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Gift Card Cuties…

At some point I know it was mentioned I am participating in a craft show this year…yikes!  Am I ready?  Noooooo!  But I have been working on some cute items that just may be available at my booth…

I’m calling these Gift Card Cuties…


I like giving gifts cards actually…and receiving them.  There are many I like to remember at the holidays even if it is only in a small way like a gift card.  These little guys are pretty darn easy to put together and I’ve used all of the Christmas Cookie Cutter critters on them.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Crumb Cake, Real Red, Soft Suede Cardstock, plus Warmth and Cheer PaperStack
  • Ink:  Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Use almost any stamps you have.  Here I have used a retired coffee cup and the Christmas Cookie Cutter set
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Large Oval Punch, Cookie  Cutter Builder Punch, Tear Tape


  • The base is 4″ x 11″, scored at 3″ 5-1/2″ and 8″.  Make a mountain with the center fold.  Inside that mountain place Tear Tape flush with sides except centerfold side and glue mountain together.  Use large oval punch to make a partial oval punch.  Trim remaining two straight sides (either side of oval opening) about 1/8″ so that gift card can slip inside.  Fold like a book.  Decorate front of holder with a piece of Real Red Cardstock 3-3/4″ x 2-3/4″ and DSP on top of that 3-1/2″ x 2-1/2″.
  • Inside this holder there is a piece of Whisper White 3-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ with a stamp of Christmas wishes.
  • The Belly Band is 1″ x 8-1/2″, scored at 3-1/8″ and 6-1/4″.  Wrap card and secure with SNAIL by overlapping edges in back.
  • The moose was stamped on Soft Suede and cut out with thinlit.  Added to card belly band with dimensionals. Pom Pom was glued with Multipurpose Glue.  The coffee cup was stamped on Crumb Cake, Real Red and Whisper White Cardstock and each piece was fussy cut and glued together.  It’s really cute in person.  Perfect for those coffee shop gift cards…

I’ve made so many of these in every possible way.  Sure hope they are a hit at the craft show.  We made them in classes this month too and everyone was surprised how easy they were to make.  If you have never made one of these, I hope you will give them a try!

Thanks so much for stopping by today and taking a peek.

Here’s your “B-ism” today…


I love coffee.

Come get inky with me…Be HaPpY!


Paper Pumpkin Oh My!…

Last November when the My Paper Pumpkin arrived I remember doing a little dance.  It was just so darn cute when that little string of garland stars popped out of the box…how cute!  I remember thinking they will never “out do” this package.

Was I ever wrong.  This November when that little red box popped up in my mailbox (yesterday) I had actually avoided seeing anyone else’s on the net on purpose cause I wanted it to be a surprise…I’ll never grow up!  This year’s November Paper Pumpkin is even better.  Not only do you get twelve beautiful, double gift tags, but eight gorgeous Christmas cards with plenty of supplies left over.

Here’s my Paper Pumpkin all ready…




These are assembled pretty much like the instructions that come with the kit.  I did use the negative from the large snowflake to stencil the envelopes and some of the extra snowflakes glued to the ends of the cording.  Loving this set and the stamps (there are six of them) are cute, too.

I’m thinking of giving subscriptions to Paper Pumpkin to a couple of people on my list.  I know the will love getting that cute little red box every month!

If you aren’t receiving MPP each month, you can sign up by clicking the MPP logo on my blog page.  You can cancel at any time or preorder for up to a year.

Thanks for stopping by today.


Here’s your “B-ism” on this bright but cold day… house

Hope you are having a HaPpY inky day…


Pine Cone Video…

See?   I delivered!  Told you yesterday I would have this video up today for all those who contacted me about how to make the pine cone from the Spiral Flower Die and here it is!

Believe it or not some though the pine cone was real…how sweet is that?  Before I add the video…here are a couple more examples of the pine bough and pine cone.  You could make this for a gift for under $10.

Here is the silver one…


This frame was bought at a box store for less than $10.  The polka dots were added with brushed silver cardstock to the mat.

Now here is a gold one…


This frame already had the gold polka dots.  Since I didn’t have any brushed gold cardstock, I used Baked Brown Sugar on this one.

Now here’s the video…I hope you all feel inspired to make tons of these pine cones…enjoy!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”What’s the difference between a Northern fairy tale and a Southern fairy tale?  A Northern fairy tale begins like this:  ‘Once upon a time’.  A Southern fairy tale begins like this:  ‘Y’all ain’t gonna believe this’!”

Just a little jibe at my Northern friends…

I’m inky…and you know I’m HaPpY!



Pine Cones in Snow…

This simple project turned out so well…better than I had at first imagined…I thought you would like to see it and maybe make it yourself.

Even though the title is pine cones in snow…the cone is actually the spiral flower die modified a little.  Over the weekend I watched a video by Tim Holtz (ever heard of him?).  He has his own line of everything artsy and is an amazing artist himself.  He was making these pine cones with a new pine cone die he has.  The whole time I watched I was thinking….hmmmmm.  So I punched out a Baked Brown Sugar flower and used my 1/8″ circle punch to take out the center of each “petal” and started sponging and manipulating the paper around a toothpick.  Here’s what happened…


This I liked!  So here is the end result.  This frame is from the April Paper Pumpkin kit…


Isn’t that simple and pretty?  You could keep this little frame out all winter long instead just over the Holidays.  Not to worry…a video is already in the works for you.

Are you enjoying beautiful fall weather where you are?  I’m having a hard time staying inside.  It is so gorgeous here in the south.  Got a trip to the mountains planned for this weekend.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Were you inspired in some way?  I hope so…then my day is complete.

Here is your “B-ism” for today…”Life isn’t about finding yourself…Life is about creating yourself!”

I’m a work in progress…how about you?

Whatever…I’m inky and HaPpY!