Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Tired of the BOOTS yet???!!!

Well, I promise this is the last of the "boots" week! These are the last cards in the this collection:) It was fun seeing how many possibilites you can get out of one stamp right? Plus if you decide to make multiples of these its easy to have a reference guide:) Sometimes I will have to tweak them a bit based on supplies on hand, but they still look cute! I will have some "Mingmei Munchies"(blog candy) up on Friday so check back in! I also made a cute bonus card to go with them:))

I hope everyone has a safe and happy Halloween! My kiddos have already gone Trick-or-Treating as of 8:45 a.m. this morning! They do a great tour around the base here for the little ones which is a great alternative to having to bundle them up so tight at night, thus covering up their cute costumes as well!

Monday, October 29, 2007

More boots...

Because these boots are soo much!!! I used all the same supplies as the previous card and added a few extras. The oval for the sentiment is cut out with SU! oval punches and accented with MM vintage brads(I'm constantly grabbing for these!). The ribbon is from Mike's as well as the buttons. I added a rhinestone on the boots instead of a flower brad this time, and also added the brown scallops using my SU! slit punch. There will be two more cards this week ANNNNNNNND, blog goodies...anyone like Bella's?? So be looking for that on Friday:)

Friday, October 26, 2007


More Papertrey least until the end of next week:) I've had the cards made up for some time now and its really helped me keep up with blogging. It's nice to have time to work ahead and plan the weeks out! I'm dying to get my new Bella cards up, but those will have to wait until the week AFTER Halloween:) Anyhoo, these boots in the Green Thumb set are my ultimate fav's! I've said it before, but I absolutely love blue/chocolate combination. So this upcoming week you will see 3 additional cards with this set, same color combo, just a differnt card concept. This first card is fairly simple with a SU! Bashful Blue cs base and I used PP from DCWV(can be purchased at Target). The dotted bg is from SU! Polka Dot & Paisley set(I use this on almost ALL my cards). The focal image(boots) are stamped with Dewdrops and matted on a circle cut with my Spellbinder's Dies. The brown cirlce matte is cut with my Marvy Scalloped punch. I simply tied on May Arts ribbon, added a prima flower, flower brad, and accented the brown cirle frame with a Stardust Clear Glitter Pen. So here ya go Jillybean:)

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

I {heart} Papertrey Ink...

Another quick 1-layer card to share. I love these butterflies from PTI and stamped them in Archival Ink "Peacock" shade. All three shades of colors are on one pad and have a soft, subtle glimmer to them. I added a little yellow stickles, bling, and ribbon(from Taylor's ribbon shares) to tie it all together:)

Monday, October 22, 2007

Papertrey Ladybugs...

I just wanted to take a break from doing cards with mulitple layers, and to my amazement, you CAN actually make a decent card! I love patterned paper so I wasn't sure how this would look without using any!!! I'm happy with the results and these are super easy for multiples. I started with PTI select cs, and simply stamped the ladybug and other images with various colors of Versamagic Dew Drops. I then added some bling and MM brads for a final touch. I will share a card with you on Wednesday that is super easy as sparkly PTI Butterflies:)

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Crafty Secrets...#3

Here ya go, the last card for this weeks theme! I would totally like to think I could come up with throwing the little gal on the serving tray, BUT I actually got the idea from the Oct. issue of Papercrafts Magazine. There is an ad in there for Crafty Secrets and the creator of this design is Lisa Zappa(just click on her name and it will take you to her blog)!

Sooo back to the card! I knew I had the perfect "recipe" paper to use along with this theme. I started off with an Old Olive base and used half and half of both patterned papers(American tradition designs and Shabby princess). I tied the raffia and flour charm on underneath my focal point. The recipe charm is from Archiver's and has a sack of flour and measuring spoon and cup. For the life of me I cannot remember the vendor. The Campbell soup kids are from Crafty Secrets and stamped on watercoloring paper in Black stazon. They are colored with various watercoloring pencils and SU! re-inkers. Both the focal image and sentiment are matted on CM cranberry and SU! Old olive cs. For the sentiment I used Karen Foster snap stamps and added some MM vintage brads(my favs!). Next week I have a few "one-layer" cards to share...especially handy for mass production cards:)

