Category: create to remember

ME + epiphany crafts = totally awesome!

hi … what? it’s wednesday? (that is what i just said)… holy cow, this week is already half over, and i am not done with even half of my stuff! ack! and TOMORROW i leave for ScrapFest… so i need to get some serious stuff done today! wish me luck!
BUT … today IS wednesday, so it is time for ‘Create to Remember’… and i am super excited to share today’s projects because it’s just awesomely fun and addictive!  have you heard of the Epiphany Craft tools? they are little ‘embellishment makers’. yea… so fun! so let me show you some examples where i have used my Mixed Company paper with the TOOL:
so i made this little “hello” piece above…

and this freakishly cute little camera piece…

the fun little typewriter on this card

the eiffel tower on this notebook… and a the cute little peach color pointer:

and there are ever MORE you can make with Mixed Company and with my BElieve collection: SO MUCH FUN!

CLick HERE To go straight to the VIDEO! it’s only 4 min and a MUST SEE! 

Color Pop + the Cinch = new episode at MCC

hello!! and welcome to a brand new wednesday! i just LOVE the project that i am teaching today on My Craft Channel — it’s just that whole “junk” album concept where i added a bunch of stuff from my scrap drawer…and it’s so much fun to fill! i used the Color Pop file folders to create both the covers and the inside pages.

if you don’t have a cinch… you can totally replace that with some book rings! (but you know, mothers day is coming, maybe you could drop some hints that you need a CINCH!) ;)

i just love to create all these different layers, and interesting elements inside!

probably one of my favorite things in this album is the CLEAR POP alphas!  here i sewed them to the page… spelling out “ROCKY”, and if you look to the right edge, you can see them sticking off the edge of a page.


i used a combo of clear and color pop on the cover of this album… and threw in some Georgia Peach and Tinsel Color Shine! really this is just one of those “no rules” kind of fun projects!

be sure to check out the video HERE to see my little tricks for binding this bad boy! if you took my exclusive class at Archiver’s this spring, you got a little preview of exactly how to bind this thing! take a peek!! so much fuN!

OK>>>>>>>> this is a special message for all those who are attending the “Creative Adventure Downunder” event that is only like 2 weeks away!  First of all…. i am SO totally excited to come to New Zealand! (gasp!)  Secondly…. HOW did it get here so QUICK!? i am freaking out a little…. i know you ladies have been asking me for some photo requirements for this class, so i just wanted to give you a quick peek so you can choose photos that will be perfect for these projects:

for one of the classes we will be making 2 memory file projects. you are going to love these! they are so much fun to make! i have 17 and 19 photos in my 2 memory files- so you can fit A LOT of photos, and actually i could fit more!  it’s so much fun to get so many photos into one project! heres a little peek inside- just so you kinda have an idea on the color palette

the colors are really soft, but they still pack a bit of a punch! we will be using the Serendipity Memory Files, Color Pop banner delights and Clear Pop tags!

the second project is a mini-book that sits just right inside a wood shadowbox frame… the mini is removable, and we can fit lots of photos inside!

ok girls… i hope this helps get you ready for the big weekend coming up! i am so excited to meet all of you and visit New Zealand! i have LOTS to do before i come… so WISH ME LUCK!!

brown paper packages

ok… hello… what you are about to see is going to inspire you to make some hot chocolate, turn on a well loved Christmas movie, sit by the fire and wrap some gifts!!  THESE just are melting my heart…  i LOVE to wrap gifts…. love those anticipation and wonder that comes with some lovely packages … but these??? oh, how i would love to receive a gift like this! 

CLICK HERE TO GRAB THIS FREEBIE… and  take a look at what the AMAZING Jamie Pate did with today’s simple little freebie!

Brown paper packages tied up with string…these are a few of my favorite things…
and this is really true for me.
I LOVE PACKAGING!!!
To me, the packaging needs to be as thought out as the package…
be it simple and sweet…
or elaborate and full of bling.

So how lucky was I to use today’s freebie on packaging?
um…very lucky.

