Can a brown bag be presentable?

Hello my friends,

My countdown for Christmas has started!! I’m in full swing of making gifts for friends and family. In our family, we try to teach our kids that Christmas is a time of giving and take the focus off getting Christmas presents. They do get presents of course – but that’s not the lesson we try to share.

Anyhow, back to gift-giving, invariably I always miscalculate how many boxes/packaging I need and I end up having to make my own gift bag. So I’m sharing my quick and easy gift bag made from a simple everyday brown lunch bag.

 

I first made a window in the bag using my Spellbinders die. (slide the die in the bag and run the bag + die through the die cut machine.) With the same shaped die but a larger size, I cut out a piece of acetate (those plastic packaging your craft tools come in) for a clear window and tape the acetate over the window opening. Then I made a frame using the same 2 dies from patterned paper and tape it down. You have a bag with windows to load it up with all your goodies. Slap on a tag and ribbon and you have a sweet gift bag on your hands. I used CV0076 Holiday Sentiments to make the tag on the bag.

Last but definately not least, this is also my last post with Creative Vision and I have really enjoyed making these wonderful projects with such quality products. Thank you so much Laura for having me.

Have a fun fun Christmas everyone!!

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Creative Vision Blog Hop #4

Welcome and hello everyone …

Welcome to another Creative Vision Design Team Themed Blog Hop. The hop today is VERY special because it is the team’s final hop. PLUS we have a guest designer on the company blog PLUS Laura Lou Who goes LIVE with THING 1 and Whoville ACTION NEWS! Yes the GRINCH GAME begins TODAY!!

The holiday season is always a time for giving. That’s what our family try to do every year. So the blog hop theme is suitably appropriate for us - “GIFTS”.

I bake cookies and give candies every year to our friends. But I always try to personalize it even more and dress up my gift by creating something in the craftroom. Here is a gift I will be giving this year:

Love the label and what’s in the jar!! yum. (Sorry Laura, I ate the chocolates – yes, all of it – before I could get it out to you – make no sense to send you an empty jar right? ;) )

Here is the order of the blog hop.

Laura Lou Who – Creative Vision Blog – http://www.creativeclearstamps.blogspot.com/ (start here)

Kendra – http://www.luv2scrapnmakecards.blogspot.com/

Stephanie – http://blog.artycarty.com/ (you’re here)

Christy-  http://www.mycreativejourneys.blogspot.com/

Mary - http://mbryt1.blogspot.com/

Allison - http://www.allisonsstampincreations.blogspot.com/

Lauren - http://lem-photography.blogspot.com/

Chelsea -  http://scraptasticvoyage.blogspot.com/

Remember, it’s more bless to give than to received – have a great season of giving this year!

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Have a Holly Jolly Christmas

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!

I know, I know – Thanksgiving is not even over yet and I’m thinking of Christmas!!

Anyhow, Christmas was and is on my mind as I created this Christmas layout for Creative Vision Clear Stamps. This one actually stumped me a little – since I chose a sentiment stamp sets to work with. I was wonder how I would be creating an entire layout with just sentiments. But as I looked through the stamp set that Laura has given me, I discovered that her sentiment stamps are so versatile for many different forms of occasions. The one I used on my last Creative Vision blog hop post is from a Christmas set but I could actually use for all holiday seasons. And I actually found a very appropriate one for the picture I am using for the layout.

Here is a sketch I was working with:

I didn’t follow the sketch exactly but used it as a spring board for inspiration instead. I flipped the sketch vertically and flower border was my impetus for my Christmas tree cutout on my layout … the rest as they say is history. Here is my layout:

Don’t you think the sentiment is so appropriate to the photo – I had a chuckle when I saw that. The sentiment came from set CV0076 Holiday Sentiment. Enjoy!

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Creative Vision Blog Hop #3

Hello everyone …

Welcome to another Creative Vision Team Themed Blog Hop. Today we are sharing a themed project, “Tags”. Tags are something I regularly make but don’t photograph it as much – just because a tag to me is like a test surface. To test out new techniques, new layouts, new materials, new style outside my comfort zone before it makes it into a larger surface like a card or a layout. But with Christmas right around the corner we hope our creations inspire you to create some tags of your own!

As you hop hop hop your way around, make sure to become a Creative Vision Blog follower if you are not already, (you have to be a follower in order to win) then leave me some love for a chance to WIN a $10.00 Shopping Spree to the Creative Clear Stamp Store! The winner will be announced on Thursday at the Creative Vision blog. You can also win a chance at being our Guest Designer!!

