Friday, July 8, 2016

Coffee Is One of My Favorite Things

I love coffee.  It can be iced, a cappuccino, hot, flavored, a latte or even just coffee flavored what ever it's amazing.  My favorite is Dunkin Donuts.  Having grown up and spent most of my life in New England, there is a Dunkin Donuts I swear every 100 feet!  My sister and I went up to see our Dad for Father's Day we passed four of them just leaving the airport!  Down here in Florida, there are as many and there isn't one convenient to my home.  There are lots of Starbucks, don't get me wrong, I do like  it, but if I could choose it would most definitely be Dunkin Donuts.

I didn't have a contrasting pattern paper to match the yellow check and the blue denim, and it's just way too hot to go anywhere, so I decided to make my own matching paper.  I took the little flower bouquet from the Papertrey Ink Vintage Picnic stamp set and randomly stamped it on some white cardstock.  Then, using Prismacolor Pencils, I colored the the little flowers to match.  I did a little paper piecing to the coffee cups.  I accented the card with a pretty blue flower and added the perfect sentiment.

Stamps:  My Favorite Things-Framed Greetings, Papertrey Ink-Heart 2 Heart #1 and Vintage Picnic
Ink:  Versafine
Paper:  Paper Studio, Recollections
Misc:  Button, pop up dots, Papertrey Ink Heart 2 Heart #1 dies and Stamp-A-Faire 2014: 1940's dies and Beautiful Blooms II #1, My Favorite Things Scallop Ribbon Border Die-Namics, heart paper punch, Prisma Color pencils

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Love Wins

I haven't decided who I am going to give this card to, yet.  This horrible tragedy took place not too far from where I live and six of my fellow team members at work.  I had a doctor's appointment that next day (one block down from the club), the roads where all closed and both law enforcement and the press where everywhere.  The outpouring of support from around the world has been overwhelming.

My Mom shared this video from the Orange County Sheriff's Office on Facebook, and it most definitely put a smile on my face, and I hope it puts one on yours as well:

Paper:  Recollections, MME, Colorbok
Misc:  Cricut Alphalicious Cartridge, Florida Quickutz, Heart Nestabilities, Diamond Glaze, small heart paper punch, pop up dots

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Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy 4th of July

I will never get tired of making projects with Hershey Nuggets!  The only problem, is that I eat more than I wrap!  The tag was made using Papertrey Ink dies, a few stamps and some star brads.

Stamps:  Hero Arts-CL498, Stamps by Judith dots and stars
Paper:  Recollections
Ink:  Momento
Misc:  Brads, foam tape, Hershey Nuggets, candy box, Papertrey Ink Dies Tag Sale #3 and Fillable Frames #5

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Monday, June 6, 2016

Buttons, Butterfly, and a Birthday

The picture of this card didn't come out so great.  There is a big storm on the way and it's very grey outside.  Red, white and blue are my favorite colors and it's a perfect card for my stash.  I'm hoping that I am coming out of bad card slump!

Stamps:  Papertrey Ink-Button Bits and My Favorite Things -Big Greetings
Ink: Versafine & Papertrey Ink
Paper:  Bazzill & The Paper Studio
Misc:  Buttons, paper punches, half pearls, Papertrey Ink Button dies

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Saturday, June 4, 2016

Baby Gifts

I've been a serious slump lately.  It feels like that everything I make comes out horrible and it seems like I'm throwing more cards in the trash then adding to my stash!

I decided to crochet a baby afghan for a girl at work that is having her first baby, it's going to be a boy.  I wanted to add a little something extra to the gift.  So, I designed a set of four cards to add to the package.  I thought that these would be nice for her to send to the grandparents with a picture of the baby enclosed.

For the afghan, I crocheted a large rectangle granny square using 100% cotton yarn.  The cards, I cut out using a craft knife.  The cuffs of the pants and shirt are adhered using pop up dots.  The pocket is actually the center  piece of the overalls that I just trimmed down a bit.  Then, I used a gel pen to add a little faux stitching to the pocket.  The pocket is also adhered with pop up dots.

