by Stacey Cogswell, Independent Stampin'Up Demonstrator

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Stampin'Up! Fabric

Created by Stacey Cogswell
Modeled by Zach Cogswell

Have you seen the fun aprons made with Stampin'Up! fabric?  Well, I've been seeing them for some time now, but never got around to making any until this week.  Earlier in the month, during the Stampin'Up! Extravaganza sale, the fabric was marked down to a great price, so I picked out several patterns and got to work.  If you have basic sewing skills, these are super easy to make and they turn out super cute.   I made several aprons just like the directions said to do it, but when it came to the ties SU! just doesn't have enough wide ribbon colors to match all the fabric.  The instructions say that you can get three aprons from one box of fabric (which you can), but if you want to make the ties from fabric you'll need two boxes of the same fabric.  Check out Jill Olsen blog videos to see just how to make them.

Per Apron you'll need:
One Tea Towel that measures at least 18" x 28"
One Fat Quater of SU! fabric or fabric of your choice
Large Rick Rack the width of your towel plus a little (Aprox. 20")
Big Shot with Scallops #2 die
1 1/4" Striped Grosgrain ribbon (I used 28" for side tie and 18" for neck tie.
1/4" grosgrain ribbon the width of your towel plus a little (Aprox. 14")
Sewing machine, iron and thread.

Happy Sewing!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas Fudge!

Created by Stacey Cogswell
Copyright Stampin'Up!

Can you beleive it's almost Christmas already!?  I have felt so overwhelmed this year, trying yo get everything done that when I saw this little Christmas fudge poem on Tammy's blog I knew I just had to use it.  I just wrapped a giant candy bar with designer paper, added the poem and wha la.....a fast, but fun little gift!  Here is a close up of the peom to read and if you would like to use it for youself, Tammy Fite has created a file for you to download.


Thursday, December 22, 2011

Stockings Hung by the Fire

Created by Stacey Cogswell
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I have searched high and low for anything with traditional roller skates on it and let me tell you.....I couldn't find a thing!  I wanted to create a special card this year for Zach's skating coaches (married couple) and I knew I would for sure never find a Christmas card with roller skates on it, so I thought it would be fun to create one with roller skate "stockings" hanging on the mantel over the fireplace.  This is one of those one-of-a-kind cards that will never be done again, so I put a lot of love into it.  I think it turned out pretty well.  The only thing I might have changed was to make the card a little bigger so the stockings don't look bigger that the fireplace!  Oh, well....I think they will still like it.  After all, it's not everyday that you find a Christmas card with roller skates on it :o)


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Tri-Fold Christmas Card

Created by Stacey Cogswell
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I created these Tri-fold cards this year for special friends and family members.  I used lots of paper layers, details and glitter on these cards, which you really can't see in the picture, but they turned out great!  I create the look of "snow", by tearing the top of the cardstock that was sprayed with Vanilla Spritz and then added a little glitter glue along the torn edge once it was adhered to the card.  The trees were created by first dry embossing the card stock with the Petals-a-Plenty embossing folder and then punching them out with the Petite Pennant Builder punch. For added detail....Cherry Cobbler glitter glue berries!

Products used to create this card:
Cardstock: Early Espresso, Old Olive and Whipser White
Designer Paper:  Letters to Santa
Ink: Riding Hood Red
Stamp Sets: Grateful Greetings and Many Merry Messages
Accessories: Cherry Cobbler Glitter glue, Petite Pennant builder punch, Early Espresso Scallop Dot ribbon, adhesive and dementionals
Tools: Paper Cutter, Simply Scored, Big Shot with Petals-a-Plenty embossing folder.


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Snowflake Treat Bags

Created by Fawn Redford

I received this wonderful surprise in the mail last week from my friend and fellow demonstrator, Fawn.  She did a great job on this and what a great inspiration for me to think out side of the traditional red and green.  I loved the look of these colors so much, I got right to work to create a project of my own.

Created By Stacey Cogswell
Copyright Stampin'Up!
 This was a quick and easy project.  I love the way this turned out and I especially like the way the I love the way the foil chocolate wrap ties everything together. 

Here is way I used to create this project:
Card stock: Night of Navy, Whisper White, Marina Mist and Brushed Silver
Ink: VersaMark with Silver embossing powder
Accessories: Small Cello bag, Vanilla Shimmer Spritz, Northern Frost Sizzlit Decorative Strip Die, Rhinestones and adhesive.
Tools: Big Shot, paper cutter, Simply Scored and Eyelet Border punch


Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas Hot Chocolate Book

Created by Stacey Cogswell
Copyright Stampin'Up!
I saw this great idea on Andrea Walford's blog and thought it would be super fun to make for Christmas Stocking stuffers. This is my version and I think it turned out pretty well.  I was super excited to discover that I could stack mini marshmellow in our cello tubes and the slot on the side was perfect to hold two, so you can share!
Created by Stacey Cogswell
Copyright Stampin'Up!
For this project I used the following Stampin'Up! products:

Stamp Set: Warmest of Wishes (Holiday mini hostess set)
Ink: Early Espresso
Card Stock: Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler and Whisper White
Designer Paper: Letters to Santa
Accessories: Cherry Cobbler 1/2" Scallop Dots ribbon, 1/8" Early Espresso Taffeta ribbon, 1x8 Cellophane bags, adhesive and dimensionals
Tools: Simply Scored and paper cutter. 


Where have I been?

Hello Everyone!

WOW!  Where does the time it is almost Christmas and it seems like I was just cleaning up from Thanksgiving!  I'm so sorry I haven't posted in awhile, things are just crazy busy around my house and I haven't had a lot of time for crafting.  I've done a few things here and there, that I thought I would share with you, but first I just had to back up to Halloween to share with you a photo of Zach.

If you know Zach, you know he loves snails!  He has a snail collection (don't worry...not real ones!), but he also loves to plays with them in the yard (YUCK!) and save them from being stepped on.  So, what better costume for him than a snail...complete with a slime trail.  He was pretty darn cute!