Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Christmas Treat Boxes at The Cutting Cafe

This is the cutest box!  Actually, it was a really hard choice choosing among all the cute Christmas boxes at The Cutting Cafe.  The Snowman Treat Box won out, because I love snowmen! 

The box went together beautifully and then it was just pure fun to embellish.  I made clay candy canes and thought he looked like he needed one! 

All the design team's boxes will be up Wednesday night at The Cutting Cafe blog.   Be sure to check it out - I'm sure Regina will have a special offer for you!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Thanksgiving Place Cards and Swing Photo Display for The Hybrid Chick

Hi!  I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Ours was fabulous...just having Lauren here is always the best!  Add that to getting to have everyone else over and sharing a wonderful meal and great company - well, it doesn't get any better than that! 
 I got the idea for using door knobs from the cover of Somerset magazine.  I wanted to make my Thanksgiving placecard holders a little less permanent -  I might want to use them for something else later!   So, I totally changed up how they are decorated. 
 I used large paper clips as the holder for the Thanksgiving postcards.  (Just wrapped masking tape around the bottom of the paper clip to hold it inside the knob.)  Then I wrapped the knobs with pretty hand dyed seam binding and added tags with our names. 
Here, you can see mine with the place setting:
  Simple, but pretty on the table!

Monday is my day for a tutorial at The Hybrid Chick.  My grandma loves to get photographs of Lauren.  I thought a swing photo display would be a great way to add to her collection.  

You can see the entire thing and a tutorial to make it on Monday at The Hybrid Chick blog

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hi!  I'm stopping by for just a moment.  The bread dough is rising, the pie dough is waiting for all the sweet parts, last minute dusting and mopping out of the way - a quick break and then back to all the fun! 
Wishing you and yours a very wonderful Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

December Daily at The Cutting Cafe

 I see a lot of people are working on their December Daily albums.  It is such a nice way to document and enjoy the festivities and joys of December.  The inspiration at The Cutting Cafe this week is the December Daily sets that Regina offers.  I decided to do something a little more concise than a full month of pages.  I decided to go with twelve.  Perhaps I was influenced by the Twelve Days of Christmas!  First I created journal cards using the numbers from the Christmas Daily set and the scallop frame from Jot It Down.
Then I printed sentiments from Christmas Daily and December Daily 2.   I created the book from a  Canson art paper so it has a nice heavy textured feel. 
 I binded the pages with red and white twine.  I'm not quite through with it yet, but these pages will show you the direction I'm going with it.  
 I added a tag to this page that can be removed so I can use the front and back of the tag and add a picture to the journal card.  Here are pages two and three:  
 Whatever you decide is your take on the December Daily Album, Regina has the sets to help you out.  All the other DT inspiration will be up on Wednesday evening, so be sure to drop by the blog
We went to the Farmers Market yesterday and no one had Sage!  Apparently, everyone lost their plants due to the extreme weather we've had. Finally, we found a package at the new Whole Foods Market - they only had one package left!  So glad we found it, I think fresh sage makes a huge difference in the dressing.   I'm getting so excited as its getting closer to Thanksgiving - can't wait for Lauren to get here!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Happy Turkey Day!

This turkey label is a favorite of mine - I used it last year to make our placecards for Thanksgiving Dinner.  This year, it's a card. 

Love the fabric on this.  I last used it to make a purse.  I also love those pinky orange leaves!   We're having our Thanksgiving lunch at work on Monday.  I have to remember to take goodies to decorate the table.  I better make a list of everything I need to take - otherwise I'm sure to forget something! 

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Thanksgiving Day at The Cutting Cafe

It's time for the weekly inspiration at The Cutting Cafe.  For this week, we are using images from Thanksgiving Day.  I think this would make a darling place card at a Kid's Table.  Not that I have a need for a Kid's Table right now...but I still think it would be cute. 
That cute turkey, the Happy Thanksgiving frame and the gobble background are all from this set and there are still many more images to choose from.   Regina will post all the other inspiration Wednesday evening at The Cutting Cafe Blog - check it out!  Are you going to need a Kid's Table this year?

