Monday, December 22, 2014

Happy Birthday, Gail!

LeAnne Pugliese WeeInklings Vintage Altoid Tin 2014-1

Happy Monday everyone!  Today is my sister Gail’s birthday (yes, December is a busy birthday month for us!) and she is one of my biggest fans; she loves my paper crafts, loves to shop yard sales,  and is a great encourager!  She flew up from South Carolina for my birthday this summer and helped tremendously!  She is a lot of fun to be around too!


She loves vintage stuff too so I made her another altered Altoid tin for her birthday:

LeAnne Pugliese WeeInklings Front Vintage Christmas Altoid Tin Altered Art Crafty Secrets 2014

LeAnne Pugliese WeeInklings Vintage Christmas Altoid Tin Top 2014 Crafty Secrets

Here’s the back:

LeAnne Pugliese WeeInklings Back Vintage Christmas Altoid Tin Altered Art Crafty Secrets 2014

And the inside:

LeAnne Pugliese WeeInklings Inside Vintage Christmas Altoid Tin Altered Art Crafty Secrets 2014

Santa has several layers, and lots of sparkle and glitter; his “snow” is a piece of quilt batting covered with vintage glitter:

LeAnne Pugliese WeeInklings Right Inside Vintage Christmas Altoid Tin Altered Art Crafty Secrets 2014

And the other side is also layered and glittered:

LeAnne Pugliese WeeInklings Left Inside Vintage Christmas Altoid Tin Altered Art Crafty Secrets 2014

All the images were from Crafty Secret’s Retro Christmas CD, except for the back sticker, which I think was from Melissa Frances.  As always, I had a blast creating it and I hope she likes it!  If you have any questions, shoot me an email!

Yesterday afternoon my daughter’s half-brother and his girlfriend came for a visit; he travels a lot and lives in FL, and we don’t see him much, so this was a real treat for us!  He held up well, playing with Cassidy, helping her make sand art and just being a great uncle!





Enjoy your day!

Sunday, December 21, 2014



Happy Sunday, peeps!  The Paper Players team is taking some time off, so I wasn’t really planning to have a card today, but since I have been awake since 4am, I decided to put that time to stamping use!  I saw a sweet sketch at Match the Sketch:

and used it to create a really simple card with some of my hoarded silver and white All is Calm DSP:

LeAnne Pugliese WeeInklings Paper Pumpkin Stampin Up Snowflake

The metallics are so hard to photograph, but I hope you can see how shiny it is!  I also used a silver foil snowflake from November’s Paper Pumpkin kit as well as the snowflake image from the coordinating stamp set.  I have to admit that this was one of the nicest PP kits ever!  LOTS of fun stuff in there and I haven’t even used it all up!  I did color one of the rhinestones although it’s difficult to see here, but you can see the snowflake stamped in Lost Lagoon on the white circle, and it was colored lightly with a Soft Sky marker:


I also embossed the Brushed Silver panel with the retired Snowburst embossing folder!  Hope your day is super!  We have a brunch at church and then some company coming to visit, so it is going to be a fun day!

Cassidy went to see some Christmas lights at a local farm, then got an early gift from one of Dana’s friends:


Cassidy with Lisa's gift

Check out those Hello Kitty pjs!

Saturday, December 20, 2014



Just a quick little post today….my main focus this Saturday will be WRAPPING!!!  And I still have some shopping and baking to do too!  Yikes!  Anyway, I couldn’t pass up this beautiful inspiration photo from Just Add Ink this week:

I made a birthday card using the set Midwinter from Artistic Outpost; I usually use it for Christmas cards, but I thought it was a lovely image to use for a birthday as well:


I stamped the scene in Chocolate Chip ink, adding a few more trees in the background with Crumb Cake by masking off the cabin with some post-it notes.  I added a sentiment from Papertrey, some narrow burlap ribbon and some snowy glitter.


Thanks for visiting today!

The sun has been MIA for about a week, so when it turned bright yesterday afternoon, we went outside….still cold, cold, cold, but at least we got some fresh air!


So much fresh air, that as soon as Cassidy got into the car to go home, this happened:


She’s asleep in her car seat…..totally out….head practically on her lap!!! LOL!

