Saturday, November 30, 2013

The Gift of a Gift Card Holder

 I can't believe it is that time of the year all ready and to help you with the gift wrapping all month long the twine-istas are going to share with you fun and creative ways to jazz up packages.
Both of my holders are made out of felt, decorated with twine and odds & ends. 
The first one I and going to share with you is a little time consuming since I did the blanket stitch by hand. I created a little bag with felt and decorated until my heart was content.
 I covered the entire back of the doily with adhesive before I stuck it on. Then I add some glitter  and brush of the excess that didn't stick in the doily holes. For the closure I used brads and wrapped twine around them.
 I stung some twine through the blanket stitch to create the handle.

For a faster and just as cute holder I wrapped felt around the card and tied it with cherry red twine. I add a couple bells as an added cute factor.
Hope this help you with those pesky gift cards that we all don't want to give in a plain envelope.
Items I used NaturalCherry Red, Olive Green twines and a doily.
Image of Natural Baker's Twine by Timeless TwineImage of Cherry Red TIMELESS TWINE™Image of Olive Green Timeless Twine™4" Paper Lace Doilies - Set of 100 - "FREE SHIPPING"
Today is a perfect time to stock up for the holiday. The sale ends tonight at  11:59 EST. 

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to stop by my blog for more close-ups.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Christmas Company

Today, is a special day. It is not only a Simple Sketches reveal it is also my Dad's birthday today.  Happy Birthday Dad.
This week's sketch was a great one because it was an easy one to accomplish that still allowed me to add my touches.  

Supplies: cardstock (The PAper Studio), pattern paper (My Mind's Eye, Simple Stories) stickers (American Crafts, Simple Stories and My Mind's Eye)Flair (Zappy Dots), die cuts (7 Gypsies and Pink Paislee), rub-ons (The Paper Company), washi tape (Target), mist (Ranger), doily and diy enamel dots
This page was super fun to create. I use something I was going to toss on this page. The item was the rub-ons used on the photos. I have a hate/hate relationship with these because they usually don't stick but this day they work.
I also used a Zapp Dot flair badge on this page. I love how this looks on the page. If I didn't add that to that spot it would have looked unfinished and boring.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.
God Bless.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

A Coke Break

Since I had a hop at the start of the week I couldn't share with you my newest layout using the #371 sketch at Scrapbook Challenges
This page came together super fast. I think it only took me an hour. 
Supplies: cardstock (The Paper Studio), pattern paper (Crate Paper) ribbon (Basic Grey), flair (Zappy Dots), stickers (American Crafts and Pebbles Inc.) doily, chipboard, modeling paste, mask (Studio Calico), mist (Heidi Swapp),punch (Fiskars),washi tape (Scotch tape) staples and diy enamel dots.
I am in love with this page. I had such a fun feel for these vintage beach photos of my mom and her family. I noticed Coke bottles in all the photos it inspired me for the title.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Autumn Blog Hop

Welcome to your first stop of the Autumn Blog Hop. Some of my online friends got together to share some Autumn inspired cards, layouts and altered projects.  The projects I planned on doing was banner but I decided on doing a canvas after I talked to Megan. Thanks girl, for the great idea. 
The photo I used on here was taken when I was walking Buster in Sept. Such a pretty scene for a very short walk from my house. 
Supplies: pattern paper (Echo Park), fabric (Die Cuts With A View), ribbon (Basic Grey), pom-pom trim, jumbo ric-rac, chipboard (Um Wow Studios and ?), stickers (Basic Grey), twine (Timeless Twine), charms (Karen Foster), brads (?), washi tape (?, Target, and Darice), binder sleeve (Up & Up), marker (Bic),modelling paste (Liquitex), mask (The Crafter's Companion) and heat tool
I ended up using adhesive fabric to cover the canvas. I the applied my paste. I used my heating tool to puff up the paste. (Note: fabric shrinks if you get the heating tool to close. Found out until it was too late.)
To cover up the shrink fabric I added wahi, ric-rac and twine to the edges.
Love how this group looks. I matted paper on more of the fabric.
I never know how to finish of the canvas edges so I just cover it in washi.
Mandi -  <<<<< You are here
Amanda -
Megan - 
Robyn - 
Devra -
Laurie -
Cassie -
hristy -
Now onto Amanda' blog to see what she has created that is Autumn inspired.   If you get lost on your way come back here to get back on track.
Thanks for hopping.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Thankful Napkin Ties

