stamp Set - Greetings of the Season, Sticky Strip, SNAIL adhesive.

So what's your favorite way to use the Core'dinations card stock?

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Jumpstart Ideas - Core'dinations Card Stock Video Tutorial

Is the weather becoming more like fall where you live?  
It's sure feeling more like fall here all the time.  Where I work, I am nowhere near a window.  I can't see out one; I have no idea what the weather is like at all.  If someone comments on it, I can make my way to a window, but - like I said - I'm unable to see out a window very easily.  So when I get out of work at the end of the day, and if it's been a beautiful day outside, sometimes I feel angry, as if I was cheated out of enjoying the great weather and the gorgeous day.

That's why I've been taking a walk every day during my lunch break if at all possible lately.  I find when I get that little bit of outside time, I'm in a better mood all the rest of the day -- and that angry feeling?  Well, I just don't have it at the end of the day anymore.  That's a good thing.

Today while on my walk along the canal tow path by my workplace, I saw a lone Blue Heron.  I was able to get pretty close and took a bunch of pictures with my phone.  And they all looked just awful.
I Googled this picture of a Blue Heron.  And you know what?  This is exactly what the bird I saw today looked like.  Pretty cool.  Too bad my pictures don't look like this - oh well, we can't have everything.

However, you can have this video that my younger son and I created as a tutorial showcasing ways to create some great cards with the Core'dinations card stock.  This will help jumpstart your ideas so you can have some fun with this great product.
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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Cool Tool - Sanding It Down

Using the Core'dinations Card Stock is such an easy way to create antiqued, distressed and color-popping looks.  

There are three different ways that I currently use to "age" this amazing card stock.  Yesterday, I shared one of them with you -- crumpling.  Yep.  Crumpling.  

Something so easy, so basic, can really create a one-of-a-kind look that will have your projects noticed.

Today, it's sanding.  Simply sanding the Core'dinations card stock.  That's it.
I used the Stampin' Sanding Block in a straight "up and down" motion to simulate woodgrain, worn material, or weathered leather -- however it is you think of it.  You can try this technique on both the smooth and textured sides for different looks.  I used the textured side on this card.
Can you see all that detail?  And it feels cool, too.  People just love to run their fingers over this card stock.  We all love texture, and this stuff adds it in spades.  

What was used:
Card Stock - Core'dinations card stock in Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Not Quite Navy and Riding Hood Red polka dot paper from the Designer Series Paper Pack in Regals; Ink - Early Espresso; Apothecary Framelits; Big Shot; Stamp Set - You're Amazing; Stampin' Sanding System; Crumb Cake 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon; Basic Pearls Jewels; 1/2 pearls; SNAIL adhesive, and Stampin' Dimensionals.

The Stampin' Sanding System is great since it has the different sizes for sanding - the smaller side of the block is great for sanding detailed areas, and the larger side is just right for larger areas.  What a handy little tool.  
Stampin' Sanding System
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Monday, September 10, 2012

Core'dinations Card Stock - You're Amazing

Well, it's time for a new week, and time for a new focus for that week.  

Did you know that creating an antiqued, distressed, color-popping look is easy?  Well, it is.  And I'm here to show you all about it using the Core'dinations Card Stock.
 There are many different ways to "weather" this card stock, and I want to share with you the three that I have been using.

 To create this amazing look, I crumpled the card stock and then flattened it out again.  Using the Stampin' Sanding System, I sanded the raised parts of the card stock.   
  Doesn't this paper look like it's been around forever?

What I used:
Stamp set - You're Amazing; Card Stock - Early Espresso Core'dinations Card Stock, Not Quite Navy, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Riding Hood Red; Ink - Early Espresso; Big Shot; Stampin' Sanding Block; Apothocary Framelits; Linen Thread; SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin' Dimensionals.

I really love that the Stampin' Sanding System has the hook-and-loop backing on the block and sanding papers.  That makes it so simple to add and remove the size and grit of paper I want to use on my project.

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Friday, September 7, 2012

A Clean and Simple Thank You

Some cards are fancy - some are not.

Some cards have lots of embellishments - some do not.

Some say nothing - some say a lot.
 This card says, "thank you" in a very clean and simple way that I really like.
As you can see from the watermark, I CASEd this card from Paula Cannon.  She didn't put the recipe on the card where I got it, so this is what I used:
Stamp Set - Zoo Review; Teeny Tiny Wishes; Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Big Shot; Card Stock - Whisper White; Ink - Cherry Cobbler and Night of Navy, SNAIL adhesive, and Stampin' Dimensionals.

And that was it.  Nothing else.  


Clean and simple.  

Doesn't get easier than this.  

And sometimes that's just what you need.

I know I do.

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Thursday, September 6, 2012

I'm Ready for Some Love and Sympathy

How often do you check your e-mail?  I probably do it too much.  As a matter of fact, I was looking at my e-mail before getting ready to do this blog post.  The headlines for the e-mail had, "Are You Ready For Some Football?"  

