Monday, January 28, 2008

Card Purse Tutorial Part 1 of 2


Wow, guess what, I have another tutorial for you all!!!!! I am getting good at this, LOL!!! These tutorials are so fun to put together and I hope they are helping all of you with your creativeness.

I found these cute little card purses on Aprils blog, and then I was off finding the directions to make some. These are so easy and I know all of you will have a blast making them.

Step One: Cut two pieces of cardstock (DP used in this tutorial) to 8 1/2"x 5" and one piece of cardstock or DP to 3" x 7".

Step Two: Scor the smaller piece at 1/2" all around all four edges.

Step Three: Cut the corners off, you can click on the picture to make it bigger to see exactly where to cut.

Step Four: Scor the two bigger pieces at 6", 7" & 8"

Step Five: Use your bone folder to make sure the creases are good. The bigger pieces are folded accordion fold and the smaller pieces the edges are folded up.

Card Purse Tutorial Part 2 of 2

Step Five: use sticky tape and put together the two bigger pieces as shown

Step Six: Now is the start to attach the bottom to the sides. I found it easier to leave the sides flat until the very end, it helps so much while attaching the bottom. I started on the long side as shown in the picture.

Step Seven: This photo shows how it looks after attaching the smaller side. Keep going all the way around until you have to attach to close the purse.

Step Eight: Finish as desired. I use the Crop A Dile to punch my holes and attach the eyelets. The ribbon handles are 13" long and Itied a knot to keep it attached. For the label on the front I used the Giga Scalloped Punch to punch a white oval and then the stamp set is from PaperTrey's Sweet Love and the sentiment is from Papertrey set.

I hope you all enjoyed this tutorial and if you have any questions, please email me or leave a comment. See you tomorrow!!!!

Sunday, January 27, 2008


I have put up a countdown to my Birthday, which will be filled with lots of giveaways and partying here on my blog.

I hope all of you will join me to celebrate!!!!!!

You can check out the counter in the left hand side.


Here is what I got for being a Fisk-A-Teers!!!! I signed up a few months ago and got this in the mail. It even has my Fisk-A-Teer #2850 on it. Anyone can go and sign up to be a Fisk-A-Teer. The person that I signed up under name is Holly. She is really nice. There are four different Fisk-A-Teer Ambassadors you can choose from.

Go to this website and click on the "How To Join" and fill in the info. You will get an email for further info and then start watching your mailbox your great new pair if scissors.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

My Two New Cards

Hi!!!!!! I just made some tile cards just for my blog. Aren't they cute!!!! Here is where you click to go to Nicole's blog for the tutorial. Well I will see you all soon. I hope you have a good day.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Box Tutorial

Hello and HAPPY FRIDAY!!!!!! I have a tutorial for all of you. The other tutorial I wanted to you all first was not working in picture form, but I have this one for you instead :)

It is a very cute box that I found on Cambria's blog. I actually have a surprise for you at the end, you are gonna love it :)

If you have any questions, please fell free to email me.

Here goes........

Step One: Cut your cardstock (in this tutorial I used DP), to 8 1/4" X 8 1/4"

Step Two: Score on all four sides at 2 3/4", so you end up with 3 rows of 3 squares.

Step Three: On the four corner squares scor them diagonal, so it looks like two triangles.

Step Four: Use your bone folder and fold on all the scored lines.

Step Five: Also use your bone folder to make sure the four corner squares creased really well.

Box Tutorial cont.

Step Six: use your adhesive and attach the triangles together. So you can see the inner box with wings at all four corners.

Step Seven: put adhesive on one side of the triangle and fold it in so that it sticks to on side of the box.

Step Eight: fold the other triangle over the triangle you just glued down. Repeat on other side.

The sides should end up like this

Step Nine: I used the Crop A Dile and punched a hole where the two triangle created a point so that I could add an eyelet to it.

