Sunday, February 1, 2015

Be Mine

Happy Super Bowl Sunday!!  I am so excited, right now I am waiting for my sister.  It's our Annual Craft-A-Palooza Super Bowl Bash!  It's just the two of us, as we can get a little loud, eat until we are nauseous, and craft all day.  We also use language that our Mom doesn't appreciate and to quote her, "I didn't raise you two girls to be so nasty".  We won't mention that our Grandma could swear us all under the table, I guess it skipped a generation!  Again, we won't mention that "you girls" are 50 and 46!  Our last game we watched together, we played a drinking game with Diet Coke, and needless to say we missed part of the last quarter because we had to go to the bathroom, a lot!  We sure know how to party!

I've been down with a sinus infection that turned into bronchitis, yuck!  I've squeezed a few cards in between coughing  and blowing my nose.

Stamps:  Papertrey Ink-Blooming Bits and Friendship Jar Spring Fillers
Ink:  Versafine, Papertrey Ink
Paper:  Recollections, a scrap of some paper that I don't remember!
Misc:  Crochet thread, mini clothes pin, pop up dots, paper punch

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Love You To The Core!

This is the perfect Valentine for your favorite teacher.  I think everyone knows that my favorite teacher is my sister/best friend in the whole world!

It's a pretty simple card.  It's hard to see, but the apple is actually stamped/cut out and put on the inside of the card so it shows though the circle that I cut out on the front?!  Does that make any sense at all?!  One of my favorite die sets to use, as of late, is the Dainty Bow Die-Namics from My Favorite Things.  I got it last year as a gift from my sister, and it's totally awesome.  Lately, I never seem to have the right color of ribbon on hand (I'm trying really hard not to buy new/more stuff) and if I do, I can never get my bows to look right.   This way, I have bows that match the card stock perfectly and they look great.

Stamps:  Papertrey Ink-Fruit Fusion Apple Stamp Set
Ink:  Papertrey Ink, Versafine
Paper:  Bazzill, American Crafts, The Paper Source
Misc:  My Favorite Things Dainty Bow Die Namics, Nestabilities

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Ding Dong Valentines

I love Valentines Day, I think because I love candy!  Not only do I love candy, but I love chocolate, and that is a totally different food group.

Here is a cute, quick, inexpensive, and unique treat for all of your favorite Valentines.  The sentiment is computer generated.  Then, I stamped the "frame" from the Papertrey Ink Tag Its #1.  I punched that sucker out, backed it with a scallop Nestabilitities, and a few paper punched hearts added a finishing touch.

I bought the Ding Dongs at Target, and so far I've eaten four of them!  Oh well, I will have to buy another box before Valentine's Day.  I'ts a sacrifice I am willing to make to keep the economy going!!

Stamps:  Papertrey Ink:  Tag Its #1
Ink:  Papertrey Ink
Paper:  Recollections, Bazzill, American Crafts
Misc:  Ding Dongs, paper punches, pop up dots, Nestabilities,

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Handmade With Love Gable Boxes

I feel absolutely lousy today.  A bad cold/flu is going around work, and it looks like it's my turn to get it.  So, I'm hoping that sharing some Valentine cheer will help me feel better!

I made some gable boxes (during Christmas!) and I finally got around to decorate them last weekend.  The boxes, big roses, and the leaves were all cut with my Cricut.    I wanted to give my boxes a little "heft", so they could hold a heavier treat inside.  So, I actually cut 2 of each piece and adhered them together.  Then, I used two Papertrey Ink Stamp Sets,  Heart-2-Heart #11 and Fillable Frames #5 for my sentiment.  A few paper punch flowers and butterflies, some tiny clothes pins, baker's twine and most important, some pop up dots and my boxes are ready to be filled with something sweet!

