These pinwheels are leftover from my July 2014 Paper Pumpkin kit. I keep them in my summer holiday box because they're just so darn cute and will use them in different ways each 4th of July until I run out. Last year I made pinwheels on straws and this year pinwheel treat bags.
I filled the treat bags with some patriotic goldfish crackers, sealed the bag closed with some washi tape and used the little paper clip from the kit to layer everything together. I steamed two of the stamps from the kit in Real Red and Night of Navy. I stamped off the red stars once to get a lighter look to layer better with "celebrate" in blue.
Love these pinwheels. If you don't have leftovers from last year's kit, you can easily make these by making your own pinwheels. They're pretty easy to freehand, but here's a couple templates for you if you need a little help. The left is a .studio file for those with a Silhouette machine and the right is a PDF you can print. :)
Happy Independence Day!
I'm so excited to show you beautiful craft corner now that I've downsized a little bit and reorganized. Above is a view of my peg board Jonny made for me to have better access to my embellishments. I always forget how much ribbon I have. I have a LOT. There's ribbon in three of those colored buckets, at the top of the peg board and then in the basket on the left. :)
I moved one of my storage racks out of the closet so I have more access to more embellishments and paper. I plan to rotate some of the storage boxes with the other storage rack in the closet as holidays change. Right now I have my summer box out.
The left photo above is a full view of my desk and peg board. Just to the right is the door where I keep my apron and a tote bag. I have a cork board where I display Abigail's art and below is a small book shelf for my printer, Cameo, score boards and old idea books and catalogs. Then there's the closet! It's amazing what I cleaned out of there. I moved my stamp bookshelf and Ikea cart into the closet because Abigail likes to touch everything and it helps keep her from being tempted.
The upper shelves is where I keep paper, punch boards, punches, dies and wood veneers. Then, I keep my Ikea cart with ink pads, tools, coloring tools, glues and so much more. Then in the middle is my Big Shot and stamps. To the right is where I keep the rest of my themed embellishments, Lawn Fawn stamps and my ProMarkers.
I hope you find my space inspiring. Let me know if you have any specific questions in the comments and I'll answer them. :)
An exciting thing when you're cleaning out craft stuff is that you find cards you started years ago and need to finish. I took a card class at a Scrapbook Expo probably three or so years ago with my mom and we learned some cool techniques for coloring on embossed images. I never put the cards together so I took some time this week to finally glue and stamp sentiments on them!
The cards had already a stamped sentiment but I wasn't a huge fan of the sentiment and I am unfortunately in need of some sentiment cards. A family friend and my grandmother on my step-mom's side passed away these past couple of weeks. I don't always keep sympathy cards on hand, and it's sad that I have to use so many so quickly...
The sentiments are from a retired Stampin' Up! set called Best of Greetings. I'm not sure what the stamps are for the rest of the card, because it was so long ago. But we distressed the flowers and backgrounds. I wish I could remember how we made that easel card! Maybe my mom remembers and I'll edit this blog post later. ;)
What's your go to stamp set for sympathy cards? I really liked the sentiment "you're in my thoughts" and I think it's going to be used a lot for these type of cards. Hopefully not a lot, though.
I'm so excited to be getting to my past Paper Pumpkin kits. My May and June kits were sitting in their red boxes collecting dust while I was organizing my craft corner. I really liked this kit - I love when my Paper Pumpkin kits go above and beyond with creative ideas.
The kit included four gift bags with the tissue paper. So cute, right? I love that it comes with tissue paper that matches the cards. For these, I stamped on the tag, banner and gift bag.
For the card, I stamped the "happy birthday" sentiment and balloon onto the envelope. I think that sentiment is going to be a great go-to sentiment stamp for birthday cards. I love that it's curvy and a great font.
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Good ol' red, white and blue was the theme for our June swaps. I threw in a little gold, too (gold never hurt anybody). It was so nice making these and knowing what I had in my stash to share! I can't wait to show you how I have organized my craft corner this week. I'll probably finish taking the photos after work today.
This month I included an envelope I made using my punch board, wood veneer stars, die cut shapes for small notes or stamping, tags, snippets of paper from the Martime DSP, sequins, page flags, star stickers and washi tape.
It's a bit nautical, but still very American if I do say so myself. ;) And it's probably the most American-y thing I'll make this season since I didn't get any Independence Day cards made.
I can't wait to find out what the July swap will be and actually fill out my swaps with more fun, planner things!
Hello, blogging world! Oh how I've missed you. Did you miss me? Just a little? ;)
Today I'm jumping right back into it by sharing my pocket letter pen pal swaps from May. These are a little bare because I didn't get a chance to finish them before I tore my house apart to reorganize and clean. But, I still think they're pretty cute!
The theme was black, white and a pop of color. I made a yellow one, a blue one and a pink one. I think the yellow is my favorite of the three so I'm sharing it with you! Because it was a little bare, I sent a June swap that I originally told them to skip my swap this month because my craft room was a disaster and I couldn't access anything. Hopefully it will make up for it. Check back tomorrow for those. And later this week for my before and after craft corner disaster!
