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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Some more gifts from Christmas

I know. I'm such a slacker. I ignore my poor blog for days and then when I do post something I just keep pulling these pics out of things I made but didn't share during December. Well, I had too. How do you surprise the people you're giving them to if they read your blog, right? So, now you get to read all about it a month later. I guess I could have said I made them for a future gift and you'd never know, but ... nah, that's not necessary. You all understand.
Anyway, without further ado, here they are. I made my three nieces some altered comp books.

They each got one in a preferred color of their choice and with their initial on it.

I knew I wanted to glitter up the letter so I stopped by Walmart and picked up the MS 24-color glitter set so that I'd have a good variety to choose from. Since they all like such different colors it would have cost me nearly as much if I purchased those little 3-pack color sets in their colors so I just splurged and got the big-momma!

I happened to already have some pre-cut letters in my stash so I didn't have to cut them out. They were a bit flimsy so I mounted them to some white cardstock give them a bit more body. Then, I painted the glue over letters, sprinkled on the glitter and let them dry. To keep the glitter in place so that it wouldn't release with every touch I sprayed a matte clear coat over the top to seal them.
Then I mounted each letter to a plaque which was cut from Storybook.
One more thing to add a bit of sparkle, I made my own spritz using some Shimmerz paint.

I purchased one of these travel spray bottles from the cosmetic area at Walmart. I think it cost a $1. I used the end of the spray hose as a wand to dip into the paint and put a bit into the bottle. Then, I added about a tablespoon and a half of water and shook it up.

Then I sprayed it onto the background papers that I used on the cover and the back of the books. I tried to get a good pic.... looks like the best one is the purple "K" book. But all three shimmered very nicely.

I hope you all have a wonderful day!

  • Cricut, DS and Storybook cartridge (ProvoCraft)
  • Patterned papers from stash
  • white cardstock (Georgia Pacific)
  • Glitter paint: Angels Wings (Shimmerz)
  • Glitter (Martha Stewart)
  • Matte Clear Sealer (Krylon)

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Sweeeeeet Lovin' from the oven

My sister in law called me a few weeks ago. After receiving her Christmas card she wondered if I could help her. She wanted to send a recipe for Red Velvet Cake with her Valentines this year to four of her friends. She was wondering if I could put together a fun card that would nicely present the recipe for her friends. We discussed a few options and she said, "Yes, that sounds great!"
Sometimes when I have the need to create but no direction, a project comes along to give me a compass.
Basically I took the gift card holder cut file that I created and made it large enough to hold a 4x6 recipe card. The finished size of the card is 5x7. To get the recipe card to be the right side I laid it out in Publisher and printed a nice border around it. That way I knew exactly where to cut. Then to add a pop of color I mounted it to some red cardstock which matched the red used on the cover of the card.

To give the top layer some more texture after gluing the 1 1/2" squares down on a layer of card I ran it through my Cuttlebug with an embossing folder. And then took it for a spin through my sewing machine. My 4yr old wanted to help so much so he got the assignment to lift and lower my presser foot while I did everything else. LOL

To give the frosting a bit of definition I mixed together and painted on some Shimmerz. I also added it to the "Hello" and "Friend" tags and the ridges on the cupcake cup.

To add a touch of black to the card (so the recipe card wasn't the only bit with black on it), I used this cute black and white check ribbon my sis gave me. She told me she found it in the $1 isle. I never find this cute stuff at the store. Thank you for giving it to me! :) Then I sprinkled some fun glittery glue dots all around and mounted the cupcake on a black 'shadow' layer.

And there they all are. They went postal today. I added a touch of red and patterned paper to the inside after I took the pics because the inside was just too plain. I forgot to snap a pic before I put them in the envelope. I hope they reach her safe and sound. Thanks for the project, sis!


  • Cricut, DS, George, Plantin, From My Kitchen (Provo Craft)
  • CUT FILE: ** Please specify the file when you donate.
  • Cuttlebug, Floral Fantasy embossing folder (Provo Craft)
  • Patterned paper: DCWV and Target $1 isle
  • Cardstock: Red, Pink (DCWV), White, Black (Paper Co.)
  • Glitter paint: Fire Engine Red, Angel Wings (Shimmerz)
  • Fonts: Times New Roman, Adorable
  • Flowers (Prima)
  • Other: Pink buttons, White embroidery floss, Black glitter glue, Black and white check ribbon, foam adhesive, ATG adhesive, Scor-Pal, Fiskars paper crimper, Zots mini glue dots, red thread, Black Sharpie
** Refer to Cut File link to see how to get my files. 

Monday, January 18, 2010

A little Bling!

