Recycle All Those Saved Christmas & Holiday Cards

Dec 10, 2014

In keeping with the “I’m using what I have for Christmas and cutting out the needless things I don’t” I recycled some saved Christmas cards and created two super easy gift card holders from one Christmas card. I know I’m not the only person that saves holiday cards. I cannot throw Christmas cards of any kind away. I love them all and especially cherish the ones that have my grandparents signatures inside. I started with a Christmas card that measured 4″ x 5.75″ but you can use any card size you want. This size just allowed me to keep the entire image without having to cut it down to fit a gift card. My completed gift card holders measure 2.75″ x 4″. Once you have your card picked out and if you’re like me and save all your Christmas cards...

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Lol­lipop Orna­ment

Dec 2, 2014

I’ve been searching through my “Blog Archives” and thought I would re-post this cute hol­i­day ornament that was originally posted on December 3, 2006. It’s a fun holiday craft that’s perfect for any age. Get­ting the triangles just right is a bit tricky but once you get the hang of it this project moves along quite fast. Sup­plies Needed: Pat­terned Paper, 2″ Cir­cle Punch (I used the Whale of a Punch), Adhesive, Craft Stick, Ribbon, Eye­let, Jump Ring, Embroi­dery Floss, Stick­les (Crystal) Tools Used: Crop-a-dile, Scissors Instruc­tions: Punch out 10– 2 in. cir­cles. See Image One Fold up the edges of each cir­cle so that you form a tri­an­gle in the cen­ter of each cir­cle. See Image Two Glue 5 of the folded cir­cles together mak­ing sure the tops of the tri­an­gles are point­ing up in order to form a cir­cle. Make sure to...

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From The Archives ~ Paper Bag Easter Basket

Apr 8, 2014

This tutorial was originally posted on my blog, April 11, 2011. Paper Bag Easter Baskets are fun to create and with Easter just around the corner I thought I would re-share it. I love the simplicity of brown paper bags and think they make the perfect Easter baskets. I remember making them in grade school and being so excited to bring them home to show mom and dad. This basket can be left plain or altered using patterned paper, stamps, inks or paint. You can carefully use any of the many Fiskars border punches to create gorgeous edges along the top of your basket or you could take a hole punch and punch a hole just below where the scallop meets, thread a ribbon through the holes and create a pretty bow by tying...

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Doggie Name Tag

Mar 11, 2014

After caring for our grand dog Lola last week, I decided she needed a girly name tag and collar. She gets called a HE way too many times. The hardest part of the entire creative process was hammering out the dime I used for the name tag. If you want to make one for your dog here is a quick tutorial. If you  missed my “Stamped Penny Charm” tutorial you might want to check this tutorial out as well. It’s a fun one. Supplies & Tools Needed: ImpressArt Bench Block ~ Brass Hammer ~ 2 Hole Screw Down Punch ~ Metal Letter Stamps ~ Stamp Straight Tape ~ Half Round Pliers, Dime, Jump Ring, Maya Road Pearl Bead Chain, Maya Road Iridescent Rhinestone Trim Instructions: Place dime on bench block and hammer until flattened. Metal Stamp your dogs name onto your disk. ImpressArt has...

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Stamped Penny Charm

Feb 20, 2014

The other day, I was searching on Pinterest for a charm bracelet I saw months ago made from squished souvenir pennies. I have so many of these from places we took the girls when they were young as well as from my travels. I love charm bracelets so I am absolutely going to make this bracelet. I’m one of these crazy people who cannot pass up one of these penny machines. While searching for the charm bracelet I stumbled upon some charms made from hammered pennies with metal stamped words. After seeing these it got me to thinking about the cute “Coffee Break Ring” I saw on the Resin Crafts EnviroTex blog create by Carmi Cimicata and in no time I made this charm for my daughter, Ansley. She loves the story “Alice in...

