Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Snowflake Thanks

Good Morning Friends! Finished my Christmas thank you cards this week. Not an overly complicated card, just mass-production mode.

Stamped snowflakes on top note die cut and then sponged Whisper White ink around edges. Make sure you let this ink dry awhile before using or you will get it everywhere!

I applied versamark to the snowflake then Heat and Stick Powder, heat gun to set. Then applied Dazzling Diamonds and lightly used heat gun again to set the glitter. I used a two way glue pen to adhere the letters.

This picture is not the best at showing the shine and sparkle, but if you click on the pic and it will show up better.

Thanks for looking and happy crafting!!

  • Stamps -SU Flaky Friends and Savvy Stamps
  • Paper - SU Whisper White, Real Red, Night of Navy and Brocade Blue CS
  • Ink - SU Whisper White, Versamark
  • Accessories - Big Shot, Top Note, Snowflake and Many Thanks Dies, SU Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon, Sponges, SU Two Way Glue Pen, SU Heat and Stick Powder, SU Dazzling Diamonds Glitter

Monday, October 26, 2009

Crafty Secrets Halloween Treat Holders

Good Afternoon Friends! I finally got these finished today and wanted you to see them before I gave them away. I made them from a Crafty Secrets Postcard Kit. One of our local stamping store had them and I knew that if I didn't buy them, then and there, they would be gone! The kit did not have enough chipboard to make the backs so I had to improvise with lightweight cardboard.....can you say recycling? The handles are from 3 pieces of florist wire wrapped with floral tape.....if I had thought about it, I could have picked up black! I also tried Glimmer Mist for the first time...don't over mist the effect is not that great! One or two lite mists is plenty to give shine and sparkle.

Hey, thanks for looking and happy crafting!! Have a safe and happy Halloween too!!

  • Paper - Crafty Secrets Postcard Kit, Little Yellow Bicycle DP
  • Ink - Ranger Archival Black Ink and SU Pumpkin Pie
  • Accessories - Glue Stick, Craft Glue, Glitter, Glimmer Mist, Florist Wire and Tape, Assorted Ribbons, Hemp Twine, Sticky Tape

Saturday, October 24, 2009

My Crazy Life and Birthday Cards

Good Evening Friends! I feel very bad for having been away for so long but, as many of you know, life doesn't always cooperate with your crafting! Having said that I want to show you 3 cards today that I have made in the last 2 weeks. Oh, I have been busy doing other projects as well, but let's show the cards first.

The Sparkle with love was so much fun coloring....I think I am getting better at it. Using layers and 2 or 3 colors to give depth . This card is for my sister-in-law, Brenda. Her birthday is next month. She is the gal I talked about in a previous post with the AVM.

Well, she had gone to Mayo Clinic the first of the month for a second opinion. She feels better about what she heard. And she has decided to have the surgery to remove the mass that is on her brainstem. She can have complications from the surgery but, not having the surgery could leave her having another bleed...which could lead, possibly, to death. Not a chance she is willing to take given that she has a dear husband and 4 children. Her sugery will be the day after her birthday in November.....1 week before Thanksgiving. She is hoping to be nearly back to functioning right before Christmas.

The cupcake card is for one of our nieces, Jasmine, who had her 12th birthday last week. I applied stickles to the cupcake frosting and glossy accents to the cherries.

The Cheers to You Strawberry Daquiri card was made for Jasmine's Mom, Rene'. Her birthday was the day after Jasmine's. I have no idea if she like this type of drink, I just thought it was festive looking! I put glossy accents on the glass and stickles on the strawberry. I really liked how that one turned out!

Rene' and Jasmine are a part of Wayne's brother's, Steven, family. And they are coming down from Wisconsin Halloween weekend for a visit. The schools up there have that Friday off. It will be so nice to have some alone time with all of them! Seems like we don't get to do much visiting when the entire family gets together.

Other than getting ready for family to come, I have been busy advocating for our son, Clark. And visiting him in the hospital, he had to have another G/J-tube put in. Due to a "comedy of errors" on the part of his home and the hospital, he ended up staying 3 nights in there...and he wasn't even sick! Oh yes, Icomplained to everyone who would listen! Hopefully, I didgood. You guys, I won't bore you with my long stories about who I talked to and what happened. If you are really interested, send me an e-mail and I will.

Of course, my college class is keeping me busy as is our garden and getting it ready for winter. But, I do not know what I would do without all of that to do.....oh....wait.....maybe make more cards or something crafty! LOL!

Thanks for looking and Happy Crafting!!

