Thursday, April 24, 2014

Wish Big!

 My cute niece is having her Birthday party on Monday and I am geared up for a crazy weekend so I thought I would get a head start on getting her gift ready! This is a very simple design, but I added some fun details that take "simple" up a notch.

 For starters, simply using an embossing folder for the background gives it some texture and dimension! I particularly like the ones with words because they give it a graphic quality that I like as well.  The set that I used for this card is "Stylish Sentiments: Birthday" from PTI and it is one of my favorites. I really like the stamp that I used to make the candles; It could also be used to make a border, a layered cake, a conversation bubble, etc.  I have used it a few times as a candle and I think it turns out nicely.

 It might be hard to see in the photos (I used my phone) but each star representing the flame on the candles has a touch of stickles for shine. I also used my color spritzing tool to spritz on some yellow ink around the stars to mimic the glow of the candle. The purple panel was supposed to look like a gift all tied up with a tag. The sentiment is also from the same set as well as the one I used on the inside. I didn't take a photo, though.  I brushed the edges with white ink for a little more dimension. Finally, I added some sequins because....well, what little girl doesn't like a little sparkle?  The sentiments are stamped using Smokey Shadow ink.

You can see her gift all ready to go. If you visit here frequently, you might have read this post where I was buying all kinds of gift bags at the dollar store and challenging myself to create a matching card. This was one of those "challenges". It is not quite what I normally make, but I like stepping out of my "norm". Thanks for fluttering by!

P.S. Teacher Appreciation Week is coming up in May and you know what that means....lots of fun teacher ideas for you! I am actually putting together gifts for every teacher at school this year for the PTA, so I will get those finished and get working on my own!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Best Wishes today and always!

 One of my friends in the neighborhood celebrated her birthday last week and I wanted to give her a little something.  I love putting together gift ensembles, no matter how small they are. This particular card is only 3 by 3 so that will give you a better idea on the size.  If you are interested in how to make this type of box, I have a tutorial here if you are interested. I think I made this box a little taller, but once you figure out how to make them, you can try all kinds of sizes.

 Both of the stamp sets are from PTI. I Love the little sentiment series that they have. They are perfect for all kinds of projects, but especially tiny ones. The flowers are from the Rosie Posie and Rosie Posie 2 sets. I didn't "have" to have Rosie Posie until they came out with the #2 set. I really love the dimension it gives the flowers. I especially love using it to achieve a "Shabby Chic" look that I have created here.

It is a lot harder for me just to zip to the store these days and I didn't have anything to fill the box with, so I quickly made up a batch of my Christmas caramels. It felt weird to be making them in April, but I don't think SHE will mind! LOL! I put the extras in the eggs I hid for the kid's Easter egg hunt! Less for me to eat!

Speaking of Easter, I hope you all had a wonderful day! We sure did and it was so much fun to have little ones to enjoy all of the fun! I just love this time of year! Thanks for fluttering by!

P.S. Here is a little photo of my baby! He just got a haircut and is looking so grown up!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Beautiful New Baby

 Two posts in one week? I is crazy! I so wish my life was in a place where I could post more. However, that would mean I wouldn't have my delicious babies and I wouldn't trade them for anything!  I can't believe I used to post EVERY SINGLE day. Speaking of babies....that is the whole reason for this post.  One of my friends in my new neighborhood had a baby almost 2 weeks ago. She is precious and I was so glad to be able to make dinner for her and take a gift over. I have actually had the gift done for quite some time, but I didn't photograph it until it was the last minute. It was gray and raining so the pictures aren't the best, but you can check it out HERE.

 I used a mojo monday sketch, but it has been a while now since I made it. The stamps are all from PTI. I love using this little carriage and paper piecing it. I added just a touch of bling for some shine.

 I love incorporating the little calendar ticket stamp on birthday and baby cards. I really, really wanted to circle March on it, but new that I would mess up and just couldn't risk it. (she had her baby in march) It still looks cute, though.

