Saturday, December 29, 2018

Box of Thank You's

OOPS........This was suppose to post before the card post.  Sorry.  I thought I hit the right button...........guess not lol.

Hello again....I'm back with more scraps!  As I stated in my last post I have alot of scraps from the baby project I did months ago.  I used some of them for the Baby Sampler and then decided that the new mom to be could probably use some Thank You cards too.  I saw on Pinterest this cute little box that held cards.  So I decided to re-create it for Thank You notes.  This went together pretty quickly.  Word of caution...use at least 110# card stock for the box.   I tried making it originally from regular card stock and it seemed a bit flimsy.   Ribbons keep the box closed. 

The cards are pretty simple and although you can't really tell I used and embossing folder that said Thank You on the green, gold, and orange strips on the bottom of the cards.  Of course the insides are blank for messages.  The center squares have been popped up with dimensionals.   This box is storing 8 cards and envelopes.  It could probably hold 12 cards and envelopes if the fronts were all flat but because of the dimensionals it could only hold 8.
Well the scraps are nearly all gone now.  I may be able to make a couple tags but then that's it.  Whewwwww...great way to use up a paper pack.  This was the 6x6 Echo Park Jungle pack.  Who knew it could be stretched this far.

Til next time


It's been a JUNGLE in here!  lol  Trying to get the most from the JUNGLE scraps I had from the baby album made in October.  I think I am finally nearing the end.       Well maybe...heehee.
Today to go with the Sample and the box of Thank You's I have a Fancy Fold card.  I can't remember what this folds "Official" name is but it's a type of Shutter card.  I originally made one in Christmas papers two years ago to fit inside a legal size envelope so it was Tall and Skinny.
You can look at it Here
This one is sized for a regular check size envelope.  Do those have an actual name?  Maybe standard?  The envelopes are only about 3.5" wide and 6.25" long about the size of a check or Dollar bill.  So the card isn't very big.  The base is 8x6 and scored every 2" on both the long and short sides.

This is just perfect to go along with the gift.  Well now all I have are some little pieces and I think (4) 6x6 sheets left.  Just enough for a few tags maybe for Birthday gifts.
So you will see just a wee bit more of this paper later.

Til then......................

Thursday, December 27, 2018


Well did you survive Christmas??  I know I did.  It was absolutely wonderful.  Family gathered and I really enjoyed the grandkids running around and watching their excitement as they opened gifts.  I had thought I was finally able to put my "Creative Juices" to rest for at least a wee bit.   BUT......................
A friend of mine basically at the last minute sent me an invite Christmas Day Eve for a baby shower to be held on Saturday.  Yep in 4 days!!!  Although I don't mind getting gifts or gift cards for these events I always love to add something a little more personal and homemade.  Yikes but I only have 4 days!!
Well previously I had made a Jungle themed baby book for another friend back in the fall and I had alot of scraps from that book.  A great way to use alot of little scraps is creating a sample that can be hung on the wall of a nursery.  Lucky for me I had a Recollections (from Michael's) printers tray in the craft room.  TA DA!!!!!!  I had a plan.  The sex of the baby is not being announced so it had to be neutral.  Jungle is neutral right?  So here's what I came up with.
The little sign in the upper left corner didn't show up on camera but it says "Beware Sleep Deprived Parents".  The stickers I used were from  Some are Jolie's, some Recollection's and some Dollar Tree.  A few homemade like the banner by the giraffe, the word BABY and the silver stars.  The papers were mostly from Echo Park.   Now I just need to get it wrapped.  Oh and I still have scraps from the scraps so I think I may make her a set of Thank you cards too with the same papers.  Just a little added bonus.

Thanks for stopping in.


Friday, December 14, 2018

December Birthday card.

Let it Snow...Let it Snow...Let it Snow!!
But trying to get creative and make a December Birthday card has never been my thing.  I always resort back to frilly girly cards in pastels and shimmer paper.  Well I decided to be different this time.  Its winter...the birthday girl is one of the ladies that will be at our ladies Christmas party so lets do a winter card.  What says winter more than SNOWMEN??
So I had this adorable stamp that has no name on it.  I'm pretty sure I got it at Hobby Lobby like 8 years ago or so.  Here's what I came up with.  Though it looks like a fancy fold card it is not.

I love this Navy/ taupe color combo.  The card was meant to look a bit like an envelope and I mimicked the outside by pulling the same type of triangle inside too.  I think she is going to love it.  The card itself is 4.5 x 6 with layer after layer.  The snowman was lightly colored with colored pencils and some stickles (hard to see) was added to the swirls on the front.

