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Monday is the day for the TLC or Try A New Technique Challenge on SCS.  Technique doesn’t always mean it’s ink related!  This week is an example of that!  This week’s TLC challenge is to make a Sweet Centerpiece.  You can find the directions for the folds here.  Scroll down to the bottom and click to download the directions file. 

Here is my Sweet Centerpiece!


I started with a 12×12 piece of paper.  You can also use and 8-1/2 x 8-1/2 square as well.  I used the DP from SU! called Loves Me.  It has been retired but I still have some!!
I added a Tootsie Pop in the center and adhered the scalloped circle to each side of it.  I didn’t want to take the time right now, but I had the thought that I should wrap each of these nuggets with labels made from PaperTrey Ink’s Limitless Labels set!

Stamps: So Many Scallops, Priceless, PaperTrey Ink’s Limitless Labels
Paper: SU! Loves Me DP, Taken with Teal, Regal Rose, White
Ink: Taken with Teal, Close to Cocoa, Rose Red
Accesories: 1" and 1-1/4" Circle Punches, Scallop Circle Punch, glue dots

Until Next Time…Happy Crafting!!!

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Thursday is our Pastor’s wife’s Birthday!  She is also our piano player at church, so tomorrow night at choir practice we will celebrate her birthday.  If you knew Karen, then you would know how much she loves a party.  She also would tell you that everyone should celebrate their birthday for a WHOLE MONTH!  That way nobody is ever late with their card or gift because you have the whole month to celebrate!  Since she has been so faithful in planning parties for everyone else’s bday, we wanted to surprise her with a party of her own.  Another lady from church planned out this book and I just made it happen!  Darlyne and I had eaten at Red Robin not that long ago and I mentioned to her that I had some of their beverage coasters.  She asked me what I was planning on doing with them and I told her "craft stuff" like books, etc.  She let her brain run wild and this is what we came up with!!  Sorry some of the pictures are a tad blurry.  I should have taken pictures of the pages before it was put together!!!  Next time I’ll know better!!

Here is the front of the book.  I covered the coasters with the Office Accoutrement paper and also some from the Petals and Paisley paper.  I printed the white circles on the computer and printed them out.  I really didn’t want to have to line up all my alphabet stamps!!


This is on the inside of the front cover.  Each page will have an alphabet letter on it.  Not all 26 were used, just 10!!  As she reads this aloud, she will be presented with the items chosen.


"A" stands for Arbys.  Apparently Karen loves to eat at Arby’s!  I think she will be getting some gift certificates to eat there.  I left the lines blank so she could fill them in later if she wants.
The pages of the book are Barely Banana and I used the Big Deal alphabet in Tempting Turquoise.  The hamburger is from the Backyard BBQ set and stamped in Basic Brown.


"B" is for Birthday Card. 
I used Circle of Friendship and also Happy Everything for these stamps. They are stamped in Cool Caribbean and So Saffron.


"C" is for Cupcakes.  The cupcake stamp is from Time for Fun and I made the other cupcakes from the Round Tab Punch.


"F" is for Flowers.

I used the small flower stamp from Pick a Petal with Versamark, and punched the other flowers from Groovy Guava card stock.  It is one of the new In Colors for 07-08.


"H" is for Happy Birthday Song!  Of course that’s when we’ll sing to her.  I thought the music decor was perfect for her.  The musical background stamp I bought at Hobby Lobby on Clearance!!!!


"M" is for M&M’s!  Anyone who is around Karen for very long will learn of her addiction to chocolate!!!  We went with them on a weekend trip to Branson in April and she bought a 1 lb bag of M&M’s for the weekend, and had them all eaten by the time they arrived.  It is about a 4 hour trip from KC!!!  The circles are the center of the flower from the Pick a Petal Stamp set and the m is from Brushstroke Alphabet.


"O’ is for Olive Garden.  This is another one of Karen’s favorite places to eat.  I’d much rather eat there than Arby’s!!  I am going to take her to lunch for her Bday so that’s my gift to her.  The herb plants are from an old retired SU set called Sweet Herbs.  I also realize that the O isn’t green but I put the red circle in the middle to sorta resemble an olive!!


