Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Snowflake Mittens

Hi!  Just wanted to share a couple of more mitten ornaments/tags that I made for Cheryl's kids.  Mitten dies are from Spellbinders and the snowflakes from MFT's Die-namics dies.  The snowflake dies are so delicate but I really love how detailed they are, especially the smallest one.  I really had to take care not to pull too hard on the smallest one since it was felt and if I tugged too hard, it would break.

Here's close up of the smallest snowflake.  I tried not to make this one too girly.

This is the reverse side.  I just die cut their initials in felt also.  I love the lace too.

The finished product/packaging. 

My 3 kids also decorated their own mittens since they were on vacation.  The boys even wrote down their Xmas list on a piece of paper and stuck it in their mittens.  My daughter never knows what she wants.  She's always been that way.  She never asks us to buy her anything, not even toys when she was younger.  So different from the boys who ask for something whenever we're out shopping!

We've already undecorated our tree.  After I came home from my after-Xmas shopping, I found that my daughter and hubby had removed most of the ornaments already!  I thought that was so fast and thought we could've left the tree up until New Year's.  Oh well.

Thanks for reading!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Calendars, Calendars, Calendars

Hi!  So I guess the theme this year was calendars!  I made a whole bunch.  Last year I made a whole bunch of little notepads and note cards for Christmas gifts.  This took me a while to do.  I made some for teachers, friends and family.  Above is the CD insert using the PTI Calendar Basics set.

The teachers' ones looked like the one above.  I used PTI's Teacher's Apple stamp set.  The calendar pages are die cut with their calendar die and all the individual calendar pages are from PTI also.  A lot of cranking of the Big Shot.

This was the first teacher calendar I made.  It was also the last one to use patterned paper cause after doing all this I couldn't fit it into the CD case!  It was too thick.  So only a few pages will fit at a time in the CD case if you embellish too much.  That's why I decided to just stamp on the cardstock instead.

I made a couple of sets using PTI's All About You stamp set with fresh snow ink.  Some of my pages got globby with the white ink.  And the ink showed up much nicer are the darker paper of course.  I tried not to put too much ink on the stamp and to wipe off the excess with a paper towel every so often.  That helped a lot to just leave clean stamped lines.  Live and learn, I suppose.  But this was inspired from Nicole Heady's calendar.  If only I had the entire Year of Flowers collection with matching cardstock and ink too . . .

Isn't this one of the cutest papers ever??  This line of papers and the paper pad from Imaginisce is so cute.  I had to make a calendar with the papers.

You can click on the photo to see the papers closer.

This paper pad set is from Wild Rose Studio.  The papers were thin so much easier to fit into the CD cases plus I didn't need to do anything to decorate the pages.  Just cut and slide in the calendar pages.  And after so much cutting, I really wanted something simple.

Lastly, I made one using pictures of my kids.  I didn't die cut the pictures.  I just trimmed some 5 x 7 photos to fit into the CD cases and taped the individual calendar pages to each one.  I taped some patterned paper behind some of the photos that were too short.  If the calendar page was too big in some cases, I just trimmed it to fit better on the photo.  I wanted to try something like this after I had seen Heather Nichols' post.  But I didn't have much time to search for pictures that had enough space for me to die cut in the right area for the calendar page to slide into.  So I thought this would save me time and frustration.

The spine of some of the CD calendars I made. In total, I think I made about 15 CD calendars and a couple of easel calendars. 

Thanks for reading this long post about calendars!  Have a great day!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Thank You, Teacher

Hi!  Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!  Our kids were so very excited.  They unwrapped all their gifts but are still in the process of opening and playing with each of their new toys.  I even got to venture out and do some after-Christmas sale shopping.  Maybe I should have just stayed home but I really wanted to take advantage of the sale at Hallmark.  I love to collect those ornaments.  I had to do some squeezing in at the store cause it was really crowded.  After just a handful of stores, I was ready to come home.  I remember the days I could walk the entire mall and spend my whole day there.  That is not the case these days.

Just a simple card to share today.  It was for one of my daughter's teachers.  Stamp is from Claudia & Co. called School Time Lucy.  She's a cutie!

