Thursday, December 31, 2009
See you tomorrow,
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Happy Holidays everyone!
Saturday, December 5, 2009
From now until Christmas we will have free shipping on all of the "Holiday" items in our Etsy store. Go check them out and grab a couple for those upcoming holiday parties! Our filled cakes make fabulous hostess gifts or treats for the office!
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Please keep checking in, I promise I will be back!
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
My motto for the last 2 years has been to dream big, life is too short. I am so extremely honored to share with you all that my business partner Jen and I have been contacted by Alexis, the Editor of Martha Stewart's "Dreamers Into Doers" website. Our company, Party Starters, is being featured in the Martha Stewart newsletter this week and on the Dreamers Into Doers portion of the website as "Doer Of The Week"!
Let me tell you, I feel like I won the lottery after I talked with Alexis. Never in a million years did I imagine that I would be a part of anything Martha Stewart. What a complete honor for us! I have been a fan of Martha Stewart since 1995 when I started watching her tv program. Martha is the one who inspired me to stamp back then. I made all of my own hand stamped Christmas wrapping paper in 1995 (before kids). To tell you the truth I was so proud of those packages that I about died when people tore into them...LOL!
I have been called "Martha" by family members and friends a time or two and that has always been a compliment. Yes, Martha has flaws, but don't we all. I am so inspired by her drive to succeed and her passion for all things crafty, decorating, cooking, baking and gardening. I am in awe by the extremely talented people that she has working with and for her.
Its been a crazy but great week in Pam-land....and I can't wait to see what the future has to offer. I can definitely handle these big dreams coming true!
Here's wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving (in the USA of course). I have a lot to be thankful for!
Friday, November 13, 2009
Here is what Rhonda wrote:
Sounds like fun, I can't wait to hop along and check it out. I put the blinkie on my sidebar. http://bluepoohbear753.blogspot.com/
November 4, 2009 9:17 AM
Rhonda I will get your info to Creative Cuts and More and they will be in touch!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Just a quick post to give you some easy directions on how to assemble your Apron pages if you purchase the CC&M Holiday Treats Apron Kit.
In case you missed our blog hop yesterday please check out the link HERE. We had such a incredible amount of talent, 24 talented designers from all over the blogosphere, that created this album. Tons of eye candy, inspiration and hello...tons of recipes! After all this was Creative Cuts and More's MEGA Recipe Blog Hop. Please, if you have time check it out.
In your Holiday Treats Apron Kit you will receive red and green cardstock aprons, Doodlebug pattern paper cut to fit onto your red and green aprons as well as chipboard apron pieces. (plus a ton of embellishing goodies and extra paper!)
Step 1: Attach one of your pattern apron pieces onto either a green or red apron. (I used Killer Red Tacky Tape in the 1/8" width)
Step 2: Fold your apron pocket up onto the pattern covered side. Either wrap the side tabs around to the back of the apron or simply fold them under and attach the the pattern paper side. (I wrapped mine all the way around and adhered with Killer Red Tacky Tape)
Step 3: Once you have completely all aprons, sandwich a chipboard apron in between two cardstock aprons. (again I used Killer Red tape, it holds the best and once its stuck...its suck!)
Note: I punched holes in the side of my aprons to put rings in. If you do this you must punch each cardstock aprons (pocket folded up and attached) before you sandwich all of your pieces together!
Hope this helps and I hope you all run over to Creative Cuts and More to pick up both the "Holiday Treats Apron Kit" AND the "Treasured Family Recipe Kit". You have until this Saturday, November 14th to use the online coupon code: recipebloghop2009 during checkout to receive 20% off! Hurry these kits won't last long!
Thanks for stopping by,
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Welcome blog hoppers to day 2 of the Creative Cuts and More MEGA recipe blog hop. Today you will find all kinds of inspiring albums made with the Holiday Treats Apron Kit! Plus we all will be sharing some of our own delicious recipes.
For my apron album I used just about everything included in the kit and added a few items of my own. For the front cover I used the stamp set " Something Sweet Set" from JustRite and I added a whole bunch of grosgrain & satin ribbon from my stash. I also used bigger rings then the ones included in the kit, because I simply made my album too fat...otherwise the album works just fine with the rings included. *EDITED* I will post tomorrow how to assemble the aprons for this album in 4 easy steps.
...and here is my recipe for today. You can click on the photo to enlarge it a bit. These cookie are really good, even though the ingredients sound a little strange. They are even better if you drizzle white or milk chocolate over them...Yummers!
