Stationery for a Writer

Hi! Carol here, Terri’s assistant.

I saw a card similar to this on Pinterest and decided to deconstruct it. (I actually think the maker drew her typewriter but the only thing I can competently draw is a stick pig, so I had to find a rubber stamp.)

Typewriter Card Terri O

To make this card your will need:

Terri OA dictionary you no longer want. (As a bibliophile, tearing apart a book,even to craft with, is not a natural act!)

Rubber stamps: Typewriter and Keys (I found mine on ebay.)

StazOn Inks: Claret and Midnight Blue

Ribbon

Cardstock

Ruler

Glue or Photo Splits (The splits were handier.)

Instructions:

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Tear out your book page and measure to 4.5 inches by 5.5 inches. If you are using a paperback, the width is already 4.5″

Stamp your image onto the paper.

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Tip: I think the typewriter I stamped using an acrylic block on the back turned out better.

Stamp on your typewriter keys.

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Use your ink pads to distress the edges of the dictionary paper.

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Adhere your paper to cardstock.

Tie on a ribbon.

Viola! Typewriter card.

I like how they turned out so much, I have just 46 more to make for a convention I am headed to next week.

Valentine’s Day Wedding Gift Card Holder

Love_Wedding_Gift_CardholdeThis is a quick and easy card to make if you have the right tools on hand. I like the idea of using a black card. It’s different and will defiantly be noticed.

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Craft Supplies Needed
· Black card & envelope
· Stamps: “celebrate”, “congratulations” and a heart
· Heat gun
· Embossing pad
· Embossing pen
· Embossing powder in platinum & red
· Self adhesive rhinestones. I used Love from Me & My Big Ideas
· Xyron sticker maker or glue stick
· Cutting tool and/or scissors
· Textured red paper
· Silver paper
· Paper with hearts by Sakar. This is a special handmade paper that was made with hearts. You can use almost any kind of rice paper. You can find handmade papers at specialty paper stores or scrapbook stores.

Project Instructions
Tear out a small piece of the heart paper so that it will fit thru your sticker maker. Place it towards the bottom and to the right of your card.
Using your embossing stamp pad, stamp the word “Celebrate” across the top at an angle. Add platinum embossing powder.
Stamp hearts randomly along the lower half of the card. Don’t be afraid to stamp onto the heart paper. Add red embossing powder.
Emboss the front of your card with the heat gun.
Tear a small heart out of the red textured paper and run it thru your sticker maker.
Place your red heart wherever you like on the front. I put it over the heart paper.

“Me Journal”

simple embellished journal for your new year

It’s a new year and I am vowing to myself to give “me” some extra time this year. As I get older, I am finding that I need time to sort my busy life out.

My kids are older which only makes for a more complicated life. Here are just a few tips to help you create your own “Me Journal”.

Supplies:
Book. You can buy one that is ready to be decorated. Some of them are already put together and some of them you need to assemble.
Paper cutter
adhesive/glue
Papers/embellishments
Favorite sayings

Tips for newbies to crafting:
You can pick up a simple spiral bound book at the dollar store. All you have to do is add ribbon and glue paper.
A paper cutter is not necessary but it sure does come in handy!
If you don’t have any paper or embellishments the easiest way to put a book together is buy a book or package of themed papers. They even have sayings and tags inside for you to cut and glue.
You don’t have to complete your book in one day. The idea is to keep it with you and add to it as the year progresses. I have put in napkins that have been scribbled on to fortune cookie sayings that mean something to me. If it fits in your book add it!

You can catch the Sonoran Living video and discover how this simple project can make you smile.

Many Uses for Vintage Trinkets

Vintage Trinkets by Prima

It is super simple to use Vintage Trinkets (made by Prima) to help your child make a cute necklace or package tie for a boxes gift for a special Aunt or Grandmother for Valentine’s Day! The bezels come already embellished or you can add your own. The domes help make the photos you use stand out.super simple with terri o

  1. Just place the pre-made dome on a photo you printed out and trace around the edge.
  2. Cut out slightly inside the circle.
  3. Use Elmer’s Glue to seal the image and dome in place.
  4. Add a bead dangle and/or ribbon.super simple with terri o vt3

These would also make adorable scrapbook adornments! For anyone still taking down their tree and packing the ornaments, these sweet little trinkets could also be darling ornaments—and you have started to prepare for Christmas 2014! You head starter, you!

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Cherish Summer Memories

Once the summer vacation is over and it’s back to school, wouldn’t it be nice to look back and remember the fun?

Terri_O_crafts__Save_summer_memories_wit_678240000_20130618095925_640_480Here are a few projects you can prepare before you even pack your suitcase.

1. Plan to save. Bring ziplock bags, containers and envelopes to help you keep all of your items in one place. Save things like maps, ticket stubs, room keys, napkins anything you find that means something to you and reminds of the good times you had.

2. Buy themed paper kits. One kit will have almost everything you need to help you tell your story. They have paper and embellishments for almost any event you could possibly think of…

3. For the kids, I always pre-cut the paper to fit their scrapbook. When possible I bring my portable printer and we print as we go. That way when we get home their book is almost finished.

