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Jess’ birthday flip book

Every now and then, I like to go to a local scrapbooking store and browse through the aisles for new materials and some design inspiration. It’s one of my favorite past times. There are always a lot of projects on display to get ideas from and most of these projects are made of chipboard.  You can make pretty much anything with chipboard: books, frames, boxes, etc.  Your local scrapbook store should be able to cut the chipboard to your desired shape and size.  I’ll post more tutorials on chipboards later.

Here’s the gift I made Jess.



HAPPY CHRISTMAS everyone! I hope everyone is having a nice Merry Christmas. I learned a new technique using very fine glitter and foam or any double sided adhesive.  Stay tuned, I will show you how to get this polka dotted effect.

For my secret santa exchange, I wanted to give everyone a little something but time and my wallet limited me from being extravagant. Luckily, most of the holiday materials at Michael’s were discounted. The Christmas cookie cutters were 40% off, being 99 cents each.  (Although, Sur La Table was selling it for the same price a month ago). I remember seeing these cookie cutter ornaments from Martha, and it seemed easy enough.

This is also a great way to use all the scraps you have left over from making your cards. Trace the wider side of the cookie cutter, then cut.  Tie a ribbon to the ornament.  Then apply a thin line of glue to the non-cut side of the cutter and press paper in place, let dry.  Pink Paislee really decked hers out.

This is the first gift tag I made this season.   If you have the Making Memory Slice machine and the Mistletoe design card you can get this exact tag shape, but any shape will do. You might not be able to tell in this photo, but I used foam tape on the tree and snowflake to give texture to the tag.

How to present baked goods:

Tin cans were available at Michael’s and they’re pretty cheap.  A 7-inch tin was about $5 bucks. Measure the length from the bottom until you hit the side handle.  It should be about 6-inch in length.  Since I only have 12×12 scrapbook paper, I cut two 12×6 rectangles and wrapped it continuously around the can. The side handles can be a bit of a hassel so I used ribbon to cover the rest of the can since it’s easier.  Then I traced the tin top and cut out the circle to finish the cap. This tree is also from the Mistletoe design card. I added rhinestones to ornament the tree.  Anything can be embellished with rhinestones,  I think the term is called ‘bedazzling’. After the tissue paper and the cookies, Voila! Fin.

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Happy Birthday Carol!

Happy Birthday Carol!   She is one of the biggest Potterheads I know.  If you ring her, the Hogwarts theme song comes on, if you text her, you will hear parseltongue…imagine hearing that late at night.  I’m a big fan of the movies, but I have yet to read the books.  As soon as I finish Hunger Games, I will conquer Harry Potter.

I went to Wootsen Scrapbook Co to stock up on my holiday supplies, and the official Harry Potter Scrapbook materials had just arrived.  Calling all Potterheads!  I can’t wait to read the books and become one myself.



holiday treats

My brother has the biggest sweet tooth imaginable (snack tooth is more like it) and the other day we literally spent 15 minutes in front of the candy cane shelf.  Why are there so many candy cane flavors? Is the original classic peppermint not enough anymore? Now you can find all sorts of funky flavored candy canes: Sour Patch Kids, Jelly Beans, Jolly Ranchers, Dum Dums, etc.  Just slap a major animated character on it (Shrek Dum Dums – as seen in the picture) and kids will go nuts. I would’ve went with the Sour Patch Kids myself, but I’m trying to limit my intake of sugar this holiday.

I am however addicted to Trader Joe’s peppermint pretzel slims.  I keep mines in the freezer where it remains cool and crispy.  My self control usually kicks in half way through the bag.  If you don’t end up eating the entire bag, you can easily fill up your decorated jars with some pretzels as a nice little holiday treat to give your friends.

Happy Thanksgiving!

I’m trying to come up with easy Thanksgiving dinner table decorations, and since my specialty is paper, it’s only right that I would youtube “how to make a paper pumpkin.” This video made it seem easy enough.  It only took about 15 minutes.  I’ll post the tutorial soon.

Happy Thanksgiving!