32 posts categorized "Misc"

December 17, 2010

Friday Fun - 11 ideas

If you've still got a bit of Holiday Shopping to do here's a great list of 11 great scrappy gifts:

1. Paper Punches


2. Crafting Storage







3. Cricut Macine and Accessories








4. Paper Kits

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5.  AWDML Gift Card


6.  Idea Books







7.  Stocking Stuffers (Mists, Dew Drops, Stamps, Adhesives and more!)







8. Ink Pads and Pens







9. Tools






10. Albums





11. Stickers


November 26, 2010

Let's Talk Turkey

If you're like me, you spend a lot of time cooking, eating, and eating a little more from Thanksgiving to the New Year. Right now AWDML is carrying some amazing lines and accessories that can help you scrap your kitchen moments, wrap food gifts, and make recipe books. Here are a few of my favorites.

I'm in love with Little Yellow Bicycle's new Savor Line. The colors are gorgeous and the prints on the papers make you feel like you're stepping into your grandmother's kitchen. There are matching chipboard, fabric, canvas, and button stickers. There's even an envelope album kit that makes creating a recipe album a breeze.

If you want to use the words stinkin' and cute together check out Bon Appetite from Doodlebug. The accessories for this line are so fun and creative that you're going to want them all. Blog Photos6

Finally, if you're looking for something with more of a vintage feel, you may want to check out October Afternoon's Modern Homemaker. The patterns on the papers feel like they were pulled right of an apron. Happy creating! OAMHChipStickers

November 11, 2010

Book of Books

Today I have mini project tutorial. I made this little book for me, but it would make a great gift for the book lover on your list. It's exactly what it's name says, a book for me to keep my list of "books I've read" and "books I want to read" in. Today's tutorial isn't quite as detailed as some tutorials, because it's one of those things that's easy to bend to your own tastes, however I'll be adding in a few things to think about or be careful of when making something like this. Alright, up first is a picture of the outside of the book:PA300041

Let's talk about choosing an album first. I wanted something small enough to put in my purse. The idea is that I can take this book with me to the library or book store when I go. I also wanted something that I could add pages too (for the books I've read section) and take pages out (from the books I want to read section). Finally, I wanted something that still had a bit of a book look to it. I ended up choosing Basic Grey's Tabbed Chipboard Album in Brown. This album consists of 10 chipboard pages: 1 large un-tabbed piece, 3 tabbed pieces, and 3 un-tabbed pieces. I flipped the book and actually used the back cover as the front. I embellished the front. I used papers from Pink Paislee Sweetness Collection as well as Parisian Anthology Broach Color Brads, I-rock crystals, some thread, and a tag I printed out with my Silhouette machine. I wanted to make this a pretty and girlie book, but I didn't want to go to embellishment crazy since I don't want to worry about catching it on stuff when I toss it in my purse. Here's a look at the back of the book: PA300043

Now as I mentioned, some of the pages have tabs and some don't: PA250004
I wanted all of the pages to have tabs, so I traced the tabs on the already tabbed sheet onto paper, and added them to the chipboard: PA300042
How you decide to label your tabs is up to you. I considered splitting my book up by genera, but in the end decided to split it up alphabetically by author. The very last tab, however, was saved for the list of books I want to read. 

You can decorate the inside pages any way you want. I didn't add any chunky embellishments, because I want to keep the book as thin as possible. Instead, I covered the pages with more Pink Paislee Sweetness paper. I also printed out quotes about books on vanilla card stock and added those to my inner pages. Here are a few examples:NovDec10

  Finally, I filled the book with loose leaf paper that I cut to size and punched holes in. I chose loose leaf paper instead of card stock for the simple reason that it's thinner. I read a lot, so I need to be able to fit as many sheets of paper as I can in this book. If you decide to make your own book of books, I'd love to see it. Just link it up here in the comments or post it to the gallery.


October 27, 2010

Did you know it's almost Halloween?

Okay, I'm sure you know it's almost Halloween, but in the spirit of all things delightful and frightful, I thought I'd share a few great lines for scrapping your costumed fun.

