Monday, December 13, 2010

A December birthday

Today is the birthday of someone very near and dear to my heart-my Mom Lorie. One of her gifties (aside from Sarah Palin's newest book) was a purse hanging hook, in the deliciously paired colors of chartreuse and raspberry. So, that color combo inspired her birthday card. Take a peek...

My script stamp may be one of my favorites, so versatile

LOVE the pink tulle flower (upcycled from a bridal show package)

Tissue tape-inkable AND re-sticky. Need I say more??
This card also features my most favorite new product, tissue tape. Have I mentioned yet how much I love tissue tape? I also found that huge, gorgeous sparkler (in a 4-pack) at the dollar bin at Michael's. I LOVE the dollar bin at Michael's, and stocked up on a few different varieties of these. The sparkler is a grey/platinum color, so unusual and very matchy-matchy with my color scheme.  I also took a cue from Tim Holtz's 12-days of Christmas, and hammered the heck out of my brads once they were set. I think I just fell in love with brads all over again too...(settle down honey, I said brads, not BRAD. No, I don't even know a Brad...)
That's it for me, I've got a few more things to show before the end of the year, so stay tuned!

I'd love to hear what the season is inspiring you to create!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

A bit of fall, and moving on to Christmas

So, I have a blogging dilemma. I am making almost all of our Christmas gifts this year, which I had already planned on and squirreled away supplies as they were on sale...but now VERY happy I had this foresight as our family income has been significantly reduced. When I make something with my hands, I put myself into it, and put myself out there giving it to someone. I think of them as I create, they inspire their gift, and I hope they love it. In all fairness, some people are just not into homemade, and I don't force my creations upon those people. And men-they are hard to create for too.

Anyways, I want so badly to share my ideas and creations...but if I do, I'll be spoiling the Christmas surprise for my family. So...I may be a bit absent until after Christmas.

To hold you over, here are a few Thanksgiving cards I created to distract my family in case I overcooked the turkey, and my leaf garland along with some quick covered votives I whipped up (didn't happen, turkey was fine, and the cards were a nice thank-you for them being my Thanksgiving guinea pigs).

I used black glitter embossing powder, lovely!

I love the texture of this card, it might be my favorite from the series.

Love the variation of color, and texture was amped up with clear embossing powder on the leaves

Here's wishing you and yours a season filled with peace, love, and celebration of the things that are truly important and precious.


Sunday, November 14, 2010

Making stuff...from stuff

I know, rather articulate, huh?!  I made this fun card for my in-laws for Thanksgiving, they won't be with us on the actual day so I wanted to make sure they had something from us reminding them how thankful we are for THEM!! This card features some fun repurposed items, such as a shoelace from my husband's boot, black ribbon cut out from the shoulder hanger staps in a dress, and netting from some cinnamon pine cones (mmmm, cinnamon). All items were literally plucked out of the trash (no goobers on them, I promise).  The leaves are leftovers from my leaf garland, would you say the book is repurposed too? I suppose I saved that from the trash where it was destined to end up.  And isn't that jeweled, gaudy brad just fabulous? I'm trying to figure out how to incorporate that into some clothing or jewelry, it's so cool! 

If I had to describe the style of this card, I would say it was e¢ocrafting. (That was my inner nerd escaping for a moment.)

So, what have you repurposed in your crafting adventures? I would love to hear about it!!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Getting organized using a little bit of this and a little bit of that

While contemplating whether or not to purchase a ribbon organizer this week, I had a fabulous idea. Why not use a slack hanger I already had, along with office clips, bobby pins, and paper clips to make my own ribbon organizer? This way, the $ I do spend...can be spent on more fun stuff, not boring organizational stuff.

So, here's how it came out. The spools spin to allow me to take ribbon off, and I can clip it right off the roll. The rolled up ribbon will have creases in it, but I can use an iron (or flat iron?) on them to take care of that. Not bad for using all supplies I have on hand! 

I purchased my hanger years ago, but saw something quite similar at Target recently for around $5, the arms need to swing out allowing you to slide ribbon spools on.

What organizing ideas have you seen/come up with? I'd love to hear your tips!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

All for charity

Boots and Bling is the theme, raising money for a great cause-Stepping Stones, an adult day-care facility.  I whipped up these little tags to be attached to wine charms (thru the eyelet) on champagne glasses, the numbers will help identify one lucky winner of a pair of gold earrings!! This was short notice, or else I would have tried to add some more dimension, but you work with what you have, right?? My crop-a-dile sure came in handy!

