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Thursday, December 31, 2009

I just finished creating some thank you cards for my son to send to his Grandmas & Granpas and others. I'll be posting pics later (I have to find the cord to my pc first. ugh!)

In the mean time, I hope you all have a wonderful New Year's.

Smiley from millan.net

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Cards, cards, and more cards!

Hiya!
What you're looking at is a small stack of the cards I made for Christmas this year. I made 50 in all. We had to whittle our list down over the years. I hate doing it but sometimes ya gotta do what ya gotta do.

I got the idea for the card from JanTink. She's an SU! demo. I don't know her personally but she is a pretty clever girl! She created this "marquee" card and put the tutorial on her blog, which is where I discovered it. Below is the first sample I made to see how hard or easy it would be to make it.

I'm not sure if you can see from the picture above but those two red pieces slide out when the gatefold card opens to reveal a picture in the window in the green "stage" area.

Here's how the card looks when it's closed. The stamps all come from WaltzingMouse Stamps. All of them are in the same set. Aren't they beautiful?

Truth be told the card is very easy to make. Maybe that's because Jan's instructions are so easy to follow. Well, I had to go and complicate things. You see, I wasn't satisfied with the card above. I wanted to put a picture in the card. So, I had to rework it.

Hubby took our son to see Santa. I couldn't let this precious pic go to waste. :) As it turns out, I didn't have enough of the red printed paper to do the inside and outside of the card. So, I stamped a snowflake from the Very Vintage Christmas set using cream ink on red cardstock and used that for the inside pieces. (You can see it in the pic above.)

The silver embossing powder that I used on all the stamped images really make them stand out against the green cardstock.
This is how my kitchen counter looked for a couple of weeks. Special thanks to my sweet, patient hubby for putting up with my insane crafting needs. His only comment, "As long as you're making progress I'm ok with it."
Isn't he fab?! Love you sweetie!

If you've never tried heat embossing you really should give it a go. It's a lot of fun. Super easy and gives a big wow to your paper crafts. Basically, you just stamp with an ink that will stay wet long enough for the embossing powder to stick to it.

Pour the powder on, and tap off the excess.

Then heat it. You can see in the bottom left corner how gray the ink and powder look then along the top of the card piece how shiny and silvery this embossing powder changed once it was "cooked." The silver ink disappeared on this green cardstock. I was so happy once the powder was added and embossed. Such a huge improvement, don't you think?

Well. That's it for tonight. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas day.

Details:
  • Cardstock: Pure Poppy, Ripe Avocado, Kraft (PaperTreyInk); White (Georgia Pacific)
  • Patterned paper: Love Notes -Battenburg (MemoryMakers)
  • Stamps: Very Vintage Christmas (WaltzingMouseStamps)
  • Ink: Silver (Encore)
  • Embossing Powder: Sterling Silver (Stampendous)

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Hawaiian Holidays

The other day I came home from a busy day of 'mommy stuff' to find a package addressed to me from my friend Bobbi who lives in Hawaii. It was totally unexpected. (Yes it's true. Not only have I been away from my blog but my emailing and contacting friends has been less than stellar also. Sorry.)

Anyway, inside the box were treats only found in the islands (or at least they are not found here where I live). Mmmm! Yummy treats! Check 'em out:

First, a large bucket (I guess this is considered a bucket... or maybe a canister) of Chocolate Chip macadamia nut cookies. Yes, they are as tasty as the name implies. :) Mmmm...

Then, just for my son (I know because Bobbi has sent him these little yummies before...) a big box of Hawaiian Animal Cookies. Unlike the stateside counterpart, these cookies are shaped like fish, dolphins, whales and octopus. They're so cute. And my picky... scratch that... UBER-PICKY eater loves them.

Next.... Yes, there's more....

You know, I didn't even know these little goodies existed! But now that I do I will have to request a package of them every year for Christmas. Mmm...

Tasty little morsels!! All wrapped up in their very own special wrapper and everything. Check it out: The blue foil reads Macadamia Nuts in yellow and instead of the standard "Hershey Kisses" written on the little white flag it says, "Aloha." Is that great, or what?!

Granted I had eaten several of these before getting this blog post written. While I was snapping a few pics to post I took notice of the Kiss on the package.


Apparently I was so busy gobbling down the tasty treats I had failed to notice that there was a whole macadamia nut wrapped in the chocolatey goodness. So I cut a few in half to verify... Hershey is true to their packaging. Sufficient macadamia nut(s) inside each kiss. YUM-O!

In the spirit of Christmas, I took a small bag of these treats to church with me and shared them with my class. I never take treats, but today was special. And the women were very grateful. :)

Oh! There was one more thing in the box. Bobbi made a Christmas card using the Nativity .cut file I created. It's hard to tell but the design is silver cardstock on navy blue. Very pretty in person. Still amazes me that a bunch of circles, triangles and squares can be welded together to create something like this.

Thank you so much for sharing Bobbi. :)I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas Sunday. I still can't believe Christmas is just 5 days away! Gosh! Where did December go? What happened to 2009? I could swear it was just Easter a few weeks ago, right?

