Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving Tag

With Thanksgiving this week I wanted to let my son's teacher and bus driver know how thankful we are for them. I gave each of them gifts of homemade pumpkin spice soap, dressed up with some pretty packaging.

The soap is in a glassine bag, tied closed with ribbon and a tag. The pumpkin and the double ended banner die are both popped up, while the leaf and tendril are stamped directly on the tag. A small bit of Orange Zest pattern paper helps the tag stand out and ground the pumpkin.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Stamps: Autumn Pumpkins, Keep it Simple: Thanksgiving (PTI)
Ink: Orange Zest, Ripe Avocado, Dark Chocolate (PTI)
Dies: Autumn Pumpkins, Double Ended Banner, Tag Sale #5 (PTI)
Paper: Rustic Cream, Orange Zest pattern Pack (PTI)
Other: green satin ribbon, twine, glassine bag

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Halloween Spider Cards

Here are the two Halloween cards I made this year, both featuring spider webs but in different ways. This first card was a harder to pull off than I bargained for, but I do like how it turned out.  I started by trimming down a piece of white card stock to 4" x 5 1/4". I positioned my spider web die in the top portion of my card for placement and stamped the sentiment underneath. After stamping the sentiment I did the actually die cutting of the web. However, after running it through my die cutting machine I left all of the little pieces in place without punching any of them out. While they were still hanging together, I very carefully put a small piece of foam tape on the back of each negative space between the threads of the web.  I then added more foam tape around all of the edges of my white panel for support and adhered it to my black card base. Then I very carefully lifted out the web that I had die cut, leaving all of the negative pieces behind. It's hard to tell in the photo but this means that the whole white panel is popped up leaving the black web as a negative space underneath. It looks pretty cool! The spider is actually one of those cheap plastic kids rings that are so popular this time of year. I snipped off the ring portion and used a glue dot to adhere him in the upper right corner. Fun!

My second card is much more straight forward. I again began with a piece of 4" x 5 1/4" white card stock, this time stamping a spider web image in the top left corner. I used Versa Fine Onyx Black ink and then embossed it with clear embossing powder for some shine. I stamped the spider and the sentiment the same way, also embossing them. To create the thread the spider is hanging from I used a ruler and a fine tip black Sharpie. The panel was then adhered to a black card base and that is that!

Happy Halloween!

Stamps: Keep it Simple: Halloween (PTI), Creepy Crawly (Inkadinkado)
Ink: Versa Fine Onyx Black
Paper: Stamper's Select White (PTI), Basic Black (SU!)
Dies: Spider Web Trio
Other: clear embossing powder, plastic spider ring, 3M foam tape

Monday, October 22, 2018

We've Been Boo'ed!

A few nights ago as we were getting the boys ready for bed our doorbell rang. We'd been boo'ed! A bucket of fun Halloween treats had been left on our door step! Here are the bags I put together to bless two other families in our neighborhood to carry on the Halloween fun. The bags are filled with small Halloween trinkets like pencils, stickers, glow sticks, pumpkin carving kit, etc.

I started with a regular brown lunch bag that I stamped all over with spiders using an old favorite set, Inkadinkado's Creepy Crawly.

For the topper I layered on the die cuts! The bottom black layer is the largest of the Nestabilities Labels 1 dies, folded over and tied with orange ribbon to secure the bag. Next I cut the largest of the Spider Web Trio dies from silver card stock. The white tag is Papertrey Ink's Tag Sale #3 die. The web and spider are both from Creepy Crawly. I simply used a ruler and thin black Sharpie to draw the thread from the web to the spider. The small sentiment at the bottom is an old Stampin' Up! set called Teeny Tiny Wishes. The orange tag is cut with My Favorite Things Traditional Tags STAX Die-namics. I used Papertrey Ink's Penned Elegance Alphabet set to stamp the word "Boo". I notched the end of the tag with scissors. The web and two tag dies were attached to the ribbon with orange and white baker's twine. I hope the families that received these bags stuffed with goodies will enjoy them!

Neither of our direct neighbors on either side have kids but I didn't want them to be left out of the fun. My youngest son and I made a double batch of pumpkin bread, then dressed up the loaves with pretty ribbon and tags for a more adult treat.

I used the same orange "Boo" tags and also included a kraft tag letting the recipients know what kind of treat they had received. The loaves were wrapped in cling wrap and then wax paper to keep them fresh, then tied with black satin ribbon and the tags.

