Thursday, January 29, 2009

King for a Day

Hello friends! I made this super simple card for my cousin Brad's birthday. What looks like dotted patterned paper is actually the way the card came- I believe it's by DCWV. The card came in a kit with a mish-mosh of DCWV supplies (oh how I miss the mega-Joann's store that closed), so this is another one of my attempts to use up older supplies. The tan paper is K&Co and I think it matches the tan in the dotted paper pretty well, plus it was mute enough to let the crown stand out. The crown is a giant piece of chipboard by Colorbok. The King for a Day sentiment is actually a vellum sticker by K&Co, but I put it on light colored patterned paper (by DCWV) so it would be legible. I was going to add gems to the lower part of the crown, but then I figured the circles' doodlieness would be covered up and the crown would lose some of its charm, so I left it alone. But all in all it's a very simple card; I wanted to let the chipboard be the star of the show and I think I accomplished that. By the way, the card is 5.5" by 5.5", so I think the chipboard was just about 4.5" by 4.5" (pretty big, no?) :) Anyway, I hope you enjoy my attempt at another masculine card, thanks for checking in!

-Suzanne :O )

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

I <3 Blossom! and Gift Set: Part 4- cupcake birthday

This is 100% my favorite guilty pleasure! I LOVED this show when I was younger and it just came out on DVD today! I waited yearrrrrs for it to come out, so I'm beyond excited to have possession of seasons 1 and 2. I'm off to go watch the pilot episode in a minute, but before I do here is the last of the cards in my secret santa's card set:
The cupcake image is by Inkadinkado, and I stamped it on different papers and peiced it together. The ribbon is American Crafts (bought at Goodwill for $.49- yesss!), the photo corner is Making Memories and the gems are by Darice (those kind you buy for a buck at Michael's). I used my new Fiskars Treading Water punch, which I loooove but wish I didn't have to line up so much in order to get a straight border! :) Anyway, I thought this was a super fun card- I can't resist anything with cupcakes on it! I hope you like it as much as I do :) I'll check in tomorrow and try post the rest of what was in the gift set. Thanks for popping by!

-Suzanne :O )

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Gift Set: Part 3- Thinking of You

Hi everyone! This is the third of four cards I put in the gift set. I believe Hero Arts was doing sketches on their blog that week and this was one of the sketches. All of the paper is K&Co, the sentiment is Hero Arts and the buttons were from my stash. I used a paper punch by EK Success for the circles and this card came together very quickly. I really like the simplicity of it and the background paper is one of my favorites. I hope you like it as much as I do! :)

I've been working on my Valentine's Day cards... for my dad's class I used cards from a kit (bought on clearance last year, of course!) so those went SUPER fast. I didn't spend much time/effort on them because eight-year-olds probably wouldn't appreciate my work anyway ;) I'll post them next week anyway, but I'm off to work on VDay cards for my family and friends now! Hope you're having a wonderful weekend and thanks for checking in!

-Suzanne :O )

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Happy News and Gift Set: Part 2-

Hi everyone! First, the happy news- I just checked Kim Kesti's blog a little while ago and to my complete amazement, my name was listed as having won a prize for last week's challenge Thursday! woo! I'm sure most of you know she works for Paper Crafts Magazine, but you should check out her blog if you don't already. Her style is so fun and colorful; I truly admire her work. Plus, I love that she's giving us challenges, I can't get enough of them, even if I don't post my creations on time! :D

Okay, moving on to less exciting news... today's post is another of the cards in the gift set for my secret santa. I used a 3x3 thank you embellishment from a swap and matched it up with more K&Co paper. I used my handy-dandy cuttlebug and some soft green sheer ribbon to complete the card. I had to sit a heavy book on top of the ribbon to flatten it out, I don't know why it got so flippy! :)

I just got my issue of Paper Crafts today, so I'm off to devour that and get started on making some VDay cards for my dad to give to his students! Hope you're having a great week, thanks for popping by!

