November 15, 2009

November GSS

I can't believe that I won November's GSS for Best Altered Notepad.  This came to a suprise to me and couldn't have come at a better time with everything I've been dealing with lately.  What an uplift to the spirit.  I thought I would share with you some steps I used in creating these.

These little numbers will be given to the girls in the office for Christmas.  I decided to make each one a different color and let the girls pick which color they like.

For each one I used coordinating cardstock, ink, buttons and In Bloom patterned paper.  The stamps I used are Polka Dot Basics I and Background Basics Text Style both stamped in fresh snow ink and of course the new Take Note stamp set. I did all my stamping in fresh snow first and set them aside to dry.  I then created the base for the notepad. 

These notepads I had left over from another project I did for Thanksgiving.  I'll share that with you later this week. I covered the top of the notepad with In Bloom paper and made a pocket for the inside cover.  I did this by creating a tri fold then used a circle punch.   I attached all my notepads with Scor Tape.  Once it's attached , it's not going anywhere.

For the front I cut all pieces and attached them to stampers select white cardstock.  I attached the fresh snow grosgrain ribbon with Scor Tape wrapping the top piece under then attaching it to the base.  The focal images are all stamped in the matching ink, punched out using EK Success 1 3/4" punch and matted to a piece of cardstock using the Nesties scalloped circle.  All the buttons are tied with white embroidery floss and attched with a piece of scor tape.

I really enjoyed making these and look forward to making more in the future.  A big Thank You goes out to PTI for selecting my project and thank you for stoppin in.  Have a good week.

November 14, 2009

Love these Heat Pillows

Every year I give a handmade gift as well as a store bought one.  Well after seeing a post by Nichole Heady where she featured a project making a heat pillow, I knew that this was what I was going to make all the adults in my family and a few friends. 

I bought flannel fabric in coordinating colors and followed Nichole's directions for the heat pillow and made my own little bag to store the pillow in.

I also made tags that I attached to the bag with directions on how to use the pillow.


I used my publisher program to created the inside of the tag, printed them on vintage cream cardstock and cut them out using the nesties scalloped long rectangle.  For the front of the tag I used some coordinating patterned paper I had in my stash.  I then scored down the middle, punched a small hole in the corner and used some vintage twine and a small safety pin to attach it to the bag.

I found this pretty paisley print and thought some of the girls would like this. Unfortuanely I didn't have alot of fabric to choose from that wasn't made for kids.   I also made a coordinating tissue case from left over fabric.

I hope my family and friends will enjoy these.  I know I'll be using mine on those cold winter nights to keep my feet warm in bed.  What I like most about these is that you don't have to plug them in. 
Well thank you for letting me share my project with you and thanks for stopping by.

November 13, 2009

Halloween Treats

I can't believe I've been away from the blog for so long.  My father has had some health issues that I've been dealing with, but he's coming along fairly well right now.  I wanted to share a couple pics from our Halloween/Birthday party.  My sister from Florida flew in with my niece to celebrate Halloween with us.  Where they live the kids go to the malls to trick or treat and she wanted her daughter to experience what it's like going door to door so she brought her up here.  Fortunately where we live the crime is pretty low.  While they were here we celebrated my sister and brother's birthdays which were in October and my niece's which was this week.  The pic below is of a cake made by a friend of my other sister.

I made treats for the kids that I had featured in a previous post and I thought that the adults needed a little treat bag of their own. 

I filled  medium size glassine bags from PTI with some goodies, punched two holes at the top and tied some ribbon to enclose them.  For the front of the bag I used the Spooky Treats II set stamped in true black on some orange zest cardstock.  I cut them out using the circle nesties die and true black cardstock cut from the scalloped die.  All the adults where excited to get their own little treat and I was happy they liked them. 
Stop back tomorrow when I'll be featuring a project I worked on earlier in October.  Thanks for stopping by.