Category Archives: favors/gifts

Happy Spring!

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Spring is probably my most favorite season… Well… Till the next one comes, then that is my most favorite season. But, I suppose, as a school teacher, spring always signals what is to come. A couple more months then summer break. Which is the most lovely of all seasons….

I digress.

Spring. I love the flowers. The cool winds. New. Everything seems fresh.

So, with yesterday being the first day of spring, I thought I’d celebrate with these cute little pots!

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These are those seed starter pots you find in the garden section. And for the record, fake grass and candied easter eggs is about the only kind of gardening I’m capable of.  Anyway… I used the “From the Garden” stamp set and “Handpicked” coordinating framelits.  its easy cause they also come as a bundle!

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It’s a super cute little set!  And here is a little 3×3 card I made to go with it:

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I was also thinking the little garden picks would make fun little cupcake picks… Glue a toothpick or skewer on the back! Perfect in some spring cupcakes….

Imagine how fun it would be to take these to your coworkers or friends for a perfect spring treat…

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You have less than 24 hours….

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You have less than 24 hours….

Valentine’s is coming. And if you are like me, it’s one of those holidays that just kind of sneaks up on you (confession: they all sneak up on me). But I’m trying to do my due diligence and send out fair warning. VALENTINE’S IS TOMORROW. Ladies. Feel free to forward this to your husbands as well. Valentine’s. Day. Tomorrow.

Anyway, I enjoy this holiday cause it’s not as stressful as Christmas. And its a fun holiday cause chocolate is generally the food of choice when celebrating it. Which is fine by me.

So, in prepararion, Isaac needed some treats for his classmates. And so we made some.

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Okay. Lots.

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Isaac was my sprinkle-putter-on-er.  Yes. That is the official title.  These are those wafer cookies, strawberry flavored, of course. Dipped in almond bark. And heart sprinkled. And when I ran out of cookies, we switched to grahams. Both of which are delicious when covered in sugar and then more sugar.

And here is what they look like all packaged up:

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Its hard to see the candy. But they’re in a fry box and the tag is made with the super cute cheerful critters stamp set.  Blendabilities makes coloring this super easy…

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And here are some more fast, easy valentines that you can get together before tomorrow:

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Both are from the You Plus Me Stamp set.

If making them isn’t an option at this point, and you live on Maui… Then head over to Perfection Bra Fitting. In Wailuku… On Central.  See Terri.  She has some of my hand made valentines in her store. And all you will have to do is sign the insides. Super easy. And if you are interested in her services (her incredible brafitting services) let me know. I have a coupon for you to get $5 off your purchase (for first time customers). Fittings are free. And she is amazing.

So. Happy Valentine’s Day to you.

Happy Valentine’s Decorating!

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Hello!!

Today’s post is very special… I was invited to be part of a ‘Creative Blog Hop’.  The rules are, post and then link to 2 people who post a week later….  And use Stampin UP! products.  Then, after the bulk of my post, you will find my answers to questions about my ‘creative process’.  I was invited my my friend and downline, Anne Matasci.  You can go see what she posted HERE.

So..

Here is my first project….  This pillow with the heart garland.  I happened to see his pillow on etsy and though, “HUH.  I could make that.”  So, I did.  I bought the fabric from a local fabric store.  I like it cause it is burlap like, but not as rough and smelly as burlap.  I LOVE decorating with burlap.  But, hate the feel and smell…  So… This is a close second.  It’s way softer and not at all stinky…  When I saw the pillow on etsy, I immediately wondered if the framelits could cut felt.  WELL.  They can!!  (fyi:  This is not a manufacturer suggested use for framelits).  However, I had no problem cutting mine.  And, the magnet platform for the big shot made it a breeze.  I used the silver baker’s twine to make the hanging string…  Was going to use black, but then thought the little thread of silver would be a nice pop…  (and, if I had it to do over, I’d probably  just buy a premade pillow case instead of making one…just cause the fabric was super stretchy which made it WAY hard to work with)

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Here is a close up….

