Saturday, January 8, 2011

A Tisket, A Tasket, A Little Birthday Basket

Linsea went to a sweet 16 birthday party tonight. We didn't have a lot of money- but we wanted to do something special for her. After all, you only turn 16 once. So, I got online and searched for a basket template. I didn't really find one that appealed to me. Next, I looked through my saved files and found one that looked like this one. I had a problem. I don't have a 12"x12" printer. I should invest in one. I figured that 81/2"x11" wouldn't make a basket big enough for what I had in mind. So, I eye-balled it. Go me. I started out with a 12"x12" piece of cardstock- and it worked! But, the basket was bigger than I needed. So, I went smaller- and with the help of my husband ( who is awesome at craft math)- sized it down to my needs. :)
I filled the basket with little candy wrapper treat boxes filled with chocolates ( Stampin' Up carries this Sizzix die). The red candy wrapper box is made with SU! cardstock-dry embossed with a Sizzix folder, then inked with white craft ink.

This one is made with craft carstock (from Stampin' Up), dry embossed with Sizzix folder ( also from SU!), and inked with white craft ink.

I attached brown and white polka dot paper ( designer series from SU!- a few years ago) to the treat box.

I attached SU! designer paper to this one as well- from the same paper package as the brown paper.

Here's what they all look like inside ( close up) the basket.

This was my first try. I think I'm going to do this again. Maybe for Easter baskets for the kids this year. Maybe even one for Marcia ( Emma's piano teacher) on/for Valentines Day. She's such a nice lady and she deserves a bunch of sweetness in her life.
It's been a really long day- I think it's time for a cuppa cocoa and a good book before bed. Thanks for stopping by. Have a fun and crafty weekend!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

More Snow & Some Yummy Treats

I had so much fun making my snow decorations! With this set I painted the wood white again. Next I added printed paper by Imaginisce ( so far I think this set of paper is my all time favorite Christmas print!).
I used my Cricut Expression again and the All Mixed Up Cartridge for the font. This time I added buttons from my stash for a more 3D visual.

This cute little guy is from the same CTMH stamp set. One of my all time favorite snowmen sets!

This is Miss Marcia's ( Emma's piano teacher and a very awesome lady) Christmas treat. We bought a glass Irish coffee mug. I etched her initial on it and filled it with some chocolate,white chocolate pretzel sticks, Godiva chocolate, Starbucks instant coffee, and some miniature dark Hershey's chocolate. Definitely a tasty treat. Something I wouldn't mind receiving myself. :)

Here's the close up of her initial- this font can be found on the Woodland Winter Cartridge. I love how elegant it makes the glass look. I'd like to see if I can find some more of these Irish coffee cups. I want do etch our initials on them.
Well, I'm off to help Linsea make an album for her Japanese class project. Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Feels Like....

It really does feel like snow. BRRRR. I am so ready for spring. I miss the flowers. The sunshine. The non-freezing temperatures.For this project I used small pieces of wood that I painted white. After they dried ( okay- they weren't completely dried- so the vinyl didn't stick at all well- you should wait for it to dry, really.) I used vinyl and my cricut ( with the all mixed up cartridge for the font).

Here's a close up of the snowman. He's from CTMH and I colored him with my copic markers.
This was my first try at this type of project. I really like being able to replace a letter ( like the O in snow) with an image. Now, I'm trying to figure out other words I can do. This was a quick, easy and fun project and I can't wait to try it again.