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I also crochet!

25 Feb

I’m one talented lady.  Ok, maybe talented isn’t the right word, but I have a lot of hobbies.  Aside from creating digital cards, scrapbooking and papercrafting, I taught myself how to crochet.  It all started when I wanted a hat for my son but didn’t want to pay $$$ for one.  Bring it on Youtube!  So one beginner crochet book and several Youtube videos later, I had crocheted my first hat.  I went on a crocheting rampage and made hats for some cousins, a friend or two, and even got two orders for hats.  But alas, my crocheting bug was not to last.  I got 3/4 through a scarf for myself using up leftover yarn, but have yet to finish it.  I was inspired last night however to create a lovely headband as a gift.  It was easy, and fun.  Gotta love The Art of Crochet by Theresa!  So thank you Theresa!

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Yes, I papercraft!

22 Feb

A MOMpreneur friend of mine was looking for some note cards to hand out to her customers.  She was finding it difficult to find just what she needed at just the right price.  So of course I offered my services.  You know I do digital design, but did you also know I paper craft as well?  Hmm.. Well, I do.  Here are the cute note cards I made her.

And of course you can’t make note cards without a box to put them in, so here is the box.  By the way, I hate math and this box was tricky as it used up the entire sheet of cardstock so the measurements had to be just so.

So there you have it.  You learn something new every day.  I do indeed paper craft!

New Tutorial: Photo Gift Box

21 Dec

It all started with a brilliant idea to create unique and personalized Christmas gifts for the special women in my life.  I bought some small 4×6 albums and scrounged up some pictures and spent hours making beautiful desktop photo calendars.  The reaction was fabulous.  Everyone loved them.  But the first thing out of their mouths was “do we get refills next year?”  DOH!  I’ve since learned my lesson and now make them digitally!  4 times less work that way!  Here is a sample of what this year’s calendars look like:

With my new personalized calendars finished and printed, I needed to create something to put them in.  Here’s how I created the perfect Photo Gift Boxes for my calendars.

Materials:

12×12 patterned paper or cardstock (cardstock will be sturdier, but a thicker paper will work just fine)
paper trimmer with scoring blade
scissors
glue runner

Instructions:

Step 1: Trim down the 12 x 12 paper to 8 1/2″ x 12″

Step 2: Use the scoring blade to score all the folds.
With the long side parallel to the blade, score at 1/2″, 1″, 7 1/2″, 8″ and 8 1/2″.
With the short side parallel to the blade, score at 3″, 3 1/2″, 8″, and 8 1/2″.

Step 3: Use cutting blade to cut along the score lines as shown.
With the long side parallel to the blade, cut 1″ from either side down 3 1/2 inches from top, and 3″ from bottom.
Use scissors to cut a tab on the bottom at the 3 1/2″ mark.

Step 4:  Fold along all score lines and use glue runner to adhere bottom flap to the sides to form a box as shown.

Step 5: Create a “belt” by cutting down a strip of the 12 x 12 paper into 2 1/2″ and 1/2″ wide strips.  Use scoring blade to score the strips at 2″, 2 1/2″, 3″, 9 1/2″, 10″.  For a “looser” fit, try to score the paper at slightly larger than the specified size.

Step 6: Fold both strips along the score lines.  Glue the smaller strip to the larger strip, then glue the ends together to create the “belt” as shown.

Step 7: Fill with your favourite photos, or with your custom designed photo calendar from Cup of Tea Photo Cards!

Tutorial # 4: Paper Ornaments

15 Nov

Mastered glass ornaments yet?  Try paper ornaments.  Still pretty simple to make, but a little fussier to put together.  They look great in the end.

Materials:

-Patterned paper
-Ribbon
-Paper Trimmer
-Hole Punch (I used my Cropadile)
-Scissors

Step 1:  Cut 20 strips of paper 4 1/2″ x 1/2″.  This is approximate.  I used leftovers so they were almost 5 inches.  As long as it’s consistent, it should be fine.

Step 2:  Gather all the strips of paper into one pile and hole punch both ends.  I was able to get through all 20 sheets with my Cropadile, but you might need to split it into batches depending on your hole punch.

Step 4: Cut a piece of ribbon approximately 12″ long.  Tie a knot in one end of your ribbon and thread the other end through all 20 strips of paper (make sure the knot is big enough so it won’t slip through the hole in the paper).  It’s easiest if you line all the strips up and use a needle to line all the holes up.  Then thread the ribbon through the hole in the other end of the paper.

Step 5:  After threading the ribbon through both sides of the paper, tie a knot approximately 2″ from the bottom (you could make it less and the ornament would be fatter, more and it would be thinner).  Tie a loop in the ribbon for hanging.

Step 6:  Fan out all the paper to fill in the sides of the ornament.  This is the fiddly part and they don’t always like to stay where you put them, but it’s not hard to fix.  Enjoy!  You can even mix it up by using two different patterned papers and alternating the designs.

Tutorial #3: Ornaments. Glitter without the mess!

15 Nov

Love the look of glittery ornaments but hate the mess they make every time you pull them out?  I made some easy hand-made glittery ornaments that took no time at all.  Only 3 easy steps!  Just learn from my mistake and have paper towel handy and put newspaper down before you begin.  The process of making them can be a bit messy!

Materials:

-Glass Ball Ornaments (on sale NOW at Michael’s for $5!)
-Glue
-Glitter
-2 Containers of some sort (use a cup, the square dish wasn’t so hot)

Step 1: Squirt some glue in your container and add a little water so it is runny enough to pour.  Mix thoroughly so there are no lumps (you might not want to use your kitchen spoon like I did, try a popsicle stick instead).

Step 2:  Take the cap off the ornament and pour some glue inside.  Swirl the glue around so the entire inside of the ornament is coated.  Poor out the excess back into the container.

Step 3:  Pour some glitter into the ornament and swirl around until the inside of the ornament is thoroughly covered in glitter.  Pour out the excess.  Do this over the second container so you can catch the glitter and put it back in the jar.  Voila!  You’re done!  See, told you it was easy!

Got Bags?

14 Nov

So the tedious process of making dozens of bags for my craft show is finally over.  Gluing and punching and cutting and ribboning.  It’s all done and they look great!  Take a look at all my wonderful bags.  One free with every purchase at the show!

Tutorial #2: “Genie” Bag

11 Nov

I learned this technique a long time ago from http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/.  I simplified it slightly because, well, it’s easier and faster, particularly when you’re making a truckload of these bags for say, a craft show.  I will not take all the credit for this idea, so here’s the origianl link. http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/resources/tutorials/genie_bags/

Materials:

-Brown Lunch Bags
-Patterned paper
-Scissors
-Paper trimmer
-Glue
-Hole punch (I used my “Cropadile” oooh, fancy)
-Ribbon

Step 1: Cut top of bag off to desired size.  I chose 7 inches because mine are designed to hold cards.

Step 2: Fold bottom of the bag back so both sides lay flat.

Step 3:  Cut two rectangles of paper to fit the size of the bag (you might want to make the length just a bit bigger).  Mine were 7 1/4″ x 5 1/4″.  Glue one rectangle to each side of the bag.

Step 4:  Punch two holes in the top of the bag all the way through both layers of the bag.  Thread a piece of ribbon (or two) through the holes and knot each end to secure

Step 5:  You can make your bag fancier if you wish by adding embellishments, stamps, stickers, ribbon and anything else you can think of.  Otherwise, you can just fill with goodies and enjoy!  See how easy that was?