Showing posts with label Cat's Pajamas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cat's Pajamas. Show all posts

Sunday, March 1, 2009

A Basket Full of Happiness and other Easter Treats

I have a few Easter crafts to share with you today. We have faith that spring is coming right?!? I say this as 2 snow storms are predicted to hit us over the next two days!

I made this sweet little Easter Basket for the Inspiration Challenge over on Split Coast. I was inspired by these Easter treats here in the RoomService Home web site Stef showed us.I found the template for this adorable basket in the forums on Split Coast Stampers. It was designed by Claire (Waltzingmouse) Thank you Claire!! It is small - measuring only about 3" x 1" as you can see in comparison to the small Nestle Crunch eggs in and beside it (of course the ones beside it are no longer in existance - Ooops! or should I say Yum!)

The basket pattern is two pieces - the basket itself and then a liner that fits in it. When you print the template - there are two patterns on the sheets so you can make two baskets each time you print it out which is super! I cut the handle piece a little shorter than the 11 inches called for in Claire's pattern as I didn't want it to be quite so tall. There is a narrow scalloped rectangle Nestability attached to the bottom of the basket to finish it off and echo the scalloped edge on the side of the basket - you can just barely see it in the pics if you look closely for it.

I used a sweet new stamp set by H and M Stamps called Eggstra Special that is being released today! This set is designed by the ever talented Debbie Corbari from the H&M Design Team - this is her first design being brought to life on a stamp set - congratulations Debbie!!!

Stamps: H&M Stamps - Eggstra Special
Paper: vintage cream PTI, Mellow Moss: SU, DP - cratepaper Seaweed collection
Ink: Onyx Black Versafine, Mellow Moss: SU
Accessories: tacky tape, pink basket shred, corner rounder, oval punch, oval nestabilities, waxed floss, narrow rectangle nestabilities, vintage cream satin ribbon: PTI, cool grey copic, pink Prismacolor marker

My next Easter item to show you is a cute little wooden pin that comes on a pretty little card. Two gifts in one!!
I bought the wooden bunny already painted at AC Moore. I made the 'card' for the pin with Bazzill card stock - stamped the egg and sentiment and doodled around the edges. I attached a stick pin and backing to the back of the bunny and attached it to the 'card' though a punched hole. I place the card into a clear envelope when I sell them at our church Easter sale.

Stamps: Egg - Egg cited: CTMH, Happy Easter Bunny: Penny Black
Paper: Bazzill card stock
Ink: Desert Sand: CTMH, Onyx Black Versafine
Accessories: painted wooden bunny, stick pin with back, black micro pen

And my third craft for today uses the fun round top box I also used on this St. Patrick's day box. I totally cased this Easter design from Cheryl Rowley. I used different stamps for my main image but I loved her super idea of the lacey punched edge along the rim of the box - some people are SO CLEVER!! (you know - like when you see something and say "why didn't I think of that??)
This cute Poochie basket stamp is from The Cat's Pajamas and the sentiment is from My Favorite Things. The dots are from Polka Dot Basics by Papertrey Ink. The lacey edge is a Martha Stewart punch. The yellow strip is about 7" long after I punched it, I trimimed the depth to 3/4".

I usually make 6 of every craft I make to sell at our church holiday sales. So here is the herd! I put 12 pastel jelly beans in a plastic bag and nestle it into the paper shred inside each basket.
Stamps: Polka dot basics: PTI, Poochie Basket: The Cats Pajamas, Easter Greetings: My Favorite Things - Hoppy Easter.
Paper: Baja Breeze, Blue Bayou: SU, Lemon Tart: PTI
Ink: Onyx Black, Versafine embossing ink
Accessories: Brach Speckled Jelly Beans, sealable bags - Michaels, sponge, 1" sheer ribbon, ivory basket shred, Martha Stewart Lacey punch, oval nestabilities, Prismacolor markers.

Hope you are all having a lovely weekend! Thank you so much for stopping by!

Remember to stop by H&M Stamps to see Heather's 3 new stamp sets!

Saturday, May 31, 2008

An Altered Journal & Workshops with Lauren

I have had 2 very crafty days! First, last night I altered this little 4 3/4" x 4" note pad. I bought it on sale at a Utrecht Art Store. It just had a plain cover and has lined paper inside. I use books like this to record every card or project I make - listing supplies and how I made it for future reference.

