Reading Materials...

Today I am going to share the last of my September birthday projects with you. This gift set was what I decided to give one of my good friends. She is tough to buy for, but is an avid reader, so I thought, why not hand-make some things she can use for her reading hobby. I made the entire set coordinating, because that's what I like to do (and it makes it much easier and quicker to put things together when you use one color scheme and several basic design elements), using Cosmo Cricket's Early Bird collection, another one that I have been hoarding. And I will apologize in advance for the picture quality; I took them quickly in my studio as I was getting ready to run out the door (more on why below), so they are not the best, but I REALLY wanted to share this little project, so here goes...

First up is the card I made her. I went with a little different size than I normally do, tall and skinny (and like her in that regard, in fact...):

The flap on the front pulls up to reveal a birthday sentiment:

Then, a few coordinating bookmarks, because voracious readers can never have too many:

The third element is a set of bookplates--which leads me to why I was late taking the pictures. I got this idea for bookplates just before Papertrey Ink released their new Vintage Labels stamp set, and once they did, I knew I had to wait until my order arrived, because it was too too perfect for these, and I ended up cutting it close--I printed the text and dotted line from my computer onto PTI's adhesive sheets, then stamped and cut them out by hand. Here they are!
The final element is a journal for her to keep track of books read. I kept this tall and skinny too, and easy, because rather than cut pages and somehow get lines on them, I used sheets from my Making Memories Slice ledger paper pad (an 8 x 8), just trimmed in half. Final size is 4 x 8 inches.

There are a lot of supplies used in these projects, so I am not listing them all, but if you have questions, just ask. Thanks for stopping by!


Three for Four

Today I have just a quick post to share the third (and final) money holder/notebook combo that I did for September birthdays this year. And yes, I realize that it is now almost midway through October and that I am a lame blogger...but that's part of my charm! :)

This one is for my nephew Nate, who turned 6 this year. Like most little boys, he is very into trucks (and cars and planes and boats...), and since little boys don't care too much about cards, I thought an interactive one that was like a toy in itself was the way to go. I used a truck stamp from a Sandy Lion boy set to make my spinner, and papers from October Afternoon's Road Map collection (stripe) and My Mind's Eye Round & Round collection (signs), which worked perfectly for this project.

Here's the card:

And the inside:

This is the notebook. I tried my hand at stamping a plaid pattern, a technique that I saw Dawn McVey do, but try as I might, I cannot seem to get my lines lined up as straight and evenly as she can! :) The car stamp is from the same Sandy Lion set, but note, the paper color got a bit distorted when I heat embossed it...weird, but I decided to just leave it. It was for a 6 year old, after all.

These letter stickers I *think* came from Michael's in a set of their own brand--love the colors!

That's it for now. I am off to work on a custom Etsy order and some Christmas items. Thanks for stopping by and happy weekend!


Birthday Projects-episode 2

Okay, so I am finally getting to part 2 (of 4) of my birthday project series (see part 1 here). I have been beyond busy with work and school and we are finally coming up here on a mini break (fall vacation days on Monday and Tuesday). Jimmy and I are headed tomorrow morning to this antique fair in Charlotte on the way to Asheboro to visit the zoo, provided that the cold I've acquired this week isn't worse by morning (I know, I should be in bed right now). But it seems that Fridays, my days off, are the only days for blogging lately...

Anyway, let's get to the project! I thought I'd show a girlie one today. This was for my niece Alexis who turned 10. She is into girlie stuff and pink and purple and so I thought I would go glittery and fun for her. I used Cosmo Cricket's Girl Friday line, which I have been hoarding. I love love this line and one thing I like to do when I finally bring myself to use collections that I love so much is make gift sets like this to really get some good use out of them. Give it try!

Here is the card, using PTI's Button Bits set--adorable!!:

And the inside:

And her note/sketch book, featuring my favorite Hero Arts butterfly stamp all glittered up:
That's all I've got for today. Soon I'll have the other two birthday installments, and a blog award, so check back! Happy weekend!!