Thursday, December 31, 2009

January 2010 More to Adore Calendar Page

My creativity ran a bit dry after creating oodles of Christmas gifts, so this is a partial re-post from last year. But don't worry, tonight I'm heading to Mammoth, my snowy paradise, for 10 days, so I will be catching up on my scrapbooking and will be posting lots of layouts...and maybe some cards, too! I got 4 sets of Nestabilities for Christmas that I'm itching to play with!

I began my 2009 calendar with February, and therefore ended with January 2010. I love using this More to Adore paper for my niece's scrapbook pages, but unfortunately it's been retired.

I absolutely adore these photos of Madison. They were taken when she was 5 months old, and now she's a year and a half! I'll be scrapping some more recent pictures this week, but since I'm a proud auntie I have to share a few of my favorites with you now :)

Playing on the slide she got for Christmas...
Trying on Auntie's shoes when I tried on my new boots...Too cool on Christmas Eve...
Wearing her mommy's shoes around the house (size 10!...I'm shocked she was able to keep them on as long as she did!)...

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Card and Tag Box Gift

I made this ensemble as a gift for my aunt. She loves using my handmade cards to give to her friends, and especially sends a lot of thank-yous.
The box is a pencil box that came plain white from Michael's. I dressed it up with bright and colorful paper. My aunt loves bright colors (she's definitely a Floridian) and also likes Asian stuff...I thought this paper had a bit of an Asian flair. The paper pad is from Michael's and is K & Company.
The white sparkly paper is also from Michael's, and came as a cardstock pack with sparkly earthtones...very pretty. The flower is from the With Love stamp set (stamped in CTMH Citrus Leaf ink) and the alphabet is Playful Caps-retired (Stamped in CTMH Bubble Gum ink).
Here are all the goodies inside the box...
Close-ups of all the cards...
The girl is from Be Yourself, previously a stamp of the month (stamped in CTMH Topiary ink). The Flower is from Cottage Floral. The Thank you stamps in the following cards are from the Thank You stamp set (a must-have if you make many thank you cards...it also comes in Spanish and French).
These flowers, again, are from the With Love stamp set...one of my favorites...I use it all the time!
I got these gigantic paper clips at Staples. You could use it as a bookmark or if you have a giant stack of paper to keep together...anyone have other ideas? For this and the following tags I just punched pretty paper with a 2" scallop punch and 1-3/4" circle punch, then adhered together. I didn't have any super strong glue (I wanted to use E6000), so I adhered the scallop to the paperclip by putting another scallop on the other side and attaching the 2 together with 3D foam dots. I think the E6000 would be a better solution, but this worked.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Grandma's Salvation Necklace with Swarovski Crystals

I used to make a necklace for Chris's grandma for almost every birthday and Christmas. She absolutely loved her handmade necklaces and was so proud to tell everyone that her grandson's wife made them for her. "Isn't it just elegant," she'd say.

Her very favorite necklace was this one, her Salvation Necklace. She was an amazing woman of God and appreciated the message behind the colors of the Swarovsky beads. (Black=sin, Red=Christ's blood shed for us, Blue=angels, Gold=Heaven, Clear=purity, Green=growth in Christ.) Grandma passed away in June, and her sweet caregiver, Acela, who was like family, asked if she could have Peggy's favorite necklace. The necklace was so loved that many of the beads were getting worn. So I re-made the necklace for Acela and finally gave it to her for Christmas.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Scripture Frame with CTMH Grace Paper

Here is another Scripture frame I made, this one is a 5" x 7" for my Mother-in-Law. This is one of her favorite verses, and she loves reds, blues, and yellows, so the Grace paper pack from Close to my Heart worked perfectly. I also snuck in some Boom-di-Ada paper...the barn red patterned paper to the left. (Click photos to view larger.)
Here is a close-up. I love using spiral paper clips. It worked well to be able to attach this cross charm, which I picked up in a package at Wal-Mart!
To create a worn look, after printing the verse onto cardstock, I distressed the edge with cocoa ink and also sanded it with my handy sanding block.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Christmas Light Bulb Earrings

By looking at my blog, you'd think I'm ONLY about paper. Surprise! I also kind of have a thing for making jewelry. I actually started making jewelry before I ever scrapbooked.

