Project Thursday {Pretty Packaging}

You know, when I first started crafting, I’ll admit I thought the whole ‘dressing up present/packaging’ thing was a little dumb. I mean, why waste your time dressing up a package that the recipient is just going to rip through?

Since then, I’ve changed my mind. For one reason, I like to dress up things – it’s just so darn fun! Secondly, the recipients usually save the packaging and really treasure it!

So here’s a present for my sister (who’s birthday is coming up soon), all dolled and prettied up using the Calender stamp set.

Her birth date…

I went with a lot of pink because it’s her favorite color, even though I know the style of the packaging (shabby) isn’t her favorite. Hey, I did say one reason I dress packaging up now I because I like it. ūüėČ

Open the package up and you get a cute little owl whose wings spread open to reveal a little clock on his tummy!

Well, that’s it for me today! I hope you enjoyed and thanks for stopping in!


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A fall gift {saturday creations}

The weather has suddenly begun to turn colder… I’m snuggling into a sweater when I walk outside, sipping hot tea in the afternoons, and we’ll be baking an apple pie with the pickins’ from my Thomas’ school outing…

I love the fall.  It is all-too-brief a season, but it is so sweet.

What better way to celebrate it, than with a simple handmade gift? ¬†This hand-knitted (by me!) scarf will be going to my Sofia when the weather takes an even cooler turn… and I couldn’t help but dress it up with an equally sweet & simple tag.

I used the amazing ink splotch image from Precious Remembrance’s “positive thoughts” set, and stamped “enjoy” and the heart image from their calendar set.

I hope you like it!

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Inspire Me Friday {Wedding Card}

Happy Friday, everyone! A friend of my family is getting married tomorrow and I thought the Calendar Stamp Set would be the perfect tool to personalize a wedding card. I started off with a dark blue card base and stamped a panel of cream colored cardstock with flowers from the Papertrey Ink (PTI) Pretty Peonies stamp set.

I then stamped and embossed a small die-cut panel with the “new couple” sentiment, which is from the PTI Beautiful Butterflies stamp set. Underneath this sentiment, I stamped the couple’s wedding date. Blue ribbon and a couple of buttons pull this card together!

I also decorated the inside of card with a few flowers and the date stamp again. I hope I’ve inspired you to look for ways to add personalization to your projects by means of adding a date. The Calendar Stamp Set is perfect for this and I’m so glad I have it to use for future weddings, birthdays and graduations!



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Every day is a great day {Saturday Creations}

Any day is a great day to say “I love you.”

Don’t you think?


I tend to make a lot of these lovey-dovey cards, because I want the people I love to know that I love them… You know, in case I do things to make them doubt it during the day… hee.

For this card, I stamped a very subtle watermark border down the left of the card: the journaling lines first, and then the months of the year (from the Calendar set.)  Next, I printed the sentiment via the computer, and stamped the calendar month image over-top.  I added the white splotches, heart image, and stitching lines (on the strip of patterned paper) from my favorite Precious Remembrance set: positive thoughts.

I hope you like it!  Hope you take some time to create a little love note for someone special this weekend!

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Inspire Me Friday {Halloween Card}

Happy Friday, everyone! Since autumn is quickly approaching, I decided to make a Halloween-themed card and put my beloved Calendar Stamp Set to use! I started off by adhering panels of polka-dotted scrap booking paper to my card base and covering the seams with orange rikrak.

I used a Spellbinders Labels 8 die to die cut the kraft panel and used the die from the Papertrey Ink Little Princess set to die-cut the “haunted” castle. I used the PTI Holiday Button Bits stamp set to stamp to stamp the bat wings, which are actually mistletoe leaves! I added a pair of hole-punch eyes and my bat was complete!

I stamped a mini tag with the October 31st date and strung it with some twine and a button as a finishing touch. I hope I’ve inspired you to embrace our upcoming autumn by creating some seasonal craft projects of your own!


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Project Thursday {Subtle Stamping}

Hi there! Clare here to show you a sweet little tag that displays the impact of subtle stamping.

The calender stamp from the Calender stamp set was stamped and clear embossed on this tag, providing a nice focal point for the flower but at the same time not being too obtrusive.

A few sentiments stamped, embellishments added, and we’re good to go!

Thanks for stopping in with me today!


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Create It Wednesday {my friend}

Wednesday, a perfect day to “make” a new friend.¬† Dipping into the paper scraps today to bring you a little Halloween fun with both the Friend and Calendar stamp set.

Used the notebook lines to create detail on the craft paper for the tree limb.¬† Love the months and numbers to add specific dates to projects.¬† And added the “fun times” sentiment fora little extra detail.

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