22 December 2011

easy DIY gift tags

Hey all!!! Wow, can you believe Christmas is only a few days away?! Well, as you can tell, things have been a bit quiet over here- I only have a short time with DH this holiday season before he has to go back to his mini-deployment, so needless to say I'm spending most of my time with him ;) Not to mention I've been a bit under the weather, so unfortunately a lot of time has been spent on the couch- boo.

Anyhoo, I wanted to share these super quick and easy gift tags with ya'll!! This would make a great project to do with kids too :) The only ingredients I used are...
  • The Cutting Cafe digital stamps {cut out with a circle punch}
  • tag & snowflake punches
  • twine
  • buttons
  • rhinestones & rhinestone brads
  • cardstock & Christmas patterned paper scraps
  • leftover Christmas stickers
  • {and one leftover Christmas tree stamped image!}
I just kinda stuck things where they would fit essentially :) I think kids would have a blast using whatever crafting scraps and tidbits you have laying around! You could even use up scraps of wrapping paper for these! The possibilities are truly endless!

I may or may not be back on here before the new year, so if not, have a super
merry CHRISTmas

11 December 2011

special dad

Goodness ladies, it's been a busy week! So sorry I haven't posted much- between master's thesis, getting ready for DH to come home from mini-deployment, and getting Christmas gifts done, I've been a bit swamped! I'm sure you understand- tis the season hehe ;)

Anyhoo- here's a card I made for an auction item. It was a set of 12 cards, one for each month of the year. This was June's card- Father's Day! I really like how it turned out!! I'm pretty sure I'll be making this one again for my dad this coming year ;)

Materials:: PTI paper, Technique Tuesday tool stamps, Unity sentiment stamp, The Twinery twine, and eyelets from my stash.

06 December 2011

12 Days of Christmas Countdown Calendar

Hi all!! I wanted to share my 12 Days of Christmas display with you :) My DH is coming home from his mini-deployment just in time to count down the 12 days of Christmas. So instead of a traditional Advent calendar {which we would have had to skip the first half of, or open the first half all on one day!} I decided to go with the "12 Days of Christmas" theme!

It's our first Christmas being just the two of us- previous Christmases DH was deployed or we were hosting guests so things were crazy! So our 12 Days of Christmas calendar is filled with goodies the two of us can enjoy together. We both love tea and coffee, so each day is filled with a special tea or coffee that we haven't tried before, or one that is a favorite of ours. I'm looking forward to opening them each night and settling down together on the couch to enjoy our hot beverages, perhaps while watching a Christmas movie ;)

The best part?? Since I had all of the materials in my stash, the only expense was the items to fill the pouches- $30 {and there's lots of extras of each tea/coffee, hehe}.

Below is a tutorial of how you can make one too! I used lots of The Twinery twine on this project!! :D I've also included a link where you can download the whole tutorial in a PDF file. Enjoy!!

02 December 2011

Christmas card

Hi all!! I'm back from my little vacation visiting family over the holidays, and thought I'd share with you our family Christmas card for 2011 :)

It's pretty simple, and the hardest part was actually picking out a color scheme! Originally I'd intended it to be a light blue and dark red card with red twine... but that didn't work. Then I tried dark teal and navy card with navy organza ribbon... that didn't work. I just kept coming back to this- cream and navy card with jute twine... and it works :)

So here's wishing you a very blessed month of celebrating Christ's birth!

14 November 2011

thankful countdown mini-album

Hey all! This is my last post for about 2 weeks- going to be spending time with family for the holiday season. But not to worry, I'll be back again at the start of December!! :)

So in counting down to Thanksgiving, I decided to make a little "thankful" mini-album, or gratitude mini-album! So I counted down to Thanksgiving by counting down the ways I'm thankful for my DH ;)

I used PTI's mat stack 3 for the basic shape. For the covers, I die cut some thin cardboard leftover bits I had. Then I covered them in some Making Memories Autumn Splendor DP! Love that line :) The inside pages I die cut some more DP and some pages from an old book. For the numbering, I used a stamp from PTI's 2009 Holiday Tags. I added some scrap pieces of paper on each page to make a space for journaling. I finished it off with a few word stickers and some ribbons!

This is the last page, inside the back cover :)

11 November 2011

FWF freedom

to all our Veterans for serving to protect the freedoms of this great nation.
May God bless you and keep you.

I encourage everyone to thank a military service member whenever you see them. They sacrifice so much and often receive little thanks. Trust me when I say that it is always a humbling experience and often brings them to tears when someone goes out of their way to say a simple thank-you.

