a special project

Hey there! Glad to be back with you all. The hurricane has passed and we are all OK here, although some of our friends are still without power. We were very fortunate here in our area.

Last week I was working on this acrylic album. Some sweet friends of ours are going to be leaving soon on a 2 1/2 month mission trip to Mozambique, Africa, and this past weekend they held a benefit auction to raise funds for their trip. This album was one of the items I donated. I had a lot of fun making it and wanted to share it here with you all.

This album was made with a mix of old and new products. I was inspired by this color palette by Design Seeds.

Here’s the front cover.

I added some fun tags to one of the book rings. I love how they dangle there and add a little more interest.

Here are the inside pages. There are a lot, so I’m just adding thumbnails. You can click on each photo to see it larger.

I enjoyed using my crafting abilities to help out our dear friends and we wish them the very best in their adventure! God bless you, Chad and Jo!

I used a lot of products from many manufacturers, so I won’t be adding a product list. It would be almost as long as my arm! If you have any questions at all about any product I used, please feel free to shoot me an email or ask in the comments section.
I have more of these acrylic albums waiting to be decorated. I plan to place them in my Etsy shop once I get it up and running. That will hopefully be within the next couple of weeks. If any of you are interested in purchasing some, please let me know and I can put up a reserve listing for you.

Thanks so much for stopping by!!

August sneak peek #2 with Market Street Stamps!

Hey everyone! I’m back again with sneak peek #2 for this month’s new releases from Market Street Stamps.
Today we’re showcasing a new set called Autumn Wishes. Just in time for the Autumn month and perfect for so many of your fall crafting needs.

I chose to make a fun fall banner with the set this time.

Let’s take a closer look at those fun images.

There are cute, cute pumpkins…

pretty sunflowers…

and an adorable little scarecrow!

Plus a whole bunch of fantastic sentiments as well!!

The cool thing about this banner is that I created each pennant as a removable card that you can use for sending to someone or as a table decoration/name tag if you prefer.

Wanna see what the rest of the design team has done with this set? Then hop on over to the Market Street Stamps blog and have a look. There’s quite a party going on this week, so be sure to leave your comment here on my blog, on the Market Street Stamps blog, and/or the other designer’s blogs for your chance to win this fabulous set!
Also, see all the details of this week’s sneak peek festivities by clicking right here!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

SSD Feature Friday- Easter treats & a tutorial

Hello and good morning!
Did you know that every Friday is Feature Friday at Skipping Stones Design and every week one of the design team members features and older stamp set on their blog? Well, today it’s my turn to be the Feature Friday host and I’m excited to share today’s project with you!

I chose to use the Garden Stamp Kiss set this time. I love the simple elements in this set. The cute bird and butterfly and the other designs that can be used for stamp kissing, to make your own backgrounds, and lots of other ways too!

We’re gearing up to celebrate Easter, as many of you probably are as well. Tomorrow the kids and I, and hubby if he is able, are gong to have a little Easter party. We’re going to decorate, eat, and have fun together. So I made these little treat bags to serve double duty as table decorations and also provide some sweet treats for snacking on throughout the day.

I’m really into birds this year for some reason, so all my spring decor has to do with birds, nests, eggs, cages, feathers, etc. Anything bird related. The sweet bird in the Garden Stamp Kiss set was perfect for my theme.

Did you happen to see those little burlap nests at the top of the bags?

I was so excited when the idea for these little nests came to mind. I rarely come up with an original idea all on my own, and they turned out so cute! I will have a card published in a couple of months in Paper Crafts that will feature on of these darling little nests, so keep your eyes open for it.

It’s not rocket science. These are really simple and easy to make and you probably could figure it out on your own, but I thought I’d provide you with a little tutorial today, just for the fun of it.

First, you’ll need three circles of burlap. Just cut them by hand, they don’t have to be precise. Eyeball ‘em. You could use more than three if you wanted a fuller looking nest, but i like to use three on mine.

Pull some of the fibers out on each side of each circle. It’s ok if some of the fibers come out of the middle too. just not too many. You want it to look “twiggy”, but you need them to be able to hold a glue dot as well.

Now begin to stack them on top of one another with the smallest circle on top and the largest at the bottom. I just use large glue dots to hold mine together. you could use liquid glue or stitch them if you wanted.
And I like to vary the directions of the fibers so they’re not all running the same way.

Add some pearls to the center to mimic the eggs and you’re done! Cute, right?

Now you can add them to your cards, scrapbook pages, tags, gifts, and even hair accessories. Sky’s the limit!
Here are a couple of other versions I made.

The one on the left is the one I just showed you. the one in the middle was made with burlap that had previously been brushed with white paint. i love the shabby look of that one. The one on the right is a miniature version.

You still have a little time to make some of these for adding to your Easter projects, but if you;re done with your Easter crafting these little guys would still work well for spring, which should stick around for a little while yet. Enjoy!

Oh, and speaking of Skipping Stones Design, did you notice they were featured on the Moxie Fab World blog yesterday? How fun! And to celebrate their Moxie Fab status they’re offering a 20% off sale for a limited time! Enter the code mox20 at the checkout to receive your 20% discount!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Makeover Monday- bless our nest

Hey friends! Happy Monday!

If you’ve been following my blog for a long time you may remember the Makeover Monday posts I used to do way back when. If you haven’t been following my blog long enough to remember that, you can read all my Makeover Monday posts right here. Or just click on the Makeover Monday link in my sidebar under categories. My Makeover Monday posts continue to be some of my most popular blog posts ever.

Makeover Monday was a monthly feature I used to offer until I ran out of enough ideas to do it on a monthly basis, but I figured I’d do a Makeover Monday posts every once in a while as the ideas came. Well today on this Monday I’m thrilled to bring you another Makeover Monday feature!

Today’s project is another Goodwill find redone into a pretty little decor piece, perfect for spring. It all began with this cute little mirror I found while scouring the aisles of my local Goodwill store.

Please ignore the fact that it’s a bit smudged. It’s going to get covered up anyway. Before I go on, let me say that the inspiration for this piece came from a blog post I read a long time ago and had bookmarked on my old computer before it died. (May it rest in peace!) I did a search to see if I could find that particular blog post, but my search was in vain. I wish I could link back to it and give credit where credit is due, but it seems I can’t this time. If any of you have also seen this idea and know where it came from, please do share.

Since I don’t have the idea saved and can’t remember exactly what it looked like, I’m pretty sure mine is a bit different than the original one, but the idea remains the same. Take a look at what my little mirror looks like now!

This project was one of the easiest and quickest I have ever done! No kidding! I began by covering my mirror with a coat of white spray paint. Since I was planning on covering up the mirror anyway I didn’t even bother to tape off the glass. I simply spray painted over the entire thing.

Then I cut a piece of dictionary paper to cover the glass. It might seem like it would be difficult to cut the paper to the right shape, but since I was using a thin dictionary paper all I did was lay the sheet of paper over the mirror and trace and kind of pushed it in with my nail to create the right shape. Then I cut it out and used that piece as a template to cut another piece out of dictionary paper. You might notice I used the page with the bird words on it. Just a cute little detail. It’s all in the details!

I purchased a package of tiny nests at Michael’s in the clearance section a while ago for just this purpose. The eggs are made from tiny pieces of clay which I painted a pretty shade of robin’s egg blue. Apparently I’m not real good at rolling eggs because they are a little lopsided. But hey, I never said I was perfect! If you stand back a little you hardly notice their lopsided shape ;)

I printed off the words on my computer, trimmed them into a banner shape and adhered it to the top edge of my mirror.

This project probably took me less than a half hour to do, including the spray painting. Super simple. Super quick. and that’s what Makeover Monday is all about!

I’m thrilled with my Goodwill makeover! This sweet little piece now has a home on the piano where I’m still working on the rest of my bird-themed spring decor. I’ll be sure to share it all with you when I finally finish, OK?

