Thursday, December 15, 2016

Hershey Kiss Turkey

This was a little treat that I made to decorate my sister's Thanksgiving table.   Once again I used my Cricut to cut the little turkey out.  The body and the feathers are two separate pieces.  I sandwiched a toothpick between them and then adhered them together with pop up dots.  The toothpick was trimmed down and then I stuck it into the Hershey Kiss.  They were pretty simple to make and were a big hit!

Paper:  Bazzill, Recollections, Echo Park
Ink:  Stamps by Judith, Heidi Swapp
Misc:  Toothpicks, pop up dots, Cricut, Hershey Kisses

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Take Out Santa

Time sure has a way of slipping by, really fast!  Besides working, I've had two craft fairs and just came back from spending a week with my Dad in Massachusetts.  I have been working non stop on my crafty adventures, yet didn't take photos  of every thing.  I did take some, and I just edited them all, so I'm going to start posting.  There are few goodies left from Halloween and Thanksgiving that will be sprinkled in with the Christmas crafts.  

A few years back, after Halloween, I bought a whole bunch of take out boxes that where on clearance for 90% off.  I really just wanted the handles so that I could make different boxes.  I finally got around to making them and thought they would be perfect to pack a small Christmas gift or baked good.

Using some paper punches, Nestabilities, and my handy dandy Cricut Explore, I was able to make the face for my Santa.  I absolutely love the Cricut Explore, the possibilities are endless!  For added dimension, I used an embossing folder, textured paper, and my favorite pop up dots.  I tied the candy canes to the top with a piece of baker's twine to make it look like chop sticks on top of Chinese food take-out.

Paper:  Bazzill, Recollections
Ink:  Versacolor
Misc:  Candy canes, baker's twine, paper punches, white gel pen, Cricut, Stickles, My Favorite Things Scalloped Border Die-Namics, Cuttlebug Swirls Embossing Folder, take out box handle

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

My First Paper Cake

My niece, Jennifer, was having a Halloween themed bridal shower for her best friend.  I've always wanted to make a paper cake, so this was the perfect opportunity.  I had some extra spiders that I thought would be perfect crawling over the cake.

The stand was made using a charger and simple candlestick holder that I bought at Michaels.  

I used my Cricut to cut out two different size cake boxes.  The paper roses where made using the My Favorite Things Mini Rolled Roses Die-Namics.  The leaves where also cut with the my Cricut.  The little skulls where from a necklace that I also picked up at Michaels.  I just cut the necklace apart and then glued the little skulls on top.  Then I added a white doily to the top, so that the spider could stand on top of the cake.  

I added a few extra spiders to crawl up the sides of the cake for a spooky effect.  Each piece of cake is filled with candy, my favorite part of the cake!

Paper:  Recollections, Bazzill
Misc:  Cricut, My Favorite Things Mini Rolled Roses Die-Namics, beaded spiders, mini skulls, white doily, charger, candlestick, candy

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Halloween Tags

I had originally scheduled to share this post this morning, but I was in a rush to get to work as I didn't know how long I was going to be able to stay.  We are on high alert here in Florida waiting for Hurricane Matthew.  I did leave work early and started watching the news, but it was starting to scare me so much, that I couldn't watch it anymore.  We've had brief periods of rain and a little wind, and now the sun is shining.  The worst is supposed to come late tonight early tomorrow morning.  I just hope I don't loose power.

Now, onto something more fun!

I am having so much fun using my new Cricut Explore.  It's the coolest thing!  Today, I am showing some tags I made for my sister, cousin, and a few of their colleagues at their school.

I used the Cricut to cut out the skeleton, tombstone and the actual tag.  The grass and tab are both dies from My Favorite Things.  The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink.  I paper punched the pumpkins and the bats.  To personalize each tag, I used my typewriter to print out their names.

Stamps:  Papertrey Ink-Boo To You
Ink:  Versafine, Heidi Swapp, Momento
Paper:  Echo Park, Recollections, Bazzill
Misc:  Cricut, paper punches, baker's twine, pop up dots, typewriter

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Spider Jars

I had so much fun making the school house mason jars for my favorite teachers, I wanted to try something for Halloween. I found some cute beaded spiders on Pinterest and decided that they would be perfect.  I made a few modifications to make them fit.

I actually remembered to take pictures off the top before I glued the the top of the dome on.  I used my Cricut to cut the scalloped circle and added some orange sequins.

You can't forget to add a goodie to the jar, I chose one my favorite Halloween treats!

You can't really see it, but there is also a small black spider web that I cut out with my Cricut, as well.

Here is a close up of the tag.  It's just a simple one with a paper punched pumpkin and a stamped sentiment.

This is the first spider I made before I shortened the legs to fit inside the done.

