Wow, this is my second post of the day. If you are looking for my Petaloo project, go here.
If you need a couple of gift card holders quick but want them to look like you took hours to make, then the Matchbox gift card holder is just what you need. They are super easy to cut out and put together and they look adorable and oh so fancy. All of the files you need are in Lori Whitlock's shop!
Please excuse the nasty camera dust spots on my project. I usually catch and fix them but this one slipped through the cracks. I promise that stunning Print and Cut, Christmas sayings label does not look like that in real life. I used a couple of different Print and Cut files for my gift card holders. If you haven't tried the print and cut feature, you really need to take a try. It just takes a couple of steps.
Arrange what you want to print and cut onto the Silhouette screen. If you have a regular printer that holds 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper, make sure to change the mat size to letter. I have a Cameo, which is a 12 x 12 size machine so my directions for the mat size are for that machine.
Click the show registration marks.
Click the send to Silhouette or cut button
A menu will ask you whether you want to print or skip the printing. You'll want to click the print option.
The labels will print and so will the registration marks.
Then take your paper and lay it on your mat, putting the top left corner of the paper in the top left hand corner of the Silhouette mat.
The menu will know say, detect registration marks automatically or manually. You will want to choose automatically.
Then click Cut. The machine will move over the marks on your paper, determining where to start cutting. Then the machine will cut around your printed pieces exactly where it should.
It's magic, it's fun, and you really need to try it. Plus it makes everything so polished and professional.
I wanted to tell you a little bit about this Poinsettia flower. Another stunning file and so easy. Basically you just cut 1 of each size in red and 1 of the largest size in green. I inked the edges with some red ink for dimension and when I put all of the pieces together I used foam adhesive between the flower layers for added dimension. The leaf cut was not adhered using foam. That piece I just adhere flat to the bottom and largest of the red petals.
The holes that you see on the cover are part of the file. All of the pieces have holes in them that line up so that you can hold it all together with a ribbon, twine, or even brads. Each of my gift card holders is put togther with a different kind of embellishment. I love that there is no glue required. The only glue you need is some to close the pocket up and whatever you might need for the embellishments.
Here are some pictures of the insides of the gift card holder. The file comes with two pockets, so if you want to give more than one gift card you can. You are able to include one or two pockets and it doesn't change the design. I only used one gift card holder on the above card.
And I used two pockets on this one. I also added some scallop borders to the first pocket. That was just an extra little piece that I cut out and glued in the top part of the pocket.
Here is a little closer view of the double pocket and scallop trim.
This is what the Matchbook Cover Gift Card Holder looks like opened up straight up and down. I had a little trouble photographing them while propped up but hopefully you get the idea.
Here is a side view of the matchbook closed. Well I could go on and on about these adorable little Matchbook Gift Card Holders but I guess I better get back to my craft room where I might just whip up a couple more.
Have you heard about Pan Pastels? They have become very popular recently and I am seeing the name pop up everywhere. Well for a design team assignment for Petaloo we were given a few colors to play with and I found that they are a wonderful media to use with the Color Me Crazy Petaloo flower line.
Here is my project that I created with the Pan Pastels and the Petaloo Color Me Crazy flowers. If you would like to learn and see more of my project, hop on over to the Petaloo blog.
Thanks for stopping by. I would love to hear about your experience with Pan Pastels and if you have ever used them to color flowers before. Please leave a comment. I really appreciate and enjoy reading them.
I have an exciting project to share with you today. But you will have to pop over to the Simon Says Stamp Blog to see it all. I created a scrapbook page using the Simon Says Stamp December Card Kit. This kit is amazing. My favorite part of it is the stamp set, which I used on the tag shown in the picture below.
In my blog post, I share how I used the 8x8 papers on my layout as well as the unique and fun embellishments included in the kit. You are going to see how these card kits are not just for card makers anymore!!
Oh, I know, I'm probably running a little bit behind in my holiday decorating but I think I am procrastinating a bit because I am afraid that Garrett will be into everything. So I thought I would start with a new project that I can put up on a table where he can't reach.
So I found these fabulous files from Lori Whitlock to make a Christmas Village. There are three types, a house, a tall house, and a church. The cut files come with the basic frame and then I added some extras to decorate them.
I cut out a picket fence and some standing 3D Christmas trees for the scene.
The three buildings that I used are the house, church, and tall house. I cut out the building outside pieces on the two houses twice so that I could have the roof and the sides of the houses two different patterned paper. There is a second bottom piece in each of the files that is the base of the house. Each of these were cut out of yellow cardstock so it looks like lights are on in the houses and church. Then I cut out scalloped trim for the eaves.
The buildings are super easy to put together and it was a lot of fun choosing different papers for the outsides and accessories. The 3D tree is another one of Lori's files that worked really well with the scene. The other Christmas tree that I used was cut from the same paper. The file I used is from the Christmas Icon set which is a fantastic set for all your Christmas needs. I actually welded the two pieces, top and trunk of the tree, together and then cut a small piece of brown to place over the stem. Then I decorated the trees with little rhinestones. I attached the trees to the houses with foam adhesive.
