Saturday, January 29, 2011

Occasions Mini goodies (Stamp Camp treats)

So...where to begin?? This past week was crazy~ the kids only attended school on Tuesday since Monday was a teacher work day and then the remaining days during the week were cancelled due to the inclement weather. Being from Rhode Island...where it snowed WAY more then here in Virginia...often makes me laugh when they cancel school~ seriously for an 1" of snow?? Or sometimes they have called it on a forecast and it didn't snow a bit!! The kids enjoyed it, for we did finally get some accumulating snow...about 9" here in Winchester. I hear they are calling for more next Tues./Wed. so that means I'll be here in the basement keeping warm with my space heater at my little piggies stampin' the days away!!
Currently there are two different 1000 piece puzzles on my dining room is completed and waiting to be glued together while the other is sitting there waiting to be finished. So the pictures I have taken are from the basement and I laughed as I uploaded them to the sheep's tag 'Baa' is in a few of them. are the projects that we made at my last Stamp Camp. This one was SUPER easy made out of an envelope. Yup~ an envelope!! You seal it first...and cut the top using the scallop edge punch. Inside I filled it with some shredded scrunched up Very Vanilla CS and an almonf Hershy bar. The outside was stamped using the Eat Chocolate stamp set (122006 C, 121931 W). I added a Chocolate Chip belly band and 1 1/4" striped grosgrain ribbon (cut in half). Added a clip from the Clips Assortment pack (112580) and added a punched heart (117193) with the red glimmer paper (121790). Lastly I added some Log Cabin smooch spritz (119921). This project was inspired from pg. 22 of the January's Stampin' Success (a demontrator only publication). If you have any questions, just ask!!
I made covered Mr. Goodbar chocolate treats for every participant that brought their catalog. The paper used here is called Sweet Stitches (121781) and coordinates with these cute little fabric covered brads (121880). Stamped the image using the same Eat Chocolate stamp set (love this set!!) The dimensions for the DSP were 5 1/2" x 7 1/2". Belly band dimensions: 2 1/2" x 5 1/2". Decorate as desired. Here is a close-up picture:
Have you ever heard of the Rules of Chocolate??
1. If you have gotten chocolate all over your hands, you are eating it too slowly.
2. Chocolate covered raisins, cherries, orange slices and strawberries all count as fruit so eat as many as you want.
3. The problem: How to get 2 lbs. of chocolate home from the store in a hot car? Solution: Eat it in the parking lot.
4. Diet tip: Eat a chocolate bar before each meal. It'll take the edge off your appetite and you'll eat less.
5. A nice box of chocolates can provide your total daily intake of calories in pne place. Isn't that handy?
6. If you can't eat all your chocolate, it will keep in the freezer. But if you can't eat all your chocolate...what's wrong with you?
7. If calories are an issue, store your chocolate on top of the fridge. Calories are afraid of heights, and they will jump out of the chocolate to protect themselves.
8. If I eat equal amounts of dark chocolate and white chocolate, is that a balanced diet? Don't they counteract each other?
9. Money talks. Chocolate sings.
10. Chocolate has many preservatives.Preservatives make you look younger.
11. Q. Why is there no such organization as Chocoholics Anonymous? A. Because nobody wants to quit.
12. If not for chocolate, there would be no need for control top pantyhose. An entire garmet industry would be devastated.
13. Put "Eat Chocolate" at the top of your list of things to do today. At least you'll get one thing done!!
Here is another card using another stamp set called Thanks for Caring (121961 C), (121901 W). I find that it's hard to make 'Sympathy' cards...for obvious's never for a good cause :(
So you have to make them pretty~ and let them know you truly care!! This is a 'joy' fold card and it uses lots of goodies from the Occasions Mini catalog. The base of the card was embossed using the Framed Tulips embossing folder (121809). The flower was punched out with Springtime Vintage DSP (121782). Added a button and linen thread and here is a peak at the inside:

I will share the other two cards we made tomorrow..expecting a girlfriend ina bit to make some hand-made Valentine's..can't wait to share those with you all too!! Until then..happy stampin' and stay warm!!


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Love is in the air!!