Well, I'm gonna get to some cleaning and organizing so I can start crafting again.  Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Happy 40!

I needed a card, so I borrowed the Club Anya sketch for this week. Although I didn't use a TGF stamp so I'm not posting it to the gallery.I pretty much used just PTI cardstock and paper. The stamped number was from 7 gypsies, it came out a little crooked and spotty, but oh well. I mostly wanted to play with my new Sizzix edger dies, although most of it is covered up. Again, sentiment from PTI's birthday basics. I don't know how people stamp nicely using the white ink, sometimes it looks like I put too much ink, or if I press too hard when stamping, the letters look a little smooshed too.
I tried some diamond glaze on the circles to make them look raised and/or epoxy like. Problem was there were air bubbles so it's not completely smooth. Maybe I was shaking it around too much beforehand because the tip always gets clogged and I have to stick a pin in it.
Eva, I don't know how your kids don't get into your craft things and mess stuff up. This is my son's version of the birthday card. He basically went around gathering all my scraps while I was working on my card (some were big scraps that I didn't even realize he was using!). The number 40 was even stamped on a piece of scratch paper - I was trying to test the color of the ink - then I adjusted the "0" because it looked higher than the "4," and then it ended up crooked on mine :(
So before we made the cards, I asked my son, how old does he think Daddy is? He goes, "63." Ha ha! Then he said "no, wait, 53." Ha ha ha! Maybe I shouldn't laugh so hard until I ask him how old does he think Mommy is.
OK, I have one more birthday card to make, not sure if I can make it on time. At least I think I wrapped all my Christmas presents...

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

A Little Birdie

If you're familiar with PTI, then this card might look familiar also.  Debbie Olson of Thinking Inking had made the sweetest card so I had to case it too.   The little birdie comes in the Tiny Treats Christmas set.

A little close up of the birdie.  I added some stickles to his cap.

I think I am finally done with my Xmas list and with wrapping presents.  My problem is that when I see a cute idea or project I try to think of every single person I can make that for which explains why I mass produce so much.  Like the little hats, I have to make it for almost every little girl on our list.  I have to tell myself that I can give it next year too.  So I was going to make some little school scrapbooks too this Xmas but just don't have the time or energy to mass produce those.  So I'll save that for next year.  I haven't even made our Xmas photo card this year!  I'll send out New Year's cards and start a new trend.

Well, I wanted to share a couple pictures of my crafting area.  When I get busy I tend to just throw everything onto my table.  Then I wonder where I put everything.

So there are stamps, papers, felt, tools, glue, etc. and my kids' toys too on my table.  There's also my sad sewing machine sitting under the table.  I really have to learn how to use that thing.

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Crocheted Kids' Hats

Hi!  For some reason this font seems huge but I think it's the same as usual.  Everything looks different since we've changed our computer.  So I also had to reset my watermark but I don't have that cute font I used to have before.  For now, this will do. 

Anyway, for Xmas I also crocheted some little hats.  It's the same pattern as the one I mentioned in this post.  Since the hat looked a little girly, I thought I'd pick some pinkish yarn instead and decided to give these hats to some little girls on our Xmas list.  I actually made 6 of these but already packed up 2 before I took this picture.

I hope the hats fit!  But the yarn is stretchy so it should conform to their heads.  The yarn is a recycled organic yarn too that I bought at Lion Brand Yarn online. 

Here's the hat on my daughter's doll.  Fits her nicely even with all that hair she has. 

Hope you're all done with Xmas shopping!  I'm still finishing up some last minute gifts!  Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Last of the Christmas cards

This is probably the last Christmas card I will make since Christmas is nearly upon us.I finally used a Hero Arts card for the base. I should have used one sooner because it's nice and white on the inside to write a message. This year I have been reading along with Tim Holtz's 12 tags of Christmas and in the video, he was demonstrating a neat way to ink the embossed image with ink directly on the embossing folder. Except I didn't visualize it correctly and actually inked the back of the Cuttlebug snowflake folder, oops! Luckily the ink wasn't too dark and I could just turn it over to use the other side for my card. I also tried the distress ink as embossing ink with clear embossing powder for the sentiment which I also saw on a Tim Holtz video somewhere. The candy cane is a Sizzlit, don't look too closely, the leaves and berries were hard to cut out nicely for layering. I colored the candy cane stripes with a "cherry" marker, I didn't realize it was going to be such a dark red.

