Friday, December 31, 2010

A Card from Jackie

Third in a series of showcasing my friends' handmade Christmas cards!
I received this card from Jackie. My friend Jackie introduced me to stamping. For almost the first 3 years of my stamping career, I attended most of her Make & Takes until I fell confident enough to stamp and create on my own. Once in a while I continue to attend her Make & Takes. I keep in touch with her and I always learn a new technique from her.
Thank you Jackie for introducing me to this great addicting craft!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

A Card from Ann

Today I'm featuring a Christmas card I received from the multi-talented Ann from Creative Antics!
Isn't it beautiful! I love the simplicity in her artwork. It has so much punch!
Thank you Ann for the gorgeous card!
Ann is another friend I met through SplitCoastStampers Divine Secret Sibling. She was my Little Sister.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

A Card from Tracie

Hi everyone! I hope you're all feeling well and ready to bring in the New Year!
Unbeknownst to me, I've been sick for over 2 weeks with bronchitis, until my doctor set me straight. I thought it was just a bug! Hopefully, I will be at 90% better by New Year's Eve, because I'm celebrating no matter what!!! The champagne is chilling!
For the next several days I will be featuring handmade cards I received from friends and love ones!
The first card I am featuring is from Tracie. I love this card with so much detail! It says Tracie all over the place. She's an amazing quilter!
Tracie and I became friends through SplitCoastStampers Divine Secret Sisters. She's a wonderful person, and we have so many things in common. She amazes me with her talent and she has a big heart. Please stop by her blog and visit her amazing creations at Crafty Creations.
Thank you Tracie for the gorgeous card, and I am so lucky to have you as a friend.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

A Stampers' Poem

I want to share a stampers' poem from my friend Karen. We think is just so cute and true!!!
Brayers roll..............are you listening.
On the is glistening,
A beautiful sight.............we're happy tonight.
Stamping in a winter wonderland.
In the kitchen we can stamp a snowman.
Then add color to his carrot nose.
You'll say: Are you Finished?
I'll say: No Ma'am, I need to add some glitter to make snow.
When we stamp........ain't it thrilling.
Even when.........the powders spilling.
We'll create and we'll play.......the art stamper away.
Stamping in a winter wonderland.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas

Wishing you and your family a very merry Christmas,

and that the joy and peace you feel today,

will be with you throuhout the year!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Snowman Tags

Today was my first day of the start of a well deserved two week vacation, and was I busy with so many chores to catch up with...and Christmas so near... !!!
Tomorrow night I have my monthly Bunco get-together. We will do our annual cookie swap and gift exchange before playing our last Bunco of the year.

I needed gift tags to go with my wrapped gifts for the Bunco Ladies!
I used my tag die cut that Karen had given me for my birthday.
I used Stampin' Up!'s Christmas Punch stamp set's snowflakes stamped in white craft ink for the background. I then stamped the snowman tag in Ballet Blue, and mounted it with foam tape onto the snowflake tag. They were a cinch to make!

Now all I need to make are the cookies and I'll be ready for tomorrow night. I have this recipe that I want to try out from Paula Dean called Kitchen Sink Christmas Cookies. They're loaded with yummy stuff.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Merry Christmas

I made this card modeled after one I made at a Stamp & Take class last month. The only difference is the stamp I used for this one. The stamp image is from Stampin' Up! Holiday Best stamp set. The embossed snowflake background was made by using a SU! Northern Flurry embossing folder. I love the Cherry Cobbler ribbon seam binding and the Chantilly crotchet trim together. I added gold rhinestone stickers to the center of each flurry.
I don't know about you, but I always wait to the last minute to make my Christmas card, and every year I tell myself that I will make them throughout the year to be prepared for next year! Well...I'm off to make some more cards...

Altered Art

I participated in a swap exchange and I included this journal as a gift. The recipient of this gift loves to write.
I took a plain spiral journal and decorated it using designer paper and ribbon.

I looked through my boxful of embellishments and found the wish brad. While going through my paper stuff, I found a tag kit. I used one of the tags and simply stamped the Friends stamp image.
I don't know if I have shared with you my love of ribbon...well I think I went a little too happy with ribbon tied onto the book spiral.

I also found this initial paperclip in my stash! I just love it when I find things in my collection that I don't even remember getting or having!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Altered Art

I decorated this lunch tin for a Christmas gift. The recipient was Olivia from Simply Sunshine & Daisy's. It held her Christmas ornament (swap exchange) from me.

I used designer paper which I decoupaged, and tied a lush grosgrain ribbon.

A stick pin holds her gift tag. Merry Christmas Olivia!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Fresh Cut Friday

I know it's not Friday, but please excuse my lateness... I was just way to busy this past couple of days!
Last Friday was Fresh Cut Fridays hosted by Liz from Rose Vignettes.

This rose bouquet was a gift from a co-worker to me in celebration of my birthday.

The roses still look so fresh even though I've had them for over a week now! Soft pink roses make me feel very dainty, romantic and feminine.

Please join Liz and other participating bloggers sharing their fresh cuts with you at Rose Vignettes Fresh Cut Friday #4.
Thank you for stopping by!

Mom's Gift

I have to share with you a birthday gift that my Mom made for me for my birthday.
She crotchet this beautiful pillowcase for my bed!
I just love it!

Thank you Mom for the beautiful birthday gift!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Christmas Ornament Exchange

Marsha at Sassy Mini Dolls hosted a Christmas Ornament Exchange blog party and today is the big reveal.
My partner happens to be Olivia from Simply Sunshine & Daisy's.
I've had the great pleasure to get to know Olivia. She's a delightful young woman, and I love reading her daily blog entries!

I received this adorable snowman Christmas tree ornament from her. It reminds me of a court jester!
Olivia also included a package of hot cocoa, a stamp with my initial "O" which I promptly stuck unto my "O" bag, and glittery blingy stars that a I can use for my crafts.

Thank you Olivia!

And guess what? She was my swap partner, and you can visit ther blog to see what I sent her.

Thank you Marsha for hosting a fun swap and getting us into the spirit of giving!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Thank You

I made a set of thank you cards to thank my friends and co-workers for the great birthday gifts and wishes.

For these cards I did a technique called faux letterpress. Basically what you do is ink a Cuttlebug embossing folder. It was very easy to do and not messy at all! The ink just washed away. Another new technique was to stamp the sentiment on the ribbon.
Easy peasy!

Fancy Corners

I made this card for a co-worker who just retired from our school District.
I had been wanting to CASE this card by card crazy at Splitcoaststampers for a while.
I used Cuttlebug's Fancy Corners embossing folder for the 4 squares, which I then distressed with a sanding block. The stamped image is from SU!'s All I Have Seen.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Christmas Collage II

I was just not satisfied with my card...something was several spritzes of white frost shimmer!
Now I am done!

Christmas Collage

I am spending my Saturday afternoon making our Christmas cards.
This is the one, and now I need to finish 40+... Now picture me doing a "Kevin scream" from Home Alone! Ahhh.....!!!

I played with the ribbon trying to make it look just perfect, but finally gave up!

Inside message...

Friday, November 26, 2010


Last Sunday I attended Vivian's SU! Make & Take. For this month's class we didn't stamp, we made a frame featuring our last name. We also had the choice of the word "FAMILY". For my frame I chose our last name OHLSON.

We punched flowers, birds and borders...used the Big Shot to cut our letters, and the hearts. I learned to use this marvelous new tool called a Japanese Screw to punch holes for the brads...amazing tool!!! You can use it to punch holes anytime! I want one!

I made one for my Mom, but hers says FAMILY.
This could be my Christmas gift to family and close friends...I better start working on it!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Fresh Cut Friday

I am joining Liz's Fresh Cut Friday at Rose Vignettes.
I had planned on treating myself to sunflowers today, but I ended up stopping at the nearest garden store to pick up my fall/spring garden flowers.
I brought home petunias, geraniums, stock, snapdragons, and potting soil.
I love flowers especially in my garden!
I have to go back to the garden store tomorrow to get more soil and maybe more flowers and plants!!!
Thank you Liz for a wonderful way to treat ourselves to fresh flowers! Until next time...
Now don't forget to stop by Rose Vignettes and take a look at beautiful fragrant bouquets other bloggers treated themselves to!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Recipe Swap

I'm participating in Courtney's Chicken Dinner Recipe Swap (aka StampinMama86 over at Splitcoast).
A co-worker shared this recipe with me. I overheard her giving her college son directions on how to make this, and I asked her for her recipe of Italian Spicy Chicken Pasta. It's not spicy at all unless you choose to use spicy Rotel tomatoes & chilies.

Spicy Italian Chicken Pasta
2-3 cups cooked shredded chicken (I use Costco Rotisserie chicken)
8 oz. Velveeta Cheese (or more)
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can Rotel tomatoes & green chilies
1 package cooked Fettuccine (or your choice)
Parmesan Cheese

Mix Rotel tomatoes, cream of chicken soup & Velveeta cheese. Heat until cheese is melted. Add chicken & stir. Remove from heat when well heated through. Serve over your favorite hot cooked pasta, and sprinkle with Parmessan cheese. Enjoy!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Altered Cigar Box

I wanted to share with you the cigar box I altered for my Bloggerette Sorority Sister Ann.
We both participated in Karen's Fall Findings Cigar Box Swap. We were to altered a cigar box and personalize it as close as possible to our Sister.

I love cigar boxes but can't bear to cover up its unique art. So I bought a plain wooden cigar box at Michael's and decoupaged it using fall designer paper. I used fall theme embellishments to decorate the lid, and made the paper flower using my border edge punch. Ann is from Kansas, so I thought that the flower would hopefully pass by as a sunflower...

I covered the inside and outside of the box. I noticed that Ann likes vintage ephemera and went to Cora's Clearly Vintage and searched for some great pictures.

I filled the inside with fall goodies and supplies for Ann to make tags. She creates great tags.

I used this sticker lace and applied it to go around the outside of the lid.
I really had so much fun participating in this amazing swap!
One thing I learned about making this box was that I love to decoupage! It's so much fun and so easy! This may sound sick, but I just love the smell of it too!!!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Fall Findings Swap

Reveal time for Fall Findings Swap at Bloggerette Sorority hosted by Karen from Some Days Are Diamonds!

Drum roll please...

My secret Bloggerette Sorority Sister is Ann from Tin and Sparkle!
The interesting thing is that she was my secret Sister!
So while I was visiting her blog to learn everything about guessed it...she was doing the same thing with me!!!

She's very talented and amazing. I learned that she recently starting taking wood shop classes, and is learning to use very dangerous machines like electric saws!!! You should see her cutting board.

In my fall swap box that Ann decorated for me (see above pic), I found several neat fallish items.
Ann made me fallish handmade napkins with handmade napkin rings.

She knows I love to bake! I will definitely be using cinnamon and pumpkin pie spices in my upcoming Thanksgiving dinner.

Have you ever visited a Penzeys Spice store? The aroma is amazing!

Happy Halloween!
Tiny little cards made by Ann.
I also found a beautiful Kansas Sunflower hook which I already hung up in my kitchen. Silk fall leaves and small potpourri pumpkins!
I really enjoyed participating in this swap. I think I had more fun learning all about Ann and making her box. Even more fun was shopping for her and hoping she liked everything!
Thank you Karen for hosting a wonderful swap!