Well, my friends.. it’s finally here. Our craft fair starts this evening… we’ll be rushing through errands in the morning (gotta squeeze pictures with Santa in there!), then we’ll be headed to set up. I am nervous, and relieved, all at once! And to all of you lovely friends who have requested photos of our table… don’t you worry! I’ll be doing a full post of photos after it’s all done!
Hi guys! Today I have another project being featured on the Pink Persimmon blog, along with a card made by my friend Cherry. We both used one of the same stamps, so you can see our different interpretations.
I recently decided that it’s time to stop hoarding all my patterned papers. I am always concerned that if I use them, there will be that magic project that I’ll wish I had it for, you know? Then it struck me – there’s *always* paper that I love, so if I use up what I have, at least I have room for the new stuff, right?
So, I tore into one of my My Mind’s Eye pads, and used a few different patterns.. you know, to actually *enjoy* them! Crazy notion…
I stamped the Sweetheart Silk Card stamp, and cut it out to create my own thread card. I love the scale of this stamp – it really can take center stage on a card, it works well as a tag, or you can stamp it to create interest in your background. I use it a *lot*.
You can see below how I wrapped my trim around the card:
Alright, make sure you head over to the blog, and see what Cherry has created… she always comes up with the most amazing creations, I can’t wait to see!
Hello, my friends!
Today I am sharing a couple of cards I put together for our craft sale, coming up oh-so-quickly! I thought we should have a few that appeal to a more youthful audience, or those buying for the younger ones in their lives. I am not sure if I succeeded, but I guess we’ll find out soon enough!
Now, before I go any further, I have to warn you about today’s photos. Usually, I take my photos in Shirley’s bright, naturally lit living room… but she’s gone and stuck her Christmas tree up right where I like to set up! So, I tried something new, and took my photos by the light of the tree… the colours are slightly off, but I still thought they looked pretty!
I recently got some new stamps from WPlus9, and I couldn’t wait to put them to work. I thought that bright colours might be a good way to go, and I thought these snowflakes would create a fun pattern.
I created two versions… one more masculine, and one more feminine…
I used a couple of common colours with both schemes, but with my masculine version I used a couple of shades of blue to compliment my blue sentiment and card base.
And the more feminine version:
For this one I used pinks and turquoise to bring out the feminine side.
Again, I apologize for the less-than-perfect photos, but is there anything more beautiful than a softly lit Christmas tree at night?
I’ll be back again soon with a non-Holiday project I created for Pink Persimmon, so make sure you check back for that!
Happy Saturday, my friends! Today I have another project being featured on the Pink Persimmon blog! I have to admit, it’s a bit of a spring-y card for the time of year that it is, but that’s just the mood I was in while creating it… what can I say?
For my card, I used the Happy Girl stamp set, and the ‘Greetings’ sentiment from the Scottie Dogs set. I didn’t really feel like colouring when I was creating this set, so I decided to paper piece her hat and dress instead. I think it looks way cuter than just colouring, as well!
I decided to grab a few of the scraps on my desk and use them on my card, so you can see some little lace trimmings behind my buttons, and a scrap of cotton lace behind my main panel.
That’s all I have for you today, and I’ll hope you’ll also pop over to the Pink Persimmon blog as well! Thanks so much for visiting, and enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Holy moly… only one week until our craft sale! We’ve been preparing all year, making all kinds of projects, getting our table decor and props ready, trying to come up with product that we think will sell… the moment of truth is quickly approaching! I am excited, and I am nervous, but mostly, I am really proud of everything we’ve put together. It took some time to come up with how we would display everything, and so far, it seems to be coming together… I just hope it looks as great when we set it all up for real!
One thing I thought might come in handy (and maybe I am wrong, we’ll find out!) is tags for hostess gifts. This is the party season of the year, and everyone has a little something to take to a party hostess, don’t they? Well, I sure hope so, anyway!
I made a collection of tags, a few of each colour, using the same basic supplies in different shades.
I chose some traditional colours, as well as my new favourite combo: red, white and aqua. *Loving* that this year.
For the green, I went pretty monochromatic, though I threw in some red on my washi tape (behind the lace) and my baker’s twine… I needed to break it up somehow!
Again, the red is mostly just that, but with a pop of green here and there. My flowery washi wasn’t holiday themed at all, but I kind of liked that about it!
And my favourite for last… truly, I am in *love* with these colours together. My Christmas tree has a white and red theme, and if I am so tempted to add a few pops of aqua to it!
So those are my tags for today… I have more projects to share over the coming days, so I hope you’ll come back to see some more!
