Customized gifts, cards, and mini albums. This blog represents a series of projects,styles,tutorials, and digital files. My passion is to make Art with Encouragement. You can find me on Facebook and Youtube sharing ideas and tutorials, as well as products I love to use.
I've seen these little treats before in catalogs, and recently saw Robyn, from My Pink Stamper make them also. Well, when I saw how easily she made them, I decided to give them a go, and I think I have a new favorite Christmas goodie. These are meant for my DS to give to the staff at his school, and if I time it right, I should have plenty for any last-minute gifts I may need. The recipe is: 2 cello bags. 1/2 C. of instant Hot Cocoa mix in one bag. Cut bag to desired length, insert into 2nd bag, add 1/4 C. White chips, 1/4 C. chocolate chips, 1/2 C. Mini marshmallows, and tie bag with ribbon. I added tags made with TBBM, and JOTS. I also stamped the tags with a Christmas stamp. Paper is from Recollections. Ribbon from my stash. Super easy! Thanks Robyn for sharing these, they're lots of fun to make. Also, if you'd lie to now the cost-the add up to about $1.00/gift. I found the cello bags at Hobby Lobby for $1.99/25 bags.
I made this card using the Cricut Wild Card Cartridge. I also used the Envelope feature, which was a little tricky and not possible to use at all without the Gypsy unless you make very small cards. I added some bling, ribbon, a brad, and a felt flower and was finished. Very easy and I love the end result. The paper is from this year's Recollections line at Michaels. It's double sided, and so pretty!
I made this Matchbook Mini as per Kathy's instructions on Paper Phenomenon. It's the easiest Mini album I've ever made, but it's not at all lacking in personality. It even includes a belly band to keep in all together. I used Range distress Ink and Rub-n- Buff in Antique Gold to finish the edges. The paper is all from Recollections. TFL!
Today I THANK YOU for when you take the time to:
1. Stop by and saying hello.
2. Leave me nice comments when you like something you see.
3. Provide me with inspiration on a daily basis.
4. Are sooo generous with your hops-celebrations-challenges, etc.
5. Share your awards-it's truly kind!
6. Appreciate the value of each other's creativity.
7. Respond with kindness when fellow bloggers have needs, by sending cards, raks, you name it!
8. Give of your time to cheer me up when I least expect it.
9. Allow me to be part of this awesome creative blogging community.
10. Offer your friendship, even if it's long-distance.
May you all have a blessed day, and may you have the opportunity to reflect on what's truly important and valuable in your life, because you are valued! Sincerely-Raquel
Hi there, This post is picture heavy, but it's probably the most important project I've made all year, so I wanted to have a memory of it. It's a Mini album I made for my mom, using a tutorial from Kathy Orta at Paper phenomenon called "Build a page". I used all 6 page styles in this mini, giving it an incredible amount of places to display pictures, or hide little mementos. Now, my mom is not one for elaborate scrapbooking, and prefers picture space, so it's very simple on the inside. To add my "touch" I used vibrant colors (DCVW Retro Stack), the Sentimentals Cartridge from Cricut to keep with the retro look of the album, as well as some stamping and little details here and there. I hope you enjoy the pics as I couldn't fit them all over at the Ning site. Let me know your thoughts!-Raquel
Hi all, This is a simple birthday mini I made to go along with a birthday gift. It doesn't have a lot of techniques but I will add descriptions under each picture. I used lots of different colors throughout to keep it young and tried to keep the details pretty simple too. I hope you like it!
I made this masculine Thank you card using several stamps and would like to enter it to Mojo Monday's contest. You can enter several times, so perhaps I'll make a feminine version too. I used green Recollections cardstock as the base, and layered a double sided paper on top that has a grungy grid pattern on it. The brown strip of paper has bits of glitter on the blue polkadots and I popped it using foam tape. It's placed on top of a medallion shape that I stamped and cut out of the same green base paper. I used a fiskars punch to cut out the brackets to the stamped "thank you" phrase, and I used Basic Grey stamps for the detail over the "thank you" and for the small blue bird. I also used a glimmer pen to give it a little sheen on the tail feathers, and parts of the medallion. TFL!