Thanking God for my Veteran DH today and everyday!
Playing along over at Friends with Flair Fridays at Unity! Using their Freedom stamp.

In honor of Veteran's Day, Unity is donating to Wounded Warriors 5% of the proceeds from Declare Freedom stamp and Unity in America stamp kit. The Wounded Warrior Project is a truly great organization helping our Veterans.

09 November 2011

Handmade gift- cross stitch ornament

So I'm not one for skipping holidays- Thanksgiving is actually one of my favorite holidays because both sides of our family always get together each year for big turkey dinners :) Love that it's a holiday that has really become about great food and great family!
With that said though, I did want to share this ornament that I'd made for a Silent Auction gift basket I donated! I'm getting started on Christmas gifts already too, since some require a bit of time to make- like a few other cross-stitch gifts I'm working on (I'll share once they're done!). This is a great gift- handmade and pretty cheap to make!
  • embroidery floss- $1 each color
  • cross stitch fabric- already had, recently bought some more at $6 for a big sheet
  • frame- $1 at Michaels
  • ribbon (to hang)- already had, ~$2.50 for a whole roll
So you can see how you could make a lot of these out of one set of supplies!! :) You could also dress it up with some beads for the holly berries or a twine/floss bow on the wreath!

This pattern was from Just CrossStitch magazine, but recently I've found a lot of beautiful patterns for free online. Cross stitch is really easy to learn, and make for some great personal handmade gifts :)

06 November 2011

handmade gifts :: framed diecuts

So here's a super simple DIY handmade gift! And the best part is, depending on what diecut you use, it could be perfect for any holiday or occasion! Customize the shape for the holiday, season, or maybe what your giftee enjoys- use their favorite colors, if they like dogs you could find a cute doggie cut out, if they like sewing you could use great buttons instead, use umbrellas for a baby shower or wedding shower decor, the sky's the limit!

.: materials :.
  • frame
  • background paper
  • die cut (or other items to frame)
  • 3-D pop dots

.: instructions :.
{1} remove glass from frame
{2} cut background paper to the size of your frame
{3} measure your die cut, and approximate how many will comfortably fit in your frame
{4} cut out die cuts, if needed
{5} attach die cuts to background paper using 3-D pop dots **
{6} assemble frame and gift away!

** a few things I found useful during this step...
- I assembled this with the frame around the background paper, not attached in the frame yet, but just resting on the table around the paper. It helped visually space the die cuts.
- I also assembled this with my Olfa sewing cutting mat under my project. I aligned the frame/background paper with the measurements on the mat so I knew I was roughly spacing the die cuts evenly. You could also simply put a ruler along either side to help with spacing too!

04 November 2011

apple trio FWF

Happy Friends with Flair Friday, ya'll!! Things are busy busy around here. And speaking of busy, have you seen how busy they've been at Unity putting together tons of sales?! I recommend definitely checking it out ;) This little card uses the adorable apple trio stamp from the KOM Happily Ever After. I colored them in a bit with colored pencil and topped it off with some matching The Twinery twine :) Also linking up to CAS-ual Fridays' "Over the Edge" challenge! Have a fabulous weekend, friends!

02 November 2011

handmade gifts :: post-it note holder

hey all!! Checkin in here with a super simple, quick and easy handmade gift- perfect for birthdays or Christmas! Before we know it, Christmas will be upon us... but not before one of my favorite holidays- Thanksgiving :)

Anyhoo, here's a little tutorial for this easy gift!

.: materials :.
- acrylic photo frame
- patterned paper
- ribbon
- post-it notes
- pen
- glue

.: instructions :.
{1} cut patterned paper to the size of the photo frame
{2} insert paper into photo slot in frame
{3} cut and tie ribbon around top edge of frame
{4} cut ribbon loop and adhere to edge of frame
{5} securely glue post-it notes to frame, covering the edge of the ribbon loop
{6} add pen and gift away! :)

29 October 2011

autumn wreath

So here's a project that has been in the works for about a month! I wrapped the wreath in twine late last month when I did our autumn mantle {post to come about that!}, but it got left to the wayside. I finally got to finish it this afternoon! Yays :)

This is a super simple wreath, and I'll share a full photo tutorial for it soon. It started with an eco-friendly "styrofoam" type wreath from Hobby Lobby. Proceeded to wrap it in the great golden wheat colored yarn, which took about an hour & half- I just wrapped it while watching some of my favorite shows ;) Then cut out circles of some great fall fabric I've had for a year or so, put a pin through the center, and pushed it into the foam. Repeat lots of times. Then I created the fun little "autumn" banner with my scrapbooking supplies and The Twinery twine and hung it on our door!

