Wednesday, November 27, 2013

top dog dies: give thanks

Each year for Thanksgiving, I like to create a gratitude journal for family members and dinner guests to record what they are grateful for.  More recently, I have been creating place cards for the table setting.  This year, I was lucky enough to have some Top Dog Dies to help me out.

Using the Scallop Box Die
I created place card favor boxes:

20 of them:

Each one topped with a handmade flower
filled with a pearl center.

The boxes themselves are filled with some chocolates for a post-dinner, pre-pie treat!

For this year's gratitude journal, I decided to create a banner:

Each pennant has a glassine envelope that contains a Project Life card for recording this year's gratitudes.

Each pocket is embellished with an accordion-folded medallion made with the Sizzix die
and trimmed with paper cut with the Madison Border Die

I love that this year's "journal" doubles as holiday decor!

For those of you celebrating tomorrow, have a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving.  And for those living in other parts of the world, may you always find something to be grateful for.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

top dog dies: pretty as a polaroid

This month, Top Dog Dies let their Design Team choose some dies from their collection to work with.  I didn't hesitate to pick this little cutie:
Photo Mats Die TW018
I made several cards that I'll be sharing soon, but I couldn't wait to show you this framed garland wall art.

I recently found some pretty inspiration from Journal of Curious Things.  She did a Pretty Polaroid Project and she inspired me to make my own little set of 'Pretty Polaroids':

These were so fun to create.  Here are some close-ups of each:
Sizzix Butterflies and a vintage button
Cute chipboard die cuts and papers from an American Crafts Dear Lizzy collection
More Dear Lizzy papers and accents 
Tag is from TDD Darby Doliy and Tags set; butterfly is Martha Stewart punch
Here they are again.

If you want your own Photo Mats Die, please visit the Top Dog Dies store

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

on my hook Monday

Happy Monday!  
This weekend I did something I don't usually do: I took some time to sit down and crochet.  Crochet for me has become something I do while I'm waiting.  It's my travel craft: car rides, doctor's visits, hockey practices, guitar lessons.  It's the perfect little grab-and-go craft.  But lately I've realized I wasn't finishing projects, and the projects I'm working on have been in the works longer than they should be.  It was time to do something about it (plus I had some gifts on a deadline to whip up).  So I sat myself down, let the dishes stay in the sink, the laundry in the baskets, and the vacuum in the closet and I made time to just crochet.    It worked, 'cause I have two projects to show for it.

A cute little Baby News Cap:
pattern from Donetta Johnson
 A pretty-in-pink Coffee Mug Cozy:
pattern by me can be found in this post
And what's a mug and cozy without a gift card to the new local coffee shop?!

Here's to making time for more crochet!  {The dishes were still there waiting for me anyway.}

winner winner

I'm a giveaway host delinquent.  So sorry to keep you all waiting for the Rainbow Loom book giveaway winner.

Carrie McLean and her daughter are the lucky winners.  I have sent you a message on Google+, Carrie.

Thanks to everyone who entered!