Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Mad About You... December SOTM Blog Hop

Hello and welcome back to another month of great artwork using our newest Stamp of the Month:  Mad About You. 

This fun set of stamps is great for Valentine's Day but also works well for anniversaries and just everyday love notes :)

If you've come from Carla's blog- you are headed in the right direction.  If you are just starting at my blog- no problem!  At the end of this post you will find a link to the next blog and you can just circle around.

So- first things first- the stamp set: This set retails for only $17.95- but get an even BETTER deal than  that!  Spend $50 or more (before tax and shipping) on any other products and you can add this set to your order for only $5!
And now:  My card.  I used some neutral colors with Chocolate, Bamboo, and Colonial white.  I added a splash of color with Tulip.   I used the Cricut Art Philosophy Collection to cut all of my shapes out.    I used the Red Designer Ribbon Collection which has this perfectly matched striped ribbon.. LOVE IT!  The ribbon slide is from the Foundry Ribbon Slides .       If you are interested in purchasing any of these items - feel free to contact me here.
Now you can check out Annette's artwork by visiting her blog!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Tis the season...for Cake Pops!

A little detour from the papercrafting posts of late for a peek into my second favorite hobby:  Baking!
Cake pops have gained in popularity and I decided to give them a try for an upcoming cookie exchange...  well... that means I need to make 120 of these babies... by Friday.  Yep- THIS FRIDAY.  I started them over Thanksgiving weekend but I am not ready for Friday and hope it takes it's sweet little time getting here.
The idea of reindeer cake pops is not new- in fact I saw the idea on pinterest. 

If you've tried to make them yourself... and failed... read on for my hints and tips!

Cake pops:
You need:
box cake mix
store bought frosting (16oz)
meltable chocolate ( I always use the melting chocolate wafers from Michaels.  Old wafers turn out yucky looking but Michaels sells these all the time and have good turnover with new stock all the time so I stick to purchasing from them or Hobby Lobby)

Wilton candy eyes and red hots.

1)  Bake a cake as directed on the box with water, oil and eggs as called for.  When done- cool completely...even overnight if needed. 
2) use a fork to completely rip the cake apart.  Stir in one jar (or a little less than one jar) of frosting.  I added a few spoonfuls of frosting at a time till the cake started sticking together.  It did take most of the 16 oz. jar.
3)  Mix THOROUGHLY.  Roll into balls.  If your cake has cracks when rolled into balls... it is not mixed thoroughly.
4)  Refridgerate overnight. 
5) melt wafers ( I use a double boiler but you can use the microwave.  I think there are directions on the package for that.
6)  Take ONE cake ball from the fridge at a time... dip end of a lollipop stick into melted chocolate and insert about halfway into cake pop.  DO NOT roll your cake pop into the chocolate- use a spoon to pour the chocolate over.  This will prevent the cake from falling apart in the chocolate.
7) Immediately insert your eyes/ red hots.  You only have about 30 seconds from when you set the cake pop down to cool until your chocolate is too hard to add your face.  This is a good thing but be ready to work quick.  If your chocolate hardens BEFORE your face is done... simply put melted chocolate on the back of your "face parts" and stick them onto the cake pop.
8) let your chocolate set up over night so it's completely ready for packaging.  Insert the cake pop into a treat bag and use brown pipe cleaners to add antlers...
Your reindeer pops are now ready for gift giving :)

I had a very busy weekend of crafting... so stay tuned for more this week!  Wed. night brings the December Stamp of the Month blog hop and later this week I will show off a brand new kit!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Black Friday Sale on your Favorite Stamping and Scrapbooking products!

How do I possibly know what your favorites are?  I DON'T- So - You pick your purchase!

From NOW Through Midnight Friday-  Buy ANY 2 items- get the 3rd (of equal or lesser value) for HALF OFF!

That's right!  50% off one item when you purchase the first two at full price.... and it can be ANYTHING currently available in the Autumn/Winter Idea Book.

Don't know what is available... click here to browse our product line.  Anything in the list is available EXCEPT "While Supplies Last" Items.

This special is only available through me- so you will need to e-mail your order to me by clicking here.
I will reply to your e-mail within a few hours (unless you are shopping at midnight... then I will reply the next

Don't need 3 items?  Just want the Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge?  On MONDAY November 28th- when you e-mail me your order for the Cricut Art Philosohpy Collection- you can EITHER  take 15% off the collection (Savings of $14.85)  OR select a FREE 12x12 Faux Leather Album (valued at $24.95)!

I am also offering FREE Gift Wrapping and local delivery on orders placed by December 8, 2011.  Out of town orders can still receive Free Gift Wrapping, but additional shipping charges may apply.

