Some of my creations were featured in a Treasury by http://www.ragsandrufflesbaby.etsy.com/and I was so excited I had to put up the link for everyone to see! For those of you that do not know Etsy, Treasury is a page a shop can create with a grouping of similar items of their favorite things and put it up for everyone to see. Some of them get chosen to go on the front page of the Etsy.com site. Here's the link, check it out!
Friday, June 25, 2010
I found this really cute purse gift card holder when I was surfing E-Bay a couple of weeks ago and had to see if I could re-create it. My cousin's bridal shower is this weekend so I figured this was a good time to try it out. I think the one I saw was made with different punches and stencils because I saw a few different people selling them and they looked like the same pattern, but I came up with my own version. I made a template so I can make more, but this one took me a little while to get all of the measurements right. I put a few of my little butterflies and flowers on it and used my new bakers twine to tie a little "for the bride" card on the front like tying a gift tag on the front of a present. I think it turned out pretty cute, let me know what you all think!
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
I have been checking out different things that are becoming popular craft supplies and I came across Bakers Twine. What is Bakers Twine? It is a 100% cotton twine, usually white striped with a color, used to tie bakery boxes. It is FDA approved for packaging and cooking so you can use it for just about anything. It has become all the rage in the crafting world and even has people finding string manufacturers to create new colors for them to sell in bulk like Divine Twine. You can use it to tie gift tags, decorate cards, scrapbook pages and so many other things! Even tie up pea plants in your garden! I had seen other shops on Etsy selling it and was interested in it, but thought if they could find it in a large roll and spool it in smaller quantities, so could I! I finally got 3 of the 8 colors offered at an online bakery supply shop yesterday and was so excited. I started measuring and wrapping right away so I could get it up for sale! Check it out on my site http://enchantedsisters.etsy.com.
I have been really busy getting ready for the festival in 6 weeks so I may not post every day, but when I come up with something new I will get it on here to share!
Monday, June 21, 2010
The day has come to announce the winner of my giveaway for the Black and White Greeting Card Gift Basket. Congratulations to Stase L. of Milwaukee, WI! Since she is also a follower on my Etsy site she gets a free pack of embellishments of her choice! Thank you all for entering and since I have been making so many different things for the upcoming festival, I will be doing more giveaways so keep checking back. Thanks again!
Friday, June 18, 2010
Shhh...Don't tell my husband because this is his Father's Day gift from our girls! They love coloring, so I gave each of them a few pieces of white cardstock, some markers (washable of course!) and let them go to town. I let my 2 1/2 year old punch shapes out with my punches and use a glue stick to glue them to her pages. They had so much fun, I think this is going to be an every year thing for Daddy. I printed out some pictures of each of them with Daddy, made some simple layouts on different colored cardstock to kind of coordinate with the girls colorings, punched some holes, added eyelets for some durability then sandwiched them all together between two pieces of black chipboard. I found a really cute picture of all 3 of them together so I antiqued it on my computer, printed it out on cardstock and decoupaged it to the front chipboard page. I used a thick paper type ribbon to bind it together, weaving it in and out of the eyelets and tying it on the side. I loved how it came out and I think my husband is going to enjoy it too!
Thursday, June 17, 2010
I have been making gift tags like no other, for showers and birthdays. I even make thank-you's out of them to put in my packages when I send out an item I sell. I can make them in coordinating colors to put on a scrapbook page for journaling, or write names on them for place cards. I have seen so many different uses for them I just had to give them the spotlight!
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
I have found so many uses with these little butterflies it's unreal! I have decorated scrapbook pages, made tags, picture frames and so much more. There is enough room on them to journal in a scrapbook, or put on a small dowel and put in a vase of flowers. I started out this group by finding scraps of things I had already done and put the remnants to good use. I am an avid scrap keeper (aka hoarder of paper!) and I wanted use it up, since I know I will be making more scraps in the next few months for sure. I had a lot of yellow so that's where I started. Since I did one color group, I found a few more I had enough for, green, purple and orange. Since I am very OCD about things in groups, now I have to do all of the colors, so watch for more to come!
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
For those of you that aren't entered yet, I will be picking a winner of the greeting card basket giveaway on Sunday the 20th and announcing it on Monday the 21st! On the back of these little crown circles are the names of the people entered. I had to make them cute and official with my logo! Go to the GIVEAWAY page for the instructions and links on how to enter. Good Luck!
Monday, June 14, 2010
My niece Payton celebrated her 1st birthday this weekend so as for all the kids, I made her a scrapbook to show her growth for the year. I used a lot of pastels and little embellishments here and there. It turned out 20 pages measuring 8x8, with a lot of room for journaling and more pictures. This picture shows 7 pages that I really liked. Some of the pages have pictures on them already because I wanted it finished for her, but didn't have all the pictures I needed. It will be fun for my sister to finish it and get all emotional about how big her precious one is getting!
