I was busy sippin' the summer away and forgot to complete my assignment for made with love (and paper). June's challenge was refreshing: Pink Lemonade: How does the thought of pink lemonade inspire you? Requirements: pink, yellow, polka dots. Follow this link to see the creations of the other team members.

I thought that a fresh menu for the summer months was in order. This is a simple design. I started with the days of the week. I used my Pazzles InVue software to design my creation, as well as to print & cut the days. Note in the photo below, the "L" shaped marking at the top right of the cut mat. This is the Registration Mark that Pazzles uses for cutting. With Pazzles I can register the black text for the days as Print Only and the pink outline of the arrows as Cut Only. First I printed, right from the Pazzles software! Then I placed that printout on my Print & Cut mat for Pazzles and cut out the arrows. It's quite click.

Screenshot of Pazzles Software at Work

Loaded & Ready To Cut

Days Are Perfectly Cut

To make this Menu Board reusable, I had to come up with a way to write and erase the daily meals. Did you know that you can write and erase on packing tape?! Yes, you can! As long as you use a dry erase marker. I recommend using packing tape that is wider then the cardstock strips, allowing for a little play in placement.

Prepping the Tape

I cut the strips for each day of the week and then covered them with the packing tape. I used the paper cutter to trim the excess tape. I placed the days of the week on top of the tape. (You could cover the days with tape as well.)

The finished Menu Board is 12" by 15.5". Here's a tip: the background cardstock comes as a 12" by 12" cut and one piece was too "short" for my planned menu. I adhered an additional piece of cardstock with the seam behind one of the days (Wednesday). This allows me to hide the seam. Clever.

Ready to Plan the Week's Meals

Now we are ready to plan summer meals in style!

Shot of the banner and the menu in use:

A Welcoming Banner


Come & Get It!

I recently used the same recipe to make cards for a number of different occasions. This card cut is called a collar card. If you rotate the card to the left, it looks like the collar on a shirt. You'll even see cards that are made to look like shirts! There is another name for it, but I cannot think what it is. I chose place the sentiment on the top or bottom. You can also place the sentiment in the opening of the collar and that looks nice too. This card design is fun for playing around.

I finally found a little time to craft and was blessed with a bit of creativity to match. Most of today's cards use a digital stamp with an image and/or sentiment. I use Adobe Illustrator to manipulate the files. It is an easy program with which to create. (I have even created some sentiments myself.) I hand colored the images with colored pencils. (Remember, I do very little coloring of digis.)

These first cards use a digi stamp created by the lovely Melinda Beltran. The original flower digi comes with the sentiment "Wonderful Beautiful You." In some cases I replaced the sentiment.

Lovely


showing layers

For this card I replaced the sentiment with one created by Regina Easter at The Cutting Cafe. Isn't it cute?

Alternate Sentiment by Regina Easter


showing layers

And here I totally cut out the whole flower.

Delicate

The next couple cards have sentiments created by Donna Ellis for Fred She Said. Visit Donna's blog to see how she used her own sentiments. However, the sentiments are available at the Fred She Said site.

Darling


Butterfly & Blossoms


Delicate Butterfly

This happy birthday card uses a sentiment created by Hannelie at Desert Diva. I love how this card turned out. It is so happy!!

Birthday Fun!

Regina created the sympathy sentiment and the "birthday treats" for the next two cards. My last card does not have a sentiment.

This is my favorite!


Striking


Elegant

Over at Pazzles the design team is making new out of old. For Project Rewind we were assigned to create a project using an existing Craft Room project as our guide.

Instead of rewinding, I want to help you un-wind! And although our world is very modern & sterile, we can still get a glimpse of nature and its simplicity. I really like how Michelle used the 3D bird cage to make these beautiful winter lanterns. I have taken the same 3D pattern and made a lantern for enjoying the summer evenings.

Michelle's Lanterns

Michelle's Lanterns


I chose a rustic color for my lantern and added brown inking to give it a rusted, weathered feel. Some parts of the paper did not cut all the way through. But that added to the look & feel of the lantern.
Rustic Lantern

Rustic Lantern

I found a darling firefly in the Pazzles’ Craft Room. I am kind of a perfectionist, so I interpreted the colors a bit differently. I used vellum for the wings.

Firefly

Firefly


I left the top off the original pattern (snow & holly on Michelle’s lantern) and replaced it with leaves that I found in the software library and white flowers that are made with a hand punch.
Top of Lantern

Top of Lantern


Full View

Full View

You could make a number of these to hang in your garden or porch. I have placed a tea light candle inside. However, you will want to use a battery operated candle! Remember to take a little time to relax this summer.

Some close-up shots:

Sweetness

Sweetness


A Peak at the Tea Light

A Peak at the Tea Light

My daughter was away at church camp last week. It is a tradition to send mail to the campers. However, we sneak it in to the hands of the counselors. The camp is only 2 hours away, yet mail takes for ever. Accordingly, I labeled each envelope/package for each day that my daughter should receive it. Piece by piece her mail would build something related to camping. Follow along and see if how many days into the week before you know what the final product will be.

