Capture the Moment | Precious Remembrance Stamps

7.30.2013

Hello everyone! I'm blogging today over at the Precious Remembrance blog. I had this idea to create a photo-themed card knowing the Journey stamp set would be perfect. The idea came to me because my own grandmother is always wanting to see recent photos of my children. Since she is not on any form of social media, she is not able to see the daily moments I often post through Facebook or Instagram. Sending mail with photos tucked inside is a special gift for her since she lives so far away.


Using the new Journey stamp set, a photo frame from Pink Paislee, and a wooden camera from Studio Calico, I’ve created a thoughtful way to include photos tucked inside the card. For the background, I’ve added the large flower from the Mom & Dad stamp set to add some color.


And of course, you know I just had to add a paper doily and a jewel in the center of the wooden camera as decorative embellishments. I know my grandma is going to love this gift in her mailbox. I hope you’re inspired to send some of your own memories with a card and photo. It’s such a nice way to let someone know you’re thinking about them.

So glad you stopped by today!

Sip & Savor Tea Packages | Gift Idea

7.23.2013


When I first started paper crafting, I really loved the idea of making handmade gifts. To me, there is something soothing about sitting down to create something for someone else and thinking about there reaction to receiving their gift. I love that! 

Gift giving doesn't always have to be a big event. It's the small gifts that can sometimes mean the most, especially when given for no reason at all, except to make someone's day extra special. 


Each little gift box here is filled with flavorful tea bags. I know lots of tea drinkers and these will make perfect little last minute gift ideas. Here is how I decorated each box....


Step 1. Die cut the Party Favor 9 Tea Box and stamp background using Background Basics 2.

Step 2. Use post-it notes to mask off the front of the box at the creases. Stamp border using clear watermarking ink and Background Basics 3. Sprinkle embossing powder over wet ink and use a heat gun to set the powder. 

Step 3. Repeat step 2, but mask the front flap of the box at the first crease. Stamp and emboss. Assemble the box and decorate. 

Step 4. To create the double pennant, die cut pennant using Favor Flags dies. Fold in half at an angle. Stamp sentiment using the Favor Flags stamp set. 

Last, add pretty bow toppers using the Bow Trio Mini dies




I hope you've enjoyed this gift idea! I already know several friends who I will be giving these to.

Thanks for stopping by!



Ahoy, It's a Boy! Clear and Simple Stamps Party Hop

7.21.2013


It's Party hopping time! Today, the Clear and Simple Stamps design team is sharing projects with a party twist. And I've got an idea for a boy's baby shower with a summer beach theme. 


I used the new Take Out box party favor die and cut the lids off for some party snacks. Filled with gold fish crackers and embellished with a cute ship's anchor and pennant for "best fishes." Yes, it's punny, and completely adorable, if you ask me. 


I used the Create-A-Plaid stamp set to create the invitation. I just love the sentiment using a mixture of stamps to keep the beach theme going. 


And you can't have a beach theme without a little fishing. I created a fishing pole straw for the drink cups tied with real fishing line! 

See even more party inspiration by visiting the design team blogs here...



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Monogram Floral Stationery | Clear & Simple Stamps Release Review

7.16.2013


So a while back when I made this set of cards, my sister wanted to know why I didn't use her initials. So sis...this card is for you and is on it's way in the mail to ya! You're welcome!


I have been loving the new Build-A-Wreath and Alpha Monogram sets from Clear and Simple Stamps. The endless layering possibilities just gets my stamping heart pulsing. OK that sounds a little smoochy, but you stampers out there should know what I mean. 


Normally, I'm a pastel kind of girl. My sister is the opposite. So I chose more vibrant colors with a little orange to match the orange flowers in her home (she knows what I'm talking about!).
I created a coordinating envelope using the A2 envies from Clear and Simple Stamps. This color is Leek-ed to the Press. Such a fun name! I made it personal using the smaller Mini Alpha Monograms


All packaged up in a glassine bag with some washi tape and floral embellishments. OK, sis....I hope you like it! 

To see more projects from Collection 7, check out the inspiration here:


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Enjoy the Journey | Precious Remembrance Stamps


In this house, we are big campers! Love going camping, fishing, or just being outside in the fresh mountain air. This summer, I am extra happy about camping because we just purchase a new trailer yesterday. The excitement hasn't worn off yet and I can't wait to get out and hit the road!

The timing is perfect for the newest stamp set over at Precious Remembrance. It's called, "Journey." And I can't think of a better way to create a card with the great open road on my mind. I used the "enjoy the journey" sentiment as my starting point and created a sort of postcard themed card. 


Mixing it up, I used several other stamp sets from Precious Remembrance too: Calendar, Positive Thoughts, Mom & Dad, and Journey. I just love the way they mix and match so well together!


So what plans do you have for the rest of the summer? I am sure you can guess what our family will be doing! And I think this Journey stamp set will be perfect for scrapping a travel journal while we are on the road. I am so excited! 

