Monday, November 29, 2010

Have a Joyous Holiday!

I actually made another holiday card! Kind of the same idea as the other one, pretty much using the same things. I used the same snowflake stamp set from Hero Arts. However, this time I used white embossing powder on PTI Pure Poppy cardstock. Again, it was a little messy, hopefully the little specks of white, aren't too obvious in the photo. Again, same Sizzlit die cut set for the sentiment. This is the one I initially tried to emboss in black but it came out way too spotty with black embossing powder all over the place so I just stamped it in black ink. The sentiment also came in the Hero Arts prize package.
I just noticed Jennifer McGuire's blog entry about a powder tool that she said she uses prior to embossing. Maybe I'll just try more baby powder next time.
The snowflake is a chipboard piece from Maya Road that I pressed into the versamark ink then sprinkled with white embossing powder. I think the embossed layer wasn't thick enough, but I covered the whole thing up with some Stickles. Then there's a button from PTI and some sheer white ribbon tied on. I guess the whole snowflake looks a little white, but oh well, I didn't have any red buttons and I didn't look too hard for red ribbon since the white one looked easy to thread through the button.
Gee, where has November gone? Now I have to remember to buy our Christmas tree at some point soon since Eva reminded me with her already nicely decorated tree!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Apple Notecards for Teachers

Hi!  Made some notecards for my kids' teachers for Xmas.  Same idea as last year!  But the teachers receiving them are different.  I used each of the apple designs from PTI's Teacher's Apple stamp set on cream cardstock and envelopes.

Wrapped up 12 notecards and envelopes for each of the teachers. 

I stamped their names beneath the apples using Just Rite stampers tiny alphabet set.

I've had the above stamp for a few months now and I haven't used it yet so I'd like to give it away.  I don't think we have that many readers so I'll send this stamp to the first person that leaves a comment on this post (not including Cheryl, of course).  Sorry, but I think I have to limit this to the US only.  Hope someone can put this stamp to good use.

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Enjoy the Season

Finally, I started on some Christmas cards! Which is unusual in itself because I pretty much send only Christmas photo cards...just have to make one, then print out multiple copies. Again, reminds me that we haven't even taken our family photo for this year yet. But I thought I should make something because I actually won the Hero Arts prize from Kristina Werner's blog! I couldn't believe that, that was totally shocking. I randomly enter things like that here and there, but I don't really expect to win anything. So here's a card using the snowflake set, "Enjoy the Season." It is just PTI cardstock in Aqua Mist and Hibiscus Burst. (I should have used the Hero Arts cards that I also received, but I thought if I messed up, at least I have relatively more sheets of cardstock than wasting the real cards). I was mostly playing around with embossing powders, which got a little messy. I don't know how people keep their powder from sticking to the cardstock. It came with instructions to dust cornstarch over the paper prior to using the powder, but maybe I didn't use enough. I was being a little stingy with the baby powder since I have a cute little mini bottle which I don't think is refillable. Whatever the case, the sentiment is in a distressed type font so most of those extra specks of white are actually supposed to be there, I realized afterward. Not so much for another sentiment I tried to emboss in black, but that's another story for another day.
The snowflakes were stamped in Versamark ink, then I used Ranger embossing powder in Holographic. It's hard to get a photo of it, but it's kind of a cool effect. It's glittery and when you angle it in the light a certain way, it does indeed look shiny and holographic! So of course I didn't want to cover up my cool snowflakes too much (not, actually I didn't know what else to put on the card). But I figured a sentiment might be nice, and then remembering Eva's cute pink gingerbread matchbook, I picked pink. The die cut is from a Sizzix Sizzlit set that I got from Michael's on Thanksgiving Day. Yes, Michael's was open for about 4 hours in the evening and I was crazy enough to go shopping with my 30% off (mostly) everything coupon. Plus who am I to pass up an opportunity to go shopping without the kids! When I got to the Sizzix section, there were signs that said 40% off, so I'm thinking wow, plus an extra 30% off. But then when I got home, I realized they only gave me the 30% off. So on Friday, I thought I might as well return it and possibly use my 50% off coupon. But then I thought maybe I should ask if the Sizzix's were supposed to be on sale the day prior. Which the cashier didn't know so the manager or whoever that was actually there on Thursday had to come over and said the signs were mistakenly up...but they actually gave me both discounts! Maybe I should have bought more stuff then! Although I think they gave me the discount because I only bought that one Sizzix. I'm so bad, I'm a crazy shopaholic!
Anyhow, I'm going to try and make another card (while the hubby is home and at least one kid is napping). Bye!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Metal Bookmarks

Hi!  Wow, so my first PTI blog hop yesterday was fun!  Thanks for all the sweet comments!  There were lots of pretty and amazing tags made by other bloggers.  I tried to check out as many blogs as I could yesterday in between cooking and eating and eating some more.  It's the first time I had to cook a whole Thanksgiving dinner for my family.  And we learned that rubbing a whole stick of butter inside and outside of the turkey really does make it moist.  We cooked it in the bag and it was really simple and yummy.  

