Sunday, April 20, 2014

Smile: Sweet Girl and a Puppy

Hi, there!  Did you have a wonderful weekend?  My sweet girl and her husband were here, so you can be sure I've been smiling!  

I'll bet that you're smiling at this cute image!  I was browsing the images over at Free Pretty Things for You and this one called my name.   

It is free for you right here.  Keren has cutie pie images that are hard to resist - so I just don't! 

I'm trying to use papers that I've had around and resisting buying new ones for awhile.  However, when I come across really wonderful digital papers, I usually snap them up.   The mint and white paper (on the square circles frame) is part of a beautiful set from Grepic.  I used another pattern from the mint set on my chocolate bunny tag treat here.  

Hope you have a lot to smile about this week - so glad you stopped by!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Pink Egg Card + Free Image for You

Here we go, with another sweet and cute Easter image!

Don't you love that pink egg?  And those cute chicks?   

 I've had a couple of questions recently on how to create an extra tall card.  This  Easter card is 6 1/2" tall  and opens at the bottom.  That's too tall to make with a piece of 8 1/2 x 11" cardstock.  Making an extra tall card is as easy as 1 - 2 - 3.

Cut the front of your card first.  Add 1" to the length.  If your card is to be 6" tall, cut the cardstock 7" long.  Score at 6" (the desired height of the card).

Cut a piece of cardstock for the back at the same width.  I've used a different color here and offset it a little so you can easily see the back from the front.   I always add a little to the length just to give me plenty of wiggle room.  Slip the back into the fold of the front.  Glue back of card to the front fold.  And cut off the excess.

Now you have a tall card.  Easy, right?

To download the vintage pink egg image, click HERE.

Hope you're having a wonderful week!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Luv You More Than Chocolate Bunnies: Perfect for a Guy

One of the things I struggle just a bit with every year for my Spring Show and Sale is making sure that I have an Easter treat that will work for a guy.  This is what I came up with this year:

What do you think?  I think it works great for guys -  and gals, too!  I guess that's why I tossed a pink egg back there!  That makes this Chocolate Bunny tag very versatile.

The pillow box size - perfect to hold two of those sweet chocolate bunnies - is 3" x 4".   The tag size is 21/2" x 4 1/4".

Here are a few of the other supplies:

The bunny die and felt are from Papertrey Ink.   I think I picked up the Chocolate Zing Embossing powder there, too.  I looked for the stamp set, but I can't find where I got it.  If you know, please let me know!

My guy doesn't know it, but I made an extra one of these for him!

Do you have other guy ideas for Easter?  Let me know...I'd love to see them!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Sweet Vintage Easter: an Image for You

I know I've said several times that I love sweet and cute.  I came across this sweet vintage Easter card and couldn't stop smiling from the time I grabbed it, paid for it, and drove home. The boy and bunny fit 'sweet and cute' in spades!   That little bunny stamp in the top corner is part of Storybook Friends from Stampin' Up and it fits my 'sweet and cute' love too!

Take a closer look at the diamond border in mint felt.

The diamond border is actually not a diamond border at all.  It is the negative space between two chevron die cuts!  Take a look:

 Not a bit of felt wasted and a cool border, too!

This boy and bunny would like to go home with you, too!  If you would like to have this sweet and cute image to create with, download it HERE.

So glad you stopped by!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Wedding Bells with Free Pretty Things for You

Today is my first contributor post for Keren at Free Pretty Things for You.  So excited to be sharing with you creations featuring one of her vintage images.  And Keren is offering her image, Wedding Bells (pink and blue ribbon versions), free to you!

Keren's  blue and pink wedding bells are beautiful and do a fabulous job of wishing new (and couples who have been married a while) well.  

I just love this sweet little card and all it's layers.  It features the Blue Ribbon Wedding Bells image.  It also features items from the Make Mine Gold kit.   I think this would be a lovely way to write a personal note to a daughter who is getting married or perhaps, to a daughter-in-law to be.  

Kirby, one of my office team members at work, special ordered an anniversary card for his wife, Gail.  When Keren showed me the wedding bells image, I thought it would be perfect to create an anniversary card.  

Even though typically wedding bells would be used for a new couple, I think the pink version made a nice anniversary card for Kirby to give Gail.   I used a tiny gold tag to highlight their 37 years.

Would you like to have both wedding bell images for your creations?  

To directly Download the Pink Ribbon Wedding Bells Click HERE!  To Download the Blue Ribbon Wedding Bells, Hop on over to FPTFY!

Thank you, Keren, for the beautiful wedding bells images!

