Valentine Treats

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Whew!  I made 18 of these this weekend – I’m not sure why I didn’t start them sooner.  It’s been a while since I shared one of the seasonal treats I make for my co-workers but I do have one to share today…

I’m loving all the tags I’ve seen on SCS in the last few months.  I had fun making some at Christmas time and I decided to make some Valentine’s themed ones to use on my treat bags.  In addition to the tag, I made matching corner bookmarks to put in the bag along with a heart-shaped lollipop and a heart-shaped chocolate.  It’s not much as the treats dip into my craft budget so I try to keep costs down – I do have to make 18 of these for every holiday so it can add up if I’m not careful…wonder if my employer would give me funding if I ased really nicely? (just kidding)

Budget aside, I do enjoy making the treats and my co-workers seem to appreciate them.  Here’s this year’s Valentine treat:

Girl version:

Boy version:

…and here’s what they look like all packaged up (though you can’t really see the bags in the picture…)

I have to make a couple of cards this afternoon to finish some orders…I haven’t even begun to think about they layout…eek!

Enjoy Your Day

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It’s Saturday!  How could you NOT enjoy your day?  Sleeping in, taking time to have a “real” breakfast, reading the paper, not having to take a shower as soon as you get up and not having to put on your work clothes the minute you’ve finished brushing your teeth…it’s awesome.  Oh, and not having to scrape the snow/ice/frost off your windshield while you’re still trying to wake up.

Anyway, you’ll soon be tired of Penny Black stamps and Echo Park paper but I am really feeling the need to dive into these colourful designs and I try to ink up every new stamp when I get it so you’ll have to wait until I get this out of my system.  If you’re patient, there might be a little reward in it for you in the very near future.

In honour of Saturday, here’s today’s card:

Are you feeling it?  Does it make you want to run out and buy some Echo Park paper for your very own?  This particular paper has a very subtle shabbiness to it and I amped it up by distressing the edges with my new We R Memory Keepers Heart Attack distressing tool.  I like it!  It’s a great way to bring out the white core of patterned paper without having to rough up the edges too much (though I like that look too).  There’s a little scraper blade inside the tool (which I didn’t use on today’s card) if you want to make the edges of the paper a little more distressed.   I hope to see refills soon (it comes with 3 sanding discs but I have no idea if you can buy refills yet).

I also used PTI cardstock and ribbon…yum!  I knew it would be dangerous to order some of their stuff.  I could easily make the switch to their cardstock but I still have loads and loads of SU ribbons and cardstock plus I have almost all their inks and markers so I’m not sure if I want to go there…of coursel, if my fairy craftmother every dropped by with a bajillion dollar gift certificate to PTI I wouldn’t have a problem.  I have enough love for cardstock regardless of race or religious affiliation.  Bring it on!

Supplies Used:

Cardstock: PTI White, PTI Chartreuse
Patterned Paper: Echo Park “Little Girl”
Stamp: Penny Black
Accessories: PTI Ribbon, Nestabilities dies
Colouring Medium: Copic markers

Let’s Celebrate

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I’ve got another masculine card to share tonight.  I think I’ve broken my record for number of “man” cards in one week.  Not sure why that is.  Probably because I have lots of cute girly paper waiting to be used so my mojo is teasing me by sending me down the wrong path!  Oh well, I’ve still got lots of ideas for all the cute girl paper in my stash (including a card I will be sharing tomorrow that I’m really pleased with – I think I’ve found another “go to” layout.)

I think today’s card could be gender neutral but it’s always more impressive to say you’ve made a masculine card so that;s what I’m going with.  I used more Echo Park patterned paper (I think it’s my favourite line at the moment.  I will be in HEAVEN if they start making 6X6 paper pads) and some SU! ribbon and cardstock.   I accidentally cut the blue patterned paper a bit short but added a second piece and ran the ribbon over it to hide the join.  Oopsie!

Supplies used:

Cardstock: SU! – Real Red and So Saffron
Patterned Paper: Echo Park “Little Boy”
Stamps: SU! “Crazy for Cupcakes” and “Family Phrases”
Accessories: SU Ribbon, Basic Grey button, Nestabilities dies
Colouring Medium: Copics

Loads Of Love

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The banner picture doesn’t give much away today…you’ll have to scroll down a little to see what that mess up above is!

I can’t remember the last time I made a birthday card for a little boy (as opposed to a baby)…it was more fun than I expected.  It might have something to do with the fact that I got some awesome Echo Park “Little boy” paper at a week or so ago (thanks for the pen, btw – I use it at work all the time!) and I was happy to cut into it or maybe it was just nice to make a colourful, fun card.  Maybe it’s both!

So, my layout is quite simple but I bumped it up a little with some sewing, some twine, a button and even used a little bit of glitter.  Luckily for me, this little guy’s mom mentioned some colours that he recently chose for a blanket she’s making so it was easy for me to decide what colours were going into the card.

