“Owl Miss You” Teacher and Classmates Gifts

Yesterday was Julia’s last day of school, so I sent some fun treats with her for her teacher and classmates. The little candy wrappers were a free printable designed by Lisa Storms. I made the craft even easier by turning the printable into a “print and cut” file for my new Silhouette CAMEO, because I was feeling too lazy to cut all those cuties out myself :). Check out the photo below to see how nicely they were cut – much neater than when I do it! Plus it took less than two minuets to cut! I just want you to know that I have no connection to the makers of Silhouette – I’m just really thrilled with this machine :)!!  I made 16 of them, and it was quick and easy – sorry for the low quality pic!

For the large owl, I was inspired by one by Lisa Storms and another by Jenn, of Clean and Scentsible. I used some cute papers from My Mind’s Eye, which are available in my Etsy shop right now too :).

Gift Tags with Bird Nests, Butterflies and Vintage Sheet Music

Just in time for spring! Click here to see the sets of gift tags and bags I’ve added to the shop :).

I actually made these a few years ago, but my Etsy shop was not up and running at the time. I was just selling them to family and friends in my Bible study group. I made these with the purpose of donating all of the proceeds to Samaritan’s Purse, an organization close to my heart with so many great programs, including Operation Christmas Child. I have not looked into Etsy’s rules on charities, so I will not officially list these as charity items, but I do still plan to give all of the money from these cards to Samaritan’s Purse. If the sales are successful, I will keep adding more items and maybe in the future I can figure out exactly how to officially list them as items for charity.

Folded gift tags with sweet little egg filled nests and butterflies. The gift tags measure about 2.75″ x 4.25″ inches and are blank inside for you to add a personal message. The back of the tags are stamped with my name (see additional images in my shop). I’ve used a combination of ink and digital stamping techniques to create these tags. The vintage sheet music from a well – loved 1920’s hymnal was found at a local antique store.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions; I’d love to help :)!

Vintage 1920’s Hymnal Sheet Music Paper Ephemera – 20 Pages

This Vintage Hymnal Sheet Music Paper Ephemera is available in my Etsy Shop! Click here if you would like to view the listing.

There is also a set available without any pencil markings on the pages available here.

I found this precious well-worn and obviously very loved hymnal at an antique store, and just had to have it! It was missing the back cover as well as several pages. I have looked through and rescued the pages of many of my favorite old hymns, which I have been incorporating into my own artwork.

♥ Mr. and Mrs. “B”: these pages are extra special because of the hand written notes (in pencil) on them, telling which hymns were their favorites! Most pages also have a side without a note, as well.

♥ This listing is for 20 vintage sheet music pages which have been removed from “The Modern Hymnal” (copyright 1926)

♥ No other part of the hymnal is included in this sale, but is pictured for your information about the origin of the sheet music.

♥ Your actual pages may differ from the ones shown. Each page is about 5.5″ x 8″.

♥ Pages have aged with time and have yellowed, curled and slightly torn edges. There are visible holes where the pages had been stapled to the binding.

♥ There are so many great ways to use vintage sheet music in your paper crafting – try it with scrapbooking, card making, tags and gift wrap, faithbooking, collage, decorating and more!

Please contact me if you have any questions or special requests!





6″ x 6″ My Minds Eye Simply Delightful Paper Pack for Scrapbooking, Card Making and Paper Crafts

This paper Pack is available in my Etsy Shop! Click here if you would like to view the listing. There is also a 4″x6″ pack of the same paper available here.

This listing is for 50 6″x6″ (six inches square) sheets of decorative, one-sided, papers in a pretty array of colors and patterns. These papers are all from the “Simply Delightful” collection by My Mind’s Eye with designs ranging from paisley and flowers to polka dots and stripes.

The papers are hand-cut, so some slight variations in size may occur, but I am careful to be as precise as possible. The papers you receive may vary slightly from the detail images shown. Please remember that due to differences in computer monitors, the colors may look somewhat different in person.

These papers are acid and lignin free – perfect for scrapbooking and paper crafts of all kinds! All items in my store come to you from a clean, organized home. They will be packaged in a bubble mailer with a cardboard insert to reduce bending.

These papers are very fun and will add a playful feel to any project!

Please contact me with any questions, I’m here to help :).

Robot Crafts for Kids

When my son turned four, we had a super fun robot themed birthday party for him at a local children’s science museum. All the kids had a blast! Robot party supplies can be pretty hard to come by, so I decided to add some robot craft kits for kids to my Etsy shop! You can buy a set of 10  or single craft kits ( all sold – thank you!).

