Sunny Side: From Me to You Projects – Takes 6 to 10 {Giveaway Alert}

Oh, Hi there!!  I am so glad you stopped by to see what else I was able to create from this:

12 by 12 paper by Pebbles, Inc - From Me to You from Sunny Side Collection as it appeared before I cut it apart.

12 by 12 paper by Pebbles, Inc – From Me to You from Sunny Side Collection as it appeared before I cut it apart.

I have come up with 10 more projects from this paper and I will be showing them to you 5 at a time in this post and then one more post after that!  I am so very excited with the response I had to my very first giveaway – the prize is all packaged and ready to deliver to the winner!  I am going to offer another giveaway this week but I am going to shorten the comment time but more details on that at the end of this post.   All right, now for the projects:

Take # 6 –  Butterfly Thank you Chocolate Pouch

This notebook paper mini bag from Pebbles in My Pocket is the perfect size for a flat, square Ghirardelli chocolate.  All it took to cute this up was the butterfly thank you square, a couple of Doodlebug brads, matching paper scraps from the Sunny Side paper collection and a mini clothespin - also purchased at Pebbles!

This notebook paper mini bag from Pebbles in My Pocket is the perfect size for a flat, square Ghirardelli chocolate. All it took to cute this up was the butterfly thank you square, a couple of Doodlebug brads, matching paper scraps from the Sunny Side paper collection and a mini clothespin – also purchased at Pebbles!

Take # 7 – “Smile, It’s a Good day” treat scoop

Here's the "scoop" on this fun treat - I got matching colored sixlets from Zurchers and put them into a clear acrylic scoop that went inside a 3 by 5 cello bag.  Using the "good day" square and the smile banner I "cuted" this treat right up! The back side of the square card features a pink background where I can write a note to let someone know that I hope they have a good day!  The smile banner was taped to the handle of the scoop with double stick tape! The scoop itself was a great Dollar Store find!

Here’s the “scoop” on this fun treat – I got matching colored sixlets from Zurchers and put them into a clear acrylic scoop that went inside a 3 by 5 cello bag. Using the “good day” square and the smile banner I “cuted” this treat right up! The back side of the square card features a pink background where I can write a note to let someone know that I hope they have a good day! The smile banner was taped to the handle of the scoop with double stick tape! The scoop itself was a great Dollar Store find!

Take # 8 – “hi, miss you” card

Oh this card, what fun it was to create!  I used The Hi banner and the miss you square, my scallop edge punch and a stick pin from My Mind's Eye and a couple of well placed Doodlebug pearls.  The card itself came from a 50 pack of premade cards w/envelopes by Paper Studio from Hobby Lobby. The blue square is mounted on the card with mounting tape so that the sharp end of the stick pin would be absorbed by it.

Oh this card, what fun it was to create! I used The Hi banner and the miss you square, my scallop edge punch and a stick pin from My Mind’s Eye and a couple of well placed Doodlebug pearls. The card itself came from a 50 pack of premade cards w/envelopes by Paper Studio from Hobby Lobby. The blue square is mounted on the card with mounting tape so that the sharp end of the stick pin would be absorbed by it.

Take # 9 – 4 Pennant Hello card

Using a premade Kraft card from a package I found at Hobby Lobby by Paper Studio this card was a cinch to make!! I took the 4 banner pieces that were the same size and sewed them onto the card with my sewing machine and then I added the green hello pennant!  How cute and simple was that?!?

Using a premade Kraft card from a package I found at Hobby Lobby by Paper Studio this card was a cinch to make!! I took the 4 banner pieces that were the same size and sewed them onto the card with my sewing machine and then I added the green hello pennant! How cute and simple was that?!?

Take # 10 – “Thanks a Bunch” Kraft Treat sack

This simple flat kraft bag became a real beauty when I added a die cut bow, a Doodlebug brad, and a doily with the Thanks a bunch square.  The bag could have any kind of treat placed in it but I have tried it out and found that 2 flat square Ghirardelli chocolates fit side by side just perfectly. I layered the square on the same Sunny Side paper that the bow was diecut from.  I got the diecut and the doily from Pebbles in my Pocket!

