Tuesday, April 26, 2011

For Arnie...

This is an altered gift I made for my kids' bus driver, Arnie. He has been driving the bus for many years and told me that he was retiring after this school year. My kids have only had him for two years since they both just started school full-time and I was saddened by the news.

So, I decided to make him this custom tumbler gift set for Christmas. I bought several of these from Mike's several years ago and found an excuse to finally use them (can you say "What a hoarder?"...Yes, I admit I am!) I had this stamp set from Club Stamp Academy called Sheer Genius that had never been inked. I love all of the images from this set and used the silhouette bus stamp which reminds me of a Thomas Kinkade stamp.The first picture below is the whole gift set: one tumbler, matching card, 2 packets of ground coffee purchased at Target, and homemade wheat bread.

Here is  close-up of the  mug you can see the detail...I traced the template on patterned paper and sewed it together with the piece of paper that came in with the tumbler for more stability. I stamped the image on textured vanilla cardstock. And even with the textured cardstock, you can see the detail very clearly. I customized the tumbler with his name. It was very hard to stamp his name in a straight line using wooden alpha stamps. I used twine to tie the tag onto the template. I was lucky that everything fit inside the tumbler once I was done.

And here is the close-up of the matching card - very simply made. I can't seem to find the stamp set I used for this one so I will post the name of it later on when I do find it. I did a little stitching on the card as well.

As you can see, I decided to use non-traditional Christmas colors because I wanted Arnie to be able to use his tumbler throughout the year.

That is it for now..working on some other things and will come back soon!

Thanks for stopping by!

Love of Our Lost Ones...Sympathy Card

I hope everyone had an awesome Easter weekend. Quite frankly, the weekend went way too fast! Although, the weather decided to cooperate and we had some nice sunny weather for once. We went to our favorite restaurant, Super China Buffet, and stuffed ourselves and then we went to the park. My son had asked to have our own Easter egg hunt at home so we made sure to buy some treats before heading home. I almost forgot as I was getting the eggs ready that I had bought the kids bug catchers and magnifying glass to use when we go camping awhile back so I used those as their Easter gifts.

Anyway, I got to thinking this weekend that I forgot to post some other things I was working on. That is what happens when you are not connected with the blogging world as much...

I created this vintage sympathy card using one of Elegant WordArt sentiments by Bethany. I found this quote on the SCS website and asked Bethany to re-create this for me. I just love how this sentiment is not gender or age specific.

For this card, I also decided to try out rolling a flower out of felt. First, I cut out a circle then started cutting a swirly on the inside of the circle to make my flower. I know i followed a sketch for this one, but I can't seem to remember which one since this was made sometime late last year.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

SFYTT March 2011 - True Love

My parents wedding anniversary was coming up so this is the card I made based on Jen Del Muro's March SFYTT.

I normally don't use this color combo very often but I thought it was elegant enough for a wedding anniversary card. The b&w dp, glimmery white and dark gray cardstock (hard to see in photo), and red bling was part of my DT days with Paper Maniac.

The sentiment is part of a vellum quotes booklet that I have had for a long time. It is layered onto a piece of vanilla cardstock distressed with Tim Holtz antique linen. The scalloped rectangle is a piece of dark gray felt. I also used a crocheted ribbon I bought from the dollar bin at Jo's awhile back. The red felt flower was created from Spellbinders Nesties peony - first time I've ever used this die. I topped it off with a red button.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: None
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Antique Linen
Accessories: Crochet Ribbon, Felt, Vellum Quote, Spellbinders Nesties Peony, Button

Congratulations on your new baby girl gift set

Whew! That was alot of projects I hadn't posted in awhile...flashback from the past and now on to the present!

My younger sister gave birth to a beautiful baby girl in early February and named her Mikayla. I thought using Angel Landing's digital stamp sets called Alphabet Train and Toys on Wheels would be the perfect way to welcome the new baby.

The frame was bought at Walmart. I love using these frames - they are the perfect size! The frame came with its own matting, but I chose to create my own by using a cereal box (cut to size) and decorated it with patterned paper and used my square nesties to make the frames. One of the hardest part was to measure how far apart the frames should be and cut out the squares in the middle - it was hard to keep it in place!

The tedious part of this project was figuring out the size of the letters as well as cutting each and every one of them out. It was also difficult to attach the hemp twine underneath the wheels and figuring out spacing - as you can see, the letters came out a little crooked - oh well!!! I guess it kind of looks like it is being dragged so I guess it looks ok. The letters were colored with prismacolor pencils blended with baby oil and popped up. I also used a small piece of cotton ball for the bunny's tale on both the frame and the card.

Inspiration for the card was based on Card Patterns Sketch 106. I just used a scrap piece of scalloped square from the frame, cut out a circle in the middle and placed patterned paper in its place. I did some stitching on the patterned paper (although I still need practice sewing - LOL). I think the card turned out so adorable, don't ya think?

This project was inspired by this one that I created for the Angel's Landing DT.

Thank you for visiting!

Stamps: Digital Stamps from Angels Landing - Toys on Wheels, Alphabet Train
Paper: K&C Small Wonders Girl Pack, Kraft/Vanilla Cardstock
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Antique Linen
Accessories: White Satin Ribbon, Prima Flower, Button, Hemp Twine, Cotton Ball. Square/Circle Nesties, Sewing Machine, Prismacolor Pencils blended with Baby Oil

Having fun with sketches

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More thank you cards/projects...

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Thank You Gifts...

Back in the Saddle Again...

Hello Everyone! Boy, it's been ages since I last paid attention to my blog. I thought I would post some projects I have made while behind the scenes way back from last year that I never posted here. So, let's go back to where I left off...shall we?


So that is it for end of year school projects from 2010...Don't go yet, there is more!