It's fun stepping away from paper for a bit to dabble in another medium. From time to time, to refresh my mind, I go searching for something new to try...

Such is the case with these little pretties. My sis has 3 daughters that I love to create blingy things for.
Each one has her personal color preference as you can see by the looks of each bracelet and earring set. (The pink and pearl sets don't have earrings. Pink doesn't wear earrings... yet. and Pearl already owns pearls.)

I also wanted each of my nieces to know I love them so I hung this cute little heart charm on their bracelets.
This is the one I made for my sis. A little more sophisticated with the pearls, I think.

So that you can see how they look on, my sis snapped a couple shots of the girlies modeling their new bling.

I'm so pleased they like them. Sis says they wear them with jeans as much as dresses. Every day if possible.
Girls and jewelry. What could be more fun?

So, not all my crafty projects include paper.
I'll admit, most of them do.But I did create a few gifts this past Christmas that didn't have a single bit of paper involved....
....unless you include the gift box I made to put them in.

ScrappinKay asked what I made the bracelet base (chain) with. Yes, they are jump rings. :)

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Baby Elephant

Melissa from PaperPopsicles Has been busy putting together her new venture. In about 5 days (January 15th) she'll be launching her new store. Very exciting, right?

Well, she asked a handful of her friends to let the word out that she has a freebie on her blog right now for any one that may be interested. It's this fun little elephant shaped card.Smiley from millan.net

I have a couple friends that have just had babies and so I decided to make a patchwork elephant.

I cut the card out once using SCAL and my Cricut. Then using some Cricut markers I used my Cricut to trace another elephant. Then I took a handful of scraps of patterned paper and glued them to the back of the traced elephant. Once the glue was dry, I used the marker line to hand cut the elephant out cutting just inside the outline. I glued the patchwork elephant to the card top adding a bow tie and handwritten "For you!" tag. Then outlined the patchwork elephant and the sections where the papers were joined together with Stickles.

The card needed something else.... So I took one more scrap of paper, rounded the corners and pinched it in the middle with a dab of glue to make a dimensional ear.

The good news is, Melissa is sharing this cute little elephant card with everyone. Yup! A Freebie! As far as I know there isn't a time limit but it wouldn't hurt to run over there right now and pick it up just in case

Hope you're all having a fantastic Sunday.
And don't forget to check out "What's the Scoop?" on January 15th!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Thank yous

I hope you all have enjoyed your holidays. I know I did. Craziness and all. Smiley from millan.net It was lots of fun. My sis and her kiddies came to visit for a few days. They have gone home now. My house seems so quiet. (*sigh*)

My To-Do list is long, but life is good. No major complaints. One by one each of my tasks are getting done...
  • Laundry (bed linens and towels)...washed
  • Beds remade
  • Floors vacuumed and mopped Smiley from millan.net
  • Dishwasher emptied
  • Next up.... Christmas stuff
As I type this I'm staring at the Christmas garland over our entertainment center... No, I'm not the type to leave up the lights and tree till Valentines Day. Usually it comes down over New Year's weekend, but this year I needed to leave it up a bit longer than usual because of our post-Christmas visitors. We usually get together a week or two before Santa's big visit, but that didn't happen this year. Now that they're gone I need to get up on the ladder in the garage and get my storage bins down.

I promised you some pictures of the thank you cards I made last week. And I have not forgotten. The cards went in the mail and should all be received by now so I won't be ruining any surprises.

Isn't this little guy cute? I found him at Stamping Bella. It's by Tiddly Inks. I have a hard time finding little boy stamps that aren't too sweet. Know what I mean? So when I saw this one I thought it was great!

Here's a quick peak at the inside.

I was able to stamp six of him on an 8 1/2"x11" white cardstock then color him using mostly my Bic Mark-Its. (I had to use a Crayola Peach crayon for his face and arms).

A little reversed scallop edge was added using some old Fiskars scissors. The top right corner was shaped using a corner rounder punch. The edges were inked using a Bic marker. The button shaped brads I believe are from MakingMemories. I have them stored in a little sectioned "bead box" and I've had them for so long I don't remember. Oh, and I hand wrote the sentiment.

That's it. Pretty easy, huh? Thanks for stopping by.
Have a wonderful day!Millan.net

  • Stamp: Catch of the Day (Stamping Bella)
  • Cardstock: Kraft, Pure Poppy, Ocean Tides (PaperTrey Ink), white (Georgia Pacific)
  • Patterned Paper: Halfway Cafe - Flagstaff (CosmoCricut)
  • Brads: Button (MakingMemories)
  • Other: Bic Mark-Its, Small Scallop scissors (Fiskars), ATG, foam dots, Scor-Pal