Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Holiday Planner

So I am super excited how this planner (idea from oz-somestampers) turned out! It took me about four hours to create from start to finish, which wasn't too bad for the first one I created. I used Basic Grey's Figgy Pudding for the theme. You can find the directions and video here. I think I am going to make a few purse organizers with the same idea but put grocery lists and other "to do" type lists instead of the holiday planning ones. I will let you know what I come up with!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Auction Donation Sneak Peek

Top view

Vintage santa stamped candle; dirty icicle ornies; golf ball snowman ornament; cinnamon stick santa tags; primitive star lantern w/ grubby battery operated tea light

8 Handmade cards in primitive chimney pan; 10 assorted holiday gift tags

Snowman gift pail w/ post-it note holder; M&M matchbooks; dip mix; and altered composition notebook (not pictured)

Close-up of the matchbooks and post-it holder
Altered 2009/2010 Holiday planner (I will show more pics of this tomorrow since there are many pages)

Well I am finished with my donation to a local school's auction fundraiser! Quite proud of myself actually. Usually I am rushing around doing last minute odds and ends for these types of things - but not this time! I think I am going to have to arrange it when I get there because there are so many little things to look at! The altered Christmas planner is my favorite! I will share how I did it later this week. As for everything else....please ask if you are interested in how I made certain things - I didn't want to type everything out and bore you half to death!

Thanks for looking!!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

I'm Back!

Wow! I can't believe it's been over a week since I last posted - well I guess I can. I have been getting ready for my best friend's wedding (which was this past weekend). It was unbelievable! I started to get back in the swing of things yesterday a bit. I have gotten in a creativity slump and have WAY too many ideas that I want to accomplish. I just need to relax and start one step at a time. I am working on a few things for an upcoming event in my community. It is a school fundraiser auction and I was asked to donate something for the silent auction part. I kept starting different things and then got frustrated when they didn't turn out the way I had hoped. So I decided that I would keep it simple.

Here is an example of a card I made during my "cool down". I think I am going to make a variety of cards and a few other smaller items. Any tips? What do y'all like to bid on when you are at one of these little shin digs? Throw 'em at me - I'm ready!!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Trick or Sweet

(Front close-up)


Isn't this cupie just darling?! It is my first purchase from Taylored Expressions! I can't wait to order more. I used a purple card base with Basic Grey's new Halloween line. The sentiment stamp is from the $1 bin at JoAnn's. On the inside of the card I used Martha Stewart's spider web border punch with coordinating purple cardstock from DCWV's Far East Stack. I really enjoyed making this one! Hope he finds a home!

Yummy Halloween M&M Matchbooks



I saw this idea on Splitcoast Stampers but instead of a paper belly band I used simple black grosgrain ribbon. The paper is Basic Grey and the stamps are from SU (Batty for You). The matchbook itself is made form a 8.5"x3" piece of cardstock scored at 3/4" & 4 3/4". Then you fold along your score lines and staple the skinny flap about 1/4" from edge. I then tucked a fun size pack of M&Ms into it, wrapped it with the ribbon, and attached the stamped sentiment! I was going to bring some to school to see if anyone was interested in purchasing them...we shall see!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Fall Cards

Just a few quick cards I made today for my mother-in-law. The first one is a coffee stained tag stamped with a vintage style pilgrim girl. Then I sprinkled her with mica glitter. The background is embossed dark brown cardstock. I used a thick wine colored ribbon and gathered it along the side. Then tied the bottom with a piece of homespun and attached fall themed embellishments.

This next little cutie was a bit of a challenge. It took me FOREVER to get it to the point where I was satisfied. I used my cricut to cut the scalloped card with "A Child's Year" cartridge. The leaves and stamp were also cut with this cartridge (it is an AWESOME cartridge and I'm so glad I got it!) I used some old book pages to make the scalloped circle and doily border. The background paper is K&Company's new harvest line. Then I attached an embossed acorn sticker to the center of the orange circle.

And this card was similar to the one above. I used the same paper but stitched the outside edges (without thread).