August 27, 2014

Back To School Pencil Box for the Teacher

So today is yet another "how did THAT happen?!" day in my house.  My little princess started back to school this morning as a 4th grader.  Wow.  I know I say it every year but gosh, time flies!

We love to send in a little something to the new teacher each year and I usually try to include some kind of classroom supply that I know will be needed.  This year we wanted to send in pencils, so I was looking for a creative way to package them and check out the cute box design we found from SVG Cuts in their  School Days SVG Kit!

The original design wasn't quite tall enough to fit our bundle of pencils so I stretched the length of the main pencil shape (the yellow) to 7" and then it fit perfectly!

I added some embossing on the shimmery silver "metal" ring to give it a little pop, and I used a cool shimmery black cardstock from Creative Memories for the pencil "lead".  Just that hint of sparkle makes it look more graphite looking.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this box!

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August 10, 2014

French Country Card... and a Bug

I finally bought the Graphic 45 French Country paper pad, and it is even prettier than it looked online! I love how G45 gives you a couple sheets of designs in these pads that are perfect for quick cards (not that I ever procrastinate and need quick....ya right lol!).  Their images are so gorgeous that you can get away with just adding a few (I added five) mats and voila! It looks good enough to frame! If I did have a bit of time though, I would love to do some fussy cutting with those sunflowers - what a "wow" factor that would be!

After finishing my card, my daughter and I headed outside, and she almost flipped out when we looked up above the window and hanging on the side of the house we saw the biggest katydid I've ever seen. This fellow is over three inches long!  I have to admit that I've never really looked one square in the face before.  They are cute when they are little and tucked in my garden plants, but big like this and up close is another story, yikes!  Lol!
He sat on the side of the house watching over us as my daughter played in the pool. Every once in a while he'd tilt his head a little, which I think might have helped to make him look a little cuter.  I'm just glad he didn't jump off onto my head when I was taking his picture!

Well, that was our excitement for the day, hope you had some fun in your backyard!

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August 9, 2014

My UPDATED Bewitched Cabin!

This was soooo fun!  I kept admiring my little SVG Cuts Bewitched Cabin after I had assembled it and posted about it here, and then one thing led to another and before I knew it my daughter was telling me to just stop because it was getting too busy.  This, coming from the princess who can use an entire bottle of glitter glue on a single card, lol!

Too busy or not, I haven't had this much fun just tinkering with a project in a long time.  I didn't have a plan on what I was going to do when I started, I just kind of let it take me in whichever direction inspiration led me at the moment.  I usually need to have at least an idea of where I'm going with something before I start, but I think that is why this was so much more fun - I threw planning to the wind and glued without caution.  Can you believe that peeps?  Did you just fall off your chairs?  LOL!

Enough rambling, here's the reveal of my renovated cabin!

I made sure to put back the pieces that my daughter had made, and then I decided that it looked so inviting I should move's my new crafting cabin!

Don't laugh, you know you want one of your own!  ;)

So I think I'm done tinkering with this for now, although I had considered adding a little sign (similar to the ones girls put on their clubhouses) stating "No Boys Allowed".   I would be sure to add "Except for Tim Holtz" on it if I did though, lol!

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August 8, 2014

Updated Bewitched Cabin Sneak Peek!

I couldn't help myself!  I LOVE the new Bewitched Cabin by SVG Cuts so much that I couldn't stop tinkering with it even after I posted it the other day.

Here's a little sneaky peeky....

I've got a full update post in the works and there's an extra little fun that I can't wait to show you......


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August 6, 2014

Bewitched Cabin

*checkout my updated cabin HERE !

I tried, I really tried.  I had pulled out a stack of black cardstock, sorted my Halloween papers all over the counter top, and had SVG Cuts' much anticipated new Haunted Forest SVG Kit downloaded and ready to cut.  But I just couldn't do it.  Nope.  It is STILL Summer.  It is STILL sticky and muggy outside.  I just can't bring myself to do Fall yet!!!  LOL!

The next best thing?  A shabby chic inspired summer version of the Bewitched Cabin!  ;)

I love the Maple Manor from last year, but I love, love, LOVE the whimsy in this house.  The swoopy roof, tree framed porch, ornate peaks, bits of picket fence and the wonky chimney are just irresistible!

I would have been happy enough to make this as just a decorative item, but not only did Mary design it as a box, she added a neatly finished interior so it could be used as a pretty gift box.  Nice.

I used the Floral K&Co paper pad by Susan Winget.  Originally I wanted to fussy cut some of the butterflies from the sheets and use them as little 3D accents, and then add some of the flowers to the back wall, but there's so much detail in the house already that it really doesn't need much extra.

And what do you think happened when I turned my back?  A little mini sized crafting sweetie decided she needed to add her own touch.  Apparently my creation was missing a much needed "Welcome" mat and friendly face to greet company, lol!

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