This simple flat kraft bag became a real beauty when I added a die cut bow, a Doodlebug brad, and a doily with the Thanks a bunch square. The bag could have any kind of treat placed in it but I have tried it out and found that 2 flat square Ghirardelli chocolates fit side by side just perfectly. I layered the square on the same Sunny Side paper that the bow was diecut from. I got the diecut and the doily from Pebbles in my Pocket!

Well, there you go – 5 more Takes using the From Me to You page of the Sunny Side Collection by Pebbles, Inc.  Yes, I know each Take has added things to it besides just the paper piece but that is what I found so fun – using one, two or even a few pieces as a place to start creating!  I hope this has inspired you and helped you realize that a handmade item can start with one cute thing and then be added upon to make it something  completely creative and beautiful!!  But the best part for me in making these is that now I have 5 things that I can use to shower love and care on loved ones!  And you can too if you enter my giveaway!!

Giveaway Alert!!

Leave me some love and let me know what you think!!!  I will be choosing a random commenter to win one of each of these projects that I made – Takes # 6 to 10.  That lucky person will receive all 5 of the fun projects I made for this post!!  Oh, And I will be adding a $10 Cold Stone Gift card in with the prize IF  my comments # reaches 15!!! I will leave comments open until Wednesday, August 14th and then I will post the winner later that evening!! 

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A Thank You Favor

Thank you favor for Oct 2012 PTA meeting

When I was the PTA President at our elementary school I liked to provide some kind of treat/favor for the fine folks who took time out of their busy schedules to attend one of our meetings!  Sometimes I just had chocolates wrapped in school colors laid out on the tables.  But other times I was a bit more organized and provided a “thank you favor” at each person’s place along with a copy of the agenda and a pen or pencil.

Shown here are two examples of “thank you favors” given at a couple of said meetings.  The top one has a dum-dum sucker with this note attached: I’m no “Dum-Dum” I know you have other places you could be.  What a “treat” that you’re here!  Thanks!!

The second one, shown below, consists of a mini sack that looks like notebook paper “cute”d up with our school colors and a Bengal “paw”!  It reads – We are “paws”itively thrilled that you are here! Thanks!  I filled the bag with some of the aforementioned chocolate wrapped in blue & gold (our school colors)!  I sincerely hope that the recipients enjoyed their favors as much as I enjoyed making them!

Sometimes a little effort can go a long way towards making someone feel Thanked & Special! And, well, anyway, CUTE matters, so CUTE is what I strive for! How about you think about what you strive for or what you want to share with the world – Then go forth, make a little effort and SHARE!!

Thank you favor at one of last PTA meetings of 2013.

Thank you favor at one of last PTA meetings of 2013.

My Big Book of Everything

I don’t know about you but I am always making lists on this scratch piece of paper or that receipt.  I was frustrated by this so I decided to make a book to keep all my lists in.  Here is what I came up with.  I used the Fruit Stand collection of my favorite company Doodlebug to cute up a composition notebook.

I have since just started to make lists in it and I have achieved success in keeping all my lists together!!

MyBigBookofEverything

Happy Valen”Twine”s Day!!

Every time I sit down at my craft table - this is the cuteness that I see!

Every time I sit down at my craft table – this is the cuteness that I see!

I saw this cute phrase on a blog and decided I would share  a little Twine love and cuteness with you all! I have become a huge fan of twine and having some in every color is a must! I love many brands of twine but Doodlebug twine is my favorite because it comes in,  yep – you guessed it – all the Doodlebug colors!! The large spools of twine I found at a local store here in town during the Christmas season.  Wanted some in every color but settled for these 3, they match my craft space very well!  Hope you all have something that makes you happy like twine does me & I especially want to wish you a Happy Valen”Twine”s Day!!

Doodlebug Cuteness!!

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I am so excited about this little bit of beautiful cuteness that I had so much fun putting together.  I wanted to showcase the mini Milk Cartons I had made so I grabbed my mini dessert platter and spools of twine, some Doodlebug Washi Tapes and buttons and pearls oh, my! Arranged it all on this doily and there you go.  I had so much using my new mini Milk Carton die that I got for Christmas.  It makes them so easy!  I cuted them up with some mini Love notes that are part of Doodlebug’s Love Birds collection.  I will come back real soon and show you more details about the milk cartons themselves!  Be back soon!

Appreciation Matters! Day 6

You "Paws"itively make us "Smile"!

You “Paws”itively make us “Smile”!

When you are thinking up a fun way to express thanks individualize it to the person.  This treat here is an example of a treat made for our Educational Support Professionals (Aides) at our school.  Since it was for people at our school  I picked  blue & gold paper to craft this thank you out of since they are our school colors.  The play on the word “Paws” came about since our mascot is a Bengal Tiger and much of our school’s graphics displays paw prints.  I had found these simple bright yellow smiley face magnets and 2 of them fit very nicely in the paper pouch I made along with some scrunchies that were , yep – you guessed it yellow and blue.  Do you just love the wave of school spirit coming off of this here treat note?!?  By stamping a paw print and adding it as an accent I was then able to come up with my corny saying.  You “Paws”itively Make us “Smile”!!   Ta Dah a treat note with a double play on words!

Well, what you see here is what I call a “sour cream pouch”. They are really very easy to make – take a 3″ by 4″ piece of cardstock and fold it almost in half leaving about 1/2″ on one side to put adhesive on and then fold over.  Now you have a tube of sorts – at one end pinch it together and staple.   Put your items inside of stapled tube. Then take the other end of the tube and fold it the opposite way of the bottom and then staple there also.  I used my embellishments to cover up the staple.  I don’t know if these instructions make sense but soon I will do a little tutorial with pictures to show how to make it. I know sometimes it just helps to see it done to make sense.  This particular blog post is not so much about how to make this item as much as stressing the importance of a little Thank You cuteness!

Appreciation Matters! Day 5

"Pop"ping by to say Thank You!

“Pop”ping by to say Thank You!

Alrighty then, it is Day 5 of this series.  When I was preparing for our school’s Educational Support Professionals (Aides) Week I was in Pebbles in my Pocket trying to channel my creativity for this week of saying Thanks to some wonderful people!  I can’t say enough about spending time in this CUTE place – ideas are scattered all through the store and it really gets the “Cute” factor pumped up!  While I was there I came upon this project and the project I will be sharing tomorrow.  The design for the bag came from Pebbles but the corny saying I came up with. Popcorn sayings are among the highest used on treat notes. I have seen it used in so many ways so in this I wasn’t very original but I think the cuteness of the packaging helped it score points.

In doing this project I discovered a love for doilies – they “cute” things up very nicely.  In this case a button, and some twine didn’t hurt either, just added to the effect.  Taking some very simple elements and adding 2 or 3 of them can add up to a very cute, heartfelt Thank You!

Appreciation Matters! Day 3

For Day  3 of Appreciation Matters let’s talk about the value of a hand written note to say Thanks!  For the final day of LunchLadies, Aides, and Janitorial Staff Appreciation Weeks I gave hand stamped Thank You cards with a personal note to each person with a $10 gift card for something I thought each person would enjoy.  For example I thought the Lunch :Ladies might enjoy a lunch out, the Aides might enjoy ice cream, etc.  But I felt that the true thanks was the personal note that specified some areas for which they were appreciated.  I know that I love specifics when I receive a thank you – I like knowing what it was that I did or said that they are thanking me for.  Cuz if it was good then I certainly want to know so I can do it again! 🙂  Some questions to ask yourself about the person you want to appreciate so you can be specific –

* Does this person do something that you have noticed that only they do? In what ways has the person made his or her approach to their work/role unique?

