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New Year Crafting Resolutions!

Ok, so it is no secret that I have all but disappeared off the crafting radar screen.  I hate that.  I love my job, but I don’t love that it does not afford me time to craft or cook. SO, for the New Year, I am going to try the following: for ever two hours (minimum) of work I do on the weekend, I can craft for an hour.  This doesn’t mean that if I do four hours of work I’ll automatically spend two hours crafting, but I have to do at least two hours of work to earn my hour of crafting time. I think 1-2 hours per weekend is all I can afford, but we’ll see.

For Christmas I received a Cuttlebug from a dear friend!  I was so excited.  And as you can see below, I’ve already put it to good use.  I wanted it mostly for dry embossing, but now I think I’m going to be very into die cuts too! I love it.  I only have the die cuts and embossing folders it came with and the Winter Bundle embossing pack, so I’m clearly going to have to expand my collection. 🙂

Anyway, here are four thank you cards–the fruit of Saturday’s labors.

light blue cardstock; “Winter Woods” embossing folder (Provo); Pearls by Mark Richards (Crystal Stickers); letterpress tag (Paper Source)

lavender cardstock; white cardstock; Wisteria Paper Collection (BasicGrey); “Celebration Stamps” Embossing/Die set (Provo Crafts); “Salutation Phrases” MiniMarks Rub-ons (American Crafts); Quickie Glue Pen; Baby Pink ultrafine glitter (Barbara Trombley)

TECHNIQUE:  here I filled in the indented part of the embossed heart stamp image with my glue pen and sprinkled it with ultra-fine glitter for a little extra bling

white cardstock; “Phoenix Dotted Swiss” cardstock (Bazzill); “Christmas Wreath” embossing folder (Provo Crafts); white gel pen (Sakura); Accessories Book 2 MiniMarks Rub-ons (American Crafts)

TECHNIQUE: I liked the embossed image on the textured paper.  I decided to bring it out by outlining particular parts of the wreath with a white gel pen.  If I had all the colors I want, I would have outlined the image using various colors…but I think the white and red keeps it simple.

“Chicken Pox” June Bug Collection PP (BasicGrey); stash items; Sticker (Target)

I’m not a “bright color” person, typically, but every once in awhile a project calls for it and then I’m left with scraps! So, in an effort to use up these scraps I made this card.  I’m actually quite pleased with it. I apologize for my finger in the shot, but I couldn’t get the colors/light right otherwise.

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

Magazine Gift Bows

I learned about the magazine gift bow tutorial at All About Orange, via Going Green Crafters and Artists, a wonderful new blog focusing on eco-crafting (and to which I OCCASIONALLY contribute!)

This idea isn’t just neat because it is a great way to re-use paper, but the bows themselves can really make a package unique.  Check it out!

Blog Candy Alert: Creative Antics

Ann has a great bunch of blog candy to give away in celebration of her 1 year blogversary.  It is ALL stuff I love.  Check it out!

Sunday Scrappin’ 6/28/09

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TA-DAs

Well, this was another good crafty week for me (which means I didn’t get a lot of other important stuff done, but shhh….don’t tell).  Last week’s challenge was to do something in honor of dads, about dads, etc…and I managed to do a component of a LO here.  I tried the iris folding technique several weeks ago and loved it, but it does create lot of bulk behind the mat.  In an attempt to rectify that, I tried an iris effect without folding the strips (and using ONLY scraps).  It came out ok, but I had to add white gel pen because the scraps had such a busy pattern, the effect was obscured.  This will go on a LO about my family, since it is a picture of my dad and his mom, circa 1943 or 44.

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My biggest accomplishment from last week is that I completed my first quilling project!!

And here are two ta-das from previous weeks that I couldn’t show because the recipients hadn’t received them yet!

CIMG8456CIMG8472CIMG8452You can find all the particulars on the cards in my gallery at scrapbook.com.  I did want to mention, however, that the last two cards use some great Anna Griffin border stamps that I got from Anita at Anita’s Arts.  Do check out her site!

Finally, I whipped this quick card together mostly as an excuse to use my new cherry blossom stamp from inkadinkadoo:

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Amy has challenged us with this for next week:

I’d love to see something that represents your summer. Not necessarily a layout of summer activities… though that would work… but maybe something inspired by the color of your neighborhood pool, or something that reminds you of your garden. Get creative with summer inspirations!

Maybe I’ll integrate it with my next quilling project!

One of those days…

Oh goodness…has it ever been one of those days. It is one of those days where I feel like I should be sent to an island by myself where I can’t bother anyone and they can’t bother me, LOL. But then the UPS man, kind, kind man that he is, brought me my new quilling book.

Sometimes, it truly is the little things. 🙂  And a mojito made by my husband. 🙂

REUSE: Ribbon Storage

As promised, here are two ideas for ribbon storage, which reuse different type of containers.  The first, is a vertical ribbon dispenser, formerly known as a container for Martha Stewart’s sugar cookie mix. 🙂  The execution isn’t great (I couldn’t find my SHARP box cutter), but you get the idea and it works!

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I’m running low on ribbon…that’s why it isn’t full. 🙂

Have a lot of ribbon scraps and an old candy box (I like petit fours boxes because the shapes are all uniform)?

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If your odds and ends are organized, you are more likely to use them!  While the “Use Your Stash” challenge is officially over, I hope everyone feels invigorated about putting the “scrap” back in “scrapbooking!”

Along those same lines, check out this workshop, as posted by Ali Edwards, on how to create scrapbook art out of anything!

Sunday Scrappin’ 3/1

It has been a long time since I’ve participated in Sunday Scrappin‘!  But since I did do a week bit of paper-crafting this week, I figured I’d post!

TA-DAs:  I completed some more coasters.  I tried to re-use some paper from a gift bag (the chartreuse ones with green flowers), but the paper was too thin I think. While they will still work, they don’t look as nice because the ridges from the can lid stick out too much. I’m also looking into a glass cutter (at the suggestion of a friend) so that I can make them resistant to heat and condensation.  These latest ones I did while on the phone with my mom (shh…don’t tell her!).

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TO-DOs:

  • probably more coasters!
  • Scrappin’ Sunday challenge: try something new (whatever that may be…)

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