Stamps:  Studio G-Trick or Treat
Ink:  Versafine, Heidi Swapp
Paper:  Graphic 45, Bazzill
Misc:  Cricut, Ball Mason Jar, orange sequins, beads, wire, ribbon, baker's twine, pop up dots, paper punch, plastic dome ornament

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Birthday Balloons

Sorry this picture looks so dark.  It looks so much better in real life.  I just love the look of the simple white cards with a splash of color.

Stamps:  My Favorite Things-Big Greetings
Ink:  Versafine
Paper:  Recollections, The Paper Company
Misc:  Cricut Design Space, baker's twine, pop up dots, white gel pen

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Monday, October 3, 2016

You "Crack" Me Up Candy Boxes

I made these little jack-a-lantern candy holders using the We R Memory Keepers Candy Box Punch Board.  They were super simple to make.  Instead of punching both sides, I just punched the one side and then closed the other side like a box bottom.  Their funny faces were made using a variety of paper punches.  To finish them off, I tied some raffia and adhered a paper punched  sunflower.

Paper:  Bazzill, The Paper Company, Recollections
Misc:  We R Memory Keepers Candy Bunch Board, paper punches, white gel pen, pop up dots, raffia, candy

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Zombie Birthday

On my birthday, we went to our favorite scrapbook store, Violette's in Lakeland.  I treated myself to some new stamp sets, including this one, called Undying Love by Sugar Pea Designs.

My lovely little Zombie girl was colored using Copics and then fussy cut.  The banner was made using my new handy dandy Cricut Explore and a Scary Spiders dies from Memory Box.  The drippy goo on top of the sentiment is from a Martha Stewart punch I bought some time ago.

I've been anxiously awaiting tonight, American Horror Story is back and I can hardly wait!

Stamps:  Sugar Pea Designs-Undying Love
Ink:  Versafine, Momento
Paper:  Snap, Bazzill, Recollections, Velllum
Misc:  Copics, brads, baker's twine, pop up dots, Martha Stewart Drippy Goo Punch, white gel pen, Memory Box Scary Spiders

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

A Birthday Card for My Dad

Today is my favorite kind of day off.  It's cloudy, rain in the forecast, and I don't have to go anywhere!  It's perfect scary movie watching crafty kind of day!

Here is a card I made for my Dad.  He has always loved model railroads and when I went home for Father's Day, I found my old bedroom was now converted into a railroad of Carson City during the Gold Rush.  It was very impressive!  So, a card with trains was very fitting.  Some of the very first dies I bought where Quickutz, and this cute little train was one of them.  I did buy it especially for my Dad.

Stamps:  My Favorite Things-Big Greetings
Ink:  Versfine, Mememto
Paper:  October Afternoon, Bazzill, Recollections, MME
Misc:  Papertrey Ink alphabet dies, foam mounting tape, Quickutz train die

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Friday, September 9, 2016

Gifts for My Favorite Teachers

I decided to use my Petite Places dies & stamps to make some back to school gifts for my favorite teachers.  Although they have been back to school for a month, I'm sure they will enjoy this special treat.

I decided that I'm not very good at the stamping part, so I used the dies to cut out card stock.  I meant to take pictures before I put the domes on them, but I forgot.  It's kind of hard to see them, but I am very pleased with the way they came out.  I had some gold star glitter in my stash which I think goes quite well with the teacher theme.  It reminded me of those stars that you had to lick that the teachers would put on our papers.  I guess I'm dating myself!

I saw these cut little jars in Wal-Mart, so I made a smaller one for my friend.  She is working at a charter school this year, and they have a strict no junk food policy for teachers and students.  So, she will have to enjoy the candy part at home, if her husband and sons don't find it first!  I used my Cricut to cut the scalloped circle as none of the Nestabilities seemed to be the right size.

Stamps:  Papertrey Ink-Petite Places School
Ink;  Versafine, Papertrey Ink
Paper:  Recollections, Bazzill
Misc:  Mason jars, baker's twine, candy, star glitter, Petite Places School dies,  Cricut Design Space

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Monday, September 5, 2016

Disney 2016

Happy Labor Day!  I've decided not to labor at work today, but to labor in craft central while rocking out to some tunes.  Today, would have been Freddie Mercury's 70th birthday, so I'm listening to some of my favorite Queen songs.

Here is the official video to one my favorites:

Paper:  Recollections, Bazzill, Bo Bunny
Misc:  Cricut Alphalicious and Mickey and Friends Cartridge, pop up dots, pop up dots

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Saturday, September 3, 2016

Scrapbook Pages For Your Favorite Wizard

I decided to step out of my comfort zone and try something new.  I chose to try and make some scrapbook pages.  Some of my family members are huge Harry Potter fans and since I've been having a hard time finding Harry Potter themed scrapbook supplies, it was time for me to make my own.

