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Friday, February 17, 2017

Valentine Treat Boxes

Hi blog friends!
I hope your Valentine treated you well.
I had several people who received treats from 
me this year.
Here is what I put them in.
I found the video tutorials for these on
one of my favorite blogs,
Sam is amazing and does lots of
videos showing little boxes, bags and 
other projects. Love her blog!
Post for each box is linked below.
This is a 4 sided box
I used scrap paper pieces for all my boxes.
Here is a triangle box
I stamped the Swirl Heart and sentiment
and fussy cut them.
Hearts and senitments were adhered with foam tape.
Another 4 sided box
A 5 sided box which I figured the 
pattern and dimensions myself.
And lastly another 6 sided box.
These boxes look like they'd be difficult
to make, but they are really quite easy.
Especially since Sam did all the figuring for us.
Be sure to go to Pootles and check out Sam's
blog, she really is quite wonderful.

I filled these little boxes with some
Valentine's Day goodies, but didn't give them 
out until we are together a couple days after
the holiday.
I hope they liked them as much as I do.

Thanks for popping in to see what I've
been creating.
I'll be showing you what goodies I put into 
these boxes in my next post.
Come back and check it out.
Until then,
go check out 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentine's Cards

Happy Valentine's Day!
I don't always send/give Valentine's Day cards,
but this year I am.
I saw this idea on Kristina Werner's blog and
was inspired to try it.
I cut pieces of watercolor paper into squares.
I then taped them down to a board.
This helps prevent warping of the paper when
it is wet.
I cut thin strips of tape to make the "cross bars"
You can use masking tape, painter's tape or Washi tape.
Just be sure that it isn't too sticky and you'll be able to 
remove it easily without tearing the paper.
I then used Distress Inks to paint them.
I smooched some ink, in the colors I wanted to use,
onto an acrylic block and mixed with some water.
Once they were completely dry I removed the tape
and cut the pieces down to the size I wanted.
This watercolor piece I embossed 
Swirl Heart from Biblical Impressions
with silver embossing powder and matted
it with a silver metallic paper that I found
I printed all the sentiments for the insides of these
cards from my computer.
I matted the sentiments to mimic the outside of the
I love these mini crazy birds from
Tim Holtz.  I colored them all with 
colored pencils and cut them with the matching dies.
The heart was hand cut and I wrote 'Love You' 
on it with black pen.
I cut a slit in the birds beak to hold the heart.
This one was heat embossed with 
and mounted onto 
shiny metallic silver card stock
that I got at Hollo's
I used "I Love You" from Eureka Stamps
for these next 2 cards.

This card I watercolored the entire piece with one 
color and embossed "You're Huggable" onto the 
panel and added that adorable bird.
I simply stamped this heart, fussy cut it
and put it through a slit in the bird's beak.
I heat embossed this "Scribble Heart" from
Biblical Impressions onto a watercolored panel,
then layered it onto Matte Silver Metallic Card Stock
from Hollo's

This final card I used a piece of card stock for 
the front panel, added the crazy birds and heart,
it needed a little something more and the gold ribbon
worked perfectly to pull it all together.
I love how these Valentine's cards turned out
and I hope the recipients like them as much as I do.

Thanks for stopping by today,
if you come again soon, you will see
what I made for Valentine's treats to go with
some of these cards.
Until next time,
make something fun!

Note the links are only to give a reference so you can
see what the products are.
I didn't necessarily purchase from these sites,
except where specified,
and you may find better prices elsewhere,
I am in no way promoting any particular site.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Kids Birthday Cards

Hi Everyone!
I have a couple of greats that I needed to make 
birthday cards for.
Andrea is really into Shopkins, so I thought a 
Shopkins card was the way to go.
I drew out the cupcake top on scrap paper and 
then traced it and fussy cut it out of pink card stock.
I used a little bit of 
around the edges and the layers of frosting.
Using google eyes made it easy to put the face on 
and I drew in the rest.
I think she'll love it!
Anthony loves Pokemon,
so I created this Pokeball card for him.
Once I decided what I wanted to do, it was a pretty 
simple process.
I used a brad at the side so the card could swing open 
to reveal the greeting.
This is the same greeting I used for Andrea's 
Shopkins card.

