Monday, January 26, 2015

Love You To The Core!

This is the perfect Valentine for your favorite teacher.  I think everyone knows that my favorite teacher is my sister/best friend in the whole world!

It's a pretty simple card.  It's hard to see, but the apple is actually stamped/cut out and put on the inside of the card so it shows though the circle that I cut out on the front?!  Does that make any sense at all?!  One of my favorite die sets to use, as of late, is the Dainty Bow Die-Namics from My Favorite Things.  I got it last year as a gift from my sister, and it's totally awesome.  Lately, I never seem to have the right color of ribbon on hand (I'm trying really hard not to buy new/more stuff) and if I do, I can never get my bows to look right.   This way, I have bows that match the card stock perfectly and they look great.

Stamps:  Papertrey Ink-Fruit Fusion Apple Stamp Set
Ink:  Papertrey Ink, Versafine
Paper:  Bazzill, American Crafts, The Paper Source
Misc:  My Favorite Things Dainty Bow Die Namics, Nestabilities

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Ding Dong Valentines

I love Valentines Day, I think because I love candy!  Not only do I love candy, but I love chocolate, and that is a totally different food group.

Here is a cute, quick, inexpensive, and unique treat for all of your favorite Valentines.  The sentiment is computer generated.  Then, I stamped the "frame" from the Papertrey Ink Tag Its #1.  I punched that sucker out, backed it with a scallop Nestabilitities, and a few paper punched hearts added a finishing touch.

I bought the Ding Dongs at Target, and so far I've eaten four of them!  Oh well, I will have to buy another box before Valentine's Day.  I'ts a sacrifice I am willing to make to keep the economy going!!

Stamps:  Papertrey Ink:  Tag Its #1
Ink:  Papertrey Ink
Paper:  Recollections, Bazzill, American Crafts
Misc:  Ding Dongs, paper punches, pop up dots, Nestabilities,

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Handmade With Love Gable Boxes

I feel absolutely lousy today.  A bad cold/flu is going around work, and it looks like it's my turn to get it.  So, I'm hoping that sharing some Valentine cheer will help me feel better!

I made some gable boxes (during Christmas!) and I finally got around to decorate them last weekend.  The boxes, big roses, and the leaves were all cut with my Cricut.    I wanted to give my boxes a little "heft", so they could hold a heavier treat inside.  So, I actually cut 2 of each piece and adhered them together.  Then, I used two Papertrey Ink Stamp Sets,  Heart-2-Heart #11 and Fillable Frames #5 for my sentiment.  A few paper punch flowers and butterflies, some tiny clothes pins, baker's twine and most important, some pop up dots and my boxes are ready to be filled with something sweet!

Sta;mps:  Papertrey Ink-Fillable Frames #5, Heart 2 Heart #11
Ink:  Papertrey Ink
Paper:  American Crafts, Recollections
Misc:  paper punches, baker's twine, half pearls, mini clothespins, Nestabilities, pop up dots, buttons, George & Basic Shapes and Tags, Bags, Boxes & More 2 Cricut Cartridges

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Monday, January 12, 2015

3 Cheers for Pretty Nails!

I am constantly organizing/re-organizing my craft area, otherwise known as "Craft Central". I recently made a trip to Ikea (it's less than 2 miles from where I live) and bought another table.    I set it up in an "L" shape with my existing table.  Now, I have my Big Kick, Cricut, and my paper cutter all within in reach, and I only have to get up to refill my coffee or go to the bathroom!  I truly love making things, so having this space means the world to me.  If I'm not at work, I'm sitting at my table having a blast!  I've already picked out the next pieces of furniture that I am going to buy, as Craft Central is a work in progress.

So, while I was setting up my table, putting away the Christmas crafts, and re-organizing, I found some extra bottles of nail polish.  Since, it was the day after my Patriots won, in a very narrow, white knuckled, they are making my ulcer hurt game, I decided to use that bottle of polish and punch some paper!  One of the ladies at my Mom's knitting group is also from Massachusetts and she is also a die hard fan.  She is such a good friend to my Mom, and I wanted to make her something to let her know how grateful I am that she is part of my Mom's life.

I made her this little nail polish cheerleader!  While I was making this, I thought they would be perfect for a girls cheerleading squad or favors for a party.  After I punched and assembled her, I attached her to the nail polish with some Scotch Reusable Tabs .  This way you can remove the cheerleader from the bottle without ripping her.

This is a side view:

Paper:  Recollections, Bazzill
Ink:  Memento
Misc:  Nail polish, pop up dots, paper dots, black Sharpie pen, Scotch Reusable Tabs, Mama Elephant Dainty Bow Die

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Sunday, January 11, 2015

A Sweet Valentine Story

Remember the old Life Savers Sweet Story Book?  I used to love them, we always brought them for the Christmas gift exchanges in elementary school.

Over the years, they have changed a bit.  I bought one after Christmas, while they were on sale.  It was a little disappointing, when I opened it up, they now only have candy on one side of the book.  

I thought I could "trick" it up a little with a little Beth-A-Palooza flair.  Since Christmas is over, I decided to make my sweet story book for Valentines Day.

Using my Scor-Pal, I made my "book".  I used the original packaging as the template.  The image is Pure Innocence I Luv You With All My Heart.  I colored her with Copics and paper
pierced her dress and the big heart Valentine that she is holding.  Diamond Glaze was added to the heart to give it a little bit of texture.

This is the inside of my sweet story.  The sentiment is from the same PI set.

Stamps:  My Favorite Things-Pure Innocence I Luv You With All My Heart
Ink:  Memento, Versafine
Paper:  Neenah, American Crafts, Bazzill
Misc:  Copics, Diamond Glaze, paper punches,  pop up dots, My Favorite Things Scallop Oval Die-Namics Die, Life Savers Sweet Story Book, Scor-pal, ribbon

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