Box Tutorial cont. again

Step Ten: to embellish the front I cut 3 squares, (2 1/2" square, 2 1/4" square, & 2" square). To add something extra I use the ticket punch on all three squares.

Step Eleven: I use my PaperTrey Beautiful Blooms stamp set. I am not sure if you can tell, but I used a new technique that I have never used before. is way too cool and lots of fun. You will see more on the next post. I also added stickles to the center of the flowers and at all four corners.

Ok, so there you have it. I hope I explained it well enough. These boxes were so quick and easy. Don't forget, if you have any questions post a comment here or you can email me.

Pink Boxes

And now for the surprise.....

So after I did the tutorial, I decided I wanted different size boxes and decided to use my math and figure a few things out. I also used the masking technique and PaperTrey stamps.

Here are some measurements for you:

Small Box: cardstock cut to 8 1/4" square and the scored at 2 3/4" all around.

Medium Box: cardstock cut to 9" square and scored at 3" all around.

Large Box: cardstock cut to 10 1/2" square and scored at 3 1/2" all around.

I hope everyone finds this useful :)

Have a great Friday!!!!!!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Card Fun!!!!!

Ok, so here is the scoop...... we have had no Internet and phones have been acting very weird for the past couple of days. Something about a down power line and outage. So the tutorial I promised, I was unable to get on long enough to upload and type everything. We just started to have some Internet back up but it is so slowwwwwww. It is driving me crazy, LOL!!!!! I am typing the tutorial in spurts until it is done or the Internet decides to come back on completely. I am hoping to have it up and posted by the end of tonight. But I did want to show you a card that has been uploaded and waiting to be posted.

Here is my card for the day. I made it for my Secret Sister that just had a birthday. It is a faux tearing technique. I am putting together a tutorial on it also.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Valentine Gum Packs

I saw thess on a blog and thought that would make perfect Valentines for my friends at school. While I was trying to figure out how many I needed to make, my mom kept asking me what kind of list I was making, hehehe. What she didn't know was that I needed to make 50! They were so easy to make and fun. They have the Trident 5 piece gum inside. I am working on a tutorial for these and I will have it up this evening.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Quilting Blog

I was going on the blogs that I love to look at everyday and I found a quilting blog and she is giving away material and instructions to make a table runner.

This is so cool. I have made quilts before and I posted a few on my blog awhile ago, but I have never made a table runner. That would be very cool to try.

You should go check it out !!!! It is Quilt Nut Creations.

Seceret Sister week 2

Hello !!!! I hope everyone had a good weekend :) I had a wonderful weekend. My aunt and cousins stayed with us while my uncle and step dad was out hunting. We had a fun filled time with lots of crafts going on, hehehe.

I wanted to show you what my secret sister sent to me for week 2. The flowers are 3-d and I can not wait to use them on a card.

I also have a few tutorials that I am getting together. I am having the pictures transferred tomorrow and I will get them up. I hope you will like them.

I also wanted to give you an update on the puppies. Both puppies are getting stronger everyday and my mom is still bottle feeding them every 3 hours, and won't let them out of her sight for a long time, way too crazy for me, LOL!!!!! They are growing so that is a good sign. We are doing better after losing the 2 puppies last week and my mom seems to be very happy that the other 2 are doing alot better.

I am uploading projects and tutorials, but I wanted to make sure to get a post to you so you all know what is going on :)

Friday, January 18, 2008


Good morning all. I wanted to get on real quick to say that!!!

I am getting readt to leave for school, and realized I needed to print somethings so I got on here too :)

Thanks so much for wonderful comments from last night. Samara (my cousin) is going to be thrilled when she opens her box :) As far as the puppies, my mom is WAY to upset and tired. We lost another one last night and she was the biggest. She started to act wierd and again, a few hours later she passed away. I can not tell you how upset my mom is now. It is horrible. Now she is thinking of keeping the last two, whick we never do. This is the 4th time Bonny has had puppies and we never had to deal with what we are going thru right now.

