Tuesday, January 7, 2014

My Cookie Lee Jewelry Case Pillows


I’m exhausted. I cannot even speak,
my voice fading as sighs.
    Every day ends in the same place—lying in bed,
covered in tears, my PILLOW wet with sorrow.
Psalm 6:6   (the Voice version)

In looking for a verse to begin this blogpost, as I always do, I didn’t know I’d come across a verse – with the appropriate word ‘pillow’ I it – that would also be so true of my life as it is currently.  It’s not about the pillows that I’ve made and am sharing in this post…  It’s where I am in life that makes ‘my pillow wet with sorrow’ – but that’s not for sharing here.  Just an interesting observation – and how even King David had days – nights – like mine!

This is a departure from my usual Paper-crafting.  I signed up to be a Cookie Lee Jewelry Consultant this past summer.  I often borrow the Loaner Kit from my Director for my Parties until I have more of a selection of items to show and sell.  She has little pillows in the case trays to keep the jewelry from sliding in transport.  I was recently able to purchase a ‘used’ case from someone for me to use, but no pillows were included.  I asked my Director where she had purchased hers.  The woman who had made them for a while in this area has moved away and she mentioned that if anyone sewed, it would be a good ‘service’ to the local Consultants to be able to purchase them.  MY hand is raised!!  I have been sewing since I was 9 years old - back in the Paleolithic Era! - and this would be a fun, additional project to add to my repertoire of ‘things I do to survive’!  So – here is what I’ve come up with recently.  I’ll be sharing them at the 2014 Spring/Summer Launch this coming Saturday, January 11th, at my Director’s home – and hoping that I sell them – and will then make more.

I made several packs of 4 out of various remnant materials that I purchased.  I will see what the reaction is and which types might be better accepted by the Consultants.  I made several for my own Case and am testing to see which materials might work better than others – and it’s also a ‘personal preference’ as far as anyone’s personal style.

Here are the ones I’ve made so far –  Pinks and Grays are the current Cookie Lee Colors!
They are 4 for $20 - 2 for $10 - You can mix and match the sets I make.

Pink silk shantung

Pink Sparkle Corduroy

Pink Fleece

Burgundy Satin

Gray Satin

Gray Tweed Polyester

Gray Fleece

Pink Silk Shantung/Gray Tweed Polyester

Burgundy/Gray Satin

We’ll see how they are ‘received’ on Saturday – and whether I will be going into the Pillow Business, also!  I promise - I haven't cried on any of these!!   Thanks for stopping by – Come again soon!   

Please visit my Cookie Lee Personal Webpage! www.CookieLee.biz/LyndenBlossom    You can see all of the Catalogs and fabulous Jewelry there and then contact me to order for you!  You can have a fun Party, if you are ‘local to me’  - or you can have a Catalog Party and receive the Hostess Credits if you’re not close to me – or you can have a Fundraiser, also!  Let me know if I can help with any of this for you.    
Please visit my Cookie Lee Facebook Page and Pinterest Page, too!

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Sunday, December 22, 2013

'Cookie Lee Jewelry' Christmas Gift Exchange Items!



As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their GIFTS into the temple treasury.
He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins.
“Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others.
All these people gave their GIFTS out of their wealth;
but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”
Luke 21 : 1 – 4

This is merely a reminder that it may not be a lavish gift that we give to someone, but a small ‘gift of the heart,’ if that’s all that we have to offer.  Hopefully, the recipient will see that and accept graciously.  Something to remember at this Gift-giving Holiday Season…of Christmas – as we remember the Greatest Gift we have been given - JESUS!

A while ago, I made a set of Clipboards for me to use in my Cookie Lee Jewelry business when I am at Parties and Events – one large one to hold the Order Form tablet and a smaller one to hold the Guest/Opportunity tablet.   I have enjoyed using them and when it was time for our Cookie Lee Christmas Party last week, I decided to make a set – with some additional items – for the Gift Exchange Game. 

Here is the set I made for myself – (Link to my post is:   http://aneleganttouch-lynden.blogspot.com/2013/06/my-cookie-lee-jewelry-clipboards.html  )  I have actually discovered that by Google-ing  ‘Cookie Lee logo/images’ My Set is shown!!  What a surprise to see that!  Perhaps this New set will end up there, also! 


