Sunday, December 20, 2009

Homemade House

I'm so amazed by how easy it was to make this house using the Timeless Template Homemade and matching stamp set.

I made this as a hostess thank-you gift for whomever hosted Christmas this year. All the windows and doors were stamped and cut out.

This is actually a very simple-looking house. I've seen people add grass, fences, lights, even furniture to the house. I opted to keep it simple since this was my first try.

I used the sentiment from Mega Mixed Messages and outlined it with the dotted rectangle from Borders and Corners: Rectangle. I liked the added bling.

I love how the top just comes off so you can fill it with goodies. Here's a picture of the inside...

Here are the contents.

I made the smaller version of the Around Town Tote and filled it with a few Starbucks Via packets.

I also made the small version the It's On The House template and decorated it using the Sign Language stamp.

It's really cute, but tiny. It doesn't hold that much. Fortunately, I have a bunch of these Italian mints called Puntini. They are really delicious and small. I can fit quite a few in this box.

I had a lot of fun doing this project. I hope you enjoyed the pictures.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Christmas Card

I had a few scraps lying around so I started playing around with my Vintage Ornaments set.  This is what I came up with.

I used the Background Basics: Diamonds with Versamark ink to make the brown pattern. I really like that set. I also embossed the design on the ornament. I used a glitter gold which is probably why there are so many dots.

Friday, December 11, 2009

This is it!

Okay, this is the last of my gift card holders post!  I'm so glad to be done with these. They were a lot of fun to make, but I'm ready to do something different. This one is made using the coffee stamp set from There She Goes. I forgot the name of the set. I love how it looks like a Starbucks cup and holds a Starbucks card inside.

Here's what it looks like when the band is removed.

This is my attempt to make the stocking gift card holder that was featured on Splitcoast Stampers. I used an SEI kit that I received recently. It's not really my style, but it'll work.

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Friday, December 4, 2009

Seasons Greetings

Yes, it's another gift card holder. This one is also made with the Peaceful Pointsettias stamp set.  More non-traditional colors with Enchanted Evening and Ripe Avocado.

I embossed the main image. It really makes it stand out.  More tiny pearls in for the flower centers.

Hope you're not getting tired of these holders yet, because I'm not done!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Pretty Pointsettia

I have a lot of these cards to make. Each one will be holding a Starbucks gift card.  I love making cards that use non-traditional colors.

The image is from Peaceful Pointsettias. I added more teeny tiny pearls in the middle of the flower.
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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

More Gift Card Holders

I made these gift card holders for some of my relatives. They always come to my children's birthday parties and give them nice gifts. So, during Christmas, I try to give them something as a "thank you" for being so generous to my kids.

Here's a close-up of each card. This one showcases the cute gingerbread man from Holiday Button Bits.

Here's what the gift card holder looks like when the band it removed. The middle panel holds the gift card in place.

This one uses one of the beautiful ornament from Vintage Ornaments. I should have taken a close-up picture of the teeny tiny pearls on the ornament.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Timless Template: Cash or Charge

This is one of my favorite Timeless Templates. It's one of the Cash or Charge Collection. It's so easy to put together and is such a great way to present a gift card.

Here's a picture of the inside. This template really holds the card securely. I added a small piece to the bottom of the case to make sure I don't lose the card. My kids still have to write their note to their teacher. Once they do so on a white piece of paper, I'm going to tape it to the inside cover.

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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Christmas Totes with Matching Gift Card Purses

I decided to get an early start on Christmas gifts this year. I am going to give my kids' teachers gift cards for Christmas. I wanted to present it in a way that made them say "wow". I found a tutorial on how to make this tote bag on Splitcoast Stampers. You have to be a Fan member to have access to it.

Here's a close-up of the "stitching" that I drew with my white gel pen.

I made a matching "purse" to hold the actual gift card.  It also holds the greeting card. I stamped a sentiment on it, but you can leave it blank and write your own note in it.

Here's another sample. I like how the black pops out at you.

Here's the matching purse.

Hope you enjoyed the samples.

Monday, October 5, 2009

No Halloween Photos!

I took pictures of the treats I made for my children's classmates for Halloween. Unfortunately, I can't find them now. I will keep looking and will post them if I ever find them. What a bummer!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Greetings, Earthling!

I'm kind of proud of this card. I needed a card for a kid's birthday party and I needed it quick. I came up with the idea for this card pretty fast. Making the card itself took a little while, but still quicker than I expected. All materials are from Stampin' Up. Each alien represents one of my girls. They are each holding something for the party. Coloring the images and cutting each of them out was a little tedious, but I love how it turned out. The first alien is Sydney. The next one is Taylor. These are Riley and Peyton. It's funny, but the aliens do represent each of their personalities. The background papers were all run through my Cuttlebug using different embossing folders. I like how this turned out.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Which Baby Shower Invitation?

