My Little Scene Stealers Strike Again!

Hello!  OK, these critters from Trick or Tweet are definitely scene stealers.  I went to bed and when I woke up they mysteriously appeared in my previously posted Shadow Box!  Spooky, right?????

I wonder if they traveled via the Red Truck from the Farmhouse Christmas set?  But doesn’t that truck have a Christmas Tree in its cargo bed?  Hmmmm.  Seems my critters went pumpkin picking within the Many Blessings Stamp Set?  YES!  That’s it!  A little creative fussy cutting and the pumpkin fits perfectly!

LOL It was always my intention to add these colorful elements to my Spooky Scene, but was afraid if I added them in my first post, the actual use of Farmhouse Christmas would be over shadowed by these stinkin cute critters!

I’m still having a lot of fun with my new products and can’t wait for you to get your paws, oops hands on them beginning September 5, 2018!  Sorry this isn’t a DSP related post, I was just too excited to share my finished project!

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Farmhouse Christmas or Scary Halloween?

Hello creative friends!

Has anyone else ever purchased a stamp set because you saw something totally different than its original intention? That was me, when I saw Farmhouse Christmas in the new Holiday Catalog! I totally saw a haunted house and scary trees!

This is my second version using this stamp set but the first I’m sharing. Call it a sneak peek of what’s still to come from me 😈!

Shout out to Kay Capps for sharing her spooky fence! They are the Adirondack chairs from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits! Awesome, right?

Don’t forget about the bat and spider web from the Seasonal Tags Framelits Dies! I have a tutorial for the shadow box frame here.

Want to know how I made my tombstones? They are from the 1/2 inch circle punch that I snipped to make the tombstone shape. I hope you like my spooky take on Farmhouse Christmas! Want or maybe NEED this stamp set? It’s available September 5, 2018. Message me for more information!

Stay tuned for more Halloween!

I Love Halloween! 🎃 👻

Hello friends!

I’ve finally had a chance to play with some items from my preorder! When I saw Trick or Tweet in the 2018 Holiday Catalog, I knew, for me, it was a MUST have!

I really wanted a card for What Do I Do With This, DSP?! Wednesday, but I didn’t order any of the pretty paper yet! So I improvised and stamped my own DSP using the Jack-o-lantern from the stamp set!

I really wish that this set came with matching framelits! But I stamped out several images and while watching TV colored and fussy cut them. I am 100% team dog, but I must say the mummy cat is too stinking cute!!!!!

I thought outside the box and used the house stamp from the Hearts Come Home Stamp Set that happily carried over to the Annual Catalog this year!

I really enjoyed using the Stampin Blends and the newest colors are next on my to order list! Hurry up October LOL!

Thanks for stopping by! I’m on a Halloween roll, stay tuned, Saturday has some more out of the box ideas!!!

Window Pop Up Card!

Greetings friends!

When I watched the video that Jennifer Mcguire posted recently I just knew I had to make this card using This Little Piggy!

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I used the small balloon outline stamp from Balloon Celebrations, the sentiments from Happy Birthday Gorgeous and Miss Piggy from This Little Piggy.  I added some clouds to give the illusion that the balloons are flying.

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After all, the way Miss Piggy is hanging off the pop up panel, she looks like those balloons are lifting her up!  I finally have a card that I actually didn’t have to trim the flower off, because every girl loves a flower or two for her birthday!  This card is for my niece, she turns 13 at the end of the month, I saw that video just in time!!!!

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This is a top fold card, I tried the side opening card, this one is for my Sushi Loving Daughter, her birthday is also in August (We have LOTS of birthdays in August…some folks must have had a few really nice Christmas/New Year celebrations HAHAHA!

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It doesn’t use Stampin’ Up! Stamps except for the Happy Birthday greeting, which is from Happy Birthday Gorgeous.  Of course, I did use our Blends and markers!

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I had the frame all cut out and then it happened.  You know “it” right”  That moment that you get ink somewhere it shouldn’t be!  GRRRR  Since it was in a particularly difficult spot to camouflage, I opted for re-stamping the image and popping it up on foam, bingo! disaster diverted!  I actually like the layered look better!  Win, win!

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I had a bunch of fun making this card fold, and I’m sure you will see it again 🙂

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I finally opened my preorder box! Crazy willpower, right? It’s been in my craft room for a week. I wasn’t !!! But today I made a card with this set! I’m in love and will have a lot of projects using this set! $25 for wood mount and $18 for clear mount! It’s available for sale to the public beginning 9/5/18! Interested? Let me know, i will hook you up! It’s sooooo cute!

Tea Bag Dispener

Hi crafty friends! I was scouring Pinterest and stumbled upon a great tutorial for a tea bag dispenser! I actually am a die hard Lipton Tea Drinker, I learned a long time ago that black tea has an ingredient called theophylline, which is helpful if you have asthma! Anyway, my Aunt and her husband are coming to spend the weekend with us, and her hubby loves English tea (because he is English!). I bought a few sample packages so I would have a variety but needed something to keep it so it didn’t look like samples LOL. Good thing I’m a paper crafter, right?

