Sep 29

Saying Thank You

Saying thank you is important.  It isn’t always required or expected, but it is good manners and would make your momma proud.  When people go out of their way to make your life a little easier, you really need to take the time to appreciate it…AND to let them know that you appreciate it.  Recently someone did that for me.  She went above and beyond what she was asked to do and it was awesome.  I felt like she needed an awesome “thank you” in return.  So, I made this…

Saying Thank You

I have shared a card in a box with you before, but I don’t do it very often because it is time consuming.  I reserve these projects for really special occasions.  However, I don’t want to make it sound so daunting a task that you would never even try it!  You definitely SHOULD try it and I will tell you why.

  1. They have the WOW factor…like over the top WOW
  2.  It’s good to flex your creative muscles at times
  3.  You can still fit them in a regular envelope and mail them like an ordinary card
  4.  You can make them for any occasion and use any theme you want
  5.  It is FUN.  Remember, that’s why we do what we do…for enjoyment.

I admit that I did not squeeze mine into a regular envelope, I used too many pearls on it for that.  I made a special box envelope for it and dolled that up too.  That just added to the fun of saying thank you to her.

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If you need a tutorial for a card in a box, simply leave me a comment letting me know and I will get instructions to you.  And after you create one, please share a picture with me so I can be amazed at your cleverness!

Mar 06

Tiny Box

I love this Tiny Box.  When I first saw this package I knew I wanted to recreate it.  It all started with my latest Mary Kay order.   This is one of the packages I received.  I put a Hershey kiss with it so you can see how small it is.

Tiny Box

I took the little box apart and created a template that looked like this.

Tiny Box

Then I copied my template on the back of some of this wonderful scrapbook paper from the Sale-A-Bration brochure. Tiny Box

I used Stampin’ Up’s new Water Color Pencils to color the flowers, leaves and bugs on my paper and assembled the tiny box.  I even made a tiny bee to embellish the lid.

Tiny Box

Can you believe I actually fit 4 Hershey Kisses inside this box?  It was a tight fit, but it worked.  I’m going to use it as a “small” token of appreciation for someone who did something nice for us.

I’ve said it before and I will say it again, inspiration is everywhere!  You can be inspired by the size of a package, like I was with this tiny box, or by the color scheme, the theme, or even just a specific design element that is used.  Be sure that Pinterest isn’t your only source of inspiration for your projects.  Look around your kitchen or even in your make up case.  Take a walk in your yard or at a local park, because God’s creativity in nature is limitless and will give us lots of ideas to work with.  I am so glad the Lord shares his creativity with us so we can make pretty things to share with others!

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Aug 02

National Coloring Book Day

Happy National Coloring Book Day!

National Coloring Book Day

Today is not only National Coloring Book Day, it  is also my niece’s birthday.  What a great opportunity to create a fun card/gift and share it with you!  I don’t know if you have gotten into the adult coloring craze or not.  Personally, I am a coloring fan from way back when.  I didn’t need adult coloring books to appreciate the stress relieving benefits of coloring.  In fact, I got this sweet gift from one of my besties about a year before the more mature books made the scene—and I LOVED it!

National Coloring Book Day

I decided I would stamp a coloring book/birthday card to celebrate today.  The cover was created using the Marquee Messages stamp set.  It’s perfect because there’s lots of opportunity to color it, just what I was looking for.  I used a metal key ring to attach all the cards together and fancied it up with a bit of ribbon.

National Coloring Book Day

The images on the inside are created from a retired Sale-A-Bration stamp set, but you can use whatever you have in your stamp stash.  Just look for stamp images that are begging to be colored.  They can be simple, like these, or more detailed if you’re celebrating with a more mature colorer. 🙂  If you end up using stamps with finer details, you might want to trade the crayons for colored pencils or even some nice fine tipped markers.

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I hope you know a coloring book fan that has a birthday coming up so you can make one of your own!   Of course, you don’t have to wait for a birthday.  You can always make this for a thank you card or to simply say hello.  School is about to start and kids are going to have new boxes of crayons and colored pencils to use.  Maybe you have kids or grandkids that you could surprise by making some coloring book lunch box notes.  There are so many possibilities!