In honor of the Mega Recipe blog hop CC&M is having a great sale. For the next five days CC&M will offer 20% off the entire store. But act quickly, its only for five more days-this sale will end on Nov. 14th. Make sure to enter this code recipebloghop2009 during checkout.
For now I am sure you are anxious to get on your blog hopping way. Now, click on over to the next fabulous designer in the hop Nathalia!
Monday, November 9, 2009
Welcome blog hoppers, you are almost to the end our of amazing MEGA Recipe blog hop! If you didn't arrive here from Stacy Cohen's blog, you don't want to miss what our designers have in store for you! The CC&M Mega Recipe Blog Hop starts at Die Cut Diva
I had so much fun creating this 8”x8” Treasured Family Recipes Kit for Creative Cuts and More. All of the samples that the Blog Hop designers have shared today have been amazing! I absolutely couldn't be more thrilled with this kit and the results! It makes a fabulous gift for loved ones in your family, a great shower gift for a bride to be...or a keepsake for yourself to keep your own families treasured recipes in. I know you will enjoy creating your own version of this cookbook.
So here are some of my pages:
Here is a recipe just for you from my collection:
Nana's Quick Chocolate Cake
Combine in a large bowl:
3 C Flour
6 TBLS cocoa
2 tsp salt
2 Tsp vanilla
2 TBLS Vinegar
2/3 C + 1 TBLS oil
2C + 1 TBLS water
Beat well and pour into a greased 9 x 13" pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.
For the next six days, we will offer 20% off the entire store. But act quickly, it is only for six days – this sale will end on Nov 14th. Make sure you enter this code recipebloghop2009 during checkout.
Don't forget each day of our Mega Recipe Blog Hop, Creative Cuts and More will give away one kit. Make sure you have gone through the blog hop, leave wonderful comments for the great designers. After you have finished the blog hop, return to Die Cut Diva and instead of leaving a comment, you need to share a recipe to have a chance at winning the kit. Share the recipe on your blog and link it back and get another chance to win the kit. Help us also make this a great recipe swap.
Make sure you check back at Die Cut Diva tomorrow for the Holiday Treats Apron Recipe Kit Blog Hop. We will also have 24 designers who will be showcasing their great creations and sharing holiday treat recipes. Thanks so much for stopping by today. I can't wait to show you my Holiday Treats Apron recipe book tomorrow!
NOW, please head back on over to Die Cut Diva to leave a recipe/comment for our Mega Recipe swap and a chance to win one of the new recipe kits!
Here is our blog hop list one more time:
Pam Smerker <------You are here
Die Cut Diva <-------Go Here Next!
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Since we are talking about recipes, I just wanted to show you real quick a cake that I made. Last month Party Starters had a theme contest. We asked people to give us unique themes for cakes and this is the one I chose..."Cookie Exchange Party". For all of those people who get together to exchange holiday cookies and recipes this cake makes a great centerpiece and favors! The hostess can print out her cookie recipe, roll it up into a scroll, stick one scroll in each cake slice box, then hand them out to their guests at the end of the party.
A big thanks to Wendy for the fabulous idea!
I won't be back until Monday for the Mega Blog Hop, so have yourself a fabulous rest of the week and weekend!
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Well we are onto our final day of the Creative Cuts and More & Caardvarks holiday hop. Please make sure that you have started from the beginning at Caardvarks, so you don't miss a single project.
For my table decoration I chose to make an "Advent Cake". This centerpiece can stay on your table through out the month of December as you count down the days to Christmas. Fill each "cake box slice" with candy, trinkets or a special note then let your loved ones open a slice each day. I always spend a minimum of $30 if not more to buy my three kids the cheapo advent calendars at the super market. Well this year...I can fill each box with enough goodies for all three kids and myself! Plus I can reuse this centerpiece each year.
Now some of you may or may not know, Jen Johnson and I own "Party Starters". This type of cake is our specialty! We work along with Terry the owner of Creative Cuts and More and if you see anything on her website that you love, but don't have the time to embellish, Party Starters can do it for you.
Please come on back tomorrow for another fun cake treat AND see how you can win some BLOG CANDY!!!
Alrighty...head on over to Die Cut Diva for another fabulous creation (from me LOL).
Thanks for stopping by!
Here is your blog hop list again.
Heidi Van Laar
Ashley Cannon Newell
Pamela Smerker <-----you are here
Diecut Divas Blog <-----Go here next!~
Creative Cuts & More
(Leave a comment to let us know you've finished today's hop!)
Monday, November 2, 2009
Welcome to Day Two of "A Very Merry Caardvarks & Creative Cuts and More Holiday Hop"!
