Tuesday, September 29, 2009

ATC purse

This is a purse to hold ATC's. I created it for a swap called "What Women Want..."
I didn't have a template to create the purse, but used some measurements from 2 other items/templates that I had sitting around. I might do things a little differently if I ever make one of these again.
I used heavy duty decorative scrapbook paper for the purse. I inserted eyelets into the top and threaded a double strand of sheer pink ribbon through the eyelets to create the handle.
I outlined the flap with a gold krylon pen and then attached a pink rhinestone with a glue dot. Inside the flap I'll attach small pieces of velcro so the flap stays closed.
Here is a look at the inside of the purse. I created 6 pockets using light pink colored text weight paper.
I found some pink cardstock and cut pieces that would fit into the front and back inside. Before attaching them I stamped floral flourishes along the sides. I printed the phrases onto bright pink vellum and attached after placing the inserts into the purse.

Here are the ATC's that will go into the 6 pockets I created for the purse. I decided to go along the lines of a lighter theme vs a serious one.
There are tons of choices for this theme, but hopefully these will bring a smile to the person that receives it.
I already had the various background papers that I used for the ATC's. One is just a piece of blue cardstock, and the others are either pieces I had created or had received from others. The phrases were printed onto a sheer vellum and then attached to the ATC's using my xyron machine.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Post-It Notebooks

Check out the embellishments on the front cover of these notebooks....
I made them using clay and one of the Sweetpea stamps from plate #6. After rolling out the clay to approx 1/4" thick I pushed the stamp into the clay. Before baking the clay I brushed various colors of perfect pearls onto the clay using a small brush. I attached these great embellishments onto the front covers after the notebooks were bound.
To make the notebook I cut the front and back covers from mat board - approx 3 1/4 x 3 3/4".
I cut pieces larger than the covers from core' dinations cardstock. That is a cardstock that is a different color on each side, and when you sand one side of the cardstock the color from the other side will show through. I ran the core' dinations pieces through the cuttlebug using the script embossing folder. Then I sanded the piece so that the color from the other side of the cardstock piece would show through.
I covered the front and back covers with this embossed cardstock
I glued a piece of coordinating cardstock to the inside of both the front and back covers.
I bound the books using my Bind It All. Be sure to bind the front and back covers together before attaching the post-it note to the inside.
The great thing about this notebook is that when this packet of post it notes are used up you can just attach a new packet to the back cover of the notebook.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Altered Notepads

I made some altered notepads to be given as gifts. Once again I can't take credit for the idea... my friend, Maggi, had given me one of these and I just copied her idea. Thanks Maggi!!!
The front and back covers were cut from mat board and then covered with decorative scrapbook paper.
For these 2 notepads I used my cuttlebug dies to create the letters I attached to the front covers. The notepad on the left may be a little difficult to read... it says "make a list".

I used my bind-it-all to punch the front and back covers and to insert the o-wires.
The notepads used on the inside were found at Michael's in the $1.00 bins. I created 2 straps and attached them to the back covers. The notepads slip into the straps, making it easy to replace them when the notepad is used up.

Here are 2 more altered notepads I created. Once again I covered the mat board with decorative scrapbook paper and then added some embellishments . On the right I created a piece using my cuttlebug embossing folder and then framed it with another piece of metallic cardstock.
On the left I created an ATC size piece. The background of the piece is a multicolored watercolor type technique. I then stamped and embossed an image onto that adding a silver bead strung on some metallic thread. The ATC piece was then mounted onto a ribbon before attaching to the cover.
And here's a look at the inside of these 2 notepads. Once the recipient uses up the note pad, they'll be able to replace it with another. I hope that whoever receives these enjoys them.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Post It Note Booklets

I can't take the credit for this idea. I received one of these booklets from my friend Maggi a while ago. So when I needed some ideas for small gifts to create for a fund raiser some friends of ours are hosting, I thought these would work well.
Each booklet contains one of those 3 x 3" post it note packs. I cut pieces of mat board for the covers and then used decorative cardstock to wrap both the front and back covers. I used my bind it all and then added various types of embellishments on the cover of each.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Halloween Cards

Halloween is just around the corner and the Halloween stamp set from Sweetpea stamps is just the answer for some cute cards.
On these first two cards I added a few embellishments to spice up the cards. I found some cute little halloween colored pom poms and added some to these cards.
The small bat stamp that comes with this set is great as a background as shown in the orange card, or stamped in the foreground as seen in cards that follow.

Here are 2 more cards ....
Once I pulled out my halloween colored cardstock there was no end to the combinations of cards that could be made with this set of stamps.
I thought the 'happy halloween' stamp made a great background for the other images.
On some cards you'll see some 'doodling' along the edges. When I had a card that looked a little bare or unfinished I found that adding a little border with a marker worked wonders.
Finishing touches like ribbons or colored gems also added to the appeal of the card.

How about these 2 cuties....
On both cards I used some self stick 'halloween-colored' gems to add a little glitz.
The little witch looked good when I framed her with a piece of black cardstock. I used a ticket punch on the orange cardstock which gave me the perfect space for adding the colored gems. The orange ribbon provided the finishing touch for the card.
I combined the bat boy with some of the decorative scrapbook paper on the orange card. I used the colored gems in the 4 corners of the card.

Had enough yet???
Here's the 7th card I made from the Halloween set. Once I started I just couldn't stop!
On this one I used a combination of decorative scrapbook paper, 4 of the halloween stamps, and some markers to spice up the card.
How can Halloween be scary when this set of stamps is so cute???

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Win some free SweetPea Stamps!!!!

Want to win some free SweetPea stamps??? Who doesn't like FREE stamps!! This contest will run for the month of September 2009.
Here's all you need to do...
During the month of September while you are visiting my blog, just look to the left margin, and click on the pink SweetPea Stamps logo. This link will take you to the SweetPea Stamps webstore. Check out the stamps and other stamping related items they have for sale. Lynette, the owner of SweetPea Stamps, will be keeping track of how many people visit her webstore from my blog and from the blogs of the other Design Team members. The Design Team member who sends the most people to the webstore will win free SweetPea stamps that she can then send to a 'lucky' winner.
If you do visit SweetPea Stamps via my blog please leave me a comment so that I can add your name to a list of people who will be randomly selected to win the stamps. Thanks