Sunday, January 25, 2015

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #198: Three Panel Cards

Hello everyone! Sorry it has been so long since I last posted. It seemed as though things were going so fast with the end of summer and the start up of school. Things have been hectic around here with all of our schedules.

Sadly though, on December 5th, my mother passed away very suddenly. This has by far been the most gut-wrenching experience of my life. My mother, twin sister Beth and I have been very close growing up since my father passed away when we were 10 years old. It has always been just the three of us until one day when I was 15 years old, I met my future husband, Mike. From then on he was part of our family.

When we finally had our daughter, Emma, it was my mother's greatest pleasure. She was a beaming grandmother and we spent even more time together. Mom and Emma had the most wonderful relationship! They had such a special bond and it just melted my heart. They had sleepovers, loved to go out to eat together (especially all you can eat shrimp at Red Lobster), they made homemade  popcorn and watched The Hallmark Channel together, and so much more! They either saw each other or spoke on the phone daily. I always hoped that my daughter would never get to know the pain of losing someone she loved at such a young age, but unfortunately that was not the case. We are all absolutely heartbroken. Our lives have completely changed forever and right now we are trying to pick up the pieces and try to make a "new normal" for our family.

My mom loved it when I made her homemade cards and little goodies! She saved every one of my little creations. She was one of my biggest supporters when I decided to start paper crafting. I will truly miss her enthusiasm and joy when she opened one of my cards. It made me feel so good to put a smile on her face.

This is one of the first things I have even felt like creating since mom passed. It was my cousin Joy's birthday this past weekend and I wanted to make her a little something special. Being my mom's only niece, they were very close. She was a great comfort to us from the moment she got the call that things did not look good for my mom.

Here is the card, I hope you like it!

Paper: Rustic Cream Classic Kraft
Ink: Classic Craft, Fresh Snow
Stamps: Snowflake Medley, Wet Paint III
Dies: Edgers #4 Die, Snowflake Medley, Tremendous Tags, Simon Says Stamp Heart
Tools: Big Shot
Accessories: Twine, Classic Kraft Felt, Cream Felt, Button

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Father's Day Card

Hello!  I just wanted to stop by and share a little card I made for Father's Day.  It is a 3x4 card that I made using the Monthly Moments die from Papertrey Ink.  The envelope is made using the envelope punch board from We R Memory Keepers.  Love that little tool!
The little mustache is also from We R Memory Keepers.  The "Happy Happy" was die cut using the Tipped Tops die from Papertrey Ink. 

Hope you have a wonderful weekend and enjoy Father's Day!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Teacher Appreciation {Coffee Cozy}

Hello friends!  I am back again today to share another gift for Teacher Appreciation.  This is a gift card wrapped in a coffee cozy! I thought it would be a nice treat to give Emma's teacher a gift card to Panera Bread along with a coffee cozy she could use afterwards.
I decided to try and make a little chalk board themed seems to be the "in" thing right now and how fitting for a teacher gift, am I right?  I added a little vellum tag overlay embossed with an adorable apple from PTI's Teach & Inspire stamp set.  The little ribbon is from Hobby Lobby and looks like a ruler.  You sense I am going with a theme right?  I just couldn't help myself!  Anyhoo, I wanted to add a little red apple to the chalkboard tag, but all of my apple dies were too large and I didn't have anything tiny.  Oh well, it turned out pretty nice anyway.
I messed up on the ribbon when I punched a hole through the cardstock, but it was getting late last night and I figured it wasn't that big of a deal.  Don't look to closely ha ha!
This is the coffee cozy....Emma was so thrilled with it.  I was going to sew a button on the top of the apple but decided against it since I was afraid I would ruin it if I messed up.
This little tag on the side just totally makes it!  I love the pop of color.  I hope that Papertrey Ink comes out with some new additions to the Coffee Cozy Die line *hint, hint, wink, wink!*  A girl can dream, right?
As a final ending to Teacher Appreciation Week I made a little card for Emma to write a personal note to her teacher.  As always, she did not disappoint!  She wrote the cutest little note inside and had me in stitches.  I think her teacher will really enjoy reading the card, I know that I did.
This wraps it up for me today.  Thank you for stopping by and visiting!

