~ Parting Gifts


So, this is my last week at my current job.  Far be it for me not to have one last share of my craftiness before I go.  I made candy goody bags for the co-workers in MILCON and special bags with extra stuff for my branch.  I wanted to make use of my latest Fiskars punch in my projects since I wasn’t able to teach a class using it. =(  We have a long-standing “purple Thursday” in MILCON so I had custom buttons made by the awesome Emily Adams.

The bags below are filled with other good stuff are what I’m giving to the ladies in my branch.  There is a prolific amount of lilac and honeydew twine from The Twinery, which I totally love!  The bags were 59 cent gift bags I bought from Target and embellished.

Goody bag supplies:

  • flat plastic bags, Dum Dums, Smarties, Kit Kats
  • My Mind’s Eye – patterned paper
  • The Twinery – twine
  • Tim Holtz – mini staples
  • Emily Adams – custom buttons

Gift bag supplies:

  • Fancy Pants – patterned paper
  • The Twinery – twine
  • Tim Holtz – tissue tape
  • American Crafts – ribbon
  • Tim Holtz – mini staples




~ Fiskateer Secret Agent Challenge – Fall Gatherings Border Punch

I was a lucky girl when Fiskateer Rebecca picked me for a secret mission involving a black frame and the new limited edition Fall Gatherings Border Punch.  My finished project is shown above.  Click on the following PDF for details on how to make this project – Secret Agent 003703.  Happy fall, y’all!

P.S.  The winner of my Twilight Bracelet blog contest is Anna Hong!  Congrats, lady!  I will hold another contest soon so stay tuned, Twilight lovers!

~ Treat Boxes, Card Class and Flowers (oh my…)

Wow!  What a busy day it was today, full of fun moments in between meetings, conference calls, emails, etc. 


First thing this morning, I feverishly finished putting bows on the treat boxes I made the night before and delivered them to my co-workers’ cubbies.  I made each of the boxes from scratch and filled them with lollipops and chocolate. 


At lunchtime, I taught my first Fiskars class of the year.  Heavy emphasis on border punches, we made Valentine’s cards.  Thanks to my co-workers – Linda, Janet, Danielle, Intern Mildred, John and Yoram for joining the class today!

When I got home, hubby was out running errands.  Little did I know he was out buying me flowers for Valentine’s Day.  OMG!  Do you know how long it has been since he’s given me flowers?  Like since before we were married!  What a nice surprise.  Thank  you, Brian–you’re the best!  (hee hee)  I’ll post another picture when the lilies are in full bloom.


~ 2009 Layered Flower Calendar


I was going to use this little calendar project on the Zutter site at the end of the month but decided to post it on my blog instead! =)  I love the simple but bold colors of this 4″ x 4″ square desk calendar.  The flowers are made from layering Fiskars Oopsie Daisy Squeeze Punches.  Can’t tell you the name of the parchment paper I used for the months of the calendar.  I picked up a bunch of it at an office supply store years ago in Nola, a small town at the foot of Mount Vesuvius.



Stuff:  patterned paper, ribbon – Foof-a-la; acrylic covers and o-wire – Zutter/Bind-it-all; cardstock – Stampin’ Up; bling, chipboard letters – Heidi Swapp; gem – Doodlebug

~ Thanksgiving Card Class (Late WCMD Event)

I had another class at work today–a little late for World Card Making Day but close enough!  We made Thanksgiving-themed cards on Carolyn’s request.   Pictures of her, as well as Maureen, Janet and Dee are below in the slideshow.  Heavy emphasis today on Fiskars border punches.  The picture above and close-ups below are the cards I created as samples for the class.  I ended up giving my three samples away to co-workers who weren’t able to attend the class so that they can share with others. =)


Stuff:  cardstock – Stampin’ Up, patterned paper, cardstock and epoxy stickers, leaves – K & Co; ribbon – assorted manufacturers

~ You’re So Corny!

Guess what I got today in the mail from Fiskateer Nikki — a brand new Halloween squeeze punch that I named way back at the beginning of the summer.  I totally forgot about it and didn’t know until today that the name I submitted was chosen for the punch.  So, if you’re out there at the local scrapbook store and see the punch below, please think of me!  Happy (early) Halloween! =)

Fiskateer Wendy Jo’s posting about the new punches and who named them from July 15:  http://www.fiskateers.com/blog/2008/07/15/another-sneak-the-fiskateers-who-helped-name-them/

P.S.  My brother went in for his cancer surgery just a couple of hours ago.  I’m hoping to hear from my parents or my sis-in-law regarding his progress.  I spoke with him last night and he seemed in good spirits.  I’ll keep you posted.  Thanks all for your prayers and well-wishes.  I will pass them on to Jimmy when I speak to him soon.

~ Monkey Fun

Here is a small project I made for my daughter’s welcoming home.  She’s coming home this week from her summer vacation with my parents in Las Vegas.  She had asked me to make a mini album for her with these monkey papers a while back and I just got around to making it for her.

I kept the book simple in design so that my daughter can easily add photos or other keepsakes to it without much fuss.


Stuff:  patterned paper – Reminisce; cardstock – Bazzill; wire binding – Bind-it-All; ribbon – American Crafts, SEI and Wal-Mart, extra-large eyelets – We R Memory Keepers; alphabet stickers – Lil’ Davis Designs and American Crafts