* When this person interacts with others, what is their attitude, their demeanor?

* Is this person enthusiastic about doing whatever it is you are thankful for? What is their attitude about their job or role?

* Any other ways this person has individualised his or her position or approach to life?

With answers to questions like these you can begin to compose a personal thank you to just about anybody, anywhere, anytime.  Think about it – do these questions fit a church leader or teacher,  how about your neighbor,,  what about the friendly lady checker at the grocery store, a friend or someone at your school?  Give it some thought and write a personal note of thanks to someone today – go ahead – I DARE you!! 🙂

Once you get in the groove of writing notes then you need to stock up on cute cards to write on and then  you can make a cute box to store them all in.  Or you could store all of the thank you’s you have received over the years in a cute box like this. Then you can go back through them and get warm fuzzies from reading them.  And saving them and reading them can help you the next time you go to compose a letter because you can see thanks through another’s voice or voices.  I believe that saving cards with kind words from others makes us want to help add a  bit of beauty & sunshine to another’s world.  And doesn’t the world need more beauty & sunshine!!

This adorable Note Cards Storage Box started out as a Kraft photo storage box from Michael's that I bought last week.  I added Hello Kitty Kitty paper to the bottom part of the box and used a bubble gum sheet of 12 by 12 paper to cover the lid, then using swimming pool colored paper frills I put a border on the lid.  Found this 3 flowered Doodlepop to complete the cuteness!
This adorable Note Cards Storage Box started out as a Kraft photo storage box from Michael’s that I bought last week. I added Hello Kitty Kitty paper to the bottom part of the box and used a bubble gum sheet of 12 by 12 paper to cover the lid, then using swimming pool colored paper frills I put a border on the lid. Found this 3 flowered Doodlepop to complete the cuteness!

Message Center is DONE!

Here is the finished project! I wrote on the chalkboard with a Chalk Pen – I used one of my favorite, motivating quotes. And the cute bunting was fun to make – obviously I used daisies and yellow 🙂

So, here it is – the Message Center you have heard so much about.  I bought this at Savers for $10 and I have had so much fun “Cute”ing it up!  I will add a close-up and how-to on the bunting later ! Now you have something to look forward too. 🙂 Almost more exciting than Christmas – jk.  The bottom part was pretty hammered so I bought a chalkboard piece of vinyl and cut it to size and put it on.  The piece of vinyl was 12″ by 18” and had adhesive on the back.  I picked it up at Pebbles in my pocket.  The quote was seen on Facebook and I liked it.  I do Commit to living up to the Spirit within me!  I hope you will commit to doing so too!  When we all live up to the Spirit within US we give others permission to live up to the Spirit within them,  Couldn’t the world benefit from us all doing so?!?!!!

Magnet Trio & mini Chalkboard Eraser

This trio of magnets and mini chalkboard eraser came with the Message Center I mentioned that I got from Savers. The bottom portion of it is a magnetic chalkboard that needed some touching up. The magnets were plain white wooden circles. As you can see I “cute”d them up with doodlebug stuff!

Using brads, paper, stickers, buttons, twine,and etc I was successful at “Cute”ing up these essential items for my Message Center.  I found the circles easy to decorate as they were 1 1/4″ circles.  I was able to use a circle punch to add details to them.  I decided the eraser needed to be cute on the front and not the top because the front is what is seen more.  So I used a fun fancy frill and a icon in yellow and green  in keeping with my color scheme.  After punching a 1/8” inch hole on either side of the oval icon I threaded some thin ribbon through the holes and then knotted the ribbon on top of the sticker.  See photo to get this. 🙂  I love daisies as my blog says so when I “cute” things up they usually factor in somewhere along with my favorite color yellow!  I sure hope when you make cute, beautiful things to add to your life that you include your favorite colors and things!!  I will be posting soon a picture of the completed message center – mini bunting and all!!