Monthly Archives: July 2016

Black Daisy Birthday Card and Gift Card Holder

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My latest project is a  birthday card that also doubles as a gift card holder.  I created this unique design in honor of my daughter’s birthday.

Instructions:

  • For the base, cut a piece of black cardstock 5.5 x 8.5 inches, score at 4.25 inches.
  • For the base mat, cut a piece of black cardstock 4 x 5.25 inches and emboss with polka dots.
  • For decorative panel, cut a piece of black and white polka dot designer paper 1.5 x 5.5 inches and cut inverted notch in each end.
  • For floral panel, cut a piece of black daisy designer paper 2.75 x 4 inches.
  • Attach black satin ribbon along left edge of floral panel.
  • For the Happy Birthday banner cut a piece of white cardstock 4 x 1 inches and stamp the greeting in black ink.
  • Embellish with a black daisy pillow sticker and two white rhinestones.

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Inside Instructions:

  • Using white cardstock, cut two medallions at 5.25 inches with a Cricut machine.
  • Score the medallions in half and use a circle punch to create a cut out on one medallion.
  • Glue the top side edges of the medallions together leaving room for the gift card to slide in.
  • Glue the bottom halves of the medallions to the greeting card base.
  • For the inside liner cut a piece of white cardstock 4 x 5.25 inches.
  • The inside message and flower are stamped in black ink.

This greeting card and gift card combo is a very versatile design that can be adapted for many other occasions such as weddings, graduation and Christmas.

Free Printable Adult Coloring Pages

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FREE (3)Need a creative way to unwind and spend time with your children away from the distraction of electronic devices?  Then colorful adult coloring pages are just the thing.

During the summer I often hear my daughter complaining about boredom. I came across some great coloring pages to share with your children (or keep to yourself).  So I printed out a few and we spent a lovely summer evening out on the patio coloring away enjoying some girl talk and creating a great memory.

 

 

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Mandala Coloring Page from Kidscolouringpages

 

 

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Coloring Page Assortment from Faber-Castell

 

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Abstract Coloring Page from Art is Fun

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Coloring Page Binder from Balancing Home

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Stained Glass Window Coloring Page  from Dover Publications

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Hello Lovely Coloring Page from Dawn Nicole Designs

My Favorite Etsy Purchases

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I first discovered Etsy back in 2011 when I opened my shop DesignsByCnC.  As I began to become more familiar with the site, I soon discovered a world of both handmade and vintage goods.

I enjoy supporting my fellow Etsians and often purchase both supplies for my shop, as well as gifts for myself and family.  Today, I would like to share some of my favorite Etsy purchases!

My top favorite is this awesome Healing Skin Salve from Flaherty Naturals.  I love the way it glides onto the skin without feeling greasy.  It works wonderful for dry skin during the winter and the sting of sunburn in the summer!

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Healing Skin Salve

 

A great gift for a coffee lover is this Sampler Set from The Coffee Nook.  I tucked this into my husband’s Christmas stocking last year and it was a big hit!

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Coffee Sampler Set

 

Every Christmas each member of the family receives a new ornament.  This whimsical Snowman Ornament from Townsend Custom Gifts made the perfect gift for my daughter that enjoys riding her motorcycle.

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Snowman Motorcycle Ornament

 

The perfect gift for the son-in-law that loves to hunt is this Natural Camo Soap from FreshAsaDaisySoaps.

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When creating my handmade greeting cards, I use high quality cardstocks.  I love the wide range of colors of the Parchment Cardstock from The Envelope Store!

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The Parchment Collection Cardstock