Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Teacher Gifts (Finally!)

Hi!  It's that time of the year again for teacher gifts.  I love making gifts for the teachers.  This year I wanted to package up some Bath & Body Works stuff.  We finally have one where we live.  I haven't gone into the store yet because it is so packed.  I bought these items online.

For my kids main teachers, I packed up all this stuff and a little hand gel holder too (which for some reason my photographer seems to have left out) into the basket in the back.  The basket, called Pack a Picnic is a Lauren Meader My Timeless Template available at Papertrey Ink.  The templates come in 2 sizes and the large one really is large.  I could fit everything into it even with that big poofy flower scrub.

This is a large basket and I used the papers from Pink Paislee Butterfly Garden.  The papers are so pretty.

Top view.  I lined the cardstock handles with some twill ribbon.

Group shot.  I made three large ones and 4 small ones. The small ones contain the mini hand gel and holder.  And they are super cute!

I do have a long winded story about why it took me so long to make these.  I really thought I wouldn't be able to finish and even thought about buying gift bags to put them in.  The horror, right?  Anyway, last night I decided to just buckle down and finish them.  I've stayed up pretty late the last 2-3 nights.  I did feel disappointed, frustrated and maybe even uninspired the past week because of how long it took me to get these templates from PTI in the first place.  I won't go into details because I know so many people love PTI and no one wants to hear negative experiences about their favorite companies.   I love their products a lot and they have wonderful ideas and designs.  I think I've been a pretty loyal customer these past couple years, but this experience has me thinking about laying off of PTI for a while. 

We'll also be taking a little blogging break the next few days.  My kids have their last day of school tomorrow and it's time to enjoy the summer.  Hopefully the weather is sunny for us.

Thanks for reading and have a great week!  

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Mini Mini Pizza Boxes

Hi!  Late last night when my hand was cramping and my eyes started playing tricks on me, I wondered why did I agree to color in all these monkeys and make all these pizza boxes?  Hmmm, because they're cute and my son some how talked me into it.  This is the last week of school for the kids and decided to make something for my son's kindergarten class.

I had all these mini playing cards I had bought from Walmart last Xmas.  A couple bucks for 10 so I bought 30 and needed to use just 22 for my son's class.  These are super cute and small.  But I didn't want to just stick them in a bag.  I thought about making playing card cases for all of them but that kind of cutting seemed too tedious.  Then I saw All That Scraps pizza box challenge (which these will be entered in) and the tutorial link.  I thought I could manage that.

So I made 22 mini mini pizza boxes.  These measure 1.75 x 2.25 inches (and .25 inch deep) and I changed them to be rectangular since I didn't want the cards to be shaking around too much in the boxes.  My son loves this little monkey from CC Designs Flower Power set.  In that set also comes a single flower with a ladybug which is the stamp I wanted to use because it was simple and I thought that it wouldn't involve too much coloring.  But look at what he talked me into!  I stamped and cut them out with Spellbinders Wonky Rectangles which was a nice fit on the box.
Closer view of the monkeys.  I did wonder if the kids would appreciate the coloring and the effort and I came to conclusion that some would and some probably wouldn't but that's the same conclusion when it comes to giving hand made items to adults too.  So in the end I don't mind giving something like this to the kids.

The back of the box.  I taped the ends of a thin elastic cord around the box to keep the box closed.  You can just flip the elastic off the bottom and open the box and then put the elastic back to close.  I thought this would be a good place to put all the cards once you opened them. 

A picture for size reference.  The colors I used for his body too.  I think after maybe the 6th monkey my staying in the lines wasn't too great.

Even though these were a lot of work crammed into a couple of days/nights, I love how they came out.  When you see all the monkeys together, they are so cute!

I also plan to enter these cuties into Wee Memories Challenge #57 Stamp it (using stamps on your creations).

Thanks for reading!  I'm off to figure out some teacher gifts.  Sigh, what I had planned doesn't seem like will work out.  So disappointed.  Story for another day, I suppose.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

A+ Teachers

Hi!  It's been a while since I got to play in My Favorite Things weekly sketch.  They are now on sketch 20!  I think I missed a few weeks and I'm behind on my 2012 calendar!  Hopefully I'll catch up next month.  Here's this week's sketch.


I made 2 cards following the sketch and the card on the right was from way long ago following a different sketch but I wanted to show all three cards the kids will be giving to their teachers at the end of the school year.  I let them pick which ones they liked the best to give to their teachers.  They're all a little different.