My sister-in-law is having a baby shower this month and I volunteered to make her invitations. This is her second child. I was supposed to make her baby shower invitations for her first baby, but I got sick and the rest of my family ended up getting sick too. It took 3 weeks for all of us to get better and for me to finally be able to work on her invitations. By then, there wasn't enough time to make them. I ended up having to send store-bought invites. I really felt like I let her down.

This time around, I made sure I had enough time to make them. It also helped that less people were invited the second time around.

I knew that I wanted to do something with an umbrella. The Scattered Showers stamp set from Papertrey Ink was perfect for what I had in mind. The first card I made used Cream and Scaret Jewel colors. This card looks so simple, but it took me forever to design it. I had the umbrella and sentiment done, but wasn't sure what else to do. It took me a few days to finish this card because I kept drawing a blank. It's funny how it finally turned out looking like nothing I envisioned. I liked the simplicity of it, but decided I wanted something with more color and which incorporated the color green. My SIL likes that color.

This is the design I decided on. I liked the umbrellas on dimensionals and the added bling. But, it still looked a little plain.

So, I decided to put polka dots for the background (from another PTI stamp set). I liked how it looked. The problem was that I would have to stamp the polka dot image 4 times on each card. That would take awhile because I would have to make sure the dots were lined up. One wrong move and I would have to start over.

Here's a close-up. So, although I liked the polka dots, it would require too much work for each card. Plus, I thought the umbrellas tended to blend into the background too much since they had polka dots on them too.

Here's the final version. I had bought this stamp background a few years ago. I thought it would be perfect for baby cards. I was right! It was exactly what the card needed. I only had to stamp the image twice and didn't have to worry about them lining up perfectly. It made it look like it was raining baby items.

I made some matching party favors. I'll try to post pictures of them soon.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

On Your Birthday

This is a quick post. I made this for a card swap that we're having at our next SU! meeting. All materials are from Stampin' UP. I like these colors a lot. My picture doesn't do it justice. It's much prettier in person.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Scarlet Jewel Card

Last month, Papertrey Ink came out with their new color, Scarlet Jewel. I wanted to try it out using one of the new stamp sets I just bought from them, Scattered Showers. I really wasn't sure how this would turn out because I couldn't decide on the layout of the card. I think it turned out okay. I really like the ribbons from Papertrey Ink. The DSP is from Stampin' Up. Everything else is from Papertrey Ink.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

The Cat's Meow

Wow, it's been a while since I posted anything. My apologies. The second half of the year is always busy for me. It's harder to find time for my stamping. I'll try to post as often as I can. Here's a card I made from a sketch. It's been so long, I don't remember which blog I saw the sketch from. My kids love cats, but we can't have one because a couple of us are allergic to cats. The image is from the Pink Cat Studio. I colored it in with my Stampin' Up markers. I added a few skittles and it was done. Here's a close-up of her face. Isn't she pretty!
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Monday, August 10, 2009

Orange you cute!

Isn't she cute? I didn't like the color orange growing up. But, as a paper-crafter, orange has really grown on me. I made this card with my daughter's birthday in mind. She's pretty girly. I went a little crazy with the hair and I don't like how it turned out. I do like the rest of the card. I paper-pieced the hat, gift, and bag. I wasn't sure how to make the bag look 3-D. Then, I had an epiphany. I stamped and colored the image on white cardstock. I cut out just the square portion of the bag (left off the handle). Then, I stamped the bag onto a piece of acetate and cut it out. I glued the paper piece onto the acetate and taped it to my girl image. This makes it look like she's actually holding the handle of the bag.
The image is from Pink Cat Studio. The sentiment and DSP is from Stampin' Up.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

It's a Party!

My daughter's birthday is coming up and she always prefers that I make her invitations. She loves paper-crafting too. I got this idea from a Stampin' Up workshop I attended. I followed the sketch exactly, but added a few of my own touches. I folded the awning twice to make it hang out more.

This card is a tri-fold. I'm inserting the party details in the pocket. But, I thought about putting a notice on the back of the card to let the recepient know that they can reuse this card as a gift card holder. I added the "it's a party" sentiment and was concerned about the overlap. It turned out to be a blessing in disguise. The punch actually helped keep the card closed. I love it when ideas just happen.

Here's a closer look at the bow. I call it a "butterfly" bow because it looks like a butterfly. I haven't seen this bow made before. It's really easy to make and saves on ribbon. I'll have to make a tutorial some time. The image, DSP, and cardstock are all from Stampin' Up. The sentiment is from Studio G.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Butterfly for C.C.

Sorry for the lack of postings. Summer has been extremely busy now that the kids are home. I'll try to post more often. Here's the baptism card I made for my god-daughter. Her invitation used pinks and browns so I decided to make her card with the same colors. I added this image on the inside of the card. As you can see, I paper-pieced the flower and butterfly. They were so tiny, but I think they turned out okay. I stamped the sentiment three times without re-inking. I like the effect it made.
All supplies are from Stampin' Up.