cross posted on my homemaking blog- His Frugal Servant

28 October 2011

Butterfly Sympathies FWF

Happy Friends with Flair Friday, ya'll!! Sorry, it's been a bit busy around here- DH is getting ready for a mini-deployment, so I'm spending extra time with him :) Anyhoo, here's a set of sympathy cards I whipped up recently- super simple. It uses the sentiment from the KOM Think Happy Thoughts- love my KOM's! I diecut the butterfly and used the negative image- backed it with some scrapbook paper I've had forever from a Border's scrapbooking kit, then just added some ribbon, twine, button, and gems! I really like how they turned out- I think I actually like the horizontal LO the best- might be seeing that again in another card ;) Have a fabulous weekend all!!

21 October 2011

happily ever FWF after

Happy Friends with Flair Friday, ya'll!! Wanted to pop on here and share a wedding card I made for an order recently... this is one of those cards that didn't quite turn out how I'd imagined, but I think I actually like it better this way! :) It features PTI cardstock and the fabulous Happily Ever After KOM. Love me my Kit of the Months!!! Happy Friday and have a great weekend, friends :)

16 October 2011

Bible study bookmarks

Happy Sunday, all!!
Just dropped in to show ya a quick bookmark I made :) I'm currently reading through the Bible in a year and I've chosen the chronological order- so it's the order of when things occurred historically and jumps around between books.

In order to keep track, I've created bookmarks with each day's reading on it, and broken up the reading into various bookmarks. I've listed the day's reading and a space to record which date I finished the reading on. It's a simple way to keep track of where I am in my readings. Every few days/weeks I get to pull out my next bookmark, and they're all different so it's fun :)

15 October 2011

happy autumn

how cute are these, right?! hehe... love making these little pumpkins- so super quick and easy. Just cut out a bunch of circles, fold 'em in half, glue them together, then add a stem and some wire vines (or I've made them with paper). Happy Autumn ya'll :)

14 October 2011

summer FWF

Happy Friends with Flair Friday!!! Love me my Unity- anxiously awaiting this month's KOM, maybe it'll arrive in the mail today! Lots of fun things going on at Unity- new releases galore, so be sure to check them out! Anyhoo... the card! The stamps are from the KOM What I Know. The LO is from Unity's WCMD challenge, which I flipped around a little so the elements would fit- just a simple fun summery card :) Enjoy your weekend ya'll!!

12 October 2011

fall circles

So this is one of those cards that didn't quite turn out how I'd envisioned it... but the more I see it, the more I like it :) I started out with the "circles" theme and color scheme from Embellish's challenge {love their challenges!}. Then I pulled out my Unity Dec 10 KOM "Just be you" because I knew I wanted to use this tree image. I cut out circles that closely matched the concentric circles in the tree image using my spellbinders dies. Then I cut out the card base and the coral outer circle. I assembled the tree circles and then stamped the image on the circles and card base. Add on some "falling leaves" pearls and sentiment and done! :)

10 October 2011

give thanks

This card started out with the color scheme and the theme of "falling leaves" from this month'sUnity Company Challenge. So I pulled out the only leaf images I have, from KOM "when I am with you" and it kinda fell into place from there. It's a card that I didn't really start out liking, but once it came together, I really loved it!! I might make a few more actually, hehe :) I've also fallen in love with PTI's cardstock- such vibrant colors and nice and thick- it's a real joy to work with!!

07 October 2011

Thankful FWF

Hey ya'll!! Happy Friends with Flair Friday :D Today's card started with the color inspiration from CR8FN #39... then I pulled out some of the few autumn themed stamps I have from Unity from the KOM "When I am with you" {apparently I need to get some more! hehe}. There's usually a little leaf at the end of the sentiment, but I masked it off so it would fit on the panel. The LO actually happened by accident because I cut the yellow panel too short... but I ended up really liking it! Love when an accident turns into a joy! Anyhoo, I added a button with some twine and colored in the pumpkins and there ya go! Enjoy your weekend everyone :)

04 October 2011

lucky shamrocks

{please excuse the poor late-day light!!}

Hey all! Just wanted to pop on here and share a fun card I made- perfect for a "good luck" or St. Patty's day card :) or even "lucky in love" maybe if you switched out one of the shamrocks or stamped hearts on the shamrocks... hmmm, I feel another card coming on ;) Anyways, enjoy!!