I like this card a lot.  It's looks fun and bright and my daughter picked it for one of her teachers.  The background uses the graph stamp from Hero Arts.  I like these background stamps a lot too.  Then I used Pure Innocence Make the Grade stamp.  All the sentiments including the A+ is from the set. 

My son picked this one for his teacher.  I crossed out the word student in the circle and wrote teacher so it would read Teacher's Grade Card.  I like this card a lot too especially the papers. 

The third card is going to another one of my daughter's teachers.  I like that one too with the felt doily and ribbon.  Gee, I guess I like all of these cards and hopefully the teachers will too.

I'm still in the process of making something small (and I mean literally small) for my son's kindergarten class.  I have a lot of crafting to do still.  My daughter didn't want to make anything for her class so that lessens the load a bit.  I still have the teachers' gifts to package up.

Thanks for reading and have a great Friday!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Hoot! Hoot!

Hi!  I would've started writing this post earlier but I'm a little addicted to watching The Voice so I had to watch that first and I even washed all the dinner dishes in 30 minutes so I could just sit on the couch.  But I'm slightly disappointed.  Nothing really stood out tonight.  Last week I really loved Pink's Perfect.  I mean Javier was good tonight but we kind of already knew that.  Anyway, on to my project.

A couple of days ago or so I got my Lion Brand e-newsletter and they had this cute grad owl amigurumi (pattern number 80282AD) so I had to check out the site.  But then I found an even cuter owl (pattern number L0256AD) so decided to go with that one instead.  Plus it was smaller so I thought it would be faster for me to make.  Then I thought I'd make a matching card for TGF's Farm Fresh Friday Challenge to make a Congrats card.

Here's a pic of the owl.  Isn't she the cutest?!  She's just 3 inches tall without the grad cap.  I added the cap and tassel and put a little cell phone clip (with a lobster claw clasp) so you can put it on something.  I had those things in my jewelry making stash.  Her nose is just a triangle piece of felt that I glued on.  Well, my kids love her and I may have to make 3 more just for them and all in different colors.  Reminds me of the Owl Babies book.  Cute story too.

Here she is hanging out.

Here's the card I made inspired by the crocheted owl.  I decided to go with the sliding pop-up card which was highlighted by SCS not too long ago.  The tutorial is HERE.  My dimensions are just a bit larger.  I used the owl from TGF's Forest Friends and borrowed Grad Anya's cap.  I also broke down and bought a couple of Hero Arts background stamps.  (Totally inspired by Donna Mikasa--I love how she uses the background stamps on her cards).  I used the large canvas one on the kraft cardstock.

So when you slide out the bottom piece, it says Congrats.  And then it stands on its own.  I added some butterflies (MS) and a daisy (MFT dienamics).  The letters are cut from one of the Hello Kitty sizzlits.

Side view.  Owl on the brown pops up.

Together.  Cute? 

Thanks for reading! 

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Oliver's Summer Vacation

Hi!  This is my last traveling summer journal.  I made this for my older son.  He loves this TGF stamp of Oliver holding the dinos because he loves dinos too.  I used the sketch over at TGF's Farm Fresh Challenge Which One Wednesday for the cover of his journal.


I had specific instructions from my son to color Oliver's dinos just like his.  So I used my son's toy dinos as inspiration.

See?  My son and his dinos.

Here's the title page.  Similar to the one I made for my daughter.  I used some fun green binding instead of silver though. 


I also used this Oliver stamp to make a bookmark for my younger son.  And he wanted to copy his brother so pretty much used all the same colors to color Oliver and the dinos.

The bookmark in action.  He had been asking for a bookmark to copy his older siblings.

The days seem to be flying by.  I can't believe the school year is almost over and I haven't done everything yet.  Time for some late nights I suppose.

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Fancy Anya's Summer Vacation

Hi!  Here is yet another travel journal that I've bound with my Cinch.  This one is for my daughter.  She picked TGF's Fancy Anya which I just bought.  She is just like my daughter who would rather wear a dress or skirt to do everything including traveling.  I decided to case TGF's Mystery Monday card for the cover of this journal.

I didn't want to make the cover too dimensional since we'll be taking it during our summer vacation so I tried to keep the cover as flat as possible and used some tape to add some fun.

Here's a close-up of Fancy Anya with her little camera ready to take some pictures.  I also used PTI's note die and Text Style stamp for the background lettering behind Fancy Anya.

