Monday, January 25, 2010

Bird House Card Holder

Hi, Happy Monday!! I saw this cute bird holder on Gretchen's blog. The tutorial for it was inexpensive. Hers was made using all Stampin' Up supplies but I thought I could make one using some of my new bird embossing templates. My mom loves bird houses and she recently had a birthday, so I thought this would be the perfect gift for her. The paper I used is from Lasting Impressions and I used Lasting Impressions templates to make the birds, flowers and dragonfly. I hand cut the paper to make it look like grass. The bottom is cut from a Stampin' Up top note die. The circle in the middle is cut out with a circle cutter. Then I used circle punches to frame around the circle. The cards were all bird themed, and when I designed them, I made sure they all lined up so that the bird on the card would show through the window. I was in a hurry to get this done and get it to my mom so I didn't take pictures of the cards. They were all the size that can fit in a business sized envelope.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Two Scoops Rice Designs Challenge

The Two Scoops Rice Designs blog has a sketch challenge. You just have to create a card based on the sketch by January 29th and you can have the chance to win 2 free images. My sketch isn't exactly like theirs but I tried to put some flowers or hearts on the card like their sketch shows but it did not look right! I already had the polka dot paper and Happy Birthday stamp sitting on my craft table from a card I posted earlier this week, and thought it would be cute with this image. I colored the image with my copic markers and cut the circle with a nestabilities die.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Taylored Expressions Challenge #98

I love Taylor's sketch challenges but I rarely have a chance to participate in them. With a day off today, I got the chance to make a card! This image is by Two Scoops Rice Designs. I colored it with my copic markers. The yellow polka dot paper is by American Crafts. The Happy Birthday sentiment is a stamp by Art Gone Wild. Hope you're having a Happy Monday!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Calendar in a Frame

I have been wanting to work on a calendar project for awhile now, and when I saw this calendar frame project, I was inspired! I went to Target to look for some frames so I could make one of my own. Target didn't have the type of frames I was looking for, for what I wanted to spend (under $5 per frame). So I was walking out of the store and happened to walk past the $1 spot, and saw these cute little flip frames. Yes, for only $1!! I bought one and brought it home, and got to work on my own calendar. The dimensions of the inserts for the frame are 3"x3". I typed and printed the calendar pages in Excel. I went to work embossing 12 little images for each month. The best part of this project is, I made it entirely with my Lasting Impressions scraps!! No new sheets of paper were harmed in making this project! You don't know what a big deal that is for me, I have issues with keeping scraps around. I put January & February pages back to back, so once January is over, I can flip the calendar and display the February pages. I will say I had to keep the paper I used to 1-2 layers in order to get them to fit in the photo frames. I love how this project turned out. Afterwards, I went back to Target and bought the rest of the frames that they had for sale. I am thinking they would make nice affordable Christmas gifts next year. Hope you have a great weekend!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! I know I said I was going to take a break from blogging but I guess I just couldn't stay away. I made these gift card holders before Christmas and never had a chance to post them. I had a friend who requested a hoodie gift card holder. I found the image of the hoodie online, adjusted the size to fit my card and printed it. I cut it out and added the floss for the hood. I printed it twice and added the pocket with foam tape for some dimension. Inside I added a pocket for the gift card. I made the second shirt gift card holder as a back up in case she wasn't happy with the hoodie card. I found the instructions for making the shirt card here.