Wednesday, February 27, 2013

LNS Challenge 212: St. Patrick Card

I made this St. Patrick Card using this tutorial here.  I am also entering it in the Late Night Stampers Challenge 212:  Green.

It's actually a birthday card for our Pastor.  He has a very good sense of humor and we love him very much for all that he does for our church, community and school!  We tease him that he should go over to Rome to see what he can do since the Pope is resigning.  He said that Rome wouldn't agree with him.  Well, perhaps he can be our next Bishop here then. :)

This is my work in progress.  Although our Pastor doesn't have beard and mustache, this young Bishop looks too young on the card.  So now he looks like St. Patrick because he is Irish!  Happy Birthday, Father Seamus!

Have a wonderful day!


Monday, February 25, 2013

Upcycled Glass Jars: Homemade XO Sauce

My husband loves XO Sauce!  We used to buy it, but it was a little bit too pricey and we stopped.   A few weeks ago, my friend Angela brought over some and my husband sure enjoyed it so much again!  So we decide to make them.

I clean out these containers and reuse them.  We soak the dried squid, dried shrimps, and dried scallops. We put them and the Chinese pickled radish through the Magics Bullet to grind them up. We then add dried pepper flakes and garlic and stir-fried all the ingredients together.

I love the Hoop La La stamp set as it reminded me of my Home Economic teacher, Mrs. Lin Crow, from 7th grade.  I learned how to cross stitch with her.  She was very kind and caring for me and my younger sisters as we were getting adjusted to the new country.  I am not sure if these kind of classes are being offered any more!  Anyhow, I decide to use the cross-stitched heart with XOXO image for the sauce.

I generate the "Homemade Sauce" labels using MDS, print them out and stamp the image in the center.

Have a lovely day!


Saturday, February 23, 2013

Upcycled Glass Jars: Butterfly Oasis

These wide-mouth glass jars were Almond Butter and Salsa jars!

I got this idea from Crafts Unleashed.  After pruning our trees, I got a couple of sticks and hot glued them down on a traced (around the jar) cardboard and glued down some mosses to cover the cardboard.

I cut the butterfly (using DSP) with the Beautiful Butterflies Die, wrap a piece of colored wire around the butterfly, and add either pearls or colored rhinestones to the body of the butterflies.  I also wrap the wire around a wooden skewer for the butterfly antennas.

I sent these Butterfly Oasis to the kid's school for the WCEA team members to enjoy as one of their centerpieces.  Aren't they beautiful?

Have a beautiful day!


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Upcycled Baby Food Jars

I got a few baby food jars that I saved.

I clean them thoroughly before proceeding to the next step.

I add baking soda to the baby food containers.  I cut out a piece of fabric with the largest Scallop Circle Die, add a rubber band to hold it in place and then tie a nice ribbon around it.  Now I can place it in my freezer or fridge to take care of the odor and still look nice! After a couple of weeks, I will refill them with a fresh batch and use the old baking soda to clean my sink and drain.  There are hundred ways to use baking soda.

Let me know what you think.  Have a nice day!


Monday, February 18, 2013

Upcycled Disinfecting Wipe Containers

I will be posting some different upcycled and DIY projects to use at home.  I found the idea to organize the grocery bags on Pinterest.  They come in really handy as we no longer get them from our grocery stores any more this year

I re-use the Chlorox and Lysol Disinfecting Wipe containers and remove the labels.  I prefer the Chlorox containers as I don't have to do the extra step of cutting the inside out so it would not rip the bags.

I cut 2 pieces of DSP for each container:  7" x 12" and 7" x 2-1/2".  Glue the paper into the containers using Modge Podge. 

I also create a couple of stamped labels and seal the DSP and labels with 3 coats of MO.  It will be clear when it's dried.

I folded the bags in half and line up the handle on top of the bottom of another bag and roll (the bag on top).  The last bag's handle is folded to the side for the pull out.  I get more than 20 bags in one container.  I put one in each bathroom to line up our trash can and one in the car.  Lately, I found myself using them when I go to the grocery stores because I forget to bring my re-usable bags!

Can you "Imagine the possibilities to make it better?"   "It" is being our world. 

Have a great day!


Saturday, February 16, 2013

Post It Note Holder with Pen

I've made a lot of these Post It Note Holders with Pens a few years ago using Dawn Griffith's tutorial.  I had trouble keeping it in my purse as the flap kept opening up and eventually it got damaged.  I modified these to have a simple locking mechanism this year.

These are more favors for the WCEA Team members.  The background is stamped with the hearts from the Confetti stamp set.  I heat embossed the image from Crosses of Hope stamp set before coloring the rest of the image with a blender pen and ink pads.  The Rhinestone Jewel is colored with a Red Sharpie marker.  I love how the Square Lattice Embossing Folder show up like crosses as well.  The cross from on the flap is from the Itty Bitty Punch Pack.

