Monday, April 28, 2014

Mother's Day Button Gift Container

When I was little, I loved playing with my mom's button collection.  I would organize them by color, type, size, and so forth.  There is just something so wonderful about putting your hand into a jar full of buttons.  I paired a darling sentiment from Avocado Arts A Mother's Love stamp set with bunch of buttons to make a Mother's Day button gift container.  


Mother's Day Button Gift Container

Whether practical or sentimental, what mom wouldn't love a small gift container full of buttons?  This gift came together in a snap.  I filled a small container with buttons, tied it with ribbon, and adhered the sentiment.  



This sentiment would be perfect for a card, tag, or other Mother's Day project.  I think it would look just darling with buttons adhered directly to the sentiment.  

I am linking this project up at Tatertots & Jello.  Stop by to link up your project, too! 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Amanda

Friday, April 25, 2014

Cards for Grandma

With Mother's Day drawing near, I thought it was time to start making some Mother's Day cards for all of my kids' grandmas.  I used A Mother's Love stamp set from Avocado Arts to create some sophisticated floral cards for grandma.  

Cards for Grandma

Crafty Confession: I am a stamp cutter.  I cut the stem off of the dandelion stamp so I could repeatedly stamp the blossom without having to mask a gazillion times.  Plus, in this instance I am more likely to use the dandelion blossom alone than with the stem. 


The orange, kraft and teal make for a sophisticated color combination that grandma is sure to love.  


While I had the kraft cardstock and orange ink out, I made another dandelion card for grandma.  I drew the stems on with a marker and stamped the leaves with coordinating ink.  


I love the delicate pearls on the leaves.  They add a sweet touch to the card.  Stamped over and over again, they would also make a lovely border on the bottom of a card. 

Happy stamping! 

Amanda

Supplies: 
A Mother's Love stamp set (Avocado Arts)
Orange, teal dye ink (Studio Calico)
Green pigment ink (Avery Elle)
Kraft (Bazzill)
Green marker

Monday, April 14, 2014

Woven Paper Easter Basket and Carrot Treat Boxes

I love making fun baskets and filling them with fun treats for Easter.  This woven paper Easter basket and carrot treat boxes would make a lovely Easter gift or a fun piece of table decor.


Woven Paper Easter Basket and Carrot Treat Boxes

This little paper basket measures 4" in diameter and is a snap to put together.  Fill with some cute treat boxes and add some embellishments and it's all ready to go!



I die cut three small carrot boxes from the darling carrot paper.  Each box is topped with a baker's twine tassel.  These boxes can be filled with yummy treats or small gifts.



This cute bunny is holding a couple of festive flags.  You can easily swap out the Easter flag for a Happy Spring tag.





I used brightly colored mini staples to hold the strips of paper together.  While they would have been easy to hide, I like the little bit of color they added to the basket.  Instead of adhering a paper strip to the top of the basket, I held all of the strips of paper together at the top with striped washi tape.

Always glad to have you here! 

Amanda

Supplies: 

Springtime Collection
White cardstock
carrot box cut file
Easter basket cut file

Monday, April 7, 2014

Upcycled Cityscape Pencil Cups

Downtown from Chickaniddy's Date Night collection is one of my all time favorite papers.  The little buildings are so cute and homey.  I dug into my collection of jars and cans and created a set of upcycled cityscape pencil cups

Upcycled Cityscape Pencil Cups

I used both 12"x12" and 6"x6" papers to make a collection of pencil cups to go on a shelf in my craft room.  I used the 12"x12" paper for the largest can and 6"x6" papers for the smaller cans.  When all of the cans are put together, it makes a cute little neighborhood.


The little yellow building with the triangle bunting is my favorite.  Wouldn't you love to live in the upstairs apartment?


So much fun to see a downtown neighborhood on a piece of paper!  The buildings are the perfect size for fussy cutting.


All of those little windows have me imagining who might live in those cute buildings.

Wrapping a can with paper is easy.  Simply measure the height of the can and secure the ends of the paper with adhesive.  Embellish the cans any way you wish and fill them with all sorts of goodies.  This would be fun to do for a gift, too.

Have a great day!

Amanda

Supplies: 
Downtown DN14OS03 Date Night Collection, Date Night 6x6 pad (Chickaniddy Crafts)
Cans

Friday, April 4, 2014

Orange and Yellow Monochromatic Cards

If you are like me, you love having a large assortment of paper in all kinds of colors and patterns.  I mixed and matched patterns and embellishments to create a couple of bright and fun orange and yellow monochromatic cards.

Orange and Yellow Monochromatic Cards

Both of these cards were created using journaling cards as sentiments.  I trimmed this orange journaling card into a banner shape and made it the focus of the card.



I adhered sequins with a variety of finishes.  Aren't they lovely?



I added a swiss dot vellum layer to the card, too.  Doodlebug's swiss dot vellum comes in all colors of the rainbow.  It is seriously awesome stuff!



I fussy cut the sentiment from a journaling card and paired it with a bunch of different yellow prints and patterns.  This is a happy card, indeed!



This time the colorful sequins and swiss dot vellum are in shades of yellow.



The yellow polka dots on kraft is my favorite pattern on this card.  The yellow dots look stunning against a kraft background.

Have a colorful day!

Amanda

Doodlebug Supplies: 
Kraft in Color collection
Tangerine and Bumblebee sequins
Tangerine twine

Thursday, April 3, 2014

DIY Gold and Burlap Wedding Favors

When I first held a piece of gold foil paper from Chickaniddy Crafts I just about fell out of my seat.  I made some flowers and thought they would be perfect for some DIY gold and burlap wedding favors.  It is the perfect weight for die cutting (both manual and electronic) and shimmers and shines like real gold.  


DIY Gold and Burlap Wedding Favors

I knew the gold foil paper would make fabulous flowers, so I put a few together and then waited for an idea to come together.  I ended up pairing it with burlap to make a trendy wedding favor.  To make the bag, I stitched together a couple pieces of burlap.  Pretty easy.




To make the flower embellishment, I die cut and assembled the flower and attached the die cut leaves.  



I used this flower die set designed by the talented Nina Yang of Waffle Flower.  As you fold and attach the circles to a brad, they become a lovely dimensional flower. 



I secured the individual petals of the flower together with a rhinestone brad.  To add dimension to the flower, I gently curled back the petals with a pair of craft tweezers.



I wrote the sentiment on a strip of paper and combined it with several coordinating strips of ribbon.  I attached everything with a regular ol' staple and adhered it to the back of the flower.



I chose the sentiment 'for richer or poorer' because it highlights the contrast between the gold and burlap. 



Not getting married?  Switch up the sentiment on the banner to suit any celebratory occasion.  

Have a great day!

Amanda

PS Thanks to all of you for your kind words and congratulations yesterday.  If you missed the Stamping Royalty announcement on Paper Crafts Connection yesterday, you can check it out HERE.  

Supplies: 
Goldie Lox CN14SP001, Twirly Girly 6x6 pad TG14PO01, Tea Party Twirly Girly TG14OS03 (Chickaniddy Crafts)
Flower and leaf die (Avery Elle) 
Brad (American Crafts)
Gold pen (Faber Castell)
Burlap
Various ribbons