Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Carousel Notes Card

This is actually the first card I have made with the Carousel Notes. I wasn't exactly sure what to do, but I like how it turned out. The Scalloped Carousel
Note is Groovy Guava. I used Green Tea DSP and my Creative Memories circle cutters. Then I made a smaller circle with more Groovy Guava and cut a half circle of DSP to make a pocket. I made a large tag and stamped Thinking of You. I used some hodgepodge on the end and tied some White Taffeta Ribbon to it. I punched holes at the top and tied a bow there as well.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Friendship Top Note Book

I have a very dear friend of mind with a birthday coming up. We do not see each other very often, but we had lunch this week and when I saw this blog with these little books, I knew exactly what I was going to do for my friend.

I used Green Tea DSP and Old Olive, Certainly Celery and Baja Breeze cardstock and ink. I used various stamp sets through out (the book was only 4 pages). All the stamps where friend related. On each page I wrote with a Stampin' Write marker 1 reason why I feel like my friend is a good friend to me. When I gave it to her I told her that this way she can look at it whenever she wants and know that I am her friend and will always be there for her, even though we don't talk all the time. She cried and was happy with the little book. I used chipboard for each page of the book and covered it with either DSP or cardstock and used my Bind it All to put it all together. Very simple project. Then I needed a gift bag for this and her other present (a gift card). So I made a little bag that I've been wanting to do since I saw it on this blog last year! Now these colors didn't match the DSP 100%, but very close.

For this I used the Carousel Notes I bought last year, so this is actually Sky Blue. I used the Garden Tea DSP again, Certainly Celery ribbon, Jumbo eyelets, misc flower and brad and Creative Memories Cutting system to cut the circle. I used my Crop A Dile too! this was the perfect little bag for her gifts and she loved it. This was very easy to make as well. It is funny, I see these projects that look like fun but I stay away from them or put them off because they sound a little complicated, then I do them and I think how easy it was, why didn't I do this sooner?!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Holiday Happening!

I spent Saturday at a local church making crafts. It was a day filled with crafts, food and a silent auction. I got a couple of Christmas presents taken care of and the best part is the proceeds benefit a local chairty. The morning is spent making smaller crafts and then after lunch we spent time making one large craft. This year I chose to make this snowman. I try to choose a craft that I wouldn't normally do on my own. This was really fun to make and very easy. The body of the snowman was already cut out and sewn for us, we just had to stuff it and decorate. He is just so cute! I was going to give him away, but I'm not sure I can... Isn't he just the cutest?
I guess this means the holiday season has started. Can you believe Thanksgiving is just over 2 weeks away? Where has this year gone? My blog posts may become less frequent through the holidays because a lot of my creations are going to be gifts and I don't want to spoil any suprises! I will at least post once a week. Then after Christmas I will be able to post all the fun stuff!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Berry Bliss Gift Bag

OK, I decided to make a gift bag for my notebook I made. I had this small tote bag and I copied the idea from the bag we made at convention. The Cardstock is Pretty in Pink and Berry Bliss DSP along with some Purely Pomegranate Satin Ribbon. Stampset is Doodle This.

This bag was perfect for the notebook and the little gift card holder.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Altered Pail

Have you ever shopped at the Dollar Spot at Target? Every now and then you can find a good deal for a dollar! So you buy all these items for a dollar and then you never use them, not such a good deal, so I decided I needed to start using up some of my $1 deals! This little pail would be perfect for a small gift for a friend...with some candy or some other small items. I don't have specific purpose for it yet, but it is ready for when I need it, right?
So I used the red pail from Target. I took some rub-ons from the last Sale-A-Bration (I think), these rub-ons are Wild Wasabi. I put celebrate on the front and a few flowers around the pail. I punched 2 holes using my crop-a-dile and put two jumbo eyelets inside. Then I used my Striped Wild Wasabi ribbon and tied a cute bow.

Cute, huh?

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Gift Card Holder

I wanted to find a gift card holder to give to my friend a gift card, so I found this simple holder on Julie's Stampin' Spot.

I used Pretty in Pink Cardstock and stamped on the outside using Purely Pomegranate and the French Script stampset. To keep the gift card closed I made a band using a strip of the Berry Bliss from the notebook. I used my Scallop Circle Punch on Purely Pomegranate. And stamped the sentiment from Best Yet (Level 1 Hostess Set) in Close to Cocoa on Very Vanilla Cardstock. I thought this sentiment was perfect for this!

For the inside I used the Eastern Blooms stampset and stamped various images in Close to Cocoa and Purely Pomegranate. Very easy to make. I foresee making a few of these for Christmas!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Election Day Challenge

One of my SBS2 sisters, Lori, posted a challenge on our Ning page. The challenge was to create something patriotic in honor of the election and Veteran's Day. I had some ideas in my head, but when my much anticipated Top Note Die for my Big Shot arrived today, those ideas flew out my head and this one popped in! (Once the voices stopped I was able to create this! Just kidding, or am I?) =-) I used Night of Navy for the base, Real Red for the Top Note and Whisper White for the next layer. I used the stars from the Bitty Backgrounds stamp set and colored the stars with Night of Navy marker and the dots with Real Red marker. I stamped the Thank You on Real Red cardstock using Whisper White craft ink. I punched it out using my 1" square punch and used some of my retired Hodpodge Hardware (finally). I punched 2 holes in the top for ribbon (Night of Navy and Real Red Grosgrain) and used my corner rounder on the edges. I have to say, after using it twice and only owning it for an hour, I love the Top Note Die!

I did one more too - same colors, just switched to landscape, used my oval punch and didn't add any ribbon.

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Election Day!

Don't forget to vote today! I am not going to get political, vote for whomever you think will do the best job, just vote!! =-)
A couple weeks ago I purchased a Bind it All, yay! I was a little intimidated with using it, but it was very easy. Here is a little note book I made a friend for her birthday.

I used two 4x4 coasters and covered them with some leftover Berry Bliss DSP from the last catalog. Then I punched the wholes and placed the ring in and closed it. I used the Chocolate Chip Satan Ribbon from last year's mini and ran it across the side and placed a small flower at the bottom with a brad. You can hardly tell from the picture, but the small circles have a pink rhinestone in them.

For the inside I just put plain white paper, but I did decorate the inside cover:

I used Purely Pomegranate, Pretty in Pink and then Whisper White. I used the stamp from Time Well Spent and colored it and of course a couple more pink rhinestones.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Baby Wipe Technique

Thanks to my SA group I had to try this technique! I am not 100% sure I did it right, but the effect is kind of cool. You can find the directions here on Splitcoast. I used Riding Hood Red for the base of the card and the next layer is Kiwi Kiss. For the Baby Wipe technique I used Tango Tangerine and Riding Hood Red on White Glossy Cardstock. I stamped the Inspiration Blooms stamps using Black Staz On and the Happy Birthday is from sincere Salutations. I ticket corner punched the Glossy Cardstock and put Orange (non-SU!) brads in each corner. I had a hard time getting a good picture because of the glossy cardstock. I think next time I will use lighter colors, but I really think this is a cool technique.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Swapper's Annoymous Christmas Card Swap

Hopefully all my SA swappers received their swaps, if not, don't look if you want to be surprised! Prior to going to convention I joined a little group of woman who all had the same problem/addiction. Our problem was swapping! We would meet online on a daily, sometimes hourly basis to discuss our swapping issues. Well after convention we learned that this problem wasn't fixed and we wanted to do more swapping so now we are swapping together! Isn't that fun! I received my package of swaps last week and they are all so beautiful! This is the the card that I sent in for the swap:

You can't tell by the picture, but the base of the card is Whisper White, then Night of Navy. I embossed the Christmas Tree from Snow Swirled on Brushed Silver Cardstock using Night of Navy Craft Ink and Clear Embossing Powder. I embossed the Snow Flake and Season's Greetings (also from Snow Swirled) on the Night of Navy using Silver Embossing powder. I took some White Grosgrain and Night of Navy Grosgrain and tied a bow around the top of the tree.

The cool thing about swapping is you only have to come up with one idea and then you get a ton of ideas back! Do you understand why we have a problem??