The houses don't actually come with doors but it is really easy to create your own. First ungroup the outside cover part of the file. Then draw with the shape tool a circle and rectangle that are the same size as the windows on the front of the buildings. You can drag these two shapes over the windows to get them the right size. Then weld the circle and rectangle to create the rounded door. Then delete the window cutouts from the main outside shape. This will make it easier to adhere the door and will not allow any paper to show through if the door ends up being a little small. Let's just say that I know all this from experience! :)
I used many different files to decorate the buildings. I really tried to think outside the box, using files that were intended for other purposes than what I actually used them for. The best example are the shrubs next to the houses. They are actually Lori's Clouds file. I did trim a little on the bottom so they were totally flat on the bottom edges and then I adhered some flat and others with foam adhesive.
Red Rhinestones adorn the wreaths which were also digital cut files by Lori Whitlock.
Here is a closeup of the one of the trees that I just mentioned. This one had colored lights. You can also see another file I used while "thinking out of the box". The open scalloped trim is actually a border strip that I cut out with my machine and then trimmed with my paper trimmer so that I just had small strips of scallops for the trim on the house.
Just have fun with these house files. I can see using them in all different ways and for every season.
Here is my Day 2 of my December Daily album. This picture shows the before and then farther down I show you the after. I'm really excited about this project. I have been making it really simple on myself. A picture, a few extra embellishments, and some short journaling. One of the keys for me is keeping all of my supplies in a 12 x 12 Iris storage case. I have all of the pieces of the kit, a few other supplies such as twine, washi tape, a stapler, foam adhesive, and stamps.
Here is the completed page. I have been doing some sewing, see here, and made this Christmas outfit for him. I took him outside and snapped some pictures of him right before naptime which was probably not the best time to do it. He doesn't look that happy but I still think it's a cute picture.
And here is the before picture of Day 3. I'll be back tomorrow with an update of the finished page.
I'm really excited for class this weekend. Can't wait to see you all there. Make sure you are keeping up with me each day. :)
Petaloo is sharing 12 ideas for gifts that you make that cost $25 and under. Each day you will see ideas from the design team members and to make it even more special we have teamed up with Canvas Home Basics which has given us some lovely things to create with. Each day there will also be a giveaway on the Petaloo blog so be sure to stop by and leave a comment.
Here is a picture of my project but you can see more and gather a few tips on painting the flowers on the Petaloo blog post.
And I know just who I am going to give this to for Christmas.
My December Daily Day 2 blog post will be coming shortly. :)
Well, my December Daily is all ready to go and I have completed my first page. Some of you might remember that I am teaching a class on how to put this album together, Saturday, December 8th, so I wanted to show a little of the process to those who are participating so that they can gather their own things for each day this week so during class time they can catch up on their own album.
Here is the cover which has been finished for some time and I have already shared.
Here is a picture of Day 1. I wish I had thought to take a picture of it before I started the finishing process but I forgot to. I did take a before picture of Day 2 so at least you can see the transformation for that page.
I am using the Teresa Collins Christmas Countdown Kit which is brand new this year. I absolutely love it. The size is perfect and I love the three ring binder so I can add as many extra pages as I want. There are three tabbed dividers. In the first section I will have all of my daily pages. In the second section I am planning on documenting special foods and recipes that we like during the holidays and the third tab will be for all the family gatherings we will be attending when we go to Florida to visit after Christmas.
A December Daily should be a no stress fun way to document one or two things that are happening in your life on each day of December. Some days I will take pictures, like I did today, and other days I will fill my page with thoughts, or quotes, or other important information. I think the key is to have fun.
A goal of mine this year is to do more journaling than I normally do. I have a hard time with journaling and so I am going to take this opportunity to really challenge myself.
Here is the start of Page 2. I have put some embellishments and the date on each of the pages but I am sure that once finished it won't be as bare.
So here are some things to think about as you prepare for your December Daily album.
Did something special happen that I could document either with a picture or journaling.
Do I have a tradion that I want to document.
Are there any goals that I have for December that I want to document.
Did I get together with family or friends to do something special.
Did I watch a holiday movie or show that day.
My favorite holiday things, such as movies, songs, colors, decorations, presents, traditions.
My holiday shopping experience.
My wish list or that of my kids.
Something special that I did for others.
Something special that someone did for me or my family.
Remembering holidays of the past.
Oh the list could go on and on, but hopefully that is a good start for you. I used December 1st to document a tradition that we do each year on the first day of the month and how Garrett got to participate for the first time but maybe you will have something different that you want to document.
Please stop by tomorrow so you can see Day 2. I will try to post a new page each day but if I don't I will be sure to catch up the day after. For those taking my class, I suggest that you have envelopes or sandwich baggies labeled for Day 1- Day 7 and be sure to put down your thoughts or ideas plus any pictures that you might have for that day inside the envelope. It will help you stay ahead of the game.
Supplies you will need for class: (please check back as this list might change)
favorite adhesive for small things
foam adhesive (if you know me, I use these a lot!)
black journaling pen
glue dots, craft and mini size
small Xyron 'X'
Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher and staples or small stapler
As of right now, there are only 3 spots left in the class. Please contact me as soon as possible if you would like to either get a kit or participate in the class.