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Along with the excitement of the Christmas season, we have a few other family celebrations in December as 3 of our 7 grandchildren have a birthday this month.  I don’t always post my cards and projects mostly because I am working on things at the last-minute and run out of time.  However, this year I made a concerted effort to have cards finished well ahead of time and to that end I have 2 of the birthday cards completed and the other on my crafting table in process.

Here are the first two cards that are finished thus far.

Kaitlins Birthday Card 2013

This card is for our oldest granddaughter who will be turning 13 this year.  She loves the color blue, as I do, so I wanted to make a special card commemorating this special birthday for her and chose her favorite color as a starting point.  I love the combination of burlap and lace, so I added those elements along with a removable handmade stick pin that includes a butterfly charm on a dangle.  The hand dyed seam binding along with the ivory pearl swirl added to the charm of this card I think.   It’s not noticeable on the picture I took, but I dyed some Diamond Dust a pale blue and added that along the ends of the rolled paper.  I was quite pleased with the outcome of this card and hope she will enjoy it too.

Her younger brother is also celebrating a birthday this month, his 8th, so I decided to use some car paper I purchased awhile back from a fine paper store (that I was hording) as the jumping off point for his card.  Since the flip cards are so popular of late, I thought that would be a fun project to work on as well as receive.  I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the flip card, starburst matte, birthday sentiment and number 8.  Glitter and shimmer are a signature element I use on most of the card creations, so adding a bit of red Stickles was a must.  The original flip card stopped at the edge of the car paper but I thought it looked unfinished, so I added the blue sides along with star eyelets to add some extra umpf to make the card look complete.  I’m told he enjoyed his card along with the gift we sent to celebrate his special day.

Koles Birthday Card 2013

Now I must regress just a bit to Thanksgiving and share some little treat bags I made to set on the table for our family celebration.  This year was special because our oldest daughter, her hubby and their 4 children drove from Colorado to be here for the holiday.  Our house was abuzz with children’s laughter and fun family time since all of our 7 grandchildren were here and 3 of our 4 children.  It would be a blessing to have all of our children here, but it so difficult given the fact that our oldest lives so far away.  We do count our blessings though and will cherish all the great memories of that day for a long time to come.

As far as the small treat bags are concerned, they are a simple design but something I wanted to do for everyone.  The small turkey stamp was the basis for the topper and everything else just fell into place.  I decided to “ghost stamp” the sentiment with white and then top it with copper for a different effect.  The seam binding was hand dyed and the turkey along with the scallop edge was heat embossed with copper.  I’m sure the kiddos didn’t need any additional sugar that day, but it was still fun making the bags and sharing them with all.

Thanksgiving Treat Bag Close Up View Thanksgiving Treat Bags

My last share of the day is a gift bag I made.  I used my We R Memory Keepers Envelope Board to make the bows and my Silhouette to cut out the snowflakes and star.  Diamond glitter was used to make the snowflakes sparkle and 2 layers of paper covered the bag to accent the tree.  I love the dimensional aspect of the bag and it was fun to use some Christmas paper I had in my stash and put it to good use.

Christmas Gift Bag

Well that’s it for today.  I’m sorry this post is long lengthy, but I wanted to get up to date with a few of my projects.  I do have several other gifts and cards I will share this month, some already completed and others in various stages, but I’ll say goodbye for now and get back to my craft room.

Thank you for visiting and God Bless!



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I’ve been a busy gal lately as I’ve been working on 7 different Halloween treats and bags for our 7 grandchildren.  I still have one more go to, but that should be finished later today.  In the meantime, I thought I would share the projects that I’ve finished thus far.

Given the fact that they will all receive more than enough candy, I decided to make gifts that were non-food related.  In my search for ideas, I saw a video online that I used for inspiration, albeit the original design was for hot chocolate and a candy stir stick.  Using that as a jumping off spot, I made small covered notebooks along with a custom hang tag, a pencil and decorated folder.  As a side note, each focal point jiggles.  I made little “wiggly” elements that adhere to the back of each central image which gives movement and a little whimsy to them.  The “wiggly” elements are handmade using a 1″ circle punch, a bit of thin wire and Glossy Accents.  I really love how these turned out, as each one is unique and all are quite sparkly (even though that aspect doesn’t show up on my pics).  In addition, I made simple gift bags to present them to our special guys and gals.

So without further ado, here are the gifts I made for Halloween this year.

Halloween 6

Halloween 5

Halloween 1Halloween 4


Halloween 2


Halloween 3 Halloween 10


Halloween 9












I used a variety of supplies to make these gifts.  I’ll try to share that information below to the best of my recollection.


