Friday, February 27, 2009

Friday challenge returns

I really REALLY wanted to do the Friday challenge last week but, I was sick as a dog! (where did that saying come from?) I never get sick, well...really rarely do I get sick. I kept thinking it was just allergies, but apparently it wasn't. I am finally feeling better. (knock on wood!) Of course, I felt so good I went out and raked leaves and now it IS allergies! LOL Such a smart one!
Today our challenge was to alter something. Believe it or not, I have a drawer full of stuff that I collect for that very purpose! I pulled out this cool little thing that came in the mail and decided it would be my victim today. It has a magnetic closing, I had to keep it! Here it is all naked and 'un-altered'.

I covered it with Stampin' Up! designer paper using Tombow Liquid glue on the back and sticky strip on the edges. It was a bit tricky to get the paper smooth around all the corners, but it looks pretty good. I sponged all the edges with close to cocoa ink to give it a finished, altered look/feel. Because of all the added paper, the cool magnetic closure didn't work any more. :o( so, I used a cool magnetic clasp I picked up somewhere and threaded some Baja Breeze ribbon through it. I folded the ribbon over and stuck it to itself with sticky strip and put a bit of sticky strip under the ribbon to hold it to the box.

I put a little note pad inside (had to cut that down with my Carl Cutter a bit) and covered a (broken off) pen with more DSP I didn't have much room inside for demensional embellisments, so I kept it simple with a couple stamped images. I sponged everything heavily with a combination of close to cocoa, creamy caramel and brocade blue inks. I love how these colors look together!
I can't wait to see what awesome projects the other BC gals come up with. I loved this challenge and actually have some other items out on my desk awaiting their 'face lifts.' I'll try and post them soon.
Have a great Friday!

Monday, February 16, 2009

More goodies!

Since I had my big shot out, I thought I would try another cute little goodie bag type project. I actually didn't see this one anywhere.....I think. I think I 'might' have been creative all on my own! Of course, everything we see influences what we do and think so....sorry! almost waxed philosophical there!
For this project I used the large scallop circle die and the medium oval punch. I used a Bag-a-lope for the inner 'holder' part and just sliced off the bottoms of the scallop circles so it could sit flat. I added some pink dots to the scallop for detail and used rose red ink to color the petals on my flower. Quick and easy....gotta love that big shot! Can you imagine using your corner rounder to get all the scallops even? yikers!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

More love

I had to share some of the cute Valentine goodie holders I made this year. I received this swap at leadership in a Big Shot Swap and just loved it! The person that made it used a 'bag-a-lope' for the goodie holder between the outer shapes, but when I made it I used a mini brown lunch bag. Easy peasy! I buy these in bulk at Sam's for a song. If you use the brown bag, just cut the bag at 3 inches from the bottom for it to fit. Stick it all together and then use the medium sized oval punch to punch through all the layers. It works! This is another example of me not having the same exact stamps as the sample so, I improvised! I used the Forever Flowers wheel inked with the vanilla craft pad and embossed with clear for the background. The words are from the set Holidays and Wishes. I used an old heart punch from a past Stampin' Up! catalog for my accent hearts. I just love this little country style heart. The ribbon at the top is the wide pink grosgrain. It is just there for looks. The bag holds quite a bit of chocolates! If you are going to put anything heavy in here, be sure to stick it together with sticky strip.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Heart day!

I heard that on the radio today. Not "I love you", it was "I heart you." I think it is dorky to talk in text. I mean, how lazy are we really? Don't answer that!
Here are some fun Valentine cards I made this week for people I LOVE. :o) I used an idea I got at my leadership Shoebox swap. It was so cute and easy! We did this card at my stamp a stack last month too. It was quite the hit. When I decided to finally sit down and make my Valentine cards, I pulled out all the supplies and realized that I didn't buy the stamps and punch! I know! We had used Sheri's stuff! Oh well....opportunity for creativity, right?

Check out how I modified the card to what I had on hand. Not too shabby! I Stamped the heart from Always with Versamark and embossed it with white and then carefully lined up the new Jumbo heart punch inside the always heart and punched it out. It isn't the same size or even shape, but if you are careful, you can get a cool heart out of it. For both cards, the hearts are stamped and embossed on red cardstock and then punched out. I punched the same hearts out of the front of the card and then glued the punched hearts through the holes in the front of the card so, you can see them from the front of the card and also when you open the card.
yay for plan that comes together! I added a strip of DSP to the left side to fill it in a bit, but other than that, it is almost the same card!
Have a "lovely" day! I hope to spend some time with my sweetie!

Friday, February 13, 2009

who are you?

I know, that is probably what you are saying. Where have I been? Dealing with life. I will leave it at that! You really don't want to know all that has been going on. We are all mostly alive and unbroken so, life is good!
I've been trying for days, nay, weeks, to get into my craft room for some stampin therapy! I finally managed a few minutes alone in there to make some Valentine's. Thank goodness that was also the bloggers' challenge theme this week. yay! We also had a challenge a few weeks ago (which I missed) that was the same but different. So, here are two challenges.
For the teachers at school, I made jumbo covered chocolate bars. For the first one, I used Riding Hood red DSP in layers and added the heart from Always to the mini card on the front. gotta love monochromatic!
For this next one, I used Rose red DSP and some Pomeganate silky ribbon for the bow. I love this ribbon!

My daughter got into the act with me and made the one for her own teacher. I love the fact that she doesn't feel like she "has" to do it any color or style. She liked this paper, so that is what she used! I love how she colored the little owl to match. That's my girl! She also stamped all her own valentines. They turned out adorable!! (The red is just the background for the photo.) I love doing crafts with my kids!