Thursday, March 31, 2011

Faux Quilting Cards

I saw a tutorial over at SCS a while back. It looked pretty simple and kinda fun. So I copied the page and kept it in my file of things to try. It was called Paper Quilt.
Well, I got bored working on my Teacher Appreciation items, so I thought I would make my cards for my swap I participate in every month. I thought it would be a good time to use that pattern!
What paper to use?
Well, I get a scapbooking kit every month from ETM. The place I make recipe cards for. I thought it might be about time I used one of them! So for the month of March, they had these papers in the kit. So here are my cards I made, using only things from my kit. (The ribbon was extra, because I needed a bit more than what the kit came with)
Here's the first two...
The second two...
The third two...
So, I cut the designer paper in 3/4 inch blocks. I used two pattern papers. The red dot, and the green floral print. Then I cut 3 solid papers in 3/4 inch blocks. I used vanilla, red and blue. All of the paper came from the kit, even the cards the blocks are put on.

Once the blocks are put in the pattern, you adhere them all down. I just put them on scrap paper. Then the fun part. Get your Cuttlebug out (or your big shot...whatever you have) and you take some embossing plates and run them through embossing them. It makes them look like they are quilted!
Here are my last 2 cards, I made 8 for swap, and all 8 cards are made from the same papers, but all of them have different designs!
Hope you like!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Candy Wrapper Die from Stampin' UP!

Ok, so first, this is a bite of our chocolate peanut butter cupcakes! Had to show you that!
Here is a bunch of them. Had fun making them, and the peanut butter frosting, is worth eating by itself!
So, I got asked to do a table decoration for a get together at church the other night. I wanted to use my new Candy Wrapper Die from SU. Only I couldn't figure out how to make the ends close, so I wrote to my friends at LNS, and they helped me out! SO I made a little pile of them for treats for each seat. Purple of course!
Here is my table, er, part of it. I went and got metallic balloons, and dark purple helium ones, and had them floating out of the top of the centerpiece. I also had purple glasses, and silverware. I just didn't get a picture of it when I finished. :(
Here is a close up of my fishbowl! It has streamers, presents, candy wrappers with candy inside, blowers, balloons and hats!
Can see a little better here maybe!
Anyways, I think it turned out ok, and the ladies loved their little candy treats!
Hope you like!

Monday, March 21, 2011

A few more Wallet Address Books

I thought I would show you a few more of the wallet address books I was making. And maybe run it down for you how to make them.

1. Punch out a top note die cut. I emboss mine with embossing folders.
2. Cut the main body of the address book. It is 3 3/4 by 8 1/2.
3. Score the main body at 5 3/4 and 5 1/4. This is the center of the wallet.
4. Take strong adhesive and after folding top note in half chubby wise, adhere 1/2 of top note to the wallet.
5. Cut coordinating designer paper to 3 1/2 by 5 inches. The smaller designer paper on the front measures 2 1/2 by 4 inches. Adhere them to the front of the wallet, where the top note will fold over on.
6. On the inside, I took a 5 1/2 by 3 inch cello bag. (from Stampin UP!) I cut it in half, well sort of, I cut the closed end to 2 inches. The other piece of bag, I glued the bottom of it, then folded it over and glued it to make another little bag 2 1/2 inches long.
7. Run both little bags through your xyron to put adhesive completely on the backs.
8. Cut a one of the designer papers in two pieces, 3 by 2 1/2, and 3 by 3. Fold each of them down 1/2 inch. These are going to go into the little bags.
9. Put adhesive on the backs of the small designer papers, and place them in the bags. Peal off the xyron backing, and place in your wallet on one side. (in my photo, I used cardstock, but found that the designer paper lays flatter.)
10. Glue your mini notebook, (or sticky notes) to the other side of the wallet.
11. Cut a piece of cardstock the same color as your wallet, about 1 inch wide, and 2 inches long. Score it every 1/2 inch. Fold it so that it makes a little opening you can place your pen, and glue it inside the wallet next to the center fold.
12. Decorate the top of your wallet. I used the scallop punch, the big floral punch and some rings I found at walmart that I cut the finger hold off, sanded and glued on. My leaves are all from the SU blossom punch.
13. Take a small piece of velcro and where the top note folds down, attach it so that it will stay closed.
14. On the center of the wallet, punch two holes, and place grommets in them. Tie a ribbon to finish.

