Monday, December 31, 2007
Friday, December 28, 2007
I found this cute wrapping paper at Hobby Lobby. I wrapped my Sister-in-law's scrapbook with it, and had a 12" x 24" piece left. Knowing that I probably wouldn't have any use for a scrap piece that size, I pondered on what to do with it. Then it hit me! I remembered the cute gift card that Mary Brown did. I happened to have a Giant Hershey candy bar (don't ask) and decided to give it a whirl! I also found a piece of Purely Pomegranate Satin ribbon in my stash.
Here are the step by step instructions so you can create your own!
Start with a piece of wrapping paper, or other paper and a candy bar. It doesn't have to be the Giant size, but is fun to give and to receive! Wrap the candy in the paper, leaving the ends open so you can see the silver foil on the candy bar.
Use the gift card as a template to cut a piece of cardstock about 1/2" wider on each side, and long enough to wrap around the gift card itself. Mine is 4 1/2" x 11". I then used my scoring blade to score the cardstock so that the paper would wrap around the card. I then used my Slit punch to cut 2 slits on the sides for the gift card to slide under - again using the gift card as a template to know where to punch. Note: you can make your holder using just the gift card, but I chose to leave the card in the original holder also.
Then take a piece of ribbon that is about 3 times the length of your candy bar. Slide it under your paper between the candy bar and the paper.
Then guide the ribbon through the Slit punches on the card holder.
Place your gift card into place under the Slit and over the ribbon.
Tie your ribbon, and then embellish the front of your card holder as desired. I added a 1 3/8" circle that I had left from making the party favors. I used my Snail adhesive on the back of the circle, and placed it 1/2 way on the top flap and 1/2 on the bottom to create a solid closure.
I had this blue polka dot paper left over from a different project, so I thought I'd use it up here. I also used my Cricut to cut out the baby's name (and the Mom & Dad title on the first page) using Soft Sky cardstock. The Apricot Appeal color sticker next to his name says "Hello, my name is..." The Wild Wasabi green paper, and the embellishments are from the Special Delivery Boy kit. I found the album at Target. It is a shade lighter than the Wild Wasabi. The cute blue feet were left over from another project also.
Thursday, December 27, 2007
All you need to do it buy a few 4"x 4" Bottochino tiles (be sure they are unglazed) at your local Home Depot, Lowe's, Floor & Decor, or any store that carries tiles. Simply wipe the tiles with a damp cloth to remove the white dust from the tiles.
Then stamp your main image using Staz-On ink. You can use line images if you want to color them in, or solid images (like the horses below) if you want a solid color. Staz-On comes in many colors, but I used black here.
Then color your images in using Sharpie markers. You can use any permanent marker, but I prefer the Sharpies - especially because they come in so many colors!
The best part? No need to seal the coasters. They are ready to use! Perfect for quick party favors or last minute gifts!
These were actually made for my Aunt Erika for Christmas! I used the Time Well Spent level 3 Hostess set for these coasters. The only way for you to get these stamps is to have a qualifying workshop and earn benefits for a level 3 set. There are so many great Hostess sets in the new catalog! What? You don't have your new catalog yet? Contact me today to find out how to get your own copy!!
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
If you aren't part of my Hostess club, but would like a new catalog, you can order one for only $5. This is so much more than just a pretty catalog! There are hundreds of great card and scrapbook samples, home decor, and gift ideas!
If you are interested in joining a Hostess club, contact me. My first club starts in January!
Monday, December 17, 2007
The UPS guy is also due for a delivery today. I ordered some new SU! Rub-ons from the preview catty, but they were on backorder. They were only a few days behind the delivery of all my other fun new toys!
I will be testing the Rub-ons out this weekend, and will report back to you! They do seem to be a great value - cost wise. Can't wait to see how they compare to other rub-ons - quality wise.
