Thursday, October 28, 2010

Secret Pal and "Oh, these are not what I thought they were - good thing I bought 30!"

I volunteered to be a Secret Pal at Gwenny's school. This means that four times a year I get to give something to a faculty/staff member anonymously. Of course that means it's time to get CRAFTY!

So, funny story. Stampin' Up! recently had a big Clearance Rack Blitz where I scored these adorable hinged metal tins. I thought they would be just perfect fr packing up sets of cards since they measure slightly larger than an A2 size card.

Ba hahahahahaha! Yeah, notice the nice rounded corners? That would make them too small to fit a regular card. Me so sad. Good thing I bought 30 of them!

So I've been getting creative about using them. I made an adorable gift tag set that I'll show you when I post about the Fall Bazaar that I partcipated in. This time I decided to use it as a candy box for my Secret Pal.

I gave one box to my friend Jennifer so she could help solve this dilemna (what to do with 30 too small boxes). I called her this afternoon and she described how she had decorated hers with a Top Note Die Cut (using her Big Shot machine) and I thought that was an excellent idea.

I filled the inside with Hershey's Nuggets. I made custom wrappers for the nuggets using my brayer to ink up some address labels. I think they turned out pretty cute! The green ones say "Spooky" and the orange ones say "Have a wicked Halloween." Those are monster eyes looking out of the dark on teh purple ones. The black ones I stamped in VersaMark ink and embossed with white embossing powder.

Bath & Body works had these cute Halloween themed hand sanitizers for $1 so I made a little holder for it by following a tutorial I found on

The outside has a shimmery moon punched out of Shimmery White cardstock with our new 2.5" circle punch and a couple bats with the super cute new bat punch. I held it shut with some Raven Lace ribbon from the current Holiday Mini catalog. On the inside I used a stamp from the Sweet Centers stamp set.

Happy Halloween!
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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

She's crafty - it runs in the genes

I was on the phone with my sister this afternoon when Gwenny came to me to ask me for something. I told her she'd have to wait because I was on the phone. Aren't they the most needy when you're on the phone?!?

A short time later she came back and asked me how to spell "stop". I reminded her I was still on the phone (a little annoyed this time!) and told her to go ask her brother. And here's what she presented me as soon as I got off the phone - a "stop" and "go" sign for when I'm on the phone and want her and Mitchell to be quiet! I melted. So sweet! She stapled it three times across the top so that it's secure and can stand up on it's own (as long as there's no breeze). I know the letters are not in the correct order, but she used a three year old as her spelling advisor, so what do you expect?

She told me her teacher has one in the classroom and that was her inspiration. :) That's me beaming with pride. ;)
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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

A fishy birthday

The kids were invited to a friend's birthday party - the daughter of my upline, Neelam. Neelam's daughter loves Ariel, so I thought we'd make an Ariel themed set.

The waves were made with my good old Creative Memories wavey trimmer and some glitter paper. See Ariel's tale sticking up between the waves?

That's Flounder there to wish her a happy birthday, in case you couldn't tell. I used the new Perfect Punches stamp set for the sentiment - it's so quick and easy with the coordinating punches! Three of Stampin' Up!'s new adhesive backed pearls show that Flounder is thinking/saying "Happy Birthday". The ornament punch, scalloped oval punch, and heart punch were used to create the fish body.

This crab is from a retired hostess set and actually comes with a frowny face and an "I'm sorry" sentiment. I just colored the parts of him that I wanted with my Stampin' Write marker and drew in a smiley face instead. I used the same technique on the sentiment, which comes from the Heard from the Heart stamp set.

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Carried Away

It couldn't be helped really. I mean, these girls *need* handmade invitations, frames, and promise plaques for their Daisy Girl Scout Troop. I clearly had no choice.

Well, maybe I went a little over board, but I had fun doing it! I thought to myself how lucky I am to have a girl and "what will I do for Mitchell?" because I'm really not comfortable in my boyish crafting style just yet. Fortunately Boy Scouts won't start for 3 more years so I've got some time to figure it out.

My friend Jennifer and I decided to be the co-leaders of our daughters' new Daisy Girl Scout Troop. Or rather, Jennifer decided and I (foolishly?) agreed. We are having a great time getting carried away together, and the girls are counting down the days to our first meeting. At our first meeting we plan to teach them the Girl Scout Promise, so I made these little plaques using my Top Note die and my Big Shot die cutting machine. The print got a little blurry when I used Crystal Effects glue over the top of it, but we'll call that "artistic".

The girls will decorate them with flowers, rhinestones, and sparkly bits. The back is covered with glittery paper.

At our second meeting we'll have a very brief ceremony during which we'll present the girls with their Daisy pin. Obviously we must take a commemorative photo of each girl and send them home with custom made Daisy picture frames. ;)

I used the Beautiful Wings embosslit die to make the butterflies - this is possibly my favorite die, and the Daisies die to make the little white daisy. Some rhinestone brads and corduroy brads attach them to the frame. I used transparencies in lieu of glass.

Making the stand was tricky and took me many attempts but this is what I finally came up with. I put some Score Tape (double sided tape) on the inside of the flaps. After we put the photo in the album we can quickly remove the backing from the tape and close up the frame.

Come on now, I couldn't just throw away those sparkly Top Note shapes that I had cut out from the front of the picture frames. (My friend Deanna taught me that.) So I made invitations to the ceremony:

A tiny half back pearl adorns the flower on the belt.

These are so easy to make! You just start with an A2 size card and put the crease just inside the top cut of the Top Note die. Glue a full Top Note to the front and voila! Here's the back so you can see what I mean.

 Thanks for looking!