Friday, June 11, 2010
I stayed up until all hours of the night last night making this birthday card for my husband's co-worker. She is really into astronomy and stars so I found this really cute decorative star paper and glued it inside some black cardstock, which I folded like an envelope. I used a textured cream colored paper for the moon and some extra stars, and a really fun Star Wars font for the wording. I stamped Happy Birthday on some cardstock, glued down a few stars then added a bubble to seal the card/envelope. I had to add some little crystals to the inside for some sparkle, since it is kinda my thing! I really liked how it turned out, even though my camera battery died before I was finished and got a decent shot.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
After posting my "No Soliciting" sign yesterday, my sister told me she needed a sign to keep people from trying to pet her dog. He is a very sweet dog to family and friends, but is very protective. Their beagle Tinkerbell would probably just lick someone to death, but try and pet Skider and you could lose your fingers!
I came up with this saying, and I had to make something from it! I wanted to make it look rustic or like burnt parchment, so I printed the words in a distressed font on heavy cardstock with a burnt looking background, then tore the edges and rubbed it with some pigment ink. I didn't have a piece of wood, which is what I wanted to use, so I messy painted a framed canvas, then glued the paper to the canvas and let it dry. I used satin Mod Podge to seal the paper onto the canvas and around the edges, so she can hang it outside if she wants to. I wouldn't recommend putting it in the full weather since the back isn't sealed, so if you wanted to try the project, either make it for inside or do the same thing, just with a wood plaque.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
I understand people need jobs right now, but when they wake up my kids during their afternoon nap, I get really irritated! I have been wanting to post a "No Soliciting" sign, but wanted something cute. I came up with this slogan a little while ago and have been looking for a way to display it. This one turned out pretty big and really had nowhere to post it, so it ended up at the beginning of my long walkway so when people pull in my driveway it will be hard to miss! I used vinyl for the letters and put a vinyl butterfly at the end and some little paper flowers across the top for some cute little decorations. I hope they get it and not just think it's funny, because the first person who rings my doorbell with no good reason and wakes up the new baby will get the wrath of no sleep Mama!
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Since Father's Day is just a couple of weeks away, I came up with a cute card idea for my Dad and Father in Law. Since I love the tri-fold card, I wanted to change up how it ties in the front, so I made up a belt and buckle to hold it together. When I think of a Dad, I think cars, building things and outdoors, so I took a cute stamp I had with a bear holding a toolbox with a hat that says "fix it". I needed something else around it, so I put the bear in the woods! I made some trees and grass to fill in the rest of the card. I loved the way it turned out!
Monday, June 7, 2010
Well over the weekend I wasn't going to start any new projects, then I decided to make my niece's scrapbook for her first birthday next weekend. That took up part of Saturday (the not so sunny part of it!) and the time my husband was watching some shark show on the Discovery Channel. I got most of it done, all it needs is a few more pictures, but I won't reveal that until she gets it next Sunday. I didn't have much time for anything else, so this morning I had an idea while I was waiting for the girls to wake up. I have had this basket stamp for a few years and I don't think I have ever used it! I got these tri-fold cards a few weeks ago and I have been trying all kinds of new things with them. My favorite thing to do is punch a couple of holes in the front and put in rivets so I can tie it closed with a ribbon. In this one I stamped the flower basket in brown pigment ink, rubbed it a little so the basket looks colored in, then used my little flowers to fill the basket. It can be a nice get well card, thank you card, or just a hello! I made a matching purple envelope and 3 coordinating butterfly stickers to either seal the envelope, decorate the front of the card or whatever else you can find to do with them. All in all it was a productive weekend and I will reveal the newest scrapbook next week.
The giveaway entries are starting to pile up, so make sure you get your name in all the right places to enter!
Friday, June 4, 2010
This little card basket is in no way my own creation, I give full credit to my sister-in-law and her sister, Tanya and Sonja. I received one similar for my birthday filled with random cards in it and I thought it was so cute and a great idea. I have been wanting to re-create it, so I found some paper that would make some cute cards and used the same line to create a basket too. It is filled with 3 tri-fold cards with different sayings inside, Thinking of You, Have a Nice Day and Just for You. They come with handmade black envelopes and 3 decorative stickers to seal them. The front of the basket is decorated with a large flower print and embellished with little aqua blue rhinestones. The whole theme throughout is black, white and aqua blue.
Check out the giveaway page for more info on how to win this cute little basket!
Thursday, June 3, 2010
I have been working on a few things so far this week and I finished one of them so here it is! I just posted this cute graduation picture frame on my Etsy website and had to write all about it. I have been in the painting mode if you all couldn't tell. My cousin gave me the idea of painting frames and personalizing them so I started doing some generic ones and like how they are turning out. I recently got some that I can put larger things on like this graduation frame with the bigger letters and embellishments. I have a lot more ideas so keep checking back!
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Since it is June and graduation is just around the corner, I decided to try my hand at making some little graduation cap embellishments. I of course made a generic girly theme, pink and white, but I can make them in any color! The tassels were the hardest part to come up with, but they turned out pretty cute, I made both paper and string ones. Still not sure which nes I like best. They have a little foam dot on the back so you can use them really easily on a scrapbook page or card. I had my Goddaughter in mind when I made these since she is "graduating" from kindergarten this year. Congratulations Mya and all of the other Grads this year!