Tuesday, December 30

Finally Creating Again!

Today was the first time I had a chance to play with some of the goodies that came in my prize box. I used Paper Trey's Spring Moss ribbon, ink, & cardstock. I also got to stamp with the brand new Stampin Up hostess level 2 set Echoes of Kindness. This set is absolutely exquisite! I especially love this sentiment. Again I want to thank all of you for stopping by & leaving so many kind words, it truly has been a blessing to me.
God's Love & Blessings,
Mercedes
p.s. Don't forget to enter the Gingerbread House Contest! I have some great prizes for the winner! http://mercedesweber.blogspot.com/2008/12/gingerbread-house-contest.html Deadline extended to Jan 2.

Thursday, December 25

And the winner is....

I numbered the comments & had my cousin, Ashley, draw 5 winning numbers. So here are the winners..
#11 Cathleen H
#14 Callie
#16 Christine G
#20 Jose
#23 Staci Siwecki

CONGRATULATIONS!!!
Please email me your addresses, webers4jesus@sbcglobal.net , with the subject line blog winner & I will ship out your goodies next week!
Thanks so much to all who left such sweet comments & for coming by to check out my blog.

Christmas Blessings,
Mercedes

P.S.
I will also be putting together a PRIZE for my Gingerbread House card decorating contest so hope to see your entries by Dec 31!
See post here: http://mercedesweber.blogspot.com/2008/12/gingerbread-house-contest.html

Thursday, December 18

One Heck of a SURPRISE Blessing!!

My mom & I were out shopping this morning & came home to find a large box on the porch. I wasn't expecting anything, especially not what ended up being inside! I brought it in & found a letter from Paper Crafts Magazine congratulating me on winning the World Card Making Day 2008 Contest!!! Oh My Gosh Praise the Lord!! I was totally shocked, excited, & thankful to God. I started running & jumping around squealing. You would have thought I won the lottery! After about 10 minutes my mom asked don't you want to see what's in the box. Oh yeah...the box! Well here it is....

How fun is this! I entered the contest back in October & the rules stated that winners would be notified by November 3rd since I hadn't been contacted I assumed I hadn't won & forgot all about it. So I was really shocked to receive this awesome prize. I am so grateful to God for blessing me with the ability & passion to create. I also want to thank Paper Crafts & all of you who have left me such wonderful comments & sent me encouraging messages. It truly is much appreciated. Ok enough of my academy award speech LOL! But to show my deepest appreciation I want to share my prizes with you!! I will choose 5 winners on Christmas day. So just leave me a comment here to enter. Thanks for stopping by & hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

God's Love & Blessings,

Mercedes

p.s. Hopefully you will see my card published in the March/April issue of Paper Crafts!

If your interested in more info about the contests its here:
http://www.creatingkeepsakes.com/content/viewContest/10231/

Tuesday, December 16

Scallop Envelope Gift Card/Treat Holder

I had a bunch of left over brown scallop envelopes cut from Thanksgiving so I decided to see if I could come up with a Christmas project with them. So this is a super simple project that can be used to hold a gift card or I put in a ghirardelli chocolate square.


Cut 2 scallop envelopes & cut the 3 flaps off.

Stick them together as shown. Then you can insert a gift card or sweet treat & decorate as you'd like. Thanks for stopping by today. I look forward to seeing what you come up with!
Blessings,
Mercedes


Friday, December 12

December Stamp n Chat

A big THANK YOU to Annette for hosting this fun event every month & all my stampin buddies that come & share their creativity! I truly appreciate & enjoy stamping with everyone of you!
Last night was our monthly Demo Stamp n Chat & it was fabulous as always! We did a little gift exchange & this was the gift that I made. I even used some of the chocolate satin ribbon I have been hoarding from last year. LOL! I didnt want to just fill the jar with candy so I put a little krinkle filler & a gift card inside. Have a great weekend!

Blessings,
Mercedes

Monday, December 8

Gingerbread House Contest

Contest Details:
All entries are due by midnight JAN 2.
Entries will be judged on originality, creativity, & execution.
There are no vendor or supply restrictions.
Please post your entry here as a comment with a link to your project.
Winner will be announced by Jan 5th. Prize box will be mailed out shortly after that.
I am so excited to see what you come up with!
Please contact me if you have any questions.

House how to:
Start with a 7x 5 & 2 3x1/2 strips. Stick the 2 strips together to form a right angle.
Fold card in half & use your right angle as a guide to cut your "roof". Trace & cut. If you want the chimney trace & cut one side of the roof down only about an inch.

Now you have a basic house shape to start decorating!


Saturday, December 6

My little gingerbread guy needs a house...

This will be my very 1st Blog Contest!!

Monday I will be posting a gingerbread house decorating contest! I wanted to give you few days to think about your ideas. I have made a card template for a gingerbread house shaped card & I will upload it & more info on Monday. Hope you will play along! Now I have to run off & catch my flight. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, December 4

Sunday, November 30

Entries for Shelli's December Blog Challenge!

How about a little Christmas angel!
Punches Used:
Scallop Circle
1 3/4 Circle
1" Circle
3/4 Circle
Double Circle

My hubby gave the idea to create a punch art gingerbread man so here he is!! Thanks honey!

