Monday, March 31, 2014

Mint, Coral, and Navy Gift Bag with FREE Cut File

Hey everyone!  I am back with another fun project using Chickaniddy's Date Night collection.  I created a mint, coral, and navy gift bag with a FREE cut file in .studio, PDF, and SVG formats to help show off this trendy collection.  Click HERE to access the free cut files. 


Mint, Coral, and Navy Gift Bag with FREE Cut File

Mint, coral, and navy are perfect for an all-occasion gift bag.  Gift bags are easy to put together and require only a few basic supplies.  This gift bag measures 4" x 5 1/2" x 1 3/4" which makes it perfect for a small treat or gift card.   Click HERE to download a free gift bag cut file or click on the Freebies! tab above.  UPDATE! The free cut file is now available in .studio, PDF, and SVG formats.  Hooray! 


When possible, I like to decorate my gift bags before I put them together.  It makes it so much easier to adhere and affix the embellishments and stickers.  Leaving the bag flat also allows me to lay out my design before making it permanent.


I used a variety of stickers, papers and brads to make these fun banners.   I love the tiny prints and patterns on the brads and stickers.


Really make your banners pop by adding dimensional elements such as brads, or popping up stickers and die cuts with foam squares. 



I created a coordinating tag by trimming a striped journaling card and adding a sentiment sticker. 

Thanks for stopping by today!


Amanda

Supplies From the Date Night Collection:
Wallflower DN14OS08
Plaid is Rad DN14OS12
Date Night 6x6 collection pad DN14PD01
Mini Sticker Sentiments DN14EB05
Mini Sticker Banners DN14EB03
Brads DN14EB06
Sticker Sheet DN14EB02

Other Supplies: 

Gift Bag Cut file  (popperandmimi.com) (Available in .studio, SVG, and PDF)
Navy satin ribbon (Offray)
Coral hemp cord (American Crafts)

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Spring Tulips Bouquet Card

Spring is finally here!  It won't be long before the tulips start to show their pretty heads.  Always a fan of shaped cards, I made a spring tulips bouquet card to help welcome spring.  

Spring Tulips Bouquet Card

For more details on this card, including a complete list of shapes and fonts, head on over to the Silhouette Blog.  

Thanks so much for coming by today! 

Amanda

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Picket Fence Easter Basket

I have loved every minute playing with the new Sassy Chick stamp set from Avocado Arts.  I used several stamps to embellish a cute picket fence easter basket.  


Picket Fence Easter Basket

I love making small Easter baskets and filling them with fun treats.  I die cut this basket using this file and decorated the sides with grass and bright flowers.  





Each side of the basket is covered with grassy hills.  I stamped a bunch of bright flowers and made a border along the front of the basket.  I wish my flower beds looked this good in real life!



I stamped and fussy cut a happy sun and adhered it to a little straw to make a sweet little label.

Happy Spring!

Amanda

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Sassy Chick Spring Cards

If you're a crafter, stamper, or card maker, there's nothing quite as fun as getting a new set of stamps in the mail.  The tiny little chickies in Avocado Arts new Sassy Chick set were so much fun I couldn't resist making some sassy chick spring cards.  

Sassy Chick Spring Cards

I stamped and fussy cut the egg shells and chicks and placed them in rows of layered grass. 


Almost every year we hatch new chicks here on the farm and they are such funny little creatures.  One little chick thought he would try to fly and got a little turned around!


I couldn't resist putting this cute little chick in a pair of bright red boots.  I made the puddle by scribbling circles with a watercolor pencil and then going over the circles with a water brush.  Super easy!


Little Chick was having so much fun he was kicking water all over the place. 

Be sure to hop on over to Avocado Arts store to take advantage of their spring promos: FREE SHIPPING anywhere in the world- ends March 31st, 2014.  Spend over $30 and receive a stamp set FREE (valued at $16.99).

Happy Spring!

Amanda

Supplies: 
Spring Chick stamp set (Avocado Arts)
Patterned paper (Doodlebug)
Ink (Avery Elle, Tsukineko)

Monday, March 24, 2014

Paper Mosaic Embroidery Hoop Art

You know those funny little strips of paper at the top of a 6"x6" paper pad with the awkwardly place hole punch?  Relieve your recycle bin and put those strips to work by making paper mosaic embroidery hoop art.  


Paper Mosaic Embroidery Hoop Art

Inspired by tile mosaic, I snipped the little paper strips into little pieces and made a monogram mosaic.  Looks like it took forever right?  With a little bit of planning and a pair of tweezers it didn't take too long at all. 



Choose two contrasting colors when creating a monogram mosaic.  I wanted the letter to be clearly defined so I placed the pink pieces really closely together.  I was a little more liberal with the placement of the blue pieces outside of the monogram. 



I made a little bouquet of flowers to accent the monogram and add some more personality.  


Trace your letter and inner embroidery hoop onto a piece of cardstock.  Add dry adhesive to your letter and begin adding bits of paper.  


Extend your mosaic pieces just beyond the border of your hoop. 



Glue the inner hoop to the back of your mosaic and trim any excess with a craft knife.  TIP: Hold the mosaic up to a light or bright window when positioning the inner hoop.  



Secure the outer hoop to the inner hoop and embellish as desired.  

Always glad to have you here! 

Amanda

Supplies:
Pebbles Garden Party Collection

Bamboo embroidery hoop

Thursday, March 20, 2014

A2 Card Storage Box and Baby Girl Onesie Card

If you cardmakers are like me, you have in nearly every nook and cranny in your house.  I recently decided to get a handle on my card stash and made an A2 card storage box for my baby cards.  And feeling in a baby crafting mood, I made a cute little baby girl onesie card to go inside.  