Thursday, December 18, 2014



Happy Thursday, peeps!  I have one more Christmas card…can you believe it?  I still am thinking of people I’ve missed!  This one is for a couple from my church who are celebrating their first Christmas as newlyweds!  She was a music major in college, so I thought she would enjoy this card.  I used some leftover digital musical paper I had printed for another project, and the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches:

and here we go:

LeAnne Pugliese WeeInklings Musical Joy Christmas Card

I used some other scraps of DSP from my plethora of 6x6 pads; the vertical piece is stamped with a Unity single stamp called Rejoice for our Silent Night; the circular panel is stamped with the words from The Sounding Joy (ret. SU) and the “joy” diecut is from Lil’Inker:


I added some gold glimmer stars and a little bit of Cherry Cobbler seam binding ribbon to complete my card!  Thanks for visiting today!

We attempted to make gingerbread cookies yesterday; Cassidy quickly got bored with the rolling and cutting part, which is the part I thought she would like, and she couldn’t handle the piping, but she definitely got into the sprinkles:




and the eating!


They weren’t the most beautiful cookies, but she had fun!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

HSS201 and CC1215


Happy Wednesday, everyone!  I needed a little Christmas card for a secret sister, and when I saw the sketch at Hand Stamped Sentiments, as well as the Curtain Call challenge, I decided to pair them up!

I had some of this older SU paper on my desk from another project, so I just used some bits of it along with a couple of cute candy and gingerbread images from TPC’s Sweet Christmas:


I embossed the gingerbread man with white craft ink and white embossing powder, and the candy is colored with markers and embellished with a Jelly Roll pen….it’s really fun and sparkly in real life, it’s a shame you can’t see it here!


The sentiment is from Lil’Inkers, and I combined some red and silver baker’s twine along with a couple of embossing folders to finish it off!  It’s as sweet as my secret sister is….she is a real sweetheart!

Grampy (also know as Mr Gadget in our household) was getting frustrated as he watched Cassidy “open” our mail by ripping apart the envelopes, so (only as a man can do) he showed her how to use a butter knife as an letter opener:



Success!  Now I just have to watch that she doesn’t try to do this on her own!


Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A Crafty Day

Happy Tuesday, peeps!  I had a lovely crafty day yesterday!  I needed some little gifts for a couple of parties, and I had a chance to “recycle” some items into some fun gifty things!  I got this red frame at the new Goodwill store that just opened (WOOHOO!) but it was pretty plain, so I doctored it up with some snowy embellishments:
LeAnne Pugliese WeeInklings Snowman Frame Christmas Crafts
The sparkly snowflake was an ornament from my crafty stash, and I added a smaller glimmer snowflake on top; the snowman is from Anna Wight’s Whippersnapper Snowman set:
and the sentiment is from Papertrey’s Daily Designs set; the snowy hills were cut with a Lawn Fawn stitched hills die.  I added some tiny glimmer snowflakes punched with a Martha Stewart punch:
I am entering this in the Shopping Our Stash challenge this week, which is a "Red Alert" use red in your project!

My mom’s family business is a florist shop, and my grandfather, uncles and cousins, as well as my daughter, all have the “flower arranging” gene passed down to them….me, not so much!  But I persevered and recycled a Yankee Candle basket into a little candle arrangement using some more crafty stuff from my stash:
LeAnne Pugliese WeeInklings Candle Basket Christmas Crafts
I added a little stamped banner:
and decorated the battery-operated candle with some “vintage” sheet music and crochet trim:
It was fun to be creative!
Meanwhile, I cautiously enlisted Cassidy, my little elf, for some Christmas card help; I needed postage stamps put on them, and after a few little crooked mishaps, she got down to serious business:
She got pretty good at it, and was quite proud of the pile she was making!
Enjoy your day!

Monday, December 15, 2014

STB and RS145


Happy Monday, everyone!  My holiday to-do list is getting smaller, and I finally got to stamp a little bit this weekend; I have to admit, I was feeling a bit rusty!  Seize the Birthday has an “Anything Goes” challenge this week, and since I needed a couple of birthday cards, it fit right in!  I pulled out a set that hasn’t seen much ink lately, Something to Say, and paired it with a sentiment from Flower Patch:

LeAnne Pugliese WeeInklings Something to Say Birthday Stampin Up

I love the patterned paper from Flowerpot DSP, and I think Lost Lagoon looks great with Crushed Curry!  I stamped and punched out the flowers and popped them up, then added a little “celebrate” from Endless Birthday Wishes in Wild Wasabi:


I also used the RetroSketches sketch from this week:

A cheery card for a special someone!  Thanks for visiting today!

A special treat in the Advent Calendar box a couple of days ago….FROZEN Jelly Bellys!!