Saturday, January 30, 2010

A few of My Favorite Things...Make a Wish

My Birthday is Tuesday as well as my one year blog anniversary, I have a BIG surprise for you on February 2nd, until then; these are my Birthday wishes for you all.
  1. May your life be full of surprises all wrapped up in  pretty packages.
  2. I hope all your wishes come true, and you never stop believing in magic.
  3. May you be surrounded by those you love, to celebrate each of life's precious moments.
  4. I hope you have have a bag of tricks to get you through life's sticky situations.
  5. I wish for you to always enjoy the thrill of the hunt...for me its cake plates and bowls.{and STAMPS}
  6. I hope you can have your cake and eat it too {hehehe} ...forget the cake I love the frosting!!
  7. I hope you have a long and happy creative life my friends. {the senator a 3500 year old cypress tree in Longwood Fl.} 

Friday, January 29, 2010

2010 Winter CHA Projects

I had two categories to make projects for. The first ,was Gifts from the Kitchen.

You may remember this project from a previous post during the 12 days of Christmas, this is a cocoa gift set with a fun pink and teal color combo from Bella Blvd. and core'dinations.I used the Japanese scales folder on the cup sleeve demonstrating once again that these folders are super versatile!!

My next Project is a chocolate bar slider sleeve.

This is a fun gift item with my favorite theme ever...chocolate!! I used the whitewash core'dinations cardstock, and cosmo cricket papers.I wonder if the chocolate bar survived CHA?

I made this colorful and charming recipe box, that my sister has claimed to be her favorite!

I love this cheerful paper from cosmo cricket, it reminds me of a retro kitchen.Fun. I picked up this premade box at my local craft store and covered it in all these happy papers for a custom look.I even played with my new cricut to make this "recipe" label.

This is the takeout container I shared with you in this post

These gorgeous papers from adornit really "make" this project. Even though these fortune cookies are made from paper the takeout container can be used for yummy treats!

If you grow your own herbs, or know someone who does, you will love this project.

These plant markers are all dressed up in cosmo cricket paper, stamped images and a bird from the winter woodland cartridge.You can pick these up at Michaels or target for $1.00 and embellish away!

I made this Family tree for the "family reunion" category, it is a 3D wood tree covered in pages from a book, glitter and sweet paper from Bella Blvd.The flowers are embossed as well as the metal hearts.

I had so much fun with all of my projects, and feel so honored to have the opportunity to have my work seen at CHA.

Thanks for taking a tour of my CHA paper crafting projects!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

When the Moon hits your eye.....

Like a big pizza pie, That's Amore'! Everybody sing....
Well I have to tell you how "jazzed" I am to show you my Cuttlebug Be inspired project this week! This weeks challenge is to make a vintage themed Valentine gift set, I had a very specific image to work with and was unsure how to pull it together.So in true paper crafter style........ {i played}  I love how it turned out, and can't wait to give it to my daughter and her boyfriend for heart day!

I lined the box with several patterned papers, to make it pretty.Its a medium size pizza box from my local pizzeria. The rest of the lyrics are inside the lid, as well as a few more crafty secrets images.

I started with a plain white flour sack towel, and added a 2" trim of classic red and white checks. I then embroidered the cutlery in red at the center of the towel, red is really so not her color but it IS the color of Valentines Day! I just adore the vintage feel of the project, mixed with the current attitude of  spending quality time with those that matter most.Some things never go out of style!


I added a very simple chalkboard to the set and a mini pizza box filled with chalk, I have had these teeny weeny spoon and fork charms in my stash for as long as I can remember. *Ahhh* dontcha' love it when you can finally put something that cute to good use!!

So when the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie.....just go for it who knows what wonderful things might happen!

Be sure to take a stroll on over to cuttlebug Challenge blog and see what my "buggy" DT sisters have made in pure gorgeous vintage style!

Monday, January 25, 2010

My Craft Room Is Featured!!

I just wanted to share a bit of exciting news, My little craft room has been featured on Crafty Storage blog. I'm beyond honored, as they have some of the most INCREDIBLE craft and hobby spaces I have ever seen all gathered up in one place for your eyes to feast upon. Be prepared to fall in love with this blog, it seriously is chock full of great tips and amazing ideas! Thank You Jessica for featuring my space, you are a doll!!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Take Out Box and Paper Fortune Cookie Tutorial

This is one of my projects for CHA, at the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog booth.

This is a new twist on the traditional take out container. I'm sure you have all seen the wide variety of takeout containers at your local craft store in every size and color, and they have a multitude of uses. I will show you how to make a slightly more elegant style of container.

Gather your supplies: I used an empty Godiva box {after all the divine chocolate was eaten} and altered it to fit my project {I will have a template available for you after CHA is over}
You will need 2 12x12 sheets of card stock, a stylus, decorative papers, glue dots, circle cutter, embossing folders, cropodile, large grommets,ribbon, stamps, and stazon ink

cut 6 circles of patterned paper at least 4 1/4" in diameter. To make fortune cookies, fold circle in half and attach a glue dot. Fold carefully in opposite direction and attach second glue dot. Its OK if they are not perfect...real cookies aren't either!!

To make your "fortune" you will need strips of ribbon about 3-4 inches, stamp messages with stazon ink and apply a glue dot to end of ribbon. Place ribbon in fortune cookie and gently attach, allowing the sentiment to hang out of cookie.

Now its time to embellish your elegant take out container. I cut layers of rectangles embossing them with the new oriental weave folder on the chocolate and coredination whitewash layer.

The closure of the box is a double flap, I punched a 1 inch circle of patterned paper, and placed the large grommet into the flaps with my cropodile.The ribbon is threaded through both flaps and holds its beautiful secrets securely in place! Of course you can use this style of take out box for treats, love notes, even baby gifts!