There were so many possiblities to put these ‘rejoice’ stars to work. My mind had a hard time settling down on just a few ideas to share with you. But I ‘glued it down’, as Heidi always tells us. So this first one is the fanciest of them all. Layers. Just layer stuff to your hearts content. I almost always start with kraft wrapping paper. Mine is from the dollar store. Gotta love that. The package was then wrapped once with some sheer ribbon. Silver is always a strong statement in my Christmas decor, so I have lots of it in my stash. Then a doily. Girls, you always need a nice stash of doilies. Always. On top of the doily is layered a crepe paper rosette. Lots of pinterest tutorials out there for those. And so very easy. On top of the doily is some white seam binding, which I kept…well…white! The star was edged with glitter and all was hot glued down to the present to make sure it was not going anywhere.

The next idea is a bit simpler. Again the box was wrapped with the silver sheer ribbon and then some seam binding. I then took a white tag and ‘drizzled’ metallic yarn in a circular fashion. The smaller of the ‘rejoice’ stars was then adhered to the top with foam dimensional tape. A mini wood clip was then glittered within an inch of it’s life and  was used to clip the tag to the ribbons.

This last package is the easiest of them all. Seam binding wrapped around the package and then a couple of strands of bakers twine. The larger of the two stars was punched with a small hole and then tied to the package. Really simple. Really sweet. Really doable.

So if you are like me, I know you have plenty of packages to wrap still for the big day. I would suggest any of the fabulous freebies be used for adorning your packages. Any of them would look fabulous put to work.  However you decide to dress up your presents, I hope you have a very Merry Christmas.

Dear Jamie…i am so totally in love with these beautiful packages! i am feeling SO inspired and excited to go to work on my wrapping! LOVE LOVE LOVE these!!

 

christmas is…handmade ornaments.

Christmas is…wonderful!  beautiful…sparkly and wrapped in pretty paper and ribbons!

Christmas is…filled with traditions, family and FOOD!

Christmas is special, memorable and kind.  it started with a miracle, and that miracle fills this Christmas time! it brings out the best in us, gives us a reason to GIVE, to share, to come together and rejoice!

(and let’s be honest…Christmas is stressful and overwhelming…but so worth the effort!)

Christmas is… 14 days away…

what is Christmas to you!?

today this little freebie is something that i hope will give you and yours a chance to do a little ‘journaling’, thinking, pondering and documenting about what Christmas is to you! I have invited Media Team member Jamie Pate to share her ideas for using this fab little freebie today…CLICK HERE to grab this cutie freebie!

Christmas is…
what a great open ended statement.
I think for many of us Christmas is something different as well as many different things.
For me Christmas is synonymous with handmade creations made lovingly for friends and family as well as decorating my home. Today’s freebie made for such a wonderful starting place to do just that…
decorate my home by way of a handmade ornament.

Today I want to show you three ornaments made with the Christmas is… label. I call it a variation on a theme.

First up is the simplest of them all. ‘Christmas is joy’. This ornament started with a ColorMagic paper base. The striped paper was trimmed about a quarter inch larger than the label. It was misted with two ColorShine colors:: Sweet Cherry and a bit of Mustard. This helped  the ColorMagic stripe to be a  truer Christmas red.

Before printing the Christmas is label, the ‘joy’ word came from the the digi shop Words:Gratitude kit. It was re-colored in green and placed on the tag. Then the label was printed on white textured card stock paper and trimmed to size. Dimensional adhesive popped the label on top of the ColorMagic paper. A bit of seam binding was used as it’s hanger.

Next tag has a bit more detail added to it. This ornament has a base made of a book paper lolly. The edges were glittered and Gold Lame ColorShine was spritzed on the lolly a bit just to give it some shine.

The Christmas is… label was printed again on textured stock and then trimmed to size. “Magical’, a cut file also from the Words:Gratitude kit, was sprayed with Gold Lame and then adhered to the label which was adhered to the book paper lolly. Just a note, the label was actually hot glued to the lolly to assure it was not going to fall off. I don’t need that happening.