Their birthday party is today and I'm sure it
will be fun and the cards will be a big hit with the kids.

Thanks for stopping in today.
I hope you've been inspired in some way,
perhaps to make some kind of 
"character card" next time you need one
for a child in your life.
See you soon!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Kelsie's Card

Today I have a card to show you that my daughter made.
She wanted to make a card for her boyfriend's father
for his birthday.
First she made the striped background with my 
She then stamped the cupcakes onto white card stock
The cupcakes are an old set from Inkadinkado
and I can't find them anywhere to link to.
She fussy cut the cupcakes, adhered them to the 
striped panel with foam tape 
and adhered that to the card base.
Inside she simply stamped 
'happy birthday' 
stamp set.
She then made an envelope to go with the card 
I think it turned out great.
We had a nice time and I got to teach her some new things
which I know she will use again for future cards.
Thanks for stopping by,
have a wonderful day
and learn something new.

Note the links are only to give a reference so you can
see what the products are.
I didn't necessarily purchase from these sites,
except where specified,
and you may find better prices elsewhere,
I am in no way promoting any particular site.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

MHP ornaments

My Happy Place is a crafting studio that I help
run and where I do a lot of my crafting.
This Christmas we decided to have our 
Christmas Crop in January.
The theme was 
Clearance Rack Christmas.
Everyone who wanted to participate in the gift 
exchange was to bring a gift bought from the
clearance rack. It could be whatever they wanted,
but only spend about $10.
I found these wood ornaments on clearance at 
Michael's and picked them up for all the guests.
I covered them with Mod Podge and then with 
I rigged up a couple dowels across a box to be able 
to hang them to dry.
Once they were dry, I painted them again with 
Mod Podge so the glitter would stay put.
You know how glitter is, I didn't want everyone mad
at me for getting glitter everywhere.
Here they are all done.
There were 4 different styles.
I also made up gift certificates for everyone
to use at a future crop.
I put the gift certificates with the ornaments
and called them done.
I think the ladies all loved their ornaments.
We had a great time at our crop
and everyone seemed to love the theme and 
the gifts they received.

Thanks for stopping by
I hope you got some clearance items
for crafting after Christmas this year
and can get a start on next years 
gifts early.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Christmas Ornaments

Hello everyone!
I know Christmas is long past, but I wanted to share
a few ornaments I made with you.
These all started out clear and I glittered the insides of them.
I'm sorry this picture is so bad, I just couldn't get
a good picture and forgot to go back and shoot some
more before I gave the ornament as a gift.
I made this one for my sis-in-law, who loves
Christmas trees.
I also put the year on the backs of all of them.
My little great niece loves Shopkins
so I made this one for her.
My great nephew is very into Pokemon
so I naturally had to make a Pokeball ornament 
for him.

I love being able to create unique ornaments
for people I love.
Thanks for stopping by today,
hope to see you again soon.
Until then,
get inspired and try something 
a little different.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Wine About It!

Hi All!
I have a friend who loves her wine.
Actually, I don't think she drinks as much 
as it sound like on facebook.
Anyway, I found these huge wine glasses
at Michael's on clearance,
which worked out perfectly.
Our Christmas Crop at 
My Happy Place
was a Clearance Rack Christmas theme.
You could spend up to about $10,
but whatever you bought had to be on clearance.
This glass is huge and actually holds 
a bottle of wine.
I added the words with black vinyl that
I cut on my Silhouette Cameo
in the Jokerman font.
It turned out really cute,
that white card inside is just so you 
can see the writing on the glass.
She loved it and when she found out 
I had done the vinyling myself, she loved
it even more.

Thanks for stopping in today,
come again soon.
Until then, 
Happy Crafting!