Sta;mps:  Papertrey Ink-Fillable Frames #5, Heart 2 Heart #11
Ink:  Papertrey Ink
Paper:  American Crafts, Recollections
Misc:  paper punches, baker's twine, half pearls, mini clothespins, Nestabilities, pop up dots, buttons, George & Basic Shapes and Tags, Bags, Boxes & More 2 Cricut Cartridges

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Monday, January 12, 2015

3 Cheers for Pretty Nails!

I am constantly organizing/re-organizing my craft area, otherwise known as "Craft Central". I recently made a trip to Ikea (it's less than 2 miles from where I live) and bought another table.    I set it up in an "L" shape with my existing table.  Now, I have my Big Kick, Cricut, and my paper cutter all within in reach, and I only have to get up to refill my coffee or go to the bathroom!  I truly love making things, so having this space means the world to me.  If I'm not at work, I'm sitting at my table having a blast!  I've already picked out the next pieces of furniture that I am going to buy, as Craft Central is a work in progress.

So, while I was setting up my table, putting away the Christmas crafts, and re-organizing, I found some extra bottles of nail polish.  Since, it was the day after my Patriots won, in a very narrow, white knuckled, they are making my ulcer hurt game, I decided to use that bottle of polish and punch some paper!  One of the ladies at my Mom's knitting group is also from Massachusetts and she is also a die hard fan.  She is such a good friend to my Mom, and I wanted to make her something to let her know how grateful I am that she is part of my Mom's life.

I made her this little nail polish cheerleader!  While I was making this, I thought they would be perfect for a girls cheerleading squad or favors for a party.  After I punched and assembled her, I attached her to the nail polish with some Scotch Reusable Tabs .  This way you can remove the cheerleader from the bottle without ripping her.

This is a side view:

Paper:  Recollections, Bazzill
Ink:  Memento
Misc:  Nail polish, pop up dots, paper dots, black Sharpie pen, Scotch Reusable Tabs, Mama Elephant Dainty Bow Die

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Sunday, January 11, 2015

A Sweet Valentine Story

Remember the old Life Savers Sweet Story Book?  I used to love them, we always brought them for the Christmas gift exchanges in elementary school.

Over the years, they have changed a bit.  I bought one after Christmas, while they were on sale.  It was a little disappointing, when I opened it up, they now only have candy on one side of the book.  

I thought I could "trick" it up a little with a little Beth-A-Palooza flair.  Since Christmas is over, I decided to make my sweet story book for Valentines Day.

Using my Scor-Pal, I made my "book".  I used the original packaging as the template.  The image is Pure Innocence I Luv You With All My Heart.  I colored her with Copics and paper
pierced her dress and the big heart Valentine that she is holding.  Diamond Glaze was added to the heart to give it a little bit of texture.

This is the inside of my sweet story.  The sentiment is from the same PI set.

Stamps:  My Favorite Things-Pure Innocence I Luv You With All My Heart
Ink:  Memento, Versafine
Paper:  Neenah, American Crafts, Bazzill
Misc:  Copics, Diamond Glaze, paper punches,  pop up dots, My Favorite Things Scallop Oval Die-Namics Die, Life Savers Sweet Story Book, Scor-pal, ribbon

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Santa...I Know Him!!!

It seems I did manage to take a few pictures of some items from my "work/craft-a-thon"!  

I made some  paper punch Santa faces, added a computer generated sentiment, and viola, you have Santa-Tizers!

Using those same faces, I made some Santa nail polishes.  I just added little belts made out of cardstock and some tiny buttons.

Paper:  Recollections
Misc:  Paper punches, baker's twine, buttons, Cuttlebug Swirls Embossing Folder, black Sharpie pen, pop up dots, pom poms

Have a safe and happy New Years Eve!

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Simple Smile Card

A quick bit of sunshine before I head off to work.  It's a dreary and rainy day here, perfect for watching the Law & Order SVU marathon and crafting, but, I unfortunately I can'!