Sparkle with Love

  • Stamps - Unknown sentiment, Magnolia (stamped by Linda from Linda's Crafty Creations)
  • Paper - SU Real Red Patterns Pack DSP, SU Whisper White and Old Olive CS, SU Urban Oasis DSP (retired)
  • Ink - SU Basic Gray
  • Accessories - Unknown Chipboard, SU Large Oval Punch, Fire Rhinestone Brads, SU Red Riding Hood Taffeta Ribbon, Prismacolor Pencils, Baby Oil, Blending Stumps, White Gel Pen

Cupcake Wishes

  • Stamps - SU Heard From The Heart and Darling Dots
  • Paper - SU Whisper White and Pink Passion CS
  • Ink - SU Pink Passion
  • Accessories - Cuttlebug Folder, SU Punches, SU Tempting Turquoise Grosgrain Ribbon, Dimensionals, SU Markers

Strawberry Cheers to You

  • Stamps - SU Cheers To You and Tart and Tangy
  • Paper - SU Real Red, Whisper White and Green Galore CS
  • Ink - Ranger's Archival Ink
  • Accessories - Ranger's Glossy Accents, Stickles, Prismacolor Pencils, Baby Oil, Blending Stumps, Cuttlebug Folder, Unknown Brads, SU Apple Grosgrain Ribbon

Monday, October 5, 2009

Two-Bottle Frappuccino Carrier

Well, finally, I have this finished....though not filled yet, too early for that. But, at least if you choose to make this you have plenty of time to do so before gift giving time. I found the general idea http://laurenm.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/2007/06/01/ive-got-some-hot-stuff-my-favortie-things-is-here/ and though Lauren did not have actual directions, I got enough from her post to make it work for me.
Now, let me say, that I am not perfect....don't claim to be.....so, if you find something amiss, please let me know and I will fix it.
Lightweight Cardboard (I used the back of a 12" x 12" designer
paper pack and another small piece)
Adhesive ( I used a combo of wet glue, glue stick and stickytape)
Scissors Bone
Paper Cutter
Score Pal
Designer Paper
Corner Rounder Punch
Large Oval Punch (or Key Tag Punch)
Tacky Tape of some type
1. Cut the cardboard into an 8 1/2" x 11" rectangle (this is your carrier body).
2. Score the short end of the carrier body at 3" and 5 1/2" and score the long end at 3" and 8".
3. Using your cutter, cut the short end at the 3" and 5 1/2" score lines up to the 3" score line on
both sides. Fold on all score lines using the bone folder, making sure you line up all edges.
4. You will now cut 1/2" off of each of the 3" x 3" flaps, be careful not to catch the center flap in
the cut. This is important when you put your carrier together that these cuts are even. You
will also need to cut about 1/16" off the center flap (this is so it does not stick up when you put
the carrier together).
5. Add your sticky strip to the inside of all 4 end flaps and to the inside bottom of carrier bottom
(this is where your handle will be attached). Set aside.
6. Cut 2 handle pieces from cardboard 2 1/2" x 10". Score at 8" on each piece; this will be where
you fold out and attach to carrier bottom later.
7. Corner round each corner of one end of each handle piece. Put handle pieces together, do not
adhere yet, and punch handle out centering and down 1/2" from top. Set aside for now.
8. Now you are going to cut your designer paper; which will decorate the outside of the carrier body
and handle. Cut 2 pieces 3" x 10 1/16" (this tiny smidge will help with the corners, trust me)
and 2 pieces 2 1/2" x 7 1/4".
9. Score the body pieces at 3" and 8".
10.Corner round and handle openings on the handle pieces to match the cardboard pieces. You may
adhere the DP to the cardboard handle piece before you punch. Then adhere the two cardboard
pieces together. Fold out the scored sections, so that your handle piece looks like an inverted "T"
11.Remove the liner from the stick tape and adhere the handle to the bottom, one side at a time,
making sure that it is centered. You may need to trim a tiny bit off the end or sides to make a
good fit. *In fact, you may want to check the fit first before you stick!
12.Adhere the DP to the carrier body. Do not adhere the ends until after you have constructed one
side of the body by folding up the center flap and folding over each end on one side. Now you may
adhere those DP flaps to the cardboard end, gently creasing as you go. Complete the other side of
the carrier the same way.
13.Hooray! You have just completed your carrier and you are ready to decorate it!
I hope you enjoy making this, I did but, then I love a challenge! Let me know if I can help you in any way. The snowflake is made with a chipboard piece with Whisper White Craft Ink, Heat and Stick Powder and Dazzling Diamonds Glitter.
Happy Crafting!!
10/6/09 On a side note; the bottles will have a snug fit with my dimensions. I chose to do this because I wanted to put less effort into the bottles since the carrier was the main focus. If you want to decorate your bottles more, you will want to change the dimensions to 3" x 6" and forgo the cutting of the end flaps. You will also have to cut your strips of designer paper to 11".

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Nearly finished with the directions for the Frapp Carrier.....waiting for a sunny day to get a great picture!