Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Just checking in...

We are home from vacation and DH still has a couple of days off of work. I haven't even stepped foot into my scrap space since before we left last week but am hoping to make it down there today to at least put away the goodies that Santa brought me. :) I am really excited to use the new Martha Stewart Scoring Board that I got, as well as the 2.5" Xyron & refills. I think for adhering small items the Xyron is my favorite tool. I've avoided purchasing the larger ones in the past not truly certain that I needed them. I finally asked for the 2.5" since more and more often there were occasions where it would've made things much easier. I'm sure I will get back to creating here in the near future as there are some projects I really want to get done. Hopefully I'll be back real soon with something creative to share. Meanwhile, I hope everyone had a fabulous Christmas and has a wonderful New Year!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Christmas gift for my mother-in-law

My mother-in-law doesn't particularly care for computers, so I know I can safely publish these pics before Christmas and not have a problem. :) The other gifts I've made however will have to wait. LOL She doesn't have a dedicated sewing area to work in, so all of us kids are getting together and pitching in to create one for her. This is my contribution to creative storage for a small space. It is a 14"x14" stretched artist canvas that I painted silver. Then I mod-podged a piece of SU paper to a 12"x12" metal sheet. I glued the metal sheet to the canvas and then embellished with ribbon, buttons, and flowers. I used E-6000 to attach magnets to the back of the clear plastic storage cases that I purchased in the bead area of the craft store. The cool thing about these containers is that the compartments are various sizes, so she should be able to store a wide range of small notions in them. :) I most likely won't be updating again until after Christmas, quite possibly New Year's. So I'll take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and happy New Year! May the Lord be with you and bless you.

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Friday, December 18, 2009

O Holy Night card

Well it took me a couple of days longer than I intended to get our cards done and ready to mail. I have been busily preparing for Christmas and figured I'd better take a picture of the cards I made before I sent them all out in the mail. LOL I am really please with how these have turned out. They are rather simple, but boy I sure was beginning to regret my choice of two colors of glitter by the time I made 50 of these!!! Enjoy!

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Supplies Used:
Paper: K & Company paper pad, CTMH White Daisy CS, SU Tempting Turquoise CS
Stamps: Inkdadinkado, CTMH Peace on Earth
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Tempting Turquoise
Misc: Martha Stewart Glitter, Fiskars threading water punch
, Recollections card bases & envelopes

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

A plug for my new blog...

I don't have anything crafty to share today, but I do want to share a new blog that I started this morning. You can find it here. I will have another card to show tomorrow. I need to finish adding glitter. :D I hope everyone has a fabulous day!

Monday, December 14, 2009

More Christmas Cards

Here are a few more Christmas cards I created for a friend.

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Supplies Used:
Paper: K & Company Winter Wonderland paper pad, K & Company Peppermint Twist Specialty paper pad
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, CTMH New England Ivy
Stamps: CTMH Merry Pursuits
Misc: ribbon, prismacolor markers


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Supplies Used:
Paper: My Minds Eye Wonderful Winter Holiday paper pad, CTMH Sweet Leaf & Colonial White cardstocks
Inks: CTMH Tulip, Sweet Leaf
Stamps: CTMH No Peeking
Misc: Glitter, ribbon


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Supplies Used:
Paper:
My Minds Eye Wonderful Winter Holiday paper pad, CTMH Twilight and New England Ivy Cardstocks
Inks: CTMH Twilight & New England Ivy
Stamps: CTMH Snow Friends
Misc: Stickles, prismacolor markers, corner rounder punch

Well, now that I am done with my scrap for hire projects such as these Christmas cards and the 95 bookmarks I just finished making (and forgot to take a picture of before delivering them), I am hoping to get on to making the Christmas cards I want us to send out for our family. If all goes well, I will have time to do that tomorrow. :) I also have a few more small scale paper crafting projects to finish up over the next week and a half before Christmas. I have many tasks yet to do that involve a date with my sewing machine. That should be interesting to say the least. :-0 So if I don't post for a while, no worries, I'm probably just being held captive by my sewing machine. I also have holiday baking to get started on this week. I've been invited to a cookie swap on Wednesday evening that I need to make 6 dozen cookies for. It'll be hectic to get those done, but I am sure it will be well worth my time! Until next time, happy scrappin'!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Christmas Cards

