Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween Pet Safety Tips and a Treat Bag!

Hello, folks!
Stopping in to share some important tips I read on this post at The Animal Rescue Site!  I have their list of 9 tips below, but please click on that link to read about their tips in more detail.

Halloween Pet Safety Tips
  • Limit front door access.  Strangers, costumes and loud noises can be very frightening to pets.
  • Make sure your pet is wearing current ID tags.  A glow-in-the-dark or reflective collar would also be very helpful, just in case your pet darts out an open door.
  • Keep your pet inside.
  • Always supervise costumed pets.
  • Do a costume 'dress rehearsal'.  If you want to dress up your pet, only do so if you can tell that they don't mind, and take time to get them accustomed to the costume.  Make sure the costume is SAFE, that it fits properly, and that it isn't annoying or uncomfortable to your pet.  Make sure the costume doesn't have dangling pieces that could be chewed off and choked on.
  • Keep things like pumpkins and corn out of your pet's reach.
  • Watch candles carefully.
  • Keep ALL candy and wrappers out of your pet's reach.  All forms of chocolate can be dangerous, and sometimes lethal, to pets.  Foil wrappers can cause health problems, too, if ingested.  Please move the trash bin to a safe height.
  • Lock candy safely away from pets [not only during Halloween but also before and after].  If your kids like to stash candy in their rooms, make sure they pick high enough hiding places where pets can't reach the candy, or lock the candy in a cabinet.  One of our canine pals, Lou, had a very serious incident with chocolate being left out at her house one Christmas, so please be careful to keep candy/chocolate away from your pet.

And now for a Halloween project, just in case you need a last-minute treat packaging idea...


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I thought it would be fun to make a Halloween project with the moose from Lawn Fawn's Critters in the Arctic!  I used his coordinating sentiment stamp but just inked the "it moose be" part.  I also selectively inked the "Halloween" on a stamp from Spooktacular.  Thank you, Kelly, for the cute stamps!  Give Daphne a hug for me! :D  

To create his mask, I just trimmed a die-cut I had of a cat, punched a couple of small holes and threaded some linen thread through.  I'm not sure if the moose looks creepy now, but I think he's fun anyway! :D  Ha!  To make the clothespin match the little enamel stars, I just covered it with purple washi tape!

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you have a fun Halloween!!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Mini Monster Gift Boxes

Here today to share these mini projects I put together using some fun stuff I received from Kelly!  I used paper from the Snow Day 6x6 paper pad and stamps from the Monster Mash and Critters in the Arctic stamp sets to make these little guys...


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In yesterday's post, I showed part of a piece of paper from Snow Day -- that sheet has cute images that you can cut apart to make some fun tags.  I used small tag dies to die-cut 3 of the designs.  I wanted to decorate them with characters, but the characters needed to be small enough to fit on the tags.  The little monsters from Monster Mash were just the right size, so I thought, "Why not have monsters on holiday projects?" :D  To give two of the monsters their winter look, I used the little hat image from Critters in the Arctic!  I stamped the hats first, then masked them off before stamping the monsters.  Then there was a little fussy cutting and the ol' foam tape.  Simple and fun to make! :o)

Oh!  When I coloured in the monsters' mouths, I left a little uncoloured to give them teeth.  You may have noticed that I gave the little guy on the left a little gap in his teeth. :o)  Hee hee.

On another note, I have to say that I *love* chunky twine on miniature gift boxes. :D

Hope you got a smile here today!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

You Warm My Heart Card

Hello, folks!  Long time no see!  I know things have been quiet here on my blog, but that's not to say that the crafting has stopped! :D  I just get wrapped up in things I'm working on and don't think of blogging, that's all.  You know how it goes, right?

I just got a surprise from Kelly in the mail and am already having some crafty fun with the things she sent!  Thank you so much, Kelly! :o)  Here's the card I made for today's post...


