Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Here you can see the "girl" version hung as a banner. Each pennant is approximately 7 1/2" wide at the top and about 8-9" tall. I used Basic Grey "Two Scoops" papers for this one.
And here are a few close-up shots.
This is the "boy" version, made up as a book. The punched holes at the top of each pennant are used for stringing ribbon for a banner and replaced with book rings for the book. This was made with Basic Grey's "Cupcake" papers. I love both lines and they were perfect for the birthday theme!
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
As I was uploading these last two, I noticed that my photos had been taken before I added the final details. On the pink and white cupcake card, I added a real pink cupcake paper liner as a layer to the round stamped piece. For the primary colored card, I cuttlebugged the white scalloped "icing" piece, added Stickles glitter glue to the swirls and then added a red button to the top. You'll just have to use your imagination since I no longer have the cards here!I will also be teaching a "party" banner. I was in such a rush to get this finished (I did two - one for girls and one for boys) before the crop that I never took photos! I will try to post some later.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Saturday's mail brought me a swap package - the challenge was to make any project using the word "love" as inspiration. Laurie made this very nice accordion coaster piece. She used the Bind-it-All wire bindings to assemble it. The letters are cut-outs behind which she put a shiny red paper or foil. The vintage picture behind the "o" is her uncle. I love it!
Saturday, February 21, 2009
We had two make-and-takes, played Scrapbook Bingo, unveiled our new classes for the upcoming months, gave out over 50 prizes, and, of course, had lots of great snacks and CUPCAKES to eat.
The cupcakes and chocolate fountain were the hits of the party! This was the darling centerpiece that one of our most loyal "customers" - Linda Hahn, who takes just about every class we offer! - made for the occasion. Aren't those little cupcakes just the cutest? They were either huge pompoms or cotton balls stuffed in pink mini foil cupcake liners with a tiny pompom on the top. She also had pink and white layered scalloped circles which said "cre8joy." I wish I had gotten a closeup of this.
This was one of the make-and-take projects - a cute pink, white and black treat holder (can you tell we like pink?) made out of a lunch sack and some cardstock. The Cre8joy was cut on the Cricut. The lunch sacks were cut down to 6 inches tall with two pieces of pink cardstock adhered to the front and back. The longer piece on the back was folded over to the front and secured with a tied ribbon. The white flowers were punched from the extra pieces of lunch sack and they look almost like delicate tissue paper. The other make-and-take was a cupcake tag which I forgot to photograph.
Linda also gave the four of us on the Cre8Joy team these darling gifts, beautifully wrapped.
Inside was this precious, precious cupcake! Thank you so much Linda - you are such a sweetie!Another friend, Vicki Bell, gave us this cute present - it's a neat little box about the size of a recipe or index card holder. She made two darling tags to hang on the pretty ribbon.
And inside was this fun card and a Fiskars fingertip craft knife. I use craft knives alot but haven't tried this one. I can't wait to use it - just hope I don't rub my eyes without thinking! I love the cupcake on this card - this photo doesn't show the tons of glitter on it! Thank you Vicki for your thoughtfulness!
After all that excitement, I "took the day off" to recuperate and did nothing! I'm cupcaked out for awhile... Many thanks to all the wonderful women who celebrated with us.
Friday, February 20, 2009
My daughter from Chicago arrived on Wednesday afternoon for a few days' visit. She needed some R&R from the cold winter weather! Tonight we will be going to Cre8Joy's Cupcake Crop - this is a crop/party we are giving for our customers to celebrate our first year in business. We have two cute make-n-takes planned, lots of great snacks including a chocolate fountain and tons of cupcakes, and some fun party games. We will also be displaying all our new classes. It's going to be great fun - I'll post some pictures tomorrow.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Here is the side view - since the box edge was already red, I just layered the black and white polka dot ribbon over it. I just love a black and white and red color scheme. This was such a fun swap to do. It was amazing to see all the different heart variations!
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
I made this quick little notepad cover to use all the techniques, plus sewing on paper and muslin. It is made so that a 5 x8 "mini legal pad" will fit inside. Some students had never sewed before and some were very timid about it, but everyone did a great job! I wish I had taken my camera to photograph all the unique results. We encourage everyone to be inspired by the project we show but to do their own thing and today everyone did! Each one was very different!
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
This package was wrapped in white tissue paper with this cute tag from Barbara.
And inside was this wonderful fabric and paper Valentine hanging. She has incorporated so many pretty details - the scalloped paper edging at the bottom and the folded polka-dot paper edge at the top. I love the "banner" at the top that is muslin stitched to the striped fabric background. The upholstery fabric heart just calls out "touch me." And the tag with the stamped little girls is adorable!
Thursday, February 12, 2009
I had wound through a maze of blogs and commented on many. Chances seemed pretty remote that little ol me would ever win any of the beautiful items being offered. Much to my surprise I received an e-mail this morning from talented artist, Gillian Murray, that I won one of her 3 giveaways! I have followed her blog for awhile now and just love everything she does. I don't know which one I have won, but you can check out all three here on this blog post:
I'm so excited - can't wait to receive it! It's coming from England, so it might be awhile before I can post a picture of this wonderful prize! Yay for me!!
Even the back was decorated. The addition of the mirror makes this very functional. I think it will go in my purse for last-minute lipstick touch-ups. Thanks so much Christy.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Here is a close up - bad, blurry photo but you can maybe see a bit more detail.
Many thanks to Connie! Check out her blog here.
And here is a close up of these cute little flowers. These would be so great to use on cards or scrapbook pages. You can "fluff" them to be very dimensional. I think I will give this as a gift to a friend when she has her new baby girl. Wouldn't it look precious in a baby's room with her newborn picture?
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
Inside was this very pretty pocket calendar! I love the romantic paper and that Love stamp.