Saturday, November 26, 2011


This little drummer boy is just too cute!

drummer1 I wanted to use a modified version of this week’s FTL #168 layout, and thought this little guy would be just the focal point. He’s part of Lawn Fawn’s aptly named Pa-rum-pa-pum-pum set, along with lots of other really cute images that could be used for things other than Christmas cards. I curved the sentiment to match the contour of the circle (love that about clear stamps!). If I were to make it again, I’d move everything down a little in the circle.

The patterned paper is from S.E.I.’s Corinne paper pad, which was not intended for Christmas cards at all, but the colors were so pretty!

I got the stamps, paper, Copic markers and Nestabilities  from Kate at i {heart} papers, who is still having her awesome Black Friday Sale. You need to go check it out, because it’s only on until tomorrow!


  • Black Friday sale valid Wednesday 11/23-Sunday 11/27.
  • 25% off EVERYTHING storewide (in stock items only, not valid on gift certificates) using code (min. order $35): black25dt
  • 10% gift certificate bonus. IHP will add an additional 10% of the value of the gift certificate during this sale.
  • 25% discount does not apply to Gift Certificates. Gift Certificates need to be ordered separately from merchandise.

Happy shopping!


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

It’s beginning to look a lot like…Thanksgiving!

Gobble, gobble! Every year in recent memory, I’ve made some kind of table favor for the Thanksgiving table (except for last year, when I made turkey cupcakes for dessert). Usually it was something crafted out of cardstock and filled with some kind of chocolate. This year, since I got a cake pop maker from my son and DIL (♥♥♥) for my birthday, I decided to make special cake pops for the occasion.

turkey-pops-closeup These guys (who will be wrapped up in cellophane) will grace each place at the table, and I’m guessing they won’t last until after the meal.

Despite a slight mishap (I dropped a whole tray of finished ones on the floor!), these were a LOT of fun to make! They are not the usual cake pops that are made from mushed up cake and frosting and then formed into balls. These little (chocolate) cakes are baked in balls and then dipped in melted chocolate.

The heads are Sugar Babies candies, the beaks are colored mini chips, and the wattles are little candy hearts. The cake decorating supply store was out of tiny candy eyes, so I had to improvise – these are little white candy confetti circles that I used a black edible marker on. I think they came out cute, if a little deranged-looking!

I had a few left over cake balls, so I decided to make a few sitting turkeys.
sitting-turkeys They’re just attached to individual candy melt disks with some melted chocolate. The middle one is adorable; the two outer ones look they escaped from the turkey loony bin!

OK, gotta get back to my preparations! Doing a mini-Thanksgiving dinner here tomorrow, and a big one at my dad’s with more of the family on Friday. I will miss having my kids with us this year, but when they’re all grown up, sometimes it just doesn’t work out. Maybe next year we’ll all be together!

Wishing all of my readers a wonderful Thanksgiving, with all the trimmings!


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

IHP Design Team Challenge: SRM Mini Calendar Stickers

This month our Design Team Challenge focuses on a particular product, one that I was very excited to see at CHA this summer: the Mini Calendar Stickers by SRM.

I decided to create a piece of wall art with mine. nov11DTcalendar I have a red accent wall in my dining room, so I made it to coordinate with that. Starting with a 12x12 piece of red cardstock as a base, I cut 2.25” squares (the size of each sticker) of white cardstock, onto which I adhered the calendar stickers, and 2.25” squares of different papers from the Black & White Timeless pad by Kaiser Craft. The first square, with the year, was stamped with numbers from the Mint Motif set, I’ve Got Your Number.

Here’s a close-up of one corner:

I found the stickers very easy to work with. They come in two different styles (same size); this is the Decorative Style sheet. I might have to get myself some of the other ones to play with…

To frame it, I found a really reasonable solution at the photo supply store, Adorama. They happen to be a few blocks from my office, but they sell this frame online also, and it’s just over $5. Yes, I said $5! It is a plastic frame (comes in white too, I think) with a glass front. It’s perfect for this, and for displaying treasured scrapbook pages as well.

I can’t wait to see what the rest of the Design Team did with these very cool stickers! Won’t you join me as I hop around?

Thanks for visiting!