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I’ve seen these books before that are made with a paper bag. I used this concept to make A&T’s April’s gift out of a blue one, with hidden pockets and information.
First, I folded the bag in half to create a basic shape. The bottom of the paper bag (shown on the left) will become a little hidden pocket.
To create this, I used my cropidile to punch holes along the top and bottom.
I sewed this piece closed with some decorative ribbon. Then it was time to decorate! Here’s the front title page of the book:
Inside, A&T learned that they’d be hitting the road for a little trip for dinner and maybe some dueling piano time!
The pocket made earlier holds the gift card to the restaurant. The actual paper bag opening itself created another hidden pocket situation, that I highlighted with a “PULL” tab.
Inside, I put a directory I printed from the National Harbor website (their roadtrip destination).
(supplies: Chipboard shapes: K&Company, Ribbon: Martha Stewart Crafts)
January is a hard month to plan outdoor activities. What if it snows all month and you can’t get out to where you need to go? What if you have cabin fever and need to get out after all that “in” time. This month we gave A&T a change of scenery and a way to escape…. at the movies!
I lucked out and found these popcorn containers at the Target $1 spot and quickly filled them with yellow stredded paper as fake popcorn. Insert a movie theater gift card, wrap in a cellophane bag and we’re ready to go! Oh and the bottom of the note tells Allie to let her hubby pick the flick!
This gift took a little more crafting time.
I had gotten this holiday box the previous Christmas. It was cute but not necessarily the style I wanted to give.
I started by painting the edges in a brown acrylic paint.
I cut patterned paper to fit each side of the box, which I added between layers of decoupage glue. Tip: Place the box and lid over a vase or jar so it doesn’t touch any surfaces and get ruined.
Inside, they found a mall directory, a playful scavenger hunt and a gift card to Seasons 52, a nice restaurant in the mall.
(supplies: patterned paper: K&Company, decoupage glue: Martha Stewart Crafts, stickers: Jolee’s)
November might be one of the easier date nights in this “Year of Date Nights”. It involves no driving and just time spent at home!
I had this old dvd case that wasn’t being used. I easily slipped out the content of the sleeve and removed the dvd and had a blank surface to fill in! The sleeve included addresses for 6 local Red Box rental centers.
The inside was decorated with simple patterned paper and a circular design to fit inside the dvd area. (I used my Martha Stewart Crafts circle cutter to cut that shape!)
For less than $5, they can go enjoy a nice at home movie night with Redbox movie rentals!
(supplies: patterned paper: K&Company)
As a crafter, I know how long it takes to make some handmade gifts. Items I receive need more than the few minutes of love I can give it, so I’m happy to post these Handmade with Love posts that showcase great handmade cards or gifts I have received. Today’s post is all about wedding related handmade items received!
In September, before my big day, my girls at work (and a few of the guys too!) hosted a little bridal shower snack time with a few gifts. It was really sweet and actually caught me off guard in timing so I was surprised! April, a local artist and now neighborly friend, created the card for the occassion, which was a print of one of her beautiful paintings!
Cherylin put her baking talents to good use when creating the adorable heart and bell shaped cookies seen above! Not only were they beautiful (in my black and gold color palette!) but they also tasted delicious too!! Thanks for the sugary delights, Cherylin!
A few days before the big day, our mailbox began filling up with well wishes for those who couldn’t attend. I was lucky enough to receive this adorable T (heart) D card from a very talented crafter friend and past coworker, Danielle! You know how much I love me some polka dots!
D and I waited until after the wedding and after the honeymoon to sit and open all the cards and gifts generously given to us by family and friends. For me, of course, my favorite part was reading the cards and checking out all the handmade ones! The above card was made with a regular on the Handmade with Love series, my crafty friend Liz, made with a mix of stamps and layered punches!
This beautiful creation was made by another crafty friend and previous coworker Anita. I love the black and white classic color palette!
Avid readers know the name Allie and how important she is in my life (and a supporting cast member of this blog)! I was happy to have her stand by me as my MOH on the big day and honored to receive one of her handmade creations!