Black card stock – Stampin’ Up!
Papers were from Stampin’ Up!, dollar bin at Target & Hobby Lobby
Twine from Hobby Lobby
Stickles – Black & Diamond
Iridescent Fibers from Little Black Dress
Orange Glitter – Martha Sterwart
Seam binding was died with Stampin’ Up! reinkers
Purple lace – JoAnn’s
Stamps from Stampin’ Up!, Michael’s dollar bin & Hobby Lobby
Sequin trim from Wal Mart
#2 pencils – Wal Mart
Mechanical pencils – JoAnn’s
Twinkling H20’s
Stampin’ Up! markers
White craft ink – Stampin’ Up!
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Tim Holtz Paper Distresser
Black Netting – Hobby Lobby
Shrink Plastic – Michael’s
Chain & jump rings – JoAnn’s
Liquid Mono Dual Glue (not sure that’s the name)
3M tape (1/4″ for tape guns)
Glue Dots
Glossy Accents
Corner Chomper
1″ circle punch – Stampin’ Up!

If you need any information on a specific product, feel free to contact me and I’ll do my best to check on the exact product I used.

Until next time, have a great weekend and God Bless!









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This is a quick post, but I wanted to share these adorable gingerbread house gift boxes I made.  I purchased the image from the Silhouette Store and the designer is Lori Whitlock.  I love her designs and when I saw this project I knew I had to take time to make them for Christmas.  The assembly was quite easy with just a bit of gluing and running various color cardstock thru my Silhouette.   I added a bit of Stickles to the rooftop and Christmas wreath for a little sparkle, red and white ribbons and twine was added for a candy cane effect.

As a side note, Lori offers a nice tutorial on putting these boxes together.  I opted to add the door and embellishments prior to assembling the box and thought that was a bit easier for me, especially when trying to line things up straight.  Well, that’s it for today.  Thanks for visiting and Merry Christmas!!


Close to Cocoa, Real Red & Green cardstock from SU
White card stock from Walmart (good weight for this type of project)
Red Stickles – Ranger
Green Glitter Glue – Studio G
Red/White twine – SU
Red & White satin ribbon from Hobby Lobby
Gingerbread House Silhouette File – Lori Whitlock
Zip Dry Paper Glue (Lori recommended this glue for the project and I totally agree with her, it works perfect to hold everything together)

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The past week was filled with projects-a-plenty starting with 50 treat bags for 2 of our grandchildren to share with their classmates.  I couldn’t put together a quick and easy design but instead made 4 separate designs with each having its own detail.  It took the entire week to get these completed, but in the end I was happy with the results.

Each coverlet is the same size and each design shares an identical base and purple matte.  The base and purple matte was sprayed with my homemade purple sparkle mist.  The purple matte was embossed with a Tim Holtz Texture Fade, punched with the Drippy Goo punch from Martha Stewart and to add extra sparkle purple Stickles was added to the bottom of each “drip”.  All of the designs were embellished with Stickles, Distress Ink & Sakura Gelly Roll Glitter Pen.  The dots you see on the scalloped circles behind each focal image was drawn with the Gelly Roll Glitter Pen.  The sentiment on all designs was cut from a Stampin’ Up! oval punch and layered over the next larger size oval punch.  Each sentiment was inked with Dusty Concord Distress Ink along with a dab of purple Stickles to mimic a brad on each side of the sentiment.  You guessed it, my fingers were a mess by the end of all the distressing.

The haunted house was first stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and the windows colored with yellow Prisma Pencil and enhanced with yellow Stickles.  The fence was first cut using a Martha Stewart border punch and then re-punched with a circle punch to fit perfectly over the stamped image.  3M Quick Dry Adhesive was used to adhere many of the elements including the fence.

The witches feet design was stamped with the same Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.  The stockings were embellished with purple Stickles and the shoes with black Stickles.  The buckle on the shoes was colored with an orange Souffle’ pen by Sakura.  I made the skirt by using a Martha Stewart border punch for the hemline and then punching it out with a circle punch.  Next I cut each side on a slant to depict a skirt.  The edges were inked with Dusty Concord Distress Ink using the Distress Tool & foam pad from Tim Holtz.

The Witch was made is much the same way as the others, first stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink then colored with SU markers and embellished with Stickles for extra sparkle.

The Pumpkin was inked with Pumpkin Pie Classic Ink from SU and the face was stamped with Black Memento Ink.  The stem and swirly stem were stamped with Chocolate Chip & Always Artichoke respectively.  The Black Glaze pen from Sakura was used on the eyes to make them shine and black Stickles added on each point on the mouth for a sparkly effect.  You can’t tell on the pictures, but the swirly stem on top of the pumpkin was first stamped with the Artichoke and then enhanced with the Gelly Roll glitter pen to add more detail.

I’ve named these particular treat bags coverlets because they are just that, a small cover for a treat bag.  Each coverlet measures 4″ x 4 1/2″ finished, (cut card stock 5 1/2″ x 4″ and score at 1″).  There is a one inch topper that folds to the back to hold the treat bag securely.  I used my Crop a Dile to punch 2 holes through the topper edge and cello bag and then threaded a length of ribbon and tied a bow.  I also added a small splash of 2 way Glue Pen on each side of the topper and let it dry to make it tacky but not permanently adhered.  I thought this was a good way to keep the treats in tact until the time they were to be opened and enjoyed.


