Gift bags & tags.

Posted by Michelle on September 15th, 2014

Happy Monday!
Jesse sent me some happy mail recently with some paper clips, sea shells, manila tags, and other fun bits to craft with.  Whether you’ve been crafting for months, years or decades, chances are you’ve amassed a lot of stuff.  I try to purge, and donate to our church youth program often enough, but I still have a lot of stuff.  So I think it’s important to work with what you have.  And I decided to make some gift tags with the manila tags that she sent me.

Check out my full project over at Hazel & Ruby.




Hello little one.

Posted by Michelle on September 14th, 2014

I’m back today with the boy version of the baby girl card that I posted yesterday.  Again I am using Imaginisce’s My Baby collection.  I’ll let you in on a little secret:  I rarely plan on making cards with the slanted/crooked patterned paper like this.  What usually happens is that my main patterned paper piece did not go down quite as centered as I would have liked (see the top right corner), so then I play off that and make the whole thing crooked.  And no one ever knows.  Except you.  But keep that under your hat, would ya’? ;)




Baby girl.

Posted by Michelle on September 13th, 2014

I’ve been working on bebe cards this week and today I have a super simple one made with Imaginisce’s My Baby collection.  I really really love their die cuts – and love using them to make a quick no-stampy card.  I’ll be back tomorrow with the boy version of this one.




Bow gift bags.

Posted by Michelle on September 5th, 2014

TGIF! – and happy Friday to you.
Today I’m sharing a fun little set of gift bags that I had up on the Fancy Pants blog last month. 
As I’ve mentioned before, I’m kinda addicted to making paper bows.  I had no idea how easy they were to make!  I have seen a smaller bow – and die for that – and I think I might have to get it (unless I can find or make a smaller template).  But cutting so tiny might not be as fun.  Anywhozzle, for now, hand-cutting these larger ones is really fun.


I made my bows – using papers from Fancy Pants’ Me-Ology collection – and then laid them out with other pretty papers and ephemera from that same collection on to plain brown paper sacks.


And then assembled.














Fun, right?!


Always be kind and true.

Posted by Michelle on September 2nd, 2014

Hello Hello – and Happy September!
I am a summer hater and a fall lover, so I am totally happy to welcome September.  It’s been cool in the mornings – even having to turn on the defroster and heat on the way to the bus stop.  And I love it.

Today I’m sharing a fun little project that I made to go up in my daughter’s room.  We’ve been doing a lot of home improvements over the last 4 months or so – painting the living room, dining room, kitchen, and hallway.  We painted my son’s room last weekend.  We bought the kids new beds.  Next on the list: my daughter’s room.  We’ll paint it too, but I also want to have a wall that’s kind of collagey with framed prints and other bits that make sense, and that are uniquely her.

It was also featured in this month’s Fancy Pants Designs newsletter which you can download or sign up for HERE.
There’s also a cutting file to make the bow like I did.


We painted our living room, dining room, and kitchen yellow.  And it’s been wreaking havoc on the pictures these days – LOL  Need to figure out a better way or place to photograph my cards and such.  I have a light tent, but I don’t really like that either.


I bought a bunch of this fabric when we went to Mexico a few years ago.  I love using it for these embroidery hoop projects.


I made this just like I would a card – layer, layer, and layer some more.




And finish off with some gold foil punches for confetti.