Using my Cricut, I cut out the little frog body, but used paper punches and Stickles for his eyes.  His eyes are also adhered with pop up dots.

Inside, I stamped a sentiment.  Then added a few buttons to the overalls.

Close up view of the frog.

Paper:  Bazzill, Papertrey Ink
Stamps:  Papertrey Ink Baby Button bits
Ink:  Versafine
Misc:  White gel pen, pop up dots, Cricut, Paisley Cricut Cartridge, Stickles
, paper punches, buttons

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Saturday, April 16, 2016

K-Cup Gift Box

I've been in a serious funk lately.  I've made some incredibly ugly cards, some of which have wound up in the trash and unfortunately wasted a lot of paper.  I had these grandiose ideals about some beautiful cards and they just didn't pan out the way I had intended. 

My local Publix Grocery Store sometimes has K-Cups on their clearance rack for only $1.00 a box! Needless to say I will buy them all!  The last time I picked up 10 boxes.  They vary from the Publix brand (which is very good), Starbucks, New England Coffee, McDonalds, and many more.  I keep half and give the other half to my sister.

Speaking of my sister, who just happens to be a I decided to make a teacher appreciation gift with my haul of K-Cups.  I scoured the internet to try and find one I liked, so I settled on this one as my inspiration.

Using my Coluzzle and my Scor-Pal I constructed the box.  It holds 4 K-Cups.  Then I used my Cricut to make the coffee cups.  They are embellished with a few paper punches, a crimper and some apple brads.

The tag was stamped and then attached with a homemade button and some baker's twine.

Inside the box, I made a little chalkboard and stamped the sentiment.  Then I die cut teacher out of some glitter card stock and finished it off with a paper punched apple.

I thought the coffee holder needed a little jazzing up, so I added a die cut apple.

Stamps:  Papertrey Ink:  Teacher's Apple & Wonderful Words:  Teacher
Ink:  CTMH, Papertrey Ink
Paper:  Recollections, Little Yellow Bicycle, MME, Bazzill
Misc:  Coluzzle, Scor-Pal, brads, Papertrey Ink teacher, button, and apple dies, paper punches, pop up dots, crimper, Cricut Love You A Latte Cartridge, Mama Elephant Bow Die, baker's twine

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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Happy Easter to One of My Favorite Peeps

Happy Easter, although it's a little late in the day!  I took the picture of the card before I went to work, and I didn't get a chance to upload it as I was running late....again!

It's actually a Pinterest inspired card, the original one you can find here.  I just made a few changes.  I didn't have the basket die, so I had to improvise.  The basket base is actually the My Favorite Things Picnic Basket Die Namics.  To make the handles, I used the circle Nestabilities.

Hope your day was filled with jelly beans and marshmallow chicks!

Stamps:  A Muse-Sentiment
Ink:  Versafine, Versamagic
Paper:  Amercian Crafts, Recollection
Misc:  Paper punches, pop up dots, Peep Quicktuz Die,  My Favorite Things Picnic Basket and Grass Die Namics, half pearls, Papertrey Ink Double Ended Banner Die, Nestabilities

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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Paper Shred Bird's Nests

Making these are a messy, easy, fun, and inexpensive way to spend your Friday night and a new way for the Easter Bunny to hide the candy!

The nest part of the project was the messy part!  I have some partially filled bags of paper shred laying around (from previous projects) and figured that the kraft color would make a good nest.  I have these little blue Pyrex ramekins/souffle cups.  I turned them upside down and covered them with plastic wrap.

Next, I took some regular school glue and mixed it 50/50 with tap water.  My first try, I used Modge Podge, but that is expensive and my next was really shiny and it looked weird.  I dunked handfuls of the paper shred in the glue/water mix, squeezed it out then I molded it around the bowl.  

I let them dry for about 12 hours, then peeled them off of the bowls.  The inside of the nest was still a little wet (it's from the plastic wrap), so I let them dry out a bit more.