The tag I will share with you has a more vintagey feel to it – not a style I am supremely comfortable with. But I do like the look of it when someone else (like Tim Holtz) does it. So I like to dapple in vintage designs sometimes.

So here is my vintage tag:

Yup, I cannot get away from my pearls. Enjoy my vintage tag. Papers are from Websters Pages, Poinsetta is from Making Memories (discontinued) and the rest of the embellishments are from Tim Holtz. The sentiment I used is from Creative Vision Wishing You Set (CV0087).

Here is the order of the blog hop.

Laura – Creative Vision Blog – http://www.creativeclearstamps.blogspot.com/ (start here)

Kendra – http://www.luv2scrapnmakecards.blogspot.com/

Stephanie – http://blog.artycarty.com/ (you’re here)

Christy-  http://www.mycreativejourneys.blogspot.com/

Mary - http://mbryt1.blogspot.com/

Allison - http://www.allisonsstampincreations.blogspot.com/

Lauren - http://lem-photography.blogspot.com/

Chelsea -  http://scraptasticvoyage.blogspot.com/

On with the hop … but don’t forget to become a follower of Creative Vision’s blog and leave me some comment love. It could make you a winner!!

Challenges entered:

Moxie Fab World – beads and baubbles

 

 

 

 

Meljen Challenge

Sentimental Sundays

ABC Christmas Challenge

Bearly-Mine Challenge

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Tutorial – Making A Handmade Flower

Good morning everyone,

For today’s Creative Vision post, I am sharing a tutorial on how to make a handmade flower. You know those shabby chic cards you see with handmade flowers, I love them and have always wanted to learn how to make it. When browsing the web, I found this lady who makes these really nice scalloped flowers. Her site is here. Her flower is gorgeous but since I have 2 left foot, I adapted her flower and made it foolproof for me.

Here is my flower – easy enough for a beginner so anyone can do it really. All you need are some basic crafting supplies:

  • Scalloped punch (or scalloped die) – size of scallop determines size of flower.
  • Tissue paper
  • Twine

Directions:

1. Fold tissue paper in half and continuing folding it in half until you get about 12-15 layers.

(doesn’t have to be accurate and tissue doesn’t have to be new and uncreased – you are going to be scrunching it up anyways – yup I’m lazy like that)

 

2. Punch out a scallop from your folded tissue paper.

 

3.Punch two small holes in the center and thread twine through the holes and tie a knot.

 

4. Flip the knotted scalloped circle over and start gathering each layer of tissue towards the center.

 

5. Once all the layers are gathered, start pulling layers down one by one (starting from the outer layer) to form a flower.

Tada!!! You have your handmade flower. See I told you, couldn’t be easier than that. And very cheap too – a flower that looks like you actually bought it.

Here is the card I made with this flower.

I used the “CV0087 Wishing You” stamp set from Creative Clear Stamps.

Have a fun and creative rest of the week! I sure felt creative after making a flower from some bits of tissue paper I had laying around.

Challenges entered:

Stampendous

 

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Creative Vision Blog Hop #2

Welcome to another Creative Vision Team Themed Blog Hop.

Today, we are sharing projects made with “My Favorite Things”. As you hop hop hop your way around, make sure to become a Creative Vision Blog follower if you are not already, then leave me some love for a chance to WIN a Shopping Spree to the Creative Clear Stamp Store!

I love all kinds of little embellishment, tools you can use and pretty things you can put on a card. So many to choose from – it’s like asking me to choose my favorite paper manufacturer. Impossible!

I like pearls very much (so elegant); I like the color ivory; I like my white space (so clean); I like dry embossing; but my all time favorite has got to be die cuts. I think almost all (if not all) of my cards have some die cuts on it – can’t live without them. I mean, I could use a trimmer or a scissors but nah, I’m too lazy.

So here is my card with all my favorite things on it.

Enjoy my wedding non-traditional Christmas card.

As a little thank you for hopping with me today, here is a gift for you! $5.00 off any $15.00 or more purchase at the Creative Clear Stamp Store.

Just use this code at the checkout so Laura knows I sent you! It is not valid towards shipping, it cannot be combined with any other offer or discount, and it expires October 4th, 2011 at midnight.

Steph’s Discount Code : BH10S

Here is the order of the blog hop.