Stamps:  Papertrey Ink: Teach & Inspire
Ink: Versamark, Fresh Snow Ink
Paper:  Classic Kraft, Black Cardstock, Vellum, Glitter Cardstock: The Paper Studio
Tools:  Big Shot, Papertrey Ink Dies:  Fillable Frames #9, Teacher's Apple, Mat Stack #4, Coffee Cozy Die, Coffee Cozy Details Die, Paper Smooches: Thanks Word Die
Accessories:  Ivory Embroidery Floss, Filigree Embossing Powder-White, Felt: Classic Kraft, Pure Poppy, Simply Chartreuse, Baker's Twine

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Teacher Appreciation

Hello friends!  As many of you may already know, this week is Teacher Appreciation Week.  I did a couple of little quick gifts for Emma's teacher earlier this week.  I didn't snap any pictures except one really quick on my iPhone before Emma left for school yesterday morning.  I posted it on instagram.  However, this morning before Emma rushed out the door I managed to snap a few pictures of today's teacher treat.  It is a hand soap from Bath & Body Works that I wrapped up in a kraft bag with a cute little topper.  Hope you like it!

 I am absolutely in LOVE with this little Sketched Stars die from Papertrey Ink.  I used the Gold Shimmer cardstock from Papertrey Ink to die cut the little stars.  They remind me of when your teacher would correct your papers and give you a gold star!  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them!!  The word "Thanks" is die cut using a die from Paper Smooches.  That is going to become a favorite of mine, I can tell you that right now. 
This topper is very similar to the one I posted here.  I am in love with these toppers, mainly because I can't just make a simple tag anymore!!  I feel that making a variety of different shaped tags and embellishments with all sorts of different textures adds to the presentation.  It really dresses things up without a ton of extra effort.  It is also a great way to use up bits and pieces of your stash!! 

It is not too late to show your hard working teacher a little appreciation for all of their hard work.  There are so many cute, fast and inexpensive ways to show them that you care.  Here are a couple of ideas that I picked for this week:

M & M Teacher Appreciation

You Deserve A Break

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Papertrey Ink: Tags-It #6
Ink:  Dark Chocolate
Paper:  PTI Gold Cardstock, Basic Grey Oxford Collection
Tools: Big Shot, Paper Smooches: Thanks Word die, PTI dies: Sketched Stars, Teacher's Apple, Fillable Frames #9, Tag Sale #1, Tag Sale #5
Accessories:  May Arts Jute Twine, Doily, Large Paper Sack: The Paper Studio, Mini Clothes Pin: Wal-mart, Stampin' Dimensionals

Sunday, March 30, 2014

With Sympathy

Hello friends.  Today I am sharing a sympathy card I recently made.  Unfortunately I have made three sympathy cards lately.  This card didn't turn out exactly like I had planned, but I ended up happy with the result. 

Have a great week!!  Thank you for stopping by!

Stamps:  The Sweet Life, Think Big Favorites #3
Ink:  Sweet Blush, Pure Poppy, Smokey Shadow
Paper:  Sweet Blush, White, Vellum
Tools:  Big Shot, Papertrey Ink Dies:  The Sweet Life, Mat Stack #1, Filigree Border
Accessories:  Sequins

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Home Sweet Home.....

Hello friends!  Today I am sharing a little something I made for my friend.  She and her family moved into a new house a while ago and I got them a little something for a housewarming.  Better late than never, right?  I ordered an address stamp similar to this one.  Today I finally got around to creating a little gift bag to package the little thing up!  Hope you like it.

