Friday, January 29, 2016

Paperback Snowman

There is a special celebration in town this weekend, and it inspired me to make these boy wizard inspired snowmen.  I love to read, but since I got a Kindle, my books are just get dusty.  So, I decided to re-purpose them into something fun!

What  I love about these guys is that each one is different.  From their size/shape, their hand crocheted scarves and witch hats, each one has it's own personality.

Paperback books, glue gun, yarn, felt, spray paint

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Saturday, December 12, 2015

"Berry Christmas" Coffee Gift Baskets

I've been absolutely in love with all of the tiny coffee cups on Pinterest.  I finally ordered some and decided to make some little gift baskets with the berry baskets I found on clearance at Michaels.

So, my little basket is decorated with a die cut doily and pretty paper bow.  Inside the basket you will find a set of two peppermint patties and the tiny cup decorated with images from Papertrey Ink's Tiny Christmas Treats.  In the little cup, I stuck a K-Cup inside to get the party started!

I thought they would be great to add a gift card to the basket as well.  I've always like the light blue and red color combination.  With the snowman, you could use this a winter birthday present or just a way to keep your bff warm!

Great, easy, and fun Secret Santa gifts, especially for your co-workers!

Stamps:  Dandelion Designs-Sweet Christmas Wishes; Papertrey Ink-Tiny Treats Christmas
Ink:  Versafine, Papertrey Ink
Paper:  Papertrey Ink, Recollections, Bazzill
Misc:  Computer generated Sweet Winter Wishes sentiment, berry baskets, paper punches, crimper, paper shred, peppermint patties, ribbon, acetate bags, mini coffee cups, doily die, and bow die

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Mini Mason Jars

Last weekend I sold some of my homemade goodies at craft fair with my sister, Laura, and our Mom.   Laura and I decided that we would do Secret Santa and stocking stuffer type crafts to make/sell.  Mom brought some of her knitted hats and other handmade knit items that she made in her knitting group.  It was about 80 degrees that day, so guess who sold the most!  Our Mom with her knitted hats!   We had a really good time and ate some really good fair food.

 I found these mini mason jars at Michaels (last summer!) and I finally got around to "tricking" them up.  I used a variety of paper punches to make this happy little snowman.  I used the Cuttlebug Snowflake embossing folder to give the tag a little dimension.  Of course, I had to fill it up with some candy!

Here they are all in a row!

Stamps:  Dandelion Designs-Sentiment
Ink:  Memento, Papertrey Ink, Color Box
Paper:  American Crafts, Recollections
Misc:  Mini mason jars, paper punches, pop up dots, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, candy

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Thanksgiving Treat Holders

These treat holders will certainly make your Thanksgiving more festive.  I combined my love of paper punching, "Cricuting", and of course sweet treats to makes pop holders.  They don't need to be just for lollipops or cake pops, they are great to hold little gifts or use as place card holders.

Of course, I can't make just one....I had to make a whole bunch!

Paper:  Bazille, October Afternoon, Recollections
Misc:  Cricut, Cricut Craft Room, paper punches, ribbon, baker's twine, black sharpie marker, Crop-A-Dile, pop up dots, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder

If you are looking for some Halloween bargains, jump over to my Etsy shop where you will find all of the Halloween creations on sale!

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Skeleton Treat Bags

No "bones" about it, these are some scary treat bags!  

I used my Cricut and the Cricut Craft Room to make the skeletons.  The head and hands were made using the Human Body digital cartridge.  The bones were cut out using Create a Critter.  The bones did not have a shadow feature.  So, I assembled the arms and hands then adhered them to some black cardstock.  Then, I cut around the arms/hands by hand.  The body parts where adhered to a glassine bag.

The pumpkins were paper punched and a small sentiment  onto the front.  A little baker's twine bow finishes the project!

Stamps:  Studio G
Ink:  Versafine
Paper:  Recollections, Bazzill
Misc:  Cricut, Cricut Craft Room, baker's twine, pop up dots, oval paper punch, glassine bags

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead!

I wanted to make some little Halloween treats that where a little different from the usual candy treats.  Don't get me wrong, I love candy, but I wanted to try something a little more unique.  Hostess products were buy one get one free at the grocery store so I figured that I should get them and give it a try.  Unfortunately, they don't make the Ding Dong packaging the same as when I was young.  I remember that they were wrapped in silver foil, but now they come in a white plastic package.  So, I opened it up and wrapped it in a piece of tin foil.

Then, using my Cricut, I cut out my witch's legs and hat.  The sentiment was computer generated and then paper punched out and mounted.  I also punched some little bats out of black glitter paper and added them on for a little extra "scary".