The above gift was given by a family friend, Kathy, who told my mom she always makes sure to give a handmade gift from her current home state of Vermont. This glass fish plate is from Frog Hollow, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the exposure and appreciation of fine Vermont art and craft. It was made by Chet Color and Viiu Niiler and features what appears to be a piecies symbol, my zodiac sign!
It’s fall and officially the Halloween prep season! One icon that seems to still be trendy for this season, everyday home decor and all around cuteness is the owl.
In honor of this wise old character, I thought I’d recap some owl related crafts that was appeared on my blog in the past.
#17 on my 30 before Thirty was to buy something cool in an antique store. I had mentioned that I was altering this to be “thrift store” and I wasn’t able to share yet.
I’ve always wanted to do one of those gifts that is built in a hollowed out book so finally, this was my chance! I went to a thrift store with my aunt and found this awesome Shakespeare book of sonnets. I followed the tutorial on this blog, which was so well explained that I didn’t have any problems on the first try!
For the September Date Night, we wanted to send Allie and Tim to a comedy show. Since we gave her the gift 6 months prior to using it, we knew we wouldn’t have access to the shows available that month.
However, I was lucky enough to land on the “Comedy of Errors” sonnet of the book when hollowing it out, so it became the perfect place to explain our gift.
The accordion folded message included locations for both comedy clubs and $50 to use towards the purchase of tickets for their show of choice. Have fun laughing away Allie and Tim!
Sorry, no step out images this time, just the beautiful final shots of these fun cards.
But I can tell you that I didn’t think I’d have enough full sheets of patterned paper so I cut up what I had into strips and used this wide ‘Thank you” stamp to cover up the remaining section. It worked out perfectly as a background for my floating butterfly with the wire antenna accent!
Thank You again to those who attended and for all the wonderful gifts!!!
And the countdown continues….2 months from today!
(supplies: Paper: Martha Stewart Crafts; Stamps: Hero Arts and Martha Stewart Crafts; Glitter: Martha Stewart Crafts; wire)
Tim is a big golf fan. But since Allie doesn’t golf as much as Tim, we instead decided to give them a date night to Top Golf.
The gift card is wrapped in a colorful tin with some other golf extras. I didn’t have a wood dowel to make the flag so instead I taped together two mini golf pencils as the post.
(supplies: tin: Target $1 bins)
As a crafter, I know how long it takes to make some handmade gifts. Items I receive need more than the few minutes of love I can give it, so I’m happy to post these Handmade with Love posts that showcase great handmade cards or gifts I have received.
In May, I was the MOH for Allie’s beautiful Virginia wedding. As part of my gift at the rehearsal dinner, Allie handmade me this card and gave me a photo book that documented our 10 years we’ve known each other. It was great to see the progression of our friendship, from college sophomores to the successful adults we are today, all put together in a pretty book!
In June, Allie turned the roles around and helped host my bridal shower as my MOH. She crafted this cute little note on behalf of the bridesmaids, using some Jolee’s sticker and pretty yellow papers.
My mom has a decent sized stash of crafting materials from my years in the crafting field and I always encourage her to make her own cards with these materials. (You may remember D’s birthday card I showcased here.) Here’s the card she made for my shower, continuing the yellow theme with some fun yellow flowers.
Our family friend Pat has been represented several times now on the handmade with love series. More of a stamper than a scrapbooker, Pat always makes a gorgeous card with a mix of textures, punches and dimensions. I always love that her cards include a piece of cardstock inside, with a gradient stamped edge. It makes the inside just a little more special once you open!
Lastly, I wanted to share a very sweet gift I was given at the shower. My friend Liz, a fellow crafter, has an adorable mom, Nikki, who sent Liz with her own gift to me. Italian born Nikki gave me the Martha Stewart Lasagna pan from my registry, along with her recipe for lasagna handwritten and included in the card. I can’t wait to try out her version of this meal in the dish given. I always love a coordinated gift and a handwritten one is even more special!