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Kewpie dolls ROCK! I had one of these when I was little and now my little girls have one! These dolls always tend to look a mischievious don't they? I started off with SU! brilliant blue base and matted with K&Co pp. I added my satin ribbon BEFORE my matted focal point. The 3 dolls are individual stamps and I just lined them up and put the middle one on his head:) They are stamped in Black Stazon(on watercoloring paper) and colored with watercoloring pencils. The focal image is matted on SU! certainly celery, bashful blue, and brilliant blue. I added the sentiment oval "boy oh boy!" with my Karen Foster stamps and matted with brilliant blue(cm oval cutting patterns) and attached with vintage MM brads. These patterns are easily interchangeable to use for a baby girl as well! I have one more card to share this week so stay tuned!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

YEAH!!! Its "Crafty Secrets" week on my blog! I love these vintage stamps and they have been on wish list for some time now. I couldn't wait to get the package and rip it open, especially to play with these cute over-sized utensils. The base is SU! Bashful Blue and I matted K&CO PP(Addison line...must be for "my" Addy?? on top. The utensils are stamped(black stazon) on watercolor paper and painted with Bashful Blue re-inker. The sentiment "eat cake" is done with my Karen Foster snap stamps and matted on SU! Certainly Celery. The ribbon(Mike's) is a celery green with baby blue ric-rac on top. Lastly, I used my CM gold maker and colored in the floral motif on the bottom of the utensils and added some MM vintage brads. Stay tuned for more fun cards this week! Remember "Kewpie" Dolls???

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Shopping cart covers...

And what new Mommy wouldn't want one these beauties?? My dear and lovely friend Brooke makes these terrific shopping cart covers to rid your wee ones of nawing on the shopping cart handles! These are also great for using at restaurants in those "grubby-fingered" highchairs. I received one of Brooke's original designs as a gift for my second baby and it still holds up after many, many passes in the washing machine. Thats right...made "Mom-friendly" by a Mom! They also come with their own saftey belt so you don't have to use the broken/missing belt on the carts/ highchairs and also have a nice stretchy waistband so they fight close. When not in use you can simply roll up inside the bag and the saftey belt doubles as a shoulder strap. These truely are better than store bought(had one, hated it!) and made with love! If you are interested please contact Brooke @ She already has several made up and ready for immediate shipping...$45.00 AND free shipping!!
I finally jumped in a took a challenge on Splitcoast Stampers! I was really excited to try something brand new! Like most card makers we tend to stick with the same pattern and only change the paper. If your interested and want to try it out, this is SC145 and can be found on the home page of SCS under "Wednesday" challenge. If you haven't been able to tell from the posts this week I really loooooove the dotted Crate paper!! It works really great with any solid color. I started by cutting a regular A2 size and cut off 1 inch from the front flap. I then matted my Crate paper and ribbon on. The square focal point was stamped with Amuse wedding couple in Black stazon and then added Diamond stickles to her dress. I knew I wanted to somehow incorporate the MM "now and forever" plate and it fit perfectly in the corner. To break up the tan inside, I stamped my Rhoanna Farrar doodle scrolls in Black Stazon. This was such a fun challenge and I can't wait to play some more!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Crazy in love...

Whew! Thats been a busy 2 weeks with all the altering I've been doing. It was nice though because I got a few Christmas gifts out of the way and also played with some new things that have been neglected! This the last project for this week! The frame was purchased in the wood section at Mike's for only a BUCK! I knew I wanted to use my Crate Paper dots pp and Junkitz cut out hearts. With both of these patterns it was a match made in heaven! I just cut and taped down the pp and stamped the outside with Midnight Black Dew Drops. After I painted the outer trim I put 2 coats of modge podge JUST on the trim so it wouldn't smudge. The sheer black ribbon is from Mike's and I matted the Junkitz hearts on chipboard(twice) and again matted them on Bazzill Black cs. The "love" is stamped with SU! Whimisical alpha. I wanted to add just a little something in the upper left hand corner to offset the bow I had tied on the bottom so I chose to stamp a red scroll design and added some strategically placed bling for a nice finish.
I thought I add this second shot so you can see the dimension of the sentiment. I don't know what the weight size of the chipboard is, but its super thick and sturdy and was easily cut with small hand scissors.

