March 31, 2010

Happy Birthday, Mom

My parents birthdays are 1 week apart and their anniversary is 10 days after my mother's birthday.  And of course there is always Easter thrown in there somewhere.  This year since Easter falls in between my parents birthdays, we will be celebrating on Easter.  Kind of killing three birds with one stone.

I cased a card Nichole showcased in the countdown to March's release except I reversed the colors.  I made the large shaker box to house some goodies and gift card for mom and tied it with some white satin ribbon. 

For the card I decided to make my own embossed paper by using my Scor Pal and scored the lines at an angle.  I added some Martha Stewart's crystal fine glitter to the Hawaiian Shores flower.  The technique for the leaves was done by folding a small piece of scrap spring moss cardstock in half and running it through my crimper at an angle, while still folded I cut half of a leaf on the fold, after cutting unfold and viola instant leaf.  The sentiment is from Damask Designs and I also used the medium scallop die. 

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March 30, 2010

Happy Birthday, Dad

Tomorrow is my father's 82nd birthday.  I'm so glad we have another year to celebrate.  He's doing well at home but it is a little work.  He walks with a walker and there are certain things he can not do for himself and I'm so glad I'm here to help.  The way I look at it is that he took care of me all those years now it's my turn to give back and I wouldn't have it any other way.  With that being said I have a birthday card I made for him.  I always struggle with masculine birthday cards and I figure simple is better, a no frills kinda card.

I used some My Mind's Eye paper and rounded the one end using a plate, traced it and cut it out.  I attached it to a spring moss card base.  I stamped some images from Vintage Label in spring moss onto vintage cream cardstock and layered it on  dark chocolate.  The sentiment it from Birthday Basics stamped in dark chocolate.  I attached it by using some foam pop dots.  I also rounded the bottom corner.  See very simple and easy. 

Stop back tomorrow when I share a birthday card I made for my mother.

March 28, 2010


It's hard to believe that Easter is next week.  It sure doesn't feel like it with the weather we've been having lately.  Here is the Easter card I set out to my family members.

I used the Egg Hunt stamp set by Heather Nichols, I just love those eggs.  I've been waiting for PTI to come out with a set like this.  I forget who the patterned paper is from but it has a little sparkle to it.  I added some yellow glitter paper from Doodlebug to the background and the focal image are the eggs from Egg Hunt stamped in Spring Rain, Sweet Blush and Spring Moss.  The sentiment is from Mega Mixed Miessages stamped in smokey shadow.  I added a couple of jewels to the sweet blush egg.  The scalloped punchs are from EK Success and I also rounded off some of the edges with my corner rounder. 

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March 25, 2010

March 2010 Blog Hop

I wanted to do a 3D project using buttons but just didn't have the time so I have a card to share with you tonight.

I really love the new HS color.  I used the new flower dies and BB II stamp set along with the Communique Curves set for the sentiment.  I also used the meduim scallop die for the bottom of the Hibiscus Burst paper.  I thought I would throw in some Lemon Tart for the buttons and ribbon.  I cut the flowers out of some white canvas material instead of cardstock.

Thanks for stopping by and happy hopping.


March 20, 2010

Shaker Boxes

Edit:  I got the storage boxes from  They are a very sturdy box and the best part was there was no assembly involved.

Well I finally got all of my Shaker Boxes finished.  It was a little time comsuming cutting them all out.  Most of them I did while watching the Olympics.  Once I got them all cut out I would assemble about one per day, give or take.

This is how they really look on my shelf above my work area.

I put all of my jars of flowers in front of the coordinating color boxes.  I just love how they turned out.

Also here are the boxes I purchased to store all of my PTI stamps.

Each drawer holds 12 sets, I labeled each drawer.  I can also use the top to stack my ink pads and fun little stuff.  Here's a pic of the inside of one of the drawers.

I used a sheet of label paper cut to size to fit in the spine of the CD case.  This makes it much easier to see the name of the stamp set.  

Thanks for stoppin by and Happy Spring!

March 15, 2010

Felt Flower

I like when I can make my own embellishments instead of paying those high prices for the ready made ones. For this project, I picked up some felt at my local craft store that matched some of the Papertrey Ink colors.  I'm so excited to here that PTI will be carrying good quality felt to match their line of colored cardstock.

I used a scalloped circle nesties along with two flower dies from Cuttlebug, the leaves were hand cut and I attached a button in the center of the flower.  The paper used was bitty dots in dark chocolate, raspberry fizz and summer sunrise.  The sentiment is from Communique Curves flanked by a flourish from Fancy Flourishes.  I also used a scalloped border punch by EK Success. 

Thanks for stopping by today.

March 14, 2010

Die storage

Here's another storage system I use to store my dies, embossing and cutting plates.

