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Baby Shower…

Sorry for the absence…I took a little time off to spend with my honey.

I had a baby shower to go to at the end of last month.  So I set out to make some fun things.  Our friend had already found out she was having a girl so I chose some fun pink fabrics to make a few gifts.  I did a lot of searching online to get some ideas, which I did, making a few changes to make them my own.  Here are a couple links to the sites I went to…burp cloths, changing pad…I also made a bib, but can’t seem to find the link to that pattern.  When I do, I’ll be sure to link back.

I used the basic ideas and tutorials they had, changing sizes and embellishments a bit.

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I purchased my fabric from JoAnn’s…the burp cloths and bib were made from snuggle flannel.  The changing pad was made with snuggle flannel and some minky fabric…super soft.  As I mentioned I used the same basic ideas they used in the tutorial, I changed my sizes to be a little larger.  This helped in utilizing all of the fabric.

I also made a scrapbook for the baby’s first year.  I’ll show you this another day as I have TONS of photos for this one.

So, what do you think?

Thanks for stopping by!

Charmaine

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My nephew graduated from college a couple weeks ago…the first grandchild in the family…so it was a big event for us.  I’ve already shown some of the things I made for the event…invites…party favors…guest jar.  Today I’ll show you the thank you cards I made for him to use for the gifts he would get…this was part of his present from me.

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Keeping with the survival/camouflage theme we had going for the party I used some camo paper and layered it onto some brown cardstock and a kraft base.  I stamped it with a PTI stamp from the Think Big series and embossed with white.  For the other cards I used the same stamp and again embossed with white.  I then masked over that and stamped on top of it with my wood grain background stamps from PTI using kraft ink, also from PTI.

I made some envelope wraps like I did for his mom’s birthday present I showed you last week.  His return address is on the back side.  I packaged it all up in a large glassine bag…sorry forgot to take a photo of this.

This is the card I gave him for his graduation…I used 3 different stamps on the front…just mounted them on my acrylic block and stamped multiple times with kraft ink…easy peasy.  I attached a strip of card stock on the inside of the card to hold some money.

So what do you think?

Thanks for stopping by!

Charmaine

My SIL’s birthday was a couple weeks ago…we combined her birthday party with my nephew’s graduation party…so she didn’t get her present til the week after.

For her birthday I got her a gift subscription to BirchBox.  I also made her a small set of note cards.

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I used a Dreamweaver stencil and embossing paste.  The photo on the left uses white paste and the ones on the right use a pearl paste.  The colors end up looking gray and silver since I put it over black card stock, but I think it turned out nice for my first try!

I created some envelope wraps using the same zebra theme to add to the set…now she can jazz up the envelopes as well!

I created these on full sheet sticker paper and cut them down.  On the back side I already have her return address printed so all she has to do is peel, stick and write the address on the front.

This is how I packaged everything up

If you have any questions on how I created anything, please feel free to contact me.

So what do you think?

Thanks for stopping by!

Charmaine

 

I Heart Nap Time

I made a few gift sets for my nieces and nephew to give to their teachers on the last day of school.  Some of the cards I used, I made back in November and was hanging on to them for this project.  I made a few extras as I wanted to have 6 in each box.

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I used PTI’s Garden Variety II set as well as the Postmarks background set on these cards.  I got the idea for these cards from Heather Nichols.  She posted some photos in the PTI gallery and I used them for inspiration.

I also decorated some paperclips to add to the packages…

To make the large clips I cut a circle out of some decorative paper and adhered with some diamond glaze, when that was almost dry I added the letter sticker and then added a lot more diamond glaze to the top to get the nice clear finish.  I let it dry for a few hours before packaging.  For the smaller clips I just used some resin flowers I had on hand adhering with E6000.  I put the paperclips in small glassine bags that I cut the tops off of.  I also added a strip of the coordinating paper to it to dress it up.  I packaged everything up in clear boxes using the same paper I used on the large paperclips for the band.  The kraft layer was decorated using PTI’s Happy Trails set.

So, what do you think?

Thanks for stopping by!

Charmaine

My SIL’s birthday was the other day.  And along with the tiara and sash I made for her to wear to school all day, I gave her a bottle of wine.  I made a tag for it to jazz it up a bit.

I cut a long rectangle out of pink cardstock and then cut a scalloped circle out of it with my Spellbinders die.  I cut a strip out of white cardstock using the Half & Half die from PTI, then stamped with the coordinating stamp set.  I also cut the leaf image from the Turning a New Leaf die from PTI and stamped with the coordinating stamp.  Last, I die cut the flower pieces from the Bloom Builders Die #3, put it together and added a resin flower as the center.  Everything was adhered with regular adhesive except the leaves, I used foam tape on that to give it a bit of dimension.  To attach it to the bottle I used my Making Memories slot punch and threaded with some stain ribbon.

So, what do you think?

Thanks for stopping by!

Charmaine

Today is my SIL’s 30th birthday.  For a year she has been talking about wanting to wear a tiara and sash to work on her birthday…she’s a teacher…music and science.

Recently she posted on FB that she had been looking online for her tiara and sash.  I posted back and told her she could make one.  It was funny actually, cause the day I saw her FB post, Julie Andrews was on Martha Stewart and they made, of all things, tiaras!  I talked to her about it a few days later and then got to work finding what I needed.

