Baby Shower Thank You Tags

Hey, Everyone!

I’ve been producing a lot of mass projects lately with the holidays and I had to do it again this morning for “Thank You” tags that I wanted to make for my neighbors who incorporated a shower into our monthly ladies’ night.

I wanted to make these tags coordinate with my nursery theme, so I chose grays, light pink and teal, chevron, and and elephant.

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I used a background chevron stamp to stamp on 4.25x 5.5″ pieces of cardstock, then used a large tag die from Mama Elephant called Tags A Lot. This die set also comes with 3 different types/sizes of re-inforcers for the hole – so I used Brushing Bride cardstock for those.

Shower Thank You Tags

The word “thanks” is from a Stampin’ Up! die set called Hello You Thinlits. I used Mint Macaron cardstock for it and finished the tag off with an elephant stamp from Zoo Babies and some Blushing Bride Twine – since I’m hand-delivering these, I wanted the twine to be long enough so that I can string these on door knobs if I had to if neighbors were not home. You can also mail these of course!

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These tags were fun to make because they go along with the theme to my nursery – but you can do whatever you want to personalize it :).  I hope you like it!

Here’s a video if you’d like to watch. I share some insights to the best method for cutting clean words using my big shot.

SUPPLIES:

Disclaimer: I am not being paid by any company to promote their products. I make cards using stamp sets and materials which I love and I love to share. To view where these items can be purchased, click on the linked abbreviations below (SU for Stampin’ Up!, SSS for Simon Says Stamp, EH for Ellen Hutson, AMZN for Amazon, LF for Lawn Fawn, MFT for My Favorite Things, etc.).


Smoky Slate Ink
Smoky Slate Ink

Blushing Bride Cardstock
Blushing Bride Cardstock

Mint Macaron Cardstock
Mint Macaron Cardstock

Recollections 110 lb
Recollections 110 lb

Positively Chevron
Positively Chevron

Zoo Babies
Zoo Babies

Big Shot
Big Shot
Big Shot Magnetic Platform
Big Shot Magnetic Platform EH | SSS | AMZN
Standard Cutting Pads
Standard Cutting Pads EH | SSS | AMZN
MB Metal Adaptor Plate
MB Metal Adaptor Plate EH | SSS
Sizzix Precision Base Plate
Sizzix Precision Base Plate EH | SSS

SU Hello You Thinlits Dies
SU Hello You Thinlits Dies
ME Tags A Lot
ME Tags A Lot EH | SSS | ME

Fast Fuse
Fast Fuse
Mini Multi Medium Matte Glue
Mini Multi Medium Matte Glue EH | SSS

Clear Block Bundle
Clear Block Bundle
EK Success Craft Tweezers
EK Success Craft Tweezers EH | SSS | AMZN

MISTI - Laser Etched
MISTI – Laser Etched

Paper Piercing Tool
Paper Piercing Tool

Blushing Bride Baker's Twine
Blushing Bride Baker’s Twine

Absorber
Absorber
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Exciting News!

Hi, Everyone!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted so I wanted to update you all.

Last week was INSANE! The Lunar New Year fell on the same week as many school activities (Career Day and Spring pictures) and Valentine’s Day. Between that and taking care of sick kids, I’ve been exhausted! I’ve got tons of pictures to prove it!

My nephew, Dexter, turned 2. Here’s a quick snap of the card I made him. I literally spent 5 minutes on this card, so it’s definitely nothing to OoO and Aww over…lol:

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On Monday night, word got out that Tuesday was Career Day and the kids were supposed to get dressed up.  WHAT?! My kids of course, automatically assume they’d have something to wear or that I’d whip something up for them – OH, the expectations!!! So I got on pinterest and found an idea to make labcoats for kids out of white tshirts. I cut up 3 of my husband’s white tshirts to make these labcoats for my crazy boys who wanted to be MAD Scientists:

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THANKS, Pinterest! We did their hair all crazy and put some workshop glasses on them and off they went!

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Meanwhile, my youngest fell ill and wasn’t eating. Poor little guy broke my heart! I sent my older boys to school on Wednesday for Spring Pictures and was asked by my sister to bake 29 cupcakes for my oldest nephew’s birthday for the following evening. *Sigh….I have trouble saying NO. If he’s getting cupcakes, there’s no way I was making time for a card too. I made some vanilla/almond cupcakes with vanilla/almond buttercream hoping it was palatable for some of my family members (they still complained it was too sweet – but…IT IS WHAT IT IS!)

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Friday was the big day at school for my boys so I sent them with this spread:

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I’m so glad I had all this ready the week before. We made cards for their teachers at a Stampin’ Up! club I went to and made the V-Day cards a few weeks ago. The jars were put together using some tags, ribbons and treats for the teachers.

How else might I keep busy you ask?? Well….LOL…I’ve been making goodies for my little girl. I’ve been nesting…BIG TIME. So ready for her to be here. Since I wasn’t making cards, I was busy crafting for her nursery. I made her a mobile, some wall decor, and a bow/headband holder:

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The letters were purchased white. I used Mod Podge to do some paper transfer (which I distressed first with distress ink).  Then I just embellished the letters with flowers and some natural twine.

