A Trio of Tags

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Today’s projects (that’s right, projects…) were created for my final posting at PaperWorks Co where I’ve been on the design team for the last six months.  In some ways I can’t believe half a year has gone so quickly and in other ways I feel like I just got started at PWCO.

Before I show you the projects I’d like to share a little of the insight I’ve gained from being on a design team (if you’re thinking about taking a crack at it yourself)…

1.  The free stuff IS cool.  My first DT package was like Christmas! (I can’t get into all the perks due to my contract but I did get lots of freebies)

2.  It’s a lot more work than I thought it would be.  I don’t mean that in a bad way but you have to work within a certain time frame using specific materials or parameters.  It can be a little daunting at times.  I am also at a bit of a geographic disadvantage living so far off the beaten path (so to speak) so I get my packages a little later than would be ideal.  Time frames have been tight but I’ve muddled through!  The point is that while it’s exciting, fun, and an honour to be chosen for a DT (Design Team), it IS work.

3.  You get to make new friends.  I never thought about this perk when I applied for the DT but I’ve got a few new friends in the crafting world – a bonus for sure!  Not just fellow DT members but some of the customers too.

Was it worth it?  You bet!  Let’s move on to those projects…

Okay, as I posted at PWCO, many of you have seen cute little Christmas tags on crafting community sites and personal blogs (including the ones I posted HERE – btw, most favourited of all my projects on SCS!  It even beat out my cute little golf bag!) but you might not know what to do with them.  After all, you can crank out lots in an evening and you only need so many for gift wrapping purposes plus some of your family/friends are not worthy of a hand crafted tag (you know it’s true) so you don’t even need as many tags as you have gifts to give!

I’m going to share three tags and three ideas on how to use them.

Here are the tags (yes, they are the same layout – nothing wrong with it – you have enough to do this season without trying to make every tag unique – changing out the papers/colours is enough work, trust me!):

Yes, they are adorable – you can do this!  You’re working with such a small area that it’s easy to crank out tags every bit as adorable as these little cuties. (I used PWCO’s papercard kit of the month to make my tags – all papers/cardstock/ribbon/buttons in today’s post come from that one kit.  The sentiment is from Whipper Snapper.)

Idea #1 – add a tag to a card front:

Idea #2 – make a gift card holder and use a tag to decorate the front:

Here’s a shot of the inside to illustrate the gift card pocket (I got the idea HERE):

Idea #3 (last one peeps!) – use the tag as…a tag!

…and make an adorable, perfectly coordinated gift bag to go with it!

Have fun!  I’m having a little crafting get together this weekend so I should have some good Christmas goodies to show you soon.  Go make yourself some tags!

Old Fashioned Snowman

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I LOVE this Whipper Snapper snowman – I bought him after the Christmas season last year so I didn’t get to ink him up in 2009.  He’s so cute and I just love his clothing – it reminds me of vintage Santa clothing.  I also used a sentiment from one of my Anna Wight cling sets…I hope I get a chance to use every sentiment in these cute little sets this year…

In addtion to some Whipper Snapper love, I chose some cute October Afternoon paper (that I paid WAAAYYY too much for) for the card as well…

The layout is pretty simple…tried doing something a bit different with my second pattern…I think I like it – at least it mirrors the scarf on my snowman’s neck.

I used colouring pencils on this image – I wanted a softer look than I get from Copics plus I have a lot more colour variety with the pencils.  I know there are hundreds of copic colours but I’m still at the less than 40 mark with my collection.   I’ve survived this long without them so I’m content to grow my collection slowly and carefully.

Hope you’re all coming along with your 2010 Christmas cards…it’ll be here before you know it!

Eskimo Kisses

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This was an easy pairing…a cute Elzybells stamp that I purchased when they had a going out of business sale and my Basic Grey “Eskimo Kisses” paper – plus a Whipper Snapper sentiment that was a no-brainer.

I did two versions of this card – one in blue with a cranberry background and one in pink with a cocoa background.  Not sure which one I prefer but I think they are both cute and they were really quick to make.

Blue version:

Pink Version:

I’ll be making more of these for sure!

Check back tomorrow…I’ve got a Whipper Snapper card to share!

Snow Globe

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I’ve done it again – I bought MORE Christmas patterned paper…I just can’t stop!  This time it was a DCWV Christmas stack at Michael’s – the colours are  really sweet…traditional green and red with some aqua and pink thrown into the mix to keep it interesting.   You might want to stop reading if you don’t want to spend money…today’s card is one of many I’ll be using this paper with.

