Monday, May 31, 2010

Table Place Cards for a Charity

Good Morning Everyone!
Woo, hoo! I finished the 12 table place cards. Actually, I finished them since Saturday but thought that I should wait since this is Memorial Day weekend and many people are going away.  Any way, here they are all of them a bit different except the first two cards.

I spent about two hours making the first card.  My first thought was to make these 12 place cards quick and simple.  After making the first card without the roses, it looked too plain. I've thought of adding some ribbons but I am not good with using ribbon as embellishment.  So I turned to my mini roses. I had some white roses sitting there so I played around with them on the card and loved how they made the card look.  I thought the roses and the border punch go together very well.   In order to make up the time that I spent on the first card I decided to make another card exactly the same. Not just that, I like how it turned out also.  Since the charity is called The Tree of Life I stamped the tree from Thought and Prayer set in the center of the scripture.
I did not choose these scriptures. Remmie, the charity founder, sent them to me.  The charity colors are green and yellow.  It was impossible for me to make the cards using just those two colors so I added white.  I also wanted to keep the same theme.
The rest of the cards were old card lay out mostly from Mojo Monday.  I just added the flourish and white roses.  I hope you are enjoying looking at them.

The above six cards I used Old Olive, So Saffron, and Whisper White. The cards are so big because I used one full sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 for each card base.

Then I couldn't help it.  Joann Fabric had Memorial Day Sale - Open card stocks and pattern papers 5 for $1.  It used to be 6 for $1 when there was an Open card stocks sale but I don't think we will be seeing that kind of sale any more.  So when I see 5 for $1 card stocks and pattern papers of course I had to get some more papers.  Who could resist such a sale!

The following six place cards were made using DCVW.  I like them a lot.  Actually I like them so much that I went back to Joann Fabric to get some card stocks.  Like I've said earlier who could resist such a sale?  We could always use those papers right, Rachele? (smile)  The yellow card stock was shimmery.  It was very pretty.  The picture never did the card justice.

The following six cards, I reduced them to 5 x 6.

I really like the colors and the new border punch is so pretty.  Again, I got the border punch from Joann Fabric.  Boy, I really like that place.  The sale that is going on not is so hard to resist.

Thank you so much for stopping by today. Have a great Memorial Day to my American readers!  It's going to be a hot day today so stay cool.


Friday, May 28, 2010

Mini Treat Purses

Good Afternoon Everyone!
I just got back from the stores with the new USB.  I first went to Office Depot and bought the USB from there for $10.  Then my soon to be 3 years old daughter wanted the new silly bands. You don't know what they are?  The silly bands are rubber bands in different shapes.  They had pet shapes, food shape, vehicle shapes and many other shapes. Some even glow in the dark.  Why didn't I thought of that?  The kids and some adults went nut about them.  So I stopped by Five & Below and found out that it's also carried computer products and bought a USB for $5.  I should try the dollar store next time. (smile)  But I believe "you got what you paid for". So let see how long this will last.

Here are the mini treat purses.

There are 70 mini purses in this picture. I couldn't fit them all on the scor-pal.  I made more than 80 of them. The sun was so bright that day but I had the hardest time taking the pictures so I placed the mini purses on the scor-pal so I could rotate for a better lighting.

Here are some close up pictures.  I made about 10 purses in each design.

These purses here measured 2 x 5.
and score at 1 1/2", 2 1/2", 4", and 4 1/4".  I punched just a tiny bit of the edge.  I didn't push the card stock all the way into the border punch.

I added glitter in the center of the flower but because of the bright sun light it's impossible to see the glitter.
These purses here (bottom two) measured 2 x 5 1/4.

Thank you so much for visiting.  Have a great Memorial Day weekend to those who celebrate Memorial Day.


Thursday, May 27, 2010

Mini Treats Update

Good Morning Everyone,

Yipee! I finally finished all the mini treats.  I took several pictures and tried to load them last night.  I couldn't load any picture because my USB finally had given up on me.  That thing had been fallen apart so many times but I kept putting it back together and it work fine until last night.  I never bought the spare one so the pictures will have to wait.

Now on to the 12 place cards.  It is not a usual card.  Remmie wanted to use scripture verses from the bible.  Some verses were long and some verses were short so I have to create cards to fit the verses. If you are my regular visitors, you knew I don't do well with card.  So this is a challenge for me.  Wish me luck!

