Happy 2016 to everyone! I started my year with a quick trip to Arizona to visit with my family and to host a baby shower for my niece. It was a lovely party (and the food was great; thanks to my sister!). What a great way to start a year.
One of the things I am looking forward to this year is getting back into my crafts and keeping up with my blog. So, for the first week in January, I thought I would share a card-in-the-box I made the last week in December.
I really like stamp sets that have corresponding die cuts. This set has the cute step through bike stamped in orange and a road bike stamped in dark purple. I used a really awesome, double sided card stock – one side with bicycles and the other side is a pretty green pattern. I added the stars and arrows just for fun.
I have another cute card I made with button magnets that I will share soon.
May the new year bring you and your family health and happiness!
So I started this venture with the best intentions and actually did a good job of regularly posting some cool (and not so cool) projects. Then I fell off the face of the planet. Not literally. I have been really busy with work and trying to learn how to play tennis. The work is going well, and the tennis, not so much.
I haven’t done too much crafting lately, but I am committed to get back on track. My most recent work was another card-in-a-box.
So my goal is to do some sort of crafty project every day this week and blog about it. Wish me luck!
Yesterday I got a beautiful white box filled with fun. I ordered a button maker off of Easy from Button Boy Inc. This cool machine makes various types of buttons and badges, also known as flair. I was so excited that unpacked it before I did anything else. My box included the Tecre one inch button maker, a paper punch to get the graphics the right size and all the supplies to make 1000 flat backed buttons/badges. I was a bit disappointed because the box did not include the magnets I ordered. I sent off a quick email – so we will see how the customer service is at Button Boy.
I am still getting the hang of using the button maker, but the process is quite easy. Choose an image and punch it out. Try to get the main part of the image in the exact center of your circle. Then place a shell in the little well on the machine, cover with the graphic, add a thin mylar (plastic) sheet, turn and press. In the other well, add your back. This is the part that my magnets were needed. I bought magnets that can fit into the back. This way you have a magnet enclosed in your button instead of sticking out the back. I’ll have to let you know how it goes once I get the magnets. After you have pressed the graphic part, swivel the die around and press the back onto the first piece. And you are done! Quick and easy.
Once I get my magnets, I will add a blog with a picture.
In the meantime, I am still all about the cards-in-a-box. I made a birthday card and liked it so much, I made a second one with a different sentiment to send to my mother-in-law! This was made with Accucut dies and a couple of regular Bo Bunny buttons.
You know that they say the best things in life are free. I believe that the best things in life are simple. It can be as simple as sharing a meal with friends or just chatting away and enjoying the company. Or it can be creating something simple. In case you haven’t guessed it by now. I like simple cards and crafts. I like complex cards, too, but the is just something so nice about a simple card.
For this card I used basic kraft colored paper, a punch from Stampin’ Up and a small flower stamp. The bright orange really pops on the card and the ink is a perfect match for the card. I love this card and I am not ashamed to say so. I hope you like it too!
My friend at work has a husband. He has a birthday in May. After showing her the card-in-a-box I made last week, she asked me if I could make a card for her husband. I said YES! What else would I say?
Awhile ago I bought a really cute stamp set on ebay. The set included a few planets, a rocket and a mini astronaut. I had been planning a card with the astronaut floating above the earth and using the sentiment, “you’re out of this world.” The card-in-a-box was the perfect way to put this plan into action. Black cardstock with black sparkle paper made the best space background. Check it out!
My friend said her husband loved his card. She thought he may have liked the card even more than his gift.