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Second Fairy for Marsha

It's taken me awhile to get back to the fairy cards that I did for my cousin Marsha.  This card also has a postcard image from Iralamija's store.   Isn't she a sweet?

She's so sweet on her own that I really didn't need to do much - just added my favorite ribbon, a little tag, and a felt rose.

Can you believe it's already Thanksgiving time?  Are you cooking or traveling?  Or both?  I take off the day before Thanksgiving, so that Dennis and I can get a lot of the cooking done.  My husband is actually the one that loves to cook, so Thanksgiving is a great "project" for us to do together.  My daughter usually drives in that day, so it ends up being the three of us in the kitchen, which is even better! 

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Thanksgiving Dinner Planner

I'm guest blogging at Passionately Artistic today!  Maggie is highlighting Thanksgiving themed creations for the month of November.  Dennis and I began cooking Thanksgiving dinner for our family a few years ago.  Our notes and recipes are all over the place, so Dennis asked me to create a book that could house all of our important Thanksgiving dinner papers.  So, I came up with this Thanksgiving planner.   Warning  - there are quite a few pictures!
I'm not quite through with it - I need to add our recipes, pictures, and lists.  I plan on doing that sometime this weekend...or at least before Thanksgiving!  The planner is full of little goodies that make me happy:   like vintage images,
 and all kinds of tags,
 and pockets.  
I delivered several of these to friends at the beginning of the week and it was so nice to hear how excited they were at the thought of having a keepsake to pass on to their children. 
This pocket is made with a brown lunch sack - simply folded up and sewn. 
I was able to use my vintage, really thick bingo cards to create one of the pockets - love that! 

I can't wait to get started on the next stage of adding all of our traditional recipes and all the little notes that we've made to make cooking all that wonderful food easier! 
Thank you for having me, Maggie!  Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving! 

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Jot It Down at The Cutting Cafe

This week we're using the Jot It Down set for The Cutting Cafe inspiration.  I used quite a few images from the set, but there are still a lot more cute images included.  There are 43 in all!
   A very special lady who has seen some of my other hodgepodge books asked me to make one for favorite baby girl pictures.  When I looked over the Jot It Down set I realized that the sentiments could be used for lots of things, including the baby theme I needed.    You can see on the cover two images from Jot It Down:  the memories circle and the label with the butterfly.   I folded and sewed three dotted kraft bags for the pockets.  She also wanted me to included some vintage images
and this is one I just picked up this weekend at an antique store. 

It's so cute - an ad for Eagle Brand Condensed Milk.  I think a sweet picture can be placed right on the back of the ad.  You can see two more images from the Jot It Down set:  Love Notes and My Story. 
Most of the images are printed on Simple Stories Baby decorative papers.  
   Regina's images work so well with the papers and journal cards from Simple Stories. It's hard to tell which are "professional" and the ones I printed!  Another vintage image from a nursery tales decal set: 
And here are the tags (front and back) that are inside the kraft sacks in the top pocket: 
These are the tags in the side pockets (those cute half circles are from Jot It Down): 
That's a lot of pictures!  Be sure to check out The Cutting Cafe blog for the inspiration on Wednesday and for the details on the giveaway I'm sure Regina will have.  Thank you for stopping by!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Circle Sentiments at The Cutting Cafe

This week's inspiration at The Cutting Cafe is circle sentiments.    I chose the So Very Thankful circle from the So Thankful Circle Word Stamp Set.  I sewed a pocket from a brown paper sack to create this treat bag. 
It has two pockets, so it could also be used for silverware and napkin at the table.  Or perhaps a note in the front pocket and a treat in the main pocket.  Very sweet for Thanksgiving!
Be sure to check out The Cutting Cafe blog for other projects tomorrow evening.  And don't forget that Regina is offering three December Daily sets for free through Wednesday at midnight!
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