Thanks so much for joining me today. I hope you enjoyed today’s installment of Makeover Monday!

small mirror on a stand
white spray paint
dictionary paper
tiny nest
clay for eggs
blue acrylic paint for eggs
small twigs and feathers
card stock for banner

In Focus: Journaling spots

Hey there! Welcome to another In Focus feature here at Sweet Paper Treats! Today we’re going to focus on a fantastic paper crafting staple- journaling spots.

I’m a little late with this post, a week, in fact. And I still didn’t get to cover every idea I had for using journaling spots. The holidays have me scrambling a bit right now as I’m working on getting my Christmas cards done so I can get them all sent out. So it’s a crazy time of year, but hopefully by the next time around things won’t be quite so crazy and I’ll be able to bring you a few more projects than I am this time. Nevertheless, I hope you enjoy what I’m about to share with you today.

I love journaling spots. Over the years as a paper crafter I have amassed quite a collection of journaling blocks. I mainly used them for scrapbooking, the obvious use, in the beginning, but then began using them in card making and other projects as well. Let’s take a look.

Use small journaling spots to make a background on a card or scrapbook page:

I’ve had these tiny little journaling spots from Heidi Swapp for several years. They’re perfect for adding just a tiny bit of information to your scrapbook pages, such as a name or date. But to pack more of a punch with these tiny cards, try grouping them together.

Now that we got something for baby girl, how about something for baby boy?
Make a banner with your journaling spots:

These larger than average journaling spots come from Jenni Bowlin. Their larger size was perfect for a banner to hang in a baby boy’s room. Some ribbon and fuzzy heart accents complete the look.

How about something for Christmas?
Make an ornament or gift topper:

I love this little red bird journaling spot from Jenni Bowlin. I added a sparkly silver snowflake, a stamped banner, and a vintage jewelry piece. I love the way it turned out. So cute for a tree or for dressing up a gift.

Sadly, that’s the only jewelry piece I have like that (sob). I just love the beautiful teal color. I would like to have lots and lots of them!
Of course you don’t have to limit this idea to Christmas. Try other themes and colors for other occasions throughout the year too.

Need another holiday idea?
Dress up a plain old jar for a quick and easy gift package:

If you’ve got some jars on hand, they’re super easy to dress up to hold some treats for giving over the holidays, or any time for that matter. I added a small journaling spot to the front of my jar and then added some letter stickers and gems.
Then I decorated the top too.

That scalloped piece you see peeking out is a journaling spot too! I plan to give jars like this away as hostess gifts when we attend holiday parties this year. The bus drivers will be getting something similar too. They probably won’t be filled with Hershey kisses, though. That was all I had on hand. I think some home made candies, cookies, or other treats would be nice. Or you could change the letters on front and fill the jar with bath salts or a sugar scrub with a cute wooden spoon tied to the side.

This next project is my favorite.
Make a pouch by adhering two spots together:

I used two journaling spots from Making memories for this fun project. I made a card to slide into the pouch with the sentiment stamped on top so it would be visible even when the pouch was filled up.

The front is decorated with some flower ribbon, a vintage doily, and some tickets.
Here’s a look at all three pieces separately.

And here’s a look at it with the pouch filled up.

I used Hershey Kisses (again) in a glassine bag, but I think this would be a perfect way to package some giant cookies or candy bars. If you’d like to do something other than food, a couple of seed packets, some crafty supplies or other small items would work well too. Or use it to package a gift card.

Like I said, I didn’t quite get to make something for every idea I had, but here are some other great ways I thought of to use journaling spots:

- make them into a mini book by binding them together with binding wire or just a metal ring or ribbon. Then you could add small photos or heartfelt sayings and tuck it into a lunch box or brief case or something to brighten someone’s day.

- use them to make place cards to dress up your party table. Lots of journaling spots are sized large enough that they could be folded in half. the just add names with your own hand writing or letter stickers or rub ons.

-Instead of using them for journaling in your scrapbooks, why not dress them up with some things from your stash and use them to embellish your page instead? Think layers!

_ try cutting out the centers of journaling spots that have a border around the edge. the use them in the same way you would any other frame. Or just place a bunch of them onto your scrapbook page (or card) and add photos, journaling, or embellishments to the centers.

