Saturday, February 28, 2009

Mini Boxes

I love these mini boxes, anything small is cute I think! They are really easy to make so give it a try. I saw them on the SplitCoastStampers website, here are the instructions ( I used the Scor-Pal to make the creases and Mounting Double Sided Tape to attached the sides together.

On this particular mini box I crimped a strip of pink stripped paper and attached the ends together on the front of the box, under the flap. Using black ink I stamped the True Blue Friends sentiment on pink cs and used the scallop square to punch it out. To attach the sentiment I put two dimensional's at the bottom of the scalloped square. To keep the box closed I cut a small square of velcro and attached it to the flap, you can see the velcro on the second picture. I attached the heart charm with a glue dot for a Valentine's Day gift.

Inside the mini box you can put 3 or 4 Ghirardelli square chocolates, 6 Hersey's Bliss squares, m&m's or anything else that will fit. The box can be decorated using decorative paper, ribbon or stamping on the cs before you assemble the box. I'm going to make a few mini boxes for St. Patrick's Day for my Aunt in Texas so I'll post them before I send them.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Ice Cream Cone Card

It sure is a beautiful day for an ice cream cone here in Clovis, it was a balmy high of 67 today. I was inspired to make this card when I saw Cindy Walton's card in the Sept. 2008 Stampers' Sampler Take Ten magazine.

I used the scallop punch to make the ice cream scoops: the pink one I used the piercing tool; the middle scoop is patterned paper; and the chocolate scoop has pearl rhinestone stickers I found at Michael's (had 3 different sizes in the packet). For the cone I painted the diagonal lines in chocolate ink with a small paint brush. I crimped the lime green background and attached it to the chocolate cs. I tied the pink ribbon around the background cs and added the white lace ribbon for the two bow look.

The Happy Birthday sentiment was stamped in chocolate ink on pink cs and attached to chocolate cs. I used dimensionals on the sentiment and bottom part of the ice cream cone. The great thing about making this card is the ice cream scoops can be any "flavor"you want. Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Glad We're Friends Card

I gave this card to a girlfriend for Valentine's Day though it's another card that can be used for any occasion.

I stamped VersaMark on the French Script background stamp on red cs. I then stamped the sentiment with black ink on red cs and used the Curly Label punch. I also used the CL punch on white cs and put it behind the sentiment to off set the sentiment.

For the heart tag I tore white and red cs in graduated layers and used the Ticket corner punch at the two top corners of the tag.

I used red craft ink and stamped the heart on vellum and embossed the image. I used the small slot punch at the top of the tag and inserted two different ribbons. To hold the ribbons together I came up with the idea of using a brad. I also decided to attach the tag at an angle instead of straight up and down.

I had alot of fun embossing and want to do it more often. I remember when I first started making cards how afraid I was of embossing and after a few hits and misses I just love doing it, it's such a unique technique and it's shiny ~ who can resist that, not me!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Handmade Bookmarks

Here are two bookmarks I made. I love making bookmarks because you can make them for any occasion or just because plus they're quick to make. They're great presents for friends and family that read...who doesn't read? My bookmarks are typically 1 3/4" x 5 1/2" with square or rounded corners. The vanilla squares are crimped and I used a 1 1/4" square punch for the 3 squares. I then took a pink ink pad and randomly inked the raised ridges of the vanilla crimped squares.

The pink hearts on the left bookmark are embossed (though you can't tell in this picture) and I cut them out and used glue dots to stick them to the crimped vanilla squares. The hearts on the right bookmark are various size heart punches that I used glue dots to stick the hearts together as well as to the crimped vanilla background. I also use eyelets at the top of bookmarks to add ribbon, another decorative part of bookmarks.

Heart Card

I am into pink and chocolate as a paper combination and made this card for my parents for Valentine's Day. The card can be made for just about any occasion, Anniversary, Birthday, Girlfriends, etc. by swapping out the sentiment. I had alot of fun making it and it's really easy.

To make the card I used red cs. I then cut the squares in chocolate and pink and used my corner photo punch on the cs to give the card a little character (so it wasn't so boxy). I used my friend Ellen's different heart punches with various colors of cs and kept the chocolate/pink color combination for this card.

For the sentiment I stamped "love"in red on the pink cs and cut the chocolate background. I used the corner photo punch on both colors of cs again. I then took the pad of red ink at an angle and inked the edge of the sentiment all the way around on the pink cs.

This is one of those cards where I started off with a particular design in mind but ended up with something totally different ~ I love it when that happens. Hope you like it!!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Hooking Up

A friend recommended I post a profile on Linkedin Apparently it's a popular website to find friends and also for job opportunities. I finally did my profile and added a link to my blog too. This blog thing is alot of fun!!

I've been a total couch potato today but I got alot done. Next is getting my Etsy site up and running.

My First Blog Entry

Welcome to my blog and thank you for visiting. I want to give a shout out to Melanie, thank you for your encouragement and support with starting my blog. In the future I will be sharing pictures and descriptions of my various craft projects as well as other events of my life in Clovis.