Day 360: Tribute to My Inspiration
December 26, 2013

About a year ago, my friend Jeannie finished up her 365 days project. She created a dress each day. You can view her creations 365 Dresses. Jeannie and her dresses inspired me to start my own year-long journey, so today’s project is a bit of a tribute you her and her dresses.

Now, dresses can be inspired by the sea, and some of hers were, but when you think of beach attire, I think a bathing suit is a bit more appropriate. So, for today, I made an origami bathing suit:

Origami Bathing Suit Gift Bag

I had the yellow and white polka-dot paper left over from when I made my itsy-bitsy teenie-weenie yellow polka-dot bikini card, so I used that paper to craft my paper bathing suit. Of course, just making an origami bathing suit, didn’t seem like quite enough, so I made a bright yellow gift bag that I then embellished with my paper creation.

No, my bathing suit is not quite on the level of Jeannie’s dresses. But, it is my small way of paying tribute to her and thanking her for inspiring me to start my own year-long journey.


Day 337: Pretty in Pink
December 3, 2013

Today’s project evolved a little bit along the way, but I think I am happier with how it turned out than I would have been if my original vision had developed.

Card Purse with Fish Embellishments

I had decided that i wanted to make this little card purse today and I even knew that I wanted to use these papers. Originally, I was thinking that I would embellish it with a seahorse, but when I saw the little pink fish brads, everything changed. The pink fish brads actually are used to attach the handle to the purse.

Pink fish embellishment

Technically, I probably could have still used a seahorse for the main embellishment, but using a pink fish seemed like the better route to take. I attached the main embellishment using a white seashell brad to extend the nautical aspects of this project just a little further.

Now, I just need to make some matching cards to put in the purse and it could be a cute gift for some little girl.

Day 312: Bon Voyage
November 8, 2013

An amazing thing happened this morning. I almost overslept. I can’t recall the last time that has ever happened. Of course, that ate into my crafting time this morning. I had one idea that if it would have worked, would have been quick. Unfortunately, it just wasn’t going as planned, so I had to regroup and think of something else quickly.

I decided to make one of the small gift bags that I used to make all the time, but to try some different ways of decorating the bag itself.

Sand Castle Gift BagI have been wanting to use this sand castle stamp for a project for a while now, but never found the right idea. Today, I decided to use it to stamp directly onto a gift bag (something I never did before). I colored the image using my chalk pencils and Q-tips. But, I wasn’t done there.

Sand Castle Gift Bag - BackI decided to stamp a sentiment onto the back of the gift bag. I also embellished the back of the bag with 2 seashell shaped brads to carry the beach theme throughout the project.

I haven’t made one of these gift bags in some time so I was lucky that I even remembered how, since I couldn’t easily find the tutorial. I am pretty happy with how this one turned out and think that it would be cute to give someone a little bon voyage present in.



Day 309: Surf’s Up, Dude
November 5, 2013

Yesterday morning, I thought I would have time to play around with some ideas since I didn’t plan to do my project until last night. We all know what they say about best laid plans. I did get a chance to look back through some project tutorials that I had printed out from Split Coast Stampers to find some inspiration. Luckily, I also managed to do a little experimenting yesterday and learned some important lessons along the way, so that when I set out to make today’s card, I knew what to avoid.

Surfer Dude Card and Envelope

The card style is called a “spring card” because when you take it out of the envelope the center portion springs up. I had done a variation on this technique before, but I hadn’t done one following this tutorial before. Now the lessons that I learned had everything to do with how to cut the paper to get the design on it to flow in the right direction. I had prints going sideways and upside down before I finally figured it out.

Since I had this surfboard paper in my stash I decided to embellish the card (and the matching envelope) using my Surfafella stamp from Stampingbella. I have had the stamp in my collection for quite some time, so it was fun to get to use a new technique with an older supply. I colored him with colored pencils and then used chalk pencils and a Q-tip to color the background. Okay, that is one of my favorite techniques that I have been using since I started making cards. I then double matted my stamped image and adhered it to the front of my spring card. Now, other than including a sentiment on the image area, I don’t really see how you would include any sort of message on one of these cards, so I don’t really know how practical the technique is. But, it was fun to experiment with.

Day 77: Kissing Fish?
March 18, 2013

Spring is in the air…or at least it should be. The weather reports last night were calling for snow here in Maryland. Luckily, it hasn’t seemed to materialize (much like every snow prediction this year).

That being said, spring is really coming and spring makes people’s thoughts turn to romance. So, in honor of a little bit of romance, here is today’s craft:

Origami Fish

Okay, they are the most basic kind of origami fish to make, but I had never made them before. Originally, I was just going to make the one, but it seemed rather lonely and a little pathetic, so I made a friend for it. Who knew they were much more than friends? They were kissing fish.

I know, I am being rather silly, but it is Monday morning and hopefully the silliness made you smile at least a little bit.

Day 48: Origami Sailboats
February 17, 2013

Today’s project was simple but fun.

Origami Sailboats

I have done origami cranes before and had fun with it, so today, I decided to try my hand at making origami sailboats. Of course, I have learned that origami is like potato chips. One is never enough, so I made 3.