I hope you enjoyed these ideas for using your journaling spots. Hopefully I have inspired you in some way to use yours in a new and different way.

Thanks so much for joining me today. It’s been a pleasure!!

Christmas card display

Hello, friends!

I’m gonna make it quick today. The kids and I worked hard to get all our chores done this morning so we could spend the afternoon playing and getting crafty. Those kiddos of mine are such sweet and willing helpers. They make the chores go so much faster! They’ve gotten so good at pitching in without a fuss, and for that I feel so blessed.
I’ve got a bunch of stuff I’d like to work on this afternoon. Plus I just got some new stamps from Skipping Stones Design in the mail today and they are soooo awesome!! I can’t wait to play with them and share some sneaks with you sometime very soon. You’re gonna love ‘em!
The kids will be working at their own things. Duct tape wallets for my oldest and who knows what for the other two. Getting cozy in our basement and working on our crafts together is a favorite pass time for the kids and me. Especially on such a dreary, cold day.We’ll put on some Christmas music to sing along to while we play. So fun!

So yesterday I said I’d share my Christmas cards display. Other years I always struggled to find a really good way to display the many cards we get every Christmas from family and friends. The cards are special to us and a lot of time they include family photos, so we like to display them in a way that we can easily see the front of all the pretty cards and be able to look inside easily too. Most years we ended up taping them to a doorway so we could see them all. That was fine, but I wanted something a little more stylish than that.
A perfectly chippy, shabby, old window came to the recue!

I actually made this a couple of years ago and had it hanging up in this same spot but used it as a place to display memos and special little items. I don’t know why i didn’t think of using it for my Christmas cards before this. It turned out to be just the kind of thing I was looking for.
To make it I simply attached heavy twine in a criss cross pattern across the front of an old window, which I got a long time ago from a friend. The cards are hung up with clothespins.

We haven’t gotten many cards yet, so I displayed some of my own hand made Christmas cards on it to fill up the space until we get more cards.
To take it a step further, you could even paint or decorate the clothespins to match your decor. I think i’ll so that to mine next year.

I have this hanging right above our piano and it fills the space well. When we run out of space on this display piece we’ll have to hang the rest up on the doorway. :)

Thanks so much for joining me today! I hope you’re having a fabulous day where you are. I’m off for a date with my crafts supplies!


supplies: old window, twine, nails, picture hangers

Christmas Decor- part 2

Hiya folks! I’m gonna make this a quick post.

I wanted to share these cute wooden blocks I made this year to add to my collection of Christmas decor. These were really quick and super, super easy to make.

I used some wooden blocks I had leftover from some stamps that I never mounted. They are the perfect size, but if you don’t have any blocks on hand you should be able to find some similar ones at your local craft supply store. Or, if you know someone who does woodworking, they just might be happy to give you some of their little wood scrap pieces.

I painted mine first with black acrylic paint and went over it with clear gesso after it was dry to prevent the black paint from seeping through to the lighter paint on top. You could also try spray paint. i don’t see any reason why that wouldn’t work just as well.
After the gesso was dry I went over it with white paint. when that was dry i sanded the edges so that the black paint underneath would show through.

The next step was to tear some pages out of an old dictionary and wrap them around the blocks, securing them on the back with a little adhesive. Then I added the chipboard letters and wrapped a bit of ribbon around the blocks, making a bow on top to resemble a package.

And that’s it! Super fun, cute and easy! If you like these you still have plenty of time to make some for yourself in time for Christmas.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

supplies: wooden blocks, black paint, white paint, gesso, dictionary paper, chipboard letters, ribbon

Happy Thanksgiving! & Christmas Decor- part 1

Happy Thanksgiving Day to all of you, my sweet friends!! I hope you all are enjoying your Thanksgiving Day with people you love.

I am in Georgia right now as you read this, spending time with family. Depending on the time of day that you’re checking in here at Sweet paper Treats I might be cooking up a fabulous Thanksgiving meal with my mom-in-law and sisters-in-law. I might be enjoying said meal, or trying to convince the guys to do the dishes. Or we might be kicking back and relaxing in a turkey-induced coma, playing games or watching a movie together. Whatever the case may be, I’m sure there will be a LOT of noise, from 9 yelling, giggling (and, yes, sometimes crying) kids and 8 yakking adults. Fun times!!

