Tuesday, November 22, 2016

A tisket, a tasket....

A tisket, a tasket, simple gifts in my basket. I wanted to pop in today to share a simple Thanksgiving treat I'm giving my kids' teachers today. I like to give them something for each holiday and when I saw these cute single serving caramel cups, I knew I could come up with something festive.
I chose to use an oldie but goodie stamp set from SU! called "Simple Thanks". I love it and I especially loved coloring the buckets of apples.  I colored them with Copic and Prismacolor markers. I added some Glossy Accents to the single green apple outside of the bucket for some extra detail.
I packaged one apple and caramel cup in a cello bag. The tags were diecut using one of the tag dies from PTI. I just recently purchased 2 different styles and I don't know how I lived without them. I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Thanks for fluttering by!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

"Frozen Fever" inspired gifts

My son was invited to a "Paw Patrol" birthday party for a little girl in the neighborhood. He was VERY upset that I didn't buy her a "Paw Patrol" gift, but bought  "Frozen Fever" Anna and Elsa dolls instead. I explained to him that we don't ALWAYS have to buy a gift directly related to the party's theme, and especially in this case, because I REALLY wanted to do something girly. He was so funny and was REFUSING to sign the card because it was girly and NOT "Paw Patrol"! LOL! It was really cute, even though he was being a stinker. I always like to include something handmade with my gifts so I decided to make a few things for her hair.

I've made hair ties like this in the past, which you can see HERE . You will need to scroll down a bit to see them. If you are interested in a tutorial, let me know. I took pictures along the way so I could put one together in a snap. I used ribbon I had on hand, but I thought it coordinated nicely with the colors from the dolls. I created a cute little card to package it up on for a boutique-y feel, which I love. I diecut the kraft paper using a spellbinders die and then gold embossed the border using gold powder. It was stamped using a PTI border stamp, which I can't recall the name of. It's quite old, but is so timeless and is a definite go-to set. I then added some white snowflakes from the "Two Feet Deep" stamp set from PTI as well. It is one of my all-time favorites and will be making a big appearance in this year's Christmas crafting.

Of course I needed to create a few felt covered clips for her as well. I've made quite a few of these in the past and I love how fast they work up. I thought that this color combination would be very versatile for a little girl and would be sweet paired with pink or purple. I wanted to make teal clips with yellow flowers, but I didn't know if they would match anything she had.

The sunflower image from "Rosie Posie" and "Rosie Posie II" was the perfect focal point for the card. I love having the coordinating dies for this set, but there isn't one for the sunflower. I chose to use a spellbinders scallop circle die, but it wasn't a "perfect" fit, but it worked out okay.

I stamped a snowflake image from the "Two feet deep" on the center of the flower, I thought it was such a fun "Frozen"ish addition. The background was created by stamping white snowflakes onto vellum. I layered the vellum over a teal piece of paper to soften it a bit.

The honeycomb image is also from "Rosie Posie" and I stamped tiny sunflower images into each center to continue the theme. A few crystal clear sequins finish it off. I had a lot of fun putting this ensemble together. When "Frozen Fever" first came out, I wanted to plan a party SO bad, but Emma was too old. I'm glad I got a chance to put something together to scratch a little bit of my itch. Ha ha! Thanks for fluttering by!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Rejoice in the Lord... Always

 I thought I'd share a non-traditional Thanksgiving design I put together earlier in the month. I made 6 of the same design to send out to a few friends. I really love this "New Every Morning" set. It has some really great and inspiring quotes and scriptures that I can see myself using again and again. I also used a scripture for the inside about "giving thanks", which is perfect for a Thanksgiving card.
 I stamped circle images using white ink onto vellum, which was the starting point for the entire design. I then chose the colors I wanted to use and was thrilled to find some cute pattern paper that coordinated perfectly. It's from Authentique, I believe.
The background was embossed using a folder from The Paper Studio that I picked up at Hobby Lobby a few years ago. A few crystal clear sequins finished the design off as well as a little bow of black baker's twine. These will be popped in the mail today to reach their recipients just in time for Thanksgiving! I'm hosting for the first time this year and I'm super excited! Happy Thanksgiving to you and thanks for fluttering by!

P.S. I spent yesterday evening cleaning and organizing my desk and studio so I can dive headfirst into my Christmas projects! I'm so excited! I love crafting for Christmas so stay tuned for some fun projects!