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Happy New Year & a Sneak Peek at 2009!

Goodbye 2008...It's always a little sad to let go of another year but we are welcoming 2009 with open arms. 2009 will bring many changes to Lil Lamb's Boutique including a website makeover, monthly Deluxe Scrapbook Kits, and new Page of the Month kits. We are excited to get things rolling so we are giving you a sneak peek of a few things to come...

Introducing... Deluxe Scrapbook Kits which will include several project examples and all of the fun paper and embellishments needed to create them.

Here are a couple of our January/February Kits.
These will be in limited supply- so grab them while you can!
Bittersweet Deluxe Kit

Available now!

A fabulous card by designer Catherine Doucette (DancingPearDesigns)
using the Splendid kit
Introducing... Page of the Month Kits
We will be offering one kit each month which will include all of the items needed to create the double page layout of the month.

A sneak peek at January's POTM by Kelly Goree from Basic Grey.

And a sneak peek at February's POTM by Becky Fleck from Basic Grey

Check back soon!
We will be adding these kits to our store and will keep you updated with new projects on a regular basis.
We would like to thank all of you for making 2008 our best year yet. Without our customers, friends, and blog fans, this vision wouldn't have come to life and provided us with so much to look forward to in the new year. Warmest wishes for all good things in the new year to all of you!

Crate Paper~Prudence

Do you ever have a paper that you tend to reach for over and over again? This fall that paper for me was from the Crate Paper Prudence Collection. To be honest with you, it was one of those that when I first saw it I wondered how I would be able to use it. Well, I figured it out fast! My outdoor fall photos all just seemed to "work" with this collection.

On the journaling, I dipped the edges in Coffee Shop Glimmer Mist from Tattered Angels to give it a more distressed look. As anyone with a four year old knows... distressed fits perfectly.

Oh, and sorry for the horrible pictures-- my local friends can verify that we haven't seen the sun in quite a while. ;-)

Posted by Tammy

Peanut Butter Buckeye's yuuuummmmy!

I love to do little Christmas things for my neighbors...and here's what they are receiving this year! The kits were from Martha Stewart...and I filled them with Buckeye's. Here's my favorite recipe! Merry Christmas to all of our "neighbors" and friends out there!


1 1/2 cups Jif Creamy Peanut Butter
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 to 4 cups confectioners sugar

1 pound chocolate chips
2 tablespoons Crisco® Shortening

Combine Jif, butter or margarine, vanilla and salt in large bowl. Beat at low speed of electric mixer until blended.
Add 2 cups sugar. Beat until blended.
Continue adding 1/2 cup sugar at a time until mixture shaped into ball will hold onto toothpick.
Shape into 3/4 inch balls. Place on tray. Chill.
For coating, combine chocolate chips and Crisco® Shortening in microwave-safe bowl.
Microwave at 50% (medium) for 1 minute. Stir. Repeat until mixture is smooth.
Insert toothpick in candy ball. Dip three-fourths of ball into melted coating.
Scrape off excess.

Place on waxed paper lined tray.
Remove toothpick. Drizzle a bit over the top to cover the hole from the toothpick.
Refrigerate until coating is firm then remove from paper.
Store in refrigerator!
Makes 8 dozen.

Tim Holtz Inspired Envelope~using Glimmer Mist!

If you've checked out our blog before...you know we are BIG fans of that glimmery goodness in Glimmer Mist! Tammy tells me she has almost sold out, but there is more on the way! I still HAD to post this project, as when I discovered it...I think I squealed just a little. :-)

If you are a Tim Holtz fan (ME!!!), then maybe you saw his 12 Days of Tags on his blog . I was soooo inspired and wanted to try, but I don't have any of his blending inks and product. But I do have Glimmer Mist! What I discovered is I can stamp with Staz On ink, and since it is a solvent ink, Glimmer Mist cannot penetrate it once dry. So, you can spray on the dry, stamped image! Below you can see how I rubbed with paper towels to mimic Tim's aged "look"!

Plus, my husband is a lucky, lucky Starbucks fan!

I discovered that you can use Staz On with Glimmer Mist!

Here's my stamped image...now let it dry just a bit before spraying!

Now, spray onto the area that you would like to "age". I used Coffee Shop to age my tags and envelope for this project.
Have a paper towel handy, ball it up a little, and rub like mad!

Now, I didn't get to wipe this quick enough trying to juggle the camera (and this is a tag I was practicing on and not the envelope)...but you get the idea. You just have to spray then rub pretty fast! If you don't rub quickly, you get left with the little dots, which might be cool in another project...

Here's another one of my favorite tricks with Glimmer Mist: Spray just one or two sprays onto a Zip Lock bag and use it as watercolor paint!

Dipping directly into your little pool of Glimmer Mist, paint onto the image! I painted HollyBerry and Forest Green.

Stamped some cool words...and added a few holly berries with red Stickles.

Embossed with Moss Green powder.

I created a mask to stamp over as to not ruin my Santa...

I stamped silver snowflakes over the mask.

Here's a peek at the little Santa Sweat Shop I had goin on! I made envelopes and tags! I tried different color and size tags too...

