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Friday, December 21, 2012

Some More Christmas Cheer!

I am back today with more card ideas! We just got ourselves dug out from the storm. We ended up with 14 plus inches of snow! It makes a for a beautiful winter wonderland. I hope you enjoy the card and tag ideas!

These were done with Echo Park's Seasons Greeting and October Afternoon's Merry Christmas lines and with Tonic Studios punches. I used stickles to color in the the snowflakes to give them some more sparkle. The tags were made all with scraps!

Here are all of the cards I made with Doodlebug's North Pole pattern papers and embellishments. I also used Tonic punches on some of these cards as well.


Happy Holidays from our family to yours!
Happy Creating!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Holiday Projects Galore!

I love this time of year, I just wish there were more hours in a day to get all of the projects done that I want to! As many of you may know I make all of my holiday cards to send out and no two are identical! I am not one who likes to do a production line or mass produce if I don't have too! I love just getting everything out and seeing how inspiration hits! So here are some of the cards some will see coming their way this year! I hope it helps inspire you to create something special yet for this year or for next year!

Here are some items I made with Doodlebug Design's North Pole Line. I love the traditional colors of this line. I of course used some of my Tonic punches as well on the projects. I used the Simplicity Victorian Border punch and the Scalloped Arc Border along with the medium Holiday Tree and Multi Level Snowman punch.

                                                               Here are there close ups!

I will be back with some more projects tomorrow! Stay warm (here in WI we are in the middle of a blizzard, 14 inches and counting!) Happy Creating!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Vintage Christmas Fun

I can't believe that Christmas is just around the corner. This can be the craziest time of the year with  lots to do, place to go, people to see, parties to have. Let alone taking time to do some fun scrappy things this time of year.

I snuck some time for myself since I wanted to share some quick, fun and easy things that can help spruce up either your home, office, or table.

I have been hoarding this October Afternoon Very Merry paper for quite some time. I love the color combination on these papers. My inspiration to use this paper actually came from buying the cute little wire basket from Hobby Lobby. Isn't it amazing what can spark your inspiration!

So I did some traditional items for the holidays like my paper garland, and card and something a little less traditional- pinwheels! Yes, I said Pinwheels... they aren't just for summer! Come take a look!

Pinwheel How To:

For the larger Pinwheels I cut my paper to 8x8. I then measured from corner to corner. I drew a pencil line from the corner down to 4.5 inches and then from the bottom corner up to 7 inches. (Smaller is 6x6 and I went from the corner down to 3 and from the bottom corner up to the 5.5 inches.) I then cut on the lines. Next I punched the holes. Please see diagram.  I then took a border punch and did the edges. Next take the brad and gather the corners and then put the brad through the center and close it. The below diagram will help you place the holes.

The pinwheels are fun to use to dress up the candy containers for little visitors, or to decorate a table. They are also fun to use on a present as a bow to spiff up a special present for someone. You could also attach them to your garland for a fun window dressing. The options are endless and versatile for any occasion!


Garland How To:
For the garland again you will want double sided pattern paper, or cardstock since the color shows through. For this I took my paper and cut 2.5x 12 inch wide strips. I then punched down both sides of the strips. I then cut them in half since I wanted a smaller looped garland. Then just take end to end and staple take the next strip and link it and staple…
 Incredibly simple but oh so cute!!  There are so many fun variations you can do with this. You could alternate with cardstock or Kraft paper, you can make bigger loops to use on a mantle or for above a window or for a tree… you could stamp holiday sayings on them or you could take a punch and cut a pattern along it… I am sure this isn’t the last garland you will see. I just can’t believe it took me this long to think to use my punches on it.

Last but not least here is the close up of the simple card I made with my punches and some left over paper scraps.

I hope you enjoyed the vintage holiday projects and came away with a few ways to dress up a special present for someone, to add some unexpectant charm to a table or display, or helped inspire a holiday card!
Happy Holidays!!! And Happy Creating!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Thanksgiving Table Decor

I have a post to help you get your Thanksgiving table going from ordinary to fabulous without a lot of time! This month I was asked to make some tablescape items for Thanksgiving using Tonic punches. I was up for the challenge since I haven't made anything like this in awhile. I took some time to sort through my punches and see what might work well together. I played a little and then came up with some very crude sketches. Next thing you know Voila! I had some awesome pieces to make my Thanksgiving table look spiffy.

The items I made really didn't take much time at all. I took two pattern papers from the Teresa Collins Giving Thanks line and then 3 coordinating cardstocks to work with. Less is more and easier to work with.  I then used 4 punches to come up with my design. One was a border punch (Simplicity Dotty) and the other was a border strip (Simplicity Daisy). I then took the multi detailed punch butterfly which I love to use along with the mini leaf. This design would work with any of your favorite punches or diecuts as well!

Here is a sample of what it all look likes and close ups are below:

Place Card:

Napkin Ring:

Treat Bag:

Candle Wrap:


Here is the setting all set up and ready to go. I hope you enjoy it or get an idea for your own table.