Card stock from SU
Witches Feet and Witch were from Michael’s ($1.50/each)
Pumpkin from SU
Haunted House from Hobby Lobby – Stampabilities
Happy Halloween sentiment from SU (I don’t recall what set)
Dimensionals – SU and Recollections
Distress Inks – Tim Holtz
Sakura Gelly Roll Pens
Martha Stewart border punches – Drippy Goo and a lacy border
Homemade sparkle mist in purple
Marvy Uchida scallop & circle punch
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Stickles in Purple, Bronze & Black – Ranger
Texture Fades by Tim Holtz
Cello bags – 3 x 5 – SU
Crop a Dile
Black ribbon from JoAnns
Zig 2 Way Glue Pen
Scor Tape

Thanks for visiting and I hope you enjoy these Halloween Coverlets.



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I meant to post this birthday set awhile back, but forgot to do so until now. This is a card and gift tin I made for our son-in-law’s birthday. The card is quite simple, I used a balloon punch to punch out the image on 4 squares of card stock then added clear packing tape to the back of each and poured glitter on top.  The birthday sentiment was embossed in white.  4 balloon squares were matted on navy card stock and a piece of mulberry paper was added as a second matte.  I like the colors and thought the card turned out quite pretty.

Since we were giving a gift card for his present, I decided a decorated tin would be the perfect choice to  wrap it in.  The tin is from Michael’s and was something I had sitting around for quite some time.  In keeping with the same color scheme, I added matching card stock and also embossed the happy birthday sentiment in white.  The patchwork down the side is actually a ribbon that is attached with a bit of tape runner.  The silver cord and sequins were added for a bit of sparkle.  Grosgrain ribbon is wrapped around the entire perimeter to hide the silver tin, but unfortunately it doesn’t show up on this picture.  He liked both the card and tin.


Card stock & mulberry paper – SU
Glue Dots
Ribbon & sequins – Club Scrap
Silver cord & grosgrain ribbon – SU
Birthday sentiment stamps – SU
Gift tin – Michaels
Clear packing tape
Balloon punch – SU
Glitter – SU
White embossing powder – SU
ATG Tape gun

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I saw a free Father’s Day digital download over at “Just Something I Made” and knew immediately what I wanted to do with the fabulous images from Cathe.  Even though this was a post from a year ago, these images are timeless and very appropriate for cards, bags & tags for this Sunday’s special event, Father’s Day.  The construction of the Father’s Day card is pretty straightforward, I just printed out the images on Kraft cardstock, cut out the part of the collage that I wanted to use, added a few layers, a bow and red heart and the card was exactly how I wanted it.

Making the gift bag was another story.  I wanted to print the images directly on paper from a brown lunch bag.  I never tried that before so it took some trial and error, but after 2 tries I succeeded.   As a side note, I discovered this type of paper is too thin to run through my printer on its own, so I adhered it at the top (where I feed it into the printer) with some removable adhesive (Dotto).  One other noteworthy item, it seems cheap lunch bags drink a lot of ink during this process, so I won’t make a habit of using this type of paper.  After printing I reconstructed a bag (which took a little bit of finessing).  Once that part of the project was complete, the rest came together easily.  I used the same heart punch as on the matching card, but used all 3 of the punchouts this time.  The bottom of the topper was made simply by using my scalloped decorative scissors from Stampin’ Up! which I’ve had in my craft room for years.  A small black button, a dash of DMC embroidery floss, some fussy cutting & layering for the sentiment and the bag was complete.

I still have more than half of the collage images leftover to use again next year or the year after.

Free Digital Download from Cathe Holden at "Just Something I Made"

This was such a fun project to make and I’m anxious to fill the bag with goodies for my special hubby this Sunday.  A special thank to Cathe Holden  for this incredible freebie to honor those special guys in our life, our Dads & hubby’s.

Supply List

Digital Download from Cathe Holden
Kraft, Real Red & Basic Black cardstock from Stampin’ Up!
Red & Black checked ribbon from The Ribbon Boutique
Button from JoAnn’s
DMC Embroidery Floss
Uhu Glue Stick
Bow Easy
Quickie Glue Pen from Sakura
3 Hearts paper punch from Tonic Studios

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I shared a project in my last post where I used mini rosettes and the lattice technique to create a 2 part gift box.  However, I forgot to add the information where I learned to create those beautiful roses and lattice technique.

I used some creative license on the rosettes as I didn’t have a star punch, so I went ahead and punched the underside with the same punch and used green card stock.  It worked out just fine.  For the adhesive I found that my favorite 3M Quick Dry Adhesive worked perfectly.

So without further ado, here is the You Tube tutorial from “Tewtami” where I learned the technique.


I also learned how to create a project using the Lattice Technique and that tutorial is from Valita over at Valita’s Designs & Fresh Folds.  She is an amazing artist, very creative and talented, and I enjoy learning from her.  Here is her tutorial on creating a lattice project.


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