Friday, August 28, 2009

Crop 'Til You Drop!

I've told you before about how you should join the Fiskateers.

Recently my sister-in-law {Jenny} and I were able to go to a Fiskateer crop in was such a blast!

{Westin joined me, too!}

I realize that sometimes you just can't get out of the house to make it to a crop, and Fiskars has thought of that, too! There is an online crop today and tomorrow on the Fiskateers message board.

Join in on the fun!!!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

It's got purse-onality!

I've been wanting to make a purse for a long time now. The purse I was carrying was just too small and one big inner pocket. I wanted something with lots of pockets for all the things I think are necessary to carry with me at all times. You know - like a tape measure, gum, chapstick, coupons, lots of pens, a cell phone, my wallet, a planner, random pacifiers and toys and various other odds and ends. I wanted pockets everywhere.

In the front:

On the sides:

In the back:
{Check out all those pen slots!!! There are ten!}

And of course, inside:
{There is a pocket at the back, two pockets at the front, and two bigger sections divided by another two pockets.}

With plenty of room for my big, fat wallet {which is stuffed with more junk...I mean necessities}:
{Note to self: Buy a brown wallet.}

I wanted an adjustable buckle type thing for the strap, but I couldn't find one and wanted to be able to use my this is what I have going on for now:

I found the outer fabric at JoAnn's in the remnant bin and got the toile for the inside there as well. (Coupon!)

For the flap decoration I made my own appliqué of a bird like I made for this card.

It's still not exactly what I had hoped for, but I am happy to announce that even making my own pattern there were no major mess-ups or seam-ripping episodes, so I will declare this one a victory!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

I've been framed!

I picked up these cute frames awhile back in the Target dollar a package of three! (33 cents...I couldn't pass them up!) I added in a computer generated sentiment and some flowers I made using double sided Bo Bunny papers. I just sat down and started folding and messing with the paper until it looked flower-like.

Here is the finished frame:

Here you can see the depth of the flowers:

And a little detail shot for you:

Frame: Target
Paper: Bo Bunny

Thursday, August 6, 2009


Isn't she lovely?

Lacie was probably four in this picture...and she looks so grown up.

I used the Fiskars "Funky Love" punch for the hearts and all the paper is from Bo Bunny. I added some Glossy Accents to a couple of the hearts for a little extra touch, but you can't really tell in the pictures. I added in some brads, ribbon, and Thickers for a quick, easy layout.

Paper: Bo Bunny
Embellishments: Thickers (American Crafts), ribbon (American Crafts), brads, ribbon slide
Other: Glossy Accents
Tools: Fiskars Squeeze Punch (Funky Love), Fiskars scissors, Fiskars craft knife

Monday, August 3, 2009

Tweet Heart

I get absolutely weak in the knees whenever I see anything crafty that incorporates whimsical birds, and I thought the Abbey Road papers from Bo Bunny were perfect to create a cute bird scene. I hand cut everything with scissors or a craft knife, added some machine stitching and a bit of wire for a couple small accents. I also finished the inside with a bit of matching paper and some hand drawn accents.

Paper: Bo Bunny
Kraft cardstock: The Paper Company
Other: Sakura Micron brown pen, Ranger Inkssentials white pen, Scissors, Craft knife, Tim Holtz Design Ruler, Copper beading wire, Sewing machine/thread

PS - I softened up the blog background just a bit...what do you think? The current background is from ShelsScraps (my previous one was from there, too).

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Good things = Small packages

This is my first attempt at a "One Sheet Wonder" challenge. I think the idea is to stamp on one sheet of paper/cardstock and create something from it. I practiced folding a piece of notebook paper and came up with a way to make a small bag and a box from one sheet.

I randomly stamped the bear and sentiment from the Kim Hughes "Bear Hugs" set (from Cornish Heritage Farms) on a piece of 8 1/2" x 11" kraft cardstock. I covered the other side with the patterned paper (creating a cute lining for the finished pieces). I then cut and folded the sheet to make a small gift box (perfect size for a gift card or some other small item) and a small bag to put the box in. I created my own flower from the patterned paper and finished off the bag with some white ric rac.

Cardstock: The Paper Company
Patterned Paper: DCWV
Stamps: Cornish Heritage Farms
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Walnut Stain)
Other: Ric Rac
Tools: Craft knife, Bone folder, Tim Holtz Design Ruler