Sunday, December 9, 2007
I knew they would be the perfect addition to my gift set with year-round cowboys stamped on them. I got the glass containers at the Dollar Store and used brown Stazon to stamp the images. I let them dry overnight, and presto... cute glass containers to add to my gift. I am planning on adding some rootbeer jelly beans to the container with the lid, and a votive to the open container.
Here's the poem that goes with these snowmen... I changed it from "five snowmen" to four, since that's all we could fit into the circle.
These aren't just four snowmen
As anyone can see.
I made them with my hand
Which is a part of me.
Now each year when you trim the tree
You'll look back and recall
Christmas of 2007
When my hand was just this small!
This is the card I made for Ethan's 2nd birthday. It was so much fun to get to see Ethan and Alex. They live in Las Vegas, so we don't get to see them all of the time. I can't beleive how much those boys have grown!
I used the Ahoy, Matey set (which thankfully didn't retire, because this is the first time I was able to use it!), and the Map Wheel.
Cardstock: Matey is stamped on Whisper White, layered on Really Rust, Map is on Old Olive, Card base is Not Quite Navy
Ink: Matey is stamped in Basic Black, and colored with Old Olive, Creamy Caramel, Night of Navy, Chocolate Chip, Ruby Red, Going Gray, and Basic Black.
While some of the colors aren't exact matches to the cardstock - they were really close and worked well together!
Friday, December 7, 2007
Saturday, December 1, 2007
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Friday, November 30, 2007
I'm looking into the possibility of offering this service to my customers but would first like to know if my customers would use it rather than cash or check.
It would work like this: you place an order with me, I calculate your total, then send you a PayPal invoice via email. You get the email, click a link, and enter your payment info. It goes into my account, and I can then place your order. Theoretically, it shouldn't take any longer to place your order, but I haven't gone that far into my research to find out if there are any waiting periods.
So... customers... please leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts - you can email or call me too!
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
I love Happy Feet! I love penguins! I love the music in this movie!
Thought I would share a few songs that will get you moving in your chair. If you haven't seen the movie - what are you waiting for? It is good family fun! I think we'll add it to our list of movies to watch this weekend, although we've seen it so many times I may be the only one in the livingroom watching it... good times!
Monday, November 26, 2007
Saturday, November 24, 2007
I removed the top from the ornament. Sprayed the adhesive into the ornament and shook it around to coat the inside of the ornament. I then added Turquoise Pearl Ex to the ball and shook it around. Then I added Interference Red Pearl Ex and shook again to fill in the spots where the blue didn't go. I let it set for about half an hour, to let the fumes disipate. Replaced the top of the ornament, and added the ribbon to hang it.
I have a few small ornaments from the Dollar Store that I think I will try later.
Friday, November 23, 2007
I have seen some cute stamped onsies on many blogs, and had to try it myself. I had this onsie left over from a party we had several years ago - yay for saving stuff!
Stazon ink in black and red
I started by placing a piece of cardboard into the neck of the onsie - to avoid the ink from seeping through to the back side. I then inked the truck from Stampin' Up's! Loads of Love set with the black stazon. After letting it set for about 15 minutes, I used a q-tip to draw up red stazon and dotted the red onto the onsie. I then used the black stazon for the tires, and brushed the black stazon across the center caps to make a gray color. I then used my heat gun to set the image and color into the onsie.
I flipped the onsie over and stamped "Loads of Love" onto the butt of the onsie. My hubby thought that was "cute". I again used the heat gun to set the ink.
My next adventure will be to wash the onsie, and see how the ink holds. Stay tuned!
Monday, November 19, 2007
Bali Breeze coordinating colors: Old Olive, Taken With Teal, Rose Red, Pumpkin Pie
Ginger Blossom coordinating colors: Ruby Red, River Rock, Cameo Coral, Groovy Guava
Each of these designer series paper packages contain a 2007-2008 In-Color. Remember that you can get double stiched ribbon, Classic ink pads, refills, and paper in the In-Colors! In-Colors will retire in June, 2008. So get the while you can!