I cut 1/2 inch strips of card stock to make the background paper.  The grey brick paper was made using my Scor-Pal and then sponged some black ink to give it more definition. 

This is a close up of my boy wizard and his super smart owl.

I received a Cricut Expression for my birthday.  I've been practicing a lot with it.  It's amazing how much cleaner the cuts are with the 365 degree blade.

To add a little magic to the the page, I added some paper punched stars that can be adhered to the pages.

The banners are my favorite part of this page.  It can be put on the page anyway you want to have it.

P.S.  If you are interested, I will be listing these and some more in my Etsy Shop.

Paper:  Recollections, Bazzil, Color Bok
Ink:  Memento
Stamps:  Jo-Ann Fabrics Alphabet
Misc:  Pop up dots, Cricut Create a Friend and Create A Critter Cartridges, Scor-Pal, toothpicks, baker's twine, paper punches, black Sharpie, glasses brads

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Friday, July 8, 2016

Coffee Is One of My Favorite Things

I love coffee.  It can be iced, a cappuccino, hot, flavored, a latte or even just coffee flavored what ever it's amazing.  My favorite is Dunkin Donuts.  Having grown up and spent most of my life in New England, there is a Dunkin Donuts I swear every 100 feet!  My sister and I went up to see our Dad for Father's Day we passed four of them just leaving the airport!  Down here in Florida, there are as many and there isn't one convenient to my home.  There are lots of Starbucks, don't get me wrong, I do like  it, but if I could choose it would most definitely be Dunkin Donuts.

I didn't have a contrasting pattern paper to match the yellow check and the blue denim, and it's just way too hot to go anywhere, so I decided to make my own matching paper.  I took the little flower bouquet from the Papertrey Ink Vintage Picnic stamp set and randomly stamped it on some white cardstock.  Then, using Prismacolor Pencils, I colored the the little flowers to match.  I did a little paper piecing to the coffee cups.  I accented the card with a pretty blue flower and added the perfect sentiment.

Stamps:  My Favorite Things-Framed Greetings, Papertrey Ink-Heart 2 Heart #1 and Vintage Picnic
Ink:  Versafine
Paper:  Paper Studio, Recollections
Misc:  Button, pop up dots, Papertrey Ink Heart 2 Heart #1 dies and Stamp-A-Faire 2014: 1940's dies and Beautiful Blooms II #1, My Favorite Things Scallop Ribbon Border Die-Namics, heart paper punch, Prisma Color pencils

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Love Wins

I haven't decided who I am going to give this card to, yet.  This horrible tragedy took place not too far from where I live and six of my fellow team members at work.  I had a doctor's appointment that next day (one block down from the club), the roads where all closed and both law enforcement and the press where everywhere.  The outpouring of support from around the world has been overwhelming.

My Mom shared this video from the Orange County Sheriff's Office on Facebook, and it most definitely put a smile on my face, and I hope it puts one on yours as well:

Paper:  Recollections, MME, Colorbok
Misc:  Cricut Alphalicious Cartridge, Florida Quickutz, Heart Nestabilities, Diamond Glaze, small heart paper punch, pop up dots

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Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy 4th of July

I will never get tired of making projects with Hershey Nuggets!  The only problem, is that I eat more than I wrap!  The tag was made using Papertrey Ink dies, a few stamps and some star brads.

Stamps:  Hero Arts-CL498, Stamps by Judith dots and stars
Paper:  Recollections
Ink:  Momento
Misc:  Brads, foam tape, Hershey Nuggets, candy box, Papertrey Ink Dies Tag Sale #3 and Fillable Frames #5

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Monday, June 6, 2016

Buttons, Butterfly, and a Birthday

The picture of this card didn't come out so great.  There is a big storm on the way and it's very grey outside.  Red, white and blue are my favorite colors and it's a perfect card for my stash.  I'm hoping that I am coming out of bad card slump!

Stamps:  Papertrey Ink-Button Bits and My Favorite Things -Big Greetings
Ink: Versafine & Papertrey Ink
Paper:  Bazzill & The Paper Studio
Misc:  Buttons, paper punches, half pearls, Papertrey Ink Button dies

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Saturday, June 4, 2016

Baby Gifts

I've been a serious slump lately.  It feels like that everything I make comes out horrible and it seems like I'm throwing more cards in the trash then adding to my stash!

I decided to crochet a baby afghan for a girl at work that is having her first baby, it's going to be a boy.  I wanted to add a little something extra to the gift.  So, I designed a set of four cards to add to the package.  I thought that these would be nice for her to send to the grandparents with a picture of the baby enclosed.

For the afghan, I crocheted a large rectangle granny square using 100% cotton yarn.  The cards, I cut out using a craft knife.  The cuffs of the pants and shirt are adhered using pop up dots.  The pocket is actually the center  piece of the overalls that I just trimmed down a bit.  Then, I used a gel pen to add a little faux stitching to the pocket.  The pocket is also adhered with pop up dots.