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I *love* shades of teal!  And my love for hand-stitching is still going strong! :D
 
When looking through the Snow Day 6x6 petite paper pack, I was instantly inspired by this adorable heart with a scarf wrapped around it:



I wanted to make a heart embellishment that kind of looked like it, so I die-cut a heart from coaster board and one from a cute red pattern from the paper pad and glued them together.  The coaster board just gives the heart some sturdiness!

To create the scarf, I just cut a strip of fabric, applied some Scor-Tape along the length of it, and folded the sides in.  For the end of the scarf, I used a small strip of Scor-Tape, then attached pieces of embroidery floss to it.  I'm sure liquid glue would work well, too, but Scor-Tape just makes it so easy! :D  It's 6-strand embroidery floss that I stuck down, then I trimmed the pieces to be the same length and unraveled the strands.

All of the patterned papers I used on this card are from Snow Day, and I'll have more to share using that cute paper soon!

Thanks for stopping by today! :D

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Cheery Get Well Card

Hello, crafty folks!  Here today to share a card that appeared in Card Creations: Volume 12...


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These colours make me happy!  The Thickers chipboard letters are from the Kitten set -- my favourite Thickers alpha set from my collection of them!  The chipboard flowers and patterned paper are from Pebbles' From Me To You collection -- love that cheerful collection.  I don't often use doilies in my crafting, but I got a pack of doilies as a gift in a past Ellen Hutson order, so I thought it would be fun to see what could be made with one of 'em! :o)

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Fourth of July Pet Safety Tips and Feathered Hello Card!

With Fourth of July celebrations beginning soon, I wanted to share some important tips on keeping your pets safe!  A lot of pets are really frightened by fireworks, and unfortunately, many end up in shelters because they get spooked by the loud noises, run away and get lost.  Here, I've summarized some important tips offered in this article from Adopt-a-Pet.com, but please take a moment to read their full article for more in-depth information!

Fourth of July Pet Safety Tips
  • Make sure your pet's microchip is registered with your current information
  • Make sure your pet is wearing their collar with up-to-date tags and that the collar is secure
  • Keep your pet inside your home and don't bring them to Fourth of July celebrations
  • Make sure ALL doors and windows are closed and locked
  • Turn on the TV or music to help muffle the sounds of fireworks
  • Help distract your pet with a food-stuffed toy or long-lasting chew treat 

During Canada Day fireworks a couple days ago, I distracted Humble with a nice brushing with his favourite brush -- he loves that [it's part of our daily routine!], and it puts him in a really zen-like state. :o)

I hope these tips help!

And now for today's card share!  I recently received a box of my projects back from Paper Crafts [things that appeared in past issues], and I re-photographed some of them this afternoon so I could share them with you over the next week or so.  Here's a card that appeared in Stamp It! Techniques: Volume 2...


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I stamped and heat-embossed the background with white embossing powder, then I inked it using sponge daubers and ink from various ink pads.  I wanted to use the solid feather images and the feather outlines, but I didn't want to cover the colours of the solid feathers up so much with the outlines, so I decided to offset them -- thought that looked kind of neat!  The feathers and letters were fussy cut and attached with foam squares.  The stamps used are from Hero Arts.

Thanks for stopping by today! :o)

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Re-shares: Favourite Office Themed Projects!

Yesterday I re-shared a bunch of office themed projects, and now I'm back to share some of my old favourites with the same theme!


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This file folder shaped card appeared in 75 Creative Card Challenges!  Most of the stuff on this card is from October Afternoon's 9 to 5 collection, which is one of my favourite collections from OA!  When I first got my 9 to 5 supplies in the mail, I was so excited and made four cards in one sitting -- this card was one of them!



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I made this card way back in 2010 with supplies from another October Afternoon collection called Hometown.  I remember how much fun it was to make this and love how it turned out! :D


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I have such a fondness for this card!  I made this in 2010 with a stamp from Lawn Fawn's Hello Friend stamp set.  Being such a fan of office themed things, I have a lot of little clips and love making stuff where it looks like pieces of paper are clipped to the card.  Inspiration: clipboards!

