Friday, December 28, 2012

New Year Party Favor

I hope each of you had some special time with family and friends over the Christmas holiday. 

It's still party season as we prepare to welcome another New Year!  I have a quick, easy and pretty (!) party favor popper tutorial for you at the May Arts blog

Here's a sneak peek

You can whip dozens of these together in no time with the easy tutorial on the May Arts blog

Wishing each of you a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year! 

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Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas!

"For to us a child is born, to us a Son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." ~Isaiah 9:6

Click "LIKE" if Jesus is your LORD and SAVIOR
Blessings to you and yours as you share this reason for the season. 

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Sunday, December 23, 2012

CAS Teen Birthday

Hope you all enjoyed the May Arts Ribbonista Christmas Blog Hop!  The Ribbon Lady will be choosing winners so I hope you all left lots of comments along the way.

Our step grandson has a birthday just 2 days of after Christmas.  I find it difficult to create cards for teen boys.  I decided to use red since we'll still be in the Christmas season and keep it CAS.  I glittered up a chipboard with glass glitter for some holiday sparkle.  Inside is his age in die cut numbers.

All supplies Papertrey Ink except for the white cardstock (Neenah) and Spellbinders die cut star.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Friday, December 21, 2012

May Arts Ribbonista Christmas Blog Hop - Day 5

It's time for the final day of the May Arts Ribbonista Christmas Blog Hop.  If you missed any of the previous days, just scroll down to find the links for each day.  You'll want to make sure to visit each Ribbonistas blog for a peek at some great projects and a chance to win your choice of full rolls of gorgeous May Arts Ribbon.

Here's the line up for Day 5


Here's another sneak peek at my project in case you missed it:

Thanks so much for spending the week with us.  Be sure to visit the May Arts Blog daily for lots of ribbon inspiration and fabulous giveaways!  From all of us, to all of you


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Thursday, December 20, 2012

May Arts Ribbonista Hop Day 4

It's Day 4 of the May Arts Ribbonistas Christmas Blog Hop.  If you missed any of the previous 3 days, you can find links here.

Here's today's line up.  Be sure to visit all the Ribbonista Team blogs and leave a comment for a chance to win your choice of May Arts Ribbon!





If you missed my post yesterday, just scroll down for a holiday gift idea that can be changed up for any time of year.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

May Arts Ribbonista Blog Hop - Day 3

It's time for Day 3 of the May Arts Ribbonista Christmas blog hop.  If you missed Days 1 and/or 2, you can find the links here and here.  Be sure to comment on each blog for a chance to win some awesome rolls of ribbon of your choice!

If you arrived here from Candy's blogyou're in the right place and it's my turn!  I'll have today's blog hop list at the end of this post.

One thing I've always loved to do at Christmas time is share homemade treats with our neighbors and friends.   

  One of my most favorite gifts to give are big beautiful loaves of homemade bread. I never cease to be amazed how simple ingredients like these

can become these with just a little time and effort.  It smells sooo good!

As beautiful as these loaves are by themselves, they become a really special gift when tied up with some beautiful May Arts Ribbon!  I used the festive Grosgrain with Ivory Stripes (RG14) to dress up a simple parchment paper wrap with a double loop bow.   A stamped tag, a few jingle bells and a bit of May Arts Natural Burlap String and a humble loaf of bread becomes an elegant gift that can't be bought in any store because a little of yourself goes into each loaf.

To wrap the bread, cut a length of natural parchment paper a bit longer than your loaf.  Lay the bread diagonal on the parchment. Begin by bringing up the bottom, then wrap the left side over the right, the right over the left side (like swaddling a baby) and secure with a bit of tape. Tie on your May Arts Ribbon and tag and done.

I know there are novice bakers out there who think they can't possibly bake bread, so I've written a step by step printable tutorial with pictures. This is my go to super simple recipe that I've used for over 30 years and I can almost guarantee you perfect success even if you've never baked bread before. You can do it!!
 Here's today's hop list: (remember to comment for a chance to win some gorgeous ribbon!)

  Charlene (that's me!)

Thanks so much for joining us today.  If you have questions about baking the bread, just send me an email!