"P" is for People Who Love Me!  I wrote the names of the choir members names on here.  The heart stamp is from Happy Hearts and is stamped in Pretty In Pink.


"S" is for Streamers.  When we celebrated Darlyne’s bday, Karen had dress up shoes, tiara, and boa for her to wear.  The streamers will be wrapped around Karen, as to resemble a boa….sorta!!!


"T" is for Tiara!  Darlyne is going to bring hers back to recycle on Karen!!!  I couldn’t find a tiara stamp so I used one of those kids craft foam stickers!


This is the inside of the back cover!  This is how the book ends!  I hope she enjoys our fun little creation.  We will definitely enjoy celebrating her birthday on Wednesday night!!

Until Next Time….Happy Creating!!!

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A while back I made a star book and planned to give it to my mom for Mother’s Day.  I just got all the pictures in it, and will give it to her soon.  I thought I’d share each side with the pictures now!

My Son!!


My Brother’s Girls!!



My Sister’s Kids!!


My Daughter!!

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I saw on SCS this bracelet that Mariiam had made with Patterned paper!

I thought it was a great idea and would work well for kids too!

Here are her directions:

You cut pattern paper (great
to use scraps) into small 1/2" squares and then roll it around a toothpick
and slide it into the airhose tubing for fishtanks. (You can buy this in the
pet section at Walmart – it is the only size they carry and doesn’t have any
size measurements on it but is about 1/4" in diameter) Then just clip the
tubing the length of your paper. That will make the bead. I like to string my
bracelets onto stretchy beading cord. Tie into a tight square knot and then
drop some superglue onto the knot to keep it from slipping out. Clip the ends
and slide the knot under one of the fish tubing beads so you don’t see the


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Today I made a star book.  Here is a link to the original video that shows the demonstration.  Below is a tutorial I put together today after my project was complete.  I haven’t added any pictures to mine yet.  I’m waiting for some pics from my siblings to add along with pics of my kids.  I plan to use this for a Mother’s Day gift.
Here is also the tutorial in a doc format so you can download it and print it!

Download star_book.doc

Star Book Tutorial





Back Cover  &  Front Cover

Front Cover


Book Opened

Supplies Needed:

· *5 pieces of cardstock measuring 4”x 8” for pages

· *5 pieces of
cardstock measuring 4”x 8” scored at 2”, 4”, 6” for page inserts

·       *Punch

·      *
Adhesive, (I used
mono and Scotch tacky glue)

· *Ribbon



Take your 4”x 8” colored card stock for your pages and
score them all at 4”. Make 5 of
these. I used different colors for all 5
pages but you can use the same color.

2.  Take
a neutral color cardstock or patterned paper measuring 4”x 8” and score it at
2”, 4” and 6”.
This will make the insert on your  pages. Make 5 of these Star_book_2also.



I cut
patterned paper to adhere over top of my
neutral paper above, but I found that
it becomes too thick once in the book. I
would recommend one or the other. You
could always stamp on the  neutral paper.


    3.  After
all of your original pages are cut and scored, glue one side of each together.
(back of one card to the front of the next card)


are the cards glued together. You will
continue to do this with all 5 cards.

are my page inserts with both layers. I
wouldn’t recommend patterned paper on top of regular card stock! It gets too thick!!!



   5. Take these inserts and punch them with a large circle
punch, Center it right in the middle of
the center fold. This creates space for
you to add pictures or charms. I’m going
to add pictures of my kids and nieces and nephew for mothers day.



   6.  I used my Scotch quick dry tacky glue to put these layers together. Line up the edges and glue it in!






all your inserts are glued in, it makes a star shape.




7. Fold
the book together and add ribbon to both the cover and the backside. This will help hold the book shut to mail and
also to keep the book open for displaying!  Finish the front and back desired.

Until Next Time…..Happy Creating!!!


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Today’s project is the Mini Accordion Book/File.  It was a lot of fun to make!  I am really enjoying the new DP from Stampin’ Up!!  It is so pretty and fun!

