Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Easy Bookmarks

I think Edward was one of the very first stamps that I bought from TGF.  After reading the Twilight series, I thought this was so cute.  Anyway, I found a tutorial on how to make this bookmark.  It's really simple.  See HERE.  This was also the first time I tried coloring with Copics.  I only had about 4 or 5 different colors.  I made Edward's vest look like a different shade of blue just by adding more layers.  I still need a lot of practice.  The sentiments on the side are from Stampin' Up rub-ons.  I gave this one to Cheryl.  I just recently bought Bella, actually Camille so hopefully I'll stamp the 2 of them together soon.

This bookmark I made for my daughter who loves to read.  When I saw the Annika stamp from TGF, it reminded me of her.  Sentiment is also from Stampin' Up.

That is it for today and probably for a little while.  Now that school is out and summer's here, we'll be a bit busier.  Hopefully, I'll have something to share at the end of next week.  Thanks for reading and have a great week! 

Monday, May 24, 2010

Last Set of Teacher Gifts

These are little boxes I made for my daughter and son's main teachers.  It's a little caddy box.  I was inspired by this picnic caddy.  See HERE.  Problem is I didn't have any nice 12x12 cardstock so I made mine a little different by using 2 pieces of 8.5x11 cardstock.  I scored each 8.5x11 cardstock at 3 inches all around, trimmed off the extra bits to be able to fold the ends into a rectangular box.  I glued the 2 finished rectangular boxes to make a square caddy. 

I didn't make my caddies with a handle like the picnic caddy tutorial.  I basically followed the tutorial to make the inserts except cut the paper to 3.5x7 and scored at 0.5, 3.25, 3.75, and 6.5 inches.  Hope that makes sense.  I made these some time ago and sometimes when I'm making stuff I don't always write things down because I think I'm going to remember but I don't. 

The labels are PTI's Fillable Frames stamp set and die and alphabet stamps are PTI's Simple Alphabet.  I filled the caddies with more Bath and Body Works hand gel.

This is the last one I made.  I thought the little ladybug Hello Kitty was cute.  Then of course I wrapped everything in cellophane. 

That's it for the teacher gifts.  I can't believe school is almost done and my kids will be moving on to another school year.  It goes by too quickly.  Thanks for reading and have a great day!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

You Win Some ...

I was very fortunate to win some blog candy recently from Jen at Pieces of Me.  She was having a very fun giveaway, 5 in total and you had to take some pictures to participate.  I thought it was very original.  You can see my post HERE.  I was really happy to get some cute stamps, ribbon and flowers.  Check out her blog and see her cute stuff.

And Then You Lose Some ... My layout didn't win for Rockin' Rebel 2 over at Club Anya and Friends.  The waiting for the winner announcement was just killing me cause it took a while longer than expected due to some internet trouble.  But it was disappointing that they didn't include any honorable mentions like they had said they would and that the announcement was mentioned in their newsletter instead of their blogs.  Okay, I will stop whining and get over it.  Well, I guess I gotta just buy the Roll Call kit then.

Thanks for reading and have a great week! 

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Isn't It Beautiful ...

I finally finally finally got my Big Shot!  Can you believe I ordered this on May 2nd and I just got it yesterday, May 21st?  It took 19 days to get here!  But I got a great deal on this.  Cheryl emailed me a free shipping code from Joann's and the Big Shot was on sale for only $59.  So I got a great price cause shipping was free but I had to wait forever to get it.  I almost forgot it was on it's way.  We either pay a fortune for shipping or wait forever for our orders.  Now that I'm done with most of my projects I don't know what to cut with this yet.  I've been using my Wizard that Cheryl bought for me (she buys me lots of great stuff!) but sometimes it's a little scary when the plates just pop out at you.  So I thought I'd give the Big Shot a try.  Now I just have to think of something to make!

Mini Magazine Holders

Yay!  I'm finally all done with end of the school year teacher gifts.  I made 8 mini magazine holders for my daughter's Nihongo teachers and some of the teaching aides/former teachers at my son's preschool.  I found the template for the holders HERE.  Mine are just a little smaller cause I wanted to put little Bath & Body Works pocketbacs in them.  The great thing is that each holder only uses one piece of 8.5x11 cardstock. 

The stamps on the tags are from PTI.  I love the Fillable Frames stamps and die.  So cute and fun.  And the Hello Kittys are sizzlits.  And they are all wrapped in cellophane. 