Well, the Christmas storm has officially struck our house. I have 2 of our trees up… a couple more to go! But I’ll get into that closer to Christmas…. Anyway, I love the decorating, I love the house being lit by twinkle lights, and just the festive mood that is set by it all. Emma is just as excited as I am, which, in turn, means so is her little sister. It truly is the most wonderful time of year around here!
So, because today I have a winner from my Paper Crafts: Die Cutting for Paper Crafters blog hop post, I thought I would share a card that *didn’t* make it into the issue.
Because the challenge was to use our dies in non-conventional ways, I decided to create a birthday card that included a handmade gift to create the focal point, utilizing my dies.
As the mother of two little girls, you can likely imagine the drawer full of bows, barrettes and headbands that we have around here… So I made something I knew I would love to receive as a gift, also knowing that I have other little girls in my life that could use this gift as well!
I used my dies to cut through a few layers of felt, and simply stitched them together and tied it all up with a button on top. I just used scor-tape to adhere these to hair slides from the drugstore, though thinking on it, I think hot glue would be the wiser option. Then I just used my hold punch to create slots that they slid into on the cardstock panel. Easy!
The hair pins actually created the curve in my panel, which was a happy accident, as I thought it added some interest to the overall project!
But anyway… I know why you’re really here… you want to know if you won a free issue of this awesome publication, right? Forget my card, it’s all about the WINNER!
So, without further adieu, Random.org chose……
Kim from Cupcakes, Cards and Kim!
Kim, please email me with your address information so I can get your copy on its way to you! Thank you so much to everyone who left such lovely comments and participated in the Hop… I *so* appreciate everyone who took a second out to leave me some love, and I wish I had a prize for each and every one of you!
Thanks for popping in today… I have a bunch of holiday projects ready to share, so stay tuned!
Don’t you love surprises? Don’t you love FUN surprises? (Because let’s face it: surprises like a spider in your bathtub… those ones aren’t fun). Well, today I have a pretty fun surprise…
How on earth is it the middle of November already? I find once Halloween is over, my days go by in such a flash. Do you find the same thing?
Today I am sharing a birthday card that I made, but also the fun way that I packaged it, since I was hand delivering it… Easy to have a little bit more fun when you’re not constrained to an envelope!
Awhile back, my friend professed her love for this card when she saw it… so of course I made sure it found a new home with her! Anyway, so I decided that for her recent birthday, I’d give her something I knew she’d love.
And, since I didn’t have to pop it in the mail, I decided to package it up with a glassine bag, and dress it up a little bit:
I used my Just The Ticket set to compliment the sentiment I used on the card, because I like when things coordinate like that… *wink*!
That’s it from me today! Join me tomorrow for a pretty fun post and a Giveaway!
Today I have a project being featured over on the Pink Persimmon blog, and I wanted to share more of the details of it with you here!
I don’t know about you, but as the years go by and I get older, I find myself feeling more and more grateful for the wonderful life I have. I think – actually, I know – that a younger version of myself took too many things (and even people) for granted.
I decided to try my hand at a small gratitude journal, using a variety of my favourite products and some Pink Persimmon stamps… something that I could glance at and remember why I am so lucky in my life.
I started with some Manila shipping tags (oh *my*, how I love these things – I am collecting quite a variety of sizes!), and used one for each ‘page’. Then, I scratched out a list of the things I am thankful for, and created a themed tag for each one.
On my cover, I used the Mini Bingo Card to create a background pattern, to add some interest behind my layers.
On the back of each tag, which I left plain (gotta keep the bulk down at least a *little* bit!), I journalled about each thing I am thankful for.
I collected some extra doo-dads (technical term) that have been laying on my desk, cast off from a variety of other projects, and used them to embellish my tags. For the background of my “Family” tag, I used the Sweetheart Silk Card and the Special Delivery sets to create some interest. Your stamps don’t always have to take center stage to make your projects shine!
You can see I used the same Special Delivery stamp here – I kind of wanted it to reference the arrival of my two beautiful girls, and how those two days both profoundly changed my life, making one of my biggest dreams come true – becoming a mother (hence the title on that tab!).
The thing is, I didn’t really want to spell everything out in great detail, if that makes sense. Sometimes I just kind of like a little subtlety. And love is a deep subject, isn’t it? I wasn’t just referring to my husband or even my kids… just how many people I am surrounded by who support me and care for me.
Again with that Special Delivery set… I guess I just really liked how it complimented my manila tags!
And this is the one all for my hubs! Which reminds me that maybe I should show him this little project…
Look at that fat bundle.. it just makes me happy!
I hope I’ve given you a few ideas for using your stamps in less-than-obvious applications to get even more mileage out of them… stamps aren’t just for the fronts of your cards!
Thanks so much for visiting me!
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