Friday, December 31, 2010

Giftcard Holders

Every year, I never seem to have enough time to create alot of handmade cards and holders!  I get asked to make GCH's for a couple of people, so today, I'm sharing a bunch with you.  This first GCH is one that I made for one of my gifts.  My GF Wini cut out 25 of these Build-a-Bear Santa's for me.  Yes, she even assembled them for me too!  I am so lucky!  Thanks so much Wini!  These cuties came in handy.  
Here's the inside.
Made these GCH's for my co-worker to give out.

I made these GCH's for my niece to give out.

I'm amazed that I managed to get these done and then some.  It was quite a busy holiday!  I'm looking forward to the start of the new year and getting back into the swing of things.  Thanks for stopping by today! Wishing you all a Happy New Year!!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Holiday post-it-note holders

I wanted to share some of my post-it-note holders that I made this year.  There are several blogs out there that shared measurements and I'm sorry that I don't have those links today.  If I find them on my email, I will edit to share.  I will share the measurements for the ones that I made.  Making these holders is a really good way to use up scrap DP and cardstock!  Don't you just love this little mouse? It's a Dandelion Design image that I got last year.  Picked up the Merry Christmas sentiment this year.
This cute image is also a Dandelion Design image that I got last year, one of my faves as you know, I'm a snowman collector.
This reindeer was so easy and fun to make!  It's a punch!  I just added moving eyes and a cute shiny, red nose.  I got the noses from J's Knicknacks.  They were on the rack with all of the rhinestones and I bought whatever was left because I knew I was going to make a bunch of reindeers.  This "nose" is the same for my Santa.  I believe that these red embellies will be re-ordered.
This last holder is one of my old time faves as well (got lots of faves!).  What I love best about these snowmen is that there is very little coloring to do!  Added dazzling diamonds to give it some shine.
These mini pens were from Price Busters for a good deal too!  I had so much fun making these!  Okay, now for the measurements:  Cardstock size 7 3/4" X 10 1/4".  Score at 3 3/8", 6 3/4".  BTW, wanted to thank my dear friend, Rita, for sharing this link and others so that I could make these fun post-it-note holders "thanks rita!!)  Here is one of the links I thought was really good because it's a word document with illustration.  It's really easy, so if you always wanted to make these, after you see the tutorial, I know you will be addicted like me!
Thanks for your visit today! 

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Happy Holidays!

Hope you all had a fabulous Christmas!  I never learn my lesson and every year it's the same thing for me.  Rushing at the last minute.  Not like the date ever changes year after year, know what I mean?  I know I had a bunch of road blocks along the way, but I think it's poor planning on my part.  I'm thinking I want to keep making Christmas stuff right now so I can get a little head start for next year (heard that before??).  This morning, I scrapbooked all of the 2009 holiday cards that I took off of my wall to hang up the 2010 holiday cards.  It was really fast and easy.  I used an old SU Christmas scrapbook kit.  I'll post those soon.
Today I want to share a cute gift I made for a sweet friend who shared her snowman collection with me.  It only took me one year to pick them up from her house - am I terrible or what??  Thanks Dawne!  I wrapped up a large Godiva chocolate bar.  I think I'll be making more of these Santa cuties for tags next year, they make me happy!

Someone asked me when was I going to post more pics of my baby here are a couple.  This is Mochi doing her most favorite thing - sleeping!
Here she is checking out the Christmas tree.
And here is our holiday card this year.  I was so happy that this year, I was able to create our card using the SU my digital studio (MDS) program.  Last year, I had a heck of a time because it kept kicking me out of the program.  Since getting my new computer, it's been a joy creating using this fun digital program.  Thinking of having a class using the program sometime next year.  We'll see!
Wishing you all a happy and healthy new year!  I want to take this time to thank all of you who stuck with me over the 3 years that I've been blogging.  Thank you for taking the time to visit and for leaving me comments!  Thank you to those who attend my monthly classes throughout the year, your support is appreciated!  I plan to start up classes again beginning January where we will be featuring new products from the new Occasions catalog and our best sale of the year - Sale-a-Bration!  If you are interested in receiving both new mini catalogs, please drop me a email and I'll get them to you.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

2 Tags and a Card

 I had the pleasure of giving a mini lunch hour class last week Friday since I was on furlough.  My GF Charisse invited me to her office to share some holiday projects with her co-workers.  Here's what I came up with.  (Pardon the dull look of my photos, I forgot to edit them before uploading!)  We made 2 tags and a card.

Isn't this mini gingerbread man the cutest?  This guy is from the bingo set.
Simple card using some of my DSP scraps, worked out pretty good.
How's everybody doing on holiday shopping and wrapping?  I'm trying to finish up tonight.  We just got our tree, so I guess that's what we will be doing this weekend!  Thanks for stopping in today!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Here's how I created Santa!

As promised, here are the punches that I used to make Santa.  Before I show you which punches I used, also wanted to share with you how I created the beard.  First, I punched out a circle using the 1 3/8" circle punch like this:

 Then, using the ornament punch, position the punch like this to form Santa's beard.
Here are the punches that I used:
Real red cardstock:
1 3/8" square, modern label punches
I hand cut the Santa hat
Blush cardsock:
1 3/8" circle, trio flower (not sure if that is the correct name of that punch)
Whisper white cardstock:
word window, ornament punches
Black cardstock:
trio flower, hand cut a thin strip (for the belt)
Green cardstock - horizontal punch
You need to trim off two of the scallops from the trio flowers to form hands and feet
Here is Mr. Claus all assembled.  For his nose, I used 10mm hot pink (they look red to me) crystal stickers (I purchased from J's).  You can substitute with a mini pom pom, a red 1/2 circle or a rhinestone.
 I added Santa to a cute post it note holder.  He's so much fun to make and easy too!  Oh yeah, if you were interested in making the easy giftcard holder that I posted yesterday, the measurements are:
Cut one piece of cardstock 5 1/2" X 8 1/2", fold in half.  Cut another piece of cardstock 2 1/2" X 4 1/4" - this is the pocket.  I lined the inside of the GCH with a piece of white cardstock cut at 4 X 5 1/4".  That's it!  Hope you give it a try! 
 Thanks for your visit today.  I finally figured out why my posts were posting at 6:30 PM, so hopefully, it will post earlier.  Still trying to figure out this blog, there were alot of things that blogger changed in the 3 years that I had my old blog.  See you soon!  I'll be sharing some raks and a couple of easy and cute gift tags that I made at a mini lunch time workshop.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Santa is in town!

Wow, I've been away too long!  Life is so hectic these days, and I don't mean with holiday buzy-ness.  Been taking care of things with Dad (appointments, etc.) and it consumes most of my time.  I'm not complaining about doing these things for him at all, but just an explanation for my absence.  So, are you all ready for the holidays??  I'm so far from done, but I think that it's just a part of the holiday "rush" don't you think? 
I've been creating after Dad goes to bed and while reading the newspaper ads last week, I browsed the ad for Target and was inspired by some cute holiday paper goods.  I created this cute Santa using all SU punches!  Attached Mr. Clause to my giftcard holder.

Here's the inside...
If you are interested in making this cutie Santa, I'll post the punches I used and also give you the measurements for this easy peasy GCH.  Time to run for the bus!  Thanks for your visit!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Money holder

I made this money holder for a function we had at work.  This was so easy to make, I had to ask myself after why I always complicate things by wanting to recreate the wheel, know what I mean?  This fast and simple holder was so fast to make, I made 2 before I left for work the other day.  I used a retired stamp set called Do The Hula.
 I made a belly band to hold it close.
 Here's a view of it opened, it's kind of hard to see, but I used the 1 1/4" circle punch in the center of the pocket for easy retrieval of the cash.
So here are the measurements:
cut your cardstock 7 3/4" X 10 1/4".  Score at 3 3/8" and 6 3/4".  That's it!  To form the money pocket on the bottom, use your sticky strip on both sides of the bottom pocket and seal (be sure to punch the half circle first).  For the cover, I used a piece of real red CS cut at 7 1/2" X 10" and then the white CS cut at 7 1/4" X 9 3/4".  The belly band that I used was cut at 3/4" X 9".  This size can vary according to your taste.  You can embellish the band, or not. I'll be making a holiday money holder to share soon.
Thanks for your visit today!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Last giftcard holder from the class

 Here is the last giftcard holder that we made at class.  I lied, I also love this GCH alot.  We used the top note die for this one too.  I love this cute reindeer from the Sparkly and Bright stamp set.  I used one of the SU rhinestones and a red sharpie to color it red.  Worked perfect!  I used the 1 3/4" circle punch to punch out the reindeer and mounted it on a 2 1/2" scallop circle. For the sentiment, I used the word window punch and the modern label punch.

Here's a close up of the sentiment.
 A close up of the reindeer and it's shiny nose!
Here's what the inside of the GCH looks like.  We used the word window punch for the slot to hold the gift card.
 Here's what it looks like without the giftcard.