I made these cute little light bulb earrings for all my co-workers for Christmas. I love the retro look of the colors combined with the super shiny, almost metallic, finish. The light bulbs are mini tree ornaments from Michael's.
They were all packaged very cute in cello bags, tied with matching ribbon, and addressed with handmade tags, of course.
My co-workers were all excited when they received their gift!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Bella Scripture Frame

My mom loves purple, green, and pearls, so this Christmas gift couldn't have come together more pefectly. I also showed her this copper shimmery paper last weekend and she loved it, so I was sure to use it. Plus it matches the frame perfectly! (I hope she's not reading this post before Christmas eve!)
After editing the colors of the photo, the ribbon looks like a different shade of green than the paper, but it isn't. It matches perfectly in person :)

You can see the shimmer in the copper paper a little better in this photo...
Supplies used: Close to my Heart Bella level 2 paper pack, adhesive-backed pearls, shimmer paper (from Michael's), and CTMH Olive grosgrain ribbon. The 8"x10" frame was a find at Marshalls, and I printed the verse in dark brown ink onto cardstock from my printer.

Italy Memory Box & Card for a Christmas Gift

I made this Memory Keeper box and card as a custom order for a customer on my ShopHandmade store. He wanted a box that he could wrap his wife's jewelry gift in, and that was reminiscent of their trip to Italy over the summer. He also wanted a matching card. I wanted to use Close to my Heart's Vintage Travel paper pack, but since it's retired I found this paper at Michael's (and I actually like it better!).

I used the Rustic Alphabet to stamp "ITALY." I think this stamp set combined with the second generation and rock 'n roll techniques really give it a rustic feeling. The hemp tied on the "I" and "L" and around the map add to it.
I also found this great paper at Michael's. Daniel send me some photos of their trip and they have some great ones at the Coliseum in Rome.
This is the message that Daniel wanted inside the card for his wife (in English). I translated it to Italian for the inside of the box. (I hope it's translated correctly...I used an online service since I don't speak Italian!)
Here is the card. I used the same paper as lines the inside of the box. So that it wouldn't look too much like a Valentine's day card, I added some holly leaves to the bottom hearts. I used the Love Language stamp set, but believe it or not, it did not have "love" in Italian. So I used the "mi amor" stamp, and added the "e" from "dulce" to create "mi amore," which is "my love" in Italian.
For the inside of the card, I printed Daniel's message, surrounded it with the holly stamp from the December Word Puzzle, and covered the berries in Martha Stewart's red glitter. (I love her super sparkly glitter...it's the best!) I lined the left side of the card for Daniel to add a picture of them on their trip. (The card is 6.5" x 5" so it's perfect for a 4" x 6" photo.)

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Child's Accordian Name Decor

I don't really know what to call this...other than CUTE! :) It's for Chris's cousin's daughter, who is 2-1/2. My original idea was to do an alphabet board book, but I couldn't find stamps to go with every letter and didn't want to make 26 of them! But Elizabeth's name is long, so it seems like it's still a lot of the alphabet.

I used coasters and covered the fronts and backs with this colorful paper. All stamps are from Close to my Heart. Click any image to see it larger.

I had a hard time coming up with "I" but with lots of help from my Close to my Heart friends, I ended up with some great-looking icicles. I used the "Around the Block" stamp set (Nov stamp of the month) and the carrot from "All Decked Out" to create icicles. I stamped the carrot at different lengths, then used a white gel pen to color over the horizontal lines. Then covered in liquid glass and sprinkled with a tiny bit of silver and aqua glitter, and covered the rest in prisma glitter. I cut out the roof stamp and paper pieced it over the tops of the icicles so they'd be flush with the roofline.
Here is the back...

Stamp sets used: Life's a Jungle, Treetops, Bird Basics, Around the Block, Easter Eggs, Rustic Alphabet, Sans Alphabet

Friday, December 18, 2009

Birthday Memory Keeper Box

I made this box using Close to my Heart's Memory Keeper box to keep my birthday cards in. I have saved all my birthday cards since my 9th birthday and needed something else to start keeping them in :) I also made one for my aunt and gave it to her birthday...she LOVED it!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Connor's Name Frame

I made this baby name frame for my sister's baby shower. She's due in February...I am so excited for another baby to spoil. My niece, Madison is only 1-1/2, so she and Connor are going to be very close in age.



The frame is 8"x10", so if you cut the squares at 1-3/4" they fit across perfectly with a nice amount of space between each square. If you try this, beware of the frame creep...the opening is actually more like 7-3/4" x 9-3/4"...so before you start adhering squares, be sure everything is spaced correctly for the frame you are using.

The squares with the letters on them are 1-1/2". I cut the letters out on my Cricut on double-sided sticky paper, then adhered to the square and covered in brown flock. I used Martha Stewart's flocking powder - it's basically crushed velvet. (For girl frames, I use glitter instead.)

Supplies used: CTMH Life's a Jungle stamp set, Dimensional Elements Organic buttons, hemp, and chocolate accessories; Martha Stewart flocking powder; DCWV Animal Crackers glitter paper stack. The frame is from Michael's.

Madison has a frame like this with the Daydream paper. I've posted it before, but I have better pictures of it now.