December 31, 2008
For Josey's next basketball practice, she's supposed to bring a note stating her strengths and weaknesses. I thought it would be a great time to send a thank you note along to give to Josey's coach. Coaches love to hear that praise and like to be recognized for what they do. They put a lot of time and effort into our kids, so be sure to let them know you appreciate them!
Here's my card below. I was able to assemble this in about 10 minutes! I used my handy dandy Canon Selphy printer to print off a black and white photo of Josey's ball team and made it into a simple card. Then I used Just Rite Stamper's self inking stamps to create words arranged in a *ransom* style. I love the black and white colors and the inspiring words. A ribbon finishes off the outside of the card and I used a *thank you* sentiment from JustRite on the inside. Here's a closeup of the words, simply stamped on white cardstock and then cut into strips. Easy peasy but a pretty cool look. I think I'll be incorporating a lot more photos into my cards now that I have my little printer too.
Until supplies are gone, Just Rite is offering these self inking stamps for just a buck! One buck, one smackaroo, 100 pennies!! I took my basket full of these little stampers and some notebook paper to Josey's basketball practice the other morning. It was the best entertainment for 6 little kids that I could think of and we never heard a peep out of them. They loved them!!! Check out the link to the Dollar Store section at Just Rite HERE.
December 28, 2008
Rose Bud Cupcake Birthday
I've been working on that birthday stash some more. Sorry for the photo below, this overcast weather has not been good for the photography sessions. Anyway, I used Karen Lockhart's Rose Bud Cupcake and paired it with a Papertrey birthday sentiment from the Birthday Basics set. Very simple focal point, but I fancied it up a bit with a Spellbinder's embossed rectangle and some glossy accents on the rose buds. I colore my image with Copic Sketch markers, using one solid red color...and then holding the Colorless Blender marker in the center of the flowers. This bleeds out the color to create a multi-tone effect. Ppaer is by Cosmo Cricket and ribbon snippets and buttons are from my stash. Base card is Papertrey Kraft cardstock with the edges inked in white ink.
I've always been pretty good about sending out birthday cards, although I was late a lot of times this year. By having a nice stash to choose from, it's easy to just pull out a card, get it addressed and have it waiting to be mailed. Good plan.
Note: Did you get some Copic markers for Christmas? Or perhaps you have a stash and still feel like you need a little help? Be sure to check our Marianne Walker's blog I Like Markers right HERE. Marianne has a ton of good information and offers step by step illustrations to help you out. Copics are the best markers out there and they truly add a whole new look to colored images. Good stuff.
December 27, 2008
Computer Info Notebook
A few days ago, I posted some basket tags that I made to get my organizing going. Today I made a new computer information notebook that will hold all of my family's favorite websites, passwords, website addresses, etc. You can see that my old notebook in the background was looking pretty shabby. My notebook was super easy to make. I simply cut my front and back pieces of cardstock to measure 4" x 6", which will match the size of the lined notecards I used for the guts of the book. I decorated my notebook front just like a card, using background papers from October Afternoon, velvet ribbon and dressed up buttons. I bound it all together using my Bind It All machine. You can see the inside of my book below, just simple, lined, 4" x 6" notecards.
December 24, 2008
From our family to yours......
December 23, 2008
Baby, it's cold outside!
I put together this card last night while thinking about the cold. The adorable stamp is one of Anna's cute designs from Whipper Snapper. This card was near impossible to photo because of all the muted colors and shimmery color. I stamped the image onto PTI Kraft Cardstock and then colored it with Copic markers. The muted colors you get when color on Kraft Cardstock really gives a vintage look that I love. I added a lot of shimmery details to my card......Perfect Pearls around the snow woman image, new Vintage Glass Glitter that I got from my friend Cindy at Star Lit Studio(the shimmer you get is amazing!) and big chunky Martha Stewart snow glitter along the ground line to resemble a pile of snow. Zoom in below and you can probably see it better.
