Stampin Up Christmas Home Dec Project

I have been so inspired by “inchies” lately. If you don’t know what they are do a Pinterest search. You can do them in any theme and color – whatever inspires you. I love Christmas, winter and snowflakes so that was my direction for this project.

***Please note that I did use a number of discontinued items and I apologize if you can’t find them (Stampin Up products are always available on EBay so I would suggest you start there). Even though I sell Stampin Up products, the purpose of this post is for inspiration and sharing (but I’ll be honest, a few sales as a result would be a great bonus). This is the perfect project for mixing and matching and using what you have on hand so don’t think you have to spend money and get all the “hot items” of the moment.  Go back through your old stuff that you haven’t used in a while and remember why you bought them in the first place – you like Them — so use them and have fun.

I wanted to use the Large Letters Framelits so I didn’t do actual inch sized squares. I made squares & rectangles based on the size of the letters and images I wanted to use. I measured a box slightly larger than my images, then added 1/8” to each measurement for each mat layer giving 1/16” borders.

I used Silver Glimmer Paper as my background, then stamped my images on Whisper White Cardstock with mint macaron ink. I’m sorry but that color is no longer available – Pool Party would be a great option. The dark blue matting layers are Dapper Denim.

To make the letter squares, I started by stamping my snowflakes in mint macaron. The large flake is from Flurry of Wishes and the small one is from Every Occasion which is discontinued- but use any smaller snowflake you have on hand. Then I die cut the letters, backed the square with Dapper Denim and put the letters back in with Stampin Dimensionals cut to fit.

The snowmen are from Snow Much Fun which unfortunately is a discontinued set. You might be able to find it on EBay. The words are from A Tim Holtz set of holiday words dies – I don’t know if it is still available. I did a little bit of coloring with the matching Mint macaron marker. Again, this color is no longer available but there is a Matching marker for all of the current colors – you can get the whole set here 110 Dual Tip Markers. I used the Pumpkin Pie marker to color the carrot noses.

The coffee cup is from Merry Cafe which is also discontinued but there is a similar new bundle that you can still get – Coffee Cafe Bundle.

The ornament is also discontinued- Embellished Ornaments. It also has matching framelits. You may be able to get them on EBay but feel free to use any ornament stamp you may have on hand.

The stockings are current and you can get the stamps and thinlets here – Christmas Stockings Thinlets and Hang Your Stocking. I also ran the cuff through the Big Shot with a Sizzix embossing folder. I’m sorry I don’t know the name but it is such a small piece – you could use just about any embossing folder you have. Mine was a holly leaf border that fit perfectly.

The die cut snowflakes are from Couture Creations and I purchased them from Create and Craft.

Lastly, I embellished some of the squares with clear glitter glue and Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

I hope you enjoyed my post and that you were inspired to create your own project. I would love to see your creations so post a picture or link in the comments. Please let me know if you have any questions – I would be happy to help. Happy crafting!


Stampin Up Petal Garden Suite

I just love this suite! The colors are scrumptious: Calypso Coral, Fresh Fig and Old Olive. There is a lovely 6×6 paper pad, a pretty stamp set and coordinating 1/8” sheer ribbons. There is also an embossing folder that is perfect: Garden Trellis.

The suite also includes a Memories & More Card Pack that consist of a whopping 72 pieces! I had so much fun using the card pack. It really makes it easy to put together a classy floral set of cards.

I brought the paper pad, coordinating card stock and ribbons to a recent retreat – but I FORGOT the stamp set so there wasn’t much I could do. 😒. Thankfully, fellow demonstrator, Lisa Stokes came to my rescue (thank you Lisa!) and gave me one of the card packs. Here are some of my creations:

f my cards inspired you, please visit my Stampin Up page and order your own Petal Garden Suite (pages 56 & 57 of the annual catalog). I would also love to see anything you have created with this suite. Feel free to post a link to your blog if you have a post with this suite. Also, I would be happy to answer any questions. I hope you enjoyed my post. Happy crafting everyone!

Halloween Decor & Displays

Mom and I had so much fun decorating for Halloween this year and we are so pleased with the results, I just had to share some pictures! Most things were obtained from second hand shops or yard sales – or handmade so unfortunately, I can’t tell you where to purchase most things if you want to recreate any of our displays. Maybe this will just give you some ideas to decorate your home for this fun holiday.

