Sunday, December 18, 2011

Treats for My Sweets...

There are so many folks who put together goodie bags, but I'd be remiss if I didn't at least give a shout out to Robyn at My Pink Stamper because it seems like she makes goodie bags every week. And why try to reinvent the wheel when perfectly good ideas are already out there.

Next time I make these I am going to try to find some way to hide the staples...but it's getting late and I've been holed up in my craft room all day. And the recipients are kids, so they are far less picky than I am, at least I hope so :-)

I'm finished with my youngest son's class...now just need to finish up Matthew's (and hopefully I'll still have candy left since I've been eating it as I work, LOL).

You'll notice that the colors of the package toppers are all different---and lest you think I am color blind let me explain---I was trying to use up as many scrap pieces as I could and I wasn't picky about color as long as it was blue! Of course, when I ran out of scraps I had to cut down some 8 1/2 x 11 sheets and created more scraps...but the idea of recycling was a good one! 

One Design...Two Cards

My inspiration for today's card came from a design I found in my Stamp It! Cards book from Paper Crafts. The front of the card has a rounded edge, exposing the inside of the card and is tied together using a plain ribbon.

I decided to stamp some flowers in white on craft paper for a simple and elegant design, but found when I was done that they were still a little flat. I added buttons with twine for the larger flowers and a dot of Ranger's Vintage Photo Distress Stickles for the smaller flowers.

I had already stamped the inside mat of the card and forgot to leave room for the sentiment, so I just cut another piece of white cardstock to form to the rounded shape, so I could stamp Thinking of You. And with another small scrap leftover I punched out a small circle to hide the end of the ribbon that I used for the bow. Pretty clever way to hide it, I was glad I had that scrap.

When I was all done, I still had a strip of the craft paper stamped with flowers left over, so I decided to make another card to use up everything. I mounted it on Bazzill's Carob cardstock and used a Martha Stewart border punch to create the lacework at the bottom and wove a thin brown ribbon through it for added detail.

I love that with minimal effort I was able to create very different cards with the same paper. And now I have an extra card in the pile in case I need to send a note to someone quickly.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

If One Snow Globe is Good....Two is Perfect!

Well, I still had some acetate left over after creating my last card and I couldn't let a good idea go to waste...so here's another (more creative) snow globe card. Because I don't have the Nestabilities circle cutouts, I had to make two circles to get the same effect. And on this one, the acetate only covers the smaller circle (oops).

I've noticed that all of my cards have ribbon and a bow, so I tried to shy away from my standard format here (but you'll see that I used a little as a border). I was also very excited to use up some of my snowflake charms since I can never find a use for them in my scrapbook pages.

Overall, I'm pretty pleased with the card. Can't wait for tomorrow. I have nothing planned and should be able to get a lot of crafting done! Good night.

Inspired Housewarming Card

One of the things I love about following other card making blogs is finding genius ideas for new cards. The other day, Linda at Papertracer made this adorable snow globe and then followed up with a video post to show how she created it. One of the things I love about her blog in particular is how she uses uncommon objects to create new images on her cards. In this latest creation she used one of the banner stamps from Lawn Fawn's Bannerific set to create the base for the snow globe. Since I just added this set to my collection, I couldn't wait to try it out and I thought this would be the perfect way to create a special card for my brother and sister-in-law on their new home! (The lighting in my craft room is terrible today since it is such a gloomy day here in Rhode Island...sorry).


Sunday, December 11, 2011

Snow Cute Birthday Wishes

December is a very busy month for us...between birthdays, Hanukkah, and finally Christmas...my craft room looks like a cyclone hit it! Just finished the teachers' gift bags and now onto birthday cards for my nephew, Will, who will be turning 9 on December 23rd. 

I used my new Sizzix embossing folder that I picked up on Black Friday for $4!!!! and it was my first time using my new Bannerific stamp set from
Lawn Fawn (love those stamps)!

The way this winter is starting, this may be the only snow that my kids get to see this year!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

A Hoot of a Happy Birthday Card

Okay, I was on a roll tonight! Just couldn't find time all day to craft, but had these ideas kicking around in my head. I just finished a belated birthday card for my brother in law (see earlier post), but couldn't wait to create this one for my niece Madeline, who is turning 18 next week!

I had this cute little owl stamp and saw a Christmas card that had him sitting on a branch. Don't look too closely or you'll notice that I did a pretty lousy job coloring with my Copic markers, but it just confirms that the card is homemade.

Can't wait to put it in the mail tomorrow. Hope she likes it!


In Love with Leftovers

One of the reasons that I decided to start sending hand made cards was to use up all of the extra scraps of paper that I accumulate from scrapbooking. It seemed like such a waste! I love this card because I was able to not only use up leftover paper scraps but I could also use up some up a flower embellishment, a mini brad, and some of my new favorite....skinny ribbon in lime green! I think the card turned out pretty great and was the perfect thing to send to my brother-in-law to make up for the fact that the card is a week+ late. Hopefully we'll get credit for going homemade!