Thursday, March 28, 2013

Frog Magnetic Bookmarks

Yesterday, I've shown you Ryan's gifts for his classmates and teachers and the instruction for the bookmarks here.  Today, I am showing Jake's choice.  He decides that he wants frogs on his bookmarks since his class theme this year is Fully Responsible, Organized, and Growing (F.R.O.G.).

He wants to do it all!  So he stamps, punches, and colors all the images.  I just have to re-stamp some of the images with shadows.  Since it's more of a Spring theme, I decide to use {friend to friend} for his friends and "thank you" for his favorite school staffs.  Yes, he is very considerate with this!  All the stamp sentiments are from Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set which fit perfectly into my little projects.  The frog was from the Turtle & Co. (retired) stamp set.

The bookmark snaps closed around the page with the magnets.

When you give a 5-year old a chance to do what he wants, things won't be perfect and he will make himself unique!  I am OK with this as it sure speeds up the process with little helping hands!

The kids are on Spring Break starting tomorrow so have a very happy Easter this coming weekend!  Yeah!


Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Everybunny Chick Bookmarks

I can't hardly believe it has been a 100 days since my Dad passed away and I miss him so much!  My Mother-In-Law has also become ill recently.  Please say a little prayer for them for me.  Thank you!  My youngest son, Jake, is so thoughtful and reminds me that Grandpa loves rosemary and tangerines.  So he picks the tiniest tangerine from our garden to bring it to the cemetery.  How cute is that?

Let's get start with today's project.  I told the boys that we have to start making gifts for their friends for Easter.  This year, I am making magnetic bookmarks that I got the idea from Julie here because every Spring break, the kids have a Read-A-Thon from school.  I like the idea that these bookmarks snap close around the page.  The boys get to choose a stamp based on Easter or Spring theme. 

Ryan selects the chick from Everybunny stamp set.  He has done a great job at stamping, punching, and coloring.  After coloring a few images, he said that he got too many classmates and asked me to finish it up for him. :)

I get to reuse and recycle expired calendar and advertised refrigerator magnets that I no longer need.  My brother also gave me a whole sheet of advertised magnet he got at his auto shop, too.  So there were plenty for both Ryan and Jake's classes!  Each magnet is cut into 1" square and made sure that they are place on the right polarity by turning the top magnet around until it's stuck hard to the bottom magnet.  You really need to do this step right, trust me. :)  I also use the Coloring Coach for these great dynamic dual colors:  Rose Red/Regal Rose and Baja Breeze/Not Quite Navy along with the Daffodil Delight.

I cut my card stock into 5-1/2"  x 8-1/2" and score at 2-3/4" on the short side.  Then I trim it down to 2-1/8" before I run it through the Big Shot with the Two Tags Die.  Line up the fold in the middle line along with the large tag to cut.  You get 8 bookmarks per sheet.

Have a great day!


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Ninjas To Go

Don't you sometimes have trouble following all the names of the characters your kids talk about?  So I create all five color Ninjagos after this post to remember their names.

A few weeks ago, my uncle sent me a picture of a couple of men standing in the park holding a sign, "Ashes To Go" on Ash Wednesday.  He was wondering what else in America would be to go?  Here is another tip.  Whenever I mass-produce these little Nugget holders, I put them in the Stamp Cases flat with everything ready to go.  All I have to do is pop them up and put the Hershey's Nuggets inside when I am ready to finish.

Have a great day, Ninjas!


Saturday, March 9, 2013

Hello Kitty Post It Note Keychains

Who love Hello Kitty?  I have some quick and easy Post It Note Keychains for you!  Well, at least for some friends I will be seeing today.

These are the small Post It Notes cover with card stock.  I cut the CS to 3-3/8" x 2-1/8" and score at 1-5/8" and 1-3/4" on the long side. 

Punches use:  Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Cupcake Builder and 1/4" Circle punches. 

I love the Tiny Tags stamp set.  It's so perfect for this little Hello Kitty!

Have a great weekend!


Thursday, March 7, 2013

Duck and Chick Post It Notes

It has been very nice and warm here.  So I have been outside my backyard more.  Does anybody have any idea on how to get rid of oxalis weeds naturally?  They look like 3-leaf clovers.  I got the boys to come out spraying the cracks of the pavers with a solution of soap and baking soda.  I have to wait to see if that work.  I also got the boys to dig bulbs, bugs, and slugs for the chickens while I weed.  Talking about chickens and worms and someone also asked me to make an owl, here is a picture of some of those critters that I did a few years ago.

Anyhow, on to my post for today.  I got inspired to make these little duck and chick Post It Notes when I saw the cute Coach duck keychain.

The idea to cut the Post It Note into different shapes comes from Becky Roberts' Butterfly PIN. Thank you, Becky!

Duck:  Circle #2 Die, 2-1/2" Circle, 1-3/4" Circle, Small Oval, Modern Label, and Cupcake Builder Punches.

Chick:  Circle #2 Die, 2-1/2" Circle, 1-3/4" Circle, Petite Pennant Builder , Boho Blossoms, and Cupcake Builder, Bird Builder Punches.

Have a beautiful day!


Saturday, March 2, 2013

DIY: Apothecary Jars & Tags

Since I saw the Sweet Table at my niece's wedding here, I've been wanting to have some Apothecary jars.  Well, I want a smaller version and lower prices for those jars.  So I found the idea on Pinterest.

I keep my eyes open for jars, vases, lids, and candlestick holders at garage sales and "vintage" stores.  After removing the tags with Goo Gone, washing with soap, soaking in vinegar, and rising them well in water, I am ready!

It is pretty easy to do!  I just glue the jars to the candlestick holders with E-6000 glue in a well ventilated area, let them dry over night, wash them again and I am done!

I then decorate the lids with some handmade tags:  M&M, Pineapple, and Sunflower punch art.  The kids & our guests couldn't stop stopping by this table!  (I know I still need one more lid to complete the project.)

There are so many uses for them.  Right now, they store our nuts, Wasabi peas, dried fruits, and candies.  Each jar costs less than $3 to make!  I once sent these jars to school for Staff's Appreciation Day and someone thought I sell the food in them. :)

Have a beautiful day!

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