Thursday, January 29, 2009

Shout Out to SheetLoad of Cards

Here is a shout out to SheetLoad of Cards. This is an electronic magazine that can be downloaded for free. This will give you tips on layouts and how to cut paper to get the most out of it. Check out the January 09 issue today!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Baby Shower Favor

I was invited to an impromptu baby shower with a few friends and decided to make some favors. I only had one day to make these so I created something simple yet crafty. I picked up these little bags at Joann's Fabrics in the wedding isle. I added the Its a Boy stickers to a star that was punched using my large SU Star punch with silver CS. I adhered that to the bag with a pop-up dot. Inside the bag I put blue and silver hershey kisses that said "its a boy" and "thank you" on the tags that I picked up from Walmart. Also inside the bag were these nifty little post-it rings which Kathy taught me how to make. Everyone enjoyed the treat and the handmade notes for the purse.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Home Sick

Today I am home with my youngest who is sick. She was sent home from school and has a fever. She is one of those children who spikes a fever with the common cold so she tends to take tylenol or advil when she has cold symptoms. She developed these high fevers at the age of 1 1/2. She eventually had a febrial seizure when she was about 2 1/2. It was very scary so now each time when she even has the slightest fever she needs the over the counter medicine. She is not the easiest patient because she does not like to stay in bed. Wish me luck and have a great day.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Polka Dot Birthday Girl

My girlfriend's daughter has the cutest little blond girl who truely looks like a little princess. When I started working with the Sophia stamp set line from Paper Pretties, my girlfriend thought they were gorgeous so I promised to make her daughter one for her birthday. Since she just turned 3, I thought this Sofia stamp with the teddy bear was perfect. As with my early designs with this stamp set, I used my Mega and Giga Scallop Oval punches to highlight Sofia. Polka Dots was the theme of this card so I used my Swiss dots embossing folder with my Cuttlebug on Pale Plum CS. I colored Sophia with my SU markers and then used my white gel pen to make the polka dots on her dress and the scallop oval. I added the sheer polka dot ribbon as a final touch. This was such a sweet birthday card.

Happy Thoughts

Every now and then I need a quick thank you or thinking of you card. The Circle of Friends Stamp Set from SU lets you make a quick and cute cards. Here I used this stamp set along with these cute polka dot cards from amuse art stamps. I love my scallop circle punch and use it whenever I can. The white gel pen adds the polka dot touch to the scallop circle punch. I also love my Boho Blossoms punch which makes great flowers for the center of the circle stamped with the words happy thoughts. The final touch is the rinestone brad used to fasten all the layers and then attach to the card with the glue dots. Easy and simple with these pre-made notecards.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Money Holder

Here is a quick and easy money holder to make. My girlfriend and I made these for the teachers for end of the year gifts. Who does not like cold hard cash? No one! All you do is take 8 1/2 x 11 paper and fold in thirds (here we used pink passion). You add an inner layer cut about 7 1/2 x 10 1/2. The layer for the money is about 1/4" larger than the bill. I used the simplicity corner slot punch in order to tuck in the money. You can decorate the ouside however you want. We chose the Riveting stamp set in Pink Passion ink with a little rhinestone in the middle (1 1/4 punch used) and mounted on the scallop circle punch. The Wild Wasabi stitched ribbon added the perfect touch for the stem. Cute and simple.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Boy Birthday

Since I have girls I very rarely make boy birthday cards but I am finding the need for them more often. I made this one fairly quickly with the inspiration from the SU catalog. I used Wild Wasabi, Punkin Pie, and Brilliant Blue CS and Wild Wasabi Ribbon as well as Jersey Shore retired SU DS paper. I used my large star punch to make the big stars and added the stitching with the white gel pen. I added some star brads for the middle and used pop up dots to adhere. I stamped the happy birthday using my acrylic stamp set Hey There Cupcake from Electic Paperie.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

More Teacher Name Frames

The teacher name frames are always a great gift. Any thing handmade is truely appreciated. To make these, I bought the $1 frames from AC Moore. I bought the oval for a different look than the retangle ones. I traced the frame on the backside of embossed paper from Michaels), then cut them out by hand. I attached the embossed paper to the front of the frame using Mod Podge. I bought the assorted wooden images at AC Moore and attached them to the outside frame using glue dots. I added a bow to each one.

I also traced the inside Oval as well on white CS and cut out by hand. I stamped the inside ones using my SU Short Order alphabet set. I stamped the stars in yellow or silver with the SU Background Basics set.

Once all the pieces were done, I put the frames together. These are simple and inexpensive gifts that come from the heart.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

2009 Calendars

Here are a few calendars I made for 2009. My friend Erica made some great calendars for a craft show and told me about SkyBlueInk who is a seller of brads, fasteners as well as these self stick calendars. I bought a pack of 10 (very inexpensive) with other treats of course. I had some acrylic picture frames that I bought at the Christmas Tree Shop a while back. With the help of some DS paper (Berry Bliss & Petals and Pasley) I had hanging around and of course Mod Podge, I was able to create these little calendars which stand on thier own. I also used my punched and some stamp sets to add the embellishments. The top left image is the one that I made for the teachers at school. These were made out of a magnetic picture frame with the paperclip on top to place a picture. The other two were stand alone calendars which I made with my daughter and her friend today. They are quick and easy gifts to make.

Happy New Year!

Hi Everyone,
I just wanted to wish you a happy new year! I am going to post some projects which I worked on this holiday season which can be used as gifts for anytime of the year. Stay tuned!