Using my Cricut, I cut out the little frog body, but used paper punches and Stickles for his eyes.  His eyes are also adhered with pop up dots.

Inside, I stamped a sentiment.  Then added a few buttons to the overalls.

Close up view of the frog.

Paper:  Bazzill, Papertrey Ink
Stamps:  Papertrey Ink Baby Button bits
Ink:  Versafine
Misc:  White gel pen, pop up dots, Cricut, Paisley Cricut Cartridge, Stickles
, paper punches, buttons

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Saturday, April 16, 2016

K-Cup Gift Box

I've been in a serious funk lately.  I've made some incredibly ugly cards, some of which have wound up in the trash and unfortunately wasted a lot of paper.  I had these grandiose ideals about some beautiful cards and they just didn't pan out the way I had intended. 

My local Publix Grocery Store sometimes has K-Cups on their clearance rack for only $1.00 a box! Needless to say I will buy them all!  The last time I picked up 10 boxes.  They vary from the Publix brand (which is very good), Starbucks, New England Coffee, McDonalds, and many more.  I keep half and give the other half to my sister.

Speaking of my sister, who just happens to be a I decided to make a teacher appreciation gift with my haul of K-Cups.  I scoured the internet to try and find one I liked, so I settled on this one as my inspiration.

Using my Coluzzle and my Scor-Pal I constructed the box.  It holds 4 K-Cups.  Then I used my Cricut to make the coffee cups.  They are embellished with a few paper punches, a crimper and some apple brads.

The tag was stamped and then attached with a homemade button and some baker's twine.

Inside the box, I made a little chalkboard and stamped the sentiment.  Then I die cut teacher out of some glitter card stock and finished it off with a paper punched apple.

I thought the coffee holder needed a little jazzing up, so I added a die cut apple.

Stamps:  Papertrey Ink:  Teacher's Apple & Wonderful Words:  Teacher
Ink:  CTMH, Papertrey Ink
Paper:  Recollections, Little Yellow Bicycle, MME, Bazzill
Misc:  Coluzzle, Scor-Pal, brads, Papertrey Ink teacher, button, and apple dies, paper punches, pop up dots, crimper, Cricut Love You A Latte Cartridge, Mama Elephant Bow Die, baker's twine

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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Happy Easter to One of My Favorite Peeps

Happy Easter, although it's a little late in the day!  I took the picture of the card before I went to work, and I didn't get a chance to upload it as I was running late....again!

It's actually a Pinterest inspired card, the original one you can find here.  I just made a few changes.  I didn't have the basket die, so I had to improvise.  The basket base is actually the My Favorite Things Picnic Basket Die Namics.  To make the handles, I used the circle Nestabilities.

Hope your day was filled with jelly beans and marshmallow chicks!

Stamps:  A Muse-Sentiment
Ink:  Versafine, Versamagic
Paper:  Amercian Crafts, Recollection
Misc:  Paper punches, pop up dots, Peep Quicktuz Die,  My Favorite Things Picnic Basket and Grass Die Namics, half pearls, Papertrey Ink Double Ended Banner Die, Nestabilities

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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Paper Shred Bird's Nests

Making these are a messy, easy, fun, and inexpensive way to spend your Friday night and a new way for the Easter Bunny to hide the candy!

The nest part of the project was the messy part!  I have some partially filled bags of paper shred laying around (from previous projects) and figured that the kraft color would make a good nest.  I have these little blue Pyrex ramekins/souffle cups.  I turned them upside down and covered them with plastic wrap.

Next, I took some regular school glue and mixed it 50/50 with tap water.  My first try, I used Modge Podge, but that is expensive and my next was really shiny and it looked weird.  I dunked handfuls of the paper shred in the glue/water mix, squeezed it out then I molded it around the bowl.  

I let them dry for about 12 hours, then peeled them off of the bowls.  The inside of the nest was still a little wet (it's from the plastic wrap), so I let them dry out a bit more.

More fun with the 3 Birds on Parade Cricut Cartridge!  I love this cartridge and have been wanting to use this cut for some time now.  I cut it out, used several layers not to mention pop dots and added a little bow for finish it off.  I cut the tag using Nestabilities and stamped the sentiment.

I finished them off by adding some multi colored paper shred and Dollar Store plastic eggs.  It's my intention to put candy in the eggs, but I need to buy some more as I've already eaten the bag I bought already!

Stamps:  Dandelion Designs-Sentiment
Ink:  Versafine and Versa Magic
Paper:  Recollections
Misc:  Paper shred, glue, plastic eggs, souffle cups or ramekins, plastic wrap, pop up dots, Cricut, 3 Birds on Parade Cricut Cartridge, Nestabilities, Mama Elephant Bow Die

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