4 posts categorized "Year of Gifts"

03/14/2017

Suite Sentiments Card

Happy Tuesday Peeps!

I am back up and running! When I posted on the 28th I thought the Typepad issue was figured out...it was apparently NOT. Short version Typepad was basically out in MN only something about security issue with one of their providers. I for one am very glad the problem is fixed!

It continues to be wild here for us. Boy oh Boy what a wild ride this year has been so far! Wedding invites done and out the door, 1st birthday party, bridal shower party stuff done! Another batch of successful parties were pulled off (some how). Kitchen cabinets for my parents ordered! Of course while this is all going on my cousin decided it was time to work on my parent's bathroom.... What a mess and nightmare they had more water damage then originally thought so new bathroom and new entry way will be happening. I crumba and if that wasn't enough my dad fell and got hurt very bad he tore a tendon in his shoulder and tore his rotator cuff. Ughh and yes he will be having surgery we don't know when yet but just in time for calving season. haha April I don't plan on sleeping at all. Haha Life is never dull for sure! I sure hope the rest of you have not had crazy stuff going on like us!

Suite Sentiments Card

Did you know February 21 is National Card Reading Day? SWEET perfect for us card makers a holiday for us :) This card was doing double duty for February. I made this for the Year of Gifts or visit HERE to see all that I have shared so far. I also used it for Sudsol Challenge #156. It uses the stamp set from the Occasions Catalog called Suite Sentiments (W) item #142968 (C) item #142971 and that FABUOLOUSE Carried Away Designer Series Paper item #143608 from the Sale A Bration!

Suite Sentiments

This is a fabulous greeting set! The fonts? Astounding. The statements? Endearing. The stamp set? Breathtaking. It is a must have!

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Rubber Redneck Quick Shots:

  • Create a base out of Whisper White Thick Card Stock. I use the thicker card stock when it's the base for a card stock since it is heaver.
  • Cut a piece of Smoky Slate card stock. Cut the Carried Away Designer Series Paper into little squares using 4 different patterns. Glue to the Smoky Slate card stock. Reminds me of a quilt.
  • Ink the stamp from Suite Sentiments Stamp Set in Night of Navy and stamp onto a piece of Whisper White card stock. Zip it through the Big Shot with the Stitched Shapes Framelits. I placed it in the center with Stampin' Dimensionals.
  • Randomly place some Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

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The inside I kept it simple I added little strips of Carried Away Designer Series Paper across the bottom and right side.

 

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02/18/2017

Family Gifts; Family Jar

Happy Saturday Peeps!

Yes we are alive and well I've just been incredible busy and have not had time to create or post to my blog. I am in the process of several major events here that I am making decorations for, lots of regular work, work and work, tax time, plus lots of different things going on. There is not enough hours in the day! We did have my mom's retirement party it was a success and I will be sharing photos in a couple of weeks here. I am sorry I worried some of you but we are okay and I will not be posting regular till I get stuff done and caught up.

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Family Jar

This is another gift we created for our family members and is part of the "Year Gift" we made! If you would like to see more info about this awesome project we created and what I've shared so far click on the little tag on the left side of my blog labeled Year of Gifts or visit HERE. It is a family jar. I saw this idea last year on pinterest and thought how cool I gotta make this! The idea is all year long record the awesome things that happened and then on new year's eve read through everything. How cool right? Another demo/friend did this with her family and it's become a family tradition for them. This uses the Layering Love Stamp Set (W) item #141962 (C) item #141965 which I thought was fitting for this idea!

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Theses were such a blast to make! We made a total of 4 of them. I should have made one for us but didn't even think about it. lol Super easy to create too!

Supplies Needed to create Family Jar
Stamp: Layering Love
Ink: Early Espresso
Paper: Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Copy Paper
Acc.: 1 3/8 Circle Punch, Very Vanilla 1/2 Lace Trim, Gold Binder Clips, Pearls, Jar, Paint, Silhouette

Rubber Redneck Quick Shots:

  • Paint the jar lid in your color choice and let dry for several days.
  • Using the Silhouette cut out the vinyl in black and attach to the front of the jar. Sorry I forgot to measure the jar. lol I got them at Target in the $1 spot last spring.
  • Create a pouch to hold slips of copy paper out of the Early Espresso card stock. They don't need to be that big but I really wanted the saying on the pocket. Punch one end of the Early Espresso card stock using the 1 3/8 Circle Punch. This will make it easier to grab the slips of paper.
  • Ink the stamp from Layering Love Stamp Set in Early Espresso and stamp onto the Very Vanilla card stock. Glue to the front of the pocket and added some Pearl Basic Jewels to finish it.
  • At the top I clipped a Gold Binder Clip to the pocket then thread some Very Vanilla 1/2 Lace Trim through the binder clip and tied it around the top of the jar.
  • Then I typed up a note to add with the jar to let each family know how the jar works.

