Quick gift idea

Here is a quick and easy gift idea. I got these 24 page photo albums for $1 each at my local big box store. I took out the front and back card stock design that was there and using some Big Top DSP, I made new covers. I used the Big Shot Serif Essentials die to create the “j” monogram. We will give these as gifts for Christmas to all of my son’s grandparents and aunts and uncles.



These were really quick and easy and inexpensive too!

Kristen ๐Ÿ™‚

New Mini Goodies

I just love these new clear mount stamps (they are NOT the clear type stamps that other companies sell).ย  Same old SU! rubber, mounted on a clear block for easy positioning! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  They are fabulous! I’m going to be building up my collection of clear mounts rather quickly!

I also can’t stop ooohing and ahhhing over the new punch style!ย  Today was the first day I’ve used them, and the corner and edge punches are so easy to line up and make things look beautiful!

Here are some of the cards we will be making at my next class in February.ย  I’ll give credit under each where due.

I Case’d this cute treat holder from Patti.ย  She’s got a picture tutorial on her site you will want to check out! ๐Ÿ™‚

This card is pretty much straight from the Mini.ย  I loved the Eggcoutrements set and the way this card was laid out.ย  I changed it just a bit to make it easier to duplicate for my class.

I saw a card similar to this one in the Mini as well.ย  It was made with the “hugs” cards that are available (forgot to order them!!), so I improvised with the new Scallop Corner Punch and Scallop Edge Punch.ย  I also used the new extra large Bird and Leaf punch (new favorite!!) and the Vintage Labels Clear Mount set (you can get it free with a $50 purchase thanks to Sale-A-Bration!).

These next two are case’d from Shelli Gardner.ย  She showed them at the Leadership conference (I’ll get there one day!) and I wanted to make them so that you knew that from now until Feburary 28th, SU! will donate $2 from every I {heart} Hearts set purchased to the Haiti Relief Efforts.ย  You can click here to order.

Hope you enjoy them!ย  Contact me or click here to order your supplies or to receive a Mini Catalog of your own!

Kristen ๐Ÿ™‚

November Class Projects

Just a quick post to show you what we’re making this month for our Stampin’ Class:

(I’ll come back later andย  post details…but everything is Stampin’ Up!)





The middle two were CAS’ED from Inking Idaho and I think that the first and fourth were from ideas I saw on SplitcoastStampers.ย  I’m getting ready for a Holiday Bazaar on Thursday…e-mail me if you would like more info on where to find out where I’ll be!ย  I have three 20 gallon tubs and several Stampin’ Up! boxes full of things to sell! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Kristen ๐Ÿ™‚

Snowman Tic-Tac Tutorial

I finally got around to creating my first tutorial!!ย  I’m going to show you how to make a Snowman Tic Tac Holder:


Cut a piece of Bashful Blue cardstock to 3 x 5 1/2 and score at 2 1/2 and at 3. Stamp with the image of your choice with Whisper White Craft Ink. (I used the retired set Cold Play).ย  Punch the corner with the small corner rounder.


You will also need a piece of Whisper White cardstock that measures 2 x 2 1/2.ย  Round two corners with the small corner rounder.


Stamp the Cold Play mouth and carrot images and punch them out with a 3/4 inch circle punch.


Take your 2 x 2 1/2 piece of Whisper White card stock and sponge the edges with Bashful Blue Classic Ink.ย  Punch out a one inch circle from Whisper White and sponge the edges with Bashful Blue.ย  Take the 3/4 inch face circle and sponge those edges with Bashful Blue as well.ย  Punch a 1 inch circle from the large piece of Whisper White cardstock.ย  Adhere the 1 inch and 3/4 inch circles.ย  I adhered the 3/4 inch circle with Stampin’ Dimensionals.ย  Sponge the punched circle with Bashful Blue ink as well.


Use a small strip of Sticky Strip on the back of the Tic Tac container.


Adhere the Tic Tac container to the back panel of the holder.


Attach the Snowman Kisses poem to the top of the Tic Tac container.


Wrap 13 inches of Real Red Grosgrain 1/4 ribbon around the middle of the Bashful Blue cardstock and adhere with SNAIL adhesive.


Center the 2 x 2 1/2 inch piece of Whisper White cardstock on the Bashful Blue cardstock and adhere with SNAIL.ย  Use the Basic Brown Stampin’ Write Marker to draw stick arms on the snowman and tie shut with the Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon.


Christmas Cubes

I made these Christmas Cubes today after receiving my new Holiday Mini goodies from the UPS man yesterday.ย  It is entirely Stampin’ Up! product.ย  Let me know if you would like to purchase the materials to make them yourself or I can make them for you!

