Monday, June 29, 2009

Coffe Card Swap...

I participated in a swap on a stamping message board that I frequent.
It was my first time swapping here, but I might do it again sometime.
This is what I came up with!

I made a card with Stampin' Up! set called Sip by Sip and used their Top Note die....'course I borrowed the Top Note die, but it is on my wish list. I used it with my Cuttlebug!
I also filled a clear pillow envelope (bought on ebay) with coffee, espresso, and latte candies. The tag was made using a set from Hero Arts that is coffee themed.

Close up...

Pop dots under the Top Note die.

Packaged and ready to go in the mail.
The bigger pillow box set is for the hostess.
It was fun!
Have you done any fun swaps lately?

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

New Ideas at Going Buggy and a Blog Candy offer too!

You've gotta stop in and visit Enfys at GOING BUGGY.
She's got great card ideas on there and I really like that her work is unique from a lot of others that I've seen online. She's offering up some pretty cool blog candy too, so check her out!

Fun Food Idea...

Head over to Bakerella for this amazing idea! They did it for Father's Day, but I think it would be a great treat for any time during the summer - don't you? Looks easy enough too! Have fun. Be sure to send me a link of pictures if you try it out. I am sure you will see a future post here of our attempt at it! =]

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Ribbon, Ribbon Everywhere...

...and not a drop to drink! Wait, no. That's not how it goes.
Anyway, I have a lot of ribbon.
Ding, ding, ding!! The understatement of the year!!
Okay, enough of that. I do have a lot of ribbon.
I would like to say upfront that I got most of this stuff from swaps, yard sales and clearance bins...
I Corinthians 14:40 says, "Let all things be done decently and in order."
Oops. That has not been happening. So, I thought I'd share some before and after photos.

BEFORE: So I had a whole brown bin full of spools. Some spools on my organizer on the wall, some more in a ribbon organizer case and then random strings and pieces and bits in the metal thingy shown in the picture. Not good at all.

First thing I did was take each spool, wrap them up and tape 'em down. I do not like all the loose ribbon and ends when they come unraveled. Pure chaos! I would like to get some of those tiny (short ones) stick pins to put in them, but this will do for now.
Then I organized by color. I had a hard time deciding if I wanted it by color, type, thickness... I went with color since this is pretty much what I'd need for card making or scrapping. I'd want to start with a certain color rather than grosgrain, sheer, 1/2" or 1/4"... you know what I mean, right?
So, I started putting the spools on my wall organizer in ROY G. BIV order as best as I could.

I put as many up there as I could fit. Then I put the rest into the organizer case. It held the small spools mostly. I also took any rolls that I had double of and put that away in the brown bin. No need to have all that out.
Zip up organizer:

Brown bin with doubles and too large spools.

Lastly, I dumped out all the loose ribbon. I have these mostly from swaps that I have participated in in the past. My daughter helped me as I used a flat iron (for their hair) to straighten the ribbon and organize it all. Wow. Anybody need Halloween ribbon? I don't even really do "Halloween". That must've been from a swap.
After I got them all ironed - a ribbon iron by Pebbles Inc. is definitely on my wishlist - I doubled them up and put them in another brown bin. Those sit decoratively on a shelf in my scrap space.

I must say that I was quite inspired by sorting and organizing this. I thought of several cards and layouts that I could do based on the ribbon I had. Is that strange to start with a particular ribbon and go from there?
Oh, well. Whatever works, right? How about the first two to ask, gets some Halloween (and maybe more) ribbon sent their way? Just leave me a comment and mention it!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Large Binder Clips as Photo Holders...

Did these for my ladies when I taught on a PURPLE theme. =] The pink and brown one was made by a friend and sits in my scrap room.

Made these for the goody bags for my scrapbooking retreat. Did them up in little cellophane bags.
Makes a great grad gift or favor for a party....
Here are some more simple ones I made for graduation gifts. Just pop a gift card on top and go!