Thursday, April 17, 2008

Graduation Thank You notes

This card was made to co-incide with the graduation invitations. I made this example as simple as possible. I used White CS that was trimmed on the bottom edge with the deckled scissors. Then I sponged some pink on the edge. I stamped the graduation cap (from Year After Year SU Stamp Set) in black and adorned it with a rhinestone brad. The ends of the brad were cut with pliers and then adhered with glue dots. I added the Thank You (from SU Warmest Regards stamp set) in Pink Passion. I thought this one turned out simple and cute.

Graduation Invitations

Here are the sample invitations I made for a friend. I always make several editions to give my customers some choices within the specifics which they give me. The customer definitely wanted Hot Pink so I chose CS of Pink Passion and Pixie Pink. I wanted to off set it with Basic Black CS to make it pop. I used the Graduation
stamp from the Year after Year SU stamp set. In these examples, it was stamped with basic black ink. The graduation cap was adorned with either a rhinestone brad in the center or in the second set, a self adhesive rhinestone. I added some stickles to make the tassle a little sparkley. I tried two different colors for the fonts which were typed on the computer. I had alot of fun making several versions so the customer would have lots to choose from. She was duely impressed with all the options.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Baby Shower Favors

I got permission from my friend Heather to post her baby shower favors that she made for the neighbors shower. She did an awesome job! She is a wonderful and talented person who makes amazing cards and scrapbook pages. Because we both make cards, we came up with the idea of giving a box of 10 cards to each person at the shower. We both had lots of cards that we had made and collected through swaps so we just went through them and made a stash of them.

Heather made the boxes using the following materials:

Boxes: Nashville Wraps (they are actually large jewelry boxes)
Flowers: Heidi Swapp Orange Florals - AC Moore
Stamp: Thank You stamp from Heidi Swapp - Target
Brads: American Crafts (I think it's American Crafts) Extra Large Brads
Jute: AC Moore
Paper: Bazzill Basics - Right at Home Scrapbooking

They were sucha great favor! Everyone loved them and loved the cards as well. Great job Heather!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Happy Tax Day!

Happy Tax Day! For some its a great day to file and get money back and others not so fun. I hope you have them done early so you can enjoy a day of scrapping or stamping. I try to set aside a day to stamp instead of getting up early in the morning.

Have a happy day!

Monogramed Notecards

So I am addicted to Target's Dollar Spot as some already know. So over the past many months, I have picked up some adorable notecard sets (8 for a $1) from Target hoping to make some monogrammed cards for teacher gifts. Here is a red polka dot set I picked up around Valentine's Day. I made these as a thank you gift for my daughter's CCD teacher. It was so simple to do. I merely stamped the letter using my Fiskars Script Font Acrylic Set I picked up from JoAnns Fabric store in Real Red ink. I then used my SU circle punches 1 1/4 to punch it out. I next used the 1 3/8 circle punch on the Bashful Blue and then the Scallop Circle punch with Barely Banana. They came out adorable without alot of work. I will be making more for teacher appreciation week that is coming up in May.

Baby Shower Pages

Recently a group of us joined together to host a baby shower for a neighbor. So my friend wanted to do some games. Instead of that, she came up with the idea of doing a baby prediction page where everyone signs their name and guesses boy or girl, weight and due date. She wanted it to be a scrapbook page so she enlisted me to make them. I am not a scrapbooker however these pages were easy to do. Since I always do two pages so that they match, we came up with the second page being a group photo page where everyone signs their name around the outside of the photo. I went to my favorite scrapbook store - Right At Home - to see what I could find in the brown tones since the girl who the shower was for loves brown. I used a Hot Fudge (I think that is the name) Brown Brazill paper that had a shine to it as well as Berrylicious Brazill paper. I printed the words using my computer with the Harrington font which is very dressy. I also used Scenic Route Summer/Bonnie Ave DS for the second page. To the Baby Predicitions page, I used the Jumbo Antique Brass Eyelets with the Wide Grosgrain Chocolate Ribbon and on the second page I just used the ribbon tied in knots. The final touch was to use the ticket punch for the corners to add some decorative edge. These pages were a big hit at the shower and everyone thought it was a fun idea.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Back in Town