The back of the craft kit labels have some cute robots, plus space for a personal message.

These foam sticker robot crafts are fun for kids to put together – they’re perfect for birthday parties or play dates! Follow the example on the craft kit label or design your own robot creation.

* 10 robot craft kits each include a foam robot body, foam stickers (some glittered) and a wooden craft stick to attach to the back of the craft, if desired.

* All supplies needed to complete the craft are included in the kits.

* The craft pieces are contained in a small plastic bag with a thick paper label stapled to the top.

* The front of the craft kit label shows an example of the finished robot, and the back of the label has a few cute robots plus room for a personal message.

* Finished robot crafts are about 3.5 inches tall, not including the craft stick handle.

* Small parts – not intended for children under 3 years old.

Valentine’s Day Paper Crafting Ideas

Thanks to endless inspiration on my Hearts, Valentines and Love board on Pinterest, I have been crafting up lots of Valentine’s Day goodies in the past week! Everything shown here was created using printed copies of my Valentine Hearts digital paper pack (you can download it free from my Scrapbook Ideas site). First up is a Valentine’s variation of the classic paper chain – instead of loops, hearts! I learned how to make it here, and changed it up by using my printed digital scrapbook paper instead of plain construction paper. The heart-shaped paper chain is only meant to be a temporary Valentine’s Day decoration, so I printed it on plain scrapbook paper instead of cardstock or photo paper. I also chose a lower quality level on my printer, so I could save some ink (and $$). I think it turned out great! I used the same paper and print quality on some little notebooks I made for Valentine’s Day teacher gifts.

Normally, I would use higher quality papers  for cards and gifts, but for this project the thinner paper was perfect! I used Mod Podge to adhere and seal the papers onto the covers of the notebook, then I tied little ribbons to the spiral binding. Did you know that Mod Podge causes the colors of ink-jet printed papers to become richer and deeper? It also creates a cool, textured effect, because you can see brushstrokes in the clear coating sealing the project. When I know I will be using Mod Podge on a project, I don’t bother with the highest print settings, because I know the colors will look more intense once I’m finished, plus thicker paper doesn’t seem to work as well with Mod Podge.

Of course I also made some Valentine’s Day cards! My inspiration came a little bit from this card, and this one and from this one too. I let the doodles found on the papers inspire even more doodling spilling out onto the rest of the card front – fun!

Last, but not least, I prettied up a tired old gift bag for carrying Valentine’s treats in to school – saw that idea here, but used printed digital paper instead of fabric, and Photoshop shapes instead of “eyeballing” it :).

The kids also used these printed papers to make Valentine’s cards for the family and teachers, so we got lots of mileage out of them :)! If you like the designs, be sure to head over to Scrapbook Ideas and pick up your free paper pack :)!

Printables and Tutorials for You: Thankful Leaves

Thanksgiving is almost here! The kids and I had fun yesterday decorating our house so it will be ready for our guests next week :).

We  love the idea of “thankful leaves” for writing down the things each person is thankful for, so I put together a free printable to share, with a few ideas for incorporating thankful leaves into your Thanksgiving decor. The tutorials for these Thanksgiving decorations and the download link for the printables can be found at the end of this post.

Thankful Tree Dry-Erase Message Board (tutorial below)

I love that we can add new words easily as we think of them!

Thankful Leaf Garland (tutorial below)

I’m just crazy about garlands, aren’t you? Can never have too many :)

Printable Autumn Leaves Wreath (tutorial below)

This was my favorite – Gabe and I cut the leaves out and each wrote thankful words to decorate a wreath we made together a couple of years ago. Can you tell which were his and which were mine? I think he wrote pretty neatly, for a kindergartener! I would have written more, but he had already claimed most of my other ideas :)! We didn’t use all of our leaves, so on Thanksgiving day I plan to have leaves available for our guests to write words on to add to our wreath and garland.

