Thursday, September 3, 2015

chore chart, when life meets paper crafting


Chore Chart. We all need them for our kiddos. In our family there are jobs that you are expected to do because we take care of our family. And then there are jobs where you are looking to make some cash to buy that new Lego set or video game. :) That second situation is where a Chore Chart comes in handy. The idea of the Chore Chart is to put cash with a specific job. But only after all the required jobs are completed. Take a card, complete the job, take the cash.

My husband and I have been discussing the need for this for some time and then the idea struck me while working on projects for Jillibean Soup. Why not make one and make it pretty?! I grabbed a Large Receipt Holder and started creating. The Large Receipt Holder measures about 8x12."


Because I was planning on this hanging in the kitchen, I grabbed supplies that would coordinate with the decor going on in our house. And of course all things Jillibean Soup fit that bill perfectly. First problem to solve was how to hold the cash in place. Now the springs that you can see here do hold things down, but I wanted to add a more practical way to hold the money. Enter Chevron Mini Bags. This package contains ten bags. Bags that fit beautifully underneath the springs of the receipt holder. The cash is folded in half, so you have a better idea of the size. 

To add some color and stick with the number theme, I applied Wild Cherry ink to the number Mini Placemat. The placemats are white, allowing you to stamp or ink to make it coordinate with your project.


Die Cut File Cards were the answer to labeling each bag with a job. I used Mini Alpha stickers to label each tag, but you could easily use a pen. I will be making quite a few of these File Cards, so that jobs can be changed or added as needed. That and I didn't think that the litter box card would be all that Pinterest worthy. :)


The dollar amounts are subject to change, but for now, to label each job file card, I used Bean Board Alphas in Roma Red. These alphas are pretty cool because they have a plastic feel to them. I am kind of addicted.


Behind each job file card I added some star embellishments with Kraft Tags Circles. The star tags worked well because stars are pretty prevalent in our house. (along with kraft and vintage and red...) Behind each star, I used some patterned paper from Spicy Social Soup. Three Parts Friends has people on it. Fitting for a family chore chart. And its red. Bonus!


Labeling the chart at the bottom are more of the Bean Board Alphas in Roma Red. The set comes with upper and lower case letters, and numbers. The lower case seemed to fit better across this project.


And one last touch, this Notebook Tag. A little reminder of how great we think our little man is. He is a huge help around the house, even without the financial rewards. We are happy to give him a little extra cash for going above and beyond. Who's ready to make a Chore Chart for their kiddos?

thanks for stopping by!

~kimberly

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

MFT Stamps New Product Launch!



The wait is over! The MFT Stamps September release is live right now! Which means you can head to the MFT Stamps online store and purchase the stamps, dies, stencils, and more that we have been sharing for the last five days! I will wait patiently here while you shop. Or if you are still making up your mind, let me convince you of a few more items you might "need."

Tonight for the launch, I am featuring Soda Pop and Die-namics Soda Pop from the insanely talented Laina Lamb. The more I play with these sets, the more I love them! Scrolling through Pinterest the other night,  I noticed people putting flowers in vintage soda bottles. Perfect. I thought, why not put paper flowers in paper vintage bottles?

Using Sweet Tooth card stock, I die cut Die-namics Modern Blooms and then stamped the coordinating images from Modern Blooms. I added some greenery created with Die-namics Wild Greenery. To create stems for the flowers, I used the straw image from Die-namics Soda Pop. How fun is that!?!?

The vintage bottle from Die-namics Soda Pop was die cut from Sweet Tooth card stock. To add some depth, I applied Sno Cone ink around the outside of the card stock bottle. The bottle was also die cut from clear acetate. I adhered all the flowers and stems to the card stock bottle first, then I layered the clear acetate bottle over the top. To keep it in place, I used Glossy Accents around the outside edge. 

Die-namics Pierced Oval Frames was used to cut Sweet Tooth card stock. The inside of the oval was stamped with Gingham Background using Summer Splash ink.

To finish off the card, I stamped this lovely sentiment from Soda Pop onto a banner shape. The banner is Sweet Tooth card stock die cut with Die-namics Fishtail Flags STAX.

For this card, I was again inspired by Pinterest and all the vintage soda signs. This is very loose interpretation, but I still love the results!

This sentiment from Soda Pop is where the card began after the inspiration. After stamping Orange Fizz stripes on an oval created with Die-namics Pierced Oval STAX, I heat embossed the sentiment with white powder.

On the card base, I stamped Snowfall Background with Orange Fizz ink. Doesn't it look like the fizz in soda?!?! I thought it was a fun touch. 

The vintage bottle was die cut from Sweet Tooth card stock using Die-namics Soda Pop. But check out the details! I love the label that can be cut and look at that bottle cap!!!!! One more cool thing to mention, how well the sentiment from Soda Pop fits onto the bottle label. See? So much thought and detail!

Visit the MFT Stamp Blog for a chance to win! And to be linked up to the rest of the team. They have once again hit it out of the park with all their projects this month! 

thanks for stopping by!

~kimberly


Supplies for Soda-Lightful Flowers card:



Supplies for Crush on You card: