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Tutorial Tuesday - Another card purse

Hello Stampers!  Happy Tutorial Tuesday!   I have this neat card purse to show you today.  I came across it while blog hopping on one of my sideline's blogs, at  She didn't really have detailed directions, so I played around and came up with my own!  Thanks Diana for the idea!

Blog 427 Isn't this the cutest thing???  Here's how to make it:

Blog 423 1 - Start off with a card size piece of paper, 8 1/2 X 5 1/2".  You will also need a large scallop circle or plain circle.  I used the scallop circle die with my Big Shot!  Oh how I love my Big Shot!  The designer series paper I used was Rockabilly Specialty!  You can see a little bit of the glare from the cherries because the paper is textured!  Too cool!

Blog 424 2 - Find the center of your circle (mine was 2 1/4") and score a line 1/8" on either side.  My scores were at 2 1/8" and 2 3/8".  Punch two holes for the ribbon handle to go through.  I used the 1/8" hole punch.

Blog 425 3 - Fold your paper in half as you would for a card.  Measure in 1" from each side along the open edge.  Draw lines from the 1" mark down to the bottom corners.  Click on my pic to see the lines that I drew.  Cut on these lines.

Blog 426 4 - After inserting a 12" piece of ribbon into the holes in the circle and tying a knot in both ends, I used Tombow glue to attach the circle to the outside, back of the purse.  This pic is a view of the inside of the purse with the circle attached to the back.

After your glue dries, embellish your purse as desired!

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Here is a view of my purse with a Gharidelli chocolate attached!  Enjoy!

Let me know if you have any questions!

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!

Monthly Card Club Class

Hello Stampers!  What a beautiful day today has turned out to be!  In case any of you were wondering about our snow on Saturday night, well we got a very slight dusting, and it was completely melted and gone by 9:00 a.m. on Sunday.  So much for our March snow storm!!!  We did get to take the preschoolers outside again today!  I have to tell you what one of our preschoolers said!  She came to school and said "Ms. Dina, don't you like my curly hair?"  I said yes that it was very pretty.  She said "I took a shower this morning, and this is what it does to my hair, and That's The Beauty Of It!!!!"  We were cracking up laughing!  It is so funny to hear these things come out of the mouth of a 4 year old! 

Today I'm going to show you the cards that we made in my Monthly Card Class for March.

Blog 416 I think this card is cute.  I showed you before how to add crystal effects to the drink to make it wet looking! The gals seemed to like it!

Stamp Set - Cheers To You, Cheers wheel

Cardstock - Real Red, Yoyo Yellow, White

Stamp pad - Black, Real Red cartridge

Accessories - Red gingham ribbon, Markers, Crystal Effects

Blog 419 I think this card is pretty.  I like the colors together on this card.  That is definately stepping outside of my box!

Stamp set - Baroque Motifs, Sincere Salutations

Cardstock - Cameo Coral, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, White

Stamp pad - Cameo Coral, Black

Accessories - Tag Corner punch, Trio Flower punch, 1/16" hole punch, Old Olive 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon

Blog 420 Finally, this card uses some of the Sale-A-Bration items.

Stamp set - Polka Dot Punches (SAB), Congrats (SAB)

Cardstock - So Saffron, Certainly Celery, White

Stamp pad - Certainly Celery, Rose Red

Accessories - 1/16" hole punch, 5 Petal punch, 1/2" circle punch, gold brads, dimensionals

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!

Happy Birthday Maddie!

Hello Stampers!  I went online today and found that my post from last night didn't post!  What's up with that??? Anywho, I realized that I had forgotten to wish my third baby a Happy Birthday.  My third baby is really my dog.  She is just like one of my kids though!  She is the princess of the family and she knows it!

Blog 413 One of Maddie's favorite things to do, other than eating treats, is sleeping on our stairs.  She will find which stair has sunlight on it, and then move herself up or down throughout the day to keep herself in the warm sun!  In this picture though, she obviously fell asleep and isn't keeping up on things, because you can see that the sunlight is on the stair above her!  Isn't she a sweetie????  Happy 9th Birthday Maddie!