Here is the New Set – and other accessories – that I made last week –

Large Clipboard

Large Clipboard and Order Form pad

Small Clipboard

Small Clipboard and Opportunity/Info pad

Clipboards - Before!
I first painted the clipboards with Gray paint.  I made my own designs from online images of the New Cookie Lee Logo and optional backgrounds in my SCAL3 program and cut them with my Silhouette CAMEO.  I adhered all of the elements with my ‘homemade Mod-Podge’ – letting it dry between each of several coats.

Memo pad Cover

Memo pad - inside
I made the MemoPad cover and the ‘Thank You’ cards using the ‘negative designs’ from what I cut for the clipboards, adding the words cut with my SCAL3 and CAMEO, using the same font as the logo and then enhancing them with a few ‘gems.’

4 Thank You cards -
I purchased a small file box at Michaels (On Sale! -) that had the ‘Cookie Lee colors’ and stood the elements in it - propped with 'Snow' batting!  I wrapped it in Pink sparkly paper and fashioned a Silver-gray Bow – adding a Silver ornament on it.  It was a fun project to do – (My ‘widow’s mite’ at this time…) – and it seemed to go over well at the game!  (My Director’s husband ‘snagged it’ for her!)  8-]





Merry Christmas, Everyone!!  8-]   - and a Blessed New Year 2014 to You and Yours!!

Monday, November 11, 2013

'Happy Holly-days' Gift Tags for the Swap!

 In that day the Lord Almighty will be a glorious crown,
a beautiful wreath for the remnant of his people.
Isaiah 28 : 5


Hello and Welcome!  Here I am doing this, my ninth post in conjunction with a group I connected with after I began using my Silhouette CAMEO cutting machine last year.  It’s a monthly post to showcase projects that members of the Silhouette Challenge Group have made using these wonderful machines.  You'll find a list at the end here of those of our ever-growing group who are participating this month, so you can visit them, also!

I’ve always been partial to using Holly in Christmas decorating.  I thought a little ‘education’ as to its significance might be appropriate for those of you who might be interested in how it came to be of such significance to this ‘Holly-day.’   8-]   First, I’ll let you peek at the tags I made for this month’s Silhouette Challenge Group Swap.  We were each to make 23 tags.  We sent them to one of our members who had kindly offered to sort and divide them all.  She will then send each of us our self-addressed package back to us and we will receive 23 DIFFERENT tags – one from each of the others in the Group!!  We are all excited to see the creations of everyone else -  Merry Christmas to US!  ;-]

Here are photos of my offering –



Showing the glint of the Green Sparkle cardstock -
I cut the tags from white cardstock using the ‘Butterfly ‘n’ Tag 221 CF’ (www.MyPaperCrafting.com).  

 I inked the edges with Silver.  I cut a ‘Holly-Berries Flourish’ motif (not sure where I got it quite a while ago before I knew of keeping  track of the origin of files) from Green Sparkle paper and added red ‘berries’ made with my 1/4” punch.  I then added a red gem flower and a silver flower center.  I then added Red/White candy-stripe twine for a loop at the top.  There is plenty of room for a ‘sentiment of choice’ on the front and more space to write a short note and sign it on the back.  I hope these add  'An Elegant Touch...' to gifts all across America!

Showing the glint of the Green Sparkle cardstock -


 Holly Education 101 -  8-]
The Holly has been traditionally connected to Christmas and festivals associated with it for centuries. Like Christmas songs and trees, its origins can be traced back to Northern Europe and was actually first celebrated as a plant of great importance by the Pagans. Its leaves are green with slightly jagged edges, which may have been part of the reason that the druids used it as a ceremonial head wear when they went into the forest.

Originally, the holly was a type of offering that was giving to the God Saturn by the Romans during the festival of Saturnalia. It was said that the holly was the sacred plant of Saturn and was thus even more valued by the Romans. All images of Saturn are depicted with him with the holly. It is also considered a special gift that was interchanged with a high regard for its symbolism.

At some point the holly became significant to Christians. At first it was placed within decorations that adorned doors as a method of preventing persecution. The power of the holly as a method of preventing unforeseeable trouble was not limited to the problems that earthly creatures could inflict but also demonic forces. It was believed that hanging the holly on the door of any home would prevent the entry of terrifying spectres who were more likely to attack during the holy days. Soon it began getting more mainstream acceptance as an essential symbol of Christmas festival.  As expected, the initial purpose of the holly became less recognized by the Christians who used it in yearly celebrations.