Stamps:  Penny Black-You Make Me Smile
Ink:  Versafine
Paper:  American Crafts, Paper Studio
Misc:  Nestabilities, paper punch flowers, pop up dots, My Favorite Things Dainty Bows Die-Namics, button

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Monday, December 29, 2014

Warm Birthday Wishes Tag

What the heck happened to Thanksgiving?!  I can't believe that I haven't posted in almost 2 months, really?!  I've been crafting/creating my life out, too.  I wish I had pictures to show, but, of course, I was so pressed for time that I didn't take any.  We won't mention that my blog got hacked, and it wouldn't let me access to it unless I purchased a domain for it?!  Thanks to two nice gentlemen from Google, I was able to fix it and not have to pay anything.

Let's see, I've worked Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.  For all of our great team members that worked that those days, I made small gifts to show how grateful we were that they came to to work on those days.  So, that would be anywhere from  45-60 people at our venue, multiply that times 4 holidays and that equals way too many to count.  I also did a small craft fair in early December.  The holidays are some of the busiest days for our us here in the tourist area of Central Florida.  Basically, I would get up early craft, go to work, come home, craft, go to bed and just repeat every day......  (Did I mention that I ride my bike to work every day and it's 6 miles each way?)

Additionally, I did some holiday baking.  I sent boxes of homemade treats to my Dad and Brother up in Massachusetts.  I did make some pretty neat tags with my Cricut for the goodies, and even kept an extra one that I will be posting.  

Today, I made a tag for my Mom.  Her birthday is coming up, and she has been reminding us of it!  In our family, we are very proud of our ages and make no effort to hide them.  We love our birthdays!

Of course, I used two of my favorite companies, My Favorite Things and Papertrey Ink.  This tag was perfect to compliment a pretty bottle of hand soap from Bath and Body Works.  I just love that store and could spend lots of $$$ that I don't have in there!

Stamps:  Papertrey Ink-In The Meadow, My Favorite Things-Ice Princess
Paper:  MME, Neenah, Recollections
Ink:  Versafine, Memento
Misc:  Ribbon, sewing machine, pop up dots, rhinestones, Scallop Border Die-Namics, Papertrey Ink Snowflake Die from Winter Penguin Additions, Copics

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Nail Polish Snowman

Hello and Happy November!  It's actually starting to cool down here, and I am definitely loving it.  It's been an incredibly hot summer and fall this year.  

For the the past several weeks, I've been hunkered down at my table,  a.k.a Craft Central, getting Christmas stuff done for an Open House I did over the weekend.  I've punched, stamped, embossed, cut, glued and colored until all hours at night to just to get things finished!  So, I am going to start sharing with you some of the goodies I made.

I have decided that I am definitely taking the nail polish thing a little too far, but they are cute and inexpensive gifts/decorations.

So, without further ado, here is my Nail Polish Snowman:


As you  can see, a few punches, a little Cricut-ing, and a pretty lace scarf is all it took to dress up this $1.99 bottle of nail polish.  They are quick, easy, inexpensive and a great way to give a little holiday cheer.

Paper:  Bazill, Recollections, K & Company
Misc:  Lace, baker's twine, paper punches, pompoms, pop up dots, black Sharpie pen, white gel pen, Cricut Paper Doll Dress Up Cricut Cartridge

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P.S.  I have some kits to makes these in my Etsy Shop,

Thursday, October 9, 2014

A Halloween Pez Treat

Did you see the cute Valentine's Day Pez Holders that Amy Rohl made on Pinterest?  They are just the cutest, here is a link to her blog, Ink About Me, so you can check them out.  I spend way too much time on Pinterest, but there are worse things that one can be addicted to!  

I found these Halloween Pez Dispensers at Target, or as I refer to it, my second home!  I couldn't decide which one I liked better, so I ended up buying a few different ones.  

The pattern is basically the same one I made for the Wizard Lollipop/Cake Pop Holders.  I made it just a little bit smaller so that the scallop circle would fit nicely underneath the Pez head.  The sentiments are from the JustRite "Witch Way To The Treats Set".