I hope you enjoy this brief look into our home. Let me know what you think – or feel free to share your own displays – especially if we inspired any of your designs.

The coffee table display was originally my favorite but then the top of the china cabinet came together and I love that too – THEN I did the cornucopia in the kitchen and I love the way that came out! They all just make me happy to look at. I hope they warm your heart or give you a smile too

The coffee table started with a copper colored ceramic dish I got from a neighbor (thank you Marshallene Ives) then I added a short garland of fall leaves and a pretty copper colored pumpkin I got from one of the craft stores a few years ago (Michaels, Joannes or Hobby Lobby – I’m sorry I don’t remember which one). I was quite pleased with the results, then Mom added our adorable kitchen witch that was a gift (thank you Aunty Laine – luv you!) and that made it spectacular. It looks so pretty on the table that Dad rebuilt for us. I got it at a yard sale because I loved the wrought iron base but the top was damaged. So we sanded & spray painted the base and Dad cut a new top that he then sealed with polyurethane (thank you Dad – nice job).

The main focus on the china cabinets is this giant plastic cauldron we got at a yard sale. Mom suggesting putting it on its side and I just loosely stuffed a leaf garland spilling out the top and it looks fabulous! I hung a string of orange pumpkin patio lights along the front. I think I got them on clearance at Target a few years ago. Then I put up a few wooden pieces I got at craft fairs, added two candlesticks. I put a leaf in each candle globe, with just the tip peaking out and it looks like flames! Lastly I turned over my compote bowl so I could use it to elevate the pumpkin in the center back. The bowl it covered by the leaves so you can’t even see it.

Use your imagination with using what you have to elevate your display pieces to give height to your designs (candlesticks are my favorite choice and I have them in many heights so I usually have just the size I need). Pedestal cake dishes are another great option – and they are pretty too. But you can use empty boxes or a turned over cereal bowl for a quick and easy option – just cover your riser piece with your greenery of choice or a scrap of fabric.

Mom did the dining room table display. She started with a really interesting metal leaf basket that we got from one of my sisters (thank you Veronica). The end result is gorgeous but you really can’t see the basket but it was a perfect choice nonetheless. She wrapped a short piece of leaf garland around the handle, then added some faux loose leaves and real gourds & white pumpkins I purchased from Sprouts. The final touch was to set the basket in the center of a red berry wreath. This will last throughout the fall season, not just Halloween.

The kitchen counter boasts the beautiful cornucopia that we got at a second hand store – it is very large and impressive. I started by stuffing gold & yellow tissue paper in the bottom so the focus items would sit up high in the mouth of the horn. I added yet another leaf garland piece, faux gourds and apples along with a few ears of mini Indian corn. The final touch was the October calendar page I made last year designed by my wonderful friend, Kirsteen Gill.  It looks lovely in the antiqued gold frame and just belongs alongside the cornucopia.  They belong together – like peanut butter and jelly! Lol

The lowboy in the entry features two wonderful gourd houses that we got at yet another yard sale (you gotta love a good yard sale). They were apparently a limited edition from Partylite (a home demonstration company specializing in candles & decor. They don’t appear to be as popular here in Texas – I was very familiar with them when I lived in Connecticut). I have tried to find more but I can’t see that they sold any more than these two which is a shame because they are absolutely gorgeous with their ornate windows and details.

Mom added two flocked pumpkins and leaves. Then I added a garland to the mirror and a picture I made a few years ago with a Stampin Up Project Life kit. This was also inspired by Kirsteen Gill (thank you for all of your wonderful ideas and designs Kirsteen!).

In the mirror you can see the cute crow I made a few years ago from a paper mache witches hat and a black feather boa. You really can’t see the details but she is super cute. She has a pipe cleaner worm in her beak and a cute little red bow holding her bangs (feathers) out of her eyes. Lol

Lastly we did the mantle and hearth. The hearth has a cute carved lighted faux pumpkin with an adorable stuffed spider sitting on top (the spider needs her tag removed – I can’t believe I didn’t notice that until I was posting the pictures 😟). Crawling out from under the pumpkin is a severed hand I got at a Halloween shop many years ago. Next is a bottle of bats brew that is just a recycled wine bottle with a Halloween label – I purchased a bag of them years ago but there are now many on-lines sites where you can download all kinds of images to mod podge on your recycled bottles and jars. I love The Graphics Fairy for their vintage images. Next to all that is a really vintage looking pail I have had for years. It was a gift from some co-workers.