-Suzanne :O )

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Gift Set: Part 1- Masculine Birthday

Ok, so this week (or however it long it takes) I thought I'd post what I gave my secret santa at work. Every day for a week we gave little gifts (I'll show how I packaged those gifts at the end of the week) and on the last day we were told to spend $5 (that was the "BIG" gift!) :) I had previously made a sympathy card for my ss and she really loved it and appreciated my craftiness, so I thought on the last day I'd give her a little gift set. I used the box from my store-bought Christmas cards (I know, I know- how could I? But I got them last year on clearance and I wanted to send photo cards! I promise it won't happen again.) Ahem. Okay, so I used the box which had a clear lid and filled it with 4 cards, a post-it note holder and more of the giant paperclips/bookmarks. I used all K&Co paper to give the set a cohesive look.

So here's the first card... the first of two birthday cards, I wanted (this) one to have a masculine feel because masculine cards always seem to be tough. The turtle stamp is by Inkadinkado, the tag came from a swap, the blue velvet ribbon is Basic Grey and the clear green dots are from Scrapbook Factory. I have a giant bag of fiber, so I'm not sure where that came from, but I tried add interest by tying it around the side.. I don't know how well that turned out, but it is what it is :)

Alrighty, thanks for stopping by! Stay tuned for the next card (hopefully) tomorrow!

-Suzanne :O )

Thursday, January 15, 2009


Hi everyone! I just wanted to post some birthday cards I made last month. The first is for my dad's cousin. I always thought her to be whimsical and free-spirited, so hopefully this card reflects that a bit. The striped paper is actually from Rob & Bob's Studio christmas pack, but I don't think anyone would know unless I told them. :) The journaling star is by Maya Road and the "smile" sentiment is an oldie rub-on from Target. The aqua brad is by Making Memories and all of the other goodies are from swaps.
The next card I made for my uncle, and he's definitely a guy's guy so I wanted to keep the colors as masculine as possible. Let's see.. the patterned papers are by K&Co and I believe the dark green cardstock is DCWV. I used white scalloped tape by Heidi Swapp and the orange ribbon is Pebbles Inc. The "celebrate" rub-on is by Creative Imaginations- it came in a swatchbook that I use ALL the time- LOVE IT! :D I must give credit to the fab Miss Heidi Van Laar for the layout... I wish I had posted the card during the week of that 2S4U challenge, but I'm always a day late and a dollar short. :( Alrighty.. onto the last card!
The last one's got very few supplies- the card is by DCWV... I have a box of about 50 cards that already have patterns on them and I hardly ever use them, so that was my futile effort to start using them up :) The sentiment and flowers came from swaps, but the brad is another of the same Making Memories that I used on the first card. I made this for my mom's goddaughter who is now a nun, so I tried to keep it classy but still fun :) She used to babysit me, and she knows I make the cards, so the bright colors were my way of saying hi, if that makes sense! lol
Alright, sorry for such a long post, but I hope you like this collection! I had an unexpected snow day today and my mom and I baked a carrot cake with homemade cream cheese frosting.. it's soooo yummy! I got a thank you card done and I hope to get more cards made after dinner.. I really have to get going on Valentine's Day! Between the cards I need for myself, my mom and the cards my dad gives his students, I think I need somewhere around 35 cards- the thought is overwhelming, but I'm looking forward to it! I hope you're all staying warm and cozy! Thanks for checking in!

-Suzanne :O )

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

jumbo paperclips or a bookmark?

Hi everyone! Another quick post tonight... this is the last of the Christmas projects for the swap I was in. I only like two out of the three clips, but I think I'm just being hard on myself as usual. I bought a pack of 15 jumbo paper clips at Walmart for something crazy like 97 cents and they make for a really quick and easy project. I recommend you check out Dawn's video on how to make these, but basically I punched out two scalloped circles, made sure they were adhered well to the top and added small embellishments. I guess they're intended to be paperclips but you could use them as bookmarks too :) I hope you enjoy and thanks for stopping by!

-Suzanne :O )

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Door Knob Hanger

Hi everyone! Just a quick post for today :) I made a door knob hanger for my swap partner and used up some old but cute Target embellishments. I also used more of the K&Co peppermint twist paper, some DCWV rub-ons, my scalloped square paper punch by EK Success and some colorful gems, also from Target. I bought some door knob hangers at Goodwill, and I believe they were made for computer printing. I covered the blank hanger with the patterned paper, but I realized afterwards I didn't even need the blank hanger- I could have just cut the patterned paper to size and punched a hole out, with a slit so it could hang on the knob. You live and you learn, right? :) Anyway, I hope you like today's project and are having a fab weekend! Thanks for taking a peek!