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JudiKins Mica Gloss ~ Metallic Pigment Inks

Feb 12, 2014

Are you familiar with Mica Gloss Metallic Pigment Inks? If not, Metallic Pigment Inks are rich metallic colors that add awesome color to all forms of artwork. You can apply these inks with a brayer, paint brush, or my favorite, your fingers. You can use Metallic Pigment Inks on paper, jewelry, shrink plastic, and rubber stamps. You can also heat set them on non-porous surfaces. These little bottles pack a big punch too, a little goes a long way with these inks. On the top photo I used a paint brush to apply the Mica Gloss Metallic Pigment Ink to the embellishments. Once I had the inks as I liked them and heat set them using a hand held heat tool I applied a coating of Fluxe Enameling Resin over the Metallic Pigment Inks....

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Super Simple Holiday Gift Tags

Nov 21, 2013

Here are two holiday gift tags that take just a few minutes to create and during the busy holiday season sometimes all you have are a few minutes. This time of year is filled with family gatherings, company parties, baking, shopping and decorating so if you find yourself in a crunch to create a quick gift tag here are two you can complete super fast. These tags are just ordinary 2.25″ x 4.75″ office tags and are covered with patterned paper scraps I’ve been saving for just this type of project. Apply adhesive to the front of your tag and cover with patterned paper. Cut a piece of patterned paper to 1.5″ x 2.25″, trim the top and bottom edges using scallop decorative scissors, attach to tag as shown. Using a distressing tool or...

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Society Lady ~ Card

Oct 22, 2013

Today I’m showing you how to create a simple all occasion or notecard using my Antiquated Collection Society Lady stamp set. First using Coffee Archival ink stamp the image of the lady onto cardstock or patterned paper. I used a sheet from the Pink Paislee Cottage Farms line. Next, cut a piece of patterned paper slightly smaller than the front of the blank notecard.  Using a Fiskars scalloped circle punch, punch a scalloped circle into the patterned paper piece in the lower right corner as shown in the photos. Apply Platinum Stickles along the outer edge of the large patterned paper piece as well as along the edge of the punched scallop circle as shown in the photos and let dry. Trim the area around the stamped image so it is a bit larger...

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Kids Week Day 3

Jul 11, 2013

We are still going strong in the Pace household. Each night before falling asleep, Madelyn and I talk about all the things we will do the next day then during the day we talk about all the things we will do tomorrow… can you tell we are always talking about what we are going to do each waking moment of the day. So today, we made Happy Face cookies, made another Bead Buddy for a tutorial, created a Faux Cupcake and drank Fish Bowl Punch. Making these Happy Face sugar cookies is super easy and fun kids food to make. The only clean up is washing the cookie sheet which is awesome for moms or aunts that have a niece wondering what they will be making after they finish making cookies. To make Madelyn’s...

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Get Acquainted All Occasion Card

May 28, 2013

col·lage ~ a technique of composing a work of art by pasting on a single surface various materials not normally associated with one another, as newspaper clippings, parts of photographs, theater tickets, and fragments of an envelope. One of the reasons I love collage so much is I can assemble all the random vintage finds I discover in flea markets, thrift stores and antique shops to create one of a kind items like this card. A collage can be created as a one dimensional piece using all types of ephemera or three dimensional piece using found objects like buttons, milk caps, keys, millinery stems, etc.. This card is created using paper items, buttons, seam binding, twine and a milk cap that are all found in my Delight In The Art of Collage Kit 1 ~ Antiquated....

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Craft Day with Madelyn

Jun 26, 2012

Madelyn, niece #2 is visiting this week. Each day we have a craft day so yesterday, we made a birthday banner and party hat for her My Twin doll. She had a blast with this craft since her 9th birthday is next week. Supplies Needed: Patterned Paper, Baker’s Twine, Alphabet Stickers, Diamond, Fruit Punch and Lime Green Stickles, White Boa, Yellow Seam Binding, Adhesive Tools Used: Fiskars Large Scalloped Heart Punch, Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch, Scissors, Scallop Scissors, Sewing Needle, Hot Glue Gun Instructions: My Twin Happy Birthday Banner Using the Fiskars Large Heart Punch and the Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch, punch 13 hearts and 13 butterflies out of two different patterned papers. Attach one alphabet sticker in the center of each punched butterfly to spell “Happy Birthday” Apply adhesive to the back of...