THREE fun-filled days of holiday inspiration! Today we are sharing, pretty packaging. Tomorrow, home decor, centerpieces and holiday ornaments. If you came from Lindsay's amazing blog then you are right on track. If you came here first then please hop on over to the beginning to Caardvarks so that you don't miss a creative thing!
Here we go....
For today's project I used a Creative Cuts and More's cupcake box. The bottom half of the box was cut out of acetate and is a special request, just give them a call and they will make sure you get exactly what you want when you order. If you order now you can take advantage of a 15% off online coupon which is only good through November 4th, so don't delay! The coupon code is: holidayhop2009
This cupcake box is not only great for giving cupcakes, but our very own Die Cut Diva designer Holly thought it would be a great idea to use for a beautiful ornament. There is a piece of cardstock with a special cutout in it that allows the box to hold either a cupcake or round object in the bottom of the box, without it slipping around. Brilliant! For the embellishing, I used CC&M mini trees, rhinestones, some ribbon, a little wreath button and of course Killer Red tacky tape. Creative Cuts and More has the BEST price for Killer Red Tacky Tape, seriously the best super sticky tape EVER!! I punched holes in the lid, so that I could weave ribbon through it. The snow on the bottom of the box is just white cardstock torn in a wave pattern. I added the trees, topped each off with a rhinestone and voila!
Now you are almost finished, with our fantastic day two hop. Next scoot on over to Die Cut Diva. Here is our blog hop list again:
Heidi Van Laar
Ashley Cannon Newell
Pamela Smerker <----you are here
Diecut Divas Blog <------GO HERE NEXT
Creative Cuts & More
Caardvarks (Leave a comment to let us know you've finished today's hop!)
Thanks for stopping by, see you tomorrow for more fun holiday ideas!
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Welcome blog hoppers! If you stopped here first, please make sure you start at the beginning over at Caardvarks! If you have been hopping along, you are almost finished!
For my holiday card I used this beautiful A7 scalloped card with the new square window convertible die. There are so many ways you can decorate this card, but I decided to use some of Creative Cuts and More's cute little small snowflakes to make a spinner card. The snowflake is suspended by a piece of floss. Simply "wind up" the snowflake close the card then pop it in an envelope. When your lucky recipient opens the cards the snowflake will spin around showing off all of its sparkles.
Now its time to hop on over to Die Cut Diva, the home of the Creative Cuts and More design team to see some more amazing creations! Don't forget to make your way back to the beginning and leave comments for a chance to win some great prizes!
See you tomorrow!
Go to Die Cut Diva NEXT
-then head on over to Creative Cuts and More (sign up for Newsletter): http://www.
-then head on over to Caardvarks (leave a comment to let us know you've finished today's hop): http://caardvarks.blogspot.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Don't forget to follow the directions from Die Cut Diva's blog, because you have a chance to win a FALL ALL OCCASIONS CARD KIT. Plus you will also get a 15% discount off any orders for one week. (make sure you check out the fine print over at Die Cut Diva) Again the Coupon Code is: Octbloghop1509.
Here we go... for my projects I used Creative Cuts and More's newest die the convertibles box. This cute little box is the perfect size for a large cookie or a nice necklace or bracelet. The great thing about this box is that the window in the lid comes in a variety of fun shapes!
This fun little Chair Box (in Almond Cream) which is used for a name card holder works great not only for Thanksgiving, but any occasion!
Both of my projects were stamped with the "Weathered" back ground stamp from SU as well as "Favorite Occasions" stamp set from JustRite. I added Creative Cuts and More's small Turkey die which was cut from Chocolate Creme to both projects with a ribbon and of course some of Creative Cuts and More's Killer Red sticky tape to hold everything together. Seriously CC&M's Killer Red tape is the best and the least expensive you will find! SO...voila easy Thanksgiving table setting favors!
Also the Creative Cuts and More design team and some famous bloggers will be treating you to a cookbook 2 day Mega Blog Hop November 9th & 10th!
Alright now head on over to Kayla's fantastic blog to see her amazing creations! Thanks for stopping by.
Here is the blog hop list again:
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Tell us what theme we should do our next cake in and if your idea is chosen we will send you one of our newest cake favor set for FREE! ***NOW since I am posting this on my personal blog and most of you are super crafty ladies I will make you a deal...If you are chosen as one of our winners and would prefer a set of our new cake favors plain to decorate yourself we will be happy to accomm0date. So spread the word...please!!
