Saturday, February 28, 2009

Set of Cards with a Clear Altered Box

Hi All,

I have been trying to post this project since last week! For some reason I was having trouble posting the photos in the order that I wanted them to be in. I finally gave up and just decided to post however it would take the format! is a set of cards that I made for my Secret Sister. They were fairly simple to make. I used maybe half a sheet of patterned paper and ribbon of course! I stamped a different sentiment on each card. As you'll notice on the card to the left, it is Happy Birthday

This next card says Hugs and Kisses, I'm not sure if you can see the sentiment very clearly. This card would make a great card for any occasion. The sentiment is pretty basic. I usually don't stamp anything on the inside of my cards because I prefer to right out my thoughts to whomever I'm giving a card too. Of course you can never have to many thank you cards. I never seem to have enough of them! Now here is the box! I went out and bought a die for my die cutting machine. It came in this box. I had originally thrown it out in my little garbage can located at my craft table. It took a couple of days, but I kept wondering if I could do something with it. I finally decided to give it a try and rescued the box from the garbage! This is what I ended up with! The cards match and I thought it turned out well! So think twice before throwing out those clear plastic boxes! Drop me a comment and let me know what you think!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Valentine Mail Boxes

Hi Everyone, This is a belated post. I decorated these mailboxes for Valentine's day for my co-workers. I had these mail boxes sitting in a plastic bin for over a year. Sometimes it just works out like that. I have some other things that have been sitting in my bin for a little longer than that, until I decide to use them. I can't wait until Christmas! I have some stuff that is just waiting to be given at Christmas time! Sick, I know! Do you think it's curable? The first photo is of the 4 mail boxes I decorated. I still have 2 left; maybe next year? the second photo is a side view of the mail box. I used my heart to heart punch for the cut out hearts and attached them with foam tape. The paper is the Candy Cane Lane paper by the way. I used the Love Ya Bunches stamp set to decorate the front of the box, which you'll see in the third picture below. I stuffed the inside with candy. All in all, I think they turned out well. What do you think?

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

KWerner Color Challenge #42

Hi Everyone,
Here is another color challenge card created for Kristina's blog. I love the color choices and I happen to love this set too! I believe the set is called Trendy Trees (from SU). The sentiment comes in the set. I used the Polka Dot background stamp. I thought it worked well with the trees. Of course I'm always up for making something that is easy to put together! I used my square punches and layered them. Quick and easy! Let me know what you think...leave a comment!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Decorated Jar - Treat Holder

I happened to be snooping around some dollar bins and found these jars. I snatched up every single one of them and this is the first one I decorated. I thought it would be great to stuff with some candy or any other treat that you can think of! I used my oval punches for the sentiment because, although you can't see it very clearly, on the front of the jar there is an almost flattened oval shape where I placed the oval punches. I think it worked perfectly. On the lid of the jar, I used the scallop punch along with one circle punch. When I actually use the jar, depending on the occasion, I'll layer a smaller circle on top, stamped with a sentiment, whether it be, Happy Birthday, Thank You or Just Because! I did place the "For You" sentiment on both sides of the jar. Let me know what you think and leave a comment!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

KWerner Color Challenge #41

I love making Valenine's Day cards! Honestly, this card has some of my favorite colors to work with. I usually don't drag out the embossing powder because when I first started stamping, that was pretty much all I used. In fact I used it so much I got sick of it. But once in a while I am tempted to use it. The hearts are embossed with silver powder. I really love this set too! Kristina really chooses some great color combinations! Let me know what you think! Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

KWerner Color Challenge #40

Okay, time for another color challenge from Kristina Werner. Don't you just love these colors? I love this Neighborhood wheel too! Not really a whole lot to share about this card. I did use the scallop edge punch, and both oval punches. I also used stampin up markers to color the houses. This card is great to give to a new neighbor. I think I may use these colors again for another project! Let me know what you think by leaving a comment. Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Shaped Flower Mini Book

Okay, remember I told you I was inspired? Well this is what it led too. I have had a die cutter for years. I drag it out once and a while when I feel the need to or when I feel it is being neglected. In this case however, it was because I was inspired. I don't own the Big Shot yet, but I do own one of the old Sizzix die cutters. I didn't have any chipboard handy, so I used left over coasters; they worked perfectly! The paper I used to cover the flowers is the Candy Cane Lane paper. This little book was really easy to put together! I cut the coasters with the die cutter
and I cut the patterned paper with the die cutter as well. I used the circle punch for the flower middle and I made sure that I mounted it on foam tape (you can also use dimensionals). The reason I did this was because when you cut the flower, it has a hole in the middle. I wanted it covered. I used my crop a dial to punch a hole through the flowers to insert the ring. So, going with my theme of the last few posts, use what you have! I used my die cutter, which had been collecting dust, and my left over coasters! The die actually matches one that is in the Stampin Up catalog, but I don't know the name of it.
Now, on to finishing one more mini book! I've been talking about this for a while, I just need to take a few more pictures! I also plan to cover some valentine mail boxes and decorate them. Stay tuned! Let me know what you think. By the way, I figured out how to include all my pictures on one post. I should have realized how to do this earlier...duh! Life is so much easier with just one post!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Card of the Week Blog

Everyone visiting my site, if you get a chance, pop on over to the Card of the Week blog ( Susanna posted a link to my mini books but if you click on the links to some of the other mini books, there is really some amazing work there. time to waste, check it out now :) I'm in love with the shaped mini book and the valentine star book. Wow! I'm think I may go and create my own shaped mini book! So chop, chop, time to get inspired :)