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Friday, January 31, 2014


Here are some pics from our January Card Chicks meeting! What fun we had!

My sister Janie made this lovely
throw for Rina's grandchild!

 The baby's room is a lamb theme and the
saying is so sweet!

Rachel fed us the sweet treats of Key Lime cheesecake
and cheesecake brownies (see recipes below), while
Tiffany fed us oodles of healthy snacks - YUM!

Close up of Rachel's heart-shaped Hugs and M&M pretzels.

Here are three of the projects everyone made:

This is a wrapper cover for Orbit Gum
and the measurements
are shown in the photo below:

...and here's a Michele card we made
with the new SU Sale-A-Bration
Banner Blast stamp set and punch:

from Rachel (the Kisses heart) and
Rina (the cute little knife):

CLICK HERE for the instructions
to make the kisses heart project:

I also gave a demo on the We R Memory Keepers
Envelope Punch Board (available through
Stampin' Up and other paper craft retailers).
These are the projects I have made so far:

A card box that holds four A2 cards and envelopes.
The YouTube tutorial I used can be found at
tinyurl.com/punchbox or at the end of this post.


Measurement Basics:
9" x 9" piece of DSP
Score and notch at 3 1/2"
Slide left to 4 1/2" score and notch
On the opposite side,
do the exact same steps above.
On remaining sides, follow
previous score lines to score and notch.

To make the candy box on the right,
follow the measurements on the envelope
punch board to make a 3 x 5" envelope.

To make the card boxes with the envelope
punch board watch this video:

For more projects using this AWESOME tool,
do a search for envelope punch board
on Pinterest, YouTube or the gallery
of Splitcoaststampers.com.


Key Lime Coconut Bars

1 1/2 c crushed graham crackers
1/2 c shredded coconut
2 T sugar
1/3 c melted butter

Mix together and press into a greased 9x9" baking pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 mins. or until golden.

3 cans of Borden's condensed milk
3/4 c lime juice
zest of limes - use 3 to 4 limes
1/2 c sour cream

Mix all ingredients together and pour into the crust bake.
Bake for 8 -10 mins until set.
Do not let it get brown. Cool and chill

Cut into desired squares and decorate with whipped cream and toasted coconut.

Cheesecake Brownies

1 - 8 oz package of cream cheese at room temperature
1/4 c sugar
1 egg
1 c chocolate chips
1/4 c butter

Combine cream cheese with 1/4 c sugar and egg mixing until smooth.
Stir in chocolate chips. Set aside.

1 c chocolate chips
1/2 c sugar
2 eggs
2/3 c flour
1/2 t baking powder
1/4 t salt

Fill a saucepan with water and bring to a boil. Turn off heat, and set a heatproof bowl over water. Place in mixing bowl the butter and chocolate chips.  Combine until chocolate and butter are melted. Stir the sugar and eggs until combined.  Add flour, salt and baking powder.

Pour half of the brownie mix into a 8x8" baking dish that has been greased. Pour the cream cheese mixture on top, then the remaining brownie mixture. Swirl the cream cheese and brownie mixture. Note you will not have enough brownie mix, but no worries... No one will know...just swirl. Bake at 350 for 25 - 30 min. or until top is crinkle and sides pull away.

Bouquet in a Box

Card in a Box

Have you seen these
bouquet in a box cards?

I found a tutorial to make
them thanks to Frenchie!

She even re-designed the original pattern so that it collapses and fits into a standard A2 envelope for a 4.25 x 5.5" card!  I LOVE this idea of making a handmade treasure for any occasion and her directions can be found on her blog: Frenchie at Stamp and Scap with Frenchie

She has also kindly created a wonderful VIDEO TUTORIAL and provided these helpful pics below with the measurements:

Plus...you'll need a 3 1/8" x 3 1/8" of coordinated cardstock scored at 1/2" and 2 5/8", turn 90 degrees and cut in half for the two inside inserts. Here's Frenchie's video:

Thank you to this oh! so talented paper crafter, Frenchie, for this wonderful Pinterest Pin! Do a search for CARD IN A BOX on Pinterest for more samples of this lovely paper craft idea!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Envelope Punch Board Boxes

I'm still having the time of my life making envelope punch board boxes.....first up...

Need a beautiful box like this?!

This is paper crafting at its best!

I saw this project and tutorial
from the

...and for one of my favorite Valentine's Day projects using the envelope punch board, I used the measurements given right on the punch board for a 3"x5" envelope to make these candy boxes and added a belly band and punch board bow:

For the bow video,

Here's another version with different DSP:

Monday, January 20, 2014


I made the bow above using my new bow maker
from my talented friend Mel --- handmade
by her husband Kim.
Watch the video HERE to
see how it works!

Love this layout idea!

Leaf Flourish: SU Vintage Vogue
Sentiments: SU Sincere Salutations

SU Butterfly Sizzlet

Flower die is from my friend Alice!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Mini Baskets

One of my Card Chicks friends, Michele, let me borrow her We R Memory Keepers envelope punch board and I can't stop making projects with it! I'm having the time of my life all thanks to the many projects and videos available through Pinterest when I did a search for ENVELOPE PUNCH BOARD. Stampin' Up also has their version which looks like the exact same product. Here's one of my favorite projects from the blog of SU UK Demonstrator Pootles

...and two of my versions:

This talented blogger was so nice to add the dimensions with a link to a video tutorial - THANK YOU SO MUCH! Here is exactly what she posted:

So you want the video, right??
And of course, the all important dimensions.
Cardstock – 6×6″ (15x15cm)
Line your paper up at 1.5, punch and score.
line your paper up at 2.5, punch and score.
Repeat the previous two steps to have worked on all 4 sides.
Now, line up the previously scored lines with the handy score guide, punch and score. Repeat for all 4 previuosly scored lines.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Must Make Cards

I have a lot of friends who LOVE anything Disney and I thought this card was such a cute idea from THE SPOTTED CHICK blog:

Cards that incorporate black and white are some of my favorites. This one caught my eye from the SIMPLY STAMPED blog:

From the Scrapbook.com gallery, this card below made me smile BIG TIME when I saw it!

I'm putting this card goes onto my MUST MAKE board on Pinterest! This is the board where I pin all of the striking and clever cards that I need to make if only there were a couple more hours in a day =) 

This last card is from FLOWERBUG's INKSPOT blog and was also pinned to my MUST MAKE board this week. I actually have the small butterfly stamp set - yahoo! (It's Papillon Potpourri from Stampin' Up. I don't have the large background butterfly stamp but I can use a large flower stamp instead - maybe SU's Big Blossom.)

BTW: I just added the tag graphic to the end of my post HERE for the YOU'RE THE BOMB Rolo Valentine treats I posted last week as shown below:

Friday, January 3, 2014


I saw this cute idea below from Pinterest on the MAKE IT DO blog HERE:

...and I decided to give it a try myself. Here's my version:

Because a sleeve/pack of Rolos is over a dollar - and since I planned to make a zillion of these - I bought the individual Rolos in a large bag and made up my own sleeve. Sure was a lot of extra work...so if you only need to make one or two, it's best to spend a little extra on the sleeve and save yourself some time and effort! The little glitter heart provided a finishing touch and the saying/tag was done on my computer. Just click on the pic below (in the right or left corner to avoid the Pinterest button), then right click on the picture to save or copy the image to print some tags of your own!