Wednesday, November 26, 2008
And hey, have a great Thanksgiving...I'm gonna be working, BUT I'll still have some turkey and all the fixings...yummmm!!!!!! and I'll be back on Monday...and for those that are wondering WHAT I'll be working on... we'll be at a horse show, the show starts on Friday, but we go a few days early to prep the horses and well, just move in...that's a production in and of itself!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
This was truly an easy peasy project, took me under 15 minutes to make from start to finish. Laruen Meader did an excellent job designing this!
I decided to try unconventional Christmas colors and used some purple paper I've been saving for-evah! I also did another glittered snowflake, only in purple (of course). Wouldn't these look cute as party favors?
- FREE Template from Paper Trey Ink ( http://www.papertreyink.com/timeless_templates_download_here.html )
- Cardstock: Lavendar & White
- Die Cut: Cricut; Joys of the Season Large Snowflake
- Punch: Martha Stewart Snowflake
- Glitter: Martha Stewart
- Bauble: Robbins Nest
- Sentiment: Studio G
- Ribbon: Grograin
Here's a close up of my glittered snowflake.
Monday, November 24, 2008
- Snowman pin made yesterday (see yesterday's post for directions)
- Red Snowflake from Martha Stewart Punch
- White Heart from Cricut using George cart
- Sentiment: Studio G
- Ink: Tim Holtz Vintage Photo
- Glitter: Making Memories (fine) and Mica (source unknown)
Recipe for above Snowflake Decoration:
- Snowflakes: Cut from Cricut, Joys of the Season Cart
- Glitter: Brown Martha Stewart, White Mica Glitter
- Button: From stash
- Sentiment: Studio G
- Ribbon: Offray
Sunday, November 23, 2008
- Sticky Pin Back
- 2 White, 2 hole buttons in different sizes
- 4 seed beeds or rhinestones (I used rhinestones for my example...what I had on hand)
- All purpose Glue
Step One: Remove paper from sticky pin backing
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Have a look around, it's a pretty extensive site with lots and lots of great thrifty gift ideas!
Friday, November 21, 2008
And since it's cold, I'm not sleeping as well as I normally do...WHY? you ask...because I end up with ALL the hounds of H.E. Double Hockey Sticks on MY side of the bed...and why only MY side? K moves around too much for their liking, apparently I sleep like a rock...that is until I wake up without blanket or scrunched OR falling off the edge of the bed...ever see the Marmaduke cartoons? Now imagine 2 dogs doing that...sigh.... and it doesn't matter If I move to the sofa, they ALL move with me...I'm like the Pied Piper...only with dogs...and if they can't find a place next to me...well, on TOP of me is ok with them! LOL... I'm usually somewhere on the bottom of the dog pile...sigh.... at least I'm good for something... dog warmer wasn't exactly something I've put on my resume....LOL
Thursday, November 20, 2008
- Jumbo Paperclips
- Stickers: Flower by Martha Stewart, Heart by Miss Elizabeths
- Ribbon: Various
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
I purchased inexpensive spiral bound albums (found at Wal-Mart last year) and using my scrap paper, I made several of these up! I used my word processing program to make the dates and lines for each page. These were super simple to make and well received!
Monday, November 17, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
- 1" Clear View 3 Ring Binder
- 3 Hole Punch
- Clear Page Protectors
- Cardstock (12X12 and 8 1/2 X 11 Heavy cardstock)
- Label Maker (or stamps)
- Punch (for tabs)
- Start by measuring your front cover, this is going to be bigger than your standard 8 1/2 X 11 (they all vary slightly from manufacturer to manufacturer of your binder, so make sure you measure).
- Cut your cover (s) (remember to do something to the back also!) and decorate. In mine I used patterned paper, Mrs. Grossmans stickers, and my Cricut for the lettering.
- Now measure and cut your side strip. Slip it in the binder 1X to make sure it's the right size before decorating. Do NOT decorate this very lumpy, it's difficult at times to slide this one down because of the narrow opening! IF you have trouble sliding it in the narrow opening, use a thin ruler to help you.
- Now figure out your Tab labels for inside, I chose to go with; Pizza, American, Mexican and Chinese. 3-Hole punch 4 pieces of 8 1/2 X 11 cardstock (these are the dividers, so you want something sturdy!)
- Create your tabs and stagger them, make sure you again use heavy weight cardstock for the tabs as well as attach them with brads (I also ran my tabs through my xyron as well as attaching them with the brads), these will get a lot of use and you don't want them to fall apart on the recipient!
- Place in binder and put a few clear page protectors between each.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
It's perfect for those mini-nail polish bottles that are perfect stocking stuffers and teen/tween type of gifts! (Also great for Secret Santa stuff too!). After a little tweeking from Diane's original tutorial (not all nail bottles are the same height and width) I came up with this:
Here's a quick version of the tutorial (please note these measurements may have to be tweeked to fit YOUR nail polish bottle!):
- Cardstock measures 5 1/2" X 1 1/4"
- Score at: 3/8", 3/4", 2 3/8" 3 1/8", 4 3/4", 5 1/8"
- Put glue dot or pop dot on bottom of bottle, and place bottle in carton
- Punch 2 small holes in the top of carton and thread ribbon through and tie off
- Add decoration to front and/or back.
Friday, November 14, 2008
I put the journal and pen in a Perfect Fit Box (here's the tutorial in case you missed it http://ponderingsofpaula.blogspot.com/2008/11/perfect-fit-box-tutorial.html )
I tied the box with some ribbon I had on hand and stuck a pretty pin in it, the idea and tutorial from Sharon Johnsons blog ( http://notimetostamp.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/2008/11/13/pins-and-pretties/ ) Made up a quick litte tag and ta da! My little gift is ready to go!