Tax and shipping charges will apply to all orders.  I accept check, paypal, visa, MC and Discover payments.  All payments should be finalized by December 1st so orders can be placed and delivered in plenty of time.

In your e-mail- please include the method you would like to use for payment (do NOT include credit card #'s- just tell me that you'd like to pay by credit, check or paypal) and a phone number to contact you with.  I may do initial contact through e-mail but to collect credit card payments I will call you.

Thanks- and happy shopping!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Typeset School Layout

These photos are not so great... sorry about that!  In Michigan- good lighting this time of year is hard to come by some days... and usually all the good lighting is while I'm at work. 

BUT... the layout was a hit with my customers at crops this fall.
 There is a close up of the "super star" part down below... since that section is all "washed out" in this photo.  This layout will hold a few verticle photos in a row.  One on the left page with a smaller photo above the "winner" accent- and a few more on the right page.

 This photo shows that I used a circle die cut as a guide to add a bronze glitz glitter gel dotted circle to my page.
If you look at the photo of the second page of the layout- there is another, larger circle in the lower right corner... so I had 2 different sized cardstock circles and strictly used them to get my spacing correct so they looked like circles.
And here it is finished... at an angle so you can sort of see the dimension left by the dried glitter gel.
I LOVE THAT STUFF!!!  I am always pulling out one of my Glitz colors for something.

Want to make this project yourself?

You will need:
Typeset Level 2 Paper pack
Typeset complement Canvas Shapes
Bronze Glitz Glitter Gel

Note:  My layout used about 3-4 sheets of Desert Sand Cardstock but the Level 2 paper pack comes with 2 sheets.  You can either choose another color from the paper pack for your photo mat areas or you could purchase a package of 24 sheets of Desert Sand Cardstock.

I did not use any stamps on this project.... but if you decide to purchase the above supplies- keep in mind that through the end of this month- if you purchase $25 or more in Stamps- you can select this stamp set for only $25!!  These are clear stamps so if you don't have any clear blocks- you'll want one of those as well.

If you make a purchase of these supplies from my website- let me know and I'll e-mail you the cutting guides within 48 hours.

If you are on my mailing list... stay tuned for a special sale this week! 

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Clear pail paired with Art Philosophy

This pail was sooo much fun to create!
I found these cute little pails in the Dollar Spot at Target! 

Then- I cut a few fun designs with my Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge.


1. Cut Crystal Blue cardstock using the snowflake border (see page 64 of your Art Philosophy handbook)  Set your cricut at "fit to length" and then 11 inches.  Select Font Layer with the button shown in the handbook (bottom row 4th from the left)

2.  From Crystal Blue cardstock you will also cut approx. 1 1/4-1 1/2 inch snowflake (page 22 from the handbook).  It is
Cover that snowflake in Silver Glitz Glitter Gel and set aside to dry.

3.  Using white cardstock- cut approx. 3 inch snowflake... also on page 22 of the handbook.  Select "shift" and "layer" using the same button as step 2.  (second button from the left in the top row of the keypad)

4. I used glue dots to attach the snowflake border and white snowflake.  Once dry- the glittered snowflake was attached with foam tape.

5.  I used some retired Crystal Blue sassy strands to attach the little paint can "opener" that came attached on a plastic string.

6.  Although not shown:  I cut two circles for the top.  One Crystal Blue (approx. 3 inches) and one white (2.5 inches.) and stamped a winter sentiment.  Silver glitz was also added to decorate.  My photos of the top didn't turn out that clear - and I sold these so until I make a few more- I can't take a photo of the top.

Want to make one for a gift- simply fill with candy, a gift card, socks, lotions.... anything!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Christmas Card Class- Register soon

Just popping in for a friendly reminder that my Christmas Card class is coming up Saturday November 26th at 10:00am till you finish!

Cost:  $25.00 TOTAL to create 4 each of the following 5 cards!  Yes it's true- 20 HANDMADE cards for only $25... Your papers will be pre-cut- ready for you to stamp and assemble.

This class takes place at my home near Kalamazoo/Battle Creek, MI.  E-mail me here with "Christmas Card Class" in the subject and I will send you my address when you are registered.
Do you like ONE of the cards better than another?  Let me know and I can customize your card kit for you- the price may vary a little depending on which card you choose.

REGISTRATION DUE no later than November 10th.  I take cash, check, paypal , Visa, MC or Discover.

These cards were created relatively "flat" specifically so you don't have problems mailing them.  That is why there are few embellishments.  Your fee includes a full bottle of Silver Glitz so you can make them sparkle as much as you want!

Several cards use images cut from the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge.