Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Look What We Got!

We had a very sweet message waiting in our In-Box this morning,
so we thought we'd share part of it today.

Thanks Blogger Amy!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Goodie Baskets

Hello Everyone!
Today we're going to share an easy-peasy Treat Basket project.
All you really need for this (besides some cute papers) is an oval or circle cutter.

To begin, you'll want to cut 2 ovals or circles from the same or 2 co-ordinating papers. Double-sided works the best so your basket won't have a blah, boring inside. You can leave the edges smooth or use a scallopped scissors for a cuter presentation like we did.

Next, fold your pieces in half:

Then, simply slide them together, forming a point at the bottom. Adhere them together.

After that, attach a paper handle (we punched holes in ours & threaded some ribbon through) and secure it with 2 brads.

Then it's ready for you to jazz up with your favorite embellies & fill with some yummies!

We think this would be a sweet gift for a teacher, surprise a co-worker with one, or hang one on your kid's bedroom doorknobs on Valentine's morning.

Thanks for looking!
TaTa till next time . . . .

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Another Valentine's Project

Yesterday we sent out a newsletter from The Shoppe highlighting some of the newest Valentine's products that arrived.

We also included a picture of a really cute Topiary Tree we found online.

Then one of those "Ah-Ha!" moments hit me ~ I had a vision!

So, to work I went . . . and here is our version of a Candy Topiary:

We started by punching green circles, along with red, pink, & white flowers. Curl all the edges around a pencil (or use your finger tips), then attach them to a styrofoam ball with glue and a stick pin.

Push a dowel rod into the ball and then into whatever container you choose. Make sure your dowel is thick enough to support the weight! (Ours has toppled a couple times already)

We added a little more shimmer to ours by brushing & dabbing on some irredescent glitter glue.
Then we hot-glued Hershey Kisses into the flower centers.

Add a tag with a sweet sentiment and you've got a sweet gift for a special person! We added a little heart to ours which we covered in Crackle Accents to give it a glimmer.

Make sure to create a hand-made card to give along with this Sweet Kisses Tree. This is one from Sandy's Valentine Card Class next weekend. Check it out here on her blog.

This would be a precious project to make along with your kids for their teachers this year. . . altho' they may eat just as many as they glue on!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Send Your Love . . .

Yep . . .That's right. We're talking about Valentine's Day.
A day filled with red hearts, chocolate, & sweet sentiments.

So to celebrate this holiday, we're going to start sharing some cute ideas for you to create & give to those most special people in your life.

Today's project is a twist on the traditional Valentine's Card . . . Try sending a POSTCARD this year.

Here are the ones that were created at The Shoppe by one of the girls . . .
These are 5x7 postcards cut from chipboard and decorated with papers & stickers.
Once again ~ a great way to use up your scraps!

Add a sweet message and an address . . .Then give the entire card a coat or two of ModPodge to seal it well.Have them hand-cancelled at the Post Office, and think of the smile it will bring to the person who receives this unique surprise in their mailbox.

I sure did when I received this one for Christmas!
Check back often for more quick & easy projects we'll be sharing to help inspire you and your creativity.

Monday, January 5, 2009

A Family Tree

Hello Everyone!

Today we thought we'd share an idea for a Family Tree Project.
This would be precious in a new baby's nursery . . .

Once again, this project is a great way to use up your stash of scraps & create a totally personal and unique piece of artwork.

We used Cricut's Paper Dolls cartridge for our tree base, but you could also free-hand one to fit the size of your frame. These leaves are from an Emagination Punch . . . you can make yours any shape, size, or color combo that you like!

We gave each leaf some inking, a slight crease up the center & added a popdot under one side to give it some dimension.

Then just add your names & any other info that you'd like.

We put birthdays with ours & added a rhinestone to co-ordinate with that month.

The frame we used is an in-expensive one from Walmart that we sanded & painted white. When it dried, we gave it another light sanding for an antiqued, worn look. We also left the glass out of the frame.

Wouldn't this look great in an over-sized frame ~ like 3x5 feet ~ just filled with leaves!?! You'd be able to add photos on the tags to one that size! How cool would THAT be?!?