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Guy Tie

Here’s a really cute template for a Father’s Day Tie Box I found from Kimberley Morris (procrastistamper).

Kimberley provided a freebie pdf Tie Box Template here!

I used Stampin’ Up Patterned Paper, that reminded me of my own Dad’s ties.  The ‘guy’ in our family is a Jelly Bean fan, so that’s probably what’ll go in this box.

Such a cute idea, thanks, Kimberley!

Nestabilities Bracelet

I saw this cute tutorial from Nathalie on the Green Bracelet from Custom Crops.  It uses one of those “benefit” rubber bracelets, Fabric Tacky Glue, scrap fabric, & Nestabilities die cuts.

Here’s my DD, who gave up one of her old rubber bracelets & now has it replaced with the refurbished bracelet.  Yes, I do know she’s wearing her shirt inside out.  Apparently, that’s cool for a 10 year old to do.  Who knew?

Fun!  Be sure to give it a go, it’s pretty quick to make.

3D Catch Up

Just a little catch up on the 3D Projects from Paper Craft Planet, before I work on this week’s 3d52 project.  Lately, I think if I wasn’t trying to catch up, I don’t know what I’d be doing.

The 3d50, a gift bag template from Adela, with a clothes pin twist.

Check out More in the PaperCraftPlanet 3d50 Clothespin Gift Bag Album.

Here’s a cute little planter, that Adela provided the cute template here.  Here’s my go at 3D49, Adela’s Planter:

Check out More Planters in the Paper Craft Planet, 3d49 Planter Album.

Lesson learned, it’s never to late to try out a super fun project!  Now off to work on 3d52 for tomorrows 3D Paper Craft Planet Project–I hope you like it!

Inspired by Pink

So I have a couple of quick crafting creations to share.  The first one, is a Flower Pot Lollipop Valentine.  I’m not sure where I first saw it, because I remember making them for my DD JK class like 7 years ago.  Oh my time flies.  When I googled it, I found a tutorial from Dawn Olchefske’s blog.

That’s it.  It’s pretty straight forward & would be a fun Valentine’s gift for a child’s classmates.

The second pink inspired is using a Pop Up Twirl Card Tutorial from Maren Benedict at Splitcoaststampers!

This was a fun technique & a new twist on the Basic Pop Up Card …

My DD is the dancer in the family, so I thought she’d like this.  There are more fun interpretations of the Pop Up Twirl Card at the SCS Gallery.

Used: Lollipop, reative Memories Heart duo Heart Punch, Vanilla CS, Stamp from Michaels Dollar Bin (Kolette Hall G Studio), Stampin Up Markers ruby Red & Basic Black, My Mind’s Eye Bohemia Blossom Angel Small Damask/Pink Paper, Offray Ribbon, Tacky Tape, Making Memories Antique Brads.

Martha Stewart Doily Lace Punch, Marvy Punches, Bella Rose Stampin’ Up! DSP, En Pointe SU Stamp Set, Bamboo Skewer, Embroidery Floss, Pink Pirouette CS, Close To Cocoa CS, Corner Rounder.

Make It To Go


I love little boxes.  :P  I do, to the point that one of my neighbours mentioned it, when I didn’t sign my name to a gift, they said to the recipient, ” For sure, it’s from Amy, she likes making boxes & stuff”.  LOL

So here’s a little box, that you could put in treats, or messages or whatever!


There are several templates for Take-Out Food Boxes.  I used a Coluzzle Template.  But there are freebies from Mirkwood Designs–fabulous finds there!


To attach the handle.  I used a flower stem wire attached by  Making Memories Brad:


Inside are little ‘Fortune Cookie’ style treats.  These were just a circle punch I used SU 1 3/4″, taped on 1 side & then puffed up in the middle, by bending.  You could stick a little note in there fortune cookie style or something small.


This is two-sided DSP from Stampin’ Up.  The Stamp is from Tim Holtz.  Embossed in Versa mark ink then Kiwi Kiss Ink & Clear EP.  The ovals are also Coluzzle templates.


Edited:  For More Make it to Go interpretations, check out Paper Craft Planet’s 3d48 album!

Christmas Crackers


I didn’t “do” Christmas Crackers growing up.  When I was dating my husband & met his family one Christmas (they used to celebrate early because of shift workers in the family) I was introduced to the British Christmas Cracker.  Everyone  held the end of their cracker & someone else’s & the cracking began.  We then sat around the Christmas table with the crepe paper crowns & tell the bazooka gum bubble gum corny joke that came with the treats after grace.  I still smile remembering seeing a funny peek at this family.

We, now as a family, do the Christmas Crackers.  Sometimes we buy them, sometimes we make them.  This is how we make them!


The paper you make the cracker with has to be something that is easily torn, like tissue paper.  If you use Card Stock Paper, there WILL be an accident as a determined child vigorously tries to break it & ends up flying their fist into their neighbour.  Seriously.  So this year, I’m using flimsy paper lunch bags.  Cheap & the brown paper matches the poppers.


Each bag will make 2.  Cut the ends of the lunch bag.


Trim other end.


then, trim in half.  In this photo the ends we trimmed above are at the top & bottom.


Unfold & there you have a piece of kraft paper that is about 8″ square.  The Cream CS is about 3″x5″& the candy stripped paper is about 1.5″x5″.


So take the 3×5 Cream CS & glue on either side to make the tube:


It overlaps about an inch, for stability.  You could use a toilet paper roll.  I don’t, but you could.


Now adhere it to the Kraft Lunch bag Square.