I hope you enjoyed seeing this year's giftcard holder collection.  It's always a challenge for me to find something fun and exciting for the classes. 
Thanks for stopping by today.  I will be sharing a pretty standard money holder with measurements.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Another Giftcard Holder

Happy December!  I can't believe that I've been away from my blog for that long. Time is just passing too quickly and all I can say is that I've been putting most of my energy into taking care of my Dad and things at home.  Nothing to be alarmed over but I'm feeling like Dad seems to be needing more care lately, hard to explain.  Anyway, so sorry that I didn't get to post the more of the giftcard holders from the class.  This one is my favorite.  It's made with chipboard covered with DSP from the Candy Cane Christmas specialty line (FYI, they are not making any more of this paper, I guess Christmas is almost here).  I used the craft glue to adhere the paper to the chipboard and then used the top note sizzix die to cut out the holder.  The number 25 are quickutz dies because I didn't have any other number dies.  I used the snowflakes from the decorative strip die called Northern Frost.  I love this die!  Added a glitter brad in the center of the snowflake and added a dimensional in between snowflakes.  It looks like bakers twine, but really is a thin yard I bought from a craft store last year.  The hole was punched using my crop-a-dile..
Here's the back of the GCH.  I used elmer's craft bond to adhere the pocket.
For the ladies who ordered a kit to go, HUGE apologies for the delay.  There's been so much on my little plate lately, talk about being overwhelmed! I'm happy to tell you that they are all done and ready to mail!  Don't forget to email me if you need any help with assembling, I think there will be no problem.
I will post the last giftcard holder tomorrow, doing it as a pre-post.  Also in store for you will be a simple money holder with measurements so you can make some for the holidays.
Thank you so much for your patience.  Sorry to say that blogging has been on the bottom of the list of things to do.  I barely have time to look at all of the holiday creativity from your blogs, but will try to peek in later.  My reader must have 2,000 posts waiting for me! eeks!
The holidays are in full swing now and I can't believe that I am behind again - *sigh*...See you tomorrow!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Holiday Craft Sale this weekend!

I can't believe that this week flew by so fast! Here we are at Thursday already!  I've been busy getting my projects together for a craft sale that is happening this weekend.  The short story is that we originally signed up to participate in the annual HGEA Christmas craft fair but they cancelled it.  On a whim, I decided to move the sale to my garage, sort of thinking that the show must go on!  Here's the info on the craft sale

When:  Saturday, November 20, 2010
Where: Manana Street, Waimanalo (please email me for address and/or directions)
Time:   9:30 a.m. til we sell out or give up (smile!)
What we will be selling:  paper crafts (gift tags, post it note holders, gift card holders, note paper holders and more!), handcrafted jewelry by Denise and Reni and possibly silver jewelry, craft supplies, Avon gift sets, beautiful handcrafted cards by Jodi Ann, possibly check book covers and more by Joy, mini christmas trees by Freida and hopefully more!

We will also be having a craft white elephant sale, so you will want to come early for best selection.  Some of the items on sale for you bargain hunters will be gently used rubber stamps, designer papers, beads, misc craft supplies.

We are excited to be celebrating the holiday season with this craft sale.  Please do us a favor and share this information with your friends!  Mahalo and we will see you this weekend!

Thanks for stopping by today.  I will be sharing more of the giftcard holders from the class soon!  If you ordered a kit, I am almost done, working on the Santa Owl pieces, some are kind of tiny!

Monday, November 15, 2010

2010 Gift Card Holder Class Projects

Hello friends!  Glad you were able to make your way over to my new blog.  Before I continue, I would like to give a HUGE shout out to my GF Jen who helped me launch this new blog.  She helped me transfer all of my links, pics, tutorials, etc. over to my new home.  Thanks sister!  Also, thanks to Allison who gave me a tip if I wanted to continue using my old blog, she mentioned that the cost was very minimal to buy more space.  Shucks!, little too late to take that route as we already started this one.  Appreciate the advice! This info may come in handy for others out there who may experience the same trouble I just went through.
Okay, on to the projects!  Thanks to all of you who attended my giftcard holder class this weekend!  I hope you enjoyed the projects this year.  This first GCH was created with the sizzix giftcard holder die that I bought last year but never used (sound familiar??)  I love that cutting the GCH is so simple so that I could spend more time embellishing the cover.  Don't you just love this cute Santa Owl??  This jolly owl was created by the super talented Kay over at Creations on Paper.  She is the creator of many cute, cute critters using the SU owl punch as well as the beautiful rose made out of cardstock.  Please take a visit at Kay's blog, you will be amazed and awed at all of her fab projects.  Thanks Kay for allowing me to borrow this Santa owl! 
Here's what the inside of the GCH looks like.  Used the decorative label punch and the santa image from the Jolly Bingo Bits stamp set (holiday mini catalog).

This is another GCH we made using the same Sizzix GCH die.  We stamped Dasher to decorate the front of this holder and punched it out using the 2 1/2" circle punch.  FYI, this punch was having some issues and is not available temporarily. 
Here is the inside of the holder.  Used the set called Gifted from the idea book & catalog for the label.  I thought that this reindeer kind of matched Dasher.
Thanks for making your way over to my new blog.  If you were a subscriber on my other blog, you will need to re-sign up on this blog to receive an email from me every time I post to this blog.  Sorry for the inconvenience, but this was one of the things that couldn't transfer over from the old blog.
Thank you so much for your love and support over the last 3 1/2 years of blogging.  I must say that this journey has been a fun one and it's all because of all of you out there!  More GCH projects to be posted soon!