Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Papertrey altered notebook

I haven't made anything new in a while with the holidays and trying to get things done for presents. I decided to share another altered notebook that I made for the Papertrey Gueststar Stamper contest (last one, I promise! I just haven't been making anything new so I don't have anything new to share). This is another notebook from Target. The edge where the binding is is covered with fabric so you don't have to worry about covering that part. Just where the cream and flower patterned paper is on the notebook is covered with paper. I made the patterned paper using the Spiral Bouquet stamps and CTMH ink. The sentiment is matted on CTMH Hollyhock paper. The pink ribbon is Off Ray. As a last touch, I added clear dew drops to the flower centers and pink dew drops to the sentiment corners.

Here is a better shot of the Dew Drops. Hope everyone had a great Christmas! We had a very nice Christmas. I need to get my scrapbook table cleaned off so that I can make something!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Dreams are wish your heart makes

I love that sentiment! I made this altered notebook for the Papertrey Gueststar stamper contest. The patterned paper is created using Spiral Bouquet and so is the sentiment. The notebook is from Target. They are great for altering! Ink is CTMH and ribbon is Offray from Walmart. Sorry this is a short post, but I'm working on printing up my calendars for Christmas gifts for grandparents. I really like how it turned out and can't wait to share, but that will have to be after Christmas. Is everyone ready for Christmas? We're just about there, but nothing is wrapped yet!

Friday, December 14, 2007

Tis the Season Hanna

Hanna is trimming the tree today! This is the last of the cards I made with images I had previously colored. Hanna's dress is paper pieced. Her boots and hair are colored with CTMH markers (chocolate). The rest of the coloring is done with Prismacolor pencils and baby oil. I added liquid applique and fun flock to her boots. When I was making the card, I started with a piece of cardstock that I ran through my cuttlebug embossing folder. I highlighted the embossing by dabbing my Dew Drop Brilliance moonlight white ink pad directly onto the snowflakes. Next, I added the patterned paper which was matted on dark blue cardstock. I used the ticket corner punch on the Hanna image before I matted it on dark blue cardstock and put clear dew drops in the corners. I used one of the snowflake images from the Hanna Tis the Season set and stamped over it with my sentiment (Papertrey Ink). I punched the sentiment out using Marvy punches and added the ribbon. Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Color Me Card Kit

I made this kit to sell at the craft fair (nope, it didn't sell). It includes 6 stamped Hanna images, 2 sheets of stamped Hanna stuff (miscellaneous things like handbags and boxes), 1 sheet of sentiments, 5 cards and envelopes, and 6 markers. I put it all in one of the clear boxes that the Papertrey stamp sets come in. I figured if it didn't sell, I could give it as a gift or use the images myself. Maybe people just didn't know what was in the kit or it was just one of those craft fairs. Honestly, do you think something like this is a good idea or not?

Thursday, November 22, 2007

gift tags

I forgot to upload this photo last week. I got the idea to make gift tags from Nichole's Papertrey blog (the Take a Bough countdown with the gift enclosure cards). I used stamps from Papertrey Take a Bough, Spooky Sweets, and Borders and Corners Squares and CTMH O Christmas Tree. I used CTMH ink and miscellaneous ribbon from my stash. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
ETA: I used the pink Mega Marvy square punch for the white squares and the purple Giga Marvy scalloped square for the border.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Cocoa Tins

I created some cocoa tins to sell at the craft fair, too. My only problem is I have no idea what to charge. Any ideas? I made homemade cocoa with marshmallows to fill each tin. I covered the tins using DCWV Christmas stack papers from years past and double sided tape. The labels were stamped using the Papertrey Ink Holiday Treats stamp set. I also used miscellaneous ribbons from my stash and CTMH ink.

Edited to Add: I've had some questions about the supplies I used to create these. I used this stamp set by Papertrey Ink and the tea tins are also available at Papertrey Ink. Hope that helps!

Friday, October 26, 2007

chipboard ornament

Okay, I need some honest opinions today. My sister and I are thinking of having a booth at a craft fair and doing an open house at her house (at separate times, of course). I've got my list of ideas and this is one of them. I stamped this chipboard coaster with a snowman, a little tree, and a sentiment (all CTMH stamps) using Pallette Noir ink. Then, I used watercolor pencils and a blender pen to color the image (I can't wait for my prismacolor pencils to get here so I can try them!). Next, I added Ranger stickles for glitter, CTMH liquid glass for shiny dimension, and Liquid Applique on the hat. Last, I punched a hole with my crop-a-dile and added the ribbon. So my question today is: do you think ornaments like this would sell at a craft show (honestly, please)? I was planning to only ask $1 each since their really is nothing in product (coaster was only like 5 or 6 cents or something like that and ribbon was stuff needing used in my stash). It's just the time it takes to make them. This was my first experiment at making one so I would be quicker next time, too (probably *wink*). Although, it really didn't take much time this go round.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

nugget box

Okay, this is it. Finally, the end of the projects that I'm going to post from the Papertrey contest. Took long enough, didn't it?! I created the template for the nugget box myself. I wanted a box where the lid lifted off instead of the sliding lid and I wanted to be able to see the nuggets inside when the lid was closed. So, I created the box based upon the dimensions of the Hershey nugget candy and created a window in the lid. I adhered a piece of acetate to the window so it is still a sturdy lid, but you can see through it. I created the bow using Nichole Heady's idea on her blog (from the Faux Ribbon countdown) and the ribbon from the digital kit.