Happy Creating!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

OWH Card Sketch Challenge- Halloween Style

Welcome everyone! Today's challenge was to make a card based on Missy's card for the OWH Card Sketch Challenge:

Here is the sketch to inspire all!
After seeing the card, I had a ton of ideas floating around in my head.  Its a very simple design which can easily be adapted for any occassion.
Since Halloween is just around the corner and I had just gotten some fun new Doodlebug supplies,I decided to do a Halloween card.
The hardest part to making this card was to decide what fun pattern papers to choose and what to use as my embellishment.

Here is the list of supplies you will need to make my card:

1- 5x7- Kraft Card
1- 4.75x6.75 piece of white cardstock
4-Coordinating pattern papers
4- Fun embellishments that relate to your theme
Some Bakers twine
Adhesive, Paper Trimmer, a Paper Piercer, and a border or strip punch

How To Instructions:

First I started by cutting my white piece of cardstock. I then found some coordinating papers to use as my strips along the card. I used a 6x6 paper pad so I then cut 4- 1.5 inch strips of pattern papers.

I then took my  Tonic Simplicity Border Punch – Scalloped Arc Border 

 Punch along both sides of your strips to create this design for the card. I then lined them up on the white piece of cardstock and trimmed off any excess paper that overhung the edges. This made for a precise edge with out any guessing or measuring on how long the strip needed to be exactly.

After the strips were in place I then placed my spider embellishments!

 I then used a paper piercer to pierce a hole in the paper right above each spider this way I could thread the twine through the hole and adhere it to the back of the white with some adhesive. I then traveled the twine to the top of the card and folded it over the edge and then tucked that end down with some adhesive as well on the back. After everything was in place I took my sticker Happy Halloween and placed that down and then adhered the white cardstock to the kraft base card.

That is all that is to it, Very Easy which is nice for cards. I  look forward to making other cards in different themes based on the sketch, I can easily see a nice winter one with snowflakes as the embellishment, or a baby card with stars as the embellishment.... so many choices!

 I hope this has inspired you to make a card or two!

Happy Creating!!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Fun with Burlap- Fall Wreath!

I was in a crafty mood and I went to pinterest to check out my boards for some inspiration. After a spell of time, I decided we needed a fall wreath for our front door. Once I unglued myself from the computer I came up with my shopping list. Its always fun to go on a crafty shopping spree, but without a list it can get dangerous... going up and down the aisles getting anything that appeals to you... You know how it is! If you have a list you have a path of where to go which then cuts down on the aimless wandering and some of those not so necessary purchases!

With my dusty burlap in hand, a straw wreath, some t-stick pins, and some fall picks and leaves I was on my way! This was way easier then I thought it would be. I have a natural burlap and a black burlap that I used to make the cones for the wreath. I cut squares that were 6x6 for the natural burlap and the black were about 3x3.. Doesn't need to be exact either! You then take the squares and roll them into a cone, take a pin and stick it into the wreath! Easy Peasy!!! After I had the burlap all in place I had to decide how to decorate it. That was tough since I had a lot of cute ideas. I finally settled on one and went and got the hot glue gun! Added a few leaves and a fall pick and Voila! We have a pretty fun front door wreath that will be used until I break out our Christmas decorations!!

Without further ado here is the wreath! I hope you enjoy it. If you need any wreath ideas, just check out my wreath idea board on pinterest.  Here is the link to my wreath board!

Our new wreath

Wreath Close Up

Happy Creating!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Halloween Cards

I had some fun playing with my Tonic punches and with some of my long lost stash of halloween scrappy goodies! I love digging though my seasonal stash of things and forgetting what I have and making things work together! Don't get me wrong I have new halloween goodies, but I felt compelled to use some of my older stuff first!

For these cards I used for pattern papers Authentique Glowing and embellishments are Authentique Glowing and Making Memories. As for punches I used the Scalloped Arc Border simplicity punch and the Tag and ticket Duo punch. I had a lot of fun playing with all the pattern papers and the fun little diecuts from the collection. I love that this has a vintage feel to it as well.

Here is the whole collection of them. 

Here is a close up of two tiny cards I did. 

This is one of my favorites since it has all the fun pattern papers!!

Another fun one that I used just the scalloped border punch.

This one I used the big die cut for the saying and I used the border punch just on the tips of the strips. 
I hope this gave you some ideas on what to do with some of your stash! I hope to have some more halloween projects yet this month so stay tuned!
Happy Haunting!!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

A Chill is in the Air!

I would so be in heaven if I could find a place that was always wrapped in the beautiful colors of fall and the awesome crisp temperatures. Anyone know where this place exists??

Can you tell, I am so loving this weather? The nice cool crisp air, no more of the 90+ degree days.. I think we ended up with like 39 of those this summer.. Ucky-Not for me!