Free Printable Autumn Leaves for Fall Crafts

*Click Here for the Free Autumn Leaves Printables Download*

Thanksgiving Decorations Tutorials

Thankful Tree Dry-Erase Message Board Tutorial

Supplies:

12×12 or larger picture frame with glass

dry-erase marker

paper for background (I used plain kraft paper)

printed tree, leaves and thankful sign

scissors and adhesive (I used double-sided tape)

Optional: printable transparency to print the tree on

Instructions:

  1. Print the leaves, Thankful sign, and tree. I recommend using presentation paper for nice bright colors. If you want to save time, you can print the tree onto a printable transparency like I did – if you look closely, you’ll notice I didn’t cut out all the branches :).
  2. Cut out the tree, leaves and Thankful sign, and adhere them to your 12×12 background paper.
  3. Place your Thankful tree into the 12×12 frame, and you’re done! Now you can use the dry-erase marker to add things you’re thankful for to your Thankful tree!

Thankful Leaf Garland Tutorial

Supplies:

scissors and hole puncher

Adhesive (I used double-sided tape)

printed autumn leaves and thankful sign

raffia or string to hang the garland with

optional: kraft or other solid paper to print leaves on

Instructions:

  1. Print the colorful maple leaves, Thankful sign, and optionally print another set of maple leaf shapes on solid paper using the printable template. I recommend printing on  presentation paper for more vibrant colors.
  2. Cut out the leaves and cut in between each letter of the thankful sign (the letters are very close together, but don’t worry if you don’t a perfect cut).
  3. Arrange the leaves on a flat surface in the order you would like them to be on your garland.
  4. If you are only using one set of leaves, adhere one letter of the thankful sign to each leaf. If you are using two or more sets of leaves, decide which leaves you want the letters on, then adhere the letters.
  5. Punch two holes into each leaf: one per side. If you have a heavy-duty hole punch, you should be able to stack the leaves and punch them all at once like I did :).
  6. Thread the raffia or string through the top left of each leaf, across the back, then up through the right side to create your garland.

Printable Autumn Leaves Wreath Tutorial

Supplies:

scissors and hole puncher

printed autumn leaves or single-sided scrapbook paper (optional)

raffia, ribbon, etc to string leaves onto

wreath (we used one we made a few years ago, but any wreath could work)

Something to write your thankful words with

Instructions:

  1. Print free the autumn leaves included or optionally, print the leaf shapes onto the back of scrapbook paper you have on hand.
  2. Cut out the leaves and punch two holes into each leaf: one per side.
  3. Write thankful words on some or all the leaves (depending on the size of your wreath, you may not need all of the leaves.
  4. Tie the raffia or ribbon to the wreath, then thread it through the top left of each leaf, across the back, then up through the right side, wrapping it around the wreath once each time you add a new leaf.
  5. Tie the end to the wreath when you complete the circle. You’re finished!

I hope you have fun with these! If you use them I would LOVE to hear about it, especially if you take pictures – so don’t forget to come back and let me know :)! By-the-way, if you like these printables, you might also enjoy the coordinating digital scrapbook papers I used to create them, available in my Etsy store here: Digital Scrapbook Paper by Jess Gordon.

DIY Framed Pumpkin Wall Art

I have seen so so SO many great fall craft ideas on Pinterest! I bet you’ve heard of it by now (and maybe you’re even hopelessly addicted to it like me!), but just in case you haven’t – here’s the description found on the about page of the site:

Pinterest is a Virtual Pinboard.

Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes.

Best of all, you can browse pinboards created by other people. Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests. To get started, request an invite.

If you’re already a member of Pinterest, come check out my pinboards, I have been pinning like crazy :). If you’re not a member and you need an invite, let me know through my contact form above – I belive I still have a few invites left.

Anyway… here is a little project I tried after seeing something similar pinned. Click here to see the original project.

DIY Framed Pumpkin Wall Art

This was a quick and easy project and is was also super inexpensive to make! The glittered styrofoam pumpkin is from the Dollar Tree, as were the leaves and berries, which I still had on hand from last year’s fall decorations. I had found the mirror at a yard sale for a dollar or two. The original project uses a regular picture frame, which would be even easier, but I wanted to use this mirror instead. I just tucked the paper down into the frame around the mirror without gluing it on, so that later I can remove the fall decorations and it will be a regular mirror again. For my background paper, I just printed out one of the patterned papers from my Colorful Leaves digital paper pack, available in my Etsy shop. You will need a sharp knife to cut through the pumpkin. Beware! The styrofoam exploded everywhere when I cut the pumpkin in half!

That was the most difficult part. Next I just hot glued the pumpkin, berries and leaves to the scrapbook paper, and it was perfect! A super cute fall decoration for our breakfast area.

