Monday, March 31, 2008

Sweet Little Lady...

I wanted to use up some more of my alterables and needed a gift for a new baby in the family. I'm heading up to Boston this weekend to visit family I haven't seen since infancy or have never met and a cousin of mine just had a little girl so this will be for her.This box was originally a "tool" box(or at least those are the letters underneath my ladybug paper) that I purchased in the garden section at Joann's last year! It was 90% off(practially FREE if you ask me!) so I bought up the few they had left. My original intent was to paint it, but I really like the natural wood grain with the patterned paper(Nana's Kids by DCWV). I just rubbed my PP around the edges with my fingers, which makes for deep line grooves and makes them easy to trim. I added the scalloped edge in Pink Passion(used my SU! corner rounder) and also a small strip of Certainly Celery. The petite flowers are from PTI-Little Lady. The focal image is from SU! Spring Mini-So many Scallops. I wanted a 3-d effect so I cut out the moon and "sweet one" in complimentary colors. The moon has a glitter effect from my Spica Glitter Pen. I will probably fill this with a set of burp cloths and some other girly goodies...
I'm totally diggin' this card. I think I'm more proud of the fact that I tried a different card sketch for a change. You can re-create this card via directions on Scor-pal. I didn't have the magnet enclosure they used so I opted to tie a ribbon band on top that can be lifted off easily. All the details are pretty much the same as above. It was a little tricky trying to use the Corner Rounder for the curved edge, but with a little patience it turned out just fine:)

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Women of Life by PTI...

This is my first attempt at playing with the Women of Life set from Papertrey Ink. My favorite part about this set is that the flowers are a bold image and perfect for cutting out and making 3-D. This set comes with sentiments for every woman in your life: mother, sister, aunt, daugther etc. I wonder if PTI will come out with a "male" version?? Hmmm...

I probably should have done this card with a kraft color base, but I guess it doesn't look too bad on the PTI white select. The flowers are stampin in cranberry crisp and the stems in true thyme. The bottom half is PP from Imaginisce(I purchased at Archiver's) and is double sided. The sentiment is cut out with my Petite Oval Nesty Dies. I finished off my card with May Arts ribbon.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Longing for Spring...

I seem to use this basic layout alot lately. I really should take some more sketch challenges are start thinking outside the box. You can't go wrong with Veggiebella when your longing for Spring. I had a few extra images colored and leftover from a previous project so I decided to make this card up. The top half is stamped with my SU! paisley bg in certainly celery and the bottom half with patterned paper. I colored my bella with watercolor pencils and blended. She is framed with my rectangle nesty dies and completed with white satin ribbon. The sentiment is Karen Lockhart and the Dew Drops are from Ellen Hutson's shop.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Baby Onesie Cards...

My spin on the cute onesie cards that Lauren Meader designed. I wanted to tweak just a few things and this is my version. I started with a PTI cs base and added the accent colors(SU! bashful blue and Bazzill textured pink). The polka dots are from the Polka Dot and Paisley Set from SU! I used SU! Pretty in Pink and Bashful Blue inks along with my PTI Borders and Corners stamp set. The circles are punched out with my CM cirlce punch and Marvy Scalloped Circle punch. For the snaps I used MM silver eyelets. Tip: to line up eyelets straight, just use your stampin' up faux stitching pad and punch a few holes with your stylus before punching out the holes! Works like a GEM.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Simple Thank-you's...

My sister asked if I could make her some thank-you cards and since I made about 2 dozen, I wanted to keep the design simple, yet elegant. She has recevied a wonderful amount of support and care that she wanted to thank those who have been there for her and her family. I started with PTI white cs base and Doodlebug Designs PP. The red and turquoise strips are some CM strips I've been hoarding. These colors really POP with the black and white. I ran the oval sentiment(PTI) thru my nesty dies and added an Amuse Twinkle Sticker to the "i" in Graditude. The corner designs are from my Crafty Secrets set and I also added twinkle stickers to them.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head...Part 2

I had posted a couple of "raindrop" cards on this POST and forgot to post these last 2 in the series! Its easy to snap pics, store them in a folder, and totally forget to post! I'm going to try and be more organized about my posts and pics!I LOOOOVE this little raincoat gal from My Favorite Things. You can either color here or paper piece her like I did above. Her coat is pierced with SU! paper and then I added some Amuse Twinkle Stickers to her flowers. The card base is SU! Bashful Blue and stamped with SU! Chocolate Chip with the Polka Dot & Paisley BG(I love this one!!!). The main image is trimmed square and I added the matted boots with my nesty dies.
On this card I wanted to keep the coloring simple so I used my prismacolor pencils and gamsol for a nice blended effect. The flowers are matted with my nesty dies and from the Easter Set from My Favorite Things.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Princess Cupcake Stand...

My latest project for Glue-Art & Paper Studio. This truly is a cupcake stand that is fit for any little princess. We used it for Gracie's 4th bday back in February. I brought it along to Chuck E. Cheese with us so we could display the cupcakes nicely. If you plan to transport your cupcakes, I'd advise you put them in a tupperware container and then just swap them out for the display when you get to your party destination!

I started out with a plain wood stand and mod-podged on my patterned paper. The scalloped edge is done with my SU! corner rounder and I stamped some petite flower stems on each scallop. I used various Prima flowers and added Dew Drops every other one. Another great tip: If you plan to use this for more than one pretty princess, you can add a small magnet strip in the middle so it allows you to change out the initials of the birthday girl! We have two girls in our house, so I plan to get plenty of use out this stand.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008


I'm finally back home from GA(and VA!!) and its definitely on a GREAT note! Thank you for all the wonderful thoughts, emails, and twin sister is doing incredibly well after her surgery on February 26! Her whole tumor was removed and is can't get any better than that!!! It was also wonderful to be with my family and to all be there in support for my sister and her family. My sister has got to be the hippest bald chic in town...or at least I think so:) My beautiful twinkie...only about 5 days this incredible or what???!!!!
Sis and brother-in-law
Me, Mom & Nephew Aidan, Christie, & older sister Jillybean...
Definitely a sign of adrenline...I don't think I'd slept in a week when this pic was taken...totally appropriate

I'm only home for a day before we go off to our family vacation which has been in the works for a few months and then I will be back to regular craft posts on Monday. I've been dying to share my new cupcake stand I did for Glue-Art and Paper Studio