Friday, September 30, 2011

A Pretty Little Card Box

Here is a great set of all-occasion cards featuring the Spice Cake Designer Series Paper (DSP) and the Oval All stamp set. There are four cards in this set, including a Thank You card, a Best Wishes card, a Just for You card and a Fabulous Friend card. The project also features instructions for a fun gift box to package the set in.

This pretty project comes to you designed by Anne Marie! It's the final project for the month of September 2011 over at Craft Project Central. You can go over there to check out more details!

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Go Mustangs!

I'm excited that tonight is Alex's first football game this season! It's a bit of a story, but he when the season started, he was helping with equipment and the team, but not playing (a long story). But anyway, this past week he's been back to regular practice, and tonight is his first game back. I'm really glad he's playing (and I think he is too).

So anyway, I decided to make him this little treat for after the game. I know he likes these Cookies and Cream Hershey's drops (and so do I), so that's why I'm giving them to him (so I don't eat them all!!).

And here's the topper I made - I KNOW he'll really appreciate the work I put into it! That's ok though, cause I like it! This is the Varsity Alphabet Letter set (and the football is the Touchdown set). I LOVE this set for high school and college team stuff - so cool! And I'm lovin' the Silver Shimmer - it's just the right bling, even for a 'boy' card or project!

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Fun Halloween Ideas!

For a fun gift to make someone go eeek! on Halloween, share this trio of projects with that person in your life who loves Halloween and creepy crawly things! The candy pouch makes a quick gift to give to someone to say, hope your Halloween is sweet! The mini scallop square box opens up to reveal a little surprise that pops out.Finish off with this fun and playful spider card with a greeting inside that says Happy Halloween. These make great little gifts for a Halloween treat, but they would also be fun for other holidays and events with just a change of some paper and images.

This fun and frightful project comes to you designed by Heidi! And you can get more details about her projects if you go check out Craft Project Central.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Fun Party Favors!

These were little party favors that I put together for Jessie's birthday dinner last Saturday. We had a day of wine tasting - just three wineries, and a nice lunch at one of them. Then we had dinner at our favorite restaurant in Cambria that night.

So I had made these little 'favors' to put out at everyone's place setting at the dinner table. The wine glasses are little miniatures from Pier One. They hold about 1/2 cup of M&M's. I thought they were perfect for the occasion! I made the little tags to hang from them with circle punches and the 'let's celebrate' from the On Your Birthday set.

And then I special ordered the M&M's online - they have her picture on some and "Jessie is 21!" on the others. I think they turned out super cute!

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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Saved One of the Cutest for 'Almost' Last!

How cute is this little set of projects?! It's the Bonus project you'll get if you subscribe to Craft Project Central for the month of September 2011, and it was made by Heidi King. You can get more details by checking out the details over at Craft Project Central.

This witch hat is a great little treat box for any Halloween lover! Perfect for your kid’s teacher, a co-worker or neighbor. This gift set includes a three dimensional witch hat treat box, a candy stick, and spooky card.

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Friday, September 23, 2011

Jessie's Big Day!

Today is my daughter's 21st birthday! Where the time goes?? I won't see her until tomorrow but this is the card I made for her. It goes with the colors of the other things I've put together for her little celebration we're having tomorrow.

I had originally made this little pinwheel to use for a different thing, maybe a table decoration. And since I didn't end up using it for that, I decided to put it on the card. Kind of bulky for a card, but it's cute and fun. - And definitely not going in the mail!

And I like how this saying makes the card front look like it's really saying "21" Birthday Wishes - You know, Kind of?

Anyway, hopefully she'll be too busy today to check out this post and she'll be surprised to see it tomorrow when I see her! And, if not - 'Surprise, Jessie!'

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Great Gift Set Idea!

This cards and tags box set is designed around the Beautiful Season stamp set, which has a gorgeous vintage look and feel. The box holds four cards, four envelopes, four "Top Note" tags and four 2" folded tags, and four "Curly Label" tags. This set makes a great gift, craft fair item and is a fun class project!

This great box of cards and tags comes to you designed by Kris , and you can get more information about it over at Craft Project Central.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Banner for a Big Day!

I've been working on this banner for my daughter's 21st birthday! Wow, hard to believe that she will be 21 - Time flies!! We're planning a little family get-away this weekend to celebrate. So I decided to put together a few favors and things.

Our Perfect Pennants Die makes it pretty easy to make a cool banner. I chose Wisteria Wonder, Baja Breeze and Island Indigo to create with. And then I just had some fun layering lots of 'stuff'!!

This little Pennant with the 21st is my favorite part! I put a little ribbon frosting around a Wide Oval punch to set off the 21st. And I added a few Rhinestone blings, and my new favorite, Silver Shimmer paper!

Here's the Jessie part! I can't wait to hang it on our Slate fireplace - I think it's going to look really cool there! (At least it will be better than the carpet it's lying on right now!!)

I'll show you more of the stuff I'm doing later - you never know who might be looking and I want to leave a few fun surprises!

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Shimmery Cute Halloween!