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Just a note.

Aug 19, 2011

Hello again! Christine from Cocoa Daisy here to share a couple fun cards I made using this month’s kit “Siren’s Call”. Every month before I put my kit away to start working with the next one I like to make a couple cards with the leftover bits on my desk. This month’s kit had the perfect bright, primary colors to create a couple cheery cards. For this first card I punched 1″ circles from the Cosmo Cricket paper and then ran them through my sewing machine, letting the machine run a few stitches in between each circle to create a banner like affect. I laid them out on the card in random order, placing foam adhesive under some to add a little dimension. I finished off the card with a tag and this cute...

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Magnetic Clothespin Note Holders

Aug 10, 2011

Hi, my name is Darcy and I am representing Pink Persimmon today.  My sister (Judi) and I first got to know Lisa when she used some of our stamps in her first book “Delight in the Details”.  We are honored to be included as one of her guest bloggers this week.   One of our talented Creative Team members, Andrea Budjack, made these adorable magnetic clothespins and we’d like to share a little how-to here today. Andrea first cut three circles using her Sizzix Circles die, but you can use any circle punch or circle cutter that matches the stamp sizes.  She then stamped two images from the You’re a Jewel stamp set and the “a little note” stamp from Flower Greetings. She added a little distressing to the edges with ink and then...

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Celebrate Cupcake Picks

Jul 3, 2011

Here is a project even the kids could help you create. Baking, icing and decorating cupcakes is always fun no matter the age. I think a few dozen cupcakes accented with this cupcake topper and displayed on a table would be adorable. You know your guests will love snagging these treats. You could even type or print different words describing your July 4th celebration. Below is a list of words I compiled that certainly describes this very important holiday. Britain, Colonies, Jefferson, Declaration, Independence, Fourth, July, Philadelphia, Freedom, Nation, Thirteen, Hancock, Continental, Congress, Red, White, Blue, Stars, Stripes, Anthem, Flag, Liberty, Betsy Ross, America, United, States, Honor, Memory, Constitution, Loyalty, Memorial, Franklin Supplies Needed: Patterned Paper: Melissa Frances (Caleb, Daniel) White Cardstock ColorBox Fluid Chalk Ink (Creamy Brown) Self Adhesive Pearls: Melissa Frances (White)...

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Tissue Tape Flower

May 13, 2011

Supplies Used: Tim Holtz Tissue Tape, Vellum (pink & beige), Maya Road White Rose Organza Trim, Clear Drying Adhesive, Fabric-Tac Tools Needed: Scallop Scissors, Scissors, Sewing Machine, Fiskars Scallop Circle Punch, Paper Trimmer Instructions: Attach strips of Tissue Tape onto a piece of beige vellum cut to approx. 5″ x 8.5″. Make sure to attach the strips as close to each other as possible. You don’t want to have spaces in between each Tissue Tape strip. Draw a 3″ tear drop shaped petal onto a scrap piece of paper to use as a template, cut out, using a pencil trace 6 petals onto the back of the vellum covered with Tissue Tape pieces. Using straight edge scissors cut out each petal. Using a paper trimmer cut 6 pieces of pink vellum to approx. 2″...

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Remember Me… MM Blog Bounce

May 10, 2011

It’s time for another Memory Makers Blog Bounce. The theme this month is “Remember Me.” I thought it would be nice to give you a project to create for Memorial Day. These ornaments can be hung on a wreath or placed anywhere in your home to add a bit of patriotism and honor friends and family who have served our country.  To those, I give a heartfelt thank you. Supplies Needed: 3 – Small Paper Mache Star Ornaments (Hobby Lobby) Making Memories Paint (Dusk, Red Wagon) Ranger Adirondack Metallics Acrylic Paint Dabber (Silver) ColorBox Fluid Chalk Ink (Creamy Brown) Crepe Paper Streamer (White) Embroidery Floss (DMC #543) Old Book Page Stickles (Platinum) Martha Stewart Seal Punch Paper Glaze or Glossy Accents Glitter (Waterslide, Red Wagon, Steel) Old Fashioned Silver Tinsel Garland by Bethany Lowe...