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I bought all of my supplies at Michael’s, except for the head band, I got that at the dollar store.  I removed the blue fabric from head band and wrapped it with glitter tape.  This is some messy stuff…I had glitter everywhere!  Not sure if I’ll use it again.  I didn’t expect it to “shed” so much.  I then punched my silver mirror cardstock with the punch around the page dies from MS.  I did 2 of them as I wanted to layer a smaller piece on top with foam tape.  You will need to cut these to size to suit your preference, and you may only want one piece…it’s up to you.  I hot glued the larger one to the inside of the headband.  I then cut the small one so that it would sit on top of the headband, but inside the scallop of the larger one, hope that makes sense.  I attached that with foam tape.  I added my rhinestone flourish to the front, I had to cut one down to fit.  I then added more rhinestones, this was on a roll, to the edge of the headband.

Now on to the sash!

I used some 4″ satin ribbon I had on hand from the prom project I did for my nephew.  I used about a 2yd length…I had to measure it on myself since my SIL wasn’t here when I made it.  I used my cricut to cut out the number 30 9 times.  I had already put some iron on adhesive on the back, so I was then able to iron on the numbers, spacing them about 6″ apart and leaving about 12″ on each end.  When I cut the ends, I put fray check on it so that the edges wouldn’t some undone.  When that was dry I added some  more bling on a roll I got at Michael’s.  I placed some flourishes in between each of the numbers, on the entire length of the sash.  The last thing I did was outline each of the numbers in some crystal stickles.

Now we needed a way to pin the sash at the end.  I cut some pink cardstock and scored it every 1/4″, I did the same with some vintage sheet music.  Originally I had the pink cardstock wider, and the sheet music sat on top, but it ended up being too big so I cut the extra pink off.  I accordion folded and made a rosette with the pieces, adhering the sheet music to the top of the pink to give it more stability.  For the center piece, I created this on my computer and cut with my spellbinders dies.  I cut the silver piece out of leftovers from tiara.  I added stickles to the 30 to give it some more bling…and a couple rhinestone leftovers to the top and bottom of the 30…I attached with foam tape.  I added a brooch pin to the back.

So, what do you think?

Thanks for stopping by!

Charmaine

Guest Book Jar

I’m sure the title of my post makes no sense but I’ll explain.  We wanted a way for everyone to acknowledge that they were at my nephews graduation party, but didn’t want a traditional guest book.  So in all of the crafty emails I get daily, I found a link to this post from Celebrations.  I took mine a few steps further in the decorations though.

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I found the jar at Target, it’s the large cracker jar.  I made a belly band with some camouflage paper and added a strip of black burlap on top.  This tied in the elements I used on the invites for the party.  The tag I created on my computer and cut out by hand.  I also cut out a larger black tag to layer the kraft one on top of.  I used foam tape to attach and add some dimension.  I wanted to make the lid into a graduation cap, it may seem difficult, but it’s not.

I first cut a strip of black cardstock that was long enough to go around the lid.  I ended up having to use two pieces as the lid was longer than the cardstock I had…I think I ended up needing a 16″ piece.  I made that strip 1″ wider than I needed.  I also cut two black circles, slightly smaller than the lid size, I used my Coluzzle circle cutter for this as my Spellbinders circles were too small.  I then cut a 6″ square for the top and 2, 5/8″ circles to act as the button that goes on top.  I thought about using an actual button, but since this is for a boy, I didn’t want it to look girly.

I first attached the strip around the rim of the lid.  I wanted it to be removable, so I did not put adhesive on the entire strip, just where I pieced it together.  You will now have 1″ of the paper sticking up above the top of the lid…cut 1/2″ tabs along the entire piece.  When you’re finished, fold those tabs over to give them a crease.  Place one of the black circles on top of the lid then glue down each of your tabs to that piece, this takes some time.  I used Zip Dry adhesive, and that sped up the dry time.  After that was all done I added the second circle on top to help secure the tabs even more.  When that was dry, I added the square piece on top, centering it to the lid.

The tassel was made by cutting a couple of strips of paper 1 1/2″ wide…I believe my black strip was 7″ long and my camo one was 6″.  I then used my Martha Stewart fringe scissors to cut the edges, leave about 1/2″ piece uncut.  I also cut a thin black strip, 1/8″ x 8 1/2″.   After cutting all of the fringes I attached the two pieces together, centering the camo paper to the black…pattern side down, so as you roll it it will end up being on the outside.  I also attached the thin strip about 2 inches from one end.  I added some adhesive to the area of the tassel that was not cut and started rolling it up.  Once that was done I took one of the small circles I punched out and attached to the center of the top…add the other end of the strip and then the last small circle to sandwich it in…all done!

For the “diplomas” on the inside.  Those are pieces of paper that each guest can write something on, advice to the graduate, words of wisdom, etc.  They can then roll them up and place either a small rubberband around it or a piece of twine.  I’ll have both options for those who may not want to tie the string.  Celebrations has some printables you can download and print.  I created my own as I wanted different sayings on mine as well as a different font and color.  I found some neat paper from Office Depot that has banana fibers in it…it just added to the outdoorsy feel we had going with the party.  I printed 3 to a page.  I used Publisher to create my document using a brochure template.

Sorry for the long post, but I wanted to have a few directions in case anyone wanted to make this themselves.

So, what do you think?

Thanks for stopping by!

Charmaine