Another part of its symbolic significance is related to the crucifixion of Christ who wore a crown of thorns that caused him to bleed from his head. Thus the look of the hollies is similar to the look of Christ's makeshift crown, and the berries symbolize the blood that oozed forth from Christ during his darkest hours. The holly is, subsequently more of a religious symbol for those who subscribe to this metaphorical depiction of the widely popular plant.

It is typically separated into two types the ‘she-holly’ and the ‘he-holly.’ Both types can be distinguished by the properties of the leaves. The ‘she-holly’ is near smooth along the surface, which understandably makes it more feminine, while the ‘he-holly’ is more prickly and rougher, clearly demonstrating more masculine properties.

The holly may merely be viewed by some as a great decorative piece in homes or for use in festivals. However, its history is significant in the grand tradition of religions and pagan belief systems.       www.ChristmasHolly.net

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Please take a few minutes to visit the other gals who have contributed to this Challenge Hop today.  You’ll find Lots of Creative Inspiration and perhaps some Freebies, also, here!  Enjoy!   ;-]

DIY Ironing Board Hanger by The Turquoise Home
Santa's Christmas Countdown by Tried & True
Nautical Anchor Pillow Tutorial by The Thinking Closet
Thanksgiving and Christmas Dual Sign by Architecture of a Mom
Itching to Etch by Get Silvered
Thanksgiving Sign by Chicken Scratch NY
DIY Horse Silhouette Pillow by Rain on a Tin Roof
Sketching on Fabric by The Sensory Emporium
Paper Leaf Garland by Lil' Mrs. Tori
Christmas Pillow by Create & Babble
Chalkboard Thankful Tree by Cutesy Crafts
Bottoms Up! MYO Wine Tag by From Wine to Whine
'Happy Holly-days' Tags for the Swap by An Elegant Touch...  (You are here!)
Thank You for Dinner (Card) by Everyday Paper
Advent Star Christmas Countdown by My Favorite Finds
Geometric Fabric Bowls by Please Excuse My Craftermath...
Paper Carnival by Home At Eight
In Case of Emergency Baby Bag Tags by Tossed Salad Life
Christmas On My Mind by Creative Turn
Jingle all the Way! by My Paper Craze
Christmas Lights Garland by Making Home Base
We Are Thankful by 4 You With Love
Seattle Skyline Silhouette by Sowdering About in Seattle
DIY Stenciled Mugs by Coley's Corner


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Monday, October 14, 2013

'Cookie Lee Jewelry' Gift Bags with a Purpose: Sharing Thankfulness!


They will always be remembered and greatly praised,
    because they were kind and freely gave to the poor.
Psalm 112: 9


Hello and Welcome!  Here I am doing this, my eighth post in conjunction with a group I connected with after I began using my new-last-summer Silhouette CAMEO cutting machine.  It’s a monthly post to showcase projects that members of the Silhouette Challenge Group have made using these wonderful machines.  You'll find a list at the end here of those of our ever-growing group who are participating this month, so you can visit them, also!

For this month’s project, I have made Gift Bags to offer to any individuals who would like to take orders for the lovely, reasonably priced Cookie Lee Jewelry – earn Free and Discounted items for themselves - and expressly at this time of year, allow a Donation of a Thanksgiving Dinner to be made through a local charity organization!   All of that in a little Gift Bag!!  As a Cookie Lee Jewelry Consultant, I learned of this project just last week and decided to make these in conjunction with this Silhouette Challenge Group post.  I made several bags in each of the two colors I'm showing here today.






A note of explanation on the back panel of the 'skirt' -
Close-up of the note
I used bags that I had on hand, in brown and navy blue and added a ‘skirt’ of sparkle Gold and Silver.  I added a Flourish from Miss Kate Cuttables, cut in 2 sizes from cardstock and wallpaper.  I cut the word, ‘Thankful’ from black marbleized wallpaper.  I punched Maple leaves from cardstock, wallpaper and printed pages of an inexpensive Bible purchased to use for decorative elements.
 I had several Gift Bags left from another venture I’d been involved with and since they had words on them, I used the ‘Gift Bag Skirt’ pattern, which also had an emblem pattern included.  It was a Penny Duncan .svg pattern that I got several years ago.