I realized I didn't photograph the inside, which is usually the case, until I go to write in it. Yes....that is what happened so I quickly snapped a picture. You have to love the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" book in the background! I wanted to show it because I used the same die-cut on the onesie I made her. I added some glossy accents to the word "baby" and I Love it! Thanks for fluttering by!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Welcome Spring and Simple Thoughts

 I was working on my Easter/Spring Mantel and decided it needed a new banner. I have my pastel one in my entry way but I was having a hard time incorporating all of the "traditional" spring colors in my family room. Instead of having something I wasn't completely happy with, I made a new banner!It is simple and I was really pressed for time and to be completely honest, I actually didn't want to put too much detail into the banner since it is higher up and the details would get lost anyway. The one detail which I had fun with is the addition of thespring green spanish moss. I have been going wild with it on quite a few of my Easter displays, so I added it here. I simply wadded some up in a ball, added hot glue and pressed it onto the accordion medallions. I then gave the chipboard letters a good amount of hot glue as well and pressed them on.

 You can see the entire display here. I am actually impressed with myself how long I have been able to incorporate the blue chevron fabric in the frame into my seasonal displays on my mantel. In the fall, I used fall foliage to accent the blue and of course in the winter it was a perfect backdrop with my snowflakes, etc. And here you see it looking just as nice for Spring!  I was tickled pink to find the little oval frame with the pressed flowers at the local thrift store for 50 or 75 cents. There is a handwritten sticker on the back boasting they are from the Hill Cummorah, but I don't know if it is true. For 75 cents, who cares? I am also obsessed with the new vintage (is that an oxymoron) Ball canning jars you can buy now. I have them here and there in my home.

 I was also in need of a "thinking of you" card so as I sat down to make it, I just decided to use the scraps from my banner. Again, I wanted to keep things simple, but ended up adding more than I planned on. Still simple, though.  Maybe before it gets mailed, I will have to add some moss.....Just kidding........hmmmmmmmmm.....

I really like these cute little frame stamp sets from PTI as well.  I also made a mini banner to stretch across the width of the card using tiny scraps. I tied bows on the ends using some button twine from PTI. The felt flowers were made with spring moss felt and I added a tiny gem to the center of each flower. It just didn't seem balanced so I added two buttons as well. The bottom needed something, too, so I added a line of zig-zag stitching and some striped paper.

I have a baby card and handmade gift to share with you as well. I have had it photographed for a while, just not uploaded so I will get going on that and get it on here as well as Thimbles and Thread. Happy Spring, Happy April and thanks for fluttering by!!!

Friday, February 21, 2014

A very vintage birthday!

 Hello! I hope you all enjoyed your holiday week. I loved having my kids home from school on Monday. We didn't do anything fancy, but we went to lunch and spent the day together.  I truly miss year-round school. I loved the breaks we had to go and do things together, but those days are over. Anyway, on to the real reason you are here! I had a request from a friend to make a birthday card. I asked her which style she would like and she requested vintage. Come on....twist my arm! Vintage is one of my favorite styles to create in. I couldn't have been happier! As you can see, this particular card only uses one stamp and it is one of the sentiments from PTI's Ruby Rose stamp set. I absolutely love the two sentiments that are included.

 I was secretly hoping that she wouldn't need to mail it because I was having a lot of fun with all of the 3-D embellishments. Thank heavens she wasn't! I was actually making two at the same time. One of my friends was having a birthday as well and I was making one for her, too. The funny thing is, I didn't even end up by giving it to her because it didn't match the gift sack. I made her a new card altogether in a mad dash and didn't get it photographed. Yes...I know I am crazy!  Anyway, I now have a spare on hand.

  The felt roses were made using dies from MFT and I love them. I don't know how I lived without them for so long. I added some gems to the middle for some extra detail using tombow mono multi glue. I use that stuff all the time!!  The pattern paper is from the Marcella by K & Company design collection, but it is quite old. I love it, though, and have a huge slab. Of course, I love adding accordion medallions and doilies to my vintage designs.

