Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year's Eve Day!

Happy New Year's Eve Day. We got a little snow today but nothing like the last storm so the NYC activities should go on as planned.

I also wanted to wish DT member Kendra a very happy birthday! How cool is that? The whole world celebrates your birthday? :)

I thought I'd show you another Christmas project I made. I got a Keurig gift certificate for John's parents and made this little thing as a holder. I used some JR stamps (stamped in Palette ink of course), Christmas Cheer foil paper, gold string and some Liquid Pearls and Matte Accents on the mug.
Here is a close-up of the mug.

I hope you have a wonderful day! I'll be skipping Five Minute Friday tomorrow. I haven't had even 5 minutes in the studio this week to throw something together between all the hustle and then being sick.

So have a wonderful, safe night and I'll see you next year!

Monday, December 28, 2009


Hi friends! I hope you had a wonderful holiday. Mine was nice and full of lots of food. Santa brought me a wonderful new camera that I need to learn how to use. So, bear with me over the new few weeks as I learn how to use it!

I also picked up a cold of some sort though so I'm trying to take it easy a bit so it doesn't progress into anything more. But I thought I'd share with you a project I made as some gift packaging using the All Around Town My Time template.

This is a packaging for my vegan friend. I got her some vegan hot cocoa mix and vegan marshmallows. The paper is Starry Eyed. I love the glitter on this paper. I used some left over ribbon scraps including some glimmer pastel blue. I stamped my Just Rite image in Palette Seascape and colored it in with Prisma pencils. I used my Rock Candy Stickles for the whipped cream. It's all held together nicely with i {stick} papers, our very own redline tape.
Thanks for stopping by today. I've got over 800 items on sale now to help make room for new CHA goodies and to make less to inventory for taxes! So hurry up because a lot of these things will not be reordered. Once they're gone, they're gone!

Have a great week!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Store Update

Just a quick note to let you know that:

New Basic Grey is in! New Unity is in! Oh, and I just went CRAZY and marked over 830 items on sale. Once they're out - they're out!

I'll be taking a short break from blogging for the holidays. I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas! And, if you have a chance on Christmas day, be sure to pop over to Cathleen's blog and wish her a happy birthday. It's got to be tough to have a Christmas birthday so drop by and send her some love.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Christmas cards!


This year I had a pretty good stash of cards that I made throughout the year so I didn’t really need to do a big mass production like I normally do (which was good!) but I did need to make about 20 cards and I came up with this quick and cute design, which I will be repurposing for a different card next month.  This is EASY…let me tell you.  I modified the standard gate card a bit so that when I folded it there would be a bit of an overlap.  These adorable snowmen (also available in blue!) come with adhesive and glitter already.  I know, I’m a cheater.  I used my Bo-Bunny Flex ruler to draw the curve on the kraft paper, cut along the line and then layered a panel of red behind it and freehand cut the scallop with my scissors.  The bottom panel is a white panel embossed with my A2 Snowflake folder.  The snowman sits on a tag made from Circle Nesties.  To finish it off I stamped my greeting (after curving it on my block to mirror the curve in the kraft paper) from It’s A Snow Day in Palette L’Amour Red and snowflakes from the same set in Palette New Canvas.


Here’s a shot of it partially open so you can see how it goes together. 

I hope you’re gotten all your cards out and are leaving some time to actually enjoy things this holiday season!  Thanks for stopping by!

Remember, today is the last day for the 15% off sale at the store.  Just enter code IHPgift – it’s our holiday gift to you for being such loyal and fabulous customers!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Five Minute Friday: Dear Santa


Happy Friday!  Are you sick of Colorful Christmas yet?  I hope not!  Here’s another quick card I made and can you believe it - no Nesties!! I used the little cute eskimo girl from the Colorful Christmas Glittered Chipboard and layered her on the Dear Santa A2 embossing folder.

I used my Prismacolor pencils to shade over the raised top parts to make them pop a little bit.  The greeting from Jolly Christmas is stamped in Palette Chartreuse

Cute, right??  Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you’re almost ready for Christmas!!  Only one more week!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

DT Challenge: Eat, drink and be merry

ihp1209 This month for the IHP DT Challenge we’re using the new My Mind’s Eye Be Loved and Love Me Do kits to do some sort of eat, drink and be merry project.  I wasn't quite ready to dive into Valentine’s Day yet even though that is what these kits are intended for.  So, for my project I altered a bottle of wine that could be used as a New Year’s gift or really any gift!  It’s yummy blackberry wine from a winery in Lancaster, PA.  YUMMO!  And really, what’s better than wine for an eat, drink, be merry theme?