Wishing a Very Merry Christmas to Julia and all the wonderful crafters who pop in at Julia's Stamping Ground for WOYWW185!    Homemade bread on the workdesk this week!
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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

May Arts Ribbonista Blog Hop - Day 2

Did you see the super projects from Day 1 of the May Arts Ribbonista Blog Hop yet?  If not, you can go back here and  click your way through.  We're only doing 5 designers per day to be respectful of your time during this busy season; but you'll want to see all the great ideas and have a chance to win some ribbon so be sure to visit them all!'s the line up for Day 2:




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Monday, December 17, 2012

It's a May Arts Ribbonista Blog Hop & Blog Candy Winner

It's time!!  Here are your first day stops for the May Arts Ribbonista Christmas Blog Hop!  Be sure to visit  each blog and leave some love, then check back here for the Ribbonistas for Day 2.   You know the Ribbon Lady loves to give away Ribbon!


And...the winner of the Blog Candy is.....

Karen Wedding said...

Great card and glad to have you back! My favorite Christmas memory was when my grandfather was still alive and we would get together with my dad's side of the family and him and his brothers would make films of them throwing themselves away with the wrapping. It was hilarious to watch.

December 7, 2012 9:49 AM

Thanks for playing Karen!  You have two weeks to contact me so that I can send out your might find a surprise in there, too!!

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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Address for Cards for Sandy Hook Elem.

I will post the winner of the Blog Candy later today.  I believe this should take precedence right now.


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Friday, December 14, 2012

Gift Card Holder and a reminder

TGIF!!  It's Friday and that usually means I have a Foodie Friday post for you.  I'm actually going to save that for next week because....there's going to be a HUGE May Arts Ribbonista Blog Hop next week.  Each of the Ribbonistas has been assigned a day (about 5 per day so that you don't have to spend a ton of time trying to get to each blog).   Each of us has a project planned but it was up to us to choose so there will be surprises for everyone!  Of course there will be giveaways so be sure to stop by!

This weekend is the birthday of both my MIL and my SIL.  They share a birthday tomorrow.  My MIL will be 100 years old!!  I can only imagine all that she's seen in her lifetime..from horse and buggy to the internet!  Amazing.

Hubby and his sister are planning a special party for her but we didn't want to forget that it's also his sister's birthday.  She's a little more than a decade older than he is so we thought the best thing might be a gift card to a favorite restaurant.  I created a little non-Christmasy gift card holder for her.  These are so simple...just a half sheet of cardstock scored at 2 1/2" and 6 inches.  Fold, attach the ends of the bottom fold with some Scor-Tape or other strong tape and decorate away. 

Since he's hand carrying the holder, I went with a bumpy fun felt flower.  The smudgy color on the yellow is actually on the designer paper itself..  I do wish I had put the two words closer together but tired eyes prevailed and I didn't catch it in time.  I overstamped in grey ink to create the shadow. 

To create the little doily under the flower, I cut a 4 inch paper doily into fourths, then glued 2 pieces together so that the ends came together.  I crinkled them up a bit and used some Chai ink to soften the white.

Don't forget that tomorrow is the drawing for the Blog Candy!  There's a link on the right sidebar to the post you need to comment on for a chance to win.  I've also included some May Arts ribbon so be sure to get in on the fun.

Thanks for stopping's time to bake the cookies!!!

Supply List:
Cardstock - Neenah; Echo Paper Oh Happy Day
Stamps - Papertrey Ink
Other - May Arts Satin Leaves;  Border die: Papertrey Ink; Felt: Papertrey Ink; Flower die: MFT daisy Die-namic;  magnetic strip tape
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Monday, December 10, 2012

May Arts/Lawn Fawn Blog Week


It's here!  Another fun inspirational week with May Arts Ribbon and Lawn Fawn stamps and pretty papers.  Be sure to check in every day to what the design teams have in store for you! 

Here's a sneak peek at my project:

Head over the May Arts blog and leave a comment to win some awesome May Arts Ribbon and Lawn Fawn goodies!

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Sunday, December 9, 2012

It's a CAS Party!

The CAS team at SCS is having a party to celebrate 200 challenges and you're invited!  I was lucky enough to start the party with a "Glitz and Glamour" theme.  (CAS200PARTYA) 

There are 10 challenges in all!  You can find links to them here so you can play at your leisure.

Here's my card sample for the "Glitz and Glamour" Challenge.

I used a stamp from Alesa Baker for the beautiful packages which were colored with Copics, then glittered up with Martha Stewart Chunky Glitter.  So much prettier in IRL but photographing glitter is so hard!

I love your comments...I'll look for you in the galleries.

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Free Shipping!

Now this is something worth celebrating!

This is not a special but rather a change in the shipping policy for Rubbernecker going forward on all orders. There will no longer be separate shipping fees from separate warehouses.

Shipping fees will be a flat rate $5.95 for orders less than $25 and all other orders of $25 and more will be shipped free in the US.