Glue Again.


Poppers.  Um, I’ve had mine for years, as you can tell from the Lewis Craft Label.  I remember buying them thinking, Do you sell them in smaller packs?  Our family isn’t that big?  Anyways, I’m sure craft stores have them.


So put in  1 cracker & decorate.  Closing 1 end by tying with Raffia or ribbon.  You can then drop in candies, little toys, maybe tealights if it’s for grown ups, whatever.


Tie the other end.


And Bob’s Yur Uncle–A Christmas Cracker.


Used:  Lunch Bag, Raffia, Stampin’ Up Merry Moments DSP, Rick Rack, Bell, Cream CS, Cracker, Treats.

Princess Snow Globe


So as my middle son is off to early hockey, my other two are quiet in the family room with the dog.  I snuck down stairs to play in the craft room.  I have no idea why I made a princess snow globe, but I did.  It was fun.  There I said it.  Yes, I am a 30-something Mum who occasionally misses the fact that her 10 year old, while still a crafter, has past the princess stage.  This would be fun for a princess party craft, not too difficult/messy for kids.

I took an old spice jar (yes, I occasionally clean up my corner kitchen cupboard), & took some foam stickers.  You could cut out some foam with Spellbinders shapes too, but I had this little castle shape.  Used Terrifically Tacky tape to adhere just the bottom of the foam.  This will be covered up with ribbon after.


I then shook in some Dazzling Diamonds Glitter & some Flower Soft Polar White Foam.  I have to laugh that I didn’t think of it before, but foam floats.  So the snowglobe is reverse.  LOL It’s kinda a white fluffy cloud above the castle.  Shake it & then it swirls with the Glitter.  Um, ya, I can’t take a picture & shake a globe at the same time, even if I put my coffee down.


Alright, ‘nuf playing, housework, kids to dance class, Christmas stuff … onwards.

Used:  Martha Stewart Ribbon, Stampin’ Up!  Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Polar Fleece Flower Soft Foam, Foam Stickers, Terrifically Tacky Tape, White Cs, Gable Green CS, SU Buttons, Circle Punches, Bows & Twinkeltoes Stamp Set, Tsukineko Platinum Planet Ink, Pixie Pink Ink, Spice Jar & Water.

Christmas Planner

tethered 3d40 BAR

This is for Paper Craft Planet’s 3D Challenge, Plan on It, 3d40.  Hope Stamps Eternal as the 3D sponsor for this week, so not only can you make this quick and easy holiday planner — you can win a prize too!  Check it out at Paper Craft Planet.

Susanna had made her stunning Christmas organizer out of a notebook she picked up from Target.  We don’t have a target here in Canada, although probably could have gone to T. Géant Boutique or Walmart. So I went with the accordion fold.

Okay, so I’m all about making lists & planning. This year, as nutty as it’s been, today is the day I’m doing the lists! Just got off the phone with my neighbour & we have developed a strategy for getting on top of Christmas (trading off babysitting to get to shopping around work & kids schedules). I LOVE the idea of a Christmas planner! It took me about 20 minutes to make the planner, & probably another 20 minutes to fill in the “lists”, but I feel I’ve not got a plan to tackle the mountain, thanks, Susanna!


I got the idea for the lists in an altoid tin from Andrea Walford.


The lists include:

Letters to Mail (Canada/USA/Int’l:  no counting envelopes in line at the post office)

Family Gifts (Store to Find It/Cost)

Teachers’ Gifts (Store to Find it/Cost)

Gatherings & Baking (Ingredients Needed)

Packages to Mail (Canada/US/Int’l)

“S” Stuffers (Store to Find it/Cost)


1 Spare pocket

Place for the check list pen!


The DSP is from Stampin’ Up!, Lovely Lilac CS, Gable Green CS, White SU Ink, Altoid Tin ($1.50 from Michaels),Martha Stewart Ribbon, Inkadinkadoo Clear Stamps Christmas Season, Rhinestone Stickers (Me & My Big Ideas), Delightful Decorations SU Stamp Set, SU Ornament Punch, Versa Mark Ink, Clear EP, Corner Rounder, Terrifically Tacky Tape.

Bow for Liam


Paper Craft Planet’s 12 Days Contest is on & today is Day 5, where Kim Burmeister  has an awesome tutorial for these cute little bows.  I’ve wanted to make these paper bows before, but when I saw how quick & easy it was I thought let’s give it a go.  Tomorrow we’re celebrating Liam’s 4th Birthday with family & although we haven’t wrapped his pressie yet, this cute little bow will adorn the top.


Be sure to check out Kim’s Video:

Be sure to play for your chance to win at Paper Craft Planet!

Oh yes, Liam’s pressie may not be wrapped, but Dinosaur Hill is ready.  Cookies:  Sugar.  Cake:  Mum’s Light & Fluffy Chocolate, with her Fudge Icing recipe.  Diabetics beware, even standing close to the cake is dangerous.




So did I mention, I’m lovin’ this Sure Cuts A Lot Software?  SCAL is a program that let’s your computer talk to your cricut machine.  I draw something up in Illustrator, save it as a svg file & then voilà-in a few minutes it’s cut some of my patterned paper out.  ahhhhh <insert light beam here>.  Beautiful.

I’m not much of a drawer, but apparently with a pen tool I can draw Holly.  :)  Tah DAH!



Used:  DCWV Christmas Stack Paper, Jar, SCAL, Cricut Machine, SU Circle Punches, White CS, Ribbon from Michaels Bargain Bin, Illustrator CS3.