For this one - I cut 4 pieces of Basic Grey Archaic designer paper 3 1/2" x 4 3/4" and attached them to the covers - inside and out. I sponged the edges with Vintage Photo DistressInk. I also cut a piece 1/2" x 3" to slip inside the Pentel RSVP pen so it matches. I stamped the Cornish Heritage Farms background stamp - Lined Paper - with Terre Cotta Adirondack ink and cut a small piece off it. I over stamped the sentiment by Inkadinkado in Ranger Distress Ink Vintage photo - sponged and distressed the edges. I punched a hole in the side and attached a large eyelet using my Cropadile and looped a piece of ribbon through it. I attached it to the cover with foam dimensionals. I punched the Martha Stewart butterfly 3 times - sponged them with the Vintage Photo ink and attached them as shown.

On the inside cover I stamped this fun lined note stamp - Rock & Roll Page by Hampton Arts with Terre Cota Adirondack ink - sponged the edges with Vintage photo, distressed them, and attached it with adhesive tape.

Here is the back view - and you can see all the ribbons I knotted on the binding wires. I cut them about 6" each - double knotted them and then trimmed the edges. I also added a long narrow piece you can see sticking out - I use that for a book mark.
I took my fun book with me to an all day Workshop I attended that was taught by Lauren Meader - I know you probably know Lauren - she has the most wonderful blog and is a past member of the Dirt Pile on SCS. When I saw she was teaching these workshops and it was just 1 hour from my home - I jumped to register! It was held at the Papertree, 865 Second St., Manchester, NH so if you're ever in that area - stop by and say hello to the owner, Michelle, and check out all her wonderful stamping supplies - I brought two bags full of them home with me - but I left some there for you!

Here is a picture of all the things we created today - I took 3 workshops - from 10 am - 5 pm!

I know you can't really see them very well - but from left to right they are: a door knob hanger with a little box attached on the front - that is butterfly DP and punched butterflies on it and the sentiment says Thanks a Million. The Cylinder item has an acetate circle window on it (looks white in pic) and you fill this with candies - it's tied from bottom to top with a brown ribbon. Next is a fun Lollipop holder stamped with the cute dog sherrif from the Cat's Pajamas Set and the row of buildings from the set stamped on the brown part. There are holes punched on the top that you put the lollipops through. Next in purple is a beautiful box made from plain Bazzill paper and a beautiful floral paper that is tied closed with a gorgeous brown satin ribbon. We made 8 lovely monogramed cards using the Just Rite Monogram stamper to put inside. In front of that is a pouch that is sort of like a french frie container with a cute birthday bird stamped on it - that is made from one piece of 12x12 DP! Next is a beautiful flower basket made of layers of Nestability scalloped circles in graduated sizes - how cute is that!! And finally - another box made of 2 sheets of DP - corners tied with ribbons - and inside a stamped note pad and 4 stamped cards. A super, super creative day!!

And, of course, I had to take a picture of myself with the famous Lauren - to prove I really met her! She is just as sweet, lovely and talented as she is on her blog! She is going to be running more classes at this shop and I hope to be able to get to them!

And to top off my crafty day - I made this as a Thank You gift for Lauren. She had said it was her first time teaching at a craft shop (other than doing Stampin Up workshops) so I thought it would be nice for her to have something to remind her of this day.
The little monogram cards are 3"x3" so you can tell how big the canvas 'bag' is - I made this out of Confetti Cream card stock by Stampin Up and a navy blue card stock. The pattern for the bag is from a book called "Paper for All Seasons" by Sandra Lounsbury Foose you can find it on and other places it's about $19.95. The little monogramed notes are made using the Just Rite Monogram stamp, my scalloped circle nestability, DP by Scrapborer SCRB decorative collection, and Bashful Blue cardstock by SU. I tucked 4 inside the bag. The star is another nestability cut and embossed and stamped with a sentiment from My Favorite Things Back to School set. I put a square silver eyelet on the top and threaded a piece of hemp through it to attach it to the bag.

Well, - hope you enjoyed all my crafts today! Thanks so much for stopping by! I'm exhausted!

Todays quote from Poor Richard's Almanack by Ben Franklin: "If Passion drives, let Reason hold the Reins."