This is the title page.  I got to use a lot of my American Crafts stickers that I bought a while back from Peachy Cheap.  The camera is a coordinating stamp with the papers.

One of the inside pockets with a little scooter stamp too.  I added some tabs made from PTI's tab die and mini scrapbook stamp set.  This journal has 30 pages and 3 pockets and measure 6x6 inches.

Blogger was down last night for a while wasn't it?  I was worried I wouldn't make the deadline for Wee Memories CRAFTS (Color, Ribbon, Acrylic, Floral, Twine and Stamps) Challenge #55.  You could use either all of the above or not.  Obviously I just have the color and the stamps since I didn't want the cover too bulky.

Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Stamp Journal

Hi!  I used my Cinch again to make a stamp journal.  Just a little 6x6 inch book to scribble notes or what not.

I used TGF's Stamping Anya.  I thought she would be perfect for this journal.  And I got to use my new Wonky Rectangles nestabilities.  Now I want the Reverse Wonky Rectangles too.  I also stamped tiny hearts from Lawn Fawn behind Stamping Anya.

Here's the inside.  There are 45 pages and 3 sections with tabbed folders.  I included a "shopping list" tab to keep track of all those stamps and other goodies we all want to buy.  The tabs and stamps are from PTI.

I'll be entering this in TGF's Throwback Challenge and All That Scraps Anything Goes.

I have some other goodies to make so I'll keep this post short.  Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

National Scrapbooking Day 2011

Hi!  TGF is having a scrapbook challenge in honor of NSD so thought I'd get out some pictures and actually make a page.  I wanted to do a page that reflected something cultural so I picked a Girls' Day theme.

Scrapbook pages are difficult to photograph.  This is my daughter's first girls' day some 9 years ago.  Heehee.  I love these photos of her because my daughter wasn't really a giggly kind of baby.  She was more serious but these pictures show her laughing so happily.

Here's TGF's Geisha Anya.  It's the very first time I've used her and the first time I've colored black hair.  But I like it!  I wanted her kimono colors to match some of the colors in my daughter's baby one (which was past down from her aunty).  I also extended her smile so she looks a little less serious.  I thought about altering her eyes and smile but decided to leave it.  Less work, you know?

I used stamps from other TGF kits too.  The happy smiley flowers, dragonfly, journal tag and brackets are all from TGF kits.  I really thought the happy flowers reflected my daughter's mood.  I wanted to add some origami somewhere and decided to add some origami cherry blossoms.  I found some instructions HERE.  I was making the cherry blossoms and my daughter wanted to make some too.  Mine were really fat and her petals were skinnier and looked prettier so I made them more like that.  The one on the far right is the one she made.

Thanks for reading and hope you're having a Happy Mother's Day!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Have you ever ...

carved your initials into a tree?  That was the inspiration for my card that I made for PTI's Make It Monday Impression Plate Tricks #2.  I was really afraid to try this technique because I didn't want to make a mistake and ruin my dies or plates!  But I tried it and it's way easier than making all those frames from cardboard and what not from my previous posts.  This time around it didn't leave any markings on the back of my dies like it did when I tried it before.  I don't know, maybe I did something different?  I guess I'll have to play around more with this idea.  

Sorry, picture may be a bit dark but my photographer is sleeping already.  I finally got PTI's woodgrain impression plate.  I love it!  The letters are the initials of people who are getting married this year.  The letter dies are from Quickutz.  I used some chalk to fill in the letters a bit so they look more "carved."

Hmmm, this photo may be a bit blown out.  I used the largest Turning a New Leaf die although I did cut off a couple of the leaves that were sticking out a bit too much.  Tiny Tags die for the tag and the sentiment is from Delightful Dahlia.  I stuck a heart stick pin through the felt leaves and tag.  The heart die cut is from My Favorite Things.  I like that little pop of pink right there. 

Maybe this is a better photo? 

I better get to sleep too.  Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

TGF Coloring Books

Hi!  I used my Cinch again to bind some small coloring books.  I had some leftover paper after cutting them for my larger 6x6 journals.  I thought the small scraps were a good size for small hands.

This one uses TGF's Surfer Anya.  She is so cute!

Here's one with Surfer Ian.  These books measure 2.5x5.5 inches.

The cute couple together.

There are 25 stamped pages in each book.  This shows me that I have way too many stamps.  I'm planning to let my youngest color in these when we're on the plane.  Hopefully, he'll just sleep and give me a break. 

I better get going on lots of projects.  It's almost the end of the school year here!

Thanks for reading!