Kristen ๐Ÿ™‚














Supplies Used: (All product Stampin’ Up!)

(Items from Holiday Mini): Decor Elements Blocks (116829), Decor Elements; Holiday Mix Real Red (117675) Sleigh Bells Ribbon (116795)

(Items from IBC 2009-2010) Merry Moments DSP (115672), Glorious Green Cardstock (101697), Real Red Cardstock (102482), Chocolate Chip Cardstock (102128), Old Olive Cardstock (100702), Whisper White Cardstock (100730), Very Vanilla Cardstock (101650)ย  Clips Assortment (112580) Playground Designer Buttons (116313), 5/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon Chocolate Chip (109051), 1/4″ Grosgrain Ribbon Chocolate Chip (111367), Scallop Edge Punch (112091), 1″ circle punch (109046), Linen Thread (104199), Chocolate Chip Classic Ink Pad (100908), Stamping Sponges (101610), 2-Way Glue Pen (100425), SNAIL Adhesive (104332), Mini-Glue Dots (103683), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430) Sticky Strip (104294), Tombow Multi Purpose Adnesive (110755), Crop-A-Dile (108362), Paper Cutter (104152), Decor Elements Applicator (114285), Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter (102023), Clear Rhinestone Brads (113144)

Let me know if you have any questions or would like to order the supplies to make your own! They were really quick to make and fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

Kristen ๐Ÿ™‚

Future Projects

Here are some other things we will be working on soon! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Both these ideas came from Becky’s site Inking Idaho (see two posts ago about downloading the template)



This one uses the Christmas Punch Hostess (Level 2) set from the new catty!




This one uses retired DSP (Ski Slope) from the Fall/Winter 2008 catalog–just using up my stash! ๐Ÿ™‚

Kristen ๐Ÿ™‚

Valentine’s Box

I came across this AWESOME tutorial on Becky’s blog yesterday and had to download the pattern to make one of these boxes myself!ย  I took a modern approach with it; mostly because I haven’t received my new DSP yet (it arrives tomorrow) and because I wanted to use up some of my left over DSP.ย  Becky’s tutorial was so easy to follow and the pictures she provided were VERY helpful.ย  I think it took me about 2 hours to complete this box and cards; but it was so FUN!ย  Here is the link to Becky’s site:





Everything I used is retired, except for the Black Grosgrain Ribbon , the All Holidays stamp set, and the Kraft Cardstock.ย ย  Enjoy and check out Becky’s blog!

Kristen ๐Ÿ™‚

Card Organizer

I made this card organizer today after needing a way to keep birthdays and such straight! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I found a tutorial on Splitcoast and made this one in less than 0 minutes.ย  I’m not done embellishing the front cover–it looks a little plain, but I wanted to just get it put together.ย  I used 6 sheets of DSP instead of cardstock, so I don’t know if that will make a difference in the long run as far as wear and tear, but I like it! ๐Ÿ™‚





I used the SAB DSP, and I just happened to have 6 sheets leftover, so it worked out perfectly! ๐Ÿ™‚

All supplies SU! except the purple ribbon which came from Michaels.

I bound it in two places with my Bind-It-All!

Kristen ๐Ÿ˜‰

The Tax Man Cometh…

I love tax time–how many people can say that?!?!ย  I love the refund that I get from him!ย  Oh, the benefits of having a child! ๐Ÿ™‚

He brought me enough money to buy myself a new Bind-It-All Machine—pink, isn’t it a beauty??


So naturally, I had to make something with it! ๐Ÿ™‚


I used the Old Olive DSP, Pretty In Pink for the scallop, Whisper White for the circle, and the flower stamp is from Happy Heart Day.ย  I also used Pretty In Pink 1/2 inch striped grosgrain ribbon, Wild Wasabi 1/2 inch striped grosgrain ribbon (retired), Chocolate Chip 1/4 inch Grosgrain Ribbon, Pretty In Pink 1/4 Grosgrain Ribbon, Old Olive Poly Twill Ribbon (retired) and Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon and Stampin’ Dimensionals and my Sakura Gelly Roll Clear Star Pen, and white 1/2 inch “O” wires, the Bind-It-All Machine (zutter), coasters

The coasters came from the Target Dollar Spot last summer–they had round and square ones and they are the perfect size for this type of project! ๐Ÿ™‚


Kristen ๐Ÿ˜‰

Gifts for My Friends

I made these simple and easy cards for 10 of my friends for Christmas.ย  I die cut the letters using the Mini Monograms cartridge in my Cricuit and then used the scallop circle and square that are also on the same cartridge.ย  I used Certainly Celery, Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue, and Pink Passion.ย  Here are several different views of them: