{etsy store}NEW in the Etsy store

Well, hello 2013!  It’s off to a bit of a slow start at this house.  I did manage to finish and upload a new printable calendar to the shop!  It’s a 4×6 size, perfect for these cute IKEA frames.  Easy and inexpensive gifts for teachers, coworkers, neighbors, and friends…makes a great January birthday gift! You can find them here.


You’ve Been BOO’d!

We have played a little BOO! game in our neighborhoods for several years.  We just carry the tradition to every new place that we live.  This year I decided to make some printables to share so that you can BOO! your neighbors (co-workers, students, friends) too!

Here’s the little poem I worked up…

Here’s how it works…

You make two goodie bags.  Think simple.  I used brown paper lunch sacks.  Then I filled them with individually wrapped candy (just my preference).

Print out the directions and some topper/tags.  Put the direction sheet and BOO’d sign in the bags. Use the treat topper or tag to decorate the outside.  FYI…I printed these on regular printer paper.  On one I just staple a bit of ribbon over a topper.  One I did a topper, punch two holes, and tied a ribbon through.  The last one I used some cute washi tape to attach a tag.

And then deliver to unsuspecting neighbors :)

You can download the poem/sign here and the topper/tags here

Get to BOOing!

 

 

It’s getting a little Halloweeny up in here…


A cold front came through and I’m feeling fall-ish.  The heat is on.  Scentsy fall scents burning (and it smells gooooood).  And I put up the Halloween wreath.  So, it’s offically fall up in here.

{roundup} Welcome, February!

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It’s February…already.  And we’ve had unseasonably warm weather around here, which makes me bittersweet.  I love the weather (and not freezing to death), but it makes we think that Mother Nature has something coming.  My friend predicts a March blizzard.  We’ll see.  I’m all for blizzards when they have chunks of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups in them :)

Since it is February now, I thought I should get out some of my February stuff…

Groundhog Day Pudding Cups

The Valentine Wreath

those cute leopard print bags

And to decide what Valentines we’re going to make this year…will it be

or these (or maybe both?)

And don’t forget to grab this one, too!

I’ve got lots of great things planned for February, so be sure to sign up for email updates, subscribe in a reader, check out FB, and follow on Twitter!

 

{birthday, my real life} goodie bags for school

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And since I seem to be in the birthday state of mind…here’s a shot of the birthday goodie bags I sent to school with the youngest.  Her birthday is 5 days before Christmas.  Usually we aren’t in school, but this year we were and since she wasn’t having a party (she got her ears pierced and a special dinner out), she wanted to take goodies to the kids in her class.  I raided the junk aisle (ahem, party favor aisle) at Walmart and found these green paper bags at Michael’s.  I made little tags with the cutest graphic from Kate Hadfield (I worked with her on the popcorn toppers, remember?).

I filled the bags with goodies, folded a piece of ribbon over the top,  and stapled.  Then I added the circles I made with a pop dot.  It seriously took me about 15 minutes to make 22 of these.  quick, easy, cute.  This is officially my new way of wrapping bags!

{new} (etsy} Owl be your Valentine…

…if you’ll be mine!   New in the etsy shop is the Owl candy bar box for Valentine’s Day! These are quick and easy for teacher, neighbor, and co-worker gifts…and would be great little treats for school!  These little boxes hold a full size Hershey’s chocolate bar.  yum!

The download is available in the etsy shop.  It comes with an instruction sheet, too, with several photos.  But, just in case, I even did a little video to show you how easy these are to assemble.

Christmas Countdown…a FREEBIE!

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WOO HOO!  I’m getting this up before the first of December…I feel like that’s a major accomplishment :)  I just wanted to share something that I think y’all might like!  An easy, cute, and FREE Countdown to Christmas.

Here’s what we’re making…a Countdown to Christmas frame

You’ll need…

Picture frame with the glass taken out

Decorative papers

Brad or glue

A binder or bulldog clip

24 tags with the numbers 1-24 (print them out here)

ribbons, decorations, or stickers

 

I found a frame I liked and took out both the glass and the paper insert from inside the frame.  I used the paper insert as a pattern and cut some decorative paper to the same size.  You might consider using some cardboard (I used a cereal box that I cut to fit) behind the paper for added support.  Using a brad or glue, secure a small bulldog clip to the decorative paper.  Place the paper and cardboard backing inside the frame.

Here’s the easy part…download your tag freebie.  Then print and cut out the tags.  All that’s left is to add some embellishment.  I simply stapled some ribbon scraps to my tags.  You’re ready for the countdown!  Cute, right?  I made the tags kinda plain so that it would go with just about any colors you decide to do.  And I love how they’re kinda vintage-y.

Ta-daaaaa!  Great as an early gift for neighbors, co-workers, and teachers, too.  Kids love ‘em too!

 

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{Halloween} Spooky Wreath

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I started thinking…almost all of the projects I do have two things in common: polka dots and ribbon.  I’m a huge fan of both.  Any kind of polka dot.  And polka dot ribbon?  looooooooove it! I have a nice little collection of the polka dot ribbon kind.  And good thing, too, cause I used a bunch of it for this project.

