Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Uncle Sam On A Stick!

Here some party favors for your 4th of July picnic parties!  Using a variety of paper punches and Nestabilities, I created this Uncle Sam.  He is a larger version of  this project I made last year.   I used the Inky Antics Triangle Treat Box stamp, I made the small triangle box.  Then, I adhered a bamboo skewer inside the box.  The box was filled with Fire Ball candies, and tied closed with ribbon.  Uncle Sam was attached to the front of the triangle box with some foam tape.  To complete the project, I tied a big bow on the stick.  Easy peasy!

Close up:

Side view:

Stamps:  Inky Antics-Triangle Treat Box
Ink:  Versamark
Paper:  Recollections, Colorbok, Bazzill
Misc:  Fire Ball candies, ribbon, pop up dots, bamboo skewer, Crop-A-Dile, white gel pen,  foam tape

Sorry this is so quick, I have to hurry and get ready for work!

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Summer Sale Free Shipping Etsy Shop Update

I'm doing a little bit of summer cleaning and organizing in my crafty area.  In order to make some room, I've decided to sell some of my favorite items in a special FREE shipping Summer Sale in my Etsy Shop.  Only items that have "Summer Sale Free Shipping" in the title of the listing are eligible for the free shipping.  In order to get the free shipping, you have to enter SUMMERSALE (all caps) in the coupon code box.  I have already listed some items, but more are coming.

I have also listed a mixed lot of stamps on Ebay, if you are interested in checking this out, you can do so here.

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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Thank You Party Favors

On Monday, I will be teaching the women in my Mom's knitting group how to make tissue boxes. I am very excited. They will be coming to my Mom's house, so I decided to make some little favors to give them.

The bee was made from a variety of paper punches. I really wanted to make the Busy Bee from Kim Score's tutorial, In The Garden. You can find it here. But, I don't have one of the punches in the tutorial, and I didn't know how to substitute it, bummer! So, I tried to make my own little bee. I cut the flower out with the Plantin Cricut Cartridge. The center is one of the sentiments from the Papertrey Ink's Tag It's #1. The flower is adhered to a lollipop. I punched holes in the tag and tied green ribbon (from the back) to hold the stick onto the tag. The bee was attached with a pop up dot. I made 14 of these little tags.

Stamps: Papertrey Ink- Tag It's #1
Ink: Versafine
Paper: Bo Bunny, K & Company, Recollections, The Paper Company
Misc: Ribbon, lollipops, white gel pen, pop up dots, paper punches, Plantin School Book Cricut Cartridge

Tomorrow, Mom and I are going to Stampfest By The Bay in Orlando. Even though it's inside, I just hope it doesn't rain. We've been having a lot of thunder/lightening and heavy down pours, but everything looks really green outside.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Always In Style!

This is a card made using one of my favorite Stampin' Up sets, Pattern of Friendship. I paper pieced the ladies dresses and colored them with Copics. The rosette was made using The Cat's Pajamas Easy Rosette die. The layers of the card are sandwiched with foam tape. Sheer white polka dotted ribbon was tied around the top of the front of the card with two heart stick pins. The scallop border along the top edge of the card was made using the Sizzix Large Scallop die and the small scallop border was made using the My Favorite Things Die-Namics scalllop.

Stamps: Stampin' Up-Pattern of Friendship
Ink: Memento, Versafine
Paper: Wausau, Bazzill, My Mind's Eye, Crate Paper, Recollections
Misc: Ribbon, MFT Die-namics-Scallop, My Cat's Pajamas Die-Easy Rosette, paper punches, Copics, Sizzix Large Scallop border, foam tape, heart stick pins

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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Bitten By The Bug 2 Challenge: Freshly Picked Gnomes

I decided to incorporate the Father's Day gift for my stepfather, Chuck, with the BBTB2 Challenge. This is my first time participating in one of their challenges.

Chuck likes garden gnomes, for Christmas I bought him a Boston Red Sox gnome! I cut the gnome 3 at 8 inches and cut each layer twice. The layers are sandwiched with foam tape. I did cheat a little, as I don't have Design Studio software and only a small piece of the gold paper, I used the smallest square Nestability to make his belt buckle. I ran the gnome's beard through my BIGkick with the Cuttlebug Swirls Embossing Folder. A few red pearls were added for added dimension.

For the gift bag, I adhered some "masculine" designer paper, some jute twine and few wooden buttons. Using some Scrabble tiles, I spelled out Chuck's name. For the card/gift card holder, I added a small pocket on the inside. You could put some cash or a gift card inside.

Paper: Bazzill, Recollections, October Afternoon, Creative Imaginations
Cricut: Freshly Picked
Misc: Half red pearls, foam tape, gift bag, scor-pal, tissue paper, scrabble tiles, cuttlebug swirls embossing folder, buttons, jute twine

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Another Father's Day Card

Here is another card I made for Dad. When Dad was in high school, he had a red convertible, so that was the inspiration for this card. I cut the car with my Cricut using the Nifty Fifties Cartridge. After the car was assembled with foam tape, I applied Diamond Glaze to make the car shiny. The pennant banner was made using the My Favorite Things Fishtail Banner Die-Namics.