Blog 414 This is another one of the wedding announcements/cards that I made.  I just love the elegance of the Organza ribbon!  Here's the recipe:

Stamp Set - To Have & To Hold

Cardstock - Pretty In Pink, Going Grey, White

Stamp pad - Pretty In Pink, Black

Accessories - Scallop Circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, Organza ribbon, Eyelet Border punch

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!

Spring Treats!

Hello Stampers!  Don't you just love Spring?  I'm going to stay in my stamping room and stamp all day and just ignore the forecast for 2"- 4" of snow tonight.  If I don't think about it, hopefully it won't happen!

Speaking of Spring, I just have to tell you about the little visitor that we had at preschool yesturday.  One of the little girls in my class has been talking about this baby squirrel that she has!  We weren't real sure whether this was real or not, so when mom came to pick her up we asked!  Sure enough, they found a baby squirrel that had either fallen or been pushed out of its nest!  Mom is an Environmental Scientist, so I assume that means she knew what to do!  Anywho, they are keeping this baby squirrel in a shoe box.  When I had asked the mom about it, she said that she had just finished feeding it, and that it was in the car!  They feed that squirrel from a bottle every two hours, around the clock!  I asked her if she could bring it in and she said sure!  So, we got a visit from a baby squirrel!  And let me tell you, baby squirrels look nothing like a squirrel!  It was about 1 month old, and it's eyes weren't open yet.  It had very little hair and a long tail.  I looked like a baby hamster.  I only wish I had had my camera so that I could have taken a pic for you!  It was so cute!  Too cool!

Speaking of cute, this is a project that I have been working on today.  Remember my friend Rene,

Blog 411 who owns a Cartridge World store, well she told me that she was ready for her little Spring goodies.  Every season I make her 100 little goodies to stick inside of her sales bags.  So this is what I came up with!  It is a little Hershey Nugget bar.  I just covered it with a piece of designer series paper and topped them off with a flower punched with the Trio Flower punch and a brad stuck in it!  Isn't it cute???

Blog 410 Here is what 100 of them look like!  Hi Rene!  I hope you are happy with them!

Well, I'm off now to start working on some more items for my upcoming craft fair!

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!

Free Card Friday - Hearts Birthday

Hello Stampers!  Well, it's Free Card Friday again, and yes I know, it is really Saturday again!  My Free Card Fridays seem to keep turning into Free Card Saturdays, but since that doesn't sound as catchy, we'll leave it at Free Card Fridays anyway!

Last night was my Bunko night, so that is why I didn't get anything posted or a winner drawn.  So here goes, picked number 8!  So, congratulations Cindy!  You win!  I will get the cute little Easter chick card in the mail to you soon!

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This is the next free card!  We are going to go two weeks this time to be entered for the drawing.  I have a craft fair and a couple of big orders to fill this month, so there won't be as much free time to play! 

So, just leave me a comment within the next two weeks to have your name in the drawing for this free card.  For every comment that you leave, you will have your name entered again!

Good luck!

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!

Here comes the bride!

Hello Stampers!  I can't believe how this day has flown!  My kids had a two hour late start this morning, so we all slept in.  I had to go to the dentist this morning, then run some errands, and it was almost lunch time when I got home!  I had great plans to get bunches done, but that just didn't happen!  Tonight I have a party that I'm doing for my new downline, Chris.  Hi Chris!  So this will be a quick post.  I did get some wedding cards done today.  I have a customer who wanted some ideas for wedding cards/invitations, so I played with those this afternoon. 

Blog 408 Here's the one I love the most!  I totally CASE'd this from one of my favorite blogs,  Kimberly is so creative!  Don't you love the veil for the bride???  I just LOVE the new white organza ribbon!  It can look so elegant!  Here's the recipe:

Stamp Set - To Have & To Hold

Cardstock - Pretty In Pink, White

Stamp pad - Pretty In Pink, Black

Accessories - Organza ribbon, watercolor pencils, blender pen, 1/8" hole punch

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!

