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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

A Box for a Baby

Hello everyone, thanks for stopping by to check in on today's project.  This little box started out as just a plain chipboard box - the old fashion school box kind - It is a super basic project, I measured the top, bottom and sides of the box and cut some pretty papers fit.  These are from Pink Paislee . 

A little garden green card stock from CTMH added nice detail to edges of the top.  The butterflies are cut from the scraps and then the bodies were glued to allow the wings to "flutter".  When the box is open you can see this little dress form paper clip. I so love this clip.  I attached it with a little bit of Glossy Accents . 

The card slips into the clip for pretty presentation.  A great way to give a thick card.

   Pearl beads seemed to give it the prefect little lift it needed.

I can't end this post without showing the precious little goodies that were given in this box.  As the mother of two boys I had the time of my life shopping for these...

I hope that you have enjoyed this little bit of girly stamping.  Do you have any ideas for covering gift boxes?  I would love to hear about them.

Until next time,





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Saturday, June 9, 2012

How about a little stamping and paper project?

Looking back at recent posts I realized that I have been neglecting my favorite medium...paper and stamps!  So today I want to share a little paper project.  Believe it or not the bones of this little beauty are the components of an old ribbon spool.

Here it is in it's original from and deconstructed.

Be careful not to tear the main parts of the structure, the top layers of paper may tear, but that is okay.

A big shot die cut machine was used to cut the two disks from the spool into  big scalloped circles, then four pattern paper scallop circles were cut to make one for each side of each disk.  Papers shown are from French General .  (On a side note if you have never been to the French General web site I encourage you to go now, well, maybe right after you are done here.  It's so beautiful and the products unbelievable!  And even better yet...If you order something ~ you will feel like it is Christmas morning when it arrives.  They package everything so beautifully, it makes you feel very special.)  A strip of coordinating paper from the same package was cut to fit around the inside and outside of the body of the spool.

Then two more small scallop circles were cut from yet another coordinating paper (I'm telling you this paper is to die for!)  The smaller circle was attached to the inside of the lid with foam tape.  This simply helps keep the lid from sliding off the top.

In the shot above you can see that the ring has been glued to one of the scallop circles.  Two circles of fluffy felt were gently glued into the bottom of the box to keep treasures from rolling around and getting scratched.  The top of the box was decorated with a stamped banner, some crinkled ribbon and a prima flower .  Then all it needed was a beautiful gift to go inside.

Do you have a favorite home made way to give a gift?  I would love to hear about it, or better yet see it.  If you email me a photo, I would love to share it here.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Graduation Garland and other Goodies

A few weeks ago I shared some photos I edited on PicMonkey for my son's graduation.  Today I have some photos of the decorations that I made for his party.  This is a long one folks - but I hope it's worth it.

We had the party at Cartwright's Ranch House in Denton.  It has a country feel so I didn't hesitate to use some of that muslin and burlap I had laying around the house.  Here is a photo of one of the pennants I made for a K-12 bunting.

For this pennant I made a card stock template, and place it on top of a folded strip of muslin.  Pinking shears left a nice edge that would not unravel.  I sewed along the sides  and bottom leaving an opening at the top of each side to run a piece of twine through for hanging.  Next a bulldog clip was sewn by hand and tied with a bow.  I decided to use the clips so that after graduation, this bunting can be used for anything.

For today they nicely hold first day of school photos K- 12! Burlap bows tied the ends.  I wish I had a photo of the entire bunting, but I was caught up in the excitement of the day and this is the best I can do for now.

 Each pennant has a photo with a rosette  (Tim Holtz mini rosette die) and a stamped letter or number, reflecting the school year it was taken.

The little ties ensured that the pennants didn't smush together.  Smush is a word, right?

Next we had about ten of these little burlap wrapped jars that featured photos of the graduate throughout his years in school.

Each centerpiece held four photo and a little rosetter with 2012 in the center.

The jars were combined with framed senior photos on one large table.  I loved having all the guets around several tables pushed together into one big square.  Everyone could see and talk to everyone else. 

Now on to the favors.  For me it is very important to me to thank guests who have taken the time to celebrate special occasions with us, I wanted the favors to have a photo of Joshua that could be kept seperate from the gift and I also wanted to do one gift per family. 

Mason jars filled with homemade chocolate chip cookies, fit those requirements nicely. And...YUM!  For these little treats a muslin ruffle was sewn to a gingham ribbon and tied around the neck of each jar.

Photos were attached to magnet sheets and then cut into circles with my Sizzix Big Shot .  It was so great because they stuck to the top of the jar, but could be thrown on the fridge later.

A little tag thanked the guests for coming.

It was a wonderful party!  One last photo that really has nothing to do with crafting, sewing, decorating, or crocheting...Here is a picture of me and my boys just afer graduation.  I'm thinking I may need to hire a photographer to follow us around for college grad ceremonies :) We didn't get one picture of the four of us all day, Yikes!

Enjoy your week everyone!

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