Off to the gala, and perhaps I'll be sipping on the winning glass of champagne...I just love all those delightful little bubbles.

What have you been inspired to create for causes near and dear to your heart?

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Fall decor

So, you probably already know this, but fall is my very favorite season-and I have almost as many fall decorations as I do Christmas-except for a tree of course. No fall tree at our house. Well, I came across a post on a fall leaf garland over at Ticklish Moose (seriously, check hers out, she has some great variations on her site and more "how to's"), and knew I wanted to make one too! I loved the depth of color and the beading on her garland, and went for it, with some changes (of course).

Because I'm all about using what I have on-hand, I improvised with my garland, using my leaf punch that I had (which meant my leaves were smaller), and pulled apart two fall picks (that were purchased at 50% off of course!!), and used cut apart paper clips for the interior veins on my leaves. I also varied the ink on my leaves, some I wanted lighter, some more red, and love the variation. I tore a few pages out of a book purchased for .10 at the Friends of the Library sale-as much as it pains me to tear apart a book, I don't think anyone had any interest in reading this book had sat on the sale rack for months, and is deliciously yellow/brownish, so lots of good texture to start with! 

Sadly, since I have no mantle (not to mention fireplace), I created my garland to be used on a tabletop, so I strung my leaves on floral wire so that it would have a lot of dimension when sitting on a table/hutch.

I started this project on a weekend trip to Southern Colorado, set the eyelets with my fabulous new Crop-a-Dile on the way home from camping (this was the only time my fingers were thawed out enough to function), and strung it up and added the beads from the picks this past weekend. 

I love the result, but here was the test: my husband loves it too! He's anti-crafting when it comes to home decor, but he really got into the leaf garland.

So, what has the season inspired in you?

Monday, October 25, 2010

Pumpkin butter craftiness

With all of this fall weather, I have been in the mood for some comfort food...and fall crafts. Thus, the crafty pumpkin butter was born. Jump on over to Creative Cookbooking where I am guest designing today to see more of my project-including the versatile flower on top, and to get this easy and tasty recipe.

I would love to see what you've been inspired to create, leave me a link or a comment with your projects!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Turtle Beach and favorite page ever (for right now)

All right, I keep looking at this recent page, trying to figure out what I like about it so much. So far, I've determined I love the depth created with the many papers and embellishments, I love the lazy look of the pearl/bead string around the top (as though I just tossed a necklace across the top of the page), I really love the Prima packaging with my homemade label sticker bearing my Turtle Beach Title. I also love that the even with all of this STUFF on my page, my photos still pop.

LOVE the gold stickles on the flower
 I also love that this was an experiment gone right. I set a timer for 60 minutes, and completed the page in about that time. I walked away, and looked at it the next morning, and added the strip on the left hand side, the stickles, angled the photo on the left, and added the pearl/bead ribbon. Did I mention I love repositionable adhesive? This is why. :)

What experiments and methods have you used to help your projects along? I'd love to hear about them!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Ever feel like this?

This could be my motto. Unfortunately, there is no organizing fairy at my house, so I'm going to have to roll up my sleeves and do it myself! My scrap room (also our office, computer room) overfloweth, and I need to make better use of my space. It was okay for me to scatter supplies about when I didn't have a lot of them, but now it's time to clean house. When I first began scrapping, I got a roller tote and couldn't imagine having enough supplies to fill the darn thing-hah, now it holds a small amount of my paper collection, some embellishments, and a bit of this and that. I bought things because they were on a killer sale or clearance, without really understanding my style. Remarkably I only have one small package of paper that I don't think I'll use, and it will shortly be going to Africa to be used in a school there-hard to feel guilty about THAT purchase! But, I will admit, my ribbon collection is out of control, I have flowers blooming everywhere, and I have a big tupperware full of buttons. And let's not mention the stamp drawer that topples every time I open it-did I mention I love stamps? They are the ultimate reusable embellishment!! But...I. need. to. organize!!

Over the next few weeks I'll be hunting down some organizational ideas that I think will work for me. I'm open to ideas, links, or just a word of encouragement that there is hope??

I do have a fabulous page to show you, but I'll have to wait until it dries so I can photograph it and show it off. Might be my favorite page ever. Until I create the next one that is!

Leave me your organizing tips, or a link to some of your favorite projects, I'd love to see them.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Guest designer at Creative Cookbooking!