You have until Saturday, October 17, 2009 7PM MST (G-7) to enter! On Sunday, October 18, 2009 we will announce our winners…yes WINNERS! Jen and Pam will each choose a theme to play with. . Please spread the word, the more the merrier!
So here is how you can enter to win (ANYONE can enter)
-Become a fan if you aren’t already and leave a comment on our Facebook fan page with your cake theme idea
-Become a follower on our Party Starters blog if you aren’t already and leave a comment there with your cake theme idea.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Thought I would share a custom order cake I made a couple of weeks ago. This cake was for a baby shower and you guessed it, the them "Farm Animals". The couple having their first baby both grew up on farms in Iowa, so it was fun to do something so personal. I loved making this cake and was almost sad to ship it out, but from what I heard the cake was a huge success and everyone loved taking a slice home as a favor. That makes all the work put into it so worth it!
Thanks Megan for your custom order!
Thanks for stopping by,
Just wanted to share that Jen and I have started a blog for our new venture, Party Starters. We have a store, we have a website and now a blog! If you get a chance check it out often, we will be giving away prizes in the near future and having lots of fun along the way!
Hoping to get my craft on tonight or tomorrow, so that I can post something fresh and new here...busy busy busy!
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Just wanted to post a quick card I made using the WCMD sketch from 2 Sketches 4 You. Now I have to bust a move on some DT projects. Hope you all have a fabulous day!! Check out my earlier post for info on places to check out today!
Sketch from 2 Sketches 4 You
Smile Sticker from Polar Bear Press
Flowers & Jewel from Prima
Cardstock & Brads from Stampin' UP!
Swiss Dots embossing folder from Provo
Another place to stop is 2 Sketches 4 You. Creative Cuts and More is one of their many generous sponsors for our card making holiday. You are sure to have fun and find lots of inspiration with Kazan, Laura & their crew.
Thanks for stopping by! I hope to share some of my creations this coming week!
Hugs and Happy WCMD to all of you, my blogging friends!
Thursday, September 24, 2009
On a personal note, Jen and I have started posting products and party ideas on our Party Starters website. We would love for you to check it out.
We also have a page on Facebook if you would like to follow us. I have a fan box over to the right on my side bar here.
Thanks so much for stopping by
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
The smell of Fall is in the air and so is the chill here in Colorado. The perfect thing to do when its chilly outside....bundle up and play do a sketch challenge! So that is exactly what I did this morning.
Laura, from 2 Sketches 4 You has a great sketch this week and their sponsor is Creative Cuts and More. I have a few die cuts on hand from Creative Cuts and More so for this card I used their "straight frame" & "leaves set #03 mini". The stamps used are from Stampin' UP! and the pattern paper is from Studio Calico. Feels like Fall for sure!
Creative Cuts and More has some great new fall kits available right now and one is up for grabs at 2 Sketches 4 You. I am proud to say I designed one of the new fall kits, the Halloween House Castle Mini Album. Go check them out!
Alrighty, I mentioned earlier that I used some Studio Calico paper well... Caardvarks is having a 7 day sketch fest sponsored by Studio Calico. We started on Sunday and will go until Saturday. There are prizes and a chance to be on the Caardvarks design team. Make sure you head on over to check out all of the details! Everything I used on this card was from Studio Calico except for the card base which is So Saffron from Stampin' UP!
Hope you have a wonderful day no matter what the weather is like in your neck of the woods.
Thanks for stopping by
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Congrats Summer Braxton! You are the winner of the Mystery Blog Hop prize from JustRite.
Here are your random numbers:
Timestamp: 2009-09-20 23:31:44 UTC
Summer Braxton said...
"love that pumpkin basket... so sweet"
Here is what will be getting from JustRite Summer. Have a blast playing!
JB 08650 - 2” Wooden Stamper
JB 08795 Holiday Demi Phrases
JB 08780 A Merry Little Christmas
A group of prizes will be awarded to random Sketchfest entries including TWO of the same Studio Calico kits that were used in the Crew Caards, "Director's Cut", and this fabulous "LOLLIPOP GUILD" kit;
THE GRAND PRIZE
We are so excited to announce that we will be choosing a grand prize winner from the ones who complete all seven sketch challenges. The winner will be offered a position on the Caardvarks Crew Team for the new six-month term which begins November 1st! So...if you'd like to throw your name into the hat, be sure to complete all 7 challenges by the deadlines! At the end of Sketchfest, we'll ask you to email us to let us know you completed *all* of the challenges and we'll announce our new Crew Member by October 1st.
