Wednesday, December 26, 2012

PAPERTREY INK DECEMBER BLOG HOP CHALLENGE

Hello everyone!  When I saw the challenge for this month's Papertrey Ink December Blog Hop Challenge I knew exactly what I wanted to do.  The challenge is to make a project using the color white.  Since I really didn't have any white cardstock on hand, I had to use Rustic Cream.  Close enough to white, right?  Anyhoo, I wanted to emboss on the cardstock with white and it looked nice, but I could hardly see it.  The look I was going for was not turning out so great until......I added a crocheted doily under the snowflake and used some tea dye to antique the edges and make the embossing really pop.  I embossed the snowflakes from the Snowflake Medley set on the card and also on the large die cut snowflake...Lovin' it!!  Then I covered a couple little die cut snowflakes in Mica Flakes...I have had this stored in a box for over a year...HELLO! What was I thinking?  I love this stuff!  Hope you like this card even though it is not exactly white.

This card is packed with dimension.  I love how the embossing adds such detail without heaviness.  It was difficult to catch all of the detail of this card on camera, but I am so happy with how the card turned out.
Thank you for stopping by......

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Also participating in the Simon Says Stamp Challenge: Anything Goes!


Supplies Used:
Stamps:  PTI Snowflake Medley, Think Big Favorites #5
Ink:  Versamark, Tim Holtz Tea Dye Distress Ink
Paper:  PTI Rustic Cream
Tools:  Cuttlebug, PTI Damask Snowflake Die, Snowflake Medley Die, Heat Tool, Sewing Machine
Accessories:  PTI Felt, Filigree White Embossing Powder, Melissa Frances Mica Flakes, Stampin' Dimensionals

Monday, December 24, 2012

Teacher and Co-Worker Christmas Treats

Hello!  Just wanted to share with you some goodies I made for Emma's teachers and also my co-workers.  My daughter is in first grade and has a wonderful teacher.  I bought a ruler some time ago, I think it was in September, that I was planning to give it to Emma's teacher for Christmas.  The ruler has her teacher's name engraved on it and wouldn't you know, I forgot to take a picture of the ruler.  The ruler is sticking out of the right side of the bag.  I stapled the bag shut and covered it with a folded doily with a slit in the top to accommodate the ruler.  Anyway, I knew the ruler wasn't enough and I wanted to add a few more goodies to go along with it.  I added some gift cards and sponge candy to complete the gift.  I was packaging all of the treats for my co-workers and Emma's teacher on Thursday night.  Needles to say it was a late night and I could barely see straight by the time I was done.  I snapped some quick pictures on my phone so the pictures are not the best.  I did however edit them with Instagram so they look like they are supposed to be a little grainy and imperfect on purpose. 



The tags were cut using my Silhouette and then I embossed a snowflake from Papertrey Ink's Snowflake Medley on the front.  I also typed up little labels with the To: and From: on my computer and punched them out and adhered them on the inside. I gave all of these little treats of chocolate covered pretzels, caramels and sponge candy to Emma's music, art, gym teachers, classroom aides as well as the secretaries, principal and librarian.  You don't realize how many people come in contact with your little one on a daily basis.  It takes a village I tell ya!  I also gave one to the bus driver along with a gift card.  After all, he transports my precious cargo twice a day, five days a week.  I wanted to him to know how much I appreciate him keeping all of the kiddos safe. 
This little treat was for the Cafeteria staff.  I have visited Emma for lunch and have seen how hard these women work and I wanted to make them a special treat.  I made Rocky Road Fudge and I have to say I wasn't sure how it would turn out since I have never made it before and I was really happy with the end result.  You can find the recipe here. 