Stamps: Jo-Ann Fabrics-Alphabet, Studio G-You are the best Dad ever
Paper: Bazzill, Provocraft, Recollections, K & Company, Colorbok
Ink: Versafine
Misc: Cricut, Nifty Fifties Cartridge, Crop-A-Dile,foam tape, diamond glaze, dmc floss

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Father of the Year Card

I love this card that Mona Pendelton made.  I decided to case it again to make a Father's Day card for Dad.   I really wanted to buy the set of Blossom 3 Nestabilities, but I had the Peony set, and I think it worked just fine.  The peony is my base, then I cut a circle, made the rosette using The Cat's Pajamas East Rosette die, and finished it off with the Making Memories Bravissimo! sentiment.  The streamers were cut free hand. 

Paper:  Papertrey Ink, Bazzill, My Mind's Eye
Misc:  Nestabilities, The Cat's Pajamas Easy Rosette die, pop up dots, Making Memories Bravissimo! sentiment, jute twine, button, sewing machine

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Father's Day Backpack

I've been trying to find the perfect tutorial for making the paper backpack. After many hours surfing the internet and several trial runs, I have combined about a zillion different sets of instructions and made one. This is for my Dad and it is filled with miniature Snickers Bars. Dad enjoys camping, so I had this little camping designer paper in my stash by Debbie Mumm called Travel. The base of the backpack is made with kraft paper that I stamped with Versamark Ink and the dot border from Papertrey Ink's 2009 anniversary set, Round & Round. The frame for the front was cut using Nestabilities and a clear piece of acetate was adhered in the inside of backpack. For some camping themed embellishments, I just cut out a tent and a campfire (from the designer paper) and popped them up with pop up dots. The "arm" straps were made using the same kraft paper, but I added a little bit of ribbon to keep it more stable, but the straps still bent a little bit. The flap is held down with some velcro.

Supplies:Stamps: Papertrey Ink-Round & Round
Ink: Versamark
Paper: Debbie Mumm, Recollections, clear acetate
Misc: Brads, ribbon, velcro, nestabilities, candy, pop up dots

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Monday, June 13, 2011

Father's Day Side Step Card

This is my first attempt at making a side step card. I used the tutorial at Splitcoast. You can view it here.

I made this card for my Dad for Father's Day. Dad has a model railroad that he was working on for as long as I can remember. His railroad is Carson City, Nevada during the gold rush.

Wyatt was stamped, colored with Copics and a Bic Marker, cut and adhered with pop up dots. To make the train tracks, I just used the Martha Stewart fence border punch. I punched out the border on a strip of cardstock, and then trimmed the points off the fence. Presto! It's a train track! The train was made using a Quickutz 2 x 2 die. I only had the engine die, so I cut the "hood" of the engine off to make the middle car and the caboose. I stamped the sentiment onto the designer paper and then added a punched heart with a pop up dote. To finish my card off, I adhered two Karen Foster Nevada STATE-ment embellishments

Stamps: My Favorite Things-Engineer Wyatt, Studio G-Lucky Guy
Ink: Memento, Versafine
Paper: Best Creations, Bazzill, My Mind's Eye, Recollections, Wausau, Bo Bunny
Mic: Paper punches, Bic Markers, Karen Foster State-Ments, Quickutz train, pop up dots, Copics

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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Teacher Fries

These fries are guaranteed fat, calorie, carbohydrate, and sugar free! They are perfect for any diet!

The fry box is from Quickutz/Lifestyle Crafts. I was able to cut it with my BIGKick without any special platform. It's a smaller fry box, measuring approximately 2 1/2 inches x 4 inches x 1 1/4 inches. First, for the french fries, I tried to sharpen down some pencils to fit in the box, but it was taking forever, so I ended up buying some small mechanical pencils. They fit perfectly. I put a small piece of floral foam in the bottom of the box, and then arranged my fries. Paper shred was added to cover up the foam and fill the box out a little bit. I wrapped a piece of yellow ribbon around the box. A simple tag was made using Lizzie Anne Designs School Days stamp set and an apple brad.

Supplies: Stamps: Lizzie Anne Designs-School Days
Paper: Best Creations Inc, Recollections
Misc: Pencils, paper shred, pop up dots, floral foam, apple brad, sticky strip, ribbon quickutz/lifestyles fry box die

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Friday, June 10, 2011

Paper Pouches with Button Card Tags

My work schedule is all messed up this week! I usually work the same shifts, on the same day, every week. But, this week it's a little different, so I don't know when I'm coming and going!

I wanted to do something a little different with the button cards. While I was up late one night surfing the net, I came across these cute variations of paper lunch sacks. Many of you know how much I enjoy using lunch sacks, so these were a great addition to my collection. Unfortunately, I don't remember where I got the idea from, so I'm sorry that I can't give her the credit!

They are super easy to make. Just sew across the bottom of the bag just above the bottom of the bag. I drew a line on the bag with a marker for illustration only. I don't recommend that you do this on the finished product as it will show through the thread once it is stitched. Then, trim just below the stitched line and the top of the bag to give it the decorative edge. are done!

