Archive for November 9th, 2008

Today is the 10th. That means its my mother-in-law’s birthday (Happy Birthday Mom!) and its Day #1 of thePapertrey Ink peeks!

(Tomorrow we will start peeks for My Timeless Templates© too-so check back in OK!)

My peek today uses Men of Life, designed by Melissa Bickford. It will be released on the 15th.

 I love this set, and all the different images for the sails of the boat. When coming up with what I should share with you, I figured a technique would be fun. Its one of my favorites for open line images and it is called Stained Glass. I hope something I share today is new to you.

 I wanted to use the sailboat image, and wrap up some Toffee Hershey nuggets for my dad. Having no more nugget tins (which I neer use for nuggets! LOL!)  I figured a little altered Dixie Cup favor would be a cute variation to share too. 

So here we go!


With the holidays approaching and 3 kids, I strive for crafts that they can do themselves, and are fast, fun & easy 😀 I remember making these in 5th grade, so I thought it would be fun to revisit in my adult years. Its not only a kid friendly activity, but its pretty cheap too 😀

I hope you like it.

HONESTLY think how cute these would be for a  BABY SHOWER ! Add a little ribbon handle! Oh so cute. LOL! Make it baby colors…………oh boy!

Dixie Cup Cover

Make a template for your dixie cup cover. To do this just cut apart one cup as a sample.


Then trace, leaving a little extra for a seam allowance


Cut out  from patterned paper. I used Everyday Blessing for my creation here.

Then wrap the cup!

I decided to line to top portion with some pretty cellophane, that I attached at the inner top of my cup using redline tape.

I then put in some pretty filler, and added my stamped nuggets, to match!

(I used the anchor image and sentiment from the Men of Life set, and  Limitless Labels and Holiday Treats, for my candy labels) I also used Spring Moss, Aqua Mist & Ocean Breeze and Encore gold ink.

View of inside, from top of Dixie Cup.


I then tied it closed, with a little tag.


Now all I need to do is make my sailboat designer label.

Stained Glass Technique-


Stamp open line sail image onto acetate, using Pallette black ink. Heat set carefully.


Run acetate sheet through Xyron sticker machine.


Peel off paper backing


Place where desired on patterned paper. Use a rubber brayer to ensure a good stick.


Trim out sails


Soak image in water for several minutes.


Remove from water, then GENTLY rub off the paper backing. Don’t rub off too much!


Be sure you still have a light paper coating on the acetate when done. This layer will get re-sticky! Now you have a SHEER pattern that appears on the front of your acetate sails!

Let dry.


Now layer onto stamped main layer image-apply a little bit of adhesive for extra stick.


I wanted my sails to pop out over the circle, so I die cut mine to be a bit smaller. I then layered onto a scallop circle.


This will then get adhered to my Dixie Cup front!


Can you see the lightly stamped “water” on my label? A subtle touch.

There you have it! A super cute and easy favor or little treatlet idea for any occasion!

Be sure to check Nichole’s blog for more peeks, and stop in tomorrow for the start of My Timeless Template© peeks!! It’s going to be a BUSY, and AMAZING next couple of days here! Each post will be jam packed with creative ideas, just in time for the holidays, using my newest release of templates!!

Let me know what you think 😀 and ALWAYS thanks for checking in with me 😀 You all make my day.

Till tomorrow.

Dinner with dad

Nov 9, 2008 Author: mytime | Filed under: Cards


Last night we did have dinner with my father.

It went well. My dad is looking well. Last time I say him he looked awful, but this time he looks much more healthy.

It was bittersweet seeing him again. Makes me very sad. Jason thought I was going to have a meltdown, but I held it together. Its hard to see him. I have gone on to accept him for WHO is is, not who I think he should be. It’s a hard thing to do, but after so many years I don’t expect much. I’m trying to have that mentality with many people in my life.

I look just like my mother my dad says, so I think its hard for him to see me. I know he misses my mom, and still loves her. It’s like looking at my mom when she was my age for him. Im sure it brings waves of raw emotion for him.


Here we are at dinner. I really wanted to get some nice photos since I have NONE of my father. Who knows when I will see him next.

Here is a family shot


From left ot right- my brother Rob, my dad, me, Jay

bottom-Noah, Alexa & Amber

The kids were a little unsure of him, but by the end of the night were OK with talking to him. He is after-all a stranger to Noah and Amber. Alexa seemed to remember him a bit.

He promised the kids each a special book, and that got Noah very intrigued. Now I pray he follows through. I can see I am going to have to hunt down the Sponge Bob, Scooby Doo, Princess and Dora books that were promised. Noah thought my dad was pretty funny.

He did attempt to cancel our dinner, but my brother convinced him otherwise. My brother has a different relationship with my dad, as he is always seeking his approval. He doesn’t realize that will never happen, but he does go out of his way to try. Must be a father son thing, because I don’t get it.

My brother is so much like my dad its freaky.

I like this photo of them though.


Here they are together at dinner.

I still think of my brother as a little boy. I’m reminded he is not when I see he towers of me and my dad. I never thought I’d see the day!

Now that my brother is going to be a father I hope he chooses to be a good father and role model. It is so important.

Now here are a few a photos of the 3 of us

This one is blurry-sorry




Then the 3 of us with my brothers girlfriend Valerie


Now we have a nice photo of my brother and Valerie


Then one of Jay and I.


I NEVER wear my hair up when I go out somewhere, but it was a REALLY bad hair day! I hate when that happens. You got to the food store and your hair is amazing!! then you have somewhere you want to look good for and its a disaster! Awful.

OK now I DO have a card to share-

I made this for my brother to give to him. The sentiment ALWAYS reminds me of them


I know-everytime I think guy card I think Father Knows Best. Plus I already had it out! LOL! I used dark chocolate, and vintage cream with all golden accents-gold cardstock, and gold sheer metallic ribbon

I cut the tree into 3 pieces, and ran my edges with a gold pen. Its very shimmery in real life. The leaves are stamped then restamped for layering. I then spritzed some color on. PERFECT!

THE HUGE bummer is you can’t see my piercing! It came out really nice. Maybe if you scroll up to the top photo…………

Anyway thanks for sharing with me. I received MANY emails from yo who can relate. WOW!

Tomorrow is the 10th!! That means I have the first Countdown project for Papertrey Ink, and SOON you will see my next peek at the newest round of My Timeless Templates ©!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Im beyond busy and excited prepping for that, along with the release.

Enjoy your day 😀


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