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Friday, April 14, 2017

PIN IT FRIDAY FAVS:
Asian Cards and the
Very Best of Pinterest Pins

My friend Alice wanted to borrow a retired SU stamp set from me called Asian Artistry to make this card:

  
Alice make cards to sell at the Sunnyvale Senior Center's gift shop and made some just like this to sell. Now, they've sold out and she wants to make some more to keep up with the demand! 

I also needed to make a thank you card for her, so I used this same set to make this card:


This card was made thanks to this
Pinterest pin 

Original Pin HERE

These are some more Asian cards I've
pinned recently:

Original Pin HERE

Original Pin HERE

Original Pin HERE

Original Pin HERE

Original Pin HERE

Friday, March 31, 2017

PIN IT FRIDAY FAVS:
Easter Favors and the
Very Best of Pinterest Pins

I still had soooooo many Hershey's Kisses left over from a wedding favor recently and needed to find a paper craft to use them so I can stop munching on them! Thankfully, Pinterest did not disappoint with this wonderful idea and video tutorial by QbeesQuest.com!

Original Pin HERE

PAPER NEEDED:

Basket:
9" x 1"
Score at 5/8", 1 3/4", 3 3/4" and 7"

Top Layer for Kisses:
11" x 1"
Score at every inch

Bottom Layer for Kisses:
7" x 1"
Score at every inch

Handle:
Two 10" x 1/2" strips

8 Kisses, One Bow and a
Easter Saying on a Banner

Here is another pinned version:

Original Pin HERE

Here are the baskets I had fun making:



Side Embellishments:


After I made four baskets using the purple print patterned paper, I tried using some double-sided DSP from a DWV paper stack. When the inserts are folded to hold the Kisses, you get to see both sides of the papers which looks even better in person than the picture shows! 

These baskets were super easy to make and made me happy to use up those remaining candy Kisses at last! I know the recipients of these baskets will smile from ear-to-ear when they get them, and I know they'll say, "They're too cute to eat!"

Finally, here's one last Easter favor I tried before the baskets. It was fun to make this one, but not as fun as the baskets! I used a clear A2 envelope to make the clear purse part:


Here was my Pinterest inspiration:
Original Pin HERE

For even more Easter favor ideas,
click HERE.

Friday, March 24, 2017

PIN IT FRIDAY FAVS:
SAB Stampin' Up and the
Very Best of Pinterest Pins

I finally had time to make up some thank you cards using my new Avant-Garden set from SU:


There were many pins to use for inspiration and these were the first cards I made with this set:

 

Inside View of Left Panel



When I was all done with the card above, I flipped it over to add my HOMMARK sticker on the back and the card touched the green ink pad by the green arrow - ARG!...so I had to turn this accident into a chance to use some creativity to cover it! An extra leaf would have thrown off the balance, but you can see what I ended up doing below. I was VERY happy how it all turned out!


The cut out flower gave the card an added embellishment!

...and one last card made:

  
Now here are the pins for this set:

Original Pin HERE

Original Pin HERE

Friday, March 17, 2017

PIN IT FRIDAY FAVS:
WOW! Cards and the
Very Best of Pinterest Pins


The inspiration for the card above was
this Pinterest Pin:

Pinterest Pin HERE

I discovered this jar of goodness at Costco
recently and added a tag to give this one as a gift:


Simply mix two heaping teaspoons into
hot water and enjoy!

Next up...through Pinterest, I discovered
a talented blogger named May May.
Visit her blog MayMayMadeIt HERE

This is one WOW! project I can't wait to
try with photos added inside:

Envelope Explosion Mini Album
(Uses the Envelope Punch Board)
Original Pin HERE

Here's another card I want to try:

Mini Envelope Tutorial


and lastly...
MayMay's 2017 Favorite Things Edition!
WARNING: Watch at your own risk - LOL -
because you will have to buy some new
toys after watching it!