Punches needed to make my Gingerbread man:
Small Tag
Word Window
1" Circle
Double Circle

I saw some cute punched cardinals on SCS & decided to make a little one using the following punches:
1 1/4 Circle
5 Petal Flower
Boho Blossoms
Heart to Heart ~This is a brand new Stampin Up! punch available starting Dec 23!!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today I hope everyone had a blessed Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 24

My Heartfelt Thanks to Shelli!

I was so excited last night when I got an email from Shelli Gardner's office announcing Shelli had chosen my entry as a winner in her November blog challenge! Check it out http://www.soshelli.com/contest/ . I am truly honored & thankful to have been selected as one of the winners. So this card is dedicated to Shelli!

Big Smiles,
Mercedes

Thursday, November 20

Tuesday, November 18

I have a problem with keeping focused when I am making multiples of something. So last night my 2 year old was sitting on my lap while I was making the pilgrims for my craft faire. After about 10 of them my mind started to wander & this is what my pilgrims turned in to. LOL! This card is dedicated to all of you that have encouraged me & left me so many kind messages. You all make me smile!
Blessings,
Mercedes

Monday, November 17

More Thanksgiving Punch Art


I saw some pilgrims at convention this year so I decided to give them a try. Also came up with a little indian girl. Had a tough time photographing them. But you get the idea. TFL!
Punches used:
1" circle
1 1/4" circle
1 3/8" circle
small oval
1/4" square
tab punch
scallop circle


Thanksgiving Treats

Isn't he cute!! I am playing around with some ideas of treats to make for my upcoming craft faire.


Punches Used:

1/4" square

1" circle

scallop circle

spring flower bouquet (retired)


Other supplies:

hershey nugget

wiggle eyes



This fun little treat uses the scallop envelope die. I will upload a step by step tutorial soon.
Hope these treats inspire you to make something cute for your Thanksgiving table!
God's Love & Blessings,
Mercedes

Saturday, November 15

Class Date Changed

Just an FYI I have had to change the date for the Holiday SAS II & Punch Art Bags & Tags class to Friday Dec 5th. Please contact me for more info. =)

Wednesday, November 12


This is one of my stamp a stack session I options. They had a choice of 3 different images to emboss. Thanks for stopping by today!
Blessings,
Mercedes

Tuesday, November 11

I am teaching 4 workshops this week so I have barely had time to breath. But I wanted to post all my upcoming events & another of the Stamp a Stack II card choices.

Upcoming Events:
Nov 14th Holiday Stamp a Stack I
Nov 22nd Craft Faire Grace Church Milpitas, CA
Dec 5th 7pm Girls Night Out
Dec 5th 6:30pm Holiday Stamp a Stack II
Dec 5th 7pm Christmas Punch Art Bags & Tags
Jan 16th 7pm Customer Appreciation & New Catalog Party!!
Feb 1st 2pm Super "Stampers" Bowl Party & "Cards for Guys" Stamp a Stack"
Feb 6th 7pm Sale-a-Brate Free Stamps for You!

Hope you have a wonderful week!
Blessings,
Mercedes

Saturday, November 8

Girls Night Out Projects




My stampers club meets once a month & we make 2 projects. One technique & one whatever I feel like. Lol! Everyone is welcome to come even non club members. For club members its free & for anyone else its just $5. Our technique this month was brayered sky so this is the card I designed to showcase that. Then I just had to share my punched pumpkin & scallop envelope box with them. TFL!

Friday, November 7

TGIF!




We had our monthly demonstrator Stamp n Chat last night & this was my shoebox project. This will also be an option for my December Stamp a Stack. Thanks for stopping by today & also to everyone that has left me comments, they are much appreciated & I love reading them. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Blessings,
Mercedes

Wednesday, November 5

Entries for Shelli's Season of Thanks Challenge!












































I promise at some point I will upload something that doesn't include punch art but for right now I am just lovin it!

Blessings,

Mercedes

Submitted for a Stampin Up contest


{{{Doin the HAPPY dance}}}
OMGosh....I can't beleive it! My punch art Christmas tags actually won! Woo Hoo!! It was so funny I forgot that I had submitted them to Stampin Up & I got an email from my friend Annette saying congratulations on winning & I had no idea what she was talking about. Went to the Stampin Up website then I remembered I had submitted the tags. Anyway just wanted to share my happy news.

Blessings,
Mercedes

Tuesday, November 4

Punch Art Reindeer











































Stampin Up Supplies Used:

Wide Oval Punch

Boho Blossoms Punch

5 Petal Punch

1" & 1/4" Circle Punches

Paper Snips

Multi Glue

Chocolate Chip Marker

Cardstock:

Chocolate Chip

Close to Cocoa

Real Red

Basic Black

Whisper White
















You will need the above shapes to make 1 reindeer.

Punch the wide oval then line up your punch to punch around the outline as shown to make antlers. Do the same using the 1" circle punch to make smaller part of antlers. Trim off pointed tips & assemble.


















I am very new at this so I hope that all makes sense.
Thanks for checking out my blog. I will try to post new stuff every couple days.
Blessings,
Mercedes


First Post!

Yes, I have jumped on the blogging bandwagon. So WELCOME to my little blog. Hope you stop by often!