Monday, January 9, 2017

Make a Card Monday - Welcome Baby, Platypus

A new year makes me think of new babies. :) And how sweet is this baby platypus from Lawn Fawn. I totally loved this card and totally copied its look.
I have a few left for sale. Check out my "store" here. :)

Cardstock - DCWV: black / Paper Studio: White
Patterned Paper - Echo Park Paper Co.: Fine and Dandy Fluttering Butterflies
Color - Memento: Tuxedo Black / Copic: E42, E99, YG13, YG17 / Spectrum Noir: BG1, BG4, BG6, BG8, GB8, GB10, EB5, DG3
Stamps - Lawn Fawn: Critters Down Under
Embellishements - Unknown: ribbon

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Make a Card (not on) Monday -- Still Rockin'

Here's my second guitar card of the year. I based it off of this design. We have lots of musicians in the family but just a couple guitar players....I think I've pinned way too many guitar cards. :)
I have a few extras for sale. Check out my "store" here. :)

Cardstock - Paper Studio: White / Recollections: red, dark blue
Patterned Paper - Carta Bella: Ahoy There 6x6
Color - VersaMark / Memento: Ladybug, Danube Blue / Spectrum Noir: DR1, CT1, CR8, CR11
Stamps - Papertrey Ink: Boy Basics Rock On, Grunge Me / Making Memories: Just Chillin
Tools - Cricut: George and Basic Shapes -- 1 1/2"
Embellishements - Making Memories: red eyelets

Monday, January 2, 2017

Make a Card Monday - Rockin New Year's

I didn't watch the ball drop this year but I heard the pre-show was something else. :) Perhaps your New Year's holiday was tame and crafty like mine was. I thought this was a fun rockin' card for this time of year so I tried my own version.
I have a few extras for sale. Check out my "store" here. :)

Happy New Year!

Cardstock - Paper Studio: White / unknown: colors for the pennants / DCWV: black
Patterned Paper - Paper House: 100% Country 6x6
Color - Palette: Reflection Blue, Paris Lights, Moulin Rouge
Stamps - Papertrey Ink: Boy Basics Rock On / Papertrey Ink: Grunge Me
Tools - Cricut: Quarter Note -- 3 1/4"
Embellishements - unknown: silver brads

Friday, December 30, 2016

Christmas Craft Show Display

Remember that craft show I mentioned needing Christmas cards for? I thought I'd share how we set things up.
 Honestly, this was kind of a last minute thing, so we didn't really have a plan. We each just shopped our houses and stash to pull this together. We went with a gold base and green and white accents.
I grabbed the milk crates and covers that hold the padawans bedroom Christmas trees to add height.
Free candy and business cards in a little Mason jar
I used some gold musical instrument garland that's been in the attic for ages to dress up the table. My cake plate held some decorative tree candles and a couple cards.
More display cards on picture stands
Bass added thumb tacks and then Tenor ran the twine on our shutter fireplace screen for me to display more cards.
 My friend draped another gold tablecloth over some boxes to display her cards.
I lent her a crate and a birdhouse to add height to the other side of the table and show off her super cute Cricut Christmas tags.
We had a good time spending the day together, but sadly, the show wasn't well advertised and was poorly attended. I learned a couple things about selling cards and have filed the info away in case we have opportunity to do another show.
Do you enjoy shopping at craft shows? Or just browsing them for your own creative ideas?

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Make a Card Monday - Card Swap 2016

Every once in awhile a few friends and I do a card swap. We had the chance to have a girls' night out and card swap a few months ago. Here's my haul. :)

It's always fun to come up with a few cards and then get so many great designs back. It changes up what I send to people too. haha

Monday, December 26, 2016

Make a Card Monday - Christmas Joy

Another quick craft show Christmas card. I based it off this design. The sequin and glitter paper is a nice juxtaposition against the kraft base. I think these would be great for 'after the holiday' thank yous too. :)
I have a few left for sale. Check out my "store" here. :)
Inside sentiment
I hope your Christmas was full of joy!

Cardstock - Recollections: kraft and red / Paper Studio: White
Patterned Paper - Unknown: some Christmas stack from 2012 maybe? / The Paper Studio: gold glitter
Color - Palette: Noir
Tools - Nestabilities: Scallop Circle die / Nestabilities: Standard Circle die / Cricut: December 25th
Embellishements - Nicole: gold sequin

Friday, December 23, 2016

Budget Pouches for Kids

Looking at the Christmas budget this year, I thought maybe I'd make the padawans something to try to stretch our pennies. Even with all the sales and coupons, I'm not quite sure I achieved any significant savings. Isn't that how homemade gifts always work? :)
My project is something I've been wanting to do for the padawans for a long time. I've pinned several ideas for kid budgeting but never found something that really struck me. Then I stumbled across this zipper pouch tutorial. I thought I could adjust it just a bit to make it work for the padawans.

Soprano's set of 'shop, save, and share' pouches is a France theme. It's funny...I remember being enamored with all things French when I was about her age. Even took French in middle school and high school. When I spotted the blue Eiffel Tower print at JoAnn's, I knew that's the direction I wanted to go.
 Her pouches are each lined with a coordinating fabric.
Eiffel Tower print with blue trellis lining
French bakery print with mint butterfly lining
Macaron print with Paris script lining
Tenor's budget pouches are a completely different theme...Doctor Who. 
Doctor Who Villains, a fractal title print, and tardises... tardisae, tardis, tardi?
His are all lined with the same dark blue galaxy fabric.
I followed the tutorial exactly except for one step. After I cut all the pieces, I sewed a little piece of clear plastic onto one of the outside fabric pieces. I used a zigzag stitch to go around 3 of the sides to make a little pocket.
After the sewing was finished, I tucked a little piece of paper. Each set has a 'shop', a 'save', and a 'share'.
My hope is that the padawans will use these whenever they receive money (either little jobs for us or the neighbors or as gifts). They can split their money up to be able to save some, tithe or bless others (share), and of course, spend on things that end up on their wish lists.
If not, the pocket papers are changeable.
Do you make handmade gifts for the holidays? Any projects left on your list? :)
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