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Birthday Cards!!

This project pushed me WAY out of my crafting comfort zone.  Give me fabric, wood, almost anything else, but paper?  Man, paper is intimidating.  I love the idea of cards and there are so many gorgeous ones out there that I’m fine emulating, but coming up with my own designs is a little scary.

So I did what any self respecting little sister would do.  I went to my big sisters (card making extraordinaire) house and asked for advice.  It’s a good thing I did.  The design I ended up using was a joint venture, but my portion of the idea wouldn’t have happened without her guidance. :)

girls

Isn’t that such a fun little card?  I ordered the Happy Birthday embossing folder from Lifestyle Crafts (on sale now!!) a few months ago, but never really had the opportunity to use it.  But Abi has a birthday party for a class mate this weekend so it’s the perfect time to try it out. And while I was at it I made a boy version at the same time.

boys

All I did was run the embossing folder through my Evolution with multiple colors of paper.  Once that was all done I ran each of the balloon colors through with a balloon die (from Simon Says Stamp) placed in a different place.  Then I just used some foam pop dots to lift the balloons from the background over the place the pattern on that balloon would have been. Does that even make sense?  It’s sort of hard to explain, but easy to see in the pictures.

feature

It really was so easy and fast but, I think, makes such a great and fun statement.

And don’t forget, if you would like to purchase any of the Lifestyle Crafts products I used for this project you can use the code below for 20% off.

LSS Coupon Code

Disclosure: I am a member of the fabric team for LifeStyle Crafts/We R Memory Keepers. I receive products of my choosing in exchange for tutorials and projects shared on MissyDear. But I only share products I really love and would be using and showing you guys anyway. :)

Teacher Gift: Cookie Pillow Box with Letterpress tag

As I was tucking Abi into bed the other day she let me know that the next day was her teachers birthday and she really wanted to take her some cookies as a teacher gift.  I had no chocolate chips and no gift bags.  But then I remembered.  I have a the Pillow Box punch board that I’ve never used.  And these No Bake’s are always a great cookie for last minute things.  So that’s what Ms. DuPree got.

pillow box board and letter press

I whipped out a little pillow box.  It’s so quick and easy, especially if you use this video from We R Memory Keepers.

I also wanted to make a fun little hang tag for the box and thought it would be a good time to share a little trick I have for using the Lifestyle Crafts Letter Press.

supplies

First I gather up everything I’ll need:
Finished Pillow Box
Letterpress Platform
Printing Plates
Letterpress Paper
Stamp Pad

Follow the directions for the setting up the letterpress.  However, instead of using the letterpress inks, of which I never have the right colors and never enough time to order some, I just use a stamp pad I have on hand.  The plate with the ink looks like this right before you put it through the machine.

letterpress

I wanted to use the “Hello” from the Floral printing plate set, but I didn’t want to use the two color feature so I didn’t need to worry about lining things up just perfect.

die

Then I used one of the nesting dies that came with the Letterpress to cut out the shape of the tag.

All you have to do to finish it all off is add a little bakers twine and fill it with cookies and you’ve got a great little gift!

Letterpress tag with Pillow Box board

And don’t forget, if you would like to purchase any of the products I used for this project you can use the code below for 20% off.

LSS Coupon Code

Disclosure: I am a member of the fabric team for LifeStyle Crafts/We R Memory Keepers. I receive products of my choosing in exchange for tutorials and projects shared on MissyDear. But I only share products I really love and would be using and showing you guys anyway. :)

Stay & Home Date Night Valentines Gift

Are you ready for one of the easiest Valentines gifts I’ve ever made for my husband?  And the best part is that it will last for ever and was only $1!

Date Night Box

This gift really was so quick and fun to put together.  First I went through a quick Pinterest search to find some fun stay and home date night ideas.  What with the new little joining our family in a few months, getting out for a date probably won’t be as possible as often as we would like.  So this gift is the perfect solution.

I just punched out some cardstock hearts.  The pink ones have date ideas already written on them, and the red ones are blank so we can add more ideas as we get them.