These Halloween projects make cute gifts for your best friend, a special teacher, or anyone that loves Halloween! Fill the haunted house treat box with goodies and pair it with this sinister charm bracelet. The silver spider web luminary doubles as a Fancy Favor container. Embellish it with a festive gift tag!

This spooky fun project comes to you designed by Kris! You can check out more details about it over at Craft Project Central.

I don't know about you, but I'm definitely going to be making one of those little Haunted Houses! Too Cute!

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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Gettin' in the Halloween Mood!

I think at this time last year I had all my Halloween decorations out and was all ready for Halloween by the middle of September! Crazy, I think, but I really like Halloween. So far this year, I've bought Halloween candy - and eaten lots of it already, but nothing decorated yet! Not like I'm behind, I think last year I was a little early - but I'm feeling the Halloween mood today!!

So I found a challenge, over at Stamping 411. And I decided to make it Halloween!

Here's the Sketch Challenge I followed from Stamping 411.

And here's a close-up of the fun stuff on my card! I used two Halloween sets, House of Haunts (for the pumpkin), and Dark and Dreary (for the Happy Halloween). And I kept everything Peach Parfait, Pumpkin Pie and Concord Crush!

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Friday, September 16, 2011

Sew Cute Project!

No sewing machine needed! Make this sweet pin cushion out of a recycled can! Complete this set with a matching greeting card to make the perfect present for any crafting or sewing friend! Leave the pin cushion loose on the top of the can to use for buttons or additional pin storage!

This pretty project comes to you designed by Monika! To get more information about it, you can head over Craft Project Central and check it out.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Way Overdue Birthdays!

This Easy Events stamp set is a super simple one to create a quick card! Good thing too, because I needed some cards that I should have sent out a while ago (a long while ago!). So I decided to make three of the same, just changed up the colors a little bit.

I think I like the color combination of the Riding Hood Red one the best. It had a little more pop! But they are all for boys so they probably won't care as much about the outside as they will about what's inside... $$ :)

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Some Wicked Cool Projects!

Here are some exciting projects to make your Halloween even more fun! Great ideas for candy containers to give to the kids’ classmates, as well as a Luminary to decorate your home! I especially love the quick and easy skinny cello bags to slip a few treats into - super easy and great for so many occasions!

These fun Halloween projects come to you designed by Laurie, another Designer over at Craft Project Central. You can more details about the instructions over there.

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Monday, September 12, 2011

Keeping it Simple!

I've been in a 'clean and simple layout' mode lately. It seems like I go back to this once in a while - and it's all good, I think! Not every card has to be an original and time-consuming work of art. If they were, I'd probably not be making too many cards! It's good to whip up something quick, but still get good results!

So the "recipe" on both of these cards is to pick out some fun Designer Papers, maybe add some texture, and use a cute saying - maybe add a dash of pearl accents - Tah Dah!

The close-up here shows you the stamp from the Tagtastic set that I used. I added a little Crumb Cake color here and there, and some pearls - and punched it out with the Wide Oval Punch. Then I layered it onto a Lots of Tags Big Shot piece. - Super Easy!

Here's another easy to do card - kind of the same idea! Some Morning Mocha Designer Paper, a few punches and some pearls - that's all there is to it!

I love the Friendly Phrases stamp set! To me, it's a great focal piece on any card - you don't even need any other special images! But I do think some pearls make a nice added touch!

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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Remembering 9/11

I was inspired to make a card for 9/11 today. Not sure that it was made to necessarily give to someone, but just was inspired to create!

It even got a little bling with a Silver Shimmer star and some Rhinestones.


Saturday, September 10, 2011

For a Special Friend...

Here’s a pretty little gift box and matching note card that you can make, fill with something special and give to that special friend! Change up the theme and make the gift box for any special occasion from birthdays, holidays, showers, and more!

This pretty gift box and card were designed by Deanna! To get the instructions for Deanna’s fabulous project, just subscribe to September over at Craft Project Central!

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Friday, September 9, 2011

And the Winner is...

Congratulations to Nancy Ferb for winning the FREE subscription to Craft Project Central! And thanks to everyone who participated!

Quick and Easy Thanks!

I made a bunch of these little Thank yous for customers. They were really quick with the new Petite Pocket die for the Big Shot. I wasn't sure about the size of the pocket when I first ordered it, but I love it! It fits a gift card just perfectly, but it also fits a lot of little things - including candy :)

I kept the pockets pretty simple by just making them with Black cardstock.

Then I made a quick tag using both of the tag punches. And the set I used was a gift at Convention that we 'earned' by going to different classes. The set is called Workshop Words. I used black and Wisteria Wonder on the stamp.

And my very favorite part of the whole thing (besides the candy!) is the ribbon! I cut the 1 1/4" Black Grosgrain right down the middle and split it into two narrower strips - I absolutely LOVE it this way!! I've seen lots of people making cards and projects with it like this, but I never did it myself - until now. I'm sure you'll be seeing more of my projects and cards with it this way - so much more versatile with it being narrower. And I love the vintage-y feel with the tattered edge.

