Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Holiday Envelopes

So I will start this post by apologizing. I am sorry to have to remind you that Christmas is 4 months away. BUT it's good to get crafting and create early with favorite leftover bits before the season starts. Really, every year I am behind by a number of cards and gifts. Every year I try to start early and I was hoping this would help all of us ;)

I pulled out the packages of plain kraft and white envelopes as well as the Holiday Traditions and Noel leftovers that I loved too much to give up. Here's what I created:

First up is the white envelope that I decorated with gold and red products. The gold and red/white washi tape were perfect for the finishing touches on this envelope.

Next is the tall, kraft envelope. I used my favorite snowflake punch and I also used a little silver washi to match the grey throughout the collection. The kraft really makes the colors in the Noel collection pop.

Finally the second kraft envelope. For this one, I chose to trim the edge of the patterned paper to match the outline of the envelope. A white pen a quick and easy way to add the detail of stitching along the border of the red patterned paper all the way around.

I hope I have inspired you to pull out some of your favorite Christmas products and get an early start!

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Be U Tie Dye Hoop Art

This fun project was created using SEI Tumble Dye, the SEI Hoop Art Starter Kit, doilies and thin wooden letters.

It's so simple to create this! Take the muslin from the Hoop Art kit and pull it taut inside the hoops. Layer the doilies in a pattern that you like.

Grab your Tumble Dye and start spraying! (Make sure to use a craft mat underneath your project to protect your area from overspray.) Once you're finished spraying, carefully remove the doilies.

If you're like me and spray heavily then you can use a paper towel to blot the excess spray. Careful up and down blotting will help your project dry faster, just try not to smear it.

Next, use wooden, cloth or chipboard letters and spray them with SEI's Tumble Dye. I used a paintbrush to dab up some of the excess spray and used it to paint the edges and corners that the spray missed. When the letters have dried, attach them to your project with hot glue, glue dots or fabric glue.

When it comes to crafting, every mistake is simply a new kind of art. Don't worry about making it perfect, make it YOURS! Just BE U!

You can see all of my SEI projects here (on my blog) or here (on Pinterest).


Friday, August 15, 2014

DIY Pencil Holder - Repurposed Can

Sometimes the most cutest altered item doesn't have to be the most difficult to make! Point in case, I needed another container to hold my writing utensils and other odds and ends that needed a space. One day while cooking some chili, I realized I could alter the cans!!! So I took a can of kidney beans, rinsed it out, cleaned and dried it and made a simple yet cute container!

This didn't take very long to make, but I am happy with the results. I used the kit contents and just cut the paper to the length and size I wanted to use to cover the can. Since I wanted to keep part of the silver of the can showing, I cut my papers accordingly to that size. I taped that paper to the can. After I taped the paper, I took the elements from the kit and added them. The last thing I added was the ribbon to tie the look together! I love how it looks on my shelf and it was super easy to make too!


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

DIY Journals

It's always fun to record memories; not just in scrapbooks but in journals too. The kids keep a journal for one family adventure every year. We then end up with a little keepsakes or both writing and thoughts from a certain age. It's really fun to look back at those moments in time.

For this summer, I pulled out the Azalea collection to create a couple little journals. The fun thing about this collection is that the A side and B side are great opposites!

I created 5x7 cover pieces and then trimmed the end with a die for the scallop. I also used a small single hole punch to create the holes to tie the covers and pages covers together. The pages inside are 4x6, and white copy paper that has been used at one end and clear at the other. (We try to recycle whenever we can).

The covers are decorated with the die cut stickers from the Azalea collections, ribbon, twine. I found that I needed to pass the twine through the holes several times (at least three) for the pages to be held together firmly enough to keep the journal's shape. I am looking forward to seeing these put to use!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Club SEI September Card Kit

The Furry Friends paper collection from the September card-making kit is fun and versatile. Create cards with whacky, sweet and fun loving animal characters. These charming cards are perfect to cheer up a friend, say I love you or add to a gift basket.

This little owl peeks through the window and so does the bunny.

Check out all the fun goodies that come in this kit!

If you love these cards as much as we do, sign up for club today at!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Anniversary Mini Album

Taking from the Club SEI kit contents and the album it's I created this a mini album to celebrate our year anniversary!!! It was fun creating this album. I put photos of our wedding as well as our weekend away to combine a wedding/anniversary album, I love how it turned out!


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Lunch Bag Turned Coffee Gift Bag

Iwas looking at the front the SEI banner kit and saw this great idea for turning a simple paper lunch bag into a gift bag. It was not only genius and frugal, it was something I needed. I have had a bag of coffee that I've been meaning to give as a gift and I couldn't decide how I wanted to wrap it. This was perfect!

I simply used a white lunch bag from my kitchen and cut a piece of Catalina Sweet Calico paper to 4-1/4" x 9" and glued it to the front.

Next, fold over the top of the bag and tape it over the paper.

I punched a hole at the top of each side of the bag. I threaded twine through the bag and attached a piece of banner cardboard from the banner kit.

I heat embossed a Joy's Life coffee stamp and saying onto a tag from Field Notes Sundries and colored the stamps in with glossy pens.

I finished the project by adding two small flowers from Pembroke Sundries just over the holes I punched. I clipped the tag to the twine using a tiny clothespin from Pembroke Sundries.

Consider using paper scraps and other embellishments to make your bag uniquely yours.


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