Thursday, December 29, 2011


NYE 2010 @ Friend's house
So, I'm not one to make a lot of resolutions.  I set goals throughout the year, and once something is accomplished, I make another.  I don't think it's practical to make resolutions for the next 12 months of your life to share with the world on one crazy (often alcohol-induced) night.  BUT, I found these 10 resolutions posted on the Scrapbook Expo's Facebook page, and had to share!  These resolutions totally feed into everyone's scrapbook addition.  Enjoy! 
Top 10 New Year's Resolutions

1. Spend more time with the family  and friends- more pictures to scrapbook!
2. Get more exercise - Deep knee bends while picking up dropped brads and buttons from the scrap room floor!
3. Give up drinking, at least for the first week of January - Spills and scrapbooks don’t mix!
4. Get out of debt- so you can buy more scrapbook supplies!
5. Learn a new skill or take up a new hobby - scrapbooking DUH!
6. Put something back into the community - help others learn to scrapbook!
7. Get organized - clean scrapbook room you’ll find a lot of hidden treasures there!
8. Become more security conscious - lock those permanent ink pads in a special place. Permanent ink and kids uh-oh!
9. Start  (or religiously maintain) a journal or blog - Best place to showcase your beautiful work!
10. Give up a bad habit - replace with scrapbooking!
~Hoppy Crafting!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas one and all!  I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas together.   Here are some cards that I made using Stampin' Up "Many Merry Messages" and "Dasher" stamp sets, as well as "Petals-A-Plenty" embossing folder from SU (and Snowflakes from Cutttlebug), and some Lifestyle Crafts "Nesting Scallops" dies.  ~Hoppy Crafting!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Christmas Treat Bags

The other day I ended up making around 70 of these fun little treat bags.  In a prior post, I had started this project, by stamping the "VERY MERRY Christmas" from the Stampin' Up set "It's a Wrap Holidays".  I only got about 60 candies stamped and wrapped before running out of candy.  The project was put on hold for over a week, until I could make a Costco run and get the huge bag of Hershey's Nuggets. 
Once I had more "nuggets", I began stamping and wrapped a ton more!  To make the use of "It's a Wrap Holidays" easier, I stamped onto address labels and then peeled to stick to each candy.  After finishing the candies, I worked at getting four into each of the small Stampin' Up treat bags, and then worked on stamping "Joy at Christmas" from the SU set "Perfect Punches".  I also punched a background for each stamped image.  I used  the 1 3/4" and 2" scallop circle punches. 
For the wrap across the tops, I cut a 3" by 6" strip of cardstock, punched the bottom of each with Martha Stewart's snowflake border punch, then folded in half and stapled once in the center.  I made sure to staple backwards so that I could "hide" the staple edges with the scallop medallions I had made.  I love how these turned out!  For colors, I used several greens and reds (both SU and other brands).  ~Hoppy crafting!!!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Very Merry Chocolate!

I've been crazy-busy (with nearly 50 kinders!), and have been working a TON!  It has been report card season, and I've been burning the midnight oil at school (Not joking! Some nights I've been there til 8pm!), while doing some crazy projects for my kinders.  I've had limited scrap time, but have been making a few projects, just haven't had time to post.  I don't know about you all, but (just between us, wink, wink), I still have NOT finished my Christmas cards!!! (GASP!)  I have a weekend coming, and I must become a Christmas card mass-production specialist!!! 
Anyways, on to my newest glimmer of craftiness!  I bought a cute set of stamps from Stampin' Up, called "It's a Wrap Holidays".  Wellllll.......long story short, a light bulb clicked on (Okay, it was more like fireworks going off in my a "hey, Genius, why haven't you realized this?" sort of way, but  I digress...).  I looked at my stamp set, and realized that it should fit on address labels!!! YESSSSSS!!! No cutting!  No gluing!  No swearing!  So, I got out my Avery Address labels (30 on a page.  # 48260 for all you tech-savvy crafting gurus), and started stamping away with the stamp that says "VERY MERRY Christmas". 
I stamped labels in Cranberry Crisp, Real Red, Cherry Cobbler, Glorious Green, Wild Wasabi, and Garden Green, then I found what was left of the bag of Hershey's Nuggets and wrapped 60 of these darlings!  I originally bought a bag of Hershey's Miniatures, which subsequently got eaten by a madman and two weenie-wolves, but they are just a little bit the wrong size (too long).   I need to get back to stamping and back to the store!  I intend on distributing the contraband sharing the chocolate goodies as a holiday treat with my co-workers next week!  Nothing says Christmas, like chocolate!  ~Hoppy Crafting!!!