I did these cards for the same friend as yesterday's birthday cards. :) I love how they turned out, even if they are on the simple side. All images are from a holiday image swap I participated in a while back and are all from CTMH. The cardstock in the first & last cards is from a My Mind's Eye paper stack that I bought. The second card uses CTMH Aspen papers and the 3rd one uses CTMH Evensong Creative Basics papers. Enjoy!

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Birthday Cards

A dear friend asked me to make some cards for her. These are three of the birthday cards that she asked for.

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Supplies Used:
Paper: CTMH Hydrangea & Holiday Red Cardstock
Stamps: CTMH Youthful At Heart
Inks: CTMH Hydrangea, Memento Tuxedo Black
Misc: Prima Flower, stickles, prismacolor markers, ribbon, cuttlebug embossing folder


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Supplies Used:
Paper: CTMH Sarsparilla Paper Pack, Barn Red CS
Stamps: CTMH Happy Birthday, Truck is from SU that I received in an image swap
Inks: Barn Red
Misc: Prismacolor markers, Liquid Glass


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Supplies Used:
Papers: CTMH Stardust Paper Pack, Sunflower CS
Stamps: CTMH It's Your Day
Inks: CTMH Moonstruck, Sunflower, Topiary, Crystal Blue
Misc: Dew Drops, Liquid Glass, Nestabilities Labels 3, and SU Oval & Scalloped Oval Punches

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Tic-Tac-Toe Board

Here's the tic-tac-toe board I created for the game box for my nieces & nephews. This one is a bit more girly than the checkerboard but I think the boys will probably still play with it anyways. ;) The board is one I bought in the unfinished wood aisle at Michael's, and the legs for it are little wooden spools from the same aisle. I used glass gems that are larger than what I used for the checkerboard I posted yesterday. The glitter in the center of the flowers doesn't show up as well as I would've liked, but all in all, I think it turned out pretty darn cute!

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Supplies Used:
Papers: SU Razzleberry Lemonade & Kaleidoscope paper packs
Stamps: TAC Graphic Blooms
Inks: SU Tempting Turquoise & Melon Mambo
Misc: Glass gems, mod-podge, stickles, unfinished wood board & spools

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Game Box

I created this game box for my nieces & nephews to play with on rainy days. I used a scrapbook storage box I purchased at my LSS, and decorated a piece of foam core board into a checkerboard and then glued it down into the recessed area of the lid. The checkers are made from the clear glass gems that are so popular for crafts right now. I also used lots and lots of mod-podge! LOL Hopefully it will hold up well. Inside are an assortment of card games, a box of dominoes, and a tic-tac-toe set I made. I sure hope they like it!

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Supplies Used:
Paper: Bazzill Cardstock, CTMH Good Times Paper Pack, white cardstock
Stamps: CTMH Dream Big
Inks: CTMH Chocolate, Sweet Leaf, Twilight
Misc: Mod-Podge, circle punch, foam core board, glass gems, scrapbook storage box.

Monday, November 30, 2009

"Antique" Composition Book Gift Set

I have been such a bad blogger! I haven't been doing much in the way of crafty stuff lately because of the Thanksgiving holiday. Nevermind how exhausted I was after that last craft show. But I am back now. :) I took these pictures before my craft show, but was too lazy to upload to my blog. How's that for honesty? LOL I think this was my favorite set out of everything that I did. While I absolutely love bright colors and what not I was just tickled at how well this turned out. Believe it or not, both the rose and the wishing well images were stamped on white cardstock. I received them in an image swap and thought they matched the paper perfectly...they just needed to be antiqued a bit. I used watercolor pencils for the coloring and used Antique Linen Distress Ink to give it that aged look.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Answers to Questions...