A2 Card Storage Box

These little boxes are easy to die cut and only require a couple sheets of 12"x12" paper.  


Baby Girl Onesie Card

I couldn't resist making a cute card to put in my brand new storage box.  I used Pebbles Special Delivery collection for both projects.  For more details on these projects, head on over to the Silhouette Blog

Have a sweet day! 

Amanda

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

IKEA Clock Hack: Rainbow Button Clock

We have had the same boring IKEA clock in our kitchen for about 8 years.  It was time for an update so I thought I'd take it down and do some hacking.  My IKEA clock hack resulted in a cute rainbow button clock that is perfect for my daughter's room.  


IKEA Clock Hack: Rainbow Button Clock

Hacking a RUSCH clock doesn't require any special tools or clock know-how.  With a few basic crafting supplies you can whip up a spiffy clock in no time. 



Start with a $1.99 IKEA RUSCH wall clock.   No IKEA near you?  You can probably do the same hack with a similar plastic clock from a local retailer. 




Remove the front plastic cover by prying the tabs from the holes on the back of the clock.  Any small, flat tool should suffice. 



Remove the hands by gently pulling them straight off the front of the clock. 



Remove the clock assembly from the back of the clock.  While it is not necessary to remove the assembly, it makes it a little easier remove and insert the new clock face.    



This is what your clock should look like when you are done taking it apart.  I removed the old clock face because it was brittle and flaking.  I chipped away at it a little more after I took this photo.  



If you have a RUSCH clock, cut a 7 1/4" circle from your desired cardstock and punch a small hole in the center. 



Arrange your buttons and adhere them to the clock face. 



Cover the minute and hour hands with white paper followed by a strip of washi tape, trimming any excess with a craft knife.  



Cover the second hand with washi tape and add a brad to the center.  TIP: Cut off the brad fasteners with wire snips. 



Adhere the new clock face to the clock base and reassemble the clock.  Insert the clear plastic piece on the front and you're done!  Now you  have a spiffy new clock! 



Easy and inexpensive, you'll want to hack a clock for every room in the house!  

I am linking this baby up to Tatertots & Jello Link Party Palooza.  

Happy hacking! 

Amanda

Supplies:
RUSCH Wall clock (IKEA)
Buttons, paper, washi tape (Doodlebug Design)

Monday, March 17, 2014

St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Gift Toppers

Happy St. Paddy's Day!  (Just for fun check out this clever sign recently posted in the Dublin airport.)  To help celebrate I created a couple of fun and easy St. Patrick's Day shamrock gift toppers.

St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Gift Toppers

Simple gift toppers paired with classic kraft packaging can be made for just about any occasion.  I paired patterned green shamrocks with kraft and twine to make these festive St. Patrick's day gift toppers.  


Nothing says St. Paddy's like a little bit of green and gold.  Die cut a gold sentiment, adhere it to a pre-made tag, and attach it with a decorative clothes pin.  So easy! 


The adhesive gold foil paper from Silhouette is so luxe!  


Pair a lucky gold sentiment with a small bouquet of shamrocks to create a darling gift topper for a small package.  

Have a lucky day! 

Amanda

Supplies:
Patterned paper, tag, clothes pin (Pebbles)
Monoment font (dafont.com)
Gold foil paper (Silhouette)
3d bunch of clover (Silhouette)
Jute twine (May Arts)

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Hipster Cat Card

Three things hipsters love--black glasses, and knit hats, and cats.  I put all three together to create a fun hipster cat card.  

Hipster Cat Card

Gabriel the Gato originally had a happier smile, but I edited the original file in Silhouette Designer Edition to give him more of a judgemental smirk.  

Be sure to hop on over to the Silhouette Blog for more a brief tutorial on editing cut files as well as a complete list of shapes and supplies. 

Later peeps, 

Amanda

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Floral Thank You Card

Everywhere I look I still see snow.  This week I decided to make a bright and pretty floral thank you card to bring a little bit of spring into my craft room. 

Floral Thank You Card

I used patterned paper from Pebbles' Garden Party collection for both the flowers and card base.  Head on over to the Silhouette Blog for more details on this card as well as a complete list of supplies.  

Happy crafting! 

Amanda

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Paper Jewelry Box with Gold Bow

I don't wear a ton of jewelry--a pair of earrings and my wedding band at most.  But somehow, I get all googly-eyed at diamonds.  I just love them.  Using my favorite diamond facet paper from Chickaniddy's Date Night collection, I made a small and sweet paper jewelry box with a gold bow.

Paper Jewelry Box with Gold Bow



3D crafts don't have to be big and showy.  I made this little ring box out of a 6"x6" paper pad and some short paper strips.  This box measures 2 3/8" x 2 3/8" x 1 3/4" making it perfect for giving a small piece of jewelry.


When I first saw the diamonds and gems on this paper I just about freaked out.  Fresh and trendy, this has got to be one of my favorite papers this year.


I made my own gift bow out of several strips of paper.  For a brief tutorial on how to make your own gift bow, click HERE.


Pretty gift boxes aren't just for engagement rings.  Make a pretty gift box to give a ring to your daughter, mother, grandmother, or friend.

Have a happy day!

Amanda

Supplies: 
Date Night 6x6 Collection Pad DN14PD01 (Chickaniddy)
12x12 Gold Foil Paper CN14SP001 (Chickaniddy)
jewelry gift box (Silhouette)