Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Scrappin' Pages for Someone Else

Despite selling paper products for 9+ years with Stampin' Up, I am not a huge scrapbooker. 
I aspire to be but haven't quite made it there.  
I like card making and gifts because they can usually be completed in a day or so.  
Scrapbooking can be a lifetime commitment. 
But we had dear friends from church ask if I could help them with a project and I couldn't say no.  
They had been asked to create a page or 2 each to be combined with the rest of the family and given to the Mother/Grandmother of them all.  Great idea except they didn't have the equipment, experience or supplies so they turned to me. 
They did have an idea of the words or pictures to be inserted, so that was a great help!
The first set I created for "C", she had made when she was younger.  It was larger and on poster board but she wanted a mimic of this creation she had made for/about her grandfather & their farm.
So using a 12 X 12 of real red cardstock, I created this
I trimmed it in ribbon for a finished edge and then mounted it onto some Designer Series Paper primarily the Chocolate Chip color. 
 I cut away the green poster board but saved the jute twine, which she had requested.
I then tried to assemble them similar to what they had been, using 3-D glue dots to create height.
She had a few more pictures and a poem she wanted included, as well.  So using the coordinating paper from {retired} Bella Rose Designer Series Paper, I did a second page spread. 
{The paper is retired by the digital is available.}
The 2 pages below were done for "C's" Mom & Dad.  We love them.  Such a wonderful couple with servants' hearts.  Blessed to know them and have them at our church.
"D" was in the military so his page was heavy with that theme.  I basically just mounted each item/picture and gave them different heights using the 3-D glue dots.

"A" wrote a poem and each part connected to one of the pictures she included.  I love that she expressed that this woman was more than an "In-law".  She also said how proud she was to be "D's" wife.  What a wonderful thing for any wife to say.  You can see why we love them!
They all kind-of coordinated, with bits from the Bella paper and Real Red running through each.   I know the templates and designs aren't going to win any awards, but they loved it and that is all that matters in the end.
The end to this story is that while they were up visiting this Mother for her 90th birthday, and giving her this amazing giftbook of pages from her entire family, she passed away shortly after.
I am sure she enjoyed spending time turning the pages created about her family, even if it was for a little while.  What a blessing they were able to have by coming together to celebrate her.
I know how much my grandma loved to look at all the cards she received at her 85th birthday.  She also passed away shortly after we all came together to celebrate.
I was honored to be a part of helping them share a little of themselves and what this lady meant to them.  Thanks, "W's", for asking me.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Lakeland Artisan Fair

Please stop by and see me this Saturday at the Lakeland Artisan Fair.  
Saturday, May 28 9 am -3 pm
It is located at the building called Tuesday Music Club right off Success Avenue.  The address is 421 East Park Street [intersecting at Success], near Lake Hollingsworth.
There will be outdoor booths and indoors..come find me in the air conditioning!  Frankly, paper creations & morning dew don't "play well" with each other so I opted for an indoor spot!
I'll be there with lots of gifts for purchasing!  
I will have the Stampin' Up Idea book on sale for $6 {normally retails for $10!}.  Any orders placed there for Stampin' Up supplies will get 10% off, too!
I have a feeling it should be a great day!

Flowers That Don't Fade

I showed this project back on Mother's Day
 I made it for my mom and promised a tutorial.
 I used this Sizzix Big Shot and Flower Folds die to create the white flowers, various circle and scallop circle punches for the pictures, along with the items pictured to make it.
When I do this again, I will purchase a stronger variety of wire.  This wire was $1 but they also had a stiffer green wire for the same price which I would recommend.  You could paint it or deal with it being green.  Michael's or other crafty stores probably have an even better choice.  I got all of these at Walmart because I was short on time.  The bag of shell bits looked like mother of pearl, which my mom loves. It was $5. The vase says "Family" on it but I couldn't quite capture it.  It was only $2 in the section where they sell the reeds & oils for those type of DIY air fresheners, near the craft department. The small opening lends itself perfectly for this project and they had a nice variety of shapes and sayings on the front, all in the suprising $2-$3 range.
I cut numerous white flowers using the die, probably about 20.  I used mainly the 3 smaller flowers, not the largest contained on the die. I would also do about 10 instead for the next project so all can be seen easier.  I had printed so many, I got carried away!  
I printed the various photos in regular 4 X 6 and wallet sizes, so I could have a variety of sizes for the photo "flower centers".
I adhered the photos that were punched out to the centers of the white.  I used Elmers Glue-All.  Double Stick tape would have been fine, too.  Then for the back, so it had a finished look, I punched out yellow centers.  My mom loves daisies, so this mimics them.  I glued the sticks to the yellow using hot glue.  It's stiffer and dries instantly.  
You could have used additional pictures instead, especially if you had a lot of people to include.

