Friday, July 31, 2009

Love & Laughter Paper Covered Frame

This easy project is one of my favorites, and perfect for so many occasions. This one went to my friend for her 40th birthday. We love being surrounded by photos of friends or family that bring love and laughter to our lives.

It's no surprise the stamp set I used for the phrase on the tag, Love and Laughter, was a best seller for The Angel Company last year. It too, is good for so many occasions.

To see the technique I used to miter the corners, see this post.

For those of you following my Twitter Tweets who asked about my studio, here is a look at how things are shaping up. Now, keep in mind, this is a work in progress. I seem to thrive in a messy--I mean, creative, environment. My biggest challenge is to put my things away (and to try to find them when I have just thrown them in a pile.) My strategy with my room is to create a place for everything, use a uniform color scheme and inexpensive storage vessels, and to use labels to make sense of it all. Hopefully this will be helpful to those of you that are struggling with organization too. (You might want to also check out this post for some of the pictures I used for inspiration.)

Monday, July 20, 2009

Wall-E Winged Pop Up Card

This cutie reminds me of Wall-E the robot and features a set from The Angel Company called Robots. It was inspired by a Miss Moxie card kit I got from Trudy Osborn and another winged pop up card made by KellyRae Cooper.

We made this card at my Crafternoon Catalogue Tour and last weekend at the Mile High Angels Summer Celebration. There are some really cute new TAC stamps, so grab a set and try this fun card. It would be great a variety of images.

Basic Measurements and Folds
Center Pop Up Piece: 3x11, scored at 5 1/2"
Base: 4 1/4 x 9", scored along the 9" side at 1/2, 2, 4 1/2, 7, and 8 1/2"
Winged Piece: 3 3/4 x 6, scored along the 6" side at 1 1/2 and 4 1/2

  1. Mountain fold all pieces.
  2. Adhere the 3x11 piece together, forming a 3 x 5 1/2 piece of double thickness.
  3. Cut an 1/8" slit along the center fold of the base piece.
  4. Slide the pop-up piece through it and fold the 1/2" tabs up and adhere together, sandwiching the pop-up piece between them.
  5. Slide up the center pop-up piece and adhere the "wings"
  6. Decorate as desired and use the new We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper to round the edges. You can go through several layers at once!

Have fun and post a link in the comments to a picture of your creations!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Christmas Carol Holiday Game- Free Download

I love the idea of
Christmas in July!
It's the time when I start cooking my ideas for the next holiday. Here's a fun one that will keep your family busy and it makes a great gift. Everyone is looking for ways to give heartfelt gifts and I think you should add this one to your list!

The game is called
Convoluted Christmas Carols
and the object is to read the very wordy description and guess which Christmas carol it is. I just know that you and your friends and family are going to have so much playing this (my Bunco girls and Angel friends all did!) that I made up these printable free downloads for you! (Scroll down for link.) All you have to do is print the carols out on cardstock, cut out and decorate. There is also an answer key and some printable answer sheets too! Find a cute box to decorate (mine is from Creative Memories tape runners) and you've got yourself a very fun little gift! Enjoy!

Christmas Carols