Paper:  Bazzill, Recollections
Misc:  Computer, Cricut, Create a Friend and Create a Critter 2 Cricut Cartridges, paper punches, pop up dots, Ding Dongs, tin foil

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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Happy Birthday Patriot Style!

It's Sunday, so that means it's time for some football.  One of the things I miss the most about New England (besides my Dad, of course) is the smell of fall and the way the sun starts to set on the football field.  I like to watch the the player's shadows on the field, it's really a neat thing.

Today is a perfect day to share some New England Patriot themed  birthday cards I made for my Dad and stepmother.  The little player and his cheerleader were cut using my Cricut.  I used my Papertrey Ink Modern Alphabet Dies to personalize each card.  My favorite stamp company, Dandelion Designs, provided the perfect sentiment.

Stamps:  Dandelion Designs-it's your birthday!!
Ink:  Papertrey Ink
Paper:  Bazzill, Recollections, NFL Scrapbook Paper
Misc:  Cricut, Create A Friend Cricut Cartridge, pop up dots, paper punches, rhinestone, half pearls, Papertrey Ink Modern Alphabet Dies

Are you ready for some football?.....I am!

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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Germs Are Scary!!!!

I found these ginormous bottles of hand sanitizer at Target on the clearance rack (a few years ago!)  and decided to dress them up for Halloween.  I had originally planned to use the Frankenstein's Face cut from the Cricut Store, but I couldn't find any green vinyl anywhere.  When I want to do something, I tend to want to do it now, so I'm not a patient person who can wait to get something online!  I had the black, white, and silver vinyl to do most of the face, but then I just made a half oval mouth in the Cricut Craft Room.  I moved the stitches to over his eye, so hopefully will no one will notice that he does not have a nose!  

For the tag, I downloaded the sentiment from Eighteen25.  I cut it out and mounted it on a rectangle of black cardstock.  I added a paper punched pumpkin and then tied it to then eck of the bottle with some black tulle.

I am going to give this to my sister for her new classroom.

Paper:  Recollections
Misc:  Cricut, vinyl, paper punches, tulle, hand sanitizer

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Friday, September 25, 2015

Jack-O-Lantern Pop Holders

More cake pop/lollipop covers!  Whoo hoo!!  Paper punches, a Cricut, a day off and American Horror Story Coven on DVD makes me a happy girl who made these cuties!

Paper:  Recollections, Bazzill
Misc:  Paper punches, Cricut, Stickles, pop up dots, ribbon and baker's twine

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Bite Me Pop Holders

I've been really enjoying making cake pops.  Unfortunately, my skills are not very good and they end up looking like huge misshapen diabetes balls on a stick!  So, I decided to work on some pop holders that would disguise them!

Thankfully, my Cricut die collection and paper punches came to the rescue!  I didn't have an appropriate sentiment stamp, so I make one on the computer.  I'm a little behind the times, but I've recently discovered free downloaded fonts.  I thought this one would be perfect.

Paper:  Recollections, Bazzill, American Crafts
Misc:  Cricut, Paper Doll Dress Up Cartridge, black sharpie pen, white gel pen, Mama Elephant Tiny Bow die, pop up dots, paper punches, ribbon, computer 

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Monday, September 21, 2015

Paper Bag Pumpkins

One of my favorite things about Fall are pumpkins.  If you add paper punching to the's even better!  

These were super simple to make.  I spray painted some small brown lunch sacks. Then, I filled them up with crumpled up newspaper and when I ran out of that I used plastic grocery bags.  The top of the bag was bunched together and tied with raffia.

Now the fun part!  I grabbed a variety of paper punches and punched away.  Each one's face is a little bit different.  

To add a little bit more fall to my pumpkin, I punched a sunflower, as well.  I hot glued the sunflower to the center of the raffia bow.

Paper:  Recollections, Bazzill
Misc:  Paper lunch sacks,m paper punches, raffia, pop up dots, white gel pen, hot glue gun, old newspapers/plastic grocery bags, orange spray paint

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Scary and Spooky Embellishments

I just love Halloween.  I love the candy, decorations, scary movies and most of all the cooler weather!  It has been so hot this summer in Florida!  I don't think I've sweat this much in my entire life as I have this summer.

In an effort to use up some scraps and help coax the cooler weather, I decided to make some embellishments.  These would be great on a card, or on a box or bag that will hold some Halloween treats.

Stamps:  My Favorite Things - Spider Web
Paper:  American Crafts, MME, Bazzill, Recollections
Misc:  Nestabilities, pop up dots, Ghost Quickutz, Papertrey Ink Banner Die, Memory Box Spider Die, buttons

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Monday, August 31, 2015

Boy Wizard!