December 22, 2008
One of the best things I think you can do when organizing is to label stuff. I find that if I have label on baskets, etc that I tend to put only those items in that particular basket. I started out with my computer desk area and made a label for a wire basket that holds note pads. I seemed to have had this little problem a few years back that involved purchasing dozens and dozens of note pads. It all falls back to the love of office supply items and I know many of you can relate. I stuffed as many notepads into my basket that I could and neatly gathered up the rest for refills and stored them away. You only need so many note pads, right.
Do you have big plans for organizing in the upcoming year? I have visions of a more organized house and am really excited about it. It feels soooooo good to be clutter free. I've got a long way to go but I will get there. Gotta get Christmas out of the way first! Have a great day everyone!
Note: The cookie trays I made in yesterday's post are simply paper plates that I had in my stash from years ago. They are about 6" square. And I bake my cookies then freeze them in all kinds of Tupperware, Cool Whip containers, tins, etc. When I'm ready to give out my cookie trays, I bring out all the frozen cookies and start assembling the plates. Then I wrap them with plastic wrap.....some I give out right then and some I put back into the freezer so they will be ready at a moment's notice. Hope that helps!
December 21, 2008
Christmas Cookie Tags
I made up a bunch of simple tags to tape on the top of the plastic wrapped plates. Super easy to make. I used the Baking Stamp Ensemble from Just Rite Stampers for the border and center to make the perfect tags for my plates. The stamped images were cut and embossed with a large Spellbinders circle die template. I paired the tags up with some October Afternoon Christmas paper, Papertrey Kraft cardstock and Vintage Cream twill ribbon.
Here's a little glimpse of my cookies this year, I tried lots of new recipes from a Better Homes and Garden cookie magazine.
I simply used little holiday plates and then double wrapped my cookies with plastic wrap. I attached the tags with Scotch tape on the backs. I gave away lots right away after baking and some went back into the freezer for when I see people next.
Hope your holiday season is going great! The girls are officially on Winter Break so I hope to wind down on my Christmas projects soon.
December 18, 2008
Thirty Minute Thank Yous
Edit: Alicia asked if I would recommend using the Canon Selphy home printer to print out all my photos for scrapbooking. Let me first say that I love the quality of the photos and have gotten lots of questions about how did I get 4 to a page, and that the quality looks great. For me personally, the answer is no to printing out all the photos though. It really depends on how you scrapbook. If you only scrapbook 1 photo to a page, maybe this would be for you. But when I scrapbook, I usually do (2) 12" x 12" layouts and have 5-8 photos for each layout. And I take a LOT of photos. So I'm going to save my biggest print jobs for Shutterfly or my local photo shop. I definitely have been using my Selfy for my Daily December pages and will continue to use it for mini albums, etc. I love, love, love it and highly recommend it. And the folk at Canon are THE BEST for customer service.....they are in the USA, I can understand them and they are sooo helpful!
Hi everyone, what's on your list today? I was chatting with some friends about how the countdown is on. One week til Christmas and I want to enjoy the Christmas break with my family. I want to have everything wrapped up and ready to go so that I can enjoy the true meaning of Christmas and just *be*. Nothing else but reading a good book, playing games and drinking hot cocoa, watching movies, etc. The stuff that childhoods are made of.
But to accomplish that goal, I've had to keep busy to get everything checked off my list. I issued myself and my friends, and now you, the Thirty Minute Challenge. Make your list, keep it handy, and allow yourself 20-30 minutes tops to work on one selected task. This helps you to not spend all day piddling around on the computer, etc.
Yesterday I took the time to make one last batch of cookies for holiday trays. While I had the timer set for 35 minutes, I printed off my family Christmas photo for this year and addressed all the envelopes. I got them all done by the time the buzzer went off on the stove. If you recall, I had all of my Christmas cards finished back in the fall when Nichole issued the design team a challenge. Thank goodness I took the time to make those 25 cards back when I had time!
I tweaked my card design but here's the simplified version of my Christmas cards this year. I cannot stress enough how much I looooove my Canon Selphy printer. It was an early Christmas gift and it's probably one of the best gifts/tools I've gotten. I didn't have time to get online and finish up my photos and I didn't want to stand in line at Wal Mart. So I just put 4 photos to a page and printed them off at home. Easy peasy!
