Saturday, August 17, 2013

File Birthday Card

The other night my husband asked me if I could make his brother a birthday card and I immediately thought of this coluzzle file template that I have had for about 7 years and hadn't even opened.  I don't know why I am just now using it. I mean, it was a pretty big deal to get it. I sent my aunt in UT on a wild goose chase to purchase it from Hobby Lobby since there weren't any stores near me in Virginia. She mailed it to me and it sat for 7 years! 7 years!  Terrible, I tell you! I swear, from this point on I'll use it more. 

Washi tape is all the craze right now and understandably so. They come in many colors and prints. Its self adhesive and doesn't ruin your paper trying to peel it off if you decide you don't like the position it's in. It's easy to tear and gives a project a simple, something nice. Well, since this card is for my brother in law I looked at the few "washi's" (if it's not a word, it's a word now, lol) I had and they were all too girly for this masculine card. So I dug into my paper scraps and pulled out a few that would go great with one another and, voila! My second favorite thing on this card is the candle. I stuck an inch of bakers twine inside a 1 1/2 "x1" inch paper and put adhesive on one side so that when I rolled it as tight as can be, it would hold together. The end result was a life like birthday candle which I've seen on many birthday cards on the web. Sweet idea whoever came up with it.  

I have a confession, I have a hangup about giving a handmade card to the male species, other than my husband, that is. I guess it's because I feel they won't appreciate a handmade work of art the way we ladies do, but I'm pretty sure my brother in law will appreciate this card not only because of the work put into it but especially what was put on the inside.....the girls' art work. They love them some "Uncle Darrell".  Just one mention of his name and they immediately jump to, "uncle Darrell's coming?!" (He lives 2 hrs away).  I had my girls write, draw, scribble on the inside and that's when I realized that my 4 year old knows how to write her name. lol. Some mother, huh?! I knew she knew how to draw an M, but didn't know she had picked up the Y and A.  It's been something we work on from time to time since she stays home with me. She's one smart cookie!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Up-cycling at it's best!

Years ago, when my very crafty talented aunt introduced me to paper crafts it was all about scrapbooks. I was so proud of my first finished book.  It was a masterpiece of my first child's first year and it pretty much covered everything, from conception (not exactly, lol) to 1st birthday. It took me 2 years to complete and that was in 2006! I'm sad to say that she will probably be the only child who will ever get such detailed work. My second baby's book is still a work in progress, she's now 4 (as I sadly hang my head).  Since then I have maybe completed 20-30 books and out of those, about 4 are mine. What can I say, I get carried away making gifts for everyone but myself. hehe.  Months ago, I had a fellow crafty friend show me her mini scrapbook and I couldn't believe that it was made from TOILET PAPER ROLLS! You can bet that I was on it! I may have used a few more squares each time I used the restroom and I didn't flip my lid when the girls would carelessly let the TP unroll and roll.  LOL. In no time I was ready to start!

It's up to you how many rolls you want to use, 3, 4, possibly 5? It would depend on what size ring you have.  Once you've collected your rolls and removed all the extra pieces of TP flatten it with a bone folder and then paint whatever color you desire. The only areas you really need to paint are a 1/2 to 3/4 inch perimeter on the front and back of the flattened roll and also on both inside edges of the roll.  One of the greatest things about this project is that it's a perfect way to make use of your scraps because it's so small.  You also have the option of adding an insert which gives you more sides to decorate. Make sure they are sturdier than card stock. You can up-cycle a cereal box and cover both sides with scrap-booking paper for the inserts. Don't forget that it will have to be trimmed a bit smaller so it can slide in and out easily. As for the photos, it's totally up to you how many sides you want covered with a wallet sized pic. You cannot go wrong. We all have different styles so have lots of fun with it.

Monday, August 12, 2013

It's Back to School!

Summer went by way to fast! I'm use to school starting after the labor day weekend. No more late night crafting and sleeping in.  I might not be too excited for the fact it effects my current schedule but it also shows me that my little girl is growing way to fast. We were able to meet her teacher last week and I'm happy to announce that she seems to be very down to earth and sweet. Thankfully, we have been blessed thus far.  To show our teachers thanks I love to shower them with gifts through out the year. With this gift, I got the idea from the $1 section of Target. There were so many cute things in the bins it was hard to decide. I kept it sweet and simple and I used my Cricut to make the apple tag and My digital Studio (software from Stampin Up!) to make the paper note.

Monday, August 5, 2013

A New Journey

It's been over a year since I have posted. What can I say, life has been a whirlwind. We took a leap of faith and uprooted our family from Virginia to AZ to be closer to our family when my husband got out of the military. It's been a roller coaster, but I'm holding on to God's promise of a great plan for us. I am a former Stampin Up Demonstrator. With the move it was a bit hard to concentrate on my business, especially not knowing anyone in the area.  I'm still crafting in my spare time and it got me thinking, "How great it would be to make some extra cash in the process by doing something I love!"  If you lack the creative capability or even the time and you are looking for someone to make a scrapbook, card, invitations, party favors, framed art, cupcake toppers, anything paper craft, I'm your gal! In my opinion, there is nothing more special than a handmade gift.

Here are some of the projects I've done this past year. 

Cupcake Toppers

The best part of my projects is that I can personalize them to your liking. If you have any questions please feel free to email me. Obviously, with the wide range of paper crafts, prices will vary depending on products used and the love put into the projects. Even if you are unsure of what you want I can point you in the right direction:)