Thursday, October 29, 2015

Coffee Gift Card Holders

I'd been thinking of different ways to make gift card holders, when I realized I was making it much more difficult than I needed to. As a fellow crafter, you know might know what I'm talking about. :)

Instead of trying to find a template or create one of my own for a pillow box or even just a fun envelope, I decided to simply print out two copies of a coffee cup digital stamp, cut it out and slide the gift card in. Easy peasy! Well, actually there were a few more steps than that.

I opened the digital stamp in Photoshop Elements, flattened it to a white background so that I could fill in the colors, and printed it on white card stock. Had I not been in such a rush, I could have fit all 4 cups on one 8.5x11 paper since each cup is about 3x5.

To create the holder, I cut each of the coffee cups out, leaving a wide border, and then snipped the lids off. I used washi tape to hold the top of the gift card to the lid and then laid the lid and cup on my spare coffee cup. I ran adhesive around the sides and bottom of the cup to make a pocket.

Once it was assembled, I wanted a way to easily pull the lid off of the cup and so I used a piece from the gift card packaging to make a little pull tab, or "stirrer". I cut a slit in the lid and slid my paper through and attached it with a little adhesive. I placed a mini flair on each cup and that was that! These coffee gift card holders are simple enough to make that if you needed several you could do it quickly and have a fun gift for all the coffee lovers in your life.

Don't be discouraged if you don't have Photoshop Elements, I've seen that there are ways to utilize your digital stamps with many types of programs, even word processing ones. A quick internet search should provide you how-to instructions.

In case you missed it on Instagram, here's a sneak peek of a little of what's been keeping me so busy lately. These flair, the Red Cup Season pictured above, and much, much more are coming your way November 2nd. Brandi and I will see you all then!

digital coffee cup stamp - Kellie Stamps
Red Cup Season (coming 11.2.15) and PSL mini flair - Feed Your Craft

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Trio of Fall Cards

I try to send out snail mail on a regular basis, but have fallen a bit behind so I whipped up these cards to send out to some friends. Most of the cards I send go to fellow crafty ladies so I try to create something that I feel captures a bit of their personality. I sure hope I succeed! :)

The first card I made was inspired by Lisa over at Remember the Good Times. If you're not familiar with her projects, she make multi-dimensional goodness and even has her own shop. I paired two papers for my background, using a wood grain embossing folder on the wood grain print. I die cut some leaves, stitched on a clear tag, and put to use some enamel dots.

Next I got into the Halloween spirit and even though George the Ghost has made it onto other fall projects, he is just too cute not to use again. I blew the dust off of my Cricut Explore Air and cut out my trick or treat sentiment, hand cut a tag, and used up a few more enamel dots.

For my last card, I kept it on the simpler side because I really wanted all of the text and type to stand out. I layered my sentiment on patterned paper and then stitched a border around it all.

It's not too late to pop a card in the mail for someone to wish them a happy fall or Halloween!

6x6 paper pad - {Cedar Lane} Pink Paislee, {After Dark} Crate Paper
craft dies - Lawn Fawn Stitched Leaves
embossing folder - Shimelle Woodgrain
enamel dots, Doodlebug, Basic Grey
mini flair - Scaredy Cat Feed Your Craft
Trick or Treat font - Lemondrop

Friday, October 16, 2015

Wander in Wonder

The last class I'd signed up for over at Studio Calico has begun and it's all about stamping. I'm always on the hunt for inspiration and since stamping isn't something I got into when I started scrapbooking, I figured I'd give it a whirl.

Putting the first lesson to work, I created my background repeating the same 5 tag stamps all along the edges. I had originally stamped them all on paper and cut them out but felt it was too distracting. At least it gave me the opportunity to see how they would fit on the paper before I took to stamping directly on it. ;)

The theme of my layout is from a recent #HashtagThisWeek from Mandy at Turquoise Ave. and the prompt was in the past. As soon as she posted the topic, I immediately thought about my past travels and how quickly they can be forgotten as preparations for new travels arise. I am forever grateful for all of the journeys I've been on and what I've seen and learned and it inspires me to keep seeking new adventures.

Using a digital template in Photoshop Elements, I added photos from various trips and then placed text on top of the images. Since I can only print 4x6 photos and this is a 6x8 image, I just printed it with our laser printer on white card stock. Unintentionally, my layout turned into a project more focused on design versus story, but I'm happy that I experimented with techniques that I might not have otherwise.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend ahead!

stamps - Take Flight Kelley Purkey, Aloha Studio Calico, 3x4 stamp set Hola add-on Studio Calico
map patterned paper, Glass Slipper ink, Good Times printable - Studio Calico
font - Trend Rough

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Chicago Mini Pt. 2

I haven't been able to craft something every day this month, but I am making progress in my Chicago mini and putting those supplies to use. I don't know about you, but even after all these years of paper crafting sometimes I still have a hard time making that first cut into a sheet of paper or peeling off that first alphabet sticker.

When I use the metal album rings for my mini albums I like to add tags to provide a little whimsy between my pages. To go along with my journaling, I cut down a square die cut so that it would be a better match to my typed strips.

The next page I kept extremely simple by placing a 3x4 printable and a chipboard heart on my 4x6 page. I recolored the printable from yellow to pink so that it would match my assembled supplies.

This last page I'm sharing is also simple with just alphabet stickers raised with foam adhesive and a scattering of sequins. I have to say, I'm really digging having my photos not only in black and white, but also placed on clear sheets with elements from the other pages peeking through. :)

Carolina Moon SC Scrapbook kit
digital Wander Elements - In a Creative Bubble 
tags - {Atlas} Pink Paislee
sequins - ABM Messy Box
font - Trend Rough 

Friday, October 9, 2015

Project Life {September 2015}

I've been able to get a little crafty time in since joining Kellie and Jessica and their #31minutesfor31days, but I'm not limiting myself to just working on my Chicago mini album. I don't think the girls will mind either. :)

I was able to put my September Project Life pages together pretty quickly over the course of a couple of days, but as I got started on selecting my photos, I found that I didn't have many to choose from. September was really busy for us and our outings were limited so to compensate for my lack of pictures, I focused on creating journaling cards.

I love the instant gratification of buying digital items and couldn't wait to put my new stamps to use. They're from Kellie Stamps and she has a darling set that she collaborated with Brandi Kincaid for sale in digital or physical form. So sweet!

I added cards and embellishments from the September Felicity Jane kit, my favorite being the brush stroke stamp that I used to highlight the topic of each journaling card. I did a little machine sewing on my filler cards and always last, but not least, added my journaling.

Hope you have a great weekend!

filler cards, embellishments, stamp - Feels Like Home kit, Felicity Jane
digital stamps - Gosh! and Kiddo, Kellie Stamps
alphabet stickers - Adorn Thickers
journaling strips - digital ledger paper, One Little Bird Artisan
ink - Heidi Swapp mint ink
fonts - Gist and Trend Rough

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Chicago Mini Pt.1

Things have been busy, busy and so I'm going to try and set aside a little bit of time each day to get crafty with help from Kellie Winnell and Jessica Upton and their #31minutesin31days. The premise is simple, grab some photos, a mini album, and carve out time each day in October to craft. You can read more about it on Kellie's blog and Jessica's blog and they've each been posting on Instagram.

I decided to get my photos from our trip to Chicago scrapped in a mini book and I'm only pulling supplies from my stash. Since my assembled kit is pretty bold, I printed all of my pictures in black and white.

My first page is a 4x6 printable that I backed with patterned paper and added a die cut, stamped image and 3x3 card to. Facing that is a 4x6 photo from the view outside of the 94th floor of the John Hancock building. I added bronze letter stickers to my photo, but only because they fit so perfectly.

It's always worked best for me to have a formula when I make a mini and so I knew deciding that was priority one before cutting and sticking. All of the pages that follow will be in the same style, an embellished 4x6 page and then a clear 4x6 piece of transparency that has a 3x3 photo on each side. The first of these pages is about our flight into Chicago. I printed my journaling on a digital 3x4 card and then added a scrap of paper and a mini flair.

The next page was about picking up some caffeinated beverages for us all because we had plenty of fun planned well into the night. I used a 1-1/2" circle punch and cut out a few pieces of the paper coffee cup wrapper to use as embellishment. I added a stamped image, some more punched circles, and typed journaling on strips of paper.

Here's a better look at the page on the left without anything behind it. If you want to see individual pictures, you can find them in my personal gallery, here.

I'm excited to spend some more time on this and if you want to join in, it's not too late!

Carolina Moon SC Scrapbook kit
Explore Chipboard Cover - Big Picture Classes
digital Wander Elements - In a Creative Bubble 
Foundation Memory Pocket Monthly Add-On - The Lilypad
stamps - Ready Jet Set and More Coffee! - Christine Herrin, Everyday Catch - October Afternoon, date stamp
Travel mini flair - Feed Your Craft
font - Trend Rough
other - transparency sheets, black album rings

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Sweet Treats with Mini Flair

Obviously I love to use mini flair on my projects, you've seen them on my layouts, mini albums, Project Life pages, and more. What I've not often done (actually only once before) is to use them outside of scrapbooking, but that's all about to change.

I picked up a couple of mason jars recently from Michael's and thought it would be fun to fill them up with goodies and gift them to friends who are big fans of Halloween. For my first jar I made a paper bow using my WRMK Envelope Punch Board and then layered a couple of die cut pinked circles underneath of it. I used some thin foam tape between the circles to add a bit more dimension.

On another jar I grabbed a piece of black satin ribbon and tied it in a bow. Since all of the doodle flair in the shop can be purchased with a pin back, this was a quick and easy way to spruce up my jar. Both flair are from the Scaredy Cat set and head's up, these designs by Brandi will be retired on November 1st.

For my larger jar, I filled it with packs of hot cocoa mix (hello, salted caramel!) and made a gift tag using various craft dies, a stamped label, and topped it all off with Francine the Fox from the Chilly Nights set.

Last but not least, a huge congratulations to Michelle T for winning my blog giveaway from Monday. Email me at craftylilgik(at)gmail(dot)com to claim your coupon code!

A huge thanks to everyone for the support shown this week with the launch of the FYC Creative Team, it's been a whirlwind couple of weeks and everyone's enthusiasm has been so appreciated. Hoping you all have a wonderful, craft filled weekend! :)

WRMK Envelope Punch Board
craft dies - Paper Smooches Pinked Circles, Lawn Fawn Stitched Leaves and Tag You're It
mini flair - Scaredy Cat, Chilly Nights
patterned paper - Crate Paper, Pink Paislee, Gossamer Blue, Studio Calico
stamp, ink, and label - Studio Calico
other - mason jars, twine, black satin ribbon