I called a friend of my Mom’s in Florida to have her help me out with a surprise gift that I can’t purchase here and I sent her a Thank You card along with a check for the item. I can’t say what that is because my Mom still hasn’t received it yet! Anyway, I whipped up a quick card (it took me all of ten minutes) to send the enclosed money with a thank you note as well! I got my idea from the new Paper Crafts Magazine, Jan/Feb 2012, Page 68. I used the layout only. All the colors, as well as the theme, are different. I inked the edges, used my Notebook Paper Border Punch on the blue and the patterned paper. I then used my new stamp set that I have been dying to use…it is “Aviary” from Stampin’ UP!. I LOVE it! I can see many cards coming from it in the future! The paper clip came from a pack I got from Walmart in the office supply section of the store. I stamped the front of the envelope to match! Simple, but classy, and always homemade!
I got this idea from seeing a paper rosette wreath on Google Images. Here is a picture of what I saw:
Apparently, it was in a mini catalog of Stampin’ UP!. It was so cute, I decided to make it with no instructions…I would just wing it…surprisingly, it went very well! The first one I did was the Halloween one seen below. I then decided to take one to our annual “Ornament Swap” this December that we have with all the ladies at church. This one was so cute…there is a picture below as well. Well, our preacher’s wife liked it, but didn’t get it (we play dirty Santa) and I offered to make her one. She accepted, brought me some “vintage” paper that would match her decorations in her bedroom, along with an old black and white photo of some distant relatives, and I went to work! This was my best yet! The picture just doesn’t give it justice! Now that I have made three, and having actually decided to watch a couple of YouTube videos about making the rosettes, maybe this will help you NOT to “wing it”!
I saw this idea on a blog with a video…these are so simple and so cute. I couldn’t find the blog that I had seen when I did these but found another one with great directions and a video:
I did these for teacher gifts at Halloween and now again for Christmas. I did the Halloween ones for my children’s Bible school teachers and for my son’s preschool teachers. I just did them this time for their Bible School teachers. These teachers work in 6 month rotations and I know PERSONALLY that these are hard jobs for 6 months at a time and they deserve a little appreciation at different times of the year. I don’t have a picture of the Halloween ones that I did but they were Halloween paper with a tag on them much like the website above. For the Christmas ones I did, I used holiday paper and attached a reindeer head on them and stamped “Happy Holidays” on the face of the reindeer. Simple and cute. Just a tid bit of info: This website above used red tape, which would work great! I used hot glue on mine this time because regular adhesive (no matter how sticky you think it is) it is NOT GOOD ENOUGH. Use red tape or hot glue!!! If you use hot glue, it is a little harder to put through the paper crimper but it works just as well. Red tape would be your best bet! Enjoy! Here is a pic of my reindeer containers! Remember, it is always homemade!!
These cards are so cute and so easy…it takes a few minutes to do them but I am about to give you the measurements for each card so that will take some of the guessing out of it for you! I saw this pattern this morning on http://www.southerninkerbelles.blogspot.com/ (she used it for baby shower cards) and thought, “This would be great for Santa and Elves…or ANYTHING you could think of doing with it!!” So, I went with the Holiday ideas and did and Santa and an Elf.
Santa: 1. Start with a RED A2 size card (8 1/2 in x 5 1/2 in piece of paper folded in half) that opens from the side (you could make it open from the top as well if you wanted to which would be a 4 1/4 in x 11 1/2 in piece of paper folded in half). 2. Use a 1 3/4 in circle punch to punch out the neck. 3. Use a 1 1/4 in square punch to punch out middle of the legs. 4. Cut out slim rectangles off the top sides to make the indentions you see in the picture….about 2 in x 1/2 inch. 5. Use a cutting system or a punch to cut out the scalloped edge around the neck. 6. Use a edge punch to make the center white “fluff” for the jacket. Use the same punch to make small ends to his pants. (all of my white was done with glittery white paper) 7. Cut out a piece of black that is 4 1/4 x 1 inch. 8. In yellow or gold cut out a small 1 inch square; then cut around that with a 1 1/4 inch square punch and you have your buckle! 8. If you so choose, you can emboss the front of the card before you assemble all the peices. I did mine with the Swiss Dots pattern. 9. Assemble! 10. After you assemble you may have to trim a little bit in the neck area. Just FYI
Elf: 1. Follow the first 5 steps of the santa card….except the color in step ONE will be GREEN. 6. Cut out a strip of striped red paper (or whatever pattern you think would be cute on an elf) that is 1 1/2 in x 4 1/4 in. 7. Cut out a black strip that is 1 in x 4 1/4. 8. Cut out in white or silver (I used a white glitter paper) a buckle that is the same size as the Santa buckle. 9. Cut out two small circles using a cutting system or punch for the buttons. You could also use large brads, buttons…whatever you think would be cute. 10. You can emboss the card before you assemble if you would like. On the elf, I chose not to, but it is totally up to you! 11. Assemble! 12. After you assemble you will have to trim the red paper in the indention of the legs. FYI
Hope these were fun to do! They were for me! Happy Holidays!! Remember, it is always homemade!!
