Wednesday, May 18, 2011

silhouette giveaway

  I just wanted to share that you can have your chance to enter a giveaway for an awesome machine at Tatertots and Jello!

I want this!  I have entered so many of these giveaways.  Gosh, can it please be my turn! 

Click on the button for your chance to win.  Giveaway ends May 23rd.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Mother's Day

  OH- my goodness!  It's been so long since the last post!  I haven't had anything creative to share...I've been just busy with end-of-the-school-year things.  Gosh I still have up my Easter decorations.  This weekend they're coming down!

I do want to show you what I've made for my Mother and Grandmother for Mother's day.  I somehow seemed to have squeezed enough time to do those this.  This project took a week and several days to complete.  I didn't have everything on hand and going out during the week is nearly impossible.  So my weekends are jammed packed with errand running.

A couple of weeks ago my Grandma had mentioned that she is always misplacing her thank you cards, so I thought I would make her and my Mom some.  I also wanted to keep them in a see-through bag.  I wasn't having much luck in finding a bag, so I made that too.

I started with these things:
Gorgeous printables purchased at Jones Design Company.
Card stock and envelopes
Decorative scrapbook paper
Glue stick, pencil and scissors
(I used my straight edge and Xacto blade because I wanted a clean line - that goes back to my college drafting classes where we were graded on our craftsmanship).

In this photo I wanted to make envelope liners....that's my template at the bottom right.  I traced that onto my scrapbook paper, cut it out and glued the upper portion to the envelope.

Aren't they gorgeous!

Now for my bag...I wanted to use vellum but I didn't have big enough sheets handy.  And going out for these things is quite a driving distance and takes time during the week that I just don't have.  I did not want to leave it for this weekend.  I had to resort to tracing paper - this roll is also back from my college drafting days.  It's a couple of thickness steps up from tissue paper.  It's flimsy....vellum would have worked a ton better but OH-well. 

I thought I would show how to make it when I get scrapbook sized vellum next week.  I was so pleased at how this turned out I thought I would do the same for teacher thank you gifts.

 Finally, and this is a huge last step with many little steps, I made folded flower pins.  Again you can find the tutorial at Jones Design Company.  Can you tell I love her blog!

The flowers took me several days. 

First I needed to find the flower fabric,
then I needed to buy pins,
then fabric for the leaves,
make a template,
traced the template onto the fabric,
cut the fabric shapes out,
sewed the pins on,
hot glued the leaves on,
and finally started hot gluing the "petals" of the flower on.

Are you still with me?

Despite all the gathering and preparing for these gifts, I love them!  I want to keep them for myself!  But I know the recipients will love them just as much as I do - mainly because I made them!  My Grandma will be shocked to learn that I made it. 

OH and another thing...I made circle stickers that I first was going to use to keep the bags closed.  But once they were applied to the paper, it ripped the paper hence the point of keeping these cards in the bag.  So I stuck the sticker to the front of the bag as a reminder of when they received the cards.

I wanted to attach the design of my sticker as a download, but I didn't know how to do that.  If anyone does, let me know and I'll be happy to. 

The AVERY company has a wonderful free program that can be downloaded from their site.  It has all of their product templates from T-shirt transfers to shipping labels.  It's a neat program!  I inserted the diagonal paper and added text to make my mother's day label.

Have a wonderful Mother's day!

Thanks Mom and Grandma for everything you have done for me!

I truly am blessed!

Thanks for stopping.

Bye for now!

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