A little caffeine fix

So, here’s the thing – we recently attended the wedding of a couple of friends, and we were struggling a bit with what to buy for them.  I decided that maybe it would be fun to make them something, but I wasn’t sure what might be appropriate for a homemade wedding gift.  I had a look at their gift registry (which no one seemed to purchase from…so weird), and realized they had selected a number of frames.  “Ah-ha,” I thought! “A frame I can do”.

But then there came the “style” struggle.  How could I embellish it in a way that was meaningful for them as a couple, and yet still appropriate (the groom has a bit of a questionable sense of humour…I’ll leave it at that).  One of the things that stuck out in my mind was that Starbucks held meaning for the two of them – they had their first date there, and the groom had actually proposed to the bride by having the Starbucks employees write the question up on the menu board.  So, I put my crafty thinking cap on, and realized that I just might be able to use this caffeine addiction for the frame in a neat way.  So, after a trip to my local Starbucks and a bit of crafting time, here’s what I came up with:

All parts of the flowers are made from the hot beverage containers, and the leaves were made from the clear beverage containers (making sure to include the logo for colour).  I used the “hole plugging thing-a-majigs” to add a bit of dimension, and a clear lid to prop up the flowers a bit on the bottom of the frame.  

So, what do you think?  The bride and groom seemed to really like the frame, and I guess in the end, that’s what really matters, right?

Have you ever made a home-made gift for a wedding?  How was it received?

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My new addiction!

Okay, many of you already know that I love brads!  Yes, it’s true – I am a “braddict.”  Those shiny little jewels always seem to add that little bit of something on a page.  So up until now, brads were pretty much a staple on any page or layout that came out of my scrappy little corner in the kitchen.

Glossy Accents by Ranger

My newest addiction!

But move over brads – there’s a new addiction in Scrappy town.  Glossy Accents!!!!  This stuff, made by Ranger Ink, is a glossy, acid free medium that dries to a nice, hard finish.  It will turn anything into a dimensional masterpiece – okay, maybe not anything, but I haven’t found a paper embellishment that doesn’t look just a little bit flashier with a little shine – kind of like a great lip gloss!  It dries quickly too, so it’s a great product for last minute card makers like me who just don’t have time to wait overnight for a card to dry!

So where I have I used it?  For the most part, I have been using it to turn some of the great paper that I have picked up recently into dimensional embellishments.  I am a thrify scrapper through and through, so I very rarely pick up complete lines of products and often miss out on the cute stickers and embellies that the companies include. For example, in this card that I whipped up for my Hubby for Father’s Day,

Father's Day Card for Lorrin 2011

Sprucin' up the stars with Glossy Accents

I used some cute paper from the Fancy Pants “Like Father Like Son” line, cut out some of the great patterns, and then simply layered them on the card.  I wanted the stars to POP, so I slapped on a bit of shine and voila!

A happy little hippo - covered in Glossy Accents of course!

Wouldn't you be as happy as this hippo if you were all decked out?

One of my other favourite applications is on letters that I have cut out on my Expression.  In this little card that I also created for my hubby (his birthday was the day before Father’s Day…it’s a good thing he is cute), I actually used GA to create a pattern on the paper.  By applying the GA in a swirl pattern, this happy little hippo and party instructions really stand out, and turn the Fancy Pants paper into a textural delight!  Oh, and stay tuned this week for a new video all about making your letters pop with this cool product!

So, if you’re feeling a little bit bad for my cute little brad friends, don’t lose too much sleep!  You might notice that they are still finding happy little places on my cards – once an addict… 😉

Week #4 – Happy Canada Day!

Today’s post is a special one for me!  Not only does it mark the end of my first month on this adventure (I actually made it four weeks and I’m still scrapping) , but it is Canada Day!  If you hadn’t noticed from the name of my blog, I am actually a proud Canadian – in fact, I was  born and raised in the city of Calgary, Alberta (the great mountain town of Banff is close by).  I still call Calgary home, and really do love living here – mountains and beautiful foothills to the west, and gorgeous prairie to the east.

Although there are many fun and fabulous places to visit in Canada, one of the events here in my home town is our annual Calgary Stampede which starts next Friday.   So when Jess from The Canadian Paper Trail invited me to come up with a craft for our  Canada Day blog hop – I thought I would combine the two events and try to come up with something fun.  So here they are!

These little cowpoke are actually magnets that are attached to napkin rings that I recycled from and old paper towel roll.  With a little flag in hand, I think they make a cute and patriot addition to my BBQ plans!  I can actually take them off to give tomy guests to use as magnets on their fridge, andthen I can even reuse the ring again.  Simply create a different embellishment with my handy dandy Cricut, and I could be a regular magnet making machine! Everyone will want to attend a ScrappyCanuck BBQ (until they taste my cooking anyway).

So here we go – the recipe (for the rings, not the BBQ):

You will need one paper towel ring to create about 8 rings (if you don’t have a paper towel ring, why not use a toilet paper roll – who will know ;)), scrap paper and ribbon, glue and in this case, the Paper Doll Dressup Cartridge from Provocraft.  If you do want to add the magnet feature, you will also need one magnet per ring, and some scrap magnetic material (I used a metal washer from my DH’s tool kit – he was nice enough to share with me).

Simply cut the paper towel roll into 1 inch chunks.  Using an 81/2″ X 11″ sheet of cardstock, cut vertical strips 2″ wide.  Center the strip on the roll, wrap around and glue in place. I left a slight gap where the pieces of paper would meet so my magnet would be a bit stronger.  Cut slits in the cardstock down to the paper towel roll, fold over and glue to create a finished edge.  The you can add some decorative ribbon to finish off the ring.

The next step is to create your paper doll.  I cut my characters from Paper Doll Dressup at 2 1/2″.  Turn  each over and glue on a rare earth magnet (you will need a fairly strong magnet). On the inside of each roll, glue a  metal washer (on the inside of the overlap of my paper).  Put your characters on to the roll and you are all done!

So what do you think?  Are these little guys and gals worthy of a celebration?

BLOG HOP INFO:
If you came here on the Canada Day blog hop, your next stop is Martha’s blog .

If you did not come here on the hop but would like to join, consider starting with our first team member Ami.  Make sure to add comments and become a follower of the blogs if you liked the ideas.  You might even find some prizes along the way!  Yahoo!

Week #2 – Always at the last minute!

There is definitely something to be said for getting projects done well ahead of time.  There doesn’t seem to be the last minute stress involved when things don’t go quite as planned, and there is always time to give a project a little makeover if it still seems to be missing that certain something!  I love a good makeover!

But that also seems to be the problem with getting things done ahead of time.  You see, I was so incredibly proud of myself for having a frame for my hubby finished and ready to go a week before I actually needed it.  In fact, I even blogged about the frame in my first week here!  But that little crafty frame (no pun intended) haunted me every time I opened my scrap drawer – staring me down with a look in it’s eyes that said “you can do better than this lettering!”.  I tried to ignore it’s taunts, but the night before my husbands birthday, I caved.  And there I found myself, pulling letters off and cutting new ones at the very last minute.  AGAIN!

So here are the two frames – the before and after.

So the big question is this… Am I just destined to be a last minute crafter?