Monday, December 22, 2008
Last minute card for my children. The cute graphics are from Contemporary Christmas found on pccrafter.com. I cute the snowflake with my Craft Robo, embellished with a rhinestone, and mounted it with dimensional dots. The photo is an eyeball bender. If you focus on the cutout part of the flake it looks cut out of the card instead of mounted with raised dots.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
To jazz up a package, try making tags. They fit nicely in a mint tin. I typed the labels on to sticker paper, trimmed and applied to the tin. Here is the poem I wrote for the back.
All presents are not equal
I really must say
Some are very special
In a very simple way.
Give an extra little touch
To that present you choose,
With a special little tag
Specialmade for you to use.
Hugz ~ Dixie Parker/Kztmiz
There is a set of twelve handmade tags using graphics from pccrafter.com. Some of the tags have double sided tape and some have ties. Of course no gift is complete without chocolate. I found this cute chocolate band aid. All of this fits nicely inside the tin.
Here is one of my favorite tags. I have included a PDF template for your use. It fits on a regular 8" x 11" paper as long as you use the boardless print setting.
Saturday, December 6, 2008
It is always nice to keep track of what you purchased and what needs to be purchased. Here are the notepads for the Christmas folder below. Warning: I forgot the brads that hold the pockets when I made the notepads, so they were too wide. I had to take the pads apart and trim them since I don't have a fancy pad cutter. I used graphics and font from pccrafter.com. The lines were made with scanned image from the folder paper.
Monday, December 1, 2008
DCWV Christmas paper.
A I folded the outside paper in half and then fourths. I attached a velvet ribbon and a jeweled magnet closure to the front cover. The metal disc is mounted under the ribbon.
The inside striped paper is from the same DCWV Christmas stack. I cut 4 strips 3 3/4" x 9". I liked the inside trimmed an 1/8" smaller in width to make it fold nicer. The pocket is formed by folding 3" up. I embossed the 3" part with Swiss Dot Cuttlebug folder. Then at random I folded down the corners to reveal continuous stripe pattern.
Here is a folder for your Christmas lists: Family List, Friends/Neighbors, Food List, Special Notes. I am just waiting for the pads to dry and will post a picture of the note pads for the inside in a couple of days.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
We are always getting the nicest pens in the mail for permotions. It is such a shame to let them just sit in my drawer at work. I decided to see what I could do for a thank you or appreciation card. I used DCWV Embossed paper stack and Far East collections for this card. I cut around the packaging bubble from the advertizer to make the pen holder for the card.
The retangle cut for the opening of the pen bubble I glued to the back for the pattern is continous. I attached the ribbon tab on the inside with a flower shaped eyelet and added a magnet closure to the back.
Monday, November 3, 2008
Saturday, November 1, 2008
I don't know if I really like this one, so I may alter this post with a new tin. This tin is for those brave children that are loosing their teeth. Graphics by Susan Seals at pccrafter.com. I am working on a chart for the inside to keep track of those lost teeth. I hope to post it Monday. I did lightly spray the tin with a light green coat of paint.
Dear Tooth Fairy,
In this tin you may find
a teensy tiny tooth.
So while I sleep
where dreams are made,
See if we can make a trade?
Monday, October 27, 2008
A special tool belt for a new daddy is just the thing to bring a smile to his face or laughter to a baby shower. I have done special orders with a theme in mind. Frogs seem to be the most requested. Graphics are Daddy Dearest by Carolee Jones from pccrafter.com.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
This card for bus driver appreciation was inspired by Mary Jo Albright tutorial. It is flat for 1/4 card envelope and stand up when you pull the tab. Graphics are by Colleen Parry "Teacher's Helpers" from pccrafter.com
The bus is mounted with a pop dot. I did add a pull ribbon, but camera battery fizzled out.
Monday, October 20, 2008
I love the bags made by Andrea but I could not wait to make my own version. Although the lighting was not the best for glitter foil paper, I couldn't wait to make this santa bag in a box. The belt is an 11" x 3/4" light weight paper threaded through a slotted silver brad. I hot glued on the buttons so I did not have to cut off the backs.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Little girls love purses. This birthday card is just the thing. Made with Party Animals by Leere' Aldrich found at pccrafter.com.
Matching note pad is 3"x3". Note pad is held in place inside the purse with a repositionable glue dot.