It's another way of saying "Thank You", but it's also great for Baptism, First Holy Communion, Confirmation, or Bible Study Favors

Have a great weekend!


Thursday, February 14, 2013

Fancy Favor Owl Backpacks

So I modified the colors of the owl backpacks that you saw from this post.

These owls are made for the WCEA team members who were visiting my kid's school for the school accreditation the last few days. I used the Fancy Favor and Top Note Dies, 2-3/8" Circle punch for the wings, 5-Petal Punch for the nose, and 1", 3/4", and 1/2" for the eyes.

I used the sentiment from Word Play stamp set and the Chalk Technique.  I stamped the sentiment with White Craft Ink, embossed it with White Embossing Powder, and added white lines around with White Pencil.  I also sponged the edges and some random parts inside the black card stock.

The back looks like a backpack, of course!  You'll need one 4-1/2" and two 5" ribbons total.

You can get everything in one sheet of paper if you use the same color as I did on the previous post.

I couldn't help making an extra one for Valentines Day using the sentiment from Delightful Dozen stamp set!  Happy Valentines Day!


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Angry Birds Magnets

I was not sure whether to call these Angry Birds Magnets or Gems!

These magnets will be Valentine's gifts for Ryan's classmates.

If you follow my Angry Birds Birthday Party on Pinterest, you might have noticed that I never did the magnets for the party favors.  I use the Accent Gems (about 30 gems/bag) I got at a dollar store, pictures generated using MDS, 1" Circle Punch and Modge Podge to glue them in.

The bottom sheet was printed at home and it didn't work very well.  I have to get the top sheet print from an office supply store.  Make sure you ask for Glossy Cover Sheet.

Glue the image to the Accent Gems and add 3 coats of MP.  Make sure to work in a well ventilate area and let the MP dry in between coatings.  I wait overnight before I add the magnets in the back.  I use the heavy duty magnets and E-6000 glue to glue them in.  

I add an Angry Birds Puzzle Eraser along with the magnet to the package.  I stamp the sentiment from Delightful Dozens on the Apothecary Framelit.

I also make some extra for my kid's Angry Birds Tic Tac Toe Game as their Valentine's gift.

Have a wonderful Valentines Day tomorrow!


Sunday, February 10, 2013

Hello Kitty Nugget Holders

Happy Chinese/Vietnamese New Year!

These Hello Kitty Nugget Holders are made for the girls in Jake's class for Valentines Day.  Aren't they cute?

The hardest part is drawing the whiskers!  I used Itty Bitty Punch Pack (Heart and Circle for the bow), Cupcake Builder (eyes), 1/4" handheld (nose) punches.

Whenever Jake is in my craft room, he has other ideas of his own.  He added a "paintbrush" to the Kitty!  I thought it was a lollipop!

Have a wonderful Sunday!


Saturday, February 9, 2013

Ninjago Nugget Holders

I couldn't help making these Ninjago Nugget Holders after making this Ninjago card.  The punch art is really easy!

I use the Curly Label, Owl Builder and Wide Oval Punches.  The Paper Snips help trim the eyebrows.

These guys are ready for the boys in Jake's class for Valentines Day.

Have a great weekend!


Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Owl Backpacks

Ok, two posts in one day as I can't wait to share this with you!  I saw some great (real) owl backpacks out there lately and they are cute!  After seeing a backpack made by Wendy Bell using the Fancy Favor and Top Note Dies, I decided to make some Owl Backpacks!

Which one do you like?  I decided to use the Chalkboard Technique to send the "Thank You" message.  The front pocket holds a Ghirardelli chocolate square.  There's plenty of room from the inside to put more treats in.  I use the lollipop stick as a chalk for the owl on the right, but I have a lot of trouble keeping it in place.  I'll have more of these to show you next week.

Have a nice day, owlways!


Stinkin' Cute Skunks: Take Two

I am making more favors for the WCEA Team members who will be coming to my kid's school next week for the school accreditation.  Here are the Skunk Nugget Critters again.  The tutorial can be found here.

I use the word "Love" from the Fabulous Phrases stamp set and embossed it in White Embossing Powder.  This is great not only for Valentines Day, but also for weddings, baby showers, or just a nice way of saying thank you!

To emboss or not emboss when using White Craft Ink?

Embossing is a sure winner!  Have a wonderful day!


Saturday, February 2, 2013

Monster High Birthday Card

This is one of the cards that I made for a birthday that I never get around to posting.  Monster High seems to be so popular with little girls now.  This card was for Lana. 
I hope you enjoy this Punch Art and have a wonderful day!

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