I bought all those BBW pocketbacs while they were having a sale and special promotion online.  I even bought some of the holders (pink in photos) that you can attach to your bag.  But living in Hawaii, we always get the worse shipping deals.  I signed up for emails from BBW to be notified of their sales and they have some great sales if you live in the contiguous 48 states.  It's pretty irritating when they announce in their emails that there's $3 shipping or even free shipping but not valid for Hawaii folks.  I've already complained to them twice!  Yes, I'm a complainer.  Anyway, I bought these because they had a $10 off of $40 purchase so I figure that would take care of the $12.50 shipping that they charge to Hawaii.  The only good thing is that the package arrives fast.  They recently had a $10 off of $30 deal too so I ordered more cause they make cute little gifts.  Plus teachers can always use anitbacterial hand gels.

I have more teacher gifts to share later.  Thanks for reading & have a great weekend!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Mini Albums & Goody Bags

Ever since I found Sunghee's blog Creativity In Progress, I wanted to create a mini album but didn't really know for what occasion.  Originally, I wanted to create a 5x7 photo collage of each child in my son's preschool class and put it in a frame as a graduation gift but then I thought why not make a little photo memory book instead?  So, I made 19 little 3x3 books!  Being a SAHM I'm so lucky to be able to go to a lot of the class activities and field trips even if I have to drag my toddler with me.  So most of the time I am carrying my youngest and trying to take photos of all the kids in my son's preschool class. 

I thought about how to put the photos in the books.  If I had a really great printer I could've printed the photos directly onto the cardstock and then just assemble the books but my printer sucks.  So I made 8x10 photo collages (each individual picture was 2x2 or less) on Photoshop and thought I could print them out at Sam's Club or Costco but thought I could save some money by using my father's printer.  His is newer.  But half way through printing, it ran out of ink!  So I had to buy some ink and didn't save as much money as I thought.  Anyway, I printed out all these little pictures and then had to cut them all out. 

Here's a close up.  I used the corner chomper and rounded all the corners of the pages and photos too.  Don't ask how many corners that was.  It was a lot!  But I like the look of it.

Here's another sample.  I stuck on some glittered chipboard letters (child's initial) from Doodlebug that I've had for almost 5 years!  The covers are all from DCWV grade school pad.  I ordered a couple of sets of these when they were on sale and they've come in handy for all these school projects.

Here's a sample of one of the pages inside.  I printed out little captions on return address labels to stick in the books and under the photos.  I also printed out a page for the teachers' names, school year and all the students' names.  I decorated some of the pages with little stickers too.  I wrapped each book in cellophane cause I didn't want the glitter to get everywhere.



I put some snacks, tattoos and a little note and tied it all up with the TGF name tags (See post HERE).  It's a good thing I found these clear bags at Walmart to throw all this in.  Otherwise I'd still be wrapping everything with cellophane! 

Finally done with these little goody bags.

If you'd like to make mini albums too, check out Sunghee's blog.  She has new templates out which are just adorable!  I already have a couple of ideas to make with those templates.  And they are on sale for a limited time only!  It's a deal.  See her store HERE for the templates.

I'm still finishing up some teacher gifts too.  Thanks for reading and have a great day!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Sesame Street Birthday

When my youngest child turned one, we had a Sesame Street themed party for him.  He didn't particularly like or dislike Sesame Street but I had just seen on a blog some Sesame Street characters made from punched scalloped circles.  They were so cute!  So I had to search around the internet for more ideas about this and Splitcoast Stampers had a lot.  This was one example.

So these were the favors I made using baby food jars.  They were filled with colorful Easter grass that I bought at Target and the top was wrapped with tissue paper and cellophane and tied together with rubber bands.  I had to find something small enough to fill the jars too and bought little bags of kaki mochi.

I made about 70 of these.  I already had most of the punches.  The only one I had to buy was the one for the whites of the eyes.  I thought they looked very happy.

I made this card for Cheryl using the idea from the link above since I had some leftover characters. 

These were the Thank You cards I made for everyone else.  I think they were 3x3 cards.  A week or so after the party I noticed our local Ben Franklin craft store had an ad featuring Sesame Street character punch art.  What a coincidence!  I guess the idea was popular at the time.

I'm almost done with the end of the school year projects so hopefully I can share that soon instead of posting my old stuff.  Hope everyone has a great week!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Blog Candy

Jen at Pieces of Me is having a fun blog candy giveaway for achieving 250,000 hits!  Wow!  Cheryl & I have a ways to go.  Thought I'd procrastinate some and participate.


