Wednesday, 30 October 2013

hybrid | birthday box

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One of our special boys had a birthday recently and I made a small box to hold the gift certificate we got for him, along with some sweets. I like this kind of projects for times when the gift is a GC. Just handing over a tiny little credit card looking thing is super boring - even if the gift is appreciated. But this way, it's a bit more festive.

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I used the Clover box template by Kelleigh Ratzlaff, and papers and elements from the Dude Mini kit by Robyn Meierotto. Both are available at Pixels & Co.

I had to enlarge Kelleigh's box to be able to fit the card and sweets, but it was super easy to clip Robyn's papers to the template shapes, and to add the text and elements in PS and then print.

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I printed on both sides of my paper so that the insides would be as pretty before I cut, folded, and assembled.
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The boy was happy and I am very pleased with the results!

Thursday, 5 September 2013

birthday boxes

We wanted to do something really pretty for our mum's birthday presents and for some reason I was put in charge of that (haha).

I got some nice and sturdy boxes from our local craft shop and covered them with beautiful paper from Carina Gardner's Bella Bella Kit from a few years back. Yeah, I've had it for years but never wanted to use the papers because, you know, they were so pretty. But for this project they were perfect.

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I also used the paper to make a card that matched. I cut long strips that I put diagonally across the front of the card. I love the way that looks and feels, with the many layers.

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I tried writing the greeting inside, but after an hour it looked crooked and sloppy and the ink had bled horribly. So I decided to scratch that and just go ahead and print it. I love the big text covering the full page.

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I took me quite a few hours last week to get this finished. The covering of the boxes was tricky business. But I think it was all worth it.

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Wednesday, 10 July 2013

shabby chic 40th birthday invitation

A friend of mine is turning 40 next month and she asked me to create the invitations to her birthday party. She was very specific about two things; she wanted pink, and she wanted shabby chic.

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With an all script font, a rose pattern background, and some pink dotted flags to set it off, I think it met her description pretty well. To finish it off, I added an intricate doily and a satin ribbon for the guests to slip off and reveal the card. I backed the card with a pink paper in the same texture as the front so the card was really thick and lovely. The card was sent in a pink envelope, of course.

And yes, my birthday is at the very beginning of August. And yes, my name is Linda. But no, I don't turn 40 this year. I really do have a friend with the same name as mine, and with a birthday very close to mine. She is just a year older! LOL!

Friday, 15 March 2013

hybrid | birthday box

My sister, who lives in Italy, had a birthday this week and I wanted to make a little something extra with the packaging of her gift (that was sent with our mother on a plane to visit the girl) since I couldn't see her.

The gift was small but fragile and so it was perfect with a decorated box to hold the stuff.

(Supplies: It's My Party by Robyn Meierotto at Pixels & Co, fabric flower and aqua gem from my craft stash, cardboard box, double sided tape)

Since I wanted the box to be extra sturdy I decided against making it out of just cardstock and instead get a thick cardboard box from our local craft store.

I made a print file with the paper for the top and bottom of the box. I made shapes in the right sizes for each side of the box, including the foldover flaps and clipped the digi paper by Robyn to the shapes. This made it very easy for me to print, cut, and then just attach to the box and fold over.

I also made shapes for the banners and rosette to which I also clipped the papers to and printed. Lastly I also printed the flags and cut out as best I could - I do not have a cutting machine and it was difficult to cut such small shapes perfectly.

I think the finished box is super sweet and festive. I am so happy with the finished result.

Question: would anyone be interested in a tutorial on how to cover a cardboard box with printed digi products? I would be happy to put one together and share here!

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

paper crafts | giftbag



A friend of ours turned 40 the other day and we were invited to help him celebrate. I made this giftbag to hold the gift.

The bag was made with papers from Echo Park's Note To Self digi kit, which you can find at JessicaSprague.com, and printed onto two sheets of 12x12 cardstock, cut to size, and assembled.



What you see on the front of the bag is a pocket that holds a card that can be pulled up and out with the greeting. The pocket and card were also made from the same kit, designed in CS6, printed and cut, and then attached to the bag.



I looked and looked for a suitable template to use for the bag. Unfortunately, due to the size of the gift, I had to create my own. I made two identical pieces; each containing the front/back, one side panel, and half of the bottom. Each piece fit on one sheet of 12x12 cardstock. The pocket and card was cut from a third sheet of cardstock.
Otherwise, here is a great tutorial by Nexttonicx on how to cut and fold a giftbag from one sheet of paper.