*Sketch by Heidi Van Laar of Van Laar Designs
Here is my take on the sketch. Everything I used was from Studio Calico, except for the card base which is SU Chocolate Chip cardstock. This was my first time playing with a Studio Calico kit and I loved it! Not to mention Heidi's fabulous sketch and she has one ready for everyday this week! So make sure you check all of the details at Caardvarks if you want a chance at some fun prizes AND a chance to be on the Caardvarks Crew!
OH an one more bit of news...don't forget to head on over to JustRite Stampers blog tonight to find out who the winners of the mystery JustRite blog hop candy are...it could be you!
Thanks for stopping by.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
I absolutely love JustRite's font stamps! There are limitless possibilities when it comes to using JustRite stamp sets and their fonts sets are no exception. I created one large stamp using 6 different stamp sets in 4 different fonts for my projects:
-Horizontal Wood Stamp "Impression size 1-3/8 x 3-1/2”
-Times New Roman 50 point
-Times New Roman 25 point
-Special Occasions 50 point
-Special Occasions 25 point
-Curlz 50 point
-Small Letter Set (a must have!)
As you can see in the photo I created the stamp by putting different Fall themed words randomly on the wood block in different fonts and sizes. This is a easy way that you can make fun pattern paper. The best part, JustRite is having a Font Sale! Receive 30% off font sets from September 17-24, 2009...how awesome is that! Just think of all of the fun stamps you can create.
For my little pumpkin basket I stamped each section either folding away sections or masking making sure not to overlap and stamp onto other sections. Once I completed the stamping I simply assembled the *"basket with handle". Edited to add:(This basket is a die cut from Creative Cuts and More) Easy Peasy! Wonder what I should fill this little basket with...candy is always good! Got any other different ideas for me??
The card I created to match the little basket was also super easy! I simply used the same stamp that I had created and stamped all over *"small tag #04". I think the way this tag is stamped it really makes a great focal point for the card. To finish off the project I added some Mustard ribbon, cute *mini leaves, a few buttons and some twine. Feels like Fall!
Don't forget to leave a comment, we have Mystery Blog Candy being given away! The Mystery is no-one knows which blog is the one that will be giving it away – nope not even us the designers! There are 3 Blog Candy prizes each day which will go to 3 random commenter's from three random designers blogs. So, to win some (JR Candy) go check out all the blogs, comment on as many as you can from the two day hop. You have until Sunday at noon EST to leave your comments. Good luck, the lucky winner may be YOU!!! You have 6 chances to win, check the JR blog on Sunday Evening to find out who the six lucky winners are!! Alrighty head on over to Karen Taylor's blog now and enjoy the rest of the hop!!! Thanks so much for stopping by!
Here is the list again:
Pamela Smerker <-----YOU ARE HERE
Karen Taylor <-----GO HERE NEXT
*products from www.CreativeCutsandMore.com
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Welcome Caardvarks and GCD hoppers...what a hoppin' week this is huh? Did you all enjoy day one of our blog hop? If you missed out on it, please head on over to Caardvarks and check out the fabulous creations that were posted yesterday. As for today, Day 2 I am hoping you just came over from Jenn's blog. If you happened to start out here, at Paper Askew Studio then please click on over to Caardvarks to start from the beginning so you don't miss any of the fun!
Alright now that we have all of that out of the way here are my GCD creations using "Paris Nights" 21 sheet collection pack, "Shades of Black" rub-ons, and "Shades of Black" Epoxy Stickers. I made a thank you gift set which includes six 3 1/4" note cards with envelopes, six round trinket boxes, and a paper mache picnic basket box to hold everything together.
For the paper mache box I took a full 12 x 12 sheet of Paris Nights paper and tore it into strips then into smaller pieces. I used a decoupage glue to apply layers of paper to the box and then covered the entire bottom half of the box with the glue to finish. The lid was done using the same procedures.
I think this would be a great gift for a bride to be. She could fill the trinket boxes with candy or a necklace as a little thank you for the ladies in her bridal party. A little gift wouldn't be complete without a little note of thanks. The bride can use the note cards inside for just that. The bonus, the bride gets to keep the paper mache box for herself!
I absolutely love the Paris Nights set, it is simply gorgeous and the quality of GCD products is fabulous!
Now its time to head on over to Stef's blog to see what she has created.
Here is the list again:
Pamela <--You are here!
Stef <-------PLEASE GO HERE NEXT
GCD Studios Blog
Other supplies that I used:
a paper mache box- found at Michaels
small trinket boxes - found at Target
#4 small tag- found at Creative Cuts and More
Clear decoupage Martha Stewart Glue- found at Michaels