On the mantle is a stuffed bunny witch that I have also had for many years, a red bottle full of “bats brew” that I think I got from Hobby Lobby. To make more potions, there are two vials in a jar sitting on a cool candlestick I found at another yard sale. It is very Halloween looking but I have used it in other displays and it just looks vintage. In the center is a metal pumpkin candle holder and the left side boasts a wooden witch and balsa wood pumpkin that had been dyed green. And yes, another leaf garland is woven through it all.

I hope you enjoyed my little tour. To make an eye catching display, start by gathering all of the item that fit the theme or holiday or color of your choice. Gather anything and everything you think “might” go and put it all together in one place. Mom and I usually use the dining room table. Then pick your favorite piece to start your display. It doesn’t have to be the biggest piece – it’s just a starting point – and since it is your favorite piece, you want to be sure it is figured prominently in your display. If is is a small piece, consider putting it on a riser such as a candlestick or pedestal dish. Try different things to see what looks best. Then go back to your “supplies” and pick your next item. Just because you add an item doesn’t mean it has to stay – if after adding a few more pieces you decide “that purple piece” just doesn’t work – just take it out and try something else. Don’t forget to work with different heights as well as sizes.  Just keep playing by adding and subtracting until you are happy with the results. It’s your display so do what makes YOU happy.

This is really a fun hobby that changes your decor multiple times a year with minimal effort. Just be free and have fun. I guarantee the more you do it, the better you will get and the more enjoyment you will get out of it (both from just looking at your creations as well as all of the compliments you will get. Check out some of my earlier displays on the “My creations” board on my Pinterest page.

And, if you think we went crazy for Halloween, stay tuned for our Christmas decorating!  Thanks for stopping by.

Oh My Stars in Katy, TX is carrying my cards!

Oh My Stars is having their Grand Opening event this weekend at 1935 Avenue D, Katy, TX and they are carrying some of my hand made greeting cards!  I am so excited to have them in a storefront, I can’t even put it into words. Thank you so much to Malonya and Jodi for giving me this opportunity and exposure.

Oh My Stars is a wonderful store carrying unique home decor and gift items.  Visit them this weekend, August 7th & 8th and check out their fantastic items. All details are on their Facebook page.  I wish them success and happiness in their new venture!  I hope this leads to a long and fruitful relationship between Oh My Stars and Jnets Line.

I also hope that this will be the spark that gives me some self confidence so that I can put myself and my products out there more.  I don’t know what is wrong with me that I am so afraid to pursue my dreams and start by selling myself and my products.  I love what I do and I am very proud of what I produce.   I really love to give my things away as gifts which usually results in what we all love  — compliments!  ………….But then I see other crafters work and I lose all confidence. I don’t feel that my work holds up and I can’t imagine people willing to pay their hard earned money for my stuff.  I have always gotten the support and praise from my family (thank you all so much, I love you and so appreciate your help, praise and encouragement over the years), but let’s face it, they are family – they have to be nice right? Lol. Except for Dad, we can always trust Dad to tell you exactly what he is thinking!

Anyway, all this boils down to the fact that this is a very big step for me and I intend to keep those steps going in the right direction, so thank you again to Oh My Stars Jodi and Malonya.  Good luck ladies!

Card Making for a little girl with brain cancer

Izzy Garcia is a beautiful 4 year old girl in Houston, TX.  At the age of two she was diagnosed with Ependymoma, a form of brain cancer.  After a two year battle, her parents have received the most horrible news that she only has a few more weeks to fight.

I am hosting a card making evening on Tuesday, March 22nd at 7pm to make cheery bright cards for Izzy’s last days and some encouragement cards for her parents.  They also have a young son and a newborn baby at home so they need all of the encouragement and sunshine they can get to help brighten a dark time for a young family.