Once I had the size of each panel figured out, it was easy to clip in my papers and then print and cut. The assembly took about 15 minutes or so with cutting, folding and putting on double sided tape. The finished result is a truly custom gift from start to finish that was very easy to make.

Sunday, 28 October 2012

a black and white halloweenish party



The husband is a big fan of having parties on (or around) his birthday. He turned 38 the other day and yesterday we had the parents and siblings over for a nice little dinner party.

I decided early on that it would be fun to do a halloweenish theme. Partly due to a gorgeous picture on Pinterest that had me super jazzed, and partly because I already had a couple of decorations from the rock party that the husband threw for his friends a while ago.

I wanted a halloween kind of theme carried out in a more sophisticated and adult fashion. I wanted black and white. I wanted pumpkins and skulls.





I used sleek black table linen in a checkered pattern with the black and white napkins that were made for my sister's wedding this summer. I used our everyday, but very much loved, white china and altered round and square plates. Red and white wine stemware were also altered to give the guests an option with regards to beverage.



Each place setting had a paper banner with a message alternating three different sentences. A small plastic spider was also placed on each plate.



We had a few children attend as well and they got a set of plastic vampire teeth to have fun with. Of course, even the straws matched the decor.





I used candle holders, picked up at a flea market, spraypainted in a high gloss black with black candles, and pumpkins, spraypainted in a matt black, down the centre of the table and scattered plastic spiders and orange beads around them.





I had four skulls, also spraypainted in a high gloss black and decorated two of them to make them look just a little more scary and moody. I had to do a lot of hacking up and destructing to make this work. The veil was a piece of metal netting that I spraypainted and then cut to size. The flowers were tiny little scrapbook accessories that I stemmed and put together, the "ravens" were a pair of wedding doves that I cut apart and painted black. Hey a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do to get it right!



I also created some bottle labels, with parts from The Chillingsworth Manor Kit by Echo Park that I put on some bottles from IKEA. These were a big hit with the guests. The labels said; "Rat poison", "Vampire Blood", "The drink of death", and "Witches' brew". Hee!

I have no pictures what so ever of any of the food, including the super delicious frozen Tiramisu that I made. I was just too busy playing hostess. You will just have to take my word for it when I say it was all fabulous.

I think I am pretty much done with throwing parties now until Christmas and New Years roll around. Better get my rest on, as it's drawing near!

Saturday, 29 September 2012

invitation | autumn birthday

It's nearing the time for the husband's birthday again and as usual he wanted to arrange a small (ha) dinner party for parents and siblings. We have a cool theme planned, and of course I had to do an invitation to suit.



Despite the fact that I got the date wrong, which is something we didn't even notice until one of the guests asked if we really wanted them to come on a Sunday, I think I really love this invitation. It's fun, it's full of beautiful typography, and it has the very trendy chalkboard look. It's defenitely one of my favourites.

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

party party

Oh you guys! Have you checked out the birthday celebrations over at JessicaSprague.com? Awesome they are!

Just to give you some incentive to run right over:
40% off digital kits (including all kits by me - yay!)
20% off classes
20% off Project Life
Birthday contest (with some mighty fantastic prizes)
5 speed scraps tomorrow starting at 9 am EDT
Aaaaand, to top it all off, a designer bloghop curtesy of 9 of the resident designers

Birthday
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Wow, right? I just downloaded all the super amazing kits for the bloghop and I can promise you, you will love them! So go on, head on over to Jessica's blog to start the hop.

Sunday, 17 June 2012

it's time to partay!

Party time! JessicaSprague.com is turning five, and as always there is a big birthday bash to celebrate. Woohoo!

Birthday
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I will definitely see you there!

Monday, 1 August 2011

new in store | gourmet

Oh I am in love with today! Not only is it my birthday, and I get to celebrate it with good food and champagne, but I also have new stuff in the shop and a little something for you guys! Yay!

Now you know I have a thing for food, right? It's basically all I talk about here (and there's more to come on that topic too). And I was thinking a few months back that I needed a way to document the part of my New52 challenge where I cook for the husband every month. Gourmet was born from that need.

Gourmet
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Gourmet
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Gourmet is available today at JessicaSprague.com.