More fun with the 3 Birds on Parade Cricut Cartridge!  I love this cartridge and have been wanting to use this cut for some time now.  I cut it out, used several layers not to mention pop dots and added a little bow for finish it off.  I cut the tag using Nestabilities and stamped the sentiment.

I finished them off by adding some multi colored paper shred and Dollar Store plastic eggs.  It's my intention to put candy in the eggs, but I need to buy some more as I've already eaten the bag I bought already!

Stamps:  Dandelion Designs-Sentiment
Ink:  Versafine and Versa Magic
Paper:  Recollections
Misc:  Paper shred, glue, plastic eggs, souffle cups or ramekins, plastic wrap, pop up dots, Cricut, 3 Birds on Parade Cricut Cartridge, Nestabilities, Mama Elephant Bow Die

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Mini Easter Baskets

These are a super sweet, easy, and fun little baskets to dress up your Easter dinner table.  Not to mention, great for co-workers, teachers, friends and the kiddos!

They are made using 2 ounce portion cups with lids.  I took a miniature cupcake paper and trimmed it down a bit and then attached it to the lid with a pop up dot.

I added a little bit of paper shred and added a little bit of candy.  This actually is holding three chocolate eggs.

To make the handle, I cut the top layer with the My Favorite Things Scallop Ribbon Border Die-Namics Die.  Then I mounted it onto a strip of white card stock. To finish it off, I stamped the sentiment and then added little bows on each side.  The handle is hot glued onto the portion cup.

Just be careful, it makes the portion cup hot and you don't want to burn yourself!

While, it looks like I only made one.......I actually made kits to make these.  You get four in the kit and there is a pink one, a yellow one, a green one, and a teal one in each kit.  Just pop on over to my Etsy Shop if you want to makes some of these.

Stamps:  Papertrey Ink-Scrambled Eggs
Ink:  Versafine
Paper:  Recollections, My Favorite Things
Misc:  2 oz. portion cups, ribbon, glue gun, pop up dots, mini cupcake papers, paper shred, candy

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Monday, March 14, 2016

Crocheted Bunny Baskets

I've been doing a lot of crocheting lately.  I made these cute baskets out of 1/2 lb. deli containers.  They are a nice size and will hold a lot of candy!

The ears and handles are made out of plastic canvas.  I bought a pom pom maker at Michaels and it makes it so much easier (and faster) to make the pom poms.

If you are interested in purchasing one of these adorable little baskets, they will be listed in my EtsyShop.  There is a link on the right side of this page   ------------->>>>>.

Yarn, crochet hook, glue gun, plastic canvas, wiggly eyes, beads, 1/2 lb. deli containers

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Friday, March 11, 2016

You Crack Me Up!

I picked up these little egg cartons at Hobby Lobby a few months back.  They were half off so of course I had to buy two sets!  I thought they would make cute little Easter baskets.

I stamped, paper pieced, and popped up this awesome Purple Onion You Crack Me Up Bunny and adhered him the top of the carton.  Add a sentiment, button, and some baker's twine and it's complete!

I thought this side looked a little naked, so I made a bow using My Favorite Things Bow Die-Namics and stuck it in with a little of Scor-Tape.

Next, I had to add my favorite part....the candy!  I found these tiny bottles of nail polish at Wal-Mart, after Christmas, in the clearance aisle.  They are a perfect size for this egg carton.

Everyone one knows that I can't just make one of anything, so here goes.....

One more for the road...

Stamps:  Purple Onion Designs-Cracked Up
Ink:  Versafine, Momento
Paper:  My Favorite Things, Neenah, Bazzill, American Crafts
Misc:  Copics, buttons, baker's twine, pop up dots, My Favorite Things Bow Die-Namics, egg cartons, candy, paper shred, nail polish

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Hoppy Easter

 Hoppy Easter and candy is on the way, yay!!!

I'm always looking for fun new ways to give gifts.  This time, I used the Cricut Craft Room and designed this handy box.  It has two pockets, one on each side, and in the center is handy center pocket that is perfect to hold a gift card or a small little present.