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PS - If you haven't left a comment on THIS post yet, you can still be in the drawing for the FREE subscription to Craft Project Central. I'll be drawing a winner at noon today!! Good luck!!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

A Creative CASE and a Reminder!

I loved the sample in the catalog (on page 12) with the Simply Soft set, but I haven't gotten the set yet. So I decided I'd make the card and just use a set that I have! And it's a set that I LOVE - Creative Elements!

So I pretty much CASE'd the card, just editing with pieces from Creative Elements!

Instead of the punched and distressed flower, I stamped and cut out the butterfly. When I added the pearls I gave them a little tan coloring from a permanent marker - I thought it helped to tone them down a bit!

And then because I wanted to use it for a birthday card, I used the Petite Pairs Happy Birthday saying. I put it where the original had a hand-cut and colored branch (took out a little bit of extra work too!).

I love that our catalog (and idea book) is so full of awesome samples that make it easy to make a great card!!

Don't forget to leave a comment on yesterday's post for a chance to win a FREE subscription to this month's edition of Craft Project Central. I'll be drawing a winner tomorrow at noon! Either scroll down or click HERE for the details!

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

My Big Debut and a Giveaway!

If you’re looking for a cute way to give some Halloween treats, this Lidded Pumpkin Box and its’ coordinating card might be it! With the ribbon ‘stem,’ you can either hang the box for a fun d├ęcor piece or use it as an easy pull-up handle to hide some special treats.

This is it... my Craft Project Central debut! This is the project I made as a Guest Designer for the month of September. You can get the detailed instructions along with pictures for my project, plus nine other projects for only $10 when you subscribe to Craft Project Central for the month of September 2011. Not only are all the projects super cool, but all the projects are all Stampin' Up!

So how would you like to get a FREE subscription to Craft Project Central this month? You'll receive the tutorials to all ten projects, plus a bonus project this month. All you need to do is leave a comment on this post - and you'll be entered in a random drawing. I'll choose a winner on Friday, September 9th at noon Pacific time.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Mocha Morning Makes it Masculine!

I needed a quick masculine card today for my brother's birthday. So I went with this super simple layout - and pulled out some Mocha Morning papers - Wah lah! I love how those papers have just the right mix of stuff - a lot of it is great for masculine cards.

And a quick Happy Birthday from the Perfect Punches set. It's punched out with the Wide Oval punch and then layered on a Lots of Tags Big Shot die cut. - Some great "must-haves" for quick cards!

Oh, and I did run the background through the Houndstooth Embossing Folder - hmmm, Houndstooth checks and stripes together?? Oh well, I think it's ok on a card!

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Monday, September 5, 2011

A Moral to Every Story...

I made this card with very limited supplies last night! We're on a quick Labor Day get-away weekend (back home today...), and I brought a few things to craft with. I took a few things that were sitting on my desk (the flower on this card that is all cut in layers, the newsprint circle - it even already had the Dimensionals on the back!, and the Scallop Trimmed Circle). So I decided to put together a card.

But guess what I forgot? My Fiskars Trimmer! I realized that making a card without your cutter is CRAZY!! Or maybe it will just drive you crazy?! I tried to cut straight lines by lining up an edge with another piece of cardstock and cutting along the edge with the Paper Snips. Kinda works, but it never looks perfect like when you use the Trimmer. - So just don't look real close!

Here are the pieces that came from my desk at home - that made that part pretty easy to put together. And it always feels good to actually put to use those pieces that have been hanging around that you can't bear to throw away.

And here's the saying I made. I did bring my Petite Pairs stamp set - can't live without that one! I stamped it on a strip of cardstock and then used the 1" circle punch to round one of the edges. Kinda cool!

Well, moral of the story... always bring your Fiskars Trimmer!

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Sunday, September 4, 2011

Rollin' Up with a Cool Box!

This is a new project that is posted today on Craft Project Central. This pentagon-shaped box rolls open to reveal five triangular compartments with windows to display the contents within! It was designed by the awesome Kim Score. It's super cute in the Christmas papers, but imagine it in Halloween papers?! A great little giftie to give someone special!

Be sure to stop by soon, I'll be showing you the project that I made for Craft Project Central, very soon!!

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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Marvelous Medallions!

This amazing Medallion Wreath was made by my good stampin' buddy, Liz. It was on display in our booth at the Santa Clara Scrapbook Expo. It is even more amazing to see in real life!

If you'd like to make one of these beauties, or even just try out a single medallion, she wrote up a tutorial that you get for FREE! Just click HERE to go to her blog and you can see it. She also has some other pictures of the other Medallions she made for our booth. - Super cool!

Have a happy Saturday!

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Fresh Colors for Fall!

How cute is this little Mini Milk Carton Hexagon Box and coordinating card?! Super cute, huh? This project was made by Julie Edmonds. And I love the new Spice Cake Papers she used on them - the colors are so fresh! You can get more information about this cute set by clicking HERE.

This is just one of ten projects that will be displayed this month from Craft Project Central. I even designed one of the projects this month too! I'm pretty excited to be a Guest Designer for them this month. You'll have to keep checking back to see mine!

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