Thursday, June 25, 2009

Barbeque/Party/Picnic Carry-All

I am so excited about today's post! I came up with this design myself. I haven't seen anything like it posted before, but if someone has already done it, please wait at least 24 hours before bursting my bubble!
I've had this project in my head for awhile and was planning to make it for Halloween with black plasticware and straws. Then I saw Shelli's Summer Challenge and thought this would be perfect.
What do you think of the napkins? As soon as I saw them (in The Dollar Store) I knew they would go great with the Summer Picnic DSP. The plasticware is light blue to coordinate with the Bashful Blue in the DSP and the straws are striped with blue, green, red, and yellow. I really tried to tie the whole project together. I even thought to add the Wet Wipes, which are a necessity at a barbeque or picnic. This carry-all looks so bright and summery (if I do say so myself!). I do think the Scallop Oval punch would have added a nice touch around the handle, but I don't have it yet! Yes, it is on the list for my next order.
So, on to the measurements:
Center of holder - card stock cut at 6 3/4 x 9 3/4 (next time I would probably cut it at 9 rather than 9 3/4 and I would adhere two pieces together rather than just using one)
Napkin pocket - card stock cut at 4 1/2 x 9 3/4, scored at 1/2 and 1 1/2 on three sides
Wet Wipe pocket - card stock cut at 3 x 6.1, scored at 1/2 and 1 1/2 on three sides
Plasticware pockets - card stock cut at 4 1/2 x 5, scored at 1/2 and 1 1/2 on three sides
Straw pockets - card stock cut at 4 x 4, scored at 1/2 and 1 in three sides
Note: pockets are 3 inches high, except Wet Wipe which is 1 1/2 high
: pockets are 1 inch deep, except straw pockets which are 1/2 deep
Materials/Products Used:
Card stock - SU Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, and Whisper White, Misc. blue, green, and yellow
DSP - SU Summer Picnic (retired)
Ink - ColorBox Lipstick Red and Yellow Citrus, SU Pumpkin Pie, and Versamagic Aloe Vera
Markers - SU Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, and Real Red
Misc. - Double sided tape, Pop Dots, Red Sticky Tape
Stamp Sets - SU Fruity Phrases (retired) and Tart & Tangy
Tools - Coluzzle Oval template, SU 1 1/4 circle, 1 3/8 circle, and scallop circle punches
My Carry-All could be made/used for any occasion. How about a barbeque or baby shower? I still plan to make one for Halloween. If you make one I would appreciate if you credit my design and link back to me so I can see what you came up with. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Tart & Tangy Ghirardelli Boxes

These Tart & Tangy Ghirardelli boxes are for two crafting buddies that I haven't seen for nearly eight months.
I made these slightly differently than what I posted here and here. The box itself is the same. I started with card stock cut at 4 1/2 x 8, scored at 2, 3, 5, 6 then turned and scored at 1 on both ends. The difference is in the closure. The past ones I have always used ribbon to close the box. This time I used two different methods. The one on the left has a shorter cover and is kept closed by tucking the flap behind the popped image. The one on the right is kept closed with half of a velcro dot. I also put ribbon handles on these so they would be like little purses. I couldn't resist using the new ribbon I got in the $1.00 bin at Michael's! Can you see it in the picture? One is white with cherries and the other is red with greens dots. So appropriate for the SU Tart & Tangy set. I also used the retired SU Fruity Phrases.
That's all for today. Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Graduation Invitations

Well, I'm finally getting around to posting a picture of the invitations I made for Amanda's Graduation Party. I used Primary Blue card stock (on sale at Michael's for .17 per 12 x 12 sheet!). The graduation paper is from A.C.Moore. The diploma is a Studio G $1.00 stamp from A.C.Moore and is adhered to the invite with pop dots. I started with a piece of card stock cut at 5 1/2 x 8 1/2. I hope you can read my primitive template for the rest of the details.
For the picture, I put a plain piece of white card stock in the invitation, but the actual inserts have the party invite details printed in blue on white card stock cut at 3.6 x 5. Amanda will be having a pool party/barbeque. My brother has the most awesome backyard! All of the boulders and rocks came from the back of his property. He designed everything and hand-picked each and every rock. This picture does not do it justice at all.
Has anyone looked for graduation paper this year? I went to four Michael's, two A.C.Moore's, and one LSS. Out of the seven stores I checked, only one Michael's and one A.C.Moore had graduation paper. And, the selection was very slim. What's up with that?
Thanks for stopping by. I wish you a very crafty weekend!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Graduation Cap Nuggets