Laura – Creative Vision Blog – http://www.creativeclearstamps.blogspot.com/ (start here)

Kendra – http://www.luv2scrapnmakecards.blogspot.com/

Stephanie – http://blog.artycarty.com/ (you’re here)

Christy-  http://www.mycreativejourneys.blogspot.com/

Mary - http://mbryt1.blogspot.com/

Allison - http://www.allisonsstampincreations.blogspot.com/

Lauren - http://lem-photography.blogspot.com/

Chelsea -  http://scraptasticvoyage.blogspot.com/

On with the hop … but don’t forget to become a follower of Creative Vision’s blog and leave me some comment love. It could make you a winner!!

Challenges entered:

Simon Says Stamps challenge

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Elegant Christmas Lace

Good morning everyone,

Life is starting to settle into a school routine for me and my little kindergartener. My little baby going on the bus … like a big boy. How time flies. Before you know it, Thanksgiving and Christmas will also be upon us.

I would like to share with you a Christmas card I made for Creative Clear Stamps.

I love how elegant this has turned out and this is a fairly simple card to make. First, I started with a 5.25″ x 5.25″ card base. Then, with a 6″ x 6″ cardstock, I punched Martha Stewart’s All-A-Round the page double arches punch to create the lacy edging. Stamped and ink the sentiment using Creative Vision’s Holiday Sentiment stamp set. Framed it and embellished it with pearls and flowers.

Enjoy!

Challenges entered:

Flourishes

Simon Says Stamp Challenge

7 Kids For College Fund

Simply less is more

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Creative Vision Design Team 6 Hop Today

Welcome and hello everyone …

Today is the official kickoff for Creative Vision’s brand new design team! Together we will hop our way around the blogs and meet the very special and talented members of Design Team 6. There will be random prizes awarded to bloggers who post comments on our blogs. Be sure to become a Creative Vision blog follower, if you are not already, in order to be eligible for those prizes. Following the hop Laura (owner of Creative Vision Clear Stamps) will give away a few SHOPPING SPREES! YIPPEE! I’ve got to tell you, I truly love using these stamps. The quality of these clear stamps are amazing – very crisp images.

For my new readers, I’m Stephanie Lee. Mother to 2, wife of 1, daughter, sister, card designer, business owner, paper and ink addict, shopaholic, and a wearer of many many other hats. Feel free to browse through my blog and you will find out more about me (I even have a fun “true confessions” post about little known facts about me if you can find it).

Anyhow … Today’s blog hop theme is about showing you – my style of card making. I had to think a little harder what IS my style because I make all kinds of cards – vintage, shabby chic, classic, cutesy, clean and simple cards. I run a handmade greeting card business (Arty Carty Handmade Cards) so I get orders for all styles of cards. So being a right brain person, I looked through my portfolio of cards with the intent to do a statistical count on which kind of cards I gravitate towards. As I was counting, I discovered that most of the cards I like have a strong design element to them:

  • have good form and are visually balanced,
  • some degree of functionality (none of those 20 lb card with 10 different things about to fall off) and
  • have strong value of color (complementary, contrast, tone); texture and depth.

No I didn’t go to graphic design school. I went to business school instead. (remember statistical count) So here is my card for the hop.

This is the order of the blog hop.

Laura – Creative Vision Blog – http://www.creativeclearstamps.blogspot.com/ (start here)

Kendra – http://www.luv2scrapnmakecards.blogspot.com/

Stephanie – http://blog.artycarty.com/ (you’re here)

Christy-  http://www.mycreativejourneys.blogspot.com/

Mary - http://mbryt1.blogspot.com/

Allison - http://www.allisonsstampincreations.blogspot.com/

Lauren - http://lem-photography.blogspot.com/

Chelsea -  http://scraptasticvoyage.blogspot.com/

 

Let’s continue to hop our way to each team member’s blog as we showcase our collective talent. Your next stop is the very creative Christy’s blog.

p/s: for my right brain readers, here is my final tally (24 vintage, 20 shabby chic, 27 CAS, 36 classic elegant, 22 fun and cute).

On with the hop … but don’t forget to become a follower of Creative Vision’s blog and leave me some comment love. It could make you a winner!!

Challenge entered:

Whimsy Inspiration Challenge

Cute Card Thursday

Meljen Challenge

By the cute and girly challenge

Mark’s Finest Speedy Cat Challenge

Flourishes – the Beauty of Color

Through The Craftroom Door

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Creative Vision Design Team

Hi everyone,

I’m pleased to announce that I have been invited to join the design team for Creative Vision Clear Stamps and will be working with them for the next 4 months till the end of the year.

Come check out their cute and sassy stamps. You can also find Creative Clear Stamps at the upcoming Scrapbooking and Stamping expo in WI.

Stay tuned for more card and layout photos.

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