Hello, I am excited to share a project over at Creative Cookbooking today. During my birthday last month, we got together and made Grandma Fran's enchiladas, and oh were they good! Hop on over to Creative Cookbooking to see my very first scrapbooking/recipe page, and to get the recipe for homemade enchilada sauce and enchiladas!

Thanks for stopping by, I would love to see any recipe projects you've created!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Wilbur-the page

Page by page, I'm getting closer to finishing my St. Kitts scrapbook, and having fun with it again. I made this page featuring Wilbur, the 400 lb resident pig of Turtle Beach. We were glad to see him, but a little cautious-I mean it's not everyday you run into a 400 lb pig freely roaming a beach! 

I tried to really keep this page simple, and like the end result for the most part. I'm thinking more and more about getting a die cutting machine to help with titles as I'm not a sticker person...I used my printer for this one, and colored in the words, then used crackle accents (which I thought were glossy accents until they started drying-oops!!)  The patterned paper is from a Memory Makers kit I got on clearance forever ago, and have mostly been using this paper in my St. Kitts album-it remind me of the bright colors we saw while there, and lends a fun whimsical feel to my pages.

This page has me thinking about warmer, tropical places while fall weather is settling in...

How about you, what far away places inspire you or do you think about while creating?

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Sew Cute

I can finally justify my button collection. Yessss. In a recent sewing class at Mama Said Sew (the coolest, funkiest sewing store in Fort Collins), I learned how to make clutches/wallets from the very talented (and patient) Katie.

I wanted to end up with something neutral that would go with a lot, so I chose a camel color felt (which is wool, and very durable I might add). Katie advised me to go with a contrasting interior, and I found the fun aqua cloth in their fat quarters suitcase, and knew “it” was the one. I fished the vintage button out of their $1 bowl by the register, added some vintage lace from my stash…and I was set.

Katie made the suggestion to add the lace on the pocket-and I love it!
I will certainly be making some more of these, I think they would make nice gifties, and they can easily be made larger if you use an additional piece of two of felt (I’m thinking cute envelope style larger clutch-yes!!). If you do the smaller size as shown here, two fat quarters ought to make two clutches…and you could switch it up and put fabric on the outside, and the felt on the inside-soooo many possibilities. A very fun, quick, inexpensive way to freshen up your fall wardrobe. I’m all over this.

I’d love to hear what fun things you’ve been making, ‘tis the season (to create!)

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

my own Corona commercial

So, I'm contemplating changing the way I scrap. Right now, I pick an album (or project), and scrap those photos beginning to end. The problem is, I get a little bored, and it starts to become tedious instead of fun. I think of all of the wonderful photos of more recent things and everyday life that I would LOVE to scrapbook, but can't, because I'm in the middle of xyz project. So...after this vacation album is done, I'm going to start scrapbooking in a non-chronological order. I'm sure there's a name for that, if anyone knows what it is let me know.

So, I'm one photo closer to being done with the St. Kitts album. This photo has always reminded me of the Corona commercials, with the sound of the ocean, the birds fishing, and the was great.

I tried a few new things on this page-I used glimmer mist on the naked chipboard (a first for me, and I like it!!). I also used one of my new stamps from the stamp show (Rubbernecker Stamps), it's the torn cheesecloth stamp in the upper right hand corner. I also used my new Tim Holtz distressing tool, which I like very much but it is challenging on thin paper. I kept this page pretty simple, and if I would have done it all in one sitting it would have gone pretty quick. The sticker at the bottom of the photo is one that my husband got me years ago, when he gave me some scrapbooking goodies and a gift certificate to Treasure Box for Christmas, I have the sweetest hubby.
I am now gearing up for fall and am looking forward to some good quality creative time this weekend. I have so many ideas swirling in my head, it's time to put them to paper, so to speak. I also need to get in gear with starting some Christmas gifts, I'm making a lot of them this year!!

How about you, are you making any gifts this year? I would love to hear what you have planned!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Sweet dreams bohemian card

I love fall, I mean I really love fall. But there's a piece of me that's just not quite ready to let go of summer yet. Maybe it's because I never made it to a baseball game, or the water park, or because I never tire of sitting on the porch enjoying the fresh, non-air-conditioned air and sweet flowers. This card is a last tribute to summer, it seems!

I had a bit of this vintage lace in my stash (from Mama Said Sew, where else?) and it went perfectly with this paper-I'm loving that rich green, it's unusual in a lace! I hand ruffled it, and it was ready to go! I also knew I wanted to use pearls, but mine were just I dyed them with ink, and they matched perfectly. The placement of the pearls in a soft sweeping arc near the sentiment was a last minute inspiration, and I love how it breaks up the lines on the card.