I colored and paper pieced my hunny bunny, and then adhered her to the front of the box with pop up dots.   I am hopelessly addicted to the Dollar Spot at Target and buy (more like hoard ) the holiday themed pencil packs like they are the Hope Diamonds!  I decided to break open one of my spring packs and make a pinwheel.

Stamps:  My Favorite Things-Hunny Bunny and Purple Onion Designs-Cracked Egg Sentiment
Ink:  Momento
Paper:  Recollections, Paper Studio, My Favorite Things, and unknown designer paper
Misc:  Copics, pop up dots, tissue paper, candy, Scor-Pal, brad, pencil, My Favorite Things Perfect Pinwheel Die-Namics, baker's twine, button

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Friday, March 4, 2016

Edible Easter Baskets - Part 2

I made some Edible Easter baskets a few years back, and they are definitely one of my most favorite and popular posts.  I decided to make some more, but I found box of  Rice Krispie Treats Mini Squares at Walmart:

Kellogg's Rice Krispies Treats The Original Mini Squares Crispy Marshmallow Squares, 32 count, 12.4 oz

I thought that these would make cute baskets.  They are also a more affordable option if you need to make more than one.  From the box, I was able to make 7 baskets, which left me 3 leftover to eat!

They are easily assembled using a hot glue gun.  I embellished the basket with a variety of paper punches, dies and one of my favorite stamps from Dandelion Designs.

Stamps:  Dandelion Designs-Bunny
Paper:  Recollections, Paper Studio
Ink:  Versafine
Misc:  Copics, paper punches, tulle, Mama Elephant Bow Die, paper shred, Nestabilities, glue gun, cardboard, Rice Krispie Treats

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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Peanut Butter Cup Bunnies

Here are some cute, easy, and inexpensive little treats from the Easter Bunny that will surely bring a smile from anyone's face.  I bought a bag of mini Reeses Peanut Butter cups at Walmart.  They were on $3.00 per bag.

First thing I  did was glue the peanut butter cups together.  Then I added a fluffy white pompom tail. The faces and feet where made using a variety of paper punches, while the ears I cut using my Cricut.  I used the tear drop tag from the Tags, Bags & Boxes cartridge.

I can never just make one of anything!  There was enough peanut butter cups in the bag to make 17 bunnies.  That left 3 peanut butter cups for me to eat!

Paper:  MME, Bazzilll, Recollections
Misc:  Paper punches, pop up dots, white gel pen, black sharpie, Mama Elephant's tiny bow die, Reeses Peanut Butter Cups, hot glue gun, Cricut Tags, Bags, Boxes and More cartridge

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Sunday, February 28, 2016

A Sun Shining Birthday!

Just working on my card stash, another birthday card!  You can never have enough cards, and you can never have enough Pure Innocence stamps!

Again, I used some of my favorite techniques...stamping, die cutting, fussy cutting and paper piecing.

Stamps:  My Favorite Things Pure Innocence-Freckles and Big Greetings
Ink:  Memento & Versafine
Paper:  Bazzill, Recollections, MME
Misc:  Quicktuz Sun Die, IO Cloud Dies, button, baker's twine, Copics, pop up dots

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Happy Birthday and Cupcakes!

I saw this wicked cute card on Pinterest and I decided that I needed to make it as well.  It is perfect for using up small scraps that you might have laying around.

While I love Mariana's card, I decided to make a few changes to give it my own personal flair.  The card is actually three layers.  I stamped the sentiment onto the card, then mounted it onto a brown piece of card stock which I attached the card base with with some foam tape.  After I cut the cupcake border out, I accented some of the frosting with Stickles and Diamond Glaze.

Stamps:  Papertrey Ink-Think Big Favorites #12
Ink:  Heidi Swapp
Paper:  Simple Stories, Bazzill, Recollections, DCWV
Misc:  Cricut, Birthday Cakes Cricut Cartridge, Stickles, Diamond Glaze, foam tape, glitter embellishment

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