Thursday, December 23, 2010

Charm Necklace Gift Holder

Christmas is coming up and I needed finish up the gifts that I got my three youngest nieces.  I ordered these personalized birthstone charms for them from "The Silver Diva" Etsy shop.  I added them to necklaces that I bought at Michael's.  I didn't want to just put them back in the little zip lock bags they came in so I decided to make a simple necklace holder for them.  To make this all I needed was a cereal box, scrapbooking paper, glue and an xacto knife.  
Cereal box, scrapbook paper,
glue & x-acto blade

First I cut the cereal box to the portion that I needed and then covered it in glue and pressed the paper on top. 

Next, I cut the holders to the dimensions of my gift bags (31/2"W x 5" L).  I scored a line 1" down along the long ways dimension.  Then I cut two diagonal lines just below my scored line.  This is where you will put the necklace into.

Diagonal slot just below scored line

Cut to desired dimensions


Then I just inserted the necklace into the diagonal slots and taped the extra portion of the necklace to the back of the card.

I think they turned out really cute and can't wait to give them to my nieces.  Merry Christmas everyone.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Color Pencil Travel Purse

I have been busy sewing some Christmas gifts for friends and family.  I currently just finished another Color Pencil Travel Purse for a friend.  We did a sewing / craft swap.  She made me these wonderful monogrammed Christmas T-shirts for my boys.

Designed and sew by Natalie Robertson

Designed and sew by Natalie Robertson

Here is the Color Pencil Travel Purse similar to what I made for her.

Color Pencil Travel Purse

Interior view of color pencils and drawing tablet

Interior pouch for eraser and pencil sharpener

I am making another one, so I might make that into a tutorial for you.  That probablly won't happen before Christmas and Bryan's birthday.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Design Teams

August 2011 - November 2011 - Inking it Up Crazy with Kassidy
November 2011 - February 2012 - Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog

Awards & Publications

May 2011 - Published in Cricut Birthdays Idea Book
                    Cupcake Topper
                    Birthday Banner

Upcoming Publications:

Cricut Magazine Februrary 2012  - Banners
Cricut Idea Book; Families 2012  - Baby
Cricut Magazine March 2012 - All About Kids
Cricut Magazine March 2012 - Spring
Cricut Magazine April 2012 - Quick & Easy, Party Time
Cricut Magazine April 2012 - Quick & Easy, Party Time
Cricut Magazine April 2012 - Quick & Easy, All About Kids

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Contact Me

Melanie Edwards

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About Me

My name is Melanie and I am a recovering architect.  With the down turn of the economy over the last couple years, I am an architect turned crafter.  I now have the pleasure of staying home with my two beautiful boys, Tyler and Bryan.  Life is always exciting around here, and I love to be creative.  I like to do all sorts of crafts like: sewing, scrapbooking and card making.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Just Getting Started

Well, to my friends they know that I love to create and crafting has been my creative outlet in recent years.  Here are some of my sewing projects I made for a friend's baby shower.  Maybe a there is tutorial in my future?
Baby Burb Cloths made with cloth diapers

Taggy Ball with rattle insert

Taggy patchwork blanket