By some crazy luck, this card was one of the projects chosen to be replicated for display in Archiver's stores when they started carrying Lawn Fawn products.  I couldn't believe it!  The stores needed the sample projects within a very short time frame, and certain supplies needed to be substituted for things that could be purchased at Archiver's, so I couldn't make the cards myself.  I was able to help, though, with the stamping and fussy cutting of the letters and happy faces!  Here's what they all looked like:


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That's actually all I could do -- there wasn't enough time for anything else!  I packed up the pieces in little baggies and sent them to Lawn Fawn via FedEx, and guess what?  FedEx was LATE.  The package was checked by customs and they actually opened everything!  Can you imagine the reaction to all of those little letters?  When the package was delivered, the LF folks and some volunteers put all of the samples together in time for Archiver's.  Amazing!



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Another fun one to make!  I made this card in 2011 with various Lawn Fawn stamps.  I was going for a "pen doodles on a notebook page" look! :D


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Here's another card I made in 2011 using Lawn Fawn stamps.  Love that notebook page die and thought I'd use the die-cut horizontally, just for a little change.  I knew I wanted to make the sentiment multi-coloured, but when I tried inking the stamp with the markers I had, I didn't quite get the look I was going for...so I came up with this! :D  Some crazy fussy cutting, but it was worth it!


Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Re-shares: Treat Packaging!

Here to share some treat packaging projects for my last re-share post of the day!


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This is my Luv U Candies Box from the January/February 2011 issue of Paper Crafts!  I made this using my Cricut machine.  I used the Love Struck cartridge to die-cut the box and conversation heart.  The smiling heart-shaped balloon is from one of my favourite cartridges -- Create a Critter!  Another one of my treat packaging projects from that issue can be found here! :o)


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I made this Easter treat pouch 2 years ago from a Silhouette cut file, some Lawn Fawn paper and a super-cute bunny sticker from Doodlebug!

The next two projects were made for past Paper Crafts' blog hops:



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Made in 2011 for the 350 Cards & Gifts blog hop!  To create the box, I used the Tea Light Thank You Gift pattern by Lori Tecler, which can be found on this page of patterns from the issue!  I can't take credit for the flower border, either -- it's a fancy sticker embellishment from Martha!


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I made this one last year for another 350 Cards & Gifts blog hop!  The super-cute monster stamp is from Starving Artistamps -- they have such fun stamp designs!  I didn't have any candy handy when I was photographing this project, so this monster is extra excited about Halls.  Ha! :D

Thanks for visiting today, and have a great weekend!

Re-shares: Office Themed Projects!

I have this weird love for office themed supplies, so here's my first post of office-y re-shares!


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From the March/April 2012 issue of Paper Crafts.  I used one of the sketches from the issue!


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From the July/August 2012 issue of Paper Crafts.  ETA: I forgot to mention before that this appeared in the digital version of the July/August issue [as bonus content] and not in the print edition.  Not sure if that really matters to you guys.  Ha! :D


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I made this 4 years ago.  How time flies!  I love that pencil patterned paper from Cosmo Cricket and stamp from American Crafts!


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Made 2 years ago using October Afternoon's office themed 9 to 5 collection.  I love that collection!!


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A mini card from 2011 using Lawn Fawn stamps and a cute brad from Doodlebug!


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A CAS card from 2011 using Lawn Fawn's Quinn's ABCs stamp set.  


TIP: When applying glitter glue [I used Stickles here], try colouring your stamped letters or image in first with similarly coloured markers.  This helps to make your glittering look "fuller" because you won't see little white spots from cardstock showing through! :D

The next two cards were made a few years ago using a super-cute typewriter stamp from Lawn Fawn's Just My Type stamp set [I made two of the same-lookin' typewriters!]:


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I'll post some of my favourite office themed projects tomorrow!  [Am I the only one who feels bad calling certain projects favourites?  I care about them all!]