Thursday, December 18, 2014

My Notebook

I posted a bunch of notebooks on December 12th that I made for my friends at work.  Now I'm posting the notebook I made for myself.  I probably bought this book over 3 years ago.  I just didn't have any idea about how I wanted to personalize the book.  Recently I purchased several of the stitched dies and fell in love with them.  That's when the idea hit me.  I also received some type of ad on a museum that had some fantastic photos and odds and ends of focal pieces.  I used those pieces to made my panel.  I wish I had photographed that ad because there is nothing left of it.  However, the letters were made from a Cuttlebug panel which is shown below my book photos.
The outside of my notebook below

I wanted you to see more clearly the design on the black panel and the stitched effect on all square panels.  I love the technique of inlaying letters and patterns into another panel.

This is the back of my notebook.  I had a couple things left over from die-cutting so I put them on the back.  Something a bit different, but I like it.
 Memory Box Classic Upper Alphabet
Die-namics Stitched Stax (squares))

Cuttlebug packaging below

I had a lot of fun making notebooks this year.  If you find them for $1.00 at Michaels like I did, it's certainly worth personalizing and taking the time out of making them your own.  If you're making something more unique, of course, then make it from scratch.


Monday, December 15, 2014

Personalizing Christmas Patterned Note Cards

I see we have an interview over at Die Cut Divas.  Be sure to check it out here.

Christmas patterned note cards make it easy to decorate and add a personal touch.  There are four of each Christmas patterns, so I used one note cards to cut out Seasons's Greetings (Elizabeth Crafts Designs) and the holly leaves (Memory Box).  I know it's not much, but I couldn't find anything to add besides sentiments and holly leaves and a few gems.  I'm getting my Xmas cards done.  I haven't used this wonderful die-cut much and just had to use it on these three cards - Memory Box Country Landscape.

Memory Box Country Landscape at Dies R Us
Elizabeth Crafts Designs Season's Greetings at Dies R Us

You can still keep your cards personal by adding a different color, sentiment or placement of a die-cut.  Keep it fun.

I had stamped this Hero Arts sentiment and holly a year ago and just finished the card now.

Elizabeth Craft Designs Best Wishes
This card is from a different set of 4 cards.  We'll see if I use the rest of them up.

You can bring ordinary cards the personal touch and texture with die-cuts.  I love the way patterned papers give a bit of pizzazz to a card.

Remember that the Die Cut Divas' is having a challenge.  Join the fun!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Notebooks or Journals, Use Them

I gave these away at the beginning of December  I was happy with the way the books turned out.  I really don't know what to call them because the two women I gave these to  may use them for different things.

SURPRISE:  The die-cut panels and letters are all cut from ordinary TISSUE BOXES!   Because people save me tissue boxes at work, I figure they would like to see what I do with them.  They are always surprised.  They now know that many of my tags are made from their tissue boxes, but this is the first time I've done notebooks for them.

SURPRISE:  I did NOT make the books.  I had been collecting notebooks a few at a time over the past several year and finally had enough to give away 16 books.  I have several other books to show you later this month.  Not always did the store I purchased these have enough to make 16 of any one kind.

I am really pleased with how these turned out and I hope you like the way these turned out.
  This really is such a lovely book.  I bought the two books at one of the dollar stores around town.

This is the front and back of Ginnie's book

This is the front of the book using a small tag embedded in the stitched frame.  The letters were embedded in the tag.  I love this technique now.  

I only had one panel of this marvelous flower arrangement or I would have made both tags the same.  I'm now very picky about the tissue boxes I buy - HOW WILL I USE THIS ONCE IT'S EMPTY???  LOL
Die-namics Stitched Stax (rectangles)
Hero Arts Long and Cute Tags  (DI046)

Books I made for the guys at work!

This one's for Ed - I loved the angles.

Don't you just love the modern architecture on this for Michael?

The gray and black blocking does it for me.  Richard is sure to use it.

For more of the gals in my office

I loved the colors in the round panel.

What a gorgeous panel - who would think tissue box?

I love how this book came together. 

I hope you liked these and just because you don't make the entire book doesn't mean you can't put your own unique style into your gifts.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

A Little Goes a Long Way - Season's Greetings

I let  Xmas printed note cards give me a head start on cards. There are four of each Xmas patterns, so I used one of the other note cards to cut out Seasons's Greetings (Elizabeth Crafts Designs) and the holly leaves (Memory Box).  I know it's not much, but I couldn't find anything to add besides a sentiments and holly leaves.  I'm fine with only adding a little.  Sometimes LESS is MORE..



I know there's not much difference, but a little bit was all it needed to make a more personal card for the holidays.

Elizabeth Crafting Designs Seasons's Greetings
Memory Box Mini Holly Leaves

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Trucks and Trees

I never went up to the Sierras to cut a tree, but I know many people love to go and cut their own tree.  I thought this truck could bring home the tree.  Using a Christmas patterned note card makes it easy when it comes to a background.  I had such fun with this truck.  You can see my cards are not quite making themselves, but well on the way.

Hero Arts embellishment - tree on the left side

I used a Impression Obsession die Classic Truck from Dies R Us here.      

These were super fun to put together. 

I can see using this truck for those old fashioned cards.  

Elizabeth Crafts Designs Noel
Elizabeth Crafts Designs - Evergreen Pivot Card - tree 
Impression Obsession (IO) die  - truck
Xmas note cards bought at Hobby Lobby a couple years ago

Monday, December 1, 2014

December 1st has Magically Appeared

December 1st has magically appeared, or so it seems to me.  How does it roll around so quickly? Dates seem to do that.  I thought I'd have some fun with the holidays and dress my owl in stripes, stripes you say?   Yep, not just any stripes either, these are re-purposed stripes from (WAIT FOR IT) a tissue box.  I have been creating some tags using tissue boxes as the source of my materials, which I will share with you at a later date, but not now.

I think this owl looks charming or maybe "goofy", but I think he's rather cute.  I also want to let you know this card is my CCC entry to send to Helen.  You'll want to see all the cards sent around the world on the Society of Stampaholics.  I used Debbie Nolan's sketch and it was easy peasy to put this card together.

I used a Hero Arts stamp inside and forgot to take a photo before I sent it off, but the sentiment is " Crafty Friends are the Best of Friends"

Elizabeth Craft Designs Poppy The Owl
Elizabeth Craft Designs Prig with Berries
Memory Box Patisserie Labels
Hero Arts Crafty Friends H5943
The Paper Studio Everyday Expressions - (celebrate)
Maroon Note Card
Checkered Red and White card stock

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Second Post of the Day - Tags

I had cut the Bugaboo Presents out and they were still on my desk as was the scrap of dark chocolate file folder.  I made a tag.  This will go on one of my Christmas presents and the USPS truck just dropped one of my packages off and I'm in the midst of wrapping it.  So have a wonderful season.

Bugaboo Stamps presents
Elizabeth Crafts Design Tags and More 1