Monday, April 30, 2012

Card + soda bottle gift

Here's one of my quickie cards.  The card base (plaid and already scalloped) was a blank note card from Target I think.  PTI stamps used:  Birthdays by the Numbers and Big Birthday Wishes.

 And here's a quick way to package gifts.  This took me about 10-15 minutes to put together.

Supplies needed:  2 liter soda bottle
                            exacto knife
                            sticker paper or paper and double sided tape
                            filler like shredded paper or tissue
                            ribbon or bow

And because I was in a hurry the sticker paper wrinkled at the bottom...grrr...LOL
Step #1     Cut a "door" in the side of the bottle with the exacto knife.  So you will be cutting 3 sides,
                 do not cut a complete hole in the bottle.

Step #2    Put some filler in the bottle then add items and more filler so the items are snug and don't shift.

Step #3   Print your saying on the sticker paper or regular paper and cut it so it is larger than your opening
               in the bottle.  This is how you will hide your "door".

Step #4   Close the opening and place the paper over it to seal the items inside.

Step #5  Decorate with ribbon on the top and that's it!

Just be careful when putting your items in because the edges can be sharp!!  Advise your recipient to do the same!  If I had time I would have decorated the sticker paper more but considering it was a last minute gift and card it was ok.  And my daughter's friend liked it so that's all that mattered  :)  Little kids love these!  I actually used to mail the smaller soda bottles but that was years ago.  I would be too afraid to do that now...things tend to get "lost" too often now  :)

Have fun!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Jackson's Digital Expressions CAS Challenge

Here is my card for the CAS Challenge this week at Jackson's Digital Expressions Blog.  

I just love this image titled Growing Old Together.  Here is the original image:
I cropped the image very close.  Now I feel like the image represents my husband and I...a younger version of the original image!  You can't tell that they are an older couple.  Maybe in 20 years I'll remake the card to resemble us then  :)

I used my new favorite technique.  The same as the last project...Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol with the blending stumps.  I love the papers they are from a DCWV pad called Cotton Bloom Stack.  There are 48 pages and 1/2 of them are glittered and I only paid $5.99 for it!  Guess where I bought it?  Believe it or not TJ Maxx!!  In their home goods section they have some crafting supplies!  I've also found supplies at their sister store Marshall's.  The sentiment is from Verve and it's hard to tell but I stippled the oval with a teal and then light gray ink.  So come check out the other Design Team members creations and join us for this week's CAS Challenge HERE!

Thanks for stopping by!   Kathi

Monday, April 16, 2012

Blog Hop Winner!

I would like to thank everyone who participated in the Jackson's Digital Expressions Blog Hop!  Thank you all for the wonderful comments!  I'm so glad so many of you were touched by my project!  And yes, my husband did love it  :)  I knew I wouldn't be able to wait until Father's Day.

So on to the winner of the image I used in my project "Proud Popa".......Netta of Craft Creations by Netta.
Netta said:   "this is too precious..beautiful mini and tribute to your husband and son!!love it"

It will be perfect for her as her cousin is having a baby boy and she already made a Daddy's Boy album!  What a coincidence!!  Congrats Netta and please contact me at

Thank you!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Jackson's Digital Expressions Blog Hop!

Welcome to the BLOG HOP and Design Challenge for the Jackson's Digital Expressions blog.  If you came here from Chana's blog: CARD-D-OLOGY  then you are headed in the right direction!  If not go to Jacksons Digital Expressions so you can start at the beginning.  There is a letter hidden at each blog so collect the letters that make up the mystery words because you'll want to win some prizes right??  Make sure you leave a comment on every blog because every designer has a digital image for you to win!  When you have all of the letters and know the mystery words then return to the Jacksons Digital Expressions blog and leave a comment with the answer for your chance to win a gift card and digital images!
                 So let's get to it!  My challenge was to create Anything but a card. 

I created a photo album for my husband.  As soon as I saw this digi I fell in love with it and had to use it! The image is called Proud Popa and here is my inspiration photo.  It was meant to be  :)

I used Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol (an odorless mineral spirits) to blend the color.  Members of the DT will be doing tutorials on coloring with various types of media and this technique will be included.  So stay tuned for those!  I used the Spellbinders Nested Lacey Pennants dies, the mini heart is from a Verve die called I heart U, large heart die is called Jotted Heart (Verve) and the teal die cut is from a My Favorite Things Die-namics/stamp set called Vertical Greetings.  The black paper is basic Grey called oliver greyson/ver-2702.  I used my Bind-It-All which has been sitting on the shelf for too long!

Here are some of the pics from the album:

notebook paper stamp by Verve
                                                          This is the inside back cover.

 So now you need to move along on your adventure  :)   Next up is Berni....

Jackson's Digital Expressions start here!
Kathi   you are here
Jackson's Digital Expressions end here