Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

I thought this poem was very fitting as to why I love handmade Christmas gifts so much! 

The Gift
Bow and ribbon,
Love and glitter
Cover the gift as curiosities flitter
Of what wonders could come inside
And what this eve has been supplied
By family, friend and stranger, too
Saying with the gift,
"I Love You"
Bow and ribbon
Love and glitter
Will never make a soul grow bitter
For no matter what the gift may or may not hold
The giving is as pure as gold.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Homemade Christmas Gifts

Here are 25 handmade cards I created to give as Christmas gifts to the women in my family.  I used the "One Sheet Wonder" template and it saved me a ton of time.  You are able to create 10 cards from one 12 x 12 sheet of B&T paper.  By following this template, I was able to create all of these cards and still have over 1/2 of the Page kit left.  This template is wonderful if you are in a hurry or just can't get the creative juices flowing.

Colorbok Family Page Kit (Wal-Mart Clearance)
CTMH Acrylic Stamps: Say It in Style (D1283) and A Little Thanks (D1444)
Stampin' Up Stamps: Sincere Salutations Set
Notecards Value Pack (Paper Studio - Hobby Lobby)
Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo
Paper Trimmer
Zig 2-Way Glue Pen
Inkssentials Blending Tool

Here are the 3 sets of cards I created.
For My Mother-In-Law

For My Mom

For My Grandma

Here is the YouTube video where I discovered the One Sheet Wonder template.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Christmas Cards for Cafeteria Staff

Check out these cute Christmas cards I whipped up this afternoon for our school's cafeteria staff.  I just used leftover scraps of paper from other projects and my trusty acrylic stamps! :)

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Thanksgiving Family Banner

I created this banner using my Cricut and the Sure Cuts A Lot program.  SCAL is great, because you can download kits to be used with the Cricut.  Each kit costs between $3-10, compared to an $80 Cricut cartridge.  Each piece has been inked with Tim Holtz Walnut Stain and sprayed with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist (colors used: Sugar Maple, Santa Baby, Creme de Chocolat, Creme de Cocoa).  The "M" has a Prima leaf, one of my very favorite things! :)

I just noticed that Family is spelled incorrectly...haha!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Thanksgiving Tags Completed!

I have finished my latest creation.  I have recently been obsessed with this ATC (Artist Trading Card) holder from 7Gypsies.  I am going to use it to hold decorative tags for each season/holiday.  However, I am going to have to get started on my tags in advance (these tags took me 3 weeks), so I can enjoy them for a bit before I have to put them away when the season is over.  Here are a few pictures.....what do you think?

My camera isn't the greatest!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Terracotta Pot Pumpkin

What do you do with your terracotta pots when summer winds down......turn them into pumpkins, of course!  I random stamped a piece of 12x12 card stock and then cut it into 1/2" x 7" strips.  Using the terracotta pot as the inside of the pumpkin, I glued the strip to the inside of the pot and then to the base.  After all of the strips were glued, I "plumped" the pumpkin up a bit and filled it with pumpkin pods.  

Halloween Treats....for around the house, of course!

Here is my latest creation, a paper fan for Halloween. I took 3 3"x12" strips of paper and stamped them up with my acrylic stamps and then scored at every 1/2".  After some quick folding and a little hot glue, you have a beautiful fan base.  I then stamped a Halloween greeting and embossed it with black embossing powder.  A little more hot glue and you have a very sweet Halloween treat to hang on a door knob or from your banister!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Creative Juices are Flowing....

Even though I have been sick for the past week, that hasn't stopped my creative juices from flowing!  Check out these cute cards.  What do you think?
I created a cupcake using acrylic stamps and used clear embossing powder to make the icing glisten.
This 3-D flower was created from a 1/2" x 12" strip of paper.  After a little folding and bending, you'll have a wonderful flower to adorn any project.
The background of this card was created by using the "Stamp Kissing" technique.  I love this look, too cool!
I just scrunched up some leftover ribbon from a gift to glam this card up a bit.
This dahlia flower was created by using a circle and heart shaped punch.  The hearts were folded in half to create the dahlia's petals.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Card Crazy

Ok, so I think I am Card Crazy.  I have been making cards for the past few days, trying all kinds of new tricks and techniques.  I have so many ideas running through my head, I can barely sleep at night.  Check out my latest technique.....ruffles made from copy paper!  I used plain white copy paper and inked it up and then folded the stripes into box pleats and..... viola - instant ruffles.  I learned this technique from Tresa Black, there isn't a law that states you can't steal a technique from another there? :)



Saturday, August 7, 2010

St. Charles Scrapbook Page

I just finished a layout for my St. Louis Vacation Scrapbook.  I used the "Bee Happy" collection from ADORNit  for this project, again!  I told you I really love the look of this collection.  I used my new gel pen holder for my Cricut to write the words "Historic Main Street."  I am so excited to finally be able to use a thinner pen.  The Cricut markers don't work very well, so I am in love with the Cricut Gel Pen/Mini Marker Holder from Custom Crops. Next stop on my St. Louis Vacation scrapbook layout journey is The Gateway Arch.  Check back in a few days to see what I come up with! :)

I still feel like this page needs something, but not quite for sure what that something is.
This page could use another embellishment below the title, but I had trouble with anything showing up against the floral patterned paper.

Craft Room Tags

So, I once again decided to redo all of my labels in my craft room.  I used the "Bee Happy" Collection from ADORNit.  I love, love, love this collection and used every last scrap of paper I have.  What do you think?

Friday, July 23, 2010

5th Wedding Anniversary

I can hardly believe we have been married for 5 years.  On our Honeymoon, the couple that sat next to us on the airplane were celebrating their 5th Wedding Anniversary. They told us that time would fly and we would soon be celebrating ours. Well, here we are! It is amazing how fast time goes by. Here is the card that I made for Matt.  Happy Anniversary doll, I love you!
I used the Songbird Collection from DCWV.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

St. Louis Vacation Scrapbook Journey

We just returned from our summer vacation to St. Louis.  I hope to scrapbook the entire vacation before our first teacher in-service on August 17th.  I am quite slow and indecisive and a page can take me up to a week, so we will see how this turns out!  Here are 2 pages I have finished already.
Anheuser Bush Brewery: Left
Anheuser Bush Brewery: Right

St. Louis Art Museum: Left
St. Louis Art Museum: Right