Speaking of back to school…this weekend is tax free shopping weekend in Arkansas.  Did you know that you can use this tax break on your Stampin’ Up! supplies?  Check out this list of supplies that are available tax free this weekend and let me know what you want to order!  us-2016-sales-tax-holiday

Mar 25

Berry Basket Without The Die

When I heard you could make a berry basket without the die I knew I had to give it a try.  I love these cute little baskets, but the Big Shot Die to create them is still on my wishlist.  Creating this basket from scratch is really pretty simple and I love how it turned out.   All you need is some 8 1/2 X 11″ cardstock, a paper trimmer with a scoring blade, a stapler and some strong adhesive—I used Stampin’ Up’s Fast Fuse.  I also embellished mine with stamps and ink.  Here’s how it turned out…

Berry Basket without the Die

Isn’t that adorable?  I used flowers from the Botanicals For You stamp set to embellish it before I assembled the basket.  This little basket is perfect for some Easter treats, but I have lots of ideas running through my head for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day gifts and lots of other holiday fun.  I am excited to make another one with a handle on it.

 

I was in a department store the other day and saw the cutest Easter grass in a package.  It was made of paper….not the plastic stuff, but they wanted $9.99 for a small bag!  I decided to create my own and save the money.  I used Wild Wasabi and Pear Pizzazz cardstock for the “grass” in my Easter basket.  Here’s another look…

Berry Basket Without The Die

If you like this project and think others would too, please share this page.  I am working on a video for this project that should be published soon so watch for it!

Feb 08

Hershey Bar Valentine

A Hershey Bar Valentine is a great way to spread some love this Valentine’s day! These Valentine treats are easy to make, so if you need to do several it won’t take long. They are great to share with co-workers, classmates, teachers, friends, etc.

Hershey Bar Valentine!

One little note about working with chocolate – It is not recommended to attach anything directly to the wrapper using tape.  Some claim that this can affect the taste of the chocolate.  I have never had a problem with that, but thought I would pass the info on to you.  Using the technique shown in the video, it is easy to secure the paper wrapper without actually taping it to the chocolate bar.

Bonus Idea!

You can make mini versions of this using Hershey miniatures.  They look so cute wrapped in colorful Designer Series Paper!  Sit a bowl on your desk to share with clients or coworkers, or put them in little cellophane bags and pass them out to your kids’ teachers.  Chocolate is always a good gift, no matter the size!  The ONLY Hershey miniature I could find to illustrate this, happens to be a Kit Kat bar.  And since my Denver Broncos WON Super Bowl 50 last night, I decided to decorate it for Valentine’s day in Blue and Orange.

Hershey Bar Valentine

I love making little treats like this to share with others.  I’ll be sharing different Valentine ideas all week, so come back tomorrow and see what’s new.  I will tell you in advance that no animals were harmed in the making of tomorrow’s project! 🙂  If you liked this video please leave a comment and feel free to share the Hershey Bar Valentine video with your friends!

Feb 17

Care Packages for My Kiddos…A Minion Invasion!

What college student doesn’t love to receive care packages from home?  I know my kids love it.  My husband and I enjoy thinking creatively about the items we’ll include in each package.  When I saw the cute little Twinkie minions on Pinterest, I knew that I had to make some for Valentine’s Day.  Here is how my version of this cute treat turned out…

Care Packages & Twinkie Minions

We included some of these in care packages to both our children.  My daughter hated to eat her’s because they were so cute!  Of course, in the end the Twinkie yumminess overrides the minion cuteness.

I used some scrap paper to make a pattern for the minion overalls, then traced this and cut them out of Pacific Point cardstock (111350).  Their pockets were drawn on using the Uniball Signo White Gel Pen (105021). The other details were drawn with a black marker.  The little heart is from the Owl Builder Punch (118074).  I used thin strips of Basic Black cardstock (121045) and some googly eyes to make the minion’s goggles.

The care packages included some other little goodies, but by far these little guys were the biggest hit.  Hope you will try making some of these to brighten someone’s day!

Share Your Ideas for Care Packages!

The month is more than half over, but there is still plenty of time to intentionally be a blessing to those around us.  If you have some creative ideas for this, please share them in a comment!   Also, please share ideas you have for care packages for college students…and if it will fit in a small flat rate box, that would be awesome!

Quick and Easy Valentine Ideas

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Quick and easy Valentine ideas are just what we need with only a couple of days left to prepare.  The 2 ideas I have chosen for today are simple to put together and don’t require a lot of supplies.  These would be great to take to your coworkers, send to teachers or even give to your hubby (which is where the peanut butter cups are going).

Let’s take a look at the first project….