And now I will leave you with gratuitous Santa pictures from our Polar Express train ride experience.It was fun! I told my son that I think that bell is his Santa present for this year. He wasn't impressed, saying he didn't even write that on his list! Well, hope everyone has a nice Christmas holiday! Long weekend, yay!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Christmas Snowflake Cards

So I made a few more quick Christmas cards. I don't usually buy too many Christmas themed things because I don't typically make things to give away at this time of year. Even all those well intentioned Christmas layouts are still in the "photos have been downloaded but not printed" stage. Maybe one of these years I will try a December Daily album... that I should probably start preparing in January. But for now, this is about all I can do.Last year I bought some clearance Sizzix dies (which I almost forgot about until I was cleaning my craft area) and now I have some Hero Arts Christmas stamps. The huge snowflakes are supposed to be ornaments, but since they were so huge, there wasn't much more to add to decorate a card.
The green paper is from a Christmas paper pad from We R Memory Keepers that I got during their Black Friday sale. I inked the edges of that and the snowflake with some distress ink, it might have been Frayed Burlap. Then I added a "ho ho ho" gromlet which happened to conveniently fit the hole in the snowflake. The sentiment was embossed with white embossing powder.

Same idea for this one, except that star cut out in the middle was kind of huge so instead of a gromlet I used some stickles. Which wasn't very easy to apply neatly to such a large area. I even used my finger to try to spread it around and flatten it out which made it messier. Again sentiment embossed with white embossing powder. I also stamped the little snowflakes with the watermark embossing ink. Now that I'm looking at the photo, it looks like I might have forgotten to ink this green paper, oops! I hope I haven't forgotten to do anything else before Christmas. Or a birthday, our family celebrates 3 birthdays in the space of 2-3 weeks together with Christmas and New Years, crazy times.
Well, that's about it for now, bye!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Mitten Tag/Ornaments

Hi!  Here are some mitten tags I made from Spellbinders mitten dies.  One side has the red felt and the other some PTI cardstock so we could write the names on.  I used Liquid Stitch to glue the mittens together and the snowflake.   

The red felt I just bought at Ben Franklin.  It cut pretty well.  The snowflake is the medium sized one from My Favorite Things Die-namics dies.  I used PTI felt for the snowflakes.  I tried using less expensive felt but it just wouldn't cut cleanly even when I tried to fatten up the layering recipe on the Big Shot.  Even with the PTI felt I used a sheet of cardstock to cut the snowflake out nicely.  I used some ribbon for the trim and red baker's twine.  I colored some clear bling with my red copic pen for the center of the snowflake.

On the reverse side of the mitten, I used PTI's Tiny Treats Xmas set (I use this set a lot!).  I thought the mittens matched so nicely.  I added some stickles.  That's the extent of my glitter use--it's not as messy.  The year is stamped with PTI's Simple Alphabet.  

Tied the mittens onto some teachers' gifts that I wrapped up last night.  And after unwrapping the gifts, these tags can also be used as ornaments. 

Will be entering these in a couple of challenges too.  ACLP's Tag It! challenge and Lollipop Crafts Christmas Tags challenge.

Can't believe it's almost Christmas!  Still have a lot to do.  Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Let It Snow

Well, no snow for us here, of course but I still love this little stamp from Milton & Co.  I made this card to take a break from my calendar making.  He was fun to color and I got to play with flower soft.  The sentiment is from PTI's Tiny Treats Xmas set.

And what a cute birdie!

This will be a short post.  I'm off to finish some gifts for the kiddies' teachers.  Only 2 more days of school left!  Thanks for reading and hope you're having a great week!  

Saturday, December 11, 2010

2011 Taj Calendar

My first completed calendar.  I love taj characters--they are so cute!

