Saturday, October 13, 2012

Thank You Gift Bags

Make your thank you gifts extra special by making thank you gift bags! These thank you gift bags started out as inexpensive bright colored gift bags. They were decorated with thank you word papers that I designed and printed. Then fun paper, foam, metal, and fabric flowers decorate them. Read on to see how each of these gift bags were made.

This pink girly gift bag starts out by making "Thank you very much" paper on the computer. Use your favorite word, scrapbooking or design software to do this. Just find a nice cursive script font and type it out, then copy and paste until you get two rows done. Then highlight the two rows and copy and paste until you fill up the whole page. The print was done in black and then printed on pink paper.

Next, I took my paper trimmer with a decorative blade and cut it out to be slightly smaller then the bag. This could also be done with a decorative scissor. I adhered it to the bag with some good permanent adhesive. I topped it off with pink layered fabric flowers with a button in the center. I recommend using tacky glue for this.

This bright bag was created using "International thank you" paper. To make the paper, first decide on the words you want to use. Just google "how to say thank you in different lanquages" to find a bunch. Then in your program, type out the words (or copy and paste from internet) in different fonts and sizes. For this bag I also used different gradations of black, so the words came out in black and different shades of gray. Move the words around until they look evenly spaced, adjust font sizes if needed, then print on yellow paper.

To cut out the oval I used my Cricut die cut machine (Storybook Cartridge). You can also use a template or find an oval shape on the internet, or just free hand it (use a pencil on the back). I used metal flower brads to liven up the paper. Then I added two foam flowers, with a yellow paint dot in the center.

This last bag is my favorite because of the colors. This "Many Thanks" paper was created starting out with a word block. Use software to create a square outline block. Then create different "thank you" sayings in different fonts and variations until you fill up your square block. See the photo below to see the sayings up close.
Once the square is finished, copy and paste more squares until you fill up the page. The paper was cut out into a fun shape using a Cricut and the Storybook cartridge. The paper flowers are from Prima, I just added black metal brads to the centers and adhered to the bag.

I loved the way the bags turned out using the paper I designed. You could also create similar paper using different "Thank you" stamps. Give this fun project a try!
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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Custom Sign Block

Today I am sharing my newest custom order I made. It's a small sign block with a great phrase. I had never heard the saying before and I thought it was quite clever. The phrase is "I'm sorry, did the middle of my sentence interrupt the beginning of yours?" I can so relate to that! It seems like some people won't let you finish what you're saying before they have to jump in. Although, I'm sure I'm guilty of that sometimes too ;)

The customer requested the saying on a small block for a gift for her teacher friend. I used a 4 inch pine wood piece cut to 7 inches in length. Then she said I could pick out the colors and style. Sometimes it's nice to have free reign, but it can also be a little overwhelming too! I decided to stick to a more classic look with the burgundy paint. I gave it an aged look using crackling medium. The saying was printed out on tan cardstock using a fun font with a distressed look (Twizot Hmk). The paper was also distressed a little with brown distress ink. I cut it out with a deckle edge scissor and adhered it onto the block. I like the way it turned out, hope they do too!

Thanks for dropping in! ~Cameo

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Pretty Floral Switch Plate Covers

I have some fun new switch plate covers to share! I take regular plain switch plates and turn them into stylish decorator switch plates. They add an extra special touch to your home decor. I make mine mostly with scrapbook paper and decoupage medium. Occasionally I paint, collage or embellish them too.

This is most popular switch plate size for one switch. They are decoupaged with pretty scrapbook papers, perfect for Spring!

I also make them in the larger size for two switches. This photo also shows how them come packaged with some tips for care and installation. I added some colored chalk to the bird paper on the left. Outlet covers, other switch plate styles and paper selections are available upon request. Thanks for stopping by today!


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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Cat Scrapbooking Layouts

Today I have a few scrapbooking pages I made. Since I don't have kids, I end up scrapbooking my pets a lot. These pages are of my cats Cosmo and Rugby. I take lots of pictures of them; Rugby doesn't mind, but Cosmo gets really annoyed by it. Some of the photos are so cute that they just have to be scrapbooked. I have been making 8x8" size pages lately, because they are so quick to make. For these pages I used a sticker title or printed quotes which you can buy or just print yourself.

Stickers by PSX Designs, vellum quote by Marcella by K

I love it when cats cover their eyes with their adorable! I found this great quote in a vellum cat quote book. I tore the edges of it and used vellum tape to adhere.