I used “By Road” which is an older SU set that I really wanted when I first started stamping (back when I refused to colour my images).  It didn’t get as much use as I thought when I bought it and it was really expensive so I was glad to put ink to the tractor for the first time today (I used the dump truck a few times in the past but that’s about it).

I know the card is a little busy but it IS for a two-year old.  I think he’ll like the colourful quirkyness of his birthday card.

Supplies used:

Cardstock: SU – Night of Navy
Patterned paper- Echo Park “Little Boy” (it’s awesome, you need it)
Stamp: SU – By Land
Accessories: number die, baker’s twine, button, nesties, sewing machine. doodlebug glitter
Colouring Medium: dye inks

Let’s Play Ball

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Well, colour me impressed (with myself!).  I’ve made TWO masculine cards this week.  Not for any particular reason but it’s good to have a couple on hand.  Now if I could only convince myself that I like making baby cards because I have none in my stash at all.  I’ve yet to find the perfect baby stamp – I have some baby themed stamps but they just don’t do it for me.

This card was pretty simple to put together.  The only remotely creative part was cutting two rows of scallops with my corner rounder to add to the ribbon border.  My friend Karen and I were discussing card layouts and we agreed that we both tend to fall back on the “one pattern on top, one pattern on bottom” layout.  It is the easiest to use and still get a great looking card so I’m going to concentrate on mixing it up a little by choosing different methods of hiding the join in the paper and varying the height of each paper.

In addition to trying to make this layout a little more interesting I’ve secretly vowed to use up some of my brads.  I gave away a huge pile of shaped brads just before Christmas – they were all Making Memories brads.  The only brads I ever use are the round ones so anything in the shape of a square or flower has been banished from my craft room.  I was pleased to incorporate 3 tiny brads on this card.  I just need to remember to reach for them the next time I make a card.

Supplies Used:

Patterned Paper: Cosmo Cricut “Togetherness” (I think!)
Cardstock: SU Blue Brocade, Staples White
Stamp: Whipper Snapper, SU Family Phrases
Accessories: Brads, button, SU ribbon in “Real Red”, Nesties, twine
Colouring Medium: Copics

Hello Princess

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Today’s card is a birthday card for my niece, Ashleigh.  She’s probably a little too old for this card (she’s about to become a teenager) but she’s our only niece so she is the family princess.  I’m sure she won’t mind.

I made a matching notepad and pen but haven’t edited the photo yet – I’ll try to add it to this post if I can remember to do so!

Construction is fairly straight forward.  I paper pieced the dress and used my corner rounder to make the scalloped edges on both ends of the card.  I used PTI Chartreuse (love it!) cardstock as the base and wrapped some DMC embroidery floss around the card before tying it with a button. (I put a glue dot behind the button to prevent it from sagging on the card)  There’s a touch of glitter on the crown.

Supplies Used:

Cardstock: PTI Chartreuse and white, SU Bashful Blue, Recollections White (to mat patterned paper)
Patterned Paper: Imaginisce
Accessories: Corner rounder punch, Nesties, button, floss, doodlebug glitter
Colouring Medium: Copics

Monster Wishes

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I’m overdue for a masculine card so I made an effort to choose “masculine” colours for today’s card.  I’m using Basic Grey paper (um, Oliver) and my standard “man” colours of caramel, blue, and green with a little pop of orange (dusty durango – who comes up with these names?) to keep the card from total blandness.

The sentiment is a little washed out – not surprising using clear stamps with dye ink – but I wanted to use a coloured ink this time around (I have lots of SU ink spots but hardly ever use them) instead of my safe black ink.  Chalk ink would have given a better result but I don’t have the right shade of blue.

I debated adding  a button to the centre of my knot but the knot turned out fairly decent and I couldn’t bring myself to cover it with a button.

It’s back to the weekly grind after today so posts will probably be a little less frequent than they have been lately.  Something I need to work on for sure but there’s just not enough energy in my body or brain at the end of a work day to create something and then blog about it. 

Supplies used:

Patterned Paper: Basic Grey “Oliver”
Cardstock: SU Dusty Durango and Bashful Blue, PTI White
Stamp: Stamping Bella – Monster Bash (I think)
Ribbon: SU Dusty Durango
Accessories: pop dots, glue dots, scor-tape (for the ribbon), Nestabilities dies
Colouring Medium – Copics

Something New – Mini Notes

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Have you seen the  cute little 4X4″ noteholders that Laurie Schmidlin made?  You can see a tutorial HERE.

When I saw her little project I thought it would be perfect for a new size envelope I’ve been experimenting with.

I bought a box of coin envelopes at Staples because  I wanted to start making some smaller cards and as any Canadians reading this will tell you, it’s hard to find a local source for envelopes other than standard sizes.

