Right now I'm working on stocking my Etsy Shop with plenty of Teacher Gifts - we are getting closer & closer to the end of the school year - time to grab a small gift or card to say THANKS to all the awesome Teachers out there. Here are some photos of recent projects I've been working on. You can find most all of these for sale in my shop. If you are local, I am willing to meet up with you so that you don't have to worry about shipping costs - makes it easier for both of us! Contact me if you have any special requests or questions.

For most of these, I decided to try out using some digital stamps. I recently stumbled upon Scrappin Doodles digital stamps and found some really fun stamps to try out.

What I like about digital stamps: the cost is lower than a traditional stamp, shipping is free (just a download link) and you can customize them to any size you want. I grabbed some of these school themed stamps from Scrappin Doodles and I was able to use them to make some really fun Teacher themed gifts. (I found Scrappin Doodles simply by doing a Google search for digital stamps - if you guys have any other faves or recommendations, feel free to leave them here as a comment, I'd love to check them out - thanks!)

The first project I created was this mini gable box filled with a mini bottle of hand sanitizer (what Teacher doesn't need that, right?) - and a mini post-it magnet holder. I was thinking that you could add more to this box if you'd like - a gift card, maybe some candy, etc.

You can customize to the name of your Teacher if you want, or you can simply say "Thank You Teacher" - I am offering both options.

I will mail these flat for easier/cheaper shipping - and you will just need to assemble the box and add the goodies.

Here is another version of the Crystal Light containers that I have done in the past. These are great to fill with candy, or can be used as a little pen/pencil holder on a Teacher's desk:

Here is a set of 3"x3" cards - perfect size for writing a small note of Thanks:

Some more Skinny Notepads...

and finally, a different spin on some post-it holders:

WHEW! That was a long post with a lot of pics. A cookie to you if you made it this far :)

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Hi everyone - just sort of a miscellaneous post for you today with a few few projects that I have been meaning to share. I'm uploading all of these to my Etsy Shop so I wanted to blog about them here, too. SIDENOTE: You might wonder why I am always mentioning items in my Etsy Shop. Sorry if it's annoying - but its my way of keeping this blog going & paying for all that it entails! Yes, that includes the crafting supplies & fun toys like my new camera I just ordered (yay!). I am doing my best to pay for my hobby through making the items that I love. It makes it much easier and I feel less guilty when I want to buy a new toy. The good news is that you all benefit from this when I share with you some new pics, and also some new layouts using my new Epson printer that I just bought. (SUPER excited about that one. ) Anyway, NONE of that would even be possible without all of you awesome readers, so thanks for being patient & listening to me babble on and on.... ;) ANYHOO - onto the stuff! These are some more Tic Tac Holders. I had to some that were more boy-themed. Here is what I came up with. Love these stamps. I will be offering these for sale as a set of 4, you choose the designs you want.

Some more Ghirardelli holders using Whimsie Doodles stamps. I printed these on blue cardstock & used my Copics to color in a few details on the fish.

Lastly, some hot cocoa sliders using more of the stamps from Whimsie Doodles. I can't get enough of these stamps - they are just too funny!

and I know I am a little biased because I love photography & all - but I think this one might be my fave. This is a great one to give to all the Photographer's in your life...!

hope you guys are having a great week! I will be anxiously watching for the UPS man to deliver my new printer so that I can get started on some layouts. Hehe :)

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Hi guys! Just a super quick post today to share some Tic Tac Holders with a Valentine's theme. I used more of the Tiny Treats Valentine set from Papertrey Ink for these, and colored them in with my Copic Markers.

This "to & from" stamp is included as part of that set. I love how it fits perfectly on the inside. What a great treat to give out for Valentine's Day!

I've listed this particular set in my Etsy Shop, but if you're interested in a different stamped image, or a different quantity of these, feel free to contact me for a custom order. Thanks!

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I've been working on a LOT of fun Valentine's stuff. On my Facebook page, I asked what you guys were looking for me to offer in my Etsy Shop. A few of you mentioned that you needed fun Valentine's themed items. Over the next few days, I will be adding a bunch of different stuff with a Valentine's theme for sale. So be sure to check back! These are a spinoff of some pillow boxes I did a few years back. Check out this post here for a video & full instructions on making these. I used clear acetate for the pillow boxes, and filled them each with a Ghirardelli chocolate. (YUM!)

These adorable stamps are from the Tiny Treats Valentine stamp set from PaperTrey Ink. I colored them in with my copic markers & then used a 1 3/4" circle punch to cut them out. I nested them onto a 2" punch. All designer paper is from Martha Stewart Crafts.

I am offering these in sets of 4 in my Etsy shop. Thanks for looking :)

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I know it's only January...but I was getting tired of the Fall & Holiday colors. So I whipped up some Spring themed post-it holders today. I just listed all of these in my Etsy Shop. (I am trying to get better about actually keeping my store stocked w/ stuff!)


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Follow me on Facebook!