First I made some DSP using the painted harvest stamp set. Then I made the “box” using 12×6 inch card stock.

Fun fact: in 1996 when we moved into our brand new home my decorating vision was green gingham check and sunflowers. Our TV did not make the first trip down to Florida, so for entertainment while my husband went back north for the rest of our stuff, I stayed in our new home with our kids. To pass the time I stenciled sunflowers in my family room and kitchen! You know a bit of country/farmhouse. Fast forward to 2018 and farmhouse is all the rage. What can I say? I was ahead of my time! But alas, I’m afraid they are really faded, and my days of climbing up and down on a ladder are behind me (thanks MS 😢)

Eventually we painted the kitchen red, but kept the sunflowers, and our plant ledges are crammed full of farmhouse items! So that explains my color choices for my box!  I must say it looks cute next to my glass canisters!

My Aunt has been a preschool teacher for several years and had planned on retiring and the BOOM, she had a grandson who is now old enough to be in her class this year.  She is in charge of the Bumblebee Classroom, so I thought I’d put together a little gift set, early retirement gift that she can use for the year!  None of this is Stampin’ Up!, but thought you may get a little inspiration from it anyway!

Of course I had to start with the card.  I had this set in my stash (because my son has a Pest Control Business and I buy all the cute bug and rodent stamps I see LOL)  Then I scanned the images into Cricut Design Space and cut my images using vinyl to make a coffee mug to get through the morning and a pretty large wine glass to settle down in the afternoon LOL.

Yes, I used DollarTree mugs and glasses, its the best place to get craft supplies after Stampin’ Up! of course!  Speaking of DollarTree I also made a Flameless Candle to complete the “set”.

I think this post qualifies for What do I do with this?  DSP!  Wednesday, don’t you?  Well it has to, I want to post it after she receives it.  Can’t take any chances that she may read my blog LOL (Hi Sis!…just in case)

What’s in the Box??

Hi friends!

Today I have something a little bit different for you!  While on Vacation, Amazon had it’s Prime Day!  I wasn’t going to let 5,000 miles keep me from doing a little shopping!  I’ve been using a Mr Coffee Latte machine for several years now.  I love that it heats and froths my milk and then adds delicious espresso roast to my mug.  Sadly, it’s been discontinued and I am worried what I will use when mine kicks the bucket.

Amazon Prime Day solved that problem for me, The Nespresso Vertuo Evoluo Coffee and Espresso Machine was on a fabulous Deal!  But I do enjoy my Starbucks Espresso Roast, and have been stock piling bags each time they are on sale.  I knew there HAD to be a hack out in the universe on how to recycle/reuse the PODS.  Honestly, the PODS are a bit pricey, but more than that, because the PODS have a bar code that tells the machine what its brewing, and 1.75 oz of Espresso wasn’t going to do it for me, I did a little bit of research.  There is a company that makes the foil lids, they are adhesive and you can just keep using old PODS.

Well, the crafty in me said, maybe I can do something similar but use foil instead.  Good Old Dollar Tree has foil sheets, 25 or 30 to a package.  Perfect!

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Carefully remove the foil top from your used POD. Start with knife then scissor, tweezers or fingers to get most of the “plastic/foil off) Clean and Dry POD Place POD in a shot glass for stability Grab a foil sheet, double it by folding approximately 3 inches wide. Run through Big Shot using the 2nd largest circle framelit.

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Fill POD with coffee of your choice. Tap and fill some more being careful not to get any in the “lip” of the POD · Place your 2-ply foil circle over the POD (while still in the shot glass and crimp the edges. Try not to cover the bar code, but if you use the Die I suggested you should be fine. With the back of a spoon, gently run it along the top edge.

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Once the foil is secure around your POD place in your Nespresso Machine. ***Note: I am using the larger POD with Starbucks Espresso Roast. I like to start my morning with a large Latte.

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Place your cup under the spout. I’ve added my steamed milk and sugar before adding the espresso. The main difference between the Espresso size POD and the Coffee Size POD is that the bar code tells the machine how much water to run thru for the type coffee you are using. Like I said earlier, I prefer a nice large latte so this method is perfect for me. If you are a die hard Espresso drinker, by all means, use the same method for making the foil tops, just use the Espresso POD instead.

I know what you are thinking, “But Liza I see grounds are they floating in the coffee too?”

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Nope, not a single grind settled to the bottom, because they all stayed in the POD!  Score!  Now, I do realize the craze of 1-2-3 quick coffee is the reasoning for buying a Keurig or Nespresso, but I have lots of time on my hand and will be saving lots of money not going to the actual Starbucks…until the Pumpkin Spice Lattes are back that is!  It’s my guilty pleasure for sure!

Addendum: after using my new machine for a week I have an additional suggestion. I don’t know about you, but my eyes aren’t always open at 6 am! I discovered by inserting the pod you just filled and foiled just drop it into a 2nd Empty Pod! Voila! Makes it even easier to get that first brew in the morning (just in case you covered the barcode on the full one). Enjoy!