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Here is all four of them. Again I either did people's favorite colors or the color that would best in there home since I didn't know who would actually leave them sitting out. Pretty awesome I think!

 

 

01/28/2017

Family Gift's; New Year's Eve Jars

New Years Bundle

New Year's Eve has come and gone but I plan on showing all the stuff I made for our family gifts. This project is the New Year's Eve Gift Jar that we created for our family members and is part of the "Year Gift" we made! If you would like to see more info about this awesome project we created and what I've shared so far click on the little tag on the left side of my blog labeled Year of Gifts or visit HERE. This was one of my FAVORITES out of the Year Gifts, yes, we made a lot of AWESOME stuff but I thought these really rocked! This was also one of the projects that I didn't get made till December because of the candy that would go inside some. I used a lot of different stamp sets to create this project but the main stamp set used is Designer Tin of Cards Photopolymer Stamp Set item #141739 on pg 161 in our main catalog.

Designer Tin of Cards

This is one of those sets that I think everyone needs! It works for many occasions and is also perfect for your project life!!

The Break Down of Goodies in the Jar

Everyone's jars were different for several reasons. Not everyone got the midnight kisses, some don't do candy at all. A couple of the Jars didn't have balloons in them because of Latex Allergies. Some of the confetti stuff had to be different too because of allergies. I also made the jars different to suit people's favorite colors too! I personally hate the color Pink so bad. It literally gives me an instant headache and makes me want to vomit when I see it. I don't know why it's been like that since I was a kid, so I personally didn't want to give someone a color they hate. lol To me that is knowing someone and truly caring about them. So yeah, I really put a LOT of thought into this gift!

Noise Makers

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These were so AWESOME when they were done! I saw the idea on pinterest and knew I had to make them! I thought they would be perfect for the two little ones too. This project however didn't go well for us... hahaha, it was quite the project and story! First, I thought I had picked up the black paint, nope and of course this wasn't discovered till 8pm at night when we went to work on them. Strike 1! I picked up paint the next day, came home painted them and let them dry overnight just to be extra safe. However what pinterest didn't tell you is you definitely need bigger bells. With smaller bells, you can't slide the gift package ribbon through them at all. ROFL Another discover at 8pm at night and in this small town where in the world do you find this many bells at Christmas time no less (we made 13 of these and they each had 8 bells on them). ROFL Strike 2!  Off to town the next day yet again when I should really be home working on the gifts. lol Luckily for us I managed to find some and they had exactly just enough packages left (my angles working full time again). Home to work on them, but I noticed that the wrapping ribbon paint was coming off so they looked bad. Ughh Strike 3! Off to town again to find higher quality ribbon. They finally worked after having 4 days tied up into this project. lol We for some reason we also thought they would fit into the jars too and they didn't. It was pretty funny. The lesson don't wait to do this project in Dec try starting it in November. Haha

Supplies Needed
Wavy Wood Sticks
Black Craft Nontoxic Paint
3/4" to 1" bells
High quality present wrapping ribbon

To Create Them:

  • I picked up wood wave sticks from walmart you get like 24 in a package. Then paint with craft paint. If little ones are involved, you want to make sure you get a paint that is nontoxic if they happen to stick it in their mouth. lol All the sticks were painted black and left to dry overnight.
  • You want larger bells so they will slide easier over the ribbon at least 3/4". I used gift wrap ribbon and you want a high-quality ribbon so the color doesn't flake off.
  • Put all the bells on your ribbon first, you will want quite a bit of ribbon to work with. Tie one end of the ribbon to the wavy stick and then start wrapping around the wavy stick you'll want 4 bells on each side. Tie the other end to the stick when done wrapping.
  • Cut some more ribbon and tie to the wavy stick on the bottom and curl it.