Have a wonderful day and stay cool!  It's going to be another hot day today.


Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Top Note Purses

I am still working with the remaining 80 mini treats.  A few weeks ago, I had an entire day to myself.  Ah, it was so nice and quite.  The thing was  I didn't know what to do so I tested out my new toy, scor-pal. I finally decided to buy one. Look what I made in a little over 3 hours.  I should have bought it a long time ago.

I made 24 Top Note purses.

You were thinking that was all I could make!  No, I didn't just make 24 purses.  I cut, scored, and assembled 70 small bags that I used for the purses.  I was looking for small bags that would fit between the two Top Notes in many places but could not fine it, so I made them.

If you are interested in making the small bag, here is how: 4 1/4 x 11 1/2.  I used the 20 lbs. printing papers.  I bought the papers from Office Depot and they had different length.  Came in a pack of 500 sheets.  Mind was 8 1/2" x 14 " perfect for this type of craft.  After I made these bags, I went to Michale's Art and Craft and found out that they carried the bags  that I had been looking for and it was the #1 size bags.  Any way, you can get the bags from Michale's or make them yourself. 

4 1/4" x 11 1/2" Score at 3 1/2, 5 1/2, 9 and 11

Turn and score at 2 1/2

Cut like shown in the picture below.

Assemble the bag by first apply adhesive on the 1/2 inch flab.  Then assemble the bottom of the bag and you should have this.

If you are using liquid adhesive  which I did, you will need to wait until the glue is completely dried before proceeding to the next step.

 Once the glue had dried, pinch the opening (top) of the bag like in the picture.

Then flatten the bottom.

Sandwich the bag between two Top Note dies (trim the two Top Notes 1" off before sandwiching the bag).

For the purse cover, make two score lines about 1/8" from the center.  See picture.
This is the old purse.  I only made 1 score line right in the center of the Top Note.  It was difficult to close when I put chocolates in the purse.

The newer version was much better.

Thanks for stopping by.  It's going to be another beautiful day!


Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Masculine Mini Treats for a Charity

Good After Everyone,

 I am still around just a bit tired and lazy.  Here is what I am up to. I need to make 120 mini treats and 12 place cards  for a Charity called The Tree of Life.  At first I thought, ah, no big deal, just mini treats.  They shouldn't take too much time.  Boy, was I wrong!  Doesn't matter if they were big treats or mini treats if the numbers are three digits I better get moving and move fast!  I spent  whatever time I had on Saturday, Sunday,and Monday and here are the mini treats that I got so far.

I made only about 50 of them.  There were 39 in this picture and these were the masculine mini treats.  These mini treats will  hold two Hershey Kisses. They are favors for the First Annual Tree of Life banquet on June, 5 2010.  The foundation colors are green (Old Olive) and Gold (So Saffron).
Here are a more close up pictures.
Measurement 2" x 5 1/4" score at 1 1/2", 2 1/2", 4", 4 1/2"
The yellow strip measure 1/4" x 6.  You don't score the yellow strip just fold it along the score line and bend it.  Then cut off the excess.  It work better that way.

These two brief cases are Faux Alligator technique.  You can't really see it in this picture.  They were so cute!
Here is the measurement. 2" x 5 1/4".  Score at 1 1/2", 2 1/2", 4", and 4 1/4".
The handle measure 1/2" x 3" score at 1/2", 1", 2", 2 1/2"

To do the faux alligator technique is to drag the versa mark pad on the card stock and sprinkle it with clear embossing powder.  Then use tooth pick to make those lines.  Blow off the excess powder and heat embossed it.

Thank you for visiting.  Enjoy the rest of the afternoon.


Friday, May 21, 2010

Baby Carriages

Good Morning Everyone!

Phew! I finally finished my other half of the baby shower order.  They are baby carriage favors.  I made 20 of them.  Each has a little something different.

 The small pink handles were from the Swirls Scribbles. I cut parts of the swirls off.  The long brown handles were from a die cut called Flourish.  I only cut the very bottom of the Flourish.  Each baby carriage had four handles.  I mounted the card stock to the chip board for sturdiness. The Swirls Scribbles handles actually had six pieces. I glued three swirls on each side because the Sizzlits Dies only cut card stocks.  So each baby carriage had about 30 pieces total. Michelle at Pink Paper Paradise had a tutorial on the baby carriage.  Thank you Michelle for the tutorial.  The compartment was inspired from here.

