Monday, October 31, 2011

Got Goodies???

Happy Halloween!! Just a quick post today as I'm just getting in from lunch with my two favorite goblins and I've got to get their costumes accessorized with winter gear tonight! It's super cold here and we are expecting rain...right.around.trick.or.treating.time! Grrrr! Anyhoo, I took these in today for the girl's classmates. Since I did lots of cute goodies for my oldest, it's only fair to follow tradition with my youngest, Addison. We decided on the milk carton's for her class and I added a simple self-adhesive sticker strip to the sides of the carton. Now, I didn't realize when I started out that they were actually "adhesive", so I wasted quite a bit of Scor-Tape and then had to go back and re-adhere when they starting falling off...let's just blame that on pregnancy brain shall we?! The cartons are super tiny(unlike what I had thought!), but you can really pack a punch with the candies. Inside I stuffed some gummy lifesavers and a few pixie stix before closing them shut with ribbon. Super simple project I'm sure the littles will love! Love those monsters on the right! For my Gracie bug who is 7, we needed something a little "older" in style. I took about 8 pixie stix and wrapped them in a 5 inch cello bag. They are tied off with ribbon and I added a simple "spooky treats" tag.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

SU! Swap Stockings Galore...

Before I get started on today's post, I'd just like to say a little 'thank you' for your comments on the sketchbook post. The sketchbook really is a great tool when your sitting there 'stumped', got all your supplies out, and no where to go! I did in fact make myself one as well, but she is a little bland...just the plain ol' clear binder. When I have some free time, I think I will dress her up a bit!

Now, on to today's post! It might be a little premature to be posting Christmas stuff here(because I still have some cute Halloween ideas yet to share!), but I really was super excited to try out the new SU! stocking die! The size of the stocking is larger than I thought and I really like that. There are several dies I have by SU! and I will be honest, they are much smaller in person than when I see them on blogs etc. The wonderful thing about this larger stocking die is that you can make banners with it too! This stocking collection is for a SU! Swap coming up this weekend. I immediately thought of a gift card option and knew I had to try it! To create the stockings, you will need to cut out 2 stockings...1 in patterned paper for the front, 1 for the kraft paper in the back. Those 2 pieces together will create your pocket to hold the gift card. The Window Punch from SU! makes the perfect slot to slide your gc inside(I used my library card to ensure the pocket was just the right size!) Love, love, love these textured paper leaves! These leaves come in a large pack loaded with leaves of different sizes at Mike's. The red Dew Drops(Poinsettia Jar) were glued on with SU! Crystal Effects. Patterned paper is from the paper pack O' Christmas Tree. After I assembled the stockings, I wanted to add just a bit more glitter with my Stickles Vintage Copper. The glitter lines really POP with the bright Christmas colors.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Creating Your Own Sketchbook...

Hello breezy Monday! I woke up to some pretty chilly air this morning, but not quite ready to crank the heat on just yet. Fall has to be the best season for me...changes in temp, the leaves changing colors, and getting cozy by the could you NOT love it?!

Today I'm sharing a sketchbook that I created for my dear friend Donnak. Her birthday was not too long ago and her gift had to be handmade! Between the both of us, we could open up a paper crafting shop, so because she has every supply out there, I thought creating a sketchbook would be perfect! The paper I selected is from The Blossom Song Pack. Lots of pretty papers in this pack and subtle glitter galore.

I bought a 1 inch clear binder and cut my papers to size, then slipped them inside the clear pockets. Since this binder will probably be displayed on a bookshelf, it needed to have have a spine title as well. Letters were stamped with a PTI alpha set and then I used my circle punches to punch out and matte.On this inside flap, I printed off a Verve gift certificate and did a little simple stamping down the side.Inside the contents are put in page protectors and I printed off a few years of sketch designs from Verve and Taylored Expressions. These are free printables and I was sure to add some extra page protectors so Donna can always add more at a later date. Happy Crafting!

Dawn ;)