Stamps:  JustRite-Witch Way To The Treats
Ink:  Versafine
Paper:  Recollections, Bazzill, Echo Park, Graphic 45
Misc:  Cricut, paper punches, baker's twine, pop up dots, Pez Dispensers

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

I Only Have Eyes For You

I love Halloween, I love Halloween candy, and I love making Halloween candy crafts!  I made these I Only Have Eyes For You tags to match with those scary chocolate eyeballs I found at Target.

The sentiment is computer generated.  I used Nestabilities to make the tag layers and some paper punched eyeballs provide a little extra scare!  I also added some washi tape flags and baker's twine from the Halloween Mini Embellishment Kit to dress up my tag a little.This is one of those projects that started out as a clean and simple tag, but I kept thinking "Oh, this would look cute, I think I will add this!".

I put the eyeballs in a mini paint can.  On the top of the can, I adhered a circle of matching paper and some of the tiny button spiders that are also from the Halloween Mini Embellishment Kit.  I tied a tulle bow on the handle and decided that was it, it was finished!

Tags:  I Only Have Eyes For You
Misc:  Mini pain can, chocolate eyeballs, Halloween Mini Embellishment Kit, black tulle

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Wizard Lollipop/Cake Pop Holders

My brother-in-law is a huge Harry Potter fan.  I've been busy trying to perfect my cake pop recipe/decorating skills, so I decided to make some lollipop/cake pop holders.  This led to some Harry Potter inspired cake pop holders.  I'm going to surprise him with this special treat.  I've had several flat tires on my bicycle this summer, and he has always been there to come "rescue" me!

A combination of paper punches and my Cricut, I was able to make these little guys.  I am very pleased with the way they came out and I can't wait to show Ted!

Paper:  Coordinations, Bazzill, Recollections
Misc:  Paper punches, baker's twine, pop up dots, black Sharpie pen, Cricut Paper Doll Dress Up and Bags, Tags, & More Cartridges

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Teacher Pails O'Fun

It's never too early to start your holiday shopping/crafting for your favorite teacher!  I decided that my favorite teacher needed a Pail O'Fun to put on her desk.  This size is perfect, not too big and not too small, to hold everything she and her students need to get through their day.

To complete this great gift, I made a pretty, but simple card, to let her know how much she is appreciated.

Ready to get a jump start on your gift giving, hop on over to my Etsy shop to pick one up today.  Don't forget that I also have a digital version of the pattern for the Pail O'Fun also available for all of my fellow sewing friends.

Stamps:  My Favorite Things-Talk Nerdy To Me and Papertrey Ink-Vintage Picnic
Paper:  Bo Bunny, Recollections, Nennah
Ink:  Memento and Versafine
Misc:  Pail O'Fun cover, Papertrey Ink Banner Die, pop up dots, Copics, Leaktite Pail

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Trick or Treat!!!

I saw these wicked cute little Halloween Tags on Pinterest.  They were made by Jen Del Muro for the Reverse Confetti Blog.

I decided to make some of my own, using supplies from my stash.  I am trying really, really, really hard not buy anything new!

So, here's my version....

Using a variety of paper punches, Nestabilities, and some dies, I made both a spider and a Frankenstein.  

I covered some Hershey's Miniatures with some spooky paper and tucked them in the little bags.   For some reason, I can never make just one of anything!

Stamps:  My Favorite Things-Spider Web
Ink:  Versafine
Paper:  Recollections, American Crafts, Paper Studio
Misc:  Paper punches, Sharpie pen, pop up dots, stapler, paper treat bags, white gel pen, Nestabilities, Papertrey Ink Dies-Double Ended Banner, Mat Stack 1, Fillable Frames 5, candy

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Monster Bags!

I bought my first bag of Autumn Mix of this season and I just had to make up a little treat bag to hold it, before I ate it all!

Using some small paper sacks and ribbon, I made these little shopping bags.  All it took was a  few paper punches, buttons and some scary paper to complete my bags.

Paper:  American Crafts, Recollections, Simple Stories, Bazzill, Bo Bunny
Misc:  Paper punches, ribbon, pop up dots, buttons, small lunch sacks

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