November 25th, 2011
Hi everyone!!! Happy Thanksgiving week! I hope your holiday was as fun and relaxing as mine. Right now I am on vacation in Taos, New Mexico. My husband and I travel every year over Thanksgiving and decided this year we would travel to Taos to see family. Our past trips have been to England, France, Italy, Mexico, and Jamaica. We love traveling internationally over Thanksgiving because to every other country, it’s just another day!
As I said, we are visiting family, my aunt and uncle and a couple cousins. This particular part of the family has always lived far from me, but they are amazing people and I love spending time with them. My cousin and I text MANY times a day. I decided to make my aunt some cards as a thank you for hosting us for dinner. I used several of Jen’s MME papers!
Gathering my supplies:
White cards, kraft cards, a few pieces of patterned paper, Papertrey Ink’s Botanical Silhouettes set (for the sentiments), and my Memento Tuxedo Black. Of course you’ll need adhesive and pop dots as well.
The paper pads I used: MME Stella & Rose Gertie, Stella & Rose Hattie, and Lost & Found 2.
The patterned papers that I chose. I love the 6×6 size for card making!
And here are the cards! I ended up using some matching cardstock behind the patterned paper to make it a little more substantial on the base. I also used the other side of each paper along the bottom of the sentiment to ground it.
(this sentiment comes from Congrats All Ways)
And the card I plan to send to my aunt and uncle is made with paper from MME Stella & Rose Hattie and a tag from MME Stella & Rose Mabel.
I hope everyone has had some lovely family time this week! Not to mention delicious food! Happy Thanksgiving.
October 21st, 2011
Hey everyone! As we all know, Halloween is just around the corner! And we know that because the stores are already full of Christmas gear! I think Costco had Christmas lights out in July.
But first things first.
At my house, we give out FULL SIZED candy bars. My husband wants to be “that” house, so who am I to say no? Especially when 30 full sized bars is less than $15 at Costco.
Behold the yumminess….
In order to dress the candy bars up a little bit, I went to Jen’s awesome designs at Design House Digital. Specifically the Spooked line. Vintage Findings would work great for this too. Just depending if you want to go traditional or vintage Halloween.
I printed out a couple papers from the Spooked Collection.
I used Microsoft Publisher to do this. I simply created an 8.5×11 document and inserted the digital papers as a jpg. You could use MS Word or any version of Photoshop for this as well. I am not very well versed at digi scrapping, so I tend to choose the easiest way. I printed the documents onto white cardstock.
I cut each 8.5×11 piece in half the long way, which left them just a little bit short of the length of the candy bars. I made a quick template with each candy bar and simply wrapped and secured with adhesive!
Here are some pretty bars wrapped and ready to go home with some new costumed friends!
Have a happy Halloween everyone!
October 20th, 2011
I’ve never really decorated for Halloween before, so that’s why I’m doing it in phases this year (see part 1 of my Halloween decorations). I’m having to design, make, and acquire everything for the first time, so it takes a lot of creative energy, planning and shopping! The main look I was going for was a more realistic feeling with a muted color palate. I also want to have a lot of small details because I find that those are the most memorable parts of decorating.
I have always loved apothecary jars and I have a small collection of them, so I knew that I wanted to create an apothecary display. I gathered my existing jars and then purchased a few more at Home Goods (where they are super affordable). to balance out large and small. I also got some tiny jars at a local antique/consignment shop.
I was so excited when I found the antique postal scale and it’s definitely my favorite new piece. Oh and forgive my circus posters in the background… the artwork is phase 3 of decorating so I haven’t quite gotten that far yet!
These two jars sit on the mantle (the sparkly one I use for christmas with those very same sparklies).
The next step was to design my Apothecary labels. I had a lot of fun making these, and I created them with the scale and contents of my jars in mind. And since they coordinate so well with my All Hallow’s Eve digital line, I packaged them up and released them in my digital shop this week:
Once all the labels were designed, I printed them and cut them out.
Then I used my glue runner on the back of each label and stuck them on the jars:
Once all the labels were on, I had to fill up the rest of my jars. I stratigically bought items that I WOULD NOT EAT. Mostly so I won’t eat them and partly so that I can keep them for years to come and can just set up the display really quickly.
These are the fillers I used:
black licorice for the “lizard legs”
chocolate sprinkles for “bat toes”
peppercorns for “eye of newt”
white beans for “tooth of wolf”
black beans for “black locust poison”
gold tinsel glitter for “scale of dragon”
coffee water for “tincture of hemloc”
Not appetizing at all…
So that’s my halloween apothecary collection! Maybe I will add one or two jars every year and eventually have a giant collection! What kind of Halloween decorations do you collect?
October 18th, 2011
I pieced the back of Oliver’s quilt last night! This is huge progress since the front was pieced by my sister more than 6 months ago. Now I just need to figure out how to quilt it. I’m so stinking excited that I actually got this far though. So far my learning-how-to-quilt projects have been small and lame. This is pretty darn cool!
Oh and my little boy is growing up so fast Please someone stop time!
October 17th, 2011
Now that the holiday season is fast upon us, I have more projects than I have time to do them! As I was cleaning my craft room this morning, I decided that I need a “project master list” so I can keep everything organized. So I whipped up this simple form to keep my projects listed so I don’t forget any crafty stuff that I want to get done. One of the nice things about this form is that you can use it on work projects, house projects, church projects etc. It’s not craft specific! So I can print out one of these babies for Mr. Project and he can write down all the little house projects he’s been trying to get to.
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In addition to the master list, I created a companion form that holds a bit more information and shopping list on each of your more complicated projects. With these two forms handy, hopefully we all can get some great projects done for the holidays!
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