Now this one is my favorite…for obvious reasons. Part of my Christmas preparation includes making each of the kids their own ornament from that year. And I love so much how this one turned out that I will be making more of them just for that purpose. It seems to me too that a family photo on an ornament would be a great gift for extended family members. Or to top a package or gift bag. The ornaments do not only have to hang on your tree. A collection of them could make a bunting that you could also hang on a mirror or picture frame. The possibilities are endless.

This ornament’s base is red glittered card stock attached to a rectangular piece of balsa wood that you can find in the wood section of your craft store. It gives this particular ornament more stability. The Christmas is … label was printed and trimmed same as the above projects. Then I printed one of our Christmas card photos out here at home and it measures about 1 3/4 x 1 3/4 inches. It was popped up with dimensional adhesive. The little ‘family’ tag was printed from the computer and tucked in with a few more notched tags to give it a little pop. This ornament would be so easy to make in volume and be so welcomed by your family members. Yes, I have to say it again…”Christmas is family” is my favorite.

 

if you click over to Jamie’s blog... you will find that this Christmas season hasn’t been what she was expecting- my prayers have been with her and her family as they have been dealing with some difficult circumstances!  sometimes, even if ‘Christmas is’ NOT what you had expected, or planned…being with the people you love, and searching for ways to show love, and sharing good tidings, Christmas IS coming… may you have peace and joy and this little printable will make it’s way onto your pretty projects!

 

 

THANKS and GIVING!

Thanks… AND giving… that’s really what this season is all about!  my thoughts have been with the folks that were effected by the Hurricane Sandy, and I think that I have sort of sat- so far away… watching the devastation and wondering what I could do to help!

(this is jodi)

A good friend of mine who is from Washington DC, Jodi Cantrell,  came to spend a couple days with us and shared her experiences going into some of the areas that were hit the hardest, and helping to clean out … well more like gut out… basements and cleaning out homes, and literally trashing EVERYTHING. In fact, one of the guys that was with their group created a video about the day they went to help, please watch this sweet video.

Ok… so one of her friends has been spear-heading a project to gather up 20,000 blankets and beanies to distribute to those Sandy victims over the next few weeks. I knew that this would be a great way to get involved, and contribute something- Jodi kept telling us how tremendously grateful everyone was for ANY help at this super difficult, crazy time.

We purchased some full sized FLAT sheets, and I thought this would be a great time to teach my kiddos how to tie a quilt!  My mom has quilt frames, and I recruited my sister and her kids to help out as well!

We had so much fun! Capri and my niece Aspen loved using the needle and yarn and learning how to tie a knot! It was so awesome.

In about 3 hours we tied 2 full sized quilts!

Today, I want to invite you to get your family involved!! Would you help to spread the word? Whether you are tying a quilt, or sending a fleece blanket… or even pick up a few beanies when you are out… this is something that EVERYONE. ANYONE.

ALL OF US can do!!

1) Make or purchase a blanket or beanie.  follow this link for some ideas and instruction

2) Write a note -
Write a quick note to the family that will receive your blanket and/or beanie. If you want, you can also attach a picture of you and those who helped you.

3) Mail or drop off your blanket/beanie to one of these several locations:

Ok, so here’s the details:

Comfort Sandy’s Kids
52 Featherbed Lane
Flemington, NJ 08822

Comfort Sandy’s Kids
3917 E. Des Moines St.
Mesa, Az 85205

Comfort Sandy’s Kids
343 W. 300 N. #4
Provo, Utah 84601

Comfort Sandy’s Kids
54 Maplewood st.
Watertown, MA 02472

4) Continue to pray for all of those families who are displaced from the devastation of hurricane Sandy. And get your families, communities, and schools involved in helping us comfort Sandy’s Kids!

 

i am so excited to have a way to help out, even though it’s in the smallest way! have a WONDERFUL and happy weekend!! and if you are able to HELP… tag me up on insta so i can see!! xoxoxo

 

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