Fall is my favorite time of the year and I was so excited to see what Simple Stories Harvest Lane collection looked like. Needless to say I was not disappointed! Its a very cute collection with all the fun ,rich, earthy colors of fall. I made a layout and a card with the collection and I can't wait to make more with it since I have tons of fall pictures due to our yearly trips to Door County.

On the layout I used the following Tonic Punches:

Tonic Tools used: Edger Punch 3, Border Punch: Pumpkin, Maple Leaf and Fall, Simplicity Border Punch- Scalloped Diamond Punch, Duo Ticket and Tag punch.

Here is a close up of the heart embellishment.

The heart embellishment is a 4x4 piece of cardstock covered with layered border punch strips. I then used one of the 4x4 elements on the pattern piece of paper I then used my scissors to cut the heart out and then layered it on top with pop dots so you can see the fun pattern paper through the cut out.
Here is a fun simple card I made as well with the collection. This is geat for a new homeowner or someone who may have recently moved into their own place.

Here are the two projects together.

Well I hope my projects inspired you to make a fall project! Happy Creating!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Chevrons and Simple.. What more can I say

I apologize that I haven't posted in awhile. Life has gotten a little crazy for us lately. Rest assured it is all crazy good! With all the craziness the scrapbooking took a brief hiatus. I am back though and right now I have been loving anything that has a chevron. Not sure why... maybe its the bold colors with the high contrast of usually white in the pattern. I just like the clean look of the design.

I have been looking at my Tonic punches wondering what I can do to  use one of them a little differently. I then found that the Simplicity Border Punch in the Scalloped Diamond pattern resembles a chevron design. I couldn't wait to play and find just the right width of paper strip to use. I found that using a 1.5 in wide paper and however long works the best. So I cut a bunch of strips and began punching away!

This layout is way simpler then I am used to doing, but I love how it turned out. Very crisp and graphic. Plus who doesn't love a picture of a cute kid with his daddy! This was a cute picture of my brother and his little guy. I hope you like what I came up with and I challenge you to use a punch in a different way and see what you can come up with.

Here is my layout:

Don't you just love the chevron look of the punches! I hope you enjoyed and Happy Creating!

Monday, July 9, 2012

We have some Winners!!!!

Drumroll please.....

Here are our winners of the Tonic Studio Punches, I hope I didn't keep you waiting too long!!

Day 1:
Amy,"Beautiful punches and layouts"

Day 2:
Jilliene Designs "OMG Those flowers are so stinking cute! I've never seen anything like them!

Day 3:
3kidmama, "Beautiful work using those punches! Love the lacey look they create on your layouts."

Please email me at: with your full name and address so I can send these out to you and what day it is that you won!

Congrats and  Happy Creating!!!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

A fun week with the Summer Reveal!

I just wanted to say it was fun this week doing the reveal each day. I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. Just wanted to remind everyone that you still have a chance to post on the 3 posts one was on Monday, Sunday and on Saturday. If you leave a comment on each you have a chance to win the set of punches. This is limited to those in the US. Also if you go to the other gals from the design team you can enter and have a chance to win there as well! I will pick and post my winners on Monday, July 9th.

I also thought it was so cool to see our stuff  as one of the blogposts of for new CHA releases.  Here is the link:  and it wraps up the release.

I want to wish everyone a great weekend as well. Ours is starting a little early this week since we have a Friday wedding to attend. Have a good one and stay cool!!

Happy Creating!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Day 3 of Tonic Punches Summer CHA Reveal!

This is it!!!

These are the last 3 punches of the bunch. I hope you have enjoyed all of the projects we have come up with to showcase the punches. Remember there are giveaways as well. Remember to leave a comment on this post and on yesterdays and Saturday's if you haven't already.. also make your chances are even better & go check out the other two design team members blogs, Missy's blog  & Jackie's Blog and comment there as well! Please  note, The giveaway is only open to those in the US.

I will pick a winner on July 9th from each day to win that set of punches. If you have other crafty friends please pass on the word!

Today we are featuring the Scalloped Diamond Border, Daisy Border and the Vine Strip.

On this layout I used the Scalloped Diamond Border. As you can see the punches are easy to use so I was able to make lots of borders in all sorts of colors to decorate my circles that I used as accents. This close up shows you the fun pattern the border makes.

Don't you just love the colors of this Basic Grey paper?? It works so well with the pictures of the niece and nephew playing in their car.

Here is how it all came together.

Next I used the Daisy Border and the Vine Strip together for a wedding layout. I want to show you a close up these two punches in action. I have two daisy borders back to back with the vine strip in the middle. 

Here is how this layout turned out. I actually later found some really cool white and and some small pink pearls that I added to embellish the daisy centers.

I hope you were able to get a lot of ideas on how to use these punches the last 3 days and hopefully you have commented on all 3 days posts in order to have a chance to win the set featured that day!

Thanks for following along with us and Happy Creating!