Be to sure to follow the Precious Remembrance blog as the design team features more projects for your inspiration. 

I am so glad you stopped by! 


Well Said Stationery | A Clear and Simple Stamps Group Project

7.10.2013


With so many ways technology allows us all to connect instantly on a daily basis, like texting, email, Facebook and Instagram; handwritten correspondence is becoming a lost art. So today, Clear and Simple Stamps challenged the design team with a group project - to bring back the 1980s (circa pre-Facebook) and create a set of stationery for a hand written note. 


I love sending thank you cards. I can come up with a million reasons to send thank you cards. And no matter how many, it's always a thoughtful gesture to surprise someone in the mail with a little love. Don't you think?

I used the beautiful 24-Karat Gold A2 envelopes and created a coordinating set of cards and stationery paper. There are even matching stickers to seal the envelopes shut. 

So I did my best to create a flourishing cluster of flowers using Build-A-Wreath Spring and Lovely Leaflets

And a little gold embossing for the sentiments. I love that sparkle!


The box was created using the lid from an acrylic box and My Style Blueprint cardstock. If you've ever purchased ink from Clear and Simple Stamps, then you might recognize the acrylic lid. Every ink you purchase from Clear and Simple Stamps comes carefully packaged inside an acrylic box to prevent any ink from spilling. I save the boxes to re-use on projects like these.

Thrifty, eh?

There's more stationery projects to see. Start at the Clear and Simple Stamps blog for links to all the participating designer's blogs.

Thanks for stopping by!

Precious Remembrance New Stamp Release

7.05.2013

Hello! I hope you had an amazing 4th of July holiday yesterday! To keep the party going, it's Release Day over at Precious Remembrance Stamps. And Dyane has a giveaway for you on the Precious Remembrance Stamps blog.

Introducing Journey...


See all the stripes going down my card? I masked off the chunky white sections using washi tape and used aqua blue mist to fill in the color. With the washi mask still in place, I added stars to create a pattern.

The sentiment was entirely my daughter's idea. She spent the day with me in my craft room. While I was making this card, she was holding this stamp set in her hands very quietly. Then out of nowhere, she jumped up and said, "you should mix the stamps and make your own quote." I gave her a scratch piece of paper and she wrote "a photograph makes every journey last forever."

She's a clever girl...it worked perfectly!


The camera was also misted. No markers used at all. For an extra embellishment, I added an epoxy dome over the heart to give the camera lens a glossy look. 


And here's a look at the new Journey stamp set available today. Want a chance to win this set? Head over to the Precious Remembrance blog and leave some comment love .

Thanks for stopping by!

Tutorial | Fortune Cookie Rewards & Printable

7.02.2013


So summer is here. I don't know about you, but asking my kids to do chores around the house can be like pulling teeth. This summer, I got smart (I know, finally). I decided on giving them a great way to earn rewards for the extra special things they do to stay on top of their chores. 

My son is the worst - he loves to collect laundry and legos in his room. Have you ever stepped on a lego with your bare foot? Oh it's just awful! 

My daughter, on the other hand, loves to keep bottles of nail polish and cotton balls laying around the house.

Anyway, asking them to do their chores is just too much of a chore for me. So I came up with a fun new way for them to earn rewards by keeping up with their chores without me having to ask! The bonus? They are even coming up with creative ways to do extra stuff around the house. Yes, extra!

How? 


I used the new Take Out Box die from Clear and Simple Stamps and came up Fortune Cookie Reward Treats. When I notice my kids have done something extra special around the house or to help one another, they can pick a fortune cookie from the box. Inside each cookie is a super cool reward for doing an awesome job. 

You should hear what kind of crazy things my son is trying to come with in order to get a new cookie from the box! He is hilarious!


Here's how you can make your own fortune cookie reward system too.

1. Die cut a large circle from cardstock. 2.5 to 3 inches wide works best. I used the largest circle die from the Shapes: Circles combo pack.

2. Ink up each circle using distress ink. This will give your treats that "fortune cookie" color. I used Brown Leather Satchel ink to distress each circle. 

3. Add a small piece of strong adhesive to the edge of your circle and roll it up like a burrito (ooh, burritos!).

4. Now place your fortune inside the opening and fold the circle in half (download the printable below).

5. Add more strong adhesive inside the crease to keep it sealed shut. 

6. Approximately 4 to 5 fortune cookies will fit inside the Take Out Box

And just because I didn't want you to leave without a little something, I created a template for you to print and use for your own fortune cookies. 


I hope you enjoyed my Fortune Cookie Reward Treats idea. My son has already earned a trip to the toy store and movie night. We saw Monsters University and it was so fun! My daughter has already earned a new outfit from the mall and more nail polish (of course!).

Give it a try and let me know what kind of rewards you came up with!

Font Used for Fortunes: Chinese Takeaway