I purchased this box at Ikea, I painted the natural wood white to match  the rest of my craft room.

The bottom drawer is where I store my plates, embossing pads, etc that go with my Cuttlebug.  That is an extra CD case for future dies I may purchase.

The middle drawer is where I store my Cuttlebug embossing plates and dies and the new Papertrey Ink dies.

The top drawer is where I store all of my nesties.  I have each set in their own cd case and I have labeled the front as to what is in each case.  I'm all about organization and I love when a system comes together that works well for me and is appealing to the eye.


March 12, 2010

Embrase Happiness

Well here's a quick update on my father.  He's finally coming home tomorrow after 4 long months of illness and rehab.  We are so excited to have him back home as well as he is.  We will be having a little Welcome Home party for him.  The decorations are hung and waiting his arrival.

So with that in mind I created a little card using some Cosmo Cricket pp and a stamp from With Sympathy set and the flowers from the Little Lady set.

The sentiment is from Mega Mixed Messages tied up with some rustic twine.  I love how the focal image compliments that patterned paper.

Thank you for all the prayers that have gone out to my father.  I hope to have another post for you soon.
Till then...


March 10, 2010


I love this new little butterfly die from Papertrey Ink.  I cased a card from Heather Nichols and recreated one for myself. 

All of the patterned paper used for this card is from My Mind's Eye.  I used some rhinestones on the butterflies, kraft cardstock, spring moss twill ribbon and the small scallop border die from PTI.  I was debating on whether I should use a sentiment on the card or not.  I made decide later to add one if I need a card for a special occasion.  This card came together rather quickly.  Hope you enjoy!


March 9, 2010

Crepe Paper

Crepe paper seems to be a new trend for embellishments.  The other day I was at the dollar store and found some rolls of crepe paper for a dollar.  The colors were limited to white, pink, yellow, and this off white color.  I'm not sure if at one time it was white and had discolored over time or what but I thought it would look nice for a vintage type project.  So here is a little card I made using some of the off white crepe paper.

Kraft cardstock was used for the base then I stamped Polka Dot Basics I in sweet blush on vintage cream cardstock. I used the new large scalloped die from PTI for the bottom and crimped some kraft cardstock to go across the middle.  For the focal point is where I using the crepe paper to make two  medallions.   They were very easy to make, all I did was cut two pieces about 12 inches long and used my pinking sheers to cut the long one end and a basting stiching along the other end and pulled it tight and Vola! instant medallion.  I made a smaller one to go on top.  It works better if you use two piece because just using one is not stable enough and it rips easy.  The butterfly is from the Egg Hunt stamp set.  I can't wait to play some more with the crepe paper.

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March 2, 2010

Picture Frames

Here is another project I've been working on.  I purchased these frames at the dollar store for you guest it, $1.00 each.  I wanted to hang something on the bulkhead in my craft room that wan't too expensive to create and this is what I came up with.

All of the sentiments are from the First Fruits stamp set.  The image in this frame is also from First Fruits.  I embossed an oval  frame around the pineapple with a nesties and made the pineapple pop with some foam dimensionals.

This image is from Turning a New Leaf set.  I stamped it once on the kraft cardstock then again on some scrap paper and cut out some of the leaves to give it a little pop with some dimensionals.  I used some berry sorbet buttons as well.

Floral Frenzy was used here.  What I like is that the flower image was cut from Cuttlebug dies.  Spring moss buttons were used for the centers of the flowers and popped as well with some dimensionals.

I created my own topiary using the Green Thumb set and used some Ripe Avocado buttons.  I used a long nesties to frame the topiary.

I haven't had a chance to hang these yet, one day I'll get around to it.  Thanks for stopping in.


March 1, 2010

Spring Banner

I just love all the banners that Kelly Lunceford makes for the different holidays/season and decided to make one myself.  Michelle Wooderson got me thinking about spring with her spring/easter inspiration station.  After the winter we've had, I'm soooo ready for spring.

I have this hanging over the closet in my craft room to remind me that spring is just around the corner.  I used several different papers from My Mind's Eye.  I wanted to use one's that had a springish feel to them.  I followed Kelly's directions and cut reach flag to 4" x 6" then added the inverted "V" at the bottom.

I found some white chipboard letters at JoAnn's and painted each letter and added some Martha Stewart glitter while the paint was still wet.  I also added some Martha Stewart coarse glitter to the tops of the flags and to the accordian medallion.

I added some zigzag stitching, attached each flag together with a stapler and hid the staples with some buttons.  I'm so looking forward to making more of these banners. Thanks for the inspiration Kelly!  And Mish, thanls for reminding me that spring IS just around the corner.

Think Spring Everyone!