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The next project I made was this Valentine’s Banner.  I decided to use the “Love Never Fails” phrase from I Cor. 13… Just cause I thought it would be something different to hang up, but still Valentiney…  I used the chalk board banner kit…WHICH I LOVE.  Everything is pre-made and ready to go…  I had the stencils left over from the canvas banner kit so I used those to make the letters….And, I made the letters with the white chalk marker rather than chalk.  That way, it was more vibrant.

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You can see, I cut LOTS of hearts out of felt.  And, I used the banner framelits to make the embellishments on the sides and between the words.  The magnet die makes it SUPER easy to cut the heart out of the center of the banner.  For the heart garland, I used TONS of felt hearts and got out the trusty glue gun and went to gluing… Here, I used the linen trim (retired), but any flat ribbon would work.  The flat ribbon was great cause it was wide enough to keep the hearts from twisting all over the place.  I originally wanted a silver button in the center of the hearts, but that made them fall forward.

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Full Confession:  I decided to do a little Valentine’s decor…becasue I never really got Christmas decorations up.  AND, at this moment, I have a spring banner over the entry way mirror, a days of gratitude banner (thanksgiving) up on the back wall, and a ‘JOY’ marquee sign that never got taken down from Christmas, ALL gracing my living room.  We like to celebrate all the holidays.  At the same time.  Or something.

And, I didn’t want to just leave you with Valentine’s decorations… so here are a couple paper crafts…

This one is a little treat holder I made with the gift card enclosures.  Super fun…  SUPER fast!!  You can make up a pile of these in no time and pass out to friends and co-workers for Valentine’s!!

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And, here is a card.  Notice the heart.  Again.  I think that poor little framelit got quite the work out….

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This is from the ‘Hello LIfe’ stamp set in the Occasions catalog…  and that paper, is the DSP called ‘Typset”.  It’s thinner than the usual DSP and makes crafting fun.  It has a different feel but is gorgeous.

Now, on to the questions…

1.  What are you working on?

Huh…  well, I have a pile of mason jar drink cosies that need to be finished.  But, the projects for this post consumed my weekend.  I don’t feel like I ever have enough time for all my projects… the littles take up LOTS of it (The Littles:  Zeke and Hannah, my 9 month old twins).  I have a LIST of things I want to do…which include the Baby’s first year album for said littles, and a project life album.  OH.  Christmas Thank Yous.  I need to get out the Christmas Thank you cards.  Which may be combined into Valentine’s Cards.  Valenmas Cards.  There.

2.  How does your work differ from other’s in your genre?

I like clean and simple.  Honestly, I think I don’t do as much of it as I would like, just because I think it is TOO simple for most of my stamp customers.  And, I’m constantly trying to explore how to use the tools I have in new ways (like the framelits for cutting felt to make some decor items…)  I am currently in LOVE with layering white on top of white (talk about clean and simple)  and deep mats on the layers (getting away from the traditional 1/4″ size difference between layers on cards and doing maybe a .5″ or .75″ mat…I know, pushing the boundaries, but still…)

3.  Why do you create what you do?

The simple answer to this is that I have a need to have it… for example, I made the above items intentionally for this blog hop.  It worked out well, cause I wanted some Valentine’s items to decorate with and that worked out perfectly. But, being honest again, it probably wouldn’t have been made if it weren’t for the deadline of this particular blog hop.  It would have ended up like the Christmas garland I started.  Which is still in a bag in the craft closet, half finished….  So, deadlines seem to necessitate my creations.  I LOVE working with people to make invitations or announcements.  It’s a puzzle, to figure out what someone wants, and to get it done!  And, I love the process, and making people happy with what they get.

4.  How does your creative process work?

Well, it usually starts with me seeing something and going, “HUH.  I CAN MAKE THAT”.  I inherited that from my mother.   She does that too.  And, so do all my sisters.  Sometimes it looks like what I thought, sometimes it doesn’t.  But, there have been LOTS of times when it doesn’t turn out how I originally saw it, but I love how it turned out anyway…  And, being that I live 5000 miles away from my mom and sisters, I’m VERY thankful for MMS so that I can send pics of the projects to ask them questions.  And, to brag when something actually works out…

 

Thanks for stopping by!!  Thanks to Anne for nominating me!!  Next week, Feb 2, be sure to check out Cindy Fodor  at Stampthelove.com  and Maria Pane at StampinandscrappinwithRiRi.com

And TODAY… go check out Cheryl Hamilton, createwithcheryl.wordpress.com and Andi Potler at absolutekreations.com

 

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For the craft fair tomorrow!  I wanted to share a few last minute things before I finish loading…

The 2015 Calendar!
Its finally here….  And with a little more than a month left in 2014, it will be making its debut soon. These are good little gifts because with the available refills, you don’t have to come up with any more gift ideas…

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And… I have a few fun family items…

A couple different sets of conversation starters to use at the dinner table and a set of Christmas oriented family activities to welcome the holidays! 