If you would like to join us, please visit my meetup page.  Please feel free to invite a friend or contact me if you have an questions.

Thank you and I hope to see everyone on Tuesday!

Please note 50% of my fees will be donated to Izzy’s gofundme account to help her family pay for the overwhelming medical expenses they have incurred over the last two years.  Please feel free to visit Izzy’s account and make your own donation.  Thank you.


2015 Ornament Exchange Link Party

Well, all of the ornament blogs have been gathered into this wonderful Link Party so you can see them all together and click on any of them to get all of the tutorial information or purchase information of they were store-bought ornaments. There are some fantastic ornaments here, so grab a cub of coffee, sit down and take some time to peruse a few blogs. And while you are at it, we would love to see your original ornaments! Post your link below with your tutorial on how it was made so everyone can share in your ideas.

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Ornament Exchange Link PartyWelcome to the first 2015 Holiday Ornament Exchange!

Want to see all the amazing ornaments we have shared?

We are linking up all of our ornaments in the link below so everyone can see all the beautiful handmade and/or store bought goodies we came up with!

Let’s all get inspired this season!

The Hosts of the Exchange~Ornament Exchange Hosts

My Pinterventures | Made in a Day | The House Down The Lane | The Kolb Corner | Intelligent Domestications | Where The Smiles Have Been | Ash and Crafts | Inside the Fox Den | C’mon Get Crafty | Olives-n-Okra

We want to say a huge “Thank You” to all the blogs that shared the exchange announcement on their sites, we could not have done it without you! Hugs! Ornament Exchange Helpers

Lexi Michelle Blog | B is 4 | Xo, Lorey | Craving Some Creativity | Cherishing a Sweet Life | Our Crafty Mom | MidMichigan Mom

Make sure to visit all the other wonderful bloggers of the 2015 Ornament Exchange! All of their incredible creations are linked in the link party below.

DIY Adulation | The Farmhouse In The Field | Tastefully Frugal | My Sweet Things |Christmas Tree Lane | Simply Kelly Designs | Munofore | Decor To Adore | Tulips & Orchids | Rhinestones & Sweatpants |Happily Ever After, Etc. | From This to That | DIY Just Cuz | This Design Journal | I am Homemaker | Organized by Sunshine | Displaced Yinzer | My Life From Home | Nets Blog About Jnets Line | 10 Acres and 6 Chicks | Books and Life | Gardenchick | Two Purple Couches | DIY Just Cuz | Across the Blvd | Kentucky to Cali | Insolence + Wine | Our House Now a Home | Weekend Craft | Mary and Martha’s House | Random Bits of Happiness | Dragonfly and Lily Pads | Garden Matter | Recipe For a Sweet Life | Mama’s Journey | Amber Downs | Toolbox Divas | Craving Some Creativity | Vikalpah | Flourish & Knot | Raising Fairies and Knights | Blue Willow House | The Road to Domestication | Love My Messy Messy Mess | An Oregon Cottage | Home On The Corner | Fearlessly Creative Mamma | The Evolution of Mom | The Green Mountain Couple | Simply Home Love | Run with Jackabee | | The Chilly Dog | Try it – Like it | Gypsy Road | Playfully Tacky | Wife Mommy Me

We want to see your ornament tutorials too! Show us your creations by adding your post to the party below! Please add only ornament tutorials to the party. Thank you!

Click on the InLinkz Link-up below to see all of the ornaments – I think we are up to 102!! and you can add your link there.

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I hope you enjoy my Star Snowman ornament along with all of the many other great ornaments below. Thank you to Erlene of Mypinterventures and all of her helpers for organizing this wonderful swap and link party this year! Please leave me your comments – or any questions you may have below and I will be happy to answer.

Happy Crafting and Happy Holidays Everyone,

2015 Ornament Exchange – Days 9 and 10

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Wow, look at all of these fabulous ornaments!  There are so many I like, I can’t decide which one to make first.  Visit Erlene’s Pinterventure page here to find information on all of the fabulous ornaments featured in the exchange.  Thank you to my co-exchangers for some wonderful choices.  There are still more to come so check back to see what the rest have in store for us.  (I am getting so excited to put up my Christmas tree – how many more days do I have to wait?)

Happy Crafting Everyone!