Thursday, November 26, 2009

More Wandering Words - Top note box

Ok, ok, ok - I cased Becky Roberts again. This time I used the thankful stamp from the Wandering words stampset. Instead of a tag or a card I made a top note box. I am going to give this to my mother-in-law today (Thanksgiving). I put in two mini bags of M&M's).
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!

Getting ready for Valentines Day

This card we will make at my January craft night.
Front view of milk carton

Back View of Milk Carton

I have been working on my crafts for my January craft night. I needed to do this for two reason; 1 - is that I needed a break from all of the Christmas projects & 2 - I try to plan a month ahead so that I can make sure I have enough supplies on hand.

So far I have planned for the group to make two 3-D projects, a card using the Sweet Centers heart and lastly I knew I wanted to use the Mailbox with hearts floating out of it from the Wandering Words stamp set (found in the Holiday mini catalog.)

I find such joy in Valentines day. I had fun planning the Halloween projects but Valentines day just makes me happier. Maybe its the colors. I love the new in color - Mambo Melon, Real Red and Regal Rose.

After I made Wandering words card it knew I wanted to use it in a 3-D project. I immediatlely thought of the milk carton tutorial found at the website. I love this tutorial because you can use it for any holiday (see my posting on November 22 where I used the Autumn Harvest stamp). If you search her blog by typing in milk cartons there are so many fun postings of Becky Roberts and other peoples creations. I also used the swirly die cut and am really pleased how it turned out. This took some time piecing together the white and pink die cuts. I think I am going to keep this one for me - Happy Valentines to me :). This is not one of the projects for craft night - I will post those late December or Early January.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Christmas Notepads & craft night handouts

The notepads with the clips are so easy to put together but they make great gifts. It also provides a way for me to use my smaller stamps - like the ones in the Sparkley and Bright stamp set. The most time consuming part is that I stamped the image on every page.

I used the leaf from the Autumn Harvest stamp set on the sour cream containers. I usually make something for each person that attends my monthly craft night to take home. I used the new Autumn Meadows DSP in the Holiday mini catalog. I got the instructions for the sour cream containers here.

Thanksgiving Teacher Gift and class gifts

My very first post was the Autumn Harvest milk carton but I wanted to post it again with the card. I am going to give this to my son's teacher. Then for his class my son helped me with the turkey treat boxes. (I say "helped" because I am not good about letting him help me as I want it done a certain way - but I am learning to let go of some of my perfectionist tendancies). I want him to have some ownership in the project also. I got the idea for the turkey treat boxes here (the 10/28/09 posting). On her blog she has some great uses of the die cut boxes that are made with the big shot. I am going to fill the turkey treat boxes with candy corn.

More tiles, coasters and 3x3 cards

I have been busy making more tiles and coasters for Christmas gifts. For these two tiles I got the idea from here. I also wanted to make some coasters that go with them. I used the travertine tiles and craft ink (love my craft ink).

This first gift set uses the Autumn Splendor stamp set with More Mustard, Really Rust, Ruby Red and Choc Chip craft ink.

This second set uses the Inspired by nature stamp set. I used sponge daubers to dab the craft ink onto the stamp. For all of the tiles I used Glassy Glaze Enamel. I did not put the glossy glaze enamel on the coasters. I baked the tiles and coasters at 350 degrees for 10 - 15 minutes.

The final set of coasters I used both the Farm Life and Country Morning (hostess set) stamp sets. We live in, and I grew up in an agricultural area so these stamps make me feel like home. I made some 3x3 matching cards to go with them.

Thougts and Prayers

I recently purchased the Thoughts and Prayers stamp set and just in time. My uncle is currently in the hospital and I wanted to give him and my aunt a card to let them know I am praying for them. I wanted the card to be somewhat masculine so I used close to cocoa, chocolate chip and artichoke paper. I also love Stampin Up's buttons. For the texturing I used the final press texurizing folder. Now I just have to get the card in the mail.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

More Boxes from Inkingidaho tutorial

I had in my mind some other layouts that I wanted to try using the tutorials from Becky Roberts 12 days of Christmas found here. I had already used the snowmen and elves from the Holiday Lineup stamp set and wanted to make a box using the reindeer. For this box I used a tutorial on faux suede. I can't remember the link but it is really easy. First I crumpled up the paper, then uncrumpled it and layed it out flat. From here I used a sanding block to sand the paper. Once finished the paper looks and feels like suede.

I also used my paper piercer around the reindeer. I need some more practice on this but it was fun and I think it added more dimension. I also put some bling on Rudolphs nose.

I also cased Becky Roberts on the Santa box. See her posting here. I used the tutorial for the bow box for this Santa box. I loved the Merry Moments DSP in the current catalog especially the candy cane stripes.

I have been trying to do various techniques on each box. This box again uses the bow box tutorial and I embossed using the small dots and then using a sponge, I sponged on some chocolate chip ink.

This last box was the most work but I am happy with how it turned out. These boxes are so versitile. The boxes are a great size and I could easily fit a large candle gift in this box (snowman box).

Ok - Actually this is a double casing. I cased the card from here. After I made the card I new I wanted to make a matching box. I was happy that the snowman fit on the box. This took me awhile because I decorated all of the sides of the box.

I am going to have a hard time giving away these boxes. Some I plan on using to decorate with for Christmas. I think I am done making boxes for a little while as I have some classes I have to get ready for but it has been fun making them.

Etching Glass for Christmas

I have been playing around with some different techniques to do at my December craft night and wanted to try etching on glass with my stamps. The technique can be found here. I tried three different stamps. The first one I made used the Santa from Wondering words stamp set found in the Holiday mini catalog. I purchased a glass block from Hobby Lobby one that you can put in Christmas lights. For my first time etching I am happy with how it turned out. I however am not good at making bows which is obvious in the picture. I think I will ask my friend Jill if she will help me make a respectable bow.

For my second and third try I used two sizes of glass jars that I picked up at Wal-Mart. I used the Jolliest Time of Year stamp set. These turned out fairly well also. I definately will be including this in my December craft night.

Autumn Splendor card

I wanted to make a card for someone I know whose husband had surgery and is having a tough recovery. I cased the layout for this card from 7/29 posting. The final press embossing folder was used and really adds dimension to the card. I also wanted to use one of my new buttons from Stampin Up. The paper is vanilla and chocolate chip and the ink is chocolate chip. I really like how it turned out. I will keep her and her husband in my prayers.