I wrapped the bottle with a piece from Love Me Do using i {stick} papers.  Then I used my long rectangle Nesties to make the center tag and stuck a Zva celebrate gem saying on it.  Lastly I made a cheater bow using the red faux suede ribbon.  This is SUCH a quick project.  Too bad it isn’t Friday or this would SO be my Five Minute Friday project!  *grin*


Here is a close-up of the gems. 

Thanks for stopping by today!  Don’t forget the 15% sale ends on the 21st! 

Be sure to stop by the rest of the team today to see their projects!

Tracy (check around 10am EST)

Have a great day!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

On the 12th Day of Christmas

…IHP is sponsoring Paper Craft Planet!  That’s right!  Today we’re the sponsor for the last day of the 12 Days of Christmas and you can have your chance to win a prize pack worth $70 that includes ALL SEVEN Chicken Girl Design stamp sets!  How awesome is that??  Hop on over to PCP for the hint and be sure to visit Lynn, who is hosting today’s challenge.  She’s got an awesome project for you!

pcp12days For my project today I used the cute little penguin from It’s A Snow Day to make this ornament.  He is stamped in Palette Noir and cut out and popped up, mounted to the back of the tin.  The background paper is a little circle of Snow Globe that I cut out with my Circle Nesties.

I colored him with some markers and dotted the hat and chest with Icicle Stickles for some shimmer.  Then, when it was all dry I added some White Flower Soft for snow and then closed up the tin with a strip of i {stick} papers (our very own, made exclusively for us red line sticky strip tape – 60 YARD roll!).  Then I wrapped the tin with 1” pink satin ribbon and made a loopy at the top, again using i {stick} papers.

barbostree On a personal note, we went to the tree farm and cut down our Christmas tree last night.  Mr. Barbo even “helped” (aka made it more difficult to cut down a tree) but it was all part of the fun.  I’ll post a shot once it is decorated but here it is still at the farm.

Have a great weekend!  Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Five Minute Friday: Another Colorful Christmas card

fmfeskimogirl Hi there!  Happy Friday!  Today is Christmas tree purchasing day for us!  Yay!

Here’s another quick card I made for my stash this year.  I used my favorites circle Nesties and some Colorful Christmas Glittered Chipboard to make this.  Isn’t she adorable?  The strip across the bottom is a Colorful Christmas sticker border and greeting from Holiday Sayings is stamped in Palette Chartreuse

I hope you’re all ready for the holidays!  My cards have all been sent out – yay!  Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great weekend!

Be sure to stop back Tuesday for our monthly DT Challenge!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Store update

DEC09STOREKIT Hi there!  Just a quick update today.  The new Unity Store Kit is now in stock and is absolutely adorable!  Also, the Stripes Label and Diamonds and Dots embossing folders are back in stock.  I know a lot of you were looking for them so get them now!

barbosanta1edit3smI’ll leave you with a cute picture of Mr. Barbo, who got to meet Santa PAWS yesterday.  He was a bit scared (as you can tell from the picture) but was a real sport as I made him wear little reindeer antlers with bells and sit for his Santa photo shoot.

I hope you’re taking some time during this busy season to do little fun things.  The newsletter will be going out tonight and you’re not going to want to miss it (ahem…can you say coupon?)  If you’re not on the newsletter list hurry up and sign up on the homepage!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Five Minute Friday: Colorful Christmas


Hello!  I know I’ve been a little MIA lately and I’m so sorry.  It’s been crazy trying to balance everything now that holiday preparations are upon me.  I did find a few moments to work on Christmas cards, including this super easy card.  I used my favorites oval Nesties and some Colorful Christmas Glittered Chipboard to make this.  I love the colors in the Colorful Christmas line.  So bright and cheery!  The background is the small polka dot A2 embossing folder with a strip of Colorful Christmas sticker border across the middle.  The greeting from Jolly Christmas is stamped in Palette Claret

If you ordered during Black Friday and earned a gift certificate you should have received an email with your code by now.  If you didn’t, please email me.

Thanks for stopping in!  Be on the lookout for the newsletter next week.  You’re not going to want to miss it – I promise!