Swizzle Sticks

Swizzle Sticks

These were awesome too! They do take some time and a lot of work because you know me I can't do simple. lol Each jar had 3 different designs of swizzle sticks.

Supplies Needed
Stamps: Designer Tin of Cards, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Thoughtful Banners, It's a Celebration, Sunburst Sayings
Ink:VersaMark, Memento Ink Tuxedo Black, Crushed Curry
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Silver Glimmer Paper
Tools: Big Shot, Star Framelits, Heat Tool, Medium Star Punch
Acc.: Gold and Silver Embossing Powder, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Rhinestones
Misc: Wood Stir Sticks, Gift Packaging Ribbon

To Create Them:

  • Punch out the Whisper White and Basic Black card stock with the Medium Star Punch. Attach the Basic Black stars to the stir sticks with Glue Dots or Dimensionals.
  • Stamp onto the Whisper White card stock using the following stamps Designer Tin of Cards, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Thoughtful Banners, It's a Celebration, Sunburst Sayings in the following inks Memento Tuxedo Black, Crushed Curry and VersaMark. Emboss the images you want with Silver and Gold Embossing Powder. Add Dazzling Diamonds Glitter to the ones you want. I did each set design at once to make it easier and that way your ink doesn't dry before you pour embossing powder over your images. Attach the Whisper White star with a Glue Dot or Stampin' Dimensional.
  • Zip Silver Glitter Paper through the Big Shot with the Star Framelits and attach to the ones you want to have the glitter star. Attach with a Stampin' Dimensional. Add Basic Jewels Rhinestones in where you want.
  • Tie some gift wrap ribbon around the stir stick and curl.

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Here is a close up of them. SWEET!!

New Year's Resolution Cards

New Years Resolution Cards

Super easy and fun to create! I printed out the resolution cards we designed onto Whisper White card stock. In the corners, I inked the stamp from Designer Tin of Cards Stamp Set in Crushed Curry and stamped. Across the bottom, I added some Silver Glimmer Paper.

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Then tie some gift wrap ribbon around to keep them together.

 Download New Years Resolution Card for your next project. Simply print onto Whisper White card stock and trim the border off if you don't want the border. Enjoy!

Midnight Kisses

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Another idea I saw on Pinterest and absolutely loved!! Very easy to make and these also would be awesome for any event or occasion.
I purchased 3/4" Circle Labels from Target. Using the Project Life Date Stamp Set; I stamped 2017 in Memento Ink Tuxedo Black onto the labels. Then I using a Sponge Dauber I add Gold Metallic Ink onto the label. Then placed the labels onto the bottom of the Hershey kisses.

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It's hard to see but we used the Silhouette to cut out Happy New Year 2017 in White Vinyl. I then added it to the jar. The jar lids we painted in the black craft paint. Then filled the jars with filler I purchased at Hobby Lobby. We punched stars and etc. to place in the jars too. I added gift wrap ribbon and another bell onto the jar.

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Here are the 4 Jars all done. Each family received a New Year's Jar. Aren't these AWESOME!! Even with the crazy stuff that happened they turned out AMAZING!!! For us we made a pretty fun memory with LOTS of laughs.

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We also created this for one family as it was our nephew's 1st New Year! I picked up a frame from Walmart. Slide some Basic Black card stock into it. Using the Silhouette, we cut out My First New Year in white vinyl. I added a Gold Foil Star and a Silver Glitter Star in the bottom right corner to finish it.

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Since we didn't do our family Christmas till December 31st. We were able to be watch my brother and wife to be open their New Year's Gift. Which was pretty awesome to be able to be part of it!

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They loved it too!

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My brother really loved the noise maker's. lol

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My cousin sent me this pic on New Year's Eve of her little guy loving the balloons made my heart so happy to see :)

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01/01/2017

Happy New Year + Big Surprise

Happy New Year Peeps!

I know I've been missing all week again and I can FINALLY share why this year I've missed so much time on here besides being super sick and busy with family stuff. It has been super hard to keep this project top secret and not show anything!! I should seriously get a medal for that :) This past two day's we did our family Christmas with my side!! I REALLY couldn't wait for Christmas to get here this year!!!! I was probably more excited than any kid on the planet!!!! haha

So are you ready??? This year I decided to do something pretty FUN and completely CRAZY for our siblings and my one cousin who is like a sister to me and for there families. I made an entire year of gifts celebrating the major holiday's and weird holidays as there Christmas gifts for this year and next year. Yes you did read that right. lol A whole year of gifts!! Some gifts were made and some where purchased. What dose an entire year of gifts look like for one family?

