Monday, December 17, 2007

Criss Cross Nugget Box

I'm having fun tonight - read through my new Spring and Summer 2008 Idea and Catalog and have it all marked up!

Now I must get down to business and get my last minute gifts done.

Here's a darling little nugget box to make. It's small, but will hold about 1/2 a cup of nuts or whatever else you might want to put in it. I'm going to make one for each of the men in our family!!

I first saw this little gem on Cambria Turnbow's Blog. She made a darling box and pointed us to directions on Nichole Heady's site. Nichole has directions and a template to download to make this little jewel.

It takes one piece of 8 1/2 x 11" cardstock. Instead of stamping the cardstock, I used Close to Cocoa cardstock and added some Outlaw Designer Paper. The box measures 4 1/4" x 3". Just enough to add a little something to someone's stocking or package.

I used creamy caramel card stock and punched out with the scallop circle punch. I backed that with Chocolate Chip (round tab punch circle). I didn't have a stamp, so I printed out "Nuts For You" from my printer and then punched it out with the 1 1/4" circle punch.

I used the Round Tab Punch to make the closure for the little bag with about 1/2 cup of cashews then stapled the punch over the top with Happy Holidays from Tags on Board.

If you need a quick thank you, this would make a cute little box to hold a couple of brownies, M&M's, or even a bar of savory soap!!

That's all for tonight - I promise!!

Flip Flop Album

A few weeks ago, Catherine and I were invited to a local scrapbooking store by our friend, Char, for a class on Flip Flop Albums. WOW! They were SO fun and easy. Ellen Smallwood taught this class and I give her all credit - she deserves it for figuring this out.

So.....a light went on in my head!! Gifts for Christmas!! So...a little background...

My mother had to leave her home almost four years ago. We moved her into a foster care home and cleaned out her place. There are five of us children and all came home to help - in one day we completely packed her little home and moved everything into storage. While going through things my oldest brother found a box of negatives - not being too sentimental, he chucked them into the garbage. My son rescued them and eventually started scanning them to see what they were. WOW - a treasure for us scrapbookers. Pictures we never remember seeing!!

My Mom passed away in September 2006 at the age of 90 (Dad had been gone for 16 years); last year was too soon to do anything. But this year, I took those pictures my son scanned and had them printed and am making these flip flop albums for my brothers and sisters.

It's very hard to take a picture of the album and really get the feel, but I wanted to share my creation. I can feel a class coming on for these books!!




Daddy and Mother's Wedding Day November 14th, 1936




Us five kids taken about 1955 or 1956


Daddy and Mom taken not long after they were married


My Brother and His Wife (this album is for them)


My Dad loved to hunt (mostly in Colorado). Here he is with a prize buck and my oldest brother proudly showing it off


Us five taken around 1952 (yes, I'm the youngest!)

ANOTHER PICTURE (Inside one flap)

I had such fun with these photos and putting this album together.

I used Almost Amethyst and Whisper White textured cardstock for the album itself and decorated it with Almost Amethyst Prints Designer Series papers. The "doors" are decorated with flowers from the Pretties Kit sponged with a sponge dauber in Almost Amethyst and then attached with a rhinestone brad.

Can you imagine the combinations? My next one will be red, then probably a green one and a brown one........

Well, that's all for tonight.


I received my complimentary copy of the NEW STAMPIN' UP IDEA AND CATALOG for Spring and Summer 2008. So, guess where I'm headed? Going to read it from cover to cover!!

If you would like a catalog, please let me know - they should be here before the end of the year. They are $5 and you receive a coupon with the book for $5 off your first order of $25!!

Happy Holidays to all my friends!!