Thursday, January 15, 2009

Blog Candy Contest!

Need some new goodies to help create your new projects?
Blog Candy Contest
Prize: Close to My Heart
Sparkles (3 sheets), Finishing Files (set of 3), and Pewter Designer brads (set of 12).

Want to win, anyone can, just post a comment and your email here by Jan. 30
Winner will be selected by a random drawing and notified by email.

Male Valentine Treat

A friend asked me to come up with something fun but male themed for her 9 year old son for the Valentines exchange at school. She preferred not to do a sports theme or candy and she had a lot of super neat pencils.

So we went with pencil boxes. Super easy and it's something he can help stamp and color in. Would make a fun teacher gift or class project! We used the lizard from The Angel Company and the candy hearts from Close to My Heart stampsets. Colored in with Close to My Heart Markers. Could easily be done with markers, crayons or pencil colors.
I know many girls also like critters so if you wanted to fancy it up or use girl oriented stamps, papers and colors you certainly could. Sand or distress the "to / from tag", double mat, add some bling and you are done!
I found the template for the pencil box on line. They offered several sizes to accomodate 3 or more pencils. If you print them they will show the fold lines, but since we are doing 27 we ran with it anyway! lol

Monday, January 12, 2009

Altered Paper Clip

"Spending Time with Grandparents" theme from a swap. The items can go on layouts, cards, or other projects.

Most clips I have previously altered have been very feminine and frilly~ flowers, glitter, ribbons, etc. and usually round. This was a mass production effort to have 15, as I had the swap and wanted a couple for myself.

Many of have single or widowed Grandparents, or are doing heritage pages the neutral colors were a challenge but fun. All Grandpa's don't appreciate pink! lol!
The saying is "Time with Grandparents: Priceless".
Stippling on the saying, sanding on the larger chocolate square, largest square was embossed and then DTP inked for more effect. Added a little waxy flax and clear beads. If someone wants they can add feminine colors, flowers or other embellishments to meet their specific color needs. Lots of foam squares to elevate the pieces and give support.