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Awesome right? I thought it was awesome!! But of course I had to take it one more step farther and be truly INSANE.... for the month of December I did a countdown to Christmas but instead of just a 12 day countdown I did a 25 day countdown....THUD.

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This is what 25 day's of Christmas countdown looks like. Hehehe

We did this for 4 families. Yes 4 families for a total of 363 presents for this coming year!!! 100 of those presents were just the Christmas Countdown for this coming December.

What do you put all these presents in to give? Why 2- 50 gallon totes for each family and some still didn't fit. haha

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Of course how do you decorate a 50 gallon tote? Ribbon and lots of ribbon!

How in the world did I get this idea?

Last year in December while I was wrapping the date night kits I made for the family I had the news on and they were talking about some weird holiday like it was doughnut day or something and I thought huh and what?? So off to google I went and low and behold I found a web-sight called Holiday Insights with the major holiday and weird holidays and the idea was born. I thought it would be so fun to teach the kids about it since I obviously knew nothing about it. lol I told my husband what I wanted to do and he thought it would be so cool. So it started out for the kids but then I was having so much fun with it and my cousin is a teacher I thought you know she probably would really like this and so would our siblings. I really started thinking about how hard everyone works and what a great gift this would be as a family gift instead. I love creating gifts for people because for me they are truly from the heart and we love our family so much. I just really wanted to do something special for them this year to show them how much we love them! Family is one of the most important things to me and with everyday life sometimes we forget to have fun, take our families for granted and truly enjoy those little moments. Of course when I told hubby this he thought I was off my rocker yet again :) I knew I would have to really work on it all year to have it done in time.......HA yeah right even working on it all year was not enough time. Every spare minuet I had was working on this project.

This also was part why I didn't share my project life album this past year because so much time was spent on this project I didn't want to give things away :) It defiantly fit our thing of trying something new last year. lol I am a supper organized control freak and I'll be honest no amount of being prepared to do this gift in this magnitude, you still will not be prepared enough. lol

So many things happened with this gift and I will share as they days gifts are opened too because it was really funny all the stuff that happened. The biggest thing I didn't fully think about was what size of gift this would be when we were done and how we would wrap stuff. lol We spent all year saving boxes then dh's cat got sick and decided to use the room I was storing the boxes in as a litter box. Ughh a hole trailer load of boxes in September went to the dump....that really left us scrambling. We didn't really think out what the cost of packaging (totes are soo expensive) it would have been ok if I had planned for that but that was a very big unplanned expense in December to have.

Some other things I didn't think about where the food restrictions some have, having 2 little ones that a lot of things they can't have or do yet (that was a big challenge to try to find things that would work for them). lol Some people told me to just do whatever for it but I didn't want it to be a gift of things people didn't like or would get upset over. I truly care if it's something someone will like and to me that is knowing a person better and making these gifts more personal.

Not all the gifts were the same for every family, each of the families varied in size, children age's, and some have no children. My brother got engaged in October so that was a VERY unplanned thing and we had to scramble to figure out stuff to included Hailey. lol Because in October where do you find things for St. Patty's Day for example it was a riot. I was happy to do it though because it is awesome she is joining our family!!

To start of the gift we created message boards for each family with pictures and a calendar of when to open there gifts.

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This is my brother and soon to be wife's message board. We put the picture of when he proposed, engagement picture and a picture of all 4 of us.

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This one is of my cousin and here family.

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This one is of my hubby's baby brother and wife.

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This one is of my hubby's other brother and family.

They turned out so cool!! We used the Silhouette to create the family thing across the top.

All the reactions we got were so funny and some where not at all what we expected. I always prank someone at Christmas time on my side and my cousin panicked. Her response was OMG what did we do this year, she was so worried but when we set the tote down in front of my brother she felt relief. ROFL and by the way I don't think I will ever have to prank you two again mission accomplished. haha They were all pretty shocked and I don't think I will EVER be able to top this gift......but I always find a way I just set the bar VERY high.

So now can you see why I was sooo excited for Christmas this year!! We wrapped gifts right up before we had to leave for our family gathering. It was quite the adventure and we made some awesome memories for us in 2016.

Happy New Year!!

 

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