Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

If you need some Mother's Day gift ideas head over to Fiskars Crafts and download some instructions to make something fun for your Mother!


Monday, April 27, 2009

Make and Take

Ok, I promised all of you a make and take and here it is! I didn't do step by step instructions because really what I did here was pretty straight forward and simple. All the photos come first and then the text so you can read and then refer back to each page!

Girl Friday Going Green Mini Album

In honor of Cosmo Cricket officially being FSC certified I thought it would be fitting to create a little make and take project to bring my crafting full circle into the "green" arena!
So I decided to use the tags that come with my daughter's clothing to create a mini album. So I am recycling the tags and at the same time using FSC certified papers to do it!

First, I've been collecting tags with this in mind for awhile. Do you have any idea how many different sizes and shapes of tags are out there? I guess I never paid attention until I decided to save them and recycle them into my crafting. Not only do they make a cool mini album but you can cover them and use them as gift tags, journaling tags, etc.

For this project I chose 4 different sized tags. I decided I wanted a book that is staggered and varied in styles of tags. So I have a variety here that when layered turns into a cool layered mini album! I also wanted to use Girl Friday because it is a cute and fun line which is perfect for my fun loving 5 year old daughter!

Once you have the tags you want to use the next step is to get the tags covered. I did this by simply tracing around each and covering it. On two of the tags I attached cardstock to one side and went around the outside edge with my paper edger scissors to create a fun border accent. I did this on the first and third page, and then placed my patterned cardstock over the top of it. I also inked the edges of my pages with some fun ink colors! Then I punched a hole in each and added the ball chain to my new mini album. Notice how the mini album is layered with the shortest tag on the top and longest tag on the bottom. There are so many ways you can put a mini album like this together by using tags all of the same size or varied! Be creative!

Here is a picture of the album after it is finished so you can see how it layers and works together. Once your album is covered simply add your photos and journaling areas and then embellish around them. The theme of this mini is "3 Things to Know About Me" which I created representing my 5 year old. You will see the individual pages and how I created each below. For the cover I added the bee from Girl Friday Ready-Set-Chip and put some distress stickles on it for a little bling and texture. I also used some rub ons and ribbon.

On many of the pages I cut elements or portions of pieces out of the patterned cardstock, element cards, or cut-apart borders that are all part of the Girl Friday crafting kit. So on the left you have an element card that I cut down to fit. On the opposite page I cut a photo using a circle punch, mounted it on orange cardstock and trimmed around it with my decorative paper edger scissors. I attached a ribbon around the smaller section and tied it in a knot.

On the left page I used my circle punch to punch a lined area of the element cards and again use decorative edger scissors to create a mat using green cardstock this time. Then I cut 3 elements out of Girl Friday patterned cardstock and added some glitter to each and then placed them around the journaling block. On the next page I repeated the circle design with my photo adding a chipboard flower, patterned paper butterfly, and some rub ons. Again I used glitter to give the elements some sparkle!

On page 5 I kept my wallet sized photo as is and place it on a mat. Then I simply added a patterned paper flower to each corner sprinkled with glitter. The journaling on the next page is the grid patterned paper I cut and inked the edges and placed on my page. Then I added a rub on and a little bee. On the edge of the page I punched two holes and tied some Girl Friday ribbon through.

The back cover contains that cute little ladybug from the Girl Friday Ready-Set-Chip. Again I added some glitter to make it into the girlie book I had in mind! Then I finished it off with the "My Life" rub on!

I went back to the ball chain I added in the beginning and place the letter "M" for Meliah to personalize it with a monogram. I added some glitter to the dots on the "M." Then I tied some Girl Friday ribbon on there and also added a little ribbon from the previous Honey Pie release.

You can see a couple more pictures if you head over to http://www.cosmocricket.typepad.com as well as a cute story from Julie!

There is so much you could do with these little tags! I think one of my favorite things of all is looking at all the pieces you get in a Cosmo Crafting kit and then cutting out all kinds of little elements to play with and embellish my creations with!