Paper & tag (Unknown) , large tag by Paperbilities,  foam alphabet stickers by Dollar Tree

Isn't my Rugby the cutest! He has done this multiple times; I'm not sure if he's hiding or what. This large tag was a perfect fit for the 8 inch page. I made the scallop border using a stencil and a scissor.

Paper and quote by Flair Designs, Alphabet stamps by Autumn Leaves

This is one of my favorite cat quotes! The quote reads: "Thousands of years ago cats were worshipped as gods. Cat's have never forgotten this." It is so fitting for cats, especially for my kitty Cosmo. The name was stamped on patterned paper and cut out with a craft knife.

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Friday, March 23, 2012

Spring Craft Shows

Happy Spring everyone! Last weekend I attended my first craft show of the season. It was a great show! I met a lot of really nice customers and vendors. I was bummed that I forgot to take pictures of my booth. So, below is one of my previous booth photos. It was taken last Fall, which is when I first started selling at craft shows.

These are my upcoming shows:

3/23-3/24/12 Pine Tree Plaza Spring Arts and Crafts show, Located next to Super One Foods, Cloquet, MN. Friday and Sat. 9am to 5pm

3/30 -3/31/12 Cloquet Area Home Business & Sports Show, Black Bear Casino, Carlton, MN. Friday 1pm to 8pm, Saturday 9am to 4pm

4/27-4/28/12 Cloquet Area Artisans Spring Craft Fair, Cloquet Armory, Cloquet, MN. Friday 10am to 6pm, Saturday 9am to 3pm.

5/19/12 Billings Park Community Civic Center Spring Arts and Craft Show, Superior, Wi. Saturday 9am to 3pm.

For those that live in the Duluth, MN area or are visiting, I hope you can stop by!


Monday, March 12, 2012

Ribbons and Bows and Camo Clothes...

Today I'd like to share with you a picture frame I made for a gift. My sister-in-law asked me if I could make a frame for her with this cute saying "Ribbons and Bows and Camo Clothes, that's what little girls are made of." I had never heard of the saying before, but it totally fits my niece Kayla! She is 9 years old and likes the typical girly things, but she also wears camo clothes and is interested in hunting.

I ended up making the frame and giving it to her as a Christmas gift. I painted the frame in a sage green. I used a scallop circle punch and camouflage paper to make camo flowers with button centers. The saying was designed and cut from black vinyl using my Cricut machine. I made it with a ribbon hanger so she could hang it on the wall if she wanted to. Otherwise they could cut the ribbon off and use it as a traditional picture frame.

Kayla and her mom both really liked her gift! And everyone really liked the saying and thought it fit Kayla well. You can find some cute t-shirts online with that saying. Have a great day!


P.S. I can also make this frame to order or make it into a wall sign if interested. Just contact me through my blog profile or Etsy shop. 

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Monday, March 5, 2012

Live Laugh Love Mixed Media Canvas

This Live Laugh Love canvas wall art was a lot of fun to make! I started with a blank 8x10 inch canvas from Michaels. I call it mixed media art, because I added some assorted craft materials to the canvas. The canvas background was painted in pinks and purple. I just took a foam brush and went back and forth horizontal brush strokes until I liked the results.The vinyl saying was designed in Adobe Illustrator, then die cut with my Cricut, then applied to the canvas. I glued on pink and purple fabric flowers, a gem brad center, and embroidery floss ribbon. I applied glitter glue to the ribbon to make it a little sparkly.


This is a great project to customize your own home decor or for gifts! Starting with a blank canvas can be intimidating, but just have fun with it. You can always paint over it :-). Use stencils, paper letters, chipboard letters, or alphabet stickers to make your saying. Decorate it with scrapbooking supplies, ribbon, beads or photos. There are so many possibilities!

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Saturday, March 3, 2012

Inspired To Blog Again

After quite a long hiatus, I am feeling inspired to blog again! I had to take a break once the busy craft show season started in the Fall. I was so busy doing craft shows almost every weekend, plus selling online. Then after Christmas, I kinda lost my creative mojo. But now, after starting to use Pinterest, I think I'm getting it back! Pinterest has so many creative ideas and great photos, it is total eye candy for me. I love seeing what other people are pinning and finding amazing creative sites and blogs. I also found these great quotes that are very inspiring:

I also revamped my blog design for a fresh new start!
Thanks for stopping by!


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