After a brief rest from my blogging/crafting, I decided that I wanted to make some scrapbook embellishments.  I've never really "scrap-booked" before, that is more my sister's domain.  I work with some ladies that just love Harry Potter, so I decided to make some Boy Wizard inspired embellishments.  

I used my Cricut and the Cricut Craft Room to make these little guys.  I decided to take it a step further, incorporate my love for paper punching and my trusty Sizzix Dies to make a few more items that I think would look great on a scrapbook page, or even a fun card for your favorite Wizard!

Paper:  Bazzill, Recollections
Misc:  Paper punches, Cricut Craft Room, Create A Friend Cricut Cartridge, Sizzix Bird Cage Die, pop up dots, glasses brads

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

There's No One Like Mom!

So, I've been AWOL for a while, even thought my New Year's Resolution was to be a better blogger!  But, it's been for a very good reason!  A new position (actually there were four) was created at work.  It would be a step up/promotion for me, and my immediate supervisor thought it would be a great opportunity for me.  It was a very popular job listing, and the competition was extremely fierce!  So, I spent many days/nights working and preparing for my interview.  I made handouts and even used some of my best "Beth-A-Palooza" crafty skills for some incentive prizes for different contests.  After much sweat, blood, and tears, my hard work paid off and I was offered one of the positions!  It truly was an honor to be picked, and now I am with a great team of "girls" (we all just happen to be female) that work great together.  I was definitely sad to leave my venue, it was a great place.  Since I was the official bulletin board/contest designer/prize maker and crafty person, I wanted to help get the bulletin boards together for the upcoming months.  I only had a week or so between the two positions, so I "Cricut-ed" my heart out and got most of it done!  I still have a few more things to do, but I got the bulk of it done, and I am confident that I can finish the rest of it up.  This is my first position in probably 15 years that I haven't had to wear a uniform, so I had to borrow some clothes from my sister to wear to work while I start slowly creating a business casual wardrobe.

On to my card, I made this one for guess what....Mother's Day!!  It's a rubber stamping, paper piecing, Copic coloring and die cutting conglomeration!  I usually use brown shades for the hair, so I decided to practice with blonde colors.  

Stamps:  My Favorite Things-Pure Innocence Freckles
Ink:  Versafine, Memento
Paper:  Wasau, Papertrey Ink, Crate Paper
Misc:  Copics, lace, pop up dots, Papertrey Ink Alphabet Dies,  My Favorite Things Scallop Oval and Banner Dies,  Diamond Glaze

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Happy Birthday Laura!

This is the card I made for my sister for her birthday.

My Hello Cupcake Pure Innocence was stamped, colored with Copics, paper pieced, and popped up on to my card.  Diamond Glaze was applied to the sprinkles and her shoes.  I wanted to personalize my card, so I made a banner and stamped her name.

Stamps:  My Favorite Things-Pure Innocence Hello Cupcake and Big Greetings,  Jo-Ann-Alphabet
Ink:  Versafine and Memento
Paper:  Wasau, October Afternoon
Misc: Copics, Diamond Glaze, pop up dies, My Favorite Things Fish Tail Die and Scallop Border Die

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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter

Happy Easter!  I hope everyone had a nice day and the Easter Bunny was good to them and left lots of candy.  Yesterday, my sister came over for a craft-a-palooza.  We were having so much fun that I went home with her and spent the night.  Today, we continued our crafting while watching  a Love Boat Marathon on tv.  March was a very busy month for her, she took her students to Washington DC, finished the yearbook for her school, sewed a million (actually 13 A Line dresses for a school play), ordered/paid for 350 tickets for Grad -Venture at Universal, not to mention still working and being a wife and mom.  We haven't been able to spend anytime together, so this was a well deserved weekend for us.  

Lately, I've been struggling with creativity.  Everything I make takes forever and just doesn't look good.  Believe it or not, this card took me two days to finish as I wasn't satisfied with the finished product, or should I say the 10 finished products as that is how many times I took it apart and re-worked it!  Finally, I am finished and satisfied.  On the East Coast, there is only 1 hour and 9 minutes left of Easter, so I made it just in time!

Stamps:  Papertrey Ink-Polka Dot Parade #1 & #2
Ink:  Papertrey Ink & Heidi Swapp
Paper:  Recollections, Bazill, American Crafts
Misc:  Baker's twine, pom pom, buttons, Memory Box Small Scallop Border Die, Papertrey Ink Polka Dot Parad #1 & #2 Dies

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