Friday, November 27, 2009

Black Friday

How was Thanksgiving for everybody? We had a great day here. The best part of it was the movies at the end of the day. We went to see Old Dogs and all I can say is hilarious. It's one of those movies that you can just hear the entire theater laughing. It was a feel good movie and John Travolta & Robin Williams play nicely off of each other. So if you need a good laugh go see this movie. There is one part where you'll just keep laughing and laughing. But I'm not going to give it away. So who is going out early this morning for black friday? Not me that's for sure. If you go out, email me and tell me your war stories.
Oh yeah this is a blog about papercrafting not movies right and black friday right.
Today I have a sample of a quick easy way to wrap up maybe some homemade goodies or small gifts. I can see homemade cookies, fudge or biscotti in these cute food safe bags or maybe some homemade dog biscuits for your favorite poochies in your life. The bags are from Stampin Up. They are a great thick good quality bag. They ship to you flat and all you have to do is put them together. No glue or tape required. All I did was add our metal edge tag, punched out a piece or real red cardstock with my 13/4 circle punch, and taped it onto the cirlce tag. After that I added a rub on from our Merry & Bright rub on's from the holiday mini catalog. After that I used my crop-a-dile and punched a hole. I finished it up with some chocolate chip 5/8 in grosgrain ribbon.

These bags are very inexpensive and give a great look for those homemade goodies that everybody loves so much. Grab a package or 2 of these great gift bags to make your gift packaging that much easier.

Only 3 days left to take advantage of the Holiday Extravaganza sale. What a great way to get some holiday shopping done in your jammies. You don't even have to brave the lines and parking to get these great deals. Visit my online store and click on shop now to see all the limited time deals.

Angela's tips:
-Our 13/4 circle punch and our 11/4 circl punch make using our metal edge tags a snap.
-Rub on's are a great, fun way to add a little touch or personalization to a gift tag and they are super easy to use. Simply cut out the rub on you would like to use and use the enclosed wood stick and rub all over the rubon and carefully peel off the left over clear paper.
-Our ribbon is a great way to finish off those holiday projects without costing you an arm and a leg.

Have a fantastic day and happy stampin!
If you do brave black friday shopping good luck to you!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanskgiving

Hi everybody, happy Thanksgiving. I hope that you have a fantastic day with family & friends. I will be spending the day with my parents and then I will be going to my sisters house for dessert later in the day. My sister is taking the girls overnight so we will finish the day at the movies. I want to see either Old Dogs it looks hilarious or Blind Side which looks like one of those feel good movies.
Today I have a super cute gift card holder for you. I found the pattern over on SCS. If you want to learn how to make these stocking gift card holders then join us at stamp club on December 14th at either 1:00pm or 7:00 pm. Please let me know by the 12th if you plan on joining us. There are a couple club spots open if anybody is interested in joining club and learning new techniques and getting free hostess benefits. Call me or email me for more information on how you can join stamp club.

Sorry the inside picture is a little blurry, the camera was acting up. You can see that I have my liscense in here ( as I did not have a gift card handy) but it's the same size as a gift card.  Wouldn't these be super cute on your tree as ornaments or how about hung in a row as garland over a doorway or you could hand a bunch of these on a Christmas wreath. The great thing about these fun projects is that you can customize them to go with your decor and colors. I love Stampin Up for that reason and many other reasons too!

Hope you like the idea.

Angela's tips:
-Sponging around the heel and toe help to give it a more aged, country or folk look. Here I used chocolate chip ink and a sponge.
-Faux stitching around the heel and toe is one way to give your stocking more detail. It's super easy and if you come to club you'll learn how it's done.
-A good sharp pair of scissors makes this project run a lot smoother.
-With over 54 colors to choose from Stampin UP is bound to have a color to match your decor.

Don't forget that there are only 4 days left to take advantage of the Holiday Extravaganza Sale with products up to 50% off.
To order call me at 413-863-3166 or email me at or order right online at my online store click on shop now in the upper right hand corner.

That's it for today.
Have a fantastic Thanksgiving and happy stampin!

Also I just wanted to say thank you to everybody who emailed me yesterday with what you are thankful for, it made my day.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


Today's post is kind of personal, if you don't want to hear all of that then scroll right down to the picture.
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. I'm not quite sure how it arrived so quickly. Today I had a post all ready to go, but then yesterday when I checked my mail I had "HAPPY MAIL" (otherwise known as handmade cards). I thought that it was important to show these cards that I received, because I'm thankful for them and it reminds me to be thankful! I think sometimes we get caught up in our fast paced lives that we sometimes forget to take the time to be Thankful for everything that we have. So today I'm going to give you a list of things that I am Thankful and maybe you can take a minute and think about what your thankful for.

