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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Happy 5th, dude!

Smiley from millan.net
Birthdays are so fun, right? Well tomorrow is my son's 5th special day.
Usually the kids in his class bring cupcakes to share at lunchtime. When I picked him up from school today I told him we needed to go to the store to pick out the cupcakes.

Would you believe he said "NO! I don't want cupcakes." {HUH??!!}
Seriously? What kid doesn't like cupcakes? Smiley from millan.net.... Apparently mine. LOL

He wants cookies. And not just any cookies. He wants Oreos.
Lucky for him, Oreos are also hubby's favorite cookies so we always seem to have a package or two in the pantry.

Of course, I couldn't just sent a package or Oreos to the school and say, "hand these out to the cherubs," could I? I dug out my NEW stamps from WaltzingMouse Stamps and some white StazOn ink and a white gel pen and had a little fun!

I love this little paper airplane stamp from her recent release: Free Spirit~Boy. The sentiment came from the Free Spirit~Sentiments.

I considered making bag toppers for each of the treat bags... But....I didn't go Super-Nova on the decorations since I knew the bags would end up in the garbage exactly 3 seconds after the cookies were gone, but at least they are plain-Jane baggies.
I can tell you from trial and error that a craft foam mat under the baggie really helps when stamping to get a good impression. Also, letting the ink dry before putting another baggy on top is a good idea so that (1) the bags don't stick together; and (2) the ink doesn't come off on the back side of the baggy on top of it. {Ask me how I know...}

So instead I made some gift tags for my son's presents, which I still need to wrap! {Ack! You know what I'll be doing tonight when he goes to bed.} The tags are blank for now but I'll make more or just write up

Have a great night (or day, depending on when you're reading this).Smiley  from millan.netSmiley from millan.netSmiley from millan.net


Gift Tags:
  • Stamp: Free Spirit~Boy, (WaltzingMouseStamps)
  • Markers: Light Blue, Red (Bic Mark Its), T1 (Copic)
  • Cardstock: White (Georgia Pacific)
  • Punch: (Stampin Up!)

Friday, April 2, 2010

Happy Easter!

Smiley from millan.netEveryone!

I got these super cute shaped card templates from Paper Popsicles and had to make a fun card with them. Really... it's more like a gift! I took the Peep shaped card and turned it into an accordion book/banner, which can be placed up on a shelf or as part of the center piece on your table. I'm really pleased with it.

I added little black glitter glue eyes but after I added the flower and letter to each bunny I thought how cute it would be without the eyes and the little white patch could be his tail. So, I'm not sure how I like it best, but I think it looks great both with and without the little "peep" eyes.

The whole accordion book folds up and fits inside a cute Easter Basket cover. I used the Easter Basket shaped card (also from Paper Popsicles), which I altered to add more depth to hold the peep book inside.

I added a pocket inside the cover and a flap to wrap around and attach at the front to hold it closed. (I hand cut the wrap around flap using the preprinted border on the paper.)

And I added one more flower shape at the front to tie the inside and outside together.

Smiley from millan.netI colored the handle of the basket by hand with some markers and the decorative paper on the front of the basket actually had the lacy decorative edge already printed onto the paper.
(Oh how I love it when it's easy but it looks super complex!)

A little green grass sandwiched between the white cardstock and the decorative paper gives a fun texture and a touch of color.

Smiley from millan.netI hope you and your families all have a wonderful Easter holiday! Smiley from millan.net

  • Software: Photoshop, Inkscape, SCAL2
  • Digital files: Peep shaped card, Easter Basket shaped card (PaperPopsicles)
  • Cardstock: White, Black (Paper Co.), pink, purple, green, yellow (DCWV glitter stack)
  • Decorative paper (DCWV Sweet stack)
  • Other: Black glitter glue, Bic Mark Its, plastic grass
  • .SCUT file only available with proof of purchase from PaperPopsicles