4. If you love to scrapbook then create a page that tells a story and display it. You can always add it to your scrapbook later.

5. My personal favorite is to pick a photo and add some summer finds to it in a shadow box. Some I have displayed for years while others I will take apart and reuse for the next vacation.

Want to see how this all came together? Here’s the Sonoran Living episode LINK.

Notebook Covers with Xyron Sticker Maker

If your young children have not yet decorated your back-to-school gear yet, get ‘em started by gathering these supplies on the table and start crafting!pencils Terri O

  • Crazy pencils
  • Micro beads
  • Ribbon
  • Threads
  • Yarn
  • Any fibers
  • Two sided tacky tape or contact paper
  • Scissors
  • Plastic containers or small plastic bags
  1. Wrap tape around pencil or favorite pen.
  2. Wrap ribbon or fibers around pen. If you want to use beads you can just dip the pencil into the beads for best results.
  3. Use the cover of the tape to help secure any loose beads by placing it over the beads and squeezing.

Notebook supplies:

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  1. Notebooks, folders or composition notebooks
  2. Favorite paper and embellishments
  3. Ribbon
  4. Xyron sticker maker – Watch how simple it is to make cool stickers!

I cut my favorite paper to fit a notebook 7 ¼ x 10 inches and the composition notebook at 6 ½ x 9 ½ .

Let your imagination run wild as you upcyle gift bags!

cards and gift bags DIY

A girlfriend of mine gave me a dozen handmade cards as a gift. I not only loved them, but found it was great to have them on hand for those last minute cards.

I decided to take it a step further and make matching gift bags for my friends. One holiday I made a dozen cards and matching gift bags and gave them to my friends as a gift. Guess what??? They loved it. They were fun and inexpensive to make. All you need is a few afternoons to complete, but it will give you months of love from your besties.

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–Assorted gift bags in different sizes and colors. I even recycle some bags by covering up logos with stickers and paper.
–Assorted tissues. I let the theme of the tissue dictate how I decorate my gift bag.
–Plain cards, envelopes and tags
Stickers, glue, ribbons and pretty papers

Instructions:

All I can really do is offer up tips. I let the theme of the tissue paper inspire me. I even like to add unusual embellishments like feathers, metal findings, rope etc. The bottom line is let your imagination run wild. Chances are if you like it, someone else will, too. Especially if they know it was handmade with love!

Decorate Your Back to School Gear

What you need to help decorate your back-to-school gear:

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Micro beads
Ribbon
Threads
Yarn
Any fibers
Two sided tacky tape
Scissors
Plastic containers or small plastic bags
Wrap tape around pencil or favorite pen.
Wrap ribbon or fibers around pen. If you want to use beads you can just dip the pencil into the beads for best results.
Use the cover of the tape to help secure any loose beads by placing it over the beads and squeezing.

Personalize_your_school_supplies__782870000_20130726100826_320_240Notebook supplies:
Notebooks, folders or composition notebooks
Favorite paper and embellishments
Ribbon
Xyron sticker maker or Creative Station

I cut my favorite paper to fit a notebook 7 ¼ x 10 inches and the composition notebook at 6 ½ x 9 ½ .

WATCH how SUPER SIMPLE these crafts are to make.

 

Freedom Banner

What does freedom mean to you?

Here is a banner you can craft to share and celebrate that meaning with family and friends this upcoming Independence Day!

Supplies you will need:

chipboard letters, heavy card stock, ribbon, glitter, scrap paper, paint, glue, scissors, clips and string.

I’d love for you to comments and share what freedom means to you.

This is the banner my video inspired a friend to make a year ago and her blog about what freedom means to her.

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Children at Home? Terri O’s Must Have Summer Craft Supplies List

 

Kids_Summer_Craft_Supplies_Reduced_Medium“Must Have” Supplies

 

  • Glue-Good ol’ Elmer’s works the best along with glue sticks
  • Wood craft sticks-buy the larger size
  • Pom Pom’s
  • Google Eyes-assorted sizes
  • Tissue paper in various colors
  • Washable paint and markers
  • Paint brushes
  • Scissors
  • Construction paper
  • Craft foam
  • Feathers
  • Scrapbooking papers & embellishments
  • Pre-folded cards and envelopes
  • Large poster board
  • Recyclables-I keep a bag of all kinds of goodies on hand. Cereal boxes, plastic containers, paper towel rolls etc. Don’t forget to save old newspapers to help keep your creative area clean.

 

 

 

Terri O Tips

 

  1. Place wax paper under their projects. It helps keep the wet paint and glue from sticking to the newspaper.
  2. Purchase or make a container to hold all of your supplies. That way you can just grab it and go. It is perfect for road tips to Grandma’s house!
  3. Watch for sales and coupons to keep your supplies stocked. If money is tight then split the list with other moms.
  4. Take pictures of your kid’s creations and post them on my blog!