Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Fall Sympathy Card

Sympathy cards are always hard to make - partly because it's just sad to have to send one. For this card I wanted to create a pretty fall card to say I cared! I used the branches from stamp set Autumn Days to create a fall wreath using more mustard, soft suede and cajun craze inks. I added on a little bow using 1/8" Taffeta ribbon in pumpkin pie. I created a textured background for the card using the Square Lattice Embossing folder in the big shot. Then the rest of the card is made using punches. the Lace Ribbon Border punch for the bottom and then two sizes of oval and the scallop oval to create the sentiment.

stamps: Autumn Days, Teeny Tiny Wishes
ink: soft suede, more mustard, cajun craze
paper: whisper white, soft suede, more mustard, cajun craze, chocolate chip, pumpkin pie
other: 1/8" taffeta ribbon in pumpkin pie, Lace ribbon Border punch, oval punches, scallop oval punch, dimensionals, square lattice embossing folder

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Doctor Who Birthday Card

My husband is a big Doctor Who fan (well.. so am I to be honest) so I wanted to make him a special card for his birthday this year. I've been into punch art more this year and thought... hey, it wouldn't be that hard to create a TARDIS! So I made him this TARDIS card using stampin up paper and punches. The card is Not Quite Navy Cardstock and I scored it to the size of a regular card so that it would fit inside a normal sized medim envelope. Then I used square punches to create the doors, sponging the edges with not quite navy ink to make them look more dimensional and aged. The hardest part was figuring out how to close the doors. I dug through my stash and found these little hardware toggles which did the job nicely.

on the inside I put a piece of white to write on and added the Happy Birthday message from the hostess set Happiest Birthday Wishes!

I think he was quite surprised by the card and loved it! It also helped that it came with the newest season of Doctor Who on DVD, which came out just a day before his birthday! Perfect! Now I get to watch it with him!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Turkey Day!

I wanted to share these turkeys -- This is image from an old post but some of you may not have seen it and it seemed fitting to share it again! If you like to see the whole post you can find it here.

I hope everyone is having a fabulous thanksgiving, spending time with their families and enjoying their day!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Clothespin Magnets

Now that the craft fair is over I have some more fun items to share with you... I was too busy creating to post much while I was making these! The Clothespin magnets turned out so awesome! They do take a little time to make but the effort was worth it I think. To make these I picked out some of my favorite designer papers and glued them onto both sides of the clothespins and then sanded the edges and used modge podge to seal them. When choosing clothespins for this make sure they don't have cracks or rough edges, there were some in the pack that weren't as nice as others.

Then I let them dry overnight and embellished the next day. I made some with flowers:

And a few with owls punched out using the owl punch:

And a few with roses (this is NOT a die from SU...naughty, I know but I do a have a few other sizzix dies!)

Here is what the back looks like. These size of these little magnets works perfect and they're nice and strong!

Here is how they looked all packed up in cello bags with headers for the craft show!

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Tealight Snowflake Candle Holder!

Here is another project you will be able to make if you sign up for my Holiday Gift Class! RSVPs are due by the end of the Day on Monday, Nov 21, so make sure to contact me if you'd like to attend! This snowflake holder is cut out of thin metal using the Big shot! How cool is that? I also embossed it to add the dots! You will also get to learn how to stamp the tea light candle. This is easier than you think and adds a lot of fun to the gift. The design does stay as you burn the candle, it sinks down. I tested one to make sure it would burn ok!

Stretchy Flower Bookmark

Isn't this the coolest thing? As a Stampin' Up Demonstrator we get a cool magazine each month with ideas in it, which is where I first saw a bookmark like this. I knew I had to try it and decided it would be one of the projects for my Christmas class this year! If you'd like to learn how to make this, you have until Monday to sign up for my Christmas class! I made this one using the Holly Berry Bouquet fabric and buttons but you can also use the Spice Cake fabric if you like that better.

This bookmark can be made to fit a variety of book sizes so you can customize it--wouldn't it be great to give with a book as a gift? It has some stretch in it so you can stretch it around to mark your page! I know all the book-lovers in my life would love one of these!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Gift Card Holder from Envelope

Are you giving any gift cards for the holidays? If you are here is a simple and easy way to make them look super cute!