Candy #1 is something pink.  My daughter's Hello Kitty sidekick which I use a lot too.

Candy #2 is something round.  My double sided tape which I use a lot.

Candy #3 is something I ate today.  I usually eat PB & J with half a banana every morning.

Candy #4 is a plant.  My son's bean plant from school which is already starting to die.

Candy #5 is my youngest child's dirty socks.  My younger son's dirty socks aren't as dirty as my older son's socks.

Her blog candy ends today at 12 noon Hawaii time.  Thanks to Jen for giving away so much great stuff!  How super generous.  Hope you all get a chance to play and have a great weekend!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Rockin' Rebel 2

I really wasn't going to enter this challenge over at Club Anya and Friends but I had this idea in my head and I knew that if I didn't try it, I'd regret it later.  This is a 12x12 layout and I really wasn't intending it to be so huge.  I thought I'd make a little card but somehow it expanded to this especially because I wanted to recreate watching The Beatles' appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show so many years ago.  I haven't made a scrapbook layout in a while and I don't usually do a topic about my likes but I like how this turned out.

I used acetate (again!) to create the idea of a TV screen.  I wrapped some circular card stock with aluminum foil to make little dials and stuck on/glued some alphabet stickers spelling out some lyrics.  I was getting tired of the monochromatic gray, white, black theme (B&W TV back then) so I had to add some bright pink in there.  I put a little of strip of journaling on the bottom with my white gel pen.

Here's a close-up of Paul & George. (You can see me in the photo taking this pic!).  I used Dressy Edward for all of their bodies and the top of Birthday Boy Ian's hair for all of them too.  Paul has Dressy Edward's face shape and I drew in some eyes similar to Edward's opened eyes.  I hand drew the guitars and their little hands.  (Paul is left-handed).  Trust me, I'm not a drawer and it took me a few tries to get it okay looking.  I drew in part of his mouth and drew in the bangs of his hair.  George has Mer Ian's face and the sides of this hair and I drew in the bangs.

Here's John.  He is similar to Paul but I drew in eyes that look like Mer Ian's.  Paul, George and John are all popped up higher to look like they are in front of Ringo.

And this is Ringo.  Birthday Boy Ian got a drum set for his birthday.  I found a free "Beatles" font online, printed it, and cut it out with my circle nestabilities.  I layered it and popped it up with a dimensional.  I made simple cymbals just by using the shape tool on MS Word and print and cut and popped up too.  I just drew in lines for the stands.  The drumsticks are toothpicks I cut and colored with my Copic pen.  I had him on a platform like they did for performances.  I also changed his bangs to look more Beatles-like.

All in all, this was a pretty challenging challenge.  I really wasn't sure about the altering cause I've never done it before and how to draw in the missing parts.  I don't know how to color black hair well without it looking like a big black glob either.  Well, thanks for reading this kind of long post.  Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day!

I didn't actually make anything this year, but here's a craft made by my son at school for his Mother's Day present. Although he tells me he just painted the frame and stamped the ladybug bodies. So now I know what he was talking about when he said the teacher took his photo at school. It also happened to be the day after I cut his hair myself! Yikes! He's been going to a haircut place, and everytime I watch them do it, I think to myself, I should be able to do that at home with our clipper set...not as easy at it looks though. Good thing his hair grows fast so I have more chances to practice. Anyhow, he also made a handprint card and wrote out a little poem. I scanned and pasted the whole thing together, so it didn't exactly look like that in real life. Anyhow, have a Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers out there!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Just a little card

This is a Leigh's Wishing Well stamp from years and years ago. I also have a CD of clipart (I think we bought it at a craft fair a long time ago), which I now realize the black and white images are technically digital stamps! Although I haven't really looked at the images for a while. Anyhow, I had bought BIC markers and wanted to try coloring something. The tips were a little broad, and the ink can bleed into the cardstock quite a bit. I think I also embossed the image before coloring. Anyhow, that was too much work so I decided to go back to colored pencils. I had almost given up on colored pencils until I tried the baby oil. A lot of people talk about odorless mineral spirits, but my husband uses that as a cleaner and the fumes give me a headache.

Anyhow, it was taking me forever to figure out how to make the watermark brush again. Apparently the size of the selection can't be larger than 2500 pixels. (Thanks, PSE 7 The Missing Manual).

Well, I guess I should get started on the end of year thank you cards for my son's preschool teachers. I'm changing it to cards since we're contributing now to a class gift.

