July 31, 2011

Doll Club Cards

My oh my, summer is winding down and it has been weeks since I've been able to get a blog post done. The last few weeks I've taken time to just hang out with the little prince enjoying a calmer pace and having fun. Currently, we are spending a few days at the beach as a family...a much needed vacation and quality family time!

I've got several projects in the works that I'm looking forward to blogging about but first things first, let's talk cards. My sister is a part of a doll club, the Flights of Fantasy Cloth Doll Club, and she asked if I would make some condolence and get well cards for the club. Now my sister is an amazing artist, and she could have made short work of these cards herself so I feel honored that she would ask me to make them.

One of my favorite sites is Scrapbook.com. I love the site, there are so many great projects you can get inspiration from. After checking out the card gallery, I came across a card made by AliMscraps that I loved instantly and chose to use as my inspiration for the condolence cards (below).

A trip to Hobby Lobby for the correct paper and here is my card design:

Paper cut to the right size

Adding beads using jewelry wire

Adding fabric flowers (beads, wire and flowers are on hand from the topiary project)

Using my Silhoutte to cut a really cute flourish

Design layout

Added a "Thinking of You" stamp in the corner and condolence card complete

In my hurry to get the cards completed before we left to go on vacation, I wasn't able to take pictures of the process for the 'Get Well' cards but I did remember to take a photo of the finished product. Once again I searched for inspiration on Scrapbook.com and found this wonderful card created by Creater - a simple and sweet design.

The original was done in a vertical design but I think it transferred well horizontally

I love how the cards came out and surely hope the doll club does too!

July 11, 2011

Pizza Boxes

My friend Tiffany is the mother of 3 wonderful little people - her oldest daughter Annabella, her middle son Jack and the newest member of the family baby Bryan. I recently helped her with her son Jack's pirate party and now she is planning Annabella's 6th and Bryan's 1st birthday.

The story of these two is one of the sweetest things I've ever heard. Annabella wanted another baby, but not just any baby - a baby brother (she didn't consider Jack as a "baby brother"...lol). Each night before she went to sleep she would pray that God would give her a baby brother and to the complete surprise of her parents, He did just that (something her mom is still amazed by)!

So this year they will be sharing their birthday party ~ Pizza and Cupcakes! And how do I fit into this beautiful story you may ask? Well, she has asked for my crafting help. She asked me if I could make some pizza boxes that she could use as "gift bags" for the guests. The concept of a pizza box was pretty simple - square box with a top. What wasn't as simple was trying to find a material that would be strong enough to hold a CD, necklace and some tattoos

I took a trip to Hobby Lobby (I just love that place!) to check out my options and found some great colored cardboard that I thought would be useful. But during a morning playdate with my mommy friend Brooke, I mentioned what my new craft project was and she had a much simpler and more brilliant idea that I instantly fell in love with! She had a bunch of old DVD cases that she was getting rid of and she suggested that instead of taking the time to actually "create" boxes, why not use those cases. Since they are DVD cases, the CD's would fit perfectly without sliding around or falling out and we could use the other side (now the top) to secure both the necklaces and the tattoos. What in the world would I do without my crafty friends and their magnificent ideas!?!

After a few hours of using Microsoft Powerpoint (and eating almost an entire bag of apple candy twists...lol) this is what I designed for the pizza boxes:

A little trimming and let's see if it will fit into the case:

A finished pizza box:

I would have never thought to use an old DVD case for this craft project. I simply adore this because it not only is cute but kept the budget to "free". I think it looks great and should work well for what Tiffany needs it for. Let's just hope she thinks so too!

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