So there you have it, a green project! Simple and fun and very creative! I would love to see your interpretation of this idea! If you decide to create something out of clothing tags I would love for you to share. Just come back to this post and leave a link to your creation so I can take a peek!

I would love to see what creative ideas you come up with!

Have a green day!


Saturday, April 25, 2009

Local Newspaper

Well I made the local newspaper with my Paper crafting! I was so excited to see it in print today! There will be another article in the quarterly "You" magazine as well that is to be released on April 30th.

Here is a link to the online article-


Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Things you can make for your children!

Today in my blog post I want to focus on how you can actually create educational items using your scrapbooking supplies and tools to help teach your children! You will create memories at the same time with this project so it is a bonus!
My daughter is getting ready to enter Kindergarten in the fall and already knows her alphabet and sounds. Now we are working on sight words! So this is the focus of this project!
If you want more detail about how to make a little book like this of your own follow the link below!


Sunday, April 19, 2009

Fiskars Warehouse Sale--WINNER!!!!

Ok, today is Sunday and as promised I have randomly drawn a winner to receive the Fiskars Warehouse sale prize package! The winner here on my blog is.......drum roll please.......

Sandi #4159

The winner from the Fiskateer blog...........drum roll please......

Cher #5859

Congrats to both of you lucky ladies. Send me an e-mail at lfalduto@charter.net with your full name and mailing address so I can get your prize package out to you!

Stay tuned.....I may just have some more fun giveaways coming soon! I am also going to be doing a blog make and take in the next couple of weeks as well so come back and watch for that!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Fiskars Warehouse Sale!

Ok, I have just returned from the Fiskars Warehouse sale and man, there were consumables everywhere! No tools this time around, but tons of consumable items.

So I decided to share! That's right, I will draw one lucky winner on Sunday that will win everything pictured above. So send everyone on over to my blog to enter!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Have you seen it?

The new Cosmo Cricket release? It is to die for! So incredibly cute! Head on over to their blog to see all the individual pieces!

The link is below-


Monday, April 13, 2009

A new project!

We all love to create scrapbook pages to save our photos for years to come. But we also need a way to enjoy photos now on a daily basis. Photo frames are great but try to think outside the box to come up with a unique idea for showing off our photos!
Take a look at this article on the Fiskars Crafts website which will give you some ideas!

Then come back and leave a comment and let me know if you have come up with an outside the box way to display your photos. If not, let me know which one of the pieces in the article you want to try!

Friday, April 10, 2009


Joan Shanks you are the random winner. You will receive the Li'l Davis raw chipboard! Please send your mailing address to me at lfalduto@charter.net


Sunday, April 5, 2009

Progressive giveaway!

Ok, read the following carfully.........very carefully......
Do you see the 4 different prizes? One random winner could potentially get all 4 of these prizes. Here is what you need to do:

1. Post a comment on this thread
2. Send everyone you know over to post
3. Wait until Friday April 10th to see who wins and how prizes they will get!
Here is how it will work:
For the first 25 comments I will giveaway the Li'l Davis raw chipboard.
When we get to 50 comments I will throw in the Around the block Bling
Once we are up to 75 comments I will add in the cute little Cloud 9 epoxy hot lips!
Once the total comments listed are at 100 then I will add the chipboard letters to the prize pile!
You can only post once. You can send as many people as you want over to post a comment and help the numbers to climb.

So the more posts I get, the more I give away! Ok, go round up some crafty friends to come on over and post!

Friday, April 3, 2009

A giveaway coming soon!

Ok, watch my blog over the next couple of days! I am going to try to come up with another clever way for you to win something fun...........stay tuned!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Featured Designer

Hey everyone! This month I am the Featured Designer over at Fiskars Crafts. I made three projects to share with you and you can also learn a little bit more about me if you head over to read the article.........

Just click on my pic (nice rhyme, huh)?