Thursday, February 23, 2012

Shabby Apple Winner

Drum roll please.... And the winner of the Shabby Apple Giveaway is.....  Melody!

I love the look of pocket watches. This necklace version is pretty.

Congratulations Melody!  I will also contact you via email so that we can get your information to Shabby Apple.  I know you are going to love this sweet necklace.

A big thank you to Shabby Apple for such a generous giveaway! 

Have a great weekend everyone!
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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Valentine Cards for you!

Are you ready for Valentine's Day?  I'm slowly getting there!  I know my 5 year old daughter would be happy with store-bought cards, but hey, what fun is that for me?  Right?  So, I made some and thought I would share with you!  There are two different cards and an envelope.  Please note that these are for your personal use only, not for resale.

I found this cute little vintage clip-art from Free Pretty Things for You.  Sew sweet!  Keren has so many lovely goodies to share with you and she also does custom orders for blog design, banners, and buttons.  Check out what she designed for Renee's blog, Sewn with Grace.  I want that little mannequin - more sweetness.  You'll get plenty side-tracked at Renee's, too!

You can download the cards and envelope below.

Download card here

Download card here

Download envelope here

As you can see, you'll get four cards from one sheet.  I cut my cards so that they measured 4" x 4.5".  The envelope, when finished will measure 4.5" x 5".  Since there is a place on the card to put names for the recipient and the giver, an envelope is not necessary.

These little cards could be embellished in lots of ways - cut the edges with fancy scissors, add glitter, a bow to the little girl's hair, etc.  Have fun with them!  Below is a quick review of how I made the envelopes using the Martha Stewart scoring board that I posted about here.

 *Note, I colored the scored lines in with pencil so that they were more visible in the photos.


An alternate envelope that works just as well is a 5" x 5" card.  Instead of the dimensions used above, score all four sides at 3 3/8".  You can go here for a great video and explanation of how to use the scoring board for envelopes.

I hope you enjoy the cards and envelope. Unfortunately, I sliced the "you-know-what" out of my right index finger on, of all things, my cutting blade before I started making the cards this morning.  Thank goodness for the safety features on the blade, right?  Actually, I was on the phone, in a hurry, and didn't take the time to install the blade properly.  After I bled what seemed like buckets and nearly passed out, I made it to the bathroom for a band-aid and then got back to work!  So, hopefully the instructions make sense.

Be sure to visit Keren at Free Pretty Things for You and let her know you love her clip art!  If you have any questions, please email me!  Happy Valentine's Day!
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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Valentine's Day Teacher Gifts

I actually got a head start on Valentine's Day this year and have checked off teacher gifts on my to-do list.  I purchased several boxes of Valentine's candy at Target and then fancied them up a bit at home.  I didn't have to spend a ton of money to come up with sweet, one-of-a-kind gifts.  And, I got my craft on!

From this:

 To this...

For each box of candy, I pulled off the plastic wrap and then taped the sides with a few pieces of scotch tape.  I then added grosgrain ribbon to the sides using double-sided tape.  I traced the heart onto card stock, cut it out, and glued it to the top of the heart using a sponge brush and matte Modge Podge.  Then, I embellished it with ribbons, stamps, and stickers.


Much better, I think!

Are you working on any Valentine's projects?  I would love to hear about them! Pin It