August 16, 2011

in Etsy,Other

Well, I finally broke down & created a Facebook page. I was paranoid to do it up to this point because really - I wasn't sure if I would have any followers & then I would feel like a dork. Sooo...after much back & forth I decided to just do it. What the heck, right? I plan on posting updates when I add stuff to my blog or Etsy shop (something I am trying to do more of lately). Anyway, if you want to help me not look like a dork, click here to follow me. :)

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Set of Butterfly Cards

August 6, 2011

in Cards,Etsy

I was sitting in my craft room today wondering what I could make when I saw one of my favorite Hero Arts stamps. I decided to make a set of simple & fun cards. I grabbed some of the brightest colors in my PaperTrey Ink cardstock stash to create these cards. (Colors are: Raspberry Fizz, Summer Sunrise, Hawaiian Shores, Simply Chartreuse)

I heat embossed the butterflies using Versamark ink and some Stampin Up black embossing powder. Love how bold the black is when you do that. I pulled some ribbon from my stash to add a finishing touch.

I followed a tip from Jennifer McGuire (she is full of awesome tips!) for the antenna on the butterfly. They were too thin to cut out along with the rest of the butterfly, so I added them back by taking thin wire and sticking behind the butterfly with a glue dot. I used my black Copic marker to color the wire. It adds more dimension to the card, in addition to popping up the wings with dimensional adhesive.

Here is another view of the whole set. These would make a great gift for someone. I will be listing them for sale in my Etsy shop.

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Guess what I did this weekend...?

Have bouncy seat...will craft.

Yes, that is my craft desk looking like a hot mess up there. But I was turbo crafting while the little one snoozed in her bouncy chair. I like how she fell asleep while still reaching for her toys. Soo freakin' cute I tell ya!

I was able to whip up some super simple post-it note holders. These are always so fun to make. I had some chipboard embellishments that I got on clearance at my LSS. They are from Kaiser Craft. I paired them with fun designer paper from Stampin Up and Echo Park to make these bright & cheery post-it note holders:

Dimensions of the cardstock base: 7" x 3.5". Score the cardstock at 3.25" and 3.75". Cut the designer paper insert to 3" x 3.25". Fold, decorate, and slap your post-it inside.

SUPER easy!!

I've listed these for sale in my Etsy Shop in case any of you are interested - thanks for checking out the blog today!

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Fathers Day Card

June 10, 2011

in Cards,Etsy

Just sharing a Father's Day card with you all!

I was so excited to buy this stamp set by Ali Edwards because I knew I'd be able to make some great scrapbook layouts & cards with it.

I chose bright colors...and I'm just now realizing that I must have a thing for this color combo - since it's the same as the color combo in Brooke's room, LOL!! The blue & yellow are from Stampin Up! - Marina Mist & Crushed Curry. The green is Simply Chartreuse from Papertrey Ink. (I love this color as it's almost a dead match for Kiwi Kiss from Stampin Up, which was retired a few years ago.)

I stamped the inside with a $1 stamp that I've had for quite a while. Gotta love those $1 stamps, right??

I've listed 2 of these cards for sale in my Etsy Shop if anyone is interested in them :) Also - I've re-listed some more Teacher Gifts as the others sold pretty quickly.

And on a side note - I have to admit that I've struggled with what to charge for my Greeting Cards on Etsy. I try to take into account how much time & materials went into the card. I was still feeling unsure of my prices...and then I went to the store the other day to buy some cards. (I know, I know - why am I buying cards? I should be making them. ARGH.) Anyway - I was SHOCKED when I saw that the simplest Hallmark card was $5.50! Five freaking fifty!! What what?? I couldn't do it. I am too cheap. I put it down. I thought to myself "there is no way I am paying over $5 for a card that has no layers, dimension, or hand stamping." LOL.

It was then that I felt a bit better about what I charge. But more so - I realized that I need to make my own damn cards instead of buying them. *sigh*


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In the past, I've blogged about a company called the Button Farm. I discovered them at CKC a few years back. They sell these incredible kits to make mini albums that are SUPER cute, detailed, and truly unique. I had this kit leftover from a while ago that quite frankly I never got around to making. So seeing as how I *was* 9 months pregnant, crazy, and bored - I decided to finally give it a go :) (I typed up this post & did this video when I was still pregnant, I'm just getting around to posting it now!!) I'm showing it here on my blog in both pics & a video - I am also offering it up for sale in my Etsy Shop in case anyone is interested. This album has an overall vintage feel - using lots of great papers & decorative elements. The theme is "Enjoy the Journey" - a place to document your photos of life, family & friends:

I love the charms that hang off this knob. They add a nice detail and are fun to play with!

The pages consist of envelopes that are decorated - using lots of inking around the edges to add to the vintage look.

Inside the envelopes are journaling cards that you can write captions & stories on. You can also tuck photos into these envelopes, or even mount them on the backs of these cards.

There are 9 envelopes total in this album, so roughly 18 or so pages, plus a front & back inside cover. The cover is made of super thick high quality chipboard. Here is a glance of one of the inside pages.

I put together a quick video of this album so you can take a look at what it looks like. CLICK HERE to see the video on YouTube (for some reason my blog is not embedding this video properly so this link below might not show up)

I've listed this album in my Etsy Shop for sale in case anyone is interested in scooping it up! Thanks for looking!!

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