I used the clutch purse template and added a flap. Punch two holds where the flap and the back panel meet. Cut ribbon to desired length, poke end through hold and tie knot in the end.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
This door hanger is just right for a neighborhood knock and run. The instructions are given in the poem. Place a plate of goodies on your neighbor's door step, place the door hang on the knob, ring the door bell, and run. It is fun to share this with friends and family. I used the the cute ghost graphic in Witchie Poo and Boo by Laurie Furnell found at pccrafter.com . Here is the poem.
You've Been Boo-d!
Late last night, we left you a treat.
The tradition is fun, one we hope you'll repeat.
Take the ghost and pin it on your door,
to let others know, you need boo-d no more.
Now it's your duty to pass on the surprise,
to two more families, we must advise.
Gather some treats and deliver them soon,
within two nights, under the light of the moon.
Include a ghost with each package you give,
along with this poem for the tradition to live.
Monday, October 6, 2008
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
Just sharing this star with those of you who can use the GSD template file. I must warn you I have updated to RM 4.4, but I am working on getting back a copy of the older version. I would appreciate some feedback on the type of files everyone is using.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Here are the results from a paper experiment and the finished project. After each photo is the details on how that look was achieved. Graphic is Autumn Days by Laurie Furnell and can be purchased at pccrafter.com.
Graphic was given a drop shadow for a dimensional look and printed on gloss photo paper. Corner punch by Fisker was used on the corners. When printing on photo paper, make sure you use the photo gloss setting. Otherwise, too much ink is applied to the paper.
I was very pleased with the color result using Draft Fast Print setting. Usually I don't like this setting because it is too light, but on watercolor paper the color was just right. Ribbon and paper sticker sunflower were added for dimension. Graphic was cut around with designer scissors and chalked with green and brown mixture. The green background was embossed with Cuttlebug.
After printing graphic on watercolor paper, I sprayed heavily with water and brushed to achieve a watercolor look. I dabbed the color out to the edges. To enhance the edges a little more, brown chalk was added.
Graphic was printed on watercolor paper with plain paper setting for the ink. Trimmed around the edges of the graphic leaving just a little white, because of the ribbon curl. To tone down the white brown chalk was brushed on the edges. DCWV The Old World Stack, purchased at JoAnn's, was used for the background paper and mounted on tan card.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Need an idea for Halloween. How about a chocolate covered pretzel treat inside a cute little witch by Laurie Furnell. The measurements for the cover portion is 1 3/8" x 5/8" x 4 5/8". I am including a picture of the layout. I would be happy to give you a template, but it really needs to fit the graphic. If you purchase this graphic and need the template let me know, I will be happy to share with you. Even though it is only a small portion, I have covered the graphic with a white triangle to save a little on ink. I used brochure 32 lb paper and the base is clued to a circle of cardstock. My favorite method of double sided glue, ATG gun. With 7 pretzel packages in a box, I am in this cute treat less than fifty cents. You can purchase the graphics at pccrafter.com.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Canned socks could be a fun gift for a teenage girl. You need a can openner that takes off the whole top edge. I like the cans that have the pull tops, but it is getting harder to find cans that you can take off the bottom. Remove the label and add your own. Here is the poem I wrote for this occation:
Canned socks are surprising
And really a treat.
Some funky, some fun
They'll dress up your feet.
Of course I used graphics from pccrafter.com. Added a tag and tied it to the flip top with ribbon. Hope you try it, it was a big hit.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Have you ever finished a fun project and forgot to take a picture? This card was designed for friendship week for Andrea. I did not take a picture, but after several months of international wandering was returned. It took a lot to get the interlocking and folds just right. So to save you the head ache, I am including a PDF file. The cute kite flying duck is from Laurie Furnell's Just Ducky Collection. Graphics for the card below are from Cowgirl Up by Tina Ledbetter. Both can be purchased at pccrafter.com.
Here is the GSD file for those of you with a Craft Robo, Wishblade, or other. This card fits in a business size envelope.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
For those of you who want to start on Christmas. Most of us have last minute wrapping to do on Christmas Eve. Well here is a way to help someone special survive that ordeal. This covered quart paint can has been covered with graphics from pccrafter.com and filled with the last minute goodies needed to complete that late nigh wrapping on Christmas Eve.