Originally, the calendar came like this huge rolled up sheet.  I got 3 of them for free when I made a recent purchase at their store.  Every year I think the calendars are so cute but I don't know what to do with them cause I don't have a large enough space to hang it up.  This year I decided to cut each month out and attach to an easel card.  Click on the photo above to see a closer picture of each month. 

I like the sentiment--very fitting for the paper and for a calendar, I think.

The calendar was rolled up for so long that I had to smash it down after I cut the months out under a heavy container for a couple days.  Then I just put some glue on top so the pages would tear off.  The only thing that throws me off is that for January 2011 they have the "year of the tiger" since they print their 2010 shirt designs on the 2011 months.  2011 is the year of the rabbit.

taj has a blog but I don't think they update it much.  This site shows a lot of their card samples.  So cute!

It's been a long day.  My daughter's state Lego tournament was from this morning til almost 4 pm.  But she got a medal and her team won a teamwork trophy!  There were 56 teams today! 

Thanks for reading and hope you're having a great weekend!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

A Million Pairs of Mittens (part 2)

Hi!  Here are the mittens we made for my daughter's class.  Twenty-seven pairs in all.  My daughter placed 2 mini candy canes in each mitten.  Usually we don't give goody bags for my daughter's class cause now that she's in the 4th grade, I'm thinking they're not too into those kinds of things.  But my daughter really wanted to make something for her class and this was relatively inexpensive.  Time consuming, yes, but expensive, no.  Basically, I would cut and glue at least 10 pairs of mittens for 5 nights and then slowly also stitch them one pair at a time.  My older 2 kids got to glue on the rick rack felt pieces but they had to use a lot of Elmer's glue.  Even then, some wouldn't stick very well so I'd have to go back and use the Liquid Stitch. 

I hung some on the tree to see how they would look.  I think our tree is already dying.  What's the secret to keeping a tree fresh?

I made a few extra pairs of mittens.  That'll be for another post.  Thanks for reading and have a great day!

A Birthday for Party Time Noah

Hi!  Thought I'd take a break from all that mitten making to make a card.  I missed coloring and putting together cards so instead of going to bed, I decided to put together this birthday card following ACLP's sketch challenge.  Plus I really wanted some crafting time especially after chasing around the 3 kids today.  I needed a break!  I used Claudia & Co.'s Party Time Noah which was an Xmas release but thought he looked so handsome all dressed up that he could go to any kind of party. 

And I think he looks kind of Asian with his cute bowl haircut.  Paper is from SEI and I used the birthday embossing folder from Cuttlebug. 

Well, I'd better go to bed before I regret it tomorrow.  It's another long day.  And I have to begin the next phase of my Xmas mass production madness--calendars.  Thanks for reading and have a great day!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

A Million Pairs of Mittens (part 1)

Hi!  So I  haven't blogged in a bit cause I've been busy making all these mittens.  And this is just for my son's kindergarten class.  I have yet to finish up my daughter's class.  I made 22 pairs of mittens for my son's class.  I first saw this on a Splitcoast Stampers tutorial.  I had some leftover inexpensive felt and lots of white yarn.  I did end up buying more felt, yarn needles, and something called Liquid Stitch from Walmart cause I don't yet know how to use my sewing machine.  So all the mittens were first glued around the edges (wait 24 hours to dry with something heavy on top) then hand sewn.  My daughter helped sew too! 

The Spellbinders mitten dies are super cute.  There are small ones too like the ones I used above to stamp the child's first initial and the year using Just Rite Stampers.  I crocheted the handles too, just a simple chain stitch and tied them on so it can be hung like an ornament.  The rickrack die is from PTI. 

We placed large candy canes in these mittens. 

We assembled all the goody bags tonight.  My younger son helped too.  We also added a small paddle ball toy that I bought again at Walmart when they were having their Halloween sale.  I bought a pack of 6 for just a quarter.  The colors are all Halloween colors like purple, orange and green but hey, it's so cheap!  My older son colored all the tags for the bags and wrote his friends' names on them.  I used PTI's Tiny Treats again.  The Tiny Treats series of stamps are so cute and fun for the kids to color.

The Trevor stamp is still up for grabs if anyone wants it.  Just leave me a comment saying you want it and will give it a good home.

Thanks for reading and hope you're having a great week!