Scallop Envelope Pouch

Hello Stampers!  Yes, it was another Wild Wednesday at preschool today!  We did get to take them outside to play, even though it was a little chilly.  I have to tell you one of the funny stories I was told today.  The kids are only allowed to go down the slides feet first.  They are told this rule from day one.  I looked up just in time to see one little boy coming down head first.  I called him over and he immediately said "I didn't mean to do that Ms. Dina".  I asked him what had happened then, and he replied "I just got stuck and I flipped over myself and went head first!"  How do you argue with an excuse like that???

Blog 406 What do you think of my little Scallop envelope pouch that I made today?  I've seen these on a few blogs, so I decided to make one for myself!  All I did was take two envelopes cut from the Big Shot using the scallop envelope die.  I cut the bottom flaps off of both of them, leaving about 1/4" inch.  I adhered the sides and bottoms together.  I left the scallop flap up on the back one, and folded the flap over on the front one.  The little cupcake in the middle of my chipboard circle is from the set Short & Sweet.  And do you know what fits into the pouch perfectly?

Blog 407 Two Ghirardelli chocolate pieces!!!  Yummy!  Don't you just LOVE chocolate???

If you have any questions, let me know!  And don't forget to leave me a comment, Free card Friday returns this week!!!

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!

Tutorial Tuesday - 3 X 3 Window Box

Hello Stampers!  Welcome to my Tutorial Tuesday.  Today I'm going to show you how to make a really cute 3 X 3 Window box.

Blog 404 Isn't this cute???  It is really easy to make too!  Here's how:

Blog 405 1 - Hopefully you can understand this template.  You can click on it to make it larger so that you can see the numbers better.  Start with a piece of cardstock that is 8 5/8" X 6 1/4".  Score your cardstock on the long side at 1", 4", 5", and 8".

Turn cardstock a quarter of a turn and score at 5/8", 1 5/8", 4 5/8", and 5 5/8".

Cut the window opening out with the sides at   1 3/8" and 3 5/8" in from the left side, the top should be at 2" down, and the bottom of the square at 4 1/4" down from top.

Cut off all of the spots marked with an X.

Cut along solid lines.

Blog 4012 - This is what your cardstock should look like once you have finished scoring and cutting.  Woops, I just noticed that I should have cut off the little flap at the bottom in the middle!  Pretend like you don't see that!

Blog 402  3 - Stamp the design on your box and insert a window sheet using adhesive on the inside.  Window sheet should be 2 1/2" X 2 1/2".

Blog 403 4 - Fold box on score lines.  Use adhesive to seal the long sided flap inside of the box.  Your box should now look like this from the back side.

Fold the side flaps in to close box.  No adhesive is needed on these.  If needed, cut away corners so that flaps slide in easier.

Embelish your box as desired and fill with goodies!

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This is a box that I made for Valentine's Day.  Look at those yummy peanut M & M's!  I think that is the only reason that I make boxes and bags is so that I have an excuse to buy candy to fill them with for my pictures!!!

If you have any questions, or need clarification, please let me know!

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!

Easter basket

Hello Stampers!  What a day!  We had gorgeous weather here today, but it was pretty windy.  We can handle a little wind though, we just need to get those preschoolers outside!!!  They have Spring Fever SOOOOOOO bad!  And so do I!!!  My daffodils are all up and blooming now, and I noticed today that my Flox is starting to bloom!

Blog 399 I got this card idea from Becky at again!  I do like her blog!!!  I thought this card was cute using half of the basket from the Baskets & Blooms die cut!  The chick is from my favorite Easter set, A Good Egg.  Here's the rest of the recipe:

Stamp set - A Good Egg

Cardstock - Almost Amythyst, White, Tea Party designer series paper

Stamp pad - Black

Accessories - Baskets & Blooms die cut, Big Shot, Markers, Certainly Celery grosgrain ribbon, Linen thread

Happy Stampin' and TTFN! 