 Adding the compartment was the hardest.  I didn't find a better way until I was more than half way done.  Here is a picture when to add the compartment.

When adhere the long piece of card stock to form the carriage stop half way and then glue the compartment in.  I learned the hard way.  So hopefully this will help you.  Also, I cut the four circles/ovals the same size this way I have a clean look on the inside.  The tiny cut edges are between the outside pattern papers and the inside card stock.

 Here is a completed 3 tier cake.  I added a flower to each of the icing.  Ann asked to leave the center of the cake empty so she could place a pregnant woman in the center.  How cut is that going to be?

 I don't bake or entertain so I don't own any baking silver ware or any large China.  So this round stool will do for now.

Here is the inside of the cake.  Delicious, isn't it?

Thank you so much for taking a peek.  Have a wonderful weekend!


Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Rag Purse 3 &4

Good Morning,

Today I wanted to share two more rag purses. I made these a while ago.  The first two rag purses that I made didn't have any pocket so I made another one with one pocket on the side and a big pocket on the inside.  I also wanted to see how it would look with 9 squares on the front and the back. Here it is.

For once the picture actually looks better than the actual purse.  I didn't like this rag purse. I think it was because of the fabrics.  Both fabrics had print on them so it made the purse looks too busy.  I didn't even bother to add the button.  I didn't like the purse but my toddle loves it and it's her now.  She carried it when we went out.  Oh, you should have seen her.  The purse was hanging down from her shoulder almost to the ground.

I was prepared.  I bought extra fabrics so I started another one right after I finished the one above.  Here it is.   I like this one  so it's a keeper.  I didn't use any batter.  With the batter, it was harder for me to sew.  But I did use the batter for the handles.

See the button here.

I made the button!  It was made from several loops and knots of a long yarn  about 18".  I've always wanted to learn how to do knot crafts but I found that was the most challenging craft for me.  This button is the most basic one. I learned it once several years ago but I forgot how to do it.  Luckily, my mom still remembered how to make it after 70 plus years.

Here are a few more buttons.

Thank you so much for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day!


Quilling Jewelry

Good Morning,
I am still working on my other baby shower items.  I got a little less than half done.  I wanted to share what I've made before the baby shower order.  I was having so much fun making these.

I saw these quilling jewelry on Etsy and had to make one right a way.

The earrings and the pendent just used simple teardrop shapes but they turned out quite pretty.  I added half back pearls in the center of the flower.

After making the red and black set, I was ready for another set.  So I made these.

I CAS the pendent but I changed the earrings design.

Here is the link to Etsy quilling jewelry.

Thank you for visiting.


Monday, May 17, 2010

Chocolate Chip & Pretty in Pink 3 Tiers Cake

Good Morning,
Early last week I received an email that I've been waiting for.  I've made a few custom order cards and cakes pieces a few months ago.  I  put labels on all my cards and cake pieces hoping that some one will be interested in hiring me to do invitations or favors of any kind.  Last week I got an email from Ann. Ann is Janet sister.  And Janet had ordered the 3 tiers cake from me early this year for a bridal shower. Janet email me after ward that everyone loved the cake. There was even a short article about the cake.
Any way, let's get back to Ann.  Ann wanted the same cake except she wanted in brown and pink. They were for her daughter-in-law's  baby shower.  How sweet of her! I was excited, won't you! And Ann wanted them by May, 23rd. But that's not all.  Ann wanted some thing else.  I can't tell you yet.  I am still working on them. I was a little panicking. I started to print the cake pieces.  My printer couldn't handle Chocolate Chip card stocks. They were too thick!  Oh, no! more panicking!  I asked my husband for help on the printer.  He couldn't do much. Thinking, thinking!!!  So I printed just three pieces, one for each layer, on a regular printing paper.  I cut them and started tracing them on the Chocolate Chip card stocks.  Then I cut all the pieces, 43 of them, score them and assembled them.  And here are the finished cakes.

The three tier cake is not quite finish yet.  I had the medium roses made for the top tier and just needed to glue them on the icing.

All 43 pieces were decorated with 3 layers of card stocks on the inside.  These pictures did not do the cake justice.  Don't they look delicious!
I was surprised how fast I finished  these cakes.  I really enjoyed making these cakes and roses. For roses tutorial click here.

I am working on the other items that Ann wants.  It's not much but it's a lot of work! So I better get moving.

Thank you so much for visiting! Have a marvelous Monday!