Our family had fun going out on our "Boo Missions" under the cover of darkness to deliver these treats to our neighbors!

Happy Halloween!

Stamps: Creepy Crawly (Inkadinkado), Penned Elegance Alphabet (Papertrey Ink), Typewriter Alphabet (My Favorite Things), Teeny Tiny Wishes (Stampin' Up!)
Paper: Only Orange (Stampin' Up!), Kraft, Stamper's Select White (Papertrey Ink), silver
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Only Orange (Stampin' Up!)
Dies: Spider Web Trio, Tag Sale #3 (Papertrey Ink), Labels 1 (Nestabilities), Traditional Tags STAX die-namics (My Favorite Things)
Other: orange and white baker's twine, 1/2" black satin ribbon, 1/4" orange satin ribbon

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Father's Day 2015

Father's Day is this Sunday, do you have your cards ready for all the dads and grandfathers in your life? If not, I hope you can take inspiration from the cards I made for my dad and father-in-law. Both are clean and simple and variations on the same theme. This first one is for my father-in-law. Our son calls him Granddad, so I was excited to be able to use that special name on his card. I was able to do this by selectively inking only the "Grand" from the "Grandpa" stamp in Papertrey Ink's set World's Greatest, and then adding the "Dad" stamp at the end. The ties are die cut and popped up with dimensionals. A special thanks to my mom for the idea to use the ties like this!

Next is the card for my own dad. It uses the same layout but I subbed an argyle pattern for the ties. Our son calls my dad Papa, so I was again pretty excited to use that nickname on the card. It was easily achieved by again selectively inking just the "pa" portion of the "Grandpa" stamp. Thank goodness for clear stamps!

Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there!


Stamps: World's Greatest, A Little Argyle (PTI)
Paper: Stamper's Select White (PTI), pattern paper from Michael's
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Night of Navy, Old Olive (SU!)
Tools: Tie die (PTI)

Friday, June 12, 2015

Let's Get Together: Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Today I am playing along with the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop, put on by the Coffee Loving Card Makers.  Coffee and card making are two of my favorite things so it was fun to join in! My card is very clean and simple. The coffee cup and sentiment are part of PTI's Heart-2-Heart #1 mini stamp set, then I added the steam and striped straw from an old SU! set called Like it a Latte. I tied some hot pink baker's twine to the top and that is it!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great weekend!

Stamps: Heart-2-Heart #1 (PTI), Like it a Latte (SU!)
Paper: Stamper's Select White, (PTI)
Ink: Hibiscus Burst, Hawaiian Shores, Dark Chocolate, Soft Stone (PTI)
Embellishments: baker's twine

Monday, June 8, 2015

Father's Day Soaps

For quite some time I've been wanting to make some masculine scented soaps. I'm happy to say that I have three ready just in time for Father's Day!

This is one I've been wanting to make since last Father's Day. Beer soap! This is my Oatmeal Stout Soap and it is made with real Guinness. It smells so good I want to eat it.

The Guinness naturally darkens the soap to a beautiful chocolate color.

It is topped with a sprinkling of rolled oats to complement the oatmeal stout fragrance and add texture. The beer lover in your life will love it!

Next up is my Salty Mariner Soap. This one has a delightfully clean scent to it, reminiscent of a sea breeze. This fragrance is actually quite popular with both men and women.

Made using the hot process method, it has a delightfully rustic edge.

Finally, Shave & a Haircut Soap. This cold process soap smells just like an old time barber shop. Two out of two dads chose this scent as their favorite! :)

I am so happy to be able to add some guy friendly soaps to my line. I would love for you to check out these new fragrances in my Etsy shop. Also, if you have any suggestions for future fragrances you would like please let me know!

Friday, May 8, 2015

Mimosa Soap

Hello! The final soap I will be sharing this week is my Mimosa Soap. No, there is no champagne in this. It isn't named after the cocktail, but rather the fragrance of the mimosa flower. Or acacia dealbata, if you want to be fancy.

Honestly, I didn't even know there was a mimosa flower until I came across this fragrance. It turns out that mimosa is a flowering tree native to southern Australia. It has a lovely, exotic floral scent.

Thank you for joining me this week as I introduced my handmade soaps. I'm am excited to have them available in my Etsy shop year round and look forward to adding new fragrances!

Have a wonderful weekend and happy Mother's Day!