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This bow/headband holder was a bigger project than I thought! I purchased an open frame already painted/distressed. To create the backing, I used some fabric that I lined with quilt batting. I taped it down on the back and once I had all the ribbon held in place, I actually sewed those buttons on (through the cardboard backing) to make sure they didn’t move. It’s not perfect, but it’ll do. The hardest part was screwing each of those hooks onto the bottom of the frame. I went CRAZY on Amazon and purchased a lot of headbands so I knew I needed a lot of hooks!

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The ribbon banner at the bottom of her name are lengths of various ribbon tied onto some thick natural twine and pinned to the wall. Nothing too exciting. Her mobile is made from various sizes and colors of cardstock and sewed together. I also added some gems to the bottom of each string for weight.  The blanket hanging over her crib is also one I knitted.

By the way…all the furniture you see here is from IKEA. I have a love/hate relationship with that store (hehe).

I’ve also been crocheting a lot! I made turban hats and little loafer shoes for Lyla and her soon to be cousin, Faye (my sister-in-law is pregnant and due in May!)

Last but not least and my most recent handmade project: I made some flowers to for Lyla’s hair. Thanks again, Pinterest.

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What possesses me to do all this, you ask? I honestly can’t sit still. And because my husband has been working long days and usually isn’t home in the evenings – I stay preoccupied when I’ve finished taking care of dinner for my boys.

So my title for this post is EXCITING NEWS! Which I’ve saved for last because it’s so awesome! Lydia from Splitcoaststampers (SCS) reached out to me about a month ago and asked me to become a Dirty Dozen design team member! It’s a 6 month term. While it has seemed like I haven’t made any cards here – I’ve made 6 cards for SCS which I can’t share here. If you want to see them – you’ll have to sign up for splitcoaststampers to view my gallery there. I’ll be able to share once my 6 month term is over.  It’s a great stamping community where you meet inspired crafters like yourself! I was so honored to be asked to be a design team member, I couldn’t pass up this opportunity despite all the other crazy things going on in my life. I will still try to post personal projects here once a week but I am committed to make/design at least 6 themed cards for SCS monthly for the next 6 months. I’m so excited! Today was the big reveal so I’m excited to share this great news with you all.

I’m feeling so blessed by the encouragement there and the support here on my blog – I just want to thank everyone for following me and helping me grow as a crafter/blogger/cardmaker! I’m looking forward to what lies ahead.

Have a wonderful evening!

xoxo,

Caly

 

2016 Year of the Monkey Lucky Red Envelopes

So did you think the New Year has already begun? Not for those who follow the Lunar Calendar! The Lunar New Year (Chinese/Vietnamese New Year) is next week. It’s a 3 day celebration with lots of festivities – one of which includes these lucky red envelopes. We put money in them and pass them out to wish others happiness, prosperity, luck, etc. The kids love it because they get money (it’s like a second Christmas!)

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I’m not sure how everyone celebrates this part of New Year’s, but in our family, EVERYONE gets an envelope.  The adults only get a dollar or two, but again…it’s for luck – not so much about the amount of money in the envelope.

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I made 24 of these for my family and a few close friends. It’s always fun yet daunting to mass produce – but I don’t mind being able to use these supplies every year! All these products are by Mama Elephant and I was so excited about them!

I die-cut everything, then stamped and cut everything, did some stamping/embossing and that’s it! So simple even though it took a few hours to complete.

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Each one is positioned a little different but the process is the same.

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I’m so excited to pass these out to my family knowing I handmade them all!

If you want to see the process, here’s my video:

SUPPLIES:

*Disclaimer: I am not being paid by any company to promote their products. I make cards using stamp sets and materials which I love and I love to share. To view where these items can be purchased, click on the linked abbreviations below (SU for Stampin’ Up!, SSS for Simon Says Stamp, EH for Ellen Hutson, AMZN for Amazon, LF for Lawn Fawn, MFT for My Favorite Things, etc.).

Copic Marker Colors Used: Monkeys’ faces: E50, E30, R20;  Monkeys’ head and body: E42, E55; Cherry Blossoms: RV10, RV04; Leaves: YG4, G05; Branches: E57, E27

 

ME Lunar Animals
ME Lunar Animals

EH | SSS | ME

ME Lunar Extras
ME Lunar Extras

EH | SSS | ME

ME Lucky Envelope
ME Lucky Envelope

EH | SSS | ME

Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

EH | SSS | AMZN


Real Red Cardstock
Real Red Cardstock
Neenah Solar White 80 lb
Neenah Solar White 80 lb

EH | SSS

Copic Sketch Markers
Copic Sketch Markers

EH | SSS | MERRIARTIST


Big Shot
Big Shot
Big Shot Magnetic Platform
Big Shot Magnetic Platform

EH | SSS | AMZN

Standard Cutting Pads
Standard Cutting Pads

EH | SSS | AMZN

Versamark Ink
Versamark Ink

EH | SSS | AMZN


Heat Tool
Heat Tool
WOW Metallic Gold Rich Regular Embossing Powder
WOW Metallic Gold Rich Regular Embossing Powder

SSS | JOANN

ATG Gun
ATG Gun

EH | SSS | AMZN

Mini Multi Medium Matte Glue
Mini Multi Medium Matte Glue

EH | SSS

Tombow Liquid Multi Mono Glue
Tombow Liquid Multi Mono Glue

EH | SSS | SU


SSS Friends Die
EK Success Cutter Bee Scissors