Super Simple Gift Wrap DIY – The Photo as Giant Gift Tag

Eliminate gift tags by using a photo of the person you are giving the gift to. Here is how I did it:

Photos as gift tags Terri O1.   Pick your picture and print it on regular paper. You could use photo paper but that can get pricey since it’s going in the trash anyway.

2.   The most important tool you’ll need is the <> 900. It makes stickers out of anything.

Run your picture thru it and stick it on the package or bag.

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How to use Flitter Flakes to Foil Emboss Paper Projects

I am bringing you something from the British Isles today.

You’ve got to love craft products with fun names like Flitter, Phat Foam, and Scoochy Foam. These foil embossing products are made by a company in England called Indigo Blu. If you are a card maker, add flitter to your craft stash and you will add a new dimension to your card-making and scrapbooking in six super simple steps. What are you waiting for? Dive on in!

I hope you had as much fun as I did.

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TerriO Super Simple Flitter cardmaking

Step 1. Place your “quintessentially English” rubber stamp on a an acrylic backer.

Step 2. Apply Flitter Glue to the stamp using Indigoblu Phat Foam. You want to make sure not to over glue it.

Step 3. Kiss your scrapbook or greeting card stock paper  with the stamp. (In this case I used tissue paper because I have plans for it in a later project.)

Step 4. Add Flitter Flakes and tap them down gently with your finger.

Step 5. Use Indigoblu Scoochy Foam to lightly sand off the excess Flitter Flakes. A light touch does it! Watch your lovely image emerge.

Step 6. Brush the unused portion back into the jar. I used Lancashire Rose on one of Indigo Blu’s Clockwork Stamps for this project, but they have lots of original stamps and nearly a dozen colors of Flitter Flakes.

What will you try first? Making a card or a scrapbook page?




Make Your Own Erasable Laminated Bulletin Board

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Need an erasable memo board in your own style and decor? It is super simple to make this one yourself in just a few minutes.

You will need a laminator for this project. The one I used comes from
It’s a great machine and there are so many projects you can make with it. Totally worth the investment.

12×12 laminator sheet
12 x12 scrapbook paper
Stickers or anything you want to add to it
Dry erase pen

1. Cut about ¼ inch off 2 sides of the scrapbook paper. You want your paper to fit inside the laminator sheet so the there is a border on all sides. This way your project will be sealed all the way around.
2. Embellish your paper. I used tags and stickers. Attach them with adhesive.
3. Place your embellished paper inside the laminator sheet and run it thru.
4. The idea is to use this on the go. If you want you can also make an 8×11 size and punch holes in it so it fits in your notebook.


Check out this cork memo board too!

Handprint Mother’s Day Canvas and Acordian Card

Mom will love to get one of these projects for Mother’s Day! Especially since it includes the hands of the little ones she loves so much.


Handprint Canvas

Supply List:

  • 1 good quality canvas. I used a 12 x 12 for two kids. If you have more than two kids you might want to consider buying a larger size.
  • Scrapbook paper with patterns on both sides. Try to stick with one theme or grouping to keep all your colors and patterns consistent.
  • Adhesive runner or glue.
  • Permanent markers
  • Handprints for a template

Instructions & Tips:

  1. Trace and cut out each child’s handprint. Cut out two prints for each child.
  2. Have kids write their message along the top before you glue the handprints.
  3. Place and glue the handprints to look like flowers.
  4. Draw the stems and leaves to each flower. You can even have each child write their name and date.

Handprint Card

  • Using heavy cardstock cut out two handprints. Write on the top handprint “I Love you” and lay them open.
  • Cut a strip of cardstock about 1 inch wide and fold like an accordion. Open accordion and write “this much”. Glue each end to the inside of each hand.
  • Tie the hands together with a ribbon.

You can watch me make this project on Sonoran Living.


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




Glue or Photo Splits (The splits were handier.)



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.


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”.

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
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!

vintage trinkets super simple with terri o

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 .