Although it’s Thanksgiving Day here in the states, I’m going to go ahead and begin sharing some of the Christmas crafts I’ve been doing this year. A lot of my Christmas crafting, besides cards, was done several weeks ago already. I had a Christmas crafts and gifts session at my church and so most of the crafts I wanted to do for Christmas were done in time to share with the ladies there. It’s kind of nice that way. It sure cuts back on the stress of trying to do it all in the few weeks leading up to Christmas. Note to self- do Christmas crafting in October and beginning of November every year!

Anyhoo, enough of the chatter. Let’s get on with the crafty stuff, shall we?

Today’s craft is a little tradition of mine that I started a few years ago. Every year I make a tree and every year it’s made with a different material. This year I decided to use my ribbon scraps to make one of those super cute ribbon trees.

I pulled out all my green ribbon scraps, cut them all the same length, folded each one in half, and then went to town hot gluing them all onto a foam tree. I don’t have any step-by-step photos to share because I wasn’t being smart enough to realize at the moment that you all might want step-by-step instructions, but let me assure you that it is super easy to do. If you have any questions at all for making your own ribbon tree, just ask me in the comments section and I’ll be sure to reply.

This guy joined my family of trees from previous years and they all sit happily together on top of our piano this year. These also make a great tabletop display or sit nicely on a hearth or shelf.

Oh, and see those little blocks in front of the two trees in the foreground? I show you how I made those next time.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I wish all of you a safe, happy and wonderful Thanksgiving Day!!


supplies: foam tree, ribbon, hot glue

In Focus: Tapes

Good morning, friends! Welcome to the second installment of my In Focus feature here at Sweet Paper Treats. Today’s In Focus product is tape. Decorative tape, washi tape, artisan tape, packaging tape, masking tape, paper tape. It comes in many forms and textures and thousands of different colors and patterns.

My decision to focus on tapes as part of this feature came from a look at my ever growing, but relatively unused, collection of tapes. I am fascinated by tape, but it wasn’t an item I reached for very quickly. So I figured, why not dust off my box of tapes and explore the ways we can use these in our crafting projects?
I had so much fun making these projects. I fell in love all over again with these little rolls of goodness. I haven’t depleted my stash, but I may just have made room in my box for a few new ones! :)

Shall we take a look?

One of my first ideas for using tape was to make a grid for a scrapbook layout. A narrow tape works best for this. I used a light blue one that was about 1/4″ wide.

I simply marked my lines with a pencil and ruler and placed the tape over the pencil lines, being sure to erase any lines that didn’t get covered. Then I placed my photos and paper scraps inside the blocked off areas.

Then I thought it would be fun to try weaving strips of the tape together to form a background. Most of the tapes have a low tack, so you can pull them up and reposition them if you need to.

So then I thought my card needed a cute coordinating envelope. You can use your tape to mark off an area to place your address on the front of an envelope. That just adds a fun little touch.

Or to add as a fun accent to seal the back of the envelope.

Use your tapes to decorate a gift bag and matching tag, like this.

The rough/tough piece at the top and the flame piece at the bottom are both decorative tape.

Use your tape to make a fabulous decorative piece for your home.

I cut a piece of card stock in the size I needed to fit the frame and just stuck down strips of tape all over it. I finished it off with a sentiment sticker before framing it. I really loved the way it turned out and I can’t wait to display it somewhere in my house after the holidays are over.

Here’s a super quick and easy idea. Use small strips of tape to make a simple Christmas tag for your Christmas gifts.

I simply used a few strips of tape, making each one smaller than the previous one and adding a star brad at the top.

Another fun thing to do with tape is to make your own banner or bunting.

all you need is a piece of string to wrap the tape around. Finish off the tape at the bottom by cutting it into a pennant shape. You could also make a pennant for your cupcakes or other party food by wrapping the tape around a toothpick.