I was playing with my Whipper Snapper cling sets and thought that the little house in the trees image found in the Penguin Antics set would make a great Christmas ornament because it looks like a scene you’d find in a snow globe.   I can’t make an ornament just yet as they are still “curing”  (that’s for another post) but then I thought I could make a snow globe on a card using my Cricut to cut out the shape.  Here’s what I came up with:

I have been playing with my Cricut at least once a week – trying to get into using it but haven’t had much interest until now.  It’s a great tool to have but the greatest gadgets in the world are useless if you don’t use them.

On to some details…

I paired two of the patterns in the DCWV stack and matted them on Close to Cocoa cardstock which is also what I used for the base of my snow globe.  I attached a jingle bell to a glittery snowflake and added a little glitter to the bell.  I also glittered my image after colouring it with copics…here’s a close up of the glitter:

I could not get my camera to do this card justice tonight.  I should have asked Santa for a light box but they seem to take up so much space and I am limited as to where I can plug in lights.

The sentiment is from another Whipper Snapper set called “Think Snow”.  There are a LOT of cute sentiments in that set along with a skinny little snowman that I am looking forward to making a project with…so many stamps, so little time!

I’m still working on notepads as well – having a lot of Christmas patterned paper is very advantageous when making these little cuties…the different patterns and colours are so inspirational!

Thanks for dropping by!

Holiday Cheer

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Today is one of those times that my keyboard is doing the funky other language thing so I will be speaking in a bit of a robotic tone today.  If anyone knows how to stop my keyboard from doing things like this – È – when I want to use quotations and this – è – when I want to use an apostophe, let me know. (funnily enough, I do know how to make those characters when I type but I do not know how I cause them to appear automatically when I use punctuation)

I have made another little project using my adorable Whipper Snapper clings sets – specifically For The Love Of Snowmen and Got Mistletoe today.   My notepad also uses a sentiment from the very cute Think Snow set which is not a new set but is certainly a perfect seasonal stamp set.

The light in my room is very poor today so it was tricky to get my pictures…here is a shot of just the card:

I used some cute new Echo Park paper that I just received from PaperWorks Co (it is part of their Kit of the Month) and I needed something neutral for the background so I used  a sparkly sheet of K&Co paper from a stack I bought at Michaels last week. (like I needed more Christmas paper – I could make a Christmas card every day for 2 years and probably not need to use the same paper twice…it is a sickness – but please do NOT cure me!)

My embellishment is a piece of antique white felt cut with a snowflake die in my cuttlebug and enhanced with a wooden button, some twine, and just a tiny pinch of coarse glitter.  My cute little snowman has a pom pom glued to his hat.

A quick, easy holiday gift for a special friend.

Vroom Vroom

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You should see my craft room right now…it looks like a bomb went off and I’ve already tidied it up twice today (not to perfection but I’ve been cleaning up between projects and it’s not helping!)

The good news is that the more mess I make, the more I’m accomplishing.  I even managed to get a card made two full days before it’s needed…and it’s a masculine card too!

I used Mercy’s Sketch Challenge for my layout.  Well, as the inspiration for my layout as I changed it a little and flipped the sketch on its side.  Here’s what I came up with:

I used more of the same cute papers from my last card since they’re perfect for “man” cards and I knew this card was going to have a car on it so how could I pass up the chance to use the car patterned paper from the Wander pack?

I had to keep this card fairly simple as it’s going in the mail.  Probably shouldn’t have added those rhinestones but it needed a little “something something” to finish it off.

Back to the grind…lots to do!

Bon Voyage

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I’m still here!  It’s been a busy week of mass-production in preparation for Christmas selling and gifting.   When I mass produce craft items I tend to do one stage at a time so if I’d blogged this week you’d have seen an evening of selecting papers/cardstock/stamps, an evening of covering notepads with cardstock, an evening of colouring images, an evening of cutting out the images and an evening of assembling the notepads.  Not thrilling. 

In fact, you still won’t see those images today because a) I’ve got a card to share today and 2) I didn’t take pictures of the process.

On to the card…

I’m sure you can tell from my blog post title that this is a going away card…it’s a bit masculine.  The recipient is femail but it’s from a sweet young man and I just knew he wouldn’t want to give her something fussy and girly.  Behold:

I used the new Wander line of paper by Basic Grey and cut a few clouds out with my cricut just to do something different (plus I’m trying to remember to use the darn thing!)