Here's another 30 minute task I did...little Christmas thank yous for the girls to write out. Yes, we DO still write thank yous. I insist. No, a phone call won't do. I grabbed some precut SU! scallop notecards because I wanted quick and easy. I cut some K and Company patterned paper to put on the front of the cards and used scraps to put strips on the small envelopes.
I got seven little thank you notes done in that 30 minute time frame and even had time to put away my supplies. Thank you notes, CHECK!! Now I'm going to move on to some laundry and picking up the house. You can do it girls, these 30 minutes tasks make a world of difference!
December 17, 2008
Tulip Birthday Card
Today I have another birthday card to add to my stash. I used Karen Lockhart's pretty Tulip stamp, keeping with my red color scheme that I'm liking right now. I think I used My Mind's Eye patterned paper but I couldn't find the label. I colored the tulips with Copic Markers using the fine tip of the Sketch Markers. For the vase, I colored the vase solid, added a little shading with a darker marker, then used the Colorless Blender to make dots. Very fun technique to use with your Sketch Markers. I then cut and layered my image with Spellbinder's Square and Scallop Square Dies. Sentiments are from Papertrey Ink and I finished off the card with 3 pearl sequin stickers. If you zoom in, you can see that I added some Ranger Glossy Accents to the tulips in little droplets. Makes the flowers look like they're wet or dew covered.
Back to my margarita.......(I wish)......have a great day everyone!
December 16, 2008
Snow Day and Redbird Birthday Card
December 12, 2008
Sweets for the Sweet
You're in for a treat because all of the Papertrey designers have Valentine treats to show you! Check out Nichole's blog to see more goodies! I know we're still Christmas mode but Valentine's Day will roll around quicker than you think. I've already got some great ideas for gifts and it's always nice to be prepared in advance.
My treat for today is for a special someone that likes paper crafting AND sewing! I've designed a super fun, adorable kit that I've named *Material Girl*...get it? Material....like fabric. I knew you would. I'm packaging all my goodies into a Large Heart Tin with Clear Top from Papertrey. I didn't realize how much you could tuck into these adorable shaped tins. You need some for Valentine's Day gifts, trust me!Let's start first on some fun embellishments that I created. I could just gobble these up and I know you'll love them too. This month at Papertrey, Nichole is releasing a brand new set called Heart Prints. There are two sizes of hearts and guess what? They have 2 coordinating punches plus a coordinating sentiment stamp set. The designs in the various hearts are super cute, even more cute when you stamp them in fun ink colors.
Here's the other PTI designers:
And one last thing, don't forget to join the Release Party at the Papertrey Ink Forums Sunday night. The release for December is the 15th(midnight on the 14th).
December 11, 2008
Rib-N-Strips, come and get em'!
I love it when my Papertrey goody box comes each month. The first thing I do is dig out the ribbon spools. There is such a fun variety of colors, textures and styles that I nearly start drooling right there on the spot. When I'm gathering supplies for my projects, I almost always reach for Papertrey's coordinating ribbon colors. They add texture, dimension and such a nice finishing touch to projects. Today though, I'm putting the ribbon front and center. Check out what I have up my sleeve today!
Let's get right to the project, shall we? Start by gathering up some fun colors of Papertrey Perfect Match Exclusive Ribbon. I'm using a variety of Sweet Blush, Dark Chocolate, Spring Moss, Spring Rain and Ripe Avocado.
Grab your Scor-Tape. Haven't heard of it? Here's the details right from the Papertrey website:
Scor-Tape is an amazing product. It is a premium double sided adhesive, best on the market, acid free, heat resistant and incredibly sticky tape. It can be used with embossing powders, foils, beads, glitter, ribbon etc. It is the perfect permanent adhesive for card making, boxes, books and especially our exclusive My Timeless Templates line! We carry this tape in two widths, 1/4" & 1/2". This is good stuff folks, you won't be disappointed.
Begin your project by cutting a piece of cardstock (I'm using PTI Kraft) to 4.25" x 5.5". Lay this on a craft mat...the Teflon surface helps to peel the tape off very easily. Adhere strips of 1/2" Scor-Tape over the entire surface of the cardstock piece as shown below. The tape edges will extend beyond the piece of cardstock and will adhere to the craft mat.