Keep your glass away from me!


I am a HUGE fan of glass etching. And well, I found this new blog, How Does She, where she had done some glass etching on some teacher gifts using her Silhouette. HELLO. OMG. I can do that. In fact, I copied her idea almost exactly except that my vase was a different size!

So, first, the story of why I made this (for some reason I have to have a "why"!). My son's elementary school principal gives out "Birthday Pencils" to the kids at school when it's there birthday. Well, everytime I met with her I'd look at that container she had and think "I'm going make her something else". Never knew what I wanted to do until now. Only downside is that it's glass but it looks cool so hopefully that will make up for it!

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It was SO easy to glass etch with the silhouette. Oh my! Now, I can't stop looking at glass stuff at every store I go into and think about how I can etch it!

Now, what else can I make?


My favorite card size.

My favorite card size to make is little 3×3 gift enclosures. They are quick, fun, and most importantly the item I use the most, as far as cards go! Grab and go so to speak.

So, I love this size so much that I had a custom die made from Accucut to cut six 2.75×2.75 cards (with score lines) out of 8.5×11 sheet. I already had a 3×3 envelope die! Then, I thought it would be great to design a custom die that would be a box to hold 4 cards and 4 envelopes of this size. Accucut's custom die service is awesome. I've had quite a few dies made over the past couple of years. Now, I have all the stuff (we crafters are all about the stuff, right?) to make little boxes of gift enclosures. Sweet. Accucut also sells this heavy duty plastic that cuts nicely with the dies. That's what I used for the top.

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Now, the images are from Unity Stamp Company. The set is called Going Retro. The inside of each card says "Have a groovy day!" Aren't lava lamps cool?

Thanks for checking in. Hope you are having a great day!

A bucket o’ gift cards…

Recently, my neighbors got together to help another family in the 'hood out by collecting gift cards to a local grocery store. I wanted to present them in a fun, spring-y way. And perhaps actually use up some of the stuff I already have. Ha (that'll be the day.).

I do have a surplus of those $ spot Target tins. Who doesn't? 🙂

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Arielview (Small)Arielview (Small) Arielview (Small)I had this vision in my head that the gift cards would be held with some sorta clips things or maybe coming out like flowers out of the tin.  Well, the first attempt was to use pipe cleaners and clothespins for stems and grabbers. That didn't work though. The gift card was too heavy to keep the "stem" straight! On to plan B… I liked the idea of the clipping thing… aka clothes pins. So then I stuck them all around the tin just to figure out what to do next. Hey, those could work as the holder-uppers and the grabber things (such technical terms, I know!). Okay, but these are boring old brown/tan/regular clothes pins. Hmm. How to paint them? And quickly (because I lack patience). Took out all my acrylic paints and quickly started to lose interest on this project. Told you I lack patience. 🙂 Oh, wait, here are my son's DOT markers. Yep, I used those and covered those boring pins and made some bright ones QUICKLY. Only weird thing was that the PURPLE really comes out PINK. ??? Hmm. Stuck the pins on with a glue dot on the outside… just enough to hold the pin up. Added ribbons to the handle and some packaging/grass stuff to the inside. Then the outside needed something quick. Accucut layering flower die to the rescue. Again, I used some Best Creations glitter paper (yellow) left over from my son's card earlier. That cardstock is awesome. I love that the glitter doesn't come off like other glitter papers/cardstock do.

Hope you like this little creation. It was fun to make something colorful and springy/summery. It was even more fun to give it away.

Hope you are having a great weekend! 

ETA – Just found out about the Moxie Fab challenge: The Gift Card Holder Challenge. Please join me in playing along!

Starting simple again…

Wow, getting back on a bike is easier than getting back into stamping. I have been crafting for the past few months but not necessarily making cards. Lots of gifts. Lots. LOTS. LOTS of silent auction items for my son's elementary school carnival back in March (maybe I can find some of those photos!). My youngest had a birthday somewhere around there too. I will have to show those invitations soon, too.

Anyway, the other day, probably last week or 10 days ago … who really knows anymore. All the days are the same yet they aren't and they're flying by. Rambling. So, a while ago I made this card. It is my first card with these cute Lawn Fawn stamps. Did I mention that I met them at CHA back in January? Did I mention I went to CHA back in January? It was a last minute trip and a better-take-advantage-that-all-the-stars-were-lined-up to go kinda thing. It was a great trip and it was quick. So, met Kelly Marie, owner and illustator for Lawn Fawn. Love her. Met Tiffany Johnson. Wow. She's fun. All in all, great booth, great people, fun stamps. So, I had to get some of course. And here's my first card using them… as well as my first card in a long time…

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Funniest part of this card… my kids asked me what that was a image of. Sigh. Really? I don't like explaining things that make me feel "older". Not so funny, I guess. But they are so sweet. Guess I'll keep 'em.

It's already hot here and boys are ready to hit the lake and pool. And the allergies are almost killing me but thankfully I keep the drug companies in business. Hope you are having a great day wherever you are. Would love to hear from you!

Happy Birthday, Michelle!

Hello! Anyone still out there in blog land? April is here already. Wow. Didn't we just celebrate New Year's?

Well, today is my bff's birthday… She says she's 39. I guess it really is her 1st 39th birthday. 🙂 Next year, we'll have to do something grand.

We had a Nordstrom Rack open up close to us recently. I just went there for the first time. Michelle told me that she got a pair of shoes there recently. I'm in the market for a new pair. Well, actually I'm not anymore since I found some there 😉 But I had to make her this card…

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The inside says "if the shoe fits… but one in every color!". All images from Taylored Expressions Fashionista Set.

Hope all is well in your world. I'm trying to get back to blogging a bit. I'm still crafting so it's just a matter of taking the time to blog about it.


images: Taylored Expressions

paper & ribbon: a muse artstamps

accessories: ek success label punch, copic, spica



Never too late to be a ROCK STAR!

DSC_0704 copy (Small) I made some cards a while back with some stamps that I had laying around.

Definition: "laying around" – never put away from their initial purchase. <roll eyes>

I really liked the "rock star" sentiment. I think I got it about 4 or 5 months ago. Whoops!

Anyway, those "kid" saying stamps always crack me up.

Somehow this card made me think about my son's 2nd grade teacher. Not sure why. But it does. 🙂

The girl rocker is all sparkly, of course…

DSC_0705 copy (Small) Busy weekend around here. Cub Scout pinewood derby races this morning, PTA fundraiser this morning, party this afternoon, party this evening… and um, a party tomorrow. And guess what? NONE of them are kid ones! YAHOO! I hope you have a great weekend!

Holiday Crafts! Part 3 – Glass Etched Ornaments!

Every year my neighborhood does an ornament exchange. The rules are simple… wrapped ornament with your name on the inside, NOT a tacky ornament, and each ornament can be stolen a maximum of 2 times. We play the traditional "white elephant" rules without the tackiness! But boy, some of my neighbors are vicious! It's always a good time and I look forward to it every year.

This year was no different than the years past… I always make my ornament. I tried glass etching many years ago and really had an idea that I wanted to try out. So I revisited glass etching!

The hardest part of this endeavor was finding glass ornaments with holes already in them. Sure, I looked online but they were pricey and I wanted A BUNCH. I called up my BFF and asked her about sources… she has done much stained glass and I knew she would know of some good glass sources. Turns out she cut me a bunch herself from her scraps and her husband drilled the holes for me! SO NICE!!! I so appreciate them doing that!

Here is the ornament I made for the exchange:

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I made a few other ones too for various friends (Longhorns and Twilight… is there anything else??):  click on the thumbnails to see them all.

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Have a great day!