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Monday, December 28, 2009

Finally getting some me time!

I love having time off between the holidays, don't you? However, this mini-vacation has been riddled with stress. It started out with my being sick, and then Peter broke his leg. We are both much better, but we got off to a rocky start! With all the hustle and bustle of life in the Wolfepak, we also needed to do some re-organizing and de-cluttering around the house.
One week down, and one week left before we head back to school. Today I finally got some crafting time just for me!!! Hooray!
Most people know that I just love snowmen. That might be from my childhood in New England, and the fact that I still miss having fun in the snow. Anyway, when I saw these adorable snowmen from Magnolia stamps, I just had to get them. During my re-organization, I found some envelopes that measured 7x5. I thought that was a weird size, and they must have been donated by a friend who used to stock cards in the local grocery store. My snowmen cards fit into these envelopes perfectly!
I started with a card base that measures 7x10,and scored the cardstock at 5". The papers that I have used are from my December kit from Kit-N-Kaboodles
Specifically, it is SEI's Winter Song line, and also Bo Bunny's Snowy Serenade combined with some bazzill cardstock. The snowmen are both from Magnolia Stamps.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Post-It Note holder

This is a very practical idea that you can use around your own house, or make for others and give away as gifts. It is also quick, fun and inexpensive to make. Start with an acrylic photo frame that you can find in a craft store or even your local drug store.

Make a "mat" out of cardstock and/or patterned paper to provide a little layout for your post-it note pad to sit atop.

For my project, I used coredinations cardstock that I ran through the bigshot then sanded to let the inner core color show through. I then took some patterned paper and one of my favorite Changito stamps (the scrapbooker) to finish decorating. Once you are satisfied with your little layout, slip it into the frame.

You are now ready to adhere the post-it note pad to the top of the frame.
These frames and post-it pads come in a variety of sizes. I chose a 4x6 frame and a small pad. Have fun designing your own!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Time is Flying By...

I find it hard to believe that it is the middle of December already. Where does the time go? Dave graduates from college tomorrow already. He and Jenna have been visiting with us for the past few days. It has been great, but also bittersweet, as they leave for California on Tuesday, and we won't be seeing them until spring or even summer. That is a long time...
We have gotten a lot done in the past few days. I had a pampered chef bridal shower for Jenna to help get her kitchen started. We had a graduation/engagement/heading to California celebration yesterday, and got a chance to hang out with some good friends and family. And finally, it is Hannukah. Although the kids are grown up, they still enjoy gathering around the menorah,lighting the candles,and singing the blessings. This is probably the last time all the kids will be with us on Hannukah for quite a while. We even had a meal of latkes and applesauce ( and I promised not to take photos of Dave with a drippy chin).
The happy couple went back to Daytona this afternoon to get ready for graduation and to finish packing up for their drive West. Tomorrow is the big day, and the proud momma will post some photos soon.
For now, here are some Wolfe family Hannukah photos!

Dave trying to light the menorah...

matching t-shirts

Peter gets 'stuff' for his bass guitar

May this Hannukah season bring you peace and hope...

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Kreative Kaboodles Holiday Blog Hop~~final stop

Hello everyone!
Welcome to the final stop in the Kreative Kaboodles First Annual Holiday Blog Hop!
I am sure you have seen lots of great gift giving ideas presented by our talented design team. If you have not seen all our great ideas, please go over to the Kreative Kaboodles Blog ( to get started.
Today I am going to show you how to make an altered legal pad, perfect for gift giving (and inexpensive too).

Here is a list of supplies that you will need to get started:

junior size legal pad

cardstock measuring 10" X 5", scored at 1 3/4" and 2"

additional cardstock or patterned paper for your stamping

red line tape (or other strong adhesive), adhesive, stamps, ink, coloring medium ( I used watercolor crayons), embellishments

Ready to begin? Here we go!

1.Cut cardstock to desired size. You will need enough to cover the front of the notepad, plus an additional 2" to fold over to the back side. The legal pad that I used for my project is called a junior legal pad, and measures 8" x 5"

I used cardinal cardstock by coredinations and ran it through a snowy embossing folder, then distressed it to bring out the snowflakes.

2.Adhere cardstock to notepad using redline tape. Position it so that the scored area wraps around the spine of the notepad. Attach the flap on the back first, then flip the notepad over and run a strip of redline tape across the cardboard at the top.

You will want to score along the edge of the cardboard so that you can easily access the notepad underneath

3. You are now ready to decorate the front cardstock~~
I took a piece of patterned paper and tore across the top of it. This was then layered underneath a sheet of white cardstock run through the same embossing folder as my red cardstock base. To make it sparkly, I used clear stickles to highlight the raised snowflakes. I fell in love with these stamps when I saw them in the Creativity Boutique ( The two sets that I used are called PENGUIN GAMES and SNOW GUY, both by Stampendous.
I stamped them in stone gray stazon, colored them with watercolor crayons, and used stickles for some glitz. The holiday lights at the top are from my stash of goodies from Michaels.