I saw this wreath last year and knew I wanted to make one.  I picked about 10 different ribbons (maybe more?) in different sizes to start and cut them in about 4.5″ pieces.  Basically I followed her tutorial.  I wrapped my wreath with black grosgrain ribbon to start.  (I prefer to use grosgrain when I can)  My black ribbon was 1.5″ grosgrain, so it took a pretty good amount to wrap the wreath.  Then I set to sewing ribbon loops.  A ton of them.  But it really did pay off because I had plenty of loops to cover the wreath and make it nice and full.  I used my glue gun to attach the loop seams to the wreath.

Mine is already on the door.  I didn’t do the glittery numbers or ribbon hang.  Just simple. Well, fluffy cute and simple.

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{Hybrid Crafting} Crafting with Echo Park!

I’ve been a fan of the Echo Park Paper Company for a while now.  Unfortunately for me, I don’t have a scrap store anywhere near me.  I have a craft store, but not a real scrapbooking store.  Poor me.  I could order all the yummy goodies from an online store, but I’m impatient and when I want something…I’d like to have it now, please. The good news?  Echo Park has a whole bunch of digital goodies!  Right up my alley, right?  I recently bought some deliciousness from their digital store.  I was antsy to make something.  Ended up making 3-somethings. :)

 

Project #1…note holder

I’ve shown you my note holders before.  I think some of you even made some for yourself!  Just a reminder…the frame is $1 at Walmart, the note pad is a 3×3 postie.  If you’re a digi-girl like me, these are really simple to design your own.  {I’m gonna start talking digital scrap now…for those of you who don’t, don’t worry, I’ll convert you sooner or later!}  I opened a blank 5×7 canvas in my photo editing software.  I like Photoshop Elements.  They even offer a 30 free trial (and maybe I should offer some beginner lessons…hmmmm).  I opened up some digital papers, borders, and elements from the ‘For the Record’ line that I bought in the EP digital store.  I arranged them all on my canvas.  I wanted my 3×3 postie to sit on the library card, so I made sure that the library card was 3 inches wide to accommodate the post it pad.  The paper, library card, and the ‘domcumented’ tab are all digital elements.  I printed the 5×7 canvas on white cardstock and slipped it into the acrylic frame.  Now, here’s the cool part.  I opened up my Silhouette Studio software and went to their store online.  Echo Park has a bunch of print and cut Silhouette files for 99 cents each!  I chose the ‘For the Record’ bracket word art. When you get it opened up, you just print the image and then run it through your Silhouette machine and the machine cuts out the image!  So I made one and slipped it inside the acrylic frame near the top.  I took the backing off the post it pad and stuck on the front of the acrylic frame and tied it off with some ribbon.  EASY! CUTE! CHEAP!  enough said.

credits…paper, library card, tab, Echo Park ‘For the Record’ (digital).  word art, Echo Park’s Silhouette store.  ribbon, Michael’s.

 

Project #2…custom framed picture

This little project is even easier than the last one. Seriously.  And it’s another digital to paper hybrid project.  {And another reason to buy the software and come play with me :) }  Inside the Playground Elements 2 pack I bought, we’re a bunch of little digital journal cards.  I picked a super cute one and resized it to a 4×6 size.  I digitally cut out the middle (but you could physically do this, too) and inserted a cute, old pic of my cutie pie son.  Printed it. Put it in a frame.  done.

credits…paper, Echo Park ‘Playground’ (digital). frame, Target.

Project #3…candy bar box

I know, I know.  I like my candy bar boxes. ;)  But they are easy and cute…and who doesn’t like to get a chocolate bar??  First, I used some digital journalling cards that came in the Playground Elements 2 pack to make a little gift card.  I overlapped two cards; the ‘my friend’ one over the asterisks one and added a 4.  I picked a darling paper from the Playground paper pack and clipped the digital paper to the template I made.  {clipping is another digital scrap term…terms you’ll learn when you take the plunge.  hehe}  Then, just like those of you who got the teacher ‘bar none’ box, you just print, cut it out, and assemble with a bit of glue stick.  I stuck a standard size Hershey bar inside, tied it with a bit of ribbon and tucked the little gift tag under the ribbon.  Perfect for gift giving…say for the last day of school, maybe?

credits…paper, journal cards, Echo Park ‘Playground’ (digital). 4 font, minya nouvelle.  candy bar box template, me. ribbon, from my stash.

 

Have I made any of you want to go digital yet?

{Video Tutorial} Using our video tutorials

Well, Teacher Appreciation week is over.  Never fear, I have lots of printables in the works…backyard bbq, Father’s Day, last day of school.  This week I’ll be busy :)  While I’m working, don’t forget to check out the video tutorials I’ve made.  I don’t think my Texas twang came out too much…maybe I just sound funny on video to myself!

 

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and here

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