Thursday, December 18, 2008

Luke's gift

I have been so busy trying to get all my crafts done that I'm gifting for Christmas, that I haven't had a lot of time to post here. I know this post is not geared toward a file sale, but perhaps it will inspire creativity.

My sister-in-law mentioned that her son, Luke, could use a toybox and a child-sized table with chairs. She hoped they would be made out of wood. I searched high and low for something reasonably priced. Each piece reached as high as $200! After finding the unfinished furniture at JoAnn's, I set to work painting. Once painted, I applied some cut vinyl to personalize the pieces. (Incidentally, I've also committed to decorating Luke's bedroom with some vinyl cuts. I plan to use some of the files from the toybox.)

Below are the pictures I took of the furniture. I used the font "Tinker Toy" for the toybox and the font "Arial Black" for the table. The train and sailboat dies are not for sale as I adopted them from the Sizzix die.

Top of the toybox

Front of the toybox
Left side of the toybox
Right side of the toybox

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Happy Birthday Mom and Liz

Tomorrow we celebrate the birthdays of my mom and my sister-in-law. My husband is going to deep-fry a turkey. Yummy!

I created a birthday card to make for the ladies. I used different two-sided paper for each card. I also used a birthday cake paper piecing to make the cards "pop." The front of the card is cut out like a window to show the inside of the card where the paper piecing is placed.

Birthday Card With Cutouts
paper piecing included
$1.99 -file price
$4.00 - card price

front of card

card opened

front of card

card opened

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Friday, December 12, 2008

Chaotic Miscellany 2

To carry on with my calendar theme I created and cut the dies for the months of May through August. Since April showers bring May flowers, I chose to use a tulip and a tree for the month of May.
Tulip (file comes with a daffodil and a daisy too)
$1.50 - file price
$.75 - $2.00 each (dependent on size) - die cut price

Tree (comes with separate leaves to give two more looks)
$1.75 - file price
$1.25 - $3.00 (dependent on style; $1.25 shown) - die cut price

June brings the beginning of summer and trips to the beach. I chose a sun and a sailboat to go with the beach pictures for June.
$1.25 - file and die cut price

$1.25 - file price
$1.50 - die cut price

July brings my favorite holiday, the fourth of July. I would be remiss if I didn't include fireworks. To go along with the theme, I included the Liberty Bell.

$1.25 - file price
$1.50 - die cut price

Liberty Bell
$1.25 - file price
$1.50 - die cut price

Finally, August brings us back to the beach with a sandcastle and a shovel and pail to build it.

Sand Castle (could be a real castle if grey were used)
$1.25 - file price
$1.50 (plain) - 2.00 (with chalking) - die cut price

Shovel and Pail
$1.25 - file price
$2.00 - die cut price
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Monday, December 8, 2008

Chaotic Miscellany

I don't know about you, but I'm starting to feel the rush of the season. "So much to do, so little time." So, today's post is "killing two birds with one stone." (Maybe I should have titled this entry "Chaotic Cliches.")

As I mentioned in my last post, I often give photo calendars for Christmas gifts. I've started creating and cutting the files that I'm using for my calendars. So far, I have January through April done. For January, I made an icicle border and added the snowflake from my post on November 11th. I used the hot cocoa (from my post on November 20th) for February. For March, I used a caterpillar and a butterfly. Finally, for April, I used a baseball and the English D (a Detroit Tigers logo). (The English D is not for sale due to possible copyright infringement).

Icicle Border
$1.00 - file price
$1.50 - die cut price


$1.00 - file and die cut price


$1.25 - file price

$1.00 - $1.50 - die cut price (dependent upon size)


$1.49 - file price

$1.25 - die cut price

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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Gift Idea

One gift I've done for several years has been a photo calendar. In years past, I've printed the calendar pages with meaningful dates to the family (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.). The only die cuts I used came from using an Ellison or Sizzix press. Now that I have my KNK, making the calendars look unique will be much easier.

I may just start by using the following file. Each of the months has a letter replaced with a die cut. Those dies could be enlarged and used elsewhere on the calendar. They could also be used for cards and scrapbook pages.

Month Titles
$1.50 each or $14 for all months - file price
$1.75 each or $18 for set - die cut price

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