Bundle of Butterflies

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There’s not a lot of stamping on today’s project and no markers were uncapped in the process.

I wanted to make a co-worker a little thank you gift for all the extra assistance she’s been giving during some short-staffing issues.  If she’s picking up some slack that makes my life soooo much easier at work.

Of course, she’s been told verbally that she’s been a blessing but I thought a personal gift would be a nice touch.

I used my Cricut to cut butterflies out of 3X3″ squares of textured cardstock (I used Elegant Edges – didn’t even realize there was a butterfly in there until yesterday!) and embellished the squares with pearls, buttons and rustic twine.  I then used pop dots to raise them on the card front and stamped 4 different sentiments so the cards could be used for various purposes. 

The set actually contains 4 cards but I couldn’t fit one of them into the picture.  The inside of each card has a blank panel of white cardstock so she can write a note and the top and bottom of the panels inside are decorated with green patterned paper (the same paper was used to make a beaded pen)

Once I had everything done I tried to package them in a clear box but the cards have so much dimension that it was too tight a fit so I put them in a clear bag instead and made a coordinating tag:

I used the cut outs from the butterfly panels and lots of pearls to decorate the tag – plus I couldn’t resist sanding it a bit to bring out a little of the white core.  Here’s a close up:

I hope she likes it!

Can I Get a WooHooo?

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Well, the house projects are going slowly (very little has been done!) and there wasn’t any crafting time until yesterday when I managed to make a birthday card.

I really wanted to use my Paper Smooches stamps and I had a very simple layout in my head so this one whipped up pretty quickly:

I don’t normallly stitch around round images because I’m not very good with a sewing machine but the layout was so simple I felt the extra stitching was necessary to give this card the pop it needed.

I paper pieced the owl (did the beak and the eyes seperately and cut around the feet which are simply coloured in with a Copic marker).  Time didn’t allow for individually piecing the ruffles on the owl but I’ll definitely give that a go the next time I use this stamp.

The paper is Basic Grey (Pyrus, I believe – lovely colours in this paper pad).  I thought the “leaves” were an appropriate background for the owl.  I also used a PTI button and some brown twine to cover where the stitching meets on the circle.

Back to the salt mines…I need to get at least ONE project completed this week before my head explodes!  😉

Love Grows On Trees…sort of!

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(second post today!) This is the Valentine’s Day card I made for DH.  We don’t actually “do” Valentine’s Day but I needed a card to enter a contest so he’s getting a card this year!

I used LOTS of PTI products on the card plus a really great line of Basic Grey paper (Oxford – ENABLER ALERT! if you make masculine cards or school-themed cards, you need this paper pad)

The buttons were more heart-shaped when I laid them out on my worktop before adhering them to the cardstock but once you stick them down with glue dots it’s not possible to tweak the layout.   TIP: In order to remember what button goes where, take a quick picture with your digital camera and then view the picture while you’re attaching the buttons.

I glued some patterned paper to a mini clothespin – I got them at Wal-Mart (Canada) in the stationary aisle.  I only bought one package because I have tons of brads, spiral clips, rhinestones, buttons, and every other embellishment that ever appealed to me and I never seem to use them up so I decided a little restraint was in order for this little fad.  Michelle Wooderson uses clothespins quite often on her projects – usually larger ones with a more utilitarian purpose – but I love the look so a little shout out to Michelle.

The stamp is from PTI Everyday Button Bits.  No colouring on these stamps but they’re designed to use with buttons – and I LOVE me some buttons – so I decided this stamp set was needed in my collection.  The edges of all the papers are sponged with Chai ink from PTI, the buttons are PTI (Pure Poppy), and I used chalk inks for the stem, leaves, and the planter (which I stamped twice so I could pop it up on the card).

I used my tracing wheel (thanks, Anna!) to outline each paper element rather than sewing.  This card is simple enough to still be masculine but it’s still pretty enough to work as a feminine card as well. (I think!)

The base is Kraft – I could have used Pure Poppy cardstock to enhance the buttons (and that’s what I probably would have done if this was for a female recipient) but I stuck with the muted tones from the patterned paper since I was going for a more masculine design.  I did opt to use red chalk ink on the sentiment just for another little pop of red.

I hope to get more craft room time this week as I do feel fairly inspired to create lately but it’s difficult to carve out enough time on a weeknight to really get anywhere.  I also have a few house projects that I keep saying I’m going to do but they remain on the back burner.  (anyone want to come over and sand a coffe table for me?)

Have a great week – hope you get to do something crafty!

Valentine’s Gift

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I know this might look a little familiar but I actually made a couple of companion pieces for one of the Valentine’s Day cards I made last week.

I have a friend who will be celebrating Valentine’s Day as a single woman for the first time in a long while and I thought she’d like to get a gift from “Cupid”.   She’s a dog lover too so the card I already made was just perfect.  I decided to make a little box and gift tag to go with the card:

Here’s what’s inside the box:

Who wouldn’t like a Bath & Bodyworks candle to freshen their house?  I know this is a “Winter” candle and not a valentine’s candle but it’s red and there are still plenty of winter days ahead for us Newfoundlanders.

Here’s what it all looks like together (prior to tying the tag to the gift box)…Hope she likes it!

Good Luck!

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Not much time for crafting lately.  Life gets busy plus I’m taking a course so there isn’t as much “down time” as I’d like.

I did need to make a card for a co-worker who just started a new position within the company.  She LOVES St. Patrick’s Day and all it entails (including lots of green) so I went with Whiff of Joy’s Good Luck Gnome and plenty of green accents.

I can’t remember which paper pack I used for the card but I think it was My Mind’s Eye – Lime Twist.  I know it was double sided and I simply used both sides of one sheet for the card (hey, they already coordinated it so why fight it?)

The ribbon and mat are SU! Dusty Durango – I bought a pack of cardstock and a spool of ribbon during a clearace sale a year or so ago and only opened both to make this card (tsk, tsk!).

On a totally different topic, we’ve been having some AWFUL weather in St. John’s lately.  Several storms and a blizzard this week alone!  Too bad work wasn’t closed – I could have done some crafting.

I am hoping to get an hour or so in my craft room today – housework is done, crockpot is working on a huge batch of pea soup and the roads are not fit to drive on so I’m staying home ALL day.  DH and I might watch a movie tonight and just veg out.  Sounds wonderful to me!

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