Sorry I have taken so long to get back to each of you who have had questions about how I make something. I'll try to answer all the questions and hopefully make sense. I survived Saturday's craft show and am now battling a cold. I don't exactly think clearly on cold medicine! LOL

For those who are curious, Saturday's show went well. I had $375 in sales ($50 less than this same show last year). I also have a couple of orders for custom items (not included in that total). So it was nice to walk away with a couple hundred in profit. :) I only sold one of my mini-albums...they just didn't sell well this year. Most of the stuff that I sold was $6 or less with the exception of the ornament sets ($10 each) and several sets of cards (6 for $10). The gift sets with the clippy boards, magnets, small spiral notebook and composition book didn't sell at all. :( Anyways, thanks all for sticking with me. I'll be back soon with more artwork just as soon as I feel better. I hope everyone has a fabulous week!

Leslie posted this about the Elf Ornaments:

Great idea!! I just love the little elves....I have a question though, could you tell me the dimensions of the scallop circle and the size of your glass gems? Thank you for an awesome idea!!

I used the Mini-Monograms cartridge for my Cricut to cut out the circles and scalloped circles. The glass gems are approximately 2 3/8" in diameter. Little over 2 1/4" but not quite 2 1/2". For both circles that I cut out, I used the 3 1/2 setting on my cricut. The glass gems are called Glass Drops and are made by Sierra Pacific. I found them at Porter's, but they are only a local craft store. I've not seen them at Michael's, but I would think you could find them maybe at Hobby Lobby or a floral supply store. At Porter's they showcase them near where all of the vinyl cut-out stuff and magnets are.

scubasubie asked what E6000 is on the Magnets post:

E-6000 is a super sticky and stinky all purpose craft glue that can be found in just about any craft store where the other glues are. At my local Robert's, it is on the aisle with the Mod-Podge and other glues in the general art supply area. A little bit of it goes a long way, and once you glue something with it, it's NOT gonna come off. I use it for anything where I want to make sure it's gonna hold.


Beth Jacobs posted this about the Christmas Fudge Kits: cute idea!!! Can you post a pic of the kit? How much will you sell them for?? thanks!

Alas Beth, I meant to take a picture of the Christmas Fudge kits this last time I made them and I completely spaced it again! So sorry! Here is what I did though....hopefully this will help. :)

I cut a piece of patterned paper large enough to cover up the candy bar wrapper (width), and then long enough to wrap completely around the candy bar. Important note about this....some of the larger candy bars are 4.25 oz. and some are larger yet. Make sure that your customers know what size bar it is meant for. I had one made up that wasn't for sale to show my customers not only how it would look when done, but also what size bar it was for.

I printed the poem out on white cardstock, inked the edges, and then matted it onto a colored piece of cardstock that also had inked edges.

I then used my Cricut to cut out the circle and scalloped circle. I stamped an image on the white circle, inked the edges, and matted it with the scalloped circle. I put foam dots on the back of it but did not remove the paper backing.

I cut a piece of ribbon long enough to wrap around the candy bar and tie.

Each kit had enough in it to do three candy bars: 3 pieces of patterned paper, 3 of the matted poems, three of the scalloped circle embellishments, and three pieces of ribbon. I put each kit into a gallon ziploc bag and sold them for $3.50 each. I might have been able to sell them for more, but I'm not sure. I guess it would depend on your area.

Hope this helps everyone!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Elf Ornaments

Out of the three sets of ornaments I made, these are my favorite. I'm probably biased simply because this is one of my all time favorite stamps sets. :) The ink/marker smeared a bit, but from a distance, it looks like there is a little halo of color around the elves.

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Supplies Used:
Papers: DCWV Metallic Cardstock
Inks: Staz-On Jet Black
Stamps: CTMH Merry Pursuits
Misc: CTMH Season's Greetings Ribbon, Prismacolor markers, Stickles

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Festive Tree Ornaments

Here's the 2nd set of ornaments I made. I wish I would've had some green stickles when I made these. It has since been added to my stash. :) I really love the Christmas tree stamps I used. Enjoy!