The first day my daughter received two pieces of card board about the size of an adult's hand. In hind sight, it would have been fun to split this piece in to two days!

Day 1

Day 1

Day 2 resulted in a thin, brown block. I used the A2 Mailer by My Scrap Chick to create it.

Day 2

Day 2

Day 3 required a litrtle more thought. The week prior I made these darling shark boxes from SVG Cutting Files. Close enough for my needs as I was under a time crunch. I altered the boxes to be solid squares (removing the face and mouth opening).

Day 3

Day 3

At the end of the week, if she did not know what she was holding, a poem would reveal it all. I found a fun poem on the internet. It is written by Greg Pincus. Mr. Pincus has given me permission to include his poem on my blog.

Poem Written by Greg Pincus

Poem Written by Greg Pincus

Did YOU guess the sweet treat? Here is the assembled S'more.

S'more--front view

S'more--front view


Top View--Without Top Cracker

Top View--Without Top Cracker

My daughter did figure it out on day two. She doesn't really like to eat them, so it was a good thing this s'more was made from paper! I love getting creative with the files and patterns I have on hand!

Are you having a sizzling summer? Then it’s time to cool off at the beach. We are celebrating summer at Pazzles with a beach week. Join us there for summer inspired craftiness! Grab your sand bucket, shovel and let’s go!

Today I want to show you an idea for a party favor or gift box. I started with the Pazzles’ Craft Room file Sandy Bucket. There is sand, a bucket and a shovel. You will see that I altered the original pattern just a tad.

Pazzles' Cut File

from Pazzles' Cut File

I enlarged that pattern so that I would have a finished creation large enough to hold a gift as well as the candy tube that I used to make the shovel. This also meant that I needed to increase the size of (take out) Box 5-A from the software library. Because the box is so large, I had to cut it by making it two pieces. The finished box stands 10 inches high. (I also cut the box without its top.) Sorry the these photos are so small.

One half of bucket

One half of bucket

. . . the other half

. . . the other half

Here are the bucket pieces cut and then assembled:

Bucket in 2 Pieces

Bucket in 2 Pieces


to one whole Bucket.

to one whole Bucket.

I wanted a separate shovel that was more or less 3 dimensional. You can see that I pulled the shovel from the original Sandy Bucket file and altered it to wrap around a plastic candy tube.

Shovel Pieces to become 3D

Shovel Pieces to become 3D


Shovel Top

Shovel Top

The "scene" is fun to create. I chalked the sand and I used a white gel pen to stitch the bucket edge. This helps the bucket to pop a bit. I also raised part of the handle on foam dots.

Bucket with Sand

Bucket with Sand

Here is the finished gift bag/centerpiece. In the first photo, you can see the bucket peaking from behind.

front view

front view


back view

back view

I think that this could also be a fun center piece for a summer party! Add a banner and some other beach theme cuts from the Pazzles Craft Room. I will be watching the mail for your party invitation!! Let's get summer started!

The shovel is approx 15" long.

The shovel is approx 15" long.

I recently participated in an awesome swap. Our instructions were to make a single sided, A2 card--or one that does not open. The purpose of a single sided card is that you can embellish the card and still get away with one postage stamp. The theme is summer and we used this sketch from Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge blog as a starting point. (This swap is not in connection with that blog.

Mojo292Sketch

I have an amazing stack of paper from Recollections called Garden Harvest. It is on thick craft paper, almost like cardstock.

Stack

Stack


Fun Extras

Fun Extras


We had the option to make all the cards the same or not. I made each one different because I had my heart set on using this paper. That was tricky because the pieces were not all the right size to match the sketch. When you use a sketch (or recipe, as I like to call them), you are sometimes given the liberty to alter it. In that case it is used as a starting point. I opted to leave off the top pennant on the left side, as I wanted the graphics to be seen. For the bottom pennants on the right, I created the sayings in Adobe Illustrator (you can use Word) and hand cut them.

Awesome Purple

Awesome Purple

A Little More Purple

A Little More Purple

Here Comes the Sun

Here Comes Summer

Gardening, A Great Therapy

Great Therapy

Berry Sweet

Berry Sweet

More Sweet Berries

More Sweet Berries

At Last Summer

At Last Summer

I Love You

I Love You

We are back and we are crafting full speed at made with love (and paper). Our design team had a well-earned rest the past few months. We are indeed, rested and ready to share and inspire you again.

With the summer months comes warm weather, sunshine, flowers, beach balls and, yes, bugs! And that is what we bring you this month.
june theme: june bugs
requirements: use bugs as inspiration for your project

I am so behind on cards. So this challenge helped me to get a bunch made around the same theme of bugs. Most of my buggers are bees. Bees and the honeycomb theme have my interest as of late. I love embossing paper. Embossed paper is so versatile. I have the Sizzix Embossing Boutique (it looks like a purse). I did not have honeycomb folder (used to make the impression in the paper). My friend Sarah embossed honeycomb paper and mailed it to me as a RAK. Thanks Sarah. I have the other embossing plates that you will see. I look forward to making more. Although I did give in and buy my own honeycomb embossing folder.