Each pocket letter had some tags, snippets of some of my favorite black and white patterned papers, glitter tape, sequins, washi tape, a water colored cardstock for each lady to stamp/write what she'd like and speech bubbles.
Don't look at the stains on the table. I took this photo in the lab at work and my desk is kinda dirty. That's what I get for realizing I forgot to take a nice photo at home and your cousin is coming to pick up the scrapbook page any minute. Oh well. You may not have even noticed. Right?
My cousin is going to a baby shower this weekend for another cousin of hers and the hostess asked if everyone could bring a scrapbook page to give to the mother-to-be and baby. She gave me three photos of her and her cousins (so cute, right?) and I created this page for her.
I've been loving the white base cardstock for scrapbook pages so I started off with that. The photos are trimmed 3x3" and spaced 1/8" from each other. The pieces of patterned paper are cut 9-1/4" long at various widths for layering. I cut some circles out from the patterned paper set, too. After that I glued and stuck on various embellishments and finished it off with some Color Shine mists.
The page turned out pretty darn cute and I left her some room for journaling on the pink patterned paper.
Do you like the white base scrapbooking? Is there another color that's your favorite right now to scrapbook with?
Paper: Best Year Ever DSP (Stampin' Up! - retired), Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Color Shine Mint Green, Color Shine Primrose (Heidi Swapp)
Embellishments: Beach House Designer Washi Tape, Sweet Sadie Designer Washi Tape (Stampin' Up! - retired), Chipboard Thickers (American Crafts), Speech Bubble Wood Chips (Freckled Fawn), asterisk wood veneer, blue sequins
While I am a fan of the DIY when it comes to things like weddings and parties, I'm a bigger fan of having a stress free event for the host! One of the most time consuming things to DIY are invitations. Especially for a wedding! We invited 300 guests to our wedding reception and I know some weddings are even larger. Minted offers such gorgeous designs for all kinds of invitations and with wedding season just around the corner (literally... June is on Monday), I wanted to share with you some of my favorite wedding invitations.
Okay, but then I see that Minted also offers GOLD FOIL on their invitations. Guys. Gold is everything right now. This really brings your invitation to whole new level. I love the abstract and simplicity of the Midnight & Gold invitations, but there are so many others on their site. You gotta check them out.
If something classic and kraft is more your thing (it was my theme for my reception invitations), I definitely love the Cartwright wedding invitations. It's simple, elegant and embraces the DIY world (we love our kraft paper)... You could easily add your own touches to this invitation by wrapping around a large paper doily and tying it with some Gold Glitter and Robin's Egg Hand-dyed Silk Ribbons!.
What's the most amazing thing about Minted's wedding invitations? The FREE guest addressing when you purchase envelopes. They match elegantly with your invitations, get simple envelope liners and they already addressed for you - all you'll have to do is assemble and put a stamp on it. Time saving AND gorgeous.
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This post is sponsored by Minted.com. The images above are from their website but the views are solely my own.
Guys. I love this set. Isn't it the cutest? I saw this card on Pinterest some time ago and when Lawn Fawn released this set, I had to get the set to re-create it! I stamped the images using Stampin' Up! inks onto kraft paper. I like the kraft background behind these desert plants! I can't wait to try this out with other solid stamps (not outlined).
Dusty Durango is the PERFECT color for the clay pots and I had some matching card stock to go with it (love coordinating supplies)! The plants are stamped in Lucky Limeade, the flower stamped in Strawberry Slush and the small flowers in Whisper White.
I added some linen thread to the cards to give them some dimension (I used dimensonals for the second card since the thread wrapped around the paper). I think these cards will be perfect cards to send a little hello or maybe a card for some of the love days/holidays - Valentine's, Anniversary...
AND Happy Cinco de Mayo! Are you as excited as I am that it falls on Taco Tuesday this year? :)
Paper: Dusty Durango (Stampin' Up!), kraft
Stamps: Stuck On You (Lawn Fawn)
Ink: Basic Grey, Dusty Durango, Lucky Limeade, Strawberry Slush, Whisper White (Stampin' Up!)
Embellishments: Linen Thread (Stampin' Up!)
Not going to lie... It's been tough making up my lists. Which is weird since I love making lists. Maybe it's the thought that it has be definitive? Or that I share it on Instagram? Who knows... But I had to really brainstorm my lists. I would get my layout all ready.... Think about what to write... And think some more...
I would finally get my lists together and then I was worried about them fitting into the space I allotted. What if all the things I want to list don't fit? I have to find shorter quotes. Or longer things I want to go back and re-do... This is really giving me a complex for something that's supposed to be fun and carefree... Hah!
But in the end the things I write down embrace who I am and I get a little time to be creative and create a journal for me and maybe one day the baby will enjoy. You can look up more lists using the hashtag #listersgottalist.
My name is Lauren Taylor and I like to make things. I hope you'll look around and stay a while.
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