What is nice about these little bags is that they are gusseted on the sides, so you can put some "thick" stuff in them. Mine have a few Hershey Kisses inside, but the possibilities are endless. You can use them for packaging gift cards, a small stamp set, ink pads, or just about anything.

Using the button cards I made, I then started building the tag. The button tag was mounted on a piece of coordinating paper. I cut a doily in half, and then adhered the sides to the bag of the paper. The doily was just a little too small, so by cutting it, I made it just a little bigger. The tag was attached to the bag using a tiny clothespin that had matching paper Modge Podged and a matching button flower.

I had a couple of Cricut Preserves Apples left over, so I decided to make use them for some last minute teacher appreciation gift. Using the Papertrey Ink Teacher's Apple set, I stamped the sentiment directly onto the bag. Some ribbon and regular sized tea dyed clothespin completed my project. It wasn't till after I finished , I realized that I should have stamped the "s" next to teacher. But, I think I looked at it too many times, because now neither one looks right! It's ok, my sister will appreciate it anyway, even if it's not grammatically correct!

Stamps: Papertrey Ink-Button Boutique, Teacher's Apple
Ink: Memento, Versafine
Paper: K & Company, Best Creations Inc., Recollections, Bazzill, My Mind's Eye
Misc: Clothespins, fabric, button, paper lunch sacks, ribbon, paper punch, cricut, pop up dots, hershey kisses, doilies, modge podge, papertrey ink button card and flower dies, dmc floss

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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Button Cards Re-Scheduled!

For those of you that are checking back to see what I made with my button cards, I'm sorry! I have to go into work early and didn't get a chance to finish taking the pictures. I will have them done and posted tomorrow as soon as I can.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Button Cards

These are a few button cards I made up this morning. I embellished then with a variety of buttons, fabric and paper scraps, and paper punched goodies. Make sure you check back tomorrow to see what I made with these button cards. As usual, I am running late and I need to iron a pair of pants for work tonight!

Stamps: Papertrey Ink-Button Boutique
Ink: Versafine, Memento
Paper: My Mind's Eye, K & Company, Recollections, Best Creation Inc., Core-dinations
Misc: Buttons, dmc floss, crocheted flower, fabric, papertrey ink dies (button card and flower), paper punch, quickutz bird, pop up dots

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Graduation Gifts

My niece, Kate, graduated from high school last week in Maine. She will be attending the University of Central Florida this fall and we are so psyched to have her down here with us! Here is a picture of the lovely Kate and her Dad, my brother, Richard.

To celebrate her special day, I made a card and nugget tin for my Mom to package her present. I found this great card to case. This beauty was found Julie B's Stamping Space. You can see her card here. I just made a few changes. Granny likes to give checks as presents, so I whipped up this nugget tin to hold the check. In the tin are six little mortar board nuggets!

The card front:

Mortar Board Nugget:
Close up of nugget tin:

For my gift, I chose to use the digital stamp, Graduating Audrey from Stamping Boutique. She is double stamped, colored with Copics, and popped up with pop up dots. She is mounted on a little frame made will Nestabilities, a corner rounder, and some rhinestones. The acrylic box is filled with two bags of Hershey Kisses and a special surprise to help her decorate her new dorm room. Wide blue ribbon was wrapped around and tied with a bow to hold the top and bottom together. Using the Justrite Favorite Occasions and Times Roman Alphabet, I made the little medallion for the top personalize with both of your names.

Close up of the medallion:

Stamps: Jusrite-Favorite Occasions & Times Roman Alphabet, Stamping Boutique-Graduating Audrey
Ink: Versafine, Memento
Paper: Bazzill, DCWV, Recollections
Misc: Martha Stewart doily, copics, nestabilties, ribbon, alphabet beads, rhinestones, pearls, pearly swirls, glitter pen, pop up dots, paper edger, corner rounder, brads, dmc floss, nugget tin, candy, sizzix sizzlet yarn alphabet, my favorite things die-namic lace border

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Friday, June 3, 2011

Father's Day Tie Card

I saw this cute card on Flowerbug's blog and decided to make one for my Dad. You can see her card here. She has complete instructions with pictures on her blog. I only made a few changes. I used my Scor-pal to make a pinstriped tie instead of an embossing folder. To make the knot on the tie pop up a little, I added a small strip of pop up tape underneath.

Stamps: Studio G
Paper: Graphic 45, Bazzill, Recollections
Ink: Versafine
Misc: Scor-pal, brads, pop up tape

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Friendship Card

Just a quick card I made this morning. The stamps are from the Justrite Friendship set. I loved the card that was on the packaging of set, so I used it as the sketch for my card. Besides changing the colors, I added a bow and pearl embellished butterfly that was punched out with a Martha Stewart paper punch.

Stamps: Justrite-Friendship Set
Ink: Versafine
Paper: Bazzill, Creative Imaginations, Recollections
Misc: Pearls, ribbon paper punch, pop up dots

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