Monthly Archives: February 2011

The Games We Play

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When I first had a glance at the Party Games collection, I knew exactly what I wanted to create.  I wanted to make a sign for the “GAME ROOM” but I wanted to use a full size game board.  I started my hunt at the local thrift shops, and I hit the jackpot a week ago.

Here is the mother lode that I brought home, doesnt it just make you want to get creative?

Deep in this pile is a Parchessi Board and I decided that one is the one I wanted to use, the colors complimented the papers so well.  So I got busy this weekend and started making my sign.  I added a few extras: a cover to a childhood classic book, a bicycle from Imaginarium Designs in Australia and some play money!!!

This is a huge board, approximately 24″ x 24″ with 3″ letters, it lets you know where you are at and came out really cute.  So get busy and pull out one of your old game boards, a pair of scissors and the Party Games kit!

Happy PaperCrafting,
Candy

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Celebrate the silly things in life

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“Celebrate the Silly things in Life”  had to be the title for this layout as soon as it came into my mind:)  I have had this photo of my friends kiddos for some time now.. always wanting to scrap it ..but just never had gotten that spark. (you know.. the perfect paper or embellishment that just says… YES..this will be perfect for this photo). Well the minute I saw the papers and tags from this line… I knew exactly what photo I’d be scrapping!

“Party Games” Paper Sheets and Tags

Everything about it just make me think … happy… fun… SILLY

Not sure if it was the dancing frogs….

or the pennant waving .. oh .. so CUTE little monkey….. but I just cracked up.

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From the same line I make this  little  candy container,by adding little wooden wheels to a unfinished wooden box. I painted it and then added the cute images to the top and the inside of the lid, and the pink paper in the bottom.  I used the Yellow Crape paper for the ruffle around the edges of the lid, and added a button for a faux closer.

It was really fun creating with these cheerful colors, and happy images during these snowy cold days we’ve been having here in Nebraska. I wonder if I have enough to last me til Spring?? lol

Once again… Happy Creating!

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St. Patrick’s Day Tag Kit!

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There’s a new vintage kit in the store! So hard to believe that March is almost here, and that means the luck of the Irish is almost upon us! Check out this “green” kit full of vintage goodies and make some decorative St. Patty’s Day tags.  Each kit includes enough ingredients to make approximately 10 tags.

Here’s just a few ideas for inspiration:

I remember last St. Pat’s day sending the kiddos on a treasure hunt first thing in the morning. I added clues to tags and strategically placed them around the house. The clues led to a basket of muffins tinted green. They loved it, and it was something different from candy. Plus, it was the perfect side to the green eggs-also a hit.

If these tags are too “fancy” for a child’s treasure hunt, consider tying them to a cellophane bag filled with homemade cookies, or gold, foil-covered chocolate coins,  for a coworker or teacher. Or, if its a larger tag, adhering it to a plain gift bag for a larger treat. Tie one around a pair of bright green, inexpensive socks.  The recipient will appreciate the gesture and the unique vintage tag!

Aren’t these vintage labels great? The Peapod Bakers Twine really sets this tag off!

More bakers twine, and a touch of Silver Glass Glitter. Love the sparkle of this stuff! You can find this cute leprechaun HERE in the Recipes section.

Spread some Irish luck around with these unique tags.

Create vintage style!

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Age is Just a Number!

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Good morning, everyone!

  Julie here with another project to share with you from CHA…

This time, a birthday card for your best girlfriend…I LOVE the new “Dimestore Vogue” Paper Sheets & Tags kit–so much vintage fun to play with!

I loved using the pattern side of the paper sheet for the background of my card…just perfect!

The aqua foil sheet is just dreamy…love the color, love the shine…and it gives such an added texture and fun to your projects!  Here, I used a large scallop punch on the foil, then embellished the scalloped pieces with Platinum Stickles–just a bit more pop!

I love the vintage ladies on the paper sheets–so perfect to cut out and layer onto your projects…and this button card from the tag sheet is perfect for your sentiment.  Here I just made my own computer-generated wording using a vintage-style typewriter font–“Remember…age is just a number!”, it says…

I used the “Linen” Tinted Tape on the corners of the button card–love the added texture and “aging” it gives the card…

…a bit of the “Pink Sorbet” Baker’s Twine knotted onto the button card for a bit of texture…

For a border at the bottom of the card, I cut out the vintage yardstick from the paper sheet–love how it finishes it off perfectly!

Well, that’s it for me today…thanks for stopping by!  Hope you’re enjoying all the fun possibilities with the “Paper Sheets & Tags” kits!

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“Cute” Paper Doll Banner

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paper doll:
1.  figures cut out of paper, with separate clothes usually held onto the figures by folding tabs

2. an inexpensive child’s toy

I’m still playing with paper dolls! Can’t get enough of them. Even though I had Barbies and Strawberry Shortcake dolls as a child, there was still something special about my box of paper dolls. Must be that paper texture that I enjoyed even then. And, I so enjoy seeing how paper dolls are now being incorporated into art.

I used ingredients from a paper doll kit to make this “cute” banner. Many more paper doll kits can be found HERE.

To start, I simply covered 3 diecut chipboard pieces with both patterned and solid cardstock to create the base. I trimmed the edges with silver glass glitter. I love working with silver glass glitter! I think it has a more authentic sparkle. And, like regular glitter, a little bit goes a looooong way!

This little forget me not looks so cute in the doll’s hair. I created the little posie by wrapping vintage lace around the small bundle of flowers. You can see the chunkiness of the glass glitter here too…

So, the title of this banner is “Cute.” At CHA, it was brought to my attention that “cute” is the most prominent word in my vocabulary. But isn’t it just a great, compact all purpose word? And, if my booth buddies heard it so much, it must mean that we were surrounded by so many wonderfully cute things! And, how bad is that?

These retro Christmas reflectors are so versatile! Would you ever have thought to make a spring flower out of it? Vintage crepe, fine aqua tinsel and a button threaded with bakers twine adds so much contrast and texture!

This bingo card is a great way to showcase this fun vintage school outfit. Vintage crepe folded into a circle and layered, provides a bunting background.

Mini adhesive gems make the buttons just pop, and adds a little more balance to the sparkle of the glitter.

For those of you who enjoy vintage materials you know that thrill of working with old paper. It really takes on a whole new “specialness” when working with a paper doll that is at least 60 years old. In doing some research, I discovered that the first paper doll was manufactured in London in 1810. The first US paper doll was manufactured in 1812 and was called The History and Adventures of Little Henry, which was published by J. Belcher of Boston.  In the 1820s, it was more common though for paper dolls to be manufactured in Europe, packaged in boxes, and imported to the US.

However, in 1828, McLoughlin Brothers picked up the paper doll trend, and became the largest manufacturer of paper dolls in the United States. These dolls sold for five and ten cents a set. In 1920, McLoughlin Brothers publications was sold to none other than Milton Bradley, who continued printing … Read the rest