Sunday, April 11, 2010

Magical wishes

A quick pic of a gift tag for Ali's little friend's birthday.  Uses SU! pony party stamp set and Imaginesce papers.  Leaving tomorrow for the  magical world of Disneyland to celebrate my little girl's 5th birthday!  Plans are coming along nicely for our store and we still plan to open May 4th.

That's all for now,

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

For Sharon

This is just for you Sharon.  If it weren't for you I probably would still be on the couch trying to take a nap, but all I could think of was you reminding me how long it had been since I'd posted. Lol!

This first one is a card I made with some yummy spring colors, turquoise, orange, and celery.  I used a weathered background stamp, SU!'s embossed butterfly die, some buttons and twine.
This next one is a soft, springy color combo.  This image is stamped on watercolor paper and colored with blender pens and reinkers.  I really like the soft colors with the striking black.
This last one is a soft, vintage card made with some of my favorite things, buttons, flowers, lace and I love the maya road chipboard vintage keys!  They are a very fun accent to play with.  I painted it with acrylic paint and covered it with glitter.  Papers are by Webster's pages. 

At least I have something to post after being off work for 6 days!  So you can tell I did have some time for stamping, even with our heavy schedule of parties.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Clean & Simple

What a wonderfully relaxed day we had.  The only crazy part was a 4 year old birthday party we went to today.  The kids were so loud the parents had a hard time hearing each other!  Fun was had by all and it was a very nice afternoon.  Here are a few cards I've made these past few days.  I really like this first one, very simple, but the embossing really adds a lot of punch.  I always think my cards need to be layered, with patterned papers and lots of embellishments, so this was a bit out of my normal type of card to make, but I like the results.

Here's another fun one.  I used a piece of 1/2" sticky strip and applied glitter, so easy.  I normally would have placed a piece of ribbon here but have wanted to try this technique and I really do like it. 

And lastly, a card that I tried to use minimal embellishments on.  Used the piercer to get some texture on it and just a smidgen of stickles on the flower center.
That would be all for tonight! 

Friday, February 12, 2010

Vintage Valentines

It's hard to believe I haven't posted since the end of January, things have been pretty busy around here and I don't think they're about to slow down. We are on day three of parties, only 3 more to go!  We have 6 days straight of parties!  No wonder I've been busy, we had to do 14 valentine's for preschool, 18 for daycare, I did 15 for coworkers, and don't forget the family!  No wonder I haven't had time to post.  Also some new and very exciting things are happening for me as well, can't share yet but when the time is right I will.  Let's just say God is blessing me with new people in my life.  I trust His direction for my life and look forward to what plans He has for me! 

On to these fun valentine tags, I made these for my fellow coworkers and then attached them to some glassine bags filled with some homemade chocolate candies, tied all together with some pink tulle.  They were heavenly!

Doillies, prima flowers, glitter, soft satin ribbon and hearts, great ingredients for some vintage valentines!

Well that's all I have for tonight, but I do promise another post tomorrow, I've been working on my samples of what we will be doing for my upcoming stamp class, so stay tuned!  I should be at yet another valentine's party, this one is hosted by a coworker, and I'm probably the only one who didn't go, but it's pouring down rain outside, I'm warm and cozy in my house with my hubby and little one, she's playing with my hair and I can't see leaving my little piece of heaven, life goes on.  Till tomorrow. . .

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Even a 4 year old can do it!

My post a few days back showed a cute pencil catepillar craft, and today my little Ali (4 years old) made some for her preschool friends for Valentine's day.  I did the punching and here she is making the faces.  She put the googly eyes on and drew the mouth and noses on each one.

Intense concentration drawing these faces!
Aren't they cute, no two alike!
Here's the finished product:

She was so pleased and so was I, these turned out so cute and they were so easy even a 4 year old could do it! 

