Thursday, January 24, 2013

Valentine Card

This was a very simple card, or as Catherine Pooler would say, a KISS card.  Keep It Simple Stamper.  I used whisper white for card base 5-1/2 x 8-1/2, scored and folded at 4-1/4.  I took another piece of whisper white card stock 5-1/4 x 4.  I scored the end of this piece with the scalloped embossing folder.  I then used the stamp set from the Stamps A Flutter for the hearts and stamped them with Raspberry Ripple.  The smaller heart in the center was cut from Primrose Petals card stock, stamped also with the Raspberry Ripple ink.  My greeting is in the Delightful Dozen stamp set, and then I topped it off with a punched heart from the champagne glimmer card stock which is no longer available, you could always use red or the silver.

Well that is my first Valentine card made this year, you can look forward to seeing more.  I am not very newsy today, just kind of blah.  Just can't seem to get out of the post holiday slump!!!!   I will just leave you with a wish for you to have a wonderful day and weekend!



Tuesday, January 22, 2013


"Re-Purpose", the woman said she "re-purpose's old cast off items"...  I am certain I must have looked as blank as I felt at that moment, feeling totally clueless as to what did this nut job mean?     Finally, she recognized I was as clueless as I was feeling.  So, she very patiently, kindly explained to me she takes things or possessions, if you will, which other people have deemed no longer necessary in their life or useful.  Or perhaps they are so beat up they have lost their beauty.   Gosh I hope that doesn't happen to me, oh that's right I am a person not a possession.   That is probably a whole other blog some time down the road.

Back to the topic at hand.  My last job was as a Program Manager in a research lab.  They had some interesting boxes that looked pretty nice, at first glance, and they looked perfect for small gifts.  So the lab people kindly put these boxes into a sack along with some other plastic boxes I was positive I could find some purpose for those as well.  I happily took home the sack of various boxes.  Well, this job started after I had encountered this woman at the craft show selling her "re-purposed" items.  Her items  really were beautiful, so much so I bought one of her items thinking I could surely find a purpose for it in my home.  Alas, that was not meant to be and I ended up selling it to a friend.  The point is, I was so impressed with what this woman had done I was determined to take any unwanted item to "re-purpose".

Several months later  I went through the bag of boxes and found they were not so much useful as I had thought, but quite frankly it takes a special type of imagination to come up with ideas on how to take a cast off and turn it in to a beautiful, desirable item someone else might have a need for.  An imagination, I am thinking, escaped my list of talents!

Now here is the box I decided this past Christmas to turn in to a beautiful box to be the container for a gift.

Yes, I could have wrapped it with holiday wrap, but anybody can do that.  I am a Stampin'UP Demonstrator, I surely could come up with something prettier than ordinary paper and ribbon.  Now let me show you what I did come up with.  Little did I know how much work it was going to take to turn the box into the beautiful box below.  Wish the Dazzling Details I used would have shown up better in the photos below.  I edged the top edges of the lid and the corners.  

I went through my Designer Series Paper and selected the cute owls.  The only way to accomplish this task involves a lot of accurate measuring, cutting and gluing.  I learned a lot about how to cover a box with beautiful paper.  I also learned a project such as this also requires the use of our sanders.  Until I used the sanding block I was wondering how in the world she was not going to be permanently stuck to the box because no matter how hard I tried  glue was coming out all over the box.  I was very frustrated as I was so covered in glue and was getting it all over the box.  I was actually able to lightly sand the paper and the original covering of the box bottom and the stickiness went away.  I was highly impressed.  It was a work of love and by the time I got done I was pleased.  My daughter was so pleased with it she wanted to keep the box.   

So I kind of went backwards by going back to the holidays, but I had been wanting to share this project since Christmas.  Now I have.  So I can move on.  Valentine's is the next big event coming up.  Sale-a-Bration starts tomorrow, check out my website for this exciting annual customer appreciation event, wonderful stuff you can get for free.

Monday, January 21, 2013

January Ladybug INK Blog Hop

Hi everyone! It is so gorgeous out today. It is amazing how much more one can appreciate the weather when you feel better. It certainly has been a roller coaster in the Jantz family over the past few weeks with family illness, even one of our beloved pets.  We are all on the mend, some of us still mending, but much better!

At any rate I am still on the healing end, but there is improvement, probably my medication will be extended. So all that said I finally felt like getting into my very messy craft room to create last night around the stacks of stuff!

If you are here from Nichole Gonzales Jaramillo's blog, then you have seen her wonderful project and probably some of the others.  We have a pretty great group of highly creative demonstrators in LadyBUG INK.  We have recently added 2 new participants, Amber Wilson, first participated in December and now this month Michelle Carrion has joined the rest of us with her efforts.

Our theme this month was to use something from the new 2012 Spring Mini (Catalog). I started out with the idea of doing Valentine type project, but I had already done one for our swap earlier in the month and that is posted on my Facebook page. So I thought OK  I like doing 3-D so that is what I did. My Spring focus was the Tea for Two Designer Series Paper, Delightful Dozen Stamp Set, and the Hearts A Flutter Stamp Set. I love that paper and I hope you like it, such fun to make. Love doing 3-D projects!

The color theme is Island Indigo for the box, using the Two Tag die, the Simply Scored, Stampin' Trimmer, toothpick white card stock, Island Indigo ink, Chocolate Chip Ink, InColor Dahlia, and Fancy Flower Punch.  The box comes from an older post from Heather Cserni, SU Demonstrator.  She made the box at a Regional last year.  You will need to look really close to the Island Indigo to determine how I used the Hearts A Flutter stamp set.

The little note cards you see were cut from Whisper White Card stock, 4-1/2 x 2-1/4, scored at 2-1/4.  I drink mostly Celestial Seasonings and their packaging is such there is no excess packaging, very green.  But now that I have had time to mull this over, I can staple or maybe a glue dot, a teabag inside, with a note indicating the flavor and then a note on the other half of the inside.

The finished box does not accommodate tea bags, which I had hoped it would, but I also do not have any basic teabags without an outer wrapper.  By the time the other brands add on the extra sealed wrapping they become too big for the box.  So that said I would say I would probably make my own custom envelopes for this odd sized note card.

If you should need further instruction on how to assemble the box, I am more than happy to provide dimensions along with other details.  Of course you can also go to my Stampin'UP website,, to order any of the supplies I have listed for the above project.

Now on to the rest of the Blog Hop.  Next stop is Liz Kay's blog located at,   Enjoy the rest of the Hop.  Come on back tomorrow I will have some other new things for you to see.  And in case you happened here randomly, here is a list of all of our blog participants.

Nichole Gonzales Jaramillo
Michelle Carrion

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Here it is January 19 and I am late, just like the cute little white rabbit from Alice in Wonderland!  So just so you know, I will have a post for the Spring Catalog Blog Hop for the LadyBug Ink ladies.  So be patient come back tomorrow, and I will have posted. 

Why is it there is always something which interrupts my utterly chaotic life to make it even more chaotic?That is what happened this week.  Stay tuned...