Paisley Accoridan file front

Supplies Needed to make this file:

-#10 sized envelopes (9.5 x 4″)
-Designer Paper (Background Paper)
-Card stock that coordinates to your background paper
-Glue (I used the Scotch Quick Dry Tacky Glue)
-Scoring Tool (I used my bone folder and my scoring blade with my cutter)
-Word Window Punch
-Round Tab Punch

Here are the Step By Step Instructions:

Accordion File

There are a few things that I did different from the directions. **There are places where it says to tape the paper down.  I didn’t use any tape at all.  If you use the Tacky glue, It bonds great to paper within a minute.  I just hold it for a few seconds and then it’s NOT GOING ANYWHERE!!  I LOVE THAT STUFF!

**Also, in the directions it tells you that you need 3 envelopes.  Actually you will need 4.  Of course you will have one half left over, so if you make two of these, then you will be able to use it.
**Once you have placed the chipboard on the background paper, I DID NOT cut my corners.  I have terrible luck at that.  Usually at least 2 of my corners don’t meet in the corners.  So, instead, I just folded the corners in (it still makes a diagonal fold), glued them down, and then folded in the sides and glued them down.
**Using the word window punch was a bit of a challenge.  I did get mine to work, but the layering gets a little thick!!  I had to wiggle and wiggle and wiggle it to push it onto the paper.  I was crossing my fingers that it wouldn’t tear the paper as I was wiggling and pushing!  You will also have to stand up and push with all your might to actually get it to punch.  Remember you are punching through chipboard, background paper (and if you use SU paper, it’s a little thicker), and card stock.

Here another picture of this file!

Paisley Accordion File Open

I didn’t have any plain white envelopes!  All I have are the security kind!

Supplies I Used:

Petals and Paisley DP
Polka Dots and Paisley Stamp Set
-Card stock: Tempting Turquoise, Cool Caribbean, Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery
-Scotch Quick Dry Tacky Glue

If you have any questions, please ask!

Until Next Time….Happy Creating!!!


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Here is my first Nugget Box.  Of course I don’t have any Nuggets to put in it yet, so I temporarily put Dove Eggs in it!!  I really like those better anyway!  It just doesn’t fit quite the same though!!! 🙂

I found a thread on SCS that had a TON of templates for almost any size nugget box you would like to make.  cdjkssss has been a busy girl!  Check out the thread here.

Supplies Needed:

– 12"x 3" piece of card stock for the outside cover
-4-3/4" x 4-3/4" piece of card stock for the inside box
-Scoring tool
-scrap card stock for decorating


Directions: Take your 12×3 strip of card stock and score it at 3", 4", 7", 8", and 11".  Once you have it scored, fold it so that the 1" strip on the very end folds over to adhere to the 1" strip on the other end.  There is a picture below.
The left over 3" section folds over to create the top card.

For the box, just cut your card stock to 4-3/4" x 4-3/4" square.  Score at 7/8" from each side.  Cut tabs in the corners so you can fold it to make a box.

Decorate however you wish and fill with your favorite Nuggets (or dove dark chocolate, that’s my favorite!)


The supplies I used were:
Card stock:  Bashful Blue, Black, Glossy white for the inside message, Whisper White for the outside cover
Ink Colors: Bashful Blue, Apricot Appeal, Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery
Ribbon from SU and Archivers
Stamps used:  Delightful Doodles (will be in the new catalog in July), and Alphabet Soup

Until Next Time…..Happy Creating!

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I have seen a couple of these posted on SCS and thought they were very pretty!  I usually run for the cards first because they aren’t so time consuming, but I wanted to give this one a try.

Friendship Box flat open MR

Supplies Needed:
-Chipboard or mat board
-Colored Card stock 8-1/2 x 11, designer paper or SU wrapping paper to stamp on
-Thinner card stock
-Scraps of card stock for stamping and matting
-Tacky Glue (mono will not hold)
-Sticky Strip (red line tape)

Remember that you can click on any picture to make it larger!