One day while walking through Target I found a little kraft box for $1 (Target does it again!).  It’s the perfect little size.  And it’s not overly girly so Brad will be a more ok with having it out :)

Here are a few of the websites that has some great date ideas so you can find those that work best for you.

Six Sisters Stuff
Happy Wives Club
Go Cheap or Go Home

“Pucker Up” Embossed Crazy Straw Valentines

This year I asked Abi what she wanted to do for her valentines (we did these glow stick ones last year) and her quick response… WHISTLES!  However, when I got to Target they didn’t have whistles.  At least not at a price I was willing to pay for 24 of them.

So I grabbed what I figured was the next best thing – CRAZY STRAWS!! – and hoped for the best.  Thankfully, Abi was totally on board when I showed her.  Now the tricky part was thinking of a catchy little tag line to put on them.

Pucker Up Crazy Straw Valentines

I was planning to go with something using the word crazy, but after going through my sisters (hundreds) of stamps I didn’t see anything along those lines that I liked.  Instead, I went with a combo of three different stamp sets to get the words, “Pucker Up Valentine” with a little love heart.  For some added fun I decided to emboss the lettering instead of just stamping it.

It was a really fun project and Abi loves how they turned out.  Here’s a little run down of how I did it.

supplies

First you need to gather your supplies.  Here is what I used:

Gold Embossing Powder
VersaMark Ink
Stamp (“pucker up” from Frutastic by Paper Smooches; “valentine” from Claire’s ABCs by Lawn Fawn; heart from Countless Sayings 1 by Stampin’ Up – none of these are affiliate links, just thought you might be interested)
Embossing Buddy
Tag to be stamped (I found one I liked in the Silhouette store then modified it to fit on the straws)
Embossing Heat Gun

static wipe

First rub the embossing buddy onto the paper.  This will remove the static cling so that the embossing powder will only stick to the ink and keep it looking crisp and clean.

stamp

Next stamp onto tag using the VersaMark ink.  It’s clear and sticky.  It kinda reminds me of glue rather than ink.

powder

Now just spoon some of the embossing powder over the stamped image then tap it off.  My sister leaves her most used powders in their own Tupperware container so that it’s easy to use and there is basically no clean up.

emboss

Now just heat the image with the embossing gun (or I’ve heard you can use a blow dryer, and once I even set it on top of toaster that was heating up and it worked).  The image should change from powdery to shiny and raised when it’s done (you can kind of see how the “puck’ is still dark and powdery while the rest is embossed).

Finished

To finish up I had Abi write her name then just used a little washi tape to attach it to the straw.

pile

Then you just have to repeat it until you have a pile of fun little crazy straws for some great little kindergartners.

This post may also be linked up to some of these parties.

Card Party!

So, since we moved here to North Carolina we’ve been living with my sister.  And let me tell you.  She. Is. Fun.  And she does all sorts of fun things everyday (rather than just sit at home which has been my routine for the last little while).

Hi card

The other day she invited me to a Stampin’ Up card party that her friend was hosting.  I’ve always wanted to be better at card making, and Sue is a HUGE paper crafter (really.  you should totally see all she has in her craft room.  it’s pretty spectacular) so I’m hoping to pick a thing or two up from her.

mini cards

Anyway, at this party we made one normal sized card (i think it’s called an A6?) and 4 little gift tag cards.  Then, we got to use the new We R Memory Keepers envelope punch boards that’s available through Stampin’ Up (among other places).  That thing is totally awesome and now I want one so badly.  It’s just a series of punches and score lines.  And you can do pretty much any size envelope you want.  So rad.

punch board

envelope

FYI – I was not compensated in any way by any one for this post.  I just had a super fun time and thought I might share what we did. :)  If you’re interested in any of the stamps or papers we used you’re welcome to contact Jenae Bethers. She’s a great demonstrator and would love to help you out. Her email is thingsthateyelove at stampinup dot net. (also, excuse the lousy iphone pics. thanks!)

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