Saturday, September 25, 2010

I'm an aunt!

My brother-in-law and sister-in-law are adopting a precious little boy and I am finally an aunt! I am so excited.

While on my trip, we are having a little shower for my sister-in-law and I decided to make her a bag like the one I posted previously.

I've packed some small decorations for the shower including this jar that we can use to collect some spare change for the little one. I used Kraft Outlet Cardstock for the jar (a repurposed Trader Joe's Cranberry Jelly jar)

Have a great day!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Olivia Bag

My sister-in-law saw my purse that I had made and asked me to make one for our friend, Olivia.

She asked me to make something that would be big enough to hold all the normal purse "essentials" and a few diapers, and especially to make sure there was a good spot for sippy cups for Olivia's precious daughter.

I personally really love all the pockets in my purse, and I wanted to give Olivia plenty of pockets for anything she might want to carry with her. Here is a peek at some of the inside pockets:

I just couldn't make a bag for Olivia without making something for her daughter, Sydney - so I made a little matching bag to go along with it.

I hope they both enjoy their new bags!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Argyle Card

I am getting ready to head to the airport, but wanted to share the card I just created. I used the Kraft Outlet Note Cards, Kraft Outlet Cardstock, some designer paper and a white pen.

Gotta love argyle!

Stay tuned because while I am gone I have set a couple of blog posts to publish - keep checking back!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Bottle Cap Necklace Tutorial

Today I am going to show you how to make a necklace from some great supplies from Kraft Outlet (and a couple other things you most likely already have in your craft stash).

First, let's gather our supplies:
Kraft Outlet's Bottle Caps
Kraft Outlet's Twill Tying Tape
Kraft Outlet's Baker's Twine
Kraft Outlet's 1" Round Brown Kraft Labels

Using supplies from Kraft Outlet you can make these necklaces for under 50 cents each!

You will also want to have on hand:
Small Stamp (mine is from Odd Bird Planet)
Pigment Ink Pad (mine is from Rubber Stampede)

And a Fiskars Craft Drill makes this project so easy!

Using your Fiskars Craft Drill and the smallest drill bit, drill a hole in the side of the bottle cap. Be sure that you are drilling on something that is there solely to protect anything underneath it. It IS a drill and can (and will) go through whatever is under it if you aren't careful.

Stamp your image onto the round kraft labels. I recommend stamping a couple images so that you get a nice clean one and have multiple images to work with (just incase you smudge one with your finger...which I did).

Remove your preferred image from the label sheet and place on top of the bottle cap.

{Be sure to center the top of your image with the hole you drilled so that your image will be upright.}

Loop your ribbon through the drilled hole, and thread through. Try to keep the loose ends even (or trim to make them even).

Tip: I used ribbon embroidery needles to make it easy to thread the twill tying tape through the hole. To get the tying tape through the eye of the needle I wrapped one end with a piece of tape and cut it to have a nice clean end to insert into the needle.

Pull the loop tight and you can wear your necklace as it is...

...or you can add a fun twine accent to add a little flair.

Enjoy your new necklace!

I left the ends long so that I can tie it up as a shorter necklace or wear it longer, depending on how I feel that day.

Thanks for stopping by!

Please let me know what you think - and if you make a necklace of your own, please leave me a link to your picture in your comment.
I'd love to see what you create!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Because sometimes...

you just have to color ON the kitchen table.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Fiskateers Orange Blog Hop

Hi, come on in!
It's Fiskateer #5942 here for the:

If you've come here from Gretchen #51's blog, you are in the right place.

(If you regularly read my blog and haven't been following the blog hop, I encourage you to go to the Fiskateer Blog and hop along the trail with us!)

I created these cards using a Banana Frog stamp set that I won from

These cards can easily be created with any paper, stamp set, and a great Fiskars Paper Trimmer and Corner Rounder (available in Squeeze Punches, Lever Punches, and Twist n' Flip Punches).

The first is a black card with orange and white accents. I used some design elements from a card I saw on the Moxie Fab World blog and incorporated my own touches. The deer image is popped up, but it is hard to see in the picture.

For the next card I wanted to go with a grey background to match the charcoal ink I used for the detail on the deer. I did some basic matting and added a few accents with the Tiny Attacher and my card was done.

I hope you enjoyed your stop here on the blog hop. Please leave a comment and be sure to be a follower of my blog. I've got more great projects already lined up for the month, featuring great products from Kraft Outlet.

From here you can hop along to visit Peg Rounds #3675 and continue on the blog hop.

Thanks for stopping by!