I made these little metal bookmarks following Nicole Heady's tutorial.  Some will be Xmas gifts for teachers and some for family.  I think I like the silver one the best.

I used the Book Print Impression Plate before die cutting it with the bookmark topper die for some of these bookmarks.  All the felt is from PTI.  I love PTI felt!  I think I have almost one of every color.

Before I go, I wanted to thank my November OCS partner, Lorraine, for the very pretty card she sent me.  The card was so detailed!  And she even sent me some goodies!  A little holiday planner notepad--I love making these too.  And a small photo album too!  She's a huge PTI fan too. 

Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Papertrey November Blog Hop Challenge

So this is my first time ever in participating in a blog hop of any kind, especially for PTI so it makes me a little nervous.  Hahaha.  Usually I'm just a commenter.  I love to look at other people's blogs--such amazing ideas and projects.

These might look familiar.  I made something similar HERE.  I kind of tweaked it a little since the first one I made was a tight squeeze for the tags I made.

The tags fit better this time because I left more space above.

It also helps that this matchbook cover doesn't fold flat.

I started with a 3.5 x 8.5 inch cardstock.

I scalloped one edge and then scored it a 3/4 inch, 4.5 inches and 4.75 inches.

I used the pocket die to hold the labels and taped that about 1/2 inch above the score line closest to the scalloped edge.  I added thin tape below the scallop edge and folded that over for the cover to slip into.  You may have to trim the cover just a bit for the cover to slip in nicely and not push the tape down too much--if that makes sense. 

I love the Tiny Treats series.  The images are so cute!  I used the Xmas one for these tags.  I used the Fillable Frames die #9 and the stamp set.

Snowflakes!  Five tags fit nicely in the pocket.  You could make this matchbook longer and add more pockets to add more tags.  This is a nice stocking stuffer size.

I love this one because it's pink!  The paper obviously isn't a PTI product but I wanted to try a nontraditional Xmas color.

Everything here is from PTI except for the red and green baker's twine, the pink candy paper, one tiny rhinestone in the snowflake that's on the cover and the scallop punch I used.  I also used my copics and white gel pen.

Thanks so much for reading and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

'Tis the Season

Hi!  Thought I'd participate in Club Anya's Saturday Sketch since I haven't done a challenge in a while and these sketches really help me put cards together.  I tried distressing the edges with my Tim Holtz paper distresser.  Man, you can get really carried away using the distresser.  And it gets a little messy.  I think my hubby was wondering why I cut the paper up when I bought it so nice and clean looking.  I guess it's kind of like buying jeans and ripping them up to look old.  Though I never did that and never would.

Beanie Anya is so cute and cheerful.  She looks super cozy here.

The ribbon, flowers and button are all from the blog candy I had won from Amy Young.  Still working through the stash she sent me.

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Yarn Leis

The day before my daughter's lego robotics qualifying tournament, we decided we should make her teammates some leis.  I didn't want to make the usual candy lei so I dug out one of my old magazines that showed a tutorial on how to weave this yarn lei through your fingers.  The magazine is now out of business but I found a tutorial online HERE if you're interested in making these leis.  It's pretty fast and simple.  We made 9 leis and it was easy for my daughter to make some too. 

I just tied on a bag of goodies and a lego keychain.  I bought this penguin one for my daughter.  I didn't get a picture of all the leis.

At the end of the tournament on Saturday, the kids were disappointed to learn that although they worked super hard and was thisclose to getting an award, they didn't qualify.  Lots of down faces that day and really the parents took the news hard too.  But through some kind of miracle, the kids learned after school today at a special meeting that they were one of two teams that were added on to compete in the state finals after all!  Wow, lots of happy faces and cheering after that news.  Being on a team, the kids have learned so much and I didn't really realize it until today how they really do support each other.  My daughter's school has two lego teams.  The other team made it to the finals in a qualifier couple of weeks ago.  When they thought that my daughter's team wouldn't go to finals, they didn't want to go either.  Isn't that so touching?  Well, now both teams are going.

Lots of ups and downs on this lego journey.  I hope it ends on an up.

Thanks for reading!

Die Cuts r Us SALE!

There's a big sale over at Die Cuts r Us!  Lots of cute stamps, paper and embellishments and Copics too.  She always has such great prices too that it's hard to resist picking up something. 

I can't believe it's almost Thanksgiving now and then it'll be Xmas before you know it.  Hope you have a great week and a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Wagon Full of Love

This is a little easel card I made for my daughter.  It's the first time I've used Pure Innocence stamps.  I thought this one was so cute with her little wagon and so perfect for the occasion.  My daughter has been working so hard to participate in her school's Lego Robotics team.  They practice endlessly and she's given up lots of free time and had to give up swimming and participating in this season's tennis league.  But she loves to go to the lego practices.  She almost gave it all up because she was so afraid of public speaking.  They have to make an oral presentation to a small group of judges this Saturday.  She had quit but one of her coaches asked her to reconsider and I'm so happy that she did.  I think she is glad she stuck with it too.  She's practiced so much and in front of so many different people that it's becoming less scary to speak.  I know her team will do well this Saturday and hopefully will make it to the state finals. 