- Paper: My Stash
- Stamps: $1 Michaels Section
- Ink: Studio G
- Dies: Nestabilities
- Other: Bead Findings
- Ribbon: On Hand
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Here's a tutorial on the nugget boxes ( http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/resources/nuggetbox.php )
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Anyway, today is Kevin's birthday and I just wanted to wish the most special person in my life to have a great day and a zillion more just like it! I love you, honey! We may not be wealthy, but we are rich in love (and dogs! wink!).
I got him something special for what I call our "merry birth-a-versary" (anniversary + birthday + Christmas)...and I'll reveal that when it finally get's here! Hopefully with a picture of him enjoying it!
Happy Birthday Kevin, I LOVE YOU!
- Thrifty (I purchased my addy labels at Dollar Tree and got 15 SHEETS! WOW!)
- They never come off the package, when I mail my packages I never have to worry about the tag coming off and the recipient wondering who the intended gift is for!
- Being pre-printed makes it super quick!
The second idea is to recycle those old Christmas cards! Here, I just punched a tag shape with my tag punch, but I've also done squares and circles! K has an aunt that cuts around the shapes with scissors, so cute and a nice way to recycle!
Saturday, November 8, 2008
- After the holidays, take advantage of the clearance wrapping paper and store until next year
- Purchase a generic paper (like I've done here) that will work for any holiday, I generally find mine on clearance or the dollar stores.
- If you like the regular Christmas paper, shop at the Dollar Stores and shop EARLY for the best selection.
- Tulle (found on clearance or I've seen it at rolls at Dollar Tree), lend a certain elegance to a simple wrapped package (see pic above), I've never gone wrong with tulle and one spool goes VERY far!
- Thread (yes, thread, see picture above) wound several times looks fabulous and is something I have every color of in my sewing cabinet. You can finish it with a simple bow, I finished it with one of my glittered snowflakes.
- Jute, looks FABULOUS on mens packages, especially if you've wrapped them in "shipping" paper.
- String (like kite string) also looks great
- Fabric strips, torn, also looks great on shipping paper packages
- Mini Candybars make great bows AND get eaten!
- Ornaments (I personally love the snowflakes at the dollar store that come in packages of 10!)
Do you have any wrapping ideas? If so, I'd love to read about them, just leave a comment!
Tomorrow I'll discuss quick and easy (and thrifty!) package labels...
Ok, so I've got a certain song on my mind...LOL...
This is an interruption of our regularly scheduled program by the "I Love You" Broadcast Institute, had this been a "real" interruption there would not be any more cards, gifts or boxes to see. Again, this is ONLY an interruption of our regularly scheduled program...
Sometimes I feel we've lived an entire lifetime in those 5 short years. We work together also and I feel that's brought us closer together. I wouldn't change a thing! Honey, I Love You and Happy Anniversary!
Ok, now back to our regularly scheduled program of paper crafty things! :)
Friday, November 7, 2008
I just put to visual, what she wrote down.
I also found a small manicure set and sample nail polishes at a drug store on sale this week, so that's what's going in my box, this would be a great gift for a teenage girl, or a woman that works in an office, or great for someone that travels quite a bit!
Here's the recipe for my Decorated Box:
- Stamp: Snowman by Rachelle Anne Miller
- Ink: Stampology Onyx
- Cardstock: Lavendar from my stash
- Ribbon: Organza
- Punch: Marthat Stewart Snowflake
- Other: CB Snowflake Embossing Folder, Colored Pencils, Nestabilities Circles, Prisma Glitter, Stickles
Now onto the actual Tutorial!Supplies Needed:
- Cardstock 6" X 11"
- Cutter with Scoring Blade/Scor Pal or Bone Folder
- Double Stick Tape
- Embellishments of your choosing
Thursday, November 6, 2008
- Snowflake Punch (Martha Stewart used here, but any will do)
- Glue Pad (Martha Stewart used here, but any will do)
- Glitter (Martha Stewart used here, but any will do) are ya catching a theme here? LOL
- Bead Catcher (or a scrap piece of paper to catch the glitter)
- Baby Wipes (or something to clean your fingers up, this can get a little messy)
First: Punch out your shape
Tap your snowflake directly on the glue pad, coverage is what's important here... Don't worry if you get a little on the back...
Remove snowflake from glue pad, flip over so that the sticky side is up, place on your "glitter catcher" and sprinkle with glitter.
Shake your snowflake off of loose glitter and place somewhere to dry. After it's dried I use pop-dots to attach it to packages, tags and cards (or whatever else you can think of!)
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
- Gift to be boxed
- Scratch Paper and Pen (for writing your calculations down)
- Cardstock (2 sheets 1 for bottom, 1 for top)
- Score Blade (what I used)
- Double Stick Tape
For BOX BOTTOM:
Step 1: Measure your gift, you want Length, Width and Height. Write these down on your scratch paper.
- Height: I usually add 1/2" to my original measurement, this gives a little room to add tissue or packing. So here it would be 1/2" + 1/2" = 1" for Height.
- Length Measurement: is Length + Height + Height + 1/8" = Total Length to cut (my example would be 7 1/8" + 1" + 1" + 1/8" = 9 1/4")
- Width Measurement: is Width + Height + Height + 1/8" = Total Length to cut (my example would be 5 1/2" + 1" + 1" + 1/8" = 7 5/8")
For BOX TOP I use the same measurements, only I add 1/8" to Width and Length.
- Length: Length + Height + Height + 1/4" = Box Top
- Width: Width + Height + Height + 1/4" = Box Top
Now that we have our measurements 9 1/4" and 7 5/8", I can cut out our box bottom.
Step 5: Fold Box Together
Happy Box Making!