I used a medium sized envelope from Stampin' Up and folded it in half. (If you use the simply scored tool then you will score one line before the 3" mark.) Then you cut off the top right flap as shown here:

I sealed down the left hand flap and covered that side of the envelope with a piece of patterned paper that was 2 7/8" wide by 4 3/8" tall. Now on the Right side you have a neat little pocket to put your card in.
To make my card a little easier to pull out I attached it to a tag cut out using the Two Tags big shot die with a bow on the top! Ribbon around the whole thing makes it easy to tie shut and then decorate the front as you like! What a fun presentation for any gift card!

I know you probably need to order some envelopes now, right? Just contact me and I can order some for you.. this size is hard to find in the stores and Stampin' Ups are nicely priced (only $6.50 for 40) Plus, they are made from the same high-quality paper as their cardstocks!

stamps: Pines & Poinsettias, Teeny Tiny Wishes
ink: chocolate chip
paper: crumb cake envelope, Frostwood lodge designer series paper, whisper white, chocolate chip
other: polka-dot scallop ribbon in chocolate chip and cherry cobbler, scallop circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, Two Tags Big shot die, word window punch

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Friday, November 18, 2011

Craft Fair Recap!

Sorry I haven't posted in a while... once I post today you will see why - I've been super busy creating goodies for the craft fair I participated in last weekend! I didn't get the best photos since I forgot to charge my camera and had to snap a few quick ones before the battery died but you can get an idea of what I had there.

Here's an over pic of the booth. A friend of mine gave me this big black display board-- it worked perfect to display my wreaths and magnetic memo boards:

In the middle I hung a piece of metal to display my domino magnets and some clothespin magnets too:

Here you can see the fall lolly wreath a little better along with my dry-erase frames:

And here is the Christmas wreath and more magnetic memo boards:

Of course I had lots of poops:

Thank so much to everyone who came to visit me. The day was a pretty good success and my booth was pretty steady the whole day! I had lots of compliments on how nice it looked. I do have a bunch of stuff left so let me know if you see anything you love and want to buy!!

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Friday, November 4, 2011

Bleached Snowflakes

Can you tell I was having fun playing with the Bleach Technique? Here are a couple more holiday cards using it. I love how it looks different on different colors of card stock. For this card I stamped the snowflakes fro the Serene Snowflakes stamp set with bleach on Night of Navy Card stock. The show up almost a crumb cake color! How cool is that?

To make the rest of the card I used a crumb cake card base and attached some snowflakes cut out with the big shot (Northern Frost Decorative Strip die) and added them onto the card. I also added on a bitty clear button for some added detail. Along the bottom of the image is a strip of bashful blue paper punched out using the Lace Ribbon Border punch. The Sentiment is from the set Sincere Salutations and was punched out with the large oval punch.

Here's another variation using another piece of the Night of Navy Card stock with bleached snowflakes. This time I used a white card stock base and layered a piece of soft suede card stock embossed with the Framed Tulips embossing folder over it. This made a perfect frame for my snowflake piece. I added on some ribbon and the sentiment from the Many Merry Wishes stamp set. and all done! A beautiful simple card.

stamps: Serene Snowflakes, sincere salutations, Many Merry Messages
ink: Bleach, Night of Navy
paper: Night of Navy, crumb cake, bashful blue, whisper white,
other: Large oval punch, Lace Ribbon border punch, big shot, Northern Frost Decorative Strip die, bitty button, bakers twine, framed tulips embossing folder,

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Bleached Christmas Tree!

Another card using bleach. This time I used bleach to ink up the big tree from the Christmas Lodge stamp set. I stamped it on always artichoke paper that had been cut out into the top Note shape using the Big Shot.

For the card base I used Crumb Cake Card stock and stamped the big woodgrain background stamp on it. Then I added a strip of early espresso paper and some of the Frostwood Lodge Designer paper -- I LOVE the plaids in this paper pack!

To add a finishing touch I stamped the Sentiment Merry Christmas from the season of Joy Stamp Set and added it on, framing it with a scalloped oval.

stamps: Woodgrain Background, Season of Joy, Christmas Lodge
ink: Bleach, Cranberry Crisp,
paper: Always Artichoke, crumb cake, whisper white, Frostwood Lodge Designer Paper, early espresso
other: oval punch, scallop oval punch


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