Well, back to the card.  These little animals in the wagon are so stinkin' cute, I can't stand it.

The sentiment is just so perfect.  I used PTI's mat stack die and placed little rhinestones in the corners.

Hopefully, she'll like the card.  I tried to make it as purple as possible since that is her favorite color. 

And I'm so happy there are teachers and coaches like the one who asked my daughter to reconsider.  She was so supportive and understanding of my daughter's fears.  Whether they make it to the finals or not, she and the rest of the team have already learned and accomplished so much. 

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Teacher Gifts for Xmas 2010

If these look familiar it's because I made the same little desk caddies for my kids' teachers last year too.  See HERE.  These are made from Lauren Meader's template over at PTI.  See HERE.  And speaking of PTI, I can't wait until their November release!  I think I say that every month.  I can't believe all the cute sets and dies they come out with.  I think I've really gotten my monies worth with this template.

This one is for my son's kindergarten teacher who was also my daughter's kindergarten teacher so we couldn't be happier.  She is a great teacher and hopefully she will be there for our youngest one too.  Stamp is Teacher Anya from TGF and paper is from October Afternoon.  I used PTI's spiral note paper die and their School Time stamp set for the handwriting lines and the bus.  I lightly penciled in the teacher's name and my son traced over it just to make sure her whole name would fit.  You know how kids tend to squeeze the last letters in cause they run out of space.  I decided to blur out the teachers' names in the photos.

This one is for my daughter's GT teacher who is so supportive and loving.  My daughter really enjoys her class.  Paper is from Imaginisce. 

The last one is for my daughter's main teacher.  She is strict but my daughter learns a lot from her about responsibility.  I love this school paper from Crate Paper and really had to force myself to use it.  I have to tell myself to actually use the paper I buy, not just stare at it. 

I am still working on the gifts to place inside these little caddies.  So much to do before Xmas!

Thank you for reading and have a great weekend!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Princess Chloe Gift Card Holder

Do you own so many stamps, you forget what you have and when you remember you have it, you can't find it?  That's what happened to cute Puddle Jumpers Princess Chloe from Claudia & Co. which I bought over at DCRU.  Before I could really dive into all the Xmas crafts I had to make a little giftcard holder for a little girl's birthday and she's going to be celebrating it at Disneyland!  So I bought her a Disney Princess giftcard.

But it's the kind of GC that has that extra card on the top and I didn't want to just break it off cause on the back it has the To and From and Message info.  Plus it's so cute whole.  Anyway, I decided to alter the GC holder Cheryl posted about HERE.   The tutorial was from Dandelion Designs.  Because the GC is so long I used 3 pieces.  The first is piece of cardstock 4.5 x 12 inches.  Then score it in the middle at 6 inches.

The second piece was 5 x 4.25 inches and scored at a 1/4 inch on 3 sides.  Then I cut the little corners like above.

The 3rd piece was 3.75 x 9 inches and scored at 5 inches from the left.  This is where the GC would be attached.

I used tape on the back of the 3rd piece but just the top rectangle.

Taped all pieces together as shown above.  The GC is taped just below the score line.

So the GC slides in and out too.  I plan to write a little message on the bottom as well.

I like that this looks just like a regular card too from the front but opens to reveal the GC, unlike the Halloween Slider Cards I made HERE.

I forgot to finish my story from above.  I was trying to think if I had a little princess stamp to match the Disney Princess GC.  And for a while I was wondering if I had TGF's Princess Anya but I don't!  Then I realized I bought Princess Chloe but had to search in my stash for her.  I think Princess Chloe is so cute and perfect for this card.  I also need a bigger box for my stamps.  I'm running out of space.

Thanks for reading and have a great Monday!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Crocheted Flower Pins

Hi!  I haven't blogged in a while.  At least Cheryl got to post more projects.  Yay!!  I've been busy crocheting trying to get some Xmas presents done.  I made these little crocheted flower pins and followed the pattern found on the Lion Brand Yarn website.  You have to register to see the pattern but it's free.  The pattern number is L0134AD if you're interested.  All the yarn is from Lion Brand as well.

I bought the pins from Ben Franklin a couple years ago but never even opened the package!  So I'm glad I got to use these pins.  I used some leftover PTI kraft paper, punched holes on either side and slipped the pins in. 

I used my hot glue gun to glue the flower onto the pin.  I hope they don't fall off.

Finished packaging.  I tied on a little label, all PTI except the brown baker's twine is Martha Stewart.  The flowers were relatively fast to crochet but there were lots of little mini steps involved.  But still a quick and cute little gift or stocking stuffer.

Thanks for reading!  Hope you're having a great weekend!