Let's face it, everyone can use note pads all through the year. These are pretty inexpensive (you can get them in multi-paks at office supply stores for about 50 cents each) and can be decorated for any occasion. Hope you like the project!

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Thanks for coming by!!!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Who Wants Some Chocolate???

I was asked by friends to come up with some holiday gift giving ideas and to post them on my blog. Well, I am all for handmade gifts but don't have a huge amount of time on my hands. Here is a wonderful little treat box that is easy to make. With Christmas looming on the horizon, I am going to make a bunch of these to give to co-workers and other people on my list who deserve a little more than just a card.
Here are my directions along with photos (based on Beate John's tutorial).

You will need the following materials for this project:
cardstock measuring 4 1/4" X 8"
scissors, paper cutter with scoring blade (Or Scor-pal), strong adhesive/red-line tape,stamps, ink, white cardstock for your image, bone folder
additional embellishments--optional ( stickles, patterned paper, brads etc).

1.Score the short side of cardstock strip at 1" and 3 3/4"

2. Score the long side at 2", 3", 5" and 6"

3. Cut off the outer strip 3" up on one end. This will become the flap to close your box.

4. Use a bone folder to sharpen the creases

5. Cut the 1" scoreline on both sides

6.Adhere glue or red-line tape to both 1" and 2" flaps as shown in the above photo

7.Flip cardstock over and add glue or red-line tape to the 1" tabs.

8.Fold the tabs up to begin forming your box. Once you are comfortable with your folds, push together so that the adhesive will bond. I like to use a glue that gives me some time to line up my sides and does not bond immediately (Zip Dry for example).

9. Once the box is assembled, I like to trim the flap closure by about 1" and round the corners. To me, this makes it look more finished.

10. To check that you measured properly, you should be able to fit 3 squares of ghirardelli chocolate into your box.

11. Stamp your image onto white cardstock and color it in. I chose an image of Fluffles the Cat from Stampendous. I did not need the entire image, or the sentiment so I trimmed it to fit the front of my box. Wait to add stickles until the image has been placed onto the box. This will help avoid smudging.
Here is the stamped image (minus the wording)

And here is the finished box:

Hope you enjoy making some ghirardelli treat holders for the holiday season, birthday parties, showers, or whatever occasion you think of!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Happy Birthday from Changito!

Happy Birthday from Changito!

Today I am going to show you how to create one of my favorite cards, the criss-cross card. I created this one today using materials from October's KNK scrapbook kit (yes, they make great card kits too!).

You will need the following materials for this project:

two 4 1/4" X 11" pieces of cardstock for the card base
One 4" x 5" piece of patterned paper (double sided is best, or else 2 pieces of complementing patterned paper works too)
One 3 3/4" X 5 1/4" piece of cardstock for insert
One 3 1/2" X 4 3/4" piece of cardstock for insert
ink, stamps, adhesive, scraps for accents, corner rounder and embellishments

1. Score both pieces of 4 1/4x 11 cardstock at 5 1/2"

2. Take each scored piece andcut it diagonally from center top to the bottom left

3. Now add adhesive to the rectangular back of one of the cardstock pieces and glue as shown below

4. Assemble the card base as shown in the following photos....make sure you put your adhesive close to the edge so that you have a pocket for your insert.

5. Once you fold over the left side, cut your patterned paper in half diagonally and adhere it to the card front.

6, Repeat with the right side, and your card base should look like this

7. Now you are ready to assemble your insert. Take both pieces of cardstock that you cut for the insert and round only the top 2 corners. The bottom should be straight. Tape the smaller one on top of the larger one and decorate.

8. Stamp and color your image for the front of the card, mat if you desire.

9. Attach to your card and embellish as desired.

This card will fit in a standard size envelope. I first saw this card done by Beate Johns

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Believe it, or NOT!

OK, some say that boys choose their mates by looking for someone that reminds them of their mom. With my boy Dave, this proves to be eerily interesting! Peter and I just came home from 6 days in San Diego on an adventure to "Meet the Parents" (Jenna's parents that is). The first time Dave met Anne, he called me and said "OMG--there are two of you!" During the past few days, we think that Jenna repeated the same thing numerous times. Anne and I had not met face to face, only exchanged e-mail and phone calls until now. Put us together in the same room, and it is obvious that we are soul sisters, 2 peas in a pod or whatever the saying could be. Poor Dave and Jenna, they have twin East Coast Mom and a West Coast Mom. Anne and I could not be happier!!!!
Here we are with our new friend at Old Towne

Here we are at the country club where the kids will be married in July 2010

Here we are with Jenna and Harvey in the ballroom of the country club

And finally, here we are having fun at the San Diego Zoo!

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