it is getting to be that time again. memoryvilla retreat time!
there are a few more spots left for the fifth annual memoryvilla retreat. this is a wonderful retreat filled with games, prizes, surprises and lots of fun! i always enjoy going. although it is a lot of work for the workers, it is so enjoyable at the same time. i love seeing friends that i've made over the past several years and meeting new faces. and the most important thing, for me anyway, is that i ALWAYS come away from it super inspired!
i have special treats in store for all of the croppers this year. i can not wait to start working on them (tonight starts that for me) and to get this show on the road. it will be a great, great time. if you are interested, you can visit memoryvilla's retreat page and get all of the info. i hope to see you there! if you read my blog and plan on coming, please leave me a comment and i'll be sure to have a special surprise waiting just for you!
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
here is a cute idea for valentine favors for the kid's class.
i made this for an article last year for the website i used to do crafts for.
patterned felt and solid *hard* felt. (they make some felt that is "harder" than regular, soft felt. i used the harder stuff for the background, but soft felt would work fine as well).
various patterned papers
valentine heart candy
printer or stamps or pen
plastic treat bags.
cut a felt background out of the hard felt, large enough to fit inside your treat bag. cut strips of a patterned felt to make a "bingo" board on the hard felt. attach with glue. insert enough candies that the kids can play "bingo" with their valentine candy. i used two different colors, so it wouldn't be confusing. insert directions for the game and make a cute topper for the treat bag.
Monday, February 8, 2010
what does my table look like on such a snowy day?
okay, i'll be honest. it pretty much looks like this regardless of snow. although, i did manage to get the floor picked up.
i had planned on scrapbooking this weekend, but i didn't get much done. i haven't been feeling well this past week with sinus junk so i chose sleep over making anything.
here is a page i did for the memoryvilla retreat that i haven't shared:
speaking of the retreat, it is coming up soon! i have quite a bit of stuff to make, so i need to get busy with that. i believe there are still a few spots left. you can get the details here:
i hope you guys have a great day! stay warm. :)
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Hi friends! Today I am sharing two cute cards that you can quickly and easily put together with supplies from your scrap stash. Enjoy!
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- Begin by using a pre-made card front or cut your own. I used an 8.5 x 11 sheet of brown cardstock from Bazzill Basics to cut my own. Handy Dandy Tip: One 8.5 x 11 sheet of cardstock makes two card bases that, when folded in half, will fit into an invitation sized envelope.
- Next, dig into your scrap stash and select two papers that work well together. Just wing it, you can do this! I grabbed a mustard-y colored piece of cardstock and a weathered-y looking patterned paper.
- Trim your pieces to fit the front of your cardstock. I chose to fold my card vertically. I wanted to add some extra sunshine-y to this card, so I opted to take my scalloped hole punch and punch along the bottom edge of the weathered piece of paper. I also ran the mustard cardstock through my Cuttlebug machine and used the Polka Dot embossing plate.
- Next up - embellishments! I have a jar of embellishments sitting on my craft desk and I randomly chose this bear embellishment that says "cute" because well, this bear IS cute! Handy Dandy Tip: Look at the colors in embellishments you want to use to help you in picking the random scraps from your stash.
- For the final touch, I used some leftover alphabet stickers that went along with the sentiment on the embellishment to complete my message.
Now you can scribble a sweet message for your friend and send some sunshine in the mail or attach to a gift. You feel sunshiney, they feel sunshiney and everyone wins! YAY!
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics ♥ Patterned Paper: Basic Grey ♥ Alphabet Stickers: Basic Grey ♥ Chipboard Accent: Unknown (I got it at Michaels) ♥ Scallop Hole Punch: Fiskars ♥ Embossing: Cuttlebug machine and Polka Dot embossing plateCARD NO. 2: THANK YOU
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I love having lots of thank you notes on hand, don't you?
- Begin with a base. Handy Dandy Tip: Don't stress out if you don't have cardstock. Ain't nobody got time for that, sweet pea. This is actually a small card that I created by using a piece of yellow patterned paper folded in half.
- Next up: grab those embellishments. I chose an extra piece of paper in my scrap stash that had tones of yellow, a chipboard scalloped circle, a rubon, and a piece of brown polka dot ribbon. Handy Dandy Tip: Neutral colors are just that: neutral. They go with everything. Think about what neutral colored ribbons, embellishments, and other ephemera you have lying around.
- Cut the patterned paper to fit onto your card front and attach. I literally just eyeballed this and didn't measure. It adds to the homemade whimsy, friends. It really is ok!
- Use scissors to cut your ribbon to desired length and cut little "tails" on each end. Don't stress, just snip, snip, snip. You can do this!
- Apply the "thank you" rubon to the chipboard circle using a popsicle stick and attach the chipboard circle to the middle of your card. There you go. Easy peasy. Handy Dandy Tip: I have found that mini glue dots are the easiest way for me to attach ribbon and other bulky embellishments to my projects. Try some!
I used another rubon on the inside that says, "couldn't do it without you." I forgot to take a photo of that part. Hey, you can't win them all.
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye ♥ Rubons: Making Memories ♥ Chipboard Scallop Circle: Technique Tuesday ♥ Ribbon: Unknown (I got it at Hobby Lobby or Michaels. I like to stock up when things are on sale.)
I hope you guys have fun trying out these quick and easy techniques. I'd love to see what you are making. What kinds of cards and notes do you like to have on hand? What are some other ways you like to spread sunshine to your friends and loved ones?
Keep it sunshiney!
Friday, February 5, 2010
patterned paper: SEI (blue dot), Cosmo Cricket (pink)
stickers: Crate Paper (border), Doodlebug Designs (alpha)
die cuts: KI Memories (quote), Sassafrass Lass (flower)
patterned paper: Basic Grey (yellow), Scenic Route (red script), Sweetwater (dots), Daisy D's (pink)
stickers: Doodlebug Designs (black and red alpha), American Crafts (pink alpha)