Up first is the sweet and not so spooky Matilda from Cosmo Cricket: Matildarsc755lg To add some Dimension to your page check out the badges and stickers from KI Memories Wicked:KIWickedSofties  If you're a stamper, you'll love this bootiful set from Hero Arts: HAHappyHalloween And finally you don't want to miss out on Doodlebug's Halloween. Their papers are perfect, and I can't help but love the matching rhinestones and trims too! 38aab799d26a682e6c3518e286abeb1e.image.550x550

October 22, 2010

Friday Fun - Die-namics

Today I want to show you a fun product from My Favorite Things called Die-namics. P9040173 AWDML carries 14 different Die-namics dies. Lisa used the Jumbo Ric Rac die to create the card above. She cut both paper and fabric with the die for this pretty layered look.  Boquet There's a rolled flower die so you can create roses like the ones pictured above.

Finally, here are 2 more dies that I don't have yet, but I'm sure I'll be picking up very soon on one of my many trips to AWDML!64e8f48edd1afadd1250790ddb6de61e.image.175x160

You can find all 14 dies from Die-namics in the store by clicking here. Wishing you a very crafty weekend!

October 13, 2010

Did you know it could do all that?

Today's post is completely, entirely devoted to one of the most overlooked, and most useful tools (well, at least in this paper crafter's opinion): The Paper Piercer. MMPaperPiercer I know what you're thinking, "That tool? Why's that tool so great?" Well, let me just tell (and show you) a few of my favorite uses for it. Grandma S flower detail 2Piercing a hole where you want to place a brad makes life a lot easier. Here I pierced a hole through the center of paper flower, but this works anywhere you want to put a brad. ScrappyGlue Now, I know some of you may think this is abuse, but I use my paper piercer to de-gunk my liquid glue bottles when they get stopped up. Works like magic! Grandma S stitching detail I really like to hand stitch on my layouts. Whether you do it free hand or with a template, pre-piercing your holes with a paper piercer makes hand stitching a breeze. Note that if you pair your piercer with a piercing mat, you won't put any holes or scratches in your table either.  4U Finally, if you like the look of stitching, but don't like all the work, you can just use your paper piercer to create a pretty design like the squares on this card.

If you have any more uses for the paper piercer that I'm missing, I'd love to hear all about them!


October 07, 2009

Cookie Lee Jewelry Open House TONIGHT

CookieLeeShow My sister-in-law and I are hosting a Cookie Lee Jewelry show tonight at the store from 6PM - 8PM.  There will be TONS of jewelry on display, and everything is cash & carry.

Cathy also has a website, where you can view the catalog.  If you see something you just can't live without, feel free to email me with your order, and we'll get you squared away.

Hope to see you there!

September 23, 2009

Need a good home!


We have some adorable 7 week puppies in our family!!  :)  And when I say some...I mean 11 adorable Golden Retriever puppies!  My brother's dog, Ginger is an APR registered Golden and the father is both AKC and APR registered Golden.

If you are looking for a new pet, these are great with kids (as you can see how comfy this little guy is with Hannah).  There were 8 females and 3 males in the litter.  They are $200 and we will ship via Northwest airlines.  You are responsible for a kennel and the transportation to your house.  :)

Email me if you'd like more information on the puppies!

July 09, 2009

Crazy weather in Iowa today!!

We have had some crazy weather here the last couple of days.  Dangerous thundestorms have rolled through our area the past 3 days or so, with wicked winds, monsterous hail, and LOTS and LOTS of rain!

This morning, we had a little thunderstorm come through and dump a bunch of rain on us.  Again this afternoon, we've had a little black raincloud pass overhead, and gave us THIS.....

a bunch of HAIL flying through the air again, and my poor van was sitting out in the middle of it.  Now I need to go check on my van once the storm is over.

June 04, 2009

Just a reminder on why we do what we do...

I was forwarded this video.  It's great!! 

There are so many reasons why we scrapbook. I believe this video really captures one of them. Can you imagine your grandkids someday coming across this treasure trove of who we are in 50-75 years from now?