Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Hansel and Lulu, and a Fall Treat

Goodness, seems like I'm always posting in a hurry.  
Remind me - exactly how did I do this before retirement???


Well, folks, Happy Wednesday!  
It's overcast and a bit cool here, but not raining yet, which is a very good thing, as our fields are full of cut hay.
We are praying for a few hours of dry around here.

I have to make a road trip for DH, so this will be another short post.

This little fall treat features one of the images from the Clear Dollar Stamps September release.  
Rather than make a card, I decided to make a 'tag' for a caramel apple.  (Mmmmm....caramel apples...).
I printed the image, used an exacto blade to trim the leaf and stem, and carefully folded the CS.
Once I had it how I wanted it, I just trimmed it up and rounded the corners.
Turned out pretty cute!  
If I make them again, I will shorten the sides and do a little sponging or something on them - 
they look like lots of white space!
I think teachers might be tickled to receive something like this.
Especially with one of those really fabulous high end candy apples!

All coloring is with Copic markers, image from Clear Dollar Stamps, apple from Wal-Mart.

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Next up is a gift card holder that I made using a tutorial from Grace Nywening, that I found here.
Oh.     My.     Goodness.
What a fun project this was, and Grace's tut was SO easy to follow!
She has such a wonderful blog, full of yummy goodness - you really should check it out!
I chose to use some of my new stamps from C.C. Designs on this card, and an older C.C. Designs sentiment from All That Scraps.

All coloring done with Copics.  CS is Bazzill Basics, DP is Prima Reflections. Stamps and Sunflower Die are from All That Scraps.  Border Punch is Martha Stewart (punched border and cut in half lengthwise).

Meet Hansel and Lulu.  Aren't they just the ca-utest little people?
They were so much fun to color, although when I was uploading and resizing the photos for this blog post, I realized that I quit before doing ANYthing around know, the important things like sky, grass, shadowing....sigh.  I'm so hopeless!  I'll have to be sure that this card goes to a non-artisty type that won't notice anything but the gift card, right?  lol...

Well, that's all I have for you today.  I wish you a day full of happiness and blessings!
I'm off to parts unknown with water samples!!!

Take care,
Patti J.

Food for thought:
It it were not for 'last minute', I'd never get anything done!


  1. Now this is such a fabulous way to present a gift card!! :) I love it!! Your coloring is gorgeous too!! Thanks for sharing hun!! HUGS

  2. P.S. I think you've read my mind with that taffy apple!!!! Oh how I love those things!! YUM!!! Great treat idea and thanks for sharing hun!!

  3. Oh my goodness!! You've created the cutest scene with these two!!! And that fancy gift card holder is just over the top adorable =) I love how you did the label for you candy apple too!

  4. now that apple looks yummy, so does your 2 projects!!!! That gift card holder is awesome, need to try that! TFS

  5. Both of these projects look yummy! Love a good caramel apple and who doesn't want a gift card surprise.
    Slow down now and enjoy your day!

  6. hehe - you can still add the sky, grass Patti! : ) Adorable, that's what they are! So happy together! TFS!

  7. Oh wow they are all wonderful projects Patti, enjoy your day. x

  8. Reading your post just before lunch was a mistake. Your apple made me hungry!

  9. makes me wish i was a a sweet (pun intended) project and i'm sure will be gratefully loved..tfs..loves ya

  10. What a delicious looking apple and the paper apple is just as pretty! Wonderful projects from you today!!

  11. Girlfriend...those projects are AMAZING! I LOVE them both!

  12. Hey chick! Fabulous projects! The candy apples were a great idea to use with that image. My daughter's studying to be a teacher, does that count, teehee. Hansel and LuLu are adorable just the way they are. Awesome gift card holder I will have to check that tutorial out. I hope you are having a great week.

  13. WOW Patti you have been busy busy, such fantastic projects, LOVE that candy apple I could so go for one of those right now!!! Fabulous work dear friend!!!! Hope you are having a GREAT week!

  14. Umm.. You just reminded me that our Fair/ Carnival is coming to town. Candy Apples and Cotton Candy, Yah!
    Your projects are Fabulous and the images are adorable :)
    Tons of Hugs, Dangina

  15. You are so cleaver... your apple creation is just plain yummy! Love the little gift card creation as well!

  16. Wow! What fabulous projects. Awesome work, Patti!

  17. Well, haven't you just been the busy girl?! Nice creations, Patti.

  18. oh these are wonderful projects Patti! love the apple tag!! we just made candied apples, I'll be posting a pix later this wknd!
    Fabulous gift card holder, really like your design & darling little people, gorgeous coloring!
    Hope you can relax soon from your retirement!!!
    hugs & blessings

  19. I had my first Caramel Apple yesterday, and it was heavenly! I have to admit that I cut it off the stick, as I could just imaging me breaking a tooth this close to the wedding! LOL! Your topper is awesome!

    As for the gift card holder, I am so glad you shareed this, because I am going to give it a try. Love it!

  20. How is it that retired people are so busy? Is it all the catching up they are doing for all the things they let slide while they are working 40 hours a week? I'm SO looking forward to the day when I can say I'm retired...maybe then I can make projects as adorable as all of these. Awesome creativity!

  21. Oh, Patti, adorable--adorable!!! I agree this is such a fun and wonderful way to present a gift card!!! Love your wonderful projects!

    Patti, thank you so much for stopping by to check in on me and for your so warm comment. I so appreciate all my wonderful friends, and I just hope I can always give back as much love as you give to me.

    Hugs, my dear friend!

  22. Two terrific projects, Patti! You are really inspiring me with all these wonderful gift ideas you've been sharing lately. Love how you used the apple for the topper on the apple bag, AND you are making me hungry with the treat inside -- LOL! I really like this idea for holding a gift card, too. I hate to give them because they seem so impersonal -- thanks for showing me a way to do it that is both personal and fun!

  23. Gosh you've been busy Patti! These are gorgeous, and those apples look so tasty! Enjoy your road trip!

  24. What a unique giftcard holder! Thanks for sharing where you learned it. Might have make a few of these for Christmas! And you apple tag is really sweet! What kind of craft knife do you use for your cutting? I can never get good cuts with mine...don't know if it's me or the knife! Ha! Have a great day Patti!

  25. I love your card!! Too sweet. The apples look yummy!! Enjoy your trip and say safe my friend.

  26. Wozers to both projects, those apples look good enough to eat, you are a busy, talented lady:)

  27. Love the apple topper and the great step card too! Awesome how you colored your apple too!

  28. You are so creative with your card folds. I love the apple toppers and the wedding gift card fold is just adorable and so much fun too!