Saturday, March 14, 2015

Bee Happy

I used Stephanie Bernard's "Bee4me" stamp set, and I bought the card base already embossed with the honeycomb design on it from Studio G.  The "Happy" die is from Stephanie Bernard as well, it came in a card kit.  She has amazing card kits!  It's like a little gift to myself every month when that box comes.  You can check out the card kit, stamp and die clubs she has on her website.  I belong to all three.  Prices are very reasonable, and if you are in the club you get a 10% discount on all other products.  The word "bee" comes from a Lawn Fawn "bee mine" mini set.  Polka dot paper from Reflections.  I have a ridiculous amount of polka dot and striped paper!  I find it very versatile for so many projects.  Black ink is Versamark. 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Birthday Card Organizer

I like making something from things that would ordinarily be thrown away. I love "found object" art as well.  I saw an idea on another blog (I'm sorry, I can't remember which one. If you recognize this project as similar to another one you've seen please let me know and I will give a link to that project as well.) to make a birthday card organizer.  I love making cards and it would be great to make them in advance and put them into a little file for sending when the time comes.  I started looking for a little box to alter and found that the boxes that hold the little "K cups" are perfect for this purpose.

Here is my completed project: 

In order to do this, I used the K cup box and took off the lid. 
I covered the box in paper, and because I wanted a rather shabby chic kind of look, I used different papers on the front, back, and sides. 
I also covered the insides of the box with coordinating paper so it would have a more finished look. 
I then cut out squares to fit the box from chipboard, and covered those with paper.  I'm not big on using rulers to measure so I just traced around each piece of chipboard.  
I made twelve of these pieces, one for each month. 
I then inked each one, and added a tab at the top with the month, and a piece of lined paper to put the names and dates for each birthday for that month so I could see at a glance the birthdays that were coming up.
I used Spellbinder's dies for the circles, Tim Holtz distress ink in antique linen and tattered rose, and a variety of patterned paper that I had scraps of lying around.  This is a good project to use up scraps!
I hope this system helps me become more organized.  I don't usually forget birthdays, but I do find myself often scrambling to make a card at the last minute.  Perhaps this will help me to have some cards prepared in advance.  One can always hope!