I'm Thankful for:
My wonderful beautiful family. I have 2 super cute, loving, well behaved daughters and I am very thankful for them.
I'm thankful for my husband, who supports me completely and pushes me to strive to be better, who makes me laugh on a daily basis and who by the way I am still madly in love with after 10 years of being together.
I'm thankful for my parents and sister. I have great parents who are there for me whenever I need them and love me unconditionally. I have a great sister who listens to me rant on for an hour at a time and gives me the right answer, not just the answer I want to hear.
I'm thankful for things as simple as having a roof over my head and backyard for my kids to play in, and the camper that allows us to spend time as a family.
I'm thankful for my small group of close friends who I could tell anything to and know that they would keep my matters private and support me to the best of their ability.
And here are some frivilous things that I'm super thankful for too.
I'm thankful for the tv show the office that makes me laugh every Thursday night at 9:00pm
I'm thankful that LOST starts in Feb, sad it's the last season.
I'm thankful for Stampin Up and all the great friends and customers that I've made along the way.
I'm thankful for these handmade cards that I received in the mail.

What are you thankful for?

That's it for today, sorry to be so preachy..
Have a great day and happy stampin!
Take some time to be thankful, I'd love to hear what your thankful for.

Also on a side note my spell checker has gone missing so please excuse the misspelled words. And if anybody finds it let me know where it is.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Christmas gift bag!

Happy Tuesday to you! If you receive my customer email newsletter, I have a section in my newsletter called "From the craft room" where I give step by step instructions on how to make an easy project. Well in my newsletter this month it was how to make a quick, easy, cost effective holiday tag. I shared in my newsletter that I would be posting a matching gift bag on my blog today. So here it is!

Remember that this is made with all scraps and was made to match the gift tag. What is the bag you might ask? Nothing more then a brown lunch bag. How cool is that! This is a very quick and easy project that will literally cost you pennies to make. This would also have looked good on a white gift bag, but I didn't have any at the moment. Just a few strips of paper, a couple stamped snowflakes, tie the tag on and your ready to go. Of course I could have made it much more elaborate, but the idea of this project was, quick, easy, inexpensive and made with scraps. Give it a try for yourself. If you send me a picture of your "scraps" tag or bag creation I'll post it here on my blog.

I also wanted to let you know that I am officially a My Digital Studio Certified demonstrator. What does that mean? That I'm here to answer your questions about MDS. Once you try it once you'll  be hooked I promise.

Angela's tips:
-The scallop edge punch makes quick work of adding an extra special touch on this bag & tag.
-These projects are a great way to use up those scraps of paper hanging around your crafting area.
-Use the supplies that you have on hand to make these projects and keep your holiday packaging expenses to a minimum.

Supplies used:
Ink: chocolate chip
Cardstock: real red scraps, desginer paper scraps, kraft cardstock
accessories: round tab punch, scallop edge punch, corner rounder, brown paper lunch bag, gold cording, hole puncher

That's it for today, have a great day and happy stampin!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Holiday Extravaganza is going on NOW!

Holiday Extravaganza is here!
Stampin Up is offering a huge sale just in time for holiday shopping. Today (Monday) through Nov 30th, get product bundles 30% - 50% off the retail price. What a great way to get some holiday shopping done without even leaving your house, or maybe a gift or two for your self.
Visit my SU website to see everything that is on sale, click on shop now in the upper right hand corner. It will bring you to all of our fabulous great products including our discounted products.
Orders can be placed by phone at 413-863-3166, by email at or right on my online store.

To sweeten the pot even more I will be giving away some fantastic SU products. Anybody who makes a purchase of $50.00 or more from today until Nov 30th at 8:00 pm will get entered into a drawing. There will be 3 lucky winners. All will get to choose a gift from my prize basket. One will win a stamp set, one will win a pack of designer paper and the other will win a roll of ribbon.
Order $100.00 worth of products and get 2 tickets toward the drawing.


Sunday, November 22, 2009

True Friend scrapbook page

Sorry I haven't posted in a while I've been super busy working. I've had lots of workshops this month so I've been busy doing that and haven't had time to post here. Today I have a scrapbook page for you. I have a kids scrapbook birthday party coming up in Dec. and the mom and daughter looked at some of the sample pages on the Stampin Up website and then told me what colors they liked and told me to show them some samples. So here is a scrapbook page designed just for them. Some of the daughters favorite colors where brown, orange, green and turquouis so here are all those colors on one page.

There is a lot of cutting involved in this page, lots of it. There is also lots of coloring with a blender pen and ink as well.

Angela's tips:
-Keep all your scraps of paper, here I used lots of small scraps of white paper for all the flowers and butterfly on this page. Get as much of your monies worth as you can.
-If your stuck and don't know where to start on a project, there are plenty of samples on line on my SU website. That's always a great place to start!
-Stampin Dimensionals help to give this page lots of dimension on the flowers and butterfly.

Supplies used:
Simple friendship stamp set
Ink colors: Bermuda bay, chocolate chip, old olive, pumpkin pie
accessories: 13/4 circle punch, scallop die #2, big shot, scallop edge punch, earth elements brads, bermuda bay polka dot ribbon, scissors, stampin dimensionals, blender pens
cardstock: chocolate chip, bermuda bay, pumpkin pie, whisper white, old olive

To order any of these products, visit my website or call me at 413-863-3166 or email me at

That's it for today.
Have a great day and happy stampin!