Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A Little Office Fun

One of my favorite things about working in an office is secret Santa, you've been Boo'd, and other little occasions where you mysteriously gift your coworkers. This year I decided to silently and anonymously put this on our receptionist's desk. It is funny to hear her keep asking who is responsible. I know she loves it and it made her feel special that she was thought of.

For this project I bought a mason jar, covered  the top with Christmas washi tape and filled it with M&M's. The tag is a printable I found online, that I attached with some raffia. Top it all off with some ribbon and its complete. What do you think? 

Just a little something to keep the atmosphere light and fun.

That's my project share for today, I hope you all like it. Until next time, have a happy holiday season! 

Jazz Up Store Provided Wrap

For this project I will show you how to jazz up the free wrap given by some stores. Because I am frugal and don't like to spend money if I don't have to, I will use bags, boxes, and ribbon if provided. At Bath and Body Works, they provide free bags, tags, and ribbon and I will use it. For today's project I am making a teacher gift for my niece's kindergarten teacher. I used the bag and ribbon provided, but I also attached a handmade tag I made using Stampin Up stamps and tag topper punch. I also added a jingle bell for a little extra Christmas joy. Here it is!

And that is it. Just a few small handmade touches really adds to the packaging and gives it a more loving vibe. I think this is thoughtful, considering the fact that the receiver of the gift is a warm and loving woman who inspires small children all day.  So that is all my friends, see ya next time. 

Alternative Christmas Packaging

Today I am scrap lifting a brilliant idea from my friend Leticia "Crafty Amiga". For today's project I am making a teacher gift for my nephews teacher. This year he has a male teacher so the standby Bath and Body works gift won't work. For this gift I put together a great gift for a coffee drinker.

I used a disposable food container and jazzed it up a bit. I adhered some patterned scrapbook paper to the top of the container using Mod Podge and then added some curling ribbon to the inside for padding ( I didn't have any shred). With that just little bit of prep, my package is now ready. To finish it off, I added 4 K-cups of coffee, some sugar packets, closed the lid, tied more curling ribbon around the container and attached a tag. And voile!  Project complete.

There you have a festive, yet not too girly gift perfect for a teacher, co worker, or anyone else you want to thank this holiday season. I hope you have enjoyed my alternative gift packaging. Once again, thank you Leticia for such a great idea. I'm so happy with my take on your brilliant idea. 
Until next time my friends, have a great day! 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Quick and Easy Tags

Here are some of my quick and easy tags I made using various stamps, card stock, and some Stampin Up punches. I think that you can make tags from free printable's you find online, journal cards from Project Life kits, and also the cut apart sheet found in most collections. My quick share is here to inspire you today to do a simple DIY like tags. They look great on packages as well as on platters of goodies you may bring to a holiday party.

This tag is attached with an eyelet and I just used some simple bakers twine to add the perfect finishing touch to it. 

See what a little fancy eyelash yarn and self adhesive bling can do to jazz up this tag? I love this project because it is fast, easy, and of course these tags are one of a kind.  

That is all for today, but I hope I have inspired you to do a little something creative his holiday season. 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Blogidays...Coming Sooon

Stay tuned for my holiday  blog series.  This year I will share with you simple craft ideas to decorate your house, simple wrapping solutions, and easy to entertain recipes. The holidays can be so crazy and stressful so it will be my joy to share all my shortcuts.  Stay tuned!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Halloween Tag Swap

Since I am on hiatus from school until February, I decided that this would be the perfect time to revisit my crafty life.  I joined a Halloween card/tag swap on YouTube and here is what I came up with. 

I made tags using the Prima tags as my base and covering them using paper from the October Afternoon Witch Hazel collection. Each one has a little flyer and a tag with a stamped sentiment tucked inside.  I then used the Tim Holtz die and put a tree on the back of every tag and left space so I can personalize each tag.  So what do you think?  Originally I started on a more creepy project, but I decided to scale  back a bit and make something a little more cute.  I am pleased with how they came out.  I love the vintage postcards and of course I love all October Afternoon products.  

 Some of the supplies include:

Stampin Up Scalloped Tag Topper Punch
Tim Holtz Branch Tree Die
Crafty Sprouts Totally Witchin Stamps
OA Witch Hazel 8x8 paper pad
OA Witch Hazel word stickers
OA Witch Hazel little flyers
OA Witch Hazel designer brads
OA Witch Hazel miscellany pack
OA Witch Hazel postcards
black and orange tulle (Hobby Lobby)
black versa fine ink
Stampin Up sanding block
Black Soot distress ink

So that is all for today.  I am going to package these up this week, but first I need to stuff the envelope with candy for each of the ladies and of course a thank you card for the swap hostess.  I had a lot of fun making these, and I am looking forward to making more Halloween crafts.  Until next time my friends.
Love, Michelle

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Girls Weekend!

Hello friends!  I say this every time, but long time no post!  As we all know, life gets so hectic that tending to my blog becomes more of a chore than fun, but I want to change that. So just to fill you in a bit, as you know, I graduated and finished my degree which was huge in my life. So now I am finishing up some loose ends and embarking on trying to incorporate some fun in my life. But on top of that, I am trying desperately to incorporate exercise into my lifestyle.  I have been going for one month already and I am doing aquafit aerobics which I absolutely love.  I have broken down two barriers so far: being in a bathing suit in public, and going to an actual gym.  I am terrified of both of those things, but so far so good.  I have been doing pretty good and I am so proud of myself.  So I thought I would share a couple of pictures from our girls trip to Lake Arrowhead.  We had so much fun, and we are headed back up in September for an end of summer trip.  Even though everyone who knows me, knows how close I am with my husband, but it is still good to get away with the girls. We stayed up so late, ate cupcakes, drank wine, it was fabulous.  So I will leave you with some pictures from my trip and hopefully soon I will start on my holiday cards and other fun things.  Until next time, have a great day!