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And…  Little favors for the family or classmates… These are M&M and sixlets sleeves and See’s candy lollipop reindeer!   Mix and match them!

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See you tomorrow! Remember, everything there is Made on Maui!

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Back by popular demand….

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It’s 10:45…. I’m still within Thursday. So, I’m not late.  But, I wanted to share with you some of the most requested items I will have on Saturday.

First up:  Car Trash Bags.

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These have, by far, been one of my best selling items. They’re a little trash bag that can hang from the head rest in your car. The inside is a laminated canvas so it is easy to wipe out.

They don’t just have to be for trash…. They make a nice catch-all for books, crayons, etc for the children too..

Second up is the Mason Jar Cookie Bar Mix:

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These great jars have the dry ingredients to make delicious chocolate chip bars FAST.  Cause who wants to wait for chocolate chip cookies?  They come with an instruction card with the wet ingredients to add…  And a few short minutes later:  deliciousness.

I wanted to also show you a guest crafter’s items… My mom. She isn’t a paper crafter but a fabric crafter. And I’m not sure there isn’t anything she can’t sew…  Case in point… The best, cutest, cross-body, perfect Vegas traveling bag.

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These bags are super cute and cheery. They are just the right size…not too big or too small. They have three pockets on the wall in the inside… Perfect for your phone. A button closure completes them.   She only made a few of these…so don’t be late…

Saturday. 9:00…

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Stockings and Stuffers!

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!!

And, if you need a little help, I have the perfect stockings for you.  I LOVE these stockings… they’re more along the lines of the long and skinny type, and have the perfect blend of rustic and elegant…  Burlap is so popular these days… I love the texture it adds to things.

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My favorite are the rusted jingle bells.  But they DO jingle!  Cannot have bells that don’t jingle….

And, with your new stockings, you need something to put in them!  Here are a couple suggestions:  The mason jar water glass.  Now I know that EVERYONE  has jumped on the mason jar band wagon…  But here’s why these are special…  Stainless Steel Straws.  AND a little cozie.  This doesn’t block all the sweat, but does a lot.  And, I used pint and a half jars (20 oz) to make these instead of the usual quart size.  This means a little less drink but they aren’t as heavy AND they fit in cup holders (well, at least in my car… whereas the quarts won’t).  And, they’re already wrapped.  So no wrapping required on your part!

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And the next stuffer is a little gift for the pedicure enthusiast… (I am a self-proclaimed pedicure enthusiast….so these are probably one of the most fun things I got to make).  It’s a little set to make those toes ready for the Christmas!  Two polishes and a little mini nail file to go with it!  These are perfect little gifts for co-workers, friends, teachers… I LOVE the tag:  “For your Mistle’toes’!!”

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See you on Saturday!

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Write a note, make a note

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Welcome back to the 2nd installment of my countdown to the Maui Stampers’ and Friends Christmas Craft Fair.  Today we have implements to write notes and make notes!!

First up is the little gift note bundle!  Little bags that have a set of 4 cards and a post-it and pen.  I love these little bags.  They are the perfect little gift.  It’s nice to have on hand, just when you need a little gift for someone.

 

 

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I’m really in to burlap these days, so these bags were a perfect find when I was doing my yearly crafting stock-up shopping…

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And these flowers are so cheery!!  Not that we have to worry about the winter blues here, but they are the perfect cure for those… It would be a good gift to send to the mainland right now…

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And, these clipboards are the perfect place to keep your notes handy.  I have about 5.  I love them cause they hang perfectly on those command hooks just at arm’s reach for all your ‘I need to remember…’ jotting down..

 

 

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See you Saturday!

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