Crocheted Flowers


This is a simple birthday card I made for Cheryl's birthday.  I won't tell you how old she is though.  The sentiment is from a Stampin' Up set.  The flower I crocheted myself after finding a tutorial on PTI's site.  See HERE.  I crocheted it with embroidery floss from when I used to cross stitch.  I still have a lot of embroidery floss and good thing I saved them cause now I can crochet.

These are some other flowers I crocheted with yarn and embroidery floss using 2 different basic patterns.  I gave this set to Sunghee after I got the Sizzix die from her.

I also crocheted these bunny cozies for my kids for Easter.  Cute, yeah?  The pattern is from Lion Brand Yarn's site.  See HERE.  You have to register to see the pattern but it's free and they have lots of cute patterns and some are very affordable to make.  So far I've been able to crochet a couple of small blankets and a little cap for my daughter.  Knitting looks neat too but haven't gotten around to teaching myself that.  And I still haven't learned how to use my sewing machine but I really like the look of cards that have some sewing embellishment on it.

That's it for today.  I still have a lot of projects to finish up.  I fell asleep too early last night after a long day running errands and going to my daughter's school early to find parking and a good photo spot for her May Day program.  It was very low key this year because of the furloughs cutting into their instructional time but still nice.  Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

And the Winner Is ...

ME!!!! Yay!!! I'm so excited--I won a Wild Card Wednesday challenge over at Club Anya and Friends.  See HERE.  A picture of my card is on the post below this.  So that was fun and exciting.  I have some thinking to do about which digital stamp to choose.  So many cute stamps, I'm gonna have a hard time deciding.

So I thought I'd just share a short little project.  This is a variation of the notepads I'd made for Xmas last year.  This one I made for a little girl so she can keep herself busy while her Mommy takes care of their new baby.  I had written her name on the heart but covered it in the photo.  And what little girl doesn't like Hello Kitty?  The template is from PTI.  See HERE.

Here's a picture of it opened.  Lots of paper for her to doodle in.

By the way, our watermarks on our photos have been incorrect!  I didn't get a chance to fix these photos--it should read www.craftingthisandthat.blogspot.com.  Gotta have the blogspot.  Alrighty, that's it for today.  I'm off to do more projects.  Thanks for reading!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Club Anya Challenge

Well, I finally did it and entered a card challenge over at Club Anya and friends.  I made this card on acetate that I bought over at PTI.  I wanted to make Mother's Day cards with acetate but I haven't finished so Cheryl's not the only one behind.  Then I found a tutorial on Papertrey Ink's you tube channel HERE about using acetate so I thought I'd give it a try.  The stamp set is TGF's Hope and Grace.  I love the girls in this set.  So adorable.  Took me a while to buy this set though but I finally did when Auntie Lianne at Cute Stuff had her 20% off sale.  I always think this little girl is wearing a flower for a dress so I thought it fit the Spring/flower theme that the challenge called for. 

I must stop procrastinating now and get on with finishing the rest of my projects or they'll be late.  Still gloomy today but hopefully you're having a nice day.  Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Boys' Day and Shopping Too

So it was a really productive weekend in terms of crafting and shopping!  Yay!  First let me share a picture of the cute Lesportsac bag I bought yesterday.  It's one of their newest prints and I had a 15% off coupon.  It was surprising that my hubby was okay with me buying it.  I think he still feels guilty since I missed out on the tokidoki bag that was a really good deal on hautelook.com.


On to my Boys' Day post.  Boys' Day is May 5th and I ran across this post on Dandelion Designs.  See HERE.  It inspired me to make these for my son's preschool class.  Just stamp, cut and tape.  I put a little label in the back with who it's from.


Hello Kitty pencils for the girls.

Car pencils for the boys.  Originally I had wanted to buy Toy Story pencils that I had seen at Price Busters but when I went back they were all sold out.  Should have bought them when I first saw them.  I bought these at Price Busters too.

There are other Boys' Day ideas on Dandelion Designs too.  See HERE.  I had thought about tying the fish with string to make it look like a fishing pole but I got a little lazy and wanted to get onto other projects.  And since all the kiddies will be moving onto kindergarten, I thought a little pencil would be perfect.

Before I go, I wanted to share some other shopping related news.  Die Cuts r Us is having an anniversary sale!  They have really great prices on TGF stamps and pretty good shipping prices.  Sunghee over at Creativity in Progress opened her own store at After Five Designs.  See HERE.  She has some really creative ideas.

It's a little gloomy and stormy here but hopefully you're having a nice day!  Thanks for reading!