Sunday, February 17, 2008

How Sweet It Is

This set of stamps is from Gina K. Stamps with a Cause called How Sweet It Is. This set is very near and dear to my heart because proceeds from this set go to the Diabetes Foundation and my oldest daughter, Tori was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes six years ago when she was eleven years old. What a great idea for a stamp company to not only design stamps for us (the addicted ones!), but to help contribute to so many causes. Diabetes is not her only chosen cause, she also supports Autism and the Make a Wish Foundation and I wouldn't be surprised if she has other designs and charities coming up. The stamps come two different ways, wooden block mounted (that you mount yourself just like Stampin' Up) or just the red rubber mounted on cling that you can use with acrylic blocks. These stamps are very well made. Check out her website to find out more about these stamps and to see card samples Stamps For a Cause http://stampsforacause.ginakdesigns.com/ This site also provides information about diseases and the charities. Check back here as well for more samples. I think all of these sets would be worth having.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Valentine Treats

Here are the Valentine treats I made for my first graders. I couldn't find craft match boxes so I used match boxes from the grocery store. I emptied the matches (obviously!), and painted the push through drawer part. The outside I decorated with patterned paper. I added a dimensional heart with the student's name on it. Inside, I put a miniature Hershey candy bar. I am going to put these on their desks tomorrow morning for a little treasure box surprise! Of course, I got them some other things like pencils, erasers, etc. Hope they like their little treats! Happy heart day!

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Wedding Binder

Well, this was new to me. I have never made a wedding planner binder before. As a matter of fact, when I went online to get some ideas on how to put this together, I couldn't find anything except books that have been written for wedding planning. I was thinking more along the lines of a book that the bride could keep pictures, cut-outs, receipts, business cards, etc all in one place. Just some form of general organization. I used a white notebook binder with a front and back insert. The color theme is black and white with purple as an accent. I came up with several categories and tabbed them throughout the binder such as budget, guest list, check list, flowers, ect. The categories include lined pages so the bride can shop around and get prices and keep track of this information. I also included photo sleeves under the dresses and cake categories in case the bride had photos or magazine clippings she wanted to keep track of. This way, if she is browsing through bridal magazines, she can cut out pictures and keep them all in one place. I created clear pockets by using acetate sheets and sewing them onto cardstock. This way the bride can slide in invitation samples or program samples and they are visible. I also included several pocket pages with decorative paper clips for business cards or just for extra storage. A few black and white photos, metal charms and ribbon added some more personal touches.

Friday, February 1, 2008

Valentines

Here are two Valentine cards I made for friends this year. I love the pink and red together. Both cards are made with stamps from Stampin' Up. The pattern paper for the "Here's the scoop..." card is from the Target dollar spot. I love to shop "dollar deals"! You always feel great about only spending "a dollar"! (About 70 times!!!) As you can probably tell, I love polka dots! When I put these cards side by side, I can see how similar the designs are (and how many polka dots I used). Obviously, I can't get enough of them! I think my favorite thing on these cards is the red and white polka dot ribbon, it seems to add the finishing touch to both of these cards. Both cards are also "doused" in glitter. You have to have sparkles for Valentines! If you look closely you can see the dimensional paint for the ice cream sundae (with glitter on top)! Well, off to make a few more Valentine treats! If February goes anyway near as fast as January did, I might blink and miss Valentines Day! Thanks for stopping by - see you next time!