Monday, November 30, 2009
The "customer" wanted specific colors, but no specific patterns, so I just went with what I had on hand. Next up, I thought I would package them so she wouldn't have to worry about the gift wrapping duty on her end.
I bagged each wristlet purse in a cello bag with some silver shred and holiday ribbon. To finish each one, I used my Tree Trimming Trio stamp set from PTI to make tags. I kept things simple and added some stitching as the last detail. I can't say I've ever stamped a blue Christmas tree before, but I thought they looked cute enough.
Here are the trio of wristlets... first, red + white:
Friday, November 27, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
A little while back, I bought a package of blank, pre-folded Christmas cards made by Making Memories, along with some patterned paper and a few embellishments from the same "Mistletoe" line. My idea was to give a set of pre-designed cards (with envelopes) in this stationery organizer so that the recipient could use them for Christmas notes, letters or thank yous.
Here's a close up the tag design for the front cover. It is removable, being hung by a tiny gold safety pin. I tried to use as much from my own stash as possible. The patterned paper is from Making Memories and the felt tree is from Hero Arts. I added the "candy-striped" beads using red thread and a sewing needle. The stamped sentiment was made using Stampin' Up ink and the Signature Greetings stamp set from PTI. Their stamps impress wonderfully on muslin. The images remain crisp and clear.
And here's a picture of the inside which shows two pockets designed to hold 4 cards and 4 envelopes, for a total set of 8. I also added a length of twill tape (which I later decided needed to be sewn on the outside) to be used to tie the organizer shut.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Here's the close up of a card I made this morning using my new rubber stamp along with the "thankful" sentiment from PTI's "Rustic Branches" set.
Isn't this patterned paper so pretty? It's from a company called "graphic 45" which was also new to me.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
My original plan was to sew up a few bread bags but I ran out of time. So, last night I prettied up the loaves using some freezer paper (love that stuff), twine and a few scalloped circles in patterned paper from Making Memories Autumn Splendor.
I also used a Spellbinders tag die and a stamped image from PTI's Rustic Branches stamp set.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Anyways, my hubby and I spent a delightful morning yesterday checking out the sites at our local arts market. Here's the logo with the name, but if you are a local, we simply call it the RAM.
Lots of really neat stuff there. I could have spent a good bit of money. One thing I did buy from a really sweet lady (we talked a good while about what kind of sewing machine I should purchase next) were these Bird-E Towels. Here's a neat picture I found on her etsy site.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Here's what I came up with using some new patterned paper, a sheet of Bitty Box Basics paper from PTI and some of my favorite tone-on-tone BoBunny polka dot paper:
I also used my Spellbinders scallop and labels dies along with a Quickutz circle die. Next, I raided my flower jar, alphabet stickers and button stash.
Here's a close up:
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
One thing that she uses is a sketch organizer to hold her drawings. And, a little while back, she was gracious enough to give her readers [admirers] a free download to make our own organizer using her graphics. This is what I put together this afternoon to hold my personal sketches:
And here's the close up:
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
When you need a quick card (I'm talking done and out of the door in 10-minutes or less) try out a card kit. Now, I'm not a huge fan of "kits" of any kind, scrapbook pages, etc., but I do have a few kits from Basic Grey in my stash for these last minute occasions. Here's one I made using the "Cupcake" birthday card kit: With kits, all of the complicated work is done for you....everything fits and coordinates so nicely. And, you can always add a few touches of your own design to whatever is included in the kit. In this case I added the numbers "21" to the balloon, as well as the bow and the black doodling around the edges.
Monday, November 9, 2009
I can't wait to get my hands on this juicy piece of yumminess....I even checked out the shipping for it last week when the blogs were promoting it. Now, I can't believe it will be arriving in my mailbox for FREE!! Yippee! What a great way to start the week!