The bags will include a couple of Cookie Lee catalogs, some order forms and the letter of explanation.  The full catalogs can also be seen on my personal website at:  www.CookieLee.biz/LyndenBlossom   Any items can be ordered, individually, when not included in this ‘fundraising-type’ situation – at any time of the year.  You can contact me at any time at:  LyndenBlossom@CookieLee.biz  I'd love to have you invite friends over, I'll bring many items to see, try on and purchase and we'll have a fun evening or afternoon!  We also do Fundraisers for any organization in which you may be involved!

Letter of explanation and Order Forms
Fall/Winter 2013 Catalog
Holidays 2013 Catalog
If any of you reading this would like the opportunity to join us in this Thanksgiving Dinner for the needy, please just let me know and I’ll see that you get the necessary materials for you to use in this worthwhile project.

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Please take a few minutes to visit the other gals who have contributed to this Challenge Hop today.  You’ll find Lots of Creative Inspiration and perhaps some Freebies, also, here!  Enjoy!   ;-]

Birthday Invitations Homer Simpson Style by Black & White Obsession
DIY Planner Dividers by The House on Hillbrook
3D Haunted Forest by Chicken Scratch NY
Pumpkins and Peacocks Fall Mantel by joy & gladness of heart
DIY Cheers Garland by Rain on a Tin Roof
Wedding Gift Wrapping by It Happens in a Blink
Glitter Monogrammed Pumpkin by unOriginal Mom
Halloween Family Rules by Tried & True
Faux Stitched Speech Bubbles by Get Silvered Craft
A Mario Bros. Backsplash by Please Excuse My Craftermath...
Halloween Spooky Eye Luminaries by A Tossed Salad Life
Halloween Party Treat Bags by The Thinking Closet
"Create" Wooden Pallet by Lil' Mrs. Tori
Decorated Pumpkins by Tanya's Creative Space
Cute Wedding Card by Zanaree
Learn to Tie Your Shoes by From Wine to Whine
Halloween Banner by Sowdering About

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Monday, September 9, 2013

Let's Hear It for the Boys!


The Angel who has redeemed me from all harm—
    may he bless these BOYS.
May they preserve my name
    and the names of Abraham and Isaac.
And may their descendants multiply greatly
    throughout the earth.
Genesis 48:16


Hello and Welcome!  I’m excited to be doing this, my seventh post in conjunction with a group I recently connected with after I began using my new-last-summer Silhouette CAMEO cutting machine.  It’s a monthly post to showcase projects that members of the Silhouette Challenge Group have made using these wonderful machines.  You'll find a list at the end here of those of our ever-growing  group who are participating this month, so you can visit them, also!

For this month’s project, I made several ‘Manly’ birthday cards for some of the menfolk family and friends who are having birthdays in the next several weeks.  Men are just 'big boys,' after all!  I used a cutting file of Cogs and Gears from www.MyPapercrafting.com along with some ‘rugged’ elements that I came up with.  I made several versions of a basic plan for the Easel Cards that I had.

An Argyle card - closed

An Argyle card - propped open

An Argyle card - propped open

A plaid card - closed

A plaid card - propped open

A plaid card - propped open
I used pieces of corrugated cardboard boxes, plaid and argyle papers, cogs and gears cut from bronze metallic cardstock on my Silhouette CAMEO, ribbon and pop can ‘pop tops’ used as belt buckles. I printed the 'Happy Birthday!' sentiment (Woodcut font) in PSE 10.

Here is the file used for these cards –

 
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Please take a few minutes to visit the other gals who have contributed to this Challenge Hop today.  You’ll find Lots of Creative Inspiration and perhaps some Freebies, also, here!  Enjoy!   ;-]

Organizing for Preschool by Life After Laundry
Stamped Wrapping Paper Tutorial by The Thinking Closet
Gender Reveal Fabric Banner by Create & Babble
Preschool Lovey Book by A Tossed Salad Life
Front Door Sign by Cutesy Crafts
Paper Pumpkin Banner by Chicken Scratch NY
A Stache Bash Shower by Home At Eight
Fall Decor with the Silhouette by Coley's Corner
Happy Fall Y'all by Tanya's Creative Space
Halloween Lights by Lil' Mrs. Tori
Customized Disney T-Shirts by DailyDwelling
Craft Room Labels by Super Sweet Life
Toddler Growth Chart by Joy and Gladness of Heart
"Let's Hear it For the Boys!" by An Elegant Touch  -  (That’s Me!  You’re here - )  ;-}

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B’ Bye!  -  Bye!  -  B’Bye!
(You can take the Gal out of the Sky, but You can’t take the Sky out of the Gal!)  ;-}