Off to school and then relaxing, LOL!!!!!!!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

A project and some sad news....

Hello all.... tomorrow is my last final and semester grades will be out. Boy, what a week. So many tests to study for and lots going on at home with the new puppies.

I wanted to show you a project that I made for my cousin that lives in Wisconsin. I always call her my princess and she loves dress up stuff :)

In the picture is a frame that I am going to put a picture of her and her new sister and then a mirror. I made sure it had lots of bling to it :)

And now some sad news...... I was wondering why my mom was already up when I woke up for school and why she looked so tired, but she said that she could not sleep. After school she told me that early this morning one of the puppies passed away. She is taking it sooo hard. As she will tell you, the puppies are her babies and if something ever happened to them she would be heart broken. Now my mom is doing everything herself now. She is bottle feeding the puppies and Bonny (mother) is now not with them. Bonny had a very hard time with this litter and we are not sure now if the puppies were getting enough food. So be sure, we are now bottle feeding them. The other three seem to be doing ok right now. They have had alot more energy since starting the bottle feeding, so that is a good sign. My mom and step dad buried our little girl, so now she is sleeping peacefully. I miss her already. if you saw the earlier post with the picture of the 4 of them, she is the spotted one in the left hand corner.

If you are still reading this, I THANK YOU SOOOOO much for letting me get this out :) I hope everyone has a wonderful Friday!!! My mom and I have crafts planned for this whole holiday weekend, so I will have lots to show you throughout the whole lovely weekend!!!!!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008


ETA: ooopps, I forgot to tell you that the puppies are Miniature Dachshunds. I will have to try and get better pictures :)

Yippeeeee...... Lookie at what we have now :) Our dogs had puppies Monday.

I woke up Monday for school and my mom said that Bonny was going to have her puppies. She started labor at 12:30 in the morning and did not start having them until 7am. Man, that took a long time.

Now we have 4 baby girls. They are way to cute!!!! You just want to squeeze and cuddle with them.

I have received many emails for all of you about how my mid-terms are going. I have 2 more tomorrow and one on Friday. I have past all of them so far with a B or higher. I am soooo happy!!!!! Thank you for the emails and encouragement as I study so hard for these.

I have projects to show you tomorrow. I just wanted to post real quick and show you the new addition to our family.

See all you tomorrow :)

Monday, January 14, 2008

I got an Award !!!

I got "You Make My Day Award" from Lori. It was such a GREAT surprise to get onto the computer from studying and see this. THANK YOU LORI!!!!!! You made my day, thanks a bunch!!!

Sunday, January 13, 2008

"JoAnna's Jems" WINNER !!!!!!!!

Good evening all :) I am sure all of you have been waiting for this announcement all day :) I have been studying my booty off for these mid-terms. I can not believe we actually do them in 7th grade. My mom said she did not do mid-terms in this grade. But what can you do. I think I am getting it, so I will do good on all of them :)

Ok, so enough with me rambling on, LOL!!!

This round of "JoAnna's Jems" winner is: mochamama

Congrats!!!! Please email me your mailing address so that I can get all your goodies out to you.

I also want to say a HUGE thank you to everyone that participated and mailed a card. I will be seeing Debbi this week and giving her all your wonderful cards. I know they will be much appreciated!!!!! I will give you an update when I go over.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

It's "JoAnna's Jems" Time

****PLEASE NOTE**** this post will stay at the top until "JoAnna's Jems" is completed. Please scroll down for the new posts.

I felt that it was time for "JoAnna's Jems". I have surpassed 30,000 hits and if it was not for all of you coming by each and everyday, I would not be this high with hits, so it is time to give back.

Let me give you a bit of background of a story. My mom works as an insurance agent and her boss was diagnosed with a type of cancer in her bones a little over a year ago. She has been going thru alot and just recently had a stem cell transplant and has been unable to work, which leaves my mom running the division herself and me helping when I am off of school. She is doing much better since coming home from the hospital, but it is a slow process for her.