Sour Cream Container

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These are easy to make and you can whip out a lot in a short time.  To create this container you simply take a square of Designer Series Paper and glue it in a tube shape.  Then glue the ends of the tube closed, pinching one end closed from front to back and the other end closed from side to side.  Be sure to add your treat inside before sealing it!  My example was made with a 4 X 4 square.  I put a couple of miniature chocolate bars inside.  You can use larger or smaller squares and make this in whatever size you need to hold your goodie.  I embellished my quick and easy Valentine with a stamped greeting and some rhinestones.  It is headed to Indiana to my daughter. 🙂

Another quick and easy Valentine idea is to grab some cellophane bags, fill them with a treat and make a simple topper for the bag.  Here’s my sample…

Cello Bag with Topper

Quick and easy valentine ideas

To add a greeting I simply punched a heart and hand lettered a sentiment.  This topper is stapled closed, but I used the punched heart to hide my staple.  My husband loves this candy and so this will go to him on Friday.

These are just a couple of quick and easy Valentine ideas.  If you have some other suggestions please share them in a comment.  Please share this information on Facebook or Twitter if you think your friends might also want some tips for fast treats.

Oct 12

Jenga Block Keychain

Today I am sharing my Jenga Block Keychain.

 My husband and I enjoy visiting yard sales.  When we go, I am always looking for things that I can craft with.  The other day I found a package of Jenga blocks for 50 cents.  I didn’t know what I was going to do with them, but they were wooden blocks that were all the same size and I was sure I could risk 50 cents on a big bag of them.

I researched some ideas for using Jenga blocks and found some cute Jenga block keychains.  The wheels in my head kept spinning and this is the result…

Jenga Block Keychains

I love how it ended up!  I started by having my dear hubby drill a small hole in one end of the blocks.  I used some small eye hooks purchased at a home improvement store to screw into that hole.  To decorate it, I cut Designer Series Paper in pieces big enough to cover one side.  I used tombo adhesive to attach the DSP to the wooden block.  On the other side of the block, I used a stamp from the Workshop Words set and stamped the logo using StazOn ink.  Next I covered all this with 2 thin coats of clear polyurethane.  I used the heat tool on setting 1 to speed the drying time between coats.  Obviously in the picture I have used 2 blocks so that you are able to see both sides.  Only one of these is actually attached to my keys.

One of the things I like most about the Jenga Block Keychain is that you can still tell exactly what it used to be.  It is also the perfect size to add to your set of keys to make them easier to locate, but not too bulky.  I have been carrying these around for some time now and it is holding up beautifully.

Aug 15

Back to school…

Can you believe summer break is over already?  On Sunday we moved our son back to his dorm room in Tennessee.  Bittersweet.  He LOVES college and was anxious to reconnect with all his Union friends.  I will miss him terribly though.  This week our daughter will be off to grad school too—6 hours from home.   She is such a hard working student and I know she is going to love the challenges that this next degree will require.  God is obviously working in both our kids and I am so proud of them for their obedience to Him.  But boy, is my house going to seem really empty!

To lighten the mood I am going to participate in National Tell A Joke Day.  Now, to be fair, I need you to understand that this holiday is on Friday, but I am posting this on Thursday so you will have some time to look up a good joke and participate in the celebration with me.  PLEASE leave your joke in my comment section so I will have plenty of laughter to distract me from my mostly empty nest.

In true back to school spirit, I have a little math humor…

SCHOOL: 2 + 2 = 4.

HOMEWORK: 2 + 4 + 2 = 8.

EXAM: Matthew has 4 apples, his train is 7 minutes early, calculate the sun’s mass.

As a student who did not enjoy math (and as a homeschool mom who disliked it even more by trying to teach it), I had to chuckle at that one.

I want to say a big thank  you to all my friends who are teachers and give so much of themselves to their students.  I pray that in  your classroom this year, the love and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ would be felt by each person that walks through the door.  May you have many opportunities to demonstrate God’s love to your students and their families this year!

And for our project I am going to share something I did in a class at the end of the school year.  It would make just as cute a teacher gift for the beginning of the year as the end…

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These little water bottle tags are easy to make and versatile, but most of all it is a thoughtful and useful gift for the teacher.  You could change out the water for a soda and add a small candy bar to the pocket.    Maybe you could even decorate a different one each month for a little gift, so teachers feel appreciated all year long!

Please don’t forget to leave me a joke in the comments section.  If you don’t have one handy just do what I did and Google good clean jokes.  Hope you all have a great day and remember—tell a joke tomorrow!