One more thing:  The winner by random selection (that's my husband pulling a name out of a basket) of the Cute Girls Card Kit is:

Martha Dehne
(who has two friends coming to visit)

Martha, email me with your address (email is in my sidebar) and I will get your package in the mail ASAP!

Thank you to everyone for all your so very sweet comments - I wish I had enough kits to send you all one!

And thank you for stopping by - I hope to see some of your Wedding Bells creations!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Free Pretty Things For You

A little while ago, I had the most lovely invitation.  Would I like to be a contributor at Free Pretty Things for You?    I didn't even have to think about it - I emailed Keren back with a very enthusiastic YES! and when do I start?

Today is the day I'm being introduced as a new contributor on the Free Pretty Things for You blog.   I have been a fan of Keren's for quite some time - I have so enjoyed her darling vintage images and her famous Linky Party.  Such yummy things to see!

I need to tell a little bit about myself - if you know most of this feel free to skip this part!  I've always had projects going, but didn't really start in the paper arts until my daughter, Lauren, went off to college.  She is the only child and one of those terrific children that you never want to go, so I had MAJOR empty nest syndrome.  I had to have something to fill up that empty space.  I know when I found paper crafting my husband, Dennis, was glad I found a hobby.  Little did he know how big a part of my life it would become.  I'm always busy:  filling special orders, keeping my local business locations with inventory, and creating, creating, creating!!  

In honor of this beginning with Keren, I've got three things to tell you.  Lots of photos follow!

What is it?  One of my new kits:  Cute Girls Card Kit.  What do you get?  

Everything you need to make three adorable cards featuring those cute girl pins.  Here's an example of what you can make:

How do you win?  Leave a comment!   You have until Sunday, April 6th at 7:00 p.m. (central time) to leave a comment.  Be sure your comment let's me know you would like to win!  Winner (using random selection) will be announced on Monday, April 7th.  On that day, you will want to see  Keren's free wonderful image and the projects I created with it.

Now for the second thing:

I made three projects with the Easter Kit contents.

The first one is a pretty treat envelope featuring a graphic mint and white envelope, an air dry clay frame and chocolate bunny. 

You get everything for this project (except the candy and adhesive).    

I've gone more vintage for the second project with a bit of modern thrown in with the badge featuring an Easter pin.  Here's a close up of the badge:

You get everything to make this project, too!  Here's the third project:

It is whimsical with the bunny pins and hand drawn doodle frame.

It's perfect for one egg.  And again you get everything you need.  You can find the Easter kit in my etsy store.   There is only a very limited number available.  And just in case you are a little worried about the doodling, here is item number three:

I have a quick video with a tip for an easy way to create the doodle frame.

You can watch it here or on youtube.

What do you think?  Fun and easy, right?

Okay, just to wrap up:  visit Keren at Free Pretty Things for You and at her Etsy shop.  If you would like to win the give away, Cute Girls Card Kit, leave me comment.  If you would like to see all the contents of the Easter kit (and/or to purchase), visit my etsy store.

Thank you for stopping by!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Do You Filofax?

A long time ago I used to keep a calendar.  Then I just stopped.  When I got my first smart phone, I thought I would use that.  Well, that didn't really work for me.  But Filofax?  I can really get into that.  Why?  Probably because it's fun to decorate and it makes me smile when I open it up!

My filofax is a pink Domino.  The black cat you can see peeking over the top is a wooden ruler that I use to mark the current week.  Now, I will freely admit that Filofax is a little expensive.  I'm really lucky because we sell them at Triangle and I can use my discount.  The same thing would work with some of the darling binders and calendars from office supply stores like Staples, for example.

One thing I immediately decided was that the calendar pages were just a little too thin for my liking.  So I found The Plannertarium on Etsy who has a 2014 calendar just the perfect size.  I print the pages on 80lb paper.

I made some fun cards and Silly Monkey pins from images I  found at Blessed by Designs.   For this set of pages, I used washi tape and post-it notes as well.  I like adding a card to the middle of the pages for extra writing room.

Here are the pages with the card turned over:

The pages are removable, of course, so I can take them out to write on and I don't have to worry about pins being underneath.  If the pages get too thick, I'll just take some out permanently.

Now to answer a couple of questions from emailers and commenters:  

I bought a one inch button machine from American Button Machines.   Warning:  they are a little pricey.  But it is fun and the pins are really easy to make.  The buttons require regular copy paper - the paper cannot be any thicker.  I find a lot of images on Etsy and make a few of my own - right now just easy things like words (the button that says "cute"  in the previous post).  

Let me know if you Filofax (or decorate your calendar) - do you keep a calendar?  What works for you?  I understand that some people even keep a time of Project Life in their Filofax.   I'll share some more pages soon.  

Have a wonderful week!

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