So happy I completed a project today that I've been wanting to do.  I made this tri-shutter album for my daughter, think it will be her valentine's present.  She redid her room in black and white polka dots with hot pink as an accent color.  This is the album partially opened:

 She's going to put a picture on the two black acetate pieces in the middle, and then 3 pictures on the two outer panels and the center panel.  This is the right panel:

This is the left panel
This is the whole album opened up.
These are so fun and easy to do!  It's all the embellishing that takes time.
I was able to get some stamping done today so I'm a happy gal!  I've got one more post to do this evening, it's of Ali making her catepillar pencils for valentine's day.  First she needs a little attention though!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Good Morning!

Thought I'd just post a few projects I did at the end of the year last year, a little bit of this & that. This first card is one I made for my boss for boss's day last year.  She always puts up a trivia question on our board for us to play for the day.  So I thought this would be appropriate for her!

Here are a couple of frames I made for my in-laws at Christmas time:

They were so fast and easy to do I wanted to keep them myself, but I didn't. This next one is actually a gift card holder I made, I did about 20 individual ones to match the recipients hobby/interests.  They were made for a gal who came to one of our local bazaars and ordered them!  I'll post more at a later date, but here's a football one:

And then this is just a pretty one:

The gift card slides out from the top where the big button is.  Off to work now, have a great day!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Lots of goodies!

Edit:  This is my second post for today, so scroll down to see my first post of the day.

Here are some gift packs I made my fellow co-workers as we celebrated National Surgical Technologist week.  I made each of them a personalized pack of biscotti, hot chocolate and coffee.  One likes butterflies:

One likes to ride bikes,

One loves flowers,

and one loves anything "cutesy",

Here is a side view so you can see the biscotti inside,

This pack has a front and back pocket to put goodies in.  Also did some of these and slid a DVD inside and put popcorn and candy in the pockets for movie night gifts. Another fun way is to put some fabric squares inside and some sewing notions in the pockets for quilters/sewing enthusiasts.  There are so many possibilities for this little pack, and they are quick and fun to put together.

Next up is a card I made for my daughter's friend that was having a baby. 

And then this little ensemble for my 19 year old who loves purses, shoes, all things girly,

One last card I made using up some scraps of paper:

This card uses the beautiful SU! cottage wall patterned paper, I just love those colors together. 
That's all for tonight, I know this was a long one.  Hope you enjoyed and got a little inspiration!


This has to be one of the fastest and easiest kids valentine's projects around.  I think these will go into our valentine bag of goodies for Ali's classmates, along with their bookmarks.  I made these two faces but I think I will let Ali draw her own nose and mouths when we make them for her friends.  These were just my practice ones, easy peasy!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

All aboard!

Here's my fun weekend project I did.  I made this little choo-choo train, inspiration from Gretchen Barron's blog.  She offers a kit or tutorial for purchase, but note I did not purchase the tutorial, I simply used my SU! dies Box #2, and I used a milk carton template.  If anyone would like detailed information as far as what supplies were used you can email me at and put Valentine train in the subject line.

  Now for close ups of each box:

I think I'll use this little train for a decoration for our house.  My next project will be a Valentine banner for our mantle, so stay tuned!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Valentine bookmarks

Wow, I almost didn't think I'd get some stamping in today. Little Ali wanted to go to McDonald's for lunch and go inside and play.  I thought "I can do this", figured I'd take a magazine and forgot that, and my dumb luck all the schools had an early release day so there were tons of kids at McDonalds!  After that little adventure we went to the library to check out some beginning reading books, perfect for my little stamping project - valentine bookmarks.  Figured I'd make some of these for the kids at her preschool to give along with a treat.  Here's a pic of what I did today:

Here's a sampling of what I made.  Some for kids and some for the teachers.

I left these so the kids could color their own in, maybe I'll include a couple of crayons instead of candy.

I thought the teachers could have these. 
They were super easy to do.  I cut 1" strips that were 8" long, adhered them to white cardstock that was 8"x11 1/2 " leaving a small space at the 5 1/2" mark to cut in half.  Then cut 2" bookmarks, making 8 lickity split.  Used a corner rounder for the top corners, and my crop-o-dile for a hole at the top to slip a ribbon through.  Really wanted to put a couple of buttons on but figured they wouldn't let a book close all the way.
Well that's it for today.  Plan for tomorrow is to make my Valentine banner for my mantle. 
Happy Stamping,