Here is the completed envelope, I added a "Noel" title, metal snowflake brad, a key and the thingy at the top that I can't remember what they are called!

The lucky mans' Starbucks gift cards!

Easily tucked into the envelope!

He'll get to open them Christmas Day! It's now hanging on our Christmas tree!
Posted by Catherine

How to make a teacher happy!!

I have 10 teachers that I wanted to create little gifts for...and I made these for around $6 each, mostly just using up my stash! I found the tall glass apothecary jars for $4 each at Marshalls, and the smaller round jars at the Dollar Store for $1 each. I went to Costco and bought a HUGE bin of those wonderful *melt in your mouth* peppermint candy for $7. Ohhhh...you should smell my craft area!! Peppermint!!
My big hint is that all of the ribbon is held in place with glue dots...just a few! I also handpainted the "candy" on top with Staz-On ink! I made the circular tags using my Spellbinders Die, then just using up scraps laying around, from Prima Leaves, Melissa Frances Tags, Glimmer Mist, Stickles, buttons, ribbons, brads, twine, I created these special candy jars. I have written personal messages on the back of each of the tags....Won't these put a smile on their faces??? Merry Christmas, and thank you to all of you teachers out there!

Posted by Catherine

Fancy Pants Artic Chill ~Suspended Snowflake Card~

I have been playing with acrylic sheets recently, and wanted to make a card where you could "peek" through to the inside paper. So, I got the idea to "suspend" a snowflake in the middle of the widow! Here is how I did it!!

I love using these "non-traditional" colors for Winter projects. Purple and pale green for Christmas? Sure! Especially when it is as amazing as this Fancy Pants Artic Chill paper. So, first I gathered my paper and decided what image I wanted on the inside...and what area I wanted to peek through.

I gathered my Glimmer Mist, cut one snowflake from white Bazzill paper, then several from the matching front paper of the card. I covered the snowflakes with Glimmer Mist, then set aside to dry. I cut two large acrylic circles using my Sizzix circle die. The circles need to be larger than the image you are suspending!

I then gathered the rest of my supplies, ink, another smaller circle punch that just fit my snowflake image, and a basic white card.

I cut the Title Strips apart to use as accent pieces, then I cut my paper to the size of the card, keeping in mind the area of the inside paper I wanted to highlight with the window.

Then I lined the papers up how they would eventually be glued in the card so I knew where to punch my front circle.

Keeping the paper aligned, I punched my front circle.

Here's the paper on the card...

Next, I punched the card itself...and also lined up my inside paper and punched it too (this will cover the acrylic window from the inside).

Now that you have your circles all cut and lined up, we need to make the window!! Your snowflake should be all dry now, if not, hit it with your heat gun for a few seconds. I put a tiny glue dot on the center of the snowflake and placed it in the center of one of the acrylic circles. I then created a snowflake sandwich and attached the two pieces of acrylic with glue dots, keeping the glue dots as close to the edge as possible. Then I attached the completed window to the card using even more glue dots! Lots of dots, but you want it to hold!

Next I inked all of my papers, distressed the edges and attached to the card.

I added my Title Strips, aligning and cutting them with the same circle punch I used on the paper and card, then inked the edges and attached with glue dots! Attached the snowflakes and added metal dots to the centers.

Here's how the card looks when opened, you get another view of the suspended snowflake and the beautiful paper.

Here's the final card, the last touch I did was to stamp a large snowflake with Glimmer Mist and Glimmer mask! Taa Daa! You're done!

Posted by Catherine

And now on to my next obsession...Copic Markers!

Copic Sketch Markers~Basic 36 set

A marker?? Come on... how could anyone be obsessed with a marker?? Yes, I admit this question has entered my mind more than once as I pondered my NEED for these life changing writing utensils. Okay, life changing may be a bit much but as I find myself visiting the numerous tutorials and blogs dedicated to Copics I am seeing how they will change the way I scrapbook. Here is one of my favorite tutorials on the sketch marker that I stumbled upon in my quest. Belle Papier by Julia Stainton She gives beautiful examples and clear instructions on the many techniques of using this marker... I think I see an airbrush system in my future... I can't believe I just said that.
And for the beginner that still is not quite sure whether they want to invest in a set of markers.... Copic presents the Copic Ciao Markers. These are are the perfect choice for beginning artists. These round shaped pens are made specifically for those who want to try markers for the first time. The same great benefits of the Sketch marker- just a smaller size and smaller price tag. These are in sets of 36 markers. We have set 36A, 36B, 36C and 36D in stock.
And don't forget the colorless blender! Perfect for blending colors and highlighting.
And now for the cherry on top... The Copic Atyou Spica Glitter Pens... yes, I said glitter. This is not your typical glitter pen. This pen comes in 12 transparent colors and contains pigment based, non-toxic, acid-free ink. It is archival and has a no-clog tip and micro glass flakes for maximum sparkle. Best of all this pen will write for over 360 yards- twice the length of other writing pens.

These are all in stock now and would make a great holiday gift for yourself or that special person in your life!
Posted by Tammy

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