As always, we invite you to join us in this challenge. Please share your creation on our facebook page.

I desgned teh bee myself and I chalked the emboosed trail.

I designed the bee cut myself and I chalked the embossed trail.

Again, a little chalk on the embossing. Look at the cute bee button on the flower.

Again, a little chalk on the embossing. Look at the cute bee button on the flower.

Playing with honeycomb (or hexagons)!

Playing with honeycomb (or hexagons)!

A miniature seed pack and a layered fly sticker give an old fashioned flavor.

A miniature seed pack and a layered fly sticker lend to an old fashioned flavor.

These two square cards include honeycomb and bee cut files from the amazing Bird's Cards. I created the digi stamp sentiment myself.

These last two do not have a bug, but they are part of the family with their honeycomb!

 sweet

sweet

Daisy Crazy

Daisy Crazy

We are celebrating the 4th of July at "made with love (and paper)" Design Team. Hopefully our projects will encourage you to create for this year and join us!! You are always welcome to submit your creations to the challenges.

This time we have it easy--if we choose to do so!
Here are the guidelines for June:
theme: Independence Day
requirements: red, white, blue, stars, stripes, glitter

This time, I did go easy. I made a table top center piece and a small banner. I used a cut file from Designs on Cloud 9 appropriately titled Patriotic Accents.



It is a new month. First off, Happy May Day. I do not have a project this year for May Day. Although, the kids and I made simple baskets with pre-made silk flowers to secretly drop at our friend's and neighbor's doors. Still loving May Day but had to take the easy route this year.

With the start of a new month, comes the reveal of a new creation for the "made with love (and paper)" Design Team. We have been having a lot of fun on this DT! Rachelle comes up with great parameters for us to work with. made with love consists of a group of gals that love paper-crafting! Each month we challenge ourselves to complete projects with specific requirements. Please stop by and join us!! You are always welcome to submit your creations to the challenges.

Rachelle dropped a doosie on us this time! She has really challenged us. Rachelle said create a project with the following guidelines:
theme: "new beginnings"
requirements: something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue

Wow! I cannot wait to see Rachelle's creation. I wonder if she had something in mind when she picked the challenge? The "something borrowed" is going to be the trickiest. "Excuse, may I please borrow your XXX for a craft project that I am going to glue up and possibly make permanent?" So, as always, I gave it some thought.

You are going to love this!! But, first, a story. You know I like telling stories.

Something Old
I was determined on the project that came to my mind. I was not open to changing. This, of course, brought me to the last minute. The first thing I needed was an old, hand held mirror. You would think such an item would be over flowing the shelves of the thrift stores. Nope. Then last week (cutting it close), I found an amazing old mirror . . . without a mirror. Look at the gorgeous detail on the back side of the mirror.

glass side--no mirror

decorative side

detail of decorative side

I had been to so many places for this project as well as running errands. I did not want to run anymore. I told a woman in the store my plan. Not five minutes later, she rounds the corner and hands me a decorative mirror. I could easily disassemble this mirror and use the "glass" for my old mirror. It was almost perfect. However, the glass was a tad small. No problem, I knew my plan would succeed!

cheap plastic mirror

back

easy enough to disassemble

I cut a green circle to back the small glass that will replace the missing glass. The "glass" is really cheap--it's plastic and scratched, but I had to use it. Doesn't look too bad.

easy access

a new beginning

Something Blue
As I was planning to surround the glass with paper flowers, the gap between the glass & mirror edge was fine. This is where the paper crafting comes in. Core'dnatiosn cardstock is the best for making this type of spiral paper flower. The tearing and the colored core of the paper give a natural look to the flowers. As I mentioned, I was done running around town. So I had to work with the paper that I had on hand. I did not have two pieces of paper of any one blue. Anyway, I think the flowers will look nicer with a mix. I chose my colors. I was hoping to use just two blues, but had to bring in a third as there were not enough flowers to go around the mirror. I pulled out a spray of the very first spiral flowers I had ever made for inspiration and guidance (reds).

Then, I got busy making flowers and adhering them to the mirror. I used hot glue.

Something New
The easy part of this project was the decorative ribbons. I carried through on the blue. But I also added the green and the white to compliment those same colors that I added to the flowers around the mirror.

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I am really happy with the way the mirror turned out.

front

back


Something Borrowed
Oh wait! I almost forgot the borrowed piece! That is where YOU come in to this creation. I am going to borrow your reflection. Only for a brief moment--for you are forever changing. And is rightly so.
One of my favorite Bible verses is this promise from God:
"Therefore if anyone is in Christ, she is a new creature; The old has passed away; behold, the new has come." 2 Corinthians 5:17
Through Christ we are given new life. Again and Again. God doesn't care how many times you have to start over.
My hope is that, when feeling beaten down, unsure of oneself, the beholder of this story book mirror, will gaze upon herself, surrounded by beauty, and truly know that she herself is a beautiful creation and is welcome to start anew.