Sunday, November 24, 2013

Woman of God Survival Kit

 Hello! Welcome to my blog! I made this gift last year and didn't have to time to post it on my blog in time for Christmas. I have given this gift to people that I work closely with at church over the years. Although I hope they find value in the gift, I know that I always benefit from it as I ponder the analogies and lessons with each item. Here is what I put in the gift....

 1. Love the Lord with all your heart - HEART ORNAMENT

2. Reflect on your divine nature - MIRROR.

3. Draw close to your Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ - PEN AND PAPER

4. Don't waster energy - FLORESCENT BULB

5. Feast on the delicious fruit - MINI FRUIT PIE


*Quotes from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints leaders*

Wrap it up pretty and there you go!!

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

DIY Photo Christmas Card

Hi! Welcome to my blog! I haven't been on my blog for months, and now two posts in two days. Christmas must be just around the corner!! I wanted to share the card I made for this year. The details of the fonts and dings I used are in the picture below.

And here is the background.... Put a nice deep red border around it to make it pop!

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Friday, November 22, 2013

Christmas Tree Advent Calendar

I have been on a little bit of a hiatus from my blog due to going back to school and such but it is great to be back crafting and blogging. Christmas is right around the corner and I needed to make my daughter a new advent calendar. She has moved out and so I thought she might need a little Christmas cheer in her new place. Here is how I made it....

1. I wrapped a styrofoam cone with greenery garland, then glued the tree into a medium tuna can that I covered with Christmas scrapbook paper. 
2. The ornaments on the tree are mini envelopes that I sliced the tops off of. I stuck a wire into the tree that I made a loop in the end to attach a mini clothespin to hang. The wire was about 3 inches, folded in half and then twisted together at the end leaving a loop at the fold.
 3. I wrapped match boxes and added ribbon with a mini tag to hold the number.

4. I made mini versions of the box bag that I love to make CLICK HERE FOR TUTORIAL. The cardboard for the bottom measures 2"x2". The paper measured 4 1/2 inches length and 3 inches height. I cut off the top of the bag with decorative scissors.

5. I bought a decorative plate from Michael's for 69 cents ( Halloween/Thanksgiving clearance ). They have them coming up for sale this week for a great deal as well - not 69 cents but as good as you will get before Christmas.

I wanted to make this advent calendar refillable, hence the bags, boxes and envelopes. I have a mini set of lights that I might add to it as well. 

Check out my other advent calendars ...

Silhouette and cork advent boxes.

Advent box tutorial

Christmas Countdown Blocks

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Train Case Re-fashion

 Hello! Welcome to my blog! I have been enjoying my summer holidays, and with my last post being two months ago, I am obviously taken a holiday from my blog. Speaking of holidays, I have been refashioning a set of luggage that found at at second hand store (score!!!)
The first piece I am refashioning in my new luggage set is this adorable train case. I had purchased a roll of map wallpaper for $1 at Liquidation World (another score) and it has been waiting for a project such as this.

I am so excited about how this turned out.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Canada Day Printables

 Canada Day is coming soon. I made a couple printable quotes. The quotes are my favorite words from the National Anthem.
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Friday, June 21, 2013

Tin Transformation

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I was looking for a center object for a diaper cake. On tutorials that I read, a lot of people used a roll of paper towel. I wanted to try something different. In my stash I had a tin container that was waiting for a project such as this. My diaper cake had a Winnie the Pooh theme, so I wanted to make this a Winnie the Pooh tin. 

I mod podged some drop cloth on the lid and around the perimeter of the tin. I added ribbon to cover the edges. Then I got my daughter to paint Pooh on the tin and a butterfly on the lid. I added a drawer pull to the lid 

This is the start of the diaper cake. I will post it soon.
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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Dad, You Are Wheelie Great - Father's Day Gift

 I seen a card somewhere on Pinterest with this saying - "Dad - You are Wheelie Great!" The saying is perfect for my husband for Father's Day. I was originally going to make this a candy bouquet, but it turned out to be more like a big 3D card with candy and sweets in it.
Here is what I did:

1. I started with a base from a waxed paper box. I cut off the top and wrapped it in kraft paper.
2. I cut out green card stock (different tones) and glued a short one on the front of the box and a taller one to the inside back of the box.
2. I loaded the base with packaged M&M's and peanuts, and then I dumped chocolate covered almonds on top to give a rocky road effect.
3. I glued card stock bike rider images (FIND IMAGE HERE) to the grass scenery that I previously glued wrapped Oreo cookies to. I printed out extra images to glue the tire area of the image to the front of the cookie to cover them.
4. I glued paper grass cut outs here and there to the green areas.
5. I glued two pieces of cardboard (that was about 1/4 inch depth) to the back of the tall greenery to give the display some depth. Then I glued a scenery background that I printed off my computer. Find image HERE.