The talks and the choir music was so beautiful today at church. And my class, which I was less than prepared for, came together so nicely. Now we are home and enjoying a quiet Sunday together. Hmm... Sunday is the day of rest. Maybe I'll go take a nap.
Smiley from millan.netEnjoy your day.

Friday, December 18, 2009

More Gift Card boxes

There were a couple questions about how to do the insert for the gift card box. Here are a few pics on how to do it:
Score the strip as indicated in the cut file and then fan fold the piece so that there is an "M" in the middle. You will want the middle pieces to be tightly together. As I've discovered in this tutorial, the DCWV cardstock is too flimsy for this. You will need some card that will keep it's shape once it's been folded.

This "V" look is not good. This means that when you insert your gift card the upright pieces will just bend over and the card will fall out. A quick fix is a bit of double stick tape on either side to stick the card in the middle. You can also try layering some additional card pieces together. I recommend glue since it will give it a bit more strength.

Here are the completed boxes that I made for this example. These are for my son's school teachers. Today is the last day of school before we start our Christmas break. It's just after 1pm here. I leave to go get my son from school at 2pm. Nothin' like putting a gift together at the last minute, huh? Proof positive that these really do come together very quickly.

As it turns out.... this box is also the perfect size for giving the small 2x3 (or is it 3x2?) school pictures in too! :) I hope the teachers like their presents.

We're on Christmas break now. Don't be surprised if you don't hear from me for a few days. Hubby has some vacation days too. The "Use 'em or Lose 'em" kind. So he's on vacation too. Wow! What will we do with ourselves for a whole week all together? I just don't know. But we'll figure something out. :)

Have a great weekend! Chat with you all again soon!

Details:

  • Cricut, DesignStudio and George or Plantin Schoolbook
  • CUT FILE: ** Donate button is at the top right. Please specify which file you want when you purchase.
  • Cardstock and patterned paper: DCWV
** Refer to Cut File link to see how to get my files. 


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Cute Sandy made a couple of these boxes and posted them on her blog. Here is the link to see them. Fantastic job Sandy. Thanks so much for sharing.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

It's all about the Present-ation

Hiya crafty peoples :)
I know, it's been forever since I've created anything or posted with any regularity on my blog. I hope that as we get through the holidays that I'll be able to get back to creating and sharing.

I have been creating but I haven't had a chance to share what I've been making. I've taken pictures though so I'll be sharing what I made with you over the next few days/weeks. Here's my first project:

It's a gift box for a gift card. When you take the lid off the box opens to reveal the gift standing in the center:

I love the shimmer of the cardstock in midnight blue and silver and the silver embossed stamps that I used with it. The shimmer just doesn't come through in the pictures but it's FAB! T he picture below of the tag kind of gives you a glimpse of how the blue looks in real life. That sparkle is not an added embellishment. That's how the cardstock really looks. It's not a glitter paper. It's just this shimmery midnight blue yumminess. And then with the silver embossed stamped images over it.... what can I say but Mmmm!

If you're giving any gift cards this holiday season this might be something you will want to make. So much nicer than a lil' old card. (*wink*)

Have a great night.

Details:

  • Cricut, DesignStudio and George or Plantin Schoolbook
  • CUT FILE: ** Donate button is at the top right. Please specify which file you want when you purchase.
  • Cardstock: Night Sky Shimmer, Silver Shimmer (PaperTreyInk)
  • Stamps: Very Vintage Christmas (WaltzingMouse Stamps)
  • Ink: Encore Ultimate Silver
  • Embossing Powder: Sterling Silver (Stampendous
 ** Refer to Cut File link to see how to get my files.
 
[Edited to note: depending on how the fold works on the insert piece inside the box, you may have to cut it in half because the 'bump' may cause the gift card to tip or fall over... Thanks for the feedback Sandy]

[Edited to note: Ok, I did some experimentation because I was worried about the insert not working. As it turns out, you need really GOOD cardstock. Nothing flimsy. Even layering a couple pieces of card didn't help. Please use a good heavier weight card that will hold it's shape after you've scored and folded it.]

Friday, December 4, 2009

Paper Popsicles: How To box

Hey everyone,

Yes I know. It's been a while... a long while since I've posted. Life has been a bit nutty. After my trip I was sick. Hubby was sick. Then my son got sick. None of us at the same time. But now we've all had it. And....lucky me, it's come back around to me again. (Argh!)

Anyway, I wanted to let you all know that I haven't forgotten about my blog followers. I hope that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are happily preparing for Christmas and/or Hanukkah.

That's what I've been doing. Our home is decorated for Christmas and the presents are slowly being put together. I've had such a fun time creating hand painted ornaments, handmade cards and of course some really fun handmade gifts.

Today's craft idea was based on the taffy box I made Halloween 2008. I made these in just a few minutes and didn't even use my Cricut or DS to do it.



You can see the step-by-step Tutorial on how I made them at Paper Popsicles. It's the last tutorial I will be writing for them. I haven't put together the DS file for it just yet but I'm sure it will be just as easy.

Merry Merry! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!