I filled the vase using a funnel with the shell bits.  They were near the craft department, too. Our Walmart is all messed up right now for a {another} remodel but all of this type product [sands, stones, etc] was near the flowers for arrangements.  Sand was cheaper but this was super shimmery.  Sorry the picture doesn't capture it well.

Like I said, I really did too many flowers but my mom loved it just the same.  I included not only shots of each of the kids, together and separate, pics of her with them and of our little family of four but even my grandma and aunts, too.  
 {weird overview}
I think this would be a great gift for a whole family to give to a grandmother with all her grandchildren [or great grandchildren], one on each flower.  
Another idea I thought was the class mom gathering shots of each child in a class to give to the teacher, especially the younger grades.
I used Whisper White cardstock for the flowers and various yellows like Daffodil Delight & Yo Yo Yellow [because I didn't have a lot of either].  
This would be cool to do with Designer Series Paper to match your house, especially the newer Black & Vanilla papers I am currently obsessed with [see here].
I made a paper flower arrangement 16 months ago for Abigale's Sip & See party using the heart punch [if you didn't yet have the Sizzix, this would be a good alternative].  I used them over for her 1st birthday, because paper flowers never fade!
So this is the finished project.  I hope you make your own, using whatever tools you have.  
If you do, please share with me!
 If you are not into DIY, message me about creating one for you!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Elmo Punch Art Card

I did this card this morning for a dear friend's sweet little daughter.  
She was celebrating her 2nd birthday and the party's theme was Elmo, of course!

I used the Sizzix Scallops Circle #2 Bigz die, 1 inch circle punch, 3/4 inch circle punch, 1 1/4 inch circle punch, & 1 3/8 inch circle punch.  I hand cut the felt mouth.
The side dot strip is a bit of retired paper featuring apples that I use for all my teacher projects but the name of the DSP escapes me right now.

I used my alphabet set and Basic Black Craft ink to stamp out her name to add more personalization.
I hope she likes it.  I know her mom will!  :)
A special card for a very special girl!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Join me in helping fight breast cancer

Please let me know if you are interested in purchasing this set!
Every little bit counts!
I am planning a stamp camp featuring Strength & Hope, with this set included in the class fee.
More on that soon!
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Altered Stamp Cases ~your notebook won't get lost or damaged anymore

These notebook holders are great for the purse because they safely hold your notepad & pen and are easy to grab out!  
 They are made from Clear Stamp Cases that I purchased from Stampin Up. 
I then crafted each liner with different Designer Series Papers that are double sided [so the inside is pretty, too!].  Inside will include a notepad & pen.  

Other uses for this could be
  • coupons & list planned to be used for that shopping trip {currently I have them folded in a paper..this would be much better!}
  • keeping greeting cards in for each month's birthdays
  • keeping a list for Christmas shopping needs

I am sure you can come up with a lot of creative ways to use it!  
Hope to see you at the Spring Market & Craft Fair!
This project was inspired by my direct upline in Stampin' Up!, Beckie Kareck, who shared this video of her up-up line, Jackie Bolhius. Thanks, Ladies!! 

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Black and Vanilla Bird Bookmarks

Working on projects for the Spring Market & Craft Fair this Saturday but jumping in for a quick post.

I am loving the newer Very Vanilla  and Basic Black color combination with a hint of Riding Hood Red!  
I have went a little crazy and need to 
put. the. pack. of. paper. down.
But I just can't!
 More photos of projects with this paper to come!
2 Step Bird Punch
Decorative Label Punch
Fancy Flower Punch
Jumbo 4 inch paper clips
{that I need to find a supplier for since the store I bought them from no longer carries them..Help?}
SU Designer Series Paper: Love Letters
a few have glass glitter from SU..very vintage looking!
hot glue and lots of it!
satin ribbon in cream or black
Thanks for looking!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Mother's Day Gift

I made this for my mom {literally} the last minute. 
Here is the tutorial.

Though I will tweak it if I do it again, I was pretty pleased at the overall look.
Tutorial coming soon but wanted to get it on for now. 
This would be a great gift for a teacher with pictures of each child.

If you are not into DIY, message me and we can talk about creating one for you!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Teacher Appreciation Gifts

Here are some of the teacher themed gifts I have created for sale.  
For my crafting friends, let me know if you need details & supplies on how to make yourselves!
Hershey Candy Wrapper $2 Custom Order with your fave verse

Traditional Colors Teacher Stationary Set $15

Alternative Colors Teacher Stationary Set $15

Photo Holders $4

Close Up of jumbo photo clip $4.
It's not rocket science and like I say, "there is nothing new under the sun", but maybe this will spark creativity in you!