Saturday, July 28, 2007

Halloween Recipe Box

I have been going through some old magazines for different ideas for Halloween creations and came upon this in last years October, Paper Crafts magazine (pgs.15-17). It was made as an invitation to a Halloween party, but since I am not having a party for Halloween anytime soon I decided to put the recipe on the pull out. Kinda cute for a little housewarming gift if you bring the "brew". I used Pumpkin Pie for the base; the handle is SU's chipboard that I covered with paper and cut out with an X-acto knife; the witch's legs are from Making Memories Halloween glitter stickers: and the Brew bubble letters were from the dollar store. (If you haven't checked out your local store yet, hurry on over. They have great deals on lots of scrapbooking stuff) On the inside I typed the recipe from pg. 15 and printed it on a piece of Xerox paper so that it would roll easily. If you don't have the magazine the directions to make this are as follows:
Cut a piece of cardstock 8" x 3".
Score at 1/2", 2 1/2", and 5 1/2".
Using your X-acto knife, cut a 2 1/8" slit across the 1/2" fold.
Fold the 1/2" strip down and fold on the other score lines bringing the end up and under your 1/2" fold.
Secure with brads.
Embellish as desired.
Glue handle to typed recipe; roll up and put into the now triangle folder and bring handle up through the slit.
Now pull and out comes your recipe!
Black Witches Brew recipe: 1 each of 13 oz. envs. of unsweetened grape and orange drink mix.
2 cups sugar; 3 quarts cold water; 1 liter gingerale (chilled)
Stir together the mixes; sugar; and water until dissolved. Add gingerale.
Serve to all the gouls and goblins!


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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

I have been looking at the Scor-pal and wondering if I really need it. Well, I know I don't really need it!!!! but should I get it!. The site ( has many cool ideas and this is one of them. I have also seen it on a Splitcoast tutorial. Another easy box to put together.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Black Flower Challenge

I bought these beautiful fabric black flowers (can't remember where though) and wondered what I would ever do with black flowers. Well, I have a friend who just had surgery and went to visit her today and made this card for her. The background is cuttlebug's textile embossing folder. So, I have a challenge for all of you to create a card using black flowers. I would love to see your ideas and will reward 1 person (randomly drawn).

Saturday, July 21, 2007

I recently went to visit my sister in Palm Beach, Fla. who has a condo on the ocean. She is not a scrapbooker, so I tried to convince her that scrapbooking is the way to go. I made this chipboard book for her which is inside a pizza box that I purchased from Jen, at I don't think she is into scrapbooking yet, but she loves the memories we made.

Here are a few more pictures from the Florida scrapbook.


Do I have to explain my little "blessthischick"? Probably not but it helps to know a little more about me. I have always wanted long blonde hair that shines. I have a 17 year old cat named Price Tag who is orange and white. I love red wine - sometimes too much!!!! I love having a tan which I get very easily. And the heart on my dress is because I love so much. I wanted to add a rubber stamp but it wouldn't let me get carried away. Check out this site. It is soooooo cute.

Just thought I would show you a couple more boxes that I have made in the past.


This box pattern has been around for quite awhile but I just love it. It is perfect to make for last minute gifts i.e.: birthday; housewarming;appreciation; etc. It goes together so easy and the possibilities for creations are endless. If you don't have this pattern, I will be happy to send it to you. Lois from gingerbreadaholic, gave me this feet stamp and I was at a loss of what to do with it. When I got the new "Batty For You" set, I had my answer (Trick or Treat-Smell my Feet).
I also used the bat stamp for my handle from the retired SU set "Halloween Backgrounds" and the new SU double-sided Halloween paper. Inside the box I made a topper for a plastic bag that holds the candy(using the font "stiltskin") and cut up pieces of crimped Pumpkin Pie for the confetti. This is a great trick when you want to use a filler inside a box.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Christmas In July

I just love this saying! It is sooooo hot here in Arizona-20+ days of over 110 degrees so far. I am from Massachusetts so I remember the cold and even though I would never live there again I can still feel its presence. So, this Christmas in July theme suits me fine. Here is the first of my "winter" cards (because I don't think snowmen are necessarily a Christmas theme). Stayed tuned for more to come as the weather gets hotter here For this card I used Ballet Blue; Certainly Celery and the set "Festive Favorites" This is one of my favorite "cute" sets. I colored in the snowmen with these great paints called "Jewels Watercolor Palette" from US Art Lest. They are pearlescent and Metallic colors similar to Pearl Ex. They are arranged in a palette formation so all you do is wet your paint brush. Included is a misty lavender and spring green which matches these two SU colors perfectly. I added a scalloped white border; ribbon from Michaels and a metal snowflake brad and plastic 3D snowflakes from ???, and the blue ribbon is SU's bluebird(?). Send me some of your Christmas in July cards-I would love to see them.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Create your own newspaper article. How cute is this. I got it from my friend Lois at gingerbreadaholic. Thanks Lois, you are my computer wiz idol!!!

For quite awhile I have had my eye on the Hero Arts "decorative birds" stamp set. Then I was
organizing (again!) and found that I already had TAC's stamp set "basic birds" which is very similar. So, I created these cards: 1 for my friend Joanne's birthday and the other for a friend back East (that would be the Boston area - Go Red Sox!) who is an avid birdwatcher.

Do you all remember when last year (or maybe even earlier) that decorating matchboxes was the rage? Well I thought I would share with you two matchbox creations because I think they should make a comeback!! This is one that I did by stacking the boxes (6 to a stack) reversing the order to make a cube. There are 2 squares of chipboard on the top and bottom to hold it all together. I covered all areas that could be seen with Christmas paper. The front of each box has a large brad that makes it easier to open. There are 24 boxes in the cube so you start opening them on Dec 1, and the last one on the top is opened on Dec 25. Hershey "Treasures" fit perfectly in the boxes, but you could also do brads, eyelets, etc. for your stamper friends; or customize for someone special like your child's teacher. What a fun project! If you would like directions, please email me.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

I am tired of forgetting everyone's birthday so I bought this 4 x 6 photo album from Michaels and created separate pages for each month. (6 months on one side and 6 months on the other side). When I gather up everyone's birth dates, I will put them on the file card. This doesn't take up much space and the file card is easily removed if I have to add more names.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

This card was done using the Purely Pomegranate and Soft Sky and the Level 3 hostess set All About Occasion Bundle stamped in Soft Sky. I punched out a little flower that matches and used Little Pieces for the center. I attached a heart charm and SU burgundy ribbon and of course the swirl embossing plate from Cuddlebug is the background. Love these two colors together!

I just received the new in colors from SU and have to say they are very cool! This is the first card I made for my friend Lois at Gingerbreadaholic as a thank you for some very neat stuff she gave me that she knew I just had to have. I just love her for knowing me so well!!! I used Blue Bayou, Groovy Guava, and Vanilla. I stamped Fine Lace with the Groovy Guava onto a piece of Vanilla and attached it to the other piece of vanilla. I added prima flowers (2 sizes) and brads for the center that I found in my "stash" that just matched perfectly! I then doodled free hand because I didn't have anything else that I like to go with this. I used the Riveting stamp set with the blue bayou ink and punched out the circles with 1 1/4 and 1 1/2 inch punches.