Stay tuned next week...its all about "Crafty Secret" stamps...uber cool!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Princess birthday frame

I made this frame to coincide with the princess birthday invites that are a few posts down. The frame is from the Target $ spot and I covered it in Berry Smooth Bazzil CS. I used SU! Polka dot and paisley bg stamp with black stazon for a fun background. I also used SU! Pretty princess set and cut the cut and colored the cakes. The name is stamped with SU! Whimsical alpha and matted on cs with Spellbinder's die templates(I LOVE THESE). These templates give a nice cut and a clean dry emboss. I topped it off with some black satin ribbon from Mike's.
href="">This cake is soooo sparkly in real life, hopefully it shows through on the picture as well! I colored the cakes with a combo of re-inkers and watercolor pencils. When I finished coloring I went back over them with my Sakura Stardust gel pen for added sparkle. To thicken up the cs and have a nice glossy finish, I used 3 layers of UTEE and embossed. I have heard you can add more layers while the first layer is still hot, but its easier for me to just let each layer dry, dip on my embossing ink pad, and re-apply the powder.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Altered Tool box...

Isn't she cute?? I love to alter all sorts of stuff. I have this knack for walking into stores and immediately think of how I can cover it with pretty paper! I wanted to keep this one pretty simple since I'm going to be tossing my tools in and out. The patterned paper is by Junkitz and I used sticky tape instead of modge podge. I find modge podge is too messy for paper/metal applications sometimes so the tape was best for this. I also added some nice double stitched black ribbon from Mike's and added the "tools" frame. The alphabet stamp is SU! Whimisical and I cut it out with CM oval patterns and matted it.
This is the orignial tin before altering. I found it at Joann's for 75% in their summer section and as soon as I saw it, I knew it'd be great for my tools. It even had a cute bottle cap opener attached, but I took that I have outgrown my older holder and started storing my tools in a drawer, but they were getting out of reach and I grab for them often. This was a perfect and cheap solution:)

Friday, October 5, 2007

Altered Project #3...

Here is the last one for this week! I've had some much fun altering containers and such that I'm going to do it next week...AGAIN! These will all be different items so you'll have to stop by and check them out! Now back to the Prima bottle. Whoever is the Marketing Director at Prima sure knows how to sucker us women in with the clever packaging their lovely flowers come in. I find myself re-using the packaging more than the Anyhoo, this is pretty straight forward on design. I simply took off all the labels on the bottle(use rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball to remove any sticky residue) and covered around the entire bottom with a "bottle band". The only adhesive I have found that works really great on this glass is the 1/8 sticky tape. It has a very strong hold for this slick working surface. The bottle is filled with chocolate nuggets and I cut a little piece of Mike's ribbon to adhere to the lid:) I used all these recycling items as give-aways for my Mommy's group this week. Just a little thank-you for them:)

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Recycled project #2

How about an old Prima tin? This tin is from the Prima Hydrangea line and is made of nice and sturdy metal, with a "peek-a-boo" top! I used all the same product from the last post and also added a little shredded kraft paper on the bottom of the tin to help prevent the chocolate nuggets from sliding around. I topped off the tin with some new 5/8 inch orange ribbon from Mike's. This size ribbon is new for me and I love how elegant it ties. What a fun way to play with recyclables:)

Monday, October 1, 2007

Altering Week--Project #1

I thought it'd be fun to try something new in "altering" projects. There will be 3 new "altered" projects this week using recycled containers. I have saved container after container that my supplies come in and its time to put them to use! All posts this week use the same paper and stamp sets, so I will give the recipe in the first post only.

The first one up is using recycled "Foo-fa-la" button bags. The buttons come in these super cute snap bags and are stapled shut. To keep the design super simple AND cover up the staple holes, I made a complimentary front band. I used SU! Lavendar and American TD patterned paper for the base strip and faux stitching completes the look. For the oval I used PTI oval stamps and spooky treats and matted on a lavender oval with my CM oval cutting patterns. Where the "half-moons" are in the first stamped oval, I added some bling with my clear glitter pen and its sooo sparkly(hard to tell from the photo). To adhere to the plastic bag be sure to use a strong favorite is 1/8 inch sticky tape...I use it on EVERYTHING!!!
Chocolate nuggets are covered with an Avery Address label that are stamped with PTI spooky treats set. I used Versamagic Dew Drops in: Tea leaves, Mango madness, Purple Hydrangea, and Midnight black.
Let me see what you can recycle! Leave a link on your comment to share with us:)