Now, I said I had a little something for you as well! Just head on over to my facebook page! Click the "Like button" and pick up a coupon code for 15% off the Gourmet Packs! Yay!

Have a great day everyone! I sure will!

Saturday, 25 June 2011

Welcome to the JessciaSprague.com 4th birthday bloghop! With freebies!

Welcome to the 4th stop of the JessicaSprague.com 4th birthday bloghop!

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You can also click HERE to be taken to Jessica's blog.

I am super excited to be part of this fabulous bloghop, and I can't believe we're at four years already! It's been a sweet ride and I have a feeling that the future holds even more sweetness ahead. :)
Alright, let's get right to business! I have a super cute freebie mini kit to offer you:



Click on the image to download the kit, or click HERE!
I am sorry but this download has expired. You are very welcome to buy this kit in my shop when it goes on sale there Monday July 11th. Thank you for your interest.

But the goodness doeesn't end here, oh no! You've got a long ways to go yet. :)
The next stop on the hop is MousePaperLovely where my girl Kari Holt will offer you more tasty treats. Just click HERE to go there directly.

Also, remember that you can have a chance at a fabulous raffle prize if you visit all stops of the bloghop, collect and asseble the puzzle strips into a quote, and send our dear Tori an email at [email protected] with your answer. Remember that Tori needs your answer by 10pm EST on Sunday June 26th.

Thanks for stopping by lovelies! Come back soon why don't you!

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Drumming up business for "da bloghop"

Guys, only one more day to go now until the mother of all bloghops! You really don't want to miss it. Really. Like not in a million years. You will get the most mega awesome freebies you've ever seen. Consider that a promise from me to you. All you have to do? Follow the instructions below:

Monday, 13 June 2011

Birthday festivities and new products

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JessicaSprague.com is FOUR! To celebrate, we're throwing a HUGE Birthday Bash & Summer Sale. From June 13-26, you can save 20% off of every self-paced class, and 35% off of ALL digital products. In addition, grab all 27 episodes of Jessica's amazing Photoshop Friday tutorials for just $1 each before they're retired on June 26!

As part of the celebration, starting on June 24, you can participate in an incredible 47-person blog hop (I will be part of it), picking up a sweet digital freebie at each stop! Also, on June 26 Jessica will be making a special announcement of a brand new class coming up in July.

We only put our whole site on sale two times a year, so don't miss out on this GREAT savings opportunity! For all the info on the Summer Sale, Photoshop Fridays, blog hop, and the new class, just click here!


Now, did you participate in the 7 Days in May challenges last month? If you for some reason missed it I have put all my freebies from three of those seven days in my shop.

There's the template, now with a bonus quick page
7 Days

And there's the mini paper pack
7 Days

And you can choose to get the bundle, with both the template, the mini paper pack, as well as the wordart
7 Days
(Click on the images to go directly to the products in the shop)

7 Days in May products are all available at JessicaSprague.com today!

Look at the pretty things the creative team cam up with using these products.

by Emily Cheney

by Jenn McCabe

by Jana Holden

by Miki Kreuger

by Emily Cheney

by Jenn McCabe

by Miki Kreuger

by Mindy Pitcher

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Real life card making

It's been a long time since I created a card the old fashioned way with papers and scissors and glue and all that. I think digi has made me lazy with the snazzy control clicks and the convenient do overs. Doing it the digi way is quick and easy and the results are always perfect - no glue smudges, no wrong cuts, no wonky placements.

But my fingers were itching to make some mess this morning and with beautiful inspiration the from Mouse, Paper, Scissors Mom class at Jessica Sprague.com, by Jessica and Heidi Swapp, I went to town on the papers and glues. It gave me a few of hours of mental therapy where nothing but cutting, folding, glueing, and glittering mattered. It was quite liberating and something I highly recommend.

I made a card for my goddaughter's birthday. It's very girly and pink, which is perfect for her as she is the epitome of a little princess. The more pink and glitter the better. So I think this card did the trick. I love the outcome.























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Supplies: The beautiful papers are from the Gabrielle line by Bo Bunny and they are included in the class.
I printed the card pages on heavy textured cardstock and all tags, flags, and butterflies on satin photo paper. I used Chandelier Glam glitter paint by Tattered Angels to get the sparkle. For the finishing effect I used adhesive stones and a glittery brad from my local craft store.  I used Sloop Script and VT Portable Remington fonts.
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