Here A Chick, There A Chick

Hello Stampers!  Well, we just got back from a weekend in Nashville!  We decided to go down and see my sister for the end of our Spring Break.  We had a really good time and beautiful weather!  When we got back home today, it was right back to stamping, in between loads of laundry! 

Blog 398 Isn't this card the cutest!!!  I totally CASE'd this from Becky at  The only thing I did differently was change the colors!  I just thought it was so cute!!!  Here's the recipe:

Stamp set - A Good Egg

Cardstock - Pretty In Pink. Pixie Pink, White

Stamp pad - Black

Accessories - Eyelet border punch, Grosgrain ribbon, Markers

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!

And Many Mower Birthday card

Hello Stampers!  I made another card using the new new stamp set And Many Mower.  I just love that set for making men's cards.  This set is in the new Occasions mini catalog and will be available on April 1st.

Blog 400 Here's the recipe:

Stamp set - And Many Mower, Itty Bitty Backgrounds

Cardstock - Ruby Red, Garden Green, Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa

Stamp pad - Basic Black, Garden Green

Accessories - Markers

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!

Easter Kid's Camp

Hello Stampers!  Today was my Easter Kid's Camp.  The schools are all on Spring Break this week.  They seemed to have a lot of fun!  They got to make three items for Easter.

Blog 395 We started off easy because some of the girls had never stamped before.  I like to start them off with just stamping backgrounds because it is easy and they get their confidence built up!  Isn't this a cute card???  The body is the 1 3/4" ciclre punch, the head is the 1 3/8" circle punch, and the ears are small ovals.  The pom pom is stuck on with a mini glue dot.

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Next we made the Easter bunny baskets.  This basket is super simple. Start with a 6" X 6" square scored on all sides at 2" and 4".  We then put squares of designer series paper on the corner squares and formed our basket.  The handle is held on by brads.  The Easter Bunny is made from punches again.  The face is the wide oval, ears are the large and small ovals, cheeks are the 1/2" circle, and eyes and nose are the 1/4" circle.  We filled them with Easter grass and chocolate eggs of course.

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Finally they made the little chick card.  I CASE'd this card from  So cute!!!  This card is much more involved and they got to stamp, use markers, punches, ribbon, and my Big Shot!!  They used the texturz plates with the big shot to get the embossed design on the Cameo Coral piece.  They stamped Tempting Turquoise and Lovely Lilac with Itty Bitty Backgrounds on the white strip.  The chick is from A Good Egg, and they used the scallop edge punch on the Certainly Celery!  They were all able to make them, and they turned out really cute!  Well here, judge for yourself:

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Here are the girls that came, holding up their masterpieces!!!  Hi girls!!!

Happy Stampin and TTFN!

A Happy St. Paddy's Day To Ya!

Hello Stampers!  Happy St. Patrick's Day!  I have to show you the cutest Leprechaun that I saw and CASE'd from this blog:

Blog 393  Didn't he turn out cute???  I don't usually send out St. Patrick's Day cards, but I did find out that I'm about 1/16th Irish, so I just had to make him!!!  I used the top note die with my big shot (of course I did!  I love my Big Shot and use it alot!!!).  The buckle is made using the small oval and large oval.  The beard is the big flower from the Boho Blossom punch.  The eyes and nose are the 1" circle punch!

I hope you enjoyed him and that he made you smile like he did me!!

Happy O'Stampin' and TTFN!

Manly Card

Hello Stampers!  Do you know how hard it is to come up with manly cards???  I hear that from people all of the time!  Well, it is about to get easier for you!  There is a stamp set that will be available in the Occasions mini catalog called And Many Mower!  It is geared toward men and Father's Day.  The images are perfect to watercolor too.  I think it is so cute!

Blog 391 The image on this card is the main reason that I bought this set!  It suits my step-father to a tee!!!  Pun intended!!!  Inside the card I used the sentiment stamp in the set that says "Hope your day is Par-fect!"  Too cute!!! Here's the rest of the recipe:

Stamp set - And Many Mower

Cardstock - Kraft, Always Artichoke, Vanilla, Manchester designer series paper

Stamp pad - Black

Accessories - Blender pens

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!