Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Hershey's Kisses Valentine's Heart

As soon as I saw THIS TUTORIAL from Qbee's Quest, I dropped everything and made myself a Hershey's Kisses Valentine Heart!  

Here's how mine turned out...

They look like they'd be really complicated to make, but they're NOT!!  Such a fun idea for Valentine's Day!


Monday, January 28, 2013

'Way To Go' Card

I decided at the last minute to participate in the CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge #12.  I don't participate in card challenges very often (okay, I don't know if I ever have!), but I do like to use sketches for card inspiration.

So here's my interpretation of the sketch...

You might recognize the paper I used on this card!  It's one of my favorite combinations at the moment.  Another card I made with these papers can be found HERE.

What a fun sketch!!  Who knows, maybe I'll get brave and try my hand at other sketch challenges too!   


Thursday, January 24, 2013

2013 YW Notebooks

I'm pretty sure I've mentioned before that I'm a note taker.  Especially at church!  I find that if I write down what I've learned, it's easier for me to remember.  And I love that I can make special notes to myself on how I can apply principles being taught.

This year we decided to purchase notebooks for the Young Women in our ward to take notes in during our lessons.  The new Youth Curriculum is AWESOME, and they are learning about valuable topics that apply to THEM each week.

On Tuesday, we finally got around to letting them personalize their notebooks.  We provided them with some scrapbook paper that has the Young Women values printed on it, and let them decide how they wanted to decorate their notebooks.

This is one I did as an example to give them ideas on how they could use the paper.

Another one made by me.

And here's a few of the notebooks that the girls made.  They turned out so cute!

The notebooks are kept in the Young Women's room (we don't let the girls take them home during the week).  We also have some fun colored gel pens for them to use, as well as some clear tape so they can tape any handouts they are given in their notebooks.  So far, they have been a HUGE success!!  It's so neat seeing the girls write down their thoughts each week!  Hopefully at the end of the year, their notebooks will be FULL of notes and insights that they learned during their lessons!


Tuesday, January 22, 2013

'Happy Birthday' Card

Last week I shared THIS CARD, and mentioned that I was working on a girl version.  It took me longer than I expected, but I finally have it ready to share.

Here's the inside pocket.  I'll be putting $$ in these, but didn't have any cash on hand for the picture.

These cards are so much fun!!  I made them to send to my nieces and nephews this year for their birthdays.  Hope they love them as much as I do!!


Thursday, January 17, 2013

'Thanks SO Much' Card

One of my goals for 2013 is to say 'Thank You' more often.  One way I'll be doing this is with cards.  I don't know about you, but I love it when I get a little surprise note in the mail.  It makes my day to know that  someone was thinking of me and took the time to write a note and mail it to me.

I decided to make a few Thank You notes to have on hand, and was inspired by THIS CARD.  I loved the simple design, and knew it would be a cinch to mass produce.  Here's my version.

These cards are a perfect way to use up some of those scraps you've been hoarding saving!  I've got a box full of scraps that I just can't bear to throw I can use a bunch up to make some more of these cute cards!  I just knew I was saving them for a reason {wink, wink!}.  


Monday, January 14, 2013

'It's Your Special Day' Card

It's been a while since I've had a chance to make cards.  

And I've missed it!!  

After taking the holiday season off from paper crafting, 
I'm now itching to get back to it!

The inspiration for this card came 
from the amazing Becky Roberts.  
She shared a gift card/money holder card HERE
and it's been on my list of cards to try for a while now.

Here's my version... 

The folded Top Note Die IS the card.  
There's a pocket inside that's perfect 
for holding a gift card or cold hard cash.  
I ended up putting a small piece of velcro 
on the side to help keep it closed.

Here's what it looks like with some $$ in the pocket. 

My mustache punch is turning out to be a good investment!  
I absolutely {love} it!

A tutorial for the folded Top Note Die can be found HERE.

I'm working on a 'girl version' of this card, 
and will hopefully be ready to share it later this week!

Have a great Monday!


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Snowman Tealight

**I'm posting this a little late!!  
The holiday season was busy at our house, 
and I never got around to sharing this project**

As soon as I saw THIS POST from Becky Roberts, 
I just had to make a snowman tealight.  
Then she came up with a cute BOX TUTORIAL 
a few days later, and I had to make that too!  
Here's how mine turned out:

As usual, I didn't have all of the supplies that Becky used, 
so I had to make do with what I had on hand.  
Since I didn't have any pearls in my stash 
for the eyes and mouth, I ended up using 
black cardstock and a very small circle punch.

I also didn't have any sweater trim for the scarf, 
so I used some red ribbon.

This is such an adorable gift idea!!  
If my girls and I decide to have a booth 
at our town's holiday craft fair again this year, 
we'll definitely be making these!


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Sew Cute Tuesday @Better Off Thread

Just wanted to remind you that you'll now find

Better Off Thread

Head on over there and link up your sewing projects!!

And stay tuned...I've got a few things to share later this week!


Wednesday, January 2, 2013

YW Lesson Handout

Happy New Year!!

Crazy to think that it's 2013!!  I swear, the older I get, the faster time seems to go!  Does it feel that way to anyone else, or is it just me?

This week I'm making final preparations for my very first solo lesson in Young Women's.  I've been studying the topic for weeks now, and feel pretty good about it.  I'm just hoping I don't get stage fright once I stand up in front of all our young women and leaders!!

The lesson I'm giving is "Who am I, and who can I become?" from the new 'Come Follow Me' curriculum.  Let me just say, I LOVE this new curriculum, and am SO excited to see the youth become more involved in the lessons!!

I had a handout idea in mind, and searched online to see if I could find one already made.  After searching for way too long, I decided to just make one myself.  The quote comes from President Dieter F. Uchtdorf's talk from a General Young Women Meeting titled, "Your Happily Ever After".  

Making this handout sort of broke the ice for me.  I've always just relied on searching online for cute handouts, but now that I know I can do it myself, I just might make more!!

If you'd like to use this handout and would like a copy without the watermark, you can access the file HERE!