The layout was borrowed from Mercy Kerin (God love Mercy…she inspires me whenever I’m stuck!).

I have to keep this short…I’ve got some card orders to complete and I’m still face and eyes into the Christmas gift assembly…You might think it’s too early to do this stuff but if I don’t push myself now there will be mass panic as the big day draws near.

Snowmen Melt Your Heart

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How exciting!  Today is the release of two new Whipper Snapper cling mount sets (illustrated by Anna Wight) and my last month on the Whipper Snapper Featured Designer team…(insert sad face). 

While I’m sorry to be finished my stint on the team, I’m happy to be working with these fun stamp sets and a fun group of designers too!   You’ll be seeing lost of Whipper Snapper stuff from me in the near future as I bought a lot of cute WS stamps to make Christmas cards this year and these new sets are certainly going to increase my options! 

The two new sets are “For The Love of Snowmen” and “Got Mistletoe?”.  They’re so cute! 

 

 

I can’t wait to use the sentiments in the “Got Mistletoe?” set but for now, here’s what I’ve done with my new snowmen: 

 

Isn’t he cute?  There are three cute little snowmen in this set and I’ve got more to show you in the next couple of weeks but for now if you’re looking for more Whipper Snapper eye candy you can check out the other team members’ posts… 

The Who’s Who of September/October Featured Designers:
 
 

Dawn Lusk 

SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/go/DawnL
Blog:  dawnanewday.blogspot.com/ 

Denise Marzec 

SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/go/peanutbee
Blog: thepaperlandscaper.blogspot.com/

Kecia Hicks 

SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/go/littleseaotter
Blog: http://stampingdeets.blogspot.com/
 

Kelly Bee (that’s me!) 

SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/go/kellybee
Blog: www.kellybee.ca
 

 and Anna Wight 

SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/go/sweetmissdaisy
Blog: sweetmissdaisy.typepad.com/

Peachy Paris

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Outside my comfort zone today…this card is more like the type of cards I used to make before I figured out what I like making…I need to try to do this more often because I think I could get better at “vintage” cards if I put a little effort into it.  I personally like vintage/funky cards but I’m just not that good at making them and you’re supposed to stick with what you know – which is really good advice.

However…it’s good to learn new tricks too so that’s something I might work on in the future (but let’s wait until after the Christmas madness please!)

Here’s today’s card (colour combo was a request…I don’t have much in the way of peach unfortunately)

I was trying to keep the card somewhat mail friendly but ended up sticking a button and a charm on there so I pop dotted the sentiment…I would have popped the tag up too if I wasn’t concerned with the bulk of the card…I’ll be revisiting this style (and this stamp set) soon.

Sugar And Spice (and prizes…)

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Today’s project is a recipe book I’m putting together for myself as part of a cookie exchange we are having at work.  When the book is finished I’ll have a recipe card from each participant in the exchange.

I made my pages the same size as a standard card so I could get 4 pages from one sheet of cardstock (well, it’s really more cardstock because I chose to print the recipe on white cardstock and mat it onto another colour cardstock so each page of the book uses 1/4 sheet of coloured cardstock and just about a half sheet of white (ingredients on the front and directions on the back).  Here’s a sample of the recipe cards:

…and here’s the cover:

…and here’s what it will look like assembled (but I don’t have all the recipe cards yet):

I was going to add ribbon to the binding but I figured the ribbon would become a dirt catcher if I use this as an actual recipe book so I nixed it.

Not only is this recipe book a little gift for myself but it’s my project for the PaperWorks Co. 3rd Birthday Celebration.   There are some good prizes to be won so if you’re interested in participating, here’s what you need to do:

-Watch the Paperworks Co. Blog, Facebook & Twitter for special deals throughout the month
– Check out the blogs of the designers and special guests as outlined on the Paperworks Co. Blog; make sure you look closely at the project they’ve shown, because then you have work to do…

Between November 7-20th DT members and other friends of PWCO are posting projects on their blog or the PWCO website showcasing a PaperWorks stamp.  To win a prize you have to identify each of the projects.  Each person showcasing a project will also share a little snippet of another project that will be posted between the 7th and the 20th.   It’s like a scavenger hunt.   Here’s my little clue:

You just need to match the above picture with the designer it belongs to (plus the pictures from all the other designers). 

For more details, visit this post by Peg explaining the contest – and there’s a daily posting during the contest period directing you to the next project so just keep checking the blog and you’ll find your clues.

Happy Hunting!



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