Treat Bag Topper Idea

Today was the last school day before Halloween, so I sent a little treat bag in for Gabe’s teacher  – we appreciate her so much! We printed out papers from my Candy Corn and Pumpkins digital paper pack to make super cute treat bag toppers. Thanks to a free printable “getting to know my teacher” survey we had her fill out at the beginning of the year, we happen to know that cashews are his teachers favorite treat! So here’s a little Halloween treat bag we gave her today:

The other two bags were for Julia’s teachers for “Mother’s Morning Out”. Thanks to the same printable survey, we happen to know that at least one of her teachers does NOT like nuts. So we added her favorite treats instead: caramels and Dove chocolates! It is so great to know that you are giving something they really like :). I didn’t really plan on taking pics of the other teacher bags, since I already had the one above, but I couldn’t resist – they came out SO CUTE!

Sorry these are such bad photos, I actually took them with my cell phone right before I went into the school (lame, I know). The thing that makes these ones so cute is that I added a  snapshot of Julia’s Halloween outfit she wore to school. It really took the treat bag up a notch, don’t you think? Here’s a better version of the pic of her pumpkin outfit:

OK, so if you ever need a quick treat bag for a little teacher appreciation gift, party favor or just for fun, here’s how to make one:

Treat Bag Topper Supplies:

This image isn’t the best, because I used slightly different supplies, but you get the idea: Patterned and coordinating solid scrapbook paper, white cardstock, a paper trimmer, a scalloped circle punch and a circle punch with a size that fits inside the scalloped circle, pens, treat bags, double-sided tape (or other adhesive) and a stapler. Oh, and of COURSE the treats :)!

You can use regular scrapbook paper, or print out digital paper, like I did. If you print out digital papers, just pull them up in Word or Photoshop and create a letter sized document with just enough of the pattern for your project, so you don’t waste paper and ink. I recommend using double-sided matte photo paper for best results. You will need to measure the length of your bags, and decide how tall you want the topper to be. Then just trim rectangles of patterned paper that are the correct width and double the height. Fold each piece of patterned paper in half and set aside. Now punch out the scalloped circles in your coordinating solid color and the white circles to fit inside. Write your message one the white circles, and stick them onto the scalloped circles using double-sided tape or other adhesive. Now stick the scalloped circles onto the front of the folded bag topper. Once your bags are filled with goodies, you can just staple the toppers on and you’re all set to go!

I hope you have a fun-filled Halloween :). We will be celebrating at our church’s “Harvesting for Jesus” fall festival, it’s going to be a blast!

Autumn Collection Digital Scrapbook Paper –60– 12″x12″ Digital Papers

This kit is available in my Etsy shop for $11.95. Click here if you would like to view the listing.

Here’s a Closer View of the Bonus Paper Pack, Exclusive to this Collection: 

This collection is an excellent value, including 60 unique papers for under $12!!

The Autumn Collection includes 4 of my autumn-inspired paper packs already available in the shop, plus a new, BONUS PAPER PACK – ONLY AVAILABLE IN THIS COLLECTION. The new paper pack, aptly named Autumn, has 12 digital papers with combinations of the illustrations and color schemes from the other 4 kits, so it really helps to tie the other 4 paper packs together!

The patterned papers in this digital scrapbooking paper pack are decorated with my own hand-drawn autumn illustrations, inspired by my favorite joys of fall! There are mostly patterned papers as well as a several solid papers in all of the most wonderful fall colors: yellows, oranges, reds, browns, greens and even some blues and neutrals to balance things out. The illustrations include colorful fall leaves, McIntosh apples, mini pumpkins, candy corn and cute little candy pumpkins.

These are digital files for you to download onto your computer – nothing will be sent to you in the mail. You will be sent a download link with a password. Unless otherwise specified, I will send you the download link to the email associated with your Etsy account. Please download the files right away and save them in a safe place, because I change the passwords often to avoid theft.

There are so many great uses for these digital designs, including: digital scrapbooking, photo books, designing personal blogs and websites, greeting cards, invites and announcements – you name it! They are high quality files (300 dpi), so you can print them out for all kinds of paper scrapbooking and paper crafts as well! They may be used for personal use or for small business use (as in scrap-for-hire, photography, etc), as long as the files are NOT resold as-is, or used to create your own digital files for sale, and finished projects are given to customers in flattened form (not as the original digital files). Please see my policies for my complete Terms of Use: https://www.etsy.com/your/shops/lovelylovelythings/policies

As always, please contact me with any questions, I’m here to help :)!

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