Kitty Thanks

A couple of weeks ago my neighbor took care of Kitty while I was in Ohio. While there I bought her some candy coated chocolate sunflower seeds to say thanks for taking such great care of Kitty (and also the little cat someone abandoned). The sunflower seeds have been sitting on top of my desk waiting to be delivered. Why the wait? Well, I was supposed to make some cards to go with them. So I finally made them today. I used 2 of Beate's weekend challenges from SCS as inspiration. The cards have 3 basic colors: So Saffron, Ruby Red, and Close to Cocoa. (The thank you card on the right is in barely banana and is embossed with a cuttlebug folder. I don't know why I grabbed this paper instead of the saffron. But it's close enough.) All of the images on the cards are from the Pocket Silhouettes set and were colored with markers.
So, what do candy coated chocolate sunflower seeds taste like? I'll let you know...I bought another container for me!


Christmas Card

I've been busy making cards for an upcoming class. Although this is one of my favorites, it will not be one of those cards. I used a 2"x5 1/2" piece of designer paper from Holiday Treasures. I had to select a section of the paper with the red poinsettia in a position where I could trim the top of it. Because of this I will be limited in the number of cards I can embellish with this paper. That would be fine for making a few, but not for making multiples for a class.
I also like the simplicity of the card. It's not difficult to trim the poinsettia, just time consuming. But you do get faster with practice.
Kiwi Kiss card stock: 5 1/2" x 11"
Riding Hood red: 5 1/2" x 2 1/2" (approx)
Holiday Treasure designer paper: 5 1/2" x 2"
Riding Hood Red Classic ink pad
Sentiment from Best Yet


Another Chipboard Calendar

Unlike the other chipboard calendars I've been making, this one is for a desk. The others have a magnet on the back and are great for the refrigerator door or filing cabinet, etc. I decorated 2 coasters, used jumbo brads at the top, and tied them together with taffeta ribbon.
The colors of the picture are not true...the ribbon and paper strip along the bottom are both gray.
Julie will be home this weekend, so perhaps she can give me a quick lesson. She made a dvd with textures and borders that you can use to make great pictures. The dvd even has tutorials on it to help you with the process. It should be available for purchase any day now. Check out her blog for more info and for great photo tips.


Quick Projects

Small pieces of card stock and designer paper may seem like trash to some people, but to me they are potential elements for future cards and other projects. I had a 2" piece of striped paper from the Holiday Treasures pack, a small piece of Riding Hood Red and small pieces of white. I used them to make this Christmas card.
The red layer under the sentiment is 2 scallop squares cut apart and pieced together. It's even difficult to tell that it is not one piece. I used a cuttlebug embossing folder on the card to give the background some texture. Gotta have texture!

It was time to make more bookmark clips. So, again, I looked through the scrap papers, chose some colors and started punching. These are so easy and fun to make. Debbie (at the Shipping Station) told me yesterday that her mother had so much fun when she made one of these at my open house in the spring. They're a great little add-on to a gift or card.


Decor Elements

I've had this decor element for at least a month and today I finally put it on the wall. Gary and I are in the process of a major makeover for our bedroom. This is the tiny room in my bathroom that houses the toilet. It has always been plain...very plain. One concern I had about the long-stem silhouette decor was its size (52-3/4" x 12-3/4"). I didn't know if it would seem too large in this room. But it looks fabulous. I absolutely love it! Next I'll add a piece of Julie's art to complete the room.
So, was it difficult to put on the wall? Not really. I was a bit apprehensive about the size and doing this by myself. Having another set of hands would definitely make it easier, but I took my time did fine.
Stampin' Up's Decor Elements Phase 2 will be available in a couple of weeks. There will be new phrases, seasonal items, and art for the babies room. Check out the current items here.


Upsy Daisy Challenge

One comment I hear from many people is, "I'm just not that creative." They love coming to classes where everything is done for them, but don't think they could make cards (or scrapbook) on their own. It really is not that difficult. There are so many wonderful inspirations out there. The first card is like one made by Maria Pobre, a Stampin' Up! demonstrator from Guam. The only difference between her card and mine is in the coloring of the flowers. Mine has more orange.
The image is stamped on the very vanilla card base, a strip of garden green is added to the bottom and a black ribbon is added. Easy!
Then I took the same card idea, thought of someone and her favorite colors, and went from there. I used naturals ivory for the card, mellow moss for the accent color, and pale plum, perfect plum and mellow moss for the daisy. So who is this friend who likes plum (well actually purple)? I hope she is visiting my blog today. If she is and comments, I have a surprise for her.

Card #3 For this card I went to the new in-colors. I used Baja Breeze and Pacific Point for the daisy (garden green for the stem). I used the distressing tool on the bottom panel.
All of the flowers are colored with stampin' write markers (or in the case of the in-colors, a blender pen and ink refills). Use the lighter color first, then use the darker color on the edges of the flower, color the stems and stamp.
Your challenge - use this layout and make a card. If you don't have this stamp, just use one that is similar. Then take the same layout and same stamp, choose different colors and make another card. Be the first to send me a picture of your results and I'll send you a set of four cards made with the upsy daisy set.
Remember the Upsy Daily stamp set (as well as Heard from the Heart) is on sale this month. You can order through my Stampin Up site by clicking on the "Order Here" button on the left and following the link.


Wow! 24/7 Shopping with Stampin' UP!

Online ordering is finally here! How cool is that? Now you can order Stampin’ UP! ’s awesome products from me day or night from the convenience of your own home. It's so easy...all you have to do is visit my demonstrator’s web site www.dorissnyder.stampinup.net , click on the "shop now" button on the top right hand side of the page and place your order.

The first 10 people to place an online order of $50 or more will receive a special gift from me!


Purse in a Box

I followed Andrea Walford's directions to make this "purse in a box." I'm glad I used retired dp for the first one, because I made lots of little mistakes. I didn't line up the paper correctly on the sides...but overall, it turned out okay.
I love the new stamp set Upsy Daisy (#11672) and love that it's on sale this month.
The sentiment "Birthday celebrations" is descriptive of the contents.

Birthday Cards! I only made four, but the purse could easily fit a few more. I used the daisy stamp on 2 of the cards and used stamps from Pocket Silhouettes (#111626) on the other 2. This stamp set is also on sale until the end of the month. (Check out the sale here.)


Diaper Fold Card Holder

A few weeks ago this pattern was used for an activity in a children's lesson at church. Of course, they only used plain paper, but I was already thinking "designer paper." Then just a couple of days later Beate had a tutorial on SCS showing how to make this paper holder. I made a small one right away...5 1/2" square. I covered a tube of lip gloss with matching dp and tied ribbon to a small bottle of nail polish. So cute! But next time I would try a 6" square.
This is my second diaper fold holder. This time I started with a 8 1/2" square. I used paper from the Urban Garden collection and attached the fusion flowers with a brad. The sentiment is from Pocket Silhouettes; it is stamped in baja breeze and punched out with the window word punch.

The pouch makes a great holder for these 3x3 cards. I used the same paper from the Urban Garden collection. The basic gray card has a layer of night of navy under the dp layer and the white card has a basic gray layer under its dp layer.


Chipboard Coaster Calendar

How cute! I finally ordered some little calendars from vippies and made my first chipboard coaster calendar. I cut the flower out from a piece of designer paper. There's magnet strips on the back - perfect for putting on the refrigerator!
I took it with me to Toledo and gave this one to my niece Stacy.