Easy Peasy!

Til later...........


So right after Thanksgiving my husband and I went to a huge craft show at the county fair grounds.  I just love browsing through all the beautifully crafted items, some of which I would never attempt due to the complexity and my lack of patience lol.  One of the vendors had lots of wood Christmas items and the one that caught my eye was this barn board with decoupage trees on it.  Soooo cute.  But I wasn't really in the market for another Christmas decor item so I passed.  Until I got home and all I could do was think about this board.  Well....yep...I had to try and re-create it from memory.  I had a board from a previous project that I never completed and I thought I could just pain over it.  So I did.  The original board was black with some other colors added to make it look more like a night sky.  I gesso's over it in white and liked that it looked more like a greyish white.  I then hand cut out s few trees and got out the mod podge.  Laid them on and mod podged over the entire board.  But..........a slight pinkish hue started to show up.  YIKES!!!!  Maybe I could camouflage it with some clear Twinkle Glitter paint.  Made it pinker!  Oh well but now I'm kind of liking it.  Drum roll please.........................

I used a Tim Holtz die for the Merry Christmas.  This board is about 12" x 20".  The trees are cut out of 12x12 paper and are 12" tall not including the trunks.  I think I will do this again but with new boards.  Next year time in my world for this year.

Til next time................


OMG...this month has been insane.  There were some health issues in my family followed by lack of shopping for Christmas gifts and virtually no blogging.  That being said has led me to a back up of Christmas sharing.  So this is going to be a catch up post.

Where to start???   Guess we will do some G45's.  My all time favorite papers for the season.  Ok my all time favorites all year long!  These 3 cards are pretty simple.  I use one of the sheets that have 4x6 post card type drawings. These are so easy to just mat and put on the front of a card and then just add a bit of bling and glitter. 

All the insides were done the same so it was easy to slap them together.  All the little extras like the stamps and tags and some of the flowers were popped up for a dimensional effect.

Next are some cards that I did for the Ladies group I'm in.  We are having our Christmas party this Sunday and of course each of my special ladies must have a special card.  Here are the ones I did for them
The one on the left is a Z fold and again I'm using my G45 papers.  The pop up card in the front is the new line of G45 Christmas papers.  The middle back card I really love and it was super easy by making this belly band as the embellishment.  Here's a peek of the inside..
Its called a Flag fold card and is a great way to use all those little stamp images G45 has in their collections.  The far right card is also a fancy fold card too by Polly's Paper Studio.
SEEN HERE.  So much fun to make.  Front gets untied to reveal a small flip up.

The when opened there is a place for a tag or gift card on the left and on the right another flip up.  Isn't this adorable?  And yes more G45 papers.  I sort of mixed and matched all these papers as they go so well with one another.

I am extremely pleased will all of these.  I can't wait til the ladies get to see their cards.  Oooo...and their gifts.  Which I will have to share later so I don't spoil the surprise.  

More Christmas to come!


Sunday, December 2, 2018


Happy December everyone.   Can you believe it?  Christmas is almost here and I bet alot of you are scrambling just like me to get everything done.
Earlier I saw an article about a Christmas Eve Box.  I thought "What a great idea"!  My grand kids would love it.  But you know me I have to take it 1 step further.  Mine is just going to be called a Christmas Box.   Next year I will have a much better box, but for this year I have to use what I have.  So what did I have?  A wine tote box.  Yep it originally held 4 bottles from a winery up in Door County Wisc.  I didn't want to go too crazy on the decorating of the box because this is a 1 time thrifty use so I just covered the sides that had the winery name on it.
I then got started.  Everything in the box is for an activity for the kids to do as the big day approaches.  For example....I put in a couple craft kits from Michael's and a few homemade craft kits.  I just put them into clear bags and made a topper for the bag.  Ingredients for reindeer food and recipe to make it as well as snowman soup.  Some popcorn for a snack night,  Color sheets that are also the letters to send to Santa.  A special letter from Santa was included as well as an activity calendar.

The grand kids are so excited for the holidays that I thought this would help their mom and dad from going crazy with the "Is it Christmas yet?"  As you can see not all the days are filled in.  I mean you need a little breather right?  I'm really liking this idea and cant wait to start designing the one for next year.  I will definitely be more organized and I would like to give the box to the kids by December 1st.
Well that's all for now.
Til next time...................................