Monday, May 22, 2017

Goodbye Hugs

Last month, we moved from Ohio to Wisconsin.  The hardest part was taking the kids from the people and schools they have grown to love over the last five years.  My youngest has special needs and we are particularly close with his teachers and assistants so I wanted a special goodbye for them.  I kinda feel like I was shorting them, but most of my craft supplies were packed and I was single-parenting for the better part of six weeks, so I was not at my most creative. 
I found these adorable hugging hearts on clearance at Ikea and grabbed some Hershey's Hugs, treat bags, chalkboard tags, and some baker's twine to make these.  I used a chalk marker to write "A Hug from Matt" and tied it all together.  The teachers were in tears and tried so hard to make it a great day for him.  We miss them so much and they have been great with helping his new teachers acclimate him to his new school routine.  Thanks for looking!  April

Monday, May 15, 2017

Brilliant Birthday

This is an alternative card for Stampin Up's My Paper Pumpkin set from July 2016.  I saw a similar card on Pinterest and decided to recreate it.
The base is Whisper White and I used Momento Tuxedo Black to stamp the jar from CTMH Little Treasures and the sentiment from the Paper Pumpkin set.  The jewels are stamped in Emerald Envy, Real Red, Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight and Blackberry Bliss.  I added a little bling to the sentiment but kept it flat for easy mailing.
Thanks for looking!  April

Monday, May 1, 2017

Hello from...


Our moving between states has been an adventure and our realtor has been amazing!  She spent an entire weekend showing us houses and then several additional nights showing my husband many more.  I wanted to give her a small thank you so I decided to make these note cards. 
bundled for gifting
The bases are Whisper White and stamped in Stampin Up's Map It Out and Waunderlust in Basic Black, Bermuda Bay, Real Red, Smoky Slate, and Not Quite Navy.  I left the hello tag empty for her to personalize as she wished...state, city, her name or company, etc.  I added a small gem to where we were near in Wisconsin.  I wanted to keep this very flat for easy mailing.  I also stamped the envelopes with the heart trail and plane, before bundling it all up in a bagging and tying it all with baker's twine.  Thanks for looking!  April

Monday, April 24, 2017

Etched Mickey Shakers


As you know, we are Disney people.  Now my family is fine with Disney items scattered around the house, but we are not ready to dedicate ourselves to Mickey dishes and such.  With the new house, we are replacing some worn items and freshening up our decor.  We are updating our kitchen wares, including the dishes.  I was looking for some cute salt and pepper shakers and found some cute etched glass ones online.  However, I was not prepared to spend over $30 for them and knew there was a better alternative.  So, off to the dollar store...no luck.  I found shakers at Kroger for 89 cents each.  The glass etch paste is a whopping $14.99 for a tiny pill bottle size.  Bless Michael's and Hobby Lobby for 40% off coupons! 
showing sides of shakers
I cut the design from Cricut's Mickey Font on some scrap vinyl.  HINT:  Be sure to wipe all fingerprints off before placing your vinyl.  Press well and, again, wipe away smudges.  Follow the directions on the etch paste.  I used a foam brush and a paper plate, easily disposable.  The stuff is caustic but I did not notice much smell and I have a sensitive nose.  When you start rinsing, you will think it did not work.  I used a paper towel to dry and buff as I removed the vinyl images.  As it drys, the image is much more crisp.  I have enough solution to do another set of shakers or maybe a glass vase.  Thanks for looking!  April

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Chicagoland Vampires SMASH

One of my favorite book series is coming to an end and I wanted to commemorate it in my SMASH book.  So here you go.  Some glittery letters, pics of the covers, and some quotes and ephemera.  Thanks for looking!  April