I printed out the saying I made - and ended up cutting it to make it fit.

My daughter is going to make a movie to go with this gift from clips off her dad's GoPro from rides he has recorded. It will make for a wheelie great gift!!

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Friday, June 7, 2013

New Dad Special Operations Kit

Welcome to my blog! I have been busy, busy with Father's Day preparations. This gift pack is geared towards new dad's with the goal of prepping them in a fun way for their future important mission of being an awesome dad.
Here is what I put in the kit:
There were four envelopes. Each one of them contained items that corresponded to a special mission.
Mission #1 Operation James Bond Time
This envelope contained items to help with daddy/baby time. I purchased a book called "We Belong Together" by Joyce Wan (this book is adorable - great art and textured) and a toy.

Mission #2 Operation Stealth Mode
This envelope contained items that may encourage sleep. I purchased soothers, a receiving blanket and an eye cover. 

 Mission #3 Diffuse the Bomb
This envelope contained items to help daddy with diaper changing duty - wipes, diapers, and a garbage bag with a warning label "Danger Hazardous Waste"

 Mission #4 Flaming Fire
This envelope contained a match book I made with tips on Mommy and Daddy relations.

I put the envelopes in a box I covered with kraft paper (it was a square pop box cut in half)
and I glued the special mission letter to it:

Here are the tags for each envelope:

This was a lot of fun and rewarding to give!
Do you know someone who is going to be a new daddy soon? Why don't you give this a try?

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Friday, May 31, 2013

Father's Day Plant Pick

Hello! Welcome to Creative "Try"als!
Last year for a gift for "the Dad's" at my church, we gave cookies along with this - 
a bean plant with a quote on a paint stick. This craft is extremely easy if you have a wood burning kit.

I bought one from Michael's a couple years ago and it has been a very handy tool. The tool comes with different points and I used the transfer point to transfer the image.

I typed up the words, reversed them,  printed them and then got a laser copy - the ink jet copy does not work - I tried :(
Here is the image below if you would like to try it....
Right click, copy, paste in your favorite publishing program, resize as desired, print and then laser print at a photocopy place if you don't own have a laser printer.

The bean was planted in a little espresso cup (it took about two weeks to get a decent size) and we wrapped the cup and part of the plant with cellophane. 

Why don't you give it a try?

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Life is a Picnic - Marriage Survival Kit

Hello! Welcome to my blog!
I love to give practical yet unique gifts. I have made quite a few marriage survival kits. I am always trying to come up with new ideas so that the recipients have no idea what they are getting - other than they know they will probably get a survival kit. I thought a picnic theme was good for a spring/summer wedding gift. Here is what I put in it:

1. Item I purchased - LAWN BLANKET - saying to go with it:

2. Item I purchased - THERMOS - saying to go with it:

3. Item I purchased - BUG NET - saying to go with it:

4. Item I purchased - ICE PACK - saying to go with it:

5. Item I purchased - WATER BOTTLES WITH LEMONADE PACKETS - saying to go with it:

6. Item I purchased - FOOD CONTAINERS - saying to go with them:

I originally was going to give this gift in a picnic bag that I made out of a table cloth (one of those plastic ones from the dollar store) then I changed my mind and purchased a cooler. I still put everything in the bag, then I put the bag in the cooler. Check out my tutorial HERE on how to make a no sew bag (with duct tape and staples). I made this bag the same way except I sewed it (seriously easier to zip it up with a machine if you have one). I also added a few pockets.

With the left overs from the table cloth I made a bow and ribbon. This is the first time making a bow, and I think it turned out pretty good. I love that the ribbon goes with the theme.

Of course - with most of my survival kits I like to include marriage advice. For the tags and the marriage advice click HERE.

If you have ideas that would work with this kit or any other comments I would love for you to drop me a line. Thank you for stopping by!

Check out my latest marriage survival kits - Happy Camper CLICK HERE

Reap What You Sow - CLICK HERE

***Some people have had issues accessing the tags (the lovely world of technology). If you have a problem please email me rather than leaving a comment about it. I do read my comments but not daily so if you are having problems and in a rush an email is the best way to get in touch with me.