Baby Shower Gift Bags

Hey guys.

So, this week kind of threw a curve ball at me and my family and I didn’t have time to make a card.  Sorry.

But, I did work on another papercraft project that used up a “good chunk” of my stash of paper.  I put “good chunk” in quotes because, you’d think 20 pieces of different papers would seem like a lot, but it hardly made a dent.  But still, it’s 20 pieces that either got partly used or completely used, so, yay for using up bits of my stash!

The Alpha Center, which you know by know I help out there regularly, is having their yearly baby shower to collect items for their baby closet, where clients can redeem points to buy things they need for their coming little ones.  This year they are having an actual event at their facility instead of only collecting items throughout the month and they are putting together some thank you gift bags for the first 20 people that attend.  They asked me to come up with a way to decorate some white paper bags to use for the gift bags.

Of course, I turned to Pinterest for some inspiration, and found this pin which was my starting off point:

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I found a simple clip-art of a onesie online and used it to cut out 20 onesies with the Cricut.

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Like I said, I used 20 different patterns of paper, and I think will be really fun that none of the gift bags will look exactly the same.  Some of the patterns, though, are pretty dark or too bold to put the “thank you” actually on the onesie, so I printed some stickers to put on the bags.

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I don’t have the clothespins with me, so I can’t show you the actual finished bags, but the onesie will be clipped to the bag with the clothespins, which will also keep the bag shut, just like in the original pin.

And that’s it for this week!  Hopefully next week I’ll be back with an actual card to show you guys.  Honestly, though, I used up more of my stash with this than with any single card.  🙂

Card #84: September Challenge: ♥ = Wedding

Ugh, this is why I don’t take naps.

My alarm went off at 4 o’clock this morning so I could go help set up a booth at the Sidewalk Arts Festival, and I didn’t get to bed until really late last night, on top of going to bed late all week, so I am overtired.  After wandering around the show until around noon, I came home and took a nap.  But the thing about me is, I can’t take a 20 minute nap like normal people.  It takes me way too long to fall asleep in the first place, then when I finally do I’m asleep for a good long while.  I set an alarm for 2, shut it off when it started singing, and stayed in bed until 3.  And now I just feel like my whole day is shot (besides still being tired), and I have no ambition to get anything done.  I’ll probably finish this, go grab some apple crisp, and watch Netflix for the rest of the evening.

Yay, weekend.  🙂

So, anyway, it’s September, which means a new challenge, which I’m really excited about.  This month, I’m calling it the “Never-Used Stamp Challenge.”  Each card I make, I will use at least one stamp that I’ve never used before.  I was digging through my stash last night and picked something for each week.  This is going to be really fun, and it’s going to be hard to pick which one to do next week!

To start off with, I decided to use these stamps that I got on clearance this spring at Hobby Lobby:

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When I saw them, I thought they were really fun and I had an idea right away of how to use them.  So I brought that idea to culmination this week and made these two wedding cards:

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I’m not extremely happy with the way the pink girls turned out, but that’s the fault of the stamp pad I used.  I think the design of the cards is really cute.

It’s kind of hard to tell in the pictures, but the striped cardstock in the first picture is actually kind of pearlescent.  I had harvested that piece years ago from a wedding invitation my family received.  Nothing like recycling!  🙂  And the silver on the second card is silver glitter, which again is kind of hard to see in the picture, but it is really pretty in person.  The rectangle with the stamps and stickers are held on with foam squares to give a little dimension, and I drew the plus and equal signs on with a silver metallic pen.  The embellishments are from Jolee’s boutique “Engagement Rings” set.

Both cards have the Congratulations stamp on the inside.  If I could do it over, I think I would do the simple round corners on both cards and not the fancy ones on the glittery card.  I don’t know, but I think the fancy cut kind of distracts a bit from the stamps.

 

 

My brain really isn’t working anymore for writing more.  So I’m going to sign off.  See you next week for the second part of the Never-Used Stamp Challenge!

 

Stamps used: “His”, “Hers”, and “Cursive Congratulations” by Stampabilities, and “Puny Heart” (I think) from Stampendous

 

Just A Quick Update

Hey everybody.  I just wanted to come on here and let you know that I’ll be taking a short hiatus from the blog for a couple weeks.  We are in full prep mode for Vacation Bible School at church right now, and most of my free time (and energy!) has been taken up with decoration prep and such, so I haven’t had time this week to make any cards.  We still have a lot of work to do this week to get ready, and VBS is starting next Sunday and runs for the whole week, and the week after I also am committed to some very time-consuming stuff, so I am going to take a short break from making cards until a couple weeks into July.  I just don’t have the time and I don’t need the pressure of getting cards done for each week right now.  My plan is to continue my June challenge of making sets of cards once I get back and finishing out July with that challenge.

Thanks for following my blog and I will see in July!

Card #71: Sparkly Mother’s Day

I know this card is technically a week late, but I was out of town at a Comic Con on Mother’s Day (I know, terrible daughter, *hangs head in shame*).  So I  treated my mom to dinner and a play this week instead of actually celebrating on Sunday.  I think that made up for me not being home on the actual holiday.

My mom gets all the emails from Cricut and forwards the ones she thinks I would be interested in, and a couple weeks ago they sent one talking about all the free Mother’s Day cards they had available, so I saved the email with the intent of making one of those for my mom.  Well, I finally went onto the website to design the card, and discovered that those designs were no longer free.  Humph.  So I browsed what was free this week instead, and ended up using one of those designs for the card.

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The background sunburst was the design from Cricut that I used.  It actually had a border around it, but I wanted the rays to go off the edge, so I cut the design a little bigger than the actual card so I could trim around and cut the border off.  And since mom’s favorite color is green, I knew I had to use some green in the design.

After gluing the sunburst and the letters down, though, it seemed kind of boring, like it was missing something.  So, since this was a starburst after all, I decided it needed some sparkle.  I put the green down first, then the pink.  And as you can tell in the both pictures, the glitter is definitely sticking where it isn’t glued down.

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I should have used my little anti-static bag on the cardstock before putting the glue down, but I kind of forgot.  :/

And yes, everything for this card came from my scrap bin.  The card is actually even bigger than the 4.25 by 5.5 size that I anticipated making all the cards this month because I had a bigger piece left over from a 12 by 12 piece of cardstock for the base.  I wanted the sunburst to be better proportioned than it would have been for the smaller card, so I was delighted to find a larger piece of scrap for the base card.  I had actually planned on making two cards this week if the card for Mom didn’t work with making it from scraps, but I only had to do one!