I was so tickled with how it turned out!  At first I wasn't sure if I liked it but then  I kept adding little layers and now I am very pleased with the result. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Close To My Heart: Home Sweet Home
Ink:  Classic Kraft
Paper:  Rustic Cream, Pink Paislee: Prairie Hill, Vellum
Tools:  Big Shot, PTI: Fillable Frames #9, Tag Sale #1, Tag Sale #5, Heart-2-Heart #6, Love Lives Here die, Wonderful Words Die: Congrats
Accessories:  Baker's Twine, Sequins, Doily, Clothespin

Friday, March 14, 2014

Make It Monday #155: Create Your Own Confetti with Papertrey Ink Dies

Hello friends!  Today I played along with the Make It Monday challenge on Nichole Heady's blog.  Danielle Flanders showed how to create confetti using Papertrey Ink dies and I thought it would be perfect for the card I needed to make.  My original thought was to make a wedding card with the XOXO border die, but when I looked, I didn't have one!  Oops, my bad!  Anyway, I decided to use the Superstar Border die and use the positive and negative parts.  Hope you like it!

I used the Headline Alphabet die to make the initials of the bride and groom.  I also sprinkled some teeny tiny stars for a little pizzazz!  When I say teeny, I mean teeny!!  Those little guys were hard to pick up let alone glue down!  Luckily I used my little thing-a-ma-bob, actually it is called the QuickStik from Lifestyle Crafts.  But it was still hard!!

 I liked the look of some of the sparkly stars underneath the vellum.  It added a little interest for me.

That's all for now, thank you for stopping by!

Stamps:  Bountiful Banners
Paper:  White Cardstock, Vellum, Paper Studio Glitter Paper
Ink:  Memento Black
Tools:  Big Shot
Dies:  Papertrey Ink: Headline Alphabet, Superstar Border die, Grand Ampersand
Accessories:  Doily, Glassine bag, mini clothespin

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Sympathy Card

Hello friends!  I am here to share a sympathy card I made for a friend.  These aren't the ones I like to make but it is a necessary evil so to speak.  This card could easily be changed up for a different occasion by changing the sentiment.  I used the Birds & Blooms set from Papertrey Ink.  I have to say it was a little intimidating lining up all of the parts, I am still not sure I did it right!  Anyway, I hope you like it.
 I stamped a little bit on the envelope to coordinate.

A close up of the butterfly.  I die cut the butterfly out of Sweet Blush polka dot pattern paper and then again with vellum.  I adhered the vellum butterfly to the Sweet Blush with a touch of Glossy Accents.  I also adhered a couple of pink sequins to the one side of the butterfly for a little dimension.

  I also stamped a little on the flap of the envelope to add a little extra touch.

Thank you for stopping by!

Stamps:  Papertrey Ink Birds & Blooms, Think Big Favorites #3
Paper:  Rustic Cream, Sweet Blush Polka Dot, Vellum
Ink:  Sweet Blush, Scarlet Jewel, Simply Chartreuse
Accessories:  Pink Sequins
Tools:  Big Shot, PTI Love Lives Here Die

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!!

Hello friends!  Hope you are all doing something wonderful with your loved ones today.  I am just dropping in to share the treats I made for Emma's class.  They were rather easy to make and I just used what I had around my craft room.  I had a paper pad from Recollections that was in my stash from last year so I thought why not break into it!!  The little sacks are also from Recollections.  I am in love with the glassine bags and there were 25 in the package, perfect!  That was just enough to cover the class, teacher, aides and bus driver, phew!

The bags are filled with Skittles and tiny Kit Kats.  I typed up the little labels on my computer and punched them out with my heart punch, so simple.  The little banners took the longest since I had to trim the banner end, but that really was no biggie.

 Below is a close up of the tag.  I used another heart punched from vellum just to soften the stark white of the cardstock.  The little heart is from a dingbat, at least I think that is what it is called.  I can't remember the name of the font that it is from, but I colored it pink right before I printed it so it looks like a little kid scribbled cute!

That is it for me today, thank you for stopping by!

Tools:  Heart Punch-Stampin' Up!, Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher, Heart Punch-Recollections
Paper:  Recollections Valentine's Day "Love" and "With Love," Silver Glitter Paper-The Paper Studio, Whisper White-Stampin' Up!
Accessories: Doilies, Mini Paper Bags-Pink Chevron-Recollections