The coin envelopes measure 2 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ (they come in a smaller size but this is small enough!) and are admittedly a little bit ugly due to their manilla shade but they are a cute size and it’s nice to switch things up a bit.

So, back to the note holder…

Using Laurie’s project as a guide, I changed the dimensions of her holder to make one to accomodate my coin envelopes and their companion 2 1/4 X 4″ note cards.  I’ll give you the dimensions at the end of this post if you’re interested in giving it a try (read Laurie’s tutorial first – remember, I am not the creator of the holder, I’ve just altered someone else’s brilliant idea).  Here’s what my holder and cards look like:

Here’s the inside:

…and here are the 4 little Valentine cards I made:

(if you think the sheep is not very Valentine-like, the inside says “Will Ewe Be My Valentine?” and the flower is not too Valentine-like either but the inside says “I pick you to be my Valentine.” )

Anyhoo…if you’re interested in making your own mini Valentine note set, here are the dimensions I used (just cut the sizes indicated and use the above-noted tutorial’s directions and you’ll be fine:

Cut the larger piece of cardstock 7.5″x5″.  Score along the longer side at 3 1/4″ and 4 1/4″

Cut the envelope pouch cardstock 3 3/4″x2 1/2″

Cut the card pouch cardstock 4 3/4″ X 3″

The little notecards measure 2 1/4″ X 4 ” to fit in the coin envelopes.

The ribbon is approximately 22″ long.

Supplies used:

Cardstock: SU Chocolate Chip, Riding Hood Red, Pretty in Pink, PTI White
Patterned Paper: Bo Bunny “Crazy Love”
Stamps: Penny Black (from assorted collections) and M’s $1 stamps for the sentiments
Ribbon: Offray (Walmart)
Accessories: Nesties, punches, felt hearts (Dollarama), pearls (M’s), stick pin (M’s)
Colouring Medium: Copics

So Sweet

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I’m so stoked to have the energy to post another card to my blog tonight.  I don’t have a lot of energy these days so getting to do something “frivolous” is great! (lots going on in my life – I’m sure you could say the same about yours – I like to think I’m special but we all have “stuff” that gets in the way of what we want to do)

Anyway, today’s card uses an image I coloured a week or so ago paired with some Basic Grey Hopskotch paper.  The colours in the paper go really well with a lot of SU cardstock colours if you’re into that…I find it hard to use some of the more unusual shades of SU cardstock with the patterned papers I like so it was nice to find papers that “fit”.

This one came together super fast and not matting the image (which I ALWAYS used to do) is a bit of a time saver.  I like the look of leaving the image unmatted plus it also saves me the trouble of looking for a contrasting cardstock colour so the mat doesn’t blend into the card base. 

My sewing machine is near the end of the spool so it’s acting up a little – thust the wonky stitching (okay, it’s always wonky but it’s extra crooked today).  I’ll have to change out that spool before I start my next card.

I have a few errands to run tomorrow but I’m hoping to get some time in my craft room because I’m in the MOOD to make some cards!

Supplies used:

Cardstock – SU Chocolate Chip, SU Sage Shadow, PTI white
Patterned Paper – Basic Grey Hopskotch
Accessories – Prima flowers, MM Brad, SU oval punches, sewing machine
Stamp – Whipper Snapper
Colouring medium – Copics

New Stuff

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Ah!  Finally!  I’ve had a chance to edit  a picture and do an update on the old blogaroo…anyone still out there?  😉

I am really enjoying ordering from my newest source of crafty goodness.  As I mentioned previously, I was quite impressed with the prices, selection and customer service at .  There were a few things I was trying to source that she didn’t have on her site so I emailed to ask if she does special orders…INDEED she does!  A few emails later and I had some new Echo Park paper and some Penny Black stamps on their way to me. 

The paper is so fun and the stamps are so adorable that I just HAD to whip up a card tonight (only received the parcel today and I had a million other things to do but I was compelled to use my new stuff!).  I kept the layout simple and here’s the end result:

I love it!  I hope to get some time this weekend to crank out a few more…the craft room has been sadly neglected of late.  Life certainly gets in the way of play time for an adult with a full-time job among other issues!

I hope to be back soon to show you some of the things I’ve been making – I’ve done a few more notebook sets, some tiny cards (with an interesting source for envelopes) as well as some more traditional cards.

I’m going to try to be better about listing my supplies too – I used to list them at the end of all my posts but it was a lot of effort…I’ll give it a go for a bit and see if I can be bothered to continue…

Cardstock – Pretty In Pink – SU!
Patterned Paper – “Little Girl” – Echo Park
Ribbon – Plum Pudding – PTI
Button – Plum Pudding – PTI
Twine – PTI
Stamp – “Betsy Bluebell” – Penny Black
Colouring Medium – Copics

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