I experimented a bit on the inside with the scalloped photo corners, and I love that it carries on the sweetness of the card to the inside! The inside paper is lightly distressed (of course).

Fall has certainly inspired many projects around here, how about you? How does fall inspire you?

Thursday, September 2, 2010

One month...and counting!

One month ago, Kiss of Whimsy was launched. During this time I have learned...a lot. Everything from the technical aspect of running an Etsy store and blog to promoting my creative works (when sometimes I'm shy about them to begin with), it has all been a whole different experience.

In honor of this first month, I thought I would share a project with you that really kicked this whole thing off. I created some tags as part of a raffle for one of my favorite non-profits ( I was in charge of the whole wine display (do I have photos you ask? No, sadly I don't). But I do have photos of the tags I created. I initially made three versions, varying the background script, to see which one I liked best-and found that I really liked all three versions! So, out of the 75 tags I made, I split them equally amongst the three versions, and got inky. I mean, my fingers were literally stained for days...I was a little embarrassed to shake people's hands in my day job, but oh well. It's all for charity, right?

Copper script
Plumeria script

Gold script

Tag (with gold script) on a bottle of yummy Vintages wine

Back of tags (blank and with options)
My favorites are actually the tags with the plumeria (reddish) ink, but I thought if these were around the necks of all of the wine bottles, it sent a subtle message that all of the wine was red the gold and copper were a nice mix. On the back went some clear Avery office labels, printed with the name of who donated the wine, a value, and in some cases a description of the wine. At the event I talked to a local store owner (her store is LOVELY), and she admitted she had touched every single one of the wine tags (that's a good sign, right??). Then she found out I had created them. :) 

For this photo shoot, a local shop named Vintages lent me some of their bottles to display the tags on. Vintages is such a unique place, you can blend (or not blend) your own wines, they bottle it for you, and you can even choose your own custom labels! They had some really neat ones for weddings that I eyeballed while they were preparing my bottles. Vintages also supports many local charities, so all the better-a fully invested member of the community!

How have charitable works inspired your creations? I would love to see what you have come up with!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Summer journal

I started this journal with the cover paper, and went from there. This pattern was so soft, so whimsical, like it was just calling out "use me, love me!" So, I did use it, building the feel of this sweet journal from this paper. In the midst of creating this project, I found out a friend hit a particularly rough patch...and the journal took on new purpose. It became (in my mind) a place for her to vent, safely, without the danger of judgment, or well-meaning advice...and so she became my inspiration for this piece.

I struggled with the right words for the sentiment, and finally decided on "dream". I think no matter what season of life we're in, we can always fact, sometimes it's all we have.

Inside-front cover

Back cover

Inside-back cover

Sometimes, my words fail me, but making something with my hands that really comes from my heart is what I can offer-it's like giving a piece of me away. My heart is heavy today because there are no easy answers, no quick mending of the heart-and I grieve for what is lost.

What projects have you made to let others know you were thinking of them? I would love to hear about them, and see what inspires you.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Traveling gifties

Have you ever had your luggage lost on a trip? Me neither, but I've come close. It seems everyone has the same black suitcase with roller wheels, and I almost saw my luggage go home with someone else-how horrible! My parents took a recent trip to Africa with an Orphan care and adoption agency Hope's Promise (, and I wanted their luggage to be recognizable. Believe me, it was.

I started with picking up some shimmery luggage tags from the dollar bins at Michael's, then I added some ribbon (okay, a lot of ribbon) to a key ring and added this to each luggage tag. Next, I embellished the tag it came with, decorative on one side, address label on the other (kind of like a mullet, don't you think?). The only thing I had to purchase for this project were the luggage tags themselves, for a total cost of $2. This price range is right up my alley!

Lorie's was easy, I know her taste and had so much fun girlifying her luggage tag!! Dad's was more of a challenge, especially the ribbon. But I found some in my stash that was void of flowers, glitter, and pink. In the end, I really liked his too!

I sent all of this down with a fun little card to let them know I was thinking of them, and that I would be praying for them during their trip. Just getting to Africa is exhausting enough, let alone the ministering they were doing while there-hard work, emotionally and physically exhausting, all the while building important relationships.

What special things have you made for someone, I would love to hear what has inspired you, and see pictures of your creations!