Hi Everyone!
Did you think I disappeared? Actually, I had very sporadic internet the past week. It now seems to be working normally again!
So what have you been busy with? I have been busy with my niece's upcoming high school graduation. I made these cute graduation cap nuggets as favors for her party.
I printed the saying in Word using the Adorable font. The caps were cut 1 1/2 x 1 1/2. The bands around the Hershey Nuggets were cut at 3/4 x 2 1/4. The school colors are, obviously, white and blue (btw, it's the same school I graduated from!). I used Georgia Pacific white cardstock (from Walmart) and Shimmery Blue (from Michael's). The ribbon (each piece cut at 3"), silver brads, and hour-glass shaped plastic bags are all from Michael's. The Congratulations ribbon (each piece cut at 14") is from The Dollar Tree and the shred is from the Christmas Tree Shop. What a deal on the shred--the bags are at least twice as big as the ones from The Dollar Tree and they were still only $1.00! Plus, they had a lot of pretty colors.
A little bit of shred and two caps in each bag make a cute favor. I originally was going to make bag toppers, but then decided tying the curling ribbon was a lot quicker.
Thanks for stopping by. Hope you visit again to see the Graduation Party invites!
Until next time, happy crafting!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

My First Blog Award

Hi Everyone,

I am so excited--I received my first blog award! Sharri nominated me for this great honor. Thank you Sharri!

As I visit so many wonderful blogs, it is very difficult to narrow down to just a few to nominate for this blogging award. I have decided to pass this honor to the following blogging buddies (in alphabetical order):

Linda (Stamping & Scrapping)
Raissa (Raissa Stamps) my wonderful SU rep
Sharon (Lil' Princess Card Creations)

Thank you ladies for sharing your talent and creativity. Please feel free to copy and paste the award logo to your own blogs. I hope you have fellow blogging buddies to pass this honor along to.

I want to thank everyone who visits me and takes the time to leave a comment. I so enjoy reading your comments and visiting your blogs.

Happy crafting!


Monday, June 1, 2009

Stacey's Birthday

Hi Everyone!
This weekend I attended my friend Stacey's 40th birthday party! What a great time we had. The food was delicious and the weather perfect. I wish I had taken a picture of the cake. Of course the inscription read, 'Happy 40th Birthday Stacey.' But, this cake was a bit different. The 40th was crossed out and 30th was written above it. How cute! For those of you who are new to my blog, I was introduced to stamping by Stacey. Now on to my above posted pictures!
The first two pictures are the front and back of Stacey's bikini birthday card. The ribbon is so pretty. It is velvet and I got it at Michael's. The mocha color is so pretty.

I introduced Stacey to JustRite Stamps when I made her wedding gift basket last November. You can see those postings here and here. She purchased the Curlz Font set that I used for her monogrammed notecards. Since she did not get the Small Alphabet set (which I use all the time!) I decided to get one for her. So, the third picture shows the little gift bag I put together with the JRS Small Alphabet set, an Onyx Black Versafine ink pad, and a bottle of Crystal Stickles.

The fourth picture shows the whole gift ensemble, which also included the new JRS set - 2" wood stamper with 15 pt. font and flower center. (I got one for myself too!)

Well, I hope you enjoyed seeing the pictures of Stacey 40th birthday gift. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you visit again soon.

p.s. The callenge this week at 2RedBananas is 'tied up with ribbon.' So, I am entering Stacey's bikini card in this 'use ribbon' challenge. You can check out the challenge here.