A button here or there, zig-zag stitching and some distressing and the cards were done! I had so much fun creating them, but when I was done I second guessed myself as to whether she would like it. She told me she loved it so I am going to believe her. Oh...I also used one of the Mojo Monday sketches for the design. It was one where there was a contest, but I didn't get it photographed in time to enter...not saying I was going to win or anything, but it is always fun to see what everyone does. I love how everyone's creativity and minds think!

I have been super busy sewing up a storm. I have made three rag quilts in the last few weeks. Two of them were made last week. I gave two away, but kept one for myself. Hopefully I will have time to make some St. Patrick's Day things. I found some fun paper the other day when I was picking up some fabric, so I will get busy and show you what I come up with. Thanks for fluttering by!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Christmas Thanks

I hate to admit it, but I don't always send thank you cards after Christmas, but this year I was really in the mood. My husband was home, it was snowy and seemed like such a nice thing to do. I think in this day and age people really appreciate some snail mail that isn't a bill.  It is kindof making me sad that technology has changed so many of the "niceties" that we used to enjoy. This particulare card was made for a friend who invited us to their annual Christmas party. We are new in the neighborhood and it was super sweet of her to have us. I actually packaged up some cookies and cocoa and wrapped it in cellophane to give her.

I actually made the card and tag exactly alike...don't know why, but I did. Now I guess she can give one away to someone else and keep one if she likes.  I chose some non-traditional holiday colors since it was after Christmas.  I really like the color combo and it includes SU!'s "Orchid Opulence". I don't use that color much but according to the fashion expert orchid  is supposed to be THE color for 2014. We will see........

I used PTI's "Vintage Picnic" set which I absolutely love. I have barely inked it since I got it which is such a shame. I used it on another super cute project which I gave away, and didn't photograph. I will have to tell you the story about that later.  I used some stickles and glossy accents on the picnic basket, stars and berries for some extra detail.
Here are the thank you cards for the gifts my family received this Christmas. I have way too many Christmas stamp sets and I don't get a chance to use every single one each year, but this was one I wanted to use. I like that it comes with this particular sentiment. Again, I used the same paper and layout as the card/tag above.  I like the unexpected color combo. I needed extra postage of course, but I didn't make them super fat so they could be mailed easier. I am sure the post office grows weary of my postal requests. LOL!

Thanks for fluttering by! I have a baby shower at my home tonight, so I will share all of the fun things I have been working on for that.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

You make my heart smile!

 Hello Friends! It is really embarrassing that the last time I blogged was for Parent Teacher Conferences. Well guess what we have tonight? You guessed it; Parent Teacher Conferences! I absolutely love my daughter's teacher so I love to show up with something special for her.  Today's project is small but sweet.I have made little boxes like this before and they are some of my favorites. You can see what I did here. It is funny...they are almost the same colors and everything. I love these boxes because they fit a 3 by 3 card inside perfectly. For the box I am showing you today, I filled it with Dove chocolate hearts. It was the perfect size; I was actually surprised at how many chocolates fit inside.

 You can see the side view better here before I added the ribbon. You can omit the ribbon if you'd like.  I strategically placed the focal circle with foam squares so that I could slide the ribbon on easily.  Sometimes with smaller projects we might tend to leave off some of the details. Most of the time I leave off the smaller details because I am pressed for time, but in this case, I took some extra time to thread my buttons, etc.

The stamp set that I used is a small frame set from PTI. I can't remember which number, but I used the coordinating dies as well. I also used nestabilities to create my box. I am sure in my link above, I talked about it a bit more. If anyone would like a tutorial, I would love to put one together. Also, just because I haven't blogged doesn't mean I haven't been creating. I have some projects from Christmas that I can share it you would like. Just leave a comment and I will get them posted. Thanks for fluttering by!

P.S. My little baby is not so little anymore and just turned 4 months on January 25th.