Friday, March 3, 2017

PIN IT FRIDAY FAVS:
Spring Things and the
Very Best of Pinterest Pins




Love this cute St. Patty's Day paper craft that
I made thanks to this Pinterest pin:


Original Pin with Tutorials HERE

Here's a birthday card I made for a friend:
Inside View

SUPPLIES USED

Stamp Sets by SU:
Teeny Tiny Wishes
Balloon Adventures
Flowering Fields

Lace and Butterfly Punches by Martha Stewart

Dies:
Nestibilities Classic Scallop Rectangles
SU Stitched Shapes Framelets

One thing I often do with stamp sets that require extensive coloring is scan my finished panel into the computer so I can print out card fronts/inside panels whenever I need them in a jiffy! This is what I did for the outside and inside flower panels for the card above. Even close up, you can't tell that they were scanned and oh!...the time it saves!

My coworker, Donna, is planning a Leprechaun Hunt for her young granddaughters this month. She bought gold chocolate coins to make a pathway to the shoe box traps that the little ones will decorate ahead of time. Donna will then make it look like the leprechauns have done some mischievous things in her house when they all go on the hunt: tilted lamp shades, St. Patty's socks on the floor, etc. Oh! What fun these kids will have! I gave Donna some ideas for the hunt from the days when Kevin's wonderful kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Brown, did a hunt for her students every year! Such happy memories :-) Check out these clever St. Patty's Day Leprechaun Hunt ideas HERE and crafts HERE.

Friday, February 3, 2017

PIN IT FRIDAY FAVS:
Heart Boxes and the
Very Best of Pinterest Pins

First, I have some cards from my talented neighbor and friend:



Then my co-worker recently lost her 
beloved dog and I made this card for her:



From Stampin' Up:
Flourish Thinlets (Dies)
Simply Sketched (Saying)

Here are the Pinterest pins
that led me to create my pet sympathy card:
Original Pin HERE

Original Pin HERE

I also made these Valentine's Day heart boxes using a unique way to close the lid which were modified after I saw a pin and blog post from Becky Roberts of Inking Idaho fame:



My measurements for scoring:

My 3" square box holds 3 rows of 3 Hershey's Kisses in each row, while Becky's box is a smaller 2" version. The hole to fit the heart through on my version can easily be made with the Word Window punch from Stampin' Up, while Becky cut hers with a craft knife. Here is Becky's verion:

Original Pin HERE
(Becky also included measurements for her mini box!)



PLEASE NOTE: I'll be taking a break from blogging to enjoy a wedding in our family. I love weddings and especially this one because I'm becoming a mother-in-law for the first time!

Friday, January 20, 2017

PIN IT FRIDAY FAVS:
Valentines and the
Very Best of Pinterest Pins

I needed a quick Valentine's Day card to make this year as February will be a busy month with a wedding in the family. This lovely card below from Pinterest uses the HEARTS ENTWINE die online at Simon Says and was the perfect inspiration for a HOM-made valentine this year:

Original Pin HERE

My 2017 Valentine's Day Card:


I love this metallic gold paper. I found it squirreled away in my paper drawer...and it was so old that it was starting to bubble in places. I did a happy when I could finally put it to good use!

My sister loves shades of blue. This one's for her:


I also had a chance to make a matching purse and birthday card set:



Stamp Sets by Stampin' Up:
Butterfly Basics
Watercolor Wishes
Oh, So Lovely

By Art Gone Wild:
Birthday 3-D Simple Circles


I found this card design and tutorial
from this Pinterest pin:

 Original Pin HERE
View Instructions HERE

I also made this get well version:


Stamp Set by Stampin' Up:
Thoughts and Prayers

This type of card is called a tri shutter card. A search in Pinterest yielded a bunch of examples and variations HERE and HERE with many helpful tutorials in a PDF format.

For more Valentine's Day PIN IT FRIDAY FAVS picks, check out my board containing pins of cards that would be suitable for Valentine's Day, Weddings and Anniversaries HERE

Happy Valentine's Day and send a handmade paper greeting to those who make your heart happy!