We are working to modify shipping rates to Canada and to begin shipping our stamps overseas to Europe and Australia and Japan again soon. We hope to have that in place and available worldwide by January.

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Friday, December 7, 2012

O Christmas Tree

The May Arts Ribbonistas are coming together to give you a little peek at our Christmas trees.  Some may be real trees, some artificial, some may be on cards or other types of decor so you'll be in for a treat.  The Ribbon Lady is giviing away prizes, so be sure to comment on each post you find linked here on the May Arts blog.

Since our grandkids live in another state we sometimes travel for the holiday which makes putting up a real tree a challenge even though it's our preference.  This year, we succumbed and bought an artificial tree.  Sigh...not my favorite but we don't have to worry about it drying out if we do decide to go away.  Besides, crawling under the tree with a water pitcher was my job and it's getting back out isn't as easy as it used to be. :-)

Our tree is 9 feet tall to capturing the entire tree is impossible without backing up so far you wouldn't be able to see it.  It stands beside the fireplace with all the stockings and our collection of Santas that are on the mantle. 

Under the tree alwasys goes the little Nativity we bought the first Christmas we were married.  It has traveled to 7 states and sat under 43 Christmas trees in 14 houses.

The garland is May Arts Wired Burlap Our tree is decorated with ornaments we've collected over years from friends and family.  There are crocheted bells made by my mother-in-law who will be 100 years old on Dec. 15th, glittered apples and toothpick Nativitites made by our sons when they were small and of course some of the sparkly glass ornaments I created for the May Arts/Helmar blog hop using May Arts Metallic String.

Love these!


We also made little angels from Femo clay then dressed them in little May Arts ribbon dresses.

We used a little canape cutter (Tupperware) to cut the head and stars and free-formed the wings using a plastic knife to make a hole for the ribbon.  We added a thin wire at the top  of the head for hanging.

They were baked according to mfg. instructions then we added eyes and rosy cheeks with Sharpie markers.  We gave them some shimmer with some rub-on cream that's used for photo frames.

The dress is made from May Arts gorgeous double faced 1.5 inch satin in Champagne (HA-5-02) that is overlaid with May Arts 1.5 inch lace in white (NQ09).  A dab of Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive and a few minutes of dry time and done!

These make cute gifts for teachers and neighbors as well. 

Thanks for joining us for a peek at our tree.  Be sure to back over to the May Arts blog...I hear some of the girls put up MULTIPLe trees so you'll want to see them all!


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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Clean and Simple, Make it Monday, Make it Sparkle!

I'm still here for those of you still wondering...I've been swamped with work and getting the house decorated, a party or two, bouts with carpal tunnel and the "have to's" of life so my stamping has been pretty non-existent. 

I had a few precious bits of time last night so put together this card for 3 challenges.  The sketch is for the SCS Clean & Simple challenge (CAS199)The technique is for the Papertrey Ink Make it Monday  Challenge #94 to use Glitter Detail and just for fun, I'm entering this in the Sparkle Challenge on CASology #22 - Sparkle

All stamps, dies and papers are Papertrey Ink...and of course, no card is complete without a bit of May Arts ribbon so I made a slit in the fold and tied on som beautiful May Arts Red/white Baker's Twine.  (412-14)

Card size - 5x5"
Cardstock/DP - Papertrey Ink
Stamps - PTI Made of Snow
Dies - Made of Snow Mini die, In the Meadow; Spellbinders Square die
Other - Quickie Glue Pen; Art Institute Angel Dust glitter

Be sure to stay tuned tomorrow and Saturday.  Two fun days of surprises are on the way!  The May Arts Ribbonistas have a treat for you and the Spitcoast Stampers Clean and Simple Design Team members, some past and some present are throwing a BIG're invited, of course!!

And...for those of you fatithful followers who've stuck around while I've been gone, it's the season of gift giving and I've got a gift for some lucky follower. 

There are stamps sets from Hero Arts with Sizzix dies; Making Memories, Fiskars, Imaginese, and chipboard dies from Tim Holtz.

All you have to do is leave me a comment on THIS post and tell me what your favorite Christmas memory is.  I'll draw a winner on December 15th, which just happens to be the shared birthdays of my sister-in-law and my husband's mother.  His mother will be 100 years old!!

Thanks so much for hanging in there.  I promise to be more visible. 

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Another big May Arts/Little Yellow Bicycle Giveaway!!!


Another big giveway on the May Arts blog from Little Yellow Bicycle and May Arts Ribbon!


All of this PLUS two rolls of MA ribbon...your choice!  What do you have to do?  Just pop over to the MA blog to read the details.

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