Monday, February 28, 2011

♥♥♥♥♥

A quick post today to wrap a few more February projects..........

Glue Arts and Little Yellow Bicycle teamed up this month with their "Cupcake Love" collection - the cutest! 
 
Home Decor - "Hugs for Sale"
































I reached for the Glue Arts Glue Gun again and again for this project.



















I also made this card for the Glue Arts Blog using Fancy Pants "Love Birds" collection of pattern paper and stickers.

Card - "{love}"






























One last card today to share that I put together for Bo Bunny's Card Challenge Tuesday using their new Ad Lib collection using Romy Veul's adorable sketch.........

Pocket Tag Card - "Happy Birthday"


















You can attach a gift card, photo or just include personal message to the tag......






















Thanks for stopping by.......Happy Monday!  :)


Friday, February 18, 2011

Favorite Layouts...

Off and on I struggle with creating layouts....that vast piece of paper and my mind goes blank!  But I've had a couple of favorites lately that I wanted to share.......

I made this Valentine's layout for the "Catchy Title Tuesdays" challenge over at the Bo Bunny Blog - we used "Forever Young" as our theme...........

"4Ever Young......Forever in My Heart"

















Supplies:
Tools:
Fiskars Border Punches; Squeeze Punches and Lever Punches

















 The white dots are made with the handle tip of a paintbrush and white acrylic paint.

















This next layout is actually from a couple months ago and I completely forgot to post it here.........
"Christmas Stockings"

Supplies:
Echo Park Paper - Everybody Loves Christmas pattern papers and stickers
Tools:
Fiskars - Border Punches, Squeeze Punches and Shape Templates

 I was really excited to find out that it was one of the winning layouts for the Echo Park Paper Challenge over @ Two Peas in a Bucket!  I received several collections of Echo Park's gorgeous lines...yay!  Can never get enough of that stuff!





























I added Ranger's Crackle Medium to the little Santa paper cut out and it turned out sooo cute!

















Thanks for visiting! Enjoy the long weekend!  :)

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

My family is all about hugs & kisses and showing our love for each other every day in the things we do for one another and in the time we spend together.  But we still enjoy taking a little extra time to create handmade cards and gifts for each other on Valentine's Day.  I especially look forward to those creative cards and projects my children make - they always make me smile!  As for me, I typically create love notes that I tuck into lunch boxes, a kids' craft project for the upcoming class party this afternoon, cards/tags and even the occasional home decor project.  Here are a few projects I've made recently...


Glue Arts featured May Arts' gorgeous ribbons last week and I created this layered Ribbon Frame for the blog.  I picked up a bunch of these simple black 4" frames from IKEA and find they make the cutest home decor accents that are easy to embellish.   

















I remove the glass so that the dimensional embellishments can be seen easily.  The center accent is a puffed heart made with ribbon behind a punched out heart.

















These Pencil Toppers are a craft for any age child using Fiskars Punches, Fiskars Clear Stamps and pipecleaners - you can make them as complex or simple as you like.












Glue a pipecleaner end between two circle punches and decorate the front and back with punches, stamps or stickers. Then wrap the remaining pipecleaner around the top of a pencil....voila!
 













Here's a quick card -"Hugs & Kisses" - using Bo Bunny's Crazy Love collection of pattern paper and embellishments.

















I layered blocks and strips of pattern paper along with punches to create this card.

















I also baked cookies last week that I packaged in an Origami Valentine Treat Box made again with Bo Bunny's Crazy Love collection.  I tucked the box into a cello bag to help keep the cookies fresh and tied it off with a ribbon.


















However you decide to spend this day - celebrating as a couple, sharing it with your children and family, or taking some time out for yourself for a little pampering - I hope you enjoy it!

Happy Valentine's Day!  xoxoxo

Friday, February 11, 2011

More Cozy Winter Days...


I think I may be just about the only person I know that actually likes winter.  Those chilly temperatures and dreary skies (preferably with snow - flurries will do) are actually my favorite days to craft and create things to brighten up the house following the holidays.  Give me a hot cup of tea and a pair of fuzzy slippers and I'm ready to go!

Here are a few winter projects that I made recently...

I created this Snowman Topiary Decor for the Glue Arts Blog using Echo Park's Wintertime collection of pattern papers and stickers - love this color combo! Follow the link to find detailed instructions and more photos.


















Check the blog like for directions.  If your looking for a substitute for Snowtex, try mixing sawdust with glue and white acrylic paint.  It will do in a pinch.  :)

















Here's a Winter Fleece Hat for Fiskars that I created using their sewing tools...

































This flower is easily made by cutting a large circle from felt and then cutting a winding spiral to the center. Then you start at the center of the cut spiral with a running stitch all the way back around to the outside end.  Gather the stitch as you go and cinch to create the flower.

I also made this Altered Winter Birdhouse using Fiskars Clear Stamps and Squeeze Punches.

















The roof is layered with heart punches for shingles.  I also added a few floral pieces, raffia and moss to embellish it.













 





And last but not least, a couple of Winter Themed Thank You Cards using Fiskars Punches and Clear Stamps...













To create this winterberry wreath, I used Fiskars Tree Lever Punch to create two layers of branches from brown cardstock.

















A paper pieced snow"girl" accent is matted on cardstock punched with the Snowbubbles Border Corner Punch for this thank you card.

I'm sure I'll get pummeled with snowballs for saying this, but I wouldn't mind if winter lasted just a bit longer.  I'm not all that anxious for spring to come just yet.  ;)

That's it for now...have a great day!