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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

~Forever ~

A sweet little card for that someone special.




I've been playing around with some of my Christmas presents, Spellbinder Dies and fiddling around with them.

 I love the lacy, detailed cut and the ability to emboss with the same die is wonderful. Like any machine, it all depends on the quality of paper/card stock that you are using. I found a site that had a great sale on them, as low as $9.99 for these dies...so needless to say, I jumped on them ;) and here is where you can find excellent sales on crafting supplies. Enjoy!

The card stock was something new for me, it's from Crafter's Companion and I love the feel of it. Makes a lovely card base or cut outs.

Embossed the card base with polka dot embossing folder from Sizzix, layered some pink gingham paper, and rounded the corners with We R Memory Keepers Crop~A~Dile Corner Chomper Tool (another Christmas present).

I cut out some leaves and flowers with my Silhouette Cameo. Faux Pearls, a little bling, a ribbon and stamped 'forever' onto the cut out from the same Spellbinder die (Lattice Mottifs).Ran a ribbon across the top of the pink gingham, and layered up with foam dimensional stickers.

On the inside of the card I cut out a pearly pink insert, rounded the corners and it is now ready for a sentiment and your signature...and Le Voila a cute little card is born ;)

I've entered this little beauty in the House of Cards challenge, come on over and check it out ;) 

This is the sketch to work with ;)


Happy Crafting...






Friday, January 10, 2014

~2014 Receipt Envelope Album ~

Red Gingham Receipt Organizer

A place for all our receipts ~ nice and neat, handy.


How good it feels to get another little project checked off my craft room 'bucket list' ~ starting off the New Year on the right foot. Yay! It's all good.

After the closet make over, I came across a few items that I had stored away and didn't realize I had ~ like the envelopes I used for this little project.

 5 3/4 X 4 3/8 inches
I chose papers from Glitz Paper Pack Cashmere Dame, and a few from DCWV Everyday Stack and Girl Stack. Easy Peasy and the bird cage on from Victoria Park lily bee design ( thanks to my win over at The Memory Nest ~ love the paper Leslie)



The paper stacks were the 6 X 6 inch pads so not much work in cutting them down to size for the project...I simply cut down the one side of the 6 X 6 inch paper so that it would fit into the envelope with the top of the paper sticking out past the top of the envelope flap ~ traced the opening of the envelope out slightly larger than the opening itself, and cut out all 13 papers. (13 because one is the back cover page).

The tops or the 'flaps' are then turned and pasted to the inside of the envelope so that it gave my page a two~tone matching color scheme, finishing the page nicely....and so little scraps left over. Another plus for this project.


You can find free calendar downloads at http://www.calendarlabs.com/ or just google and find a template that you like. I printed them up, matted them on black card stock and faux stitched...yes, faux stitching again, but this time it was simply because this receipt book is going to be used a lot and sometimes, less embellishment on items that are going to be handled a lot...well, less is best....for me...for this project.


Once that was done I went a head and dressed up the pages! Glued on the little calendars, faux stitched and scored the flap at the half way mark on each envelope ~ to make a sturdy spine. I stamped the corners of the calendars mostly to add just a little something since less embellishments ~ and stamps don't fall off no matter how many times they are handled ;)

I brought out all my scraps that I had cut into different sizes, and cut out diagonals to place in the corners of the back of each envelope to make a pocket.

Found some recipe cards that I plan on using to keep track of miscellaneous spending throughout the month or make little notes for myself.

Naturally, I wanted the back page to be a little more sturdier so I cut out two pieces of white card stock to the exact size and shape of the envelopes, glued them together and covered them with matching papers, using the flap cut out as a pocket for extra recipe note cards.

I loved the idea of having a spiral spine because it gave me the option of leaving the little book open to the exact month for easy access, so out came my Bind It All by Zutters. To be honest, I had to watch a little video to refresh myself on how to align the spine...been a while....but it worked beautifully.


So all in all, this was a fun, easy, cute little project and it will be used to keep track of all those receipts in one neat place. Check mark 2014 Receipt keeper off the craft room bucket list!! On to my next project...which one will it be?

What's on your list?

Happy Days for 2014 to one and all!





Sunday, January 5, 2014

Sound The Alarm ~

Someone Special 

Turning 3 Today! 

Hip~hip~hooray!

A special little grandson is turning 3 today and he is into trucks of all kinds, so I thought this one would catch his eye.

This firetruck was cut out in layers and then assembled, it is one of the many shapes you can purchase at Silhouette online store

I embossed a few parts of the truck to make it stand out. Using Spectrum Noir markers, I just outlined a few areas.

On the inside I cut out a yellow piece of card stock and embossed it, printed up a special little verse, layered it up and added a few faux stitching to add a little punch. 

This truck can stand up on it's own!
I made the matching envelope with my Crafter's Companion Ultimate Tool envelope maker. Now the little red firetruck has a place to park until Mr. Parker opens it up!
Happy 3rd Birthday Parker! 

Thank you for stopping by, wishing everyone all the best for the new year ~ Happy Crafting!



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ps I've decided to play along with the Silhouette Challenges ~ come on over and check it out!Silhouette Challenges

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Deep Freeze

Baby it's cold outside. Right now it's -25 Celsius or -13 Fahrenheit...brr it's cold! and yes, I do live in Canada and it's winter time. Down filled coat and good winter boots help keep the cold at bay, but it is not a day to head outdoors for any length of time.

 Holidays are over and I'm stuffed from all the goodies. Been busy with visiting, meals and more meals and babysitting the grandchildren....so my days in the craft room have been numbered...and I'm getting the itch!

I have a few projects in mind, one being a calendar...yes, you would think that I'd have one done up and ready for 2014, but no, nothing like last minute for me.

A project planner, now that would be a great idea and a way of planning projects ahead of time, making it possible to watch and collect the perfect paper collection, stamps or anything else that I would need for the project...or look through what I have and set aside...yes, that sounds like a great idea!

Making a receipt organizer, so that at the end of a year, it would be interesting to see where our money goes...I'm a little afraid ~ is this something I really want to know? lol One for each month, different categories, like groceries, gas, clothing...crafts.

Another project is making a year of cards for family birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions so that they will be ready and waiting...no more last minute running downstairs and hoping the creative side of me is on full systems ready to go ;)

I often wonder do others ever end up going blank at times? I don't like making the same card twice, so it's frustrating at times, when you have to come up with something on a very, very short notice...and naturally, the cards that I would have on hand, I find not suitable or not what I had in mind.

I also want to print up a few inserts for cards, different verses, so I would be able to pick on and plop it in a card as often it takes me just as long coming up with a nice verse as it does for ideas for a card.

Learning how to shade and color with my new Spectrum Noir pens would be lovely.

Using my bind it all by Zutter's is also something I would like to work into some of the projects.

Lots of ideas, now it's just putting it all together. New Year, new start. Here's hoping I can follow through and come up with some fun new projects.


What's on your list? What kind of projects would you like to see and would you like instructions too?

I'd love to hear what you have in mind for 2014.

Thanks for stopping by, and Happy New Year!! from a frozen Canadian Crafter ;)
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