I was inspired to make this wreath after talking to my girlfriend Jean (howdy Jean!!). She mentioned that she was going to try to make one of these paper wreaths using some Valentine's Day DSP and I have not ordered mine yet (I know...shame on me!!) So I grabbed some of my new FAVORITE DSP called First Edition (121878) tied a black satin ribbon at the top and added some 'L-O-V-E' ~ now I need to grab the rest of my Valentine's Decor.... and decorate!! So..stay tuned and see what else I come up with...can't use last years paper (I might start twitching!!) to order some new goodies!! Okay, now be honest have you ever ordered something twice or more?? I mentioned that I am about to place an order?? Well...I was going throught my inventory of card stock and deciding what next to order from my never ending 'Wish List' and I realized that I had the stamp set Eat Chocolate on there twice!! I was SO close to ordering it again!! I was so happy the other day when I came across it...looking for the perfect stamp set to use for my candy bar treat!! I think I might have little 'Stamper Elves' in my basment...and hey that's like!! So there it was, sitting on my shelf waiting for me to's the little things in life that make me all warm and fuzzy! Note: (sorry about blurry picture but since I didn't want to take away from the stamped image...I chose to de-boss the image) Candy Bar Treat Directions: CS base measures 5 1/2" x 5 1/2". Score at 1", 1 1/4", 3 1/2" and 3 3/4". Apply sticky strip to hold closed and decorate as desired....pretty quick and simple!! I used a couple goodies to dress mine up: Stamp Set: I {Heart} Hearts, C 118571 W117010 Ink: Early Espresso, Blushing Bride Card Stock: Whisper White, Chocolate Chip Accessories: Pretty in Pink Grosgrain (109032), silver brads (104336), small heart punch (117193), Elegant Bouquet embossing folder (115964), paper piercing tool (116631) Getting ready to film another video tutorial...I am SO excited and can't wait to share with you all my fabric Valentine's hearts!! Happy Stampin' ~Erin

Friday, January 7, 2011

My Second Video Tutorial!!

Yes...finally I made another video tutorial!! I can't believe that it took me as long as it did...but it's here!! Thanks so much for your patience!! In a previous post I shared with you some fabric rosette rings that I made (click here for the post). I had promised to make a video showing how, so today I pulled out our newest fabric from the Occasions Mini Catalog and went to work.

Above you will see the three designs you get from ordering our Springtime Vintage fabric (121817)...they are so much prettier in person. In addition there are some really cute ideas from Stampin' Up! that use this fabric. Click here for a PDF that you can download and use. (There are really cute ideas on there...can't wait to try them myself!!) Promise me you will not laugh...I hope to get better the more I practice...and I am already getting started on the next one!! Hint: Also uses our fabric and great for Valentine's Day gifts!! So here is a close-up picture of the ring (sorry it's a bit blurry...and that my hand is so pale and hmmm...I desperatly need a manicure!!) LOL! But otherwise...enjoy my video!!


Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Happy New Year!! Filled with Love Promotion!!

Happy New Year folks!! I have been telling myself to post, post, post something...anything on this blog and never found that I had the time!! I then decided to wait until the new year, so here we are~ a few days later.... ta da!! I had decided to wait until today's date (January 4th) since it's also when the Occasions Mini Catalog is available to order from!! Have you seen it?? You can download the online version by clicking the catalog at the right (or the link created in the text). If you would like me to send you a copy in the mail just send me an e-mail with your address!! All I can say is WOW!! It's hard to pick a favorite item, there are 'sew' many to choose from! There are these stamp sets called Sew Suite (121933 W, 122009 C) and Button Button (122026 W, 122040 C) and a jumbo wheel called In Stitches (121946) and FABRIC to match~ I would say that these goodies are my latest favorites from the 'Oh Sew' Suite Collection (pg. 32).
Here is a project I made using the some of our newest fabric called Sweet Stitches (121818). I cut the fabric using the Big Shot and Scallop Square die (115950) and adhered it to the plate using 3-M spray adhesive. I took another picture to show the plate..the edges are raised and will make a great 'catch all' in my craft area...especially for our new Designer Buttons!! Now...on the top of this post I added a picture of the Filled with Love Promotion (Dec. 17th-Jan. 24th). With this bundle (available in either clear or wood-mount) you will receive the Filled with Love stamp set and the Love Patterns DSP PLUS a pack of Bitty contact me today to order your bundle and get filled with love~and bitty buttons!! Or shop 24/7 on my website.
Happy Stampin'~ Erin
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