Next up:  Co-worker Gifts

We usually don't exchange gifts at work but I just wanted to make a little something for the gals at the office to show them how much I appreciate their hard work.  I love making homemade things and giving them away so I thought this would be perfect.  I made Rocky Road Fudge and packaged it up in little paper sacks stamped with snowflakes from Papertrey Ink's Snowflake Medley stamp set.  I am totally in love with doilies!  Oh and shipping tags...don't even get me started!!  I am putting them on everything and I especially love how they look against the kraft color.  I packaged the fudge in glassine bags tied with baker's twine.  You can't get much more vintage than that!!   I love the simple yet very effective packaging. 



Well that about wraps it up for me today.  I hope you have a wonderful holiday and enjoy your family and friends.

Thank you for stopping by and taking a look....see you soon!
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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Christmas Bow Tutorial


Hello again!  As promised I am going to show you a quick and easy bow tutorial that can be used for any bow, not just Christmas.  When I was wrapping my gifts for Christmas this year I wanted to use some pretty felt ribbon I bought at Michael's. 


The supplies you will need:
ribbon
needle & thread
hot glue gun
scissors

Step 1:
Cut three pieces of ribbon approximately 10" long and another piece 5" long.
 Step 2:  Take each end of the long pieces of ribbon and bring them to the center.  Stitch through the back and cross over to adhere the loops.  Do this for all three pieces.
 Step 3:  Criss cross the ribbon loops to make a pinwheel and stitch through all of the layers making sure to catch all the layers at some point.  Knot the thread on the back side of the bow.  Finally take the smaller piece and adhere one end to the bow with hot glue and loop it until it touches the other end and put a dab of hot glue to secure the loop.  When finished, put a couple dabs of hot glue on the ribbon around the box and press the bow firmly for a few seconds to adhere. 

So easy but it makes a big statement!

Thanks for stopping by.....

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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Christmas Gift Tags

Hello everyone!  I know it has been a while.  Things have been super busy here getting presents made and wrapped for co-workers and teachers.  I wanted to stop in and share some gift tags I made and hopefully give you a little last minute inspiration.
Here are some close ups of the tags:





All wrapped up!


This is one of my favorites!  This gift card holder tucks away in the little glassine bag and gets clipped together with a cute tag.  It definitely makes giving a gift card a little more special.

Thank you for stopping by, I will post a quick bow tutorial tomorrow!  I hope that you can stop back for a quick look, I know everyone is busy this time of year.

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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Puppy Themed Birthday Party

Hello everyone!  How have you all been?  I wanted to share with you my daughter's seventh birthday party.  We did something a little extra special this year and let her have a party with the girls from her class at Chuck E. Cheese's.  That was a blast and quite nice on my end if I do say so myself.  All the set up and clean up was done for us and we just got to drive home.  That was awesome in my book!!  However, we did have a family birthday party at home and the theme that Emma picked this year was a "Puppy Theme."  I wasn't sure what the final result was going to look like, but I thought I would give it a whirl. 
 I started out with the invitation that I made in Photoshop Elements.  This was my first attempt at making invitations and I was pretty happy with the way they turned out.  I rounded the corners with the We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper and adhered the invitation to black cardstock.  It took me a while and a couple YouTube videos, but if finally finished them! Yay, Baby steps!!


The dog bones hanging from the light fixture were made using my Silhouette Cameo.  Also the bones used for the cupcake toppers were as well.  I put the snacks in dog bowls from the Dollar Tree.  I thought they went along with the color scheme and were a fun little touch.




 These were the "Doggie Bags" I made for the little ones at the party.  We had about seven kids at the family party so I wanted to give them a little treat!


 The adorable "Doggie Bag" printable was found here.  I added some dog bones and paws cut from my Silhouette Cameo to the front of the bag.




 Contents of Doggie Bags included a stuffed dog, dog bone shaped crayons, dog bone water bottle and headband with puppy ears.




 I also made a thank you card in Photoshop Elements for Emma to send to the party guests.




The Birthday Girl!


Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed this post.  This party was a lot of fun for me to put together and I think Emma really enjoyed all of the little touches.  She especially liked the Doggie Bags!

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