Fun, huh?

How about those decorative packaging tapes? I had some I picked up at Michael’s a while ago. I used mine to decorate some glass containers. A vase and a jar I filled with candy for a quick and easy Christmas gift.

How about using your tape to make a mat or background for your photos on a scrapbook page?

The ones I used here are more like adhesive ribbon, but I store them with my tapes since I use them more like tape than like ribbon. I guess you could call them ribbon tape.

See that wide cream colored tape used? That’s actually first aid tape. I bought a roll of it because I heard you could use it to make your own decorative tape, and you totally can. I stamped on my first aid tape and made this card with it.

I doesn’t turn out very dark when you stamp on it, but has a kind of faded look, which is fun too. I didn’t experiment with other inks to see if some would stamp darker, but that’s a possibility I might have to explore farther.

You can also use your tapes to attach your focal images to a card or scrapbook page, like I did on this page.

And a few other ideas I had, but didn’t use:

-Use your tapes to wrap around a gift box instead of a ribbon and bow.
-Use tapes to decorate the cover of an album.
-Decorate a CD of photos or music before giving at as a gift.
-Use tapes to decorate napkins and paper cups for a party.
-Use tapes to decorate clothespins to use for hanging cards or inspiration pieces from a string. Or you could attach a magnet to the back of the clothespin to hang stuff on your fridge.

Need more ideas? I found some fantastic blogs that share a heap of fun ideas for using tapes in all kinds of ways.
Here’s some fun ideas from Scrapbooks etc., some of which I used here today.
This blog, Tapeswell, is a treasure trove of tape ideas.
JuBella has some great tape ideas as well.

Hopefully you’ve been inspired to dig through your stash of tapes or maybe to go out and try some for the very first time. Tapes are so much fun, so versatile, and easy to use. They’re easy to find if you’re looking for some to purchase. Lots of paper crafting companies carry decorative tapes. Some that immediately come to mind are Making Memories, Pink Paislee, and 7 Gypsies, but there are a ton more. You can do a google search on washi tapes or decorative tapes or look for tapes at Two Peas in a Bucket.

If you make a project using tape or have made one within the last week or two, I’d love it if you’d share it with us. Just leave a link to your project in your comment and I’ll be sure to visit your blog or gallery and check it out! I’d love to showcase your tape project here on my blog before the next In Focus session comes around, so you have a month to link up your projects. I’ll choose one winner to send a package of goodies to. I hope you’ll play along!

Thanks so much for joining me today as we explored the vast possibilities and fun uses of tape. It was great having you here with me!

Just in time for the holidays!

So I know it’s not Christmas yet, but in a few short weeks we’ll be thinking about our holiday crafting if you haven’t already. I am so excited to share some things I’ve been working on recently for my Etsy shop. I know my Etsy shop listings are pretty sporadic. I didn’t know I’d have such a hard time keeping up with things when I started my shop. But maintaining my online store is something I really want to get better at. I’m determined to do a better job of keeping my shop filled with great products for your crafting needs.

Last night and this morning I added a few of these kits that I’m calling sweet kits because of their small size. You get an array of paper crafting embellishments in a fun color scheme in different themes. These are specifically for Christmas and winter. To make them even more fun I gave each one a sweet little name, too, to go along with my shop name (Sweet Stuff by Brenda) and my blog (Sweet Paper Treats).

This one is Plum Pudding.

This one is Nutmeg.

I also added this kit last night. It’s called Peppermint Twist. It’s already sold, but if anyone is interested in a similar one, just let me know and I’ll see what I can do!

As you can see, the kits are filled with a great mix of patterned paper pieces, hand stamped items, and unique embellishments.

I also added the doily embellishments I shared a couple of weeks ago from my In Focus feature. Right now I only have this set up in the shop, but I’d like to add at least one more or as many as I can before I run out of doilies.

I hope you like what you see. I’m so excited about these. I’m hoping to make some for each holiday and season as they come.

Thanks so much for stopping by and for all your sweet, sweet comments that you leave for me.
Hope you all have a extraordinarily superb day!