Immediately, I thought, "No, but I'm ready for some cards!"

Well, you can sure tell where my brain is . . . stamping, stamping, stamping, and more stamping!!!

Here's a great card to share with you using the Love & Sympathy stamp set.  
This card was given to me by Lynn Fones, and she's a fellow demonstrator that I met.  She used a technique on this card called the Wax Paper Resist Technique. 

  1. To do the Wax Paper Technique you:Take a piece of wax paper that is slightly larger than your glossy card stock.  Run it through the Big Shot using an Embossing Folder.
  2. Using two pieces of Glossy Card Stock, sandwich the wax paper between the two pieces of Glossy Card Stock.  Iron over the paper "sandwich" using a high heat with your iron, but no steam.  This will actually give you two pieces of card stock to make cards.  One will be a positive image, and the other will be a negative image of your embossing folder.
  3. Take your pieces apart and discard the wax paper.  Apply ink to your glossy card stock using a sponge, daubers, or a brayer -- you can even use a blending tool if you want . . . the choice is yours and depends on the look you want.
It's as easy as 1-2-3!

what Lynn used:
Stamp set - Love & Sympathy; Paper - Whisper White, Midnight Muse, Glossy White; Inek - Midnight Muse and Bashful Blue; Accessories - wax paper, Extra Large Oval Punch, Midnight Muse 3/8" stitched satin Ribbon, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Brayer, Big Shot, Oval Accent Bigs Clear Die, Craft Scissors, SNAIL adhesive.
Can you see the pattern of the embossing folder here?

Great job, Lynn.  Thanks so much for the beautiful card.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

It's a Video - Christmas Tree Treat Box

Let's make some great Christmas Tree Sweet Treat Boxes together.  They're so easy and quick.
What I used:
card stock:  (depending on your box) Cherry Cobbler, Brushed Silver, Certainly Celery; for the tree - Old Olive and the DSP from the Merry Moments Simply Scrappin' Kit; Champagne Glimmer; Punches - Boho Blossoms (for the star), Extra Large Oval, Pennant Punch; Stampin' Sponge; Ink - Old Olive; Simply Scored Tool; Paper Cutter, Sticky Strip, Glue Dots.
Let me know how yours turn out.  I really want to hear about any trees that you make. 

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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Forest of Christmas Tree Sweet Treat Boxes

 Can you see the forest for the trees?  
Wait . . . 
Is that how that saying goes?

Oh, well -- I can't remember for sure.
 I've got a forest of Christmas Tree boxes, that's for sure.   Whoo Hoo!  These are so stinkin' cute!!
I had a lot of fun making these and they're so quick and easy.  

I have a video tutorial coming up to be posted tomorrow to show you how, step-by-step.  When you make these, you'll be able to give something sweet to someone special!  This Christmas tree box is going to delight young and old.  Just fill the boxes with some candies for that extra-special touch.  These also make great party favors.

You can modify the boxes for with other colors and papers for other occasions - think baby colors and shower gifts!

I modified these from this post and was CASEd from Kim Score who posted these in June 2012. When I took the bumble bee hive to work and showed the hive to Meg Ruch, she suggested a Christmas Tree box that she could make.  After making one for her, and she approved it, we talked about a video tutorial on making the Christmas Tree boxes so she could have me with her when she was making them.  So . . . there you go!  

What I used:
card stock:  (depending on your box) Cherry Cobbler, Brushed Silver, Certainly Celery; for the tree - Old Olive and the DSP from the Merry Moments Simply Scrappin' Kit; Champagne Glimmer; Punches - Boho Blossoms (for the star), Extra Large Oval, Pennant Punch; Stampin' Sponge; Ink - Old Olive; Simply Scored Tool; Paper Cutter, Sticky Strip, Glue Dots.

Truly -- you're gonna flip when you see how super duper easy these Christmas Tree Treat Boxes are to make.  Let me know about making your own.  I would love to hear all about it.

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Monday, September 3, 2012

Happy Labor Day

Happy Labor Day!  Hope you're enjoying a bit of time off if you live in the U.S.  
I know I'm relieved to have an extra day to get things done around the house.   
For my dad, this holiday truly means the end of summer and that it's time for the beginning of school. Both our boys have been in school, though, for a week or more - so that's not what Labor Day is in this house.  Also -- growing up, since it was called Labor Day, that's what we did ALL. DAY. LONG.  We labored and labored and labored . . . my parents would have a list of things to do that was a mile long!
Here's a brief history of what Labor Day is and why we celebrate it (taken from Star News online by Howard Lestrud ECM Online Managing Editor): 
Labor Day: How it Came About; What it Means
Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.
The First Labor Day
The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, 1883.
In 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday, as originally proposed, and the Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a “workingmen’s holiday” on that date. The idea spread with the growth of labor organizations, and in 1885 Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country.
To to all those workers out there in the U.S. and other countries - I salute you and thank you for making our world the busy place that it is. We truly do make this world go 'round, and we should be proud of ourselves and our accomplishments.

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