Supplies I used:

-Chipboard from larger card stock stack
-Enchante Designer Paper from SU Winter Mini
-1/2″, 1-1/4″, 1-3/8″ circle punch
-Flower brads
-Bone folder for scoring and flattening folds
-Scotch Tacky quick dry glue (AWESOME!)
-Ribbon from Archivers, SU Silver Cord to wrap around brads
-Confetti Cream, Perfect Plum, Pale Plum Card stock
-Sticky Strip (red line tap) to adhere ribbon
-Small Script, That’s Nice, Lexicon of Love, Delight in Life, Wonderful Words, Circle of Friendship stamp sets

Here are the step by step instructions thanks to Pam Curtis and Andy Wright!

friendship box

Friendship Box Open MR









Friendship Box almost closed





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Today I feature a guest artist for you to love on!  She has been a good friend for a long time and is also my sister-in-law!  Her screen name on Splitcoaststampers is Kasiekitty!  You can check out her gallery there.  The beautiful project I have to share with you today is called a Surprise Box.  She originally made this for a friend that will be traveling 1,000’s of miles away to care for sick parents.  It is absolutely stunning!  I’m going to share with you her design layout and instructions! 2box1_1

Isn’t this just gorgeous!  Anyone would be blessed to receive such a thoughtful, time consuming gift!

The colors she used are:  Rose Red, Rose Romance (Regal Rose), Certainly Celery, Chocolate Chip and Ivory.  These colors are just beautiful together!

Supplies Needed:

2–12×12 sheets of Card Stock

2–8-1/2 x 11 sheets of Card Stock

Additional coordinating paper for layering


Paper Cutter

Bone Folder or other scoring device


Embellishments and tools, stamps and/or photos, markers, ink pads

**Here are the dimensions for the individual squares that you will cut out to decorate for each layer.  Having these dimensions in front of you will help get that step done a lot quicker!  you can get them all cut at once!

Bottom Layer Squares (need 4 of each)
3-1/2" Celery
3-1/4 " Ivory or photo is making a picture box!

Middle Layer Squares (need 4 of each)
3" Chocolate Chip
2-3/4" Ivory (or photo)

Inside Layer Squares (need 5 of each)
2-1/2" Rose Red
2-1/4" Ivory (or photo)

For the outside of the box (need 4 of each)
3" Rose Romance (Regal Rose)
2-1/2" Chocolate Chip
2" Ivory

The following two pictures are of the top layer before any squares were added and then what the top layer looks like when it is finished!Layer1_2


Dimensions for Box Layers:

Outside layer: Cut a 12×12 sheet of card stock to 11-1/4" square.  Score at 3-3/4" from all corners

Middle Layer: Cut a 12×12 sheet to 9-3/4" square.  Score at 3-1/4" from all corners

Inside Layer:  Cut a 8-1/2" x 11" sheet of paper to 8-1/4" square.  Score at 2-3/4" from all corners.

**Attached here are these square dimensions for you to print out and also the directions for the rest of the box layers.
Download square_dimensions.doc

Download staceys_word_directions.doc

Here are the squares that she decorated throughout the box, the lid and the side panels.  You can click on each picture to see a larger version.






The image on the left is the lid laid out flat and the image on the right is what the side panels of the box look like!

This is an incredible gift!  I hope this info has been helpful to you and a BIG THANK YOU to KasieKitty for sharing her work with us!!!

Until Next Time…….Happy Creating!!!!

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Squash_book_frontThis is the first Squash Book that I have made.  I’m a little challenged in the folding department.  But I must say, I figured it out all by myself!
Making a Squash Book was last week’s project from the SplitcoastStampers newsletter.  If you haven’t subscribed to it, you should!  It is very informative and has lots of tid bits that you’d love to know.  It is free and you can sign up here!  You can find past issues also!

Supplies Needed:

2–4×4" coasters

4–4" pieces of patterned paper

3–7-1/2" x 7-1/2" pieces of coordinating card stock

Coordinating card stock and patterned paper for embellishing

Mod Podge, foam brush, scissors, sticky tape, adhesive, sanding block

**To find the step by step instructions on how to make this little book go here!

Here is what the inside of this little book looks like.  I filled it will small pictures of the family.


I used the Loves Me designer paper from the Stampin Up winter mini.  I also use Taken with Teal, Cool Caribbean and Cameo Coral.  I stamped the background of the taken with teal with Big Pieces and VersaMark.

I plan to write in the empty triangle labeled Grandma, and have my kids write in the other two.

Until Next Time…..Happy Creating!!!

P.S.  Do you have something you would like me to feature?  Do you have questions, you’d like someone to answer for you?  Then send me an email and let’s tackle it!

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