-Suzanne :O )

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

matchbook post-it note holder

Hi everyone! Hopefully the blog title isn't too confusing... it's a notepad that looks like a matchbook :) Someone sent me one as a thank you for hosting a swap, so I used that as a template. I used more of the K&Co Peppermint Twist paper and a coordinating embellishment. I bought some "cell phone bling" (that kind of makes me nauseous, who actually adds gems to their cell phone???) at the dollar store a while ago. It was in the shape of clouds and a rainbow, so I cut up the gems from the cloud and added them to the green scalloped circle. I love when I can find other uses for inexpensive products- yay! I added a bit of sheer pink polka dot ribbon, glued the post-it note down, stapled the bottom of the "matchbook" and voila! A quick and easy gift. I made 23 more of these guys for my dad to give to his students for Christmas, but I used up some paper I've been wanting to get rid of because I figure eight year olds don't appreciate hand-crafted items. :) Anyway, I hope you like my little notepad and thanks for popping by!

-Suzanne :O )

Monday, January 5, 2009

gift card organizer!

Hi everyone! Here's the first of several holiday projects I made for a swap. I don't know if anyone has made a similar project, but I haven't seen one anywhere else, so I was proud of myself for being original (or so I hope!) :) I bought a box of coin envelopes at my local Goodwill store (250 for $1.99- yesssss!) and thought "there must be SOMEthing I can do with these!" I used some here and there for return postage when I participated in swaps, but then the swapping site closed, so I was stuck with about 254 envelopes and nothing to do with them. So I thought about what I could make for my partner, and the idea came to me that whenever I go shopping, I seem to have a hard time finding my gift cards because I just shove them in my purse. I thought a gift card holder might be a nice way to solve that problem, so I cut the flaps off of four of the envelopes and glued five together, using the flap on the fifth envelope to secure the whole holder. I glued the envelopes only in the middle, so they would be able to open (my mom held the holder open for me so I could show you all how it works). :) I used a photo anchor and a brad to keep the holder closed. I used some of my new favorite Christmas paper (by K&Co called Peppermint Twist) to decorate the front and back. The bell embellishment and "cheer" sentiment came in the paper pack, which made decorating a breeze (LOVE coordinating time-savers!). I painted the flap green with acrylic Making Memories paint and added the snowflake rub-ons by DCWV. It was a fairly quick project once I figured out what I was doing, and I think next year I'll make one for myself! I hope you enjoy this project, and thanks for stopping by!

-Suzanne :O )

Saturday, January 3, 2009

another year wiser

Hi everyone! A quick post to share with you tonight... I made this card last month for my grandmother to send to my aunt (her daughter in law) because she has loved owls for as long as I can remember. The stamp is by Inkadinkado (loooove $ stamps!), the balloon, hat, and "celebrate" are felt stickers by Queen & Co., and I hand-cut the branch. I added a teeny tiny yellow gem from Target's dollar spot to the owl's hat. I'm not sure who manufactured the papers; I think all but one came from swaps. The paper that did come from my stash is the one I used for the background and I believe it's called "Britney's Beads" by Reminisce. I wish I could say I used my cuttlebug for the pink paper, but even that came pre-embossed from a swapping friend (I still only have two folders for my cuttlebug!). The sentiment is from Joann's, which I punched out and stapled to the inside of the card (if anyone has better suggestions on how to adhere vellum, please let me know!). My aunt is very spunky, and I wanted to make a card to match her personality, so hopefully it brought a smile to her face.
I'm not sure why December was such a tough month for me blog-wise... I just seemed to run out of free time, but that's what I'm unsure of- my family hasn't even celebrated christmas yet, so I should have had plenty of free time! :P My brother is driving up from FL in a few weeks, so we will celebrate then. The reason I bring this up is that I hope to start using the "post later" option... I made a whole bunch of Christmas crafts that I would like to share this week, so even if I don't have time during the week, I can still post. yesssssssss :)
I spent my new year's eve asleep with the flu, but I hope you all have a happy and healthy 2009. I can't wait to see where this year takes us!

-Suzanne :O )
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