I wrapped the Hershey Nuggets with the address labels that I had run through my printer. The flowers were centered onto the labels. Such a fun and easy idea! Of course, aren't all of Nichole's ideas amazing!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

my winning entry

This is the project that I entered in the Papertrey contest that won! I created this scrapbook in a box using the digital kits. I gave it to my husband's grandma, who just had surgery. All the papers and paper embellishments are from the kit. I simply changed the colors. I created the bow with strips of paper that I had printed the ribbon on. I scalloped the edge of the lid with a corner rounder and punched holes to make it look a little lacy. Inside there are photos of my kids.

Monday, October 15, 2007

birthday invite

I needed to create some really fast birthday invitations for my son's birthday party (yeah, they should have already been mailed out). I wanted them basic and quick and cute. LOL This is what I came up with. I just tore the edge of the green cardstock to make it look like uneven grass. I stamped the sentiment from the Paper Tray set. I used Cuttlebug dies to cut out the train engine, car and caboose. Then, I used chalk for the clouds and steam and I was done. It was easy to make a dozen of these this afternoon. Thanks for looking.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Nugget Boxes

I finally got a chance to play, I mean stamp with my Papertrey Spooky Sweets stamps. I love how they coordinate with address labels (I bought some 1x2 5/8 inch labels at Big Lots) to make it easy to cover Hershey Nuggets. I decided I wanted to try making some nugget boxes since I've never made them before. I used a pattern created by Chris and posted on Splitcoast Stampers. Her patterns are great and so easy to use. I used the 1x3 nugget box. First, I cut out the box. Then, I random stamped the pattern using the Spooky Sweets stamps and CTMH ink and assembled the bottom and lid with double sided tape. I made the one with the white lid first. I wanted to try making a see through window for the second box so that you can see the nuggets inside. I followed the same pattern, but when I was making the lid I marked the underside 1/4 inch in on the top and cut out the window. I stamped the bat on a transparency and embossed the image. Then, I cut it out and attached it to the underside of the lid with double sided tape. It was so easy and so much fun making these. They would make such cute Halloween gifts. I can't wait to get the Christmas stamp set that Papertrey has that uses address labels, too.

Friday, September 21, 2007

tool tin

My son helped me make this cute little tin to hold his art tools. He is always into my supplies so I'm hoping this will help keep him out of them since he has his own (yeah, right). He picked the paper and colors. He even helped sand the tin and mod podge the paper onto the tin. He loves my cuttlebug so he liked being the one who got to turn the handle and cut out the trains. He also insisted that the train have steam. With all the help I had between he and his sister, there are a few extra pen marks from when I got bumped, but I still like how it turned out. Now, I'm going to have to alter my tool tin. Supplies used: patterned paper: My Mind's Eye; letter stamps and ink:CTMH; train: Cuttlebug dies; car and planes: Studio G; twill: Creative Impressions; glue: Mod Podge; black pen; watercolor pencils. Off topic, but I learned how to create my own watermark and figured out how to merge those 4 photos into one using Photoshop Elements. I'm a little proud of myself. (Yay! I figured out how to add real smilies to my posts.)

Tuesday, July 17, 2007


I've been tagged by my CTMH blogger friend Sue. Here is her blog Random on Purpose. Rules of the tag are that I have to list seven random things about myself, then list 7 people that I'm tagging. I don't think I can come up with 7 who haven't been tagged, but we'll get to that in a minute. Seven random things about me. Let's see.

1. I LOVE children's books. The kids and I have a huge library of children's books that we love to read and we visit the library almost every week to check out more books. I have always thought it would be fun to be a children's book editor.

2. I also LOVE photography. I would love to take photography lessons and be a professional photographer.

3. I am a scrapbooker first and a cardmaker second. I am actually just starting to make cards and sometimes I really struggle with them. I'm not sure why I am having a hard time learning to make cards.

4. I've always said I don't like the color pink. That is until I had a daughter. Pink is everywhere for baby girls! You can't escape it! So, now, the color pink has actually grown on me and I like it. lol I have started using pink everywhere in my scrapbooks, on cards, even in my own wardrobe. Who would have guessed.

5. I HATE housework. Now, this wouldn't be a surprise to my husband, but he probably won't ever read this post. lol If I won the lottery (which is hard to do since I don't ever buy a ticket), I would hire a someone to come in a couple times a week to clean. Oh, that would be the life! :)

6. I got married when I was 20 to my high school sweetheart and we've been happily married for 7 1/2 years now.

7. I want a kitten so badly! I have always had cats and I lost my cat last fall. I miss him so much! I haven't gotten a kitten yet because I don't really want a litter box in the house with little kids, but I don't think I will be able to hold out much longer. The kids and I are always petting the neighbor kitties when they come to visit.

Okay, now to tag others. I don't really know any bloggers that haven't been tagged yet so I posted on my yahoo group CTMH Friends to see if anyone wants to play along.

Friday, July 6, 2007

transparency flower

I decided I wanted to try stamping on a transparency. I love the look. It is hard to see in the photo, but the flower is stamped and embossed on a transparency.
Supplies: patterned paper: DCWV; stamps, button head: CTMH;
ink: Versamark; ribbon: SU;
Embossing, heat gun

Friday, June 8, 2007

Scrapbook in a Box

Last post today (I think). I created this Scrapbook in a Box for my Mom's birthday in January. There are photos and journaling on each of the flaps, including the undersides. I created the bow from paper strips so it would match the box. :)

Birthday Invitation

This is the invitation I made for Madison's first birthday party this spring. Stamps, ink, and blending pen are CTMH. Just generic card and envelope.