I hope you like my elegant twist on the takeout container, let me know what you think.

ETA : view video tutorial of fortune cookies at this post.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

A Few Of My Favorite Things

I hope you are having a wonderful Saturday, I hope you got to sleep in late have pancakes for brunch and plan to spend the whole day in you jammies!
Here are a few snap shots of some of my favorite {pink} things!! Happy relaxing!

Clockwise: Always stamp set Stampin'Up!, Cherry bread Bob Evans, Fringe soap tray gift set,Williams Sonoma heart ramekins, rose glitter Stampin'Up!, lazy day reads, necco conversation hearts{love the banana ones} and pretty printed packing tape, my all time favorite lip gloss infused with peppermint oil by Origins.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Pink Softness

I'm sharing a quick sneak peek of one of my projects I made for CHA to be displayed for the Cuttlebug Challenge blog. Its a very simple and sweet Mothers Day card, that really showcases the embossing. This is bar none the fastest card I have ever made!
Each Thursday the "hen house crafters" wrap me up in the warmth and love that only friendship can, no matter what is going on in my world I know with absolute certainty that they will be there for me. Today I didn't feel much like creating , so I watched in a trance while Linnea worked her crochet hook.My grandmother was an expert and tried many times to teach me, I loved to watch her animated fingers as fast as lightning. {Not.a gift I posess} LOL

The soft pink fibers soothed away all my stress and I found myself mesmerized by the beauty of the transformation of a pink ball of yarn into something real and useful.

Linnea's quiet personality belies her artistic and creative spirit, she is funky and hip despite her mild mannered exterior, one of the many things I love about her.

This sweet tiny beret was made while we chatted,and waited for lunch to be served.Today was just what I needed refreshing, relaxing and fun. Thanks girls!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Valentine ATC, and box template.

Love is in the air This week at Cuttlebug Challenge blog as we gear up for Valentines with ATC's {artist trading cards} they are the perfect size for exchanging classroom Valentines, or for sharing love notes with your sweetie!
I have to show you one of my favorite tricks of the trade for getting the most "bang for your buck" out of the embossing folders. This is the new koi folder from the Asian inspired bundle.The trick is to use portions of the folder to create a whole new look, I have utilized the ripples in the water to emboss a pretty swirl in the hearts. is that nifty8fifty or what?

I have to confess this challenge struck a cord of panic, I had never considered making ATC's, but seriously let me put your mind at ease....they are pretty "user friendly" they are small, and fast its a great way to try a new technique that you 've been putting off for a rainy day!! I had so much fun making them, I had to hit the brakes!

I loved the idea of turning this into a gift set so I made a box to stash them in.Wouldn't this be a darling office gift set? I will be giving mine to a pre school girl who is oh so frou frou...a girl after my own heart!

I have 8 valentines in there and I think maybe 12 would fit rather nicely. I have to say a big THANK YOU to my sweet friend Toni for giving me that adorable pom pom trim she knew I would love its fuzzy cuteness! {and I do}

Be sure to check out all the valentine-y goodness the DT has for you to fall in love with, and let me know if you make something fab with the template so I can share it with everyone!
Happy Creating!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Green Girl Birthday card

Now if you are a fan of this stamp set {Always} from stampin'Up! you probably zeroed in on the fact that I cut off birdies little feet {again} I just can't help myself..or I'm just too lazy to cut around his wee little feet, either way it seems I do it every time! This gift card holder is made from a recycled coffee sleeve, and was made for my sisters Birthday. She is a "green girl" and I wanted to be a good earth loving gift giver!
I used the word window punch to cut out the long oval shape to insert the actual gift card holder{this will take multiple punches} You can experiment with different shapes and sizes, for instance it would be cool to insert the gift card vertically as well.

I used reinkers and sponges to dye the previously white flower.
I really struggle with any shade of purple, it reminds me of when I went through a purple only phase at around 9 years old...purple birthday cake{remember grape ape?}, purple jacket, purple ribbons in my hair, purple kool-aid, toothbrush, nail polish, bathing suit *ugh* you just never recover from purple overload!!! I want to forgive & forget all hues of lilac but its just so hard to not feel "9" every time I see it! Can you relate? Did you ever have a "color binge" that you cant seem to shake?

Friday, January 15, 2010

Are you smiling?

Can you celebrate with me as I do the "happy dance" we are officially braces free! Now don't get me wrong we adore our orthodontist, and the entire staff. They are like old friends after all these years, and I just had to give them a little something to say thank you. Doc. as everyone calls him has a fab sense of humor. I knew when I found an ice tray mold of teeth......... exactly what I would do with it!
If you have had any experience with braces, you know that they take plaster impressions of every patients teeth, so I made them a chocolate version of the toothy impressions. These were a big hit...with the staff and the patients, talk about a room full of perfect smiles!!
Thanks Doc. for the beautiful smiles I see on my girls faces each and every day! Worth every penny....lots and lots of pennies.

Did you know that 90% off ALL New Years resolutions are broken by the 14th of January? How about you, are you still resolved? Me? Oh , my fearless resolution
is still in full effect. For Chellas' birthday we went to Universal studios and I rode the new rockit coaster.
65MPH, 17 stories tall, and a record breaking loop...yeah I'm a coaster chick {not} I'm a chicken! so I was fearless, and I got on despite my better judgement. What good old fashioned make your heart stop fun !!So I kept on riding , and ended up with roller coaster hangover the next day :)

We of course had some silly Birthday fun. What family day would be complete without it?

Chella and her friend had a blast, and took over 375 photos! I think little miss "haute couture" may have a future as a photographer.