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Altered Chipboard Buttons

Apr 25, 2011

Here is a tutorial on altering chipboard buttons. These buttons can be used in so many great ways… on cards, tags, layouts, projects and altered art pieces. It is fast and can be customized with any theme you can come up with. Supplies Used: Maya Road Mini Chipboard Button Set, Book Page, Glue Stick, Creamy Brown Ink, Little Yellow Bicycle Love Letters Clear Stamp Set, Archival Jet Black Ink, Acrylic Block, Craft Knife, Sanding Block Instructions: Apply a glue stick type adhesive to the top of the chipboard buttons and attach to an old book page. Using a craft knife cut around the chipboard button, then sand the edges to make them flush with the button. Using a pencil or paper piercer punch through the button holes. Apply Creamy Brown ink to the edges...

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Vintage Style Portrait Charm

Apr 13, 2011

I love the Portrait Stamp Set by Maya Road as the images remind me of the silver charms that are on my grandmother’s charm bracelet. She has every grandchild and great grandchild represented and I can remember always looking at it trying to find my charm. I thought it would be fun to make charms of my daughters to put on a long necklace made from a piece of silver ball chain. I really like how vintage looking they turned out and plan on making more as gifts for friends. Supplies Needed: Foundation Chipboard Set, Portrait Stamp Set, Acrylic Block, Vintage Ledger Paper, Black Eyelet, Jump Ring, Glue Stick, Black Archival and Creamy Brown Ink, Glossy Accents Tools Used: Craft Knife, Craft Matt, Sanding Block, Crop-a-Dile, Pliers Instructions: Apply glue stick adhesive to the...

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Paper Bag Easter Basket

Apr 11, 2011

I love the simplicity of brown paper bags and think they make the perfect Easter baskets. I remember making them in grade school and being so excited to bring them home to show mom and dad. This basket can be left plain or altered using patterned paper, stamps and inks or paint. You can carefully use any of the many Fiskars border punches to create gorgeous edges along the top of your basket or you could take a hole punch and punch a hole just below where the scallop meets, thread a ribbon through the holes and create a pretty bow by tying the two ends together. This simple basket has so many possibilities. I hope you share photos of the baskets you create as I would love to see them. Have fun creating....

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Merry Christmas Gift Tag ~ Ornament

Dec 14, 2010

Here is another tag I plan on attaching to a gift this Christmas. It can then be kept and used as an ornament later on. I loved adding all the little details … pearls, buttons, jingle bells, flocked flowers, seam binding and lots and lots of Stickles. One can never have too much Stickles. I’m trying to convince Santa that I need a huge VAT of Platinum and Diamond Stickles this year. I know I have been good, good, good and really deserve them. Supplies Used: Tim Holtz Alterations Bigz Die Caged Bird, The Girls’ Paperie – Tinsel & Twig (Deck the Halls, Snowfall), Self Adhesive 2mm Cream Pearls, Rhinestones, Flocked Flowers, Vintage Buttons, 6mm Gold Jingle Bells, Brown & White Baker’s Twine, Dusty Olive Seam Binding, Creamy Brown Ink, Diamond & Platinum Stickles, Foam...

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Noel Tag

Dec 9, 2010

Today, I decided to create a tag using some of my favorite things. It’s fun gathering supplies when all the while you have no clue what it is you’re going to create. I gathered and gathered (Vintage Images, Cream Felt, Maya Road Chipboard Snowflakes, Fine Silver German Glass Glitter, Sisal Trees a.k.a. bottle brush trees, Self Adhesive Pearls, Mica, Diamond & Platinum Stickles, Tiny Alphas and Fiskars Punches) until my work area was filled with inspiring products. In the end this is what I created. It will be a gift tag for someone’s gift this Christmas. The Fiskars Extra Large Postage Stamp Squeeze Punch is a great punch. I really like the size the punched image creates and if you outline the images with Platinum Stickles and accent them with Diamond Stickles it makes...

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