When I was going through my table decorations for Thanksgiving I found out I needed place cards and napkin rings, so I decided to combine the two. I ended up using a wedding theme Cricut cartridge for the place card/ napkin ties. 
Supplies: cardstock (The Paper Studio), electronic die cutter and cartridge (Prove Craft), stamps (Jenni Bowlin and Deep Red Stamps), ink (Stampabilities and Karen Foster) twine (Timeless Twine), eyelets (The Eyelet Outlet) and diy enamel dots.
 I love the monogram but I wanted it to pop so I used the Autumn Splendor twine and my favorite liquid glue (Glossy Accents) to trace the letter. I then just added a eyelet and tied it to the napkin with the Kraft Brown twine. 
I left the backs plain so the person could write on the back of the tags of what they were thankful of that year. So when it comes time to scrapbook I already have the journaling done from everyone.
                            Image of Kraft Brown Bakers Twine ~ {Light Brown, Khaki, Flax Bakers Twine} Image of Timeless Twine™ - Autumn Splendor - Fall bakers twine

Thanks for stopping by. 

Friday, November 15, 2013


I intended on posting my WCMD cards today but I never got around it. I have been on a hunt for a birthday gift for my dad today and in the process with all the car riding I ended up with an upset stomach. Plus, I have a pinch nerve in my upper back so today was just not my day. Hopefully, next week I will be able to share with you the cards. 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

It is Child's Play

A couple of days ago I played for the first time over at Child's Play. Quite a few of my online friends are on the design team and I have been wanting to play with their challenges for a while. When I saw they are having a design team call I thought it would be perfect time to play and to see if I would want to apply. The first thing I did was look through their October challenges to pick one. I ended up picking the bead board photo.
This inspired me to use some diy enamel dots that are made from pony beads and I also used some natural twine to represent the beading string I use to use when I was little.
Supplies: cardstock (The Paper Studio), pattern paper (October Afternoon and Fancy Pants Designs). stickers (October Afternoon and American Crafts), diecuts (Jillibean Soup and Basic Grey), twine (Timeless Twine), embossing machine and folder (Sizzix), ink (AMuse Studio), chipboard (Um Wow Studio),journaling card (Chic Tags) stitch template (American Crafts)doily and dots.
This page came together really quick and I was kind of surprised since I didn't use a sketch.
I love that yellow background paper and how the twin cityscape pops on the page.
Friday's, post will be my World Card Making Day cards I made for the PAper Crafts magazine contest.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

#11 Simple Sketches Reveal

As promised here is the three day late Simple Sketches #11 sketch reveal. 
I followed the sketch closely. The only thing I didn't add was the title. Every once in a while I do a titleless page. The main reason is that I couldn't think of anything than the overused Christmas ones. 

Supplies: cardstock (The Paper Studio), pattern paper (My Mind's Eye), stickers (The Paper Studio), diecuts (Pink Paislee and The Robin's Nest), overlay (Crate Paper), twine (Timeless Twine), gems (Eyelet Outlet and Prima), stamp (Deep Red Stamps) mist (Heidi Swapp), ink (Quick Quotes), gelatos (Faber-Castell)and diy enamel dots. 
The love how this page came out. I ended up using only two pattern paper scraps on this page. I love the clean look of this page but it still has my style on it. .Thanks for stopping by and tomorrow I am going to share with you another page I created.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Sketch # 370? at SBC

The last month I have been really out of the loop and neglecting my little blog. However, is one week my life should be back to my norn. 
Anyway, last night I was hurrying up trying to do a layout for the Scrapbook Challenges' sketch reveal today but ended up working with next week's sketch instead. I didn't realize until I uploaded my page and it was already after 2 in the morning so I couldn't make another page. 
So I am going to share with you the page I did last week sing the #369 sketch.
Supplies: cardstock (The PAper Studio), pattern paper : Fancy Pants Designs, Studio Calico and October Afternoon), washi tape (Scotch tape), stickers American Crafts and Authentique, diy enamel dots and gelatos (Faber-Castell)
If you love SBC sketches you might want to check this out. They are having a design team call.
I will post my Simple Sketch reveal page tomorrow (that was suppose to last Sat.) Sorry for being so late.)
Now, I am off to go make four loaves of bread. I might make graham crackers and saltine crackers too. I figure I my as well get a start on my Thanksgiving preparations. 

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Jazzing Up Candles

Hello, today I am going to turn plain candles into a one of a kind home accent. 
To create these I just used some scrap cardstock, doilies, charms, flowers and the thing that held them together is twine. 

I used Autumn Splendor, Kraft Brown and Pumpkin Orange twines.  
Image of Timeless Twine™ - Autumn Splendor - Fall bakers twine Image of Kraft Brown Bakers Twine ~ {Light Brown, Khaki, Flax Bakers Twine} Image of Pumpkin Orange Bakers Twine ~ Timeless Twine™
Do this to battery-operated candles so there is no fire risk. I used these ones from HSN.Thanks for stopping by.