Scroll down to the next post, if you need help where the placement goes, or is something isn't clear in the instructions. And if all else fails, you can email me! :)

Hope you like!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Address Wallets

A while back, my friend Joani sent me a cute little wallet she made. I loved it. I thought I could make some, but make them different than hers. So here is my version. I did an address wallet!
This is what it looks like on the outside.
Here's closer up of the front of it. I used the top note for the flap. Different punches for the design. It is closed with a velcro tab.
When you open it, on the one side, is a gel pen, and a miniature tablet.
On the other side, there is a little cello bag, you put stamps in the one bag.
And address labels in the other bag.
I made these because I am always mailing things to people, and I can never find my stamps, and I never have any address labels and am always having to write them long hand. (gasp!:)) I thought it would be handy!
Hope you like!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

5 Generation Picture

My BF's mom asked me if I would scrapbook some pictures for her last summer. I said sure, because I sometimes take peoples pictures and scrapbook them for them. So, that is what I was expecting. She said she'd get them to me. Well, about a month later, she brings me a packet, Here she says.
I not knowing what was in the package, said, well, do you want them on 8 1/2 by 11 or 12 by 12's? She said, I don't know. You just do what you think is best. That's when I looked in the packet and saw just 6 pictures! I was like, um. What exactly is it you want me to do?
She said, well, I had in mind you could scrapbook a generation picture for me.
Ok. I guess I know what to do now!

So here is what I came up with. I bought silk cording and went all around the inside of a shadow box that I bought. The inside is black fabric. The frame is cherry wood. Then I made a template for the size of photo's I wanted.
Here's the first one, it's Abby, one of the twins (5th generation)
Here's Maddie, (other twin, 5th generation)
The twin's mom (4th generation)
Grandma (3rd generation)
Great Grandma (2nd generation)
Great, Great Grandma (1st generation)
Sorry for the quality of the photos, but is hard taking them through glass! To get the photos to stick to the fabric, I mounted them all on Velcro. Lucky I did too, because the first time around, I put them all upside down!! Then I hot glued the silk rope, and all the buttons.
She was pretty pleased with it when I took it to her. She started to cry. Then she just sat and looked at it for a while. After I told her the damages... ($$$) She asked me if I would make another one for a granddaughter of her's, using several different pictures!!!
I was pretty excited too!
Something funny that happened, I resized, touched up, re colored etc. the pictures. My printer kept elongating them, so I went to Walmart to print them. They made me sign a release saying I was the photographer for the first two pictures!! Saying they were copyrighted because they could tell from the background. I said I would, because the first two are pictures, of pictures, plus I redid them. I thought it was funny though. The first one is over 120 years old. I said, I feel pretty good being this old! They said, yeah, your moisturizer is fabulous!
Hope you like!!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Three new recipes...

I have three new recipes for you. Its been a weird couple of weeks!! My computer has some rare problem that no one can figure out. Hmm. Well, at least the internet is working right?? For that I am grateful!
So here is the first one, it is one that I "redid" from my friend who designs recipes too. Its for Tortellini Soup. I haven't tried it yet, but am going to!
This next one is also from her that I 'redid'. I liked the laceup thing. So I am going to have to figure out a recipe for sale that has that.
This is the last one. I didn't 'redo' this one. Least I don't think I did! :) It was printed on vellum, and placed over the flowers. I re-wrote all of the recipe with my marker so you could read the recipe because mine was really faded. Then I outlined, dotted and checked the flowers in the back so that you could see them better on the vellum.
Hope you like! Give them a try!

Friday, March 4, 2011

I love You scrapbook page

At the scrapbook crop the other day, we recieved a scrapbook page kit. It was pink and blue and we were suppost to mount everything to this black cardstock. I hate that. I mean, that is bad, but why waste a piece of cardstock?? SO, I took the kit, and as usual, made it my own.
So here is Hunter, with my birthday cake from last year.
Hope you like!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

March Recipes!

Here is March Recipes! This first one is for Mexican Crockpot Chicken. It is soooo good. I love it. I make it all the time. Sorry the picture got put on the top. I haven't really figured the editing stuff with this yet. I am just glad that the picture got put on! I made mine into enchiladas. It has already come out of the crockpot! You can copy the picture to put on the back of your recipe!
For the page, I punched out the three butterflies and embossed them with cherry blossoms, words, and polka dots. I got teal rick rack and put it all together.

This second recipe is for Parmesan Bacon Peas. It is really English Peas, with bacon added. Everything is better with bacon right?? These so are!! I got a new die with a cute nest and eggs. Then I found a die with the bird. I think they look ok together. Then, when I had my SU party, I got a free punch of the bird and branch. So I punched out the branch to put under the nest.
Green for St. Patrick's Day!!

Here is a picture of the peas in the skillet, so you can see what they look like.

Hope you like!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Card from Jeanine (BLiSS)

My friend Jeanine has a Stampin UP group. I go to it monthly since I quit my SU business. (12 stinkin years!!) Anyways, I was the hostess the other day, and this is the card she made me for being the hostess.
It is made with the saleabration set, BLISS. I really like this card!
I would show you the cards that we made that night, but I had a friend who ordered on my party and she lives in Florida. So when I sent her, her package, I loaded my cards into for her. I forgot to take a picture. :( They were really neat, you will just have to take my word for it!