If you aren't already a Fiskateer, you should be! Check out this post for more information.
It's free!
It's fun!
It's fisk-tastic!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Tag, You're It!

I am very new into the world of tag making, but when I received the library cards from Kraft Outlet I immediately thought that they would be great for making tags.

For my first tag, I started out by cutting it to the size I wanted and adding some decorative cuts to the corners. Then I inked it up to make it look a little old and worn and used the coffee stain stamp to add a little more character before I stamped the focal image on the tag.

I added twill tying tape, baker's twine, and topped it with a flower made from some fabulous text weight kraft paper.
(Have I mentioned Kraft Outlet's great prices?)

I also made two matching tags (again using the library cards as a base). I stamped the library cards with flowers and leaves in different inks and then cut an additional 2 stamped images to layer on top of the base for some depth. I topped the set of cut out images with a center piece made from some of Kraft Outlet's text weight kraft paper and then finished off the tag with some ribbon and a flattened bottle cap.

I used a stamp to stamp the sentiment on some 1" Round Brown Kraft Labels (and since they are already sticky on the back I just stuck it to the bottle cap).

You might have noticed that the set of tags is sporting a little orange. Stay tuned for tomorrow's Orange Blog Hop! It will start at the Fiskateer Blog and you will hop by some fabulous blogs (including mine) for lots of orange inspiration (and maybe even some giveaways!).

See you then!

Kraft Outlet Supplies (Tag #1):
Library Card
Text Weight Kraft Paper
Twill Tying Tape
Baker's Twine

Other Supplies (Tag #1):
Distress Inks (Tim Holtz)
Black Pigment Ink (Rubber Stampede)
Marshmallow Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels)
Coffee Stain Stamp (Inkadinkado)
3 Children on a Bench Stamp (Prima)
Fiskars Paper Trimmer
Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper - Stub Cut (We R Memory Keepers)

Kraft Outlet Supplies (Tag Set):
Library Cards
Text Weight Kraft Paper
Bottle Caps
1" Round Brown Kraft Labels

Other Supplies (Tag Set):
Petals from Scratch Stamp Set (Fiskars)
Chalk Ink - Yellow Citrus, Tangerine, Pink Pastel (ColorBox)
Chalk Ink - Tea Leaves (VersaMagic Dew Drop by Tsukineko)
Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper - Deco Cut (We R Memory Keepers)
Crop-A-Dile (We R Memory Keepers)
Silver Eyelets
Orange Ribbon
Fiskars Scissors

Friday, September 3, 2010

Get ready to hop!

I am not sure if you've noticed the Fiskateer Blog Hop badge I have here on my blog, but I hope you'll be ready to hop along with us September 10th & 11th.

The hop will start at the official Fiskateers blog and we will follow the links to hop along the way to many inspirational blogs from great Fiskateers. There will of course be a lot of beautiful craft projects to see, but you might even find some giveaways along the way.

Join us!

(And if you don't already know about the Fiskateers, check here for more information on how you can be one, too.)

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

I'm now designing for!

I have some great news - I'll be designing for for the month of September!

I was researching the prices of the ever-so-popular kraft paper one day and came across the website. I was so impressed with the prices that I asked the owner if I could design some products for her to show off her fabulous products and she agreed! I am very excited to share some of her fabulous products (& deals) with you.

Be sure to check out the KraftOutlet website as there is too much good stuff for me to share with you in just one post...or even one month.

As soon as I received my order (which came incredibly fast, by the way) I laid everything out and got to work. Before I show you what I created, let's take a look at the different cardstocks that you can get at KraftOutlet:

For my card I used the #653 Buff Ivory Cover Weight Cardstock. I love the linen look it has - it adds great texture to a simple card. I printed on the cardstock with my inkjet printer and it worked beautifully even with the textured surface.

I layered my cardstock and embellishment on a #128 Kraft Blank Note Card, and voila! With the matching envelopes that come with the note cards it is easy to add a small matching embellishment, doodle, or stamp to have a nice, coordinated set.

For the design of the card, I was inspired by the pencil cup on this post and the bright colors from the Light & Bright Tuesday Trigger at MoxieFabWorld. (Originally I saw the bright blue and wanted that for the contrasting color with the kraft, but got distracted when I saw the lime green paper and figured it fit the "bright" category.)

Be sure to sign up as a follower if you haven't already - I may be planning a little giveaway featuring some goodness in the near future and you don't want to miss that! Supplies:
#653 Buff Ivory Cover Weight Cardstock
#960 Large Lunch Bag Kraft Blank Note Cards