So, I decided that this round of "JoAnna's Jems" is going to be different. There will be many different opportunities for you to enter.

Here are all the different ways you can be entered:

1. Leave a comment on this post

2. Refer a friend and they leave a comment saying that you referred them to my blog

3. If you add me to your Blogroll, leave a comment and it will get you 5 entries

4. Making a Get Well card for "Debbi" and mailing it to me so that I can get lots of well wishes to her. This option will get you 5 entries. You can email me for my address to where to send the card.

In total you can have 12 chances to win this round of "JoAnna's Jems" This round of "JoAnna's Jems" will run until 1/12/2008, this is to make sure everyone has time to enter.

I also want to say thank you for coming and visiting me, this is so much fun and I appreciate each and everyone one of you.

ETA:I wanted to give you a list of all the goodies in this round of "JoAnna's Jems"

-spool of 3yd. ribbon
-30 chipboard circle coasters
-30 chipboard square coasters
-package of 6-12in spools of ribbon
-package of 27 bright chipboard printed letters
-heidi swapp 12 clear stars
-mini flower punch
-congratulations/flower stamp
-package of 100 green mini square brads
-narratives by karen russell clear baby envelopes, 2 in package
-6 pastel color photo sliders
-package of button ups adhesive buttons
-3 packages of inspirables metal stickers-time, engagement & body
-package of layered flowers set of 4
-stampin up metal edge tags set of 12
-2 packages set of 9 bubble stickers-round & square
-4 studio g clear stamps
-round magnet tin with 12 1in binder clips
-a container of powder walnut ink
-tea tin
-prima flowers filled in the tin

"JoAnna's Jems" Update

I thought I would create a post to give an update of the cards I have received for Debbi, I will keep this post current as I receive them in the mail.

The following cards I have rec'd so far:

1. Linda Petterson
2. Melissa DeTullio
3. Sandy Smart
4. Stephanie Wright
5. Patty Williams
6. Claudia Franson
7. Melissa Schabel
8. April Ordonez

Thanks so much for your cards and I know that they will be appreciated VERY much!!!!!

Friday, January 11, 2008

Happy Friday !!!!!!


I wanted to make sure I let everyone know that today is the last day to enter "JoAnna's Jems". If you have not yet left a comment, please make sure you do.

I have several emails that have said that they will mail a card, if you have not yet done that, please do that today also. If you would like to send a card, email me today for the address.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Friday. I have a tutorial for you a little later, and most of the weekend I will be studing for midterm at school, so I am not sure how much crafting I will get done.

I will draw a name tomorrow morning :)

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Necklace and Bracelet....finally......

I was finally able to get a somewhat ok picture of these. I have no idea what the issue was, but the polyshrink kept blurring big time :)

For the necklace, the strawberry and border are both PaperTrey Ink. I love the fact that they are clear so it was so easy to position where I wanted them.

The bracelet I beaded myself. I have wanted to try beading for awhile and I got lots of beads for Christmas, so I can not wait to make more :) I used the "J" in the monogram set and Borders & Corners from PaperTrey Ink.

So, I am off again to school and thenwork on crafts & tutorials to share with you all :)

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Dollar Spot Magnets

I found this magnets in the dollar spot at Joann's. I wanted to show you a before and after picture so you can see how much it changed.

I painted the back and side with white acrylic paint. I glued the DP on with mod podge and sanded the edges. Does the saying look familiar? It is on the one that my Secret Sister sent to me :) Now I have it in my room, I love it!!! I also added two Primas with a crystal brad from Stampin Up.

"JoAnna's Jems" is still going on, make sure you enter as much as possible :)

I hope everyone is having a Happy Wednesday!!!