We just got back from San Diego today. What a nice city! Although the weather was 10 degrees colder than normal it was still warmer than here. It was a Balmy 60 degrees or so. Anyway, while my husband was on business, we were enjoying the tourist things to do like visit Disneyland, Sea World and the San Diego Zoo as well as the Seaport Village. It was not warm enough to go on the beaches but it was sunny! It was a very nice and short vacation. Now back to work! I have put many things on the back burner and need to catch up. I will be posting some invitations and some scrapbook pages for a baby shower. Looking forward to creating again.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Tortoise Thank You

I think these thank yous came out so cute! Again, I used the same elements as I had used in the invitaions and made both boy and girl versions. I want to thank Amy Czuba for lending me the level 3 hostess stamp from the Older & Wiser stamp set. I just thought this tortoise stamp was the perfect stamp and very excited that I found someone who had it so I could borrow it.
This time for the card, I used Green Galore CS instead of the Brazill paper. I first stamped the thank you on the card from the Warmest Regards stamp set in black. Then, I embossed using my Cuttle Bug template Tiny Mosaics. I stamped the tortoise image in Black ink then colored in using the same colors as the invitations. I highlighted the tortoise shell spots using Crystal Effects to add some depth and then added some Stickles to the hat for some sparkle. I also used my Mega Circle and Giga Scalloped Circle punches for the tortoise and the DS paper. After I mounted the image, I used my paper piecing tool to add some detail. I am very happy at the way that they came out. I am going to do some tortoise bookmarks too at a later date.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

My First Award - Arte Y Pico award

This is my first award - I am so excited! I've received the Arte Y Pico (Art & More) award from my SBS sister Emma...thanks so I am going to pass it on to some others who have some great blogs!

The rules of this award are....

1. You have to pick 5 blogs that you consider deserve this award for their creativity,design,interesting material,and also contributes to the blogging community,no matter what language.

2. Each award has to give the name of the author and also a link to his or her blog to be visited by everyone.

3. Each award winner has to show the award and put the name and link to the blog that has given her or him the award itself.

4. Award winner and the one who has given the prize have to show the link of Arte y Pico blog,so everyone will know the origin of this award.

5. To show these rules.So I'm passing it onto...




I could not come up with 5 but I hope these people get this. Visit their blogs for awesome ideas.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

I have been tagged!

I have been tagged by my friend Joanne B. looking for seven rando facts. Here they are:

1) In High School, I was in Dance Club.

2) In College, I majored in Bioengineering. Boy, I can't be further from that now.

3) My first date movie was in high school to see "Aleins" after eating Chinese food.

4) I love the color pink.

5) The furthest I ever traveled was to the Phillippines when I was in high school. It was definitely a culture shock as to what they considered upper class in comparison to the US. It was a great learning experience and trip.

6)I am an advid volunteer for both of my daughter's classes and schools.

7)I am a Brownie Girl Scout Leader for my daughter's troop.

I am going to tag some of my SBS 15 Sisters: Monica, Yesy, Emma and Nany. Be sure to check their sites for some great stuff.

Tortoise Invitations

As you know, my youngest daughter loves Tortoise's so I made these invitations to her birthday party. Since she was inviting both boys and girls, I thought I would make different invitations for each. With these invitations, I went to Right at Home Scrapbooking store to get the paper - Limeade Brazill paper for the backing and Doodlebug Birthday Girl and Birthday Boy stripped paper. I did the printing on my computer. The Tortoise's were made using my Cuttlebug Cuttle Kids die cut. I hand cut the hats. The pom pom on the top of the party hats were made with 1/2 inch strips of paper, cut slits on one side of the paper and then using glue at the edge, twirl around a toothpick or paper piercing tool, bend back the small strips and stick on with a glue dot. These came out super cute. Stay tuned to see the thank yous.