Here is another card set that I made my sister-in-law for Christmas. She LOVES turtles, so I went with it… I made a gateway card (my first ever). I stepped out of the normal A2 card “box” and opened a whole new door…thanks to the Martha Stewart Score Board! I can’t believe that I haven’t made one before…it was a whole new challenge! Okay…so you start with a piece of paper that is 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches and you score it (while laying it horizontally on your board) at 2 1/8 x 6 3/8. That is all there is to it…and you DON’T have to have a score board to do it, you can purchase a score blade that will fit into your paper trimmer and do it that way! It still comes out the same way! I then proceeded to cut out all my pieces for my turtle and my scalloped circle. I inked the edges and taped it down. Now, here is the tricky part…if you can call it that…you have to tape the circle down on the TOP FLAP ONLY…if you don’t, you won’t be able to open the card!!! I used my SCAL software to cut this turtle out…Cricut “Create a Critter” also has a really cute turtle! Better yet, you can use anything you want to and then stamp a greeting and you are all done! I added a couple rhinestones for some bling and also stamped an envelope to (somewhat) match! Enjoy, and remember it is always homemade!
This is the first year for my side of the family to draw names for Christmas gift giving…I picked my sister-in-law’s name out of the hat. I was super excited about this (not that I wouldn’t be with any one else’s name) because she really likes to send cards out to people. I actually made 300+ cards for her and my brother’s wedding to give to each person who attended as their little special gifts…They were very simple cards but everyone liked them! It was a much more personal gift than just a piece of candy, bubbles, or other little things you may see. Anyway, she loves cards and she is also a teacher and sends notes out to parents frequently. So, I started thinking about what I could do for her Christmas present this year, and I came up with three different cards…Here is the first one. I made her two packs of 8 and packaged them nicely with stamped envelopes to match. Her name begins with the letter “M”, just in case you were wondering. I know you can’t see the inked edges really well, but the white card is inked much more than the other two colors on the frames. I also inked the silhouette with white ink. I couldn’t get the exact picture I wanted. I will have to work on that. I cut out the two frames and the silhouette with my SCAL software as well as the “M”. You could also use a sticker for the letter if you wanted to do that instead. I inked the edges, rounded the corners, tied the knot and it was done. So cute, simple and classy. I chose the teal and pink because these are her two most favorite colors. Hope this inspires you. Remember, it is always homemade!
Call me crazy, but I am about to start a “crafty” blog. If you know me, you know that in all my “spare” time, which there is little of, I stamp, scrapbook, craft and create. I have many people who live near me and far away that ask me how I do things, where I get ideas and just want to see what I made…so, this blog is going to be for that purpose. I hope that it will keep me on task and to make me work on things that I have put off, especially my scrapbooking! I am a couple of years behind on my family albums, one year behind on my second child’s first year album, and several years behind on vacation albums…it is sad, really! So, I am going to make a schedule of things that I plan to post throughout the next year. I plan to post at least one scrapbook layout each week, one card layout/idea, and then any other ideas/crafts that I do each week. I am always making something, so surely, I will have enough to post :-). I will begin my proposed schedule the first week of the new year. Obviously, this time of year is sooooo busy but I hope to post a couple of things before this year ends.
Just so you know what I am working with and doing the majority of my crafts with, here is a list of my “go-to tools”:
1. Cricut Expression (with cartridges and SCAL software)
2. Cuttlebug (Which I use mostly to emboss)
3. Score Board (by Martha Stewart)
4. Glue Gun
5. Stamps (of all kinds)
I have all the normal tools like the paper trimmer, circle cutter system (by Creative Memories), Crop-a-Dile (small and large), Crop-a-Dile Corner Chomper (heavy duty), pens, scissors, punches (of all shapes and sizes) and of course…ALL KINDS OF PAPER!!!
I have been scrapbooking since I was in high school and in the last 5 years or so, have really branched out to all types of paper crafts. I will be the first to admit most of my projects are copied or inspired by things that I have seen somewhere (on internet, blogs, pinterest, magazines, etc…) and when I copy an idea, I will link you to the original or at least tell you where I got it from. I will not take credit for other people’s ideas! I may make the same project but I may change it to fit my tastes, go about it differently or simply just use the layout…it all depends on the project. I have no alligance to a company or certain product, I simply use whatever I can find to work with at any “crafty” store.
Okay…so, I hope you love the blog and the ideas that are held within! Enjoy my creations and know that they are always homemade! Here goes….