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

New Year's Resolution and A Question

Hello everyone, I wanted to thanks each and everyone one of you that leaves comments and emails me with wonderful comments that you all leave me everyday. it is the best to know that I am doing something that I love but also that it helps you :)

I have really thinking about my New Year's Resolution. I have decided that it needs to be that I work harder on my blog to give you, my readers everything possible that I can give and want to want so that you come back daily.

So, I want to hear from you, what you would like to see more from me on my blog. It could be anything, example-tutorial, cards, alter projects, etc.

I would LOVE to hear what you think.

Secret Sister Week 1 has begun......

Oh my gosh...Look at what came in the mail yesterday!!!! It is officially week 1 of Secret Sister.

The card is so pretty, I really like the flowers on it. Then I got a sheet of vellum flower stickers, and a saying written by William Shakespeare "It is a wise father that knows his own child".

It was so much fun getting goodies in the mail :) I also mailed my little package to my secret sister, so we will see if she likes her goodies.

Monday, January 7, 2008

A Card for Max

While I was checking blogs I ran across April over at Lifes Simple Pleasures and she has been trying to get birthday cards for a little boy named Max. He will be turning 5 on January 11th. I wanted to make sure I got a card to him to help celebrate his wonderful day.

This is the card that I am sending to him. It is sooo sparkly in person. I used "Piece of Cake" stamp set from PaperTrey Ink. The card base, I tried something different. I used the Scor-Pal and make lines going down the side and bottom of the card, just to inhance the scors, I put Diamond Stickles in the grooves.

I hope he will like his card and bring him LOTS of wonderful memories on his special day.

I am back at school today, winter break is now officially over. I have a few more projects to show you after school. I have been having a very hard time getting a good picture of them.

Just a reminder that you still have time to enter "JoAnna's Jems", make sure you leave your comment and send everyone you know over. You also have time to get a card out for Debbi.

I hope everyone has a good Monday!!!!!

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Coaster Calender

Happy Saturday!!!!! Today is going to be a craft day with my mom and aunt, so I will have lots to show you.

For today's post I made a coaster calender following the instructions from Beate blog a little while back. I left the picture and ovals blank right now until I figure out who I am giving it to and then I will add the last minute touches.

Don't forget to enter "JoAnna's Jems". Pass it along to everyone you know :)

Friday, January 4, 2008

I have a Secret Sister !!!!!

Over at Lorie's blog, she had sign ups to have a secret sister for 6 weeks. It sounded like soo much fun!!!! I made this card for my secret sister. I hope she likes it.

The card is a 5x5 square, the center is the quilt technique. It looks so pretty. I am going to make more in different shades of the same color to see how that will work. The flower in the center has stickles smeared over it has a purple bauble in the center.

Don't forget to enter "JoAnna's Jems", you have up to 12 chances to win. Also make sure you pass it along to anyone you know. The more the merrier :) I am hoping to fill up a shoe box!!!!


Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Family Fun Filled Day

Hello, I hope everyone had a wonderful New Years Day. I thought I was gonna be able to get up today and upload many pictures, but my mom got us up and we were out on a mission today, hehehe. You will understand in a minute.

My step sister (Kalyn) has had a project to work on for school about any of the California Missions. Yesterday her and my mom were working on the report and trying to figure some type of craft project to do. Since she has never been to a Mission, my mom and her dad decided to take a family trip today to San Juan Capistrano Mission. We had a great time and learned many new things. I think it all started to make since to Kayln after seeing the mission in person after she read about it all day yesterday.

I did not want to leave all of you without photos, so I uploaded a couple to show you. The first one is a picture of me, Kalyn and my mom in front of a garden in the middle of the mission. The second was the sunset at the beach this evening. We were only a few miles away so we decided to hang out there and enjoy the scenery. It was absolutely beautiful.

I wanted to thank all of you that have left comments for the current "JoAnna's Jems" and the many cards that are be mailed also. You all are wonderful!!!!!


I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year. We stayed home and ate all kinds of stuff and now I am off to bed.

See you tomorrow or today actually, LOL!!!