Wednesday, October 24, 2012


Even though I have not lived in a cooler climate for 13 years, I still find myself "nesting" before the winter. It is usually a fall version of spring cleaning and I can't help but prepare for winter even though it doesn't come in Southern California. In my blogging travels looking for home making blogs, I have come across 2 great ones. Clean Mama and A Bowl Full of Lemons. Both have challenges which began earlier, but I am jumping in and doing both.

Clean Mama is featuring 31 Days To  Clean House giving a list of jobs to cover each day that should take no longer that 15 minutes. I am starting today and will begin from the beginning. Let me know if you decide to follow too. Her blog is great for cleaning tips and she has very cute printables to help you along.

A Bowl full of Lemons is featuring a 14 Week Program to a Perfectly Organized Home. I will begin with her current assignment and go back to the beginning when the challenge is finished and cover the missed projects. Even though it seems like I am always getting rid of outgrown/outdated items, it is time once again to purge and organize. I think this time I will be absolutely brutal. There are way too many clothes in my closet that I never wear. I think I am actually looking forward to some "bar space" in there. Again, let me know if you would like to follow the organizing plan. It would be fun to share results.

Off to nest.......

Monday, October 15, 2012

Fancy Favor and That's a Wrap for Lunch

On Sunday, Megan hosted a luncheon for her friend who is going to study in Ireland for 3 months. I made these party favors and cupcake toppers using my new favorite, That's a Wrap digital download. These are so quick and easy. 

Stamps - All Holidays MDS
Ink - none
Accessories - MDS digital download That's a Wrap, fancy favor die, buttons sizzlet, polka dot embossing folder, brads, sticky strip, dimensionals, small wood dowels

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Speaking of Gift Giving

Here is a pop-up gift card holder I created using new items that I have been dying to use. The main sentiment is framed by Daydream Medallions, die cut with Floral Frames Framelits,  which I couldn't wait to buy. They are perfect accents to frame many sentiments or images. I paired it with the new Candelight Christmas DSP and stamped my own background paper using Day of Gratitude. A little heart, flower and basic jewels finish the card.

Paper - Candelight Christmas DSP, Silver Glimmer Paper, whisper white, so saffron card stock
Ink - real red, so saffron, Stazon black
Stamps - Daydream Medallions, Day of Gratitude, Made for You
Accessories - Floral Frames Framelits, 1 3/4" circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, flower, button ribbon, heart punch, basic rhinestones

Stamp Club - Quickies for the Holidays

This month our stamp club met for our new session. Our theme was "Quick Ideas for the Holidays".  I introduced the ladies to the kraft boxes from the new 2012-2013 Idea Book and Catalog along with the new MDS download That's a Wrap ( My new FAVORITE, I just love this digital suite). These two products in combination with one another allow you to create quick and cute gift boxes. They are perfect for gift cards, small gifts and homemade goodies. I will be featuring these items quite a bit in the next few months.

Two other Items that we worked on took advantage of the quick and easy elements from the Ghoulish Googlies Designer Kit. After creating the glassine bag featured in the Holiday catalog, we used the circle tag from the kit to create a quick goodie bag. I demonstrated how this bag can literally be completed in just over 1 minute - talk about a "quickie".

And now about That's a Wrap and Kraft Boxes. The That's a Wrap digital download allows you to quickly create paper bows either with digital papers or with any DSP - just use the images as a template.
 Download includes:
* 11-page d├ęcor designer template (11" x 8-1/2")
* 6-piece SVG stamp brush set
* 5 Designer Series Papers
* 7 embellishments
* 6 punches

* Digital-exclusive
* A cool way to make adorable, trendy bows for all your gifts

Coordinating colors:
Basic Gray, Calypso Coral, Gumball Green, Island Indigo, Summer Starfruit, Very Vanilla, Whisper White

To get a free 30 day Trial of My Digital Studio2 - Click here

The Kraft boxes are just a fabulous deal 4, 3 1/2" boxes are just $2.95. To order the boxes and the That's a Wrap digital download Click HERE and enter the following product codes.

That's a Wrap - 132190
Kraft Boxes - 124106

Halloween Gift Bag

Paper - basic black, pumpkin pie card stock
Ink - Stazon Black
Stamps - Googly Ghouls
Accessories - Ghoulish Googlies Designer Kit, 2 3/8" scallop circle punch, fancy favor die, black dotted scallop ribbon,brads, dimensionals

Gift Box

Paper - Orchard Harvest DSP
My Digital Studio - That's a Wrap
Accessories - Kraft gift boxes, wooden buttons, dimensionals, glue dots.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Halloween Decor

I had to post this picture of our little Boo insisting on being part of the Halloween decor. It is so funny how she loves to sit there. I finally grabbed the camera and took her picture in --- uhhh action?