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Supplies Used:
Papers: CTMH Topiary CS
Stamps: CTMH December Word Puzzle, Fiskars Festive Trees, Don't remember the brand of the Joy & Noel stamps. They were singles that I bought a few years ago. I do know they are NOT Imaginisce.
Inks: Staz-On Jet Black, CTMH Topiary
Misc: Stickles, printed ribbon is I think from American Crafts

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Snowman Ornaments

I found these glass stones at my LSS and they had a cute set of ornaments made up with them. I thought it would be a fun thing to do for this week's craft show. I've made up 3 different sets, and while they were easy to make, I'm not sure if I'll make them again or not. As you will see in a couple of days, depending on the medium used, the effects are different. Markers and ink smear a bit and the glitter doesn't quite show up as well as I would've liked. Drying time was the biggest drawback to making these. My husband really likes them and says that if they don't sell they'll make great gifts. How's that for looking on the bright side of things? LOL

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Supplies Used:
Papers: DCWV Metallics CS
Stamps: CTMH Snow Friends, TCP Studio Vintage Christmas
Inks: Staz-On Jet Black
Misc: Stickles, ribbon

Monday, November 9, 2009

Quick & Simple Magnets

One of my best sellers at last year's craft show was magnets. I had made a whole bunch of little glass pebble and binder clip magnets. I even had little boys coming up and buying magnets. It was the funniest thing to see them debating over which ones they wanted. LOL Needless to say I don't think little boys will want these being that they are flowers, but I am sure they'll sell quickly! I had these glittered chipboard flowers in my stash and they've been there for what seems like forever. I think they are from Making Memories if I remember correctly. I simply used a little E-6000 to layer the flowers and put a magnet on the back. I used liquid glass or a clear sparkle to give a bit of dimension to the centers.

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Sunday, November 8, 2009

Composition Book Gift Set

Here's another gift set for next week's craft show. I decided to make up a few of these because at my last craft show people kept picking up different notebooks and what not that were made out of the same papers, thereby creating their own gift sets. Let's hope they sell! :)

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Supplies Used:
Papers: DCWV 12x12 Sorbet Paper Stack
Stamps: Pea Pickin' from TAC
Inks: CTMH Juniper, Staz-On Jet Black
Misc: Ribbon from The Ribbon Retreat, Prima & Bazzill Flowers, misc buttons, self adhesive sparkles, liquid glass.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Altered Composition Books

I created these two books as gifts. The first one I gave to a dear sweet woman who took time out of her busy schedule to teach me and two of my friends how to make homemade lotions and soaps. She wouldn't let us pay her anything for her time or the supplies used, so I made this notebook for her.

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Supplies Used:
Papers: SU Tempting Turquoise CS, SU Kaleidoscope DSP
Stamps: House Mouse
Inks: Staz-On Jet Black, SU Tempting Turquoise
Misc: Ribbon from The Ribbon Retreat, Prismacolor markers, Self adhesive sparkles, liquid glass


This next notebook I created for one of my daughter's friends for her birthday.

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Supplies Used:
Papers: CTMH Daydream Paper Pack, Lilac Mist CS
Stamps: CMTH Heartthrob, Doodle Alpha
Inks: CTMH Spring Iris
Misc: ribbon, buttons, sparkles, liquid glass

Friday, November 6, 2009

More Altered Junior Legal Pads

Are you tired of these yet? These are the last of them for now. :)

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Altered Junior Legal Pads

Yet another idea I got from SCS. These are quick to make up and of course very fun! I like keeping one handy on my desk to make out my shopping list or plan menus, etc. Because of their size, they are really great to decorate up much like a card. The nice thing about decorating them like a card is that there are so many sketches out there to use, and the ideas are endless. At the craft shows I do, people pick them up thinking they are a card of some sort and are always pleasantly surprised to find a notepad inside!

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The picture doesn't do this one justice. I kept it simple, not wanting to detract from the paper. I really liked the paper, but DH absolutely hated it saying it was too busy and he just didn't like it. Not more than five minutes later, two of my DD's walked in and exclaimed how pretty it was and where did I get that cool paper?!?! LOL I guess beauty really is in the eye of the beholder. ;)

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